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Ok eechobee News


Vol. 96 No. 300 Thursday, October 27, 2005 50N Plus tax


Inside


Taylor Creek
has crested
Residents who live along
Taylor Creek have voiced con-
cerns about the high water
level in the creek. According
to South Florida Water Man-
agement District Officials, the
creek has crested and is start-
ed to go down.

School closed
on Thursday
Okeechobee County
Schools will be closed Thurs-
day, Oct. 27. A decision on
whether or not school will be
open on Friday will be made
on Thursday. Local radio and
television stations will have
school closing updates.

Kids Fishing
tourney unsure
The annual Kids Fishing
Tournament, set for Sunday
afternoon at Okee-Tantie, may
go on as planned, if the Okee-
Tantie pond is usable on Sun-
day. Fishing tournament
organizers are working with
county officials, trying to get
permission for the tourna-
ment to go ahead. At
presstime, it was not definite.
For updates, see tomorrow's
Okeechobee. News. The
campground was closed due
to hurricane damage, and cur-
rently has no water or electric
service.

Halloween
plans continue
Halloween festivities may
be interrupted by hurricane
recovery problems. Sheriff
Paul May and Police Chief
Denny Davis will announce
the decision about city and
county trick-or-treating on Fri-
day. For updates, see Satur-
day's Okeechobee News.

Golf tourney
postponed
The Skip Bryant Memorial
Golf Tournament, scheduled
for Saturday, has been post-
poned. A new date has not
been announced.



Drought Index
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.2 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
17.46 feet ,
(SOURCE:
South Florida.
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
level.)

Index

Classifieds ..... .9, 10
Comics ............8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ...... .. .9
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion ........... .4
Speak Out .........4


Sports .
TV ....
Weather


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66%/ of county without power


Area schools
are closed
again today
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday,
12,620 or 66 percent of Florida
Power & Light (FP&L) cus-
tomers in Okeechobee County
were without power.
"Conditions will improve




Helping out: Red


every day," said Armando Oliv-
era, FP&L president at a tele-
phone press conference
Wednesday afternoon of
statewide power restoration. He
asked for customers' patience
and said his utility is making
"good progress" toward restor-
ing power statewide.
Currently 8,200 people are
working statewide to restore
power. The utility expects 260
more people to arrive in Florida
before Sunday from 33 states


and Canada.
Downed trees are a major
obstacle to restoring power.
Locally, tree crews were work-
ing in force Wednesday to
remove trees from downed
lines so restoration crews can
work on the lines today.
People are asked to examine
their weatherhead, the place
where the power line ties into
the meter. Power will not be
restored to houses with dam-
aged weatherhheads. A private


electrician must be hired to
repair damaged weatherheads.
The public is urged to stay
away from downed power lines
and lines that are in the water.
Geisha Williams, FP&L vice
present for distribution and the
executive in charge of hurricane
restoration, predicted that elec-
tricity will be restored to all of
Okeechobee County in no more
than two weeks.
She said Hurricane Wilma
was different from past hurri-


Cross opens shelter


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Okeechobee News/Maria Chandler
The Smithey family is staying at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on U.S. 98 after the mobile home they were
renting was destroyed when a tree fell on their home during Hurricane Wilma. Family members are: (from left to
right) Shirley and Allen Smithey, their granddaughter Shannon, and their daughter Teresa. The civic center is the
only shelter in Okeechobee County.

Family keeps hopes up after disaster


By Maria Chandler and D.
Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Citizens of Okeechobee Coun-
ty whose homes were destroyed
by Hurricane Wilma lay on air
mattresses and mats on the floor
of the Okeechobee County Civic
Center on U.S. 98. Although it's
the middle of the afternoon the
inside is dimly lit, quiet and very
cool.
The civic center is serving as
the only shelter in Okeechobee
County. As of Wednesday morn-
ing there were 21 people seeking
shelter there, said Candace Pope
of the Okeechobee Branch of the
American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is not
providing amenities only shelter
and food.
The Red Cross has established
a makeshift drive thru where hot
meals are given to the public at
noon and 6 p.m. daily. Each per-
See Hope Page 2


Okeechobee News/Maria Chandler
Teresa Smithey and her daughter Shannon, 21 months, rest at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center on U.S. 98. The American Red Cross is using the facility as
a shelter providing three meals a day to citizens of Okeechobee whose homes
were destroyed by Hurricane Wilma.


canes. More power poles were
downed and there was more
damage to the infrastructure
including substations.
However, Mr. Olivera predict-
ed that within 48 hours most if
not all of the substations in the
state will be in service.
Ms. Williams said crews will
begin working out from the
repaired substations to trans-
formers and individual cus-
tomers.
See Power -Page 2





Pumper



supplies



water

By Pete Gawda
)keechobee News
Firemen may sometimes be
isked to remove frightened cats
rom trees, but Okeechobee Coun-
y Fire/Rescue personnel were
calledd upon for a strange task
Wednesday help provide water
or Okeechobee Utility Authority
OUA) customers.
Suspended sediment in Lake
)keechobee as a result of Hurri-
:ane Wilma made it impractical
or OUA to treat lake water. So a
'ire/Rescue pumper was used to
ielp pump water from the Rim
Canal into OUA's water intake.
"This was a first for all of us. We

See Water -Page 2





Resident:


'It was



nasty'

By Audrey Blackwell
)keechobee News
"It was nasty, "I lost the whole
)arn," said Reed Durrance of Hurri-
:ane Wilma as he pointed to strips
)f metal strewn across his pasture-
and.
.He expects it will take a couple
thousand dollars to repair the pon-
oon boat that lost its siding and
yven more to fix the barn. He said
ie doesn't have a clue on the cost to
place the barn and he doesn't
lave insurance. On top of that, this
See Wilma Page 2


Hurricane Recovery Updates


For updates on hurricane
recovery information, see the
Emergency Operations Center
website at www.okee-
chobeeeoc.com.
The Second Annual County
Fall Festivalscheduled for Sat-
urday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct.
30 has been cancelled. Due to
Hurricane Wilma, the Agri-
Civic Center will be set up as a
Hurricane Recovery Center
providing a staging area for
local law enforcement and fire
rescue services as well as serv-
ing as the central point of distri-
bution for local residents need-
ing ice, water and food
supplies. It is anticipated that
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Ranch Rodeo and the vendor
marketplace will be resched-
uled at a future date once Hur-
ricane Wilma recovery service
is completed. Pre-registered
Marketplace Vendors should
contact the Agri-Civic Center:
863.763.1666.


Due to the effects of Hurri-
cane Wilma, Florida Commu-
nity Health Centers, Inc. loca-
tions in Hendry, Okeechobee,
Martin and St. Lucie Counties
will be closed until further
notice.

Peace Lutheran Church,
has cancelled the Oktoberfest
that had been scheduled for
Oct. 19. For information, call
(863) 763-5042.

County officials will make
a decision Friday about local
Halloween trick-or-treating.

Okeechobee City Govern-
ment offices have reopened.

The Okeechobee County
Health Department has
reopened.

The Okeechobee County
Clerk of Courts office is closed
until further notice.


All navigational locks are
currently open, except for Struc-
ture A and Structure C on the
Kissimmee River.
A midnight to 6 a.m. cur-
few will remain in effect from
day to day at the discretion of
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May. All residents are
asked to stay off the streets dur-
ing the curfew period unless
on official business.
Okeechobee County
Schools will be closed Thurs-
day, Oct. 27. Announcements
for Friday and beyond will be
made on all West Palm Beach
television stations, on local
radio station WOKC (1570 AM)
and on the IRCC radio station
WQCS (88.9 FM). Announce-
ments will also be shared with
local and regional newspapers.
All Okeechobee Utility
Authority customers are on a
"boil water" notice. Boil water


for three minutes before using.
All customers are urged to con-
serve water.
Garbage collection will
run one day behind this week.
For more information on
garbage collection, call 357-
0111.
Okeechobee city workers
are picking debris throughout
the city.
The special meeting of the
board of directors of the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA)
scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tues-
day, Oct. 25, has been resched-
uled for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday,
Nov. 1.
The Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center will be a stag-
ing area for relief supplies.
The only shelter now
open in the county is the Okee-
chobee County Civic Center on


U.S. Highway 98.

The Okeechobee Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals meeting
that was scheduled for Tues-
day, Oct. 25, has been can-
celled and will be rescheduled
for Tuesday, Nov. 1.
The Okeechobee News is
operating from remote loca-
tions because there is no elec-
tricity at the newspaper office
building. To add a notice to this
listing, please email your infor-
mation to
kelsken@newszap.com.

South Florida Water Man-
agement District West Palm
Beach headquarters and all
District offices in Palm Beach
County are closed for business
through Friday, Oct. 28. Only
those employees who are
scheduled to work in response
to the emergency event should
report for duty.


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Unusual duty
A fire truck from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue was
used to pump 1,000 gallons of water a minute out of the
Rim Canal, over the dike and into the OUA water intake.
Suspended sediment in the lake from Hurricane Wilma
made it impractical for OUA to treat lake water.


UKeecnooee News/Lorna JaDIonskl
Cleaning up
County workers were busy cleaning up the streets
throughout the community Wednesday morning in the
aftermath of Hurricane Wilma.


crops lost to hurricane


Vegetable

IMMOKALEE, Fla. Florida
growers who choose to replant
destroyed crops likely won't be
able to bring their produce to
market for another two months.
This will cause a temporary
shortage of tomatoes and pep-
pers since the state provides
more than half of the nation's
fresh vegetables between the
months of November and Febru-
ary, industry officials said
Wednesday. Only California
annually produces more fresh
vegetables than Florida.
"As the supermarkets come to
expect those tomatoes and don't
get them those prices are going
to rise," said Ray Gilmer, a
spokesman for the Florida Fruit
& Vegetable Association.
After last year's hurricanes
ruined some Florida vegetable
crops, the price of tomatoes
went from $1.50 to $2 a pound to
as much as $4 to $5 a pound. But
the price didn't go back down
right away, even.after the Florida
crop returned to normal in early
January.
"Prices go up quickly but drop
slowly," Gilmer said.
Wilma peeled off the corru-
gated steel roofs of vegetable
packinghouses, and flooded
tomato and pepper fields. Winds
ripped off the plastic coverings of
greenhouses, exposing delicate
baby tomato and pepper plants
to the burning rays of Florida
sunshine after the storm.
"This is the worst time of the
year for something like this to
happen since we're just starting
the season," said Pat Naughton,
a customer service manager for


