Commission proclaims National Police Week

CLEWISTON — After all the “Whereas” clauses were read, it came down to gratitude, which prompted a couple of rounds of appreciative applause as the Clewiston City Commission declared May 13-19 as National Police Week and called on citizens to show appreciation for officers’ work. Mayor Mali Gardner read a proclamation noting that President John […]

Sky Valley YMCA will run summer camp programs

City commissioners in Clewiston have approved Sky Family YMCA’s taking over operation of the city Recreation Department’s summer camp programs for children ages 5-12. The item had been postponed from the City Commission’s meeting March 19 when Commissioner Kristine Petersen asked for a comparison of fees and whether the YMCA camp program was at the […]

Time pressure off, Clewiston seeks new P.D. building bids

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission has rejected all bids received on remodeling the bank branch building it bought on Berner Road for a new city police headquarters, opting instead to re-bid the project yet again. Commissioners learned at their meeting Monday night, April 2, that the state money the Legislature had approved to finance […]

Clewiston asks state to help on Ventura

CLEWISTON — Clewiston city commissioners approved a resolution authorizing a Small County Outreach Program (SCOP) agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation at their meeting Monday, March 19, that will finance the design for resurfacing of Ventura Avenue. Public Works Director Sean Sheffler pointed out that the city’s request to the state is only for […]

Clewiston street paving schedule draws criticism

CLEWISTON — Clewiston city commissioners awarded a contract at their last meeting for the 2018 overlay paving project; however, at least one was unhappy that the city’s not keeping up with streets that need work but are falling further into disrepair while available money is not being spent on that. Mayor Mali Gardner said at […]

Roland crusades against ‘excess’ weed spraying

Clewiston commissioner also decries lake’s conversion into a reservoir Clewiston City Commissioner Phillip Roland began his promised one-man quest Monday night to convince the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) that “excess use of defoliants” to keep aquatic weeds at bay in the south end of Lake Okeechobee is having the unintended effect of […]

Seacoast building to be new police station

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to purchase the Seacoast Bank building on Berner Road, advertise for an architect to produce specifications for remodeling it into a new city police headquarters, and accept a grant from the state Department of Law Enforcement to finance the project. After the city takes over […]

Ministers against ‘buy the land’ plan

CLEWISTON — At the Jan. 23 Clewiston City Commission meeting, area pastors spoke out in support of farmers. Pastor Jeff Smith from the First United Methodist Church of Clewiston read a “decree” on behalf of the Greater Clewiston Ministerial Association: “We the Pastors and Churches representing the communities that are nestled along Lake Okeechobee’s southern […]

City could help curb flood insurance costs

Commissioners approved a resolution that could save residents up to 45 percent on mandatory flood insurance. The Community Rating System (CRS) is a program implemented by the National Flood Insurance Program that encourages communities to engage in certain floodplain management activities. Those activities include annually conducting tours to make sure new development is consistent with […]

Commission approves rental fees for certain parks and pavilions

Residents looking to reserve space at one of the city’s parks for birthday parties and other events will have to shell out a few more bucks to do so. The City Commission approved with a 3-1 vote on a new fee schedule for renting space at certain parks and setting up inflatables and structures at […]