June 14, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 The Cohen Chiropractic Group, PA241 S.E. 1 st St. Belle Glade, FL (Behind CVS) 561-996-9936 GladesInjuryCenter.comBACK PAIN? NECK PAIN? ACCIDENTS? 14.15 feetLast Year: 11.77 feet Lake Levels Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level STEM program Camp Invention taking place at GES ... Page 6 District wants to increase water See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper. bellegladesun.com Thursday, June 14, 2018 Vol. 92 Number 24 50 Corps seeks on EAA reservoir ... Page 5 By Chris FelkerThe Sun What we do is save lives every day, Mark Casale, vice president of philanthropy for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (BGC), told Belle Glade city commissioners bluntly last month, offering his own life as an example. Mr. Casale gave a presentation at their meeting May 21 as part of his push to get more donors on board supporting the $10 million Smith & Moore Family Teen Center thats being built in the city. Ground was broken April 18 for the new building, which will be constructed next to a gymnasium at 350 S.W. 10th St. that Palm Beach County had donated, along with the land it sits on, to the BGC. The gym is currently being used as the BGC teen center. I want to rst thank Mayor (Steve) Wilson, the city manager, the deputy city manager and commissioners for the partnership that you have with the Boys and Girls Club here in Belle Glade, he said. We have a wonderful 13,000-square-foot facility going up here in Belle Glade ... We also have six school sites Boys & Girls Clubs seeks support The Sun/ Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach CountyAn architects rendering shows what the new Smith & Moore Family Teen Center in Belle Glade will look like (building at left). By Chris FelkerThe Sun PAHOKEE The Pahokee City Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday night approved moving forward with two projects long anticipated by city residents at large, but especially by people living in and near Glades Citizens Villa. That community will see the start of stormwater improvements that have been planned for years and were nanced through a state legislative appropriation during lawmakers 2017 session. City commissioners unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the major to execute the stormwater improvement project agreement with Weekley Asphalt Paving Inc. of Southwest Ranches, at a cost of about $635,000, and issue the contractor a notice to proceed. City Manager Chandler Williamson explained: This particular project will provide some much-improved solutions to some of the stormwater issues over there and, in addition, repave all of the streets in this community. Weve talked about it extensively here in this chamber and in the community; the residents have asked many times when the projCity OKs stormwater, marina projects By Katrina ElskenThe Sun On June 7, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-18th District) called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cease discharges from Lake Okeechobee until the water quality is deemed safe or an imminent threat to life exists. Rep. Mast also invited the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works (who overseas the Army Corps) to tour the 18th Congressional District of Florida to see the damage being brought onto us by these discharges. Congressman Masts letter states, Nutrient buildup in Lake Okeechobee is known to have caused harmful algal blooms in our waterways following discharges from the lake. However, studies done by Florida Atlantic University found most of the nutrient load that fed the massive 2016 Treasure Coast Algae Bloom came not from the lake water, but from the local basin runoff. While the freshwater from the lake decreased the salinity in the coastal estuaries, it was lower in phosphorus and nitrogen content than the basin runoff. For example, the runoff into the C-44 canal was more than two times higher in phosphorus than the water released from Lake Okeechobee. The University of Florida Water Institute study also found that most of the excess phosphorus and nitrogen are coming from the local basin not the lake discharges. Two small algae blooms have been reportRep. Mast calls for halt to lake dischargesSee PROJECTS Page 4 See LAKE Page 4 See CLUBS Page 4
2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 14, 2018 District wants to increase water ow southBy Katrina ElskenINI Florida The South Florida Water Management District is using all of the tools in the box to deal with the runoff from Mays record-breaking rainfall. Water levels throughout the district which is made up of 16 counties in South Florida are very high after record-breaking rainfall in May, SFWMD spokesman Randy Smith said at a news conference in West Palm Beach on Friday. Lake Okeechobee has risen to the level that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers institut ed discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries on June 1, he continued. We know there is not a silver bullet, he said. There is not one single solution that will stop releases from Lake Okeechobee, but over the long term the district is making steady progress on ecosystem restoration projects that will reduce the need for these harmful re leases in the future. Water managers here at the district are looking for operational renements to move more water from Lake Okeechobee south in stead of having it going east and west to the estuaries, he said. We are working closely with our state and our federal partners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Were looking for any and all exibility within the regional water management sys tem, he said. Its unfortunate the releases are being made so early in the wet season, said SFW MD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. The decision has not been made lightly. This is the third year in a row that Mother Nature has dealt us a bad hand, he said, May brought us 300 percent of normal rainfall. It actually set a record for the month of May over the past four weeks. He said the district has asked the Department of the Interior for permission to open all of the S-12 water control structures to move more water out of Water Conservation Area 3-A into Everglades National Park. We have asked them to raise the operating level of the L-29 Canal near the Tamiami Trail, he added. We have asked for the construction that is currently going on in the south part of the system to be wrapped up. All of this is being done so we can send more water south, he said. The Tamiami Trail from Tampa to Miami acts as a dam, bisecting the Everglades from coast to coast. The S-12 water control structures send water under the trail to Everglades National Park. Since the rainy season started, two of the structures, the S-12A and S-12B, have been closed to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable sea sparrow, an endangered species. The SFWMD cannot move water through those structures without the consent of the Department of the Interior. Under current policy, the structures must stay closed until July 15. Opening the S-12A and S-12B structures would double the ow south, according to Mr. Smith. A and B combined is an additional 800-1,000 cfs. Opening these two triggers other possible structure openings to allow even more ow south, he explained. Mr. Mitnik said the district continues to move forward with projects such as the C-43 and C-44 reservoirs and the Lake Hicpochee storage project, as well as the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir. They also want to develop a well injection program for Lake Okeechobee. Deep well injection would send excess water down into the boulder zone, in effect sending it to tide by going straight down instead of east or west. Just as with water sent to tide through the estuaries, this freshwater could not be recovered for later use, but using deep well injection could help save the estuaries from the damage of harmful excess freshwater discharges. Were also coordinating with landowners to hold as much water as they can for as long as they can, he added. We have many efforts to remedy the unintended consequences of the Central and Southern Flood Control system, explained Ava Valdez, Everglades Policy Division director. We have well-established partnerships with ranchers as well as citrus growers in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed, the St. Lucie Watershed as well as the Caloo sahatchee, she continued. Some projects are passive in that they hold water back from ever reaching the lake or the estuaries. Others are active, in that they pump water onto their own property and hold it there. These partnerships create about 54,000 acre-feet of storage, she said. This storage is at about 75 percent capacity as the result of the May rains. The partnerships will be operational throughout the wet season, she said. Terrie Bates, Water Resources Division director, addressed the concerns about reports of algae blooms in the lake and other bodies of water. She said most of the freshwater runoff in the coastal estuaries came from the local basins, which received heavy rainfall in May, before the lake releases started. About a half-million acres discharges through C-43 watershed on the west coast to the estuaries, she explained. In April and early May, some lake water was released to the Caloosahatchee River to benet that system, because there wasnt enough rainfall to maintain the desired salinity balances. When the rains started in May, those lake releases stopped. From May 29 to June 4, the estuaries received an average ow of 3,654 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the local basin and an average of 1,901 cfs from the lake, she explained. On the east coast, the story is similar. There are multiple basins that all drain to the estuary regardless of what comes from Okeechobee, she said. The tremendous amount of discharge from the local basins coming in turned that estuarys salinity to completely fresh even be fore the lake releases started. Proportionally, the impact of the discharg es coming from the lake is comparatively small, she said. Blue-green algae blooms are on everyones minds, she continued. The television news stations are showing images of the 2016 algae blooms. Thats not what we have out there today, she added. The Florida Department of Environmental Regulation samples and tests algae blooms, she said. So far two small blooms have shown very, very low levels of toxins less than 1 part per billion. (Levels over 10 parts per bil lion are considered a health concern, accord ing to the World Health Organization.) Even though you may be seeing visible blue-green algae, its not always toxic, she explained. The district is continuing to sample water across Lake Okeechobee, she said. Hurricane Irma caused numerous prob lems across the lake in regards to nutrient lev el and turbidity, Ms. Bates said. Using satellite images, they monitor the conditions on the Big O. She said they have very clear images of Lake Okeechobee. We really are not seeing any bloom conditions across the lake in June. Weve got a long, hot summer to get through, she warned, There is no crystal ball to tell us if there is going to be a bloom or not. Concentrations of algae along the shore line do not mean there is a bloom, she added, because algae is buoyant and the wind will cause it to accumulate along the shore. A continuing series TRUTH Restoration project to restore wetlands north of lakeSpecial to INI Florida WEST PALM BEACH The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on Thursday, June 7, presented the Wa ter Resources Analysis Coalition (WRAC) members with the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project. This innovative and game-changing project will use the latest science and tech nology to address a number of water man agement and environmental concerns for the entire region now and in the future, said SFWMD Governing Board member and WRAC facilitator Brandon Tucker. This TSP will reduce harmful releases to the northern estuaries, benet lake ecology, protect en dangered and threatened species and im prove water supply.. SFWMD and USACE will hold a public meeting for landowners in the project area on Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. at the Wil liamson Center of Indian River State College in Okeechobee.
