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Title: The Caloosa belle
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Language: English
Publisher: S.H. Stalls
Place of Publication: LaBelle Fla
Publication Date: 09-27-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 49, no. 18 (Sept. 7, 1972)-
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The LaBelle United Way House has moved from its original “house” on Fort Thompson Avenue to a much larger building on North Bridge Street. It accommodates more agencies, clients and offers a wider array of services to the public. On September 13, the grand re-opening of the LaBelle United W ay House was celebrated by over 100 people, including Mayor Paul Puletti and Hendry County Commissioner Tristan Chapman. In addition, Sarah Townsend of the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce assisted with the of cial ribbon cutting. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, w hich played a major role in funding the expansion to the larger facility, was represented by Anne Douglas. The refurbished facility makes a large variety of agencies and services available at a single location including: ACCESS, Alvin Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, A merican Red Cross, Children’s A dvocacy Center, Early Learning Coalition, Volunteer Income Tax A ssistance, Goodwill’s Job-Link Center, American Cancer Society, a food pantry and clothes closet, Hendry County Homeless Coalition, National Association for the Mentally Ill, Kiwanis, The Salvation Army, Southwest Florida Addiction Services, the Department of Children & Families Access Program, Hendry County SHIP and HUD and United Way 211. “The LaBelle United Way House is an example of what a strong partnership can do for our community. Hendry County, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, The Salvation Army, the United Way and the network of agencies have worked together to make this facility possible. People who are in need of food can also nd clothing and help with their job search at one location. A family that is homeless can nd housing assistance and other services that can put them on the road to a more stable life. This house is a great resource for LaBelle and Hendry County,” said United Way President Cliff Smith The LaBelle United Way House and United Way 211 can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or by calling 800-887-9234. United Way 211 is a free 24-hour non-emergency helpline for referral to services that provide food, housing, medical, child care services and more in Hendry and Glades counties. There are 32 United Way Partner Agencies and United Way Houses in LaBelle, Clewiston and Moore Haven. United Way LaBelle celebrates move BUY A NEW 2012 F150Get 0% APR Financing for 60 Months.* With approved credit through Ford Credit. Not all customers will qualify for 0% APR. See Dealer for details. Images are for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 10/01/12. Thursday, September 27, 2012 50¢ Plus ta x Vol. 89 No.39 by Patty BrantCaloosa Belle The county’s 2012-13 millage rate and budget have been nalized. The millage rate was set at 7.7209, an increase of 5.12 percent over this year. The county’s total $62,884,770 budget includes a ve percent cut across the board for county commission departments, including EMS. The sheriff’s $170,000 request was cut by $100,000. The commission requested that no sworn of cers positions be sacri ced in making the necessary cuts. Accepting the vote, Sheriff Steve Whidden told the board that, if the department cannot absorb the loss, he ma y have to return some time next year Millage increased by Patty BrantCaloosa Belle The economy may have caused setbacks in the city’s plan to renovate its downtown section, but the City of LaBelle has not lost sight of its intention. The commission heard a brief rundown of a plan to upgrade Fort Thompson Avenue at its Sept. 13 meeting. Presented by City Planner Shellie Johnson, the project includes relief for the all-important drainage problem with improvements like storm water planter islands on both sides of the street, along with trees and shrubs, plus water management structures. Basically, Ms. Johnson said the plan follows the 2008 redevelopment ideas that used input from community stakeholders. Fort Thompson Avenue, between Bridge Street and Main, has been identi ed as a pilot area. The plan calls for the resurfacing of pavement, parallel parking with marked parking stalls and widened sidewalks. The two travel lanes will each be ten feet wide, with seven-foot parallel parking lanes on both sides of the street. Casting an aesthetic eye toward the streetscape, pavers will line the edge of the 13-foot sidewalks to better delineate the walking areas. Pavers will also be used to designate pedestrian crossing areas, which has been effective in slowing traf c in urban corridors. The wide sidewalks will accommodate seating around the planters, which will be approximately 3-4 feet long, and also outdoor dining areas for restaurant customers. Pavers will be placed along the Creating some excitement downtown Caloosa Belle/ Dale ConyersPictured from left: United Way President Cliff Smith, LaBelle City Commissioner Hilda Zimmerly, Hendry County Commission Chairman Tris Chapman, Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary Sara Townsend, Mayor of LaBelle Paul Puletti and Arlene Bettemcourt of United Way. See Move — Page 2 See City — Page 2 The very rst Give Back Rib Cook-Off is this Saturday, September 29, at Barron Park. The event, sponsored by the LaBelle Give Back Committee, includes a kids fun zone, vendors, live music, horseshoe tournament, food and soft drinks. Wooton’s airboats will bring baby panthers and native reptiles. Kids, enjoy the bounce house, slides and a basketball shooting game. Great prizes. Live music throughout the event! Visit the Web site at www.hendrycountygiveback.com or call 863-342-4291. All are welcome and encouraged to participate and enjoy. Ribs cook of f SaturdaySee Millage — Page 2

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ANNOUNCING We have opened a new location in LaBelle to better serve the LaBelle and Hendry county area. We are a comprehensive Orthopedic and Podiatry of“ce that treats orthopedic needs of the hips, knees, shoulders, ankles and all the joints in between. We treat fractures, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel, sports medicine injuries, work related injuries, wound care of the foot and ankle, diabetic foot care, and any other general orthopedic and podiatric health problems.Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine David Heligman MD Robert Andrew Follweiler, DO Jeffrey Kleiman DPM Dr Kleiman will also be available at Oakbrook of LaBelleŽ HENDRY COUNTY DESERVES A CANDIDATE WITH EDUCATION AND INTEGRIT Y ELECT KEVIN DRUMMONDFORSUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONSOne week closer to November and that means Election Day. If you havent yet, please call to request your absentee ballot or visit my website (Click on Voter Information on “rst page) and you will be redirected to be able to request your ballot online! Early Voting starts on October 27! www.Electdrummond.com Anything I can do, please call me, Im always available. 863-234-3480.Paid and approved by Kevin Drummond, Republican Candidate for Supervisor of Elections 2 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012sidewalks, forming a decorative area further delineating walking areas. Linked planters will help reduce the amount of impervious road surface, providing better absorption of excess rainwater. This will result in less standing water during heavy rain events. Water ltered through landscape islands will also be of a better quality as it eventually enters the Caloosahatchee River. Staff is also considering more aesthetic lighting xtures. With an initial price tag of about $150,000, the project seems a little pricey. However, one advantage is that the streetscape can be done incrementally over several years. However, Ms. Johnson said she and staff are identifying potential funding opportunities, including grants and possibly even donations. On July 9 Kaleb "Fred" Langdale and some of his friends decided to take a swim in the Caloosahatchee River just as they had many times before. Their hometown of Moore Haven sits on the Caloosahatchee River and features picnic areas and boat docks for the public to enjoy. The friends decided to race to the other side, when suddenly an alligator appeared. It was about 30 feet from Fred when he rst saw it heading straight for him. Knowing he couldn't make it to the bank in time, the 17year-old dropped as low as he could in the water watching the gator, hoping it would lose sight of him, but instead the gator kept coming. The gator was inches from Fred's face when he grabbed it under the jaw and pushed upwards, wrapping his legs around the gator so that it couldn't bite. The gator went into a death roll, and Fred could not hold on. He pushed away and tried to swim to the bank when he felt the gator grab his right arm. The crushing pressure from the gator's powerful jaws broke the bones in Fred's arm, as the gator went into another sudden roll. When it stopped spinning, Fred put his feet on the gator's mouth and tried to rip his arm from the gator's jaws. The gator pulled him back under the water and began rolling again. When it nally stopped again, Fred put his feet on the gator and pushed against him until the tendon tore. Fred was able to get to the bank, and amazingly had the presence of mind to nd spider webs in a nearby tree and used them to help stop the bleeding from what remained of his arm. He was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital while police and Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) of cials mounted a frantic threehour search to capture and kill the alligator. On October 6, Fred's hometown community will host "Fred Day" to raise money formedical expenses, and associated expenses. "Fred Day" will be held at the Chalo Nitka grounds in Moore Haven. Activities will include a gator wrestling show at noon by the Gator Boys, live music presented by the Chris MacArthur Band, an airboat show by the Airboat and Buggy Conservation Club of Southwest Florida, buggy rides by Swamp Buggies of Florida, and a Cruisin' Car Show by Macogans Street Rods Plans also include: a 5K Run/Walk (starting promptly at 7 a.m.) sponsored by Woodmen of the World, Corn Hole Tournament, Live/Silent Auctions (hunting and shing trips, etc.), live bands, slides, bounce houses, face painting, buggy rides and a dunk tank. If you have new or gently used items for the auction, please bring them that day. BBQ dinners will be available for purchase. Booth rentals are also available. Gates open at 10 a.m.! Bring a chair and a friend! There will be a $5 admission fee, which includes one raf e ticket for a prize drawing. Fundraiser for gator victimUnited Way raises funds for these agencies annally. All money raised in Hendry and Glades counties assists Hendry and Glades County residents. For information call United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org. Move Continued From Page 1 LaBelle Cub Scouts would like to personally thank Ace Hardware and Phillips A/C for their donations and time helping with their hot dog fundrasier Sept 22. They also wish to thank the community for all their support as they raise money for camp outs in October and December. Thank You City Continued From Page 1 to request funds. The board also agreed to fund the East County Rec Department at $47,500, re ecting the ve percent across the board cut. The board will use $300,000 from disaster relief (leaving $5 million in the fund) and $400,000 from capital reserves to bolster the budget, A reprieve from its crushing $800,000 Medicaid bill extended the payments over ve years, leaving another $120,000 in the budget for county use. With regret Chairman Tris Chapman announced that County Administrator Judi Kennington-Korf tendered her resignation. In a letter to staff he stated that County Attorney Mark Lapp will be Interim County Administrator. Staff will begin to advertise for the administrator position. Commissioner Chapman stated that this a complex process that could take until the rst of the year to complete. Ms. Kennington-Korf will serve in an adv isory capacity to the Interim County Administrator until November 2, 2012. Millage From Page 1

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OPEN LETTER TO HENDRY COUNTY RESIDENTS111 Ponce de Leon Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440Paid political advertisement paid for by U.S. Sugar, 111 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, independently of any candida te or committee.Dear Hendry County Residents, While we have been involved in local political races from time to time in a minor way, this election U.S. Sugar Corporation is taking the extraordinary action of getting involved … deeply involved … in a local election involving our local property appraiser, and we want everyone to know we are involved and why. Why would we do this? The current property appraiser, Phillip Pelletier, is taking a public position to radically raise taxes. Hendry County already has the second highest tax rate of any county in Florida, and Pelletiers stated position will impose even millions more in increased taxes. This will be disastrous for property owners, including U.S. Sugar, and it will be a job killer. We did not ask for this, nor do we want it. But we have no other choice but to turn to YOU, the voters and the residents of our community. Most businesses cannot pass on county property tax increases. If they raise prices, competitors outside the county will undersell them. This is especially true for businesses like U.S. Sugar that sell an internationally produced commodity like sugar. The unfortunate result is that radically higher taxes like Pelletier proposes are job killers because they force businesses to either cut costs (layoffs) or go out of business. Most people are not aware that we have an open border with Mexico on sugar. U.S. Sugar is forced to compete with Mexican sugar factories that pay what we consider to be slave labor wages. So far, we are managing to compete by ef“ciencies, but radically higher taxes will destroy our ability to compete. Phillip Pelletiers proposed alternative property appraisal scheme is not just wrong; it will dramatically raise taxes on the countys largest employer by millions of dollars each year. This unfair and unfounded tax increase will not only hurt our local business, but also could lead to layoffs while slowing attempts to create new local jobs. This bears repeating: Pelletiers unfair, unfounded and radical tax increase could lead to layoffs and will choke our attempt to create more local jobs. We have tried to reason with Pelletier, but he refuses to listen. He has turned to the courts, has fought us every step of the way, and he is using your tax dollars to do it. We have no choice but to use the electoral process and appeal to the citizens of this community to enlist their support. Like you, we recognize the need to pay our fair share of taxes (U.S. Sugar already pays nearly of all Hendry County property taxes) and as a good corporate neighbor, we are proud of the work we do in our community. And like you, when we believe something is unfair, we feel we have a duty to stand up and “ght for what we believe is right and what is fair. We believe Phillip Pelletiers attack on us is unwarranted, unjust and unfair. That is why we are taking this bold stepƒ for our future and for the future of our community. Re-electing Phillip Pelletier means higher taxes. Higher taxes mean fewer jobs. This will be bad for U.S. Sugar and for the citizens of Hendry County … and we will be working hard in the coming weeks and months to prevent that from happening. Robert H. Buker, Jr. President and CEO 3 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012

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4 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518 LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Website: www.newszap.com/labelleTo Submit NewsThe Caloosa Belle welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 6752541 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. E-Mail: cbnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone: (863) 675-2541 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classi“ed AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 to place it from home or go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit circulation.newszap.com or email readerservices@newszap.com.StaffNews Editor: Patty Brant Advertising Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Caloosa Belle is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on pro“t margins below industrystandards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ To operate this newspaper as a public trust and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. their own intelligent decisions about public issues. purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. the prominence it deserves. compassion. by Matt KindermannCalling all parents, teachers and role models: do you discuss career intentions and interests with the little ones around you? Getting children interested in an advanced career today provides a foundation for future learning achievements and aspirations to set increasingly higher personal goals. Keys to inducing excitement in young children include using plain language, offering plenty of alternatives and planning the milestones needed to get from point A to point B. The national Web site www.kids.gov is built with three different user views, the elementary school student, the middle school student and the parent. The Web site offers short videos on different career elds and has an A-Z list of all careers that children can explore. It is not complicated and does not go into exhausting depth on college requirements or aptitude scores, but simply provides a short, realistic pro le of each type of career. Parents can use this Web site to learn how to relate current events and other advanced educational concepts in a manner that is understandable to their children. They can also investigate their own career alternatives, so that when a child says they want to be a rock star, parents can remind them that it takes producers, marketing agents and a host of other people to make a successful record. Parents can then discuss the milestones involving preparation for lucrative entertainment careers in business and nance, which require signi cant skills in reading, writing and math. If the sports hero is what your child is fascinated with, take a minute to look up famous retired sports players to see what they are doing now. Most football players played for a college team, attending classes, before going pro. A good resource for this is www.biography.com, where you can read about John Elway's success as a student at Stanford University and his postfootball career in the furniture design business. Also discuss the army of careers involved in ensuring the success of sports teams such as advertisers, physical therapists, writers and editors. Southwest Florida Works is the regional state workforce board for Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. For job search assistance or employer support, speak with an employment representative nearest you by going to www.sw works.org and click on "Locations." by Les MorganA few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples ew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, the hurried sales personnel all managed to reach the plane in time. That is, all but one. He paused, took a deep breath, connected with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him and waved good-bye. He phoned his wife and explained that he was coming in on a later ight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal oor. He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration. He found her on her hands and knees, helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her. No one was stopping, and no one seemed to care about for her plight. The salesman knelt on the oor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table. He then helped organize her display. As he did, he noticed that many of the apples had become battered and bruised. He set aside another basket, placing the damaged produce in the container to separate it from the remaining good apples. When he had nished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, "Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly." As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, "Mister..." He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. Blinking back tears she continued, "Mister, sir, please tell me something. Are you are you Jesus?" WHAM! That question stopped him dead in his tracks. He gently went back and said, "No, sweetheart. I admire Him deeply, I genuinely, do. But I am nothing like Jesus He is good, kind, caring, loving and would never have bumped into your display in the rst place." The girl gently, understandingly nodded. "I know what you are saying. However, I only asked you that because when I crawling around searching for my apples I was praying. I asked Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me. So I guess you are like Him only He knows who will do His will." The man turned to leave. Then he heard these words. "Mister, thank you for hearing His call. You were the answer to my prayer" Then slowly he made his way to catch his ight with that question burning in his soul: "Are you Jesus?" Do people mistake you for Jesus? Has that ever happened? That's the ultimate destiny, is it not? If we claim to know Him, we should live like, walk like, and act like Him. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day. Here's a challenge for all of those who claim to be Christians. Let's re-double the effort to be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference between Him and us. Join me and together we'll ask the Lord to reshape our thinking, our actions and even our personalities so that as we interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace, Jesus is at the forefront. You are the apple of His eye even though you, too, have been bruised by a fall. Yet, in His grace and kindness, He stopped and picked you and me up on a hill called Calvary and, rising from the dead, He paid in full for our damaged fruitBeing Christ-like doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections and make an impact. Let's get after that, shall we?Dr. Les Morgan is pastor of Caloosa Baptist Church in LaBelle. The church is located across the street from City Hall on Highway 80. Have you ever been mistaken for Jesus? It has been pointed out that the article "IAFF: Proposed Cuts threaten public safety" in the September 20 Caloosa Belle, has some major errors. There are not any cuts to the LaBelle Fire Department, which is funded by an MSBU of around 65.00 per year per house and it is not changing. It is the Hendry County EMS that is being faced with budget cuts. Also there are not any City of LaBelle EMTs or Paramedics, they all work for the county. The residence of the City and Count y need to know that they are safe. Correction Matt Kindermann Les Morgan

