April 5, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 13.81 feetLast Year: 12.46 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level EAA reservoir plan sent to Army Corps of Engineers ... Page 2 CHS senior Menta Jones signs to play at CU ... Page 7 Limits called for on aquatic spraying ... Page 2 Community News ... Page 3 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper. THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018VOL. 91 NUMBER 14 50 theclewistonnews.com Crossword Puzzle ... Page 11 By Chris FelkerThe Clewiston News City commissioners in Clewiston have approved Sky Family YMCAs taking over operation of the city Recreation Departments summer camp programs for children ages 5-12. The item had been postponed from the City Commissions meeting March 19 when Commissioner Kristine Petersen asked for a comparison of fees and whether the YMCA camp program was at the same level previ ously provided by the city. After more discussion at their meeting Monday night, April 2, the commissioners approved the move unanimously. Mayor Mali Gardner had stated at the previous meeeting that she thought the Venice-based Sky Valley Ys program would be more affordable and said they provide similar programs in Moore Haven, LaBelle and for Hendry Countys East Rec and West Rec centers. In response to other questions on March 19, Public Works Director Sean Shefer had said the YMCA would provide training and background checks for workers, also han dling payroll, while the programs would take place at the Clewiston Youth Center and use of the citys pool would be available, with city-employed lifeguards. At Mondays meet ing, City Manager Al Perry said, Instead of running two three-week programs, they (the Sky Family Y) will run eight one-week programs, so you can go to all eight, or you can go to the rst one and the fth one ... so you can plan it a little better around your vacation. He said the city would continue all operations of the pool, as normal, and al ready had hired lifeguards for the summer to put them at full staff. Commissioner Petersen, while noting that Good Wheels provides transportation, wondered aloud whether there was any limit on distances it would travel. Mr. Perry said he knew that Good Wheels goes ev erywhere in Hendry County but wasnt sure and would check. Mayor Gardner said: I know they also travel to Moore Haven, and their eld trips, I know for sure that from Moore Haven Sky Valley YMCA will run summer camp programs By Tara IonescuSpecial to The Clewiston News The Hendry County Commission meeting of Tuesday, March 27, started off with the proclamation of the county as a Purple Heart County. Hendry County has a highly decorated veteran population including many Purple Heart recipients. The Hendry County Board encouraged citizens to show their appreciation of the Board proclaims Hendry a Purple Heart County Special to The Clewiston News/Tara IonescuThe Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 696 executive team and the Hendry County commissioners pose with a Purple Heart. By Chris FelkerThe Clewiston News The Clewiston City Commission has rejected all bids received on remodeling the bank branch building it bought on Berner Road for a new city police headquarters, opting instead to re-bid the project yet again. Commissioners learned at their meeting Monday night, April 2, that the state money the Legislature had approved to nance it now is being considered a state capital outlay, making the previous hard-and-fast June 30, 2018, grant deadline moot. The city had advertised for bids in March and they were opened on Thursday, March 29. Two were received, from MJ Simpson Corp. in the amount of $679,395 (total base bid) and from DEC Contracting Group for $1,060,099. City Manager Al Perry reported: DEC has bid every time weve gone out so far. They were the high bidder, at almost $1.1 million. The MJ Simpson Corp., their bid was $679,000. Both these bids currently come in over our budget, what we have, which is unfortunate. One of the contractors was in the room for the opening of the bid, one of the gentlemen from DEC. That was the only person here, and he said the reason for your low turnout, he felt, was because of the time restraints; they had 90 days to complete the work. But since then, the chief (Police Chief Aaron Angell) has found out that the state has lifted our restrictions on time, so ... we can set Time pressure off, Clewiston seeks new P.D. building bidsSee PURPLE Page 4 See CAMP Page 4 See BIDS Page 6
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 5, 2018 By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Plans for the proposed Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir continue to move forward. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has submitted its plan to build the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir for federal approval. If approved, the EAA reservoir will be built as part of the congressionally approved Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP). This change to the CEPP plans was submitted to the assistant secretary of the Army for civ il works on March 26, in accordance with state law. Before it is submitted to Congress for authorization, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi neers must approve the plan and determine that it complies with federal law. Congres sional authorization is necessary to make the project eligible for federal funding. The proposed EAA Storage Reservoir will meet the goals set forth by the Florida Legis lature when it passed Senate Bill 10 in 2017, according to SFWMD ofcals: It will reduce damaging discharges to the northern estuar ies, deliver clean water for Everglades resto ration and achieve water quality standards. After many months of hard work by district staff, this is a momentous day for the future of the Everglades and for all who call South Florida home, said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan OKeefe. This agency has done its job and created a plan that combines sound science with public feedback to achieve the goals and objectives of state law. Its now up to our federal partners to carry the momentum on southern storage. Together with authorized projects, the reservoir plan will send an annual average of approximately 370,000 additional acrefeet of clean water south to the Everglades. The water quality will be required to meet to the nutrient levels set by the Department of Environmental Protection. The plan will also reduce the number of damaging discharge events from Lake Okeechobee to the northern estuaries by 63 percent when used in conjunction with authorized projects, according to SFWMD reports. The additional ows south to the Everglades will be treated in a new 6,500-acre Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) in com Bbination with existing STAs and Flow Equalization Basins (FEBs), such as the A-1 FEB, to achieve state water quality standards. The reservoir will store 240,000 acre-feet of water on the 10,100-acre site comprised of the district-owned A-2 parcel and lands to the west as identied in Senate Bill 10. The net increase in cost over the currently authorized CEPP is $1.1 billion. The total cost of the authorized CEPP, with the addition of the EAA reservoir is $3.17 billion. The reservoir plan was approved by the SFWMD Governing Board on March 8 and submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the Army along with an independent peer review that found the plan to be technically sound. After the project is funded by Congress, it will take about 8 years to complete with three years estimated for engineering and ve years estimated for construction. Some environmental groups initially opposed the EAA reservoir alternative chosen by SFWMD, but following approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, groups including the Everglades Foundation, Audubon Florida, the Snook and Gamesh Foundation, the Everglades Trust, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Society wrote a letter in support of the reservoir plan. The EAA Reservoir is one step closer to becoming a reality, said Julie Wraithmell, Audubon Floridas interim executive director. With a tentatively selected plan in hand that sends needed clean water south, we urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make reviewing this project a top priority. To read the full report or for modeling data and more information on the previously held public meetings, including agendas and presentations, visitsfwmd.gov/eaareservoir. EAA reservoir plan sent to Corps of Engineers A continuing series TRUTH By Katrina ElskenINI Florida At the March 16 meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, Clewiston City Commis sioner Phillip Roland asked the board to step back in time with him as he shared memo ries of Lake Okeechobees past. I am 24 years old and I get out of the service, and thats 1964, he began. Im shing off the end of the reef out in front of Moonshine and I see this green glare on the water, and I dont know what the hell it is. I keep looking at it. So I ride out in