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Vol. 101 No. 92 Sunday, August 1, 2010


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Sheriff makes drastic budget cuts


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Although Sheriff Paul May has
agreed to cut his proposed 2010-
11 budget by an additional $1 mil-
lion, the good news is no currently
employed gun-toting deputies will
lose their jobs.
Originally, the sheriff had pre-
sented the Okeechobee County


Board of County Commissioners
a proposed budget for the upcom-
ing fiscal year of $17,059.651. That
amount was a 1.88 percent de-
crease from Sheriff May's 2009/10
budget of $17,385,301. The sheriff
has cut his department's budget
three years in a row for a total re-
duction of 7.33 percent.
But, the sheriff was told he
had to sharpen his pencil and cut


some more.
And even though he initially
said he had no more to cut, Sher-
iff May told the commissioners
Thursday, July 29, that he could
cut six full-time and three part-
time positions.
With these and some oth-
er cost-saving measures, the
sheriff lopped off an additional
$1,088,000 and proffered a total


2010/11 budget of $16,296,542 to
the commissioners.
Some positions being cut from
the law enforcement part of the
budget are positions that were
already open and now won't be
filled. Another cut from this side is
the position currently held by Ja-
cob Bronson, who has resigned.
See BUDGET Page 2


History camp is a 'Blast to the Past'

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
The Blast to the Past Adventures in History ,'
Summer Camp gave 53 students a chance not
only to see and learn about historic places in
Florida, but also to connect with the state's
history. The campers held Spanish gold from
See HISTORY Page 10 i. x r.


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SHERIFF
Continued From Page 1

Sheriff May said his slot will not be filled.
Two full-time slots in the jail, and one open
part-time position, will not be filled.
On the downside, two school crossing
guards and a Community
In Schools (CIS) employ- .
ee, Mike Davis, will be
laid off.
"Mike has done the
county a wonderful job,"
said Major Noel Stephen.
"As far as the school cross-
ing guards, they were
manning posts where
children did not cross." Sheriff
The sheriff pointed out Paul May
that he will save money if a position comes
open in the road patrol division because he
won't have to hire someone off the street
then pay for them to attend the law enforce-
ment academy to become certified. Sheriff
May said there are currently two certified of-
ficers working in the jail who can be trans-
ferred to the road patrol whenever a slot
comes open. He explained he tries to keep
certified officers on duty in the jail to serve
warrants and take care of any problems that
may arise to keep from pulling a road patrol
deputy off the road.
Plus, by having these officers already on
the pay roll, the sheriff and his staff are fa-
miliar with them.
The sheriff said he was able to come up
with the additional budget cuts by not only
doing away with some positions, but also
because he trimmed in four areas where
he has had to over-budget. Those areas are
overtime, utilities for the jail and administra-
tive offices, fuel and inmate medical costs.
According to Sheriff May, there was
room to cut officer overtime because there
hasn't been a catastrophic hurricane season
such as 2004. And the price of gas has been
stable so he doesn't have to budget for a sig-
nificant increase in price.
But these cost saving measures won't
come without a possible financial down-
side to the county.
"This is going to do two things," said
Sheriff May. "One, we will not turn back
$1 million to the county out of this budget.
Two, if we have a 2004 hurricane season
then we'll have to return to the commis-
sioners for help with overtime, fuel and util-


ity costs. Mr. Bonner (county administrator)
said he will draw up an agreement between
the sheriff and the board of commissioners
on how this will be done."
Sheriff May said since he's been sheriff
he's never spent any of the money that has
been left over at the end of the year, so he
has always been able to give that money
back to the county. For example, at the end
of the 2008/09 fiscal year, $1,218,264 in un-
spent dollars was given back to the coun-
ty. This money is then used by the county
for whatever purpose the commissioners
choose.
It's estimated that Sheriff May will return
$1 million to the county from his 2009/10
budget.
Another plan to save money is to take
away some designated holidays/days off
from every employee. Those holidays are:
the Friday after Thanksgiving; either one day
before or one day after Christmas; Labor
Day; Memorial Day; and, New Year's Day.
In the past, if someone was slated to
work one of the aforementioned days they
not only got their regular pay but also re-
ceived comp time. And, those who were
scheduled to be off on these days were also
given comp time. But under the new plan, if
a deputy is scheduled to work one of these
days they will only receive their normal pay.
If an employee is scheduled to be off, they
will not be given comp time.
"People can take these days off, but they
will not be paid," said Sheriff May.
The sheriff said this alone will save his
department over $200,000.
Even though Sheriff May has submitted
yet another budget with yet more cuts, it still
hasn't been accepted by the commission-
ers. What will the sheriff do, if the county
commissioners don't accept his proposed
spending plan?
"I have no idea," he said.
He said it's his hope that the commis-
sioners will realize that the sheriff's office
has done it's part to get through this budget
crisis and that they also realize what's going
on in the community -- law-enforcement
wise.
"In the past couple of months we've
had two shootings, a murder in Whispering
Pines and a major, 4.6-pound cocaine bust,"
Sheriff May pointed out. "Our business has
not gone down -- it's gone up. And I hope
the commissioners can fund this budget be-
cause it's fair and reasonable."
And to paraphrase an old saying now,
the ball is in the commissioners' court.