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The recommendations of the Local Planning Agency will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) for “nal consideration at a public hearing. The BCC will consider whether or not they wish to transmit the proposed amendment to the Florida Department of Community Affairs. This hearing will be held on October 23, 2011 at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. This amendment, CPA12-0001, is the result of the long term master plan conversion agreement for the Rodina Sector Plan which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on January 25, 2012. Rodina has been approved as a Sector Plan and is no longer an Overlay, as authorized in Section 163.3245, F.S. The amendment revises and clari“es adopted Comprehensive Plan policies (Ordinance 2011-08) in accordance with Section IV, E. Conforming Comprehensive Plan Amendments, of the conversion agreement. TITLE: Rodina Sector Plan APPLICANT: The Viera Company (A. Duda and Sons) AGENT: Darrin F. Taylor, Carlton Fields All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners of“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to these documents should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department, either by phone (863-675-5240), email (scatala@hendry”a.net), U. S. mail (P. O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). Orvell Howard, Chairman Tris Chapman, Chairman Hendry County Local Planning Agency Hendry County Board of County Commissioners Take advantage of our vision sceening and Back-To-School Eyewear Special. Call for Details! Serving the area for over 30 years! 6 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 James Lee Holt, 81OKEECHOBEE — James Lee Holt, went to be w ith our Lord at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 in the presence of his beloved w ife Martha. James was born J anuary 16, 1931 in North Miami Beach, FL to Randolph Conley and Mary Jane Holt. James lived a full life as a race car driver and as a structural engineer. Active members of the First Indian Baptist Church on the Brighton reservation in Okeechobee, Florida in the winter and Libby Baptist Church in Libby, Montana in the summer, James and Martha regularly spread God’s word to all who came in contact with them. James is survived by his beloved wife, Martha; and her daughter, Betty Jones; daughters, Laura McKirahan, Patricia Rogers, Debbie Sperduto; their husbands; his rst wife, Erma Holt; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank Holt, Cecil Holt, Charles Holt, Bob Holt and Roy Holt; and sisters, Frances Cooksey, Barbara Holt, Margaret Reynolds, Shirley Gordy and Carolyn Anderson. A private Celebration of Life services were held Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at Libby Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held W ednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, 11 a.m. at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle with Rev. Matthew Tiger of ciating. James was a several times cancer survivor so in lieu of owers, please send donations in memory of James Holt to St. John’s Lutheran Hospital Paint It Pink Program, 350 Louisiana A venue, Libby Montana 59923 or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle.Raymond Howard Snyder, 85LABELLE — Raymond Howard Snyder, passed away Sept. 15, 2012 in Cape Coral. He w as born Dec. 24, 1926 in Miami, Fla., to the late Oscar L. Snyder and the late Lucille Elizabeth (Royal) Snyder. Raymond served in the Merchant Marine during WWII. Howard was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who spent the last thirty-six years of his life with his wife Golda living on the edge of Sadie Cypress Swamp in a house they called the “Cabin.” He was a carpenter by trade and built several houses in the Immokalee area including the home where he and Golda lived and raised their daughters. He was a resident of Immokalee for fty years and of LaBelle for the past three years. He was also preceded in death by four brothers. Survivors include his wife of forty-seven years, Golda Pauline (Skipper) Snyder; daughters, Karen (Waddy) Thompson, Laverne Massey and Gerri Lester; grandchildren, Brad Justice, Steven Justice, Robbie Massey, Ryan Massey, Emily Lester DeVaney, and Erin Lester; and three great-grandchildren. Service was held on Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Chaplain Bob Moore of ciating. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle.Luther Lee McCall, 89PALMDALE — Luther Lee McCall, passed away September 19, 2012 in Sebring. He was born July 18, 1923 in Logan, W.Va., to the late Lee and the late Florence (Fleeger) McCall. He served during WWII in the Army from Feb. 24, 1943 to Oct. 9, 1945. Survivors include two sons, Luther Lee McCall, Larry Lee McCall; three daughters, Diane Davis of Palmdale, Fla., Toni Woodcock, Sandy Platt; twelve grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; one brother, Warnie McCall; and one sister, Madelyn Kearns. Graveside funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven with Tony Alvarez along with the members of the American Legion Post 130 Interment was Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle Obituaries

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(LaBelle FL, September 18, 2012) -Barron Library is offering Amnesty, now through October 15, 2012. Please return any overdue library books during that time period and all of your overdue fees will be waved. Many of the books that are overdue are on waiting lists for other patrons. Imagine the frustration of visiting the library, needing a particular book, and nding that week after week that book is checked out. That is what happens when books are not returned. Please return your library books! With continued cuts to the library budget, fewer books are able to be purchased and it becomes impossible to replace all of the books that are never returned. Please help the library and other citizens of LaBelle, by returning any overdue items between now and October 15, 2012. Also, Monday, Oct. 8, the Book Club hosts a conversation with local author Patty Brant on her new book Bitter Secrets. Welcome to the Pumpkin PatchThe Pumpkin Patch Ministry is coming to First Baptist Church of LaBelle September 30 through October 31. It will be open to the public from 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m, and Sundays 12:30-5:30 p.m. There will be pumpkins of all sizes for sale, story-time, games, photo ops, crafts and the corn maze. Fresh homemade baked goods will be on sale on the weekends. All proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch will go to support church missions. The First Baptist Church of LaBelle is located at 330 North Main St. Church Briefs PAUL ROSER REALTORS239-564-2005PERSONAL ATTENTION WORLDWIDE INTERNET MARKETING AT WWW.PAULROSER.COM NIKKI YEAGER, Broker Assoc. Nikki@NikkiYeagerRoser.com 239/564-2005 PAUL ROSER, Broke r Paul@PaulRoser.co m 239/564-200 2 $ 2 9 9 0 0 0 R E D U C E D 3/2 Riverfront pool home near park, boat ramp & town. All appliances included $ 1 4 9 0 0 0 2/2 on 1 acre/ lots of fruit trees +3 car detached garage. Great neighborhood$ 7 9 5 0 0 0 R E D U C E D Beautiful, rare wat erfront propert y zoned Commercia l w/2 homes $299,000 REDUCED! 3/2 Riverfront pool home near park, boat ramp & town. A ll appliances included $149,000 REDUCED 2/2 on 1 acre w/lots of fruit trees +3 car detached garage. Great neighborhood $495,000 REDUCED Beautiful, rare waterfront property zoned Commercial with 2 homes on the property 863-517-1153Linda Dekle Davis • Lic. Real Estate BrokerMUSE: 40 ac. with custom 4/3 home. Plus DBL-wide for guests/ in-laws. $390,000. LARGE CUSTOM HOME 1st Av. off Belmont. Zoned Commercial. $309,000. Possible Seller “nancing 20 AC, D/W, “replace, front porch, barn. Peaceful, secluded Muse. $169,000. Bring offers! 63+/ACRES South $3500 PER ACRE Seller “nancing Will divide! CHARMING HOME in Double J Acres on 1 ac. w/lots of oaks $85,000. 10 ACRES, S., secluded, some oaks and orange trees. $31,000 40 AC CHARLOTTE CO. Off Neal Rd SR31/Bermont Rd area. 26+ ACRES FARM LAND for LEASE 16.79 AC, South, $70,000 Possible Seller “nancing 1 AC Commercial lot SR29S $85,000. Seller “nancing Broker Owner 13.33 AC, S. imp. pasture $48,654, Seller “nancing 200 AC S. Orange trees oaks, $7,000 per acre. Seller “nancing 66 AC Farmland south $7,000 per acre. Seller “nancing I-75 & BAYSHORE RD intersection 14+/acs. 2.5 AC Oil Well Rd in Charlotte Co. Adjoins Cecil Webb. WWW.BELLEREALTY.COM B e l l e R e a l t y C o B e l l e R e a l t y C o 8 8 6 6 3 3 6 6 7 7 5 5 7 7 5 5 2 2 2 2 w w w w w w . B B e e l l l l e e R R e e a a l l t t y y . c c o o m m Terri Banky Lic. Real Estate Broker Associates:Shary Weckwerth, Stephanie Weatherford, Sandra Alexander and Lisa Andrews C H E C K O U T A L L O U R L I S T I N G S O N L I N E COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL $20,000 per Ac. 2 to 3 Ac. Commercial out parcels in Port LaBelle, several to pick from. $40,000 and up Commercial acreage in Port LaBelle. Call for locations and sizes available. $65,000 Commercial Corner across from new soccer “elds. New stucco, electrical & insulation. Partial remodel needs you to “nish. $89,900 1/2 Ac. Commercial Lot on Davis St. $102,250 4+/Ac. Zoned PUD, could be commercial or multi family, next to store in Port LaBelle. $169,000 SR 80 Corner Ac, B-1 w/billboard income. $189,900 Vacant 2 ac. on SR 80, west of town $199,000 Commercial/Industrial Bldg on S. Bridge St. Over 4,000 sq. ft. Can be divided. $295,000 Cowboy Way 5 Ac +/Industrial. Will split, Cleared & Filled, Seller Financing. Water/sewer nearby $641,203 Railroad access in Moore Haven. 29+/ac. close to Hwy 27 & river. Water & sewer nearby. WATERFRONT $119,000 Over 1 ac. on the river, Ft. Denaud Rd. $192,500 Ft. Denaud 1 Ac. $198,000 Boat docks are permitted. 3/2 plus den w/new kitchen & baths in 2010. Brand new wood ”ooring, appliances included. $259,900 3/2 pool home on 1 ac. Home features formal dining & den. $399,000 Highest elevation along the river w/600 porch. 3/2 home includes RV garage & 2 car attached garage & a “nished basement for future apartment. $550,000 Spectacular 7 Ac Pasture w/ Oaks, 500 ft on the River. Great investment, future land use 3 units per ac. $998,000 Riverfront pool home on 6.5ac. Updated in 2010. Granite counters, “replace and stainless appliances. Irrigation, workshop, boat basin and 2 boat docks included. $999,900 Commercial waterfront motel loccated on Intracoastal waterway. 5.2 ac! $1,300,000 Own a piece of history Historic Tyrell Gardens. Beautifully renovated 5BR/3BA home on 3.4 ac. with 800 ft of old and new river frontage. 48 hour notice required. LOTS & LAND $2,500 Port LaBelle Lots $6,400 Moore Haven Yacht Club $8,900 Mobile home lots $25,000 Beautiful .45 ac. located in the citySOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT 580 S. Main St. • LaBelle, FL• 863 675-1973To view all our listings please visit our websitewww .newhorizons-re.com e-mail: greg@newhorizons-re.com Greg Miners Lic R.E.Broker Associates Delia Miners, Se Habla Espanol MOBILE HOMES City of LaBelle on oversized lot, features woodlike ”ooring & carpet, master bath has tiled shower, overspacious kitchen and much much more. Priced to sell at $69,900. Haven. $50,000. 3/2 manufactured home on 2.5+/acres located in Pioneer. $49,500. home located near schools and shopping Features 1,600+/sq. ft. living area, living room w/“replace, and oversize master suite. $39,900. tured home on .75+/acre. Located near shopping and schools. Small older frame home also on the property that could use a little TLC for additional rental income. $35,000. .39+/acres. $24,900. Corporate owned 3/2. Great ”oor plan, built in cabinets, spacious master suite. Located outside city of LaBelle. $24,900. Call about our vacant land! LOTS Priced to sell at only $33,150. Possible seller “nancing. sion $35,000. away from town in Moore Haven. $15,000. subdivision $13,500. S/D $13,500. $12,500. To view all our listings please visit our website www.newhorizons-re.com e-mail: greg@newhorizons-re.com Greg Miners Lic R.E. Broker; Associates Delia Miners, Lisa Cox Gladys Dieguez, Neal Livingston, Tim Gonazlez & Hugo VargasSe Habla EspanolSOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 2BR/1BA Duplex in town $480.00 p/mo. Available 11/16/12 3BR/2BA Pool Home on River $1,300.00 p/mo 3BR/2BA Home in town $1,350.00 p/mo www.labelleriverside.com Riverside Real Estate45 South Riverview Street LaBelle, FL 33935863-675-2718 Lic. Real Estate Broker R/2BA Manufactured home on 5 acresƒ REDUCED to $99,500 BA Manufactured home in Riverfront CommunityƒPossible Owner Financing Availableƒ REDUCED to $79,900 Manufactured home in Retreat Atmosphere Gated Communityƒ REDUCED to $150,000 CRES located south of LaBelle in Gerber GrovesƒAgricultural land w/ irrigationƒ Price Reduced to $3,000 per Acreƒ Seller Financing Available. NTIAL LOT in Riverbend Estates Gated Communityƒlisted under assessed valueƒ Reduced to $9,900 7 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 Mary Katheryn Jones, 93CLEWISTON Mary Katheryn Jones, a daughter given by the Lord to Bayard and Sarah Kennedy, was born in Clermont, Fla. on July 22, 1919, and at 93 years of age went to be with Jesus in Heaven, Friday night Sept. 21, 2012 at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Mary Katheryn also known as "Kittie" to her friends and family, was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all those who loved her until her nal moments on this earth. Loving mother, fun and doting grandmother, Mary Katheryn gave joy to those around her. Forever remembered by those who love her, Mary Katheryn is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Joyce and Tom Conner of LaBelle, Fla. and Patti and Allan Goulet of Melbourne, Fla.; daughters-in-law, Mary Ann Jones of Clewiston, Fla. and Cecelia Jones of Jacksonv ille, Fla.; grandchildren, Tom (Julie) Conner, J oel (Stephanie) Conner, Kristen (Jesse) Kroll, W arren (Melissa) Jones, Rachel (Ryan) Edmonds, Andrew (Lindsey) Jones, Jeremy Goulet, Lauren Goulet, Joshua Goulet, Lisa (Tim) Howard, Caroline Russ, Kathy Thomas, Michele DeBatte, Jamie (Teri) Russ and Michael Russ; twelve great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of other family members. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Hawkins Jones; two sons, Thomas H. J ones III and Robert Bayard Jones; brother Bayard Warren Kennedy; and one great-grandson Bryson Cole Jones. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Clew iston, Clewiston with Dr. Todd Buck of ciating. Interment was in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral HomeMichael Lewis Howard, 30LABELLE Michael Lewis Howard, passed away Sept. 5, 2012 in Eagle Creek, Oregon. He w as born July 23, 1982 in Fort Myers, Fla., to Donald Fred and Deborah E. (Keen) Howard, Jr. Michael loved shing and hunting and the great outdoors. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Donald Fred Howard Sr. and Louise Howard. He is survived by his father, Donald Fred How ard, Jr.; mother, Deborah E. Howard; brothers, Seth (Felisha) Howard, Shawn (Robyn) Keen; sister, Melissa Howard; grandfather, J ames Keen; grandmother, Julia Keen; uncles, V inson Keen, Jimmy (Leanna) Keen; aunts, Julia Darlene Riddell, Tammy Keen, Erie Bruner; nieces, Malorey Saxon, Abby Keen, Kindrah Robinson; nephews, Hayden Saxon, Easton Robinson, Connor Robinson,; many cousins; and a host of other family and friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at 9 a.m. at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle with Pastor L. W. Howard and Seth How ard of ciating. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. Obituaries Library announces Amnesty Week

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Child CareChild Care -Night and weekend child care in my Port LaBelle home. Call Michelle at 863-234-8478 Now accepting enrollment at Thompson Home Child Care age infants to four years of age. 863-675-0904 (L20HE0003) Garage/ Yard SalesLABELLE Moving Sale. 404 Belmont St., Sat. 9/29. 7 am to ? Variety of items from houseware, xmas items, & clothing. Everything must GO! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Garage/ Yard SalesWAKE-UP LABELLE When the dew is still on the ground and you are out and around, You work hard all week You deserve a treat! Why not start your Saturday with coffee and a grin-Miss Patty says, Cmon in!Ž 7am-9am Enjoy some special you timeŽ No rush, no “ts, no fuss, Come browse, or sit and chat The coffees on us. So plan to be a regular Bring your friends and Momma too Mark your calendar Saturday mornings A Sunshine day for you! Formerly Yours 330 Bridge St N School/ Instruction We have openings!!! Stop by, tour the facility, and meet staff. You will not be disappoined!!! 3439 South SR 29 LaBelle, FL(about 2 miles south of town)Quality child care is worth a short drive. 675-3421 School Readiness and 4-C ProviderLicense #:C20HE0011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeEXP. PLUMBERS HELPER WANTED Call 863-675-1155 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time DRIVER NEEDED for a Company in Hendry County, must have a FL CDL Class B license w/Hazmat. Great bene ts: guaranteed 45 hr/week, quarterly bonus, health Ins., employer paid short & long term disability, life ins., & 401K with matching employer contributions, & competitive wages. Email resume & quali cations to: resume381@gmail.com. Employment Part TimePart time mornings, 4 to 5 hours a day, up to 6 days a week. Must be familiar with animals. Call for more info 239-745-5091 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. 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(863)673-6388 or (863)675-1166 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pets/SuppliesGerman Shepard pups 5 female, 1 male 8.5 weeks old, black and tan. $200 each 863-673-0703 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsGreentree South Apartments Available for Immediate Occupancy 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments Ask about our move-in specials. Spacious Apartment in quiet, country setting. Full time bilingual Site Manager. Community Room, Tot lot, Playground, Activities. Sewer and trash included in rent, no additional charge to resident. Handicap units available Rental rates starting at $602 Call 675-0313 TDD #1-800-955-8771 40 Greentree Drive, #101, LaBelle 9:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M. Mon. Fri. Equal Housing Opportunity Apartments MIRA VERDEMOVE IN SPECIAL, 1st MONTH FREE! $20.00 Application Fee• 2 BEDROOMS AT $364.00 PER MONTH• 3 BEDROOMS AT $411.00 PER MONTH• 4 BEDROOMS AT $464.00 PER MONTH LOCATED AT: CALL US AT: 6760 Santa Fe North (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL FREE GIFT FOR EVERY NEW RESIDENT! Here’s the keys to your new home! Aqui estan las llaves de su nueva casa! REGALO PARA CADA RESIDENTE NUEVOMIRA VERDEESPECIAL DE ENTRADA PIMER MES GRATIS!! $20.00 cargo de aplicacion• 2 RECAMARRAS A $364.00 POR MES• 3 RECAMARRAS A $411.00 POR MES• 4 RECAMARRAS A $464.00 POR MES LOCALIZADOS EN: LLAMENOS AL: 6760 Santa FeNorth (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL Commercial PropertyIndustrial Warehouse for sale by owner. Very reasonable. Asking $220,00 or best offer. Approx 6,500 sq ft 239-770-8443 cell, Serious inquires only Quaint Cracker House for Commercial rental. First Bank of LaBelle Historical Building Great location $600/mo 97 Park Ave. Call David Curtis 863-673-4559 Apartments Houses RentCOUNTRY VILLAGE, LABELLE Very nice 2BR, 2BA, large family room. No pets. $700 month + $700 security. Must have good references. Margaret Barber Realty 863-675-5968 or 863-221-2944. LABELLE 3 br./1 1/2 ba. 40 ft. covered porch, situated on 2 acres. $700 mo. plus Sec. 863-675-0104. Houses RentDuplex 2/2 Furnished, Lehigh Acres, Orange Grove/55+, Excellent condition, 880/sq.ft. New refrigerator, range, washer, carpet, vinyl, furniture, near shopping $38,000. 608-335-1719. LABELLE 2BR cottage in city limits, large yard with patio area & picket fence, screened in porch, old Oak trees. $535/month. Call: (863)675-0104 evenings. LaBelle2bd/2bth Large enclosed bac k porch, smaller enclosed front porch, fenced backyard, large oak trees, newly tiled bathrooms, $725/mo. + $725 sec. Call 863-673-8862 MODERN HOUSE 3BR/2BA, single car garage, fenced in yard. $700/month + deposit. Call 863-517-0731 Storage Space RentLABELLE RENT-A-SPACE Cowboy Way & Kennedy Blvd. Monthly includes tax: 5’x10’ $42.80; 8’x10’ $53.50;10’x10’ $58.85; 8’x25’ $96.30; 24 hr access $25 returnable key deposit. 863-675-2392 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentFELDA 2 br./2 ba. Private location in Orange Grove. Good cond. $500 month plus Security 239-369-9567. LABELLE 2BR, 1 BA, central heat/air, front & back decks, $600/mo, $600 sec. References req. (239)246-5106. 8 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds.