my boat and to look at this green stuff, never seen it on the lake. It was the rst time I saw a green algae bloom. Now this is before spraying, but my dad had informed me in 1960 when I went in the service and the Kissimmee was cut in that year, and the Indian Prairie and the Harney Pond, the triple canal system as they call it, that they had just ruined his lake his lake, because he shed it seven times a week. To think back, this is before any spraying was done on the lake. No spraying. When I was 30 years old, there was no spraying done on the lake. And then it starts with a four-boat operation run by the Corps of En gineers. Then, go forward 10 years, and South Florida Water Management has taken over, and its six boats. Six boats, spraying on the lake. Today we have 20 boats, 20 boats spraying almost every day that they can get out that the wind doesnt stop them. A sustained wind of 12 mph, they dont spray. They spray most every day on that lake. This is 20 boats spraying poison on that lake. If you cut a diagonal line across the lake, one part is sand, the other part is basically muck. The sand that I can sh and I guided the rst time when I was 13 years old but all up the shoal was sand. Today you sh the sand, you dont see sand. There is a black silt on that sand. You dont see sand. You get back up in shallows, back in the Monkey Box, back off Harney Pond; in there, you can see bottom, but its not sand. There is something else on that sand. Today, we have lost our shery around Clewiston, theres no shery, he said. I went with a biologist the other day because I had raised the devil with the girl who is in charge of the spraying on the lake, he continued. Her boss came down. We went out on the lake, he said. We went to an area called Coot Bay. I almost cried. It was solid mud bottom, oating tussocks of mud. I did get them to agree to cut the old trails that will help ush the bottom of the lake, but I am telling you the spraying that is going on the lake, he said. The spraying is destroying the habitat for the sheries, he said. Commissioner Roland asked the coalition to support the resolution to limit spraying of non-native aquatic. That resolution we adopted is asking them to spray three months out of the year, and not spray nine months out of the year, said Mr. Roland. Nine months out of the year, you have bedding sh, whether its bass, specks, brim or shellcracker. Mr. Roland asked the members of the coalition to take the resolution back to their counties and for discussion. He also asked the 16-county coalition to consider adoption of the resolution at a future meeting. Limits called for on aquatic spraying Special to INI Florida/ SFWMDThese volumes comprise the Central Everglades Planning Project Post Au thorization Change Report submitted today by SFWMD to the U.S. assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, seeking federal authorization to build the Everglades Agricultural Area Stor age Reservoir.
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To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of Lets talk: Prescribed cane burning and our healthThe outside-generated conict surrounding prescribed cane burnings in Florida continues. Does it and will it affect my health or the health of my loved ones? What can I do? These are questions we should be asking regarding many substances and/or activities within our homes and communities. Because of the continued agitation and allegations from the Sierra Club; I decided to do some research. I talked with a Florida pulmonologist (lung specialists), a Florida air quality expert, The American Lung Asso ciation, and other physicians. I want to share what I discovered. Up front, I want you to know that I have asthma. So, for transparency sake, I wanted to share that I do have a very personal interest. I also want to share that I worked in Hendry and Glades counties for 25-plus years at the Department of Health and was the health ofcer for many years, without a personal health episode. I traveled all over these counties in all weather conditions, including during cane harvest season and prescribed natural area/forestry burns. Having both private and public experience helped me better understand that as far as Floridas air quality, to be a health threat, one must experience the following three factors: Exposure coming in direct contact with the VOC (volatile organic compounds) Duration the health threat increases with duration of exposure Concentration higher concentration, higher threat If any/all of these are reduced; the threat is reduced. The most important of these is exposure. Without exposure, there is no health threat. So, when prescribed burning is done on days that maximize smoke rising well into the air (off the ground), exposure is minimized. Some studies have stated that The VOC level in Belle Glade were 15 times higher during harvest season than during the growth season. It sounds devastating and it scares folks, however, the concentration level is insignicant. There is no health threat. There is a dilution factor often overlooked when smoke leaves its source and rises into the air. Smoke (and VOC) concentration in 1 square mile of air 20 feet off the ground would be diluted by 558 million cubic feet of air. Smoke rising to 4,000 feet off the ground would be diluted even further. This is important for all of us to know and at least basically understand. I did NOT go as deep as the expert did; but general knowledge for us is of great value. It means when we see smoke rising into the air from a prescribed pre-harvest cane eld burn, it is no threat to us because we are not being exposed to it. Another measure of air quality is particulates or small particles in the air. The independent and credible Robert Wood Johnson and University of Wisconsins Annual Report on County Health Rankings states Hendry and Glades Air particulate matter is lower than the State of Florida average. This is great for our rural areas. We do have challenges with lung issues and smoking, however. Now, lets continue talking about our health. No burning causes disease without the three factors above. The No. 1 risk to those with any type of respiratory or cardiac illnesses, children and elderly is cigarette smoking. When done in the home, there is exposure, duration and concentration. Second hand smoke is a risk for children to develop respiratory illnesses. It will also cause respiratory symptoms to someone living in the home with illness. It may also cause the person to use or potentially over use prescribed puffers to control symptoms. The State of Florida received large dollars from the tobacco settlement to offer and assist smokers and chewing tobacco persons cessation programs. Weve all seen the anti-smoking ads that demonstrate the scope and consequences of the tobacco problem. We contacted Hendry and Glades county healthcare providers and HRMC (Hendry Regional Medical Center) Emergency Room and Urgent Care Center to see if there were an increase in respiratory or cardiac visits during the prescribed burning seasonRESULTS: There was not an increase in visits of cardiac or respiratory problems during the harvest season. The literature also speaks loudly to forest res or wood burning dangers The Florida Forest Service also does prescribed burning. When one has been diagnosed with a re spiratory illness, cardiac condition, has chil dren, has allergies, asthma, etc., the health care provider is prudent if he or she comes up with an action plan during these times. From a Google search of recommenda tions: If there is a forest re, or if YOU ever have concerns or symptoms for ANY reason (always document what was happening so it can be shared with your health provider, but if symptoms are severe, call 911): Stay indoors. Windows shut with air conditioning on; make sure lter is clean and it is using recy cled indoor air. Make sure air lters in the home are clean and changed (monthly). Do not smoke or let anyone smoke in the home. Do not use candles, replaces, gas logs, gas stoves. Dont vacuum, it stirs up particles already in the home that may come inside on feet or open windows. If no air conditioning, go to someones home that does have it. If you have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. Dust masks are not enough. A well tted N-95 or P-100 respirator (mask) will help if used properly. Scarves and bandannas (wet or dry) will not help. If driving, make sure air is recirculating inside, NOT bringing in outside air. Some people can not have windows open at all, because of substances, ie pollen, etc. that can enter the home. This is a discus sion with your healthcare provider. We all want to be healthy and want our families to be healthy. There are safe ty measures that can be taken to maintain a healthy environment in our home so we dont display symptoms from any cause. It is also helpful to look to credible experts in the eld to help us understand what presents a health threat and what does not. Pre scribed burning is a responsible way Forest ry and area farmers maintain a healthy envi ronment for the environment, their