Friday June 25, 2021

Consolidation of police services is an ongoing concern in local law enforcement. But economic status has forced some communities to consider it. In 2006 for example, the municipalities of South Bay, Pahokee and Belle Glade merged into Palm Beach County due mostly to economic constraints. There have been no real talks at this juncture, to consolidate police services in Hendry, despite calls to do so. Tom Lewis, interim police chief for Clewiston Police Department says, he’s prepared to address whatever comes his way in an open and honest manner, but his focus, is simply to build a great relationship with the community, with his officers and with the Hendry County Sheriffs Office. The sheriff, Steve Whidden, echoes this sentiment. The sheriff says the cooperation between the 2 agencies hasn’t happened on this level in years. And the constituents can expect great things in the near future. Both the sheriff and the chief say despite tensions amongst departmental leadership in the past, the communities they serve will still receive quality police service. Although interim Chief Lewis is interested in a permanent leadership position on the force, a regional and nationwide search for qualified candidates, is forthcoming.

A chunk of land in Glades County is being primed as the site of a nitrogen-removal facility, according to a report from the Marco Eagle. The South Florida Water Management and Lee County purchased the land from the Boma Corporation to use it to help remove pollution from the Caloosahatchee River.  The idea was to build a water treatment component to help remove nitrogen from the river, but that was over ten years ago. Daniel Andrews with Captains for Clean Water said from the outside, it seems as though nothing is being done with the land because it’s just sitting there. District officials say that testing and research are being conducted there. The Boma property is about 1,770 acres, is adjacent to Ortona Lock and is on the south side of the river, just north of State Road 80. 

At least three people are dead and 99 others are unaccounted for after a 12-story residential building partially collapsed in Miami-Dade County early yesterday morning. Governor Ron DeSantis was at the Surfside Building Collapse site to tour the damage and coordinate state resources and emergency services and relief. The partial collapse of the condominium in the town of Surfside, about 6 miles north of Miami Beach, was reported around 1:30 a.m. local time. The oceanfront complex has 136 units, and approximately 55 of them collapsed along the northeast corridor. A massive search and rescue operation was launched before dawn and crews are still carefully combing through the wreckage, and remaining structure, in hopes of finding survivors. So far, we know that 102 people survived, and crews have rescued 35 people who were trapped in the building and two others from beneath the rubble. An affiliate news station reports, the building was determined to be unstable a year ago, according to a researcher at Florida International University. It’s said to have been sinking at an alarming rate since the 1990s.

US Sugar is hosting Patriots Career Day on Tuesday June 29th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Clewiston. See what positions are availabe at ussugar.com/careers. Bring your resume and wear casual attire.

Hendry & Glades County Health Departments are providing free HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. And then from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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