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Vol. 101 No. 96 Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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Training
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An in-depth look
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County budget and
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Local man faces
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School open house,
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Sheriff presents


revised budget


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May presented yet another
revised budget and property ap-
praiser Bill Sherman questioned
county administrator Lyndon
Bonner's budget cut apportion-
ment methods at the Tuesday,
Aug. 10, budget meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners.
Like the sheriff's previously
proposed $16.2 budget, this pro-
posed $16.6 million budget in-
cludes the elimination of six full-
time and three part-time positions
and the elimination of five paid
holidays.
The increase came in the ar-
eas of overtime, gasoline, utilities
and inmate medical care. In his
previous budget the sheriff had
budgeted more conservatively in
those areas. In this latest budget,
he revised those figures to more


accurately cover what he feels he
might need.
"I think this budget is reason-
able and responsible," he told the
commissioners. "I think we have
shown more than a willingness to
cut the budget."
In a letter to the commission-
ers the sheriff stated that last year
he returned to the county over
$1 million in unused funds that
were applied to his apportion-
ment. Then on Aug. 4, the letter
went on to say, the sheriff learned
that the $1 million he planned
to return this year would not be
counted toward this year's ap-
portionment. The apportionment
method is completely different
this year, the sheriff charged, and
puts 70 percent of the shortfall on
the constitutional officers.
"In my opinion, Mr. Bonner is
trying to cut the sheriff's office to
See HEARING Page 13


OUA considers 3.5 percent rate hike


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is good news for
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) customers. Instead of a 6
percent rate increase as proposed,
they may now be facing only a 3.5
percent rate increase. Kings Bay
OUA customers will definitely be
paying a lower maintenance fee.
At their meeting on Wednes-
day, Aug. 10, the OUA Board of
Directors received a financial
forecast update from rate consul-
tant Henry Thomas. According to


his calculations a rate increase of
3.5 percent would be sufficient to
meet debt service and break even
this year.
After considerable discussion,
the board lowered their tentative
rate increase from 6 percent to 3.5
percent. The increase would be
used for debt service. The board
also voted to direct staff to cut
$232,000 from the operating bud-
get, The board will meet again on
Aug. 24 to look at the revised pro-
posed budget incorporating those
cuts.


Mr. Henry also compared OUA
rates with rates of 18 other utilities
in the state. Based on 6,000 gal-
lons of service an OUA customer
would pay $108.69 for water and
wastewater. Only St. Lucie County
has a higher combined water and
wastewater rate of the 19 com-
pared. The average total water
and wastewater bill for 6,000 gal-
lons for the 19 utilities surveyed is
$67.14.
The board also approved a
tentative budget that includes a
six percent increase in water and


sewer rates and no employee sal-
ary increases.
Based on lower maintenance
costs last year, the board voted to
lower the monthly maintenance
fees charged to King's Bay resi-
dents from $8.30 to $6.29.
In other action the board:
authorized the executive di-
rector to negotiate a contract with
Nowlen, Holt & Minor, P.A. CPAs
for audit work;
received the finance report
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Man accused of threatening deputies with knife


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was arrested after
he allegedly threatened Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputies with a 10-
inch knife.
Johnnie Daniel Smith,
22, S.R. 78 W, was arrested
Aug. 6 on a felony charge
of aggravated assault on
a law enforcement offi-
cer. He was also arrested
on misdemeanor charges
of battery (domestic vio-
lence) and resisting a law Johnnie D.
enforcement officer with- Smith
out violence.
Smith was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $27,000.
According to an arrest report by OCSO


Deputy John Hazy, he heard a woman
screaming for help while he was conduct-
ing a traffic stop in the 600 block of S.R. 78
W He stated that the screams were coming
from a house and as he started walking to-
ward the house, he heard a female yell "he
has a knife!"
As the deputy neared the home, he was
confronted by Smith who was waving a sil-
ver knife with a 10-inch blade. Deputy Hazy
said Smith then yelled "you all are going to
have to shoot me!"
Smith also reportedly stated that he
wished he had a gun.
The deputy said he pulled his handgun
and began to approach the man while tell-
ing him to drop the knife, but he kept wav-
ing the knife and ignored the deputy's or-
ders. Deputy Hazy said once he had a clear
shot at Smith, he again ordered him to drop
the knife or he was going to shoot him.


Smith, continued the report, dropped the
knife but refused to go to the ground so he
could be handcuffed. At this point the dep-
uty said he holstered his gun and switched
to his taser.
Deputy Hazy stated that once Smith saw
"the red dot from the taser hit his chest, he
quickly hit the ground where he was re-
strained."
The arrest report stated that even though
he was handcuffed, Smith continued to
threaten Deputy Hazy and fellow OCSO
Deputy Adrian Rogers by telling them they
"... were lucky he didn't have a gun or he
would have killed us."
The report stated that the woman report-
edly struck by Smith had some red marks on
her face and her face was swelling, but she
declined medical treatment.


Okeechobee Arrest Report


The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
John Dennis Rasmussen, 27, N.E.
Eighth Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug.
6 by Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him with fail-
ure to appear driving under the influence
and an amended warrant charging him with
violation of probation driving under the in-
fluence. He is being held without bond.
Loretta Jimenez, 41, N.W Seventh St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 by Ser-
geant Victoria Williams on a charge of driv-
ing under the influence. Her bond was set
at $500.
Gabriel Padgett, 22, N.W 39th Circle,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 6 by Deputy
Paul Jackson on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with violation of pro-
bation burglary of a structure and violation
of probation criminal mischief. He is being
held without bond.
Michael C. Platt, 28, S.W 16th St.,
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Mark Elliot Hazlitt, 31, N.W Sixth St.,
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Okee-Tantie
The way I see things both sides were
wrong in the bass tournament issue. Okee-
Tantie employees could have and should
have been more considerate and allowed
them to finish the weigh-in if it was really
only going to take 15 minutes. Crackerboys
Bass Club should have at least asked when
they arrived if they could use the pavilion
and asked about parking if they knew there
were going to be a lot of overflow from the
parking lot. Last time I was there, there were
signs everywhere that said no parking on the
grass. I have been involved in the planning of
other events similar to this with large crowds
of people and at no time was it assumed we
could just walk in somewhere and take over.
Phone calls and letters were written in ad-
vance to secure us a place and make sure
what we were doing was compatible with
the rules and regulations. It was up to the
Crackerboys Bass Club to make sure that
what they intended to do was in accordance
with Okee-Tantie and not just assume they
could walk in and take over the place.
I would agree that the people who put
together the tournament had a responsibility
to ask about facilities available to their needs
and to monitor their patrons. I also agree
it sounds like the Okee-Tantie employees
overreacted; this is something the powers
that are in charge of Okee-Tantie need to
look into and to administer reprimands as
warranted.
That is just awful. Yes, the bass club
maybe should have asked, but it does appear
to be a public facility. The Okee-Tantie em-
ployee had no right to cause a scene. Okee-
Tantie is struggling enough, so is Okeecho-
bee, so why run away outsiders that come in
and at least brighten up our businesses even
if it's for one weekend.
Okee-Tantie is a diamond in the rough,
but until they acquire someone with promo-
tional knowledge and skills lacking in this
county it will sit stagnant.


Sounds like both sides were at fault.
Parking on the grass is not acceptable and
there are signs that say 'no parking on the
grass.' Those who violated that rule were at
fault and should have apologized and moved
their vehicles when this was pointed out.
However, since the bandshell itself did not
have a sign indicating that it could only be
used by those who pay, stopping the event
in progress was also wrong. The county
needs to put up signs to that effect. And I do
think the event organizers should have con-
tacted the facility officials in advance to let
them know what was planned and reserve
an area for the weigh in. What would they
have done if other groups were already us-
ing all of the shelters?
It would seem to me it could have been
handled with a bit more of professionalism
on the part of the employees of Okee-Tan-
tie.
This place has so much potential, and
I do not understand why the powers that
be, whether they hold all the money or not
cannot see that they could be making so
much more. It is absolutely ridiculous. Ev-
eryone comes here. People from the south
get tired of all the drama, and they want to
come here. They place so many restrictions
on new businesses that they give up and
go away. By far the BEST city on the lake,
and Lake Okeechobee does have world fa-
mous fishing. This place is a bomb waiting
to go off, but they won't let it. Bet we would
not have all the problems with the budgets
then!
The issue with the bass tournament at
Okee-Tantie is a result of poor management
and low expectations from the County Com-
missioner level down to the Park Supervi-
sor and staff. There are County personnel at
the park making decisions that have had a
negative economic impact on our County.
I would certainly expect that the Commis-
sioner that is responsible for Okee Tantie
would conduct a complete investigation of
this matter and take the appropriate action
to prevent this from happening again. No
matter what the economic situation is we
cannot afford to lose revenue in this county.
I also believe that a sincere apology from
this county to the Cracker Boy's Bass Club is
definitely needed.