workers, and our communities. Get good health in formation and use it. Patricia K. Dobbins PKD Consulting Letter to the Editor Free HIV testing April 10April 10 is tagged as National Youth HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). People 1324 years old account for about 22 percent of the new HIV infections in the U.S.A.; 51 percent of those dont know that they are infected and are least likely to be in care if infected. The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County, 1100 Olympia St. in Clewiston, will offer free HIV testing for anyone on Tuesday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Stop HIV. Know your status. Get tested.Holocaust programA Holocaust survivors program will be held at the Clewiston Library, 120 W. Osceola Ave., on Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Bring the family to hear rsthand accounts from a Holocaust survivor. Refreshments will be provided. No registration is needed. Provided by the Holocaust Museum of SouthWest Florida. Coloring for adults at libraryCoffee & Coloring for Adults will be available at the Clewiston library, 120 W. Osceola Ave. in Clewiiston, on Tuesday, April 10 and 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. Supplies will be pro vided. Relax as you color your stress away while listening to calming music and enjoying coffee and donuts!Swing into Spring benetThe public is invited to the Swing Into Spring event to benet the United Way of Hendry and Glades Counties on Saturday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the RiverBend Motorcoach Resort, 5800 State Road 80 W. in LaBelle. This event features a prime rib dinner, entertainment, live and silent auc tions. For reservations or information call Lisa at 239-433-7559.Audubon presents speakerOn Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m., Nancy Lafram boise, a licensed bird bander, will present Bird Banding 101 and Painted Bunting Research at the Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension, 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle. For information about Hendry-Glades Audubon or STA 5/6 Bird Trips contact Butch Wilson at 863-983-2870 or Margaret England at 863-517-0202 or visit www.hendrygladesaudubon.org or Facebook at Hendry-Glades Audubon. Community News
4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 5, 2018 By Chris FelkerThe Clewiston News Hendry County commissioners got a brief overview last week on public informational meetings that county staff conducted March 19-22 at three locations regarding the land use study thats in progress for areas around the future Airglades International Airport. What brought up the topic was the county boards consideration last Tuesday, March 27, of an amendment to its noise ordinance that would exempt activities at the Airglades and LaBelle airports. The commissioners voted to table action until April 24 because they thought it unwise to enact a blanket ex emption. During that discussion, County Administrator Charles Chapman was explaining that under the proposal, an airport activity would never violate the noise ordinance. Hendry County Commissioner Michael Swindle asked Margaret Emblidge, the di rector of planning and community devel opment who was explaining the measure, And you have the contours of where those areas are around the airports ... that show where that noise level would be? You may want to follow up on the discussion that co incides with the hearings youve been hav ing, how that all ties together. Those public meetings had been conducted the evenings of March 19, 20 and 22 at three Clewiston venues, giving an overview of the planned expansion of Airglades and providing residents an opportunity to give input. The countys land use study is being coordinated with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) under a Competitive Florida Partnership Technical Assistance Grant. Ms. Emblidge said: We ... were conducting a land-use study for the properties that are around the Airglades Airport, getting ahead of the curve to determine what uses would be appropriate in what locations, looking at the compatibility primarily looking at the fact that residential, for example, wouldnt be compatible right next to the airport. But those noise contours that youre referring to do dene the areas where we would be looking at limiting various uses. Those contours specically are from (the Federal Aviation Administration), and FAA has specic restrictions. She explained that the county staff was to send its rst report to DEO last Friday, with an assessment of the nearby properties and summaries of the three community outreach meetings, one with the property owners and the others geared toward nearby residents. Commissioner Karson Turner asked, Those hearings spoke specically to noise control, that theres buffering thats in place, and now were going to reverse that? Not at all, sir, said Ms. Emblidge. Mr. Chapman jumped in to clarify: Weve got the noise ordinance and weve got the airport zoning ordinance. Those are two separate and distinct things. He went on to explain that their agenda item that night was only the noise ordinance. The two, somewhat, interrelate to each other, said Commissioner Swindle. A good example is that one of the businesses wants to do jet engine testing, and they want to be able to do it and not worry about the folks around there complaining. Chairman Mitchell Wills said, Weve got to be careful with this noise ordinance stuff. We need to make sure that were staying consistent. The noise ordinance change was then delayed, but Ms. Emblidge described for the board the next steps in the planning process for properties near the Airglades site, which is along U.S. 27/State Road 80 a few miles west of Clewiston: We will be bringing to the board two land-use alternatives for the area around the airport. And then staff will be looking for direction on which way we want to go, as in ... types of future land-use map amendments we might want to look at, or creating an overlay for the area so we arent necessarily changing the land use or the zonings on the properties that are in that area but we are affording them an overlay. She explained that the latter measure would be somewhat like the west Hendry planning overlay thats in the northwest area of the county, and somewhat like the sec tor plans that we have, with the Duda sector plan and the southwest Hendry County sec tor plan, where you have basically an over lay of uses that (developers) can pursue but theyd still have to come in to us for a zoning process for us to be able to review and en sure that theyre appropriate land uses and theres appropriate infrastructure for those land uses. The Hendry County Board last month approved the eventual sale of the county airport property to Airglades International Airport LLC, a partnership of Florida Cargo Fresh and SugarHill. The group spearheaded by aviation industry leader Fred Ford is very close to receiving nal FAA approval to turn Airglades into a major new international shipping hub. It would be the rst airport in the United States, he says, where the FAA ap proved a conversion from public to private ownership. Hendry zeroing in on future land uses near airport sacrices that Purple Heart recipients have made, and recognized and honored the combat-wounded veterans residing here. Commander Jack Wagner and the executive team of The Military Order of the Purple Heart of Chapter 696 were in attendance to receive this dedication. Chapter 696 encom passes all of Lee, Hendry and Collier coun ties. Also during the meeting, former Hendry County Commissioner Donald Allen Davis was remembered and honored. He passed away March 22, 2018, in Lehigh Acres. The Hendry County Board proclaimed that, an nually, May 25 will be known as Commis sioner Don Davis Day as a celebration of his life. First thing on the agenda was the problem of code enforcement cases and existing liens, and commissioners reviewed a PowerPoint report submitted by Margaret Emblidge, director of planning and community development. From 2011 through 2018, she said, there have been a total of 297 liens on 124 properties, with the amounts varying from $280 to $6,660, totaling $114,930. The main problem with these liens is enforcing them, she says. At the moment there are three code enforcement ofcers for about 40,000 people. The county does not have the manpower to enforce these rules, which leads to neglect of properties, which in turn affects the aesthetic value of whole neighborhoods, the report showed. Commissioners discussed how to enforce community pride and to move communities in an upward and progressive fashion. County Administrator Charles Chapman asked the board to review the report and get back to him on how members wished to proceed. By the way, we are proactive and reactive on these cases, Ms. Emblidge said. She also presented an amendment to the Hendry County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1-14.5, on noise control, for consideration, specically to provide exceptions to the noise restrictions for the Airglades and LaBelle airports, local