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Title: The Clewiston news
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Louis A. Morgan
Place of Publication: Clewiston Fla
Creation Date: January 20, 2005
Publication Date: 1928-
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 2, no. 6 (Feb. 3, 1928)-
General Note: Tom Smith, editor.
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Volume 80,


At A Glance


Clewiston
Adult School
The Clewiston Adult School
is offering a variety of classes
that range from GED prep,
ABE, ESOL (English for Speak-
ers of Other Languages), Basic
Computer, Spanish, and Substi-
tute Teacher Preparation. Also
be sure to ask about the
Hendry County Adult School
Scholarship. You may contact
the Clewiston Adult School at
(863) 983-1511 for more infor-
mation.
Clewiston Dixie
Youth Baseball
Registration of players for
Clewiston Dixie Youth Base-
ball's 2005 season will be at the
Clewiston Middle School Cafe-
teria, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Registration cost is $55 for
first child, $50 for second child
and $45 for each additional
child per family. Registration
includes league fees, insurance
and uniforms. Please bring a
copy of your child's birth certifi-
cate to register.
Jewelry sale
at H.R.M.C.
The annual fine jewelry
sale, at the medical center
lobby is taking place, Jan. 25,
from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. There will
be earrings, bracelets, neck-
laces, watches, brooches,
charms, etc. in 14K gold or sil-
ver. Cash, check or credit card
may be used. All proceeds from
this sale are used to purchase
equipment for the Medical
Center.
Sankofa Museum
on wheels
The community is invited to
view the one-day exhibit at
PBCC/Belle Glade of the
African.'American Museum on
Wheels Thursday, Jan. 27. The
exhibit will be located in the
outdoor entry patio or on the
first floor hall if it is raining.
Big 0 Birding
Festival
Plans are underway for the
2005 Big 0 Birding Festival to
be held Jan. 28-30, 2005, at the
Doyle Conner Building in
Moore Haven. This festival is a
joint venture of Glades Eco-
nomic Development Council,
Hendry, and Okeechobee
Counties to bring birders and
other visitors together for a
weekend of outdoor fun. Vol-
unteers are welcome to help
with the planning and set up of
the festival. Call Peggy Barton at
(863) 946-0300 to volunteer. If
you would like to be a vendor
please call Nita Choban (863)-
983-8619. Visit the Web site
www.bigobirdingfestival.com.
Narconon
offers help
Each year individuals strug-
gling with drug and alcohol
addiction make the resolution
to quit using drugs. For many of
See Glance Page 12


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DCF defends outsourcing


By Patty Brant
and Mark Young
CLEWISTON Florida
Department of Children & Fami-
lies (DCF) District 8 Administra-
tor Mike Murphy said that closing
the Clewiston office is part of the
department's larger effort to
modernize.
Part of the "modernization"
effort that was being conducted
by the state agency was to look
outward for sources to help


organize the service-related por-
tion of what DCF provides to its
clients. According to a "working
draft model," published Dec. 3,
2004, the agency was looking at
ways to justify the need for priva-
tization by stating they have a
"strong desire to optimize the
efficiency of state government."
Optimizing the efficiency of
state government is a novel
approach, however, like any
large business, streamlining effi-
ciency usually translates into lost


jobs.
To accomplish the modern-
ization efforts, DCF wants to
decrease its workforce and rely
on automation. There were-up to
a dozen employees who held
positions in the Clewiston office.
Initially, it was reported that eight
Clewiston workers would be laid
off, but DCF denies that any
employees were laid off and
maintains that all were offered
positions in other offices.
"All 12 employees were


Anglers ready: FLW anglers begin new season


:. Courtesy pnoto
Clewiston's Scott Martin holds' up one of his five-bass limit after coming back from- a
four-pound deficit to win last year's FLW August fishing tournament. Martin is steadily
climbing the FLW rankings after taking second at last year's championship tournament.

FLW fishing tournament underway


By Mark Young
The 2005 FLW fishing series
is off and running, as more than
400 anglers spread across the
vast expanse of Lake Okee-
chobee.
The big "0" is a favorite of
many of the professional
anglers involved in the FLW
series and famous for its eight to
nine pound largemouth bass,
which has been arriving to the
weigh-in scales with an enthusi-
astic regularity.
During the Everstart fishing
tournament, which was
launched out of Clewiston's
Roland and Mary Ann Martin's
Marina a couple of weeks ago,
several one and two-day weight
records were shattered.
While the 2004 hurricane
season certainly took its toll on
property, it apparently has
stirred up the monstersin the
dark waters of Lake Okee-
chobee. One 10.5-pound bass
and several eight to nine pound
bass were brought to the scales
during the Everstart tourna-
ment, which is a sub-division of


the coveted FLW series.
Like the Everstart tourna-
ment, the FLW series is broken
down into two divisions the
professional and co-angler divi-
sion. But unlike the Everstart
series, the FLW anglers, are fish-
ing for a lot more money.
First place will earn a cool
$100,000, with second taking
home $36,000 and third place
will earn $25,000 on the profes-
sional side, not including the
plethora of bonuses available to
the anglers.
The tournament pays out 75
places, with 51-75 earning
some expense money in the
form of $2,750. Big bass money
is also available and that 10-
pounder may be worth an addi-
tional $750.
The Roland and Mary Ann
Martin Marina is the host site of
this year's tournament and
where the first two days of
weigh-in will occur. The anglers
will make every attempt to boat
every ounce in searching for a
top 10 spot, which will secure
them a place in 'the- final two
days of competition.


Beginning on the third day,
the top 10 finalists in the profes-
sional division and the top 10
finalists in the co-angler division
will go head to head against
their division opponents starting
from scratch. The most weight
after the third and fourth day
will take home a large payday
and a first place points total in
the series.
The final two days of weigh-
in will occur at Clewiston's Wal-
Mart. The Fun Zone will also be
open during the final two days
and hungry spectators can
enjoy the hot dog and chili sale
by the Clewiston Lion's Club.
Pepsi has stepped up to donate
240 cans of Pepsi to help the
Lion's Club make the sale a suc-
cess.
Last year, Clewiston's Scott
Martin finished second at the
FLW championship tourna-
ment, which took place in Pell,
AL. Martin ended up finishing
the season in 32nd place, but
made well over $200,000 for the
year, with his great finish at the

See FLW-Page 12


offered other positions," said tion to picking up applications
DCF public information specialist for Medicare and food stamps.
David Caldwell. "Some of them Those types of services will
were offered to go to LaBelle and still be available, just in a differ-
-the rest were offered to go to Ft. ent way, as the agency looks to
Myers. I know that's a long drive technology for help in moderniz-
and some of them probably did- ing their application process.
n't want to do that, but they-were- "Those types of things can be
all offered positions." done on a computer," said Mr.
The Clewiston office has Caldwell. "We have access
helped more than 4,200 clients points, and there will be access
over the years. According to Mr. points in Clewiston, where peo-
Caldwell, about 42 percent of
those clients were strictly in rela- See DCF Page 12


Work begins




on Clewiston




water plant


By Tracy Whirls
-With the "formal"
announcement from the Fed-
eral Economic Development
Administration (EDA) award-
ing the $2 million grant to
fund the city's new $10.5 mil-
lion three mg reverse osmosis
water treatment plant and
execution of the financial
assistance acceptance forms
by Mayor Mali Chamness,
work on .the plant project is
moving forward in earnest.
. "We have finally reached
the point where the work on
our new water plant begins,"
said City Manager Wendell
Johnson.


By Tracy Whirls
The Clewiston Commission
during their Workshop sched-
uled for 5:30 p.m. today, Thurs-
day, Jan. 20, is expected to dis-
cuss a proposed revision of an
existing ordinance governing
accessory structures, fences
and other housing features that
may encroach upon the city's
rights-of-way, as well as more
strict guidelines concerning
home occupations.
In a memo to commission-
ers sent Jan. 4, City Manager
Wendell. Johnson noted Vice
Mayor Jimmy Pittman in
December directed staff to
draft an ordinance relevant to


In a related matter, the city
manager said United States
Department of Agriculture
(USDA) officials advised the
city last week that their $8.5
million portion of the water
plant project-funding pack-
age is at the federal review
level.
"They indicated a 'letter of
conditions' for funding award
should be submitted to the
city by the end of the month,"
Mr. Johnson said, adding that
the USDA package includes
another $2 million grant and
a $6.5 million low interest
See Plant-Page 12


improving regulation of
portable carports, which
became an issue after an
Avienido Del Rio resident erect-
ed an enclosed prefabricated
carport to replace a previously
existing carport that had been
destroyed during the hurri-
canes.
According to Mr. Johnson, a
new section, if approved by the
commission, concerning
accessory structures, will be
incorporated into article VI of
the city's Supplementary Dis-
trict Regulations to provide
extensive and detailed direc-
tion regulating accessory struc-

See Codes Page 12


Lake Level


15.42
Feet
above sea
level


Index

Classifieds ...... .18-21
Opinion ............ .4
School ............. 9
Sports ............ .11

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What
By Mark Young
CLEWISTON B
most everyone has h
Relay For Life, but w
popular program acco
es for those battling
can't even be measure
dollar amount that the
event raises.
Sandi Rodriguez an
Lopez, chair and vice-
the Relay For Life comr
Clewiston, were on hai
Jan. 13 Clewiston Lioi
meeting.
The pair discuss
importance of getting ti
out, not only about the
19 event to occur at the
County Fairgrounds, I
about why the event is
important.
Rodriguez explain
the money raised
Relay For Life is distrib
the American Cancer
to local agencies, wh
vides many free prog
those inflicted by the


Relay for I
deadly diseases.
"We run a real risk of losing
3y now these local programs because
ieard of people don't know about the
'hat the programs," said Ms.
)mplish- Rodriguez. "Many people must
cancer often be treated in other com-
d in the munities, but the services
annual offered can be taken advan-
tage of here in their own com-
id Kacie munity."
chair of Ms. Rodriguez said that all
nittee in of the money raised locally
nd at the during the Relay For Life event
n's Club is kept locally for the purpose
of providing no cost services to
ed the cancer patients.
he word Some of those services
Feb. 18- include a personal support net-
Hendry work, created by and for can-
but also cer survivors. Ms. Rodriguez, a
so very cancer survivor herself, said
this network was an invaluable
ed that tool to understand what was
through going to happen during her
)uted by treatment and provided a deep
Society pool of comfort and support.
ich pro- The American Cancer Soci-
rams to ety also offers a "Look good -
various Feel Better" program where


,ife does
women who are active in can-
cer treatment can learn tech-
niques to restore their self-
image. Locally, A Cut Above
Hair Salon, is actively involved
in this program. Thanks to the
donation of time, this service is
free to those currently in can-
cer treatment.
The American Cancer Soci-
ety also offers a program called
"Rock Weekend" where the
patients and their families get
to enjoy a weekend away from
the stresses of home and hos-
pital. Nurses and caregivers
accompany the patient to
ensure that their medical
needs are being addressed, but
otherwise its something of a
"day off" from their ongoing
battle.
The funds that stem from
the annual Relay For Life
fundraiser is what helps to pay
for these programs and so
much more.
Ms. Rodriguez said that can-
See Relay Page 12


Staff photo/Tracy Whirts
Sandi Rodriguez (right), chairwoman of the Relay For Life
committee in Clewiston, addressed the Clewiston Lion's
Club at their Jan. 13 meeting. Joining her is Kacie Lopez,
vice-chair (left).


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Latin beauties hold meet and greet


By Adam Weiland
The Clewiston Inn hosted a
meet and greet for the candidates
of the 2005 Miss Latina and Miss
Teen Latina of the Glades
Pageants Jan. 15.
Millagras Navaro, event organ-
izer, called the meet and greet ses-
sion, an evening in which to be
proud.
Media and sponsors of the
upcoming pageants had a close
encounter with all the contest-
ants, having the opportunity to
take photographs and ask ques-
tions.
Carlos Daniele Marichifron-
tera, from Miami, entertained the
overflowing crowd in the Sugar
and Spice room. Mr. Marichifron-
tera sang a variety of beautiful
songs.
The pageant will be held at the
Dolly Hand Center in Belle Glade
Feb. 26 and at that time, two girls
will be selected to continue
onwards to the State Miss Latina
Contest.
The Miss Teen Latina Pageant
is for ages 15-17 while the Miss
Latina Pageant is open for con-
testants between the ages of 18-
23.


Staff photo Adam Weiland


Miss Latina and Miss Teen Latina candidates


Special guests were sponsors,
parents, media, Jr. Miss Hendry
County Katie Vita, Miss Teen Flori-
da Latina Lissette Martinez, and
Little Miss Chiqutica Sade Gomez.
Candidates for this year's Miss
Teen Latina are:
1. Adriana Moya, 16, sponsored
by Discount Rock and Sand.
2.Alexis Rodriquez, 17, spon-
sored by Julio's Caf6 Tropical.
3.Cristy Soriano, 16, sponsored
by Dr. Haque.


4.Elva Diaz, 15, sponsored by
Diaz General Hauling.
5.Liliana Gonzales, 17, spon-
sored by Sugar Realty.
6.Yadira Lorenzo, 17, spon-
sored by Royal's Furniture.
7. Zulay Arnold, 16, sponsored
by Alis Fashion Store.
Candidates for this year's Miss
Latina are:
1. Aliara Payret, 18, sponsored
by Latin Grocery.
2. Andrea Leon, 19, sponsored


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3. Aurora Godea, 18, spon-
sored byJ and J Contracting Co.
4. Griselda Nunez, 21, spon-
sored by Roberts Hair Salon.
5. Jessica Figeroa, 18, spon-
sored by Gilberts's Jewelry.
6. Monica Herrera, 20, spon-
sored by Glades Media.
7. Michell Ramirez, 21, spon-
sored by Mr. And Mrs. Ramirez.


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Robin Speilberg
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Speilberg will be providing a
morning of her musical stylings at
Glades Health Care Center, 230
South Barfield Highway in Paho-
kee, Friday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 am.
Thanks to the generosity and
consideration from the folks at
The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Cen-
ter Director Lee Woodham initiat-
ed an Arts Outreach between the
two facilities, which resulted in
the scheduling of this perform-
ance.


The clients of the Glades
Health Care Center eagerly await
this performance and appreciate
that the Dolly Hand Center chose
their home to partner with, for
this event. Glades Health Care
Center is a non-profit Skilled Nurs-
ing Facility/Long Term Care Facili-
ty located in Pahokee. For more.
information, please contact Drew
Shimkus at his office (561) 924-
5561 or cellular number (561)
449-1911.


Courtesy photo
Michael Wyatt Vary
Michael Wyatt Vary
Christopher and Mercedes
Varyof Clewiston are proud to
announce the birth of their son\
Michael Wyatt. He was born
Dec. 21, 2004 at Palms West Hos-
pital in Loxahatchee. He
weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and
was 19 1/2 inches long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are: Delfi-
na and Paul Perdomo of Clewis-
ton. Paternal Grandparents are:
Jim and Diana Vary of Clewiston.
Great-grandparents are Jeane
and Clyde rush.


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TAX SAVINGS NOTICE FOR
GLADES COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS
January 1, 2005 to March 1, 2005 Filing period for tax exemptions can be made
in the Property Appraiser's Office in the Glades County Courthouse, Room 202,
during office hours (8:00 am til 5:00 pm) Monday thru Friday.
YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR THE FOLLOWING EXEMPTIONS:


1. Homestead Exemption
2. Disabled Veteran's Exemption
3. Widow's and Widower's Exemption
4. Non Veteran Disability
5. Agriculture Classification
6. Additional Exemption For Residents 65 Years of Age
Or Older With An Annual Income Of Less Than
$21,599 Per Household (documentation required)


$25,000.00
$5000.00
$500.00
$500.00



$10,000.00


1. AUTOMATIC RENEWAL RECEIPTS HAVE BEEN MAILED FOR
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND THE SENIOR EXEMPTION. IF YOU
STILL QUALIFY, KEEP THE RECEIPT DO NOT RETURN IT TO
THIS OFFICE.

2. AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATION (Greenbelt Exemption) RENEWAL
CARDS HAVE BEEN MAILED. IF YOU STILL QUALIFY AND THERE
ARE NO CHANGES KEEPTHE RECEIPT- DONOTIREIURN 1'TO THIS OFFICE

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS AND AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATIONS
(Greenbelt Exemption) ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. NEW APPLICATIONS
MUST BE FILED IN THE EVENT OF ANY CHANGES OR DEED TRANSFERS.

TO FILE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PLEASE FURNISH:
1. Florida Driver's License/Florida I.D.
2. Florida Vehicle Registration
3. Glades County Voter Registration, or Declaration of Domicile
4. Social Security Number

If making application for Homestead Exemption for the first time and you live
in a mobile home, bring a copy of your mobile home title or registration in order
to purchase the permanent "RP" LICENSE.

Residents who have filed early for a 2005 Homestead Exemption will receive a
letter that must be signed and returned to confirm that they were still living on
the property as of January 1. 2005.
THE PROPERTY APPRAISERS OFFICE IS LOCATED IN THE GLADES COUNTY
COURTHOUSE, ROOM 202 Toll Free Number: 1-877-445-2337.
For those handicapped persons that are unable to come to the Courthouse please call
and arrangements will be made for you to make an application for Homestead
Exemptions and other exemptions.

LARRY R. LUCKEY, C.F.A.
GLADES COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER
P.O. BOX 1106, MOORE HAVEN, FLORIDA 33471
(863) 946-6025 OR 946-6026
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Big "0"
The Big "0" Birding F
shaping up to provide plen
and entertainment for the v
of Jan. 28-30. Beginning
opening of the craft show c
afternoon at 1 p.m. and co
until the close of the show
day there will be continue
ties at the Doyle Conner Bu
Moore Haven.
Opening activities inclui
come reception Friday
with authentic South Florii
such as gator bites, sour or
and other favorites of the la
Dr. Paul Gray, Lake Okee
Watershed Science Coo
will be the official host and
for the evening.
During Friday afterno
throughout Saturday and
there will be lectures, der
tions and appearing at the
Festival for the first time, T
hawk's Big Cats.
Ray Thunderhawk dedic
life to the preservation of t
cats. He has been the head
for a major facility for 25 yE
shares his experience with
of volunteers. Ray is rE
nationally as a consult
expert in his field. Fifty-se
cats have been saved sir
founding of Thunderhawk
Rescue. He appears to hav
his niche in life.
Big Cat Encounter awak
to a powerful presence. Coi
their stories and see the b
"Cats" including a whit


Birding Festival arts and
estival is Photo opportunities with the cats Whooping and Sand Hill Cranes.
ity of fun will be available for a donation. The Last year a Wild Life Photography
weekend Encounter is educational, enter- workshop presented by Renier
with the training and is an unforgettable Mungia was well received and is
on Friday experience for all. being offered again this year on Sat-
)ntinuing The Center for Birds of Prey will urday for afee of $25.00.
/on Sun- be on hand during the hours of the Sunday, Mark Proudfoot, Florida
us activi- craft show with some of the won- Fish and Wildlife, will host a tour to
building in derful birds they have rescued Dinner Island Wildlife Manage-
including ,Daisy the barn owl, ment Area where you will see all
dea wel- Cracker the caracara, Bobby the types of wildlife including deer,
evening burrowing owl and Paige the bald birds and wildflowers. There is no
da foods eagle. Lynda White, Audubon's charge for admission to the craft
ange pie Eagle Watch Coordinator for show and the lectures and demon-
ake area. Audubon of Florida's Center for stations are free. The field trips
echobee Birds of Prey will be the keynote offered have a nominal fee for a
rdinator speaker at the Saturday night din- guided tour.
speaker ner to be held at the Clewiston Inn. Some of the crafters will offer
The topic will be Radical Rap- demonstrations at their booths.
on and tors: Adventures in working with Charles Walters, known for his
Sunday birds of prey. On Sunday afternoon, beautiful hand-turned wood bowls
rnonstra- the Sugarland Barn Owl Tour will will bring his lath along to show
Birding feature the barn owl box program how it is done. Renier Mungia will
'hunder- in the EAA region. Daisy will be a show slides of some of his profes-
special guest on that tour. sional photographs at his booth.
cates his Larry Lucky will host the popu- Sample Betty Ball's wonderful
he great lar "Owl Hoot" on Friday night. Be pepper-jelly and find out ways to
curator prepared for an evening of tall tales use it. Other crafters will have vari-
ears and and fun including the hooting up of ous new items and we welcome
the staff owls and a marshmallow roast. back many of our local artists. Mrs.
regarded Throughout the day on Satur- Louise Harman who so graciously
ant and day there will be regional bird painted the featured bird of the fes-
yven big tours, lectures on butterflies and tival, the Cara Cara, on the advertis-
nce the birds of the Lake Okeechobee ing signs will be on hand with her
Big Cat Region. The children's art contest, acrylic paintings. She has also
ie found sponsored by Family and Cosmetic donated a painting of the Cara Cara
Dentistry of the Glades will be for a door prize.
ens you judged and prizes awarded Satur- There will be jewelry, painted
me hear day afternoon. Marty Folk, a items, woodcrafts and a variety of
beautifull favorite in past years will return information booths.
e tiger. with his slide show and lecture on Craft vendor from Texas, Linda


craft show
C. Carter had two of her hand
painted Christmas ornaments cho-
sen to hang on the White House
Christmas tree this year and was
treated to a trip to Washington to
the reception to decorate the tree.
She is coordinating visiting with rel-
atives in Moore Haven and attend-
ing the Birding Festival.
Nancy Dale, author of where
the Swallowtail Kite Soars, The
Legacies of Glades County, Florida
and the Vanishing Wilderness will
introduce her book and be glad to
sign them. Another former Glades
County Resident Sally Settle Bar-
rows will also be present for sign-
ing her book, In the Shadow of the
Lone Cypress, One Man's Florida.
Lots of wonderful food will
tempt your palate such as Skinners
Ribs, Willie's Swamp Cabbage
Salsa, chicken wings and fried pork
rinds, Moore Haven Women's Club
wild pork dinner, Adam's Snack
Shack with a variety of muffins and
bagels for breakfast, hot dogs and
chili along with coffee, tea and
water. Betty Ball will also offer
baked goods in take-home pack-
age sizes.
Mark the calendar for the last
weekend in January and plan on
having a great time at the Big 0
Birding Festival on Hwy. 27 in
Moore Haven. Call Peggy Barton at
(863) 946-0300 or Nita Choban at
(863) 983-8619 for more informa-
tion. Some booth space is still avail-
able.


