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Vol. 99 No. 90


Monday, March 31, 2008


P0 BOX 117007
GAINESVILLE FL


Briefs

Water restrictions
still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFW-
MD) has declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage,
directly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
businesses.
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into Jan.
15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-
Dade, Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited
to a one-day-per-week land-
scape irrigation schedule with
two "watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on Mon-
days between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
, Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses'
with more than five acres have
expanded irrigation hours, be-
tween midnight and 8 a.m. OR
4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on their
designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one
hose fitted with an automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10
minutes per day for landscape
stress relief and to prevent plant
die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be
voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days
and times will be allocated for
the establishment of new lawns
and landscapes.
'Jo re Isrilct;in.i apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car, and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved sur-
faces, decorative fountains and
water-based recreation (e.g.
swimming pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
percent.
The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including wa-
ter from public utilities, private
wells,' canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the re-
strictions but are encouraged to
conserve water voluntarily.
Because jurisdiction in cer-
tain counties is shared with
other water management dis-
tricts, the SFWMD has coordi-
nated with these agencies to
simplify implementation and
enforcement.

Drought Index


Current: 387
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.25 feet
Last Year: 10.48 feet
If A


Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given.in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds... .................... 7,8
Comics ................................. 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 5
Opinion.........................4........... 4
Speak Out...................... ...... 4
Sports.................................... 8
TV .... ............................... 4
W weather ..................................... 2

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The Diamond Divas Mounted Drill Team competed in a Sunshine State Mounted Drill Association competition at the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena on Saturday. The Diamond Divas, who represent Okeechobee High School and are
sponsored by the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association, won second place in the juniors category (riders under
the age of 18), second place in the quad category (four rider teams) and second place in the open category (open
to all teams).


Okeechpbee News/Katrina Elsken
The Bits and Spurs 4-H Club mounted drill team competed in a Sunshine State Mounted Drill Association competition
at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Arena on Saturday. The team received fourth place ribbons in the juniors category.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Brio, a team that rides Paso Fina horses, won first place in the adult competition a the Sunshine State Mounted Drill
team event in Okeechobee on Saturday. The team also took third place in the open category.


The Florida panther is



in a league of its own


By FWC Staff

When the Spanish first dis-
covered Florida, the Florida
panther roamed throughout
the southeastern United States.
Now, more than 500 years
later, the range of the panther
has been reduced to Southwest
Florida where less than 100 of
the unique cats exist today. The
loss of habitat, as a result of
urban growth, endangered the
very existence of the panther.
Recognizing the plight of
the cat, elementary students
in Florida voted to make it the


state animal in 1982. The des-
ignation helped bring public
awareness to the perils exist-
ing for the panther as scientists
found a way to manage and
protect the endangered ani-
mal.
Despite loss of habitat and
other threats, the Florida pan-
ther has managed to survive
with the help of the dedicated
biologists with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC).
"Research by biologists in-


cludes field studies on the pan-
ther to determine denning hab-
its and movement patterns,"
said Kipp Frohlich, with the
FWC's Imperiled Species Man-
agement Section. "All of these
studies will aid in the long-term
survival and recovery of the
Florida panther."
A subspecies of the cougar,
also known as the mountain
lion or puma, the Florida pan-
ther has developed its own
unique characteristics, setting
it apart from other subspecies.
See Panther Page 2


IRCC



honors



Cooper

Dr. Patricia G. Cooper, Su-
perintendent of Schools for
Okeechobee County, will be
presented with the Indian River
Community College Distin-
guished Alumni Award at the
IRCC College Awards Ceremony
on April 10.
"A visionary leader and highly
respected educator, Dr. Cooper
is dedicated to achieving excel-
.lence," said Dr. Edwin R. Massey,
IRCC President. "Her passion
for education and student suc-
cess has 'fostered strong student
achievement, especially in math
and reading, increasing gains for
the Okeechobee School District.
We are honored to recognize Dr.
Cooper as the 2008 IRCC Distin-
guished Alumni."
With over 35 years of experi-
ence in education, Dr. Cooper
has earned positions of increas-
ing responsibility. She began her
career as an English teacher and
has served as a principal at the
middle, and high school level.
Before serving in the position of
superintendent, Dr. Cooper was
the Dean for Administrative Ser-
vices/Planning and Organization-
al Development at South Florida
Community College, the Deputy
Superintendent for Highlands
County Schools and Coordina-
tor for Staff Development for the
Highland County School Board.
Dr. Cooper has served in an
array of professional roles such
as a Take Stock in Children Men-
tor, and member of the Board of
Trustees of South Florida Com-
munity College. In 1992, she re-
ceived the Florida Distinguished
Principal Award, District IX, and
the Outstanding Achievement
Award from the University of
Sarasota.
Dr. Cooper earned her Asso-
ciate of Arts degree from Indian
River Junior College in 1967 and
continued her education earning
a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from
Stetson University in 1970, a Mas-
ter's Degree in Administration/
Supervision from the University
of South Florida in 1978 and her
Doctorate in Curriculun/Instruc-
tion from the University of Sara-
sota in 1992.
As IRCC's Distinguished
Alumni, Dr. Cooper will serve
as the keynote speaker at the
College Awards Ceremony held
at 11 a.m. on April 10 in the
McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRCC
Main Campus, 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Fort Pierce. Students,
faculty, and staff will also be rec-
ognized for their achievements
at the ceremony.