June 14, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 C4OPE forum set June 14Hanley Foundation will hold a Project C4OPE (Connect for Overdose Prevention and Education) forum on Thursday, June 14, from 6:30 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Highway in Belle Glade. Meetings are free and open to the public with advance reservations by visiting www.hanleyfoundation.org/project-c4ope/ or call 561-268-2357.\Legal Aid workshopThe Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County will present a free workshop on Fair Housing and Tenant Rights on Friday, June 15, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Clarence E. Anthony Library Branch, 375 SW 2nd Ave. in South Bay. Topics to be discussed include: overview of fair housing laws, overview of landlord/tenant laws. Please RSVP by calling Amy Pettway, Esq. at 561-655-8944 ext. 217, or by e-mail at email@example.comCriminal Justice AcademyThe public is invited to attend the Glades Citizens Criminal Justice Academy. Sessions will be held on Mondays, June 18, 25, July 2 from 5:30 8:30 p.m., at the Belle Glade Library/Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St. in Belle Glade. The classes are free, and dinner will be served. Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome. For information and to apply, visit www.pbcgov.org/criminaljustice, call 561355-4943, or email at RMurray@pbcgov.orgPATCH meeting set June 19The Glades PATCH will meet on Tuesday, June 19, at 9 10:45 a.m. at The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Ave. C in Belle Glade. The public is invited to attend.Amplied phones distributedFlorida Communications Relay, Inc. will distribute free amplied phones to persons with hearing loss on Thursday, June 21, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the CL Brumback Primary Care Clinic, 941 SE 1st St. in Belle Glade. To receive a phone, please bring the following with you: Florida Drivers License, Florida State ID, Florida Voters Card. 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Other team members are Jerry Rothman, St. Lucie County Sheriffs Ofce; Keith Riddick, Florida Department of Law Enforcement; and Jeff White, Rockledge Police Department. Once the commissions assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. The PBSOs accreditation is for three years. Verication by the team that the ofce meets the commissions standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The PBSOs was initially accredited by CFA in 2000, and received reaccredited status in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012. In 2015, the sheriffs ofce was awarded accreditation with Excelsior status, representing 15 years of professionalism and excellence in law enforcement. This assessment represents the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Ofces rst re-accreditation as an Excelsior agency. Accreditation team invites public comments about PBSO Special to The Sun Fun Fathers Day cards: Get ceative with the Librarys supplies and your imagination to create the perfect gift on Thursday, June 14, at 2 p.m. For all ages. (60 minutes) LEGO Bricks: Build imagine and play with the Librarys LEGO bricks on Friday, June 15, at 1 p.m. Ages 4 and up. (45 min utes) Singalong Story & Craft: Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown, by Eric Litwin: Color a rock star guitar to dance and sing along as the story is read on Wednesday, June 16, at 10:15 a.m. Ages 4-6. (45 minutes) Geo-Bingo: Name That Country: Test your geography knowledge, win prizes and make a blue craft in celebration of World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. Ages 7 & up. (60 minutes) The Belle Glade Branch Library is located at 725 NW 4th St. in Belle Glade. For infor mation, call 561-996-3453. Belle Glade Branch Library Happenings Special to The Sun PALM BEACH COUNTY Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Chelsea Washington, aka Chelsea Isaac, 28, black, female, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 105 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. Her last known address was on Northeast 21st Street in Belle Glade. Washington is wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for battery. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-458TIPS. Crime Stoppers Chelsea Washington Sun Spots Special to The Sun The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department announced the release of its 2017 annual water quality reports for both the eastern and western communities on Friday, June 8. As evidenced by the reports, which are available online at pbcwater.com by clicking on the Water Quality tab at the top of the page, the department incurred no violations during the 2017 calendar year. The reports feature results from more than 80,000 laboratory tests of the county utilities drinking water. The test results are summarized in easy-to-read charts, which explain to residents where their water comes from, how the water is treated and disinfected and whom they can contact for more information. Printed copies of the reports are also available via mail. Anyone who would like a printed copy may request one by calling 561-493-6068. The department serves approximately 590,000 residents with drinking water, re claimed water and wastewater services. To nd the most up-to-date information concerning the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Departments distribution and waste water collection systems, follow the depart ment on Facebook and Twitter @PBCWUD. Water Utilities Dept releases Water Quality reports
4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 14, 2018 Special to The Sun Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is hosting a school supply and backpack drive to benet club children and keep them on track for academic success. The National Retail Federation estimates families will spend an average of $668 on needed back-to-school supplies and cloth ing an amount many low-income families cant afford. Every year, Boys & Girls Clubs works with community partners to send disadvantaged children to school prepared with the supplies they need to succeed. From now until Friday, July 27, anyone in the community may donate school supplies or host a supply and backpack drive in their neighborhood or ofce. Donations of gift cards to ofce supply stores or retail vendors are also welcomed and will be used by the clubs to purchase needed supplies from school-issued lists. Suggested supplies include backpacks, composition books (wide rule), spiral notebooks, construction paper, copy paper, pencils, pens, color pencils and markers, crayons, highlighters, Post-It notes, glue sticks, tape rolls, student scissors and other ofce supplies. The drop-off location in the Belle Glade area is at the Teen Center, 350 S.W. 10th St. in Belle Glade. For information, visit www.bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287. About Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Founded in 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is a 501(c)(3) not-forprot youth development organization dedi cated to promoting the educational, vocation al, health, leadership and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing environment. Thirteen Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County serve more than 8,500 children ages 6-18. In addition to a safe, fun and con structive alternative to being home alone, the clubs offer a variety of award-winning devel opmental programs to help youth build skills, self-esteem and values during critical periods of growth. For more information, visit www. bgcpbc.org or call 561-683-3287. Boys & Girls Clubs hosts school supply & backpack drive that many of you probably are not aware of, that is a feeder system to our Belle Glade teen center. We see about 1,700 kids every single day, ages 6 on up to 18 years of age, and we basically save lives. And for a mo ment, I just want to make it personal. Im one of those individuals! Mr. Casale said. He explained that while growing up years ago in Union, N.J., he was a club member who got in trouble. I hung out there with the wrong crowd at the time, and was sus pended along with two other boys, he said. There was a list of things that we had to do to be able to get back in ... well, the other two gentlemen were never allowed back in, and I was. And fast-forward, ve years later: Unfortunately, had I hung with those two individuals ... well, they both overdosed on drugs within a six-month period and I went on to graduate college. So the Boys and Girls Club literally saved my life at that time. And that brings me to why were here today, to talk about our teen center. Mr. Casale explained how the lead $1 million gift from former Palm Beach Mayor Lesly Smith and her daughter, Danielle Moore, two years ago started the campaign. From a year ago, when they had around $2 million