News 3-19-2020

James Brickel, Director of Administrative Services for Glades County Schools announced that beginning Monday, March 23, from 11:00 to 11:30 and continuing while the schools remain closed, the Glades County school district will deliver FREE bag breakfasts and lunches to bus stops for all youth.  Students will receive one bag lunch and one bag breakfast at their bus stop when the school bus arrives.   For walkers and car riders, they will also operate a ‘drive through’ service at the parent pick up behind Moore Haven Elementary School and the bus loop at West Glades School.  This service will operate Monday-Friday, from 11:00 to 11:30 am.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a scam where elderly victims locally and from around the country are being contacted by a bank representative. The suspect advises the victim that there is fraudulent activity on their bank cards and they will be sending a bank representative to their home to pick up the compromised card.  The suspect attempts to get the victim’s PIN number then tells them someone will be by their house to pick up the card.  Shortly thereafter, fraudulent charges are found to be applied to the victim’s account. Please be aware of this scam and have your loved ones on alert.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will temporarily suspend all camping on District-managed lands for 60 days, effective today, Thursday, March 19. The District is following the guidance of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize activities that result in gathering of large groups of people. Individuals currently camping are allowed to remain in the campground until 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23. Public access for recreational purposes, other than camping, is still an option. The district says they will continue to communicate any further changes.

In accordance with Chapter 775 the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Gary Boyd, Date of Birth: 02/23/1978, who is now residing at 781 S. Main Street, Belle Glade  33430

Drivers in some areas of Hendry County should be prepared for a new traffic pattern on SR 80 from a half mile west of Hendry Isles Boulevard to just east of CR 833.  The eastbound traffic will be shifted to the new outside travel lanes on the south side of SR 80. During the week of March 23, motorists should be prepared for a new traffic pattern on SR 80 from Dalton Lane to a half mile west of Hendry Isles Boulevard. The westbound traffic will be shifted to the new outside travel lanes on the north side of SR 80.  The current two-way traffic will be divided by the grassed median.  One lane will be provided in both eastbound and westbound directions. All turn lanes and crossroads will be open.  This is change to your normal driving pattern so pay close attention to the new location of stop signs.

To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. As of 6 p.m. last night, there are 328 total** Florida cases. One person has died in Clay County who had previously tested positive. New Florida cases include:

  • 14 additional positive COVID-19 cases reported to the Florida Department of Health.

 For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, call the 24-hr hotline at 1-866-779-6121 and speak to a live person.  Inquiries may also be emailed to

Based on the most recent guidance from the State of Florida regarding public gatherings, Hendry County is canceling the Tuesday, March 24 regular Board of County Commission Meeting in LaBelle. The County expects to hold future meetings. If the situation changes, notification will be sent out. The county also has    — to inform the public of the status of public meetings and facilities and other Hendry County related information. The website will be updated as decisions are made.

The City of Clewiston is scheduled to have a special meeting to discuss a settlement between City of Clewiston versus Johnson-Prewitt and Associates for a proposed amount of more than $150,000. The City will also address Emergency Management Issues. The meeting is scheduled for Monday March 23, at 4 at City Hall.