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 […]

LaBelle City Commissioners hear requests for Tiny House Communities in the city

Last Thursday, the LaBelle City Commission meeting was packed full of serious, concerned faces. The subject on everyone’s mind: Would developers, who want to build communities of micro-cottages, or tiny houses, receive the go ahead needed for each of their plans? Many of LaBelle’s residents had shown up to make their voices heard. When asked […]

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 […]

Public Hearing on Sandy Oaks Project

Thursday, December 13 was the public hearing on the Sandy Oaks Project. It concerns a request of rezoning a 6.64 +/- acre lot from a Single-Family Low Density R1-A zoning district to a planned unit development (PUD) zoning which would allow for a maximum of 65 single family dwellings and associated accessory uses on the […]

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 […]

City Commission Meeting

The meeting was preceded by a public hearing on the plan amendment of the South LaBelle Village Comp. The local planning agency requested an amendment of the City of LaBelle Comprehensive Plan future land use element relating to the South LaBelle Community. Right now the lengthy comprehensive and difficult to understand plan text does not […]

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 […]