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Glades County Democrat
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Thursday, August 16, 2018 Vol. 90, No. 3350¢ plus tax14.54 feetLast Year: 13.27 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Nitrogen from the air helps fuel blue-green algae ... Page 2 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper.gladescountydemocrat.com Glades at a Glance ... Page 3 ‘Art in the Park’ contest underway for next year ... Page 7 Big, healthy bass and big checks continue strong on Lake Okeechobee ... Page 6 Sugar farmers push back on media attacks ... Page 8 Special to the Glades County Democrat PALMDALE „ Gatorama will host the 15th annual Alligator Hatching FestivalŽ daily Aug. 18 through Sept. 3 at the animal park at 10665 U.S. 27, Palmdale. It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world! This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children about one of natures fascinating life cycles,Ž said Gatorama owner Allen Register. For the next couple of weeks, we will welcome over “ve thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests will be able to see and feel these little baby alligators wiggle out of the eggs.Ž Visitors to Gatorama will also be able to learn about the history of the American alligator and how the populations have been protected through one of the most truly successful, sustainable-use management programs ever implemented. American alligators have been off the endangered species list since 1987 and populations are still growing. Alligator farming is an important part of the program. New exhibits and activities for everyone have been added since rebuilding the park due to Hurricane Irma damage last September. With our website guests may book reservations online and bypass the line at the front desk and go to a special queue to have their e-tickets scanned! This improvement should allow us to provide a smoother experience for our guests,Ž Mr. Register said. Hatching times are listed on Gatoramas website. The Hatching Festival runs every day through Sept. 3. After school hatching times are available at 5 p.m. each weekday. Regular admission includes the educational hatching programs. For guests who want a hands-on experience, a Hatch and HoldŽ package is available. Gatorama opened in 1957 as one of Floridas “rst alligator attractions. It is still a popular tourist attraction as well as an operating alligator farm. For more information, prices and directions as well as to book your Hatch and Hold package, visit www.gatorama.com or www. hatchingfestival.com. Gatorama hosts annual Hatching Festival Special to the Glades County Democrat/ GatoramaFor guests who want a hands-on experience, a Hatch and HoldŽ package is available at Gatorama, one of Floridas original roadside attractions. By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat In the Moore Haven election for three City Council seats that will be decided Tuesday, Aug. 28, there are four candidates including two incumbents. The top three vote-gettersŽ will claim the seats on the City Council. The candidates are Mayor Bret Whidden, Councilman Marc Decker, James T. Fielder and Wayne Clay Browning Jr. Councilwoman Pat Lucas, whose council seat was also up for election, is not seeking another term. Questionnaires were sent to the candidates, and the incumbents responses are included here. A story about the challengers will run in next weeks Democrat. Council incumbents sound off on issues By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat The commissioners of Glades Count y voted 4-1 to negotiate with their runner-up choice to “ll the empty county managers chair after their “rst pick for the post withdrew when her familys plans reportedl y changed. Glades County Board Chairman John Ahern said Aug. 8 that Jennifer James-Mesloh, village manager in Newberry on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, had withdrawn her name from consideration on Friday, Aug. 3, after conferring with her husband, four days after the commissioners had interviewed four candidates and then chose her (see related Letter to the Editor on Page 3). At this weeks regular meeting, Aug. 14, all the commissioners except Donna Storter Long agreed to have the board chairman and county attorney enter into contract talks Glades board talks with new manager choiceSee CITY „ Page 4See GLADES „ Page 4 Bret Whidden Marc Decker

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Tests by the University of Florida show the cyanobacteria bloom in the lake has changed. At the start of the summer, the dominant type was a species of Microcystis, according to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDEP) tests. In late July, the Mi crocystis bloom appeared to die off. A new bloom that has grown in size in August is a different type of cyanobacteria. Changes in the cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee have been tracked this summer by the National Oceanic and Atmo spheric Administration using satellite imagery to detect cyanobacteria in the water column. The NOAA imagery cannot determine what kind of cyanobacteria is present. The Aug. 10 image showed cyanobacteria in about 38 percent of Lake Okeechobee, according to satellite oceanographer Dr. Sachi Mishra of NOAA. Most of the cyanobacteria was in the northeast quadrant of the lake according to the Aug. 10 image. Cyanobacteria, commonly called bluegreen algaeŽ although it is not technically algae, was detected in 90 percent of the lake in July, then dissipated to about 10 percent of the big lake, according to the NOAA imagery. The most recent imagery shows the cyanobacteria concentrations in about 38 percent of the lake. The cyanobacteria in the NOAA imagery may not be visible on the water surface, according to Dr. Mishra. It could be in the water column. The satellite can detect cyanobacteria that may not be visible to the human eye. On Aug. 7, Dr. Dail Laughinghouse, an assistant professor of applied phycology at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, collected water samples from Lake Okeechobee. He found the samples of blue-green algae included three species of Microcystis, which dominated the bloom that started in June, and six species of Anabaena. Dr. Karl Havens, director of Florida Sea Grant, said the original bloom that started in June appeared to dissipate before another bloom resurged on Lake Okeechobee. We use the word resurging because two weeks ago the bloom appeared to be dissipating … perhaps due to weather conditions or because the algae ran out of dissolved nitrogen in the lake water. We speculated that the bloom might reemerge and be dominated by a species, like Anabaena, that could obtain the nitrogen it needs to grow from the atmosphere. The last update con“rmed that this predicted change in the kind of algae did happen, and this latest image indicates that the bloom is steadily growing in size,Ž Dr. Havens wrote on the Florida Sea Grant website on Aug. 11. According to Dr. Havens, it is impossible to say how long the bloom will persist, because it is controlled in part by wind, rain and cloud cover, which are unpredictable. However, the bloom now includes Anabaena, a species that can obtain, or “x, the nitrogen it needs from the atmosphere. With continued sunny days, warm water, abundant phosphorus from the lake sediments and an unlimited source of nitrogen from the atmosphere, this bloom has the ingredients it needs to grow. This is different from the original bloom of Microcystis, which needed nitrogen from the lake water.Ž Dr. Havens noted that the releases from the lake to the coastal estuaries may or ma y not have seeded blue-green algae blooms in those waterways. Finding the same kind of blue-green al gae dominating the blooms in the lake and in one of the estuaries neither con“rms nor negates a physical connection,Ž he wrote. Microcystis is a common bloom-former in lakes across the United States, Europe and Asia.Ž Most of the water … and the nutrient load … that goes in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries comes from the local watersheds, not from Lake Okeechobee, he noted. On average, 60 percent of the total fresh water going into both the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries originates from the local watersheds, and 40 percent originates from Lake Okeechobee,Ž Dr. Havens wrote. 800.763.2114St. Lic. #CMCO54668Refrigeration ~ AC ~ Ice MachinesServing the Lake Okeechobee Region Since 1929 CarrierJim and Monica McCarthy Clark Nitrogen from the air helps fuel blue-green algae The Aug. 10 NOAA image showed cyanobacteria in about 38 percent of Lake Okeechobee.