TransGro, which has more than a
dozen acres of greenhouses out-
side Immokalee. "This is our
busiest time of the year."
Last year, Charley and three
other hurricanes caused $2 bil-
lion to $3 billion in damages to
crops and infrastructure. Agricul-
ture officials said that it's too
early to assess the destruction
from Wilma but that it would
likely be in the hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars.
Taxpayers again could be
helping bail out the losses of
Florida growers. Last year, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
paid Florida growers about $600
million as compensation for their
losses, said Terry McElroy, a
spokesman for the state Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services.
The timing for growers could-
n't have been worse since many
of the plants only had been in the
ground since August or Septem-
ber. The hurricane also blew off
or flooded the plastic mulch on
which the beds of vegetables are
planted.
Jamie Williams, an official
with the Six Ls agriculture con-
glomerate, which grows toma-
toes, peppers and eggplants in
southwest Florida, said much of
the company's fields south of


Naples were devastated.
"It looks like everything in the
ground is a loss," Williams said.
Much of the damage to the
vegetable crops was expected to
be caused not only by winds but
by flooded fields. Vegetable
plants start to perish if sub-
merged under standing water in
their fields for more than two or
three days.
"The plants are drowning
right now. The problem is,
there's nowhere for the water to
go," said John Dunckelman,
associate director of the Universi-
ty of Florida's Southwest Florida
Research and Education Center
in Immokalee. "The vegetables
are very sensitive. If we don't get
the water out in a day or two,
they're gone ... and then it's
going to be quite a time before
we recover."
Wilma also hit hard the sugar
cane fields and warehouses
around Clewiston, ornamental
nurseries in Miami-Dade County
and citrus trees in Hendry and
Collier counties, two of the
state's largest citrus producing
counties. Both counties have
about 130,000 acres of citrus.
Preliminary reports showed that
in some areas up to 15 percent of
the fruit crop was blown off
trees, according to the Florida


This is the worst time of the year for something
like this to happen since we're just starting the
season,"
Pat Naughton,
customer service manager for TransGro


Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Grady Jones, 85, sits on his stoop while a neighbor, who declined being identified, helps take
down the rest of the aluminum that was once a Florida room at his mobile home in Town &
Country Mobile Home Park. Hurricane Wilma tore down the room and the extensive rain dam-
aged furniture and appliances stored in the room. Mr. Jones and his wife Mary were out of
town during the storm.


Wilma ravages mobile home park


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
He sat patiently on the stoop
outside his mobile home watch-
ing while a friend and neighbor
removed the rest of the alu-
minum that was once a Florida
room outside of his mobile
home.
Grady Jones, 85, said he and
his wife Mary were staying at a
motel in Fort Pierce Sunday night
until Tuesday morning. He was
grateful they were not at home
during the hurricane.
He said his first reaction to
seeing the damage upon his
return was "disaster." He said he
told his wife, "This is going to


cost thousands."
A couch, two chairs, two vac-
uum cleaners, a wood cabinet
and a glass curio cabinet got wet
and Mr. Jones is concerned that
he will lose the furniture and fig-
urines his wife had stored in the
curio. He said the freezer that
was unplugged during the storm
turned over on an angle and
began purring right up when it
was safe to plug it back in. Mr.
Jones doesn't expect to lose any
food from the freezer, but they
already lost some canned goods
that were stored in the cabinet.
"Some of the cans got bent,
and my wife won't keep them if
they're bent because it spoils the
food," he said.


Mr. Jones doesn't know the
financial extent of his damages.
He has turned in the damages to
his insurance company and they
gave him a claim number. He
was told a man would come out
to assess the damages, but he
hadn't seen him as of Wednes-
day, Oct. 26.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been
part-timers in Okeechobee until
this year, having gone to North
Carolina in the past for part of
the year.
"This is the first year we. have
been in Okeechobee year
round," Mr. Jones said.
Mr. Jones is a part-time peo-
ple greeter at Wal-Mart.


Wilma

Continued From Page 1
is the second time his barn has
been lost in a hurricane.
"The barn got it last year in the
hurricanes, too," he said.
Luckily, the vehicles stored
inside the barn were not dam-
aged. And he is grateful for that.
But he is more grateful that he, his
wife, two children ages 10 and
12 six horses and four dogs
that roam the premises (two are
his) were unhurt. His house was
hardly touched "just a couple
of soffets underneath the over-
hang were damaged," he said.
"We turned the horses out
because the roof could come
down on them if they stayed in
the barn. We always put them out
to open pastures when big storms
come in," he explained.
It was obviously a good deci-
sion from the looks of the alu-
minum strewn from the barn area
hundreds of feet away throughout
the pasture.
He said he went to help his
grandpa clean up storm damage
at his mobile home park, Town
and Country.
"About 200 mobile homes
were torn up really bad," Mr. Dur-
rance said.


Hope

Continued From Page 1
son in the vehicle will receive one
meal.
Among those calling the civic
center their temporary home is
the Smithey family. Shirley and
Allen Smithey sat at a table while
watching over their daughter
Teresa and granddaughter Shan-
non, 21 months.
Before Hurricane Wilma
pounded Okeechobee County
with her estimated 100-mph


OKeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Hurricane Wilma tore off pieces of metal on Reed Durrance's
barn and flung them as far as she could Monday while show-
ing her force of strength. Mr. Durrance said he lost the whole
barn, but was grateful none of his family, pets, or animals
were hurt as result of the storm.


He added that the damage
seems worse down by the lake.
He said that Osceola Middle
School was flooded with water up
to about 10 feet shy of the doors.
"Today was the first day my
road was clear of water," he said
on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
He lives on Durrance Road, or


winds, the family sought shelter at
South Elementary School. After
the storm passed, they returned
to the two-bedroom mobile
home they were renting in Lake
Place Trailer Park to find it had
been flattened by a large tree.
From there the family sought
shelter at Osceola Middle School,
since South Elementary School
was no longer being used as a
shelter.
The family was moved a third
time to their present location of
the civic center.
"All we got is the shirt on our
backs," said Allen Smithey..


Southwest 32nd Street.
"It flowed over hard on the
road and my drive last night, but it
has drained off pretty good. We
were lucky," he said. "I've lived
here forever and been through
hurricanes before. It makes you
more humble and appreciate
what you have."


They are also concerned about
their son, who is in a Fort Laud-
erdale hospital. The last time they
heard from him was Saturday.
The family wants to go to Fort
Lauderdale to see how he is
doing, but do not know the condi-
tions of road there since Fort
Lauderdale took a beating from
Hurricane Wilma.
Despite losing their belong-
ings, the family has each other
and is doing well.
"We just hope and pray every-
one else is OK," said\ Mr. Smithey,
of all the millions of other people
affected by Hurricane Wilma.


- -Power

Continued From Page 1
Okeechobee County Airport
Manager Vernon Gray estimated
Hurricane Wilma's top speeds
to be over 100 miles per hour,
based on the damage at the air-
port. Power to wind speed
measuring equipment went out
long before the height of the
storm. He said that hangar doors
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just did what we had to do." said
Fire/Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins.
A smaller pump was used at
first. It was supposed to have the
capacity to supply OUA. Howev-
er, it was not able to pump a suf-
ficient amount of water over the
30-foot dike.
The pumper was able to sup-
ply about 1,000 gallons of water
a minute. Along with two small-
er pumps, 1,500 gallons of water
a minute were supplied to the
treatment plant.
Chief Hopkins said he was
prepared to use the pumper as
long as necessary.


pounds were sucked out. Until
power.is restored the airport is
open only during daylight hours.
Okeechobee County schools
will be closed today. A decision
will be made today about
schools opening tomorrow.
The bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners that was
scheduled for Thursday has
been cancelled.
Water and ice are being dis-
tributed at the Okeechobee


However, a larger pump was
expected later Wednesday that
would relieve the pumper and
the smaller pumps. Hopefully,
water pressure will be restored
by today.
The use of the pumper did
not hinder firefighting capabili-
ties. Chief Hopkins said the
pumper being used was a
reserve.
Utility customers were with-
out water Wednesday. However,
that did not hinder Fire/Rescue's
firefighting ability. Chief Hopkins
said he had two tankers of water
stored up for firefighting plus
what water was on the fire
trucks.
Customers of OUA are asked
to boil their water as a precau-
tionary measure.


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Citrus Mutual, the state's lowest
citrus growers group.
"Winds knocked a lot of fruit
off. We're trying to assess how
much," said Peter Brace, a
spokesman for Tropicana Prod-
ucts Inc., which buys a third of
Florida's orange crop.
Boyd Cruel, a soft commodi-
ties analyst with Alaron Trading,
said orange juice prices in gro-
cery stores likely won't increase
in the short term but may rise if
the U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture determines there will be a
smaller crop.
Growers also were concerned
that Wilma may further spread
citrus canker, a bacteria that can
weaken citrus plants. The dis-
ease almost was eradicated last
year, but 2004's hurricanes
spread it to the heart of the citrus-
growing regions of Florida, forc-
ing state agriculture officials to
remove or plan to remove 70,000
acres of citrus.
"We still thinkwe can stop the
disease if we stay ahead of it and
try to get those trees on ground
before they have a chance to
spread," said Agriculture Com-
missioner Charlie Bronson.
The hurricane not only ruined
crops but toppled infrastructure,
such as the ProSource ware-
house in Immokalee, where
chemical and fertilizers are
stored. The storm caused an esti-
mated $500,000 in damage to the
bags of fertilizer and the ware-
house roof, parts of which were
ripped off.
"It's the worst timing in the
world," said warehouse manag-
er Doug Raynor.