railroads and sugarcane farming activities. What were proposing today is revisions that would basically exempt the activities that are within both the Airglades Airport and the LaBelle Airport, as well as stating that the railroad operations and such would be exempt. Some of this is given, but its better to have it on paper for the sheriff to be able to enforce this. The other item was specically for exempting sugarcane activities because thats such a mainstay with our economy, Ms. Emblidge said. She noted that it was a public hearing, but no one asked to speak. After Commissioner Michael Swindle made a motion seconded by Commissioner Emma Byrd to approve the changes, Commissioner Karson Turner asked, So the recommendation is to completely exempt air port activities from having any noise control whatsoever? Ms. Emblidge replied, Yes. Its the industrial and aeronautical activities that are located within the properties of the airports. There followed a long discussion during which the commissioners expressed con cern about land uses that might come after the airport expansion and potential noise from those that might be greater than that of jets taking off or landing. Ms. Emblidge and Administrator Chap man said that from what they were hearing, the noise control exemptions needed to be changed or limited, and he suggested that the board continue the public hearing. The conclusion was that most commis sioners did not feel the county should act to allow a full exemption of the noise control on both airports at present, so Mr. Turner made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Swindle, to continue the public hearing on this ordinance to April 24. PURPLEContinued From Page 1 theyve gone over to Fort Myers. I think one of the good things about the YMCA program is that they are afliated with the United Way ... that public-private resource that we do not have access to. To me, it is a structured pro gram from what I can see. Hopefully with it being one-week sessions, they can increase enrollment, which has been declining over the past several years. She asked the city nance chief to speak about whether the new arrangement would save the city money. It does take up our staff time when we are reconciling registrations, Finance Director Shari Howell said. I dont really see any huge cost savings ... but it looks like its going to be the same kind of program and, basically, we will just not have to deal with the day-to-day (stuff) ... or payroll. Commissioner Julio Rodriguez then said, Mayor, I think we should try it. She asked, Is that a motion? and he said yes. It passed after a few more questions were raised and then answered by Mr. Perry, and with no further comments by commissioners or any opposition. In other actions, the commission declared April as Water Conservation Month and also Donate Life Month to encourage residents both to try to conserve water during this usually particularly dry month and to sign up on the organ and tissue donor registry when renewing their Florida drivers license or through the website DonateLifeFlorida.org. Later in the meeting, commissioners also heard from Libby Pigman, the South Florida Water Management Districts regional representative who works in the Okeechobee County ofce. Ive been doing Leadership Hendry this year so Im getting to know the community a whole lot better, but Im here tonight because April is Water Conservation Month and I saw on your consent agenda that you passed a proclamation ... and I appreciate that. I wanted to just bring to everybodys attention that we do have year-round watering rules in place throughout the district. The rules for Hendry County are if you live at an address that ends in an odd number, your watering days are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; if its an even number, its Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. And there is no water ing during the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mayor Gardner welcomed her and said, Im glad youre part of Hendry/Glades Leadership; its a great program. Ms. Pig man answered, Ive enjoyed it. Last week I went on a spring regulatory tour with the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, and we went to Duda, to U.S. Sugar, to South ern Gardens, so Ive really got to see a lot of Hendry County. 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April 5, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Easter: Not over never over, after all!The Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Depends on how you look at it. Either answer is a possibility but is one choice better than the other? Yes! The Easter story is the reason for hope and af rmation of our reasons to believe. I share with persons whom I encounter those reasons for hope and the reasons for optimism. One of my favorite stories is about a swimmer who attempted to swim the English Channel, a distance of 17 miles. After swimming 15 miles, the swimmer decided it was just too far and turned around to swim back. Half-empty when it so easily could have been half-full! During my academic experiences, many who were working on doctoral degrees had all of the requirements nished except for their dissertations, They were known as the ABDs and many never nished. Unlike undergraduate programs, credits expire after a given number of years in graduate degree programs. Ive met people who would tell me theyre working on nishing but began to have credits expire; never nishing because the requirements kept rising and rising when they did not meet deadlines. The Easter story is about people who were at rst disappointed, over-whelmed, persecuted, and then something happened. The disciples and followers found out that it was all true. They had seen Jesus. On the Easter sabbath, Matthew tells us (chapter 28:1ff) that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. It was guarded but an earthquake moved the stone and the guards were afraid (v. 4). There was an angel who told the women Do not be afraid (v. 5) I know that you seek Jesus who was cruci ed. He is not here, for He has risen. The cup is half-full after all. The reason for hope and the af rmation of what they were led to believe has taken place. A call for action followed. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; there you will see Him. Lo, I have told you (v. 7). When something good happens, we are called to share, to act, to respond. The fear that overwhelmed them was now accompanied with great joy (v. 8) and their call to action was to share their good news, meeting with His disciples. Jesus meets them and tells them Himself Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee and there they will see me (v. 10). Now, doubts and pessimism, negativity and despair have been overcome. Some of Jesus enemies made efforts to explain away what had happened; their response was to Tell people His disciples came and stole Him away while we were asleep (v. 13). Those who believed, though saw a risen Lord and not a dead body! Jesus spoke, gave His great commission to those who followed: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. When something good happens we are called to respond; share our good news, help others nd what we have found, live a different and better life, act on the blessings we receive. Jesus called His followers to act, but with a promise too; I am with you always, to the close of the age(v.20). We can now have Jesus with us, Hes only a prayer away, Hes still with us when we ask WWJD?, Hes with us when we look to Him in dif cult moments, Hes with us whenever we need Him. The glass is no longer half-empty or halffull; its over owing with the living waters in baptism and life. He has risen, the Lord has risen indeed! Re ections from the Pulpit Freda Margaret Teaster HerrmannMarch 9, 1938 April 3, 2018 CLEWISTON Freda peacefully separated from this life on an ear ly Spring morning and is now asleep in Christ. A smoky mountain girl at heart, she was always ready to share with pride where she was from and passed those memories and ancestry on to her fam ily through the tradition of story-tellin. Many of those stories included her experiences working at the Parkway Market in Gatlinburg, and of the life in Elkmont where she lived and worked as a caretaker for Mrs. Townsend, as well as her earlier memories as a child spent in the mountains, and long as she could she went back home to East Tennessee to visit kin and share in homecomings and Decoration Day. Even though her heart was big for Tennessee she spent the majority of her years here in Florida making it her permanent residence. She was previously employed by the Handy store in Moore Haven and went on to work for Hendry General (Regional) Hospital in Clewiston in the business ofce including holding the position of business manager for a duration. Freda was predeceased by her mother, Josie Ownby Teaster; her father, Clifford C. Teaster; her brother, Clifford C. Teaster; her brother, Clyde V. Teaster; and sister, Verl Morrison. She is survived by her son, Gary L. Moore (Linda) of Clewiston; granddaughter, Wendy Walker (Robert, Jr.) of Deland; grandson, Gary Leon Moore (Kendall); and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Dylan of Clarksville, Tenn. Freda is also survived by her brothers, Von Teaster (Etheleen), and Rex Teaster (Jean) of Seiverville, Tenn. She will be laid to rest at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clewiston, after a funeral at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Troy Ezell ofciating. Visitation will be one hour before the service held at the funeral home. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. Special to INI Florida MIAMI Since amingos were hunted to extinction by 1900, American amingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) seen in Florida since that time were a conundrum. Should they be considered native species returning to their historic range from breeding populations elsewhere? Are they escapees from captive populations? A group of researchers that includes top scientists from Audubon Floridas Everglades Science Center put that question to rest in a paper published in February by the American Ornithological Society. Modern searches and analysis by researchers strongly indicate that amingos seen today in Florida should be considered a naturally occurring, native species to Florida. Long heralded as an icon of the Sunshine State, American amingos seen in recent decades once were thought by many researchers to be simply escaped captive birds. The new study argues that they are pioneers recolonizing their historic range and should be considered part of Floridas native fauna. The research group analyzed historical evidence of American amingos in Florida from narrative accounts and museum records and contrasted that information to sightings of the pink bird. They concluded that American amingos once occurred naturally in large ocks in Florida prior to being extirpated by hunting in 1900. Observations since 1950 add up to 500 observations of amingos in Florida with an increase in frequency and ock size over time. The overwhelming record of evidence support our conclusions that amingos are part of our native fauna, said Dr. Jerry Lorenz, state director of research for Audubon Florida. The good news is that many habitats we believe critical to the success of the species are already protected. Everglades National Park along with southern Floridas complex of national wildlife refuges are the primary areas that supported amingos in the past. Continuing restoration efforts in Americas Everglades to get the water right for all of Floridas iconic wading birds will also translate into a bright future for the American amingo in Florida. The special partnership between state and federal agencies to restore Americas Everglades is the key to the future of the hundreds of wading birds that depend on this ecosystem. Now it is also the key for the recovery of Floridas long-lost icon, the American amingo. Dr. Lorenz, encouraged by the new ndings, said: State and federal agencies have worked in tandem for years to protect vital coastal wetlands and restore Americas Everglades. The ndings of this study should help convince policymakers to advance restoration efforts to rehydrate Everglades National Park and Florida Bay and properly fund the management of our national wildlife refuges. Wouldnt it be a great economic boon to have amingos be a common sight in the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park like they were prior to 1900?! The study was conducted by Stephen Whitman and Frank Ridgley from Zoo Miami, Dr. Jerry Lorenz and Pete Frezza from Audubon Floridas Everglades Science Center, Anne Maduro from Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Judd Patterson from the National Park Service and Antonio Pernas from Big Cypress National Preserve. Researchers nd American amingos are native to Florida Special to INI Florida/Audubon SocietyFlamingos seen are pioneers recolonizing their historic range and should be considered part of Floridas native fauna, according to Florida Audubon researchers.
6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 5, 2018 117 S. BOND ST, CLEWISTON FL 33440 | 863-983-8166 | Fri sat 9AM 6PM 5 % 10 % 15 % 20 % 25 % it for six months, whatever we feel is com fortable, so our recommendation tonight is going to be to reject all bids and go back and see if we can get a better turnout. Mr. Perry said that redoing the buildings roof was included in the base bid this time but that staff wants to make it the rst alter nate and see what we can get in as new bids are sought. Mr. Perry said the con icting roof prices in the bids were over $100,000 apart between the two: one was $200,000-plus and one was about $58,000. Commissioner Kristine Petersen asked whether Chief Angell had anything in writing from the state guaranteeing the extra time for completion. The chief said hed talked with state bureaucrats and that theyve as sured me ... thats because its now in the category of a xed capital outlay, there is the possibility to go back ... and let the governor know we need that extension. He said he was told there would be no reason why it would not be granted and that the action was specically taken to ensure that the city had enough time to get the project complete. To me the bottom line is that we have a set amount ... for this project, and these bids are over budget and we dont have the funds to award (the contract), said Mayor Mali Gardner. She added that the details would have to be worked out because I see that we have a tenant in the room right now who she was sure would have questions. Seacoast Bank, which formerly owned the building, now is leasing some space from the city and had been scheduled to vacate the building quite soon, under the old timeline. The city manager conrmed the mayor was correct. Chief Angell said he would need to apply to the governors ofce for the extension around late April or early May, which should be right about the time that new bids are opened so we can give them an estimated completion date. In the meantime, the project may be tweaked a bit more. City Commissioner Julio Rodriguez expressed concerns. I know that the roof seems to be a big ticket, but I dont want to get away from it, I want to make sure that itll be an alternate in there to see if we can get more of a fair price. We thought it was going to be in the $100,000 range and it came in over $200,000. Commissioner Phillip Roland said, Well, $58,000 is probably a pretty good price. Mr. Parker responded, Talking to Commissioner Atkinson (Michael Atkinson, whos a roofer), he thought $60,000 to $70,000 or in there was a good range (for this job). Mr. Atkinson said, Were doing roofs or $400 and $500 a square (foot). That ones about 65 square (65,000 square feet) ... so the numbers dont ... its crazy. Theres just no way. Mr. Rodriguez summed up: Now that weve got a picture of how much its going to be to remodel, Al, Id ask for you and the chief and the architect to get together and see if maybe theres some things in there that we can tweak, because we know that the budget, the numbers are going to be tight. There may be some things that we can do without right now so we can go ahead and start operating in that building. In other actions, the commission: Appointed Janet E. Way, a retired teacher, to a vacancy on the seven-member Clew iston Library Advisory Board. She will serve a seveny-year term to ll the seat left by the resignation of Beverly Dierks. OKd an event application from David King of Fort Pierce for the Chow Down Food Trucks event April 26 at Sugar Fest Field. The gathering will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on that Thursday night, where there will be eight to 12 food trucks and possibly live music and a bounce house as well. BIDSContinued From Page 1 Special to The Clewiston News A Moore Haven man died from injuries sustained in an April 1 crash. A Florida Highway Patrol news release stated that at approximately 10 p.m., a 2008 Honda GoldWing motorcycle operated by Walter Lewis, 71, of Moore Haven was traveling westbound on U.S. 27 just east of State Road 80 in Hendry County. As the motorcycle entered the right curve, it went off the road into the south grass median, and then overturned, projecting Mr. Lewis from the motorcycle. The motorcycle came to a nal rest in the grass median. It was reported that Mr. Lewis died from injuries sustained in the crash. He had not been wearing a helmet. The accident was investigated by Corpo ral Rhian Sutherland, crash investigator and homicide investigator. Motorcycle crash kills Moore Haven man Free HIV testing April 10April 10 is tagged as National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). People 13-24 years old account for about 22 percent of the new HIV infections in the USA and 51 percent of those dont know that they are infected and are least likely to be in care if infected. The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County, 1100 Olympia St. in Clewiston, will offer free HIV testing for anyone on Tuesday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Stop HIV. Know your status. Get tested.
