Lake area counties work toward common goals

Officials from the five counties that surround Lake Okeechobee met Tuesday to find common ground and start the work to come up with unified message about the future of Lake Okeechobee. Commissioners from Martin, Hendry, Glades, Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties gathered in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall on May 7. A crowd of […]

Clewiston’s FYI

CLEWISTON — Dates to remember: • May 14 – Special Magistrate Hearing • May 16 – Golf Course Advisory Board Meeting • May 16 – City Manager Candidate Meet & Greet Reception – Clewiston Chamber of Commerce • May 20 – City Commission Workshop and meeting • May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday – City […]

Should Okeechobee County allow golf cart use on some roads?

OKEECHOBEE — State law gives local government the option to allow the use of properly equipped golf carts on some roads with speed limits up to 35 mph. At the May 9 Okeechobee County Commission meeting, local resident Nikki Salmon asked the commissioners to consider this option for some roads in the county. County administrator […]

City wants stop light at dangerous intersection

OKEECHOBEE — At the Okeechobee City Council meeting on May 7 Okeechobee city administrator Marcos Montes De Oca presented a video to city council members on what he refers to as the most dangerous intersection in Okeechobee. The nearly three-and-a-half-minute video showed a series of traffic accidents and congestion issues at the intersection of North […]

Clewiston not looking over shoulder on C-21 span

CLEWISTON — City commissioners went ahead and approved two contracts on 5-0 votes in a special meeting Monday, April 29, to expedite planning for the new bridge at the city’s waterfront park. Though its actual construction might be two to three years away still, the city has already missed a couple of deadlines in submitting […]

HB 107 would make texting while driving illegal

Texting while driving will soon become a primary offense in the State of Florida if a bill that the Senate recently passed is signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. If passed, this bill (HB107) would “prohibit a person from operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device in a handheld manner in a designated […]

City Code Enforcement Corner

OKEECHOBEE — Often, people are confused by code enforcement, and this series is an attempt to remedy that. In each story, we will answer some common questions about code enforcement, and if you have a question you would like answered, please submit it to cwomble@newszap.com. What is a Notice of Violation? A Notice of Violation […]

Hendry lowers development fees

LaBELLE — During the April 23 Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the board voted to adopt county Planning & Community Development Director Margaret Emblidge’s recommendation for a reduction in planning and zoning fees. The newly amended fee schedule is part of an ongoing effort to further promote economic development in Hendry County, […]

Collaboration sought on public transit

CLEWISTON — Hendry County Commissioner Karson Turner brought up the public transit issue again this month, following up on the county commission’s discussion back in January about continuing to finance the GoodWheels program. “On Jan. 22, we had a presentation by Alan Mandel (executive director), and none of us were receptive to continuing with that […]

Clewiston commission has special meeting on bridge

CLEWISTON — The city turned around on a dime last week after commissioners fired their lead engineering firm earlier in April, and set up alternative arrangements for design of the new C-21 bridge to the Herbert Hoover Dike. Those were set to be considered at a special meeting of the city commissioners called for Monday […]