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Publication Date: 09-29-2011
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217 animals removed, no cases of abuse reportedBY JUAN LOPEZ jlopez@newszap.comLast week, 217 animals were taken by animal control of cers from a Montura property after of cers received a complaint from a Palm Beach County resident who had seen the animals and decided to contact Clewiston Animal Control. Mistakenly identi ed as a puppy mill by a number of major news outlets, the location was the home of a breeder that became overwhelmed when she took in too many strays. It could be considered a near-case of animal hoarding. The woman, Isabella Cruz, asked for help with the animals in nding them good homes. Of cials who investigated witnessed well-kept proper animal facilities. Neighbors had been reporting a great deal of noise and seeing far too many animals, more than the couple that was caring for them could handle. In one of cial report, one neighbor understood why Cruz would try to do what she could for the strays. Montura is a place well known for stray animals, as the area is well used by pet owners to abandon their pets without fear of discovery. Many animals, unfortunately, do not survive abandonment; while others are taken in by local homeowners and Cruz and her husband were described by the animal control workers who responded as having a "very big heart." Animal control of cials and humane society workers had been working with her for a number of weeks prior to the mass removal of the animals that were in her care. Another issue was the fact that Cruz did not have a business license to breed and sell dogs. In order to pay for all the food and keep everything running properly for the animals, she had been breeding and selling puppies; she had 25 mother dogs and their puppies in a singlewide trailer that was well cooled and had electricity. Perhaps, in that perspective, it could have been mistaken for a "puppy mill," of cials said. How Many Pets is Too Many? C P V. N T P T, S SEE PETS  9 Possible regional effort may still require raise in taxesBY JOSE JESUS ZARAGOZA jzaragoza@newszap.comThe meeting was an interesting event: starting slowly, rising to vitriol, assuming an apologetic tone along the way, and ending in the possibility of mild compromises. Leaders met at the John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston on Monday night to discuss recreation in East Hendry; more speci cally to discuss what can be done to more evenly balance the burden Clewiston residents have in paying for the upkeep of elds and facilities that all residents -city and county -use. Two hours after the meeting had begun, it was adjourned with no more of a solution offered than before the representatives of the county and city, anked by a passionate crowd of mostly county residents, had gathered. Or so it seemed. By unanimous vote the next day, Hendry County allocated $50,000 to the city of Clewiston's Recreation program, thereby eliminating the near-standoff of recent weeks between the two governmental agencies. Child’s condition was last listed as ‘stable’BY JUAN LOPEZ jlopez@newszap.comA crash last week left a child critically injured after it was ejected from the vehicle. The incident happened around 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the intersection of W.C. Owens and Aztec. According to uncon rmed reports, the child and family were visiting the area from Tennessee. The accident involved a van and another vehicle. The child, described by witnesses as a "very young child," was ejected from the van on impact. A Good Samaritan who witnessed the accident helped take the mother and the injured child to Hendry Regional Medical Center for treatment. The child was later transported to St. Mary's Hospital, where its condition was upgraded to stable. An hour or two after the accident happened, of cers could be seen canvassing the site for more evidence to determine what caused the crash. That information has yet to be made available. Clewiston Police Department was still in the process of preparing a report on the incident. The names of the victim and the family, as well as the names of $250 Rec Fee Plan Nixed Child Ejected During AccidentSEE ACCIDENT  19 SEE REC  12 PHOTO / JENNY WOODSVirthavious Robinson gets excited during the game against Gateway Charter last Friday night. For full story and pictures, turn to page 10. Victory is just around the corner

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 ........................................................ ........................................................ ........................................................ ........................................................ Gospel ConferenceApostle Christine Sherman will visit on Thursday, Sept. 30, during the Illuminating Truth Conference 2011. The conference will take place at Gospel Light House Church on 916 Georgia Ave in Harlem. Services begin at 7:30 p.m.Sheriff’s Citizens Academy to Be Held In HarlemThe Hendry County Sheriff’s Of ce will be offering a Sheriff’s Citizens Academy in Harlem beginning Sept. 29, through Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Harlem Civic Center. The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is for anyone over the age of 18 and it’s free. All participants must have a background free of felony and violent misdemeanor convictions. Classes are scheduled on Thursday mornings for 10 weeks. You may pick up at application at either the Harlem Recreation Of ce or the Hendry County Sheriff’s Of ce in Clewiston. If you have questions or want to learn more about the Citizens Academy, please contact Lt. Susan Harrelle at 863-674-5604 or e-mail at sharrelle@hendrysheriff.org.Hendry DemocratsGlades County Democratic Chair Ellen Hawk Geake and Hendry County Democratic Chair Joe Thomas announce their county Democratic Executive Committees will hold a two-county meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m., to plan how Democrats from the Upper Caloosahatchee Valley can better coordinate joint efforts for the 2012 Elections. Dave Dew, Chairman of the Small County Coalition of the Florida Democratic Party, and Dee Smith, wife of Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith and an FDP leader in her own right, are expected to attend. The meeting will be held in Glades County between Clewiston and LaBelle on the last Thursday in September and is open to interested voters. For directions, contact Joe Thomas in LaBelle at 863-612-0413, or Carol Griggs in Clewiston at 863-228-4210.Community Christmas ChoirSingers, choir members, and instrumentalists are wanted for a community Christmas cantata scheduled for Dec. 10 and 11 (location still to be determined). The Clewiston Ministerial Association is working with the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce to form a community Christmas choir for performances of a Christmas cantata as part of a kick-off of a week of special Christmas activities in Clewiston. First Baptist Church of Clewiston has agreed to be the host site for rehearsals, which will begin Wednesdays from 8 to 8:30 p.m., or every other Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. starting Oct. 1. Participants can choose either or both. Music will be available at rehearsal, or individuals can purchase their own. Rehearsal CD’s will also be available. All church choir members and other singers in the community are invited to join the choir. For information, call 863-983-5555.Volunteers Needed to Repair the Gabion Basket WallNicholas Ponce spoke to local club about helping with the Eagle Project to repair the Gabion Basket Wall. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Oct. 1, please e-mail him at rponce4@ embarqmail.com or call 863-983-2240. The event will be held on both Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the park on Hoover Dike Road up by the Marina. Please bring a hat, sunglasses, long work pants, sturdy shoes and a water bottle. If you have work gloves and pliers please bring them for your personal use. Water will be provided, a light breakfast and lunch will also be served. Donations of water or food from the community are also welcome.Library to Reopen on SaturdaysBeginning on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Clewiston Library will again be open on Saturdays. The decision was taken as a result of patron requests. The new Clewiston Public Library hours will be: Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Missing Cow and HorseThe Hendry County Sheriff’s Of ce has removed a cow from the Montura area of Clewiston and a horse from LaBelle, around Slaughter House Curve. If you are missing a cow or horse, please contact the Sheriff’s Of ce Ag Unit at 863-8055000 or 863-674-5600. COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION Clewiston Middle SchoolIt is hoped that all parents and grandparents of middle school students will join CMS in making our new organization a success for your children. They will work the concession stand at our rst home game against Glades Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. With your help, this can be the best school year ever! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Perez at 863-983-1530.Central ElementaryMake sure to mark your calendars for the annual Chili Bingo Family Fun Night on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be lots of chili, hot dogs, cookies, and prizes for the bingo games. Parents, look for a form that is coming home. You can volunteer to help that night or donate prizes/money also. This annual event is always a fun time for the whole family.Clewiston High SchoolClewiston High School will be holding a Senior Parent Meeting on Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Clewiston High School Cafeteria. Important Senior information will be given and a representative from FGCU will be in attendance to discuss the College Admissions Process. Refreshments will be served and important Senior contacts will be available. MTV’s MADE will be coming to CHS. Students that are between the ages of 15 and 21 may pick up an application in the Main Of ce or contact Mrs. Rubio in the Guidance of ce. SCHOOL BRIEFS We have a tireless, hard-working police department here in Clewiston. Several of my power tools and miscellaneous hand tools were stolen from my vehicle, which was parked on my property. The following day, the police department had the thief in custody, transported to jail and my tools were recovered. My thanks to our police department, especially Of cers Beatty and Gonzalez, for they do good work.Raymond L. Blount LETTER TO THE EDITOR Submitted PhotosWestside Ice Cream SocialA great time was had by all who attended Westside Elementary PTO First Annual Ice Cream Social. Many thanks to all the teachers and parents who donated items and their precious time. A very special thank you to the Tiger athletes and cheerleaders who served the delicious ice cream!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, And Hendry Regional is offering discounted Digital Mammogram Screenings (during October)For Only $75*Call Hendry Regional Medical Center at 863-902-3061 to schedule an appointment.*Upon verification of benefits,if your insurance plan covers an annual Mammogram Screening, a small co-payment (of $75 or less) will be due at the time of service.We at Hendry Regional Medical Center care about Women's health and are available to provide you with the following services:•Digital Mammogram •Stereotactic Breast Biopsy •Needle Location Breast Biopsy •Bone Density Scans •Breast Ultra-sound •Board-Certified RadiologistsGetstate-of-the-artcareright here,close-to-home! 3 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 BY MARGARET ENGLAND Hendry Glades AudubonBirdwatchers and hunters enjoy the many species of ducks that live year-round or winter in Florida. Ducks can be divided into three major categories: diving ducks, sea ducks/mergansers and dabbling ducks. Diving ducks have relatively small wings and large, broadw ebbed feet and strongly lobed hind toes which allow them to dive ef ciently. Sea Ducks/Mergansers are sh-eating diving ducks w ho are extremely tolerant of salt w ater but are reported inland during winter months. Dabbling ducks feed mainly on the water's surface and upend their bodies without submerging in order to reach deeper into the water for food. The Mottled Duck is a fairly common large dabbling or "puddle" duck that lives year-round and breeds in Central and South Florida. The species is in danger of being displaced because of hybridization with feral Mallards. It is estimated that at least ve percent of the population is now Mallard Hybrids (Great Florida Birding Trail FWC). The Mottled Duck has sometimes been called the Florida Mallard, Summer Mallard, Summer Duck or Florida Duck. It prefers living in freshw ater wetlands, marshes and impoundments. It feeds on aquatic plants, seeds, small sh and invertebrates. The adult has a dark-brown body with a lighter brown head and neck with ne dark streaking. In ight, its white under-wing linings contrast sharply with dark body. It has a dark blue-green patch on the secondary wing feathers at the back of its wing. Males will have a yellow-green bill. Immature Mottled Ducks are similar to the adults in appearance. The Mottled Duck's call is a soft raspy "quack" with the female's call being louder than the male's. Both the male and female calls are similar to a Mallard, but softer and less harsh overall. Their nest is a depression that is scraped in the ground and lined with vegetation and down. The female will incubate one clutch of 5-13 white to greenish white eggs for 24-28 days annually. The young are able to y at 60-70 days. If you would like to participate in the Oct. 15 birding trip to STA5 or receive the quarterly Hendy-Glades Audubon digital newsletter e-mail Margaret England sta5birding@embarqmail.com or call 863-674-0695 or 863-517-0202. The schedule of STA5 trips through December 2012 and upcoming Hendry-Glades Audubon programs is available on the HGAS website at www.hendrygladesaudubon.org New and current Hendry-Glades Audubon Society "Facebook" page friends will be entered in a monthly drawing for a "Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America" during October, November and December 2011. "Like" the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society Facebook to enter the next drawing. Winners will be announced on the Facebook page. Inland Birdwatching Fun: Mottled Duck PHOTO / LARRY FROGGEMottled Duck. Margaret England Your community directory is a click away! newszap.com Free Speech Free Ads

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 DENTAL1 1 8 6 3 9 8 3 9 1 4 8 WEIGHTLOSS HEALTHCARE DERMATOLOGYi i n t h e Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat & The Sun C a l l T o A d v e r t i s e 4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 C a l l T o A d v e r t i s e Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat & The Sun 1 8 6 3 9 8 3 9 1 4 8 WEIGHTLOSS DENTAL 5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 86. Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming north between 5 and 8 mph. Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Friday Night: A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly clear, with a low around 73. Light and variable wind. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 88. North wind between 3 and 9 mph. Weather forecast for Hendry, Glades, and Western Palm Beach counties collected from the National Weather Service. WEATHER Thursday Night: A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly clear, with a low around 76. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly clear, with a low around 73.Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 86.11.01 feetabove sea levelLAKE LEVEL Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming north between 4 and 7 mph.

