Tuesday June 15, 2021

Congressman Mario Diaz Balart visited the area recently. He met with Clewiston city officials and with the Clewiston Police Department, to discuss recent improvements and upgrades to their dispatch communications, and to discuss how these changes can strengthen the safety of our community.

Well, its official. A program was started to honor the life of FWC officer Julian Keen who was killed a year ago. Keen is remembered as a man who gave back to his community and who loved everyone. Now, there’s a new program for young people who choose to follow in his footsteps. His service ship will live on through the Julian Lee Keen Cadets Mentorship Program. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County Public Schools and the Julian Lee Keen Foundation partnered to make sure his passion for mentorship lives on. The Julian Lee Keen Cadets Mentorship Program will begin in August at Immokalee Middle School.

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and the DOH in Glades County, issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Lake Okeechobee. This is in response to water samples taken on June 7-9 of this year. Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria that is common in Florida’s freshwater environments. A bloom occurs when rapid growth of algae leads to an accumulation of individual cells that discolor water and often produce floating mats that emit unpleasant odors. The public should exercise caution in and around various locations on Lake Okeechobee. Do not drink, swim, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom. Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you come in contact with the smelly water or the bloom. The bloom is not safe for pets either and animals and livestock should stay away as well. The DOH says you can eat the healthy fish caught from the lake, but not the shellfish. Blue-green algae blooms can impact human health and ecosystems, including fish and other aquatic animals. For additional information on potential health effects of algal blooms, visit floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins.

In accordance with Chapter 775 of the Florida Statutes, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about declared Sexual Predator, Stuart Hughes, who is now residing at 1147 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee, FL  33476.       

One hundred and sixty-four teams set out at sunrise Sunday for qualifier #2 of the 2021 Roland Martin Marine Center Series Season on Lake Okeechobee. The 2019 Series Champion, Justin Morgan teamed with Garrett Folbrecht and returned to the top bringing 28.13 pounds of Lake Okeechobee bass to the stage and collecting another big payout according to an article published by RMMC. The winning team collected $6,300 for first place along with $500 for Folbrecht’s U.S. Sugar Big Bass of 8.3 pounds and another $150 in Bruiser Baits Tackle for the biggest bag. That’s a $6,950 payday for a weekend tournament.  The second place team of Santos Solis Jr. and George Short collected a giant bag of 24.75 bass that earned them 2nd place honors and a check for $3,150. Solis and Short added $250 to their second place check with the Mercury contingency award. The Mercury Youth Award for $100 went to Matt Demott as the  highest finishing youth angler. Mary Ann Martin awarded Diane Willis $100 as the highest finishing Lady Angler. Mark your calendar now for the 3rd Qualifier on October 9, and make sure you get your team registered ahead of time.