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Thursday, June 7, 2018 Vol. 90, No. 23 50 plus tax 14.22 feetLast Year: 11.06 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Two arrested on narcotics charges ... Page 3 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper.gladescountydemocrat.com Glades at a Glance ... Page 3 Third-grade student brings recycling to MHES ... Page 4 Dike work on track, but funding critical ... Page 3 County announces Tropicana Speech winners ... Page 8 Scott Bass, superintendent of the Glades County public schools, has picked up where former County Manager Paul Carlisle left off in leading the way toward getting training programs established at the Glades County Regional Training Facility (GCRTF). Mr. Bass spoke about the progress hes been making in reports recently to both the Glades and Hendry county boards, and re ceived support and encouragement in both commission chambers. The two counties already have thrown some of their weight behind the effort, pledging $20,000 each ear lier this year toward getting a person to take charge of programming. It may not be clear, however at least until after their next joint commissioners meeting, set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the GCRTF whether a director will be sought. Thats because in the past six weeks or so, while Mr. Carlisle was transitioning into his new role as Sebastians city manager, Mr. Bass has made some astonishing strides to ward getting more participants around the table to pitch in and make things happen. As Hendry County Commissioner Mi chael Swindle put it on May 22 as he told his fellow commissioners about Mr. Basss efforts: The best thing that could happen, is happening. Superintendent Bass has taken the reins and is running like a stallion. He gave a report to the Glades commis sioners at their last meeting, Tuesday, May 29, saying that hed met with Mr. Carlisle about six weeks ago to see where efforts stood. The school district is at a disadvantage because of nances and numbers of stu dents, so we looked at this and, really, the best way for us to try to urge something to go out there is to reach out to a postsecond ary institution and have them come in, offer courses, we have an articulation agreement Supt. Bass spearheads training center pushBy Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat After Hurricane Irma blew through the region last fall, its impacts at Gatorama forced the wildlife park on U.S. 27 in Glades County to shut down for nearly two months. But the original Old Florida roadside attraction has bounced back nicely for its 61st year in business, to the point where Gatorama is in hiring mode as summer 2018 begins. Through their popular Facebook page, owners Allen and Patty Register are advertising openings for a handyman/woman, additional help in the parks gift shop and even qualied zookeepers or zoo attendants. Theyve done substantial rebuilding after the storm caused both ood and wind damage in key areas. Despite Irmas ripple effects still being felt, attendance is growing and all of Gatoramas popular Gatorama hatched new ideas after Irma, is hiring Chris Felker/GCDMark Gawlik of Lake Wales waits to hold a juvenile albino alligator held by Gatorama staffer Claire on Saturday, May 19. Denise DeCourcey from Ketchikan, Alaska, had brought Mark along for a visit with another of her grandsons, Aiden Brown of Gainesville, Ga., who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Chris Felker/GCDGatorama Mama Patty Register is very happy with the new walkway they built to bridge the lagoon, where their breeding-age alligators dwell on the left side and crocodiles on the right. They separate the two populations with an underwater fence, but one obstinate female crocodile has refused to be captured and moved into Croc Pond. At the end of the walkway is a transfer port they built into the bridge so they no longer have to move the beasts from one side to the other by going through the parking lot. This bridge has fabric panels overhead that can easily and quickly be removed for storm preparations when necessary; the old ones aluminum roof had made it a wind catcher, which toppled the bridge during Irma. See GATORAMA Page 2 See TRAINING Page 2 Obits ... Page 5

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wildlife shows, experiences and events are back and then some. Gatoramas 60th year in business, 2017, was eventful mostly because of the disas trous strike of Irma Sept. 10-11, which caused severe ooding in the region and inside the park as well. Irmas winds wrecked the long wooden bridge over the lagoons that con nects the main entrance, business ofces and gift shop area with the wildlife display enclo sures and show areas in the interior. Several of those structures also were damaged, to the point where the owners needed to do some fundraising so repairs could be made. Some rebuilding and new construc tion still were underway as the summer be gan. Their old snack stand is being remade into a pub-style gathering place called The Back Porch, which will offer beer and wine along with food to guests and will have a walk-up window and picnic area out front where patrons can have lunch and drinks without paying the admission fee. Last year also was momentous for owners Patty and Allen Register because they had just hired a new curator before the hur ricane hit. Greg Graziani brought a little star power on board and had plans to help bring the park into a new era; a few have been de layed because of the hurricane. Mr. Graziani found fame a few years back with National Geographics TV show Python Hunter, and operates a captive reptile and snake breeding facility in Venus that is known for his wide collection of color and pattern mutations in the animals. Gatorama Mama Patty Regis ter said that the park received donations and gifts from fans all over the country; howev er, the amount they were able to raise was a fraction of what they have ended up spending to x things. We had no idea of how much being closed would cost us. I mean, we knew we were going to have that (damage repair), but the cost of rebuilding was astronomical. We are so thankful for the people that did help us, and I plan to have a little path and a spot to recognize those people. We did end up get ting an SBA (Small Business Administration) disaster loan, but that took three months to do, she said. One of the biggest projects was to restore their lagoon area, the rst thing guests see after meeting the resident chatterbox, Petey the Macaw. Even he is getting new digs, as state regulators ordered the park to make him a larger enclosure so he cant so easily take a chunk out of overeager young visitors ngers. Mrs. Register said they had to rebuild all of the banks surrounding the lagoon because theyd washed away from Irmas ooding and subsequent erosion. She said they havent been able to mow in recent weeks due to all the recent rain, but we have changed the lagoon. We only had Croc Island way out there; now, weve resculpted the pond (and) this provides for more show experiences, plus it provides a little nook back there