April 5, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 By Richard MarionClewiston News Clewiston High School senior Menta Jones has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Concord University Wildcats in West Virgina. Jones joined the Tigers football team as a freshman during their 2014 season. Clew iston coach Brad Garret saw promise in the young player almost immediately. When he showed up he was young and a little undersized, said Garret. But after that rst day of fall camp we all knew he was go ing to be playing varsity football. That 2014 team was just loaded all across the board, so we used him wherever we could nd a spot. He played a little at running back, as a pass rusher, and he played safety for us. Clewiston went undefeated during their regular season in 2014, losing in the second round of the playoffs to Cocoa Beach. During his sophomore year in 2015 Jones became the starter at running back, rushing for close to 1000 yards that season. He is just one of those guys that you can put him anywhere and hell pick up on it quick, explained Garret. He played safety and corner for us and no matter who we were playing wed put him on their best athlete. Hes a player that you have to nd ways to get the football. Anytime it was fourth down and we needed it, I would just give him the ball. Without a doubt hes a clutch player. Jones proved his ability to come through in the clutch during his last game with Clewiston, a homecoming game against longtime rival Okeechobee. Down with only a minute remaining in the game. Jones was in the slot position at wide receiver. As quarterback and fellow senior Alquonne Brown took the snap from the center, Jones used his speed to split the Okeechobee safeties down the middle of the eld. Brown was then able to hit Jones in stride for the late touchdown. Late in that Okeechobee game I talked to Menta on the sidelines, Garret said, and I told him that we needed a play. Almost immediately he told me that hed go out there and split those safeties. I didnt really think he could because those guys were playing so far back. But sure enough he split them right up the middle and brought us back into that game. Jones joins a division II school in Concord who are in desperate need of a clutch player, as the Wildcats went 2-9 during their 2017 season. Ive been around Menta for four years, said Garret, and hes one of those ones that just grow on you. Seeing him walk during senior night was denitely a reality check. I know Im going to miss him as a football player, but more importantly Im going to miss the type of kid he was. I think hes left more of an impact on us as coaches and people then we could have ever left on him. CHS senior Menta Jones signs to play at CU Special to the Clewiston News Clewiston High School senior Menta Jones stands shortly after signing his letter of intent to attend and play foot ball at Concord University. Special to The Clewiston News LABELLE -Firehouse Theatre, Inc. (FCT) announces their Summer Youth Program! Young actors in the community will have an opportunity to showcase their acting skills this summer! Kristen Geene, will be the di rector for ages 10 to 16. The play title will be announced at a later date. Video auditions are due by April 20. Interested youth actors must have a memorized monologue and a 30 second vocal clip. Email auditions to email@example.com Non-mandatory readings will be held in May, but the times and additional information will be announced in April. Rehearsals will be held June 4 through June 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch break from noon 1 p.m. (pack your own lunch). There will be a new youth program, co directed by Kylie Bancroft and Valarie Shough, for ages 5 to 10. Details and information for this production will be announced at a later date. Theatre holds auditions for youths Hendry Regional Medical Center Welcomes Lisa Marra, MSN, ARNP-C, a family nurse practitioner! Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center 450 South Main Street, LaBelle. To schedule an appointment call 863-675-2356.
8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 5, 2018 NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY HENDRY COUNTY STATE HOUSING INITIATIVES PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) PROGRAMHendry County hereby announces that funds for Housing Assistance are available from the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program. Fund ing for fiscal year 2016/2017 through fiscal year 2017/18 have been allocated from SHIP. Funds will be made available for first-time homebuyers assistance. Hendry County will be hosting two homeowner orientations to explain the program details and answer questions applicants may have. The first home owner orientation will be conducted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Hendry County Extension Office, located at 1085 Pratt Boulevard, LaBelle, FL 33975. The second homeowner orientation will be conducted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Hendry County Annex Offices, Janet B. Taylor Auditorium, 1100 S. Olympia Street, Clewiston, FL 33440. Individual applications for down payment assistance will be available begin ning on Friday, April 27, 2018 through Friday, May 25, 2018 or until funds are expended. The applications will be available on the Hendry County website and at the Hendry County Housing Department locations at 133 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida and 1100 S. Olympia Street Clewiston, Florida. Contact the Hendry County Housing at 863-675-5297 or Sabrina.Gadson@hendryfla. net for more information. The program does not reimburse for homes that has already been purchased. The application period is for thirty (30) days, beginning Friday, April 27, 2018 or until all funds have been expended. Applications will be available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All applications must be received by the Housing Department, 133 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018. Pick up/drop off time for the Clewiston office is as follows: Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Thurs day and Friday. Pick up/drop off times for the Labelle office is as follows: Monday through Wednesday 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Thursday and Friday 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. All SHIP assistance recipients must agree to comply with all SHIP Program criteria and requirements as set forth in Chapter 67-37, Florida Administrative Code and are frequently modified and amended. The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to close any program application period by Board resolution. Hendry County SHIP programs do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, disability, age or any other protected classes. HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS A FAIR HOUSING, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, AND DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE JURISDICTION485015 CN/CB 3/22,29;4/5,12,19/2018 Hendry County Clerk of Court is seeking applications for Staff Accountant Staff Accountant job duties: Maintains and balances an automated consolidation system by imputing data, scheduling required jobs, verifying data Analyzes information and options by developing spreadsheet reports, verifying information Prepares general ledger entries by maintaining records and files, reconciling accounts Prepares payments by accruing expenses, assigning account numbers, requesting disbursements, reconciling accounts Answers accounting and financial questions by researching and interpreting data Protects organizations value by keeping information confidential Accomplishes accounting and organization mission by completing related results as needed Requires a BS Degree in Accounting or 5 years of ac counting experience. Please send resumes to: Clerk of Court, PO Box 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975, Attention: Finance Director Public Notice Public Notice CITY OF SOUTH BAY Advertisement for Invitation To Bid Modernization of Parks and Recreational Facilities Bids for Modernization of Parks and Recreational Facilities must be submitted to the City of South Bay at the Office of the City Clerk, 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South Bay, Florida 33493, by Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM and opened immediately thereafter. Any bids received after the designated closing time will be returned unopened. The purpose of this Invitation To Bid is to seek service of a qualified, licensed professional contractor to provide construction services to the City of South Bay for the for Modernization of Parks and Recreational Facilities. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Commission Chambers 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South Bay, FL 33493. An original and five (5) copies of the bid, a total of six (6), plus 1 copy of the bid on CD in PDF format must be submitted in sealed envelopes/packages addressed to Jessica Figueroa, City Clerk, City of South Bay, Florida, and marked Modernization of Parks and Recreational Facilities. Proposers desiring information for use in preparing bids may obtain from the Clerks Office, 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South Bay, Florida 33493, Telephone (561) 9966751 or copies of the ITB NO: 2018 03; requirements may also be obtained by visiting the Citys website at www.southbaycity.com, The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive any technicalities or irregularities therein. Contract award shall be made to the lowest, responsive, responsible bidder. Proposers may not withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days from the date set for the opening thereof. Funding for this project is provided through Palm Beach Countys Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability with funds provided by the U. S. Depart ment of Housing & Urban Development. This project requires compliance with the Davis-Bacon and Related Act whereby all laborers and mechanics are required to receive the prevailing wage rates as contained in the bid documents. All MBEs, WBEs, SBEs and Section 3 businesses are encouraged to participate in the project. Jessica Figueroa, City Clerk 253148 CGS 4/5/2018 R oo ng R oo ng Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF WORKSHOP OF THE CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of the Central County Water Control District will hold a workshop on 475 S. 