Tuesday December 21, 2021

The Orange Bowl Committee and Palm Beach County broke ground on Phase II of Orange Bowl Field at Pioneer Park in Belle Glade. Phase I included a synthetic turf field, an electronic scoreboard, and bright orange and purple signage. Phase II includes construction of a neighborhood center that will host a variety of educational, wellness and civic uses. The park is the playing site for several teams from the Glades Youth Football League. Current and former NFL players from the area have used the field to conduct youth football camps. The Board of County Commissioners and the Orange Bowl Committee came together to provide a total of $3 million toward the renovation project. An additional $400,000 grant was received from the Quantum Foundation and the NFL Foundation, to assist with the second phase of the project. Phase II is expected to be completed in June 2022. Future plans include a new destination playground and a picnic pavilion.

The holiday festivities continue in the City of Belle Glade as an ice-skating rink opened over the weekend in Town Square. The city’s Christmas tree was officially lit Sunday night, welcoming all the city’s residents into the spirit of Christmas. Mayor Steve Wilson, says, people are always asking for something different in the Glades. He says it’s a unique opportunity being offered for everyone, over the next two weeks. The ice rink will be open to the public on select days and hours, for the remainder of the year: Dec. 20-22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then, from Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 26-31, it will be open from noon to 8 p.m. On Christmas Day, the rink will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The City of Moore Haven introduces a new city manager to the town. With almost 30 years of government experience, Larry Tibbs has worked for the cities of Belle Glade and Lauderdale Lakes. Tibbs announced he plans to use his experience to work with the County on a variety of projects. Redevelopment is his top priority; he says things are off to a good start. And he’s happy to be a part of the upcoming changes.

The inaugural 7 on 7 tournament is scheduled to take place at Cane Field in Clewiston, on Thursday December 23. For the first time ever, veteran Clewiston High School Tigers take on the New School or current players, in a fun and competitive football show down. Eric Green, current CHS football coach says, it’s about inspiring the youth, and supporting the community. Green, who is one of the organizers of the event says, this is his gift, his contribution, to the families of his beloved town, to his beloved sport, and in the spirit. Green says, some NFL players will take the field, as well as many of the Cougar football players from 14 U. The show down begins tomorrow at Cane Field beginning at 5 PM on December 23. The 7 on 7 is free and open to the public.