The Palm Beach County Department of Health is issuing an advisory for mosquito-borne disease activity in western Boca Raton, Jupiter Farms, Wellington, and Belle Glade. Several chickens have tested positive for viral infections like West Nile and Encephalitis, and the risk of transmission to humans has increased. Both of those diseases can be fatal and include symptoms like fever and dizziness. The department made it clear that this is a precautionary measure, and there is “no indication anyone has gotten sick from this at this time.” DOH-Palm Beach reminds residents and visitors, to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure.
Governor Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that he is hoping to give unvaccinated police officers a $5,000 bonus, to relocate to the sunshine state. DeSantis commented about police officers in other states who are losing their jobs, because they are not complying with COVID vaccine mandates. DeSantis called on police officers across the country, including those in New York, Minneapolis and Seattle, to relocate here if they are not being “treated well”. In Chicago, police officers, were required this month to report their COVID vaccination status. Those who are unvaccinated are required to test for COVID twice a week until December 31, the deadline given to be fully vaccinated.
An endangered Florida panther was hit by a vehicle and killed over the weekend. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this is the 19th of a total of 25 deaths by vehicle this year. The 3-year-old male leopard was found on Saturday along a road west of LaBelle in Hendry County. The Florida Panthers once roamed the entire southeastern part, but now their habitat is primarily confined to a small area of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico.
In accordance with Chapter 775 of the Florida Statutes, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, 38-year-old Othlone Russ, who is now residing at 410 Pelican Lake Drive, Apt. A, Pahokee.
Glades counties budget gets a break as the US Army Corps of Engineers agrees to pay for repairs needed on County Road 720 east of Moore Haven. Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC reports, trucks hauling fill dirt to repair the Herbert Hoover dike were the main cause of the damage. Highlands County commissioners are cracking down on dog abuse. Specifically, tying the pets outside for long periods of time. The new anti-tethering law limits the amount of time a dog can be tied up, outside. Humane Society President Julie Speegle says there are a lot of dogs that are abused out there; she’s working with the county to help keep the dogs safe.