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Vol. 96 No. 213 Monday, August 1, 2005 50M Plus tax
The public is invited to
attend a dedication of the
new mural of the city logo
that was painted on the
north wall of the municipal
building at 55 S.E. Third Ave.
The dedication will be at
5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at
5 p.m. Refreshments will be
Mayor James Kirk and the
elected city officials will be
The eastbound lane of
traffic closest to the building
will be blocked off by city
police during the 10 to 15
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Tourism: TDC promotes new campaign
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Kiwanis Club member Darrell Enfinger introduced guest speaker Kathy Scott, tourism
coordinator of the Okeechobee Tourism Development Council, at Thursday's Kiwanis
Club meeting. Ms. Scott holds tourism development's new logo that was designed in
coordination with the logo on the new judicial center.
Visitors told to 'Find Something More'
By Audrey Blackwell
Mayor James Kirk and elect-
ed city officials will dedicate
the new mural of the city's logo
that was recently painted on
the north wall of city hall. The
dedication ceremony will start
at 5 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the
council's regular meeting time
of 6 p.m. Refreshments will be
served immediately following
the dedication. The public 'is
During their meeting, the
council will hold a public hear-
ing on proposed Ordinance
No. 902 and then consider the
small scale amendment (under
10,000 acres) application to the
Future Land Use Map, which
was submitted by Haynes and
Susan Williams for property at
408 N.E. 3rd St. they want to
sell. City planners approved the
request at their meeting last
week and the council will take
final action on it. A small scale
amendment only requires one
reading. Mr. and Mrs. Williams
want to change the zoning
from residential single family-
one to light commercial so
they can sell it to realtor Patricia
On' a rezoning request,
Ordinance No. 903, for the
See City Page 2
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Local Burn Ban: None
By D. Hamilton
"We've come a long way",
said Kathy Scott, director of the
Okeechobee Tourism Develop-
ment Council (TDC).
Ms. Scott has been the
tourism coordinator of the
local tourism council for two
years and was this week's fea-
tured guest speaker at Thurs-
day's Kiwanis Club meeting.
She detailed the advertising
and marketing campaign for
the 2005 year which chal-
lenges visitors to 'Find Some-
thing More'. The campaign is
designed to encourage visitors
who come to Florida to
explore the rural areas and
take a more natural approach
to their vacations in Florida.
Ms. Scott, who has been in
Okeechobee County for 13
years, told club members that
the TDC campaign took first
prize for Okeechobee at this
year's Florida State Fair.
"According to monthly
reports so far this year, rev-
enues from tourism are up 21
percent over this time last
year." Ms. Scott stated, "Each
year since 2000 tourism rev-
enues continue to rise not only
during the peak tourism
months of November, Decem-
ber, January and February, but
also during the summer
months when we don't have
as many visitors. The council
continues to develop new pro-
grams to bring more tourists
into Okeechobee and sur-
rounding areas with new
strategies and ideas."
The guest speaker also dis-
cussed some of the events
planned for the upcoming
year. She mentioned seven
large bass fishing tournaments
are planned, with several of
those being new to the area; a
Labor Day festival; and, a large
RV show that will bring enthu-
siasts from all over the south-
Last year's Water-Fest Fun
Day at Okee-Tantie Park was a
big success and was funded
with $7,500 from the tourism
council. This year the council
will increase Water-Fest fund-
ing to $10,000.
Ms. Scott went on to say
that the Fourth of July celebra-
tion will see some changes in
future years and will eventually
grow into an entire weekend
Other events planned
include the Okee-Tantie Blast
that will take place in October
at Okee-Tantie Park, an Air
Boat Jamboree and a Clay
Shooter's Competition that is
slated to have over 700 shoot-
In addition to the new
advertising campaign, the
tourism council will also be
erecting billboards on 1-95 to
entice incoming visitors to
come and escape from the
hustle and bustle and enjoy the
natural experiences found in
the rural areas of Okeechobee
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Community Events .4
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Obituaries .......... 3
Opinion ............ .4
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Residents get pre-eviction notices
By Lorna Jablonski
As residents of Taylor Creek
Lodge met with the Okee-
chobee County Board of
County Commissioners in an
attempt to save their homes,
the Taylor Creek ramp and
access to the Florida Scenic
Trail, first notices of park rules
violations were being sent to
The notices sent by both
certified mail and U.S. mail -
were dated July 27, the day
before the commissioners'
meeting and were sent to all
the mobile home residents of
The park prospectus states
that there are 47 mobile home
lots in Taylor Creek Lodge, but
several lots are vacant.
On July 29 copies of these
notices were physically posted
on all the mobile homes in the
These notices stated that
they were being sent as a first
notice of park rules violations
as required by Florida Statute
723.061. The notice further
stated that the mobile home
owners were in violation of
their rental agreements at Tay-
lor Creek Lodge.
It went on to state: "Please
.be advised that you have vio-
lated the terms of your rental
agreement, the Park Prospec-
tus, and Chapter 723 of Florida
Statutes. Specifically, you have
violated the Prospectus in that
your mobile home has been
placed in a position such that
it is less than 20 feet from the
adjacent mobile homes."
The notice gave the resi-
dents seven days from the date
of its certified posting to cor-
rect the deficiencies and viola-
tions of the park rules and reg-
ulations. If the deficiencies
and violations are not correct-
ed within that time frame, the
park will issue a second notice
of park rules violations.
This second violation is
grounds for eviction.
In order to correct this vio-
lation, all of the mobile homes
will have to be moved side-
ways starting with the first one
in the row and spaced so that
there is 20 feet between each
The rules concerning set-
backs and distances between
units are spelled out in the
park prospectus filed with the
state of Florida. According to
this prospectus, each lot is 30-
ft. x 110-ft. The setback
requirements required by law
are 5 ft. The minimum separa-
tion distances between
mobiles is 20 ft.
This prospectus was in
effect when Bertha Crouch
was the legal receiver .for Tay-
lor Creek Lodge. The majority
of the mobile homes were
placed in the park during this
time period, while under the
management of Ms. Crouch.
Some of the additions and
improvements made to the
See Residents Page 2
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
First notices of park rules violations were posted on all the
mobile home owners in Taylor Creek Lodge Friday morning,
the day after residents met with the Board of County Commis-
sioners in an attempt to save their homes.
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For prequalification for this
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Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.
meets Aug. 6
mee River Valley Advisory (
tee will meet Saturday, Aug
10 a.m. until noon at the I
Community Center located
corner of U.S. 98 and Mic
Road just east of the Kis.
The purpose of meeti
provide an opportunity fo
Florida Water Managemen
(SFWMD) staff to meet co
ty members that are inter
using the restored Kissimmr
Valley region for public
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property at 408 N.E. 3rd St., the
council will hold a public hearing
and first reading Tuesday and set
the date of August 16 for the final
hearing and vote.
The council will hold the first
of two public hearings on and
consider a rezoning application,
proposed Ordinance No. 904
from William and Catherine
Fagan of Stuart for property at
Northeast 10th Street. The request
is to change the property from
residential single family-one to
residential multiple family. Mr.
Fagan intends to build a multifam-
ily structure on the site. Two read-
ings will be held and the board
will set August 16 as the final
hearing date on the proposed
The council will hold a public
hearing on proposed Ordinance
No. 905 regarding an alley closing
application submitted by Hubert
and Rachel Phillips and set the
final public hearing date as Sep-
tember 7. The council will then
vote on whether to approve the
first reading of the ordinance.
In new business, the council
will also request two other alley
closing applications, one for
Believer's Fellowship Church and
one for Ronnie and Ellain
The council will hold a public
hearing on amending Section 82-
61 of the land development code
related to wellhead protection
and set August 16 as the final pub-
lic hearing date for proposed
Ordinance No. 906. The council
will vote on the first reading of the
In other business, the council
will consider adopting proposed
Resolution No. 05-09 regarding
the Fire Fighters Union, discuss a
moratorium on street and alley
closing applications, discuss the
2004-05 Fiscal Year Roadway
Improvements Project, and dis-
cuss a code complaint located at
1002 S.E. 8th Drive. The council
will also discuss J. Thomas
Raulerson's employment termi-
nation and status.
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homes and property were also
approved by Ms. Crouch, even
though they may have violated
park rules or county ordinances.
o .. 6 Since taking over the park in
S.- June, Taylor Creek Resort RV
Park has issued first notices of
-* park rules violations to residents
on the west side of the park for
S encroachment violations into
property not owned by the park.
They were followed by second
notices that gave the residents
30 days to remove their homes if
they had not brought their
homes into compliance with the
prospectus or park rules. At
least one mobile home owner
did bring their unit into compli-
ance only to receive this latest
notice for violation of the mini-
mum separation distance rule.
According to residents of the
park, there are 11 couples that
call. Taylor Creek Lodge their
One of the allegations they
are making is that Taylor Creek
Resort RV Park is not in compli-
ance with their own prospectus.
As the battle continues and
accusations are made, residents
must make other arrangements
.for their homes. In at least five
cases, residents are contemplat-
ing walking away from these
homes because they cannot be
moved due to their age. A per-
mit will not be issued to move a
mobile home built prior to 1976
unless it is being taken out of the
county. In one case, an aged
mobile home encroaching into
neighboring property by 14.6 ft.
has already been turned over to
the park by its owners.
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Lastly, Ms. Scott unveiled the
new logo for the council that
was designed to coordinate with
the logo on the new Okee-
In other business:
The Kiwanis Club board
meeting will not be held next
week and has been rescheduled
for the following week.
The school supply drive is
still accepting donations of sup-
^ plies and cash until the Aug. 4
Kiwanis Club meeting, where all
L donations will be presented to
Scott Frasier of the Real Life Chil-
e *Captain David Littlefield
presented a certificate of appre-
ciation to the club members of
Kiwanis for their support of the
new Civil Air Patrol unit being
established in Okeechobee.
