HC staff takes on challenge of mental health services

It is arguable that mental health is one of the major problems modern society faces. Humans have excelled in technological and social advances, especially over the past 200 or so years. Still, we don’t seem to be able to get a good handle on our own individual thoughts, feelings and impulses. How we each feel […]

Hendry board reverses itself, seeks bids on health insurance

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in a special meeting last Wednesday evening, June 26, to seek bids on the health care insurance package that’s offered to county employees. The commission chamber at the historic Hendry County Courthouse was packed with county employees, including the constitutional officers, who were dismayed that […]

Hendry County Holiday Schedule for Independence Day

LaBelle – Hendry County government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, thru Friday, July 5, in honor of the Independence Day holiday. County offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, July 8. Hendry County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center will be closed Wednesday, July 3, and will resume regular business hours on Monday, […]

Accord with AIA investors bolsters county’s rights

LABELLE — Several provisions were added to the already voluminous purchase and sale agreement among Hendry County, Airglades International Airport LLC (the investor group making the purchase), the Federal Aviation Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation. County Attorney Mark Lapp gave the county commissioners a concise summary at their June 18 meeting, excerpted here. […]

Airglades execs working to tie up airport deal details by summer’s end

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners learned at its meeting June 18 that Airglades International Airport LLC’s target date is Sept. 30 to have all items on its to-do list out of the way so the parties can set a closing date for the AIA privatization deal. County Attorney Mark Lapp presented the […]

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., […]