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14.54 feetLast Year: 13.27 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Community News ... Page 3 Big, healthy bass and big checks continue strong on Lake Okeechobee ... Page 6 Nitrogen from the air helps fuel blue-green algae ... Page 2 Local surgical services reduce burden of travel ... Page 12 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper. THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018VOL. 91 NUMBER 33 50 theclewistonnews.com Sugar farmers push back on attacks from media ... Page 8 Marco SanchezClewiston FFA The Clewiston FFA chapter has had a very productive summer. Eighteen students and ve chaperones attended the Florida FFA State Convention, which was held June 10 through 15. Our parliamentary procedure team, consisting of Soraya Martinez, Morgan Daniels, Caroline Sweet, Karlee Lamb, Olivia Williams and Mark Faulk, competed in the state-level competition, and did an outstanding job, making everyone from Clewiston very proud. Each member attended several different workshops that helped us in developing leadership skills. We will bring back these newly learned skills and spread them throughout our chapter and school. All in all, it was a very exciting, motivational and educational experience. In the middle of the summer, the Clewiston FFA of cer team was invited to help campaign and survey for Denise Grimsley, candidate for Florida commissioner of agriculture. On July 21, the of cer team traveled to Haines City, home of the Florida FFA Leadership Training FFA chapter has had a busy summer Bottom left to right and up: Olivia Williams, vice president; Caroline Sweet, president; Gwendolyn Ash, secretary; Damien Rivera, sentinel; Mark Faulk, treasurer; and Marco Sanchez, reporter. Special to the Clewiston News A Hendry County resident has been named to the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame. Patricia Ann Bosley began her 4-H experiences in 1978 in a small community between Clewiston and LaBelle. Patricia enrolled her three older children in the local 4-H Club, but soon the volunteer leader moved away. Instead of disbanding the club, Patricia became the new volunteer leader for the Pioneer Arts and Crafts 4-H Club. Presently, Patricia is the 4-H leader of the Pioneer Sewing 4-H Club and the Pioneer Small Animal 4-H Club. Previously, she served as the Pioneer Dairy Goat 4-H Club leader. In addition to being active in the Hendry County 4-H Club Program, Mrs. Bosley is strongly involved in her community. For 16 years she has held the position of secretary for the Pioneer Neighborhood Watch Organization. Moreover, Patricia has been an outstanding 4-H Bosley inducted into the FL 4-H Hall of Fame Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photoLeft to right are Barbara Bosley Parmer, Fred Bosley, Patricia Bosley, Nancy Bosley Long, and Cindy Bosley Acree. Public meeting set for Aug. 21, at LaBelle High School Auditorium Special to The Clewiston News The Hendry Education Support Professionals Association, HESPA, is at an impasse with the Hendry County School District regarding pay raises. The impasse hearing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the LaBelle High School Auditorium in LaBelle. HESPA is arguing for a raise for all support staff for the 2018-19 school year. HESPA is inviting the community to stand behind those who support the children and educators of this county with their attendance. President of HESPA Richard West said: After several years without a raise, HESPA is advocating for fair and reasonable wages for 309 employees that support the education of over 7,200 students daily. We believe that this is not about ability to pay but willingness to support the staff and students of our district. Support staff includes non-instructional staff such as paraprofessionals (teachers aides), secretaries, bookkeepers, custodians, mechanics, maintenance, bus drivers and bus aides paid by the county. Part of the impasse also includes increases for bus drivers. According to HESPA, the district refused a School board, teachers union at impasse See FFA Page 4 See SCHOOL Page 4 See BOSLEY Page 4

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Tests by the University of Florida show the cyanobacteria bloom in the lake has changed. At the start of the summer, the dominant type was a species of Microcystis, accord ing to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDEP) tests. In late July, the Mi crocystis bloom appeared to die off. A new bloom that has grown in size in August is a different type of cyanobacteria. Changes in the cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee have been tracked this sum mer by the National Oceanic and Atmo spheric Administra tion using satellite imagery to detect cyanobacteria in the water column. The NOAA imagery cannot determine what kind of cyanobacteria is present. The Aug. 10 image showed cyanobacteria in about 38 percent of Lake Okeechobee, according to satellite oceanographer Dr. Sachi Mishra of NOAA. Most of the cyanobacteria was in the northeast quadrant of the lake according to the Aug. 10 image. Cyanobacteria, commonly called bluegreen algae although it is not technically algae, was detected in 90 percent of the lake in July, then dissipated to about 10 percent of the big lake, according to the NOAA imagery. The most recent imagery shows the cyano bacteria concentrations in about 38 percent of the lake. The cyanobacteria in the NOAA imagery may not be visible on the water surface, according to Dr. Mishra. It could be in the water column. The satellite can detect cyanobacteria that may not be visible to the human eye. On Aug. 7, Dr. Dail Laughinghouse, an assistant professor of applied phycology at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, collected water samples from Lake Okeechobee. He found the samples of blue-green algae included three species of Microcystis, which dominated the bloom that started in June, and six species of Anabaena. Dr. Karl Havens, director of Florida Sea Grant, said the original bloom that started in June appeared to dissipate before another bloom resurged on Lake Okeechobee. We use the word resurging because two weeks ago the bloom appeared to be dissipating perhaps due to weather conditions or because the algae ran out of dissolved nitrogen in the lake water. We speculated that the bloom might reemerge and be dominated by a species, like Anabaena, that could obtain the nitrogen it needs to grow from the atmosphere. The last update conrmed that this predicted change in the kind of algae did happen, and this latest image indicates that the bloom is steadily growing in size, Dr. Havens wrote on the Florida Sea Grant website on Aug. 11. According to Dr. Havens, it is impossible to say how long the bloom will persist, because it is controlled in part by wind, rain and cloud cover, which are unpredictable. However, the bloom now includes Anabae na, a species that can obtain, or x, the ni trogen it needs from the atmosphere. With continued sunny days, warm water, abun dant phosphorus from the lake sediments and an unlimited source of nitrogen from the atmosphere, this bloom has the ingredi ents it needs to grow. This is different from the original bloom of Microcystis, which needed nitrogen from the lake water. Dr. Havens noted that the releases from the lake to the coastal estuaries may or may not have seeded blue-green algae blooms in those waterways. Finding the same kind of blue-green al gae dominating the blooms in the lake and in one of the estuaries neither conrms nor negates a physical connection, he wrote. Microcystis is a common bloom-former in lakes across the United States, Europe and Asia. Most of the water and the nutrient load that goes in the St. Lucie and Calo osahatchee estuaries comes from the local watersheds, not from Lake Okeechobee, he noted. On average, 60 percent of the total fresh water going into both the St. Lucie and Ca loosahatchee estuaries originates from the local watersheds, and 40 percent originates from Lake Okeechobee, Dr. Havens wrote. 800.763.2114S t Lic #CMC O54668Refrigeration ~ AC ~ Ice MachinesServing the Lake Okeechobee Region Since 1929 CarrierJim and Monica McCarthy Clark Nitrogen from the air helps fuel blue-green algae The Aug. 10 NOAA image showed cyanobacteria in about 38 percent of Lake Okeechobee.