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High school coach
The students and the parents deserve
to be heard and they deserve an answer as
to why the coach was let go. The taxpayers
are the ones footing the bill for the schools.
We have a right to ask questions. I think it
is good for the students to question author-
ity and to get involved. They will learn about
how local government works. I hope the
board listens to them and treats them with
courtesy and respect and that the students
act in a respectful manner as well.

Dirty dining
After watching the Dirty Dining report
on TV and seeing a local restaurant featured,
I went on the State Inspection Site. Gag me!
I won't EVER eat at that place. They had 26
critical violations and was closed one day too
clean it up. This was not the only time they
were sited. Time before 15 critical violations.
Who ever is doing the inspecting, THANK
YOU. Mold on out dated food, blood from
alligator meat dripping in fruits and veg-
etables, raw food on top of things-gross.
The Department of Professional Regulation
web site is http://www.myfloridalicense.
com/dbpr/index.html and you click on "for
consumers."
The restaurant was closed for a couple
of hours. With all of the violations, it could
not have been as bad as it looked on record.
If so, they would have been closed for days.
The health inspector has to re-inspect a res-
taurant that has been actually closed before
they are able to re-open. Apparently, ev-
erything was taken care of quickly. It could
not have been anything major or it would
have taken more than a couple of hours
to correct the problems. A lot of times the
inspectors come in to visit during the busi-
est part of the day or right after. Anyone in
the business knows that it takes a while to
get cleaned up after a good shot. Not only
that, but people get very nervous when the
inspector is there, you tend to do things that
you would not normally do. Also, depends
on if the inspector had a bad day, they might
write a restaurant up for things that they usu-
ally wouldn't.
Interesting reading. After checking the
past inspections of every place in Okeecho-
bee that I have eaten in the past six months,
I think I am better off just eating at home.
Honestly, I probably don't want to read
any of these. I'm not much of a cook and it's
easier just to eat out.


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I have worked in food service and was
the shift manager for a restaurant while I
was in college. Even though that was a long
time ago, health and safety standards have
gotten stricter, not more lax. There is no ex-
cuse for some of the violations. Storing raw
meat where it drips on other food is a health
hazard and no matter how busy you are,
that is never acceptable. Leaving old cooked
food in the walk-in coolers -- that should be
cleaned out every day so no matter how
busy the shift is, there should not be week-
old cooked food stored in the cooler. Other
things it would not matter what time they
inspected -- for example the notes about the
antiseptic not being the right strength, they
would be using that same bottle any time of
day; and the hot water temperature at the
sink should be checked during a busy time
so they can see if the water heater has suf-
ficient capacity to handle the workload.

County taxes
I was just wondering who sets the tax-
able value of an acre of "improved pasture"
for the agriculture exemption? I have been
scanning around the Okeechobeepa.com
web site GIS map and there does not seem
to be any set amount per acre. If the county
sets this amount, a small increase per acre
could easily balance the county budget.
Why add more taxes to someone al-
ready paying taxes? Why not get some of
these tax exempt properties on the tax rolls.
There are millions of dollars worth of church
property in this county that don't pay a dime
in taxes.
It seems to me the ranchers are already
paying their fair share. The ranches are not
the ones using the county services, piling up
the bills. Cows don't call for the deputies.
They don't use the court system. Cows don't
play on the ball fields or fish at Okee-Tantie.
The fact that the land is left in grass and not
developed actually helps the water control
system and the ecology. We need a way to
get those who are using the services to pay
for the services. Things like the fire assess-
ment are fair because everyone has to pay.
Due to the homestead exemption, many
people in the rural counties pay little or no
property taxes, yet those people want all of
the county services.
A very small increase over a large per-
centage of the property could bring in a lot
of money. We also all know that this exemp-
tion is allowed on a lot of commercial land
that is simply a tax dodge.


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purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
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debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
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potential conflicts to our readers.
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the prominence it deserves.
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Back to school news


School bus schedules,
information guide planned
The annual Okeechobee School Infor-
mation Guide will be distributed in the
Okeechobee News in the Wednesday,
Aug. 18 edition. The School Information
Guide will include School Bus Schedules,
the School Year Calendar, messages from
the principals and other important informa-
tion for Okeechobee students.

Open House is Aug. 19
Okeechobee County Public Schools will
hold Open House on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Elementary schools will have open house
from 5 to 7 p.m.; Osceoloa Middle School,
Yearling Middle school and New Endeavor
from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Okeechobee High
School and the Freshman Campus from 7 to
9 p.m. The first day of school is Aug. 23.

Edward Jones 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 until Aug. 13, in support of the back
to school supply drive. The office is located
behind Domino's Pizza across from the
movie theater.

Shoe drive under way
American Drilling Services, Inc. will ac-
cept donations of new or gently used shoes
for school aged children in the community.
The shoes can be dropped off at American
Drilling Services, Inc. located at 405 S.W
Second Street or call Sarah at 863-763-3221,
if you need someone to pick them up. All of
the shoes will be given away on a first come,
first serve basis on Aug. 21 at the Back to
School Bash at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center.


Vaccination clinics planned
The Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment will conduct "Back to School Immu-
nizations" clinics on 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. Fail-
ure to bring in their child's immunization
record will result in the child being resched-
uled 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 vacci-
nations call, 863-462-5819 or 863-462-5794.

School clothing given away
Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. is having a back to school children's
clothes closet, from 10 a.m. to noon, on
Aug. 11, 18 and 25, at no cost to those in
need. Call Ada at 863-697-8539 for further
information or if you would like to donate
gently used clothing items.

Big Lake Missions sponsors
school supply drive
Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently
sponsoring their annual school supplies
drive for their needy families. Last year, they
helped 135 children with their list, this year
the need is even greater. They will be accept-
ing donations up until school starts on Aug.
23.
Most all school supplies are needed
including notebooks, pens, pencils, back-
packs, etc. They will gladly accept checks
made out to our Mission and staff can do the
shopping.
Call 863-763-5725 or 863-697-6433 for in-
formation or for drop off locations.


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Firefighters collect school supplies
Okeechobee Professional Firefighters and Paramedic Union Local 2918 vol-
unteered their time to collect an ambulance full of back-to-school supplies.
The supplies were donated to My Aunt's House (501c3). Pictured left to right:
My Aunt's House volunteers Mr. Wendy Watts, Judy Watts, Anna Adamo, Pat
Jackson. Union representatives: Justin Hazellief, Matthew Vinson, Earl Woo-
ten and Keith Bourgault. For information on how you can help, call 863-462-
5000 ext. 257.


'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 ages 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.

Family Fun Day will be
Back to School Bash
Join Martha's House on Aug. 21, from 1
until 5 p.m. in Flagler Park for a family day of
fun and excitement! There will be slides and
bounce houses for the children and music
for the adults. The Chobee Steelers will be
there to provide music and some instruc-
tion to those that dare to take on the steel
drums. Vendors will be on site with crafts,
information, and refreshments. Come and
participate in the Family Fun Day events and
show us what your family is made of! There
will be hula hooping contests, three-legged
and sack races as well as many other fam-
ily activities! Martha's House Family Fun Day
Back to School Bash is a day to celebrate the
importance of strong, healthy family rela-
tionships in preventing domestic and sexual
violence. Please join us and be ready to have
a great Family Fun Day! We would like to
thank some of our sponsors, the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Department, 1 Stop
Party Shop, Sea World, Walgreens, PNC
Bank, and Lucky Lanes for helping mak-
ing this event a reality. Vendor space is also
available. For information please call Mar-
tha's House at 863-763-2893.

