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13.57 feetLast Year: 12.21 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Valles earns All American ... Page 2 Unmet Needs Coalition ... Page 3 Community News ... Page 3 Next phase of river restoration ... Page 8 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper. THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018VOL. 91 NUMBER 1550 Bass tournament is a fun raiser for veterans ... Page 11 Safety measures aired at public forumBy Megan Nicole NarehoodSpecial to The Clewiston News LABELLE Members of the Hendry County School Board spoke about safety procedures already in place and measures being taken to harden the schools at the School Safety Forum on Monday, April 9. Im the rst superintendent in Hendry County history that actually has to worry about children being murdered, said Superintendent Paul Puletti. Im dreading the time something happens where children are murdered on school grounds. Mr. Puletti said state law says school districts can choose to have School Resource Of cers at every school, have a police of cer who is part of the municipal police department at every school, or institute a Guardian Program. Weve had School Resource Of cers in every school since 2012, and we have one municipal police department thats in Clewiston, said Mr. Puletti. The state says if the sheriff, county and superintendent want to participate in the Guardian Program, they can. Mr. Puletti said the school district is going to write a school safety plan probably in December, depending on how much money is allocated. The guardian program is the one program that is going to cost us nothing, he said. The program is fully funded through the school safety grant and allocations, he added. Lucinda Kelley, deputy superintendent for continuous improvement, human resources and operations, spoke about hardening our schools and prevention measures that will be in place as of the 201819 school year. Hardening our schools is a hard thing. Our buildings were built before we thought anything like Columbine was possible, said Ms. KelWomen pretending to be DCF investigator tries to enter homeBy Capt. Susan HarrelleHendry County Sheriffs Of ce Deputies with the Hendry County Sheriffs Of ce want to ask parents to BE AWARE. It was reported that a female identifying herself as a DCF Investigator, claming to be employed with the Department of Children and Families, attempted to enter the home of a woman telling her she was there to conduct a home check and to check up on her child due to prior allegations. The suspect was not able to provide any identi cation nor was she wearing any clothing that would identify her as a DCF Investigator. When the woman refused to allow the the suspect into her home and said she would contact law enforcement, the suspect began to back away to her vehicle telling her, well I have everything I need to close the case and left the area. Hendry County Sheriffs Of ce followed up with Department of Children and Families and was told that no one should have been at that house. The victim did not recognize the woman and was unable to get a tag number from the vehicle. Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden said, The fact that someone would go to a persons home, identify themselves as an investigator and attempt to gain entry is very concerning to us. We are asking if you see or hear anything suspicious to contact the Hendry County Sheriffs Of ce immediately. The suspect was driving a 2000-2010 white Volkswagen Beetle with a black top. The suspect is described as approximately 5-5 inches tall, 30-40 years of age, thin build with dark colored hair. If you have any information or know who this may be please contact the Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce at 863-674-5600. Nature Conservancy protects land for panther pathwayBy Chris FelkerThe Clewiston News Nature Conservancy Magazines Spring 2018 edition announces a recently established conservation easement on some Glades County land along the northern bank of the Caloosahatchee River, in an area where a female Florida panther was seen last year with two kittens. That was the rst sighting in more than 40 years, according to wildlife agency of cials. An easement established in October for the 460-acre Cypress Creek Grove property, owned by Falcon Eyrie Farms LC, marks a bundle of rsts for the Nature Conservancy (NC), which already protects, controls or owns several parcels in Florida including the Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island. This conservation easement forever safeguards the land from urban development. Cypress Creek Grove is the rst working citrus farm in the state to commit See SCHOOL SAFETY Page 8 See PANTHER Page 8


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 12, 2018 Special to The Clewiston News The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament season continues Satur day, April 14, for Gator Division anglers with a tournament on Lake Okeechobee. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be com peting for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000, respectively, in the one-day tourna ment. This event is hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort, 920 E. Del Monte Ave. in Clewiston When the BFL visited Lake Okeechobee in March, shing for postspawn bass near the Monkey Box was the winning pattern. Tournament champion Mikey Keyso used Texas-rigged creature baits and targeted bass feeding on bluegill near lilypads. An glers who choose to target bass feeding on bluegill in next weekends event may also be seen using ChatterBaits with grub trailers along the grass lines. Others may prefer to cast frogs and swimjigs to lilypads and hy drilla. The winner of this event is expected to need a ve-bass limit topping 22 pounds. The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tourna ments throughout the season, ve qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the ve winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to nish in the top six, which then qualies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass shing the BFL All-American. The 2018 BFL All-American will take place May 31 through June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, La., hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour. For complete details and updated information, For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLWs social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube andSnapchat. About FLW: FLW is