Tuesday February 2, 2021

A young Clewiston woman and a Belle Glade man have both perished in a vehicle accident. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that 22-year-old Jazmin Gomez was a passenger in car driven by 33 year old Noe Margarito Jr. The report says Margarito drove through the stop sign at the intersection of Muck City Road and Conners Hwy in Belle Glade at around 8:25 last night. The vehicle continued through the guardrail on the eastside of Conners Highway, and into the canal. Both Jazmin and Noe were pronounced dead at Lakeside Medical Center.

Government agencies, environmental groups and other stakeholders will gather virtually this week, to focus on Everglades restoration. They’ll be talking about the past 20 years of Lake Okeechobee management and harmful algal blooms. Eve Samples, executive director of Friends of the Everglades, is part of a panel, which will focus on the 2018 algal blooms that smothered Southwest Florida, and the health implications that have been discovered since.  Houston Cypress with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians is participating in the event as well. He said he’d like to see more diversity at these types of events and at the decision table when funding decisions are made. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Water Management District and other agencies, as well as environmental groups like Audubon of Florida, are part of the program.

More information can be found at EvergladesCoalition.org

Palm Beach County has two of the top ten most affordable places to retire, according to a new list, published at 55Places.com. The city of Boynton Beach came in at number one, while Delray Beach, is ninth on the list. To give some perspective, the list is based on cost of living, median home value, taxes, accessible health care, transit and walkability scores, and the availability of 55-plus communities. The other 2 areas of Florida on the list? Tampa-St. Pete at number 5 and Ocala in 10th place.

The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida A&M University Rattlers – National Alumni Association, is once again addressing the needs of the elderly, who are experiencing challenges as a direct result of COVID -19. Adults over the age 60 that have lost their spouse due to COVID-19 can request a HOT dinner meal through the Alumni Association’ Food on the Table Initiative. Dinner meal requests can be made anytime throughout the week to Willie Miller, manager of the Senior Center in Belle Glade @ 561.386.9897. You can either pick up a meal, or have the meal delivered this Friday.

Both lanes of CR-832 in Hendry County were closed yesterday after a tractor-trailer flipped, in the afternoon hours. The crash happened just east of the fire tower near State Road 29. The trailer was filled with sand that spilled over both lanes of CR-832. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the crash.

Hendry County Road & Bridge will be conducting road repairs on all County Road (CR) 833 intersections in Montura, today between 10am – 4pm.  Expect some lane closures and possible delays and allow extra time to reach your destination. Use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Florida launched a statewide website for signing up to get vaccinated. MyVaccine.FL.Gov allows Floridians to enter their information and secure a place in line for a vaccine. Jared Moskowitz, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, told lawmakers this week, counties can pull names from the list and contact residents when appointments become available. The site will also help the state give residents a more accurate timeline of when they can expect to get vaccinated. The site can’t schedule appointments for vaccinations at Publix Pharmacies. For now, only those 65 and older, long term care facility residents and staff, health care workers, and those deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID can register. You can also call to sign up for the list. Click this link to find the number to call for your county.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, there have been 1,727,107 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 26,685 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 147 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of January 31. The type of variants is not specified on the table. There 257 new cases reported Monday, statewide and 6 new deaths. Glades County reported 870 total cases and 13 deaths. Hendry County reported 4,054 cases and 57 deaths. Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.