Magistrate to hear code enforcement cases

OKEECHOBEE — A dozen code enforcement cases are on the agenda for consideration at the Aug. 21 Okeechobee County Special Magistrate hearing in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., at 2 p.m. There are five new cases on the agenda. • The 31650 N.W. 23rd Way property owned by Teresa Hathaway was cited […]

Local meeting set to discuss SR 710 extension

OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will host a public hearing to discuss the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Reevaluation for the extension of State Road (SR) 710 from U.S. 441 to the L-63N Interceptor Canal in Okeechobee. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Okeechobee KOA […]

OCFR provided vehicles for state certified extrication course

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue conducted advanced extrication training over the past several weeks after receiving a donation of 12 vehicles from Total Roadside Services Towing and Recovery, greatly reducing the overall cost of the training block. According to OCFR Captain Justin Hazellief, the course was taught over a two-week block with the […]

Burroughs, Brown spar over issues, county’s conditions

OKEECHOBEE — The two challengers for Okeechobee County Commission, running against District 2 incumbent Bryant Culpepper and District 4’s Terry Burroughs (the board chairman), faced off Monday evening, Aug. 6, at the Okeechobee Political Forum. The opposing candidates, Noel Chandler in District 2, who’s a sitting Okeechobee City Council member, and Fred Darrell Brown were […]

Chandler, Culpepper share similar visions in friendly forum

OKEECHOBEE — The two challengers for Okeechobee County Commission, running against District 4’s Terry Burroughs (board chairman) and District 2 incumbent Bryant Culpepper, faced off with the incumbents Aug. 6 at the Okeechobee Political Forum.   The opposing candidates, Noel Chandler in District 2, who’s a sitting Okeechobee City Council member, and Fred Darrell Brown […]

Company presents economic snapshot to city

OKEECHOBEE – A highlight of the Okeechobee City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, besides the marriage proposal that ended in the city administrator’s engagement, was a discussion about the Okeechobee County Economic Strategic Plan. The council talked about the county’s Economic Strategic Plan with William Fruth of POLICOM Corp., who presented a summary of the condition […]

Sen. Nelson says federal government will complete dike work by 2022

OKEECHOBEE — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was in Okeechobee on Friday for a roundtable discussion with local community leaders at the Williamson Conference Center on the Okeechobee campus of Indian River State College. “The state of Florida passed a constitutional amendment that we want to take the real estate transaction tax to go into a […]

Company wants to use robots to clean up algal blooms

OKEECHOBEE — Could robots be dispatched to clean up algae? Dyana Voss, of Marine Cleanup Initiative, visited the July 26 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission meeting to invite the commissioners to a demonstration. She said Lee County has already provided funding to build the robot. “We will do a week-long trial in the Caloosahatchee […]

City of Okeechobee to hold elections and appointment to fill seats for 2018 terms

OKEECHOBEE — The City of Okeechobee is now accepting applications from city residents who wish to be considered for appointment to serve on the city council, to fill the term left by the resignation of Michael O’Connor. Individuals interested can access the application packet by visiting the cityofokeechobee.com website and by clicking on the “Employment” […]

Proposed county budget is over $111 million

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commission began work on the 2018/2019 budget at its July 12 meeting. The tentative millage rate will be set at the next meeting. “Your budget right now is $111,252,790,” said County Administrator Robbie Chartier. She said this would require the county to levy 9 mills in ad valorem taxes. One mill […]