Meetings, protest planned about spraying on lake

OKEECHOBEE — Those concerned about the use of chemical herbicides to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee will have opportunities this week to learn more and to voice their opinions. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites the public to provide input on the development of a management plan for Lake Okeechobee’s […]

Belle Glade Library Happenings

BELLE GLADE — The Belle Glade Branch Library located at 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade will hold the following events in February: Adults• Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” — This feature length documentary takes a deep dive into the lives of black girls and the […]

Voter registration deadline nears

Are you registered to vote? The deadline to register in order to qualify to vote in the March 17 Florida Presidential Preference Primary is Feb. 18. To be eligible to vote, you must: • Be a citizen of the United States of America; • Be a legal resident of Florida; • Be a legal resident […]

Support food that fights climate change

By Lynetta Usher Griner, Jim Strickland, and Jack PayneSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News FLORIDA — As your farmers, foresters, ranchers, and agricultural scientists, we know you’re buying based on more than price. We see it when you spend extra for grass-fed beef, organic produce, or cage-free eggs. We believe there’s a market for food […]

Habitat for Humanity opens

BELLE GLADE – The Jan. 28 Habitat for Humanity Office Grand Opening in Belle Glade was a success. Their commitment to home ownership for residents interested in becoming homeowners is evident as they have been working with local municipalities to secure lots for needed housing in the community.

Fried terminates contract with MacVicar Consulting

TALLAHASSEE – On Jan. 31, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried announced that she has chosen to terminate the contract of MacVicar Consulting, a longtime technical consultant to the Department. The firm had provided hydrological expertise to the department on various water projects. This included advising the Commissioner’s three appointments to […]

Boys Basketball Around the Lake

• Clewiston Tigers: The Clewiston Tigers fell to 3-13 after losing to Glades Central on Jan. 29 and LaBelle on Jan. 30. The Tigers will close out their season on the road against Inlet Grove on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. • Moore Haven Terriers: The Moore Haven Terriers are out to a 9-10 record […]

SFWMD sends letters of support for LOWRP, Loxahatchee projects

WEST PALM BEACH Actions taken advance completion of EAA Reservoir Project, authorization of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project, development of Western Everglades Restoration Project and authorization of the Loxahatchee River Restoration Project The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) recently took several actions to advance four projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades […]

Lake predicted to be around 12 ft. by June 1

Lake marshes dry; there’s no food for Everglades Snail Kites PORT ST. LUCIE – Rainfall for the 2019-2020 Water Year has been slightly below average, according to the water conditions report presented by John Mitnik at the Feb. 1 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District governing board in Port St. Lucie. The month […]

June 1 lake level no guarantee on estuary releases

OKEECHOBEE – Is the June 1 level of Lake Okeechobee an indicator of coming lake releases? It’s not that simple according to lake level records from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s the rainfall after June 1 that makes the difference. During the Stuart City Commission meeting on Jan. 27 and again at the […]