for breeding, for the crocodiles, because thats still a number one priority is to create this American croc stud book. Thats one of Mr. Grazianis many projects. We were under water for seven weeks, said Mrs. Register. Fisheating Creek went to 12 feet, which is just 500 feet behind us, and it broke through our berm that we have built around the property. So now, weve built a series of islands for shows and they work really well, but with the water so high at this time, you cant see them. She said their hope one day is to have a land bridge. I think that would be exciting for people, she said. As it is, they rebuilt the fence under the bridge that separate gators from crocs. Gatorama had about 20 big gators and crocs to move that were displaced by the hurricane, and they had to pump down the lagoon for the annual Bull Gator Round Up in January so they could get the animals even if theyd burrowed down into the mud. Wranglers came from all over the state by invitation only. Regular admission price got spectators in to see that event from the safety of the newly rebuilt walkway bridge. These teams work together to get these beasts back in the right place before breeding season, Ms. Register said. The park is all about letting people interact safely with their animals, so theyve started having a few new experiences for guests. Now available is gator barebacking where visitors can enter a special new enclosure and ride a menacing 6or 8-foot alligator that was trapped as a nuisance animal. She explained that its a pool area where they hold those alligators until theyre either sold or do nated to another facility. We dont kill them; we bring them back here and, depending on their size, we either put them in the breeding area as new bloodlines, or we put them in this barebacking opportunity for a little bit, she explained. Two handlers are with a guest at all times while he or she is in the enclosure. The alligators are not leashed; their mouths are wrapped, so they cant bite, but they could roll. But our staff is trained; if he starts to roll or whatever, were going to evacuate the guest. Theres also a photo-op area, a whole new part. Theres Uncle Waders, which is not new. And they have a new African tortoise exhibit. Their usual two shows a day, at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., varies in content depending on the season, the weather and other factors. But the daily feedings off the bridge always draw a crowd of visitors. Mrs. Register said theyre excited to have brought on a new full-time keeper as of June 1, a retiring art teacher from Sarasota who has a lot of experience with reptiles and other animals. Were going to be embarking on a new mural project, in all of the pools and the walkways, she added, and the murals will reect the habitats their animals came from. They also have a gator pull experience that is being rened for guests. Mr. Register is a nuisance-gator trapper for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a job hes been doing for about seven years, and she said people always get very interested when he tells stories about that and brag that they, too, could do that. Now, they can have a chance to match their strength against that of a full-sized adult alligator; part of the fun is to see if theyll still be bragging after trying to drag one to shore. Then there are the gargantuan land tortoises. Were doing so many more eld trips and summer camps, Mrs. Register added. Educators say theres a big buzz about us right now because we changed our group experiences. What we do with them, the land tortoises, is weve upped the game. So this is an encounter that we do; with a keeper, we allow the kids to come in one or two at a time and they get to feed them greens, like kale or romaine or whatever, plus have some time talking to the keeper about them. One other new Gatorama feature is the American Alligator Color Mutation Exhibit, which has the most color variants of any facility in America. There visitors can see albino (white) alligators, melanistic (solid black) alligators, hypomelanistic (black and gold) specimens and piebald alligators, which have a normal pattern with white patches. Other long-range plans include a walk-in aviary; an American Ninja-style obstacle course for kids, for which the park is seeking bidders to buildt it; and a Can you outrace the alligator? experience that theyre training animals for presently. Leading up to their Hatching Festival that takes place for the three weeks preceding La bor Day (Aug. 18 through Sept. 3), Gatorama looks for capable volunteers to assist with the crowds that come for that popular attraction. Gatorama, located at 6180 N. U.S. 27 in Palm dale, is open rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. GATORAMAContinued From Page 1 City of Clewiston Notice of ElectionI, Brenda Hoots, Supervisor of Elections, County of Hendry, do hereby give notice that the City of Clewiston General Election will be held on the 6th day of November, 2018, for three of the Seats on the Clewiston City Commission. Qualifying week will be Noon, June 18, 2018 to Noon, June 22, 2018. e voter registration books will close at 5:00 p.m., October 9, 2018. For more information contact the Supervisor of Elections Oce located 1100 S. Olympia St., 863-902-3392 or at 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, 863983-1592.Ciudad de Clewiston Aviso de EleccionYo, Brenda Hoots Supervisora de Elecciones, el condado de Hendry, doy cuenta de que la ciudad de Clewiston Eleccion General se celebrara en el dia 6 de Noviembre de 2018, para trec de los asientos en el Commission Ciudad de Clewiston. La Semana de calica cion sera al mediodia, el dia 18 de Junio asta el 22 de Junio. El libro de registro de votantes se cerrara a las 5:00 pm, el 9 de Octubre de 2018. Para mas informacion pungase en contacto con el Supervisor de las Elecciones ocina ubicado 1100 S. Olympia St., en Clewiston 863-902-3392 o E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, 863-983-1592. Brenda Hoots Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida May 10 & June 7, 2018 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 7, 2018 with them and we have an MOU (memoran dum of understanding) with you for the use of the facility, and basically it would be that institu tion providing services to our community and students. Thats really the best way to go, Mr. Bass explained, adding that hes approached three institutions so far. I met with Fort Myers Technical College soon after Mr. Carlisle and I had met, he went on, and we talked about diesel mechanics, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air con ditioning), and then just recently had another conversation about a potential law enforce ment academy. They offer that in Fort Myers at FMTC, (but) theyre out of space. Their execu tive director came over, and hes very interested in offering something here. He is trying to get permission to move forward from (acting) Superintendent (Greg) Adkins; he has not heard anything yet. Im going to reach out to Greg myself and see if I cant urge him a little bit with that. Mr. Bass also reported