the worlds largest tournament-shing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across ve tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with ofces in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-shing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament shing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated FLW television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing. com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube andSnapchat. T-H Marine FLW BFL returns to Lake O 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. Special to The Clewiston News Arelys Valles, a Clewiston High School 2013 alumna and University of the Cumber lands (UC) 2017 alumna, is now attending UC for a masters degree in coaching and will receive her degree in August. She is a two-time All-American in WCWA (Women Collegiate Wrestling Associate). The rst weekend of January, Valles traveled to Fort Wayne, Ind., to compete in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) national duals. For the tournament, Valles weighed in for the 109-weight class; however, she competed at the 116 weight class for the two-day tournament. Depending on the other team lineup, my coach will bump girls around for the best of the team to get the win. So, it did not come as a surprise that I was getting bumped up in weight class for each dual, Valles said. That weekend, Valles went 2-1. In the second match, she won against a wrestler who was ranked No. 2 at the 109 weight class. Those were very long six-minute matches. We just kept going back and forth with points. In the last 40 seconds, I was down by six points and ended the match 14-14, and was able to win by criteria, said Valles. From successfully taking that match, it later came in play at the national tournament. The past couple of years, she had been competing at the 109 until a decision was made to go back down a weight class. For the past two seasons, I had been competing at the 109 weight class. During the season I was successful in my matches; however, at the national tournament both years, I lost in blood-round, which made me not All-American. In December, my coach and I talked about going back down to 101 for nationals. It has been years since I competed at that weight and was nervous about the cut, but for national dual it was an easy cut to make 109, so I told him Ill go back down to 101, one was last time and I did. After making the decision, Valles left the WCWA National Championship as a twotime All-American. The outcome was not what I wanted and it took a bit to recover. However, I cannot complain because I made weight and can say I am a multi-All American when its hard to make All-American in the collegiate level, Valles said. Valles earns two-time All-American in Wrestling Special to The Clewiston News/ Courtesy photo Arelys Valles is a two-time All-Ameri can in WCWA. Special to the Clewiston News/Courtesy photo84 ladies compete in invitationalOn Tuesday, Feb. 20, 84 ladies competed from ve different clubs in South Florida in a two-lady one best ball gross and net format. The tournament is conducted annually at the Clewiston Golf Course in February. The theme for this years tournament was Holy Cow!


April 12, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 Holocaust program setA 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. Guardian forum April 12The Hendry County School District will host a forum to discuss the proposed Guardian Program. The meeting will take place at the Clewiston High School Auditorium, 1501 Francisco St. in Clewiston, on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. This discussion regarding school safety concerns ideas is open to the public.Code enforcement to visitHendry County code enforcers will be in the Flaghole and Montura areas on Saturday, April 14. Ofcers will be handing out informational yers on county ordinances and will be available for any questions you may have on requirements for property maintenance.Florida B. Thomas LibraryTwo high-level scientists will be at the Florida B. Thomas Library, 1010 J Harlem Academy Ave. in Clewiston, on Thursday, April 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. to conduct an interactive educational session for children in observance of April being the librarys Science Month. Science equipment and tools will be on display. For information, call 863902-3322.Secret Church SimulcastFirst United Methodist Church of Clewiston Life Enrichment Center, 331 W. Osceola Ave. in Clewiston, invites the public to join them on Friday, April 20, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., as they go deep into Scripture on the topic of cults and counterfeit gospels. The Bible teacher is David Platt, author and missionary and teaching pastor at McLean Bible Church. Register by emailing Pastor Jeff at BBQ benet plannedNew Hope Deliverance Christian Ministries, Inc. will hold a barbecue and yard sale benet fundraising event on Saturday, April 21 at the U-Save parking lot, U.S. 27 in Clewiston. A yard sale will begin at 7 a.m. Dinners will be sold at 11 a.m. for a donation of $10 for chicken dinners and $12 for rib dinners. Dinners include two sides, soda and desert. Proceeds will go to William Bigham who is awaiting a heart transplant. To preorder dinners or to donate call Pastor James Bigham at 863-228-0673.Coloring for adults Coffee & Coloring for Adults will be available at the Clewiston library, 120 W. Osceo la Ave., on Tuesday, April 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. Supplies will be provided. Come relax while listening to calming music and enjoying coffee and donuts!Swing into Spring Swing Into Spring, a benet for United Way of Hendry & Glades Counties, will be on Saturday, April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m at the RiverBend Motorcoach Resort, 5800 W. State Road 80, LaBelle. Individual tickets are $50 per person. For reservations or aditional information, contact Lisa at 239-433-7559.Unmet needs coaltion meets Hendry and Glades County residents, representatives of local organizations, churches, businesses and nonprot orga nizations are invited to participate in the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition meeting to be held on Friday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at the Clewiston Public Library, 120 W. Osceola Ave. in Clewiston. For information call Terri Miazaga, HGUNC Coordinator at 561-516-2103, fax at 863-675-9393. Published byClewiston News Serving Eastern Hendry County Since 1923 