Wednesday October 14, 2020

The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce is holding virtual candidate forums today, via the platform ZOOM. The event will be streamed live from the Chambers FB page beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the Hendry County Superintendent of Schools forum, the candidates for Clewiston City Commission at 11:30, at 1:30 with the Sheriff candidates, and at 3:00 for the District 4 County Commissioner candidates. You can submit questions or comments to or drop them in the comments on the Facebook page at Clewiston Chamber of Commerce. 

Florida will be the first state to offer a mobile option for drivers’ licenses beginning next year. The DMV will offer licenses that will be available through an app on smartphones and tablets. The licenses will be as valid as traditional licenses and has an extra layer of security, so people won’t have to worry about identity theft and fraud, as mobile licenses are harder to counterfeit. Thales, the company that will act as a Credential Service Provider, Thales said users of mobile driver licenses control what information is displayed from the app depending on the context. For example, to enter a casino, it only needs to show that the individual is old enough and the mobile driver’s license will just display that information – not the individual’s name, date of birth, or address. The DMV has yet to announce an exact date when mobile licenses will be available.

The South Florida Operations Office of the Army Corps of Engineers advises that a vessel width restriction of 22 feet is in effect at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam due to a mechanical failure. Maintenance crews are evaluating the situation. Repairs are TBD. Vessels will be required to be extremely cautious and enter the lock with no-wake.

Florida’s football game with LSU on Saturday in The Swamp could be in jeopardy after UF halted all team activities yesterday afternoon due to an uptick in positive tests for COVID-19. Over the past week, the Gators have had five tests come back positive, raising the total to six for October, according to figures released by the school Tuesday. A few hours after the school posted those numbers, all football activities were shut down. The Gators are scheduled to play LSU at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. More information about this situation overall will be reevaluated today by the university’s medical staff. A news source reports that since the players returned to campus on May 26, there have been 37 positive tests on the football team.

Early Voting is when a person casts a ballot prior to Election Day at a location designated by the Supervisor of Elections and deposits the voted ballot into the tabulation voting system. The voting equipment used during early voting is the same as the equipment used on Election Day. Early voting begins Monday in Hendry and Palm Beach County, and on October 24 in Glades County.  The Hendry elections website, Palm Beach County elections site, and the Glades County site all have detailed information about the voting process including polling locations, local candidates, sample ballots and voting dates and times.