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Title: Glades County Democrat
Alternate Title: Democrat
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Glades Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Moore Haven Fla
Publication Date: 09-27-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Moore Haven (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Glades County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
Coordinates: 26.834167 x -81.096111 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1922.
Numbering Peculiarities: Vol. 8, no. 12 (June 21, 1929) issue misdated 1920.
General Note: Editors: R.B. Child, <1926>; Keathley Bowden, <1929>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 29 (Sept. 24, 1926).
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
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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. newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See Page 2 for information on how to contact the newspaper.Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Vol. 84, No. 34 ‘Mystery woman’ in painting at library ...Page 14 Crossword puzzle ...Page 8 50¢ Plus tax Glades at a Glance ...Page 12 Arrest Report ...Page 14 Terriers defeat Sentinels ... Page 13 Commissioner Storter-Long accused of con ict of interestBy Charles M. MurphySpecial to the Glades Democrat Glades County Commissioners re-voted a recent ranking of consulting rms to provide services to the county for the Emergency Operations Center construction project Monday night after it came to light that a commissioners ranking of the rms Sept. 11, might have violated Florida law. The rm of Clemons, Rutherford and Associates of Tallahassee led a protest letter with the County Sept. 12 against the ranking list submitted by Commissioner Donna Storter-Long. In the letter, President William D. Rutherford wrote, "It is not acceptable or legal for a public of cial to sit on a selection committee and vote for a family member that would receive payment for their services." Mr. Rutherford claimed Mrs. Storter-Long's son was associated with the rm she ranked #1, Architects Design Group. The Florida Ethics Commission could not con rm Friday whether a formal complaint had been led with the state as these complaints are protected from public record until they determine whether they should investigate it. They have an investigative division that has the resources to fully investigate these complaints. Later the complaint would be released to the public if the commission nds an investigation should take place. The decision would take place at a public hearing in Tallahassee at a speci ed date. The ranking list Storter presented had Architects Design Group ranked rst and Clemons, Rutherford and Associates ranked sixth and last. It was a close vote among the other Commissioners as Clemons was ranked rst by Chairman Butch Jones and second by Paul Beck and Russell Echols. Architects Design Group was ranked number one by Mrs. StortVote changed on rm for new EOCSee COUNTY Page 2 Oct 6. Fred Day' festival to include Gator Boys show, rib cook-off, games auctions and moreSpecial to the Glades County Democrat On July 9, 2012, 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 17-year-old Florida teen 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. Thinking he had torn free, Fred began swimming toward the bank until he realized his arm was still in the gator's mouth and still attached by a tendon meaning he was now pulling the gator along with him. The gator pulled him back under the water and began rolling again. When it nally stopped, 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. Holding Community rallies to help injured teen Special to the Glades County Democrat‘Fred’ Langdale lost his arm in a July 9 alligator attack. The community plans a fundraiser on Oct. 6 to help Moore Haven High School student. See FRED Page 12

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er-Long, Mr. Echols and Mr. Beck. Mr. Jones ranked them fourth. Without Ms. Long’s ranking Clemons would have been the top ranked rm by just one point. Engineer Steve Dobbs compared this to criminal activity that has sent Commissioners to jail in Palm Beach County. Commissioner Long said she was not aware there was a con ict of interest before the vote took place. Mr. Dobbs said the President of Johnson Engineering, Lonnie Howard was Storter’s son. County Attorney Richard Pringle said he was not aware of any con ict before the vote took place. He said the commissioner should be aware of these issues and he is not a policeman because that is not his role in county government. “Everyone should have working knowledge of the law. If there is a question and a possible con ict situation, when it is brought up, I address it, I answer the question and I give a legal opinion as to whether there is a con ict.” Mr. Pringle said he spoke with the Ethics Commission and they found that her son would have gained nancially if a contract was approved. “The bottom line is a voting con ict is present, the commissioner must declare the con ict and rescind her vote.” The remainder of the board would be able to rank the rms and their ranking will become the of cial decision of the county. Mrs. Long made the motion to rescind the previous ranking and it was approved (4-0). She made a formal apology for her earlier vote. Commissioner Echols said he would like the Florida Ethics Commission to resolve the issue. He asked that a formal complaint be led to determine whether Florida law was violated. “That is what they do. They may come back and state no harm no foul. I don’t think it should be up to us,” he added. The commission voted (3-0) to send the complaint to the Ethics Commission. Clemons was ranked the number one rm in the second vote on Monday. Architects Design Group was ranked second. The state contributed a $5 million grant to build the new EOC in Moore Haven. Johnson Engineering is a sub-consultant for Architect Design Group. In other actions Commissioner Long complained about an insurance consultant who hasn’t kept his promise to save the county money. She also asked for the creation of a new personnel manual committee. She asked for the county to create the position of purchasing agent which in her opinion would save the county considerable funds. She also complained that the county manager has not adhered to a hiring freeze on county employees. She also requested clear salary levels and job descriptions for employees. She also complained that certain positions were not lled lawfully and not open to all quali ed employees as required by law. She also opposed the use of county equipment on private property. She said all county employees should follow clearly dened expectations of conduct while on the job. The commission also decided to pursue an addition to the Indian Hills Fire Department for a meeting room. Estimated costs ranged from $14,600 to $17,360. The commission voted against the purchase of the former Glades Inn on U.S. 27 for $324,000. Commissioner Long was appointed to the County Election Canvassing Board to serve for the November election. The county is ready to break ground on the Washington Park Community Center. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intends to renew their contract for the Alvin Ward Park in Moore Haven. County Manager Wendell Taylor conrmed one county commissioner had requested he resign his position. He said he will not respond to the request. He would not identify which commissioner made the request. Editor’s note: For a letter from Commissioner Donna Storter-Long, see page 24. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 ACT offers counseling and related servicesAbuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. is a non-pro t agency serving victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties. ACT offers individual and group counseling, safe emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, and forensic examinations for survivors of rape. For more information please call 239-939-3112 or 1-888-956-7273.