Glades County Road Watch Report for week of Sept. 16

GLADES COUNTY US 27 at Fish Eating Creek: Maintenance project: Crews will be cleaning drainage structures near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. US 27 from the Hendry County line to the Highlands County line: Maintenance project: Crews will be landscaping the medians during daytime […]

Contracted nuisance alligator trappers sought for Glades County

GLADES COUNTY — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers in Glades County (southwest of Highway 27). Applicants must pass a criminal history check, have no fish or wildlife law violations, and possess a valid, working email address. To learn more about […]

Federal officials tour Everglades restoration projects

On Aug. 15, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez and Executive Director Ernie Marks joined the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James to highlight some of the major Everglades restoration projects targeted at reducing Lake Okeechobee discharges to the northern estuaries. Additional participants included U.S. Army […]

Learn how to prep for a power outage during a storm

GAINESVILLE — It’s easy to take things like electricity, wi-fi and cell service for granted — until a hurricane blows through and knocks out these modern conveniences, sometimes for days at a time. This was the case last year when Hurricane Irma left more than 6.5 million Floridians without power, according to the National Weather […]

FSW presents lecture from Judge Mary Evans

20th Judicial Circuit Judge Mary Evans will present “Applied Critical Thinking: A View from the Bench” during Florida SouthWestern State College’s Critical Thinking Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus, Building U-102, Fort Myers. Additionally, the presentation can be viewed digitally at the FSW Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, […]

Mosquitoes add to problems after a hurricane

Hurricanes often leave standing water in the yards and homes of Florida residents. A University of Florida researcher suggests steps for making sure your home doesn’t become a haven for mosquitoes. Some mosquito species can lay up to 200 eggs at a time, so it’s critical to empty cups, birdbaths, pots or anything else on […]

Labor Day Parade

The Seminole Tribe of Florida was well represented in the Sept. 1 Labor Day parade in downtown Okeechobee. 2018-2018 Junior Miss Florida Seminole Princess Allegra Billie waves to the crowds at the Labor Day parade in Okeechobee.

Glades County employees’ generosity gets rewarded

United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties’ local manager, Lisa Sands, presented an award on behalf of the organization to Glades’ employees, who made $2,600 in total contributions and ran “a great campaign, for making our community a better place for all of us,” she told the county commission at its regular meeting Monday […]

Palmetto berry rules draw questions

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released answers to a few questions the public has been raising about the recent change in regulations that now requires harvesters of saw palmetto berries to get permits before offering Florida-grown berries for sale. The new regulations took effect July 17. They require, for a landowner […]

Want to stop algal blooms? Stop feeding the algae

The cyanobacterial blooms that have plagued South Florida this summer have led to protests from the public, promises from politicians and blame (mostly targeted at farmers and Lake Okeechobee) from the coastal media. But amid all of the slogans, sound bites and allegations, maybe we’re asking the wrong question. Instead of asking where the algae […]