News 4-2-2020

Residents of the state of Florida will be under an “Essential Services and Activities” order. Despite repeatedly rebuffing suggestions from state legislators that he should shut down the state, Governor DeSantis said that he made the move in accordance with new guidance from the Trump Administration, which calls for people to practice social distancing through the end of the month. The order mandates Floridians to “limit movements and personal interactions outside the home” to essential services or activities for the next 30 days. Businesses, like restaurants, are not being forced to close at this time and still continue offering take-out or delivery orders. However, the order will prevent people from gathering in those businesses. The order doesn’t mean residents are never permitted outside their homes. Any further information can be found by logging on to The stay at home order will take effect at midnight.

Some convenience stores around Lake Okeechobee are offering free coffee to first responders: If you’re anywhere near a Town Star location in Okeechobee, Belle Glade or Pahokee, stop by and get you a cup. A free cup of coffee for all first responders.
• Town Star, 12800 State Road 70 E., Okeechobee;
• Town Star, 1865 SR 70 W., Okeechobee;
• Town Star, 2398 SR 70 W, Okeechobee;
• Town Star, 3993 SR 710 E, Okeechobee;
• Town Star, 8605 U.S. 441, Okeechobee;
• Town Star 1540 N.W. Ave. L, Belle Glade;
• Town Star 1624 NW Ave. L, Belle Glade;
• Town Star, 301 N. Main Street, Belle Glade; and,
• Town Star, 3531 E. Main St., Pahokee

From one side of the lake to the next, these Coronavirus parties have a become a problem. We first heard about it in our area when about 60 to 100 LaBelle residents participated in one just last month. Well, news reached Pahokee where 200-300 residents, of mostly young people gathered in the streets over the weekend, causing even more warning against the public congregating. Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay says she hopes this will prompt the County to go further with restrictions, and this is a prime example of a few ruining it for the masses.

Good news for pet owners as a local veterinarian is providing a convenient way to make appointments for your fur babies through an app. Dr Noelle Savedoff and her team at Doc Saavys Animal hospital says during this time, its important to make accommodations for pets, so accommodating in fact, you don’t even have to leave the couch. Airvet enables pet parents to get professional help and advice from their own veterinarian, or another Airvet-network veterinarian whenever they need it. Start an on-demand video call, request a call from your own vet, or simply send a message! Download the Airvet App for Android or Apple to make appointments or to have your pet seen from home. For more information visit Doc Saavys animal hospital on FB.

A burn ban is now in effect for unregulated fires for all of Hendry County as dry weather conditions impact the area. An unregulated fire means any outdoor fire, other than a cook fire, which is not permitted by a governmental agency. Outdoor fires include, but are not limited to, bonfires, campfires or burning of yard debris. Those who violate the burn ban can be subject to a civil fine or charged with a misdemeanor based on the nature of the violation. To obtain a burn permit for commercial or contractor services only, contact the Florida Forest Service at 239-690-8001.To report a burn ban violation, contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number. The burn ban is in effect until further notice.

Law enforcement authorities in our area are warning residents to BEWARE … there is an imposter calling members of the community and asking for their personal information to help with RENT payments.  THIS IS A SCAM!  NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE TO ANYONE CLAIMING TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR RENT PAYMENTS!   If you receive a call like this or any other SCAM please contact Crime Stoppers immediately.