Courtesy photo/FWC
The Florida panther is a subspecies of puma, also known
as a mountain lion or cougar. Most panthers live in South-
west Florida, south of the Caloosahatchee River, although
some panthers have been documented traveling as far
north as Flagler County.
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The Florida panther has longer
legs, smaller feet and a shorter,
darker coat. Its skull's shape gives
it a distinctive Roman-nosed look
with its arched nasal bones. The
Florida panther is the only cou-
gar found east of the Mississippi
River.
The panther's numbers de-
clined to approximately 30 cats
by the early 1980s but efforts to
conserve its dwindling numbers
began as early as 1958 when the


state listed it as endangered. The
low population resulted in severe
inbreeding, which created many
health and physical problems.
A genetic restoration project. in
1995 brought success by improv-
ing the genetic health and vigor of
the panther population.
Further help in protecting the
panther occurred with the devel-
opment of the Florida Panther
Research and Management Trust
Fund. This fund receives its mon-
ey directly from the purchase of
panther specialty license plates.
The popularity of the Florida pan-
ther can be seen in the number of
these tags purchased each year.


Currently, it ranks as the second
most popular specialty license
plate in Florida. A
Panthers are strictly carnivores,
characterized by sharp teeth
adapted for eating meat. They live
mostly on feral hogs, white-tailed
deer, raccoons and armadillos.
Only occasionally will they feast
on rabbits, rats or alligators. For'
wild panthers to remain healthy,
males need the equivalent of one
deer or hog per week. Females
with kittens may need more than
twice that amount.
Wildlife biologist Maurice
Hornocker, Ph.D., one of the
pioneers in the study of the great


cats, stresses the importance of
the panther's health ".. .because
it sits at the top of the food chain,
along with other large carnivores,
its health is an indicator of the
health of everything in the chain
below it."
Threats remain for the panther
as it struggles to survive. Con-
tinued loss of habitat forces the
panther to roam near highways
and other roads where vehicles
become its greatest enemy. The
panther trust fund was developed
partially to help aid in the recov-
ery of injured and orphaned pan-
thers.


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man Mahoney speaking with Hamrick Home resident Theta Schlegel about the compas-
sionate services provided at the facility.


Arrest Report


Neighbor helps save home from fire


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
You never know when a sim-
ple old garden hose will come in
handy.
A neighbor was credited with
helping to extinguish a porch fire
Thursday afternoon at 5795 S.E.
80th Trail near S.E. 57th Drive,
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue
reported.
A report from Lt. Ronald Suit
stated three units and six firemen


were dispatched to the Angelia
Cepeda residence just after 4:15
p.m.
A neighbor had noticed flames
and gotten a garden hose while
another neighbor called 911, the
report noted.
The porch suffered some dam-
age. However the damage done
was nowhere near the damage
that could have occurred had the
fire spread.
The estimate of damage was


placed at $250, Lt. Suit said.
The origin of the fire was be-
lieved to be a wood log ash tray
that contained cigarette butts.
The homeowner said she had
left cigarette butts in the ash tray
,Wednesday night.
Firemen checked for hot spots
and did put out some smoldering
embers on the porch before turn-
ing the scene over to the State Fire
Marshall.
No one was injured in the fire.


