Tuesday March 23, 2021

There have now been more than 2 million reported cases of the coronavirus in Florida, with 32,779 deaths. As of 2 p.m. Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported an increase of 2,862 cases from Sunday’s update. The state also reported a single-day increase of 37 deaths. Health officials reported 83,503 hospital admissions statewide. For a full breakdown of the cases in Florida, click here.

A new bill is on the books that has some new stipulations related to divorce in our state. Legislation heard Monday afternoon in a Florida Senate Committee would end permanent alimony and set formulas for how much and how long a spouse would make or receive payments. Under the changes, alimony would no longer be permanent, but limited to half the time of the marriage. Senate bill sponsor Joe Gruters said alimony will also end at retirement. Under current law, alimony only ends when a spouse gets remarried or a court agrees. But this legislation ends alimony if someone is getting extra outside help, like living with someone who is helping pay the bills. The legislation also makes it easier for either spouse to go back to court to seek a modification, up or down.

A racetrack rescue was caught on camera when a car burst into flames at Hendry County Motorsports Park. Racecar driver Devin Register says he’s alive and doing just fine, thanks to Ernie Turner who works there. Believe it or not, they’d never met before now. A broken fuel injector was to blame. Register says he escaped with a few burns and scrapes, but he plans to get back on the track for the coming weekend.

The Hendry County Health Departments in LaBelle and Clewiston will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment and limited walk-ins. Please use the website to pre-register for appointments at  https://my vaccine.fl.gov/ or call 866-201-6745. Appointments will be taken for Wednesday in LaBelle and Thursday in Clewiston, from 8:30 to 3PM.

The inoculations are for  

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • All persons 50 years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • And Medically vulnerable populations under 50 with the official medical form signed by a doctor. 

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the expansion and creation of the Get There Faster Initiative, a $75 million dollar investment toward two new initiatives to expand access and enrollment in quality, in demand Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, postsecondary credentials, and work-based learning programs. $50 million is recommended to cover costs for students to participate in workforce college credit or career dual enrollment programs. The remaining $25 million is focused on targeting adult learners who are enrolling in workforce education programs at a college or technical center in the state. For more information about the Get There Faster Initiatives, visit https://gettherefl.com/.

This past Sunday in Glades County, a motorcyclist was driving on US 27 and State Road 78. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the operator lost control of the motorcycle and overturned on the side of the road. The 34-year-old Miami man was reported to be in critical condition.