Kiwanis Club meets every
Thursday at noon at the Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South
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Jesse Elwood Myers, Jr., age
73, of Okeechobee,died Saturday,
July 30,2005, at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. Mr. Myers has been a resident
of Okeechobee since 1977 and
was a volunteer firefighter in the
He is preceded in death by: his
wife, Florence; son, John Lee
Myers; and, granddaughter, Trena
He is survived by: his sons,
Jesse Myers III of Orlando, Willie
Barnhill, Jr. of Okeechobee, and
Bill (Jo Beth) Barnhill of Angle-
ton, Texas; daughters, Linda
Beadnell of Lake Butler, Charlene
(Joe) White of Dolthan, Ga.,
Cheryl (Michael) Habear of
Freeport Texas, Charlotte Roberts
of Sanford, Coleen (Larry) Love
of Orlando, and Collette Siler of'
Okeechobee; 19 grandchildren;
and, 12 great grandchildren also
Services will be held graveside
at the Ft Drum Cemetery on Tues-
day, Aug. 2,2005, at 11 a.m.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Howard Poulson Miles
Howard Poulson Miles, age 83,
of Okeechobee, died Saturday,
July 30, 2005, at the Hospice
House of Martin and St. Lucie
Mr. Miles was born on June 16,
1923, in Upper Fairmount, Md. He
worked as a mechanical welder
and retired from the U.S. Sugar
A resident of Okeechobee
since 1950, Mr. Miles served in the
United States Navy, was a mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee and Past Comman-
der of the Okeechobee American
Legion Post 64. He was also a
member of the Okeechobee
Moose Lodge and enjoyed bingo
and playing cards.
He is survived by: his loving
wife of 57 years, Billie; four sons,
Gary Paul (Cathy) Miles of Okee-
chobee, William Howard Miles of
Lakeland, Michael Lloyd (Gloria)
Miles and Stanley Keith Miles, all
of Okeechobee; one daughter,
Rebecca Rachel "Becky" (Jim)
Croslyn of Okeechobee; nine
grandchildren, 12 great grandchil-
dren; one great- great grandchild;
and, one sister, Ruth Hobbs of
Lancaster. Pa., also survive him.
Friends may call at the First
Baptist Church on Wednesday,
Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. until service
time at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at Ever-
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direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
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DOH hosting breastfeeding fair
In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, the Okee-
chobee County Health Department Women, Infants and Chil-
dren's nutrition program (WIC) and other community agencies
will host a breastfeeding fair on Aug. 2. The event will be held in
the Health Department auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., from
9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Goodie bags and
information will be provided. For information, contact Shonda
Flores at (863) 462-5814.
Habitat for Humanity plans meeting
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County will be holding
a public organizational meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6:30
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
The meeting is to update everyone on our progress and to pre-
pare for the future. We need volunteers to help in the organiza-
tion and construction of new homes. Volunteers are needed for
the board of directors to provide leadership and direction to the
committees. The committees need people to help in fund rais-
ing, site selection, family selection, public relations, volunteer
coordination and construction. This is not an orientation meet-
ing for potential applicants. Those who wish to apply for a
Habitat house are welcome to volunteer to work on any of the
committees other than family selection. Contact the Habitat
office at (863) 357-1371 for information.
Rodeo Flag Team tryouts slated
Girls in grades nine-12 that are interested in being a member
of the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Rodeo Flag Drill Team can try-
out beginning Aug. 4 at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena U.S.
441 N., starting at 7 p.m. Riders must be experienced. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-1888.
Hospice exec is talk show guest
Family Stations, Inc., 88.5 FM, will host an Aug. 6 radio talk
show featuring James H. Laseter, executive vice president for
Treasure Coast Hospice. He will be discussing caring for the ter-
minally ill and their families. The show will be rebroadcast at I
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. For information,
contact James.Laseter at (772) 403-4567 or 800-299-4677; or,
your local hospice.
Red Cross offers CPR course
The American Red Cross is offering an adult CPR/AED,
infhnt/child CPR and first aid course at the Okeechobee Branch
on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The cost of this
course is $35. For information on how to sign up for this course
stop by the office at 323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.
Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex.analysis
and designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Health Center,
916 W.N. Park St., on Aug. 8 and Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-4320.
LOAA meeting is slated
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet
Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Square Restaurant,
301 W. South Park St. Agenda items include more discussion on
the jamboree, additional charitable giving and plans for Labor
Day in the park. Visitors are welcome. For information, call
Advisory County sets meeting date
There will be an Okeechobee County provider meeting on
Friday, Aug. 12, at the Okeechobee County Health Department,
1728. N.W. Ninth Ave., at 9:30 a.m. Then at noon, there will be a
meeting of the Okeechobee County Advisory Council. This
meeting will also be held at the Health Department.
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Letter to the Editor
AGs standing up for people in pain
Not long ago chronic pain
patients trusted their doctors to
prescribe the medicines they
needed to live a normal, pain-free
life. Attorneys general from 29
states, the District of Columbia
and Puerto Rico but not Florida
- say those days are now gone;
that to protect themselves from
federal agents America's physi-
cians are shortchanging their
In a letter sent to Washington
earlier this year and signed by all
31 attorneys general, a solid case
was laid out against the federal
Drug Enforcement Agency. The
letter described how the drug
warrior tactics used by DEA to
catch a few bad doctors is tearing
apart the traditional patient-doc-
tor relationship especially for
These law officials, of course,
want to stop those who divert
Oxycontin and other opioid-
based prescription medicines
onto the black market. But they
do not accept federal methods
that condemn American citizens
to needlessly live in pain.
The case against the DEA,
according to the31 attorneys gen-
eral, looks like this.
"In our consumer protection
role, working to remove barriers
to quality care for citizens of our
states at the end of life," the attor-
neys general wrote, "we have
learned that adequate pain man-
agement is often difficult to
obtain... Many physicians fear
investigations and enforcement
actions if they prescribe adequate
levels of opioids or have many
patients with prescriptions for
DEA puts patients at risk by giv-
ing doctors mixed signals, and
not drawing a clear legal line to
define where medical practice
crosses into what DEA considers
illegal, drug dealing territory. By
reserving for itself the complete
discretion to decide when a crime
has been committed by a doctor,
DEA keeps physicians in a legal
DEA's crime indicators make
little sense to a doctor.
For example, the number of
patients in a practice who receive
pain killers, the number of tablets
prescribed for each patient, and
the duration of therapy with these
drugs, according to DEA, "are fac-
tors that may indicate drug diver-
sion by a physician.
The letter writers disagree:
"Because good practice may
involve precisely the factors that
DEA believes might be indicative
of diversion, DEA is creating a cli-
mate that puts legitimate medical
practitioners in danger of investi-
gation and discourages good
The letter adds, "As law
enforcement agents, we should
concentrate on drugs that are ille-
gally on the streets and work back
to see how they got there. An
undue focus (by DEA) on poten-
tially misleading factors like the
number of prescriptions written
or number of patients seen in a
practice serves neither the goals
of law enforcement nor the needs
of suffering patients."
In other words, the DEA
should get out of the doctor's
office and spend more time out
on the street.
Play it Safe
State officials are also con-
cerned that current DEA policies
give the agency a blank check to
DEA contends: "It is a long-
standing legal principle that the
(federal) government can investi-
gate merely on suspicion that a
law is being violated or even just
because it wants assurances that
it is not."
Why, the state lawmen want to
know, does the DEA feel it neces-
sary to broadcast that any physi-
cian can be investigated at any
time for any reason?
"This type of uncertainty
alone," they wrote, "is detrimen-
tal to the practice of medicine
because physicians tend to prac-
tice conservatively to avoid even
the possibility of legal involve-
ment. Such practice is not prima-
rily concerned with the best inter-
ests of patients, but is instead
concerned with protecting physi-
cians from liability. Physicians
should not be put in the position
of having to choose between pro-
tecting themselves and providing
the best possible care for the
patients who need their services."
And who pays the price when
doctors cover their legal back-
sides by undertreating people in
pain, by withholding medicines
that might raise a red flag in
Why, the patients do.
The states have called upon
DEA to take a close look at the
collateral damage being caused
by its drug war culture and tactics
and to "focus on factors that dis-
tinguish the criminal trafficking
and diversion of pain medicines
from the legitimate and responsi-
ble practice of medicine."
SMany millions of Americans in
chronic pain, including those in
Florida, are now waiting to see if
DEA got the message.
Ronald Fraser, Ph.D.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ronald
Fraser writes on public policy
issues for the DKTLiberty Project,
a Washington-based civil liber-
ties organization. Write him at:
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at (863)
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third
St., at'8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and how to see
your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Regis-
tration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for infor-
mation. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Out-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For
information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It
is a self-help group that offers support and education for people who have
been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion
Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Okeechobee Jaycees would like to
welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who
are interested in working towards the betterment of our community. For
information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600 S.W.
Second. Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Randy
or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in the
Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S. 441. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-5385.
Lakeside Crulse'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-
Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car
you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while
you listen to the great oldies music.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at V.F.W. Post
#4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invited. For
information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
Special to the Okeechobee News/Jack Wolff
Looking Back ...
These fish were caught drifting down the old Kissimmee
River before it was channelized. These fish were caught
in the mid 1900s. Do you have any old photos of the
Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring
them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St.,
and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail
the photo and information about the photo to okee-
Back to school collections under way
* Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annu-
al school supplies drive for the needy children in our county. They
will be collecting items until Aug. 12. Let's work together on this
project and make sure every child of school age has what they
need to start school this year. Also, if your child needs supplies,
they can help. Proof of eligibility is required to qualify. For informa-
tion or to make a donation, call the Mission at (863) 763-5725.
Church hosts clothes give-away
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. 44th Ave., will host
its annual clothes give-away on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m.
until noon. The event will be held in the church's fellowship hall.
For information, call (863) 763-4127.
Church hosts Family Fun Day
The Okeechobee community is invited to a Family Fun Day on
Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church fellowship hall at 200 N.W. Second St. Sign
ups and activities for children will begin at 10:30 a.m. The show
will begin promptly at 11 a.m. After the show there will be a lunch
for everyone and a few door prizes for the children who sign up.
All children will receive a helium balloon or small gift. Reverend
Mabrey, a Methodist minister and illusionist, will be performing.
'His Story' meeting is planned
An important planning meeting concerning "His Story" will be
held Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Members and interested persons are
encouraged to attend. If your church would like to be involved
please send a representative.
