Gov. Ron DeSantis made public a plan for salary increases and bonuses, as part of his upcoming budget proposal. DeSantis said the budget he will propose next week will include $73 million to increase pay for officers at the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Minimum pay for entry-level officers would increase by 20 percent, while pay for veteran officers would go up 25 percent. The proposal also will include a second round of $1,000 bonuses for first responders. The legislative session will start Jan. 11.
Four LaBelle residents were involved in a traffic accident last night at around 6:15. The crash happened in Hendry County at SR 80 and River Oak Lane. A report from the Florida Highway Patrol says, all 4 vehicles were traveling eastbound. The crash investigator reports, a Lehigh man ran into the back of the motorcycle in with his pick-up truck. This propelled the motorcycle into the right side of another truck driven by a 22-year-old LaBelle man, knocking the 2 motorcycle passengers from the vehicle. The Lehigh man’s vehicle continued into the back of an SUV driven by a LaBelle woman. The 74-year-old motorcycle driver, was reported in serious condition; his 62-year-old female passengers’ injuries critical. The Lehigh man suffered minor injuries. This crash remains under investigation.
The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5 years and older by appointment, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The DOH urges families to arrive at all appointments on time and remember to bring ID and vaccine card for those getting their second dose. Schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment at any of the health departments in Hendry or Glades Counties. Also, if you have lost or misplaced your vaccine card and you received your COVID 19 vaccination from the health department, staff can provide you a copy of your vaccination record.
Hendry County Road & Bridge will be conducting road repairs on Blumberg Road on today between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Motorists should allow extra time for their commute. Motorists and pedestrians should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.