News Cast 3/16

News Cast for March 16th:

Burn planned on Lake

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission plan a prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee this week when weather conditions permit.

The prescribed burn in Moonshine Bay Marsh will be reviewed and authorized by the Florida Forest Service.

Wind and humidity play a huge role in deciding when the burn should occur.

The proposed area for the burn is between 1,500 and 1,700 acres.  It includes about 580 acres of cattails and other vegetation.

Farm bill nears passage in Senate

Glades region Mayors Steve Wilson of Belle Glade, Joe Kyles of South Bay and Keith Babb of Pahokee have supported a bill to protect farms against nuisance lawsuits.

It would limit actions to those that live within one half mile of a farm.

Sponsor of the bill Senator Jason Brodeur said it expands on the right to farm Act of the 1970s.

“This bill will strengthen ag-tourism protections.  Corn growers can have a maze, berry farmers can have a u-pick and vineyards may have a wedding business.”

Critics said the bill will make it harder to sue sugar farms for burning cane.

Glades Electric re-elects trustees

All six board trustees on the ballot were re-elected by members at the annual meeting of the Glades Electric Cooperative on Saturday.

The cooperative also handed out two grand prizes, a $2,500 bill credit and a 2008 Ford Explorer 4×4.

Donald Witmer and Josephine Lopez were the winners of the grand prize drawing.

Jim Aul received 351 votes, Tyler Pugh 350 votes, Angela Hodges 344 votes, Lee Henderson 351, Jack Coxe 351, and Barney Goodman 347 votes in the annual election.

Chairman Jack Coxe told members that 2021 may have been their best year ever, “In this unprecedented time the business of the cooperative had to go on.  Can you imagine going through this pandemic without power?”

Coxe said employees stepped up to make sure power continued.

“Our 76th year of operation may have been our best.  This was accomplished despite a temporary halt on disconnections, extended payment plans, and all that could be done to keep rates as low as possible.”

The cooperative saw an increase in meters to over 17,000, a record number, and expect even more growth due to the Air Glades project.