Agri-Civic center hosts horse show
The Miniature Horse Club of South Florida will be presenting
their Okeechobee show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21,
at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Both
show days begin at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9 a.m. Tickets at
the gate will be $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1.50 for students.
The American Miniature Horse Registry classes will be showcased
on Saturday and the American Miniature Horse Association class-
es will be highlighted on Sunday. Halter (conformation) Classes
will be held in the mornings and Performance (jumping, obstacle
and driving) Classes will be held in the afternoon. For Miniature
Horse Show event information, call (561) 798-6129, (863) 763-
7724 or (772) 341-7610.
Legion group plans steak dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will host a steak dinner Sun-
day, Aug. 21, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post #64,
501 S.E. Second St., for a $9. donation. The menu will consist of
steak, baked potato, salad, roll, dessert and coffee or tea. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2950.
Learning coalition will meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee coun-
ties will meet Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North
Portable, in Fort Pierce. Also, the executive committee of the Early
Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee coun-
ties will be meeting at this same location immediately following
the coalition meeting.
History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St., will be closed until
Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m.
until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9, from 11:30
a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday and Friday.
Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equipment you
may need. For information during working hours call (863) 763-
6510. During hours the center is closed call (863) 467-5261, or
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or
before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at
Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments call
Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677, or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-
2242. Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may
stay as late as 5:30 p.m.
Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th
St., will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-
wide participation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Pro-
ceeds from the sale will help finance the beginning of a new youth
facility. Order forms have been placed at different businesses so
that the church can fill the orders. For information, call (863) 763-
7227 or (863) 763-4654. Orders will be taken until the end of Sep-
Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale spon-
sored by Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is
scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park.
Proceeds from this fundraiser are used throughout the year for
community projects. Past proceeds have been used to purchase
canned goods and blankets for the Sun Room, Avon Park Church
Service Center, scholarships and donations to the juvenile dia-
betes fund. Vendor applications are now being accepted. Contact
Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or, call Lynn Cloud at
(863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.
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Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air
Patrol unit in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are
being recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligi-
ble. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and pro-
vide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the
Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education
and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by
side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at
the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-
Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and
are seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their play-
ground that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more
information, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save
lives. You can help the American Red Cross reach people in
your community with lifesaving training, including CPR, First
Aid, Automated External Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Preven-
.tion. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of the American Red
Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.
Church collecting for care packages
The Living Word 6f Faith Church of Okeechobee would like
to invite the community to participate in a project for Operation
Freedom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to 20
servicemen in the Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serv-
ing our country have requested items not only for themselves,
but they also give items to the Iraqi children while on patrol and
visiting. We would like to invite the community to help us with
this project. For more information, contact Chairperson Myra
White at (863) 357-2975.
Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee is in need of
a few fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners to be a part of the
council. Governor Jeb Bush makes the final appointments with
terms of two or four years. The council meets monthly to dis-
cuss programs and needs of the children in the community.
Once a year, agencies request funds through a grant process.
Each council member "adopts" an agency or two as their own
and monitors the programs' services that they provide to our
children. Those interested in completing an application should
contact Cathleen Blair, executive director at (863) 462-4000,
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part
of their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a
group of trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such
as structure fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your
time and talents to help local citizens in a time of disaster,
please contact Andy or Candace at the American Red Cross -
Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-2488,
Free 10 Commandments signs
The Living Word of Faith has 10 Commandment yard signs
with stands for anNone wishing to put them in their yards. For
information call Lee Mimnon at i"SC:3) 357-3442, or John White at
(8,6.3).357-2975. .... : .
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Yucca plant produces national flower
By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
I often receive emails from far
away places with interesting
requests for assistance. A Miami
high school student sent me a mes-
sage while she was visiting
Guatemala this summer, asking
where she could find a particular
plant that grows edible flowers. All
I had to go on was the central
American name for this plant -
Flor de izote.-
After some searching and some
translation, it turns out the plant
she was seeking does grow in our
area, and not only is it an ornamen-
tal adapted to local conditions, but
its flowers are the national flower
of the country of El Salvador. We
know it as yucca the subject of
this week's column.
There are as many as 56 differ-
ent species of yucca found growing
in North America, with many
native to the drier, warmer climates
of the desert southwest. However,
only-a few species are found in
Florida Yards, and can even be
used as foliage plants in our
Yuccas have thick fleshy stems
with broad stiff thickened leaves
that may be tipped with a sharp
spine. The leaves give us the'com-
mon names of locally used plants:
Spanish Bayonet, Spanish Dagger,
Adams' Needle and the most desir-
able ornamental, Spineless Yucca.
The Spineless Yucca was intro-
duced into Floridain 1956; its softer
leaf-tips make it more desirable in
homes and landscapes where the
leaf tip would be a safety hazard.
In the summer through fall, a
two to three-foot-tall flower spike
grows at the top ends of the stems
once the plant reaches a certain
height or grows for a certain
amount of time, depending on the
species. These flower spikes are
covered with fragrant white, bell-'
These are the "flor de izote", or
yucca flowers that are considered a
delicacy in some Central American
countries. Blooms are edible and
high in calcium and potassium and
can be used in salads. I'd note that
.the starchyyucca side dish found in
Hispanic restaurants is made from
the roots of a different plant. I'd
caution using other parts of yucca
for human consumption, as some
species contain large amounts of
saponin, a soap producing com-
Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifo-
lia) is a native of dry, sandy soils,
and can have a good use as a "bur-
glar bush" because of the. sharp
spines. It makes a dramatic land-
scape statement with its dark
green, stiff, dagger-like leaves pro-
jectingfrom thick, inclining trunks.
White blossoms appear in spring-,
,' UNIVERSITY OF
time to late summer in the center
of the plant above the foliage. If the
sharp needled tips are removed
with shears, Spanish Bayonet
makes a wonderful accent at entry-
ways or in a shrub border. Their
striking texture adds an accent to
any Florida Yard. Plants eventually
form attractive, multi-stemmed
clumps. High salt tolerance makes
Spanish Bayonet ideal for seaside
plantings. A cultivar 'Tricolor' has
green and white leaves.
Spanish Dagger (Y. gloriosa)
may be confused with Spanish
Bayonet. The edges of the leaves
on Spanish Dagger are smooth,
while those on Spanish Bayonet
are rough. The outer halves of the
leaves on Spanish Dagger bend
down, while those on Spanish Bay-
onet do not. High salt tolerance
also makes Spanish Dagger ideal in
beachfront. areas. The cultivar
'Nobilis' is an improved cultivar
with dark green leaves.
Adam's Needle (Y. filamentosa)
is a slow growing native plant
found scattered through the south-
eastern woods. Leaves look like
they have been shaved because of
many curved, filamentous threads
of leaf tissue found on the leaf
edges. The leaf ends in a sharp
spine. Plants stay small, growing
no more than about 3-feet-tall. It
tolerates partial shade well, provid-
ed enough air 'circulates to keep
the plant on the dry side. There is a
white striped cultivars called 'Varie-
gata' with light yellow bands along
the leaf edges; 'Bright Edges' and
'Color Guard' both have brightly
marked leaves with white to cream
Spineless Yucca (Y. elephan-
tipes) is the tallest of the Yuccas,
and can max out at 30 foot heights
with a 15-foot spread. Its single,
thick, rough trunk is topped with
strap like, four-foot-long leaves.
Spineless Yucca grows fairly rapidly
but usually stays under 20 feet in
height, and is ideal for use in succu-
lent gardens or large planters. The
trunk can grow to be four feet
thick. Sprouts often grow from the
base of the trunk forming a multi-
trunked tree. Unlike Spanish Bayo-
net, Spineless.Yucca can be used in
close range of people since it lacks
the sharp leaf tip.
Spineless Yucca grows easily in
full sun or partial shade on any
well-drained soil. Do not plant any
Yucca unless soil drainage-is supe-
rior. This yucca can also be grown
as a houseplant if it is given plenty
of sunlight. Many Florida nurseries
produce this plant for indoor
foliage use. A Spineless Yucca culti-
var with striped foliage, 'Variegata',
may be found in some nurseries,
and may be gaining in popularity.
New Yucca plants can be
grown from seed, but some culti-
vated yuccas must be hand polli-
nated where specific yucca
moths are absent. Most often, cut-
tings of any size are rooted to grow
new plants. Suckers at the base of
the plant root quite easily. Pest
problems include scale insects,
Yucca moth borers, where larvae
bore through the buds and a black
weevil which bores into roots and
stems. Few diseases are of major
concern, except root rot if the soil is
kept too moist. Leaf spots can be a
problem in areas with poor air cir-
culation, but do no real harm to the
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
you need additional information
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863-763-6469. Local residents can
stop by our office at 458 Hwy 98
North in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gar-
deners on Tuesday afternoons
from 1 to 5 PM.
Teen Town summer day campers, Donald Bryan and Tris-
tan Richey enjoy the Wooden Jungle at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex on Friday. Both boys are part of the Parks
and Recreation Department's summer day camp program.
Campers got to enjoy a last chance for summer camp fun
with activities including swimming, archery, face painting,
treats and a pizza lunch from 8:45 until 3:30.
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Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., is open again. It is located in the back parking lbt of the
church. The temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone
who needs food. All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation
are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
MyAunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days,
Monday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
We are also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a
board member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should
communicate well with the public and should be able to seek
support from city and county officials, business executives and
other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863)
634-2306 for information.
Back to School supply drive starts
The Shared Services Network's Community Collaborative
Council is sponsoring its annual Back to School supply drive for
Okeechobee's children in foster care.
These supplies will be given to the children in Okeechobee
during their annual foster, care picnic just before school starts.
The children are in need of: pencils, pens, markers, colored pen-
cils, crayons, highlighters, notebook paper, construction paper,
folders, binders, pencil boxes, lunch boxes, backpacks, glue,
scissors, rulers, erasers, index cards and calculators. For infor-
mation on becoming a foster parent, call the Hibiscus Foster Par-
ent Training Program at (800) 403-9311. Supplies may be taken
to the Community Collaborative Council meetings during April,
May and July. The meetings will be held in room 303 of the
Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.
For information on the school supply drive or the council's
meetings, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of
historical Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with
a picture of the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Cham-
ber of Commerce. They also have a small booklet entitled "Pic-
torial History of Okeechobee" which sells for $4.
