Senior citizens group wants mask ordinance in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — A group of senior citizens plans to protest the Okeechobee County commissioners’ failure to require everyone to wear masks in public buildings … just as soon as the weather cools off. At the July 2 commission meeting, during the public comments period, Dean Irvine spoke on behalf of “a geriatric group,” and asked […]

Okeechobee County short on COVID-19 test options for those who do not have symptoms

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee residents who need COVID-19 tests in order to return to work are having difficulty finding free test sites that will accept those who do not meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria. At the July 2 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Tiffany Collins of the Okeechobee Health Department […]

Fireworks show parking to be limited to first 250 vehicles

OKEECHOBEE – Those planning to watch the Fourth of July fireworks show at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Saturday are advised to get there when the gates open. At the July 2 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commissioners, J.D. Mixon, one of the event organizers, said in order to provide social distancing space, only the […]

Miccosukee Tribe: ‘Single species management of the Everglades must end’

THE EVERGLADES — As the rainy season raises water levels in the Everglades, once again the Miccosukee Tribe has found its cultural lands flooded to protect the nesting grounds of sparrows — sparrows that might not even be there anymore. Federal protection for the Cape Sable seaside sparrow (CSSS) prioritizes a single species to the […]

Your right to refuse to wear a mask ends where others’ 6 feet of space begins

Is a requirement to wear a cloth face covering in public spaces an infringement on individual freedom? Some Florida counties and cities have made masks mandatory in public buildings. Others have refrained from passing an ordinance or executive action but encouraged residents to voluntarily wear masks. The reason to wear cloth face coverings is to […]

Corps plans ‘deviation’ from Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule; July 21 webinar to be open to the public

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, announces public comment on the Draft Revised Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) and Proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the planned deviation from the water control plan for Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Agricultural Area, also known as the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS […]

Workshops review watershed protection plans

WEST PALM BEACH — About 250 people logged in to a virtual meeting on Northern Everglades Watershed Protection on June 26, hosted by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). “Our intent with this is to engage the public in a robust discussion about what it takes to solve our water quality crisis,” explained Jennifer […]

Hundreds line up for COVID-19 testing

OKEECHOBEE — Three hundred Okeechobee residents lined up to be tested for the COVID-19 virus at the New St. Stephen AME Church on Saturday. “The New St. Stephen AME Church and the Delagall Foundation would like to thank everyone who assisted in the advertisement, processing and administrating the of the free COVID-19 testing and mask […]

Satellite imagery shows algae potential in lake

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The intense summer heat has brought with it algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee. Lake area fishermen have noted this is a common occurrence in the summer. As of June 29, the lake level was at 12.36 feet, just slightly higher than the previous week’s level of 12.33 feet. No water from the […]

Okeechobee County has 333 COVID-19 positives; Hendry County, 895; Glades County, 158 as of June 27

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of June 27, there were 132,545 COVID-19 positive cases in Florida. In Florida to date, 3,390 people have died related to the virus and 14,136 hospitalized. In the state, only about 4% of those who believed they may have had COVID-19 and recovered tested positive for antibodies. […]