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August 16, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 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 NewsSupport group set Aug. 16The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Hendry County of the Alzheimers Association will hold an All Dementia Caregiver Support Group on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 331 W Osceola Ave. in Clewiston. For information, call 561755-3129 or email mzluvlife2@yahoo.com.USAJobs overview set Aug. 16The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide a USAJobs website overview at no cost to the public on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Clewiston Public Library, 120 W. Osceola Ave. in Clewiston. Learn how to navigate the site and get a job. For information, call 863-983-8101 ext 232.Creative workshops openPainting workshops hosted by the Condent Creator, Heather Caldwell, will be held at the Clewiston Public Library, 120 W. Osceola Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 18. The childrens workshop for ages 8 and up will be \ from 9 to 10:30 a.m. An adult workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a $15 registration fee which includes all materials. Registration is required due to limited seating.Florida B. Thomas Library Abuse Counseling & Treatment Inc. invites the community to a presentation on sexual violence, and domestic violence on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florida B. Thomas Library located at 1010 J Harlem Academy Ave. in Clewiston.This event is free. Stop by the Florida B. Thomas Library to sign-up for a free smoke detector, and installation, from the American Red Cross. Sign-up now through Aug. 30. For information, call 863-902-3322.Red Cross installs alarmsThe American Red Cross is able to pro vide smoke alarms at no cost to at risk communities as well as provide re safety education and check existing smoke alarms. They will install new smoke alarms at no cost in the City of Clewiston on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.. If you would like them to visit your home, call the Clewiston Library at 863-983-1493 to sign up.Pool days and hours setThe Harlem Community Pool, 2001 10th St. in Clewiston, is now open on Saturdays through Sept. 1 and on Labor Day, Sept 3. Pool hours are from 10 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission is $2.HGUNC meets FridayNon-prot representatives and the public are invited to the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition (HGUNC) meeting to be held on Friday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m., at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell St. in LaBelle. For information, call Terri Miazga at 813-892-5021.Know when to swim it, shore it or dodge itSpecial to the Glades County Democrat GLADES/HENDRY The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties reminds residents and visitors to safely enjoy Floridas waters this summer. Floridas 9,000 miles of freshwater and saltwater shorelines offer opportunities to have fun and stay cool, but it is important to know when to swim, stick to the shore or avoid naturally occurring living organisms such as mosquitoes or algae blooms. Cyanobacteria/blue-green algae are a group of organisms that can live in freshwater, saltwater or mixed brackish water. When conditions are right, such as with warm water and increased nutrients, these organisms can increase in numbers and accumulate in some areas of a water body. These blooms can sometimes be pushed near the shore by winds, waves, tides and currents. When this happens, people have a greater chance of contacting the blooms. Exposure to water containing algae may cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed and rash if touched or inhaled. Swimming in water with blue-green algae blooms may cause ear, eye and skin reactions, and hay feverand u-like symptoms (including diarrhea) these reactions are not common. Algae blooms can also remove oxygen from the water and cause sh kills. The department offers the following Swim It, Shore It or Dodge It reminders: Swim It with a buddy when safety ags and signs indicate that it is safe to do so. Shore It on the sand if you have a cut on your skin, have a weakened immune system or you are alone. Dodge It by avoiding organisms that live in or near the water, and stay clear of algae blooms. If you experience illness related to an algae bloom, please call the Florida Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222. For health-related questions, contact the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties at 863-674-4041. To report sh kills, call Fish Kill Hotline (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) at 800-636-0511. To report algae blooms, contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at 855-305-3903. About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @ HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, visit www. FloridaHealth.gov. SHINE MCP seeks bilingual volunteersSpecial to The Clewiston News GLADES & HENDRY COUNTIES Serv ing Health Insurance Needs of Elders, or SHINE, is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist non-English speaking Medicare ben eciaries, their families and caregivers. In particular, the program seeks volunteers that are uent in both Spanish and English. Volunteers that are bilingual in English and Haitian Creole are also needed. SHINE is an award-winning information and counseling program that is adminis tered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and operated locally by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida. SHINE volunteer counselors provide free, unbiased, condential Medicare counseling and other health insurance counseling and information to help Medicare beneciaries, their families and caregivers understand their healthcare options. About one in seven Southwest Florida households speak Spanish as their prima ry language, explains Camilita Aldridge, SHINE liaison at the agency. By training bi lingual volunteers, we can ensure that our non-English-speaking seniors are able to re ceive counseling and fully understand their benets and insurance options. SHINE volunteers have the opportunity to perform a variety of functions, including providing counseling on Medicare, Medic aid, health insurance and prescription drug plans. SHINE volunteers may also deliver educational presentations in the community and participate in health fairs and outreach events. In 2017, 60 local SHINE volunteers helped more than 9,400 clients in Southwest Florida. In total, the agencys SHINE volun teers provided more than 5,750 hours of counseling last year. Requirements to become a SHINE volun teer include an interest in assisting seniors and people with disabilities, along with ba sic computer knowledge and internet navi gation skills. A background in healthcare or insurance is not required. Specialized train ing and informational materials are provid ed to all SHINE volunteers, and volunteers are reimbursed for mileage to training and counseling sites. Potential SHINE volunteers may contact Camilita Aldridge, SHINE liai son, at (239) 652-6900 for more information about volunteer opportunities or to apply. Volunteer applications can also be found at the State of Floridas SHINE website at www.oridashine.org. The Area Agency on Aging for South west Florida is a nonprot organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties, and is the states designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. The organization is committed to connecting older adults and adults with disabilities to re sources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity. More informa tion is available at www.aaasw.org or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER).