that last Thursday, June 1, he met with ofcials of iTech, the Immokalee Technical College run by the Collier County School District, who came to tour the GCRTF. (Collier) Superintendent (Kamela) Patton and I have talked, and she has given the green light for (iTech Principal) Dorin Oxender to move forward to seeing what programs he can potentially offer there through iTech. I know right now, we have got students who are going to iTech for different things, he added. Then, thirdly and this is the one that weve gotten a commitment from when Paul came to me, I had already had some preliminary discussions with FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University). FGCU has been wanting to do something out either in Hendry or Glades County for a couple of years now. And when we met, it just so happened the timing matched up, and FGCU was looking to put in a grant proposal for a seed grant which would enhance education in rural areas. Now, this is not the direction I would like to go rst, but it is an option that came up to us, Mr. Bass said. He went on to explain that FGCU has named the Glades district as its main partner in the grant application, which wont be decided on until 2019. Basically what the grant would do is ... take our existing educators who did not go to college to be a teacher, and go through the alternative certication route to help them get specially certied. I got to President Michael Martin, the new president at FGCU and hes committed $68,000 toward starting something next year, he said. So its real exciting, and Ill just say this, Superintendent Bass nished, both the FMTC director and the dean of education from FGCU were blown away by the facili ty and what it has to offer, and they had no idea that it was here and are very excited. You know, weve got three lines in the water now and hopefully well get a bite on one of them. Glades County Board Chairman John Ahern commended Mr. Bass on his progress. We certainly appreciate everything youre doing. We realize that youre in the education business, and were not, and we certainly need help, Mr. Ahern said. Mr. Bass respond ed that he was looking forward to getting (new Glades interim manager) Joe Helfen berger on board. Mr. Ahern, noting that the next Glades-Hend ry joint meeting was coming up soon, a lun cheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, said we certainly invite you to that meeting. TRAININGContinued From Page 1

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June 7, 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: gdcnews@newszap.com........................................................................To Place A Display Ad Call (863) 763-3134, deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. E-mail: southlakeads@newszap.com To Place A Classied Ad Call (877)353-2424 to place a classied advertisement from home. e deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. Fax: 1-877-354-2424 E-mail: classads@newszap.com Advertising Billing Department E-mail: billteam@newszap.com To Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com e Glades County Democrat is delivered by mail or subscribers on ursday and is sold in racks and store locations in the Glades County area.Call (800)282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Glades County Democrat USPS 117920 Published Weekly by Independent Newspapers, Inc. for $39.00 per year including tax. Periodical Class postage paidPublisher: Katrina Elsken Advertising: 863-763-3134E-mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comWe Pledge ... To operate this newspaper as a public trust. To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of Special to the Glades County Democrat According to a Glades County Sheriffs Ofce news release, on May 31 a gray Chrysler 300 was stopped for several trafc infractions. The driver, Brenda Hernandez, 24, admitted to having narcotics present within her vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted, which yielded positive results for narcotics. Hernandez was charged with possession of ecstasy/MDMA, which is a third-degree felony. At the time of the news release, she was in the Glades County Jail with a bond set at $5,000. A passenger in the vehicle, identied as Ronald Dozier, 37, was also arrested on numerous narcotic violations. Dozier was charged with possession of methamphetamine (second-degree felony), possession of metham phetamine with intent to sell or distribute (third-degree felony), trafcking in meth amphetamine 14 grams or over (rst-degree felony), possession of marijuana under 20 grams (rst-degree misdemeanor) and pos session of drug paraphernalia (rst-degree misdemeanor). At the time of the news release, Doz ier was in the county jail with a bond of $115,500. Should Dozier post bond, he is mandated to be on house arrest with GPS monitoring. Two arrested on narcotics charges Ronald Dozier Brenda Hernandez By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Were in for a wet year, Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer A. Reynolds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon at its June 1 meeting. The lake right now is the second-highest it has been in this decade for this date, she explained. It is higher than it was when Hurricane Irma hit last year. She said that, as high as the lake is now, if it had a large spike of water from a hurricane as happened with Irma, the lake looks pretty bad. In the month following Irmas landfall, the lake rose by 3.5 feet due to heavy runoff from the north. We are additionally concerned because all WCAs (Water Conservation Areas) are already above schedule, Lt. Col. Reynolds continued. The WCAs south of the lake are already at capacity from rainfall in that basin even though water is moving south to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay at the maximum ow possible with the existing water control structures. The corps started releasing water east through the C-44 Canal and west into the Caloosahatchee River on Friday in an attempt to slow the rise of the lake. Weve had the wettest May on record, said Lt. Col. Reynolds. The month of May brought 11.01 inches of rainfall to the South Florida Water Management District, nearly triple the annual average of 4.04 inches, according to the South Florida Water Management District website. The next three-month prediction is above-average rainfall, she added. The National Hurricane Center predicts one to four major storms this year. I think we can anticipate releases will continue for some time, said Lt. Col. Reynolds. She told the coalition that the work on repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike continue. Its going well, she said. Everyone is talking about are we on track to complete in 2022? she said. Yes, we are on track, but there is a lot of distance between now and 2022. Lt. Col. Reynolds said the presidents budget for 2018 includes $82 million for the dike repairs, and the State of Florida allocated $50 million. For 2019, the president has requested $96 million, she said. That still needs an appro priations bill. Lt. Col. Reynolds said the project will