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Engagements


Allen-Bunting
engagement
Janet and Gordon Allen of
Pahokee are proud to announce
the engagement of their daugh-
ter Billie Jo Allen to Jack M.
Bunting IV of Pahokee. The
prospective groom is the son of
Jack M. Bunting IlI of Bain-
bridge, Ga. The weeding is
planned for Saturday, Jan. 29,
2005 at 7 p.m., with reception
immediately following at the
Drawbridge Caf6 in Belle Glade.
Local friends and family are wel-
come. The bride-to-be is
employed as a water plant oper-
ator with the city of Pahokee.
The groom is a carpenter/Co-
owner with A&B services, Inc.
After the wedding the couple
will reside in Pahokee.


Courtesy photo
Jack Bunting and
Billie Jo Allen


Denson-Garcia
engagement
Johnnie and Michelle Denson
of Port Richey are proud to
announce the engagement of
their daughter Jennifer Denson
to Lupe Garcia of Columbus,
Texas. The prospective groom is
the son of Jose Garcia and Maria
Garcia of San Antonio, Texas.
The wedding s planned for May
21, 2005 in Tampa, at Lowry
Park Zoo. The bride-to-be
attended Southeastern College.
She is employed as a paraprofes-
sional with Polk County School
District. The groom is employed
as a food service director with
Burchfield Ministries. After the
wedding, the couple will reside
in Columbus Texas.


Courtesy photo
Jennifer Denson
and Lupe Garcia


Lake Okeechobee Protection Plan

The regional regulatory pro- nutrient management plans and through monitoring, assessing, contact the SFWMD Okeechobee
gram, as defined in the 2004 implement Best Management changes in land use, evaluating Service Center at' (800) 250-4200
Okeechobee Protection Plan, Practices. FDACS staff will coordi- BMPs and permitting in those
extends from the Kissimmee nate with the South Florida Water cases where landowners do not or (863) 462-5260. The SFWMD
Upper Chain of Lakes south to the Management District (SFWMD) to wish to participate in the volun- Web site, at www.sfwmd.gov,
Everglades Agricultural Area.. work out the permitting details. tary program through FDACS. also has a tremendous amount of
Agricultural landowners in The scope of the district pro- For more information about .
these areas may volunteer to gram has expanded to identify this program or Lake Okee- information concerning the Lake
work with FDACS to establish phosphorus-source areas chobee restoration efforts, please Okeechobee Protection Plan.

Okeechobee Protection Plan

The Lake Okeechobee Works January, 2004, this program will SFWMD governing board. process of taking input from the
of the District (WOD) program is be amended to better support FDACS has undertaken similar public about the proposed
a water quality regulatory pro- the roles of the three lead agen- "rule making"" programs in the changes to this program.
gram mandated by the Florida cies. years since the Lake Okee- Locally, the meeting schedule
Legislature in 1989 and imple- Those agencies are the chobee Protection Act was call, te meeting schedule
mented by the South Florida SFWMD, the Florida Department passed into law. The rule making is: Thursday, March 3, 6-8 p.m.-
Water Management District of Agriculture and Consumer effort extends over several Beardsley Room (Behind John
(SFWMD) in the Lake Okee- Services (FDACS) and the Flori- months and is designed to give Boy Auditorium), 1200 South
chobee watershed. da Department of Environmental the public ample time to under- WC Owens Ave, Clewiston,
With the passage of the Lake Protection (FDEP). stand the issues and provide 33440; and Wednesday, March 9,
Okeechobee Protection Act by Changes to this program will input. 33440; and Wepo march 9,
the Legislature in 2000 and sub- happen through process of "rule A series of public meetings 2-4 p.m.-Lakeport Community
sequent adoption of the Lake making", which culminates in will be held to inform the public Center, 10245 Red Barn Road
Okeechobee Protection Plan in adoption of a rule by the about this effort and to begin the NW, Lakeport, 33471.

Obituaries


Alejandra
Ample Calero
Alejandra Ampie Calero, 53, of
Canal Point, died in an auto acci-
dent, Jan. 14, 2005. Alejandra was
born in Nicaragua in 1951. Sur-
vivors include her parents Felipe
and Francisca, of Nicaragua; hus-
band, Ronaldo, of Nicaragua; son,
Edward, of Canal Point; daughters,
Diana Larios, of Canal Point, Judy
Lopez of Canal Point, and Isayl and


Isayara Lopez, both of Nicaragua;
and three grandchildren. Funeral
services were held Monday, Jan.
17, 2005, at Glades Funeral Chapel
in Belle Glade, interment in
Nicaragua. Arrangements by
Glades Funeral Chapel-Belle Glade.

Mary Elizabeth
Hatfield
Mary Elizabeth Hatfield of
Clewiston, 89, died Saturday,


Jan. 15, 2005. Mrs. Hatfield was
born in Elsberry, Mo., and has
lived here for 48 years. Survivors
include her sons, Randel and
Dwight Hatfield, both of Clewis-
ton; her sisters, Mabel Ross, of
Angelwood, Mo., Dorothy
Ussery, of St. Charles, Mo., and
Faye Presley, of Foley, Mo.; four
grandchildren, and six great
grandchildren. Services are
being held Jan. 21, 1 p.m. at
Community Presbyterian


Church, burial will follow at
Ridgelawn cemetery. Officiating
clergy is Reverend Angel Ramos.
Akin-Davis Funeral Homes, Inc.
in Clewiston, is in charge of
arrangements.


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Engagements


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Mitchell and

Bowers
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Tribal Council Chairman t
Mitchell Cypress and Semi-
nole Tribe of Florida, Inc.
Board of Directors Big
Cypress Representative
Paul Bowers, Sr. took time
from their various duties
overseeing the Ahfachkeke
Festival held Saturday at Big
Cypress to chat with chil-
dren from the reservation
enjoying the children's vil-
lage and greet other visitors
to the reservation outside
Clewiston. For those who
don't know, the Council administers the Tribal gaming
enterprises, citrus groves, the Billie Swamp Safari, and
the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and other business/tourism
ventures, while the Board oversees tribal affairs on the
various south Florida reservations for tribal members.
Representatives on both the council and the board are
elected by members of the Tribe.








4 OPINION Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee Thursday, January 20,2005


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clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.

Vandalizing cars
I just wanted to alert people to keep an eye out on your cars. I
live on Banyan Road and over New Years Eve weekend our car got
keyed. We couldn't understand why someone would do such a
hideous thing. We then found out the same thing happened to our
friend's neighbor who lives on Saginaw, the same weekend their
neighbor said they saw teens walking around late at night. Also a
lady who lives on DeSoto had the same thing happen. I hope when
the kids grow up and have their own cars that they will appreciate
them and never have this happen. If you want to take destruction
out, please do so on your own property.
Oil prices down, gas prices up
Once again the oil prices are down, and the gasoline is down by
15cents a gallon most everywhere in the nation, but here in Clewis-
ton we're still paying over $2 a gallon. You can go to Moore Haven
and buy it under 2 dollars, you can go to (elsewhere) and buy it for
under two dollars. But, once again the merchants here in Clewis-
ton are keeping the prices inflated. We always seem to be the first
to go up on prices for gas and never seem to go down, I'd like to
urge people from Clewiston to start trying to buy their fuel some-
where else.

Concerned about hospital
Every man and woman in the Hendry-Glades area should be
concerned about the attitude of USSC regarding the hospital's
financial requirements as expressed by their spokesperson, Robert
Coker. Mr. Coker, like other higher echelon USSC employees, does
NOT live in our area. Mr. Coker suggests cutting vital programs and
reducing hospital staff to affect fiscal change, but a hospital is not a
business for profit it stands to serve the needs of the community.
USSC seems to handle their business problems by constantly
cutting jobs. Indeed their plans for a new mill will mean even more
jobs cut here in our community. USSC has long ceased to take a
leadership roll in the community and many feel that these suggest-
ed cuts are a self-serving way of reducing USSC's tax load at com-
munity expense.
Consider that Hendry-Regional serves 47,000 citizens in a 2,100-
sqare mile area. Many of these are seniors, elderly or indigent per-
sons who live below the poverty level. They rely on HRMC. Going
elsewhere is impossible for them. There is also a large transient
population. Many of these are USSC employees. USSC does not
offer health insurance to these employees. The cost of their med-
ical attention is paid for by resident and business taxpayers you
and me. If the use of alternative facilities in other locations is insti-
tuted, our tax burden will be even greater.
You need only walk the halls of the hospital to read letters of
appreciation and gratitude from people once in dire circumstance
that the hospital staff has assisted in time of need.


Harlem Highlights


By Emma Dixon

Community Celebrates
King's Holiday
The community gathered at
4he Harlem Pavilion on Monday to
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
holiday. The program began at
*noon, featuring our very own
Commissioner Janet Taylor as the
Mistress of Ceremony. The Com-
munity Mass Choir, under the
direction of Sis. Charley Mae John-
son rendered the song service.
Guest speaker was Rev. Jenk-
ins, Pastor of New Bethel A.M.E.
Church, Harlem. Other ministers
present were Rev. Washington of
South Bay, Florida; Rev. Russell,
and Rev. McNealy.
The program coordinators
were Janet Taylor and Florida
Thomas. Commissioner Taylor
thanked all the ministers in the
community for their assistance,
Sis. Johnson for getting the choir
together, and the community for
sharing in the program.
The program was inspirational
in remembering Dr. King and his
great works. Let us "Keep the
Dream Alive."

Special Meeting
All Heroines of Court #107 are
asked to meet at the Masonic Tem-
ple on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 4:30
p.m. This meeting is very impor-
tant. All members are asked to
attend.


Glades Choir Union
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of
South Bay, Florida will host the
Glades Choir Union on the fourth
Sunday in February. This is the
first choir union of 2005. All choirs
are asked to present. If there is a
choir or choirs that would to unite
with us are asked to contact Min-
ister Ivory Rich or Sis. Emma
Dixon for more information. Rev.
Roosevelt Cooper, host pastor.

Harlem Pageant/Black
History Program
Contestants are needed for the
29th Miss Black Harlem Pageant,
which will be held the last Friday
in February, climaxing Black His-
tory Month. If you are interested,
please contact Emma Dixon,
Avila Tull, Pat McGriff, Lovvorn
Dixon, Deloris "Cookie" Brown,
Inda Harper, Priscilla Brown. Any-
one that would like help with this
event is cordially invited. Your
assistance is very much needed
and will be appreciated. We want
to make this program one of the
best.


What's

Saint Martin's Church,
Clewiston

I've had parents tell me when I
ask about their children "I can't
do anything with them." It has
often left me wondering when
the moment changed. Children
come into the world helpless and
dependent on parents. Little by
little, they become more inde-
pendent. I remember my daugh-
ter saying to :me "Daddy, put me
down, I don't want to be held." I
put her down and let her go, but
within limits.
She was not free to roam the
store without her mother or me
nearby. She wasn't free to touch
everything in sight there were
too many things that could be
pulled down on top of her or
damage that could be done.
In fact, the freedom to do
what we want comes in stages
and, ideally, when we are ready
to handle it. There is a Biblical
parable about Jesus having chil-
dren brought to Him to bless, and
the Lord affirms "to such belongs
the Kingdom of Heaven
(Matthew 19:13)."


wrong with this picture?


One of them goes to Jesus and
asks, "What good deed must I do
to have eternal life?" Jesus tells
him to keep
the command- -
ments and the
young man
tells Him that




you would be
perfect, go, sell Rev.Samuel
what you pos- S.Thomas
sess and give
to the poor and you will have
treasure in Heaven. (vs. 21)."
It was obvious that the young-
ster kept an outward observance,
but had not internalized in his
heart what it was all about. Rules
are observable, attitudes are not.
When the young man was con-
fronted with sacrificing some-
thing he valued more than his
faith, Matthew tells us "he went
away sorrowful (v. 23)."
In fact, he had not "internal-
ized" a faith that he kept out-
wardly and made it inwardly his
own. "How does one do that,"


Ivan the Great's


Pastor John Hicks
First United Methodist Church
Duke Ivan III Vasilevich, better
known as Ivan the Great, became
a great ruler of Russia during the
Fifteenth Century. He brought
together warring tribes and inde-
pendent provinces. As a fighting
man he was courageous. As a
general he was brilliant. He drove
out the Mongols and established
peace across the nation.
In the midst of all of this, Ivan's
friends and advisers were worried
that there was no heir to the
throne, and should anything hap-
pen to him the union would shat-
ter into chaos. He was told, "You
must take a wife who can bear
you a son." The busy soldier
statesman said to them that he
didn't have the time to search for
a bride, but if they would find a
suitable one, he would marry her.
The counselors and advisers
searched the capitals of Europe to
find an appropriate wife for the
great Duke, and find her, they did.


She was the young, beautiful,
charming, and brilliant dark-eyed
daughter of the King of Greece.
Ivan agreed to marry her sight
unseen.
The King of Greece was
delighted, but said it could only be
done under one condition: Ivan
could marry her only if he
became a member of the Greek
Orthodox Church. Ivan agreed to
do so. .
A priest was dispatched to
Moscow to instruct Ivan in Ortho-
dox doctrine. Ivan was a quick
student and learned the cate-
chism in record time. Arrange-
ments were concluded, and the
Duke made his way to Athens
accompanied by 500 of his per-
sonal palace guards.
Ivan was to be baptized into
the Orthodox Church by immer-
sion, as was the custom of the
Eastern Church. His soldiers, ever
loyal, asked to be baptized also.
The Patriarch of the Church
assigned 500 priests to give the
soldiers a one-on-one catechism


you might ask? Good question!
You do it by going through the
motions, as if it was yours inter-
nally. We learn to drive by going
through the motions under some
kind of guidance. The steps -
starting the motor, putting the car
in gear, looking before taking
your foot off of the brake are
deliberate, thought-out, clumsy
motions and acts.
They are repeated again and
again, then one day they become
automatic and the new driver no
longer has to think about "step
one, step two, step three..."
When a new situation arises the
driver is prepared to concentrate
on it and make the right decision.
Concentration is no longer
required to think about where the
brake pedal is, or how to correct
when the car begins to slide. The
feel for what to do is there now,
and an accident is avoided. The
cook goes through the outward
motions until the recipe is inter-
nalized; he or she is comfortable
now and can change the quanti-
ties of salt or add a pinch of spice
here, or put in milk when water is
called for; the process of follow-


ing the recipe has become inter-
nalized now and it is his or hers
forever.
Every now and again I meet
parents when trouble hits. They
are surprised and do their best to
salvage what has turned out to be
a bad situation. The answer came
years ago when the child said,
"Put me down" and we did.
There were those who let inde-
pendence come in small, regulat-
ed steps and those who did not.
There were those who had their
children go through the steps of
faith, whether or not they
believed or even whether or not
they wanted to do it.
The result was a slow, imper-
ceptible process of internalizing
what was there to protect and
guide them. There are no guaran-
tees in child raising, but security
and satisfaction come when you
have insisted on the outward
acts. Maybe they will be taken in
and maybe there will be difficul-
ties ahead; but if nothing is done,
you can rest assured that nothing
will be made their own. "I can't
do anything with them!" "Oh? I
doubt that!"


un-baptized arm
crash course. The soldiers, all 500 The un-baptized arm. This true
of them, were to be immersed in story is a powerful picture of
one mass baptism. Crowds gath- some of what we see in Christian-
ered from all over Greece to see ity today. How many un-baptized
the sight. arms are there in churches today?
And what a sight that must How many un-baptized wills are
have been, 500 priests and 500 there in the Christian community?
soldiers walking into the Mediter- How many un-baptized talents?
ranean Sea for baptism. The What about un-baptized check-
priests were dressed in the official books or un-baptized social activi-
dress of the Orthodox Church: ties?
Black robes and tall black hats. In Greek legend, Achilles'
The soldiers wore their battle uni- weakness and downfall came
forms with of all their regalia, from his heel, that part of him
But then, they realized they which was not immersed. If you
had a problem. The Church pro- think about it, our un-baptized
hibited professional soldiers from arms, those things, which aren't
being members unless they gave immersed in our Lord, are our
up their commitment to blood- Achilles' heels.
shed. After a hasty round of diplo- The good news is that we can
macy, the problem was solved. As fix it. We can wash our Achilles'
the words were spoken and the heels in Living Water. We can still
priests began to baptize them, baptize those things in our life
each soldier reached to his side that need baptizing or even re-
and withdrew his sword. Lifting it baptizing, until every part of each
high overhead, every soldier was of us is totally immersed in the
totally immersed in baptism Lord. We can encourage others to
except for his fighting arm and do the same. The time to start is
sword. now.


Guest Commentary



Hurricane losses can lead to gains


By Roy O. Bonnell, Jr.
Executive Director, Florida
Green Building Coalition, Inc.
After surviving devastating hur-
ricanes, many Floridians have been
forced to rebuild their properties
and lives. Some are patching up
damage, while others are starting
over but this time, it's our hope
that Floridians consider Florida
when rebuilding. We can improve
the safety and reduce our environ-
mental impact by making "green"
choices for our homes and busi-
nesses.
Green building involves adopt-
ing earth-friendly strategies and
materials for a project's design and
construction. Choosing to build
green means choosing to reduce
the environmental impact and add
value to your home.
The Florida Green Building
Coalition (FGBC) has developed
guidelines and criteria for develop-
ers, businesses, and homeowners.
We're working on materials to
assist local governments, too. We
provide guidance, verification, and


recognition for buildings, develop-
ments, and homes that are built or
renovated to help sustain our natu-
ral resources.
The FGBC is made up of
builders, developers, architects,
interior designers, and other pro-
fessionals who believe that by
building smart, we create econom-
ic vitality while we preserve the
environment a key to our great
quality of life.
For those who want to certify
their project, FGBC considers the
entire building process and out-
come when advising how to build
green. We review energy and
water use, site selection and prepa-
ration, building materials and safe-
ty measures.
Not only does building green
save energy, it also conserves water
by requiring water-efficient fix-
tures, reusing rainwater,'creating
drought-tolerant landscapes, and
installing efficient irrigation sys-
tems. It encourages durable, low-
maintenance designs and use of
recycled materials.
Green building manages con-


struction site waste, too, reducing
impacts to our landfills where pos-
sible.
Outside, we consider the use of
native plants and trees to reduce
the use of fertilizer and pesticides
and limit erosion.
In many cases, the "green"
choice costs no more, while it
reduces environmental impact and
saves money for maintenance. Per-
haps most important, green build-
ing requires the building to have
"good health" features such as
combustion safety, moisture con-
trol, proper ventilation, and filtra-
tion.
Building green protects homes
and businesses from floods, wild-
fires and hurricanes, too. Green
"sustainable" structures are
designed to withstand natural dis-
asters.
Rebuilding green may also
mean extra green in your wallet.
Applying green standards lowers
utility and maintenance costs. As a
homeowner or business owner,


you may not only increase the
durability of the structure, but also
enhance its resale value. Commu-
nities that consider green building
standards conserve natural
resources and protect the quality of
life. Builders who "go green" gain
valuable promotion, advertising,
and customer referrals.
We began the green building
effort in 2000 to go hand-and-hand
with Florida's increasing popula-
tion and building developments.
Since then, FGBC has found enthu-
siastic support from suppliers,
developers, builders, environmen-
tal groups and regulatory agencies.
Applying the FGBC's standards
enhances our entire state's stan-
dards of living.
As we rebuild, why not do it
well? All builders, homeowners,
and business owners can learn
more on how to do just that by
reviewing FGBC's standards at
www.FloridaGreenBuilding.org.
and making the changes that make
sense.


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The Clewiston Chamber of Nomr
Commerce is beginning a program and cai
that will recognize area employees Chambi
for customer service that goes 983-7108
beyond the normal expectations. chamber
In deciding to implement the pro- no spec
gram, Chamber President K T tion, bi
Windham stated, "We would like include
to begin this effort to reward descript
employees of our Chamber mem- resulted
bers who go that extra mile to help each nc
customers." and pro
The recognition can be for a for the p
specific event or sustained per- nation.
formance over a period of time.
The Chamber will accept nomi- If the
nations from the Chamber mem- ic event,
bership and the general public. and an
Each quarter, the Chamber Board nations
of Directors will review the nomi- accepted(
nations and select an honoree. The
Those honorees will be formally awards
recognized at an upcoming Cham- After tha
ber Business Social where they will each f
receive a plaque and a cash award through
of$100. 31,\respe
The Chamber will also be will-
ing to participate in a presentation Presi
ceremony at the actual workplace. "We see
According to Windham, "Having a ation for
separate ceremony in the hon- is to pro
oree's work environment is an service,
appropriate way of recognizing the playing
accomplishment and to reinforce attitude,
the importance of quality customer reinforci
service to the entire workforce." service p


linations must be written
n be dropped off at the
er office, faxed to (863)
8 or e-mailed to clewiston-
er@earthlink.net. There is
ific format for the nomina-
ut the information must
the name, place of work, a
ion of the deed(s) that
i in the nomination, and
nomination must be signed
vide a valid phone number
erson submitting the nom-

nomination is for a specif-
it should include the date
approximate time. Nomi-
from relatives cannot be
d.
cutoff date for the first
period will be March 31.
it, awards will be accepted
future calendar quarter
June 30, Oct. 31 and Dec.
actively.
dent Windham added,
this as a win-win-win situ-
our community. Our goal
vide customers with better
reward employees for dis-
a caring and responsive
and to assist employers in

ng their internal customer
programs."


