City Commission meeting for September 13

The meeting was preceded by the Local Planning Agency. It started with proposed ordinance No. 2018-09 amending chapter 4, article IV section 4-77 of the land development code. The current AG zoning district is very restrictive in terms of allowable excavations. This is historically very appropriate considering urban context and smaller parcels within the city. […]

Community Clean-Up planned in North and South LaBelle

Hendry County will be hosting free Community Clean-Up events in North and South LaBelle over the next month. Residents can drive up to the location and dispose of their waste with assistance from county employees. These clean-up events are held to help the community clean up their yards and homes of unwanted debris and waste. […]

Hendry ditches old, goes with new health insurance provider

The Hendry County Board voted unanimously at its regular meeting in Clewiston on Aug. 14 to contract with a new health insurance carrier, which could result in a nearly unheard-of savings to county taxpayers of up to $86,000, possibly even more, in the first year. Deputy County Administrator Jennifer Davis, who’s been working on the […]

LaBelle City Commission discusses employee pay raises

The budget workshop started with the USDA Civic Center update. The bids came in for the project. The lowest offers that came in were actually more than was originally budgeted for the project. Discussed was why it was so expensive when the Civic Center is only partly being renovated and a possible solution that was […]

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 […]

County keeps maximum tax rate at 2017-18 level

Hendry County commissioners unanimously approved a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notification to taxpayers setting the maximum county property tax rate for fiscal 2018-19 at the same level as last year, 8.4909. However, they’ve already instructed their staff to find budget cuts so that they may instead adopt what’s called the “rollback” millage rate — which […]

Hendry officials to state: Infrastructure is No. 1

Hendry and Glades counties are included in Gov. Rick Scott’s 12 Counties Initiative, meant to address the challenges of economic development in a dozen of the state’s most rural, least developed counties and build on the strengths that exist in each. This week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and officials from several other state […]

Harris seeks re-election to Hendry County Commission

Darrell Harris has announced that he will seek re-election as Hendry County Commissioner for District 2. Mr. Harris’ wife was born in LaBelle and is retired from LaBelle Elementary School. Mr. and Mrs. Harris have four sons who attended LaBelle schools and three of them currently reside and work in Hendry County. The couple has […]

City Commission holds special budget workshop

On Thursday July 12 the monthly LaBelle City Commission meeting was preceded by a special Budget Workshop Meeting. The workshop started off with an update about the USDA Civic Center Project; the goal is to have it completed by the end of the year. Be advised that the Civic Center might not be available during […]

Hendry leaders take reins at Florida counties convention

Hendry County commissioners and key staff members attended the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference June 26-29 in Orlando, where Hendry representatives assumed several leadership roles in the association. Commissioner Karson Turner was sworn in as president of the association on June 28. His duties as president over the next year will include representing […]