College student does internship with City of Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — Alysa Osterman, a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, spent several weeks this summer as an unpaid, part-time office assistant intern for the city of Okeechobee. Ms. Osterman said the college does not set internships up for its students but if the student wants to do one, they are encouraged to talk to […]

Okeechobee City Council considers consolidating fire departments

OKEECHOBEE — During the City Council meeting on July 16, Councilman Bob Jarriel suggested it might be time to consider consolidating the city and county fire departments. “Seventy-five percent of our ad valorem taxes go to the fire department,” Mr. Jarriel said. He explained that he thought they did a wonderful job, but the majority […]

FDEP considers changes to rules for landspreading biosolids

OKEECHOBEE — Changes to Florida regulations on the landspreading of biosolids are under consideration. The Florida Department of Environmental Regulation held three public workshops from June 25-27 in Tallahassee, Orlando, and West Palm Beach, respectively. The draft changes are online at The public comment period is open until July 29. Public comments may be […]

Tensions run high at Okeechobee City Council meeting

OKEECHOBEE — Tension ran high Tuesday night after Councilman Bobby Keefe made a motion not to renew the contract of City Attorney John Cook when it expires in September. During the regular city council meeting on June 18, the agenda called for a discussion of current and future needs for legal services. It was during […]

County threatens to pull funding for school resource officers

OKEECHOBEE — Following the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners meeting on May 23 where county representatives decided to send word to the school district that they didn’t plan on helping with school resource officer (SRO) costs next year, school board members discussed what options they had for bridging the gap in funding. Legislators in Tallahassee […]

Okeechobee County to demolish abandoned houses

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to move forward with steps to demolish three abandoned, non-homestead homes. These properties have been deemed to be a nuisance to the community as well as a health and safety hazard. Beth Albert, code enforcement officer, said the code enforcement office has compiled a list […]

Florida officials alarmed over plan to transport migrants to Florida

OKEECHOBEE — Are hundreds of immigrants headed for South Florida? Palm Beach County officials expressed concerns last week over news of a controversial plan to transport migrants from Texas to Florida. “Earlier this week, the chief of Border Patrol out of Miami informed us that their intentions were to bring about 1,000 people every month […]

Should Okeechobee County allow golf cart use on some roads?

OKEECHOBEE — State law gives local government the option to allow the use of properly equipped golf carts on some roads with speed limits up to 35 mph. At the May 9 Okeechobee County Commission meeting, local resident Nikki Salmon asked the commissioners to consider this option for some roads in the county. County administrator […]

City wants stop light at dangerous intersection

OKEECHOBEE — At the Okeechobee City Council meeting on May 7 Okeechobee city administrator Marcos Montes De Oca presented a video to city council members on what he refers to as the most dangerous intersection in Okeechobee. The nearly three-and-a-half-minute video showed a series of traffic accidents and congestion issues at the intersection of North […]

Okeechobee Board of Adjustments approves special exception for new livestock market

OKEECHOBEE — The Health Department meeting room was packed Tuesday for the meeting of the Okeechobee Planning Board/Board of Adjustments. Those in the audience who had come to speak on the only item on the agenda, the special exception for the Cattlemen’s Market of Okeechobee, were quickly disappointed. County Attorney John Cassels advised the board, […]