Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Ortona Cemetery Gets Pavilion

MOORE HAVEN, FL. (Sept. 13, 2005) -- The Glades County Board of
Commissioners voted unanimously today to approve construction of Phase I of
the Ortona Cemetery Pavilion with funding from the County's 1%
discretionary surtax revenue, as presented by the Project Committee. The
Board also authorized a resolution designating the area of Ortona Cemetery
north of Central Avenue between 1st Street West and 1st Street East as
"Ortona Cemetery Pavilion Park" with such restrictions to limit uses of
this area to only those in accord with the purpose of providing an oasis of
serenity with functional service to Glades County citizens attending
cemetery related activities and activities authorized by Glades County
Board of Commissioners.

The construction contract, prepared by County Manager Wendell Taylor with
permitting fees waived, will be awarded to Albert Irvan Luckey in
acceptance of his bid of $49,340. Phase I will include the 24ft x 48ft
pavilion and ADA handicap accessible concrete sidewalks. The structure will
replicate the pavilion at Larry Luckey Ortona Indian Mound Park and will
feature the vented cupola with lattice ceiling for natural updraft
ventilation, with a galvalume hip roof. A podium, lectern, and table will
be permanently placed, and ceiling fans will be installed. Franklin Luckey,
who built the pavilion at Indian Mound Park, will be the project foreman.

The project idea, first presented to the Board in 2003, was to provide
sheltered bench seating for the comfort and convenience of bereaved
citizens attending funeral services and patriotic citizens attending
Memorial Day and Veterans' Day observances or other Commission authorized
activities at Ortona Cemetery. The Project Committee is composed of Alvin
Ward, Chairman, and members Glades County Property Appraiser Larry Luckey,
Glades County Clerk of Courts Joe Flint, and Donna Storter, who with her
husband J. C. Long, contributed $15,000 in 2003 for the project that will
be in tribute to her father Vance Storter 1917-2000, Glades County
Commissioner 1978-1982, who originated the pavilion plan.

Recognition is due to generous community donors including Johnson
Engineering, Inc. of LaBelle for providing the subdivision plot plan
overlays onto aerial maps, and preparing initial conceptual plans for the
building, and transmitting them to Fawley Bryant Architects, Inc. of
Bradenton, Fl who prepared the final construction plans, also gratis. The
Surveying Department of Johnson Engineering, Inc. headed by Matt Howard is
providing the construction lot surveying, staking and site plans. Jack
Queen Construction, Inc. J. C. Long Vice President, has pledged the
building site work, with fill dirt being provided by Florida Rock
Industries Weatherspoon Sand Plant in Ortona, courtesy of Carl Manning.
Florida Rock also pledged support for in-kind contributions of concrete
blocks and ready-mixed concrete. Glades County Solid Waste Director David
Whidden pledged financial support from Solid Waste Recycling Grant funds
for benches made of recycled materials. Daniel Akin, of Akin-Davis Funeral
Home participated in the planning process.

At a later date, Phase II will include installation of permanent bench
seating, xeriscape landscaping with sod and sprinkler system, designated
delineated parking areas to include eight handicap spaces connected to the
pavilion by ADA sidewalks and ramps built in Phase I, portable public
address system, lighted flagpole, a scenic mural, cemetery burial directory
kiosk, and underground utility service. Other in-kind pledges include Sabal
palm trees from Donnie Peeples, sod from Lykes Bros., landscaping
assistance from Glades County Garden Club, and artisans for the mural from
Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Pledges for funding of Phase II are solicited and contributions can be made
payable to Glades County Cemetery Pavilion and mailed to Glades County
Clerk, P. O. Box 10, Moore Haven, FL 33471. Contributions made as
memorial or honorariums will be acknowledged to the honoree or family. Any
individual, family, group, club, church or organization, wishing to fund
a bench, ceiling fan or other amenity or to provide materials or services
for landscaping or other in-kind contributions are invited to contact Alvin
Ward (863.946.0213), Larry Luckey (863.946.6025), Joe Flint (863.946.6010)
or Donna Storter (863.675.8850). A sponsor is also sought for the cemetery
burial directory and map which is to feature a touch-screen kiosk that will
be cross-referenced with lot/block burial sites and names of those
interred.

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