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BY PETE GAWDA Special to INIIn central Florida it is either feast or famine when it comes to water. What is the ideal lake level? What means should be taken to keep the lake at that level? Should lake levels be based on the best levels for ecology, drinking water supply or irrigation? These are all aspects of a complicated situation for which there is no quick, easy answer. According to Bryan Honnerlaw of Friends of Lake Okeechobee, the lake should be maintained at 12.5 to 16 feet with the ideal being 12.5 to 13.5 feet. He blames the current low lake level, in part, on the regulation schedules for Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee chain of lakes. He said water managers are holding back water in the Kissimmee chain of lakes that could help raise the level of Lake Okeechobee. He also claimed the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) released too much water before the rainy season began, contributing to the low lake level. The level of Lake Okeechobee is governed by a schedule that has been devised through consultation with representatives of all parties having an interest in the lake, including those involved with ood control, water supply and conservation, according to Luis Alejandro, water manager for COE, Under the regulation schedule, the lake can vary in depth between 10.5 feet and 17.25 feet with the ideal range being between 12.5 and 15.5. The schedule uses many factors to determine whether or not to release water from the lake. "One factor out of many is rainfall," Mr. Alejandro said. If decisions on lake level regulation are based, in part, on a prediction of above normal rainfall and the rainfall turns out to be considerably less than predicted, that could have a negative impact on the lake level. Mr. Alejandro said that after the rehabilitation of the Herbert Hoover Dike, water managers would once again look at the lake regulation schedule to see if the maximum level could be raised. However, he said that a sustained high lake level is bad for water quality. He said regulating the lake level is a balancing act that takes into conservation all interests involved in the lake. While the COE manages higher lake levels to prevent ooding, when the lake drops below a certain level any discharges for irrigation are regulated by the SFWMD. "Clearly more storage is necessary" stated Susan Sylvester, chief of the water control operations bureau for SFWMD. She said that with the construction of levees and canals exibility in water control was lost. Now the water level can only go up or down. At one time the lake would either increase or decrease in area depending on rainfall. She said that part of the problem with regulating the lake level is that water can come into the lake faster than it can be drained out. When releasing water to the estuaries to lower the level of the lake, local basin runoff has to be handled rst before lake water can be released. Paul Gray, of the Audubon Society of Florida agrees that the solution is the completion of more water storage areas. Mr. Gray said we will have this problem until more storage areas are built. He was saddened to learn of the governor's cut to SFWMD funding, saying this will slow down Everglades Restoration projects. Mr. Gray noted that the current water management system was designed in the 1940s. The population has increased tremendously since that time and the objectives of the program have changed from the original objective of ood control. Mr. Gray refuted Mr. Honnerlaw's claim about the Kissimmee chain of lakes regulation schedule contributing to lower lake levels. He said that because the area of Lake Okeechobee is so much larger than the area of the Kissimmee chain of lakes, releasing the maximum amount of water from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes would only raise Lake Okeechobee about six inches. Correy Lee, shery biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, stated that at the present lake level the sh aren't hurting, but the wading birds are a little harder hit. He said there should be some uctuation in lake levels. "The system is awed," he said concerning the lake regulation schedule. He said completion of Everglades Restoration projects would give more room for storage of excess water without affecting lake levels. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 Tebow TalkBY PASTOR JOHN HICKS First United Methodist ChurchI have to admit I have a special interest in Tim Tebow, not just because I am a Florida Gator and my wife affectionately calls him "Timmy," but because I have been impressed with his faith on and off the eld. As a Denver Bronco, Tim still gets press because of his faith statements and lifestyle. One newscaster commented that "The Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow might very well be the most talked about backup quarterback in the history of the National Football League." In an interview with Denver Post columnist W oody Paige, Tebow commented, "I'm relying as always on my faith." The amount of "Tebow Talk" that grew in Denver and spread nationally over that statement is surprising. Tebow has been labeled everything from being an inspiration to being a fanatic. One writer even called Tebow's statement "blasphemous." The headline that really caught my attention was, "Is Tim Tebow not starting because he's a Christian?" It's been claimed that new coach John Fox has chosen Orton to start as quarterback because Tim Tebow is a strong evangelical Christian. Personally, I have a hard time buying into that for the simple reason that a coach's main goal is to win, regardless of whether or not his players are people of strong faith or of no faith at all. Professional athletics does provide a great forum for genuine faith expression, and some media people are uncomfortable when this happens and some players may even be disliked because of their faith. It doesn't, however, seem to me that's the case when it comes to quarterback decisions with the Broncos. One of the enjoyable aspects of sports is the inconsequential nature of it all. Before you pummel me with a wet jersey, let me explain. We root and cheer for our teams, and sometimes we get real emotional and excited. We have our loyalties and some put out big bucks, but when all is said and done, the outcome really isn't as important in comparison to the most signi cant things in our lives. Show me someone who cares more about their team than their relationship with the Lord, their spouse, their children, and their job, and I'll show you a person who is in serious need of professional help. One nal note: I've noticed Tim Tebow hasn't said a negative word about his role on the team and, in fact, has af rmed his coach and his fellow players, including Kyle Orton. I believe that's because Tim has a rm grip on perspective. Football, while important, is not the most important thing in his life and that is refreshing.Does “Religious Malpractice” Exist?BY REV. SAM S. THOMAS, PH. D.+ Saint Martins ChurchLots of comments followed Pat Robertson's reply about divorcing when one's spouse had Alzheimer's disease. The vast majority called into question the response he made. What struck me most about the criticisms was that they come from people representing many different disciplines and elds of knowledge. Mr. Robertson apparently did not take into account the various ways we function and relate to one another before saying that someone with Alzheimer's disease is dead already, so go ahead and divorce. I couldn't help but wonder if disease of any sort would become an excuse. Maybe your spouse has lost a limb or has cancer; they too might be considered "dead" in some part of their life. My contacts with professionals and sufferers of Alzheimer's disease show me that as the disease progresses, persons can be quite functional in several areas of their lives for some time after the disease is diagnosed. One acquaintance, living with her mother told me of her mother's diagnosis, and added "It's a very mild form at this stage." She chose not to abandon her mother. Maybe the disease will progress; maybe not, maybe her natural life will run out long before the disease becomes incapacitating. I saw no evidence of any understanding of research in Alzheimer's disease in the recommendation. As a professional, I would have suggested to learn all that is possible about the disease, including what is available today to stabilize or ameliorate it. Research continues; breakthroughs occur, programs and knowledge exists to let persons function better and longer in spite of any disease. Others who commented on Mr. Robertson's response pointed out that there were matters of love, religious belief and the commitment one makes to marriage "for better or for worse, in sickness and in health" that seemed to be summarily dismissed. No indication of any contact with the person seeking advice was given; it struck me that someone presented the evangelist with a complex question and received an oversimpli ed answer. Was this a generic response to an individual area of concern? Medical doctors, lawyers and others who work with the human condition are reluctant to do so, and for good reasons. Accountability for recommendations is a major factor; some professions holding their practitioners more accountable than others. Unfortunately, requirements for accountability is not as stringent when it comes to hanging out your shingle as an "evangelist" or "Christian" or attempting to get under a "religious umbrella" and then going off into elds where one is ill-prepared to offer advice. I say "unfortunately" because there are few or none of the checks and balances in place as in many of the disciplines that work to help people. The outcome that I see from such behavior is that it can be misguided, ill-informed, wrong. Very seldom do I see clergy among the boards of directors of large corporations or institutions (except when they are church-related) or involved in leadership outside of churchor religiously-related organizations. The reasons may be obvious.It is PossibleBY JACKIE MILLER, EVANGELIST First Christian ChurchYes, there are great problems in our world, and many people are hurting. But in a troubled world and amid church problems it is still possible for a Christian to be right with God and have that peace that passes all understanding. Yes, there is much evil in the world, and man y are succumbing to its many temptations. But in a corrupt and sinful world it is still possible (with God's help) for a Christian to be holy and keep himself/herself unspotted from the world. In a world that is full of drugs, alcoholism, homosexuality and other immoral sex, it is still possible for a Christian to control his/her bodily appetites. In a world of sex-before-marriage, living together without being married, abortions to get rid of unwanted and unborn children, and man y divorces, it is still possible for a young couple to have an honorable courtship, to marry for life, to have a good home, and to rear good children. In a world full of excitement and 24-hour entertainment it is still possible to work with people and lead some to Christ. In a situation where some people backslide and others are inconsistent in their Christian profession, it is still possible to be a faithful Christian who will be faithful to death. Now aren't you glad it is possible? And since it is possible, don't you want to be one of those who does achieve with the Lord's help. RELIGION COLUMNS Regulating Lake Level is a Balancing Act

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASEThe Port LaBelle Community Development District has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy.Last year's property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy . . . . . . $380,360 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes . $ 68,194 C. Actual property tax levy . . . . . . $312,166 This year's proposed tax levy . . . . . .$339,394 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on: DATE: October 3, 2011 TIME: 5:30 p.m. PLACE: 3293 Dellwood Terrace TOWN: LaBelle, FL A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing. B B U D G E T S U M M A R YP O R T L A B E L L E C O M M U N I T Y D E V E L O P M E N T D I S T R I C T F I S C A L Y E A R 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 General Fund 4.0500 Estimated RevenuesGeneral Fund Estimated R evenues Ad Valorem322,424 Intergovernment Revenue52,500 Interest Income1,300 Rental Income0 Miscellaneous Revenue34,950 TOTAL SOURCES411,174 Fund Balances/Reserves345,997 TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES757,171 EXPENDITURES Board of Supervisors6,000 Administration Department170,121 Finance Department12,000 Road Department187,980 Mosquito Control12,305 Culture/Recreation Department48,045 Capital Outlay0 TOTAL EXPENDITURES436,451 Carry Forward320,720 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES TRANSFERS, RESERVES& BALANCES 757,171 7 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 BY STATEPOINTNo matter where you work, chances are y ou’ve come home after a long day with some aches and pains -even if you spend most of your time at a desk, work station or behind the wheel. While most jobs these days aren’t hazardous, repetitive stress injuries are common amongst even the most sedentary of workers. While your day at work is unavoidable, the resulting aches and pains in your neck, back or hands are not. Changing your telephone and computer habits, giving your work station an ergonomic tune-up, and taking breaks for stretching can go a long way to prevent injury and reduce discomfort. “Our bodies are made to move -not to maintain the same position or posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly.” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). By following these tips from the experts at the A CA you can keep your days relatively pain-free: A t Your Computer Do you slouch when you read? Don’t break y our back when you can break a bad habit instead. Work on maintaining proper posture at y our desk and remember to get up and move around regularly. If your wrist is sore, you may be relying on it too much to move your mouse. Use your entire arm and shoulder instead. When typing, keep y our wrists straight, your shoulders perpendicular to the oor and your forearms parallel to the oor. Using Your Mobile Device Your texting addiction could be the cause of major pain, as our thumbs were not made for constant tapping, icking and clicking. Damaged soft tissue in your thumbs is nothing to LOL about. Abbreviate where possible, and learn to take a day off from checking messages. If you must text, alternate using your thumb, index nger and a stylus, if available. Even talkers can fall into bad habits, such as pinching the phone between the ear and shoulder, and leaning on a exed elbow. Invest in a headset and be mindful of your telephone posture. Get Checked If you’re experiencing any painful symptoms, get help. Doctors of chiropractic can counsel you on modi cations to your work station that improve your posture and work habits. DCs also use a variety of non-drug, non-surgical approaches to help with common aches and pains. Keep an eye on your kids, as well. At least 70 percent of America’s 30 million elementary school students now use computers. As a result, doctors of chiropractic are treating more young patients suffering from the effects of working at computer stations that are either designed for adults or poorly designed for children. For more tips on using technology safely, visit www.technohealthy.com. Remember, your body has a lifetime of learning and fun to experience. By using technology safely, you’ll be able to continue enjoying it years into the future. Tips To Reduce Work-Related Aches And Pains SUBMITTED PHOTOSitting at a computer desk all day can cause neck and back pain. Make sure to take breaks away from your computer throughout the day.

