Tuesday July 27, 2021

Tensions are getting stronger in Pahokee as the city’s mayor is accusing three fellow City Commission members of violating Florida law by holding what he’s calling an impromptu city meeting last week and firing the city attorney. Three commissioners — Vice Mayor Regina Bohlen, Sara Perez, and Juan Gonzalez — held a meeting standing outside the closed city commission chambers. In the meeting, the commissioners finalized the firing of the current City Attorney by selecting an interim City Attorney. The proceedings lasted less than two minutes. The meeting was streamed live on a private Facebook page but there was allegedly no notice to the public on the city’s website. Mayor Babb alleges that meeting violated Florida Sunshine State Law, which requires public meetings be open and ample notice be provided to the public. In other news from the city of Pahokee, leaders are eyeing development of 34 acres on the Rim Canal. The debate is whether to develop industry or if the city should, instead, build housing. A private firm is interested in leasing nine acres.  Acting City Manager Rodney Lucas says adding jobs would help Pahokee. Vice Mayor Regina Bohlen says the city shouldn’t resist creating new jobs.

Miami-Dade County officials confirmed yesterday, remains of the last person listed as missing in the collapse of the surfside condo tower on June 24, have been recovered and identified, bringing the final confirmed death toll to 98. Remains of the latest victim, were found by search teams on July 20, and medical examiners had been working since then to positively identify her before making Monday’s announcement. The Miami-Dade fire department’s search for additional victims at the site ended last Friday.

On Tuesday, July 20, 2021, former Representative Joel Thomas Daves III passed away. Daves served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1952 until 1955. He was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1964 until 1966. Previously, Daves was appointed in 1959 and then elected to the office of Palm Beach County Solicitor in 1960. He also served on the West Palm Beach City Commission from 1992 until 1999 and as mayor of West Palm Beach from 1999 until 2003. To honor the memory of former Representative Joel Thomas Daves III and his service to the state of Florida, Governor Ron Desantis is directing the flags of the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach, the City Hall of West Palm Beach, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, from sunrise to sunset on today.

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution at its new location to anyone in need. This week, they will also be offering FREE COVID-19 vaccinations by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Those vaccinated also receive a $10 voucher for grocery shopping courtesy of the Florida Department of Health. The food drive and vaccination event will take place on Wednesday, July 28 & Aug 4, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Ave D, Belle Glade CONTACT: 561-996-3310

Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches is hosting Presentations on human trafficking.

The following are upcoming presentations that the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches will be having in July.

Human Trafficking and our Community | Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Online Safety: A Guide for Parents and Guardians | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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World Day Against Trafficking: Thriving, Not Just Surviving | Friday, July 30, 2021

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