News Cast 2/26

News Cast for February 26th:

County to offer second dose pod

Okeechobee County Fire Chief Ralph Franklin reported 460 people received Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The county expects to hold another pod at the Agri-Civic Center next Tuesday to serve another 500 Florida residents.

The county also will begin a second-dose pod for Moderna vaccine on Thursday at the Agri-Civic Center.

These vaccines are administered by appointment only.

Emergency Management Director Mitch Smeykal said 4,141 people have been vaccinated in Okeechobee.

The case count stands at 3,531 and 75 deaths.

County Commissioner Chairman urged the staff to come up with a plan to vaccine homebound seniors in the county.

Say goodbye to exotic reptiles

Pet owners won’t be able to have and stores won’t be able to sell 16 non-native reptiles.

These include some pythons and iguanas.

Supporters of the ban said the exotics are damaging the ecosystem in the Everglades and could expand their territories northward.

Several business owners expressed concerns that the ban will close their businesses for good.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission listened to over four hours of testimony on the issue Thursday.

Pet owners that own these species today will be allowed to keep them without penalty.

The ban includes Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons, green iguanas, tegus, Nile monitor lizards, green anacondas, amethystine pythons, Southern African Pythons, scrub pythons and Northern African pythons.