Public encouraged to provide input for Caloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study Jan. 21

Caloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study identified by Gov. Ron DeSantis as priority project to protect South Florida’s water resources The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) invites the public to provide input and ideas about additional water quality improvements for the Caloosahatchee Reservoir Project. The Caloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study Working Group is […]

Road work being performed on S.R. 80 westbound in LaBelle

LABELLE — State Road 80 westbound between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Miller Avenue: Permit project: On Tuesday, Jan. 21 through Thursday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. motorists should expect an outside, westbound lane closure on S.R. 80 between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Miller Avenue (just past the Shell station) while […]

Road work notice for County Road 78

HENDRY COUNTY — Please be advised that on Friday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, DBI Services will be replacing a damaged guardrail on County Road 78 at Ostrich Farm Curve. The road will be down to one lane during that time. Motorists are asked to please travel with caution through this area and […]

LaBelle man dies in motorcycle accident

HENDRY COUNTY — According to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol, on Saturday, Jan. 4, at approximately 11:44 a.m., Juan Vazquez Rosas, 31 of LaBelle, was traveling westbound on County Road 78 near Old North River Road on a 2018 Suzuki motorcycle. Michelle Joyce McDaniel, 61 of Henagar, AL, was traveling eastbound on County […]

Mast claims Nikki Fried favoring farmers, Fried response: ‘Mast letter incorrect and purposefully misleading’

JACKSONVILLE — Yet another missive from Congressman Brian Mast was stirring up controversy last week, leading to heated debates on social media. In a Jan. 9 letter to Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Rep. Mast, a Republican representing the Treasure Coast, accused the corps of allowing a “grave conflict […]

City of Stuart may sue Army Corps of Engineers over lake plan

The City of Stuart may file a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in protest of the USACOE plan to prioritize water supply for the remainder of the dry season.

Over a million taxpayers left waiting for refund

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service’s anti-fraud filter, Filter X, flagged and stopped the processing of almost 1.1 million tax returns, according to Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget T. Roberts. The refunds of these taxpayers were held for weeks or even months, but over half were eventually paid. One Okeechobee family filed their tax return […]

Winter algae blooms reported in Florida waters

Over the past month, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has investigated 17 reports of algae blooms in Florida. While algae and cyanobacteria blooms are commonly seen in Florida lakes, ponds and waterways in the summer, the algae and cyanobacteria are always present and the right conditions can result in a “bloom” even in the […]

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. • U.S. 27 from Industrial Canal to Central Street in Clewiston: (Construction project) Crews will install welcome signs, lighting, fencing, and landscaping at the eastern […]

Youths compete in Elks Tri-State Soccer Shoot

UMATILLA — The Elks State Soccer Shoot competition took place at the Elks camp in Umatilla on Saturday, Jan. 4. Representatives from the Southeast District and South Region kicked against athletes from the north and central districts of Florida, narrowing a field of over 1,000 competitors starting at the local level. This year’s winning Elks […]