Lake Okeechobee dips below 12 feet; some navigation locks closed

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Hot weather and lack of rainfall pushed Lake Okeechobee down to 11.95 feet above sea level on Monday, triggering the closure of four locks on the north end of the lake. Whenever the lake falls below 12 feet, the following locks are closed for safety reasons: Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish […]

Glades County has confirmed case of COVID-19

MOORE HAVEN — On Sunday, March 29, Glades County Public Safety was notified that a resident of Glades County has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient has been in self quarantine since being tested but was hospitalized. A press release from Glades County Public Safety states: “The health and safety of our residents is always […]

Want to keep the boat ramps open? Keep boats at least 50 feet apart on the water

FLORIDA — Boaters who want to keep enjoying time on the water are advised to make sure they follow the state’s rules for “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Last week Palm Beach County closed some county boat ramps because of mass gatherings on sand bars. If boaters on Florida’s freshwater […]

Glades County court proceedings suspended

GLADES COUNTY — All jury proceedings and nonessential court proceedings will remain suspended through Friday, April 17, per Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order 20-17. If you have documents for the clerk’s office, a drop box is located at the south entrance door to the Glades County Courthouse. You must include your name and telephone number […]

Florida Healthy Kids takes proactive steps during COVID-19 outbreak

TALLAHASSEE — On March 26, in light of the ongoing coronavirus (aka COVID-19) outbreak across the nation and in Florida, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation’s (FHKC) Board of Directors adopted and recognized benefit and eligibility adjustments to help ensure children face fewer barriers in accessing the care they may need during this emergency. CFO Jimmy […]

Florida National Guard responds to the needs of the state

The Florida National Guard (FLNG), under the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, is responding to the needs of the state alongside our interagency partners, helping to protect citizens and guests throughout this crisis. The Florida National Guard has 1,437 Guardsmen on state active duty in support of Florida’s COVID-19 response, and are operating two Community […]

Florida Community Health Centers begins drive-thru coronavirus testing

WEST PALM BEACH — In the midst of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Florida Community Health Centers Inc. (FCHC) continues to provide high-quality and affordable routine healthcare to their community in a safe environment while working to decrease the further spread of this newly prevalent disease. In an effort to support their patients and community, […]

Florida’s farmers help sustain America’s food supply

In addition to citrus, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, Florida is the second largest producer of fresh vegetables in the United States, including fresh broccoli, lettuce, sweet corn, radishes, and green beans. Here is what Florida farmers and ranchers provide our national food supply: Florida citrus accounts for 56 percent of […]

Veterans to utilize GI Benefits for online education

TALLAHASSEE — On March 21, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess and Florida College System presidents applauded President Trump and Congress for ensuring thousands of Florida veterans are able to utilize their GI benefits through remote or virtual instruction, after campus […]

Turnout light for March 17 primary election

South Bay Commissioner Esther Berry keeps seat by one vote Turnout was light for the March 17 presidential primary, as most Floridians’ attention was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. Statewide, Joe Biden received 61.9% of the vote; Bernie Sanders, 22.8%, Michael Bloomberg, 8.4 %; Pete Buttigieg, 1.9%. Others on the ballot received less than 1% […]