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4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY AMENDED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on August 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will con sider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This hearing will be held on September 11, 2018, at 5:05 p.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 W. Ventura Ave., Clewiston, Florida. NOTE, the County advertised public hearings on this subject on August 2, 2018. The dates for both public hearings have been changed and the location of the second public hearing has changed. Petition Number: CPA18-0003 Applicant: Joe Marlin Hilliard, Trustee of the Joe Marlin Hilliard Revocable Trust dated November 5, 1973; Joe Marlin Hilliard as Trustee of the Marlin W. Hilliard Revocable Trust dated November 5, 1973; Joe Marlin Hilliard, II and Chelsa R. Hilliard; and Bryan R. Hilliard and Shea Hilliard Project size: 904 acres +/Location: 6000, 5800, 5670, 5600, 4640, 4550 and 4520 W. US 27, Clewiston, FL 33440 (Parcel IDs: 1-33-43-10-A00-0001.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0002.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0005.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0006.000; 1-33-43-11-A00-0003.0000; 1-33-43-11-A00-0004.0000; and 1-33-43-11-A00-0005.0000) Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map by changing the future land use designation from Agriculture to Multi-Use Development on the subject property. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, OR DINANCE 91-05, AS AMENDED, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP, MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/904 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO MULTI-USE DEVEL OPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department by phone (863675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendrya.net), U.S. mail (P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (8636744194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendrya.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 50 cent per hour raise for all support staff, and instead offered a 1 percent raise. This 1 percent equates to 9 cents for the low est-paid employee. Their offer was $60,270, split over 300 employees. The districts claim is that it does not have the money; therefore, it does not have the ability to pay. On July 1, 2017, the district started the year with $10,605,452 in its fund balance, which is 19.21 percent of the annual bud get. This was an increase of $523,000 over the previous years fund balance, another 1 percent of the budget. A 50-cent raise for every support person would cost the district less than $220,000. Said Mr. Smith: Please show up wearing white to demand truth and fairness from your school board and administration. Your support means that you value your friends and neighbors that continue to devote their lives to the students of Hendry County. About HESPA HESPA, along with its state afliate, the Florida Education Association, and two national afliates, the National Education and the American Federation of teachers, work very hard to protect the rights and advance the working conditions of their members. One of the many things the union does is negotiate the contract for non-instructional employees of Hendry County School District; this includes raises, bonuses and supplements. For more information about HESPA, please contact jburke2542@gmail.com. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Club leader for 41 years in Hendry County. She has helped numerous youth in the Pio neer community overcome many barriers to help them achieve their goals in 4-H and in life. Learning to work with a diverse group of youth, Patricia has learned to adapt to difcult situations and circumstances while maintaining balance and conformity within the Hendry County 4-H Club Program. Patricia was awarded the Hendry County 4-H Outstanding Leader Award in 1980, 1987 and 1997. She was also awarded FAE4HA Friend of 4-H in 2001 and captured the National 4-H Council Lifetime Volunteer Award in 2003. Congratulations on being inducted in the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 1. BOSLEYContinued From Page 1 Center, for a three-day bonding and team building retreat, where we collaborated on projects together and learned to strongly cooperate together as a team. We believe this time together will help us build unity and also achieve goals that we set for our chapter. Several members also volunteered with teachers and staff to help Clewiston High School beautify the campus by adding new plants, laying mulch, trimming trees and cleaning sidewalks. Our chapter is ready for a new and exciting year, and we would like to encourage all agriculture students to take advantage of the opportunity to join our FFA chapter, and adults to join our FFA alumni. FFAContinued From Page 1 Special to The Clewiston News On Saturday, July 14, a celebratory dinner was given in honor of Joanne Vorhees, an advanced registered nurse practitioner (or ARNP), who has served in the Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties for 50 years! She began her long career in public health as a registered nurse for 25 years before pur suing her advanced degree as a nurse practitioner. Ms. Vorhees has done it all, including epidemiology, prenatal services, immunizations, family planning, school health and much more. As an ARNP, she has provided womens health services for many generations of women. Joanne also performs disaster duties and is one of the most resourceful nurse practitioners I have ever met!, said Jennifer Hood, ARNP, nursing director for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties. She has the knowledge and skills that have helped many of the people we serve. Joseph Pepe, the health ofcer for the Department of Health in these counties, said: Joanne has been loved by the community she serves. We hope she never retires! She is amazing and certainly a public health icon! He read a congratulatory letter from the state surgeon general, secretary of health for the State of Florida, Celeste Phillips. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has started a Joanne Vorhees Nursing Scholarship for those interested in pursuing nursing. This scholarship is exclusive only to Hendry and Glades counties. We all can do nate to this fund to show our love, respect, sense of community and admiration to this lady. To donate to the scholarship, you can visit the link : http://bit.ly/JoanneVorheesScholarship. Celebrating 50 years of public health service Special to The Clewiston NewsJoanne Vorhees, ARNP

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August 16, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Billie Joyce Wiseman BorstA burial of cremains of Billie Joyce Wiseman Borst will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018, immediately followed by a celebration of her life held at the Clewiston Inn. There was a funeral director error in last weeks newspaper. Debra A Hughes, 59MOORE HAVEN Debra A Hughes passed away Aug. 10, 2018 in Loxahatchee. She was born Nov. 2, 1958 in Pensacola, to the late George and Julie (Gann) Harris. Survivors include one son, Robert (Jackie) Dunson; two daughters, Leslie Whitehead and Shelley (Matt) Farnam; three brothers, Paul Harris, Steve Harris and Ronnie Harris; two sisters, Carol Whitehead and Donna Dixon; ve grandchildren, Jenna Smith, Kaitlyn Dunson, Chase Dowd, Paisley Farnam and Everley Farnam. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Alvin L. Ward Boat Ramp, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. Philip Earnest Mann, 75CLEWISTON Philip Earnest Mann passed away Aug. 13, 2018 at home. Philip was born Mar. 25, 1943 in Light, Ar kansas to Earl and Margaret (Barber) Mann. Mr. Mann mar ried Linda L. Shannon on March 13, 1965 in Brooklyn, Arkansas. He served in the United States Air Force from January 1961January 1965. After he was discharged from the Air Force, he worked for many years as a corrections ofcer for Glades Corrections Institute retiring as a Sergeant. He enjoyed wood working, building items with wood. He just built a display of wood working tools the day before he passed away. He was a member of the PBA. Philip leaves behind his loving wife of 53 years, Linda Mann of Clewiston; four sons, Tony Mann and wife Suzie, Steve Mann and wife Sheri, Troy Mann, Tracey Mann and wife Lindsey; sister, Barbara Treadway; grandchildren, Heather Issac and husband Ryan, Brandon Mann, Josh Mann and wife Katherine, Trent Mann, Elizabeth Smith, Savannah Mann, Kyle Mann, Elly Mann, Cooper Mann, Colton Mann, Kayci Gillean and husband Ty, Braden Compton, Alexis Diliberto; great grandchildren, Lily Issac, Noah Issac, Gannon Gillean, Sawyer Mann, Sloan Mann, Stella Mann, Liam Bradley, Callen Pitt and Weston Smith. Memorial gathering of family and friends will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu neral Home Clewiston Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com. Re ections from the PulpitWhen people arent heard for the wrong reasons; and what to listen forBy The Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Somehow I was involved with a discussion on oil consumption when on vacation one year and where I disagreed with the people around me. I dont remember all of the details, but I remember someone asking me Where are you from? I replied that it doesnt matter where I am from, the points I was trying to make did not depend on my geography. My answer wasnt satisfying and my comments were dismissed by others in the group. I hung on nevertheless, and continued to make my points. When we ended, nobody had changed their mind and each kept reiterating what was previously said. Other than disagreeing, the dialogues were useless! All too often Ive heard that People from ... are like that or Thats typical of those ... or You can always expect people from ... to think that way. A few years back, one of my colleagues was identi ed as trying to understand immigrants from a Caribbean country in the Church he served and apparently didnt make much headway. When I began ministry there, one parishioner said to me You dont understand us. My reply was Well, you all dont think alike! and I let it go at that. So did the people in the congregation and we got along very well for my tenure there. My parents came from different backgrounds and disagreements were sometimes attributed to the differences. For awhile I dated someone whose parents came from the same country, disagreements being attributed to the fact that they were from different towns! As I began to explore the New Testament, I noted that people were identi ed by their professions or where they came from. Paul writes about Alexander the coppersmith ... (2 Timothy 4:14) and is himself known as a man from Tarsus named Saul (Acts 9:11). In those days there were no last names; people being identi ed by where they were from or what they did. However, it also told something about their backgrounds, beliefs, politics and customs. These were factors that would shape them for their lives too. Jesus Himself had this problem too. He has fed 5,000 people and then goes off by Himself with His disciples (John 6;22-25). The crowds search and nd Him and He tells them I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your ll (6:26). Jesus tells them that He is the Bread of Life; what He will give is more than just nourishment here on earth; declaring I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (6:35ff). Then those who followed began to grumble (v. 41). Is not this the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know. How can he now say I came down from Heaven? (v. 42). Jesus reiterates that He is the bread that came down from Heaven and calls for belief. The dissenters continue to argue and were divided among themselves; How can this man give us His esh to eat?(v. 52). The ploy is to assail the person and ignore what he is saying; to look for weaknesses in what is being proclaimed; to point out we know him, hes outside of his eld and nd a rationale to dismiss what is being said. Ive been told that it is an effective tactic, even if it has nothing to do with the topic at hand. It was a problem in Jesus day and is still with us. Jesus chose to stay above the fray. His words are still with us and have lasted. I have found that I do better when I listen to what people say rather than worry about where theyre from or what their lineage may be. Jesus lineage didnt bother Him; He made use of it by opening the doors to all of humanity. His mandate was to Go into all of the world... and thats the way that overcomes dismissing others for reasons that dont matter after all. Special to INI FloridaThe South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week awarded a contract to build the nal piece of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project, the S-191A Pump Station. In cooperation with the other coordinating agencies, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, SFWMDs project will improve the hydrology and water quality of Lake Okeechobee. The Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area in western Martin County is a key component of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program. It is one of the restoration projects included in the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan that will improve the quality of water owing into the lake. SFWMD previously constructed 2,700 acres of wetlands in two phases, capable of treating stormwater runoff from the Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins owing into Lake Okeechobee. The 1,200-acre rst phase was completed in 2012 and the 1,500-acre second phase will be completed this year. The treatment area uses wetland plants to remove phosphorus from stormwater runoff naturally. The S-191A Pump Station is the last component of the Lakeside Ranch project. Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins have the highest phosphorus levels of any incoming watershed into the lake, with average total levels of more than 400 parts per billion (ppb). Phosphorus levels leaving Lakeside Ranch after treatment have been measured as low as 20 ppb. The STA can remove nearly 21 tons of phosphorus each year from the waters feeding the lake. Lakeside Ranch STA contract approved

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6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY AMENDED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on August 29, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will consider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This hearing will be held on September 11, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Clew iston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 W. Ventura Ave., Clewiston, Florida. NOTE, the County advertised public hearings on this subject on August 2, 2018. The dates for both public hearings have been changed and the location of the second public hearing has changed. Petition Number: CPA18-0004 Applicant: Southern Gardens Groves Corporation Project size: 682 acres +/Location: W. US 27 (NE corner of Whidden Corner), Clewiston, FL 33440 (Parcel IDs: 1-32-43-01-A00-0003.0000; 1-33-43-06-A00-0001.0000; 1-32-43-12-A00-0001.0000; 1-33-43-07-A00-0001.000; 1-32-43-12-A00-0005.0000; 1-33-43-07-A00-0002.0000; and 1-33-43-07-A00-0001.0100) Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map by changing the future land use designation from Agriculture to Multi-Use Development on the subject property. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPRE HENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, AS AMENDED, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP, MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/682 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENERS ER RORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mon day through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department by phone (863-675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendrya.net), U.S. mail (P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Im paired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendrya.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Big healthy bass and big checks continue strong on Lake OkeechobeeSpecial to The Clewiston News CLEWISTON How is Lake Okeechobee doing? With lots of big bass hitting the stage and checks with big numbers being handed out, the anglers in the third qualier of the 2018 Roland Martin Marine Center Series will tell you its doing just ne. With 137 boats launching out of Roland Martin Marina at safe light for Qualier #3, the highest paying team tournament trail in Florida continued strong. The winning team of Charles Metheney and Brandon Medlock loaded their well with 28 pounds of Lake Okeechobee bass and banked the $6,000 winners check. They came from the north with black and blue Medlock jigs in the reeds and proved to be the winning ticket. And they needed all 28 pounds, with the top eight teams bring ing in sacks of 20 pounds-plus. The second-place team of Donny Bass and Mike Meisenheimer tapped some plen tiful honey holes for 26-13 and cashed in for $3,000. The third-place nishers included the top female nisher, Deanna Ford, who collected her bonus check from Mary Anne Martin and added $1,800 more with her teammate Anthony Ford with a weight of 24.73. Overall, the highest-paying team tournament trail in Florida paid out to the top 22 nishing teams, with 83 of the 137 teams bringing healthy Lake Okeechobee bass to the scales. And despite what rumors and news-hype sound bites are saying, Lake Okeechobee is doing well. But one of the most famous big-bass sheries in the world could use your support. Recently, the SlowTheFlowFL.com was launched to urge leaders to come up with solutions to get all of the excess water and nutrients entering Lake Okeechobee from the north under control. Visit SlowTheFlowFL.com today and join in the efforts to protect Lake Okeechobee AND the coastal estuaries at the same time. Special to The Clewiston NewsBrandon Medlock with his winning big bass catch. Special to The Clewiston News HENDRY/GLADES The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties and partners across the state celebrated World Breastfeeding Week 2018 during Aug. 1-7. This years theme was Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. We know that an infants rst 1,000 days are a crucial time for ensuring the child grows up healthy and thriving, and breastfeeding can signicantly improve health outcomes for both mothers and infants, said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. Supporting mom and encouraging breastfeeding in the rst days of babys life are essential steps for ensuring successful breastfeeding. Joe Pepe, health ofcer and administrator for the DOH in Hendry and Glades Counties, stated, The department is working to promote breastfeeding as a vital health activity, and encourages breastfeeding-friendly hospitals, child care facilities, work places and communities. World Breastfeeding Week 2018 encourages everyone to be an advocate for breastfeeding. When a mom chooses to breastfeed, she helps improve babys overall health and prevents malnutrition. Breastfeeding has positive lifelong health effects on infants, children and mothers, such as lower incidence of respiratory infections and ear infections for infants and children and reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mothers. Also, breastfeeding reduces the risk of overweight and obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for infants for the rst year of life and beyond, with the addition of appropriate complementary foods when the infant is developmentally ready, around six months of age. Breastfeeding provides food security to infants from the very beginning of life, contributes to food security for the whole family and ensures food security for babies even in times of household or widespread disasters. The economic benets of breastfeeding can help break the cycle of poverty for families, which impacts hunger and malnutrition. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding can also reduce costs to the health care system and employers by decreasing costs of hospitalizations, medications, and reduced absenteeism. World Breastfeeding Week recognized

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August 16, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 H A P P Y V A L E N T I N E S D A Y H E N D R Y R E G I O N A L M E D I C A L C E N T E R F O U N D A T I O N P R E S E N T SO A K G R O V E R V R E S O R T L A B E L L ESEPT.29 5:30 PMSATURDAY L i m i t e d B u s t r a n s p o r t a t i o n f r o m C l e w i s t o n a v a i l a b l e c a l l t o i n q u i r e 8 6 3 9 8 3 2 7 3 5 e w a d d e l l @ h r m c u s H E A V Y H O R S D O U E V R E S C A S H B A R J o i n u s f o r a f u n f i l l e d e v e n i n g a n d w a t c h o u r e n t e r t a i n e r s b a t t l e i t o u t b e h i n d t h e p i a n o s T h i s i s a h i g h e n e r g y a l l r e q u e s t s i n g a l o n g s h o w w h e r e t h e a u d i e n c e i s j u s t a s m u c h a p a r t o f t h e s h o w p u r c h a s e t i c k e t s : w w w b i d p a l n e t / d u e l i n g p i a n o s 2 0 1 8 Purchase Tickets: www.bidpal.net/duelingpianos2018 Electa Waddell 863-983-2735 ewaddell@hrmc.us Dena Pittman: Hendry appraiser seeks election On June 25, I was honored with the ap pointment as Hendry County property ap praiser by Gov. Rick Scott. I started my career in 1989 in Palm Beach County and, after 17 years there, I trans ferred to the Hend ry County Property Appraisers Ofce in 2006. I became the chief deputy for Phillip Pelletier in 2009 and had the privilege to work under his leadership until he retired in March 2018. During my career, I have worked in several departments within the appraisers ofce and have the experience necessary to understand every aspect and role of the property appraiser. As I move into this important position, I am proud to say that I will lead this ofce with respect, character and integrity. I have worked under four property appraisers in my nearly 30 years of employment, and while each one held different talents and beliefs, my most important goals are to al ways serve the public in a kind and cour teous manner and to uphold the law while creating a fair and equitable tax roll. I am excited to announce that Lucia Hernandez will serve as my chief deputy. Lucia has been a tremendous asset to this ofce for the past 11 years, starting as a record specialist and quickly moving to administra tive assistant. Ms. Hernandez works closely with the Department of Revenue, our soft ware programmers and the department heads of various ofces within the county. Her talents are appreciated by many both in and out of this county. I know she is capable of fullling this position with great success. I have also promoted Nick Tanner to appraisal director. Mr. Tanner has been with this ofce for nearly ve years, becoming a certied Florida evaluator in the rst two years of employment. He played a tremendous role during the conversion of our new software, assisting with the intricate aspects of valuations, calculations and data imports. Mr. Tanner has been a eld analyst and has assisted in Value Adjustment Board pro ceedings as well as the valuation process of both residential and commercial properties. I am very condent of the abilities of my entire staff and will continue to serve our county with excellence. On a personal note, I have lived in Hendry County for 22 years, having moved to Clewiston after marrying my husband, Mike Pittman, in 1996. We have raised two daughters in Clewiston. Both graduated from Clewiston High School with honors and now attend college. Our daughters kept us very busy as they were both threesport athletes throughout high school and played travel ball on weekends and during the summers. I also have two beautiful stepdaughters and four amazing grandchildren. Hendry County is the place where I call home, and it is my pleasure to represent you well and serve you to the best of my ability. I thank you for your support in the November election. Please remember Pick Pitt for Property Appraiser. Dena Pittman Florida SouthWestern launches virtual campus tour Special to The Clewiston News FORT MYERS The Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Virtual Campus Tour was ofcially launched Aug. 1 for pro spective students. The simulated experience includes 360-degree media layered with interactive elements, putting visitors in control of their own journey around the colleges four loca tions in Fort Myers, Naples, Punta Gorda and LaBelle. Users can access the tour on desk top, mobile or with virtual reality headsets at www.FSW.edu/virtualtour. Students want to see our campuses before they start classes, but are often un able to visit in-person. By providing a virtual tour option, students in our local area and around the globe can see rsthand what FSW offers, said Amber McCown, FSW di rector of admissions. The virtual tour is an exciting new opportunity to showcase the college using some of the latest technology available. While the majority of FSW students come from the ve counties encompassing southwest Florida, the college is experiencing increased interest from students statewide and nationally. More applicants from states such as New York, Michigan, and Ohio along with international students are considering FSW to continue their education. Traditional, in-person tours are still available throughout the year and by appointment at www.FSW.edu/tours. FSW is still accepting applications for admission to the fall 2018 semester. For more information about FSW and how to apply, visit www. FSW.edu/admissions.