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Clewstion Police Department Wanted Fugitives


The Clewiston Police Depart-
ment is announcing a step up in
traffic crime enforcement and
traffic violation interdiction. In an
effort to stem the increase of traf-
fic violations and traffic fatalities
locally, officers from the Clewis-
ton Police Department, with assis-
tance from other South Florida
agencies are implementing a plan
designed to target traffic offenders
in and passing through the city of
Clewiston.
Departments from Cape Coral,
Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Hendry
County Sheriff's Office, Collier
County, Lee County and many
others have been invited to join in
the operation.


The coalition began iast year
and has been used suJc.' ,.'
on two occasions here in C!e-'wis-
ton. Officers look for an'y number
of traffic hazards including DL'I,
faulty equipment, speed. driver's
license offenses and yielding vio-
lations. The plan is to make the
event more common and cover a
wider area of the city.
In addition, officers and agents
will be enforcing the alcohol laws
both from the possession and
sales perspective for adults and
minors. The operation is planned
to begin within the next 30 days,
according to Clewiston Police
Chief Don Gutshell.


Crime Stoppers of Palm
Beach County Inc. is asking citi-
zens to help locate Robert Lee
Reed, alias -_
Robert Reed,
wanted for
felony intro- -
duction of j
contraband
into a state
correctional
institution, ., '
possession of
marijuana in Robert Lee
excess of 20 oe ee
grams. His Reed
date of birth is
6-20-70. He is a black male, 5' 8"
tall and weighs 160 lbs., with


black hair and brown eyes. He
has tattoos on his left arm, chest
and right shoulder. His last
known address was Orange
Ave., Belle Glade. His occupa-
tion is laborer.
If you know the whereabouts
of Robert Lee Reed or anyone
involved in a serious crime, call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-
TIPS. You can remain anony-
mous and still receive a cash
reward of up to $1,000 if your tip
leads to an arrest. You can also
visit the Crime Stoppers Web site
at www.crimestopperspbc.com.
Reed was a wanted fugitive at
the time of this publication.


Get answers about flood insurance


ORLANDO If you still have
questions about your flood insur-
ance, you can get answers in per-
son by visiting a Disaster Recov-
ery Center (DRC) operated by the
Department of Homeland Securi-
ty's Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA) and the
state of Florida Emergency
Response Team (SERT).
With the Feb. 28 deadline for
applying for disaster assistance
drawing near, the temporary
DRCs will be closing, so take
advantage of this free information
now.


People with insurance should
first talk with their insurance
agent about damages from the
hurricanes and flooding. But after
people have evaluated their situa-
tion or received a response on a
claim from their insurance com-
pany, they may need more infor-
mation about flood insurance
under the National Flood Insur-
ance Program (NFIP). Insurance
matters can sometimes be com-
plicated and taking it to someone
in person can make things more
understandable.
Mitigation specialists at the


DRCs provide visitors with infor-
mation about rebuilding better
and smarter, as well as finding
ways to reduce damages from
future disasters. The specialists are
knowledgeable about NFIP cover-
age and they have the capacity to
research questions on flood insur-
ance claims.
"In disasters, each insurance
case is unique, so if you have a
question and can visit a Disaster
Recovery Center, seek out a miti-
gation specialist. They're there to
find answers for you," said Bill Car-
wile, federal coordinating officer.


Assistance with other insur-
ance questions is offered through
an insurance hotline adminis-
tered by the Florida Department
of Financial Services.

"If you have questions on a
storm-related insurance claim,
you can contact 1-800-22-STORM
for help," said Craig Fugate, state-
coordinating officer. "We want to
ensure that citizens with insur-
ance coverage get the benefits
they are entitled to and under-
stand all the issues surrounding
their cases."


Helpline operators on call to-answer questions
ORLANDO Floridians who calling, mission is to ensure that Florida is Department of Homeland Security
have questions about the status of Helpline operators can: prepared to respond to emergen- on March 1, 2003
their disaster assistance applica- -Take applicant information changes. cies, recover from them, and miti- arch 1,2003.
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The FEMA Helpline is opera- When calling, individuals will be response and recovery efforts fol-
tional daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., asked: lowing any national incident.
Eastern Standard Time, according If they speak English, Spanish or FEMA also initiates mitigation ;
Eastern Standard Time, accordinganotherlanguage. activities, trains first responders,
to state and federal officials. Callers -To enter their Zip Code. works with state and local emer-.
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Chicken soup: Comfort food can be good for you


In a previous column, I wrote
about the health benefits of home-
made chicken soup, noting that the
ingredients in the soup do help
relieve the symptoms of colds and
flu.
A reader wrote in to say she
doesn't have much time to cook
and asked if the soup could be
made in a crock pot or slow cook-
er.
After a little experimenting in
my kitchen, I have come up with a
slow version of my traditional
chicken soup recipe.
The key to making good chick-
en soup is simple: Use enough
chicken.
For this recipe, you will need:
One large chicken (4-5 pounds)
One large stalk of celery
One large or two medium
onions
One head fresh garlic
TRvo tablespoons sage (fresh or
dried)
'tWo tablespoons thyme (fresh
ordried)
rWo tablespoons parsley (fresh
or dried)
Vo tablespoons salt
Two tablespoons pepper
(More salt, pepper, garlic pow-
der and herbs may be added, as
desired to taste)
lWo large parsnips
Four large carrots
Four medium yellow squash
(If you don't like parsnips, you
might want to just use more car-
rots)
Four quarts chicken broth or
water
Eight tablespoons olive oil
PART ONE Cooking
the chicken
Remove the outer celery stalks,
reserving the inner celery hearts for
later. Chop celery. The pieces can
be fairly large.
Chop one medium onion or
half of one large onion.
Clean and chop one head of
garlic.
Put four tablespoons of olive oil
in a skillet and heat to low heat.
Sautee chopped onion, garlic and
celery until translucent. Remove
from heat.
Using a slotted spoon to drain
excess oil, transfer cooked celery,
onions and garlic to slow cooker.
Add sage, thyme, parsley, salt
and pepper.
Add whole chicken to slow
cooker. Cover with broth or water.
Cook at high heat for eight
hours. When the chicken is com-
p~lelycooked; it should be falling
off the bones.
Strain cooked food through a


A
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colander, reserving the liquid
chicken stock. If you want to
reduce the fat content of the soup,
let the stock cool and skim off fat.
Return stock to slow cooker and
leave setting on low or warm.
You may wonder why I discard
the cooked celery, onions and gar-
lic with the chicken bones. After
eight hours in the slow cooker, the
celery and onions are very mushy.
All of the flavor and nutritional ben-
efits are now in the chicken stock. I
like vegetables to be tender, but not
mushy.
PART TWO Making
the soup
Let cooked chicken cool
enough to be handled. Discard
bones, skin and cooked celery and
onions. Chop cooked chicken into
small pieces and add to stock.
Chop remaining vegetables
(celery heart, parsnips, carrots,
onion and squash) into very small
pieces (about one-four inch or
smaller.)
Heat four tablespoons of olive
oil in skillet. Sautee vegetables in oil
until the carrots and parsnips are
tender, stirring regularly to prevent
burning. Using slotted spoon to
remove excess oil, transfer cooked
vegetables to slow cooker.
If desired, add more salt, pep-
per, garlic powder, thyme and sage
to taste.
If you want noodles in your
soup, spoon some of the broth into
a saucepan, bring it to a boil, add
the noodles and cook until tender.
Then add the broth and noodles
back to the slow cooker. Cooking
the noodles in broth instead of
water will add flavor.
This recipe makes about six
quarts of soup.
I like to use fresh herbs from my
back porch container garden
(sage, thyme, parsley) but the dried
versions will work if you don't have
fresh herbs.
I tried growing herbs in an out-
door garden, but most perished in
the hurricanes. One hardy Rose-
mary bush survived it turns out
Rosemary is pretty w1ll suited to
the Florida climate.
If you don't have fresh garlic on


hand, you can substitute four table-
spoons of minced garlic (sold in
jars, packed in olive oil
For those who missed my col-
umn on the benefits of chicken
soup, this age old cold remedy has
been backed up scientific
researchers. They found some sub-
stances found naturally in the
ingredients to chicken soup do
help relieve cold symptoms.
Garlic contains a substance that
helps clear breathing passages.
Garlic is also good for the heart.
Carrots and parsnips contain
substances that help boost the
immune system and fight infec-
tion.
Onions also contain substances
that help kill bacteria.
Thyme, in addition to being an
antioxidant, helps soothe a sore
throat.
Celery helps ease coughs.
Sage contains a substance that
reduces inflammation.
Chicken contains protein to
help the body stay healthy. It also
contains substances that help you
relax and contributes to an easier
sleep, letting the body heal itself.
Yellow squash has lots of vita-
mins and I just happen to like it. If
you don't like squash, leave it out.
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise program, con-
sult your doctor. This is especially
important if you are on any pre-
scription medications. Some drugs
interact badly with foods that
would otherwise be considered
healthy.
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Termite damage warning is issued
TALLAHASSEE Florida Agri- HELPFLA. Considering the cost of professionals have the expertise
culture and Consumer Services a house, it's frightening to think to inspect and treat for infesta-
Commissioner Charles H. Bron- that about half the homeowners tions of these termites and pro-
son is warning homeowners that in Florida have not taken steps to vide protective measures for
this is the time of year when ter- protect this investment from homeowners.
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Termites can cause consumers until they have compared at least Steps that consumers can take
to lose their largest economic three companies. to protect their homes from this
asset their homes and are Pest control companies arect
responsible for over $700 million required by law to obtain a signed destructive pest:
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Description: The Ridgid(r) 16-
gallon 2-In-1 Blower Vac, Model
WD16650, have light gray drums
with orange lids, gray power
heads, and black wheels. The
recalled units have the model num-
ber and a serial number from
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a label on the side of the power
head. "Ridgid(r) 2 In I Blower Vac"
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through January 2005 for about
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Manufactured in: Canada
Remedy: If the air intake shield
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Contact: Consumers should call
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Double Dish Slow Cookers
Units: 600,000
Importer: Hamilton
Beach/Proctor-Silex Inc., of Glen
Allen, Va.
Distributor: Wal-Mart Stores
Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
Hazard: The handles on the
base of the slow cookers can
break, posing a risk of burns frofn
hot food spilling onto consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Hamilton
Beach and Wal-Mart have received
531 reports of handles breaking,
including four reports of con-
sumers who were burned by hot
food.
Description: The recalled slow
cookers include the 4.5-Quart Oval
and 6-Quart Double Dish models
sold under the General Electric
(GE) brand name. The model
name is printed on the front of the
units. The 4.5-quart unit has model
number 106661 and the 6-quart
unit has model number 106851.
Both models have series codes A
through D, which are printed on
the bottom along with the model
number. The base of the slow
cookers is white with an olive or
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Research could help diabetics


GAINESVILLE University of
Florida (UF) stem cell scientists
reported Jan. 3 that they have pre-
vented blindness in mice afflicted
with a condition similar to one
that robs thousands of diabetic
Americans of their eyesight each
year.
Writing in the current issue of
the Journal of Clinical Investiga-
tion, researchers describe for the
first time the link between a pro-
tein known as SDF-1 and
retinopathy, a complication of
diabetes and the leading cause of
blindness in working-age Ameri-
cans,
Scientists explain how they
used a common antibody to
block the formation of SDF-1 in
the eyeballs of mice with simulat-
ed retinopathy, ending the explo-
sive blood vessel growth that
characterizes the condition.
Researchers effectively silenced
SDF- l's signal to activate normally
helpful blood stem cells, which
become too much of a good thing
within the close confines of the
eyeball.
"SDF-I is the main thing that
tells blood stem cells where to
go," said Edward Scott, an associ-
ate professor of molecular genet-
ics at the UF Shands Cancer Cen-
ter and director of the program in
Stem Cell Biology and Regenera-
tive Medicine at UF's College of
Medicine.
"If you get a cut, the body
makes SDF-1 at the injury site and
the repair cells sniff it out. The
concentration of SDF-1 is higher


where the cut occurs and it quick-
ly dissipates. But the eye is such a
unique place, you've got this bag
of jelly the vitreous that just
sits there and it fills up with SDF-1.
The SDF-1 doesn't break down. It
continues to call the new blood
vessels to come that way, causing
all the problems," he said.
Diabetic retinopathy causes
12,000 to 24,000 cases of blind-
ness each year, according to the
American Diabetes Association.
What happens is high blood pres-
sure and blood sugar levels asso-
ciated with diabetes cause leaks
in blood vessels within the eye
and hinder the flow of essential
chemicals. The eye compensates
by growing new blood vessels,
which clog the eye and cause
even more leaks. Damage occurs
to the retina, gradually destroying
its ability to capture images.
UF researchers analyzed sam-
ples of the vitreous gel taken from
the eyeballs of 46 patients under-
going treatment for diabetic eye
disease, including 24 patients
with retinopathy. They found SDF-
1 in each of the patients, with the-
highest amounts detected in
patients with the worst cases. No
traces of SDF-1 were found in the
vitreous samples of eight non-dia-
betic patients who were treated
for other ailments.
With the hypothesis that SDF-1
is at the heart of the problem, sci-
entists tested to see whether the
addition of the protein would call
stem cells and spur extraordinary
blood vessel growth in the eye-


balls of 10 laboratory mice. They
succeeded, creating mice with
retinopathy-like conditions.
Then, as a treatment, scientists
injected an SDF-1 antibody direct-
ly into the afflicted eyes. The anti-
body which is simply another
protein that binds to the SDF-1 -
disabled SDF-1's ability to sum-
mon stem cells, effectively halting
the growth of almost all new
blood vessels, said Jason M. But-
ler, a graduate student in the Inter-
disciplinary Program in Biomed-
ical Sciences and a member of the
research team.
Scientists next want to test the
technique in monkeys and if it
continues to be successful, to test
the therapy in human clinical tri-
als, said Scott, the senior author of
the paper. The National Institutes
of Health funded the research in
mice. The study in primates will
involve support from RegenMed,
an Alachua, Fla.-based company
founded by Scott and other UF
researchers to bring biomedical
therapies to the marketplace.
"The scientific community and
pharmaceutical companies have
a long track record of being able
to develop antibody-based thera-
py in things like snake anti-ven-
oms," Scott said. "This isn't a new
and unproven technology. This is
something that can be rapidly
adapted and brought to market."
Scientists said they still need to
find a way to anchor the antibody
to a molecule -large enough so it
can do its SDF-1-blocking work in
the vitreous but will be ,unable to


penetrate the retina. They envi-
sion a therapy that will involve
routine injections of the sub-
stance into a patient's eye.
"It could potentially be a treat-
ment option," said Dr. Maria
Grant, a professor of pharmacolo-
gy and therapeutics in UF's Col-
lege of Medicine who participated
in the research. "Current therapy
for severe diabetic retinopathy is
use of lasers that destroy parts of
retina that are not needed for pre-
cise vision in order to improve
oxygen delivery to the parts of the
retina that are needed for detailed
vision. Intraocular delivery of
agents that block SDF-1 represent
an excellent and less destructive
alternative."
The research sheds light on
the mechanisms of diabetic
retinopathy and the various func-
tions of SDF-1, said Nadir
Sheibani, an assistant professor of
ophthalmology and visual science
at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison Medical School.
"Many factors are at work dur-
ing retinopathy and it's important
to understand each of them," Mr.
Sheibani said. "It's interesting that
the researchers show how SDF-1
changes the levels of a protein
called occludin, which affects
junctions between cells that line
the blood vessels. It helps explain
why the blood vessels become
leaky and edema develops during
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Community honors Martin Luther King Jr.


A community wide celebration
took place Jan. 17 to honor Martin
Luther King Junior's birthday.
The celebration was Monday at
the Harlem Pavilion for the Drum
Major for Justice. The program
was engineered and presided over
by Commissioner Janet Taylor
and Florida Thomas. Rev. Russell
blessed the program from the
beginning. The Harlem Commu-
nity Choir under the leadership of
Mrs. Charley Mae Johnson ren-
dered renditions only befitting to


the honor of Dr. King.
It was a battle of the ministers
between Rev. Gary McNealy of
Friendship Baptist Church, Rev.
Conrad Jenkins of New Bethel
AME Church and Rev. Jack Wash-
ington of New Bethel AME Church
of South Bay. Each minister gave
homage to Dr. King in their own
way and challenged the excited
crowd to Keep the Dream Alive.
Stevie Wonder's rendition of
Happy Birthday to Dr. King was
performed in poem by Brendia


Johnson and Taheerah Hawkins.
What Did Martin Luther King
Stand For was recited by Jayla
Lawson to remind us of the things
that was dear to his heart. New
Bethel AME Youth Mimic Ministry
under the direction of Ms. Shanet-
ta Ligon and Ms. Kim Scruggs
entertained the crowd to the
music of Second Chance.
Excerpts of the 1968 "I have a
dream" speech was played for the
audience. A special thanks to, Mr.
Clifton "Flip" Dykes, The Harlem


Senior Club, The Golden Age Soci-
ety and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
for the sponsorship of the refresh-
ment.
Dr. King is known throughout
the world for being a leader of the
Civil Rights movement during one
of the most crucial times in histo-
ry. Through times of angst and
nationwide tension, Dr. King
sought peace through unity and
brought an understanding to the
world that every man was created
equal in the eyes of God.


Fujifilm pro anglers to help educate school children


CLEWISTON On Jan. 21,
select members of Fujifilm's pro
fishing leam k n ill iail Central Ele-
mentary Schpol in CQlestpn. to
meet with an assembly of fifth-
grade students.
The anglers will talk about the
family-friendly sport of fishing and
the importance of conservation.
The team will be in Clewiston for
the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event on
Lake Okeechobee that is current-
ly underway.
A goal of the visit is for the chil-
dren to gain an appreciation of
the environment by learning
about conserving fish habitats
and being respectful of nature.
The anglers will take this opportu-
nity to educate the students about
why more than 52 million people
pick up their rods and wet a line
each year because fishing is a
fun, wholesome activity the entire
family can enjoy. They will talk
about life as a pro angler and give
the children a chance to ask ques-
tions. The visit is tailored to intro-
duce the next generation of
anglers to the wonderful world of
fishing.
Fujifilm's pro team, which
includes some of bass fishing's
most successful anglers, has had
a consistent presence in the com-
munities that have hosted Wal-
Mart FLW Tour events during the
last five years. The team has made
several appearances in local
grade schools and children's hos-
pitals on the tournament circuit,
encouraging children to get
involved in the lifelong sport of
fishing.


"Fujifilm is proud to sponsor a
winning team of anglers," said
Cindy Bogan, national account
manager, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A.
Inc. "With their influence and
guidance, we feel strongly that
our team will educate kids about
the fun of fishing and the impor-
tance of conservation, while
inspiring the next generation of
anglers and photographers."
Fujifilm will offer another
opportunity for children of all
ages to learn more about fishing
during the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's
Family Fun Zone, which is free
and open to the public. Fujifilm
will set up a fishing pond for chil-
dren to catch trout, have their
photos taken with their catches
and then release the trout back
into the pond. The Fun Zone runs
from 3-5 p.m. Friday and'l 1 a.m.-
3 p.m. Saturday. It will be set up at
the Wal-Mart Store located at 1005
W Sugarland Highway in Clewis-
ton.
Outside the tournament, Fuji-
film also takes an active role in
motivating children to fish, photo-
graph and release. For the past
four years, Fujifilm has sponsored
the "Fish, Photograph and
Release" (FPR) program to pro-
mote and encourage kids and
their families to fish, take a photo-
graph of the catch, and then
release the fish back into the
water.
"The success of the Fish, Pho-
tograph and Release program
demonstrates Fujifilm's commit-
ment to and support of fishing
while also incorporating the fun


of photography," Bogan said.
The 2005 Fujifilm pro-angler
team comprises Randy Blaujkat of
Lamar, Mo.; Robert Bogan of
Farmington, Ark.; Scott Bonnema
of Forest Lake, Minn.; Brent Brady
of Hixson, Tenn.; Joel Richardson
of Kernersville, N.C.; Sean Stickler
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Shawn
Strader of Rockwood, Tenn.; Wes-
ley Strader of Spring City, Tenn.;
Sam Swett of Covington, La.; and
Wes Thomas of Hanover, Ind.
Established in 1965, Fuji Photo
Film U.S.A. Inc. is the United
States marketing subsidiary of
Tokyo-based Fuji Photo Film Co.
Ltd., a leading manufacturer of
imaging and information prod-
ucts. Fujifilm's U.S. headquarters
are located in Elmsford, N.Y.
Named after the legendary
founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest.
L. Wood, FLW Outdoors adminis-
ters the Wal-Mart FLW Tour and
seven other national tournament
circuits offering a combined $30
million in awards through 214
events in 2005. The 27-year-old
organization is the purveyor of
America's largest and most presti-
gious fishing tournaments,
including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour,
EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass
Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas
Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW
Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Wall-
eye League, Wal-Mart FLW King-
fish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Red-
fish Series.
For more information on FLW
Outdoors and its tournament pro-
grams, browse this Web site or
call (270) 252-1000.


