Located on the banks of Lake Okeechobee, the area now known as Clewiston was once a fishing camp for the Seminole Indians.
The first permanent settlement did not come until the 1920’s. During that time, large sugar plantations were built around Lake Okeechobee. Because of the amount of sugar plantations in Clewiston, it became known as “America’s Sweetest Town”. The U.S. Sugar Corporation is the largest manufacturer in the city.
While sugar mills remain the dominant manufacturer in Clewiston, the city has also diversified its production to include citrus, vegetables, and cattle.
Clewiston has also become famous for its sports fishing, particularly the largemouth bass. Noted fisherman Roland Martin is from Clewiston.
Clewiston is well known for its scenery and nature, highlighted by the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and the Big Water Heritage Trail.
Clewiston is also centrally located in the state making drives to either the east coast or west coast of Florida a short trip.
Clewiston’s government is a Mayor and commission form of government. The five member commission is elected in the general election. Members of the commission then appoint a Mayor and Vice-Mayor by majority vote.
The Clewiston Police Department is responsible for policing the city.
Clewiston has its own volunteer fire department. There are three fire stations located in Clewiston.
Clewiston is part of the Hendry County School District.
According to the 2010 census report, the population of Clewiston is 7,155 people, an increase of 10.8% since 2000. There are 2,684 total homes with 1,555 occupied by owner.
The racial makeup of Clewiston in 2010 was;
- 61.4% Non-Hispanic White
- 12.7% African-American
- 48.7% Hispanic
- .8% American Indian
- 2.3% Asian
- 2.9% reporting two or more races
The average high temperature in Immokalee is 84. The average low temperature is 60. The warmest months of the year are July and August with average high temperatures during the day of 91. The coldest month of the year is January where the average low temperature is 49.
- Clewiston Museum
- Big Cypress Indian Reservation
- Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
- Dixie Crystal Theatre
- Clewiston Sugar Festival
- Seminole Heritage Festival
Clewiston Resource Links