Delayed workers’ comp bill payment prompts Pahokee council revolt

PAHOKEE — Payment of a PGIT workmen’s compensation insurance bill to the city dating from five months ago will wait at least two more weeks after a motion to pay it immediately failed on a 3-2 vote at Tuesday night’s Pahokee City Commission meeting. Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust, or PGIT, of Lake Mary sent the […]

Algae at Pahokee Marina under study, city says

PAHOKEE — The City of Pahokee’s official Facebook page featured a notice July 21 from City Manager Chandler Williamson regarding the situation with algae swirling at the city’s marina and nearby on Lake Okeechobee. It read: “This season the algae bloom has been one of Florida’s most active in and around Lake Okeechobee. Over the […]

How the Pahokee Marina project sunk into a new limbo: Commissioners ignored pleas of state, chosen operating firm ERH

PAHOKEE — The city commissioners of Pahokee voted at their most recent regular meeting, on June 23, by a 4-1 margin to abandon their previous, seemingly earnest efforts to carry through with Everglades Reserve Holdings LLC’s sublease on the Lake Okeechobee marina, campground and restaurant. The firm run by two main investors, Robert A. Miller […]

Residents concerned about chemicals used to treat algae at Pahokee Marina

PAHOKEE — Algae floating in the waters inside the Pahokee Marina on Lake Okeechobee are nothing new; however, this year with lake levels having been low for some time, there are large blooms locked in stagnant water near shore inside the marina, giving off a foul stench. On Tuesday, July 14, residents of the marina […]

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 […]

Backlash loud after Pahokee meeting abruptly canceled

PAHOKEE — The surreptitious cancellation of a regularly scheduled Pahokee City Commission meeting set for Tuesday night, July 14, riled up some residents into a revolt of sorts against the city manager, who made that decision but apparently neglected to post any notification. People really didn’t notice the move until over the weekend, and anger […]

Babb courts tennis stars’ dad as potential investor

PAHOKEE — Mayor Keith W. Babb Jr. is always looking to bring potential investors into the city to see the available opportunities in town, he says, and, since he’s been busy on that front lately, he’s been posting updates for constituents on his Facebook page. During 2020, he has welcomed to Pahokee Richard Williams, the […]

McKinlay: Neighbors’ input valued on Glades homeless facilities

PALM BEACH COUNTY — County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said Monday she thinks the county’s strategy for integrating a non-congregate housing facility and homeless services center in Pahokee and Belle Glade, respectively, depends on informing and involving Glades residents from the get-go. That’s why county officials persisted and conducted their town hall on June 18 despite […]

Palm Beach County to pursue Community Development Block Grant funding

PALM BEACH COUNTY — On behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is administering a Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program (CDBG-MIT) to provide funding for disaster mitigation projects in areas impacted by presidentially declared disasters in 2016 and 2017. A total of $20 […]

Pahokee’s new gym taking shape

PAHOKEE — “It’s exciting to see all the progress being made on our gymnasium,” Mayor Keith Babb posted on his personal Facebook page July 2. “New paint, new parking lot, new ADA compliance ramps, new bleachers, new flooring, new goals, new restrooms,” he wrote. The handicapped-access ramps are being installed as required by the Americans […]