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 BY MARGARET ENGLAND Hendry-Glades AudubonThe Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird species that breeds in eastern North America. Its breeding range extends from the lower Canadian provinces south to Texas and Florida. They winter in south Texas and Central America. They will cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single ight to return to Florida as early a February and begin breeding in May. This small hummingbird, with a slender and slightly downcurved bill, is about 3.75 inches long. In ight their short wings beat about 53 times a second which makes a buzzing sound. This rapid ight allows them to y straight and fast as well as stop instantly, hover or y up, down or backwards with minute control. This bird's extremely short legs prevent it from walking or hopping, however it can shuf e along a perch. Adult males have a bright emerald green back and crown with gray-white underparts and an iridescent red throat. Adult females lack the ruby throat and have less green on the breast sides and only a few green ecks on their throat. Juveniles are similar to the adult female with mostly unmarked throats. The oldest documented Rubythroated Hummingbird lived to be nine years and one month old. The male's song is a constant series of monotonous chips just daybreak. The common call between individuals or during chases is an even "chee-dit." Ruby-throated Hummingbirds occur in a variety of habitats in rural and suburban areas including pine and hardwood forests and stream oodplains. Their diet includes small insects and nectar which is most often from red, orange or yellow owers. During the summer they are observed visiting sugar water feeders and garden owers. Breeding pairs are together for only a few days or weeks. The female builds nest of plant material held together with spider silk or pine resin. The large thimble size nest takes 6 to 10 days to complete and is about two inches across and 1 inch deep. She lays 2 small white eggs which are incubated for 11 to 14 days. The young edge in two to four weeks. To join Hendry-Glades Audubon volunteers at STA5 on Oct. 13, Nov. 10 or Nov. 24 send an e-mail to Margaret England at sta5birding@embarqmail.com. Meet at the east end of Deer Fence Road at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Include your name and contact information including an emergency cell number, the date you want attend the STA5 trip, and the number of participants in your party. You may also leave this information at 863-674-0695 or 863-517-0202. For a schedule of STA5 trips through December 2013 visit the HGAS website at www.hendrygladesaudubon.org. Trips being at the STA5 Deer Fence Trailhead located 29 miles south of Clewiston. Please, share you your birdwatching experiences and post suggestions for featured birdwatching sites on the Hendry-Glades Audubon or Clewiston News Facebook pages. Inland Birdwatching Fun: Ruby-throated Hummingbird (RTHU) PHOTO / NANCY PRICERuby-throated Hummingbird. Margaret England

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 BY MICKIE ANDERSON UFWhen University of Florida researcher Robert McCleery and a graduate student began looking at why an endangered marsh rabbit’s habitat was disappearing in the Florida Keys, they fully expected the blame would fall on development. Instead, they were stunned to nd that nearly half of the rabbit’s habitat loss was due to rising sea levels. “We kind of look at sea level rise as this problem that’s just starting, something that is going to be a real problem for conservation in the future. But what we’re showing here is that it’s already a problem,” McCleery said. “We’re not saying that development doesn’t have an impact, but sea level rise is undoubtedly the main culprit and development helps exacerbate it.” The sea level ndings raise concerns about the outlook for many coastal species, McCleery said, and he said there is no reason to believe that outlook won’t worsen over time, as ocean levels are predicted to rise. McCleery and Jason A. Schmidt, a former graduate student of McCleery’s when he worked at Texas A&M University, began looking at the Lower Keys marsh rabbit because it was a federally endangered species known only to live in an isolated part of the Florida Keys. Their ndings were posted online this week by the journal Global Change Biology. The Lower Keys marsh rabbit, known to scientists as Sylvilagus palustris hefneri – named for Playboy publishing magnate Hugh Hefner – is a smallto medium-sized rabbit with dark brown fur and a grayish-white belly. Once abundant in the lower Florida keys, the rabbit has been on the federal endangered species list since 1990, and only a few hundred remain on just a few of the keys, such as Boca Chica, Sugarloaf and Big Pine. The researchers analyzed aerial photographs from 1959 (when the rabbit was still plentiful) and 2006 and were able to show a 64 percent net loss of the marsh rabbit’s habitat – 48 percent of it due to sea level rise, said McCleery, a faculty member with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Only 8 percent of habitat loss was attributable to development, indicating that development’s greatest threats are indirect, such as blocking the bunny’s habitat from migrating inland in response to rising sea levels, the researchers said. Jeff Gore, a statewide wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the study shows that sea level change that seems almost imperceptible to humans can still have a big impact on wildlife. “Obviously, it’s already having an effect on the marsh rabbit, but in a state like Florida with so much coastline and so many endangered species, it’s going to be a major concern for decades to come,” he said. Since the mid-1800s, sea level has been rising. During the last century, sea level rose between 6 to 8 inches, although scientists believe the rate increased greatly in the last decade and many expect that trend to continue. While sea level was shown to be the endangered rabbit’s biggest threat, McCleery said development wasn’t without blame. The team found a strong correlation between the amount of development and how much new habitat was created. Keys where less than 8 percent of their land area was developed from 1959 to 2006 were shown to have new areas of marsh vegetation, but islands with more than 8 percent of their land area developed during the same time span saw little to no rabbit-suitable habitat formed. “So for these rabbits, not only is sea level rise bad, but we’re showing that development is working synergistically with that sea level rise, by preventing the vegetation on these islands from adjusting or ‘migrating’ inland,” McCleery said. The paper’s other authors include Jennifer Seavey and Susan Cameron Devitt, both faculty members in UF’s wildlife ecology and conservation department; and Paige M. Schmidt, a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Oklahoma. The study was funded by Texas AgriLife, UF/ IFAS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sea-level Rise Threatens Endangered Rabbit Far More Than Development PHOTO / UFThe Lower Keys marsh rabbit is on the federal endangered species list. UF/IFAS scientist Robert McCleery studied the rabbit and found that sea level rise was responsible for much of the rabbit’s habitat loss over a 47-year period.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to obits@newszap.com. Customers m ay also request photos and links to online g uest books. A link to the obituaries is a vailable at www.newszap.com.Anita Jean ‘Jeanne’ Strope, 78 MOORE HAVEN — After a long illness, Anita Jean (Jeanne) Strope passed away peacefully at her home in Moore Haven, Florida on Sept. 19, 2012. Jeanne was born April 9, 1934 in Dupont, Indiana to Ernest and Ruby Sedam. She was a graduate of Vernon High School in 1952. Jeanne married L.E. Strope on November 25, 1954. She retired from the Moore Haven School system in 1996 after 30 years of service. Prior to her illness, she was a active member of the First United Methodist Church of Moore Haven where she sang in the choir. Jeanne was an active member of the Methodist Ladies group. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Jeanne also enjoyed traveling. Mrs. Strope is survived by her husband, L.E. Strope of Moore Haven, Fla.; children, Daniel (Cindy) Strope of Bargersville, Ind.; Vanesa (Wesley) Collier of Cato, N.Y., Veleda (Stephen) Taylor of Elbridge N.Y.; son-in-law, John Mack of Clewiston, Fla.; grandchildren, Megan (Memo) Mack of Orlando, Fla., Knox (Sulema) Mack of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Ross Mack of Clewiston, Fla., Danielle (Chris) Collier of New Castle, England, Dana (Greg) Winks of Cato N.Y., Holden and Harper Taylor of Elbridge N.Y.; great-grandchild, Liam Mack of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; siblings, Robert (Phyllis) Sedam of North Vernon, Ind, Bernard (Virginia) Sedam of San Jacinto, Ind., Harve (Paulann) Sedam of North Vernon, Ind., Marjorie (James) Moore of Bloomington, Ind., Beverly (Joe) Lee of Butlerville, Ind., Richard (Linda) Sedam of Madison, Ind. Jeanne was preceded in death by her daughter, Vonita Mack on June 23, 2012; and her parents, Ernest and Ruby Sedam. A Celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of Moore Haven. Pastor Charley Watts of ciated. The Neptune Society Crematorium provided nal services.Horace A. ‘Bo’ Austin, 80LAKE HARBOR — Horace A. “Bo” Austin, born June 26, 1932, in Sebring, Fla. to the late Ben and Georgia Austin died on Sept. 17, 2012,at Hendry Regional Medical Hospital. “Bo” was president of South Bay Elementary, St. Peter’s Lutheran School PTO, Commander o f South Bay American Legion Post #161, member of Belle Glade American Legion Post #20, member of Pahokee Highway Patrol Auxillary, Elk of the year of Clewiston Lodge #1853 in 2007, chosen Citizen of the year of Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce 1995. He loved his community and his cooking was superb, he was known for his imfamous Banana Pudding. Numerous outstanding awards. “Bo” joined the U.S. Army in 1955, during the Korean Con ict. He retired from South Florida Water Management after 40 years. He was a member of the Lake Harbor Community Methodist Church. Jack of all trades, master of none. He will be greatly missed He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbar a Plank Austin; children, Melanie Austin of Belle Glade, Tess A. Noland and her husband Zachar y of Clermont, Fla, Judi Austin of Okeechobee, Fla., Sutt Austin and his wife Brandi of Crawfordville, Fla.; his grandchildren, Catherine and Eric Lodge of Orlando, Caitlin Spangler of Okeechobee, Austin Noland, Rebekah Noland o f Clermont, Elizabeth Austin of Crawfordville, Taryn and Rachel Austin of Belle Glade, Tiffan y Turner, Cameron Beck of Clermont, Dakotah Curtis, Allyson LeBlanc, and Emily LeBlanc o f Crawfordville; two great-grandchildren, Joshu a and Emma Spangler of Okeechobee; two brothers, Norman of Clewiston, Warren of Loxahatchee, Fla.; two sisters, LouAnn o f Wellington, Fla. and Jenny Roberts of Brunswick, Ga.; nephews, nieces, great friends and loved ones, whom he loved. Services were held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at the Lake Harbor Community Methodist Church.Isabel Maria Rodriguez, 87CLEWISTON — Isabel Maria Rodriguez, passed away Sept. 14, 2012 in Clewiston, Fla. She was born Nov. 29, 1924 in Cuba. She loved cooking, reading magazines and watching Novelas, but most of all she loved her family Survivors include her husband of 63 y ears Emilio Rodriguez Lopez; and one son, Emilio G. Rodriguez; grandchildren, Stephanie Rodriguez, Nikita Rodriguez, December Rodriguez, Kayla Rodriguez, Emilio G. Rodriguez, Jr. and Elvira Mercado; greatgrandchildren, Isabel Maria Rodriguez, Rakayla Brown, Jacob Israel Perez, Layla Mercado, Macie Mercado, Isiah Brown, Peyton Brewington, R.J. Brown and Joshua Brewington. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Margaret’s Catholic Church, Clewiston with Father Joseph Santa-Bibiana of ciating. Interment was in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston 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 Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Tom (Julie) Conner, Joel (Stephanie) Conner, Kristen (Jesse) Kroll, Warren (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. Jones 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 Clewiston, Clewiston with Dr. Todd Buck of ciating. Interment was in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Take advantage of our vision sceening and Back-To-School Eyewear Special. Call for Details! Serving the area for over 30 years! Obituaries 6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PRELIMINARY PLAT HENDRY COUNTYNotice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will hold a public hearing on October 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, La Belle, Florida, to consider the Preliminary Plat Application of Weekley Three Clewiston, LLC (PL11-0002), a subdivision of a portion of Section 35, Township 43 South, Range 34 East. The industrial subdivision is located southeast of the City of Clewiston, along the east side of CR 835, and includes the former Evercane Re“nery site. Copies of the “les and information regarding the petition are available for public inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, Florida, and may be viewed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the matter. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board 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. Petition Number: PL11-0002 Applicant: Weekley Three Clewiston, LLC; represented by Johnson-Prewitt and Associates, Inc. Location: 3005 and 3013 CR 835, Clewiston, FL; southeast of the City of Clewiston, along the east side of CR 835 (includes the former Evercane Re“nery site) Property size: 239.97 +/acres Request: The applicant is seeking approval of a preliminary plat for an industrial subdivision. Orvell Howard, Chair Hendry County Local Planning Agency florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 7 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Autumn is here, which means Halloween is fast approaching. You can help make this season extra special for your kids by getting them in the spooky spirit with some great Halloween reading, viewing and hands-on activities.Eerie ReadingWith all that homework that comes with a new school year, you may be hard pressed to get your kids to do any extra reading. However, a fun Halloween book will earn their attention. Check out “Professor Gargoyle: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1,” by Charles Gilman, the rst in a new series about the strange world of a creepy middle school. With a science teacher who morphs into a monster before you even open the book, this is one book you can judge by its cover, and it may also inspire a great costume. A nod to H.P. Lovecraft, the iconic horror author of the 20th century, this book is ideal for boys and girls ages 10 and older. To learn more about the book, visit www.lovecraftmiddleschool.com.Frightful ViewingThere’s nothing more evocative of the season than a Halloween movie. You can make a night of it at home with some popcorn and an old classic like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” or take the kids to the theater for a new tale. “Hotel Transylvania,” for example, a 3-D computer-animated lm starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, will make Dracula fun for kids.Creepy CraftingFrom carving your own Jack-o-Lanterns to designing your own Halloween costumes to adorning your house and yard with homemade decorations, Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to get creative with crafts. Encourage your kids to go the do-it-yourself route this year. Not only are homemade costumes so much more unique than store-bought costumes, they can be inexpensive to create and are a lot more satisfying to show off to friends. Safety note: let little ones design their own Jacko-Lanterns and help you scoop out the pumpkin, but leave the actual carving to an adult. Great crafting ideas abound on the Internet, including costumes that require no sewing. For inspiration, visit www.parenting.com. Make this Halloween a memorable one for kids with some great new reads, lms and crafts. Fun Halloween Ideas for the Family PHOTO / LARRY FROGGEHelp for Lake Okeechobee’s bird lifeCome join the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society for a free program at the Clewiston Museum located at 109 Central Avenue on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The guest speaker, Dr. Paul Gray, will present “Help for Lake Okeechobee’s bird life, especially Kites and Sparrows.” Dr. Paul Gray is the Science Coordinator of Audubon of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee Watershed Program. He has worked around Lake Okeechobee with agencies and stakeholders on Okeechobee water management, water quality, aquatic plants and re management since 1988. Dr. Gray has also written numerous popular and technical articles on Okeechobee-related issues and bird life. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Lake Okeechobee’s bird life and the environmental issues it faces today. Please contact the Clewiston Museum at 863-983-2870 or clewistonmuseum@embarqmail for questions or reservations.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT CPA12-0001 Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on October 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. 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 8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Crossword Puzzle Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.74/g on Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.81/g.. Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 29.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 8.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 29.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. “The national average has begun to drop nicely over the last week, and while it certainly doesn’t feel like much, it is noteworthy,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Oil prices were all over the map last week, closing in on $100/bbl one day and dropping to $92/bbl later in the week. I’ve probably had more double takes watching oil prices in the last week than I’ve had all summer. Watching oil prices last week was as wild as watching the Detroit Tigers try to take a division lead over the White Sox,” DeHaan said. Gas Price Update

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Harvest Hometown IGA in Moore Haven, will be accepting applications for all positions this weekend in front of the store. Produce department Dairy department Cashiers Stockers Baggers Scan Coordinator (Former USave building-850 Ave I) Sat. 9/29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun. 9/30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. All Sheds 1st Payment is Down Payment $135 and up. 800-330-8106. Dell Desktop PC w/Flat screen etc. Like new! Fast internet ready Only $60 Call 863 517-2782. Greentree East Apartments 2 Bedroom Apartments. Spacious Apartments in quiet country setting. Full time bilingual Site Manager. Rental rates starting at $535 plus Utilities. Call 902-1577 TDD #1-800-955-8771 701 W. Ventura, Clewiston, FL. 8:00 AM -3:00 PM, Mon-Fri Equal Housing Opportunity Clewiston 1 br. Wildwood Apt. Call: 863-983-3151. 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 BELLE GLADE Large Room for Rent, on a large property in Belle Glade near Gove elementary, behind the USave. $400 per month, $200 security deposit is required. Electricity, water, cable, internet, and a Laundry is included. Plus, a personal refrigerator. Proof of employment or income is required. (786)499-9701. RIVER HOMENear Clewiston, Hwy 80. Boatyard, golf course, 2 BR, 2 BA, FL room, Large private yard. $850 mo. Call (970)708-9993. Clewiston Two 3 Bedrooms. Renovated. $625 $650. 863-983-3554. LOW DEPOSITS 6 Available. $425 $650. 863-983-8107. Montura Area 2 Bedroom As Is$4500 863-983-8106 2013 3 Bed 2 Bath Multi section on your lot $340 Monthly. 863-983-8106. CLEWISTON 2005 Single 14x70. 3BR/1BA. All appls. New hardwood rs. & storage bldg. (10x10). $17,500. Call 863-983-9382 or 863-228-7958. Doublewide 5br, 2bath on 1/2 acre lot. Only $59,900 Financing available with your good credit. Call 863-983-4663 On Sale. All new doublewide mobile homes. Very low down payments. Trade ins accepted. Call Rick 863-983-4663 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 863-983-4663 We have new 2012 Jacobsen 3 and 4 bedroom doublewides on sale for the lowest prices in southwest Florida. Call Rick 863-983-4663 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 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 1738 2008 1224432-01000490150 Gloria M. Auria Lot 15 in Block 49, 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 426486 CN 9/20,27 & 10/4,11/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 12-DR-158 Division: FamilyMARIEL JOHNANNA GOPHER-MERAS, Petitioner, and ENRIQUE MERAS, JR., Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Enrique Meras, Jr. Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Travis W. Trueblood, whose address is 200 S. Andrews Avenue, Suite 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 on or before October 19, 2012, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Glades County Courthouse, 500 Ave. J, Moore Haven, Florida 33471, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. DATED: September 5, 2012 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Julie Braddock Deputy Clerk 426068 CN 9/13,20,27;10/4/2012 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Buildings & Sheds Computer/ Supplies For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments Apartments Apartments Houses Rent For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent Apartments Mobile Home Rent Mobile HomeSale Mobile HomeSale For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVs For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. y Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! Theclassifiedads Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds 10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Employment Full Time Notice of Permit Transfer The South Florida Water Management District gives notice the following permit transfers as a result of the purchase of lands from Joe Marlin Hilliard Individually and as a Trustee of the Marlin W. Hilliard Revocable Trust by the United State Sugar Corporation (USSC). There are no modi cations to the previously authorized permits. All land is located Hendry County, Florida in Township 45 South, Ranch 34, Sections 16-,21,28. Permit # 26-00072-S (application 120814-10) for “Tony’s Mound” to USSC authorizing the transfer of construction and operation of a surface water management system to serve an 1198.4 acre agricultural project discharging to the Miami Canal via the Blumberg Canal. (S16,21 /T45S/R34). Permit # 26-00072-W (application 120814-13) for “Tony’s Mound” to USSC authorizing the transfer use of the groundwater from the Lower Tamiami Aquifer and Surface Water from Blumberg Canal for agricultural irrigation use serving 1591 acres with an annual allocation of 1830.4 million gallons, (S16,21,28, T45S /R34E) and a monthly maximum of 237.3 million gallons. Copies of the permit documents can be obtained from the District ePermitting website at www.SFWMD.gov/ePermitting or by contacting John Pfaff at jpfaff@sfwmd.gov or 561-682-6741 during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Right to Request Administrative Hearing As required by Sections 120.569(1), and 120.60(3), Fla. Stat., following is notice of the opportunities which may be available for administrative hearing or judicial review when the substantial interests of a party are determined by an agency. Please note that this Notice of Rights is not intended to provide legal advice. Not all the legal proceedings detailed below may be an applicable or appropriate remedy. You may wish to consult your attorney regarding your legal rights. A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected by South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD or District) action has the right to request an administrative hearing on that action pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Fla. Stat. Persons seeking a hearing on a District decision which does or may determine their substantial interests shall le a petition for hearing with the District Clerk within 21 days of receipt of written notice of the decision, unless one of the following shorter time periods apply: 1) within 14 days of the notice of consolidated