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Welcome To Our Community and OnLine Clewiston
Clewiston, Florida - The Sweetest Town In AmericaFIRST POPULATED: 1915, when a group of Japanese farmers relocated from California.
INTERESTING FACTS: Billed as "America's Sweetest Town," Clewiston is a community of vast open spaces on the southwest shore of Lake Okeechobee in Hendry County. In 1920, former Philadelphians John and Marian Horwitz O'Brien and Tampa banker A.C. Clewis came to Clewiston when it was just a tiny farming and fishing community called Sand Point. They, along with Bernard G. Dahlberg, a Chicago businessman, discovered that soil surrounding Lake Okeechobee was ideal for growing sugar cane and created the Southern Sugar Corp. In 1931, the company reorganized as U.S. Sugar Corp., which is still the biggest landowner and largest employer in Clewiston.
(Photo) Clewiston is proud of it's new library facility....
The fishing is good here. Lake Okeechobee teems with bass, blue gills, shellcrackers (a sun fish) and speckled perch (crappie). Besides recreational fishing, the lake holds a big cache of catfish for commercial fishermen. A 110-mile long Florida Scenic Trail winds around the rim of the lake's 35-foot high dike, accessible to bicycles and hikers.
The annual Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show is held in March.
The annual Sugar Festival is held in April.
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