Monday, March 21, 2022

Mayor Signs Rent and Evictions Bill Into Law

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava signed a new bill into law on Thursday, that gives residents 60 days’ notice before their rent increases, if the increase is more than 5%. It also extends the grace period for evictions from 30 days to 60 days. The apartment listing website Redfin ranks South Florida fifth in the country for highest year-to-year rent increase, with tenants paying on average 31% higher costs than in 2021. A one-bedroom unit in the City of Miami goes for about $2,000. Reportedly, there are also talks of freezing rents in Miami-Dade County.

Commission Votes To Fire Pahokee City Manager

With the City of Pahokee celebrating their centennial birthday, and Mayor Keith Babb just recently winning reelection, one could assume that the tensions in the city would lighten. Well, not exactly. The Commissioners in Pahokee called a special meeting on Friday to fire the city manager. Vice Mayor Regina Bohlen called the meeting, and made a motion to prosecute Mayor Keith Babb, accusing him of illegal distribution of city funds. Bohlen said the mayor paid the former city manager more than $60,000 dollars in sick and vacation pay; that motion failed 3-2. Bohlen then filed a motion to fire City Manager Greg Thompson, which passed 4-1. The new commission will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Lee County Crash Leaves Hendry/Glades Teens in Serious Condition

On Sunday, March 20, just before 3 p.m., a group of local residents was involved in a vehicle accident in Lee County. A 77-year-old Lehigh man and his 75-year-old passenger was traveling east on SR 82 west of Blackstone Drive. A second vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Clewiston woman, who had three under aged occupants, was traveling west on SR 82, east of Grant Boulevard. Well FHP reports the Lehigh man turned left in front of the Clewiston woman’s approaching car, which contained two other teenagers from Clewiston and one from Moore Haven. And the front of her car hit the right side of his, leaving all six people involved in serious condition.

#BelikeJulian Scholarship Recipients

LaBelle High School senior Colton Bass and Clewiston High Schools Abby Claude received the Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship over the weekend at the Clewiston Sugar Festival. The $2500 check was presented by The Southwest Florida Heroes Foundation. According to LaBelle High Schools Facebook page, Colton will graduate high school this year with an AS in Fire Science Technology and the EMT program at FSW. This scholarship will be used to attend Fire School at Braxton where he plans to earn his degree in Public Safety Administration. Those who know Abby says she is an amazing young lady and is very deserving. Congratulations to Colton Bass and Abby Claude, Keen Memorial Scholarship recipients. #BeLikeJulian

Car Flips; Kills Miami Man in Palm Beach County

A Miami man died in a crash on US Highway 27 Friday night in Palm Beach County, which apparently caused traffic to cease for hours. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the 49-year-old Avon Park woman driving a SUV southbound on US Highway 27 lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The SUV crossed the grassy median and traveled into the northbound lanes, then overturned multiple times. The driver and one passenger, a 51-year-old Miami man, were transported to Lakeside Medical Center with minor injuries. Another passenger, a 40-year-old Miami man, died at the hospital. The case is pending investigation.

Medical Bill Reporting to Change With Agencies

Three of the country’s largest credit reporting agencies are removing nearly 70% of medical debt from consumer credit reports. Equifax (EFX), Experian (EXPGF) and TransUnion (TRU) will eliminate billions of dollars from the accounts of consumers, who faced unexpected medical bills that they were unable to pay. The three firms said they made the decision after doing some research. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows that Americans had racked up $88 billion in medical debt as of June 2021. Starting July 1, paid medical collection debt will no longer be included on consumer credit reports. And more changes are expected. It will now take one year before unpaid medical collection debt appears on a consumer’s report, instead of six months, the previous standard. The three companies also said that starting in the first half of 2023, medical collection debt less than $500 will no longer be included on credit reports.