Summer Play Camp schedule announced
Sign-ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's
2005 Summer Play Camp began Monday, May 2, at Teen Town
Center, 309 N.W. Second St. Enrollment is limited and slots are
filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers must be
between 6 and 12 years of age. Play camps will operate Monday
through Friday, through July 29 (except July 4), from 8:30 a.m.
until 4:30 p.m. at three locations: Douglas Brown Community
Center, Okeechobee Civic Center and Teen Town Center. The
regular camp fee is $50 per week, per participant plus fees for
field trips and special activities. Special rates have been set at
$25 per week for a child on the reduced school lunch program,
and $10 per week for a child on the free school lunch program
within the Okeechobee County School system for the 2004/2005
school year. A letter of participation from Okeechobee County
School Food Service must be presented at the time of registra-
tion in order to qualify for these special rates. Extended hours of
7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. will be available at
both the Okeechobee Civic Center and Teen Town Center for an
additional fee of $10 per week, per participant.
Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of
operation are: June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday Saturday from 12:30
until 6:30 p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thurs-
day evenings from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night swim); Aug. 8 -
Oct. 30: Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m., Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. The pool is
not open during school hours. For information, contact the pool
office at (863) 467-7667.
Back-to-school drive planned
Douglas Chiropractic, 916 W. North Park St., will be having a
back-to-school drive to help the needy children of Okeechobee
County. School physical will be given for grades K through
eight: The cost will be $5, plus a donation of school supplies.
. The school supplies will be donated to Big Lake Mission Out-
reach. For an appointment, call (863) 763-4320.
First aid instructor class offered
The American Red Cross is offering an instructor's course at
the Okeechobee Branch in the month of August. If you are inter-
ested in becoming an instructor for CPR and first aid please stop
by the office at 323 N. Parrott Ave., or call (863) 763-2488.
Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registra-
tion process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new
Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children
must live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. I of the
2005-06 school year. Parents can find the registration form
online at www.vpkflorida.org; or, they can contact their nearest
Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy of the registration.
Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed for the sum-
mer, and they are no longer accepting donations. For informa-
tion, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
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Martin County While doing
a routine aerial pass Friday
around 1:45 p.m., the Florida Divi-
sion of Forestry's fix-wing aircraft
spotted a wildfire in Jonathan
Dickinson's State Park. Local
forestry crews were deployed
from the Everglades and Okee-
chobee District. Forestry rangers
used tractor-plow units to contain
the fire. Brush trucks were also
on-hand from Jonathan Dickin-
son's State Park, Martin County
Fire Rescue and Palm Beach Fire
Rescue. Thanks to the quick and
collaborate response from local
crews the fire was contained at
Fortunately, there were no
homes threatened this time but
residents should be aware that a
wildfire can occur at any time
Florida's fire season is 12 months
long. There are ways to protect
your home and your family. Resi-
dents living in or near areas close
to flammable vegetation should
make their homes as safe as pos-
sible from the threat of wildfires
by following firewise guidelines.
Structures should be surrounded
by a buffer zone extending at least
30 feet. This area should be free of
highly flammable vegetation and*
well maintained. Leaves, pine
needles and twigs should be
removed from roofs and gutters.
Flammable materials including
wood, vehicles and propane
tanks, should not be stored next
to the house.
Report all fires quickly to the
nearest fire department. Anyone
needing additional information
may contact the local Division of
Forestry at 772-219-1248 (St.
Lucie, Indian River, Martin, Okee-
chobee Counties) '863-655-6407
(Highlands and Glades Counties).
* Two FREE withdrawals of principal
during the term
* Interest compounded daily
* FDIC Insured
* Minimum to open and
maintain just $5,000
* Term of account is 55 weeks
* Converts to a Statement
Savings account upon maturity
The Moore Haven Lions Club
has begun its summer schedule.
The next two meetings will be
Tuesday, Aug. 9. Thereafter, in Sep-
tember, the regular schedule of
meetings on the second and fourth
Tuesday of each month will
resume. All meetings will have din-
ner and take place at the American
Legion Hall in Moore Haven start-
ing at 5:30 p.m. For questions,
please contact Kirby Sullivan at
The Glades County Economic
Development Council normally
meets the first Monday of the
month at 6:15 p.m. in the confer-
ence room at Glades Electric Coop-
erative. If you are not a member,
please contact the EDC'about join-
ing. If you are a member, please
plan to attend the meetings. As the
Main Street effort, and other initia-
tives move forward, we will need a
host of knowledgeable volunteers
to serve on various committees and
%\ e encourage our participation.
Post disaster help
for older adults
Disaster funds are still available
to help older adults living in Hendry
and Glades Counties who continue
to need assistance with such issues
as roof repair, debris removal,
insurance deductibles, appliance
repair or replacement, chore work,
etc. Elders in need of help due to
the hurricanes of last summer can
speak with a specially trained out-
reach worker in Clewiston (863)
983-7088 Monday Friday.
Liquid CD is Harbor Federal's newest CD product, giving our
customers easier access to funds with the security of a standard
Certificate of Deposit.
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with the ability to access funds not available in a standard CD.
For more information on this or 'any of Harbor Federal's financial
products contact your nearest branch.
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Okeechobee home to family sports pub
By Audrey Blackwell
Fields of green are showing up
in more than baseball parks and
football fields in Okeechobee with
the recent opening of Beef
O'Brady's Family Sports Pub.
Owner-operators John and Tabitha
Grimes said they are pleased to pro-
vide the sports-themed restaurant
chain to the community.
A big bright green sign has been
posted for several months along-
side the parking lot on Seventh
Street advertising the restaurant's
arrival: it opened Saturday, July 23.
The sports green runs through
the building on carpeting, wall
paint, and attire worn by the 25
servers and. hostesses and 10
The green carries through to the
menu which boasts moderate
prices for such delicacies as Buffa-
lo-style chicken wings, a half-
pound hamburger, Cuban sand-
wich, and various fish sandwiches.
Appetizers, soups and salads, meat
and potato baskets, desserts and a
special kids menu for children 12
and under round out the food
"The highest priced item on our
menu is $8.99 and kids eat free on
Tuesday," said John Grimes. Some
items are available for take-out.
Beverages include fountain
drinks and bottled root beer, iced
tea and coffee, as well as wine and
beer. No hard liquor drinks are
available, which Mr. Grimes said
helps to keep their focus on the
family while maintaining the sports
Family fun can be found in the
game room with 12 video arcade
games for kids, the dining room
that comprises mainly booths
(most people want to sit in a booth,
according to Mr. Grimes), and the
22 TVs, three of which are high def-
inition, located throughout the
5,000 square'foot building. Seating
Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Lee and Kathy Chapman (left), John and Tabitha Grimes
(center) and Jamie and Gregg Giles (right) are friends and
family and jointly own the local Beef O'Brady's restaurant at
608 S. Parrott Ave. Mr. and Mrs. Grimes are owner-operators
while the Chapmans and the Giles are partners in the fran-
chise. The restaurant opened on Sat., July 23.
capacity is about 200 with about 50
able to fit into a separate banquet
room. A big plasma TV in the ban-
quet room will provide enhanced
viewing of major league football
games, according to Mr. Grimes.
"We'll have the best TV viewing in
the city. We spent 10 times the
money on it," he said.
Hours of operation are from 11
a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through
Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 10
p.m. on Sunday. Happy hour is
Monday through Friday with spe-
cial deals on draught beer and $.39
According to Mr. Grimes, he and
his partners made a conscious
effort to separate the 30-foot bar
from family dining with a wooden
half-wall. He said the design ele-
ments match their centralized
theme that focuses on sports, kids,
and family fun. "We want the kids
to be able to entertain themselves.
They can run around here and play
the games and it won't bother us,"
Mr. Grimes said the sense of
family goes beyond his establish-
ment. "Our advertising budget will
have most of the money going to
support every little league sport in
town. Our emphasis is on sports
and putting money back into the
community. We will not have any
billboards or a lot of radio ads," he
said. However, he will do some
occasional radio pieces for high
school football games. He will
sponsor and contribute to local
sports clubs little league, high
school sports, and rodeo.
Family themed and family
owned: that is the nature of this
sports pub. In addition to Mr. and
Mrs. Grimes as owner-operators,
franchise owners also include
friends and family members Lee
and Kathy Chapman and Gregg
and Jamie Giles. All three couples
bought into the franchise and each
couple operates a Beef O'Brady's
in separate Florida communities.
Mr. and Mrs. Grimes moved
from Dade City, to live in Okee-
chobee and become a part of the
community. He and his family
members performed an extensive
overhaul on the building that once
housed a barbeque restaurant.
"People will be amazed when they
see the place," Mr. Grimes said. He
continued, "We didn't do much to
the outside, but did a large amount
on the inside."
The restaurant team worked
hard for several months getting the
place ready to open, and put in 30
hours straight last Tuesday and
Wednesday with last minute
details. Friday night they held a dry
run opening for invited friends and
family members to make sure food
was cooked and served according
to their standards in preparation for
the Saturday opening.
Beef O'Brady's is one of the
fastest growing family sports pub
chains in the country, according to
Mr. Grimes, with about 200 loca-
tions nationwide and 100 in Florida
alone. The family sports-themed
pub was the brainchild of Jim Mel-
lody in 1985 who was inspired by a
love of sports and family. According
to the inscription on the back of the
menu, he "dreamed up the idea of
a neighborhood pub where friends
and families could gather to enjoy
good food and sports in a comfort-
able, friendly atmosphere."
Perhaps a 'description of the
restaurant is best explained by
some of those who work there.
Two of the wait staff said they are
high school students and enjoy
working at the restaurant. "It's
cheerful," said waitress Marsha
Gough. "It's a fun atmosphere,"
said server Jackie Timmons.
Dr. Robert S. Kirsner
By D. Hamilton
After a slight delay due to
last year's active hurricane sea-
son, Robert S. Kirsner, M.D.,
PhD joined Treasure Coast Der-
matology in their new office in
Okeechobee as of September
The office is located at 1924
U.S. 441 North.
Dr. Kirsner, originally from
Miami, received his undergrad-
uate degree from Texas A & M
University in 1984 and medical
degree from the University of
Miami in 1988. Dr. Kirsner's
earned a doctorate in epidemi-
ology and public health in 2004
from the University of Miami.
