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 […]

Bass Pro working on Okee-Tantie plans

OKEECHOBEE — Bass Pro is still working on plans for development of the Okee-Tantie recreation area, according to a report given at the March 14 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. County administrator Robbie Chartier said she met with a Bass Pro representative last week and saw some preliminary plans. She said they have had […]

City Council schedules town hall meeting

  The Okeechobee City Council has scheduled a town hall meeting for Tuesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Avenue, behind Golden Corral. The purpose of the meeting is so that city residents and business owners who have issues, concerns or ideas can come and express them […]

Okeechobee County biosolids facility may require rezoning

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a biosolids processing facility in the Dark Hammock area in northeastern Okeechobee County may be stalled. On March 1, the company’s owner was notified by Okeechobee County that the project would require rezoning of the property. “It was determined, that the proposed location zoned Agriculture does not allow for a residual […]

Pahokee mayor, two commission seats up in municipal election Tuesday, March 12

PAHOKEE — Thanks to Pahokee native Albert L. Polk IV aka DJChurchBoy (founder) and Alexis Polk (vice president) who run the Church Boy Foundation, the eight candidates in the city elections taking place next Tuesday, March 12, were able to state their cases to the voters in person last week. Mr. Polk acted as moderator […]