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Hurricane supplies are running low


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP)
- Frustrated Floridians waited in
long lines for scarce stocks of gas,
food and water Wednesday, hop-
ing that the slow arrival of relief
supplies on the first day after Hur-
ricane Wilma struck would not be
repeated. But Miami-Dade Coun-
ty's mayor warned that supplies
were again running low.
Mayor Carlos Alvarez didn't
blame the Federal Emergency
Management Agency for not get-
ting enough of its supplies to dis-
tribution centers. But he called
the relief process "flawed" and
called for more control and over-
sight.
At least one food and water
distribution site in Miami-Dade
was out of supplies, and others
among the 11 total were running
low with material from FEMA,
which set up a warehouse at
Homestead Air Reserve Base, he
said. He said it could be evening
or nighttime Wednesday before
the stocks are resupplied.
"We are not hoarding supplies.
anywhere. They have been dis-
tribu.ted," he said. "When this
inventory runs out at these differ-
ent distribution centers, we do
not know and FEMA cannot tell
us when they will be resupplied."
Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff, who oversees
FEMA, and Gov. Jeb Bush prom-


ised to try to speed up the distri-
bution. Bush accepted responsi-
bility for not having distribution
centers running smoothly within
24 hours, but also said residents
were told to have three days of
supplies before the storm hit.
"People had ample time to
prepare. It isn't that hard to get 72
hours worth of food and water,"
Bush said.
"I understand there are frustra-
tions here. As the governor has
acknowledged, we can't always
get to people what we hope to get
and as quickly as we hope to do
it," Chertoff said during a joint
press conference Bush in Talla-
hassee.
Elsewhere, police officers
watched over the few gas stations
that were open just in case tem-
pers flared while motorists waited
for hours to buy fuel. Gas lines
formed well before the sun rose.
"I'm usually awake by this
hour, but I need gas for my gener-
ator so I can go to work and make
some money," said Hector
Vasquez, 36, who repairs win-
dows. "This shouldn't be this diffi-
cult. They should have everything
filled ahead of time and make
sure FPL gives power to gas sta-
tions and places with food first."
At the Orange Bowl near
downtown Miami, about 500
people were in line to get free


Restoring power
Power companies worked on lines along U.S. 441
Wednesday afternoon to restore power to the business
district of Okeechobee.


water, food and ice that were
arriving by morning. Even more
people had been at the stadium
Tuesday, when supplies arrived
late.
"I need the ice and water des-
perately. I have a diabetic son and
I need to keep his insulin cool,"
said Gloria Duzallon, 38, a med-
ical office manager from Holly-
wood.
Many people were going
through the same problems
across South Florida. Trucks car-
rying the first wave of relief Tues-
day food, ice and water -
either arrived much later than
local officials expected, or simply
didn't show up at all.
Hundreds of people lined up
outside one home-supply store,
desperate for cleanup and other
items. Drivers waited five hours at
gas stations, and at a handful of
fast-food restaurants open in the
Miami area, burgers were avail-
able to those willing to endure
two-hour waits.
Those troubles threatened to
overshadow the limited progress
so far. Electricity was restored to
about 20 percent of the 3.2 mil-
lion customers who lost it, but
Florida Power & Light warned it
may take weeks before all service
is back. Domestic traffic also
resumed Wednesday at the inter-
national airports in Miami and
West Palm Beach.
Early reports from state high-
way officials indicate the hurri-
cane didn't cause major damage
to highways or bridges, U.S.
Transportation Department
spokesman Brian Turmail said.
Much of the 'focus remained
on the immense problems that
could plague the state for weeks
during its recovery efforts from
the Category 3 storm. The 21st
storm in the busiest Atlantic hurri-
cane season on record, Wilma
was blamed for at least five
deaths in Florida alone and 17
across the Caribbean.
On Tuesday, nine hours after
she first got on line at one of the
designated relief-supply locations,
Fanie Aristil, 23, of North Miami,
wearily left for home with 28
pounds of ice and six liters of bot-
tled water.
"All that time," Aristil said.


"This is all we get?"
FEMA spokeswoman Frances
Marine urged Floridians to be
patient, and reminded residents
that problems such as the ones
that popped up Tuesday were
why officials suggested that peo-
ple have 72 hours of essential sup-
plies including water avail-
able ahead ofWilma's arrival.
"People will have their needs
met," Marine said. "The bottom
line is that there's a plan in place."
Gov. Jeb Bush predicted that
his "battle-tested" state would
steadily see better days, and his
older brother, President Bush,
planned a Thursday visit to assess
damage in Florida.
The quantity of debris was
daunting: Pieces of roofs, trees,
signs, awnings, fences, billboards
and pool screens were scattered
across several counties. Damage
estimates ranged up to $10 bil-
lion, and the landscape of the
state's most populous region -
the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and
West Palm Beach area was
laden with destruction.
Some of the worst damage
was in downtown Fort Laud-
erdale, where Wilma was the
strongest hurricane to strike since
1950. Winds of more than 100
mph blew out windows in high-
rises, many built before Florida
enacted tougher construction
codes following Hurricane
Andrew in 1992.
Wilma knocked out power for
hundreds of miles, cutting off
electricity to a staggering one out
of three Florida residents. FPL, the
state' biggest utility, said Wilma
affected more of its 4.3 million
customers than any other natural
disaster in the company's history.
At Miami International, the
busiest U.S. hub for Latin Ameri-
can travel, the first plane to land
since the hurricane arrived Tues-
day from Brazil, and domestic
flights resumed Wednesday
morning. Fort Lauderdale-Holly-
wood Airport remained closed to
commercial traffic but emergency
aircraft were coming in.
"It's not a vacation anymore,"
said Gary Coombe, who brought
his wife and two children to Flori-
da from Geneva, Switzerland. "It's
a frustration."


DOT clearing



roads of debris


BARTOW, FL. Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) emergency crews
began disaster relief work Mon-
day in District One counties*
affected by Hurricane Wilma.
FDOT emergency response
teams have been deployed to
Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee
and Okeechobee and have pro-
vided equipment and person-
nel to assist in recovery efforts.
Following is the current sta-
tus of roads, signals, signs and
bridges in the District.

District impacts:
All state roads are open
and passable.
There are reports of mini-
mal flooding in isolated areas in
Okeechobee County. FDOT will
continue to monitor these areas
and respond as necessary.
The majority of traffic sig-
nals in District One are opera-
tional except in the following
counties: Collier, Glades,
Hendry, Lee and Okeechobee.
Motorists in these counties
should treat intersections with
signals down or missing as
FOUR-WAY STOPS and drive
with courtesy and caution.
There are regulatory, direc-
tional, and street signs twisted,
damaged, or down throughout
the following District One coun-
ttes: Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee
and Okeechobee
State bridges in District
One have been inspected and
are open to traffic. Damage to
only one bridge was found -
Bridge #040940 in DeSoto


County. This bridge had a
minor washout and it is sched-
uled to be restored. No traffic
restrictions have been imposed.

Construction
projects
The Florida Department of
Transportation construction
projects will no longer have any
Department directed lane clo-
sure restrictions in the follow-
ing counties: Polk, Manatee,
Sarasota, Hardee, Desoto,
Highlands, and Charlotte, effec-
tive 7:00 am Wednesday, Oct.
26, 2005. However, due to
power issues, fuel issues, and
hurricane relief efforts, the
Department directed no lane
closure restrictions will contin-
ue on our construction projects
in the following counties:
Okeechobee, Glades, Hendry,
Lee, and Collier. All of these
lane closure restrictions will be
lifted, effective 6:00 p.m. Sun-
day, Oct. 30, 2005.

Interstates
1-75 through Southwest
Florida (Manatee, Sarasota,
Charlotte, Lee and Collier
Counties) is clear and open to
traffic.
1-4 through Polk County is
clear and open to traffic.
FDOT District One is made
up of the following twelve
counties: Charlotte, Collier,
DeSoto, Glades, Hardee,
Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Mana-
tee, Okeechobee, Polk, and
Sarasota.


Arrest Log


This column lists felony and
driving. under the influence
arrests by the Okeechobee
Co' imy Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
and the Okeechobee CityTPolice
Department (OCPD).
Angela Nicole Winfrey, 23,
N.W 39th Circle, Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 21 by Deputy
Arlene Durbin on a warrant
charging her with robbery with
a deadly weapon. Her bond was
set at $20,000.
Harvey L. Ford, III, 19, N.E.
101st Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested. Oct. 21 by Deputy
Arlene Durbin on a warrant
charging him with criminal mis-
chief $1,000 or more. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Joe Tagle, 43, N.W. First St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct.
21 by Deputy Gary Johnson on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of
probation felony battery. His.
bond was set at $20,000.
Mohamed Adam Abosena,
38, N.W. Sixth Court, Pompano
Beach, was arrested Oct. 21 by
Deputy Sarah Green on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charg-


ing him with failure to
appear/violation of probation -
driving under the influence. He
is being held without bond.
Cory Lane Ward, 20, Okee-
chobee, was arrested Oct. 21 by
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office Narcotics Task force
on charges of possession of
methamphetamine and posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His
bond was set at $6,000.
Michael Raulerson, 37,
N.W 160th Drive, Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 21 by Deputy
Arlene Durbin'on Okeechobee
County warrants charging him
with the felony of worthless
check over $150 (two counts)
and a misdemeanor charge of
worthless check. His total bond
was set at $2,500.
Toni Leigh Bush, 18, S.E.
35th, Okeechobee, was arrested
Oct. 21 by Deputy Arlene Durbin
on a warrant charging her with
giving false information to a
pawnbroker. Her bond was set
at $2,500.
Jacqulyne Hale Parks, 37,
S.W. 13th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 22 by OCPD Officer


R. Cale on a charge of driving
under the influence. Her bond
was set at $4,000.
Dion Kelly Jennings, 18,
N.W. 46th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Oct. 22 by OCPD
on a charge of grand theft (over
$300 but less than $5,000). Her
total bond was set at $1,500.
Timi Cherie Bearden, 32,
Okeechobee, was arrested Oct.
23 by OCPD on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. Her
bond was set at $750.
Mark Christopher Gerger-
son, 37, Crystal Way, Delray
Beach, was arrested Oct. 23 by
OCPD on misdemeanor charges
of driving under the influence,
possession of drug parapherna-
lia and possession of marijuana
under 20 grams. His total bond
was set at $2,000.
Daniel Meara, 35, N.E.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Oct. 24 by Deputy Ken-
neth Sarros on a felony charge of
child neglect, and misdemeanor
charges of possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
His total bond was set at $7,500.


This column lists only arrests,
and not convictions. If the charges
against those-listed in this column
have been dropped, they are asked
to contact us. The information will
then be verified and printed here.


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Obituaries


Russell E Boyd
Russell F. Boyd, age 76, of
Okeechobee, died Sunday, Oct.
23, 2005 at Raulerson Hospital.
Mr. Boyd was born June 15,
1929 to Russell James and
Frances Boyd. He was a salesman
for Sysco Food Service. Mr. Boyd
was a former resident of Min-
neapolis, Minn., and proudly
served our country in the U.S.
Army. He came to Okeechobee
from Fort Lauderdale in 1995.
Mr. Boyd is survived by his wife
of 18 years, Lorraine E. Boyd of
Okeechobee; four sons: Gregory
Boyd of Stuart, Mark Boyd, Russell
J. Boyd, and Jason Boyd, all of
Minneapolis, Minn.; three grand-
children: Travis, Adam and
Samantha Boyd; and his brother,
Robert Boyd of Placerville, Calif.
A memorial service will be
held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel with
Pastor Larry Kilgore of Church of
God officiating. Memorials may
be made to Hospice of Okee-
chobee, P. O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.

