New Hendry code enforcement process

LABELLE — Hendry County’s new code enforcement process will be as follows, as resolved by the county board on May 28: The recommended steps: •Hire a special magistrate, and take all code cases to the special magistrate. This will include mowing, unsafe structures, miscellaneous (junk & debris, inoperable vehicles etc.). • The corrections to the […]

Hendry County to establish code enforcement by magistrate

LABELLE — The Hendry County commissioners May 28 decided unanimously to switch over to a special magistrate process rather than the court system to handle its code enforcement burden. County Administrator Jennifer Davis presented a detailed report from Margaret Emblidge, the county’s Planning & Community Development Department chief, and said, “We’re recommending that the county […]

Hendry County hustles to be hurricane-ready

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County commissioners discussed some of the provisions for the looming hurricane season at their meeting May 14, specifically regarding their approximately 40 emergency backup generators located at facilities countywide. A request for proposals had been issued and the submissions opened April 12 as staff took a proactive stance on their upkeep […]

Notice of Fort Denaud Road Paving

Please be advised that Hendry County Road & Bridge Contractor, Lynch Paving & Construction Co., Inc., along with its subcontractors, will begin paving operations on Fort Denaud Road on Friday, May 17, 2019. The County asks the public to keep in mind that this project will take place over several months. For the safety of […]

Lake-area counties look forward to unifying voices

LaBELLE — The commissioners from all five of the Lake Okeechobee-area counties will gather in Okeechobee for a joint workshop/meeting on May 7. County commissioners and staff officials from Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties will meet at 6 p.m. next Tuesday in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall, 2800 U.S. 441 N., […]

Hendry will seek collaboration on public transit

CLEWISTON — Hendry County Commissioner Karson Turner brought up the public transit issue again this month, following up on the county commission’s discussion back in January about continuing to finance the GoodWheels program. “On Jan. 22, we had a presentation by Alan Mandel (executive director), and none of us were receptive to continuing with that […]

Commissioner Swindle announces run for schools chief

CLEWISTON — The audience and his fellow members of the Hendry County Board, meeting Tuesday, April 9, witnessed a bombshell announcement from Commissioner Michael Swindle and expressed its pleasure with a loud ovation. During the commissioners’ comments, Mr. Swindle said, “I want to take this opportunity to make a few statements and wrap it up […]

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 […]