To Reach Us Address: c/o Okeechobee News. 107 SW 17th St. Ste D., Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Website: theclewistonnews.comTo Submit Newse Clewiston News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories, ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 983-9148 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or emailed. e deadline for all news items is 12 p.m. Monday prior to the following ursday's publication. Email: Place A Display Ad Call (863) 763-3134, deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. E-mail: To Place A Classied Ad Call (877)353-2424 to place a classied advertisement from home. e deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. Fax: 1-877-354-2424 E-mail: Advertising Billing Department E-mail: To Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: e Clewiston News is delivered by mail or subscribers on ursday and is sold in racks and store locations in the Clewiston area.Call (800)282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Clewiston News USPS 117920 Published Weekly by Independent Newspapers, Inc. for $39.00 per year including tax. Periodical Class postage paidPublisher: Katrina Elsken Advertising: 863-763-3134E-mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comWe Pledge ... To operate this newspaper as a public trust. To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of Community News I used to work for Family Homecare out of Clewiston hospital as an occupational therapist and provided early intervention and pre-K services for children In Hendry and Glades counties until I moved to upstate New York in 2004. I lived in Buckhead Ridge and Okeechobee. My prayers and condolences go out to all the victims of these mass shootings. My sister lives in Parkland, and I briey attended a Baptist church that started out meeting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The school walkouts and anti-gun marches, to me, seem to be backed by a hateful po litical agenda. Maybe they are based on fear and anger, but either way, we the people do need to act against massacres and violence. Why were there no marches when Obama was president? President Obama blamed the Republicans and the NRA, causing more division. President Trump is actually doing something to protect our children, and I thank God. However, each political party is in a fantasy world, with Republicans thinking we are all moral and qualied to own tactical weapons and sidearms. Then Dem ocrats think cultural diversity and education are the answer; meanwhile, they push for unlimited abortions and they think the po lice and government will protect them. That did not work out so good in the Parkland or Orlando shootings where the FBI was in volved prior to both massacres. Lets look at the solution rather than just more fake news/media hype; our Second Amendment gun rights can stay intact by enforcing all the current gun laws and the various checks/balances that are already in place; and by further restriction of tacticalstyle ries such as AR-15s, meanwhile add ing concealed-carry reciprocity nationwide. However, the main solution to stopping these massacres is Jesus, for God so loved the world that God the Father sent God the Son into the world so that you, I, and who ever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. See John 3:16. God bless America, one nation under God. In God we trust. John JP Pasquale Livingston Manor, N.Y. Letter to the editor Special to the Okeechobee NewsWASHINGTON, D.C. The Florida Sugar Cane League announced April 9 that the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, based in Belle Glade, is once again represented by the industry trade association. This move ensures that the three major sugarcane companies in Florida along with their independent growers are fully united under the banner of the Florida Sugar Cane League as debate over no-cost American sugar policy takes place in Congress. With Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, we are united under the Florida Sugar Cane League as Congress considers the future of farm policy and food security in America, said Ryan Weston, CEO of the Florida Sugar Cane League. Floridas sugarcane farmers play such an important role in helping to secure Americas domestic food supply in one of the most important food producing regions of the entire country. On behalf of our 44 member growers, their families and our employees, we are thrilled to once again be joined in a united front through the Florida Sugar Cane League with U.S. Sugar and Florida Crystals in Washington, D.C. efforts, said Tony Contreras, president and CEO of Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative. Even when the cooperative was not formally part of the league, we still worked together on common issues, particularly important legislative policies. Were happy to provide a united voice on behalf of the more than 12,500 people in Florida employed by sugarcane farming and processing. Theres always strength in numbers, said Robert H. Buker, president and CEO of U.S. Sugar. With the cooperative and its growers back on board, Floridas representation in Washington is unied in its efforts to retain commonsense, zero-cost sugar policy in our nations capital. Both sugar as a matter of national farm policy and as a food product remain a bargain, and we intend to keep it that way. The last thing we need is for predatory foreign governments who heavily subsidize their own sugar farmers to be putting American farmers out of business. Weve always been a formi dable team when the Florida industry joins to gether for a common goal. Florida Crystals partners with Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative on many business fronts and were delighted to work with them through the Florida Sugar Cane League, said Pepe Fan jul, Jr., executive vice president of Florida Crys tals. This announcement sends a message that our industry is more united than ever. We look forward to working with our friends at the cooperative throughout the farm bill debate to ensure American sugarcane and sugar beet farmers, processors and reners can continue to sustainable produce safe, affordable food here at home. Florida Sugar Cane League unites in farm bill efforts


