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May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 Thursday, May 17, 2018 Vol. 90, No. 20 50 plus tax 13.04 feetLast Year: 11.43 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper.gladescountydemocrat.com Plan for north lake reservoir changes proposed ... Page 7 United Way to take applications for emergency food and shelter ... Page 4 News from Buckhead Ridge ... Page 3 Hayden Davis to compete at largest junior high rodeo ... Page 9 Special to the Glades County Democrat/MHESMHES students tour St. AugustineMoore Haven Elementary Schools fourth-grade students went on their annual trip to St. Augustine on Friday, May 4. They toured the oldest city in the United States, learning about Florida history and various historical sites. More photos on Page 16. Commissioners pushed for less-costly deal after Long sent salary comparisonBy Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat Ahead of the Glades County Boards reg ular meeting on Tuesday, May 8, Commis sioner Donna Storter Long had sent out an email blast to her constituents late that Sun day meant to alert them about How your tax dollars (are) being spent. She was drawing their attention to item No. 12 on the agenda for last weeks meet ing, which was consideration of an interim county manager employment agreement with Joseph Helfenberger. Possibly be cause of the statistics she shared in that communication, Glades County has ended up getting a much better deal than might have been expected with Mr. Helfenberger. Later that night, he accepted an ultimatum made directly and unanimously by the coun ty commissioners that was intended to be their last and best offer. The commissioners that morning had de cided to play a little hardball with the county manager candidate, who initially had reject ed Board Chairman John Aherns offer of a $105,000 annual salary equivalent plus Mr. Helfenbergers requested travel and housing allowances amounting to $1,200 a month instead pressing for $110,000 plus those perks. The ve commissioners voted 5-0 to tell him theyd pay $100,000, tops, and without the extra money for travel and accommoda tions. Mr. Helfenberger accepted later that day and will start as interim county manager on Tuesday, May 29. Mrs. Long had said in her email, Heres a recap of recent discussions about proposing interim county manager salary: Paul Carlisle began with Glades County (in) January 2014 at the salary of $100,000 per year. He left (in) April 2018 with a salary of $123,000 that in cluded the amount of half his insurance pre miums that he did not need, but chose cash Helfenberger accepts Glades County interim manager post By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat Laura Perry and the Glades Education Foundation (GEF) have been moving right along in lining up support and participation for their proposed two-week summer camp for children ages 5-12 in Glades County, attracting two pledges of $2,000 each last week alone. She appeared before the Glades County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, May 8, to report on her progress and learned that Commissioner Donald Strenth, in his words, wasnt blowing smoke when hed said at the previous meeting April 23 that he personally would pitch in what Ms. Perry was asking for from the county. She shared the plans theyve developed, which include four to six eld trips out of town during the 10 days the camp will operate, July 9-20. We have had two teachers and two paraprofessionals agree to supervise the camp, with one additional Glades County School District employee, she said. Citing gures provided by Moore Haven Elementary School Principal FeLinda Langdale, she said it would cost an estimated $2,200 for the teachers, at least $1,000 or possibly closer to $2,000 for the paraprofessionals, plus hourly pay for the bus drivers when theyd be needed. Were looking at a cost for just paying the (supervising teachers and others) from $6,000 to $8,000, so its going to be quite a lot, but were talking about supervision for 50 students, she explained. Commissioner Donna Storter Long asked, You need to pay teachers for supervising these children, this amount of money? You know, theyre not really teaching ... I mean, you could get a daycare employee for probably less money, so is there a reason for that? Ms. Perry replied: We wanted to be able to provide parents with the assurance that they have an adult whos familiar with the children that ... has had the state background checks so they know theyre a safe individual to be in charge of their kids for these two weeks. Teachers, too, are looking for ways to make Glades summer camp plans coming together See COUNTY Page 16 See CAMP Page 16 When good algae goes bad ... Page 12
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 rf rrfr rntfb t bff tbtt tr May UPCOMING EVENTS: 5/17: Hendry County TDC Meeting, LaBelle, 3pm 5/17: Chamber Business Social, Hosted by Jimmy Pittman Electrical, 501 S. Francisco St., 5:30pm 5/18: Clewiston High School Graduation, Cane Field, 8:00pm 5/21: City Commission Meeting, Clewiston City Hall, 5:30pm 5/22: Hendry County BOCC Budget Workshop, 4:00pm; Meeting, 5:00pm LaBelle 5/22 Hendry County School Board Meeting, LaBelle, 5:00pm 5/22 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Seacoast Banks NEW location, 890 W Sugarland Hwy, Breakfast catered by Main Street Subs, 7:30am 5/22: Clewiston Cougar Quarter Auction, Central Elementary School, Doors Open at 5:00 pm 5/24: Clewiston Christian High School Graduation, Evangel Church, 7:00pm Special to INI Florida The American alligator is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and sta ble alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million alligators of every size. They are an important part of Floridas wetlands but should be regarded with caution and respect. Alligators become more active and visible during spring, when temperatures rise and their metabolism increases. Although serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con servation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found any where there is standing water. Reduce the chances of conicts with alligators by swim ming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also, keep pets on a leash and away from the water. Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they may be easily observed. However, the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. And never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. The FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program to address complaints concerning specic alligators. People concerned about an alligator should call the FWCs toll-free Nuisance Alligator Ho tline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). SNAP uses contracted nuisance-alligator trappers throughout the state to remove alligators 4 feet in length or greater that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property. The FWC also works diligently to keep Floridians and visitors informed, including providing advice about living with alligators. Learn more about alligators at MyFWC. com/Alligator. FWC provides tips for living with alligators Special to INI Florida/FWC Alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun. Dear friends in Belle Glade, South Bay and Moore Haven My name is Galen Hahn. I am a retired minister of the United Church of Christ. In the 1960s, I served as a chaplain in migrant camps in Frederick and Thurmont, Md. I have written a small book about that min istry and would like to get some copies to families who might have had people who went to these camps in the 1960s. If you would be so kind as to drop me a note, letting me know your name and con tact information, I would like to be in touch with you. Please feel free to share with me any memories (or recollections of parents or grandparents) from that time. I hope that I will hear from you. Sincerely, Rev. Galen Hahn 402 Frank Circle Thomasville, NC 27360 Letter to the Editor Special to INI Florida/Courtesy photo A newspaper clipping from the Belle Glade Herald.
May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 Special to The Clewiston News The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on the draft Transportation Improvement Program from May 8 through June 7. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, the draft TIP will be presented for final adoption to the HRTPO Board on June 20 after seven days public notice. The Transportation Improvement Pro gram outlines the roadways, bridges, transit, aviation, rail, trail/bicycle/pedestrian facilities and landscaping projects that are scheduled and funded for the next five years through 2023 in DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. The draft Transportation Improvement Program may be found at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org or at county or city administration offices and public libraries throughout the region. Comments may be made by email to msoderstrom@cfrpc. org, mail to 555 E. Church St., Bartow, FL 33830, by phone at 863-534-7130, extension 134, or during the organizations office hours at libraries throughout the region in May. Join HRTPO on May 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Florida B. Thomas (Harlem Community) Library, 1010J Harlem Academy Ave. in Clewiston, to learn more about the plans and programs of the HRTPO and the draft Transportation Improvement Pro gram. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, income or family status. Persons who require special ac commodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Marybeth Soderstrom, HRTPO Ti tle VI Liaison, 863-534-7130, extension 134 (voice), or via Florida Relay Service 711, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. HRTPO seeks comment on projects Published byGlades County DemocratServing Eastern Glades County Since 1923 To Reach Us Address: c/o Okeechobee News. 107 SW 17th St. Ste D., Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Website: gcdnews.comTo Submit Newse Glades County Democrat welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories, ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or emailed. e deadline for all news items is 12 p.m. Monday prior to the following ursday's publication. Email: email@example.com........................................................................To Place A Display Ad Call (863) 763-3134, deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org To Place A Classied Ad Call (877)353-2424 to place a classied advertisement from home. e deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. Fax: 1-877-354-2424 E-mail: email@example.com Advertising Billing Department E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org To Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: email@example.com e Glades County Democrat is delivered by mail or subscribers on ursday and is sold in racks and store locations in the Glades County area.Call (800)282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Glades County Democrat USPS 117920 Published Weekly by Independent Newspapers, Inc. for $39.00 per year including tax. Periodical Class postage paidPublisher: Katrina Elsken Advertising: 863-763-3134E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWe Pledge ... To operate this newspaper as a public trust. To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of I Scream for Free BooksI scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream and Free Books. Moore Haven Elementary School, 401 Terrier Pride Drive in Moore Haven, is hosting a family fun night on May 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria. Families are invited to attend to play bingo for books and enjoy free ice cream sundaes. They have tons of books for summer reading.Senator to hold mobile hoursThe staff of State Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Lake Placid) will have mobile ofce hours on Thursday, May 17, to assist constituents with state agency concerns. Staff will be at the Glades County Courthouse, 500 S.W. Ave. J in Moore Haven, from 1 to 2 p.m. and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Meals served at Legion PostMoore Haven American Legion Post 299, 600 River Road in Moore Haven, is sponsoring dinners in the post hall each Friday and Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. The post is sponsoring breakfast each Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. Both events are open to the public, and there is a small charge. Preparation and serving are under the supervision of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Sparks. For information, call 863-946-2556.Food trucks set May 24 Chow Down Food Trucks will at Barron Park House Art Gallery located at Barron Park, 471 N. Lee St. in LaBelle, on Thurs day, May 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. This event is sponsored by Arts of the Inland. This event features the art gallery, bounce houses and food trucks.AA to hold meetings The Lakeport Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group invites the public to their open meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Point of Life Fellowship, 15399 E. State Road 78 in Okeechobee. For information, call 863634-3104. Glades at a Glance By Raye DeusingerBHR Community Association Despite most of our Northern residents having left, the monthly meeting of all the residents (including visitors) of Buckhead Ridge was well attended by 63 people on April 26. The monthly summary of activity of the Glades County Sheriffs Ofce was a very short one, as our community was pleased to have a very quiet month. There is still concern, however, about the speeding on State Road 78. The limit is 50 mph, and we urge all those in the community to maintain that highway limit, thus slowing down all the others who dont live here. It was announced that the Glades County manager has resigned to take a position as city manager of Sebastian. A search has begun for a new county manager. The rst guest speaker was Christine Ro driguez of Hope Connections. She wanted to clarify that despite the closing of their ofce in Buckhead Ridge, they still offer a wide variety of services to area residents. The primary purpose of having an ofce locally was to have a meal program to serve the community, but due to such a small number using the service, it had to be eliminated. Meals on Wheels is still available, however. To learn of the many health and other services also provided by Hope Connections, call 863-675-1576. Use it also if you have a need to learn if that is part of their services. Lisa Sands, a representative of United Way, also spoke at the meeting about the many agencies sponsored by United Way. It would be up to each of those agencies to make the decision to establish an ofce in Buckhead Ridge, but each is available should any resident have a need. To reach United Way, call 800-887-9234 and they will refer you to the agency best able to assist you. In response to questions about the new Glen Harvey residential development that is to be built just beyond Buckhead Ridge, County Commissioner Tim Stanley said they are working on their permitting with the state. Once that is concluded, they will pro ceed with Glades County permitting. All residents are urged to attend the community association meetings on the last Thursday of each month in the Community Center, located just behind the Fire Station. This meeting always begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting where every resident has the right to bring up their community concerns. For more information, contact Daryl Lewis, association president, at 467-1762. News from Buckhead Ridge By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Freshwater owing east through the St. Lucie Canal this week is from local runoff. On Tuesday, water was owing through the St. Lucie lock at 1,196 cubic feet per second (cfs). This freshwater ow is from the local basin. No water has been released from Lake Okeechobee, which was at 13.2 feet on Tuesday. Likewise to the west, no water from the lake has been released to the Calo osahatchee River at Moore Haven. The freshwater ow of 3,577 cfs on Tuesday was from local basin runoff. Total inows into the lake on Tuesday were 3,588 cfs. Three was no outow from the lake. The runoff from heavy rainfall on Monday pushed the lake level back over 13 ft. One week ago, the lake was at 12.94 ft. One inch on Lake Okeechobee equals 12 billion gallons of water. South of the lake, recent rains have been benecial to the Everglades. Recent rains have raised water levels in the portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area known as 3A North (north of Interstate 75 and west of U.S. 27), prompting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to reopen the area. Flow to coastal esutaries is local basin runoff
4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 We will be publishing a Special Tribute to the Graduating Class of 2018! Please place your ad to appear May 17th, 24th or 30th! Please call Stephanie at 863-763-3134 ext. 4230to place your ad or e-mail Slarson@newszap.com Deadline is the Friday prior to the run date. ATTENTION: PARENTS! Florida Highway Patrol, partners join in campaign called Click It or TicketSpecial to The Sun TALLAHASSEE The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) joins law enforcement and highway safety partners in participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign that began on May 14 and runs through June 3. During the campaign, drivers will see increased education and enforcement on buckling up to help motorists avoid se rious injury and death. FHP is committed to raising awareness and educating the public. Not wear ing a seat belt is deadly, said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Flor ida Highway Patrol. FHP will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to ensure everyones safety on Floridas roadways. In 2017, more than 600 people who chose not to wear their seat belt were killed in a vehicle crash. FHP reminds ev eryone that Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers and passengers in the front seat and all children under the age of 18 in the front or back seat of a motor vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is a quick and easy way to stay safer on the road. No matter how far youre going, the Florida Police Chiefs Association encourages all Flo ridians to buckle up, said Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad, president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association. Our Florida sheriffs are committed to protecting and ensuring the safety of the citizens that we proudly serve. The Click it or Ticket initiative is an outstanding way of reminding our citizens to protect those they love by insisting they wear seat belts. On behalf of our Florida sheriffs, I proudly endorse this Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles initiative, stated Sheriff Mike Adkinson, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. During your travels, no matter where they take you, follow these safety tips to help you and your family Arrive Alive: Buckle up, every time. A seat belt is your vehicles best safety feature. Set the example. Make sure your rear-seat passengers are also buckled. They are more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash if not buckled up. Seat belts plus air bags provide the greatest protection for adults. However, air bags are not a substitute for seat belts. Obey all speed limits. Traffic congestion and construction zones may require driving more slowly. Drive sober. One drink is one too many. Dont drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off the road, even for a second, could be deadly. Use caution when driving around bicycles or large commercial vehicles, and always look twice for motorcycles. Safety on the road is a shared responsibility. Buckle up every time; theres no second chance
May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Frank Vasquez, Jr., 67 CLEWISTON Frank Vasquez, Jr. passed away on Thursday, May 10 2018. Frank is survived by his wife, Elvira, of 43 years. He is lovingly remembered by his children, April (Gene) Spencer, Stephen (Deandra) Vasquez, and Frances Vasquez; seven grandchildren, Brittany, Jacob, Justin, Trinity, Taylor, Chris topher and Maricella; his mother, Herminia Ferras; and siblings, Robert, Rachel, Gilbert, Vincent and Belinda; and many nieces and nephews. Frank honorably served in the United States Army, Field Artillery from Aug. 19 1970 to March 17 1972, duty stations included Fort Sill, Okla., and 2nd Battalion, 5th Artillery, US AREUR. Frank also worked at the U.S. Sugar Corporation in the Renery and Maintenance Department, retiring after 20 years. Frank spent his last days doing what he loved, enjoying the outdoors, shing and spending time with his family. There will be a private Celebration of Life get together for family. The family wishes to extend their gratitude for expressions of con dolences, support and prayers during this time. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to: Hope Hospice Development Ofce, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908; Donate Now Hope Healthcare Services. Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos, formerly of Ft. Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos, formerly of Ft. Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos Thomas, Ky., passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at her home in Lakewood, Colorado after a lingering illness. Jennifer was born October 9, 1958 at St. Luke Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. Survi vors include her part ner Peter Purrazzella, Denver, CO., Jennifers precious children, Jonathan Loos, Seattle, WA, Katherine Loos, Denver, CO., Peters children, Mia Purrazzel la, Rebekah Purrazzella, Julianna Troiani, Jennifers father, Robert J. Thies, Cincinnati, OH, mother, Anne (Thies-Deuschle) Coffey, Moore Haven, FL, her twin sister, Genevieve Conroy, Pompano Beach, FL/Bahamas, sis ter, Celeste Keeney, Delhi, OH, Marie Thies, of Coral Springs, FL, brother, Terry Thies, Boca Raton, FL, mother-in-law, Beatrice Loos, Wil liamsburg, VA, brothers-in-law, Colin Conroy, Pompano, FL, Jerry Keeney, Delhi, OH, Karl Loos, Falmouth, MA, Steve Caputo, Summit, NJ, Charles Gildehaus, Concord, MA, sistersin-law, Ann Loos, Falmouth, MA, Sasha Thies, Coral Springs, FL, Jeannette Thies, Boca Ra ton, FL, Peggy Loos, Williamsburg, VA, Penny Loukakos, Williamsburg, VA, Patty Caputo, Summit, NJ, Bea Alice Loos, Acton, MA, Pa mela Gildehaus, Concord, MA, aunts, Cathy Humphrey-LaCour, Somerset, KY, Peggy Thies-Mahoney, & Paul Mahoney, Florence, KY, Marianne Thies, Bellevue, KY, uncles, David Humphrey, Latonia, KY, Michael Hum phrey, Carrollton, KY, Lee Weddle, Somerset, KY, and James Thies, Bellevue, KY. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Loos and her sister, Deborah Deuschle. After graduating from Highlands High school in 1976 with academic and track honors, Jen nifer received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Kentucky University and a Masters Degree in Geology and Paleontology from the University of Cincinnati. Jennifer married Kenneth Dingwell Loos, of Bethesda, MD, also a geologist and graduate of University of Cincinnati where they met. After having their children, they spent several years in Stavanger, Norway, and Cairo, Egypt where Kenneth was employed by the Amoco Oil Company. Kenneth died of natural causes suddenly in Cairo at 42 years of age. She moved to Denver in 2011 with Peter where she enjoyed trail running, hiking, bik ing and attending concerts. A gifted Geologist; she was employed at Ageiss, Inc. in Denver. She took great pride in her work and will be missed by her coworkers. Jennifer had a sense of adventure and a erce, indomitable, independent spirit. She had a sharp wit and a contagious laugh, al ways looking for the great prank or good pun. She was a scholar and creative artist, but most of all, Jennifer was timeless in her support and love of her family. She fought to stay with them with a strength and courage that will for ever be her legacy. A Memorial Service, Life Celebration and Wake will be held at 619 Covert Run, Bellev Wake will be held at 619 Covert Run, Bellev Wake will be held at 619 Covert Run, Bellev ue, KY on Friday, May 18, 2018 beginning at 1 p.m. Parking is limited. Taking Uber or Lyft is encouraged. Bright dress encouraged. In lieu of owers, an educational trust fund for her three children is being established. Obituaries Merritt Max Cummings, 88 CLEWISTON Merritt Max Cummings passed away May 15, 2018 in Palms West Hospital. Max was born Apr. 9, 1930 in Avard, Okla. to Lester and Bernice (Hosman) Cummings. He honorably served his country in the Unit ed States Navy from 1947-1952. He met and married the love of his life and wife Angielean Nazworth in Jacksonville. He and Angie have lived in Jacksonville, Melbourne, Wichita, Kan., Oklahoma, and nally making Clewis ton their home in 1993. He and Angie were members of First Baptist Church of Clewiston. Max was a loving Christian man who loved his family and enjoyed spending time with each one of them. Max leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years, Angielean of Clewiston; children, Kay Walker and her husband Byron of Planta tion, Sandi Schaper and her husband Doug of Loxahatchee; six grandchildren, Kendra Wells and her husband Dr. Brian, Derek Da vis and wife Amie of Dallas, Texas, Amanda Walker of Plantation, Brandon Walker of Plantation, Alicia Hobson and her husband Darryl of Lake Worth, Austin Schaper and his wife Maria of Loxahatchee; one sister, Winnie Woolcock of Hayward, Calif. Max was preceded in death by his daugh ter, Sheila Curtis; sister, Jean Murphy; broth ers, Gary Cummings and Carl Cummings. Celebration of Maxs life will be held Sat urday, May 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church with Rev. Raul Zaldivar ofciating. Vis itation will be one hour before service. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu neral Home Clewiston. Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to email@example.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com. Ascension Day: Ascension in my life and yoursThe Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston I want you to go on! was a message I received in adolescence from the people around me. We had a neighbor who had come from Russia and Id walk by his house each day on my way to the bus stop for school. One day he asked me what I was going to do when I finished high school. I told him that I planned to attend college. He said, Thats good, thats something they can never take away from you. Later, as I reflected on his observation, I realized he knew something about loss and deprivation. He would have grown up in a time and place where everything could be and most likely was taken away. Later, I met many immigrants who had lived through the Second World War and came to North America. They worked hard, they educated their children, they were considerate of others and were grateful for what they found in the new world. My own recollections included a generation of parents who were willing to scrub floors so their children could go to college. The dream was that those who follow would benefit from their blessings and those who came to a better life from a harsher time would pass on what they had been given when their days here had ended. Parental love is the hope that the children will go on to a better and happier life than was lived in the past. It is a recognition that they did their best in their time, now the future rests with those theyve worked to equip to face another age. One of my seminary professors echoed this thought when he said: The disappointment of teaching is that you get to share and form the lives of so many entrusted to your care and then they graduate after a few years and you rarely get to see what has become of them. You have to hope you gave them the tools to work for the rest of their lives in places youll never see. Parents share this disappointment, too, as children go off on their own and leave home. People starting new careers or taking new career directions also jump off into new ventures with the trust that their former experiences will carry them onward and upward. All of these reflections came to mind as I quietly celebrated Ascension Day on our calendar. Jesus was known to be among His disciples for 40 days after Easter-Resurrection; to share with them and stand with them as living proof of the promise of the life to come. Then He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into Heaven (Luke 24:50-51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11). Jesus message always was, I want you to go on, and the Book of Acts is an account of their beginnings of the Church. He had laid the foundations, given them sufficient witness and guidance to continue on; now they were to go throughout all of the world, telling them, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you always to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20). Some of my most heartfelt moments have been when Ive looked back on what Ive been given by those who were my mentors during my discipleship years; at home, in school, on the various jobs Ive held, among advisors, friends and loved ones. They have been the ones who have helped me to go on, to accomplish what God has set out for me in life, and to be faithfully entrusted with those who will follow me. Those persons and our moments together were surely times of ascension by building on what they shared and gave. I am sure that there are such persons in the lives of all of us; who have helped us to rise and reach out. The Lord blessed and empowered His disciples; and has provided those in our lives to empower us to forth. Im grateful for what Ive been given and pray that I am faithful to their trust; I know you can be, too. Re ections from the Pulpit
6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF CHANGES TO THE PERMITTED, CONDITIONAL AND PROHIBITED USES WITHIN CERTAIN ZONING DISTRICTS AND OTHER CHANGES PERTAINING TO AIRPORTSHendry County proposes to adopt the following by ordinance: Ordinance Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-53, ZONING, SPECIFICALLY, SECTION 1-53-6.13, AIRPORTS; SECTION 1-53-3, ZONING DISTRICTS; AND SECTION 1-53-4, DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A public hearing on adoption of the ordinance will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on May 22, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordi nance. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the changes are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Maps depicting the affected areas around LaBelle Airport and Airglades Airport are adjacent to this advertisement. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning De partment, by phone (863-675-5240), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), U. S. mail (P. O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your at tendance at any meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 6755240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail email@example.com. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar en esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Special to the Glades County DemocratInternational Museum DaySEBRING One of the gems of Highlands Hammock State Park is the State of Florida Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. On Saturday, May 19, museum docents will be offering tours throughout the day in conjunction with International Museum Day, which is ofcially May 18. Two special speaker programs are scheduled to mark this celebration. Former Park Ranger and CCC Museum Curator Darrel Smith will reect on the life of a CCC recruit in his living history presentation, The Best of Times, Worst of Times. Mr. Smiths narrative captures the hardscrabble times of the 1930s and the renewal of hope that came from working in the corps. Mr. Smith, who enjoyed an eight-year friendship with CCC alumnus Velmar Mack, brings the Great Depression to life and honors Mr. Mack and the legacy of our CCC Boys who built Highlands Hammock and parks throughout America. Join the CCC Man and discover the hardships and high points of living hand-to-mouth in those another day, another dollar times of a young corpsman circa 1936, when working in the Civilian Conservation Corps became a vacation from poverty. This presentation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on the CCC Museum stage. CCC Museum Curator David Schmidt will present a program on Charles R. Knight, the great American wildlife artist who became internationally famous for his groundbreaking and authoritative paintings of dinosaurs, mammoths and the early humans of ancient Earth. Mr. Knight had an enormous impact on museum paleontology and changed how museums exhibited their collections of fossils. He created the murals for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. One of the most prominent WPA artists, he completed the 1942 mural of saber-toothed cats and mastodons for the Sebring Post Ofce, which now hangs in the Sebring Public Library. Mr. Schmidt, who is a Roosevelt scholar, has conducted extensive research on the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration, two of the most successful programs initiated by Franklin D. Roosevelt to counter unemployment during the Depression. Children who participate in a CCC History Detective Scavenger Hunt will receive a free pair of beginner binoculars. This program will be from 11 a.m. to noon and will be shown a second time at 1 p.m. on the on the museum stage.Kids To Parks DayChildren and families may celebrate Kids To Parks Day on May 19 at Highlands Hammock State Park and join thousands of young people all across the country in supporting the preservation of parks and the stewardship of conservation lands. Ranger Laura McMullen will introduce the Junior Ranger program and guide children and parents through a booklet presenting a series of core areas including recreation, natural resources, cultural resources and service. Families will meet outdoors in proximity to the CCC Museum. After the program introduction from 11 a.m. to noon, children may begin working on an activity. Following the opening, Ranger Laura will be available from noon to 1 p.m. to provide assistance with activities. Children who complete the program will receive the booklet, a certicate, membership card and passport. The passport may then be used to work on additional Junior Ranger activities within Florida state parks. The program is recommended for youngsters between the ages of 7 and 12. Younger children will need assistance from a parent, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the Junior Ranger program, visit www.oridastateparks. org/things-to-do/junior-ranger. Kids To Parks Day was initiated by the National Park Trust for the purpose of creating stewards for tomorrow. Young people and their families are extended a special invitation to explore park trails, visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and develop stewardship through the Junior Ranger program. The program will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 19, and conclude around 1 p.m. Those planning to attend are advised that they must arrive by 11 a.m. Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle (up to eight people) apply. Advance registration is requested. Sign up by calling the Ranger Station at 863386-6094 or replying via email to firstname.lastname@example.org..us. All programs are free. Highlands Hammock is located at 5931 Hammock Road in Sebring. Highlands Hammock to celebrate two major events Special to the Glades County Democrat/Highlands Hammock State ParkRanger Laura McMullen conducts the Junior Ranger program for a group of children at the parks Earth Day event in April.
May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 Flow-through wetland, more marshes are proposed in Glades CountyBy Katrina ElskenINI Florida As the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project (LOWRP) moves through the planning phase, some changes have been proposed by the Project Delivery Team (PDT). The plans previously under consideration include reservoirs in Glades County, north of Lake Okeechobee, ranging from 5 to 15 feet in pool depth. A new plan uses a reservoir with an average depth of 4 feet, with a halfmile buffer around the reservoir. This feature would be operated more like a ow-through wetland for storage, providing both storage and wetland benets. Stakeholder input is a key component of this planning effort and we have taken this into consideration as we developed the pro posed tentatively selected plan for the project, explained Jenn Miller of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In response to concerns raised during the plan formulation process, the project team has revised the proposed tentatively selected plan for the project. In addition to the originally proposed 80 Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells, the proposed tentatively selected plan includes a 12,000-acre wetland attenuation feature. The primary purpose of the wetland attenuation feature is to provide water storage with ancillary habitat benets, she continued. It is anticipated that the project will pro vided 448,000 acre-feet of storage per year, 400 million gallons per day from the ASR wells, and 48,000 acre-feet from the wetland attenuation feature. The estimated 48,000 acre-feet of water storage from the wetland attenuation feature is based on a static volume, but it will be operated dynamically, which will provide more than 48,000 acre-feet during operations. We will also be restoring 5,300 acres of wetlands along the historic Kissimmee River, which will provide ancillary water storage benets as well, she added. The features of the proposed tentatively selected plan provide features that will enable us to get to construction as quickly as possible. Additionally, the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project is unique to other restoration projects within the system. It provides direct benets to Lake Okeechobee by helping to control a healthy lake stage envelope, by having more exibility to maintain the lake within the preferred range of 12.5 to 15.5 feet. The changes to the proposed plans were presented at the May 2 LOWRP PDT meeting. A draft of the plan is scheduled for release June 29. The public review and comment period will be June 29 through Aug. 13. Public meetings to review the plans are planned for early July. Plan for north lake reservoir changes proposed A continuing series TRUTH
8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 By Richard MarionGlades County Democrat The Glades County Tourism Development Council will host the Glades County Sportswriters Invitational Fishing Tourna ment next Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 and 24. Tourism Development Council (TDC) member Jeffrey Patterson said he hopes itll take the place of a similar tournament held in Glades County in the past. Many years ago, we would have the Harold DeTar Fly Fishing Tourney, said Mr. Pat terson. We would invite sportswriters from all around and take them y shing. It was a great way to let people know that Glades is here and we want them to come shing. The Harold DeTar Fly Fishing Tourney was started by Harold DeTar in 1967. Mr. DeTar, a former oil company executive who retired to Moore Haven in 1962, knew that the writers he invited to the tourney would go back to their individual media outlets with stories about Lake Okeechobee and its great shing. After Mr. DeTar died of a heart attack at age 82 in 1981, the tourney became the Harold DeTar Memorial. We had a good group for many years, continued Mr. Patterson, some real legends in sportswriting. Slowly it faded away, one of the reasons being there just werent as many sportswriters any more. But the idea of starting another tournament similar to it had been in my head for a while, and when I was appointed to the Glades County Tourist Development Council, I knew I had to bring that back. Fishermen will launch out of Harney Pond on the rst day of the tournament and the Caloosahatchee River in Moore Haven on the second. Competitors will be catching the bass that Lake Okeechobee is known for, as well as crappie, bluegill, shell cracker, bream, even catsh. Mr. Patterson wanted to thank local businesses for stepping up and helping to support the tournament. Brighton Seminole Casino, Custom Lures by Sam, Lakeport Lodge, Becks Food Store, Cafe 27, North lake Estates, Aherns, Moore Haven Marina and the Glades County TDC all played a part in bringing a sportswriter shing tourna ment back to Glades County. Were hoping to make it annual, said Mr. Patterson. Wed love to have more and more local businesses involved as it continues. Our lit tle county and Lake Okeechobee have come under a lot of scrutiny in the last few years, it is our turn to let people know how great it is here and how well the shing has al ways been on one of the worlds destination lakes. Glades County hosting sportswriter shing tournament 15 MONTHCD SPECIAL 2.03%APY*$500 MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSIT 205 South WC Owen Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 983-6181 Fax: (863) 983-0607 CenterStateBank.com*Annual Percentage Yield Special to the Glades County Democrat As spring temperatures warm, bears are becoming more active, which increases opportunities for conicts with people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Florida residents and visitors they can take steps to reduce negative interactions with bears and other wildlife. Bears are starting to come out of their winter dens and theyre searching for food, said Dave Telesco, who directs the FWCs Bear Management Program. Dont give a bear a reason to hang around in your neighborhood. Remove anything that might attract a bear. If they cant nd food, theyll move on. Female bears that gave birth to cubs that weighed only 12 ounces by the end of January are beginning to move around more with their young, which may now weigh 5 to 10 pounds. As the cubs continue to grow, the family unit will roam and probably will be more visible to people. While black bears generally are not aggressive, they have injured people in Florida. Never intentionally approach any bear. When walking dogs, keep them close to you preferably on a non-retractable leash and be aware of your surroundings. Dogs can trigger defensive behaviors from bears, especially females with cubs. To keep bears away from your home and neighborhood, follow these simple tips: Secure household garbage in a sturdy shed, garage or a wildlife-resistant container. Put household garbage out on morning of pickup rather than the night before. Secure commercial garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters. Protect gardens, beehives, compost and livestock with electric fencing. Encourage your homeowners association or local government to institute bylaws or ordinances to require trash be kept secure from bears. Feed pets indoors or bring in leftover food and dishes after feeding outdoors. Clean grills and store them in a secure place. Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant. Pick ripe fruit from trees and bushes and remove fallen fruit from the ground. It is illegal in Florida to intentionally feed bears or leave out food or garbage that will attract bears and cause human-bear conicts. As bears increase their movements this time of year, they also increase the number of roads they cross. For the safety of yourself and bears, remember to slow down when driving, particularly on rural highways at dawn or dusk. Watch for road signs identifying bear crossing areas. Each year in Florida, an average of 240 Florida bears are killed after being hit by vehicles. Having conicts with bears? Call one of the FWCs ve regional ofces. Go to MyFWC.com/Contact, and click on Contact Regional Ofces to nd the phone number for your region. If you feel threatened by a bear or want to report someone who is either harming bears or intentionally feeding them, call the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). More information is available at MyFWC. com/Bear, where you can access the Guide to Living in Bear Country brochure. Help us help bears and other wildlife by purchasing the Conserve Wildlife tag at BuyaPlate.com. Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears Special to the Glades County Democrat/FWC photo by Tim DonovanBears become more active as spring temperatures warm.
May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 Thank You to Our Employees for a Safe and Successful Harvest Season ince 1931, our employees have been planting, harvesting, and growing local food. As our sugarcane and citrus harvest season comes safely to a close, we would like to recognize and celebrate the hard work our employees put in every single day to feed American families. SFeeding American FamiliesEach year, we plant, harvest, and process sugarcane into nearly 850,000 We can produce up to 90 million gallons of pure Florida orange juice each year Special to the Glades County Democrat Hayden Davis, a sixth-grade student at Moore Haven Middle High School, has earned a position on the state National Junior High Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Huron, S.D., June 24-30 to compete at the 14th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the pole bending competition. Featuring roughly 1000 contestants from 43 states, ve Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NJHFR is the worlds largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be competing for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named National Junior High Finals Rodeo world champion. To earn this title, contestants must nish in the top 20 based on their combined times/scores in the rst two rounds to advance to Saturday evenings nal round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores. Again this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will be aired on www.RidePass. com. Performance times are 7 p.m. June 24, and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter. Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys and shopping at the NJHFR trade show, as well as visiting area at tractions as Huron hosts the NJHFR this year. To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit www.NHSRA.com daily for complete re sults. For ticket information and reservations, visit www.sdstatefair.com. Special to the Glades County Democrat/MHESTeacher receives technology grantDuring the week of May 7, Moore Haven Elementary teacher Anthony Narehood received the Century Link Teachers and Technology Grant. Congratulations! Hayden Davis to compete at largest junior high rodeo Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photo Sixth-grader Hayden Davis will compete at the worlds largest junior high rodeo.
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May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 Five students selected for placement at Glades and Hendry clinics as part of Advanced Nursing Educa tion Workforce programSpecial to the Glades County Democrat The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International Univer sity (FIU) in Miami has awarded $100,000 in traineeship grants to ve FIU nurse practitioner graduate students to participate in the pilot of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program. ANEW is a two-year nursing education initiative funded by the U.S. Human Resources & Services Administration for $1.39 million spe cically to prepare advanced-practice nurses to provide primary care in rural and underserved areas through academic and clinical training. Many of todays 60 million rural Americans are uninsured, at risk for increased health risk behaviors, and live in poverty at even higher levels than what we see in our big cities, re marked Tami Thomas, associate dean of re search for the college and ANEW grant project director. Dr. Thomas added that geographic isolation further exacerbates the primary-care gap for rural communities. ANEW addresses this in equity by familiarizing nurse practitioners with the challenges and opportunities of working in rural healthcare settings and preparing them to work to the fullest scope of their abilities. The health departments of Glades and Hendry counties are partners in the project, providing the ve clinical sites and onsite instructional supervisors to guide the trainees during the threeto six-month training pro gram. FIU nursing faculty will supplement the training by using telehealth systems to assist ANEW trainees in delivering care at the clinics. According to Dr. Thomas, the selection process was highly competitive, with only the top 30 percent of applicants selected for interviews. The rst cohort of ANEW trainees are all graduate nursing students from FIUs family nurse practitioner track: Arnold Altiveros, R.N., is a student in the colleges Foreign-Educated Physician to BSN/ MSN program, and works as a telemetry/ICMU nurse at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. His medical degree training in general surgery from the Philippines heavily included providing healthcare services in the countrys most rural and desolate areas, where resources were limited. Luis Cuza, R.N., is a student in the Foreign-Educated Physician to BSN/MSN program and a working nurse at Memorial Regional West in Pembroke Pines. For many years, he was a general physician and dermatologist in Cuba and Venezuela. His unique relationship to serving rural communities includes traveling on horseback to reach those living in mountains or other inaccessible areas. Danielle Steele, R.N., has volunteered her healthcare training providing care to underserved populations in Florida and Georgia. She most recently volunteered with the United States Public Health Service Corps to assist with Hurricane Irma. She is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, works as an ICU nurse at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Angelina St. Germain, R.N., is a native rural Floridian from the agricultural community of Redland. She brings extensive experience serving rural populations while working at Homestead Hospital, along with a widespread knowledge of telemedicine. Angelinas interests include vaccine adherence, womens health and diabetes self-care management. Mitchell Guanzon, R.N., is a telemetry/ ICMU nurse at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, and the third ANEW trainee selected from FIUs Foreign-Educated Physician to BSN/MSN program. He was a fourth-year medical student in Manila, Philippines, where he spent four-week rotations in very rural communities as the sole healthcare provider. His academic background also includes time as a research associate at Case Western University in Cleveland. Each trainee will receive up to $20,000 to cover tuition, living and housing expenses, and textbooks. The clinical rotation begins this summer at one of the ve locations below, where they are expected to see up to 12 pa tients daily: Hendry Regional Medical Center (Clew iston) Hendry County Health Department, Clewiston Clinic Glades County Health Department, Moore Haven Clinic Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center (LaBelle) LaBelle Clinic FIU promotes ANEW program to rural areas Special to The Clewiston News/ FIUANEW trainees, from left: Arnold Altiveros, Luis Cuza, Danielle Steele, Angelina St. Germain and Mitchell Guanzon. Special to The Clewiston News FORT MYERS The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has announced that it will accept applications for funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties through June 3. The three counties have been awarded federal funds in the amount of $306,272 made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Pro gram. Applications are being accepted by the local board charged with distributing the funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter pro grams in high-need areas. The local board will determine how the money awarded to this area is to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local human service agencies in the area. The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades provides the coordination and administrative support for this program in our community. Last year, over $305,000 was distributed to 12 agencies. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: be private, voluntary nonprots or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if they are private voluntary organizations, must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies and organizations are urged to apply. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for these Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908; or call Hannah Pelle at 239-433-7215 for more information. The deadline for applica tions to be received is June 3 at 5 p.m. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and col laborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to im prove lives. For more information, call Unit ed Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades at 239433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org. United Way to take applications for emergency food and shelter Special to The Clewiston News LABELLE The United Way of Hendry and Glades provided free tax ling services to 176 individuals and families in the Hendry and Glades area for the 2017 tax year. Refunds to those using the free service totaled $228,154. United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a free tax ling service available to individuals and families making $66,000 or less, and is available at the LaBelle United Way House year-round. Volunteer tax preparers have been trained and certied by the IRS. Appointments for VITA help are available at the LaBelle House for people who are ling late. For those who prefer to le on their own, it can be done free of charge at MyFreeTaxes.com. Cliff Smith, president of the United Way, said about the program: One of the steps to becoming nancially stable is avoiding spending money unnecessarily and taking advantage of all tax benets available. Our free tax assistance sites help families maximize their tax credits and use them to make ends meet or save for the future. The VITA program and MyFreeTaxes.com saved our local tax lers approximately $44,000 in preparation fees this season. Not only does VITA save the taxpayer the preparation fee, but the average refund was more than $1,400 which is a substantial amount for lowerto middle-income working families. It can help keep families in their homes by allowing them to catch up on house payments, pay medical bills and meet other important needs. The United Way will be recruiting volunteers to serve as tax preparers, greeters and interpreters for the 2018 tax year in the next few months. Volunteers will complete free online tax preparation training and certication using IRS tax software. United Way VITA volunteers make a real difference in the lives of people in our community. Volunteers have helped families get back the money they have earned and become more nancially stable. For more information or to make an ap pointment to le taxes, call United Way 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 800-887-9234, or visit the website www.UnitedWayLee.org/VITA. In addition to raising money for human service organizations, the United Way pro motes partnerships and collaborations among agencies, helping them to work to gether focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. If you know someone who needs help or if you would like to volunteer, call Unit ed Way at 800-887-9234 or simply dial 2-1-1. You can also visit www.UnitedWayLee.org for more information. VITA brings $228,154 in refunds to the community
12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Algae is everywhere, and thats a good thing because without it, there would be no life on planet Earth. Algae is the base of the food chain and produces about 75 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere. Under certain conditions, algae grows rapidly, forming a bloom. Algal blooms are not always harmful, explained James M. Sullivan, Ph.D., a research professor with Florida Atlantic University. Most of the time, algal blooms are not harm ful, he said. Most often, algal blooms are bene cial to the ecosystem. But under certain conditions, some kinds of algae produce toxins. These are referred to as Harmful Algae Blooms, or HABs. What makes good algae go bad? Researchers will have another tool to answer that question in June, thanks to NASA. Due to a cooperative effort by NASA, Florida Atlantic Universitys Har bor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the South Florida Water Management District, a SeaPRISM device will be installed on a tower in Lake Okeechobee the week of June 11. We need to understand what causes HABs, Dr. Sullivan said. HABs are a world wide problem, he explained. The SeaPRISM is a solar-powered robotic device that will be installed on an existing SFWMD tower near the middle of the lake, he said. The SeaPRISM has a cell link so that data collected goes directly to NASA. The data will be available to researchers online. The SeaPRISM device is about 2 feet long and about 8 to 10 inches wide. It will move with the sun so that the cameras can take clear photos of the sky and the water without glare. Usually a SeaPRISM is set up to take photos every hour, but it can be pro grammed to take photos more frequently. The device uses lters to take photos at different wavelengths. The color of the water will help researchers map the algae content and the turbidity of the water. Cyanobacteria (sometimes called blue-green algae) has a unique color that the SeaPRISM can track, he explained. NASA uses the SeaPRISM data to calibrate satellites. Satellite pho tos can be distorted by the atmosphere, he said. The SeaPRISM cameras, which take photos of the water and the sky, can be used for satellite calibration validation, he said. While satellites take photos of Lake Okeechobee every few days, the SeaPRISM will take photos hourly or even more often. Dr. Sullivan said Lake Okeechobee was chosen for a SeaPRISM device because of its size. Lake Okeechbee is big enough to be seen from a satellite, he said. Researchers hope the additional data will help them understand the causes of toxic algal blooms. He said Harbor Branch will also do sampling on the lake. Dr. Sullivans research interests range from the biological and physical mechanisms controlling the spatial-temporal dynamics of phytoplankton/zooplankton populations in the coastal oceans, Harmful Algal Bloom (red tide) dynamics, bioluminescence in the ocean, and the development and use of optical and autonomous sampling instrumentation and analytical techniques needed to study these complex processes. Equipment he has developed or co-developed includes a moored autonomous vertical proler, a bathyphotometer, an in situ hyperspectral spectrophotometer and an in situ holographic microscope for 3-D characterization of undisturbed particles in the ocean. Dr. Sullivan earned his masters and doctorate in biological oceanography with specializations in phytoplankton physiology and ecology, as well as bio-optics and biophysics, from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO). Prior to joining Harbor Branch, he was research faculty at URI-GSO and a senior oceanographer for WET Labs Inc. M a y 1 9 2 8 2 0 1 8 P u r c h a s e o f a n y s i z e M a t t r e s s a n d G E T A F R E E B E D F R A M E Great American Gun Show Big Weekend Event, Buy-Sell-Trade Okeechobee, FL May 19-20, 2018Okeechobee KOA Convention Center4276 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee, FL 34974$1.00 OFF Admission 12 and under FREE with adult admissionSaturday 9-5 Sunday 10-4 Vendors Call 865-453-0074CCW Classes at 10am and 2pm. Only $49. For more information please call 561-214-5115 NASA will help SFWMD and FAU study algal blooms in lake A continuing series TRUTH Courtesy photo/NASA The SeaPRISM device will be mounted on a South Florida Water Management District tower that is already in Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee Orchid Club to host annual Wild Orchid WalkOKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Orchid Club will be on the annual Wild Orchid walk on June 2. Anyone interested in joining, please attend the monthly meeting on Monday, May 21, at the UF/IFAS Extension Ofce located at 458 U.S. 98 in Okeechobee. The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. followed by the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. For information, contact Sue at 561-762-2788.
May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 13 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida: Electrician This is skilled work at the journeyman level regarding the installation, alteration, maintenance and repair of electrical systems, Residential facilities. Duties include working independently with considerable latitude in determining methods of work and using specialized tools and testing instruments of Diploma/GED is required. Minimum of one Submit Resume to: email@example.com or apply at www.seminoletribe.com R oo ng R oo ng Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 Services *PRESSURE WASHING* FREE ESTIMATES. HOUSES, BOATS, SHEDS, DRIVEWAYS AND MORE CALL ANYTIME 386-288-7098 Miscellaneous Notices Contractor Needed that is licensed and insured to build a Preschool. Must be experienced with references or portfolio of work completed. Please send information to: P.O. Box 433, Pahokee, Florida 33476 or abidingfaith. firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: Shirley or KR Gar age/ Ya rd Sales CLEWISTON 614 East Pasadena Avene, Sat. 5/19, 7am ? Fishing equip., HH Employment Full Time Glades Electric Cooperative has a position available for a fulltime Member Service Representative in Lake Placid. Qualifications Customer Service experience preferred, Technical skills, effective problem solver, learning agility, self-motivator, cash handling experience, good communication skills. GEC offers an excellent salary and ben efit package, is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Contact the District Office Manager at email@example.com or call (863)946-6200. Employment Medical Dental Assistant Must have 1 yr exp. Bilingual (Spanish/ English) preferred. Competitive salary & excellent benefits. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1021 Health Park Dr. Moore Haven, FL e-mail jobs@fchcinc. org EOE/DFWP. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or consid ered 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 772878-2010 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 num ber out of your area, use caution. Apartments FOR RENT STUDIO APARTMENT NEAR MOORE HAVEN, PRIVATE ENTRANCE CALL 863-227-6155 OR 863-946-0004 Apartments SUGAR COUNTRY APARTMENTS Now Re ntin g Av ailabl e for Immediat e Occupancy 626 We st Ave nue, Moore Have n Be the first to occupy new affordable units starting at $405 fo r 1BR and $461 for 2B R apartments plus electric. Wa te r, sewer and tr ash are included in rent Income limits appl y. Energy Star appliances centr al heat and ai r, d eco ra tor window treatments. Phon e 863-946-6600 or email sugarcountry apts@ centurylink.net for a rental application. Equal Housin g O pportuni ty Provider Houses Sale MONTURA 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car ga ra ge on 1 1/4 acres in Montur a, Clewiston. New carpet and newly painte d interior and exterior $111,000. Call 863-214-0073. Land Sale PORT LABELLE RANCHETTES Beautiful 4.2 acre homesite, many live Oaks and Palms. Prop erty can be split into 2 acre lots. Bank can loan up to 75%. Priced to sell at $109K. Call 716-2441639. *PRESSURE WASHING* FREE ESTIMATES. HOUSES, BOATS, SHEDS, DRIVEWAYS AND MORE CALL ANYTIME 386-288-7098 Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 06/01/2018, 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. JH4DC548X3C018528 2003 ACURA 262222 CN 5/17/2018 NOTICE: AUCTION on Friday, May 18th, 2018 At 9:00 am at 1225 N.W. Avenue L, Belle Glade, FloridaProperty of: Carmetha Walker: Headboard Mattress & Box Spring Miscellaneous Bags and items. Property of: Michael Rogers: Kids Toys, Kid Bike and Miscellaneous bags and items. 259623 SUN 5/10,17/2018 Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Residential Building Inspector. Applications must be received at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Foreman Radish, Leaf, Celery Harvest. Full-Time Hourly. South Florida vegetable producer has an opening in their machine and hand-cut harvest oper ations primarily planning and seeing that orders are filled as specified by Harvest Manager, assisting super visors and coordinating with labor contractor, making daily reconciliations, and yield projections. 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14 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE TO BIDDERSSealed bids, in triplicate, subject to the conditions herein, will be received until June 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM, by the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners, at the Hendry County Complex, Clerk of Circuit Court, Attn.: Barbara Butler, C.E. Hall Building, Administrative Wing, 2nd Floor, Room A-226, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935; for furnishing all labor and materials and performing all work connected with a project known as Apron Rehabilitation at LaBelle Airport (Hendry County Bid Number 2018-15). A non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled for May 31, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Hendry County Engineering Department, located at 99 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935. Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend. Bidders are invited to submit bids for this work on the bid forms provided. Other bid or proposal forms will not be accepted. The complete examination and understanding of the Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and specifications including all addenda or other revisions, and site of the proposed work is necessary to properly submit a bid. Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and specifications and all addenda or other revisions will be available for examination and may be obtained from the office of AECOM, 7650 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida, 33607-1462, (Phone: 813-636-2139; contact Diane Kline). There is a $25.00 for each electronic copy set (PDF) of the Contract Documents. Return of the Contract Documents is not required and the amount paid for the Contract Documents is non-refundable. Contractor must purchase the Contract Documents from the Engineer of Record in order to be considered a responsive bidder. A Bid Bond in the form as bound in the Contract Documents or Certified Check in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount bid must accompany each Bid. Successful Bidder will be required to execute and to provide a Payment Bond and Performance Bond each in an Amount of not less than one hundred per cent (100%) of the total value of the Contract awarded to him with a satisfactory surety or sureties for the full and faithful performance of the work. The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d) and 49 CFR, Part 26, Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Programs, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that disadvantaged business enterprises are afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex or national origin in consideration for an award. This project has a DBE goal of 14.1% No bid may be withdrawn after closing time for the receipt of bids for a period of one hundred twenty (120) days. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation for any or no reason, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best interests of the County to do so. The County May re-procure at the discretion of the Board. Contractor selection and disqualification criteria are set forth in Hendry County Ordinance No. 2016-14, as recorded in Ordinance Book XVIII, Page 208. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un interprete que hable espaol para participar en esta reunin, por favor pongase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 675-5324. HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 262167 CN 5/17,24,31;6/7,14/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CIVIL ACTION Case #: 2012-CA-000751 Bank of America, N.A. Plaintiff, -vs.Cristela Rodriguez, Natural Guardian of Laisha Alfaro, a Minor; Cristela Rodriguez, Natural Guardian of Juan Alfaro, a Minor; Laisha Alfaro, a Minor; Juan Alfaro, a Minor; Gustavo Antonio Alfaro, Jr. a/k/a Gustavo Alfaro, Jr.; Unknown Spouse of Gustavo Antonio Alfaro, Jr. a/k/a Gustavo Alfaro, Jr.; Baziliza M. Cruz; Rene Cruz; Okeechobee Landings, Inc. d/b/a Easy Life Subdivision Defendants .NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order rescheduling foreclosure sale or Final Judgment, entered in Civil Case No. 2012-CA-000751 of the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein Bank of America, N.A., Plaintiff and Cristela Rodriguez, Natural Guardian of Laisha Alfaro, a Minor are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Barbara S. Butler, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT 25 EAST HICKPOCHEE, 2ND FLOOR, LABELLE, FL 33935, AT 11:00 A.M. on June 27, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 121, HOLIDAY ISLES, UNIT NO. THREE, A SUBDIVISION IN SECTION 14, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 115 AND 116, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THE DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME YEAR 1995, MAKE CRESCENT LIMITED, INC/ CRESTMOBILE VIN NUMBER 146M8973A AND VIN NUMBER 146M8973B, WHICHBY IN TENTION OF THE PARTIES AND UPON RETIREMENT OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE AS PROVIDED IN319.261 FLA. STAT., SHALL CONSTITUTE A PART OF THE REALTY AND SHALL PASS WITH IT. 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 FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator;l 700 Monroe Street, Suite 1213, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 (239) 533-1521 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification of the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Barbara S. Butler CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Hendry County, Florida J. Bevis DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 262232 CN 5/17,24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE OF WORK PLANNotice is hereby given that pursuant to The Water Rights Compact Among the Seminole Tribe of Florida, The State of Florida, and The South Florida Water Management District, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan of the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been submitted to the South Florida Water Management District (District). The Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribe), 6073 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33024, has submitted, on April 23, 2018, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan. The Work Plan describes existing and proposed activities on Seminole land. The work proposed includes one (1) project in the Big Cypress Reservation and two (2) projects in the Brighton Reservation: Big Cypress Reservation 1) Dakotah Cypress, Cheyenne Kippenberger, and Scarlett Jumper Access Way the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to the development of three access ways along the Districts right-of-way along Northwest Canal Street into the homesites for three Tribal Members. No impervious surfaces will be created. No stormwater management systems are anticipated. Brighton Reservation 1) Janelle Robinson Brazilian Pepper Removal the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to Brazilian Pepper removal along the Districts right-of-way at the Harney Pond/C-41 Canal for the homesite of a Tribal Member; 2) L-59 Temporary Structure the Tribe is proposing to install an earthen plug in Borrow Canal L-59 West on the northeastern corner of the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. The Big Cypress Reservation is located in Broward County, Township 48 South, Range 34 East, and, in Hendry County, Township 47 South, Ranges 32-34 East. The Brighton Reservation is located in Glades County, Township 40 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 33 East; Township 38 South, Range 33 East. Interested persons may comment upon the Amendment or submit a writ ten request for a copy of the Amendment by either of the following methods: 1) Submitting a written request to: Regulation Division, South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; or 2) Submitting an electronic request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Such comments or requests must be received within 30 days from the date of publication. No further public notice will be provided regarding this Amendment. A copy of the Staff Report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an Administrative Hearing regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after reviewing the Staff Report. 261601 CN 5/17/2018 Public Notice Public Notice SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE OF WORK PLANNotice is hereby giventhat pursuant to The Water Rights Compact Among the Seminole Tribe of Florida, The State of Florida, and The South Florida Water Management District, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan of the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been submitted to the South Florida Water Management District (District). The Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribe), 6073 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33024, has submitted, on April 23, 2018, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan. The Work Plan describes existing and proposed activities on Seminole land. The work proposed includes one (1) project in the Big Cypress Reservation and two (2) projects in the Brighton Reservation: Big Cypress Reservation 1) Dakotah Cypress, Cheyenne Kippenberger, and Scarlett Jumper Access Way the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to the development of three access ways along the Districts right-of-way along Northwest Canal Street into the homesites for three Tribal Members. No impervious surfaces will be created. No stormwater management systems are anticipated. Brighton Reservation 1) Janelle Robinson Brazilian Pepper Removal the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to Brazilian Pepper removal along the Districts right-of-way at the Harney Pond/C-41 Canal for the homesite of a Tribal Member; 2) L-59 Temporary Structure the Tribe is proposing to install an earthen plug in Borrow Canal L-59 West on the northeastern corner of the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. The Big Cypress Reservation is located in Broward County, Township 48 South, Range 34 East, and, in Hendry County, Township 47 South, Ranges 32-34 East. The Brighton Reservation is located in Glades County, Township 40 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 33 East; Township 38 South, Range 33 East. Interested persons may comment upon the Amendment or submit a writ ten request for a copy of the Amendment by either of the following methods: 1) Submitting a written request to: Regulation Division, South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; or 2) Submitting an electronic request at email@example.com Such comments or requests must be received within 30 days from the date of publication. No further public notice will be provided regarding this Amendment. A copy of the Staff Report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an Administrative Hearing regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after reviewing the Staff Report. 261602 GCD 5/17/2018 NOTICEBBC meeting #2018-02 Notice is hereby given that the Board of Building Commissioners of the City of Clewiston, Florida, will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 5:30pm in the city hall commission chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. The purpose of this hearing is to consider the disposition of the following properties located in the City of Clewiston: 408 E Ventura Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Block 367 Lot 15, GPOC 824 E Concordia Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Block 152 Lot 33, GPOC This hearing will be conducted pursuant to Section 18-175, Clewiston Code of Ordinances. The City of Clewiston is an equal opportunity provider and employer. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Accommodation requests or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please contact the City Clerks office at (863) 983-1484, extension 227, or FAX (863) 983-4055 for information or assistance. All persons interested may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, the person will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, the person may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. I, the undersigned authority, do hereby certify the above Notice of Meeting of the Building Board of Comissioners of the City of Clewiston is a true and correct copy of said Notice and that I posted a true and correct copy of said Notice at the front and rear entrances of City Hall, a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times. 261439 CN 5/17/2018 NOTICE OF PROPOSED ENACTMENT OF ORDINANCENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Clewiston City Commission will conduct a PUB LIC HEARING on June 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon as practical thereafter, in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. During the Public Hearing, the City Commission proposes to enact sec ond reading of an ordinance which is set forth as follows:ORDINANCE NO. 2018-03AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, ABANDONING AND VACATING TWO EASEMENTS, LOCATED UNDERNEATH SUGAR REALTY (MSW HOLDINGS) LOCATED AT 700 W. SUGARLAND HWY. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available in the City Clerks office, City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, for the inspection of any interested parties and interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or public hearing, such person may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and any evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Accommodation requests or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please contact the City Clerks office at (863) 983-1484, ex tension 227, or FAX (863) 983-4055 for information or assistance. The City of Clewiston is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Mary K. Combass, Interim City Clerk City of Clewiston, FL 261607 CN 5/17/2018 Hendry County Legals Hendry County Legals NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:Juliet Aguirre 1041 Hull St. LaBelle, FL. 33935 Jamie L. Anderson 2179 Scott Rd. Ft. Denaud, FL. 33935 Gary L. Wisemandle 4001 Collingswood Apt D23 LaBelle, FL. 33935 You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Hendry County, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligi bility by the Supervisor, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. Call 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. El Aviso se da por Este Medio: Informamos que su eligibilidad para votar esta en cuestion. Usted tiene que comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones, del condado de Hendry, Florida, a mas tardar 30 dias despues de la fecha de este aviso publicado para recibir la informacion al respecto de su inelegibilidad potencial y el procedimiento de resolver este caso. La falta de respuesta puede resultar en la determinacion de ineligibilidad por parte del Supervisor, y su nombre sera eliminado del sistema estatal del registro de votantes. Llame al 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. Brenda K. Hoots Supervisor of Elections PO Box 174 LaBelle, FL 33975 Hendry County, Florida F.S. 98.075 261306 CN 05/17/2018 Public Notice Public Notice STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATIONGlades Electric Cooperative, Inc. is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utility Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, as amended; Executive Order 11246, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organizations programs or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this organizations non-discrimination compliance efforts is Jeffery R. Brewington, General Manager of Glades Electric Cooperative. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utility Services, Washington, D.C. 20250. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible. 261987 CN 5/17/2018 ON 5/16/2018 IMPORTANT NOTICE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENTGlades Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an Affirmative Action organization and will continue to meet its non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations by insisting that all contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others who do business with the Cooperative also adhere to strict non-discriminatory and affirmative action practices. Additionally, Glades Electric Cooperative will continue to insist on full compliance of its Affirmative Action Plan in its hiring, promotion and other employment practices. The Cooperative invites and encourages all minority individuals and groups to participate in all its membership activities, to be active in the vending of materials and supplies, and to enter bids on contracts for services needed by the Cooperative. Any minority individual or minority group interested in participation in any of these activities and needing more information about equal opportunities at the Cooperative may contact Jeffery R. Brewington, General Manager and Affirmative Action Compliance Officer, Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc., by writing to him at Glades Electric Cooperative, P. 0. Box 519, Moore Haven, FL 33471, or by calling him at (863) 946-6200. 261985 CN 5/17/2018 ON 5/16/2018 PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING NOTICEThe Joint Glades/Hendry Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. and a regular Board meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Glades Health Department Conference Room, 1021 Health Park Drive, Moore Haven, FL 33427 All meetings of the Local Coordinating Board are open to the public. In ac cordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact Mar cia Staszko at the Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) by calling 863-534-7130 ext. 128 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least seven days prior to the meeting. The CFRPCs planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or familial status may file a complaint with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, at 863-534-7130. 