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August 16, 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. The mis-“re/mis-hire of Jennifer James-MeslohIm a resident of the small Village of Newberry in Michigans Upper Peninsula. I moved here the same month in 2017 that Jennifer James-Mesloh took over as the village manager. I didnt become very aware of her until I attended a Power and Water Board meeting this year to voice my opposition to a ”at water rate.Ž I was fairly alarmed at what I saw and heard from Mrs. James-Mesloh (who had been chosen by Glades County as its new manager, but withdrew). My chief concern was the seemingly blatant, unapologetic disregard for her own job description, speci“cally not complying with a village ordinance specifying that the manager prepare and administer the budget. The budget for “scal 2017 wasnt introduced until the second quarter of 2018. There is still no legitimate budget posted for “scal 2018, although dozens of budget amendmentsŽ have been passed. There was supposedly a state audit conducted in May, but no one can seem to locate the of“ce or persons that conducted it, or the results of it. Mrs. James-Mesloh has hired (illegally in some cases) “ve people and two outside accounting “rms (on contract) to literally cover the budget responsibilities. In “scal 2017, she managed to increase administrative allocationŽ to $490,000, which is over a 330 percent increase from the previous year. She appointedŽ an assistant manager, for which no authority existed and no hiring process was undertaken. None of these positions were approved, vetted properly or ever publicly posted. As residents of Newberry became increasingly curious and critical, her response was to essentially clam up and lawyer up.Ž In the face of overwhelming non-transparency, the people of this small town went on to submit over 80 Freedom of Information Act requests to the village, most for documents that should be available in any municipal of“ce in this country promptly upon request. However, many of these remain unanswered, or the documentation presented was either incomplete or completely absent. If all this wasnt intriguing and/or painful enough, the residents of Newberry learned Aug. 3 that Mrs. James-Mesloh had been chosen as Glades County Floridas new manager. The weeks string of confusion, denials, accusations of fake newsŽ and the subsequent announcement on the 8th that she had refused the position (as the Glades County Democrat reported online) were all very interesting as well. A large camp of folks up here basically said, Good ... shes their problem now.Ž At “rst, I laughed ... and agreed. But then I started thinking that letting her go was not only giving her a pass on her utter failures in our town, but that indeed she would be somebody elses problem now. Someone who was so willing to leave us in a lurch (keep in mind, she has a “ve-year contract with Newberry) would undoubtedly do the same to the next town, if greener pasturesŽ presented themselves. Suf“ce it say that Glades County, in my opinion, has dodged the proverbial bullet in the mis-“red hiring of Jennifer JamesMesloh. Our commitment in Newberry to ridding ourselves of her has not wavered, but not at the expense of our neighbors in another town, county or state. God bless and good luck in “nding a real quali“ed professional to serve your community and its needs. Michael Winn Newberry, Mich.Amendment 6 key for crime victimsAs a proud member of law enforcement for more than 25 years, it is my job to make sure that justice is properly executed across our state. Ensuring a fair trial for all Floridians accused of a crime is integral to our society. However, a large population o f citizens are continuously overlooked by the Florida justice system. Without any clear, enforceable constitutional protections, crime victims are forced to stand by and watch as their abusers are afforded rights that they are denied as victims. It is time to balance the scales of justice and ensure both crime victims and those accused of a crime are treated as equals. Amendment 6, also known as Marsys Law for Florida, will give crime victims speci“c protections in our states most powerful legal document. Some of these protections include being alerted when their perpetrator is released from custody, having the right to be heard in a courtroom and receiving timely updates about their case. It is impossible to hold a fair trial when prioritizing one persons legal standing over another, which is currently the case in Florida. By giving victims equal standing, Amendment 6 offers crime victims the respect and dignity the y deserve. The fact that it has taken us this long to not only recognize the problem, but begin to correct it, is inexcusable. However, I am glad there is “nally an opportunity to rectify this injustice. This law requires a 60 percent passing vote to be established in the Florida Constitution. I urge everyone to vote for Amendment 6 in November. Together, we can help provide the justice necessary for victims to heal and move forward. Sheriff David Hardin Glades County Letters to the Editor 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.HGUNC meeting set Aug. 17Nonpro“ts representatives and the public are invited to the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition (HGUNC) meeting to be held on Friday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m., at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell St. in LaBelle. For information, call Terri Miazga at 813-892-5021 or email hgunc133@gmail.com.BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Menu includes grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, onion rings, salad and desert. Live music by Gerry Harmon. Proceeds bene“ts homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.VFW Riders serves mealsThe VFW Riders will serve a full breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and a meatloaf dinner at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge. Proceeds bene“t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 8:30-11 a.m. Proceeds bene“t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Senator to hold mobile hoursThe staff of State Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Lake Placid) will hold mobile of“ce hours on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Glades County Courthouse, 500 Ave. J S.W. in Moore Haven, from 9 to 10 a.m. and at the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee, from 11 a.m. to noon.BHR VFW serves up dinnerThe BHR VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 East in Buckhead Ridge, will serve beef brisket over noodles with succotash dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. Proceeds will bene“t veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882. Glades at a Glance Strike Out Hunger event in Port St. LucieThe Treasure Coast Food Banks (TCFB) Strike Out HungerŽ Night will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie as the St. Lucie Mets take on the Tampa Bay Yankees. The St. Lucie Mets players will be wearing custom Strike Out HungerŽ jerseys, which will be auctioned to support the Treasure Coast Food Banks efforts to “ght hunger. TCFB will be holding a food drive at the “eld. Anyone donating an item of nonperishable food will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win an autographed jersey. Tickets cost $9 for a premium box seat or $8 for general admission; purchase through this link: https://stophunger.org/ event/strike-out-hunger-2/. The park is located at 525 N.W. Peacock Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.

