Friday, May 27, 2022

Florida Panther Found Dead

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the remains of a 5-month-old female panther was found Monday in Collier County. It’s the 17th panther death recorded this year. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known. Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

Rental Assistance Program Set to Close

The Our Florida rental assistance program, which was designed to help low-income renters, will be shutting down for good on May 27. On May 10, 2022, the Department of Children and Family Services made the announcement, stating that the program had successfully distributed more than $1 billion in federal funds to low-income tenants who needed help paying their rent. Sources say this abrupt closure could leave thousands of residents who haven’t received their funds facing eviction.

New Bill on DeSantis’ Desk

Gov. Ron DeSantis could soon sign a bill for school safety. The governor was given HB 1421 Wednesday night.

Once signed, it makes numerous changes, including;

  • Improved training for sworn and non-sworn school officers 
  • Required emergency reunification plans
  • It better compels districts to comply with current school safety standards 
  • Extends the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission until July 2026. 

If signed, most of the items contained in the bill will take effect July 1 of this year.

Hendry County Burn Ban Lifted

As of May 26, the burn ban on unregulated outdoor fires in Hendry County has been lifted. Residents are asked to always exercise caution when burning outside.

Wanted Fugitive

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Betty Daniels. Daniels has no last address on record. She is wanted for failure to appear on a SIMPLE BATTERY charge. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Betty Daniels, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.  

Insurance Reform in Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation implementing property insurance reforms to provide short- and long-term relief to Floridians to combat skyrocketing insurance costs. Additionally, Governor DeSantis signed legislation which modifies structural inspection and financial reserve requirements for condominium associations. A one pager on the insurance reforms can be found here. Senate Bill 2B, signed by the governor, enacts measures to help alleviate rising insurance costs, increases insurance claim transparency, and cracks down on frivolous lawsuits which drive up costs for all Floridians. Senate Bill 4B, also signed today, includes reforms to increase the safety of condominiums.

Email Scam

Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon is issuing a warning to the public regarding an email scam disguised as an official email from the department of motor vehicles. The scam emails are being sent to consumers advising that they have been cited with a recent traffic violation and demanding payment be made online by clicking a link in the email, which directs them to a fraudulent payment site.  Consumers are reminded that the tax collector does not issue traffic violation citations nor does the agency collect the payment for these citations.  In addition, the FLHSMV does not issue citations or request payment via email. Anyone receiving a suspicious notice for a citation, can check to verify if they do have a citation in Palm Beach County by visiting the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s eCaseView system at https://appsgp.mypalmbeachclerk.com/eCaseView/.