Wednesday March 10, 2021

The Florida Council on Black Men and Boys met yesterday, to discuss the rollout of vaccines and recent start of the Legislative Session. The panel is working on a  campaign to reach Belle Glade residents and inform them of vaccination sites and resources, according to a source, as Palm Beach County has received criticism for its disproportionate vaccine rollout. 19.8% of the city’s population is Black, and yet, Black people make up less than 4% of its vaccinated residents, according to the Florida Department of Health. Still, Black residents make up 18% of total COVID-19 deaths reported in Palm Beach. The vaccine disparity is an issue the panel hopes to address via radio and print media. The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys was established in 2006 by the Florida Legislature in order to study conditions negatively affecting black males in the state. The Council is housed in the Office of the Attorney General and has a 19 member board.

The Governor was in Lehigh yesterday to announce that CVS Health will administer COVID-19 vaccines at 76 additional CVS Pharmacy locations across Florida. The stores previously announce include the Clewiston and the Belle Glade locations. People who want to get the vaccine at a CVS Health location must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. People without online access can contact CVS Customer Service: (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is celebrating the accomplishments and the dedication of women, in honor of Womens History Month. Battalion Chief Amanda Vomero has spent more than 20 years with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, balancing a home life with three kids and a job. Last year she was promoted to Battalion Chief. Pamela Summers is the only female fire and arson investigator for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Almost 100 women are firefighters with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Summers is quoted as saying, “Thirty-one years and today I still love what I do.”

Western Palm Beach County had their municipal elections yesterday. WAFC has the results. The City of Belle Glade Commission Seat C when to Joaquin Alamazan defeating Stephen Messam by 337 votes. Commission Seat D went to Mary Ross Wilkerson. She received 67 percent of the City’s votes versus Robert Mitchell who received almost exactly half that. Seat E went to Andrew Berry over Johnny Burroughs 72 to 28 percent. In Pahokee, Sarah Perez maintained the lead over Josefa Hernandez, and Juan Gonzalez defeated Sanquetta Cowan. For the City of South Bay Joe Kyles defeated Allen Davis, Betty Barnard won over Barbara King by just 11 votes.   Summary Results – Election Night Reporting (electionsfl.org)