Glades County approves rezoning

Mostly housekeeping items were addressed Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the regular meeting of the Glades County Commission.

Commissioners approved a rezoning of 55 acres on Wayman Road and set another public hearing for Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. The property was rezoned to agriculture residential.

The County accepted a grant for $149,001 for drug prevention and other programs. Sheriff Stuart Whiddon said most of the money goes to help local schools.

Commissioners approved the reappointment of Julie Perry and Jerri Lynn Schlueter to the Glades County Library Advisory Board.

They also approved a budget amendment for the building department of $668 to purchase a new copier.

In other actions the BOCC approved the use of $30 surcharge funds of traffic tickets, a total of $89,000. The court administration will receive $20,120, circuit judge office $3,342, county judge office $8,150, probation office $10,005, and court house maintenance, $48,242.

They also approved the management plan for Vance Whidden Park and the Glades Welcome Center, the Old Cypress Knee Museum. These plans are required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The plan for Curry Island include possible primitive camping and guided tours. An historic marker could be placed on US 27 at the old museum. The museum dates back to 1951.

County Manager Paul Carlisle said contracts are signed to demolish the Glades Inn and no date has been set for that project. Carlisle also visited Louisville, Kentucky this week to speak with a firm, Jaeger Education Center, interested in a lease at the job training center.

Dredging work on the Moore Haven Canal continues.

Chairman Weston Pryor gave a report on the water problems in Southwest Florida. He attended a summit last week in Fort Myers that included farmers, environmentalists, businessmen and elected officials.

There is a new manufacturer in Moore Haven. A company will manufacture buttons at the old Woodward Building. They will create four jobs to start and have the hope of expansion.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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