need additional money in 2020, 2021 and 2022 to stay on track for completion in 2022. When we dont get the federal funding on time, it affects the schedule to award con tracts, she added. Its not over yet, she continued. Letters from Senator Nelson and Senator Rubio said that congressional intent was for it to be fully funded, she explained. There are projects across the nation com peting for that nancing, she added. She said funding for other water projects is uncertain. The presidents budget for scal 2019 is putting emphasis on nishing proj ects that are already under construction, she said. This could mean delays for projects that are still in the design and planning stages. We all know the importance of the en tire CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Resto ration Plan) program, she said. Every project in CERP is an important part of the overall plan, she added. The hard part is there is not enough funding to authorize all of the projects across the board. Every time we want to add some thing, there is that elephant in the room of what we are not going to do, she continued. She said the addition of the EAA reservoir to the Central Everglades Planning Project will mean there wont be federal funding for something else. Dike work on track, but funding critical HGUNC meeting set June 8Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition (HGUNC) meeting will be held on Friday, June 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Glades County Training Center, 1030 Industrial Drive in Moore Haven.Sen. Grimsley mobile hoursSenator Denise Grimsleys staff will hold mobile ofce hours on Tuesday, June 12, to assist constituents with state agency concerns at the Glades County Courthouse, 500 Ave. J S.W. in Moore Haven, 9-10 a.m.SKYWARN training availableThe public is invited to attend SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter training on Thursday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Glades County Public Safety complex, 1097 Health Park Drive in Moore Haven. You must register to attend training. To RSVP or for information, call Marisa Shivers at 863-946-6020 or email mshivers@myglades.com.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.Election registrationAletris Farnam, Glades County supervisor of elections, will be at the Buckhead VFW, 29012 State Road 78 in Buckhead, from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 8. She will be available for voter registration and for updating any infor mation.BHR VFW serves dinner The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet po tatoes, onion rings, salad and dessert. Live music by Jerry Herman. Proceeds benet homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR VFW serves breakfast The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, June 10, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to benet veterans ser vices. For information, call 863-467-2882. Glades at a Glance

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4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 7, 2018 By Anthony NarehoodMoore Haven Elementary School Kathrine Washam, while running for third-grade president two years ago, prom ised to start a plastic recycling program at Moore Haven Elementary School (MHES), if elected. Not only was she elected president, but the recycling program has been in suc cessful operation ever since. We throw so much plastic into our landlls, said Miss Washam, fty percent of our landlls are lled with plastic. But, after I told them Id get the recycling started, I still had to wait for the third-grade congress to vote for the idea. After they all voted, I took the recycling program idea to Mrs. Langdale. Then, it just progressed from there. Every two to three weeks, the Glades County Recycling Facility picks up over 30 bins, dropped off by students from each classroom. The bins were given to the school by the facility. MHES Principal FeLinda Langdale said that the creation of the program surprised her. I was shocked to have a third-grader come into my ofce and make requests, said Mrs. Langdale. This is the rst time a student walked in asking for that. Former President Washam said that her fth-grade class wants to recycle more. We talked about not stopping with plastic because we could recycle paper and cardboard, too, she said. We could have a permanent recycling dumpster at the school and we could all put our stuff in there, instead of collecting bins and waiting for the truck to come by. Miss Washam gave some advice on throwing out garbage and recycling, too. People need to watch what theyre throwing away, she said. Everything we throw away makes a big difference. Third-grade student brings recycling to MHES 15 MONTHCD SPECIAL 2.03%APY*$500 MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSIT 205 South WC Owen Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 983-6181 Fax: (863) 983-0607 CenterStateBank.com*Annual Percentage Yield Special to the Glades County Democrat/MHESThird-grade President Kathrine Washam started a plastic recycling program at Moore Haven Elementary School. Barbara BrownGlades County Womans Club MOORE HAVEN The nal meeting of the club year for the Glades County Wom ans Club held a lot of rsts for this very active group of Glades County women. It was the rst time a slate of ofcers was nominated, elected and installed at the same meeting. Not only that, in all the 53 years this writer has been a member, it is the rst time I can recall a retiring president installing the new ofcers, and she did a great job explain ing their duties. This has been a very successful year for President Jenny Allen. During her reign as president, two single mothers were present ed with scholarships to help further their ed ucation; two graduating seniors were given scholarships; mammograms were provided for deserving ladies who did not have health insurance to cover them; and a monthly trash pickup along Riverside Drive was car ried out. Our newly installed president did not waste any time recruiting a new member. Mrs. Allen initiated Trish Coleman, who was sponsored by the marina. Gracie Goodwin, the reigning Miss Glades County, presented Mrs. Coleman with a marigold plant, the clubs ofcial ower. The newly installed ofcers are: President Marina Langdale, Vice President Ruby Branch and Treasurer Beth Grifn. Dianne Tillery, recording secretary, and Kelly Brantley, corresponding secretary, were unable to attend and will be installed at a later date. Following a lasagna dinner provided by club members, Mrs. Langdale announced that the next club meeting will be in September, and reminded members that the club \will continue to pick up trash monthly during the summer. Even though the county removes trash regularly, some accumulates between times, and GCWC has been picking it up at least once a month. GCWC elected and installed new ofcers Special to the Glades County Democrat/Courtesy photo Retiring President Jenny Allen presents a list of duties for newly elected of cers. From left are: Mrs. Allen, Beth Grifn, Marina Langdale and Ruby Branch. Not pictured: Dianne Tillery and Kelly Brantley.

