Wednesday August 3, 2022

PAHOKEE HEAD COACH, EMMANUEL HENDRIX, BACK ON FIELD

Head coach Emmanuel Hendrix wasn’t sure he’d be in attendance for Pahokee’s first day of fall camp as recently as last Wednesday.

Bright and early Monday morning, Hendrix had a surprise for his Blue Devils in a much-needed reunion with his players ahead of another run at a state championship.

Eight months on administrative leave brought many afternoons spent driving to get a glimpse of spring practice followed by “dark nights” for Hendrix. Hendrix was finally cleared to get back on campus by Palm Beach County School District and directed to start Monday.

Hendrix’s first stop back at Anquan Boldin Stadium was the press box. There, Pahokee sports legend and game announcer Eddie Lee Rhodes waited for Hendrix as players filed in from warm-ups on the nearby practice field.

Interim coach David Simmons motioned the players from midfield closer to the sideline facing the press box.

Upon a closer look into the windows, the voice – Hendrix’s – got the excitement he was looking for

Upon recognizing who was in the box a player yelling ,”Coach!”  from the huddle, joining teammates in hoisting up their helmets and cheers for Hendrix’s return and, eventually, in taking a knee. Hendrix’s joy-filled laughter echoed across the field.

Senior defensive end DeeJay Holmes Jr. said while he’d been communicating with his coach over text and phone call, it’d been a “long time” since he’d seen him in the flesh.

Hendrix made his way down the stands, hopped over the gate, and encouraged his players to break down and clap it up.

Hendrix stating that he didn’t know if he was going to be back on field for the first game and thanking Pahokee’s administration and coaching staff who worked “relentlessly” to get him back for the season – let alone camp.

LEHIGH ACRES MAN ARREST FOR SHOOTING IN TAMPA

A man was arrested in Lee County on Tuesday suspected to be connected to a deadly shooting last July at an apartment complex in Tampa.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Darren Day, 25, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on a first-degree murder charge. The sheriff’s office did not say if Day was the shooter.

Day, who lives in Lehigh Acres, was booked by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday afternoon.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said on July 22, an adult male had been shot at the IQ Apartments parking lot. When deputies got to the scene the suspect had already driven away in an unknown direction.

The victim was transported to a local hospital which tried to give him lifesaving treatment, despite their efforts the victim died later.

FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS IN RISK OF LOOSING INSURANCE

Many of Florida’s homeowners will have to search for new insurance after more insurers lost their A-rating.

It means if you have a mortgage, you are required to get a policy with a company in good standing.

The task of finding affordable homeowner’s insurance may prove to be complicated.

The search will begin for some during the middle of hurricane season.

The downgrading will affect more than 100,000 of homeowners.

Demotech, the company that rates Florida insurers, said more than a dozen were at risk of losing their A-rating.

They took a look, and now, just one company, United Property and Casualty Insurance Company, was significantly downgraded.

Two were withdrawn, meaning they are not financially stable enough to have a rating at all.

They are FedNat Insurance Company and Weston Property and Casualty Insurance Company. That means they are one step closer to bankruptcy.

FedNat had already dropped about 68,000 policies earlier this year in an attempt to gain a better financial footing, but it didn’t work.

Last week, the state said it would lean on Citizens Property Insurance to financially back the downgraded insurers so you wouldn’t have to go shopping.

One insurance expert said there is a lot in the air, but it’s still not looking good. Mark Friedlander with the Insurance Information Institute says

“The bad news is, it looks like we’re going to lose two more insurers, which would make six companies that go insolvent this year. And once again, we continue to see a very quick deterioration of the Florida home insurance market,”

Even though there is some uncertainty, Friedlander recommends giving your insurance agent a call.