Florida sales tax holiday is
this weekend, Aug. 13-15
The Florida Back to School Sales Tax
holiday will be limited to one weekend this
year-Aug. 13 through Aug. 15. Florida
law directs no sales tax or local option tax
will be collected on books, clothing, foot-
wear and certain accessories selling for $50
or less or on certain school supplies selling
for $10 or less. The three-day tax exemption
will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. on Friday,
Aug. 13 through midnight on Sunday, Aug.
15. However, the tax exemption does not
apply to books or items of clothing selling
for more than $50 or for school supply items
selling for more than $10.

Lotteries
Florida Lottery -Here are the numbers
selected Monday in the Florida Lottery: Cash
3: 6-7-3; Play 4: 2-5-3-7; Fantasy 5: 2-5-9-18
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Lotto: 11 12-21-26-35-48X2; Powerball: 422
26-31-52 PB 30 x5. Numbers drawn Tuesday,
Cash 3: 0-8-1; Play 4: 0-5-5-4.


Donation appreciated
The Community Collaborative
Council, a part of the Shared Servic-
es Network of Okeechobee County,
collected back to school supplies
for foster children and children in
need. All supplies will be given to
My Aunt's House, a local 501c3, for
distribution. Sharon Vinson, Shared
Services Network and Mr. Wendy
Watts, volunteer from My Aunt's
House, accepted backpacks and
supplies from Jenny Pung of Waste
Management's Okeechobee Land-
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Obituaries


Jennifer Gail (Batton) Michelli
TOANO, Va. -Jennifer Gail (Batton) Michelli,
63, of Toano, Va., and Phoenix, Ariz., went
home to her Lord Monday, July 12, 2010.
Born in Cumberland, N.C., she moved to Wil-
liamsburg, Va., in
1958. She lived for
eleven years in
Okeechobee, Fla.,
then returned to Wil-
liamsburg. She
moved to Phoenix,
Ariz., in 1998, but in
2004 came back to
Toano to live with
her mother. She
traveled often for
work and called
both Toano and Phoenix home. Gail was a
skilled seamstress, was very creative, had a
great sense of humor, and could talk to anyone.
She loved to travel, and loved buying gifts and
crocheting for her grandchildren. She was a
friend to many. Her relationship to her Lord was
evident as she lived for Him and shared Him
with others. While in Williamsburg she be-
longed to York River Baptist Church. In Phoenix,
she was a member of Phoenix First Assembly of
God. In ( i., I l....- -- she was a member of First
Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her son; her
daughter, Heather Dawn; sister, Mildred Jacque-
line; father, Lacy Batton, Sr.; and brother, Lacy
Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Roland
"Gene" Michelli Sr.; her children and their
spouses, Roland "Bo" Jr. and Tammy, Katherine
and Tracy Motley, Angela and Robert Worsham,
and Jason and Angela; her mother, Katherine
Batton; her sister and brother-in-law, Margaret
and Mark McGehee; her brother, Stephan, and
fiance, Kellie; 13 grandchildren, many nieces,
nephews, relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service was held at York River
Baptist Church, 8201 Croaker Road, Williams-
burg, Va., Saturday July 17, at 2 p.m.

Lucy Trent Fowler, 100
OKEECHOBEE Lucy Trent Fowler, age 100,
passed away Aug. 7, 2010, at the Okeechobee
Health Care Facility in (,i.... -l -I, She was
born May 22, 1910, in Breathitt County, Ky., to
John and Lucinda Trent.
She was preceded in death by Herbert Fowler,
her husband of over 50 years, her parents and
six siblings.
Survivors include her only remaining sibling,
Luther (Gladys) Trent; and local nieces and
nephews, Ed (Connie) Trent, Don (Pam) Trent,
Johnny (Lisa) Trent, Ron Trent and Lynn Hart-
zell, Brenda (Ed) Appleton, Betty (Elvin) Neal,
Tom Trent; and a host of great and great-great
nieces and nephews, all of whom loved "Aunt
Lucy", as she was affectionately known.
Local arrangements are entrusted to Matthew
and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral
Home & Crematory, 4550 Highway 441 North,
357-7283. Services and burial will be in Win-
chester, Ky., under the direction of Scobee Fu-
neral Home.
Danielle LeAnne Rexroad, 27
OKEECHOBEE Danielle LeAnne Rexroad,
27, died July 30, 2010, at Raulerson Hospital.
She was a life-time resident of ( 0i.,, .i I,1d .
Her hobbies included camping, shopping,
traveling, and visits to Disney World.
She attended the Living Word of Faith Church.


Danielle was preceded in death by her pater-
nal grandfather, Major Ronald R. Rexroad.
Survivors include her two sons, Beau and
Brock; daughter, Billie Jo all of ( i.... ii,,I"
Also included are her parents, Dwayne and
Becky Rexroad of Okeechobee; maternal grand-
parents, Dallas and Rosie Dunham of Florala,
Ala.; and paternal grandmother, Sandy Rexroad
o f ( l.. .i ...I .'
There will be no services at this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that dona-
tions be made to the trust fund set up at River-
side Bank for her children.
All care and arrangements are under the care
and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of
Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory,
( 'i... i ,i 357-7283.

Rose Marie Bennett, 78
OKEECHOBEE -Rose Marie Bennett, age 78,
of (i i.... i..l. passed away Aug. 7, 2010, at
the Hamrick Home.
She was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Chester, Pa., to
Dominic and Antoinette Scutti. She came to
( I., - 1 lI ... from
Tallahassee in
1965. Mrs. Bennett
was a member of
the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church.
She retired after 25
years of service as a
Sergeant of Correc-
tions with the
Okeechobee
County Sheriff's De-
partment.
Mrs. Bennett is survived by her children, Don-
na (Donnie) Cassidy of Reddick, Bobby (Shar-
on) Bennett, Mike Bennett and Toni (Joe)
Doyle, all of (ci.. l I ,, and Tina (Eric) Goff
of Tallahassee; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-
grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann (Robert) Carney
of Morton, Pa.; and her best friend, Ginny Als-
dorf of Okeechobee.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Do-
minic Scutti.
Visitation was held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10,
2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church until
Mass at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Evergreen
Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okee-
chobee, PO Box 1548, ( i-, I ,,, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the o i il. ....1 i. at www.bas-
sokeechobeefh.com.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass (,i. iI ...l.- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (,i....i,,,,,, Fl
34972.

Marcella B. Franklin, 97
OKEECHOBEE Marcella B. Franklin, 97,
passed away Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at the
(,i .... il i Health Care Facility. She was born
on June 23, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pa. She has
been a resident of Okeechobee for approxi-
mately 20 years.
Her hobbies included reading and collecting
stuffed animals. In later years she was a 3rd
grade volunteer at F. 1 ,l, 1 s Elementary
through the Foster Grandparent program.
There will be no services. In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to (,i. i, Senior
Services.


Judy Lynn Lineberry, 60
OKEECHOBEE -Judy Lynn Lineberry, age
60, of ('i... i- ... , died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010,
in Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. She was
born Sept. 13, 1949, in Bradenton, to Louis Ezra
and Betty Jean Mes-
sina Reno. She was a
homemaker and an
Avon Lady for many
years.
She is survived by
her loving husband
of 22 years, Rex
Lineberry of Okee-
chobee; Father,
Louis Ezra Reno;
daughters, Lori Ru-
biera (Manny) of
Sanders-
ville, Ga., and April Lineberry of Okee-
chobee; son, Clay Lineberry (Jennifer) of Okee-
chobee; brothers, Jeff Reno, Roy Reno, both of
( i.,, I , Gene Reno of Oklahoma; sister,
Jerry Reno of (,i.... l -I In addition she is
survived by six grandchildren.
Memorial service will be 4 p.m. on Friday,
Aug. 13, 2010, in the Buxton Funeral Home
Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, (i. ... i...l. with
Pastor Mark Smith officiating.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, ( 0i....i,, i Fl. On-line
condolences may be made at www.buxtonfu-
neralhome.com.


