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News Cast for April 6th:

Neighbors object to migrant labor camp project

The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners tonight is scheduled to vote on a conditional use permit for a migrant labor camp at 29800 Orange Avenue, about three miles east of the Okeechobee County line.

Neighbors voiced concerns about the project at a recent St. Lucie County Planning Board meeting.

The project is housing for a citrus operation run by Happy Foods LLC of Fort Pierce.  It would accommodate 96 workers in four housing units of 2900 square feet.

Tim Salen of Happy Foods said they are heavily regulated and all the workers come from Mexico and have temporary visas.  He said they are provided transportation to get food and services.

St. Lucie County Planning Board member Edward Lounds said the location in a remote isolated spot is an advantage for this project.

Neighbor Theresa Heisey said she thinks this project will change the character of the neighborhood.   She said she no longer felt safe.

Other neighbors said the men would have nothing to do and would get into trouble.

They also had concerns about them walking on the road which have no sidewalks.

The citrus operation measures just over 706 acres.

Rollover crash claims life

The Florida Highway patrol said an east bound pickup went out of control and flipped over several times on NW 240th Avenue Monday night.

The driver, a 43 year old man from Okeechobee, was killed.

Troopers said they are unsure what caused the 6:30 pm crash about three miles west of 441.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Troopers said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charges filed in deadly crash

Four counts of Driving while license suspended involving a crash with death or serious bodily injury were levied against a driver accused of causing a triple fatality on 441 north near the Osceola County line.

Troopers said Michael Murph, 34, was passing a tractor trailer and caused the crash.

That crash on May 11th of 2018 claimed the life of Valerie Jean Edlemon, Tonya Macon, and a teenager Jalen Edlemon.

FHP said the vehicle that Murph was driving was reported stolen in Palm Beach County and that Murph was driving over 90 miles per hour 4 seconds before impact.