BOCC reorganizes and reappoints

The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners meeting was held on Tuesday, December 17, at the County Commission chambers in LaBelle. The meeting opened with a prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting opened with the reorganization and appointments for the 2019-2020 Board of County Commissioners. Appointed to represent the Hendry BOCC for Florida Heartland […]

Hendry County moves to restrict future fish farms

LABELLE — Hendry County commissioners last week took a first step toward eliminating future fish farms in its rural residential farm zoning district around Montura Ranch Estates. Existing farms, such as one along County Road 833 that has prompted some complaints from neighbors, will be grandfathered in, however. Commissioners heard on first reading an amendment […]

Daycare gets the OK to open in Clewiston

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board acted on several planning and zoning matters after public hearings at its meeting on Aug. 27: • Assented to a special exception for 0.34 acres at 712 Georgia Ave., Harlem, to allow the establishment of a child daycare facility by Carol Mixon-Rushing. Commissioner Michael Swindle remarked: “Glad to see […]

Hendry gives antique fire engine to LDRC

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board voted Aug. 27 to convey a surplus antique fire truck, Engine 56 which went into service in 1950, to the LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corp. (LDRC) for $1. Commissioner Karson Turner asked to pull the item from the board’s consent agenda to discuss the donation briefly with fellow board members. […]

BOCC renews lobbyist firm rewards contract

LABELLE — If it weren’t for Hendry County getting state funding of $1.4 million toward fiscal 2020 budget items, Commissioner Karson Turner said July 16, “I would be telling you we should end this contract” that pays Tallahassee law and lobbying firm Gray-Robinson $60,000 a year. As it transpired, though, the Hendry County Board voted […]

Hendry board reverses itself, seeks bids on health insurance

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in a special meeting last Wednesday evening, June 26, to seek bids on the health care insurance package that’s offered to county employees. The commission chamber at the historic Hendry County Courthouse was packed with county employees, including the constitutional officers, who were dismayed that […]

Airglades execs working to tie up airport deal details by summer’s end

LABELLE — The Hendry County Board of Commissioners learned at its meeting June 18 that Airglades International Airport LLC’s target date is Sept. 30 to have all items on its to-do list out of the way so the parties can set a closing date for the AIA privatization deal. County Attorney Mark Lapp presented the […]

Commissioner Swindle announces run for schools chief

CLEWISTON — The audience and his fellow members of the Hendry County Board, meeting Tuesday, April 9, witnessed a bombshell announcement from Commissioner Michael Swindle and expressed its pleasure with a loud ovation. During the commissioners’ comments, Mr. Swindle said, “I want to take this opportunity to make a few statements and wrap it up […]