Code Magistrate reviews code violations

OKEECHOBEE — A Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Magistrate hearing was held on May 15 to review code violation cases. • The Northwest Seventh Street property belonging to Deborah Yvonne Saunders (formerly known as Deborah Yvonne Parker) was found in violation of county code. The property owner was ordered to remove or license abandoned vehicles or […]

Abandoned building fire under investigation; brush fire apparently started from a pile of burning leaves

OKEECHOBEE — A structure fire was reported on Saturday evening in an abandoned building. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue (OCFR) report, at 6:09 p.m. on May 12, a structure fire was reported in the 1800 block of Northeast 48th Avenue. Upon arrival units found Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office deputies on scene of the […]

Chlorine bill sparks county pool discussion

OKEECHOBEE — A $26,700 annual bill for chlorine for the county sports complex swimming pool sparked discussion among the Okeechobee County Commissioners at their Thursday meeting of other options for disinfecting the pool. The county accepted the bid submitted by Odyssey Manufacturing Company for 30,000 gallons of chlorine at $0.89 gallon ($26,700) and 2,400 gallons […]

County may offer amnesty for code violations

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners discussed the option of offering some form of lien amnesty for property owners who bring their property up to code. According to the staff report, many of the cases handled by the Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Division result in compliance prior to the imposition of a fine by the Code […]

Debris from Virgin Islands may go to Okeechobee landfill

OKEECHOBEE — Hurricane debris from hurricanes Irma and Maria that hit the Virgin Islands in 2017 may go to the Okeechobee Landfill. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has contracted with a barge company to haul away construction and demolition (C&D) debris. Waste Management (WM), which operates the Okeechobee landfill, is among the subcontractors bidding […]

Okeechobee County awards $1 million contract for Basswood sidewalks

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners May 10 awarded the contract for Northwest 36th Street sidewalk improvements to McTeague Construction Co. in the amount of $1,037,482. The contract is to install 5 ft. wide sidewalks on the south side of Northwest 36th Street sidewalks in Basswood, from U.S. 98 to U.S. 441. The county received four […]

Commissioner questions work of building inspectors

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Commissioners Thursday voted to extend the agreement SAFEbuilt LLC to operate the county building department for one year, but not without some debate. According to the staff report, on June 2013, Okeechobee County entered into an agreement with Independent Inspections, Ltd. to operate the county building department. Independent Inspections, Ltd. was […]

Okeechobee Police Department adds two officers and discusses some changes at city council meeting

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) held a swearing-in ceremony for its two newest officers and explained some changes in the department at the Tuesday, May 1, City Council meeting. “We very rarely have openings here and to have two openings at the same time is an extremely rare event,” said Police Chief Bob Peterson. […]

House fires linked to clothes dryers

OKEECHOBEE — Two structure fires were reported this week due to clothes dryers. According to an Okeechobee Fire Department report, at 6:11 p.m. on April 24, a structure fire was reported in the 1000 block of Northwest Sixth Street. Units were reportedly dispatched to a call in regards to smoke coming from a clothes dryer. […]

Landfill funds may be used for economic development

OKEECHOBEE — Use of the county’s revenue from the Landfill Trust Fund was again a topic of discussion at the April 26 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. The county receives tipping fees from the landfill, based on out-of-county waste that is dumped there. The commissioners agreed to add a line to the policy which […]