March 4, 2021

CVS.com shows that teachers and school employees, regardless of age, can get a COVID-19 vaccine at participating CVS pharmacies. The move circumvents state orders limiting coronavirus shots to teachers over the age 50. CVS is only offering vaccines at 24 locations in Florida. Currently, only one CVS pharmacy in Belle Glade and another in Clewiston is giving the shot in our area. Yesterday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the first two Walgreens sites to offer the vaccine. The two sites will be in Pasco and Polk County.

FINFROCK, a Central Florida company has completed its search, identifying the Glades Gateway Commerce Park, or the old Glades Correctional institution in Belle Glade, for the company’s future expansion into Palm Beach County. FINFROCK expects to invest money and other resources into its precast concrete manufacturing facilities and administrative offices. On March 9, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners will vote to approve economic incentives for FINFROCK, which has committed to creating more than 200 higher-wage jobs in the Belle Glade district over the next 10 years. FINFROCK will offer a variety of jobs at several skill levels, along with opportunities for career advancement and additional training. The company plans to work closely with local high schools and technical schools such as West Technical Education Center, Palm Beach State College and CareerSource Palm Beach County to provide training and long-term career options.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites the public to attend a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. that will provide an update on the Lake Okeechobee Management Plan currently in development. The development of lake management plans allows for local stakeholders and FWC staff to come up with approaches that will ensure the long-term well-being of these resources and their benefit to people. To participate virtually, registering before the event is required. Interested participants will need to register at Register.gotowebinar.com/register/2239401033942149133. For general waterbody information visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at MyFWC.com/Lake.

Hendry County agricultural businesses and food security operations that have been directly affected by COVID-19 will now be able to apply for financial assistance through HendryCARES. Applications are open on the HendryCARES website – www.HendryCARES.com. The web site has more information to address the qualifications to apply, as well as what documents applicants will need on-hand in order to complete and submit their application. Individuals and businesses can apply online at HendryCARES.com or contact the call center for details on the virtual process and to be connected with services. The call center will be open 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday.