Okeechobee County sheriff seeks budget increase

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen presented his agency’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget in a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 27, in the Okeechobee County Historic Couthouse. The event was broadcast live on the Board of County Commissioners website and can be viewed in its entirety via www.co.okeechobee.fl.us. During the meeting, Sheriff […]

Grant helps fund utility lines

Whispering Pines residents will be able to hook up to Okeechobee Utility Authority with no hookup fees thanks to a Community Development Block Grant and the county’s agreement with the Okeechobee Utility Authority. At its June 26 meeting, the Okeechobee County Commission approved a revision that will allow all residents in the service area to […]

Mayor Watford named 2018 Home Rule Hero

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council June 19 meeting Tuesday, kicked off with a surprise, last-second addition to the agenda. Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. was surprised he was named a 2018 Home Rule Hero by the Florida League of Cities for his work to protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during this […]

Sheriff to “maintain transparency” with public meeting to discuss 2018-19 budget

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel E. Stephen will be presenting a Town Hall Meeting with the focus being to host a discussion for the agency’s 2018-19 budget on Wednesday, June 27, between 6-7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse in the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners Chamber Room 122. The event will be […]

Okeechobee County begins mosquito control efforts

OKEECHOBEE — Local authorities in Okeechobee County have announced that adult mosquito control applications will take place this summer between dusk and dawn, as conditions warrant. “We began mosquito surveillance efforts (trapping) at 10 different locations around Okeechobee County this week with our contract partner Clarke Environmental. The state of Florida has specific statutory requirements […]

Property owners face fines for code violations

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing will be held June 19 at 2 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Avenue. Failure to correct code violations may result in a fine of up to $250 per day. To avoid fines, property owners should resolve the violations by June 14. […]

Fourth of July fireworks planned at Agri-Civic Center

OKEECHOBEE — This year’s Okeechobee Fourth of July festivities will be held at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. For the fifth consecutive year, the fireworks will be sponsored by the Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Police. Michael Hazellief and J.D. Mixon were at the June 5 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission to ask commissioners to agree […]

City Council addresses councilman’s resignation

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council had its first regular meeting since Councilman Mike O’Connor’s resignation on Tuesday, June 5. Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. immediately addressed the resignation, which Mr. O’Connor submitted June 1, for those in attendance at the scheduled meeting. “He served the city for many years. You always knew where he […]

Candidates seek local offices

OKEECHOBEE — The 2018 election season is well underway in Okeechobee County. In the race for the County Commission District 2 seat incumbent Byrant Culpepper is challenged by Noel Alton Chandler. Both are Republicans. In the race for the County Commission District 4 seat, incumbent Terry Burroughs is challenged Fred Darrell Brown. Both are Republicans. […]

Code Enforcement Spotlight: regarding contractors, take the attitude ‘buyers beware’

OKEECHOBEE — Hurricane season is right around the corner, and now is the time to be reminded about the importance of hiring licensed contractors and obtaining necessary building permits. Whether a new building is being constructed, a roof needs new shingles, or a structure requires its air-conditioning unit to be replaced, homeowners must always be […]