City of Clewiston’s Comprehensive Plan moves forward to public hearing

Commissioners approved the first reading of the city of Clewiston’s Comprehensive Plan at their last regular meeting on May 18, executing the first step towards revitalizing the city’s downtown area.

As the city’s blueprint for future growth and development, the Comprehensive Plan will lay the foundation for what commissioners hope to create for Clewiston: an attractive, bustling downtown with a variety of stores and a sufficient parking.

Not to mention cleaner storefronts and a sprucing up of neighborhoods surrounding the downtown corridor of U.S. 27. (The commission plans to tackle the latter issues with increased efforts in code enforcement.)

The Comprehensive Plan determines which areas of the city should be designated for commercial, residential or industrial use, thereby creating an organized map of future growth.

Every Florida city is required to submit a Comprehensive Plan for review by the state about every seven years.

The city of Clewiston failed to submit a plan for review in 2012 and has remained “out of compliance” since.

With the approval of the city commission, the Comprehensive Plan moves forward to a public hearing scheduled for June 15 at 5 p.m.

Code Enforcement Update

Police Chief Don Gutshall gave commissioners his monthly update on code enforcement efforts, during which Chief Gutshall advised there were 162 code enforcement violations filed as of that Monday night.

Commissioner Mali Gardner applauded the police department and said she could already see improvements around town as home and business owners brought their violations into compliance.

“Compliance is what we wanted,” Commissioner Gardner reiterated.

Turf Management Contract Approved

Commissioners approved a contract not to exceed $15,000 for grounds maintenance at the Clewiston Golf Course with Gary M. Clark.

The contract lasts roughly one year, and would be paid for in part by the city of Clewiston ($12,000) and East Hendry County Recreation ($3,000).

Rotary Receives Reward

Commissioner Gardner recognized the Rotary Club of Clewiston as the recent recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award and Presidential Citation. Commissioner Gardner is a member of Rotary and Commissioner Sherida Ridgdill serves as president.

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