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Vol. 100 No. 156 Wednesday, December 30, 2009


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7-year-old boy arrested
by deputies ... Page 3


Index
Classifieds ............................. 18-21
Community Events ................7............
C rossw ord ....................................... 20
O bituaries ....................................... 6-7
O pinio n ............................................... 4
Speak O ut ........................................ 4
S po rts ......................................... 17 ,23
W e ath e r ............................................. 4

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Westside Christian Church
Cast members who took part in the Westside Christian Church Christmas Play included: left to
right, front row; Gavin, Devin and Treyvin Harden, center row; Mitchell and Layla Gaucin, Jona-
than Aldridge, Megan Vickers and Jacob Aldridge, back row; Dennis Dawn, Cade Hans, Rich-
ard Barker, and Cory Vickers. Not pictured: Sophia Galletto, Garrett and Madison Ferguson.

Church presents the Christmas story


On a chilly Sunday morn-
ing, Dec. 20, the congregation at
Westside Christian Church had
their hearts warmed by a retell-
ing of the beautiful Christmas
story from the books of Matthew
and Luke. As Wiseman Richard
Barker read the account of Mary
and Joseph and their journey to


Bethlehem, the choir and cast and Joseph, played by Layla and
re-enacted the events from long Mitchell Gaucin, making their
ago which are the centerpiece of way to Bethlehem, accompanied
Christmas today. by shepherds, angels and wise
The drama was a presentation men. The cast was compromised
of classical Christmas hymns di- of youth and adults and the
reacted by Keith Abbott with mu- youngest cast members provided
sical accompaniment by Evelyn some spontaneous moments
and Willard Delaney; with Mary See Christmas Page 2


Okeechobee man helps Mexican growers fight


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been
helping with an international
problem. Citrus greening is a big
problem, not only in Florida, but
Mexico as well as other parts of the
world. Bruce Sutton, owner of Nu-


vee Enterprises, Inc. of Okeecho-
bee recently spoke at a three-day
workshop in Mexico for the identi-
fication and management of citrus
greening. The trip was sponsored
by Development Center for Busi-
ness and Technology Fruit of the
Humid Tropics of Mexico, a group
that is funded by the Mexican


government and a small group of
investors to educate growers in
Mexico about citrus greening.
Mr. Sutton said he talked all day
and traveled all night. Using the
services of an interpreter, his pre-
sentation including the process of
surveying groves for citrus green-
ing, the methods of training scouts


Theatre


seeks


singers,


musicians
The Okeechobee Community
Theatre is seeking local gospel
singers and bluegrass musicians
for roles in its upcoming produc-
tion of the hit gospel comedy,
"Smoke on the Mountain" which
will be performed in March.
Auditions are scheduled for
Monday and Tuesday nights, Jan. 4
and 5 at 7 p.m. at the theatre on the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus,
one block west of Golden Corral
Restaurant.
Available parts include five
adults of various ages, plus a boy
and a girl in their late teens.
Auditioners should come pre-
pared to sing a gospel song of their
choice, or to play an instrument,
or both, if applicable. Instruments
needed for the show include piano,
guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright
bass, etc. Anyone interested in try-
ing out can get further information
by calling 863-763-1307.
The show is set in the 1930s as
the fictional Sanders Family Gos-
pel Singers perform a live con-
cert on a Saturday night at Mount
See Theatre Page 2

citrus greening
to identify diseased trees and the
marking and GPS mapping of dis-
eased trees. The marking makes
it easier to remove diseased trees
and track the spread of the dis-
ease.
He said the best part of his pre-
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Citrus
Continued From Page 1
sentations was the question and answer ses-
sion which came after he spoke. He said the
citrus growers asked very good questions
that showed they understood the disease
and its effects.
While citrus greening is a big problem is
Mexico, Mr. Sutton said that country does
not have the resources to effectively combat
the disease. It has also been a serious prob-
lem in Brazil for several years.
Nuvee Enterprises was one of the first
citrus contractors to offer citrus greening de-
tection in the state. Their crews, who have
been trained by the IFAS extension office,
have surveyed approximately 120,000 acres
of citrus spanning 12 Florida counties.
On a scale of one to 10, Dan Culbert,
Okeechobee County Extension Horticulture
Agent, called citrus greening "an imperfect
ten."


Special to the ikeechobee ews
Bruce Sutton, owner of Nuvee Enter-
prises, Inc., of Okeechobee, recently
spoke at a three-day seminar in Mex-
ico dealing with citrus greening.


Citrus greening is also known as huan-
glongbing (HLB) or yellow dragon disease.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
says the disease is thought to have origi-
nated in the late 1800s in China, hence the
Oriental name.
The Florida Department of Agriculture
and Commerce call citrus greening "one of
the most serious citrus diseases." It affects
the vascular system of certain trees including
orange, lemon, lime, Chinese orange, key
lime, mandarin orange, mock orange, tan-
gerine and kumquat. Once a tree is infected
there is no known cure. It has been found in
every citrus producing county in Florida.
The disease is carried by a small insect
called the Asian citrus psyllid which is no
bigger than the head of a pin. The psyllid
feeds on the leaves and stems of citrus trees.
Once the psyllid picks up the disease it car-
ries it for the rest of its life.
The Asian psyllid was first found in the
U.S. in 1998 in Delray Beach. Then in 2005
the first known U.S. cases of citrus greening
were discovered in two citrus trees in south
Florida.
The symptoms include yellow sprouts,
twig die-back, reduced fruit size and qual-
ity, lopsided fruit, bitter inedible fruit and
leaf mottling or discoloration. Most infected
trees die within a few years.
One of the problems with the disease is
the symptoms do not show up for several
years.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
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Local pet rescue needs help
The Humane Society Pet Rescue of
Okeechobee needs help to keep our
shelter a great place for adoptable pets to
stay. They are also in need of donations
to help with food, vet and other operating
expenses. Anyone interested in helping is
asked to contact Belinda at the shelter at
863-357-1104.


Theatre
Continued From Page 1
Pleasant Baptist Church somewhere in
North Carolina. It features nearly 30 gospel
music favorites, old and new, including,
"Wonderful Time Up There," "Church in the
Wildwood," "I Wouldn't Take Nothing For
My Journey Now," and "I'll Fly Away."
The laughs roll in like the fog in the
Smokey Mountains, as the audience gets to
know the six members of the Sanders clan.
The show is not all for laughs, however.
There are many poignant and moving mo-
ments, and the message of faith, family and
forgiveness rings clear as the Sanders' share
their testimonies.
There is an ensemble cast of seven
speaking/singing roles, plus non-speaking/
non-signing parts for the necessary back-up
musicians.

Christmas
Continued From Page 1
causing laughter in an otherwise serious,
touching story. All costumes were created
by a talented group of volunteers from the
congregation, and each family received a gift
handcrafted by Jim and Marie Lowe. At the
conclusion, one congregate commented,
with tears in his eyes, that it was the most
touching version he had ever seen. Westside
Christian Church is located fives miles west
of the city on S.R. 70. Services are traditional
and begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday and 6 p.m.
on Wednesday.


The gospel singing family is led by Burl
Sanders, who serves as master of ceremo-
nies for the evening, and his wife Vera, the
Bible quoting, hymn-belting matriarch. Also
performing are teen-aged twins, Dennis
and Denise, and the eldest daughter, June,
who "doesn't sing, she signs." The wayward
uncle Stanley Sanders, and the church's pas-
tor, the young Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe,
round out the signing/speaking parts. The
ability to play an instrument is highly desir-
able, but not an absolute requirement for
casting in any of these roles.
The number of back-up musicians need-
ed will depend upon how many of those
cast as the Sanders family members are able
to play instruments themselves.
The Okeechobee Community Theatre is
an all-volunteer organization, now in its 31st
year of presenting Broadway-style shows for
local audiences.

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'Mentally-challenged' man charged with felony


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A mentally challenged man already being
held in the county jail has been served with
an arrest warrant charg-
ing him with a first-degree
felony.
James Lee Clark, 19,



was arrested Dec. 23 on a
warrant charging him with
one count of attempted ag-
gravated kidnapping- child
under the age of 13. He
is now being held in the James Lee
Okeechobee County Jail Clark
without bond.
Clark was first arrested Friday, Dec. 11,


on a misdemeanor charge of trespass after
warning. His bond on that charge was set
at $25,000-an unusually high bond for a
misdemeanor.
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May in-
dicated that the new felony charge may clear
the way for Clark to get professional care.
"Our number one priority is to protect
our children," the sheriff said. "Secondly, it
is to get this man some help."
The felony warrant was applied for by
Detective M.D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), and was
signed by County Judge Jerald Bryant.
In his probable cause affidavit, Detec-
tive Faulkner states that Clark approached
a 6-year-old girl at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex "... asking where her par-


7-year-old charged with


domestic battery
By Eric Kopp or showed any sign of being scared. He just
Okeechobee News refused to be compliant and tried to kick


ents were and requesting that she attend a
parade with him. He did not leave the area
until he was confronted by the father of the
child."
Although the 6-foot-11-inch, 250-pound
Clark did not touch the girl, Assistant State
Attorney Ashley Albright said his statements
were enough to warrant the felony charge.
"What the law requires is an overt act to-
ward the completion of a crime," explained
Mr. Albright.
During an interview with Detective
Faulkner, Clark said Satan talks to him but
he fights Satan's requests through God. Ac-
cording to the detective, Clark said Satan
tells him to hurt little children but he won't
do it because he is a Christian.
Clark, who reportedly has the mind of a
6- to 10-year-old child, was first arrested by
Officer Scott Morgan of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD) on the trespass
charge. Complaints had been made about
him frequenting areas around local day care
centers and talking to the young children. He
was subsequently trespassed from the Step-
ping Stones Academy, but allegedly returned
to the center and was later arrested.


On Dec. 10, OCSO Deputy Yamil Asta-
cio was summoned to the Sports Complex
on N.W 23rd Lane by a concerned parent
who complained that a "large man" had ap-
proached his children in the bathroom. One
of those children was the 6-year-old girl.
Deputy Astacio's incident report indicates
that Clark apparently watched the girl's
3-year-old brother use the toilet.
Not long after that incident a flier was
given to local law enforcement personnel,
schools and day care centers stating if Clark
was seen around areas with young children
that law enforcement should be notified.
This flier was not to be seen by the public.
However, copies were made and given to
parents and "... ultimately caused a bit of
a panic," said OCSO Detective Ted Van De-
man.
Clark, a native of North Carolina, was in
custody at the time.
Detective Faulkner said a background
check shows that Clark has no prior crimi-
nal history.
Mr. Albright said Clark is being represent-
ed by attorneys from the public defender's
office.


A 7-year-old boy was arrested Dec. 23
on a misdemeanor charge of domestic bat-
tery and then transported to the Department
of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Fort
Pierce.
An arrest report by Deputy John Hazy,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), stated that the boy had attacked his
younger brother, thrown rocks at the fam-
ily's vehicle and then ran to get away from
his parents. The report went on to state that
the boy refused to talk to the deputy and that
he continued to attack his father by kicking
him and swinging his fists.
When Deputy Hazy placed the 80-pound
boy under arrest he tried to kick the deputy
as well as his father, the report continued.
The deputy stated that after he handcuffed
the child and put him in his patrol car, the
boy tried to kick out the windows and, when
that failed, he "... began to bang his head
against the cage glass."
At the Okeechobee County Jail the boy
continued to try to kick Deputy Hazy as well
as other detention deputies, stated the re-
port.
Deputy Hazy said the boy "... never cried






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According to Okeechobee County Jail Ad-
ministrator Ronnie White, this boy was one
of the youngest ever brought into the facil-
ity. Mr. White said once a juvenile is brought
into the jail the booking process has to be
completed within six hours.
"He was put in one of the attorney rooms
so he had no contact with other males or
adults," explained Mr. White. "We make all
the adults move out of the hallway and even
the trusties are put back."
Once the boy was officially booked, he
was placed back into an attorney room
where he stayed until he was taken to Fort
Pierce.
As for being handcuffed, Mr. White said
even though regular cuffs "go down real
small" if a child's hands and wrists are so
small that handcuffs won't stay on then plas-
tic ties are used.
"It's a shame when you see someone
that young come in here," said Mr. White.

