Football Around the Lake this Week

• Moore Haven Terriers: The Moore Haven Terriers were heavy underdogs against the undefeated Oasis Sharks on Oct. 4. But they didn’t play like underdogs. The Terriers took the lead early against Oasis 6-0. The Sharks responded with two touchdowns in the second quarter to regain the lead. The fourth quarter saw Oasis put up […]

Lake Okeechobee water level dropping

Following the driest month of September since recordkeeping started in 1932, the level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop. On Monday, the lake level was 13.4 feet, down 0.2 feet from the previous week. The average lake level (based on historical records from 1965 to 2007) is 14.97 feet. During the 2018-2019 dry season, the […]

Florida Crystals makes land available for STA

Florida Crystals is living up to the promise to make leased land available as needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). On Sept. 30, the New Hope Sugar Company (part of the Florida Crystals Corporation) sent a letter voluntarily terminating its lease on lands needed to expedite completion of […]

Why lease out the state land?

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The site of the future EAA reservoir has been in state ownership for more than 20 years. It was purchased in anticipation of the future need for the land for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). There are many reasons for leasing out the land until the corps is ready to […]

Lake Okeechobee releases to help Caloosahatchee estuaries

Franklin Lock and Dam

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River on Saturday, Oct. 5, to help maintain healthy salinity levels in the estuaries. The driest September since record keeping started in 1932 has left the Caloosahatchee basin short of water, requiring the lake releases. “The runoff […]

UPDATED: Florida Crystals voluntarily agrees to terminate lease early to expedite construction of storm water treatment area

PALM BEACH COUNTY Florida Crystals is living up to the promise to make leased land available as needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). On Sept. 30, the New Hope Sugar Company (part of the Florida Crystals Corporation) sent a letter voluntarily terminating its lease on lands needed to […]

Gun in car leads to teacher’s arrest

LABELLE — A LaBelle High School English teacher was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a weapon on school property. Lisa Horton, who just started teaching in Hendry County this semester, has a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit. According to the press release from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, “On Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, […]

Handheld cellphone ban goes into effect Oct. 1

TAMPA — Beginning Oct. 1, Florida law enforcement officers can begin pulling drivers over for using their handheld cellular phone while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. Officers will issue warnings until Jan. 1. In 2020, violators could be charged with a moving violation, which includes a base […]

Newspaper rack price to increase

Home delivery saves more than 50% off rack or store price. In October, the newsstand price of the Lake Okeechobee News will increase for the first time in more than 20 years. Instead of 50 cents on Wednesdays and Fridays and 75 cents on Sunday, the newspaper price will be $1 per issue when purchased […]

Lake level deviation is ‘all about algae’

When it comes to the level of Lake Okeechobee, there’s a lot of confusion. In a Sept. 20 media conference call, Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tried to straighten out some of the misconceptions about the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), LORS operational flexibility, LORS deviations and the Lake Okeechobee […]