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Title: The sun
Uniform Title: Sun (Belle Glade, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Independent Newspapers, Inc.
Place of Publication: Belle Glade Fla
Creation Date: January 20, 2005
Publication Date: 1989-
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 66, no. 44 (Dec. 7, 1989)-
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Thursday, January 20, 2005


Western Palm Beach County's Hometown Newspaper Since 1923


Vol. 78 No. 33


At A Glance

Glades NAACP
meetings
The Glades Area Branch
5686 of the NAACP meets the
second Monday of every
month at 7 p.m. in the Glades
Central Media Center.
City commission
meeting
The Belle Glade City Com-
mission will convene a special
meeting on Monday, Jan. 24,
beginning at 5:30 p.m., or as
soon thereafter as possible at
the Belle Glade City Hall, 110
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Blvd., Belle Glade, to discuss
and take action on the follow-
ing items of business: 1. Pre-
sentations: (A) Relating to
Belle Glade Business Park
master plan, by Dr. Richard
Orman, consultant. (B) Major
potential business park ten-
ant, Leonard Blumberg. 2. City
manager travel to Tallahassee
to meet with DCA for acquisi-
tion of additional land for
expansion of the Belle Glade
Business Park. 3. Mutual aid
agreement with Palm Beach
County relating to police
department. 4. Fiscal year
2003-04 year end budgets
transfers. 5. Resolution relat-
ing to abandonment of por-
tion of NW 8th Drive and NW
Ave. G, requested by Wedge-
worth's Inc. 6. First reading of
ordinance relating to rezoning
and preliminary plat approval
of Belle Glade estate.
Cake walk
fundraiser
Come join the fun at the
Glades Health Care Center,
230 South Barfield Highway,
Pahokee, Wednesday, Jan. 26,
From 2-5 p.m., for a cake walk
fundraiser. It's $3 per walk.
Proceeds will be used to pur-
chase much needed new fur-
niture for our residents.
Sankofa Museum
on wheels
The community is invited
to view the one-day exhibit at
PBCC/Belle Glade of the
African American Museum on
Wheels Thursday, Jan. 27. The
exhibit will be located in the
outdoor entry patio or on the
first floor hall if it is raining.
Commission
workshop meeting
The Belle Glade City Com-
mission will hold a workshop
meeting, Monday, Feb. 7,
beginning at 6 p.m., or as
soon thereafter as possible, at
the Belle Glade City Hall, 110
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Blvd., to address the following
item of business: Review Feb.
7, regular city commission
agenda.
Women of
Accomplishment
Palm Beach Community
College and the area chamber
of commerce are seeking
nominations for Women of
Accomplishment for the
See Glance Page 12


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Elections to be held in March


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
BELLE GLADE With the
approaching date only a few
months away, the Belle Glade
City Commission is poising itself
for the upcoming elections.
To be held just around the
corner in March, the voters will
see two commissioner seats up
for grabs. Terms for seats "A"
and "B" on the city commission
are expiring this year.
The seats currently belong to


Commissioners Sherrie Dulany
and Don Garrett, whose two-
year terms are coming to an
end. According to Belle Glade
City Clerk Debra Buff, both
incumbents have filed, noting
their intention to win re-election
bids.
Residents interested in seek-
ing a seat on the city commis-
sion will be given the opportuni-
ty in a few days, as the
qualifying period for the
upcoming elections begins Jan.
25. The qualifying period


extends to Feb. 8, when it ends
at 12 p.m. Candidates interested
in taking part in the election
must live within the city limits in
order to qualify.
Ms. Buff has provided infor-
mation that one resident has
expressed an interest in run-
ning. Dr. Ray Torres Sanchez, of
the Torres Sanchez Funeral
Home in Belle Glade, has filed.
He will be challenging Commis-
sioner Dulany for Seat "A." -
The elections are scheduled
for March 8, with a run-off, if


necessary, scheduled two
weeks later for March 22.
South Bay and Pahokee will
also be holding elections on the
same day.
Conforming with the same
dates as Belle Glade's for quali-
fying and run-offs the first
time it has happened the two
cities are also preparing for
their elections.
In Pahokee, the seats of
Keith Babb and Herbert Craw-
ford will be in the running. Nei-
ther of the candidates has filed,


though the qualifying period is
. expected to see an upsurge in
activity.
In South Bay, three commis-
sion seats are available. Accord-
ing to South Bay City Clerk Vir-
ginia Walker, Esther Berry, John
Wilson and Shirley Walker-
Turner all have terms expiring
this year.
No candidate has yet filed
their motion to run.
All seats available in the
March 8 elections have two-
year term limits.


Police search



for suspect
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza.. with visible marks as a result of
the hit-and-run.
BELLE GLADE Police are Emergency help arrived and
searching for a suspect assisted the victim, eventually
involved in an alleged hit-and- transporting him to St. Mary's
run incident Jan. 8 in Belle Hospital in West Palm Beach
Glade that eventually killed the via TraumaHawk. The victim
victim. At this point, the police died as a result of his injuries
department has little informa- the following day.
tion to go on and is counting on Witnesses told police that
the help of the community to the man had been riding his
help solve the crime. bicycle when he was hit. Eye-
According to Lieutenant witness accounts provided the
Robert Wheelihan, with the police with a description of the
Belle Glade Police Department, vehicle: A gray colored, small
police were dispatched to the to mid-size car, which police
scene of the crime, the 1000 believe may be a Honda or Toy-
block of Northwest 16th St., ota. The vehicle has tinted win-
during the evening, hours of dows and according to police,
that Saturday. may have front-end 'damage
Officers responding found from the impact.
the victim, 29-year-old IsmTl, Traffic investigators are ask-
De Jesus Hernandez, of Belle ing the community for their
Glade The man was lying on help in solving Ihis case.
the. northbound side of the
roadway, unconscious and See Suspect -Page 12


South Bay to



use grant funds


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
SOUTH BAY For some
time, residents have complained
about the condition of the roads
in South Bay. With cracked or
weathered streets jutting possi-
ble road hazards throughout the
city, officials are searching for
ways of remedying the problem.
Looking at the possibility of
using Community Develop-
ment Block Grant (CDBG)
money from the county to con-
tinue work on its aging and
deteriorating roads, South Bay
officials discussed what it
would take, exactly, to repair all
of the streets within the city.
Though the money being pro-


vided through the county will
help to ensure that work is con-
tinuing, City Manager Tony Smith
accepted the notion that "the
monies aren't going to go far."
Framing the issue for commis-
sioners, Mr. Smith said that the
severity of the issue cannot be
expected to be resolved with a
few hundred thousand dollars -
the CDBG money will only pro-
vide approximately $270,000 for
the project. According to Mr.
Smith, the city has recognized a
targeted area that it feels is in need
of greatest repair, which spans a
number of roads in the city.
"Our road improvements,
by far, is the biggest problem
See Roads Page 12


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
PAHOKEE Jim Sheehan
distinctly remembers what he
thought shortly after the second
of two hurricanes hit, as he
drove over the dike at the Paho-
kee marina to reach his resort
business.
With a panoramic view of
the straddling shore on Lake
Okeechobee, he said to himself,
"It's going to be rough the next
few months."
For the few hours before he
had a chance to visit the marina,
having ridden out the storm
from his home in Palm Beach
Gardens, Mr. Sheehan was
unsure what was still left of it.
With the scene before him,
Mr. Sheehan realized that in the
course of a few hours, what he
had worked years to build up
had been suddenly torn down.
"It was absolutely devastating,"
he said. "We lost basically
everything."
From that day, Mr. Sheehan
and his staff at Everglades


stan pnoto/Jose zaragoza
The docks at the marina were almost completely wiped
out after the two storms hit late last year.


Adventures took up the task of
surviving and, now, are rebuild-
ing. With a forward-looking
plan in hand, they also hope to
fare better in future storms.
According to Mr. Sheehan,
the lower water levels present
in the lake helped to avoid an
early disaster. With the second


hurricane, the levels were a few
inches higher, and proved to be
the critical difference. The
winds and possible tornadoes
crashed the waves against the,
beach and tossed things in the

See Marina Page 12


Beware of false solicitors


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
BELLE GLADE Fire Chief
Steve Rice asks residents to be
wary of telephone solicitors
claiming to be collecting
donations for the local fire
department.
Under the guise of a benev-
olent organization acting on
behalf of the Belle Glade Fire
Department, the solicitors
have gone as far as resorting
to. outright lying in their
attempts to make money, said
Chief Rice.
Chief Rice said he has'
grown accustomed to dealing
with the issue each year and it
seems that now the solicitors
are at it again.
"I just got two calls yester-
day," Chief Rice said last
Thursday morning from his
office at the Belle Glade Civic
Center.
According to the chief, the
solicitations are exclusively
being done through the tele-


phone. Random residents are
being called and asked to
pledge a donation to help sup-
port fire fighters and other
programs.
One person who called the
chief recently said the solici-
tors claimed to be raising
money to help support a
drowning prevention program
sponsored by the Belle Glade
Fire Department.
"We don't even have a
drowning prevention program
here," said Chief Rice, who
added that the only similar
program in 'the area is run by
the American Red Cross.
By claiming to be for the
benefit of such programs, the
solicitors are sometimes suc-
cessful in their efforts.
Many times, residents who
are interested in helping their
community actually send
money to the voice over the
telephone.
"Oftentimes, residents will
say, 'I can afford 15 dollars,'


or, 'I can afford 50 dollars,'"
said the chief.
He is asking residents to
disregard the phone calls.
In fact, anytime the actual
local fire department asks for
donations, it does so in per-
son and never by phone. You
can expect the solicitation to
be true, the chief said, if you
can speak face-to-face to a fire
fighter. When a fire fighter is
new to the area and helps in
soliciting donations, he or she
often carries a signed letter
from the chief himself.
Also, when the fire depart-
ment asks for donations, it
usually isn't for the support of
programs, but for other chari-
table or community events
such as the annual fishing
tournament for kids.
His suggestion for resi-
dents who continue to receive
phone calls is, "Don't give
them your money," he advis-
es. "Don't waste your time."'


Staff photo/Jose Zaragoza
Library creativity session
The Belle Glade Library, Saturday, Jan. 15, invited chil-
dren in the community to come out and take part in a cre-
ative activity: Handling magic muck. Here, eight-year-old
Sarah, left, and Ms. Minor join in studying the stuff.


Recovery: Coming back from the storm

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Staff photo/Jose Zaragoza
A small number of boats still litter the marina grounds at Pahokee in light of the storms.
Jim Sheehan, with Everglades Adventures, even months after the storms still finds them
perhaps the most annoying aspect to deal with, but continues to work toward rebuilding.


Marina rebuilds after storm








Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee Thursday, January 20,2005


Latin beauties hold meet and greet


By Adam Weiland
The Clewiston Inn hosted a
meet and greet for the candidates
of the 2005 Miss Latina and Miss
Teen Latina of the Glades
Pageants Jan. 15.
Millagras Navaro, event organ-
izer, called the meet and greet ses-
sion, an evening in which to be
proud.
Media and sponsors of the
upcoming pageants had a close
eitcounter with all the contest-
ants, having the opportunity to
take photographs and ask ques-
tions.
Carlos Daniele Marichifron-
tera, from Miami, entertained the
overflowing crowd in the Sugar
and Spice room. Mr. Marichifron-
tera sang a variety of beautiful
songs.
The pageant will be held at the
Dolly Hand Center in Belle Glade
Feb. 26 and at that time, two girls
will be selected to continue
onwards to the State Miss Latina
Contest.
The Miss Teen Latina Pageant
is for ages 15-17 while the Miss
Latina Pageant is open for con-
testants between the ages of 18-
23.


Staff photo Adam Weiland


Miss Latina and Miss Teen Latina candidates


Special guests were sponsors,
parents, media, Jr. Miss Hendry
County Katie Vita, Miss Teen Flori-
da Latina Lissette Martinez, and
Little Miss Chiqutica Sade Gomez.
Candidates for this year's Miss
Teen Latina are:
1. Adriana Moya, 16, sponsored
by Discount Rock and Sand.
2.Alexis Rodriquez, 17, spon-
sored by Julio's Cafe6 Tropical.
3.Cristy Soriano, 16, sponsored
byDr. Haque.


4.Elva Diaz, 15, sponsored by
Diaz General Hauling.
5.Liliana Gonzales,, 17, spon-
sored by Sugar Realty.
6.Yadira Lorenzo, 17, spon-
sored by Royal's Furniture.
7. Zulay Arnold, 16, sponsored
by Alis Fashion Store.
Candidates for this year's Miss
Latina are:
1. Aliara Payret, 18, sponsored
by Latin Grocery.
2. Andrea Leon, 19, sponsored


Robin Speilberg to give Birth


a free performance


Robin Speilberg
Steinway Concert Artist Robin
Speilberg will be providing a
morning of her musical stylings at
Glades Health Care Center, 230
South Barfield Highway in Paho-
kee, Friday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 am.
Thanks to the generosity and
consideration from the folks at
The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Cen-
ter Director Lee Woodham initiat-
ed an Arts Outreach between the
two facilities, which resulted in
the scheduling of this perform-
ance.


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The clients of the Glades
Health Care Center eagerly await
this performance and appreciate
that the Dolly Hand Center chose
their home to partner with, for
this event. Glades Health Care
Center is a non-profit Skilled Nurs-
ing Facility/Long Term Care Facili-
ty located in Pahokee. For more
information, please contact Drew
Shimkus at his office (561) 924-
5561 or cellular number (561)
449-1911.


Courtesy photo
Michael Wyatt Vary
Michael Wyatt Vary
Christopher and Mercedes
Vary of Clewiston are proud to
announce the birth of their son,
Michael Wyatt. He was born
Dec. 21,2004 at Palms West Hos-
pital in Loxahatchee. He
weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and
was 19 1/2 inches long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are: Delfi-
na and Paul Perdomo of Clewis-
ton. Paternal Grandparents are:
Jim and Diana Vary of Clewiston.
Great-grandparents are Jeane
and Clyde rush.


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TAX SAVINGS NOTICE FOR'
GLADES COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS
January 1, 2005 to March 1, 2005 Filing period for tax exemptions can be made
in the Property Appraiser's Office in the Glades County Courthouse, Room 202,
during office hours (8:00 am til 5:00 pm) Monday thru Friday.
YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR THE FOLLOWING EXEMPTIONS:


1. Homestead Exemption
2. Disabled Veteran's Exemption
3. Widow's and Widower's Exemption
4. Non Veteran Disability
5. Agriculture. Classification
6. Additional Exemption For Residents 65 Years of Age
Or Older With An Annual Income Of Less Than
$21,599 Per Household (documentation required)


$25,000.00
$5000.00
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$10,000.00


1. AUTOMATIC RENEWAL RECEIPTS HAVE BEEN MAILED FOR
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND THE SENIOR EXEMPTION. IF YOU
STILL QUALIFY. KEEP THE RECEIPT DO NOT RETURN IT TO
THIS OFFICE.

2. AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATION (Greenbelt Exemption) RENEWAL
CARDS HAVE BEEN MAILED. IF YOU STILL QUALIFY AND THERE
ARE NO CHANGES KEEPTHE RECEIPT DO NOT RERN IT TO THIS OFFICE

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS AND AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATIONS
(Greenbelt Exemption) ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. NEW APPLICATIONS
MUST BE FILED IN THE EVENT OF ANY CHANGES OR DEED TRANSFERS.

TO FILE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PLEASE FURNISH:
1. Florida Driver's License/Florida I.D.
2. Florida Vehicle Registration
3. Glades County Voter Registration, or Declaration of Domicile
4. Social Security Number

If making application for Homestead Exemption for the first time and you live
in a mobile home, bring a copy of your mobile home title or registration in order
to purchase the permanent "RP" LICENSE.

Residents who have filed early for a 2005 Homestead Exemption will receive a
letter that must be signed and returned to confirm that they were still living on
the property as of January 1, 2005.
THE PROPERTY APPRAISERS OFFICE IS LOCATED IN THE GLADES COUNTY
COURTHOUSE, ROOM 202 Toll Free Number: 1-877-445-2337.
For those handicapped persons that are unable to come to the Courthouse please call
and arrangements will be made for you to make an application for Homestead
Exemptions and other exemptions.

LARRY R. LUCKEY, C.F.A.
GLADES COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER
P.O. BOX 1106, MOORE HAVEN, FLORIDA 33471
(863) 946-6025 OR 946-6026
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Big "O"
The Big "0" Birding F
shaping up to provide plei
and entertainment for theY
of Jan. 28-30. Beginning
opening of the craft show
afternoon at 1 p.m. and cc
until the close of the show
day there will be continue
ties at the Doyle Conner Bi
Moore Haven.
Opening activities inclu
come reception Friday
with authentic South Flori
such as gator bites, sour on
and other favorites of the l
Dr. Paul Gray, Lake Oke
Watershed Science Coo
will be the official host and
for the evening.
During Friday afternc
throughout Saturday and
there will be lectures, de]
tions and appearing at the
Festival for the first time,'
hawk's Big Cats.
Ray Thunderhawk ded
life to the preservation of.
cats. He has been the hea
for a major facility for 25 y
shares his experience with
of volunteers. Ray is r
nationally as a consult
expert in his field. Fifty-s
cats have been saved s
founding of Thunderhawl
Rescue. He appears to ha
his niche in life.
Big Cat Encounter awa
to a powerful presence. Co
their stories and see the
"Cats" including a whi


Birding Festiv
Festival is Photo opportunities with the cats
nty of fun will be available for a donation. The
weekend Encounter is educational, enter-
with the training and is an unforgettable
on Friday experience for all.
continuing The Center for Birds of Prey will
v on Sun- be on hand during the hours of the
)us activi- craft show with some of the won-
uilding in derful birds they have rescued
including Daisy the barn owl,
deawel- Cracker the caracara, Bobby the
evening burrowing owl and Paige the bald
ida foods eagle. Lynda White, Audubon's
range pie Eagle Watch Coordinator for
ake area. Audubon of Florida's Center for
echobee Birds of Prey will be the keynote
)rdinator speaker at the Saturday night din-
Sspeaker ner to be held at the Clewiston Inn.
The topic will be Radical Rap-
oon and tors: Adventures in working with
I Sunday birds of prey. On Sunday afternoon,
monstra- the Sugarland Barn Owl Tour will
e Birding feature the barn owl box program
Thunder- in the EAA region. Daisy will be a
special guest on that tour.
icates his Larry Lucky will host the popu-
the great lar "Owl Hoot" on Friday night. Be
d curator prepared for an evening of tall tales
'ears and and fun including the hooting up of
the staff owls and a marshmallow roast.
regarded Throughout the day on.Satur-
ant and day there, will be regional bird
even big tours, lectures on butterflies and
ince the birds of the Lake Okeechobee
k Big Cat Region. The children's art contest,
ve found sponsored by Family and Cosmetic
Dentistry of the Glades will be
kens you judged and prizes awarded Satur-
me hear day afternoon. Marty Folk, a
beautiful favorite in past years will return
ite tiger. with his slide show and lecture on


al arts and craft show


Whooping and Sand Hill Cranes.
Last year a Wild Life Photography
workshop presented by Renier
Mungia was well received and is
being offered again this year on Sat-
urday for a fee of $25.00.
Sunday, Mark Proudfoot, Florida
Fish and Wildlife, will host a tour to
Dinner Island Wildlife Manage-
ment Area where you will see all
types of wildlife including deer,
birds and wildflowers. There is no
charge for admission to the craft
show and the lectures and demon-
strations are free. The field trips
offered have a nominal fee for a
guided tour.
Some of the crafters will offer
demonstrations at their booths.
Charles Walters, known for his
beautiful hand-turned wood bowls
will bring his lath along to show
how it is done. Renier Mungia will
show slides of some of his profes-
sional photographs at his booth.
Sample Betty Ball's wonderful'
pepper-jelly and find out ways to
use it. Other crafters will have vari-
ous new items and we welcome
back many of our local artists. Mrs.
Louise Harman who so graciously
painted the featured bird of the fes-
tival, the Cara Cara, on the advertis-
ing signs will be on hand with her
acrylic paintings. She has also
donated a painting of the Cara Cara
for a door prize.
There will be jewelry, painted
items, woodcrafts and a variety of
information booths.
Craft vendor from Texas, Linda


C. Carter had two of her hand
painted Christmas ornaments cho-
sen to hang on the White House
Christmas tree this year and was
treated to a trip to Washington to
the reception to decorate the tree.
She is coordinating visiting with rel-
atives in Moore Haven and attend-
ing the Birding Festival.
Nancy Dale, author of where
the Swallowtail Kite Soars, The
Legacies of Glades County, Florida
and the Vanishing Wilderness will
introduce her book and be glad to
sign them. Another former Glades
County Resident Sally Settle Bar-
rows will also be present for sign-
ing her book, In the Shadow of the
Lone Cypress, One Man's Florida.
Lots of wonderful food will
tempt your palate such as Skinners
Ribs, Willie's Swamp Cabbage
Salsa, chicken wings and fried pork
rinds, Moore Haven Women's Club
wild pork dinner, Adam's Snack
Shack with a variety of muffins and
bagels for breakfast, hot dogs and
chili along with coffee, tea and
water. Betty Ball will also offer
baked goods in take-home pack-
age sizes.
Mark the calendar for- the last
weekend in January and plan on
having a great time at the Big 0
Birding Festival on Hwy. 27 in
Moore Haven. Call Peggy Barton at
(863) 946-0300 or Nita Choban at
(863) 983-8619 for more informa-
tion. Some booth space is still avail-
able.


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls.
Mitchell and 9

Bowers
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Tribal Council Chairman t r g
Mitchell Cypress and Semi- a
nole Tribe of Florida, Inc.
Board of Directors Big
Cypress Representative
-Paul Bowers, Sr. took time
from their various duties
overseeing the Ahfachkeke
Festival held Saturday at Big
Cypress to chat with chil-
dren from the reservation
enjoying the children's vil-
lage and greet other visitors
to the reservation outside
Clewiston. For those who
don't know, the Council administers the Tribal gaming
enterprises, citrus groves, the Billie Swamp Safari, and
the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and other business/tourism
ventures, while the Board oversees tribal affairs on the
various south Florida reservations for tribal members.
Representatives on both the council and the board are
elected by members of the Tribe.


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Engagements


Allen-Bunting
engagement
Janet and Gordon Allen of
Pahokee are proud to announce
the engagement of their daugh-
ter Billie Jo Allen to Jack M.
Bunting IV of Pahokee. The
prospective groom is the son of
Jack M. Bunting III of Bain-
bridge, Ga. The weeding is
planned for Saturday, Jan. 29,
2005 at 7 p.m., with reception
immediately following at the
Drawbridge Caf6 in Belle Glade.
Local friends and family are wel-
come. The bride-to-be is
,employed as a water plant oper-
ator with the city of Pahokee.
The groom is a carpenter/Co-
owner with A&B services, Inc.
After the wedding the couple
will reside in Pahokee.


