News Cast 5/4

News Cast for May 4th:

A county looking for jail cells 

Glades County could be forced to close the detention center in September. 

That is the best guess on when revenues could run out. 

They have begun work to prepare the old county jail to handle inmates. 

The removal of federal detainees from Immigration put a real dent in their budget. 

Commission Chairman Tim Stanley is among those seeking options. 

He told his colleagues they should see if a private firm would be interested. 

“Are there any private facilities out there that take inmates and charge us a fee per day to house them?  It may be cheaper for us to farm them out.” 

Glades County has also been talking with US Marshalls, the state prison system, Okeechobee County and Hendry County in an effort to get more inmates, and thus more revenue. 

A 40 year old Okeechobee woman was charged with trafficking in oxycodone after a traffic stop on Parrott Avenue. 

Okeechobee city police said they found 90 pills that weighed 9.04 grams.  This amount is over twice the limit for trafficking. 

Cynthia Waldroup was held on $100,000 bond. 

Belle Glade City Council endorsed efforts to create a hall of fame to honor athletes in the Glades that have made it to the National Football League and other leagues. 

Organizers said it would be a tourist attraction and would help the local economy. 

Palm Beach Sheriffs Captain Emory Payne told the council that there have some violent shootings in the city in recent weeks but noted the violent crime rate in Belle Glade is lower than the national average. 

Okeechobee County is adding a new tenant at the airport. 

KOBE Land Lease of Okeechobee signed a 30 year lease with two 10 year extensions for a hangar at the airport. 

The company would like to provide flight training, charter flights, and aircraft maintenance. 

Commissioner David Hazellief said he supports having a private firm provide these services. 

“The county had talked about offering this service.  If a private firm will do it, that is one less chore than we have to do.” 

The company wants to sublease the hangar to an aviation related firm with experience in these fields. 

The county will continue to provide aviation fuel, both self and full service, lease t-hangars, parking, and other land based services. 

Gas prices have been inching up in Florida again in recent weeks. 

Congressman Darren Soto who represents areas of central Florida south to Yeehaw Junction blames the greed of Oil companies who lost revenue during the pandemic. 

He also is among the Florida congressmen pushing for federal funding for rural broadband or high speed internet service. 

“We know our kids and teachers have been through so much.  Connectivity has helped us through this with distance learning.  We also saw gaps in connectivity especially in our rural areas.”