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The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), the Okeecho-
bee City Police Department
(OCPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) or the Department of
Corrections (DOC).
Jesse Dirke Zipperer, 46,
N.W 50th Avenue, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 24 by the
OCPD on a charge of driving un-
der the influence. His bond was
set at $750.
Leah Chapman, 26, S.W.
Fifth Drive, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 27 by Deputy Patri-
cia Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation driving
while license suspended/revoked
- habitual offender. She is being
held without bond. She was also
arrested on another Okeechobee
County warrant that charged her
with violation of probation pos-
session of methadone, violation
of probation possession of co-
caine and violation of probation
- introduction of contraband into
a county detention facility. She.is
being held without bond on these


charges. She was also arrested
on another Okeechobee County
warrant that charged her with
violation of probation contempt.
Her bond on that charge was set
at $1,000.
Kathy Palmer, 44, U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested
March 25 by Deputy Lieutenant
Keith Murrish on a warrant that
charged her with violation of
probation uttering a forged in-
strument and violation of proba-
tion forgery. Her bond was set
at $10,000.
Clifton Alphonzo Hall, 27,
N.E. 10th Street, Okeechobee, was
arrested March 25 by Deputy D.
Hardy on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with so-
licitation to purchase cocaine. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Michael Wayne Easton, 31,
S.W Third Avenue, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 25 by the
OCPD on a charge of aggravated
battery upon a pregnant person.
His bond was set at $1,500.
Antonio Yanez Perez, 49,
N.W. Seventh Street, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 26 by Deputy
Patricia Massung on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with violation of probation driv-
ing under the influence. His bond


was set at $5,000.
Lisa Christina Mullens, 30,
N.W 167th Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 26 by Deputy
Arlene Durbin on a charge of
driving while license suspended/
revoked habitual offender. Her
bond was set at $2,500.
Jessica Lynn Harris, 22, S.W.
18th Street, Okeechobee, was ar-
rested March 26 by Deputy Arlene
Durbin on felony charges of vio-
lation of probation possession
of cocaine and violation of pro-
bation possession of alprazo-.
lam. She was also charged with
the misdemeanor of violation of
probation -,possession of drug
paraphernalia. She is being held
without bond.
Brian James Prescott, 21,
S.W. Third Street, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 26 by Deputy
Joseph Hall on a felony charge
of burglary and a misdemeanor
charge of petit theft. His bond
was set at $1,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


Glades County Arrest Report


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's Of-
fice (GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the De-
partment of Corrections (DOC).
Rene Ramirez-Morales, 27,
LaBelle, was arrested March 22
on charges of aggravated assault
and criminal mischief. His bond
was set at $10,500.
Facundo Vasquez, 27, La-
Belle, was arrested March 22 on
charges of aggravated assault and
criminal mischief. His bond was
set at $10,500.
CaseyBonneau, 36, Okeecho-
bee, was arrested March 22 on a
charge of possession of cocaine.
His bond was set at $1,500.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


