Tuesday December 7,2021

In early 2021, the manufacturing facility FINFROCK broke ground on the site of the former Glades Correctional Institution in Belle Glade. The company’s expansion into Palm Beach County vowed more than $242 million in economic stimulus. Well, FINFROCK is set to start making good on its promise of bringing more than 200 jobs to Belle Glade and surrounding areas.  On Thursday, December 9th the company will start meeting with people, who are interesting in jobs like carpenter, concrete material control, overhead crane operator, heavy equipment operator and managerial positions. The event will take place at CareerSource Palm Beach County, in Belle Glade from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday. To register for the event, visit https://bit.ly/3EVfjlo  or call or email Maria Torres at 561-340-1060, ext. 2117, mtorres@careersourcepbc.com.

After a huge legal defeat, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has shut down its online sports betting app. The tribe on Saturday said it will temporarily stop taking bets on its Hard Rock Sportsbook app after a federal appeals court rejected its request to allow wagering to continue as the Tribe pursued an appeal. Bettors were able to place wagers for the last month, before a court of appeals blocked an agreement between the state and the Seminoles to allow online betting, because it violates a federal rule requiring a person to be physically on tribal land when wagering.  A federal judge invalidated a contract, that was to reportedly bring the state $2.5 billion in the first five years. The decision marked a return to the drawing board for Gov. Ron DeSantis and the tribe, which could agree to a new compact that allows in-person wagering on sports at its six casinos, including the Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee.

On December 4, 2021 at around 9 am, 83-year-old Mendez Deans was reported missing from his Belle Glade residence. Sources say he was last seen driving away in his pick-up truck Saturday morning. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office declared Deans missing and possible endangered, issuing a Silver Alert to nearby communities on December 5th. As of yesterday afternoon, Mendez has been located. PBSO did not release any further information on where he was located or how he was found.

The state legislature will take on numerous environmental bills that impact agriculture in our local area. The ag commissioner along with 2 others, introduced two bills, including one major package that would set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals and statewide emissions standards. The legislation would establish a tax credit to incentivize farmers to set up solar panels on land not being used for agriculture. Rep. Kelly Skidmore supports a bill giving tax credits to farms, as a way to create new cleaner energy sources. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried called the initiative “one of the boldest climate plans our state has seen.” The package would also target low-income communities, which the Democratic legislators said are often at greater risk for respiratory disease, because of the age and conditions of the buildings they live in. That measure would establish a program to implement energy efficiency upgrades at existing single family and multifamily residential properties, for low-income households.

Christmas on the Caloosahatchee will be this Thursday December 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Moore Haven City Park. If you are interested in having a booth, contact Jan Gunn at 863-532-2650.