Commissioners review manager evaluations

PAHOKEE — Pahokee city commissioners took care of a slew of “housekeeping” items at their recent meeting in addition to approving contracts for parts of the extensive renovation work being done at the lakefront marina and campground. One was hearing a report from the city’s human resources manager, Jacqueline Ramsay, summarizing the commissioners’ evaluations of […]

Glades-area clerks honored

The city clerks of the tri-cities are feeling the love this week for the often thankless job they do for both the public and their own municipality’s elected officials. The 49th annual observance of Municipal Clerks Week is celebrated across the nation this week, May 6-12. From left are South Bay City Clerk Jessica Figueroa, […]

Pahokee moves ahead on marina, sues fired contractor

PAHOKEE — City commissioners voted unanimously at the close of their long regular meeting Tuesday night to sue the company they’d hired to design and build the Pahokee marina/campground improvements because it failed to return $125,000 the city claims it owes after commissioners fired the company on April 26. City Attorney Gary Brandenburg reported that […]

Pahokee awarded $300,000 brownfields grant

PAHOKEE — The city is among 144 communities nationwide, including five in Florida, to which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing $54.3 million in grants that will assist in redevelopment of potentially polluted tracts of land. The grants, announced on April 25, are part of the Brownfields Redevelopment Program, which will give these cities […]

City cuts engines on Technomarine

PAHOKEE — City commissioners voted as one Tuesday night to cancel the city’s design/build contract with Technomarine Group for renovating Pahokee’s marina and campground on the Lake Okeechobee waterfront and preparing its restaurant for reopening. The motion, made by Vice Mayor Clara Murvin and seconded by Commissioner Benny Everett, also specified that the North Palm […]

Marina project is moving forward

PAHOKEE — City commissioners narrowly avoided bringing work on renovation of the municipal marina/campground complex to a screeching halt last week at the culmination of more than five hours of discussions in two separate meetings. Instead, they rejected by a 3-2 vote a move to ditch the contractor they’d hired in January to design and […]

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 […]