intent to grant or deny concurrently reviewed applications for en vironmental resource permits and use of sovereign submerged lands pursuant to Section 373.427, Fla. Stat.; or 2) within 14 days of service of an Administrative Order pursuant to Subsection 373.119(1), Fla. Stat. “Receipt of written notice of agency decision” means receipt of either written notice through mail, or electronic mail, or posting that the District has or intends to take nal agency action, or publication of notice that the District has or intends to take nal agency action. Any person who receives written notice of a SFWMD decision and fails to le a written request for hearing within the timeframe described above waives the right to request a hearing on that decision. Filing Instructions The petition must be led with the Of ce of the Clerk of the SFWMD. Filings with the District Clerk may be made by mail, hand-delivery or facsimile. Filings by e-mail will not be accepted Any person wishing to receive a clerked copy with the date and time stamped must provide an additional copy. A petition for administrative hearing is deemed led upon receipt during normal business hours by the District Clerk at SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Any document received by the of ce of the SFWMD Clerk after 5:00 p.m. shall be led as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Additional ling instructions are as follows: • Filings by mail must be addressed to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk, P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416. • Filings by hand-delivery must be delivered to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk. Delivery of a petition to the SFWMD’s security desk does not constitute ling. To ensure proper ling, it will be necessary to request the SFWMD’s security of cer to contact the Clerk’s of ce. An employee of the SFWMD’s Clerk’s of ce will receive and le the petition. • Filings by facsimile must be transmitted to the SFWMD Clerk’s Of ce at (561) 682-6010. Pursuant to Subsections 28-106.104(7), (8) and (9), Fla. Admin. Code, a party who les a document by facsimile represents that the original physically signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of that proceeding and of any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceeding in that cause. Any party who elects to le any document by facsimile shall be responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the full risk that the document may not be properly led with the clerk as a result. The ling date for a document eld by facsimile shall be the date the SFWMD Clerk receives the complete document. Initiation of an Administrative Hearing Pursuant to Rules 28-106.201 and 28-106.301, Fla. Admin. Code, initiation of an administrative hearing shall be made by written petition to the SFWMD in legible form and on 8 and by 11 inch white paper. All petitions shall contain: 1. Identi cation of the action being contested, including the permit number, application number, District le number or any other SFWMD identi cation number, if known. 2. The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner and petitioner’s representative, if any. 3. An explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination. 4. A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the SFWMD’s decision. 5. A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate. 6. A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 7. A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 8. If disputed issues of material fact exist, the statement must also include an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes. 9. A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the SFWMD to take with respect to the SFWMD’s proposed action. A person may le a request for an extension of time for ling a petition. The SFWMD may, for good cause, grant the request. Requests for extension of time must be led with the SFWMD prior to the deadline for ling a petition for hearing. Such requests for extension shall contain a certi cate that the moving party has consulted with all other parties concerning the extension and that the SFWMD and any other parties agree to or oppose the extension. 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 the District takes action with substantially different impacts on water resources from the notice or intended agency decision, the persons who may be substantially affected shall have an additional point of entry pursuant to Rule 28-106-111, Fla. Admin. Code. Mediation The procedures for pursuing mediation are set forth in Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., and Rules 28-106.111 and 28-106.401-405, Fla. Admin. Code. The SFWMD is not proposing mediation for this agency action under Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., at this time. Right To Seek Judicial Review Pursuant to Sections 120.60(3) and 120.68, Fla. Stat., a party who is adversely affected by nal SFWMD action may seek judicial review of the SFWMD’s nal decision by ling a notice of appeal pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.110 in the Fourth District Court of Appeal or in the appellate district where a party resides and ling a second copy of the notice with the SWMD Clerk within 30 days of rendering of the nal SFWMD action. 427204 CN 9/27/2012 Sell it quick with an online classified ad! newszap.com Free Speech Free Ads

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 SAVE THE DATE!Glades Business DaySAVE THE DATE!Glades Business DayThursday, October 11 Workforce Alliance West Career Center, 1085 S. Main Street, Belle Glade 9:00AM … 11:00AM or 1:00PM … 3:00PM Workforce Alliance is offering nearly $1 million to Palm Beach County companies for worker training. Find out how you can apply for these grants and other special funding and tax incentives to help your business. RSVP by Monday, October 8 by sending an email to:GladesBusinessDay@pbcalliance.com Bring your business card for a raf”e! Connecting Business With Talent 11 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 By Coach Mike MinikwuMoore Haven High School Terriers Football Coach Special to the Glades County Democrat In last Friday’s contest (Sept. 21), your Moore Haven Terriers traveled over to Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers for a District 6 2A match up. The ECS Sentinels had beaten the Terriers for eight straight y ears. Your Terriers came out red up and ready to play, despite the rain. The Terriers beat the Sentinels 42-6. Picking up for the previous week, the Terriers went to work on ground ripping off a total of 435 yards rushing. Given the weather conditions, I would say that is a good night’s w ork. Barrion Cohens and Darius Cohen w ere over 100 yards while Markies Hallback, Darrion Cohens, Charlie Ford, and Josh Redd all added to the rushing attack. Bronson Bass had two touchdown passes, one to Josh Redd for 12 yards and the other to Darius Cohen for 20 yards. The Terrier defense stood strong all night only giving up six points and accounting for six points of their own as Rick Curry was able to recover a fumble and score. Terriers look to continue to improve as a TEAM. The effort both from the players and coaches has been great as we move forward in THE PROCESS OF REBUILDING A PROGRAM. I just ask that we all continue to keep clear eyes and full hearts. As we move forward in this process as community, school, parents, players and coaches, remember that we are all on this journey together. Finally, we would like to thank you for all your support to your student athletes. Without your support, our athletes would not be in the position they are in today. We, as a coaching staff, are exceptionally hopeful and optimistic as we move forward. Once again, thank you for everything you do for your student athlete. CLEAR EYES! FULL HEARTS! CAN’T LOSE! This is Terrier football: To the Terrier Nation Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Laura MathisThe Moore Haven High School Terriers beat Evangelical Christian School in an away game on Sept. 21. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Laura MathisMoore Haven High School Terriers Cheerleaders lead the fans in cheering on theirfavoriteteam.