Owana J. Maxwell
Owana J. Maxwell, age 76, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, Oct.
24, 2005 at Hospice of Martin and


St. Lucie in Stuart.
Mrs. Maxwell was born Feb. 8,
1929 in Meridian, Miss., to Louis
Arthur and Bertha Lyda James.
She was a homemaker having
come to Okeechobee from
Jupiter in 2003. Mrs. Maxwell's
hobbies included crafts, sewing,
and baking cakes.
Mrs. Maxwell was preceded in
death by her daughter, Patricia
Ann Potter.
She is survived by her husband
of 36 years, Charles C. Maxwell;
son Charles Arthur Bone of Lake
City; four daughters: Owana M.
Wray of Okeechobee; Barbara J.
Hayes of Phoenix, Ariz.; Nina F.
Reed of Okeechobee; Edwena S.


Bone of Huntington Beach, Calif.;
two stepsons: Terry L. Maxwell
and William Vernon Maxwell,
both of Burkburnett, Texas; step-
daughter Tammy L. Maxwell of
Burkburnett, Texas; brother
Claude L. James of Fort Worth,
Texas; and, 15 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be
held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Memo-
rials may be made to Hospice of
Martin & St. Lucie, 1201 S.E. Indi-
an St., Stuart, FL 34997.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


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Community events


Alternative Halloween festival slated
The First Baptist Church and More-2-Life Ministries will host
their annual Fall Fest in Flagler Park #6 on Monday, Oct. 31,
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. This year's Halloween alternative fes-
tival is open to all ages and appropriate costumes. There will
be games, food and candy provided. For information, call (863)
763-2171.

4-H and FFA Club enrollment under way
All youth planning to participate in the 2006 Okeechobee
Youth Livestock Show may enroll now but must be enrolled by
Oct. 31, and be in good club standings by attending monthly
club meetings to be eligible to participate in the livestock show.

Training for GaL volunteers offered
Training sessions for Guardians ad Litem volunteers will be
held on three Fridays in November Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Train-
ing sessions will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Bernadette's
Catholic Church, 350 N.W. California Blvd., in Port St. Lucie.
Volunteers must be 21 years of age, submit an application, sub-
mit to a criminal background check, submit to a personal refer-
ence check and attend 30 hours of training that includes court-
room observation and independent study.


VNA hosting free memory screenings
The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), 208 S.E. Park St., will
host free memory loss screenings on Friday, Nov. 4, from 11
a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Screenings will be done by appointment.
To make an appointment, call Donna True at 800-861-7826, ext.
1, or (772) 285-6291. The screenings will be done by a nurse or
social worker from St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center. Screen-
ings are open to anyone concerned about memory loss.

Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet
Thursday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. This is a
free community program. For information, call Wanda Haas,
RN, CDE, at (863) 763-5093. ..


Hospice planning yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale Friday, Nov. 4,
and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be
held at the Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer House at S.E.
Fourth Street and Third Avenue, next to the Hospice Residence.
All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee. All yard sale
donations will be accepted at this location.


Chamber hosting chicken dinner
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will host a
barbecue chicken dinner on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in
Flagler Park #2. A drive-up curbside area will be designated.
The dinner will include: barbecued chicken (white meat $6
and dark meat $5),with baked beans, potato salad, roll and a
cookie. Tickets are available at the Chamber office, 55 S. Par-
rott Ave.; Rustic Ranch Furniture, 123 S.W. Park St; or, from any
Chamber board member. Orders can be faxed to (863) 763-
3531 and paid for when the meal is picked up. For information,
contact the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.


VFW Ladies group plan garage sale
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary is now accepting your donations
for their Nov. 4 and 5 garage sale to be held at the VFW Post
#10539, located 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be sausage, bis-
cuits and gravy served for breakfast at the sales, as well as Slop-
py Joes for lunch at the Nov. 4 sale.






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Banquet postponed
Our Appreciation Banquet is
going to have to be cancelled. We
were going to change to Thurs-
day, but we will not have any
water.
We would like to reschedule
for November 8th (Board Mem-
bers our meeting will have to be
change), but this is not con-
firmed. Please watch your email
or the paper for the new date.
Thanks and hope all of you
faired alright during the hurri-
cane. We have no electric at shel-
ter, but are doing ok.
Please let me know if you need
anything, most of you have my
number, if you don't call shelter at
763-0202 or the office as we are
here.
Stephanie Locke
Martha's House, Inc


Special to the Okeechobee News/Frank W. Williamson Jr.


Looking back ...


This red Brahman herd was owned by Frank Wesley Williamson, Sr. In this picture from
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to okeenews@okeechobee.com.


Community Calendar

NOTE: This calendar lists regularly scheduled meetings and
events. Some organizations may not meet this week due to hur-
ricane damage. Please contact the individual organizations if
you have questions.


Thursday
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-
0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
(863) 763-6510.or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1. p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at
(863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
(863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863)
763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of some-
one that might need this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representa-
tives will be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For infor-
mation, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at
(863) 467-9461.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family mem-
ber is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.



Community events

Church to host annual bazaar
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee will hold
their annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. until 1
p.m. in the church fellowship hall at 200 N.S. Second St. There
will be a variety of items including crafts, quilted items, knives,
nuts, baked goods, white elephant items and a silent auction. A
lunch consisting of soup and sandwiches will be available from
11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds from the bazaar will to mission
projects. For information, call (863) 763-4021.


Hammock State Park hosts festival,
Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their
20th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Nov. 5 from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be an antique car show, arts and
craft vendors, live music, kids activities, tram ride, hayrides,
CCC Alumni Reunion, a cracker cowboy poet, pony rides, liv-
ing history re-enactments and more! Park admission is $4 per
carload (up to eight people). Arts and crafts vendors are need-
ed. The participation fee is $10.70 for the entire day. Contact
Dorothy L. Harris at (863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail at
dorothy.l.harris@dep.state.fl.us for information or to request a
vendor packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy
Davis of the Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.

Girl Scouts to host Reunion Tea
The Okeechobee Girl Scouts Pegasus Service Unit is hosting
a special Adult Tea Party for current and former Girl Scouts and
Girl Guides. All adults who have been involved in Girl Scouting
or Girl Guides over the years and those who were Girl Scouts in
their youth are invited. The tea will be held Sunday, Nov. 6,
from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St. The Scouts are also looking for old uniforms and
books for a display. For information, contact Laurie Pharr at
(863) 634-0465.


Bazaar helps aid missionary projects
The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave.,
will host an old-fashioned bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, begin-
ning at 9 a.m. There will be many hand-crafted items, white
elephant items and baked goods for sale. The event is spon-
sored by the ladies of the church, with the proceeds going
toward their support of missionary projects. For information,
call (863) 467-2482 or (863) 824-0013.


Community events


OHS teams selling discount cards
The OHS Brahman boys and girls basketball teams are sell-
ing their annual discount cards for $10 each. The card offers
continuous discounts to 18 various businesses throughout the
year. If you would like to purchase your discount card, contact
coach Enrico or coach Pung at (863) 462-5043.

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers
Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry
working in partnership with the community and local families
in need, is looking for volunteers to help complete construc-
tion on their first house. Construction experience is appreciat-
ed but not required. Work days are Saturdays and Tuesdays
from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to work on
the following committees: public relations, fundraising, legal
advice, family support and volunteer coordination. An experi-
enced bookkeeper is also needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for infor-
mation.


Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the Ameri-
can Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be
accepted at any Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located
at 305 E. N. Park St. Checks must be written to the American
Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, and the cus-
tomer will be given a Red Cross receipt.

Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been dis-
placed due to Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okee-
chobee may contact the County Veterans Service officer for
benefits assistance at (863) 763-8124. The County Veterans Ser-
vice Office is located at 462 U.S. 98 N. in the County Administra-
tion Annex. The office is open lMonda, -Thursday, 8 a.m. until
3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out
books, tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are
open Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sundays from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are
located at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 763-
2171.

DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the
American Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay
Contest. The contest is open to public, private and parochial
schools and those who are home schooled and will start on the
first day of school. The essays have to be turned in by Dec. 1.
This year's subject for grades five through eight is "Benjamin
Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks the
300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa
Maria to the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon:
Christopher Columbus and the Astronauts" is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine through 12. American Essay Contest Certifi-
cates and Excellence in History Medals will be presented to the
contestants. The winner from each school will receive a mone-
tary award. For information, call (863) 763-2492.

VNA to give flu shots
The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will be giving flu
shots in their offices at 208 S.E. Park St. The shots will be given
from 9 until 11 a.m. and from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday. They will also be given on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. There is no charge for Medicare patients. For those
who do not have Medicare, the charge will be $30.

Civil Air Patrol plans fundraiser
The Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron is
attempting to raise funds for basic operations of the unit,
equipment and uniforms for cadet members. The squadron
will be holding an aircraft wash at the Okeechobee County Air-
port from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 29. For information on the
fundraiser, contact Deputy Commander Gene O'Neill at (863)
763-3212.

Fundraiser will be held
The Joshua Matute Family Transportation Benefit will hold a
fundraiser in the Okeechobee City Park on Oct. 29. There will
be arts and crafts vendors, food, drink and entertainment.
There will also be a baking contest and prize giveaways. For
information, contact Niki Salmon at (561) 722-0401, or Hazel
Wetherington at (863) 763-3617.

Benefit barbecue is planned
The Good Spirits Lounge, 245 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a bar-
becue on Oct. 30 from 2 until 8 p.m. to benefit John and Con-
nie Stanley, who recently had their mobile home destroyed by
fire. Pork, cole slaw, potato salad, green beans and baked
beans will be served. The cost will be $5 per plate. For informa-
tion, contact the Good Spirits Lounge at (863) 763-2734.

Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of
operation are: Aug. 8 Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4
until 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and 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.


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Hurricane victims to get tax relief


Storm damage
Many of the homes in Blue Cypress Park received damage from the high winds of Hur-
ricane Wilma on Monday.


WASHINGTON The Internal
Revenue Service has announced
relief for taxpayers affected by
Hurricane Wilma. The President
issued major disaster declara-
tions covering impacted areas of
Florida effective Oct. 23, 2005.
Taxpayers affected by the
hurricane may be eligible for
relief. Deadlines for affected tfx-
payers to file returns, pay taxes
and perform other time-sensi-
tive acts have been postponed
to Feb. 28, 2006, the same
extended date that Congress
granted to taxpayers affected by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Twenty Florida counties have
been included in the Federal
Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) disaster area:
Brevard, Broward, Charlotte,
Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee,
Hendry, Highlands, Indian River,
Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Mon-
roe, Okeechobee, Osceola,


Palm Beach, Polk, St. Lucie and
Sarasota.
Affected taxpayers in these
counties will need to self-identi-
fy to the IRS as hurricane vic-
tims.
Taxpayers outside of the dis-
aster area, whose books,
records or tax professionals are
located in the impacted areas,
also will need to identify them-
selves to the IRS as hurricane
victims.
The IRS encourages all vic-
tims of this hurricane to identify
themselves by writing "Hurri-
cane Wilma" in red ink at the
top of their tax forms or any
other documents filed with the
IRS. Taxpayers who need to alert
the IRS or have other Wilma-
related questions can also call
the special IRS disaster hotline
at 1-866-562-5227.
The IRS has postponed dead-
lines and will abate interest


and any late filing, late payment
or failure to deposit penalties
that would otherwise apply -
for any tax return, tax payment
or tax deposit with an original or
extended due date falling on or
after Oct. 23, 2005. This relief
includes the Oct. 31 deadline for
filing quarterly federal employ-
ment and excise tax returns; and
employment and excise
deposits due on or before Feb.
28, 2006. In addition, any affect-
ed taxpayer who receives a
penalty notice from the IRS
should call the number on the
notice to receive penalty abate-
ment.
The IRS will provide relief
from compliance activities until
Feb. 28, 2006 for those taxpayers
who identify themselves as
affected by the disaster. Taxpay-
ers with questions in these areas
can contact the IRS.


