Tuesday July 21, 2020

It’s hurricane season. And Glades County Community Development Department wants you to be educated on Storm Water management. Here’s why it matters. When storm water is absorbed into the soil, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or, flows into streams and rivers. The excess water runs across the surface and into the roadways and ditches, carrying with it debris, chemicals, bacteria and other pollutants, into streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands. It’s hard to manage because it happens. Susan Buchans, Community Development Director for Glades County, says education about the permit is important. She give us tips on how we can help. Here’s what you can do to help minimize the impacts of storm water:

            Never dump anything on the street, down a storm drain, or into a drainage ditch

            Clean up after your pet in your yard, on walks, in public parks, and in rest‐areas

while traveling

            Use less fertilizer and do not apply when the forecast calls for heavy rain

            Check your vehicles for leaks and repair them

            Not blowing leaves and grass into storm drains or ditches

            Direct downspouts onto lawns and away from paved surfaces

            Dispose of toxic products at local household hazardous waste collection centers

            Properly maintaining your septic system
Glades County maintains a webpage with information and resources to help keep our waters clean. There is information specific to Glades County and links to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District, to name a few. There is information on storm water management, landscape guides, septic system maintenance, and the University of Florida/IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhood Program.

With number of COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise in our area, the Hendry County Health Department has another way to help slow the spread. Dr. Joseph Pepe, Health Administrator for the County will provide a COVID-19 safety course in conjunction with the Health Department. The course is to help businesses and employees address policies and procedures that should be used in order to protect themselves and their customers. The course will be held this Friday from 11 to noon and all participants will receive a certificate to be displayed in your place of business. To sign up, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/covid19-safety-course-for-hendry-glades-businesses-tickets-113919809216

The Florida Department of Health (DOH), releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. Also once per day, it releases the number of cases county by county. The latest cases as of this morning are as follows: Hendry County has had 1,389 positive cases of COVID-19 since testing began. Glades County now reports 286. Western Palm Beach County reports a combined 1,358 between Belle Glade (694), South Bay (316) and Pahokee (348). Testing is still being done in all three counties. Contact your local health department, your primary care physician or hospital for testing information.

An affiliate news source reports that a 20-year-old Alva man was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for threatening online to kill someone. Chase A. Davis will also have to complete 400 hours of community service, pay $1,440 in restitution to the American Family Association, and serve a three-year term of supervised release. Davis pleaded guilty on Nov. 27, 2019, to making threats over the internet from Pompano Beach to Tupelo, Mississippi, on the American Family Association’s Facebook page.

The Florida Department of Corrections website states that they are working with the Florida Department of Health to closely monitor the development of COVID-19 in prison staff and inmates. The website is updated daily with latest numbers including those of the 2 closest facilities to us around the lake. Moore Haven Correctional Facility in Glades County reports 22 staff members have tested positive for the virus since testing started and 146 inmates. Over at South Bay Correctional Facility, 70 staff members have tested positive with 227 inmates, since testing began. Administrative staff have cancelled visitation at the facilities and are providing face masks in limited quantities to the inmates. Some inmates complain, specifically at South Bay, about the shortage of masks available to them, despite their grievances. You can view more information about COVID-19 and Florida’s prison population, including staff at http://dc.state.fl.us/comm/covid-19.html#staff.