Wal-Mart and many of Ameri-
ca's largest and most respected
companies support FLW Out-
doors and its tournament trails.
Wal-Mart signed on as title spon-
sor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and
today is the title sponsor of all
FLW Outdoors events. For more
information on Wal-Mart, visit
Wal-Mart.com.
For more information about
Fujifilm products, call (800) 800-
FUJI or visit the Fujifilm U.S.A.
Web site at Fujifilm.com.


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Celebrating in style
Westside Elementary celebrates the Presidential Inauguration at their AR Rally. Students and teachers dressed up for the Inaugural Ball.


Clewiston Middle School Honor Roll students


2nd grading
period/2004-2005
Students named to the "A"
Honor Roll for the second grading
period of the school year include
sixth graders Casey Bishop,
Vanessa Cerda, Tyler Clements,
Jessica Diaz, Angelica Garcia,
Dulce Guillermo, Daniel Hurtado,
Enedina Martinez, Jessica
McCraine, Kayla Miller, Aurea Per-
era, Mallory Varnum and Shakira
Williams. Seventh Grade "A"
Honor Roll students are Kenneth
Bardin, Jena Caseman, Rudy
Lopez, Carl Nees, Paul Rangel,


and Stephanie Romero. Also
named to the "A" Honor Roll for
the first grading period are eighth
graders Taylor Lucas, Luz Maga-
na, Matthew Slyteris, and Marvin
Brown.
Sixth grade A/B Honor Roll stu-
dents are Francisco Aguilar, Taylor
Beebe, Bereniz Bogardus, John
Brown, Sylester Canty, Sylvester
Canty, Ernesto Chavez, Martin
Crawford, Adolfo Fuentes, Maria
Garcia, Krista Gutierrez, Joshua
Hall, Emilly Harris, Veronica Holli-
gan, Sarah Howell, Andrea Hub-
bard, Shawnee Lester, Christina
Llama, Yovani Lopez, Randy
Massie, Melissa Morales, Jose Ortiz,


Jose Pastor, Joseph Patrick, Obdelia
Perez, Timothy Pruitt, Ja'quisha
Richardson, December Rodriguez,
John Rodriguez, Laura Romero,
Emily Shanoski, Nicolas Thomas,
Nicole Toucheck, Michael Trevino,
James Turner, Janice Valadez,
Amber Watson, Jalisia Watts, and
Tyree Wilson.
Seventh grade A/B Honor Roll
students are Markeria Allen, Sara
Armstrong, Bryan Baccallo, Taylor
Beatty, Danielle Camaratta, Salena
Chairez, Zachary Colicchio, Jeffrey
Congleton, Patricia Contreras, Bon-
nie Cortez," Clinton Drake, Sarah
Espinoza, Osbaldo Garcia, Lindsey
Grooms, Elizabeth Guzman, Ashley


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Samantha Ortiz, Kruti Patel, Felix
Requeno, Angelica Rico, Shalonda
Rouse, Cecilia Salinas, Ivan
Sanchez, Efrain Tamez, Christo-
pher Timms, and Jeansy Velez.
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dents are Cameron Crawford,
Adela Espinoza, Jenica Evans,
Oscar Flores, Katlynn Frazier,
Michelle Langston, Kristina
McCarthy, Courtney Moore, Gladis
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The Agency for. \\Orilor.ce
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to announce the merger of three
school readiness coalitions in
southwest Florida to form the
Early Learning Coalition of Col-
lier, Glades, Hendry and Lee
Counties.
This merger exemplifies the
cooperative efforts made by the


statewide school readiness coali-
tions to initiate mergers in order
to comply with the requests
from Gov. Jeb Bush and the
Florida Legislature to reduce the
number of school readiness
coalitions from 50 to 30.
The merger of these coali-
tions will offer benefits to young
children in four counties by pro-
viding full-day/year-round early


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Barbara Saunders, executive
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positive outcome of many years
of collaboration and cooperative
work between the counties.
"We are incredibly fortunate
to have the combined talent,
experience, and passion of many
dedicated individuals," Saunders
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In addition to sharing com-
mon geographic boundaries,
these coalitions also share a net-
work of professional partner-
ships such as the Workforce
Development Board, Florida
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College, and District 8 Depart-
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agent, Workforce Development
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readiness provider, Child Care of
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Commonalities are also
strong ties with many public and
private agencies including Red-
lands Christian Migrant Associa-


tion and the school district's
early intervention programs. The
coalitions also share a common
mission to assure that all chil-
dren who enter school are ready
to learn and to support children
already in school for continued
success.
The three coalitions have
worked together this past year
on several projects. In March
2004, under a $35,000 Coalitions
Coming Together grant, two
regional initiatives were pro-
duced: The Gulf Coast Early
Learning Council, a strategic
planning event for early child-
hood education professionals in
the region, and the Gulf Coast
Business Roundtable, for Busi-
ness Partners in the multi-county
region in early education advo-
cacy efforts.
Board members for the new
coalition have been chosen and
board meetings will be held at
the Three Oaks Conference Cen-
ter in Estero, a central point'for
the counties involved. Three
Oaks Conference Center is affili-
ated with Goodwill Industries.
As a result, proceeds from these
meetings will also benefit Good-
will Industries of Southwest
Florida. The first board meeting
is scheduled for Jan. 20. To learn
more about the Florida Partner-
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City leaders to meet with sugar industry reps Feb. 10


Editor's note: For more on the
Audubon story, see related opin-
ion pieces on B-I.
By Tracy Whirls
and Jose Zaragoza
City and county officials, busi-
ness leaders and citizens are
preparing to mobilize in an effort
to combat a plan advanced by
the Florida Audubon Society,
and other environmental
groups, which would restrict
development of cities, including
Clewiston, Belle Glade, Pahokee
and South Bay to their existing
footprints and convert 700,000-
plus acres of land in the Ever-
glades Agricultural Area in east-
ern Hendry County and western
Palm Beach County to water
conservation and habitat preser-
vation uses.
In their plan, available at the
Florida Audubon Web site at
www.audubonofflorida.org, the
group calls for limiting growth
within existing population cen-
ters ( i.e. Belle Glade, Clewis-
ton, Pahokee, and South Bay) in
the EAA.
"Infill and redevelopment in
the EAA should be directed to
existing incorporated areas,
such as Belle Glade, Clewiston,
South Bay and Pahokee, based
around existing town structures
(e.g. city hall, chambers of com-
merce, schools and banks) New
development districts should be
prohibited until their compatibil-
ity with ecosystem restoration is
demonstrated," the plan reads.
The issue arose at a Jan. 10
meeting of the tri-cities, during
which Belle Glade Commission-
er Mary Kendall, cited a letter
she received the week before
from U.S. Sugar Senior Vice
President for Public Affairs
Robert Coker, in which Mr.
Coker said "sustainable" com-
munities, as narrowly envi-
sioned by the Audubon, would


destroy the current economic
base of the towns in the EAA and
severely limit any future eco-
nomic activity and impair any
revitalization efforts."
After initially becoming
aware of the problem, Ms.
Kendall said she contacted Eric
Draper of Audubon of Florida.
"I said to him, 'We can't say
there will be no growth in the
Glades,'" she said. From the
talks, Ms. Kendall said Mr. Drap-
er thought there was a general
"misconception as to what the
Audubon wants to do."
Following that discussion, Ms.
Kendall felt that, "Perhaps we're
not in as much of a crisis... as I
thought we were."
Others at the meeting, how-
ever, disagreed, noting the
Audubon Society's "Sustainabili-
ty Plan", which has already been
submitted to the Governor's
Office and the Palm Beach
County Board of County Com-
missioners, calls on EAA-area
officials to prohibit development
in the EAA beyond their city lim-
its until it can be demonstrated
that the development won't
adversely affect the environ-
ment, and calls for the state
Department of Community
Affairs to monitor future plan-
ning of any development in the
area.
"The Glades area has been
restricted for growth," Belle
Glade City Manager Houston
Tate told the 12 city commission-
ers present who represent the
cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee
and South Bay.
Pahokee Mayor J.P. Sasser
agreed.
"Everybody's talking, but
nobody's talking to us," said Mr.
Sasser, who expressed frustra-
tion at what he described as the
three agencies' attempts at dic-
tating the future of the lake
cities.
"To plan our future for us -


that's just a slap in the face," he
said.
The three cities agreed that
any move meant to stifle the
development of the area was an
unwelcome one. Commission-
ers present pledged to work at
fighting the issue, even if that
means joining in visiting state
officials in Tallahassee.
"It's going to take the city
managers and the mayors [lob-
bying in Tallahassee]," said Mr.
Tate. "That's what it's going to
take."
As a whole, the commission-
ers also agreed to meet with U.S.
Sugar and other concerned agri-
cultural entities. They set a tenta-
tive date to meet with the sugar
executives early next month,.
Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in Belle Glade.
Local representatives said they
would then hope to meet with
Audubon of Florida, the Florida
Wildlife Federation and 1,000
Friends of Florida.
"Any attempts to circumvent
the tri-cities, we will not toler-
ate," said Mr. Sasser before the
close of the meeting. "We need
to be very nice and sit down with
everybody and have a nice con-
versation," he said.
Contacted following the
meeting, Mr. Coker said that
Audubon's definition of sustain-
ability plan is based on two bad
assumptions: That the sugar
industry is going out of business
and that there is some other agri-
cultural enterprise waiting in the
wings that will be better for the
environment and the economy.
"Sugar cane remains the
most compatible land use for
our muck soils and the industry
has committed hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars to improve the
long-term efficiency and sustain-
ability of our operations," Mr.
Coker said. "Extensive tests
show that the phosphorous dis-
charge from sugar cane is far
less than other crops or live-


stock. If sugar cane cannot meet
environmental requirements no
other agriculture can either."
Mr. Coker also pointed out
that the state and federal govern-
ments, local interests and the
environmentalists have spent the
last 10 years developing and
approving the $8 billion compre-
hensive Everglades Restoration
Plan (CERP) to provide water
storage, water treatment and
habitat protection needed for the
environment of South Florida.
However, he pointed out,
under the Audubon's proposed
plan, the group proposes using
additional 835,700 acre-feet of
land, beyond the 632,900 acre-
feet existing or planned for water
storage, water retention, water
treatment and habitat under
CERP.
In their plan, the Audoblon
Society asserts:
"Water supply for the Ever-
glades and growing urban popu-
lation throughout South Florida
depends on a restored Ever-
glades, including significant addi-
tional water storage. Based on
the fact that substantial amounts
of water are being lost to tide
each year, with no concomitant
benefit, the Everglades Restora-
tion Plan water storage proposal
should be expanded to maximize
benefits from holding water in
the system.
In the wettest years, Lake
Okeechobee receives more than
4,700,000 acre-feet of water.
About 2,384,000 acre-feet of this
water are expected to evaporate.
CERP surface storage may store
an additional 500,000 acre-feet
and water supply will need about
another 500,000-acre feet.
Enough water to raise Lake Okee-
chobee almost three feet, 1.3 mil-
lion acre-feet of excess water are
discharged to prevent the lake
from overfilling, usually via harm-
ful discharges to the Caloosa-
hatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries."


The group also calls for the
restoration of a variety of habitats
throughout the EAA to help cre-
ate a landscape capable of sup-
porting local species as well as
wide-ranging and migratory
species that use the region. And
while they say that restoring these
habitats will increase public
recreational opportunities, they
go on to say, in their own plan,
that restoration lands should be


managed "for their primary func-
tion, such as water storage, reten-
tion, treatment or habitat. Sec-
ondary functions, while
important, should not interfere
with primary function manage-
ment."
"1I think we can all agree that
Audubon and Friends are not the
proper authorities to decide the
future of our Glades communi-
ties," Mr. Coker said.


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them it is a resolution that they can-
not keep. Narconon Arrowhead
can help. Narconon offers free
counseling, assessments and refer-
rals to rehabilitation centers nation-
wide by calling 1-800-468-6933 or
logging onto
www.stopaddiction.com.
Teachers honored
On Feb. 3, from 5:30-9 p.m. at
the Clewiston Inn, the Hendry
County Public Schools Foundation
will honor 10 outstanding Golden
Apple Teachers from the district. A
reception for the teachers will be
from 5:30-6 p.m. with dinner and
the award ceremony following.
Please RSVP by calling (863) 674-
4555.
Annual spring
yard sale


Saint Martin's Church, 205
North W C. Owen Avenue is hold-
ing its annual Spring Yard Sale on
Saturday, Feb. 5, beginning at 7
a.m. and lasting until it's over.
Items are offered at bargain prices
and include clothing, house wares,
furniture, appliances, lamps and all
sorts of things to be used, and re-
used. For more information please
call the church office at 983-7960.
Miss Sugar 2005
The Miss Sugar 2005 Pageant


will be held April 9, 2005. Applica-
tions for this pageant may be
obtained from the Clewiston Pub-
lic Library, Clewiston High School
or the Clewiston Chamber of Com-
merce. Deadline for entry is Feb.
17. On that date there will be a
mandatory meeting with the con-
testants and their parents or
guardian at the Clewiston Inn,
upper porch at 7 p.m. There must
be a parent or guardian at this
meeting it is mandatory. If you
have any questions please call Pam
Kelley at (863) 228-3041 or (863)
983-9512.
Children's
program opens
A brand new exciting children's
program "The Next Generation" is
taking place at Evangel Church,
350 South Bemer Road every
Wednesday night from 7-8 p.m. All
children age four through sixth
grade are invited to come and
enjoy a night of fun with puppets,
contemporary Christian music and
videos, games, prizes and more
importantly, learning about Jesus.
Adult supervision provided.
Clewiston Museum
has new videos
The Clewiston Museum has just
received a new assortment of
videotapes including a copy of the
history of Clewiston video: "South-
west Florida, Untold Story, Clewis-
ton". For more information call
983-2870.


Museum has
books for sale
The Clewiston Museum has a
variety of books about Florida his-
tory and books by Florida authors.
These make good gifts for those
interested in local history. Proceeds
benefit the museum.
Five free crape
myrtle trees
Five free crape myrtle trees will
be given to each person who joins
The National Arbor Day Founda-
tion during January. The trees will
be shipped postpaid at the right
time for planting between Feb. 1
and May 31 with enclosed planting
instructions. The six to 12-inch
trees are guaranteed to grow, or
they will be replaced free of charge.
Members also receive a subscrip-
tion to the foundation's bimonthly
publications: Arbor Day, and the
Tree Book. To, receive the trees,
send a $10 membership contribu-
tion to Five Crape Myrtle Trees,
National Arbor Day Foundation,
100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City,
NE 68410, by Jan. 31. Or go online
atArborday.org.
Elks Lodge hosts bingo
Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 is
proud to announce that they will
be playing bingo on Monday
nights. All are welcome to come
and play, cash prizes awarded.
Early birds start at 6:30 p.m. with
regular games starting at 7:30 p.m.


Help us to help others because
"Elks care-Elks share."
Hospital auxiliary
seeks new members
We need men and women who
can file, answer the phone, etc.
The pay is helping your communi-
ty by working with the Hendry
Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
We are a diversified group. If you
are interested please call Patt
Mason, president, at (863) 983-
2080.
Hope Hospice Support
Groups
Mending Steps is adult grief sup-
port in Clewiston for those who
have experienced the loss of a
loved one. For more information,
please call (239) 489-9149 or toll-
free (866) 983-7771
Apply for Homestead
Exemption
KristinaA. Kulpa, Hendry Coun-
ty Property Appraiser, announced
that property owners who have
established a new permanent resi-
dence in Hendry County or have
changed ownership in any manner
must file a new application and
qualify for the $25,000 Homestead
Exemption. You may pre-file now
for the 2005 tax year. The deadline
to file is March 1. Should you have
any questions or need additional
information, please feel free to call
the LaBelle office at 675-5270 or


Pl ahead with the project well field the proposed regional water proceed with the well field test-
Plant study. treatment plant to serve Paho- ing phase of the project," Mr.
The city manager and Utilities kee, Belle Glade and South Bay, Johnson said.
Continued From Page 1 Director Kevin McCarthy met Jan. 13 to complete the final
loan. with CDM Engineering, the same engineering services agreement.
company originally selected by "With USDA's consent, and The new water plant is
In other news, the USDA has Palm Beach County to conduct given the urgency of the project, expected to be operational no
agreed to allow the city to move their preliminary engineering for CDM has been authorized to later than August 2007.


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cer medications and treatments
can be both painful and expen-
sive.
"The last thing a cancer
patient should have to worry
about is the financial situation in
their lives," she said. "The Amer-
ican Cancer Society pays for it all
and that's what these Relay For
Life events are for."
Last year, the Relay For Life


event raised $30,000 locally. This
year's event is still three weeks
away and it has already raised
$5,000 with 11 teams currently
signed up for the event.
While the emotional side of
the event is self-evident, with the
Survivor's Lap paying tribute to
those who have claimed victory
over.cancer, and the luminaria
ceremony honoring those who
have lost their battle, this is an
event geared for everyone.
Ms. Lopez said there would
be something for every member
of the family to enjoy.


"It really is for everybody,"
she said. "There will be plenty of
food booths, live bands, pony
rides for the children, and more.
All of the proceeds from those
things will come back to the
American Cancer Society."
Caregivers to cancer patients
should also know that the Amer-
ican Cancer Society has pro-
grams for these nurturing souls,
as well. The stress of providing
round-the-clock care to a cancer
patient can be equally taxing on
the emotional well being of the
caregiver.


The Clewiston Lion's Club
will be putting on a pancake
breakfast the morning of Feb. 19.
The breakfast is free.
For more information about
the event and/or the American
Cancer Society, call Ms.
Rodriguez at 983-7813 extension
28. Both Ms. Rodriguez and Ms.
Lopez can be reached at the
Florida Community Health Cen-
ter.
For more information about
the American Cancer Society,
call Christine Jennings at (239)
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DCF
Continued From Page 1
pie can fill out applications over
the Internet. We are working to
find partners in the community to
find locations for these access
points, but they will available
locally."
According to Mr. Murphy, the
plan is to close the Clewiston DCF
(also called the Economic Self
Sufficiency Office) some time
between Feb. 1 and April 1. The-
Clewiston office provides local
assistance in food stamps and in
medical services such as Medic-
aid, Kid Care, and Silver Saver,
which is the prescription plan for
senior citizens.
DCF has already privatized
some elements of its function,
such as collections for its Benefit
Recovery Program. DCF was
looking to outsource more of its


Codes
Continued From Page 1
tures.
"The existing city code pro-
vides only limited direction prima-
rily with setbacks and lot cover-
age," Mr. Johnson said. "This new
section provides general provi-
sions germane to accessory struc-
ture construction standards (size,
heights, and materials). Language
is incorporated to address special
requirements for garages and car-
ports, temporary buildings, and to
define prohibited accessory struc-
ture uses.
"Given some of the recently


service-related functions, provid-
ing for the opportunity to lure
competition into their- market.
The theory was that private com-
petition will help lower costs.
The end result of outsourcing
to private vendors-could have cre-
ated a more cost-effective busi-
ness environment to the Florida
taxpayer, according to the pub-
lished documents. The draft plan
reads, by combining the public
agency with private vendors, it is
expected to save the agency close
to $70 million a year. It is also
expected to help streamline an
agency that has been admittedly
- overloaded with bureaucracy.
Ultimately, automation is
expected to make the system
more efficient and time saving for
clients. The complete program
has yet to be developed, Mr. Mur-
phy said, and should provide easi-
er access than clients currently
experience.


experienced problems with
accessory structures, this added
section should serve to avoid
such conditions in the future," the
city manager concluded.
Minor changes have also been
made to the section of the code
concerning fences, walls and
hedges, the city manager said.
"It prohibits fences from
encroaching into public alley-
ways or utility easements, which
of late, has been a problem," Mr.
Johnson said. "Eliminating the
use of barbed wire in any residen-
tial area seems in the best interest
of the city."
Mr. Johnson said considerable
changes are proposed in the ordi-
nance regarding home occupa-


Mr. Murphy said that experi-
ence in dealing with recent hurri-
canes has taught state officials
how to streamline the process.
The most difficult part for clients
will be longer distances to travel
for personal assistance. Clients
requiring personal service will
now have to travel to Belle Glade
(20 miles away) or to the LaBelle
office (30 miles away).
He said DCF.will contact each
Clewiston client later with more
details when the plan is fully
developed.
DCF also has an in-house draft
plan, which is a business model
countering the proposition to out-
source their services to private
companies. After receiving a
"talking points" memo Jan. 14,
Mr. Caldwell said the agency will
follow the guidance of Gov. Jeb
Bush's Jan. 12 recommendations
that the agency follows its in-
house proposals.


tions, which he hopes will give
the city more efficient control of
home occupations.
"The new language is intend-
ed to remove all indicators to the
presence of a home occupation,"
Mr. Johnson said, adding that the
commission may consider allow-
ing home occupations in other


According to Mr. Caldwell, the
agency will not look at privatizing
their service-related services,
which will remain under state
employee control. This was
essentially the order that came
down from Gov. Bush, which stat-
ed that the Economic Self Suffi-
ciency employees will continue to
provide the same services.

