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Glades County Democrat ( June 20, 2013 )

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Title:
Glades County Democrat
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Democrat
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Newspaper
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Glades Pub. Co.
Place of Publication:
Moore Haven Fla
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United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
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26.834167 x -81.096111 ( Place of Publication )

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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.
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Editors: R.B. Child, <1926>; Keathley Bowden, <1929>.
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Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 29 (Sept. 24, 1926).
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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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Material Information

Title:
Glades County Democrat
Alternate Title:
Democrat
Physical Description:
Newspaper
Language:
English
Publisher:
Glades Pub. Co.
Place of Publication:
Moore Haven Fla
Creation Date:
June 20, 2013
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Newspapers -- Moore Haven (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Glades County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
Coordinates:
26.834167 x -81.096111 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

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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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000358007
oclc - 01461464
notis - ABZ6307
lccn - sn 83000793
issn - 0745-4120
System ID:
UF00028301:00525


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MARK YOUR CALENDER!!!! Food, fun, games, prizes, and awesome deals on every vehicle in stock. Come in now, take a test drive in a new Ford and register to win one of many great prizes to be given away at the Tailgate Party.** No purchase necessary. Must be present to win. Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver license. See Dealer for d etails. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!! See Page 2 for information on how to contact the newspaper.Thursday, September 5, 2013 Vol. 85, No. 31 50¢ Plus tax Find us online atFlorida.newszap.com Crossword Puzzle ...Page 2 Glades at a Glance ... Page 3 Rally protests lake releases ... Page 6 Moore Haven man injured in auto accient... Page 14 Funding sought to help rivrs ... Page 15 Labor Day fun ... Page 8 Birding ...Page 4 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Florida Forest ServiceLocal forest ranger battles wild res in UtahA Florida Forest Service ranger from Palmdale recently spent time battling wild res out west. Above, squad Boss Tom Hopkins secures the reline as a tree torches. For more on the story, see page 16. By Charles M. MurphySpecial to the Glades County Democrat Jobless rates continued to follow summertime trends in Glades County during Jul y according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Glades County had a jobless rate of 9.3 percent in July as 463 people collected bene ts and 4,533 were employed. The June, the jobless rate was 8.7 percent with 430 residents able to collect bene ts and 4,526 employed. The jobless rate in July 2012, stood at 10.5 percent. Glades ranked 11th among Florida counties last month. Okeechobee County had a rate of 9.4 percent with 1,732 residents collecting bene ts while 16,683 residents had jobs during July. Jobless rates continue to increase See JOBS — Page 14 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Glades County. Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course prior to attending and bring the nal Web report to the FWC course on Sept. 7. It does not have to be notarized. Students will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responFWC offers free hunter safety courseSee HUNTER — Page 14

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 Crossword Puzzle With the 2013-14 school year underway, the Florida Department of Education reminds motorists throughout the state to practice safe driving around children and near school zones, and to be extra aware around school buses. The results of the 2013 National Stop Arm Violation Count show that more than 85,000 vehicles nationwide illegally passed stopped school buses on a single day. Florida was among 29 states participating in the survey conducted by school bus drivers, who recorded how many times motorists passed their buses while displaying the ashing red lights and stop arms. In Florida, bus drivers observed nearly 12,000 illegal passes while loading or unloading students. "School buses are one of the safest ways to transport students," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "Florida motorists can do their part to keep students safe by being aware of children and obeying traf c laws. The survey results are an important reminder for drivers to use caution in and around school zones." Special construction, passenger seating and crash protection keep children safe while on the school bus. Federal regulations require that each school bus undergo a stringent inspection of all mechanical and safety systems at least every 30 school days. Additionally, school bus drivers must meet rigorous training and quali cations before they can transport students. The following are safety tips to help keep children safe between home and school. For motorists: Be alert and watch for children at all times, especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots. Obey traf c laws and speed limits. Do not text or use a cell phone while driving. STOP when a school bus displays stop arms and the red lights are ashing. Watch for and obey signals from the school crossing guards. Observe lower speed limits in school zones and at crosswalks. For parents: Discuss with children safe behavior to observe while at school, the bus stop and when entering or exiting the school bus. For students: Wait for the bus to make a complete stop and for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus. Do not try to pick something up if it falls by the bus; instead, tell the bus driver rst. Do not walk behind the school bus or run after the bus. Motorists Urged to Follow School Bus Safety LawsSurvey results show high number of drivers illegally passing stopped school buses The State Attorney's Of ce, 20th Judicial Circuit, announces a new partnership with CheckRighter to administer the recovery of funds through its Bad Check Diversion Unit. The service is provided through the company adventfs. com. The company offers a variety of educational programs for people who write bad checks and works towards recovering the funds for the victim. "Even with the technology of today and fewer people using traditional checks to pay for services, bad checks still present a signi cant problem to our business community. Through this partnership, we will continue our strong record of nancial recovery so that victims get their money back quickly." said Steve Russell, state attorney. Under Florida law, some people who write bad checks qualify for diversion. The State Attorney's Of ce, through its Bad Check Diversion Unit, maintains oversight and control of the process, but with the help of CheckRighter, the nancial recovery process moves more swiftly. Education speci cally targeted to the bad check writer reduces reoccurrences. Tens of thousands of dollars are recovered annually through the Bad Check Diversion Unit and the State Attorney's Of ce looks forward to additional continued success. Bad Check Diversion Unit

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 It’s another Wing ThingA Chicken Wing Cook-Off is planned for Saturday, Sept. 14, under the bridge in Moore Haven. Wings will be judged at noon. Two-person teams are encouraged to cook the best chicken you can. Cook it any way you like—fry it, bake it or barbecue it; but it has to be cooked at the event. The cost is $50 per team. All proceeds go to the Glades County Youth Athletic Association. For more information, call Kevin Bryant at 863-2277499, Preston Stokes at 863-227-1975 or Jerri Lynn Schlueter at 863-227-1201. The event is sponsored by Everglades Seasoning and cosponsored by Storm Boats of Moore Haven. Trophies for rst and second place will be sponsored by Meolody Pools. GCYA hosts and organizes local T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Little League and more. Even if you are unable to participate in the competition, stop by. Wings will be for sale by the piece. All meat and supplies are donated; therefore, 100 percent of the money collected will go to the GCYA.Muse Community Association plans eventsThe Muse Community Association plans the following events this month:  Sept. 14, Country Jam Session and Pot Luck Dinner will be from 6 to 9 p.m.  Sept. 19 will be the regular monthly meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. MCA meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month.  Sept. 28, Country Jam Session and Pot Luck Dinner will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Jam Sessions are the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Everyone is welcome to come and play. All of the events are open to the public and held at the Muse Community Center building on Loblolly Bay Road (Hwy. 720). Come out for a fun evening and meet your neighbors. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 863-674-0467.Amateur Radio ARES/RACES Net resumesThe Moore Haven repeater sponsored by the Glades County Emergency Operations Center is once again up and running. Terri (KJ4FJC) and Austin Moorhouse (KJ4FJD) will host as Net Control Operators for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) for Glades County under the support and control of the Glades County Emergency Management Operations Center (EOC). For more information, contact Angela Snow Colegrove or LaTosha Reiss at the Emergency Management Operations Center at 863-946-6020 or Austin Moorhouse at 863946-0697.Narcotics Anonymous meetsNarcotics Anonymous meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Rd., Buckhead Ridge. For more information, please call 863-634-4780.Historical Society has T-shirts for saleGlades County Historical Society (GCHS) has T-shirts for sale displaying the organization’s logo of the 200-year-old Cypress Tree located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. These shirts can be purchased for $5 each at 805 U.S. 27 in the Moore Haven Mall. For more information, phone 863-946-2060 or 863-801-5199. Memberships are $15 per year.Veterans outreach program availableThe VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach has started an outreach program to assist Veterans being treated by the Medical Center in West Palm Beach, to become enrolled in the VA Health Care System. Their purpose is to come out to the Glades on a regular basis to enroll those who are interested. They will also assist those who have lost/misplaced their DD214 certi cates. You do not have to be a combat veteran to qualify, or if you have been previously denied, you may be eligible under the newer relaxed rules. For those that are interested or for any questions, please contact James Harrington, at the Glades County Veterans’ Affairs Service of ce 863-946-1281. Please watch this newspaper for future information.Mobile Mammogram visits are plannedThe Glades County Health Department encourages women to be proactive and schedule regular mammograms. The Mobile Mammogram bus will be in Moore Haven at 1021 Health Park Dr., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Dec. 18. Call 239-936-2316 for appointments or more information.Red Cross needs volunteersThe 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 Services, International and Diversity Services. Your community needs you! The Glades County Emergency Management Ofce is working with the American Red Cross to recruit volunteers for shelter operations and disaster services. If you are interested, please contact John Cain at 239-278-3401.Church invites all to servicesBuckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 1731 Hunter Road, invites everyone to attend services: Services are Sunday School 9:45 a.m., church service 11 a.m. and Sunday night service at 6 p.m. Wednesday night prayer meetings at 6 p.m. Arlen Cook, is our Pastor. Come out for some preaching and good gospel singing. We still sing the old hymns. We do have Sunday School classes for children, would love to see you on Sunday morning.Register for Special Needs Shelter The Glades County Special Needs Program is a SPACE-LIMITED shelter program, created for people in the community that have special needs. The PSN Shelter is dened as a structure that has auxiliary power and is capable of providing a safe refuge for people who require assistance with management of a health condition or supervision o f a condition by a health professional. Those who require skilled care on a 24-hour basis, should contact their medical professional to make arrangements, if hospital admission is required. The PSN cannot provide 24-hour skilled care. Special Needs Shelters are trul y identi ed as facilities of last refuge for those persons in the community with health and medical conditions. For more information or to apply for the Special Needs Program, please visit www.myglades.com or contact Glades County Emergency Management at 863-946-6020 for an application.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 863-9462060 or Donald Miles at 239-560-8448 for more information.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.Send your news to the GCDThe Glades County Democrat welcomes news items, photos and letters to the editor. Email your news to gcdnews@newszap. com. Please email photos as .jpg attachments. Glades at a Glance

