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 […]

FTC warns of scams ahead of COVID-19 checks

OKEECHOBEE — As the U.S. Congress works through a relief package that is likely to give most Americans a one-time payment of $1,200, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is already issuing warnings about possible scams. “As the coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending […]

This summons you can ignore

MOORE HAVEN — If you are among the few hundred Glades County residents who recently got a letter in the mail from Clerk of Court Sandra H. Brown, informing that “you are hereby personally commanded to … appear before the judge of the Circuit and/or County in and for Glades County … at the Courthouse […]

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 […]