Okeechobee County commissioners to public: Stop abusing county staff

OKEECHOBEE — At their meeting Thursday, March 26, the Okeechobee County commissioners called on the public to keep calls to county staff professional and polite. “Some people have called in to our staff and they (county staff) have been verbally abused and cussed out,” said Commissioner Brad Goodbread. “Please, when you call in to deal […]

County to switch to virtual meetings

OKEECHOBEE — Commissioner Kelly Owens was not allowed to enter the meeting room for Thursday’s Okeechobee County Commission session. She was turned away at the door after failing the screening. “I had gotten sick last week with a fever. Basically, I had a case of the flu,” the commissioner explained in a telephone interview after […]

BOCC meeting will have screening and social distancing

OKEECHOBEE — The Board of County Commission meeting on Thursday, March 26, at 9 a.m. will have screening at the door and the county will be following the Department of Health and governor’s protocol as it relates to social distancing and enforcing the limit on the number of people in the room. The meeting will […]

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 […]

Glades commissioners to tour eastern communities

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board of Commissioners will clamber into a bus or van after their first meeting of the new year to take a tour of the communities in the sprawling rural county. Susan Whidden, administrative secretary to County Manager Bob Jones, announced the agenda for that day, on Friday. The “Eastern […]

County may reconsider minimum home sizes Sunday alcohol sales, fire departments also on county meeting agenda

OKEECHOBEE — Are tiny houses in Okeechobee County’s future? The Nov. 26 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will include a discussion of the minimum floor area required for single-family dwellings. According to the county staff report, Okeechobee County requires a minimum width of 20 feet and a minimum floor area of 1,000 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Airglades Airport update meeting set Sept. 16

LABELLE — Some discussion came up at the last Hendry County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 27 regarding upcoming developments surrounding Airglades Airport’s conversion into a privately owned facility. District 1 representative Emma Byrd announced during the commissioners’ comments portion of the meeting that there would be a community meeting Monday, Sept. 9, in […]

County Commission opposes lake level deviation

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commission Thursday signed off on a letter to Major General Scott Spellmon and Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in opposition to the planned deviation to the Lake Okeechobee water control plan. “We have been engaged stakeholders in south Florida’s water management issues for decades. We […]