Sales tax holiday includes technology items

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating more than 80 years of supporting Florida’s retailers, is encouraging consumers and retailers to prepare for the upcoming Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. This popular annual “holiday” takes place Aug. 2 to 6. During this time, consumers will not have to pay sales […]

Okeechobee Music Festival set for March 5-8, 2020

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is back! At their July 25 meeting, the Okeechobee County Commission approved Soundslinger’s request to hold the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival at Sunshine Grove Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8, 2020. The preliminary lineup for the annual festival is usually announced in October. Jim Whisenand, […]

School districts react to new mental health mandate

HENDRY COUNTY — On July 17, the State Board of Education voted to require every Florida public school to provide students in grades 6-12 at least five hours of mental health instruction. Education officials at the Florida Department of Education first proposed the change in June following a meeting with Florida’s first lady, Casey DeSantis, […]

FWC urged to stop spraying on lake Aquatic plant task force to meet Aug. 8

STUART — Ways to control non-native plants in Florida lakes and waterways were once again a topic of discussion at the July 17 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “In January 2019, FWC announced a pause in their aquatic plant management program due to public perception of lake impairments resulting from program […]

Lakeport area residents warned of aggressive bees

LAKEPORT — The Glades County Emergency Management Office has issued a warning for the Lakeport area about aggressive bees. “A very aggressive beehive was eradicated on Harper Lane in Lakeport. This makes the second hive to be eradicated in the Lakeport area. Please be aware of your surroundings and do not disturb the hive,” states […]

Chemical spraying on Lake O is continuing

OKEECHOBEE — Under the direction of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, chemical herbicides continue to be used to control invasive plants in Lake Okeechobee. • Now through Aug. 2, phragmites will be treated on the FWC created island, Gourd Island, to protect recently planted shrubs and wildflowers. Treatment will be extremely selective by […]

Swimming lessons save lives in Sunshine State

Florida leads nation in the annual number of child drownings Florida had 21 drowning fatalities involving children from Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2018, according to data gathered by the USA Swimming Foundation. The state is tied with Texas for the most drowning deaths in the nation. That number is down from 2017, when […]

FDEP is testing algal blooms as they pop up

OKEECHOBEE — As the summer heat continues, the lake remains below 12 feet above sea level, and blooms of algae and cyanobacteria (called blue green algae, although it is not actually algae) are common. The heat combined with little movement of water create conditions conducive to the rapid reproduction of the microscopic organisms into “blooms.” […]

Corps adjusts lake flow to support algae research

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has announced a change in the Lake Okeechobee release schedule for eight days in order to provide flow needed for scientific research into harmful algal blooms (HABs). On July 13, the corps officially cut the flow to the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee to 0 cubic […]

Water managers consider health of estuaries

WEST PALM BEACH — The health of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries was the topic of discussion for the July 10 workshop meeting of the South Florida Water Management District. Both systems have been greatly altered for flood control said Drew Bartlett, SFWMD executive director. Mr, Bartlett said neither estuary is naturally directly connected […]

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