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BHR homeowners Sept. 27 meeting cancelledDue to unexpected problems, the Buckhead Ridge Homeowners’ Association meeting planned for Thursday, Sept. 27 has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled in October.Glades Gun Club to host open range eventGlades County Gun club will have an open range event on Oct. 13, and Oct. 27. Gate opens at 8 a.m., a short safety brie ng is followed by pistol shooting and then long guns. All members and guests are welcome to come out and test their aim. All shooters must have eye and ear protection, the Gun club has this available for a small donation. Also the Gun Club is now sponsoring and helping with the 4-H Bullseye Brawlers Team, the local ri e team for 4-H. If you w ould like to help with this or have questions, please contact 863-675-2487. Friends of the Library meetThe next meeting of Friends of the Library Meeting will be held on the third Monday in November—that is Monday, Nov. 19, in the conference room of the Glades County Library. The meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome.BHR Moose Lodge to host Senior OlympicsBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 will host “Senior” Olympics, on Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at 2 p.m. Featured events include Cane Toss, Wheelchair Drag Races, Walker Races, Bedpan Pong, and Diaper Cornhole. Prizes will be awarded. Come and join the fun. All proceeds go to Moose Charities.Lakeport plans events Lakeport Community Center Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. For more information, call George at 863-946-1222.  Lakeport Community Center Yoga classes is every Monday and Friday at 12:15 p.m. For more information, call Dori at 863227-1074.  Lakeport Gatorz will resume soon. For more information, contact Ms. Brenda at 863-532-8314.Library to host preschool story hours on TuesdaysOnce again the Glades County Public Library is hosting preschool story hour on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Interested parties must call ahead of time as space is limited. Contact Mary Booher at the library desk or call her in 863–946–0744.Westergaard House available for eventsGlades County Historical Society reminds community members that you can use the historic Pieter Westergaard House for your meetings, showers, parties, political part y get-togethers seven days a week. Non-pro t organizations are all free; all residents are charged $25 for each event. You are welcomed to use the inside or the lawn areas. The address is 270 Ave. L, Moore Haven near the Methodist Church. Phone Anne Coffey at 863-801-5199 or Julie Wigton at 946-2060 or Donald Miles at 239-560-8448 for more information. Glades at a Glance his mangled arm in between his knees, the teen almost had the bleeding stopped by the time the paramedics arrived. He was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital while police and Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) of cials mounted a frantic three-hour search to capture and kill the alligator. The teenager’s arm was still in the alligator’s stomach, but the doctors were unable to reattach it. On Oct. 6, Fred’s hometown community w ill host “Fred Day” to raise money to help w ith medical expenses, and other associated expenses. Fred has always been an outdoorsman. He has built his own airboat and trailer. He loves to hunt, sh, airboat, weld, wakeboard, and anything else that has to do with being outside. “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, Cruisin’ Car Show by Macogans Street Rods and possibly live broadcasting by National Geographic. Plans also include: a 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Woodmen of the World, a corn hole tournament, live and silent Auctions (for prizes such as hunting and shing trips), live bands, slides, bounce houses, face painting, buggy rides, and a dunk tank. Barbecue dinners will be available for purchase. Booth rentals are also available. There will be a $5 admission fee which includes one raf e ticket for a prize drawing. Festivities will also include a rib cookoff. A nyone interested in competing in the cookoff is asked to email David Hardin at dhardin@gladessheriff.org, or call him at 863-227-3381, or Kim Hill at 863-227-0191. If anyone has any items they would like to donate for auction, please bring them the day of the event. Items can be new, gently used, big, small, expensive or cheap ... anything is greatly appreciated. For more information about “Fred Day,” contact Linda Peeples Martin at 863-2270832, email her at linda@gatorfred.com or visit: www.gatorfred.com. FREDContinued From Page 1 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Serving all of Hendry County...Heidi Kunstman, MDBoard Certi“ed Pediatrician We are accepting new patients at our LaBelle Medical Of“ce 930 South Main St. (Next to the Winn-Dixie grocery store) For an appointment call... (863) 675-0160Medicaid, Medipass, Florida KidCare and most private insurances accepted. Patients with or without insurance seen. Discounted fees available. 12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 13 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 By Bobbi BrownSpecial to the Glades Democrat Where is Mongolia? Is it part of Russia or China? Kirby Sullivan joined others in a trip to Mongolia, and at the Keenagers (over 50 years of age) get together, showed slides w hich dispelled most of everyone’s vision of this faraway country. We learned that Mongolia is an independent nation, and were surprised to see that they have modern multistoried hotels. Many of their people live in round huts with no windows, and no utilities such as inside w ater and electricity. Even though the slides showed cars in downtown cities, many Mongolians still ride camels, elephants and y aks. One of the exciting events of Kirby’s tour was a horse race with local people entering and riding their horses. He said there is very little evidence of Christianity there, although he did attend a Christian service in a local hotel. Keenagers has started a new part of their meeting which includes a person quoting a Bible verse, and telling why this particular verse is important to them. Noah and Charlotte Wells, former Moore Haven residents, now living in Lake Placid were present, and she “was volunteered” to be the rst to quote her favorite Scripture. It is Psalm 42:1, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Charlotte said that as she grows older, all Scripture is important to her, but this particular verse is really comforting to her, and that she has it on a beam in her house. Judie Currie volunteered to do this at the October meeting. Keenagers is planning a program sponsored by Sheriff Whidden’s of ce on how “Seniors Can Make Themselves More Safe.” This will also be a covered dish meal, beginning promptly at noon, so someone who is still working, can attend, and get back to work on time. If you are 50 years old or older, you are welcome to attend Keenagers, no matter what church you attend, or even if you attend no church at all. It is a fun way to get to know others in your community. Keenagers take a trip to Mongolia Special to the Glades County DemocratKirby Sullivan shared highlights of a trip to Mongolia at a recent meeting of the “Keenagers”. Local volunteers sought for shelter and disaster servicesThe American Red Cross needs volunteers in Glades County to help provide services to county residents. American Red Cross services include Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Health and Safety Serviceds, International and Diversity Services. Your community needs you! The Glades County Emergency Management Of ce is working with the American Red Cross to recruit volunteers for shelter operations and disaster services.They hope to have enough interest to hold an American Red Cross Shelter Operations and Disaster Services class in each community in Glades County. If you are interested, please contact John Cain at 239-278-3401.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv ice, plans to document where panthers are roaming beyond south Florida and develop the best practices to help people and panthers coexist. The efforts described in a recent staff report at the FWC’s Commission meeting in Tampa would aid a potential northward expansion of the range of breeding panthers as part of the next steps in panther population recovery. “Panther expansion northward is going to be, in large part, due to cooperation with private landowners,” said Commission Chairman Kenneth Wright. The panther needs a large area to roam, as much as 200 square miles for an adult male. In south Florida, panthers have access to federally managed public lands such as Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Panther National Wildlife Refuge in addition to state and privately owned lands. In the southern part of central Florida, a key area for potential expansion of the large cat, more panther habitat is privately owned. “We have room for more panther population growth as long as we manage areas successfully,” said Commissioner Ronald Bergeron, who suggested it should be a priority both to conserve the core population in south Florida and prepare for expansion north of the Caloosahatchee River. “We have to target the heart of where the panthers are, and continue to move forward with good habitat and with underpasses to protect panthers crossing highways.” In the coming months, staff said the FWC will be collaborating closely with stakeholders, including private landowners in central Florida, about what information and resources they need to feel prepared for an increased presence of panthers. The Commissioners supported this approach, particularly an exploration of what pantherrelated conservation incentives should be made available to landowners. “For expansion, I think we have to see some version of good wildlife corridors or good unfragmented habitat,” said Commissioner Aliese “Liesa” Priddy. “We need to get realistic about what our goals should be and what habitat