William Warner Bradley, 84
OKEECHOBEE -William Warner Bradley,
age 84, of ('i. .. i-l -I, passed away Aug. 7,
2010, at the Hamrick Home in Okeechobee.
Mr. Bradley was born Aug. 11, 1925, in Lee
County, Ala., to Allie Glenn and Elizabeth Brad-
ley. He proudly served our country in the US
Army Air Corps during WWII. Mr. Bradley came
to ( i.. il ...1 from Auburn, Ala., in 1971. He
was the former General Manager for Larson
Dairy, having retired in 2004. He was a member
of the Oakview Baptist Church.
Mr. Bradley is survived by his wife of 48 years,
Carlene Bradley of ('i., ii .1 four sons, Wil-
liam Warner Bradley, Jr. (Susan) of O'Fallon, Ill.,
Joseph Franklin Bradley (Felechia), Robert
Bruce Bradley (Wanda), both of (i.... il...l,
and John Allen Bradley (Dawn) of Chattanooga,
Tenn.; three daughters, Elizabeth Bradley Land-
reth (Richard), Joan Bradley Moreman (Henry
Grady), both of Auburn, Ala., and Glen Bradley
Jones (Bobby) of Lanett, Ala.; sister, Lily Bradley
of Columbia, S.C.; 16 grandchildren and 12
great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 11, 2010, at Oakview Baptist Church in
Okeechobee, with Pastor John Garrison officiat-
ing. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Fri-
day, Aug. 13, 2010, at Farmville Baptist Church
in Farmville, Ala., with Pastor Lowell Ledbetter
officiating.
Memorials may be made to American Lung
Association.
Friends may sign the ...-. il ...... at www.bas-
, .. . ,, i ,, f . . ,,,
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass ('i... ii ..I- Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, (Fi..i,,l,,, Fl
34972.


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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church, 4112 U.S. 441 N. is having Vacation
Bible School this week through Aug. 13
from 7 to 9 each evening.


St. Stephen A. M. E. Church, 845 N.W
Ninth Ave., will have a 57th anniversary cel-
ebration Wednesday through Friday, Aug.
11 13 at 7 each evening. Mount Olive,
Bethel, Miracle Faith Church of God, The
Triumphant Church, First Baptist Church of
Dean's Court and Big Lake Church of God


Special to the Okeechobee News/Anton Silva III

Fifth Sunday donation
An offering of $374, given at a recent Fifth Sunday Community Service, which
was sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association, was donated
to the Senior Services of Okeechobee County. Three of the OMA Board of
Directors are shown presenting the check to Sheila Savage, Program Man-
ager of Senior Services. Left to Right: Secretary Sandy Perry-Okeechobee
Community Choir Director, Rev. P. Gwen Livatt-St. Stephens AME Senior
Pastor, Ms. Savage, and President Rev. Jim Dawson-First United Method-
ist Associate Pastor. Not pictured are Vice President Rev. Loy Mershimer-
Okeechobee Presbyterian Pastor and Dr. Edward Weiss, Church of Our Sav-
iour Episcopal Priest. The next FifthSunday Community Service will be held
Aug. 29. Location and time TBA. Other members of the Okeechobee Ministe-
rial Association include: Rick Aspden, More to Life; Jim Benton, Faith Farm
Ministries; Arlen Cook, Northside Baptist; James Garner, More to Life; John
Garner, More to Life; Jimmy Gibbs, Okeechobee Health Care; Don Leon,
North Church of God; Cesar Marin, More to Life; Doyle McDuffie, Seventh-
day Christian; Cary McKee, More to Life; Lois & Paul Moranville, Church of
the Nazarene; Tom Pasquarella, Cornerstone Baptist; Mario Robles, Primera
Iglesia; Steve Sanden, Okeechobee Correctional Institution; Deborah San
Martin, Resurrection Life Church; Wendy Schaffer, Okeechobee Pregnancy
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First Baptist Church of Basinger,
19836 U.S. 98 N., has Vacation Bible School
this week through Friday, Aug. 13 for
grades kindergarten through twelfth. For
more information call the church office at
863-763-0437 or call Pam at 863-610-0040.
Believers Fellowship Church, 300
S.W Sixth Ave., will host a Gospel Sing Fri-
day night, Aug. 13 beginning at 7 p.m. Re-
freshments will be served.
A party to celebrate Margaret Rucks
Hamric's 88th birthday will be held on Sun-
day, Aug. 15 in the First United Method-
ist Church's Fellowship Hall. Friends are
invited to drop by between 2 and 4 p.m. for
dessert, coffee and laughter.
On Wednesday in August from 10
a.m. until noon Grace Brethren Church,
701 S. Parrott Ave., is sponsoring a children's
clothes closet. It is open at no cost to those
in need. Call Ada at 863-697-8539 for further
information or if you would like to donate
gently used clothing items.


Places of

Worship

The Okeechobee News welcomes news
from area churches for this column. E-mail
pgawda@newszap.com@ or call Pete Gaw-
da at 863 763-3134, extension 4225. The
deadline to receive information to appear in
Wednesday's column is 5 p.m. the Monday
before.


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On Saturday, Aug. 21, Okeechobee will host its first "Battle of the Bands" and talent
contest. There are no age limits-all types of talent will be accepted. Restrictions are as
follows: no vulgar language or inappropriate dress. Registration is free and applications
may be obtained at the KOA registration desk. This event is open to the public for an
admission charge of $5. All proceeds go to Care Camps which enables kids with cancer
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Okeechobee High School welcomes new administrators


When students return to Okeechobee
High School in the fall, there will be two
new administrators walking the halls with
Toni Wiersma, the OHS Principal.
Tracy Maxwell Downing will be the As-
sistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruc-
tion, and Dylan Tedders will be the Assistant
Principal of Plant, Facility, and Athletics. The
new assistant principals are replacing Sean
Downing, who is the new principal at Os-
ceola Middle School, and Mike Radebaugh
who resumed his position as Director of Ca-
reer and Technical Education.
Mr. Tedders and Ms. Maxwell grew up in


Okeechobee and graduated from Okeecho-
bee High School. Both bring administrative
experience to their new positions.
Ms. Maxwell is entering her 15th year in
education. She taught at the high school lev-
el for three years, was the Reading Coach at
Osceola Middle School for seven years, and
has been the assistant principal at Seminole
Elementary School for the last four years.
Tracy said she is excited about working
with a great administrative team, exemplary
teachers, and dedicated students who take
pride in their school, enjoy coming each day,
and who take an active role in their educa-


State releases school grades


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The embattled Florida Department of Edu-
cation released school grades Friday.
According to the report, Okeechobee
County dropped from an "A" school system
in the ._-'", _I', i school year to a "C" school
district in 2009/2010.
Central Elementary and South Elementary
both continue to be A schools. Everglades El-
ementary School and Seninole Elementary,
both A schools in the ._'1111 _', 1 r school year,
dropped to a grade of C. North Elementary,
dropped from A to B, Osceola Middle School
remained a B school. Okeechobee Freshman
Campus remained a B.
At presstime, Yearling Middle School and
Okeechobee High School grades were "pend-
ing" according to the Florida Department of
Education.
The school grades were delayed this year
after many schools in the state challenged
their FCAT results. Florida Education Commis-
sioner Eric Smith hired two independent firms
to perform audits on the results and felt com-
fortable that the test scores were accurate.
The Florida Association of Superintendents
of Schools has challenged these audits, calling
them "hastily prepared," and noting that they
did not address specific concerns that were
raised by the school districts.
Assistant School Superintendent Ken
Kenworthy, stated that while the Commis-
sioner contracted with two organizations to
review the results, neither of the hastily pre-
pared analyses focused on the biggest area
of concern which were the learning gains of
students, especially in 4th and 5th grade read-
ing.