total, to now, their fundraising has netted $6.2 million, including another million that Ms. Smith and Ms. Moore gave. Theres also a challenge grant pending, for which the clubs need to raise another $1 million to receive the same amount as a match. So they have invested $2 million into the Belle Glade community. We all should be very proud of that and honor them, he added. Its all through the hard work of Jaene (Miranda, the CEO of BGC) and our staff that this has been able to happen. He asked the commissioners and audience for their continued help. So I am here a little bit with my salesmans hat on ... so if anybody has any ideas, any relationships that we might be able to benet from, were all in this together. The new building, which will be connected to the gym by a covered walkway and ramp, will also have security. We really want our parents and participating students to feel like theyre walking into a state-of-the-art center, a controlled, safe environment with locked doors. Cars are going to be checked; only members are going to be allowed in, he said. Mr. Casale went on to show a short video they produced, all the while describing the facilities it will include. The downstairs will have a kitchen that will be used as a culinary training center; it will also feature separate rooms for a social hall, STEM, academics and technology centers and a game room; upstairs will be rooms dedicated as music and video, visual arts, performing arts and career readiness centers, along with an atrium looking down into the game room. Well have a career opportunities pro gram where, were talking about children who might not be able to go to college for a four-year degree, but they can go to a tech nical school, learn a trade, be it culinary, construction, painting (or something else), but also have academic programs that are geared toward kids who want to go to col lege and get a four-year degree, he added. Winding down his presentation, Mr. Ca sale concluded: If you walk away with one thing from tonight, just know that were helping 1,700-plus kids every single day, and then when we open this teen center last year we had 354 teens (served there) when we open the new teen center, well be able to be close to 1,000 teens. So again, I applaud all your efforts, I applaud your com mitment and support, and I look forward to working with you. Mayor Wilson summed up: Ill tell you what, commissioners: That Boys and Girls Club is going to be a nice project! Can you imagine, years from now, what this facility will do for our kids? CLUBSContinued From Page 1 ect will start; and this agreement now allows for ... mobilization and the commencement of this project. He cautioned commissioners and the audience, however, that it is not a long-term project, but it will take 60 to 90 days to get through this project before we see any real results for this community. Mr. Williamson asked that residents of that area be patient. We have anticipated that weather will play a signicant role. When it rains, theres no construction work going on, so that day will be a missed day of construction, he said, adding: We have to continue educating our residents that even though projects will come off the shelf, theres a timeline and a gap that we have to account for thats unforeseen, and thats for weather and other issues that may occur. And so theres never an exact end date on a project. Mr. Williamson said that general contractors never give a nishing date but that issuing the notice to proceed means they have a certain number of days, once you (commissioners) agree to this tonight, that they must begin mobilization. We are very excited to see this project begin in Glades Citizens Villa. Also, the City Commission unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute the campground and marina paving and parking lot reconstruction agreement between A. Genesis Construction LLC and the city. Said Mr. Williamson: This is an agreement ... to provide them the commencement (notice to proceed) of the parking lot renovations at the entire marina area. That includes the public side where the marina is located, the restaurant, conference room, etc. He told commissioners that their agenda packet provided detailed denitions of what A. Genesis Construction will be doing. Most of it will be restriping. They will be providing a new paved road on the public side where the public park is designated. They will be creating some additional parking in other ar eas of the marina as well, so overall they will be providing us a much-needed facelift for the parking improvements within this entire project for the marina. The striping, paving and gravel-laying work is part of the $1.2 million overall ren ovation project at the campground, marina and restaurant along the Lake Okeechobee waterfront, also nanced by a state legislative appropriation. The work was to be complet ed by June 30, but several component proj ects will take longer, Mr. Williamson has said. PROJECTSContinued From Page 1 ed on Lake Okeechobee since the releases started. Both had very low levels of toxins at less than 1 part per billion. The World Health Organization considers levels about 10 parts per billion to be a health concern. It is my understanding that the recent round of discharges from Lake Okeechobee, which began on June 1, 2018, were initiated prior to any determination of the quality of water being released. While water quality testing is currently ongoing on the state lev el, I cannot fathom why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would see t to discharge mas sive amounts of water into our community without knowing, with certainty, whether the water was safe especially since there is no immediate risk of ooding or dike failure, Congressman Mast wrote. Therefore, I request that, as a matter of policy, the Army Corps tests and publicly reports the water quality prior to authorization of discharges. Moreover, I request that the current discharges cease immediately until the water quality is deemed safe or an imminent threat to life exists. On June 8, community leaders Janet Taylor of Glades Lives Matter and Tammy Jackson-Moore of Guardians of the Glades jointly released the following statement regarding Congressman Brian Masts irresponsible request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt the life-saving discharges from Lake Okeechobee and to expose Glades communities to risk of dike failure: Congressman Masts request of the Army Corps is extremely dangerous and puts thousands of lives at risk. The safety of the people living south of Lake Okeechobee in the Glades communities is non-negotiable. The political decision to risk our communities is reprehensible. It was only last year that Hurricane Irma struck our area and a mandatory evacuation was ordered due to concerns over the Herbert Hoover Dikes integrity. Until that project is complete, we cannot take any chances especially for Congressman Masts own political expediency of letting the dike fail. Congressman Mast and his coastal neighbors benet from ood protection, and yet he is trying to deny us the same protection. In the future, we hope that Congressman Mast will think twice about playing politics with our lives and safety before making such a dangerous request. According to the U.S. Army Corps of En gineers, releases to the coastal estuaries are designed to help prevent the lake from rising above the level deemed safe for the earth en Herbert Hoover Dike. Flow into the lake is many times the available ow out of the lake even if all of the water control structures were open. There is no way to quickly re lease enough water to signicantly lower the level of the lake in an emergency. One inch on the big lake is equal to 12 billion gallons of water. LAKEContinued From Page 1
