Wednesday May 19, 2021

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office released an important reminder for residents. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time of year. The highways fill with traveling families, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place through June 6.

Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden says, “Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe”. He says, this simple task should be automatic. HCSO says, if you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits, before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.

WAFC’s morning team D’Anthony and Company posted a poll question to its Facebook Page on May 18. The question read “Who is the reigning king of country music?” This question came about as we celebrated a famous country musicians’ birthday. Well, listeners weighed in: Willie, Conway, Merle, Johnny. Well it seems, according to listeners who weighed in on our FB poll question, George Strait, who turned 69 yesterday, reigns supreme, getting the most votes from our listeners. Thanks to everyone who tuned in, and voted. You can challenge this vote by weighing in on Facebook at WAFCPureCountry on Facebook. Until then, congratulations and happy birthday to King George.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) has a new Florida Fishing Pier Finder [lnks.gd], an interactive map that allows anglers to find publicly-accessed fishing piers, jetties and fishing-specific bridges in freshwater and saltwater locations throughout the state. Visit MyFWC.com/PierFinder to search for a location by county, city, feature name and type of feature (such as a bridge or pier). A majority of the structures are free to use. For those fishing piers where a fee is required, almost all have a pier license that covers anglers, resident and non-resident, that fish on the pier.

A news source now reports, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast is threatening to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for “reckless decision-making” if it releases Lake Okeechobee water into the St. Lucie river system and a coalition of groups is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency “to protect the Caloosahatchee (river system) from harmful lake discharges.” The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration reported on May 12 that nearly two-thirds of the lake, was covered with blue-green algae, threatening the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee river systems, which drain the lake to the east and west, respectively. A source says the fears are amplified by the lake’s unseasonably high-water levels, warmer-than-usual water temperatures and other policy changes. Gov. Ron DeSantis toured the lake on May 11 and called on the Corps to release water south of the lake rather than into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. While the Corps maintains it is not releasing water into the St. Lucie system now, Mast says that temporary concession won’t last and “the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again threatening to discharge this toxic water” into the both systems.

Hurricane Season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center is doing something different this year. It already started sending out Tropical Weather Outlooks prior to the official start date of June 1. One of the big reasons for this is because the last several seasons have all had tropical development before June 1 with several named storms forming in mid-May. This time of year we see cold fronts pushing south and stalled across the Caribbean. This promotes converging winds, which can cause small disturbances to develop. Those can eventually lead to tropical development and named storms.