Wednesday January 14, 2021

The people of U.S Sugar are providing more than 50 senior citizens at West County Senior Center in Belle Glade with a free box of locally sourced fresh produce. Willie Miller, Jr. Manager of the West County Senior Center says, since the start of the pandemic, U.S. Sugar has distributed thousands of boxes of fresh produce to seniors around the lake. Gift boxes have contained pantry staples as well as fresh produce grown by local farmers. The people of U.S Sugar, in partnership with local farms, pack the food boxes and distribute them to those in need throughout their home communities.  

Palm Beach County ranks sixth in the State of Florida, for counties with a population of over 200,000, for traffic crashes resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. In 2020, in Palm Beach County, pedestrians and bicyclists were involved in over 1,000 collisions, resulting in 138 serious injury crashes, and 54 fatalities. So now, to help protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) Details at specific intersections throughout Palm Beach County. PBSO listed some rules to live by as we occupy our roadways:

  • Drivers, obey speed limits, never drive impaired and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially in intersections.
  • Bicyclists, obey traffic laws, ride in the direction of traffic flow, and always use lights when riding at night.
  • Pedestrians, cross in crosswalk or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night.   

The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with traffic laws that protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

 Betsy Clayton, Communications Director for Lee County Government gave an update on vaccination appointments in Lee County. She said the call line opened at noon as scheduled. The state vendor reports it received about 35,000 calls per second. It’s reported that there were about 1,000 staff members answering calls. Clayton admitted that callers timed out in the middle of responding to the automated prompts, just minutes into the reservation window. Some callers said they were immediately disconnected while still in the automated greeting system. Other callers received a recording saying appointments were full. All 1800 appointments for Lee County were filled yesterday. Announcements about next weeks appointments, should happen today.  

Brenda Barnes of the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties says, the DOH did not receive an allocation of vaccines this week. And, they will not be taking appointments until there is an announcement on www.prepareHendry.com or www.myglades.com. Last week 790 individuals were vaccinated at the Glades County Health Department. As the Department of Health’s phone lines continue to be overwhelmed by the volume of calls, Glades County Emergency Management is working with the Health Department on a possible solution to help streamline the appointment process. Neither agency will be taking calls to make appointments until the vaccine is available in Hendry or in Glades County. And although many counties did, Hendry and Glades has not received any vaccine dosages for this week. At this point, the health department says, they don’t know when the next disbursement will be.

A 22-year-old died in Hendry County yesterday, as a result of a motorcycle accident. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the man was traveling west on Pine Lane, near Flaghole Road when the motorcycle travelled off the road and hit an open drain. The wreck led to the man being overturned several times, ejecting him from the motorcycle. He was airlifted to Saint Mary’s Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Authorities say he was wearing a helmet, but it is unknown at this time if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.