Courtesy photo'
Jack Bunting and
Billie Jo Allen


Denson-Garcia
engagement
Johnnie and Michelle Denson
of Port Richey are proud to
announce the engagement of
their daughter Jennifer Denson
to Lupe Garcia of Columbus,
Texas. The prospective groom is
the son of Jose Garcia and Maria
Garcia of San Antonio, Texas.
The wedding s planned for May
21, 2005 in Tampa, at Lowry
Park Zoo. The bride-to-be
attended Southeastern College.
She is employed as a paraprofes-
sional with Polk County School
District. The groom is employed
as a food service director with
Burchfield Ministries. After .the
wedding, the couple will reside
in Columbus Texas.


courtesy pnoto
Jennifer Denson
and Lupe Garcia


Lake Okeechobee Protection Plan

The regional regulatory pro- nutrient management plans and 'through monitoring, assessing contact the SFWMD Okeechobee
gram, as defined in the 2004 implement Best Management changes in land.use, evaluating Service Center at (800) 250-4200
Okeechobee Protection Plan, Practices. FDACS staff will coordi- BMPs and permitting in those
extends from the Kissimmee nate with the South Florida Water cases where landowners do not or (863) 462-5260. The SFWMD
Upper Chain of Lakes south to the Management District (SFWMD) to wish to participate in the volun- Web site, at www.sfwmd.gov,
Everglades Agricultural Area. work out the permitting details. tary program'through FDACS.' also has a tremendous amount of
Agricultural landowners in The scope of the district pro- For more information about .
these areas may volunteer to gram has expanded to identify this program or Lake Okee- information concerning the Lake
work with FDACS to establish phosphorus-source areas chobee restoration efforts, please Okeechobee Protection Plan.

Okeechobee Protection Plan

The Lake Qkeechobee Works January, 2004, this program will SFWMD governing board. process of taking input from the
of the District (WOD) program is be amended to better support FDACS has undertaken similar public about the proposed
a water quality regulatory pro- the roles of the three lead agen- "rule making"" programs in the changes to this program.
gram mandated by the Florida cies. years since the Lake Okee-
Legislature in 1989 and imple- Those agencies are the chobee Protection Act was Locally,the meeting schedule
mented by the South Florida SFWMD, the Florida Department passed into law. The rule making is: Thursday, March 3, 6-8 p.m.-
Water Management District of Agriculture and- Consumer effort extends over several Beardsley Room (Behind John
(SFWMD) in the Lake Okee- Services (FDACS) and the Flori- months and is designed to give Boy Auditorium), 1200 South
chobee watershed. da Department of Environmental the public ample time to under- WC Owens Ave, Clewiston,
With the passage of the Lake Protection (FDEP). stand the issues and provide 33440; and Wednesday, March 9,
Okeechobee Protection Act by Changes to this program will input.
the Legislature in 2000 and sub- happen through process of "rule A series of public meetings 2-4 p.m.-Lakeport Community
sequent adoption of the Lake making", which culminates in will be held to inform the public Center, 10245 Red Barn Road
Okeechobee Protection Plan in adoption of a rule by the about this effort and to begin the NW, Lakeport, 33471.

Obituaries


Alejandra
Ampie Calero
Alejandra Ampie Calero, 53, of
Canal Point, died in an auto acci-
dent, Jan. 14, 2005. Alejandra was
born in Nicaragua in 1951. Sur-
vivors include her parents Felipe
and Francisca, of Nicaragua; hus-
band, Ronaldo, of Nicaragua; son,
Edward, of Canal Point; daughters,
Diana Larios, of Canal Point, Judy
Lopez of Canal Point, and Isayl and


Isayara Lopez, both of Nicaragua;
and three grandchildren. Funeral
services were held Monday, Jan.
17, 2005, at Glades Funeral Chapel
in Belle Glade, interment in
Nicaragua. Arrangements by
Glades Funeral Chapel-Belle Glade.

Mary Elizabeth
Hatfield
Mary Elizabeth Hatfield of
Clewiston, 89, died Saturday,


Jan. 15, 2005. Mrs. Hatfield was
born in Elsberry, Mo., and has
lived here for 48 years. Survivors
include her sons, Randel and
Dwight Hatfield, both of Clewis-
ton; her sisters, Mabel Ross, of
Angelwood, Mo., Dorothy
Ussery, of St. Charles, Mo., and
Faye ,Presley, of Foley, Mo.; four
grandchildren, and six great
grandchildren. Services are
being held Jan. 21, 1 p.m. at
Community Presbyterian


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Church, burial will follow at
Ridgelawn cemetery. Officiating
clergy is Reverend Angel Ramos.
Akin-Davis Funeral Homes, Inc.
in Clewiston, is in charge of
arrangements.


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Speak out
I'm a concerned parent of a kid in Pioneer Park Elementary, and
my concern is that I never see anything advertised in The Sun on a
weekly basis in reference to anything that's going on at Pioneer
Park and I know they have a lot of activities that go on, but I'm usu-
ally unaware because my son is not too responsible,' I'm teaching
him to be, but he's not so responsible that he brings home activi-
ties parent teacher meetings and so on. Again, my concern is why
don't they ever advertise anything in The Sun like the other schools.


Girl Scout cookies arrive


The much anticipated Girl
Scout Cookie Sale is almost here
and troops are getting their first
taste of this event as huge pallets of
cookies arrive late this week and
early next week.
Troop leaders and volunteers
will be busy organizing and
unloading their cookies to be dis-
tributed to the troops for the sale
beginning Thursday, Jan. 20 and
running through Feb. 7.
Belle Glade troops: Belle Glade
Fire Department, Tuesday, Jan. 18


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skills for success in the real world.
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serves almost 9,000 Girl Scouts in
Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indi-
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Guest Commentary



Hurricane losses


can lead
By Roy O. Bonnell, Jr.
Executive Director, Florida Green
Building Coalition, Inc.
After surviving devastating hur-
ricanes, many Floridians have been
forced to rebuild their properties
and lives. Some are patching up
damage, while others are starting
over but this time, it's our hope
that Floridians consider Florida
when rebuilding. We can improve
the safety and reduce our environ-
mental impact by making "green"
choices for our homes and busi-
nesses.
Green building involves adopt-
ing earth-friendly strategies and
materials for a project's design and
construction. Choosing to build
green means choosing to reduce
the environmental impact and add
value to your home.
The Florida Green Building
Coalition (FGBC) has developed
guidelines and criteria for develop-
ers, businesses, and homeowners.
We're working on materials to
assist local governments, too. We
provide guidance, verification, and
recognition for buildings, develop-
ments, and homes that are built or
renovated to help sustain our natu-
ral resources.
The FGBC is made up of
builders, developers, architects,
interior designers, and other pro-
fessionals who believe that by
building smart, we create econom-
ic vitality while we preserve the
environment a key to our great
quality of life.
For those who want to certify
their project, FGBC considers the
entire building process and out-
come when advising how to build
green. We review energy and
water use, site selection and prepa-
ration, building materials and safe-
ty measures.
Not only does building green
save energy, it also conserves water
by requiring water-efficient fix-
tures, reusing rainwater, creating
drought-tolerant landscapes, and
installing efficient irrigation sys-
tems. It encourages durable, low-
maintenance designs and use of


to gains
recycled materials.
Green building manages con-
struction site waste, too, reducing
impacts to our landfills where pos-
sible.
Outside, we consider the use of
native plants and trees to reduce
the use of fertilizer and pesticides
and limit erosion.
In many cases, the "green"
choice costs no more, while it
reduces environmental impact and
saves money for maintenance. Per-
haps most important, green build-
ing requires the building to have
"good health" features such as
combustion safety, moisture con-
trol, proper ventilation, and filtra-
tion.
Building green protects homes
and businesses from floods, wild-
fires and hurricanes, too. Green
"sustainable" structures are
designed to withstand natural dis-
asters.
Rebuilding green may also
mean extra green in your wallet.
Applying green standards lowers
utility and maintenance costs. As a,
homeowner or business owner,
you may not only increase the
durability of the structure, but also
enhance its resale value. Commu-
nities that consider green building
standards conserve natural
resources and protect the quality of
life. Builders who "go green" gain
valuable promotion, advertising,
and customer referrals.
We began the green building
effort in 2000 to go hand-and-hand
with Florida's increasing popula-
tion and building developments.
Since then, FGBC has found enthu-
siastic support from suppliers,
developers, builders, environmen-
tal groups and regulatory agencies.
Applying the FGBC's standards
enhances our entire state's stan-
dards of living.
As we rebuild, why not do it
well? All builders, homeowners,
and business owners can learn
more on how to do just that by
reviewing FGBC's standards at
www.FloridaGreenBuilding.org.
and making the changes that make
sense.


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The Reverend Samuel S.
Thomas, Ph. D.+
Saint Martin's Church,
Clewiston

I've had parents tell me when I
ask about their children "I can't do
anything with them." It has often
left me wondering when the
moment changed. Children come
into the world helpless and
dependent on parents. Little by lit-
tle, they become more independ-
ent. I remember my daughter say-
ing to me "Daddy, put me down, I
don't want to be held." I put her
down and let her go, but within
limits.
She was not free to roam the
store without her mother or me
nearby. She wasn't free to touch
everything in sight there were too
many things that could be pulled
down on top of her or damage that
could be done.
In fact, the freedom to do what
we want comes in stages and, ide-
ally, when we are ready to handle
it. There is a Biblical parable about
Jesus having children brought to
Him to bless, and the Lord affirms


"to such belongs the Kingdom of
Heaven (Matthew 19:13)."
One of them goes to Jesus and
asks, "What good deed must I do
to have eternal .
life?" Jesus tells
him to keep the
command- .
ments and the .J 7
young man tells
Him that he ;.
does. Then *
Jesus puts a
challenge
before the Rev. Samuel
youngster, "If S.Thomas
you would be
perfect, go, sell what you possess
and give to the poor and you will
have treasure in Heaven. (vs. 21)."
It was obvious that the young-
ster kept an outward observance,
but had not internalized in his heart
what it was all about. Rules are
observable, attitudes are not.
When the young man was con-
fronted with sacrificing something
he valued more than. his faith,
Matthew tells us "he went away
sorrowful (v. 23)."
In fact, he had not "internal-


Ivan the Great's


Pastor John Hicks
First United Methodist Church
Duke Ivan III Vasilevich, bet-
ter known as Ivan the Great,
became a great ruler of Russia
during the Fifteenth Century. He
brought together warring tribes
and independent provinces. As a
fighting man he was coura-
geous. As a general he was bril-
liant. He drove out the Mongols
and established peace across the
nation.
In the midst of all of this,
Ivan's friends and advisers were
worried that there was no heir to
the throne, and should anything
happen to him the union would
shatter into chaos. He was told,
"You must take a wife who can
bear you a son." The busy sol-
dier statesman said to them that
he didn't have the time to search
for a bride, but if they would find
a suitable one, he would marry
her.
The counselors and advisers
searched the capitals of Europe
to find an appropriate wife for


the great Duke, and find her, they
did. She was the young, beauti-
ful, charming, and brilliant dark-
eyed daughter of the King of
Greece. Ivan agreed to marry her
sight unseen.
The King of Greece was
delighted, but said it could only
be done under one condition:
Ivan could marry her only if he
became a member of the Greek
Orthodox Church. Ivan agreed to
do so.
A priest was dispatched to
Moscow to instruct Ivan in
Orthodox doctrine. Ivan was a
quick student and learned the
catechism in record time.
Arrangements were concluded,
and the Duke made his way to
Athens accompanied by 500 of
his personal palace guards.
Ivan was to be baptized into
the Orthodox Church by immer-
sion, as was the custom of the
Eastern Church. His soldiers,
ever loyal, asked to be baptized
also. The Patriarch of the Church
assigned 500 priests to give the
soldiers a one-on-one catechism


ized" a faith that he kept outwardly
and made it inwardly his own.
"How does one do that," you
might ask? Good question! You do
it by going through the motions, as
if it was yours internally. We learn
to drive by going through the
motions under some kind of guid-
ance. The steps starting the
motor, putting the car in gear, look-
ing before taking your foot off of
the brake are deliberate, thought-
out, clumsy motions and acts.
They are repeated again and
again, then one day they become
automatic and the new driver no
longer has to think about "step
one, step two, step three..." When
a new situation arises the driver is
prepared to concentrate on it and
make the right decision.
Concentration is no longer
required to think about where the
brake pedal is, or how to correct
when the car begins to slide. The
feel for what to do is there now,
and an accident is avoided. The
cook goes through the outward
motions until the recipe is internal-
ized; he or she is comfortable now
and can change the quantities of
salt or add a pinch of spice here, or


put in milk when water is called
for; the process of following the
recipe has become internalized
now and it is his or hers forever.
Every now and again I meet
parents when trouble hits. They are
surprised and do their best to sal-
vage what has turned out to be a
bad situation.- The answer came
years ago when the child said, "Put
me down" and we did. There were
those who let independence come
in small, regulated steps and those
who did not. There were those
who had their children go through
the steps of faith, whether or not
they believed or even whether or
not they wanted to do it.
The result was a slow, imper-
ceptible process of internalizing
what was there to protect and
guide them. There are no guaran-
tees in child raising, but security
and satisfaction come when you
have insisted on the outward acts.
Maybe they will be taken in and
maybe there will be difficulties
ahead; but if nothing is done, you
can rest assured that nothing will
be made their own. "I can't do any-
thing.with them!" "Oh? I doubt
that!"


un-baptized

crash course. The soldiers, all sword.
500 of them, were to be The un-ba
immersed in one mass baptism. true story is
Crowds gathered from all over of some of wI
Greece to see the sight. tianity today. 1
And what a sight that must tized arms are
have been, 500 priests and 500 today? How
soldiers walking into the wills are their
Mediterranean Sea for baptism. community? I
The priests were dressed in the tized talents?
official dress of the Orthodox baptized chec
Church: Black robes and tall tized social ac
black hats. The soldiers wore In Greek
their battle uniforms with of all weakness an
their regalia, from his hee
But then, they realized they which was nc
had a problem. The Church pro- think about i
hibited professional soldiers arms, those tl
from being members unless they immersed in
gave up their commitment to Achilles' heels
bloodshed. After a hasty round The good n
of diplomacy, the problem was fix it. We can
solved. As the words were spo- heels in Livil
ken and the priests began to still baptize t
baptize them, each soldier life that need
reached to his side and with- re-baptizing,
drew his sword. Lifting it high each of us is t
overhead, every soldier was the Lord. We
totally immersed in baptism ers to do the
except for his fighting arm and start is now.


arm


iptized arm. This
a powerful picture
bat we see in Chris-
How many un-bap-
e there in churches
many un-baptized
-e in the Christian
How many un-bap-
What about un-
:kbooks or un-bap-
tivities?
leger)d, Achilles'
id downfall came
I, that part of him
)t immersed. If you
t, our un-baptized
things, which aren't
our Lord, are our
I.
news is that we can
wash our Achilles'
ng Water. We can
hose things in our
baptizing or even
until every part of
totally immersed in
can encourage oth-
same. The time to


Community Profile: Chief Steve Rice


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza

Q: What is your name?
A: Full name is Steven R. Rice.
But I go by the name of Steve. My
middle name is Ray. R-A-Y, named
after my daddy.
Q: Where were you born?
A: I was actually born in Avon
Park. I moved to Belle Glade as a
child, actually as an infant, and I
was raised here all my life.
Q:Whatdoyoudo?
A: j'm the fire chief for the city of
Belle Glade. I oversee the opera-
tions of the fire department of Belle
Glade. I started here in 1981, went
up through the ranks I started up
as a firefighter. I progressed
through the ranks of driver engi-
neer, lieutenant, captain and I was
appointed the chief of the fire
department.
I love what I'm doing. It's a
good job. It's a rewarding job. We
never know what's going to hap-
pen. I'm one of these people that, I
like to help other people. In this
job, it's all about helping the citi-
zens.
Q: Why do you do what you
do?
A: It's the same reason. It's help-
ing other people. You never know
what's going to happen. You never
know what faces you new chal-
lenges every day. There's a lot of
pressure, a lot of stress to the job
just because of the unknowns. We
have a good fire department. We
have excellent staff.
Everyone here puts a hundred
and ten percent in. These guys
work 'round the clock, twenty-four
hours a day. They're called in off-
duty all the time. We're sort of a big
family. Everybody works together
and everybody cares about doing
the best job for the citizens they
can do. That's what it's all about.
Q: Canyou describeyourself?
A: I'm a good person. I'm a car-
ing person. Sometimes I feel like I
care too much. I'm always there
willing to help, twenty-four hours a
day, anybody that needs some-
thing.
(Q: Do you take your work
home with you?) No. I try not to
take my work home. In this busi-
ness, you have to separate home
life from work. I've got four kids of
my own. The death of a child or
serious injury of a child is probably
one of the worst things we could
see. And we've seen quite a bit of it
over the years.
The fire department covers 840-
square miles of territory out here.
As you're aware, it's not as bad
now, but years ago, "Bloody [High-
way] 27." It brings back a lot of
memories. A lot of deaths, and a lot
of them were children. That's the
kind of stuff you have to separate


Staff photo/Jose Zaragoza
Chief Steve'Rice.
and get it out of your mind or the
stress level gets so high it'll drive
you crazy.
Q: What scaresyou?
A: If I had to say something
scares me, it would be really not
knowing what's going to happen
tomorrow. There are so many
unknowns especially in the line of
work that we do. You just never
know what the next day's going to
bring. You wake up in the morning
and you hope that you're going to
have a good day. You hope that
there are not going to be any disas-
ters. But you never know.
Sometimes it's a scary feeling to
face the unknown of the day. I've
been in some fires that have literal-
ly scared me. Brings back memo-
ries I'll give you an example -
of the McCrory's fire. When
McCrory's was in Glades Plaza and
we had the fire. That was probably
one of the scariest situations I've
been in. I can remember myself
and another fire fighter went in on
a hose line and we worked from
the front door all the way to the
rear of the store. All of a sudden,
when we were back there we
were the only two in the building -
we felt the ceiling start to fall in.
When we looked up, there was a
big air conditioner unit on the roof
and the roof fell. We both moved
out of the way quickly as this
humongous air conditioner and
roof caved in where we were.
We got out of the building and
when we got the fire out we went
back into where we left the hose
line and the nozzle. If we would
have still been on the nozzle, we
would have been killed instantly.
We couldn't even find the nozzle
under the debris. When we finally
retrieved the equipment, it was
totally destroyed because of the
weight that came down. That was
probably the scariest situation I've
been in.
Q: What is your favorite song?
A: I don't really have a favorite
song. I like country music. I like
pretty much all of country music.


When you get to religious music, I
guess one of my favorite songs is
Amazing Grace. I work part-time
for a funeral home and on funerals,
a lot of people play that song. That
song brings back memories and I
don't think, in that situation, that
there's not a person there that
doesn't get choked up over that
song.
Q:Whatirksyou?
A: I tell you the biggest thing
that really annoys me is people
parking in a handicapped zone and
they're not handicapped. That real-
Sbothers me. My parents are
16ndicapped and handicap park-
ing spots are made for people that
have to have them. You see just
anybody and a lot of times they're
young kids. The other day, I was at
McDonald's and I won't mention
any names, but there was a com-
mercial vehicle that just pulled up
and parked in the handicap zone. I
had to say something to them.
When I said something to them,
they just laughed. Then you get
handicapped people, and we have


a lot of handicapped people in our
community, and you see these
people having to park further away
and having such a hard time. That
really irks me.
Q: What is the memory you
hold dearest toyou?
A: There's a couple of them.
One memory, I guess, is my grand-
mother Stacy. She was a unique
woman. She was a caring woman.
She lived into her late 90s. As a kid,
we used to always go over and
look forward to the weekends
when we could go spend the night
with granny Stacy. The reason
being, one of the reasons, was she
always cooked breakfast for us. It
was always bacon and eggs, every-
thing homemade. The biggest
thing was, she would let us drink
coffee. As kids, at home, our par-
ents a lot of times wouldn't let us
drink coffee. "Kids don't need cof-
fee." When you went to granny
Stacy's she always let the grand-
kids have coffee. She was a good
woman.
She lived by herself most of her
life. She was blind a good period of
her life. Just everybody loved her.


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Clewstion Police Department Wanted Fugitives


The Clewiston Police Depart-
ment is announcing a step up in
traffic crime enforcement and
traffic violation interdiction. In an
effort to stem the increase of traf-
fic violations and traffic fatalities
locally, officers from the Clewis-
ton Police Department, with assis-
tance from other South Florida
agencies are implementing a plan
designed to target traffic offenders
in and passing through the city of
Clewiston.
Departments from Cape Coral,
Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Hendry
County Sheriff's Office, Collier
County, Lee County and many
others have been invited to join in
the operation.


The coalition began last year
and has been used successfully
on two occasions here in Clewis-
ton. Officers look for any number
of traffic hazards including DUI,
faulty equipment, speed, driver's
license offenses and yielding vio-
lations. The plan is to make the
event more common and cover a
wider area of the city.

In addition, officers and agents
will be enforcing the alcohol laws
both from the possession and
sales perspective for adults and
minors. The operation is planned
to begin within the next 30 days,
according to Clewiston Police
Chief Don Gutshell.


Crime Stoppers of Palm
Beach County Inc. is asking citi-
zens to help locate Robert Lee
Reed, alias .
Robert Reed,
wanted for
felony intro-
duction of -
contraband |,
into a state
correctional
institution, V s )
possession of
marijuana in Robert Lee
excess of 20 Reed
grams. His
date of birth is
6-20-70. He is a black male, 5' 8"
tall and weighs 160 lbs., with


black hair and brown eyes. He
has tattoos on his left arm, chest
and right shoulder. His last
known address was Orange
Ave., Belle Glade. His occupa-
tion is laborer.
If you know the whereabouts
of Robert Lee Reed or anyone
involved in a serious crime, call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-
TIPS. You can remain anony-
mous and still receive a cash
reward of up to $1,000 if your tip
leads to an arrest. You can also
visit the Crime Stoppers Web site
at www.crimestopperspbc.com.
Reed was a wanted fugitive at
the time of this publication.


Get answers about flood insurance


ORLANDO If you still have
questions about your flood insur-
ance, you can get answers in per-
son by visiting a Disaster Recov-
ery Center (DRC) operated by the
Department of Homeland Securi-
ty's Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA) and the
state of Florida Emergency
Response Team (SERT).
With the Feb. 28 deadline for
applying for disaster assistance
drawing near, the temporary
DRCs will be closing, so take
advantage of this free information.
now.


