News 2-27-2020

It’s no secret that the City of Belle Glade has had their political and economic challenges. However, Mayor Steve Wilson is proud of the growth and diversity that the city represents. The mayor boasts that it’s the home to the second largest freshwater lake in the country and the fifth largest school district in Florida. He proclaims the City of Belle Glade has one of the most diverse populations of cities of 20,000 people or less. With current projects already underway in the areas of housing, and new business, and with a high school graduation rate at Glades Central Community High School at 92%, Wilson is hopeful about the direction of the city. Current projects in the city include and extension to the boys and girls club facilities and a Papa John’s pizza.

Okeechobee County Commissioners will meet this morning. They will hold a public hearing about the revising of permitted hours that county eateries can serve alcoholic beverages to their customers on Sundays. Currently, they cannot serve alcohol to customers until one o’clock on Sundays. The proposed revision will allow county eateries to begin serving alcohol at ten o’clock in the morning. The meeting begins at nine o’clock this morning and it will be held in the Historic County Courthouse. It’ll be streamed live on the commissioners’ website.

A second teenager has reportedly been arrested in a shooting in Belle Glade last month that appeared to have been spurred by a Facebook post about an October double homicide in the city, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records. Nautica Harrold Donaldson, 19, was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted first-degree murder, illegally possessing a gun and shooting into a building, all charges to which he has pleaded not guilty. On yesterday morning a judge ordered he remain jailed without the possibility of posting bond. Donaldson and 18-year-old Altley Johnson are accused of firing a total of 22 shots at about 5 p.m. Jan. 14 on Avenue  in Belle Glade. No one was injured in the gunfire.

Yesterday, First Lady of Florida Casey DeSantis announced the Black History Month student contest winners and Excellence in Education Award recipients. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Untold Stories and Contributions of African Americans in Florida” and the winners were honored during the Black History Month awards ceremony at the Florida Governor’s Mansion. Black History Month is celebrated every year in Florida during the month of February. Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee said “During Black History Month, we reflect and honor the contributions of this community of strong, resilient individuals who have enriched and continue to enhance the lives of Floridians, for which we are grateful.” To find out more visit Florida Black History.com

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $14 million has been awarded to seven organizations through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program. Award recipients include local workforce development boards, schools, colleges and universities in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. The program, administered by DEO, is designed to train Floridians in construction trades necessary to support disaster recovery efforts. Hendry County School District was awarded over 1.4 million dollars to expand the district’s workforce development program providing training in industrial mechanics, HVAC and welding.