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can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
OBAMA: If you read about the minister from the church that Ba-
rack Obama was a member of, it really makes you wonder. Obama
says he does not agree with this minister's views, but if he has been
going to church there, you have to wonder if he might on some level
have been influenced by it.
SURGERY: In regard to teens having cosmetic surgery, at 18 they
are adults but they're probably still a senior living under the parents'
roof with parental support. My guess is the parents are having a say in
it and I guess they do since so many parents are giving these as gifts to
their child for graduation. We have a lot of real winners for parents.
MURDER: I have to respond to the person who complained that
the sheriff didn't give all the details of the murder investigation to the
newspaper. What are you thinking? A murder investigation is not a
game that you put all the clues in the paper so the readers can play
along. This is serious business. Real people died, not TV characters.
The sheriff released the basic details and the names of those who
died. When they arrest someone, no doubt they will release that too.
The rest should be saved for the trial. Otherwise how would they find
an unbiased jury in Okeechobee? If you want murder mysteries with
all the details written down for you, watch CSI or go get a Miss Marple
book from the public library.
COSMETIC SURGERY: The story on television about this teenage
girl who died because she had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia
should be a wake up call to parents. Some of these foolish parents are
actually giving their teenage children cosmetic surgery as a present.
Surgery is not something that should be treated like a fashion choice.
You can die. You can die in elective surgery. Anytime they put you
under, you might not wake up. You have to think, is it worth that risk?
If you need the surgery for medical reasons, then you weigh the risk
and sometimes it is worth it. But if you justwant to change your looks,
is that worth risking your life? Parents, is it worth risking child's life?
And as far as self-esteem, even if you have cosmetic surgery, that is not
going to help if you don't like who you are as a person. Changing the
outside doesn't change the inside.
HISTORY: I agree with the comments about the schools not teach-
ing much history. If you asked my kids about World War II, they could
probably answer your questions. But if you asked where they learned
about it, they would either tell you they learned it from 'the History
Channel'. or from their grandpa, who fought in World War II. They
certainly didn't learn about D-Day at school. When parents realize the
schools are not teaching all they should, I think it's up to the parents to
take up the slack and make sure the kids' education is well-rounded.
We have found The History Channel is a great resource. Not only do
the kids learn about history, but it's something the whole family can
watch together.
SPORTS: I have noticed in the past few months, the paper has
covered a lot more local sports. I love seeing all the local athletes in
the newspaper. The color photos are especially nice. It makes a dif-
ference when these kids are applying for college scholarships, when
they have newspaper clippings to include in their applications. Edi-
tor's note: Thank you. We also encourage local coaches and commu-
nity members to submit photos and stories. The newspaper's limited
staff can't be at every sporting event. We welcome photos and infor-
mation from the community. Email us at okeenews@newszap.com.
Photos should be sent asjpg attachments.
ONLINE: I wish Okeechobee County would move into the internet
-t age and put everything online. There are a lot of county records that
could be and should be online. It would save people a lot of trips to
the court house and also save county staff time spent looking things
up for people.
MARIJUANA: Marijuana should be legal for medicinal uses and
sold at the drug store. I think the pharmaceutical companies are the
ones keeping it illegal because it would compete with their high-
priced chemical drugs. But I think it should be allowed to be used as
medicine because'it does not have all of the harmful side effects that
some of those other drugs do.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS: A lot of people may not realize this, but
under Florida law, if you do something when you are drunk or out
of your head on drugs, you are still liable for your actions. Legally,
the jury cannot cut you any slack because you didn't know what you
were doing because you were intoxicated or high. So if you use drugs
and do something really stupid, not even knowing what you are do-
ing, you are still going to be held accountable and go to jail. That is
something the teenagers need to understand. Parents need to make
sure they understand it because that is a big risk if the kids decide to
do drugs.
MARIJUANA: I don't think they need to legalize marijuana. We
have enough problems with the drugs that are already legal. I think
making marijuana legal would just create more problems.
DOGS: People are blaming the torn up garbage on the dogs. Well
sometimes it isn't the dogs. Sometimes it is raccoons or possums.
There are a lot of wild animals in Okeechobee County and with the
drought, they are moving around and you can find them in residen-
tial neighborhoods looking for food. Don't blame the dogs for your
garbage being torn up. Don't put your garbage out at night. Put it out
early in the morning on the pick up day, and make sure you put it in a
can that has a locking lid.



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4-H seeks old photos

and information
This photo from 1946 shows a 4-H cattle club event. Flor-
ida 4-H will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2009. Local
county offices are collecting old 4-H photos and informa-
tion on early 4-H Clubs. Information is especially needed
about any 4-H clubs or activities before 1970. If you have
old photos or information, please email Debbie Clements
at at DSC1954@ufl.edu. Information and photos may also
brought by the Extension Office in the County Annex on
U.S. Highway 98. Mrs. Clements said original photos can
be scanned (copied) at the office. For more information,
call the Extension office at 863-763-6469.


Community Calendar

Monday, March 31
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until
7 p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopt-
ing in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at
1-800-403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information.please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Tuesday, April 1
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,.
call Robert Massey at 863-76326510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technol-
ogy and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at 863-467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go
towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
,Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For infor-
mation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276


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Angel Food orders coming up
Angel Food orders will take place Thursday, April 3 from 4 until 7
p.m. at the ROC. Orders can be submitted at the church office Mon-
day-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those orders must be Money Order
or EXACT change. If you want to order with Food Stamps you must
show up on one of the Thursday nights. Order cut-off date is March 8.
Distribution date is April 26 from 8 until 10 a.m.

Healthy Start directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m., in their office, 575
S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors School building. This meeting
is open to the public. For information please contact Executive Direc-
tor, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, (863) 763-5877.

Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown (772) 332-3149. -

Proud to be an American
Fawn Lake Press is offering free "Proud to be an American" flag de-
cals for a self-addressed stamped envelope. The decals are 2x3 inches
and are printed in full color. This offer is valid as long as our troops are
deployed. Members of the military need not attach postage to their
self addressed envelope. Fawn Lake Press pays the postage. Send your
request with the self addressed envelope to Fawn Lake Press, 54 Fawn
Lake Rd., Durango, Colo. 81301

Donate cars to Boys and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap metal has sharply risen, the Boys and
Girls Car Campaign will accept most any car with no restrictions. Cars
will be picked up anywhere in Florida, usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call (800) 246-0493. Funds obtained by the
sales go directly to help the Florida clubs.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.
floridasac.org.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening classes available. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)
462-5350.

CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol -- United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to ac-
complish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or
senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St.

My Aunt's House seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.


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announced that Anthony K. Good-
man has joined the Accident Law
Offices of Philip DeBerard. Mr.
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of personal injury and wrongful
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Formerly of Stephens, Lynn,
Klein, LaCava, Hoffman and
Puya, P.A, in West Palm Beach,
Mr. Goodman is a graduate of the
University of Florida and earned
his Juris Doctorate degree from
Nova Southeastern University.
Since graduating law school in
1994, he has practiced exclusively
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"We are thrilled to have 'Tony'
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serious injury and wrongful death
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The Accident Law Offices of
Philip DeBerard is an AV- rated
law firm and has served the
Treasure Coast for more than 34
years, representing injured clients
and their families, with offices in
Stuart and Okeechobee To learn
more about the firm and its ser-
vices, visit www.flainjurylawyer.
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Volunteer of the Month
Betty Craig, was chosen as Hospice of Okeechobee's Vol-
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Yard Salet and is proud that all monies raised benefit pa-
tient care here in Okeechobee, including services offered
at The Hamrick Home. The next Hospice yard sale is April
4 and 5. If you stop by, you are sure to find Betty's smiling
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Causey, Karlyn Daniel, Audriana Garcia, Carmen Urvina, Jose Martinez, Haley Allen, Marl-
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BEAGLE Female. Call to iden-
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Aaron's Sales & Lease
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M F 8-5 Contact Charles
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LANDSCAPER/MAINTENANCE
PERSON Full or Part Time.
For Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery.
Call 863-467-6377
LAWN MAINTENANCE
FOREMAN NEEDED
Clean Driving Record
Minimum 5 years Experience
Call Brian 772-216-3398






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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances \ 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 2570.
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
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Jewelry 635
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Luggage F 645
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
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




BUNK BEDS heavy duty
frames, Full size top & bot-
tom, $250. (863)610-3147


BEARDED DRAGON Male, 3
yrs. old. Aquarium & access.
included. $300
(863)697-6824


Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES -
Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
or (863)697-3810
PANDA FERRETT Certified. F,
1 yr. old. Friendly. 3 story
cage & access. Up to date
shots. $250 (863)697-6824


GENERATOR Contractor
3000 like new, $300.
(863)610-3147


Rentals

M ?ENT

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



IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
(863)697-1129
NEW 2 BR, 2 BA Apt., All ma-
jor apple's. included. New
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313



KINGS BAY- 2br,1lba duplex,
full appliances, no smok.
env. no pets, $600/mo, 1st,
last, sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email: '
postmac@bellsouth.net





Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
Payments
From $895
per month



AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
ar., Bring Pets, Large Yards.
1100 & Up (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD Pets OK! 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $795
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuyshouses.com
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
(561)723-6865
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
EAST OF TOWN 3 BR, 1 BA,
$850 mo. (863)634-2121
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053
Find It faster. Sell it soon-
er In the classifieds


OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
ON LAKE ISTOKPOGA -
Lorida, panoramic view, 2/2
w/dock. Low price $850/mo
(954)683-2407
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm
WATERFRONT 2br, 1ba
M/Home $550/mo. & 1 Rm
Cottage w/Dock & Porch
$450/mo. For both 1st, Last &
Sec. req'd. City water incl.
(561)346-4692/346-4646


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



HANDYMAN SPECIAL 3/1
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$225,000 or best offer. Rent
or Buy. 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL
(954)599-4673


FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133


WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
or (239)822-9696



LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
www.lakeshoreresor rentals.com

Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes -Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




BHR 2 MH for rent, 1br, 1ba,
from $375-$425 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
NEWLY REMODELED 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
OKEECHOBEE 2 br, Clean. In
nice park. 7650 Hwy. 78 W.
McIntyre MH Park. $450 mo.
(812)989-3022
RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616


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YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
dep. (863)763-4031

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Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010,
Jet Skis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehlcles/ATVs 3035



