CDC lake study comments close November 18

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will close the public comment period on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee on Nov. 18. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly […]

Road Watch for Glades County

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • U.S. 27 from Fifth Street to north of S.R. 78: (Construction project) Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway on U.S. 27 from […]

Football Around the Lake this Week

Playoff football is alive and well around the lake this week as three teams attempt to battle their way to an appearance in the state championship. • Pahokee Blue Devils: The Pahokee Blue Devils had the week off to come down from their emotional win over the Glades Day Raiders in the Muck Bowl on […]

Lake level holds steady despite releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will maintain the flow of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee this week, with a target average flow of 650 cubic feet per second, measured at the Franklin Lock, according to a Nov. 8, media conference with Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If […]

‘Protect Florida’ website to be updated, expanded

FORT MYERS — Gov. Ron DeSantis and first lady Casey DeSantis went to Fort Myers and Stuart on Nov. 5 to announce the launch of ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov, which the governor calls “the state’s first-ever comprehensive water quality dashboard.” They were joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott […]

Ben Butler on SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE — The Heartland counties of the South Florida Water Management District finally have representation on the governing board. The SFWMD governing board seat representing Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties has been vacant since March. On Nov. 5, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Benjamin Butler to the board. This appointment […]

Road Watch for Glades County

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • U.S. 27 from fifth Street to north of S.R. 78: (Construction project) Crews will be milling and resurfacing the roadway on U.S. 27 from […]

Momentum continues on project #SlowTheFlow

Guest Commentary 2019 has been a banner year for Lake Okeechobee. In January, the lake hosted the Costa FLW Series at Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole at the world-renowned Roland and Mary Ann Martin Marina in Clewiston. The tournament brought hundreds of anglers to our area, resulting in a significant economic boost to Clewiston the […]

Football around the lake this week

• Glades Day GatorsThe 2-7 Glades Day Gators finished their season on a high note, with a 48-7 blowout win over St John Paul Academy on Nov. 1. Glades Day senior A.J. Mcphee had another great day, scoring four touchdowns in his last game with the Gators. Glades Day fielded a young team in 2019, […]

Northern Everglades rules to change

OKEECHOBEE — Cattle ranches have been in the Lake Okeechobee watershed since pioneers first settled the area, but before the Central and South Florida Project for Flood Control, the nutrient loads entering Lake Okeechobee were not a problem, Gary Ritter of Florida Farm Bureau told South Florida Water Management District representatives at the Nov. 5 […]