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 […]

DeSantis signs teacher pay increase into law

HIALEAH GARDENS — At a press conference on June 24, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that will provide funding to school districts and allow them to raise the average minimum salary for teachers. The bill contains $500 million dedicated to raising teacher salaries in Florida. Of that $500 million, $400 million will […]

State turns off tap at bars

TALLAHASSEE — The morning of June 26, Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), announced that effective immediately his department would be suspending on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. The move came on the same day that the State of Florida added 8,942 new COVID-19 cases. The order […]

Pahokee mayor calls special meeting after IG report cites Manager Williamson

PAHOKEE — After the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General released its third report within the past two years on Tuesday, citing financial and managerial improprieties by Pahokee City Manager Chandler Williamson, Mayor Keith Babb Jr. has called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30. The 50-page narrative “City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing […]

Pahokee marina project back in limbo

PAHOKEE — City commissioners voted 4-1 during their meeting June 23, to not go forward with a revised sublease under which the city marina, lakefront campground and restaurant building would be operated by Everglades Reserves Holdings LLC (ERH).Only Commissioner Regina Bohlen voted to proceed. On its face, this action seems to halt all of the […]