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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Letter to the editor


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ing place. Thanks for participating!

Hospital ER
For the past few months I have been
dealing with a torn muscle, causing severe
muscle spasms in my lower back. They are
strong enough to make it difficult to breathe.
In October I went in, with no insurance-it
was a week before my insurance kicked in-
because I was unaware of what the prob-
lem was and was concerned that it was my
kidneys. The nurses and registration woman
were very nice and helpful. They treated me,
sent me home with a prescription and a doc
tors note for work. On Dec. 24, I had another
spasm that was extremely painful. My mother
and my sister were already at the hospital be-
cause a friend of my sister's was visiting them
and ended up needing an ambulance due to
pain from a surgery. I have nothing to do with
this friend, don't know him. But apparently he
has no insurance, and is a bit thugish and they
don't like treating him. When I arrived, I began
filling out the triage paperwork but only got
a few questions in when the nurse took me
back. She asked me my general info, weight,
height, any medicines...and then asked "Is that
your brother that is here too" with a slight at-
titude. I told her no, I have nothing to do with
that person. After that, every person had an at-
titude with me for being there, I wasn't asked
what my current insurance situation was, and
I was being treated very poorly. Because my
family was there with another person who
does have a shady history, I was paying the
price for it.
Get a primary physician and see him or
her for things like this and quit using the emer-
gency room as a clinic.
Every human being deserves to be treat-
ed if they come to the hospital. Yea I know,
we all pay for it ... I am very well insured, and
it upsets me at times to see people come in
when it is obvious it could be taken care of at
a doctor's office/clinic but to turn away peo-
ple due to not having insurance is inhumane.
If you have insurance, thank God and have
some decency for people who get treated like
dirt because they have no insurance.


I used to be upset about non-emergency
cases using the emergency room, but since
the hospital has a program to deal with this
anyways, I see why people do it. Sometimes
people can't get in to see their doctor. I know
when I was out of insurance the clinic at the
health department was not taking any new pa
tients, as were a lot of the others.
Last Saturday I woke up with the left side
of my face and eye looking like I had gone
three rounds with Tyson. Pain was unbeliev-
able. I went to the ER they took one look at
my face, and whisked me to the back. I had
a few girls come by and do the normal stuff
and I filled out some paperwork. The doctor
came right in and did her thing and was very
professional. I don't have insurance. As a 20
year cancer survivor and I am uninsurable un-
less I want to pay the big bucks. I paid with my
debit card. But, while I was in the back waiting
I could hear other patients yelling and being
very rude to the staff unreal-demanding
drugs etc. Maybe if some of these people
would arrive at the ER and leave the "attitude"
in the car they would be treated better. More
with sugar as they say.
Health care is something you cannot
put off until you are in pain in the middle of
the night. Everyone needs a primary care
doctor. You need to find one and have an an-
nual checkup so that you have that relation-
ship with a doctor before you are in pain in
the middle of the night. It's easy to bash the
ER and I have had good and bad experience
es there myself but you have to take some
responsibility for the situation you put yourself
in. In my opinion, you have to make your own
health care a priority and make time for check-
ups and if necessary save up the money for
appointments. It's a necessity in this day and
age. I have called doctors in the middle of the
night, on weekends, and once on Christmas
Eve and had them either call in meds or else
open up their offices for my family members.
But in every case, these were already "our"
regular doctors and we had established that
doctor-patient relationship BEFORE there was
an emergency.
I have a great surgeon, one of the best but
sometimes things just happen where you have
to go to the ER. Obviously, one is not their best
in this condition, so being treated with com-
passion, kindness and being treated like a hu-
man being is something that one should ex-
pect from an ER. If you can't do this, get out of
your profession as the oath you took you are
not up holding. If you hate your job so much,
and are so sick of treating patients to the point
you can't even pretend to be nice, get out.


For the dogs
Humane Society Pet Rescue of Okeecho-
bee would like to say, "Thankyou" to George
Duport and wife, Madalyn of 'George's Hot
Dogs' for their help and participation in the
"Dogs for Dogs" fundraiser. George says that
he will host the fundraising event next year
as well.
What a great "Christmas Tail" to tell our
pets! How the good folks of Okeechobee
have once again stepped up to help provide


food and gifts for the needy including home-
less pets. So many abandoned, abused, ne-
glected, unwanted and orphaned animals
are forgotten at this time. We are again so
thankful to everyone who donated and to
the "Dogs for Dogs" program for helping us
to feed our local "furry friends."
Merry Christmas and many thanks!
Belinda Forlifer, president
Humane Society Pet Rescue of
Okeechobee
1203 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee


Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny with a high near 75. Winds, from the north becoming east southeast.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low around 55. Winds will be from the north at 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 77 and a 20 percent chance of showers be-
tween noon and 4 p.m. and a slight chance of thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Winds will be
from the south between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 56 and a 30 percent chance of show-
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Friday New Year's Day: Partly sunny with a high near 68 and winds from the north-
west between 5 and 10.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009







SFWMD highlights a year of restoration progress


2009 accomplishments
helped protect water
resources for residents,
environment

WEST PALM BEACH-Marking 60 years
of service to Central and South Florida's resi-
dents and environment, the South Florida
Water Management District (SFWMD) docu-
mented significant progress in environmen-
tal restoration and water resource protection
initiatives in 2009.
Initially created in 1949 as the Central and
Southern Florida Flood Control District, the
agency has evolved at the direction of the
Florida Legislature into the multi-faceted
SFWMD, the largest and oldest of the state's
five water management districts. Today, the
District continues its original mission of pro-
viding regional flood protection while also
managing water supplies for a population of
approximately 7.5 million, improving water
quality and leading the restoration of Ameri-
ca's Everglades the largest environmental
project in the nation's history.
"Because of the Governing Board's com-
mitment to sound fiscal management, we
successfully carried out our core water man-
agement responsibilities for South Florida
residents, while moving forward with un-
precedented environmental projects and
opportunities this past year," said Executive
Director Carol Ann Wehle. "There is a proud
history of success at the District that we con-
tinue to build on year after year."
Ecosystem restoration
The agency is poised to vastly expand Ev-
erglades restoration opportunities with the
approval of a contract to acquire an initial
73,000 acres of strategic lands south of Lake
Okeechobee. The pending purchase will be
financed with Certificates of Participation,
and the River of Grass Phase II public plan-
ning process to develop restoration configu-
rations is under way.
In a step that lays critical groundwork
for Everglades restoration in the decades


ahead, the District Governing Board and U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers approved a Master
Agreement to establish uniform terms and
conditions for all construction, maintenance
and operation of future Comprehensive Ev-
erglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects.
An infusion of Congressional appropria-
tions for federal project construction can
now be used. The Master Agreement also
allows crediting of CERP land acquisition at
appraised value (vs. purchase price), saving
Florida taxpayers hundreds of millions of
dollars in expenditures.
To improve Everglades water quality, the
District initiated construction on another
12,000 acres of water quality treatment
marsh. More than 52,000 acres of land south
of Lake Okeechobee have already been
converted to Stormwater Treatment Areas
(STAs), yielding 45,000 acres of treatment
wetlands. Since 1994, STAs and agricultural
"Best Management Practices" have together
prevented more than 3,200 metric tons of
phosphorus from entering the Everglades.
The District construction department is
currently overseeing $346.2 million in con-
struction to support Everglades restoration
as well as operations and maintenance of
capital projects.
Flood Control Operations
In keeping with its commitment to ensur-
ing public access to public lands, the District
expanded recreational opportunities and ac-
cess to an additional 21,000 acres of District
land. An equestrian trailhead and 5 miles
of trails were opened at Allapattah Flats in
Martin County, and a duck-hunting and bird-
watching blind that meets Americans with
Disabilities Act standards was opened at
STA-5 in Hendry County.
More than 25 million acre-feet of water
moved through the network of canals and
structures operated and maintained by the
District to support flood control and water
supply capabilities. Each year, the District
inspects hundreds of levees and structures
to ensure peak performance of the intercon-
nected system.
To ensure water flow through the region-


Woman suspected of burglarizing home


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A homeowner backed away from his home
and sought out a police officer after he pulled
into his driveway and saw some-
one in his home.
After police returned to the
man's home, they placed Betty
Jean Jenkins, 48, N.W NinthAve.,
under arrest on felony charges of
burglary of an unoccupied dwell-
ing, possession of burglary tools Betty Jean
and grand theft. She was also ar Jenkins
rested on a misdemeanor charge
of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jenkins was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $8,000.
An arrest report by Officer Chad Troutman, of
the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD),
indicated that the homeowner arrived home
around 1:16 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, and saw a
figure inside his home. He turned off his vehicle's


lights, backed out of the driveway and left to no-
tify police.
Officer Troutman said when he arrived at the
home he, too, saw someone in the home. As he
approached the home's front door it opened sud-
denly and a woman ran from the residence.
A woman, later identified as Jenkins, was
found hiding in some bushes a short distance
from the home, continued the report.
The officer stated that lying next to her were
two plastic bags containing various items includ-
ing: a laptop computer, valued at $400; an elec-
tric food mixer, valued at $35; and a blackberry
cell phone and charger, valued at $400. Several
pieces of clothing were also found in the bags,
Officer Troutman said.
According to the officer's report, the man's
mobile home had also been ransacked and the
front door had been pried open.
During a search of Jenkins, Officer Troutman
stated that a small scale and a pair of white gloves
were found in her possession.


al system, more than 50,000 acres of exotic
vegetation were treated. In the on-going bat-
tle against other invasive species, the 300th
Burmese python was captured and removed
from District lands.
Water supply
Work continued with local governments
to conscientiously manage shared water re-
sources during water shortage conditions
that impacted the 16-county region.
Recognizing the need to consistently
conserve water and increase protection of
limited resources, the District began imple-
menting measures outlined in the District's
Comprehensive Water Conservation Pro-
gram. To help ensure a sustainable supply of
water for South Florida's communities and
environment, the District Governing Board
approved sweeping year-round water con-
servation measures that place permanent
limits on landscape irrigation throughout
the region.
Also in 2009, the District funded 38 Alter-
native Water Supply projects that will pro-
duce 27 million gallons of additional water a
day, and 44 WaterSIP grant projects that will
generate another 457 million gallons of ad-
ditional water a year.
The District's ePermitting database was
extended, increasing online public access
to historic permit documents. To date, more
than 9.1 million older documents have been
converted into electronic format. In addition,
key provisions of Senate Bill 2080 were im-


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plemented that delegated some permit ap-
plication approvals to the Executive Director.
As part of this effort, the District enhanced
opportunities for public comment on permit
applications.

Public affairs
The first phase of a completely redesigned
and re-engineered District Web site (www.
sfwmd.gov) was successfully launched. It
features easier navigation, exciting multi-
media, powerful search tools and a host of
high-tech improvements to make the site
more useful to the public.
In an on-going commitment to open
government and transparency, the agency
fulfilled more than 600 public records re-
quests.
The District also produced more than $2.4
million in savings through belt-tightening
efforts, shifting some contract work to full-
time employees and reducing off-site train-
ing, aviation fuel and purchasing expenses.
Energy/water efficiency building im-
provement projects were completed that
saved more than 760,000 gallons of water
and 419,000 kWh of energy. The District
received a $20,000 FPL rebate for installing
energy-efficient roofing at its headquarters
facility.
During the year, the District was once
again recognized by professional organiza-
tions for excellence in financial reporting,
budget presentation and procurement.