He trained in internal medi-
cine from 1988 until 1990 at the
University of Miami/Jackson
Memorial Hospital and com-
pleted both a wound healing
fellowship from 1990 until 1992
and dermatology training at the
University of Miami from 1992
until 1995, where he served as
After 10 years on faculty at
the University of Miami in the
department of dermatology
and cutaneous surgery and
chief of dermatology at the
Miami Veterans' Administration
Medical Center, he joins Trea-
sure Coast Dermatology.
Dr. Kirsner, widely known
for his interests in wound heal-
ing and skin cancer, has pub-
lished over 175 articles in the
dermatology literature as well
as journals including the "New
England Journal of Medicine",
"Lancet" and "Annals of Inter-
Dr. Kirsner has lectured
Special to the Ukeechobee News/
Robert S. Kirsner, M.D.,
PhD joined Treasure Coast
Dermatology at their new
at 1924 U.S. 441 North, as
of September 2004.
national and internationally,
and has received awards for his
teaching, research and patient
While continuing his
research and clinical interests
with Treasure Coast Dermatol-
ogy, Dr. Kirsner will focus on
the treatment of skin cancer
and is a fellow in the American
Academy of Mohs Surgery. Dr.
Kirsner's office held a free skin
cancer screening clinic in
March of this year and plans to
continue to hold future screen-
ing clinics for local residents.
Dr. Kirsner practices in
offices in Port St. Lucie, Fort
Pierce, Vero Beach, Okee-
chobee and Stuart, where he
currently resides with his fami-
Kiwanis Club President, Marcos Montes DeOca, accept-
ed a certification of appreciation for the club on behalf
of the Okeechobee unit of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for
their efforts and support of the new local CAP unit by
Captain David Littlefield of the Civil Air Patrol at Thurs-
Church offers summer activities
Activities are now available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. These activities include: a food bank that is open Mon-
day and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tues-
day through Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon
from 3 until 4 p.m.; Boy Scouts meet every Monday from 6 until 8
p.m.; Immigration Assistance is available on the third Thursday of
every month from 1 until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and
Gospel Lighthouse will meet
A newly-formed congregation, The Gospel Lighthouse, will meet
every Friday at,7:30.p.m. in the Christian 7th Day Baptist Church, 914
N.W.ParkSt,' There, will be old camp meeting style of preaching,
praying and.singing. For '6 ioTma a co6nta.,r Reverend Elnria J.
Hampton at'(863) 357-0455. :
Legion sponsoring fundraiser
The American Legion Memorial Post 64, the Ladies Auxiliary and
the Sons of the Legion in conjunction with Environmental Control
are sponsoring a fundraiser. We ask that you donate your used or
empty laser printer cartridges and ink jets to the Post. The Post will
receive a donation from ECC. All monies received from this project
will be used to purchase supplies for the needy school children in
the Okeechobee County School system. Boxes will be made avail-
able at the following locations: American Legion, 501 S.E. Second
Ave.; Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; and Smith's Com-
puter Service, S.W. Park Street. Additional collection points will be
made available.at a later date. For information, call John R. Rooney
at (863) 763-2950 or (863) 763-8971.
County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at
the Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For
information, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.
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The remaining tournament
dates for the Okee-Tantie Team
Trail bass tournaments are Aug.7,
Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take
place on Nov. 19 and 20.
Brahman varsity and junior
varsity football practice begins on
Aug. 1. Freshman practice begins
All football players must have a
current physical in order to be
able to start practice on Aug. 1.
Volleyball tryouts for Okee-
chobee High School (O.H.S.) are
scheduled for Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 in
the O.H.S. gym.
There will be two sessions
each day. The first session will be
from 8 until 10 a.m. The second
session will be from 3 until 5 p.m.
Players must turn in a physical
and a parent consent form in
order to participate. These forms
are available in the school office
weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3
The tryouts are for varsity and
junior varsity, though all incoming
freshmen are encouraged to
attend. In the event any freshman
is not selected to one of these
teams, they will be asked to report
back on Monday, Aug. 8, from 9
a.m. until 11 a.m. for the first offi-
cial freshman team practice.
For information, contact coach
May at (863) 634-5836.
for OHS golf team
With school less than a month
away, the Brahman golf team
would like to invite potential play-
ers to join the team.
No experience is necessary,
players will be trained. If you do
not have access to a set of clubs,
the team will find'one for you.
There will be'both a girls and a
boys team this year.
Practice will begin Aug. 10.
For information, contact coach
Mark Ward at (863) 634-1722.
The Okeechobee Citizens
Recreation Association (OCRA)
will hold their fall football sign-
ups Aug. 6,13 and 20 from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at Teen Town, 305
N.W. Second St.
Parents or guardians are
required to accompany athletes.
A copy of the athlete's birth certifi-
cate will also be required at regis-
OCRA football is not associat-
ed with Pop Warner football.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations can
be made at the Wanta-Linga
Motel or at the dock on the day
of the tournament.
R Forinformation, contact
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 29,
through Thursday, Aug. 4, are as
Theatre I "Bad News Bears"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre II "Sky High" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863)763-
Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary has served as the civil-
ian, non-military component of
the Coast Guard. Today, the
33,000 volunteer men and
women of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary are active on the water-
ways and classrooms in over
2,000 cities and towns across the
nation. Each year, Auxiliarists
(folks just like you) save almost
500 lives, assist some 15,000
boaters in distress, conduct more
the 150,000 courtesy safety exam-
inations of recreation vessels and
teach over 500,000 students in
boating and water safety courses.
The results of these efforts save
taxpayers hundreds of millions of
dollars every year. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-3085.
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state.,The Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) needs you to share your
skills or special talents in making
a difference in the lives of trou-
bled youth. Volunteers are need-
ed as tutors, translators, arts and
crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instruc-
tors, recreation aides and assis-
tance in developing a youth choir.
Wouldn't you like to make a dif-
ference? If so, please contact Rick
Hargraves at EYDC, 7200 U.S.
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fl.
34972. (863) 763-2174, ext. 234.
The Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library has announced a new
service for those. patrons with e-
mail accounts. You can join the
Chapter-A-Day Online Book Club
sponsored by the Friends of the
Okeechobee County Library. All
you need to do is visit the library's
web page at www.heart-.
lineweb.org/oke and choose the
link to the Online Book Club.
Simply follow the directions on
the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new
book. There is no charge for this
service. You don't even need a
library card. All you need is an e-
mail address and five minutes a
day to sample the wonderful
world of reading
enrollment under way
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The
program is currently serving chil-
dren age birth to kindergarten
age. Both parents must be work-
ing or attending some type of
school or training. There is an
income limit based on family
size. Call 1-(866) 273-6340 to be,
placed on the waiting list.
Church Food Pantry is open
again. We are located at 312 N.
Parrott Ave. in the back parking
lot of the church. Our temporary
gray box is stocked and ready for
anyone who needs food. All you
need is an I.D. The hours of oper-
ation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until
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Car Pool 110
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Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage, Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
BURIAL SITE, In Original sec.
of Evergreen Cemetery. S 1/2
of SW 1/4 of Lot 14, Block 77.
FOUND SMALL BREED DOG
Vic. of Lazy Seven
Please call to identify
Found: long haired black cat
wearing black harness.
FOUND SHEPHERD Vic. of
Post Office. Please call to
BRACELET- 14 Caret gold
w/gem stones. Lost 7/21/05
between Raulerson & Wal-
Mart 772-631-3090 Reward
Bionco was LOST Nov. '04.
Lt brown, 301lbs, fixed,
friendly. Last seen Pahokee.
Found in Japan in '97-his
adopting family doesn't want
him but I do. Rwd offered for.
his rtn. PIs call(561)924-5656
DALMATION "Lucky". Male,
11 yr. old family pet. Friendly.
Missed dearly. July 5th near
Hi Low Acres. (863)763-2603
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LET- Reward offered, Senti-
mental value, vic of WalMart
or movie theater.
GLASSES, tinted, rose
orange, vic of Okeechobee,
PUPPY, Male, 212 mo. old,
black & tan w/bob tail. Lost in
vic. of SW section of Okee-
YORKIE, 7 Ibs., Black & Tan,
Female. She is deaf, vic of
S.E. Park St., Reward.
BEAGLE PUPPIES (2) Free to
LAB DOGS, Free to good
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Job Information 225
Job Traning 227
A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
DO NOT CALL
ADM. ASST. w/construction
knowledge and exp., com-
puter skills, bilingual, for non
profit housing organization.
esume: P.O. Box 1515,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Must Be Reliable & Experienced
with own tools and transportation.
Call Joe @
Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442
OKEECHOBEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE
Certified & Non- Certified Correctional Officers
Excellent Benefits & Salary
Trainee: $29,131.83 Certified: $31,920.78
Call Sgt. L. Kibler @ (863)462-5424
Monday-Friday 8:00am 5:00pm
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
ALL AROUND CONCRETE
MAN WANTED: Plenty of
work. Top wages. Experience
a Must. (772)201-1455
$28,600 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume to
Carpenters & Carpenter's
Helpers, Local Work.
Class A CDL Required.
Benefits Available. Apply @
Walpole Feed & Supply
2595 NW 8th Street
Be your owin the Okee-
chobee, Belle Glade and Cle-
wiston areas. Flexible week
day hours, must have 1995
or newer 4 door Sedan, Cell
Phone or Nextel a plus. Call
(800)685-4789 Ext 1197
IJourneymen or experienced I
Mechanic's. Only serious
'self motivated need apply.'
'Must have good driving1
Record. Weekly travel I
required in FL. Paid travel
time, overtime Per diem,,
DFWP Benefits, 401k, Pd
.Service Electrician for
ILocal work. Must have
Good driving record, DFWP I
1 Benefits, 401k, Pd hol & vac
Experienced Duct Installer,
Apply in person Newman
A/C, 202 NE 2nd St.
For residential and
light commercial work.
Clean DL and DFWP
Aoplv in person.
2801 SW 3rd. Terrace.
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T
positions avail., Great pay,
working environment &
Form Carpenters, Equipment
Operators & Labors Needed
for construction in Port St.
