FWC expands herbicide use for Fishing Bay and Ritta Island

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) expanded aquatic plant control operations to Fisheating Bay and Ritta Island during the first week of June 2020. There is an estimated 1,600+ acres of Luziola subintegra, a Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) category 1 invasive plant within Fisheating Bay and the surrounding areas, explained Brendon […]

Palm Beach County starts Summer Food Service Program

WEST PALM BEACH – Palm Beach County Youth Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has transitiond from pre-summer feeding at eight locations to the full Summer Food Service Program feeding schedule in June. Forty-three sites throughout the county, including 16 Palm Beach County Library locations, will serve as meal distribution sites with additional sites […]

Palm Beach County’s Summer Food Service Program starts June 1

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will transition from pre-summer feeding at eight locations to the full Summer Food Service Program feeding schedule. Beginning June 1, 43 sites throughout the county, including 16 Palm Beach County Library locations, will serve as meal distribution sites with […]

Less rainfall, lake releases contribute to low lake level

WEST PALM BEACH — A number of factors contributed to the current low level in Lake Okeechobee this year. During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Corps of Engineers intentionally released water east and west with the intent of lowering the lake to help the lake’s vegetation recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma. They […]

Governor pushed for dry season lake releases

During the 2018-2019 dry season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released freshwater from Lake Okeechobee east to the St. Lucie River and west to the Caloosahatchee, lowering the level of Lake Okeechobee to less than 11 feet by the end of the dry season. At the time, corps officials told Lake Okeechobee area officials […]

Lawsuit challenges vote by mail rules

TALLAHASSEE — As elections offices promote the “Vote By Mail” option for those concerned about the spread of COVID-19 virus, a lawsuit may further complicate the 2020 election. Priorities USA, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and Alianza for Progress have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee challenging Florida’s voting laws. The complaint […]

More COVID-19 cases reported around the lake

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the communities around Lake Okeechobee continues to grow, there are some areas of special concern. In Okeechobee County, 22 cases — about a third of the cases in the county, now — are related to correctional institutions, including juvenile facilities and the state prison as well as […]

Prisoners test positive for COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE — More than 1,000 persons incarcerated in Florida’s state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 6,000 are currently in medical quarantine, according to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC). Statewide in the prison system: 712 inmates are in security quarantine; 6,732 inmates in medical quarantine; 11 inmates are in medical isolation; […]

Voting by mail encouraged around the region

While much of society has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, county elections supervisors and some of their staff in the Lake O region have kept working behind their closed doors because there are important elections to be conducted this year. Those doors were just this week beginning to be reopened […]

Lake O area counties see rise in COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) reports more positive cases of the coronavirus in the counties around Lake Okeechobee. As of May 22, Okeechobee County had 55 positive tests, with ages ranging from 6 to 87. Seven residents and one non-resident have been hospitalized. The county has 1,409 people tested and has a positivity rate […]