Okeechobee, Glades and Hendry Counties Roadwatch Report for week of June 14

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY U.S. 441 S.E. between canal 59 and Southeast 66th Avenue: (Maintenance permit project) Crews are constructing a new pumping station including a new driveway connection to U.S. 441 Southeast. Watch for workers close to the roadway with shoulder closures. Watch for trucks and equipment entering and leaving the roadway. GLADES COUNTY U.S. 27 […]

Free food, drinks and music provided at Peace, Love and Unity BBQ in Okeechobee on Saturday

OKEECHOBEE – Dwight Chandler, David Altman, Daniel Kidd Sr. and several other business owners have come together to remind everyone of the unity that the Okeechobee community displays every day. No matter what the circumstances, this community continues to love, support and respect each other. The community is invited to gather (with appropriate social distancing) […]

Okeechobee commissioners on fire department merger: ‘We didn’t ask for this’ County officials say city never asked them to put referendum on ballot

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners Thursday expressed their concerns about the misinformation and hateful statements circulating in social media discussion about the proposed fire services contract with the City of Okeechobee. “I want to clear the air on a few things,” said County Administrator Robbie Chartier. “I feel the county’s fire department has taken a […]

Emergency Operations Center honors volunteer

OKEECHOBEE — During times of crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens, volunteers, nonprofits and organizations always come through to help those in need. Okeechobee County is fortunate to have one volunteer that has gone above and beyond, and we would like to recognize and thank him for his contribution! Chuck Akers has been a volunteer […]

Movie theater, tattoo, massage parlors may reopen; Ag center to host high school rodeo finals;

OKEECHOBEE – The movie theatre, tattoo parlors and massage parlors will be allowed to reopen under the guidance approved May 21 by the Okeechobee County Commissioners. Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs said they plan to follow Pinellas County’s interpretation of Gov. Ron DeSantis full Phase One of Florida’s reopening strategy. This will allow the movie theater […]

Okeechobee County has 51 COVID-19 positive cases

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County had 51 COVID-19 positive cases as of the May 21 report from the Florida Department of Health. At the May 21 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Tiffany Collins of the Okeechobee Health Department said the state is in what the governor is calling the first phase of reopening. She said […]

Okeechobee County offices to reopen Monday; Members of the public required to wear masks inside county buildings

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County government offices will reopen to the public on Monday, May 18. At their May 14 meeting, the Okeechobee County Commissioners agreed to reopen the county buildings, with the exception of senior services, with some restrictions: • Members of the public mast wear masks while inside county facilities; • There will be […]

Okeechobee County to tighten budget for 2020-21

OKEECHOBEE — Anticipating a shortfall in revenue, Okeechobee County departments will face a tight budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. At the April 30 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, County Administrator Robbie Chartier explained, “I am not going to put raises in our budget.” She said they anticipate a shortfall in revenue with a […]

Local officials ask public to urge governor to ‘open up Okeechobee’

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County officials would like to open more local businesses, but their hands are tied by the governor’s executive order. At the April 30 county commission meeting, County Attorney Wade Vose said county regulations can be more strict than those set by the state, but they can’t be more lenient. The county attorney […]

Okeechobee Health Care Facility staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The Okeechobee Health Care Facility has confirmed that a staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.