Moore Haven, Florida
Moore Haven, Florida
Moore Haven was founded by James Moore. It sits on the banks of the calm Lake Okeechobee, and has facilities that come as a pleasant surprise considering its relative size of just approximately one square mile.
About The Community
Moore Haven has a rich and colorful community life, with the February Chalo Nitka Festival a highlight of the annual calendar. Hispanics and African Americans make up almost half the population, and ethnic diversity is a distinct advantage of living in Moore Haven. Moore Haven joined other settlements in rural Florida to recover from Hurricane Wilma much faster than large urban centers on the State’s coast.
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Real estate values in Moore Haven are simply amazing. A half-acre estate on the lake with three bedrooms with some furnishing and basic fixtures can be yours for less than $250,000. There are many attractive opportunities in this quaint town with infrastructure that can rival many of its bigger sisters in Florida. This has some less pleasant implications as well: the The GEO Group, Inc. has chosen Moore Haven for one of the prisons it operates for the State, the Moore Haven Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility.
Moore Haven specializes in excellent camp grounds that make optimal use of the enthralling outdoors of this part of Glades County. Some of these sites have rather luxurious amenities, but all of them offer panoramic views and very absorbing locales. The Glades RV Resort, Golf and Marina and Rice’s Motel are two options for lodging in the town for those who do not wish to live in camp sites.
Vicinity of Moore Haven
Golf is another natural favorite for Moore Haven residents and vacationers. The Hendry Isles Resort and Golf Course offers a 36-par game over 9 holes. A special feature is the canal that runs along the course and the palm trees that lend an attractive sub-tropical ambience.
Lake Okeechobee, which is the center around which Moore Haven is built, is more than a visual treat: it also has a role to play in the overall inland water management of the County. Exotic species of catfish from South America, released in to the lake from aquaria, have played havoc with aquatic vegetation, choked local species and even damaged the banks. It is an example of how careful we must be to preserve the ecology of our residential and tourist areas. It is also to the credit of local biologists that they have identified the issue and taken corrective steps in time.
Moore Haven really displays the community spirit and a level of urban organization far beyond the first impressions its relatively small size may convey.