Thursday October 15, 2020

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is having the ninth and final task force meeting for the M-CORES program after thirteen months of meetings and Community Open Houses. During this final meeting, subject matter experts serving on the task forces will receive public comment, review the public comments submitted regarding the draft report, and hold their final discussion to revise the task force report. The final task force meetings for our local area will be held on the Southwest-Central Florida Corridor, Monday, October 19. This final meeting will be conducted in a hybrid format, allowing members of the public to attend in person to view the meeting broadcast as well as provide public comment. Each task force meeting will have two locations open to the public that will broadcast the meeting live via GoToWebinar. Those who prefer to participate through the virtual GoToWebinar platform are encouraged to register online at FloridaMCORES.com/calendar-of-events/ by clicking on the preferred meeting date. All persons wishing to provide live public comments via the GoToWebinar format must register online no later than Sunday, October 18, no later than 5 PM.

A power outage occurred yesterday in Hendry County causing the schools to lose internet service. Parents in Clewiston received an electronic message from both the high school and the middle school just before 11 AM with limited details and instruction for the remainder of the day. It is unclear if parents on the West side of the County received the same notification. An eye witness tells WAFC News that all government offices in LaBelle were shut down, except for the Supervisor of Elections Office. We reached out to Mayor Dave Lyons to confirm the details surrounding the outage but we have not heard back. Things are expected to return to normal today.

The WIC program in Hendry and Glades Counties continues to welcome families.  In order to limit exposure and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, some WIC clients in Hendry & Glades Counties may now receive services over the phone without having to come to one of the WIC office locations. WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children who meet income and nutrition risk requirements. WIC provides participants who qualify for the program with the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services. Please call (863) 674-4078 or (863) 983-1494 to speak to a WIC representative for more information.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is informing the public about upcoming road work in our area. No roadwork right now for Glades County. In Hendry County, Crews will landscape the storm water ponds along SR 80 from Captain Hendry Drive to Lashley Street.  Please use caution and watch for workers near SR 80.  No lane closures are anticipated for this project.  Estimated project completion is Fall 2020. For our morning commuters, you may have already encountered some road work further west toward the Lee county line on SR80 to sunset trail, Riverside Drive and US41. Crews will be widening SR82 to 4 lanes from Alabama Road to the Lee/Hendry County Line.

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County (DOH- Hendry County) emphasizes the importance for residents and visitors to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus disease. DOH continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Malaria and Dengue. For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit DOH’s Web site at www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html or call your local county health department.