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Toll free 800.8 35 .16 73 or HopeHCS.org 8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 The fourth in a ve-part seriesBY DOTTIE COOK Empowerment Alliance of SW FloridaEditor’s Note: The Empowerment Allia nce of SW Florida is a 501(c)(3) not for p ro t corporation and primarily covers E astern Collier, Hendry, and Glades Count ies with a main mission of building aff ordable housing for low income families. The organization also is a HUD-approved a gency for counselling on credit, rst time h ome buyers and foreclosure matters. In the last article, needs versus wants was discussed. This is an important concept and understanding it helps you control your spending. A need is something you must have like food, a safe place to live, utilities, etc., whereas a want is something that would be nice to have but isn’t absolutely necessary. If your money is limited, it’s important to stop and think about your purchases and whether they are needs or wants. Also think about what you might have to give up or not buy, if you buy that item. How many times have you walked into a store planning to buy just one or two things and left w ith much more than you planned to buy? Stores are great at placing their merchandise in places and ways that will tempt us to buy things impulsively. For this reason, stop and think about what y ou’re buying and whether you really need it. It also helps to make a list before you go into the store of what you really need and stick to your list. You may think that being on a budget means y ou have to cut out everything we enjoy or that w e won’t have any fun if we have to constantly w atch our spending. But as was talked about before, you shouldn’t try to cut everything from our budget you enjoy or you’ll get frustrated and give up. Rather, do some of these items in moderation and think of other things that are fun, but cost less. For instance, taking a whole family to the theater for a movie night along with refreshments can easily run $50-$60 depending on family size. Instead, try doing movie night at home since many movies are available from the library or for rent for just a few dollars. This can be a fun family night with popcorn and snacks at home for everyone for under $15. Beaches and parks are another great idea for together time with kids and they are free. You can help create good memories for your children by spending together time with them doing things that don’t cost a lot of money. By controlling spending, you are also teaching your children about managing money. If they see you handling money responsibly and saving for things, they’ll learn the value of money and working toward goals. Some other tips for saving money include having paychecks directly deposited into your account, with at least a small part going into your savings account. Also, paying bills on time to avoid late fees and being sure you have enough money in your account so you don’t get charged fees by your bank for insuf cient funds. Late fees can be anywhere from $5 up to $35 and are like throwing money away since you’re not getting anything in return for them. The same is true with Insuf cient Funds Fees. To avoid this, track spending carefully and try to leave a small cushion in your account to cover those charges and not let your balance get too low. Another way to save money is to pay off the credit card in full each time the bill comes so there are no interest fees. This not only helps save money, but also helps build your credit score since you are showing you can use credit responsibly. In the nal article in this series, we’ll talk about achieving our nancial goals and the importance of an emergency fund. The Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization based in Immokalee but serving all of Southwest Florida. The Empowerment Alliance is a HUDapproved Housing Counseling Agency. We provide free one-on-one budget, credit, homebuyer, and foreclosure prevention counseling that is funded through grants by Collier County, HUD, and private sources. For more information, call us at 239-658-3315 or e-mail us at easf@earthlink.net. Tools for Saving Money Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have fallen 7.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/g, according to gasoline price website FloridaStateGasPrices. com. Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 79.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 10.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 82.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. “Last week saw an impressive decline in crude oil and gasoline futures, and accordingly, motorists in most areas of the U.S. have seen retail gasoline prices decline. In some areas, price have outright plunged to under $3/gal,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. “While social networking sites are abuzz about the decline, be warned that the market does remain extremely sensitive to geopolitical issues and re nery maintenance season is right around the corner,” DeHaan adds. Gas Price Update

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 E-Z In-Store Financing Available Route 47 now serves the new Lakeside Medical Center! Palm Tran Routes 47 & 48 Serving You More Often!Beginning October 9, 2011 47Route 48RouteWeekday service will begin 30 minutes earlier, at 5:00 a.m. with service now every half-hour all day until 8:30 p.m. Weekend service remains the same.Weekday service will begin 30 minutes earlier, at 5:00 a.m. with service now every half-hour during morning and afternoon peak times, and hourly after that until 8:30 p.m. Weekend service remains the same. For route planning assistance: (561) 841-4BUS (4287) or (877) 930-4287 (toll-free) or visit us on the web: www.palmtran.org 9 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 The report led by Kathy Radcliffe, of Clewiston Animal Control, was detailed in the treatment and conditions of the dogs and puppies on the Cruz's property. She states that she "agreed that she (Cruz) took very good care of her dogs and didn't have any issues but one: That being she really had too many." Her report of excellent care would also be joined by several others who scoffed at the idea that the woman was running a "puppy mill." Allen Pickles, of LaBelle Animal Control, commented on the rescue, saying that none of the animals were abused and that it was simply a case of being overwhelmed. "It does happen that people feel sorry for a stray and decide to take it in," he said. "If you're not careful, it can be easy to lose track and end up w ith more than you can handle." According to him, the couple was allowed to keep 13 of the animals. This was easy to do, in his estimation, due to the amount and quality of care that she was able to show all the animals. "She has a good heart and doing everything to help the animals," he said. "She is holding up quite well after having the dogs and puppies removed." He continued to say that the overall condition of the dogs and puppies that she had was extremely good, considering the total number of animals. Suzanne Bonnell, with Critter Care, had been w orking with the woman in the weeks before the mass rescue. She had personally examined all the dogs and puppies that were present and found no health issues, save for a dog with an eye problem and a litter of puppies that had been born with demodectic mange. In both cases, the woman had sought out clinic care for the animals and was consistent with the treatments that had been prescribed. "The place was quite clean and all the animals were being cared for," she said. "She is a breeder that loves animals and did get a little overwhelmed." Bonnell's relationship with the woman started after Clewiston Animal Control contacted her when someone from Palm Beach County led the initial complaint. Bonnell worked closely with her in making sure that all the dogs and puppies would have a great chance of being adopted. Critter Care did receive 51 dogs and puppies and a number of them have already been adopted. One, a female Labrador, was adopted by Asst. Clewiston Police Chief Kristine Petersen, who has always been a lover of Labradors. The No-kill shelters that took rescues were: Naples Humane Society, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Caloosa Humane Society, Broward Count y Humane Society, Critter Care, and Palm Beach Animal Control and Care. If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs rescued, contact Suzanne Bonnell at 863983-9145. PETSContinued  1 PHOTO / JENNY WOODS

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TIGERS WIN THEIR SECOND GAME OF THE SEASONBY JUSTIN DIAZ e Clewiston ConnectLet’s be honest, last Friday’s win wasn’t exactly a surprise. After outscoring Gateway Charter 111-6 over the past two years, last week’s game w as more of a public practice session. Ultimately nishing the game with a 54-3 win, Clewiston’s relationship with the Grif ns has become about as one-sided as possible; outscoring them 165-9 in their last three meetings. “I’m never surprised, but there was a concern because we had so many kids out injured; and y ou never know, especially with the limited week w e had, with the weather we only got about a day and a half of practice in. So it was a concern, but then once the kids got into the ow of the game and we got that turnover early it kind of steamrolled,” said Coach Roth. “I mean, we [do] expect to win a football game like that well, not necessarily like that I don’t know if I’ve ever been here and we’ve scored 33 points in a quarter.” The Tigers managed to put up 34 points by midway through the second quarter before pulling most of their starters: two passes from Tyler Clemmons to Ahmad Richards for a 32-yard and a 36-yard touchdown; a goal-line rush by Virthavious Robinson; a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown by Ahmad Richards; and another 15-yard rush by Virthavious Robinson. The Tigers only trew the ball twice, scoring on both attempts. Clemmons nished 2-2 for two touchdowns and 68 yards. “It was good for the kids, it was good to get everyone some playing time. There are some kids that work hard all year and don’t get the playing time that they want to have, but it’s good to rew ard them like that. They get an opportunity to get on video; to be seen; to get a little extra work. W e had a lot of JV kids that moved up too that played about two and a half quarters.” After a slow start to the season, you’d really have to question how much of a role the JV athletes have played in these last two wins. “We have Joe Hernandez who’s been up with us all year. Kyree Marshall’s been up with us all y ear. Javirus [Bradford], at Glades Day, pretty much played defensive end the whole game, then played there a lot Friday night. So, he’s gonna stay w ith us this week and Ar’Tayvious [Freeman] is gonna stay with us this week.” Bradford nished with 31 yards on only 2 attempts: one for 29 yards and a 2-yard rush for a touchdown on the next play; along with one tackle and a fumble recovery earlier in the game. Freeman nished with two tackles and an 84yard kick return for a touchdown. The Tigers travel to Sarasota this week for their second district matchup against a onceprominent Booker High (Sept. 30). “Booker is a team that likes to throw the ball; they’ve got a lot of speed out there. Having two more guys that are athletic [Bradford and Freeman], the speed, can do a lot for us as a defense.”Editor’s Note: Justin Diaz is a Clewiston native who recently launched a sports website: www. theclewistonconnect.com. You can nd more sports coverage on that site. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 Tigers ‘Pounce’ on Gateway for Second Season Win PHOTO / JENNY WOODSTigers make their appearance for their game against Gateway Charter last Friday night.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 T T h e G l a d e s C o u n t y S c h o o l B o a r d W i l l H o l d T h e F o l l o w i n g M e e t i n g s I n T h e G l a d e s C o u n t y S c h o o l B o a r d M e e t i n g R o o m4 0 0 1 0 t h S t r e e t S W M o o r e H a v e n F l o r i d a 3 3 4 7 1A P o l i c y W o r k s h o p O n O c t o b e r 1 1 2 0 1 1 A t 9 : 0 0 a m A S p e c i a l M e e t i n g F o r P r e s e n t t a t i o n O f Q u a l i f i c a t i o n s F r o m C i v i l E n g i n e e r i n g F i r m s F o r T h e D O T T u r n L a n e P r o j j e c t O n O c t o b e r 1 4 2 0 1 1 A t 1 : 3 0 p m N O T I C E 11 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 Submitted PhotosCentral ElementaryLeft: The Valdes family enjoying Central’s ice cream social. Three generations of Central Cubs. Right: Mrs. Jones class enjoys the youth center as Central gets out in the community. PHOTO / JENNY WOODSCoach Summers discusses plays with the team. PHOTO / JENNY WOODS

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 Photos / Amy McKownJunior Golf kicks offThe City of Clewiston Golf Course began a Junior Golf Academy this past Saturday with 20 students between 6 and 18 years of age attending from Clewiston, LaBelle and Moore Haven. The Florida Gulf Coast University golf team, course pro Adolfo Pena, golf pro Robbie Rush and Clewisto n City Manager Steve McKown gave tips, techniques and one-on-one instruction to the young golfers of all skill levels. At left, Robbie Rush shows young er golfers a game to strengthen putting skills. At right, the FGCU golf coach gives one-on-one instruction on handling the golf club. The next clinics are set for Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. Clubs are provided and the clinic is open to any youth. For more information, contact the Clewiston Golf Course at 863 -983-1448. A numbers gameThe conclusion came swiftly on the heels of news that the city was considering a spike of nearly 300 percent in participation fees for noncity residents only. It was preceded by a series of actions on the part of both the city and county. A number of events had triggered Monday night’s meeting: 1. City of cials, unable to reconcile the $15,000 annual contribution the county had historically offered the rec program, a number that leaders believed was too low, raised participation fees by $20 for non-city residents; 2. Last year, the county reduced its contribution to the city to $10,000 citing budget concerns, and brie y discussed scrapping the amount altogether this year; 3. A few months ago, the city asked for $100,000 from the county, or threatened to raise individual participation fees for non-city residents from $90 to $250. Move number three would have almost certainly priced out many current participants from sports programs offered by the city. Like one speaker at Monday night’s meeting said, after years of wrangling and discussion, the issue “came to a head.”The discord of discourseCurrently, the city of Clewiston charges its own users of rec programs $70 to participate. County residents are charged a slightly higher gure of $90 per participant. According to city of cials, those fees serve simply to pay for the uniforms that players use, as well as the other ancillary costs associated with the various sports programs. However, the money collected from users does not begin to cover the cost of maintenance and upkeep of elds, of cials said. These are the hard numbers: The city’s rec budget stands at $873,000. Roughly a third of the budget is offset by participation fees, but the remainder is paid in full by the city’s taxpayers. To cover the rec budget, citizens in Clewiston are charged $269 per household; and $70 on top of that per participant, per sporting event. If the county