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 […]

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 […]