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 […]

City Commissioners discuss 5K, controlled burns among other topics at last meeting

The LaBelle City Commissioners discussed Zach’s Friendship House 5K run, controlled burns, The Trading Post, and Florida Power and Light replacing regular street lights with LED lights at the Commission Meeting on February 8. Consent Agenda The commission approved the January 2018 vouchers and paid bills 5-0. The commission approved the minutes from the January […]

Commission temporarily bans medical marijuana in the city

LaBelle City Commissioners passed a motion to reverse the route for The Swamp Cabbage Parade, passed a temporary ban on the distribution of medical marijuana, and discussed actions to address the problems at the Trading Post at the City Commission meeting held on January 11,2018. Public Hearings, Resolutions, Ordinances, and Citizens Concerns Rich Harper requested […]

Proposed facility raises concerns

LaBelle City Commissioners and residents of Hendry County voiced concerns about Pacific Tomato Growers’ proposed facility to house 466 migrant workers at the Local Planning Agency meeting on January 11, 2018. Public Hearings were held regarding proposed Ordinance 2018-03 Pacific Tomato Growers, LTD. Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment to change the property located at […]

Suncoast Credit Union celebrates grand opening of service center

Suncoast Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of their LaBelle Service Center on Friday, January 12, 2018. Sheriff Steve Whidden attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. DJ Urbin Baron provided music during the event catered by Log Cabin. A cake from the Publix Bakery was also provided. Those in attendance at the grand opening event had […]