had stepped forward with $100,000 that the city requested, Clewiston residents would see a direct reduction in their own rec taxes. Instead of $269, residents would be paying $228. In its appeal to county of cials, city leaders explained that Clewiston residents cannot continue to pay for services rendered to county residents without the direct help of the county itself. Clewiston Mayor Rick Miller and County Commissioner Karson Turner disagreed about the gures. “It’s the city’s choice to have elds that are mowed ve days a week and the manner in which you treat these elds,” said Commissioner Turner. “You don’t have the facilities that you have without the users on our side.” “If we didn’t have your users, we wouldn’t need all those facilities,” responded the mayor. “How the cost is being done now is very unjust. We’re not here to be penny pinchers on this but we want to bring some equity.” “I am at a point where I am trying to be a penny pincher,” said the county of cial. Regarding the maintenance cost, Karson said, “$872,000 without a golf course? Wow.” The talk also positioned the city to begin talks with the school board, with leaders promising to approach them as well. “People are having to pinch pennies and cut back and it’s nally hit Clewiston. That’s the bottom line,” said Jimmy Pittman, Clewiston of cial. “And the school board’s next. Don’t think the county’s the only one that’s gonna get hit here. In some manner the school board’s gonna have to kick in, the county’s going to have to kick in some more.” Superintendent Rick Murphy was in attendance, but did not address the statement after being called by the audience to speak. Taxes must increaseCity leaders held up West Hendry Rec, serving the areas of LaBelle and nearby vicinities, as an example of a well-run recreation program. There, the cost is spread across a much larger user base, and city and county residents pay the same amount, into the same fund. On the eastern side of the county, the rec program is a fragmented effort that even county ofcials concede needs considerable work to function well. “We all know that there’s a problem with East Rec,” said County Commissioner Janet Taylor. County Commissioner Al Perry argued that the bulk of the cost associated with running East Rec programs is in Harlem, but only a quarter o f the recreation taxes are coming from that area. Other locations such as Hooker’s Point, Ladeca, and Flaghole have much less, if anything to show for their taxes, offered Commissioner Turner. Additionally, the county is taxing individual communities differently instead of instituting a at fee across the board. Several proposals were brie y discussed. The y included the possibility of a regional effort. The overriding theme was the approach, to which leaders and residents nodded approvingly, of instituting a regional recreation fee. Under that scenario, all households on the eastern side of Hendry County would pay $126 dollars for recreational programs. This would drastically lower taxes for Clewiston residents, raise taxes for Flaghole residents (currently paying $50 in taxes), and substantially raise taxes for Montura homeowners (currently paying $20). That scenario is still subject to a review by an independent team to determine its feasibility. It is not expected that such a solution would be found for this scal year. “When the kids come to Clewiston to play, I don’t care if they’re from Harlem, Hooker’s Point, Montura, they don’t have a tag on their forehead that they’re from these communities. They come from everywhere,” said Julio Rodriguez, Clewiston commissioner arguing for a regional effort. “I don’t have any special interests in districting. I’m for everybody. I’m for the county and I’m for the city. I’m for every kid within 15 miles from here. That’s who I support. We need to be in the recreation business together.” Much progress seemed to be on the horizon when Steve McKown, Clewiston city manager, agreed to roll back the rates that county residents are paying from $90 back to $70 if the count y pledged just half, $50,000, of what the city had been asking for. The offer was taken up the very next day. RECContinued  1 PHOTO / AMY MCKOWNCity and county of cials met earlier this week to discuss the state of recreation in Eastern Hendry County.

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List your homes for sale HERE! Theres someone looking for that perfect home. YOUHAVEHOMESTOSELL? WEHave A Place To Advertise! Call To AdvertiseClewiston News Glades County Democrat The Sun1-863-983-9148 FIND YOUR NEW HOME HERE!!! Central County Water Control is accepting applications for the following position:CLUBHOUSE SUPERVISORThis position is subject to the District’s Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace program, and among other quali cations, must have high school diploma or equivalent, bi-lingual a plus, knowledge of sports, self motivated, some clerical skills and computer knowledge needed, ability to plan, organize and implement recreation programs, be able to pass CPR, First aid, and Lifeguard testing, able to become a certi ed pool operator, knowledge and skills needed to maintain interior and exterior of clubhouse, able to operate a variety of machinery, able to supervise and assist staff in day to day duties. Apply in person at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Montura Ranch Estates, Clewiston, between the hours of 7am to 5pm Monday Thursday. CREDIT MANAGER / RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE Royal’s Furniture is accepting applications for Bilingual (Spanish/English) Credit Manager / Retail Sales Associate with strong communication skills and with previous Credit collecting, sales or customer Service experience. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Competitive salary and bene t package. Apply in person at Royal’s Furniture at 225 West Canal Street, Belle Glade. Wanted: Carpenter for repairs to mobile homes Must have tools and truck 800-330-8106. Needed: P/T Adult Sitter for elderly male. 2-4 hrs daily, exible hours. Light housework & companionship are major responsibilities. Must be independent with own care. $10/hr. Call: 863-983-9428 after 5pm to arrange interview. Business Opportunity! Are you looking for more income. Do you need extra cash? I would like to invite you to a FREE presentation on how to change your Tomorrow. Please Call (561)460-2175 or (561)460-2178 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Part Time For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities Employment Full Time Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 13 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 26-2008-CA-000803 INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, F.S.B. F/K/A INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., Plaintiff, vs. LUZ MARINES, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED REFORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated September 12, 2011 and entered in Case No. 26-2008-CA-000803 of the Circuit Court of the TWENTIETH Judicial Circuit in and for HENDRY County, Florida wherein INDYMAC FEDERAL BANK, F.S.B. F/K/A INDYMAC BANK, F.S.B., is the Plaintiff and LUZ MARINES; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED, AS NOMINEE FOR CITIMORTGAGE, INC.; COUNTRY VILLAGE PROPERTY OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC.; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at IN FRONT OF THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE COURT, BEING THE SECOND FLOOR HALLWAY OF THE HENDRY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING CORNER OF HIGHWAY 80 AND 29TH SOUTH, LABELLE, FLORIDA at 11:00AM, on the 19th day of October, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 21, BLOCK 1, PORT LABELLE HOLIDAY PARK UNIT NO. 1, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 3, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 2003 PROW TERRACE LABELLE, FL 33935 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must le a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on September 21, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of the Circuit Court By: J. Bevis Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 3622-5018F08064106“See Americans with Disabilities Act in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Deputy Court Administrator whole of ce is located at Lee County Justice Center, Room 3132, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, telephone number (813) 335-2299; 1-800955-8711 (TDD), or 1-800-955-8770 (v), via Florida Relay Service, not later than seven (7) days prior to this proceeding.398441 CN 9/29;10/6/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 11-783-DR Denise Munoz Zavala, Petitioner and Jaime Zavala, Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: Jaime Zavala Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Denise Munoz Zavala, whose address is 1542 Joshua Blvd., Clewiston, Florida 33440 on or before October 31, 2011, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL 33935, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: 9/20/2011 BARBARA S. BUTLER CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: R. DeLa Cruz Deputy Clerk 398398 CGS 9/29;10/6,13,20/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2011-CA-261 GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC, 1400 Turbine Drive, Suite 200 Rapid City, South Dakota 57703 Plaintiff, v. JERRY LEE MELINN and LEILA A. HUBEN Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiff’s Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action, I will sell the property situated in Hendry County, Florida, described as follows, to wit: LOT 8, LAKESIDE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 173 AND 174, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1999 SHADOWRIDGE, S RIDGE MOBILE HOME, Serial Number: FLA 14614315AB. Commonly known as: 3616 Dustin Drive Labelle, Florida 33935 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash on the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpooche Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33975, at 11:00 AM (EST), on the 26th day of October, 2011. If you are a subordinate lien holder claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must le a claim with the Clerk of Court no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to le a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. Notice to Persons With Disabilities: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Court Administrator’s of ce not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Clerk 398718 CN 9/29;10/6/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL DISTRICT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 10-CA-885 SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK, Plaintiff, vs-NORTH RIVER VILLAGE OF LABELLE, LLC and THOMAS M. DYSON, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated August 2, 2011, entered in Civil Case Number 10CA-885, in the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein SANIBEL CAPTIVA COMMUNITY BANK, is the Plaintiff, and NORTH RIVER VILLAGE OF LABELLE, LLC, and THOMAS M.DYSON, are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at public sale on October 12, 2011, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, Second Floor Administrative Side, Labelle, Florida 33935, in accordance with chapter 45, Florida Statutes, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: Exhibit “A’’ A Parcel of land in Government Lot 1, Section 6, Township 43 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida, more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Northeast corner of Government Lot 1 in Section 6, Township 43 South, Range 29 East, and run N 89 36’ 10” W’ along the North line of Government Lot 1, a: distance of 914.12 feet; thence run S 00 25’19” W, 35 feet to the South right-of-way. line of State Road No. S-78 and point-of--beginning of the parcel of land. herein described; thence S 0025’19” W, 866.72 feet to the North right-of-way line of the Caloosahatchee River Canal; thence Southwesterly, along the arc of the curved canal right-ofway line (said right-of-way line being curved concave to the Southeast with a radius of 3600 feet, a central angle of 0415’51” and a chord bearing of S 6403’20” W), 267.93 feet, thence N 0025’19” E 985.58 feet to the South right-ofway line of State Road No. S-78; thence S 8936’10” E, along said right-of-way line, 240 feet to the point-of-beginning. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. DATED: September 14, 2011. BARBARA S. BUTLER CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /s/ J. Bevis 397923 CN 9/22,29/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2011-079CP IN RE: ESTATE OF THOMAS ANDERSON SMITH, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of THOMAS ANDERSON SMITH, deceased, whose date of death was August 31, 2010; File Number 2011-079CP is pending in the Circuit Court for Hendry County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is PO BOX 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served, must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is: September 22, 2011. Robert D. Hines, Esq. Attorney for Personal Representative Email: rhines@hnh-law.com Florida Bar No. 0413550 Hines Norman Hines, P.L. 1312 W. Fletcher Ave. Ste. B Tampa, FL 33612 Telephone: 813-265-0100 DONNA SMITH Personal Representative 1550 Old U.S. Highway 27, Lot 260 Clewiston, FL 33440 397903 CN 9/22,29/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 11-CA-190 RUSSELL BLEDSOE, Plaintiff, vs. LINDA JUNE FRITZ, and all known or unknown persons claiming under or through them, unknown spouses, heirs devises, grantees, creditors, or other parties claiming by, through, under or against any known or unknown person who is known to be dead or is not known to be dead or alive, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION PROPERTY TO: LINDA JUNE FRITZ YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title on the following property in Glades County, Florida: Lot 5, Block 154, CITY OR TOWNSITE OF MOORE HAVEN, according to the map or plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 67, Public Records of Glades County, Florida; together with a 1999 MERI mobile home, ID#ELYML2B140421012, Title #76415406, which is permanently af xed to the property. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Travis W. Trueblood, LL.M. of Trueblood Law Group, PA., P.O. Box 1270, 805 U.S. Hwy 27 North, Suite 1, Moore Haven, Florida 33471, the Plaintiff’s attorney, and le the original with the Clerk of the Court of the above styled court on or before this 27th day of October, 2011, otherwise a judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 9th day of August 2011. JOE FLINT CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: Julie Braddock Deputy Clerk 397749 CN 9/22,29/2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 262010CA001279 EVERGLADES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff vs. MARCOS ARTOLA AND GERALDINA BARBOSA, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Clerk of Circuit Court, Hendry County, Florida, will on October 5, 2011, at 11:00 AM, on the second oor lobby of the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 W. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry, one by one, to the highest bidder for cash, the property located in Hendry County, Florida, as follows: The North 1/2 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 o f the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 35, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. (also known as Lot #3787 in Montura Rancb. Estates, an Unrecorded Subdivision.) Together with a 2006 Homes o f Merit Double-Wide (Model No. 3252) Having Identi cation. Nos. FLHML2F1775-30683A & FLHML2F1775-3068 3B, which is permanently af xed to Real Property. pursuant to the Final Judgment o f Foreclosure entered on September 7, 2011 in the above-styled cause, pending in said Court. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must le a claim within 60 days after the sale. Barbara S. Butler, Cler k Clerk of Circuit Court By: /S/ J. Bevis Deputy Cler k 397409 CN 9/22,29/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that on October 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM at AAA Self Storage, 657 Hwy 27, Moore Haven, FL, the undersigned, AAA Self Storage, will sell at Public Sale by competitive bidding, the personal property heretofore stored with the undersigned by: Monica Pardo #93 Kandice Snow #13 397118 GCD 9/22,29/2011 LEGAL NOTICE The following vehicles will be sold at public auction at Clewiston Towing 600 E Sugarland Hwy Clewiston Fl 33440 on Ocotober 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.: 1997 Dodge, 1B7HC16X4VS131545 398622 CN 9/29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Clarinet I LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 824 2008 1274329-01000010050 Hermanos Luna Inc. Commencing at the Southwest corner of Section 33, Township 43 South, Range 29 East, run N 86 degrees 22’00” E., along the South line of said Section 33, a distance of 626.00 feet to the centerline of State Road 29; thence N 03 degrees 51’ 00” W, along the centerline of State Road 29, a distance of 2486.80 feet; thence 86 degrees 30’00” E, 450.00 feet to a concrete monument and the Point-of-Beginning; thence N 86 degrees 30’00” E, 389.60 feet; thence S. 00 degrees 47’30” feet; thence S 86 degrees 26’00” W, 323.80 feet to a concrete monument; thence N 03 degrees 51’00” W, 1242.90 feet to the Point-of Beginning being in Section 33, Township 43 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida. Less Tract A, Turkey Run as recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 150, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida and Less the East and South 30 feet for road right-of-way. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397837 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 REQUEST FOR BIDS CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS, CR 78 PHASE 1A AND 1B BID # 2011-29 OPENING DATE AND TIME: October 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, “Construction of Drainage Improvements, CR 78 Phase 1A and 1B”. In order to be considered, bids must received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerk’s Of ce) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by October 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. A copy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained from the Hendry County Purchasing Department, located at 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), Post Of ce Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling (863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585. Bidders are encouraged to attend the Pre-Bid Conference on Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the Engineering Department, 99 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, Florida 33935. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place. Darrell R. Harris, Chairman Board of County Commissioners 398517 CN/CB 9/29;10/6,13,20/2011 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 10-YEAR MINIMUM LAND LEASE, LOT V, AIRGLADES INDUSTRIAL PARK PROPOSAL NO. 2011-30 OPENING DATE AND TIME: OCTOBER 6, 2011 2:00 p.m. The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners is seeking proposals for 10-year minimum land lease for Lot V (5), Airglades Industrial Park, a 7.71 acre vacant parcel of land located on Airglades Blvd, Clewiston Florida, a portion of Section 17, Township 43S, Range 33E. In order to be considered, bids must be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, at the C. E. Hall Building (Clerk’s Of ce) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida, by 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2011, at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. A copy of the Speci cations and Proposer’s Instructions can be obtained from the of ce of Grants & Special Projects, located at 640 S. Main St., Room 116, LaBelle, Florida 33935, Post Of ce Box 2340, LaBelle, Florida 33975, or by calling (863) 675-5264. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals, with or without cause and/or accept the Proposal that, in its judgment, will be in the best interest of the County. Darrell R. Harris, Chairman Board of County Commissioners 398721 CN/CB 9/29/2011 Glades Unisex Salon Become Your Own Boss ~ WANTED ~ Barbers, Hair Stylist & Nail Techs CHAIRS FOR RENT New graduates welcome. Great location! Great business opportunity! CALL NOW 832 W. 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NOTICE OF AGENCY ACTION The South Florida Water Management District gives notice of its Agency Action for three General Water Use Permits in Hendry County, Florida with conditions. Permit 26-00505-W was modi ed by letter on December 28, 2010 to add two additional wells to serve recreational cabins south of Keri Road in S3-4/T45S/R32E. No change to source or allocation was made. Permit 26-001040-W was issued on January 18, 2011 for waters supply for equipment washing, and for restroom facilities at the shop adjacent to Collins Slough Road in S17/T44S/R31E for an annual allocation of 18.4435 million gallons (1.5361 million gallons maximum month). Permit 26-01034-W was issued on August 4, 2011 for livestock water supply south of County Road 832 and West of County Road 833 in S4,21,33T45S/R32E and S21,27T45S/R31E. All permits were issued to Alico, Inc., P.O. Box 338 LaBelle, FL pursuant to application numbers 101115-4, 101116-14 and 101004-3 in Hendry County, Florida. The Permit setting forth the staff recommendation regarding the permit, including limiting conditions to provide reasonable assurances that the project meets SFWMD statutes and rules, can be obtained by contacting the Regulatory Records Management during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, Water Resource Regulation Department, by telephone at (561) 682-6911, by e-mail at permits@sfwmd.gove, or by accessing the Staff Report directly from the District’s website (www.sfwmd.gov) using the Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting. The District’s agency action as set forth in the Permit and Staff Report shall become nal unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. As required by Sections 120.569(1), and 120.60(3), Fla. Stat., following is notice of the opportunities which may be available for administrative hearing or judicial review when the substantial interests of a party are determined by an agency. Please note that this Notice of Rights is not intended to provide legal advice. Not all the legal proceedings detailed below may be an applicable or appropriate remedy. You may wish to consult your attorney regarding your legal rights. A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected by South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD or District) action has the right to request an administrative hearing on that action pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Fla. Stat. Persons seeking a hearing on a District decision which does or may determine their substantial interests shall le a petition for hearing with the District Clerk within 21 days of receipt of written notice of the decision. “Receipt of written notice of agency decision” means receipt of either written notice through mail, or electronic mail, or posting that the District has or intends to take nal agency action, or publication of notice that the District has or intends to take nal agency action. Any person who receives written notice of a SFWMD decision and fails to le a written request for hearing within the timeframe described above waives the right to request a hearing on that decision. The petition must be led with the Of ce of the Clerk of the SFWMD. Filings with the District Clerk may be made by mail, hand-delivery or facsimile. Filings by e-mail will not be accepted. Any person wishing to receive a clerked copy with the date and time stamped must provide an additional copy. A petition for administrative hearing is deemed led upon receipt during normal business hours by the District Clerk at SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Any document received by the of ce of the SFWMD Clerk after 5:00 p.m. shall be led as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Additional ling instructions are as follows: Filings by mail must be addressed to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk, P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416. Filings by hand-delivery must be delivered to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk. Delivery of a petition to the SFWMD’s security desk does not constitute ling. To ensure proper ling, it will be necessary to request the SFWMD’s security of cer to contact the Clerk’s of ce. An employee of the SFWMD’s Clerk’s of ce will receive and le the petition. Filings by facsimile must be transmitted to the SFWMD Clerk’s Of ce at (561) 682-6010. Pursuant to Subsections 28-106.104(7),(8) and (9), Fla. Admin. Code, a party who les a document by facsimile represents that the original physically signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of that proceeding and of any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceeding in that cause. Any party who elects to le any document by facsimile shall be responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the full risk that the document may not be properly led with the clerk as a result. The ling date for a document eld by facsimile shall be the date the SFWMD Clerk receives the complete document. Pursuant to Rules 28-106.201 and 28-106.301, Fla. Admin. Code, initiation of an administrative hearing shall be made by written petition to the SFWMD in legible form and on 8 and by 11 inch white paper. All petitions shall contain: 1) Identi cation of the action being contested, including the permit number, application number, District le number or any other SFWMD identi cation number, if known. 2) The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner and petitioner’s representative, if any. 3) An explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination. 4) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the SFWMD’s decision. 5) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate. 6) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 7) A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 8) If disputed issues of material fact exist, the statement must also include an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes. 9) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the SFWMD to take with respect to the SFWMD’s proposed action. A person may le a request for an extension of time for ling a petition. The SFWMD may, for good cause, grant the request. Requests for extension of time must be led with the SFWMD prior to the deadline for ling a petition for hearing. Such requests for extension shall contain a certi cate that the moving party has consulted with all other parties concerning the extension and that the SFWMD and any other parties agree to or oppose the extension. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for ling a petition until the request is acted upon. If the District takes action with substantially different impacts on water resources from the notice or intended agency decision, the persons who may be substantially affected shall have an additional point of entry pursuant to Rule 28-106-111, Fla. Admin. Code. The procedures for pursuing mediation are set forth in Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., and Rules 28-106.111 and 28-106.401-405, Fla. Admin. Code. The SFWMD is not proposing mediation for this agency action under Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., at this time. Pursuant to Sections 120.60(3) and 120.68, Fla. Stat., a party who is adversely affected by nal SFWMD action may seek judicial review of the SFWMD’s nal decision by ling a notice of appeal pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.110 in the Fourth District Court of Appeal or in the appellate district where a party resides and ling a second copy of the notice with the SWMD Clerk within 30 days of rendering of the nal SFWMD action. 398334 CN 9/29/2011 Notice of Agency Action The South Florida Water Management District gives notice of its Agency Action for Water Use Permit with conditions. Permit 26-00083-W, issued on July 19, 2011 to J. Michael Crooks, whose address is HC 61 Box 79, Clewiston FL, 33440 pursuant to application number 060804-6 for the use of groundwater from the Lower Tamiami aquifer for the irrigation of 606.8 acres of small vegetable (green beans) using drip irrigation and semi-closed irrigation systems with an annual allocation of 572.21 million gallons (maximum monthly allocation of 66.94 million gallons. The project (Crooks Ranch) is in S11,14,15,22,23T46S/R32E, Hendry County located East of CR 833 and North of CR 846. The Permit setting forth the staff recommendation regarding the permit, including limiting conditions to provide reasonable assurances that the project meets SFWMD statutes and rules, can be obtained by contacting the Regulatory Records Management during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406, Water Resource Regulation Department, by telephone at (561) 682-6911, by e-mail at permits@sfwmd.gove, or by accessing the Staff Report directly from the District’s website (www.sfwmd.gov) using the Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting. The District’s agency action as set forth in the Permit and Staff Report shall become nal unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for ling a petition. As required by Sections 120.569(1), and 120.60(3), Fla. Stat., following is notice of the opportunities which may be available for administrative hearing or judicial review when the substantial interests of a party are determined by an agency. Please note that this Notice of Rights is not intended to provide legal advice. Not all the legal proceedings detailed below may be an applicable or appropriate remedy. You may wish to consult your attorney regarding your legal rights. A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected by South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD or District) action has the right to request an administrative hearing on that action pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Fla. Stat. Persons seeking a hearing on a District decision which does or may determine their substantial interests shall le a petition for hearing with the District Clerk within 21 days of receipt of written notice of the decision. “Receipt of written notice of agency decision” means receipt of either written notice through mail, or electronic mail, or posting that the District has or intends to take nal agency action, or publication of notice that the District has or intends to take nal agency action. Any person who receives written notice of a SFWMD decision and fails to le a written request for hearing within the timeframe described above waives the right to request a hearing on that decision. The petition must be led with the Of ce of the Clerk of the SFWMD. Filings with the District Clerk may be made by mail, hand-delivery or facsimile. Filings by e-mail will not be accepted Any person wishing to receive a clerked copy with the date and time stamped must provide an additional copy. A petition for administrative hearing is deemed led upon receipt during normal business hours by the District Clerk at SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Any document received by the of ce of the SFWMD Clerk after 5:00 p.m. shall be led as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Additional ling instructions are as follows: Filings by mail must be addressed to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk, P.O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416. Filings by hand-delivery must be delivered to the Of ce of the SFWMD Clerk. Delivery of a petition to the SFWMD’s security desk does not constitute ling. To ensure proper ling, it will be necessary to request the SFWMD’s security of cer to contact the Clerk’s of ce An employee of the SFWMD’s Clerk’s of ce will receive and le the petition. Filings by facsimile must be transmitted to the SFWMD Clerk’s Of ce at (561) 682-6010. Pursuant to Subsections 28-106.104(7), (8) and (9), Fla. Admin. Code, a party who les a document by facsimile represents that the original physically signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of that proceeding and of any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceeding in that cause. Any party who elects to le any document by facsimile shall be responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the full risk that the document may not be properly led with the clerk as a result. The ling date for a document eld by facsimile shall be the date the SFWMD Clerk receives the complete document. Pursuant to Rules 28-106.201 and 28-106.301, Fla. Admin. Code, initiation of an administrative hearing shall be made by written petition to the SFWMD in legible form and on 8 and by 11 inch white paper. All petitions shall contain: 1) Identi cation of the action being contested, including the permit number, application number, District le number or any other SFWMD identi cation number, if known. 