Is your boat prepared for a hurricane?

GAINESVILLE — When a hurricane is on the horizon, boat owners need to do more than batten down the hatches to get ready, according to an expert with the University of Florida. Hurricane season started June 1, but boaters in the sunshine state can take steps now to make sure their vessels don’t end up […]

S-193 lock scheduled to close to boat traffic on June 25-26

SFWMD staff will be performing work on the lock’s manatee protection system  The S-193 navigation lock at Taylor Creek is scheduled to be closed to boat traffic entering and leaving Lake Okeechobee on June 25 and 26. Staff from the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Okeechobee Field Station will be making upgrades to the lock’s […]

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 […]

Ortona center to have phone line installed

Two matters of special concern to western Glades County residents came up at the commissioners’ regular meeting earlier this month, one that brought prompt action and another that will require further discussion and planning. Commissioner Donna Storter Long, who represents District 2, introduced 18-year Ortona resident Shirley Nugent, who is president of the Ortona Community […]

Guardians ad Litem ‘speak for the child’

The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. There are currently GAL Programs in all 20 judicial circuits in Florida. The program’s mission is simple […]

Helfenberger accepts Glades County interim manager post

Commissioners pushed forless-costly deal after Long sent salary comparison GLADES COUNTY — Ahead of the Glades County Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, May 8, Commissioner Donna Storter Long had sent out an email blast to her constituents late that Sunday meant to alert them about “How your tax dollars (are) being spent.” She was drawing […]

Manager candidate gets counteroffer

Board also votes to retain Carlisle another month GLADES COUNTY — After Glades County Board Chairman John Ahern related how his negotiations had gone with Joseph Helfenberger, two commissioners objected Tuesday to terms they’d arrived at for the interim manager candidate. Mr. Helfenberger, now temporarily managing the tiny City of Archer (near Gainesville), had rejected […]

More study needed to deal with the algal blooms What we don’t know CAN hurt us

Nearly two years after the ‘guacamole’ algae bloom that blanketed the Treasure Coast in the summer of 2016, there are plenty of theories, but we don’t “know” the cause. The prevailing theory was that algae in the freshwater released from Lake Okeechobee through the C-44 canal seeded the bloom, which grew to thick mats when […]

Support sought for a kids’ summer camp

MOORE HAVEN — Glades Education Foundation (GEF) President Laura Perry is building municipal and private backing for a Moore Haven-based summer camp to chase away at least some small part of the seasonal doldrums for local children who lack diversions to fill their time when school lets out. Ms. Perry appeared before both the Moore […]

County considers interim manager

The Glades County Board authorized negotiations with a potential interim county manager after amending their regular meeting agenda to do so Monday night, and spent nearly an hour going over a long list of matters that outgoing County Manager Paul Carlisle has been working on. The county commissioners also approved an independent contractor agreement with […]