Okeechobee County Judge campaign creates controversy

OKEECHOBEE — Allegations of a “whisper campaign” and information from a personnel file circulated anonymously have cast a shadow on the Okeechobee County Judge race. At the Oct. 8 political forum and on her campaign Facebook page, county judge candidate Deborah Hooker has accused her opponent of obtaining and using a 2011 memo written by […]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

OKEECHOBEE — October is Domestic Violence Awareness month in Okeechobee County. At their Oct. 11 meeting, the Okeechobee County Commission approved the proclamation, which states: “the crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse including abuse […]

County approves grant for economic development

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners Thursday approved a grant agreement of $250,000 with Okeechobee County Economic Development Corporation. Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs recused himself from the vote due to his affiliation with the Economic Development Corporation. According to the staff report, The Grant Agreement is for a one-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2018 and […]

New business will sell, service and store boats

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners approved a change in zoning for a property on State Road 78 West from residential mobile home to commercial at their Oct. 11 meeting. The business planned by Bassin Bobby Enterprises will include retail fuel sale and the sale, service and storage of boats. According to the staff report, […]

County considers policy for airport hanger waiting list

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Commissioners approved procedures for the airport hanger waiting list, subject to the county attorney’s review, at their Oct. 11 meeting. Okeechobee County Airport maintains a waiting list for those who wish to lease county-owned T and Box Hangar space. In order to efficiently and fairly process requests to be placed […]

2018 washed high nutrient load into the lake

OKEECHOBEE — Water Year 2018 (May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018) brought ten times the target phosphorus loads into Lake Okeechobee, with about 90 percent of that load coming from the watersheds north of the lake, Stuart Van Horn, SFWMD Water Quality Bureau Chief, reported to the Water Resources Analysis Coalition meeting in West […]

Lee County alternately demands no lake releases and more lake releases

LEE COUNTY — It’s no wonder Lee County residents are confused about Lake Okeechobee releases. Half the year, local officials tell them the Caloosahatchee estuaries are dying because they need more freshwater flow from Lake Okeechobee The other six months, they are told the estuaries are dying because there is too much lake water being […]

Roundabout plan questioned; public hearing set for Oct. 16

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners are less than enthusiastic about the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plan for a roundabout on U.S. 441 S.E. at Southeast 18th Terrace. The commissioners agree the intersection is dangerous. Between 2011-2013, there were 14 recorded crashes at that intersection: Three with injuries and 11 with property damage, according to […]

Debbie Clements honored by 4-H

OKEECHOBEE — It all started with a Holstein calf named Twinkle. Twinkle was not the biggest or best calf in the barn, but the little girl would not be swayed as she insisted she wanted the little black and white bovine for her very first 4-H project. Months later, Twinkle, raised with love and care, […]

After school program set for Douglas Brown Center

OKEECHOBEE — The Delagall Foundation’s plan to expand an after school program to serve children in the Douglas Brown community moved ahead on Sept. 25 with approval of an agreement by the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners agreed to waive the regular facility rental fees, which would have totaled $10,800 for the year, […]