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Lake conditions improve k,,UIJ I rj,


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Conditions of Lake Okeechobee have im-
proved but there is still a ways to go for the
Lake to get a clean bill of health, the County
Coalition for the Responsible Management
of Lake Okeechobee was told Friday.
Don Fox, biologist with the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission
reported some rebound in the fish popula-
tions on the lake. He said the FWC restocked
the lake with 425,000 bass fish in the past
two years.
"The lake is in the best shape I've seen
it for 15 years," he told the coalition. He
explained that bass are survivors and will
basically eat anything. He said the key to im-
proving the fishery is maintaining and then
expanding the habitat that is available for
fish. Mr. Fox said another positive trend is
they are seeing more birds around the Lake
including the endangered snail kite. He said
birds are finding food and are attempting to
nest. He added the birds haven't had a lot of
success when they nest around the lake.
Mr. Fox said there has not been a rebound
in the Speckled Perch population due to a
lack of food and habitat.
Releases from Lake Okeechobee con-
tinue into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee
Rivers. Martin County Commissioner Sarah
Heard said the St. Lucie River was in ter-
rible shape this spring. "Our health depart-
ment has posted numerous warnings to tell
residents to avoid all contact with the water
because the quality is so awful. Not much
has changed from our perspective regretta-
bly," she said. Water officials said rainfall has
been near average or slightly below average
for the rainy season. The lake levels reached
a high of 15.2 feet but through releases and
evaporation has dropped to below 13.9
feet.
Lt. Michael Kinard of the United States
Corps of Engineers gave an update on the
Herbert Hoover Dike restoration. He said
seven miles of the dike near Port Mayaca


and near Belle Glade have been completed.
They will begin work on 7.3 miles from Sand
Cut to Pahokee soon.
Lt. Kinard agreed that 76 percent of the
releases from the lake go into the St. Lucie
River. "I'm not saying its fair." he explained.
"It's just I have no other place to put it."
About a foot of water has been released
from Lake Okeechobee through pulse re-
leases in the past few months.
In other issues that affect the lake, some
area counties including Palm Beach and St.
Lucie have considered fertilizer ordinances
that are considered environmentally friend-
ly. Palm Beach County recently approved a
one year moratorium on land mining in the
county. Hendry County officials announced
they will hold a meeting Aug. 3, to discuss
the Herbert Hoover dike, the use of the
Clewiston waterfront, and economic devel-
opment issues.
Pinar Balci of the South Florida Water
Management District said although phos-
phorus loads continue to be high in Lake
Okeechobee, she has seen some positive
trends. Legacy phosphorus, or nutrients al-
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Sunday, August 1, 2010


Reflections from the Pulpit


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Positive action
Think of something positive and do it.
That's what makes this country great. NOT
the name callers and gossip mongers. The
people who actually take action everyday in
a positive direction.

Sheriff cuts budget
OK, the sheriff has cut his budget. What
about all the other departments? Have they
cut their budget the past three years? What
has Mr. Bonner cut back on? At least he
could show he is a leader and cut his own
pay and holidays.
I would be willing to bet the other de-
partments have not cut as much in three
years as the Sheriff has this year, let alone
what he has cut in the past three years.

Child drowns
From what they said on TV many peo-
ple in that neighborhood enjoy fishing in
that pond. It looked like a pretty big body
of water on TV but I know TV can be de-
ceptive. You can't fence every body of water
in Florida. There are going to be canals and
ponds where kids might go and that is why
it is so essential for every child to learn to
swim. And of course there is no substitution
for adult supervision.
If you live in Florida, your children must
learn to swim. This should be a priority for
every parent. It is essential for their safety.
Look around. There are canals, ponds,
pools. When we have a hard rain, the ditch-
es are so full so quickly that a small child
could drown on the side of the road. Kids
are curious and they are fast. It only takes a
few seconds for a child to make a bad deci-
sion and wind up in the water. The only way
to protect them from drowning is to teach
them to swim.
t There ought to be a law that every child
learns to swim, starting at birth.
Logical? Enforceable? Punishable?


The public schools do have swimming
classes as part of their PE program, but I
think they start with first grade ... rather than
a law I think we need more parent educa-
tion and perhaps more swimming classes.
As with so many things, transportation is an
issue. For a family that only has one vehicle,
which is being used by a working parent, it
is difficult to get to swimming lessons at the
public pool because there is no public trans-
portation.
I helped teach swim class for a few
years through the public school system. I
stopped doing it because children could not
dress themselves and that put me in a bad
spot. With no extra parents there to help
and watch and cover your back, I was told I
was putting myself at risk. My own children
were swimming at 12 months.

Stolen book
To the kid who stole my child's library
book, "Book of Haikus," at Osceola Middle
School in sixth grade math class, please for
God sake, return it to the library. Our econo-
my is tight and my child has asthma allergy
from the heat. We have no a/c on our car.
His best place to go after school is the library
and now even more in the summer. There's
not much to do but enjoy the library. Now,
he can't check out books or enjoy the library
all because of the book that was stolen. Say
no to stealing, say no to drugs, say no to sins
and return that book so you too will be able
to have a good life. Let's all stop this stealing
and Okeechobee a better peaceful place to
live.

Starving horses
What ever judge this woman who let the
horses starve goes before needs to take her
privilege of owning any animal away from
her for life. This county judicial system is way
too lenient when it comes to animal abuse.
The folks that work for Animal Control work
hard and do the best they can with the fund-
ing they are allowed. They have a very hard
job and have to see things that would bring
most of us to our knees in tears. I commend
them for their work and caring. This woman
is a criminal and should be held accountable
for her actions or lack thereof that caused
such horrible suffering and pain. I am not a
tree hugger either but what is right, is right.
There is no gray area in this case.


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Stormy winds that
fulfill His word

By Rev. Loy Mershimer
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
Psalm 148 is a passage of mystery, one
of my favorites. It treats dragons and depths,
lightning, hail and clouds, stormy winds as
chosen tools of God. Listen to verses 7-6:
"Praise the LORD from the earth, You
great seacreatures and all ocean depths,
Lightning and hail, snow and clouds, Stormy
winds that do His bidding..."
These things are all called to praise the
LORD, and literally, "fulfill His word."
This is remarkable, and mysterious, be-
cause these things are understood by hu-
mans to be negative: lightning, hail, storm,
swelling depths, sea monsters, clouds. And
yet, God is at work in them all! They must
praise Him, and do His bidding. It is a pow-
erful concept, and worthy of meditation.
On the basis of this promise, people of
faith should ask in every circumstance:
"What is God doing in this situation?" No
matter how terrible, we can ask, "What
is God doing here? What is God's intent?
Where is God's redemption?"
Calvin said, rightfully, that "Not a drop
of rain falls but by will of the Father." As
children of this loving Father, we then ask,
"Abba, what means the rain?"
As I look back over my life, at formative
events, I realize that each struggle, each
rain-filled era, was carefully guided by a Lov-
ing Hand. This is something that takes a bit
more to confess recently, as I face surgery
and questions of health. And yet, I confess it
still: Abba is at work in this, even this!
This is something that takes a bit more for
us to confess now, as a community. As the
economy has suffered, we've faced growing
problems in Okeechobee City and County.
Many of our friends and neighbors have lost
business or homes.
Big Lake Mission and our food pantry
face increased demands, along with our
multiple social services. And the march of
grief and death just doesn't stop: we've had
our share of heart-rending losses, young and
old and not-so-old.
We have more questions than answers:
what direction our country -are worse


