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The Clewiston news
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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 By Patty BrantSpecial to The Clewiston News Just about four years ago, Gov. Rick Scott chose Scott Cupp to ll the county judge seat for Hendry County when he appointed then-County Judge James D. Sloan to the 20th Circuit Court bench. Monday, June 4, turned out a lot like that day four years ago. At 7:50 a.m., the governor called Judge Cupp to inform him that he had been chosen to ll the seat on the Circuit Court left by disgraced Judge Jay Rosman. Even though he decided to put his name in for the position, this was unexpected, Judge Cupp said. Moving on from the county bench was never really in my plan, he said. Chosen from a eld of ve applicants, he has an extensive background in felony law, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. Judge Cupp said he has been surprised to nd how much he enjoyed being the county judge, considering all the various types of legal cases involved. The day-to-day work has always been dif cult and challenging, he noted. He said he has found it especially dif cult to rule on eviction cases. The circumstances of these cases, he said, are always sad. Judge Cupp said he looks forward to the challenge of the 20th Circuit. He would like to work in criminal law but will be happy to accept whatever appointment he is assigned to. He is glad that, as a newcomer to the 20th Circuit, he will have a mentor judge to help ease the unavoidable learning curve in the new position. Not commissioned as a circuit judge yet, he expects to remain on the county bench at least until the end of June. Decisions must be made to cover the county judge vacancy that his appointment creates. Hendry has only one county judge. Those cases Special to The Clewiston News/ Courtesy photoJudge Cupp has been chosen to ll the seat on the Circuit Court. 14.11 feetLast Year: 12.04 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Cyanobacterial bloom on lake ... Page 2 Radio Club succeeds in reaching NY, WI, TX, Puerto Rico ... Page 6 Community News ... Page 3 scuba rescues ... Page 7 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper. THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018VOL. 91 NUMBER 26 50 theclewistonnews.com Corps cuts lake coastal estuaries ... Page 8 Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photoClewiston Elks & Boy Scout Troop come together to celebrate Flag DayOn the evening of Wednesday, June 13, Elks members from the Clewiston Elks Lodge 1853, Scouts and their families from Boy Scout Troop 619 and Cub Scout Pack 619, jointly celebrated Flag Day by performing the Elks Flag Day Ritual at the Clewiston Elks hall. The evening started with a meal that was prepared by volunteer Elks Trip and Brenda Whidden and Esteemed Loyal Knight Danielle Soles. The Flag Day ceremony started with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and was followed by the of cers of the Lodge expressing how the American ag was a representative of their respective stations. The Scouts then took over the celebration by performing a Parade of the History of our Flags, in which ags that were representative of different eras of the countrys history were presented one at a time. The history was read by Cub Master Michael Stephens. The ceremony was closed by a prayer from Father Samuel Thomas. Hendrys leaders want to address long list of capital improvementsBy Chris FelkerThe Clewiston News Before getting down to a serious discussion of needed repairs to county buildings and capital improvement projects that have been waiting for action, Hendry County commissioners disposed of a noncontroversial matter rst at a special meeting June 22. In a pair of 4-0 votes, they assented to a change order adding $942 to the overall $2.3 million cost of the LaBelle Airport terminal building and then to authorizing County Administrator Charles Chapman to execute any future changes costing less than $10,000. Public Works Director Shane Parker said staff requested the addition of two hose bibs to service the exterior of the terminal, which will require Florida Department of Transportation approval that he noted is expected County seeks prices on a line of credit Judge Cupp tapped for circuit court bench See COUNTY Page 4 See CUPP Page 4

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Heavy rainfall in May and June followed by hot summer weather has led to increased reports of algal blooms and cyanobacteria blooms in South Florida. A combination of hot weather, low salinity, nitrogen and phosphorus can cause algae and cyanobacteria to grow rapidly; this is called a bloom. Laboratory tests are required to de termine what types of algae or cyanobacteria are in a bloom. Some not all species of cyanobacteria produce toxins under certain conditions. Spe cies that can produce toxins do not always do so. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring what is believed to be a massive cyanobacteria bloom on Lake Okeechobee. According to oceanographer Michelle Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean Service, they have been monitoring satellite photos of the lake since the start of June. Ms. Tomlinson shared the following information about the images: A series of satellite images acquired on June 12, 20, 21, and 24 show the progression of a cyanobacterial bloom in Lake Okeechobee. On June 12, about 3 percent of lake area was covered by cyanobacteria blooms. Most of the blooms appeared along about a mile off the eastern shore. On the June 20 image, the bloom was observed to be covering about 49 percent of the lake surface area, mostly in the southwestern quadrant of the lake with some bloom accu mulation along the northwestern shore. There was a decrease in bloom areal extent on June 21 of about 22 percent, where the bloom was observed along the eastern part of the lake. The decrease was likely due to wind mixing cyanobacteria cells down into the wa ter column and not the disappearance of the bloom. These cells oat back to the surface when winds subside. The latest image from June 24 shows the maximum cyanobacterial bloom extent ob served in the month of June so far. The bloom was observed to be covering almost the entire lake area, excluding a narrow stretch along and about 6 miles off the eastern shoreline. Pronounced bloom accumulation was observed along the eastern shoreline. The algorithm we developed for the imagery is showing cyanobacteria blooms, Ms. Tomlinson explained. So it is separating out the cyanobacteria from any other back ground algae in the lake. There may be some non-harmful phytoplankton mixed in there, but what you are seeing is the concentration of the cyanobacteria. According to Dee Ann Miller of the Florida Department of Health: Some not all blue-green algae can produce toxins that can contribute to environmental problems and affect public health. Little is known about exactly what environmental conditions trigger toxin production. Over time, these toxins are diluted and eventually break down and disappear. Persistent blooms are routinely monitored and retested. Because you cannot tell if algae is producing toxins by looking at it, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) coordinates with the water management districts and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to routinely sample observed and reported algal blooms and test for algal identication and toxin levels. Results posted by FDEP as of June 26 found no toxins in the samples collected in Lake Okeechobee since June 6. Earlier this month, very low levels of toxins of less than 1 micro gram per liter were reported in samples from small blooms just off Lake Okeechobees east shore. The World Health Organization considers levels under 10 micrograms per liter as safe for recreational contact. Samples were collected from various areas around the lake on Monday. Testing takes about four days. NOAA is also tracking algae blooms in other areas of the country, such as Lake Erie and the Gulf of Maine. On June 18, an algal bloom was reported on the Calooshatchee River near the LaBelle bridge. According to the FDEP tests, the bloom was mixed algae (not cyanobacteria) with no dominant species in the sample. No toxins were detected. The most recent sample of algae near the St. Lucie Lock on Jume 21 found the dominant species was microcystin aeruginosa (a form of cyanobacteria). No toxins were detected. A sample taken June 19 at Port Mayaca found the same type of cyanobacteria. No toxins were detected. A number of algal blooms were reported on Lake Okeechobee and connecting waterways on June 25. It takes four days to get test results, so the type of algae or cyanobacteria is not yet known. FDEP investigated an algal bloom June 25 at the Ortona Lock. Dense mats of algae were observed at the surface along the canal bank. Algae was visible across the entire canal. FDEP also inivestigated an algal bloom June 25 at the Alva Bridge. They found some surface alage which was sampled. They also collected samples at the Franklin Locks and the 41 bridge. NOTE: Cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae is not actually algae. Algal blooms and cyanobaceterial blooms look alike; it takes a microscope to the tell the difference. Cyanobacteria are prokaryotic organisms (a microscopic single-celled organism that has neither a distinct nucleus with a mem brane nor other specialized organelles) where as green algae are eukaryotic organisms (an organism consisting of a cell or cells in which the genetic material is DNA in the form of chro mosomes contained within a distinct nucleus.) According to the Environmental Proection Agency, both algae and cyanobacteria occur naturally in freshwater worldwide. There are thousands of species of algae and thousands of species of cyanobacteria. Algal blooms reported throughout the area

