City council votes to ask for new fire contract

OKEECHOBEE — Many items concerning the interlocal fire agreement between the City of Okeechobee and Okeechobee County have been resolved, but there is still a hold up, because the county does not want to open the union contract. According to City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca, the county will not hire any of the city’s […]

City council moves forward on charter review

OKEECHOBEE — At their meeting on July 21, the Okeechobee City Council adopted a resolution to create a Citizens’ Charter Review Advisory Committee (CCRAC.) The committee will consist of seven members and one alternate. Each council member will appoint one committee member, and the other two and the alternate will be appointed by the entire […]

Pahokee mayor calls special meeting after IG report cites Manager Williamson

PAHOKEE — After the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General released its third report within the past two years on Tuesday, citing financial and managerial improprieties by Pahokee City Manager Chandler Williamson, Mayor Keith Babb Jr. has called a special meeting for Tuesday, June 30. The 50-page narrative “City of Pahokee Inappropriate Purchasing […]

Community town hall meeting is a success

OKEECHOBEE — Sheriff Noel E. Stephen, Police Chief Bob Peterson, Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs and Mayor Dowling Watford hosted a town hall meeting in Douglas Brown Park at the community center Wednesday night. Their goal was to “foster a welcoming atmosphere for anyone to come and speak about their concerns, experiences, and even […]

City council makes plan to work on charter

OKEECHOBEE — When Okeechobee City Councilman Bobby Keefe was elected, one of the things he particularly wanted to work on was updating the city charter. In the year since he was elected, he has brought this up several times, but the year has been so filled with fire merge and coronavirus that there has been […]

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 […]

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 […]