Corps trying to lower Lake Okeechobee this year only; lake level below 11 ft. needed to regrow vegetation

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee this year is designed to benefit the lake’s ecology and improve the resiliency of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, according to a report given by Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds at the March 22 meeting of County Coalition for Responsible Management of […]

Cattle are an important part of local economy

Okeechobee has once again earned the nickname “Florida’s Cow Town.” The county continues to lead the state in the number of cattle. A study released March 6 by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture (UF/IFAS) found the top five Florida counties for beef and dairy cow inventory were Okeechobee (110,000), Highlands (75,500), […]

There’s still time to comment on Lake Okeechobee level changes

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still accepting public comments as input on the development for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual. The public comment period has been extended to April 22. The corps plans to switch from the current Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), which tries to keep the lake level […]

Rep. Mast asks corps to stop releases to St. Lucie Canal

After spending weeks encouraging the people in his 18th Congressional District of Florida to speak out in support of lowering the level of Lake Okeechobee, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City got just that. At the public meetings to discuss changes to the lake regulation schedule, Rep. Mast argued that lowering the lake level […]

Corps effort to lower Lake Okeechobee level questioned

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee in anticipation of the wet season has local community leaders concerned about the safety of the water supply. Since the start of the dry season in October, the corps has released an average of 1,000 cubic feet per second to the Caloosahatchee […]

SFWMD hires executive director, approves C-43 reservoir bid

WEST PALM BEACH — The new governing board for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), who met for the first time on March 14, hired a new director, approved a contract for multi-million dollar reservoir, and authorized a settlement for a key piece of property for the Kissimmee River Restoration project. The later two […]

Bass Pro working on Okee-Tantie plans

OKEECHOBEE — Bass Pro is still working on plans for development of the Okee-Tantie recreation area, according to a report given at the March 14 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. County administrator Robbie Chartier said she met with a Bass Pro representative last week and saw some preliminary plans. She said they have had […]

President budget falls short in CERP funding

OKEECHOBEE — Federal funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) once again has come up short. In 2000 Congress authorized CERP as a framework for restoring, protecting and preserving the greater Everglades ecosystem. CERP was to be a 50-50 partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida, with the […]

Cattle drive thrills spectators at Speckled Perch Festival parade

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association cattle drive was the highlight of the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday in downtown Okeechobee. The festival continues Sunday in downtown Okeechobee in Flagler Park. The Cowtown Rodeo will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Cattlemen’s Arena on U.S. 441. Driving cattle is thirsty […]

Releases slow rise of Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee has dropped more than one-tenth of a foot (1.32 inches) since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased water releases in late February. More than half of that flow was to the south of the big lake. During the first 10 days of the releases, the water level in the lake […]