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 Special to The Clewiston News The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Hendry and Glades Counties reminds residents and visitors that it is important to Drain and Cover. The department encourages everyone to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their neighbors from mosquito-borne illnesses which have received increased attention recently in Florida. While there is currently no active, ongo ing transmission of zika in Florida, residents and travelers should always take precautions to protect against mosquito bites, said State Surgeon General and DOH Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. Zika is one of several mosquito-borne illnesses that occur in Florida, so be sure to drain water from any containers around your home, cover your skin with clothing and mosquito repellent and cover doors and windows with screen to keep mosquitoes out of your home or business. T. Wayne Gale, president of the Florida Mosquito Control Association said: Summer is a crucial time to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquitoes. Mosquito surveillance and control happens year-round in Florida, but the hotter, wetter months pro duce ideal conditions for disease-spreading mosquitoes, so be sure to lessen your risk of being bitten and eliminate potential breeding sites. In addition to zika, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, West Nile virus (WNV) and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus are also present in mosquitoes in Florida. The risk of disease transmission through bites of infected mosquitoes to humans has increased. To protect against mosquitoes, the department urges the public to Drain and Cover:DRAIN standing water: Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, owerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected. Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that arent being used. Empty and clean birdbaths and pets water bowls at least once or twice a week. Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that dont accumulate water. Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.Cover your skin with: Clothing If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. Repellent Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repel lents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect chil dren younger than 2 months old.Cover doors and windows with screens: Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.Tips on eliminating mosquito breeding sites: Clean out troughs and gutters; Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds to drain; Turn over or remove empty plastic pots; Pick up all beverage containers and cups; Check tarps on boats or other equip ment that may collect water; Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes at least once a week; Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week; and Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the ow of water. The department has created a public ser vice announcement on the Drain and Cov er method, which you can view here. For more information on mosqui to-borne illness prevention, visit www.or idahealth.gov. 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: cndesk@newszap.com........................................................................To Place A Display Ad Call (863) 763-3134, deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. E-mail: southlakeads@newszap.com To Place A Classied Ad Call (877)353-2424 to place a classied advertisement from home. e deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. Fax: 1-877-354-2424 E-mail: classads@newszap.com Advertising Billing Department E-mail: billteam@newszap.com To Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com e 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 NewsHGUNC meeting set July 6Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition (HGUNC) invites nonprots representatives and other interested parties interested in helping Hendry and Glades County residents with unmet needs because of Hurricane Irma to attend a meeting to be held on Friday, July 6, at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 331 W. Osceola Ave. in Clewiston.Date changed for Golf CampThe Junior Golf Camp #2 (for children ages 6 to 11) to be held at the Clewiston Golf Course, 1201 San Luiz Ave. in Clewiston, has been changed from July 25-29 to July 23-27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday-Friday. Sign up in the Golf Shop. For information, call 863-983-1448.Seeking leggings & ipopsThe Rape Crisis Unit at Abuse Counseling & Treatment is seeking donations of new or gently used leggings and new ipops of any size to provide women who have been survivors of sexual violence. Their goal is to collect 50 pair of leggings and 50 pairs of ip-ops in the month of June. Drop-off location is the LaBelle United Way House, 133 N. Bridge St. in LaBelle. Please be sure to say the donation is for the Rape Crisis Center. For information, call 239-433-7559. Drain & cover to protect from mosquito-borne illness Special to The Clewiston News More than 2 million older Americans are receiving letters from the Social Security Administration about programs that could help pay their health care expenses. Recipients of these letters are likely eligible for Extra Help, a low-income subsidy program for Medicare Part D prescription benets, or other Medicare savings programs. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) wants to reassure seniors that these letters from the Social Security Administration are legitimate. Recipients are encouraged to contact the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program to determine if they are eligible and receive application assistance. SHINE Medicare counselors provide free, unbiased and personalized assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug plans and long-term care insurance. Offered lo cally through the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, SHINE empowers seniors, their caregivers and family members to make informed decisions about healthcare coverage. SHINE is a volunteer pro gram of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and part of the national SHIP Program. About 12 million people nationwide use one of these programs to help cover the costs of medications, copays, deductibles and Medicare premiums, explains Camilita Aldridge, SHINE liaison with AAASWFL. About 180 people in Glades and Hendry counties will receive these letters. If you found one of these letters in your mailbox, SHINE may be able to help you save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your health care. With healthcare costs continuing to rise, these programs can be a lifeline for older adults with limited incomes. AAASWFL provides SHINE counseling services at locations across Southwest Florida. To make an appointment with a SHINE counselor, call AAASWFLs toll-free Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337. A list of counsel ing sites can also be found on the SHINE website: 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 South west Florida. The organization is commit ted to helping adults ages 60 or older and people with disabilities to live with indepen dence and dignity in their own homes and communities. More information is available at www. aaasw.org or by calling the toll-free Help line at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER). Medicare programs can reduce insurance costs

