City of Okeechobee’s Town Hall meeting well received; city residents complain about double taxation

OKEECHOBEE — “I’ve been waiting for this meeting for 50 years,” said Sandra Pearce of the City Council’s Town Hall Meeting held on Tuesday, March 19. Although her comment was said with humor, the general consensus in the room was that the meeting was long overdue, and many thanked the council for taking the time […]

PBC approves resolution to protect its water interests

WEST PALM BEACH — On Tuesday, March 12, the Palm Beach County Commission, led by County Mayor Melissa McKinlay, unanimously approved a resolution to protect the county’s water interests as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contemplates changes to Lake Okeechobee’s operations. Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast are calling for Lake Okeechobee’s […]

Bohlen wins Pahokee commission chair

Mayor Babb, Murvin returned to office PAHOKEE — The Pahokee Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Regina Bohlen, easily won the open seat on the City Commission in the March 12 elections. She will take the seat of Commissioner Diane Walker, winning by a comfortable margin of 57 percent of the votes (430), to 31 percent […]

SFWMD hires executive director, approves C-43 reservoir bid

WEST PALM BEACH — The new governing board for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), who met for the first time on March 14, hired a new director, approved a contract for multi-million dollar reservoir, and authorized a settlement for a key piece of property for the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The later two […]

Bass Pro working on Okee-Tantie plans

OKEECHOBEE — Bass Pro is still working on plans for development of the Okee-Tantie recreation area, according to a report given at the March 14 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. County administrator Robbie Chartier said she met with a Bass Pro representative last week and saw some preliminary plans. She said they have had […]

Clewiston FYI

CLEWISTON — City staff reports for the week ending Friday, March 8: Community Development Director Travis Reese reports: • A three-bedroom, two-bath home in Orchard Park is getting its Certificate of Occupancy this week. It’s approximately 1,950 square feet with a front and back porch. • Hampton Inn continues with drywall now being placed on […]

Aquatic spraying programs explained in detail

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Board members had plenty of questions for them during and after game commission officials’ presentation about state programs for controlling exotic and invasive aquatic plants in Lake Okeechobee and other Florida waterbodies. Matt Phillips, a biologist in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s invasive plant management section, spoke for […]

Okeechobee County biosolids facility may require rezoning

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a biosolids processing facility in the Dark Hammock area in northeastern Okeechobee County may be stalled. On March 1, the company’s owner was notified by Okeechobee County that the project would require rezoning of the property. “It was determined, that the proposed location zoned Agriculture does not allow for a residual […]

Clewiston FYI

CLEWISTON — Interim City Manager Wendell Johnson reports: City manager search — The city manager search officially started last week with a visit on Monday by search consultant Colin Baenziger. During the visit, the mayor and each commissioner individually met with Mr. Baenziger to provide information deemed vital to recruitment of the best city manager […]

Feb. 21 hearing brings more code enforcement wins

LaBELLE — The Hendry County Board received another encouraging report on Tuesday, Feb. 26, regarding the success of their code enforcement efforts against blighted areas. Planning & Community Development Director Margaret Emblidge and Code Enforcement Supervisor Wanda Rota-Reina presented commissioners with a summary of the outcomes of cases brought before Hendry County Judge Darrell R. […]