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 BY MARGARET ENGLAND Hendry-Glades AudubonYellow-throated Warblers are a common but elusive bird that breeds in the lowland forests in the Southeast, Lower Midwest, and Middle Atlantic states. They are absent from the highest elevations of the Appalachian Mountains. It winters in the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America, as well as in Florida and along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. This wood warbler is known as a bird of tall trees because it nests and usually forages high in the canopy of swamp and pine forests. Some are found year-round in Northern and Central Florida. These small songbirds have a yellow throat and chest with a gray back. Their black face has connecting stripes down the sides with a white eye stripe and white ear patch. Their bill is long, black, and sharply pointed. They have two white wingbars with a wingspan of about 8.3 inches. Adult females have ner streaking on their anks and more gray than black on the forehead than the males. Immature birds are similar to adult birds, but have duller makings. Yellow-throated Warblers have a cheerful, musical song that is a highpitched series of clear, slurred notes that descend slightly in pitch throughout the song. The volume of the song can be quite loud as they sing while perched high in treetops. Their call is a loud, sharp "chip". In South Florida, these birds are found in sand pine forests, pinelands mixed with cypress, or live oak trees. They often forage for insects and spiders by slowly creeping along tree branches, probing into the cracks, crevices, bundles of pine needles, and Spanish moss with their long bill. They will glean insects from leaves and catch insects in ight. They also forage at lower heights or on the ground if food sources are readily available. Their breeding range is dif cult to determine in Florida, but most con rmed breeding reports occur in North or Central Florida. These relatively solitary birds can be found in pairs, particularly during the mating season from April through June. They build their cup-shaped nest of grasses, bark, and stems in clumps of Spanish moss hanging 10 to 75 feet above the ground. This nest is lined with feathers and other soft items. The female lays three or four whitish eggs marked with reddish-brown and lavender, which are incubated for 12 to 13 days. She continues to care for the young until they edge in 10 to 12 days. The male may help occasionally with feeding the hatchlings. One or two broods are raised by a mated pair annually. Volunteers will be searching for Yellowthroated Warblers and other migratory bird species during the North American Migration Count at STA-5 and Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest on Saturday, September 21st. Teams meet at the Keri Fire Tower and STA5 Deer Fence Public Access Entrance at 7 a.m. For information about participating in the North American Migration Count or free trips to STA-5 (Stormwater Treatment Area 5) go to: www.hendrygladesaudubon.org or call Margaret England at 863-674-0695. Reservations are required for these trips. Inland Birding Fun: Yellow-throated Warbler PHOTO/ KENNETH COLE SCHNEIDERPictured above is the Yellow-throated Warbler. "So you're birding and you see a pythonwhat do you do? What's out there and how you can help." If you want to learn the answers to this and many other questions about invasive exotic reptiles and other animals in south Florida you are invited to attend a free program presented by reptile expert, Cheryl Millett. Hendry-Glades Audubon will host this event on Monday September 9 at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension, Dallas Townsend Building 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle. Cheryl Millett is a Biologist at The Nature Conservancy and leads Python Patrol, the Central Florida Lygodium Strategy, and the Heartland CISMA. Python Patrol is a program to provide containment and early detection and rapid response of invasive exotic Burmese pythons, and other invasive species in south and central Florida, by training detectors to accurately identify and report them, training responders to safely capture them, and providing a hotline to link the two. The Central Florida Lygodium Strategy is a partnership to apply a regional approach to stopping the northern spread of Old World climbing fern on public and private lands. The Heartland CISMA is a partnership to regionally focus efforts to deal with invasive species. Cheryl also coordinated Jay Watch, a citizen science program monitoring the federally threatened Florida scrub-jay, which is now a project of Florida Audubon. For information contact Butch Wilson 863983-2870 or Margaret England (863) 674-0695 sta5birding@embarqmail.com Pythons, Invasive Exotic Animals, and How to Deal With Them COURTESY PHOTO

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Become a franchisee in 2013 and get these incentives:0 *Estimated costs for typical in-line location. Atypical features of a location may raise these costs. Certain restrictions apply. All bene“ts, discounts and payments subject to Papa Johns 2014 US Development Incentive Program. 888.255.7272 *Esti 888 Open a Papa Johns forLess Than $200,000*153810v7 5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 BY REV. SAMUEL S. THOMAS, PH. D.+ Saint Martins ChurchThere is a route around my home to reset our clocks after a power failure. Years ago, I bought a mantle clock that wasn’t working and took it apart. I located the gear it needed, put it back together and it’s been keeping time ever since. I guess it’s about 100 years old now; wound weekly and chiming on the quarter hours. It got me working on other clocks, gathering up parts for a grandfather’s clock in our hall with weights that need to be pulled up once a week. The electric clocks don’t require rewinding; their needs are more erratic depending on the power supply to our home. There are two options for time-keeping in the household: regular rewinding or erratic re-setting after a sudden interruption. I make the weekly rounds, rewinding the four that need it and thinking about some others that I hope to get working one day in the future. Battery-operated ones fail on an erratic basis. I look at them and one day notice “that’s not the right time.” Then it’s off to the drawer where extra Acells are stored and search out one that will t to restore functioning again. No doubt, the lack of needed maintenance on the digital ones is easier; but then come those erratic failures. I’ve decided that these timepieces are like lots of areas of my life: some things require maintenance on a regular basis and others are subject to unannounced failures. I’d like to know my car will behave when I count on it to let me keep a schedule. I’d like to have an uneventful trip to the dentist. I rely on the news to keep me up to date on things that may affect us here at home. Then there are those unpredictable hurricanes, unanticipated price increases, unexpected interruptions in schedules that take priority, accidental breakage of an appliance after years of service; things impossible to schedule that somehow can be counted on to happen. The car gets preventive maintenance. I take care of my teeth. Appliances need replacement and I know I can live without some of them anyway. If I replace those back-up batteries in some of my clocks regularly, they’ll be keeping time even if the power goes out. Maybe there are some things that could be more regular after all. Our lessons on the calendar for this week came from the letter to the Hebrews: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever (13:8).” In spite of all of the uncontrolled, random, unplanned-for interruptions in my life, there is that constant presence if I recognize Him. He is the one who turns out to be the stabilizing force when all seems to be going haywire. I’ve called upon Him when a loved one was about to die and didn’t; I needed His presence to carry me through those times. I’ve had things work out when there were some real possibilities that they might not. He directed me on the best course amidst all of my insecurities. He’s been around when I remember to plan ahead to avoid calamities down the road, and His presence has carried me through when I realize I didn’t do it all by myself. When times were tough, He sent the right people into my life and it made all of the difference. The Lord has been that sustaining presence when everything else seemed in turmoil. Now I know I can survive the power failure or the breakdown or the possibility of a hurricane. There He is – the same yesterday and today and forever. With that knowledge, that presence, I can keep a perspective. “Lord, there’s nothing that is going to happen today that we can’t get through together!” I try to remember that He is there during the routine moments, too. Clocks that operate with routine intervention or with help during erratic moments, they keep my time. God who is present during my regular moments and at erratic times, He keeps my life. Then, there’s that bonus-He never really fails! Religion ColumnThe Best-Laid Plans: Things Expected and Unexpected “In spite of all of the uncontrolled, random, unplanned-for interruptions in my life, there is that constant presence if I recognize Him. He is the one who turns out to be the stabilizing force when all seems to be going haywire.”— Samuel S. Thomas Healthiest Weight Florida was launched in January 2013 by the Florida Department of Health in response to Florida’s number one threat to public health -the challenge of weight. The initiative is gaining momentum and Florida now has the 12th healthiest weight in the nation, up from a previous rank of 19th. “With only 35 percent of Floridians at a healthy weight, we recognize the continuing urgency of our weight challenge,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Florida is making progress relative to other states, yet sustained effort is essential to bend the weight curve. The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative intends to secure a healthier future for Florida’s children, adults, families, businesses and communities.” The new ranking comes from the report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013, which was released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). According to the report, Florida’s obesity rate for baby boomers is almost 31 percent, while the rate for seniors in Florida is just under 23 percent. The obesity rate among young adults (18to 25-year-olds) in Florida is nearly 15 percent. The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative focuses on collaboration across state agencies, local not-for-pro ts, private organizations and others to help people make more informed choices about healthy nutrition and physical activity. Through partnerships, the initiative promotes community-based strategies to improve school, workplace, food and beverage, physical activity and messaging environments. The F as in Fat report calls for the expansion of policies at every level to support healthy choices and for increased investment in prevention. The report acknowledges that, at current rates, the estimated ongoing costs to the healthcare system are unsustainable. On Florida’s current trend, the costs of care for four chronic diseases from obesity alone -diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and arthritis -are estimated to be $34 billion over the next 17 years. To learn more about this collaborative statewide effort, visit www.HealthiestWeightFL.org. Read the full report at www.fasinfat.org. Florida Ranked the 12th Healthiest Weight in the NationHealthiest Weight Florida initiative gaining momentum

