New manager sought in Glades County, ASAP

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County is in the market for a new manager again, and with several people already having inquired about the position, the Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday morning to expedite their search. Chairman Tim Stanley noted they’d continued the discussion from their previous meeting on June 24, when County Manager Martin […]

Palmdale, BHR parks to get new playground fixtures

MOORE HAVEN — The grounds of the Glades County community center in Palmdale — and the one in Buckhead Ridge, too — will be getting long-promised playground equipment. The county commissioners voted unanimously to equip both park areas with brand-new hardware for young children to play on after a brief presentation by Public Works Director […]

Hendry board reverses itself, seeks bids on health insurance

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in a special meeting last Wednesday evening, June 26, to seek bids on the health care insurance package that’s offered to county employees. The commission chamber at the historic Hendry County Courthouse was packed with county employees, including the constitutional officers, who were dismayed that […]

Hendry County, title firm, Habitat announce drive

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners is assisting Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties and other local organizations as a partner in helping raise money for a 2020 Habitat For Humanity home build in Hendry County. Florida Hometown Title & Escrow, a title company based at 870 W. Hickpochee Ave., Suite […]

Hendry County may take over bus service in Glades County

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners listened intently to a presentation by an official with the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) last week about public transit availability to disabled and low-income county residents. Although Glades County is much smaller in population than neighboring Hendry County, its residents still get thousands of trips each year […]

Okeechobee officials agree to fund SROs

OKEECHOBEE — The joint workshop concerning school resource officer (SRO) funding between the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Okeechobee County School Board and Okeechobee City Council on June 17 was over almost as quickly as it began. BOCC Chairman Terry Burroughs opened the workshop by stating that the county intended to help fund the […]

Clewiston commission OKs new manager pact

CLEWISTON — The City Commission approved a resolution Monday, June 17, authorizing Mayor Mali Gardner to sign a contract with Randy Martin, who was selected June 3 to be their new city manager. She asked City Attorney Gary Brandenburg to describe the terms of the contract for commissioners. “We’ll just go over the basics of […]

Okeechobee commissioners recognized as advocates

ORANGE COUNTY — The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recognized Okeechobee County Commissioners Terry Burroughs and Kelly Owens as FAC Presidential Advocates for their work during the 2019 legislative session. Both commissioners received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC annual conference in Orange County. “I am very proud to accept the […]

Clewiston hires firm to handle city inspection services

CLEWISTON — The City Commission voted June 3 without any new discussion to OK an arrangement for backup in handling its building inspections, comprehensive plan review, code enforcement inspections and building official services. At the commissioners’ meeting May 20, acting Interim City Manager Shari Howell said that staff had received notice from Calvin, Giordano & […]

Commissioners unanimous in new city manager pick

CLEWISTON — City commissioners joined unanimously Monday, June 3, in deciding they’d much rather not continue to look for a new city manager, so they voted to invite one pre-finalist candidate whom all liked to work out a deal and give him the job. Mayor Mali Gardner reported that the city’s contracted search firm, Colin […]