Lucie. Call: 954-818-2521
For Busy Tire Store in Palm
City. Salary & Benefits.
Call David @ (772)287-1213
Help needed, Please mail
Resume to: 304 NE 19th Dr,
Okeechobee FL 34974
WANTED, Full Time.
DFWR Apply in person,
see Roy @ W&W Lumber
KITCHEN HELP/Part Time
Must be able to work week
days & weekend evenings.
Apply at the American Legion
501 SE 2nd St. (after 10 am).
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered- 15
Services Offered 425
Roof & Interior Framing
All Home Repairs
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabr;cs 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR CONDITIONER -'05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat
AIR CONDITIONER, window
unit, very cold air, only $50.
600 NW 17th St., behind
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd, 5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy,
CAST IRON SINK & DRAIN
BOARD- Gorgeous, White,
Extremely heavy. $500.
FULL SIZE HIDE IN WALL
BED- good condition w/mat-
HEAD & FOOT BOARD- Twin
size, Antique, Metal w/rails.
SEWING MACHINE, Singer,
Treadle. Include original ac-
cessories. Excellent condi-
tion. $225. (863)467-8050
SINGER '1900- Commercial &
Furrier Machine $500.
VANITY- 2 drawers & flip up
mirror with storage inside.
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
FREEZER- Whirlpool, 20 cu ft,
front. loading, $75.
REFRIG- Sears, 22 cu. ft, side
by side, frostless, $100.
(863)612-9233. La Belle
REFRIGERATOR: 2 Door w/Ice
Maker & STOVE: 30" Elec-
tric. $275. for both, will sep.
REFRIGERATOR, Amana, '96
Side by Side w/ice & water in
door. Will deliver in Okeecho-
bee. $150 (863)357-3830
STOVE- Magic Chef, Works
Good. $40. (863)673-1877
WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore,
Super Capacity, Asking
$225 for the pair.
WASHER/DRYER, & Micro-
wave- Good condition. $125
WIND KIT- For a Sears shed.
Protects wind gust up to
BIKE Unisex, Murray, green,
$50. Call (863)467-9854.
ROOF PANELS (8), Alumi-
num, used, 8 ft. long. $30
takes all. (863)763-3951
1-877-353-2424 (Ro Free)
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The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.
Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:
Oke ch ob ee .Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
New service to our customers
Ne Ws everyday.
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information sheet at the Circulation office
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Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233
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The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
BABY SWING, Boy Baby
Bouncers, Etc. All for $150,
will sep. (863)763-2413
CAR SEAT- BOY BABY
CLOTHES 0-15mo., Lots of
toys, etc. $75 for all, will sep
863-357-7136 Aft 7pm
CLOTHES, infant seat,
swings, bouncer, rocker,
carseat w/carrier, porta crib
$225 will sep.
Girls Clothes, exc. cond., siz-
es 5-8, $50 for all, will sell
SCRUBS- 6-Shirts & 5-pair of
pants. Sizes small & Medi-
um. $60. (863)467-1189
WEDDING DRESS- Mary's In-
formal Collection, Ivory,
new, never worn, Euro size
18, $250 (863)675-2624.
HO TRAIN SET, 7, comp.
5x10, elaborate layout, Nas-
car theme, .w/100+Nas
DELL-kyboard, mouse, moni-
tor, great for school/home,
games, fast, Si abla Espeni-
ol. $150. (863)843-0323,
GATEWAY COMPUTER with
printer, $250/neg. Call
BED & MATTRESS, Twin size
w/lighted headboard. $50.
BUNK BED, 3 mo. old, black,
metal w/complete desk and
chair on bottom. $50.
BUNK BED- Single on top, dbl
on bottom, good condition,
CERAMIC FLOOR TILE
1sq ft. Brand new. 90 pcs
$22.50 for all or will sep.
CHAIRS (2) Wing Back,
Matching. Beautiful. Deep rust
color. Exc. condition. $130 for
both, will sep. (863)467-8050
COCKATIEL- Yellow, Male, To
Good Home Only! $30.
Coffee Table & End Tables,
light oak wood, $30.
COUCH & LOVESEAT, Match-
ing set. Multi Colored. $150
CRIBS, (2), like new, w/mir-
rors & plexi glass, light
wood, $100 neg. will sell
DESK- large, double pedestal,
asking $60. (863)675-7350.
DINETTE SET- Chrome 50's
style with 2 chairs aqua &
DINETTE SET, Country Style,
Heavy Duty. Includes 6
chairs. 34"x60". Good con-
'dition. $300 (863)763-6391
DINETTE SET, Includes Bench
and 6 chairs. Really good
shape. $100 (863)675-3774
DINING ROOM TABLE- Solid
wood with 2 leafs, 6 High
back chairs. Very nice $700.
(863)634-9842 Okee area
OR table tinted mirror glass
w/ center leaf. No chairs
DRESSER- Good condition.
$30. (863)634-9626 Call
Solid Wood. Lg., on rollers
w/2 glass cabinets on ea side,
etc. $300. (863)634-2582
FUTON, $25. (863)227-4233
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD,
King Size, Mountain style,
solid pine, $200.
Queen Sofa Bed, Rocker,
Drum end table, Glass end
table w/lamp, 2 end tables.
$185 will sep 863-946-3860
SOFA BED & 2) Swivel Reclin-
ers. Matching. Exc. cond.
$600 or best offer. Located
SOFA, LS, END TABLES,
COFFEE TBL- good condi-
tion, $125 for all.
TV, 32" w/Entertainment Cen-
ter. Asking $400 neg.
VANITY w/Mirror. Brand new.
GOLF CLUBS, Callaway
Woods, Ladies, Right hand,
Driver, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7. $350
for, will sep. 863)467-1910
LADIES GOLF CLUBS- left
handed, woods, 1,3,5 & 7,
Irons 4 thru wedge, graphite
VOLK GOLF 1989, Lots of
new parts, new tires. Needs
body work. $1000 neg.
BOWFLEX, '05, Sports Model,
never been used, selling due
to illness, $1000 neg.
WEIGHTS & BENCH- 410 Ibs,
w/ extras, $175 or best of-
HANDICAP TOILET, portable,
brand new, never been used,
HOSPITAL BED- Invacare,
electric, new mat, plus air
mat with pump included
LIFT CHAIR, Motorized, new,
cost $1200, sell for $900.
SCOOTER, PRIDE, motorized,
sonic, used one time, cost
$1100, sell for $700.
WALKER, Aluminum w/2
large front wheels. $25.
WALKER, Senior Citizen,
'brand new, $30.
WHEEL CHAIR, Electric, 4
wheel. Like new. Used only
1 month. $1500 neg.
BR Set,, 4 pc., $75, Dog Ken-
nel, 10x6x6, $100, Trampo-
line, futon bunk be.d
w/mattresses, $200, wed-
ding dress, sz. 12, never
worn, $200, go cart, seater,
CB BASE STATION Realistic,
Navaho TRC-434, like new
in box, $50. Call
Ceramic Kiln, large, 6 ft. slat-
ted table & mud mixer,
$500. 2735 NE 3rd Ave.
File Cabinet, metal, 4 drawer,
like new condition, $50.
I T E M S -
from household goods,
stereo equip. treadmill, CD's
& more all for $2000
PIANO KIMBALL w/ bench
Like new, beautiful sound
PIANO, Upright. Must sell.
$600 or best' offer.
ALBINO COCKATIEL'S- (2)
hand fed, with cage, $75.
AMAZONS 2,2 yr old, Orange
Winged. Need TLC $600. for
the pair or will sep.
863-634-2842 or 634-1987
BABY MINI POT BELLY PIG
weekender living quarters,
$5000 neg. (863)357-1945
HORSES, 12 yr. old, Appaloo-
sa Mare. Good w/kids. May
be in foal. Good 4-H project.
LIVESTOCK TRAILER 22',
metal top & siding, $1500 or
best offer. Call
(561) 236-8708 anytime.
PAINT GELDING, 2 years old.
Approx. 14 hands. Not
broke. $400 (954)520-6707
PALOMINO- Registered Mini
Stud. $500. (863)697-6713
QUARTER HORSE GELDING,
12 yrs. old. Needs experi-
enced rider. $1000.
Quarter Horse Mare, 8 yrs.
old & Quarter Horse Gelding, 3
yrs. old. $3000 for both, will
Ispecial Notice 0155 1
ANIMAL CAGE, Small, 2x2
squared. Shelf, Ramp. Ex-
cellent condition. $35.
AQUARIUMS- (2) Already
est. w/ fish, decor & all acc.,
different sizes. $175 for all
or will sep. (863)228-7230
AQUARIUMS, (2), 10 & 30
gallon, lights, filters, breed-
ers, heaters, thermometers,
BOXER PUPPIES: $400 Each.
Mother for $500 & Regis-
tered Fathet for $700.
FISH TANKS (25) 21V, 5's &
10's. Including Accessories.
PIT BULL PUPPIES, 3 Female,
1 Male, 2 Brindle 2 Fawn, 7
wks. old. w/shots. $300.
Looking to buy small breed
puppies, will purchase
whole litter. Please call
MALE CHIHUAHUA- 8wks
old, very small, 1st shots,
1st $300 takes it.
MINIATURE POODLE 8 wks
old, male, silver color, thor-
oughbred but NO papers,
$400. Call 863-763-4989.
PUPPIES, Bloodhound / Curr
Mix. $50. (863)610-0046
RABBITS (2) Medium Size.
Huge cage & feed included.
Free to good home only.
SHIH TZU AKC reg.
Champion bloodline, 9 mos
old, great w/ kids. Sacrifice
for $600 (863)467-8896
YORKI P00 PUP- tiny choco-
late male, adorable, shots,
$600 cash. (863)357-0037
HUNTING BOW, Buckmaster
Camo, split limb design, ar-
rows & case, ready to hunt,
STEREO with CD/double deck
player, AM/FM, $40/neg.
CB RADIO- Uniden brand,
missing microphone, $20.
