Wednesday November 17, 2021

Vote LaBelle For America’s Mainstreet!!


DOWNTOWN LABELLE MADE IT INTO THE TOP 25 QUARTERFINALS FOR THE AMERICA’S MAIN STREET CONTEST!!! Kelly Boone, Director of the LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation is encouraging everyone to start voting! If the city gets enough votes, Hendry County could win the $25,000 GRAND PRIZE!! Independent We Stand is hosting the nationwide contest to see which community is best suited as ‘America’s Main Street’. In order to be selected, votes must be cast. Lucky for us, Kelly has posted a voting link. Voting literally takes seconds and one person can vote up to 25 times per day.  Boone says voting will be open until December 12, and she’s hoping to make it into the semifinals.  LDRC plans to use the $25,000 grand prize to replace the benches in Barron Park. VOTE HERE:

Panther Death Reported in Hendry County

The Associated Press reports, an endangered Florida panther has died, after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 21st panther death due to fatal collisions, out of 27 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 9-year-old female panther were found yesterday along a roadway in Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest in Hendry County. Florida panthers once roamed the entire Southeast, but now their habitat mostly is confined to a small region of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 230 Florida panthers remain in the wild.

LOSOM Plan Released

The Army Corps of Engineers announced a new management plan for Lake Okeechobee discharges. U.S. Congressman Brian Mast released a statement regarding the U.S. Army Corps’ decision on the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM):

There is good and bad news from today:

The good news is that under the proposed plan more water can flow south into the Everglades while less water will likely flow east and west during the summer months when the risk of algal blooms is highest. This is an improvement on the very bad status quo. At the same time, though, this plan falls far short of truly rebalancing the scales of justice when it comes to water management in Florida.

The new management plan would replace the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule established in 2008.

Vaccine and Booster Shots for COVID-19 in Hendry and Glades

October 21, the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices recommended the use of COVID-19 vaccination boosters for both the Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson vaccines under the current emergency use authorization. Pfizer and Moderna booster shots are currently recommended for fully vaccinated individuals 18 years of age and older, at least 6 months have passed since completing their second dose; and they are 65 and older, in a long-term care facility, have underlying medical conditions, and have increased risk of exposure from their job.  Johnson and Johnson booster shots are currently recommended for individuals who have received their initial COVID-19 vaccination and at least two months have passed since their initial dose. The CDC recommendations now allow people to get whichever booster they want, no matter which of the 3 vaccines you originally received. You may schedule your Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine appointment at any of the health departments in Hendry or Glades Counties.  

Local Cities Make ‘Most Dangerous’ List

Statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show a 14.1 % drop in total crimes reported in 2020 than in the previous year. FDLE data shows the state saw a 17% decline in property crimes, but violent crimes increased by 2.3%. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on violent crimes from the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer, to come up with the 25 most dangerous cities in the state. A couple of local cites made the top 25, but number 1 may surprise you.

Click here to see the 25 most dangerous cities in Florida

In Florida, property crimes outnumber violent offenses in every city on the list. Furthermore, the cities with the highest crime rates tended to be smaller. No. 2 on the list for example, is Marianna, a city of less than 6,000 in the Florida Panhandle. The most populous city on the list — Orlando, came in at number 20. Locally, the City of Pahokee came in at the #16 most dangerous city in the state, and Belle Glade ranked #14. Other cities like Rivera Beach and Lake Worth also made the list, none more dangerous though, according to 24/7 wall street, than the number 1 most dangerous overall. The Miami-Dade County town of Florida City, south of Miami, ranked number one in the state for the most dangerous city, with a population of less than 12,000.