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times ahead? What about increasing natural
disasters and unnatural disasters?
Yes, we face much of the stormy wind,
don't we? And yet, as we turn our faces to-
ward Abba, we must confess: God is still
at work! In prayer, and faith, we sense that
something profound is on the horizon; al-
ready the light dawns for those in darkness.
Is there some divine purpose for Okeecho-
bee, something so great that it will cause us
to sing, and praise, with hearts full of joy?
In the midst of our trial, the kingdom
is breaking in among us. Hearts are being
sweetened by the Spirit of God, moved to
benevolence and altruism. Faithful persons
are seeing the beauty of the Heavenly Father,
beyond mere self-based prayers and candy-
machine requests.
Individuals are turning toward prayer
and soul-searching themes. Public officials
are seeking to serve in divine light. Some-
thing moves within us... In prayer light, as
we kneel in the Presence, in the midst of our
storms, a light dawns for us that will far out-
strip the struggle we now endure.
God is working out His purpose. The
stormy winds are fulfilling His loving com-
mand! Dear child of God, son or daughter,
hold on. Hold on until the light is clear; be
steadfast, unmovable in faith, until the jour-
ney fruition is here.
God has not forgotten us. Put your name
in there: He has not forgotten you, or me!
Let us put our hand to the plow, and hold
on.
And as the farmer patiently waits for the
crop, let us wait for the season of our Lord's
revealed favor. We will be glad we did. The
kingdom is here. Let us join it willingly. There
is treasure in the storm.
Alleluia!



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Letters to the Editor


Golf Course looks great
This letter is intended as an appreciation
for improvements at Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club in the last few months. I hope
it reaches everyone who is interested in golf.
I am a charter member of the club, which
opened in the mid 1960's and has survived
on tight budgets for almost it's entire exis-
tence. Many local folks have been members
and there a few other charter members still
around. Not long ago, the charter and by-
laws were amended to allow equity mem-
bership and the equity memberships were
taken up by Saba Curren and her family.
The improvements in maintenance have
been very impressive, and I hope members
who have drifted away over the years will go
out and take a look. The mowing of fairways
and roughs has never even approached pres-
ent practices and it certainly shows. Fairways
are the best they have ever been, and work-
ers are visible all the time, working to make
the entire course and facilities even better.
The pool is in great shape and enjoying a lot
of popularity. There is even a fitness club in
the clubhouse. The staff is friendly and help-
ful -in short, we now enjoy a course that
is more beautiful and enjoyable than many
courses in our area, and it is getting better
all the time.
Summertime in Florida is not the most
enjoyable time to play, as courses are usual-
ly soggy from rain, and ours has experienced
some very heavy rainfall but it is dry and well
drained, with lakes full and attractive.
The greens are coming around and will
improve as our heat and humidity declines.
Tee times are available, and most of the


summer you don't even need one -just
bring your clubs and enjoy. The restaurant is
open and interior improvements are going
full speed. I think folks will be very pleased
to see what has been accomplished.
I certainly want to commend Saba and
her family for what they are doing to provide
a first class facility for the community. I also
want our citizenry to come out and utilize
and support what is going to be a real credit
to Okeechobee. Take my word for it -you
will be pleased.
Ben Burdeshaw

Thanks YMCA
Summer Camp!
I want to thank you so much for the
wonderful program you have introduced to
Okeechobee, My son has been to numerous
camps over the years. I'm afraid he's had
to "settle" with whatever I could afford and
what I considered safe.
He's not always been happy with the
choices I've made but unfortunately we
both had to "make do."
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your terrific program? First of all, I love the
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get up with the variety of ages you have
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It gives him a sense of being needed and
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God bless this little boy
I was there that day. I want to say the
detectives, police and all the departments
involved from our Okeechobee Police Dept.
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young boy. My deepest sympathy to the par-
ents!
Parents, you need to watch your children
24/7. Teach them to swim. If you're near wa-
ter, put a floating device on them, even if it's
for a while. You can never relax when a child
is with you. And never depend on someone
else's eyes to watch your child, even an old-
er brother or sister or aunt. You're the par-
ent. If you need to relax, bring them in. Give
them something to do inside that they like.
And relax.
People, watch your neighborhoods.
Look out your windows. Get to know your
cars passing by. If you ever see a strange car
circling around, call the police and ask ques-
tions later.
God bless the little children
Lavon Neal


Okeechobee
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near 94. Calm wind becoming east south-
east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation
is 40 percent.
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storms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a
low around 74. Calm wind becoming south-
east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation
is 20 percent.
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a high near 93. Calm wind becoming east
around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30
percent.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Water Professionals Week
At the July 20, meeting of the Okeechobee City Council Mayor Pro Tempore
Dowling Watford, right, proclaimed the week of Aug. 16-20, to be Florida Wa-
ter Professionals Week in the city. Accepting the proclamation is Steve Utter,
left, regional director for the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators
Association, a nonprofit organization whose members are engaged in the
production and distribution of drinking water, and the collection, treatment
and disposal of wastewater and storm water.


August 1,2010


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6 Okeechobee News August 1, 2010

Community News in Brief


Community Improvement
Association to meet
The Okeechobee Community Improve-
ment Assoc. will hold their meeting sched-
uled for Monday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. at the
Douglas Brown Community Center. We
are asking all members to attend. They are
important issues that need to be discussed.
Anyone who is interested in joining or who
would like to see what the association is
about should come and join us. If you have
questions, please call George Roberson
- 863-610-0973, Bertha Boswell 863-763-
4823, Rita Jones 863-467-0594.

