Monday June 13,2022

REAL FLORIDA READER PASS

The Palm Beach County Library System, State Library of Florida, and Florida State Parks have partnered to allow Floridians with Palm Beach County library cards access to 175 state parks.

Members of the Palm Beach County Library System can now access the Real Florida Reader Pass, which provides access to 175 state parks. The pass excludes access to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs, Skyway Fishing Pier and Weekie Wachee Springs state parks, as well as any local municipal, county or federal parks.

The pass also provides access for one vehicle and up to eight people in the vehicle, but does not exempt passholders from any ancillary fees associated with the park, such as camping fees, kayak rental charges, entry into museum or boat tours, etc. The pass may be checked out using your library card for up to 14 days, but no more than one pass can be checked out at a time on a single card.

Access to the pass ends on September 12, 2022.

You can visit the Florida State Parks website for more information.

SATURDAY MORING SHOOTING IN LEE COUNTY

Neighbors in Pine Manor woke up Saturday morning to a heavy law enforcement presence.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirms a shooting happened at Sixth Avenue at Palm Drive in the south Fort Myers neighborhood.

LCSO said that there are no life-threatening injuries and the victim was evaluated at a local hospital. The victim is also said to be uncooperative with deputies.

Neighbors said they heard about six gunshots at around 6 a.m. Saturday morning and found lots of blood on the road.

This is an active investigation, and we will update with more details when we know them.

LAKESIDE MEDICAL CENTER CLOSES ITS LABOR & DELIVERY UNIT

Lakeside Medical Center near Belle Glade is discontinuing its labor and delivery unit, according to the city’s mayor and members of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County Board.   The changes leave the nearest option for expecting mothers about 25 miles to the east of Palm West Hospital near Royal Palm Beach. 

Lakeside Medical Center is a big part of the Health Care for people who live in the western communities of Palm Beach County.

Sources said the move is in response to the decline in deliveries at the hospital.  He said more expecting moms are traveling to the Metro areas of central Palm Beach County to deliver their newborns”.  Lakeside Medical Center will always have the capability to deliver newborn around the clock” according to a statement from the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, which runs Lakeside Medical Center.

The Health Care District is implementing other services to assist soon-to-be moms.  Those include the following services:

  • Offering 24/7 midwife coverage
  • An additional OB/GYN in the Belle Glade clinic located inside the hospital to support prenatal services.
  • Non-emergency ground transport to transfer moms and babies to receive a higher level of care if needed.

Emergency services will still be available at Lakeside Medical Center for women in labor, but the formal delivery unit is going away.

US SUGAR FEATURED ON “HOW AMERICA WORKS” TONIGHT

 Mike Rowe’s How America Works pays tribute to some of the nation’s most vital industries while providing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how these industries work and contribute to America’s infrastructure. Rowe’s enthusiasm for showcasing these often-overlooked professions led him to America’s sweetest town to dive into one of America’s sweetest industries: sugarcane farming and processing. 

“Like many rural towns in America, Clewiston provides the muscle for ensuring staples of our food supply like sugar are affordably and widely available on store shelves, said Mike Rowe, Host of How America Works. “This episode will provide viewers with an up close and personal look at the hard and oftentimes complicated work that goes into producing your food every day.”

 The episode on Florida sugarcane farmers will showcase some of the many challenges employees face on a daily basis as they help to sustainably grow, harvest, transport, mill, refine and ship cane sugar from Clewiston, Florida to customers around the country

 Five U.S. Sugar employees will be featured in the episode. These include Jay Baez Jr., Production Supervisor; Leonard Sampson, Mill Worker; Phillip Ford, Roll Welder; Billy Dyess, Assistant Refinery Manager of Operations; and Orlando Martinez, Team Leader.  While these five may be just a small representation of the people of U.S. Sugar, they show the dedication, enthusiasm, and stewardship that US Sugar employees have for the communities where we live, work and raise our families.

So set your DRV’s the episode will air tonight on Fox Business on, at 8 PM.