Friday July 9, 2021

Florida’s Snowcat Ridge was shut down last year within its first month, because of multiple safety hazards, and on another occasion, because of a lack of snow. But this week Snowcat Ridge announced that it will be back for the 2021 winter season. The Park says it’s tied all the loose ends and will reopen on November 10th. Besides the 400-foot-long snow tubing hill and a 10,000-square-foot indoor-snow play area, Snowcat Ridge also says it is adding two new attractions — Crystal Ribbon, an outdoor ice-skating area, and Eskimo Outpost, which has igloos visitors can rent for parties and events.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Taca Oliver. Her last known address is Booker Place, Pahokee. She is wanted for selling or possessing cocaine with intent to sell within 1000ft of place for worship or convenience business. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Taca Oliver, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

A 23-year-old is being held without bond, after Palm Beach County deputies said, he fired multiple shots inside a truck, killing the person he was in it with. Kirkland Lehto, from Loxahatchee, told deputies he did it because he heard voices. He is accused of firing 10 rounds at the victim before shooting out of the window of a truck. According to court documents, the victim went to Lehto’s house Tuesday, for beers.  Lehto allegedly asked his friend to drive him to Belle Glade to buy marijuana.  On their way back from Belle Glade, deputies said Lehto randomly turned around and began firing at the victim. When asked why, deputies said he responded, “the voices — the witches told me to do it.” He also told them he blacked out due to seizures and did not remember shooting a gun.  He is expected back in court on Aug. 5.

A federal judge has upheld negligence, strict liability, and medical monitoring claims brought by Florida residents, in a lawsuit against conglomerate sugarcane growers, according to Hagens Berman and Berman Law Group of Florida. In his July 2nd order, Judge Rodney Smith denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against Florida sugarcane growers, finding that the residents who allege that their health and property are damaged by sugarcane burning – sufficiently plead claims for negligence, strict liability and medical monitoring. In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs want to represent a class of Florida residents from Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee, Clewiston, Moore Haven, Canal Point and Indiantown. In his order, Judge Smith found that the plaintiffs adequately alleged, that particulate matter and pollutants generated by sugarcane burning, could be plausibly traced to each defendant. The judge also upheld claims regarding the effects of the burning on residents’ property and health, finding that the residents adequately alleged exposure to greater than normal background levels of proven hazardous substances, significantly increasing their risk of developing lung cancer. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for the Florida sugar industry’s actions, which they claim, have damaged the health and property of local residents. It also requests that the defendants finance a court-supervised medical monitoring program, including annual screening and testing, to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

South Florida Water Management will make some renovations and repairs to the Pahokee marina to try and stop future algae blooms. Libby Pigman of SFWMD, told the city commission that most marinas have wave control to prevent damage and rocking of boats. Sheet piling was installed as a wave control device and limited the circulation of water inside the marina. They’ll be removing some pumps and put in new technology called electrical circulators that will move the water around the marina. 

The LaBelle Chamber of Commerce, the City of LaBelle and Hendry County to are hosting a JOB FAIR on July 13, at the LaBelle Civic Center from 9am to 3pm.Contact the LaBelle Chamber for more information.