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8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Dr. John Hankins Independent-Fundamental King James Bible ~ Old fashioned Preaching Traditional Hymns Service Times Sunday School 10am Sunday Worship 11am Sunday Night 6pm Thursday Night Prayer & Bible Study 7pm For more information, please call 863-214-6121 www.victorybaptistclewiston.com 705 S. Olympia Street Clewiston, FL 33440Located in the center of Clewiston I am Mercedes Perdomo Reese and Im a candidate for Hendry County School Board District 4.Vote for change and new representation A positive voice to represent you on the school boardVote for that change at the Primary Election on August 28thPaid Pol. Ad. Paid for and approved by Mercedes Perdomo Reese for Hendry County School Board District 4 Special to INI Florida Farmers around Lake Okeechobee are attempting to push back against attacks from politicians and media outlets around South Florida. After toxic algae blooms began to take over waterways in South Florida, some pol iticians running for election began to single out one scapegoat, Big Sugar. During a campaign event in Fort Myers in early July, Republican Florida governor hopeful Ron DeSantis blamed sugar farmers for the algae crisis and claimed his opponent Adam Putnam was controlled by Big Sug ar. I want to clean up the waterways here in South Florida, said Mr. DeSantis. He (Putnam) is captive to big sugar. He wont do anything they dont want him to do the implication being that Big Sugar is re sponsible for the algae crisis, and that their goal is for it to continue. Opponents of Big Sugar claim that sugar farms around Lake Okeechobee are responsible for the increased phosphorus in the lake that blue-green algae feeds on, and water released from the lake by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is responsible for the both the algae crisis on the east coast of Florida and the red tide disaster on the west coast. However, about 90 percent of the phosphorus load into Lake Okeechobee comes from the watershed north of the lake. A ma jority of the sugar farms in Florida are locat ed south of Lake Okeechobee. According to the South Florida Water Management District, only 4 percent of the phosphorus entering the lake comes from south of the lake. University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) regional sugarcane extension agent Stewart Swan son thinks this disconnect between rhetoric and reality is a function of so few people be ing involved with agriculture. Everybody looks for a word thatll catch everybodys attention you know thats how you get Big Sugar and everything, said Mr. Swanson. But there isnt that much acre age of sugarcane north of the lake. Theres a couple thousand acres near Highlands County, thats about it. But in the watershed that runs all the way to Disney World, you have 140,000 acres of citrus. So its 140,000 acres of citrus versus about 2,000 acres of sugar cane thats in the watershed north of the lake. Mr. Swanson also stated that sugar cane has the lowest requirements of nutrients for many crops grown in South Florida, only requiring a fraction of the nitrogen and phosphorus compared with a vegetable or citrus crop. Neither Mr. DeSantis nor any of the governor hopefuls on the Democratic side have run ads attacking Big Citrus. Judy Sanchez, senior director of corpo rate communications and public affairs for U.S. Sugar, says both U.S. Sugar and the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce are conducting public tours and bringing coastal residents out to tour sugar farms and pro cessing facilities to get a rsthand look at how their food is grown and processed in hopes of telling their side of the story. The farming community is disappointed that farmers, who are natural caretakers of the their land and water resources, are being falsely accused of harming the coastal environment, said Mrs. Sanchez. These accusations absolutely come from misunderstanding, some of which has been deliberately spread by anti-farming activist groups. In 2018, communities south of Lake Okeechobee contributed barely 2 percent of the water into Lake Okeechobee, and that was for ood control for the city of Clewiston. It had nothing to do with protecting sugarcane farmers or farm land. In an article published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 6, reporter Craig Pittman called out Adam Putnam for being the only candidate in the governor race to take money from Florida sugar companies in the midst of the algae crisis. In the article, Mr. Pittman correctly pointed out that Floridas best management practices (BMP) program, which consists of cost-effective actions that agricultural producers can take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants entering our water resources, is a essentially voluntary program for most of the state. However, Ardis Hammock, co-owner of Frierson Farms located near Moore Haven, released a statement attempting to correct Mr. Pittmans article in regard to BMP practices in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), where a majority of sugar farms operate. Mr. Pittman claims that the sugarcane farmers best management practices that have successfully reduced phosphorus by 57 percent are some sort of voluntary program, said Ms. Hammock in statement released by Florida Sugarcane Farmers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sugarcane and vegetable farmers in the EAA are required by law to reduce phosphorus by 25 percent annually, and they bettered that by more than twice what is legally required of them for more than two decades. Every single drop of water owing off their land is cleaned, and the farmers pay 100 percent of the cost to clean the water owing off their property the vast majority of which ows south to the Everglades. UF/IFAS regional sugarcane extension agent Stewart Swanson backed up Ms. Hammocks claims. In the entire EAA south of the lake, the BMPs are mandatory, explained Mr. Swanson. I managed a research station for the University of Florida in that area. I had an auto collector that collected water samples once every hour, and those samples were sent off to a lab and the phosphorous content was tested. Some of the attacks on the sugar industry in Florida from politicians and media have led to threats being made to the communi ties south of Lake Okeechobee. The sheriffs ofces in Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties are currently investigating some of the veiled threats that were made online. Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden was quoted as saying the threatening lan guage was posted by several vocal people online and was generally aimed at people living near Lake Okeechobee. One person criticized the sugar industry for causing the algae problem and declared theyd show up nd Amendment in hand. Another said protesters should gather near the lake to draw police, take physical action on Lake Okeechobee and said I got a welder and an AR (assault rie) but its gonna take a big group to stand up to local law enforce ment. Agriculture is an easy target, concluded Mr. Swanson. Few people are involved in it anymore. I think nationally we only have half of one percent of people that are actu ally involved with agriculture. But I think we need to do as good a job as possible protect ing our water resources here in Florida and Ive spent years working in this program to do just that. Sugar farmers push back on attacks from media By Samantha GrenrockUF/IFAS GAINESVILLE When a hurricane is on the horizon, boat owners need to do more than batten down the hatches to get ready, according to an expert with the University of Florida. Hurricane season started June 1, but boaters in the sunshine state can take steps now to make sure their vessels dont end up beached, underwater or in pieces, said Brittany Scharf, a Florida Sea Grant agent with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Hernando County. It is important to do a trial run of how you would secure your vessel so you will know how long it will take. Factor in possible road closures or low lying areas that may make your action plan difcult. Vessels will need to be moved 48 to 72 hours before a storm is predicted to hit an area, she said. Boat owners should develop a plan of action and practice this plan. Are you going to secure your vessel in a marina? Are you going to remove it from the water and se cure it on land? Do you need to moor your vessel? What materials would you need to make this possible? Ms. Scharf said. If you can, plan to move inland. Storing your boat in a garage or building is ideal, but if thats not an option, the leeward side of a building will offer some protection, Scharf said. If you store your boat outside, place it away from trees and power lines. Overall, the best place for your boat during a hurricane is on dry land thats far away from coastal areas, Ms. Scharf said. This is denitely easier to do with smaller boats, but these boats are also the most vul nerable to damage from a storm. Make sure your insurance policy is cur rent and that you know what your policy covers, Ms. Scharf said. Is your boat prepared for a hurricane?

