Western Palm Beach County officials to participate in online town hall meeting

BELLE GLADE – A virtual town hall meeting for the residents of the ‘Glades is planned for Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. Tune in online via www.brotherchurch.com or the Guardians of the Glades page on Facebook. The town hall meeting will include information about: • The Palm Beach County School District’s E-Learning plan; • […]

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 […]

Palm Beach County Tax Collector announces extends property tax deadlines

WEST PALM BEACH — On March 26, Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon announced Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on property tax due dates to assist with those adversely affected by COVID-19. The emergency order extends the final due date for the 2019 property tax year from March 31, […]

Real ID deadline extended

By Chad Wolf Special to the Lake Okeechobee News WASHINGTON D.C. – Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current Oct. 1, deadline. I have determined that states […]

Glades County court proceedings suspended

GLADES COUNTY — All jury proceedings and nonessential court proceedings will remain suspended through Friday, April 17, per Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order 20-17. If you have documents for the clerk’s office, a drop box is located at the south entrance door to the Glades County Courthouse. You must include your name and telephone number […]

Okeechobee County commissioners to public: Stop abusing county staff

OKEECHOBEE — At their meeting Thursday, March 26, the Okeechobee County commissioners called on the public to keep calls to county staff professional and polite. “Some people have called in to our staff and they (county staff) have been verbally abused and cussed out,” said Commissioner Brad Goodbread. “Please, when you call in to deal […]

County to switch to virtual meetings

OKEECHOBEE — Commissioner Kelly Owens was not allowed to enter the meeting room for Thursday’s Okeechobee County Commission session. She was turned away at the door after failing the screening. “I had gotten sick last week with a fever. Basically, I had a case of the flu,” the commissioner explained in a telephone interview after […]

Palm Beach County’s sweeping orders aim to ‘lead by example,’ Kerner says

WEST PALM BEACH — Palm Beach County is trying to “lead by example” in taking some drastic steps to more or less have all of its 1.5 million citizens and untold numbers of visitors to essentially shelter in place, starting immediately. County officials told the public to all but stay home, period, in a 4 […]

Turnout light for March 17 primary election

South Bay Commissioner Esther Berry keeps seat by one vote Turnout was light for the March 17 presidential primary, as most Floridians’ attention was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. Statewide, Joe Biden received 61.9% of the vote; Bernie Sanders, 22.8%, Michael Bloomberg, 8.4 %; Pete Buttigieg, 1.9%. Others on the ballot received less than 1% […]

Emergency Bridge Loan Program available for small businesses

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May […]