Okeechobee County considers gun rights proclamation

OKEECHOBEE — At their first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 8, Okeechobee County commissioners will vote on a proclamation declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The proposed proclamation states:“WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of our nation; and ‘”WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution states, […]

St. Lucie County beach allows horseback riding

SOUTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND — If riding a horse on a Florida beach is on your bucket list, the opportunity is nearby. South Hutchinson Island, about an hour’s drive from Okeechobee, offers special permits that allow horse owners to enjoy a beach ride. For those who do not own a horse, St. Lucie County also has […]

Lake Okeechobee level holds steady above 13 ft.

Lake Okeechobee stayed at 13.16 above sea level feet last week, slightly higher than the previous week, thanks to some welcome rainfall. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, operating the big lake under the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), tries to keep the lake level no higher than 15.5 feet and no longer than 12.5 […]

Christmas trees sought for animal rehab center

OKEECHOBEE — When do you take your Christmas tree down? If you have a real holiday tree still at home, consider donating it to Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The center put out a request for tree donations just before Christmas. It was circulated on social media and published in the Lake Okeechobee News. What do […]

Lake Okeechobee fishing ‘is on fire’

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — What a difference a year makes. Lake Okeechobee’s ecology is much improved, with the regrowth of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). According to local anglers, Big O fishing is great. “The fishing has been fantastic,” said Mike Krause at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters. “The grass is coming back from Tinhouse Cove to Harney Pond.” […]

Studies consider use of aquatic plants to feed livestock

Invasive aquatic plants are a problem all of the world. In Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission uses chemical herbicides as one of their primary methods to control the plants. Worldwide, researchers are looking at more productive ways to get rid of unwanted vegetation. In a variety of locations, projects are studying the […]

Lake benefits from December rain

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Will 2020 bring water shortages? It all depends on the dry season rainfall. At the December meeting of South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, Executive Director Drew Bartlett warned the members they could be discussing water shortage plans at their January meeting. Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Airport weather observation system upgrade planned

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County plans to use grant funding to upgrade the weather observation system at the county airport. At their Dec. 26 meeting, the county commissioners authorized the chairman to execute the Public Transportation Grant Agreement (PTGA) between Okeechobee County and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the Okeechobee County Airport Navaid improvement. […]

County seeks grant funding for sports park improvements

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County will apply for a federal grant for improvements at the county sports park. At their Dec. 26 meeting, the Okeechobee County Commission authorized the submission of a 2020 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Application to finance future capital improvements at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex. Some of the improvements that […]

Herbicide spraying continues on Lake O

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to use chemical spraying to control invasive aquatic plants on Lake Okeechobee, but has also added the use of some mechanical harvesting. The aquatic plant management schedule which started on Dec. 23 and continues through Jan. 3 calls for treatment of 75 acres in […]