Legislators asked to #SlowTheFlow

TALLAHASSEE — On April 17, elected officials, business owners and North Florida college students originally from the Glades communities gathered in Waller Park at the Florida capitol to voice their support for state funding to expedite plans north of Lake Okeechobee to “slow the flow” of the untreated water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and affecting […]

Easter Sunrise Service to be held at Scott Driver pavilion

OKEECHOBEE — The annual community Easter Sunrise Service, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA), will be held at 6:30 a.m. Easter morning, April 21, at a new location this year, Scott-Driver boat ramps pavilion on the north side of State Road 78 West, across from the entrance to Okee-Tantie. Pastor Cary McKee of More2Life […]

Thinking Florida Friendly on Earth Day

The goal of FFL (Florida Friendly Landscapes) is to “protect Florida’s unique natural resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating a wildlife habitat and preventing erosion.” This high-level goal is something to keep in mind in our own gardens and landscaping. In the last section of this article, it will be shown how […]

Watershed protection meeting planned for Thursday

OKEECHOBEE — A Lake Okeechobee Watershed Protection Plan public stakeholder meeting is planned for Thursday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Okeechobee Service Center, 316 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee. In accordance with the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program, beginning March 1, 2020, and every five years thereafter, […]

Seek alternate route on U.S. 441 in Port Mayaca

At 7:02 a.m. on April 16, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that both directions of traffic is closed at U.S. 441 S.E. in Port Mayaca in Martin County. Traffic is being diverted at S.E. 126th Avenue, County Road 15B. It is not known at this time when the road will re-open. There […]

Motorcycle rider and passenger killed

OKEECHOBEE — A motorcycle driver and his passenger were killed on Saturday, April 13 at approximately 1 p.m. when for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the motorcycle. Christopher Biedenkapp, 43 of Northport was traveling westbound on State Road 70 when he lost control. The motorcycle traveled across the median and both eastbound lanes […]

Road Watch Advisory in effect through April 20

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Transportation issued a Road Watch Advisory, to be in effect through April 20, for State Road 710 from S.E. 8th Avenue to State Road 710. State Road 70 from S.E. Eighth Avenue to S.R. 710: Permit project: Crews are setting poles along S.R. 70 from S.E. 8th Avenue to […]

Crime Stoppers is searching for Gerald Jones

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Gerald Jones, 24, black, male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and he has multiple tattoos. His last known address was on Lakeshore Drive in Canal Point. Jones is wanted on a warrant for failure […]

Road Watch for Hendry County

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • S.R. 80 at Riverbend RV Park: (Maintenance permit project) Crews will be installing underground utilities near the roadway during daytime hours, Monday through Thursday, […]

Road Watch for Glades County

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. • S.R. 80 from Birchwood Drive to Collingswood Boulevard: (Maintenance permit project) Crews will be landscaping near the roadway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]