County commissioners tweak solid-waste law

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners finally approved some “cleanup” amendments this month to the solid waste ordinance that they’d authorized in the spring and then put off during the summer when related concerns arose. But their tougher decision-making on providing large-capacity bins/toters for solid waste and recyclable materials for all residents in unincorporated areas was […]

Cities upset by extra cost of FDOT markers

CLEWISTON — Hendry County’s two cities both are getting new “Welcome” signs installed along the major state roads running through them with state money, but officials are perturbed by an apparently new — and annoyingly costly — requirement for such projects. Apparently the Florida Department of Transportation now is requiring municipalities that receive financing to […]

Hendry acts to rise affordable housing help

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners, presented with a list last week of proposed sales of various properties the county has acquired, discussed the potential the lots might hold for fulfilling their goal of making more affordable housing available in the area. First, Commissioner Karson Turner asked that the sale of two longer-held lots in Wheeler […]

Largest excess fee’s check in years

Hendry County Clerk of Courts Barbara Butler received the excess fee check of over $230,000.00 from Tax Collector Pat Langford this week. “This marks the largest amount of excess fee’s we have given to our county in several years. It gives me great pleasure to do so and is proof of the hard work our […]

Hendry sends FPL solar plant plan to state

LABELLE — Hendry County’s Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 23 to send on to state regulators Florida Power & Light Co.’s request for permission to build a solar energy facility on 623 agricultural acres along County Road 833, about 3 miles south of State Road 80. FPL is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive […]

Hendry elevates Jennifer Davis to County Administrator

CLEWISTON — While accepting Charles Chapman’s departure as Hendry County administrator collegially and with humor, joking that he essentially was being “fired” before his last day, county commissioners then paid him a high compliment by tentatively elevating his deputy Jennifer Davis into his chair during their meeting here last week. Rather than go forward with […]

Chapman hands in his resignation

CLEWISTON — Charles Chapman, county manager in Hendry County since 2013, has presented his letter of resignation and gave 60 days’ notice to the county commissioners. He accepted an offer and signed a contract on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to become the new city manager in Naples, Fla., effective the first Monday in December, and will […]

Airglades on track for construction to start in 2019

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Board will learn from staff at one of its October meetings about a proposed contract for the project development and environmental (PD&E) study on Airglades International Airport’s planned new cargo facilities outside Clewiston. The Florida Department of Transportation is financing the preliminary engineering and design of AIA’s Perishable Air Cargo […]

Community Clean-Up planned in North and South LaBelle

Hendry County will be hosting free Community Clean-Up events in North and South LaBelle over the next month. Residents can drive up to the location and dispose of their waste with assistance from county employees. These clean-up events are held to help the community clean up their yards and homes of unwanted debris and waste. […]

Hendry ditches old, goes with new health insurance provider

The Hendry County Board voted unanimously at its regular meeting in Clewiston on Aug. 14 to contract with a new health insurance carrier, which could result in a nearly unheard-of savings to county taxpayers of up to $86,000, possibly even more, in the first year. Deputy County Administrator Jennifer Davis, who’s been working on the […]