Palm Beach School District sues e-cig maker

WEST PALM BEACH — With over three dozen deaths now reported nationwide from lung injuries caused by vaping, the Palm Beach County School District has recently become one of several suing JUUL, an e-cigarette maker. The district filed suit Nov. 22 in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami, seeking reimbursement […]

Florida has the third highest rate of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2000 and 2017, deaths due to Alzheimer’s rose by 145 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The onset of the disease usually occurs after the age of 60, […]

Study shows 12-15 feet range best for lake’s ecology

What will the new Lake Okeechobee Systems Operations Manual (LOSOM) look like? In meetings around Lake Okeechobee, area residents encouraged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to follow the science. If the corps follows the recommendations of their own scientists, the new lake schedule will vary only slightly from the current plan, which strives to […]

Sparrow debate spans over 20 years

WEST PALM BEACH — An email message from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official expressing frustration with the restrictions on water movement from the water conservation areas north of the Tamiami Trail in order to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow has been circulating online recently. That’s not surprising, since […]

Appeals court ruling favorable to EAA reservoir plan

OKEECHOBEE — State funding for the Everglades Agricultural Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project continues to go back and forth in the courts. The most recent court ruling favored the state’s plan to use Amendment 1 funds for the project. Article X, §28 of the Florida Constitution, commonly referred to as “Amendment One,” mandates […]

Lake Okeechobee water level continues to drop

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop, as the hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30. On Monday, the lake was at 13.09 feet above sea level, down from 13.16 feet one week ago. Historical average (based on years 1965-2000) for this date was 14.83 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of […]

FWC adjusts spray hours for hunters

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to use chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee. Due to hunting season, the schedule has been adjusted so the spray boats will not start work until 9 a.m. to avoid the highest use time by hunters. In the area known […]

Good Deed December is upon us and anyone can participate

December is the time of year when we normally spend all of our time caught up in thinking about all the things we need to get done, the gifts we have to buy, the places we have to go. Most people are so stressed out during that month that they don’t even get a chance […]

Lake Okeechobee water level stays just above 13 feet

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee dropped slightly last week. The lake was at 13.16 feet above sea level on Nov. 25, compared with 13.24 feet on Nov. 18. The historical average, based on data from 1965-2007, for Nov. 25 is 14.89 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to send freshwater […]

SFWMD using cattle leases to manage land

FORT MYERS — The South Florida Water Management District recognizes the value of low-intensity beef cattle ranching as a land management tool. At their Nov. 14 meeting, SFWMD Governing Board members renewed a cattle grazing lease on the 4,466 acres of SFWMD district land in the Grassy Island area. “Cattle grazing is a very effective […]