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 […]

Federal shortfall could stall reservoir

There’s no federal funding in the budget for the Everglades Agricultural Reservoir next year. President Donald Trump signed the Water Resources Development Act, authorizing the EAA reservoir last October, but his budget for fiscal year 2020 does not include money for the project. “The southern reservoir is not part of the FY’20 budget,” Lt. Col. […]

Bass Pro asks for more time for permitting; Johnny Morris ‘extremely focused on’ Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commission agreed Tuesday to give Bass Pro more time to shape their plans for the development of the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area into a world class fishing resort. At their March 26 meeting, the commissioners asked County Attorney John Cassels to work with Bass Pro and Big Cedar Lodge attorneys on […]

City of Okeechobee’s Town Hall meeting well received; city residents complain about double taxation

OKEECHOBEE — “I’ve been waiting for this meeting for 50 years,” said Sandra Pearce of the City Council’s Town Hall Meeting held on Tuesday, March 19. Although her comment was said with humor, the general consensus in the room was that the meeting was long overdue, and many thanked the council for taking the time […]

SFWMD hires executive director, approves C-43 reservoir bid

WEST PALM BEACH — The new governing board for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), who met for the first time on March 14, hired a new director, approved a contract for multi-million dollar reservoir, and authorized a settlement for a key piece of property for the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The later two […]