Friday October 29, 2021

Florida Governor Sues Biden Administration

Governor Ron DeSantis announced a lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s order, which requires employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated by December 8. The lawsuit seeks an immediate end to the requirement that federal contractors ensure that all employees have received a mandated vaccine. The Governor was joined at the announcement by Floridians who have faced or are facing consequences as a result of vaccine mandates. The lawsuit can be viewed here.

Mobile Vaccination Unit Returns to Pre-Pandemic Operations

One of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s three mobile clinics will return next month to its pre-pandemic duties: providing primary care services to homeless and underserved adults.  The Health Care District continues offering adults and children as young as 12 free, walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations with the 2 other mobile clinics Monday through Friday. But, according to the district, during the past few weeks, interest has dropped to fewer than one or two people getting vaccinated in a seven-hour period. As a result, online requests for mobile clinic vaccination events are no longer being accepted and the final requested vaccination event is scheduled for November 14.

Palm Beach County Fugitive Identified

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Franklin Watkins. His last known address is Lakeshore Dr., Canal Point. He has a felony warrant for violation of probation on a charge of grand theft. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Franklin Watkins, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Hendry County Fugitive Identified

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office reports they are still looking for 43-year-old Michael Faz. Faz is wanted in Hendry County for multiple warrants of trafficking narcotics. The agency recently made multiple arrests, breaking up a large organization of drug traffickers, who were dealing in large quantities of meth and heroin. According to Narcotics officers, Faz’s criminal history is mostly drug charges. Sources say, Faz was last known to be living in Labelle.

Lake Okeechobee Plans Released

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has released new draft Lake Management Plans for Lake Okeechobee, and will be hosting public meetings to gather feedback on the plans. After gathering initial input and feedback, FWC staff have drafted plans to balance the biological needs of fish and wildlife, with the desires of the stakeholders. To gather final comments, the FWC will host public meetings. The in-person meetings will be recorded and the recording will be available on the “Lake Management Plans” web page after each meeting.

  • Lake Okeechobee meeting in (Clewiston) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m. at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 W C Owen Ave., Clewiston FL 33440.
  • Lake Okeechobee meeting in (Okeechobee): Thursday, Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S Highway 98 N, Okeechobee, FL 34972.

For clarity, the plans are designed to ensure management of fish and wildlife for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. Plans provide recommendations to partner agencies on items such as water levels and water quality. For questions related to the management plans or meetings, contact Ben Shepherd at bshepherd@inwoodinc.com or 407-971-8850, or visit MyFWC.com/Lake-Plans.

For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, plant control operation schedules and annual workplans, boat ramp information, and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at MyFWC.com/Lake.