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August 16, 20188 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGNotice is hereby given that a Hendry County Selection Committee will hold a meeting on August 21, 2018, at 9:00 AM, for presentations, review, and selec tion of the submittals for RFQ #2018-17, Disaster Debris Removal and Disposal Services. The meeting will be held at the Hendry County Administration Building, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, Florida. The meeting is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Please note that matters may be discussed at the meeting which are not on the prepared agenda for the meeting. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Engineer ing Department at (863) 675-5222; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail konan@hendryfla.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 675-5324. 280979 CN/CB 8/16/2018 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. krobertson@gmail.com Attention: Shirley or KR Employment Full Time Cox Air Conditioning is looking for experienced A/C Service Tech and Installers. Must have at least 2 years experience Self-motivated, basic tools for the job Clean driving record Pay based on experience Quarterly Bonuses Take home vehicle Stop in to apply at 99 N Industrial Loop, LaBelle, FL 33935. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or consid ered 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 num ber out of your area, use caution. Houses Rent RIVER HOME 2BR, 3BA, 2 Car Gara ge Florida R oom, corner lo t on canal & rive r, East o f LaBelle, $1100/mo 970-708-9993. Land Sale MOORE HAVEN Frontage on Rt. US #27, DEVELOPMENT SITE 2 ACRES ENTIRE CITY BLOCK Zoned commercial. Adjacent to court house, high school, etc. APARTMENT SITE (8 units) Near river. Walk to school. Townhouses or Rental Apartments. Call owner for details 863-673-5071 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-595-0093 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 08/27/2018 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 2002 HONDA 1HGCG16582A037992 1996 CHEV 1GNDM19W2TB105190 2006 CHEV 2G1WB58K169394736 1995 TOYT 1NXAE04B7SZ324782 280768 CN 8/16/2018 Administr ation of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2018-CP-000008 IN RE: ESTATE OF IRVING L. BAKER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Irving L. Baker, deceased, whose date of death was December 2nd, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Avenue J #102, Moore Haven, Florida 33471 The names and addresses of the per sonal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other 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 notice is August 16th, 2018. Personal Representative: Thomas E. Baker 18841 E. Water Drive Unit D Aurora, CO 80013 ROBERTO P. CELAYA SHEEHAN & CELAYA, P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representative 300 DAL HALL BLVD. LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 By: ROBERTO P. CELAYA FloridaBarNo. 20769 Emaiil Addresses: roberto @scjuris. com 278184 GCD 8/16,23/2018 Notice of registration of FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME In accordance with Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: TAPGOLD ENTERTAINMENT mailing address of 1011 West Aztec Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440, located in Hendry County, Florida owner will register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Flor ida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Owner: Renaldy Tapia 278681 CN 8/10/2018 Fictitious Name IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2018 CA 0002035T WEALTH PARTNERS, LP, Plaintiff, vs. RUBY C. SULLIVAN; ESTATE OF RUBY C. SULLIVAN; and UNKNOWN HEIRS OF RUBY C. SULLIVAN, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION; CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE -PROPERTY TO: Ruby C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. Estate of Ruby C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. Unknown Heirs of Ruby C. Sullivan, 5400 Mountain Gate Circle, Lakeside, AZ 85929. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title to the following property in Hendry County: Lots 33 and 34, Block 4486, Unit 63, Cape Coral Subdivision, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 21, Pages 48 through 81, inclusive, of the Public Records of Lee County, Florida. Has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Owen Sokolof, Esq., Sokolof Remtulla Stengel, LLC, Plaintiffs Attorney, whose address is 224 Datura Street, Suite 515, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, on or before Thirty (30) days from Date of First Publication of this Notice 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 and the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on July 2nd, 2018. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: J. Bevis DEPUTY CLERK Sokolof Remtulla Stengel LLC 224 Datura Street, Suite 515 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 OSokolof@floridalitlaw.com SRemtulla@floridalitlaw.com SStengel@floridalitlaw.com Attorneys for Plaintiff Telephone: 561-507-5252 272668 CN 8/16,23,30;9/6/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF IBE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 22-2018-CA-000067 WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, REBEN JACOBO A/KIA RUBEN JACOBO, DECEASED, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION To: GLORIA JACOBO Last Known Address: 784 Avenue E Moore Haven, FL 33471 Current Address: Unknown ISLAND MOBILE NETWOR, INC., A DISSOLVED NEW YORK CORPORATION, BY AND THROUGH ALAN JACOBS, TRUSTEE Last Known Address: 535 Broadhallow Road, Suite B29, Nelville, NY 11747 Current Address: Unknown THE UNKNOWN HEiRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIEN ORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST, REBEN JACOBO A/K/A RUBEN JACOBO, DECEASED Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFEN DANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS. Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Glades County, Florida: LOT 7, BLOCK 72, CITY OF MOORE HAVEN, AS PER PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 72, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY NOW GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME LOCATED HEREON AS A PERMANENT FIXTURE AND APPURTENANCE THERETO, DESCRIBED AS A SINGLEWIDE 1984 MOBILE HOME, BEARING TITLE NUMBER: 40334663 AND VIN NUMBER FLFL1AD397004798, A/K/A 784 AVENUE E, MOORE HAVEN, FL 33471 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your writ ten defenses within 30 days after the first publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and file the original with this Court either before September 17, 2018 service on Plaintiffs attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be1ntered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Glades County Democrat Newspaper. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 7th day of August, 2018. Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Tami Simmons Deputy Clerk **See the Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Administrative Services Manager, whose office is located at Charlotte County Justice Center, 350 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950 and whose telephone number is (941)637-2281, within two (2) working days ofreceipt of this notice; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call l-800-955-8771. To file response please contact Glades County Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 10, Moorehaven, FL 33471. 280500 GCD 8/16,23/2018 863.763.3134 | okeeadsales@newszap.com Great Branding & Image Building Opportunity