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4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, 2017 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report PWS# 5260262 South Shore Water Association/City of ClewistonEste informe contiene informacin muy importante sobe aqua de beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda blen. We are very pleased to provide you with this years Annual Water Quality Report. We want to keep you informed about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. This report is provided pursuant to Federal and State drinking water requirements. We are pleased to report that our drinking water meets all federal and state requirements. draws ground water from the Floridan Aquifer. Water from this aquifer is of high quality and less vulnerable to pollutants which could be caused in the water to produce high quality drinking water which exceeds water quality standards. After the RO process, the water is disinfected and distributed to the customers. South Shore Water Association routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules, and rules, and regulations. The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: operations, and wildlife. domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. petroleum production, and can, also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided provide the same protection for public health. disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their Action Level (AL) must follow. Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MRDLG: The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts by weight of the water sample. part by weight of analyte to 1 billion parts by weight of the water sample. Picocuries per liter measure of radioactivity in water If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Clewiston is responsible for providing high quality drinking water but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure of Environmental Protection performed a Source Water Assessment on our system. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells. There is one (1) potential source can be obtained from City of Clewiston Utilities, 141 Central Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. based on their conversations. If for some reason its not approved, he said, the cost would be paid out of the air ports budget. Construction is being done under a contract with O-A-K/Florida Inc. of Fort Myers, with AECOM Technical Services Inc. of Tampa as project engineer. The second action was taken to avoid construction delays caused by any other needed changes in any projects because the board will not meet again until July 24. Commissioner Emma Byrd was listening in via telephone, but could not vote. The commissioners then had a very long discussion concerning their 2017-18 capital improvement schedule, which includes several large projects theyve been talking about but have not prioritized plans for be cause of a lack of available nancing and because of the continuing impact of Hurri cane Irma on Hendrys nances. On the schedule are: $40,000 in repairs to the Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce, in cluding air conditioners plus courthouse security measures; $480,000 for court house and other miscellaneous repairs, with $60,000 coming from sources other than county taxpayers funds; $500,000 for Historic Courthouse work, all from a grant; $70,000 for the Health Department building in LaBelle; $10,000 for the library; $100,000 for the Clewiston sub-ofce building; $10,000 for the Harlem Civic Center; and $250,000 for the Dallas B. Townsend Agri cultural Building, all from a grant. The total amount is $1.46 million, with $810,000 coming from grants or other sources. According to the staffs Capital Needs Analysis, those account for a little more than a quarter of the total costs the coun ty faces for bringing its facilities to a better functional and safety level. Deputy County Administrator Jennifer Davis ran through the list. After recent discussions of work needed at county cemeteries, staff provided cost estimates for them: Fort Denaud Cemetery expansion phase one, $300,000; Ridgelawn and Harlem cemeteries, $100,000; and overall cemetery landscaping and renova tions, $100,000. Other items cited in the analysis are: $2 million for the Historic Courthouse exteri or; $900,000 for Administration Courthouse facade work and $200,000 for long-term courthouse security; $300,000 for the court house parking lot and expansion; $350,000 for jail projects, including roof work, interi or repairs, plumbing xture replacements, administrative wing repairs and an LP gas motor for a re pump; and $50,000 for Clewiston sub-ofce work. The total is $4.3 million, but $300,000 is available from the budget for the courthouse facade, so the county is looking at least $4 million worth of needs. Ms. Davis explained: These are all estimates; of course, we feel like theyre close for conversation purposes, but once you all make a decision on how you want to pro ceed, all these numbers would be rmed up ... and everything would have to come back before you before it was approved. Mr. Chapman wanted to clarify, about the nancing that will be sought: What well be looking at is not a bond, where we take out a lump sum and were paying back interest on that lump sum. Well get a line of credit up to a certain amount, and you only pay for that which you draw down, plus interest. After staff presented voluminous information about all the projects and needs, County Board Chairman Mitchell Wills summarized, Were to the point now where we just need to come together and lets x these facilities and get them to where they need to be. The board then passed several motions by unanimous votes. The rst directed the county engineer to move forward with a guaranteed maximum contract price of some $265,000 for the east courthouse facade repairs. Next, commissioners authorized Administrator Chapman to approach nancial institutions and price out a line of credit of up to about $6 million. After their discussions, commissioners and staff arrived at an estimated total needs price of about $5.37 million, but the board imposed no cap, instead asking Mr. Chapman to nd out whether rates would vary depending on a potential total amount sought. He, in turn, committed to work from the schedule he and staff had presented. We will do our best to move this as aggressively as possible. My guarantee to the board is that this will be a part of the package with the budget that you move to adopt at public hearings in September, Mr. Chapman said. Chairman Wills said he wanted to make the situation clear to the public: This isnt a hard cost, this isnt drilled down yet; this is just an estimate to get us moving forward to get to that place where well know what the hard numbers are and then we can move from there. COUNTYContinued From Page 1 could be covered by other local county judges until someone is chosen, or another judge could be appointed quickly. Judge Cupp is eager to attend an upcoming circuit judge conference to get a handle on the job. He must stand for elec tion to the six-year term in 2022. The term will end Jan. 3, 2023. He is pleased that Administrative Assistant Ivelisse Miller has chosen to continue her service to him as he moves on. Judge Cupp wants the people of Hendry County to understand that this is his home and said, I love Hendry County and am not moving. He has never thought of his position as county judge as a steppingstone to higher ofces, he said. CUPPContinued From Page 1

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Marlene Summerall Grillo, 77 LABELLE Marlene Summerall Grillo passed away June 23, 2018 in LaBelle. She was born April 18, 1941 in Tampa, to the late Clyde and the late Edith Marie (Thompson) Summer all, Sr. Survivors include her children, Debbie (Cary) Grillo Haerlin, Terri (Mike) Grillo-Cross, Tony (Lori) Grillo, Cathy (Steve) Grillo and Lonnie (Donnie) Gore; step-sons, Frank Grillo and John Grillo and families; sister, Joyce Boatright; grandchildren, Tommy, Michael, Ben, Skeeter, Michele, Robert, Cassie, Dillon, Josh and Bruce; numerous great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Grillo. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:30 a.