Dog park proposed near sheriff’s office

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee dog owners may soon have a new place to take their dogs to run and play with other dogs. At the Sept. 13 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Sheriff Noel Stephen asked for the commission’s approval to fence the area in front of the former site of the old hospital (which […]

Bass Pro gets extension on Okee-Tantie review

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee residents may have to wait a little longer to learn Bass Pro’s plans for the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area. At their Sept. 13 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners agreed to Bass Pro’s request for a 3-month extension of their due diligence period at no additional charge. Without the extension, the deadline […]

New business proposed for industrial park

OKEECHOBEE — A Miami-based company may expand into the Okeechobee Industrial Park. At the Sept. 13 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Juan Geymonat, of Institutional Products Inc. (IPI) presented a plan for leasing and eventually purchasing the building previously occupied by Advance Stone in the Okeechobee Industrial Park. The county has ownership of several […]

Medical Mary Jane memorandum

OKEECHOBEE — Green, tree, flower, weed, herb, sensimilla, pot, bud, mota, ganja, wacky-tabacky and snicklefritz. The preceding collection of words are terms that have been associated with what is also, medically and scientifically, known as cannabis or commonly dubbed marijuana, two additional terms that have been ascribed a legal definition by the State of Florida. […]

Florida Gas disputes county appraisal

OKEECHOBEE — A dispute between the Okeechobee County Property Appraiser’s Office and Florida Gas over the assessed value of the gas lines (for property tax purposes) will go before a judge. The dispute was in mediation. Florida Gas has appealed the mediator’s decision, he said. The Okeechobee County Commission Thursday approved an increase of $51,000 […]

Property owners cited for code violations

OKEECHOBEE — A dozen code enforcement cases were on the agenda for consideration at the Aug. 21 Okeechobee County special magistrate hearing in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., at 2 p.m. In two cases, the property owners cleaned up the properties and addressed any violations to bring the properties up to code […]

Little-league team recognized by city council

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, saw the Okeechobee 8-years and under All-Star Team’s efforts recognized for being district champs, state champs and ranking 11th out of 5,500 participating teams of the 2018 Dixie Youth World Series tournament. “When I used to coach, back in the really dark ages, I […]

County offers amnesty for code enforcement liens

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce its Code Enforcement Lien Amnesty Program (“Amnesty Program”). The Amnesty Program is a program by which persons whose property is subject to an Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Lien may obtain a reduction of the fine and a release of the lien, if […]

FDOT plans for SR710 Extension

OKEECHOBEE — A plan to extend State Road 710 to intersect with U.S. 441 North just south of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility drew some concerns from members of the public at the Aug. 30 public meeting at the Okeechobee KOA. The extension would move the intersection of State Road 70 and State Road 710 […]

Abney takes office as city councilman

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council Aug. 21 meeting saw the official addition of Councilman John Wesley Abney Jr. who spend his first night as part of the legislative body that governs the city. The Oath of Office was administered by 19th Judicial Circuit County Court Judge, Jerald D. Bryant. “I would like to thank […]