Anglers encourage all to attend FWC meeting

STUART — Use of chemical herbicides to control harmful aquatic plants on Florida’s waterways is not on the agenda for the July meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, but the subject is expected to come up during the public comments period. “I need everyone who cares about Florida’s future to join me at […]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues algae warning

Based on information provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises the public, marinas and those operating commercial and recreational vessels through the Okeechobee Waterway that there is the potential of encountering blue green algae. The Okeechobee Waterway is the coast-to-coast waterway […]

New manager sought in Glades County, ASAP

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County is in the market for a new manager again, and with several people already having inquired about the position, the Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning to expedite their search. Chairman Tim Stanley noted they’d continued the discussion from their previous meeting on June 24, when County Manager Martin […]

Palmdale, BHR parks to get new playground fixtures

MOORE HAVEN — The grounds of the Glades County community center in Palmdale — and the one in Buckhead Ridge, too — will be getting long-promised playground equipment. The county commissioners voted unanimously to equip both park areas with brand-new hardware for young children to play on after a brief presentation by Public Works Director […]

Corps accepts comment on Lake O Watershed Project

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is accepting public comment on the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) revised draft Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement (PIR/EIS). Public comment will be accepted through Aug. 19. The corps plan proposes a shallow (with water up to about 4 feet deep) Wetland […]

Researchers want to prevent HABs

ALVA – Can scientists find a way to prevent harmful algae blooms (HABs)? “We’re looking for a kink in the armor,” Dr. Barry Rosen, of the U.S. Geological Survey, explained Monday as researchers set up an experiment on the Caloosahatchee River. “Once you have an algae bloom, it’s almost too late,” he said. By then, […]

FDEP tracks toxic algae

OKEECHOBEE — Low water levels in Lake Okeechobee combined with the summer heat set the stage for cyanobacteria (blue green algae) blooms in the Big O this summer. The lake is still recovering from the massive inflow of nutrients in 2017 from Hurricane Irma. Over the past week, the algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee at […]

Wildfire draws attention to need for fire safety

A wildfire in the Everglades spread to more than 32,000 acres in one day last week, causing a brief closure of Alligator Alley due to heavy smoke. A rainstorm helped Florida Forest Service firefighters get the blaze under control. Wildfires from lightning strikes are common in Florida. Florida experiences the second highest number of wildfires […]

Glades County Property Appraiser News

New field appraiser in Glades County I am very pleased to announce that Josie Boix has recently joined us as a field appraiser. Josie was previously employed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and we are very excited to have her as a part of our team! You will have the opportunity […]

More storage north of lake needed, speakers tell task force

FORT MYERS — The Blue Green Algae Task Force July 1 meeting in Fort Myers included a review of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on agricultural lands north of Lake Okeechobee, and ideas for projects to meet the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) target for phosphorus into Lake Okeechobee. During the public comment period, many speakers […]