Florida Forest Service warns of fire danger

TALLAHASSEE — Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Forest Service are urging residents to exercise caution with outdoor burning. Since January, nearly 750 wildfires have burned more than 8,200 acres in Florida. Most were caused by people. Currently, there are 62 active wildfires burning over 1,740 acres across the state. “As we continue […]

Some local farms selling produce on-site

Prices drop as supply chain retools to meet changing consumer needs Because of supply-chain disruptions due to the coronavirus crisis, some Florida farmers are bypassing the middlemen out of necessity and selling their fresh produce directly to the public on their farms, reports UF/IFAS Regional Vegetable Extension Agent Emeritus Gene McAvoy. These sales may be […]

Roadside rose vendors will be retiring

PORT MAYACA — “We have 80 bushes. When they are sold we will shut down for good. We have had a good run and will miss seeing our regular customers, but it’s time to now retire from our hobby.” With that brief announcement on their Facebook page on March 15, Judy and Rick Fox shared […]

Church in Clewiston offers safe way to worship with online services

CLEWISTON — While so many routines have changed suddenly, amidst this pandemic, churches throughout our community stand strong, in support, as they always have. Working quickly to make sure to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible, local churches are experimenting with ways to provide worship in a different way — with social distancing […]

KOA Closes Swimming Pool Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

OKEECHOBEE – The management and staff at the Okeechobee, FL KOA Resort are actively following all federal, state, county and local laws, ordinances and orders during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the Thursday, April 2 Stay At Home Order issued by the state of Florida, the Okeechobee KOA Resort had closed all cabins and […]

There will be no vice-mayor any time soon

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council discussed the possibility of having a vice-mayor or something similar at their meeting on April 7. In the past, the mayor appointed someone to take his place if he were unable to attend a meeting for some reason, and Mayor Dowling Watford said he had been thinking about Councilman […]

Thousands of rental cars burn in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS — A fire broke out Friday afternoon at the Southwest Florida International Airport in a rental car overflow lot. More than 3,500 vehicles were destroyed, and 15 acres were burned. Another 3,800 vehicles were parked in the lot but were undamaged. Melinda Avni, wildfire mitigation specialist for the Florida Forest Service, said they […]

DOH launches new public website Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

As the Florida Department of Health continues to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, they have launched a new public website, StrongerThanC-19.This community action survey is intended for you to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Florida Department of Health will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to […]

Citizens are safer at home

By David Hardin, sheriffof Glades County I am addressing you this afternoon in regard to the COVID-19 crisis gripping our county, state and our country. We are being told that the darkest days are coming and that it will be a defining moment for our generation. As your sheriff, I am reaching out to all […]

Pastor takes 50-mile ‘prayer run’ to fight COVID-19

BELLE GLADE — Counting on the power of prayer to help make a difference in the hunkered-down-against-coronavirus state of the world, Pastor Eric Payne of Belle Glade decided to do another “prayer run” last Friday — the day Gov. Ron DeSantis’s stay-at-home order took effect. This time it was 40-plus miles round trip. There were […]