County declines to tinker with solid waste contract

CLEWISTON — Commissioners flinched when Public Works Director Shane Parker reported this month it’d cost almost $1 million to get toters for all unincorporated Hendry County residents’ garbage and recyclables. So they took no action Jan. 8 but agreed they’ll have to before the end of their contract with hauler Waste Connections Inc. in a […]

Hendry board OKs tourism ads in 4-1 vote

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners voted 4-1 to sign a one-year advertising contract with local firm Everglades Marketing Jan. 8 after they’d held back on it in December and requested more information. Commissioner Karson Turner this time was the one voting no as the board OK’d the Tourism Development Council’s (TDC) recommended expenditure of $12,995 […]

Future land uses changed for acreage near Airglades

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners approved comprehensive plan future land use map amendments for two huge properties near Airglades Airport after conducting public hearings on the petitions Jan. 8. Both requests were for a change from agriculture to multi-use development. The first tract is just over 904 acres and is owned by the Joe Marlin […]

County moves to terminate Good Wheels deal

LaBELLE — Hendry County may end up going into the transportation business itself in 2019, with action taken Tuesday, Dec. 11, to move toward termination of the deal with Good Wheels Inc. that provides for transportation of some disabled and/or disadvantaged county residents. At least, on paper the contract does. Right now, though, Good Wheels […]

County moves to terminate Good Wheels deal

LaBELLE — Hendry County may end up going into the transportation business itself in 2019, with action taken Tuesday, Dec. 11, to move toward termination of the deal with Good Wheels Inc. that provides for transportation of some disabled and/or disadvantaged county residents. At least, on paper the contract does. Right now, though, Good Wheels […]

County code enforcement talks gather momentum

LaBELLE — Hendry County Planning and Development Director Margaret Emblidge and County Attorney Mark Lapp were ready to present a lengthy report to the commissioners late in their meeting Dec. 11 regarding options they’d been seeking to make the code enforcement process work better. The problems are that it’s very involved and time-consuming with all […]

Hendry board votes to withhold TDC grant

LaBELLE — Hendry County commissioners voted 4-1 to hold back on two matching Tourism Development Council grants to local businesses in their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11, setting the tone early for a few other acts in which they demanded documentation to justify spending public tax dollars. After they first approved the consent agenda at the […]

County commissioners tweaks solid-waste law

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners finally approved some “cleanup” amendments this month to the solid waste ordinance that they’d authorized in the spring and then put off during the summer when related concerns arose. But their tougher decision-making on providing large-capacity bins/toters for solid waste and recyclable materials for all residents in unincorporated areas was […]

Hendry sends FPL plan for solar plant to state

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board voted Oct. 23 to send on to state regulators Florida Power & Light Co.’s request for permission to build a solar energy facility on 623 agricultural acres along County Road 833, about 3 miles south of State Road 80. FPL is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan […]

Design contract OK’d for Airglades cargo complex

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners are accelerating the methodical process of developing Airglades Airport into a privately owned, international facility with an associated Perishable Air Cargo Complex (PACC). They approved a nearly $1 million contract Oct. 9, negotiated by staff with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) of LaBelle for preliminary engineering and design studies that […]