Mayor Watford is appointed for second term

OKEECHOBEE — At the first meeting of the new Okeechobee City Council on Jan. 15, newly re-elected council member Dowling Watford was appointed to serve his second term as mayor of Okeechobee. Mayor Watford was the only nominee; however, there was some discussion on changing the length of the term of office held by the […]

Bass Pro extends decision period regarding plans for Okee-Tantie

OKEECHOBEE — County residents waiting for news about Bass Pro’s plans for the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area will have to wait a little longer. The deadline for Bass Pro to give Okeechobee County officials the decision on plans for a world-class fishing resort at Okee-Tantie was Jan. 16. County Administrator Robbie Chartier said Bass Pro has […]

County commission considers sound ordinance

How loud is too loud? OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County may tackle that question with a new sound ordinance, The goal of the ordinance is to balance the property rights of the receiving party that is complaining and the rights of the person who is producing the sound. At the Jan. 10 meeting of the Okeechobee […]

Education is big part of Forest Service’s function

PALMDALE — Besides keeping us all safe, the firefighters, forest rangers and other employees of the Florida Forest Service perform a related crucial public service: They conduct different types of training. Some is for first responders or invited students only, some for agricultural/horticultural workers who need to know how fire behaves so they can safely […]

Okeechobee City Council sets goals for the new year

OKEECHOBEE — It’s the time of year when most people are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions, and our city council men and woman are no exception, as they each have some goals for the city they would like to implement in the coming year. Councilman Elect Bob Jarriel would love to hold a town […]

County road patching work to be redone

OKEECHOBEE — There’s good news for Okeechobee County residents who have been complaining about the county’s bumpy roads. At their Dec. 20 meeting, Okeechobee County commissioners discussed road repairs. There’s bad news for the taxpayers. The county will have to pay for some of the work to be done again. County Administrator Robbie Chartier explained […]

OUA considers plans for sewer line expansion

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a Bass Pro fishing resort at the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area were considered at the Dec. 20 meeting Okeechobee County Commission with a discussion of sewer line expansions. “There were three possibilities at Okee-Tantie,” explained John Hayford, executive director of the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA), “We do have an existing wastewater plant […]

Legislation would restore septic tank inspections

OKEECHOBEE — Florida House Bill 85, filed Dec. 11 by Representative Will Robinson would require homeowners with septic tanks to have the tanks pumped out and inspected every five years. The legislation would require the Florida Department of Health (DOH) to identify all onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems (septic tanks) in the state, including […]

Burroughs re-elected commission chair Coquina workshop postponed; increase in towing fees proposed

OKEECHOBEE — Terry Burroughs was re-elected as chairman of the Okeechobee County Commission at its Dec. 6 meeting during the board’s annual reorganization. Kelly Owens was elected first vice-chair. Brad Goodbread was elected second vice-chair. In other business: • The board postponed the workshop meeting with the Coquina Water Control District Board of Supervisors. At […]

Cattle drive sculpture planned for Flagler Park

OKEECHOBEE — At their Nov. 27 meeting, Bridgette Waldau, Main Street’s Arts and Culture Alliance Director, asked the Okeechobee City Council for permission to begin working toward the placement of a cattle drive art project in Flagler Park #5. According to Ms. Waldau, the project was inspired by her visit to the Brownwood Villages near […]