People with insurance should
first talk with their insurance
agent about damages from the
hurricanes and flooding. But after
people have evaluated their situa-
tion or received a response on a
claim from their insurance com-
pany, they may need more infor-
mation about flood insurance
under the National Flood Insur-
ance Program (NFIP). Insurance
matters can sometimes be com-
plicated and taking itto someone
in person can make things more
understandable.
Mitigation specialists at the


DRCs provide visitors with infor-
mation about rebuilding better
and smarter, as well as finding
ways to reduce damages from
future disasters. The specialists are
knowledgeable about NFIP cover-
age and they have the capacity to
research questions on flood insur-
ance claims.
"In disasters, each insurance
case is unique, so if you have a
question and can visit a Disaster
Recovery Center, seek out a miti-
gation specialist. They're there to
find answers for you," said Bill Car-
wile, federal coordinating officer.


Assistance with other insur-
ance questions is offered through
an insurance hotline adminis-
tered by the Florida Department
of Financial Services.

"If you have questions on a
storm-related insurance claim,
you can contact 1-800-22-STORM
for help," said Craig Fugate, state-
coordinating officer. "We want to
ensure that citizens with insur-
ance coverage get the benefits
they are entitled to and under-
stand all the issues surrounding
their cases."


Helpline operators on call to answer questions
ORLANDO Floridians who calling, mission is to ensure that Florida is Department of Homeland Security
have questions about the status of Helpline operators can: prepared to respond to emergen-n March 1, 2003
their disaster assistance applica- -Take applicant information changes. cies, recover from them, and miti- on March 1,2003.
tions or the assistance they have -Check on the status of an application. gate their impact. Visit
received are urged to call the -Request a re-inspection when appro- http://www.floridadisaster.org for _
DepartmentofHomeland Securi- priate, the latest information on the hurri- W 6
Department of Homeland Secu- -Give information about federal disas- cane relief efforts.
ty's Federal Emergency Manage- ter assistance programs. FEMA prepares the nation for .
ment Agency (FEMA) Helpline toll -Refer applicants to other programs all hazards and manages federal ]
free at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). andservices. r ns and recovery efforts fol-
The FEMA Helpline is opera- When calling, individuals will be response and recovery efforts fol-
tional daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., asked: lowing any national incident. .
Eastern Standard Time, according -If they speak English, Spanish or FEMA. also initiates mitigation
toEastatern Stand f federal officials. Callers another language. activities, trains first responders,
to state and federal officials. Callers -To enter their Zip Code. works with state and local emer-
who are speech or, hearing- The State Emergency Response agency managers, and manages the
impaired can call (800) 462-7585. Team (SERT) is a collaboration of National Flood Insurance Program
Applicants should have their FEMA Florida's state agencies led by the and the U.S. Fire Administration.
registration number handy when state coordinating officer. SERT's FEMA became part of the U.S. ,


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Chicken soup: Comfort food can be good for you


In a previous column, I wrote
about the health benefits of home-
made chicken soup, noting that the
ingredients in the soup do help
relieve the symptoms of colds and
flu.
A reader wrote in to say she
doesn't have much time to cook
and asked if the soup could be
made in a crock pot or slow cook-
er.
After a little experimenting in
my kitchen, I have come up with a
slow version of my traditional
chicken soup recipe.
The key to making good chick-
en soup is simple: Use enough
chicken.
For this recipe, you will need:
One large chicken (4-5 pounds)
One large stalk of celery
One large or two medium
onions
One head fresh garlic
'Wo tablespoons sage (fresh or
dried)
Two tablespoons thyme (fresh
or dried)
Two tablespoons parsley (fresh
ordried)
Two tablespoons salt
'Two tablespoons pepper
(More salt, pepper, garlic pow-
der and herbs may be added, as
desired to taste)
'ITwo large parsnips
Four large carrots
Four medium yellow squash
(If you don't like parsnips, you
might want to just use mIore car-
rots)
Four quarts chicken broth or
water
Eight tablespoons olive oil
PART ONE Cooking
the chicken
Remove the outer celery stalks,
reserving the inner celery hearts for
later. Chop celery. The pieces can
be fairly large.
Chop one medium onion or
half of one large onion.
Clean and chop one head of
garlic.
Put four tablespoons of olive oil
in a skillet and heat to low heat.
Sautee chopped onion, garlic and
celery until translucent. Remove
from heat.
Using a slotted spoon to drain
excess oil, transfer cooked celery,
onions and garlic to slow cooker.
Add sage, thyme, parsley, salt
and pepper.
Add whole chicken to slow
cooker. Cover with broth or water.
Cook at high heat for eight
hours. When the chicken is com-
pletely cooked, it should be falling
off the bones.
Strain cooked food through a


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colander, reserving the liquid
chicken stock. If you want to
reduce the fat content of the soup,
let the stock cool and skim off fat.
Return stock to slow cooker and
leave setting on low or warm.
You may wonder why I discard
the cooked celery, onions and gar-
lic with the chicken bones. After
eight hours in the slow cooker, the
celery and onions are very mushy.
All of the flavor and nutritional ben-
efits are now in the chicken stock. I
like vegetables to be tender, but not
mushy.
PART TWO Making
the soup
Let cooked chicken cool
enough to be handled. Discard
bones, skin and cooked celery and
onions. Chop cooked chicken into
small pieces and add to stock.
Chop remaining vegetables
(celery heart, parsnips, carrots,
onion and squash) into very small
pieces (about one-four inch or
smaller.)
Heat four tablespoons of olive
oil in skillet. Sautee vegetables in oil
until the carrots and parsnips are
tender, stirring regularly to prevent
burning. Using slotted spoon to
remove excess oil, transfer cooked
vegetables to slow cooker.
If desired, add more salt, pep-
per, garlic powder,.thyme and sage
to taste.
If you want noodles in your
soup, spoon some of the broth into
a saucepan, bring it to a boil, add
the noodles and cook until tender.
Then add the broth and noodles
back to the slow cooker. Cooking
the noodles in broth instead of
water will add flavor.
This recipe makes about six
quarts of soup.
I like to use fresh herbs from my
back porch container garden
(sage, thyme, parsley) but the dried
versions will work if you don't have
fresh herbs.
I tried growing herbs in an out-
door garden, but most perished in
the hurricanes. One hardy Rose-
mary bush survived it turns out
Rosemary is pretty Well suited to
the Florida climate.
If you don't have fresh garlic on


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hand, you can substitute four table-
spoons of minced garlic (sold in
jars, packed in olive oil.
For those who missed my col-
umn on the benefits of chicken
soup, this age old cold remedy has
Been backed up scientific
researchers. They found some sub-
stances found naturally in the
ingredients to chicken soup do
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Garlic contains a substance that
helps clear breathing passages.
Garlic is also good for the heart.
Carrots and parsnips contain
substances that help boost the
immune system and fight infec-
tion.
Onions also contain substances
that help kill bacteria.
Thyme, in addition to being an
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throat.
Celery helps ease coughs.
Sage contains a substance that
reduces inflammation.
Chicken contains protein to
help the body stay healthy. It also
contains substances that help you
relax and contributes to an easier
sleep, letting the body heal itself.
Yellow squash has lots of vita-
mins and I just happen to like it. If
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important if you are on any pre-
scription medications. Some drugs
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Research could help diabetics


GAINESVILLE University of
Florida (UF) stem cell scientists
reported Jan. 3 that they have pre-
vented blindness in mice afflicted
with a condition similar to one
that robs thousands of diabetic
Americans of their eyesight each
year.
Writing in the current issue of
the Journal of Clinical Investiga-
tion, researchers describe for the
first time the link between a pro-
tein known as SDF-1 and
retinopathy, a complication of
diabetes and the leading cause of
blindness in working-age Ameri-
cans.
Scientists explain how they
used a common antibody to
block the formation of SDF-1 in
the eyeballs of mice with simulat-
ed retinopathy, ending the explo-
sive blood vessel growth that
characterizes the condition.
Researchers effectively silenced
SDF-1's signal to activate normally
helpful blood stem cells, which
become too much of a good thing
within the close confines of the
eyeball.
"SDF-1 is the main thing that
tells blood stem cells where to
go," said Edward Scott, an associ-
ate professor of molecular genet-
ics at the UF Shands Cancer Cen-
ter and director of the program in
Stem Cell Biology and Regenera-
tive Medicine at UF's College of
Medicine.
"If you get a cut, the body
makes SDF-1 at the injury site and
the repair cells sniff it out. The
concentration of SDF-1 is higher


where the cut occurs and it quick-
ly dissipates. But the eye is such a
unique place, you've got this bag
of jelly the vitreous that just
sits there and it fills up with SDF-1.
The SDF-1 doesn't break down. It
continues to call the new blood
vessels to come that way, causing
all the problems," he said.
Diabetic retinopathy causes
12,000 to 24,000 cases of blind-
ness each year, according to the
American Diabetes Association.
What happens is high blood pres-
sure and blood sugar levels asso-
ciated with diabetes cause leaks
in blood vessels within the eye
and hinder the flow of essential
chemicals. The eye compensates
by growing new blood vessels,
which clog the eye and cause
even more leaks. Damage occurs
to the retina, gradually destroying
its ability to capture images.
UF researchers analyzed sam-
ples of the vitreous gel taken from
the eyeballs of 46 patients under-
going treatment for diabetic eye
disease, including 24 patients
with retinopathy. They found SDF-
1 in each of the patients, with the
highest amounts detected in
patients with .the worst cases. No
traces of SDF-1 were found in the
vitreous samples of eight non-dia-
betic patients who were treated
for other ailments.
With the hypothesis that SDF-1
is at the heart of the problem, sci-
entists tested to see whether the
addition of the protein would call
stem cells and spur extraordinary
blood vessel growth in the eye-


Community honors Martin Luther King Jr.


A community wide celebration
took place Jan. 17 to honor Martin
Luther King Junior's birthday.
The celebration was Monday at
the Harlem Pavilion for the Drum
Major for Justice. The program
was engineered and presided over
by Commissioner Janet Taylor
and Florida Thomas. Rev- Russell
blessed the program from the
beginning.' The Harlem Commu-
nity Choir under the leadership of
Mrs. Charley Mae Johnson ren-
dered renditions only befitting to


the honor of Dr. King.
It was a battle of the ministers
between Rev. Gary McNealy of
Friendship Baptist Church, Rev.
Conrad Jenkins of New Bethel
AME Church and. Rev. Jack Wash-
ington of New Bethel AME Church
of South Bay. Each minister gave
homage to Dr. King in their own
way and challenged the excited
crowd to Keep the Dream Alive.
Stevie Wonder's rendition of
Happy Birthday to Dr. King was
performed in poem by Brendia


Johnson and Taheerah Hawkins.
What Did Martin Luther King
Stand For was recited by Jayla
Lawson to remind us of the things
that was dear to his heart. New
Bethel AME Youth Mimic Ministry
under the direction of Ms. Shanet-
ta Ligon and Ms. Kim Scruggs
entertained the crowd to the
music of Second Chance. '
Excerpts of the 1968 "I have a
dream" speech was played for the
audience. A special thanks to, Mr.
Clifton "Flip" Dykes, The Harlem


Senior Club, The Golden Age Soci-
ety and Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
for the sponsorship of the refresh-
ment.
Dr. King is known throughout
the world for being a leader of the
Civil Rights movement during one
of the most crucial times in histo-
ry. Through times of angst and
nationwide tension, Dr. King
sought peace through unity and
brought an understanding to the
world that every man was created
equal in the eyes of God.


Fujifilm pro anglers to help educate school children
CLEWISTON On Jan. 21, "Fujifilm is proud to sponsor a of photography," Bogan said. Wal-Mart and many of Ameri
select members of Fujifilm's pro winning team of anglers," said The 2005 Fujifilm pro-angler ca's largest and most respected
fishing team will visit Central Ele- Cindy Bogan, national account team comprises Randy Blaukat of companies support FLW Out
mentary School in iCleAision il manager, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Lamar, Mo.; Robert Bogan of doors and its tournament trails
meete: ifthlnaassemblt-ril' filih- Inc. "With their influence and Farmington, Ark.; Scott Bonnema Wal-Mart signed on as title spon
grade students. guidance, we feel strongly that of Forest Lake, Minn.; Brent Brady sor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and
The anglers will talk about the our team will educate kids about of Hixson, Tenn.; Joel Richardson today is the title sponsor of al
family-friendly sport of fishing and the fun of fishing and the impor- of Kernersville, N.C.; Sean Stickler FLW Outdoors events. For mor
the importance of conservation, tance of conservation, while of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Shawn information on Wal-Mart, visi
The team will be in Clewiston for inspiring the next generation of Strader of Rockwood, Tenn.; Wes- Wal-Mart.com.
the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event on anglers and photographers." ley Strader of Spring City, Tenn.; For more information abou
Lake Okeechobee that is current- Fujifilm will offer another Sam Swett of Covington, La.; and Fujifilm products, call (800) 800
lyunderway. opportunity for children of all Wes Thomas of Hanover, Ind. FUJI or visit the Fujifilm U.S.A
A goal of the visit is for the chil- ages to learn more about fishing Established in 1965, Fuji Photo Web site at Fujifilm.com.
dren to gain an appreciation of during the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's Film U.S.A. Inc. is the United
the environment by learning Family Fun Zone, which is free States marketing subsidiary of
about conserving fish habitats and open to the public. Fujifilm Tokyo-based Fuji Photo Film Co. A.N N () ( J N (C
and being respectful of nature. will set up a fishing pond for chil- Ltd., a leading manufacturer of
The anglers will take this opportu- dren to catch trout, have their imaging, and information prod- A U
nity to educate the students about photos taken with their catches ucts. Fujifilm's U.S. headquarters
why more than 52 million people and then release the trout back are located in Elmsford, N.Y. DrA7I
pick up their rods and wet a line into the pond. The Fun Zone runs Named after the legendary IR l L
each year because fishing is a from 3-5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.- founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest EL E o M N
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balls of 10 laboratory mice. They
succeeded, creating mice with
retinopathy-like conditions.
Then, as a treatment, scientists
injected an SDF-1 antibody direct-
ly into the afflicted eyes. The anti-
body which is simply another
protein that binds to the SDF-1 -
disabled SDF-1's ability to sum-
mon stem cells, effectively halting
the growth of almost all new
blood vessels, said Jason M. But-
ler, a graduate student in the Inter-
disciplinary Program in Biomed-
ical Sciences and a member of the
research team.
Scientists next want to test the
technique in monkeys and if it
continues to be successful, to test
the therapy in human clinical tri-
als, said Scott, the senior author of
the paper. The National Institutes
of Health funded the research in
mice. The study in primates will
involve support from RegenMed,
an Alachua, Fla.-based company
founded by Scott and other UF.
researchers to bring biomedical
therapies to the marketplace.
"The scientific community and
pharmaceutical companies have
a long track record of being able
to develop antibody-based thera-
py in things like snake anti-ven-
oms," Scott said. "This isn't a new
and unproven technology. This is
something that can be rapidly
adapted and brought to market."-
Scientists said they still need to
find away to anchor the antibody
to a molecule large enough so it
can do its SDF-1-blocking work in
the vitreous but will be unable to


penetrate the retina. They envi-
sion a therapy that will involve
routine injections of the sub-
stance into a patient's eye.
"It could potentially be a treat-
ment option," said Dr. Maria
Grant, a professor of pharmacolo-
gy and therapeutics in UF's Col-
lege of Medicine who participated
in the research. "Current therapy
for severe diabetic retinopathy is
use of lasers that destroy parts of
retina that are not needed for pre-
cise vision in order to improve
oxygen delivery to the parts of the
retina that are needed for detailed
vision. Intraocular delivery of
agents that block SDF-1 represent
an excellent and less destructive
alternative."
The research sheds light on
the mechanisms of diabetic
retinopathy and the various func-
tions of SDF-1, said Nadir
Sheibani, an assistant professor of
ophthalmology and visual science
at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison Medical School.
"Many factors are at work dur-
ing retinopathy and it's important
to understand each of them," Mr.
Sheibani said. "It's interesting that
the researchers show how SDF-1
changes the.levels of a protein
called occludin, which affects
junctions between cells that line
the blood vessels. It helps explain
why the blood vessels become
leaky and edema develops during
diabetic retinopathy."


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en appropriated beyond "This initiative should be a
fund construction of the shared endeavor between com-
ooms. Palm Beach has munity providers and public
cularly hard hit due to schools," said Superintendent Art
growth in student popula- Johnson. "Allowing our schools to
e than 5,000 new stu- continue to offer pre-k would give
year. parents a full choice of options to
approved both the Class meet their individual needs."
action and the Universal According to a recent statewide
garten programs as research project funded by Chil-
nts to the state's consti- dren's Services Council, parents
indicated a choice of settings,
of the new rules that including public school, private
)re-kindergarten from school and a faith-based center.
red, school officials say Among those most likely to enroll
lough space and well- their children in Universal Pre-
rofessional staff in Palm kindergarten, 67 percent said they
unty public schools to would prefer a public school set-
to operate pre-kinder- ting.
grams for 2005-2006. Members of the Palm Beach
say, it is unlikely that County Legislative Delegation,
)e enough space in com- sympathetic to the school district's
;s alone, especially since situation, received a letter from Dr.
a provision that the Johnson in December asking them


programs
to lobby to change the pre-k law to
allow Palm Beach and other dis-
tricts to continue offering pre-k.
"When the people voted for this
constitutional amendment, most
thought the public schools would
be a major provider," said Vern
Crawford, a lobbyist for the district.
"All state and local advocacy
groups recommended that public
school, private school and faith-
based providers be allowed to par-
ticipate. As things stand now, that
can't happen," he said.
The Legislature meets in March.
Parents and other concerned citi-
zens are encouraged to contact
their House and Senate members
to reinforce the district's request.
Members of the Palm Beach Dele-
gation have indicated their willing-
ness to help.


School Readiness Coalitions merge to serve


The Agency for Workforce
Innovation, Florida Partnership
for School Readiness, is pleased
to announce the merger of three
school readiness coalitions in
southwest Florida to form the
Early Learning Coalition of Col-
lier, Glades, Hendry and Lee
Counties.
This merger exemplifies the
cooperative efforts made by the
statewide school readiness coali-
tions to initiate mergers in order
to comply with the requests from
Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida
Legislature to reduce the number
of school readiness coalitions
from 50 to 30.
The merger of these coalitions
will offer benefits to young chil-
dren in four counties by provid-
ing full-day/year-round early edu-
cation and care, parenting
supports, appropriate screen-.


ings, ongoing' assessments of
children, and after-school home-
work help. An estimated 10,000
children will receive services
from the coalition through
school readiness or voluntary
universal pre-kindergarten pro-
grams.
Barbara Saunders, executive
director, said the merger is a very
positive outcome of many years
of collaboration and cooperative
work between the counties.
"We are incredibly fortunate
to have the combined talent,
experience, and passion of many
dedicated individuals," Saunders
said.
In addition to sharing com-
mon geographic boundaries,
these coalitions also share a net-
work of professional partner-
ships such as the Workforce
Development Board, Florida Gulf


Coast University, Edison College,
and District 8 Department of Chil-
dren and Families as well as a
common fiscal agent, Workforce
Development Board, and a com-
mon school readiness provider,
Child Care of SW Florida, Inc.
Commonalities are also
strong ties with many public and
private agencies including Red-
lands Christian Migrant Associa-
tion and the school district's early
intervention programs. The
coalitions also share a common
mission to assure that all chil-
dren who enter school are ready
to learn and to support children
already in school for continued
success.
The three coalitions have
worked together this past year on
several projects. In March 2004,
under a $35,000 Coalitions Com-
ing Together grant, two regional


initiatives were produced: The
Gulf Coast Early Learning Council,
a strategic planning event for early
childhood education professionals
in the region, and the Gulf Coast
Business Roundtable, for Business
Partners in the multi-county region
in early education advocacy
efforts.
Board members for the new
coalition have been chosen and
board meetings will be held at the
Three Oaks Conference Center in
Estero, a central point for the
counties involved. Three Oaks
Conference Center is affiliated with
Goodwill Industries. As a result,
proceeds from these meetings will
also benefit Goodwill Industries of
Southwest Florida. The first board
meeting is scheduled for Jan. 20.
To learn more about the Florida
Partnership for School Readiness
visit www.schoolreadiness.org.


School Happenings


An old-fashioned


cakewalk benefit


As a non-profit organization,
what the Glades Health Care Cen-
ter (GHCC) lacks in money, they
certainly make up for in heart.
Over the next year the staff of
Glades Health Care will be spon-
soring fundraisers to furnish the
residents' rooms with brand new
furniture.
"This is their home", stated
Drew Shimkus Therapeutic Direc-
tor of Recreation. "These resi-
dents need new furniture in their
home. If we could afford to, as a
facility we would redecorate the
entire facility but we can't. Money
is usually the issue for all not-for-
profit organizations and this one
is no exception. The cost for the
new furniture for a double room
is approximately $1,700. With 60
rooms to furnish we need to raise
approximately $102,000 to com-
plete this project."
With nowhere else to turn, the
center is turning towards the
community for help.
"We are asking for community
support in this venture," said Mr.
Schimkus. "If we could find pri-
vate sponsors for these rooms
that would be great. In past years,
the staff at GHCC raised money
for other not-for-profit organiza-
tions, but this year the staff decid-
ed to do something for the people
they work with, work for and
love. They want to help their resi-
dents here at GHCC by starting
their own fundraising project for
our residents. Generosity begins
in the home."


