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 […]

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 […]

HC School Board holds School Safety Forum

Members of the Hendry County School Board spoke about safety procedures already in place and measures being taken to improve our children’s safety at the School Safety Forum on April 9. “I’m the first Superintendent in Hendry County history that actually has to worry about children being murdered,” said Superintendent Paul Puletti, “I’m dreading the […]

Sheriff Whidden explains the Guardian Program at school forum

Sheriff Steve Whidden explained the requirements of volunteers in the Guardian Program after having those in attendance at the School Safety Forum, at LaBelle High School, envision a hypothetical school shooting. “The Parkland shooting scared the hell out of me,” said Whidden. He said he realizes if someone does their homework they can enter our […]

Committees formed at Barron Park Workshop

Three committees were formed at the Barron Park Master Plan Workshop on March 22 to come up with a concept for Barron Park. The committees formed are the playground committee, safety/fixtures committee and character/beautification committee. The playground recommends the best location for the playground, it’s style, and the age range. The character/beautification committee recommends the […]

Commission discusses Barron Park Master Plan

The City Commissioners discussed oak tree removal, the rezoning of Yeoman’s Avenue, and the Barron Park Master Plan at the city commission meeting held on March 8. The City Commissioners also heard updates on the Economic Development Council and approved the Chamber of Commerce’s “Night on the Town” and LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation’s “Red, White, […]

Johnson leaving as City Planner

Shellie Johnson plans to address the Barron Park Master Plan at her last meeting in March as LaBelle City Planner. On February 8, Johnson announced her time serving as City Planner will end later this month. She notified the City Commission her employment with En-Site is ending which means she will no longer be LaBelle’s […]

Hearings held on ordinances at LPA meeting

Before the LPA meeting on February 8, Mayor David Lyons announced that Pacific Tomato Growers canceled their application for a proposed facility. The proposed development on 615 West Cowboy Way would have housed 466 migrant workers. A group of people left before Lyons called the LPA meeting to order. Zoning of properties and the impact […]