4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 12, 2018 rf rrfr rntfb t bff tbtt tr Sarah Owens Hytower BELLE GLADE Sarah Owens Hytower was born on Oct. 22, 1939 and passed away at JFK North hospital WPB on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Viewing 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Service at 11 a.m. on Thurs day, April 12, 2018 at St. John First Baptist Church, 600 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade. Rev. Robert L. Rease, Pastor. Arrangements by Butts Memorial Chapel. Obituary Re ections from the PulpitMy way or the highway? Or the making of a saint?The Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Out of many, one is a national motto for our country. It is the meaning of the Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum and captures a basic democratic principle. It used to be printed on our coins and serves as a reminder of what I have come to believe as a source of strength in our democracy. The motto means to me that in spite of all of our individual differences, our collective wisdom and collective decision-making will lead us in the best directions. As a people gathered from many varied backgrounds and ways of thinking, weve been a country that has been foremost in the world for generations. This motto suggests to me that our system of government is self-correcting; we will get it right by having input from everyone even though there may be disagreements along the way. That being said, I have a great reason to hope for the future in spite of the many divisions and factions which seem to be pushing one agenda or another. The organizations where I hold membership and which practice with democratic governing principles continue in spite of disagreements and members who dont always go along. The larger values and purposes outweigh split-ups and disagreements; at heart, membership puts aside individual differences for the good of the whole. My re ections on a biblical incident supported my understanding of E Pluribus Unum. Jesus chose for Himself a group of disciples who were exemplars of the imperfections one can nd in human beings. They argued about Who is the greatest? (Matthew 18:1), they fell asleep when He asked them to stay awake as He went off to pray and chides them when He had asked them to stay awake (Mark 14:37-40). Peter reneges on his promise never to deny the Lord (John 18:25ff). Judas will betray Him and sell Him out (Matthew 25:14ff). Then there was Thomas, who gives the Lord an ultimatum (John 20:25). Thomas was not present when Jesus rst appeared to His disciples following His resurrection and says he will not believe them unless he has proof on his own. He gives the other disciples an ultimatum: Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my nger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe (ibid, v.25). That is something that Ive always considered the wrong way of going about things when you are faced with a dif cult choice. Dont give God ultimatums! Ive always believed that you go to God asking, praying, seeking and always remembering ...thy will be done.. but not telling God how it must be. Thomas is faced with something the world does not see, someone raised from the dead, and this certainly is an exceptional event with much to go on faith; but it is God who can and does do what is impossible for human beings. Even the af rmations of his companions does not dispel his doubt. Thomas makes demands; thats no way to pray or ask God to intervene. In spite of his awed approach to the Lord, Jesus accedes to his demand! This certainly is an exception to the ways weve been taught to pray and to ask of God what we need. Then I remembered that Jesus called followers that all had their human faults and all could have been disappointments. Each was very human, each had their faults, E Pluribus Unum. Each went on to establish the Lords body here on Earth; His Church, and each excelled in their ministry in spite of it all. Jesus saw their abilities and not their faults; forgiving, understanding, using each where their great gifts to humanity would be given. Each had his special need, each had weaknesses, the Lord understood and responded. Thomas would proclaim My Lord and my God! (John 20:28) when a special understanding was shown and he would be reminded of what Jesus did for him to af rm his faith (v.29). Jesus took imperfect people and gave them what it took to make them saints. Ive come to believe that there are still many saints with us and theyve been here for generations. Theyre human beings, but they have that special quality of doing Gods will and serving their fellow human beings. I see them around me. God is still making them; what a wonderful gift to us all. Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photoCentral students and staff supporting their fellow classmate Matthew Andrade. Central Elementary wears green for CP


5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 12, 2018 Miscellaneous Notices Contractor Needed that is licensed and insured to build a Preschool. Must be experienced with references or portfolio of work completed. Please send information to: P.O. Box 433, Pahokee, Florida 33476 or abidingfaith. Attention: Shirley or KR Employment Full Time Triple J Grassing is currently seeking an ex perienced, Crew Lead/ Foreman with a clean driving record. Class A drivers license not nec essary, but will be given preference. Must have experience running a crew. Pay is dependent on experience. This is a working foreman position. If interested, please call Bryan at (239)284-7088. Serious inquires only. Benefits: Weekly Pay Paid Holidays after 90 days & Vacation after one year. Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance after 90 days. 401k after one year We are an Equal Oppor tunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Employment Full Time Triple J Grassing is currently seeking to hire motivated, hardworking, individuals to lay sod. We offer weekly pay, benefits after 90 days, and 401k. You will need two forms of valid ID. If interested please fill out an application in person at 2360 Prince St, Ft. Myers, 33916. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. Benefits: Weekly Pay Paid Holidays after 90 days & Vacation after one year. Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance after 90 days. 401k after one year WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND DRUG FREE EMPLOYER. Business Opportunities BUSSES (5) For Sale. Also available a Topper & Corn Machine. Call 561-996-3744 Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Apartments LAKEPORT APARTMENT, 1ST FLOOR, FURNISHED 2BD/1BA, SCREENED IN FRONT PORCH, YARD. $800.00 MONTHLY, 1ST & SECURITY. CALL 863532-5073 Apartments SUGAR COUNTRY APARTMENTS Now Renting Available for Immediate Occupancy 626 West Avenue, Moore Haven Be the first to occupy new affordable units, starting at $405 for 1BR and $461 for 2BR apart ments plus electric. Wa ter, sewer and trash are included in rent. Income limits apply. Energy Star appliances, central heat and air, decorator window treatments. Phone 863-946-6600 or email sugarcountryapts@ for a rental application. Equal Housing Opportunity Provider Houses Sale MONTURA Site built 3/2 /2 home in Montura fresh paint inside and out new carpeting. 