2400 PSI, 5/2 h/p, Honda
Engine $300 (863)763-3599
WELDER, Electric, Miller, Blue
Star 2E. & Small electric air
compressor on 2 wheel trail-
er. $1500 (863)675-8074
AIR HOCKEY TABLE: Large,
Arcade Style. $200 or best
SHOP VAC- 10 gallon, com-
mercial, stainless steel, ask-
ing $55. (863)675-7-350.
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
CATTLE TRAILER- Goose-
neck, 24', swing gates, like
new tires, dual axle, $1700
TRACTORS (2) 8N, Ford, ask-
ing $1500 (863)763-1370.
AQHA STALLION- 16.1 hands,
by Hint of Conclusive, Great
Sire, Very gentle: Must sell
$5000. firm (561)795-9657
BAY MARE: 14 years old
BUCK SKIN APPALOOSA
Gelding, Great personality.
Experienced rider. $1800 or
best offer. (863)357-3325
Hillsboro all alum. Gooseneck
4 horse slant/trailer, '87,
Used but in good condition
SUPERB QUALITY registered
broke horses, all prices.
TOP SOIL, $1.25 cu. yd.
Loaded on your truck or
can arrange hauling
@ your expense. 3 mls. from
Okeechobee City. Call Tony
GARDEN TILLER- Yardman
MTD, rear tine, like new,
$450 or best offer.
LAWN MOWER PARTS, Snap-
per, MurrayIjVITD, Briggs &
Stratton. All new. $300.
MOWER- Scott, Auto, 25HP
Kohler. Needs transmission.
$800. or best offer.
RAILROAD CROSS TIES- 100,
$700. Will separate.
42" cut, 15h/p Kohler eng.,
zero turn w/ attachments
RIDING MOWER- MTD, 12HP
36" cut, good condition,
runs great, $500.
LIVESTOCK TRAILER 15',
Ideal for horses & livestock.
$500 or best offer. Call
(561) 236-8708 anytime
SADDLE, Barrel Style & Tack,
reins, bits, blankets, etc. $350
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Propert" -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
OAK LAKE VILLAS, 2BR/2BA,
1 yr. minimum asking $975
Eagle Bay, 3/2, quiet street,
no pets, fenced yard, 1st,
last, sec. $1600 mo.
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA, Gar., Pool
Kings Bay $935. mo +
$1300 Sec. Dep., Ameri-Prty
OKEECHOBEE 1br, 1ba
B.H.R Waterfront, w/ lake
access. First, last& sec.
$525 per mo (561)202-7706
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Approx.
2000 sq. ft. willing to di-
vide into 2 separate of-
fice spaces, close to
hospital. For information
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 10-.'
Lots Sale 10-5
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035
AIRBOAT, FIBERGLASS- With
Polymer, 13' 500 Cadillac
mtr with trailer $4000.
ALUMINUM BOAT- 14', w/
trir, 2 motors, 2 trolling mo-
tors, fish finder, anchors,
swivel seats, $2000
BOAT, MOTOR & TRLR- 14'
Run About, 2 seater, wind-
shield, 40HP Force, needs
work, $300 (863)675-1945.
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
Carolina Skiff, '05, 21', DLX,
trir, 90hp Yamaha, biminy
top, great white trolling mo-
tor, live well, misc. equip-
ment, exc. cond., $8,995.
EBBTIDE BASS BOAT 1983,
16' 6" w/115 hp. Evinrude &
Trolling Motor. $1800 or best
GLASS STREAM- '86, 16',
In/Out board. Motor needs
work. $1500 or best offer
MERCURY '01, 25 HP electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
MFG CAREFREE 14Ft. Boat
w/Johnson 35 hp., Bimini Top
CD Stereo & Trailer. Excellent
cond. $1800 (561)644-1596
SPORTSMAN BOAT-'89, 18'
10" Alum. Has '95 motor
120 force w/trailer $4000.
Call Don 863-634-5244
BOUNDER, '90, 70k mi., new
trans., good cond., $12,900!
Dodge Motorhome, '74, 20',
totally reconditioned, runs
great, sleeps 4, a/c, $2000.
JAYCO 5TH WHEEL- 30; With
slide out. Great shape.
MOBILE HOME 5TH WHEEL-
37 1/2', Located at 70 Whis-
pering Creek Park Great
cond $3000 863-234-1701
RV one w/ screened in porch.
For more information call
SUNNYBROOK 5TH WHEEL
'05- Toy hauler, 3 slides, 39'
10", KS bed, $50,000
BOAT TRAILER 15ft
Brand new brake lights, single
axle, $200 or best offer
CENTER CONSOLE- small, fi-
seat for small boat, $30.
TRAILER, Mastercraft '01, fits
boats, 190, 197 & 209, & 20-
21' Long. New cond. $2000
HONDA CBR HURRICANE-
'90, Approx. 43K, Runs but
needs work. $1000. or best
Honda Goldwing Aspencade,
'86, 1200, tons of chrome &
lights, runs great, $4200 or
best offer. (772)336-9589
nites & weekends or
MINI CHOPPER New, only
rode twice. $475
MINI CHOPPER- 2 stroke, 25
mph, Black. $350.
Laundromat, a/c, exc. equip-
ment, good lease space,
very good gross, located on
441 SE, priced to sell at
Buying a car? Look in
the classified. Selling
a car? Look in the
Indian Hammock, 3/2, dbl.
crpt. w/1/1 guest house, 2.7
acres, private, quiet, stables
& riding trails, airstrip, sep-
arate hunting area, other
KINGS BAY: 5265 S.E. 43rd
St. 2 BR, 2 BA., 1 Car garage,
FL Rm., Tile Firs. Solid Con-
struction. City Water/Sewer.
Fresh paint. Community Pool.
DIXIE RANCH ACRES- Cleared
1 acre, with oak trees. For
Okeechobee 51/2 Acres,
2 Buildable Lots. Cleared.
Well & Electric. $350,000.
PRIVATE REAL ESTATE IN-
VESTOR- Looking for prop-
erties to buy. If interested
call Brent (863)634-5129.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
In MHP in Town: 2 BR, 1 BA,
Near shopping. New roof &
new tile. $12,000 or best of-
PALM HARBOR Mobile Home
'2001,3BR; 2BA, 28'x60'
Like new. (863)763-7909
TAYLOR CREEK LODGE #33,
12'x56' Fully furn. New roof
w/or w/out 14'x32' screen
rm. Incl 16' '95 Alum Boat
40HP motor & trailer
THIS WILL NOT LAST LONG!!
Fully furnished, 3 br, 11/2 ba,
FL Rm., Storage Rm. New
C/Air & Heat & More. A must
see home! Located @ Oak
Mobile Home Park, Trailer
#17, $22,000. Possible terms
or best offer. (772)879-2879
The Okeechobee News, Monday, August 1,2005
SUZUKI GS 550- '79, Runs
good. 17K, Needs a little
TLC. $1000. or best offer.
YAMAHA 535 VIRAGO, '97-
13K miles, $1500 or best
YAMAHA YZ 125 2001, Dirt
Bike. A very reliable bike.
HONDA 250 1989 4 Wheeler,
Shaft Drive, Needs rear end.
Might run. $100
HONDA 4 WHEELER 200 in
excellent condition. $2100
saves you money by
about best buys.
No wonder newspaper
readers earn morel
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Catfish Boat, 21' long, 70hp
Tohatsu, new trir, good
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron.
CHEVY CORSICA, '92- good
condition, 4dr, auto, new
tires, no AC, asking $1200
Chevy Corvette, '85, strong
running, good looking, nice
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron
FORD MUSTANG 1989 Con-
vertible: Needs work. $1200
or best offer.
KIA- '98, Cold air,'6 cyc. Auto,
New Low Profile tires. Leath-
er seats. Great mileage
MERCURY '89, Grand marque
Nice cond. Very dependable.
Tan w/white top. $1999
0 II "IIe
MERCURY TRACER, '91- 4dr,
selling "as is" $2500 or best
OLDSMOBILE, '97- 4dr, 54AK
miles, all power, like new,
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 1992,
Full power, A/C, C/C, Pioneer
Stereo. Asking $2000.
FORD F350 FLATBED, '78-
make an offer.
Ford Bronco,'84, 4 whl dr.,
modified motor, high jacker
lift kit, $2500.
CHEVY BLAZER 1988, For
parts. $400 or best offer. See
Ruben @ across for Duda
Juice Plant in blue trailer.
CHRYSLER MINI VAN 1991,
Needs motor. $200
ENGINE, 1981 Rebuilt 350C,
2 Bolts main short block in
crate, 2 Heads. Cond. un-
known. $450 (863)763-6391
FORD ENGINE- 1976, 300,
6 cyl, w/ 4 speed, can hear
run, $300 (863)763-1370.
HONDA 1987, 4 Door, needs
motor. $200 (863)467-2156
JEEP '91- parts only, was run-
ning, $500 or best offer.
P rs -Rear 4.0 45I
RACING HOOD- After market,
Aluminum. $50. or best offer
RIMS & TIRES- 4, AKUZA 20"
good condition $800 or best
offer (863)763-3349 Ask for
TIRES (4) 235/75/R15, Fits
most SUV or P/U Trucks, Day-
ton all terrain, good cond.
$40. (302)222-2592 Jim.
TRANSMISSION, Rebuilt, Tur-
bo 350. $300 or best offer.
TRANSMISSION, Rebuilt, Tur-
bo 700, w/GM converter,
$400 or best offer.
UTILITY BED Reading, for
1 ton truck. All doors lock w/
xtra covered bin great shape
WHEELS & NEW TIRES, 20"
Chrome, Fits any 6 lug pat-
tern 2003 & up. $1400 or
best offer. (863)227-0263
WHEELS & TIRES (4)20",
chrome, w/285/50 Good-
year Eagle tires, $800 neg.
WHEELS, Alcoa's, 16.5x12.
For late model 8 lug pattern.
CHEVY 1500 PU, '86- flat bed,
auto, V8, runs great, good
CHEVY- '1955, Original en-
gine, rough but restorable.
800. or best offer
CHEVY S-10 '94 Club Cab.
A/C, Auto, Stereo, C/C.
$3299 cash or finance
w/$1200 down. $60/wkly.
CHEVY S10 PICK UP 1995, 2
wd., 5 spd., 4 cyl. New tires
& engine! $1995 or best of-
CHEVY SHORT BED 1988,
Tagged. Racing motor.