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Devastation
Irony was not lost on Hurricane Wilma as she dropped a
tree on top of the Belle Glade memorial to the 1928 hur-
ricane that killed thousands of lake area residents.




Glades area was ready


By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee
News
MOORE HAVEN Even
four named storms roaring
through the South Florida area
in 2004 did not cause quite the
stir Wilma has since her initial
projected path was released
via broadband Internet and
24-hour telecasts declared
South Florida as the prime tar-
get of the most powerful hurri-
cane in recorded history.
None of the storms of the
now-infamous 2004 hurricane
season were quite as surpris-
ing or teasing as Wilma, who
introduced herself as a "tropi-
cal storm" on a slow, sleepy
Tuesday afternoon.
Segue to Wednesday, Oct.
19, when residents were
shocked to hear that Wilma
was a category five hurricane",
\ ith a projected path dra%\ n to
meander down U.S. 27 from
Moore Haven to Clewiston,
then continue to Belle Glade
and make a timely, welcome
exit over the eastern Florida
coast sometime late Monday
afternoon.
Yes, not only was this hurri-
cane the strongest and most
powerful storm on record, but
renowned and venerated fore-
casters like Max Mayfield pre-
dicted that the storm was to
make a slightly less-than-wel-
come stopover in the South
Lake region, which would end
up feeling more like an unso-
licited hit and run attack when
the deadly wind and rains rip
through the area.
So, one must react. Of
course, the surrounding
region was very recently
argued to have been prone to
extensive flooding in the event
of a Category III-V event,
which Wilma promised to flirt
with during her sojourn to
southern Florida. U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers promised
that the Herbert Hoover Dike
had been closely examined
and was proven to withstand
any type of hurricane avail-
able, from any category allow-
able by Saffir-Simpson et al.,
etc.
Evacuation was certainly a
sensible plan of action, but all
that Florida residents left
behind would still be tossed
around like toys in a toddler's
room when Wilma made
landfall.
So, what to do while Wilma
approached? The entire popu-
lation of South Florida essen-


tially halted, putting aside all
wedding plans and vacation
reservations to be as prepared
as one could possibly be.
Storm troopers Anderson
Cooper and Jim Cantore
seemed to be doing just fine
when they set up their camera
crews in the direct paths of
dangerous oncoming tropical
monsters. Many found them-
selves all prepared and no
storm to show, with every
hatch battened and no possi-
ble way to be caught
unawares when Wilma actual-
ly made landfall.
Shelters opened on Sunday
evening in Clewiston and
Moore Haven, where hun-
dreds appeared to seek safe
refuge from what was sure to
be a deadly storm.
"It's tough to be here, away
from home and a little less
co mtortable, but it's much
better than getting blown
away in this storm," said Car-
los Garcia, 20, who was with
his mother at the shelter at
Clewiston High School..
The maximum amount of
preparation may not have
been enough to absorb the
shock of the violent, ferocious
winds of Wilma on Monday
morning.
Residents of the Glades
area knew just how to prepare
themselves. The widespread
plywood window coverings
displayed hundreds of mes-
sages, curious artwork, and
business hours. One of the
most simple, straightforward
messages was both comfort-
ing and ominous: "PRAY".
Now, as everyone bands
together with hundreds of vol-
unteers from nearly every
county in Florida and across
the nation, residents seek a
sense of normalcy. With
power expected to be offline
until at least a week to 10 days
after the storm, power genera-
tors are putting out a low hum
that seems to shake every-
one's already shaken souls.
No serious injuries have
been reported from the storm,
and everyone appears to have
survived the absolute devasta-
tion caused by the 110+ mph
winds.
Most residents will readily
say that the storm damage
caused by Hurricane Wilma
"is just stuff". What is impor-
tant is that your loved ones are
safe, and that everyone needs
help each other rebuild their
community.


By Mark Young
Special to the Okeechobee News
BELLE GLADE Hurricane
Wilma's arrival was weighted in
anticipation as she lingered off of
the Yucatan Peninsula much
longer than forecasters anticipated.
She was supposed to move into
South Florida on Saturday, but took
her time in arriving early Monday
morning.
Residents across the South Lake
area couldn't figure out whether
they were bracing for a Category
One hurricane or if one was going
to come at all. But come she did,
and when she did decide to make
her appearance, she came with a
vengeance.
Blustery winds became the first
sign of Wilma's knock on the door
around 2 a.m. and it didn't take
long for that soft knock to become
an urgent pounding. Wilma had a
little something for the forecasters
who insisted that she would hit the
coast as maybe a category two and
move inland as a category one.
Instead, Wilma was packing
winds well over 100 miles per hour
and she refused to relent any of her
power as she moved her massive
eye over the south Florida area,
marking Lake Okeechobee like a
shooting target and peppering
communities south of the lake with
thundering winds and drenching
rains.
With the worst of the storm
apparently ahead of Wilma's eye,
lake residents took a breather
when the eye moved over the area,


expecting some type of winds, but
never guessing the incredible
intensity that was trailing Wilma
and was soon in store for them.
The lack of knowing what to
expect became apparent in the
daylight hours when the so-called
"second half" of the storm move in
to finish off what Wilma's first
appearance couldn't complete.
Late Monday afternoon, the winds
began to die, the rain began to
stop, and slowly, but surely, the
wide-eyed residents began to take
in Wilma's path of destruction.
And it was evident indeed.
Telephone poles snapped like
toothpicks, three-hundred-year old
trees toppled like tossed dolls,
semi-trucks rolled over as if they
were merely toys, and homes were
lost.
Wilma devastated the state and
crushed the Glades, but not into
submission. Emergency and recov-
ery crews have launched into
action and the federal government
is currently assessing the damaged
areas. Governor Jeb Bush (R)
placed thousands of FEMA work-
ers into strategic locations and dis-
tribution areas were open, albeit
for a two-hour wait for water and
ice.
The depth of destruction was
not yet known as of press time, but
according to Congressman Mark
Foley's office, the congressman,
the lieutenant governor, and sever-
al other local, state, and federal rep-
resentatives scoured the South
Lake area all day Tuesday, assess-
ing and anticipating what the next


step will be.
Priorities were search and res-
cue and restoring power and
water. Florida Power and Light was
able to restore power to 18,000 of
the three million customers who
lost power during the storm on the
first night and are working diligent-
ly to restore power to the Glades.
But according to FP&L spokesper-
son, power may not be restored to
the Glades until sometime next
week due to the main transfer sta-
tion being destroyed on Hwy. 80,
however some emergency respon-
ders are suggesting residents
acquire generators, suggesting it
may be much longer than that.
However, Congressman Foley
fully expects that the Glades and
other communities will recover,
but said there is work to be done.
"I toured Belle Glade (Tuesday)
morning and I'm really concerned
about it," said Congressman Foley.
"I could see that people were
frightened and relieved while they
waited in the distribution lines. You
could see that they had been
through quite an ordeal."
Congressman Foley said he is
worried about the economic
impact this storm is going to have
on the lake area, which is primarily
agriculture. He said the sight of all
those sugarcane fields flattened
just before harvest is cause for con-
cern.
"It's sad," he said. "It's going to
have an economic impact on the
communities to. include jobs.
There is so much dependency on
agriculture in the area, from citrus,


to sugar, to cattle. The next few
weeks are going to be telling."
Congressman Foley also noted
the widespread structural damage
to businesses, government facili-
ties, and private homes. He toured
the area with Governor Bush and
Lieutenant Governor Jennings
throughout the day on Tuesday
and is determined to include
Hendry, Glades, and Palm Beach
Counties in the individual assis-
tance program, where private indi-
viduals can approach the federal
government for financial assis-
tance for rebuilding.
Collier, Lee, and Monroe Coun-
ties have already approved as of
press time. Following Tuesday's
tour of the area, Congressman
Foley is confident that he, along
with Governor Bush will give the
appropriate nod to the White
House in order to ensure that the
program is offered locally.
Public assistance is also expect-
ed to be approved in order to allow
cities to apply for federal funds to
help pay for recovery efforts, which
are expected to be ongoing for
weeks to come.
If there is one positive issue to
this storm, it has been FEMAs reac-
tion to Hurricane Wilma.
"FEMA has been great," said
Congressman Foley. "I was one of
their most outspoken critics follow-
ing Hurricane Katrina, but every-
where I've been today, (FEMA) has
been on the job. I think a lesson
was learned on Katrina and
(FEMA) was better prepared for
this one."


Wilma brings devastation, heavy losses


By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee News
CLEWISTON Hurricane
Wilma .made an early Monday
morning approach to South Flori-
da, making landfall just south of
Naples, and blasting northeast
directly through Clewiston, as the
devastating eye wall battered the
city for a total of 43 minutes, and
with the devastating winds lasting
more than eight hours.
Many residents evacuated, hun-
dreds were housed in emergency
shelters, and many more weath-
ered the storm in their homes. It
has been reported by the state of
Florida's Urban Search and Rescue
(USAR) response task force that at
least 94 homes were destroyed in
and among the adjacent areas of
Clewiston.
Immediately' following the
storm, the USAR began search and
rescue efforts to provide emer-
gency care services and to asses
storm damage, and was able to
confirm on Tuesday morning that
no major injuries or deaths had
been reported, and that 94 homes
had suffered moderate to high lev-
els of damage.
According to USAR Deputy IC
Response Commander Lorien
Mock, the storm caused multiple
down-blasts and possible torna-
does to the area, which was shaken
from the early morning hours until
approximately 2 p.m. when emer-
gency crews were able to begin
recovery efforts.
"The USAR crews have finished
assessing the Clewiston area, and
will search the outlying areas with-
in Hendry and Glades Counties in.
the next few days," said Mock. "For-
tunately, there have been no casu-
alties to report," he said. Early
reports from Florida officials esti-
mated six deaths related to Hurri-
cane Wilma throughout Florida.


