Commission hears city’s finances are solid

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission heard a very positive report at its July 2 meeting, with the auditor stating that the city’s finances were firmly in the black at the end of fiscal year 2017. Mayor Mali Gardner found the audit results to be great news for the city. “We’ve come through some really […]

Seven running for 3 seats in Clewiston

CLEWISTON — Seven candidates will be facing off for the three open seats on the Clewiston City Commission this fall. All three incumbent commissioners whose terms are up in the 2018 general election have filed for re-election: M. “Mali” Soto Gardner; Kristine Petersen; and Phillip Roland. They are challenged by four other candidates who qualified […]

Aztec Commons gets commission’s approval

CLEWISTON — No public input but just a few commissioners’ questions were heard when the Clewiston City Commission conducted a public hearing Monday, May 21, regarding the rezoning of 11 lots at 710 S. W.C. Owen Ave. for multifamily residential housing. It was the second reading and final approval of an ordinance allowing the property’s […]

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 […]