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April 5, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 INVITATION TO BID HENDRY COUNTY HOUSING REHABILATION PROGRAM, Rehabilitation of Seven (7) Homes BID No. 2018-11Hendry County invites interested contractors to submit bids to furnish all labor and materials to rehabilitate seven single family homes for its State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Housing Rehabilitation Program. Home locations below: 1125 Carolina Ave. Clewiston, FL (Johnson) 718 Florida Ave. Clewiston, FL (Coleman) 1134 Florida Ave. Clewiston, FL (Warren) 716 Georgia Ave. Clewiston, FL (Williams) 515 W Obispo Ave. Clewiston, FL (Summers) 1113 Kentucky Ave. Clewiston, FL (Watson-Small)-Rebid 4020 W Palomar Cir. LaBelle, FL (J. Scott)-Rebid Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, for Hendry County Housing Rehabilitation Program, Rehabil itation of Seven (7) Homes, BID No. 2018-11. In order to be considered, bids must be received by the Board of County Commissioners, c/o the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Attn: Barbara Butler, at the C.E. Hall Building, Room A-226, Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by April 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal requirements. A copy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained online at www. hendryfla.net under the Public Information tab, or from the Hendry County Housing Department, located at 133 North Bridge St., LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), or by calling (863) 675-5297. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held on April 12, 2018 at 11:00am at the Hendry County Housing Office Parking Lot located at 133 N Bridge St. Labelle, FL 33935. This meeting will be followed by a Mandatory WalkThrough of each location. 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Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto com Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 252595 CN 4/6/2018 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice AVISO DE ELECCIONES GENERALES Yo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la Florida, por el presente notifico que se llevarn a cabo ELECCIONES GENERALES en el Condado de GLADES, Estado de la Florida, el da SEIS de NOVIEM BRE de 2018 d. C., para determinar la ocupacin o la retencin de los siguientes cargos: Senador de los Estados Unidos Representante ante el Congreso: distrito 17 Gabinete de la Florida Gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Vicegobernador Gabinete de la Florida Procurador General Gabinete de la Florida Funcionario Principal de Finanzas Gabinete de la Florida Comisionado de Agricultura Procurador del Estado: 20. Circuito Judicial Defensor Pblico: 20. Circuito Judicial Senador Estatal: distrito 26 Representante Estatal: distrito 55 Juez del Circuito, 20. Circuito Judicial: grupos 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 14, 17, 18, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 y 31 Distrito de Desarrollo Comunitario de Port LaBelle: escaos 1, 3 y 5 Juez del Condado: grupo 1 Junta Escolar: distritos 1, 4 y 5 Comisionado del Condado: distritos 2 y 4 Distrito de Conservacin de Tierra y Agua de Glades: grupos 2 y 5 Distrito de Control de Mosquitos de Moore Haven: escaos 1 y 2 484851 GCD 4/5,26/2018 NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTIONI, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in GLADES County, State of Florida, on the SIXTH Day of NOVEMBER, 2018, A.D., to fill or retain the following offices:United States Senator Representative in Congress: District 17 Florida Cabinet Governor Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor Florida Cabinet Attorney General Florida Cabinet Chief Financial Officer Florida Cabinet Commissioner of Agriculture State Attorney: Judicial Circuit 20 Public Defender: Judicial Circuit 20 State Senator: District 26 State Representative: District 55 Circuit Judge, Twentieth Judicial Circuit: Groups 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 14, 17, 18, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 Port LaBelle Community Development District: Seats 1, 3 and 5 County Judge: Group 1 School Board: Districts 1, 4 and 5 County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4 Glades Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 2 and 5 Moore Haven Mosquito Control District: Seats 1 and 2484850 GCD 4/5,26/2018 AVISO DE ELECCIONES GENERALESYo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la Florida, por el presente notifico que se llevarn a cabo ELECCIONES GENERALES en el Condado de HENDRY, Estado de la Florida, el da SEIS de NOVIEMBRE de 2018 d. C., para determinar la ocupacin o la retencin de los siguientes cargos: Senador de los Estados Unidos Representante ante el Congreso: distritos 25 Gabinete de la Florida Gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Vicegobernador Gabinete de la Florida Procurador General Gabinete de la Florida Funcionario Principal de Finanzas Gabinete de la Florida Comisionado de Agricultura Procurador del Estado: 20. Circuito Judicial Defensor Pblico: 20. Circuito Judicial Senador estatal: distrito 28 Representante Estatal: distrito 80 Juez del Circuito, 20. Circuito Judicial: grupos 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 14, 17, 18, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 y 31 Distrito de Mejora de Servicios Municipales de Lehigh Acres: escaos 2 y 4 Distrito de Desarrollo Comunitario de Port LaBelle: escaos 1, 3 y 5 Junta Escolar: distritos 3, 4 y 5 Comisionado del Condado: distritos 2 y 4 Autoridad del Hospital del Condado de Hendry: distritos 2 y 4 Distrito de Conservacin de Tierra y Agua de Hendry: grupos 1, 2, 3 y 5 484854 CN 4/5,26/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTIONI, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in HENDRY County, State of Florida, on the SIXTH Day of NOVEMBER, 2018, A.D., to fill or retain the following offices:United States Senator Representative in Congress: District 25 Florida Cabinet Governor Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor Florida Cabinet Attorney General Florida Cabinet Chief Financial Officer Florida Cabinet Commissioner of Agriculture State Attorney: Judicial Circuit 20 Public Defender: Judicial Circuit 20 State Senator: District 28 State Representative: District 80 Circuit Judge, Twentieth Judicial Circuit: Groups 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 14, 17, 18, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District: Seats 2 and 4 Port LaBelle Community Development District: Seats 1, 3 and 5 Property Appraiser School Board: Districts 3, 4 and 5 County Commissioner: Districts 2 and 4 Hendry County Hospital Authority: Districts 2 and 4 Hendry Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 2, 3 and 5 484853 CN 4/5,26/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF LANDOWNERS EAST SHORE WATER CONTROL DISTRICTNotice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the landowners of East Shore Water Control District is scheduled to meet Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 9:00 A.M., at the office of said District located at 2832 N. Main Street, Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, Florida, for the purpose of: 1. Electing one (1) Supervisor for a term of three (3) years. 2. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect thereto as the landowners may determine, and; 3. Transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the meeting herein referred, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is made. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF EAST SHORE WATER CONTROL DISTRICT BY: /tlh/ Kenneth McDuffie, President484846 SUN 3/29;4/5/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Clewiston Planning and Zoning Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday April 9, 2018 in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 115 W Ventura Avenue. Included in the agenda will be the following request: 1) A request from AutoZone for a vacation of easement located at 700 W Sugarland Hwy Clewiston, FL 33440 BEG 50 FT S OF NE COR OF NW 1/4-S 250 FT-W 125 FT-N 250 FT-E 125 FT TO POB lot for vacation of alleyway, the property is zoned Commercial. The City Commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING to consider the recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Board and take All citizens and interested parties are encouraged to attend the P&Z Board meeting and the City Commission public hearing. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Accommodation requests or interpretive ser If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meet ing, the person will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, the person may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. I, the undersigned authority, do hereby certify the above Notice of Meeting of the City Commission of the City of Clewiston is a true and correct copy of said Notice and that I posted a true and correct copy of said Notice at the front and rear entrances of City Hall, a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times. CITY OF CLEWISTON Travis Reese Community Development Director _________________________________________________________________________ TR/cmrr Publish: Clewiston News: April 5, 2018 PUBLIC NOTICE The Planning and Zoning Board of the City of Clewiston, Florida will meet in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, on Monday, Apri1 9, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the issue may be heard to consider the following: A request from the Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. that certain property at 710 S W C Owen to be reviewed for change described as follows: 710 S W C OWEN AVE, CLEWISTON, FL 33440 Block 425 Lots 11 22, GPOC couraged to attend these meetings and interested parties may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed request. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meetings, such person may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and any evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any inquiries regarding the hearing or any person requiring a special accommodation because of a prior to the hearing. ADVERTISE and Get Results!http://delmarvaclassieds.newszap.com leads you to the best products and services.READING A NEWSPAPER...
