Old Hendry County Courthouse
|Motto: The Belle of the Caloosahatchee|
Location in Hendry County and the state of Florida
|• Mayor||David A. Lyons|
|• Total||3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)|
|• Land||3.5 sq mi (9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
|• Density||1,169.4/sq mi (457.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||33935, 33975|
|GNIS feature ID||0285188|
LaBelle is a city in and the county seat of Hendry County, Florida, United States. The population was 4,210 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 4,480 . It was named for Laura and Belle Hendry, daughters of pioneer cattleman Francis A. Hendry.
LaBelle hosts the annual Swamp Cabbage Festival, which is held in honor of the Florida state tree during the last full weekend of February. The area's history is exhibited at the LaBelle Heritage Museum.
LaBelle is located at (26.760591, -81.439104).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.2 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.54%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,210 people, 1,440 households, and 995 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,214.0 people per square mile (468.4/km²). There were 1,739 housing units at an average density of 501.4 per square mile (193.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.28% White, 11.26% African American, 0.62% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 12.47% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.35% of the population.
There were 1,440 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,642, and the median income for a family was $39,550. Males had a median income of $26,327 versus $21,979 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,652. About 12.9% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.
In 2010 LaBelle had a population of 4,640. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 43.8% non-Hispanic white, 8.1% African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% non-Hispanic from some other race, 1.6% from two or more races, and 47.0% Hispanic or Latino.
LaBelle began as a settlement on the Caloosahatchee River around the time of Hamilton Disston's efforts to drain the Everglades with the hope of promoting growth. The settlement, which laid on the western edge of Captain Francis A. Hendry's large Monroe County's land, was initially populated with cattle drovers and trappers. By 1891, LaBelle had constructed its first school. In 1909, Captain Hendry subdivided his land to be sold. The majority land holding stake was bought by E. E. Goodno, which increased the size of LaBelle almost twenty times its original size.
In 1925, the Florida Legislature chartered the City of LaBelle, which replaced the Town of LaBelle. D. A. Mitchell was named the first mayor.
LaBelle's education system is made up of three elementary schools (LaBelle Elementary, Country Oaks Elementary, Edward A. Upthegrove Elementary), one middle school (LaBelle Middle) and one high school, LaBelle High.
Swamp Cabbage Festival
The city of LaBelle holds an annual Festival celebrating the state tree, the cabbage palm. The festival includes activities throughout the town including a 5K walk/run, beauty pageant and rodeo among others with the peak of celebration existing at LaBelle's Barron Park.
|List of Past Grand Marshals and Festival Queens|
|Year||Grand Marshal||Festival Queen|
|2013||Mary Bartoshuk||Kayla Keller|
|2012||Nikki Yeager||Mallory Allen|
|2011||Charles Humphries||Olivia Luckey|
|2010||Paul Puletti||Callie Burley|
|2009||David Childs||Daphne Glisson|
|2008||Phil Pelletier||Ashley Pittman|
|2007||William Maddox||Esophia Higgins|
|2006||Pat Langford||Maria Pidgen|
|2005||Martha Raye Humphries||Amanda Pittman|
|2004||Lucretia Strickland||Ashley Rose|
|2003||Rep. Joseph Spratt||Miss Ashley Murray|
|2002||Jack Paul||Miss Catherine Miller|
|2001||Jack Leicht||Miss Brittany Langford|
|2000||Tully Dunlap||Miss Amy Burchard|
|1999||Larry Woosley||Mrs. Melissa Oswald Howell|
|1998||Henry R. Kirby||Miss Amanda Miller|
|1997||Joe Risley, Jr.||Miss Inez DeDeugd|
|1996||Mize Johnson||Miss Jennifer Danforth|
|1995||Clara Hull||Miss Inez DeDeugd|
|1994||Dallas Townsend||Miss Sally Chipman|
|1993||Cecil Akin||Miss Jennifer Danforth|
|1992||William E. Perry||Miss Lynnette White|
|1991||Robert L. Yeomans||Miss Kathleen Lillian Whitford|
|1990||Doris Mattice||Miss Stacee Stinnett Seligman|
|1989||June Smith||Mrs. Susan Rebecca Brant Hill|
|1988||Lois Barron||Miss Jennifer Dunaway|
|1987||L. J. Noble, Jr.||Ms. Mara Woosley|
|1986||Darryl Harris||Miss Heather Ann Delance Spano|
|1985||Sherri Creachy||Mrs. Lori Jones Standish|
|1984||Thomas A. Smith||Mrs. Jerri Lynn Carver Merritt|
|1983||Ida Lofton Kirkby||Mrs. Leah Ann Langley Williams|
|1982||Stan Wegscheid||Mrs. Kim Dunaway Kemp|
|1981||Gary Lucia||Miss Yvonne McGee|
|1980||Broward Parsons||Mrs. Rena Ireland Dipofi|
|1979||Bette Foote||Mrs. Cynthia Mott Croley|
|1978||Blitz Wegman||Mrs. Chris Lehman Robbins|
|1977||Dr. Elizabeth Brungard||Mrs. Sonia Burchard Curtis|
|1976||Onley R. Hull||Mrs. Cheryl Wooten Hill|
|1975||R. E. Burchard||Mrs. Dana Thompson Crawley|
|1974||Frankye Cobb Thomas||Mrs. Terri Prescott Rhoden|
|1973||John W. Ash, Sr.||Mrs. Gaye Nobles Murrah|
|1972||Jack Patton||Mrs. Cindi Bass Sanders|
|1971||Judge R. M. Harris||Mrs. Sherri Woosley Carpenter|
|1970||J. R. (Jack) Spratt||Mrs. Laura Miller Nolte|
|1969||W. R. (Bill) Maddox||Mrs. Judy Burgess Puletti|
|1968||W. B. Barron||Linda Stilwell Liddiard|
|1967||Robert E. Byrd|
- Martín Gramática - NFL place kicker
- Bill Gramática - NFL place kicker
- Chris Murrah - Theatre and film actor
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, LaBelle has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- Climate Summary for LaBelle, Florida
- City of LaBelle Web site
- LaBelle history
- Swamp Cabbage Festival Web site
- Caloosa Belle newspaper that serves LaBelle, Florida is available archived in full-text with images in Florida Digital Newspaper Library
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