The first fundraiser is an old
fashion cakewalk. The staff of
GHCC invites all the locals to
come, participate and enjoy the
fun ($3 per walk) Jan. 26, 3-5 p.m.
Mr. Shimkus, the new Director
of Therapeutic Activities at GHHC
went on to explain that many of
the Residents would not have any-
where else to go if not for Glades
Health Care Center. The majority
of long-term care residents would
be homeless if not for this nursing
home in the Glades area, accord-
ing to Mr. Shirnkus.
The staff of Glades Health Care
Center loves their residents and
considers them to be members of
their family.
"The people who live here at
Glades Health Care are our grand-
parents, parents, neighbors, teach-
ers, and friends. So many of our staff
members know the residents they
work with from their own child-
hoods we are proud of the thera-
peutic relationship our staff mem-
bers have with our
Residents/Family members here at
glades Health Care Center," hesaid.
GHCC is located at 230 South
Barfield Highway and has been
providing services to this commu-
nity for the better part of 20 years.
As a member of the not for profit
organization in Okeechobee,
Council on Aging, Inc. Glades
Health Care and its sister facilities
in Bradenton and Gainesville pro-
vide much needed medical serv-
ices to over 500 Florida residents
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"Reading Counts" students
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Glades Central High School
held its first "Reading Counts"
Student Marathon Celebration
Award ceremony for the school
year, Dec. 17, in the Raider Media
Center.
Dr. Ed Harris, principal, '\'l
comed the students, parents and
teachers who'attendeaIMrs. Lila
Crawford, the Media Specialist
served as the Mistress of Ceremo-
ny. Reverend Desmond Harriott
led the invocation. Leonard
Ponce, a freshman, led the Pledge
of Allegiance. Mrs. Ida Corinthian,
reading coach, introduced the
guest speaker Dr. Sandra Ware.
Dr. Ware stressed the importance
of reading, education and goal
setting in a student's life.
Dr. Harris, Mrs. Crawford and
Ms. Balzano presented the
awards to the winners of the read-
ing competition. Ten Reading
Counts Marathon bronze winners
received a certificate and a Raider
Reading T-shirt. Six students won
the silver Reading Counts
Marathon and received certifi-
cates, T-shirts and gift certificates
to Barnes and Noble. The gold
winners also received certificates,
T-shirts and gift certificates to
Barnes and Nobles. Listed below
are all the winners of the "Read-
ing Counts" Students Marathon
Celebration.
Gold Awards 50+: Jesula
Aurelien, Richard Charlemond,
Annette Destra, Mercelie Roseline
Joseph, Evenaud Julmeus, Fabi-
enne Louis, Leonard Ponce, Rose
Raymond, Michael Rogers, Kris-
hane- Shaw, Jose Taveras, and
Da'coby Wooten.
Silver Awards 35-49: Quentin


Barnes, Wesley Barnett, Chrishay-
la Beckford, Tommy Moreland,
Javarous Royal, and Jeffery Sears.
Bronze Awards 20-34:
Lashaquirria Alexander, Shakeira
Davis, Kerlange Fremont, Lonnie
Fremont, Oscar Guzman, Jose
Lopez, Wedly Michel, Lauro
Perez, Yoline Raymond, and
Antoinett Whitfield.
..Canal Point/Kathryn
E. Cunningham news
Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal
Point Elementary hosted the
monthly elementary principals
luncheon and meeting on
Wednesday, Jan. 13. One hun-
dred elementary principals, area
administration and Dr. Art John-
son were in attendance. A deli-
cious lunch of catfish, fresh veg-
etables and scrumptious desserts
was served. The theme of the
luncheon was "Under the Sea".
Students with the guidance of art
teacher Melody Keller completed
the cafeteria's underwater mural,
painted sea life on glass goblets
stenciled gift bags, and created
hanging fish mobiles. Attendees
also received a bag of the Glades
finest produce. Our school would
like to thank the following for
their generous donations: Dot
Tucker Farms, Hugh Branch Inc.,
One Stop Convenience Store,
Pahokee Elementary, Roth Farms,
and "3 Chefs Are We" Catering.
FCAT MINI CAMP
Our school will be hosting our
third annual FCAT Mini Camp on
Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 a.m. until
noon. Parents and students in
grades 3-6 will practice strategies
that will help with the upcoming
FCAT Test. Breakfast and lunch
will be served. Door Prizes will be
given. Mark your calendars and
plan to attend.
Dates to Note


1/18- FCAT Tutorial begins for
grades 3-6.
1/22 FCAT Mini Camp.
1/26- Pre-K and K to the Dolly
Hand Theatre.

Glades Day School
Glades Day School has
planned a'"Mardi Gras Extrava-
ganza" dinner/dance with a silent
auction, live auction, and raffle
ticket items which will be held in
Wellington at the Players Club
Restaurant Feb. 25. There will be
cocktails and the silent auction
from 6:30-7:30, and the dinner,
dancing, and live auction will fol-
low. This is a new event for GDS
that replaces the Fall Festival Auc-
tion and adds an exciting new
fundraising twist to the calendar.
Event goers will enjoy a fun-filled
evening including dinner for a
small donation that goes to sup-
port all the many school activities
offered by GDS. Please call Rebe-
ca Rionda at (561) 996-6029 for
reservations or for additional
information.
On Friday, Jan. 14, the entire
faculty at GDS attended two con-
tinuing education seminars,
which were held right on cam-
pus. The first seminar covered
ideas on how to keep students
retaining more of the information
they learn in class and the second
was held in our computer lab and
was a hands-on demonstration of
using power point in the class-
room. The seminars were
arranged by elementary principal,
Karen McDermott, presented by
the Palm Beach County School
Board and everyone who attend-
ed enjoyed the learning experi-
ence.
Elementary
The elementary school is busy
planning for their annual Grand-
parent's Breakfast, which will be


held in Tripp Hall on Monday Jan.
31. This year the breakfast is NOT
being held in conjunction with
the Annual Book Fair, so all you
grandparents just plan on coming
to visit with your grandchildren
and enjoy a nice meal. You will
also be treated to songs and you
can visit your grandchild's class-
room to see what they have been
up to. Mark your calendars -you
don't want to miss it.
S. The students of the month of
January were third graders Mason,
Barger of Belle Glade and Hunter
Aboud of Clewiston. Their pic-
tures and personal information
currently decorate the main bul-
letin board in the elementary
school.
HighSchool
Senior cheerleaders Hailee
Martin, Ginnie Anderson, and
football players Justin Garrett,
Manny Ciniceros, and Billy Shan-
non participated in the Outback
Steakhouse Treasure Coast High
School Football All-Star Football
Game held at Royal Palm Beach
High School last Saturday night,
Jan. 15. Head football Coach
Craig Dobson was one of the 14
coaches of the two teams. He par-
ticipated on the American Team,
which consisted of the northern
and western counties, while the
National Team included the east-
ern and southern counties. Coach
Dobson's American team lost to
the National team, 21-13 and he
commented, "We just made too
many mistakes." All the GDS rep-
resentatives were happy to be
honored and enjoyed the experi-
ence.
Last week semester exams,
were concluded, and Tuesday,
Jan. 18, began the second half of
the school year. Students will be
receiving report cards by this
weekend, and will beginning a
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Audobon moves to restrict growth in EAA


City leaders to meet with sugar industry


Editor's note: For more on the
Audubon story, see related opin-
ion pieces on B-I.
By Tracy Whirls
and Jose Zaragoza
- City and county officials, busi-
ness leaders and citizens -are
preparing to mobilize in an effort
to combat a plan advanced by
the Florida Audubon Society,
and other environmental
groups, which would restrict
development of cities, including
Clewiston, Belle Glade, Pahokee
and South Bay to their existing
footprints and convert 700,000-
plus acres of land in the Ever-
glades Agricultural Area in east-
ern Hendry County and western
Palm Beach County to water
conservation and habitat preser-
vation uses.
In their plan, available at the
Florida Audubon Web site at
www.audubonofflorida.org, the
group calls for limiting growth
within existing population cen-
ters ( i.e. Belle Glade, Clewis-
ton, Pahokee, and South Bay) in
the EAA,
"Infill and redevelopment in
the EAA should be directed to
existing incorporated areas,
such as Belle Glade, Clewiston,
South Bay and Pahokee, based
around existing town structures
(e.g. city hall, chambers of com-
merce, schools and banks) New
development districts should be
prohibited until their compatibil-
ity with ecosystem restoration is
demonstrated," the plan reads.
The issue arose at a Jan. 10
meeting of the tri-cities, during
which Belle Glade Commission-
er Mary Kendall, cited a letter
she received the week before
from U.S. Sugar Senior Vice
President for Public Affairs
Robert Coker, in which Mr.
Coker said "sustainable" com-
omunities, as narrowly envi-
sioned by the Audubon, would


destroy the current economic
base of the towns in the EAA and
severely limit any future eco-
nomic activity and impair any
revitalization efforts."
After initially becoming
aware of the problem, Ms.
Kendall said she contacted Eric
Draper of Audubon of Florida..
"I said to him, 'We can't say
there will be no growth in the
Glades,'" she said. From the
talks, Ms. Kendall said Mr. Drap-
er thought there was a general
"misconception as to what the
Audubon wants to do."
Following that discussion, Ms.
Kendall felt that, "Perhaps we're
not in as much of a crisis... as I
thought we were."
Others at the meeting, how-
ever, disagreed, noting the
Audubon Society's "Sustainabili-
ty Plan", which has already been
submitted to the Governor's
Office and the Palm Beach
County Board of County Com-
missioners, calls on EAA-area
officials to prohibit development
in the EAA beyond their city lim-
its until it can be demonstrated
that the development won't
adversely affect the environ-
ment, and calls for the state
Department of Community
Affairs to, monitor future plan-
ning.of any development in the
area.
"The Glades area has been
restricted for growth," Belle
Glade City Manager Houston
Tate told the 12 city commission-
ers present who represent the
cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee
and South Bay.
Pahokee Mayor J.P. Sasser
agreed.
"Everybody's talking, but
nobody's talking to us," said Mr.
Sasser, who expressed frustra-
tion at what he described as the
three agencies' attempts at dic-
tating the future of the lake
cities.
"To plan our future for us -


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Checking for bugs
Harvey Paulk and Neil Dukes inspect leaves in a tobacco
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fertilized with 80 pounds of nitrogen per acre, and plants
were treated with MH 30 for anti-sucker control, according
to the notes with the photo.


that's just a slap in the face," he
said.
The three cities agreed that
any move meant to stifle the
development of the area was an
unwelcome one. Commission-
ers present pledged to work at
fighting the issue, even if that
means joining in visiting state
officials in Tallahassee.
"It's going to take the city
managers and the mayors [lob-
bying in Tallahassee]," said Mr.
Tate. "That's what it's going to
take."
As a whole, the commission-
ers also agreed to meet with U.S.
Sugar and other concerned agri-
cultural entities. They set a tenta-
tive date to meet with the sugar
executives early next month,
Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in Belle Glade.
Local representatives said they
would then hope to meet with
Audubon of Florida, the Florida
Wildlife Federation and 1,000
Friends of Florida.
"Any attempts to circumvent
the tri-cities, we will not toler-
ate," said Mr. Sasser before the
close of the meeting. "We need
to be very nice and sit down with
everybody and have a nice con-
versation," he said.
Contacted following the
meeting, Mr. Coker said that
Audubon's definition of sustain-
ability plan is based on two bad
assumptions: That the. sugar
industry is going out of business
and that there is some other agri-
cultural enterprise waiting in the
wings that will be better for the
environment and the economy.
"Sugar cane remains the
most compatible land use for
our muck soils and the industry
has committed hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars to improve the
long-term efficiency and sustain-
ability of our operations," Mr.
Coker said. "Extensive tests
show that the phosphorous dis-
charge from sugar cane is far
less than other crops or live-


reps Feb. 10
stock. If sugar cane cannot meet
environmental requirements no
other agriculture can either."
Mr. Coker also pointed out
that the state and federal govern-
ments, local interests and the
environmentalists have spent the.
last 10 years developing and
approving the $8 billion compre-
hensive Everglades Restoration
Plan (CERP) to provide water
storage, water treatment and
habitat protection needed for the
environment of South Florida.
However, he pointed out,
under the Audubon's proposed
plan, the group proposes using
additional 835,700 acre-feet of
land, beyond the 632,900 acre-
feet existing or planned for water
storage, water retention, water
treatment and habitat under
CERP.
In their plan, the Audobon
Society asserts:
"Water supply for the Ever-
glades and growing urban-popu-
lation throughout South Florida
depends on a restored Ever-
glades, including significant addi-
tional water storage. Based on
the fact that substantial amounts'
of water are being lost to tide
each year, with no concomitant
benefit, the Everglades Restora-
tion Plan water storage proposal
should be expanded to maximize
benefits from holding, water in
the system.
In the wettest years, Lake
Okeechobee receives more than
4,700,000 acre-feet of water.
About 2,384,000 acre-feet of this
water are expected to evaporate.
CERP surface storage may store
an additional 500,000 acre-feet
and water supply will need about
another 500,000-acre feet.
Enough water to raise Lake Okee-
chobee almost three feet, 1.3 mil-
lion acre-feet of excess water are
discharged to prevent the lake
from overfilling, usually via harm-
ful discharges to the Caloosa-
hatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries."


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The group also calls for the
restoration of a variety of habitats
throughout the EAA to help cre-
ate a landscape capable of sup-
porting local species as well as
wide-ranging and migratory
species that use the region. And
while they say that restoring these
habitats will increase public
recreational opportunities, they
go on to say, in their own plan,
that restoration lands should be


managed "for their primary func-
tion, such as water storage, reten-
tion, treatment or habitat. Sec-
ondary functions, while
important, should not interfere
with primary function manage-
ment."
"I think we can all agree that
Audubon and Friends are not the
proper authorities to decide the
future of our Glades communi-
ties," Mr. Coker said.


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Marina
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sea against the land.
With the resort business one
of the largest and most promising
attractions in Pahokee -.catering
to the tourism industry that city
staff feels is key to economic pros-
perity Mr. Sheehan said the
thought to close down never
entered his mind. Even in the face
of severe damage, there was a sil-
ver lining to it all.
"At least we get to start new,"
Mr. Sheehan told himself.
For approximately three
months after the storms, staff at
Everglades Adventures, together
with a crew called in.from Geor-
gia, took to the two-mile stretch
of trash 20 feet deep into the
shore, hauling litter and debris off
the site. They worked around
yachts that ended up on the land
and according to Mr. Sheehan, no
one wanted to rest until it was
done. One day might be easier
than another, but it was all
progress, said Mr. Sheehan.
"It was the little things that got
you the rocks in the sewer lines
that backed up, the broken water
lines you don't see," he said.
By Thanksgiving, the resort
business opened up a number of
its cabins to customers who had
reserved them earlier. "It took two


Glance
Continued From Page 1
March 21 program awards. To
nominate a woman, call Susan
Cox at 993-1126 for information
or to obtain a nomination form.
Nominations should be submit-
ted by Jan. 20 to the Provost's
Office at PBCC/Glades.
Narconon offers help
for struggling addicts
Each year individuals struggling
with drug and alcohol addiction
make the resolution to quit using
drugs. For many of them it is a res-
olution that they can't keep. Nar-
conon Arrowhead can help.' Nar-
conon offers free counseling,
assessments and referrals to reha-
bilitation centers nationwide by
calling (800) 468-6933 or logging
onto www.stopaddiction.com..
ECMHSP accepts
enrollment
East Coast Migrant Head Start
Project (ECMHP) is now accepting
enrollment applications. ECMHSP
is a federally funded non-profit
organization that serves migrant
workers' children ages six weeks
to five years. For more information
or for an application, please con-
tact Rosa or Maria at (561) 996-
2232, Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m..or visit
us at 2050 Duda Rd. in Belle Glade.
ESOL classes
Through a grant from the J.P.
Morgan Foundation, GCDC is
offering ESOL Classes for Haitian
and Hispanic residents in the
Glades community. These classes
will be held in the following loca-
tions. St. Mary's Catholic Church-
1200 E. Main Street, Pahokee-
Father John Marricante, Priest; 1st
Haitian Baptist Church-200 S.W.
Avenue B. Belle Glade-Rev.
Morales St. Hiliare, Pastor. Mary
Ann Rogers-Bell is the instructor
for these classes. Residents inter-
ested in attending should contact
Carmen Canales, Elisabeth Joseph
or Hilaria Camacho at GCDC,
(561) 992-9500.
ECMHSP looking
for volunteers
East Coast Migrant Head Start
Project (ECMHP) is looking for vol-
unteers. If you can donate a few
hours of your time, the perfect
opportunity might exist for you.
Opportunities to serve are endless
and include office support, kitchen
assistance, classroom assistance
and much more. Volunteers are
needed Mon-Fri from 6 a.m.- 6
p.m. Please call Erica at (561) 996-
2232 formnore information on how
to be a part of this excellent and
meaningful experience.


Staff photo/Jose Zaragoza
Rows of mobile homes line the shore by the Everglades
Adventures resort in Pahokee. Supplied by FEMA for families
displaced from the storms, the trailers have also supplied a
small lift for the business as it transitioned into full operation.


months to get the situation under
control," said Mr. Sheehan.
The focus now is on rebuild-
ing. Meeting with their engineers
- after having worked with their
insurance company and ini con-
junction with the state for funding
--the administration at Ever-
glades Adventures is moving
ahead. The application for permit
for the work for rebuilding' the
marina should be completed by
the end of the week, if all goes
well, they say.
Months before the storm, Ever-
glades Adventures looked to the


Hurricane assistance
Federal disaster aid for Florida
residents affected by Hurricane
Ivan has been extended to Palm
Beach, and Okeechobee counties.
Business owners and individuals
who sustained damage from Ivan.
may apply for assistance by calling
the toll-free registration number
(800) 621-FEMA (3362).
Support our troops
The Woman's Club of Belle
Glade will be sending packages of
much needed items to our military
men in Iraq. If you have a friend or a
loved one serving in Iraq and
would like us to send them a pack-
age of supplies, give us their contact
information in Iraq. We want to
make sure our troops from the
Glades are receiving support from
their community. For more infor-
mation please contact Elizabeth
Cayson, Support-Our-Troops Wish
List Chairperson at 996-0129.
Hurricane relief
program
.Glades Community Develop-
ment Corporation is sponsoring the
2004 Hurricahe relief program. The
program takes place every
Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at
South Bay City Hall, 101 N.W 1st
Ave. South Bay, by appointment
only. To make an appointment or to
gain additional information, con-
tact Hilaria Camacho at (561) 992-
9500.
Local Empowerment
Programs gets grant
The Pahokee Empowerment
Program announces that they are a
recipient of the "Neighborhood
Partnership Grant" of Palm Beach
County Community Revitalization
Board. The Pahokee Empower-
ment Program will be accessing
these funds for the development
and improvement of the communi-
ty. The classes will include FCAT
preparation skills, life skills training,
homework assistance and basic
computer literacy. For more infor-
mation, please call Eleanor John-
son at 924-5549, Monday through
Friday, from 5:30-8 p.m.
Five free
Crapemytle trees
Five free Crapemyrthle trees will
be given to each person who joins
The National Arbor Day Foundation
during January. The trees will be
shipped postpaid at the right time
for planting between Feb. 1 and
May 31 with enclosed planting
instructions. The six to 12-inch trees
are guaranteed to grow, or they will
be replaced free of charge, Mem-
bers also receive a subscription to
the Foundations bimonthly publi-
cations, Arbor Day, and the Tree
Book. The receive the trees, send a


future with a set of plans that
called for a hefty overhaul of new
features meant to improve the
marina. In light of the hurricanes,
Mr. Sheehan admits, "those plans
are obsolete."
Now; the resort will not settle
for anything less than the most
proven of technologies for incor-
poration into the new design.
Whereas wooden or concrete
docks would have sufficed, steel
pilings driving deep into the
ocean are now prominently fea-
tured in the plans. A border a few
feet higher into the air will help to


$10 membership contribution to
Five Crapemyrtles, National Arbor
Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue,
Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan.
31. Or go online at Arborday.org.
Church Bowling
League opens
The Belle Glade Church of God
invites your church to form teams
of three and join the fun of a new
Church Bowling League on Mon-
day nights. The league will be held
at Sugar Cane Lanes in Belle Glade
and begins at 7 p.m. each Monday
night for 18 weeks. There will be a
gift exchange at the end of the tour-
nament. To sign up or for more
information, call (561).996-3771 or
Sugar Cane Lanes at 993-2695.
Migrant Head Start
opens its doors
East Coast Migrant Head Start is
looking for children ages five and
under. East Coast Migrant Head
Start believes that all children can
benefit from the educational,
health, and social services that the
program provides. Families with
children who have disabilities are
encouraged to apply. For more
information regarding eligibility,
call Cindy Guerra at (561) 996-2939:


Roads
Continued From Page 1
we have," he told commissioners
at the Jan. 4 city meeting. He said
the focus to restore roads to good
condition is expensive and added
that the city is "tapping every
resource," in locating funding to
help pay for the work.
When asked how much the
improvements could end up cost-
ing the city, Mr. Smith figured it
would take about $2.5 million to
complete the targeted area and $5
million to.cover citywide repairs.
"There are sites outside the tar-


Suspect
Continued From Page 1
"Anybody that has seen any-
thing might have valuable infor-
mation," said Lieutenant Wheeli-
han, who pledged to find the
person responsible.
The Belle Glade Police Depart-
ment is also working in close part-
nership with other law enforce-
ment agencies in the area,
including the Palm Beach County
Sheriff's Office and the Pahokee
Police Department.
"We always look to our neigh-
boring cities for help," said Lieu-
tenant Wheelihan, who added
that the police department has
several leads that they are current-


protect the marina from severe
wind and water.
"We redesigned in a manner
as to protect it better," Mr. Shee-
han said. "You can look out there
and see what works and what
doesn't."
The docks at the marina that
had been left in shambles will be
replaced under the new plans
and soon the two-phased work
schedule should replace the
weathered structures still evident
in the sea. On Monday, as he
looked at pictures of the cabins as
they were before the hurricanes,
Mr. Sheehan was sure that the
business would bounce back.
In the meantime, the resort
can still count on its regular cus-
tomers. A visiting couple that
spent a weekend at the resort
recently had glowing reviews of
their stay and of the atmosphere
that comes with waking up
beside the lake in the morning.
"It was wonderful," they said,
"our dog especially loved it. We
will definitely be coming back."
Looking back at the year that
has passed, Mr. Sheehan said he
is ecstatic and confident. He also
has a renewed appreciation for
the community of Pahokee.
Throngs of people came up to
him following the storm, with
shots of the devastation cropping
up in the news, with unselfish
pledges to help. "I couldn't be
happier with the reaction from


8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday.
FEMAhotline
available
If Hurricane Jeanne damaged
your home or business, call FEMA,
to register for aid. The number is
(800) 621-FEMA (3362), or TTY
(800) 462-75585 for the speech and
hearing impaired. Lines are open
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Post-hurricane
counseling
The Youth Service Bureau, a
program of Palm Beach County
Division of Youth Affairs,, serves
children from birth through age 17
and provides individual and family
counseling at no cost to families in
Palm Beach County. As hurricane
Frances and its aftermath has
heightened the problems and stress
level for families in Palm Beach
County, the Youth Service Bureau
wants to reach out to those families
and offer the help of licensed thera-
pists who will listen to their experi-
ence and help them cope. Any par-
ent or adolescent needing help
should call the Youth Service
Bureau office at 992-1233 (Glades)
to obtain an appointment.


geted area that are just as horrif-
ic," he said.
The latest source of money
will be used on restoring 12th
Street. Though the city has almost
completed the street, the manner
of the restoration which involves
addressing the road, tar, asphalt,
sidewalks and the many lines that
tun parallel to the roads limits
the work.
"We'll run the money as far as
we can," Mr. Smith said.
Because the city is located on
top of the muck, mostly, the prob-
lems are exaggerated. City offi-
cials pledged to continue working
on the issue and in finding money
to pay for the work.


ly following.
Last week, Detective Calipto
Gonzalez with the Pahokee Police
Department committed his
agency's help in the search for the
suspect.
"We're going to check some
places [throughout the city]," said
Detective Gonzalez.
Lieutenant Wheelihan said
that, as of this moment, the per-
son involved in the hit-and-run is. -
looking at considerable charges.
"It is a crime to leave the scene of
an accident that results in death."
If you have any information on
this crime, contact Detective
Shahid Khan with the Belle Glade
Police Department at 996-7251.


