LaBelle City Commission discusses Marijuana Facilities

The meeting of the City of LaBelle Local Planning Agency was held on May 10, 2018. After roll call wherein Thomas A. Smith, Dave Lyons, Julie Craichy Wilkins, Daniel Akin were present the meeting proceeded to the discussion of proposed Ordinance No. 2018-08 Prohibiting Medical Marijuana Facilities within the City of LaBelle. Hilda Zimmerly was […]

Long appointed to variance board

The LaBelle City Commissioners appointed Preston Long as a variance board member, heard citizens concerns about speed bumps on Holly Avenue, heard a request to insert a 24-inch pipe in an alley way by Aqua Aisles, and approved several resolutions at the Commission Meeting on April 12. The Commission declared May 25, 2018 as Don […]

What Happened at the Hendry County Board Meeting

The following is a highlight of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting held on Tuesday, April 24 at the Commission Chamber in LaBelle. Awards, appearances and presentations • Proclaiming May 2018 as Older Americans Month, Kristen O’Donnell, Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Florida – The Board of County Commissioners of […]

BOCC considers code changes for Airglades

The Hendry County commissioners will be talking a lot about developments around Airglades International Airport (AIA) this month as two major sets of changes to their regulations will come before them for discussion. Next Tuesday, May 8, they’ll have a first reading of noise ordinance modifications that will affect operations at the airport and the […]

City Commission discusses budget issues

Commissioner Julie Wilkins requested to have a budget workshop at the Commission Meeting on April 12. Commissioner Tommy Smith was absent for the meeting. Commissioner Julie Wilkins requested to have a budget workshop for the second time, the first time being the Commission Meeting on March 8, to get into detail about what different departments […]

Crespo named as LaBelle’s new City Planner

Lieutenant Shawn Reed, City Attorney Derek Rooney, Superintendent of Public Works Michael Boyle, and Finance Director Ron Zimmerly presented reports at the Commission Meeting on April 12. Alexis Crespo introduced herself to the Commission as LaBelle’s new City Planner. Lieutenant Shawn Reed from the Hendry County Sherriff’s Office reported persons crimes increased from last March. […]

Residents share opinions on Guardian Program

Residents of Hendry and Glades counties voiced their opinions on the Guardian Program at the School Safety Forum on Monday, April 9 at the LaBelel High School. Ramiro Rodriguez, head of the Hendry County Recreation Department, agreed with protecting schools but said there are other ways besides using guns. He suggested that teachers, administrators and […]

Progress on training center picks up speed

For years there has been a widely held belief that education – training – is the way this long-time agricultural area will survive and thrive in the future. Although it is a standing goal to bring vocational training to Hendry and Glades on a large scale, the reality has been extremely difficult to accomplish. For […]

Hendry County zeroing in on future land uses near Airglades

Hendry County commissioners got a brief overview last week on public informational meetings that county staff conducted March 19-22 at three locations regarding the land use study that’s in progress for areas around the future Airglades International Airport. What brought up the topic was the county board’s consideration last Tuesday, March 27, of an amendment […]

County Board proclaims Hendry a ‘Purple Heart County’

The Hendry County Commission meeting of Tuesday, March 27, started off with the proclamation of the county as a “Purple Heart County.” Hendry County has a highly decorated veteran population including many Purple Heart recipients. The Hendry County Board encouraged citizens to show their appreciation of the sacrifices that Purple Heart recipients have made, and […]