2) The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner and petitioner’s representative, if any. 3) An explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination. 4) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the SFWMD’s decision. 5) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate. 6) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 7) A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the SFWMD’s proposed action. 8) If disputed issues of material fact exist, the statement must also include an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes. 9) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the SFWMD to take with respect to the SFWMD’s proposed action. A person may le a request for an extension of time for ling a petition. The SFWMD may, for good cause, grant the request. Requests for extension of time must be led with the SFWMD prior to the deadline for ling a petition for hearing. Such requests for extension shall contain a certi cate that the moving party has consulted with all other parties concerning the extension and that the SFWMD and any other parties agree to or oppose the extension. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for ling a petition until the request is acted upon. If the District takes action with substantially different impacts on water resources from the notice or intended agency decision, the persons who may be substantially affected shall have an additional point of entry pursuant to Rule 28-106-111, Fla. Admin. Code. The procedures for pursuing mediation are set forth in Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., and Rules 28-106.111 and 28-106.401-405, Fla. Admin. Code. The SFWMD is not proposing mediation for this agency action under Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., at this time. Pursuant to Sections 120.60(3) and 120.68, Fla. Stat., a party who is adversely affected by nal SFWMD action may seek judicial review of the SFWMD’s nal decision by ling a notice of appeal pursuant to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.110 in the Fourth District Court of Appeal or in the appellate district where a party resides and ling a second copy of the notice with the SWMD Clerk within 30 days of rendering of the nal SFWMD action. 398422 CN 9/29/2011 PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE AIR PERMIT Florida Department of Environmental Protection Air Resource Section, South Of ce Draft Minor Source Air Construction Permit Project No. 0510003-051-AC United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston Facility Hendry County, Florida Applicant: The applicant for this project is United States Sugar Corporation. The applicant’s authorized representative and mailing address is: Neil Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Sugar Manufacturing, United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston Facility, 111 Ponce De Leon Ave., Clewiston, Florida 334440. Facility Location: United States Sugar Corporation operates the existing Clewiston Sugar Re nery, which is located in Hendry County at w.c. Owens Ave. and S.R. 832 in Clewiston, Florida. Project: United States Sugar Corporation proposes to install a 5th Vacuum Pan prior to the nal drying and packaging processes in the Sugar Re nery. This is an addition to the existing four (4) vacuum pans (Pan Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7). The addition of this 5th vacuum pan will reduce the overall load’ on the other four (4) pans and allow an increase in sugar production to approximately 180 tons per day (TPD). No existing permit conditions associated with the sugar re nery will change as a result of this project. The current permitted capacities of the sugar re nery remain adequate. Permitting Authority: Applications for air construction permits are subject to review in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 403, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Chapters 62-4, 62-210 and 62-212 of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The proposed project is not exempt from air permitting requirements and an air permit is required to perform the proposed work. The Permitting Authority responsible for making a permit determination for this project is the Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Resource Section in the South District Of ce. The Permitting Authority’s physical address is: 2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 364, Fort Myers, Florida 33902. .The Permitting Authority’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 2549, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-2549. The Permitting Authority’s telephone number is 239/344-5600. Project File: A complete project le is available for public inspection during the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except legal holidays), at the physical address indicated above for the Permitting Authority. The complete project le includes the Draft Permit, the Technical Evaluation and Preliminary Determination, the application and information submitted by the applicant (exclusive of con dential records under Section 403.111, F.S.). Interested persons may contact the Permitting Authority’s project engineer for additional information at the address and phone number listed above. In addition, electronic copies of these documents are available on the following web site: http://www.dep.state. .us/air/emission/apds/default.asp. Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit: The Permitting Authority gives notice of its intent to issue an air construction permit to the applicant for the project described above. The applicant has provided reasonable assurance that operation 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 Permitting 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 led under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. or unless public comment received in accordance with this notice results in a different decision or a signi cant change of terms or conditions. Comments: The Permitting Authority will accept written comments concerning the proposed Draft Permit for a period of 14 days from the date of publication of this Public Notice. Written comments must be received by the Permitting Authority by close of business (5:00 p.m.) on or before the end of the 14-day period. If written comments received result in a signi cant change to the Draft Permit, the Permitting Authority shall revise the Draft Permit and require, if applicable, another Public Notice. All comments led will be made available for public inspection. Petitions: A person whose substantial interests are affected by the proposed 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 led with (received by) the Department’s Agency Clerk in the Of ce of General Counsel of the Department of Environmental Protection at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station #35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000 (Telephone: 850/245-2241). Petitions led by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S. must be led within 14 days of publication of this Public Notice or receipt of a written notice, whichever occurs rst. Under Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who asked the Permitting Authority for notice of agency action may le a petition within 14 days of receipt of that notice, regardless of the date of publication. A petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above, at the time of ling. The failure of any person to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the approval of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205, F.A.C. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Permitting Authority’s action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency’s le or identi cation number, if known; (b) The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner; the name address and telephone number of the petitioner’s representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial rights will be affected by the agency determination; (c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency action or proposed decision; (d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so state; (e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action; (f) A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes; and, (g) A statement of the relief sought by the 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 nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Permitting Authority’s nal 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 nal decision of the Permitting Authority on the application have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. Mediation: Mediation is not available for this proceeding. 398446 CN 9/29/2011 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING HENDRY COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Tourist Development Council will hold a regular meeting Thursday, Oct. 6th, 2011, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Hendry County EDC Of ce, 640 S. Main St. Bldg. B, LaBelle, FL 33975. If a quorum is not established, the alternative date is Thursday, Oct. 13th, 2011 at 4:00 pm. This meeting is open to the public. The meeting site is accessible by the disabled. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Hendry County Tourist Development Council Karson Turner, Chairman 398454 CN 9/29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Marilyn W. Osborne, the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 4596 2008 4104329-09023200130 Elvira Ramirez Lot 13, Block 2320, Port LaBelle Unit 9, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 144, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397355 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3407 2008 4104329-020000L0080 Steven & Barbara Nesmith Lot L8, Block 2064, Port LaBelle Unit 2, a subdivision according to the plat thereof Recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 60, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397829 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Chester J Rust Revocable Tr, the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 589 2008 1324229-05000002320 Victor Hieber Sr Lot 232, 233 and 234, Kell Mill Terrace Subdivision, according to the plat thereof Recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 11, Public Records of Glades County Florida,lying and begin in Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397357 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1847 2008 1244432-A0000220100 Jose Rigoberto Garcia, Maria Consuelo Garcia, & Luzdary Garcia The West one-half of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 24, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the North 40 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5430, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011 Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397342 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3393 2008 4104329-01020310100 I.B. Victory Investements Inc. Lot 10, Block 2031, Port LaBelle Unit 1, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 50, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397835 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 15 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1569 2008 1154432-A0001020000 Coral Parkways Holdings Inc. The North one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 15, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access Road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3129, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397597 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1910 2008 1254432-A0000440100 Jouseph Assaf The East one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 40 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5053, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the Fouth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397335 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Chester J Rust Revocable Tr the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2365 2008 1364432-A0002540000 Maria Pardo The Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 36, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 80 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 4177, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011 Dated this 7th day of September, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397348 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Chester J Rust Revocable Tr the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2365 2008 1364432-A0002540000 Maria Pardo The Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 36, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for an access road of the South 80 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 4177, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397350 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project Bids will be received by the District One Of ce until 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 20, 2011, for the following Proposals: E1K50A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Removal & Replacement of Concrete Ditch Pavement in Highlands County. Budget Estimate: $108,000.00 E1K51A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Fence Removal/Replacement in Highlands County. Budget Estimate: $144,300.00 E1K52A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Asphalt Maintenance & Repair in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Lee, & Glades Counties. Budget Estimate: $500,000.00 E1K53A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Roadside Mowing, Chemical Mowing & Litter Removal in Okeechobee County. Budget Estimate: $244,540.00 E1K54A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Roadside Mowing, Chemical Mowing & Litter Removal in Highlands County. Budget Estimate: $404,670.00 E1K55A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Maintenance of Traf c in Hardee, Manatee, Desoto, & Sarasota Counties. Budget Estimate: $100,000.00 E1K56A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Pipe Cleaning, Lining, Desilting & Video Inspection in Polk County. Budget Estimate: $600,000.00 E1K57A Certi cation of Quali cation is not required for Pipe Cleaning, Lining, Desilting & Video Inspection in Hardee, Manatee, Desoto, & Sarasota Counties. Budget Estimate: $410,000.00 Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at http://www.dot.state. .us/contractsadministrationdistrict1/: or by calling (863) 519-2559. 