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NOTICE OF MEETING LOCATION CHANGE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 9, 2012 AT 5:00 P.M. WILL BE HELD AT THE PIONEER COMMUNITY CENTER, 910 PANAMA AVENUE, CLEWISTON, FLORIDA. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida Tristan Chapman, Chairman 427160 CN/CB 9/27/2012 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the District One Of ce until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 18, 2012, for the following Proposals: E1L94Removal and Replacement of Concrete Ditch Pavement in Highlands County.-Budget Estimate: $141,169.00. E1L95Herbicide Application, Edging and Sweeping & Litter Control in Polk County.-Budget Estimate: $165,800.00 E1L96Miscellaneous Concrete Repair in Manatee & Sarasota Counties.-Budget Estimate: $280,233.00. E1L97Reworking Non-Paved Shoulders and Slopes in Highlands & Okeechobee Counties.-Budget Estimate: $113,679.00. E1L98Road & Bridge Sweeping On the State Primary Roadways in Charlotte & Lee Counties.-Budget Estimate: $130,000.00. E1L99Guardrail Repairs in Manatee & Sarasota Counties.-Budget Estimate: $75,000.00. E1M00Mechanical Sweeping of Curbs, Gutters, and Bridges in Manatee & Sarasota Counties.-Budget Estimate: $120,000.00. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state. .us/contractsadministrationdistrict1/: or by calling (863) 519-2559. 427130 CN/CB 9/27;10/4/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1796 2008 1224432-01000710060 Ronald J. Chuck & Patricia N. Chuck Lot 6 in Block 71, of Montura Ranch Estates, First Subdivision, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, at Pages 37, 38 and 39 of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426492 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 REQUEST FOR BIDS SUPPLY FUEL TO HENDRY COUNTY BID # 2012-26 OPENING DATE AND TIME: OCTOBER 18, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, to “Supply Fuel to Hendry County”. In order to be considered, bids must received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerk’s Of ce) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by October 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., at which time all responses to this r equest will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. A copy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained from the Hendry County Purchasing Department, located at 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), Post Of ce Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling (863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place. Tristan Chapman, Chairman Board of County Commissioners 426693 CN/CB 9/20,27;10/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1364 2009 1144432-A0001120000 Orlando A. Naranjo The South one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 14, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3401, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426500 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1815 2009 1254432-A0002410000 Luis Crespo & Monica Crespo The South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southwest onequarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 4993, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426494 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2003 2009 1344432-A0000280100 Lessonn Vedrine & Milfran Vedrine The South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southwest onequarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 34, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Tract 4334, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426528 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1421 2009 1154432-A0000360100 Luis F. Martinez The North one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 15, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3263, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426520 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1956 2009 1274432-A0001930100 German D. Gil and Maria de los Angeles Corder The North one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of Section 27, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Tract 99, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426519 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 REQUEST FOR BIDS CONTRACT FOR PROFESSIONAL PEST CONTROL SERVICES BID NUMBER: 2012-27 OPENING DATE AND TIME: October 11, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m. Sealed bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerk’s Of ce) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida for the “Contract for Professional Pest Control services” for County buildings and facilities. Bids will be opened on October 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clerk’s Of ce, second oor, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida, 33935. A copy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained from the Hendry County Purchasing Department, located at 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), Post Of ce Box 2340, LaBelle, Florida 33975 (mailing address), or by calling (863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this bid, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this bid, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place. Tristan Chapman, Chairman Board of County Commissioners 426565 CN/CB 9/20,27/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1440 2009 1154432-A0001050000 Ruben Ignacio Acosta The South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 15, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for a drainage canal of the South 25 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3132, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426524 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1991 2009 1274432-A0002700100 Orlando Naranjo, Trustee of the Orlando Naranjo Revocable Trust And Aida Naranjo, Trustee of the Aida Naranjo Revocable Trust The East one-half of the West one-half of the South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 27, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for ingress, egress and utilities over and across the South 40 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 200, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426522 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REGISTER FICTITIOUS NAME The undersigned does hereby certify that Patricia Kay Moreland conducting a Quail, Quail Eggs, Chickens, Eggs and Pickling Eggs business at 1697 Summerall Road, LaBelle, Florida, under the ctitious name of Quail Roost Farms and that said rm is composed of the following persons whose names and places of residence are as follows: Patricia Kay Moreland 1697 Summerall Road LaBelle, FL 33935 Ownership of Quail Roost Farms is as follows: Patricia Kay Moreland It is my intentions to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to register the said name of Quail Roost Farms under the provisions of Chapter 90-267, laws of Florida, Acts of 1991. Patricia Kay Moreland DATE: Sept. 18, 2012 1697 Summerall Road LaBelle, FL 33935 426871 CB 9/27/2012 Mobile Home RentLaBelle 4, 3, & 2 BR Mobile Homes. AC, Weekly rates available, $200 dep. Call: 863-673-3658 LABELLE CRESCENT ACRES 2 bedroom, 2 bath, $100 per wk, plus deposit. (863) 673-6362 Mobile HomeSale3BR 2 BA, New condition. Central air. Including nice lot. Owner nancing with 20% down. (863)675-8010 or (863)673-6467. Bank repo 3br, 2bath doublewide on 1/2 acre lot. Only $54,900 Call Kenny at 863-673-4325 Double J Acres 2/2 MH. on 1 plus private acres. Preserve on 2 sides. Great potential! $64,900. Willard Realty 863-675-0779. For Sale: 2 bedroom, 2 bath, push-out livingroom, large lanai, wash & storage room. New paint. Partly furnished. Senior park. $5000 239-240-6683 Mobile Homes for sale. 3 and 4 bedroom. Owner nancing. 55 plus gated community, pool and club house. Also new 10 year warranty available. Call Julian 863-398-0970 or Robbie 863-440-1954 On Sale. All new doublewide mobile homes. Very low down payments. Trade ins accepted. Call Kenny 863-673-4325 Used doublewide Bank repo 4br, 2bath Hurricane Zone III Only $49,900 includes a/c and setup. Call Kenny 863-673-4325 Used home 14x70 only $7,900 Zone II Must go to Glades or Highlands county Call 863-673-4325 We Buy used mobile homes. Cash. Fast close. Call Julian 863-369-0970 We have 3 and 4 bedroom doublewides on sale with owner nancing available. $5000 down average monthly payments. Call Kenny at 863-675-8888 or 863-673-4325 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Mobile HomeSaleWhisper Creek RV Park, LaBelle. Everything included 24ft Jaco with 35 ft add-on. Living, dining, 2 bedrooms, laundry room. Nice kitchen full size appliances. 40 gal hot water heater, 2 shed, fenced. Move in ready, $5,000 All you need is your toothbrush 863-843-0310 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsLaBelle Woods RV Resort, LaBelle, FL 1997 Coachman Catalina 36 ft – 5th wheel. 2 slice outs, 10X20 lanai, car port, aluminum roof, ready to move in. In a nice RV Park with pool, hot tub and activities. Great year round home or winter home. Asking $12,900 or make an offer, must sell! By owner 610-393-4478 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 9 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 Public Notice Public NoticeYour community directory is a click away! newszap.com Free Speech Free Ads

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The LaBelle Cowboys advanced to 3-1 on the season and are 1-0 in district play after defeating the Avon Park Red Devils 14-0. The Red Devils got off to a fast start as they quickly advanced into LaBelle territory on a 49-yard pass that put them inside LaBelle’s 20-yard line. However, on the ensuing play DeVante Ray (sr.) came up with a big play from his defensive end spot producing a sack and forcing a fumble that he also recovered. LaBelle’s offense then came on the eld and was forced to punt, but on the punt the Red Devil returner lost the ball and Ellis Johnson (sr.) recovered the loose ball for the Cowboys. Johnson then carried the ball to set up a Derek Bass (sr.) touchdown pass to Ray making the score 6-0. The Cowboys made the extra point, but Avon Park was called for a penalty so the Cowboys elected to go for two points from the one-yard line and Johnson converted the try to move the score to 8-0. For the rest of the half both teams jockeyed for eld position, but were unable to score. Right before halftime the Red Devils appeared to score, but were agged for an illegal double forward pass. After the ag the Red Devils completed a long pass on the last play of the half, but Bass made a touchdown saving tackle to get the Cowboys out of the half with an 8-0 lead. After the half the Cowboys forced four turnovers and tacked on two David Marroquin (jr.) eld goals to move the score to 14-0 and nish off the Red Devils. Strong defensive performances were turned in by Danny Robinson (jr), Ray, Jerome Baxter (jr), Kip Stansly (sr.), Bass, Luis Hernandez (sr), and Ryan Drapal (so.) The Cowboys are 1-0 in district play and host Dunbar High School (Fort Myers) who are also 3-1 and 1-0 in the district in an important early season meeting. Come out and support the ‘Boys! What: Dunbar High School @ LaBelle High School (district game) When: Friday September, 28th @ 7:30 p.m. What to watch for: In an early season district meeting that will give the winner a commanding early lead in the district the Cowboys look to slow down a talented Dunbar Tigers team that is very athletic. Last week Dunbar rebounded by defeating Lake Placid 49-0 after losing to Riverdale 24-10. Cowboys JV play hard in loss to Port CharlotteLaBelle’s JV Cowboys played a hard fought game at Port Charlotte, but came up on the losing end of a 20-6 contest that was much closer than the score indicates. The young Cowboys have made strides every week and are working towards their rst win of the season. They travel to Lemon Bay next come out and support the ‘Boys! Cowboys blank Red Devils 14-0 PET VET VACCINATION CLINICDOG & CAT Packs start at $50 with HEARTWORM TEST $60 KITTEN & PUPPY Packs start at $42Save money on your favorite Heartworm and ”ea products such as Revolution, Heartgard, Confortis & FrontlineAll major credit cards accepted Saturday, September 29 from 3:45 to 5 pmVISION ACE HARDWARE 10 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 Submitted photoThe Cowboys celebrate their lastest win. Submitted photoGo CowboysThe folks at the Caloosa Belle are proud to support Cowboy football. They want to encourage all fans to attend this Friday’s Cowboy football game at home as they face the Dunbar Tigers. Go Cowboy football team!

