Road Watch for Hendry County

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. • S.R. 80 from Dalton Lane to C.R. 833: (Construction project) Crews will widen approximately 11 miles of roadway from two to four lanes and […]

Hendry County revises meeting schedule

LABELLE — Hendry County previously made several changes to the meeting schedule from Sept. 3 through Oct. 8. These changes included budget workshops, budget hearings, regular Board meetings, and a roaming Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. The time previously advertised for the roaming BOCC meeting in Harlem has been corrected. Please note the correct […]

Herbert Hoover Dike getting better every day’

OKEECHOBEE — The 2019 wet season has brought “average” rainfall according to information shared at Sept. 13 meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. After the series of years of “above average” rainfall which meant high levels in Lake […]

EAA reservoir still 9 years away

WEST PALM BEACH — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project is on track but even if everything runs smoothly, the reservoir won’t be complete until 2028 according to a report shared at the Sept. 12 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. SFWMD Governing Board Member Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch shared an […]

Football Around the Lake

The scheduling hiccups from Hurricane Dorian continue to be worked out as teams around the lake will be looking to build some momentum this week as we head into the heart of the football season. • Pahokee Blue DevilsThe Pahokee Blue Devils showed some mental toughness as they came back to defeat Dwyer 20-16 and […]

Dr. Paul Gray wants more wildlife habitat

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Paul Gray of Florida Audubon has been asked to be part of the new Aquatic Plant Management Technical Advisory Group (TAG). When it comes to aquatic plant management, Dr. Gray said his focus will be on wildlife habitat. Rather than trying to eradicate non-native plants from Florida waters, Dr. Gray promotes controlling […]

Lake Okeechobee level just under 14 feet

OKEECHOBEE — Lake Okeechobee continued to hover just below 14 feet above sea level last week. With the exception of six weeks in February and March, flow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River has been done to benefit the river and the salinity levels in the Caloosahatchee estuaries. If there was sufficient flow from […]

‘Improved’ pasture does not mean fertilized

There’s a lot of confusion in the media about Florida’s cattle ranches, according to Matt Pearce, president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. A common misconception: Some people think ranchers fertilize their pastures every year with so much phosphorus that excess runs off into waterways. At a recent South Florida Water Management District meeting Mr. Pearce […]

Clewiston was ‘well prepared’ for Dorian

CLEWISTON — City fire and police departments and municipal officials took to the city’s Facebook pages with warnings, essential public information and cautionary videos they shot in the EOC as Hurricane Dorian bore down on the Florida peninsula at the end of August. They started right after Hendry County declared a local state of emergency […]

Airglades Airport update meeting set Sept. 16

LABELLE — Some discussion came up at the last Hendry County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 27 regarding upcoming developments surrounding Airglades Airport’s conversion into a privately owned facility. District 1 representative Emma Byrd announced during the commissioners’ comments portion of the meeting that there would be a community meeting Monday, Sept. 9, in […]