Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board is encouraging the public to participate in this month’s board meeting on Thursday, June 11. As part of the District’s efforts to increase public engagement, the public can submit written public comment ahead of the meeting online, in addition to providing spoken public comment during the meeting. Participants can register to watch the meeting using Zoom by clicking here. To review the agenda and meeting materials, go to For a full list of all upcoming public meetings, refer to the Meeting Calendar at

A successful, peaceful protest was held in front of the Hendry County Courthouse on the evening of Monday, June 8. The protest was against the unjust killing of Minnesota resident George Floyd at the hands of police. About 80 people came out in LaBelle, not including those passing through honking their horns and waving in support of the movement, as protesters held signs and chanted phrases in support of justice for Floyds death. Hendry County Sheriffs Office was on the scene, apparently to ensure things did not get out of hand. According a Facebook post, another march is being planned for June 13, at 8:00 a.m. Visit LaBelle’s Peaceful March for Justice Event Facebook page for details.

The latest number Covid-19 cases in Hendry County is 572. Test results for more than 32,600 individuals throughout the state, were reported to the DOH as of midnight, on Monday. As of 11 a.m. yesterday, there are 1,096 new positive COVID-19 cases and 53 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19. 19 people have died in Hendry County alone. Testing for the Coronavirus will take place today from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting) at the Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston: 1100 S. Olympia. Residents of Hendry and Glades Counties can secure an appointment for testing by calling the Hendry County Health Department Clewiston (863) 983-1408, LaBelle (863) 674-4041 or Moore Haven (863) 946-0707. There are no criteria for testing, however, appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years and older. Appointments will not be made more than one week in advance. No same-day appointments will be made. No “walk-ins” accepted. Additionally, no anti-body testing is available. This is a “drive-thru” service. All individuals must stay in their vehicles during the process (during registration and while being tested). Persons tested will be notified by phone of their results. Results may take 5 business days.

June is Tree Trimming Amnesty Month. The City will haul trimmings from trees that are trimmed on residential properties and offered for collection at the curb free of charge. Trimmings must be cut in lengths no longer than four feet and four inches across and must be stacked in an orderly manner so that the grab loaders can pick them up quickly and efficiently. Amnesty is not for commercial properties. For questions, call 983-1471 and ask for Jay.

License-free fishing days are a great way for Florida residents and visitors to get out on the water and find out why Florida is known as the Fishing Capital of the World. This day is part of eight total license-free fishing days the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers each year. All bag limits, closed areas and size restrictions apply on these dates. Visit to learn more.  For fishing regulations and tips, visit and to renew or purchase a fishing license, visit  License-free freshwater days are June 13 and 14, 2020. A snook or spiny lobster permit are also not required on these days.