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Conservative Leadership We Can Trust Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Tris Chapman for Hendry County Commission, District 3. 11 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 Submited photo/ Steve HeinCross CountryLHS Cowboys Cross Country (boys varsity) placed second in a large meet in Northport, Florida. Pictured from left to right: Pedro Dimas, Victor Salinas, Omar Pena, Carlos Suarez, Joel Chairez, Erick Medina and Eduardo Benitez. A new, but temporary, weekend hunting opportunity in portions of Osceola and Polk counties began Sept. 15 and continues through Feb. 17, 2013. The area is called Rolling Meadows and is a new unit of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes A rea. After this season, the South Florida W ater Management District (SFWMD) will begin a habitat restoration project on Rolling Meadows, which will require that the area be closed to public access until the work is complete. Rolling Meadows consists of 1,800 acres and borders the south end of Lake Hatchineha. It is accessible only by boat via the lake. This new unit is a cooperative effort of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the SFWMD. Rolling Meadows will offer a variety of Saturday and Sunday hunting seasons, including migratory bird and the special September duck season, archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun and small game. Trapping is prohibited. For more speci c information about the area, please check the hunt brochure and map online at MyFWC. com/Hunting. Public recreational access is open from one-and-a-half hours before sunrise until one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Saturdays and Sundays. Vehicles and motorized vessels, including trolling motors, are not allowed. Motorized vessels are allowed on Lake Hatchineha, so those who use such vessels to reach Rolling Meadows should secure them in canals and waterways outside of the unit. For more information, contact Jen Williams, 352-732-1225. New public hunting opportunity A ll sections of the Kissimmee River now openThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has reopened the remaining sections of the Kissimmee River to navigation. Recently, portions of the river had been closed to navigation for public safety reasons, due to dangerous currents caused by discharging oodwaters. For more information about closings and reopenings affecting FWC-managed areas and FWC of ces, go to MyFWC.com/DisasterPlan and select "Open/ Closed Status." You can also check SFWMD. gov for additional information and updates regarding access to the Kissimmee River. Sport Shorts What are the implications of a new protected crossing for Florida panthers to expand north of the Caloosahatchee River? Find out at the October 3 Riverwatch event including discussion of new wildlife corridors and expanded habitat for Florida panthers the deal for a Caloosahatchee river crossing site east of Port LaBelle, wildlife and roads, the Panther refuge and refuge expansion plans and goals. You just might see a panther from the dinning room windows only a couple miles to the panther dispersal zone. Views of wading birds, cracker cows and gators guaranteed. Dinner at 6 p.m. $20 all inclusive special menu. Preferred seating. Entrees come with soup, salad, rolls and a slice of cheesecake. Beverages: tea or coffee. Cash bar available. The business meeting will begin at 6:30. Open to public free presentation at 7 p.m., as space available. Cash bar and menu service available. Getting panthers across the river and room to roam

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(LaBelle FL, September 19, 2012) -Meet Patty Brant, author of “Bitter Secrets”, at the next Barron Library Book Club meeting. “Bitter Secrets” is Patty’s rst novel, and she will be leading the discussion and answering questions during the book clubs regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the book discussion. Originally from Canton, Ohio, Patty has lived in south Florida since 1969 and has been the editor of the Caloosa Belle since 1991. Everyone is always invited to attend the Barron Library Book Club’s monthl y meetings. They are held at the library the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p,m. Upcoming book selections are: Bitter Secrets by Patty Brant – October 8, 2012. The Killing of Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly – November 12, 2012. For information, call Barron Library at 863-675-0833. Hurricane make-up dayAll schools in Hendry County will have school on Friday, October 12, to make up for the school day that was cancelled due to Tropical Storm Isaac. HENDRY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS NOTICE TO BIDDERS The School Board of Hendry County will be accepting sealed bids until November 13, 2012 for Bid #Q13-0001, RFQ for Employee Bene ts Broker, Speci cations will be available at the board’s nance of ce at 111 Curry Street in LaBelle. Call (863) 674 4100 to have the specs faxed or mailed. Hendry County School Board Sally Berg, Chairman 427213 CN/CB 9/27/2012 Public Notice Public Notice The classifieds are the most successful salesp erson in town. Public Notice Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Public Notice Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Public Notice Get a quick response to any item you may be sellin g with a classified ad. Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1972 2009 1274432-A0002290100 Michael Marquez The East one-half one the East one-half of the North one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 27, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for ingress, egress and utilities over and across the East 30 feet and the North 40 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 152, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426490 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1711 2009 1244432-A0001120000 Orlando Naranjo, Trustee Of the Orlando Naranjo Revocable Trust and Aida Naranjo, Trustee of the Aida Naranjo Revocable Trust The East one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 24, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 40 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5182, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M ., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2012 which is the 25th day of October, 2012. Dated this 12th day of September, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 426489 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 Public Notice Public Notice 12 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 School Briefs Meet the author of ‘Bitter Secrets’ at Barron Library READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Pursuant to County Ordinance for residents of unincorporated Hendry Count y (Non-City Residents), below is a guideline for yard waste curbside pickup. Limbs, sticks or palm fronds must be less than 4 feet long and 4 inches in diameter. Bag, bundle box or can them up so it can be grabbed up and tossed in the truck, weighing no more than 40 pounds. Wednesday is the regular scheduled pickup day for yard waste. If you have larger items or piles, you can always request a special pickup for an extr a fee. If you have questions, just giv any of the following numbers a call: Special Districts 863-675-5252; WSI (Northern Area) 863-6752481; CDI (Southern Area) 863-675-7713. Bag, bundle or can Who speaks up for abused, neglected and abandoned children living in our area? Guardian ad Litem volunteers, supported by staff, advocate for our most vulnerable children in court, the child welfare system and the community. If you are a Florida resident at least 21 years old, with 8-10 hours monthly to volunteer, you’re invited! The exact duties and time required will be discussed and all of your questions answered on Thursday, September 27, Noon-1pm at the Guardian ad Litem Of ce in LaBelle. To make an online inquiry, go to www.voicesforkids.org For more information and to reserve your orientation spot, call Suzanne Flinn at 239-357-9889. Child Advocate Volunteer Orientation

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Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 15 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 Nature Park clean upJoin us for the LaBelle Nature Park Cleanup on Saturday, October 6, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free lunch is provided. FGCU Service Learning students are welcome. For directions call Margaret England at 863-517-0202 or email margaret@caloosahatchee.org. Legion Auxiliary October dinnerWednesday, October 3, The American Legion Auxiliary is hosting dinner at the Post 130 on Hwy. 80 West in LaBelle. Dinner will be ham, macaroni & cheese, corn, dessert, coffee and tea for $6. Public welcome. Takeouts available. TIME: 5 p.m. til ...Escape from hungerLaBelle Heritage Museum is joining with Ford and Feeding America in the 2013 Ford Escape Hunger Drive on Friday, October 5, w ith a 2013 Ford Escape on display at LaBelle Heritage Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 360 North Bridge Street where each guest aged 18 years and older will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a 2013 Ford Escape as well as ensuring meals for our local foodbanks through Feedin America. No purchase or test drive required.4-H Swine ExhibitorsIf you are interested in showing swine in the Hendry County Fair or the LaBelle Youth Livestock Show the deadline to enroll is Monday, October 1, 2012. Please contact the 4-H of ce if you have not signed up for 4-H at 983-1598 or 674-4092.Win shotgun, clay shootWin a Beretta semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun Model 3901 and Go Clay Shooting with three of your friends or family at the beautiful Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee. The trip includes dinner, an overnight stay at the lodge, breakfast and use of one of their golf cart. To enter stop by the of ce, 413 W. Hwy 80, or contact Susie Hull or San Juana Madrid at 863-675-2535. A donation of $10 will get you one chance or for $50 you can get six chances to win a great day of shooting and a new shotgun. The drawing will be held on October 20, at the Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting at the LaBelle Civic Center.Museum meetingPhil Pelletier will will be the speaker at the general program meeting of LaBelle Heritage Museum on the evening of Thursday, October 4, at 7 o'clock in the Commission Chambers of LaBelle City Hall, 481 West Hickpochee Ave. Pelletier will share what attracted him to come to LaBelle and make it his home as well as the changes he has seen over the years and possible changes that could make LaBelle's special charm just a memory. A short business meeting with reports on museum activities and programs will follow a break for refreshments after the program. LaBelle Heritage Museum welcomes members and the public to its program meetings held from September through May.Cowboy Closet open SaturadayThe Cowboy Closet will be open this coming Saturday, September 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. All clothes must go good quality at a low price. Bring a friend. See you Saturday. Look for the red sign at LaBelle High School.Cemetery Clean-Up in VenusEveryone with loved ones interred in the Venus Cemetery is asked to help keep the cemetery looking beautiful. It's up to each and every one of us to keep this cemetery beautiful. There is no lawn service. The more people that show up to help, the quicker it will be nished. Maybe you'd even consider adopting a section of the cemetery to mow and weed-eat yourself. There are two different Saturdays set up for cemetery clean up. Hopefully you can make it to at least one. Those days are: Saturday, October 6, at 8 a.m. and Saturday, October 20, at 8 a.m. We will trim trees, mow, rake up leaves, etc. Bring your weed-eaters, push mowers, riding mowers, blowers, rakes, brooms, chainsaws and any other equipment you may have. If you need directions or additional information please call Mike Willis at (863) 465-2010. All help is appreciated!Artist? Moore Haven wants youTime to Register for Art in the Park 2013. The Glades County Public Library and its Advisory Board invite area artists and craftsmen to exhibit and sell their work at the eighth annual Art in the Park event in Moore Haven, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This popular free event centered in and around the library brings artists and the public together in a wonderful setting by the Caloosahatchee River. Painters, sculptors, photographers and handcrafters are encouraged to contact the library now and reserve their place. Exhibiting and parking are free. Exhibitors are responsible for their own setups. The Glades County Public Library is located in the city park across the street from the river in Moore Haven's Historic District. The address is 201 Riverside Drive. Interested? For more information and to reserve a place, contact Mary Booher, Director of Libraries: 863-946-0744 or mbooher@ myhlc.orgFt. Denaud Bridge openThe Ft. Denaud Bridge is now open with new paint on the approaches and the Bridge House.Candidates in PioneerThe Pioneer Homeowners Association would like to invite everyone to a "Meet and Greet the Candidates Night" at the Pioneer Community Center, 910 Panama Ave. on October 8, at 7 p.m. Each candidate will be given ve minutes to speak and introduce him/herself and then have questions from the audience. Community Briefs

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NO. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 28 (Legislative) Ballot Title: HEALTH CARE SERVICES.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permit a person or an employer to purchase lawful health care services directly from a health care provider; permit a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; exempt persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; and prohibit laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service. Speci“es that the amendment does not affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide; affect which health care services are permitted by law; prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers compensation; affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010; affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; or affect any general law passed by two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature, passed after the effective date of the amendment, provided such law states with speci“city the public necessity justifying the exceptions from the provisions of the amendment. The amendment expressly provides that it may not be construed to prohibit negotiated provisions in insurance contracts, network agreements, or other provider agreements contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 28. Health care services.„ (a) To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care: (1) A law or rule may not compel, directly or indirectly, any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage. (2) A person or an employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties or taxes for paying directly for lawful health care services. A health care provider may accept direct payment for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties or taxes for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services. (b) The private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service may not be abolished by law or rule. (c) This section does not: (1) Affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide. (2) Affect which health care services are permitted by law. (3) Prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers compensation. (4) Affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010. (5) Affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services, except that this section may not be construed to prohibit any negotiated provision in any insurance contract, network agreement, or other provider agreement contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. (6) Affect any general law passed by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature after the effective date of this section, if the law states with speci“city the public necessity that justi“es an exception from this section. (d) As used in this section, the term: (1) CompelŽ includes the imposition of penalties or taxes. (2) Direct paymentŽ or pay directlyŽ means payment for lawful health care services without a public or private third party, not including an employer, paying for any portion of the service. (3) Health care systemŽ means any public or private entity whose function or purpose is the management of, processing of, enrollment of individuals for, or payment, in full or in part, for health care services, health care data, or health care information for its participants. (4) Lawful health care servicesŽ means any health-related service or treatment, to the extent that the service or treatment is permitted or not prohibited by law or regulation at the time the service or treatment is rendered, which may be provided by persons or businesses otherwise permitted to offer such services. (5) Penalties or taxesŽ means any civil or criminal penalty or “ne, tax, salary or wage withholding or surcharge, or named fee with a similar effect established by law or rule by an agency established, created, or controlled by the government which is used to punish or discourage the exercise of rights protected under this section. For purposes of this section only, the term rule by an agencyŽ may not be construed to mean any negotiated provision in any insurance contract, network agreement, or other p rovider a g reement contractuall y limitin g copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. NO. 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: VETERANS DISABLED DUE TO COMBAT INJURY; HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the State Constitution to expand the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2013. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars. The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006 is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Veterans disabled due to combat injury; homestead property tax discount.„The amendment to subsection (e) of Section 6 of Article VII relating to the homestead property tax discount for veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury shall take effect January 1, 2013. NO. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 1 and 19 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: STATE GOVERNMENT REVENUE LIMITATION.„ Ballot Summary: This proposed amendment to the State Constitution replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on Florida personal income growth with a new state revenue limitation based on in”ation and population changes. Under the amendment, state revenues, as de“ned in the amendment, collected in excess of the revenue limitation must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum “nancial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education “nance program, or, if the minimum “nancial effort is no longer required, returned to the taxpayers. The Legislature may increase the state revenue limitation through a bill approved by a super majority vote of each house of the Legislature. The Legislature may also submit a proposed increase in the state revenue limitation to the voters. The Legislature must implement this proposed amendment by general law. The amendment will take effect upon approval by the electors and will “rst apply to the 20142015 state “scal year. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 1. Taxation; appropriations; state expenses; state revenue limitation.„ (a) No tax shall be levied except in pursuance of law. No state ad valorem taxes shall be levied upon real estate or tangible personal property. All other forms of taxation shall be preempted to the state except as provided by general law. (b) Motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, trailers, trailer coaches and mobile homes, as de“ned by law, shall be subject to a license tax for their operation in the amounts and for the purposes prescribed by law, but shall not be subject to ad valorem taxes. (c) No money shall be drawn from the treasury except in pursuance of appropriation made by law. (d) Provision shall be made by law for raising suf“cient revenue to defray the expenses of the state for each “scal period. (e) Except as provided herein, state revenues collected for any “scal year shall be limited to state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year plus an adjustment for growth. As used in this subsection, growthŽ means an amount equal to the average annual rate of growth in Florida personal income over the most recent twenty quarters times the state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year. For the 1995-1996 “scal year, the state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year shall equal the state revenues collected for the 1994-1995 “scal year. Florida personal income shall be determined by the legislature, from information available from the United States Department of Commerce or its successor on the “rst day of February prior to the beginning of the “scal year. State revenues collected for any “scal year in excess of this limitation shall be transferred to the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches the maximum balance speci“ed in Section 19(g) of Article III, and thereafter shall be refunded to taxpayers as provided by general law. State revenues allowed under this subsection for any “scal year may be increased by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature in a separate bill that contains no other subject and that sets forth the dollar amount by which the state revenues allowed will be increased. The vote may not be taken less than seventytwo hours after the third reading of the bill. For purposes of this subsection, state revenuesŽ means taxes, fees, licenses, and charges for services imposed by the legislature on individuals, businesses, or agencies outside state government. However, state revenuesŽ does not include: revenues that are necessary to meet the requirements set forth in documents authorizing the issuance of bonds by the state; revenues that are used to provide matching funds for the federal Medicaid program with the exception of the revenues used to support the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund or its successor program and with the exception of state matching funds used to fund elective expansions made after July 1, 1994; proceeds from the state lottery returned as prizes; receipts of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund; balances carried forward from prior “scal years; taxes, licenses, fees, and charges for services imposed by local, regional, or school district governing bodies; or revenue from taxes, licenses, fees, and charges for services required to be imposed by any amendment or revision to this constitution after July 1, 1994. An adjustment to the revenue limitation shall be made by general law to re”ect the “scal impact of transfers of responsibility for the funding of governmental functions between the state and other levels of government. The legislature shall, by general law, prescribe procedures necessary to administer this subsection. SECTION 19. State revenue limitation.„ (a) STATE REVENUE LIMITATION.„Except as provided in this section, state revenues collected in any “scal year are limited as follows: (1) For the 2014-2015 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenues collected during the 2013-2014 “scal year multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus four one-hundredths. (2) For the 2015-2016 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2014-2015 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus three one-hundredths. (3) For the 2016-2017 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2015-2016 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus two one-hundredths. (4) For the 2017-2018 “scal y ear state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2016-2017 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus one one-hundredth. (5) For the 2018-2019 “scal year and thereafter, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for the previous “scal year multiplied by the adjustment for growth. (6) The adjustment for growth for a “scal year shall be determined by March 1 preceding the “scal year using the latest information available. Once the adjustment for growth is determined for a “scal year, it may not be changed based on revisions to the information used to make the determination. (b) REVENUES IN EXCESS OF THE LIMITATION.