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 […]

Resort development gets OK for site near Sportsman Village

MOORE HAVEN — A rezoning petition from Brent Starts, owner of two vacant parcels of land that wrap around the Sportsman Village condominiums, has won final approval from the Glades County Board. It changes the zoning to planned development from residential single-family and will allow the development of slightly over 9 acres into a resort-type […]

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 […]

Local organization preserves Glades County history

GLADES COUNTY — Approximately 20 years ago, a small band of Moore Haven residents held a meeting to discuss the colorful history of Glades County, and especially the restoration of some of the pre-war houses in Moore Haven. These enthusiastic folks were sure that many local houses were deserving of restoration. This meeting actually came […]

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 […]

Road Watch for Glades 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 Fifth St. to north of S.R. 78: (Construction project) Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway on U.S. 27 from […]