Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Help With Hurricane Recovery Problems

LABELLE, FL. -- Free question answering session this weekend in Clewiston and LaBelle for hurricane recovery issues at the Taylor Auditorium on Olympia Street and Townsend Center on Pratt Blvd Saturday only.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Board Voted Marijuana Ban - Dog Deaths Revisited

The following is a highlight of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting held on Thursday, October 26 at the County Commission Chamber in the Hendry County Courthouse in LaBelle, Florida.
  • Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (Represented by Margaret Emblidge, AICP) – The Board moved to accept a County ordinance proposing a ban on Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Dispensing Facilities pursuant to Chapter 2017-232, Laws of Florida. The Board would like more substantial information on the issue as it related to Hendry County and will also see how the State of Florida responds in the coming legislative session.

  • Petition Number RZ17-0004 Steven & Katherine Heintz (Represented by H.L. Bennett, P.E., P.L.S.) – The applicant is requesting a rezone on the subject property from Residential/Low Density and Residential/high Density to the Planned Unit Development zoning district to allow for a mixed use residential community. The Board noted that this project is a positive step in the direction of more site-built homes in Hendry County and provides incentive for further future development in the County.

  • Ordinance Revoking Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Bionitrogen Plant FL Hendry, LLC - The Board moved to revoke the ad valorem tax exemption status for the Bionitrogen Plant after the project fell apart due to bankruptcy.

  • Ordinance Amending Tourist Development Plan and Tourist Development Tax Ordinance – The Board approved the amendment of the Tourist Development Plan and Tax Ordinance which includes amendments to the use of tourism revenue and additional tourism tax.

  • Members of the public addressed the Board with concerns after the Board voted at the October 10 meeting to reduce the number of days an animal is to be impounded in the County shelter from 5 days to 3 days. After hearing from members of the public and Animal Control Supervisor, Doug Morgan, the Board directed Mr. Baker to submit a detailed report that is due by the January 23, 2018 Board meeting. The Board will revisit the issue at that time.

Chairman of the Board, Mike Swindle asked staff if there are plans for a post-hurricane debrief to discuss the County’s response before, during and after Hurricane Irma. Staff plans to conduct a series of debrief meetings both internally and externally. The Board requested that meetings be held in both Clewiston and LaBelle to ensure that both sides of the County have the opportunity to be part of the discussion.

Friday, October 27, 2017

White Goods Pickup In Glades County

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- From Glades County:

The 1st & 2nd round for yard debris has been completed in the entire area of Glades county. They have started C&D (white goods) pickup today. 

BHR & Lakeport have been completed for all debris. THE TRUCKS WILL NOT PICKUP HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, FURNITURE, MATTRESSES, ELECTRONICS OR ANY OTHER NON-HURRICANE DEBRIS. BUT WILL PICKUP ROOFING MATERIALS, WHITE GOODS (water heaters, refrigerators, w/d, freezers) construction type debris.

Disaster Employment Assistance Ends Oct 31 - $275 For 26 Weeks Possible

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program provides assistance to businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma. To apply for DUA, go to www.floridajobs.org or call the Florida Disaster Unemployment Assistance Line at 1-800-385-3920.

The rather complicated rules and procedures to qualify, if passed garners an applicant up to $275 weekly for 26 months. The program is designed for those who can't qualify for normal unemployment benefits, i.e. self-employed persons as well as other suffering due to disaster.

To file a claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) due to Hurricane Irma please click HERE.

To be eligible for DUA, you must file your claim by Tuesday, October 31, 2017, for the following counties:

Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Levy, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia.

If you need assistance with filing your initial DUA application, please call 1-800-385-3920. For any other questions about your DUA claim, please call 1-800-204-2418.

If you need to submit Proof of Earnings for a DUA claim, please upload the documents through your CONNECT inbox or fax to 1-800-222-7934.

As of September 30, 2017, the DUA line will extend its hours to include Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in addition to our normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.


