Clewiston adds nearly $140K to Hurricane Irma tab

CLEWISTON — City commissioners have OK’d an update to add another $139,137 to the tab due to Clewiston from FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management for Hurricane Irma disaster spending. That increases the overall federal and state financing to Clewiston for hurricane relief to just under $293,000. This is money the city spent […]

Property owners cited for code violations

OKEECHOBEE — Twelve new cases and six old cases were on the agenda for the Okeechobee code enforcement hearing on Aug. 20 in the Okeechobee Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., in Okeechobee. In two cases, property owners addressed the code violations before the meeting and the cases were dismissed. Cases dismissed • The […]

Commissioners discuss road safety, vandalism, signs

OKEECHOBEE — Safety concerns on State Road 710 were once again a topic of discussion at the Aug. 22 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commissioners. Commissioner David Hazellief said he has received complaints about safety concerns in regard to a State Road 710 property between County Road 15A and County Road 15B. “We have an […]

Hendry board approves insurance carrier switch

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners approved changing the insurance carrier for employee insurance benefits on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The board decided to go with Public Risk Management (PRM) rather than United Healthcare, which had advised it was going to raise rates 16% over the current ones. The increase over current rates will […]

Hendry County Health Office relocates

LABELLE — The Hendry County Environmental Health Office has relocated from its temporary location, 3300 Utility Drive, to the permanent office located in the Hendry County Health Department at 1140 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle. Full services were available on Monday, Aug. 19. The Bacteriological Water Lab for Hendry & Glades counties has also been relocated […]

County code enforcement hearing is Aug. 20

OKEECHOBEE – Twelve new cases and six old cases are on the agenda for the Okeechobee Code Enforcement Hearing on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Okeechobee Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., in Okeechobee. Failure to correct the code violations may result in a fine of up to $250 per day. New […]

City renews contract with administrator

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council renewed its contract with current City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca at the Aug. 6 meeting. The contract will run for five years and have a base salary of $113,000. Mr. Montes De Oca was first chosen to be the city administrator in 2015. He was awarded the job […]

City of Clewiston awarded funding for projects

2019-2020 budget enables local infrastructure projects to begin CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission is proud to announce the city’s 2019-2020 Florida budget requests have been approved by Gov. DeSantis. With this award, the city will move forward with critical infrastructure projects to protect our environment and promote long-term job growth. Two million dollars is […]

City works out budget: $7,585,893

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council had its first of two planned budget workshops for 2019-20 on Aug. 6. The city looks to be on the verge of the second year in a row of operating in the black, but decisions made by council members ahead of the final vote may see the city dip […]

Aug. 8 joint meeting of the Hendry County Board Of County Commissioners and the Glades County Board Of County Commissioners canceled

HENDRY and GLADES COUNTIES — The joint meeting between the Hendry County Board of Commissioners and the Glades County Board of Commissioners scheduled Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. was canceled and is to be rescheduled. NOTE: The story on Page 14 in the Sweet Life in Hendry section of this newspaper went to print before […]