SFWMD enters agreement to move more water south

WEST PALM BEACH — A priority of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District entered into an agreement on July 27 to fund the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) South phase that will move more water south to Everglades National […]

Delayed workers’ comp bill payment prompts Pahokee council revolt

PAHOKEE — Payment of a PGIT workmen’s compensation insurance bill to the city dating from five months ago will wait at least two more weeks after a motion to pay it immediately failed on a 3-2 vote at Tuesday night’s Pahokee City Commission meeting. Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust, or PGIT, of Lake Mary sent the […]

Workshop to review EAA permits

WEST PALM BEACH — A public workshop will be held July 31 at 10 a.m. for the Everglades Agricultural Area Environmental Protection District Research Permit Renewal on Improving Best Management Practice Efficiency in the Everglades Agricultural Area. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom, a media technology free for the public to use. The public […]

Pahokee commissioners vote 4-1 for firing Pahokee manager

PAHOKEE — At their last meeting almost a month ago, city commissioners voted 3-2 against a move to terminate their city manager, Chandler Williamson. The commissioner who made the motion, Regina Bohlen, was admonished by the city attorney on how the city charter specifies that a charter official (the city clerk and the city manager […]

Clewiston FYI

From the city manager & staffCity of Clewiston Dates to Remember• July 27 — Tentative Budget Workshop: It has not yet been determined if the workshop will be virtual or in-person. If the workshop is virtual, instructions on how to participate will be included with the workshop announcement. If the city resumes scheduling in-person city […]

Take note of upcoming SFWMD public meetings

Join the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for several upcoming public meetings. SFWMD is continuing to conduct public meetings online or by teleconference to protect our communities from the potential spread of COVID-19. The public can watch and participate in these meetings using Zoom, a free online meeting tool. Participants must register separately for […]

How the Pahokee Marina project sunk into a new limbo: Commissioners ignored pleas of state, chosen operating firm ERH

PAHOKEE — The city commissioners of Pahokee voted at their most recent regular meeting, on June 23, by a 4-1 margin to abandon their previous, seemingly earnest efforts to carry through with Everglades Reserve Holdings LLC’s sublease on the Lake Okeechobee marina, campground and restaurant. The firm run by two main investors, Robert A. Miller […]

Palm Beach County to host Virtual Community Forum on policing

WEST PALM BEACH – Join the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. for a Virtual Community Forum on Policing in Palm Beach County. This insightful open dialogue will allow the public an opportunity to ask questions of local elected officials, representatives of law enforcement, and community activists […]

Palm Beach County issues Emergency Orders 15 and 16

PALM BEACH COUNTY — On July 23, 2020, Palm Beach County issued two COVID-19 Emergency Orders that clarify restrictions on the operating hours of restaurants, food establishments and other businesses, and extend the countywide facial coverings directive. Emergency Order 2020-015: Took effect at 5 p.m. July 23. Clarifies the restriction of operating hours for restaurants, […]

FWC urged to call for review of Cape Sable seaside sparrow plan

TALLAHASSEE — At the July 23 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, members of the public asked FWC to encourage the governor to go to the Council on Environmental Quality and request a review of the policy that keeps some water control structures under the Tamiami Trail closed nine months of the […]