You must provide the following information to complete your application:
Social Security number.
Alien registration number and expiration date (if applicable).
Name and address of your last employer.
If you worked in another state during the past two years, have the name and address of the out-of-state employer.
If self-employed and have proof of self-employment for the past two years. (For example, W-2 statements, state or federal tax returns, bank records of accounts, statement from a bank showing your business account, or a copy of title or deed to a business property.)
If you were scheduled to work but could not work due to the disaster, you must have the name and address of the employer and date you were scheduled to work.

Disaster Food Assistance This Weekend - Long Lines Expected

LABELLE, FL. -- The Florida Department of Children and Families will be on Forrey Drive between Cowboy Way and State Road 80 at the Sports Park on the east side of the city of LaBelle on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. taking applications for two months of food assistance for disaster victims.

If you qualify, you will get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card good for 90 days to spend at any store for food. Your benefits are loaded onto the EBT card and it works just like a debit card at most grocery stores.

General Program RequirementsYou may qualify for Food for Florida if you meet the conditions below:
You do not already get help through the regular state SNAP; current SNAP households may qualify for supplemental disaster or replacement benefits (Current SNAP household already received automatic payment for two months food on their EBT cards earlier this month).
You were living in or, in some cases, working in the declared area at the time of the disaster.
You have at least one of the disaster-related effects or expenses below:
Home or business damage or repairs.
Temporary shelter or evacuation expenses.
Home or business protection.
Personal injury, including funeral expenses.
Income loss, or delayed or no access to income.
Food loss, in some cases, with no other disaster expenses.

Eligibility is based on your “disaster gross income” (DGI). When you apply, your caseworker follows the steps below to get your DGI: Add take-home pay, unearned income (like public assistance payments), and liquid resources (like bank accounts and cash on hand). Then subtract unreimbursed disaster-related expenses.

The maximum DGI is set each year based on household size. If your DGI is less than the maximum, you may qualify for Food for Florida.

Editor's Note: While the formulas for determining eligibility are complex, they can be calculated by using either actual disaster expenses against family income, or using a "standard" expense deduction formula which includes disaster-related expenses, such as loss of income and property repairs. Here is the chart.

Florida DCF certification staff must review your case to see if you qualify. You may apply for benefits in one of two ways: Apply in person at an application site, or Pre-register online and report to a local site to show proof of identity.

Visit the Food for Florida website to apply.

Editor's Note: It is probable that there will be long lines at the site this weekend with an hour or more waiting. It is suggested to go to the online website noted above to apply before you go to the LaBelle location.

Visit the ACCESS Service Center Locations page to find a center near you where you can apply.

Delia Reyes-Rosario Dies At 83

Delia Reyes-Rosario, age 83, of LaBelle, passed away October 26, 2017 in LaBelle. She was born Apr. 23, 1934 in Humacao,Puerto Rico , to the late Juan and the late Natalia (Rosario) Reyes.
Survivors include one son: Ramon Ayala of LaBelle, FL and one daughter: Carmen Santana of Orlando, FL, Sister of one brother: Dusty Reyes and three sisters: Elba Rolon, Constancia Rolon and Juanita Reyes, Grandchildren, Ramon Ayala, Jr.;, Derick Velez
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle. The family will receive friends for 1 hour prior. Interment will be Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Obituaries - Fussell, Giddens, Montalvo

