Hendry County

Photo: Rachel Iacovone, WGCU

The recovery from Hurricane Irma is beginning to dwarf the storm itself: many are still without power, grocery stores are still lean on supplies, and public sewage systems continue to back up into some neighborhoods. Inland counties like Hendry, and coastal communities from the Florida Keys to Everglades City, still face acute needs that mean a return to routine may yet be weeks or months away.

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Record rainfall led to a soggy week for much of Southwest Florida. Portions of Collier, Hendry, and Lee Counties went from drought to deluge in just hours. Flooding shut down Marco Island and Everglades City, and flood watch advisories were in effect for much of the week elsewhere. In the wake of the rain, we'll review what homeowners need to know. 

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Weeks after lawmakers wrapped up their work in Tallahassee, Gov. Rick Scott is calling them back to the capital for a special session. On Gulf Coast Live, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo joins the show to discuss what she's focusing on for Southwest Florida when it comes to the state budget and the special session.

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Feb 17, 2017
Amy Bennett Williams

Hendry County may be a sparsely populated and mostly rural region, but it also holds a wealth of historic markers.  In this week’s encore essay, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us to the LaBelle Ranch Supply store, where among the bags of deer pellets, cattle cubes and hog feed for sale, she discovered a historic treasure marking the lives and hard work of the region’s cattlemen who’ve passed on.

Photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Wikimedia Creative Commons

A water resources bill in front of Florida lawmakers is proposing the State of Florida buy roughly 60,000 acres of land Lake Okeechobee to store excess water and avoid water discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. The plan could cost billions of dollars and require purchases of land from private and corporate landowners.

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