City holds first ever strategic planning workshop

OKEECHOBEE — The city of Okeechobee held its first ever strategic planning workshop on July 9 to lay out a framework for the future and establish goals to increase the quality of life in the city. Okeechobee City Council members as well as city administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, fire chief Herb Smith, police chief […]

Water Utilities Department announces temporary modification to water disinfection process

PALM BEACH COUNTY — In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify its water disinfection process between Sunday, July 14 and Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The modification will entail the use of free chlorine as opposed to […]

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 […]

Hendry County hosts Wheeler Estates dialogue

LABELLE — Hendry County will host a community meeting for the Wheeler Estates residents on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m., at the Hendry County Emergency Operations Center, 4425 State Road 80, LaBelle. The meeting will include a presentation on the final land use amendments for Wheeler Estates, proposed Hendry County Residential Design Standards and […]

FDEP considers changes to rules for landspreading biosolids

OKEECHOBEE — Changes to Florida regulations on the landspreading of biosolids are under consideration. The Florida Department of Environmental Regulation held three public workshops from June 25-27 in Tallahassee, Orlando, and West Palm Beach, respectively. The draft changes are online at The public comment period is open until July 29. Public comments may be […]

Hendry County offices will be closed for July 4th and 5th

LABELLE — Hendry County government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, through Friday, July 5, in honor of the Independence Day holiday. County offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 8. Hendry County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center will be closed Wednesday, July 3, and will resume regular business hours on Monday, […]

Hendry board reverses itself, seeks bids on health insurance

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in a special meeting last Wednesday evening, June 26, to seek bids on the health care insurance package that’s offered to county employees. The commission chamber at the historic Hendry County Courthouse was packed with county employees, including the constitutional officers, who were dismayed that […]

Liens for unmowed lawns in Hendry County soon to get costlier

CLEWISTON — Even while accelerating their move toward establishing a special magistrate for code enforcement, the Hendry County Board still approved 10 new property liens against owners on Tuesday, June 18, because of unkempt lawns staff had to cut. Noting that they intend to get out of the lawn mowing business — and serving notice […]

Hendry County, title firm, Habitat announce drive

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners is assisting Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties and other local organizations as a partner in helping raise money for a 2020 Habitat For Humanity home build in Hendry County. Florida Hometown Title & Escrow, a title company based at 870 W. Hickpochee Ave., Suite […]