Corps effort to lower Lake Okeechobee level questioned

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee in anticipation of the wet season has local community leaders concerned about the safety of the water supply. Since the start of the dry season in October, the corps has released an average of 1,000 cubic feet per second to the Caloosahatchee […]

SFWMD hires executive director, approves C-43 reservoir bid

WEST PALM BEACH — The new governing board for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), who met for the first time on March 14, hired a new director, approved a contract for multi-million dollar reservoir, and authorized a settlement for a key piece of property for the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The later two […]

Bass Pro working on Okee-Tantie plans

OKEECHOBEE — Bass Pro is still working on plans for development of the Okee-Tantie recreation area, according to a report given at the March 14 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. County administrator Robbie Chartier said she met with a Bass Pro representative last week and saw some preliminary plans. She said they have had […]

President budget falls short in CERP funding

OKEECHOBEE — Federal funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) once again has come up short. In 2000 Congress authorized CERP as a framework for restoring, protecting and preserving the greater Everglades ecosystem. CERP was to be a 50-50 partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida, with the […]

‘Little girl from the Prairie’ turns 100

OKEECHOBEE — Happy 100th birthday Beedie Thomas! Today is Mrs. Beedie Mae Thomas’ 100th birthday, and she has spent every one of those years right here in Okeechobee County. Born in Kilpatrick Hammock on what is now the Prairie Reserve State Park, Beedie Mae was the third child in a family of six children. Beedie […]

Okeechobee County biosolids facility may require rezoning

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a biosolids processing facility in the Dark Hammock area in northeastern Okeechobee County may be stalled. On March 1, the company’s owner was notified by Okeechobee County that the project would require rezoning of the property. “It was determined, that the proposed location zoned Agriculture does not allow for a residual […]

Cattle drive to follow Okeechobee parade Saturday; Speckled Perch Festival and rodeo this weekend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee, “the Speckled Perch Capital of the World,” will host the 54th Annual Speckled Perch Festival March 9 and 10 in Flagler Park. This year’s festival parade will feature a cattle drive, sponsored by the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association. “We’re trying to get enthusiasm back for the rodeo,” explained Dudley Kirton of the Okeechobee […]

Glades County employers asked to fill out survey

MOORE HAVEN — Tracy Whirls, executive director of the Glades County Economic Development Council Inc., has a special request for employers in the county and region: Data is being collected on the needs of employers and the quality and availability of skilled employees locally. An available and skilled workforce is the primary driver when businesses […]

News from Buckhead Ridge

  The Feb. 28 meeting of the Buckhead Ridge Community Association was attended by 62 people. A successful 6:30 p.m. potluck supper began the meeting, which followed at 7 p.m. The meeting began with the monthly status report from the sheriff’s office, given by Officer Talon Youngman. Out of 80 reports covering information calls, juvenile […]

‘Slow the flow’ to reduce algae blooms, harmful discharges and invasive plants

OKEECHOBEE — Want to stop harmful algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee? Want to reduce the growth of nonnative invasive plants — and the need to use chemical herbicides to control invasive plants — in the lake? Want to control the lake level to reduce the need for harmful freshwater releases to the coastal estuaries? Lake […]