398492 CN 9/29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1468 2008 1144432-A0001060000 The Lyndel Group, LLC The South one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 14, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Tract 3386, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011 Dated this 7th day of September, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397345 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Chester J Rust Revocable Tr, the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1244 2008 1354331-010000J0160 Adriana Gonzalez The Southeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 35, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida. Also known as Tract 16, Block J, Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011 Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397353 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Alexandra Montiel the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1078 2006 1224432-01000340060 Szulim & Kuba Gruszka % Milton Gruszka Lot 6, Block 34, Montura Ranch Estates, First Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Pages 37, 38 and 39, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397840 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1430 2008 1144432-A0000150000 Carlos Perez The North one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 14, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3577, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397351 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1477 2008 1144432-A0001210100 Oscar Sanchez The North one-half of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 14, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida, subject to an easement for an access Road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Lot No. 3400 in Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011 Dated this 7th day of September, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397333 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1444 2008 1144432-A0000380100 The Lyndel Group, LLC The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 14, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3530, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the Fouth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397334 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2529 2005 4104329-02020690070 Jean Tomlinson c/o Cecil & Maureen Tomlinson Lot 7, Block 2069, Port La Belle Unit 2, a subdivision according to the plat thereof Recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 60, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397828 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2301 2006 4104329-02020650160 Herman L. Zahn, Jr. And Donald W. Zahn Lot 16, Block 2065, Port LaBelle Unit 2, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 60, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397834 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2537 2005 4104329-02020750230 John Bankston Lot 23, Block 2075, Port LaBelle Unit 2, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 60, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397833 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3509 2008 4104329-02020720100 Jorge Luis Artica Lot 10, Block 2072, Port LaBelle Unit 2, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 60, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397831 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1850 2008 1244432-A0000290000 Lucky Path LLC The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 24, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5378, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011 Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397339 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 16 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011

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N N O T I C E O O F P P U B L I C H H E A R I N G S Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will hold a public hearing on the following petiti ons on O c t o b e r 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 1 a a t 6 6 : 0 0 p p m at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the applications are consistent with th e Hendry County Comprehensive Plan and will review the application for consistency with the Hendry County Land Development Code. The recommendations of the Local Planning Agency will be made to the Board of County Commissioners for final consideration at a public hearing. This hearing will be held on O c t o b e r 2 2 5 2 2 0 1 1 a a t 5 5 : 0 5 p p m at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. Copies of the files and information regarding the petitions are available for public inspection at the Hendry County Planning a nd Zoning Department, 165 South Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida, and may be viewed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the matter. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at su ch meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimo ny and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. P e t i t i o n N N u m b e r : VA11-0002 A p p l i c a n t : Dennis and Conceicao Stuller; represented by Mr. James Smith O r d i n a n c e T T i t l e : A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A VARIANCE OF THE HENDRY COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, MORE SPECIFICALLY VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF SECTION 1-53-6.16, STANDARDS FOR MINING, ASSOCIATED WITH THE OFFSIT E REMOVAL OF MATERIAL FROM SLOPING OF THE RIVER BANK AND PROPERTY. L o c a t i o n : 4900 Fort Denaud Road, LaBelle, FL P r o p e r t y s s i z e : 1.00 acre +/R e q u e s t : The applicant is requesting a variance of certain provisions of section 1-53-6.16, standards for mining, associated with the of fsite removal of material from sloping of the river bank and property. L e g a l d d e s c r i p t i o n o o f s s u b j e c t p p r o p e r t y : P e t i t i o n N N u m b e r : RZ10-0002 A p p l i c a n t : Pedro and Rosalia Pereiro; represented by H.L. Bennett, P.E., P.L.S. O r d i n a n c e T T i t l e : AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A ZONING DISTRICT BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM THE HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL-MOBILE HOME (RG-3M) ZONING DISTRICT TO THE PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (PUD) ZONING DISTRICT ON 0.69 ACRES FOR BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL USES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT, SEVERABILITY; CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENER'S ERRORS; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. L o c a t i o n : 4679 South SR 29, LaBelle, FL P r o p e r t y s s i z e : 0.69 acres +/R e q u e s t : The applicant is requesting a rezone to allow residential and commercial uses. L e g a l d d e s c r i p t i o n o o f s s u b j e c t p p r o p e r t y : DESCRIPTION: FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE NORTH LINE OF SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 44 SOUTH, RANGE 29 EAST WITH THE CENTERLINE OF STATE ROAD 29, RUN S 345' E ALONG THE CENTERLINE OF STATE ROAD 29, A DISTANCE OF 1524.30 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 8634' E, A DISTANCE OF 450.00 FEET; THENCE S 345' E A DISTANCE OF 300.00 FEET; THENCE S 8634' W A DISTANCE OF 450.00 FEET; THENCE N 345' W A DISTANCE OF 300 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS THE WESTERLY 50 FEET FOR ROAD RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE ROAD 29. BEING IN SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 44 SOUTH, RANGE 29 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND COMMONLY KNOWN AS BUSINESS LOTS 5-16 INCLUSIVE, SECTION F-2 LABELLE RANCHETTES. Orvell Howard, Chair Darrell R. Harris, Chairman Hendry County Local Planning Agency Hendry County Board of County Commissioners PUBLIC NOTICE AIRGLADES AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING There will be an Airglades Airport Advisory Board Meeting held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Airglades Airport, in the Conference Room, located at 3200 Airglades Blvd., Clewiston, FL 33440. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. For Further information, please contact the Hendry County Engineer’s Of ce at (863) 675-5222 or (863) 983-1588. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Darrell Harris, Chair Board of County Commissioners, Hendry County 398333 CN/CB 9/29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3403 2008 4104329-01020330310 Cornel & Peaches Davis Lot 31, Block 2033, Port LaBelle Unit 1, a subdivision according to the plat thereof Recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 50, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the First Thursday in the month of November, 2011 which is the 3rd day of November, 2011. Dated this 14th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397830 CN 9/22,29 & 10/6,13/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1853 2008 1244432-A0000370000 Bhishma Ramdas & Tanya Ramdas The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 24, Townhip 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5348, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397336 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1441 2008 1144432-A0000320000 Antonio N Barrera The South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 14, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Subject to an easement for a drainage canal of the South 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3516, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Fourth Thursday in the month of October, 2011 which is the 27th day of October, 2011. Dated this 7th day of September, 2011. Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 397352 CN 9/15,22,29;10/6/2011 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice 17 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011 Public Notice Public Notice

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PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE AIR PERMIT Florida Department of Environmental Protection South District Draft/Proposed Permit No. 0510003-049-AV United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston Re nery Hendry County, Florida Applicant: The applicant for this project is United States Sugar Corporation. The applicant’s responsible of cial and mailing address are: Mr. Neil Smith, United States Sugar Corporation, 111 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440. Facility Location: The applicant operates the existing Clewiston Sugar Re nery, which is located at the intersection of W.C. Owens Avenue and State Road 832, Hendry County, Clewiston, Florida. Project: The applicant applied on June 16, 2011, to the Department for a Title V air operation permit revision. This is a revision of Title V air operation permit No. 0510003-032-AV. The existing facility consists of boilers and process equipment to produce re ned sugar from raw sugar product. This revision pertains to the Compliance Assurance Monitoring (CAM) plan for the granular carbon regeneration furnace (EU-017), as supported by Air Emissions Test Report No. 20-4524-017-001 completed April 27, 2011. This revision allows a change of a minimum pressure drop of 6.5 inches of water to a minimum of 4.4 inches of water. Permitting Authority: Applications for Title V air operation permits ar e subject to review in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 403, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Chapters 62-4, 62-210, 62-213 of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The proposed project is not exempt from air permit ting requirements and a Title V air operation permit is required to operate the facility. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Resource Section in the South District Of ce is the Permitting Authority responsible for making a permit determination for this project. The Permitting Authority’s physical address is: 2295 Victoria Avenue, Ste. 364, Fort Myers, Florida. The Permitting Authority’s mailing address is: P.O. Box 2549, Fort Myers, FL 339022549. The Permitting Authority’s telephone number is (239) 344-5600. Project File: A complete project le is available for public inspection during the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except legal holidays), at the address indicated above for the Permitting Authority. The complete project le includes the draft/proposed permit, the statement of basis, the application, and the information submitted by the applicant, exclusive of con dential records under Section 403.111, F.S. Interested persons may view the draft permit by visiting the following website: http://www.dep.state. .us/air/emission/apds/default.asp and entering the permit number shown above. Interested persons may contact the Permitting Authority’s project review engineer for additional information at the address or phone number listed above. Notice of Intent to Issue Permit: The Permitting Authority gives notice of its intent to issue a draft/proposed Title V air operation permit revision to the applicant for the project described above. The applicant has provided reasonable assurance that continued operation of the existing 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, 62212, 62-213, 62-296 and 62-297, F.A.C. The Permitting Authority will issue a proposed permit and subsequent nal permit in accordance with the conditions of the draft/proposed permit unless a response received in ac cordance with the following procedures results in a different decision or a signi cant change of terms or conditions. Comments: The Permitting Authority will accept written comments concerning the draft/proposed Title V air operation permit for a period of 30 days from the date of publication of the Public Notice. Written comments must be received by the close of business (5:00 p.m.), on or before the end of this 30-day period by the Permitting Authority at the above address. As part of his or her comments, any person may also request that the Permitting Authority hold a public meeting on this permitting action. If the Permitting Authority determines there is suf cient interest for a public meeting, it will publish notice of