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 […]

Aug. 8 joint meeting of the Hendry County Board Of County Commissioners and the Glades County Board Of County Commissioners canceled

HENDRY and GLADES COUNTIES — The joint meeting between the Hendry County Board of Commissioners and the Glades County Board of Commissioners scheduled Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. was canceled and is to be rescheduled. NOTE: The story on Page 14 in the Sweet Life in Hendry section of this newspaper went to print before […]

Hendry OKs idea of new SR 80 frontage road

LABELLE — Officials of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) presented an elaborate PowerPoint plan depicting a future configuration plan for State Road 80 from the Lee County line east to West Cowboy Way in LaBelle that includes a new frontage road. Members of the Hendry County Board of Commissioners were receptive to the presentation […]

Clewiston to get tough on fireworks scofflaws

CLEWISTON — The city has received multiple complaints this year about ground-shaking, extremely loud and explosive fireworks some city residents were setting off during the recent Fourth of July holiday. Mayor Mali Gardner said to her fellow city commissioners at their July 22 meeting — except for Kristine Petersen, who was on vacation but whose […]

Clewiston commission votes to keep tax rate steady

CLEWISTON — Residents of this city will not pay any more in taxes due to the amount the city commission levies in fiscal 2020. If anyone’s total city ad valorem bill rises for next year, it would happen only because their property appreciated in value. The city commissioners voted unanimously to keep the property tax […]

Clewiston law on medical marijuana updated

City’s moratorium on dispensaries changed to allow CBD sales CLEWISTON — The city’s moratorium on medical marijuana treatment dispensaries or facilities will be changed only slightly for now, per the advice of City Attorney Gary Brandenburg, because of changes in state and federal laws. Mayor Mali Gardner told commissioners at their meeting July 22 they […]

Legislature chips in $1 million for Airglades

LABELLE — Momentum is gathering behind Hendry County as it seeks further state and federal assistance to build a crucial piece of plumbing for the looming development surrounding Airglades airport’s conversion into a privately owned cargo hub. Commissioner Karson Turner asked to pull an item from the county board’s consent agenda for its regular meeting […]