Okeechobee County considers gun rights proclamation

OKEECHOBEE — At their first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 8, Okeechobee County commissioners will vote on a proclamation declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The proposed proclamation states:“WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of our nation; and ‘”WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution states, […]

Glades commissioners to tour eastern communities

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board of Commissioners will clamber into a bus or van after their first meeting of the new year to take a tour of the communities in the sprawling rural county. Susan Whidden, administrative secretary to County Manager Bob Jones, announced the agenda for that day, on Friday. The “Eastern […]

County may allow alcohol sales earlier on Sundays

OKEECHOBEE — Want to enjoy a Mimosa with Sunday brunch? At the Nov. 26 meeting, Okeechobee County Commissioners appeared to favor allowing restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages earlier on Sundays. An ordinance to allow on-premises consumption of alcohol in restaurants after 10 a.m. on Sunday will be advertised for public hearings. Community Development Director Bill […]

City seeks ‘Safe Route to School’ grant

CLEWISTON — The City of Clewiston will apply to compete for a state Department of Transportation grant for $600,000 to complete just four small segments of sidewalk totaling 3/4 mile under Florida’s Safe Route to School Infrastructure Grant. City Manager Randy Martin told commissioners the staff report on the resolution before them contained updated information, […]

Clewiston commissioners demur on solar power expansion

CLEWISTON — The city commissioners declined to go forward with a potential step into the future of energy production and delivery to residential customers, not advancing a Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) plan and setup to allow renewable-energy input and output through their utility. City Manager Randy Martin presented a resolution Monday, Nov. 18, authorizing […]

County may reconsider minimum home sizes Sunday alcohol sales, fire departments also on county meeting agenda

OKEECHOBEE — Are tiny houses in Okeechobee County’s future? The Nov. 26 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will include a discussion of the minimum floor area required for single-family dwellings. According to the county staff report, Okeechobee County requires a minimum width of 20 feet and a minimum floor area of 1,000 […]

Hendry to hire firm to aid in code enforcement

CLEWISTON — Hendry County will contract with Calvin, Giordano & Associates Inc., a Florida firm with an office in Estero, to perform code enforcement and, in a pinch, building inspection services for the planning and zoning department. Although total costs will be unknown until a contract is drawn up, staff said in a report to […]

Glades County looks to restore Harney Pond Overlook

MOORE HAVEN — County commissioners told Glades County staff to move ahead on the idea of replacing the boardwalk at Harney Pond Overlook Park, which was torn down some time ago after recent hurricane damage. Local residents and Northern visitors both recently have been inquiring, County Manager Bob Jones told the board at their meeting […]

Lakeport center will get new restrooms

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Public Works Department will act as owner contractor for a project to build new bathrooms for the Lakeport Community Center. County Manager Bob Jones told commissioners Nov. 12 that after quotes of nearly $29,000 and just under $35,000 were received, Public Works Director Archie Branch came up with a […]

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 […]