Friday June 4, 2021

The communities of Western Palm Beach County requested funding through the governor’s office to help workforce development in the Glades Communities. Tammy Jackson Moore is sending her thanks to Representative Kelly Skidmore who fights to support local initiatives in the area, and helped get the funding approved. Moore says this funding is extremely important for the residents to receive the training they need, in order to make valuable contributions to the local economy.

A woman from Jupiter is working to serve low-income communities with an important gift; the gift the reading. Phyllis Choy is a realtor and commissioner with the Palm Beach County Housing Authority. She says she started a book drive after she saw a need in the area. Neighbors, co-workers and the community members, did not hesitate to help make it happen. She says people donated money and books, and now her home looks like a small library of 751 books, which will be delivered to children in the Glades.  Choy plans to deliver the books next week to the Boys & Girls Club in Belle Glade, and the Bridges Family Center in Pahokee. If you would like to buy or donate a brand-new book to help add to Choy’s total, you can email her at pchoy@bellsouth.net.

Florida reported an uptick of 1,878 cases of COVID-19 from Wednesday, and 52 new deaths. Florida has administered more than 17.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 7.5 million people have finished their series of vaccines.

During a visit to the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam Structure in Alva, Governor Ron DeSantis received a briefing on a treatment, being deployed in the Caloosahatchee River to combat blue-green algal blooms. The treatment is being performed by BlueGreen Water Technologies, a leading algae mitigation company. According to the governor’s office, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District continue to address critical blue-green algal conditions in South Florida. BlueGreen Water Technologies is treating blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee River with a technology called Lake Guard® Oxy. It is said that the hydrogen peroxide-based product safely neutralizes blue-green algae, and associated toxic blooms, without negative environmental impacts. The Governors says, DEP and the water management districts are also addressing algae conditions in other parts of the state. Recently, US representative Brian Mast faced backlash from Glades area mayors, for his continued calls to lower Lake O water levels. Mast has  pushed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep Lake O’s water levels on the low side in order to lessen the need for discharges, which can spread toxic blue-green algae. 

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Salicia Jackson. Her last known address is Joe Louis Ave., Pahokee. She is wanted for FAILURE TO APPEAR on POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Salicia Jackson, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.