Florida Forest Service warns of fire danger

TALLAHASSEE — Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Forest Service are urging residents to exercise caution with outdoor burning. Since January, nearly 750 wildfires have burned more than 8,200 acres in Florida. Most were caused by people. Currently, there are 62 active wildfires burning over 1,740 acres across the state. “As we continue […]

Some local farms selling produce on-site

Prices drop as supply chain retools to meet changing consumer needs Because of supply-chain disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis, some Florida farmers are bypassing the middlemen out of necessity and selling their fresh produce directly to the public on their farms, reports UF/IFAS Regional Vegetable Extension Agent Emeritus Gene McAvoy. These sales may be […]

Roadside rose vendors will be retiring

PORT MAYACA — “We have 80 bushes. When they are sold we will shut down for good. We have had a good run and will miss seeing our regular customers, but it’s time to now retire from our hobby.” With that brief announcement on their Facebook page on March 15, Judy and Rick Fox shared […]

There will be no vice-mayor any time soon

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council discussed the possibility of having a vice-mayor or something similar at their meeting on April 7. In the past, the mayor appointed someone to take his place if he were unable to attend a meeting for some reason, and Mayor Dowling Watford said he had been thinking about Councilman […]

Thousands of rental cars burn in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS — A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the Southwest Florida International Airport in a rental car overflow lot. More than 3,500 vehicles were destroyed, and 15 acres were burned. Another 3,800 vehicles were parked in the lot but were undamaged. Melinda Avni, wildfire mitigation specialist for the Florida Forest Service, said they […]

DOH launches new public website Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

As the Florida Department of Health continues to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, they have launched a new public website, StrongerThanC-19.This community action survey is intended for you to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Florida Department of Health will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to […]

Judge Bryant is running for clerk of the circuit court

OKEECHOBEE — County Judge Jerry Bryant retired from the bench in January 2019, but after spending a year living a “life of leisure,” he decided it was not for him and has thrown his hat in the ring as candidate to run for clerk of the circuit court. “I have been thinking about this for […]

Veteran Mixon wanted to go to Vietnam

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Ron Mixon was born and raised in Okeechobee. He was what they called a “sole surviving son,” and his father had a small business here in town. This made Mr. Mixon exempt from the draft, but several of his friends had been drafted. “Okeechobee was a much smaller town then, and my […]

Above-normal hurricane season predicted

Forecasters predict 16 named storms, with four Cat 3 or stronger Florida could be in for an above-average hurricane season, according to forecasters at Colorado State University. On April 2, Philip J. Klotzbach, Michael M. Belle and Jhordanne Jones released the “Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2020.” […]

Keep your house virus-free as you work from home

OKEECHOBEE — While the list of businesses considered essential in Florida is substantial, there are still some now working from home following Gov. Ron DeSantis’s issuing a stay-at-home executive order lastweek. Even though most of us are isolating during this crisis, every trip to the grocery store, gas station or pharmacy can bring additional exposure […]