Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Fatal Accident in Broward County Involving Local Residents

Two residents from around the lake, were involved in a fatal accident yesterday afternoon in Broward County. The Florida Highway patrol says, a dump truck was traveling southbound on State Road 27. A truck tractor and an SUV, were traveling northbound. FHP says for unknown reasons, the dump truck veered to the left, traveling into the grass median and then, onto the northbound lanes of State Road 27. The dump truck collided with the front of the truck tractor, killing the male driver. The dump truck, then spun around swinging its tailgate open, hitting the SUV occupied by the 58-year-old driver from Clewiston, and his 39-year-old passenger, a man from South Bay. Neither of them was hurt in the accident, and the dump truck driver suffered just minor injuries. No word yet on whether or not charges are pending. The sole victim in the crash has not been identified.

Fatal Crash in LaBelle

WAFC has received information on a single-vehicle crash in LaBelle on Tuesday morning. Florida Highway Patrol says one person died in the crash that happened on Collins Slough Road near Sears Road at around 8:20 a.m., yesterday. No further information on the victim have been released at this time. The crash is under investigation.

Accident on Caloosahatchee Kills Man from Indiana

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released information regarding a 24-year-old who died in an accident on the Caloosahatchee River. The FWC says this happened Saturday around 5:30 p.m. Officials say a call came in for a single vessel boating accident on the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, adding the paddle craft was being operated by a 24-year-old male from Indiana when he fell into the water. FWC says the man was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the accident. The FWC would like to take this opportunity to remind all boaters to please wear your life jacket and maintain a 360-degree awareness at all times while boating. For more boating safety tips, visit

Small Business Revenue Growing in Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that more than 7,500 students have earned an entrepreneurship and small business (ESB) certification between July 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022. The Governor’s Office says that supporting access to ESB certifications, is a part of Florida’s goal, to be the best state in the nation for workforce education by 2030. The number of ESB examinations delivered between January 2021 and March 2022, totaled 25,754. This represents the largest number of ESB certifications in the state’s history and now makes Florida #1 in the nation for achieving the globally recognized credential, according to the state. As of January 16, 2022, the number of small businesses opening in Florida increased by 9.7 percent compared to January 2020, with total small business revenue also increasing during the period.

Local Early Learning Coalition Offices Closing

An important announcement from the United Way regarding the Early Learning Coalition, as parents are enrolling their kids in VPK, applying for childcare assistance and requesting other school readiness services. The ELC offices in Clewiston and LaBelle have been temporarily discontinued. We have the link to the family portal if parents choose to submit documents electronically: Family Portal: Login ( Requests for appointments can be addressed to Caroline Roberts at 239-935-6120.

Food Bank Mobile Pantry Locations

Harry Chapin returns to our area with the free mobile food pantry! On May 18 they’ll be at 785 Forrey Drive in Labelle. They’ll be in Moore Haven on May 25 at 301 10th Street. Each location will serve from 10 am to 11:30 am.