Lois Evelyn Fussell passed away on October 22, 2017 in Sebring, Florida.
Lois was born on February 27, 1937 in Sunniland, Florida to Chester and Annie Walker., preceeded in death by her sister Shirley Handley. .
Lois left behind her husband of 36 years Lyoid Fussell, and a brother Novell Walker. She was blessed with 4 children, 3 step-children, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and numerous loved ones. She will be missed by many
Graveside Service will be held at Fort Denaud Cemetery LaBelle, FL. on Wednesday October 25th at 11AM. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Grace F. Giddens, age 100, of Clewiston, passed away October 21, 2017 in Clewiston.
She was born Sep. 26, 1917 in Milledgeville, Georgia, to William Penn and Cora Christine (Jackson) Frazier. Grace married Claud Giddens; he preceded her in death on June 24, 1988. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Clewiston. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed by her entire family.
Survivors include one daughter; Christine Beatty of Clewiston, ten grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Grace is also preceded in death by her two sons, Robert "Bobby" Giddens, Richard M. Giddens, MD, four sisters, one brother, and one son-in-law; Lionel Beatty.
Celebration of life will be held at 11 am Thursday, October 26th in First Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Brannan officiating, visitation will be from 9:30 am until the service also at the church. Burial will take place in Ridgelawn Cemetery next to her husband, Claud. Celebration arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Clewiston
Eddie Montalvo, age 20, of Clewiston, passed away October 19, 2017 in Clewiston  He was born Jan. 18, 1997 in Belle Glade, FL, to Eduardo and Maria (Duprey) Montalvo.
Eddie was a self-employed contactor. He is survived by his Mother Maria (Duprey), three brothers: Marc Perez, Alex Perez and Mauricio Perez., and two sisters: Wilmarie Perez and Ednamary Montalvo all of Clewiston,

Low Interest Disaster Loan Deadline November 9

SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster. Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters. Loan terms can be up to 30 years.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

Economic injury disaster loans are also available to provide disaster related working capital to small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use  711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

Additional information on recovery centers and the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. For more information about SBA recovery assistance, visitwww.sba.gov/disaster.

Ineligible For Disaster Assistance?

FEMA Letter Says You Are Ineligible for Disaster Assistance?
That May Not Be the Last Word

ORLANDO, Fla. – Applicants for FEMA disaster assistance should not consider the initial determination letter from the agency ruling them ineligible for disaster assistance as the final word. FEMA offers these tips to keep in mind if you receive such a letter:

·         Applicants must read their letters carefully.
 It may explain any problems that could be corrected. You may need to provide additional information or documents. If a mistake has been made, you should let FEMA know right away by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

  • Everyone has the right to appeal any FEMA decision.
Appeals may relate to eligibility, the amount or type of help provided, a late application, a request to return money, or continuing help. If you were determined ineligible due to insurance coverage—but had under insured or uninsured losses—you can appeal the decision by submitting your insurance settlement paperwork. The appeal must be sent and postmarked within 60 days after you receive the letter.
  • In your appeal letter, explain why you think the decision about the amount or type of assistance is not correct. You will need to include your full name, the nine digit FEMA registration number and the four digit disaster number.
  • Be sure to sign the letter and include a copy of a state-issued identification card, such as a driver’s license. If you cannot do that, write: “I hereby declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
  • Date the appeal letter and include the FEMA application number and the disaster number (DR-4337) and mail or fax it to:
FEMA National Processing Service Center
P. O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
            FAX: 800-827-8112; Attention: FEMA

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Jean McDaniel Dies At 50

Jean R. McDaniel, age 50, of LaBelle, passed away October 18, 2017 in Lehigh Acres.
She was born Oct. 20, 1966 in Ft. Myers, FL, to the late Tifton R. and the late Betty Jean (Eatman) McDaniel.
Jean Renee McDaniel 50, of Labelle passed away Wednesday October 18, 2017 at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres. She was born in Ft. Myers. She was predeceased by her parents Tifton and Betty Jean. Surviving are her son Robert R. McDaniel; sisters: Stella (Doug) Smith, Mona (Dixie) Sharpe, Susie Crews, and Dawn McDaniel; beloved niece Jeni Bowen as well as several other nieces and nephews. 
Services will be private, contributions may be made to Hope Hospice in her memory. Arrangements are being handled by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle Chapel.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Debris Pickup Reaching Final Stages

