Two more SFWMD board members resign

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board resign, two board members have agreed to step down. Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation. SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis […]

Glades county government office closures

GLADES — Governor Rick Scott announced that state offices will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in recognition of state employees’ hard work throughout the year, including the response and recovery from Hurricane Michael. Office closures on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are in addition to regular office closures on Christmas […]

Lake O regional judicial circuit, legislative election results

These are results, as reported unofficially on Election Night by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections (, in state judicial circuit, state legislative and U.S. House races in the region around Lake Okeechobee: 20th Judicial Circuit state attorney Republican Amira Fox received 403,609 votes (100 percent) for this position. Joseph Hoffman was a […]

YOUR Government Watch

These upcoming meetings of local elected officials, scheduled during the next several weeks, are open to the public. As voters, YOU the public employ these people, and they’re spending the tax dollars that you pay them for your municipal services. At these meetings, they decide how, when and where to do so, and what will […]

Rural Democrats engage state party conference

MOORE HAVEN — Glades and Hendry County Democrats traveled to Broward County last weekend to advocate local interests at the Florida Democratic Party’s annual Leadership Blue conference. Representing the Glades County Democratic Party was chairwoman Mary Giddens. Mary delivered a report to the Democratic Small County Coalition on restructuring the coalition to better address the […]

Candidates list closed in Glades

Moore Haven, school board have contests Aug. 28 The qualifying period for candidates for municipal and county offices closed June 22 for the elections taking place on Aug. 28 (primary) and Nov. 6 (general) this year. The Aug. 28 election will have races on the ballot for members of each political party to choose their […]

Public works chief quits abruptly

MOORE HAVEN — Moore Haven’s new city manager, David Miller, is not even on the job yet but learned as he sat in the audience during the City Commission’s meeting Tuesday that very soon after his first day, he’ll face an even more demanding agenda than just learning the ropes of his new position. The […]

City considers possible expansion of water plant

The possible expansion of the city water plant, a new ordinance to address the underbelly of mobile homes, and discussion on litigations highlighted the agenda when the Moore Haven City Council met on June 6 at City Hall. Councilman Jake Eighner presented his plan for a Veterans Memorial to the City Council. He said he’d […]

DHSMV services statewide will be unavailable June 16-18

TALLAHASSEE — The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is scheduled to migrate its current enterprise database infrastructure into a cloud solution next week. During the migration, all driver license and motor vehicle services will be unavailable to customers and stakeholders throughout the weekend of June 16-18. Services will become unavailable starting at […]

Sales Tax Holiday for disaster preparedness

Hurricane Season has officially begun, and Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto wants your family to be as prepared as possible. This year the Florida Legislature passed a sales tax holiday from June 2-4 to help with the financial burden of making sure that your family is ready in case of a storm. Below you will see details […]