The only exception is that the '
agency will move forward with
their modernization efforts, as far
as improving their technological
advancements and setting up
more impersonal access points.

The Economic Self Sufficiency -
Office is currently housed at 215
S. Francisco St., next to the Work-
force Development Board.

District 8 covers Hendry,
Glades, Charlotte, Lee and Collier
counties.


residential districts, in addition to
those zoned R-1 C, R-2, and R-3.
The commission is expected
to vote on the revised ordinance
during their regular commission
meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan.
24.


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Sustainabilty
Editor's note: After the separates Florida Bay and the
Audubon Society's sustainabilityy remaining Everglades from Lake
plan for the Everglades Agricultur- Okeechobee. This large region for-
al Area made the news at a recent merly experienced water depths
Tri-Cities meeting in Belle Glade, ranging from one to five feet but is
we visited their Web site and now pumped dry. Lake Okee-
pulled the plan down. It is reprint- chobee holds unnaturally high
ed below. The adjacent story is amounts of water during the wet
U.S. Sugar's response to the plan. season, and is often drained unnat-
urally fast and low in the dry sea-
A sustainable Everglades Agri- son.
cultural Area (EAA) includes the The future of the EAA is both a
following components: significant opportunity and a grave
I. Everglades Restoration (water threat to the success of restoration
storage, water treatment, habitat, and the sustainability of South
and water retention), 11. Sustain- Florida. Although Everglades
able Agriculture, and Ill. Sustain- restoration plans assume the con-
able Communities. tinuation of agriculture in the EAA,
Introduction: The Everglades the future of the current dominant
Agricultural Area (EAA) encorn- crop is uncertain. Pressures are
passes roughly 700,000 acres of increasing for conversion of EAA
former Everglades habitat, and lands to mining, residential, and


Analysis of Audu


Editor's note: The following is
a response from U.S. Sugar to the
Audubon's Sustainability Plan.
Audubon's "Sustainability Plan
for the Everglades Agricultural
Area" (EAA) is just the latest varia-
tion on the timeworn theme of
eliminating agriculture and pre-
venting development in the EAA.
Throughout the last 20 years,
similar plans have been suggest-
ed and rejected. This proposed
"plan," like its predecessors, lacks
technical assessment and any sci-
entific foundation. It assumes that
water quality, environmental
water supply and habitat benefits
will be provided, but provides no
explanation as to how this will
come about. It disregards years of
research and consensus building,
which has produced both the
State's Everglades Construction
Project (ECP) and the Federal
Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP).
The proposal completely
ignores the success to date in
restoring the Everglades -
despite the environmental com-
munity's attempts to thwart these
accomplishments with incessant
litigation.
Finally, Audubon's proposed
plan would ultimately have a neg-
ative impact on the environment
as well as the rural communities
of the EAA.
The proposed plan endorses
three strategies for the future of
the EAA:
1) Everglades Restoration, 2)
Sijstainable-Agriculture, and 3)
Sustainable Communities.
In all three instances, the plan
fails to demonstrate how this
"new" course of action will
improve on existing State and
Federal Programs many of
which are already underway and
proving successful.
Water storage and
retention for EAA
Audubon prematurely con-
cludes that Aquifer Storage and
Recovery (ASR) systems currently
being examined for possible


water storage around Lake Okee-
chobee will not work. They have
proposed that more than 100,000
acres of additional land be set
aside for water storage and water
retention in the EAA.
Audubon's proposal suggests
that the additional acreage is nec-
essary for water supply and the
retention of excess water to pre-
vent releases into estuaries and
the Everglades.
Almost 10 years ago, environ-
mentalists promoted the concept
of a 138,000-acre storage area and
flow-way from Lake Okeechobee
through the EAA. However, the
State and Federal government has
spent the last 10 years developing
and approving the Comprehen-
sive Everglades Restoration Plan
(CERP) that analyzed, and reject-
ed for environmental and water
supply reasons, the concept of a
130,000-acre reservoir in the EAA.
Their research and hydrologi-
cal modeling indicated that the
creation of a huge reservoir, and
attempts to store large quantities
of water in the EAA, rather than
allowing it to pass through farm-
land as it currently does, could
result in dramatic increases in
both the frequency and severity of
water shortages for urban South
Florida, and have a catastrophic
impact on the environment and
the Everglades.
As a result of this research, the
Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)
concluded in 1996 that more than
60,000 acres of reservoirs would
cause adverse effects. As a result,
the CERP plan includes plans for
approximately 60,000 acres of
storage in the EAA. Additional
research has indicated that with
the creation of a large reservoir
there would be a 31 percent
increase in the amount of water
lost to evaporation.
Massive reservoirs are also
subject to seepage issues, thus
making the "water pie" smaller -
not larger, which is the opposite
of what CERP wants to do.
Audubon's plan goes even further
in the wrong direction. Reservoirs
only make sense when they can
be filled with excess water that


plan for the El


A a good
intensity of land uses in the EAA agricultui
until a comprehensive sustainabili- 5. ThE
ty plan is adopted. Commui
2. The South Florida Water Man- open and
agement District and the U.S. Army effort for
Corps of Engineers to develop an land use
aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) use
contingency plan for water storage, 6. Th
to investigate capacity for addition- Service a
al storage alternatives to ASR, and Wildlife C
to make these proven storage tech- to engag
nologies the first priority for imple- a wildly
mentation. restoration
3. The District to design and Prepa
implement new treatment and day's Eve
best management practices 2004. Fo
(BMPs) to improve water quality contact
for the region. contact (
4. The Florida Department of nicki@ai
-Agriculture and Consumer Ser- www.aui
vices and the U.S. Department of www.fla'
Agriculture to develop a long-term www.100


retention are all essential ecologi-
cal functions that should be recre-
ated in the EAA to provide impor-
tant benefits for South Florida.
Sustainable agriculture and
food production that protects soils
and meets water quality standards
should continue to be a purpose of
theEAA.
Compact urban growth pat-
terns within existing population
centers (example: Belle Glade,
Clewiston, Pahokee, and South
Bay) will keep the remaining land
in the EAA available for agriculture
and land uses that facilitate Ever-
glades restoration.
Audubon of Florida, Florida
Wildlife Federation, and 1,000
Friends of Florida call on: ..
1. Local governments to com-
mit to no changes in density or


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commercial development uses.
Development within the EAA
and associated flood control,
urban pollution, and other infra-
structure could exacerbate the
problems the EAA presently cre-
ates, further disrupt Everglades
restoration, and threaten future
water supply for natural and
human systems.
Conversely, if planned properly,
land use changes present opportu-
nities to reverse many of the dis-
ruptive effects on the Everglades,
Lake Okeechobee, and on lands in
the EAA. A thoughtful approach to
the future of the EAA is urgently
needed.
Steps toward a sustainable
EAA.
Water storage, water treatment,
habitat restoration, and water


bon prop
must be stored efficiently or is
otherwise lost.
This is not the case with the
Everglades. EAA runoff is not lost,
but is a critical component of the
Everglades water budget. Replac-
ing farmland with a reservoir
would not only reduce the flow to
the Everglades but would lead to
much higher water loss to evapo-
ration.
When the CERP was approved
in 2000, a full range of reservoir
sizes for retention of storm water
from the EAA had been evaluated.
Today there are 43,000 acres of
constructed wetlands. In 2004,
the state of Florida approved fast-
tracking the expansion of these
wetlands by as much as 19,000
acres under the Acceler8 Pro-
gram. Additionally, the Talisman
track still contains another 31,000
acres, which can be considered
for water storage in the future,
when the private leases expire.
The Audubon plan adds noth-
ing useful to this effort and it will
most likely work against it by dis-
tracting the- agencies from the
path they are on.
With regard to public policy
and fiscal responsibility,
Audubon's proposal suggests
water storage a public activity -
to be conducted on thousands of
acres of privately owned land
when the research and technical
analysis shows that this ,will
adversely affect the water supply
and the Everglades. Also, they fail
to say how much it would cost
taxpayers who would have to buy
the land.
EAA Water quality,
more improvements
The proposal recommends
expanded storm water treatment
areas despite adequate treatment
systems already in place and
makes no attempt to recognize
the success of EAA farmers -
who have been very successful in
.improving water quality in the
EAA. To date, sugar farmers have
reduced the phosphorus in the
water leaving their farms by 64
percent and have averaged more


idea
-e sustainability plan.
e Florida Department of
nity Affairs to initiate an
d inclusive public planning
r restoration and future
n the EAA.
e U.S. Fish and Wildlife
and the Florida Fish and
Conservation Commission
e stakeholders in creating
ife management and
n plan.
red by Audubon of Flori-
rglades Team, Nov. 16,
r additional information,
305) 371-6399 or agrom-
udubon.org, or visit
dubonofflorida.org, or
wildlife.org, or
0Ofriendsofflorida.org.


the land for other purposes.
That land, tens of thousands
of acres, valued at billions of dol-
lars, presumably would be pur-
chased for some public purpose.
Again, the proposal provides no
indication of the source of that
money, what public purpose it
would provide, or who would
decide what land was pur-
chased.
Sustainable
Communities
This is probably the most
offensive and misguided compo-
nent of Audubon's proposal. The
proposal asks that development
in the cities within the EAA be
stopped and that no economic-
development activities, which
improve poorer communities, be
allowed.
This proposal would deci-
mate the current economic base
of the towns in the EAA and so
constrain any future activity as to
-eliminate the prospect for the
recovery of the area in the future.
Under CERP these economic
issues have already been ana-
lyzed from an equity perspective.
CERP recognizes that a number
of restoration projects will occur
on EAA land. Current policies
and programs related to Ever-
glades restoration take into
account that the rural agricultur-
al economies in and around Lake
Okeechobee will be the most
affected. As such, CERP provides
for assessment, and offsetting
these expected impacts with
measures that not only minimize
detrimental effects but may also
add value to the local or regional
economy.
On the other hand,
Audubon's proposal does not
address the crucial equity issues
involved when they suggest that
any new development in the EAA
be prohibited. Additionally, the
proposal fails to assess how
future land use changes in the
EAA that comply with State and
Federal Regulatory requirements
will fail to be compatible with the
existing restoration programs.


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than 50 percent reductions over and maintained farmland are left
the past three years. For nine unplanted and provide valuable
years, farmers in the Everglades wildlife havens.
Agricultural Area (EAA). have The lands in and around Lake
exceeded the 25-percent reduc- Okeechobee and the EAA are
tion required by the 1994 Ever- home to bald eagles, ducks, deer,
glades Forever Act. raccoon, bobcat, black bear, wild
In 2004, farmers' best manage- boar, river otters, and even the
ment practices (BMPs) dramati- elusive Florida panther has been
cally reduced phosphorus levels seen. Hundreds of varieties of
to 69 parts per billion (ppb). For wading birds live on EAA lands
comparison, farm water histori- and waterways from roseate
cally averaged 173 ppb and the spoonbills, wood storks and great
water flowing south from Lake blue herons to giant egrets. Habi-
Okeechobee continues to aver- tat "benefits," as outlined in
age over 150 ppb. Audubon's proposal, are already
Urban areas including those being realized in the EAA.
north of Lake Okeechobee and
those on the east and west coasts Sustainable
are only just beginning to clean Agriculture
their own water.
In addition to the farmers' suc- Audubon assumes that the
cess in reducing nutrients in farm sugarcane industry is going out
water, the South Florida Water of business and that there are
Management District operates five other crops that are waiting in
Storm Water Treatment Areas -the wings that will be better for
(STAs) that further clean farm, the environment and the econo-
lake and urban water before it my. The truth is, as was empha-
reaches the Everglades. sized in several places in-the
With the success of the on- CERP, sugarcane is by far the
farm efforts and with 41,000 acres most compatible land use for the
of filter marshes built over the last downstream watershed, espe-
few years to remove phosphorus cially on the muck soils of the
from water flowing south, Ever- EAA.
glades restoration is ahead of Thesugar industry is commit-
schedule, under budget and ted to the highest and best use of
exceeding expectations. Today, its land in the EAA that is compat-
ible with the environment and
water in Everglades National Park ble wiconomth ic sustainabiity. The
isat the target 10 ppb. economic sustainability. The
is at the target 10 pp. industry is committing millions
Habitat of dollars to new infrastructure to
improve the efficiency and prof-
The Audubon proposal asks stability of the enterprise in
that more land be acquired for today's global, economy. No
habitat despite the existence of large-scale conversions away
over one million acres that sup- from sugarcane are expected in
ports wildlife in the Everglades the future. The land use changes
Protection Areas surrounding the being discussed affect less than
EAA. Additionally, Stormwater five percent of the EAA.
Treatment Areas, the Holeyland The Audubon proposal
and Rotenberger Wildlife Man- assumes that farmers could be
agement Areas provide close to economically viable with cattle
100,000 acres of wildlife habitat and an array of other crops,
within the EAA. regardless of their marketability,
Farmlands that include on less than half of the land farm-
uplands, wetlands, ponds and ers now own in the EAA. The
lake areas are already excellent plan also calls for government at
wildlife habitat home to more various levels to decide how
than 150 different animal species. farmers would farm their own
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Scholars attend University of Florida


GAINESVILLE The Universi-
ty of Florida (UF) has moved to
the top spot in public universities'
enrollment of both National Merit
Scholars and National Achieve-
ment Scholars, as announced by
the National Merit Corp.
Overall, UF ranks second
nationally in National Merit Schol-
ars and fourth nationally in
National Achievement Scholars
within its 2004-05 freshman class.
With 259 National Merit schol-


375 institutions.
"UF's remarkable educational
and social opportunities attract
some of the nation's most talent-
ed undergraduates," said Joseph
Glover, interim provost and senior
vice president for academic
affairs. "UF's ranking as the
nation's top public university in
enrolling National Merit and
National Achievement Scholars is
due to the rich academic environ-
ment created by an outstanding


scholars, are:
1. Harvard University 312
2. University of Florida-259
3. University of Texas-242
4. Yale University- 224
5. Stanford University-217
6. University of Chicago 198
7. Washington University at SL Louis
-197
8. Princeton University- 192
9. University of Southern California
-183
10. University of Oklahoma -170
In National Achievement


number of National Achievement
Scholars.
The National Achievement
Scholars Program recognizes
minority students who place well
on the preliminary SAT. The top-
ranked participating schools, fol-
lowed by the number of recruited
Achievement scholars, are:
1. Harvard University- 85
2. Yale University-- 61
3. Stanford University-57
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Harvard University in recruiting Merit Scholars are selected fourth this year out of 166 partici- Duke University -
more National Merit scholars in from more than 15,000 semifinal- paying schools across the country 6.Howard University-29
2004. In 2003, UF recruited 224 ists nationally by the National and first among the 76 public 7. Princeton University-27 -
National Merit Scholars and Merit Scholarship Corp. The stu- institutions. UF recruited 40 7. Washington University at St. Louis FOR STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT
ranked fourth nationally; in 2002, dents scored in the top one-half National Achievement scholars, -27
UF recruited 186 National Merit percent of high school seniors in ranking behind Harvard, Yale and 8. Massachusetts Institute of Tech- ANNUITIES and INSURANCE PAYOI
scholars, placing it fifth among all their states on the Preliminary Stanford universities. Because of a nology-22
universities and second among SAT-National Merit Scholarship change in the methodology at the 9. Columbia University- 19 (800I 7 4 73
public universities. This year, Qualifying Test. The top 10 ranked National Merit Scholarship Corp., 10. University of North Carolina at
there are 8,258 National Merit participating schools, followed by college-sponsored scholarships ChapelHill- 18
Scholars enrolled nationally at the number of recruited merit are no longer counted in the total 10. University of Pennsylvania- 18 J.G. Wentworth means CASH NOA


Distance learning available for teachers Soretteent


GAINESVILLE High school
teachers and county extension
agents can now earn their master
of science degree via a new dis-
tance education program begin-
ning this month at the University of
Florida (UF).
"We knew there was a need for
this type of degree program," said
Brian Myers, an assistant professor
of agricultural education at UF's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences (UF/IFAS) and coordina-
tor of the online program. "Teach-
ers and extension agents need
graduate degrees for career
advancement, but many of them
live too far from a university to
attend regular classes. This dis-
tance learning program will allow
them to keep their jobs and stay
close to home."
Sharon Guest-Tagliavento, a
UF/IFAS Flagler County 4-H exten-
sion agent participating in the pro-
gram, said it eliminates a two-hour
commute each way to the universi-


ty in Gainesville.
"It gives me time for my 4-H
work that would otherwise be
spent driving and sitting in a class-
room until late in the evening," she
said.
Marie Fussell, a teacher at Bar-
tow High School in Polk County,
likes the specific nature of the
courses.
"It's all about something I can
use," she said.
When asked how they'll fit class
work into their already packed
schedules, Ms. Fussell and her
friend, Keitha Barnhorst, another
teacher from Polk County, looked
at each other and smiled. "Looks
like we will be busy every Saturday
from 8 a.m. until noon," Ms. Barn-
horst said.
Faculty in the UF/IFAS College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences tai-
lored the distance program to meet
the needs of extension agents and
teachers in the public school sys-
tem, including courses for improv-


ing technical skills and classroom
teaching methods. In addition,
there are courses in program devel-
opment and adult education
designed for extension agents.
Distance education courses are
offered during three semesters per
year, and participants register for
two courses each semester.
"We split the classes each
semester, so our students take one
class at a time, eight weeks per
class," Mr. Myers said. "Because
teachers and extension agents are
so busy, they find it easier to con-
centrate on just one class at a
time."
Instead of completing a thesis,
each class member must submit a
final project at the end of the two-
and-one-half-year program of
study.
Mr. Myers said the first class,
which begins in January 2005, has
19 participants, including four'


extension agents and 15 high
school teachers. Future classes will
have a maximum of 20 partici-
pants.
"Members of, each class will
move through the program togeth-
er, building a network of support
that will help them in their courses
and in their professional careers,"
he said.
Students are required to visit the
UF campus in Gainesville twice -
once for orientation before classes
begin and again at the end of the
degree program when they present
their final projects to their class-
mates and professors.
Mr. Myers hopesthe distance
education program will grow to
serve teachers and agents in other
states.
"We have already had inquiries
about expanding the program in
other southeastern states. Our first
class has a.student from Georgia,"
he said.


Edison college enrollment grows in Hendry/Glades


Edison college enrollment in
Hendry and Glades counties is up
17.2 percent over the same period
from last year, according to figures
released by the college Jan. 12.
"This is the continuation of a
trend that we have been experienc-
ing," said Sally Berg, director of
Hendry/Glades services. "The
community knows that growth is
coming to this area and more peo-
. pie are taking advantage of oppor-
tunities thatare-available here."
The trend Berg is referring to is
the increased enrollment that the
LaBelle Center of Edison College
has become aware of for a couple
of years. Since January of 2003,
full-time student classroom setting
students have several other options
for learning, Berg said.


"One format that's gaining in
popularity is blended learning
courses," she said. "The student
has an opportunity for periodic
classroom interaction with an
instructor, but also has flexibility to
utilize the Internet, videos and
other nodes of instructional deliv-
ery to supplement classroom-
learning off-campus or even from
the comfort of home. It's gone over
well here in LaBelle."
Another factor that Berg hopes
will aid student success is a service
called Learning assistance. Berg
recently hired a full-time and part-
time staff member to help students
at the LaBelle Center with prepara-
tory classes in math, English and
reading so that they will succeed at
college-level course work. The lab


is open daily Monday through Sat-
urday, and four evenings per week.
"Our goal here is retention," she
said. "If we can allow students to
succeed from the beginning,
they're more likely to continue
their education."
The learning assistance lab,
which opened in the fall, seems to
be helping. Forty students took an
"exit" exam that tested whether
they were academically prepared
to move on to the next level, and all
40 passed.
"Although not always on the
first try," she quipped. "But having
extra resources to offer students
between classes really helps."
Ester Rodriguez, 37, is a pre-
nursing student who may change


to a major in education. She was
one of the many students who
took advantage of the new learning
assistance lab.
"If it were not for these individu-
als here to assist me, it would have
been very difficult," said Ms.
Rodriguez. "The staff working in
the lab is very knowledgeable in
many different subject areas and
helped me excel. It is especially
good to be able to have some-
where to go to study. The times
available are great and being away
from family duties allows good
quality studying time."
,For more information on Edi-
son College programs in Hendry
and Glades counties, please call
(863) 674-0408.


Crist announces settlements with two leasing companies


TALLAHASSEE Attorney
General Charlie Crist today
announced settlements with
two leasing companies relating
to business practices of the
bankrupt NorVergence Corpora-
tion.
Wells Fargo Financial Leas-
ing, Inc., and Lyon Financial Ser-
vices, Inc., doing business as
U.S. Bancorp Business Equip-
ment Finance Group, have
agreed to terminate contracts
through which Florida con-
sumers became trapped in cost-
ly equipment and service leases
originally offered by NorVer-
gence.
Under the agreements, lease
customers will be freed of all
financial obligations to Wells
Fargo and U.S. Bancorp beyond
Jan. 31 and will not be required
to pay any late fees or penalties
that have been added to their
accounts since July 15, 2004.


