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Ladder Capital Seeks to Foreclose on Witkoff’s South Beach hotel

Steve Witkoff and the Washington Park Hotel (Getty, Google Maps)

Steve Witkoff and the Washington Park Hotel (Getty, Google Maps)

A lender is seeking to foreclose on the Witkoff Group’s South Beach hotel after it alleges the developer failed to make its July payment on a $45 million loan.

Ladder Capital Finance filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the owner of the 181-room Washington Park Hotel and is seeking to collect the entire loan, along with interest and late fees. Private equity giant Carlyle Group is also a partner in the hotel at 1050 Washington Avenue.

The lawsuit was filed on July 22 in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court and is one of the largest foreclosure lawsuits in South Florida since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The boutique Art Deco hotel reopened in 2016 after an extensive renovation.

Ladder Capital provided the $45 million loan to the hotel in May 2016. The New York-based lender sent the company a letter of default on

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Isaias has become a Category 1 hurricane as it heads toward Bahamas and South Florida

A midnight update from the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Isaias to a Category 1 hurricane a day before earlier predictions called for, while it continued on track toward the Bahamas and South Florida.

The late-night update showed Hurricane Isaias had lost some forward speed but grown more powerful, with 80 mph winds, shortly after passing through Hispaniola..

The center of Isaias was forecast to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas late Thursday night, then move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.

The storm has already crossed the mountains of Hispaniola while flooding roads and homes in Puerto Rico and blowing roofs away in Haiti.

The tropical storm watch is in effect from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet, Florida.

Miami-Dade County also announced that all facilities operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, including beaches and parks,

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Tropical Storm Watch issued for South Florida; Isaias expected to become a hurricane

South Florida was put under a tropical storm watch Thursday afternoon with Isaias expected to approach Florida and the Bahamas as a Category 1 hurricane by Saturday.

In an 11 p.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Isaias will see some loss in forward speed over the next couple of days and then a turn north-northwest.

The center of Isaias is forecast to move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas late Thursday night, then move near or over the Northwestern Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.

The storm has already crossed the mountains of Hispaniola while flooding roads and homes in Puerto Rico and blowing roofs away in Haiti.

The tropical storm watch is in effect from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet, Florida, Thursday afternoon.

Miami-Dade County also announced that all facilities operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, including beaches and

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on July 18

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Give a Snickers to a healthcare worker

Snickers package on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Snickers package on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff

1:50 p.m.: Snickers and Walmart have teamed to make essential workers lives a little sweeter — if only for the amount of time it takes to eat one of the peanut and caramel chocolate bars, Miami on the Cheap reported.

Snickers launched an initiative that lets you fill out an online Send a Snickers from home form so that you can put down the name and cellphone of an essential worker. They will then be sent a voucher to redeem for a free Snickers bar at any Walmart, no expiration date.

“Whether they’re nurses, delivery drivers or cashiers, the brave essential workers still

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South Africa May Reimpose Curbs; Iran Cases Slow: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and curb sales of alcohol as coronavirus infections soar, the Sunday Times reported. Hungary is also restricting travel after spikes in neighboring countries.

Thailand plans to start human trials for a locally developed, potential Covid-19 vaccine as early as September, making it among the first done outside high-income countries, after encouraging results in monkeys and mice.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell Parliament this week it will be compulsory for Britons to wear face masks in shops, according to news reports, soon after saying that it was only optional to do so. Infections in Germany increased by 377.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.7 million; deaths surpass 565,000Aversion to mask-wearing holds back U.S. economyU.K. set to tighten rules on wearing face masksWall Street forges a new relationship to data in coronavirus ageConflicting visions

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on June 22

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

‘They deserve to be put on blast’: Social media is policing COVID-19 rule breakers

5:30 p.m.:Ani Meinhold and her partner waited more than two weeks to reopen their MiMo District restaurant to make sure they could faithfully follow the new rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.

So she couldn’t believe it when she saw videos posted on social media over the weekend of other restaurants, bars and clubs flouting the rules — partygoers shoulder-to-shoulder, drinking and dancing, all without masks or distance between them.

One video, shared on Twitter and Instagram, included Miami mayor Francis Suarez posing with patrons without a mask. Miami police shut down the restaurant the next day.

“I was livid,” Meinhold said. “The fact that people were behaving irresponsibly, they

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Masks required at Kaiser Permanente facilities following South Sacramento petition

Whether you’re an employee at a Kaiser Permanente facility or a visitor, you’ll need a face mask to be on the premises.

Patricia Rodriguez, an executive with the health care giant, told The Sacramento Bee on Monday that Kaiser Permanente will be requiring all staff and visitors wear masks in all of its facilities, including its South Sacramento medical center, where a nurse launched an online petition last week to push for the change.

Hundreds of people signed the petition over six days, saying that doing so would help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the pathogen that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19.

“The nurses here at South Sac want to have mandatory masking for all people entering the hospital and the clinic, and the upper leadership here at our facility is still not making it mandatory,” said registered nurse Diane McClure, who works at the facility.

McClure said

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