Some local farms selling produce on-site – Prices drop as supply chain retools to meet changing consumer needs

Because of supply-chain disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis, some Florida farmers are bypassing the middlemen out of necessity and selling their fresh produce directly to the public on their farms, reports UF/IFAS Regional Vegetable Extension Agent Emeritus Gene McAvoy. These sales may be key to their staying in business through the pandemic and emerging […]

Community celebrates Airglades groundbreaking

CLEWISTON — “Everybody here — this is not any B.S. — it took a lot of people to get where we are today,” declared Fred Ford in his speech before the Airglades International Airport CEO ceremoniously turned the first dirt Monday morning, March 2, at the site. This act, in concert with four other key […]

Good Wheels exits, MV Transportation takes over

LABELLE — After Good Wheels Inc. suspended its transit services to several Southwest Florida counties including Glades and Hendry last week, regional and county officials moved quickly to put in place an alternative to provide Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) rides. Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, clients who used to depend on Good Wheels for rides to and […]

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 […]

Carlton Ward’s work showcased

WINTER PARK — The 3-year-old conservation photography project “Path of the Panther,” being conducted by National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. in Southwest and West-Central Florida, was celebrated during a conference Nov. 18-19 at Full Sail University. A trove of Mr. Ward’s photographs appear with a collection of articles in the current, Winter 2019 edition […]

Glades County looks to restore Harney Pond Overlook

MOORE HAVEN — County commissioners told Glades County staff to move ahead on the idea of replacing the boardwalk at Harney Pond Overlook Park, which was torn down some time ago after recent hurricane damage. Local residents and Northern visitors both recently have been inquiring, County Manager Bob Jones told the board at their meeting […]

Hendry to hire large firm to perform code enforcement

CLEWISTON — Hendry County will contract with Calvin, Giordano, & Associates Inc., a Florida firm with an office in Estero, to perform code enforcement and, in a pinch, building inspection services for the planning and zoning department. Although total costs will be unknown until a contract is drawn up, staff said they found the rates […]

Glades County’s ‘new’ manager is a familiar leader

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County finally has a “new” manager, but it’s a comfortable fit for the commission and entire county staff including him — not a difficult negotiator living in another state as their top pick turned out to be. Public Safety Director Bob Jones — the deputy county manager who’s been acting in […]

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 […]

Topics put ‘On the Table’ alike across Southwest Florida

CLEWISTON — The “On the Table” community roundtable discussions as conducted in many other places came to Southwest Florida this autumn, sponsored by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the FutureMakers Coalition and attended by a wide spectrum of community partners on Thursday, Oct. 17. In Hendry County, one gathering was at the Clewiston Adult […]