Okeechobee City council moves forward with contract for county to provide fire service in the city

OKEECHOBEE — Despite assurances to the contrary, it appears the Okeechobee City Council has made a decision regarding the fate of the city fire department. Back in February, the council assured the city fire department that their intention in asking the county for a contract did not mean they had made a decision. At the […]

City of Okeechobee launches new livestreaming and info page

OKEECHOBEE — In an effort to provide the public with greater access to city government, especially during the COVID-19 health crisis, City of Okeechobee Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca announced the launch of the city’s new YouTube channel and livestreaming access to council meetings. “This is an important new online platform to connect local government […]

City declares a ‘state of preparedness’

OKEECHOBEE — After much consideration, Okeechobee City Council members voted to declare a public health emergency at their meeting on March 17. Council members were concerned that issuing the declaration would cause the public to panic, and stressed it was, in part, a financial decision. If they need to make any purchases related to the […]

Town hall meeting is poorly attended

Whether it was a fear of Coronavirus infected crowds or the fact that the town hall meeting was held on a night when many are in church, something caused an unusually low attendance at the bi-annual meeting Wednesday night, March 11. There were only four commenters, and one of those was the Economic Council of […]

Fire captain proposes plan to save city fire department

OKEECHOBEE — A plan was proposed at the Okeechobee City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21, to save the city fire department. Capt. Lalo Rodriguez, a city fire department employee, introduced his plan as an alternative to what the council has been discussing, which they have been calling a merger of the city and county fire […]

Fire captain proposes plan to save city fire department

OKEECHOBEE – A plan was proposed at the Okeechobee City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21 to save the city fire department. Captain Lalo Rodriguez, with the city fire department, introduced his plan as an alternative to what the council has been discussing which they have been calling a merger of the city and county fire […]

City report shows decrease in violent crime

CLEWISTON — The City of Clewiston has increased public safety, according to a report shared at the Dec. 16 meeting of the Clewiston City Commission. Clewiston Chief of Police Aaron Angell, who presented the City of Clewiston Crime Statistics and Department Update, detailed statistics for the first half of 2019. The department is made up […]

Ransomware attack against Okeechobee foiled

OKEECHOBEE — At the Nov. 5 meeting of the Okeechobee City Council, one of the main topics was the fact that a ransomware attack was attempted against the City of Okeechobee last week, but was caught so quickly that the city lost nothing but maybe a day’s worth of work, said City Manager Marcos Montes […]

City council holds second townhall meeting

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee City Council’s second town hall meeting took place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. and lasted approximately 30 minutes. There were not as many participants as there were for the first meeting, and Sandra Pearce, one of the commenters, asked if the meeting had been advertised because she said she did […]

Council seeks new city attorney

OKEECHOBEE — After months of hinting at the possibility, it is now official. The Okeechobee City Council is looking for a new city attorney or possibly a new firm to take the place of John Cook, who has served in that capacity for over 30 years. Mr. Cook decided not to submit his contract for […]