Monday August 2, 2021

In the early morning hours of July 31, a vehicle accident in Hendry County claimed the life of a 38-year-old North Miami woman. A report from FHP reveals, a 32-year-old Glades County man was driving a pickup east on State Road 80, his truck traveling behind an SUV containing 3 Miami women. The man’s vehicle somehow ran into the back of the women, causing both of the vehicles to travel off the roadway and collide with a guardrail. A third car, driven by a Clewiston woman, also hit the back of the Miami woman’s SUV, overturning her own car and coming to rest on the roof. The Moore Haven man, the Clewiston woman and 2 of the Miami residents suffered only minor injuries. The third woman, a passenger in the vehicle, did not survive the crash.  The details of the is accident remain under investigation.

A Hendry County man was involved in a fatal accident, that claimed the life of a Miami man on Saturday in Highlands County. A 48-year-old LaBelle man was traveling north on Hwy 27 Saturday, as a second vehicle driven by a 79-year-old Miami man was stopped in the same lane. According to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol, the LaBelle man failed to stop, colliding into the rear of the Miami man’s car, causing the vehicle to overturn, coming to rest on its roof. The Miami man was pronounced deceased on scene. The LaBelle man suffered no injuries. The crash investigation is ongoing.

A Heat Advisory was issued yesterday by the national weather service from 9:34AM until 7:00PM for Glades; Hendry and Inland Collier County. The heat index was expected to reach 109. Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. As a precaution moving forward, never leave children and pets unattended in vehicles, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, when a heat advisory is in effect, or in any other cases of extreme heat. And, wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. It’s important for everyone to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

A teenager was killed in Clewiston in a hit-and-run accident earlier this year. According to a news affiliate, his family says, the State Attorney’s Office won’t be charging the driver. Miqueas Perez-Ramos, nicknamed “Mikey”, was only 18 years old. On Feb. 13, he went for his routine walk and never returned. His family went to search for him and his mother found his body. The family now hopes the driver will turn themselves in. The family’s lawyer said the investigation remains open, thanks to newly discovered information.

Yesterday our state broke a record for current hospitalizations, one that was set more than a year ago here before vaccines were available. The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Florida is now leading the nation in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19, as hospitals around the state report having to put emergency room visitors in beds in hallways, and others document a noticeable drop in the age of patients. A source reports that in the past week, Florida has averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day, and 35 daily pediatric hospitalizations. Both are the highest per capita rate in the nation. The hospitalizations and increasing cases have come as the new, more transmittable delta variant has spread throughout Florida, and residents have returned to pre-pandemic activities.

The School District of Palm Beach County Transportation Services Department is hosting a job fair this week to hire bus drivers. The job fair will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Central Transportation, near West Palm Beach. Trainees who become school bus drivers will receive a starting pay of $15.08 per hour with full benefits, scheduled time off including holidays, and Florida Retirement. Individuals are encouraged to apply prior to the job fair. Those with an application in the online application system will receive an interview at the fair.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be providing free food at the following location: On Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. – Noon. Feeding with Hope, will be at the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston at 1200 W C Owen Ave.

A precautionary boil water notice was issued Friday to the following areas of LaBelle, due to an emergency water line repair.  The effected areas are:

   •     NE Beechwood Circle

   •     Birwood Circle

   •     Clearview Circle

   •     Pebble Lane

   •     Base Court

   •     Avon Court

   •     Box Court

The order will be lifted when satisfactory bacteriological sampling results are obtained.  The anticipated time frame is through August 4.

Construction begins today on NE Eucalyptus Blvd for the rehabilitation of a Port LaBelle Utility System gravity sewer line.

The work will be done in the right-of-way with no lane closures.  But, travelers should still use extra caution in this area.

The work is expected to last approximately sixteen (16) days.

Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. Hendry County will notify the public of any schedule changes. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Port LaBelle Utility System Office at 863-675-5376.