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Obituaries


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e- mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
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Shirley Carlson Anderson
OKEECHOBEE Shirley Carlson Anderson
was born on April 13, 1930, and passed on to be
with the Lord on Dec. 26, 2009.
She was born in West Haven, Conn., to Au-
gust and Daisy Carlson. She is survived by her
daughter, Kristin Anderson of Fayetteville, N.C.
and by her grandson, Jason Gernat of Seattle,
Wash.; as well as by two nephews and three
cousins all of whom live in Connecticut.
Shirley was brought up in the Swedish Luther-
an Church in Connecticut. In 1953 she married
and two years later, moved to Bend, Ore. Shirley
moved to ('i.... li. i - in March of 1963 with
her daughter Kristin, and has been an active
member of the community thereafter.
Since the age of 15 Shirley's greatest love was
singing for the Lord. She used her voice to
praise the Lord and lift people's spirits. She sim-
ply loved singing and sharing the word of God
in song.
In her professional life, she worked as an ad-
vertising manager for the (,i.,,, i,, ...-- News
and WOKC Radio. She was also an Administra-
tive Secretary and Public Relations Director for
Okeechobee General Hospital and later Rauler-
son Hospital. Her last job was Educational and
Professional Services Secretary at EYDC Boys
School.
One of Shirley's major accomplishments was
being a charter member of the Okeechobee
Charter Chapter of the American Business
Women Association (ABWA) becoming their
first Public Relations Chairperson, and holding
the title for 14 years.
Her accomplishments in life have been many,
but her most meaningful and lasting accom-
plishments consisted of what she gave to the
communities in which she lived, because of her
love for the Lord.
Shirley will be missed by all who knew her, es-
pecially by her family, friends and her church
family.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday,
Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. until service time of 10
a.m. with Pastor John Hirst officiating in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Peace Lutheran Church of (i .... -i l- ,, Florida
or Humane Society, Okeechobee, Florida.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( i.,. . .. On-line con-
dolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.


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Carlton Duane Comfort, 74
OKEECHOBEE Carlton Duane Comfort, age
74, of ('i... i...I died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009,
at Raulerson Hospital.
Born Aug. 24, 1935, in Cortland, N.Y., he has
been a resident of Okeechobee since 1970. He
proudly served in the
U.S. Marine Corp
and was a member
of Resurrection Life
Church and a mem-
ber of American Le-
gion Post 64. His
hobbies included his
family, softball,
baseball and bowl-
ing.
Proceeded in
death by grand-
daughter, Dawn Marie Snow Fertitta, great
grandson Chandler John Fertitta and his parents
Mr. and Mrs. Ayerie Comfort, he was also pro-
ceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia;
children, Donnie Comfort (Alysa), Laurie Com-
fort Snow, Carlton Comfort Jr., Wendy Comfort
Burney, Sgt. 1st Class Larry Comfort (Janette)
and Tommy Comfort (Patti).
In addition, he is survived by grandchildren,
Denise Comfort, Donna Comfort, Donovan
Comfort (Samantha), Wendi Snow, Patty Entry
(Joseph), Kari Sallette, Kala Burney, Kristi Bur-
ney, Marshall Comfort, Mitchell Comfort, Mer-
cedes Comfort, Mariah Comfort, Justin Comfort
Maki Comfort, Jordin Allen and Roma Comfort.
Surviving great-grandchildren include, Asmeral-
da Comfort, Mahallie Comfort, William Yargee,
Brandy Comfort, Faith Comfort, Ottis VanDiver,
McKayla Snow, Rumor Juarez, Rudy Juarez IV,
Jagger Gaucin, Brandon Entry, Kyle Entry, Dako-
ta Entry, Karson Sallette and Kammy Bonea.
Friends may greet the family at the Resurrec-
tion Life Church, 1803 SW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, on Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 5 p.m. until
6 p.m. at which time a memorial service will be
conducted with Pastor Dave and Deborah San-
Martin officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be
sent to First Bank and Trust of Indian Town,
('i.I, i, ,- ... office for funeral expenses of Carl-
ton Comfort.
On line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.

Jerry Lee Tolbert Sr., 68
OKEECHOBEE Jerry Lee Tolbert Sr., age 68,
of Okeechobee died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in
St. Lucie Medical Center.
Born May 29, 1941, in Dublin, Va., he had been
a resident of Okeechobee for the past two years.
He is survived by his daughters, Donna
McKnight of South Carolina, Cindy Lake of Mary-
land, Trina Marion of ('i.. .. I Angela Otti-
well (Kyle) of Okeechobee; and son, Jerry
Tolbert, Jr. of ('1.. I. I.. In addition he is sur-
vived by the mother of his children, Carlina Orr
of Okeechobee; ten grandchildren, and six great
grandchildren.
There will be no public visitation or services.
On-line condolences may be made at www.bux-
tonfuneralhome.com.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972.


Richard Charles Gumaer, 69
OKEECHOBEE Richard Charles Gumaer,
age 69, of ('i.. . li. i died Thursday, Dec. 24,
2009, at his residence.
Born March 14, 1940, in Milford, Pa., he had
been a resident for the past 25 years. He proud-
ly serviced in the United States Air Force for 20
years and was a member of the Buckhead Ridge
VFW and the Eagles.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye.
He is survived by his sisters, Carol Grosvenor
of Okeechobee, Nancy Page, and Linda Gaige
both of Boynton Beach; and companion, Bon-
nie Hartsuff of ('i.I.. i .. In addition he was
survived by several nieces, nephews, and great
nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Monday, De-
cember 28, from 2 p.m. until service time of 3
p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of ('iI.... il. i, P.O. Box
1548, ( i.... i. .. i Florida, 34973.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( 'i., i., ,I ,
On line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.

Jacque Edward Wander, 79
OKEECHOBEE Jacque Edward Wander,
age 79, of ('iI.. i. li. died Thursday, Dec. 24,
2009, at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Cen-
ter.
Born in Baltimore, Md., to Edward and Erna
Frey Wander, Mr. Wander was a 30 year resi-
dent of Okeechobee and loved his cats and spe-
cial friends. He also had a passion for stock car
racing.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Houge
of West Palm Beach and Sandy Lloyd (Bob) of
Newport, Tenn. Also, surviving is one son, Scott
Wander (Carol "Charlie") of (Oi....i,,,,, In
addition, there are ten grandchildren and 14
great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Jan. 2, 2010,
at the Buxton Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until
service time at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee P.O. box
1548 Okeechobee, Florida 34973.
On line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry.

Joshua Wade Fetterolf, 18
BOAZ, Ala. Joshua Wade Fetterolf, age 18,
of Boaz, and formerly of ('i. ... -.. died Satur-
day, Dec. 26, 2009. He was born July 31, 1991 in
Stuart.
He was preceded in death by his father,
George Franklin Fetterolf.
He is survived by his mother, Debra Fetterolf
of Boaz, Ala.; brother, Justin Fetterolf of Boaz,
Ala.; grandmother, Arlene Fetterolf of Tampa;
and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Thursday,
Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. until service time of 11
a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel with
Pastor Charles Boggs, Jr. of the First United
Methodist Church of Fort Pierce officiating.
All arrangements are under the direction ad
care of the Buxton and Crematory, 110 Ne 5th
Street, ( i.. i,,i,,, Fl 34972. On line condo-
lences may be made to www.buxtonfuneral-
home.com.


Floyd E. Wooley Jr.
OKEECHOBEE Floyd E. Wooley Jr. passed
away peacefully on Dec. 24, 2009, with his fami-
ly by his side.
Born Sept. 3, 1938, in Piqua, Ohio, to the late
Irene and Floyd Wooley, Sr. He has been a resi-
dent of (,i.,l ... -
since 1994.
He was preceded
in death by his sister,
Flora Runyon.
He is survived by
his wife Shirley
Wooley; sons,
Gregory, Michael,
James, Robert and
daughter, Regina
Jones; sister, Norma
Faubion; brother,
Gene Wooley; 17 grandchildren and three great-
grandchildren.
He loved to fish and was a pilot and loved to
fly. He was a wonderful family man. "He was
our rock and will be greatly missed."
Visitation and Service was held Tuesday, Dec.
29, with Pastor Joe Bishop officiating.
Friends may sign the i... i.....i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i., II .. Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd Street, (0i., FL
34972.

Harry Wayne Ripperdan, 65
LAKE PLACID Harry Wayne Ripperdan, age
65, of Lake Placid, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, in
Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center in Se-
bring.
Born May 30, 1944, in Evansville, Ind., he had
been a resident of Lake Placid for the past five
years. He was a former fifth and sixth grade
Teacher in Okeechobee and was a member of
the Moose, Elks, VFW Auxiliary.
He is survived by his sons, Wayne Ripperdan
(Corinna) of (0it.. -ii, and Greg Brown
(Melanie) of Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter, Shan-
non Hawkins (James) of House Springs, Mo.;
eight grandchildren, one brother and one sister.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Wednes-
day, Dec. 30, in the Elk's Club of Lake Wales.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl 34972
On line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.

See Obituaries Page 7




December 30, 2009 Okeechobee News


Community Events

Main Street plans mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's first mixer for
2010 will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21,
from 5-7 p.m. Our January Mixer will be
hosted by Real Life Children's Ranch located
at 7777 Hwy 441 SE.

EOC plans luncheon
The Okeechobee Economic Develop-
ment Council (a Division of Okeechobee
Main Street) will be hosting a luncheon from
noon to 1 p.m. at the Williamson Center on
the IRSC campus. The program will feature
an overview of the EDC's program of work,
future objectives and progress to date. Seat-
ing is limited, so please RSVP before Jan.
5, by contacting Brian Cartland at 863-467-
6246 or Brian@theOKedc.com.

Top of the Lake BBQ
Okeechobee Main Street's Top of the
Lake BBQ Affair will be held on Jan. 22
and 23 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Cen-
ter. Cooks from all over will compete for
prize monies and trophies in categories
such as the "Homeboy" to Grand and Re-
serve Champions. Go to www.mainstreeto-
keechobee.com for registration forms, and
information.

Red Cross offers CPR class
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will offer an Adult CPR/
AED class on Wednesday, Jan. 6, Infant/
Child CPR/AED on Monday Jan. 18 and
First Aid Basics on Thursday, January 21. All
classes begin at 6 p.m. and are held at the
Service Center located at 323 N. Parrott Av-
enue. To register or obtain more information
call 863-763-2488.

'Red is for Love' gala planned
The Gift Gathering Event for the First An-
nual "Red is for Love" Gala to benefit our
local American Red Cross will be held on
Thursday, Jan. 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at
the Hampton Inn, 1200 NE Park Street. All
gifts and donations for the "Red is for Love"
Gala will be accepted at this event. The First
Annual "Red is for Love" Gala is a black tie
optional event to be held on Saturday, Feb.
13 and will benefit the American Red Cross.
Sponsor tables are $500 each and sit eight or
you may purchase individual tickets for $50
each. For more information call Event Chair
Maureen Budjinski at 863-467-0054 or Co-
Chair Toni Doyle at 863-357-6246.

Register and pay for IRSC
online
Indian River State College students can
use the convenience of the web to register
and pay for their classes for the Spring Se-
mester while the College is closed for Winter
Break. The college will reopen on Monday,
Jan. 4, 2010. Classes for the Spring Semester
start Jan. 6. The last day to pay for classes
and avoid a late fee is Jan. 4. For more infor-
mation about IRSC and to register and pay
for classes, visit www.irsc.edu.


Senior Awareness seminar set
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
is sponsoring a Senior Awareness Seminar
from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, at the
Golden Corral, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Seniors
are invited to come and learn about illegal
activities that are targeted against them.

Cypress Hut holds Snowball
Queen fundraiser
On Jan. 5, from 5 until 8:30 p.m., bring
your unwanted gold, silver and platinum
jewelry metals, sterling flatware and get paid
top dollar for a donation of 10 percent for
the charity fund raiser for Pam and Tommy
our 2010 Snowball King and Queen. Finger
foods for sharing are welcomed. For ques-
tions or concerns, please call Billy or Diane
at 863-467-1154.

Shared services network meets
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared
Services Network of Okeechobee County
will conduct its bi-monthly meeting at 1:30
p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, in the board room
of the Okeechobee County School Board Of-
fice. This forum provides a mechanism for
dialogue and problem solving in our com-
munity through the collaborative efforts of
our local decision makers. The public is in-
vited to attend. For more information, please
call Sharon Vinson 863-462-5000, Ext. 257.

