WERP not dead … yet

WASHINGTON D.C. — Impassioned pleas from the representatives of the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes at the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force may have saved the Western Everglades Restoration Project (WERP), or at least delayed its demise. At the Oct. 29 task force meeting in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Yates Auditorium, Col. Andrew […]

City council holds second townhall meeting

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee City Council’s second town hall meeting took place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. and lasted approximately 30 minutes. There were not as many participants as there were for the first meeting, and Sandra Pearce, one of the commenters, asked if the meeting had been advertised because she said she did […]

State to pay $2.4 million for early termination of lease

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet (Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Attorney General Ashley Moody) agreed Tuesday to pay $1,940 an acre to New Hope Sugar Co., a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, for early termination of a 1,234-acre lease of state-owned land. New Hope Sugar Company currently […]

Glades County Clerk of Court offering savings event on fees to reinstate driver license

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Clerk’s Office will be holding an Operation Greenlight event Friday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glades County Clerk’s Office, 500 Ave. J, Room 102 in Moore Haven. During Operation Green Light, Glades County customers […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County has declared October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The county proclamation notes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a platform for educating women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through mammography and other methods. “Detection of breast cancer at an early stage greatly improves the chances for successful […]

City meeting schedule adjusted

CLEWISTON — Regular Clewiston City Commission meetings will be on a slightly different schedule for the rest of this year. In an arrangement often favored by several commissioners in the past, now they will meet in a workshop session once a month to discuss the following week’s regular meeting, which also will be only once […]

Golf course’s financial future a perennial issue

CLEWISTON — The City of Clewiston will consider borrowing $300,000 from First Bank of Clewiston at an interest rate of 2.5% to go through with the planned purchase of a new fleet of golf carts for the municipal course (among other things). That item is on the agenda for final authorization at the commission’s Oct. […]

James-Mesloh accepts Glades County manager post

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County commissioners voted 5-0 Oct. 8 to extend a final offer to Jennifer James-Mesloh, who manages a city on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to become their new county manager. Ms. James-Mesloh finished first among four final candidates at commissioners’ Aug. 26 meeting, and County Attorney Richard Pringle along with County Board […]

Council seeks new city attorney

OKEECHOBEE — After months of hinting at the possibility, it is now official. The Okeechobee City Council is looking for a new city attorney or possibly a new firm to take the place of John Cook, who has served in that capacity for over 30 years. Mr. Cook decided not to submit his contract for […]

Hendry County revises meeting schedule

LABELLE — Hendry County previously made several changes to the meeting schedule from Sept. 3 through Oct. 8. These changes included budget workshops, budget hearings, regular Board meetings, and a roaming Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. The time previously advertised for the roaming BOCC meeting in Harlem has been corrected. Please note the correct […]