Debris removal services will be completing their final pass for horticulture debris pick up on public roads in the Cities of Clewiston and LaBelle beginning Monday, October 23.
Residents living on public roads in these areas are asked to put their debris by the road for this final pickup.
Residents are asked to stack and separate debris for efficient pick up as seen in the graphic below:
Household hazardous waste items should NOT be placed with debris. It must be taken to the household hazardous waste facilities which are located on both sides of the County.
·         LaBelle - 1360 Forestry Division Road, LaBelle, FL. 33935
7:30 am - 12:30 pm / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 am -12:00 pm
·         Clewiston - 1381 Evercane Road, Clewiston, FL. 33440
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturdays: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Household hazardous waste items include:
·         Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides & Insecticides
·         Batteries, all types                                                                           
·         Liquid Paint & Thinners
·         Motor Oil, Brake & Transmission Fluid, Gasoline & Antifreeze
·         Solvents & Degreasers
·         Nail Polish & Remover
·         Oven & Drain Cleaners
·         Mildew Removers
·         Swimming Pool Chemicals
·         Cleansers: Upholstery/All Purpose, etc.
·         Fluorescent Tubes (Containing Mercury)  
·         Thermometers (Containing Mercury)
For more information on household hazardous waste, please visit: www.hendryfla.net/household_hazardous_waste
Since beginning work on September 22, debris haulers contracted by Hendry County have picked up 198,300 cubic yards of debris throughout the County.
Debris pick-up is now occurring on private roads with permission from HOA and POA.
The County is working to obtain right of entry for Phillips Road and will have Hendry County employees on site to help expedite processing right of entry forms. 

Eddie Montalvo Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Eddie Montalvo died Thursday night after a crash in Montura Ranch Estates at 9:49 p.m.

Noel Garcia Perez, 23 of Clewiston in a 2009 Chevy Malibu was traveling south on N Hacienda Street, south of Bald Cypress Avenue. Eddie Montalvo, 20 of Clewiston was traveling north on N Hacienda Street, just south of Bald Cypress Avenue on a 2006 Suzuki SV650 motorcycle.

Perez stated that he was unable to see the motorcycle approaching due to headlights from another
vehicle that was approaching in the northbound lane behind it. Perez was making a left turn
into his driveway and turned left, into the path of the motorcycle.

The front of the cycle struck the right front of the car. The collision caused Montalvo to separate from the motorcycle which propelled to an uncontrolled rest onto the grass shoulder east of the roadway.

The Chevy was at final rest by the entrance of the driveway facing east. Perez was charged with failure of right of way.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kiwanis Club Installs New Board

On Tuesday, October 3rd the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle welcomed new Leadership. Beth Elaine, the 2017-2018 Kiwanis Lt Governor officially installed new Officers and a new Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle. Officers for 2017-2018:

President - Sue Williams
President Elect- Carole Schroeder
Secretary - Karan Roach
Treasurer - Darlene Soud
Past President - Tim Holland

Board of Directors for 2017-2018:

Sue Williams, Chris Soud, Crystal Rodriguez, Mary Pringle, Mary Ruth Prouty, Judy Paskvan, Kim Holland and Helen Mead

Photo (Left to Right) Chris Soud, Crystal Rodriguez, Mary Pringle, Mary Ruth Prouty, Judy Paskvan, Kim Holland, Helen Mead and Sue Williams

Photo by Helen Mead

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ruben DeLeon Dies At 58

Ruben DeLeon, age 58, of Lehigh Acres, passed away October 13, 2017 in LaBelle.
He was born June 28, 1959 in San Benito, Texas, to the late Crenceniano and the late Petra (Salaz) Deleon. Ruben married Ramona Martinez; she survives.
Also surviving are his step-daughter; Brunny Harrington and her family, brothers; Jose Maria Deleon, Crenceniano Deleon, Jr, Jesus Deleon, Eddie Deleon, Leonardo Deleon, sisters; Irma Deleon, Cruz Deleon, Erma Cervantes, Guadalupe Deleon and Marie Elena Deleon.
Ruben was preceded in death by his parents; Crenceniano and Petra Deleon and one bother; Reynaldo Deleon.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 am Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church with Father Juan Lorenzo presiding, visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6—8 pm in Akin-Davis Funeral Home.
Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Debris Removal At Condos And HOAs

LABELLE, FL. -- FEMA contractors will now pick up storm debris along streets in Homeowner Associations and Condominium complexes.