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Sustainabilty
Editor's note: After the separates Florida Bay and the
Audubon Society's "Sustainability remaining Everglades from Lake
plan for the Everglades Agricultur- Okeechobee. This large region for-
al Area made the news at a recent merly experienced water depths
Tri-Cities meeting in Belle Glade, ranging from one to five feet but is
we visited their Web site and now pumped dry. Lake Okee-
pulled the plan down. It is reprint- chobee holds unnaturally high
ed below. The adjacent story is amounts of water during the wet
U.S. Sugar's response to the plan. season, and is often drained unnat-
urally fast and low in the dry sea-
A sustainable Everglades Agri- son.
cultural Area (EAA) includes the The future of the EAA is both a
following components: significant opportunity and a grave
I. Everglades Restoration (water threat to the success of restoration
storage, water treatment, habitat, and the sustainability of South
and water retention), II. Sustain- Florida. Although Everglades
able Agriculture, and III. Sustain- restoration plans assume the con-
able Communities. tinuation of agriculture in the EAA,
Introduction: The Everglades the future of the current dominant
Agricultural Area (EAA) encom- crop is uncertain. Pressures are
passes roughly 700,000 acres of -increasing for conversion of EAA
former Everglades habitat, and lands to mining, residential, and


Analysis of Audu


Editor's note: The following is
a response from U.S. Sugar to the
Audubon's Sustainability Plan.
Audubon's "Sustainability Plan
for. the Everglades Agricultural
Area" (EAA) is just the latest varia-
tion on the timeworn theme of
eliminating agriculture and pre-
venting development in the EAA.
Throughout the last 20 years,
similar plans have been suggest-
ed and rejected. This proposed
"plan," like its predecessors, lacks
technical assessment and any sci-
entific foundation. It assumes that
-water quality, environmental
water supply and habitat benefits
will be provided, but provides no
.explanation as to how this will
come about. It disregards years of
research and consensus building,
which has produced both the
State's Everglades Construction
Project (ECP) and the Federal
Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP).
The proposal completely
ignores the success to date in
restoring the Everglades -
despite the environmental com-
munity's attempts to thwart these
accomplishments with incessant
litigation.
Finally, Audubon's proposed
plan would ultimately have a neg-
ative impact on the environment.
as well as the rural communities
of the EAA.
The proposed plan endorses
three strategies for the future of
the EAA:
1) Everglades Restoration, 2)
Sustainable--Agriculture,- and 3)
Sustainable Communities.
In all three instances, the plan
fails to demonstrate how this
"new" course of action will
-improve on existing State and
Federal Programs many of
which are already underway and
proving successful. -
Water storage and
retention for EAA
Audubon prematurely con-
cludes that Aquifer Storage and
Recovery (ASR) systems currently
being examined for possible


water storage around Lake Okee-
chobee will not work. They have
proposed that more than 100,000
acres of additional land be set
aside for water storage and water
retention in the EAA.
Audubon's proposal suggests
that the additional acreage is nec-
essary for water supply and the
retention of excess water to pre-
vent releases into estuaries and
the Everglades.
Almost 10 years ago, environ-
mentalists promoted the concept
of a 138,000-acre storage area and
flow-way from Lake Okeechobee
through the EAA. However, the
State and Federal government has
spent the last 10 years developing
and approving the Comprehen-
sive Everglades Restoration Plan
(CERP) that analyzed, and reject-
ed for environmental and water
supply reasons, the concept of a
130,000-acre reservoir in the EAA.
Their research and hydrologi-
cal modeling indicated that the
creation of a huge reservoir, and
attempts to store large quantities
of water in the EAA, rather than
allowing it to pass through farm-
land as it currently does, could
result in dramatic increases in
both the frequency and severity of
water shortages for urban South
Florida, and have'a catastrophic
impact on the environment and
the Everglades.
As a result of this research, the
Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)
concluded in 1996 that more than
60,000 acres of reservoirs would
cause adverse effects. As a result,
the CERP plan includes plans, for
approximately 60,000 acres of
storage in the EAA. Additional
research has indicated that with
the creation of a large reservoir
there would be a 31 percent
increase in the amount of water
lost to evaporation.
Massive reservoirs are also
subject to seepage issues, thus
making the "water pie" smaller -
not larger, which is the opposite
of what CERP wants to do.
Audubon's plan goes even further
in the wrong direction. Reservoirs
only make sense when they can
be filled with excess water that


retention are all essential ecologi-
cal functions that should be recre-
ated in the EAA to provide impor-
tant benefits for South Florida. --
Sustainable agriculture and
food production that protects soils
and meets water quality standards
should continue to be a purpose of
the EAA.
Compact urban growth pat-
terns within existing population
centers (example: Belle Glade,
Clewiston, Pahokee, and South
Bay) will keep the remaining land
in the EAA available for agriculture
and land uses that facilitate Ever-
glades restoration.
Audubon of Florida, Florida
Wildlife Federation, and 1,000
Friends of Florida call on:
1. Local governments to com-
mit to no changes in density or,


commercial development uses.
Development within the EAA
and associated flood control,
urban pollution, and other infra-
structure could exacerbate the
problems the EAA presently cre-
ates, further disrupt Everglades
restoration, and threaten future
water supply for natural and
human systems.
Conversely, if planned properly,
land use changes present opportu-
nities to reverse many of the dis-
ruptive effects on the Everglades,.
Lake Okeechobee, and on lands in
the EAA. A thoughtful approach to
the future of the EAA is urgently
needed.
Steps toward a sustainable
EAA:
Water storage, water treatment,
habitat restoration, and water


bon prop
must be stored efficiently or is
otherwise lost.
This is not the case with the
Everglades. EAA runoff is not lost,
but is a critical component of the
Everglades water budget. Replac-
ing farmland with a reservoir
would not only reduce the flow to
the Everglades but.would lead to
much higher water loss to evapo-
ration..
When the CERP was approved
in 2000, a full range of reservoir
sizes for retention of storm water
from the EAA had been evaluated.
Today there are 43,000 acres of
constructed wetlands. In 2004,
the state of Florida approved fast-
tracking the expansion of these
wetlands by as much as 19,000
acres under the Acceler8 Pro-
gram. Additionally, the Talisman
track still contains another 31,000
acres, which can be considered
for water storage in the future,
when the private leases expire.
The Audubon plan adds noth-
ing useful to this effort and it will
most likely work against it by dis-
tracting the agencies from the
path they are on.
With regard to public policy
and fiscal responsibility,
Audubon's proposal suggests
water storage a public activity -
to be conducted on thousands of
acres of privately owned land
when the research and technical
analysis shows that this will
adversely affect the water supply
and the Everglades. Also, they fail
to say how much it would cost
taxpayers who would have to buy
the land.
EAA Water quality,
more improvements,
The proposal recommends
expanded storm water treatment
areas despite adequate treatment
systems already in place and
makes no attempt to recognize
the success of EAA farmers -
who have been very successful in
improving water quality in the
EAA. To date, sugar farmers have
reduced the phosphorus in the
water leaving their farms by 64
percent and have averaged more


plan for the EA


LA a good
intensity of land uses in the EAA agriculture
until a comprehensive sustainabili- 5. Th(
ty plan is adopted. Commur
2. The South Florida Water Man- open and
agement District and the U.S. Army effort for
Corps of Engineers to develop anand use
aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) lan use
contingency plan for water storage, 6. The
to investigate capacity for addition- Service a
al storage alternatives to ASR, and Wildlife C
to make these proven storage tech- to engag
nologies the first priority for imple- a wildli
mentation. restoration
3. The District to design and Prepal
implement new treatment and day's Eve
best management practices 2004. For
(BMPs) to improve water quality contact (
for the region. contact (
4. The Florida Department of nicki@at
Agriculture and Consumer Ser- www.aud
vices and the U.S. Department of www.flaA
Agriculture to develop a long-term www. 100


for the EAA off base


than 50 percent reductions over and maintained farmland are left the land for other purp
the past three years. For nine unplanted and provide valuable That land, tens of
years, farmers in the Everglades wildlife havens, of acres, valued at billion
Agricultural Area (EAA) have The lands in and around Lake lars, presumably wou
exceeded the 25-percent reduc- Okeechobee and the EAA are chased for some public
tion required by the 1994 Ever- home to bald eagles, ducks, deer, Again, the proposal pi
glades Forever Act. raccoon, bobcat, black bear, wild indication of the sour
In 2004, farmers' best manage- boar, river otters, and even the money, what public
ment practices (BMPs) dramati- -elusive.,Elorida panther has been would provide, or w
cally reduced phosphorus levels-'een. Hundreds-of varieties of decide what land
to 69 parts per billion (pp0b). For wading birds live on EAA lands chased.
comparison, farm water histori-. and waterways from r6geate- .
cally averaged 173 ppb and the spoonbills, wood storks and grear-ustainable
water flowing south from Lake blue herons to giant egrets. Habi- Communities
Okeechobee continues to aver- tat "benefits," as outlined in
age over 150 ppb. Audubon's proposal, are already This is probably
Urban areas including those being realized in the EAA. offensive and misguidf
north of Lake Okeechobee and nent of Audubon's pro
those on the east and west coasts Sustainable proposal asks that de'
are only just beginning to clean Agriculture in the cities within t
their own water. Agrh ure stopped and that no
In addition to the farmers' suc- Audubon assumes that the development activities
cess in reducing nutrients in farm sugarcane industry is going out improve poorer comm
water, the South Florida Water of business and that there are allowed.
Management District operates five other crops that are waiting in This proposal wc
Storm Water Treatment Areas the wings that will be better for mate the current econ
(STAs) that further clean farm, the environment and the econo- of the towns in the EB
lake and urban water before it my. The truth is, as was empha- constrain any future ac
reaches the Everglades. sized in several places in the eliminate the prospe
With the success of the on- CERP, sugarcane is by far the recovery of the area in
farm efforts and with 41,000 acres most compatible land use for the Under CERP these
of filter marshes built over the last downstream watershed, espe- issues have already 1
few years to remove phosphorus call on the muck soils of the lyzed from an equity p
from water flowing south, Ever- EAA. CERP recognizes that
glades restoration is ahead of The sugar industry is commit- of restoration projects
schedule, under budget and ted to the highest and best use of on EAA land..Currer
exceeding expectations. Today,. its land in the EAA that is compat- and programs related
water in Everglades National Park ible with the environment and. glades restoration
is at the target 10ppb. economic sustainability. The account that the rural
ini id3 Lt, i1 I itti illi, al economies in and ar1


Habitat
The Audubon proposal asks
that more land be acquired for
habitat despite the existence of
over one million acres that sup-
ports wildlife in the Everglades
Protection Areas surrounding the
EAA. Additionally, Stormwater
Treatment Areas, the Holeyland
and Rotenberger Wildlife Man-
agement Areas provide close to
100,000 acres of wildlife habitat
within the EAA.
Farmlands that include
uplands, wetlands, ponds and
lake areas are already excellent
wildlife habitat home to more
than 150 different animal species.
Many acres of privately owned


nUUsrly s commUlllllllLlllg mIUIons
of dollars to new infrastructure to
-improve the efficiency and prof-
itability of the enterprise in
today's global economy. No
large-scale ..conversions ,away-
from sugarcane are expected in
the future. The land use changes
being discussed affect less than
five percent of the EAA.
The Audubon proposal
assumes that farmers could be
economically viable .with cattle
and an array of other crops,
regardless of their marketability,
on less than half of the land farm-
ers now own in the EAA. The
plan also calls for government at
various levels to decide how
farmers would farm their own
land and whether they could use


oses.
thousands
ons of dol-
ld be pur-
c purpose.
provides no
rce of that
purpose it
ho would
was pur-




the most
ed compo-
posal. The
development
ie EAA'be
economic
es, which
unities, be
would deci-
omic base
AA and so
:tivity as to
ct for the
the future.
economic
been ana-
erspective.
a number
will occur
it policies
d to Ever-
take into
agricultur-
ound TLake


Okeechobee will be the most
affected. As such, CERP provides
for assessment, and offsetting
these expected impacts with
-measures that not only minimize
detrimental effects but may also
add value to the local or regional
economy.
On the other hand,
Audubon's proposal does not
address the crucial equity issues
involved when they suggest that
any new development in the EAA
be prohibited. Additionally, the
proposal fails to assess how
future land use changes in the
EAA that comply with State and
Federal Regulatory requirements
will fail to be compatible with the
existing restoration programs.


Hocie. its99c900


idea
*e sustainability plan.
e Florida Department of
pity Affairs to initiate an
inclusive public planning
r restoration and future
n the EAA.
e U.S. Fish and Wildlife
and the Florida Fish and
Conservation Commission
e stakeholders in creating
ife management and
)n plan.
red by Audubon of Flori-
rglades Team, Nov. 16,
r additional information,
305) 371-6399 or agrom-
udubon.org, or visit
dubonofflorida.org, or
wildlife.org, or
0Ofriendsofflorida.org.


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GAINESVILLE The Universi-
ty of Florida (UF) has moved to
the top spot in public universities'
enrollment of both National Merit
Scholars and National Achieve-
ment Scholars, as announced by
the National Merit Corp.
Overall, UF ranks second
nationally in National Merit Schol-
ars and fourth nationally in
National Achievement Scholars
'within its 2004-05 freshman class.
With 259 National Merit schol-
ars recruited, UF is behind only
Harvard University in recruiting
more National Merit scholars in
2004. In 2003, UF recruited 224
National Merit Scholars and
ranked fourth nationally; in 2002,
UF recruited 186 National Merit
scholars, placing it fifth among all
universities and second among
public universities. This year,
there are 8,258 National Merit
Scholars enrolled nationally at


375 institutions.
"UF's remarkable educational
and social opportunities attract
some'of the nation's most talent-
ed undergraduates," said Joseph
Glover, interim provost and senior
vice president for academic
affairs. "UF's ranking as the
nation's top public university in
enrolling National Merit and
National Achievement Scholars is
due to the rich academic environ-
ment created by an outstanding
faculty, staff and student body."
Merit Scholars are selected
from more than 15,000 semifinal-
ists nationally by the National
Merit Scholarship Corp. The stu-
dents scored in the top one-half
percent of high school seniors in
their states on the Preliminary
SAT-National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test. The top 10 ranked
participating schools, followed by
the number of recruited merit


scholars, are:
1. Harvard University 312
2. University of Florida- 259
3. University of Texas 242
4. Yale University-224
5. Stanford University 217
6. University of Chicago- 198
7. Washington University at St. Louis
-197
8. Princeton University- 192
9. University of Southern California
-183
10. University of Oklahoma 170
In National Achievement
Scholar recruiting, UF ranked
fourth this year out of 166 partici-
pating schools across the country
and first among the 76 public
institutions. UF recruited 40
National Achievement scholars,
ranking behind Harvard, Yale and
Stanford universities. Because of a
change in the methodology at the
National Merit Scholarship Corp.,
college-sponsored scholarships
are no longer counted in the total


number of National Achievement
Scholars.
The National Achievement
Scholars Program recognizes
minority students who place well
on the preliminary SAT. The top-
ranked participating schools, fol-
lowed by the number of recruited
Achievement scholars, are:
1. Harvard University 85
2. Yale University- 61
3. Stanford University- 57
4. University of Florida- 40
5. Duke University- 35
6. Howard University 29
7. Princeton University-27
7. Washington University at St. Louis
-27
8. Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology-22
9. Columbia University- 19
10. University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill- 18
10. University of Pennsylvania- 18


Distance learning available for teachers


GAINESVILLE High school
teachers and county extension
agents can now earn their master
of science degree via a new dis-
tance education program begin-
ning this month at the University of
Florida (UF).
"We knew there was a need for
this type of degree program," said
Brian Myers, an assistant professor
of agricultural education at UF's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences (UF/IFAS) and coordina-
tor of the online program. "Teach-
ers and extension agents need
graduate degrees for career
advancement, but many of them
live too far from a university to
attend regular classes. This dis-
tance learning program will allow
them to keep their jobs and stay
close to home."
Sharon Guest-Tagliavento, a
UF/IFAS Flagler County 4-H exten-
sion agent participating in the pro-
gram, said it eliminates a two-hour
commute each way to the universi-


ty in Gainesville.
"It gives me time for my 4-H
work that would otherwise be
spent driving and sitting in a class-
room until late in the evening," she
said.
Marie Fussell, a teacher at Bar-
tow High School in Polk County,
likes the specific nature of the
courses.
"It's all about something I can
use," she said.
When asked how they'll fit class
work into their already packed
schedules, Ms. Fussell and her
friend, Keitha Barnhorst, another
teacher from Polk County, looked
at each other and smiled. "Looks
like we will be busy every Saturday
from 8 a.m. until noon," Ms. Barn-
horst said.
Faculty in the UF/IFAS College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences tai-
lored the distance program to meet
the needs of extension agents and
teachers in the public school sys-
tem, including courses for improv-


ing technical skills and classroom
teaching methods. In addition,
there are courses in program devel-
opment and adult education
designed for extension agents.
Distance education courses are
offered during three semesters per
year, and participants register for
two courses each semester.
"We split the classes each
semester, so our students take one
class at a time, eight weeks per
class," Mr. Myers said. "Because
teachers and extension agents are
so busy, they find it easier to con-
centrate on just one class at a
time."
Instead of completing a thesis,
each class member must submit a
final project at the end of the two-
and-one-half-year program of
study.
Mr. Myers said the first class,
which begins in January 2005, has
19 participants, including four


extension agents and' 15 high
school teachers. Future classes will
have a maximum of 20 partici-
pants.
"Members of each class will
move through the program togeth-
er, building a network of support
that will help them in their courses
and in their professional careers,"
he said.
Students are required to visit the
UF campus in Gainesville twice -
once for orientation before classes
begin and again at the end of the
degree program when they present
their final projects to their class-
mates and professors.
Mr. Myers hopes the distance
education program will grow to
serve teachers and agents in other
states.
"We have already had inquiries
about expanding the program in
other southeastern states. Our first
class has a student from Georgia,"
he said.


Edison college enrollment grows in Hendry/Glades


Edison college enrollment in
Hendry and Glades counties is up
17.2 percent over the same period
from last year, according to figures
released by the college Jan. 12.
"This is the continuation of a
trend that we have been experienc-
ing," said Sally Berg, director of
Hendry/Glades services. "The
community knows that growth is
coming to thi..area and more peo-
ple are taking advantage of oppor-
tunities that are available here."
The trend Berg is referring to is
the increased enrollment that the
LaBelle Center of Edison College
has become aware of for a couple
of years. Since January of 2003,
full-time student classroom setting
students have several other options
for learning, Berg said.


"One format that's gaining in
popularity is blended learning
courses," she said. "The student
has an opportunity for periodic
classroom interaction with an
instructor, but also has flexibility to
utilize the Internet, videos and
other nodes of instructional deliv-
ery to supplement classroom-
learning off-campus or even from
the comfort of home. It's gone over
well here in LaBelle."
Another factor that Berg hopes
will aid student success is a service
called Learning assistance. Berg
recently hired a full-time and part-
time staff member to help students
at the LaBelle Center with prepara-
tory classes in math, English and
reading so that they will succeed at
college-level course work. The lab


is open daily Monday through Sat-
urday, and four evenings per week.
"Our goal here is retention," she
said. "If we can allow students to
succeed from the beginning,
they're more likely to continue
their education."
The learning assistance lab,
which opened in the fall, seems to
be helping. Forty students took an
"exit" exam that tested whether
they were academically prepared
to move on to the next level, and all
40 passed.
"Although not always on the
first try," she quipped. "But having
extra resources to offer students
between classes really helps."
Ester Rodriguez, 37, is a pre-
nursing student who may change


to a major in education. She was
one of the many students who
took advantage of the new learning
assistance lab.
"If it were not for these individu-
als here to assist me, it would have
been very difficult," said Ms.
Rodriguez. "The staff working in
the lab is very knowledgeable in
many different subject areas and
helped me excel. It is especially
good to be able to have some-
where to go to study. The times
available are great and being away
from family duties allows good
quality studying time."
For more information on Edi-
son College programs in Hendry
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Crist announces settlements with two leasing companies


TALLAHASSEE Attorney
General Charlie Crist today
announced settlements with
two leasing companies relating
to business practices of the
bankrupt NorVergence Corpora-
tion.
Wells Fargo Financial Leas-
ing, Inc., and Lyon Financial Ser-
vices, Inc., doing business as
U.S. Bancorp Business Equip-
ment Finance Group, have
agreed to terminate contracts
through which Florida con-
sumers became trapped in cost-
ly equipment and service leases
originally offered by NorVer-
gence.
Under the agreements, lease
customers will be freed of all
financial obligations to Wells
Fargo and U.S. Bancorp beyond
Jan. 31 and will not be required
to pay any late fees or penalties
that have been added to their
accounts since July 15, 2004.


Lease customers have the
option of choosing not to partic-
ipate in the settlement in order
to pursue their own resolution
with either Wells Fargo or U.S.
Bancorp.
"Hundreds of Florida small
business owners were victim-
ized by NorVergence's bogus
promises and then suffered
again when leasing companies
tried to collect for services the
customers were not receiving,"
said Mr. Crist. "We are pleased
that these two companies have
recognized that the customers
should not be penalized any fur-
ther for the dubious actions of
another."
The settlement agreements
conclude litigation regarding the
collection practices of Wells
Fargo and an investigation into
U.S. Bancorp stemming from
contracts for services from
NorVergence. The Attorney Gen-


eral's Office filed a complaint in
October 2004 against numerous
leasing companies after receiv-
ing more than 250 complaints
from Floridians asserting that
the leasing companies. were
demanding unfair payments for
their contracts with NorVer-
gence. The Attorney General's
Office last month reached a set-
tlement with Patriot Leasing
Company, Inc., and litigation
continues with at least 10 other
leasing companies.
The separate settlement
agreements require Wells Fargo
and U.S. Bancorp to release cus-
tomers from leases for special
equipment that was supposed
to provide the customers with
low-cost telephone, mobile
phone and high-speed Internet
services. Wells Fargo and U.S.
Bancorp held contracts with
dozens of small Florida busi-
nesses. Under the agreements,


Crist's office reserves the right
for six months, to inspect the
leasing companies' records in
order to monitor compliance.
Approximately 700 small
Florida businesses agreed to
contracts with NorVergence to
obtain the low-cost services and
more than a dozen leasing com-
panies purchased those con-
tracts from NorVergence begin-
ning in 2003. NorVergence
terminated service when it went
into bankruptcy and thus did not
honor its agreement to provide
the telecommunications servic-
es to customers.


