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.

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 […]

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 […]

Butler joins SFWMD board

FORT MYERS — Benjamin Butler was sworn in on Thursday, Nov. 14, as a member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board at its monthly meeting. Mr. Butler was appointed last week by Gov. Ron DeSantis. “I would like to thank Gov. DeSantis for appointing Benjamin Butler, a respected member of our vital […]

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue has a busy weekend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue was kept busy over the Veterans Day weekend beginning with a structure fire on Friday, Nov. 8, at approximately 10 p.m. in the 7700 block of Northwest 81st Court. The home was fully involved and a vehicle in the yard was being threatened nwhen firefighters arrived on the scene. […]

Meet the new animal control director

OKEECHOBEE — Amy Fisher has been promoted from within the ranks of animal control and is now director. Although she has worked for animal control for the last three years, she said she was not involved in and knew nothing about the Bobby Travis horse fiasco until after Arlene Durbin resigned. Prior to her promotion, […]

City, county discuss fire protection

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council and Okeechobee County commissioners sat down together along with Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Chief Ralph Franklin on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to discuss the possibility of merging the two fire departments. Prior to the meeting, Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs made it clear the commissioners were there to listen. He said […]