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Department of Health encourages awarenessThe Florida Department of Health (DOH) recognizes May as National Asthma Awareness Month and takes the opportunity to educate Floridians regarding diagnosis and treatment programs committed to improving the lives of those diagnosed with asthma. “Asthma affects the lives of an estimated 2.8 million Floridians, 720,000 of whom are children,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “As a chronic lung disease, asthma is readily manageable. The Department is working with other statewide partners to make life better for Floridians with asthma.” Asthma is a chronic disease that affects all age groups, yet can be more severe among children, women, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans. The Florida Asthma Coalition is working to eliminate asthma disparities, improve quality of life, and reduce costs. The Florida Asthma Plan provides action steps, identi es partners, and pinpoints measures of progress and success. The Florida Asthma Coalition and its partners offer the Asthma Friendly Childcare Recognition program. Centers that earn the recognition are better equipped to support children with asthma. The online staff training is free and covers topics like offering support to children and families who are dealing with asthma, ensuring children with asthma have an asthma action plan on le and providing asthma educational opportunities for parents. May is National Asthma Month 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.Betty Wilma DeVane, 81CLEWISTON — Betty Wilma DeVane passed away April 26, 2013. She was born Aug. 25, 1931 in Ritta, Fla., to the late John Elbert and the late Mildred (Archer) Hester. She is survived by two daughters, Kathy J. Hall (Gary) of Clewiston, Fla., Sandy D. Hall (Malcolm) of Clewiston, FL; grandchildren, Miranda Whidden (Matt), Lauren Thompson (Joseph), Lindsay Hall; and great-grandchild, Cort Whidden. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Madison George DeVane. Funeral services were held Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11 am at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston, Fla. You may view the online obituary and light a candle in remembrance of Betty and leave your condolences to her family at: www.akin-davis.com Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston.Irma C. Stein, 78WILLISTON — Irma C. Stein passed away on May 3, 2013. She was born on January 8, 1935 in West Palm Beach, Fla. to Fritz and Ruth Stein. She moved to Williston, Fla. in 1980 from Faireld, Fla. She was of the Methodist faith. She w as a member of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders Association. She was passionate about health, tness and nutrition. She enjoyed being outdoors and loved nature, horse breeding, and raising cats and dogs, but most of all raising her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her sons Forrest Smith III (Nancy), Chris Smith (Julie), Nathaniel Wright; daughters Shari Eisaman (Barry), Robin Vause; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter Mari Michelle Smith. The family plans to hold a memorial service on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Eisaman Equine Farm 15749 West Highway 316 Williston, FL. All family and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston.Lethea Marie Nall, 83CLEWISTON — Lethea Marie Nall of Ft. Myers, Fla., passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013. She was a native of Madison County, Fla. and a longtime resident of Clewiston, Fla. before moving to Ft. Myers. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Clementz (Bill); step son, James W. Nall; brothers, Bill Blackwell (June), Harry Blackwell (Joann), and John Blackwell (Linda); sister-in-law, Betty Blackwell; grandchildren, Christine Nall Clementz Elrod (Tony) and Casey William Clementz; step-grandchildren, Beth, Jay, Eddie, Robin, Tina and Bridgette; one great-grandchild, Alexandria Clementz Elrod; and one step-greatgrandchild, Phillip Swift; also many cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Beder E. Nall; step daughter, Wilma Faye Taylor; and brothers, Archie and Donald Blackwell. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston, Fla. The family requests contributions are to be made in her memory to Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Inc., 12468 Brantley Commons Court, Ft. Myers, FL 33907. Family and friends may sign the guest register and leave a condolence message by visiting www.digni edcremations.com http://www.digni edcremations.com/Thomas Henry Mancil, 80LAKE CITY — Thomas Henry Mancil of Lake City, Fla. passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at VA Medical Center, in Lake City, Fla. following a brief illness. Mr. Mancil was born on Jan. 3,1933 in Pearson, Ga. to the late Richmond and Mattie Davis Mancil. Mr. Mancil was a member of the Southview Church of God in Douglas, Ga. He was a lifetime member of the VFW in which he helped his fellow veterans. Mr Mancil was a farmer. Survivors include his son, Antonio (Elaine) Mancil, of Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and ve great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Mancil and a son, Gregory Mancil Funeral Service were held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Sims Funeral Home with Rev. Hilton Martin of ciating with Benji Capps giving the Eulogy. Interment followed at Royals Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were Mr. Mancils grandsons, Dr. Richmond Mancil, Matthew Mancil, Travis Mancil, Cody Mancil, Wes Mancil, and nephew Don Mancil. Honorary Pallbearers were his Granddaughters: Laura Mancil and Dr. Twyla Mancil. Sims Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Obituaries 6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 9, 2013 Courtesy Photo Does your school budget forbid you from starting a new project? Here’s your chance! There is money available to you for integrating agriculture in your classroom. All kindergarten through 12th grade educators are welcome to apply. Florida Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom (FFB-AITC) is pleased to offer a Mini-Grant program for educators during the school year. This FFB-AITC grant is a public/private partnership serving K-12th grade education with a goal of helping to increase the understanding of agriculture among students and educators. The program is administered through Florida Farm Bureau, Florida’s oldest and largest general farm organization. 2013 – 2014 Mini Grant will be available at this location as of August 1, 2013. To download the application, go to http://www. oridafarmbureau.org/programs/teacher_mini_ grants Mini-Grants for Teachers

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REGIONAL DRIVER Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for a regional Class A company CDL driver with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! Railroad Locomotive MechanicsRepair of locomotive mechanical, electrical, and associated equipment to FRA standards Have knowledge of and ability to repair rail cars and their associated equipment. Be prepared to help when called out for derailments and train breakdowns. Carry out inspections on Locomotives, railcars and equipment to FRA standards Email: Jdooley@ussugar.com Apply online at www.ussugar.com Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Eth 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 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. 7 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Katrina ElskenLabor Day ParadeJunior Miss Florida Seminole Brianna Blaos-Billie, above left, Little Miss Florida Seminole Sara na Billie (above right) and Miss Florida Seminole Tia Blais-Billie (at left) were among those representing the Seminole Tribe of Florida in the Labor Day Parade in downtown Okeechobee on Monday. The Tribe also had a team in the Labor Day Ranch Rodeo Shoot Out at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena. Flood risk maps changeIf you live or do business in Glades County, your ood risk may have changed. Citizens will have an opportunity to look at and ask questions about the Preliminary Countywide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) at the upcoming public open house. The open house is an informal event, open to everyone. Attendees may arrive at any time during the three-hour event and receive individualized attention. The Public Outreach Open House will be held Monday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Doyle Conner Building, 900 U.S. 27, in Moore Haven.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CFA022585 CAC1817236 Echols Now Offers A/C & Refrigeration $80.00A/C Service Call Free Estimates Service price match guarantee We will match every competitor’s price SINCE 1975 9 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Laura MathisIt’s time for Terrier Football!The Moore Haven Terriers will play Lake Placid in a home game at Moore Haven High School on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Special to the Glades County DemocratGlades County Courthouse made more beautiful and safeGlades County Courthouse is currently in the process of being pressure washed and repainted by Service Florida Painting from Ft. Myers. The courthouse is also currently in the process of replacing the air conditioners and working on ways to make the Glades County Courthouse more beautiful and safe

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Seminole Tribe of Florida Big Cypress ReservationDISPATCHERHandles telephone inquiries involving police and public safety emergencies within the jurisdiction of all Seminole Tribe of Florida Reservations. Must be able to work overnight shift, 7p-7a. We train, so no experience necessary. Send resumes to: Fax# 954-963-9134 or mail to: 3101 N. SR7 Hollywood, FL 33021 SOUTHERN GARDENS CITRUS Citrus Grove Mechanic AssistantPosition requires routine maintenance and repair on all citrus grove care and harvesting equipment including tractors, graders, sprayers, mowers, ATVs, etc., and to assist Grove Mechanics with additional tasks as needed. Requires vehicle service experience, and basic set of mechanic’s tools to perform tasks. Must be able to read and comprehend maintenance and equipment instruction manuals that are written in English. Position requires good math, mechanical trouble shooting, customer service, and written/verbal communication skills. Ability to work with others and/or alone with minimum supervision. Ability to perform manual job functions that include heavy lifting, pulling, climbing, etc., in outside weather conditions. Must be able to lift a minimum of fty pounds on a regular basis. Must possess a valid driver’s license, and be able to obtain a CDL within 6 months from start date. Welding experience and familiarity with computers is preferred. Must be able to work up to 47.5 hours per week or more, and may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays as required. Travel to other locations may be required. Prefer bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates. Southern Gardens Citrus located in Clewiston, Florida is a citrus grower and supplier of 100% pure Florida not-from-concentrate (NFC) orange juice to the private label industry and to major brands. We offer competitive pay with as well as a full bene ts package that includes medical, dental, life, and retirement plan. If you possess the above skills and quali cations please complete an application at: Southern Gardens Citrus, 1820 County Rd., #833, Clewiston, Florida 33440 Equal Opportunity Employer BURGER KING We are currently hiring assistant managers. Please apply at your local Burger King restaurant or email your resume to: bkrichard@ royalsinc.com Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854 HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATORS F/T four immediate openings to provide health insurance enrollment assistance in Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee and Hendry Counties. Bi-lingual a plus. $35-$40K. Send cover letter and resume by 9/6 to: hr@legalaidpbc.org EOE / ADA Machinist Full Time Perm $22.88 Per Hour Job Responsibilities: Sets up, calibrates and operates machining equipment including manual engine lathes, shapers, jig boxes, brakes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines, and heavy duty presses to assemble and or fabricate parts and complex assemblies. Email: Jdooley@ussugar.com Apply online at www.ussugar.com NAVIGATOR PROJECT LEADER F/T immediate opening to oversee health insurance enrollment program in Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee and Hendry Counties. Bi-lingual a plus. $60-$65K. Send cover letter and resume by 9/6 to: hr@legalaidpbc.org EOE / ADA New Home Health Agency seeking caring RN’s, LPN,s and HHA’s for perdiem Medicare Home Health visits. Excellent pay with work in your community. Please call 561-345-3448 RAILROAD CONDUCTORS $20.73 per Hour US SUGAR Clewiston, Florida These are Seasonal Positions lasting Seven Months. Must have previous RR Experience. EMAIL RESUME OR APPLY ONLINEJdooley@ussugar.comwww.ussugar.com THREE MECHANICS/ HEAVY FARM EQUIPMENT $22.88 PER HOUR, EXTENSIVE OT Majority of work EAST of Clewiston Experience with trucks, farm machinery and other diesel equipment. Perform engine, transmission, drive train, brakes, chassis, diagnosis and repairs on cane harvesting and industrial equipment. Email your resume or Apply OnlineJdooley@ussugar.com www.ussugar.com We are currently hiring tutors at the Big Cypress National Preserve (located in Southwest Florida between the cities of Weston and Naples). JOB DESCRIPTION: • All tutoring takes place in a one-on-one environment • This is a part time position • Tutors work with the same students on a weekly basis. • Tutoring takes place Monday through Thursday beginning at 3pm QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor’s Degree • Strong communication skills • A reliable automobile • Ability to motivate students • High level of commitment COMPENSATION: • $20.00$25.00 per hour depending on education and experience • $20 per day travel reimbursement Please complete our online tutor application on the website below and select NAPLES so your application is routed to our of ce. http://www.whole child. com/tutoringopportunities Call with questions: 954-431-6000 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. 1-2 BEDROOM(S) UPSCALE RIVERFRONT APARTMENT, VERY PRIVATE, FURNISHED, WATER INCLUDED, NO PETS, NON-SMOKER, ADULTS ONLY, TERMS NEGOTIABLE, 1 YEAR LEASE. (239)337-5859 MOORE HAVEN COMMONS 863-946-1262 TDD:711 1101 Cactus Avenue, Moore Haven, FL 33471 Now accepting Applications Affordable Living for low income families Spacious units equipped with central heat and air, carpet, appliances, on-site laundry and playground 1 BR apts start at $675 2 BR apts start at $811 This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer TOWNHOUSE 2BR, 1.5 BA, 409 San Pedro, Clewiston. New World Realty. 305-444-9300 or 305-951-7666. CLEWISTON: 1 BR Singlewide, W&D, Storage shed. On dead end road. No pets. $575 mo., & $400 security. (954)648-9926. RV w/large Florida Rm., new A/C unit, low lot rent. $2500 or best offer. (863)532-9105 Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 09/13/2013, 10:00 am at 74 S. INDUSTRIAL LOOP, LABELLE, FL 33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 1997 FORD 1FALP42X0VF141056 451617 CN 9/5/2013SOLE PURPOSE PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE FLORIDA RECREATION DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (FRDAP) GRANT FUNDS Notice is hereby given that a sole purpose public meeting will be held on September 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Pioneer Community Center, 910 Panama Avenue, Clewiston, FL (Pioneer) to discuss the proposed use of Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant funds. This meeting is for the sole purpose of discussing the proposed improvements to the Pioneer Community Park. Questions can be directed to the Hendry County Grants & Special Projects Of ce at 863-675-5264. This public meeting is being conducted in a handicap accessible location. Karson Turner, Chairman Hendry County BOCC 451730 CN/CB 9/5/2013 NOTICE: AUCTION on Friday, September 13th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at 1233 N.W. Avenue L. Belle Glade, Florida. • Property of: John Elliott: Clothes, miscellaneous boxes, shoes • Property of: Vontonio Evans: Washer and Dryer, matress and Box Spring, Dinette Set. • Property of: Bernard Humphrey: Miscellaneus Boxes, chair, wall picture. • Property of: Dorothy Walker : Bike, Bed Spread, TV Cart, miscellaneous Boxes. 451251 SUN 9/5,12/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No. 2009-CA-000308 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. SUAREZ, MARIO, et. al., Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment entered in Case No. 2009-CA-000308 of the Circuit Court of the Judicial Circuit in and for GLADES County, Florida, wherein, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, and, SUAREZ, MARIO, et. al., are Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at, South Door of the Courthouse located at 500 AVE J, MOORE HAVEN, FL 33471, at the hour of 11:00AM on the 12th dat of September, 2013, the following described property: A parcel of Reclaimed Lake bottom land in Lake Okeechobee in Section 18, Township 40 South, Range 33 East, Glades County Florida, and more paricularly described as follows: From the point of intersection o f the centerline of State Road No. 78 with the East line o f section 7, Township 40 South, Range 33 East, run South 7312’30” West along said centerline a distnace of 935.00 feet; thence South 0031’05 ” East, a distance of 104.17 feet to a point in the South rightof-way line of said State Road No. 78; thence continue South 0031’05” East a distance o f 82.00 feer to thepoint of beginning of the Tract hereby described; thence North 8928’55” East a distance o f 163.19 feet; thence South 0031’05” East a distance o f 85.00 feet; thence South 8925’55” West a distance o f 163.19 feet; thence Noth 0031’05” West a distance o f 85.00 feet to the point-of-beginning. Less the Easterly 35 feet thereof for ingress and egress of canal right-of-way. Together with an easement over said Easterly 35 feet above excepted for ingress and egress of canal right of way. Together with a non-exclusive right of ingress and egress over and upon property described as follows: A parcel of reclaimed lake bottom land in Lake Okeechobee in Section 7 and 18, Township 40 South, Range 33 East, Glades County, Florida, and more particulary described as follows: From the point of intersection o f the centerline of State Road No. 78 with the East line o f Section 7, Township 40 South, Range 33 East, run South 7212’30” West along said centerline a distance of 935.00 feet; thence South 0031’05 ” East, a distance of 104.17 feet to a point in the South rightof-way line of said State Road No. 78 to the point of beginning; thence continue South 0031’05” East, a Distance o f 82.00 feet to a point, thence East 10 feet; thence North 82.00 feetl thence West 10 feet to the point of beginning. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED this 15th day of August, 2013. SANDRA H. BROWN Clerk Circuit Court BY: Tina Espinosa Deputy Cler k IMPORTANT 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 Clerk of the Court’s disability coordinator at 863-675-5229 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; i f you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 450755 GCD 8/29;9/5/2013 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Part Time Business Opportunities Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent Mobile Home Rent Mobile HomeSale Campers/RVs Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Shop from a gift catalog thats updated regulaly: the classifieds. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Shop from a gift catalog thats updated regulaly: 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. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shhfit! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items 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. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Shop from a gift catalog thats updated regulaly: the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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. 10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013

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A $1.08 million federal grant will allow the Florida Geological Survey, in conjunction with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, to conduct a statewide assessment of sinkhole vulnerability in Florida starting this fall. The grant was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The three-year project w ill start with geologists conducting a oneyear pilot study in Hamilton, Columbia and Suwannee counties. The results of the pilot study will culminate in the production of a model that will generate a map showing the relative vulnerability of these counties to potential sinkhole formation. The resulting model will then be used to produce a statewide map during the following two years. “Florida’s geology is complex and this grant will allow the Florida Geological Survey to produce a predictive tool that will re ne our understanding of sinkhole occurrence throughout the state,” said Dr. Jon Arthur, Director of the Florida Geological Survey. “Ultimately, this assessment will aid planners, builders and environmental regulators for the betterment of human health and safety as well as the economy.” Sinkholes are a common, natural feature of Florida’s landscape because Florida sits on several thousand feet of porous limestone. Porous limestone aquifers can produce billions of gallons of fresh water. Naturally acidic groundwater and rainwater dissolves limestone, leaving behind void spaces. The resulting void spaces can lead to the formation of sinkholes, caves, and springs, all of which are called karst features. The information gathered will help improve the State of Florida Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan risk assessment section on sinkholes as well as its corresponding mitigation strategies. An appendix to the State Hazard Mitigation Plan will be added to the project’s full ndings. “The Florida Division of Emergency Management is pleased to be a part of this project,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “Sinkholes present a potential hazard to many Floridians throughout the state. By better understanding sinkhole vulnerability in Florida, we will be better able to prevent loss of life and property and keep Florida’s families safe.” The request was sparked by Tropical Storm Debby, which brought heavy rainfall to Florida in June 2012, triggering the formation of sinkholes. In the months leading up to Tropical Storm Debby’s record rainfall event, most of Florida had been experiencing extreme drought conditions, resulting in lowered water levels in our aquifers. The result was an outbreak of sinkholes when rainwater caused dry underground voids— previously lled with water—to collapse. Bene ts of the project include more effective mitigation planning to reduce loss o f life and property by lessening the impact o f sinkholes on Florida’s population and infrastructure; better understanding of sinkhole susceptibility; an increased understanding o f Florida’s karst terrain and hydrogeology, and how that affects the state. The assessment will help environmental regulators, growth management planners, the construction industry and local governments in developing protective designs as additional information about Florida’s geology will facilitate planning for possible sinkhole occurrences. For more information about sinkholes, visit DEP’s Online Newsroom or the Florid a Geological Survey website. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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! 11 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 Florida geological survey to address sinkhole vulnerability Special to the Glades County Democrat TALLAHASSEE—Student team registration for the third-annual Florida Student Astronaut Challenge is now open to high school students (grades 9 through 12). This three-day event focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics provides an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge through a series of team-oriented experiments and challenges. To participate, teams must register to take the regional quali er exam by Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. The exam will be given at three locations in southern, central and northern Florida on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The 12 highest scoring, ve-person teams that qualify will be invited to compete for rst place at the state-level competition on March 7-9, 2014, organized by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. The three-day competition will include mobile space shuttle simulations, ight operation problem-solving, International Space Station operation experiments, Astronaut Encounters and a viewing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. For additional dates and information about the 2014 Astronaut Challenge and to register your team, visit Florida’s Student Astronaut Challenge website at http:// www.astronautchallenge.com/. Register for Florida annual student astronaut challenge Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are asking the public to report sightings of three rare snake species: Florida pine snake, southern hognose snake and short-tailed snake. Citizens can help with research on these species by reporting sightings online. “Reports from the public will aid us in determining where these snakes live and their status,” said Kevin Enge, FWC research biologist. All of these snake species have been petitioned for federal listing. The three species are found in dry, upland habitats and spend most of their time underground. They are only occasionally seen moving along the surface or crossing a road. For each report, the citizen is asked to provide the location where they saw the snake and the month and year the observation occurred. Researchers are also requesting citizens to submit photos of the snakes, when possible, to verify identi cation. Reports can include live or dead animals. Although these species are nonvenomous, citizens should avoid handling or disturbing them. For more information about living with snakes and to submit sightings to the FWC, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation, select “How You Can Conserve,” and choose “Snakes” under “Living with Wildlife.” FWC asks public to report sightings Special to the Glades County Democrat/ FWCSouthern hognose snake. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ FWCShort-tailed snake. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ FWCFlorida pine snake.

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Ella III, LLC, the holder 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 2527 2007 2024329-28000000810 Protg Properties Investments Inc A Florida Corporation Lots 142, 143,144, 145 and 146, FORD PARK SECTION 1, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 48 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450875 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the German American Capital Corp, the holder 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 3517 2010 2024329-670000A0140 Marcellous L Smith and Sophia L Harris Lots 25 and 26, Block A, SUNSET PARK, a subdivision of the West one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of Section 8, Township 43 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 1, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450870 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 262013CA000093CAAXMX BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, V S. IVAN HERNANDEZ; IVETTE MUNOZ; ELIZABET HERNANDEZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ELIZABET HERNANDEZ; UNKNOWN PERSONS) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants, RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated August 8, 2013, and entered in Case No. 262013CA000093CAAXMX, of the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit in and for HENDRY County, Florida. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is Plaintiff and IVAN HERNANDEZ; IVETTE MUNOZ; ELIZABET HERNANDEZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ELIZABET HERNANDEZ; UNKNOWN PERSONS) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY, IN FRONT OF OFFICE OF CLERK OF COURTS, ADMINISTRATION BLDG, HENDRY CO. COURTHOUSE, at 25 E. HICKPOCHEE, LABELLE in HENDRY County, FLORIDA 33935, at 11:00 A .M., on the 18th day of September, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 8, BLOCK 27, MONTURA RANCH ESTATES, FIRST SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 37, 38, 39, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THE MOBILE HOME PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO THE LAND. A person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens most le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 15th day of August, 2013. BARBARA S. BUTLER As Clerk of said Court By: /S/ J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act 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 provisions of certain assistance. Please contact Dawn Oliver, Court Operations Manager, whose of ce is located at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee A venue, LaBelle, Florida 33935, and whose telephone number is (863) 675-5229, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if y ou are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 450687 CN 8/29;9/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 26-201.0-CA-000068 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, VS. NIURKA QUINTANA, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated August 20, 2013, and entered in Case NO. 26-2010CA-000068 of the Circuit Court of the TWENTIETH Judicial Circuit in and for HENDRY County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, INC., is the Plaintiff and NIURKA QUINTANA; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at IN FRONT OF THE OFFICE OP THE CLERK OF THE COURT, BEING THE SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY OF THE HENDRY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING CORNER OF HIGHWAY 80 AND 29TH SOUTH, LABELLE, FLORIDA at 11:00AM, on the 25th day of September, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 1, BLOCK 2257, OF PORT LABELLE, UNIT 8, A SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE FLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 131, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 9002 E BROAD CIRCLE, PORT LA BELLE, FL 33935 Any person claiming an interest in the. surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on August 21, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F10003466 WELLSLPS-SPECFNLMCR-kvickers-Team 1 F10003466 **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 3112, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, telephone number (813) 335-2299; 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), or 1-800-955-8770 (v), via Florida Relay Service, not later than seven (7) days prior to this proceeding. 451124 CN 8/29;9/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 09-00055 CITIBANK NA, AS TRUSTEE FOR WAMU SERIES 2007-HE4 TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. JILLIAN SANTIESTEBAN, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated August 15, 2013, and entered in Case No. 09-00055 of the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida in which Citibank NA, as trustee for WAMU Series 2007-HE4 Trust, is the Plaintiff and Jillian Santiesteban, Luis Santiesteban, Source Mortgage, Inc., are defendants, the Glades County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on the front steps of the Glades County Courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Florida 33471, Glades County, Florida at 11:00 AM on the 12th day of September, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: LOT 7, OF RIVERVIEW, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 128,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 2155 RIVERSIDE DR, MOOREHAVEN, FL 33471 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Glades County, Florida this 15th day of August, 2013. Clerk of the Circuit Court Glades County, Florida By: Tina Esponosa Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law, Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 09-16198 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Administrative Services Manager, whose of ce is located at Charlotte County Justice Center, 350 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950 and whose telephone number is (941)637-2281, within two (2) working days of receipt of this notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8771. To le response please contact Glades County Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 10, Moorehaven, FL 33471. 450679 GCD 9/29;9/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 09000653CAAXMX SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, VS. JOHN 5. BURNS SR.; ROSEMARY K. BURNS A/K/A ROSEMARY BURNS; SUNCOAST SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovestyled cause, in the Circuit Court of Hendry County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Hendry County, Florida, described as: Lot 3, BEE BRANCH LAKES, a subdivision in Section 1, Township 43 South, Range 28 East, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 71, of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. A/K/A 2630 BEE BRANCH LAKES DR LABELLE, FL 33935 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, Clerk of the Circuit Court in the Hendry County Courthouse (being the second oor hallway of the Hendry County Courts Building), LaBelle, FL 33935 at 11:00 AM, on September 18, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the its pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 8th day of A ugust, 2013. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619-1328 Attorneys for Plaintiff 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 Sheila Mann, Court Operations Manager, whose of ce is located at the Lee County Justice Center, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, and whose telephone number is (239) 533-1700, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 450662 CN 8/29;9/5/2013 *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, September 19, 2013, for the following Proposals: E1N11-R0 Maintenance of Traf c in Charlotte, Lee, Glades & Hendry Counties. Budget Amount: $95,132.00 E1N12-R0 Reworking Shoulder, Sodding and Fertilizer in Sarasota County. Budget Amount: $180,174.00. E1N13-R0 Roadside Ditch, Canal Cleaning and Shoulder Rework in Manatee & Sarasota Counties. Budget Amount: $62,109.00 E1N14-R0 Milling & Replacing Asphalt, RPM’s and Thermoplastic Markings in Hardee County. Maximum Budgetary Ceiling: $304,000.00 E1N15-R0 Performance Storm Water Pond Maintenance in Polk County. Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting on Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. 801 North Broadway Avenue Bartow, FL 33830. Budget Amount: $481,920.00. 451119 CN 8/29;9/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 26-2010-CA001029 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE FOR TRUMAN 2012 SC TITLE TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. ANDRE MORRIS A/K/A A. MORRIS; VILLAS AT LAKE SHORE HOA, INC. A/K/A THE VILLAS AT LAKESHORE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.; Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the abovestyled cause, in the Circuit Court of Hendry County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Hendry County, Florida, described as: Lot 11, VILLAS AT LAKE SHORE, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 199, of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. A/K/A 380 Lopez Clewiston, FL 33440 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, Clerk of the Circuit Court in the Hendry County Courthouse (being the second oor hallway of the Hendry County Courts Building), LaBelle, FL 33935 at 11:00 AM, on September 18, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 14th day of August, 2013. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Clerk Law Of ces of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619-1328 Attorneys for Plaintiff 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 Sheila Mann, Court Operations Manager, whose of ce is located at the Lee County Justice Center, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, and whose telephone number is (239) 533-1700, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 450661 CN 8/29;9/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2009CA001227 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, v. NORAIDA QUINTANA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF NORAIDA QUINTANA; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION; JANE DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT IN POSSESSION; AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S), WHO (IS/ARE) NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIM AS HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, SPOUSES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on June 03, 2013, and the Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale entered on August 19, 2013, in this cause, in the Circuit Court of Hendry County, Florida, I will sell the property situated in Hendry County, Florida, described as: THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 44 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 7896 5TH PLACE, LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33972 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, in front of the of ce of the Clerk of Circuit Court being on the second oor of the administration building of the Hendry County Courthouse located at 25 East Hickpochee Ave., 2nd Floor, LaBelle, Hendry County, Florida, at eleven o’clock a.m., on September 25, 2013. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from, the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated at LaBelle, Florida, this 20th day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Clerk 450946 CN 9/5,12/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2013-79CP IN RE: ESTATE OF JOANN JENNINGS WOOSLEY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Joann Jennings Woosley, deceased, whose date of death was July 3, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hendry County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Post Of ce Box 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is August 29, 2013. Personal Representative: Mara Gail Woosley 6340 Channing Avenue Fort Myers, Florida 33905 Attorney for Personal Representative: Ralph Elver, Florida Bar Number 215848 Ralph Elver, P.A. P.O. Box 2280. LaBelle, FL 33975 (863) 675-5800 (863) 675-4998 Fax Email Service: E-service@ralphelverpa.com Email: Ralph@labellelaw.com Attorney for Personal Representative 450809 CB 8/29;9/5/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-20 CP IN RE: ESTATE OF KENNETH A. BOYER, SR., Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f KENNETH A. BOYER, SR., deceased, whose date of death was November 9, 2013 and social security number is ***-**-2417, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address o f which is P.O. Box 10, Moore Haven, Florida 33471. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTE R THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of rst publication of this notice is August 22, 2013. Kenneth Boyer, Jr. Personal Representative 441 Aural Lane Apopka, FL 32712 Steven J. Polhemus, Esq. Attorney for Personal Representative Post Of ce Drawer 2188 Labelle, Florida 33975 Telephone: 863-675-0087 Florida Bar No: 182567 450786 CN 8/29;9/5/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the County of Hendry, the holder 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 2894 2009 2024329-28000000240 McKay Properties Inc Lot 39 of FORD PARK SUBDIVISION of the City of LaBelle, Florida, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 48, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450873 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Te a Investments, the holder 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 2482 2010 1344432-A0000960000 Ella III, LLC The Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 34, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida, extending or shortening the East and West boundary line so as to terminate at the North boundary line of Providence City, a subdivision recorded in Plat Book 2, Pages 29, 30 and 31, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. (Also known as Lot No. 4237, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision.) Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 80 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for an access for a of the West 30 feet thereof. 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450874 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 26-2012-CA-000717 BANK OF AMERICA, NA. Plaintiff, vs. ROBERT G. GALBREATH, JR.; DEBORAH B. GALBREATH; HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 8, 2013, and entered in Case No. 26-2012-CA-000717, of the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit in and for HENDRY County, Florida. BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is Plaintiff and ROBERT G. GALBREATH, JR.; DEBORAH B. GALBREATH; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY, IN FRONT OF OFFICE OF CLERK OF COURTS, ADMINISTRATION BLDG, HENDRY CO. COURTHOUSE, AT 25 E. HICKPOCHEE, LABELLE IN HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA 33935, at 11:00 A.M., on the 11th day of September, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 21, BLOCK J, FT. DENAUD ACRES UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 68-70, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH 1989 PINES TRAILER MOBILE HOME CONTAINING TITLE # 48637743 AND TITLE #48619702 AND VIN # HMLCP28242214116A AND VIN #HMLCP28242214116B WHICH IS PERMANENTLY AFFIXED TO SAID PROPERTY. A person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, accommodation othcrothan the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 9th day of August, 2013. BARBARA S. BUTLER As Clerk of said Court By: /S/ J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2.065. In accordance with the Americans with, Disabilities Act 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 provisions of certain assistance. Please contact Dawn Oliver, Court Operations Manager, whose of ce is located at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935, and whose telephone number is (863) 675-5229, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 450347 CN 8/22,29/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 08000097CA CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC REO VESTING; HOMESALES INC D/B/A HOMESALES INC OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff, vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIATIES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTEE L. BARNETT (DECEASED); MELINDA A. NIPPER INDIVIDUALLY AND AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTTE L. BARNETT (DECEASED); WILLIAM T. BARNETT; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WILLIAM T. BARNETT; JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 13th day of August 13, 2013 and entered in Case No. 08000097CA, of the Circuit Court of the 20TH Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION is the Plaintiff and WILLIAM T. BARNETT, MELINDA A. NIPPER INDIVIDUALLY AND AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTTE L. BARNETT (DECEASED) and UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIATIES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF CHARLOTEE L. BARNETT (DECEASED), are defendants. The Clerk of’ this Court shall sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the, FRONT STEPS, SOUTH DOOR OF THE GLADES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 500 AVENUE J., MOORE HAVEN, FL 33471, 11:00 AM on the 12th day of Sept. 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit; TRACT B-5, THE SOUTH 335 FEET OF THE NORTH 873 FEET OF THE WEST ONE-HALF OF THE WEST ONE-HALF OF THE NORTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF SECTION 1, TOWNSHIP 42 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA, SUBJECT TO AN EASEMENT OVER THE WEST 30 FEET THEREOF. TOGETHER WITH A 2000 LIBE DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME WITH VIN #’S 10L26982U AND 10L26982X ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE. IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS /MIST 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 yon, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Dawn Oliver, Court Operations Manager, whose of ce is located at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935, and whose telephone number Is (863) 675-5229, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 15th day of August, 2013. SANDRA H. BROWN Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Tina Espinosa Deputy Clerk Choice Legal Group, P.A. 1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309 Telephone: (954) 453-0365 Facsimile: (954) 771-6052 Toll Free:1-800-441-2438 DESIGNATED PRIMARY E-MAIL FOR SERVICE PURSUANT TO FLA. R. JUD, ADMIN 2.516 eservice@clegalgroup.com 450768 GCD 8/29;9/5/2013 NOTICE Preparation of an Environmental Assessment and Scoping Meetings for Airglades Airport, Hendry County, Florida SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, Hendry County is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the proposed privatization and subsequent development of a 10,000foot air cargo runway and related cargo and aircraft maintenance facilities at the Airglades Airport, 1090 Airglades Blvd., Clewiston, Florida 33440. Once completed, the EA will be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the agency’s decision to either prepare an Environmental Impact Statement or issue a Finding of No Signi cant Impact. To ensure all issues and public concerns related to the proposed actions are identi ed and considered in the EA, the County will hold one governmental agency Scoping Meeting and one public Scoping Meeting. AIRPORT INFORMATION: The Airglades Airport is a public-use, general aviation airport. The airport presently has a 5,905-foot paved runway, access taxiways, aircraft parking apron, aircraft storage and maintenance hangars, and a passenger terminal building. The airport supports business ights (including jets), recreational ying, ight training, and sky diving activities. The airport also supports a relatively new industrial park. The Florida Dept. of Transportation shows that the airport had 24 based aircraft in 2011 and generated approximately 11,527 aircraft operations the same year. PROPOSED ACTIONS: The FAA informed Hendry County that the preliminary application for Airglades Airport’s participation in the Airport Privatization Pilot Program (APPP) was accepted on October 18, 2010. The letter also indicated that Hendry County may select a private operator, negotiate an agreement and submit a nal application. The private operator has been selected; draft management and purchase agreements have been submitted to FAA for review; and a nal application is being prepared for submission to the FAA in 2014. The proposed actions and airport development expected to occur if the application is approved include: • Acquisition of the Airglades Airport by a Private Developer for the construction and operation of a new Perishable Air Cargo Complex • Acquisition of approximately 250 additional acres of land to accommodate the new north/south runway development • New 10,000’x150’ Runway including parallel and connecting Taxiways • New Perishable Air Cargo Distribution Center, including all associated inspection services such as U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Transportation Security Administration • New Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Facilities, including Aircraft Paint Facility and associated aircraft parking apron • New Aircraft Rescue and Fire ghting (ARFF) Facility • New Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Facility • New Aircraft Apron Areas to support 10 wide-body Aircraft • New Air Traf c Control Tower (ATCT) Facility • New Fuel Storage Facilities, including Apron Hydrant Fueling • New Warehouse and Distribution Facilities • Vehicular Access and Automobile and Truck Parking Facilities • Site Improvements including Drainage, Stormwater Detention, Utilities, Etc. • Establishment of Two (2) Category III Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), including associated Approach Light Systems (ALS), Site Preparation, and Equipment Installation EA PREPARATION: FAA actions related to the privatization of Airglades Airport and the development of a new air cargo runway (and related facilities) require environmental analysis, coordination, and documentation conforming to the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and guidance contained in the FAA’s Airport Environmental Handbook (Order 1050.1E) and FAA’s NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions (Order 5050.4B). Hendry County will prepare the EA and assess the environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with the proposed actions at the Airglades Airport. The EA will consider the No-Action Alternative, the Proposed Action, and other reasonable alternatives identi ed during Scoping and the EA process. A Draft EA will be circulated for public and agency review and comment. After review of the Draft EA, a Final EA will be submitted to the FAA for the agency’s decision to either prepare an Environmental Impact Statement or issue a Finding of No Signi cant Impact. SCOPING COMMENTS: Comments and suggestions are invited from federal, state, and local agencies; governments; Native American tribe of cials and representatives; the public; and other interested parties to ensure that the full range of alternatives and all issues and public concerns related to the proposed action are identi ed and considered in the EA. Written comments and suggestions concerning the scope of the EA should be mailed to Hendry County at the address listed below. Comments should be postmarked no later than October 19, 2013. Public and Agency Scoping Meetings: Hendry County will hold one (1) public scoping meeting to solicit input from the public and interested parties and one (1) agency scoping meeting to solicit input from federal, state, and local agencies, governments, and Native American of cials and representatives which have jurisdiction by law or have speci c expertise with respect to any environmental impacts associated with the proposed project. The public and agency scoping meetings will be held September 19, 2013 at the John B. Boy Auditorium, 1200 WC Owen Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440. The public meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The agency scoping meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is being held speci cally for agencies, government of cials, and Native American tribe of cials and representatives. SUBMIT SCOPING COMMENTS TO: Mr. Charles Chapman IV, County Administrator, Post Of ce Box 2340, LaBelle, Florida 33975 450649 CN/CB 8/22;9/5/2013 AVISO Preparacin de Evaluacin Ambiental y de Estudio de Alcance para el Aeropuerto de Airglades, Condado de Hendry, Florida RESUMEN: De conformidad con Ley Nacional de Poltica Ambiental (National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA]) de 1969, el Condado de Hendry est preparando una Evaluacin Ambiental (EA) para abordar la privatizacin propuesta y subsiguiente desarrollo de una pista de 10,000 pies para aviones de carga y de las instalaciones relacionadas con la carga y el mantenimiento de aeronaves en el Aeropuerto de Airglades, 1090 Airglades Blvd., Clewiston, Florida 33440. Una vez completada, la EA ser presentada a la Administracin Federal de Aviacin (FAA) para la decisin de la agencia de preparar una Declaracin de Impacto Ambiental o expedir una Conclusin de Ningn Impacto Signi cativo. Para garantizar que todos los asuntos e inquietudes pblicas en relacin con las acciones propuestas sean identi cados y considerados en la EA, el Condado celebrar una Reunin de Estudio Alcance para agencias gubernamentales y una Reunin de Estudio Alcance pblica. INFORMACION DEL AEROPUERTO: El Aeropuerto de Airglades es un aeropuerto de uso pblico para aviacin general. El aeropuerto tiene actualmente una pista de aterrizaje pavimentada de 5,905 pies, pistas de rodaje, anden de estacionamiento de aeronaves, hangares para almacenamiento y mantenimiento de aeronaves, y un edi cio de terminal de pasajeros. El aeropuerto atiende viajes empresariales (incluyendo jets), vuelo recreativo, entrenamiento de vuelo, y actividades de paracaidismo. El aeropuerto tambin atiende un parque industrial relativamente nuevo. El Departamento de Transportacin de la Florida indica que en el 2011, 24 aeronaves utilizaban al aeropuerto como base, y que gener aproximadamente 11,527 operaciones de aeronaves en ese mismo ao. ACCIONES PROPUESTAS : La FAA inform al Condado de Hendry que la solicitud preliminar para la participacin del Aeropuerto de Airglades en el Programa Piloto de Privatizacin de Aeropuertos (APPP) fue aceptada el 18 de octubre de 2010. La carta tambin indicaba que el Condado de Hendry puede seleccionar un operador privado, negociar un acuerdo y presentar una solicitud nal. El operador privado ha sido seleccionado; se han presentado borradores de los contratos de gestin y de compra a la FAA para su revisin; y una solicitud nal est siendo preparada para ser presentada a la FAA en 2014. Las acciones propuestas y el desarrollo del aeropuerto que se espera ocurran si la solicitud es aprobada incluyen: • Adquisicin del Aeropuerto de Airglades por parte de un Urbanizador Privado para la construccin y operacin de un nuevo Complejo de Carga Area Perecedera • Adquisicin de aproximadamente 250 acres adicionales de tierra para alojar el desarrollo de la nueva pista norte / sur • Nueva Pista de 10,000’ x 150’ incluyendo Vas de Rodaje paralelas y de conexin • Nuevo Centro de Distribucin de Carga Area Perecedera, incluyendo todos los servicios de inspeccin asociados tales como el Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU., Aduanas y Proteccin de Fronteras de los EE.UU., y Administracin de Seguridad del Transporte • Nuevas Instalaciones de Mantenimiento, Reparacin y Reconstruccion (MRO), incluyendo Instalaciones para Pintura de Aeronaves y anden de estacionamiento de aeronaves asociada • Nuevas Instalaciones de Rescate de Aeronaves y Anti-Incendios (ARFF) • Nuevas Instalaciones de Equipos de Soporte en Tierra (GSE) • Nuevas reas de Anden para Aeronaves para apoyar 10 aeronaves de fuselaje ancho • Nueva Torre de Control de Tr co Areo (ATCT) • Nuevas Instalaciones de Almacenamiento de Combustibles, incluyendo Anden de Hidrantes de Reaprovisionamiento de Combustible • Nueva Bodega e Instalaciones de Distribucin • Acceso Vehicular y Estacionamiento para Vehculos y Camiones • Mejoras del sito incluyendo Drenaje, Detencin de Aguas Pluviales, Servicios Pblicos, etc. • Establecimiento de Dos (2) Sistemas de Aterrizaje por Instrumentos (ILS) Categora III, incluyendo los Sistemas de Luces de Aproximacin (ALS) asociados, preparacin del sitio e instalacin de equipos PREPARACION DE LA EA: Las acciones de la FAA relacionadas con la privatizacin del Aeropuerto de Airglades y el desarrollo de una nueva pista para aviones de carga (e instalaciones relacionadas) requieren anlisis ambientales, coordinacin y documentacin conforme con las disposiciones de la Ley Nacional de Poltica Ambiental de 1969 (NEPA) y la orientacin contenida en el Manual Ambiental para Aeropuertos (Airport Environmental Handbook) (Orden 1050.1E) de la FAA y las Instrucciones de Implementacin de la NEPA para Acciones Aeroportuarias (NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions) (Orden 5050.4B) de la FAA. El Condado de Hendry preparar la EA y evaluar los impactos ambientales, sociales y econmicos asociados con las acciones propuestas en el Aeropuerto de Airglades. La EA considerar la Alternativa de No Accin, la Accin Propuesta, y otras alternativas razonables identi cadas durante el Estudio Preliminar y el proceso de EA. Un Borrador de la EA ser circulado para revisin y comentarios del pblico y las agencias. Tras la revisin del Borrador de la EA, una EA Final ser presentada a la FAA para decisin de la agencia de preparar o bien una Declaracin de Impacto Ambiental o expedir una Conclusin de Ningn Impacto Signi cativo. COMENTARIOS SOBRE EL ESTUDIO DE ALCANCE : Se invita a enviar comentarios y sugerencias por parte de las agencias federales, estatales y locales; gobiernos; funcionarios y representantes de tribus indgenas estadounidenses; el pblico; y otras partes interesadas para garantizar que la gama completa de alternativas y todos los asuntos e inquietudes pblicas relacionados con la accin propuesta sean identi cados y considerados en la EA. Los comentarios y sugerencias por escrito sobre el alcance de la EA deben ser enviados por correo postal al Condado de Hendry a la direccin indicada abajo. Todos los comentarios deben llevar matasellos con fecha no posterior al 19 de octubre de 2013. Reuniones Pblicas y de las Agencias relativo al Estudio de Alcance: El Condado de Hendry celebrar una (1) reunin pblica de alcance para solicitar las opiniones del pblico y de las partes interesadas y una (1) reunin de alcance para agencias para solicitar las opiniones de agencias y de los gobiernos federal, estatal y local, y de funcionarios y representantes de tribus indgenas estadounidenses que tengan jurisdiccin por ley o tengan pericia espec ca con respecto a cualquier impacto ambiental asociado con el proyecto propuesto. Las reuniones de alcance pblica y para agencias se celebrarn el 19 de septiembre de 2013 en el Auditorio John B. Boy, 1200 WC Owen Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 La reunin pblica se celebrar de 5 p.m. a 8 p.m. La reunin de estudio preliminar para agencias se celebrar de 1:30 p.m. a 3:30 p.m. y se llevar a cabo espec camente para agencias, funcionarios del gobierno y funcionarios y representantes de tribus indgenas estadounidenses. ENVIE SUS COMENTARIOS ALCANCE A : Sr. Charles Chapman IV, Administrador del Condado, Apartado Postal 2340, LaBelle, Florida 33975 450647 CN/CB 8/22;9/5/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the TC 10L, LLC, the holder 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 3438 2010 2024329-26000020080 Jose I Quintero & David T Esquivel Lot 8, Block 2, ENGLEWOOD TERRACE, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 40, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450864 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Te a Investments, the holder 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 2536 2010 1354432-A0001150000 Alberto Lobaina The North one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast onequarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 35, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. (Also known as Lot No. 4511 in Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision.) Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450843 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Te a Investments, the holder 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 3818 2010 4104329-01020230170 Roger J Gendreau Lot 17, Block 2023, of PORT LABELLE UNIT 1, a Subdivision according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 50, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450862 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Te a Investments the holder 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 4153 2010 4104329-03021290140 SSA Development LLC Lot 14, Block 2129, of PORT LABELLE UNIT 3, a Subdivision according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 73, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450868 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF RFP RANKING COMMITTEE MEETING Notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting for ranking the responses to RFP # 2013-25, Inmate Medical Services for the Hendry County Jail. It will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m., in Administration Conference Room #1, 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, FL. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, 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. 451667 CN/CB 9/5/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the County of Hendry, the holder 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 1429 2009 1154432-A0000570100 Lou’s Properties Inc The North one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest onequarter of the Southeast 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. Subject to an easement for a drainage canal of the North 25 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3293, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450869 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Te a Investments, the holder 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 3819 2010 4104329-01020230180 Roger J Gendreau Lot 18, Block 2023, of PORT LABELLE UNIT 1, a Subdivision according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 50, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013 which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450866 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 13 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the County of Hendry the holder 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 2049 2009 1354432-A0000600000 McKay Properties Inc The East one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest onequarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 35, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 40 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 4633, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013 which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450845 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013

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WEST PALM BEACH — Following the w ettest start to the wet season since 1968, drier conditions in August curtailed the rise of water levels throughout the South Florida W ater Management District’s (SFWMD) 16county region. “August provided a much needed respite from four months of heavy rainfall across the region,” said Susan Sylvester, SFWMD Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. “Water managers have been using this drier period to regain storage in the system needed for the rest of the wet season.” District-wide, 6.08 inches of rain fell in A ugust, representing 78 percent of average, or 1.70 inches below average. Most of the 16 counties in the District experienced belowaverage rainfall for the month, with the east coast of South Florida receiving the least amount of rain. In contrast, the Southwest Coast and the Caloosahatchee Basin saw about average rainfall. The drier August followed wet season rainfall that included:  Wettest July since 2001  Wettest June since 2005 Combination of late May through July months led to the wettest start to the wet season since 1968, or the wettest in 45 years  Wettest April-through-July period on record in South Florida since 1932Water LevelsEven with drier conditions following prolonged above-average rainfall, many areas of the District remain higher than their target levels for this time of year. This includes higher levels in key locations such as Water Conservation Areas 2 and 3 and Lake Okeechobee, which did experience belowaverage rainfall for the month of August. A total of 5.63 inches of rainfall was recorded directly over the lake and its immediate area, representing 85 percent of average, or 1.02 inches below average for the month. The lake stood at 15.55 feet NGVD today. This is 1.30 feet higher than its historic average for this date. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake level with input from stakeholders including the District, has been making regulatory releases since May. The Kissimmee River oodplain, Lake Istokpoga, Fisheating Creek, Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough areas north of Lake Okeechobee are also still experiencing the effects of heavy rainfall, as are the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, the DuPuis Management Area and the Holey Land and Rotenberger wildlife management areas.South Florida Wet Season Facts On average, South Florida’s wet season begins around May 20 and ends around October 13, lasting for about 21 weeks.  Typically, about two-thirds of annual rains fall during the wet season, or approximately 35 inches out of 52 inches.  June is usually South Florida’s wettest month.  Since 1932, virtually all wet seasons have produced 2 to 4 feet of rainfall.  South Florida’s wet season has three general phases:  Memorial Day weekend through July 4 weekend, which are typically the wettest six weeks of the year.  Early July through mid-August, which are hotter and often drier.  Late August through October, which are characterized by highly variable rainfall mainly due to tropical activity and cold fronts. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 14 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 Those compare to 1,662 who collected bene ts in June. According to the report, 16,811 residents had jobs in June. The jobless rate in June stood at 9 percent. The rate in July 2012, was 11.4 percent. Around the region, Hendry County had 15.5 percent unemployment which was the highest rate in the state during July. St. Lucie County reported 10.4, Indian River 9.7, Highlands 9.0, DeSoto 8.8, Martin 7.8, Palm Beach 7.7 and Osceola 7.4 percent. JOBSContinued From Page 1 sibility, among other topics, before taking the nal test. The course also includes livering instruction on a shooting range. All equipment, including rearms and ammunition, w ill be provided free of charge. The class is at the Glades County Sheriff’s Of ce Shooting Range in Moore Haven on Gun Club Road (north of the city barn), 3 miles north of U.S. 27 on State Road 78, and 6 miles south of Lakeport, near the Fisheating Creek entrance. Participants can sign up at MyFWC.com/ HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s South Region Of ce at 561-625-5122. Links to the online part of the course and a statewide schedule of hunter safety classes are available at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in livere exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). HUNTERContinued From Page 1 By Tony YoungFWC Even though you can hardly tell, summer is almost over. Kids have returned to school, football is back on TV, and hunting season has been going on for a month now in south Florida. Most of us have already nished our preseason scouting, and we’ve hung our tree stands along well-traveled deer trails – next to a mature oak tree that’ll soon begin dropping acorns, if we’re lucky. Finally, the time of year we’ve been waiting for is here! Hunting season still comes in rst in Zone A, which is that part of the state south of State Road 70. Archery and crossbow seasons there started Aug. 3 on private lands. Hunting Zone B is made up in part by the Green Swamp Basin and lies south of S.R. 50, west of U.S. 441 and the Kissimmee Waterway, north of S.R. 60 and east of the Gulf of Mexico. Archery and crossbow seasons on private property in Zone B start this year Oct. 19. The line that divides zones C and D has been modi ed slightly this year, so please make sure you know which zone you’re hunting in. The line still begins at U.S. 27 at the (Gadsden County) Florida-Georgia state line and runs south on U.S. 27 until it meets S.R. 61 in Tallahassee. From there, it follows S.R. 61, running south until it hits U.S. 319. There, the line follows U.S. 319, continuing south to U.S. 98; it then runs east along U.S. 98. And here is the part that changed. The line used to turn south on Spring Creek Highway, but now it continues east along U.S. 98 until it gets to the Wakulla River, where the river becomes the line, heading south until it meets the St. Marks River and continues downriver until it meets the Gulf. If you hunt west of that line, you’re in Zone D, where archery and crossbow seasons begin Oct. 26 on private lands. In Zone C, archery and crossbow seasons open on Sept. 14. To hunt during archery season, you’ll need a Florida hunting license and an archery permit. During crossbow season, you’ll need a hunting license and crossbow permit. If you’re a Florida resident, an annual hunting license will cost $17. Nonresidents have the choice of paying $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. Archery and crossbow permits cost just $5 each, and all deer hunters must have the $5 deer permit. Anyone planning on hunting one of Florida’s many WMAs must purchase a management area permit for $26.50. And don’t forget to pick up the WMA brochure for the area you wish to hunt, because hunting season dates on many of the areas are often different from what the zonal dates are. You can pick up a copy of these WMA brochures at your local tax collector’s of ce or read them at MyFWC.com/Hunting. During archery season and that part of crossbow season that is concurrent with archery, you can take deer of either sex, regardless of antler size (except for spotted fawns). After archery ends, during the remaining portion of the crossbow season, only legal bucks (having at least one antler that is at least 5 inches long) may be taken. The daily bag limit on deer is two. Bag limits for deer on WMAs can differ, so check the speci cs of the area before you hunt. You can hunt wild hogs on private lands year-round with no bag or size limits. On most WMAs, there’s also no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during most hunting seasons except spring turkey. On a few WMAs, bag and size limits do apply, so be sure to check the brochure for the speci c area to be certain. It’s also legal to shoot gobblers and bearded turkeys during archery and crossbow seasons, given you have a turkey permit ($10 for residents, $125 for nonresidents). You can take only one turkey per day, and there’s a two-bird, fall-season limit. It’s against the law to hunt turkeys in Holmes County in the fall, and it’s illegal to shoot them while they’re on the roost, over bait, when you’re within 100 yards of a gamefeeding station when bait is present or with the aid of recorded turkey calls. On private property, if you’re hunting during the archery season, you may hunt only with a bow, and you must have the $5 archery permit. During crossbow season, you may use either a crossbow or bow, but you must have the $5 crossbow permit. On WMAs, only hunters with a disabled crossbow permit are allowed to use crossbows during archery season. All bows must have a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds, and hand-held releases are permitted. For hunting deer, hogs and turkeys, broadheads must have at least two sharpened edges with a minimum width of 7/8 inch. Pull back on a string; archery season is here! A ugust provides rainfall reprieve for South Florida CHARLOTTE COUNTY--A Moore Haven man was critically injured Aug. 29 in an accident in Charlotte County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Woodrow Allen Hough, 36, was driving a 2010 Ford pickup eastbound on County Road 74 near the intersection of Bronco Road around 6 p.m. A 2007 International truck was stopped for traf c ahead of Mr. Hough’s vehicle. The Ford pickup struck the rear of the International truck. The driver of the International truck, Daryl Scott Collins, 27 of Punta Gorda, was not injured. Mr. Hough was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was listed in critical condition, according to the FHP report. 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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the German American Capital Corp, the holder 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 3472 2010 2024329-28000000690 Rosanna Williams Est c/o Joy Mitchell Lot 121, Section 1, FORD PARK SUBDIVISION, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 48, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013 which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450867 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the County of Hendry the holder 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 1388 2009 1144432-A0002010100 Ilene Klasfeld dba TCPA Properties The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast onequarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest 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 Lot No. 2846, 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013 which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450834 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 Public Notice Public Notice 15 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Ella III, LLC, the holder 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 921 2007 1354331-010000O0140 Edward R Napoli The Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of Section 35, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Tract 14, Block O, Pioneer Plantation, unrecorded. 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 First Thursday in the month of October, 2013, which is the 3rd day of October, 2013. Dated this 21st day of August, 2013. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 450871 CN/CB 8/29;9/5,12,19/2013 When gasoline prices go up in one’s neighborhood, it’s hard to imagine that anyone else has it worse. Who has the worst price volatility in the country? Which markets see the steepest price hikes? Where do the gas stations and convenience stores change the prices most frequently? GasBuddy found the answers. “While major markets like L.A., New York and Chicago get much of the attention and criticism, they’re not even in the top 20 among cities that see the steepest price hikes,” says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “The steep price hikes recorded in more than 25 cities in the Midwest dwarf the increases seen in the rest of the country. And nowhere is it worse than Fort Wayne, Indiana. So far this year, Fort Wayne has recorded the highest single day average price hike -34 cents per gallon -among its three highest daily changes. It is followed by Indianapolis (0.32 cents per gallon); Dayton, Ohio (0.31 cents per gallon); Columbus, Ohio (0.30 cents per gallon) and Toledo, Ohio (0.28 per gallon),” said DeHaan. He emphasized that the gures represent the average of the three highest single-day price spikes and that Midwesterners have seen 30 or more cent increases often enough to know they’re not a statistical anomaly. On the west coast, Bakers eld, Calif. had the largest increase in its single-day prices (taking the average of the highest three daily spikes) with a nine-cent gain. In the Rocky Mountains region, Colorado Springs led the list with an 11-cent single day spike. The Gulf Coast region’s highest single-day spike was recorded in Lubbock, Texas (14 cents per gallon), while on the East Coast, it was Myrtle Beach, S.C. posting an 11-cent increase to lead that region. GasBuddy examined “frequency of price changes,” too and found that the Midwest and West Coast regions led the way with the number of days that prices changed a penny or more per gallon. Nationwide, stations in Stockton, Calif. have posted 72 days of price changes over a penny per gallon since January 1, while Jackson, Miss., Memphis, Tenn. and New Haven, Conn. have all recorded 67 increases of one cent or more. “While small cities lead the way among markets with the steepest price spikes, we saw some larger Midwestern cities, like Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, positioned prominently among the leaders for days with one cent or more price increases, and that undoubtedly fuels consumer anxiety in places where there’s plenty already,” said Gregg Laskoski, another senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “But when we look at the number of days with average price decreases of more than a penny, we see the Midwestern cities more than doubling every other region in the country,” DeHaan noted, “and it’s the downside of that roller coaster ride that consumers easily forget. We complain about the higher highs, but we’re quiet when we bene t from the lower lows!” GasBuddy Identi es U.S. Cities With Wildest Gas Price Fluctuations Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin (IRLLOB) and Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers), Senate Majority Leader and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, recently commented on a budget amendment proposed by Governor Scott through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to reduce releases from Lake Okeechobee through a number of water redirection and storage projects. “During our Select Committee meeting last week, we heard from local elected of cials, scienti c experts and numerous constituents who offered innovative water storage solutions to help reduce and redirect the current releases from Lake Okeechobee,” said Chair Negron. “I appreciate the governor’s leadership in placing this budget amendment on consultation for our Legislative Budget Commission to review. We must act now to store and redirect water before it comes into our communities.” The Florida Senate received noti cation from the Governor’s Of ce that the DEP submitted a request for increased budget authority for projects affecting water management in the Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin. The DEP requested increased budget authority of $2,769,525 from the Water Management Lands Trust Fund for the Grants and Aids to Water Management Districts Wetlands Protection special category. “This budget amendment contains the types of short-term water storage options Senator Negron and our Select Committee committed to exploring during last week’s meeting,” said Leader Benacquisto, who serves as a member of the Senate Select Committee on IRLLOB. “I’m hopeful the funding will be approved by the Legislative Budget Commission and take us one step closer to a permanent solution.” If approved by the Legislative Budget Commission the funding will be used to help reduce the ow of water to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. Projects include operational and structural changes to existing system infrastructure that will help mitigate the estuary ows and high stages in the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) by moving excess water south to Everglades National Park. This will allow maximization of critical pump stations to move excess water from the WCAs, thereby reducing their stages, so additional Lake Okeechobee ows can be sent south. Other short term projects include storing water on public lands in the St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Caloosahatchee Basins. August 29 is the beginning the Legislature’s legally required 14-day evaluation period. The next step is approval by the Legislative Budget Commission, which is authorized to approve budget amendments submitted by the executive branch during the time period between legislative sessions. Debate: Lake ‘O’ Water Releases into St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers COURTESY PHOTOSenators Negron and Benacquisto support proposed funding to reduce releases into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. Pictu red above is the Caloosahatchee.