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4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY AMENDED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on August 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will consider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This hearing will be held on September 11, 2018, at 5:05 p.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 W. Ventura Ave., Clewiston, Florida. NOTE, the County advertised public hearings on this subject on August 2, 2018. The dates for both public hearings have been changed and the location of the second public hearing has changed. Petition Number: CPA18-0003 Applicant: Joe Marlin Hilliard, Trustee of the Joe Marlin Hilliard Revocable Trust dated November 5, 1973; Joe Marlin Hilliard as Trustee of the Marlin W. Hilliard Revocable Trust dated November 5, 1973; Joe Marlin Hilliard, II and Chelsa R. Hilliard; and Bryan R. Hilliard and Shea Hilliard Project size: 904 acres +/Location: 6000, 5800, 5670, 5600, 4640, 4550 and 4520 W. US 27, Clewiston, FL 33440 (Parcel IDs: 1-33-43-10-A00-0001.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0002.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0005.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0006.000; 1-33-43-11-A00-0003.0000; 1-33-43-11-A00-0004.0000; and 1-33-43-11-A00-0005.0000) Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map by changing the future land use designation from Agriculture to Multi-Use Development on the subject property. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, AS AMENDED, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP, MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/904 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners of“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department by phone (863675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendry”a.net), U.S. mail (P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (8636744194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendry”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Candidate pro“lesMr. Whidden, 55, is a fourth-generation Glades County resident and graduate of Moore Haven High School. He worked for the city, mainly in the water department, for al most 10 years after graduation, then labored at a ranch for a time and has been employed by Glades Electric Co. for nearly 18 years. The mayor is chairman of the City County Public Works Authority board and co-chairman of the Glades County Tourism Development Council. He has been on the City Council for 16 years, the last approximately 14 y ears as mayor. He has been married to Dena for 36 years and has a son, Devin, whos 33, and daughter Stacie, who is 29 and a deputy for the Glades County Sheriffs Of“ce. Mayor Whidden said hes running again because Id like to continue the direction that the city is going in, improve the City of Moore Haven, in ... getting it cleaned up, continue to improve and capitalize on our water and electric system, and make sure we dont go broke.Ž Asked who his heroes are, he responded: My wife is my hero. Ive been married to her for 36 years, and shes not just my wife, shes probably one of the best mothers ... also my best friend.Ž Councilman Decker drove trucks on long-distance routes for 35 years before moving to Moore Haven in 2000. He was employed by Glades Electric Co. for 10 years before he retired in 2011. A homeowner in the city, Mr. Decker has raised two daughters with his wife of 52 y ears, Bettie. He is a member of the Methodist Church in Moore Haven. Mr. Decker said he is running for another term on the City Council to be an active member of the community and to see Moore Haven prosper.Ž He did not respond to the query about who his heroes are.Three questions posedWhat are the most important couple of issues facing the City of Moore Haven today? And what would you propose to do about them? Mr. Decker: Continue to develop utilities and infrastructure. Support water plant expansion, continue sewer projects, and electrical maintenance.Ž Mr. Whidden: We need some controlled growth, more tax base and we need to capi talize on our main natural resources „ Lake Okeechobee, Fisheating Creek and the Calo osahatchee River. Id like to continue „ and were still working on it „ trying to get some money allotted to “nish the Moore Haven Canal, Seven-Mile Canal; whatever you want to call it. People call it different things. That would open up access from Moore Haven to Lake O. And were working on getting a mo tel in Moore Haven. When we get people to come, theyd have a place to stay, and theyll come and utilize our resources and spend money in our stores, motels, bait stores, gro cery stores or whatever.Ž What do you think the city govern ment can do to address the shortage of available jobs and affordable housing in Moore Haven? Mr. Decker: Support U.S. 27 corridor de velopment.Ž Mr. Whidden: Well, we just had a new apartment building built in town. The citys only one square mile. A lot of the vacant lots are owned by private citizens, so theres not a whole lot of open land in the city. Now, weve got a place where the old grocery store was; the people who own it got with our new city manager ... and theyre talking about tearing that down. Weve got some space along U.S. 27 where things could be built, but we just dont have a lot of land in the city. Most of it is residential. There are some nice lots, and were steadily (installing) sewer. Were ... “x ing to start on the south phase of 27. When we “nish that, everything on the south side will be on sewer, and then weve got to “nish on the north side. So that will make lots a little more valuable because rather than having to put in a septic tank and drain “eld, itll be on sewer.Ž How do you think the City of Moore Haven could best attempt to attract new businesses? Mr. Decker: Continue city beauti“cation and support the Economic Development Council.Ž Mr. Whidden: Complete the sewer proj ects, because theres not a big business thats going to come and build if they have to get on a drain “eld and septic tank. Sewer just makes it a lot more feasible and more attractive.Ž CITYContinued From Page 1 w ith their second choice, Martin Murphy, and those negotiations began later that day. Mrs. Long cast the noŽ vote after raising concerns about doing a more thorough background check with previous employers. According to Mr. Ahern, Mrs. JamesMesloh had said she was backing out because her husband had changed his mind about retiring and moving to Florida. How ever, one Newberry resident who contacted this newspaper after learning shed been chosen wrote in an email just after she with drew that that was not the reason she gave the village she works for currently. Commissioner Long said Tuesday that Mrs. James-Mesloh had asked that Glades County human resources staff not contact her current employer, the Village of Newberry, unless she were offered the job. It was kind of shocking,Ž said Chairman Ahern of her backing out. We didnt see it coming.Ž Among other business items on its long agenda Tuesday, the county board voted unanimously to appoint Archie Branch as permanent director of the Public Works Department. Hed been named interim director on July 16 and was the only present employee to apply for the position in response to an internal job posting. The commissioners also were unanimous in deciding to af“rm Public Safety Director Bob Jones as Glades deputy county manager, to act in the absence of the county manager in all of that persons capacities except for hiring and “ring authority, or authorizing any budgeted spending over $25,000 without county board approval. Mr. Jones will now act as day-to-day manager until a new permanent county manager is hired. GLADESContinued From Page 1