„State revenues collected in any “scal year in excess of the revenue limitation shall be transferred to the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches the maximum balance speci“ed in Section 19(g) of Article III, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum “nancial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education “nance program, or, if the minimum “nancial effort is no longer required, returned to taxpayers as provided by general law. (c) AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE REVENUE LIMITATION.„ (1) The state revenue limitation for any “scal year may be increased by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature. Unless otherwise provided by the bill increasing the revenue limitation, the increased revenue limitation enacted under this paragraph shall be used to determine the revenue limitation for future “scal years. (2) The state revenue limitation for any one “scal year may be increased by a three-“fths vote of the membership of each house of the legislature. Increases to the revenue limitation enacted under this paragraph must be disregarded when determining the revenue limitation in subsequent “scal years. (3) A bill increasing the revenue limitation may not contain any other subject and must set forth the dollar amount by which the state revenue limitation will be increased. The vote may not be taken less than seventy-two hours after the third reading in either house of the legislature of the bill in the form that will be presented to the governor. (d) AUTHORITY OF THE ELECTORS TO INCREASE THE REVENUE LIMITATION.„The legislature may propose an increase in the state revenue limitation pursuant to a concurrent resolution enacted by a three-“fths vote of the membership of each house. The proposed increase shall be submitted to the electors at the next general election held more than ninety days after the resolution is “led with the custodian of state records. However, the legislature may submit the proposed increase at an earlier special election held more than ninety days after it is “led with the custodian of state records pursuant to a law enacted by the af“rmative vote of three-fourths of the membership of each house of the legislature. The resolution must set forth the dollar amount by which the state revenue limitation will be increased. Unless otherwise provided in the resolution, the increased revenue limitation shall be used to determine the revenue limitation for future “scal years. The proposed increase shall take effect if it is approved by a vote of at least 60 percent of the electors voting on the matter. (e) REVENUE LIMIT ADJUSTMENT BY THE LEGISLATURE.„The legislature shall provide by general law for adjustments to the state revenue limitation to re”ect: (1) The “scal impact of transfers of responsibility for the funding of governmental functions between the state and other levels of government occurring after May 6, 2011; or (2) The “scal impact of a new federal mandate. (f) GENERAL LAW IMPLEMENTATION.„The legislature shall, by general law, prescribe procedures necessary to administer this section. (g) DEFINITIONS.„As used in this section, the term: (1) Adjustment for growthŽ means an amount equal to the average for the previous “ve years of the product of the in”ation factor and the population factor. (2) In”ation factorŽ means an amount equal to one plus the percent change in the calendar year annual average of the Consumer Price Index. The term Consumer Price IndexŽ means the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, U.S. city average (not seasonally adjusted, current base for all items), as published by the United States Department of Labor. In the event the index ceases to exist, the legislature shall determine the successor index by general law. (3) Population factorŽ means an amount equal to one plus the percent change in population of the state as of April 1 compared to April 1 of the prior year. For purposes of calculating the annual rate of change in population, the states of“cial population estimates shall be used. (4) State revenuesŽ means taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services imposed by the legislature on individuals, businesses, or agencies outside state government. However, the term state revenuesŽ does not include: revenues that are necessary to meet the requirements set forth in documents authorizing the issuance of bonds by the state for bonds issued before July 1, 2012; revenues that are used to provide matching funds for the federal Medicaid program with the exception of the revenues used to support the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund or its successor program and with the exception of state matching funds used to fund optional expansions made after July 1, 1994; proceeds from the state lotter y returned as p rizes ; recei p ts of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Property Insurance Corporation; receipts of public universities and colleges; balances carried forward from prior “scal years; taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services imposed by local, regional, or school district governing bodies; or revenue from taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services authorized by any amendment or revision to this constitution after May 6, 2011. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. State revenue limitation.„The amendment to Section 1 and the creation of Section 19 of Article VII, revising the state revenue limitation, and this section take effect upon approval by the electors and apply beginning in the 2014-2015 state “scal year. NO. 4 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 4, 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTIONS 27, 32, 33 (Legislative) Ballot Title: PROPERTY TAX LIMITATIONS; PROPERTY VALUE DECLINE; REDUCTION FOR NONHOMESTEAD ASSESSMENT INCREASES; DELAY OF SCHEDULED REPEAL.„ Ballot Summary: (1) This would amend Florida Constitution Article VII, Section 4 (Taxation; assessments) and Section 6 (Homestead exemptions). It also would amend Article XII, Section 27, and add Sections 32 and 33, relating to the Schedule for the amendments. (2) In certain circumstances, the law requires the assessed value of homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property to increase when the just value of the property decreases. Therefore, this amendment provides that the Legislature may, by general law, provide that the assessment of homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property may not increase if the just value of that property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1, subject to any adjustment in the assessed value due to changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property which are assessed as provided for by general law. This amendment takes effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013. (3) This amendment reduces from 10 percent to 5 percent the limitation on annual changes in assessments of nonhomestead real property. This amendment takes effect upon approval of the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (4) This amendment also authorizes general law to provide, subject to conditions speci“ed in such law, an additional homestead exemption to every person who establishes the right to receive the homestead exemption provided in the Florida Constitution within 1 year after purchasing the homestead property and who has not owned property in the previous 3 calendar years to which the Florida homestead exemption applied. The additional homestead exemption shall apply to all levies except school district levies. The additional exemption is an amount equal to 50 percent of the homestead propertys just value on January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional homestead exemption may not exceed an amount equal to the median just value of all homestead property within the county where the property at issue is located for the calendar year immediately preceding January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption shall apply for the shorter of 5 years or the year of sale of the property. The amount of the additional exemption shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount of the additional exemption received in the year the homestead was established or by an amount equal to the difference between the just value of the property and the assessed value of the property determined under Article VII, Section 4(d), whichever is greater. Not more than one such exemption shall be allowed per homestead property at one time. The additional exemption applies to property purchased on or after January 1, 2011, if approved by the voters at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, or to property purchased on or after January 1, 2012, if approved by the voters at the 2012 general election. The additional exemption is not available in the sixth and subsequent years after it is “rst received. The amendment shall take effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (5) This amendment also delays until 2023, the repeal, currently scheduled to take effect in 2019, of constitutional amendments adopted in 2008 which limit annual assessment increases for speci“ed nonhomestead real property. This amendment delays until 2022 the submission of an amendment proposing the abrogation of such repeal to the voters. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.„By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation, provided: (a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Floridas aquifers, or land used exclusively for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classi“ed b y g eneral law and assessed solel y on the basis of character or use. (b) As provided by general law and subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable de“nitions speci“ed therein, land used for conservation purposes shall be classi“ed by general law and assessed solely on the basis of character or use. (c) Pursuant to general law tangible personal property held for sale as stock in trade and livestock may be valued for taxation at a speci“ed percentage of its value, may be classi“ed for tax purposes, or may be exempted from taxation. (d) All persons entitled to a homestead exemption under Section 6 of this Article shall have their homestead assessed at just value as of January 1 of the year following the effective date of this amendment. This assessment shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall change be changed annually on January 1 1st of each year.; but those changes in assessments a. A change in an assessment may shall not exceed the lower of the following: 1.a. Three percent (3%) of the assessment for the prior year. 2.b. The percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S. City Average, all items 1967=100, or a successor index reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. b. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property assessed as provided in paragraph (5), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) After a any change of ownership, as provided by general law, homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1 of the following year, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) New homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1 1st of the year following the establishment of the homestead, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. That assessment shall only change only as provided in this subsection. (5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; provided, However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (6) In the event of a termination of homestead status, the property shall be assessed as provided by general law. (7) The provisions of this subsection amendment are severable. If a provision any of the provisions of this subsection is amendment shall be held unconstitutional by a any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of the such court does shall not affect or impair any remaining provisions of this subsection amendment (8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2009, or January 1 of any subsequent year and who has received a homestead exemption pursuant to Section 6 of this Article as of January 1 of either of the 2 two years immediately preceding the establishment of a the new homestead is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just value. If this revision is approved in January of 2008, a person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2008, is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just value only if that person received a homestead exemption on January 1, 2007. The assessed value of the newly established homestead shall be determined as follows: 1. If the just value of the new homestead is greater than or equal to the just value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be the just value of the new homestead minus an amount equal to the lesser of $500,000 or the difference between the just value and the assessed value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. 2. If the just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be equal to the just value of the new homestead divided by the just value of the prior homestead and multiplied by the assessed value of the prior homestead. However, if the difference between the just value of the new homestead and the assessed value of the new homestead calculated pursuant to this sub-subparagraph is greater than $500,000, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be increased so that the difference between the just value and the assessed value equals $500,000. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. b. By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the legislature shall provide for application of this paragraph to property owned by more than one person. (e) The legislature may, by general law, for assessment purposes and subject to the provisions of this subsection, allow counties and municipalities to authorize by ordinance that historic property may be assessed solely on the basis of character or use. Such character or use assessment shall apply only to the jurisdiction adopting the ordinance. The requirements for eligible properties must be speci“ed by general law. (f) A county may, in the manner prescribed by general law, provide for a reduction in the assessed value of homestead p ro p ert y to the extent of an y increase in the assessed value of that property which results from the construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for one or more natural or adoptive grandparents or parents of the owner of the property or of the owners spouse if at least one of the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older. Such a reduction may not exceed the lesser of the following: (1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property. (2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved. (g) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of residential real property, as de“ned by general law, which contains nine units or fewer and which is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (d) shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provided by law. However,; but those changes in assessments may shall not exceed 5 ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior year. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to property assessed as provided in paragraph (4), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding date of assessment provided by law. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) After a change of ownership or control, as de“ned by general law, including any change of ownership of a legal entity that owns the property, such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (h) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of real property that is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (d) and (g) shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provided by law. However,; but those changes in assessments may shall not exceed 5 ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior year. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to property assessed as provided in paragraph (5), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding date of assessment provided by law. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) The legislature must provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after a qualifying improvement, as de“ned by general law, is made to such property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) The legislature may provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after a change of ownership or control, as de“ned by general law, including any change of ownership of the legal entity that owns the property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (i) The legislature, by general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, may prohibit the consideration of the following in the determination of the assessed value of real property used for residential purposes: (1) Any change or improvement made for the purpose of improving the propertys resistance to wind damage. (2) The installation of a renewable energy source device. (j)(1) The assessment of the following working waterfront properties shall be based upon the current use of the property: a. Land used predominantly for commercial “shing purposes. b. Land that is accessible to the public and used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable. c. Marinas and drystacks that are open to the public. d. Water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial “shing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities. (2) The assessment bene“t provided by this subsection is subject to conditions and limitations and reasonable de“nitions as speci“ed by the legislature by general law. SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of $25,000 twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than $50,000 “fty thousand dollars and up to $75,000 seventy-“ve thousand dollars upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of 98 ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of Section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding $50,000 “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age 65 sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed $20,000 twenty thousand dollars The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. (f) As provided by general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, every person who establishes the right to receive the homestead exemption provided in subsection (a) within 1 year after purchasing the homestead property and who has not owned property in the previous 3 calendar years to which the homestead exemption provided in subsection (a) applied is entitled to an additional homestead exemption for all levies except school district levies. The additional exemption is an amount equal to 50 percent of the homestead propertys just value on January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption may not exceed the median just value of all homestead property within the county where the property at issue is located for the calendar year immediately preceding January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption shall apply for a period of 5 years or until the year the property is sold, whichever occurs “rst. The amount of the additional exemption shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount of the additional exemption received in the year the homestead was established or by an amount equal to the difference between the just value of the property and the assessed value of the property determined under Section 4(d), whichever is greater. Not more than one exemption provided under this subsection shall be allowed per homestead property at one time. The additional exemption applies to property purchased on or after January 1, 2011, if this amendment is approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, or to property purchased on or after January 1, 2012, if this amendment is approved at the 2012 general election, but the additional exemption is not available in the sixth and subsequent years after it is “rst received. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 27. Property tax exemptions and limitations on property tax assessments.„The amendments to Sections 3, 4, and 6 of Article VII, providing a $25,000 exemption for tangible personal property, providing an additional $25,000 homestead exemption, authorizing transfer of the accrued bene“t from the limitations on the assessment of homestead property, and PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued on the next page Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 16 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012

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Public Notice this section, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on January 29, 2008, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2008, or, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next general election, shall take effect January 1 of the year following such general election. The amendments to Section 4 of Article VII creating subsections (f) and (g) of that section, creating a limitation on annual assessment increases for speci“ed real property, shall take effect upon approval of the electors and shall “rst limit assessments beginning January 1, 2009, if approved at a special election held on January 29, 2008, or shall “rst limit assessments beginning January 1, 2010, if approved at the general election held in November of 2008. Subsections (g) (f) and (h) (g) of Section 4 of Article VII, initially adopted as subsections (f) and (g), are repealed effective January 1, 2023 2019 ; however, the legislature shall by joint resolution propose an amendment abrogating the repeal of subsections (g) (f) and (h) (g) which shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the general election of 2022 2018 and, if approved, shall take effect January 1, 2023 2019 SECTION 32. Property assessments.„This section and the amendment of Section 4 of Article VII addressing homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property having a declining just value and reducing the limit on the maximum annual increase in the assessed value of nonhomestead property, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013. SECTION 33. Additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who recently have not owned homestead property.„This section and the amendment to Section 6 of Article VII providing for an additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who have not owned homestead property during the 3 calendar years immediately preceding purchase of the current homestead property, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, and the additional homestead exemption shall be available for properties purchased on or after January 1, 2011, or if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013, and the additional homestead exemption shall be available for properties purchased on or after January 1, 2012. NO. 5 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE V, SECTIONS 2, 11, AND 12 (Legislative) Ballot Title: STATE COURTS.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing a revision of Article V of the State Constitution relating to the judiciary. The State Constitution authorizes the Supreme Court to adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts. The constitution further provides that a rule of court may be repealed by a general law enacted by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. This proposed constitutional revision eliminates the requirement that a general law repealing a court rule pass by a two-thirds vote of each house, thereby providing that the Legislature may repeal a rule of court by a general law approved by a majority vote of each house of the Legislature that expresses the policy behind the repeal. The court could readopt the rule in conformity with the public policy expressed by the Legislature, but if the Legislature determines that a rule has been readopted and repeals the readopted rule, this proposed revision prohibits the court from further readopting the repealed rule without the Legislatures prior approval. Under current law, rules of the judicial nominating commissions and the Judicial Quali“cations Commission may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. Under this proposed revision, a vote to repeal those rules is changed to repeal by general law enacted by a majority vote of the legislators present. Under current law, the Governor appoints a justice of the Supreme Court from a list of nominees provided by a judicial nominating commission, and appointments by the Governor are not subject to con“rmation. This revision requires Senate con“rmation of a justice of the Supreme Court before the appointee can take of“ce. If the Senate votes not to con“rm the appointment, the judicial nominating commission must reconvene and may not renominate any person whose prior appointment to “ll the same vacancy was not con“rmed by the Senate. For the purpose of con“rmation, the Senate may meet at any time. If the Senate fails to vote on the appointment of a justice within 90 days, the justice will be deemed con“rmed and will take of“ce. The Judicial Quali“cations Commission is an independent commission created by the State Constitution to investigate and prosecute before the Florida Supreme Court alleged misconduct by a justice or judge. Currently under the constitution, commission proceedings are con“dential until formal charges are “led by the investigative panel of the commission. Once formal char g es are “led, the formal char g es and all further proceedings of the commission are public. Currently, the constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to impeach a justice or judge. Further, the Speaker of the House of Representatives may request, and the Judicial Quali“cations Commission must make available, all information in the commissions possession for use in deciding whether to impeach a justice or judge. This proposed revision requires the commission to make all of its “les available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives but provides that such “les would remain con“dential during any investigation by the House of Representatives and until such information is used in the pursuit of an impeachment of a justice or judge. This revision also removes the power of the Governor to request “les of the Judicial Quali“cations Commission to conform to a prior constitutional change. This revision also makes technical and clarifying additions and deletions relating to the selection of chief judges of a circuit and relating to the Judicial Quali“cations Commission, and makes other nonsubstantive conforming and technical changes in the judicial article of the constitution. Full Text: ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 2. Administration; practice and procedure.„ (a) The supreme court shall adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts including the time for seeking appellate review, the administrative supervision of all courts, the transfer to the court having jurisdiction of any proceeding when the jurisdiction of another court has been improvidently invoked, and a requirement that no cause shall be dismissed because an improper remedy has been sought. The supreme court shall adopt rules to allow it the court and the district courts of appeal to submit questions relating to military law to the federal Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for an advisory opinion. Rules of court may be repealed by general law that expresses the policy behind the repeal enacted by twothirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature The court may readopt the repealed rule only in conformity with the public policy expressed by the legislature. If the legislature determines that a rule has been readopted and repeals the readopted rule, the rule may not be readopted thereafter without prior approval of the legislature. (b) The chief justice of the supreme court shall be chosen by a majority of the members of the court; shall be the chief administrative of“cer of the judicial system; and shall have the power to assign justices or judges, including consenting retired justices or judges, to temporary duty in any court for which the judge is quali“ed and to delegate to a chief judge of a judicial circuit the power to assign judges for duty in that circuit. (c) A chief judge for each district court of appeal shall be chosen by a majority of the judges thereof or, if there is no majority, by the chief justice. The chief judge shall be responsible for the administrative supervision of the court. (d) A chief judge in each circuit shall be chosen from among the circuit judges as provided by supreme court rule. The chief judge of a circuit shall be responsible for the administrative supervision of the circuit courts and county courts in the his circuit. SECTION 11. Vacancies.„ (a) Whenever a vacancy occurs in a judicial of“ce to which election for retention applies, the governor shall “ll the vacancy by appointing for a term ending on the “rst Tuesday after the “rst Monday in January of the year following the next general election occurring at least one year after the date of appointment, one of not fewer than three persons nor more than six persons nominated by the appropriate judicial nominating commission. (b) The governor shall “ll each vacancy on a circuit court or on a county court, wherein the judges are elected by a majority vote of the electors, by appointing for a term ending on the “rst Tuesday after the “rst Monday in January of the year following the next primary and general election occurring at least one year after the date of appointment, one of not fewer than three persons nor more than six persons nominated by the appropriate judicial nominating commission. An election shall be held to “ll that judicial of“ce for the term of the of“ce beginning at the end of the appointed term. (c) The nominations shall be made within thirty days from the occurrence of a vacancy unless the period is extended by the governor for a time not to exceed thirty days. The governor shall make the appointment within sixty days after the nominations have been certi“ed to the governor. (d) Each appointment of a justice of the supreme court is subject to con“rmation by the senate. The senate may sit for the purpose of con“rmation regardless of whether the house of representatives is in session or not. If the senate fails to vote on the appointment of a justice within 90 days, the justice shall be deemed con“rmed. If the senate votes to not con“rm the appointment, the supreme court judicial nominating commission shall reconvene as though a new vacancy had occurred but may not renominate any person whose prior appointment to “ll the same vacancy was not con“rmed by the senate. The appointment of a justice is effective upon con“rmation by the senate. (e)(d) There shall be a separate judicial nominating commission as provided by general law for the supreme court, one for each district court of appeal, and one for each judicial circuit for all trial courts within the circuit. Uniform rules of procedure shall be established by the judicial nominating commissions at each level of the court system. Such rules, or any part thereof, may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the legislature or by the supreme court, “ve justices concurring. Except for deliberations of the judicial nominating commissions, the proceedings of the commissions and their records shall be open to the public. SECTION 12. Discipline; removal and retirement.„ (a) JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION.„A judicial quali“cations commission is created. (1) There shall be a judicial quali“cations commission vested with jurisdiction to investigate and recommend to the Supreme Court of Florida the removal from of“ce of any justice or judge whose conduct, during term of of“ce or otherwise, occurring on or after November 1, 1966, (without regard to the effective date of this section) demonstrates a present un“tness to hold of“ce, and to investigate and recommend the discipline of a justice or judge whose conduct, during term of of“ce or otherwise occurring on or after November 1, 1966 (without regard to the effective date of this section) warrants such discipline. For purposes of this section, discipline is de“ned as any or all of the following: reprimand, “ne, suspension with or without pay, or lawyer discipline. The commission shall have jurisdiction over justices and judges regarding allegations that misconduct occurred before or during service as a justice or judge if a complaint is made no later than one year following service as a justice or judge. The commission shall have jurisdiction regarding allegations of incapacity during service as a justice or judge. The commission shall be composed of: a. Two judges of district courts of appeal selected by the judges of those courts, two circuit judges selected by the judges of the circuit courts and two judges of county courts selected by the judges of those courts; b. Four electors who reside in the state, who are members of the bar of Florida, and who shall be chosen by the governing body of the bar of Florida; and c. Five electors who reside in the state, who have never held judicial of“ce or been members of the bar of Florida, and who shall be appointed by the governor. (2) The members of the judicial quali“cations commission shall serve staggered terms, not to exceed six years, as prescribed by general law. No member of the commission except a judge shall be eligible for state judicial of“ce while acting as a member of the commission and for a period of two years thereafter. No member of the commission shall hold of“ce in a political party or participate in any campaign for judicial of“ce or hold public of“ce; provided that a judge may campaign for judicial of“ce and hold that of“ce. The commission shall elect one of its members as its chairperson. (3) Members of the judicial quali“cations commission not subject to impeachment shall be subject to removal from the commission pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 7, Florida Constitution. (4) The commission shall adopt rules regulating its proceedings, the “lling of vacancies by the appointing authorities, the disquali“cation of members, the rotation of members between the panels, and the temporary replacement of disquali“ed or incapacitated members. The commissions rules, or any part thereof, may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the legislature, or by the supreme court, “ve justices concurring. The commission shall have power to issue subpoenas. Until formal charges against a justice or judge are “led by the investigative panel with the clerk of the supreme court of Florida all proceedings by or before the commission shall be con“dential; provided, however, upon a “nding of probable cause and the “ling by the investigative panel with said clerk of such formal charges against a justice or judge such charges and all further proceedings before the commission shall be public. (5) The commission shall have access to all information from all executive, legislative and judicial agencies, including grand juries, subject to the rules of the commission. At any time, on request of the speaker of the house of representatives or the governor the commission shall make available to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the commission, which information shall remain con“dential during any investigation and until such information is used in the pursuit for use in consideration of impeachment or suspension, respectively (b) PANELS.„The commission shall be divided into an investigative panel and a hearing panel as established by rule of the commission. The investigative panel is vested with the jurisdiction to receive or initiate complaints, conduct investigations, dismiss complaints, and upon a vote of a simple majority of the panel submit formal charges to the hearing panel. The hearing panel is vested with the authority to receive and hear formal charges from the investigative panel and upon a two-thirds vote of the panel recommend to the supreme court the removal of a justice or judge or the involuntary retirement of a justice or judge for any permanent disability that seriously interferes with the performance of judicial duties. Upon a simple majority vote of the membership of the hearing panel, the panel may recommend to the supreme court that the justice or judge be subject to appropriate discipline. (c) SUPREME COURT.„ The supreme court shall receive recommendations from the judicial quali“cations commissions hearing panel. (1) The supreme court may accept, reject, or modify in whole or in part the “ndings, conclusions, and recommendations of the commission and it may order that the justice or judge be subjected to appropriate discipline, or be removed from of“ce with termination of compensation for willful or persistent failure to perform judicial duties or for other conduct unbecoming a member of the judiciary demonstrating a present un“tness to hold of“ce, or be involuntarily retired for any permanent disability that seriously interferes with the performance of j udicial duties. Mala“des scienter or moral turpitude on the part of a justice or judge shall not be required for removal from of“ce of a justice or judge whose conduct demonstrates a present un“tness to hold of“ce. After the “ling of a formal proceeding and upon request of the investigative panel, the supreme court may suspend the justice or judge from of“ce, with or without compensation, pending “nal determination of the inquiry. (2) The supreme court may award costs to the prevailing party. (d) REMOVAL POWER.„ The power of removal conferred by this section shall be both alternative and cumulative to the power of impeachment. (e) PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.„ Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions of this section, if the person who is the subject of proceedings by the judicial quali“cations commission is a justice of the supreme court of Florida all justices of such court automatically shall be disquali“ed to sit as justices of such court with respect to all proceedings therein concerning such person and the supreme court for such purposes shall be composed of a panel consisting of the seven chief judges of the judicial circuits of the state of Florida most senior in tenure of judicial of“ce as circuit judge. For purposes of determining seniority of such circuit judges in the event there be judges of equal tenure in judicial of“ce as circuit judge the judge or judges from the lower numbered circuit or circuits shall be deemed senior. In the event any such chief circuit judge is under investigation by the judicial quali“cations commission or is otherwise disquali“ed or unable to serve on the panel, the next most senior chief circuit judge or judges shall serve in place of such disquali“ed or disabled chief circuit judge. (f) SCHEDULE TO SECTION 12.„ (1) Except to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of this section, all provisions of law and rules of court in force on the effective date of this article shall continue in effect until superseded in the manner authorized by the constitution. (2) After this section becomes effective and until adopted by rule of the commission consistent with it: a. The commission shall be divided, as determined by the chairperson, into one investigative panel and one hearing panel to meet the responsibilities set forth in this section. b. The investigative panel shall be composed of: 1. Four judges, 2. Two members of the bar of Florida, and 3. Three non-lawyers. c. The hearing panel shall be composed of: 1. Two judges, 2. Two members of the bar of Florida, and 3. Two non-lawyers. d. Membership on the panels may rotate in a manner determined by the rules of the commission provided that no member shall vote as a member of the investigative and hearing panel on the same proceeding. e. The commission shall hire separate staff for each panel. f. The members of the commission shall serve for staggered terms of six years. g. The terms of of“ce of the present members of the judicial quali“cations commission shall expire upon the effective date of the amendments to this section approved by the legislature during the regular session of the legislature in 1996 and new members shall be appointed to serve the following staggered terms: 1. Group I.„The terms of “ve members, composed of two electors as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, one member of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b. of Article V, one judge from the district courts of appeal and one circuit judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)a. of Article V, shall expire on December 31, 1998. 2. Group II.„The terms of “ve members, composed of one elector as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, two members of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b. of Article V, one circuit judge and one county judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1) a. of Article V shall expire on December 31, 2000. 3. Group III.„The terms of “ve members, composed of two electors as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, one member of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b., one judge from the district courts of appeal and one county judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)a. of Article V, shall expire on December 31, 2002. g.h. An appointment to “ll a vacancy of the commission shall be for the remainder of the term. h.i. Selection of members by district courts of appeal judges, circuit judges, and county court judges, shall be by no less than a majority of the members voting at the respective courts conferences. Selection of members by the board of governors of the bar of Florida shall be by no less than a majority of the board. i.j. The commission shall be entitled to recover the costs of investigation and prosecution, in addition to any penalty levied by the supreme court. j.k. The compensation of members and referees shall be the travel expenses or transportation and per diem allowance as provided by general law. NO. 6 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 28 (Legislative) Ballot Title: PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDING OF ABORTIONS; CONSTRUCTION OF ABORTION RIGHTS.„ Ballot Summary: This proposed amendment provides that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-bene“ts coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This prohibition does not apply to an expenditure required by federal law, a case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, p h y sical in j ur y, or p h y sical illness that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, or a case of rape or incest. This proposed amendment provides that the State Constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. With respect to abortion, this proposed amendment overrules court decisions which conclude that the right of privacy under Article I, Section 23 of the State Constitution is broader in scope than that of the United States Constitution. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 28. Prohibition on public funding of abortions; construction of abortion rights.„ (a) Public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for healthbene“ts coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This subsection does not apply to: (1) An expenditure required by federal law; (2) A case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering, physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, which would, as certi“ed by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed; or (3) A pregnancy that results from rape or incest. (b) This constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. NO. 8 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 3 (Legislative) Ballot Title: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental bene“ts, funding or other support, except as required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 3. Religious freedom.„There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace, or safety. Except to the extent required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, neither the government nor any agent of the government may deny to any individual or entity the bene“ts of any program, funding, or other support on the basis of religious identity or belief. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. NO. 9 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE OF MILITARY VETERAN OR FIRST RESPONDER.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to provide by general law ad valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran who died from service-connected causes while on active duty or to the surviving spouse of a “rst responder who died in the line of duty. The amendment authorizes the Legislature to totally exempt or partially exempt such surviving spouses homestead property from ad valorem taxation. The amendment de“nes a “rst responder as a law enforcement of“cer, a correctional of“cer, a “re“ghter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2013. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exem p tion shall be allowed an y individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars. The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. (f) By general law and subject to conditions and limitations speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide ad valorem tax relief equal to the total amount or a portion of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property to the: (1) Surviving spouse of a veteran who died from serviceconnected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces. (2) Surviving spouse of a “rst responder who died in the line of duty. (3) As used in this subsection and as further de“ned by general law, the term: a. First responderŽ means a law enforcement of“cer, a correctional of“cer, a “re“ghter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. b. In the line of dutyŽ means arising out of and in the actual performance of duty required by employment as a “rst responder. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Ad valorem tax relief for surviving spouses of veterans who died from service-connected causes and “rst responders who died in the line of duty.„This section and the amendment to Section 6 of Article VII permitting the legislature to provide ad valorem tax relief to surviving spouses of veterans who died from service-connected causes and “rst responders who died in the line of duty shall take effect January 1, 2013. NO. 10 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 3 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to: (1)Provide an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by counties, municipalities, school districts, and other local governments on tangible personal property if the assessed value of an owners tangible personal property is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. This new exemption, if approved by the voters, will take effect on January 1, 2013, and apply to the 2013 tax roll and subsequent tax rolls. (2) Authorize a county or municipality for the purpose of its respective levy, and as provided by general law, to provide tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance. This is in addition to other statewide tangible personal property tax exemptions provided by the Constitution and this amendment. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 3. Taxes; exemptions.