June 14, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Reections from the PulpitI dont agree, but....!The Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston One of the former church leaders for whom I worked with at the beginning of my ministry said, Everyone knows how to do my job better than I do, and the most amaz ing part of it is that theyve all been around here less than ve years! We all got the point. Ive worked with people who have come to a new job full of ideals and mean well, and then begin to see what they think of as shortcomings in the ways things are done. Ive been a newcomer to posts that Ive held; I like to ask: What did the person before me do on this job? Maybe I can learn from what he did and avoid mistakes; but rst I must see how things ran and what it takes to do what is required. After a while, maybe I can make some constructive comments but only after get ting the big picture or sharing in the whys and wherefores of what is going on. Ive listened to lots and lots of criticisms of candidates; some of which I understand, others which seem moot, and some I nd irrelevant. Everyone seems to have a view on how the government should be run. Thats a job that few have held but many are critical. Church leadership, likewise, often comes with suggestions from people who are well-meaning but not always aware of how things have come to be. Ive always attempted to take time to explain the ratio nale behind a project or practice, or refer people to someone that might have a better answer than I can give. I recall a complaint from someone about a change in church services; she liked the old language and the old ways of doing things. I explained as best could but I also knew some of the persons who helped design the new services and suggested she contact them. I also told her that I didnt know all of the reasons for the change; but I knew some of the people involved and knew that they loved and cared for the church. She wrote them and told me of the beautiful letter of reply that she received. We continued with a new service but also with a new respect and understanding. It was a time of transition; something that comes with each job change, each change in government, each change in churches, each change in families. My hope is that we ask What has worked? and Can we really offer something better? Sometimes Yes and sometimes No but lets nd out before we throw out the baby with the bathwater! Criticisms are not new! One classic is found in the Old Testament and caused me to smile as I read about what went on those many years ago and what happens today. My namesake, Samuel, is told by the elders of Israel, You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us like other nations. (1 Samuel 8:4). Samuel had left leadership to his sons who were judges, but they didnt make the elders happy with their judgments. Going from tribal governance to kingship was a big step for Gods people, and Samuel was distraught. His prayers brought an answer from God: Hearken to the voice of the people in all that they say, for they have not rejected you but they have rejected me from being king over them ( chapter 4, verse 7). Samuel goes to those who were asking for a king and tells them what their wish will mean to their lives: a reign over them, requiring their children to serve his commanders, make his implements of war, redistribute their property, require taxes from them, and limit their freedom (vss. 10-18). Nevertheless they told Samuel, No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations and that our king govern us and go before us and ght our battles (vss 19-20). Samuel carried their wish to the Lord, and He said, Hearken to their voice and make them a king (v.22) Saul will become the rst king of Isra el and not without challenges and dissent along the way. He is anointed by Samuel and told, You shall reign over the people of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their enemies round about (1 Samuel 10:1). A change has brought a new way of do ing things; it has not solved all of the past problems, but kingship has brought unity that was needed in the face of the problems of his day that former leadership could not solve. The nation continues to survive today; other leadership changes have happened over the centuries, and not all of the nal goals for Gods kingdom have been reached. Samuel listened, he disagreed but he went ahead and did what God called him to do. I can think back, too, on some of the people with whom I have disagreed but from whom I have learned things. I hope that I continue to listen astutely to others; whether or not I agree with them. They may have something important to say to me. God works through others, even the most disagreeable and most unpopular in my eyes. Not my will but ....thy will be done... and maybe I am being called to share in His will even when I think otherwise! Corps seeks public comment on EAA reservoir Seeking leggings and ip-opsThe Rape Crisis Unit at Abuse Counseling & Treatment is seeking donations of new or gently used leggings and new ip-ops of any size to provide women who have been survivors of sexual violence. Their goal is to collect 50 pair of leggings and 50 pairs of ip-ops in the month of June. Drop-off location is the LaBelle United Way House, 133 N. Bridge St. in LaBelle. Please be sure to say the donation is for the Rape Crisis Center. For information, call 239-433-7559.Unmet Needs Coalition meetings scheduled in Hendry CountyDo you have unmet needs resulting from Hurricane Irma and have exhausted all other resources? Contact the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition (HGUNC) to nd out what support may be available for you and your family. Contact: Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition Coordinator Terri Miazga at 813-892-5021, e-mail at email@example.com or c/o LaBelle United Way House 133 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, FL 33935 Nonprots representatives and other interested parties who want to help Hendry and Glades County residents with unmet needs are invited to the meetings to be held on Friday, July 6, at 1 p.m. and Friday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 331 West Osceola Ave. in Clewiston. Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is accepting public com ments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the South Florida Water Management District Section 203 Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) and Stormwater Treatment Area study. Comments will be accepted through July 24. The corps has prepared a draft EIS to evaluate and document potential environ mental effects of the SFWMDs proposed plan in accordance with the National Envi ronmental Policy Act. The draft EIS uses information from SF WMDs environmental analysis which has been incorporated into the study as an ap pendix. We continue to advance our environmental review of the South Florida Water Management Districts EAA storage reser voir study, said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. The EAA Reservoir will provide storage that creates benecial exibility in South Florida water management. The draft EIS is available online at: www. saj.usace.army.mil/SFWMDEAAReservoir. Comments will be accepted through July 24 and can be sent electronically to: EAAReservoir@usace.army.mil, or mailed to: Stacie Auvenshine, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019. The corps is scheduling a series of public meetings to provide interested individuals with the opportunity to provide public comments on the environmental review of the study. It is anticipated that the meetings will be held the week of June 25. Additional information will be available once venues are conrmed. Public participation is essential in advancing our efforts further and we encourage all interested individuals to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and provide their input, said Col. Kirk. Col. Kirk also addressed recent Lake Okeechobee discharges, advising that the releases are necessary to reduce risk to peo ple living and working around the lake. We will continue to use LORS (Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule) as our guide to manage the lake with safety as the paramount consideration, said Col. Kirk. We recognize the risks of the potential for a hurricane-driven 3-4 feet increase in lake stage that could occur within a week of landfall. We cant delay releases until a storm is imminent. As part of the EAA Reservoir environmental review process, an initial scoping period was conducted to solicit public input on the corps development of the EIS for the SFWMDs EAA storage reservoir study. Public comments were accepted through April 30. A matrix of the comments received during this time is included within the draft EIS. Furthermore, comments received on this draft EIS will also be incorporated within the matrix upon development of the nal EIS. There are two ongoing concurrent pro cesses as part of the required federal actions on the SFWMDs Section 203 EAA southern reservoir study. There is the current environmental re view of the SFWMDs study by the Jackson ville District, and a simultaneous review by the administration. Section 203 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 autho rizes non-federal interests to undertake fea sibility studies of proposed water resource development projects for submission direct ly to the secretary of the Army. The SFWMD submitted their study to the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works on March 30, 2018. Congressional approval of this plan will result in a post-authorization change report to modify features within the Central Ever glades Planning Project, which was autho rized as a federal project by Congress in 2016. Additional information on the SFWMDs EAA storage reservoir study is available on their website at: https://www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/ cerp-project-planning/eaa-reservoir.
