Wednesday June 3, 2020 News

June is Tree Trimming Amnesty Month. The City will haul trimmings from trees that are trimmed on residential properties and offered for collection at the curb free of charge. Trimmings must be cut in lengths no longer than four feet and four inches across and must be stacked in an orderly manner so that the grab loaders can pick them up quickly and efficiently. Amnesty is not for commercial properties. For questions, call 983-1471 and ask for Jay.

The burn ban on unregulated outdoor fires in Hendry County has been lifted effective June 2, 2020. Residents are asked to always exercise caution when burning outside. Please see the Florida Forest Service for information on fire safety.

Please be advised that Hendry County Road and Bridge’s sidewalk contractor will be performing sidewalk repairs on Pratt Boulevard from the Health Department to Cowboy Way commencing June 2, 2020.  These repairs will be completed by the end of the day on Friday, June 5, 2020.Pedestrians and bicyclists using the sidewalk are asked to avoid the area if possible. Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

A little glimmer of much-needed good news if you can believe it. Recoveries from the Coronavirus in Hendry County have risen by 13 since Mondays reported numbers, residents who have been cleared by the Florida Department of Health and are no longer required to be isolated is 53. As access to testing increases, unfortunately, the number of positive cases since testing began is also rising. Reported positive cases since March 29, the date of the first reported positive case in the county, is 446, increasing by 15 since Monday. Deaths in the County are now reported to be 16. Glades County is reporting an additional 5 bringing the number of positive cases in Glades County to 32. The Department of Health strongly urges residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC and DOH in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

· Stay home as much as possible

· Wash your hands often with soap and water

· Cover your coughs and sneezes 

· Clean and disinfect surfaces often

· If you are sick, call your medical provider or local health department

As we enter the second week of protests over the death of George Floyd, demonstrations have gone global. Monday, organizers held a peaceful protest in Okeechobee and another was scheduled for last night. According to Hendry County Sheriffs Office spokesperson Susan Harrelle, a group of organizers has planned to gather tonight at 6pm at Walmart in Clewiston. The agency says they expect the protest to be peaceful, but are prepared if “anarchists” take a different route. Therefore, the sheriff’s office is calling for an 8 pm to 5 am curfew for eastern Hendry County tonight through tomorrow. Movement during these hours is restricted to essential travel and business only. The superstore will be closing at 5 p.m. As 9:23 a.m., the City of Clewiston Police Department has not initiated a curfew for the city limits of Clewiston. It should be noted that governor DeSantis reported that demonstrations have remained largely peaceful over the past 24 hours and no significant law enforcement or civilian injuries or deaths have been reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Additionally, FDLE has not received reports of widespread property damage, commercial or residential.

On June 1st at around 3 a.m., about 30 people burglarized the Miracle Leaf Medical Marijuana business at 100 Sansbury Way, West Palm Beach, by breaking through the front door with a small sledge hammer and another unknown tool. This same group also committed numerous other burglaries of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries including the MUV Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Wellington. Deputies were able to stop one of the vehicles involved which was driven by Nakeria Harris. Harris, a resident of Belle Glade, confessed to being involved in numerous business burglaries including this one. She was found to be in possession of over $600 worth of product from Miracle Leaf.  Nakeria Harris was booked into the PBC Jail on burglary charges. Bond is set at $15,000.