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you filling out college applications
and pouring over potential schol-
arship programs? Then make
plans to enter the Florida Associa-
tion of REALTORS(r)' (FAR) 2004-
2005 Scholarship/Essay Contest
for high school seniors, for a
chance to win up to $6,500 in
scholarship funding.
The scholarship program ben-
efits students from across the
state, with prize money going to
both the first and second place
essays in each of the association's


13 districts.
Students turning in the top dis-
trict-winning essays will each win
a $1,500 scholarship prize, while
the second place entries will each
receive a $500 scholarship award.
The 13 district-winning essays will
go on to' compete to win three,
$5,000 FAR scholarships on the
statewide level, for a total of
.$41,000 in scholarship awards.
Entering the contest is easy. Stu-
dents write a typed, double-spaced
essay 500 words or less on the
topic, "How Does a REALTOR(r)


Professional Benefit the Commu-
.nity?"
In Palm Beach County, the
REALTORS(r) Association of the
Palm Beaches (RAPB) is proud to
support FAR's scholarship and is
excited to offer this opportunity to
our local students. RAPB has
mailed packets containing the
materials and rules for entry to
every high school principal .in
Palm Beach County.
"We encourage students to
take advantage of this scholarship
opportunity and we hope to have a


winner from Palm Beach County,"
said John D. Pinson, RAPB's 2004-
2005 President.
Students can check with their
high school to obtain an applica-
tion kit, or go to the media section
of FAR's media center Web site
(http://media.living.net/scholar-
ship2005/index.html) to down-
load the application,kit. All essays
must be submitted by Friday,
March 25, to the Florida Associa-
tion of REALTORS(r), 7025 Augus-
ta National Drive, PO Box 725025,
Orlando, FL 32872-5025.


$40 million available to consumers


TALLAHASSEE Florida
motorists may be eligible for
refunds of as much as $20,000
under a nationwide agreement to
benefit individuals who unknow-
ingly purchased damaged or
stolen cars from State Farm Mutu-
al Insurance Company, Attorney
General Charlie Crist announced
today. The agreement is part of a
$40 million settlement reached by
Mr. Crist's office and the Attorneys
General of 48 other states and the
District of Columbia.
Florida was one of the lead
states in reaching the agreement,
which is designed to compensate
thousands of owners of cars,
SUVs and trucks across the coun-
try. Impacted motorists bought
vehicles from State Farm after the
company took title to them from
policyholders due to damage or
un-recovered theft. The titles to
the affected vehicles did not prop-
erly indicate that they previously
had been damaged or stolen, Mr.
Crist said.
After research into vehicle
titles is complete, an estimated
30,000 to 40,000 consumers
nationwide may be eligible for
payments ranging from about
$400 to as much as $20,000.
Most payments are expected
to range, from $800 to $1,850,
depending primarily on the cur-
rent average value of the vehicle


and the number of consumers
who participate in the compensa-
tion program. The Attorney Gen-
eral's Office and State Farm will
continue to work.closely with the
state's Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles to
determine the title status of vehi-
cles in Florida.
"Consumers have a right to
know whether a vehicle they pur-
chase has been damaged or oth-
erwise written off by an insurance
company," said Mr. Crist. "State
Farm is to be commended for
stepping forward to disclose the
problem and present a workable
solution. At the same time, Flori-
da consumers Who made deci-
sions based on false information
deserve to be compensated and
this settlement will help make
things right."
Florida, along with 48 other
states require that vehicles be
titled as '"salvage" or the equiva-
lent when they meet certain stan-
dards relating to degree of dam-
age or un-recovered theft.
State Farm contacted states-in
late 2003 indicating that it had
documentation of proper titles for
approximately 2.4 million vehi-
cles that suffered total losses in
recent years, but that for a small
percentage of other vehicles it
had insufficient or no documenta-
tion to verify that a proper title had


been obtained.
Mr. Crist said the settlement is
"groundbreaking" in the way a
company contacted the Attorneys
General and sought to reach an
agreement that involves both
changing certain practices and
seeking the states' help in return-
ing money to consumers. In addi-
tion to providing the $40 million
for consumer compensation,
State Farm also will pay the cost of
the major project of identifying
the vehicles, identifying and con-'
tacting current owners, taking
claims and making compensation
payments.
In the settlement agreement,
State Farm also makes assurances
about how it conducts its busi-
ness now and iin the future..
Consumers who complete a
claim form and are approved will
receive a compensation payment
from State Farm later this year or
early in 2006.
Under the agreement, State
Farm will work with state motor
Vehicle agencies to determine the
specific vehicles that require a
branded title. Florida owners of
affected vehicles will receive a let-
ter from Crist's office with a claim,
form to complete and return to an
independent company that will
administer the claims process.
Once all claims are in, the amount
each consumer will receive will


be finalized and checks mailed.
The final amounts received by
each consumer will depend on
the current value of the vehicle
and how many consumers elect
to participate in the payment pro-
gram. Payments will be made to
.the owners of currently registered
vehicles and will be based on the
current average retail value of the
vehicle.
For example, owners of vehi-
cles worth between $1,000 and
$2,000 will receive $600; owners
of vehicles worth between $5,000
and $6,000 will receive $1,400,
and owners of vehicles worth
between $10,000 and $11,000 will
receive $3,000. The maximum
payment will be $20,000 for own-
ers of vehicles currently worth
more than $40,000.
Mr. Crist said it is expected that
current owners of eligible vehi-
cles will be contacted by this fall,
after the identification process is
completed.
State Farm will also pay. $1 mil-
lion to the participating states for
consumer education, future con-
sumer litigation, public protec-
tion, local consumer aid funds,
and legal fees and costs.
A copy of the Assurance of Vol-
untary Compliance between the.
states and State Farm may be
viewed at: http://www.myflori-
dalegal.com/StateFarmAVC.pdf.


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
A couple in the stands danced the two-step to one of the
Bellamy Brothers hits during a free concert held at Big
Cypress Jan. 15. Those attending the concert were
encouraged to make donations at the Emergency Med-
ical Services booth at the event to the American Red
Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the American Red Cross
International Response Fund to help tsunami victims.


SIa1 pnoi.' Iracy wnhis
Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon and Moore Haven
City Councilman John Ahern were among the Glades
County Chapter National Turkey Federation -members
who volunteered to host approximately 150 children and
their parents who turned out for the annual Jake's Day
event at Fisheating Creek Jan. 15.


Southern Gardens gets

2004 efficiency award


CLEWISTON Southern
Gardens Citrus has been award-
ed, the 2004 Efficiency Award
from FMC Food Tech, one of the
world's leading technology and
,:luiiois pro% iders to the food
indu str..
The award recognizes not
only superior production, but
also attention to quality and cus-
tomer service.
"Because it comes from a
trailblazer in our own industry,
this award is especially gratify-
ing," said Rodney Liddle, presi-
dent of Southern Gardens. "Our
primary aim is to provide the
highest quality to our customers,
but having our technical expert-
ise recognized is a key indication,
that we are on the right track." .
FMC Food Tech supplies
equipment and technical advice
to food suppliers and restaurants;
worldwide. Its' juice extractors,
which are in operation at South-
ern Gardens' juice processing
plant, process 75 percent of the
citrus produced in the world.
"According to our data,
Southern Gardens continues to
be the worldwide leader in juice
processed per extractor, with the
highest, numbers by far," said
Donn Sabato, domestic sales
and service manager for FMC
Food Tech's Citrus Systems Divi-
sion.
Southern Gardens processed
juice from more than 20 million
90-pound boxes of oranges this
past season on approximately 40
extractors, which equates to
more than 500,000 boxes per
extractor during the season,
which runs from, October
through June.
But the Efficiency Award rec-
ognizes more than just numbers,
Mr. Sabato said.
"I attribute Southern Gar-
dens' success to a marriage of
the right technology and excel-
lent management systems," he
said. "There's a high level'of
sophisticated automation in the
plant, but matching that is a very
collaborative management
style." Moreover, "their commit-
ment to quality is second to
none. Southern Gardens is very
aware and sensitive to their cus-
tomers' requirements. They
don't see the juice industry as a
commodity business they see it
as an opportunity to provide out-
standing customer service and
high quality products."
To add increased value to its
existing products and services,
Southern Gardens rolled out a
packaging operation at the
beginning of 2004, which repre-
sents the completion of a fully
integrated manufacturing
process. The packaging line is
adjacent to the processing plant
and storage facility, resulting in
many operational efficiencies.
The company converted
25,000 square feet from a cold
storage area to the packaging


.operation, which can produce
120 half-gallon cartons of Not
From Concentrate (NFC) orange
juice per minute, including "reg-
ular," "low acid," "pulp-added"
and "calcium-added" NFC
orange juice. '
The new operation also has
the capacity to shrink-wrap mul-
tiple half-gallon cartons for con-
sumers who buy in bulk.
As one of the nation's largest
orange growers and juice
processors, Southern Gardens is
able to ensure that fresh orange
juice is available year-round due
to its storage capacity. The com-
pany has a 56-million-gallon
NFC orange juice storage facility,
as well as storage capacity for
four million gallons of concen-
trated juice.
Encompassing both 32,000
acres of citrus groves and more
than three million trees, South-
ern Gardens produces more
than seven .million boxes of
Valencia and Hamlin oranges
each season. Using state-of-the-
art technology and assuring con-
sistently high quality juice,
Southern Gardens supplies more
-than 50 percent of the nation's
private label NFC orange juice.


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'Food check-out day' brings farm awareness


TALLAHASEE By Feb. 7
the average American will have
earned. enough income to pay
for the entire year's food sup-
ply, and state agriculture lead-
ers are encouraging Floridians
to remember the efforts of the
farmers who make this feat


possible.
"Americans enjoy the safest,
mbst abundant and most afford-
able food supply on earth," Flori-
da Agriculture Commissioner
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on U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture statistics, it takes just 37 days


for the average American to earn
enough disposable income to
pay for his or her family's food
supply for the entire year."
.Thanks to modern farming
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more food on.fewer acres, leav-


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THE SEMINOLE.
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Is accepting applications
for the following position.
Salesperson, Rock Pit
Big Cypress Reservation
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selling of construction/road materi-
als, Developing and establishing new
markets. Implementing distributor/
seller marketing prograrts. Identify
and qualify prospective customers.
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the number of profitable customers
and grow sales revenue. Require-
ments for this position includes: Ex-
cellent communications & marketing
skills. Min. 2 yrs. exp. in construc-
tion sales pref. High School Dip. or
GED. Salary: $40,000 (negotiable
based on exp. with 10% bonus).
Exc. benefits (medical, dental,
401 K). Fax resume with salary histo-
ry to (954)967-3477.


THE SEMINOLE
TRIBE OF FLORIDA
Is accepting applications for the.
following position.
Salesperson, Turtle Farm
Brighton Reservation
The position is responsible for the
marketing and selling of products
- from the turtle Farm. Developing and
b establishing new markets. Develop-
d ing and implementing distributor/
seller marketing programs. Identify
and qualify prospective customers.
Increase the number of profitable
customers and grow sales revenue.
: Excellent communications & market-
ing skills. Min. 2 yrs. exp. in bulk
food product 'sales (pref). High'
School Dip. or GED. Salary: $40,000
(negotiable based on exp with 10%
bonus). Exc. benefits (medical, den-
tal, 401K). Fak resume to (954)967-
3477
0
5 ALICO INC.
0 is now hiring a FENCE MAN for
the Ranch area with experience.
o Good benefits plus retirement.
Apply in person at the
*Alico office,
y 640 S. Main St., LaBelle.



Alico, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

ALICO INC.
is now hiring a FENCE MAN for
the Ranch area with experience.
Good benefits plus retirement.
Apply in person at the
Alico office,
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A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
CITRUS BELLE PLANT
6000 Highway 29 South
LaBele, FL 33975-0519
S.(863) 675-0336 '
Duda & Sons, Citrus Belle is an equal opportunity employer
A. Duda & Sons C irru Er..di Lr U Belle Florida is accept-
ing applications for immediate job openings for Night Shift
Blender of juice products. Successful candidate needs to
have the ability to learn the following job skills. Applicants
mustbe willing to work overtime hours. Verbal and writ-
ten English communication skills are required. Bilingual in
Spanish plus. ,
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,Communicate and understand instructions in
English. Bilingual a plus.
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Measure and add ingredients like oils and calcium
to meet product blend specifications along with
performing general plant sanitation in Production
Areas, Blend Areas and other Plant environments.
Will train blender positions.
Individuals must apply in person at the Citrus
Belle Plant for immediate consideration.



S THE SEMINOLE TRIBE
OF FLORIDA ,
Has an opening for a
Microcomputer Support SpecialistS
at our Big Cypress Reservation. Q
Install, maintain, configure &
troubleshoot computer hardware
& software. Train &.support staff
in use of MS Office apps. & other
software. Exp. w/computer network
management req. A+ cert.'
n preferred. FL driver's license
S req. HS Diploma/GED + college .S
level computer courses. 1-3 yrs.
related exp. Excellent
customer service skills.
.c Resumes to Seminole Tribe of IA
Florida, HR, 6300 Stirling Road,
Hollywood, FL 33024 or by email 2
to galtman@semtribe.com or A
S fax to 954-967-3477. ,
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.0- BIMBO, MARINELA, BARCEL
Seeks independent distributors with sales
exp for: Routes in LaBelle, Clewiston,
Pahokee & Belle Glade. Bilingual
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S to: 305-445-2651 or call
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CUSTODIAL
Supervisor for the Hendry
County Commissioners.
Must have supervisory
experience. FT w/benefits.
Apps. can be obtained
from. the HR Dept,
Courthouse In LaBelle,
or Sub-office in Clewiston.
Deadline for submission is
Jdan' 26,2005 @ 5PM.Vet
pref. E.O.E. Drug free. Ap-
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Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Apply
in person @ Bob Dean
Supply 1310 Evercare RD.
Clewiston.
Evergades Federal
Credit Union
LOOKING FOR TELLER.
mail resume: to
1099 W.Venttura Ave,
Clewiston FL. 33440
or email efcu@earthling.net
Sor fax to
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drivers for buses and
trucks. Please apply in
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MOORE HAVEN CORRECTIONAL
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APPLICATIONS FOR:
Cook Supervisor
Certified Correctional Officers
LPN F/T

EEO M/F/H/VETERANS EMPLOYER.
Competitive salary & benefits
(full time positions). Apply in person
between 8 am 4pm. M-F, or call
863-946-2420-ext.103


ASTALDI CONSTRUCTION
SEEKS EXP'D
Hydraulic Crane Operator
* Concrete Formwork Carpenters
& Skilled Laborers
Water treatment plant exp. preferred.
Stuart area 772-463-6815/Aaron.
EOE/DFWP


CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS
Evening & Night Shifts
2 years or less experience $8/hr
Over 2 and less than 6 yrs $9/hr
6 or more years of experience $10/hr
Shift Differential & Excellent Benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees
RNs & LPNs
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 offone week
4 on/3 off the next week
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work
for out-of-town employees
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of NURSING
LTC & Management experience desirable
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work
for out-of-town employees
RN NURSE MANAGER
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 off one week
4on/3 off the next week
Nights 7pm-7am
LTC & Mgmt. experience desirable
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees
Glades Health Care Center
Pahokee, Florida
STATE RATED 4 STAR FACILITY
EXCELLENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Call 561-924-5561
Fax: 561-924-9466


HENDRY REGIONAL
MEDICAL CENTER
Registered Nurses
'Full time Med./Surg. 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am, FL RN Lic.,
1 yr experience preferred will train new graduate,
Must have BLS, $3,000 Sign On Bonus
*Support RN for all nsg. areas FL RN License wI at
least 1 yr experience in area of expertise
*Full Time Social Services/UR Case Manager-FL RN
Lic., 5 yrs hospital expenence a plus

Full Time/Perdiem LPN I or II
*FL LPN Lic. & IV Cert., Proof of cert. in IV Therapy req,
Full & Par Tunime Positions Available
Home Health
*Full time Registered Nurses
Physical Therapist: A mmn of 2 yrs exp. in Med/Surg or
Rehab Nursing is required. Home Care exp. is pref.
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Services


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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435



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DVD's, Rentals
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Gifts Certificates, etc.
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SCREEN & PATIO
ENCLOSURES,
Rescreening & repair.
lic.# 2001-19849 &
insured. (561)784-5568
or 561-358-2456.


SkyeOne Internet
Service
PC Repair, Internet
Access and more.
Locally Owned
Office 863-946-2200


NEW SELF STORAGE
46 units 7x15, 8x15, 10x15,
10x30, 12x30, 15x25. Full
electric, secure on Com-
mereio St. 350 ft. from
Clewiston Police Dept.
863-983-6663, 983-2808
after hrs 983-8979





SPA! Overstocked! New
7 person spa-Loaded!
Includes cover, deliv-
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was $5999. (888)397-
3529.


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Medical


METAL ROOFING SAVE
$$$ Buy Direct From Man-
ufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.



WEDDING DRESS from Da-
vis Bridal. 22 Plus size.
$50. Call (863)983-8492.




DELL GX 100 w/win. xp,
.Great for young person.
Kybrd., Monitor, Scanner.
$200 239-728-5227
GATEWAY TOWER w/win.
xp, many games. Keyboard,
mouse & monitor includ-
ed. $125 239-728-5227


FIREWOOD- over a cord of
oak cut for fireplace,
needs to be split, $75.
(863)675-6738.


BEDROOM SET, Wooden,
Queen w/hdbrd., dresser,'
mirror, chest, night stands.
$200 (863)675-9288
BUNK BED, Black, Twin
over Full sz., Full mattress
included. $150 (863)675-
9288
BUNK BED Twin on Top and
Futon full on bottom. Ask-
ing $150 or best offer.
863-675-4098 evenings
CHURCH FURNITURE.
Does your church need
pews, pulpit set, baptis-
tery, steeple, windows,
carpet? Big Sale on new
cushioned pews and
cushions for hard pews.
(800)231-8360.

COLONIAL COUCH- Pull out
queen size bed, good con-
ition, $100. neg.
(863)447-1199.
COUCH & CHAIR,
Black Leather. $150
(863)946-3857 Lake Port

COUCH & LOVESEAT-
Black Leather,
$325.
(239)994-2305.
DAYBED WITH POPOUT-
Complete, Ivory & Gold,
Good shape, $125.
(863)357-4152.
DINETTE SET- Cherry &
oak, 6 chairs, pd $5200.,
selling $2500, (863)801-
1719.


PLANT MANAGER NEEDED
to plan, direct and manage
all production, warehouse operations
including quality control, inventory,
job costing/budgeting and safety.
DOUGLASS FERTILIZER & CHEMICAL
in Lake Placid is looking to hire a
TEAM player, good pay and benefits.
Please fax resume to: 863-465-2951 or
e-mail to mbaggsedfcine.net
Drug Free Workplace & E.O.E.



TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED
Immediate Openings.
Must have CDL Class A or B
License with Hazmat, Tankeir Brake
Endorsement with a clean driving record.
HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS.


CAMCORDER, SHARP
VHS, full size, like new. Cost
$800 selling for $100.
(863)612-9233.


FREE 4-ROOM DIRECT
SYSTEM includes
standard installation. 2
MONTHS FREE HBO &
Cinemax! Access to
over 225 channels!
Limited time offer.
S&H. Restrictions Ap-
niy 4p. nn-4na



SEWING MACHINE
& CABINET
$150
(863)357-1078


Job.
Information


Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080





3.34 Acre Industrial Prop-
erty, located in Belle
Glade. Contact Steve Roy-
al 561-996-8080, ext. 22.

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Employment
Full Time


0 HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
OF PALM BBACH COUNTY

SCHOOL BEHAVIORAL
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

The Health Care District is seeking an individ-
ual for the Behavioral Health Program in the
Belle Glade and Coastal Area elementary
school. Interested candidates must have a
Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in a
behavioral health related field, i.e., social
work, mental health, or psychology; supple-
mented by a minimum of three (3) years of
experience in a social services setting; or an
equivalent combination of education, training
and experience. Candidates must pass FDLE
and local background checks. Applications
must be received by 5:00PM 1/23/05. Sub-
mit resumes/applications to: HR Coordina-
tor, 324 Datura St, #401, WPB, FL 33401,
email to Employment@hcdpbc.org or fax to
(561)659-1628. EOE,DFWP, Vet. Pref.


Merchandise


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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
CoHectibles 575
Computer,/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets./Supplies.,
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



AIR CONDITIONER- Com-
mercial, Good Price of
$500, (863)467-5474.

CENTRAL AIR & HEAT,
Split Unit, 22 Ton. Works
well. $300 863-673-0920



DRYER
Frigidaire, Like new,
$80
(863)467-8161.
GAS STOVE- full size, $80
or best offer. (863)946-
3376.

MICROWAVE-
Works great,
$30.
(863)467-1009
WASHER & DRYER,
Maytag.i.n ood working
order. $100/ both:
'(863)675-4858


LADIES 3 SPD- Huffy, 26"
good cond, $25
(863)763-1997


Job
Information 225


DINETTE TABLE- with leaf &
4 chairs, solid oak, $175
or best offer. (863)675-
2440.
DR HUTCH- large, hard rock
maple, 54Wx75Hx19D,
exc cond, $450 neg.
(863)763-6342.
END TABLE, Oak coffee ta-
ble, Refrigerator & desk
$140., will separate.
(863)467-1009
Entertainment Center
Broyhill, (Fontana). Light
wood. Like new. $400 best
offer. 863-763-4982.
ENTERTAINMENT
CTR- Solid oak, $125.
Moving, Must sell
(863)675-8305.
GLASS top table (4)
chairs $200
(863)675-0188

LANE SECTIONAL- 2 yrs
old, council love seat w/
wedge & queen sleeper
$1500 863-467-9284.
LAZYBOY SOFA/SLEEPER
& Ig rocker recliner, set,
blue/tan exc cond $200
neg 863-635-4690.
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call
(863)612-9233.

TABLE, Leaf, 5 chairs, cloth/
wood, 5yr Kenmore chest
freezer $250 will separate
863-467-9284
THREE WHEEL BIKE-
Basket in the back,
nice bike, $100.
neg. (863)763-6791.



GOLF CLUBS -Ladies/
Juniors, cavity back irons,
3-PW, 4 woods, bagnice,
$85. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
ite $100. (863)946-3123.


GERMAN ORTGIES- Semi
auto pistol, $150.
(863)763-4961.

SPANISH STAR, Semi-
Auto. Pistol, 380 cal.
Hammerless, $175
863-763-4961 .




Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good treadmill.
(863)357-2233



AWNINGS- (2) 39.5" W x
42"L, $50 for both will sell
separate. (863)763-1997.

FULL SIZE mattress, cover
& full size ele. blanket $8
for'both (863)467-8681

Mobilhome Doors-
Peach colored Vinyl
siding, stove, dish
washer & Addl. vari-
ous items, Price to
sell (863)634-2817
'lace your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


ELECTRIC LIFTER- Used
only 5 month, good condi-
tion, $450. (863)610-
1153.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER CAR-
RIER- Hooks up to hitch,
has ramp & tilts, $500.
(863)357-2549.


