Friday, February 4, 2022

The Clewiston Museum presents Donnie Drake, who will be returning to present a free program on Thursday. February 24 at 7:00 pm. The program will feature the history of Clewiston in the 1930s. Drake’s slideshow presentation will begin where he left off in his 2019 presentation about Clewiston’s first decade of the 1920s. Organizers are asking you all to come and learn about the history of Clewiston by examining the changes in the town. Donnie has a long family history of here in Clewiston, and according to the museum curator, he loves talking about its history. If you’d like to learn more, come on out on February 24 at the Clewiston Museum. Show starts at 7.

Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Carmen Vasquez. Her last known address is E. 7th St., Pahokee. She is wanted for violation of probation on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Carmen Vasquez, contact Crimestoppers of Palm Beach County.

The next time you win big in the Florida Lottery, you may have the option to keep your identity a secret for 90 days. The House passed a bill Wednesday to protect the identities of large lottery winners unless they agree to go public. Rep. Tracie Davis recalls reading headlines about multi-million-dollar lottery winners in Florida and Georgia being killed after claiming prizes. The bill passed on a 114-1 vote without any debate. An identical Senate bill has one more committee stop before being considered by the full chamber. So far, it has received no opposition.

Florida Fish and Wildlife is letting residents know about what happens to iguana when it gets cold, especially since we’re not out of the frosty woods just yet, despite the week’s warmer temperatures. Experts say when temperatures in South Florida get close to freezing, iguanas can become cold stunned and fall off trees, entering a state of physical inactivity where their muscle-control shuts down temporarily. If you encounter cold-stunned wild iguanas, wildlife officials urge you not to take them in, as they can recover quickly and become aggressive. Also, residents cannot be in possession of live green iguanas without a permit as they are a prohibited species in Florida. Homeowners can humanely kill green iguanas. Iguanas are not a protected species here because they are invasive and nonnative. They are protected however by anti-cruelty law. If you are not able to safely remove iguanas from your property using humane methods, please seek assistance from a professional wildlife trapper. You can report sightings of nonnative species in Florida at IveGot1.org.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact freezing temperatures had on the state’s agriculture businesses. Survey responses will allow the state to gather data and evaluate resources impacted businesses may need to recover after the freezing weather that occurred during the weekend of January 28-30, 2022. Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-27 declaring a state of emergency in Hendry, Lee, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and surrounding counties. All businesses impacted should complete the survey.