Church to hold back to
school clothing giveaway
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon, onAug. 4,11,18
and 25, is having a back to school children
clothes closet open at no cost to those in
need. Call Ada at 863-697-8539 for informa-
tion or if you would like to donate items.

Candidates forum
Come out and meet the candidates for
county commissioner and learn how they
stand on the issues. A candidates forum
will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at
Okeechobee High School Auditorium.


School District to
host 'Meet and Greet'
On Saturday, Aug. 7, the Okeechobee
County School District host a "Back to School
Meet & Greet" for all migrant students from
5 until 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman
Center Auditorium. Invitations were mailed
on Wednesday, July 28, to all eligible stu-
dents. Please remember that each child must
bring his or her invitation on Aug. 7, in order
to be admitted. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact Joseph Stanley at
863-462-5000 ext. 238.

Memorial Poker Run planned
for victim's family
A memorial Poker Run is set for Satur-
day, Aug. 14, to benefit the three surviving
children of Dawn Johnston. Ms. Johnston
died in a recent auto accident and she leaves
three young children behind. This benefit is
intended to offer the children the opportu-
nity to receive clothing and supplies for the
upcoming school year and to ease the finan-
cial burden put on the family. The Poker Run
begins at Hammerhead's with registration to
begin at 10 a.m. There will be drawings, a
silent auction, music and more. For informa-
tion, please contact Teresa Chandler at 863-
801-4996.


Obituaries


Cypress Hut Eagles
to hold benefit
The Cypress Hut Eagles will hold a ben-
efit to help the family of Jerry Love. Jerry re-
cently passed away from Colon Cancer. All
proceeds will assist in medical and funeral
expenses. The benefit will be held on Aug.
7, at 2 p.m. The dinner will be beer can
chicken, red potatoes, vegetables, roll and
dessert for a donation of just $7. Music by
Jimmy and Debbie Harper. There will also
be 50-50 drawings and an auction.

Bowling tourney to
support kids charity
A bowling tourney set for Saturday, Aug.
14, at Lucky Lanes Bowling Alley will ben-
efit Chaka's Stars. Check in for the tourna-
ment will be at 3 p.m. and bowling begins at
4 p.m. Four-man team pays $120 at pre-reg-
istration. Bring your own team. Three-game
format is planned: Regular 3-6-9 and No-Tap.
The event will also help to benefit the Real
Life Children's Ranch of Okeechobee. The
event is sponsored by Esquire Legal Group,
P.A. For more information, please call 863-
634-7424 or chaka@chakastars.com.

Okeechobee Health Start
board to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeecho-
bee Healthy Start Coalition will meet on


Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the
office located at 575 S.W 28th Street within
the New Endeavor High School Building.
This meeting is open to the public. For more
information about the Coalition, please con-
tact Executive Director, Kay Begin, at the Co-
alition Office, 863-462-5877.

Edward Jones branch office
supports school supply drive
Local residents and businesses can help
those less fortunate in the community by
bringing items to the Edward Jones branch
office from July 19-Aug. 13, in support of
the back to school supply drive. The office is
located behind Domino's Pizza across from
the movie theatre.

Garage sale to
benefit charities
American Legion Post 64 will host a ga-
rage sale Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug.
13, 14, 15 to benefit Legion Charities. Air
conditioned rental spaces are available. $10
for one day, $15 for two days, or $20 for three
days. Call 863-634-4193 or 763-5309 ask for
Miriam for information.
Donations to the Legion will also be ac-
cepted.


Edwina A. Kline, 91
OKEECHOBEE -Edwina A. Kline, 91, died
Thursday, July 22, 2010, at her residence. She
had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1966
and was of the Bap- .
tist faith.
Her hobbies in-
cluded sewing, craft-
ing, gardening, and
her grandbabies.
Miss Edwina's
community service
included the Marah
Ladies of the Shrine
and auxiliaries of the
American Legion,
VFW, Moose and
Elks. She was also a Pink Lady at Raulerson
Hospital.
She was preceded in death by husband, Rich-
ard and five siblings.
Survivors include sons, Edrich (Martha) Kline
of Canadys, S.C., George R. Kline II, of Okeecho-
bee, and Elbert (Anna) Kline of Vero Beach;
daughters, Susan Kline of Okeechobee, Emily P.
Kline of River Ranch, and Mary R. Zink of Ayer,
Mass. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren;
23 great-grandchildren; and two great, great-
grandchildren.
A memorial service was held July 26, at 1
p.m., at Abundant Blessings Church with Pas-
tors David and Deborah San Martin of Resurrec-
tion Life Church of ( i.... i I - officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memori-
al donations be made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, (i., i...l. FL 34973.
All arrangements and care are under the direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory,
Okeechobee, 863-357-7283.


Douglas B. Mead, 77
OKEECHOBEE -Douglas B. Mead, 77, died
July 29, 2010, at Raulerson Hospital. He had
been a resident of Okeechobee since 1969.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Mead; daugh-
ters, Michelle Mead (Michael Walton) of North
Carolina, Jackie (Keith) Neal of Texas; a broth-
er, Eddie Mead of Toronto, Canada; grandchil-
dren Kourtney and Michael, both of Texas; and
his beloved dog, Tiffany.
The family will not hold services at this time.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-
Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550
Highway 441 North, (' .. .. i.. .1 FL 357-7283.