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August 16, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Billie Joyce Wiseman BorstA burial of cremains of Billie Joyce Wiseman Borst will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018, immediately followed by a celebration o f her life held at the Clewiston Inn. There was a funeral director error in last weeks newspaper. Debra A Hughes, 59MOORE HAVEN „ Debra A Hughes passed away Aug. 10, 2018 in Loxahatchee. She was born Nov. 2, 1958 in Pensacola, to the late George and Julie (Gann) Harris. Survivors include one son, Robert (Jackie) Dunson; two daughters, Leslie Whitehead and Shelley (Matt) Farnam; three brothers, Paul Harris, Steve Harris and Ronnie Harris; two sisters, Carol Whitehead and Donna Dixon; “ve grandchildren, Jenna Smith, Kaitlyn Dunson, Chase Dowd, Paisley Farnam and Everley Farnam. Memorial services will be held Saturday, A ug. 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Alvin L. Ward Boat Ramp, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston.Philip Earnest Mann, 75CLEWISTON „ Philip Earnest Mann passed away Aug. 13, 2018 at home. Philip was born Mar. 25, 1943 in Light, Arkansas to Earl and Margaret (Barber) Mann. Mr. Mann mar ried Linda L. Shannon on March 13, 1965 in Brooklyn, Arkansas. He served in the United States Air Force from J anuary 1961January 1965. After he was discharged from the Air Force, he worked for many years as a corrections of“cer for Glades Corrections Institute retiring as a Sergeant. He enjoyed wood w orking, building items with wood. He just built a display of wood working tools the da y before he passed away. He was a member o f the PBA. Philip leaves behind his loving wife of 53 y ears, Linda Mann of Clewiston; four sons, Tony Mann and wife Suzie, Steve Mann and w ife Sheri, Troy Mann, Tracey Mann and wife Lindsey; sister, Barbara Treadway; grandchildren, Heather Issac and husband Ryan, Brandon Mann, Josh Mann and wife Katherine, Trent Mann, Elizabeth Smith, Savannah Mann, Kyle Mann, Elly Mann, Cooper Mann, Colton Mann, Kayci Gillean and husband Ty, Braden Compton, Alexis Diliberto; great grandchildren, Lily Issac, Noah Issac, Gannon Gillean, Sawyer Mann, Sloan Mann, Stell a Mann, Liam Bradley, Callen Pitt and Weston Smith. Memorial gathering of family and friends w ill be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home … Clewiston. Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to obits@newszap.com. Customers m ay also request photos and links to online g uest books. A link to the obituaries is a vailable at www.newszap.com. Re” ections from the PulpitWhen people arent heard for the wrong reasons; and what to listen forBy The Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Somehow I was involved with a discussion on oil consumption when on vacation one year and where I disagreed with the people around me. I dont remember all of the details, but I remember someone asking me Where are you from?Ž I replied that it doesnt matter where I am from, the points I was trying to make did not depend on my geography. My answer wasnt satisfying and my comments were dismissed by others in the group. I hung on nevertheless, and continued to make my points. When we ended, nobody had changed their mind and each kept reiterating what was previously said. Other than disagreeing, the dialogues were useless! All too often Ive heard that People from ... are like thatŽ or Thats typical of those ...Ž or You can always expect people from ... to think that way.Ž A few years back, one of my colleagues was identi“ ed as trying to understandŽ immigrants from a Caribbean country in the Church he served and apparently didnt make much headway. When I began ministry there, one parishioner said to me You dont understand us.Ž My reply was Well, you all dont think alike!Ž and I let it go at that. So did the people in the congregation and we got along very well for my tenure there. My parents came from different backgrounds and disagreements were sometimes attributed to the differences. For awhile I dated someone whose parents came from the same country, disagreements being attributed to the fact that they were from different towns! As I began to explore the New Testament, I noted that people were identi“ ed by their professions or where they came from. Paul writes about Alexander the coppersmith ... (2 Timothy 4:14) and is himself known as a man from Tarsus named Saul (Acts 9:11). In those days there were no last names; people being identi“ ed by where they were from or what they did. However, it also told something about their backgrounds, beliefs, politics and customs. These were factors that would shape them for their lives too. Jesus Himself had this problem too. He has fed 5,000 people and then goes off by Himself with His disciples (John 6;22-25). The crowds search and “ nd Him and He tells them I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your “ ll (6:26).Ž Jesus tells them that He is the Bread of Life; what He will give is more than just nourishment here on earth; declaring I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (6:35ff).Ž Then those who followed began to grumble (v. 41).Ž Is not this the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know. How can he now say I came down from Heaven? (v. 42).Ž Jesus reiterates that He is the bread that came down from Heaven and calls for belief. The dissenters continue to argue and were divided among themselves; How can this man give us His ” esh to eat?(v. 52).Ž The ploy is to assail the person and ignore what he is saying; to look for weaknesses in what is being proclaimed; to point out we know him, hes outside of his “ eldŽ and “ nd a rationale to dismiss what is being said. Ive been told that it is an effective tactic, even if it has nothing to do with the topic at hand. It was a problem in Jesus day and is still with us. Jesus chose to stay above the fray. His words are still with us and have lasted. I have found that I do better when I listen to what people say rather than worry about where theyre from or what their lineage may be. Jesus lineageŽ didnt bother Him; He made use of it by opening the doors to all of humanity. His mandate was to Go into all of the world...Ž and thats the way that overcomes dismissing others for reasons that dont matter after all. Special to INI FloridaThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week awarded a contract to build the “ nal piece of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project, the S-191A Pump Station. In cooperation with the other coordinating agencies, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, SFWMDs project will improve the hydrology and water quality of Lake Okeechobee. The Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area in western Martin County is a key component of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program. It is one of the restoration projects included in the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan that will improve the quality of water ” owing into the lake. SFWMD previously constructed 2,700 acres of wetlands in two phases, capable o f treating stormwater runoff from the Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins ” owing into Lake Okeechobee. The 1,200-acre “ rst phase was completed in 2012 and the 1,500-acre second phase will be completed this year. The treatment area uses wetland plants to remove phosphorus from stormwater runof f naturally. The S-191A Pump Station is the last component of the Lakeside Ranch project. Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins have the highest phosphorus levels of any incoming watershed into the lake, with average total levels of more than 400 parts per billion (ppb). Phosphorus levels leaving Lakeside Ranch after treatment have been measured as low as 20 ppb. The STA can remove nearly 21 tons of phosphorus each year from the waters feeding the lake. Lakeside Ranch STA contract approved