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle. Pastor Bill Maddox ofciated. Visitation was for 30 minutes before the funeral at Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle. Interment followed in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. Dorothy Jane Leyva, 76 CLEWISTON Dorothy Jane Leyva passed away June 24, 2018 while a patient with Trustbridge Hospice. Dorothy was born Nov. 20, 1941, in Greenwood, Miss., to Jesse and Dorothy (McCain) Flowers. She married Jose Ramon Leyva; he preceded her in death on 2011. Dorothy worked as a beautician for a few years and then as a chemist for United States Sugar Corporation. Survivors include one son, Michael (Jacqueline) Leyva of Orlando; and one daughter, Julia Leyva of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandson, Joseph Leyva of Orlando. Celebration of her life will be Friday, June 29, 2018, burial will be in Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday also at the funeral home. Celebration of life arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064 (863) 983-8559 528 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL See our other listings at www.rawlsrealestate.comCLEWISTON HOMES / MOBILE HOMES 4/3.5 Large lot w/pool 1205 Pinewood $439,9K 2/2 MH 551 Fleetwood St. $55K Reduced 53,9K 2/2 Condo Bass Capitol #704 Reduced $102.9K 3/1 Cottage Style, updated 420 W. Circle $139K $119,9K 825 S.Quebrada 3/2, granite upgrades $195K RENT ALS RESIDENTI AL / C OMMERCIAL 2BR/1BA, (1) Unit, 550 S. Lopez., $650 mo ACRE AGE L A N D & LOTS MOOR E H AV EN / L AKE P O R T 2/2 Waterfront/Lake Access Lowry Ln CBS $174,9K 4/2.5 1519 Daniels Rd. 5 acres with pond $369,9K 4/2 w/lrg. fam. room, 457 Ave. N $164,9K Res. Lot 402 Pinecrest, Moore Haven $7K 6 Buildable lots available in Sky Valley, Clewiston Starting at $19K 2755 Milum Dr. Lakeport, 3.18 ac. Lake Access, waterfront, MAKE OFFER! $175K 28 ac. Hwy 27 Frontage $16K per acre, Venus, FL 77 ac. $11,5K per acre, Venus, FL (great hunting) 10 ac. $12.5K per acre, Venus, FL (weekend retreat) 901 Yacht Club Way $8,9K Moore Haven Lots Starting at $10K 20 Acres Hwy 80 Frontage $18.5K per acre COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT PROPERT Y lndustrial Park 3013 C.R. 835 (Open storage and Warehouse) Call for details 516 E Sugarland Hwy $59,9K $139,9K .55ac. W. Sagamore $179,9K 1519 Daniels Rd., Moore Haven Rare 4/2.5 on 5 acres Reections from the Pulpit Independence Day: worth celebrating and why By the Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+ Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Independence Day, July 4, is a great national holiday. We celebrate going from a collection of colonies that were brought forth out of a rugged wilderness into a de mocracy never before known in the world and a world power to provide leadership, support and protection among other na tions. What has been accomplished in this country in two hundred and fty years has truly been remarkable and has made us the choice of millions who want to come here to live. We have been blessed and should take this day of celebration to express our gratitude to all who have made our life here possible. In spite of all of our disagreements and factions, our internal struggles and calls for improvements, the reasons to celebrate overshadow and should make us thankful. Our founders credited God for His guid ance and provision of the leadership that has led us to our being that great nation. Every now and again I see news that highlights actions or groups that point out that were less than perfect, or that society is still in need of change for the better. I think that at least in part, theyre reminders that were still growing and still have things to accomplish; but I dont want to lose sight of how far weve come and our cause to celebrate Independence Day and all that it means. When some of our Pilgrim ances tors rst arrived here; they stopped to give thanks to God for their safe arrival and the opportunities before them. Gods place in their lives was a part of what carried them on and laid the foundations for what we have today. I nd that scriptures talk about our relation with God and not only as in dividuals but His collective people across the ages. The rst Epistle of Peter calls us to Be subject for the Lords sake to every human institution, whether it be to the em peror as supreme or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and praise those who do right. For it is Gods will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but live as servants of God. Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor (1 Peter 2:13-17). Thats quite an admonition, but deserves our attention. The call to be subject to every human institution and referring to our leadership sounds a bit absolute; but it doesnt deny freedom of expression and our right to be heard. The passages suggest that leadership is called to keep order in our society, for without an orderly society we will cease to exist. Anarchy is never an answer; and there must be provision for people to be heard. The idea that the best thoughts and direc tions will come from the populace is noted; the best will rise and by force of what they offer for the good of all, those with lesser ideas (the ignorance of foolish men) will give way to the best interests of all. I doubt that ignorance of foolish men means only something in a negative sense; rather feel that it has to do with their just not knowing and being unaware. Sometimes people that propose things that are in their selsh interests or self-serv ing; such directions are not in the interests of all, or the interests of being a democracy. We are to live as free men but our liberty is not to be used for purposes other than for the benet of all and for Gods intentions for us (i.e. as a pretext for evil as Peter puts it.) Honor all men; respect one another even when we may not agree and treat ev eryone as worthy of being heard, respected and having rights. Love the brotherhood; love the fami ly that makes up the being of our nation. Fear God; have a deep respect for God and what He has given us and how weve been blessed by Him. Honor the emperor: show respect even if we may disagree, acknowl edge their places of leadership and do our part to contribute to the greater good. When I think of all that we have and all that we are, we are a blessed people. Even if not perfect, blessed still. Weve come a long way toward being that great nation and our national holiday gives us a moment to re ect on how God has blessed us. My hope is that we will continue to build on the great est of foundations in the world and work to bring in that Kingdom of Heaven that is to come at the end of time. We have so much to be thankful for; our calendar gives us the opportunity on Inde pendence Day. May we all give thanks and celebrate Gods gifts to us all. New course requirements for airboat operators carrying passengers for hire Special to INI Florida At its June 19-20 meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new course requirements for airboat operators carry ing passengers for hire. A tragic airboat accident in south Florida was the impetus behind House Bill 1211, known as Ellies Law, requiring all airboat operators carry ing passengers for hire to complete an Air boat Operators Course. FWC staff worked with the airboat edu cation industry and stakeholders to gather public input and develop the rule, which details minimum course requirements for instructor qualications, student require ments, airboat operators course require ments, basic course topics, proof of com pletion and refresher course requirements. The rule is supported by the airboat educa tion industry, stakeholders and the public as indicated from three public meetings and meetings with the Florida Airboat Associa tion. Public safety is important to the FWC, and with the Legislatures guidance, this new rule provides additional requirements for airboat operator courses which will improve safety measures for passengers aboard an airboat for hire, said Commis sion Chairman Bo Rivard. Implementation of the new rule will go into effect by July 1, 2019. The entire rule can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2MBC9nQ. Real Estate Directory Hava a sae 4t Juy Obituaries

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6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, U.S. Sugar Employees Give Back U.S. Sugar and our employees AHabitat for Humanity Special to The Clewiston News/ Lori M. Shula Club member Wayne Eckert repairs cable. Radio Club succeeds in reaching Puerto Rico, New York, Wisconsin and Texas The Big Lake Amateur Radio Club EM Reservists participated in a nationwide training Field Day in Clewiston on May 23 and 24. The training is intended to demonstrate the ability of Amateur Radio to function in the event of a civil emer gency, using only generators for power. This year, Hendry County Reservist licensed operators succeeded in reaching a 1,000-mile radius, to amateur radio operators in Puerto Rico, New York state, Wisconsin and Texas. Special to The Clewiston News/Lori M. ShulaFrom left, Big Lake Radio Club members who participated in the eld day included David Hegley, Frank Harris Sr., Lori M Shula, Edward Radke and Clewiston Police Department ofcers Ilia Movalli and Darrin McNeil. Special to The Clewiston News/Lori M. Shula From left, Clewiston Police Department ofcers Ilia Movalli and Darrin McNeil observe Edward Radke tuning in on transmissions with Frank Harris Sr.

