McKinlay chastises Pahokee commissioners over marina delays

PAHOKEE — Palm Beach County District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has written to the mayor and commissioners of the City of Pahokee criticizing their recent vote to halt progress toward the deal to reopen the marina, campground and restaurant with the operator they had approved three years ago and numerous other times since. On county […]

Owens appointed to Executive Committee of Small County Coalition

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Commissioner Kelly Owens was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Small County Coalition representing Region 5 in the State of Florida. The Small County Coalition consists of 39 of the 67 counties in the State of Florida, and its mission is to address legislative issues from a small county/rural perspective. […]

Commissioners complete Advanced County Commissioner Program

LEON COUNTY — The Institute for County Government (ICG) recognized Hendry County Commissioners Mitchell Wills and Emma Byrd with successful completion of Level II of the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) Program developed by ICG. Commissioners Byrd and Wills completed the program along with 13 other county commissioners, all of whom were recognized during the Florida […]

Community town hall meeting is a success

OKEECHOBEE — Sheriff Noel E. Stephen, Police Chief Bob Peterson, Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs and Mayor Dowling Watford hosted a town hall meeting in Douglas Brown Park at the community center Wednesday night. Their goal was to “foster a welcoming atmosphere for anyone to come and speak about their concerns, experiences, and even […]

City seeks ‘Safe Route to School’ grant

CLEWISTON — The City of Clewiston will apply to compete for a state Department of Transportation grant for $600,000 to complete just four small segments of sidewalk totaling 3/4 mile under Florida’s Safe Route to School Infrastructure Grant. City Manager Randy Martin told commissioners the staff report on the resolution before them contained updated information, […]

Garcia Farm to add more worker housing

LABELLE — Hendry County commissioners applauded Garcia Family Farm before approving the corporation’s request Oct. 22 for a special exception amendment that will let it put in new worker housing south of Clewiston. Commissioner Karson Turner questioned why one Local Planning Agency board member voted against recommending the county approve the project. County Administrator Jennifer […]

Hendry County opts for code enforcement magistrate

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners on a 4-1 vote Aug. 13 approved switching to a special magistrate system for county code enforcement cases. It’s a move that the five commissioners have been discussing intensely at nearly every meeting for more than a year. County Attorney Mark Lapp told the board a section […]

City of Clewiston moves forward with new ordinances

CLEWISTON — Several city ordinances were approved on first reading by Clewiston city commissioners Aug. 19 and public hearings were set for Sept. 23 on each. The ordinances, passed 5-0, are for the following purposes, with no fiscal impact: • To establish the City of Clewiston Honesty, Integrity and Government in the Sunshine Guide prepared […]

Clewiston adds nearly $140K to Hurricane Irma tab

CLEWISTON — City commissioners have OK’d an update to add another $139,137 to the tab due to Clewiston from FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management for Hurricane Irma disaster spending. That increases the overall federal and state financing to Clewiston for hurricane relief to just under $293,000. This is money the city spent […]

Hendry board approves insurance carrier switch

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners approved changing the insurance carrier for employee insurance benefits on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The board decided to go with Public Risk Management (PRM) rather than United Healthcare, which had advised it was going to raise rates 16% over the current ones. The increase over current rates will […]