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Sharon Vinson of the Shared Services Network and Wendy Watts, a volun-
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Shurley representing the Quilting Mission at First Baptist Church. The dona-
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Livestock Report


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nicely. But actually, at Publix you'll find thousands

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compromising quality. And along the way, you'll get

helpful service you can't quite put a price on. So,

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Monday Sales at noon Tuesday sales at 11
a.m.
Cows Monday Tuesday
Breaking $52.00 $64.50
Cutter $51.00 $60.00
Canner $45.00 $52.00
Bulls
1000-1500 $63.00 $70.00
1500-2000 $65.50 $73.00
Monday Tuesday
Calves 416 1205
Cows 108 344
Str 38 11
Hfrs 1 16
Bulls 5 25
Yrlngs 17 41
Mix 0 0
Total 585 1642
Med #1 Steers Hfrs
150-200 165-200
200-250 165-180 130-160
250-300 145-180 120-140
300-350 140-155 116-130
350-400 127-145 110-120
400-450 120-130 107-117
450-500 112-126 104-113
550-600 109-120 103-109
600-650 102-109 101-102


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250-300
300-350
350-400
400-450


135-150
120-145
117-128
110-122


110-130
105-123
101-114
105-108


Not as many cattle showed up this week
as I thought we'd have but prices sure con-
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both were $3-$4 higher. One Nine Cattle and
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8 Okeechobee News August 1, 2010


School board discusses budget


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County School Board
held their first public hearing on the pro-
posed $79.3 million budget on Thursday and
received no public comment on the spend-
ing plan.
The village was set at 8.121, a slight in-
crease of .0356 over last year. The village
included 5.623 for the required local effort,
0.748 mills for discretionary local effort, and
.250 for the super majority village. There is
also a 1.5 mills set aside for capitol improve-
ments.
The super majority village can be in-
stituted for two years. A voter referendum
takes place during the general election in
November. This village will fund critical op-
eration needs. This is not a new tax and if
approved by voters, the tax can remain for
another two years.
The property tax on a residence worth
$100,000 will increase by $5.20 this year,
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper said.
Spending in operations is down $1.2 million
or about 1.5 percent.
The local property taxes collected will de-
cline $1.95 million due to declines in prop-
erty values. There will be just under $10.6
million collected this year.
The budget itself includes $56.03 million
in expenditures, an increase of $956,729 this
year, or about 1.1 percent. There will be a
huge decrease in capital improvements,
more than 20 percent. The district would


spend $8.78 million for capital projects, $4.3
million for food service, and $9.9 for federal
programs.
State funding increased by $1.96 million
to $34.84 million this year. The district will
spend $201,402 in state money to help fund
the school resource officer program. State
funds used for transportation and instruc-
tional materials declined by $10,572.
The district proposed a $500,000 fund
balance in their operating budget. There
are no salary increases programmed in the
spending plan this year.
The proposed village and budget were
approved (4-0) without discussion by the
board. Board member India Riedel was ab-
sent.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper said
she received a letter to update the district on
the FCAT audit being conducted by the State
Department of Education.
Okeechobee has the most students of
any one district in the state that are currently
under review. The state has agreed to do a
student by student review of any student
who declined by two or more levels.
Dr. Cooper said it might take four to six
weeks to get the FCAT results and school
grades for Okeechobee this year.
"I'd rather wait and have the results be
right," she added.
Dr. Cooper said there were 12 vacant in-
structional positions in the school system as
of Thursday.
Peace Lutheran Church will hold a new
teacher luncheon on Monday, Aug. 16.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Mustang roundup help appreciated
Last September fishermen discovered that someone had left a herd of wild
mustangs on South Florida Water Management (SFWMD) property on the
Kissimmee River. In April 15, of the mustangs were rounded up thanks to the
efforts of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and Okeechobee County
Animal Control. The horses were later auctioned off. At the Thursday, July
29 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Gary Ritter, director of
SFWMD's Okeechobee Service Center, recognized the efforts of the sheriff's
office and animal control. Pictured are, left to right, Tony Kibler, agriculture
deputy, Mr. Ritter, Jim Threewitts, deputy county commissioner representing
animal control, Clif Betts, chairman of the commission, Michael Hazellief,
agriculture deputy, Howard Pickering, agriculture deputy and Sheriff Paul
May. Not picture is Rusty Hartsfield, agriculture deputy, who also assisted in
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Softball players want coach back


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Despite being told by their high school
principal that she won't change her mind,
a group of Okeechobee High School Brah-
man Lady softball players continue to work
to have their coach reinstated.
Four of the players serving as spokes-
person and representatives of the team
met with OHS Principal Toni Wiersma on
Wednesday and were told that the final de-
cision has been made and that Hargraves
will not return as coach.
Taylor Douglas said she won't give up and
will make an appeal before the Okeechobee
County School Board on Aug. 10.
The group also met with School Board
member Joe Arnold this week. The Mr. play-
ers said Arnold praised the group for stand-
ing up for what they believe in.
Jaryca Baker and Naomi Stevens were
also involved in those meetings. They claim
Coach Hargraves is the backbone of the
program and they are concerned about the
direction the program. Baker said she was
devastated by the news Coach Hargraves
would be replaced. She said she is a really
great coach, "This is not something that
should be happening. None of us really de-
serve this treatment. It's kind of ridiculous."
The group said they weres frustrated that
Principal Wiersma would not give them an
explanation or give any reasons for her deci-
sion. They note she wouldn't really discuss
the situation in depth.
"It wasn't the best meeting. She didn't
want to listen to us at all."
Okeechobee has seven senior softball
players on the team this year and were con-
sidered one of the stronger teams in this
region.
A group of softball players also travelled
around town this week talking to Brahman
sports supporters and parents. They hope
to have a big turnout at the school board
meeting.
Douglas said she felt the school made a
bad decision. She explained that Hargraves
has been a big influence on her life and
would help her get a college scholarship.
"Coach Kim knows all of us and our fam-
ilies and what we've been through. I just
want the school board to understand how
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Stevens said she worried that the new
coach wouldn't be as experienced and not
have the college connections that are some-
times needed to get a high school player a
college scholarship. She also claimed Mrs.
Wiersma doesn't know what the Coach
really does for players on the team. "Mrs.
Wiersma never played ball and has come
to maybe three games in the last 100. She
doesn't know the situation. Coach Kim is
like another mom. She is our backbone,"
she said.
School Superintendent Dr. Patricia Coo-
per explained that the process of hiring
and firing coaches involves the high school
principal, who makes those decisions. They
make a recommendation to the School Su-
perintendent and she then makes a recom-
mendation to the School Board. She said a
committee has been put in place to find a
new coach and she said she was confident
a qualified coach will be hired.
Dr. Cooper said the school board would
be glad to hear from the softball players at
the August 10 meeting.
Facebook campaign
One Okeechobee High School softball
fan has started a "Save Kim Hargraves"
page on Facebook, encouraging supporters
to attend the Aug. 10 school board meet-
ing. As of July 30, 570 persons had joined as
"friends" of the effort.


