Ford details quest for FAA’s final OK of Airglades

MOORE HAVEN — The two first speakers at the Glades County Economic Development Council’s 2019 annual dinner and meeting Oct. 10 warmed up the audience for keynote speaker Congressman Greg Steube with victory-lap speeches. First up was Tracy Whirls, EDC executive director, who cited a list of new projects taking place. The night’s highlight for […]

Golf course’s financial future a perennial issue

CLEWISTON — The City of Clewiston will consider borrowing $300,000 from First Bank of Clewiston at an interest rate of 2.5% to go through with the planned purchase of a new fleet of golf carts for the municipal course (among other things). That item is on the agenda for final authorization at the commission’s Oct. […]

HRMC’s Pink Warriors Month raising a pretty penny

CLEWISTON — The Hendry Regional Medical Center’s annual special observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, its Pink Warriors Walk, is coming up on Oct. 26. Hospital official Electa Waddell came to thank city commissioners at their recent meeting for the city’s support and report on their results. The marketing and foundation director for HRMC, Ms. […]

Steube points to progress on veterans issues

MOORE HAVEN — In his keynote address last Thursday at the Glades County EDC’s annual dinner, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube lauded progress that’s been made bipartisanly on veterans affairs while decrying the playing of political games on other matters. Rep. Steube, a fifth generation Floridian with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, […]

Glades County’s progress lauded at dinner

MOORE HAVEN — Executive Director Tracy Whirls’ report to members and friends of the Glades County Economic Development Council had the definite feel of a congratulatory telegram without the “stop” between sentences. She spoke Thursday night, Oct. 10, at the Doyle Conner Building as attendees of the annual dinner and meeting were finishing their steak-and-potatoes […]

James-Mesloh accepts Glades County manager post

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County commissioners voted 5-0 Oct. 8 to extend a final offer to Jennifer James-Mesloh, who manages a city on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to become their new county manager. Ms. James-Mesloh finished first among four final candidates at commissioners’ Aug. 26 meeting, and County Attorney Richard Pringle along with County Board […]

Clewiston passes 2020 budget, tax rate, ordinances

CLEWISTON — The Clewiston City Commission approved a fiscal year 2019-20 budget of almost $29 million and a tax rate 3.5% above the rollback rate, along with six ordinances on final reading, at its Sept. 23 meeting. Finance Director Shari Howell explained that the proposed millage rate, the same as last year at 6.5134 mills […]

McKinlay calls for audit of housing authority

BELLE GLADE — Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay won support from local legislators at the recent delegation hearing for an audit of the Belle Glade Housing Authority. She informed constituents Thursday via social media that she had formally requested the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation to request a Joint Legislative Audit Committee examination of […]

Airglades approval published, AIA reports

MOORE HAVEN — Lillie Rodriguez of Airglades International Airport LLC appeared briefly to announce to Hendry and Glades county commissioners last Wednesday night that FAA approval of AIA’s takeover has been finalized with publication in the Federal Register. “The record of decision announced yesterday (Oct. 1) marks a great step forward in the Airglades International […]

Lake O Livelihoods: Carol’s Hair Barn hangs on in drained Glades economy

PAHOKEE — Carol Peaden started her beauty shop business here as a survival strategy back in the mid-1980s when her husband became ill with kidney disease, knowing he’d no longer be able to be breadwinner for them and their children. And she and her shop, Carol’s Hair Barn, are still here, tucked behind flowering bushes […]