Benefit for Lisa Burkhardt
Lisa Burkhardt is battling cancer for the sec-
ond time. She is a breast cancer survivor who
is now battling brain and lung cancer. A ben-
efit for her will be held at the VFW Post 10539,
3912 Highway 441 S.E., on Jan. 10, starting at
1 p.m. There will be food, music, raffles and
more. For information, call 863-697-2930.

Early Learning Coalition
meeting
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin & Okeechobee Counties, Inc. -
Okeechobee County Provider Meeting on
Wednesday, Jan. 13 at noon at the Ameri-
can Red Cross, 323 North Parrott Avenue,
Okeechobee.

Children's Services Council
seek summer projects
Children's Services Council will once
again offer creative groups an opportunity
to have a quality summer program for chil-
dren and youth of Okeechobee. Any agency/
group who has a great idea for a summer ac-
tivity, can apply to the Council for a Special
Summer Project. The major goal is to pro-
vide a summer program for a maximum of
nine weeks for children/youth ages 4-18. Not
for one-day events, the project must detail
who, where, and the activities it will be pro-
viding for Okeechobee County children and
cannot discriminate due to race or religion.
You can enhance your existing program if
you already receive a Children's Services
Council grant. The project application is cur-
rently available. Call Cathleen Blair or Cheryl
Sutton at 863-462-5000, Ext.255. Completed
application must be submitted by Jan. 25.


Obituaries
Continued From Page 6

William 'Bill' Siglar Hays, 68
OKEECHOBEE William "Bill" Siglar Hays,
age 68, of Okeechobee died Monday, Dec. 28,
2009, in Raulerson Hospital.
Born Feb. 1, 1941,
in Columbus, Ohio,
he had been a resi-
dent of (0i.. Ih C ....
for the past 12 years.
He proudly served in
the United States
Navy from which he
retired and worked
for Florida Power
and Light for over 18
years. He loved his
family, country,
hunting, fish-
ing and just hanging out with every-
one. He was a member of the Florida Bass Fed-
eration, Nation member of the B.A.S.S Club,
VFW of Mayport, Fl Post 316, founded the Big 0'

Creek Bass Club.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry L.
"Bubba" Curry, Jr.; and parents, William V and
Alfretta "Etta" Hays.
He is survived by his wife, Charlie Hays of
., .... i son, Brian Hays (Becky) of Okee-
chobee; daughters, Colleen Frost (Mike) of
(ii !...I ,,, Sherri Lynn Johnson (Dennis) of
Mansfield, La., Jody M. Curry of Port St. Lucie-
six grandchildren, Will, Dara, Richard, Robby,
Alexis, Danny; brother, James Roy Hays (Kar-
en); and sister, Bobbie Jean Larrabee (Pat) all of
Royal Palm Beach. In addition he is survived by
numerous, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
The family will receive friends on Saturday,
Jan. 2, from 5 p.m. until service time of 7 p.m.
in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of
flowers memorial contributions may be made
to Big O' Teen Anglers, Inc., in care of SunTrust
Bank.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( i.,. I- i ,
On-line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.


Virginia Francis Buske, 85
OKEECHOBEE Virginia Francis Buske, age
85, of Okeechobee, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009,
in the Hamrick Home.
Born Feb. 15, 1924, in Pecksills, N.Y, she had
been a resident of (' .., i, 1 for the past five
years and enjoyed watching TV
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Robert Buske.
She is survived by her son, Hugh Fielder (Peg-
gy) of Okeechobee; sister, Ruth Gaither of Boyn-
ton Beach; grandson, Kevin Combs (Patty) of
Deltona; granddaughters, Jody Fregoe (Patrick)
Lake Worth, and Kerry Anderson (Ric) of
Samateo, Calif.; and several great grandchildren.
There will be no public services or visitation.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of ('i . iIlI , P.O. Box
1548, i. . ...I Fl 34973.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( i., . 1...I On line
condolences may be made to www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.


Alan 'A.FP David Penton, 67
OKEECHOBEE Alan "A.P." David Penton,
age 67, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, Dec. 24,
2009, at his residence. Born June 17, 1942, In
Hallendale, he had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee since 1974. He enjoyed shooting pool and
golf.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Penton of
Okeechobee; son, Christopher Penton of New
York; daughter, Tya Penton of South Carolina;
sister, Dorothy Baker; niece, Wendy Coker
(Frank); nephew, Joe Baker (Peggy), all of
Okeechobee. In addition he is survived by a
host of other relatives and his precious dog,
Dawg.
A service will be 6 p.m., at Good Spirits
Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 2.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fl 34973
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl On-line
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.

Ruth Ann Wilson, 60
OKEECHOBEE Ruth Ann Wilson, age 60, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at her
residence.
Born Oct. 11, 1949, in Valrico, she had been a
resident since 1977 and was a member of the
New Testament Baptist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, Ray
Wilson; daughters, Dana Michele Thomas, and
Margaret Elaine Isaquirre (Thomas), all of Okee-
chobee; two grandchildren, Krista and Chance;
brothers, Ross Allen Jones, Jr. (Connie) of Tam-
pa, and Donald C. Jones (Elizabeth of Loxa-
hatchee; sister, Charlotte Alva Sims (Larry) of St.
Petersburg; and niece and nephew, Rick and
Glenda Wilson.
The family will receive friends on Thursday,
Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. until service time of 3 p.m.
in the New Testament Baptist Church, with Pas-
tor Jim Gilbert officiating
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fl 34973.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. On-line
condolences can be made at www.buxtonfune-
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Plans for 'The Grove' put on hold indefinitely


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In January 2006 plans were announced
for a 9 square mile planned city in the ex-
treme northeastern part of the county. Today
it looks like that city will not be built any
time in the near future.
The planned city, called "The Grove" was
a partnership between the Barron Collier
Companies and Evans Properties. Barron
Collier has been involved in citrus groves,
vegetables, cattle, sod and more recently in
real estate development. The company was
involved in developing Ava Maria, a planned
community in eastern Collier County near
Immokalee. Evans Properties, owner of the
land that was to become The Grove, also
owns land in several other counties and is
one of the largest grove owners in the state.
Tom Sansbury, of Barron Collier, recently
stated that his organization is no longer in
partnership the Evans Properties. A special
taxing district was formed by the state legis-
lature for The Grove to pay for roads, water


and sewer. Mr. Sansbury said that operation
of the special taxing district was turned over
to Evans properties.
Ron Edwards, president of Evans Prop-
erties, said even before the economy went
sour, they could see that the project was not
going to be practical. He said they were not
likely to get Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs approval because of the trans-
portation issues involved. Mr. Evans said that
the special taxing district is dormant.
For the second year in a row real estate
prices in Okeechobee have dropped. Unem-
ployment in the county is about 13 percent.
Those factors, as well as government bu-
reaucracy contributed to the demise of The
Grove.
"It's a possibility, but not very likely for a
long time," Mr. Edwards said of developing
the Grove.
The original announcement was greeted
with great fanfare and anticipation. The
news was first made public at a noon lun-
cheon of business and professional people
on Jan. 4, 2006 sponsored by Okeechobee


New Year brings new programs


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Rev. Cecil Bryant from Niceville will
preach at New Life Holiness Church of
Basinger Wednesday through Sunday of this
week. Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday
through Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Everyone is welcome. Directions to church:
take 700 A to 190th St. turn right, church is
on the left. For more information, please call
863-484-0714 or 863-763-6989.
Saint Theresa's Catholic Church,
on State Road 78 at Chobee Loop in
Buckhead Ridge, will hold New Year's Day
services at 8:30 a.m. in French; at 11 a.m. in
English and at noon in Spanish.
North Okeechobee Church of God
will host a Southern Gospel Sing with the in-
ternationally known group "Naomi and the
Seagos" Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The church
is located at the corner of NW 30th Terrace
and CR 68 W approximately 2 and a half
miles west of U.S. 441 N. For information
contact Don Leon at 863 634 0344. A love
offering will be received.
Okeechobee Church of God, 301 NE
Fourth Ave., presents Trust Quartet in con-


cert at 6 p.m.
on Jan. 10. For
more informa-
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Gospel Series:
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2 p.m.; Dixie Echoes, Friday, Jan. 22 at 7
p.m.; Kingsmen Quartet, Monday, Feb. 1 at
7 p.m.; Mark Trammel Trio, Friday, Feb. 5
at 7 p.m.; The Perrys, Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2
p.m.; Dixie Melody Boys, Thursday, March
25 at 7 p.m. Limited seating available. For
more information please call 863 763 7113.
Westside Christian Church, 8080 SR
70 W, will host ministers of music from
Pennsylvania in concert on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.
The church will have a revival Feb. 14-17
featuring Willard Delaney with Grace Har-
mony in concert nightly.


County Economic Council. Later that after-
noon there was a town hall meeting at the
Dixon Hendry Campus of Indian River State
College.
Both meetings were attended by repre-
sentatives of Barron Collier and Evans Prop-
erties who used maps and drawings to ex-
plain their ambitious concept.
The planned community, which was to
take 15 to 20 years to fully develop, was to
have 15,000 housing units and be self con-
tained with grocery stores, dry cleaners and
other necessary retail businesses as well as
recreational amenities such as golf courses
and tennis courts. There were even plans
for an entrance ramp to the adjacent Florida


Turnpike. The planned city was expected to
create 3,000 to 4,000 service oriented and
professional jobs.
Evans Properties is now once more con-
centrating on agricultural related activities.
They recently applied to the Florida Public
Service Commission to operate a utility to
provide water in bulk quantities for agricul-
tural use and reclaim surface water exclu-
sively for their extensive land holdings in
Okeechobee and adjoining counties, includ-
ing property that once was to become The
Grove.
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Holiday Window Decorating Contest winner
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displayed in their business until next year's contest. Kelly Raulerson and her
staff spent hours decorating each window with true holiday spirit. The judges
surely had their work cut out for them traveling throughout the downtown dis-
trict to see the many festive window displays entered into this year contest.

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Exemplary employee
School Related Employee of the Year at South Elementary School for the
2009-2010 school year is Rosa Tijerina.


Outstanding employees
Everglades Elementary School is proud to announce it's representatives for
Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year. From left to right are: Linda
Robertson, fourth grade teacher and Patty Coyne, data processor. They will
represent their school in the Districts/County Wide Teacher and Employee
of the year in May 2010.


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Outstanding teacher
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year is Carrie Thompson.


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Undercover operation reveals reptile store selling pythons illegally


Working on an anonymous tip, investigators
with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) busted a Palm Beach
County reptile store for selling pythons illegally.
Mark Bavosa, 45, of Boynton Beach, owner
of Reptiles Plus Inc. in Lake Worth, was charged
with two misdemeanors illegal sale of a rep-
tile of concern (ROC) to an unpermitted person
and improper caging. Bavosa also received a
warning for failing to keep proper inventory of
reptiles of concern.
In addition, officers issued warnings to two
of his employees for selling reptiles of concern

Brush fire

damages local

hunting camp

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Division of Forestry and Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue were able to stop a brush
fire in its tracks Monday on NE 366 Trail.
Three units and firemen responded just af
ter noon on Dec. 28, to 682 NE 366th Trail and
found a shed on fire and a brush fire moving
quickly to a nearby single wide trailer.
Lt. Ron Suit said crews were able to move
quickly to save the trailer that is used as a
hunting camp from significant damage. The
estimate of damage was placed at $5,500. The
shed was ruled a total loss.
About 3 acres of brush was burned in the
fire until it was extinguished by fire breaks.
The DOF provided a plow and pumper truck
to the effort, Lt. Suit added.
Neighbors also pitched in as they used trac-
tors to help control the fire before firemen ar-
rived.
The hunting camp is owned by Kubeir Per-
shad of Pembroke Pines.
DOF officials said three homes in the area
were saved thanks to the quick work of fire-
men.
DOF spokesperson Melissa Yunas said the
fire is under investigation by the Department of
Agriculture Department of Law Enforcement.
Officials also noted the area remains very dry
and that the cold snap Monday night will make
conditions ripe for more brush fires. "Residents
living in or near brush or wooded areas should
make their homes as safe as possible from the
threat of wildfires.
Leaves, pine needles and twigs should be
removed from roofs and gutters and a 30 foot
buffer zone should be placed around homes
and sheds."


to unpermitted people.
Undercover FWC investigators visited the
store Tuesday and inquired about purchas-
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pythons, a reticulated python and a Burmese
python, were available for sale and that both
snakes were dropped off to his store by some-
one who did not want them anymore.
Bavosa asked the undercover investigator if
he had the proper permit to possess an ROC,
and the investigator said he did not, but Bavosa
sold the pythons to him anyway for $250. The
FWC turned the snakes over to a permitted cap-
tive wildlife facility. The snakes did not have the
required microchips.
Under an executive order issued this month,
ROCs can be turned over to authorized reptile
of concern permit holders with no questions
asked.
"We take ROC amnesty seriously," said FWC

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Chairman Rodney Barreto. "The owner of this
pet store acted irresponsibly when he failed to
report to the FWC that he accepted these un-
wanted pets in the first place. Then, he let us
down by selling the pythons under the table to
an unpermitted person."