The Hendry County Engineering Department requests authorized agents only, representing HOA and POA to complete and return a form allowing access to the private roadways as soon as possible to allow debris removal workers right of entry to remove storm debris. Only one form is required per association.

Please pick up the form at the Engineering Department and return the completed form as soon as possible to konan@hendryfla.net or drop off at the Engineering Building located at 99 East Cowboy Way La Belle, FL 33935.

At a future date debris may also be picked up from private roads, and the public will be notified when this program will begin.

Questions can be directed to Kelly O’Nan at (863)-612-4727

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Walking Across Florida - The Keys

Excerpts From A Walk Across Florida by Bob Kranich

Shortly after I left the town of Key Largo I found the old road again. The land was narrow along here and I found myself walking close to the ocean. In the Dove Key area I came upon a man working in his woodworking shop. He hailed me and said,
    “ Where you going?”
Dusting a bunch of wood shavings off his arms he introduced himself.
It seemed that Mr. Schry was retired and kept himself busy with various wood projects, and I found out later some other businesses.
   “It’s getting pretty late, you need a place to camp?”
    “Sounds like a good idea,” I answered.
    “Come along back here. The water is right behind my house. The breeze will keep the mosquitoes away tonight.”          
    “I’m happy to hear that.” I told him where I had camped last night, up on the top of the motel, and he was amazed.
    “I’m an old Keys man, some might call me a Conch,” (born and raised in the Keys), he said, “I’m 69 years old, been here a long time. In fact I remember the railroad running along here. I’ll leave you to your camp. You can get some water up behind the house. There’s a spigot there.”
I dropped my pack in back of the house down towards the shore, grabbed both of my canteens and headed for the water spigot. A real break! While I was getting some water Mr. Schry came out with a heaping paper plate of lasagna.
    “ The missus wants you to have this,” he said.
    “Gee thank you, I haven’t eaten this good since I started my hike over a month ago!”
Thank the Lord for Mrs. Schry’s good cooking! I thought, as I scarfed up the delicious food. After that great supper, I had a swim in the boat basin area. There was no beach back there and the coral rock was too rough to sleep on. I looked around and found a partial sheet of drift plywood. It worked ok for a place to put my sleeping bag on. I set up camp and then settled down to sketch. There was a broken lobster trap amongst the coral rocks and a real nice palm tree nearby. While I was doing this, I watched as a long legged bird fished. In the night I woke and noticed that the tide was up. The moon was bright and beautiful. The mosquitoes were very light but I still used my mosquito-net hat. I was up early in the morning. As I was walking by the house, Mr. Schry waved and hollered out,
    “Bye and good luck,”
    “Thanks for everything,” I said.
I had a later experience with Mr. Schry. When I got to Key West and settled in with my uncle and aunt, I wrote and sent a thank-you card to Mr. and Mrs. Schry. I told them that I was so very thankful for their wonderful hospitality. They had gone the extra mile by letting me, a perfect stranger, stay in their backyard...and then serving me that wonderful plate of lasagna. To my great surprise they wrote back to me immediately in care of my uncle and aunt’s address.
The Schry’s letter…..
Dear Bob,
Your nice letter was received as we were getting ready for a short business trip here and other places in Fla, in relation to my TV Tower business.
It’s seldom, these days, that one, like yourself, will take the time to write and thank one for a favor. Pleased to know that you enjoyed your nite in “Dove Key”, especially the lasagna.
If your by this way, anytime in the future, your welcome to stay by the ocean and perhaps have another dish of lasagna.
Good luck on the balance of your trip.
Very truly yours,
The Schry’s

About the Author: After getting out of the Army Bob Kranich backpacked from the Georgia border to Key West in a 40 day adventure walk across Florida. His recently published book A Walk Across Florida is available from his website or Amazon.com

Friday, October 13, 2017

Report Of Oct 10 Commission Meeting

The following is a highlight of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular meeting held on Tuesday, October 10 at the Commission Chamber in Clewiston City Hall in Clewiston, Florida.

