Wednesday December 16, 2020

Belle Glade City Clerk Debra R. Buff released a request for proposals for the former Gove Elementary School property. The proposal is to solicit to developers, that wish to turn the old property, into new workforce housing. The city of Belle Glade is looking to attract families by providing more affordable housing. The property has been emptied for years, but some local developers hope to bring it back to life. The School District of Palm Beach County donated the nearly 10.5 acres of land to the city, earlier this year, with the goal of building more affordable housing. The property is located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. visit bellegladegov.com for more information.

Grammy nominated songwriter, Ali Tamposi, best known for co-writing Kelly Clarkson’s 4x multi-platinum selling single “Stronger”, will be attending the First Haitian Baptist Church’s Christmas Gift Giveaway and the unveiling of its new Enrichment Center in Belle Glade. The event takes place outside the church, located at 200 SW Avenue B, Belle Glade on Sunday, Dec. 20. at 10:00 a.m.  The event will celebrate the upcoming groundbreaking of the Enrichment Center scheduled for February 2021.  Ali Tamposi’s Creative Waves Foundation is contributing $50,000 to fund the Music Room at the new Enrichment Center, which includes 50 guitars and microphones already received. Tamposi’s Foundation has created a program called Song Start, which will provide an online music education platform and curriculum led by A-list artists and industry professionals. Tamposi is from Palm Beach.

Hendry County secured $7.5 million from the CARES Act, according to hendrycares.com. The funding was to be used for past-due utility, lease, and mortgage bills and possible workforce development opportunities. The deadline for individual applications ended yesterday. There was around $190,000 available for individuals that needed to be spent by the end of this year. Today, just one day passed the deadline, almost all individual applications received have been processed. Hendry County processed round 318 individual applications. Nearly 100 business applications were processed as well, totaling over $700,000.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that restaurants will remain fully open despite COVID-19 numbers surging in the state during the pandemic. DeSantis told cooks, servers and other restaurant employees during a press conference at Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach that he’s not going to allow the hospitality industry to completely shut down unlike in other states that imposed strict indoor dining restrictions. Business owners and restaurant industry employees shared their experiences during the pandemic and thanked the Governor for protecting their right to work and earn a living. Florida has seen more than 1,140,000 coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, according to the state’s COVID-19 data and surveillance dashboard.

Watch the press conference by clicking clicking HERE.