Lease customers have the
option of choosing not to partic-
ipate in the settlement in order
to pursue their own resolution
with either Wells Fargo or U.S.
Bancorp.
"Hundreds of Florida small
business owners were victim-
ized by NorVergence's bogus
promises and then suffered
again when leasing companies
tried to collect for services the
customers were not receiving,"
said Mr. Crist. "We are pleased
that these two companies have
recognized that the customers
should not be penalized any fur-
ther for the dubious actions of
another."
The settlement agreements
conclude litigation regarding the
collection practices of Wells
Fargo and an investigation into
U.S. Bancorp stemming from
contracts for services from
NorVergence. The Attorney Gen-


eral's Office filed a complaint in
October 2004 against numerous
leasing companies after receiv-
ing more than 250 complaints
from Floridians asserting that
the leasing companies were
demanding unfair payments for
their contracts with NorVer-
gence. The Attorney General's
Office last month reached a set-
tlement with Patriot Leasing
Company, Inc., and litigation
continues with at least 10 other
leasing companies.
The separate settlement
-agreements require Wells Fargo
and U.S. Bancorp to release cus-
tomers from leases for special
equipment that was supposed
to provide the customers with
low-cost telephone, mobile
phone and high-speed Internet
services. Wells Fargo and U.S.
Bancorp held contracts with
dozens of small Florida busi-
nesses. Under the agreements,


Crist's office reserves the right
for six months, to inspect the
leasing companies' records in
order to monitor compliance.
Approximately 700 small
Florida businesses agreed to
contracts with NorVergence to
obtain the low-cost services and
more than a dozen leasing com-
panies purchased those con-
tracts from NorVergence begin-
ning in 2003. NorVergence
terminated service when it went
into bankruptcy and thus did not
honor its agreement to provide
the telecommunications servic-
es to customers.


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located in
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schools. You just can't go wrong with this spa-
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* 2 bedroom home in the Belmont Subdivision
with 2 full baths & 2 half baths. This home also
features real wood kitchen cabinets, breakfast
bar, separate living room and family room. Not
to big and not to small. This one has it all for
only $129,900
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* This stunning 20+i- acre estate is truly one of BACK ON THE MARKET! Immaculate
a kind. The main house features include CBS 4BR/2B hommL2i n le J Acres
construction, vaulted ceilings, real wood cabi- Rd. Only Myers.
nets with built in wine rack, upgraded kitchen Featuring vs ing fire-
appliances, ceramic tile, solid surface counter place, upgraded appliances, wood cabinets
tops and is fenced and cross-fenced for horses, berber carper and a secity system. If your
There is also a 1,300/- square foot manufac- lookingforcountrylivingwitha short commute
tured home located towards the front of the to Fort Myers, This is it! $159,900. Priced
property with separate entrance and fencing under appraised value.
that would be perfect as a guest house or for a 3BR/2B manufactured home on 4.5+/- acres.
grounds keeper. $549,900. This homU lilB O6 liNle Tand air
* Nestled under the Oaks. Custom built conditioner. Pluswall to wall ceramic tile vault-
3BR/2B home in town features ceramic tile, ed ceilings and lots more. This on won't last
vaulted ceilings, bay windows, track lighting, long at only $139,000.
sprinkler system on a private well, detached Country Ling at its best in Muse. This
garage and lots more. Only $229,000. beautifully decorated 3BRi2B home, sirs on
* Picture perfect! This 4BR92B brick home in nicely landscaped acre Features include a
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backyard, screened porch, spacious rooms, cen- kitchen hugh walk-in closets, new carpet & a
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breath taking home is priced at only $195,900. to see this one today!!!!! Asking price is
* This newly renovated three bedroom, two $128,900


* REDUCED 3BR/2B manufactured home on
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with tons of upgrade. This property is fenced
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for two homes. $125,000.
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Florida Realtors offer scholarship


Florida high school seniors: Are
you filling out college applications
and pouring over potential schol-
arship programs? Then make
plans to enter the Florida Associa-
tion of REALTORS(r)' (FAR) 2004-
2005 Scholarship/Essay Contest
for high school seniors, for a
chance to win up to $6,500 in
scholarship funding.
The scholarship program ben-
efits students from across the
state, with prize money going to
both the first and second place
essays in each of the association's


13 districts.
Students turning in the top dis-
trict-winning essays will each win
a $1,500 scholarship prize, while
the second place entries will each
receive a $500 scholarship award.
The 13 district-winning essays will
go on to compete to win three,
$5,000 FAR scholarships on the
statewide level, for a total of
$41,000 in scholarship awards.
Entering the contest is easy. Stu-
dents write a typed, double-spaced
essay 500 words or less on the
topic, "How Does a REALTOR(r)


Professional Benefit the Commu-
nity?"
In Palm Beach County, the
REALTORS(r) Association of the
Palm Beaches (RAPB) is proud to
support FAR's scholarship and is
excited to offer this opportunity to
our local students. RAPB has
mailed packets containing the
materials and rules for entry to
every high school principal in
Palm Beach County.
"We encourage students to
take advantage of this scholarship
opportunity and we hope to have a


winner from Palm Beach County,"
said John D. Pinson, RAPB's 2004-
2005 President.
Students can check with their
high school to obtain an applica-
tion kit, or go to the media section
of FAR's media center Web site
(http://media.living.net/scholar-
ship2005/index.html) to down-
load the application kit. All essays
must be submitted by Friday,
March 25, to the Florida Associa-
tion of REALTORS(r), 7025 Augus-
ta National Drive, PO Box 725025,
Orlando, FL 32872-5025.


$40 million available to consumers


TALLAHASSEE Florida
motorists may be eligible for
refunds of as much as $20,000
under a nationwide agreement to
benefit individuals who unknow-
ingly purchased damaged or
stolen cars from State Farm Mutu-
al Insurance Company, Attorney
General Charlie Crist announced
today. The agreement is part of a
$40 million settlement reached by
Mr. Crist's office and the Attorneys
General of 48 other states and the
District of Columbia.
Florida was one of the lead
states in reaching the agreement,
which is designed to compensate
thousands of owners of cars,
SUVs and trucks across the coun-
try. Impacted motorists bought
vehicles from State Farm after the
company took title to them from
policyholders due to damage or
un-recovered theft. The titles to
the affected vehicles did not prop-
erly indicate that they previously
had been damaged or stolen, Mr.
Crist said.
After research into vehicle
titles is complete, an estimated
30,000 to 40,000 consumers
nationwide may be eligible for
payments ranging from about
$400 to as much as $20,000.
Most payments are expected
to range from $800 to $1,850,
depending primarily on the cur-
rent average, value .of the vehicle


and the number of consumers
who participate in the compensa-
.tion program. The Attorney Gen-
eral's Office and State Farm will
continue to work. closely with the
state's Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles to
determine the title status of vehi-
cles in Florida.
"Consumers have a right to
know whether a vehicle they pur-
chase has been damaged or oth-
erwise written off by an insurance
company," said Mr. Crist. "State
Farm is to be commended for
stepping forward to disclose the
problem and present a workable
solution. At the same time, Flori-
da consumers who made deci-
sions based on false information
deserve to be compensated and
this settlement will help make
things right."
Florida, along with 48 other
states require that vehicles be
titled as "salvage" or the equiva-
lent when they meet certain stan-
dards relating to degree of dam-
age or un-recovered theft.
State Farm contacted states in
late 2003 indicating that it had
documentation of proper titles for
approximately 2.4 million vehi-
cles that suffered total losses in
recent years, but that for a small
percentage of other vehicles it
had insufficient or no documenta-
tion to verify that a proper title had


been obtained.
Mr. Crist said the settlement is
"groundbreaking" in the way a
company contacted the Attorneys
General and sought to reach an
agreement that involves both
changing certain practices and
seeking the states' help in return-
ing money to consumers. In addi-
tion to providing the $40 million
for consumer compensation,
State Farm also will pay the cost of
the major project of identifying
the vehicles, identifying and con-
tacting current owners, taking
claims and making compensation
payments.
In the settlement agreement,
State Farm also makes assurances
about how it conducts its busi-
ness now and in the future.
Consumers who complete a
claim form and are approved will
receive a compensation payment
from State Farm later this year or
early in 2006.
Under the agreement, State
Farm will work with state motor
vehicle agencies to determine the
specific vehicles that require a
branded title. Florida owners of
affected vehicles will receive a let-
ter from Crist's office with a claim
form to complete and return to an
independent company that will
administer the claims process.
Once all claims are in, the amount
each consumer will receive will


be finalized and checks mailed.
The final amounts received by
each consumer will depend on
the current value of the vehicle
and how many consumers elect
to participate in the payment pro-
gram. Payments will be made to
the owners of currently registered
vehicles and will be based on the
current average retail value of the
vehicle.
For example, owners of vehi-
cles worth between $1,000 and
$2,000 will receive $600; owners
of vehicles worth between $5,000
and $6,000 will receive $1,400,
and owners of vehicles worth
between $10,000 and $11,000 will
receive $3,000. The maximum
payment will be $20,000 for own-
ers of, vehicles currently worth
more than $40,000.
Mr. Crist said it is expected that
current owners of eligible vehi-
cles will be contacted by this fall,
after the identification process is
completed.
State Farm will also pay $1 mil-
lion to the participating states for
consumer education, future con-
sumer litigation, public protec-
tion, local consumer aid funds,
and legal fees and costs.
A copy of the Assurance of Vol-
untary Compliance between the
states and State Farm may be
viewed at: http://www.myflori-
dalegal.com/StateFarmAVC.pdf.


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
A couple in the stands danced the two-step to one of the
Bellamy Brothers hits during a free concert held at Big
Cypress Jan. 15. Those attending the concert were
encouraged to make donations at the Emergency Med-
ical Services booth at the event to the American Red
Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the American Red Cross
International Response Fund to help tsunami victims.


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon and Moore Haven
City Councilman John Ahern were among the Glades
County Chapter National Turkey Federation members
who volunteered to host approximately 150 children and
their parents who turned out for the annual Jake's Day
event at Fisheating Creek Jan. 15.


Southern Gardens gets


2004 efficiency award


CLEWISTON Southern
Gardens Citrus has been award-
ed the 2004 Efficiency Award
from FMC Food Tech, one of the
world's leading technology and
solutions providers to the food
industry." -" .
The award recognizes not
only superior production, but
also attention to quality and cus-
tomer service.
"Because it comes from a
trailblazer in our own industry,
this award is especially gratify-
ing," said Rodney Liddle, presi-
dent of Southern Gardens. "Our
primary aim is to provide the
highest quality to our customers,
but having our technical expert-
ise recognized is a key indication
that we are on the right track."
FMC Food Tech supplies
equipment and technical advice
to food suppliers and restaurants
worldwide. Its' juice extractors,
which are in operation at South-
ern Gardens' juice processing
plant, process 75 percent of the
citrus produced in the world.
"According to our data,
Southern Gardens continues to
be the worldwide leader in juice
processed per extractor, with the
highest numbers by far," said
Donn Sabato, domestic sales
and service manager for FMC
Food Tech's Citrus Systems Divi-
sion.
Southern Gardens processed
juice from more than 20 million
90-pound boxes of oranges this
past season on approximately 40
extractors, which equates to
more than 500,000 boxes per
extractor during the season,
which runs from October
through June.
But the Efficiency Award rec-
ognizes more than just numbers,
Mr. Sabato said.
"I attribute Southern Gar-
dens' success to a marriage of
the right technology and excel-
lent management systems," he
said. "There's a high level of
sophisticated automation in the
plant, but matching that is a very
collaborative management
style." Moreover, "their commit-
ment to quality is second to
none. Southern Gardens is very
aware and sensitive to their cus-
tomers' requirements. They
don't see the juice industry as a
commodity business they see it
as an opportunity to provide out-
standing customer service and
high quality products."
To add increased value to its
existing products and services,
Southern Gardens rolled out a
packaging operation at the
beginning of 2004, which repre-
sents the completion of a fully
integrated manufacturing
process. The packaging line is
adjacent to the processing plant
and storage facility, resulting in
many operational efficiencies.
The company converted
25,000 square feet from a cold
storage area to the packaging


operation, which can produce
120 half-gallon cartons of Not
From Concentrate (NFC) orange
juice per.minute, including "reg-
ular," "low acid," "pulp-added"
and "calcium-added" NFC
orange juice.
The new operation also has
the capacity to shrink-wrap mul-
tiple half-gallon cartons for con-
sumers who buy in bulk.
As one of the nation's largest
orange growers and juice
processors, Southern Gardens is
able to ensure that fresh orange
juice is available year-round due
to its storage capacity. The com-
pany has a 56-million-gallon
NFC orange juice storage facility,
as well as storage capacity for
four million gallons of concen-
trated juice.
Encompassing both 32,000
acres of citrus groves and more
than three million trees, South-
ern Gardens produces more
than seven million boxes of
Valencia and Hamlin oranges
each season. Using state-of-the-
art technology and assuring con-
sistently high quality juice,
Southern Gardens supplies more
than 50 percent of the nation's
private label NFC orange juice.


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Big Cypress Reservation
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als, Developing and establishing new
markets. Implementing distributor/
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and qualify prospective customers.
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Brighton Reservation
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establishing new markets. Develop-
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Good benefits plus retirement.
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LaBelle, FL 33975-0519
(863) 675-0336
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ing applications for immediate job openings for Night Shift
Blender of juice products. Successful candidate needs to
have the ability to learn the following job skills. Applicants
must be willing to work overtime hours. Verbal and writ-
ten Engish communication skills are required. Bilingual in
Spanish a plus.,
JOB DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
. Communicate and understand instructions in
English. Bilingual a plus.
* Have basic math skills.
* Measure and add ingredients like oils and calcium
to meet product blend specifications along with
performing general plant sanitation in Production
Areas, Blend Areas and other Plant environments.
. Will train blender positions.
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in use of MS Office apps. & other
software. Exp. w/computer network
4H management req. A+ cert.
preferred. FL driver's license
req. HS Diploma/GED + college
level computer courses. 1-3 yrs.
related exp. Excellent
customer service skills.
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Immediate Openings.
Must have CDL Class A or B
License with Hazmat, Tanker & Air Brake
Endorsement with a clean driving record.
HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS.
Pick up application at:
''iim ,,. HOWELL OIL COMPANY
l 808 NW 12th St.
.,---' Belle Glade, FL 33430


ASTALDI CONSTRUCTION
SEEKS EXP'D
Hydraulic Crane Operator
Concrete Formwork Carpente
& Skilled Laborers
Water treatment plant exp. preferred.
Stuart area 772-463-6815/Aaron.
EOE/DFWP


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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS
Evening & Night Shifts
2 years or less experience $8/hr
Over 2 and less than 6 yrs $9/hr
6 or more years of experience $10/hr
Shift Differential & Excellent Benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees
RNs & LPNs
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 !off one week
4 on/3 off thenext week
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work
for out-of-town employees
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of NURSING
LTC & Management experience desirable
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work
for out-of-town employees
RN NURSE MANAGER
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 off one week
4on/3 off the next week
Nights 7pm-7am
LTC & Mgmt. experience desirable
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees
Glades Health Care Center
Pahokee, Florida
STATE RATED 4 STAR FACILITY
EXCELLENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Call 561-924-5561
Fax: 561-924-9466


NDRY REGIONAL
MEDICAL CENTER
Registered Nurses
*Full time Med./Surg. 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am, FL RN Lic.,
1 yr experience preferred wilf train new graduate,
Must have BLS, $3,000 Sign On Bonus
*Support RN for all nsg. areas FL RN License w/ at
least yr expefiece in area of experflse
'Full Time Social ServicesR Case Manager-FL RN
Lic., 5 yrs hospital experience a plus


Full Time/Perdiem LPN I or II
*FL LPN Lc. & IV Cert., Proof of cert. in IV Therapy req.
Full & Part Time Postions Available
Home Health
'Full bme Regiered Nurses
*Physical Therapist. A ni of 2 yrs exp. in Med/Surg or
Rehab Nursing is require. Home Care exp is pref.
Campethea Sway EARIlt BaO ts Ginical
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Phone: 863-902-3079 or Fax resume to: 863-983-0805
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FW OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
SCHOOL BEHAVIORAL
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
The Health Care District is seeking an individ-
ual for the Behavioral Health Program in the
Belle Glade and Coastal Area elementary
school. Interested candidates must have a
Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in a
behavioral health related field, i.e., social
work, mental health, or psychology; supple-
mented by a minimum of three (3) years of
experience in a social services setting; or an
equivalent combination of education, training
and experience. Candidates must pass FDLE
and local background checks. Applications
must be received by 5:00PM 1/23/05. Sub-
mit resumes/applications to: HR Coordina-
tor, 324 Datura St, #401, WPB, FL 33401,
email to Employment@hcdpbc.org or fax to
(561)659-1628. EOE,DFWP, Vet. Pref.


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DAILY WORK DAILY PAY
All Types of Work Available
202 E. Sugarland Hwy.
(Across from CLewiston Inn) $T
(863) 902-9494 .


LAWRENCE

AUTO HOME MOBILE HOME BOATS
LIFE HEALTH


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Available
CLEWISTON ANIMAL CLINIC
901 W. Ventur Ave Clewiston, FL 33440
863-983--9S4-5


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Financial^
Services 315


LEARN MORE ABOUT
IRS's and Investing.
First Bank of Clewiston
863-963-8191.


Services




Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435

ApartmentsB


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3.5s61) 96.9066
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133S ir S


GENEVA ANDREWS
ONLINE CHRISTIAN
BOOKSTORE
Bibles, books, tapes
DVD's, Rentals
Market Place
Gifts Certificates, etc.
www.qenevaandrews.
SpreadTheWord.com
(863)983-4156


Mountain Golf Home-
sites! Prestigious
community weaving
throughout Dye de-
signed 18 hole cham-
Dionship course in
]e ilrni ir] Blue
iiig Mlvlii'i of South
Carolina. Call for Your
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x759.



Is Stress Ruining Your
Life? Read DIANETICS by
Ron L. Hubbard Call
(813)872-0722 or send
7.99 to Dianetics, 3102
N. Habana Ave., Tampa FL
33607.


SCREEN & PATIO
ENCLOSURES,
Rescreening & repair.
lic.# 2001-19849 &
insured. (561)784-5568
or 561-358-2456.


SkyeOne Internet
Service
PC Repair, Internet
Access and more.
Locally Owned
Office 863-946-2200


NEW SELF STORAGE
46 units 7x15, 8x15, 10x15,
10x30, 12x30, 15x25. Full
electric, secure on Com-
mereio St. 350 ft. from
Clewiston Police Dept.
863-983-6663, 983-2808
after hrs 983-8979





SPAI Overstocked! New
7 person spa-Loaded!
Includes cover, deliv-
ery & warranty. $2999,
was $5999. (888)397-
3529.


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COLONIAL COUCH- Pull out
queen size bed, good con-
dition, $100. neg.
(863)447-1199.
COUCH & CHAIR,
Black Leather. S150
(863)946-3857 Lake Port

COUCH & LOVESEAT-
Black Leather,
$325.
(239)994-2305.
DAYBED WITH POPOUT-
Complete, Ivory & Gold,
Good shape, $125.
(863)357-4152.
DINETTE SET- Cherry &
oak. 6 chairs, pd $5200.,
selling S2500, (863)801-
1719.


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Merchandise



A&r Conditioners 505
Aantiques 5f10
Appliasces 515
Appace Parts 520




B=a.t S=ppies 585
Cnaoles 530







Boahs & MaFalices 595
Fioo 65
F-n's 615
Health & Reducing 540
Budin Eqiement t 5456

Hea,tng Equp, Etc.560
C AMP, 570
Houehold ctibtes 575


DrapsUMLlo Fabrics595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
mpsitu hts 610


Fun 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625i
Household Items 630


ical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.'
Pets/Suppies/'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant,
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Televisian/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
T s & Games 730
VRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AIR CONDITIONER- Com-
mercial, Good Price of
$500, (863)467-5474.

CENTRAL AIR & HEAT,
Split Unit, 2 Ton. Works
well. $300 863-673-0920


DRYER
Frigidaire, Like new,
$80
(863)467-8161-.
GAS STOVE- full 'size, $80
or best offer. (863)946-
3376.

MICROWAVE-
Works great,
$30.
(863)467-1009
WASHER & DRYER,
Maytag. In good working
order. $100/ both.
(863)675-4858


LADIES 3 SPD- Huffy, 26"
good cond, $25
(863)763-1997



METAL ROOFING SAVE
$$$ Buy Direct From Man-
ufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.



WEDDING DRESS from Da-
vis Bridal. 22 Plus size.
$50. Call (863)983-8492.



DELL GX 100 w/win. xp,
Great for young person.
Kybrd., Monitor, Scanner.
. $200 239-728-5227
GATEWAY TOWER w/win.
xp, many games. Keyboard,
mouse & monitor includ-
ed. $125 239-728-5227


FIREWOOD- over a cord of
oak cut for fireplace,
needs to be split, $75.
(863)675-6738.


BEDROOM SET, Wooden,
Queen w/hdbrd., dresser,
mirror, chest, night stands.
$200 (863)675-9288
BUNK BED, Black, Twin
over Full sz., Full mattress
included. $150 (863)675-
9288
BUNK BED Twin on Top and
Futon full on bottom. Ask-
ing $150 or best offer.
863675-4098 evenings
CHURCH FURNITURE.
Does your church need
pews, pulpit set, baptis-
tery, steeple, windows,
carpet? Big Sale on new
cushioned pews and
cushions for hard pews.
(800)231-8360.


METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 Ig file drawers.
$100. (863)357-1078.


TOY FOX TERRIER (S400)
& AFFENPINSCHER
($300)- AKC, shots, hlth
cert. (863)983-6537.
YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, S695. Call (561)
791-4567.


CAMCORDER, SHARP
VHS, full size, like new. Cost
S800 selling for S100.
(863)612-9233.