Ft. Drum Plaza

to be renovated
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A good tax producer for the county is
scheduled to undergo renovation at state
expense. Officials of the Florida Turnpike an-
nounced that beginning some time in 2010
the Fort Drum Service Area will be renovat
ed. There could be some new restaurants
and the fuel station will be redone. Work
is scheduled to be completed some time in
2012.
Thev ....i. iir, of motorists on the turn-
pike have very little contact with the county,
only stopping at the service area and traveling
the few turnpike miles that are in the county.
Nevertheless motorists on the turnpike con-
tribute to the county's tax base. About 5.4
million travelers stop at the service area an-
nually, paying sales tax and fuel tax. In 2008
total food, beverage and retail sales at the
service area in were $9,554,602. That same
year travelers paid taxes on the 4,679,634 gal-
lons of gasoline and 540,133 gallons of diesel
fuel that were sold at the service area. Those
figures are expected to increase when the
renovations are completed.


Eugene Bessette, a representative from the
state's reptile industry, said, "The reptile indus-
try has no tolerance for anyone taking advan-
tage of the FWC's amnesty program by selling
ROCs to unpermitted individuals. The vast ma-
jority of people with licenses to possess these
reptiles appreciate the importance of abiding by
Florida's regulations."
Reptiles of concern must be licensed by
FWC's Captive Wildlife Section to be kept as
pets. The license costs $100 per year and man-
dates specific caging requirements. All ROCs
more than 2 inches in diameter must be im-
planted with a microchip that identifies the ani-
mal. It is unlawful to allow one to escape or to
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First-time homebuyer credit extended


Some current
homeowners
now also qualify
WASHINGTON A new law that went
into effect Nov. 6 extended the first-time
homebuyer credit five months and expands
the eligibility requirements for purchasers.
The Worker, Homeownership, and Busi-
ness Assistance Act of 2009 extended the
deadline for qualifying home purchases
from Nov. 30, 2009, to April 30, 2010. Addi-
tionally, if a buyer enters into a binding con-
tract by April 30, 2010, the buyer has until
June 30, 2010, to settle on the purchase.
The maximum credit amount remains at
$8,000 for a first-time homebuyer that is,
a buyer who has not owned a primary resi-
dence during the three years up to the date
of purchase.
But the new law also provides a "long-
time resident" credit of up to $6,500 to oth-
ers who do not qualify as "first-time home-
buyers." To qualify this way, a buyer must
have owned and used the same home as a
principal or primary residence for at least
five consecutive years of the eight-year peri-
od ending on the date of purchase of a new
home as a primary residence.
For all qualifying purchases in 2010, tax-

Red Cross

announces

Health and

Safety classes
The Okeechobee Service Center of the
American Red Cross will be holding the
following Health & Safety classes in Janu-
ary:
Wednesday, Jan. 6 Adult CPR/AED
at 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 18 Infant/Child CPR/
AED at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 21 First Aid Basics
at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Service
Center, located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. To
register, or for more information call 863-
763-2488.

The Law Office Of
Gerald Lefebvre
Personal Injury Trial Attorney
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payers have the option of claiming the credit
on either their 2009 or 2010 tax returns.
A new version of Form 5405, First-Time
Homebuyer Credit, will be available in the
next few weeks. A taxpayer who purchases
a home after Nov. 6 must use this new ver-
sion of the form to claim the credit. Like-
wise, taxpayers claiming the credit on their
2009 returns, no matter when the house was
purchased, must also use the new version of
Form 5405. Taxpayers who claim the credit
on their 2009 tax return will not be able to
file electronically but instead will need to file
a paper return.
A taxpayer who purchased a home on
or before Nov. 6 and chooses to claim the
credit on an original or amended 2008 re-
turn may continue to use the current version
of Form 5405.
Income Limits Rise
The new law raises the income limits for
people who purchase homes after Nov. 6.
The full credit will be available to taxpay-
ers with modified adjusted gross incomes
(MAGI) up to $125,000, or $225,000 for joint
filers. Those with MAGI between $125,000
and $145,000, or $225,000 and $245,000 for
joint filers, are eligible for a reduced credit.
Those with higher incomes do not qualify.
For homes purchased prior to Nov. 7,
2009, existing MAGI limits remain in place.
The full credit is available to taxpayers with
MAGI up to $75,000, or $150,000 for joint fil-
ers. Those with MAGI between $75,000 and
$95,000, or $150,000 and $170,000 for joint
filers, are eligible for a reduced credit. Those


with higher incomes do not qualify.
New Requirements
Several new restrictions on purchases
that occur after Nov. 6, go into effect with
the new law:
Dependents are not eligible to claim the
credit.
No credit is available if the purchase
price of a home is more than $800,000.
*A purchaser must be at least 18 years of
age on the date of purchase.
For Members of the Military
Members of the Armed Forces and cer-
tain federal employees serving outside the
U.S. have an extra year to buy a principal
residence in the U.S. and still qualify for the
credit. An eligible taxpayer must buy or en-
ter into a binding contract to buy a home by
April 30, 2011, and settle on the purchase by
June 30, 2011.
For more details on the credit, visit the
First-Time Homebuyer Credit page on IRS.
gov.
Related Items:
IRS YouTube Videos:
Recovery: New Homebuyer Credit, No-
vember 2009
Consejo Tributario: Consejos Tributarios
de Fin de Aifo Noviembre 2009


RV condominiums aren't new


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Although two new RV condominiums
came into existence in the county in 2009,
the concept is not new.
However, Silver Palms RV Village, 4143
U.S. 441 S, which opened earlier this year
is the first new RV condominium in almost
19 years. It was built specifically to be an
RV condominium.
On Dec. 17 Okeechobee County Com-
missioners approved the final plat for Wa-
ter's Edge Motor Resort Condominium,


which is located on U.S. 441 SE near the
intersection with SR 15B. This facility is
actually a renovation of an older RV park
which had rented lots.
There are at least three other RV condo-
miniums in the county. The "Declaration of
Condominium" for Ancient Oaks is dated
June 6, 1984. Big 0 RV Park filed a Declara-
tion of Condominium on July 25, 1986. Big
Cypress Golf & RV Resort came into exis-
tence Jan. 22, 1991.
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OHS boys basketball upset powerful Lakeland


UKeechobee News/charles Murphy
Ryan Osceola (left) struggles to con-
trol the ball as Zac Palmer of Lakeland
looks on.
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It wasn't exactly David versus Goliath but
Okeechobee nonetheless will take any win
they can get against Lakeland.
Okeechobee High School's Boys Bas-
ketball Team surprised the Dreadnaughts,
59-56 in the first round of the Jim Taveniere
Holiday Tournament at Sebring High School
Monday night.
Duelle Gore scored 15 points and helped
control the boards, and Deforest Shanks
poured in 12 points to lead Okeechobee
(4-4) to the upset.
"We couldn't help but go hard," Shanks
said, "We came out strong. There was noth-
ing else we could do. They were doubting
us the whole game. They were laughing at
us."
Ricky Nieto got the Brahmans off to a
good start with a three pointer to start the
game and Okeechobee never let up, build-
ing as much as a 14 point lead in the second
half.
Coach Bryan Van Camp said Lakeland
has a history of having talented and skilled
basketball teams and that it was important
for his team to get off to an early lead, "We
knew that we had to play our hearts out to
win tonight and the kids definitely did."
Okeechobee traded baskets in the first
quarter but gained in confidence even when
Lakeland hit two three pointers. Okeecho-
bee used the bench liberally as 10 players
hit the floor in the opening quarter. A nice
feed from Ryan Osceola to Troy Harper for
a layup helped Okeechobee enjoy a 17-14
lead after the first quarter.
Okeechobee build a 10 point lead as
Shanks and Nieto hit baskets early in the


second quarter. Even a 6-0 run by Lakeland
couldn't deter the Brahmans as they were
able to take a 33-24 lead into the locker
room.
"I told them to play good tough aggres-
sive basketball," Van Camp said, "If we push
the basketball and not let the defense rest,
we can play with anybody. This is a big
confidence builder for our district games in
January."
Okeechobee continued to keep the pedal
to the medal in the third quarter as they got
two easy buckets by Matt Skipper on tran-
sition and a 12 footer from Gore to build a
46-36 lead.
Gore said his team never let up with their
intensity, "We all stepped up tonight. Every-
body was a big part of the win. We ran our
offense pretty good and the transition game
was working for us."
Gore's layup gave Okeechobee a 50-
36 lead moments into the fourth quarter
and things looked good for Okeechobee.
Lakeland wasn't finished as they scored six
straight to close the gap.
Okeechobee didn't scare and a three
pointer by Aaron Suarez gave Okeechobee a
nine point lead in the final two minutes.
Gore said he felt confident that his ball
handlers wouldn't turn the ball over at
crunch time, "I don't think too much about
the other team. I just try my hardest and I
felt real good. I have all the confidence in the
world in my guards."
Coach Van Camp said the guys had been
frustrated by some earlier performances
and wanted to play up to their potential in
this game. He did his part and didn't change
his philosophy of playing aggressively, "You
can't change your philosophy and stop do-
ing what got you the lead. I don't want the
kids to think I don't have confidence in them


Little league signups planned
Okeechobee little league starts the 2010 16, Saturday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Janu-
campaign with signups in January. Chil- ary 30, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is
dren ages 5-15 can sign up at the Okeecho- $60. Volunteers and coaches are welcome
bee U-Save parking lot on South Parrott to join the organization. For more informa-
Avenue on Saturday Jan. 9, Saturday Jan. tion call 863-634-3482.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Ryan Osceola (left) and Troy Harper await a referees call as Demarcus Ingram
of Lakeland (right) looks on.
at the end of the game." bracket of the tournament. Coral Gables de-
Suarez had eight points and Skipper feated Hardee 63-53, Sebring defeated Lake
added six points for Okeechobee. Markeith Community de
Cauley led Lakeland with 21 points. Gibson 70-49, and Ridge Co unity de-
Okeechobee played Ridge Community feated Parkway Charter School of Miramar
on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the winner's in the other first round games.