COOLER, 2 Door, Stainless
Steel. (561)992-4828


Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


GUITAR- Gibson Les Paul
Classic, w/leather case,
exc condo $1700.
(863)228-4774.
GUITAR- Ovation Acoustic /
electric,w/hard case, exc
cond., $700. (863)228-
4774.



METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 Ig file drawers.
$100. (863)357-1078.




TOY FOX TERRIER ($400)
& AFFENPINSCHER
($300)- AKC, shots, hlth
cert. (863)983-6537.
YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.

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HITACHI TV
54 in. Big Screen
$650.
(863)234-1230
TV ANTENNA MOTOR,
BOOSTER & CONTROL
UNIT, ALL $50. (863)763-
7989.


SAWMILLS-$2,695.00 -
LumberMate-2000 &
LumberLite-24. Norwood
Industries also. manufac-
tures utility ATV attach-
ments, log skidders, port-
able board edgers and fo-
restry equipment.
www.norwoodindustries.-
corn -Free information:
(800)578-1363 ext300N.



AIR HOCKEY TABLE
$75
(863)675-0188



BACKHOE Loader personal
use. must crank & work
make, model, yr.& looks
not an issue (863)983-
77RF
Agriculture




Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed. Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies,'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry.'Supplies 860
Seeds 'Plants.'
Flowers 365



TRACTOR-
Ford 2N '41, Restored,
5' mower, $4200.
(912)288-6262.



BABY GOAT
$75.
(863)675-0247





,. LOOKING
S-'. T0 BUY
COWS
I 863-673-1491


BAY GELDING 21/ yr. old.
30 days prof. training, grt
on trails. Bomb proof.
$1000. (863)843-2495.
HORSES- 2 Mare's, In-
cludes Tackle, Tamed, 1/4
horse bay. $2000 for both
(863)675-2450.
SADDLE FOR SALE
Asking $275. Antique 1920'
type with 4 cantle. Call
evenings. 863-675-4098.


Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales every
Mon. 12pm & every
Tues. 11am. 763-3127


1, 2 & 3 BR HOUSES &
APARTMENTS FOR RENT.
No pets.
Call (863)983-4436.
1BR APARTMENT,
good location in
Belle Glade. $300/month.
Call 561-261-0169,



Fisheating Creek: under
new management, address
7555 US Hwy. 27 North
Palmdale. 863-675-5999


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos.'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property
Sale 1070


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BEAUTIFUL NORTH
CAROLINA. WINTER
SEASON IS HERE!
MUST SEE THE BEAU-
TIFUL
PEACEFUL MOUNTAINS
OF WESTERN NC
MOUNTAINS. Homes,
Cabins, Acreage & In-
vestments. Cherokee
Mountain Realty GMAC
Real Estate, Murphy
cherokeemountainreal-
ty.com .Call for Free
Brochure (800)841-
5868.



1 EEN 0 Ns
ATTENTION
INVESTORS
6 Builders lots still
available in brand new
community. New
Homes currently un-
der construction. Pre-
construction dis-
counts. Lots start at
$16,999. Buy before
next price increase.
(954)
605-6407,

*-*- ***-*
Highlands County
Sebring/ Spring Lake
10 acre parcels
directly on Hwy 98
from $195,000.

Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
1-800-466-1930.
For this & other proper-
ties www.jacobson
auction.com

*LAND FOR SALE*
7.28 Acres in
Palm Beach County.
Call 239-657-5654


ASHEVILLE, NC AREA.
Spectacular Mountain
view & River lots.
Paved
roads,Clubhouse &
more. NEW RELEASE!
POSSIBLE $5K DIS-
COUNT! Bear River
Community Call
(866)411-5263.

BANK REPO'S
RV SITES
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
55 & older RV condo park,
great Moore Haven loca-
tion. Own your own site
near some of the worlds
best fishing full pad, full
hook up. Beautifully main-
tained park with great
swimming pool & club
house facilities. All sites
are priced for quick sale!
Call Jay for-info.
305-788-1764
MONTURA RANCH, (3) 1%
acre Lots @ $24,000. ea.
in a Growing are. Se Habla
Espanol. (239)980-7168



Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU 237



WESTERN NC MOUN-
TAINS North Carolina
Where there is: Cool
Mountain Air, Views &
Stream, Homes, Cab-
ins & Acreage. CALL
FOR FREE BROCHURE
OF MOUNTAIN PROP-
ERTY SALES.
(800)642-5333. Realty
f Murphy 317 Peach-
tree St. Murphy, N.C.
28906.
www.realtyofmurphy.-
com.






Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020



2 or 3 Bedroom Mobile
Homes For Rent
Stanton Mobile Homes
863-983-8106


OFCLEMSTON

1) Easy Life
Special 3/2 DW,
Appliances,
Screen Room &
Shed
$69,900

2) Tropical Super
Boy #228 DW,
3/2, Lg. Screen
Room, 10x4
Shed
$38,900

3)New
Land & Home
Packages in
Sunshine Lake
Estates
Now Available


2160W. Hwy. 27 Clewiston
1.4 Miles N.W of WALMART
983-4663
m1ampion


New & Used
Mobile Homes:
Land Home Packages
as little as $1,800 down.
Stanton Homes
863-983-8106
Owner Financing
ON MOBILE HOMES
& LAND
Call 863-228-1405


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campere/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035


CANOE
Fiberglass, 14,
like new, $350
(863)467-81.61
Glasstream, '86, inboard,
outboard, 16 ft., $3000
or best offer
(863)634-7108
OCEAN KAYAKS
(2) 14ft, Like new,
will separate $950
(863)763-4982
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
Pontoon Boat, '95
19', 40 hp Mercury
Magnum, boat used very
little $5000 neg.
(954)587-2644
or (954)-260-1933


COACHMAN, slide in camp-
er, roof air, refrigerator, as
is $650. (863)699-9701

TRAILER HITCH-
Good shape,
$40.
(863)675-3312.



BOAT COVER
Waterproof, fits up to
22' boat. $75
(863)824-0455



BOAT PROPS- Stainless
steel, various sizes, $100.
Call eves (863)824-0455
or Iv msg.


DIRT BIKE- Motor 85hp,
small bike, good condo ,
runs good, $1500. firm
(863)634-9769.
SUZUKI INTRUDER 2003
800CC, 2700 Miles
Loaded. $4900
(863)467-1897


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans .1070


FORD TAURUS SE, '03-
white, gray inter, all pow-
er, AC, new tires, $8900
neg. (786)486-3474.


Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


I


Financing Available:
Buy Here, Pay Here.
Stanton Mobile Homes
Marginal Credit O.K.
Call 1-800-330-8106
or 863-983-8106



LIBERTY 97' 3 BR, 2 BA
Must be moved.
Eager to sell! $24,000.
863-675-4540/677-3091


linsurance


6nsurance


I Pet Services


Employment
Medical


Employment
Medical 1101








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Luan
Walker

: 1863-677-1010

LOCATION, LOCATION DBMONIE
3BD/2BA OVER 3,000 LIVING SQ FT.
@ $225,000
5 Ares Lede 9 eauftid
Wooded InveW Jlrtf rtunity
ART I. AWR
3bd/ -b i, a I l d.
almc a* '' 9K
New "s"" d-

i, d A l

$57.5A
16 Brand New Homes to be built
on Texas Ave., 3bd/2ba, CBS, 1,673
sq. ft, Special Financing pkges avail-
able $129.9K These wjl go fast!!!!!
Wanting to Buy or Sell
Call Us
We Want Your Listings!!


Glenn
S. Smith

863-983-3508

lust outside o Tofl lL I.:ju ulii ,. -
'E SALEP
Must See @ $324.9K
LakePort 34 acres!! Fenced/ross-
fenced.. 2 acre oak tree nursery. Too
much equipment to list. Rare find @
$20K per acre
Location Location! 3/2 on Del Monte
Ave. Hardwood Flooring, large kitchen.
Located on a comer lot. Must see @
$225k
6 Duplexes in Moore Haven 100%o
Occupancy, CBS construction, Great
investment opportunity at only $375K
Pasadena Ave 2/1 w/den Hardwood
ALE pENDING@


Montura Ranch 3/2 m/h on 1.25 ac.
New Refrig & Dishwasher, 2 car
detached garage, fenced. $84.9K
Almost 1 acre Del Monte Ave. 3/2/2
CBS Home. Separate LR and FR.
Screened lanai w/ hot tub. Great location
@$225K

1ALI'PE3NDING"
Handyman Needed Fire dam-
aged home on lot for $15K


Teri
Rangel


e 863-228-1142

Gr I I r, 1
.U.: SA.9DING%
Bring Ls kn Otter!
o Tdes

Deal Fell Through $96.9k '97 Mobile
home w/ 4/2.5 on 1.25 acres in
Montura ranch Estates $96.9K
Reduced 4 Business OppoMtunity!!
Restaurant, Bar, & FFE. Great
Location on HWY 27 $209.9K


2. SALPE.NDING
Ridgdill SiAl 1i on Man
rl. I AlJ IML9.U J;4.9h

Vacant L$f'D ffhf- Park
Don't Miss Out! Northside

@13 9.9K
New Listing! Northside 3bd/2ba
CBS Beautiful Hardwood floors -
Great Location Reduced@
$174.9K


Charmaine
Montgomery
e e HaIlda Esy'paiol

863-697-0189

Love the Water? Then you'll love
to own a .25 acre lot on a private
lake for $15K Only a few left.
Attention Hunters & Fishermen:
Looking for a weekend retreat
this is it! 3/1 w/ shed on 1.22
acres and carport @ $71.5K
Mol &I Xew

8 lots in Moore Haven's
Washington Park Area @ $16.5K

$575K
Almost I(1.!-.Nj ,:,f Hwy 80
$120K JUL1,,
New Listing! Lakeport
2bd/2ba dblwide on .25
acres. Huge deck & screened
porch. Just bring your tooth-
brush! $89.9K
330+/- Acre Ranch!! Improved
fenced & cross fenced pasture. 2
mobile homes w/out buildings.
Beautiful @ $15K per acre


Marshall
Berner

863-228-3265

Montura Ranch Estates 1998
3bd/2ba, great closet space, on
beautiful 1.25acs by canal @
$76.5K
MHYC 3bd/2ba, Fully fur-
nished. Attached Workshop'
w/Complete AC. Includes club-
house and pool accessibility.
Block away from river @
$143,000.00
Twin Lakes Blvd 3bd/2ba MH,
Great for fixing up, includes
tool shed, don t miss out on
this unbelievable deal! @ $35K
New Listing! 2bd/2ba hard-
wood floors, new electrical sys-
tem @ $54.9K
Montura _fh= l .tes 3/2 on
1.25 acrebji4J7',$76.5K

Crescent Oak Townhomes

New Constructon
2b/2ba 1841 sq ft, w/ garage
Only 3 Lef!
Vist our website for
further detail


Jeffrey
S? Davis

V 863-228-2666

Water View! Moore Haven -
3bd/1.5ba, with 300ft. of
Caloosahatchee River view, Florida
room, lots of trees Going @ $280K
Lets Go Fishing! 3bd/2ba home in
lake Port located on 1.75 acres with
lake access, a private boat ramp, boat
house with fish cleaning station, and
50x45 workshop that also includes a
Ibd/lba mobile home and a RV hook
up all on the same property All of
this can be yours @ $417K
Entertain Tonight with this '95 MH,
3bd/2ba, hot tub, tild hut, 6t. chain
linked fenced, lots of trees, secluded,
partially furnished, French doors to
wet bar @ Now OnlyO 110K
r RTT fng Fast
Walking distance to River Call Now.
Construction has started!! Over 10
models to choose from or will build to
suit
New listing!Moore Haven MHbeauti-
fully located on 1.33 acres w/ in
ground pool, many add ons, fishing
pond, quiet neighborhood $120K
2 acres, tenant @$160K
New listing! MH in MRE @ $73K,
Tile throughout, New A/C, paved
road, fenced, 1.25 acres
2.5 acres 2bd/2ba home remod-
eled, pole barn, cal de sac in Moore
Haven $160K


Sam
Walker


S863-677-1013
Monura Lots 1-2.5 acres Starting at
$19.9k
Look No Further We have
waterfront property in Moore
Haven on the Caloosahatchee
River for $155K
New Construction 3/2
Montura barrel tile. Act now
& pick your flooring & appli-
ances @ $124.9K
Re i,

$660/month
New Listing! 4bd/2ba, newly
renovated, in a great location
going @ $125K


Are You Renting?
Do you have an older home?
Now is the Time for a New Home!!
First 15 Qualified Applicants win a chance
for a New Color TV!
Pre-Construction Price $129,000!
Prices subject to change
CBS.Construction 3 Bedrooms
Single Car Garage 2 Full Baths
Appliance Package 1673 Total Sq. Ft.
Lighting Package Flooring Package
78x1 10 Lot Size Located on Texas Ave.
(, Glenrn Smith Reserve Your
Realtorr,, Home & Lot
18631983-350 ..s
S 18631677-1441 NOW,!!
..DICK FOREMAN
AN (561)712-9777
N EMORK .oIN. PAGER (561)533-2244


COUNTRY HOMES & LAND

REAL ESTATE
$0 DOWN
Se Habla Espafiol
Port LaBelle
All New CBS Construction
5 NEW SPEC HOMES
(to be completed Dec 2004)
HOME PACKAGES
STARTING AT $152,000!

















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FROM OR BRING YOUR OWN!
New Homes Resales Lots
***Special Finance Programs***
Call Debbi Hendricks for
FREE Prequalification
239-541-3210
Kathy Hutchins
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Office: 863-612-0551
Fax: 863-612-0553
Visit our website at:
CentralFloridaLandSales.com


Moore Haven River Gardens
Pre-Construction Price $129,000!
Prices subject to change
Small ieffr Reserve Your
SHome & Lot
(863)228-2666 Now!!

CBS Construction 3 or 2 Bedrooms
Single/Two Car Garage 2 Full Baths
Appliancte Package Lighting Package
Flou 'ring Package
Many Models to Choose From
Walking Distance To .River


EARNS _-A L


Bayberry Loop
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath
Luxurious Upgrades
Call for Details I
RESIDENTIAL- CLEWISTON
* Bank Foreclosures- Call for Details
* 3BR,1BA, FmRm, Zoned Com.
$115,000
* 3BR, 2BA, MH, Many Extras
Reduced to $85,000
* 3BR, 2BA, $180,000
*New Listing: Lrg. 3BR, 2BA,
2 Story Home on 10 Wooded Acres
$214,900
* New construction on Bayberry
Loop, 4 BR, 2BA, Many Upgrades
$265,000
* 4BR, 2BA, MH, Sherwood S/D New
Upgrades $79,000
S4BR, 2BA, MH w/Lot
Reduced to $24,500
*48R, 3BA, w/Pool on Ridgewood,
Reduced to $369,900
MONTURA
* 3BR, 2BA, on 1.09 Ac.
Reduced to $60.000


Pool in Rdgeviewv
[ OFFERED AT $225,000
*2BR, 28A,MHon 1.25 Ac. $65,00(
*3BR, 2BA, MH on 2.5 Ac. w/pole bar
$72,000
MOORE HAVEN
* Duplex w/efficiency Owner anxious
$115,000
* Riverfront w/access, 3BR, 2BA
$275,1100
LAKEPORT
* Listings Needed
ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS
* Farm Land Available Call for Details
* Home Lot ready to build, MississipoAve
Owner needslo sell, Asking $8,00(
*Montura Lots Call for Details
COMMERCIAL
-Office & Retail Space available in
Shopping Center Call for Details.
SLrg. Bldg New Roof w/Ihigh traffic
$129,000


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420 E. SUGARLAND HWY.
(863) 983-6663 (863) 983-9770


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MONTH


SUGAR SUITES

700 W Sugaland Hwy,
CleQston


CALL

863-983-8590


WEBSITE: DYESSREALESTATE.COM EMAIL: ANN@DYESSREALESTATE.COM
Se Habla Espahol
.AFTER HOURS:
ANN DYESS FAYE KELTING REBECCA SANTANA LAURA SMITH KATHY GARCIA
(863) 983-8979 (863) 677-0707 .K31_22 3337 .(863)599-1209 (863) 2284798
RESIDENTIAL* Lot w/ trees $26,500 5 Lots Zoned Multi-Family
3,1/e~"BA ^ode0 3BR, 2Ba, Ridgdill $67,500 $250,000
4BR, 3BA, wood'deck, $250,000
313alfPendiftyf,'000 10x20 shed $79,900 10 Lots Zoned Commercial
4 New Homes $250,000
We Have More Lots Under 3BIag t delle Glade Grocery
Contract Call for Details 2BA, New Kitc Store $130000
3BR,-2BA, New Kitchen $130,000
CNe-.B1 Y.B*BAB, $89,900 Commercial Building
CB Corner of WC Owens
3BR, 2BA Brick $180,000 MONTURA & Margaret St. 2,109
Ne PI fBR 3BR, 2BA 1995 $75,000 129, e
2B ,-000 2 1/2 Pi'rieO00 ..........IHarlem Bar Great
2 1/2 Pioneer Plantation Business Opp'drtunit
3BW $32,000 Business Op "rtuni
5 acres Ladecca 60,000all for Details
3BI fO- 4BR, 2BA, 3- 3/4ac. $169,000 lndu lpc mt!!+
i~dILU'A~eW ,000100 acre s S,'2VFYna


3BR, 2BA Northside
$215,000
4BR, 3BA $360,000
Ridgewood
Moore Haven 2BR, 1BA
$87,500
Moore Haven Yacht Club


COMMERCIAL ACIZArGE
SnallITreNLuseryonUS27 12 10a CREA G. E
ac. Mobile Home Park 6 10 act[wifncwMWO
lots- 3 w/ mobile home,
3 lots only $106,000
9 Commercial Lots on
US 27 with Building
$215,000


SPECIAL 1KIEW LIS'TIlNTCr

3 Bedroom 1 Bath $84,900
Real Estate in Hendry and Glades Counties, Florida
http: / /www.hendry-gladesmmls.com


HOMES AT

AFFORDABLE PRICES
Starting in the $80's

Brian Sulli'van
Class A General Contractor CG-C061855

863-414-8608

863-465-1371
Se Habla Espafiol


MEle Hos."
Sal 'I'll


Ele -.


Modular/Models. From $59,900 & up, 3/4/
5BR, 2/3BA, acre & 1/4 available or use
your land as down payment. Financing
available. 863-673-6417 or 561-753-8355

How fast can your car go? Grab a bargain from your
It can go even faster neighbor's garage, attic,
when you sell it in the basement or closet in to-
classifieds. day's classified.


I Pb ic o ice


FUTON BUNK BED-
Like new, moving
must sell, $125.
(863)675-8305.



41
HONDA CEVIC 2000
Silver, Auto., 2 Dr., CD, All
pwr., Snrf. 44,900 mls.
$8,500. 863-599-0199
ISUZU AMIGO- '90,
Good shape, $1700,
(863)467-5052.

Kia Sportage, '01, 53k mi.,
30 mi. to gallon, 4yr. ex-
tended warranty. $8000.
(863)467-1325


I Pbi o ice


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned is the duly appointed and
Sualified trustee of the John E. Kohan Revocable Trust. John E. Kohan,
settler of that trust died on April 28, 2004. A creditor having a claim
against the trust estate must file his claim with the undersigned at the ad-
dress given below within 90 days after the first publication of this notice.
NRS 164.025
DATED: January 7, 2005
Thomas S. Mayer
Senior Trust Officer
Morgan Stanley
335 North Maple Drive, 2nd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
547768 CGS 1/20,27;2/3/05


Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.hlml or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
One man's trash is another
man's treasure. Turn your
trash to treasure with an
ad in the classifieds.


JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
$800 863-673-0920.
Shop here first!
The classified ads.


Club Car, 1998, electric, re-
conditioned, 48v w/
charger. $1595.(863)675-
1472

Club Car, late model, recon-
ditioned, gas & electric,
$1495, (863)675-1472


Golf Carts,
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


ENGINE
350 Olds V8
$400 or best offer
(863)467-8856


FORD BRONCO-
'79, parts only, $300,
Call (863)763-5147
5pm 9pm.

TOW HITCH Reese,
New style, fits 89-00
Dodge trucks asking
$50 (863)763-1424


CHEV PU, '1945- $2500.
(863)675-1570.



CHEV S10. '93- has been
wrecked, good engine,
good tires, $200
(863)675-1570.


CHEVY SILVERADO, '01,
74k mi., $2000 down,
takeover payments.
(863)763-5147

F150 '79 Wrecked, for
arts, rebuilt 302, Edel
rock carb & headers,
auto, $400 863-675-8305

FORD F150, '00-6 cyl, cold
AC, am-fm stereo, runs
exc. ext cab avail, $5900.
(786)486-3474.


CAR HAULER Open Trailer
w/dual axle 16-6. $1000
(863)983-6639


CAR TWO HAULING
LOWBOY, DROP DECK &
USED TRAILERS For Sale.
Call (863)675-2408.