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 PRIMARY ELECTION Books CloseREGISTER TO VOTE: For the August 28, 2018, Primary Elec tion at the Supervisor of Elections Ofce, LaBelle Courthouse, the Clewiston Ofce, any Drivers License Ofce, Public Assistance Ofce and all Public Libraries. The Voter Registration Books close on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.ELECCIN DE PRIMARIA Libros Se CierranREGISTRESE para VOTAR: Para las Eleciones Primarias el 28 de Agosto, 2018, en la Ocina de Elecciones, en el Edicio de la Corte en LaBelle, y la ocina de Clewiston, y en la Ocina de licencia, Ocinas de Assistencias Publicas y Bibliotecas Publica. Los libros de registracion se sierra el Lunes, 30 de Julio, 2018 a las 5:00 p.m. Brenda Hoots Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida June 28, 2018 C.N. & C.B. F.S. 97.055 Grants outt Hendry reghters for scuba rescues Floridas Division of the State Fire Marshal presented Hendry Countys rural volunteer re departments of Montura Ranch Estates/Flaghole, Felda and Pioneer with checks totaling $166,243 during a special meeting of the county commission Tuesday, June 5. The money, which amounts to $55,414.60 apiece, will be used to supply each department with 10 sets of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, or scuba gear, for use in water rescues. The Clewiston News/ Photos courtesy of Hendry County From left are: Fire Standards and Training Bureau Chief Mike Tucker; State Sen. Denise Grimsley; Hendry County Commissioners Darrell Harris and Mitchell Wills; State Volunteer Fire Coordinator Charlie Frank; Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapman; Hendry County Grants & Special Projects Director Janet Papinaw; and Division of State Fire Marshal Director Julius Halas; with Marcy Herrera and Melissa Franco, volunteer reghters from the Montura Fire Department, holding the ceremonial check. From left are: Fire Standards and Training Bureau Chief Mike Tucker; State Sen. Denise Grimsley; Hendry County Commissioners Darrell Harris and Mitchell Wills; State Volunteer Fire Coordinator Charlie Frank; Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapman; Hendry County Grants & Special Projects Director Janet Papinaw; and Division of State Fire Marshal Director Julius Halas; with Amanda Ken nedy and Matt Bauer, volunteer reghters from the Felda Fire Department, holding the ceremonial check. From left are: Fire Standards and Training Bureau Chief Mike Tucker; State Sen. Denise Grimsley; Hendry County Commissioners Darrell Harris and Mitchell Wills; State Volunteer Fire Coordinator Charlie Frank; Hendry County Administrator Charles Chapman; Hendry County Grants & Special Projects Director Janet Papinaw; and Division of State Fire Marshal Director Julius Halas; with Alex Piedra, Charles Wagner and Elaine Young, volunteers from the Pioneer Plantation Fire Department, holding the ceremonial check. By Ben Feldman Special to The Clewiston News Larry Luckey is lucky. He was also the Glades County property appraiser for 28 years. Now retired, he is enjoying life on the land he loves, Florida. Mr. Luckey was born in Southwest Florida to a family that devel oped deep veins of attachment to the area. In fact, listening to Mr. Luck ey talk about life in LaBelle, and Hendry and Glades coun ties, you see his face and eyes grow animated. How deep are these family veins here? His great-great-grandparents came to this area around 1880. There were ve families here then. So, I asked him, how did they make money? They were hunters and sold fur from the game they shot. Mr. Luckey said that his parents lived and settled in Naples. They traveled a lot to La Belle because they had many friends here. As he speaks and describes life growing up in this area, you cannot help but imagine the tranquility and simplicity surrounding life then. Listening to Mr. Luckey talk with such enthusiasm and affec tion for the land and life he knew, you realize how the openness of the land, with its quiet, anchored him. Mr. Luckey grew up in Naples and graduated from Naples High School. He remembered the road to LaBelle. It was one lane, made of limerock and sand. He said that if someone wanted to pass, you just pulled off the road. How long did the ride take? I asked. Three hours, he answered. His family permanently moved to LaBelle in 1969. Mr. Luckeys memories poured out of him as we chatted, having coffee at Charlies, also known as the Bridge Street Cafe. His memories about LaBelle make you want to relive with him the country life he knew growing up here. He spoke about playing ball with friends, then walking home alone, unafraid. He recalled the Trading Post and the Seminole Indians shopping there. Then there was the skating rink, owned by Blanche McCormack, which was a social meeting place, and Whites restaurant where the cowboys ate and socialized. But its the oak trees along State Road 80 that are gone that bother him. These were removed to widen SR 80. He laments their removal. As he spoke, I recalled driving around LaBelle neighborhoods seeing massive old oak trees with their withered, long-armed branches shading homes from the sun, sitting on lawns with years of time recessed in their bark. The trees hold LaBelles history, and Larry Luckey sees it. Talking with him, you see it, too. Mr. Luckey loves LaBelle and its size, its country life openness, and the families he has known for years. He doesnt like the big city. He added that almost every business in LaBelle, 40 years ago, was owned by a wom an. That was not common then, he added. However, even though that was the way it was in business, men still made the decisions in relationships. Chatting with Larry Luckey is denitely a memory tour of country life in Hendry Coun ty. But now in this computerized, iPhone, modern era, is there a place for small-town life? Larry would say yes, denitely. Thats why he wont leave. Ever. Larry Luckey reminisces about the ole days Special to The Clewiston News/ Courtesy photo Larry Luckey talks about life in Hendry and Glades coun ties. Special to The Clewiston News A Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce (HCSO) report stated that on June 19, Hendry Coun ty Sheriff Steve Whidden received, from the court, a writ of possession ordering him to immediately seize all of the property named in the writ and turn it over to the new own er. He was also ordered to remove any per sons on the named property known as Altair Training Solutions, a regional training facility with an address of 31101 Na Drive, Im mokalee. This training facility is the former site of Hendry Correctional Institution. The lender sued Altair and others in a foreclosure, and the lender was awarded the property. The property was sold at auction on May 30. As a result, the writ was issued. Due to the size of the facility and the type of training being conducted there, Sheriff Whidden felt that the safest way to do this was to organize an operation and enact the Mutual Aid Agreement, per statute. The Lee County Sheriffs Ofce, Collier County Sheriffs Ofce, Southwest Florida Region al Bomb Squad, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bureau of Alco hol, Tobacco and Firearms and Homeland Security Investigations assisted HCSO with personnel and assets. Seventy-three law en forcement ofcers were briefed on the situ ation and entered the property, securing all buildings. Once that was done, the property was turned over to the new owners. ATF seized several rearms that were in violation, and a small amount of explosive ordnance was seized by the bomb squad. No arrests had been made at the time of the news release. HCSO seizes Altair Training Solutions property Date changed for Golf Camp The Junior Golf Camp #2 (for children ages 6 to 11) to be held at the Clewiston Golf Course, 1201 San Luiz Ave. in Clew iston, has been changed from July 25-29 to July 23-27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Monday-Friday. Sign up in the Golf Shop. For information, call 863-983-1448.