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June 7, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064 (863) 983-8559 528 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL See our other listings at www.rawlsrealestate.comCLEWISTON HOMES / MOBILE HOMES 4/3.5 Large lot w/pool 1205 Pinewood $439,9K 2/2 MH 551 Fleetwood St. $55K Reduced 53,9K 2/2 700 Hoover Dike Rd. $104.9K 3/1 Cottage Style, updated 420 W. Circle $139K $119,9K 825 S.Quebrada 3/2, granite upgrades $195K RENTALS RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL 2BR/1BA, (1) Unit, 550 S. Lopez., $650 mo 2BR/1BA, Johnson Rd. $600 mo ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS MOORE HAVEN / LAKEPORT/SEBRING 2/2 Waterfront/Lake Access Lowry Ln CBS $174,9K 3/2 1519 Daniels RD. M.H. $369,9K Res. Lot 402 Pinecrest, Moore Haven $7K 6 Buildable lots available in Sky Valley, Clewiston Starting at $19K 2755 Milum Dr. Lakeport, Fl 3.18 ac. Lake Access, Waterfront, MAKE OFFER! $175K 28 ac. Hwy 27 Frontage $9,9K per acre, Venus, FL 77 ac. $7,9K per acre, Venus, FL 10 ac. $9,9K per acre, Venus, FL 901 Yacht Club Way $8,9K Moore Haven Lots Starting at $10K COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT PROPERTY lndustrial Park 3013 C.R. 835 (Open storage and Warehouse) Call for details 516 E Sugarland Hwy $59,9K $139,9K 55ac. W. Sagamore $179,9K 457 Avenue N. Moore Haven 4/2 only $164.9K en-USReal Estate Directory Velva Faye Carter Bledsoe, 97 TIFTON Velva Faye Carter Bledsoe of Tifton passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in First Assembly of God Church of Tifton with Rev. John Thomas of ciating. Interment will follow in Tift Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday evening June 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Deacons and Elders of First Assembly of God Church, Michael Black, Dave Geary, Gilbert Hill, Mark Hupp, Jack Hullett, John Tanner and Danny Tyson (who are members of the Deacon & Elders Boards of Tifton First Assembly of God). Mrs. Bledsoe was born March 2, 1921 in Wetumpka, Oklahoma to the late Marion Monroe Carter and Tish Stein Carter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Dawson Price Bledsoe and four sisters. Mrs. Bledsoe was a member of First Assembly of God Church of Tifton and she was a homemaker. She had lived in Tifton for forty-four years. Born in Oklahoma, she had lived in Arkansas for fteen years, then moved to Clewiston, Florida for twenty years. She met her husband there and they moved to Tifton. She was an excellent seamstress and loved to make clothes for dolls. Mrs. Bledsoe loved to sing and was active in her church. She also loved to sh. Mrs. Bledsoe is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margrette and Ed LaPointe of Lakeland, Florida; two sisters, Laverne Miller of Lakeland, Florida and Shirley Register of Okeechobee, Florida; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Flowers accepted or donations made to Tiftons First Assembly of God Church, 1800 N. Central Avenue, Tifton, Ga. 31794. Albritton Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the online guest register at www.albrittonfuneral.com David Emil Kelly, 63 PARKLAND David Emil Kelly, 63, of Parkland, passed away May 31, 2018. David was born Feb. 5, 1955 in Clewiston, Fla. to the late Robert W. and Lillian (Ussery) Kelly. David loved shing and gardening especially tending to his plants and palm trees. He enjoyed lighting up the barbeque for family and friends. More than anything he loved his devoted wife, Billie Jean (Hennesey) Kelly, his soul mate. His furry friends also shared in his love especially Molly, Gracie, Malcolm and Leah. David was the President and Owner of K.CO. Enterprises, Inc. He was also on the Board of Directors of Kelly Tractor. He was preceded in death by his son, Casey Scott McGee. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Billie Jean Kelly; daughters, Penny (Larry Litvin) Suzuki and Paula (Timothy) Sivore; brothers, Donald (Leslie) Kelly, Robert (Joy) Kelly; nieces, Alicia Kelly, Faith Kelly; nephews, Judah Kelly, Sam Kelly and Joe Kelly. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 7, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs where a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Davids memory to the Navy Seal Foundation: www.navysealfoundation. org or the Humane Society of Broward CounObituaries Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com. Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Special to the Glades County Democrat/ en-USWGSen-USStudents travel to Chuck E. Cheesesen-USThe Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) is a program to encouren-US -en-US age students to become lifelong readers who will continue to read for inen-US -en-US formation needs and personal pleasure. West Glades School (WGS) had 28 en-US students who read 10 or more of the 15 books required to qualify for a limo en-US party bus ride to Chuck E. Cheeses for lunch and an outing at Barnes and en-US Noble Bookstore in Fort Myers. Thanks to Florida Power & Light for funding en-US through the Glades Education Foundation that provided WGS Sunshine State en-US books this year and nanced their reward trip. Thanks to the parents who are en-US encouraging their children to continue to read. en-USSpecial to the Glades County Democraten-US Do you need more customers? Do you en-US need to showcase your business to the puben-US -en-US lic? Do you need more employees? If you anen-US -en-US swered yes to any of these questions, and are en-US a business in Hendry County, then you need en-US to contact Diane at the LaBelle Chamber of en-US Commerce to register your business for the en-US upcoming Business Expo and Job Fair.en-US The event will be held at the LaBelle Civic en-US Center, 481 W Hickpochee Ave. in LaBelle, en-US on June 28 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Any en-US business in Hendry County may register, and en-US the business will be able to set up a booth en-US to promote their business, and recruit posen-US-en-US sible new employees. Chamber members en-US will be offered a booth/space at no charge. en-US Businesses that are not chamber members en-US are also invited, but shall be required to pay en-US a small registration fee. Any Glades County en-US business owners who might have questions en-US are invited to also call Diane.en-US LaBelle has many great businesses, and en-US getting the word out about a business can be en-US difcult and expensive. The LaBelle Chamen-US -en-US ber of Commerce is proud to sponsor this en-US event to assist in promoting local businesses.en-US The public is invited to attend this free en-US event. If you are looking for employment or en-US just want to see what businesses are availen-US -en-US able in LaBelle, be sure to attend this event.en-US To register your business, or for informaen-US -en-US tion, contact Diane at the Greater LaBelle en-US Chmber of Commerce at 863-675-0125 or en-US e-mail lchamberofcomm@embarqmail.en-US com. en-USLaBelle Chamber Of Commerce to en-US host Business Expo & Job Fair

