Glades board talks with new manager choice

GLADES COUNTY — The commissioners of Glades County voted 4-1 to negotiate with their runner-up choice to fill the empty county manager’s chair after their first pick for the post withdrew when her family’s plans reportedly changed. Glades County Board Chairman John Ahern said Aug. 8 that Jennifer James-Mesloh, village manager in Newberry on the […]

Manager candidate for Glades County withdraws

GLADES COUNTY — The top choice of the commissioners of Glades County to fill their empty county manager’s chair withdrew from consideration for the post last week after her family’s plans reportedly changed. Glades County Commission Chairman John Ahern confirmed Wednesday that Jennifer James-Mesloh, village manager in the small town of Newberry on the Upper […]

Woman chosen as new county manager

GLADES COUNTY — Jennifer James-Mesloh, an eighth-generation Floridian who has been managing a small village in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since January 2017, was the choice of Glades County commissioners to fill their vacant manager post. The five-member county board voted in a special meeting that ran nearly all afternoon Monday to have its chairman, John […]

Hotel, restaurant to be built at old Glades Inn site

County agrees to sell 5 acres for $60,000 MOORE HAVEN — The commissioners of Glades County voted 4-1 at their regular meeting Monday, July 23, to accept the only plan they received after issuing a request for proposals for development of the former site of the Glades Inn. A one-year-old company known as New Moore […]

Glades board keeps county’s tax rate steady

GLADES COUNTY — Property taxes in Glades County should rise only slightly for most taxpayers in the 2018-19 fiscal year as the County Board of Commissioners set the maximum possible property-tax rate at 9.1367 mills after a public hearing July 23. That equates to $9.1367 in tax for each $1,000 of a property owner’s taxable […]

Fire tax talks eclipsed by county manager’s exit

Consideration of possibly imposing a special assessment to finance a full-time fire department in Glades County has been put off for the present because county commissioners first must expedite their hiring of a new manager. Interim county manager Joseph Helfenberger announced at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 10, that he has accepted the position of […]

Meet-up explores how state can aid County

Glades and Hendry counties are among those included in Gov. Rick Scott’s 12 Counties Initiative, meant to address the challenges of economic development in a dozen of the state’s most rural, least developed counties and build on the strengths that exist in each. Last week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and officials from several […]

Habitat for Humanity comes to Glades

County OKs program, which has first sponsor for a home There had been talk that Habitat for Humanity wanted to expand into Glades County, and it became actual news this week when a partnership with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity was on the county board agenda for commissioners’ consideration at their meeting Tuesday. Interim county […]

County considers ‘fire tax’ to improve service

GLADES COUNTY — Having dependably quick response in an emergency is a concern for many people in sparsely populated Glades County, and it’s come to the forefront again because Muse area residents recently have raised questions about the fire station there. Commissioner Donald Strenth had asked that a discussion about future fire protection services in […]

County seeks proposals on Glades Inn

After a special meeting May 22 in which commissioners discussed changes to a Request for Proposals (RFP) that the Glades County Board is putting out for redevelopment of the old Glades Inn site on U.S. 27 in Moore Haven, they took it up again at their regular meeting Tuesday, May 29. Formal, sealed proposals are […]