Thursday November 4, 2021

Palm Beach County Mask Mandate Could See Revisions

The School District of Palm Beach County’s mask mandate for students could once again give parents the ability to opt their child out of wearing a facial covering in school. Superintendent Mike Burke told school board members it’s his “full intent” to reinstate the parental opt-out starting on Monday, Nov. 15. But, Palm Beach County must first reach fewer than 50 new cases per 100,000 people and maintain that for two weeks before this opt out option can activate. Burke said he’s confident the county will drop below 50 new cases when this week’s COVID-19 report from the Florida Department of Health is released on Friday.

Palm Beach County Begins Vaccines for Kids Today

The School District of Palm Beach County in partnership with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County announced Wednesday the vaccination sites for the Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The Health Care District Mobile Clinic will be administering the vaccines at select school district locations beginning today. Parents or guardians who wish to have their children vaccinated must complete the Health Care District of Palm Beach County Screening and Consent Form. the COVID-19 vaccine is not required for any student or staff member of the district. The pediatric dose is one-third the strength of the vaccine formulated for individuals ages 12 and older. To read the vaccine information fact sheet, click here . For vaccination sites and hours, click here .

Snow Park Re-Opens Next Week

Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park is preparing to open again next week. The park opened last year and features a number of winter activities, including snow tubing, an arctic igloo and an alpine village. The park also features the Eskimo Outpost and the Crystal Ribbon, an outdoor ice skating area. On select days, tickets to Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park start at $26.95. The recreation park will be open through March 27. Click here to learn more.

Louisiana Man To Be Sentenced in Glades County Crash

A Louisiana man was found guilty of DUI manslaughter in a 2018 crash that killed two men in Glades County. Benjamin Desjardine, 43, was found guilty on two counts of DUI manslaughter and three counts of DUI damage to a person or property, according to the State Attorney’s Office. According to a news source, He was driving on County Road 721 when he drove into the oncoming lane of traffic. Another driver swerved to avoid the truck, and ended up slamming into a guardrail. Desjardine continued driving in the wrong lane and hit another car with two men inside. The crash killed the two men. The State Attorney’s Office said that’s when Desjardine’s truck flipped and the other car spun out in the southbound lane. A 20-year-old woman, not involved in the crashes, got out of her car to help. Another driver swerved to try to avoid another crash, and hit the woman who stopped to help. The woman was critically injured. Prosecutors said Desjardine’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

LOSOM Plan Delayed By USACE

The Army Corps of Engineers decision on a final plan for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual(LOSOM) has now been pushed back to Nov. 16. Finding a solution that makes everyone happy from Lake Okeechobee to Florida’s east and west coasts hasn’t been easy. Because it’s not only about the schedule. Concern over discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River has increased over the years because of algae blooms. In the next two weeks, the Corps is expected to try to formalize a plan, trying   to satisfy the concerns of those on the lake and along the rivers and canals. The final decision on the plan is expected to come in two weeks, according to a news source.