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HIS TORY tional Register of Historic Places. The House
of Refuge was originally one of ten houses
Continued From Page 1 commissioned by the U.S. Lifesaving Ser-
vice, designated as havens for shipwrecked
a treasure ship in their own hands. They sailors. It played a critical role as a relief and
swam in the clear 72 degree water of DeLeon lifesaving station in a time when sailing ships
Springs. They watched a blacksmith pound dominated world commerce. During World
a piece of hot iron into a nail. War II, it was used by the military as a sub-
The camp, sponsored by the marine spotting station.
Okeechobee County Extension After a picnic lunch, campers
Office, is made possible in part enjoyed a swim in the ocean.
through grant funding according to On Tuesday, July 20, camp-
camp leader Diane Spann. This was ers headed to Fort Myers to visit
the second year the 4-H program the Florida Museum of History,
offered a week long history camp. which included a walk through
In addition to the campers, the of a Cracker House and a private
Okeechobee group included adult railroad car. After lunch, they vis-
volunteers and teen counselors. ited the Imaginarium to enjoy a
On Monday, July 19, the group 3-D movie on the environment,
traveled to the Elliott Museum in get up close to some Florida wild-
Stuart and the House of Refuge Mu- In St. Augustine, life and learn about the state's
seum at Gilbert's Bar. At the Elliott campers saw a weather. The "hurricane chan-
Museum, campers learned about cannon fired. ber" proved the most popular at-
the inventions of Sterling Elliott and traction. After donning protective
how his invention originally designed to al- goggles, campers played with beach balls in
low a four-wheeled bicycle to make tight the face of hurricane force winds.
turns was adapted for use in early automo- Wednesday, July 21, brought a trip to De-
biles. The museum houses an impressive Leon Springs and a chance to swim in the
collection of vintage automobiles as well pure 72 degree water coming up from the
as the largest collection of signed baseball Floridan aquifer. Campers also enjoyed a
memorabilia outside of Cooperstown. ride on the Fountain of Youth Echo of His-
At the House of Refuge, campers walked tory Tour Boat.
through the last standing shipwreck lifesav- Thursday, July 22, was "pirate day," and
ing station in the United States. It was built the campers visited Mel Fisher's Treasure
in 1876 on the St. Lucie rocks of the Anas- Museum in Sebastian and the McClarty Trea-
tasia Formation, one of the most prominent sure Museum on Orchid Island, near Vero
geologic outcroppings along the entire East Beach. The group learned about the sink-
ern seaboard. It is the oldest structure on ing of the Spanish Treasure fleet in a storm
the Treasure Coast, and is listed on the Na- off the coast of Florida, giving the area the
"Treasure Coast" nickname. The collection
of this treasure by salvage operations in-


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar
was once a refuge for shipwrecked
sailors. During WWII, it was used as a
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spired privateers to become pirates and steal
the collected riches -- these were the original
pirates of the Caribbean.
On Friday, July 23, the campers got up ear-
ly to leave Okeechobee at 6:15 a.m. headed
for St. Augustine, the oldest city in the Unit-
ed States. They turned the Castillio de San
Marcos, where they witnessed the firing of
a cannon. In the afternoon, they toured the
Colonial Spanish Quarters and learned how
the city's residents lived in the 1740s.
Mrs. Spann said they hope to offer the
camp again next summer. She said they will


change it up so they don't visit the same
places every year.
The history camp was just one of the
summer programs offered through the
Okeechobee County Extension Office. Other
summer programs included the popular
H20 camps, in which the activities are based
around water, and horsemanship camps
held at the Agri-Civic Center. For more in-
foramtion about the camps, or about the
4-H programs held during the school year,
contact the Okeechobee County Extension
Office at 863-763-3134.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
4-H History Camp participants touch some Florida sea life in a special pool at
the Imaginarium. Left to right are Mitch Mulholland, Alyssa Osterman, Hannah
Raulerson, Hannah Boshell and Hunter Boshell.


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Caution urged against mosquito-borne diseases


TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson stated two cases of West Nile
Virus (WNV) have now been detected in
horses in the state and the number of East-
ern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases contin-
ues to rise.
Mr. Bronson is reminding horse owners
to get their animals vaccinated. He is also
urging the public to follow Florida Depart-
ment of Health (DOH) guidelines to help
prevent mosquito-borne illnesses in people.
DOH has reported that two people in Florida
died after contracting EEE this summer. Mos-
quitoes carry the viruses and can transmit it
to horses and humans, however, horses do
not transmit the viruses to people.
The WNV cases affected horses in Jef-
ferson and Osceola counties. There are also
now 60 reported cases of EEE in horses in
several dozen counties in Florida this year,
including southern counties such as Miami-
Dade, Okeechobee and Collier where EEE
cases are much less prevalent.
EEE and WNV are viral diseases that af-
fect the central nervous system and are
transmitted to horses by infected mosqui-
toes. Signs of the viruses include fever, list-
lessness, stumbling, circling, coma and usu-
ally death. EEE is fatal in horses in 90 percent
of the cases. WNV virus has a mortality rate
in horses of about 30 percent. Studies show
that in horses that do recover, anywhere
from 20 percent to 40 percent show residual
effects even after six months. Bronson says
there are vaccinations for both diseases but