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6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY AMENDED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on August 29, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will consider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This hearing will be held on September 11, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 W. Ventura Ave., Clewiston, Florida. NOTE, the County advertised public hearings on this subject on August 2, 2018. The dates for both public hearings have been changed and the location of the second public hearing has changed. Petition Number: CPA18-0004 Applicant: Southern Gardens Groves Corporation Project size: 682 acres +/Location: W. US 27 (NE corner of Whidden Corner), Clewiston, FL 33440 (Parcel IDs: 1-32-43-01-A00-0003.0000; 1-33-43-06-A00-0001.0000; 1-32-43-12-A00-0001.0000; 1-33-43-07-A00-0001.000; 1-32-43-12-A00-0005.0000; 1-33-43-07-A00-0002.0000; and 1-33-43-07-A00-0001.0100) Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map by changing the future land use designation from Agriculture to Multi-Use Development on the subject property. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, AS AMENDED, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP, MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/682 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners of“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department by phone (863-675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendry”a.net), U.S. mail (P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendry”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. By Debbie PervissGlades County Democrat Two people died from injuries they suffered in an Aug. 4 motorcycle crash on the Brighton Reservation Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at 2:52 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, a group of six motorcycles were traveling south on County Road 721 (Reservation Road). While negotiating a left curve, four of the motor cycles traveled off the roadway to the west, entering a bordering ditch. All riders were thrown from their respective motorcycles. Craig Colton, 48, of Fort Lauderdale w as operating a 2006 Harley-Davidson. Mr. Colton was transported to Hendry Region al Medical Center for minor injuries that he sustained in the crash. A passenger on his motorcycle, Nicole Hobin of Fort Lauder dale, was reported deceased at the scene from her injuries in the crash. Lisa Straus, 57, of Boyton Beach, was operating a 2012 Harley-Davidson. Ms. Straus was transported to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee with minor injuries she sustained in the crash. Robert Ferminich, 61, of Pompano Beach was operating a 2001 Harley-Davidson. Mr. Ferminich was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce with minor injuries he sustained in the crash. Timothy Purvis, 65, of West Palm Beach, was operating a 1977 Honda motorcycle. Mr. Purvis was transported to Tampa General Hospital. The FHP reported on Aug. 5 that Mr. Purvis had died from his injuries suffered in the crash. Mr. Colton was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter. The traf“c accident was investigated by crash investigator Trooper Yoel Garcia and homicide investigator Coporal Jusin Close. Motorcycle crash claims two lives Special to the Glades County Democrat GLADES/HENDRY „ The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties reminds residents and visitors to safely enjoy Floridas waters this summer. Floridas 9,000 miles of freshwater and salt w ater shorelines offer opportunities to have fun and stay cool, but it is important to know w hen to swim, stick to the shore or avoid naturally occurring living organisms such as mosquitoes or algae blooms. Cyanobacteria/blue-green algae are a group of organisms that can live in freshw ater, saltwater or mixed brackishŽ water. W hen conditions are right, such as with w arm water and increased nutrients, these organisms can increase in numbers and accumulate in some areas of a water body. These blooms can sometimes be pushed near the shore by winds, waves, tides and currents. When this happens, people have a greater chance of contacting the blooms. Exposure to water containing algae may cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed and rash if touched or inhaled. Swimming in water with blue-green algae blooms may cause ear, eye and skin reactions, and hay feverand ”u-like symptoms (including diar rhea) „ these reactions are not common. A lgae blooms can also remove oxygen from the water and cause “sh kills. The department offers the following Swim It, Shore It or Dodge ItŽ reminders: € Swim It with a buddy when safety ”ags and signs indicate that it is safe to do so. € Shore It on the sand if you have a cut on your skin, have a weakened immune system or you are alone. € Dodge It by avoiding organisms that live in or near the water, and stay clear of algae blooms. If you experience illness related to an algae bloom, please call the Florida Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222. For health-related questions, contact the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties at 863-674-4041. To report “sh kills, call Fish Kill Hotline (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) at 800-636-0511. To report algae blooms, contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at 855-305-3903. About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, visit www.FloridaHealth.gov. Know when to swim it, shore it or dodge it Special to the Glades County DemocratBlue-green algae are a group of organisms that can live in freshwater, saltwater or mixed brackish water.

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August 16, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY HENDRY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION PRESENTSOAK GROVE RV RESORT LABELLESEPT.29 5:30 PMSATURDAY Limited Bus transportation from Clewiston available call to inquire 863-983-2735 ewaddell@hrmc.us HEAVY HORS D'OUEVRES CASH BAR Join us for a fun-filled evening and watch our entertainers battle it out behind the pianos! This is a high-energy, all request sing-along show where the audience is just as much a part of the show! purchase tickets: www.bidpal.net/duelingpianos2018 Purchase Tickets: www.bidpal.net/duelingpianos2018 Electa Waddell 863-983-2735 ewaddell@hrmc.us By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat MOORE HAVEN The Glades County Public Library, the Library Advisory Board and Friends of the Library are sponsoring an Around the Lake student art contest during these last four months of 2018. This contest is open to all the students living around Lake Okeechobee. The subject matter should deal with each students answer to the question, What does Lake Okeechobee mean to me? The Advisory Board chose this topic to show the beauty and diversity of our lovely area and not to limit the children on their creativity on this subject. I am sure they will come up with something amazing, said Sandy Lundy, whos spearheading the con test. The entries will be judged and displayed during the Art in the Park event scheduled Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. There are four categories for the students: pre-kindergarten through second grade; third through fth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and ninth through 12th grade. Cash prizes of $100 for rst place, $50 for second and $25 for third will be awarded. The student artists may use mixed media. The library is providing the tag board for students to work with. Each student must complete an application in order to participate in the contest, and the form may be picked up at the library. The tag board is also now available from the library, as of Aug. 13. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. The Glades County Public Library is located at 201 Riverside Drive in Moore Haven. For more information, call the library at 863-946-0744. Art in the Park contest underway for next year Special to the Glades County Democrat/SFWMDLock at BHR closed for repairsFor boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, the S-127 navigation lock at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County closed Monday, Aug. 13, and will remain closed through Wednesday, Aug. 22. During that time, staff from the South Florida Water Management Districts Okeechobee Field Station will be conducting repairs to the lock. To get the latest information on navigation through SFWMD structures and waterways, mariners may visit www.sfwmd. gov/navigation.

