Top Stories From the Week – NBC 6 South Florida

Here are some of the top stories from last week’s NBC 6 News:

Rising rents in South Florida push even tighter budgets for black Latino households

If you are looking for a rental home in South Florida, you may have noticed the rising rent costs.

According to data from Zillow, the average rent in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area was 20% higher in August than in the previous year.

“I’ve never seen a jump like that, not just since I’m an adult working in real estate, but when I look at the data historically,” said Dr. Eli Berachah.

Beracha is the director of the Hollo School of Real Estate at Florida International University. He says the spike in rents is linked to the spike in home prices, and this could be an indication that the higher prices are here to stay.

“They’re taking everything the market gives them, so as long as consumers can pay more, they’re going to ask for more,” Beracha said.

The higher housing costs equate to less money that tenants have to pay other bills.

“Rising rents take a big chunk out of people’s paychecks,” said Zillow Senior Economist Jeff Tucker. “A common measure is about 30 percent or a third of your income, but we see many renters flying past that benchmark.”

An analysis by Zillow found that Latino households are going to rent 41% of their income. Black households had about 40% of their income for rent. This is compared to 35% for white households.

The COVID-19 vaccine for children has arrived. While many parents are relieved that children in the age group of 5-11 can now be vaccinated against the virus, others are concerned about side effects and potential risks. Moms With A Mic spoke to Dr. Danielle Squires, a local pediatrician, to understand some common misconceptions about the vaccine and answer questions from viewers about the vaccine for children. (Note: This video originally aired on Facebook Live.)

Pediatrician in Miami debunks myths about COVID-19 vaccine for children

About 900,000 children ages 5 to 11 have received their first dose of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine since U.S. regulators approved the injections for the younger age group on Nov. 2, the White House said Wednesday.

With more and more parents deciding to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, many still have some lingering concerns about the potential side effects, efficacy and long-term effects the vaccine may have on their child.

Moms With a Mic’s Marissa and Julia Bagg sat down with Dr. Danielle Squires of Kings Bay Pediatrics to discuss some of these concerns and answer questions from South Florida parents about the COVID-19 vaccine for children.

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The mayor of Opa-locka abruptly resigns due to corruption.

‘I will not be a figurehead for corruption’: mayor of Opa-locka resigns

The mayor of the city of Opa-locka has resigned.

Mayor Matthew Pigatt announced his resignation during a committee meeting Wednesday night.

“I will not be a figurehead for corruption,” he said.

During the committee meeting and on statements posted to his website and social media accounts, Pigatt criticized the city government, saying he was unable to implement “real change” in a system he believes is broken.

“I naively thought that a broken system could be fixed from within — by reformers who, if they cared deeply enough, could do things like nepotism, shadow deals, and government officials who turn a blind eye to the corrupt acts of others so that their own corruption is not being dragged into the light,” he said.

In his resignation speech, Pigatt highlighted some of his successes during his tenure, such as efficient and timely waste collection, replacing water meters and infrastructure improvements.

But he said corruption is so deep that he had to step back, especially for his safety and his family.

The famous Versailles Restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday. NBC 6’s Laura Rodriguez reports

Iconic meeting place Restaurant Versailles celebrates 50th anniversary

For 50 years it has been a staple in the Little Havana community for delicious Cuban food, cafecito and conversation.

The famous Versailles Restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary on Wednesday. Its location along Southwest 8th Street and 36th Avenue in Miami has been a magnet for parties and high-profile politicians running for office.

The family business opened its doors in 1971 by Felipe Valls Sr. To honor the important milestone, some of the restaurant’s menu items have been re-priced to what they were 50 years ago. Cafecito was 20 cents, medianoche sandwiches $1.10 and a palomilla steak was $3.25.

“Thank you so much for making Versailles your home to make it what it represents to the Cuban community, the Latin community,” said current owner and Valls’ son, Felipe Jr. “It’s something you’ve created.”

Valls and his daughters have continued the tradition of making the venue and community meeting point and unofficial town square for the Miami community of Little Havana.

With food prices rising, your Thanksgiving dinner will likely cost you more this year. Consumer researcher Sasha Jones went to local stores to find out how much more you could pay and how you could pay less.

NBC 6 Responds to Thanksgiving Dinner Comparison Shops

You’ve heard that you might pay more for your Thanksgiving meal this year, but what you pay may depend on what you buy and where you buy it.

NBC 6 Responds has checked many of the items you put in your cart this Thanksgiving.

Food prices have risen across the board.

In October, the consumer price index showed that food prices were 5.3% higher than last year. Meat, poultry, fish and eggs increased by 11% compared to last year.

“We don’t see prices falling any time soon,” said Robb MacKie, the president of the American Bakers Association.

He says the rise in food prices can be attributed to factors such as work stoppages, shipping delays and increased consumer demand.

“It’s the ports, the availability of ingredients, it’s the staffing issues, all of which contribute to this unprecedented situation,” MacKie said.

Gerard Moss went from a Nazi death camp to fighting the Germans.

South Florida veteran, 99, came out of Nazi death camp to fight in WWII

On this Veterans Day, a veteran from South Florida remembers his incredible journey – one that allowed him to survive a Nazi concentration camp only to turn around and go against the Germans in World War II.

“I hated the Germans,” said 99-year-old Gary Moss. “I had to do something.”

At his home in northeast Miami-Dade, Moss reflected on how his life turned upside down when he was just 16.

“I was terrified because they let a man die in our room,” Moss said, describing what he saw in the concentration camp near Munich.

A photo he showed on NBC 6 was taken around the time the Jewish teen was arrested by the Nazis.

“They took us straight to the train station and from there we took the train to Dachau,” he said.

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