OUA takes precautions when FWC sprays near water intake

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aquatic weed control program includes spraying chemical herbicides on Lake Okeechobee. Should Okeechobee Utility Association customers be concerned? According to Okeechobee Utility Authority Executive Director John Hayford, FWC has notified OUA that its contractors will be spraying near the utility’s water intakes within the next few weeks. “They […]

County plans jail renovation and expansion

A seven-person community committee will be tasked with ranking the architecture consulting services for the proposed Okeechobee County Jail Renovation and Expansion Project. Each county commissioner will name one primary committee member and one alternate. The sheriff will also serve on the committee and will choose the seventh committee member. According to the staff report […]

Task force seeks solutions to blue-green algae issues

On Wednesday, the state’s new blue-green algae task force started the complicated task of finding the most effective way to control harmful algal blooms. While much of the focus was on the Lake Okeechobee watershed and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, the panel discussed algae issues in the St. Johns River, the state’s springs […]

Independence Day celebration to include homemade boat race

Okeechobee’s community Independence Day celebration, planned for Saturday, July 6, at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, will include a homemade boat race, food, games and, of course, fireworks. At their June 13 meeting, the Okeechobee County commissioners agreed to waive the fees for use of the Agri-Civic Center for the free, community event. Event organizers Sgt. […]

Audubon biologist finds himself at center of controversy

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Paul Gray, of Florida Audubon, has been known to drink the untreated water from the marshy areas of Lake Okeechobee, illustrating his confidence that the marshes clean the water. Dr. Gray says a lot of good things are happening on the Big O with the return on some of the aquatic vegetation […]

Lower lake level helpful this year, but not every year

Dr. Paul Gray of Florida Audubon chose his words carefully at the June 7 meeting of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. This year, he explained, the low lake level is good for the overall ecological health of the lake. […]

CDC algae study could include rivers as well as lake

CDC to study and monitor cyanobacterial blooms The Centers for Disease Control plan to study the health of Lake Okeechobee fishing guides has local anglers questioning the premise of the study and the reasons behind it: Why study the effect of algal blooms on anglers on the lake when the highest toxin levels are in […]

Algae bloom causes concerns

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s new algae task force will meet today, just in time to discuss the latest round of algal blooms. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host the inaugural meeting of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, on June 12 at 10 a.m. in Tallahassee. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Florida Public […]

Low lake hurting local businesses

OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee was once again a topic of discussion at the meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon held Friday at the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. Glades Commissioner Weston Pryor said on his way to the […]

4-H Awards Banquet held at South Elementary School

OKEECHOBEE — Photos are of the 4-H Awards Banquet held on June 6 at South Elementary School.