Clewiston assigns Johnson to find new manager

CLEWISTON — The city commissioners voted unanimously with little discussion to hire their former executive Wendell Johnson as an independent contractor to be interim city manager at their regular meeting Monday evening, Dec. 17. All five had met individually with Mr. Johnson to talk over his terms, their expectations for the position and their plans […]

Recycling picture a bit sharper in Clewiston

CLEWISTON — A big pile of questions that have built up about recycling and, especially, why people living here aren’t able to do much of it finally have brought a few answers. Requests for information came from citizens and city commissioners alike during 2018. All five of them, including now former Commissioner Phillip Roland, have […]

Clewiston forms city manager search panel

CLEWISTON — After re-electing their officers Mali Gardner and Michael Atkinson as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, Clewiston city commissioners Monday night took several decisive steps toward finding a new manager to run the city after the sudden resignation of Al Perry. And the new voice on the commission, Melanie McGahee, who won the most […]

Ladies takes over Clewiston commission

Roland leaves commission with some heartfelt advice CLEWISTON — “America’s Sweetest City,” as Clewiston is known, moved into a new era on Nov. 19, with one newly elected female commissioner joining the two veteran women on the panel to give them a majority over the men. City Attorney Gary Brandenburg asked the three, who won […]

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 […]