Corps adjusts lake flow to support algae research

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced a change in the Lake Okeechobee release schedule for eight days in order to provide flow needed for scientific research into harmful algal blooms (HABs). On July 13, the corps officially cut the flow to the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee to 0 cubic […]

Water managers consider health of estuaries

WEST PALM BEACH — The health of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries was the topic of discussion for the July 10 workshop meeting of the South Florida Water Management District. Both systems have been greatly altered for flood control said Drew Bartlett, SFWMD executive director. Mr, Bartlett said neither estuary is naturally directly connected […]

Billboard to honor cattle killed in truck crash

HENDRY COUNTY — PETA has announced plans to put up a billboard in honor of the 37 cattle killed when a truck carrying them overturned on County Road 833 in Hendry County. “More than three dozen cows died when this truck overturned,” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s billboard will remind people that […]

Veteran Dexter turned 21 the year he was captured by the Germans

BELLE GLADE — Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1924, Veteran Vernon Dexter enlisted in the Army Air Corps because he was a member of ROTC in high school, and he was determined he was not going to be drafted and walk in the Army. When the war started, he said his draft number […]

SFWMD considers use of ASR wells

WEST PALM BEACH — In the last legislative session, the State of Florida set aside $50 million to jump start a project to store water north of Lake Okeechobee. The challenge faced by the South Florida Water Management District governing board, is how to use that money to get the most “bang for the buck.” […]

Farm Bureau wants ag represented on SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Farm Bureau has reached out to Gov. Ron DeSantis to urge him to include someone from the agriculture industry on the South Florida Water Management District Board. In a June 19 letter to Gov. DeSantis, Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick wrote: “On behalf of Florida Farm Bureau Federation and […]

Canal Point algae bloom is gone

CANAL POINT — As the hot summer continues to bring algal blooms, Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to sample algal blooms and post results online at floridadep.gov. On July 10, Florida Department of Environmental Protection inspectors visited the Canal Point site that previously had high concentrations of toxins and found the algal bloom was […]

Bergeron suggests ranches be perimeter ditched

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board once again turned their attention on the nutrient load from agricultural properties at their July 10 workshop meeting, with one board member even suggesting that cattle ranches spanning thousands of acres should be required to have perimeter ditches. The conversation started with a […]

Early Response Team training to be held Aug. 10

LABELLE — Early Response Team (ERT) Training will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8:30 to 5 p.m. at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell St., in LaBelle. Early Response Teams are specially trained, self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials, the local church […]

Cattle killed in truck crash in Hendry County

Photo courtesy FHP

HENDRY COUNTY – Thirty-seven head of cattle were killed in a truck crash County Road 833, near the intersection of Zipper Grove Road, in Hendry County on Wednesday, July 10, at 11:51 a.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Paul Waynevan Sickle, 59, of Wauchula, was driving a 2001 Kenworth Truck north on CR […]