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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]