County defers rent for airport businesses

OKEECHOBEE — At their April 9 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners voted to defer rent payments at the Okeechobee County Airport for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Airport Manager Adam Hied said FAA doesn’t like to see payment deferrals usually, but did publish guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he […]

County sets up runway for Airglades takeoff

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners approved several changes in the plans for Airglades airport to pave the runway for work to begin in earnest after Monday’s scheduled groundbreaking. Not literally the runway, not yet … but that is on the radar. AIA’s CEO Fred Ford intends to build a new one over […]

Airglades to employ 1,000

Big Lake community celebrates groundbreaking on new U.S. Customs facility; airport to become import hub CLEWISTON — “Everybody here — this is not any B.S. — it took a lot of people to get where we are today,” declared Fred Ford in his speech before the Airglades International Airport CEO ceremoniously turned the first dirt […]

Okeechobee County cleared to develop airport

PORT ST. LUCIE – The South Florida Water Management District governing board voted Feb. 1 to release the conservation easement on the Okeechobee County airport in exchange for a payment to the Bluefield Wetlands Mitigation Bank. The action came at their Saturday meeting in Port St. Lucie. The conservation easement included 54.96 acres adjacent to […]

SFWMD asked to remove conservation easement

OKEECHOBEE — Airports and environments that attract birds are not a good combination. Adam Hied, director of the Okeechobee airport, is working to unravel a decades-old problem that left the Okeechobee County Airport with a conservation easement. Okeechobee County hopes to offset the conservation easement at the Okeechobee County airport with wetlands mitigation at Bluefield […]

In Hendry, Airglades still clearing a few hurdles

CLEWISTON — Airglades International Airport LLC’s development of an additional South Florida hub for import and export just west of Clewiston is nearing takeoff-ready status, with several recent advances in lining up shippers and support services for airport users. A news release from the corporation’s office announced last week: “With the support of the local […]

Airglades exec honored with award

The PortMiami team congratulated the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association during its 60th anniversary jubilee celebration at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center on Saturday, April 27. Lille Bell Rodriguez (third from left), who works for Airglades International Airport in Clewiston, accepted a Presidents Circle award from the FCBFA, and posted later […]