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8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Dr. John Hankins Independent-Fundamental King James Bible ~ Old fashioned Preaching Traditional Hymns Service Times Sunday School 10am Sunday Worship 11am Sunday Night 6pm Thursday Night Prayer & Bible Study 7pm For more information, please call 863-214-6121 www.victorybaptistclewiston.com 705 S. Olympia Street Clewiston, FL 33440Located in the center of ClewistonI am Mercedes Perdomo Reese and Im a candidate for Hendry County School Board District 4.Vote for change and new representationŽ A positive voice to represent you on the school boardŽVote for that change at the Primary Election on August 28thPaid Pol. Ad. Paid for and approved by Mercedes Perdomo Reese for Hendry County School Board District 4 Special to INI Florida Farmers around Lake Okeechobee are attempting to push back against attacks from politicians and media outlets around South Florida. After toxic algae blooms began to take over waterways in South Florida, some politicians running for election began to single out one scapegoat, Big Sugar. During a campaign event in Fort Myers in early July, Republican Florida governor hopeful Ron DeSantis blamed sugar farmers for the algae crisis and claimed his opponent A dam Putnam was controlled by Big Sug ar.Ž I want to clean up the waterways here in South Florida,Ž said Mr. DeSantis. He (Putnam) is captive to big sugar. He wont do anything they dont want him to doŽ „ the implication being that Big SugarŽ is re sponsible for the algae crisis, and that their goal is for it to continue. Opponents of Big SugarŽ claim that sugar farms around Lake Okeechobee are responsible for the increased phosphorus in the lake that blue-green algae feeds on, and water released from the lake by the U.S. A rmy Corp of Engineers is responsible for the both the algae crisis on the east coast of Florida and the red tide disaster on the west coast. However, about 90 percent of the phosphorus load into Lake Okeechobee comes from the watershed north of the lake. A ma jority of the sugar farms in Florida are located south of Lake Okeechobee. According to the South Florida Water Management District, only 4 percent of the phosphorus entering the lake comes from south of the lake. University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) regional sugarcane extension agent Stewart Swan son thinks this disconnect between rhetoric and reality is a function of so few people being involved with agriculture. Everybody looks for a word thatll catch everybodys attention you know thats how y ou get Big Sugar and everything,Ž said Mr. Swanson. But there isnt that much acre age of sugarcane north of the lake. Theres a couple thousand acres near Highlands County, thats about it. But in the watershed that runs all the way to Disney World, you have 140,000 acres of citrus. So its 140,000 acres of citrus versus about 2,000 acres of sugar cane thats in the watershed north of the lake.Ž Mr. Swanson also stated that sugar cane has the lowest requirements of nutrients for many crops grown in South Florida, only requiring a fraction of the nitrogen and phosphorus compared with a vegetable or citrus crop. Neither Mr. DeSantis nor any of the governor hopefuls on the Democratic side have run ads attacking Big Citrus.Ž Judy Sanchez, senior director of corporate communications and public affairs for U.S. Sugar, says both U.S. Sugar and the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce are conducting public tours and bringing coastal residents out to tour sugar farms and processing facilities to get a “rsthand look at how their food is grown and processed in hopes of telling their side of the story. The farming community is disappointed that farmers, who are natural caretakers of the their land and water resources, are being falsely accused of harming the coastal environment,Ž said Mrs. Sanchez. These accusations absolutely come from misunderstanding, some of which has been deliberately spread by anti-farming activist groups. In 2018, communities south of Lake Okeechobee contributed barely 2 percent of the water into Lake Okeechobee, and that was for ”ood control for the city of Clewiston. It had nothing to do with protecting sugarcane farmers or farm land.Ž In an article published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 6, reporter Craig Pittman called out Adam Putnam for being the only candidate in the governor race to take money from Florida sugar companies in the midst of the algae crisis. In the article, Mr. Pittman correctly pointed out that Floridas best management practices (BMP) program, which consists of cost-effective actions that agricultural producers can take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants entering our water resources, is a essentially voluntary program for most of the state. However, Ardis Hammock, co-owner of Frierson Farms located near Moore Haven, released a statement attempting to correct Mr. Pittmans article in regard to BMP practices in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), where a majority of sugar farms operate. Mr. Pittman claims that the sugarcane farmers best management practices that have successfully reduced phosphorus by 57 percent are some sort of voluntary program,Ž said Ms. Hammock in statement released by Florida Sugarcane Farmers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sugarcane and vegetable farmers in the EAA are required by law to reduce phosphorus by 25 percent annually, and they bettered that by more than twice what is legally required of them for more than two decades. Every single drop of water ”owing off their land is cleaned, and the farmers pay 100 percent of the cost to clean the water ”owing off their property „ the vast majority of which ”ows south to the Everglades.Ž UF/IFAS regional sugarcane extension agent Stewart Swanson backed up Ms. Hammocks claims. In the entire EAA south of the lake, the BMPs are mandatory,Ž explained Mr. Swanson. I managed a research station for the University of Florida in that area. I had an auto collector that collected water samples once every hour, and those samples were sent off to a lab and the phosphorous content was tested.Ž Some of the attacks on the sugar industry in Florida from politicians and media have led to threats being made to the communi ties south of Lake Okeechobee. The sheriffs of“ces in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are currently investigating some o f the veiled threats that were made online. Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden was quoted as saying the threatening language was posted by several vocal people online and was generally aimed at people living near Lake Okeechobee. One person criticized the sugar industry for causing the algae problem and declared theyd sho w up 2nd Amendment in hand.Ž Another said protesters should gather near the lake to draw police,Ž take physical actionŽ on Lake Okeechobee and said I got a welder and an AR (assault ri”e) but its gonna take a big group to stand up to local law enforcement.Ž Agriculture is an easy target,Ž concluded Mr. Swanson. Few people are involved in it anymore. I think nationally we only have half of one percent of people that are actually involved with agriculture. But I think we need to do as good a job as possible protecting our water resources here in Florida and Ive spent years working in this program to do just that.Ž Sugar farmers push back on attacks from media By Samantha GrenrockUF/IFAS GAINESVILLE „ When a hurricane is on the horizon, boat owners need to do more than batten down the hatches to get ready, according to an expert with the University of Florida. Hurricane season started June 1, but boaters in the sunshine state can take steps now to make sure their vessels dont end up beached, underwater or in pieces, said Brittany Scharf, a Florida Sea Grant agent with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Hernando County. It is important to do a trial run of how you would secure your vessel so you will know how long it will take. Factor in possible road closures or low lying areas that may make your action plan dif“cult. Vessels will need to be moved 48 to 72 hours before a storm is predicted to hit an area,Ž she said. Boat owners should develop a plan of action and practice this plan. Are you going to secure your vessel in a marina? Are you going to remove it from the water and secure it on land? Do you need to moor your vessel? What materials would you need to make this possible?Ž Ms. Scharf said. If you can, plan to move inland. Storing your boat in a garage or building is ideal, but if thats not an option, the leeward side o f a building will offer some protection, Schar f said. If you store your boat outside, place it away from trees and power lines. Overall, the best place for your boat during a hurricane is on dry land thats far away from coastal areas,Ž Ms. Scharf said. This is de“nitely easier to do with smaller boats, but these boats are also the most vulnerable to damage from a storm.Ž Make sure your insurance policy is cur rent and that you know what your polic y covers,Ž Ms. Scharf said. Is your boat prepared for a hurricane?

