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5 Things To Know On Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Posted at 6:24 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 07:02:50-04

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1. Palm Beach County first-time daily coronavirus positive rate soars
Palm Beach County's daily first-time positivity rate rose to the highest percentage in two months, 8.27 percent. The state's rate rose to 6.31.

The state has considered anything about 5 percent a danger "threshold."

In a revision of information, the state no longer is listing overall positive rates in the state and counties, as well as total tests because the "previously reported cumulative number did not reflect the current status of the pandemic in Florida."

Palm Beach County first-time daily coronavirus positive rate soars

2. Final Countdown: Biden and Trump visiting South Florida
President Donald Trump is expected to be in South Florida sometime Wednesday. Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be Broward County on Thursday.

Will all eyes be on Florida on Election night again? With its 29 electoral votes, Florida is crucial to both candidates, but especially so for President Donald Trump.

Biden has slight edge over Trump in the final FAU poll before the election. Although Trump has narrowed the margin since FAU's previous poll, Biden still leads Trump 50% to 48% among likely Florida voters. A Trump victory is still within the margin of error.

Biden has slight edge over Trump in final FAU poll before election

3. What would Amendment 5 do?
If you are a homeowner with homestead exemptions, you have probably noticed Amendment Five. It would extend the portability window when you buy a new home.

Amendment Five would extend the window from two tax roll cycles to three. The county tax collector explained a change would not affect other homeowners.

If approved, it could potentially apply to 300,000 property owners in Palm Beach County alone.

Amendment 5 could impact 300,000 Palm Beach County property owners

4. What happened to Mai-Kai? Mystery surrounds sudden closure
The iconic Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale suddenly closed Tuesday "and for the upcoming months."

An announcement on the restaurant's Facebook page offered no explanation for the abrupt closure or when it would reopen.

Pia Dahlquist, director of sales and marketing for the Mai-Kai, told the South Florida SunSentinel that its 12th annual "Hulaween" event is still happening.

5. Needing more magic this Halloween? Disney World extending hours
Until recently, Magic Kingdom was closing at 8 p.m. on the weekends. Now, it'll remain open until 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, as well as on three Sundays: Nov. 8, 15, and 22, according to the calendar.

In November, Epcot will stay open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and three Sundays: Nov. 8, 15, and 22. Thanksgiving week, Epcot will close at 10 p.m.

During Thanksgiving week, Animal Kingdom will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No changes have been made for Hollywood Studios.

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Today's Forecast
Some clouds are streaming in from Hurricane Zeta, but otherwise mainly dry again today.

Latest Weather Forecast: Wednesday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History
On October 28, 1919, Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Prohibition Amendment.

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