Corps reopens campgrounds

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces the gradual reopening, starting June 1, of some corps-managed recreation areas along the Okeechobee Waterway that were closed to protect against the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “The health and safety of our employees, volunteers and visitors is our top priority. Our […]

FDC joins 211 Referral Service to extend inmate/offender support

TALLAHASSEE — ­Following the direction of the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) established a partnership with the Florida 211 Network to provide support and post-release resources to inmates and offenders. Services such as crisis counseling, health and human services and employment assistance will fill gaps between incarceration or probation and enable a […]

Nature Conservancy to preserve working Rafter T Ranch

By Fran PerchickThe Nature Conservancy SEBRING — The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and partners announce the protection of the critical and diverse landscapes of Rafter T Ranch, a working cattle ranch of more than 5,000 acres along the eastern edge of the Lake Wales Ridge in Sebring. This region of Central Florida is part of the […]

Okeechobee commissioners on fire department merger: ‘We didn’t ask for this’ County officials say city never asked them to put referendum on ballot

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners Thursday expressed their concerns about the misinformation and hateful statements circulating in social media discussion about the proposed fire services contract with the City of Okeechobee. “I want to clear the air on a few things,” said County Administrator Robbie Chartier. “I feel the county’s fire department has taken a […]

Hendry County Board Of County Commissioners to have budget workshop

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop on Tuesday, June 16, at 3:30 p.m., at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 W.C. Owen Ave. in Clewiston, to discuss the 2020-2021 county budgets and related issues. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or are invited to watch […]

Hendry BOCC reschedules meetings to June 16

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners’ regularly scheduled meetings on June 9 and June 23 have been canceled. The board will hold a regular meeting on June 16 at 5 p.m., at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 W.C. Owen Ave. in Clewiston. The public can watch a livestream at facebook.com/hendrycounty and/or participate […]

$60 million available to restart business in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the CARES Restart Business Grants Program on May 15 to accelerate the reopening of businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. The $60 million Business Restart Program uses a portion of the county’s $261 million allocation from the Federal CARES Act approved by […]

Mitchell challenges Martin for Belle Glade Commission seat

BELLE GLADE — In his second run for Belle Glade City Commission, Robert C. Mitchell is a candidate in the June 2 election for Seat A, currently occupied by Commissioner Michael C. Martin. Mr. Mitchell was unsuccessful in his 2018 run for Vice Mayor Mary Ross Wilkerson’s seat, his first-time candidacy. Commissioner Martin is a […]

Mitchell challenges Martin for Belle Glade Commission seat

BELLE GLADE — In his second run for Belle Glade City Commission, Robert C. Mitchell is a candidate in the June 2 election for Seat A, currently occupied by Commissioner Michael C. Martin. Mr. Mitchell was unsuccessful in his 2018 run for Vice Mayor Mary Ross Wilkerson’s seat, his first-time candidacy. Commissioner Martin is a […]

How to avoid coronavirus stimulus check scams

The distribution of $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans has given rise to unprecedented online scams The Federal Trade Commission has thus far received 18,235 reports of fraud costing victims $13.44 million; Google reported it is blocking 18 million scam emails every single day; and 150,000 fraudulent stimulus check sites have already launched. SocialCatfish.com today released […]