Thursday, April 7, 2022

Child Abuse Prevention in Florida

During the month of April, Prevent Child Abuse Florida, in collaboration with DCF and the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, implements Pinwheels for Prevention, a statewide coordinated campaign to raise awareness of child abuse prevention efforts by focusing on healthy child development and support for parents. Child advocates plant blue and silver pinwheel gardens in communities throughout the state to represent the positive healthy childhoods all children deserve. Lora Stryker, Healthy Start Social Services Supervisor says, many businesses have joined in in both Hendry and Glades County. She says this and other types of engagement, is what makes the difference. The Tri-cities will have a ride along to promote child abuse prevention and all motor vehicles are welcomed on April 9, from LaBelle, to Clewiston, to Moore Haven, then back to LaBelle. The Ride Along will begin at 9 a.m.

Infrastructure Project for the City of Clewiston

The much-anticipated infrastructure project is underway on EAST Ventura Avenue in Clewiston. This first phase of the project includes resurfacing of the roadway from Francisco to Deane Duff. Crews are also working on drainage near the Trinidad Park vicinity, in an effort to improve water pressure for residents and businesses. The second phase, which will serve Commercio, Alverdez, and Ventura, will begin once the water lines are updated. That second phase of this $9 million infrastructure project will be from Deane Duff to WC Owen. Other projects under this move include updating the Army Corps of Engineers and Marina from septic tanks to city sewer, and preconstruction of the new elevated C-21 bridge project.

New Restaurant Announces Summer Opening

Mayor Keith Babb expressed his excitement recently, in celebration of a brand-new venture for some residents of the Glades, and a brand-new return, to the Pahokee Marina Restaurant.  Partners from JPDT Holdings, Inc., Jonathan Mann, Travis Benjamin, Deonte Thompson, and Pernell McPhee, all born in Pahokee, met with city officials to conduct a walkthrough. All 4 men, share the same vision: to see the community thriving with new businesses, more economic opportunities, and a modernized, updated infrastructure to rival any other community in the country. The last restaurant in the location was Pahokee Mo’s Tiki Bar and Sunset Grille, which closed back in 2016. It got amazing reviews from visitors, and since then, had a much-anticipated reopening. Mayor Babb reports, if all goes as planned, the new Muck City Tavern should be opened by the end of June 2022.

Distracted Driving Awareness

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) launched a campaign aimed at educating Florida motorists on the importance of avoiding distracted driving, and is informing motorists of current laws against distracted driving. According to FLHSMV data, distracted driving crashes resulted in 333 fatalities in 2021 – the highest recorded in Florida in at least 8 years. On average, there were more than 1,000 distracted driving crashes every week across our state last year.

Safety Tips for Driving

  • Pull over to text.
  • Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.”
  • Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.
  • Activate your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” feature, or put your cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of your vehicle until you arrive at your destination.
  • In 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, texting while driving is an illegal, ticketable offense. You could end up paying a hefty fine and get points on your license.

For more information, including safe driving tips, information on Florida’s Wireless Communications While Driving Law, and downloadable resources, visit FLHSMV’s Distracted Driving webpage.