Petman Grooming Salon reopens with care

CLEWISTON — Humberto Calvo is the master groomer and owner of Petman Grooming Salon, one of many small, local businesses that have reopened after the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders had forced them to close for many weeks. Mr. Calvo has been a master groomer for 20 years, and a dog trainer for 16 years. “We just […]

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 […]

Tax Collector Anne Gannon announces service by appointment only

Beginning June 1, residents must schedule an appointment for in-person service. WEST PALM BEACH — On May 12, Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon announced the agency she leads will require appointments for in-person service beginning June 1. The agency has provided in-person service for driver license appointments since April 27. “My first priority is […]

Some state parks reopen for limited use

Florida state parks, which were closed to the public due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, started reopening last week. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is taking measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During this early phase of reopening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities. […]

County resolution asks governor to reopen salons

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County commissioners are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to let local counties tailor the “Re-Open Florida” phases for their own communities. In a resolution signed April 30, the county commission notes, “Restaurants, retail stores, hair salons, nail salons and barbershops are an essential component of the economy and community of Okeechobee County.” […]

SFWMD reopens district-managed lands

WEST PALM BEACH – On Monday, May 4, the South Florida Water Management District announced that it will reopen district-managed public lands that were closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Visitors must practice social distancing, including limiting group sizes to 10 or less and staying 6 feet apart from other visitors. District lands are only […]

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 […]

SFWMD announces reopening of several district-managed lands

WEST PALM BEACH – On April 30, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced it has reopened several district-managed lands for active recreation only (hiking, biking, exercising, etc.). In reopening these lands, the district will continue to follow the recommendations of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force, the Florida Department of Health, and […]