Tuesday February 16, 2021

There’s a business currently located in Moore Haven, that the City of Clewiston has is sights on. Burma Spice wants to expand their location in Moore Haven, after recently expanding their work force to 13 employees. Charles Murphy of WOKC reports, Glades County Commissioner John Ahern said the company would like to have a 15,000 square foot building to expand operations, and the owner of the company offered to purchase a $37,000 lot in the Glades County Business Park. Well, Burma Spice is not limiting its reach to just Glades County. They also are considering property in Clewiston. County Commissioner Tony Whidden said Glades should negotiate so the county doesn’t lose the business and the jobs. Negotiations are ongoing.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said another Florida panther was found dead in Lehigh Acres. At this point, as we face the sixth panther death of 2021, one may be wondering, how do all these endangered panthers keep dying? Well, drivers made the top of the list, according to researchers. When driving at night, you have to keep your guard up – not just for other drivers, but for wildlife too. Meredith Budd, with the Florida Wildlife Federation says the panthers would dart across the road and it would surprise most drivers. This latest panther’s remains were found along the median of SR-82 Saturday. Budd says that panthers are more active between dusk and dawn and when there is a change in weather patterns. FWC and US Fish and Wildlife are working with FDOT and other partner agencies to prevent panther deaths.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced $348,400 has been awarded to 14 rural communities, including Hendry and Glades, to help with economic engagement. Enterprise Florida is awarding Hendry County Economic Development Council and Glades County EDC $25,000 each. These Grants will help rural communities have a competitive edge for site selection projects. Governor DeSantis proposed legislation that would increase data privacy and security, and uphold the rights of Floridians over major technology companies. This announcement is another important step to safeguard Floridians against the often-unchecked power of “Big Tech,”. The proposed legislation aims to shift the balance of power back to consumers and away from Big Tech by creating new protective measures for Floridians and their data privacy. Additionally, the legislation would strengthen current law that does not adequately address the practices of the technology companies.

Three women are likely a little shaken up after being involved in a single vehicle accident yesterday morning in Lee County. A 49-year-old Alva woman was traveling west in the outside lane on State Road 80 just before she lost control of the car. It travelled off the side of the road in to the grass and overturned, landing on the roof. Her and her 2 passengers, also Alva residents suffered only minor injuries.

Hendry County Road & Bridge will be conducting road repairs in Harlem through Friday, February 19 between the hours of 8am – 4pm. Expect lane closures and possible delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time to reach your destination. Please drive cautiously, if you must drive through this area. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

The Harry Chapin Food bank is still making its rounds in our communities to show support, and provide for those in need. Today at 10 the free food pantry will be in Lehigh Acres at the Copperhead Golf Club. Tomorrow, they’ll be here in Clewiston. Feeding with Hope will be at the John Boy Auditorium from 10 a.m. – Noon. This a drive through food pantry. So stay in your car, and simply pop your trunk.