horse owners need to be diligent in not only
getting their animals vaccinated, but also en-
suring the vaccinations are kept up to date
each year and booster shots are given.
"In the vast majority of cases we have
seen this year, the horses either had no vac-
cinations at all or they were not current," Mr.
Bronson said.
"We are seeing increases in mosquito
populations and, since mosquitoes are the
carriers of both these diseases, it's likely the
situation is going to get worse before it gets
better. I can't stress enough the need for
people to get these readily available vaccina-
tions for their horses."
While the incidence of EEE and WNV is
down in horses from what the state experi-
enced earlier this decade, the cases continue
to rise in 2010.
Mr. Bronson is also reminding every-
one that DOH has issued advisories urging
people to take precautionary measures to
prevent illnesses transmitted by mosquitoes.
DOH officials say the public should follow
the "5 Ds" which include:
Dusk and Dawn. Avoid being outdoors
when mosquitoes are biting.
Dress. Wear clothing that covers most
of your skin.
DEET. Use repellents containing DEET.
Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535
and permethrin are other repellent options.
Drainage. Check around your home
to rid the area of standing water, which is
where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
For more information about EEE and


WNV in animals, visit the department's Di-
vision of Animal Industry website at: http://
www.flanimalindustry.com and click on the
"Animal Diseases" link in the left-hand col-
umn.
For human health concerns, visit the
Florida Department of Health website at:
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/
medicine/arboviral/index.html.


School shot


clinics planned
The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment will conduct "Back to School Immuni-
zations" clinics on Friday, Aug. 6, Friday Aug.
13 and Friday Aug. 20.
The clinics operations hours are 1 to 4
p.m. Parents must bring a current copy of
their child's shot records with them when
they come for the immunization. Failure to
bring in their child's immunization record
will result in the child being rescheduled for
another day.
To avoid long delays, appointments are
encouraged and strongly recommended
due to the large demand for immunizations
for school age children this time of year. All
vaccines are free for children under 18.
To make an appointment for vaccinations
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Okeehobe New Augst 1201


OKMS receives National Trust

Main Street Accreditation


Okeechobee Main Street has been desig-
nated as an accredited National Main Street
Program for meeting the commercial district
revitalization performance standards set by
the National Trust Main Street Center. Each
year, the National Trust and its partners an-
nounce the list of accredited Main Street
programs that have built strong revitaliza-
tion organizations and demonstrate their
ability in using the Main Street Four-Point
Approach methodology for strengthening
their local economy and protecting their his-
toric buildings.
The organization's performance is an-
nually evaluated by the Florida Main Street
Program, which works in partnership with
the National Trust Main Street Center to
identify the local programs that meet 10
performance standards. These standards
set the benchmarks for measuring an indi-
vidual Main Street program's application of
the Main Street Four-Point Approach to
commercial district revitalization. Evaluation
criteria determines the communities that
are building comprehensive and sustainable
revitalization efforts and include standards
such as developing a mission, fostering
strong public-private partnerships, secur-
ing an operating budget, tracking economic
progress, and preserving historic buildings.
For more information on the national pro-
gram accreditation program, visit www.
mainstreet.org/nationalprograms.


Maureen Burroughs, Board President,
stated: "Okeechobee Main Street's success
is attributed to our growing membership,
an active board of directors, an energetic
executive director, our numerous volunteers
and support from our local government. I
am proud to be a part of this organization
and we will continue our efforts to make this
community the BEST place to live.
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nonprofit
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the places that matter to them. By saving the
places where great moments from history
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network of people, organizations and local
communities committed to saving places,
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shaping the future of America's stories.


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OFFICE
COORDINATOR

7L Brands, LLC, located
in Palmdale has an im-
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Office Coordinator.
Qualified applicants
must possess general
to in-depth knowledge
of AP/AR, Inventory
Control, Purchasing,
Fixed Assets Manage-
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must also possess
strong knowledge of
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also be able to multi-
task, independently
manage and complete
assignments, possess
strong oral and written
communication skills,
build and analyze data
and support the man-
agement team in all as-
pects of the daily
operations of the plant.

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competitive salary and
benefit package includ-
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plan plus paid vacation
and holidays.

Qualified applicants
should send their
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106 SW, CR 721
Okeechobee, FL 34972
or email to:
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Couches $800.00
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best offer.
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never been installed
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raised panel w/ beautiful
details complete w/white
marble top, 2 oval sinks
and matching mirrors
w/same matching de-
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and hardware included.
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Apartment for Rent
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House In Town, Very
clean W/D $650 mo,
1st, last & sec.
863-697-1129

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completely renovated
new Italian tile thru
out, freshly painted
beautiful must see
$595 monthly plus
security deposit
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For Rent 1 bd/1 ba
Large Apt. in town $550
monthly, 1st, Last and
$400 Security call
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TAYLOR CREEK Condos
lbr/lba, Furnished.
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$850 1st, last, $600 Sec
Call 863-634-3312.

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fenced patio. Very
clean! No pets. $850
mo. + 1st, last & $600
sec. (863)634-3313 or
(863)634-3312




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w/d, barn, fenced, pri-
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back porches, $800 mo.
FLS (863)467-6472




OFFICE SPACE
FOR RENT
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to share 2 bedroom, 1
bath townhouse close
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includes utilities
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FOR RENT: 3/2 and 2/1
Cottages. Newly remod-
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center on beautiful
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Fri. (863) 467-2982

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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
AND PUBLIC TEST OF VOTE TABULATING EQUIPMENT
FOR AUGUST 24, 2010, PRIMARY ELECTION
The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will convene at the office of the
Supervisor of Elections in the Historic Courthouse at 304 NW 2nd Street,
Dkeechobee, Ronda at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010. The
Canvassing Board is convening for an orientation meeting of the 2010 Pn-
nary Election. The Board is also meeting to test the ballot tabulating
uqulpment to be used in the August 24, 2010 Pnmary Election. The Board
nay also discuss other matters pertaining to the August 24, 2010, Primary
Election.
[n accordance with the Sunshine Law of Ronda, this meeting will be open
b the public.


