As a chain of small business live and thrive in our rural communities around the lake, residents take pride in new entrepreneurship opportunities. Glades County is no exception. There were seven business licenses issued in Moore Haven during the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the Florida Department of State. In 2019, Moore Haven had an estimated population of 1,807. The Florida Small Business Development Center reports that more than 99.8 percent of Florida’s businesses are small businesses, at which more than 41 percent of Florida employees work. A Civic Economics study found that when $100 is spent at a locally-owned business, that business puts $47 back into the local economy while the total is just $13 for non-local businesses.
Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Kwanmaine Clinton. Clinton is currently at large and has no known address on record. He is wanted for Failure to Appear on the charge of a Felon In Possession Of a Firearm. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kwanmaine Clinton, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.
A 67-year-old Clewiston woman is dead and three others are seriously injured after a crash in Nassau County Thursday. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash on Interstate 95 around 3:30 Thursday morning, according to a news affiliate. A 48-year-old Clewiston woman was driving an SUV with three passengers: a 10-year-old, 8-year-old, and 67-year-old. A report says, all were from Clewiston. The SUV was heading south on I95 when it swerved off the road and into a guardrail. When the SUV turned toward the right shoulder, the vehicle flipped and hit a semi-truck, troopers said. The driver and the front seat passenger of the SUV were thrown out of the car in the crash. The front passenger was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver and the other two passengers were rushed to UF Health Jacksonville with serious injuries. The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash. Troopers continue to investigate the crash.
Glades County has reported progress in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Officials are holding clinics each week on Sunday and Monday. Over 5 hundred doses are allocated each week. Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC in Okeechobee caught up with Emergency Management Director Marisa Shivers. Shivers says 23 hundred and 68 doses have been given. She noted that much of the interest in the vaccine, is from those 18 and older. Updates will be posted to the website www.myglades.com under the COVID-19 tab when vaccines and appointments become available.
A group of Pahokee leaders traveled to Tallahassee Tuesday to support the Right to Farm Act. The bill would protect farming operations from frivolous lawsuits. Mayor Keith Babb says he and other community leaders and advocates support the legislation. Many other residents in surrounding communities oppose the bill, claiming that some aspects of the industries practices, could be harmful. You can check out the bill in its entirety by visiting the Florida Senate online. House Bill 1601 (2021) – The Florida Senate (flsenate.gov)