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Probate Division
File No.: 2009-CP-224
Judge: F. Shields McManus
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DEVON VENABLES
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Devon Venables, deceased, whose
date of death was August 1, 2009,
and whose social security number is
)00=(-8824, is pending in the Cir-
cuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Honda, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is 312 Northwest 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972.
The names and addresses of the
personal representatives and the
personal representatives' attorney
are set forth below.
Al creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
Al other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 31, 2009.
DATE: Dec. 28, 2009
The Kelley Law Firm, PL
Attorneys for Petitioners
3365 Gait Ocean Dnve
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Tel: (954) 563-1400
Fax: (954) 563-1854
Email: Paul@statelaw.com
By: Paul T. Trinley
Honda Bar No. 131090
Peter Venables, Petiloner
2258 NE 541h Trail
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Dainae Venables, Petitioner
2258 NE 541h Trail
Okeechobee, FL 34972
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okee-
chobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, 6:00
p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Flonda. The pub
lic is invited and encouraged to attend.
PLEASE TAKE NOTIC AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by
a certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accord
ingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the mat
ters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the
testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be
based. Pease contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website
www.cityofokeechobee com to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 199C
persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the City Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamiotea CMC City Clerk
342648 ON 12/30/09




December 30, 2009 Okeechobee News 19


LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will
meet in regular session on Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 8:30 A.M., at the
Okeechobee Utility Authonty Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authonty will
hold a Public Heanng as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider the
adoption n of on 10-01 dealing with general policy and procedures
for the Okeechobee Utility Authority A copy of the proposed Resolution is
available for viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeechobee
Utility Authonty Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda.
All interested parties for or against the proposed modified Resolution or
Rates can be heard at said time and place. The needs of heanng or visual-
ly impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Directors Of-
fice at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Heanng by any
person wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Flonda Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the Authonty with respect to such meetings, he
or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
John F Hayford, RE.
Executive Director
342158 ON 12/30/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 47-2007-CA-000272
KONDAUR CAPITAL CORPORATION
Plaintiff
Vs.
DELROY A. GREENLAND, et al.
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
of Order dated 11/16/2009, entered in Civil Case Number 47-2007-
CA-000272, in the Circuit Court for OKEECHOBEE County, Flonda, wherein
KONDAUR CAPITAL CORPORATION is the Plaintiff, and DELROY A. GREEN-
LAND, et al., are the Defendants, I will sell the property situated in OKEE-
CHOBEE County, Honda, described as:
Being a parcel of land lying in Sections 23 and 26, Township 36 South,
Range 33 East Okeechobee County, Florida, and being more particularly
described as follows:
Commence at the Northeast corner of said Section 23; thence bear North
87 degrees 27' 19" West, along the North line of said Section 23; being
also the South right-of-way line of N.W. 96th Street, for a distance of
2236.25 feet to a point; thence bear South 00 degrees 37' 55" West for a
distance of 4885.67 feet to the Point-of-Beginning; thence continue South
00 degrees 37' 55" West for a distance of 223.57 feet to the intersection
with the North right-of-way line of the Florida Western and Northern Rail-
road Company; thence bear South 60 degrees 39' 00" East, along said
North right-of-way line, for a distance of 287.03 feet to the intersection
with the South boundary line of said Section 23; thence bear North 89
degrees 21' 16" West, a on said South boundary line of Section 23, and
continue along the said North right-of-way line of the Florida Western and
Northern Railroad Company, for a distance of 30.70 feet to a point;
thence bear South 60 degrees 39' 00" East, continuing along the said
North right-of-way line of the Florida Western and Northern Railroad
Company for a distance of 2312.74 feet to the intersection with the East
line of said Section 26; thence bear North 00 degrees 06' 17" West, along
said East line of Section 26, for a distance of 1110.89 feet to the North-
east corner of said Section 26, being also the Southeast corner of said
Section 23; thence bear North 00 degrees 37' 55" East, along the East
line of said Section 23, for a distance of 287.32 feet to a point; thence
bear North 87 degrees 27' 19" West for a distance of 2236.25 feet to the
Point of Beginning.
Together with a 70.00 foot easement for the purpose of ingress and
egress, lying in Section 23, Township 36 South, Range 33 East, Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, lying 35.00 feet on either side of and parallel with
the following described centerline: Commence at the Northeast corner of
said Section 23; thence bear
North 87 degrees 27' 19" West along the North line of said Section 23,
being also the South right-of-way line of N.W. 96th Street, for a distance
of 2236.25 feet to the Point of Beginning of said centerline of easement;
thence bear South 00 degrees 37' 55" West for a distance of 5109.24 feet
to the Point-of-Terminus of said centerline of easement.
at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at Jury Assembly
Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, at 11:00 a.m. on the 20th day of Jan.,
2010. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of the date of the is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated: 11/20/2009.
Sharon Robertson
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY Linda F Young
As Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than seven days pnor to the proceeding at
250 NW Country Club Dnve, Port St. Lucie, Flonda 34986 telephone
1-772-8074370 within two working days of your receipt of this NOTICE: IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE
IMPAIRED CALL 1-800-955-8770.
apre ako ki fet avek Amencans With Disabilities Act, tout moun kin ginyin
yun bezwen spesiyal pou akomodasiyon pou yo patisipe nan program sa-a
dwe, nan yun tan rezonab an ninpot aranjman kapab fet, yo dwe kontakte
Administrabve Office Of The Court i nan nimero 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Fort St. Lucie, Flonda 34986 telefon nam se 1-772-807-4370 oubyen
TDD 1-800-955-8771 oubyen 1-800-955-8770 i pasan pa Flonda Relay Ser-
vice.
En accordance avec la Loi des "Amencans With Disabilities". Les persomres
en besom d'une accommodation special pour participer a ces ucedures dol-
vent, dans un temps reasonable, avante d'entreprendre aucune autre
dtmarche, contacter I'office administrative de la Court situd au 250 NW
Country Club Dnve, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, le telephone
1-772-807-4370, TDD 1-800-955-8771 ou 1-800-955-8770 Via Forida Re-
lay Service.
"De acuerdo con el Acto 6 Decreto de los Atnericanos con Impedimentos,
Inhabilitados, personas en necesidad del servicio especial para participar
en este procedimiento debrim, dentro de un tempo razonable, antes de
cualquier procedimiento, ponerse en contact con la oficina Administrativa
de la Corte 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Flonda 34986, Tele-
fono 1772-807-4370, TDD 1-800-955-8770 6 1-800-955-8771 V
340403 ON 12/23,30/09


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO. 2009-CP-241

IN RE: ESTATE OF
JENNIFER SONNE
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
JENNIFER SONNE, deceased, File
Number 2009-CP-241 is pending in
the Circuit Court for Okeecho ee
County, Flonda, Probate Division;
the address of which is Probate Divi-
sion, Circuit Court of Okeechobee
County, Okeechobee County Court-
house, 312 N.W 3rd Street, Okee-
chobee, Flonda 34972. The names
and addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons, who have claims or
demands against decedent's estate,
including unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, on whom a copy
of this notice is served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR
THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons who have claims
or demands against the decedent's
estate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with this court WITHIN
THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE IS DEC. 30,
2009.
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Shepard Lesser, Esq.
Flonda Bar No. 046634
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC
101 Northpoint Parkway
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Telephone: 561-655-2028
Personal Representative:
CONNIE PHILLIPS
342641 ON 12/30/09 1/6/10

IN THE COUNTY COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 09-CC-286
CARL S. MAXWELL,
Plaintiff,
vs.
MAYOR R. ROSALES and MARY
Y. ROSALES, husband and wife,
and any unknown tenants in
possession,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: Maynor R. Rosales
Mary Y Rosales
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
action to quiet btle of the following
described property in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit:
PARCEL:
LOT 9, BLOCK 33, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28,
PUB LIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.

Parcel ID:
1-05-37-35-0020-00330-0090

has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defense, if any, to it on DE-
VIN R. MAXWELL, Esquire, 405 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 and file the original with the
Clerk of the above styled Court on or
before January 22, 2010.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
said Court on this 2nd day of Decem-
ber, 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Kimberly J. Sarros
341225 ON 12/9,16,23,30/09


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 2009 CP 253
IN RE: ESTATE OF
JESSICA ROMANI
Deceased.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Jessica Romani, deceased, whose
date of death was September 23,
2009, is pending in the Circuit Court
for Okeechobee County, Flonda, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICEOR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
Al other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 30, 2009.
Personal Representative:
Lucia Listur
13574 43rd Road
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Kirk Grantham
Attorney for Lucia Listur
Flonda Bar No. 133803
The Grantham Law Firm
1860 Forest Hill Blvd., #105
West Palm Beach, FL 33406-6086
Telephone: (561) 966-6211
Fax: (561) 966-9495
342646 ON 12/30/09 1/6/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009-CP-242
In Re: Estate of
MARJORIE P. SANDEFUR,
Deceased

NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
MARJORIE R SANDEFUR, deceased,
date of death November 7, 2009, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Horida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
N.W 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972. The personal
representative's and the personal
representative's attorney names are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against dece ent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER-
VICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
Al other creditors of the decedent
and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the de-
cedent must file their claims with
this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITH-
IN THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STAT-
UTES WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE,
ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DE-
CEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The first publication of this notice
is December 30, 2009.
Robina S. Marker
Personal Representatve
2033 N.W 46th Avenue
Okeechobee, Flonda 34972
CONELY & CONELY, RA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
(863) 763-3825
By: Tom Conely III
Flonda Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
342288 ON 12/30/09 1/6/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000026
US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
AS TRUSTEE FOR BAFC 2007-1,
Plaintiff,
DONALD CHRISTOPHER SPATH, et al
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order Rescheduling Fore-
closure Sale dated 12/9/2009 and
entered in Case NO. 47-2009-
CA-000026 of the Circuit Court of
the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County, Flori-
da wherein US BANK NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR BAFC
2007-1, is the Plaintiff and DONALD
CHRISTOPHER PATH; are the De-
fendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312 N.W 3RD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 at
11:00AM, on the 20th day of Jan.,
2010, the following descnbed prop-
erty as set forth in said Final Judg-
ment:

COMMENCING AT THE NORTH-
WEST CORNER OF THE
SOUTHEAST ONE-QUARTER OF
SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH. RANGE 36 EAST.
THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DE-
GREES 24 MINUTES 08 SEC-
ONDS EAST ALONG THE HALF
SECTION LINE OF SAID SEC-
TION 17 A DISTANCE OF
202.61 FEET FOR POINT OF
BEGINNING. THENCE RUN
NORTH 0 DEGREES 05 MIN-
UTES 07 SECONDS EAST, A
DISTANCE OF 110.00 FEET TO
A POINT; THENCE RUN SOUTH
89 DEGREES 24 MINUTES 08
SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE
OF 198.00 FEET TO A POINT;
THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DE-
GREES 05 MINUTES 07 SEC-
ONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF
220.00 FEET TO A POINT;
THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DE-
GREES 24 MINUTES 08 SEC-
ONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF
198.00 FEET TO A POINT;
THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DE-
GREES 05 MINUTES 07 SEC-
ONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF
110.00 FEET TO POINT OF BE-
GINNING. LYING IN AND
COMPRISING A PART OF THE
EAST ONE-HALF OF SECTION
17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

A/K/A 7355 7TH STREET NE
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within sixty (60) days after
the sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal
of this Court on 12/11/2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, RL.
RO. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F09000747
341917 ON 12/23,30/09

IN THE CIRCUITCOURTOF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUITOFTHE
STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2008-CA-688

CITIMORTGAGE, INC.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
BILLY J. ELLERBEE; THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF BILLY J. ELLERBEE;
STACEY ELLERBEE; THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF STACEY ELLERBEE; IF
LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED,
THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER
OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANT(S); ADVANTAGE ONE MORT-
GAGE CORPORATION; WHETHER
DISSOLVED OR PRESENTLY EXIST-
ING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID
DEFENDANTS) AND ALL OTHER
PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFEN-
DANT(S); UNKNOWN TENANT #1;
UNKNOWN TENANT #2;
Defendants)

NOTICE OF SALE

Notice is hereby given that pursu-


ant to a Final Summary Judgment of
Foreclosure entered in the above-
styled cause, in the Circuit Court of
Okeechobee County, Flonda, I will
sell the property situate in Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, described as:

LOT 4 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF
LOT 5, BLOCK 88, OKEECHO-
BEE, AS PER PLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5,
PAGE 5, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A
308 NE 6th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, in the Jury As-
sembly Room of the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 257, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972 at 11:00 o'clock,
A.M., on 1/13/2010.
DATED this 18th day of Nov.
2009.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the hs pendens, must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.
Witness, my hand and seal of this
court on the 18th day of Nov., 2009.

SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY:
Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
9204 King Palm Dnve Tampa, FL
33619-1328 Phone: 813-915-8660
Attorneys for Plaintiff
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In
accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommoda-
tion to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court
Administration no later than
seven days prior to the proceed-
ing at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida
34986, (772) 807-4370 within
two working days of your re-
ceipt of this notice: IF YOU ARE
HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
1 800 955-8771; IF YOU ARE
VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1 800 955-8770.


IN THE COUNTY OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 09-CC-286
CARL S. MAXWELL,
Plaintiff
vs.
MAYOR R. ROSALES and MARY Y.
ROSALES, husband and wife, and
any unknown tenants in possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: Maynor R. Rosales
Mary Y Rosales

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to quiet title of the follow-
ing described property in Okeecho-
bee County, Florida, to-wit:
PARCEL:

LOT 9, BLOCK 33, BASSWOOD,
UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 28, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Parcel ID:
1-05-37-35-0020-00330-0090
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
wntten defense, if any, to it on DE-
VIN R. MAXWELL, Esquire, 405 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Horida
34972 and file onginal with the
Clerk of the above styled Court on or
before November 2009 otherwise
a judgment may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
said Court on this day of Novem-
ber, 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY: DEPUTY CLERK
340544 ON 12/9,16,23,30/09



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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERALJURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 2008-CA-463
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
DARIO A PERDOMO; LASHA B. PER-
DOMO; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, D E -
VISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS
DEFENDANTS
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 11/16/2009 en-
tered in Civil Case No. 2008-CA-463
of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judi-
cial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Okeechobee, Flonda, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash on the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Flonda, at
11:00 a.m. on the 13th day of Jan.,
2010, the following described prop-
erty as set forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 3, EMMA W. LAWRENCE
SUBDIVISION, AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE 80, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale if any
other than the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated thisl8th day of Nov., 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, PA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400,
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later
than seven days pnor to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Fort St. Lucie, FL 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370 within two
working days of your receipt of this
Summons/Nobce to Appear If you
are heanng impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-955-8770, via Flon-
da Relay Service.
340350 ON 12/23,30/09


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Capital Solutions Bancorp, LLC will
sell all assets of Sod Services, LLC
and Sod Services Lawn and Mainte-
nance, LLC which will be sold as a
unit and not in lots to the highest
qualified bidder in public as follows:

Date: Thursday,
December 31st 2009
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: 12751 World Plaza Lane,
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Terms: 100% cashier's check
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 2008-CA-000691
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
DAVID J. BROWN; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF DAVID J. BROWN IF
ANY; JOANNA H. BROWN A/K/A
JOANNA BROWN-UNDERHILL; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF JOANNA H.
BROWN A/K/A JOANNA BROWN-UN-
DERHILL IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UN-
KNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE ,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT
OF REVENUE; JOHN DOE AND JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN
POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 11/16/2009 en-
tered in Civil Case No. 2008-
CA-000691 of the Circuit Court of
the 19Th Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee,
Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash on the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Flonda, at
11:00 a.m. on the 20th day of Jan.,
2010, the following described prop-
erty as set forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, fo-wit:

WEST HALF (1/2) LOT 44, PIO-
NEER ESTATES, UNIT 2, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6,
PAGES 15 THRU 17 INCLUSIVE
PUBLIC RECORDS 6F OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
BEGINNING AT A POINT LYING
ON THE EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-
WAY OF SE 80TH TRAIL BEING
THE NORTH WEST CORNER OF
SAID LOT 44; THENCE SOUTH
53 DEGREES 39' 07" EAST A
DISTANCE OF 155.31 FEET TO A
POINT; THENCE SOUTH 36 DE-
GREES 20'53" WEST A DIS-
TANCE OF 142.88 FEET TO A
POINT LYING ON THE NORTH-
ERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY OF S.E.
59TH CIRCLE; THENCE NORTH
53 DEGREES 19'07" WEST
ALONG SAID NORTHERLY A
DISTANCE OF 120.31 FEET;
THENCE A DISTANCE OF 54.99
FEET ALONG THE ARC OF A
CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE
NORTHEAST HAVING A RADIUS
OF 35.00 FtET, A CENTRAL AN-
GLE OF 89 DEGREES 59'52"
WITH A CHORD BEARING OF
NORTH 08 DEGREES 39'11"
WEST TO A POINT; THENCE
NORTH 36 DEGREES 20'53"
EAST A DISTANCE OF 107.88
FEET ALONG THE EASTERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY OF S.E. 80TH
TRAIL TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING, TOGETHER WITH 1990
FLEETWOOD DOUBLEWIDE MO-
BILE HOME, VIN
#GAFLL34A13263SK AND
GAFLL34B13263SK
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale if any
other than the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 20th day of Nov. 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES 0
DAVID J. STERN, PA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400,
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1999
In accordance with the Amencans
With Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Dnve, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370 within two
working days of your receipt of this
Summons/Notice to Appear If you
are heanng impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flori-
da Relay Service.
340369 ON 12/23,30/09
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December 30, 2009


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 2008CA0241
GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC
PLAINTIFF
VS.
BRUCE D. LARGE; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF BRUCE D. LARGE, IF
ANY' ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-










TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UN-
DER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-











TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; MORTGAGE ELEC-












TRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS,
INC.; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSES-
SION
DEFENDANTS)
RE- NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to an Order Grantng the Motion
to Reset Foreclosure Sale dated
11/16/2009 entered in Civil Case No













2008CA0241 of the Circuit Court of
the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee,
Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for for cash at the JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, at
OKEECHOBEE JUDICIAL CENTER of
the OKEECHOBEE County Court-
house, 312 NW 3RD STREET, Okee-
chobee, Honda, at 11:00 a.m. on
the 13th day of Jan., 2010, the fol-
lowing described property as set
forth in said Summary Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:
LOTS 4, 5 AND 6, OF BLOCK
250, FIRST ADDITION TO
OKEECOBEE, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 6,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale if any oth-
er than the property owner as of the
date of the Iis Pendens. must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 20th day of Nov. 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 It
accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than
seven days pnor to the proceeding
at 250 NW Country Club Dnve, Port
St. Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1-772-8074370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Sum-
mens/Notice to Appear. If you are
hearing impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-955-8770, via Flon-
da Relay Service.
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN, P.A.,
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD,
SUITE 400,
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
340010 ON 12/23,30/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2009-CA-000435
SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
LEROY GOLDSTEIN; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF LEROY GOLDSTEIN; UN-
KNOWN TENANTSS; IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Fore-
closure dated the 16th day of Nov.,
2009, and entered in Case No.
47-2009-CA-000435, of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Flonda,
wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE,
INC. is the Plaintiff and LEROY
GOLDSTEIN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
LEROY GOLDSTEIN; UNKNOWN
TENANT (S); JOHN DOE; JANE DOE
AS UNKNOWN TENANT (S) IN POS-
SESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPER-
TY are defendants. I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD STREET,
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOK SECOND
FLOC, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
34972 at 11:00 am. on the 20th day
of Jan., 2010, the following de-
scnbed property as set forth in said
Final Judgment, to wit:
PARCEL 40. BRIDLEWOOD


RANCHES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 34,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AF-
TER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Amencans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact not later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceeding Court Administration at 250
NW Country Club Dr, Prt St. Lucie,
FL 34989. Phone 772.807.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (heanng impaired)
or 1.800.955.8770 (voice impaired).
Dated this 20th day of Nov., 2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk Of The Circuit Court

BY: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Submitted by:
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, 6onda 33309
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Facsimile: (954) 771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
340013 ON 12/23,30/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-584
TD BANK, N.A., a national banking
association, successor to PALM
BEACH COUNTY BANK,
Plaintiff,
VS.
JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA M. CASTRO;
OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY;
TENANT #1 and TENANT #2, un-
known parties in possession; and
JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, unknown
parties in possession
Defendants.

(Lot 62, Unit #7)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to the Final Judgment of Fore-
closure on Count II of Plaintiffs
Venfied Complaint to Foreclose
Mortgage dated 11/16/2009 (the
"Judgment"), entered in Civil Case
No. 2009-CA-584 of the Circuit Court
of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Flonda
in which TD BANK, N.A., a national
banking association, successor to
PALM BEACH COUNTY BANK, is
Plaintiff, and JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA
M. CASTRO; and OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY, are Defen-
dants.
I will sell the Property as defined
in the Judgment and as set forth be-
low at a public sale on Jan. 20,
2010, at 11:00 a.m. to the "highest
bidder," for cash at the Jury Assem-
bly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW
Third Street, Okeechobee Flonda
34972, in accordance with Secton
45.031, Flonda Statutes. The "high-
est bidder" for purposes of this No-
tice of Sale, is defined as the party
who bids the largest amount of mon-
ey to purchase the Property and who
compeletes the sale in a timely fash-
ion, as hereinafter set out. The one
who bids the largest amount of mon-
ey to purchase the Property shall be
permitted to complete the sale by
delivering to the Clerk, the balance
of such bid, over and above the de-
posit, by 5:00 p.m. on the day of
sale.
The following Property located in
Okeechobee County, Florida, is the
subject of this Notice of Sale:
Lot 62, of Treasure Island, Unit
#7 According to the Plat thereof,
recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 57,
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida
a/k/a 3243 SE 25th Street,
Unit #7, Okeechobee, FL 34974
together with all existing or subse-
quently erected or affixed buildings,
improvements, and fixtures (the
"Unit 7 Property").
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.
Witness my hand and seal of this
Court on 11/20/2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Noelle M. Page, Esquire
Akerman Senterfitt
222 Lakeview Avenue, Suite 400
West Palm Beach, Honda 33401
Telephone: (561) 653-5000
Facsimile: (561) 659-6313
340000 ON 12/23,30/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 2008-CA-00609
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
JEFFREY TALAN A/K/A JEFFREY TA-
LAN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JEF-
FREY TALAN A/K/A JEFFREY TALAN
IF ANY; ANY AND ALL UNKNKOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFEDNANT(S)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES OR OTHER
CLAIMANTS; BANK OF AMERICA,
N.A.; JOHN DOE AND JANE DOE AS
UNKNOWN TENANTS IN POSSES-
SION
DEFENDANTS
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 11/16/2009 en-
tered in Civil Case No. 2008-
CA-00609 of the Circuit Court of the
19TH Judicial Circuit in and for
OKEECHOBEE County, Okeechobee,
Flonda, I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash on the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 20th day of Jan.
2010, the following descnbed prop-
erty as set forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 123, TREASURE ISLAND,
UNIT 7, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 60, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Any person claiming an interest in
the swplus from the sale if any oth-
er than the owed)/ owner as of the
date of the lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 20th day of Nov. 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, PRA.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
08-01252 NCM
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact Court Administration no later
than seven days pnor to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or
call 1-772-807-4370 within two
working days of your receipt of this
Summons/Notice to Appear. If you
are hearing impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flon-
da Relay Service.
339892 ON 12/23 30/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH11 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000651
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON
TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSO-
CIATION FKA THE BANK OF NEW
YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS
SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE
BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR RAMP
2005RZ4,
Plaintiff,
VS.
ELIZABETH PINEIRO, etal,
Defendants.

FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Fore-
closure dated the 2ND day of March,
2009, and entered in Case No.
47-2008-CA-000651, of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Flonda,
wherein THE BANK OF NEW YORK
MELLON TRUST COMPANY, NATION-
AL ASSOCIATION FKA THE BANK OF
NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A.
AS SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN
CHASE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR
RAMP 2005RZ4 is the Plaintiff and
ELIZABETH PINEIRO; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF ELIZABETH PINEIRO
A/IC/A RAIMEL RODRIGUEZ; UN-
KNOWN TENANT (S); JOHN DOE;
JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN TENANT
(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUB-
JECT PROPERTY are defendants. I
will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW
3RD STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY


ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHO-
BEE, FLORIDA 34972 at the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse in
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 20th day of Jan., 2010, the
following descnbed property as set
forth in said Final
LOT 20, BLOCK 5, COUNTRY
HILLS ESTATES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 97 PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECIOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AF-
TER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
disabled person who, because of
their disabilities need special accom-
modation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact not later
than seven (7) days pnor to the pro-
ceeding Court Administration at 250
NW Country Club Dr., Port St. Lucie,
FL 34989. Phone 772.807.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (hearing impaired)
or 1.800.955.8770 (voice impaired)
Dated this 20th day of Nov., 2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk Of The Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Submitted by:
Law Office of Marshall C. Watson
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite 120
Fort Lauderdale, Flonda 33309
Telephone: (954) 453-0365
Facsimile: (954) 771-6052
Toll Free: 1-800-441-2438
339980 ON 12/23;30/09
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO:
472009CA000187XXXX
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO FIDELITY FEDERAL
BANK & TRUST
PLAINTIFF
VS.
NICK BRIDGENBACK A/K/A NICK K.
BRIDENBACK A/K/A NICHOLAS
KEITH BRIDGENBACK; KAREN BRID-
GENBACK A/K/A KAREN E. BRIDEN-
BACK A/K/A KARNE ELIZABETH
BRIDENBACK; ANY AND ALL UN-
KNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
JOHNE DOE AND JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANTS IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 11/16/2009, en-
tered in Civil Case No.
472009CA000187)0XX of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County, Okee-
chobee, Honda, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash on
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda, at 11:00 a.m. on the 13th
day of Jan., 2010, following de-
scnbed property as set forth in said
Summary Rnal Judgment, to wit:
LOT 80, RIVER ACRES, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5,
PAGES 13 AND 14, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY FLORIDA TOGETHER
WITH TIAT CERTAIN 2003 SKY-
LANE DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE
HOME WITH VIN# F7630333RA
AND VIN# F7630333RB.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale if any
other than the property owned as of
the date of the lis pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale
Dated this 18th day of Nov., 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 In
accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate
in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later than
seven days pnor to the proceeding
at 250 NW Country Club Dnve, Port
St. Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1-772-807-4370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Sum-
mons/Notice to Appear If you are
hearing impaired call
1-800-955-8771. If you are voice im-
paired call 1-800-9558770, via Flon-
a Relay Service.
340014 ON 12/23,30/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF THE
19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case #: 2009 CA 000416
U.S. Bank, National Association as
Trustee for WAMU Mortgage Prass
Through Certificate for WMALT Se-
nes 2007-OA3,
Plaintiff,
-VS.-
George E. Canning a/k/a George
Canning and Nome Frazee Canning
a/k/a Nome Canning, His Wife; Un-
known Parties in Possession #1; Un-
known Parties in Possession #2; If
Living, and all Unknown Parties
claiming by, through, under and
against the above named Defen-
dant(s) who are not known to be
dead or alive, whether said Unknown
Parties may claim an interest as
Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees,
or Other Claimants
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order of Rnal Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 11/16/2009, en-
tered in Civil Case No. 2009 CA
000416 of the Circuit Court of the
19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okee-
chobee County, Flonda, wherein U.S.
Bank, National Association as Trus-
tee for WAMU Mortgage Pass
Through Certificate for WMALT Se-
nes 2007-OA3, Plaintiff and George
E. Canning a/k/a George Canning
and Nome Frazee Canning a/k/a
None Canning, His Wife are defen-
dant(s), I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash, IN THE JURY
ASSEMBLY ROOM, ON THE SECOND
FLOOR, OF THE OKEECHOBEE JUDI-
CIAL CENTER, 312 N.W. THIRD
STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 at
11:00 a.m. on 1/13/2010 the follow-
ing descnbed property as set forth in


said Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 168, TREASURE ISLAND
UNIT NO. 6, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 57,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS, OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTER-
EST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE US PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AF-
TER THE SALE.
IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A
DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY AC-
COMMODATION IN ORDER TO PAR-
TICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING,
YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST
TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF
CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE
CONTACT COURT ADMINISTRA-
TION NO LATER THAN SEVEN
DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEED-
ING AT 250 NW COUNTRY CLUB
DRIVE PORT ST LUCI, FLORI-
DA 34986 1-772-807-4370
WITHIN 2 WORKING DAYS OF
YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE
OFSALE IF YOU ARE HEARING IM-
PAIRED CALL: 1-800-955-8771; IF
YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL:
1-800-955-8770
DATED at OKEECHOBEE, Florida,
this 18th day of Nov., 2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Honda
BY: Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF:
SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, LLP
2424 North Federal Highway,
Suite 360
Boca Raton, Flonda 33431
09-143933
340019 ON 12/23,30/09


camw


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-584
TD BANK, N.A., a national banking
association, successor to PALM
BEACH COUNTY BANK,
Plaintff,
VS.
JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA M. CASTRO;
OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY;
TENANT #1 and TENANT #2, un-
known parties in possession; and
JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, unknown
parties in possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
(Lot 62, Unit #6)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pur-
suant to the Final Judgment of Fore-
closure on Count I of Plaintiffs
Verified Complaint to Foreclose Mort-
gage dated 11/16/2009 (the "Judg-
ment"), entered in Civil Case No.
2009-CA-584 of the Circuit Court of
the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and
for Okeechobee County, Flonda in
which TD BANK, N.A., a national
banking association, successor to
PALM BEACH COUNTY BANK, is
Plaintiff, and JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA
M. CASTRO; OKEECHOBEE UTILITY
AUTHORITY; and TENANT #1,
n/n/k/a JASON HUEY, are Defen-
dants.
I will sell the Property as defined
in the Judgment and as set forth be-
low at a public sale on 1/20/2010, at
11:00 a.m. to the "highest bidder,"
for cash at the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW Third Street,
Okeechobee Florida 34972, in ac-
cordance with Section 45.031, Flon-


da Statutes. The "highest bidder" for
purposes of this Notice of Sale, is
defined as the party who bids the
largest amount of money to pur-
chase the Property and who com-
pletes the sale in a timely fashion, as
ereinafter set out. The one who
bids the largest amount of money to
purchase the Property shall be per-
mitted to complete the sale by deliv-
enng to the Clerk, he balance of
such bid, over and above the depos-
it, by 5:00 p.m. on the day of sale.
The following Property located in
Okeechobee County, Honda, is the
subject of this Notice of Sale:
Lot 62, of Treasure Island, Unit
#6 According to the Plat thereof,
recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 57,
Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida
a/k/a 3636 SE 26th Street,
Unit #6, Okeechobee, FL 34974
together with all existing or subse-
quently erected or affixed buildings,
improvements, and fixtures (the
"Unit 6 Property").
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.
Witness my hand and seal of this
Court on 11/20/2009.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
Noelle M. Page, Esquire
Akerman Senterfitt
222 Lakeview Avenue, Suite 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Telephone: (561) 653-5000
Facsimile: (561) 659-6313
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUITOF FLORIDA IN AND
FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 08000524CA
SUNTRUST BANK D/B/A
SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC.,
Plaintiff,
VS.
DAMARIS CASANOVA; et al.,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated 6/26/2009 and entered
in Case No. 08000524CA, of the Cir-
cult Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, orida wherein SUNTRUST
BANK D/B/A SUNTRUST MORTGAGE,
INC., is a Plaintff and DAMARIS
CASANOVA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
DAMARIS CASANOVA; JACOBO
GONZALEZ; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
JACOBO GONZALEZ; BRIDLEWOOD
RANCHES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIA-
TION, INC.; UNKNOWN TENANT #
1; UNKNOWN TENANT # 2 are the
Defendants. I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at Jury As-
sembly Room, Second Hoor, Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, 312
N.W 3rd St., Okeechobee, FL, at
11:00 AM on Jan. 13, 2010, the fol-
lowing descnbed property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:
PARCEL 5, BRIDLEWOOD
RANCHES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 34,
PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the Lis pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of the Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
Dated this 20th of Nov. 2009.
ATTENTION" PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES
If you are a person with disability
who needs any accommodation in
order to participate in this proceed-
ing, you are entitled, at no cost to
you to the provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact Court Adminis-
trator at 250 NW Country Club Dnve,
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986; Tel.:
7728074370 within two (2) working
days of your receipt of the NOTICE
OF ACTION; if you are heanng or
voice impaired, Call 8009558771;
THIS IS NOT A COURT INFORMA-
TION LINE
Ben-Ezra & Katz, PA.
Attorneys for Plaintiff

2901 Stirling Road, Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, Flonda 33312
Telephone: (305) 770-4100
Fax: (305) 653-2329
340250 ON 12/23,30/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 08-000644-CA
U.S. BANK, NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION, AS SUCCESSOR
TRUSTEE TO WACHOVIA BANK, N.A.
AS TRUSTEE FOR GSMPS 2005-RP3
Plaintiff,
v.
ADAN OROZCO; ESTELA OROZCO,
MARIA R. OROZCO; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF MARIA R. OROZCO, and
all unknown parties claiming by,
through, under or against the herein
named Defendants, who are not
known to be dead or alive, whether
said unknown parties claim as heirs,
devisees, grantees, assignees, lien-
ors, creditors, trustees, spouses, or
other claimants; TENANT #1 and/or
TENANT #2, the parties intended to
account for the person or persons in
possession
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to the Summary Final Judgment
of foreclosure entered on July 6,
2009, and the Order Rescheduling
Foreclosure Sale entered on
10/29/2009, in this cause, in the Cir-
cuit Court of OKEECHOBEE County,
Hornda, I will sell the property situat-
ed in OKEECHOBEE County, Hornda,
descnbed as:
LOT 20 AND THE EAST 1/2 OF
LOT 19, BLOCK 43, OKEECHO-
BEE PARK, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 28,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA.
a/k/a 2671 NW 5th Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, in the Jury As-
sembly Room on the Second Floor of
the Okeechobee Judicial Center, lo-
cated at 312 NW 3rd Street, Hornda,
OKEECHOBEE County, Flonda, at
11:00 o'clock a.m., on January 6th,
2010.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the is pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated at Okeechobee, Fornda, this
the 30th day of Oct., 2009.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: /S/ LINDA F YOUNG
Deputy Clerk
Douglas C. Zahm, PA.
18820 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., #212
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 536-4911
727) 539-1094
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Youth hunts available at

Babcock Ranch Preserve


Applications for youth hunts at
Babcock Ranch Preserve in Char-
lotte County are now available
online from the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC). The agency will choose
10 lucky applicants for each of the
two quail hunts and seven for each
of the two spring turkey hunts. The
FWC will choose all hunters through
a random drawing. All hunts are
three-day events.
To be eligible for these hunts, ap-
plicants must be at least 12 years old
by the first day of the hunt they are
applying for and under 16 years old
on the last day of the hunt for which
they apply.
Each permit allows only one
youth to hunt, and that youth must
be accompanied by an adult su-
pervisor who is 18 or older. The
accompanying adult is not permit-
ted to hunt. No license or permit is
required of the supervising adult,
unless the adult desires to assist in
calling on the turkey hunts. Permit-
ted youth and adults will be guided
during the hunts.
The youth and adult are required
to attend and participate in all the
Youth Hunting Program of Florida
orientation and training events the


Friday evening before the sched-
uled Saturday and Sunday hunts.
All members of the hunting party
are required to stay with the group
from Friday evening until noon on
Sunday. The FWC will assign primi-
tive campsites for selectees.
Quail hunt applications may be
submitted now through 11:59 p.m.
EST, Jan. 17, 2010. Quail hunts will
occur from Feb. 19 to 21 and from
Feb. 26 to 28.
Spring turkey hunt applications
may be submitted from 10 a.m. EST,
Jan. 28, 2010, through 11:59 p.m.
EST, Feb. 12, 2010. Turkey hunts
will occur from March 19 to 21 and
March 26 to 28.
Online applications can be ob-
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links for the Babcock Ranch Youth
Hunts.
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ties, visit MyFWC.com/Hunting or
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office.


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