Sheriff says no curfew for Okeechobee County, shares information about essential businesses

The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has shared the following information about Gov. Ron DeSantis’s executive order asking Floridians to “stay at home.” As of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3, a stay-at-home order will be in effect for the state of Florida. That means non-essential businesses should close and all non-essential activities should cease. At […]

USDA to help rural areas affected by COVID-19

WASHINGTON — USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Opportunities for immediate relief Rural Housing Service Single-Family Housing: Effective […]

Property tax deadline extended

OKEECHOBEE – The Department of Revenue issued an Emergency Order on Thursday, March 26, 2020 extending the property tax due date from March 31, 2020 to April 15, 2020. The off of the Okeechobee County Tax Collector office will accept payments in their drop box postmarked on or before April 15, 2020. Payments made through […]

Belle Glade area businesses update hours and member services

BELLE GLADE — In an effort to keep everyone informed as much as possible during this very difficult time, the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce has compiled this list of local businesses that are open and operational as of 10 a.m. Monday, March 23. Please note that this is subject to change, and this list […]

Cattlemen continue with business as usual

OKEECHOBEE — As Floridians waited and worried about the news of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, it was business as usual on Monday and Tuesday at the Okeechobee Livestock Market. Cattlemen can’t “shelter in place.” They have work to do, taking care of livestock and helping to make sure the country has a safe and stable […]

Florida restaurants now limited to take-out and delivery

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on March 20 stating that effective immediately all restaurants must close their dining rooms and move to take-out and delivery options only. Previously Gov. DeSantis had ordered that restaurants could keep their dining rooms open, but only at 50% capacity. However as the confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida […]

Don’t forget to complete the census

With all the talk of sickness and quarantines and toilet paper, most people probably haven’t had time to think about the census, but it is that time. Many received a little card in the mail with a code on it and an invitation to go online and fill out the census this week. Mayor Dowling […]

Bass Pro seeks permits from corps

OKEECHOBEE — Bass Pro officials unveiled their plan for a world class fishing resort at the Okee-Tantie recreation area at the March 12 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. Bass Pro officials told commissioners their team is still committed to and enthusiastic about the project. However, they will need additional time to get the necessary […]

Airglades to employ 1,000

Big Lake community celebrates groundbreaking on new U.S. Customs facility; airport to become import hub CLEWISTON — “Everybody here — this is not any B.S. — it took a lot of people to get where we are today,” declared Fred Ford in his speech before the Airglades International Airport CEO ceremoniously turned the first dirt […]

Back to Butch’s celebrates 1st anniversary

“Build it and they will come, treat ‘em like family and they’ll come back,” was the mantra when Jeff and Sharon Kennedy opened ‘Back to Butch’s’, bringing an Okeechobee favorite back to life. When the Kennedys opened their new business in early 2019, they were hoping to create a hang-out where “old-timers” could come, but […]