Answer census, bring money to your community

OKEECHOBEE — Since Aug. 2, 1790, the United States has been completing a census every 10 years to help with governmental planning. When the time for the census rolls around, it is met with mixed reactions ranging from:“Oh great! Here come those nosy government workers wanting to know my business again” to “I’ll get to […]

City fire captain disputes claim of cost per call

“I don’t know where he got those figures, but they are wrong,” said Capt.Lalo Rodriguez of the Okeechobee Fire Department. He was speaking of the numbers quoted by Frank Irby at the Oct. 15 city council meeting when Mr. Irby encouraged the council to consolidate the city and county fire departments. Mr. Irby said if […]

Ransomware attack against Okeechobee foiled

OKEECHOBEE — At the Nov. 5 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, one of the main topics was the fact that a ransomware attack was attempted against the City of Okeechobee last week, but was caught so quickly that the city lost nothing but maybe a day’s worth of work, said City Manager Marcos Montes […]

Garcia Farm to add more worker housing

LABELLE — Hendry County commissioners applauded Garcia Family Farm before approving the corporation’s request Oct. 22 for a special exception amendment that will let it put in new worker housing south of Clewiston. Commissioner Karson Turner questioned why one Local Planning Agency board member voted against recommending the county approve the project. County Administrator Jennifer […]

Clewiston adapting to 21st-century power grid

CLEWISTON — City commissioners have begun to rewire Clewiston’s policies to bring them into sync with the evolving 21st century power grid. The city is part of the Florida Municipal Power Association (FMPA), and their “net metering” service schedule is being updated for the first time since 2009, specifying fees from now on for anyone […]

Glades County’s ‘new’ manager is familiar

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County finally has a “new” manager, but it’s a comfortable fit for the commission and entire county staff including him — not a difficult negotiator living in another state as their top pick turned out to be. Public Safety Director Bob Jones — the deputy county manager who’s been acting in […]

Seminoles oppose reservoir near reservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Native American tribal representatives voiced opposition to part of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) during the Oct 29 South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force meeting in Washington, D.C. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, LOWRP, part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), is designed to store […]

Clewiston to honor Farm-City Week Nov. 20-27, 2019

CLEWISTON — City commissioners approved a proclamation declaring the week prior to Thanksgiving 2019, Nov. 20-27, to be National Farm-City Week in the city. This week is used to celebrate and recognize the beneficial partnerships between rural and urban communities that make our food supply safe and plentiful, according to the Florida Farm Bureau. At […]

Utility bill concerns occupy Clewiston commissioners

CLEWISTON — Over a dozen residents came out to the Clewiston City Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 21, in a quest for answers over what they consider excessive utility bill fluctuations. City commissioners and the new city manager were a bit surprised, saying they hadn’t heard any specific complaints of overbilling, meter-reading mistakes, billing errors or […]

Hendry County considers restrictions on fish farms

LABELLE — Hendry County commissioners last week took a first step toward eliminating future fish farms in its rural residential farm zoning district around Montura Ranch Estates. Existing farms, such as one along County Road 833 that has prompted some complaints from neighbors, will be grandfathered in. Commissioners heard on first reading an amendment to […]