FWC asked to change dynamic in managing aquatic plants

GAINESVILLE — Population growth in Florida has caused increased problems with invasive aquatic plants, Kipp Frohlich, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) director of Habitat and Species Conservation, explained at the Feb. 22 FWC meeting in Gainesville. “People want to live near and on the water,” said Mr. Frohlich. “People want to live close […]

Corps attempting to lower Lake Okeechobee level

OKEECHOBEE — Be careful what you wish for. Since the election, Gov. Ron Desantis and Congressman Brian Mast has been lobbying to lower Lake Okeechobee during the dry season, in order leave more capacity in the lake for wet season rain and reduce or prevent the need to release freshwater from the lake to the […]

Glades County Road Watch

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • SR 80 from Birchwood Drive to Collingswood Boulevard: (Maintenance permit project) Crews will be landscaping near the roadway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Local leaders fear potential disaster if Lake O’s level is pushed lower

CLEWISTON — Concern is growing around Lake Okeechobee that those pushing for rethinking the 12-to-15.5-foot lake levels that have been the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) guideline for years, fully intend to establish a new low target level of 10.5 feet during the driest part of the year. Voices are beginning to rise in this […]

Legends among us: The last Lone Ranger

OKEECHOBEE — Sometimes in life, you have surreal moments. There are those unexpected moments that last a lifetime. This is my reflections of one of my moments locked within my heart. I had dropped by my place in Okeechobee, for two purposes. One was to check on my place and work a little around it. […]

Humans: The most ‘harmful invasive’ of all? Human waste adds millions of pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen to Florida’s ecosystems

OKEECHOBEE — For decades, South Florida has been plagued by harmful invasive plants and animals that wreak havoc on the native ecosystems. Waterways are choked with hydrilla, originally imported from Asia for aquariums. Melaleuca, imported from Australia in a misguided plan to “drain the swamp,” grows so thick it squeezes out native vegetation and animals. […]

Glades County Road Watch

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.   • SR 80 from Birchwood Drive to Collingswood Boulevard: (Maintenance permit project) Crews will be landscaping near the roadway from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

G. Harvey Estates plans on 90-day hold

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — Developer Glen Harvey, who is near the final stages of planning a 509-home development called G. Harvey Estates near Buckhead Ridge, requested and received a 90-day extension on his rezoning petition from the Glades County Board this week. He had hoped to be ready for final approval after a scheduled second public […]

Tucker: Lies about lake must stop

WEST PALM BEACH — South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member Brandon Tucker blasted Congressman Brian Mast’s efforts to drastically lower the Lake Okeechobee regulation schedule at the board’s Feb. 14 meeting at district headquarters in West Palm Beach. “Lowering the lake to 10.5 feet, in my opinion, is asinine,” he said. Rep. Mast, […]

News from Buckhead Ridge

The association welcomed the first visit of the new Glades County manager, Martin Murphy, to the Jan. 31 meeting of the Buckhead Ridge Community Association; 106 people attended. The new officers were introduced: President Bill Reinert; Vice President Norm Wagner; Treasurer Maria Burrows and returning Secretary Vicki Anderson. Several speakers provided information, including Glades County […]