6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 14, 2018 Special to The Sun WEST PALM BEACH Students entering kindergarten, seventh grade or registering for school in Palm Beach County for the rst time must receive vaccinations and provide a Florida Certication of Immunization (DH 680 form) to the school upon registration. Vaccinations for students entering kindergarten or any grade as a new student in the county: Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP) four or ve doses (fth dose not required if fourth dose administered at age 4 or older) Hepatitis B (Hep B) three doses Polio (OPV or IPV) three, four or ve doses (the last one after age 4) Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) two doses Varicella two doses or provide verication of chickenpox disease history In addition to the K-12 vaccines, students entering seventh grade must have: Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis booster (Tdap) one dose If a student is currently enrolled in Palm Beach County schools and entering the seventh grade, an updated DH 680 must be pro vided prior to the start of school. Vaccinations and the DH 680 form are available through local medical providers and physicians, Florida Health Palm Beach County Health Centers or the Florida Health Palm Beach County School Health Division. Vaccinations are also available through the Florida Health Palm Beach County Im munization Van. For a list of dates and times for the van, call 561-840-4568. Be sure to bring your childs current immunization re cords when receiving vaccines. Dont wait, vaccinate: Immunizations needed for school WWW.HRMC.US|863-983-3000 FULL SERVICE DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY Special to The Sun Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprot summer enrichment camp pro gram, is coming to Gove Elementary School (GES) for multiple sessions from until July 5. Please see campinvention.org for details. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Ofce, Camp Invention challenges children in grades K-6 to nd their inner inventor by learning the process of innovation. Us ing hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging environment. Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of the nations most brilliant inventors the NIHF inductees. This years Fast Forward curriculum features several video challenges from these inductees encouraging children to be condent in their ideas and explore their innovativeness. These hands-on activities include: Optibot: Campers will launch into the future with their own Optibot a small self-driving robot that senses changes in light. Robotic Pet Vet: Throughout this module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health and design and build dog parks as they hammer out ideas for the best park attraction. Mod My Mini Mansion: Campers will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home lled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations! Stick To It: Campers will invent something new every day as they explore what it is like to be a physicist, engineer and entrepreneur. Young innovators will invent, make and craft solutions to real-world challenges by building their own prototypes and discovering that anything is possible. At the end of the program, each camper will bring home two personalized robots! Learn more about this years all-new curriculum. All local Camp Invention programs are facilitated and taught by certied educators who reside and teach in the community. Camp Invention serves more than 140,000 students every year and partners with nearly 1,700 schools and districts across the nation. For additional information or to nd a camp near you, visit campinvention.org.About Camp Invention: Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children entering kindergar ten through sixth grade to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum inspired by some of the worlds greatest inventors. Since 1990, our educa tion programs have served more than 1.3 million children, and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. Regional program spon sors include the United States Patent and Trademark Ofce. STEM program Camp Invention taking place at GES Special to The Sun ATLANTA Cheyenne Parchment of South Bay was named to the Presidents List at Georgia State University during the spring semester of 2018. To be eligible for the Presidents List, degree-seeking students must have earned a GPA of at least 4.0 for a minimum of nine semester hours of academic credit taken at Georgia State during the fall or spring term with no incompletes for the semester. Eligi ble students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all classes taken at Georgia State. Georgia State University, an enterprising urban public research university, is a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds. The student body of nearly 52,000 demonstrates that students from all backgrounds can achieve at high rates with unsurpassed connections to the citys business, government, nonprot and cultural organizations. Parchment named to Presidents List Special to The Sun Northland Community & Technical College is proud to announce that Maleek Mc Catty of Belle Glade graduated with its grad uating class of spring 2018. More than 560 students were recognized during NCTCs commencement ceremonies on May 10-11. Northland Community and Technical College grants certicates; diplomas; Asso ciate in Applied Science, Associate of Arts and/or Associate of Science degrees for the successful completion of each students respective program. Maleek McCatty graduated with an AA degree in liberal arts and sciences. McCatty receives AA degree Bridges at Pahokee and the Loula V. York Branch Library are collaborating on a Summer Reading Program for the parents of children who will be entering rst grade in 2018-2019. The Library calls this program Parent Power Hours as parents learn best practices to support their childs beginning reading skills. Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to attend fun activities in the childrens section and read stories with some very entertaining visitors (re ghters and community engagement deputies). Register today for this special Summer Reading Program, just for children graduating from kindergarten, through Bridges at Pahokee. Summer Reading Program will be held on Wednesdays, through July 8, at 5:30 p.m., at the Pahokee Library Meeting Room, 525 Bacom Point Road in Pahokee. For information or to sign up call Charlisa Anderson at 561-924-9224. Summer reading program held at Loula V York Library
June 14, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 15 MONTHCD SPECIAL 2.03%APY*$500 MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSIT 205 South WC Owen Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 983-6181 Fax: (863) 983-0607 CenterStateBank.com*Annual Percentage Yield National Testing Day is June 27Special to The Sun FoundCare Inc., a nonprot federally qualied health center, is offering free HIV tests at multiple locations throughout Palm Beach County in honor of National HIV Testing Day, June 27. This free event is designed to provide free rapid HIV tests, which are condential and non-evasive. A health-care professional will use a cheek swab during the painless pro cedure. Test results are nal within minutes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), more than 1 million people in the United States have HIV and one in seven of them dont know it. Every 12 minutes, a new infection occurs. In Palm Beach County, more than 8,200 peo ple, or one in every 170 residents, are living with HIV. The CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once as part of routine health care, but more at-risk individuals should be tested at least once a year. HIV treatment can keep individuals healthy for many years and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. Staying educated and getting tested are the two most powerful weapons against HIV. FoundCare offers HIV testing during normal business hours at their locations yearround, but the organization is bringing special attention to this important day of national observance. Appointments are available; however, walk-ins are always welcome. Rapid testing will be offered at the FoundCare located at 1500 N.W. Ave. L, Suite A, in Belle Glade from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. FoundCare will also be partnering with Walgreens, at 101 N. Main St. in Belle Glade, to offer free rapid testing on June 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. FoundCare, Inc. is a nonprot that offers pediatric and adult primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health services, dentistry, laboratory services and X-rays, and an on-site pharmacy, all in one location. FoundCare accepts most insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay on a sliding fee scale that is based on income and family size. For more information about FoundCare, call 561-HEALTHY (561-4325849) or visit www.foundcare.org. FoundCare Inc. offers free HIV testing in Belle Glade e Sun/Chris FelkerSouth Bay kids, seniors get a cool new rideJennifer Black of U.S. Sugar Corp. (right front) hands over the keys to a 2012 GMC Express passenger van to South Bay City Manager Leondrae Camel (left) on Thursday morning, June 7, at city hall. U.S. Sugar donated the used but well-maintained van, which seats 15, as a gift to benet the city Parks and Recreation Departments summer camp and senior program par ticipants. Mr. Camel said the kids and adults will be much happier and cooler traveling to eld trips and outings this summer, considering that they have been traveling on a bus without air conditioning. He called it a great gift for a city trying to serve its population with limited resources. Special to The Sun WEST PALM BEACH The Palm Beach County Property Appraisers Ofce announced the launch of the redesigned Property Appraiser Public Access (PAPA) website. PAPA is the number one go-to for all property records in Palm Beach County, and that has not changed, said Dorothy Jacks, property appraiser. The new design and site architecture is a perfect platform that will continue to be a vital resource of our outreach and education to the taxpayers and serve as a critical daily function for many businesses and organizations throughout the county, she said. Originally developed in 1994, the redesigned PAPA is immediate and friendly to users with a fresh, responsive and approachable design. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. There are a number of functions that will be most useful, but I particularly love the Nearby Sales Search, said Simon P. Isaacs of Property Matters in Boca Raton. The More Options tab allows users to search for sales in the area really well done. PAPA provides users with an array of online tools to help them get their questions answered, to gain an understanding of the function(s) of the Property Appraisers Ofce and to keep taxpayers informed about important notices and deadlines throughout the tax roll year. New features include: Improved navigation options, with more choices in drop-down menus An enhanced sales search function for real property and tangible personal property Introduction of MyPAPA, an application that allows you to personalize and lter your search results. To better engage visitors using multiple communication devices, PAPA uses a responsive design that meets user needs on desktop displays, smartphones (PAPA mo bile), laptop computers, ChromeBooks and tablet devices. To view the redesigned PAPA website, visit www.pbcgov.com/PAPA. Property Appraisers Ofce unveils website redesign
