Public asking questions about new palmeto berry rule

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released answers to a few questions the public has been raising about the recent change in regulations that now requires harvesters of saw palmetto berries to get permits before offering Florida-grown berries for sale. The new regulations took effect July 17: They require, for a landowner […]

Know when to Swim It, Shore It or Dodge It

Hendry/Glades.—The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties reminds residents and visitors to safely enjoy Florida’s waters this summer. Florida’s 9,000 miles of freshwater and salt water shoreline offer opportunities to have fun and stay cool, but it is important to know when to swim, stick to the shore or avoid naturally-occurring living […]

Online threats to Lake Okeechobee communities taken seriously

The sheriff’s offices in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are investigating veiled threats that have been made online toward some residents of communities along Lake Okeechobee over water pollution issues affecting the coasts. A running cyber-debate over responsibility for algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River and red tide along Gulf Coast communities in Southwest […]

Hendry, Glades to look into algae cleanup grants

With $3 million in grant money just made available for any necessary algae cleanups by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, officials in Glades and Hendry counties are looking into the possibility that they might be able to use some of that help. The FDEP announced the new grant program on Monday, July 23. Eligible […]

LDRC plans a Saturday Market

The LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation(LDRC) is announcing the LDRC Saturday Market. It will be held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning October through November. The first Saturday market in October will be held together with the Caloosa Humane Society’s Yard Sale that is held on Park […]

State Road 29 LaBelle Draw Bridge Project

The Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor, Seacoast Inc. will begin work on the drawbridge in the city of LaBelle from Bridge Street (SR 29) over the Caloosahatchee River in Hendry Country on August 13, and construction will end in early 2019. The project entails repairing and rehabilitating the drawbridge. Currently, overweight vehicles are not permitted […]

Dena Pittman for Hendry Property Appraiser

On June 25, 2018, I was honored with the appointment as Hendry County Property Appraiser by Governor Rick Scott. I started my career in 1989 in Palm Beach County and, after 17 years there, I transferred to Hendry County Property Appraiser’s Office in 2006. I became the Chief Deputy for Phillip Pelletier in 2009 and […]

Hatfield named LaBelle Elementary’s new principal

Jane Hatfield is the new Principal of LaBelle Elementary School: “I started my teaching career as an English teacher at Clewiston High School for twelve years. After that I worked in Naples at Gulf Coast High School for two years. Then I became an assistant principal at LaBelle High School and West Glades after that […]

Work continues on the LaBelle Heritage Museum

Grayson Hicks of Streamline Construction and Consulting LLC together with Josue Pereira, JDP Consulting are working to get the wooden molds off of the concrete pour they did two weeks ago with Jackie Ratica of Special Concrete Design Inc. The new concrete foundation will relieve the strain placed on the Florida pine logs that have […]

NOAA imagery shows lake algal bloom decreasing

The latest images from space show the blue-green algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee is decreasing. Imagery from July 2 showed signs of cyanobacteria in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee. Since the satellite images are only available at set intervals, NOAA was unable to get usable photos July 6-13 due to cloud cover. The July 14 […]