Pearson, the company the state paid $254
million to score and report results back admit-
ted that the delays in scores were due to prob-
lems in matching student scores with student
demographic profiles.
South Elementary School had 83 percent
of students reach high standards in both read-
ing and math. They had 80 percent of students
reach high standards in writing.
Science scores lagged with Osceola Middle
School leading the way with only 43 percent
of students reaching high standards. The
Okeechobee freshman campus and Okeecho-
bee High School had 84 percent of students
reach high standards in writing. 78 percent of
students at North Elementary reached high
standards in math. 73 percent of North stu-
dents reached high standards in reading.
Commissioner Smith said the results are a
very unbiased view of the undeniable success
Florida schools have achieved in raising the
quality of education provided to children.
"This success could only be possible
through the embrace of accountability by
teachers and school leaders, and I am pleased
that their support remains strong in our state,"
he stated.
School Superintendents around the state
asked Commissioner Smith to further delay
the results because they still had questions
about their accuracy on Thursday night. Com-
missioner Smith denied their request.
In Glades County, Moore Haven Elemen-
tary School received a B, West Glades El-
ementary received an A, Pemayetv Ema-
hakv received a B, while Moore Haven High
School's grade is pending. Glades County was
a "B" district in .-'III _.'II" and dropped to a
"C" for 2009/2010.


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tion. She is looking forward to learning, ask-
ing a lot of questions, ensuring students and
teachers are recognized for their achieve-
ments, closing achievement gaps, and sup-
porting Mrs. Wiersma in her position as
principal.
Mr. Tedders is entering his 15th year in
education. He taught Technology and Math
at Yearling Middle School for 10 years, and
was the Dean of Students and Athletic Direc
tor at Yearling Middle School for four years.
Dylan recently completed his final year as
the OHS Head Baseball Coach after serving


in that position for nine years.
Mr. Tedders said he is interested in sup-
porting teachers and students by managing
the plant and facility. OHS is a sprawling
80 acre facility with over 30 buildings and
more than 50,000 square feet under air. As
coordinator of the athletic department, he
will oversee 15 varsity sports programs with
more than 30 coaches and hundreds of stu-
dent athletes.
Both said they are looking forward to
learning from Mrs. Wiersma who has been
an administrator in this district for many
years.


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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
A single family home suffered about
$20,000 in damage after a fire on Saturday
night at 901 S.W llth Avenue, Okeecho-
bee City firemen reported.
Battalion Chief Bill Douglas reported
that crews responded just before 9 p.m.
and found a fire in the bedroom area of the
home.


"The bedroom received heavy damage
and the hallway also suffered some dam-
age. There was also some smoke and wa-
ter damage in the home," he said.
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue re-
sponded as mutual aid in the blaze. A fire
report from Fire Rescue said firemen were
on the scene within minutes.
The State Fire Marshall was contacted
to investigate the cause of the blaze. There
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Alleged drug traffickers held on bond


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Bonds have been set for an Okeechobee
couple arrested last week by the Okeecho-
bee Narcotics Task Force on
drug trafficking charges.
Victor Sanchez-Benitez,
44, N.W Eighth Ave., and
Gena A. Villarreal, 39, of the
same address, were both ar-
rested Thursday, Aug. 5, on
a felony charge of traffick-
ing in cocaine and a misde-
meanor charge of posses- V r
sion of drug paraphernalia. Bct anchez
Both are being held in Bentez
the Okeechobee County Jail under a total
bond of $101,000 each.
Records show that Villarreal was arrested
again on Friday, Aug. 6, by Joseph Cracchi-
ola from the Florida Department of Correc-
tions (DOC). She was arrested on charges of
violation of probation possession of oxy-
codone and violation of probation posses-
sion of alprazolam.
Villarreal is being held without bond on
those charges.
A records check with the Harrison Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (HCSO) in Gulfport, Miss.,
indicates that Sanchez-Benitez was arrested
there on Feb. 15 following a traffic stop on
Interstate 10 near Pass Christian, Miss., for
careless driving.
During a search of the man's vehicle
HCSO Investigator Ryan Hearn reportedly
found 23 pounds of marijuana, stated an


HCSO press release. Sanchez-Benitez was
subsequently arrested on a charge of pos-
session of a controlled substance with intent
to distribute. He was booked into the Harri-
son County Jail under a bond of $100,000.
However, Sanchez-
Benitez apparently waived
his preliminary hearing
and his bond was reduced
to $5,000. According to
an HCSO spokesperson,
Sanchez-Benitez posted
bond through a bail bond
Company and was released
Gena A. from jail.
Villarreal The couple was ar
rested last week after task
force detectives, along with members of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Special
Response Team, executed a search warrant
on their Okeechobee home. During a search
of the home the detectives reportedly found
98 grams of a white powdery substance
that, when field tested, indicated a positive
result for the presence of cocaine.
A task force arrest report stated that de-
tectives also found: a container of Super
Inositol powder, which is a cutting agent;
five sets of scales; packaging baggies; sev-
eral bags of an unidentified powder; $1,416
in cash; and, other items reportedly used to
process cocaine.
Also in the home at the time were three
children ages 1,2, and 15. They were turned
over to the Department of Children and Fam-
ilies (DCF).


Man accused of raping teenager


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 20-year-old Okeechobee man ac-
cused of raping a 16-year-old girl is being
held in the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond
of $100,000.
Joshua Michael Edward
Rowe, S.E. 19th Court, was
arrested Friday, Aug. 6, on
a charge of sexual battery.
Detective M.D. Faulkner
of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Joshua M.E.
indicated in his arrest Rowe
report that Rowe appar-
ently picked up the girl sometime Thurs-
day afternoon, Aug. 5. He reportedly drove
to a location in the northern portion of
Okeechobee County then parked the car.
The report states that the girl smoked a
legal herb while Rowe smoked some mari-
juana.
At some point he allegedly asked the
girl to have sex with him but she reported-
ly refused. The detective's report states that
Rowe became angry and backhanded her
on the face, then pulled down her clothes
and had sex with her.
After smoking the herb, the girl said she
"could not do anything," stated the detec-
tive's report.
Detective Faulkner added that he did not
see any injuries to the girl's face, arms or
hands.
The girl reportedly told the detective


that Rowe had a gun, but the detective
said he later learned that the gun was actu-
ally a pipe designed for smoking. Despite a
search of Rowe's vehicle, the pipe has not
been recovered, said Detective Faulkner.
The girl was taken to Raulerson Hos-
pital sometime later and reportedly told
the detective that the herb made her feel
"weird." Detective Faulkner stated in his
report that she "appeared to be in and out
of consciousness" when he was speaking
with her.
"Evidence was obtained and it will
be submitted to the lab," said Detective
Faulkner.
He added that Rowe has no prior arrests
of this nature, and no criminal history.
The detective went on to say that some
of the herb was found in the console of
Rowe's vehicle.
Detective Faulkner said the herb can be
purchased over the counter under various
different names.
"It started out as a novelty and has
gained popularity. It does have some short-
term effects, but I don't think it's as strong
as marijuana," he said. "It's been around
a while. It's been around 10 years that I
know of."
A detective with the Okeechobee Nar-
cotics Task Force described the herb as
a "legal substitute for pot." Possible side
effects of the herb include panic attacks,
shortness of breath and tightness in the
chest, explained the detective.


