Thursday July 8, 2021

South Florida officials called off the search for survivors of the Surfside condominium tower collapse, shifting the efforts to now, those of recovery. Crews have extracted the remains of 54 people, as 86 people remain unaccounted for. The remains of 18 more victims were removed from the pile of debris yesterday. A moment of silence was held last night near the sight, in honor of all the victims of the collapse. A grand jury has agreed to investigate the Surfside collapse, according to Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County is offering free, walk-up COVID-19 mobile clinic vaccinations at locations throughout the county, to make it easy and convenient for families and children as young as 12 years old. All locations will provide the Pfizer or the Janssen vaccine. The unit will be in Belle Glade at the West Technical Education Center this Tuesday July 13th from 8a to 4p. Those vaccinated can receive a $10 grocery voucher courtesy of the Florida Department of Health. Individuals 12 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian to be vaccinated.  

A young woman from Pahokee was involved in a vehicle accident, that left a West Palm Beach man and his 58-year-old passenger dead. At approximately 9:39 p.m. Tuesday night, Robert Ehrenberg, a civilian employee with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, was traveling southbound on Foresthill Boulevard. A 17-year-old woman from Loxahatchee was driving north as both vehicles approached the intersection of Guilford Way. As Ehrenberg turned left, he traveled into the path of the young woman’s car, causing her vehicle to collide with the passenger side of his. The impact caused Ehrenbergs vehicle to overturn, coming to rest on its driver side. Ehrenberg and his passenger Gloria Ludwig were pronounced dead on scene, by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. In the other vehicle, both young women 17 years old, the passenger from Pahokee, were transported to Palms West Hospital with minor injuries.

Okeechobee could welcome a familiar name to its industrial park. Frito Lay is expected to build a 6700 square foot distribution center in Commerce Park.  City council approved a deal with Frito Lay to sell two lots for 1 hundred and 30 thousand dollars.  Six jobs could be created in a 1-million-dollar facility. City Councilmember Robert Jarriel says he was pleased with the deal.  The deal requires the company Taymer properties to construct the facility. 

The LaBelle Chamber of Commerce is joining with the City of LaBelle and Hendry County to host a JOB FAIR on July 13, at the LaBelle Civic Center from 9am to 3pm. Contact the LaBelle Chamber for more information.