Most of big lake’s water loss is to evaporation

Weather patterns are on track to drop Lake Okeechobee to 12.5 feet by the start of the rainy season, according to a forecast shared at the last meeting of the 16 County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries, and Lake Worth Lagoon. Not all forecasters agree with the […]

Limits called for on aquatic spraying

At the March 16 meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, Clewiston City Commissioner Phillip Roland asked the board to step back in time with him as he shared memories of Lake Okeechobee’s past. “I am 24 years old and I get out of the service, and that’s 1964,” he began. […]

Pahokee resumes giving homeowner awards

PAHOKEE — The city resumed giving out its regular recognition awards to residents who go above and beyond in improving their homes, lawns and properties, after having missed a few months due to other priorities, at the last city commission meeting March 27. City Manager Chandler Williamson explained: “Some time ago last year, we created […]

LORE Alliance spearheading tourism push ‘On the Town’ episode premiere party well-attended

BELLE GLADE — A large crowd of regional luminaries and ordinary people whose local livelihoods are the stars of a new South Florida PBS “On the Town” episode gathered at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday evening, March 28, to preview the latest installment of the show, which highlights many of the Glades’ […]

Incumbent Hill wins by 3 votes after recount, protest

Pahokee election outcome changed by absentee ballots PAHOKEE — The counting of absentee ballots on March 14, the day after Election Day, changed the outcome of one Pahokee City Commission race. The result triggered not only an automatic recount because of its closeness but also an Election Canvassing Board meeting last week, where the challenger […]

Pahokee commissioners are sworn in

Pahokee City Attorney Gary Brandenburg (left) swears in Commissioner Felisia Hill (center) for a third term. PAHOKEE — Newly elected Pahokee City Commissioner Benny Everett III and Commissioner Felisia Hill were sworn by City Attorney Gary Brandenburg during the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday night, March 27. Ms. Hill was given a third term in winning […]

JTK Bike Shop kids enjoy ride to Torry Island

BELLE GLADE — Saturday’s clear weather was perfect for a bike ride, according to Dawn Donaldson of JTK (Jesus The King) Bike Shop in Belle Glade. JTK Bike Shop is a nonprofit youth development program. With some training from the adult volunteers, youngsters use parts from old bicycles to build their own bikes. They also […]

Lake level expected to continue to drop

Water managers predict that the level of Lake Okeechobee, at 14.37 feet on Friday, will continue to drop and could reach 12.5 feet by June. If it happens, that dry-season drop would be beneficial to the lake’s ecology, according to biologists. “It’s dry. In the near term, it is going to stay dry,” said Cal […]

FDEP approves plan for EAA reservoir project

The long-awaited Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir project moved closer to realization on March 5, when a secretarial order was signed by Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein. This project was the subject of Senate Bill 10, Audubon Florida’s top 2017 legislative priority. During the development of the project, which occurred on a speedy […]

Pahokee candidate Perez reinstated to ballot

PAHOKEE — Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher confirmed Tuesday that Sara Perez, who had filed to be a Group 2 candidate for Pahokee City Commission but was disqualified by Ms. Bucher’s office, has been reinstated to the ballot by court order. “I am writing to … announce the reinstatement to the registered voters […]