News Cast 10/25

News Cast for 10/25:

Another traffic fatality

A 67-year-old man was killed overnight in a single vehicle crash on route 710 near Clementsville.

The Florida highway patrol said a 2020 Chevrolet pickup was west bound just after 8 pm near the intersection of Tommy Clements Blvd.

The vehicle veered over the center line, left the road and struck a tree.

Troopers said the driver was alone in the pickup and not wearing a seat belt.

No other information was available.

A high-speed chase reached 100 miles per hour from Hendry into Glades County involving two Okeechobee residents and a stolen vehicle.

Hendry County Sheriff deputies  pursued the vehicle from Harlem into Moore Haven where the vehicle crashed with two other vehicles on route 78 at Canal Road.

Facing charges are 27 year old Vonkeva Wells and Jaymarion Lawton of Okeechobee.

Both were wanted on warrants out of Okeechobee County at the time.

Mike Elfenbine touted the results of a new biomass harvesting program at the Lazy JP Ranch near Buckhead Ridge.

The goal is to convert aquatic vegetation into a soil additive to help water quality.

The substance is reapplied onto the land.

They’d like to expand the program to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

Elfenbine said Lake Okeechobee can’t clean itself and we need to help.

“The natural kidney and cleaning functions of the Lake were at one time around 60,000 acres.  We are down to about 10 percent of that now.”

The two candidates for governor squared off in a contentious debate.

They debated issues like abortion, school shootings, and the economy.

Governor Ron DeSantis chided his challenger for leaving the state during Hurricane Ian.

Crist visited Puerto Rico during the storm on a campaign stop.

He also defended his directives to not shut down the state during COVID-19.

Charlie Crist said DeSantis is more focused on running for President than solving Florida’s problems.

Crist said he was able to lower power costs when he was governor before.

He maintains Florida is the most expensive state to live in.

The debate was held in Fort Pierce.

FEMA reported it remained busy at the disaster recovery center at the public library.

They encourage all residents to come in and see if they are eligible for benefits.

They note they can even fund damage and repairs for medically required equipment.

They also note this does not impact your other federal benefits or your taxes.

Spokesperson Latanga Hopes was asked what documents to bring with you to the interview?