FREE 4-ROOM DIRECT
SYSTEM includes
standard installation. 2
MONTHS FREE HBO &
Cinemax! Access to
over 225 channels!
Limited time offer.
S&H. Restrictions Ap-



SEWING MACHINE
& CABINET
S150
(863)357-1078


DINETTE TABLE- ,h le &
4 chairs. solid oak. S175
or best offer. (863)675-
2440,
DR HUTCH- large, hard rock
maple. 54Wx75Hx19D.
exc cond. S450 neg.
(863)763-6342.
END TABLE, Oak coffee ta-
ble, Refrigerator & desk
S140., will separate.
(863)467-1009
Entertainment Center
Broyhill, (Fontana). Light
wood. Like new. $400 best
offer. 863-763-4982.
ENTERTAINMENT
CTR- Solid oak, S125.
Moving, Must sell
(863)675-8305.
GLASS top table (4)
chairs $200
(863)675-0188
-ANE SECTIONAL- 2 yrs
old, council love seat w/
wedge & queen sleeper
$1500 863-467-9284.
LAZYBOY SOFA/SLEEPER
& Ig rocker recliner. set,
blue/tan exc cond $200
neg 863-635-4690.
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
(863)612-9233.

TABLE, Leaf, 5 chairs, cloth/
wood, Syr Kenmore chest
freezer $250 will separate
863-467-9284
THREE WHEEL BIKE-
Basket in the back,
nice bike, $100.
neg. (863)763-6791.



GOLF CLUBS -Ladies/
Juniors, cavity back irons,
3-PW, 4 woods, bag,nice,
$85. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
ite $100. (863)946-3123.


GERMAN ORTGIES- Semi
auto pistol, $150.
(863)763-4961.

SPANISH STAR, Semi-
Auto. Pistol, 380 cal.
Hammerless, $175
863-763-4961



Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good treadmill.
(863)357-2233


AWNINGS- (2) 39.5" W x
42"L, $50 for both will sell
separate. (863)763-1997.

FULL SIZE mattress cover
& full size ele. blanket $8
for both (863)467-8681

Mobilhome Doors-
Peach colored Vinyl
siding, stove, dish
washer & Addl. vari-
ous items, Price to'
sell (863)634-2817
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classad@newszap.com

ELECTRIC LIFTER- Used
only 5 month, good condi-
tion, $450. (863)610-
1153.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER CAR-
RIER- Hooks up to hitch,
has ramp & tilts, $500.
(863)357-2549.

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: LOOKING
,*. TO BUY
COWS
"' ',- 863.673-1491


BAY GELDING 21/2 yr. old.
30 days irof. training. grt
on trails. Bomb proof.
$1000, (863)843-2495.
HORSES- 2 Mare's, In-
cludes Tackle, Tamed, 14
horse bay. $2000 for both
(863)675-2450.
SADDLE FOR SALE
Asking $275. Antique 1920
type with 4 cantle. Call
evenings. 863-675-4098.


Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales every
Mon. 12pm & every
Tues. 11am. 763-3127


1, 2 & 3 BR HOUSES &
APARTMENTS FOR RENT.
No pets.
Call (863)983-4436.
1BR APARTMENT,
good location in
Belle Glade. $300/month.
Call 561-261-0169.

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Fisheating Creek: under
new management, address
- 7555 US Hwy. 27 North
Palmdale. 863-675-5999


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Prop ert Sate 1035
Land Sate 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property- Sale 1055
Property Inspectionl 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl080


3.34 Acre Industrial Prop-
erty, located in Belle
Glade. Contact Steve Roy-
al 561-996-8080, ext. 22.

Your next job could be in
today's classified. Did
you look for it?
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand the
world around you. No
wonder newspaper read-
ers are more successful
people!


HITACHI TV
54 in. Big Screen
$650.
(863)234-1230
TV ANTENNA MOTOR,
BOOSTER & CONTROL
UNIT, ALL S50. (863)763-
7989.


SAWMILLS-$2,695.00 -
LumberMate-2000 &
LumberLite-24. Norwood
Industries also manufac-
tures utility ATV attach-
ments, log skidders, port-
able board edgers and fo-
restry equipment.
www.norwoodindustries.-
com -Free information:
(800)578-1363 ext300N.



AIR HOCKEY TABLE
$75
(863)675-0188


BACKHOE Loader personal
use. must crank & work
make, model, yr.& looks
not an issue (863)983-
77KK

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies.
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry. Supplies 860
Seeds .'Plants '
Flowers 865



TRACTOR-
Ford 2N '41, Restored,
5' mower, $4200.
(912)288-6262.



BABY GOAT
$75.
(863)675-0247

farm Suppies
,iSn'Tmices


ASHEVILLE, NC AREA.
Spectacular Mountain
view & River lots.
Paved
roads,Clubhouse &
more. NEW RELEASE!
POSSIBLE $5K DIS-
COUNT! Bear River
Community Call
(866)411-5263.

BANK REPO'S
RV SITES
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
55 & older RV condo park,
great Moore Haven loca-
tion. Own your own site
near some of the worlds
best fishing full pad, full
hook up. Beautifully main-
tained park with great
swimming pool & club
house facilities. All sites
are priced for quick- sale!
-,. Call Jay for info.
305-788-1764
MONTURA RANCH, (3) 1A
Sacre Lots @ $24,000. ea.
in a Growing are. Se Habla
Espanol. (239)980-7168


Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU 237



WESTERN NC MOUN-
TAINS North Carolina
Where there is: Cool
Mountain Air, Views &
Stream, Homes, Cab-
ins & Acreage. CALL
FOR FREE BROCHURE
OF MOUNTAIN PROP-
ERTY SALES.
(800)642-5333. Realty
Of Murphy 317 Peach-
tree St. Murphy, N.C.
28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.-
com.


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Honme- Parts 2010
Mobile Hoes Rent2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



2 or 3 Bedroom Mobile
Homes For Rent
Stanton Mobile Homes
863-983-8106



Financing Available:
Buy Here, Pay Here.
Stanton Mobile Homes
Marginal Credit O.K.
Call 1-800-330-8106
or 863-983-8106



LIBERTY 97' 3 BR, 2 BA
Must be moved.
Eager to sell! $24,000.
863-675-4540/677-3091


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CAROLINA. WINTER
SEASON IS HERE!
MUST SEE THE BEAU-
TIFUL
PEACEFUL MOUNTAINS
OF WESTERN NC
MOUNTAINS. Homes,
Cabins, Acreage & In-
vestments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC
Real Estate, Murphy
cherokeemountainreal-
rtycom Call for Free
Brochure (800)841-
5868.


2160W.Hwy. 27Clewiston
S1.4 Miles N.W of WAL-MART
983-4663
S-cHamPIon
HOlERUILMERSC.A

New & Used
Mobile Homes:
Land Home Packages
as little as $1,800 down.
Stanton Homes
863-983-8106
Owner Financing
ON MOBILE HOMES
& LAND
Call 863-228-1405

Recreation ,



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Sklis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035


CANOE
Fiberglass 14,
like new, $350
(863)467-8161
Glasstream, '86, inboard,
outboard, 16 ft., $3000
or best offer
(863)634-7108
OCEAN KAYAKS
(2) 14ft,'Like new,
will separate $950
(863)763-4982
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Pontoon Boat, '95
19', 40 hp Mercury
Magnum, boat used very
little $5000 neg.
(954)587-2644
or (954)-260-1933


COACHMAN, slide in camp-
er, roof air, refrigerator, as
is $650. (863)699-9701

TRAILER HITCH-
Good shape,
$40.
(863)675-3312.



BOAT COVER
Waterproof, fits up to
22' boat. $75
(863)824-0455



BOAT PROPS- Stainless
steel, various sizes, $100.
Call eves (863)824-0455
or Iv msg.


DIRT BIKE- Motor 85hp,
small bike, good cond.,
runs good, $1500. firm
(863)634-9769.
SUZUKI INTRUDER 2003
800CC, 2700 Miles
Loaded. $4900
(863)467-1897


Automobiles




Clae Care 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020

SFora Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty TRacks 4040
Parts RepIrs 4045
Pnikp Trucks 4050
SportutffitY 40
Tractor Tralers 4060
Ubifty Trailers 40&5
Vans 4070


FORD TAURUS SE, '03-
white, gray inter, all pow-
er, AC, new tires, $8900
neg. (786)486-3474.


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Linvestment
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Sale 1035


COOLER, 2 Door, Stainless
Steel. (561)992-4828

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OFC LEWION

1) Easy Life
Special 3/2 DW,
Appliances,
Screen Room &
Shed
$69,900

2 Tropical Super
Boy #228 DW,
3/2, Lg. Screen
Room, 10x4
Shed
$38,900


3)New
Lan & Home
Packages in
Sunshine Lake
Estates
Now Available


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GUITAR- Gibson Les Paul
Classic, w/leather case,
exc cond., $1700.
(863)228-4774.
GUITAR- Ovation Acoustic /
electric,w/hard case, exc
cond., $700. (863)228-
4774.


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863-677-1010

LOCATION, LOCATION IL%.M AIE
3.f/2BAOVER 3(XX) lIVING SO, FF'.
@ $225,00
5 Ares leM
Wooded Inve tunty
ART LAWRENCE R -
3bd/2ba, twlIN Jflinced,
almost I ay,'e $6'4.9K
New
$59. -


New Ba*, Bait K -W l
ed nlnD 3
$57.5K


16 Brand New Homes to be built
on Texas Ave., 3bd/2ba, CBS, 1,673
sq. ft., Special Finandng pkges avail-
able $129.9K These wil go fast!!!
Wanting to Buy or Sell
Call Us
We Want Your Listings!!


Glenn
S Smith

863-983.3508


Just outside of Town! Beautiful 5 br/4

Must Se S324.9K
LakePort 34 acres!! Fenced/cross-
ferned. 2 acre oak tree nursery. Tloo
much equipment to list. Rare find a
S20K per acre
location Location! /2 on Del Monte
Ave. Hardwrxxl Flooring, large kitchen.
Locxated on a comer lot Must see a4
S225k
6 Duplexes in Moore Haven 10(C
Occupancy, CBS construction, Great
investment opportunity at only S375K
Pasadena Ave 2/1 w/den Hardwood

2.5

Montura Ranch 3/2 rn/h on 1.25 ac
New Refrig & Dishwasher, 2 car
detached garage, fenced. 584.9K
Almost I acre Del Monte Ave. 3/2/2
CBS Home. Separate LR and FR.
Screened lanai w/ hot tub. Great location
$S225K


QAM rENDING.
Handyman Needed Fire dam-
aged home on lot for $15K


Teri
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Gr n 1
acr IS 9K
Bring Us An Offer!!
d des

Deal Fell Through $96.9k '97 Mobile
home w/ 4/2.5 on '1.25 acres in
Montura ranch Estates S969K
Redu 4 Buess opportunity
Restaurant, Bar, & FFE. Great
Location on HWY 27 $209.9K


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Don't Miss Out! Northside

@i 139.9K
New Listing! Northside 3bd/2ba
CBS Beautiful Hardwood floors -
Great Location Reduced@
$174.9K


Charmaine
Montgomery
Se Habla Espahol

863-697-0189

Love the Water? Then you'll love
to own a .25 acre lot on a private
lake for $15K Only a few left.


Attention Hunters & Fishermen:
Looking for a weekend retreat
this is it! 3/1 w/ shed on 1.22
acres and carport @ $71.5K


8 lots in Moore Haven's
Washington Park Area @ $16.5K


Almost 1Cl -fof Hwy 80
$120K *s


New Listing! Lakeport
2bd/2ba dblwide on .25
acres. Huge deck & screened
porch. Just bring your tooth-
rush! $89.9K


330+/- Acre Ranchl! Improved
fenced & cross fenced pasture. 2
mobile homes w/out buildings.
Beautiful @ $15K per acre


Marshall
Berner


1 863.228.3265

Montura Ranch Estates 1998
3bd/2ba, great closet space, on
beautiful 1.23acs by canal Ca
$76.5K
MHYC 3bd/2ba, Fully fur-
nished. Attached Workshop
w/Complete AC. Includes club-
house and pool accessibility.
Block away from river @
$143,000.00
Twin Lakes Blvd 3bd/2ba MH,
Great for fixing up, includes
tool shed, don t miss out on
this unbelievable deal! @ $35K
New Listing! 2bd/2ba hard-
wood floors, new electrical sys-
tern @ $54.9K
Montura lDJVtes 3/2 on
1.- a, J/UrL .76. -


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New Constcru ion
2bd/2ba 1841 sq ft, w/garage
Only 3Le!
Viit our webte for
further details


Jeffrey
Davis


l 863-228.2666

Water View! Moore Haven -
3bd/1.5ba, with 300ft. of
Caloosahatchee River view, Florida
room, lots of trees Going C@ $280K
Let's Go Fishing! 3bd/2ba home in
Lake Port located on 1.75 acres with
lake access, a private boat ramp, boat
house with fish cleaning station, and
50x45 workshop that also includes a
lbd/lba mobile home and a RV hook
up all on the same property All of
this can be yours @ $417K
Entertain Tonight with this '95 MH,
3bd/2ba, hot tub, tiWd hut, 6ft chain
linked fenced, lots of trees, secluded,
partially fumished, French doors to
wet bar @ Now Onfy 110K
TIS_( frjng Fast
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Walking distance to River Call Now!
Construction has started!!! Over 10
models to choose from or will build to
suit
New Listing Moore HavenMH beauti-
fully located on 1.33 acres w/ in
ground pool, many add ons, fishing
pond, quiet neighborhood $120K
2 aces tenant @$160K
New listing! MH in MRE @ $73K,
Tile throughout, New A/C, paved
road, fenced, 1.25 acres
2.5 acres 2bd/2ba home remod-
eled, pole barn, cal de sac in Moore
Haven $160K


Sam
Walker


863-677.1013


MonuraLots 1-2.5 acres Starting at
$199k


Look No Further We have
waterfront property in Moore
Haven on the Caloosahatchee
River for $155K
New Construction 3/2
Montura barrel tile. Act now
& pick your flooring & appli-
ances @ $124.9K


e 660/month

$660/month


New Listing! 4bd/2ba, newly
renovated, in a great location
going @ $125K


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Do you have an older home?
Now Is the Time for a New Homell
First 15 Qualified Applicants win a chance
for a New Color TV!
Pre-Construction Price $129,000!
Prices subject to change
CBS Construction 3 Bedrooms
Single Car Garage 2 Full Baths
Appliance Package 1673 Total Sq. Ft.
Lighting Package Flooring Package
78x1 10 Lot Size Located on Texas Ave.
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* CBS Construction 3 or 2 Bedrooms
* Single/Two Car Garage 2 Full Baths
* Appliance Package Lighting Package
* Flooring Package*
"m'any Models to Choose From
* Walking Distance To River


Bayberry Loop
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath
Luxurious Upgrades
Call for Details
RESIDENTIAL- CLEWISTON
* Bank Foreclosures Call for Details
*3BR,1BA, FmRm, Zoned Comrn
$115,000
* 3BR, 2BA, MH, Many Extras
Reduced to $85,000
* 3BR, 2BA, $180,000
-New Listing: Lrg. 3BR, 2BA, .
2 Story Home on 10 Wooded Acres
$214,900
* New construction on Bayberry
Loop, 4 BR, 2BA, Many Upgrades
1 $265,000
*4BR, 2BA, MH, Sherwood SID New
Upgrades $79,000
* 4BR, 2BA, MH wiLot
Reduced to $24,500
*4BR, 3BA, .wPool on Ridgewood,
Reduced to $369,900
MONTURA
* 3BR, 2BA, on 1.09 Ac.
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RESIDENTIAL Lot w/ trees $26,500
3B 1i/e BnA.to de 3BR, 2Ba, Ridgdill $67,500
4BR, 3BA, wood deck,
3SRaPendift,00' O 10x20 shed $79,900
4 New Homes
We Have More Lots Under 3BIa /ei/Wi f
Contract Call for Details $089,500
3B3R, 2BA, New Kitchen
.W..BA, 889,900
3BR, 2BA Brick $180,000 MONTURA
Ne 4 i&PnftfjBR, 3BR, 2BA 1995 875.000
2 1/2 Pioneer Plantation
3O "MS10 0 0$32.000
5 acres Ladecca 860,000
3BdPefff 4BR, 2BA, 3-3/4 ac. $169,000
3BR, 2BA Northside COMMERCIAL
$215,000 SmallTreeNLuyseyonUS2712
4BR, 3BA $360,000 ac. Mobile Home Park 6
lots- 3 w/ mobile home,
Ridgewood 3 lots only $106,000
Moore Haven 2BR, 1BA 9 Commercial Lots on
$87,500 US 27 with Building
Moore Haven Yacht Club $215,000


5 Lots Zoned Multi-Family
$250,000
8 Lots Zoned RI-B
$250,000
10 Lots Zoned Commercial
$250,000
Belle Glade Grocery
Store $130,000
Commercial Building
Corner' of WC Owens
& Margaret St. 2,109
sq. ft. $129,000
Harlem Bar Great
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OFFERED AT $225,000
2BR, 2BA,MHon 1.25 Ac. $65,001
*3BR, 2BA, MH on 2.5 Ac. wlpole barn
$72,00(
MOORE HAVEN
* Duplex w/efficiency Owner anxious
$115,000
* Riverfront wsaccess, 3BR, 2BA
$275,000
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FUTON BUNK BED-
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must sell, $125.
(863)675-8305.



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HONDA CEVIC 2000
Silver, Auto., 2 Dr., CD, All
pwr., Snrf. 44,900 mis.
$8,500. 863-599-0199
ISUZU AMIGO- '90,
Good shape, $1700,
(863)467-5052.

Kia Sportage, '01, 53k mi.,
30 mi. to gallon, 4 yr. ex-
tended warranty. $8000.
(863)467-1325


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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned is the duly appointed and
qualified trustee of the John E. Kohan Revocable Trust John E. Kohan,
e sector of that trust died on April 28, 2004. A creditor having a claim
against the trust estate must file his claim with the undersigned at the ad-
dress given below within 90 days after the first publication of this notice.
NRS 164.025
DATED: January 7, 2005
Thomas S. Mayer
Senior Trust Offhcer
Morgan Stanrey
335 North Mauie DrIve. 2nd cr
Beverly Hills. CA 90210
547768 CGS 1/20 27:2'3/05


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man's treasure. Turn your
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JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
$800 863-673-0920.
Shop here first!
The classified ads.


Club Car, 1998, electric, re-
conditioned, 48v w/
charger. $1595.(863)675-
1472

Club Car, late model, recon-
ditioned, gas & electric,
$1495, (863)675-1472


Golf Carts,
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


ENGINE
350 Olds V8
$400 or best offer
(863)467-8856


FORD BRONCO-
'79, parts only. $300,
Call (863)763-5147
5pm 9pm.

TOW HITCH Reese.
New style. fits 89-00
Dodge trucks asking
$50 (863)763-1424


CHEV PU, '1945- $2500.
(863)675-1570.



CHEV S10. '93- has been
wrecked, good engine,
good tires, $200
(863)675-1570.


CHEVY SILVERADO, '01,
74k mi., $2000 down,
takeover payments.
(863)763-5147

F150 '79 Wrecked, for
parts, rebuilt 302, Edel
Brock carb & headers,
auto, $400 863-675-8305

FORD F150, '00- 6 cyl, cold
AC, am-fm stereo, runs
exc. ext cab avail, $5900.
(786)486-3474.


