News Cast 01/23

Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Shaqundra Singleton. Her last known address was Prewitt Village, Belle Glade. She is wanted for FAILURE TO APPEAR on BATTERY charges. If you have information on the whereabouts of Shaqundra Singleton, contact Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County.

The city of Clewiston endured more power outages in the city between last night and this morning. A member of the city commission says there was a failure on a line from FPL which caused an issue at the McCarthy substation. Power was restored in the city at about 8:36. Danny Williams, director of utilities for the cityof Clewiston explained that FPL lost a feed. Well, they got the feed back remotely, well, they couldn’t reset the breaker remotely. It must be don’t manually. He says this loss is often time attributed to foggy or misty climates which can sometimes cause poles to catch fire. This is part of what has been happening this week. “It’s all part of the job, he says.”. Williams says crews are still diligently working to make things right in the city. 

On January 22, 2020, the Florida Highway Patrol conducted Operation P.E.D.S. (Pedestrian Education and Developing Safety details) on Main Street in Immokalee from 7:30 am til 10:00 am.  The purpose was to decrease the amount of injuries and deaths through an education detail in an area prone to pedestrian and bicyclist involved crashes.  Troopers interacted with the community throughout the morning and passed out 375 pedestrian-bicycle educational flyers, 375 reflectors and 100 bicycle lights. 

The Kings Tutoring and Mentoring Foundation Inc. soon will start a new program in South Bay called YELP that founder Barbara King plans to put in place as soon as they can into the building they’re calling “The BRIDGE.” The KTM Foundation/BRIDGE will be moving within a few weeks into its new facility, at 1035 Palm Beach Road. Unlike BRIDGE, YELP’s initials do stand for something: “Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program.” Ms. King explains it this way: The plan is to offer programs providing youth tutoring/homework assistance (virtual tutoring for autism); mentoring support; educational summer camp/college tours; recreation opportunities; community services; life skills/proper manners and etiquette training; runaway and homeless youth programs; and more.

— The Guardians of the Glades has one major legislative victory to its credit but, according to co-founder Tammy Jackson-Moore, doesn’t plan to settle back contentedly or slack off in its advocacy for residents of the region.

The organization, born during discussions over a table at the Banyan Tree Restaurant in town in 2015, has a wider-ranging mission presently. Its newest cause, she said, is to have overhead lighting installed along the long stretch of State Road 80 from Lion Country Safari, west of Wellington, all the way out to the Glades because it is a very dark and potentially quite dangerous highway at night.

The Guardians plan is to try to change the local and statewide conversation about the Lake Okeechobee region generally, but especially the Glades area of Palm Beach County. One of the Guardians’ main strategies in bringing the Glades communities of Belle Glade, Canal Point, Pahokee and South Bay together as one voice is disseminating up-to-date information via its social media and other outreach activities. Ms. Jackson-Moore said their firm, united pushback on Senate Bill 10 over the past two legislative sessions has been her most memorable experience in a long career of working on charity-related causes.

A construction project scheduled for SR 82 from Alabama Road to the Lee/Hendry County line will cause some delays due to lane closures, according to FDOT. Crews will be widening SR 82 to four lanes from Alabama Road to the Lee/Hendry County line beginning today through Tuesday, Jan. 28. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures for both eastbound and westbound on SR 82 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday for the duration of the project, weather permitting. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2020.