Tuesday June 21, 2022

HENDRY COUNTY SUVEYING SERVICES ON WHEELER RD. THIS WEEK

Hendry County Engineering Department is preforming surveying services that began yesterday for the week of June 20, 2022, AIM Engineering and Surveying will be performing surveying services on Wheeler Road from 13th Place to 23rd Terrace, approximately 2.7 miles.

The work is being performed as part of the design work for the reconstruction and paving of Wheeler Road.

As part of the surveying effort, AIM Engineering & Surveying will be required to go on private property to locate survey monumentation or to re-establish survey monumentation. 

Motorists should use extra caution when traveling on Wheeler Road due to survey activity along the roadway.

Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact Mr. Darren Townsend, PSM, Survey Manager with AIM Engineering & Surveying at 239-284-1912 or the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes to the schedule.

U.S. SBA APPROVES OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN DISASTER LOANS

The U.S. Small Business Administration SBA has approved 12 disaster loans over 1 million dollars for Florida businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on January 16th.

The SBA is encouraging businesses of all sizes, non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters to take advantage of the opportunity to apply for disaster assistance for their uncompensated physical losses before July 1 deadline.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at Distasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.  The filling deadline to return applications for physical damage is July 1, 2022 and the deadline for return economic injury applications is February 2, 2023.

UPDATE TO ROYAL PALM BEAR STORY

A Royal Palm Beach community is demanding answers after Palm Beach County deputies shot and killed a black bear spotted roaming in their neighborhood for hours on Sunday.

According to PBSO, the sheriff’s office waited with Florida Fish and Wildlife officers for a bear trapper to arrive and tranquilize it. However, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission had a different view, they wanted to let the bear go.   FWC stated that they did not send trappers because highly-trained bear experts’ course of action was to let the animal move off on its own.

The animal eventually roamed a few blocks north in the 900 block of Crestwood Boulevard, near H.L. Johnson Elementary School.

After several attempts to keep the bear in a tree for hours, PBSO says the bear eventually came down and deputies used their shotguns, killing it for safety reasons.

Many are upset with the outcome. Including residents that live in that area.

FWC officials continue to investigate this incident.

DRIVER COMES FORWARD IN WEEKENDS HIT-AND-RUN

The driver accused in a weekend hit and run that put a tow truck operator in the hospital is facing a criminal charge.

Port St. Lucie police said the crash happened on N.E. Airoso Boulevard, Saturday morning at 12:30 a.m.

The 46-year-old victim was parked in the right northbound lane, and unloading a car, when the suspect crashed into him and the tow truck.

But then, the suspect drove away from the scene and did not help the victim.

The tow truck operator was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Sunday evening, Jacob Andrews of Ft. Pierce turned himself in.

Officers said the 29-year-old suspect panicked and went home, where he hid the vehicle on the side of his house.

Andrews was taken from the police department to jail and charged with hit and run involving serious bodily injury.

He was released before 5 a.m. Monday in lieu of $2,500 cash bond.

Police want to remind everyone that the state’s Move Over Law requires drivers to move over a lane when possible, or slow to 20 mph less than the speed limit.

It applies to law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility, tow trucks, and maintenance or construction vehicles on the side of the road.