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6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 7, 2018 Air Boat Drivers Wanted Tour Driver needed to work with guests at Billie Swamp Safari, located on the Seminole Tribe of Floridas Big Cypress Reservation. Full and Part Time positons available. Flexible Schedule, pay is based on experience. Must be able to pass background check. Please apply online at www.semtribe.com or email your resume to joshualohn@semtribe.com SHAWANO WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundar ies of the SHAWANO WATER CONTROL DISTRICT that, pursuant to applicable laws, a meeting of the landowners of the SHAWANO WATER CONTROL DISTRICT is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sugar Farms Co-op, Atlantic Sugar Mill Road, Belle Glade, Florida 33430, for the fol lowing 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 adopt a budget 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 24th day of May, 2018. BY: Charles F. Schoech, Esq. 265275 BGS 5/31;6/7/2018 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 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. krobertson@gmail.com Attention: Shirley or KR Gar age/ Ya rd Sales YARD SALE JUNE 16th at 8:00am ?, 2329 & 2309 RIVER ROAD IN MOORE HAVEN, FUR NITURE, CLOTHING AND LOTS OF MISC. ITEMS. 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. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or consid ered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a num ber out of your area, use caution. Apartments Greentree East Apartments 2 Bedroom Apartments Spacious Apart ment in quiet, country setting Full time bilingual Site Manager Rental rates start ing at $575 plus Utilities Farm workers welcomed Call 902-1577 TDD # 1-800-955-8771 701 W Ventura, Clewiston 9:00 AM -5:00 PM, Mon-Fri Equal Housing Opportunity Provider & Employer Apartments Now Renting Sugar Country Apartments Available for Immediate Occupancy 626 West Avenue SW, Moore Haven occupy new affordable units, starting at $405 for 1BR and $461 for 2BR apartments plus electric. Water, sewer and trash are included in rent. Income limits apply. Energy Star appliances, central heat and air, decorator window treatments. Phone 863-9466600 or email sugarcountryapts@ centurylink.net for a rental application. Equal Housing Opportunity Provider Houses Rent WATERFRONT Home w/Dock 2 Bdrm. $1000 mo. Call 863946-3376 Land Sale PORT LABELLE RANCHETTES Beautiful 4.2 acre homesite, many live Oaks and Palms. Prop erty can be split into 2 acre lots. Bank can loan up to 75%. Priced to sell at $109K. Call 716-2441639. Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 06/18/2018 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 VESSEL GLFD0001G091 2002 FORD 1FTRW07662KE42479 2012 HONDA 5FNRL5H96CB087195 266750 CN 6/7/2018 NOTICE: AUCTION on Friday, June 15th, 2018 At 9:00 am at 1225 N.W. Avenue L, Belle Glade, FloridaProperty of: Cynthia Moreno: Washer & Dryer, Livingroom Suite, Mi crowave, Bedroom Suite, Boxes, Bins. Property of: Teresa Miller: Chest Drawer, Bins & Boxes. Property of: Quashell Mc Donald : A/C, Desk Chair, 2 bikes Miscellaneous Boxes. Property of: Lawanda Davis: Livingroom Suite, Mattress & Box Spring, Boxes & Binds. 259623 SUN 5/10,17/2018 Administr ation of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. CP18-13 IN RE: ESTATE OF CAROLYN BURGIN CLAYTON, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of CAROLYN BURGIN CLAYTON, Deceased, whose date of death was November 12, 2016, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-3237; File Number CP18-13, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Avenue J SW, Moore Haven, Florida 33471. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All credi tors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the 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 NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO TICE. 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 PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The first publication date of this notice is: June 7th, 2018. Personal Representative James Clayton, 310 Fairfax Avenue Asheville, NC 28806 Attorney for Personal Representative Megan Medley, 1 Rankin Avenue, 3rd Floor, Asheville, NC 28801 (828)254-4778 Primary E-Mail, mmedley@dunganlaw.com; Secondary E-Mail Address, jramsey@dunganlaw.com By: Megan Medley, Florida Bar #91854 266796 GCD 6/7,14/2018 Administr ation of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. CP18-13 IN RE: ESTATE OF CAROLYN BURGIN CLAYTON, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of CAROLYN BURGIN CLAYTON, Deceased, whose date of death was November 12, 2016, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-3237; File Number CP18-13, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Avenue J SW, Moore Haven, Florida 33471. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All credi tors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the 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 NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO TICE. 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 PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The first publication date of this notice is: June 7th, 2018. Personal Representative James Clayton, 310 Fairfax Avenue Asheville, NC 28806 Attorney for Personal Representative Megan Medley, 1 Rankin Avenue, 3rd Floor, Asheville, NC 28801 (828)254-4778 Primary E-Mail, mmedley@dunganlaw.com; Secondary E-Mail Address, jramsey@dunganlaw.com By: Megan Medley, Florida Bar #91854 266796 GCD 6/7,14/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! R oo ng R oo ng

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June 7, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2015-CA-OOOO17U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007AHL2, ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AHL2, Plaintiff, V. DILLANA RANDANT; JAMES DAVID RANDANT; RONALD LEWIS LEE; SHA RON C. LEE; CENTERSTATE BANK OF FLORIDA, N.A.; and UNKNOWN PER SONS IN POSSESSION, Defendants.NOTICE OF SALENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Uniform Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 22, 2018, entered in Case No. 2015-CA-000017, Cir cuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007AHL2, ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AHL2 is the Plaintiff, and DILLANA RANDANT; JAMES DAVID RANDANT; RONALD LEWIS LEE; SHARON C. LEE; CENTERSTATE BANK OF FLORIDA, N.A.; and UNKNOWN PERSONS IN POSSESSION are the Defendants; Sandra Brown, Clerk of the aforesaid Court, will sell to the highest bidder for cash in accor dance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes, on the Courthouse steps at 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Florida 33471, at 11:00 a.m. on June 28, 2018, the following described real property, situate and being in Glades County, Florida to-wit: A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 42 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORJDA. MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 23 AND RUN NORTH 00 WEST 112.63 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23 TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE PARCEL OF LAND HEREIN DESCRIBED THENCE NORTH 00 07 WEST, PARALllEL TO THE EAST-WEST QUARTER SECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, A DISTANCE OF 2439.49 FEET THENCE NORTH 00 7WESi PARALLEL TO THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, A DISTANCE OF 375.01 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 8923 EAST PARALl.El TO SAID EAST-WEST QUARTER OF SECTION UNE, A DlSTANCE OF 2439.49 FEET TO THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23; THENCE SOUTH 00 EAST, ALONG SAJD LINE A DISTANCE OF 375.01 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Said sale will be made pursuant to and in order to satisfy the terms of said Uniform Final Judgment of Foreclosure. DATED: this 24th day of May, 2018. Sandra Brown, As Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Tami Simmons Deputy Clerk 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. 