Special to The Clewiston News Dunkin Donuts is proud to announce the launch of its 2018 Dunkin Donuts South/ Southwest Florida Scholarship Program, which will award $15,000 in scholarships to high school seniors across Palm Beach Trea sure Coast, Greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Greater Fort Myers-Naples areas. In partnership with Scholarship America, the nations largest designer and manager of education support programs, Dunkin Donuts will award $1,000 scholarships to 15 current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their positive academic record, demonstrated leadership skills and active participation in both school and community activities. Applications for the 2018 Dunkin Do nuts South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program will be accepted through May 1. Applicants must reside in one of the following counties in South/Southwest Florida to be eligible: Glades, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade, Monroe, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Desoto. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/ddonuts-. About Dunkin Donuts Founded in 1950, Dunkin Donuts is Amer icas favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin Donuts is a mar ket leader in the hot regular/decaf/avored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and mufn categories. Dunkin Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restau rants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin Donuts is part of the Dunkin Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. Dunkin Donuts to award $15,000 in college scholarships10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 5, 2018 Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064 (863) 983-8559 528 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL See our other listings at www.rawlsrealestate.comCLEWISTON HOMES / MOBILE HOMES 4/4 4155 Pioneer 13th Street $149K 4/3.5 Large lot w/pool 1205 Pinewood $439,9K 2/2 MH 551 Fleetwood St. $55K Reduced 53,9K 3/1 Cottage Style, updated 420 W. Circle $139K $119,9K 1900 Ridgill Rd 2/2 $96K (waterfront) SOLD 825 S.Quebrada 3/2, granite upgrades $195K 909 Sawgrass St. 4/3 w/pool & theatre room $269K PENDING 428 E. Pasadena 2/2 w/apt, that is 2/2 $149K PENDING 565 Gratton Rd. 2.84 ac, $89K RENTALS RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL 2BR/1BA, (1) Unit, 550 S. Lopez., $650 mo ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS MOORE HAVEN / LAKEPORT/SEBRING 2/2 Waterfront/Lake Access Lowry Ln CBS $174,9K 2/2 with large workshop, 1370 Ted Beck Rd. $82,5K 1016 Glover Ln 3/2 $89k (lake access) Res. Lot 402 Pinecrest, Moore Haven $7K 8 Buildable lots available in Sky Valley, Clewiston Starting at $19K 2755 Milum Dr. Lakeport, Fl 3.18 ac. Lake Access, Waterfront, MAKE OFFER! $175K 28 ac. Hwy 27 Frontage $9,9K per acre, Venus, FL 77 ac. $7,9K per acre, Venus, FL 10 ac. $9,9K per acre, Venus, FL 901 Yacht Club Way $8,9K COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT PROPERTY lndustrial Park 3013 C.R. 835 (Open storage and Warehouse) Call for details 516 E Sugarland Hwy $59,9K Fishing Getaway w/Lake Access only $89K REAL ESTATE DIRECTORY Special to The Clewiston News LAKE WORTH Two Palm Beach State College students will compete on the nation al level after winning top awards at the Phi Beta Lambda state competition. Patreace Scharschmidt of Wellington won rst place in the Entrepreneurship Con cepts, Management Concepts and Retail Management categories. Joshua Deese of Clewiston won second place in the Entre preneurship Concepts category during the event in Orlando March 22-25. Hundreds of students from colleges and universities, including eight from PBSC, par ticipated in competitive activities in numer ous categories. The top two winners in each category are now eligible to compete at the national competition that will take place in Baltimore June 23-26. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America. Mr. Deese, who is pursuing an associates degree with plans to transfer to a university to complete his bachelors degree in public policy, has been active in FBLA since he was in middle school. He said it is an honor to be able to put his knowledge to the test and now advance to the national level. A budding entrepreneur, he launched Beatster, an up-and-coming music stream platform app, in January 2015. I feel fortunate that I was able to go into this competition and, rather than rely on things Ive learned in school, I was able to take what Ive learned through practices and experience as an entrepreneur and use that in the competition. I feel great about it. Serving 49,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, providing bachelors degrees, associate degrees, professional certicates, career training and lifelong learning. Established in 1933 as Floridas rst public community college, Palm Beach State offers more than 130 pro grams of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves. Clewiston native lands awards at state competition Special to The Sun/Courtesy photoPatreace Scharschmidt of Wellington won rst place and Joshua Deese of Clewiston won second place in the Entrepreneurship Concepts category during the event in Orlando March 2225. SHINE provides free, unbiased, condential in surance counseling services to Medicare beneciariesArea Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida FORT MYERS SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is announcing an exciting and rewarding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of elders and people with disabilities in Southwest Florida. The SHINE Program is seeking volunteers to as sist Medicare beneciaries and their families. SHINE is an award-winning information and counseling program that is adminis tered by the Florida Department of Elder Af fairs and operated locally by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL). SHINE volunteer counselors provide free, unbiased, condential Medicare counseling and other health insurance counseling and information to help Medicare beneciaries, their families, and caregivers understand their healthcare options. SHINE volunteers have the opportunity to perform a variety of functions, including providing counseling on Medicare, Med icaid, health insurance, prescription drug plans and long-term care planning. SHINE volunteers may also deliver educational pre sentations in the community and participate in health fairs and outreach events. In 2017, 60 local SHINE volunteers helped more than 9,400 clients in Southwest Florida. In total, the AAASWFL SHINE volunteers provided more than 5,750 hours of counseling last year. Requirements to become a SHINE volunteer include an interest in assisting seniors and people with disabilities, along with basic computer knowledge and internet navigation skills. A background in health care or insurance is not required. Specialized training and informational materials are provided to all SHINE volunteers. The ability to speak Spanish or other languages is helpful, but not necessary. Potential SHINE volunteers may contact Camilita Aldridge, SHINE liaison, at 239-6526900 for more information about volunteer opportunities or to apply. Volunteer applications can also be found at the State of Floridas SHINE website at www.oridashine.org. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprot organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota counties. AAASWFL is the states designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to helping adults ages 60 or older and people with disabilities to live with independence and dignity in their own homes and communities. More information is available at www. aaasw.org or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER). 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