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 […]

Hendry County Commission names Jennifer Davis Interim County Administrator

LABELLE — On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners selected Deputy County Administrator, Jennifer Davis, to fill the role of Interim County Administrator effective immediately. The Board’s decision comes after the resignation of Hendry County Administrator, Charles Chapman, who has accepted the position for City Manager of the City of Naples, […]

Airglades on track for construction to start in 2019

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board will learn from staff at one of its October meetings about a proposed contract for the project development and environmental (PD&E) study on Airglades International Airport’s planned new cargo facilities outside Clewiston. The Florida Department of Transportation is financing the preliminary engineering and design of AIA’s Perishable Air Cargo […]

Hendry commissioners will be ‘taking a drill’ to code enforcement

LABELLE — Code enforcement has been a hot topic for continual discussion by the Hendry County commissioners all year, and they will be “drilling down” into it at more depth this month in hopes of setting some policies that will give their front-line staff more clout in getting blighted areas cleaned up. Commissioner Karson Turner […]

Hendry County commissioners to discuss sports park

LABELLE — The Hendry Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, to discuss a proposal that the county use a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant for a sports park. The hearing will take place in the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board office building at 310 Cowboy Way […]

Infrastructure to lay foundation for new growth

HENDRY COUNTY — I have had the privilege of serving as county commissioner for District 2 for 17 years. Continuing to create an environment for growth in all areas of the county has always been one of my priorities. I have enjoyed working with the dedicated staff members in Hendry County government. Together we continue […]

County goes with new health insurance

HENDRY COUNTY — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at its regular meeting in Clewiston on Aug. 14 to contract with a new health insurance carrier, which could result in a nearly unheard-of savings to county taxpayers of up to $86,000, possibly even more, in the first year. Deputy County Administrator Jennifer Davis, […]

County keeps maximum tax rate at 2017-18 level

HENDRY COUNTY — Hendry County commissioners unanimously approved a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notification to taxpayers setting the maximum county property tax rate for fiscal 2018-19 at the same level as last year, 8.4909. However, they’ve already instructed their staff to find budget cuts so that they may instead adopt what’s called the “rollback” millage […]