CAR HAULER Open Trailer
w/dual axle 16-6. $1000
(863)983-6639


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LOWBOY, DROP DECK &
USED TRAILERS For Sale.
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Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


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PUSULC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE AIR PERMIT
Florida Department of Enrironmental Protecton
Air Permit No, 0510003-027-AC
United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston Sugar Mill and Refvlrmy
Heridry County, Florida
Applicant The apticant for this project is the Unied States Sugar Cor-
por The applicants authorized representative is Mr Wlliam A- Raio-
S SeniorV.P of Sugar Processing Operao. The applcanrrts making
address is the Clewiston Sugar Mdl and Refinery, 111 Porce De-on Av-
enue, Cle-wistorn, FL 33440.
Facility Location: The United States Sugar Corporation operates an ir-
isting sugar rmil and refinery in Clewiston at the intersection of W. Ow-
ens Avenue and State Road 832 in Hend y County, Flonda.
Project The appticant proposes to replace the ea esI ng ol burner ys-
tens for Boilers 1 and 2 wit ne ew low-tOx bu.rers. The boer curre'y
fire No. 6 fuel oi containing u to 2.5% sufur by w as a startup fuel
diatate containing no more than 0 % sulfur by w t o Bagas
remain the primary fuel with distilate oil used as a startup fuel and to sup-
plement bagasse These boilers supply steam to the mill during the sug-
arcane crop season and serve as backup units during the off-crop sea-
son for the refinery.
The easing Clewiston sugar mit/reinery is a major facility in accordance
with Rule 62-212.400, F.A.Ct, the y program for the Prevention
ofSigni fcart Detertora ion (PSD) ofW eTsti= g tandity is 10-
cased IHendry County, vhich is an area that is current in atta en
wi th the state and federal Ambient Air Qualty Standards (AAoS) or otwer-
wise designated as unclasifable. The project does ot result emis-
sions increases that exceed the PSD significant emission rates specified
In Rule 62-212.400, F.A.C. based on the application, past actual emis-
sions, the rested restrictions, and resentative emission factors for
these units therefore, the project is not subject to PSO preconstruction
review,
PermlttiM Authority: Applications for air construction permits are sub-
ject to re, ew In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 403, Forida
Statutes F.S. and Chapters 62-4, 62-210, and 62-212 of the orida Ad-
minlistrate Code (F.A.C.). The proposed project ie not exempt from air
permitting requirements and an air permit is required to perform the pro-
posed work The Florida Deartment of Environmental Protectionrs Bu-
reau of Air Regulation Is the Permitting Authority responsible for making a
permit determination for this project. The Bureau of Air Regulations
physical address Is 111 South Magnolia Drive, Suite 4, Tallahassee, or-
da 32301 and the mailing address Is 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #5505,
Tallahassee, Florida 323 2400. The Bureau of Air Regulation's phone
number Is 850/488-0114 and fax number is 850/922-6979.
Project File: A complete project file is available for public inspection dur-
ing the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday (except legal holidays), at address indicated above for the
Permitting Authority. The complete project file includes the Draft Permit.
the Technical Evaluaion and Preliminary Determination, the application,
and the information submitted by the applicant, exclusive of confidential
records under Section 403.111, F.S. Interested persons may contact the
Permitting Authority's project review engineer for additional information
at the address and phone number listed above. A copy of the complete
project file Is also available at the Departmentsa South District Office at
2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 364, Fort Myers, Rorida 33902-3381. The
South Distrct's telephone number is 239/332-6975.
Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit: The Permitting Authority gives no-
tice of its intent to issue an air permit to the applicant for the project de-
scribed above. The applicant has provided reasonable assurance that op-
eration of proposed equipment will not adversely impact air quality and
that the project will comply with all appropriate provisions of Chapters
62-4, 62-204,62-210, 62-212, 62-296, and 62-297, F.A.C. The Permit-
ting Authority will Issue a Final Permit In accordance with the conditions
of the proposed Draft Permit unless a timely petition for an administrative
hearing Is filed under Sections 120.569 and 20.57, F.S. or unless public
comment received in accordance with this notice results in a different de-
cision or a significant change of terms or conditions.
Comments: The Permitting Authority will accept written comments con-
cering the Draft Permit for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date
of publication of the Public Notice. Written comments must be post-m-
arked, and all e-mail or facsimile comments must be received by the close
of business (5:00 p.m.), on or before the end of this 14-day period by the
Permitting Authority at the above address, mail or facsimile. For addi-
tional Information, contact the Permitting Authority at the above address
or phone number. If written comments result in a significant change to
the Draft Permit, the Permitting Authority will Issue a Revised Draft Permit
and require, if applicable, another Public Notice. All comments filed will
be made available for public inspection.
Pelitlons: A person whose substantial Interests are affected by the pro-
posed permitting decision may petition for an administrative hearing in
accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. The petition must
contain the Information set forth below and must be filed with (received
by) the Department's Agency Clerk in the Office of General Counsel of the
Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boule-
vard, Mail Station #35, Tailahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Petitions filed
by the applicant or any of the parties listed below must be filed within
fourteen (14) days of receipt of this Written Notice of Intent to Issue Air
Permit. Pet tions tiled by any persons other than those entitled to written
notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be filed within fourteen (14)
days of publication of the attached Public Notice or within fourteen (14)
days of receipt of this Written Notice of Intentto Issue Air Permit, which-
ever occurs first. Under Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person
who asked the Permitting Authority or notice of agency action may file a
petition within fourteen (14) days of receipt of that notice, regard ess of
me date of publication. Apetitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the
applicant at the address Indicated above, at the time of filing. The failure
of any person to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall
constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative de-
termination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., orto in-
tervene n this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent
intervention will be only at the approval of the residing officer upon the
filing of a motion In compliance wth Rule 28-106.205, F.A.C.
A petition that disputes the material facts on whc the Permittin Author-
ity's action Is based must contain the following information: (a) The name
and address of each agency affected and each agency's file or identifica-
tion number, If known; (b) The name, address, and telephone number of
the petitioner the name, address and telephone number of the petition-
ers representative, If any, which shall be the address for service purpos-
es during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the pe-
itt owner's substantial Interests will pf(ected by the agency determina-
tion; (c) A statement of how anll~den each pefitioner received notice of
the agency action or proposed actin; (d) A statement of all disputed is-
sues of material fict. If there are none, the petition must so state; (e) A
concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific
facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agen-
cy's proposed action; (f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes the
petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agency's pro-
posed action and (g) A statement of the relief sought by he petitioner,
stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the agency to take with
respect to the agency's proposed action. A petition that does not dispute
the material facts upon which the Permitting Authority's action is based
shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain
the same Information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-
106.301, F.A.C. Because the administrative hearing process is designed
to formulate final agency action, the filing of a petition means that the
Permitting Authority's final action may be different from the position taken
by it In this Public Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit. Persons whose
substantial Interests will be affected by any such final decision of the Per-
mitting Authority on the application have the right to petition to become a
party to the proceeding, n accordance with the requirements set forth
above.
Mediation: Mediation Is not available In this proceeding.
547093 CGS 1/20/05


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Glades County Board of County Com-
missioners Is accepting proposals to provide services to study, evaluate
and recommend aernative funding mechanisms) to the existing EMS
Tax Assessment (MSTU) In both Incorporated andunincorported areas of
Glades County, Florida.
The proposals should include the following scope of services with related
costs specifically Identified for each:
1 Evaluate reports and research Issues
2 Identify full costs of EMS service
3 Develop a method of apportioning the costs
4 Determine preliminary revenue requirements to recover all costs)
5 Develop a funding mechanism and related assessment roll
database
6) Apply apportionment methodology to database
7) Calculate a preliminary proforma schedule of rates
8) Draft all required ordinances and resolutions
9) Assist with funding mechanism adoption and implementation in
accordance with Section 197.3632 of Florida Statutes
The proposal should Include:
1) All costs of production, mailing, on-site visits, field work and
annual update assistance
2) Lump sum total fee broken down by each of the nine (9) scope
of services listed above
3) Standard hourly rates by employee classification
4) Discounts, if any
5) Fee payment schedule
The COUNTY reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or to waive
any irregularities or informalities in any proposals or in the proposal pro-
cess without disclosure of a reason. The failure to make a disclosure
shall not result in accrual of any right, claim or cause of action by an un-
successful bidder against the Glades County Board of County Commis-
sloners.
All proposals should be submitted to Jim Smith, County Manager, 500
Avenue J. Moore Haven, Florida 33471 and shall be enclosed within a
sealed envelope with the words: Proposal for Funding Glades County
EMS Services,
Sealed proposals must be received on or prior to:
DATE: February 15. 2005
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Glades County
No proposer may withdraw any proposal for a period of thirty (30) calen-
dar days after February 15, 2005.
548044 ON/CGS 1/20/05


NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
CITY OF PAHOKEE
Notice is hereby given that the City of Pahokee, Florida will hold a general
election on Tuesav, March 8, 2005 for the purpose of electing two (2)
commissioners for a term of two (2) years each. Candidates must be a
qualified elector of the City of Pahokee.
The first day for filing as a candidate for commissioner will be January
25, 2005, beginning at noon, and the final day for filing will be February
8, 2005, ending at noon. Candidates must file in person with the City
Clerk. atthe Pahokee City Hall, 171 North Lake Avenue, Pahokee, Florida,
during regular office hours from 8:30 am. until 5:00 p.m. unfil said date
and time. Each candidate shall be voted on by the electorate 'At
Large".
All qualified registered electors of Precincts 6006 and 6008 are qualified
to vote In this election. To qualify to vote in this Municipal General Elec-
tion you must first register with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of
Elections by 5:00 p.m. February 7,2005. After thatdate, books wil re-
main closed until the first regular business day after the election.
The designated polling place will be the Recreation Complex (old Paho-
kee High School cafeteria), located at 360-C, E Main Street. No person
shall be permitted to vote unless he or she Is registered in accordance
with the Florida State Statutes, and brings proper denifcation with a
photograph and a signature (this may be two different documents). The
polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for a
particular seat, a Run-Off election shall be held March 22, 2005 between
the two (2) candidates who receive the largest number of votes for that
particular seaLt
CITY OF PAHOKEE
JANET K. WHIPPLE
CITY CLERK/SUPERVISOR OF MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
(561) 924-5534
548195 CGS 1/20,27/05


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Barbara S. Butler
Clerk of Court
Circuit Court Seal
548088 CGS 01/20/05


Attorney for Plaintiff
David S. Abrams, Esq.
9400 south Dadeland Blvd., PH-3
Miami, Florida 33157
(305)670-9104


DISTRICT COURT
CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA
Case No. P52702
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
In the Matter of the Estate of
JOHN E. KOHAN,
Deceased,
Notice s gereby given that the undersigned has been appointed and qual-
ified by the aboce-entitled Court on September 10, 2004, as personal
representative of the estate of John E Kohan, deceased. All creditors ha-
veing claims against the estate are required to file their claims, with sup-
porting documentation attached, with the clerk of the court, at the Clark
County Courthouse, 200 S. Third Street, Las Vegas, Nevada within 60
days after the mailing of the first publication of this Notice.
DATED this 12 day of October, 2004.
Cary Spencer
3016 Pier Harbor Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Submitted B
BULLIVANT ROUSER BAILEY PC
Anne H. Wellborn, Nevada Bar No. 8719
3980 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Ste. 550
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: 702-650-6565
Facsimile: 702-650-2995
Attorneys for Cary Spencer
in The Matter Of The Estate Of
John E. Kohan
546354 CGS 01/13, 20, 27/05


SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the
following applications) for permit have been received for projects) in
Hendry County:
United States Sugar Corporation, PO Box 1207, Clewiston, FL 33440,
has submitted Application 041215-2-E for an Everglades Agricultural
Area Works of the District Permit. The water will be discharged to the
Bolles Canal, Hillsboro Canal, L-1 East Canal, L-4 Interior Canal, Miami
Canal, North New River Canal, and the West Palm Beach Canal. The pro-
Sect Is located in Palm Beach and Hendry Counties, Townships 41-48
South, Ranges 34-39 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a writ-
ten request for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency ac-
tion regarding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, Attn: Environmental Resource Regulation, PO Box
24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but such comments or re-
quests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of pub-
lication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A
copy of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of
further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request
an administrative hearing regarding the proposed agency action Iby sub-
mitting a written request therefore after reviewing the staff report
547949 CGS 1/20/05


Public Netics




Pubtc Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
WESTERN COUNTY HEALTH
ADVISORY MEETING
The Health Care District Western
County Health Advisory will hold a
meeting at 9:00 m. at the Palm
Beach County Glades Office Build-
ing at 2976 State Road 15 in Belle
Glade.
547100 CGS 1/20/05

LEGAL NOTICE
The following vehicles will be sold at
public auction on January 31, at
2190 NW 16th St at 8:00 a.m.:
1992 Pontiac 2 dr.
VIN #1G2JB14T7N7507733
1989 Ford 2 dr.
VIN #1FABP4OA8KF160654
1982 Ford UfBty
VIN1FMEU15G4CLA65244
548401 CGS 1/20/05


NOTICE FOR BIDS
Port Labelle Community development
district will accept sealed bid pro-
posals up to 11:00 A.M, February
17, 2005, to raise the roadbed and
resurface a portion of roads in Port
LaBelte Plat Unit 8 in Hendry
County, Florida.
Plans, spedifications, and related ma-
terial may be obtained from the of-
fice of Johnson-Prewit and Asso-
ciates. Inc.. 850 W. Ventura Ave.,
Clewiston, FlRorida 33440.
The owner reserves the right to hold
all proposals for sixty (60) days
and to reject any or al proposals.
with or without cause, to waive
technical errors and informalities or
to accept the bid in its judgment
best serves the onwer.
Ralph W. Nicholson
general Manager
547997 CB/CGS, 01/20/05


NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
OF THE CENTRAL COUNTY
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
You are hereby notified thatthe Regu-
lar Meeting of the Board of Super-
visors of the Central County Water
Control District will be held on
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 7
p.m. at the Montura Clubhouse,
Montura Ranch Estates, State
Road 833, Clewiston, Florida. The
purpose os this meeting is to trans-
act any and all business which may
come before the Board. If a person
decides to appeal the decision of
the Board of Supervisors with re-
spect to any matter considered at
the public meeting or hearing here-
in referred he or she may need to
insure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based.
543135 CGS 1/13 20/05
PUBLIC SALE
Notice is hereby given that on Janu-
ary 22,2005 at 11:00 a.m. at FORT
KNOX SELF STORAGE, 1025 Com-
merce Drive, LaBelle, FL, (863)
675-1025, the undersigned, FORT
KNOX SELF STORAGE, will sell at
Public Sale by competitive bidding
the personal property heretofore
stored with the undersigned by:
Jackde Blakey, 0-9
TV, Dressers,
Misc. Household items
Armandina Rores, J-50
Misc. Items
Valore Lindsey,D-11
TV, Computer, Dressers,
Misc. Ifems
David Bryan, L-45, L-45
TV, Washer. Misc. items
545861 CGS 1/13,2t005

PUBLIC NOTICE
The School Board of HentCounty
will be accepting sealed bids und
2:00 pm February 2, 2005 for Bid
#005-0007. Cooing Tower Re-
placement at CMS, Spefictions
wil be available at the board's fi-
nance office at 111 Cur Street in
LaBege. Cal (863) 674-4100 to
have the specs faxed or mailed.
Hendry County School Board
Sally Beg. Chairmnnan
547958 CB/CGS 1/20/05

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day's competitive mar-
ket? In the employment
section of the classi-
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on District Canal 2 North of SR-80
in Glades County, Florida.
Plans, specifications, and related ma-
terial may be obtained from the f-
fice of Johnson-Prewitt and Asso-
cates, Inc., 850 W. Ventura Ave.,
Clewiston, Rorida 33440.
The owner reserves the right to hold
Sproposals for saiy (60) days
to reject any or all proposals,
with or without cause, to waive
technical errors and informalities or
to accept the bid in its judgment
best serves the owner.
Ralph W. Nicholson
General Manager

548008 CGS 01/20/05


Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a
breeze!


West Countly Courthouse Art and Amenilies Project
CALL TO ARTISTS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Sttoral matznal cornssng of an appiscon and quaricaton docu-
iernas *tl be raer-od the Palm Beach Courot Bord of Csirty Comn-
iisroeres until 4,00 P.M. ES.T. on Friday, Marc 4, 2005 atthe Palm
Beacn County Facrates Development and Operations Departmart, 3200
BeI-areR Pomad, Bidg 1169. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Sub&rital ma-
terial raceisved by tns tme aill b opened rimedietey after
Prmed Tite Wes* C Cuny rto Art a d Ameodtei Projed
Pryedt Locaion: 38&44 Snae RoaM 80. Bele Glade. FL 33430
The Cal to Arts is seeing proposals from eiile arstrs or arbst-led
teams for a towl coreransson of $40,000
Toar -Dy s ast (s)exSbe16yearldat ofappicatonand arEsi-
deat of n Beach Coointy. Preference wM be grEn to Arists who also
(a) are pae nant residents of Paim Beach County west of 20-Mile Bend:
(b) hre been born and raised through age 16 in Palm Beach County
west of 20-MAie Bend (C) deonStralsa i to involve community in
projects
Artists are erydd to attend a non andator, pre-proposal ste ispec-
bon on Saturday. February 5 2003 at 1 am. at the Palm Beach
County West County Courthouse, 38844 State Road 80, Belle Blade, FL
33430. Attendance s recommended and encouraged. To RSVP'call 561-
233-0235 by February 3, 2005 4:00 p.m.
Obtain the complete Call to Artists 1) rom the County's Anr in Public
Places website wwv obcoov.cpnVrdo/at 2) in person at 3200 Belve-
dere Road, Bldg. 1169, West Palm Beach FL 334063) by sending a
self-addressed, stamped envelope ($1.00) to the address above.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive any pro-
posal irregulartes, informalties, or technical deficiencies andl to reject
any and all proposals.
ATTEST:
SHARON R. BOCK, CLERK AND
COMPTROLLER
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: TONY MASILOTTI, Chairman
545829 CGS 1/13,20/05

NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
JOHN S. SILVA, CIVIL DIVISION
Plaintiff,
vs. CASE NO. 04-952 CA
WALTER E. BODERSEN;
BODERSEN, unknown spouse o
Walter E. Bodereen, If married,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Complaint to Quiet Title, has been
filed and commenced in this court concerning that certain real property
located in Hendry County, Florida, pursuant to a Tax Deed, Cert. No.
3079 for the year 1998, as follows:
Lot 19, Block 2039, PORT LABELLE,
UNIT 2, a Subdivision, according to the
plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3
at Page 60, of the Public Records of
Hendry County, Forida;
You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to the
Complaint on ABRAMS & ABRAMS, P.A. attorneys for the Plaintiff,
whose address is 9400 South Dadeland Blvd., PH-3, Miami, Florida
33156, and file the original with the clerk of the above-styled court on or
before February 21, 2005; otherwise a default will be entered against you
for the relief prayed for in the Complaint. The attorney for the Paintiff has
a copy of the Complaint and will provide you with a copy of same upon
request
This notice shall be published once each week for two (2) consecutive
weeks. If no response is received within the statutory time limit, a default
may be entered against you.


LEGAL NOTICE
The City of South Bay, Palm Beach
County. Florida w hol an section
at Ciy Hal Commissonr Chan-
bers, 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South
Bay, Florida on March 8, 2005 for
tie purpose of eiectsig three Com-
rissioners to the Coy Commis-
aon-
Tne pols w-i be open from 7:00 a-m.
to 7-00 p-m. on March 8. 2005.
Books w l b closed according to
Ponda Statutes (F.S.97.055) on
Monday, February 7,2005 (02-07-
2005).
Deadline for qualifying for the office
of the City Cormmrission wi be
12-00 noon, Tuesday. February 8,
2005 (02-08-2005).
If a run off election is held it will be
held March 22, 2005 at City Hall
Commission Chambers, 335 SW
2nd Avenue, South Bay, Rorida.
Polls wll be open from 7:00 a.m. to
7:00 p.m. Books will be closed
Monday, February 22, 2005.
Those wishing to file as a candidate
must be a legal resident of the City
and a qualified electorate of the
547M15 CGS 1/20 27/05


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
OF LANDOWNERS OF
SUGARLAND DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that pursuant
to call of the Board of Supervisors
of Sugariand Drainage District, and
in accordance with Chapter 298,
Florida Statutes 1941, and law am-
dendatory thereto, the Annual
Meeting of Landowners of Sugar-
land Drainage District, for the year
2004, will be held at the office of
Hilliard Brothers of Florida, Ltd.,
5500 Raghole Road, Clewiston,
Forida on Thursday, January 20,
2005 at 5:00 P.M., for the purpose
of:
1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a
term of three (3) years.
2. Receiving annual reports and
taking such action with respect
.thereto as the landowners may
determine.
3. Transacting such other business
as may property come before the
meeting.
Additionally, this notice advises that,
if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Sugariand
Drainage District Board of Super-
visors, with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, he will
need a record of the proceedings
and that, for such purpose, he may
need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
Board of Supervisors
Sugarland Drainage District
By: Joe Mariln Hilliard
President
546694 CGS 1/13,20/05



NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
The Area Housing Commission of
Clewiston, LaBelie and Hendry
County will hold the Regular
Monthly Meeting onThursday Jan-
S 2005 at 5:00 P.M. at The
Greentree South Community 1700
SR 29 South LaBelle, Florida,
Hendry County.
The purpose of the meeting is to
conduct the general business and
consider any other matter that may
be brought before the Housing
Commission. Any person or per-
sons wishing to appeal any deci-
sion made at such meeting must
ensure that a verbatim record is
made upon which the appeal is to
be based.
The meeting will include any busi-
ness before the "Hendry County
Non-Profit Housing, Inc.".
Easton Burchard,
Executive Director
Area Housing Commission
547988 CB/CGS 1/20/05




NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS
OF LANDOWNERS OF
FLAGPOLE DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that pursuant
to call of the Board of Supervisors
of Flaghole Drainage District, and in
accordance with Chapter 298, Flor-
Ida Statutes 1941, and law amen-
datory thereto, the Annual Meeting
of Landowners of Flaghole Drain-
age District, for the year 2004, will
be held at the office of Hilliard
Brothers of Florida, Ltd., 5500
Flaghole Road, Clewiston, Florida
on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at
4:30 P.M., for the purpose of:
1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a
term of three (3) years.
2. Receiving annual reports and
taking such action with respect
thereto as the landowners may
determine.
3. Transacting such other business
as may properly come before the
meeting.
Additionally, this notice advises that,
if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the FlRahole
Drainage District of Supervisors,
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this meeting, he will need a
record of the proceedings and that,
for such purpose, he may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Board of Supervisors
Raghole Drainage District
By: Joe Marin Hilliard
President
546662 CGS 1/12,19/05



PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice is hereby given that Fer-
guson Towing will sell at public
Auction, free from all prior liens,
the following vehicles that remain
unclaimed in storage with charges
unpaid, pursuant to Rorida statutes
713.78, to the highest bidder at
12065 Lake Shore, Canal Point, FL
33438 on January 31, 2005 at
9:00 a.m.
1989 Buick White 2-Door
Vin #2G4WB14TOK1461670
547204 CGS 1/20,27/05


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Barreon Water Control District will
receive sealed proposals until
11:30 AM on February 10, 2005.
local time, at the Distoct Office,
3025 Dellwood Terrace, Port La-
Belle, LaBeie, Rorida 33935, at
which time the proposals will be
publicly opened and read aloud.
This request includes the delivery and
installation of sheet pining wing
wals on a water control structure


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UNTIL YOU READ THIS


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