Roundabout plan questioned; public hearing set for Oct. 16

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners are less than enthusiastic about the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plan for a roundabout on U.S. 441 S.E. at Southeast 18th Terrace. The commissioners agree the intersection is dangerous. Between 2011-2013, there were 14 recorded crashes at that intersection: Three with injuries and 11 with property damage, according to […]

Candidate Freeman dies; Democratic chairmen to confer on a replacement

OKEECHOBEE — With the sudden death Sept. 23 of their candidate running for the 17th Congressional District of Florida seat in the U.S. House, Democratic Party chairmen in the nine counties partly or wholly inside the district will talk in a conference call on Saturday, Sept. 29, about picking a replacement for her. April Freeman […]

After school program set for Douglas Brown Center

OKEECHOBEE — The Delagall Foundation’s plan to expand an after school program to serve children in the Douglas Brown community moved ahead on Sept. 25 with approval of an agreement by the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners agreed to waive the regular facility rental fees, which would have totaled $10,800 for the year, […]

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 […]