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August 16, 20188 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGNotice is hereby given that a Hendry County Selection Committee will hold a meeting on August 21, 2018, at 9:00 AM, for presentations, review, and selection of the submittals for RFQ #2018-17, Disaster Debris Removal and Disposal Services. The meeting will be held at the Hendry County Administration Building, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, Florida. 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. Please note that matters may be discussed at the meeting which are not on the prepared agenda for the meeting. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Engineering Department at (863) 675-5222; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail konan@hendryfla.net. 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 Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 675-5324. 280979 CN/CB 8/16/2018 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 Employment Full Time Cox Air Conditioning is looking for experienced A/C Service Tech and Installers. Must have at least 2 years experience Self-motivated, basic tools for the job Clean driving record Pay based on experience Quarterly Bonuses Take home vehicle Stop in to apply at 99 N Industrial Loop, LaBelle, FL 33935. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you chec k 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 o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Houses Rent RIVER HOME 2BR, 3BA, 2 Car Garage, Florida Room, corner lot on canal & river, East o f LaBelle, $1100/mo. 970-708-9993. Land Sale MOORE HAVEN Frontage on Rt. US #27, DEVELOPMENT SITE 2 ACRES ENTIRE CITY BLOCK Zoned commercial. Adjacent to court house, high school, etc. APARTMENT SITE (8 units) Near river. Walk to school. Townhouses or Rental Apartments. Call owner for details 863-673-5071 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-595-0093 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 08/27/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 2002 HONDA 1HGCG16582A037992 1996 CHEV 1GNDM19W2TB105190 2006 CHEV 2G1WB58K169394736 1995 TOYT 1NXAE04B7SZ324782 280768 CN 8/16/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-CP-000008 IN RE: ESTATE OF IRVING L. BAKER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Irving L. Baker, deceased, whose date of death was December 2nd, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Avenue J #102, Moore Haven, Florida 33471 The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the 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 ON OR BEFORE THE LATE R OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF T HE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF T HIS 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 NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE T IME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is August 16th, 2018. Personal Representative: Thomas E. Baker 18841 E. Water Drive Unit D Aurora, CO 80013 ROBERTO P. CELAYA SHEEHAN & CELAYA, P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representative 300 DAL HALL BLVD. LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 By: ROBERTO P. CELAYA FloridaBarNo. 20769 Emaiil Addresses: roberto @scjuris. com 278184 GCD 8/16,23/2018 Notice of registration of FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME In accordance with Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: TAPGOLD ENTERTAINMENT mailing address of 1011 West Aztec Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440, located in Hendry County, Florida owner will register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Owner: Renaldy Tapia 278681 CN 8/10/2018 Fictitious Name IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2018 CA 0002035T WEALTH PARTNERS, LP, Plaintiff, vs. RUBY C. SULLIVAN; ESTATE OF RUBY C. SULLIVAN; and UNKNOWN HEIRS OF RUBY C. SULLIVAN, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION; CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE -PROPERTY TO: Ruby C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. Estate of Ruby C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. Unknown Heirs of Ruby C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title to the following property in Hendry County: Lots 33 and 34, Block 4486, Unit 63, Cape Coral Subdivision, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 21, Pages 48 through 81, inclusive, of the Public Records of Lee County, Florida. Has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Owen Sokolof, Esq., Sokolof Remtulla Stengel, LLC, Plaintiffs Attorney, whose address is 224 Datura Street, Suite 515, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, on or before Thirty (30) days from Date of First Publication of this Notice and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you and the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on July 2nd, 2018. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: J. Bevis DEPUTY CLERK Sokolof Remtulla Stengel LLC 224 Datura Street, Suite 515 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 OSokolof@floridalitlaw.com SRemtulla@floridalitlaw.com SStengel@floridalitlaw.com Attorneys for Plaintiff Telephone: 561-507-5252 272668 CN 8/16,23,30;9/6/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF IBE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 22-2018-CA-000067 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, REBEN JACOBO A/KIA RUBEN JACOBO, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION To: GLORIA JACOBO Last Known Address: 784 Avenue E Moore Haven, FL 33471 Current Address: Unknown ISLAND MOBILE NETWOR, INC., A DISSOLVED NEW YORK CORPORATION, BY AND THROUGH ALAN JACOBS, TRUSTEE Last Known Address: 535 Broadhallow Road, Suite B29, Nelville, NY 11747 Current Address: Unknown THE UNKNOWN HEiRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, REBEN JACOBO A/K/A RUBEN JACOBO, DECEASED Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS. Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Glades County, Florida: LOT 7, BLOCK 72, CITY OF MOORE HAVEN, AS PER PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 72, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY NOW GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LOCATED HEREON AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS A SINGLEWIDE 1984 MOBILE HOME, BEARING TITLE NUMBER: 40334663 AND VIN NUMBER FLFL1AD397004798, A/K/A 784 AVENUE E, MOORE HAVEN, FL 33471 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the first publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and file the original with this Court either before September 17, 2018 service on Plaintiffs attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be1ntered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Glades County Democrat Newspaper. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 7th day of August, 2018. Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Tami Simmons Deputy Clerk **See the Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Administrative Services Manager, whose office is located at Charlotte County Justice Center, 350 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950 and whose telephone number is (941)637-2281, within two (2) working days ofreceipt of this notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call l-800-955-8771. To file response please contact Glades County Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 10, Moorehaven, FL 33471. 280500 GCD 8/16,23/2018 863.763.3134 | okeeadsales@newszap.com Great Branding & Image Building Opportunity

