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 […]