Tuesday August 17, 2021

Melissa McKinlay, Commissioner and advocate for the Glades communities, is calling on Governor Ron Desantis for emergency assistance, as she says, the local hospital in her district needs help. Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade is reportedly out of ICU beds. A hospital spokesperson said there are six ICU beds and six overflow beds, most of which, are filled with COVID-19 patients. McKinlay said, patients are having to be transferred out as far as Orlando. She reports another hospital, outside of the rural area, is out of blankets, pillows and COVID tests. McKinlay says the situation is frustrating and unacceptable.

A news reports says that Florida spent about $250,000 removing highly toxic algae from the Pahokee Marina, using high-tech devices: ultrasonic bubble-blowers, circulator pumps and algaecide. The state also spent about $750,000 to kill toxic algae at the W.P. Franklin Lock in the Caloosahatchee River. Six tons of a hydrogen peroxide-based algaecide, called Lake Guard Oxy, were applied there in June. Another 12½ tons were stored away, according to a news affiliate. So now, the marina and river are reportedly no longer choked with dense concentrations of algae.

Hendry County School District has provided COVID-19 guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year. The guidelines include information about screenings, physical spacing, facial coverings and students and staff members who are, or may become symptomatic for the virus. The district says they will follow the CDC guidelines for quarantine. District superintendent Michael Swindle says the COVID-19 dashboard reflects nearly real-time results and the numbers change on a daily basis. As of August 17, at 5:15 AM, 16 students are currently reporting a positive result for COVID, while 52 students are currently under orders to quarantine. The dashboard shows 3 staff members have recently tested positive as well. Again, these numbers are expected to change daily. Visit Hendry-schools.org to read the guidelines, and view the dashboard.  Hendry County District Schools / Homepage (hendry-schools.org)

A Broward County man who was charged in a 2018 crash that happened in Glades County, has been found not guilty. Fifty-One-year-old Craig Colton of Fort Lauderdale, was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter, after his passenger, Nicole Hobin, was killed in the crash. A 2018 news report says the crash happened on Reservation Road and involved a motorcycle convoy. Hobin was a passenger on Coltons motorcycle, when they attempted to take a left curve in the roadway. Colton and several of the motorcyclists traveled off the roadway and into a ditch. Hobin was pronounced dead on scene. Coltons defense argued, that the road he crashed on, provided unsafe driving conditions.

The definition of a business in the “real” world is a “profitable enterprise that runs when the owner’s not there.” Every business must have a step-by-step approach to help clarify company objectives and produce consistent profits over time. To learn more about legal and tax implications of starting a business in Florida, register to participate in the online webinar, Tuesday, Aug 17, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Its election day in the city of Labelle. Resident will file into the LaBelle Civic Center to cast their vote, either for a new mayor, or for the incumbent one. Mayor Dave Lyons has been in the seat since 2012, and is hoping to be re-elected. He has served on the city commission since 1988. Julie Wilkins, a LaBelle City Commissioner since 2015 is running for mayor as well. Wilkins hopes to follow in the footsteps of her mother Sherry Craichy, who was mayor of LaBelle for 12 years. Lyons is hoping to increase the numbers for voting in the area. (soundbite) Wilkins says, you can still turn in absentee ballots until the polls close tonight at 7. To Vote in the City of LaBelle Election tomorrow go to the LaBelle Civic Center right behind city hall. Voting opens at 7 AM, and ends at 7 PM.