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NOTICE OF MEETING
Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a
public meeting on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 3:30 RM. The public meet
ing will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditonum,
located at 1728 N.W 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda. For more inform
tion, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department,
1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 824-3010.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public
meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing
Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be
based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup
for official record of the Department
Faye Huffman, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
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NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2010 AT 9:00 A.M.
AT 17429 NW 242nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL, 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A
COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DE-
CISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO
ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IN-
CLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO
BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING
MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK
BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN
THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER-
SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUAT-
IC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
THE 2010-2011 BUDGET WILL BE ADDRESSED.
WILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
(863)7634601 OR (863)634-3166
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Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court
Okeechobee County, Florida


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SECTION 00103
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed BIDS will be received by OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (hereinafter referred to as Owner), AI
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE 304 NW 2nd STREET ROOM
222, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972 until 1k.0 PM on
2010 at which time they will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or de
signee and read aloud at the NEW COURTHOUSE, 312 N.W. 3rd St.
Floor No.3 East Conference Room at 2 EOOPM on AUGUST 5.2010
Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted.
The BIDS shall be based on providing all materials, equipment and labor for
the construction of the NW 20TH LANE ROADWAY RESURFACING IM-
PROVEMENT PROJECT. The Contractor shall be responsible for providing
all materials, equipment and labor necessary for the construction of PAVE-
MENT WIDENING, RESURFACE ROADWAY, STRIPING, AND MAIN-
TENANCE OF TRAFFIC as necessary to complete the project as per plans
and specifications and the most recent FDOT Standards. The Contractor
must be currently FDOT certified. Drawings, specifications and other Con-
tract Documents may be examined and purchased at OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY Road & Bridge Department, 804 N.W.2nd STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972, (863) 763-3514 and at the offices of Craig A. Smith & As-
sociates, 7777 GLADES ROAD SUITE 410 BOCA RATON, FL 33434,
(561) 314-4445 and for the non-refundable amount of Seventy Five and
00/100 Dollars ($75.00). Checks shall be made payable to Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners.
BIDDERS shall confine their BIDS to the project in its entirety. Partial BIDS
will not be considered. Each BIDDER shall submit with this BID evidence
that he is licensed to perform the work and services or qualified by ex-
amination to be so licensed.
Each BID shall be accompanied by a certified check or by an acceptable BID
BOND in an amount equal to at least five (5 percent of the amount of the
BID payable to Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners,
as a guarantee that if the BID is accepted the BIDDER will execute the
CONTRACT and file acceptable PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT SURETY
BONDS equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price within
ten (10) days after written notice of the AWARD OF CONTRACT No bidder
may withdraw his BID for a period of ninety (90) days after date set for
opening of the BIDS.
There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference on Monday, August 2,
2010, 1:00 PM located on-site at the corner of NW 20th Lane and 441 for
any interested contractors. Any questions pertaining to the project specifi-
cations, drawings or scope of work, shall be addressed to the Engineer in
writing no later than Wednesday, August 4, 2010.
If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifi-
cations and/or drawings, it is the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification
from the County. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a
personal investigation as to the requirements of the County.
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners reserves the
right to waive informalities in any BID, delete any portion of the project; ex-
tend the project within the limits of the work involved. The Owner has the
right to accept or reject any or all bids.
BIDS must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked:
"BID NW 20th Lane Roadway Resurfacing Improvement Project.


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August 1,2010 Okeechobee News


Public hearing on budget set


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After all the controversy and differences
of opinion of recent budget meetings of
the Okeechobee County Commission, the
Thursday evening, July 29, regular meeting
was rather short and routine.
The commission executed a participation
agreement for grant funding from the Fed-
eral Aviation Administration for runway de-
sign and rehabilitation and relocation of the
beacon. Deputy county administrator Rob-
bie Chartier recommended employee health
and life insurance options which the board
approved. In a related matter the board ap-
proved contracts for employee dental insur-
ance, vision care and short and long term
disability insurance.
Turning to another item, the board ap-
proved a change order on the emergency
operations center project resulting in a sales
tax savings of $2,237.40 due to direct pur-
chases.
The board set budget planning meetings
for Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. and Wednes-
day Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at the courthouse in
the commission chambers. The first public
hearing to consider the proposed budget
will be Sept. 9, at 6 p.m.
Solid waste contracts administrator Rus-


sell Rowland stated that two of the vehicles
declared as surplus will be transferred to ad-
ministration for use by a state inmate work
crew. The other surplus vehicles are in poor
condition and will be auctioned off.
The board also discussed putting a sales
tax on the ballot for the November general
election. County attorney John Cassels said
he would have to know by the Aug. 12, meet-
ing if the board approved of such an option
so that he could schedule the required public
hearing in order to put it on the ballot. The
proposed sales tax would be applied toward
the cost of emergency medical services. Mrs.
Chartier estimated that an additional sale
tax would bring in $2.5 to $3 million. That
amount would offset some, but not all of the
emergency medical services assessment. If
approved, the additional sales tax would not
help with the 2010/11 budget.
Gary Ritter, director of the South Flori-
da Water Management District (SFWMD)
Okeechobee Service Center presented
plaques to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office and Okeechobee County Animal Con-
trol for rounding up a herd of wild mustangs
that had been left on SFWMD land on the
Kissimmee River.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Community News


Annual 'Tween
Summit date set
The Second 'Tween Summit is set for Fri-
day, Aug. 20 from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Fresh-
man Campus Auditorium, 610 S.W Second
Avenue. The Summit is an event aimed at
linking parents and children through com-
munication and invites children 'Tween 10
and 12 years old accompanied by a parent
to come and learn together. The first 100
children 10-12 years old will receive a free
backpack filled with school supplies. There
will be pizza and soda provided for all and a


drawing will be held for a "Family Night Out"
basket including a DVD player, DVDs and
popcorn. All of this is free just for attending
so come out and enjoy this quality time with
your child! For more information, please call
Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext 257.

YMCA Camp still open
The YMCA Summer camp is running
through Friday, Aug. 13. Cost is $90 per week
and scholarship money is available for those
who qualify. For more information, please
call Shawn Keil at 772-215-9780.


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