Monday August 3, 2020

The Naples Daily News gave Kudos to The U.S. House, as the source says they were able to set aside party animosity long enough last week to honor a fallen officer of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Moore Haven Lock and Dam has been renamed the Julian Keen, Jr. Lock and Dam in honor of the late FWC Officer Julian Keen Jr. Keen was shot fatally June 14, 2020, in LaBelle while attempting to stop a hit-and-run suspect while off duty. A lifelong resident of Southwest Florida, Keen was a pillar in his community, a loving friend and family member, and a driving force for good. Affectionately known as “Batman,” he was a six-year veteran of the FWC, and he sought to help all those in need and make a difference in the community. U.S Rep. Diaz-Balart credited local law enforcement officers, government officials and state legislators for garnering support for the name change.

Football stars Jonathan Mann, Pernell McPhee, Travis Benjamin and Deonte Thompson formed JPDT Holdings to redevelop aging homes in Pahokee, Belle Glade and South Bay. These players are used to being on the receiving end on the football field for teams like the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys. Off the field, the two wide receivers are scoring points back home for their work on the giving end. The company’s first project is to rehabilitate an old house in downtown Pahokee and sell it to someone in town. With those profits, the company hopes to flip more old homes. The company hopes to rehab older homes in Belle Glade and South Bay. It’s all part of a broader plan to inject millions into the economies and tax bases of the three cities through projects that will include restaurants and entertainment venues. The renovation work is being paid with money invested by the four co-founders in JPDT Holdings, said Thompson, who reportedly earned just under $6 million over his first seven NFL seasons.

Beginning today Hendry County residents and businesses that have been directly affected by COVID-19 will be able to apply for financial assistance through HendryCARES. Funding from the assistance program may be used to pay past-due utility, lease, and mortgage bills as well as possible workforce development opportunities. There’s a business grant available for small businesses facing financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of these funds is to provide temporary financial relief to those impacted by the pandemic. Applications open today on the HendryCARES website – . features FAQ’s that address the qualifications to apply as well as what documents applicants will need on-hand in order to complete and submit their application.

A 25-year-old Clewiston man is in serious condition following a vehicle accident early Friday morning in Hendry County. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the man was driving a sedan southbound on Flaghole Road near Girl Scout Trail in Clewiston a little after four o’clock when for unknown reasons he drove his sedan across the center line and continued in a southeasterly direction across the northbound lane before the vehicle went off the road. The man lost control of the vehicle before it overturned on the grassy shoulder and coming to rest in a ditch. The man was airlifted to Saint Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach where, at the time of this report, he was in serious but stable condition. His name is not releasable to the public due to Marsy’s Law. It remains under investigation.