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 […]

Will beer be sold at Sugar Festival?

“I’m very pleased with the changes, however, some may be too many too fast. Having alcohol in the mix may open us up to unwanted problems,” wrote Commissioner Kristine Petersen in a letter read by City Manager Al Perry at Monday’s regular commission meeting. Commissioner Petersen, who was absent from the meeting, wrote to voice […]

City names Outstanding Employees of Year 2015

The Clewiston City Commission recognized the Outstanding Employees of the Year for 2015 at their regular meeting held Monday, Dec. 21. The Employees of the Year (pictured above from left to right, front row) are: Geraldine Eaton, for General Services; Curtis Clay, Clewiston Police Department; and Jay Ensminger, public works department. Not pictured are Miguel […]

Commission considers fees for parties at parks

At its second workshop concerning Clewiston’s Recreation Department, city commissioners and Recreation Director Lance Ramer discussed implementing rental fees for parties at parks and pavilions. The user fee would be implemented to cover the cost of recreation staff who are charged with cleaning up after events, special tipper fees for garbage and replacement of bathroom […]

Commissioners: No to building by variance

Clewiston City Commissioners denied two variance requests at their last regular meeting held Monday, Oct. 19. The first request came before the commission at its September meeting. Commissioners asked the applicants, Pedro and Omar Diaz, to take their plan back to the Planning and Zoning Board for further approval. The Diaz’ were asking for an […]