Clean. Must see! $2500.
DODGE DAKOTA- '95, Club
Cab, Loaded, Mechanically
sound. Needs breaks $2500.
DODGE RAM SST, '98-
w/chip, $7500 call
FORD F250- '88, 5th wheel,
Runs Great. $1400.
FORD F250, '95- 6 cyl, AC, 2
fuel tanks, camper top,
$2300 or best offer
FORD F350 1984, Dually flat-
bed. $1000 or best offer.
FORD RANGER, '84- 2.8 V6,
4x4, runs good, $1100 firm,
must go! (863)441-2942.
FORD Ranger, '98 Club Cab.
Flare side. ac/auto/new
trans. $6299 or can finance
$1800 dwn. 60/wkly.
. (954)587-2644 or 260-1933
TOYOTA PU, '88- 4 speed, 4
cylinder, alot of new parts,
Needs work w/carb. $900.
CHEVY S10 BLAZER-'87,
ENCLOSED TRAILER- Wells
Cargo, 20ft, barn doors each
end, $2500 (863)699-9701.
Tandem axle, ramp, pinto
hitch, 6K-8K lb capacity
$1500 (863)675-6651 after 6
HOMEMADE TRAILER- large
enough for riding mower,
UTILITY TRAILER- 10', Excel-
leit condition. Used 1 time.
FORD HI-TOP CONV VAN,
'88- full power, runs good,
AC not working, 2nd owner,
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Attorney General sues over real estate manipulation
General Charlie Crist sued a Sin-
gapore resident for orchestrating
an elaborate real estate scam
affecting owners of Florida real
estate. The lawsuit accuses Todd
Teal of filing fraudulent affidavits
that prevent landowners from
selling to anyone but him.
The complaint alleges that
Todd Teal, 61, who lives in Singa-
pore, held a mail drop box in
Marco Island and used the Inter-
net to identify land held in Florida
mostly by out-of-state owners.
According to the lawsuit, Teal
would make offers to buy the
property, hold the property under
contract until he found a buyer to
purchase it at a higher price, and
in the meantime threaten the
owner with lawsuits and fraudu-
lent affidavits to prevent the
owner from escaping from the
unfair transaction. The affidavits
filed by Teal claimed he had a
valid contract, and he would
threaten to file a lawsuit to com-
pel the property owner to sell-
him the property. As long as the
affidavits remained in the court
clerk's official record, the
landowner did not have clear title
and was prevented from selling
to any other buyers.
These affidavits put a "cloud"
on the title to the property, giving
Teal an unlimited amount of time
to arrange for another purchaser
to buy the property from him. If a
property owner objected to
Teal's legal tactics, he threatened
litigation. Investigators deter-
mined that Teal has bought and
sold hundreds of properties,
turning more than a million dol-
lars profit in this manner.
"These actions victimized
hundreds of unsuspecting
landowners, many of them elder-
ly, in order to turn a quick buck,"
said Crist. "This scheme took
advantage of trusting individuals.
The Attorney General's Office
will continue to work to protect
citizens against such deceptive
tactics." According to the law-
suit, the title to more than 150
parcels of Florida land has been
illegally clouded by Teal's
actions. Owners have also suf-
fered damages from lost oppor-
tunities to sell their land because
of Teal's fraudulent scheme.
About one-third of the properties
involved owners who live in
Teal's actions as alleged vio-
late the Florida Deceptive and
Unfair Trade Practices Act and
also constitute the common law
offense of slander of title. The
Attorney General seeks an order
blocking Teal from buying addi-
tional Florida land and erasing
the fraudulent affidavits from
official county records. The law-
suit also seeks penalties of
$10,000 for each of the more
than 150 violations under the
Florida Deceptive and Unfair
Trade Practices Act, or $15,000
for each violation against a per-
son over 60 years of age.
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting class-
es and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7
p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from
the movie theatre. If you would like more information on this or set
an appointment for a free pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reser-
vation, Brighton, Adults basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.;
One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115
S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.;
Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes, Monday
through Thursday; from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,/3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., English as a second language, Tuesday and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the
internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okee-
chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.
Children's Services Council aids families
Okeechobee County Children's Services Council has announced
that with the donation of funds from Everglades Elementary School,
which were matched by the council, 14 families with 48 children
were helped. The families faced a great deal of destruction during the
hurricanes. Many of the children lost all of their clothing and toys
because the roofs of their homes were tom off by the heavy winds.
The council also received funds from an anonymous donor and
Seminole Elementary School donated a check that they received
from children in Minnesota. The additional monies granted several
families assistance after the original funds were depleted. Thanks to
all the assistance from the children and families of Okeechobee.
Other families who still requested assistance were referred to the
School readiness programs offered
Please call (866) 273-6340 to begin the eligibility process in receiving
reduced fee childcare/presshool, including school-based and Head
Start. You may also get information at this number regarding just what
early learning programs are available in Okeechobee County. Many chil-
dren are currently being enrolled in school readiness programs.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to youth
and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are cur-
rently taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Free parenting classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S.
Parrott Ave. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth to 8 months
infants, 8 to 18 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific twos, 3 year
olds, and uncommon sense. Each week parents "earn" baby bucks to
purchase items for their baby at the Center's Baby Boutique. Childcare is
not provided. However, infants in carriers are welcome. For details call
(863) 763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.
Performance standards available
The Florida School Readiness performance standards for 3-, 4- and 5-
year-old. children are available from the Okeechobee County School
Readiness Coalition by calling (863) 462-5792. Or, you may download
them directly from the web at www.schoolreadiness.org.
Migrant program accepting applications
Okeechobee I Center located, 726 N.E. 16th Ave., is currently accept-
ing applications for migrant children and children with disabilities in our
Head Start Program. We serve children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5
years. To qualify the family must have migrated in the past 24 months,
worked in agriculture and the primary income must come from agricul-
ture. We encourage families of children with disabilities to apply. For
more information, call (863) 467-0702 and ask for Sylvia, Ella or Page.
El Centro de Okeechobee I locaizado en 726 N.E. 16th Ave. esta acep-
tando aplicacions para ninos de families migrants y ninos incapacida-
dos, En nustro program nostros creemos que los ninos se benefician
en cuando reciven services de education, salud y services socials que
nustro program ofrece. Servimos ninos de 6 semans a 5 anos. Para
cualificar la familiar deve de ver salido del condado o estado en los uliti-
mo 24 mess y trabajado en agriculura. Con el ingreso de la familiar de tra-
bajo de agriculture. Animamos que las families con ninos incapacida-
dos aplican. Para mas information por favor de llamar al (863) 467-0702
Y abler con Sylvia o Zila.
School collecting cell phones
"Central Elementary Student Council is collecting old/unused cell
phones to be turned into a recycling company. Proceeds will be used to
purchase new stage curtains. Cell phones may be dropped off at Central
Elementary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave.
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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE BY
CLERK OFTHE CIRCUIT COURT
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 16th day of August, 2005,
at 11:00 A.M., at the front door of the Courthouse in Okeechobee County, Florida,
in the City of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and
best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wil:
THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF
TRACT 15, SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, INCLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court,
the style of which is:
THOMAS E. STEELE and VIRGINIA STEELE, husband and wife,
and the docket number of which is: 2004-CA-267.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 25th day of July, 2005.
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Florida
72883 ON 8/1,8/05
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed BIDS will be received by OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COM-
MISSIONERS (hereinafter referred to as Owner), AT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
COURTHOUSE. 304 NW 2nd STREET, ROOM 106, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 until 3:00 PM on AUGUST 24. 2005 at which time they will be publicly
opened by the County Clerk or designee and read aloud. Any BIDS received after
the time specified will not be accepted.
The BIDS shall be based on providing all materials, equipment and labor for the
construction of the BERMAN ROAD SOUTH FROM S.R. 70 EAST TO S.R. 710
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT. The Contractor shall be responsible lor providing all
materials, equipment and labor necessary for the construction of PAVEMENT
WIDENING, UTILIZING ABC BASE, RESURFACE ROADWAY, GUARDRAIL RE-
MOVAL AND REPLACEMENT, STRIPING, SODDING AND MAINTENANCE OF
TRAFFIC as necessary to complete the project as per plans and specifications
and the most recent FDOT Standards. The Contractor must be currently FDOT
certified. Drawings, specifications and other Contract Documents may be exam-
ined and purchased at OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 304 NW 2ND
STREET, ROOM 106, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, (863) 763-6441 and at
the offices of Craig A. Smith & Associates, 242 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal
Palm Beach, Florida 33411, (561) 791-9280 and for the non-refundable amount
of Seventy Five and 00/100 Dollars ($75.00). Checks shall be made payable to
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners.
BIDDERS shall confine their BIDS to the project in its entirety. Partial BIDS will not
be considered. Each BIDDER shall submit with this BID evidence that he is li-
censed to perform the work and services of qualified by examination to be so li-
Each BID shall be accompanied by a certified check or by an acceptable BID BOND
in an amount equal to at least five (5) percent of the amount of the BID payable
to Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners, as a guarantee that it
the BID is accepted the BIDDER will execute the CONTRACT and file acceptable
PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT SURETY BONDS equal to one hundred percent
(100B%) of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the
.AWARD OF CONTRACT. No bidder may withdraw his BID for a period of ninety
(90) days after date set for opening of the BIDS.
There will be a non-mandatory pre-bin conference on Wednesday, August 10,
2005 at 10:30 a.m. located on-site at the corner of State Road 70 and Berman
Road South (128th Avenue) for any interested contractors. Any questions per-
taining to the project specifications, drawings or scope of work, shall be ad-
dressed to the Engineer in writing no later than Friday, August 12,2005.
If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications
and/or drawings, it is the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification from the
County. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal in-
vesngatiton as tothe requirements of the County.
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive
informalities in any BID, delete any portion of the project; extend the project with-
in the limits of the work involved. The Owner has the right to accept or reject any
or all bids.
BIDS must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: "BID-
Berman Road South SR 70 East to SR 710 Imorovement Prolect Okeechobee
County Bid No., 2005-13"
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
Okeechobee County, Florida
73357 ON 8/1,8/05