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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sheriff’s office to have mobile app

OKEECHOBEE — Have a question for the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office? Soon there will be an app for that. At their Thursday, May 24, meeting the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners approved Sheriff Noel Stephen’s request for funding for a sheriff’s office app. According to the staff report, develops custom iPhone and Android apps […]

Okeechobee County Commission to review salary study

OKEECHOBEE — A review of the salary schedule for county employees is on the agenda for the Thursday, May 24, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission. According to the staff report, a salary study has been conducted for all job positions within the county. The data sources include the following counties: Brevard, Franklin, Gadsden, Indian […]

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 […]

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 […]