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Grand jury indicts local man in stabbing death


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A grand jury Tuesday came back with a
true bill and indicted an Okeechobee man
on a charge of first-degree murder.
Assistant State Attorney Ashley Albright
said the grand jury found sufficient evidence
to indict Enrique Arellano-Medrano in the
death of his paramour, Angelica Delacruz.
Arellano-Medrano, 42, was arrested July
15 in a Stuart motel room just a few hours
after fatally stabbing Ms. Delacruz.
Mr. Albright explained that a prosecu-
tor cannot file a first-degree murder charge
based on the information so a charge of sec-
ond-degree murder is filed. Then the case is
given to the grand jury and if they issue a
true bill the state will then drop the second-
degree murder charge and file a first-degree
charge.
According to Detective Ted Van Deman
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) jealousy was apparently the motive
for the killing. He said the couple had re-
cently split up after having lived together for


20 years and having three
children together.
The detective said the
incident occurred around
2:38 p.m. on July 15 when
Arellano-Medrano had his
19-year-old nephew call
Ms. Delacruz. The neph-
ew, Nacho Delacruz, was I
told to ask her to come to E. Arellano-
her parents' N.W Eighth Medrano
Avenue home because
Arellano-Medrano was going to give her
some money.
When Ms. Delacruz arrived, Arellano-Me-
drano apparently became angry when she
arrived in another man's vehicle. He asked
the mother of his children to come into her
parents' mobile home but she refused.
At that point, said the detective, Arella-
no-Medrano walked up to the woman and
stabbed her once in the upper chest. The
knife, he continued, had a 12-inch blade and
literally cut off the bottom of the woman's
heart then passed through her liver and into


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Family members then helped Arellano-
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room at the Holiday Inn Express at Kanner
Highway and 1-95 in Stuart.
"We received information he was in a
hotel room. We had also received informa-
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to get him, and get him out of state," said
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Mr. Albright said because of the grand
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He is currently being held in the Okeecho-
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Mr. Albright said Arellano-Medrano's ar-
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Sept. 7 at 9 a.m.
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of the State's Attorney Office in Fort Pierce,
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a completely unsafe amount of funding and
is not willing to work with me to lower my
budget in certain categories," he said.
Therefore, the sheriff recalculated his
budget.
Mr. Bonner said the $1 million in question
would go right back to the sheriff's office in
the new budget, but it does not reduce the
need to cut the budget by more than $2 mil-
lion.
"It is, in fact, an excess fee," Mr. Bonner
said. "It did not reduce the budget."
The board took no action on the sheriff's
new proposed budget.
Property appraiser Bill Sherman present-
ed a budget of $1,473,369, a reduction of 9.5
percent from last year. It cuts two positions
and reduces total operating expenses by 4.1
percent.
Mr. Sherman presented figures to show
that his budget was in line with the budgets
of property appraisers in surrounding coun-
ties.
As with the sheriff's budget, the board
took no action.
"At this point, I am not able to under-
stand the apportionment method regarding
the shortfall to my satisfaction that it is a fair
method," Mr. Sherman told the board.
He had six specific questions he wanted


"In my opinion, Mr. Bonner is
trying to cut the sheriff's office
to a completely unsafe amount
of funding and is not willing
to work with me to lower my
budget in certain areas."
Sheriff Paul May

the board to answer to determine if the ap-
portionment method is fair. He asked for
details of all estimated revenue used in the
2010/11 budget proposal. He also asked for a
detailed line item schedule of the "other rev-
enues" that make up the $24,528.882 in the
amended budget for fiscal year 2009/10. The
property appraiser also wanted all detailed
schedules that were prepared in support of
the fiscal year 2009/10 amended budget and
the 2010/11 submitted budget for the county
commissioner's portion of the budget. He
also asked for details of budgeted transfers
in and out of the proposed budget, details
of all administrative expenses budgeted by
fund and details on the commission's plans
to meet their current apportionment of
$1,069,194.
The scheduled budget meeting for
Wednesday night was cancelled.
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County officials work to reduce 2010/2011 budget


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
While there may be more room for belt
tightening, county officials have been work-
ing to reduce the cost of government. In fis-
cal years 2008/09 and 2009/10, 23 full time
and three part time positions have been
eliminated. Out of 22 departments, county
administration and the commissioners' bud-
get, 19 of those areas are operating on less
money than they did last year. Commission-
ers have held the line on hiring new employ-
ees. During the current budget year, with the
exception of fire/rescue where a public safe-
ty issue is involved, only one new employee
was hired. At first this employee's salary was
paid by a grant. When the grant ran out, the
county picked up the salary.
However, in order to balance the budget,
about $3.5 million was transferred from the
reserves in the Landfill Trust Fund to various
other county budget funds. The general fund
received $1,000,000. The public safety fund
got $1,300,000. The Unincorporated Service
Area Fund received $300,000. The Cemetery
Fund received $100,000. The Courthouse/Ag
center Loan Fund received $889,128 and the
Ag Center Enterprise Fund received $80,000.
Commissioners have said they will not use
reserves to balance the 2010/11 budget.

County Commissioners
How much do the county commission-
ers cost the county? The county budget con-
tains a separate section for the expenses of
the five commissioners.
Total personnel services for the five
commissioners which includes salary and
benefits, FICA, retirement, insurance, and
workers' compensation is $253,823, an in-
crease of $10,153 from last year. Salaries for
commissioners are set by the state based on
the population of the county. Florida Statute
Chapter 145 gives the formula for calculat-
ing commissioners and constitutional offi-
cer's salaries based on county population.
An Okeechobee County Commissioner's
salary is $33,046 annually.
Operating expenses, totalling $470,113,
include such things as auditing and ac-
counting ($127,720), insurance ($151,965)
travel, vehicle repair, equipment, equipment
maintenance, promotional activities, adver-
tising, office supplies, books, dues and tu-
ition. Operating expenses are down $21,952
from last year. The commissioners' budget
also includes $23,650 for aid to private and


government organizations including com-
mission donations to the historical society,
Okeechobee Main Street and Shared Ser-
vices. That figure is down $67,704 from last
year. Total county support for the commis-
sioners including personnel services, oper-
ating expenses, and aid to private and gov-
ernment organizations is $747,586, down
$79,503 from last year.
That $747,586 comes from the general
fund. The general fund receives revenues
from racing tax, sales tax, small counties
surtax, state revenue sharing, licenses, per-
mits, fees, and grants. Additionally $1,000
was transferred into the general fund to help
balance the budget from the dwindling land-
fill reserve trust fund.

County administration
County administration has nine employ-
ees. This includes the county administrator,
two deputy administrators and their staffs.
Total personnel expenses are $688,914. This
includes salaries, FICA, retirement, insur-
ance and workers' compensation. This total
is down $17,626 from last year.
Operating expenses including computer
related expenses, travel, vehicle repair, ad-
vertising, office supplies and equipment
total $26,107, down $4,068 from last year.
The budget allots $2,000 for new equipment
making a total of $717,021 for county admin-
istration. This is $19,694 less than last year.
There are currently three vacant, unfund-
ed positions in county administration, an
executive assistant to the county administra-
tor, a budget analyst and a grant analyst. The
position of housing/SHIP coordinator, with
an annual salary of $6,656.00, will be elimi-
nated effective Sept. 30, 2010.
The county administrator earns
$133,723.20 annually. The deputy county
administrator in charge of finance earns
$98,321.60. The deputy county administra-
tor in charge of operations earns $82,950.40.
Other salaries range from $24,044.80 for a
risk management clerk to $45,947.20 for the
human resource administrator.
Personnel costs make up approximately
95 percent of the total budget for county ad-
ministration.
County administration is funded from the
general fund.
Agri-Civic Center
Total personnel services for the Agri-Civic
Center including salaries, overtime, FICA, re-


tirement, insurance and workers' compen-
sation for the Agri-Civic Center is $204,764,
an increase of $2,634 from last year. There
are three full time and one part time posi-
tions. The interim director earns $51,854.40.
The position of operations supervisor, with
a salary of $37,456, is vacant. The special fa-
cilities technician earns $28,017.60 annually.
The salary for the part time building main-
tenance person is $10,680. The number of
employees funded has not changed for sev-
eral years.
Total operating expenses for the Agri-Civic
Center are $227,613, down $19,081 from last
year. The current budget contains $3,500 for
new equipment The total expense this year
to operate the Agri-Civic Center is $439,844,
a decrease of $54,569 from last year. This
money comes from the Agri-Civic Center
enterprise fund which receives money from
the small county surtax, charges for services
including facility rental, miscellaneous rev-
enue, $80,000 from solid waste host fees, in-
terest and $144,904 projected cash balance
brought forward. Personnel services make
up roughly 46 percent of the total budget for
the agri-civic center.