„ (a) All property owned by a municipality and used exclusively by it for municipal or public purposes shall be exempt from taxation. A municipality, owning property outside the municipality, may be req uired b y g eneral law to make p a y ment to the taxing unit in which the property is located. Such portions of property as are used predominantly for educational, literary, scienti“c, religious or charitable purposes may be exempted by general law from taxation. (b) There shall be exempt from taxation, cumulatively, to every head of a family residing in this state, household goods and personal effects to the value “xed by general law, not less than one thousand dollars, and to every widow or widower or person who is blind or totally and permanently disabled, property to the value “xed by general law not less than “ve hundred dollars. (c) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions of this subsection and general law, grant community and economic development ad valorem tax exemptions to new businesses and expansions of existing businesses, as de“ned by general law. Such an exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality, and only after the electors of the county or municipality voting on such question in a referendum authorize the county or municipality to adopt such ordinances. An exemption so granted shall apply to improvements to real property made by or for the use of a new business and improvements to real property related to the expansion of an existing business and shall also apply to tangible personal property of such new business and tangible personal property related to the expansion of an existing business. The amount or limits of the amount of such exemption shall be speci“ed by general law. The period of time for which such exemption may be granted to a new business or expansion of an existing business shall be determined by general law. The authority to grant such exemption shall expire ten years from the date of approval by the electors of the county or municipality, and may be renewable by referendum as provided by general law. (d) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions of this subsection and general law, grant historic preservation ad valorem tax exemptions to owners of historic properties. This exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality. The amount or limits of the amount of this exemption and the requirements for eligible properties must be speci“ed by general law. The period of time for which this exemption may be granted to a property owner shall be determined by general law. (e)(1) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, twenty-“ve thousand dollars of the assessed value of tangible personal property is subject to tangible personal property tax shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation. Tangible personal property is also exempt from ad valorem taxation if the assessed value of such property is greater than twenty-“ve thousand dollars but less than “fty thousand dollars. (2) A county or municipality may, for the purposes of its respective tax levy, provide additional tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance, subject to this subsection and as provided in general law. (f) There shall be granted an ad valorem tax exemption for real property dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes, including real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or by other perpetual conservation protections, as de“ned by general law. (g) By general law and subject to the conditions speci“ed therein, each person who receives a homestead exemption as provided in section 6 of this article; who was a member of the United States military or military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves, or the Florida National Guard; and who was deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature shall receive an additional exemption equal to a percentage of the taxable value of his or her homestead property. The applicable percentage shall be calculated as the number of days during the preceding calendar year the person was deployed on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature divided by the number of days in that year. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Tangible personal property; ad valorem tax exemption.„ The amendment to Section 3 of Article VII providing that property is exempt from tangible personal property tax if the assessed value of such property is greater than twenty-“ve thousand dollars but less than “fty thousand dollars shall take effect January 1, 2013, and applies to assessments for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. NO. 11 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 (Legislative) Ballot Title: ADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; LOW-INCOME SENIORS WHO MAINTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENCY ON PROPERTY; EQUAL TO ASSESSED VALUE.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law and subject to conditions set forth in the general law, to allow counties and municipalities to grant an additional homestead tax exemption equal to the assessed value of homestead property if the property has a just value less than $250,000 to an owner who has maintained permanent residency on the property for not less than 25 years, who has attained age 65, and who has a low household income as de“ned by general law. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant either or both of the following an additional homestead tax exemptions: (1) An exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars; or. (2) An exemption equal to the assessed value of the property to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate with a just value less than two hundred and “fty thousand dollars and who has maintained thereon the permanent residence of the owner for not less than twenty-“ve years and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income does not exceed the income limitation prescribed in paragraph (1). The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant these this additional exemptions exemption within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. NO. 12 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE IX, SECTION 7 (Legislative) Ballot Title: APPOINTMENT OF STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents. Full Text: ARTICLE IX EDUCATION SECTION 7. State University System.„ (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence through teaching students, advancing research and providing pubContinued from the previous page PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued on the next page 17 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice

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Back to school eye screening Drs. Parrish and Youmans, optometrists w ho have been serving the area for over 30 y ears, will be doing their annual “Back to School” vision screening for all Hendry and Glades students through the fth grade during the month of September. Stop by their of ce at 100 N. Main Street any afternoon between 3:30-4:30 p.m. No appointment necessary. Ask about back to school eyew ear special. For information call 675-0761.Calling crafters and vendorsJoin in the fth annual Holiday Bazaar and bake sale at Christ the King Lutheran Church on November 10, No space fee. For details, call Susan Hansen at 863-675-7350.Republican of ce openThe LaBelle of ce is open Monday, W ednesday and Saturday; Of ce Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clewiston Of ce, 402 Sugar Land Highw ay, Of ce Days: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, Of ce Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The of ces will have voter registration forms, candidate campaign materials, information on early voting, absentee voting and polling locations. For additional information please call 863-675-4063 or email Chairman, Mel Karau at Melkarau@aol.com V olunteer for juvenile arbitrationThe Hendry County Court Administration is seeking volunteers for its Juvenile Arbitration program. The ideal candidate enjoys w orking with youth and has a strong desire to help them transition out of the Juvenile J ustice system. He/she should be available to hear cases at least once per month, administer sanctions and refer cases to a treatment provider, as necessary. Interested persons should contact Dawn Oliver, Court Operations Manager at 863-675-5374 for an application form and further information.Free eye examsSpectacular Eyecare will be offering vision screenings for children ages 7-18 through September 30. If glasses are needed, they will offer a frame and lenses package at a reduced cost. Call today for an appointment at 6752015. Spectacular Eyecare is located at 70 W. Yeomans Ave.Legion sh fry, breakfastJoin the American Legion for its sh fry the rst Friday of each month, 5-7 p.m. APPLIANCES & REPAIRS CAR RENTAL CARPET CLEANING CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY CLEANING Deep Clean, Sanitize, Deodorize PRESSURE WASHING AVAILABLE! HANDY MAN • Locally owned/operated 863-675-7297 to schedule CHIROPRACTIC Parrish Family ChiropracticDr. Joshua Parrish, DC Dr. Selena Parrish, DC Phone: (863) 675-0421 ROOFING Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Of“ce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 SOCIAL ORGANIZATION A m e r i c a n L e g i o n P o s t 1 3 0 F i s h F r y Every Friday from 5pm-7pm $7.00 B A R B I N G O Every Tuesday ( M e m b e r s & G u e s t s O n l y ) B r e a k f a s t B u f f e t 1st Sunday of the month 8am-11am $6.00699 W. SR 80 LaBelle, FL (863) 675-8300 P u b l i c W e l c o m e d l e g i o n p o s t 1 3 0 o r g TREE SERVICE HUNTERS HUNTERST TREE REES SER ER VICE VICE• Tree Trimming & Removal •Stump Grinding • Shaping & Topping863-675-0403Licensed and InsuredPeop l e are searc h ing f or your services! Let them know where to find you with an ad in our Business & Service DiretoryAd prices can go as low as $13.52 per week with a 52-week contract Call us at 863-675-2541 For more information LABELLE AREA BUSINESS & SERVICEDIRECTORY lic service for the bene“t of Floridas citizens, their communities and economies, the people hereby establish a system of governance for the state university system of Florida. (b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. There shall be a single state university system comprised of all public universities. A board of trustees shall administer each public university and a board of governors shall govern the state university system. (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each local constituent university shall be administered by a board of trustees consisting of thirteen members dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The board of governors shall establish the powers and duties of the boards of trustees. Each board of trustees shall consist of six citizen members appointed by the governor and “ve citizen members appointed by the board of governors. The appointed members shall be con“rmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of “ve years as provided by law. The chair of the faculty senate, or the equivalent, and the president of the student body of the university shall also be members. (d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. The board of governors shall be a body corporate consisting of seventeen members. The board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the whole university system. These responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, de“ning the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its articulation with free public schools and community colleges, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs. The boards management shall be subject to the powers of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds, and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by law. The governor shall appoint to the board fourteen citizens dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The appointed members shall be con“rmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of seven years as provided by law. The commissioner of education, the chair of the advisory council of faculty senates, or the equivalent, and the chair of the council of student body presidents, which council shall be organized by the board of governors and consist of all the student body presidents of the state university system president of the Florida student association, or the equivalent shall also be members of the board. PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued from the previous page 18 Caloosa Belle September 27, 2012 Community Briefs Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13. It’s time once again for the annual Kiwanis Kid’s Day at the Barron Park in LaBelle. The yearly event has been sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle for over twenty years! Kids can jump in bounce houses, play games, get a stuffed animal and eat popcorn and sno-cones! The games and activities are all free for the kids to enjoy! There will be plenty of music, entertainment, food and lots of laughs. Additionally, community partners and organizations will be set up with fun and educational items for parents and children. We hope to see you there! Kiwanis Kid's Day will be here soon! 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In the Matter of an Application for Permit/ Water Quality Certi“cation, by: APPLICANT Mr. Donald R. Schrotenboer, President Alico Land Development, Inc. 10070 Daniels Interstate Court, Suite 100 Fort Myers, Florida 33913 PROJECT NAME Keri Road Sand Mine File No. 0300373-001 County: Hendry County CONSULTANT Mr. David Wilkison, P.E. Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. 12801 Westlinks Drive, Suite 106 Fort Myers, Florida 33913 NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE PERMIT The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to issue an environmental resource permit under Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Title 62, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) (draft copy of permit attached). Issuance of the environmental resource permit also constitutes certi“cation of compliance with state water quality standards pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1344. Where applicable (such as activities in coastal counties), issuance of the environmental resource permit also constitutes a “nding of consistency with Floridas Coastal Zone Management Program, as required by Section 307 of the Coastal Management Act. I. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ACTIVITY The applicant, Alico Land Development, Inc., applied on April 6, 2010, to the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) for an environmental resource permit (ERP)/ water quality certi“cation for a new surface water management system for a proposed sand mine. The size of the boundary within the mining operations area is 866.06 acres and the size of the separate offsite mitigation area is 701.72 acres. The initial 5-acre excavation area for the ”oating dredge will be dug using hydraulic excavators. The rest of the area will be mined via a ”oating electric dredge. A closed loop system will be used to recycle water. The maximum depth of mining will be to -96 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), which is 126 feet below natural grade. This permit does not authorize dewatering. The surface water management system is designed to hold water on site from a minimum of a 25-year, 3-day designed storm event. A formal determination of the landward extent of wetlands and other surface waters (File No. FD-26-0298899-001) was issued by the Department on April 5, 2011. The project was modi“ed to reduce and eliminate adverse impacts to wetlands and other surface waters. Authorized dredging and “lling of wetlands and surface waters includes approximately 117.11 acres of permanent impacts to wetlands and other surface waters. All mitigation for the permanent wetland and surface waters impacts will be completed at a 701.72-acre offsite mitigation area. A conservation easement shall be placed on the 701.72-acre area prior to the start of construction. In the conservation easement area, cattle and agricultural activities shall be permanently excluded. All nuisance and exotic species removal will begin concurrently with the mining activity. The uniform mitigation assessment method (UMAM) was used in evaluating the mitigation needed. The existing land use of the 866.06-acre mining operations area is 441.18 acres of improved pasture, 141.43 acres of wet prairie, 107.97 acres of freshwater marsh, 48.93 acres of woodland pasture, 48.61 acres of live oak, 35.25 acres of pine ”atwoods, 27.05 acres of hydric pasture, 8.35 acres of ditches, 4.04 acres of cabbage palms, 1.77 acres of primitive trails, 1.14 acres of spoil areas, and a 0.34-of-an-acre cattle pond. The future land use of the 866.06-acre mining operations area is two lakes and perimeter berms totaling 511.85 acres, 85,82 acres of wet prairie, 81.27 acres of freshwater marsh, 77.72 acres of improved pasture, 43.06 acres of live oak, 26.33 acres of road and road right-of-way, 22.76 acres of extractive processing area, 6.18 acres of pine ”atwoods, 5.38 acres of woodland pasture, 3.86 acres of cabbage palm, 0.74-ofanacre of ditches, 0.61-of-an-acre of spoil areas, a 0.34-of-an-acre cattle pond, and 0.14-of-anacre of primitive trails. The 701.72-acre mitigation area consists of 228.72 acres of freshwater marsh, 219.61 acres of wet prairie, 125.10 acres of improved pasture, 30.98 acres of temperate hardwoods, 20.09 acres of willow and elderberry, 19.23 acres of wetland mixed forest, 16.89 acres of woodland pasture, 16.06 acres of live oak, 12.00 acres of pine ”atwoods 7.70 acres of p almetto p rairie and 5.34 acres of roads. The total applicant-owned area contiguous to the project is 4,547 acres. The total area served by the system is 551.39 acres, which includes the 502.30 acres to be excavated, 26.33 acres of road and road right-of-way, and 22.76 acres for the processing facility, maintenance facility, and the pre-treatment area. The total impervious area will be 8,22 acres. The expiration date of the construction phase of this permit is 20 years from the date of issuance. The mine is located on Keri Road (County Road 832), approximately 10 miles east of the intersection of State Road 29, in Sections 1, 2, 11, and 12, Township 45 South, Range 30 East, and Section 36, Township 44 South, Range 30 East, Hendry County. The 701.72-acre offsite mitigation area is located approximately 2.5 miles south of Keri Road in Sections 23 thru 26, Township 45 South, Range 30 East, Hendry County. II. AUTHORITY FOR REVIEW The Department has permitting authority under Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S., and Chapters 62-330, 62-341 and 62-343, F.A.C. The activity is not exempt from the requirement to obtain an environmental resource permit. Pursuant to Operating Agreements executed between the Department and the water management districts, as referenced in Chapter 62-113, F.A.C., the Department is responsible for reviewing this application. III. BACKGROUND This project is the construction of a surface water management system for a proposed new sand mine to be located within an area that has been primarily used for agriculture for many years. The December 25, 1948, aerial photograph shows that the proposed mine area was still mostly undisturbed native habitat. County Road 832 was not yet constructed. The south end of the project area shows signs of what appears to be ditches, dirt trails, and a rectangular area of cleared land. The March 10, 1957, aerial photograph shows CR 832 and a much more expanded area of land altered for agriculture. Ditches, swales and berms were constructed through and around wetlands to facilitate drainage for agriculture. By November 22, 1968, the aerial photograph shows the uplands outside of the agricultural “elds were more densely forested, possibly from interruption of the normal “re cycle. During the inspections that occurred on February 9, 2011, and April 19, 2011, Department staff observed that the dominant use of the land was cattle ranching, Upland areas were maintained as improved pasture for cattle foraging. Some upland areas had been used for sod. Cattle impacts in wetlands were very common. The land in the proposed mitigation area was also used for cattle ranching. Cattle impacts in the wetlands were very common, but did not seem as extensive as in the proposed mining area. Upland areas were not as well improved for cattle forage, but were reported to be periodically burned. A Department inspection on April 19, 2011, indicated that the area was recently burned. The applicant has a current surface water permit (Permit No. 26-00315-5) issued by the SFWMD on August 11, 1988, for a 4,547-acre agricultural operation that encompasses portions of the area of the proposed mine. The northern portion of the project authorized by Permit No. 26-00315-S includes the proposed mine boundaries but was never developed into a citrus grove. The applicant has requested that the proposed mine area be removed from the SFWMD permit concurrent with the issuance of this ERR The initial construction areas for the proposed mine will not be within the SFWMD permitted area. A formal determination of the landward extent of wetlands and other surface waters (File No. FD-26-0298899-001) was issued by the Department on April 5, 2011. It has an expiration date of April 5, 2016. The existing spoil areas on site are the result of permitted agricultural activities. Some of the spoil areas are associated with cattle watering ponds that were excavated. Some of the spoil areas are associated with the excavation of internal drainage ditches that have been used to facilitate the production of sod and improved habitat for the cattle. Most of the spoil areas within the mine boundary will be removed during the mining of these areas. The small spoil associated with cow wells in Wetlands 3 and 4 will remain undisturbed as they are used by alligators, turtles, and numerous species of wading birds as basking/ resting habitat adjacent to the associated wetlands. No previous mining activities have occurred on the property. Due to the potential use of various pesticides, fertilizers, and fuels used in agricultural settings, analysis of soil samples was re q uired. One com p osite sam p le was collected from each of the four agricultural “elds. In addition, two grab samples were also collected from each of the four “elds and submitted for testing of volatile organic compounds. The laboratory results indicate no detectable concentrations of polycyclic hydrocarbons, chlorinated herbicides, or organophosphorus pesticides in any of the composite samples. Very low concentrations of metals, toluene, total petroleum hydrocarbons and organochlorine pesticides were detected by the analytical laboratory in the composite and grab samples. Most of these detected constituents were between the method detection limit and practical quantitation limit. All laboratory analytical results for all detected constituents are below the soil cleanup target levels (SCTL) for residential land use as provided by Chapter 62-777, F.A.C. Based on the analytical results, impacted soil above applicable SCTL was not identi“ed on the project site. The applicant provided ambient groundwater quality data for thirteen shallow, intermediate, and deep (to the proposed depth of mining) permanent on-site monitoring wells. The analytical parameters included speci“c conductance, nitrate, total kjeldahl nitrogen, sulfate, total dissolved solids (TDS), radium 226/228, uranium, and gross alpha. Since TDS concentrations in one intermediate and one deep well located in the northeast boundary of the proposed excavation footprint exceeded the groundwater standard, the Department required additional testing (exploratory boring) to see if there would be adverse impacts at the proposed 126 foot mining depth. The laboratory analysis indicated TDS exceeded the 500 mg/L groundwater quality standard as prescribed in Rule 62-520.420, F.A.C., at several locations. The report indicates the major contributor to the TDS concentrations appear to be alkalinity, followed by calcium and chloride, which are naturally occurring from local ”uid-rock interactions. The ambient TDS concentrations do not appear to be depth-dependent; they are variable across the site and with depth. The conversion of agricultural land to open water may have a net positive impact on local groundwater quality as the water may experience increased dilution from rainfall. The project includes designs and procedures to address the short-term and long-term water quality impacts of the proposed system. The proposed activity will not contribute to the TDS levels. Water quality monitoring of the mine lakes and perimeter monitoring wells are required to be performed throughout the duration of the permit. The monitoring data will be evaluated based on ambient concentrations or water quality standards, as applicable. In addition to water quality monitoring, the applicant is required to install a rain gauge at the mine prior to the start of mining. Elimination and reduction of impacts to wetlands and other surface waters were considered during the development of the project. During the review of the application, the proposed mining plan was changed to reduce the area of wetlands being dredged or “lled. The Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM) was