Thursday April 22, 2021

So remember the manatee that was found with what we thought was the the word TRUMP carved into its back? It seems that new information has been released regarding this incident. The Animal Legal Defense Fund on Tuesday announced it is offering an additional $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible, despite this new information. Someone took pictures and video of the animal in January during a manatee swim tour in Homosassa Springs. It appeared “Trump” was actually written in algae on the manatee’s back, and not actually carved onto it like originally thought. Still, the organization finds these events troubling and hopes the additional reward will help someone come forward. The organization’s offer brings its total to $8,000.

A pleasure trip for 7 people turned into a boat rescue on Lake Okeechobee Tuesday. Glades County Sheriff Lt. Gary Johnson says an airboat sunk in the Buckhead Marsh area at about 10:30 Tuesday morning. They found some of the occupants in the 7 feet of water while others sat on top of the overturned vessel. No injuries were reported.

Hendry and Glades County couldn’t really come to a resolution to work a deal for fire and EMS in Western Glades County. Ortona based Commissioner Donna Storter Long raised concerns about putting a Hendry ambulance at a new station at Pollywog Crossover Road. In return, Glades would hire six firemen to staff the station. Hendry Commissioner Darrell Harris was surprised they didn’t finish the deal and wants to go back to the drawing board. He says it’s extremely important to figure something out quickly though. Hendry has the ambulances and paramedics, but rely heavily on volunteer firemen. The two counties had talked about future cooperation with perhaps a joint station in Fort DeNaud.

A news outlet reports that one day after announcing it would open the Port Mayaca Lock & Dam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday postponed Lake Okeechobee discharges after state water managers raised concerns about toxic algae flowing into the St. Lucie River. 

Lake O discharges to the east were set to resume in short bursts during an eight-hour period Wednesday, so government scientists could study the flow of sediment that pollutes coastal estuaries. But highly toxic algae documented last week at the Port Mayaca dam prompted South Florida Water Management District staff to request the Corps postpone that part of the study until conditions improve, district spokesperson Sean Cooley told the media Tuesday. He says it will be rescheduled, for an undetermined date. If the Corps had to open the St. Lucie Lock & Dam during the study, the algae could have made its way from the lake, to the C-44 Canal, to the St. Lucie River. Lake O releases from the Moore Haven Lock & Dam to the Caloosahatchee River, still occurred Tuesday, according to the Corps.

The Health Departments in Hendry & Glades Counties will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations by WALK-INS , April 24th & 25th. They’ll be in Clewiston on Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. And in LaBelle on Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, April 25th they’ll be in Moore Haven at the training center from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.