Emergency management
Emergency management has two em-
ployees. The director earns $53,901.12. His
administrative secretary makes $35,651.20.
The number of personnel has remained
unchanged for several years. Total person-
nel services for emergency management in-
cluding salaries, overtime, FICA, retirement,


insurance and workers compensation come
to $124,325, a decrease of $1,461 from last
year. Operating expenses including com-
puter expenses, custodial services, utilities,
vehicle repairs and maintenance, office sup-
plies, program expenses and promotional
activities, total $55,390, a decrease of $8,480
from last year. The total budgeted to emer-
gency management is $179,725
The county gets a bargain with emer-
gency management. Net county support to
emergency management is $43,457. Other
emergency management revenues total-
ing $138,258 come from state and federal
grants. The $43,457 supplied by the county
comes from the general fund.
Soil conservation
Soil conservation has two employees.
That number has remained constant for
several years. The nutrient management
technician earns $38,188.80 annually. The
administrative assistant makes $37,523.20.
Total personnel services including salaries,
FICA, retirement, workers compensation is
$109,235. That is $1,251 less than last year.
Operating expenses including, transpor-
tation, postage, contracted services, office
supplies and equipment total $5,613. That
total is $152 less than last year's operating
expense. Net county support is $56,505
which comes from the general fund. This
figure is roughly half of the total personnel
services cost. Other state and federal rev-
enues total $58,334.
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BUDGET
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Parks and recreation
Parks and recreation has four full time em-
ployees. The number of full time employees
has remained unchanged for several years.
The director earns $77,769.95, His admin-
istrative assistant gets $35,651.20. The pool
manager earns $33,446.40 while the recre-
ation program specialist makes $30,472. A
part time custodian makes $12.82 an hour.
The parks and recreation department has
18 seasonal part time employees including
life guards, a swim coach, a center manager
and assistant managers. Their salaries range
from $8.59 an hour to 11.22 an hour. Total
personnel services including salaries, FICA,
retirement, insurance and workmen's com-
pensation total $213,265. That is $56 more
than last year.
Operating expenses including computer
expenses, custodial service, utilities, vehicles
repairs, maintenance of ball fields and county
buildings, and office supplies total $175,413
which is $16,040 less than last year. A total
of $12,847 is budgeted for building improve-
ments and new equipment. The total bud-
get for parks and recreation is $401.626. This
figure is $27,557 less than last year.
Roughly one half of the money budgeted
for parks and recreation goes for personnel
services. The parks and recreation depart-
ment is funded from the general fund.
Extension service
The extension office has five positions
including a vacant administrative secretary
position. The salaries for those positions are
supplemented by the state. The number of
employees has remained unchanged for
several years. The county pays the direc-
tor $25,786.35. One extension agent gets
$23,774 from the county and the other re-
ceives $14,820 from the county. The salary
the county pays the 4H program assistant is
$23,275.20. Total personnel services includ-
ing salaries, FICA, retirement, insurance and
workmen's compensation is $153,251, an
increase of $2,111 from last year.
Operating expenses including computer
services, custodial services, utilities, ve-
hicle maintenance and contracted services
come to $50,833, a decrease of $4,279 from
last year. The total amount the county paid
to operate the extension office this year is
$204,084, which is a decrease of $26,355
from last year.
Roughly 75 percent of county support
for the extension service goes to personnel
services. County support for the extension
service comes from the general fund.
Veterans services
The veterans services department has
one director earning $38,168 annually and
two part time drivers. The number of em-
ployees has remained the same for several
years. One driver earns $11,024 and the
other earns $9,776. Total personnel costs


for veterans services including salaries,
FICA, retirement and workers' compensa-
tion is $78,737, an increase of $1,397 over
last year. However, operating expenses, in-
cluding computer related expenses, utilities,
advertising, office supplies, and equipment
decreased $885 from $6,847 to $6,340. The
total cost for operating the veterans services
department is $85,057, a slight increase of
$512 from last year.
Approximately 92 percent of the veterans'
services budget goes for personnel services.
Veterans services is funded from the gen-
eral fund.
Senior services
Senior services is another one of those
areas where the county taxpayer gets a bar-
gain. While the total cost of operating the
department is $1,174,394, (down $2,092
from last year), $466,528 comes from grant
support and $48,107 comes from fees. That
leaves $659,759 to come from the county
budget. There are nine different grants. Each
one has its own budget and some employ-
ees are funded from more than one grant.
Roughly one half of the total budget comes
from county funds.The senior services pro-
gram manager makes $49,917.92. The ad-
ministrative assistant makes $39,852.80.
There are 10 other full time employees: one
data entry clerk, one case manager coordi-
nator, four case managers, one meal site/
program assessment coordinator and three
drivers. Their salaries range from $19,552
for the most junior driver to $40,851.20 for
the case manager coordinator. There is also
one part time case manager whose salary is
$16,822. The county's share of funding for
the senior services department comes from
the general fund.
Library
The library has seven full time and one
art time positions. The director makes
51,854.40. The director's administrative
secretary makes $37,144.02. There are three
library specialists. The most senior one
makes $22,776 while the other two make
$22,006 each. The two librarians make
$40,996 and $31,449 respectively. The part-
time library specialist makes $13,166.40.
Total personnel services for the library
including salaries, FICA, retirement, insur-
ance and workers' compensation come to
$374,761. That figures is $2,612 less than it
was last year.
Total operating expenses including com-
puter services, custodial services, utilities,
contract services, office supplies, and library
supplies comes to $103,393. Last year the
operating expenses were $3,012 more.
Capital outlay for such things as books
and periodicals totals $35,950, which is a
decrease of $4,750 from last year. Total ex-
pense for operating the library comes to
$514,104. Last year the library cost $4,350
more. However, the total cost is offset by
$172,397 from grants and other sources of
revenue. That leaves the net county support
of the library at $329,940, which is less than
the cost of personnel services.
County support for the library comes
from the general fund.


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Facilities management
The facilities maintenance department is
responsible for maintenance and upkeep of
all county facilities. The department has 12
personnel besides the director. The number
of employees has remained constant for sev-
eral years. This department is responsible
for the maintenance of all county facilities.
The director makes $67,059.20. Under the
director is the building maintenance super-
visor who makes $43,347.20. The grounds
maintenance supervisor earns $35,068.80
There is an electrician in the department
who makes $33,280. The salaries of the four
building maintenance technicians range
from $21,361.20 to $22,172.80. The salaries
of the four park maintenance technicians
range from $20,737.60 to $33,800. The to-
tal cost of personnel services for facilities
maintenance including salaries, overtime,
FICA, retirement, insurance and workers'
compensation is $558,309, up $35,664 from
last year.
Facilities management hired one park
maintenance technician in the past year. The
position was advertised state wide through
WorkForce Solutions and there were four
applicants. The salary was paid at first from
a grant. Grant funds paid this salary from
Oct. 9, 2009 to Feb. 18, 2010 when they ran
out. On March 1, 2010 the county picked up
the salary of $20,737.60 annually.
Total operating expenses including com-
puter services, custodial service, utilities,
contracted services, vehicle repairs, gas and
oil, office supplies and equipment comes to
$575,293. This is an increase of $9,398 over
last year. All totaled the cost to taxpayers to
operate the facilities management depart-
ment is $1,133,602. That is an increase of
$45,062 over last year. Roughly one half of


the budget for facilities maintenance goes
for personnel services.
Funds to operate facilities management
come from the general fund. The general
fund receives revenues from racing tax,
sales tax, small counties surtax, state rev-
enue sharing, licenses, permits, fees, and
grants. Additionally $1,000 was transferred
into the general fund to help balance the
budget from the dwindling landfill reserve
trust fund.