 LaBelle Airport Supplemental Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) for Terminal Building
– The Board approved the supplemental JPA which adds an additional $295,000 to the
LaBelle Airport Terminal Project. FDOT has agreed to participate at 100% of the costs
and has fully funded the project with this Supplemental JPA. The LaBelle Airport
Terminal Project has a total cost of $2,691,048.58. The terminal construction is slated to
begin in early 2018.

 Election of Commissioners – The Board instructed staff to come back with more
information in December to discuss the topic of a contract with a law firm to advise the
County on the steps involved with changing the method of election of County
Commissioners from single-member districts to at-large. This change means that
commissioner districts would be eliminated and Commissioners would represent the
County as a whole. The analysis is a follow up item to the non-binding straw ballot item
on the 2016 referendum where county voters indicated a desire to see countywide voting
be considered by Hendry County.

 STAFF REPORTS; Approval of Interlocal Agreements with the Port of LaBelle
Community Development District and Central County Water Control District Regarding
Debris Removal – The Board approved both interlocal agreements with the Port LaBelle
Community Development District (PLBCDD) and the Central County Water Control
District (CCWCD) for the County's debris removal and monitoring contractors to perform
debris removal services along each district's road rights-of- way.

The Board would like to see a more efficient and expedient option for debris removal in the
future. Staff was directed to begin researching and discussing other contract options that would
allow for the hiring of more local vendors to expedite the clean-up process after a hurricane.

Obituaries - Marjorie Paige, Warren "Tim" Howard

Marjorie Christine Snell Paige, age 90, of Clewiston, passed away October 11, 2017 in Clewiston with her family at her side.
She was born May 13, 1927 in Moore Haven, FL, to William and Stephanie (Van Broeck) Snell. She married Bobby Fry Snell, he preceded her in death on February 3, 2006. Marjorie and Bobby operated the Lakeport grocery store for many years before moving to Clewiston in 1959. Once settled in Clewiston, Marjorie helped Bobby raise their son and operate the ranch. Marjorie was a great mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be severely missed by everyone who knew and loved her. She will be remembered for her great cooking and wonderful guava jelly.
Marjorie leaves behind her loving son; William S. "Steve" Paige and his wife Kathy, grandchildren; Matthew Paige and his wife Lindsey, Cassi Paige Caliendo and her husband Anthony, sister; Joanne Bass and her husband JC of Okeechobee, great grandchildren; Annabeth Paige, Collin Paige, Krista Paige, Samantha Paige, Rylee Caliendo and Hailee Caliendo.
Celebration of Marjorie's life will be celebrated on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in the Pavilion of Ortona Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., visitation will be thirty minutes before the service. Burial will immediately follow in Ortona Cemetery.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.
Warren "Tim" Howard, age 58, went to be with the Lord, October 12, 2017 in Ft. Myers, FL.
He was born Nov. 3, 1958 in Ft. Myers, FL, to the late Donald Earl Howard and Irma Catherine (Dreblow) Howard.
Tim was a life long resident of LaBelle, Florida. He graduated from LaBelle High School in 1976. Tim retired from the South Florida Water Management District, Big Cypress Basin, after 35 years of service. Tim was an avid hunter, loved fishing and being outdoors, as well as spending time with his family and mentoring his many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
He leaves behind his loving wife Lisa Howard, of 35 years, mother: Irma Catherine Howard, brother: Leslie (Cyndee) Howard, Tim is preceded in death by his father: Donald Earl Howard.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Jim Lanier officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the LaBelle Church of God fellowship hall, across from the funeral home. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00-8:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Health Department Location Changes After Hurricane

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County (LaBelle site) was damaged during Hurricane Irma. Temporarily, health department services are being offered at several different locations in LaBelle Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pmNote: The Health Departments in Clewiston and Moore Haven are fully operational.