214-0073. Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 04/23/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEW ISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 2017 HYTR 3H3V532C9HT115262 254560 CN 4/12/2018 Public Notice Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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. 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6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee April 12, 2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 15000157CAMXAX JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. MARK ALAN PETERSON, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN, JR. A/K/A CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES L. PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES PERRIEN, DECEASED, et al. Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dat ed July 18, 2017, and entered in 15000157CAMXAX of the Circuit Court of the TWENTIETH Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY is the Plaintiff and MARK ALAN PETERSON, AS PER SONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN, JR. A/K/A CHARLES LAVERNE PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES L. PERRIEN A/K/A CHARLES PERRIEN, DECEASED; MARK ALAN PETERSON; DEBORAH PER RIEN; DAWN PERRIEN; JANALEE PERRIEN; LISA PERRIEN; PHILIP PERRIEN; SCOTT PERRIEN; GREG PERRIEN A/K/A GREGORY MICHAEL PERRIEN; LYNN PERRIEN A/K/A LYNN MARSHALL PERRIEN; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT are the Defendant(s). Sandra Brown as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Front Steps, South Door 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, FL 33471, at 11:00 AM, on May 31, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: A PARCEL OF LAND IN STATE LOT 3, FRACTIONAL SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 40 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT A STATE PIPE MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 13, RUN NORTH 89 11 20 EAST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 13, A DISTANCE OF 2167.51 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE AS RUN BY W. T. WALLIS, JR. IN 1926 AND BALANCED; THENCE NORTH 33 59 EAST ALONG THE SAID 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE A DISTANCE OF 504.13 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PALM RIDGE SUBDIVISION AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 33, PUBLIC RECORDS OF GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE NORTH 27 51 WEST ALONG SAID SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PALM RIDGE SUBDIVISION AND ACROSS STATE ROAD 721 TO THE NORTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF SAID STATE ROAD 721 A DISTANCE OF 70.88 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 27 51 WEST ALONG THE SAID SOUTHWESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PALM RIDGE SUBDIVISION, A DISTANCE OF 138.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 34 20 WEST A DISTANCE OF 135.66 FEET TO P.O.B; THENCE SOUTH 27 51 EAST A DISTANCE OF 140.42 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE SAID NORTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF WAY LINE OF S. R. 721; THENCE SOUTH 33 26 WEST ALONG THE SAID NORTHWESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S. R. 721 A DISTANCE OF 68.40 FEET; THENCE NORTH 27 51 WEST 141.64 FEET; THENCE NORTH 34 20 EAST A DISTANCE OF 67.83 FEET TO THE SAID P.O.B. Property Address: 436 COUNTY ROAD 721 LOOP NE A/K/A 2751 COUNTY RD 721 LOOP, MOORE HAVEN FL 33471 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 29th day of March, 2018. Sandra Brown As Clerk of the Court By: As Deputy Clerk IMPORTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are an individual with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding or other court service, program, or activity, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Requests for accommodations may be presented on this form, in another written format, or orally. Please complete the attached form (see website) and return it to as far in advance as possible, but preferably at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance or other court activity. Upon request by a qualified individual with a disability, this document will be made available in an alternate format. If you need assistance in completing this form due to your disability, or to request this document in an alternate format, please contact Dawn Oliver, Court Operations Manager, phone (863) 675-5229, e-mail doliver@ 252476 GCD 4/12,19/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 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 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDACASE NO.: 2017-00560-CAAXMX ERNESTO GOMEZ AND ANA MARIA GOMEZ, Plaintiff, v. JAMES A. CROSSER, an individual, and RBC CENTURA BANK, Defendant, NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: JAMES A. CROSSER LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 10500 Woldrich Street Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342 And 10545 Woldrich Street Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342 CURRENT ADDRESS: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title on the following property in Hendry County, Florida: Tract 6 Block G, being in the Southeast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 34, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida also known as Lot 6 in Block G of Pioneer Plantation, an unrecorded plat. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, on or before mAY 11, 2018, on The Law Office of Ray Garcia, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 14850 SW 26th Street, Suite 204, Miami, Florida 33185, and file the original with this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once each week for two (2) consecutive weeks in THE CLEWISTON NEWS. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Court ADA Coordinator at (305) 349-7175 or (305) 349-7174 (T.D.D.), no later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on this 29th day of March, 2018. Clerk of the Court By: J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk 253159 CN 4/12,19/2018 State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Notice of Proposed Agency ActionThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice that it proposes to approve No Further Action Proposed with Institutional Controls or with Engineering and Institutional Controls and issue a Site Rehabilitation Completion Order with controls for a contaminated site. The Phillips 66 Company (Phillips 66) is seeking this order in reference to FDEP Site ID # 22-8519722, Former Circle K #7276, 284 Highway 27, Moore Haven, Glades County, Florida, and intends to restrict exposure to contamination in the following manner. There shall be no use of the groundwater under the Restricted Area. There shall be no drilling for water conducted on the restricted area, nor shall any wells be installed on the Restricted Area other than monitoring wells pre-approved in writing by the FDEPs Division of Waste Management (DMW) in addition to any authorizations required by the Division of Water Resource Management (DWRM) and the Water Management District (WMD). For any dewatering activities on the Restricted Area, a plan approved by the FDEPs DWM must be in place to address and ensure the appropriate handling, treatment, and disposal of any extracted groundwater that may be contaminated. Existing storm water features shall not be altered, modified or expanded, and there shall be no construction of new storm water swales, storm water detention and retention facilities or ditches on the Restricted Area without prior written approval from FDEPs DWM in addition to any authorizations required by the DWRM and WMD. A revised exhibit must be recorded when any storm water feature is altered, modified, expanded, or constructed. Complete copies of the No Further Action Proposal, the draft restrictive covenant, and the FDEPs Preliminary evaluation are available for public inspection during normal business hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, except legal holiday at FDEP, South District, 2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 364, Fort Myers, Florida 33901. Local governments with jurisdiction over the property subject to Institutional Control, real property owner(s) of any property subject to the Institutional Control, and residents of any property subject to the Institutional Control have 30 days from publication of this notice to provide comments to the FDEP. Such comments must be sent to Ms. Mary Stewart (, FDEP, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 35, Tallahassee, FL 32399. 253568 CN 4/12/2018 NOTICE OF PROPOSED ENACTMENT OF ORDINANCENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Clewiston City Commission will conduct a PUB LIC HEARING on May 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon as practical thereafter, in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. During the Public Hearing, the City Commission proposes to enact sec ond reading of an ordinance which is set forth as follows:ORDINANCE NO. 2018-02AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, ABANDONING AND VACATING AN ALLEY AND A 5 EASEMENT, LOCATED IN BLOCK 354 OF THE GEN ERAL PLAN OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, AS REVISED, LOCATED AND LYING ON OR BETWEEN LOTS 30 THROUGH 33 ON THE NORTH AND LOT 34 TO THE SOUTH. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available in the City Clerks office, City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, for the inspection of any interested parties and interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or public hearing, 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. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Accommodation requests or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please contact the City Clerks office at (863) 983-1484, ex tension 227, or FAX (863) 983-4055 for information or assistance. The City of Clewiston is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Mary K. Combass, Interim City Clerk City of Clewiston, FL 253771 CN 4/12/2018 Hendry County Legals Hendry County Legals NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:Michael C. Harrington 2029 Schooner Dr. LaBelle, FL. 33935 Donnie R. Miller 5013 N. Obispo Cir. LaBelle, FL. 33935 You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Hendry County, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. Call 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592.El Aviso se da por Este Medio:Informamos que su eligibilidad para votar esta en cuestion. Usted tiene que comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones, del condado de Hendry, Florida, a mas tardar 30 dias despues de la fecha de este aviso publicado para recibir la informacion al respecto de su inelegibilidad potencial y el procedimiento de resolver este caso. La falta de respuesta puede resultar en la determinacion de ineligibilidad por parte del Supervisor, y su nombre sera eliminado del sistema estatal del registro de votantes. Llame al 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. Brenda K. Hoots Supervisor of Elections PO Box 174 LaBelle, FL 33975 Hendry County, Florida F.S. 98.075 253761 CN 4/12/2018 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Notice of Intended Agency ActionThe South Florida Water Management District gives notice of its intent to issue renewals of the following Everglades Works of the District Permits (Chapter 40E-63 Fla. Admin. Code) with conditions within the Everglades Agricultural Area, Florida. The permits approve the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMP) Plan(s) and water quality Discharge Moni toring Plan(s). The BMP implementation requirements, performance measures, and compliance methodology established in the permits pertain to phosphorus only. Permittee within the permit(s) refers to all landowners, lessees, and operators responsible for compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit(s) and are listed under the Administrative Information section of the Staff Report(s): Permit 50-00018-E (Application 170323-23), issued on April 4, 2018, to United States Sugar Corporation, 111 Ponce De Leon Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440 and other named owner/operators for a project called United States Sugar Corporation, consisting of approximately 65,461.78 acres including all or parts of the following: Sections 24, 25, 36, T41/R37; Sections 