Friday April 9, 2021

Florida health officials confirmed 7,939 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 84 more resident deaths as a result of the virus. The state has now verified 2,104,686 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began and 33,906 resident deaths, according to the latest report. Coronavirus-related deaths reported in the past day include 10 in Miami-Dade County, four in Broward County and six in Palm Beach County according to a source. At least 6,786,461 people have received vaccines in Florida, with over 4 million people in the state fully vaccinated.

On Tuesday, April 6, Congressman Alcee Hastings passed away at the age of 84. Congressman Hastings served fifteen terms in the U.S. House of Representatives since his first election in 1992, according to the governor’s office. In 1979, he became the first African-American Federal Judge in the State of Florida. As a national leader and civil rights advocate, Congressman Hastings will be remembered for his strength and influence. To honor the memory of Congressman Alcee Hastings and his service to the state of Florida, Governor DeSantis is directing the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, the City Hall of Delray Beach, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, from sunrise to sunset on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Larry Walker. His last known address is Covenant Drive Belle Glade. He is wanted for Grand Theft and Burglary of a Dwelling. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Larry Walker, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board declared April to be Water Conservation Month, an annual declaration highlighting the District’s efforts to encourage water conservation efforts. Demand for water is projected to increase by 533 million gallons per year (15 percent increase) Districtwide over the next 20 years. These projected demands could be reduced by using water more efficiently through conservation measures. SFWMD officials say, one of the biggest impacts residents can make to conserve water is to adjust irrigation frequency and duration. South Florida yards normally only need to be watered up to twice a week for 15 minutes. The majority of residential water use occurs when residents water their grass, accounting for 50 percent of home water use on average. Residents can learn more about things they can do around the house to conserve water.

A 30-year-old man was traveling west on State Road 60 on April 8 just after 6 a.m. in Indian River County. A second vehicle driven by a 33-year-old Okeechobee man was traveling east. A lake wales man was driving a third car also travelling east. The driver of the first vehicle, a man from Grant, Florida, attempted to make a left turn from westbound State Road 60 onto 154th Avenue. As he was turning left, the Okeechobee man struck the right side of his car. The third vehicle then crashed into the left side of his car. After impact, the second vehicle, containing the Okeechobee man, ended up in a ditch, leaving him in serious condition. The 30-year-old Grant man did not survive the crash. This case is still pending investigation.