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 […]

Retired Marine marches 140 miles for Injured Warriors Fund

CLEWISTON — A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of repeated tours over a period of 16 years in Iraq and Afghanistan was en route through the south Lake Okeechobee region on a six-day, 140-mile hike last week to draw attention to the toll of post-traumatic stress disorder on the ranks of former military members. Retired USMC […]

Airglades on track for construction to start in 2019

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board will learn from staff at one of its October meetings about a proposed contract for the project development and environmental (PD&E) study on Airglades International Airport’s planned new cargo facilities outside Clewiston. The Florida Department of Transportation is financing the preliminary engineering and design of AIA’s Perishable Air Cargo […]

Hendry commissioners will be ‘taking a drill’ to code enforcement

LABELLE — Code enforcement has been a hot topic for continual discussion by the Hendry County commissioners all year, and they will be “drilling down” into it at more depth this month in hopes of setting some policies that will give their front-line staff more clout in getting blighted areas cleaned up. Commissioner Karson Turner […]

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 […]

Apes find safe home at Hendry County facility

CLEWISTON — There exists a wild place near here where the residents, some of humans’ closest relatives in the animal kingdom, are enjoying not merely a sweet life in Hendry County; these primate cousins of ours have found a refuge from hurt. It’s a place resembling their actual home in the world — on another […]

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 […]