County seeks applicants for Planning Board

OKEECHOBEE — The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County is seeking interested persons for appointment to the Okeechobee County Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals. The appointment of one or more regular members is for the remainder of a three-year term with one term expiring March 1, 2021, and one term expiring March 1, […]

Kelly Owens appointed as policy leader

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, president of the Florida Association of Counties, recently appointed Okeechobee County Commissioner Kelly Owens to serve as a policy leader on the Health, Safety and Justice Committee and as a policy leader on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. “I look forward to serving on these committees!” said Owens.

Glades County sets plans for CARES Act money

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County commissioners acted Tuesday, Aug. 11, to set up systems for distribution of CARES Act dollars among resident homeowners, renters, businesses, county offices and institutions hurting because of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They approved a set of instructional documents and forms for people to use in applying for […]

Okeechobee County Tax Collector moves to new location

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County Tax Collector Celeste Watford is proud to announce they are moving to a new facility located at 409 N.W. Second Avenue. The office will be closed on Tuesday Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. and will reopen in the new location on Monday Aug. 24. She appreciates everyone’s patience with the moving […]

Early voting under way in primary election

Early voting is under way for the August primary election. • In Okeechobee County, early voting continues daily through Sunday, Aug. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 304 N.W. Second Street in Okeechobee. • In Glades County, early voting continues daily through Sunday, Aug. 16, from 8:30 a.m. […]

Feds having hearings on seasonal, perishable produce

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross delivered opening remarks Aug. 12, at the first of two virtual hearings to discuss foreign trade practices that may be harming American growers of seasonal and perishable produce. Additional representatives from USTR, USDA, and […]

Mast bill to keep toxins from entering St. Lucie River leaves lots of questions unanswered

STUART — U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Stuart, announced on Wednesday that he plans to file legislation in the U.S. House that would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from releasing water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie Canal or the St. Lucie Estuary if the toxin levels of the microcystin in the water is […]

McKinlay urges state audits of Pahokee’s spending

PAHOKEE — As she vowed to do, Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay formally requested a Florida legislative audit of the City of Pahokee’s expenditures of about $2.3 million in Department of Economic Opportunity funds for work inside the city-leased park complex fronting Lake Okeechobee. On Aug. 5, she addressed a letter to the alternating […]

Governor DeSantis announces task force to explore the ‘Safe and Limited Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities

TALLAHASSEE — On Aug. 6, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the formation of Florida’s Task Force on the Safe and Limited Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities. Members of the task force will work together to develop guidelines on how to safely allow family members to visit their loved ones in Florida’s long-term care facilities where visitation […]

News from the Glades County Property Appraiser

My staff and I are pleased to inform you that we have successfully completed the 2020 Glades County Tax Assessment Rolls, and have received approval from the Florida Department of Revenue. The Department of Revenue’s approval assures that the property tax assessment rolls comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements. Generating a tax roll takes […]