Study needed to understand red tide, says FWC official

FORT MYERS — The Florida Gulf Coast is once again suffering from red tide, according to the ecological conditions report presented by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Eric Sutton at the Nov. 14 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. The meeting took place at Florida Gulf Coast University. […]

Road Watch Advisory for U.S. 27 eastbound and westbound lanes from west of Graham Road to Fifth Street

GLADES COUNTY — On Nov. 18, motorists should expect 24-hour lane closures on eastbound and westbound U.S. 27 from west of Graham Road to Fifth Street while crews mill and pave. One lane in each direction will be closed at a time in three-mile sections. The contractor is AJAX Paving of Industries Florida.

More AVID students headed to college

OKEECHOBEE — On Nov. 13, Okeechobee County schools released data from 2018-19’s graduating class of students participating in the district’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. In 2018-19, 97% of Okeechobee County Schools seniors participating in AVID completed a FAFSA application, which tops the national rate of 61%. Likewise, 100% of AVID students applied to […]

FEA’s ‘Fund Our Future’ bus tour visits OHS

OKEECHOBEE — Members of the Florida Education Association (FEA) visited Okeechobee High School Nov. 13. The stop was scheduled as part of FEA’s “Fund Our Future” campaign, a statewide, five-week bus tour promoting public education in Florida. FEA Treasurer Carole Gauronskas and Vice President Andrew Spar made the trip to OHS to speak about the […]

Christmas market is coming up soon

OKEECHOBEE — No matter what the temperature is in Okeechobee on Dec. 7, you can plan on seeing snow at the Christmas Market on Brady Ranch. It snowed last year, and it will snow again this year, said Celeste Harvey, the woman who, along with her cousin, Jennifer Ceballos, created the market. “We have kids. […]

Anglers protest use of chemical herbicides on lake

OKEECHOBEE — As the sun rose over Lake Okeechobee on Friday, a group of fishermen gathered near the Lock 7 boat ramp on the lake’s northern shore to protest the use of chemical herbicides to control aquatic vegetation. Anglers came from as far away as Miami, Naples and Cape Canaveral with homemade signs proclaiming sentiments […]

Corps to maintain lake flows to river

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will maintain the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary on the current schedule of releases to the Caloosahatchee River. “The lake has been pretty steady over the course of the past month,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the corps’ Jacksonville […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Be thankful every day

OKEECHOBEE — After asking the question, “Who in your life are you thankful for?” there was no shortage of replies. The first person mentioned by Shoney Yates was Clyde Kaufman, who ran the old town pool. He influenced many of the youth in Okeechobee back in the 1960s. He was kind to the kids who […]

Racquetball courts to be demolished

OKEECHOBEE — The raquetball courts at the county sports park will be scheduled for demolition after all. At the Oct. 8 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners voted to surplus the racquetball courts and schedule demolition. The structure has a history of attracting unwanted activities and vandalism. At the Oct. 24 meeting, due to […]

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 […]