Destination Lake Okeechobee 2018

Destination Lake Okeechobee 2018

Below you will find a link to the online inaugural issue of Destination Lake Okeechobee 2018, accessible when you click on the front cover picture below. The support of the advertisers, businesses, and community members has enabled the design and publication of the very first regional guide for our area. The hope from this yearly publication is that it will help promote tourism and economic development for all of our wonderful communities and businesses around the...
Lake Okeechobee Staycation Ideas

Lake Okeechobee Staycation Ideas

Staycation, a period in which you or your family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance and sleeping in your own bed at night, can be a fun way to see things that are right near you. Clewiston, also known as “America’s Sweetest Town,” offers the Sugarland Express tour of a local farm and mill (you even get to chew on some sugarcane) and a three-hour boat cruise that explains the lake’s historic and natural heritage. Also, to learn even more, visit the Clewiston Museum in the old police station and jail. The Seminole Indians originally named the lake “Big Water” and depended on it for food in earlier times. Today, Big Cypress Seminole Reservation lies close to their Big Water. Here visitors can learn more about native culture at the clever Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. Have a bite at the Swamp Water Café and take an airboat ride to an Indian camp with Billie Swamp Safari. Maybe you want to have a campout for a day or two. Your kids will love the Clewiston/Lake Okeechobee Campground. The campground has a playground, bounce house and game room. You’ll love the pull-thru sites, heated pool and camp store. And don’t forget the Lawrence E. Will Museum located right here in Belle Glade. Their mission is to collect, conserve, display, and organize – for educational and research goals – the artifacts, memorabilia, photographic and written records pertinent to this...
Black Gold

Black Gold

To celebrate the annual end of the harvest season, the entire Glades Region comes together with friends and family at the Black Gold Jubilee for fabulous food, country music,  parade and firework show. Join the fun, join the festivities. Come out and celebrate our Black...

A Tribute to the Glades Community

During times of crisis it’s wonderful to see how we as a community come together to help those in need. Whether providing help in putting up shutters, opening your home to neighbors and friends, and even providing food for those without power, this community always rises to the challenge and gets things done. “There is no such thing as society,” Margaret Thatcher famously said in 1987. “There are individual men and women, and there are families.” The people in the Glades have lived by this for years and it has made our community stronger and more resilient through the many crisis’s we have had to face. This is a tribute to what a great community we live in. Glades Gas is proud to be part of this family....

September 16th – A Day In Glades History – The Unnamed Storm of 1928

                      On the evening of September 16, 1928 a strong cat-4 Hurricane crashed into the east coast of Palm Beach County Florida with sustained winds of 140-MP. When the storm moved inland and reached the Lake Okeechobee area later that night, the strong winds piled the water up at the South end of the lake, topping the levee and drowning 2500 people who lived in towns such as Belle Glade, Chosen, Pahokee and South Bay. In 1976 this beautiful 8-ton, 6-foot bronze statue was dedicated in remembrance to the people that died in the second deadliest Hurricane to ever strike the United States. Many of us pass it every day as we travel down heavily traveled Main Street. Today let us all take a moment to remember those Glades pioneers who lost their lives in this deadly storm. With storm season still in effect, don’t forget to top of your tanks to be...

Lawrence E. Will Museum

        While a lot of us know about the history of the Glades as handed down by our grandparents through their grandparents, it is our responsibility to our children to provide them with the rich history of where we live. Right here in Belle Glade there is a tribute to those who came before us, The Lawrence E. Will Museum.  The Museum of the Glades explores and interprets the “total Glades experience.”  It is the first-ever comprehensive museum exhibition which includes the history and cultural heritage of the people who have lived here from 5,000 years ago to the present. It also includes the unique watershed, its plants, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects.  Accordingly, in the exhibition they are called “The People of the Water.” The Florida Humanities Council helped fund a middle-school curriculum that is called “We Were Here” to teach students about the people, about archaeological practice, and about the process of making historical inferences from available data. The curriculum was prepared by Catherine Smith. Ms. Smith is an educator and an FAU-trained anthropologist/archaeologist who specializes in the people of the Belle Glade Culture. She has written history curricula for the Palm Beach County School District and is a senior resident at the Lawrence E. Will Museum. Her curriculum can be downloaded here. Our children have a mind-expanding opportunity to explore The People of the Water—people who once walked in the very places we live in today so they will never forget where we came from. Enjoy the efficient new air-conditioning system installed by Glades Gas! The Lawrence E. Will Museum is located...