265371 GCD 5/31;6/7/2018 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 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF DEVILS GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of DEVILS GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. at the offices of Barron Water Control District, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, LaBelle, Florida, for the purpose of: The purpose of this meeting is to transact any and all business which may come before the Board. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting herein referred, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the District at (561) 655-0620 at least five (5) days prior to the date of the proceeding. DATED this 18th day of May 2018. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF DEVILS GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 263508 CN 6/7/2018 NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING OF DEVILS GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICTNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundaries of DEVILS GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT that, pursuant to applicable laws, a Meeting of the Landowners of DEVILS GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the offices of Barron Water Control District, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, LaBelle, Florida, for the purpose of: 1. Electing Supervisors; 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. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting herein referred, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Pursuant to the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the District at (561) 655-0620 at least five (5) days prior to the date of proceeding. DATED this 18th day of May, 2018. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF DEVILS GARDEN WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 263512 CN 5/31;6/7/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING OF COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundaries of COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT that, pursuant to applicable laws, a Meeting of the Landowners of COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at the offices of Barron Water Control District, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, LaBelle, Florida, for the purpose of: 1. Electing Supervisors; 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. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting herein referred, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Pursuant to the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the District at (561) 655-0620 at least five (5) days prior to the date of proceeding. DATED this 18th day of May 2018. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 263514 CN 5/31;6/7/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE BOARD OFSUPERVISORS OF COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Meeting of the Board of Supervi sors of COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:30 P.M. in the offices of Barron Water Control District, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, LaBelle, Florida 33935. The purpose of this meeting is to transact any and all business which may come before the Board. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting herein referred, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the District at (561) 655-0620 at least five (5) days prior to the date of the proceeding. DATED this 18th day of May 2018. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF COLLINS SLOUGH WATER CONTROL DISTRICT263519 CN 6/7/2018 Public Notice Public Notice SHAWANO WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundar ies of the SHAWANO WATER CONTROL DISTRICT that, pursuant to applicable laws, a meeting of the landowners of the SHAWANO WATER CONTROL DISTRICT is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sugar Farms Co-op, Atlantic Sugar Mill Road, Belle Glade, Florida 33430, for the fol lowing 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 adopt a budget 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 24th day of May, 2018. BY: Charles F. Schoech, Esq. 265275 BGS 5/31;6/7/2018 Public Notice Public Notice GLADEVIEW WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING AND BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundar ies of the GLADEVIEW WATER CONTROL DISTRICT that, pursuant to applicable laws, a meeting of the landowners of the GLADEVIEW WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., at the Sugar Farms Co-op, Atlantic Sugar Mill 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 adopt a budget 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 24th day of May, 2018. BY: Charles F. Schoech, Esq. 265277 BGS 5/31;6/7/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2017-CA-000009TAYLOR BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP., Plaintiff, vs. W. JUSTIN COTTRELL AS TRUSTEE OF 1456 SOUTH SWINGING TRAIL LAND TRUST DATED MARCH 4, 2013; DERRICK KLUMP NK/A DERRICK Q. KLUMP; KRISTINE L. KLUMP NKJA KRISTINE LYNN KLUMP; SUNCOAST SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendant(s).NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Agreed Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 15, 2018, entered in Civil Case No.: 20l 7-CA-000009 of the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein TAYLOR BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP., Plaintiff, and W. JUSTIN COTTRELL AS TRUSTEE OF 1456 SOUTH SWINGING TRAIL LAND TRUST DATED MARCH 4, 2013; DERRICK KLUMP NKJA DERRICK Q. KLUMP; KRISTINE L. KLUMP NKJA KRISTINE LYNN KLUMP; SUNCOAST SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 NKA AMY HERROLD; UNKNOWN TENANT #2 NKA DANIEL HERROLD, are Defendants. I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, at the Front Steps South Door of the Glades County Courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moorehaven, FL 33471 at 11:00 AM, on the 23rd day of August, 2018, the following described real property as set forth in said Agreed Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND SITUATE IN GLADES COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, VIZ: TRACT A-31: THE SOUTH ONE-HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST ONE-QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST ONE QUARTER OF SECTION 1, TOWN SIDP 42 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO EASEMENTS OVER THE EAST 30 FEET, OVER THE WEST 30 FEET AND OVER THE SOUTH 60 FEET THEREOF. