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 […]

Hendry board votes to withhold TDC grant, nixes advertising contract

LaBELLE — Hendry County commissioners voted 4-1 to hold back on two matching Tourism Development Council grants to local businesses in their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11, setting the tone early for a few other acts in which they demanded documentation to justify spending public tax dollars. After they first approved the consent agenda at the […]

Code enforcement talks in Hendry gathering momentum

LaBELLE — Hendry County Planning and Development Director Margaret Emblidge and County Attorney Mark Lapp were ready to present a lengthy report to the commissioners late in their meeting Dec. 11 regarding options they’d been seeking to make the code enforcement process work better. The problems are that it’s very involved and time-consuming with all […]

Davis brings local savvy to administrator position

Hendry County’s new county administrator is a lot like most of its residents – intelligent and hardworking, with high ideals, working to keep the best of the past while trying to lay the groundwork for a better future. A county employee since 1999, Jennifer Davis feels she is “in the place God wants me to […]

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 […]