CARS RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
accepted.
(863)634-8617 or
(863)763-0295
PARK MODEL 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$ 8 2 5 0 0 .
(863)467-5601 (will the party
that called & left number
637-1971 please call again
and give area code)


SUZUKI GSX KATANA '99,
Custom paint, New clutch,
handle bars, windshield &
Yoshimura exhaust. Small
scratches on right side.
$4500 (863)634-6603



YAMAHA RAPTOR 50, '05 -
great shape, $800 or best
offer. (863)610-3147
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Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Ti'cks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE -
'95, A/C, New top. New
paint. Runs great. $3000
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.
PONTIAC GRAND AM '95 -
75K miles, Auto., Air. Excel-
lent condition. $2500
(812)989-3022


DODGE RAM '87, Bought to
be restored. Recent tune-up,
Some new chrome. Needs
work $2000 (863)634-6603


GMC SUBURBAN '88, HD
Tow pkg. 454 Big Block
Chevy. Runs great. $2500
(863)763-4746 Lv. msg.


DODGE VAN '99 15 Passen-
ger, 121K, PW, PL, Good
tires & eng. Well maintained.
$4850. (863)673-0782


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PROJECT NO. 3507
NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CHILLER REPLACEMENT/ICE STORAGE
INVITATION FODA SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 up to 10:00 a.m. May 1, 2008 for all materials and labor necessary for
before:
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME!
Chiller Replacement/Ice Storage
North Elementary School
3000 NW 10th Terrace
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
and
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-365-6056
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid,
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
Ust of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this projecL
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 101 3.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, seaed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the'name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10:00 a.m., pre-
vailing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the
Owner/Contractor Agreement:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State ol
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfatory to the Owner, within ten 1l) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be id n to be paid y th
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in.
structions.
Public Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed.
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Supenntendent of Schools
266977 ON 3/31;4/7,14/08_ __________


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and spcaoei : ai dewat g te retired to Ncontractor upon return
sd pOans and swe ioi a in good N cOnOfor, a nd upon receipt of n toa Iflse
Easo btrid shll oh e ecmpied by tlhe folwinma:
W oU f SntrBidor wh whom in contraclr uwi contract work In
coPmentiond it tiproryecl,
B i n Bot ho aimontoo of % i lagn mal um i. Da able to the Scihool
Bed ofN O etyecotep County, ast efidance of goo lath and guarantietn Nthat
ft tmccgssol bidder rill eiecta e and fitrlsli to No School Board of
Oredwb = Couinty a good and sufficient performance bond a required by
ftioof Ibl Selo 1013,47 in the prt sum of 100% oft the scalated
amMo l ath etact coar na it peri, mance of alid contract
Faiure to provide any ofP documents outlined above
wl ibe grounds for rejection of the bid,
At Mit stall too placed in an envelope, seated. and addresoed to the School Board
of Oltecobe Countly, and t (namo of tnh project etrould be placed on tle out.
side oat No os alope al wors indicating Nl theI envelope contains a bid tor sald
WORY P1E-BI0 CONFERENCE: Wednes, Apol 23, 2008, 2008 10:00
am,, Oreoaillng t me at ls office oa Daa Barrett, DIrector at Operatons, 3 NW
341h Shot1. Ouoectbsee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany
tho Owner/Contractor Agreemiient
Pe* Benlond an required by Section 101345 anr d 255,0, eFlorida Slatte ,
g 1arate ng N payments of all detits pertaining there all be le
sued by a rety lonipany tlcensed an authorize rto do business In No State an
Fteoida tina aienral benolder's rating oa A+ excellnt and a financial
arlont of B85+ orbeor In Florida satiacory to o Owner, willin tti d
at eing warded N contract, te prelus of a said bonds t by N
Contracor. Sa t bnds t to be cordeo or n accordance with Schol Bard Inl
strucians,
P ic Ertt r CMeN sworm statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Drug free W workplace Certicallon,
Trodch Safety Al ldavil, It applicable, .
SSignature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012,465,
Florida Stalutes.

amount of $00.00 oper day tor each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds to octeduled dale o substantal completllon exceeds tie scheduled date
of substantal completion; a adafurther sum ot $100,00 per calendar day In lqui-
dated damages tor each day the date o actual final completion exceeds the
chedued dateNof final completion.
he succesful bidder, if any, will beha notified within 15 days after the bid Is accept-
ed.,
rhe School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any Informalities. All proposals shall remain n force for 30 days at-
ter Nte date of opnin.
FHE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNiTY FLORIDA
By; Patricia G, Cooper, Ed,D., Superintendent of Schools
978 ON 3/31;4/7,14/08


