Everglades Boogie skydive event gets OK

CLEWISTON — Skydive Spaceland Clewiston has been granted approval to use parts of Airglades Airport for the staging of its five-day Everglades Boogie skydiving festival during the third week of the new year, ending on Martin Luther King Day. Hendry County Public Works Director R. Shane Parker requested county commissioners’ OK on Nov. 13 of […]

Local youth leadership group takes Lake O learning adventure

CLEWISTON — Hendry Glades Youth Leadership members were treated Thursday, Nov. 8, to an educational field trip aboard pontoon boats out on Lake Okeechobee, courtesy of Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort and its general manager, Ramon Iglesias. He said he’d been approached by adult leaders of the troupe who asked if they […]

Voters choose judges and legislators

These are results, as reported unofficially on election night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (floridaelectionwatch.gov), in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]

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 […]

Lake O regional judicial circuit, legislative election results

These are results, as reported unofficially on Election Night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (floridaelectionwatch.gov), in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]

Hendry and Glades County elections hotly contested

In elections south of Lake Okeechobee, two seats on the Glades County Board of Commissioners and one Hendry County Board seat were contested, and there were seven candidates for Clewiston City Commission, including the three members whose terms end this year. One challenger collected more votes than even the mayor of Clewiston, and longtime Commissioner […]

Hendry sends FPL plan for solar plant to state

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board voted Oct. 23 to send on to state regulators Florida Power & Light Co.’s request for permission to build a solar energy facility on 623 agricultural acres along County Road 833, about 3 miles south of State Road 80. FPL is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan […]

Seven in running for Clewiston City Commission

CLEWISTON — Seven candidates are on the Nov. 6 ballot for three seats on the Clewiston City Commission. The two who receive the highest vote totals will be elected for four-year terms; the candidate finishing third will serve a two-year term. Incumbent City Commissioners M. “Mali” Soto Gardner, Kristine Petersen and Phillip Roland are challenged […]

Design contract OK’d for Airglades cargo complex

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners are accelerating the methodical process of developing Airglades Airport into a privately owned, international facility with an associated Perishable Air Cargo Complex (PACC). They approved a nearly $1 million contract Oct. 9, negotiated by staff with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) of LaBelle for preliminary engineering and design studies that […]