Pahokee to tell state it wants new marina partner

PAHOKEE — City commissioners decided July 28 to formally notify the state of the 4-1 decision June 23 that Everglades Reserve Holdings LLC (ERH) is not the majority’s choice to develop the city-leased marina, campground and restaurant along the Lake Okeechobee waterfront. Commissioner Regina Bohlen dissented in the original vote but voted yes to send […]

Primary mission: Study your precinct’s ballot

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Running a primary election in Palm Beach County is no picnic — the voting gets especially complicated in such a huge place. The primary of Aug. 18, 2020, is under way now in most counties around the lake, and western Palm Beach County residents in various places will vote in different […]

Palm Beach County has 35,283 COVID-19 positive since March

WEST PALM BEACH — The Florida Department of Health Aug. 5 report shows 35,283 Palm Beach County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 105. The county has had 882 deaths and 2,714 hospitalizations (2,686 residents and 28 nonresidents) related to COVID-19 […]

Sheriffs try to prevent COVID-19 spread in county jails

County jails in the Lake Okeechobee area have taken precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by isolating new prisoners and screening jail staff. According to data collected on July 31, Okeechobee County has no prisoners who are COVID-19 positive; Hendry County has six; Glades County has one; and Palm Beach County has one. Okeechobee […]

UF studies phosphorus in EAA farm runoff

WEST PALM BEACH — Why do best management practices (BMPs) work better to reduce phosphorus in runoff in some areas of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) than others? A new study to be conducted by the University of Florida will conduct extensive testing on six farms in the EAA to answer that question. The South […]

FDEP monitors algae blooms

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducts weekly samples of algae blooms in designated regular testing sites as well as at sites where algal blooms have been reported. On July 27, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff collected a sample from Lake Okeechobee at the Pahokee Marina. The Pahokee Marina sample was […]

West County Senior Center distributes bottled water from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today

BELLE GLADE — As more people venture out, West County Senior Center is at it again helping families during the coronavirus pandemic by hosting an impromptu distribution of 3,500 16-ounce bottles of Zephyrhills water from 4 to 6:30 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, Aug. 5, during a community grab and go drive-thru in the parking lot of […]

Mechanical harvesters to return to Lake O

Mechanical harvesters will return to Lake Okeechobee in the next few months, according to information shared at the July 28 virtual meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force. The harvesters are currently working on Lake Kissimmee. They were preapproved to use the harvesters in the Indian Prairie Canal but ran into […]

14.1% of Florida ICU beds are open

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s ICU bed availability was above 14% this week, with little change over the past seven days. Some smaller hospitals in rural areas have no available ICU beds, but larger hospitals in neighboring counties do have available beds. Data from Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as of Aug. 4 show the […]

Florida High School Athletic Association is working on options for start of sports

GAINESVILLE — The Florida High School Athletic Association is currently working on three options for schools ahead of the tentative start of sports around the state. The first option being considered would have Sept. 7 become the new first date of the regular season, with the last date falling in line with the normal calender. […]