Commissioners, city bid officer Taylor fond goodbye

CLEWISTON — City commissioners and staff roundly applauded one of Clewiston’s own on Monday night, Nov. 5, in marking his retirement. “We’re so happy to recognize the retirement, for his happiness and well-being as a family, of our Clewiston police officer Julius Taylor!” said Mayor Mali Gardner in calling him and family members to the […]

Solid waste economics is a deep subject

CLEWISTON — City officials have backed off from a plan to increase monthly garbage collection fees for residents by more than 50 percent and now will conduct a workshop to examine all the connected issues in depth before deciding on rates for 2019 and beyond. That’s not the only encouraging aspect of details regarding solid […]

Grant applied for to finish Trinidad Park

CLEWISTON — City commissioners voted to proceed with applying for a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grant for the third phase of improvements to Trinidad Park on Monday, Oct. 15. In a public hearing before the commissioners’ regular meeting, Mayor Mali Gardner asked city grant writer Lynne Mila to talk about public input on what […]

Clewiston coming to aid of Mexico Beach police

CLEWISTON — Supplies to help the families of first responders who lost their homes and many belongings in Hurricane Michael’s devastation of the Florida Panhandle last week will be collected over the next few days here for a run up to one of the hardest-hit communities. At Monday night’s Clewiston City Commission meeting, Mayor Mali […]

Hurricane shutter troubles aired – again

CLEWISTON — The topic of hurricane shutters repeatedly comes up in Clewiston, as residents and city commissioners both have publicly aired their concerns throughout 2018 about the window coverings being left up for extended periods, contrary to city code. It’s been a matter of some consternation for many in town, particularly for Clewiston Code Enforcement […]

Chapman hands Hendry his resignation

CLEWISTON — Charles Chapman, county manager in Hendry County since 2013, presented his letter of resignation and gave 60 days’ notice to the county commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday night. He accepted an offer and signed a contract on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to become the new city manager in Naples, Fla., effective the first […]

For Clewiston, this ‘trash talking’ won’t be any fun

CLEWISTON — City commissioners have put off raising Clewiston’s gabage collection fee until they can talk about other possible options at their Oct. 15 meeting, saying they didn’t want to go ahead and impose the hefty proposed increase on top of a 5 percent boost in the city’s property tax rate. Now, the matter will […]

Garbage pickup cost in Clewiston likely to jump

CLEWISTON — City residents soon will be paying substantially more to dispose of their household waste if the City Commission votes later this month to affirm its Sept. 10 decision to proceed, as staff recommends, with a 55 percent jump in rates. The monthly garbage pickup fee would go from $19.95 to $30.95, an increase […]

Clewiston opts for League of Cities’ health plan

CLEWISTON — Clewiston city commissioners followed the lead of the Hendry County Board and voted to switch health insurance companies during a special meeting last Thursday, Aug. 23. The move will save the city almost $80,000 on the premium for its employees’ health insurance plans for fiscal 2019, which begins Oct. 1. Clewiston Mayor Mali […]

Rezoning granted for hotel in Clewiston

CLEWISTON — A public hearing was conducted for the final reading of a zoning and land use change request from Mineshkumar B. Patel for the property located at 815 E. Sagamore Ave. at Monday’s Clewiston City Commission meeting. No one from the public asked to be heard, and the commisioners voted unanimously to accept the […]