Rumors were rampant of wan-
ton violence and looting and an
imposed martial law, all of which
did not happen, according to Chief
Don Gutshall of the Clewiston
Police Department. "We had one
incident involving a few individuals
who did try to enter a business dur-
ing the storm, but they were driven
out by Clewiston Police deputies
on patrol," said Chief Gutshall.
"There was also an isolated inci-
dent involving a mentally ill individ-
ual, who we were able to subdue,"
he said.
No arrests were made following
the incidents.
The Clewiston Police Depart-
ment, with reinforcements from
the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, will impose and
enforce a dusk curfew beginning
Tuesday night, as crews begin
cleanup efforts to clear all road-
ways.. The curfew was not heavily
enforced Monday night (when resi-


dents did not yet know about it),
but it will be more strictly enforced
in the days to come.
Representative Mark Foley.
made thorough assessments with-
in the city of Clewiston, and report-
ed heavy damages to many major
facilities.
"There was a very large blow to
the United States Sugar Refinery,
where a roof was severely dam-
aged," Representative Foley said.
"There are reports that the harvest
will be severely affected, most of
the sugar cane has been absolutely
decimated," he said. Adolfo Pena
also indicated that early estimates
of crop damage were that approxi-
mately 50 percent of the sugar and-
orange crops have been lost.
"There is a legislative effort
underway to include Hurricane
Wilma victims in the Disaster Relief
Bill, originally designated for-Katri-
na, and that will provide a major
boost to recovery efforts in the


Free lunch
Employees of Riverside National Bank gave out free
dents Wednesday afternoon.


area," said Representative Foley.
"FEMA is incredibly prepared to
assist with recovery efforts," he
added.
FEMA relief was expected Mon-
day night, but had not arrived as of
Tuesday afternoon, but was
'expected shortly. Initial FEMA relief
supplies included tarps and water
and ice. Monetary distributions
would not be made anytime soon.
USAR search and rescue efforts
were based in Clewiston and the
Southwest Florida quadrant. FEMA
search and rescue was based in the
Palm Beach, Dade and Broward
areas.
A temporary closure was made
to U.S. 27 northbound due to fallen
trees, but is expected to be open by
the end of the week.
Temporary food stamps have
been requested by state officials
and are expected to be available as
early as this week, according to Lt.
Governor Toni Jennings.


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Coast Guard Auxiliary
active
Since its creation by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil- )
iary has served as the civilian, 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
waterways 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 dis-
tress, conduct more the 150,000
courtesy safety examinations of
recreation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results of
these efforts save taxpayers hun-
dreds of millions of dollars every
year. For information, call (863)
467-3085.

EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation aides
and assistance in developing a
youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make .a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174,
ext. 234.

Read library books
online
The Okeechobee County Public
Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-
A-Day Online Book Club spon-
sored by the Friends of the Okee-
chobee County Library. All you
need to do is visit the library's web
page at .-
www.heartlineweb.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.

Subsidized childcare
enrollment under way
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The pro-
gram is currently serving children
age birth to kindergarten age. Both
parents must be working or attend-
ing 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.

Food Pantry
has re-opened
Okeechobee Presbyterian
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
noon.

Make a difference
through mentoring
Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can
make a difference in the life of a <
teen by mentoring. Adolescence
is a time of risk and opportunity.
The youth in Okeechobee County *
need you. If you have a caring
heart and one hour a week to
share in the life of a teen, you can -
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describe. (863)357-3225.
EYE GLASSES- prescription,
found on Hwy 70 across
from Post Office
(863)763-3134.
KEYS- set of keys found at
Post Office in LaBelle, call to
identify. (863)675-5786.
LADIES RING found vic. of
Subway in LaBelle. Please
call to identify.
(863)885-1422
MANS RING- found at landfill,
call to identify.
(863)467-7753.
WHITE MALE DOG- brown
eyes, 1-3yrs old, huge, col-
lar, vi of Poseys Corner 70
&128th ave. (772)370-1636
or (863)763-7831.
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the ring on the answering
machine please call. Left
wrong phone number.
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CHIHUHUA- REWARD,
REWARD, REWARD
Tan w/black collar. Vie.: Be-
hind Race track gas station:
863-357-2246
RING: Pearl w/diamonds. Lost
@ Michaels. Sentimental val-
ue. $100 Reward.
(863)357-5472
STAFFORDSHIRE Bull Terrier
Dark choc. brindle color, looks
like mini pitbull. Missing form
fenced yard. Please call with
any information. Very large
cash reward. (239)633-6522


ENCYCLOPEDIA, World Book,
Complete set. Free. You haul.
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Employment -
Fufll -Tme 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part.Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




ADMINISTRATIVE
ASSISTANT NEEDED:
F/T, Data input processor.
Windows knowledge, phone
skills. Bilingual welcome
$8/hr. Call Van
863-467-2271 or
561-310-4034
CLASS A CDL DRIVERS
Apply Tampa Farms
19200 SWWarfield Blvd.
Indiantown
772-597-2000 Ext. 19
DIESEL MECHANIC
Apply at Tampa Farms
19200 SW. Warfield Blvd.
Indiantown,
772-597-2000 Ext. 19
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips


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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


Edens Construction has.
immediate openings for
trackhoe, loader and
grade tractor operators
and pipelayers. Experi-
enced and skilled only
need apply. Health insu-
rance, 401(k).
Please apply at 745 NW
2nd Street, South Bay,
FL (561)996--6822 for
directions
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doing you in, its time to
look for a helper In the
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Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T
positions avail.; Great pay,
working environment &
benefits 863-467-5000
IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES
FOR SURVEY CREW
PERSONNEL
$20/hr. for Experienced Crew
Chief. 40/hr. Min./Wk. for all
Personnel. Primary job
location in Okeechobee.
Call 863-357-6688

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LARSON DAIRY, INC.
Location: BARN 8
Is hiring a
TRUCK/TRACTOR
MECHANIC.
Includes Various
maintenance jobs.
Knowledge of plumbing and
small electric motors
is required.
Apply in person, or Call Tra-
vis @ (863)634-0102

PRIDE ENTERPRISES
Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
with farm equipment req'd.
Exc. benefit package. Fax
resume to 561-996-8559.


MANAGEMENT
Hibbet Sports, a full line
sporting goods store, is hiring
in Okeechobee. Apply at: 2105
South Parrott Ave., Suite 103,
Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Hibbett Sports conducts drug
testing, www.hibbett.com
OFFICE MGR. NEEDED
Payroll experience a plus
Contact Chris Shirley
863.634.0211

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to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
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Superior Water Works, Inc.
is looking for an
INVENTORY CONTROL MANAGER
Full Time, Excellent Benefits and
Compensation Package.
ALSO NEEDED: SERVICE MEN must have CDL Lic.
Apply in person at
Superior Water Works, Inc.,
917 S.W. Park St., Okeechobee FL.

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






RN, LPN &

Medical Assistant

Water's Edge Dermatology
Fax Resume to (863) 467-1919

PARTS COUNTER PERSON
MECHANIC AND LABORER NEEDED
Must be 18 years of age. Have transportation and
willing to work in a busy environment.
Apply in person at ARS POWERSPORTS.


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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
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guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if yo-
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered4l15
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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License # CBC055264
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Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over
(863)634-2044



LOVING COUPLE- to care
for your parent or elder
relative in cozy home. Ex-
perienced Care Giver
w/Refs. (863)467-9439 or
(863)634-8152.
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?


Troy's Pressure
Cleaning, Yard
Maintenance &
Yard Fertilizing.
Free Estimates.
(863)467-5534


JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock &
Bob Cat Work.
Call 863-467-4734


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer.-Video 580
Crafts Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps, Lights 640
Luggage 615
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets 'Supplies,
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
TelevisionRadio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
801-1245 cell.
AIR COND. PARTS- Going out
of business, Win A/C repair
shop. Motors, front covers,
etc. Sacrifice $1800 or best
offer. (561)684-9007.
AIR CONDITIONER, Maytag,
15,000 btu, paid $400, sell
for $250.
(239)470-3040/415-7556
AIR CONDITIONERS- 8,000
BTU's Works good $60.
(863)467-4366


GLASS INSULATOR COLLEC-
TION- $75 (407)436-1901
POPCORN QUILT- 84x96,
great cond. $500
(407)436-1901.
RESTORATION & REPAIRS
of Antique furniture.
CUSTOM CABINETRY
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337


CHEST FREEZER-very good
condition $75
(863)467-9347.
FREEZER, UPRIGHT: Ken-
more. Like new. $200.
(863)674-1105
REFRIGERATOR & STOVE -
white, like new condition.
$430 both or trade for home
furniture. (863)675-0386


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STOVE, MAGIC CHEF, White,
4 Burners, Oven storage
drawer. Works great! $75.
(863)634-0245



SHED- Wolly, 14'x28', 8K
new, Extras. Asking $6000.
(863)634-5753


SCHWINN, 1955- Original
condition, $900.
(863)467-5756.


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CLOSET DOORS (2) Sliding,
6 Ft. & SHOWER DOOR: Glass
Sliding $30 neg. for all, or wil
sep. (863)467-1965

DOOR, new pre hung, thermal
pane, full glass view, mini
blind in glass, fits 36" open-
ing, $o00. (863)697-1627
FLORIDA ROOM- disassem-
bled, 12x30, fully insulated,
vinyl windows, 2 doors,
$2000 neg (863)467-9347

Red Bricks, between 200-300,
$100 will sell separately.
(863)697-2032


VINYL SIDING- for a mobile
home, cream color, $100 for
all (863)467-6423


BABY CRIBS (2) with drawers
underneath, complete with
everything. $250 will sell
separate (863)357-2803
CRIB BEDDING SET Cowboy
design w/ lots of extras. Must
see!! Pd $1000+ asking
$400 neg. (863)763-6297


CLOTHES- 0-3 mo. 3 piece
outfit. Great'for pictures.
Worn 1 time for photographs
$5. (863)763-6131
HALLOWEEN CUSTOMS (4)
Toddler, 4-5 & 7-10 yrs. old.
Size 6 & 7: $30 for all, will
sep. (863)824-8749


BARBIE DOLLS- (3)Special
Millennium Edition, Angel of
Joy, Angelic Inspiration $150
will sep. (863)634-9526
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection. Mid 80's & 90's
$500 or best offer. Call
(863)763-8943ask for Tracy


IBM COMPUTER- complete
w/17" monitor, Win XRP DVD,
CD burner, $350 or best of-
fer (863)763-2034.


