OKEECHOBEE — Why are ‘environmentalists’ ignoring the importance of storage and treatment north of Lake Okeechobee? I have been writing about Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee and Everglades water quality issues for 30 years. For at least that many years, scientists have known the phosphorus levels going into the lake are too high. Unfortunately, in the […]
OKEECHOBEE — Like approximately 1,000 Lake Okeechobee area residents, I was at Pahokee High School on the evening of March 17 for a community meeting with Florida Senate President Joe Negron. I was early enough to obtain a ticket for a seat in the auditorium — which held less than half of those who turned […]
OKEECHOBEE — Last week the Weather Channel posted an online video called “Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee.” Like many people in the Big Lake area, the false, derogatory and unfair allegations in the video made it difficult for me to watch. The first time, I had to turn it off because I […]
OKEECHOBEE — Want to know who is to blame for the massive algae bloom on the Treasure Coast? Turn on the news and you’ll see people blaming the Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District. But both are government agencies following the water management policies set by elected officials or in the […]
OKEECHOBEE — In less than a week, tens of thousands of visitors will pour into Okeechobee County for the first Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. It’s exciting for Okeechobee to be the location of a major music festival, but like any unknown, it’s also a little scary. Something big is going to happen, but we don’t […]
“The story was on the internet. Why wasn’t it in the newspaper? People deserve to know about this!” stated the message left on my voice mail. I was glad the caller left a name and call back number. Often people who appear to be upset leave messages on my office voice mail and don’t realize […]
OKEECHOBEE — This week I noticed some Okeechobee community members are using #ChobeeProud on social media when they make comments about positive news about Okeechobee County. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, remembering Okeechobee’s response to that storm, I am #ChobeeProud.
If you lived South Florida in 2004 and 2005, you will remember the historic storms we faced. The Hurricane Season of 2004 brought four famous storms Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Two of those storms — Frances and Jeanne — tore Okeechobee apart, downing power lines, toppling trees and tearing roofs off homes.