Monday March 29, 2021

A hit and run crash over the weekend leaves a Clewiston resident in serious condition. On March 27th at around 1045 PM, the 51-year-old man was walking east on Virginia Avenue, just east of 11th Street, when an unknown vehicle hit him. Investigators believe the vehicle may have been an SUV. The pedestrian was transported to a local area hospital in serious condition. FHP says the vehicle is possibly a gray / silver, or gold pick-up truck or sport utility vehicle. The crash investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is to call *FHP or Crime Stoppers.

An accident that happened early Saturday evening leaves a Lehigh Acres man dead. The 37-year-old was driving north on Green Meadow Road in Lee County, at around 5:10 P.M., when his vehicle hit a concrete utility pole. The driver, was pronounced deceased on scene. The Florida Highway Patrol gave no further information on what caused the crash.

The Florida Department of Health has officially issued an update on the progress of vaccination efforts in our state. The State of Florida is in its fifteenth week of vaccine distribution and is continuing to increase vaccine access statewide, according to the Governor’s Office. Governor DeSantis announced that beginning today, Monday March 29, all individuals age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. And, beginning next Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and older will be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine, and those 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.  If you fit any of these requirements, pre-registration is open at www.myvaccine.fl.gov. You can also call the vaccine preregistration phone number for your specific county, listed here.

In other vaccine news, The Health Care District of Palm Beach County launched a new scheduling system available at http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org. The technology allows those who are eligible to self-schedule the time and location of their vaccination appointment. The new single-step scheduling form gives patients more control, reduces wait times for appointments and makes it clear where patients stand in the process. Individuals who visit the website can schedule themselves until all appointments are full.  For those with no internet access, the Health Care District’s helpline at 561-804-4115 is available to assist in English, Spanish and Creole.

SEXUAL PREDATOR NOTIFICATION In accordance with Chapter 775 of the Florida Statutes, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Todd Robert Sorren, who is now residing at 303 Pelican Lake Drive A, Pahokee.

Governor Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion with cruise industry executives and employees to highlight the importance of this critical industry to Florida’s economy.  At the roundtable, DeSantis called on the (CDC) to rescind its no-sail order which is supposed remain in place until November 1, 2021. The federal government apparently has provided guidance to all other transportation industries; however, it has failed to issue guidance for the cruise industry to assist in its recovery. We’re not sure if the order will be rescinded or not, but the nation is 2 weeks passed the one year anniversary of the CDC’s no-sail order. It’s estimated that during the first 6 months of the pandemic, losses in Florida due to the cruise industry shutdown totaled $3.2 billion in economic activity, including 49,500 jobs paying $2.3 billion in wages.

It’s a whole new week, and that means, new road projects that are gonna be good for our roads, but potentially hazardous to your commute. This weekly report is prepared by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to inform the public about upcoming road work. Let this also be a reminder to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience. FDOT reminds us, that speeding fines are doubled in work zones. In Glades County, Crews will be making improvements to SR 78 from US 27 to the Herbert Hoover Bridge.  They will be resurfacing and adding guardrail, amongst other things.  During construction, daytime lane closures will occur on SR 78, weather permitting. Lanes may be closed throughout the day from 8 am to 5 pm. In Hendry County, on SR 80 from Hendry Isles Boulevard to Everhigh Road, Crews will be repairing washouts near the roadway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work near and on the roadway. Leave a little earlier if you must, just incase there is a delay or detour on your route. Drive safely everyone.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has met the campaign goal of $10.8 million.  This is the 28th consecutive year that the goal has been met or exceeded. Campaign Chairs Karen Ryan (LCEC) and Bob Beville (Waterman Broadcasting) announced that local residents and companies contributed a record amount of $10.8 MILLION to the campaign.  The theme of the 2020-2021 United Way Campaign was “Rise to the Challenge”.  Making the goal means United Way Partner agencies will receive their share of funding for the coming year.  Long standing United Way Partners like Harry Chapin Food Bank, Community Cooperative, Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT), and Children’s Advocacy Center will be able to continue their vital programs because of the support provided to United Way by the community in surpassing their goal.

Agweek.com reports that United States Sugar Corp.  announced that it will purchase Imperial Sugar Co. The deal includes its port refinery at the city of Port Wentworth, Ga., and its sugar transfer and liquefaction facility in Kentucky. Robert H. Buker Jr., U.S. Sugar’s president and CEO, said the Imperial Sugar “port refinery, consumer brands and sugar processing capabilities” are all part of the deal and will provide its customers with a “more dependable, secure” supply of sugar. Moving forward, United Sugars will use the Imperial brands, which are strongest in across the South and into the Midwest. The marketer also will continue to use the Crystal Sugar brand, which is particularly strong in the Midwest.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Jerome Watson. His last known address is SW 4th St., Belle Glade. He is wanted for FAILURE TO APPEAR on POSSESSION OF (XANAX) and being UNLICENSED CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jerome Watson, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.