The Red Cross responds to a home fire in Pahokee

PAHOKEE — The Palm Beach and Martin Counties of the American Red Cross responded to a home fire on Boone Ave in Pahokee in the early morning hours of Dec. 13. Local Red Cross volunteers on a Disaster Action Team were on site to help coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials say six […]

Palm Beach School District sues e-cig maker

WEST PALM BEACH — With over three dozen deaths now reported nationwide from lung injuries caused by vaping, the Palm Beach County School District has recently become one of several suing JUUL, an e-cigarette maker. The district filed suit Nov. 22 in the U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami, seeking reimbursement […]

Pahokee marina unfinished items list still long

PAHOKEE — The partners in the investors group Everglades Reserves Holdings LLC — known as ERH — provided in September a list of jobs that were part of the renovation of the Pahokee marina, campground and restaurant complex on Lake Okeechobee. All of these improvements to the State of Florida’s property — which is leased […]

Holiday Happenings around the Lake

Below is a list of Holiday events happening in and around Okeechobee. Dates and times are, as always, subject to change. Toy Giveway in PahokeePAHOKEE — New Hope Charities Inc., 7450 State Road 15 (US 441) in Pahokee, will hold the annual toy giveaway on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. Rain or […]

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority visits Alzheimer patients

PAHOKEE — Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can cause seniors to withdraw from activities, family and friends. It’s extremely important to maintain those interests and relationships, however, because it reduces the effects of memory impairment, leading to a better quality of life. Under the auspices of the National Social Action Commission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority […]

Pahokee marina lease to ERH gets governor’s OK

PAHOKEE — The Florida Internal Improvement Trust Fund Board of Trustees — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the three state cabinet officers — approved the City of Pahokee’s sublease of the lakefront campground, marina and restaurant buildings to a private investor group on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Gov. DeSantis, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Attorney General Ashley Moody […]

Florida has the third highest rate of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2000 and 2017, deaths due to Alzheimer’s rose by 145 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The onset of the disease usually occurs after the age of 60, […]

Study shows 12-15 feet range best for lake’s ecology

What will the new Lake Okeechobee Systems Operations Manual (LOSOM) look like? In meetings around Lake Okeechobee, area residents encouraged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to follow the science. If the corps follows the recommendations of their own scientists, the new lake schedule will vary only slightly from the current plan, which strives to […]

Sparrow debate spans over 20 years

WEST PALM BEACH — An email message from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official expressing frustration with the restrictions on water movement from the water conservation areas north of the Tamiami Trail in order to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow has been circulating online recently. That’s not surprising, since […]

Appeals court ruling favorable to EAA reservoir plan

OKEECHOBEE — State funding for the Everglades Agricultural Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project continues to go back and forth in the courts. The most recent court ruling favored the state’s plan to use Amendment 1 funds for the project. Article X, §28 of the Florida Constitution, commonly referred to as “Amendment One,” mandates […]