8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 14, 2018 By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee could face funding delays. While Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) R.D. James found the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir plan feasible, the review assessment submitted to the Ofce of Management and Budget also imposed conditions for implementation. I have determined that the project identied in the Integrated Feasibility Study and draft Environmental Impact Statement is feasible and fully recognize the importance of this project to the restoration of the Ever glades system, Mr. James wrote to South Florida Water Management District Execu tive Director Ernie Marks on May 30. I have simultaneously submitted my review assessment to the Ofce of Manage ment and Budget for clearance to subm it to Congress. My staff will keep you regularly informed of our progress to complete the clearance process and submit your study to Congress, he stated. The 86-page Review Assessment of the SFWMD Central Everglades Planning Project Post Authorization Change Report, Integrat ed Feasibility Study and Draft Environmental Impact Statement identied several tech nical, policy and legal concerns. From the geotechnical engineering perspective, a more robust design may be required to address all potential failure modes. The timing and ultimate delivery of project benets will be dependent on the State of Florida demonstrating compliance with water quality standards set forth in court rulings and agreed to by project stakeholders. The Jacksonville District is currently undertaking the federal responsibilities associated with preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the SFW MDs tentatively recommended plan. Until these issues are addressed, project benets might not be achieved as described in the 203 study, the executive summary states.The report questions whether the ad-ditional ows of water diverted from the northern estuaries are essential to the resto-ration of the Central Everglades. In a June 1 letter to Assistant Secretary James, SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico E. Fer-nandez and Mr. Marks expressed concerns that USACE Headquarters staff have laid the foundation for delay and avoidance of feder-al cost share. Despite congressional willing-ness to cost-share with the State of Florida, the review assessment reveals evidence that USACE staff seek opportunities to walk away from 18 years of congressional commitment to restore Americas Everglades.In response to the question of whether or not diverting lake ow now going to the coastal areas south, the water managers wrote, Water wasted to tide in the northern estuaries is THE water needed to restore the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of water within the Everglades system. We remain concerned the process will take too long to provide relief, especially considering the requirement to complete further validation reports. If not guided carefully by leaders such as yourself, the additional third step of a validation report could paralyze progress. Floridas economy depends on vibrant and healthy northern estuaries, restoration of Americas Everglades and a federal commitment to the same. To that end, the State of Florida will continue to seek that Congress direct the federal government to cost share this important restoration project, they wrote. The proposed EAA reservoir will hold 240,000 acre-feet of water. An acre-foot is the amount of water it takes to cover 1 acre of land 1 foot deep. On the same day SFWMD ofcials sent the response letter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releases to the C-44 Canal at Port Mayaca and the Franklin Lock at Moore Haven to attempt to offset some of the heavy ow entering Lake Okeechobee from northern runoff. Over the past seven days, ow into the lake has ranged from 4,976 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 7.293 cfs. Flow from the lake into the C-44 Canal at Port Mayaca has ranged from 794 cfs to 1,309 cfs. Flow into the Caloosahatchee Riv er at Moore Haven has ranged from 1,526 cfs to 3,996 cfs. In the past week, the lake level has risen from 14.14 feet to 14.22 ft. No water from the lake has been released south. South of the lake, all of the water con servation areas are a foot above regulation schedule or higher. Flow south under the Tamiami Trail has averaged around 1,000 cfs. Two of the S-12 water control struc tures, which could send more water south, are closed to protect the nesting ground of the endangered Cape Sable sea sparrow. Some algae blooms have been reported. These are common on the lake during the summer and are natural. Under certain con ditions, algae blooms can release toxins. On May 9, an algae bloom was report ed near the Pahokee marina. Florida De partment of Environmental Protection sam pled the bloom. No toxins were detected. On June 4, a small algae bloom was reported near Port Mayaca. FDEP took sam ples. No toxins were detected. On June 6, algae was reported at Oceanfront Park Beach in Palm Beach. On June 6, algae was also reported in the St. Lucie Canal. On June 6, algae was reported in the C-24 Canal in St. Lucie County. Lake featured on national TV showSpecial to INI Florida Lake Okeechobee was the site of the latest episode of BrushPile Fishing, a crappie-based shing show that is broadcast nation ally on the Pursuit Channel. This episode was presented by Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County (LORE) and featured BnM Poles Pro Staff Angler Whitey Outlaw alongside BrushPile host Russ Bailey as the two navigated a windy Lake Okeechobee in search of big crappie. The BrushPile Fishing episode was shown on the Pursuit Channel on Saturday, June 9. All episodes of the show can be found at BrushPile Fishings website, www.brushpileshing.com. BrushPile Fishing is a crappie-based shing show that follows host Russ Bailey as he travels from the Midwest to the Deep South in search of Americas greatest crappie lakes. In each episode, Russ is joined by a local guide or pro to get the inside scoop on how to best sh the lake, including pattern, technique and area secrets. Approaching each episode from an educational standpoint, Russ and his guest have plenty of organic opportunity to speak about the products that help them bring in big sh and big numbers. Whitey Outlaw is a native of St. Matthews, S.C., and is regarded as one of the top crappie sherman in the country. Having him and Russ in the same boat on Lake Okeechobee not only provided some great entertainment value but also a lot of educational tips and tricks on shing techniques on this lake. LORE would like to thank the partners who helped make this episode possible: Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, Belle Glade Lions Club, BMH Accounting, The Larry Royal Family Businesses and Discover the Palm Beaches. Special to INI Florida BrushPile Fishing featured a Lake Okeechobee episode on June 9. Federal funding for EAA reservoir could be delayed
June 14, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE TO BIDDERSThe City of Clewiston is accepting sealed bids until Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm for the following: POLICE DEPARTMENT BUILDING RENOVATION Bids based on any one part of the work will not be considered. Bidders will therefore confine their bids to the project in its entirety. The bidder will submit along with bid (a) Evidence that he or she is icensed to perform the work and services or qualified by examination or reciprocity to be so licensed and (b) a certified check or bid bond in the amount of five percent (5%) of the base bid as the guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the contract will, within seven (7) consecutive days after written notice be given of such award, enter into a written contract with the City of Clewiston in accordance with his or her accepted bid. The Bidder will submit payment and performance bonds satisfactory to the City of Clewiston, equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price, and wil submit other required documents as needed. Plans and specifications may be received electronically from the office of the Ar chitect, CPZ Architects, Inc., 4316 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, Florida 33317. Phone (954) 792-8525 or emal: michael@CPZarchitects.com. Please call or email twenty-four (24) hours in advance to order .pdf sets. Bidders will be required to provide an Emal Address and direct contact information in order for the architect to distribute documents. No Bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) days after the date set for opening of bids, A pre-bid conference will be held at Clewiston City Hall, located at 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440 at 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. It is strongly recommended that all Contractors planning to submit a bid attend this meeting, Sealed bid envelopes, containing two (2) copies of the bid, should be marked with the bid name and number and boldly marked SEALED BID. All sealed bids should be delivered to Clewiston City Hal, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clew iston, Florida 33440. Bids will be opened on or about 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Clewiston City Hall. This wil be a public bid opening. The City of Clewiston reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids, Al Perry, City Manager City of Clewiston, Florida SUPPLEMENT TO: NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Councl of Clewiston is seeking sealed bids for the following work as specified in Document 00 40 00 and 00 41 00. CITY OF CLEWISTON POLICE DEPARTMENT BUILDING RENOVATIONS BID NUMBER 2018-03 In general, the work includes renovations of an existing one-story concrete block, 5,680 square feet at 300 South Berner Road, Clewiston, Florida. Bids wll be based on a grand total amount for the contract. Bids based on any one part of the work will not be considered. The bidding documents wll NOT be mailed or shipped overnight. All bidders must request the bid package through the Architects office. The Trench Safety Form must be completed in its entirety and submitted as part of the bid. The City of Clewiston reserves the right to reject any and al bids, to waive any and all informalities or irregularities and to accept or reject all or any part of any bid as they may deem to be in the interest of the citizens of the City of Clewiston. CITY OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA Al Perry, City Manager 267395 CN 6/14/2018 R oo ng R oo ng Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 HENDRY COUNTY RANKING COMMITTEE NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Notice is hereby given that a Hendry County Ranking Committee will hold a meeting on June 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM, for review of the submittals for RFP #2018-16, Elevator Maintenance Hendry County Courthouse. The meeting will be held at the Hendry County Administration Building, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, Florida. The meeting is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she wil need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. 