Glades County has total of 405 COVID-19 positive since March

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Department of Health Aug. 10 report shows 405 Glades County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 1 to 89. Most of the cases are in the Moore Haven area. ZIP code 33471 has 384 cases. The county has […]

Lake Okeechobee slowly rising

WEST PALM BEACH — Lake Okeechobee is rising slowly at a rate beneficial for the Big O. According to biologists, a slow but steady rise allows the submerged aquatic vegetation to grow. If the lake rises too fast, it can damage SAV. On Thursday, the lake level was 13.4 feet above sea level. In an […]

Lock and dam named in honor of Julian Keen Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House passed the 2020 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Bill, which included a provision to rename the Moore Haven Lock and Dam to the Julian Keen Jr. Lock and Dam in honor of the late Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Julian Keen Jr. Keen, who had worked with […]

COVID-19 testing schedule at health departments

HENDRY/GLADES COUNTIES — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties continues to provide free COVID-19. All testing is weather permitting, by appointment only. • Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven: 1021 Health Park Drive, phone 863-946-0707, Monday, Aug. 10 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. • Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston: […]

Growing up Florida-friendly

A new illustrated children’s book that explains the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) — aims to help grade school students learn how they can garden at home with yards that not only thrive but also help protect Florida’s waterways. The book is titled “Growing Up Florida-Friendly. In the book, characters Flory, Russell and Harriett […]

Pahokee to tell state it wants new marina partner

PAHOKEE — City commissioners decided July 28 to formally notify the state of the 4-1 decision June 23 that Everglades Reserve Holdings LLC (ERH) is not the majority’s choice to develop the city-leased marina, campground and restaurant along the Lake Okeechobee waterfront. Commissioner Regina Bohlen dissented in the original vote but voted yes to send […]

News from the Glades County Property Appraiser

My staff and I are pleased to inform you that we have successfully completed the 2020 Glades County Tax Assessment Rolls, and have received approval from the Florida Department of Revenue. The Department of Revenue’s approval assures that the property tax assessment rolls comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements. Generating a tax roll takes […]

Two tax extensions passed by Glades County Board

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board of Commissioners adopted two ordinances on July 27, one extending the county’s local-option 1-cent tax on sales of regular and diesel fuel for non-agricultural use and the other converting the current 1-cent local-option sales tax into the Small County (One Cent) Surtax, allowing wider latitude in how that […]

Sheriffs try to prevent COVID-19 spread in county jails

County jails in the Lake Okeechobee area have taken precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by isolating new prisoners and screening jail staff. According to data collected on July 31, Okeechobee County has no prisoners who are COVID-19 positive; Hendry County has six; Glades County has one; and Palm Beach County has one. Okeechobee […]

UF studies phosphorus in EAA farm runoff

WEST PALM BEACH — Why do best management practices (BMPs) work better to reduce phosphorus in runoff in some areas of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) than others? A new study to be conducted by the University of Florida will conduct extensive testing on six farms in the EAA to answer that question. The South […]