Monday August 9, 2021

Pahokee Mayor Keith Babb, South Bay Mayor Joe Kyles and Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson signed a letter for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’, regarding the proposed plan to regulate Lake Okeechobee’s water levels and discharges. Col. Andrew Kelly announced a new regulation plan which the mayors complain would see more water sent south and west and less water sent east, including to nearby Glades communities. The letter also directly calls out U.S. Rep. Brian Mast. A portion of the letter reads: “Under Colonel Andrew Kelly’s leadership, we feel the voices from our communities, which are overwhelmingly African-American, Hispanic, and other minorities, are being completely ignored while the concerns of wealthy coastal communities represented by Congressman Brian Mast have been given priority”. The Army Corps is still working on Colonel Kelly’s plan, which means changes could come before it’s finalized in November.

The Miami Dolphins landed former Glades Central Raider Cre’von LeBlanc as a late-offseason addition. LeBlanc played four seasons for the FAU Owls, has started 16 games in five seasons with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. The 26-year-old cornerback has 118 career tackles with three tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also returned an interception for a touchdown as an undrafted rookie in 2016, and has carved out a niche as a physical nickelback at 5-10 and 190 pounds.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission board held a meeting last week, to discuss the rate at which the manatee is dying in our state. At least 890 manatees had died as of late July, which means 2021 is already the deadliest year on record for the gentle giants. Repeated algal blooms have killed off tens of thousands of acres of the seagrasses that manatees eat. As bad as things are right now, state leaders are also worried what could be to come. Gil McRae, director of the state Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, said this “unusual mortality event,” is different than other problems manatees have faced in the past.

The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners reports that Woodland Blvd. is now open. Hendry County Road & Bridge will be conducting additional repairs this week; however, no road closures are expected at this time. Still, drive safely through this area as workers may be present. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Florida Department of Health and State Board of Education issued Emergency Rules, they say, protect parents’ freedom to choose what is best for their children. These rules are pursuant to Executive Order 21-175 and encourage an in-person learning environment for Florida’s schoolchildren during the upcoming school year. The Governor’s Office says this prevents the unnecessary removal of healthy students from school and safeguards the rights of parents and their children.

The City of Clewiston is holding its budget workshop today. Upon approval of the agenda, they will discuss General Fund Revenue; Community Improvement, Police Department and Animal Control Operating; and other budget updates. The meeting will take place at Clewiston City Hall at 5:00 today, and will be live streamed from the City’s Facebook page.

The Harry Chapin Food bank will be in LaBelle this week, for the free drive through food drive. Wednesday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. – Noon
Forrey Drive.