News from Buckhead Ridge

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — After everyone ate their fill of the Potluck Supper, 64 neighbors enjoyed the informative BHR Community Association meeting. New residents, Laurie Barton, Jackie Jackson, John Silverman and Fred Smith were welcomed. Lt. Johnson of the Glades County Sheriff’s Department, gave a report of the calls to the department during the month of […]

SFWMD sends letters of support for LOWRP, Loxahatchee projects

WEST PALM BEACH Actions taken advance completion of EAA Reservoir Project, authorization of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project, development of Western Everglades Restoration Project and authorization of the Loxahatchee River Restoration Project The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) recently took several actions to advance four projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades […]

Lake predicted to be around 12 ft. by June 1

Lake marshes dry; there’s no food for Everglades Snail Kites PORT ST. LUCIE – Rainfall for the 2019-2020 Water Year has been slightly below average, according to the water conditions report presented by John Mitnik at the Feb. 1 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District governing board in Port St. Lucie. The month […]

June 1 lake level no guarantee on estuary releases

OKEECHOBEE – Is the June 1 level of Lake Okeechobee an indicator of coming lake releases? It’s not that simple according to lake level records from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s the rainfall after June 1 that makes the difference. During the Stuart City Commission meeting on Jan. 27 and again at the […]

SFWMD slow to support two CERP projects

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board that took office in 2019 has been in the news in recent months celebrating progress on Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects authorized by their predecessors. They were on hand for events at the C-44 and C-43 reservoir sites and have publicly congratulated themselves on “fast […]

Work continues on new lake schedule

WEST PALM BEACH — The Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual Project Delivery Team (PDT) continued the complicated process of finding the best balance for the lake regulation schedule at their Jan. 30 meeting at the South Florida Water Management District Office in West Palm Beach. LOSOM objectives include: • Manage risk to public health and […]

Update: Girls soccer around the lake this week

All around Lake Okeechobee girls soccer teams are preparing to end the regular season and take the first step into the postseason. Five of the six high schools in the area will be playing in the district playoffs this week. • Glades Day Lady Gators: The Glades Day Lady Gators have a 8-9-1 record this […]

Storage needed to address water woes

Concerned about harmful freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries? Don’t expect big changes with the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual, currently under development by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A recently released independent scientific review points out the problem: There just isn’t enough water storage north, south, east […]

Senate bill addresses nutrient pollution

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is expected to address the nutrient pollution that feeds algae blooms during their 2020 session. Florida Senate Bill 712, has been tagged Florida’s Clean Waterways Act. It was filed by Senator Debbie Mayfield on Oct. 30, 2019, and is on the Jan. 22 agenda of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, […]

Glades County Property Appraiser News

My staff and I are looking forward to 2020, and will continue to provide you with courteous, prompt and efficient service you deserve. May you all have a Happy New Year. To ease the burden on you, we automatically renew property tax exemptions. This automatic renewal helps to ensure that you do not lose your […]