Tuesday August 3, 2021

With school starting pretty soon, more young children will now be included in COVID-19 vaccine trials. Doctors say the vaccine will better protect children as cases continue to rise in Florida. Moderna and Pfizer plan to expand their COVID-19 vaccine study by enrolling more participants under the age of 12. Many parents have expressed concern and said they don’t plan to have their children vaccinated. Moderna said Monday it expects to have enough data to apply for FDA authorization in younger kids by late this year or early 2022. Pfizer has previously said it expects to apply in September for children ages 5 through 11. Results for two younger age groups that began testing a little later should be available by October or November, according to the company.

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings called for the closure of Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven. Demings and seven other lawmakers called on U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, to shut down the center, describing it as “not operationally necessary” and that it “violat[es] human dignity.” Opponents say, calling for the removal of an ICE detention center is a step in the opposite direction of what lawmakers should implement, to rectify the situation, especially with ongoing border patrol issues in the US.

A precautionary boil water notice was issued Friday to the following areas of LaBelle, due to an emergency water line repair.  The affected areas are:

   •     NE Beechwood Circle

   •     Birwood Circle

   •     Clearview Circle

   •     Pebble Lane

   •     Base Court

   •     Avon Court

   •     Box Court

The order will be lifted when satisfactory bacteriological sampling results are obtained.  The anticipated time frame is through August 4.

The US Army Corp of Engineers Jacksonville District hosted a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of the construction for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. It’s been 22 years in the making, and Chairman of the Lake Okeechobee Coalition Karson Turner, vividly recalls conversations with his grandfather on the problems in Lake Okeechobee, before now. This restoration effort is a 50-50 partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District.  USACE Commander Col. Andrew Kelly said, “The Kissimmee River Restoration Project was the first successful large-scale, active riverine ecosystem restoration project in the country, and even in the world”. Since the project began in 1999, the river and its floodplain improved in a lot of ways, including, the conversion of nearly 20,000 acres of drained floodplain, to ecologically beneficial wetlands.

In accordance with Chapter 775 of the Florida Statues, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Menotti Allegretti, who is now temporarily residing at 302 Pelican Lake Drive, Pahokee.              

As Florida families begin preparing for another school year, our Governor and his cabinet are reminding Floridians, that they can save money on school supplies and clothing during the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday now through Monday August 9. For more information and to view the lists of qualifying items, visit the Department of Revenue’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday website at floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.

The School District of Palm Beach County is hosting a job fair this week to hire bus drivers. The job fair will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Central Transportation, near West Palm Beach. Trainees who become school bus drivers will receive a starting pay of $15.08 per hour with full benefits, scheduled time off including holidays, and Florida Retirement.