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 […]

Blue-green algae bloom now in lake is fueled by nitrogen from the air

Tests by the University of Florida show the cyanobacteria bloom in the lake has changed. At the start of the summer, the dominant type was a species of Microcystis, according to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDEP) tests. In late July, the Microcystis bloom appeared to die off. A new bloom that has grown in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Okeechobee honors those law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty

OKEECHOBEE — National Police Week was acknowledged by Okeechobee’s local law enforcement community along with supporters, with the attendance of a fallen deputies funeral on Tuesday in Sebring as well as a separate memorial service at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) on Wednesday for those officers who have fallen this past year while in […]

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 […]

Watch for manatees on Memorial Day and every day

Although Save the Manatee Club works in almost all areas of manatee protection, we focus on the prevention of manatee injuries and deaths from human activity. This includes manatee deaths from boat collisions, which have been record-setting in recent years. Even though no boater would want to intentionally harm a manatee, collisions with boats continue […]

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 […]