Lake level ‘deviation’ is calculated risk State and federal agencies meet Tuesday

The “deviation” plan for Lake Okeechobee proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would allow the corps to release less water east to the St. Lucie Canal and west to the Caloosahatchee River when harmful algal blooms (HABs) are present and more water when there are no HABs present. That means fewer releases in […]

SFWMD advances Everglades Agricultural Area resevoir project

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continues expediting progress on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project. At last week’s Governing Board meeting, Executive Director Drew Bartlett announced the District had successfully submitted a federal permit application for the construction of the 6,500-acre Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) associated with the […]

Woman sought in investigation of truck thefts

SEBRING – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have arrested three of four suspects charged with stealing 16 four-wheel-drive trucks throughout Highlands, Glades, Okeechobee and Polk counties from 2016 to 2018. FDLE began its investigation in 2018. Investigators say the theft ring stole trucks totaling more than $300,000 in value for the purpose […]

Gatorama’s Hatching Festival gets early preview

This coming weekend the annual Alligator Hatching Festival starts its two-week run, while some enthusiasts got a sneak preview this past weekend (they ran out of available eggs Saturday, Aug. 10, so there was that one early hatching day so far). And Wild at Heart wildlife center had its second opening day the same day. […]

Flow from St. Lucie Canal could be feeding algae in lake

PORT MAYACA — In previous years, coastal residents have often blamed Lake Okeechobee for the algal blooms that plagued their waterways. This year, the Big O may be protecting the estuaries from lower salinity levels conducive to algal blooms. Untreated, unfiltered, nutrient-laden runoff from the C-44 basin in Martin County continued to pour into Lake […]

New bistro depends on working class around the lake

LAKEPORT — Stephanie and Bill Matchekosky found a little slice of heaven on Lake Okeechobee a couple of decades ago, visiting often to go fishing while raising a family in Naples. They took the leap and moved out here in 2007 after selling their auto body shop there in 2004. “It was the draw of […]

SFWMD considers changes to nutrient load regulations

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District governing board is considering changes to the phosphorus and nitrogen reduction rules in the northern Everglades. At their Aug. 8 meeting at the SFWMD district office in West Palm Beach, Steffany Olson, SFWMD Science Supervisor, explained the process for amending the Florida Statutes related to […]

Joining the Army was the best decision Veteran Goulette ever made

OKEECHOBEE — Dana Goulette joined the Army immediately following high school. She was 18 years old and left for basic training about three weeks after graduation from Okeechobee High School. She was really excited right up until the moment it was time to leave, she said, and then she told her recruiter she didn’t want […]

SFWMD will increase water monitoring

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District plans to increase the number of water testing sites, how frequently the samples will be taken and the number of tests run on each sample under a plan outlined at the Aug. 8 meeting of the SFWMD governing board. Dr. Susan Gray, bureau chief, SFWMD […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Dr. Douglas is a man of many talents

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Edward Douglas, son of Jeff and Lillian, was born and raised in East Okeechobee. There were five boys and three girls in the family. He attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church School through the eighth grade and then graduated from the Okeechobee High School in 1951. He spent two years as an […]