19, 30-32, T41/R38; Sections 1, 12, 13, T42/R37; Sections 1, 6-7, 18, 25, 36, T42/R48; Sections 6-8, 16-18, 29-32, T42/ R39; Sections 22-27, 34-39, T43/R37; Sections 1, 7, 18-19, T43/R38; Sections 4-9, 15-17, 21-22, T43/R39; Sections 2-11, 15-36, T44/R35; Sections 19-21, 23, 28-35, T36/R44; Sections 1-3, 12, 19, T44/R37 Palm Beach County; and, Sections 1-2, 11-14, 23-26, 36 T44/R34; Sections 16, 21-22, 27-28, 34-35, T45/R34; Sections 3, 10, 15, 22, T46/R34, Hendry County, discharging to L-1 East, Hillsboro, Ocean, Bolles, North New River, Miami and West Palm Beach Canals. The Staff Reports setting forth the staff recommendation regarding the permits, issued on the date listed above, including permit conditions to provide reasonable assurances that the projects meet SFWMD statutes and rules, can be obtained by contacting the Regulatory Records Management Section, 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, Regulation Division, by telephone at 561-682-6911, by e-mail at, or by accessing the Staff Reports directly from the Districts website, using the Application/Permit Search on the ePermitting page. The Districts proposed agency action as set forth in the Staff Reports shall become final unless a timely petition for an administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for filing a petition. As required by Sections 120.569(1), and 120.60(3), Fla. Stat., the 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. Right to Request Administrative Hearing A person whose substantial interests are or may be affected by any of the above listed South Florida Water Management Districts (SFWMD or District) action(s) has the right to request an administrative hearing on that action(s) pursuant to Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Fla. Stat. Persons seeking a hearing on a SFWMD decision which affects or may affect their substantial interests shall file a petition for hearing with the Office of the District Clerk of the SFWMD, in accordance with the filing instructions set forth herein, within 21 days of receipt of written notice of the decision, unless one of the following shorter time periods apply: (1) within 14 days of the notice of consolidated intent to grant or deny concurrently reviewed applications for environmental resource permits and use of sovereign submerged lands pursuant to Section 373.427, Fla. Stat.; or (2) within 14 days of service of an Administrative Order pursuant to Subsection 373.119(1), Fla. Stat. 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 final agency action, or publication of notice that the District has or intends to take final agency action. Any person who receives written notice of a SFWMD decision and fails to file a written request for hearing within the timeframe described above waives the right to request a hearing on that decision. If the District takes final agency action which materially differs from the noticed intended agency decision, persons who may be substantially affected shall, unless otherwise provided by law, have an additional Rule 28-106.111, Fla. Admin. Code, point of entry. Any person to whom an emergency order is directed pursuant to Section 373.119(2), Fla. Stat., shall comply therewith immediately, but on petition to the board shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible. A person may file a request for an extension of time for filing a petition. The SFWMD may, for good cause, grant the request. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the SFWMD prior to the deadline for filing a petition for hearing. Such requests for extension shall contain a certificate 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 filing a petition until the request is acted upon. Filing Instructions The petition must be filed with the Office of the Clerk of the SFWMD. Filings with the District Clerk may be made by mail, hand-delivery or e-mail. Filings by facsimile will not be accepted. A petition for administrative hearing is deemed filed upon receipt during normal business hours by the District Clerk at SFWMD headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Districts normal business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and District holidays. Any document received by the office of the SFWMD Clerk after 5:00 p.m. shall be filed as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Additional filing instructions are as follows: Filings by mail must be addressed to the Office of the District Clerk, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406. Filings by hand-delivery must be delivered to the Office of the District Clerk. Delivery of a petition to the SFWMDs security desk does not constitute filing. To ensure proper filing, it will be necessary to request the SFWMDs security officer to contact the Office of the District Clerk. An employee of the SFWMDs Clerks office will receive and file the petition. Filings by e-mail must be transmitted to the Office of the District Clerk at The filing date for a document transmitted by electronic mail shall be the date the Office of the District Clerk receives the complete document. A party who files a document by e-mail shall: (1) represent that the original physically signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of the proceeding and of any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceeding in that cause and that the party shall produce it upon the request of other parties; and, (2) be responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the full risk that the document may not be properly filed. Initiation of an Administrative Hearing Pursuant to Sections 120.54(5)(b)4, and 120.569(2)(c), Fla. Stat., and 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 by 11 inch white paper. All petitions shall contain: 1. Identification of the action being contested, including the permit number, application number, District file number or any other SFWMD identification number, if known. 2. The name, address, any email address, any facsimile number, and telephone number of the petition and petitioners representative, if any. 3. An explanation of how the petitioners substantial interests will be affected by the agency determination. 4. A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the SFWMDs 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 specific facts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the SFWMDs proposed action. 