Friday December 10, 2021

The Hendry County School District and Hendry County Board of County Commissioners held a joint meeting on December 7th to discuss redistricting plans. County Attorney Mark Lapp presented two revisions to the plan that would be evaluated by the school board for approval. Attorney Lapp said both plans would meet the requirements of a 10% population difference between the largest populated district and the least populated district, which is a legal requirement. The HCSD voted to adopt a resolution for the new boundaries. Hendry County BOCC will adopt its map during its regular meeting Dec. 14.

The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Dinner on Tuesday December 7. The dinner is one of the largest fundraisers of the year. The event was held outside on Bond Street in Clewiston, and was complete with a stage, plenty of seating, and a massive grill. Director of the Chamber Hilary Hylsope says, the purpose of the chamber dinner is to celebrate the business community as well as the community at large. And celebrate they did. The dinner, which is open to the public, was attended by leaders in the community, business owners, as well as friends and supporters of the city. Cynedra Blake, Assistant Executive Director at Clewiston Chamber says, with all of the behind-the-scenes planning, setting up and organizing, the outcome was well worth it. The evenings honorees included Lifetime Membership Honoree Shari Howell, New Chamber Business of the Year Hampton Inn, Business of the Year Clewiston Florist, and Non-Profit Member of the Year First United Methodist Church.  

Crimes Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Undrea Jones. His last known address is SE 4th Ave, South Bay. He is wanted for Burglary While Armed and Violation of a Domestic Violence Injunction. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Undrea Jones, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Forty-five students at Seminole Ridge High School’s Construction Academy, have worked all year on a home that will be donated to a family in need. The home was recently delivered to a lot in Belle Glade. Once the entire home is moved, it’s expected to be finished in March. That’s when a family is expected to move in. This is the ninth home the Seminole Ridge Construction Academy has built and donated to Habitat for Humanity. According to a news source, the academy starts on a new home next month.

A new survey from Lending Tree reports Florida saw a 29% increase in rents since the beginning of the year, the highest in the country, according to the study. An analyst by the name of Nick Vinzant works for a division of Lending Tree known as Quote Wizard. They found rent in Florida is rising faster than anywhere in the nation. Vinzant says in general, the hikes are being driven by a lack of affordable housing and people moving here from higher-cost areas. Several landlords in Hendry and Western Palm Beach County have admitted, the demand for rental properties is much higher now, than the supply.

Earlier this year, Pahokee city officials had a public discussion about affordable rental housing at the site where the hospital used to sit. According to an affiliate, in March, the city sold six acres of land to a developer to begin the project. The proposal reportedly includes 60 apartments to be built. The city said developers are expected to break ground on the project right after the new year. The goal is to have families move in by late 2022. The complex is tentatively named Everglades Memorial Gardens, and will offer an on-site community center, space for a day care center and greenspace. Another complex is expected to be built on the site of the former Everglades High School.