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Public Notice Public Notice 10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 INVITATION TO BID GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS “Glades County Debris Monitoring Services”The Glades County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) requests that interested parties submit formal sealed proposals for the above-referenced project. SCOPE OF WORK: The BoCC Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking responses from debris monitoring for disasters in Glades County Florida. The BoCC reserves the right to with draw and cancel this invitation at any time, without liability to any responders or prospective responders. The BoCC reserves the right to retain all responses submitted and to use any ideas in a response regardless of whether that proposal is selected. governs this request must be obtained from Angie Snow-Coor EMAIL Asnow@myglades.com. There is no pre proposal meeting for this Request for proposal. copies and 1 Electronic copy) shall be placed in separate, sealed envelopes with the titles clearly indicated on the outside: RFP ery to the Emergency Management Director and which must be 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 costs and expenses related to the preparation and submission of a response are the sole responsibility of the responder. All prospective respondents are cautioned not to contact any member of the BoCC or members of the evaluation team. All questions should be directed to Angie Snow-Colegrove, Emergency Managebe submitted by EMAIL to asnow@myglades.com. 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 readvertise 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 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 Condo Bass Capitol #704 Reduced $102.9K • 3/2 800 W. Alverdez Ave $170K • 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. 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Alverdez Ave $170K CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT has tentatively adopted a budget for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on AUGUST 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the District Office, 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston, Florida 33470. 270714 CN 8/16/2018 ACROSS 1 Receives 5 Slide downhill on runners 9 Long stories 14 Water color 15 Frankfurt mister 16 Chat room troublemaker 17 Thanksgiving, casually 19 HumbleŽ home 20 River through Rome 21 Actress/activist who was Ossie Davis life partner 23 Give me __!Ž: start of a Hoosier cheer 24 Becomes slippery, as a road 28 Dirty dishes site 29 Negative aspect 30 Hot chili pepper 32 Parisian summer 33 Wood choppers 35 When repeated, a former breath freshener 36 Hard luck case 38 Crooked craps cube 42 My badŽ 45 __ Nineties 46 Nepalese staple 50 Tres menos dos 51 Finds 55 Doze briefly 56 Alpha follower 58 In the best shape 59 Part of TGIF: Abbr. 60 Anonymous man 62 Storage auction buys 64 Argentine icon played by Madonna 65 Where Are You!Ž toon pooch 69 Roman agriculture goddess 70 Quattro automaker 71 Texting button 72 Garbage 73 Film holder 74 Other than that DOWN 1 1997 Hawke/Thurman sci-fi movie 2 Semiannual astronomical event 3 Many a windmill 4 Sushi bar cupful 5 Hardly outgoing 6 Was in first place 7 Stretch of history 8 Practice session 9 Wild guess 10 Fast food chain known for its roast beef 11 Halloween treats 12 Like firm spaghetti 13 More smooth 18 Guitarist Clapton 22 Star Trek: EnterpriseŽ network 25 Bambinos home 26 Watched with suspicion 27 Mali neighbor 31 Yale student 34 Digital camera type, for short 37 Poets aboveŽ 39 Popeyes Olive 40 See socially 41 Salon colorings 42 Topic 43 Bogey, vis--vis par 44 Nest egg named for a Del. senator 47 Nonbeliever, to some 48 Moving day stack 49 Show in a television series 52 Look what I found!Ž 53 Shaws __ and CleopatraŽ 54 Ticket part you keep 57 Feeds the kitty 61 Smidge, as of salt 63 Org. at 11 Wall St. 66 Actors aid 67 Poetic tribute 68 It may be crude By Ray Hamel 2015 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 08/03/15 08/03/15 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.comCrossword PuzzleReal Estate Directory Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO www.newszap.com& click on classifieds ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

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August 16, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON LEVY OF NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION BY THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL MUNICIPAL SERVICE BENEFIT UNIT TAKE notice that a public hearing will be held before the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, at 5:30 p.m. on September 11, 2018, at the Commission Room, Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, for the purpo se of considering the levy of a non-ad valorem assessment on additional parcels within the Mosquito Control Municipal Service Bene“t Unit. The purpose of the non-ad valorem assessment is to cover the costs necessary to provide mosquito control services to the assess ed parcels. The proposed assessment amounts are as follows: Residences: $30.00 per dwelling unit/$500 maximum per parcel Vacant lots: $30.00 per lot/$400 maximum per parcel Commercial: $0.10 per square foot, with a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $200 per parcel Vacant acreage: $1.00 per acre, with a minimum of $1.00 and a maximum of $100 per parcel The additional parcels proposed to be assessed are depicted on the four adjacent maps. The proposed assessment will be collected by the uniform method (on the tax bill) by the Tax Collector and the assessment will be collected every year inde“nitely until the County Commission discontinues it. All affected property owners may appear and be heard at the public hearing and also have the right to “le written objections wi th the Hendry County Administrator, Post Of“ce Box 2340, LaBelle, Florida 33975, at anytime within 20 days from the date of thi s publication. The meeting is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at t his meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbati m 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 conta ct Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha.daniels@hendry”a.ne t. 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 co n Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240.

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12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 By Matteo TullioGlades County DemocratWith the new school year starting, please remember school bus safety tips and use caution. € Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Make sure to inform children to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and to board the bus one at a time. € Ensure that you teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the bus. € If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, they should take “ve giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates its safe. Also teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. € Instruct younger kids to use handrails when they board or exit the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your children drop something outside or near the front of the bus, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up. € Motorists should always follow the posted speed limits and to slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remem ber to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus. € Slow down and stop if youre driving near a school bus that is ”ashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either pre paring to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off the bus. School buses are required, by Federal Law, to have an 8 light warning system (4 y ellow and 4 red ”ashing lights) to warn motorists of the bus stopping. In addition, buses have a stop arm that extends from the drivers side of the bus. When a school bus is stopped, the lights ”ashing and the stop arm extended, it is unlawful to pass that bus. Florida motor vehicles laws require that motorists stop upon approaching any school bus which displays its ”ashing red lights and has its stop signs extended. Florida Statute 316.172 makes passing a stopped bus a moving infraction. Upon conviction the violator will be assigned 4 points to his/her license and “ned $173(or more). The violator may face the addition al penalty of a mandatory county court appearance. The following is Florida State Statute 316.172 (Traf“c to stop for school bus) in its entirety. (1) (a) Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle on or over the roads or highways of this state shall, upon ap proaching any school bus which displays a stop signal, bring such vehicle to a full stop while the bus is stopped, and the vehicle shall not pass the school bus until the signal has been withdrawn. A person who violates this section commits a moving vi olation, punishable as provided in chapter 318. (b) Any person using, operating, or driv ing a vehicle that passes a school bus on the side that children enter and exit when the school bus displays a stop signal com mits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318, and is subject to a mandatory hearing under the provisions of s. 318.19. (2) The driver of a vehicle upon a divid ed highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier is not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus which is stopped in accordance with the provisions of this section. (3) Every school bus shall stop as far to the right of the street as possible and shall display warning lights and stop signals as required by rules of the State Board of Ed ucation before discharging or loading passengers. When possible, a school bus shall not stop where the visibility is obscured for a distance of 200 feet either way from the bus. Bus safety tips for motorists