Note: The Health Department is utilizing space at Hendry Convenient Care for the following Services:
Address: 450 S. Main Street, #1, LaBelle, FL 33935, Phone: (863) 674-4041

  • Clinical and Infectious Disease Services
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthy Start Program
  • Healthy Families Program
  • Ryan White Clinical Services

Note: WIC Services are utilizing space at Family Health Centers
Address: 930 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935, Phone: (863) 674-4078
  • Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) services

Note: Vital Statistic Services are being offered at the Supervisor of Elections Office in the Hendry County Courthouse.
  • Vital Statistic Services (Birth and Death Certificates)

 Note: Environmental Health and Public Health Emergency Preparedness are utilizing space at the Hendry County Special Districts Building.
Address: 3300 Utility Drive, LaBelle,FL 33935
Note: Water samples are only received on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8am to 4:30pm and on Wednesdays from 8am to noon.

Other Services

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Farm And Ranch Hurricane Recovery Assistance

The U. S. Department of Agriculture Service Center in Glades County is hosting a disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshop Oct. 19, 4 p.m. at 24704 US Highway 27, Moore Haven, Fla. and Nov. 2, 5 p.m. at the Hendry County Extension Office, Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center, 1085 Pratt Boulevard, LaBelle, Fla. 33935 

The event is free and open to the public.

Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will present information on the various disaster assistance programs and resources available for farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

Workshop topics include emergency assistance for livestock & crop-related expenses and losses; financial assistance programs to help with farm and farmland damage; deadlines for applying for disaster assistance programs and programs to help with restoration and rehabilitation of farm and ranch land.

For more information contact Mike Nordlund, 239-214-3110. Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting, should contact Mike Nordlund, 239-214-3110 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by Oct. 16.

Monkey Breeding Controversy Ends At Court Of Appeal

LABELLE, FL. -- Today, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal affirmed Circuit Court Judge James Sloan’s decision in the Williams Stephens, Carol Grey, and Keely Cinkota vs. Hendry County case that Hendry County did not violate the Sunshine Law regarding the zoning permissions for monkey breeding facilities in the county.

The original lawsuit was filed by the plaintiffs in 2014 in regard to the County’s allowance of non-human primate breeding facilities on agriculturally-zoned lands in Hendry County.

“We are pleased that the panel of three judges with the Second District Court of Appeal upheld Judge Sloan’s decision that Hendry County did not violate the Sunshine Law,” says Charles Chapman, County Administrator. “Hendry County continues to stand by the rights provided to our property owners contained within the language of our comprehensive plan and land development code.”

This concludes the litigation and no further appeals will be possible say county officials. The County will be seeking to recover from the plaintiffs the court costs that were incurred in the litigation.

See Southwest Florida Online's exclusive original stories on the Monkey Breeding Facilities In Hendry County and the controversy over the last several years.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Multi-Media Rick Smith Event November 1

LaBelle Heritage Museum presents Rick Smith and his multi-media event on his late father Patrick D. Smith best known for his novel "A Land Remembered" at LaBelle High School on Wednesday, November 1, at LaBelle High School Auditorium, 4050 East Cowboy Way starting at 7 o'clock. 

Rick Smith will also present a special program on Patrick Smith's Florida is A Land Remembered, restricted to local schools who have already made arrangements for their students to attend, earlier in the day. 

This free program is made possible by a special grant from the Florida Humanities Council and all are welcome, but advance general admission tickets must be obtained by everyone planning to attend at http://eventbrite.com to insure seats.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Health Warning - Private Water Wells May Be Contaminated

Recent Flooding And High Water May Contaminate Water Wells

Recent heavy rainfall and flooding since Hurricane Irma can make your tap water unsafe through contamination of private water wells.

If you are unsure about the safety of your well water use bottled water, disinfected water, or use both boiled and cooled water for drinking, making beverages or ice, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing recent surgical wounds.