7. A statement of the specific rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the SFWMDs 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 specific 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 SFWMDs proposed action. Mediation The procedures for pursuing mediation are set forth in Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., and Rules 28-106.111 and 28106.401-405, Fla. Admin. Code. The SFWMD is not proposing mediation for this agency action under Section 120.573, Fla. Stat., at this time. Right To Seek Judicial Review Pursuant to Section 120.68, Fla. 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Many schools have shatterproof glass and hurricane shutters that reduce a shooters chance to be able to break the glass and unlock the door. Safety procedures already in place are making sure teachers lock their doors, checking visitors identification, revising exit routes for evacuations, having mul tiple exit strategies, having cameras in the building and using the public address system. Dr. Egley said students can only have clear, see-through backpacks so people can see what students are carrying. He said if there is reasonable suspicion someone is carrying something in their band case or softball case, it will be searched. By far one of the most powerful pre ventions are people that call us at school and notify us of a student carrying a weapon, Dr. Egley said. Hardening our schools involves parents, teachers, law enforcement, administration and the transportation department, he added. to protection of the endangered panther by helping to establish corridors, or pathways, connecting the felines habitat and enhanc ing the panther populations long-term re covery and survivability, the NC says. Fewer than 200 of the endangered cats are estimat ed to remain in the states wildlands, and they continue to be threatened by loss of habitat, development on their rangelands and vehicle strikes. It is also the rst protected tract of land within the identied panther corridor north of the river, and the rst conservation ease ment in that corridor nanced entirely by NC member donations. The property is within an area that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser vice and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con servation Commission have reported is im portant to panther habitat connectivity and expansion, according to the NC. The animal requires wide territory to support a healthy breeding population, and suitable lands in Glades and Hendry counties link panthers larger Southwest Florida habitat with wild areas north of the Caloosahatchee.Florida Forever lands nearby Now, expanded habitat is just a brief swim away for the cats south of the river, as Cypress Creek Grove is directly across the Caloosahatchee from the 1,257-acre Lone Ranger Forge/American Prime property. It is also protected by a conservation easement with the NC and other ones with state and federal agencies. The southern border of that land abuts the 1,527-acre Black Boar Ranch, which is under NC easement pro tection as well with assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those three easements ensure into perpetuity that 3,244 acres of prime Florida panther habitat will remain intact. Also, on the northern end, the panther pathway leads into lands identied for future conservation by the Florida Forever program, including an area directly connected that is high on that programs priority list for acquisition, the NC says. The Nature Conservancy has been working for more than 20 years to create a connected, protected corridor that can support Florida panther recovery, said Temperince Morgan, executive director of the NC in Florida. Cypress Creek Grove is a key piece of the mosaic of natural and working lands that make up the corridor. Were truly thrilled that Falcon Eyrie Farms LC has committed to the future of panther conservation, and were grateful to our members for the donations earmarked for panther protection that made this possible. Dan Peregrin of Falcon Eyrie Farms said: Protecting the Florida panther is important to us. We know panthers use our land as they cross from one side of the river to the other, and we wanted to support their ability to expand north in the future. The conservation easement allows us to continue to be productive, while also ensuring the land will not be developed. The Cypress Creek citrus grove dates to the late 1980s when that land began being used for commercial production. About 273 acres are planted with Valencia and Hamlin oranges, according to the company, and the tract also has freshwater and forested wetlands and the creek that provides habitat for many other wildlife species including wading birds, reptiles and amphibians. The protected, connected lands also offer safety to several other endangered, threatened or iconic Florida species, such as the snail kite, the swallow-tailed kite and the Florida black bear.Panther workshop scheduledAnother major environmental organization, Defenders of Wildlife, has scheduled a Panther Outreach Workshop at a wildlife research venue in Venus, in Highlands County, next month to help inform the public about the Florida panthers path to recovery. Members of the group received an email announcing the workshop, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Archbold Biological Station at 123 Main Drive in Venus, Fla. 33960. Those attending will enjoy a complimentary lunch and hear from Florida panther experts, receive information about projects that help reduce conict and assist rural residents in living responsibly with the big cats and other wildlife, and get Defenders-themed swag. Materials will be provided to allow attendees to speak accurately with others about the Florida panther as well as conservation programs and projects being conducted for preservation of the species. Anyone planning to attend should bring comfortable shoes for a short walk in the scrub during the workshop. Go to www. to learn more about Defenders of Wildlife or to sign up to attend. Those planning to participate will need to sign a release of liability form provided by the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center at Archbold Biological Station. (Disclosure: The writer is a member of both The Nature Conservancy and the Defenders of Wildlife.) SCHOOL SAFETYContinued From Page 1 PANTHERContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/Nature Conservancy photo by Wendy J. Matthews Looking east over the Caloosahatchee River, the Cypress Creek Grove property is on the left, on the northern bank, and the Lone Ranger Forge/American Prime property is on the right, on the southern bank.