Friday March 19, 2021

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) celebrated the groundbreaking of the C-139 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) in southeast Hendry County yesterday. SFWMD officials were joined by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, local partners, stakeholders, and the public, to celebrate the groundbreaking. The system will store water in the C-139 Basin and control the flow of water to the adjacent Stormwater Treatment Area. The FEB will help improve the performance of STA 5/6, remove nutrients from stormwater, and improve water quality. The project is expected to be complete in 2023.

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. directed all flags to be lowered to half-staff in respect of the lives lost to violence in Atlanta. The Governor or Florida is following suit, directing the flags of the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Monday, March 22. You can read the Proclamation by President Biden in its entirety here.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Daequan Kennedy. His last known address is SW 2nd St., Belle Glade. He is wanted for violation of supervised own recognizance on a charge of being unlicensed while carrying a concealed firearm. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Daequan Kennedy, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

There are some construction projects underway that could affect your commute. In Glades County, crews will be making improvements to SR 78 from US 27 to the Herbert Hoover Bridge.  During construction, daytime lane closures will occur on SR 78, between 8 and 5.  In Hendry County, crews will be repairing washouts near the roadway on SR 80 from Hendry Isles Boulevard to Everhigh Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Drivers should use caution as crews work near and on the roadway. 

So our governor held a public health roundtable with doctors and epidemiologists to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. They talked about lockdowns, non-pharmaceutical interventions, mask mandates, school closures, vaccinations, and a bunch of other subjects regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Governor DeSantis said, “Lockdowns, school closures, and government mandates have crippled economies, harmed our students and prevented Americans from enjoying their God-given rights across our entire county. Florida has taken a different approach and as a result, our state thrives while others decline.”   
To watch the roundtable, click HERE.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed on March 20th every year.  The Health Departments will offer free HIV testing for anyone today and Monday March 22 from 8:30am-noon and 1:00-4:30pm at both Hendry County Health Departments and in Glades County at 1100 Health Park Dr., Moore Haven. 

Walk-ins for COVID Vaccinations are available Sunday, March 21st from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Glades County Regional Training Center, 1030 Industrial Dr, Moore Haven. The shots are for healthcare workers, for anyone 60 and older, as well as any law enforcement, fire fighters and school workers 50 and older, or individuals who are deemed medically vulnerable as young as 18 who have the Official Department of Health Form signed by a doctor. You must have ID and proof of FL residency.

The Hanley Foundation is an organization that fights against drugs. They run programs in 20 Florida counties including Okeechobee, Glades and Hendry counties. Prevention specialist Liam Lipham says they focus on young people and their use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. While the Hanley Foundation focuses on substance and alcohol abuse, there is also a particular interest in opioids. Hanley Foundation’s mission is to provide substance abuse prevention and education programs for parents, caregivers and school-age children. In addition, the foundation provides financial aid scholarships for patients who could not otherwise afford addiction treatment. For more information on the Hanley Foundation visit hanleyfoundation.org.