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 […]

Backlash loud after Pahokee meeting abruptly canceled

PAHOKEE — The surreptitious cancellation of a regularly scheduled Pahokee City Commission meeting set for Tuesday night, July 14, riled up some residents into a revolt of sorts against the city manager, who made that decision but apparently neglected to post any notification. People really didn’t notice the move until over the weekend, and anger […]

Hendry County Sheriff addresses use of force and accusations of racism

LABELLE — The City of LaBelle Local Planning Agency (LPA) and Regular City Commission Meeting was held on July 9. During the meeting, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden explained that he had come to address the concerns about the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Use of Force policy, specifically the use of choke holds. He also […]

Williamson retained for now on 3-2 vote; Bohlen, Babb vote for Pahokee manager’s removal

PAHOKEE — City Manager Chandler Williamson retained his job — for now — with a 3-2 vote by city commissioners in a special meeting Tuesday, June 30. It was called to consider the third Palm Beach County Inspector General’s Office (OIG) report in less than two years finding that Williamson committed repeated violations of city […]

‘Pahokee marina/campground ‘uninsurable,’ ERH claims

PAHOKEE — Due to emergency surgery last week, the principal partner in Everglades Reserves Holdings LLC missed a Pahokee City Commission meeting where the ERH contract with the city and state to operate the lakefront marina, restaurant and campground was to be reconsidered on June 9. But that did not stop one commissioner from pressing […]

Mitchell challenges Martin for Belle Glade Commission seat

BELLE GLADE — In his second run for Belle Glade City Commission, Robert C. Mitchell is a candidate in the June 2 election for Seat A, currently occupied by Commissioner Michael C. Martin. Mr. Mitchell was unsuccessful in his 2018 run for Vice Mayor Mary Ross Wilkerson’s seat, his first-time candidacy. Commissioner Martin is a […]

City residents ask: Where will merger end?

OKEECHOBEE — “Consolidation is akin to diabetes,” said Dale Ann Watford at the city council meeting on Feb. 18. “You start cuttin’ a little bit. It starts with your toe. Then it’s your foot. Then it’s your leg. If y’all ain’t careful, this is just my knower (hand gesture over heart) y’all might be out […]

Clewiston commissioners demur on solar power expansion

CLEWISTON — The city commissioners declined to go forward with a potential step into the future of energy production and delivery to residential customers, not advancing a Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) plan and setup to allow renewable-energy input and output through their utility. City Manager Randy Martin presented a resolution Monday, Nov. 18, authorizing […]

City fire captain disputes claim of cost per call

“I don’t know where he got those figures, but they are wrong,” said Capt.Lalo Rodriguez of the Okeechobee Fire Department. He was speaking of the numbers quoted by Frank Irby at the Oct. 15 city council meeting when Mr. Irby encouraged the council to consolidate the city and county fire departments. Mr. Irby said if […]