Thursday January 7, 2021

Captain Susan Harrell of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office announced, on Tuesday, January 5, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden was sworn in for his fourth term as Hendry County Sheriff. Sheriff Whidden, family members and members of the Sheriff’s Office, gathered in the courtroom at the Hendry County Courthouse for the ceremony. Sheriff Whidden was quoted as saying, “I was honored to be sworn in by Judge Darrell Hill. I am truly humbled and honored to have been re-elected to serve the people of Hendry County for another four years”. 

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) have partnered with Publix Supermarkets to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites. Governor DeSantis made this announcement at the first Publix vaccination site in Ocala. Publix is receiving 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to launch a new pilot program at 22 Publix Supermarkets, beginning Friday, January 8. Appointments can be made beginning today. The 22 pilot locations will be open in three counties: three in Citrus County, 11 in Hernando County, and eight in Marion County. All vaccinations by Publix locations will be by appointment only. Beginning today, qualified individuals can make an appointment by visiting www.publix.com/covidvaccine.

In June, Palm Beach County commissioners approved $5 million in Cares Act money to turn an old senior living complex near Lake Okeechobee into a COVID-19 and homeless shelter. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for housing resources moved to the top of a long list of needs.  For years, the closest shelter and resource center was over 40 miles away. Palm Beach County now has a shelter and resource center for unhoused people in the Glades Community. Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said there is a 43-unit complex now in Pahokee. Commissioner McKinlay says the county also used the county’s 1-cent sales tax revenue to open a homeless resource center. Both are restricted to Glades residents.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a waring saying another scam is circulating. This time, an imposter is calling members of the community and claiming to be Capt. Patrick Johnson or Lt. Michael Gauger from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.  This imposter is telling people that he or she or a member of their family has a warrant for their arrest.  The imposter then tells the person that they can get rid of the warrant in exchange for money.  The imposter then threatens to send a deputy to the residents’ home to make an arrest if he or she does not comply.  THIS IS A SCAM!  PBSO Employees DO NOT CALL for Money or Personal Information.  If you receive a call like this or any other SCAM HANG UP and CALL 911!