used in evaluating the wetlands and other surface waters. The proposed dredge and “ll areas show loss of wetland functions from decades of alterations from the management for improved pasture and sod farming. The proposed offsite mitigation area includes upland and wetland habitats that have been altered to a lesser degree for unimproved range land. The removal of cattle, nuisance plants and exotic plants, along with the use of prescribed burns is expected to restore the functions of native habitats. The mitigation area is adjacent to publically owned preservation lands which provides connectivity for the movement of species. The habitat enhancements will occur concurrent with the mining which allowed use of a lower timing factor. Using UMAM, the functional gains of the mitigation plan exceed the functional losses. The proposed mitigation will provide greater long term ecological value than the impacted areas. All mitigation for the permanent 117.11 acres of wetland and surface waters impacts will be completed at a 701.72-acre offsite mitigation area. A conservation easement shall be placed on the 701,72-acre mitigation area prior to the start of construction at the mine. In the conservation easement area, cattle grazing and agricultural activities shall be permanently excluded. Monitoring, which includes documentary photographs, is required. All nuisance and exotic species removal and other environmental enhancement on the mitigation area will begin concurrently with the mining activities. The initial treatment includes cutting and treating of all Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius), and any other exotic and nuisance species present in the mitigation area, by foliar or basal treatment with systemic herbicides. Immediately following an exotic and nuisance removal treatment, the level of nuisance and exotic species shall be less than one percent presence in the miti g ation habitats. Maintenance events at the offsite mitigation area are required for a minimum of three years after the initial treatment. As part of the success criteria, the overall mitigation habitat shall have less than ten percent total coverage by nuisance species, and exotic levels shall be less than “ve percent total cover between maintenance events. Maintenance is required anytime exotic and nuisance species exceed “ve percent of the cover. Monitoring of the conservation area is required for a minimum of “ve years beginning with the baseline report that will be submitted upon issuance of the permit. Listed species are known to use the mining and offsite mitigation areas. Wildlife “eld surveys were conducted by the applicant in August 2009. Databases from the Florida Natural Area Inventory (FNAI) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) were also used. Listed species observed by the applicant within the project limits include American alligator, roseate spoonbill, white ibis, little blue heron, snowy egret, tricolored heron, Florida sandhill crane, wood stork, Audubons crested caracara, and fox squirrel. Listed animal species not observed by the applicant but potentially on site include Southeastern American kestrel, burrowing owl, gopher tortoise, gopher frog, Eastern indigo snake, black bear, and Florida panther. During a Department inspection on February 9, 2011, staff saw a gopher tortoise burrow, two crested caracara ”ying and resting, as well as storks and several species of wading birds foraging in the wetlands. During a joint Department staff and FFWCC staff inspection on April 19, 2011, sandhill cranes, deer, and a coyote were seen. Approximately 75 percent of the proposed mine is in the panther Primary Zone with the remaining percentage being in the Secondary Zone. Collared panther telemetry points have been recorded in the Okaloacoochee Slough, which is located just west of the property, Other telemetry points show panthers are present on ranch lands south of Keri Road in several large marsh habitats within that property. The FNAI element occurrence data base has numerous sightings on adjacent property and in the vicinity of the project area. The applicant is currently working on a site management plan in consultation with the FFWCC and U.S. and Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that details wildlife-related avoidance, minimization, and mitigation requirements. A March 13, 2012, letter from FFWCC to the Department indicates the FFWCC is in support of this approach to the wildlife aspect of the plan. The permittee is to provide a copy of the approved wildlife management/compensation plan to the Department within 60 days of its approval. The applicant shall also install bear-resistant outdoor receptacles at the plant site to reduce the potential for human-bear con”ict. IV, BASIS OF ISSUANCE The permittee has provided reasonable assurance that the construction, alteration, operation, maintenance, removal or abandonment of the surface water management system will not cause adverse ”ooding to on-site or off-site property. The applicant has provided geotechnical reports that were found to be acceptable to Department staff. There will be no adverse water quantity impacts to receiving waters and adjacent lands. Engineering and drainage designs are acceptable to Department staff. Berms will be constructed around each mine lake and the processing facility with an adequate height to contain at a minimum the 25-year 72hour designed storm event and an additional three feet of freeboard. Additionally, surface water runoff within the processing facility area and adjacent to the haul road will receive pre-treatment though dry detention swales prior to entering the mine lake. The proposed project is designed such that stormwater in excess of the 100-year 72-hour designed storm event (which is only 0.2-of-a-foot higher than the required 25-year 72-hour designed storm event) will discharge through two control structures located on the southwestern sides of the northernmost mine lake, into two avoided wetlands where the surface water intermediately ”ows west into offsite wetlands. The project design meets the water quality and quantity criteria required by the South Florida Water Management District. The applicant has performed onsite aquifer performance testing and constructed a three dimensional groundwater ”ow model to evaluate the post-mining impacts on the environment. A water budget comparison of the pre-mining and post mining conditions indicated that the change from a land use of pasture/wetlands to mine lakes/ wetlands would have little impact on the water budget for the site. The project design will maintain the existing surface water runoff pattern, from the southeast to northwest through avoided onsite wetlands to offsite wetlands to continue durin g minin g and in the post-mining condition. During mining operations water levels will be monitored in the wetlands. In association with water quantity monitoring, the applicant is required to install a rain gauge at the mine prior to the start of mining. The applicant has provided reasonable assurance that the construction, alteration, operation, maintenance, removal or abandonment of a surface water management system will not adversely impact the value of functions provided to “sh and wildlife and listed species by wetlands and other surface waters. The project included considerations for the elimination or reduction of adverse impact to wetlands and other surface waters. For impacts that could not be avoided, wetland mitigation will be provided through a 701.72-acre offsite enhancement and preservation area. The offsite mitigation area is contiguous to the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest which will provide connectivity to offsite habitats. The mitigation area is in the same mapped basin as the impact area so the project will not have cumulative impacts. Approximately 75 percent of the proposed mine is in the panther Primary Zone with the remaining percentage being in the Secondary Zone. The applicant is currently working on a site management plan in consultation with the FFWCC and U.S. and Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that details wildliferelated avoidance, minimization, and mitigation requirements. A March 13, 2012, letter from FFWCC to the Department indicates the FFWCC is in support of this approach to the wildlife aspect of the plan. The permittee is to provide a copy of the approved wildlife management/compensation plan to the Department within 60 days of its approval. The applicant shall also install bear-resistant outdoor receptacles at the plant site to reduce the potential for human-bear con”ict. The created lakes with vegetated littoral zone shorelines have the potential to provide “shing or recreational values. The vegetated littoral zone will also provide foraging areas for listed wading birds. The Department sent a copy of the proposed mine to the Division of Historical Resources (DOHR). On May 3, 2010, the DOHR sent a letter to the Department recommending a cultural resource reconnaissance survey of the property. A Phase I archaeological and historical survey was conducted in May and June 2010, and a copy of the “nding was sent to DOHR. Two previously unrecorded archaeological sites (8HN284 and 8HN293) were identi“ed. Site 8HN293 contained only limited mineralized bone and no diagnostic artifacts and is ineligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Site 8HN284 contained a prehistoric midden and was recommended for either further investigation or preservation. Site 8HN284, is not located in an area to be mined. On August 31, 2010, DOHR wrote that it found the archeological report complete and suf“cient and that additional investigation is needed if preservation is not possible. The project is not expected to adversely affect the quality of receiving waters such that the water quality standards set forth in Chapters 62-3, 62-4, 62-302, 62-520, 62-522, and 62-550, F.A.C., including any antidegradation provisions of Rules 624.242 (1)(a) and (b), 62-4.242(2) and (3), and 62-302.300, F.A.C., will be violated. Best management practices will be used to stabilize disturbed areas near property lines, wetlands, and other surface waters to limit movement of sediment. The issuance of this ERP does not exempt the applicant from obtaining an Industrial Wastewater Permit. Chemicals, other than Department approved pH adjuster and water conditioners, will not be added to process water. The applicant provided ambient groundwater quality data for 15 shallow, intermediate, and deep (to the proposed depth of mining) permanent on-site monitoring wells. Except for total dissolved solids, the analytic parameters were within the groundwater quality standards as prescribed by Chapter 62-520, F.A.C. TDS values collected from on-site monitoring wells have no depth dependent trends. The conversation of agricultural land to open water may have a net positive impact on local groundwater quality as the water may experience increased dilution from rainfall. Groundwater quality monitoring will be required during mining operations. Due to potential use of various pesticides, fertilizers, and fuels used in agricultural settings, soil sampling was required. All laboratory analytical results for all detected constituents are below the soil cleanup target levels (SCTL) for residential land use as provided by Chapter 62-777, F.A.C. As part of the reasonable assurance that there will be no adverse impacts to avoided wetlands, three onsite avoided wetlands are being monitored. Four continuous read piezometers will be installed in the three wetlands during the mining operations. These piezometers will provide daily measurements of the groundwater levels in all three wetlands and will be downloaded on a regular schedule to assure water levels are being maintained throughout the property during the mining operations. The results from these downloads will be p rovided in graphic form included in the annual report. Each of the three avoided monitored wetlands will also have a vegetative monitoring transect. A vegetative sampling station will occur at each end and in the middle of each transect. A corresponding photo station will also be established at the midpoint of each monitored transect documenting the condition of each wetland. The vegetative monitoring report will be submitted with the annual report. The applicant appears to have the legal, “nancial, and administrative capability of ensuring that the activity will be undertaken in accordance with the terms and conditions of the permit. A Letter of Credit (LOC) and a Standby Trust Agreement (STA) or other acceptable “nancial assurance mechanism for an initial amount of $53,280.43 shall be provided to the Department prior to the start of construction. This amount is 110 percent of the estimated total mitigation cost of $48,436.74. An acceptable “nancial assurance mechanism must be provided to the Department prior to excavation. The amount of the “nancial assurance mechanism shall be increased or decreased as necessary, every “ve years from the date of permit issuance, or upon completion of mitigation. This project is not expected to have adverse effects on public health, safety, or welfare, and the property of others. At the completion of mining, all disturbed areas outside of the lakes will be seeded. The maintenance and processing facility and equipment will be removed. The removal of these structures and associated facilities will be in accordance with appropriate rules for identifying and handling of potential hazardous construction debris. The road to the site, power lines, berm, and mine lake control structures will remain. This project is not expected to have an adverse effect on navigation or the ”ow of water, or cause harmful erosion or shoaling. No marine areas are in the vicinity of the project. This project is not in the vicinity of Class II waters or shell“sh harvesting areas. No vertical seawalls are involved with this project. The applicant is not known to be in violation of Department or SFWMD rules adopted pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S. Through the above and based on the general/ limiting and speci“c conditions to the permit, the applicant has provided af“rmative reasonable assurance that the construction and operation of the activity, considering the direct, secondary and cumulative impacts, will comply with the provisions of Part IV of Chapter 373, RS., and the rules adopted thereunder, including the Conditions for Issuance or Additional Conditions for Issuance of an environmental resource permit, pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S., Chapter 62-330, and Rules 40E-4.301, and 40E-4.302, F.A.C. The construction and operation of the activity will not result in violations of water quality standards and will not degrade ambient water quality in Outstanding Florida Waters pursuant to Rule 62-4.242, F.A.C. The applicant has also demonstrated that the construction of the activity, including a consideration of the direct, secondary, and cumulative impacts, is not contrary to the public interest, pursuant to Section 373.414(1)(a), F.S. V. PUBLICATION OF NOTICE The Department has determined that the proposed activity, because of its size, potential effect on the environment or the public, controversial nature, or location, is likely to have a heightened public concern or likelihood of request for administrative proceedings. Therefore, pursuant to Section 373.413(4), F.S., and Rules 62-110.106(5), (7), (9), and (11) and 62-343.090(2)(k), F.A.C., you (the applicant) are required to publish at your own expense the enclosed Notice of Intent to Issue. The notice is required to be published one time, within 30 days of the date of entry of this intent, in the legal advertisements section of a newspaper of general circulation meeting the requirements of Sections 50.011 and 50.031, F.S., in the county where the activity is to take place. Within seven days of publication, the applicant must provide proof of publication in the form prescribed by Section 50.051, F.S., to: Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Mining and Minerals Regulation 2051 East Paul Dirac Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32310-3760 Failure to publish the notice and provide proof of publication within the allotted time shall result in denial of the permit. VI. RIGHTS OF AFFECTED PARTIES Under this intent to issue, the permit is hereby granted subject to the applicants compliance with any requirement in this intent to publish notice of this intent in a newspaper of general circulation and to provide proof of such publication in accordance with Section 50.051, F.S. This action is “nal and effective on the date “led with the Clerk of the Department unless a suf“cient petition for an administrative hearing is timely “led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., as provided below. If a suf“cient petition for an administrative hearing is timely “led, this intent to issue automaticall y becomes onl y proposed agency action on the application, subject to the result of the administrative review process. Therefore, on the “ling of a timely and suf“cient petition, this action will not be “nal and effective until further order of the Department. When proof of publication is provided, if required by this intent, and if a suf“cient petition is not timely “led, the permit will be issued as a ministerial action. Because an administrative hearing may result in the reversal or substantial modi“cation of this action, the applicant is advised not to commence construction or other activities until the deadlines noted below, for “ling a petition for an administrative hearing or request for an extension of time, have expired and until the permit has been executed and delivered. Mediation is not available. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be “led (received by the clerk) in the Of“ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Under Rule 62-110.106(4), F.A.C., a person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may also request an extension of time to “le a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be “led with the Of“ce of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, before the applicable deadline. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for “ling a petition until the request is acted upon. If a request is “led late, the Department may still grant it upon a motion by the requesting party showing that the failure to “le a request for an extension of time before the deadline was the result of excusable neglect. If a timely and suf“cient petition for an administrative hearing is “led, other persons whose substantial interests will be affected by the outcome of the administrative process have the right to petition to intervene in the proceeding. Intervention will be permitted only at the discretion of the presiding of“cer upon the “ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205, F,A.C. In accordance with Rule 62-110.106(3), F.A.C., petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be “led within 21 days of receipt of this written notice. Petitions “led by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be “led within 21 days of publication of the notice or within 21 days of receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs “rst. Under Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may “le a petition within 21 days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication. The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of “ling. The failure of any person to “le a petition for an administrative hearing within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that persons right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Departments action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agencys “le or identi“cation number, if known; (b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitioners representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioners substantial interests are or will be affected by the agency determination; (c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; (d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci“c facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi“cation of the agencys proposed action; (f) A statement of the speci“c rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require reversal or modi“cation of the agencys proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci“c rules or statutes; and (g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agencys proposed action. A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the De p artments action is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain the same information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-106.301, F.A.C. Under Sections\ 120.569(2)(c) and (d), F.S., a petition for administrative hearing must be dismissed by the agency if the petition does not substantially comply with the above requirements or is untimely “led. This intent to issue constitutes an order of the Department. Subject to the provisions of Section 120.68(7)(a), F.S., which may require a remand for an administrative hearing, the applicant has the right to seek judicial review of the order under Section 120.68, F.S., by the “ling of a notice of appeal under Rule 9.110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with the Clerk of the Department in the Of“ce of General Counsel, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3000, and by “ling a copy of the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable “ling fees with the appropriate district court of appeal. The notice of appeal must be “led within 30 days from the date when the order is “led with the Clerk of the Department. The applicant, or any party within the meaning of Section 373.114(1) (a) or Section 373.4275, F.S., may also seek appellate review of the order before the Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission under Section 373.114(1) or Section 373.4275, F.S. Requests for review before the Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission must be “led with the Secretary of the Commission and served on the Department within 20 days from the date when the order is “led with the Clerk of the Department. The application is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining and Minerals Regulation, 2051 East Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-3760. Executed in Tallahassee, Florida. Copies furnished to; ACOE, Fort Myers Regulatory Of“ce [SAJ2010-01058(IP-LAE)] ATTN: Donnie Kinard ACOE, Fort Myers Regulatory Of“ce, [SAJ-2010-01058 (IP-LAE)] ATTN: Linda A. Elligott U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Florida Ecological Services Of“ce, ATTN: Patricia Browser DEP, Div. of Rec. and Parks, Bureau of Natl or Cultural Res. ATTN: Greg Walker DEP, OGC. ATTN: Michael Morelly, Senior Attorney DEP, Restoration Planning and Permitting Section, ATTN: Tracy C. Robb, P.E. DEP, South District Of“ce, ATTN: Abdul Ahmadi, P.E. Administrator DEP, South District Of“ce, SLERP, ATTN Lucy Blair Dept. of State, Division of Historical Resources, ATTN: Laura Kammerer DOACS, Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, ATTN: Chris Schmiege FFWCC, Of“ce of Policy and Stakeholder Coordination, ATTN: Jane Chabre FFWCC, Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area, ATTN: Jean McCollom FFWCC, ATTN: Tim King South Florida Water Management District, Okeechobee Service Center, ATTN: Kelly Cranford South Florida Water Management District, Intergov. Policy & Planning, ATIN: James J. Golden I-Tendry County Planning Dept., ATTN: Sarah A. Catala Hendry County Administrative Service Director, ATTN: Vincent A. Cautero, AICP Stantec, ATTN: Craig Schmittler Conservancy of Southwest, ATTN: Amber Crooks Mitigation Marketing, LLC, ATTN: Lynn M. Zenczak Lampl Herbert Consultants, Inc., ATTN: Gregory M. Hitz, P.G. Kim Allen Mike Duever Kleinfelder, ATTN: Chryl DeCrenza Bureau of Mining and Minerals Regulation File CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned duly designated deputy clerk hereby certi“es that this permit, including all copies, was mailed or emailed before the close of business on September 12 2012, to the above listed persons. FILING AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT FILED, on this date, pursuant to Section 120.52, Florida Statutes, with the designated deputy Department Clerk, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged. 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