Wednesday October 13, 2021

The effort to improve water quality in South Florida is in motion. Over the next few weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers will announce when the new Lake Okeechobee discharge schedule will begin. Mark Perry, Executive Director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, explained why this scheduling is important. If the proposed plan is used, the Corps will stop discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary unless absolutely necessary. As for sending water west, the plan calls for releases to the Caloosahatchee River during certain times of the year when the river needs water, but the discharges would not happen at a harmful discharge rate. Perry says stopping the discharges will allow South Florida’s ecosystem to recover. Perry commended The Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management for working together to perfect the plan.

Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a consumer alert warning Tuesday, stating there have been reports of fraudulent texts sent to people asking for driver’s license photos, in order to remake them to include vaccination statuses. The text message includes a link that sends people to a fake Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle website, where people are asked to put their license and Social Security information into boxes. People are also told to upload pictures of their licenses. Moody made it clear that Florida is not updating driver’s licenses to include proof of vaccination. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles executive director Terry Rhodes said, “We do not text Floridians regarding the status of their driver’s license or request personal or medical information via text message. If you receive a text asking for this information, it is a scam. With only the information on your driver’s license, scammers can create many fraudulent financial accounts. All under your name, all without your knowledge. Do not respond to these texts and do not click on the links contained in the text message.” To report suspicious solicitations or scams, click  here or call 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

Florida on Tuesday reported 887 more deaths and 2,124 additional COVID-19 cases to the CDC. In all, Florida has recorded at least 3,611,767 confirmed COVID cases and 57,300 deaths. In the past seven days, the state has added, on average, 240 deaths and 3,052 cases per day, according to calculations of CDC data. About 58.4% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. This data is courtesy of the Miami Herald.

Glades Economic Development Council has a new executive director. Rosemary Fllori is graduate of Clewiston High School. She says she saw the job as a good fit for her skills and she super excited to be part of the council. Fllori says she believes Glades is poised for residential and business growth. 

FREE training “Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Training” today at the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston. The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office along with the Tourism Development Council are providing the training to local hospitality partners.  This will help them recognize human trafficking that could be happening within our local businesses. The program will be broken up into 2 sessions: the first from 10a to noon and the second from 2p -4p.

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone. Those coming in cars are asked to line up as usual beside the office at 149 SE Avenue D for drive-through pick-up today from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis. The distribution will take place today from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade.