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May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 Thursday, May 24, 2018 Vol. 90, No. 21 50 plus tax 13.57 feetLast Year: 11.16 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Glades at a Glance ... Page 3 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper.gladescountydemocrat.com By Richard MarionGlades County Democrat On May 9, Floridas Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart made the trip to Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School (PECS) in Glades County to present fourthgrade math teacher Joy Prescott with a check for $15,000 and inform her that she is one of the ve Teacher of the Year nalists for the state. When they walked into my classroom, it was the most surreal moment of my entire career, said Mrs. Prescott. Never in a million years did I think I would be one of the nalists. Every emotion you can imagine was happening in the moment. This years ve nalists were chosen from more than 198,700 public school teachers throughout the state. The statewide Teacher of the Year will be announced at the annual Florida Teacher of the Year Gala on July 13 in Orlando. Each districts Teacher of the Year will receive $10,000, and the state winner will receive a total of $20,000. Joy Prescott is an excellent example of a teacher who exemplies commitment, de termination and the importance of being a lifelong learner, said Commissioner Stewart. After 17 years as an educator, Prescott con tinues to pursue professional development opportunities to help her empower students Prescott is Teacher of the Year nalist Special to the Glades County DemocratFlorida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart hugs fourth-grade teacher Joy Prescott after surprising her at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School with the news that she was one of the ve nalists for Floridas Teacher of the Year. Special to the Glades County DemocratCelebrating the Teacher of Year Finalist announcement are (from left to right) Glades County Schools Superintendent Scott Bass, Commissioner Pam Stew art, Joy Prescott and Principal Brian Greseth. By Matteo TullioGlades County Democrat The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Floridas abused and neglected children. There are currently GAL Programs in all 20 judicial circuits in Florida. The programs mission is simple and clear, I am for the Child. The vision statement from the program to accomplish their mission reads, The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program will continue to be a powerful and effective voice advocating for the best interests of Floridas abused, abandoned and neglected children and be recognized and respected as a partnership of community advocates and professional staff. To the fullest extent possible, this vision will be realized through volunteers who will advocate as Guardians ad Litem for the children they serve. According to the GAL Program 2018 Annual Report, when a child is abused, abandoned or neglected and cannot remain at home in a healthy, safe environment, he or she is removed and a court case begins. The GAL Program is appointed by the judge to represent the childs best interest and is the only party in the case that focuses exclusively on the child. Floridas GAL Program represents the best interests of children alleged to be abused, abandoned or neglected who are involved in court proceedings. This means advocacy for things the law says the child is entitled to, such as a permanent home within a year, and working to ensure child-centered deci sions are made by having a thorough under standing of the facts and the child. GALs visit children regularly to understand their circum stances, wishes and needs, and to explain the process in a way they can understand. GALs give children a voice and help them nd their own. The GAL Program uses a team approach to represent children using GAL volunteers, child advocate managers and best-interests Guardians ad Litem speak for the child See GAL Page 14 See TEACHER Page 14 Corps to pause dike work ... Page 2 Safe boating saves lives ... Page 7 Prepare now for hurricane season ... Page 10 Now is the time insurance ... Page 15 Ortona center to have phone line installed ... Page 6 Obits ... Page 5
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 24, 2018 By Chris FelkerINI Florida CLEWISTON Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials briefed local au thorities and residents at a recent Clew iston City Commission meeting about the corps progress on the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project on the south end of Lake Okeechobee. Most everyone was pleased to learn that construction work on Culvert 2, near the Clewiston Lock and the citys public parkland, boat launches and parking area at the dike, is nearing completion. After that, which will be about September, reported Ingrid Bon, project manager for the USACE Jacksonville District, there will be a lull in activity near Clewiston for a few months before work gets started on the dike cutoff wall from Lake Harbor west through the city and then on through Moore Haven and Lakeport up to the Har ney Pond Canal. Accompanied by South Florida Operations Office Chief Gary Russ, Ms. Bon showed a PowerPoint presentation illus trating the areas where the cutoff wall has been completed, where gap closures are being done now and where planning is underway for the walls western exten sion into what the corps calls Common Inundation Zones B and C. Thirty-eight percent of the total cutoff wall has been completed thus far, with 21.4 miles done in Reach 1. Nine culverts have been replaced around the lake so far and one removed (32 percent of those be ing addressed); while work is continuing on 17 culvert replacements (53 percent of the total), Reach 1 cutoff wall gap clo sures and a 6.6-mile cutoff wall extension (12 percent of the total wall) from Belle Glade to Lake Harbor. Still planned are 28.6 miles of cutoff wall (50 percent of the total) from Lake Harbor west; two culvert replacements (6 percent); three culvert abandonments (9 percent); the Harney Pond Bridge armoring; and embankment raising at the S-71 and S-72 culverts near Lakeport, between the Harney Pond and Indian Prairie canals. The main goal is to safeguard human life. This is a project that addresses flood risk reduction, Ms. Bon said. Weve been doing work since 2011 at a very steady pace. Funding has been steady, which has allowed us to keep our schedule as we had planned it back in 2009-2010. Certainly the completion of this project is something that the citizens of Hendry County want to see since then FEMA can take a look again at the dike as a measure for flood protection and include it in their maps, thus adjusting flood insurance rates. She said that there are still two contract awards to be made in 2018 for water control structures, and at that point they will all be under contract. Ms. Bon added the cutoff wall gap closures are necessary because we had to leave some gaps because of utilities, because we were trying to find a way to tie into existing water control structures. She explained that there will be a roughly six-month break for the Clewiston area, between the end of work on Culvert 2 and the beginning of construction on the cutoff wall westward, because that 7-mile portion is still under detailed design. The contract is scheduled to be awarded in June 2019, and project completion, she said, is expected in September 2022. One thing that Clewiston commissioners were concerned about, regarding the cutoff wall portion to be built starting next year, was whether people still would be able to use the recreational facilities in the area, including the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) atop the dike and the areas directly on Lake Okeechobee. The corps short answer is no. The levee will be closed on the lake side to activities such as use of boat ramps, picnicking and bank fishing; however, the Clewiston Lock and land-side facilities will remain open. Also, contractor access to the levee west of Culvert 2 will continue to be used the entire time, until 2022. Mayor Mali Gardner asked whether the levee park would be closed for the duration. We will open up the area of the Clewiston park as soon as we finish that, between the Clewiston Lock and Culvert 2; it will be on the order of months, depending on the contractor. It might be six to nine months, perhaps, Ms. Bon answered. But she added, The only boat facility that will be affected is the boat ramp on the lake side. The mayor also asked about trail access, and it was explained that the LOST will be closed both east and west of the Clewiston Lock and the city parkland until the cutoff wall is finished in those areas. Mr. Russ said he would continue to send updated LOST maps to the city as work is done so the public will be informed about closures. City staff and Commissioner Phillip Ro land pointed out the damage being done to city roads by heavy trucks used for the construction and asked if they would be repaired under the project. Ms. Bon replied that the USACE is not allowed to use any of the money for that purpose. Mayor Gardner thanked Ms. Bon and Mr. Russ for the extensive report but noted that there would have to be further meetings soon to coordinate USACEs plans with the citys blueprints for park enhancements, housing development and better access to the lake for recreational purposes in that area. Work on dike at Clewiston ending soon, but only briey The Clewiston News/Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of EngineersAerial view of Culvert 2 on the Herbert Hoover Dike at Clewiston. The Clewiston News/ Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of EngineersMap shows inundation zones around the lake; green lines and dots show completed cutoff wall and culverts; yellow, ongoing wall and culvert con struction; and red, planned wall por tions and culverts to be abandoned.
May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 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. 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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 Special to the Glades County Democrat/MHESSafety Patrol tours Washington D.C.Moore Haven Elementary School (MHES) Safety Patrol students went to Washington, D.C., during the week of May 7. During their busy week, they were able to tour the White House, the U.S. Capitol and George Washingtons home, Mount Vernon, in the Virginia countryside. They explored Smithsonian Institution museums, learned about the people and events behind the D.C. memorials and monuments, walked through Arlington National Cemetery and danced the night away on a dinner cruise down the Potomac. Everyone had an unforgettable experience while visiting the nations capital. Special to the Glades County Democrat The Glades Education Foundations push to create a two-week summer camp getaway for children ages 5-12 that wont be too costly for parents has succeeded. Applications are now being accepted at the countys three elementary schools for kids to participate. They must be returned to the school ofces at Moore Haven Elementary School (MHES), West Glades School and Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School no later than the last day of school, Friday, June 1. The camp, whose participants will meet at MHES for activities and eld trips July 9-20, is being made possible by contributions from several individuals and organizations, including the Glades County Youth Livestock organization, the GEF and County Commissioner Donald Strenth on behalf of the county. Glades camp applications being accepted at schools BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, is serving dinner on Friday, May 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried sh and shrimp, baked sweet and regular potatoes. For information, call 863-467-2882.Meals served at Legion PostMoore Haven American Legion Post 299, 600 River Road in Moore Haven, is sponsoring dinners in the post hall on 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.Verterans to be honoredMoore Haven American Legion Post 299 will sponsor the Memorial Day service on Monday, May 28, at the pavilion in the Orto na Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m. The pro gram includes prayers, a color guard presentation, music by several singers, the giving of a Quilt of Valor to a veteran, and a speaker to be announced. American ags are being placed by the Palmdale Baptist Church on the graves (over 250) of all veterans buried in the cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend. Complimentary refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the service. For information, call Kirby Sullivan at 863-9462556.BHR VFW serving shThe VFW, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will host a sh, fries and slaw dinner on Wednesday, May 30, at 5 p.m. to benet veteran services. For information, call 863467-2882. Glades at a Glance
4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 24, 2018 Hurricane season begins June 1Special to INI Florida Florida has had about twice as many hurricane landfalls in recorded history as any other state, according to the National Oce anic and Atmospheric Administration. There are several easy steps homeowners can take to reduce the chances their property be comes a statistic. Hurricane season begins Friday, June 1, so Florida homeowners should consider the following do-it-yourself tips to protect their property: Install storm shutters to protect windows from strong winds. Identify somewhere to secure outdoor items like furniture, garden tools, toys and garbage cans. Strong winds can turn these items into projectiles that may damage homes and cause injuries. Clean gutters and downspouts. Leaves, twigs and debris can clog them and prevent rainwater from efciently draining away from homes. Buy ood insurance. Most home insurance policies do not cover the expensive damage of hurricane-related ooding. National Flood Insurance Program policies become effective 30 days after the date of purchase so homeowners should purchase one before its too late. Learn more at www. oodsmart.gov. For Hurricane Irma recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL. Follow FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Twitter at @ FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMA and the Divisions Facebook pag es at Facebook.com/FEMA and Facebook. com/FloridaSERT. Do-it-yourself tips to prepare homes for hurricanes 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 Special to INI Florida ORLANDO The keys to effective disaster preparedness be informed, make a plan and take action apply to all of us, but people with access and functional needs or disabilities should approach preparedness planning with additional considerations.Additional considerations could include: Creating a support network. Check with those who can assist you, if needed. Keep a contact list in a watertight container in your emergency kit. Learn more at ready.gov/kit. Planning ahead for accessible transportation for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic. Work with local services, public trans portation or paratransit to identify local or private accessible transportation options. Informing a support network where your emergency supplies are; you may want to give one member a key to your house or apartment. Knowing location and availability of more than one facility for dialysis if dialysis is part of a health maintenance plan or routine or other life-sustaining treatment. Preparing to use medical equipment if a power outage occurs. Wearing medical alert tags or bracelets. Making note of the best way to communicate with you in an emergency if you have a communications disability. Planning how to evacuate with assistive devices or how to replace equipment if lost or destroyed. Keep model information and note where the equipment came from such as Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance.Build a kitIn addition to having basic survival supplies, an emergency kit should contain items to meet individual needs in various emergencies. Consider items used daily and those needed to add to a kit. Tips for People who are deaf or hard of hearing Include: A weather radio with text display and a ashing alert Extra hearing-aid batteries A TTY Pen and paper in case you have to communicate with someone who does not know sign languageTips for people who are blind or have low vision: Mark emergency supplies with Braille labels or large print. Keep a list of your emergency supplies on a portable ash drive, or make an audio le that is kept in a safe place where you can access it. Keep a Braille, or Deaf-Blind communications device in an emergency supply kit. Tips for people living with a mobility disability: If you use a power wheelchair, have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup. Show others how to operate your wheelchair. Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, and if it is collapsible for transportation. Keep an extra mobility device such as a cane or walker, if you use one. If you use a seat cushion to protect your skin or maintain your balance, and you must evacuate without your wheelchair, take your cushion with you. The Florida Division of Emergency Man agement, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The statewide registry provides rst responders with valu able information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies. To register, please visit www.snr.oridadisaster.org For more on the tips above and disaster planning for those with access and function al needs or disabilities, or for children, visit Ready.gov. The range of needs runs wide and effective planning runs deep. Be ready for hurricanes and for any other disaster and help those who may need neighborly assistance. Disaster preparedness tips for people with disabilities Special to INI Florida Homeowners who are still repairing or rebuilding Hurricane Irma-damaged property should contact local ofcials before starting work. Florida homeowners should contact their local building permit ofce before starting repairs or rebuilding Hurricane Irma-damaged property. Local emergency management of cials do not grant construction permits. Construction that may require permits includes plumbing, electrical system, foundation and structural repairs. FEMA does not provide permits. Some communities may also enforce other requirements like elevation for those who are repairing or rebuilding a home. A local emergency manager can direct homeowners where to get more information about permits and learn about other require ments. They may nd contact information for their local emergency manager online at www. oridadisaster.org/counties. Advice about Contractors Hiring a licensed contractor may help prevent future structural and nancial problems. Thats why its important to ensure contractors who are rebuilding homes or making repairs are licensed in Florida. Licensed contractors in Florida must carry general liability insurance and workers compensation. Always require a written contract. Be sure to read it carefully and understand what it says. Never pay the full cost of the job upfront and ask for a receipt. Get more than one estimate. Compare them and if one is much lower than the others and seems too good to be true it probably is. Verify a contractors license online at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations website: www.myoridalicense.com/dbpr. Contact local ofcials about permits before starting work
May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Special to INI Florida TALLAHASSEE The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a division of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), is now issuing Narcan to troopers in an effort to save lives, a strategy by the agency to ght against the opioid epidemic. Naloxone, the lifesaving drug commonly known by its brand name Narcan, can take just seconds to revive an overdose victim. The FHP is part of a concerted, collaborative effort to combat the opioid crisis, which has a far-reaching impact, said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. Safety for our troopers and those we serve has been and always will be the departments number one priority, and its critical that our members can safely perform their jobs to help prevent any unnecessary injuries or deaths in our state. This week, troopers in Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties were the rst members of FHP to be issued Narcan due to the increasing number of overdose deaths in those counties. Narcan was to be issued to additional troopers throughout other areas of the state this year. FHP knows rsthand the seriousness of the opioid crisis and the department is taking the necessary steps to adapt our techniques and arm our troopers with the tools that will ensure the safety of the public and FHP, said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. With the rise of deaths associated with the use of fentanyl and carfentanil, it is important to have this antidote available to our troopers, who are often the rst to arrive on scene on Florida roadways. The Narcan units will assist FHP members when they encounter an overdose situation while on patrol and help protect rst responders who may be accidentally exposed and overcome by the effects of dangerous opioids. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid and is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Extremely small doses of these drugs have been determined to be fatal, and even exposure from minor skin contact has been known to cause severe medical issues including death. Pentecost: A spirit that overcomes all obstaclesTBy he Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Years ago, I took four courses in German during summer vacations. They were taken in Strassbourg, France and taught in French! Id spend my weekends visiting German cities near the French border and going to a local movie on the Saturday evening. My language abilities were very limited and Id only pick up a few words here and there, but I realized that I could understand the story on the screen. Perhaps I didnt understand 100 percent; but I knew when I was seeing a powerful love story or a historical drama about a part of the world I did not know. I also learned that even this greater barrier between people, language differences, could be overcome with an open attitude and willingness to try. I made my way around in some of the local restaurants and didnt starve even when I wasnt entirely sure about what I had just ordered! I also learned that others were usually helpful when they realized this visitor was having dif culty; a spirit of cooperation, of one-ness, made what might be disasters into enjoyable memories. Something that might have been scary at rst led me to share things I might not otherwise have known or seen. Ive gained a great deal more respect for others who struggle with languages and who have come here; resolving to be as helpful and as understanding as possible when it is obvious that someone is struggling while mastering my language of birth. Ive also been able to share in worship services where another tongue was used in the celebration. I knew I was among kindred spirits and have always been welcomed on such occasions. The Book of Acts gives biblical account of the Day of Pentecost, and has taken a special meaning for me. This day is commemorated by many as the birthday of the Church. It is about disciples gathering on this ftieth day after Easter and Luke writes ...they were all together in one place (Acts 2;1). That passage has come to mean for me that they were together more than just in the sense of physical presence. Those who were there were at one, spiritually, with each other. The passage goes on to mention that Gods Spirit rested on them and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). Despite a barrier that is almost insurmountable, they were moved by God to be at one, and they were. I have learned that I can share with others even when there are barriers; and that Gods Spirit shares with me when my efforts to communicate with Him seem to leave me at a loss for words. The account in Acts goes on to tell that, in spite of the great differences ... we hear them telling in their own tongues the mighty works of God (Acts 2:11). This day of the birthday of the Church is the moment of the Lords commission to Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and Lo I am with you always, to the close of the age (Matthew 28:19ff) is now realized. How is this possible? It is possible because of Gods Spirit inhabiting those who were called to establish His body here on earth, His Church, and to go to the literal ends of the earth to do it. It has happened no matter what the language, no matter what the era, no matter what the political entity, no matter what the opposition. I have noted that when regimes are in place that reject the place of religion in their national lives it seems to be more a matter of suppression than elimination. With the culmination of such regimes and an opening of doors to the faiths that were once suppressed, suddenly there is a resurgence of believers. I have observed that it is never a case of starting all over again, but the appearance of a faith that was already waiting to be a part of a new order. A language is spoken that is heard once more: the Pentecost experience comes alive. The Lord makes His presence once more and the birthday of His body of faithful is celebrated again. Pentecost has been regarded by many as the third great Church holiday, along with Christmas and Easter. For some reason,it has not gained the same place in secular society as the other two; but nevertheless deserves to be remembered. Maybe its like the birthdays we all celebrate; we may not remember our earthly coming into the world, but we surely are present and alive! That may be our heritage of Pentecost; even if the date is obscured, the faithful are sure present and alive in this world. Thats what matters; thats what the Lord wanted. Johnnie Melvin Durance, 66 LOUISVILLE Tenn. Johnnie Melvin Durance, of Louis ville, Tenn., formerly of Clewiston, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, due to a long illness at Specialty Se lect Hospital at Fort Sanders in Knoxville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents, James William and Vera Mae Durance; sister, Martha Hunter; and granddaughter, Kiesha Ann. Johnnie is survived by his wife of 35 years, Flo Durance, of Knoxville, Tenn.; four chil dren, Brenda Filyaw of Dayton, Tenn., John and Kathy Durance of Jefferson City, Tenn., Joshua Nagorny of Ohio, and Corey Durance of Iowa; grandchildren, Jessica, Nathan, Aus tin, Kayla, Kaylee, Michael, Abby, Harley, Vic toria, Stacy Jr., Kori, Jacob, and Taylor; eight great-grandchildren, Celeb, Kylie, Kaigyn, Mia, Lilly, Kyren, Clara, Willow; ten siblings, Billy, Hersel, David, Paul, Joe, Joyce, Mary, Linda Gale Julie, Maudeen; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sisters in Christ, Brenda and Linda. Over many years he worked as a commer cial sherman, a heavy equipment operator with United States Sugar Corp in Florida, and worked construction before he was disabled. Johnnie will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Evangel Assembly of God, 350 S Berner Road, Clewis ton, on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Gary Corley ofciating. The family will welcome friends prior to the service at 10 a.m. In lieu of owers memorials may be made in Johnnies memory to East Tennessee Childrens Hospital, The Development Ofce, P. O. Box 15010, Knoxville, TN 37901-5010 or St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.crema tionoptionsinc.com Tenn. Johnnie Melvin FHP troopers issued Narcan to save lives on roads Obituaries Re ections from the Pulpit Hurricane season begins June 1Special to INI Florida ORLANDO When disaster strikes, having access to personal nancial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery. Download FEMAs Emergency Financial First Aid Kit at go.usa.gov/xQWVJ. It has tips to help reduce the nancial impact of disasters. It also contains a checklist of all documents that may be needed after a disaster. Keep some cash at home in a safe place. Have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work during a disaster. Obtain property homeowners or renters insurance. It will ensure having nancial resources to repair, rebuild or replace damaged property. All Floridians should buy ood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program becaause homeowners insurance does not typically cover ooding. Learn more online at fema.gov/nationalood-insurance-program. Arrange to get bene ts electronically, as mail service may be disrupted for weeks. This also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. Purchase a portable charger to keep cellphones and other devices charged when the power goes out to continue to pay monthly bills online. Prepare ahead by collecting all important records and storing them in a safe place, either in a safety deposit box, on an external drive or the cloud. In an emergency it will prove invaluable to know where to nd all vital documents. Personal documents Photo ID for all household members Birth certi cates Social Security cards Proof of military service Pet ID tagsFinancial & legal documents Housing payments Insurance policies Sources of income Tax statements Medical Information Physician information Health insurance cards Immunization records Medications For more recovery information, visit www. FEMA.gov/IrmaFL Financial preparedness important for Floridians
6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 24, 2018 By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat Two matters of special concern to western Glades County residents came up at the commissioners regular meeting earlier this month, one that brought prompt action and another that will require further discussion and planning. Commissioner Donna Storter Long, who represents District 2, introduced 18-year Or tona resident Shirley Nugent, who is presi dent of the Ortona Community Association (OCA) and wanted to talk to the board about the lack of communications at the county-owned community center there. Mrs. Nugent rst thanked the board for providing the beautiful facility, adding that the OCA takes good care of the building and we use it frequently, almost daily. She noted that its used as a polling place and soon will be designated as a Red Cross shelter, provides space for many OCA activ ities including weekly bingo during season, and even houses a volunteer-operated, twoweek childrens summer program without any outside help or nancing. She said she was concerned about safety and emergen cy response because there is no telephone line to the building and, although most of us all use cellphones, they will not operate in side the building due to weak signals in the area and because of our metal roong. The OCAs membership, she explained, mostly consists of senior citizens with some medical alert devices which do not work in side of the building; also, we realize that the radios of our rst responders, police, EMTs and reghters, cannot receive or send in side our building. Mrs. Nugent said shed done a lot of checking into possible solutions, talking with AT&T and Verizon, learning that micro-cells are no longer available (although I have no idea what those are), trying hotspots via cellphones (which also dont work) and even pricing satellite internet service. All those options either were too expensive or impossible at present because theres no cell tower nearby, she explained. She said the least expensive option was to get a regular land line installed by Century Link and added that the OCA would pay for a telephone and the monthly service fee. We respectfully ask the board to consider helping OCA become safer with phone service in the center, Mrs. Nugent concluded. Board Chairman John Ahern said he was sure the county would have to authorize installation of phone service since it owns the building, and Commissioner Tim Stanley wondered aloud whether other community associations would come seeking the same consideration. Commissioner Donald Strenth moved that the county pay for installation of a phone line and let the OCA purchase a phone and pay monthly fees, Mr. Stanley seconded the motion, and the board approved in a 5-0 vote. During public comment, Diane Cianfrani, who lives in Muse, raised the issue of the communitys rehouse, which was damaged during Hurricane Irma. This week will make eight months since Irma destroyed a lot of properties in our county, and I drive by that rehouse quite often, she began. So theres been rumor that its going to be torn down, its going to be moved; Ive heard its not worth repairing, so my question is whats going to happen with the rehouse? This will have an impact on a lot of homeowners insurance. What is the intent of the board to replace our rehouse? Board Chairman Ahern answered: Ive been there and it has not been repaired, so youre correct on that. I think it was turned in on an insurance claim. Former County Manager Paul Carlisle, who is under contract as a county consultant, conrmed that. It was. And its severely damaged and molded its really not a facility that can be restored, he said, adding: There is an application in for mitigation money to rebuild the station, so itll be the boards decision on how we want to rebuild it. There is conversation that we would rebuild a joint station out behind the West Glades Elementary School; theres property there so we can still adequately service Muse and ... that whole area. Commissioner Long asked, When you say joint, youre talking about a re rescue/ EMS station, right? Mr. Carlisle said, Yes. Because the station that EMS is in now is on Lykes Brothers property, we have a long-term lease; but, in my opinion, it would be more benecial to build it on property the county would have control over if youre going to spend that kind of money. Mrs. Long responded: I really like the idea of having the joint EMS station and re department on the school property, which we could lease and wouldnt be an issue. But ... we need to start looking forward on that. If we dont, nothing is going to hap pen. Mr. Ahern directed that the matter be put on the agenda for the commissioners night meeting, at 6 p.m. Monday, May 28. On another issue, Public Safety Direc tor Bob Jones asked the county board for a consensus on permission to let his staff move generators around in preparation for hurricane season. During the hurricane we had issues at Muse with the generator, and I was talking to (Public Works Director) Jer ry (Randolph) and a couple of others, and we got a grant for a transfer switch and pad at Ortonal. Well, we have the old generator from the courthouse that we want to move out there ... and then well take the old gen erator from the health department and put it in Muse. I think therell be minor expenses that well be able to absorb within the de partment. Maybe a roof might be needed in Ortona, but thats yet to be seen; so if theres no objection were going to start moving forward with that. Chairman Ahern thanked him for bring ing it up, and commissioners assented to the action. Congratulations, Grads! Ortona center to have phone line installed Special to the Glades County Democrat/MHESMHES Tropicana winnersCongratulations to the Moore Haven Elementary and Middle School 2018 Tropicana Public Speaking Contest winners! Fourth-grade winners: Harley Pryor, rst place; Ayden Thomas, second place; and Luke Flynn, third place. Fifth-grade winners: Cross Fulford, rst place; Allyson Lara, second place; and Lindsay Miller, third place. Sixth-grade winners: Caydence Cisneros, rst place; Brady Bass, second place; and Jaliyah Thomas, third place.
May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 R575 S Main St LaBelle FL 33935 863-675-2999 Mon Fri 9AM 6PM Sat 9AM 4PM Sun 10AM 4PM 117 S. Bond St Clewiston FL 33440 863-983-8166 Mon Fri 9AM 6PM Sat 9AM 3PM OFF 50 % UP TO sofas bedroom packagesmattress sets on power base set Memorial Day Sale! OFF 10 %On purchases of $999.95 or more. Before tax sale items and discounted merchandise. Excludes iComfort.May 25th May 28th Only!GET AN EXTRAPrices and offers effective May 15 May 28, 2018. Special to INI Florida Although Floridas boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer. Leading the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state, Florida is the boating cap ital of the world and is world-renowned as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors. Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) ofcers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely. Florida is an incredible boating destination, said Maj. Rob Rowe, leader of the FWCs Boating and Waterways Section. The upcoming Memorial Day holiday and Nation al Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating. Our ofcers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the publics help, Maj. Rowe said. We want to reach as many boaters as we can to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable. Boaters can enjoy their time on the water even more by taking a few safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket, using an engine cutoff switch lanyard, designating a sober boat operator, paying attention and keeping a proper look out, having an emergency locator beacon, ling a oat plan, and taking a boating safety class. The FWCs 2017 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were 766 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 67 fatalities. This represents a 7 percent increase in the number of accidents, but the same number of fatalities as compared to 2016. The leading cause attribut ed to boating accidents in 2017 was the operators inatten tion or lack of a proper lookout (24 percent). Falls overboard has been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003, with drowning as the leading cause of death. Accidents can often be prevented if boat operators pay attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintain a proper lookout and if everyone on board is wearing a life jacket. Fifty-two percent of boating-related deaths last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent. A lot of people say they dont wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable, said Maj. Rowe. But with newer inatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know youre wearing one. FWC ofcers wear inatable life jackets all the time while on the water. The FWC has released compelling life jacket testimonials from three North Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing or not wearing a life jacket when things went wrong on the water. These dramatic accounts provide vital information and a call to action for every boater to enjoy Floridas waters safely while wearing a life jacket. An engine cutoff switch lanyard is a safety device that is attached from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat. Boating education is critical. In 2017, 67 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had no formal boater education. Floridas current boating safety education law applies to boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who operate a vessel of 10 horsepower or greater. Safe boating is really the key to enjoying your time on the water, and education is a major component. said Maj. Rowe. marks the year that if a boater is age 30 or younger, they are required to have a boating safety education card in order to operate a vessel of 10 horsepower or greater. FWC ofcers patrol our waterways in an effort to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the required equipment and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC ofcers are positive ones by planning ahead and pay ing attention while on the water. To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. More information can be found by visiting MyFWC.com/Boating. You can even search there for the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder to help you nd a great place to launch your boat. Safe-boating precautions can help save lives Special to INI Florida Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission ofcials con duct boating safety checks to make sure boaters have proper safety equipment.
8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 24, 2018 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 West Glades School celebrates Childrens Book Week Special to the Glades County Democrat/ WGSWest Glades School (WGS) had daily themes for Childrens Book Week that included Be Cool at School! (wear sunglasses and a hat); T-Shirt Tuesday! (wear favorite Panther T-shirt); Reading Rocks so Wear Your Funky Socks! (wear holiday, mismatched, silly socks); and Be a Jean-ius and Read Every Day! (wear jeans). On Friday, students and staff were encouraged to dress as their favorite book character or to Score with a Good Book! (wear favorite team gear). WGS Panthers love to read and join in this celebration that had its beginning back in 1919.
May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 congratulates all of the 2018 High School Graduates of our Employees Families! Bluesky Friday MHS Joseph Ronnie Harvill CHS Klamente Jones CHS Efrain F. Santiago LHS Kadie Helvey Glades Day School Marileysis Carabello CHS Ricky Alexander Deleon LHS Special to the Glades County Democrat/WGSGlades County recognizes West Glades studentsWest Glades School (WGS) students were recognized at the May 10 Glades County School Board Meeting for completing the Sunshine State Challenge. The purpose of this statewide reading motivational program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure. WGS has 17 students who read 10 of the 15 books and 11 students who read all 15 books. These 28 students were rewarded on May 23 with a trip on a limo party bus to Fort Myers, where they had lunch at Chuck E Cheese and received a personal tour of Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Thanks to Florida Power & Light for funding through the Glades Education Foundation that purchased their Sunshine State books and nanced the reward trip for West Glades students. Special to the Glades County Democrat LABELLE The 2017-18 campaign for the United Way of Hendry & Glades raised a total of $322,430 for its 27 United Way partner agencies. The announcement was made by the United Way Campaign Chairs Tommy Perry and Carey Soud at the Swing Into Spring event at RiverBend Motorcoach Resort. Mr. Perry said as he unveiled the campaign thermometer: I am extremely pleased to tell you we have made our campaign goal. Our community can be proud that it recognizes and supports the organizations that help our neighbors in need to have a better life. Considering Hurricane Irma and the need in our community, reaching goal was critical so that we can fully fund the entire network of United Way partner agencies and programs that help thousands of people in our community. Nearly 200 people attended the dinner, which also featured music by Caloosahatchet and Lee Conwell, a large silent auction, live auction and other games. Swing Into Spring is the signature fundraising event for United Way of Hendry and Glades. It was sponsored at the Platinum level by Verandah; Gold level by Pat and Stanley Heath, Child Care of Southwest Florida and Kiwanis Club of LaBelle; Silver level by Whites Furniture & Appliances and CenterState Bank; and at the Bronze level by Johnson-Prewitt & Associates, Sue and Tim Stanley, McDonalds, Lyons Printing, K&M Drugs, U.S. Sugar and First Bank. A photo booth for all of the attendees to have their pictures taken was sponsored by Direct Industrial Products. The Heads-Tails game was sponsored by Muddy Water Entertainment. Master of Ceremonies was Paul Puletti, Hendry County schools superintendent, and LaBelle Mayor David Lyons gave the invocation. Dr. Joe Pepe of the Department of Health was the auctioneer for the live auction. There were 65 items donated by businesses and members of the community to the auctions. Lisa Sands, United Way of Hendry and Glades manager, said, I want to thank RiverBend Motorcoach Resort, Lee Conwell, Caloosahatchet, Sprout Catering, our MC Paul Puletti, auctioneer Dr. Joe Pepe, and Keepsake Plants for helping make the event so successful. Special thanks to our sponsors, and the volunteer committee, consisting of committee chair Sally Berg, Vanessa Fischel, Karan Roach, Mary Bartoshuk, Kristina Rodriguez, Terri Lazar and Diane Johnson, who dedicated several months of preparation for the event. All money raised is used to fund the 27 United Way partner agencies and 65 programs that provide direct client services in Hendry and Glades counties. Cliff Smith, president of the United Way, commented: This is a wonderful community, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. Every gift has made a difference because when added to gether, they make a real impact and change peoples lives for the better. In the past year, over 29,500 people visited the Hendry and Glades United Way Houses in LaBelle, Clewiston and Moore Haven. United Way 211 handled over 1,300 calls by Hendry and Glades residents seeking assistance. In September, United Way 211 became the Storm Information Hotline during Hurricane Irma, and took more than 40,000 calls from people in Southwest Florida. Some of the agencies that will receive funds from the 2017-18 United Way of Hendry and Glades Campaign include: Abuse Counseling and Treatment, The Salvation Army, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Childrens Advocacy Center, Child Care of Southwest Florida, Healthy Families and many others. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. If you know someone who needs help or if you would like to volunteer, please call United Way at 800-887-9234 or simply dial 2-1-1. You can also visit www.UnitedWayLee.org for more information. United Way raises $322,400
10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 24, 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! Memorial Day Weekend May 25 27 www.devilsgardenmudclub.com Family Friendly Truck Races & Pulls TONS of mud! Special to INI Florida The Florida Department of Health is reminding every Floridian to anticipate this years rapidly approaching hurricane season by making preparations during National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Every hurricane season should be treated as a serious threat, especially after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate last year. Last summer, Hurricane Irmas path was unpredictable and threatened every part of Florida at some point, said state Surgeon General and DOH Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. Hurricanes can pose a risk to anyone, even if your area is not in the predicated path. Thats why every Florida resident and visitor needs to have an updated emergency plan and a well-stocked emergency supply kit. I also strongly encourage individuals with special needs and their families to register now with your local emergency management ofce for special needs shelter accommodation. The department recommends the following tips to prepare for the 2018 hurricane season: Determine the risks to your home, property or business; Develop or update an emergency evacuation plan and review the plan carefully with your family dont forget to include your pets in your evacuation plan; Make sure you have adequate insurance by contacting your insurance company or agent; Assemble a disaster supply kit; Strengthen your home and complete any needed repairs; Identify your trusted sources of information for any severe weather event or hurricane. Credible and timely information is very important to taking the appropriate actions in the event of an emergency; and Complete a written hurricane plan and keep it in a safe, easily accessible location. The Florida Division of Emergency Management offers a checklist for your emergency plan. Everyone living in Florida should have an emergency preparedness kit that meets your specic needs. Some items you may want to include in your kit are: Water (at least one gallon a day per person); Non-perishable packaged or canned food (enough for at least three to seven days); Any necessary medication (enough for two weeks); Written instructions for care and medication (including medication dosages, a list of medical devices you use and a list of your doctors); First aid kit; Flashlights with extra batteries; Pet care items (including any pet medications); and Other important documents (stored in a waterproof container). In certain situations, it may be safest for you to evacuate from your house to a more secure location like a shelter. If you have a disability or a special need such as a medical condition, please register with your local emergency management ofce. All emergency management ofces maintain a list of people within the community with a disability or a special need so they can be assisted quickly during an emergency. To nd contact information for your countys emergency management ofce, you can visit https://www.oridadisaster. org/counties/ The Florida Department of Healths website also has valuable information that can help you plan for emergency situations: http://www.oridahealth.gov/pro grams-and-services/emergency-prepared ness-and-response/index.html To get information on special needs shelters in your county, visit the Florida Special Needs Registry: https://snr.oridadisaster. org/Signin?ReturnUrl=%2f Floridians are being reminded to get ready for hurricane season
May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Del Valle Fresh, Inc._ 20 Temporary workers needed in Enoree, South Carolina from July 4, 2018 through October 30, 2018. Applicants must be 18 years or older. The person seeking employment as an agricultural worker must be available for the entire period requested by the employer and have 3 months of experience in the manual harvest ing of agricultural products. All tools, supplies and equipment will be provided at no cost to the worker. Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers and Squash: Workers are assigned a row or series of rows and are required to select and choose products according to criteria described and demonstrated by managers, such as size, color and maturity and and discarding of the table of poor quality products, rotten and / or over mature. Workers will gently load the good quality products into containers, taking care to avoid damage or bruises. Workers can carry a full container that weighs approximately (50) pounds and empty them in a they perform their work tasks on the farm and exercise awareness so as not to damage or bruise the fruit. Workers must comply with all safety rules according to the instructions of their supervisors and all agricultur given by the employer. Workers will be required to stack containers in trucks and unload. Workers are exposed to humid weather early in the must wait for occasional periods of little or no work due to weather, crops or other conditions beyond the control of the employer. These periods may occur at any time during the season. Cell phones are only to be used during breaks and emergencies. Successful applicants will be subject to a trial period of up to 2 days during which the completion of the required tasks will be evaluated. If the performance is not accept employer may conduct a criminal background check. We will reimburse the worker for transportation costs (including travel insurance) and subsistence to the employers job site from the place of hire upon completion of 50 percent of the contract period. Payment of transportation will not be less (and is not required to be more) than the cheapest and most reasonable common carrier transport charges for the distances involved. A copy of the employment contract or a copy of ETA 790 will the worker the day the work commences or as soon as possible. In the orientation, we will explain the General description of the warnings and we will provide the workers with a copy of this form. Workers will be paid $10.95 per hour, three fourths guarantee, 35 hours per week, housing, equipment and transportation provided at no cost to workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of each work day. Employer may participate in the E-Verify program and port to begin work. Complete job description can be found at your local SWA/Job Center. Apply for this job at the State Workforce/Job Center 800-737-2400, GA 912-285-6105, TN 901-636-7971 FL 863-385-3672, using job order #785715 Central County Water Drainage District seeks an executive assistant. The position will primarily perform at the maintenance compound located at 475 S. Cabbage Palm ST. Clewiston FL, located in Montura Ranch Estates. The major duties are as follows, but not limited to; 1. Utilizes a computer terminal, various types of software (word, outlook, Xcel) to prepare corre spondence, maintain data relative to District operations and manipulate data to create a variety of reports, spreadsheets, etc. 2. Performs detailed administration func tions relative to the operation of the cation, management records and other related functions; prepares routine cor respondence. 3. and arranges for duplicating, printing and other services to expedite the work Bilingual; English/Spanish speaker preferred. Applications may be picked up at 475 S. Cab bage Palm ST. Clewiston FL (Montura Ranch Estates) 33440, or available at CCWCDFL. COM 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 Central County Water Drainage District is looking to hire a journeyman Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic with the skills to perform a full range of overhaul and repair work on heavy-duty mobile equipment and vehicles powered by internal combustion engines (gasoline, butane, diesel or multi-fuel). Types of equipment repaired include construction and industrial equipment, such as, front end loaders, road graders, rollers, heavy duty compressors, large generators, tractors, large trucks, hydraulic lifts, vehicles and accessory equipment and attachments etc. Must have the ability to work with limited supervision. Must have CDL driver licenses class A Applications may be picked up at Central County Water Drainage District, 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston FL (Montura Ranch Estates) 33440, or available at CCW CDFL.COM Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Highway Maintenance Technician I. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 1,2018 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 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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 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 Employment Full Time 2 Seasonal FWC Hunter Check Station Operators Fri-Mondays 08/2018-04/2019 at Dinner Island WMA and 08/04/18-09/30/18 at Okaloacoochee Slough WMA in Hendry Co. Minimum wage and full-time/part-time hours. HS diploma/GED required. Must write legibly, collect biological samples from harvested animals, & record data. Must be comfortable with public, working long hours/early mornings/late evenings, & provide own transpor tation/cell phone. Email Dawn.Dodds@MyFWC. com for more info. or application. For general avail. work dates refer to each areas brochure at MyFWC.com. Wanted Tractor Trailer Dump Driver, full time Flash Trucking LaBelle 941-232-5407 or 863674-1011
12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 24, 2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2010CA000325CA BANK OF AMERJCA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. VANESSA GARRETT; et. al., Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE S HEREBY GIVEN that sale will be made pursuant to an Order Resetting Sale entered on April 30, 2018 in Civil Case No. 2010CA000325CA, of the Circuit Court of the TWENTIETH Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. is the Plaintiff, and VANESSA GARRETT; HENDRY COUNTY, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER AND AGAINST: THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PAR TIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS are Defendants. The Clerk of the Court, Barbara S. Butler will sell to the highest bidder for cash at 25 E Hickpochee, 2nd Floor, Labelle, FL 33935 on June 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST the following described real property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 21 AND THE EAST 15 FEET OF LOT 22, BLOCK 16, BELMONT SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 9, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN TBE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on May 16, 2018. CLERK OF THE COURT Barbara S. Butler J. Bevis Deputy Clerk ALDRIDGE I PITE, LLP, Attorney for Plaintiff 1615 South Congress Avenue Suite 200, Delray Beach, FL 33445 Telephone: (844) 470-8804 Facsimile: (561) 392-6965 Primary E-Mail: ServiceMail@aldridgepite.com IMPORTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Dawn Oliver, Administrative Services Manager, whose office is located at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935, and whose telephone number is (863) 6755374, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. 263080 CN 5/24,31/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY 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 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO WRECKER SERVICES Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on June 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, to consider an ordinance relating to wrecker services entitled as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, RELATING TO WRECKER SERVICES; PROVIDING FOR APPLICABILITY; PROVIDING FOR GEOGRAPHIC APPLICATION; PROVIDING FOR WRECKER BUSINESS QUALIFICATIONS AND LEVELS OF SERVICE; PROVIDING FOR FEES FOR WRECKER SERVICES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The meeting is open to the public. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any mat ter discussed at such meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for inspection on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the County Attorney, 110 Broward Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; 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 assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para partic ipar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240.263620 CN/CB 5/24/2018 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on June 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, to consider an ordinance relating to security and public safety entitled as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUN TY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-2, ADMINISTRATION, ARTICLE XIV, SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY; MORE SPECIFICALLY SECTIONS 1-2-251, EMPLOYMENT SCREENING FOR POSITIONS CRITICAL TO SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY, SECTION 1-2-253, FINGERPRINT PROCESSING AND SCREENING, AND SECTION 1-2256, EMERGENCY CONDITIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The meeting is open to the public. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any mat ter discussed at such meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for inspection on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the County Attorney, 110 Broward Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 263615 CN/CB 5/24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO SOLID WASTE Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on June 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, to consider an ordinance relating to solid waste entitled as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION ERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-10, HEALTH AND SANITATION, ARTICLE V, SOLID WASTE AND MANDATORY COLLECTION UNIT SERVICE AREA, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 1-10-83, DEFINITIONS AND SECTION 1-10-96, RESPONSIBILITIES OF CONTRACTOR AND CUSTOMER FOR SOLID WASTE COLLECTION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The meeting is open to the public. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any mat ter discussed at such meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for inspection on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the County Attorney, 110 Broward Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; 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 assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 263614 CN/CB 5/24/2018 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 6th 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 May 16, 2018, the 6th 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 one (1) project in the Brighton Reservation: Big Cypress Reservation 1) Ten (10) 4 EQUIP Cattle Water Wells the Tribe is proposing to install ten (10) 4 water wells for beef cattle consumption. The proposed water wells will be required to provide water to the cattle within the fenced pasture areas to maximize the full use of the pasture land. Brighton Reservation 1) Five (5) 4 EQUIP Cattle Water Wells the Tribe is proposing to install five (5) 4 water wells for beef cattle consumption. The proposed water wells will be required to provide water to the cattle within the fenced pasture areas to maximize the full use of the pasture land. 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. 263319 GCD 5/24/2018 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 6th 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 May 16, 2018, the 6th 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 one (1) project in the Brighton Reservation: Big Cypress Reservation 1) Ten (10) 4 EQUIP Cattle Water Wells the Tribe is proposing to install ten (10) 4 water wells for beef cattle consumption. The proposed water wells will be required to provide water to the cattle within the fenced pasture areas to maximize the full use of the pasture land. Brighton Reservation 1) Five (5) 4 EQUIP Cattle Water Wells the Tribe is proposing to install five (5) 4 water wells for beef cattle consumption. The proposed water wells will be required to provide water to the cattle within the fenced pasture areas to maximize the full use of the pasture land. 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. 263312 CN 5/24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice HIGHLAND GLADES WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundaries of the HIGHLAND GLADES WATER CONTROL DISTRICT that, pursuant to applicable laws, a meeting of the landowners of the HIGHLAND GLADES WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, 3rd Floor, West Sugar House Road, Belle Glade, Florida, for the following purposes: 1. Electing Supervisor(s); 2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect thereto as the landowners may determine; and 3. Transacting such other business as may properly come before the meeting. The Board of Supervisors meeting will commence immediately thereafter and the purpose of this meeting is to approve the budget and set the non-ad valorem assessment rate for Fiscal Year 2018 2019 and to transact any and all business that may come before the Board. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at these meetings, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the Districts Attorney, Charles F. Schoech, at (561) 655-0620 at least five (5) calendar days prior to the Meeting. DATED this Thursday, the 17th day of May, 2018. By: Charles F. Schoech, Esq. 263084 BGS 5/24,31/2018 Public Notice Public Notice *NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation ProjectBids will be received by the District One Office until 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 for the following Proposals: E1R77-R0 Sign Installation, Repair, Replacement and Pavement Markings Removal and Replacement District-Wide. Budget Amount: $410,800.00 Z1053-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry, and Sarasota Counties. Z1054-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and Lee Counties. Z1055-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Cut and Toss in DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, and Polk Counties. Z1057-R0 Pre-Event Emergency Generator Installation District-Wide. Z1058-R0 Pre-Event Traffic Signal Repair District-Wide. Z1060 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry, and Sarasota Counties. Z1061 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and Lee Counties. Z1062 Pre-Event Single and Multi-Post Signs in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/contractsadministrationdistrict1/: or by calling (863) 519-2559. 262902 CN/CB 5/24,31/2018 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 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETINGNotice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on June 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse Commissioners Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida for a ceremonial check presentation by the Director of the Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau Chief of Fire Standards and Training, and the State Volunteer Fire Coordinator. The meeting is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha. firstname.lastname@example.org. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 263193 CN/CB 5/24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 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 email@example.com 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. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. 260230 CN/CB 5/17,24/2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Central County Water Drainage District is looking to hire a Highway Maintenance Tech. Duties include, Operating basic highway main repair and clean highways and right-of-ways; Moves and loads supplies and materials; route markers, and pavement markings; Performs emergency response activities such DV\035\003FOHDQ\020XS\017\003WUDI\277F\003FRQWURO\017\003ODQH\003FORVXUHV\017\003 placement of signs, and erecting barricades; \207\003HUIRUPV\003HTXLSPHQW\003PDLQWHQDQFH\003VXFK\003DV\035\003 minor repairs, preventative maintenance, refueling, and pre-trip inspections; Performs miscellaneous labor tasks; Performs job documentation Performs related job duties as assigned. Cleans debris from roadways and right a ways. Must possess a valid drivers license Applications may be picked up at Central County Water Drainage District, 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston FL (Montura Ranch Estates) 33440. 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
May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 13 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 Public Notice Public Notice GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL DEMOLITION & REBUILD OF ONE (1) HOME, REHABILITATION OF TWO (2) HOMES, & ONE (1) RECONSTRUCTION OF A WHEELCHAIR RAMPThe Glades County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) requests that interested parties submit formal sealed proposals for the above-referenced projects. These projects will be undertaken as part of the Glades County SHIP Program. Contractors must be qualified to bid on SHIP projects. If not pre-qualified, the Contractors Application Documents may be obtained from the SHIP Administrator or http://www.myglades.com/departments/communityservices/ship.php A mandatory meeting and contractor review of these projects will be held on Friday June 1st, 2018 at 3:00 p.m in the SHIP Office located in the Glades Court House at 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, FL, 33471. Any firm not represented at this meeting will not be able to bid. All potential bidders must be in meeting no later than 3:00 p.m. in order to participate in these RFPs. The specifications and requirements informational package must be obtained from Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator 863-946-6124, firstname.lastname@example.org Due date/time: June 30th, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST. All responses (7 copies and 1 digital copy) shall be placed in separate, sealed envelopes with the titles clearly indicated on the outside: GLADES COUNTY SHIP PROGRAM RFP #2018-DEMO-1 Mallard, GLADES COUNTY SHIP PROGRAM RFP #2018-REHAB Thatcher and RFP #2018 DEMO 1 Mallard to RFP #2018 DEMO/REBUILD Mallard, GLADES COUNTY SHIP PROGRAM RFP#2018-BF-2 Drayton, GLADES COUNTY SHIP PROGRAM RFP #2018-BF-1-Rodriguez, with delivery to the SHIP Administrator, in SHIP Administrators office at Court House, Moore Haven, no later than deadline time of 1:00 p.m.. RFPs received after such time will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. Responses delayed for any reason shall not be considered. Faxed and electronically mailed responses will not be accepted. All prospective respondents are cautioned not to contact any member of the BoCC. All questions should be directed to Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator, 500 Avenue J, (P.O. Box 1527) Moore Haven FL 33471 Phone 863-946-6124. EMAIL email@example.com. It is anticipated that the qualified responses to this RFP will be considered and a decision on the selection of a qualified responder will be made by the BoCC. The County reserves the right to reject any or all responses in its sole discretion. The County also reserves the right to waive irregularities and technicalities, to re-advertise for additional responses, and to select the responder, who, in the BoCCs sole opinion, is in the best interests of Glades County. Glades County does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or marital status. Glades County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. 263612 CN 5/24/2018 Apartments FOR RENT STUDIO APARTMENT NEAR MOORE HAVEN, PRIVATE ENTRANCE CALL 863-227-6155 OR 863-946-0004 SUGAR COUNTRY APARTMENTS Now Re ntin g Av ailabl e for Immediate Occupancy 626 We st Ave nue SW M oore 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 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 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Public Notice HENDRY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Clewiston, Florida Notice to PublicThe Hendry County Hospital Authori ty Board of Trustees will conduct their monthly Board meeting on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Conference Room at Hendry Regional Medical Center, 524 W. Sagamore Av enue, Clewiston, Florida 33440. The public is invited to attend. 262889 CN 5/24/2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 06/04/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEW ISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 1994 FORD 1FTCR10U3RUD43967 2004 HYUN KMHWF25S04A969789 2003 MERZ WDBRF64JX3F346150 2001 ISUZ 4S2CM57W614301508 2003 HONDA 1HGCM66573A006238 263625 CN 5/242018 NOTICE OF MEETINGThe Barron Water Control District Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing and meeting at 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at the District Office, 3293 Dellwood Ter race, Port LaBelle. The purpose of the public hearing and meeting will be to adopt a final oper ation budget for fiscal year 10/1/18 9/30/19, levy a per acre maintenance tax for 2018, and conduct other business requiring action by the Board. This meeting is open to the public. Mark Colbert, Chairman 262940 CN/GCD/CB 5/24/2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 06/08/2018, 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. 1FDNF20L7XEE78970 1999 FORD 1HFTE3907E4001848 2014 HONDA CGT268U230120 263322 CN 5/24/2018 Administr ation of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 18000026CPAXMXIN RE: ESTATE OF MARK JOEL WILLIAMS, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Mark Joel Williams, deceased, whose date of death was October 6, 2016, is pending in the Circuit Court for Hendry County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of Decedent and other persons having claims or demands against Decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of Decedent and other persons having claims or demands against Decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this no tice is May 24th, 2018. Personal Representative: Diana J. Williams 201 Church Way La Belle, FL 33935 Attorney for Personal Representative: Roy S. Elkin, Esq. 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14 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 24, 2018 attorneys. GAL volunteers bring a commu nity-based, common sense approach to childrens cases. They are supervised and supported by child advocate managers who help them navigate the complex dependency system. Best-interests attorneys provide essen tial legal counsel, attend hearings and deposi tions, negotiate outside of the courtroom and take on appeals. The unique perspective and expertise of each team member complements the others and all are critical in advocating for the best interests of children. GAL volunteers are the eyes and the ears of the court providing rsthand accounts of the childs situation at critical points in the case through reports to the judge. The GAL gives the child a voice and helps the child nd his or her own voice unlike other dependency stakeholders with caseloads of many children the GAL volunteer serves two children at a time on average. This enables GAL volunteers to get to know their children, visit their homes and schools, and develop a relationship with each child. Having a rsthand understanding of the child enhances the GAL teams advocacy because the case can be seen from the childs perspective and advocacy built around the childs unique needs. The GAL Program has over 170 lawyers representing childrens best interests. Legal advocacy of the best interests of children must be well-informed, proactive and tailored to the unique needs of each child. GAL best-interests attorneys advocate for things like expedited permanency, compliance with statutory time frames, stability in placements and schools, appropriate healthcare, including mental health treatment, visitation, involving children in court hearings when it is in their best interests, and normalcy activities. The GAL Programs Appellate Team litigates in all of Floridas appellate courts. The GAL Program uses appellate advocacy to make sys temic changes for childrens best interests. The GAL appellate team has coordinated litigation to make case law more child-centered in the area of adoption intervention and in the consti tutional analysis of least restrictive means. The decisions of the appellate courts affect all children, and the GAL Program ensures childrens legal interests are at the forefront in appeals, appearing in over 580 appellate cases in 2017. The GAL Program advocates for systemic improvements for the thousands of children it represents by championing legislation that furthers childrens best interests. The GAL Program worked with legislators to pass laws allowing children to use facility and therapy dogs in dependency court, to give foster and adoptive parents free access to state parks, and to make permanent the Keys to Independence Program, which helps kids in out-of-home care get driver licenses. In 2018, the GAL Program is advocating to improve the quality of representation in dependency court and to expedite permanency for children through bills to streamline the identication of legal fathers and more meaningfully engage incarcerated parents in case plans. In 2017, the GAL Program expanded pro bono opportunities in its Defending Best Interests initiative. Attorneys volunteer to write the legal argument in a childs case on appeal with support from the GAL Program. The initiative has received enthusiastic support, especially from the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar. Attorneys help children reach permanency by defending judicial determinations of best interests, children benet from advocacy by some of Floridas top lawyers, and the state saves money. Section 39.01305 authorizes appointment of attorneys for certain children with special needs, such as a developmental disabilities diagnosis. The GAL Program must attempt to nd attorneys to serve pro bono, and if a volunteer attorney cannot be found, an attorney from a registry is appointed. The GAL Program is working to improve the number and quality of attorneys representing children. The GAL Program provides training opportunities to registry attorneys, including providing scholarships to an annual conference focused on topics unique to these children. The GAL Pro gram is also working to remove barriers for pro bono attorneys to serve through legislation that will enable volunteer attorneys to have due process costs paid by the state. The GAL Pro gram is also collaborating with The Florida Bar Foundation using its Pro Bono Matters website to more effectively identify pro bono attorneys who are interested in representing children with special needs. The GAL Program is fortunate to be supported by a not-for-prot organization in each of the 20 judicial circuits. These organizations provide critical support to a wide range of GAL Program initiatives, such as volunteer appreciation events, securing grants and even employing staff. They also give invaluable assistance to the children represented by the GAL Program from sports equipment to clothing, and even paying for services such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) when a provider does not. Speak Up for Kids is the non-prot organization for the 15th Judicial Circuit whose sole purpose is to support the GAL program in Palm Beach County by funding projects and needs that are not supported through other sources. Their website states that in Palm Beach County there are nearly 1,400 children involved in dependency court proceedings and that there are nearly 300 children every year that require the voice of a GAL volunteer to speak for the childs best interest. If you wish to donate or make contact with the organization, their ofce is located at 205 North Dixie Highway, Suite, 2.2100, West Palm Beach FL 33401, and can also be contacted via telephone 561-4087779 or email at email@example.com. Speak Up for Kids is currently looking for individuals to RSVP for Tuesday April 17, 11 a.m.9 p.m., at Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza off State Road 7 in Wellington who will be donating back 20% to the organization. Approximately 11,022 GAL volunteers have given over 258,555 hours of their time, driven 2,211,648 miles and have represented 38,332 children so far this year. If you would like to learn more about be coming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem, visit guardianadlitem.org, galpbc.org or contact the 15th Judicial Circuit Ofce located in the Palm Beach County Courthouse at 205 North Dixie Highway, Suite 4.1100 Juvenile Justice Wing, in West Palm Beach, FL 33401 via telephone at 561-355-2773. You can also email GALRecruitment15@gal..gov or call 561-3556224. The 15th Judicial Circuits program solely encompasses the county of Palm Beach. The circuit director is Michelle Canady. Not only is there a volunteer aspect but also career opportunities. The GAL Program is seeking hard-working, dedicated individu als who want to make a difference in a childs life. Qualied individuals are needed to provide best interests advocacy for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The GAL Program is an equal employment opportunity, drug free workplace employer. Background checks are required as well as driving record checks for positions requiring driving. The center is accepting applications at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLS dIPfRWhmyTI2Q3XF6P9mLzIh7WmCAnlX 4nx0F3d9sWIfqylg/viewform?usp=sf_link. In terested students should apply before May 30. Any questions can be addressed to Amanda Lehrian of the Hendry Glades Curtis Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. GALContinued From Page 1 to develop the skills necessary to succeed ac ademically and personally. I appreciate that she sets high expectations and provides her students the support and encouragement they need to meet and exceed them. I am thrilled to congratulate her on this tremendous honor. Mrs. Prescott got her start in education as a third-grade teacher at Central Elementary in Okeechobee, and she was inspired to become an educator by two people very close to her. The biggest teachers to have an impact on me were my mom and dad, Mrs. Prescott explained. They inspired me completely. They were hard-working, and always wanted a bet ter life for me. I was the rst in my family to graduate college. They pushed me to be who I am today. I also want to thank PECS Principal Brian Greseth for giving me a shot. That school is the best of the best. I feel like any of the teach ers there could be in my position now. They push me and make me want to do better for my students. Mr. Greseth, who has known Mrs. Prescott since she was in kindergarten and was actually her physical education teacher throughout elementary school, is proud of her accomplishment. Joy has always been a go-getter, said Mr. Greseth. Shes always been a hard worker that cares about other people. I think she has a great shot at winning this. Id be extremely excited and proud if she won. The only bad thing is that I would lose her for a year because she would be traveling and working with other teachers around the state, but I wouldnt want to hold her back; she can do a lot of good. Mentoring teachers wouldnt be a new experience for Mrs. Prescott, because at PECS she does exactly that with new teachers arriving at the school. She also spends time after school tutoring struggling students and serves on committees that contribute to the overall school culture. And she was instrumental in the schools adoption of an app that helps teachers stay connected with one another and with students and their families. Being a teacher is what Ive always wanted to do, Mrs. Prescott said. My whole life I knew that this is exactly where I wanted to be. TEACHERContinued From Page 1
May 24, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 15 Special to INI Florida ORLANDO One of the best ways to prepare for hurricane season is to buy insurance. Nearly a million property owners led claims for various insured losses from Hur ricane Irma, according to the Florida Ofce of Insurance Regulation, with estimated in sured losses totaling nearly $8 billion. More than 750,000 of the 900,000 claims were made by residential property owners. With 1.7 million National Flood Insurance Pro gram policies, Florida has the largest per centage 35 percent of NFIP policies in the entire system. When Irma made landfall Sept. 10, 2017, many homeowners, renters and business owners had ood insurance policies, but many more did not. Flooding can occur anywhere, even in low-risk areas. Almost 25 percent of claims come from areas not considered at high risk for ooding and receive one-third of all fed eral ooding disaster help. Homeowners, renters and business insurance does not typically cover ood dam age, making it important for Floridians to buy an NFIP policy now. An NFIP insurance policy becomes effective 30 days after it is purchased. Flood insurance pays policy holders even if there is no federal disaster declaration. Floods are the most common and most costly natural disasters in the United States. Without ood insurance it may be too ex pensive for owners to repair or rebuild. NFIP policyholders have been paid more than $887 million to repair and rebuild since Irma. Many policyholders received up to 50 percent advance payments nearly $121 million to minimize waiting for money to start work. By mid-March this year, 97 percent of the more than 28,000 submitted NFIP claims had been closed, with an average payment of $49,000. Homeowners, renters and business owners who live in NFIP-participating communi ties are eligible to purchase ood insurance through an insurance agent or an insurer participating in NFIP. To nd out if a community participates in NFIP, ask an insurance agent or go online to www.fema.gov/cis/FL.html. A single-family residential building can be insured up to a maximum of $250,000 and its contents up to $100,000. Renters can cover contents up to $100,000. Non-residential property owners can insure their building up to $500,000 and contents up to $500,000. The cost of a policy depends on the ood risk, but the average annual cost for a homeowner is approximately $700. To nd an agent who sells ood insurance, contact the NFIP Referral Call Center at 800-427-4661. For information on general ood insurance questions, contact your local oodplain administrator, NFIP at 800-427-4661, or your insurance agent. TTY users may call NFIP at 800-427-5593. Email FloodSmart@dhs.gov to request information in a language other than English. Information also is available at www.FEMA.gov, at frequently asked ques tions and at www.FloodSmart.gov. For more recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/ IrmaFL, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMAs Facebook page. Be prepared: Buy National Flood Insurance now Special to INI Florida To help restore the states northern bobwhite quail populations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking private landowners to report sight ings of bobwhite quail on their land. Landowners can go to a new FWC webpage to record when and where they see northern bobwhite quail on their property: MyFWC.com/QuailSightings. Hearing bobwhite quail calls also qualies as a sighting. The information collected will be useful to biologists in the FWCs Landowner Assis tance Program, who collaborate with private landowners on the restoration of bobwhite quail habitat. Bobwhite quail populations in Florida have declined by an estimated 82 percent over the past 50 years, primarily due to loss of habitat. I encourage landowners to get involved and let us know when you see or hear bobwhite quail on your land. The more landowners who decide to report their bobwhite quail sightings to the FWCs new webpage, the more data we will have on the current locations and abundance of bobwhite quail throughout the state, said Morgan Richardson, who heads the FWCs Landowner Assistance Program. Your participation will help us improve our efforts to restore bobwhite quail populations in Florida. The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative in its State of the Bobwhite 2017 report mentions how FWCs private lands biologists provided technical assistance and cost share opportunities to landowners, creating roughly 8,000 acres of new bobwhite habitat throughout the state nearly doubling last years acreage total. More than 19 million acres of Floridas nearly 35 million acres are in private ownership. The land management practices encouraged by the FWC to maintain and restore bobwhite quail habitat include: Planting low-density longleaf pine forests (less than 500 trees per acre). Frequently doing prescribed burns. Planting and maintaining eld borders with native plants, providing food and cover for bobwhite quail. The FWC wants to record sightings of wild quail, not pen-raised quail that are released for hunting. Sightings of bobwhite quail that are current or within the past year are preferred, but older sightings may be reported if the year and month are known. Learn more about the Landowner Assistance Program at MyFWC.com/LAP where you can contact an FWC private lands biologist. The FWC also relies on citizen scientists to report sightings of other species. Go to MyFWC.com/Get-Involved and click on Cit izen Science and then Sightings. Report sightings of northern bobwhite quail on your land Special to INI Florida/ FWCBobwhite quail populations in Florida have declined by an estimated 82 per cent over the past 50 years.
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