the time, date, and location in the Florida Administrative Weekly (FAW). If a public meeting is requested within the 30-day comment period and conducted by the Permitting Authority, any oral and written comments received during the public meeting will also be considered by the Permitting Authority. If timely received written comments or comments received at a public meeting result in a signi cant change to the draft/proposed permit, the Permitting Authority shall issue a revised draft/proposed permit and require, if applicable, another Public Notice. All comments led will be made available for public inspection. For additional information, contact the Permitting Authority at the above address or phone number. Petitions: A person whose substantial interests are affected by the proposed 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 led with (received by) the Department’s Agency Clerk in the Of ce of General Counsel of the Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station #35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000 .Petitions led by the applicant or any of the parties listed below must be led within 14 days of receipt of this Written Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit. Petitions led by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be led within 14 days of publication of the attached Public Notice or within 14 days of receipt of this Written Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit, whichever occurs rst. Under Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who asked the Permitting Authority for notice of agency action may le a petition within 14 days of receipt of that notice, regardless of the date of publication. A petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above, at the time of ling. The failure of any person’to le a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the approval of the presiding of cer upon the ling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205, F.A.C. A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Permitting Authority’s action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency’s le or identi cation number, if known; (b) The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner; the name address and telephone number of the petitioner’s representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitioner’s substantial rights will be affected by the agency determination; (c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency action or proposed decision; (d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; (e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the speci c facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action; (f) A statement of the speci c rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modi cation of the agency’s proposed action including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the speci c rules or statutes; and, (g) A statement of the relief sought by the 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 nal agency action, the ling of a petition means that the Permitting Authority’s nal 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 nal decision of the Permitting Authority on the application have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. Mediation: Mediation is not available for this proceeding. EPA Review: EPA has agreed to treat the draft/proposed Title V air operation permit as a proposed Title V air operation permit and to perform its 45-day review provided by the law and regulations concurrently with the public comment period, provided that the applicant also transmits an electr onic copy of the required proof of publication directly to EPA at the following email address: oquendo.ana@epamail.epa.gov.. Although EPA’s 45-day review period will be performed concurrently with the public comment period, the deadline for submitting a citizen petition to object to the EPA Administrator will be determined as if EPA’s 45-day review period is performed after the public comment period has ended. The nal Title V air operation permit will be issued after the conclusion of the 45-day EPA review period so long as no adverse comments are received that result in a different decision or signi cant change of terms or conditions. The status regarding EPA’s 45-day review of this project and the deadline for submitting a citizen petition can be found at the following website address: http://www.epa.oviregion4/air/pennits/Florida.htin. Objections: Finally, pursuant to 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 7661 d(b)(2), any person may petition the Administrator of the EPA within 60 days of the expiration of the Administrator’s 45-day review period as established at 42 U.S.C. Section 7661d(b)(1), to object to the issuance of any Title V air operation permit. Any petition shall be based only on objections to the Permit that were raised with reasonable speci city during the 30-day public comment period provided in the Public Notice, unless the petitioner demonstrates to the Administrator of the EPA that it was impracticable to raise such objections within the comment period or unless the grounds for such objection arose after the comment period. Filing of a petition with the Administrator of the EPA does not stay the effective date of any permit properly issued pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 62213, F.A.C. Petitions led with the Administrator of EPA must meet the requirements of 42 U.S.C. Section 7661d (b)(2) and must be led with the Administrator of the EPA at: U.S. EPA, 401 M Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20460. For more information regarding EPA review and objections, visit EPA’s Region 4 web site at http://www.epa.goviregion4/air/peninits/Florida.htm. 398447 CN 9/29/2011 NOTICE OF MEETING LOCATION CHANGE THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, WILL BE HELD AT 5:00 P.M., OCTOBER 11, 2011, AT THE PIONEER COMMUNITY CENTER, 910 PANAMA AVENUE, CLEWISTON, FLORIDA. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida Darrell R. Harris, Chairman 398298 CN/CB 9/29/2011 PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE GLADES UTILITY AUTHORITY A Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Glades Utility Authority (“Authority”) is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Octobe r 5, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the City of Belle Glade Commission Chambers, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Belle Glade, Florida 33430. The purpose of the meeting is to consider approval of the regular meeting minutes, consider the adoption of a rate surcharge, the abolishment of readiness to serve policy, the approval of the proposed 2012 Budget, consideration of approval of payment for certain outstanding GUA obligations, and any other business that may come before the Board. The meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with Florida law. A copy of the meeting agenda may be obtained at the meeting or, prior to the meeting, by contacting Jocelyn Coln at 561-493-6127 The meeting, or consideration of any individual agenda items, may be continued to a date and time certain to be announced at the meeting and noticed. Pursuant to provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact Jocelyn Coln at (561) 493-6127 or Jcolon@pbcwater.com at least forty-eight (48) hours before the meeting. If anyone chooses to appeal any decision of the Board with respect to any matter considered at the meeting, such person will need a record of the proceedings and should accordingly ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made that includes the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee September 29, 2011Larceny of credit card Obtaining property b y fraud/impersonating Petit larceny Arrested Sept. 22 by CPD Ofc. Baker Douglas Scott Perkins, 33Possession of a controlled substance w/o prescription Possession/use of drug equipement Arrested Sept. 22 by D. Bolt Mary Marie Beverly, 44Resisting an of cer w/o violence Possession of marijuan a w/ intent to sell, etc. Arrested Sept. 19 by N. Krause v w Anthony Neal Holder, 23 ARREST REPORTThis column lists arrests, not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone who is listed here and who is later found not guilty, or has the charges against them dropped, is welcome to inform the newspaper. We will con rm the information and print it.Narcotics Investigators have been conducting numerous investigations on local drug dealers in the Hendry County area. Jennifer Ann Garrison was arrested on Sept. 7 on charges of drug possession without a prescription and sale of narcotics after taking part in a local drug transaction. She is currently being held at the Hendry County Jail on $35,000 bond. William Earl Smith was arrested on Sept. 7, 2011 on charges of drug possession without a prescription, sales of narcotics and additional charge of drug traf cking. He is currently being held at the Hendry County Jail on $135,000 bond.Andy Gowdy Arrested on Drug ChargesOn Sept. 12, 2011, Hendry County Narcotics Investigators arrested 42-year-old Andy Spencer Gowdy of 709 Arkansas Ave., Clewiston on drug charges. Hendry county Narcotic Investigators have been targeting local street dealers. Gowdy was arrested after selling a controlled substance to investigators. Gowdy was arrested and charged with Traf cking Drugs with a $50,000 bond. Gowdy was later charged with Violation of Probation and is currently being held without bond. Nathan Mason Arrested for Cocaine PossessionAfter a recent drug transaction made between Hendry County Narcotic Investigators and 29-year-old Nathan Larry Mason, he was arrested on drug charges. On April 27, 2011 Mason sold Oxycodone, to undercover of cers within 1000 ft of a day care. Mason was arrested and taken to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Of ce, charged with sale of controlled substance and possession of cocaine. Mason was released on a $28,500 bond.Sophia Lorraine Harris Arrested on Drug ChargesOn Sept. 15, 2011 Hendry County Narcotics Investigators arrested Sophia Lorraine Harris of LaBelle, on Cocaine Charges. Harris, 47 years of age was observed making numerous drug sales to individuals from the Fordson Avenue home. Harris was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell within a 1,000 feet of a church, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Harris was released on $13,500 bond.D.E.A. Arrests Hendry County Drug FugitiveOn Sept. 8, 2011 DEA Agents in Port St. Lucie arrested 42 year old Julian Garcia on charges of cocaine traf cking and possession of cocaine. Agents also charged Garcia on an outstanding Hendry County warrant for traf cking cocaine. He is currently being held in the Port Saint Lucie County Jail on no bond awaiting extradition back to Hendry County.Hendry Sheriff Drug Crack Down Andy Gowdy Sophia Lorraine Submitted PhotoWalk for Lupus NowKenia’s purple Wings raised $800 at the Miami Walk for Lupus Now event last week. Kenia Villatoro was asked to give a speech at the opening ceremony. There is one more walk in West Palm Beach at Meyer Ampitheater on Nov. 5. The group’s goal is to raise $1,500 for the walk. Florida Crystals has already donated $250 for the next walk. Anyone wanting to help can contact Kenia at kenia.villatoro@yahoo.com. the party in the second vehicle have not been released. When news of the accident broke, concerns for the child were quick to come in through messages on this paper’s Facebook page. There have always been issues with speeding at the intersection, residents reported. They hoped that it would be addressed. The status of the child since the upgraded condition is not known. A CCIDENTContinued  1 PHOTO / JUAN LOPEZOf cers scan for clues at the site of last week’s crash. WANT TO SUBMIT NEWS?Send us an e-mail at clewnews@newszap.com e vents ? p hotos ? t i p s ? stories?

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Also, thank you very much to all that participated by buying tickets. FDOT continues long-standing positive trendBY TOM DIGIACOMO FDOTAt its public meeting on September 14, 2011, the Florida Transportation Commission conducted the statutorily required Performance and Production Review of the Florida Department of Transportation for Fiscal Year 2010/11. This marks the twentieth year the Commission has conducted this evaluation of the Department’s performance. Fiscal Year 2010/11 was an exceptional year for the Department. The Commission uses 20 primary measures to evaluate the Department’s performance. The primary measures are metrics that assess major Departmental functions, measure an end product or outcome, with results that are, with few exceptions, within the Department’s control. The Department met or exceeded 18 of the primary measures. The two primary measures that were not met w ere in the areas of construction contract cost adjustments, an objective requiring exceptional performance, and public transportation capacity improvement; a measure which has been impacted by the economic downturn. Looking back over FY 2010/11, the Department was successful in beginning construction on 307 lane miles of additional roadway to the State Highway System (SHS). It also let to contract 2,522 lane miles of roadway to be resurfaced on the SHS. The Department was successful in beginning construction on 120 bridge repair and 14 bridge replacement projects. By the end of the scal y ear, the Department closed out 451 construction projects with a total dollar value of $2.56 billion and let $1.9 billion in new construction contracts, w hile managing $5.9 billion in contracts currently underway. The Department continues to make signi cant strides in producing projects within their original time and cost. In the area of construction contract adjustments, for the 451 projects completed last year, the Department completed 88.9 percent within 20 percent of their original estimated time (the goal is 80 percent). The Department also completed 87.1 percent within 10 percent of their original cost, just shy of the 90 percent goal. The health of the SHS remains in great shape with nearly 89 percent of lane miles and over 95 percent of bridges rated either excellent or good, both measures exceeding their respective goals. The Department is keeping administrative costs under control, is managing its nances in Rick Scott Governor accordance with statute and has committed 100 percent of its federal highway funds. In addition, the Department requested and received $60 million in redistributed funds from states not able to commit their federal funds. The Toll Revenue Variance continues to meet the objective of less than 5 percent of toll users violating payment provisions, and this is a re ection of continuing enforcement efforts by the Turnpike Enterprise. The Turnpike Enterprise also met the objective of containing toll collection costs as a result of aggressive cost cutting and improvements in violation processing. The Commission is con dent that this performance evaluation process is working well and yielding valid results. As areas of concern are recognized, data is gathered, causes are identi ed and corrective actions are taken by the Department to improve performance on a continuous basis. The end result is that the Department is committed to improving the products and services it provides to the citizens of the State of Florida. Based on this assessment, the Florida Transportation Commission can assure Floridians the Department is managing its operations in an efcient, cost effective, and business-like manner. FDOT’s Overall Performance is Exceptional