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8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance struc tures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the In terior make that difcult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May some areas received more than 400 percent of average rainfall left all of South Florida saturated with fresh water. As runoff from the Kissimmee River basin owed south into Lake Okeechobee, the lake level quickly rose. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tries to keep the lake on schedule between 12.5 and 15.5 feet above sea level. Higher levels damage the lakes ecology by drowning the marshes along its shores. These marshes are critical habitat for sh and wildlife and also help clean the wa ter. Higher levels also threaten the stability of the earthen Herbert Hoover Dike. During hurricane season, the corps tries to leave enough capacity in Lake Okeechobee to anticipate the heavy ows from storms, which can cause the lake to rise as much as 4 feet in a few weeks. On June 1, the corps started owing up to 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) east to the St. Lucie from the lake as measured at the St. Lucie Lock, and up to 4,000 cfs west to the Caloosahatchee at the Moore Haven Lock. Flow south of the lake is currently limited by the capacity of the canals and by the Tamiami Trail, which acts as a dam bisecting the Everglades from Tampa to Miami. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) calls for raising part of the roadway. The corps recommended 11 miles of raised bridging. Currently only 1 mile of raised bridg ing has been completed; another 2.6 miles is under construction. An additional barrier to ow south is the Department of the Interior, which has blocked ow under the Tamiami Trail to protect the nesting area of the Cape Sable sea sparrow. To protect the nesting grounds, two of the S-12 gates (which would allow ow under the trail) are closed. On June 20, ow under the trail was 1,316 cfs about 700 million gallons per day. If all of the S-12 gates were open, that ow could nearly double. This would still only be a fraction of the water that has been owing east and west since June 1. Flow south is also limited by restrictions on phosphorus levels. While the Lake Okeechobee inows from the north average around 140 parts per billion of phosphorus, water entering Everglades National Park must be no more than 10 ppb. So the water that ows through the lake must be sent through Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) to be cleaned before it can be sent south into the Everlgades. Due to heavy rainfall in May, those STAs were at or above capacity when the releases east and west started June 1. On June 20, water from the lake was owing south at 1,031 cfs to the STAs, then into the Water Conservation Areas. Clean water from the WCAs was owing at a rate of 1,316 cfs to Everglades National Park. On Wednesday, June 20, Gov. Scott directed Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein to issue an order urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District (SFW MD) to take emergency actions to help redirect the ow of water out of Lake Okeechobee to the south. This order is in response to the Army Corps decision to release water from Lake Okeechobee west to the Caloosahatchee River and east to the St. Lucie River estuaries and the Indian River Lagoon. Since the corps began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this year, DEP has continued to respond to reports of algal blooms in both rivers, as well as continued reports on Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Scott said: In previous years, we have seen algae blooms develop in our waterways due to the federal water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers directs these discharges when the dike is nearing capacity and at risk of breaching. Unfortunately, the federal government has had decades to x the dike that they operate, but have failed to do so. In response, I have put up state funding to x the federal dike and I have secured an agreement from the Trump administration to expedite the repairs. Also, working with the Florida Legislature, I signed a law that accelerated the EAA reservoir to move more water south of the lake, to help ease these discharges. But, while we continue to wait on the federal governments action on the dike and EAA reservoir, we are going to do all we can to protect our waterways as we enter the hot summer months in Florida. I am directing DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein to issue a Secretarial Emergency Order urging the Army Corps and SFWMD to take emergency actions to lower lake levels and help redirect the ow of water out of Lake Okeechobee to the south. Two years ago, we saw the devastating impact of releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries, which caused widespread algal blooms and led to the declaration of a state of emergency in four counties. We are taking immediate action to do everything in our power to solve this problem. With this order, and the cooperation of the Army Corps and other federal agencies, the state will continue to work to mitigate and minimize the impacts of algal blooms we witnessed in the past. We will continue to ght to secure federal action and urge the federal government to authorize the EAA reservoir and fully fund the Herbert Hoover Dike repairs. DEP Secretary Valenstein said: We want to take every step possible to allow the Army Corps and water management district to pro actively address high water levels and move more water south and away from our communities. While lake releases will continue to depend on the Army Corps water operations, the state is committed to providing exibility to the Army Corps, while also standing alongside Floridians. Prior to the Army Corps releases, the SF WMD was already maximizing opportunities to lower water levels in all three water conservation areas south of the lake, and this emergency order will provide additional opportunities to move clean water out of the water conservations areas to the south. SFWMD continues to make use of all available water storage, including recently completed components of Gov. Scotts Restoration Strategies Plan, such as the A-1 and L-8 Flow Equalization Basins. On Thursday, the corps announced that it will slightly reduce the ows east and west starting Friday, June 22 Starting Friday (June 22), the target ow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be reduced to 3,000 cfs as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) located near Fort Myers. The target ow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to a seven-day average of 1,170 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. Because these releases will include local ow, the actual ow from the lake will be less than the target ow number. For example, on June 20, 1,760 cfs was owing into the Calo osahatchee from local basin runoff. With the new schedule, that would have meant only 1,240 cfs could have been released at Moore Haven. The discharges over the past three weeks have stopped the rise in the lake, said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. Inows have also slowed since late May. Based on current conditions, the guidance under the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule calls for reduced ows. The corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a pulse fashion, which means ows will vary during the seven-day release period. Additional run off from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could also occasionally result in ows that exceed targets. The pulse releases will be set up to in clude two consecutive days of no ow for the St. Lucie Estuary, said Col. Kirk. This should allow some tidal ushing, which will help aquatic life in the estuary. The corps is working with state ofcials to determine what other actions can be tak en to address water management challeng es in South Florida. Col. Kirk said while they appreciate the need to protect the estuaries, the governors order does not change the way the corps fol lows the existing Lake Okeechobee Regula tion Schedule (LORS). In collaboration with the South Florida Water Management District and in consulta tion with our regional headquarters and fed eral resource agencies, we constantly seek to identify and implement the optimal solu tions in a system with limited options, said Col. Kirk. Our close federal-state partner ship serves us well in day-to-day operations as it does in our shared pursuit of Everglades restoration wherein were working to im plement long-term improvements to South Floridas water quantity, quality, timing and distribution. Corps cuts lake ows to the coastal estuaries A continuing series TRUTH INI Florida/ Katrina ELskenCol. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander, visited the Herbert Hoover Dike on June 21 to assure those living south of the dike that work is continuing to keep them safe and to announce a reduction in lake releases toward the northern estuaries east and west.

