News Cast 11/15

News Cast for November 15th:

Troopers probe fatal crash 

A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet died on the Florida turnpike in Okeechobee County Saturday night. 

A 30 year old man from Clermont was south bound around 11:50 pm when he struck the rear of a sedan near the Fort Drum Service Plaza according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

The other driver was not hurt in the accident near milemarker 186. 

Troopers are investigating the crash. 

Farm City week is held across Florida starting Wednesday. 

Okeechobee will hold its annual farm city week luncheon on Thursday starting at 11:30 am. 

The venue is new this year as it will be hosted by the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center. 

Highlands County also celebrated its farmers this week as is Glades County.  They plan to hold farm tours. 

Highlands Commission Chair Scott Kirouac said farmers continue to have a huge economic impact on this part of the state. 

“Two percent of our population is feeding the entire country.  If you eat, you are part of the agriculture industry,” he said. 

The week is used to celebrate and recognize the beneficial partnerships between rural and urban communities. 

Okeechobee County Commissioner Brad Goodbread said Florida farmers feed the world. 

“We rely on relations with urban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products to consumers across the US and around the globe.  We have worked together to develop our rich agriculture resources to help our country and our economy.” 

A special legislative session begins today in Tallahassee. 

The subject is vaccine mandates both for government, schools and the private sector. 

Our Senator Ben Albritton says he supports the vaccine, but not mandates.

“I personally oppose a governmental mandate.  When government starts having a discussion to interject itself into the private sector, on whether a company can mandate a vaccine, that is a very different discussion.” 

Highlands County deputies recover a stolen moped in Lorida. 

Seth Porter, 45, was stopped on Arbuckle Creek Road near Holiday Drive. 

He faces charges of grand theft motor vehicle. 

Deputies said the moped had no tag and the ignition had been punched out. 

The City of Belle Glade urging residents to use Lakeside Medical Center. 

Mayor Steve Wilson said it all comes down to numbers and patients. 

He urged pregnant women to use the facility.  It is the only public hospital in Palm Beach County. 

“Let’s make sure the folks in the Glades take advantage of these services.  It all comes down to numbers.  If we don’t take advantage of the service, they will take it away from us.” 

An area of improvement is the Belle Glade airport where they are considering making it an executive airport. 

Mayor Wilson said they continue to do well getting outside grants and financial support for the airport.