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owner of record as of the date of the lis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on May 30, 2018. SANDRA BROWN CLERK OF THE COURT By: Tami Simmons Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Brian L. Rosaler, Esquire Popkin & Rosaler, P.A. 1701West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 400 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Telephone: (954) 360-9030 Facsimile: (954) 420-5187 266340 GCD 6/7,14/2018 BOLLES DRAINAGE DISTRICT NOTICE BUDGET HEARINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 75-383, FLORIDA ACTS OF 1975, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BOLLES DRAINAGE DISTRICT HAS CAUSED TO BE PREPARED A BUDGET OF THE COST OF MAINTAINING AND OPERATING ALL OF THE WORK AND IMPROVEMENTS OF THE DISTRICT FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2018 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019; THE SAME MAY BE EXAMINED AT UNITED STATES SUGAR CORPORATION 1995 W. US HIGHWAY 27, CLEWISTON, FLORIDA. THE DIRECTORS OF BOLLES DRAINAGE DISTRICT WILL MEET AT UNITED STATES SUGAR CORPORATION OFFICE, 1995 W. US HIGHWAY 27, CLEWISTON, FLOIRDA 33440 ON JUNE 12, 2018 AT 11:15 A.M. FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEARING OBJECTIONS AND COMPLAINTS WITH RESPECT TO SAID BUDGET. BOARD OF DIRECTORS BOLLES DRAINAGE DISTRICT RUBEN RIFA, CHAIRMAN 266364 CN 6/7/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2015-CA-000017 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007AHL2, ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AHL2, Plaintiff, V. DILLANA RANDANT; JAMES DAYID RANDANT; RONALD LEWIS LEE; SHA RON C. LEE; CENTERSTATE BANK OF FLORIDA, N.A.; and UNKNOWN PER SONS IN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Uniform Final Judgment ofForeclosure dated May 22, 2018 entered in Case No. 2015-CA-000017, Cir cuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007AHL2, ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AHL2 is the Plaintiff: and DILLANA RANDANT; JAMES DAVID RANDANT; RONALD LEWIS LEE; SHARON C. LEE; CENTERSTATE BANK OF FLORIDA, N.A.; and UNKNOWN PERSONS IN POSSESSION are the Defendants; Sandra Brown, Clerk of the aforesaid Court, will sell to the highest bidder for cash in accor dance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes, on the Courthouse steps at 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Florida 33471, at 11:00 a.m. on June 28, 2018, the following described real property, situate and being in Glades County, Florida to-wit: A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTfON 23, TOWNSHIP 42 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA,. MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOL LOWS; COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 114 OF SAJD SECTION 23 AND RUN NORTH 00WEST 112.63 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23 TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE PARCEL OF LAND HEREIN DESCRIBED THENCE NORTH 893ZWEST, PARALLEL TO THE EAST-WEST QUARTER SECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, A DISTANCE OF 2439,49 FEET THENCE NORTH 00. WEST PARAL LEL TO THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, A DISTANCE OF 375.01 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 8932 EAST PARALLEL TO SAID EAST-WEST QUARTER OF SECTION LINE, A DISTANCE OF 2439.49 FEET TO THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23; THENCE SOUTH 00EAST, ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE OF 37S.01 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Said sale will be made pursuant to and in order to satisfy the terms of said Uniform Final Judgment of Foreclosure. DATED: this 24th day of May, 2018. Sandra Brown, As Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Tami Simmons, Deputy Clerk 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. 266692 GCD 6/7,14/2018 DISSTON ISLAND CONSERVANCY DISTRICT NOTICE BUDGET HEARINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 75-383, FLORIDA ACTS OF 1975, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF DISSTON ISLAND CONSERVANCY DISTRICT HAS CAUSED TO BE PREPARED A BUDGET OF THE COST OF MAINTAINING AND OPERATING ALL OF THE WORK AND IM PROVEMENTS OF THE DISTRICT FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2018 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019; THE SAME MAY BE EXAMINED AT UNITED STATES SUGAR CORPORATION OFFICE, 1995 W. US HIGHWAY 27, CLEWISTON, FLORIDA. THE DIRECTORS OF DISSTON ISLAND CONSER VANCY DISTRICT WILL MEET AT UNITED STATES SUGAR CORPORATION OFFICE, 1995 W. US HIGHWAY 27, CLEWISTON, FLOIRDA 33440 ON JUNE 12, 2018 AT 11:00 A.M. FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEARING OBJECTIONS AND COMPLAINTS WITH RESPECT TO SAID BUDGET. BOARD OF DIRECTORS DISSTON ISLAND CONSERVANCY DISTRICT SAM WILLIAMS, CHAIRMAN 266372 CN/GD 6/7/2018 RITTA DRAINAGE DISTRICT NOTICE BUDGET HEARINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 75-383, FLORIDA ACTS OF 1975, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF RITTA DRAINAGE DISTRICT HAS CAUSED TO BE PREPARED A BUDGET OF THE COST OF MAINTAINING AND OPERATING ALL OF THE WORK AND IMPROVEMENTS OF THE DISTRICT FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2018 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019; THE SAME MAY BE EXAMINED AT UNITED STATES SUGAR CORPORATION OFFICE, 1995 W. US HIGHWAY 27, CLEW ISTON, FLORIDA 33440. THE DIRECTORS OF RITTA DRAINAGE DISTRICT WILL MEET AT UNITED STATES SUGAR CORPORATION OFFICE 1995 W. US HIGHWAY 27, CLEWISTON, FLORIDA 33440 ON JUNE 12, 2018 AT 11:30 A.M. FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEARING OBJECTIONS AND COMPLAINTS WITH RESPECT TO SAID BUDGET. BOARD OF DIRECTORS RITTA DRAINAGE DISTRICT STEVE STILES, CHAIRMAN 266366 BGS/CN 6/7/2018 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 Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!2x4 Classified Fillers Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money!

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8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 7, 2018 Special to the Glades County Democrat On May 25, Glades County hosted the annual 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest. This years winners are: Fourth grade: First-place winner Gabriella Williamson, West Glades School, with speech My Hero. Second place, Luke Flynn, Moore Haven Elementary School, with speech My Dads Heart Attack. Third place, Lameese Mustafa, West Glades Schools, with speech Autism. Fourth place, Chovi Huff, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School, with speech Co median Life.Fifth grade: First-place winner Allyson Lara, Moore Haven Elementary School, with speech My Battle. Second place, Riley Curtis, West Glades School, with speech Wonder Horse. Third place, Lindsey Miller, Moore Haven Elementary School, with speech How I Got Adopted. Fourth place, Bailey Smallwood, West Glades School, with speech Sisters.Sixth grade: First-place winner Caydence Cisneros, Moore Haven Junior Senior High School, with speech Messy Mess. Second place, Brady Bass, Moore Hav en Junior Senior High School, with speech My Old-Fashioned Grandma. Third place, Carmen Perez, West Glades School, with speech The Trip Ill Never Forget. Fourth place, Zoey Gregorio, West Glades School, with speech Colors. County announces Tropicana Speech winners Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photo Fourth-grade Tropicana winner Gabri ella Williamson and Schools Superin tendent Scott Bass. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photoSixth-grade Tropicana winner Caydence Cisneros and Schools Superintendent Scott Bass. Special to the Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy photoFifth-grade Tropicana winner Allyson Lara and Schools Superintendent Scott Bass. Join Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo of the Florida Democratic Party and local candidates for a listening tour with Florida Democrats on Monday, June 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bridge Street Coffee and Tea, 22 Fort Thompson Ave. in LaBelle. Democrats listening tour The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is no tifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock is closed for maintenance through Saturday, June 16. This is the rst lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in six years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair manatee protection system components. During the closure, barges, oating cranes and divers are working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and extra caution for safety. Ortona Lock closed now through June 16 for maintenance