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Maintenance Technician. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 6, 2018 at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Emergency Management Planner. Applications will be received at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Hendry County BOCC is seeking appli cations for a Field Technician. Applications will be received at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. 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10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018 GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL DEMOLITION & REBUILD OF ONE (1) HOME,The Glades County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) requests that interested parties submit formal sealed proposals for the above-referenced project. This project will be undertaken as part of the Glades County SHIP Program. Contractors must be qualified to bid on SHIP projects. If not pre-qualified, the Contractors Application Documents may be obtained from the SHIP Administrator or http://www.myglades.com/departments/communityservices/ ship.php A mandatory meeting and contractor review of these projects will be held on Friday June 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at 1882 Linda Drive, Okeechobee, FL,(Buckhead Ridge Jobsite) 34974. Any firm not represented at this meet ing will not be able to bid. All potential bidders must be in meeting no later than 4:00p.m. in order to participate in these RFPs. The specifications and requirements informational package must be obtained from Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator 863-946-6124, cricker@myglades.com Due date/time: July 20th, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST. All responses (7 copies and 1 digital copy) shall be placed in separate, sealed envelopes with the ti tles clearly indicated on the outside: GLADES COUNTY SHIP PROGRAM RFP #2018-DEMO/REPLACEMENT-2-Hoyt with delivery to the SHIP Administrator, in SHIP Administrators office at Court House, Moore Haven, no later than deadline time of 1:00 p.m.. RFPs received after such time will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. Responses delayed for any reason shall not be considered. Faxed and electronically mailed responses will not be accepted. All prospective respondents are cautioned not to contact any member of the BoCC. All questions should be directed to Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator, 500 Avenue J, (P.O. Box 1527) Moore Haven FL 33471 Phone 863-946-6124. EMAIL cricker@myglades.com. It is anticipated that the qualified responses to this RFP will be considered and a decision on the selection of a qualified responder will be made by the BoCC. The County reserves the right to reject any or all responses in its sole discretion. The County also reserves the right to waive irregularities and technicalities, to re-advertise for additional responses, and to select the responder, who, in the BoCCs sole opinion, is in the best interests of Glades County. Glades County does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or marital status. Glades County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. 270113 ON 6/24; GCD 6/28/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 18000305CAAXMXNATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF THOMAS E. PRICE, DECEASED. Defendant(s ), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: THE UNKNOWN IfEffiS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF THOMAS E. PRICE, DECEASED, whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: (TRACT 29) tHE EAST HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF!THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 29, TOWNSIDP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Ave., Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 on or before 7-20-18 / (30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice) and file the original with the clerk of 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 filed herein. WITNESS my hand and ttle seal of this Court at Hendry County, Florida, this 14th day of June, 2018. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: J. Bevis DEPUTY CLERK ROBERTSON, ANSCHUTZ, AND SCHNEID, PL ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN1flFF 6409 Congress Ave., Suitei 100 Boca Raton, FL 33487 PRIMARY EMAIL: mail@rasflaw.com 269717 CN 6/28;7/4/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 17000304CAAXMX U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. GUADALUPE CORTEZ; JESUS L. CORTEZ, JR.; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION #1 and #2, and ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, et.al., Defendant(s)RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Consent Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 10, 2018 and an Order Canceling and Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated June 15, 2018, entered in Civil Case No. 17000304CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATIO TRUST, Plaintiff, and GUADALUPE CORTEZ; JESUS L. CORTEZ, JR., are Defendants I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, on 2nd Floor in Hallway of the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935 at I 1:00 AM, on the 1st day of August. 2018, the following described real property operty as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: LOT 15, BLOCK 2067, UNIT 2, PORT LABELLE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES 60 THROUGH 72, INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owne r of record as of the date of the Iis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on June 20th, 2018. BARBARA S. BUTLER CLERK OF THE COURT By: J. Bevis Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Brian L. Rosaler, Esquire Popkin & Rosaler, P.A. 1701West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 400 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Telephone: (954) 360-9030 Facsimile: (954) 420-5187 270638 CN 6/28;7/5/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 18-CA-347TAMMIE GARZA Plaintiff, vs. PEDRO MURILLO MARTINEZ, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE/PROPERTY TO: Pedro Murillo Martinez Current address unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title on the following property in Lee County, Florida: Lot 4, Block 2150, PORT LABELLE, UNIT 4, according to plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 3, Pages 86 through 102, inclusive, of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Jacqueline J. Perefrin, Esq. of Peregrin Law Firm, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 6621 Willow Park Drive, Suite 1, Naples, Florida 34109, on or before July 20, 2018, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED o n June 14, 2018. Clerk of the Court By: J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk PEREGRIN LAW FIRM, P.A. Jacqueline J. Peregrin, Esq. Florida Bar No. 0085264 6621 Willow Park Drive, Suite 1 Naples, Florida 34109 (239) 349-2628 or Fax (239) 631-2304 269715 CN 6/21,28/2018 Public Notice Public Notice EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundaries of the EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTEC TION DISTRICT that pursuant to applicable laws, a meeting of the landowners of the EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DISTRICT will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in University of Florida/IFASEverglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E. Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430, for the following purposes: 1. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect thereto as the landowners may determine; and, 2. Transacting such other business as may properly come before the meet ing. The Board of Supervisors meeting will commence immediately thereafter and the purpose of this meeting is to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 and to transact any and all business that may come before the Board. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at these meetings he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting, because of a disability or physical impairment, should contact the Districts Attorney, Charles F. Schoech, at 561-655-0620 at least five (5) calendar days prior to the Meeting. DATED this Thursday, the 21st day of June, 2018. BY: Charles F. Schoech, Administrator, Asst. Secretary and Counsel to the District 270644 CGS 6/28;7/5/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DISTRICT FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 2019 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a public hearing by the Board of Supervisors of the Everglades Agricultural Area Environmental Protection District will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m. during the Annual Landowners Meeting, which begins at 9:00 a.m. in the University of Florida/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E. Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430. The purpose of this public hearing is to hear all objections to the budget as proposed, to make such changes to the proposed budget as the Board of Supervisors deems necessary and to adopt the budget as finally approved by the Board of Supervisors for the District. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at these meetings he/ she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting, because of a disability or physical impairment, should contact the Districts Attorney, Charles F. Schoech, at 561-655-0620 at least five (5) calendar days prior to the Meeting. DATED this Thursday, the 21st day of June, 2018. BY: Charles F. Schoech, Administrator, Asst. Secretary and Counsel to the District270647 CGS 6/28;7/5/2018 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS EMPLOYEE MEDICAL, DENTAL, VISION AND LIFE INSURANCE FOR HENDRY COUNTY EMPLOYEES RFP NUMBER: RFP # HCBOCC2018-01 OPENING DATE AND TIME: July 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Sealed Proposals will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, for HENDRY COUNTY EMPLOYEE MEDICAL, DENTAL, VISION AND LIFE. In order to be considered, proposals must received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerks Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by July 13, 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. The Evaluation Committee will meet on August 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. EDT at the County Administration building, 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, FL. 33935. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place. A copy of the Instructions and RFP Documents can be obtained from the Hendry County Administrators Office, located at 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), Post Office Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling (863) 675-5354 or (863) 674-5671 or by emailing Crystal Mcmullen at MCMULLEN@albrittonins.com. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this RFP, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this RFP, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. 270692 CN/CB 6/28/2018 Public Notice Public Notice REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) No. 6000000901 LOCK TENDER SERVICES, GLADES, HENDRY, MARTIN, OKEECHOBEE, OSCEOLA AND POLK COUNTIES, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to the 2:30 p.m. opening time on July 25, 2018, for Lock Tender services, which include, but are not limited to, operation and maintenance of eleven (11) navigational boat locks located on the Kissimmee River Waterway and perimeter of Lake Okeechobee, which provide for boat passage from Lake Tohopekaliga to Lake Okeechobee and beyond. The Contract resulting from this solicitation will be for a three (3) year period with a two (2) year renewal option. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held July 16, 2018, 9:00 A.M., in the Okeechobee Field Station Conference Room, 1000 N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 for all interested Respondents. NOTE: Visits to field sites will immediately follow. Transportation will be the responsibility of interested attendees. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested Respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/procurement; (3) by calling 561-682-2011, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800472-5290 (option 1). The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our website www.sfwmd.gov. 271073 CN 6/28/2018 SOLICITATION NO. 6000000898 C43 West Caloosahatchee Basin Storage Reservoir, Hendry County, FloridaThe Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed Statements of Qualifications up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, for the C43 West Caloosahatchee Basin Storage Reservoir, Hendry County, Florida. The South Florida Water Management District (District) is seeking a construction contractor for a major Civil Works project to build the new dam and water control structures located in Hendry County, FL. The Reservoir is a major component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project being executed between the South District and the US Army Corps of Engineers. As the local sponsor, the District is responsi ble for design and construction of the Reservoir. The C43 Reservoir will be an earthfill dam with total perimeter dam length of approximately 16.3 miles and separator dam 2.8 miles in length separating the reservoir into two cells. The reservoir will encompass approximately 10,000 acres and will store 170,000 acre-feet of water when full. All Statements of Qualifications must conform to the instructions in the Solici tation. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete Solicitation (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling 561-682-2510 or 561-682-2680. The public is invited to attend the opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our website www.sfwmd.gov. 271099 CN 6/28/2018 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF APPLICATIONThe Department announces receipt of an environmental resource permit modification application (File No. MMR_367067-001) from the Garcia Family Farms, LLC, to conduct mining activities at Garcia Farms Sand Mine. The project involves a new sand mine including dredging and mining operations into an approximately 600.02-acre site; impacts to approximately 0.0 acres of wetlands and approximately 50.3-acre of other surface waters are to be impacted. The project is in the Feeder Canal drainage basin, Class III waters, Hendry County, Sections 14 and 15, 22 and 23, 10 Township 47 South, Range 33 East. The application is being processed and is available for public inspection at: https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEn tity&[guid=26.8 7446.1]&[profile=Permitting_Authorization, or by contacting the Department at MiningAndMitigation@dep.state.fl.us, (850)245-7554. Any comments or objections should be filed in writing with the Department at this address. Comments or objections should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure that there is adequate time for them to be considered in the Department decision on the application. 270634 CN 6/28/2018 Administr ation of Estates NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA Probate Division CASE NO.: 18000022CPMXAX IN RE: ESTATE OF TAMMY SUE HELFINSTINE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of TAMMY SUE HELFINSTINE, deceased, whose date of death was December 15, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Av enue J, Room 102, PO Box 10, Moore Haven, FL 33471. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and oth er persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORI DA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this no tice is June 21st, 2018. Personal Representative: JOSEPH HELFINSTINE 1952 Linda Rd. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: WARREN B. BRAMS, ESQ. Florida Bar Number: 0698921 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Ste 201 WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33409 Telephone: (561) 478-4848 Fax: (561) 478-0108 E-Mail: mgrbramslaw@gmail.com Secondary E-Mail: warrenbrams@ bramslaw.onmicrosoft.com 268204 GCD 6/21,28/2018 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO www.newszap.com& click on classifieds

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 WWW.HRMC.US|863-983-3000 FULL SERVICE DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY Your local newspaper will be closed Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day THURS DAY, JULY 5TH DEADLINEDisplay Advertising .........................3 p.m. Friday, June 29 ......................... 11 a.m. Monday, July 2 Obituary Deadline .......................... 3 p.m. Monday, July 2 Have a Safe Holiday! Special to INI Florida The Fourth of July is a busy boating holiday with Floridas appealing waterways beckoning in-state and out-of-state boaters to enjoy their many charms, including the manatees. Save the Manatee Club urges residents and visitors to watch out for manatees throughout the holiday and beyond. The largest known cause of manatee mortality is from collisions with boats. Additionally, most living manatees have been hit by boats many manatees have been hit multiple times and most suffer through these injuries that can negatively affect their ability to eat, swim, mate and take care of their young. Manatees must surface to breathe and prefer shallow waters. Any boat, moving fast, can injure or kill a manatee if there is not enough clearance for the boats hull to pass safely over a manatees back. Slowing down in manatee habitat is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of watercraft-related injury and death. In order to safeguard manatees and to curb the number of manatee injuries and deaths from boat collisions, Save the Manatee Club offers a number of free public awareness materials to help boaters protect manatees. One of these is a Boating Safety Packet,, which contains a weatherproof boat decal with a hotline number for reporting manatee injuries, deaths or harassment. It also includes a waterproof waterway card that was created in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It can easily be hung and kept on board a vessel and features examples of regulatory signs posted for manatee protection, with information in English, French, Spanish and German. Save the Manatee Club also provides free waterproof banners for boaters and public awareness signs for Florida shoreline property owners. The bright yellow banners read Please Slow: Manatees Below, and can be used to warn other boaters if a manatee is spotted in the area. Aluminum dock signs with a similar message are available for Florida shoreline property owners. Family-friendly Buddy manatee signs, designed to teach manatee manners, are available to state, municipal and county parks; marinas; and other busy sites where human/manatee interaction can be a problem, resulting in manatee harassment. Remember, it is always important to report a sick, injured or orphaned manatee to the FWC. Heres how to recognize if something is wrong: A manatee oating high in the water that is unable to submerge may indicate a serious problem. An adult manatee not resting or traveling rapidly should surface to breathe every two to three minutes. Manatees entangled in crab traps or shing line should be reported to the FWC do not try to cut the entanglement. A pink scar or open wound on a manatee needs to be reported. Thrashing and splashing manatees are usually a mating herd and need their space; however a lone manatee that has beached itself should be reported to the FWC do not push the manatee back into the water. A small, lone manatee with no larger manatees around could be an orphan, and the FWC should be called at 888-404-FWCC (3992). To view the clubs new video, How to Report Distressed Manatees, and get more information, including how to report manatees outside of Florida, go to savethemanatee. org/rescue. We greatly appreciate the help of the boating community to be extra vigilant on Floridas waterways during the July 4th holiday and every day, said Patrick Rose, the clubs executive director & aquatic biologist. The risks and threats to the manatees survival remain uncontrolled and accelerating, and we need everyone to be good stewards and help ensure that manatees continue to roam free for future generations to enjoy. The free public awareness and education materials are available by emailing Save the Manatee Club at education@savethemanatee.org or by calling toll free at 800-432-JOIN (5646). More Manatee Protection Tips for Boaters can be found on the clubs website at savethemanatee.org/boatertips. You can also view the clubs new Safe Boating Tips to Protect Manatees video. Boating safety tips: Help protect manatees Courtesy photo Cora Berchem, Save the Manatee Club The Fourth of July is a busy boating holiday. Save the Manatee Club urges residents and visitors to watch out for manatees when boating on Florida wa terways.

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