IMPOWER providing counseling services

LaBELLE — A nonprofit provider of behavioral and mental health services that’s well-established farther up the Florida peninsula has come to Hendry, Glades and Highlands counties. Its representatives are making the rounds of public meetings to make local elected officials aware of its availability and to help get the word out. But IMPOWER is going […]

Felda to be site of new recycling operation

LaBELLE — Hendry County commissioners conducted a public hearing Tuesday, March 26, before approving a plan to establish a horticultural waste recycling facility near Felda that will produce 30-50 truckloads of topsoil per day being transported to and from the site when it’s in full operation. Action had been deferred from the county board’s Feb. […]

LaBelle Downtown promoters get county’s backing

LaBELLE — The LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) won approval from the Hendry County Board on Tuesday, Feb. 26, of a promotional contract through the Tourism Development Council for $12,000. Perhaps better news to the crowd behind the LDRC’s recent efforts, though, was the feedback and encouragement they heard from County Commissioner Karson Turner. Although […]

Road Work Notice for Fort Denaud Road

Please be advised that Lynch Paving & Construction Co., Inc., a Hendry County Road & Bridge Contractor, along with its subcontractors, will begin a roadway project which will include resurfacing on Fort Denaud Road from Fort Denaud Bridge Way to Huggetts Road. This project is proposed to begin on Monday, March 4, 2019 and is […]

BOCC declines to tinker with solid waste contract

CLEWISTON — Commissioners flinched when Public Works Director Shane Parker reported this month it’d cost almost $1 million to get toters for all unincorporated Hendry County residents’ garbage and recyclables. So they took no action Jan. 8 but agreed they’ll have to before the end of their contract with hauler Waste Connections Inc. in a […]

Future land uses changed for 1,586 acres near Airglades Airport

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners approved comprehensive plan future land use amendments for two huge properties near Airglades Airport after conducting public hearings on the petitions Jan. 8. Both requests were for a change from agriculture to multi-use development. The first tract is just over 904 acres and is owned by the Joe Marlin Hilliard […]

Hendry County BOCC OKs tourism ads in 4-1 vote

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners voted 4-1 to sign a one-year advertising contract with local firm Everglades Marketing Jan. 8 after they’d held back on it in December and requested more information. Commissioner Karson Turner this time was the one voting no as the board OK’d the Tourism Development Council’s recommended expenditure of $12,995 on […]

Hendry shifts to watchfulness on code enforcement

CLEWISTON — After digesting a comprehensive update on staff’s recent focus toward putting some teeth into Hendry County code enforcement, a majority of the county commissioners seemed almost ready to go with a different approach after they’d spent an hour talking about it on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall here. Except that with a […]

Hendry moves toward forging new setup for public safety in 2019

LaBELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners unanimously accepted an improvised plan recommended Dec. 11 by County Administrator Jennifer Davis and Emergency Medical Services/Fire Chief Adrian Damms to patch together a fifth Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance and crew for the county. It sparked a wide-ranging discussion that’s high-priority in the minds of many […]

County presses HRMC on issues

LaBELLE — Discussion of Hendry Regional Medical Center’s patient-transport issues got so long and involved at county commissioners’ meeting Dec. 11 that the board chairman couldn’t remember at the end if a motion had been made on the issue. But the staff recommendation that they negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the hospital eventually […]