Monday April 26, 2021

 The Florida Oceanographic Society is reporting that potentially toxic algae has been found near the Pahokee City Marina. The environmental organization posted on Facebook that “toxic cyanobacteria is building up!” The Florida Oceanographic Society shared some pictures to “remind us of the nightmarish Toxic Summer of 2016 in our local waterways.” The organization added that seeing “blooms of microcystis this early in the season is concerning for our upcoming wet season.” Scientists said toxic algae blooms are fueled by fresh water, heat, and nutrients from farmlands and fertilizers. A news source says the Army Corps of Engineers is not currently releasing any water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary, but the agency is monitoring the lake level closely ahead of our rainy season. Test results still must be completed on the water at the Pahokee City Marina to determine if the algae is indeed, toxic.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office took to its Facebook page to show off a little dipper. A small gator was found in a residential pool in Clewiston on Friday, and the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office came to the rescue. The gator was captured and released back to the lake. This is a reminder to always make sure you check your pool before jumping in. 

Guardians of the Glades Founder Tammy Jackson Moore says, the Keep Belle Glade Beautiful Community Cleanup was a huge success! Close to 80 residents participated and more than 20,000 pounds of trash were picked up throughout the area. Joining the cleanup were the City’s mayor and the City Manager. Various agency’s and members of some sororities and fraternities were involved, as well as the Boys & Girls Club, and Christ Fellowship Church.

The Florida Department of Health reported 4,671 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, significantly less than the 7,411 cases reported Saturday. State records show a total of 2,208,584 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Florida since the start of the pandemic. State health officials reported 37 virus-related deaths on Sunday. Records show a total of 35,534 people have died from coronavirus complications in Florida. COVID-19 vaccination efforts also continue across the state. Family Heath Centers of Southwest Florida is holding a vaccination event this Thursday, April 29 from 9 AM to 3 PM at 930 S. Main St. LaBelle. Anyone who is interested in the Moderna vaccine and is 18 years of older is welcome to attend the vaccination event this Thursday in LaBelle. Sunday marked the first day in two weeks since the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was available in Florida.

A woman following too closely in Lehigh Acres yesterday, left her 92-year-old passenger in serious condition, after a vehicle accident early Sunday Morning.  The report from the Florida Highway Patrol says the 44-year-old Lehigh woman was driving her van too closely to another van, which was operated by a 30-year-old Fort Myers man. The report says all 3 involved were wearing their seatbelts, however the 2 drivers suffered no injuries. The elderly passenger, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be providing free food on Wednesday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – Noon on the
Chalo Nitka Grounds in Moore Haven
and from 10 a.m. – Noon at the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston