News 2-24-2020

Sheriff David Hardin is urging residents to download the free, Florida See Something, Say Something or (Florida See Say), mobile app to report suspicious activity. The app allows citizens to report suspicious activity related to terrorism. Citizens can also access educational materials and videos to learn what is suspicious and how to stay safe. GCSO has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the New York Transit Authority (NYTA) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to develop the nation’s first “If You See Something, Say Something” app. Prior to the release of the app, the public could only report suspicious activity online from the “If You See Something, Say Something” toolkit or by calling 855-FLASAFE. With the new Florida See Say app, citizens have an even more convenient reporting option. To download the app, search “Florida See Say” in your phone’s app store or go to flseesay.org for more into.

According to Palm Beach Interactive, around 50 fishermen and locals gathered in Clewiston Saturday morning to protest chemical spraying done in state waterways by the Florida Wildlife Commission. Fishermen and other lake locals say FWC chemical spraying is killing plants, animals, and their way of life. The FWC says all of the chemicals being sprayed are deemed safe, but people who spend all their time on the water disagree. Eric Cassels comes from a long line of fishermen and proclaims that fisherman can’t make money on the catfish due to spray and loss of habitat. He says he’s seeing the lake and his livelihood die off. The FWC declined an interview but did send this statement:

Before an herbicide may be used in Florida waters, it must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Once registered for use in Florida waters, the FWC contracts with universities and other research institutions to find the most environmentally compatible and cost-effective strategies to apply herbicides to control invasive plants while conserving or enhancing native plants and animal communities.

Rep. Brian Mast has also been vocal about the FWC spraying in Lake O. saying it doesn’t make sense to spend millions of dollars in restoration if the FWC is just going to continue to “poison” the ecosystem.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews took three people to trauma hospitals Friday morning after a crash on U.S. Highway 27 south of South Bay. Authorities responded at about 6:30 a.m. to reports of a wreck at the intersection of Okeelanta Road and U.S. 27. Rescue crews said, A tractor-trailer collided with several other vehicles. This crash remains under investigation.

Pahokee Park sits on the shore of Lake Okeechobee. A massive American flag that once was welcomed visitors has been missing for weeks. A witness says the flag was so old, it blew away in the wind last month. The firefighters at Pahokee Station 72, with help from Belle Glade Station 73, used their ladder trucks to put up a new Old Glory. Apparently, local veterans and some people from the community also took part to make it happen.

Two Okeechobee residents died in a vehicle accident Friday. 28-year-old Samuel Curbelo was traveling westbound on SW 28th Street according to the Florida Hwy Patrol. The report says that for unknown reasons, Curbelo failed to drive within a single lane running off the roadway striking a tree. He died on the scene. His passenger, 54-year-old George Byrd, was transported to Lawnwood hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. This case is still pending investigation.