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News Cast for January 12th:

Glades County worried about 721 condition

The deteriorating condition of route 721 was on the agenda of the Glades County commission today.

They decided to mark down the speed limit on the entire length of the road in Glades County through the reservation to 30 miles per hour.

County commission chairman Tim Stanley said he expects some push back on this decision, “I think it’s a good thing for safety.  I don’t think it will last forever.  I think 30 miles per hour might be a tad too slow.  There have been problems out there and we are doing the best that we can.”

The speed would be reduced from the intersection of route 78 in Lakeport to the Highlands County line.

They also will research other safety measures to try and make it safer.

Sugar cane harvests have begun and the big trucks are known to chew up the road.

Glades County also intends to talk with the Florida Department of Transportation to see if they can build up the base of the road before they use money to repave it.

In other actions Commissioners agreed to meet with the Hendry County Commission in LaBelle on January 26th at 2 pm.  The meeting will be held at the LaBelle Civic Center.

On that agenda  are issues like public transportation, the Glades County Regional Training Center, the Air Glades Airport, and modular homes.

The commission also agreed to restart a look for a new county manager.  Bob Jones has indicated he would like to retire at the end of 2021.

The commission would like to have his successor hired by the summer time so the person can work with Jones to learn the job and offer a smooth transition.

County Manager Jones reported they distributed 427 COVID vaccines on the first day and 357 doses on the second day.  He said there is no current timetable for more vaccine.  He said there also is no plan on a second dose of the vaccine.

Lakeport will hold the annual Sour Orange Festival this Saturday.

It is unlikely a Catfish Festival will be held in Buckhead Ridge this year.