News 3-10-2020

Who’s ready for some lowered gas prices? AAA reports that Florida gas prices should drop this week. And they’re talking perhaps as low as under $2 per gallon in some areas. In some areas of West Palm Beach, prices were as low as $2.19. Experts say this is good news for drivers’ bank accounts, but bad news for the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. AAA reports that the virus has led to a lower global demand for jet fuel and gasoline.

In what seems to be a response to encourage travel, perhaps further in the future, the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office is making it easier for you to get a passport. The office held a “passport day” at the courthouse locations in Delray Beach, Belle Glade, and Palm Beach Gardens. The office held special Saturday hours with no appointment necessary. They’ll even take your photo. If you missed it, they are doing it again on Saturday, March 21.

A message from the office of Governor DeSantis: As of March 9, eight counties in Florida have positive cases for COVID-19, including Manatee, Hillsborough, Santa Rosa, Broward, Lee, Charlotte, Okaloosa and Volusia, but, COVID-19 poses a risk to the entire state of Florida; and the CDC currently recommends community preparedness and everyday prevention measures be taken by all individuals and families in the United States, including voluntary home isolation when individuals are sick with respiratory symptoms, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and disposal of the tissue immediately thereafter, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers with 60 to 95% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available and routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects. There are currently 18 Florida cases; 12 diagnosed in Florida, 5 diagnosed and isolated in another state and 1 confirmed positive, non-Florida resident isolated in our state. There are 115 in-state test results pending and 302 people currently being monitored.

Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office scheduled a livestock auction at the Livestock Market earlier today. Up for auction was a black Brangus cross heifer and a red Brangus cross heifer. The proceeds will be donated to, and benefit, the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Scholarship. The auction was held at 1 o’clock at the Livestock Market on the 1000 block of Highway 98.

A former Hendry County Deputy has yet another court date scheduled for a domestic battery charge he is facing stemming from an incident last November where he allegedly hit his wife. Anthony Blackman, who joined the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office over 3 years ago, had his last court appearance February 12 where one of the Domestic Violence charges was dropped. According to Hendry County Clerk of Court, Blackman has another court appearance tomorrow March 11, at the Hendry County Courthouse at 1:30 where he will still face one county of Domestic Battery.