Tap water can be disinfected by adding 8 drops of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6% strength), which is about 1/8 tsp or a dime sized puddle, per gallon of water. If a higher strength bleach is used (8.25% strength), only add 7 drops of bleach. Mix the solution and let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination. Iodine or other disinfection tablets (available at sporting goods departments or stores) may also be used.

If your well has been flooded, please call the Florida Department of Health in Hendry County (DOH-Hendry) at 863-302- 6047 for information on how to sample your water and where to bring the sample for bacteriological testing. If the test reveals bacteria, the well and water system need to be disinfected.

It is important to disinfect both well and plumbing water with unscented household bleach to ensure that all infectious agents (germs) are killed. If you have water treatment devices, remove all membranes, cartridges, and filters; replace with new ones after the disinfection process is completed.

DOH recommends the following steps to disinfect a contaminated well:

 If the water is discolored before adding the bleach, run the water until it is clear for up to 10 minutes. If after a while the water does not clear up, wait until you have clear water before proceeding, as this means your well may still be affected by the flooding.
 Turn off the pump
 Turn off and then drain your hot water heater, as bleach is not effective in water above 105 degrees.
 Remove all membranes, cartridges, and filters. Replace with new ones after the disinfecting process is completed.
 To avoid adding contamination to the well during disinfection, clean the work area around the top of the well. Then remove grease and mineral deposits from accessible parts of the well head and flush the outside surfaces with 1/2 cup of unscented household bleach in 5 gallons of water.
 Disinfect the pump. Remove the cap or the well plug on the rubber seal. There are many types of well caps and plugs. If you have questions, contact a licensed well driller. If you have a jet pump, you may also want to contact a licensed well driller for advice on disinfection procedures.
 Consult the bleach chart and pour the recommended amount of regular unscented bleach (4 to 8.25% strength) solution into the well. Try to coat the sides of the casing as you pour. If you get bleach on the pump or wiring, flush it thoroughly with fresh water to prevent later corrosion.

Well Depth in Feet Well Diameter in Inches
          2”       4”        5”         6”
20’ 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup
30’ 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup 2 cups
40’ 1 cup 1 cup 2 cups 2 cups
50’ 1 cup 2 cups 2 cups 3 cups
80’ 1 cup 2 cups 1 qt 1 qt
100’ 1 cup 3 cups 1 qt 1.5 qts
150’ 2 cups 1 qt 2 qts 2.5 qts
200’ 3 cups 1.5 qts 2.5 qts 3 qts

Conversions 8 oz = 1 cup /16 oz = 1 pint = 2 cups
24 oz = 3 cups / 32 oz = 1 quart / 48 oz = 1.5 quarts
64 oz = 2 quarts / 80 oz = 2.5 quarts / 96 oz = 3 quarts

 Re-cap or plug the well opening and wait 30 minutes.
 Turn on and, if needed, re-prime the pump. Open all the faucets on the system one at a time.

Start with the ones outside to limit the amount of water entering the septic system, especially if the drainfield area is flooded. Allow the water to run until there is a noticeable smell of bleach.

You may also want to flush the toilets. If you have outside faucets, you may want to direct the water away from sensitive plants. If you cannot detect a bleach odor, repeat the disinfecting process.

 Turn off all the faucets and allow the bleach to remain in the system for at least eight hours.
 Backwash water softeners, sand filters, and iron removal filters with bleach water.
 Again, open all the faucets and run the water until there is no bleach smell—for up to 15 minutes. Again, start with the ones outside, close to the well first. This will limit the amount of both bleach and water from entering and possibly effecting the septic tank and drainfield.


The only way to verify that the water is safe to drink is to have it tested by a certified laboratory.

Although chlorine bleach is effective against most microorganisms, it will not remove chemical contamination that may have gotten into your well. If chemical contamination occurred, use commercially produced bottled water until a safe water source is obtained. Contact DOH-Glades for sampling instructions to get your water tested.

For further information, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/ or contact DOH-Glades at 863-946- 0707.