Tuesday May 5th, 2020 News

Governor Ron DeSantis announced state parks reopened access to trails and some day-use areas yesterday, including some beach access with limited facilities. People are asked to practice proper social distancing and limit group size to no more than ten people and stay six feet apart. More information can be found by logging on to www.floridastateparks.com.

Officials from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) have announced that it began re-opening several district managed lands Thursday for active recreation only. In re-opening them, the Water Management District officials say they will continue to follow recommendations from Governor DeSantis and others to minimize activities that result in large gatherings. Active recreational activities like hiking, biking, boating and fishing are allowed. Passive activities like picnicking, camping and gatherings of more than ten people are not permitted. For more information on re-opened District areas, log on to their website at SFWMD.gov/recreation.

Select Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) managed lands in South Florida also re-opened Thursday morning with limited public use. Log on to www.myfwc.com for more information.

If you feel the need, you can still be tested for COVID-19 at the Clewiston Center on the three hundred block of W.C. Owen Avenue in Clewiston and now the Florida Department of Health in Hendry County has partnered with Quest Diagnostics to be a collection site for COVID-19 testing. This will expand testing capabilities in Hendry and Glades Counties. Appointments can be made at the Clewiston Health Department on Tuesdays from 10 am to 12 noon at (863) 983-1408 and appointments can be made at the LaBelle Health Department on Fridays from 10 am to 12 noon at (863) 674-4041. Residents in both counties need to contact their healthcare provider for more information on the process.

Florida Highway Patrol and Hendry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash with injuries on State Road 29 in Hendry County yesterday. FHP says, the crash caused a complete road block that delayed traffic for some time before being cleared. The crash remains under investigation.

 A massive hunting plantation that sits on one of the biggest private tracts of land in Florida just hit the market. Located in Okeechobee at 2399 NE 224th St., Quail Creek Plantation was first purchased from a rancher in 1998 by the late Harris W. “Whit” Hudson. The property has since expanded to a 3,150-acre high-end sportsman destination. According to the listing, Quail Creek comes with a 14-acre lake fully stocked with largemouth bass, 400 acres of high-fenced game hunting, four quail courses, dove fields, a tower for continental pigeon shoots, a helicopter pad, clay grounds with two 14-station automated sporting clay courses, and facilities able to keep up to 4,000 birds and 60 dogs on site. The property also includes a 5,000-square-foot master house, 11 cabins, staff housing, and an 8,000-square-foot guest lodge. As of now, the property is asking $25 million, and the listing agent is Billy Nash of Illustrated Properties.

It’s amnesty week for Hendry County residents. This is an opportunity to bring accepted waste to your local transfer station for proper disposal. It also an effort to keep our county beautiful by helping to prevent piles of debris from collecting on our curbs and road sides. Typically, residents are charged a fee by weight to drop off items. Sean Scheffler, director of public works says, this week, its free! Both the Clewiston Transfer station and the LaBelle Transfer Station are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

Both LaBelle High School and Clewiston High Schools celebrated their senior classes of 2020 Friday night called Be The Light. We checked out Cane Field to see what all the fuss was about. Horns honking, lights flashing and signs waving in celebration of the graduating seniors. Staff members stood in the stands, on the track and even took to the field, bearing signs, balloons and of course, their most decorative accessory, a face mask. Alana Ali was there with her son Dakota, a graduating senior who also received his AA Degree. We were unable to reach a LaBelle High School Graduate for comment, but we’d be happy to hear from ! Connect with us at nicole@gladesmedia.com and tell us your LaBelle High School Be the Light Experience.