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PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE AIR PERMIT
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Air Permit No. 0510003-027-AC
United States Sugar Corporation, Clewiston Sugar Mill and Refinery
Hendry County, Florida
Applicant: The applicant for this project is the United States Sugar Cor-
oration The applicant's authorized representative is Mr. William A. Ralo-
aa Senior V.P. of Sugar Processing operations. The applicant's mailing
address is the Clewiston Sugar Mill andRefinery, 111 Ponce DeLeon Av-
enue, Clewiston, FL 33440.
Facility Location: The United States Sugar Corporation operates an ex-
sting sunar mill and refinery In Clewiston at the intersection of W.C. Ow-
ens Avenue and State Road 832 In Hendry County, Florida.
Project: The applicant proposes to replace theexisting oil burner sys-
tems for Boilers 1 and 2 with new low-NOx burners. The boilers currently
fire No. 6 fuel oil containing up to 2.5% sulfur by weight as a startup fuel
and to supplement bagasse. The new system allows the firing of cleaner
distillate oil containing no more than 0.05% sulfur by weight. Bagasse will
remain the primary fuel with distillate oil used as a startup fuel and to sup-
plement bagasse. These boilers supply steam to the mill during the sug-
arcane crop season and serve as'backup units during the off-crop sea-
son for the refinery.
The existing Clewiston sugar mill/refinery is a major facility in accordance
with Rule 62-212.400, F.A.C., the regulatory program for the Prevention
of Significant Deterioration (PSD) of Air Quality. The existing facility is lo-
cated in Hendry County, which is an area that is currently in attainment
with the state and federal Ambient Air Quality Standards (AAQS) or other-
wise designated as unclassiftlable. The project does not result In emis-
sions Increases that exceed the PSD significant emission rates specified
in Rule 62-212.400, F.A.C. based on the application, past actual emis-
sions, the requested restrictions, and representative emission factors for
these units. Therefore, the project is not subject to PSD preconstruction
review.
Permitting Authority: Applications for air construction permits are sub-
ject to review in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 403, Florida
Statutes (F.S.) and Chapters 62-4, 62-210, and 62-212 of the Florida Ad-
ministrative Code (F.A.C.). The proposed project is not exempt from air
permitting requirements and an air permit Is required to perform the pro-
posed work. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Bu-
reau of Air Regulation Is the Permitting Authority responsible for making a
permit determination for this project. The Bureau of Air Regulation's
physical address Is 111 South Magnolia Drive, Suite 4, Tallahassee, Flor-
da 32301 and the mailing address Is 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #5505,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. The Bureau of Air Regulation's phone
number Is 850/488-0114 and fax number is 850/922-6979.
Project File: A complete project file is available for public inspection dur-
ing the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday (except legal holidays), at address indicated above for the
Permitting Authority. The complete project file includes the Draft Permit,
the Technical Evaluaton and Preliminary Determination, the application,
and the information submitted by the applicant, exclusive of confidential
records under Section 403.111, F.S. Interested persons may contact the
Permitting Authority's project review engineer for additional information
at the address and phone number listed above. A copy of the complete
project file is also available at the Department's South District Office at
2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 364, FortMyers, Florida 33902-3381. The
South Districts telephone number Is 239/332-6975.
Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit: The Permitting Authority gives no-
tice of its intent to issue an air permit to the applicant for the project de-
scribed above. The applicant has provided reasonable assurance that op-
eration of proposed equipment will not adversely impact air quality and
that the project will comply with all appropriate provisions of Chapters
62-4, 62-204,62-210,62-212,62-296, and 62-297, F.A.C. The Permit-
ting Authority will Issue a Rnal Permit in accordance with the conditions
of the proposed Draft Permit unless a timely petition for an administrative
hearing is iled under Sectins 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. or unless public
comment received in accordance with this notice results in a different de-
cision or a significant change of terms or conditions.
Comments: The Permitting Authority will accept written comments con-
ceming the Draft Permit for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date
of publication of the Public Notice. Written comments must be post-m-
arked, and all email or facsimile comments must be received by the close
of business (5:00 p.m.), on or before the end of this 14-day period by the
Permitting Authority at the above address, e-mail or facsimile. For addi-
tional information, contact the Permitting Authority at the above address
or phone number. If written comments result in a significant change to
the Draft Permit, the Permitting Authority will issue a Revised Draft Permit
and requree, if applicable, another Publc Notic Notice. All comments filed will
be made available for public inspection.
Petitions: A person whose substantial interests are affected by the pro-
posed permitting decision may petition for an administrative hearing in
accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. The petition must
contain the information set forth below and must be filed with (received
by) the Departments Agency Clerk in the Office of General Counsel of the
Department of Envimentf Envnmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boule-
vard, Mail Station #35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000. Petitions filed
by the applicant or any of the parties listed below must be filed within
fourteen (14) days of receipt of this Written Notice of Intent to Issue Air
Permit. Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written
notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be tiled within fourteen (14)
days of publication of the attached Public Notice or within fourteen (14)
days of receipt of this Written Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit, which-
ever occurs first. Under Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person
who asked the Permitting Authority for notice of agency action may file a
petition within fourteen (14) days of receipt of that notice, regardless of
the date of publication. A pettioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the
applicant at the address indicated above, at the time of filing. The failure
of any person to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall

tervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent
intervention will be only at the approval of the presiding officer upon the
tiling of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205, F.A.C.
\ A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Permittin9 Author-
ity's action is based must contain the following information: (a) The name
and address of each agency affected and each agency's file or identifica-
tion number, if known; (b) The name, address, and telephone number of
the petitioner; the name, address and telephone number of the petition-
e's representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purpos-
es dunng the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the pe-
titioners substantial interests will be affected by the agency determina-
tion; (c) A statementof how and-when each petitioner received notice of
the agency actli.n or, proposedortpon;. (d) A statement oa all disputed Is-
sues of materia l'f.'rf there am none, the petition must so state; (e) A
concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific

fasts the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agen-
cy's proposed action; (f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes the
petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agency's pro-
posed action; and, (g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner,
stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the agency to take with
respect to the agency's proposed action. A petition that does not dispute
the material facts upon which the Permitting Authority's action is based
shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain
the same information as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-
106.301, F.A.C. Because the administrative hearing process is designed
to formulate final agency action, the filing of a petition means that the
Permitting Authority's final action may be different from the position taken
by it in this Public Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit. Persons whose
substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the Per-
mitting Authority on the application have the rightto petition to become a
party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth
above. *
Mediation: Mediation is not available in this proceeding.
547093 CGS 1/20/05



REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Glades County Board of County Com-
missioners is accepting proposals to provide services to study, evaluate
and recommend atemative funding mechanisms) to the exasing EMS
Tax Assessment (MSTU) in both incorporated and unincorporated areas of
Glades County,.Florida.
The proposals should include the following scope of serviceswith related
costs specifically identified for each:
1) Evaluate reports and research issues
2) Identify full costs of EMS service
3) Develop a method of apportioning the costs
4) Determine preliminary revenue requirements to recover all costs)
5) Develop a funding mechanism and related assessment roll
database
6) Apply apportionment methodology to database
7) Calculate a preliminary proforma schedule of rates
8) Draft all required ordinances and resolutions
9) Assist with funding mechanism adoption and implementation in
accordance with Section 197.3632 of Florida Statutes
The proposal should include:
1) All costs of production, mailing, on-site visits, field work and
annual update assistance
2) Lump sum total fee broken down by each of the nine (9) scope
of services listed above
3) Standard hourdy rates by employee classification
4) Discounts, If any
5) Fee payment schedule
The COUNTY reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or to waive
any irregularities or informalties in anyproposals or in the proposal pro-
cess without disclosure of a reason. The failure to make a disclosure
shall not result in accrual of any right, claim or cause of action by an un-
successful bidder against the Glades County Board of County Commis-
sioners.
All proposals should be submitted to Jim Smith, County Manager, 500
Avenue J. Moore Haven, Florida 33471 and shall be enclosed within a
sealed envelope with the words: Proposal for Funding Glades County
EMS Services.
Sealed proposals must be received on or prior to:
DATE: February 15, 2005
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Glades County
No proposer may withdraw any proposal for a period of thirty (30) calen-
dar days after February 15, 2005.
548044 ON/CGS 1/20/05


NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
CITY OF PAHOKEE
Notice I hereby given that the City of Pahokee, Florida will hold a general
election on Tuesday March 8,2005 for the purpose of electing two (2)
commissioners for a term of two (2) years each. Candidates must be a
qualified elector of the City of Pahokee.


The first day for filing as a candidate tfor commissioner will be January
25, 2005, beginning at noon, and the final day for filing will be February
8, 2005, ending at noon. Candidates must file In person with the City
Cierk, at the Pahokee City Hall, 171 North Lake Avenue, Pahokee, Florida,
during regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until said date
and time. Each candidate shall be voted on by the electorate "At
Large".
All qualified registered electors of Precincts 6006 and 6008 are qualified
to vote In this election. To qualify to vote in this Municipal General Elec-
tion you must first register with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of
Elections by 6:00 p.m. February 7, 2005. After that date, books will re-
main closed until the first regular business day after the election.
The designated polling place will be the Recreation Complex (old Paho-
kee High Schoo cafeteria), located at 360-C, E Main Street. No person
shall be permitted to vote unless he or she Is registered In accordance
with the Florida State Statutes, and brings proper Identification with a
photograph and a signature (this may be two different documents). The
polls wil be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for a
particular seat, a Run-Off election shall be held March 22, 2005 between
the two (2) candidates who receive the largest number of votes for that
particular seat.
CITY OF PAHOKEE
JANET K. WHIPPLE
CITY CLERK/SUPERVISOR OF MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
(561) 924-5534
548195 CGS 1/20,27/05


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HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
WESTERN COUNTY HEALTH
ADVISORY MEETING
The Health Care District Western
County Health Advisory will hold a
meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Palm
Beach County Glades Office Build-
ing at 2976 State Road 15 in Belle
Glade.
547100 CGS 1/20/05

LEGAL NOTICE
The following vehicles will be sold at
public auction on January 31, at
2190 NW 16th St. at 8:00 a.m.:
1992 Pontiac 2 dr.
VIN #1G2JB14T7N7507733
1989 Ford 2 dr.
VIN #1FABP40A8KF160654
1982 Ford Utility
VIN1FMEU15G4CLA65244
548401 CGS 1/20/05

NOTICE FOR BIDS
Port Labelle Community development
district will accept sealed bid pro-
posals up to 11:00 A.M, February
17, 2005, to raise the roadbed and
resurface a portion of roads In Port
LaBelle Plat Unit 8 In Hendry
County, Florida.
Plans, spedlflcatlons, and related ma-
terial may be obtained from the of-
fice of Johnson-PrewItt and Asso-
ciates, Inc., 850 W. Ventura Ave,,
Clewiston, Florida 33440.
The owner reserves the right to hold
all proposals for alxty (60) daes
and to reject any or ail proposals,
with or without cause, to waive
technical errors and Informalt les or
to accept the bid in Its judgment
best serves the onwer.
Ralph W. Nicholson
General Manager
547997 CB/CGS, 01/20/05


NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
OF THE CENTRAL COUNTY
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
You are hereby notified that the Regu-
lar Meeting of the Board of Super-
visors of the Central County Water
Control District will be held on
Wednesday, January26 2005 at 7
m. at the Montura Clubhouse,
Montura Ranch Estates, State
Road 833, Clewiston, Florida. The
purpose os this meeting is to trans-
act any and all business which may
come before the Board. If a person
decides to appeal the decision of
the Board of Supervisors with re-
spect to any matter considered at
the public meeting or hearing here-
in referred he or she may need to
insure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings s made, which record
IncluIdes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based.
543135 COS 1/13 20/05
PUBLIC SALE
Notice is hereby given that on Janu-
ary 22,.2005 at 11:00 a.m. at FORT
KNOX SELF STORAGE, 1025 Com-
merce Drive; LaBelle, FL, (863)
675-1025, the undersigned, FORT
KNOX SELF STORAGE, will sell at
Public Sale by competitive bidding
the personal property heretofore
stored with the undersigned by:
Jackie Blakey, D-9
TV, Dressers,
Misc. Household Items
Armandina Flores, J-50
Misc. Items
Valorle ULndsey, D-11
TV. Computer, Dressers,
Misc. Items
David Bryant, L-45, L-45
TV, Washer, Misc. Items
545861 CGS 1/13,20/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
The School Board of Hendry County
will be accepting sealed bids until
2:00 pm February 2, 2005 for Bid
#Q05-0007, Cooling Tower Re-
placement at CMS, Specifications
will be available at the board's fi-
nance office at 111 Curry Street In
LaBelle. Call (863) 674-4100 to
have the specs faxed or mailed.
Hendry County School Board
Sally Berg, Chairman
547958 CB/CGS 1/20/05

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day's competitive mar-
ket? In the employment
section of the classi-
fleds.


West County Courthouse Art and Amenities Project
CALL TO ARTISTS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Submittal material consisting of an application and qualification docu-
ments will be received bythe Palm Beach ntyBoard of County Com-
missioners until 4:00 P.M. E.S.T. on Friday, March 4, 2005 at the Palm
Beach County Facilities Development and Operations Department, 3200
Belvedere Road, Bldg. 1169, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Submittal ma-
terial received by this time will be opened immediately after.
Project Title: West County Courthouse Art and Amenities Project
Project Location: 38844 State Road 80, Belle Glade, FL 33430
The Call to Artists is seeking proposals from eligible artists or artist-led
teams for a total commission of $40,000.
To qualify, artists) must be 18 years old attime of application and a resi-
dent of Palm Beach County. Preference will be given to Artists who also:
(a) are permanent residents of Palm Beach County west of 20-Mile Bend;
(b) have been bom and raised through age 16 in Palm Beach County
west of 20-Mile Bend; (c) demonstrate ability to involve community in
projects.
Artists are invited to attend a non-mandatory, pre-proposal site Inspec-
tion on Saturday, February 5, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Palm Beach
County West County Courthouse, 38844 State Road 80, Belle Glade, FL
33430. Attendance is recommended and encouraged. To RSVP call 561 -
233-0235 by February 3, 2005 4:00 p.m.
Obtain the complete Call to Artists 1) from the County's Art in Public
Places website www.pbcoov com/fdo/art 2)In person at 3200 Belve-
dere Road, Bldg. 1169, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 3) by sending a
self-addressed, stamped envelope ($1.00) to the address above.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive any pro-
posal irregularities, Informalities, or technical deficiencies and to reject
any and all proposals.
ATTEST:
SHARON R. BOCK, CLERK AND
COMPTROLLER
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: TONY MASILOTTI, Chairman
545829 CGS 1/13,20/05

NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
JOHN S. SILVA, CIVIL DIVISION
Plaintiff,
vs. CASE NO. 04-952 CA
WALTER E. BODERSEN;
BODERSEN, unknown spouse on
Walter E. Bodersen, If married,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Complaintto Qulet Title, has been
filed and commenced In this court concerning that certain real property
located in Hendry County, Florida, pursuant to a Tax Deed, Cert. No.
3079 for the year 1998, as follows:
Lot 19, Block 2039, PORT LABELLE,
UNIT 2, a Subdivision, according to the
plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 3
at Page 60, of the Public Records of
Hendry County, Florida;
You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to the
Complaint on ABRAMS & ABRAMS, P.A. attorneys for the Plaintiff,
whose address is 9400 South Dadeland Blvd., PH-3, Miami, Florida
33156, and file the original with the clerk of the above-styled court on or
before February 21,2005; otherwise a default will be entered against you
for the relief prayed for in the Complaint. The attorney for the Plaintiff has
a copy of the Complaint and will provide you with a copy of same upon
request.
This notice shall be published once each weekfortwo (2) consecutive
weeks. If no response is received within the statutory time limit, a default
may be entered against you.
Attorney for Plaintiff
David S. Abrams, Esq.
9400 south Dadeland Blvd., PH-3
Miami, Florida 33157
(305)670-9104
Barbara S. Butler
Clerk of Court
Circuit Court Seal
548088 CGS 01/20/05


DISTRICT COURT
CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA
Case No. P52702
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
In the Matter of the Estate of
JOHN E. KOHAN,
Deceased,
Notice is ereby giventhat that the undersigned has been appointed and qual-
ified by the aboce-entitled Court on September 10, 2004, as personal
representative of the estate of John E Kohan, deceased. All creditors ha-
veing claims against the estate are required to file their claims, with sup-
porting documentation attached, with the clerk of the court, at the Clark
County Courthouse, 200 S. Third Street, Las Vegas, Nevada within 60
days after the mailing of the first publication of this Notice.
DATED this 12 day of October, 2004.
Cary Spencer
3016 Pier Harbor Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Submitted By:
BULLIVANT HOUSE BAILEY PC
Anne H. Wellbom, Nevada Bar No. 8719
3980 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Ste. 550
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: 702-650-6565
Facsimile: 702-650-2995
Attorneys for Cary Spencer
in The Matter Of The Estate Of
John E. Kohan
546354 CGS 01/13, 20, 27/05


SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice Is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the
following applications) for permit have been received for projects) In
Hendry County:
United States Sugar Corporation, PO Box 1207, Clewlston, FL 33440,
has submitted Application 041215-2-E for an Everglades Agricultural
Area Works of the District Permit. The water will be discharged to the
Bolles Canal, Hillsboro Canal, L-1 East Canal, L-4 Interior Canal, Miami
Canal, North New River Canal, and the West Palm Beach Canal. The pro-
ject is located in Palm Beach and Hendry Counties, Townships 41-48
South, Ranges 34-39 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a writ-
ten request for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency ac-
ton regarding the application by writing to the South Florida Water Man-
agement District, An: Environmental Resource Regulation, PO Box
24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but such comments or re-
guests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of pub-
lication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A
copy of the staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of
further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request
an administrative hearing regarding the proposed agency action by sub-
mitting a written request therefore after reviewing the staff report
547949 CGS 1/20/05


This request Includes the delivery and
installation of sheet piling wing
walls on a water control structure
on District Canal 2 North of SR-80
in Glades County, Florida.
Plans, specifications, and related ma-
terial may be obtained from the of-
fice of Johnson-Prewitt and Asso-
dciates, Inc. 850 W. Ventura Ave.,
Clewlston, Florida 33440.
The owner reserves the right to hold
all proposals for sixty (60) days
and to reject any or all proposals
with or without cause, to waive
technical errors and Informalities or
to accept the bid In Its judgment
best serves the owner,
Ralph W. NIcholson
General Manager
548008 CGS 01/20/05


Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a
breeze


LEGAL NOTICE
The City of South Bay, Palm Beach
County, Florida will hold an election
at City Hall Commission Cham-
bers, 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South
Bay, Florida on March 8, 2005 for
the purpose of election g three Com-
missioners to the City Commis-
sion.
The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m.
to 7:00 p.m. on March 8, 2005.
Books will be closed according to
Florinda Statutes (F.S.97.055) on
Monday, February 7, 2005 (02-07-
2005).
Deadline for qualifying for the office
of the City Commission will be
12:00 noon, Tuesday, February 8,
2005 (02-08-2005).
If a run off election is held it will be
held March 22, 2005 at City Hall
Commission Chambers, 335 SW
2nd Avenue, South Bay, Florida.
Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to
7:00 p.m. Books will be closed
Monday, February 22, 2005.
Those wishing to file as a candidate
must be a legal resident of the City
and a qualified electorate of the
City.
547515 CGS 1/20 27/05


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
OF LANDOWNERS OF
SUGARLAND DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Notice Is hereby given that pursuant
to call of the Board of Supervisors
of Sugarland Drainage District, and
In accordance with Chapter 298,
Florida Statutes 1941, and law am-
dendatory thereto, the Annual
Meeting of Landowners of Sugar-
land Drainage District, for the year
2004, will be held at the office of
Hilliard Brothers of Florida, Ltd.,
5500 Flaghole Road, Clewiston,
Florida on Thursday, January 20,
2005 at 5:00 P.M., for the purpose
of:
1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a
term of three (3) years.
2. Receiving annual reports and
taking such action with respect
thereto as the landowners may
determine.
3. Transacting such other business
as may properly come before the
meeting.
Additionally, this notice advises that,
if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Sugarland.
Drainage District Board of Super-
visors, with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, he will
need a record of the proceedings
and that, for such purpose, he may
need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
Board of Supervisors
Sugadrand Drainage District
By: Joe Madin Hilliard
President
546694 CGS 1/13,20/05



NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
The Area Housing Commission of
Clewiston, LaBetle and Hendry
County will hold the Regular
Monthly Meeting on Thursday.Jan-
y at 5:00 P.M. at The
Greentree South Community 1700
.SR 29 South LaBelle, Florida,
Hendry County.
The purpose of the meeting is to
conduct the general business and
consider any other matter that may
be brought before the Housing
Commission. Any person or per-
sons wishing to appeal any eci-
slon made at such meeting must
ensure that a verbatim record is
made upon which the appeal is to
be based.
The meeting will include any busi-
ness before the "Hendry County
Non-Profit Housing, Inc.".
Easton Burchard,
Executive Director
Area Housing Commission
547988 CB/CGS 1/20/05



NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS
OF LANDOWNERS OF
FLAGHOLE DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that pursuant
to call of the Board of Supervisors
of Flaghole Drainage District, and in
accordance with Chapter 298, Flor-
ida Statutes 1941, and law amen-
datory thereto, the Annual Meeting
of Landowners of Flaghole Drain-
age District, for the year 2004, will
be held at the office of Hilllard
Brothers of Florida, Ltd., 5500
Flaghole Road, Clewiston, Florida
on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at
4:30 P.M., for the purpose of:
1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a
term of three (3) years.
2. R5,.:-ing annual reports and
t1ing u.:n action with respect
thereto as the landowners may
determine.
3. Transacting such other business
as may property come before the
meeting.
Additionally, this notice advises that,
if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Flaghole
Drainage District of Supervisors,
with respect to any matter consid-
ered athis meeting, he will need a
record of the proceedings and that,
for such purpose, he may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the
Proceedings is made, which record
Sncludes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Board of Supervisors
Flaghole Drainage District
By: Joe Marlin Hilliard
President
546662 CGS 1/12,19/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice is hereby given that Fer-
guson Towing will sell at public
Auction, free from all prior liens,
the following vehicles that remain
unclaimed in storage with charges
unpaid, pursuant to Florida statutes
713.78, to the highest bidder at
12065 Lake Shore, Canal Pont, FL
33438 on January 31, 2005 at
9:00 a.m.
1989 Buick White 2-Door
Vin #2G4WB14TOK1461670
547204 CGS 1/20,27/05


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Barron Water Control District will
receive sealed proposals until
11:30 AM on February 10, 2005,
local time, at the District Office,
3025 Dellwood Terrace, Port La-
Belle, LaBelle, Florida 33935, at
which time the proposals will be
publicly opened and read aloud.


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Over $500,000 in Florida Resident Bonus Cash has been authorized for
distribution to Florida residents.
If you do not respond during the event dates below, your Florida Resident
Bonus Cash will be forfeited and awarded to the next customer.
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Fleet Liquidators Of America, Inc. has been retained by Eddie Accardi Chrysler Jeep Dodge to sell off
millions of dollars worth of new and used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. To ensure the immediate disposal
of these vehicles, OUR U.S. MARKETING HEADQUARTERS GUARANTEES A FULL BUY BACK OF
YOUR CURRENT VEHICLE AT 10% OR $2,000 OVER N.A.D.A. BOOK VALUE* for your vehicle on trade.
BONUS: Bring the FLORIDA RESIDENT BONUS VOUCHER below and
receive $2,140 Off# any used vehicle during this event.


EDDIE ACCARDI

CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE
4224 Hwy. 441 S. Okeechobee
Toll Free: 1-866-530-2998


Bring your trade, title or payment book and all
decision makers. Deals cannot be held over.
This event will not be extended.




Wednesday, Jan. 19 9am 9pm
Thursday, Jan. 20 9am 9pm
Friday, Jan. 21 9am- 9pm
Saturday, Jan. 22 9am 6pm


All prior sales excluded. All offers on approved credit. All vehicles plus tax, tag, title & fees. *Trade in allowance will be based on the
lesser of 10% or $2,000 over NADA loan value. Deductions from allowance may be made for equipment failure, body or interior
damage, reconditioning costs and/or excessive mileage. Only one trade-in accepted per purchase. Vehicles with lien amounts exceeding
ACV may require a supplemental fee. #Bonus voucher off vehicle sales price 2004 G&A Marketing, Inc.


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