Public Encouraged to Provide Input for Caloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study

Caloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study identified by Gov. Ron DeSantis as priority project to protect South Florida’s water resources The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) invites the public to provide input and ideas about additional water quality improvements for the Caloosahatchee Reservoir Project. The Caloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study Working Group is […]

Carrying on Traditions Ortona Cane Grinding Festival

While locals and returning snowbirds are likely familiar with Ortona Indian Mound Park, a state historical site that was once home to extinct Caloosahatchee Indian tribes, it is also the location of the annual Ortona Cane Grinding Festival that is held on the first Saturday of February each year. The park is pretty interesting to […]

Panther disorder gets a name; some wild cats euthanized

Just after Christmas, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists finally gave a name to the apparent neurological disorder first observed in Florida panthers on an couple of remote-camera videos taken back in 2018. The malady has been named “feline leukomyelopathy,” and is evidenced, according to the FWC, by tissue changes in the brain and […]

Citizens come together to discuss Clean Water

The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) is a partnership of citizens, elected officials, and resource managers working together to protect and restore water and wildlife habitat in Central and Southwest Florida. The Partnership has recently invited both government officials and concerned citizens from Glades and Hendry counties to join and participate in their […]

Federal budget includes funding for EAA reservoir

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed a federal budget into law that includes $200 million for Everglades restoration. “President Trump has followed through on his promise to deliver for Florida and America’s Everglades,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “This investment in Everglades restoration will build on our efforts at the state level […]

Never to young to give

Lawson Pledger the 3.5 year old son of Matt and Ashley Pledger makes donations to the Caloosa Humane Socitey shelter a few times a year and he loves reading to the cats. Lawson has a rescue blue pit named Ali (short for alligator), a fish and 5 laying hens and he loves cats, which no […]

Girl Scouts announce new troop

LaBelle, FL–Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida has announced the formation of a new Girl Scout troop for girls in Kindergarten and first grade. At the youngest age level of Girl Scouts, known as Girl Scout Daisies, girls can make new friends, earn program petals (the special Daisy version of badges earned by older Girl Scouts), […]

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count

A tradition that started 120 years ago, by ornithologist Frank Chapman, the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) happens this year, around the globe, from Saturday, December 14, through Sunday, January 5, 2020. Instead of the common practice at the time, which was a contest to shoot the most birds possible, Chapman started a […]

LaBelle Kiwanis meets Adventure Mentoring Programs

LaBelle Kiwanis welcomed guest speakers Scott Perry and Danika Hopper, from Adventure Mentoring Programs, Inc.(AMP), which is the umbrella organization that operates LaBelle Fossil Camp. LaBelle Fossil Camp is a local adventure-based arts and sciences program that focuses on environmental education. The camp brings kids ages 8 to 14 sailing and fossil hunting along the […]

M-CORES Task Force meets in LaBelle

Monday, December 9, at the Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force Meeting #3, representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) met with other public officials to discuss the Florida Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program. The meeting was held at the LaBelle Civic Center, and was filled with concerned citizens. Some even held […]

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