State Attorney's Office
1045 Pratt Boulevard
Labelle, Florida 33935
Post Office Drawer 387
Labelle, Florida 33975
Office Head: Abraham R. Thornburg
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Much of Hendry County's land is wetlands. A large part of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation is in the southern portion of the county. The County was established in 1923 from a portion of Lee County and named for Captain Francis Asbury Hendry, an early settler and "the cattle king of South Florida." Hendry County is east of Ft. Myers and south of Lake Okeechobee and is bordered by Glades, Lee, Collier, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The county has 1,163 square miles with 28 square miles of water. The average January temperature is 64.0 degrees F, and the average August temperature is 81.2 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 49.95 inches.
With a population close to forty thousand, farms make up 71% of land in the county. Hendry County is the state's leading producer and refiner of sugarcane, which is grown on the rich muck lands around Lake Okeechobee. It can also boast of being one of the citrus capitals in the state. Other leading crops are sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes.
Labelle is the County Seat and its borders bulge every year in February for the Swamp Cabbage Festival. Clewiston, which is about a half hour to the east, is know for its Sugar Festival held every year in April.