KNIFE MAKING- Acety-
lene/Oxygen tanks, hoses &
gauges, drill presses, multi
grinders, $2000
(863)763-9527


BED, Craftmatic, Single,
Heats, Elevates & Massages.
$500. (863)763-4248
COUCH & MATCHING CHAIR-
Floral, $150.
(863)675-2648
COUCH, California Style, light
colors, L-shaped, w/formica
corner table, $150.
(863)467-5680
DRESSER & 2 Night stands.
Good condition. $100.
(863)357-1560
ELECTRIC BEDS, (2), Serta,
twin, new condition, pd
$2000, asking $500 or best
offer. (863)467-9892
QUEEN SLEEP SOFA, never
used, Rd DR Table, w/4
chair, 4 bar stools, tall lamp,
$650 for all (239)707-4404.


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SOFA- 8', Off white with 4'
loveseat. Good condition.
Antique satin. $450 for both.
(863)675-1914
TANNING BED Brand new
Pd $2000 asking $1000
(863)697-3211
TRUNDLE BED- Extra large,
incl dust ruffle, comforter &
2 shams. $150.
(239)246-6071



BATTERY CHARGER auto-
matic, 48volts, Club car, $50
(863)697-2033
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good :'ii in :hjier, $1599.
(863)697-1350/763-2063.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
(863)763-2063.


BROWNING 380 AUTO- ask-
ing $400 or will trade
(502)931-8101.
BROWNING B-80 SL, 3" bar-
rel, 1 modified, 1 full, great
shape, $400.
(863)673-4927
BROWNING RIFLE Model
Bar, 270 cal, 3x9 Redhead
scope. Good shape. Asking
$500 (863)467-2171
Desert Eagle, 44 Magnum,
black, $950. (304)667-7855
FIREARMS LIBRARY 32
leather bound vol. all about
guns. Cost $950 now
350 863-697-2033
Taurus, 44 Magnum, stain-
less, red dot,. $650.
(304)667-7855



EXERCISE MACHINE- Ellipti-
cal; Sears, Perfect cond., Pro-
Form Cardio Cross Trainer.
$100. (863)467-1396 Will de-
liver,



HOT WATER HEATER, brand
new, used 6 mos. paid
$850, sell for $650.
(239)470-3040/415-7556


LADIES GOLD ANTIQUE
POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $500 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeecho-
bee



TABLE, round, white washed,
glass top, with 4 high/back
chairs, $225.
(302)736-9786


FOUNTAIN Mediterranean.
large, round, 3 tier, grape vine
motif. $650 or best offer
(863)357-7406
JUKEBOXES, (2), Seeburg,
both play, need adjustment,
full of records, $650 will sell
sep. (863)697-9704
ROLLING TOOL CARRIER-
good for carpenter or me-
chanic $25 (863)801-5353
WATER SOFTENER & FILTER,
Sears, programmable, whole
house. 2 yrs. old, pd $1257,
sell for $400. (863)467-1860



GUITAR & MANDOLIN Mor-
gan Monroe Flat top guitar &
Kentucky Mandolin KM675
Model $1000 (863)675-0604
SHO-BUD Pedal steel guitar
amp. Works good $300
863) 763-9592 or
863)634-0399


BANJO Vega Pro 2, 5 string
banjo. 1940's model. W/les-
sons $1500 (863)675-0604
BLACK SILKIE CHICKS, $3
each. (863)675-6214 in La-
Belle area
CURR PUPPIES: $100 each.
Call Hoss @ (863)261-4781


BLUETICK COONHOUND, fe-
male, 15 mos. old, all shots,
spayed, micro chipped,
$250 neg. (863)697-2082
COCKER SPANIEL, F, 9mo.,
Tan & White w/papers & micro
chip. Needs more time than I
have. $500 (863)983-5189
FISH TANK STAND, holds 29
gallon tank, wood, w/stor-
age, $20. (863)634-4098
GOOD SENIOR HOME
NEEDED- for Affen Pincher,
$200 (863)983-6537.
GREAT DANE- Male, 10 mo.
old. Great with kids. Moving,
need to sell. Papers,Will sac-
rifice $350. (863)697-2717
NANDY CONURE PARROT,
very sweet, $160 with cage.
(863)673-5038
PARROT CAGES- (4) large,
$1100 for all will sell separ-
ate. (863)673-5038.
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.
(863)357-3639



ABOVE GROUND POOL Vi-
nyl, 3/%' deep, 16' around.
Chemicals & accessories in-
cluded. $150 (863)763-0252



HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $1999.
(863)983-7751


COMPOUND BOW-,Bear, Su-
per Magnum, new with case
and access. $175
(502)931-8101 cell.
POOL TABLE w/ accesso-
ries, Slate.. $625
(863)357-7406
TELESCOPE Celestron Pro.,
Barlows, target scope, on tri-
pod, serious inquiries only
$225 (863)763-3551



PIONEER TOWER SPEAKERS,
(2), for home entertainment
center or stereo, $100 neg.
(863)983-7915
SURROUND SOUND- Avia,
with DVD. $100.
(863)824-8703



MAGNAVOX 52" High Defini-
tion, big screen, 6 mos old,
black, mint cond. w/ remote
$800 FIRM (863)673-3134
TV, Magnavox, Color, Con-
sole. 27"? Works & Looks
good. $60. (863)357-1560
Your next job could be in
today's classified. Did
you look for it?


GENERATOR, Coleman, 5000
Watts, 10 hp B&S Engine.
Used for 1 Hurricane. Like
new. $425 (863)467-7838
GENERATOR: Generac, 22500
surge, 15000 continuous, 30
hp, like new, $2000.
(863)467-5616




GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost $2000
sell for $1200
(863)467-5766





AIR HOCKEY TABLE very
good condition. Accessories
included. $45 (863)467-2573
CHILDREN'S SCOOTERS- 2,
Silver. Adjustable. $20 or will
separate. (863)763-5120
XBOX w/ chip & hard drive.
Complete system & 8 games.
$300 (863)673-5206
XBOX- With 8 games (incl Ha-
lo, Halo 2, Spiderman, Fable,
& others), 1 controller and all
cords $200. (863)673-5206


13p 3 Notic 3


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035



ALUMINUM BOAT- 14', w/trlr,
2 motors, 2 trolling motors,
fish finder, anchors, swivel
seats, $2000 (863)635-3627.
ANSWER BOAT 1989 w/Trail-
er, 16/2 Ft. w/40 hp engine.
$2000. (863)674-0067
BASS TRACKER '89, 16Ft., 35
hp Mercury Minnkota. A/T
Tournament Series, 24 volt.
535 Hummingbird. Live well.
Runs good. Must sell. $2000
(863)763-6065 Ask for Ken


I Public Nioice


I~e iaNo ic


Agriculture i



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered B25
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn 8 Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds.'Plants.'
Flowers 865




BOX BLADE, 7' wide with 3pt.
hitch, $75. (863)357-2803



LAWNMOWER, 22", Crafts-
man, self-propelled, 5hp,
good cond., runs great, $50.
(863)697-1627
Murray Riding Mower, 30"
cut, 11hp motor, excellent
condition, $300.
(863)763-5976
PUSH LAWN MOWER- Very
good condition. $75.
(863)763-8943
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
12.5hp, 38" cut, $250.
(863)634-1479


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos,
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



ROOMMATE WANTED: $500
mo., util. incl., full house privi-
leges. 863-697-9074


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



AIRPARK- acre on runway, 2
hangers, work trailer,
$195,000 reduced $30K for
quick sale. (561)756-4586.


Moile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




TREASURE ISLAND, 2/2, Fur-
nished. Available now. Very
private lot w/screen porch, etc.
$1000 mo. 863-357-3639



LAKE PORT RV PARK: Nice
Trailer w/Deck Room. 2
Bdrm., 1 Ba., On water, lake
access. $7500 possible
owner financing. Call Dawn
@ (239)825-5657
MOBILE HOME, 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba, Set up in Butch's Fish
Camp. Boat slip, Lake access.
Possible owner financing.
$8500. Call Dawn @
(239)825-5657

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BASSTENDER,'99, 10 ft., live
well, trolling mtr., fits in a
truck bed, fish anywhere,
$500. (863)484-0109
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $150.
863-674-1105.
CRIS CRAFT '82 25' cabin
cruiser, all orig. fiberglass, in-
board V8. Only in fresh water.
$8500 (863)357-7406
FIBERGLASS BOAT- 15',
Johnson 60 hp, w/galvanized
trailer, seats 4+ $1800 neg.
Will deliver. (863)993-3936
MFG CAREFREE 14Ft. Boat
w/Johnson 35 hp., Bimini Top
CD Stereo & Trailer Excellent
cond. $1550 (561)644-1590
PONTOON BOAT '94 Weeres
Fisherman Deluxe, 20'. 40 hp
Mercury, Trolling motor, trir. &
more. $6000.863-763-2203
SPORTSCRAFT 151% Ft., Tri
Haul, Fiberglass, Exc. cond.,
70 hp Mercury w/trailer. New
tires. $1500 (863)357-1642
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trlr, $1500
firm. (863)467-8038


HONDA SHADOW 1985, Runs
great, good condition. Gas
saver. $1500. or best offer.
(863)634-7046
YUMBO CRUISER '04- 50
miles, dressed out, good be-
ginner bike, 200 cc, $2500
(863)801-5353.



DIRT BIKE KX250, '93, new
brakes, cranks right up, Fast!
$1100 or best offer.
(863)467-6434
Elec. Scooter, w/seat, head-
lights, turn signals, new 24v
charger, extra scooter for
parts, $125. (863)763-3551
GO CART- 2 seater, Camo seat
cover, dark green, good con-
dition $800 (863)635-2348
leave msg.
HONDA FOREMAN '01 4x4.
Good shape, low hours. Runs
good. $4000 or best offer
(863)675-6568 Pls Lv Msg


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility -1055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CHEVY EUROSPORT '88-
$900 or best offer, runs
good, (863)467-0987.
CHEVY LUMINA, '93, good air,
runs good, new tires, 87k
miles,. $1900 neg.
(863)467-5680
FORD MUSTANG, 1965, auto,
vinyl top, $7999.
(863)447-0400
FORD TAURUS '95 Engine
runs excellent, dark green,
needs minor trans work. $500
or best offer (863)763-1138
LIMO: 1985 CHRYSLER NEW
YORKER, Runs good. Very
dependable, 4 cyl., auto.
$1200 neg. (863)697-6732
LINCOLN TOWNCAR'93
Cartier, one owner, always
garaged. 102K mi, excellent
cond. $3800 (863)357-7406
MERCURY- '92, Grand Mar-
quis, Good shape, $1500.
(863)635-9458
NISSAN MAXIMA 95: V6, Au-
to., 5 spd., A/C. Good on gas.
Like new. $1500 Firm
(954)260-1933.
TOYOTA CAMRY '93- needs
work, runs, or good for
parts. $350 or best offer
(863)467-8038.
TOYOTA CELICA '92- con-
vertible, exc cond, $2500
firm (863)697-6634.
VW RAIL BUGGY & PARTS -
needs work. $350 or best of-
fer (863)675-6214



FORD BRONCO, '87- 4x4, Full
Size, Runs needs some TLC,
$1200 (863)763-8725.
FORD RANGER 1984, 2.8 V6,
4x4, Runs great, owner pur-
chased newer vehicle.
$1300. (863)381-0432
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs and looks
good. Will trade for car hauler
trr. 863-673-0920/675-9243.


