FWC asked to stop chemical spraying of aquatic plants

ST. AUGUSTINE — At the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Dec. 12 meeting, concerned citizens spoke out against excessive chemical spraying of aquatic plants. “I’ve spent the better part of the last six months trying to figure out what is going on with the red tide,” said Jim Abernethy, author of the “Stop the […]

EAA Reservoir won’t be ‘designed on the back of a napkin’

WEST PALM BEACH – The Everglades Foundation’s claim at the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir could be designed, engineered and constructed in four years is confusing the public at a time South Florida residents should be united in supporting construction of the reservoir, according to some members of the Water Resources Analysis Coalition who reviewed […]

Corps continues work on dike, C-43 and C-44 reservoirs

SOUTH FLORIDA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 Civil Works Appropriations, including construction funding for work on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the C-43 and C-44 reservoirs. On Sept. 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 115-244, of which […]

Science group reviews Everglades data

OKEECHOBEE — The high and low water extremes of recent years have been hard on the Everglades system which spans from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Florida Bay. Laura Brant of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services reported on system-wide ecological indicators at the Everglades Joint Working Group/Science Coordination Meeting Nov. 28 at the South […]

Okeechobee Community Theatre presents ‘Mail Call’

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Community Theatre’s production of “Mail Call” opened Friday night to an enthusiastic crowd. The patriotic show is based on actual letters written to and from military servicemen and women, their sweethearts, friends and families. While some of the letters are sad, many are heartwarming and some quite humorous. The cast includes Mike […]

Burroughs re-elected commission chair Coquina workshop postponed; increase in towing fees proposed

OKEECHOBEE — Terry Burroughs was re-elected as chairman of the Okeechobee County Commission at its Dec. 6 meeting during the board’s annual reorganization. Kelly Owens was elected first vice-chair. Brad Goodbread was elected second vice-chair. In other business: • The board postponed the workshop meeting with the Coquina Water Control District Board of Supervisors. At […]

EAA reservoir land involved in lawsuit

SOUTH FLORIDA — Land designated for the future Everglades Agricultural (EAA) reservoir is once again involved in a lawsuit. Florida Wildlife Federation Inc. has filed a legal challenge to the South Florida Water Management Governing Board’s decision to lease most of the land for sugar farming for at least two years. The SFWMD Governing Board […]

Okeechobee to test 4-way stop on Fifth Avenue

OKEECHOBEE — On Dec. 17, the City of Okeechobee will begin a test of a 4-way stop at the intersection of South Park Street and Fifth Avenue (also known as Osceola Avenue) (in front of Okeechobee Utility Authority building), Mayor Dowling Watford announced last week. The traffic light will flash red in all directions and […]

Water supply plan depends on lake

Lake Okeechobee is one of the water sources critical to supplying water for the growing population of the Lower East Coast under the South Florida Water Management District Lower East Coast (LEC) Water Supply Plan. At their Nov. 8 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board approved an update of the Lower East Coast Water Supply Plan, […]

SFWMD approves supply plan for lower east coast

OKEECHOBEE — Lake Okeechobee is one of the water sources critical to supplying water for the growing population of the Lower East Coast under the South Florida Water Management District Lower East Coast (LEC) Water Supply Plan. At their Nov. 8 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board approved an update of the Lower East Coast Water […]