is available.” Priddy said continuing the FWC’s strong partnership with USFWS to update panther management goals and enhance resources would be critical. She added that building public support for panther expansion also was an important goal. “We’ve come a long way,’ said Priddy. “But we want to achieve more.” Panthers once ranged across Florida and into seven other southern states. Today most of the panther population is concentrated in south Florida. Adult male panthers, however, have been documented to range throughout central and north Florida. FWC staff has not been able to of cially document since the 1970s that adult female panthers live north of the Caloosahatchee River or Lake Okeechobee. The panther population is estimated to be 100 to 160 adults and sub-adults. Sub-adults have left their mothers but not yet reached sexual maturity. The ultimate goal, stated in the recovery plan developed by USFWS in conjunction with the FWC and other partners, is long-term viability of the Florida panther so it no longer is listed as endangered. The panther report is available with the September meeting agenda at MyFWC.com / Commission. FWC charts expanded Florida panther population, range 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Medical and Dental services are available by our professional health care team1021 Health Park Drive, Moore Haven, FL 33471(Located in the Glades County Health Dept. Building)(863) 946-0405 www.fchcinc.orgOf ce Hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs. 8:00am 5:00pm Wed. 9:00am 7:00pm • Fri. 8:00am 4:00pmSusan Rapoport, RDHDental HygienistTraci Thomas Center ManagerFlorida Community Health Centers, Inc.“Working Together for Healthier Communities.” Salvatore M. Colombo, DMDDentist Fernando Mora ores, M.DBoard Certi ed PediatricianMarcia C. Mierez, D.O. Board Certi ed Family Practioner 14 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 By Austin MoorhouseGlades County Library Who is the mystery lady of Glades County public library? Where did this painting come from? Who donated it to the Glades County library and why? The painting was recently found in a storage area of the library and no one knows when it was donated. The writing on the back of the painting reads: “Lillian G. Magee in her library painted by her father J. C. Magee. The picture is in relatively poor condition, obviously deterioration from age. It will soon be 100 years old. Our history section of the library would appreciate any information that you might be able to provide about the lady in this picture. Information sought on the ‘mystery lady’ of the Glades County Library The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Glades County Sheriff's Of ce (GCSO), the Seminole Police Department (SPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Christopher Michael Guinn, 40, Shalimar Drive, LaBelle, was arrested Sept. 19 by the GCSO on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a law enforcement of cer/ re ghter and false imprisonment. His bond was set at $23,500.  Ryan Haydon, 24, Reservation Road, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 19 by the GCSO on charges of assault on a law enforcement of cer/ re ghter, simple assault, disorderly intoxication, resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence and trespassing on property. His bond was set at $7,500.  Lisa Raejean Edwards, 47, Seventh St., Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Sept. 22 by the GCSO on a felony charge of aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. Her bond was set at $3,500.  Danesh Socklal, 38, Newton Road, Groveland, was arrested Sept. 25 by the GCSO on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $15,000. This column lists arrests and not conv ictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone l isted here who is later found innocent or h as had the charges against them dropped i s welcome to inform this newspaper. The i nformation will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CONSOLIDATED NOTICE OF PERMIT ISSUANCE FOR ERP ACTIVITIES ON SOVEREIGN SUBMERGED LANDS The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of i ts issuance of an environmental resource permit modi cation, No. 22-0303652-002, and authorization to use sovereign submerged land to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, c/o Mahmoud S. Madkour, Ph.D., P.E., 620 S. Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, to maintain the activities previously authorized under DEP le No. 22-0303652001; additionally, to complete the restoration of Cowbone Marsh, the permittee is authorized to back ll the channel to match the surrounding grade (+/6inches) with approximately 27,000 cubic yards of material, commencing at the downstream end and working upstream; the permit also authorizes the construction of a tempor ary access road, approximately 1.164 miles, through uplands and wetlands, the construction of a 100-foot square staging area in wetlands, within the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, and the construction of a borrow pi t within uplands, approximately 2 acres in size and up to 30 feet deep, on Parcel A27-40-31-A00-0010-0000, owned by a private entity. The activities authorized by this Permit and state-owned submerged lands authorization are located within Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area, and Parcel A27-40-31-A00-0010-0000 Sections 27, 28, 32, and 33, Township 40 South, Range 31 East, Glades County, as shown on attachments. The application is available for public inspection from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except for legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, South District Of ce, 2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 364, Fort Myers, Florida 33901. This permit and consent to use sovereign submer ged lands are hereby granted. 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 led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes, before the deadline for ling a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below. If a suf cient petition for an administrative hearing is timely led, this action automatically becomes only 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. 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. 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 of the Florida Statutes. 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) of the Florida Administrative Code, 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 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 of the Florida Administrative Code. In accordance with Rule 62-110.106(3), petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be led within 14 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) of the Florida Statutes, must be led within 14 days of publication of the notice or within 14 days of receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs rst. Under Sections 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes, however any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may le a petition within 14 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 of the Florida Statutes. 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; 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 Department’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 Rules 28-106.301. Under Sections 120.569(2)(c) and (d) of the Florida Statutes, a petition for administrative hearing must be dismissed by the agency if the petition does not substantially comply with the above requirements or is timely led. This permit and consent to use sovereign submerged lands constitutes an order of the Department. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 120.68(7)(a) of the Florida Statutes, which may require a remand for an administrative hearing, the applicant has the right to seek judicial review of the order under Sections 120.68 of the Florida Statutes, 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 373.4275 of the Florida Statutes, may also seek appellate review of the order before the Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission under Section 373.114(1) or 373.4275 of the Florida Statutes. 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. 427008 GCD 9/27/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case #: 2009-CA-000867 BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP Plaintiff, -VS.James Michael Garrity, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated September 18, 2012, entered in Civil Case No. 2009CA-000867 of the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, Plaintiff and James Garrity are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash IN FRONT OF THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE HENDRY COUNTY COURTHOUSE, (BEING THE 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY OF THE HENDRY COURTS BUILDING), LABELLE, FLORIDA, AT 11:00 A.M. on October 24, 2012, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 7, BLOCK A, SEMINOLE MANOR, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 93 AND 94, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH CERTAIN YEAR: 1983, MAKE: TWIN, VIN#T356FR14024A & VIN #T356FR1402B, MANUFACTURED HOME, WHICH IS PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO THE ABOVE DESCRIBED LANDS. AS SUCH IT IS DEEMED TO BE A FIXTURE AND A PART OF THE REAL ESTATE. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE MS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator;1700 Monroe Street, Suite 1213, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 (239) 533-1521 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation of the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. BARBARA S. BUTLER CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Hendry County, Florida /S/ J. Bevis DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 427209 CN 9/27’10/4/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Shop here first! The classified ads The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 15 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice

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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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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 elec-tion. 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 17 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice

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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 18 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice

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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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 26-2009-CA-000151 CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, BILLY D. FIELDS, et al, Defendant(s)(s) NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated September 12, 2012 and entered in Case NO. 26-2009-CA-000151 of the Circuit Court of the TWENTIETH Judicial Circuit in and for HENDRY County, Florida wherein CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, is the Plaintiff and BILLY D. FIELDS; IMA JEAN FIELDS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash IN FRONT OF THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE COURT, BEING THE SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY OF THE HENDRY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING CORNE R OF HIGHWAY 80 AND 29TH SOUTH, LABELLE, FLORIDA at 11:00AM, on the 24th day of October, 2012,the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT(S) 13 AND 14, BLOCK 376, OF THE GENERAL PLAN OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, AS REVISED SEPTEMBER 7, 1937, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE(S) 71 THROUGH 78, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDR Y COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 204 S SAN GABRIEL STREET, CLEWISTON, FL 33440Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Fender’s must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on September 21, 2012. Barbara S. Butler Clark of the Circuit Court By: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Cler k Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09010756 CHASEDIRECT-VATeam 3F09010756**See Americans with Disabilities ActIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Deputy Court Administrator whose of ce is located at Lee County Justice Center, Room 31)2, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, telephone number (813) 3352299; 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), or 1-800-955-8770 (v), via Florida Relay Service, not later than seven (7) days prior to this proceeding427207 CN 9/27;10/4/2012 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REGISTER FICTITIOUS NAME The undersigned does hereby certify that Isaiah Escorcia conducting a Party Rental business at 715 Central Avenue, Florida under the ctitious name of Sweet Party Rental and that said rm is composed of the following persons whose names and places of residence are as follows: Isaiah Escorcia Ownership of Sweet Party Rental is as follows: Isaiah Escorcia It is my intention to apply to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations to register the said name of Sweet Party Rental under the provisions of Chapter 90-267, laws of Florida, Acts of 1991. Isaiah Escorcia DATE: 9-17-2012 715 Central Avenue Clewiston, FL 33440 427021 CN 9/27/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that on October 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM at AAA Sel f Storage, 657 Hwy 27, Moore Haven, FL, the undersigned, AAA Self Storage, will sell at Public Sale by competitive bidding, the personal property heretofore stored with the undersigned by: Celia Cardona #74 Cortney Porter #87 426360 GCD 9/20,27/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 19 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice We are not alone.Theres a wonderful world around us. Full of fascinating places. Interesting people. Amazing cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our kids are not getting the chance to learn about their world. When surveys show that half of Americas youth cannot locate India or Iraq on a map, then we have to wonder what they do know about their world. 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22 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 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 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 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 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. 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Berner Road, Clewiston (863) 983-3003 Even if you are not currently using the friendly, highly regarded features of First Bank, please join us and learn more about us.First Bank Is Youre Invited To Enjoy LunchAn Old Fashion Bar-B-Que with all the Fixins Friday, September 28th(Moore Haven Location)11:30am till 1:30pmVisit with Ocers and Sta and learn about the great services we have available. 24 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 27, 2012 Dear Glades County Friends:Glades County is receiving $5 million to construct an EOC-Emergency Operations Centerwhich will have multi-uses, including housing of ces and equipment storage for our EMS and Fire Department. Some of the Board of County Commissioners' rst steps in the process include selecting an architect and construction management. At our last meeting, in accordance with Florida Statutes, our County Manager and County Attorney conducted the process for the four commissioners present to "rank" our choices and the combination of our ranking scores determined who the most preferred consultant would be. We had three choices for construction management and six choices for architect. The top choices were Ajax Construction and Architect Design Group. One of the architects, who was ranked second choice, has protested the BoCC selection claiming that I voted for my "son's company." Of the six architects being ranked, none of them are my "son's company," my son is employed by an engineering rm. Before I prioritized my ranking of architects, I talked at length with Glades County Public Safety Director Bob Jones whose clear choice was Architect Design Group w ho designed the EOC infrastructures in Okeechobee County and Osceola County as well as 35+ more in Florida. I contacted Okeechobee County and Osceola County for their opinion and found that both were w ell pleased. At the BoCC meeting, Commissioner Paul Beck, Commissioner Russell Echols and I all three ranked Architect Design Group as number 1. All of us, including the County Manager and County Attorney knew that my son's employer is listed with Architect Design Group as one of several sub-consultants. Since the protest was received, I consulted with our County Attorney Richard Pringle who at the meeting made no comment about inappropriate ranking, nor did County Manager Taylor who is the contact source for the protesting architect. Subsequently to the protest, Mr. Pringle did extensive legal research and concluded that I should have declared a con ict of interest and should have abstained from voting. With his explanation of the law governing such matters, I stated that at the next BOCC meeting I should and would declare that con ict of interest, and would move to rescind the prior vote. Mr. Pringle told me that was his recommendation and would be the cleanest way to revert the issue back to the process of ranking architects to start over, without my participation. In prior rankings, when my son's employer was responding to RFQ for engineering services, I always declared my con ict of interest and abstained from voting. That is the legal, ethical and proper thing to day and my honorable intentions have always been to comply with any such principles. I have conveyed to fellow commissioners that I never have and never would misuse my position of county commissioner with any con ict of interest, and this was NOT a deliberate action on my part and I'm eager to rectify the matter. My lack of knowledge about this matter, ignorance if you will, has created embarrassment, but the situation certainly has been a learning experience. When a mistake is made, it must rst be acknowledged before it can be recti ed. And that is why I am offering this public explanation to my constituents. My mistake was inadvertent, but it has forti ed my intent to more diligently pursue my "homework" on all county business matters. If you have speci c questions or comments about this matter, I welcome your response. Sincerely, Donna Storter Long Editor’s note: The Glades County Democrat received this letter on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The matter was discussed at the Monday, Sept. 24 meeting. Coverage of that meeting can be found on page 1. Letters to the Editor Art in the Park planned for January 2013The 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, Jan. 26, 2013, 9 a.m. to 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. For more information and to reserve a place, contact Mary Booher, Director of Libraries at 863-946-0744 or mbooher@myhlc.org.Lions Club to resume meetings in OctoberMoore Haven LIONS Club will begin the winter season on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Glades County Sheriff's Department Conference Room. Light refreshments will be available. Prospective members are welcome. To get your mind off your troubles and worries, help others by joining the LIONS Club. They assist people all over the world, not only with eye surgeries, exams and glasses, but with service animals, camps and other helpful therapies. Members of all ages are welcomed. Young members are needed not only for their marvelous, unlimited energies but for new, innovative ideas. Come join us! (We have refreshments also). Let's make our LIONS Club the biggest little town club in the South! For further information, please phone our former county judge, Kirby Sullivan at 863-946-2556.