PROJECT NO 3736
CENtRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CiASSROOM ELECTRICAL UPGRADE

g dSotd Wi il be rwe't by eto Operatons Ofti of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COULIY f&tIDA, 93b NW 34th Street OtKechobe, Florida
34072 up to 00p a.m, April 30, 2008 tor all mtial and labor n ceesary forn
betor:
CAUTION: BI PACKAGES SENT SY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME
Classroomr Eecitcal Uprae
CEnralt olmentnry School
i1OSW5tirlAvnlWe
O chobese, Florida 34974
PFax and apeciticasotee on Ia oin office of
OMe Barret, Director ofa Operations
938 NW 34th Sireet
Oleectot.Fe, L 34972
83-4625083, 5-,203
and
4 ew raed sutrse u 300
Orlando. FL. 32814
407-398.6007
Copies of aid plans and specificallons may be obitalned at the office of said Eogi.
ner or the offic of Date Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one M of plans
and spedlacons; said depeoi will be returned to the contractor upon return ol
said plans and specitlcatons in good condalon, and upon receipt of a bona fide
bid,
Each bid shall be eacompanied by thI following:
List of Sub-hBidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project,
Bid Bond In the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good f th and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Seclon 1013.47 In 1 penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of sold contract,
Failu to provide any of the documents outlined shbove
will be grounds for reJoltion of the bid,
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, seaed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechohe County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words ndcating tha the envelope contains a hid for said
MANTOR RE-BID CONFERENCE: Wednesday, Aprl 23,2008, 3:00 p.m., e-
vailing time at the office of ale Barre, Director of Operations, 938 NW MAti
Street, Okeechobe, FL 34972, The olowng documents shall accompany thei
Owner/Contractor Agreement
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be Is-
sued by a surely company licensed and authorized to do business in the State ol
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the remiuma of said bonds to be paid by e
Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
structlons,
Public Entity Crimea sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida
Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, Itf applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012,465,
Florida Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to havn the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch lst items and site cleanup, totally complete
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages In the
amount of $500.00 per day for eact day the date of actual substantial completior
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day In liqul
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds Ne
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
ed,
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain In force for 30 days atf-
ter the date of opninng.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
266845 ON 3/31;4/7,14/08


PROJECT NO. 3838
YEARLING MIDDLE SCHOOL
BUS CIRCLE/PARKING AREA REPAVING

Sealed bids wil be received by the Operations Ofice of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee. Florida
34972 up to 1:30 a.m. May 1,2008 for all materials and tabor necessary for be-
tore;
CAUTION: BID PACKAGES SENT BY OVERNIGHT CARRIER
QUITE OFTEN DO NO ARRIVE ON TIME
Bus CIrct/PParildng Area Repaving
Yeadino Middle School
025NW23rdLarne
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barret, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeecthote, FL 34072
863-462-5083, e.,203
and
BMK Architecto, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-365-6056
Conies of saId plans and specillcations may be obtained at die office of said Archi-
tect or the offce of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications In good condition, and upon receipt of a bona tide
bid,
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project,
Bid Bond in the amount of05% of the maximum bid, payable to the School
Board of Okeechobee County, as.evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 In the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed In an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that tie-enveope contains a bid for said
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, April 24, 2008,1:30 p.m., prevail-
ing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations. 938 NW 34th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. The following documents shall accompany the Own-
er/Contractor Agreerhent:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of 88+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10 days
after being awardedthe contract, the premiums of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with e School Board in-
structlons.
Public Entbty Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, if applicable.
Signature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumsford Act, Section 1012.465,
Florda Statutes.
The Contractor will be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substanial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be noticed within 15 days alter the bid is accept-
ed,
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalties. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: Patrica G. Cooper, Ed.O., Superintendent of Schools
26h975 ON 3/31;4/7,14/08


NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL
HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 9, 2008 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ADMINIS-
TRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, SMALL
CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE, FL. A COPY OF THE
PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDER-
SIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD
WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PER-
SON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES
THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PRO-
CEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE
APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE, ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE
MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ONTHE AGENDA ONE
WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN
THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTS OFFICES BY CALLING
(863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC
SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
(863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166
26608 ON 3/31/08


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