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10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 14, 2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 2015-CA-000017 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007AHL2, ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AHL2, Plaintiff, V. DILLANA RANDANT; JAMES DAYID RANDANT; RONALD LEWIS LEE; SHA RON C. LEE; CENTERSTATE BANK OF FLORIDA, N.A.; and UNKNOWN PER SONS IN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Uniform Final Judgment ofForeclosure dated May 22, 2018 entered in Case No. 2015-CA-000017, Cir cuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, IN TRUST FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007AHL2, ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AHL2 is the Plaintiff: and DILLANA RANDANT; JAMES DAVID RANDANT; RONALD LEWIS LEE; SHARON C. LEE; CENTERSTATE BANK OF FLORIDA, N.A.; and UNKNOWN PERSONS IN POSSESSION are the Defendants; Sandra Brown, Clerk of the aforesaid Court, will sell to the highest bidder for cash in accor dance with Section 45.031, Florida Statutes, on the Courthouse steps at 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Florida 33471, at 11:00 a.m. on June 28, 2018, the following described real property, situate and being in Glades County, Florida to-wit: A PARCEL OF LAND IN SECTfON 23, TOWNSHIP 42 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA,. MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOL LOWS; COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 114 OF SAJD SECTION 23 AND RUN NORTH 00WEST 112.63 FEET ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23 TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE PARCEL OF LAND HEREIN DESCRIBED THENCE NORTH 893ZWEST, PARALLEL TO THE EAST-WEST QUARTER SECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, A DISTANCE OF 2439,49 FEET THENCE NORTH 00. WEST PARAL LEL TO THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23, A DISTANCE OF 375.01 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 8932 EAST PARALLEL TO SAID EAST-WEST QUARTER OF SECTION LINE, A DISTANCE OF 2439.49 FEET TO THE EAST LINE OF SAID SECTION 23; THENCE SOUTH 00EAST, ALONG SAID LINE A DISTANCE OF 37S.01 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Said sale will be made pursuant to and in order to satisfy the terms of said Uniform Final Judgment of Foreclosure. DATED: this 24th day of May, 2018. Sandra Brown, As Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Tami Simmons, Deputy Clerk ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. 266692 GCD 6/7,14,21/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2017-CA-000009TAYLOR BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP., Plaintiff, vs. W. JUSTIN COTTRELL AS TRUSTEE OF 1456 SOUTH SWINGING TRAIL LAND TRUST DATED MARCH 4, 2013; DERRICK KLUMP NK/A DERRICK Q. KLUMP; KRISTINE L. KLUMP NKJA KRISTINE LYNN KLUMP; SUNCOAST SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2, Defendant(s).NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Agreed Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 15, 2018, entered in Civil Case No.: 20l 7-CA-000009 of the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Glades County, Florida, wherein TAYLOR BEAN & WHITAKER MORTGAGE CORP., Plaintiff, and W. JUSTIN COTTRELL AS TRUSTEE OF 1456 SOUTH SWINGING TRAIL LAND TRUST DATED MARCH 4, 2013; DERRICK KLUMP NKJA DERRICK Q. KLUMP; KRISTINE L. KLUMP NKJA KRISTINE LYNN KLUMP; SUNCOAST SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 NKA AMY HERROLD; UNKNOWN TENANT #2 NKA DANIEL HERROLD, are Defendants. I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, at the Front Steps South Door of the Glades County Courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moorehaven, FL 33471 at 11:00 AM, on the 23rd day of August, 2018, the following described real property as set forth in said Agreed Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to wit: ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND SITUATE IN GLADES COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, VIZ: TRACT A-31: THE SOUTH ONE-HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST ONE-QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST ONE QUARTER OF SECTION 1, TOWN SIDP 42 SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO EASEMENTS OVER THE EAST 30 FEET, OVER THE WEST 30 FEET AND OVER THE SOUTH 60 FEET THEREOF. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owner of record as of the date of the lis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on May 30, 2018. SANDRA BROWN CLERK OF THE COURT By: Tami Simmons Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Brian L. Rosaler, Esquire Popkin & Rosaler, P.A. 1701West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 400 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Telephone: (954) 360-9030 Facsimile: (954) 420-5187 266340 GCD 6/7,14/2018 Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 06/25/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEW ISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 2012 INTERNATIONAL 3HSDJSJR8CN585422 2009 KIA KNDJJ741295010798 2002 FORD 1FMZU67E32UD06259 2011 CHEV 1G1PC5SH4B7104211 2017 YAMAHA 5Y4AMB2Y3HA101117 267953 CN 6/14/2018 NOTICE: AUCTION on Friday, June 15th, 2018 At 9:00 am at 1225 N.W. Avenue L, Belle Glade, FloridaProperty of: Cynthia Moreno: Washer & Dryer, Livingroom Suite, Mi crowave, Bedroom Suite, Boxes, Bins. Property of: Teresa Miller: Chest Drawer, Bins & Boxes. Property of: Quashell Mc Donald : A/C, Desk Chair, 2 bikes Miscellaneous Boxes. Property of: Lawanda Davis: Livingroom Suite, Mattress & Box Spring, Boxes & Binds. 265868 SUN 6/10,17/2018 Administr ation of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. CP18-13 IN RE: ESTATE OF CAROLYN BURGIN CLAYTON, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of CAROLYN BURGIN CLAYTON, Deceased, whose date of death was November 12, 2016, and whose social security number is xxx-xx-3237; File Number CP18-13, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Avenue J SW, Moore Haven, Florida 33471. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All credi tors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO TICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The first publication date of this notice is: June 7th, 2018. Personal Representative James Clayton, 310 Fairfax Avenue Asheville, NC 28806 Attorney for Personal Representative Megan Medley, 1 Rankin Avenue, 3rd Floor, Asheville, NC 28801 (828)254-4778 Primary E-Mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; Secondary E-Mail Address, email@example.com By: Megan Medley, Florida Bar #91854 266796 GCD 6/7,14/2018 NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATIONS HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida hereby gives notice of two meeting cancellations. The Boards regularly scheduled meetings of June 26, 2018 and July 10, 2018, have been canceled. The Boards next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on July 24, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at the County Commission Chambers, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hick poochee Avenue, LaBelle Florida. The meeting is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Please note that matters may be discussed at the meeting which are not on the prepared agenda for the meeting. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha. firstname.lastname@example.org. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 267981 CN/CB 6/14/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064 (863) 983-8559 528 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL See our other listings at www.rawlsrealestate.comCLEWISTON HOMES / MOBILE HOMES 4/3.5 Large lot w/pool 1205 Pinewood $439,9K 2/2 MH 551 Fleetwood St. $55K Reduced 53,9K 2/2 Bass Capitol 707 Hoover Dike Rd. $104.9K 3/1 Cottage Style, updated 420 W. Circle $139K $119,9K 825 S.Quebrada 3/2, granite upgrades $195K RENTALS RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL 2BR/1BA, (1) Unit, 550 S. Lopez., $650 mo ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS MOORE HAVEN / LAKEPORT/SEBRING 2/2 Waterfront/Lake Access Lowry Ln CBS $174,9K 4/2.5 1519 Daniels Rd. 5 acres with pond $369,9K Res. 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HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE TO BIDDERSSealed bids, in triplicate, subject to the conditions herein, will be received until June 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM, by the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners, at the Hendry County Complex, Clerk of Circuit Court, Attn.: Barbara Butler, C.E. Hall Building, Administrative Wing, 2nd Floor, Room A-226, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935; for furnishing all labor and materials and performing all work connected with a project known as Apron Rehabilitation at LaBelle Airport (Hendry County Bid Number 2018-15). A non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled for May 31, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Hendry County Engineering Department, located at 99 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935. Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend. Bidders are invited to submit bids for this work on the bid forms provided. Other bid or proposal forms will not be accepted. The complete examination and understanding of the Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and specifications including all addenda or other revisions, and site of the proposed work is necessary to properly submit a bid. Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and specifications and all addenda or other revisions will be available for examination and may be obtained from the office of AECOM, 7650 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida, 33607-1462, (Phone: 813-636-2139; contact Diane Kline). There is a $25.00 for each electronic copy set (PDF) of the Contract Documents. Return of the Contract Documents is not required and the amount paid for the Contract Documents is non-refundable. Contractor must purchase the Contract Documents from the Engineer of Record in order to be considered a responsive bidder. A Bid Bond in the form as bound in the Contract Documents or Certified Check in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount bid must accompany each Bid. Successful Bidder will be required to execute and to provide a Payment Bond and Performance Bond each in an Amount of not less than one hundred per cent (100%) of the total value of the Contract awarded to him with a satisfactory surety or sureties for the full and faithful performance of the work. The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d) and 49 CFR, Part 26, Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Programs, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that disadvantaged business enterprises are afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex or national origin in consideration for an award. This project has a DBE goal of 14.1% No bid may be withdrawn after closing time for the receipt of bids for a period of one hundred twenty (120) days. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation for any or no reason, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best interests of the County to do so. The County May re-procure at the discretion of the Board. Contractor selection and disqualification criteria are set forth in Hendry County Ordinance No. 2016-14, as recorded in Ordinance Book XVIII, Page 208. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un interprete que hable espaol para participar en esta reunin, por favor pongase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 675-5324. HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 262167 CN 5/17,24,31;6/7,14/2018 Notice of Intention to Sell Surplus Lands and Request for BidNotice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 373.089 F.S., the below described properties, situated in Hendry County, Florida, which have been declared surplus by the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District (District), are offered for sale for the highest and best cash bid, however, in no case less than the appraised value of $371,000 for the below described lands, subject to terms and conditions. The successful bidder will also pay the cost of advertisement, all appraisal costs, all recording fees, real estate broker or finders fees, all documentary stamp taxes, all abstract and title insurance fees, along with any other closing costs associated with the sale of the respective property, by local certified or cashiers check. The District, at B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to 2:00 p.m. on July 31, 2018. Bids will be opened at 2:00 p.m. on July 31, 2018 in the Districts B-1 Building, 3B Bridge Conference Room or as soon thereafter as may be practical, at the discretion of the District. All bids must conform to the Bid Specifications for Sale of Surplus Land. Interested bidders may obtain copies thereof and additional information: (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading from www.sfwmd.gov/surplusland; or (3) by calling Joe Martin at (561) 682-2938. The respective land, and any improvements located thereon, shall be accepted by the successful bidder in its AS-IS, WHERE-IS and WITH ALL FAULTS condition. The successful bidder for the property will be required to close no later than October 31, 2018, unless otherwise agreed to by the District, at a time and location determined by the District. The land to be offered for sale is described as follows: Tract No. 34100-104 The subject property is located along the west side of CR 78, just south of its intersection with Kirby Thompson Road Hendry County, Florida Containing 67.5 acres, more or less 267887 CN 6/14,21,28/2018 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:Gregory A. Gibson Jr. 801 Maryland Ave. Clewiston, FL. 33440 Latonya A. Jackson 1012 Bayberry Loop Clewiston, FL. 33440 Damian C. Toucheck 706 Midstate Loop Clewiston, FL. 33440 You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Hendry County, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of inel igibility by the Supervisor, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. Call 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592.El Aviso se da por Este Medio:Informamos que su eligibilidad para votar esta en cuestion. Usted tiene que comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones, del condado de Hendry, Florida, a mas tardar 30 dias despues de la fecha de este aviso publicado para recibir la informacion al respecto de su inelegibilidad potencial y el procedimiento de resolver este caso. La falta de respuesta puede resultar en la determinacion de ineligibilidad por parte del Supervisor, y su nombre sera eliminado del sistema estatal del registro de votantes. Llame al 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. Brenda K. Hoots Supervisor of Elections PO Box 174 LaBelle, FL 33975 Hendry County, Florida F.S. 98.075 267463 CN 06/14/2018 NOTICE OF MEETING CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICTPlease be advised that the Board of Supervisors of the Central County Water Control District (the District), Hendry County, Florida will hold a meeting on JULY 25, 2018 AT 7:00 PM EST and continuing from time-to-time at the District Office, 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston, Florida 33470 to consider the following: BUDGET DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP/MEETING AND REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING and other regular business of the District. This Notice further advises that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors of the District with respect to any matter considered during this meeting, you will need a record of the meeting, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is based. Any interested party desiring to appear before the Board of Supervisors may do so on the date and place listed above. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL ASSISTANCE OR SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT (863) 983-5797 NO LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE STATED MEETING. 267912 CN 6/14/2018 Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064(863) 983-8559 528 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL See our other listings at www.rawlsrealestate.comCLEWISTON HOMES / MOBILE HOMES 4/3.5 Large lot w/pool 1205 Pinewood $439,9K 2/2 MH 551 Fleetwood St. $55K Reduced 53,9K 2/2 Bass Capitol 707 Hoover Dike Rd. $104.9K 3/1 Cottage Style, updated 420 W. Circle $139K $119,9K 825 S.Quebrada 3/2, granite upgrades $195K RENTALS RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL 2BR/1BA, (1) Unit, 550 S. Lopez., $650 mo ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS MOORE HAVEN / LAKEPORT/SEBRING 2/2 Waterfront/Lake Access Lowry Ln CBS $174,9K 4/2.5 1519 Daniels Rd. 5 acres with pond $369,9K Res. Lot 402 Pinecrest, Moore Haven $7K 6 Buildable lots available in Sky Valley, Clewiston Starting at $19K 2755 Milum Dr. Lakeport, 3.18 ac. Lake Access, waterfront, MAKE OFFER! $175K 28 ac. Hwy 27 Frontage $16K per acre, Venus, FL 77 ac. $11,5K per acre, Venus, FL (great hunting) 10 ac. $12.5K per acre, Venus, FL (weekend retreat) 901 Yacht Club Way $8,9K Moore Haven Lots Starting at $10K 20 Acres Hwy 80 Frontage $18.5K per acre COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT PROPERTY lndustrial Park 3013 C.R. 835 (Open storage and Warehouse) Call for details 516 E Sugarland Hwy $59,9K $139,9K .55ac. W. Sagamore $179,9K457 Avenue N. Moore Haven 4/2 only $164.9K June 14, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 PUBLIC NOTICENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the PUBLIC HEARING scheduled for Monday, June 18, 2018 is postponed to Monday, July 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon as practical thereafter, in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440. This PUBLIC HEARING is regarding the following: A request from MINESHKUMAR B. PATEL that certain property at 815 E SagDistrict (Zoning) designation. The request is for change of the zoning from Residential Mobile Home Use District (RM-1) to US 27 Commercial Corridor District. The parcels are shown on the map enclosed herein and are more particularly described as follows:815 E Sagamore Ave Lots W 1/2 OF LOT 5 + ALL LOTS 6 TO 10, Block 385, GPOCInterested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed request. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or public hearing, such person may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and any evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Accommodation requests or interpretive services must be made 48 hours priof Clewiston is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Mary K. Combass, Interim City Clerk City of Clewiston, FL SUBJECT PROPERTIES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING RE: PALM TRAN SYSTEM-WIDE MAJOR SERVICE CHANGES THROUGH THE ROUTE PERFORMANCE MAXIMIZATION PROJECTNotice is hereby given that a Public Hearing has been scheduled for the purpose of receiving comments regarding Palm Tran sys tem-wide major service changes through the Route Performance Maximization project (RPM). The Public Hearing will be held at the Palm Tran Service Board (PTSB) meeting as follows: DATE: Thursday, June 28, 2018 TIME: 1:30 p.m. LOCATION: Palm Beach County Vista Center Complex First Floor, Room 1W-47/50 2300 N. Jog Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411 Served by: Route 44 A. DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT The Route Performance Maximization project (RPM) involves system-wide major service changes in schedules and service locations route alignments. Proposals and concepts are available for public es located at: 3201 Electronics Way, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 and at Palm Beach County Libraries during regular business hours. B. RELOCATION No persons, families or businesses will be displaced by the project. C. ENVIRONMENT The project will allow Palm Tran to continue providing public transportation services within Palm Beach County that will continue to reduce exhaust emissions from automobiles and reduce air pollu D. 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