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Public Notice Public Notice 10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 INVITATION TO BID GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Glades County Debris Monitoring ServicesThe Glades County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) requests that interested parties submit formal sealed proposals for the above-referenced project. SCOPE OF WORK: The BoCC Request for Proposals (RFP) is seeking responses from debris monitoring for disasters in Glades County Florida. The BoCC reserves the right to withdraw and cancel this invitation at any time, without liability to any responders or prospective responders. The BoCC reserves the right to retain all responses submitted and to use any ideas in a response regardless of whether that proposal is selected. governs this request must be obtained from Angie Snow-Coor EMAIL Asnow@myglades.com. There is no pre proposal meeting for this Request for proposal. copies and 1 Electronic copy) shall be placed in separate, sealed envelopes with the titles clearly indicated on the outside: RFP ery to the Emergency Management Director and which must be 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 costs and expenses related to the preparation and submission of a response are the sole responsibility of the responder. All prospective respondents are cautioned not to contact any member of the BoCC or members of the evaluation team. All questions should be directed to Angie Snow-Colegrove, Emergency Manage be submitted by EMAIL to asnow@myglades.com. 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 readvertise 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 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 3/2 800 W. Alverdez Ave $170K 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. 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Alverdez Ave $170K CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGThe CENTRAL COUNTY WA TER CONTROL DISTRICT has tentatively adopted a budget for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. A public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on AUGUST 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the District Office, 475 S. 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August 16, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON LEVY OF NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION BY THE UNIFORM METHOD FOR MOSQUITO CONTROL MUNICIPAL SERVICE BENEFIT UNIT TAKE notice that a public hearing will be held before the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, at 5:30 p.m. on September 11, 2018, at the Commission Room, Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, for the purpose of considering the levy of a non-ad valorem assessment on additional parcels within the Mosquito Control Municipal Service Benet Unit. The purpose of the non-ad valorem assessment is to cover the costs necessary to provide mosquito control services to the assessed parcels. The proposed assessment amounts are as follows: Residences: $30.00 per dwelling unit/$500 maximum per parcel Vacant lots: $30.00 per lot/$400 maximum per parcel Commercial: $0.10 per square foot, with a minimum of $30 and a maximum of $200 per parcel Vacant acreage: $1.00 per acre, with a minimum of $1.00 and a maximum of $100 per parcel The additional parcels proposed to be assessed are depicted on the four adjacent maps. The proposed assessment will be collected by the uniform method (on the tax bill) by the Tax Collector and the assessment will be collected every year indenitely until the County Commission discontinues it. All affected property owners may appear and be heard at the public hearing and also have the right to le written objections with the Hendry County Administrator, Post Ofce Box 2340, LaBelle, Florida 33975, at anytime within 20 days from the date of this publication. The meeting is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha.daniels@hendrya.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240.

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12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee August 16, 2018 Local surgical services reduce burden of travelCommon surgical procedures available at Hendry Regional Medical Center make recovery easierElecta WaddellHendry Regional Medical Center CLEWISTON Traveling long distances can add to the stress and discomfort of sur gery. The need to travel to and from a facil ity outside the community can also cause a burden for family members. Fortunately for Hendry County residents, common surgical procedures are available at Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC). The team at HRMC is able to perform a number of surgeries here in the community, providing convenience and comfort for pa tients and their families. Having your surgery performed in the local community is a smart decision, said Dr. Leonard Carroll, board-cer tied general surgeon. Knowing you are near home can provide peace of mind for your family and make the recovery process easier. HRMCs highly trained surgeons can perform common general surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, laparoscopic cholecys tectomy (gallbladder removal), hernias and colonoscopy. In addition, visiting specialists can perform other procedures such as gyne cological, interventional pain management, endoscopy surgery and more. Many common procedures can be performed with laparoscopy or endoscopes, which enable the surgeon to see inside the body without having to make large incisions. Other benets of these techniques include shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times. According to Dr. Carroll, patients some times delay having certain surgeries for various reasons, but doing so can prolong discomfort or raise the risk of complications. Traveling for a surgical procedure can be inconvenient, Dr. Carroll said. The need to travel can disrupt a persons life, so he or she may opt to wait. Having surgical services avail able locally makes it easier for people to get the surgeries they need, when they need them. Dr. Carroll added that its best to follow doctors recommendations when elective surgery is required. When a physician recommends surgery, choosing the right facility is also important. Dr. Carroll said that convenience is one of the reasons Hendry County residents choose HRMC. Additionally, the convenience of local recovery services can make the transition from hospital to home smoother. The Swing Bed Program at HRMC allows patients covered under Medicare who need extended care to stay in a hospital setting. With a compassionate nursing team on hand around the clock, recovering at the hospital following a surgical procedure can provide comfort to patients and their families. In many rural areas, qualied surgeons can be hard to come by, Dr. Carroll said. We are fortunate to have a team of highly trained physicians and medical pro viders in Hendry County. Having access to the medical care you need here in the community is a huge asset and can help you get back to your everyday life quicker. Talk to your primary care provider about choosing the right facility for your surgical procedure. To learn more about HRMCs ser vices, call the hospital at 863-902-3000 or visit http://www.hrmcu.us. Hendry Regional Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital that incorpo rates modern technology with state-of-theart medical staff to care for its patients. Its mission is to excel in quality, compassion and innovation to make our community healthier. Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photo Hendry Regional Medical Center has two state-of-the-art surgical suites and a procedure room. Dr. Leonard Carroll, board-certied general surgeon Dr. Darayes Mobed, general surgeon