Hendry County hustles to be hurricane-ready

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County commissioners discussed some of the provisions for the looming hurricane season at their meeting May 14, specifically regarding their approximately 40 emergency backup generators located at facilities county wide. A request for proposals had been issued and the submissions opened April 12 as staff took a proactive stance on their […]

Florida officials alarmed over plan to transport migrants to Florida

OKEECHOBEE — Are hundreds of immigrants headed for South Florida? Palm Beach County officials expressed concerns last week over news of a controversial plan to transport migrants from Texas to Florida. “Earlier this week, the chief of Border Patrol out of Miami informed us that their intentions were to bring about 1,000 people every month […]

Pahokee City Manager Williamson answers queries

PAHOKEE — City Manager Chandler Williamson responded to the newspaper’s questions on Monday regarding the recent firing of the city attorney and several other events in the city. Asked to comment on each topic covered his answers, sent by email, were as follows: • On the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General’s May […]

Pahokee manager cites positive projects

PAHOKEE — In answering questions about recent divisive events in Pahokee, City Manager Chandler Williamson said he felt that “some of this has reached its lifespan and appears redundant.” He said he wanted to point out some items that “I feel create the attention Pahokee and surrounding areas so badly need from our media outlets,” […]

Report to commission behind Brandenburg’s ouster

By Chris Felker Lake Okeechobee News PAHOKEE — The day before being abruptly ousted from his position as city attorney April 23, Gary Brandenburg had placed on the city commission’s meeting agenda — and emailed to each commissioner — a four-page report he’d produced that recommended they take immediate actions regarding several issues in the […]

Inspector general’s report confirms Pahokee improprieties

WEST PALM BEACH — The office of Palm Beach County Inspector General John A. Carey issued a report May 6, stating that complaints it received in December 2017 about improper closings of the Pahokee City Hall and unauthorized bonuses paid to employees by City Manager Chandler Williamson were true. Specifically, allegations that Mr. Williamson “inappropriately […]

Clewiston to welcome 4 city manager candidates

CLEWISTON — The Chamber of Commerce and city commissioners are co-hosting a meet-and-greet occasion open to the public with the final slate of candidates for the position of Clewiston city manager on Thursday night, May 16. According to a May 1 memorandum presented to the mayor and commissioners by the search firm they chose to […]

Hospital rehab project was ‘giveback’ by fired attorney

PAHOKEE — The old Pahokee hospital building underwent a much-needed cleanup during the two weeks between City Commission meetings in April, organized by now former City Attorney Gary Brandenburg. The Pahokee City Commission fired him on a 3-1 vote April 23. Mr. Brandenburg, who’s represented the city for a decade, wrote an open letter to […]

Trump tweets support for CERP funding

President Donald Trump has apparently changed his mind about funding the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and other Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects. On Monday, the president expressed his support for increased funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan in a tweet. “My administration will be fighting for $200 million for the Army Corps Everglades restoration […]

Pahokee City Manager Williamson answers queries

PAHOKEE — City Manager Chandler Williamson responded to the newspaper’s questions on Monday regarding the recent firing of the city attorney and several other events in the city. Asked to comment on each topic covered in the related stories on Pages 9, 31 and 32, his answers, sent by email, were as follows: • On […]