Lakeport area residents warned of aggressive bees

LAKEPORT — The Glades County Emergency Management Office has issued a warning for the Lakeport area about aggressive bees. “A very aggressive beehive was eradicated on Harper Lane in Lakeport. This makes the second hive to be eradicated in the Lakeport area. Please be aware of your surroundings and do not disturb the hive,” states […]

Chemical spraying on Lake O is continuing

OKEECHOBEE — Under the direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, chemical herbicides continue to be used to control invasive plants in Lake Okeechobee. • Now through Aug. 2, phragmites will be treated on the FWC created island, Gourd Island, to protect recently planted shrubs and wildflowers. Treatment will be extremely selective by […]

Swimming lessons save lives in Sunshine State

Florida leads nation in the annual number of child drownings Florida had 21 drowning fatalities involving children from Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2018, according to data gathered by the USA Swimming Foundation. The state is tied with Texas for the most drowning deaths in the nation. That number is down from 2017, when […]

FDEP is testing algal blooms as they pop up

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat continues, the lake remains below 12 feet above sea level, and blooms of algae and cyanobacteria (called blue green algae, although it is not actually algae) are common. The heat combined with little movement of water create conditions conducive to the rapid reproduction of the microscopic organisms into “blooms.” […]

Ribbon Cutting at Walmart on Friday; many other things to do in Okeechobee

Business Women meets The Okeechobee Business Women’s Referral Network will meet on Friday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Grill, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. These monthly meetings help expand your circle, improve your business and pick up ideas. Please bring a small exchange gift. For information, call Raye at 863-467-2557. Ribbon cutting is […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Quantavius Clark

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Quantavius Clark, 19, black, male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and he has multiple tattoos. His last known address was on Palm Beach Road in South Bay. Clark is wanted on a warrant for […]

Corps adjusts lake flow to support algae research

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced a change in the Lake Okeechobee release schedule for eight days in order to provide flow needed for scientific research into harmful algal blooms (HABs). On July 13, the corps officially cut the flow to the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee to 0 cubic […]

Airboat captain gladly expanding, but lake health is key

BELLE GLADE — Life around Lake Okeechobee has been good to Captain Steve “MasterGator” Goyette, who’s been operating the business MasterGator Airboat Tours of Palm Beach County for the past two years, mostly from Torry Island. It has been so great, he recently announced via his company’s social media pages, that he and his wife, […]

Glades area legend ‘Nat-the-Cat’ honored

BELLE GLADE — The Glades area is filled with local icons who have helped establish the identity and culture of the area. Legendary disc jockey (DJ) “Nat-the-Cat” did not fall short of these standards because he set the tone for music and entertainment practitioners around the lake. Joe “Nathaniel” Colbert was born in 1938 in […]

Water managers consider health of estuaries

WEST PALM BEACH — The health of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries was the topic of discussion for the July 10 workshop meeting of the South Florida Water Management District. Both systems have been greatly altered for flood control said Drew Bartlett, SFWMD executive director. Mr, Bartlett said neither estuary is naturally directly connected […]