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, […]

News from the Glades County Property Appraiser

To our senior citizens GLADES COUNTY — To those of you who have recently applied for the Limited Income Senior Citizen Exemption, the 2019 adjusted household income limit is $30,174. Please keep in mind that the last day to submit your proof of income to my office is June 3, 2019. (June 1 falls on […]

Okeechobee County gives Bass Pro a year extension

The Okeechobee County commissioners have approved an extension to the Okee-Tantie contract to give Bass Pro another year to make a final decision. The action came at the April 11 commission meeting in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. As discussed briefly at the last commission meeting, Big Cedar LLC (the company that operates Bass Pro’s […]

Town hall meetings will occur twice a year

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council has been hard at work ever since the town hall meeting going over the comments to see what, if anything, can be done to address the concerns brought up during the meeting, said City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca at the council meeting on April 2 Because the first […]

Democrats call on president to allocate $200 million for CERP

OKEECHOBEE — A day before Donald Trump’s visit to the Lake Okeechobee area, U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch, Donna Shalala, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Thursday called on Donald Trump to reverse his devastating budget cuts to Everglades restoration and environmental protection. In a conference call with Florida media, the members of Congress called on the president to […]

Scott asks DOT to fund Tamiami Trail project

OKEECHOBEE — Florida Senator Rick Scott is urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant funding to raise another 6.5 miles of the Tamiami Trail. On March 27, Senator Scott sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao urging the department to grant funding through the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and […]

Clewiston FYI

CLEWISTON — Community Development Director Travis Reese reports: • Members of Clewiston FD and Lehigh FD teamed up for some technical vehicle rescue training in Clewiston last weekend. • Director Reese met with Colonel Andrew Kelly, commander of the Jacksonville district, and Gary Russ, Chief of SR Operations, USACE, for a coordination meeting between local […]