TRANSMISSION- Rebuilt GM,
$300 (863)467-8856.
TRUCK TOPPER Commer-
cial, aluminum, fits 8ft longbed
p/u, Asking $500 or best offer
(863)840-0199


CHEVY S10 EXT CAB '91 runs
great, cold a/c, $1500 or
best offer (863)357-2494
CHEVY S10 Pick Up 1985,
Partially restored. Needs to be
finished. Runs good. $1200.
(863)674-0067

Chevy S10 Pickup, '88, runs
good, $1150 or best offer.
(863)467-5534
FORD F100 '76 New tires &
muffler system. Standard
transmission. Runs good.
$650 (863)635-1096


CHEVY S10 BLAZER, '87, 2.8
litre, rebuilt eng. & trans.,
cold a/c, $1000 or best of-
fer (863)467-6783
SUBURBAN '83- 3/4 ton die-
sel, overhauled transmission,
rungs good $1800
(863)674-0785.


ENCLOSED TRAILER- 12'x5',
converted stock trailer, dbl.
axle, good for storage,
$1200 neg. (863)697-9704
LAWN TRAILERS, (2),
1) 5x10 w/end gate,
1) 5x10 w/dump & end
gate, $1300. (863)357-5754
Trailer, 10x5, drop deck, good
cond., heavy duty, $450.
(863)467-4690
UTILITY TRAILER- 5'x10',
Used 1 time. $850.
(863)467-1547


CHEVY WORK VAN 1988,
Needs transmission work.
$575. (561)644-1590
DODGE CONV VAN '96, High-
top dual air, tv/vcr, all pwr.,
elec. bed, tow pkg, $4500
863-675-2499/941-223-2914

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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
TEFRA/PUBLIC HEARING
The Miami-Dade County Industrial Development Authority (the "Authority%) has been
requested to issue its Solid Waste Disposal Revenue Bonds (Waste Management
Inc. Project), in one or more series in an aggregate principal amount not to ex-
ceed $75,000,000 (the "Bonds"), the proceeds of the vanous series of which will
provide financing for (i) solid waste disposal capital expenditures in Okeechobee
County and approximately nine (9) other jurisdictions located throughout the State
of Florida and (ii) to pay for certain bond issuance costs (collectively, the "Pro-
jectr The Project will be financed as part of an ongoingplan of financing for the
Project and will be owned and operated by either Waste Management Inc. of Flori-
da or Refuse Services, Inc., each a Florida corporation and an indirect, wholly
owned subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. (collectively, the "Company"). The
Project consists of financing (a) improvements to existing landfill facilities, includ-
ing (i) construction nw dispsa cells and liners within currently permitted
acreage, (ii) additions and improvements to the leachate collection and treatment
system, including leachate trenching, (in) additions and improvements to the
methane gas system, (iv) installation of new liners for intermittent and final clo-
sure of completed sections of the landfill facilities, (v) purchase of land, (vi site
improvements, (vii) acquisition of equipment to be used at the landfill facilities,
and (viii acquisition of other equipment and assets necessary to support the fore-
going improvements and to place them in to service and (b) improvements to ex-
ising collection (hauling and transfer station facilities, incudig (i) acquisition of
soid waste disposal trucks and support vehicles, (ii) acquisition of solid waste
disposal containers and related equipment, (iii) acquisition of solid waste disposal
sorting and processing equipment, (iv) construction of new buildings, (v) site im-
provements, and (vi) acquisition of other equipment and assets necessary to sup-
port the foregoing improvements and place them in to service. The project
locations are at existing facilities as follows:
1.10800 NE 128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda
2.3831 NW 21st Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida
3,3000 NW 48th Street, Pompano Beach, Florida
4.23046 Harbor View Road, Port Charlotte, Florida
5.700 Stockade Road, Immokalee, Florida
6.4500 Exchange Avenue, Naples, Florida
7.3750 White Lake Boulevard, Naples, Florida
8.4945 Highway 273, Campbellton, Florida
9.11990 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida
10. 9350 NW 89th Avenue, Medley, Florida
11. 2125 NW1Oth Court, Miami, Florida
12. 630 Martin Luther King. Jr. Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
13. 108 NW Hill Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
14. 1334 N. Goldenrod Road, Oriando, Florida
15. 5400 Rex Drive, Winter Garden, Florida
16. 4986 L. B. McLeod Road, Orlando, Florida
17. 255 W. Keene Road, Apopka, Florida
The Bonds shall not be a cebt, liability or obligation of the Authority or of Okeecho-
bee County, Florida or of the State of Florida, or of any political subdivision there-
of, but shall be payable solely from payments derived from the Company and its
operation of the facilities or the security instruments for the Bonds.
Please take note that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County,
Florida (the "County") will hold a public hearing on this Project, its nature and lo-
cation and associated issues regarding the Bonds in the Commission Meeting
Room at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 Northwest 2nd Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida, on Thursday, November 10, 2005, commencing at 9:00 a.m. or
shortly thereafter, at which time any person may be heard regarding the proposed
issuance of said Bonds and the Project.
94102 N 10/27/05
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given thai pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee County:
Lazy 0 Ranch-LLC (Wetlands Enhancement) PO Box 1214, Cortez, FL 34215, has
submitted Application 050901-4 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate 200 acres of
agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from the Floridan Aquifer and the
project is located in Sections 6,7, Township 36 South, Range 28 East.
Tree Locators Inc (Tree Locators) 11809 Fox Brown Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 34956,
has submitted Application 05092-13 for a Water Use Permit to irrigate 27 acres
of agricultural lands. The water will be withdrawn from onsite lakes and the pro-
ject is located in Section 27, Township 35 South, Range 35 East.
Atlantic Blue Trust Inc (Owens Sod Farm) 122 E Tillman Ave, Lake Wales, FL
33863, has submitted Application 050914-1 for a modification to Everglades Ag-
ricultural Area Works of the District Permit 28-00107-0. The water will be dis-
charged to Fisheating Creek and the project is located in Sections 6,7,18,
Township 37 South, Range 28 East.
Royal Concrete Concepts Inc, 8120 Belvedere Rd, Ste 3, West Palm Beach, FL
33411, has submitted Application 05090-3 for an Environmental Resource Per-
mit for 152.7 acres of industrial lands. The water will be discharged to the S-154
Basin and the project is located in Section 18, Township 37 South, Range 35
East.
Warren Prescott (Kissimmee Oaks) 12773 W Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 211, Wellington,
FL 33414, has submitted Application 050920-1 for an Environmental Resource
Permit for 165 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be discharged to the
Kissimmee River and the project is located in Sections 7,11,12,18,19, Township
37 South, Ranges 33,34 East.
Freshwater Development Company LLC i'., i-i .. ii, 1 12765 Forest Hill Blvd,
Ste 1305, Wellington, FL 33414, has submitted Application 05920-4 for an Envi-
ronmental Resource Permit for 471 acres of residential lands. The water will be
discharged to Taylor Creek and the project is located in Sections 27,34,35, Town-
ship 37 South, Range 35 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the ap-
plication by writing to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Environ-
mental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680,
but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days
from the date of publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request there for after
reviewing the staff report.
93283 N010/27/05
BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Bartow, Florida
September 20, 2005
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CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, No-
vember 17, 2005 at the District Office, State of Florida Department of Transporta
tion, 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Florida 33830 for the following work.
Bids received will be opened and publicly read aloud in the 3rd Floor Planning
Multi-Purpose Conference Room. Sealed bids may be mailed and must be re-
ceived poor to bid opening to State of Florida Department of Transportation, 801
North Broadway Ave., Attn: District Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 33830. I1
the .bid amount is greater than $250,000.00 on construction projects, the Con-
tractor must be pre-qualified as required by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule
Chapter 14-22.
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Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, November 16, 2005. Plan holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on
Thursday, November 10,2005.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS AND/OR
BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863) 534-7172. THIS
FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT WWW DOTSTATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMI-
NISTRATIONDISTRICT1 FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTA-
TION MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS ONLY YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF YOUR
INTENT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTATION MEETING HAS
BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2005 AT 2:00 RM. FOR
TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFICATIONS OR PAY ITEMS, CON-
TACT THE PROJECT MANAGER LISTED.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F13) COUNTY: POLK, FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
416414-1-52-01. Improvements consist of-drainage improvements, curb and
gutter, base work, and signalization on State Road 60 from a point West of Kid El-
lis Rd. easterly 0.040 Mi. to a point East of Kid Ellis Rd., Mulberry. (Approx 65
Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Dawnann Roberts
(863) 519-2227 dawnann robertsOdot state fl us BUDGET AMOUNT
$80,401.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F14) COUNTY: POLK, FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
413928-1-52-01. Improvements consist of widening, adding turn lane, base
,-irl. ruit and .it;ir in,d highway signing and pavement marking on SR 600
U h ,. L,ir: ua t. eastery 0.096 Mi. to a point East of Lynchburg Rd.,
inter Haven. (Approx 30 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Daw-
nann Roberts, (863)519-2227 dawnann robertsadot state flus BUDGET
AMOUNT $132,206.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F22-RO) COUNTY: CHARLOTTE, GLADES, HENDRY, LEE: FI-
NANCIAL PROJECT NO: 419968-1-72-01 Work consists of clearing & grubbing,
power shearing & tree trimming & removal. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE:
PROJECT MANAGER: John Anderson (863)674-4027 John.Ander
soniBdot.state.fl.us. BUDGET AMOUNT $,105,00B0.00.
(CONTRACT NO..E1F23-RO) COUNTY: POLK: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO:
412788-1-72-0; Work consists of .."i".'.i "." ilv, rF;,a.,ry System. (Approx
365 Calendar Days) NOTE: :'0,F Pci ,lotlJi : DAVID BARTHLE
(863) 519-7924. David Barthletdot state fl us BUDGET AMOUNT $71,246.00.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow,
Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559. Checks should be made payable to the
State of Florida Department of Transportation. No refund will be made. The right
is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Cheryl Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
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