Garbage collection fee to increase

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County residents will pay a little more for garbage collection at the start of the new fiscal year. At the June 25 meeting of the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners, the board agreed to raise the minimum annual assessment for solid waste collection and disposal to $238 per dwelling, starting Oct. 1, […]

County demolishes condemned structures

OKEECHOBEE — At their June 25 meeting, Okeechobee County commissioners passed resolutions to place liens on properties to cover the expense of demolishing unsafe, condemned structures on those sites. In each case, the property owner was notified of the building violations multiple times and given the opportunity to bring the structure up to code or […]

Palm Beach County may require masks in public buildings

WEST PALM BEACH — At the June 16 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action: COVID-19 — The board received an update from Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County and Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson on local COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Dr. Alonso reported a significant […]

Group asks to use courthouse for prayer meeting

OKEECHOBEE — On June 11, Jeri Wilson of the Forerunner School and Ministry asked the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners for permission to use the commission meeting room in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse for two prayer meetings in July. Ms. Wilson said they would like to use the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse “because of […]

Palm Beach County Commissioners may require masks in public buildings

WEST PALM BEACH — At the June 16, 2020, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action: COVID-19 – The board received an update from Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County and Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson on local COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Dr. Alonso reported a […]

City and county to meet about fire service

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County and city officials will meet Thursday, June 25, at 6 p.m. to talk about the proposal for Okeechobee County to provide fire protection services within the city limits. At the June 11 Okeechobee County Commission meeting, Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs said the task force of city and county officials met earlier […]

County to receive some CARES Act funding

OKEECHOBEE – CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding for Okeechobee County should be released soon. “We have been working on this for 75 days,” said Okeechobee County Commission Chair Terry Burroughs at the June 11 county commission meeting. “Yesterday the governor released the money to 55 counties,” he explained. “Hopefully by tomorrow, […]

Okeechobee County program provides thousands of meals to homebound seniors

OKEECHOBEE — At their June 11 meeting, Okeechobee County commissioners honored Thomas S. Leach, program manager, and the staff of the Okeechobee County Senior Services for their services to the county’s senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a typical week, 13,058 seniors receive meals. In the first week of the COVID-19 Meal Response Plan, […]

Okeechobee plans Fourth of July celebration

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for the community Fourth of July celebration in Okeechobee are on track. At their May 28 meeting, the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners voted to waive the rental fee for the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center for the free, public celebration of Independence Day. “People have a good time with this,” said Commission Chairman […]

Okeechobee County Board to meet on Thursday

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners will meet in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., on Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m. for an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues. While the meeting will be open to the public, those attending will be required to follow the guidelines […]