A watered-down bill will not fix our water quality issues

Guest Commentary Special to the Lake Okeechobee News Gov. Ron DeSantis just signed into law SB 712 — the self-proclaimed “Clean Waterways Act” — an ambitious misnomer for a bill that claims to be the solution to our mounting water quality issues, but falls far short of that mark. This bill has been praised by […]

Free food distribution continues July 7 with new times

WEST PALM BEACH — Tuesday and Thursday food distribution continues on Tuesday, July 7. Distributions will now be taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 51 locations across the Palm Beach County School District. Please note that Okeeheelee Middle School has closed as a distribution site. Feeding South Florida will distribute free food […]

Palm Beach County has 15,169 COVID-19 positive as of July 3

WEST PALM BEACH — The Florida Department of Health July 3 report shows 15,169 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 536 deaths and 1,887 hospitalizations (1,863 residents and 24 non-residents) related to COVID-19 to […]

Wearing masks does not violate Florida law

FLORIDA — Contrary to what you may have read on social media, rules requiring people wear cloth face coverings in public buildings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are not in violation of Florida Statute. This myth has been making the rounds on social media, based on Florida Statute 876.12, enacted in 1951, which states: […]

Palm Beach County has 14,859 COVID-19 positive as of July 2

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health July 2 report shows 14,859 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 523 death and 1,860 hospitalizations (1,836 residents and 24 non-residents) related to COVID-19 to […]

Governor, Florida surgeon general urge Floridians to take action to slow the spread and protect the vulnerable

TALLAHASSEE — As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida surgeon general are reminding all Floridians to protect the vulnerable by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public: • Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that […]

Glades schools’ town hall looks ahead to ’20-21

WEST PALM BEACH — The School District of Palm Beach County hosted a series of online “Town Hall” meet-ups last week, and the final one, for Glades Region schools, was on Friday night, June 26. It went on as scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m., broadcast through several TV and online channels. Hosted by local […]

Your right to refuse to wear a mask ends where others’ 6 feet of space begins

Is a requirement to wear a cloth face covering in public spaces an infringement on individual freedom? Some Florida counties and cities have made masks mandatory in public buildings. Others have refrained from passing an ordinance or executive action but encouraged residents to voluntarily wear masks. The reason to wear cloth face coverings is to […]

P-EBT gives families more money for summer meals

FLORIDA – Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provided food assistance of about $313 per child to Floridians with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Eligible families who did not receive their allotment by June 30 should contact the Florida Department of Children and Families. […]

Satellite imagery shows algae potential in lake

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The intense summer heat has brought with it algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee. Lake area fishermen have noted this is a common occurrence in the summer. As of June 29, the lake level was at 12.36 feet, just slightly higher than the previous week’s level of 12.33 feet. No water from the […]