Monday June, 15th 2020

You may encounter so roadwork on your commute this week. U.S. 441 S.E. between canal 59 and Southeast 66th Avenue. Crews are constructing a new pumping station including a new driveway connection to U.S. 441 Southeast. Watch for workers close to the roadway with shoulder closures. Watch for trucks and equipment entering and leaving the roadway.


Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway on U.S. 27 from Fifth Street to north of SR 78 in Moore Haven. Additional work includes improving the drainage, sidewalks and road shoulders, and installing curb and gutter, signage and pavement markings, and water and sewer lines along U.S. 27. They’ll be replacing traffic signals at Sixth Street and 10th Street and adding new street lights at 10th Street and S.R. 78 intersections. Expect periodic nighttime and daytime lane closures on U.S. 27 during construction.


State Road 80 from Dalton Lane to County Road 833, Crews will widen approximately 11 miles of roadway from two to four lanes and add new turning lanes. Additional work includes repaving the current lanes and constructing ten new bridges. Three of the bridges will require full demolition and removal of the existing bridges to construct the new ones. Work also includes drainage improvements, adding curb and gutter, and installing LED lighting. Please use caution and watch for workers in the construction zone. Estimated project completion is summer 2020.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 14, 2020 Hendry County Deputies were dispatched to the area of Apache Circle and Nobles Road in response to the report of a shooting. Deputies found 30-year-old, off Duty Officer Julian Keen, Jr., of Florida Wildlife Conservation, fatality shot. Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are the lead investigators on this homicide assisted by FDLE. Investigators currently have three suspects in custody and are questioning them at this time. Authorities are asking that if anyone has any information regarding this shooting, to contact Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 863-674-0406.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating an accident that claimed the life of two Okeechobee residents and seriously injured an eight-year-old local boy Friday afternoon in Okeechobee County. FHP troopers say a 63-year-old local woman was driving a sedan with her passengers, a 74-year-old local man and the eight-year-old boy, southbound on Highway 98 North just after noon while a pickup truck was coming from the opposite direction on 98. The woman driving the sedan for some reason she drifted into the opposite lane where her car collided head on with the pickup truck near Atland Recycling. The impact sent the woman’s sedan off the road and onto the shoulder before colliding with a concrete wall. Both the sedan driver and her male passenger succumbed to their injuries and the eight-year-old boy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The pickup truck driver, a 68-year-old Okeechobee woman and her male passenger were treated for minor injuries. The accident forced the closure of the road in both directions for about three to four hours. Due to Marsy’s Law, names of the people involved in the accident are not being released.

Here’s most recent Covid-19 report for areas around the lake as of June 15 at 530 a.m. Hendry County is reporting 638, Up from 597 since Friday. Glades county has 114 confirmed positive cases. The City of Belle Glade is reporting 501. South Bay has 227 and Pahokee has 185. Testing opportunities have increased in Hendry and Glades Counties. 

Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven today from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston will conduct testing on Wednesday June 17th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

 Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle Friday, June 19th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Residents of Hendry and Glades Counties can secure an appointment for testing by calling the Hendry County Health Department Clewiston, LaBelle or Moore Haven.

 There are no criteria for testing, but appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years and older. This is a “drive-thru” service. All individuals must stay in their vehicles during the process. Persons tested will be given instructions on how to receive their test results. Results may take 5 business days.