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May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 15 By Katrina ElskenINI Florida If only ... If only former Governor Charlie Crist had not pursued a grand plan to purchase 187,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee for $1.7 billion, the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir would have already been built. Back in 2004, then-Gov. Jeb Bush wanted to do something to speed up the work on Everglades restoration. His Acceler-8 plan funded eight major projects including an EAA reservoir. Acceler-8 also included the C-43 reservoir on the Caloosa hatchee River and the C-44 reservoir on the C-44 canal that connects with Lake Okeechobee at Port Mayaca and empties into the St. Lucie river. By accelerating the funding, design and construction of these projects, the Everglades will ex perience positive benets much sooner and in a more cost-effective manner. As opposed to the pay as you go approach, taxpayer dollars need ed for construction will be signicantly leveraged. The South Florida Water Management District will nance project construction with Certicates of Participation revenue bonding. Financing and fast-tracking these projects NOW helps avoid the inevitable increases in construction materials and labor costs, explained a 2004 SFWMD press re lease. Clewiston residents remember the sound of blasting as work started on the EAA reservoir. And they remember when it stopped after a group of environmental organizations had led a lawsuit about the reservoir. According to a SFWMD report In 2007, environmental organizations sued to stop con struction of a large EAA reservoir. These groups objected, stating that the district was accelerating restoration beyond the governments ability to keep up. The district suspended construction of this large EAA reservoir in 2008, and the environmental organizations dropped their lawsuit. At recent public meetings, representatives of the environmental groups said they did not oppose the reservoir, but wanted the government to ensure the water stored would be used for environmental purposes, and not for water supply for urban and agricultural areas. Under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, the EAA reservoir is for both environmental restoration and water supply. Then Gov. Crist had unveiled his River of Grass plan. The state could not afford both the River of Grass purchase and the EAA reservoir work. The governors new project took precedence. The EAA reservoir project was no longer a priority. The state had to pay the construction company around $25 million in penalties and nes for breaking the contract. The A-1 property was converted to shallow storage. As the SFWMDs new plans to build the EAA reservoir that original reservoir plan often comes up in meeting discussions. If only that reservoir construction had been completed, some argue, the massive freshwater releases could have been avoided. According to the SFWMD data, theyre wrong. If only that reservoir had been built ... it would have made little difference in the freshwater discharges to the coastal estuaries. The reservoir alone is static storage. During the rainy season it will quickly ll up. At the start of the wet season in 2017, the rains south of the lake were heavier than the rains in the northern basins. While the lake levels were below 12 feet, the water conservation areas were so full from direct rainfall that billions of gallons of water had to be back-pumped into Lake Okeechobee. (The back-pumped water was clean water from the water conservation areas not water from the EAA.) If the EAA reservoir had been in place last summer, it would have been full long before Hurricane Irma headed toward Florida, bringing with it enough rain raise the lake level more than 3 feet. The rainfall data includes that if the EAA reservoir had already been in place ... we would have had the same discharges east and west as we did without it. The Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) includes the projects that are key unclog ging the system and restoring the ow to Ever glades National Park. Without CEPP, the water stacks up in the wa ter conservation areas because it is blocked to the south by the Tamiami Trail and it is blocked to the east by the East Coast Protection Levee. And when there is no more room in the water conser vation areas, no lake water can be released south. CEPP is a $1.9 billion slate of storage and con veyance projects on land already in public owner ship south of Lake Okeechobee. CEPP is congres sionally authorized and awaiting funding. As with all of the Everglades projects, funding is the key. EAA reservoir alone wont stop discharges
16 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 instead. That equals $10,250 per month. Her email stated that a per-month equivalent of $10,367 had originally been pro posed for Mr. Helfenberger (Mr. Aherns initial offer), plus a travel allowance of $500 and a housing allowance of $700 (for a total of $11,567 monthly). Commissioner Longs email pointed out: Jackson County recently hired an interim county administrator for $6,666 per month or $80,000 per year. Jackson County is larger (population 48,600) and richer (ad valorem tax levy $11,979,083) than Glades Coun ty. Glades Countys population is listed as 12,853 and its annual ad valorem tax levy at $5.3 million. Finally, Mrs. Long reproduced a couple of unattributed charts that gave comparisons ranking of the poorest counties in Florida for which data was available in October 2017, rst displaying a focused comparison with rural counties of DeSoto, Hardee, Hendry and Okeechobee. That chart said Glades ranked 17th of the 18 in population and 16th in the amount of ad valorem (property) tax levied but second-highest of the 18 in county manager salary by dollar amount. The second chart showed that the Glades managers salary, on a per-capita basis by population, made him the top-paid of any in the 18 counties, costing each citizen $9.57 a year. Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapmans $124,630 salary, by comparison, ranked 11th on the per-capita list (Hendrys population is roughly triple that of Glades County), costing each Hendry resident only $3.27 a year. Commissioner Long later explained to the newspaper that she was giving constituents information theyd been requesting in telephone calls and messages. She said, Protecting Glades Countys interests is always my primary goal, then added: Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and take a calculated nancial risk for return on investment; other times, you have to put on the brakes when your champagne appetite exceeds your beer budget. I truly appreciate all the response and input I have received from my constituents, and especially those who pray for our decisions. She didnt have to cite any of this infor mation to sway her colleagues eventual decision at the meeting May 8, but in an in terview that Friday, May 11, she said it might well have done just that, giving them ammu nition to be a little tougher in response to Mr. Helfenbergers demand. Mrs. Long said that because of Sunshine Law considerations, when she does forward such information to her colleagues, she in cludes a note saying Do Not Reply because that would be illegal, outside-public-meeting discourse about an item of county business likely to come up before the county board. Instead, she said, some of her constituents often forward such informational emails on to her fellow commissioners and ask them to explain. Special to the Glades County Democrat/MHES MHES students tour St. AugustineMoore Haven Elementary School fourth-graders are shown at different stops during their annual trip to St. Augustine May 4. They toured the old Spanish fort there and learned more than textbooks can teach about Florida history. PHOTOSContinued From Page 1 COUNTYContinued From Page 1 extra money in summer, especially the paraprofessionals, so we went to them rst. She added, though, that since the GEF wants to carry this camp on every summer ... in the future we may change how the camp is supervised. This year, just trying to get it off the ground, the teachers and paraprofessionals seemed like the natural choice to ask them rst. After Ms. Perry assured commissioners that participants would be covered under the Glades County School Districts insurance since the camp would be based at Moore Haven Elementary and participants would be transported on eld trips aboard district buses, Commissioner Long said, Well, I think we had one generous commissioner last meeting... Commissioner Strenth spoke up, As far as Im concerned, youve got the boards $2,000, and thatll give us time to discuss next year putting it in the budget. Ms. Perry replied: Id really like if the board could consider that for the future. Hopefully we can expand it to include more students; hopefully we can expand the amount of time, maybe for the month of July, that the camp is offered. She added that shed make sure applications, which were being drawn up last week, would be available at West Glades School and Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School as well. Children would have to return those by the last day of school, June 1, and the families would be asked to pay $40 or $50 each per week for the camp to defray expenses and assure attendance. She also said: I have asked, of course, for money from the (Moore Haven) city council to see if they would donate funds to this endeavor. Ive also contacted the H.E. Hill Foundation, Glades County Youth Livestock Show, the Seminole tribe, and of course the Glades Education Foundation will also contribute. We have $2,000 committed so far from Glades County Youth Livestock (GCYL). Im really happy to announce that they agreed to that last night, and theyre also providing T-shirts for the kids. So thatll be excellent; when we take them all someplace on the bus, theyll all look the same. Commission Chairman John Ahern, who is treasurer for GCYL, reminded Ms. Perry to include on the application form a box for T-shirt size. We were going to order shirts and try to have a summer camp 2018 logo, something put on with the Youth Livestock emblem. He also said hed advise the city, whose council members had not committed to do nate anything yet but asked many questions of Ms. Perry when she previously has appeared at theirmeetings, about the countys and GCYLs contributions. The Moore Haven City Council was scheduled to hear from Ms. Perry again at its meeting Tuesday. Mr. Ahern added that hed learned from staff that some money was available in the budget so the board can consider an allo cation next year, then opened the oor for discussion. Mrs. Long said: Ill say it is very gener ous of Commissioner Strenth. All of us are not able to do that. And Im aware that Mrs. Perry is very generous with her help and her time and her funding, too, and I do appreci ate that for all of the children. Ms. Perry concluded the discussion by volunteering the GEF as scal agent for the summer camp nancing, although she said its not running the camp and doesnt want to. She added that shed carry forward any money thats left over for next years plans. I will be happy to come back and let you know how the rst year went, what we learned ... and let you know how your dona tions and money were spent. CAMPContinued From Page 1