Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Fountain Of Youth Program March 15

LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle Heritage Museum's historic 1905 Aiken-Rider House will be the site for renowned Santa Fe College Professor Mallory O'Connor on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 o'clock as she relates the Quest for the Fountain of Youth in myth, legend and history and connects it to the Florida of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This concludes this season's Special Speaker Programs made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council making it possible to showcase programs otherwise not available to smaller communities at no cost to the public.

LaBelle Heritage Museum may be in the middle of the first phase of a major rehabilitation project made possible by the Florida Department of State and the Division of Historic Preservation and asks attendees to pardon our dust if this is the case. We hope we will be able to welcome guests to an improved 1911 William H. Poole Building this coming fall. In the meanwhile, do visit us at the Aiken-Davis House.

Solar Power Plant Coming Spring 2018 To Hendry

HENDRY COUNTY, FL -- Florida Power & Light Company today announced the names and locations of its 2017 and 2018 universal solar projects, consisting of eight new 74.5-megawatt solar power plants that will be built over the next 12 months, including one in Hendry county.

The following four plants are expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017:
FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County
FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, Alachua and Putnam Counties
FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
FPL Wildflower Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County

And the remaining four plants are expected to be completed by March 1, 2018:
FPL Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County
FPL Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River County
FPL Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County
FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center, St. Lucie County

“With the support of communities across the state, we are advancing smart, affordable clean energy infrastructure while keeping customer bills low,” said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. “On a per-megawatt basis, these eight new plants will be the lowest-cost solar ever built in Florida and some of the lowest-cost solar ever built in America. Our steadfast commitment to delivering solar cost-effectively directly benefits our customers, our environment and the economy.”

Combined, the new plants are expected to generate enough energy annually to power approximately 120,000 homes and produce net savings for FPL customers of $39 million over their operational lifetime. The net savings are due primarily to the projected reduction in the use of fossil fuels more than offsetting the cost to build the plants.

Construction is expected to commence this spring. At the height of construction, each of the sites is expected to employ about 200 people, for a total of approximately 1,600 jobs.

FPL has been working closely with community leaders, local residents and environmental experts to identify and prepare each of the sites to host the new solar installations, and the company has received widespread support for the investment, which will total approximately $900 million in new solar for Florida.

“The Nature Conservancy wholeheartedly supports Florida’s renewable energy future, and we’re pleased to see FPL’s shared commitment by adding 2.5 million new solar panels at eight new universal solar power plants,” said Greg Knecht, deputy executive director of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

“An additional eight new solar energy centers is a major step toward reducing carbon emissions and saving water, benefitting the earth and all Floridians,” said Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida.

FPL’s universal solar energy centers provide zero-emissions power to the grid and are designed to avoid wetlands and minimize any impact on natural surroundings. The panels sit low to the ground, at about 6 to 8 feet high, on racks that fit directly into the soil and do not require any concrete. Once construction is complete, the plants operate without water, fuel or on-site personnel, placing little to no demand on public services.

Monday, February 27, 2017

State Road 29 Widening Workshop March 7

LABELLE, FL.-- The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is hosting an Alternatives Public Workshop as part of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for proposed improvements to State Road (SR) 29 from CR 80A (Cowboy Way) to CR 731 (Whidden Road) in Hendry and Glades Counties, Florida.

FDOT will hold the workshop from 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the LaBelle Civic Center, 481 Highway 80 West (behind City Hall), LaBelle, Florida. The meeting will be in an informal, open house format. You may attend at any time during the open house to view project displays and speak with project team members. We will show a video slide show continuously during the workshop that will describe the project and the study process.

Please note that a third build alternative has been added as a result of comments received at the Public Information Workshop held on November 3, 2016. The study proposes adding two lanes to the existing SR 29 from County Road (CR) 80A (Cowboy Way) to CR 731 (Whidden Road) in Hendry and Glades Counties.

FDOT is sending this notice to all property owners whose property lies, in whole or in part, within 300 feet on either side of the center line of SR 29, Main Street and Bridge Street, from Cowboy Way to US 27 (even though they may not be directly affected). We encourage all interested people to attend and express their views regarding the project and information presente

Saturday, February 25, 2017

At The Swamp Cabbage Festival Saturday

LABELLE, FL. -- Festivities started this morning with a mile long parade up Bridge Street in LaBelle to kick off the 51st annual Swamp Cabbage Festival. Food vendors lined the streets and filled Barron Park while a street preacher shouted over a super loud public address system at Veteran's Park on SR80 and Main Street.

The festival continues through Sunday with music and activities in the park.

Photo: Fried goodies beside the Curtis Honey House on Bridge Street in LaBelle, and Festival Queen on a John Deere

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ave Maria BBQ And Music February 25

AVE MARIA, FL. -- Ave Maria Development will host Blues, Brews & BBQ on Saturday, February 25 from 11am to 5pm in the Ave Maria Town Center.

The public is invited to attend the free event featuring outdoor concerts by local favorite blues bands, The Good Bad Kids, Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, Deb & the Dynamics, and Marty Stokes. The outdoor concert festival will also feature savory BBQ from Jonesez BBQ and Smokin R’s as well as food offerings from Tropical Smoothie, Gino’s Trattoria and the Pub & Grill of Ave Maria, beer tent, local merchant booths, and a West Coast Muscle Car Club and Cool Cruisers show. 

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The public is encouraged to rev up their engines— bike or car— and spend the afternoon in the February Florida sunshine in one of the area’s most beautiful outdoor venues, Ave Maria Town Center.