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Special to the Glades County Democrat PALMDALE—Florida Forest Service Forest Ranger Tom Hopkins returns home after battling a wild re in the State of Utah. Forest Ranger Hopkins served eighteen days on the State Wild re as a Squad Boss on a twentyperson wildland re ghting hand-crew. The Florida Forest Service established a handcrew consisting of 20 nationally quali ed wildland re ghters who served as the infantry of wildland re forces. Working side by side, the crew’s main responsibility was to construct a “ reline” – a strip of land cleared of ammable materials and dug down to mineral soil – around the State Wild re to control it and mop up after the re. “After the brisk hike up the mountain, the real action unfolded,” Forest Ranger Hopkins explains. “Most days we were working in tandem with airtankers and helicopters to help construct containment lines.” Retardant and water drops can help reinforce relines. While retardants do not stop advancing re, they slow a re’s progress allowing handcrews to do their job. Forest Ranger Hopkins handcrew’s day started at sunrise by sharpening their suppression hand tools (Combi and Pulaski). “Every morning during briefing we would obtain our assignment for the day,” Forest Ranger Hopkins explains. “Then we would be transported to the base of the mountain, unload our re ghting gear (35 lbs.) and hike several miles to the wild re. Once we got on scene, we would work for 12 hours digging a reline in brush. Finally, we would hike back and return to camp.” “This was my rst experience being Squad Boss of a handcrew,” stated Forest Ranger Hopkins. Depending on their qualications and skill levels, a twenty-person handcrew may be divided into squads ( ve re ghters each). “As a Squad Boss, I reminded the crew to always keep an eye on the re, and their mind on safety. I wanted each and every one of my crew members returning home to Florida with me.” Wild re handcrews exemplify the American spirit; they are self suf cient and are expected to work hard. They often eat and sleep where they work, without luxury. They face danger daily and are the backbone of the “ re ghting army” and earn great respect. Forest Ranger Hopkins, “I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of appreciation from the community. Several people held signs as we drove through town saying THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS. When the need arises, I will go out on another wild re assignment again.” Recent rainfall has allowed the State of Florida to provide aid to other states in need. Forest Ranger Hopkins works at the Florida Forest Service Palmdale Site. He is a State Wildland Fire ghter; his main tool for ghting wild res in Glades County and in the State of Florida is a re ghting bulldozer with plow. Please contact your local Florida Forest Service of ce (Vero Beach 772-778-5085; Port St. Lucie 772-468-3915; Stuart 772-221-4045; Okeechobee 863462-5160; Sebring 863-655-6407; Palmdale 863-674-4000). Please visit our website at www. oridaforestservice.com/wild re. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 5, 2013 Ranger returns home after battling a wild re in Utah Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Florida Forest ServiceSquad Boss Tom Hopkins (second from the left) is shown with his crew. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Florida Forest Service A irtankers work in tandem with handcrews to suppress the wild re.