BUCKHEAD RIDGE — It was a full evening of food and information for BHR residents when they met Oct. 25, at the Community Center. Stu Taylor began the meeting with a report from the Mosquito Control District. He reported a lot of hurricane debris in the canals as well as dumping of yard waste. They are applying to FEMA for some assistance in cleaning the canals. He suggested residents could help by removing such debris and putting it in front of the house so it can be collected at the next trash pickup. They are soliciting a team of workers to help get this done.
The community voted to donate $500 to the Wreaths Across America program which, on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. will honor Veterans graves throughout Okeechobee and Glades Counties.
Commissioner Tim Stanley reported that Glades County was the last county to receive the ordered hurricane debris pickups. He also mentioned that FDOT is considering expansion of SR 78 to four lanes, however, nothing is set yet. The need for this is creation of Lakefront Estates with a 1,300 unit development with 2.3 units per acre on the 550 acre site.
There are plans for three turn lanes into the property which will accommodate only homes, not trailers. There will be a few lakes, but no canals and no water outlets to the rim canal. There is a proposed shopping center facing the highway.
Stanley also updated the prospects for a sidewalk beside SR 78, running from Lake Drive to the Dollar General. A retaining wall will be installed to a depth of four feet to secure the stability of the sidewalk. He also confirmed there will be a Catfish Festival Jan. 28, the last Saturday in January, at the BHR Community Center.
Glades County Manager Marcos Montes de Oca, said the new community will be a help to both the BHR Community and Glades County as it will increase the tax base which will provide more benefits to the county.
All Buckhead Ridge residents are invited to the pot luck dinner/meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Community Center located behind the Fire Station. For more information, call the office of Vickie Anderson at 863-634-4106.