Cemetery
The cemetery department, which oper-
ates and maintains the three county ceme-
teries (Evergreen, Bassinger and Fort Drum)
has two employees besides the supervisor
who makes $33,009.60. The two park main-
tenance technicians in the cemetery depart-
ment make $21,361.60 and $24,835.20. Total
personnel services for the cemetery depart-
ment come to $118,499 which is $3,846 less
than last year. The number of employees has
remained constant for several years.
Operating expenses, which consists of
such things as postage, utilities, vehicle re-
pairs, cemetery maintenance, office sup-
plies, and equipment under $750 and uni-
forms, total $28,325 which is $7,100 more
than last year.
The total cost to operate the cemetery de-
partment including $32,698 cash carried for-
ward is $179,522, up $33,872 from last year.
Of that total $79,522 comes from charges for
services and $100,000 from the landfill trust
fund. Roughly two thirds of the total budget
is devoted to personnel expenses.
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Okee-Tantie Recreation Area
There are two separate budgets for Okee-
Tantie Campground and Marina. One for op-
eration of the park and one for maintenance.
The number of employees has remained the
same for several years.
Okee-Tantie facilities maintenance has
two park maintenance technicians. One
makes $21,361.60 and the other makes
$21,923.20. Total personnel services for
Okee-Tantie maintenance including salaries,
overtime, FICA, retirement, insurance and
worker's compensation comes to $69,889.
That total is $1,513 less than last year. Op-
erating expenses including vehicle repairs,
campground maintenance, equipment re-
pairs, and uniforms total $9,850; $3,790 less
than least year.
The total cost to the county to maintain
Okee-Tantie is $79,739, which is $5,303 less
than last year. Roughly 87 percent of the
Okee Tantie maintenance budget is spent of
personnel costs.
On the operations side there are four
full time and seven part time positions. The
campground manager makes $54,995.20.
The one full time security technician, whose
resignation was effective July 28, made
$9.68 an hour. There are two park mainte-
nance technicians assigned to Okee-Tantie.
One makes $24,502.40 and the other makes
$25,792.
The park has five part time registra-
tion clerk/counter attendants. Their sala-
ries range from $10.10 to $13.12 per hour.
There are two part time security technicians.
One earns $9.68 an hour and the other gets
$10.68 an hour. Total personnel services in-
cluding salaries, overtime, FICA retirement,
insurance and worker's compensation total
$357,568. That total is $23,235 less than last
year.
Total operating expenses including
computer services, postage, utilities, main-
tenance of building and grounds, promo-
tions, advertising, concession supplies, and
uniforms comes to $239,328. Last years total
was $39,046 more.
With landscaping and reserve for contin-
gencies, the total cost to taxpayers to operate
Okee Tantie this year is $627,343, a savings
of $195,560 over last year. About 57 percent
of the budget for the operation of Okee Tan-
tie goes for personnel services.
Funding for the operation and mainte-
nance of Okee-Tantie comes from the Okee-
Tantie Enterprise fund. Revenues to this fund
come from a variety of sources including
sales tax, small counties surtax, charges for
services, disposal of fixed assets, and miscel-
laneous revenue.
Planning Department
The planning department has four em-
ployees. During the 2007/08 budget year
that department had six employees. The
planning director makes $92,863.06 annu-
ally. There are three planners whose salaries
range from $18,491 to $51,688. Total person-
nel services including salaries, FICA, retire-
ment, insurance and workers' compensa-
tion comes to $36,255. That is $44,904 less
than last year.
Operating expenses, which includes


indirect cost allocation, professional ser-
vices, computer related expenses, custodial,
utilities, office supplies, and equipment total
$256,205; an increase of $38,939 from last
year. The budget also includes $2,000 for
new equipment.
All in all, it cost taxpayers $574,460 to
operate the planning department. That is
$28,985 less than last year. The current bud-
get calls for the planning department to take
in $1,500 in fees.
The remaining $522,960 comes from the
Unincorporated Service Area Fund. That
fund receives money from the small coun-
ties surtax, grants, and charges for services,
About 55 percent of the cost of the planning
department goes for salaries.
Building department
The building department has five posi-
tions, down from 16 in 2008. The interim
building director makes $80,000. The ad-
ministrative secretary earns $25,500. The
two plans examiners earn $51,417.60 and
$44,720. There is one code enforcement of-
ficer who earns $45,988.80. Total personnel
services which includes salaries, FICA, re-
tirement, insurance, workers' compensation
comes to $347,975, a decrease of $430,286
over last year.
Operating expenses, which include such
things are professional services, computer
expenses, custodial, utilities, office supplies
and equipment comes to $187,159 which
is $37,294 less than least year. Charges for
services account for $423,800 of the amount
needed to fund the building department.
The remaining $111,354 comes from the
Unincorporated Services Areas Fund which
gets money from the same county surtax,
grant and charges for services.
Approximately 65 percent of the budget
for the building department goes for sala-
ries.
Road department
The road department has 23 employ-
ees. That is a drop from the 35 employees
they had in 2008. The department head
earns $52,312. He has an administrative as-
sistant that earns $46,529. The road main-
tenance technician earns $25,500 a year.
The road department has one laborer that
earns $22,505.60. The herbicide sprayer
earns $37,148.80 a year. There are 16 equip-
ment operators whose salaries range from
$23,358.40 to $41,787.20. The foreman
earns $41,683.20 and the welder makes
$43,059.95. Total personnel services includ-


ing salaries, overtime, FICA, retirement, in-
surance and workers' compensation comes
to $1,348,014. That is an increase of $13,589
over last year.
Operating expenses including profes-
sional services, custodial services, utili
ties, vehicle repairs, office supplies, oil and
lubricants, uniforms and road materials,
comes to $2,161,607. That is an increase of
$291,950 from last year. A total of $896,000 is
budgeted for specific capital improvements.
With debt service and contracted services a
total of $4,619,836 is allocated for the road
department, a decrease of $587,353 from
last year. About 29 percent of the road de-
partment expenses are for salary.
Funding for the road department comes
for the Transportation Trust Fund which re-
ceives revenues from fuel taxes, grants, and
sale of surplus equipment.
Airport
Taxpayers get a bargain when it comes
to the airport and the tourist development
council. The same person heads up both
departments, receiving half her salary from
each department.
The half time airport director/industrial
park manager earns $20,458.80. The posi-
tion has been half time since the 2008/09
budget year. Total personnel services includ-
ing salaries, FICA, retirement, insurance and
worker's compensation comes to $28,179,
a decrease of $12,326 from last year. About
13 percent of the total amount of money al-
lotted to the airport goes to personnel ser-
vices.
Operating expenses for the airport/indus-
trial park including professional services,
computer expenses, custodial, utilities, vehi-
cle repair, building maintenance and repair,
office supplies, gas, oil and lubricants comes
to $170,451, a decrease of $39,024 from last
year. The budget allots $12,000 for new
equipment. A total of $151,950 from grants
and other non county sources is applied to
the airport.
Net county support to the airport comes
to $58,680. That money comes from the
general fund. The general fund receives rev-
enues from racing tax, sales tax, small coun-
ties surtax, state revenue sharing, licenses,
permits, fees, and grants. Additionally $1,000
was transferred into the general fund to help
balance the budget from the dwindling land-
fill reserve trust fund.
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Tourist development
The half time director of tourist develop-
ment earns $20,456.80. The position has
been half time since the 2008/09 budget
year. Total personnel services including sala-
ries, FICA, retirement, insurance and work-
ers' compensation comes to $28,179, a de-
crease of $7,331 since last year.
Operating expenses including indirect
cash allocation, custodial services, utilities,
travel, promotional activities, building main-
tenance, advertising, office supplies and
uniforms comes to $178,009 an increase of
$17,139 over last year. The total amount bud-
geted to operate the tourist development de-
partment is $250,356, a decrease of $2,364
from last year. Funding for tourist develop-
ment comes from the Tourism Special Fund.
This fund receives revenue mainly from the
tourist tax. About 11 percent of the money
allocated for tourist development goes for
personnel services.
Animal control
Animal control has four employees. The
number of positions has remained the same
for several years. The supervisor makes
$43,576. Salaries for thethree animal control
officers range from $31,408 to $32,011.20.
Total personnel services including salaries
and the salary of one vacant animal control
officer position, overtime FICA, retirement,
insurance, workers' compensation comes
to $258,685, a decrease of $14,813 from last
year.
Operating expenses including profes-
sional services, indirect costs, computer ser-
vices, utilities, building and vehicle mainte-
nance, office supplies, and uniforms comes
to $98,176, an increase of $12,031 over last
year. Overall the cost to operate animal con-
trol is $356,861, a savings of $2,782 over last
year. The current budget anticipates $105,500
in fees and $251,361 in county support.
The county support comes from the
unincorporated services area fund which
includes small county surtax, grant and
charges for services. About 70 percent of
the money allotted for animal control goes
to salaries.

E-911
The half time employee working for
E-911 earns $18,491.20. Personnel services
including salary FICA, retirement, insurance
and workers' compensation totals $16,206,
an increase of $7,168 over last year. About
1.7 percent of the money budgeted for this
department goes for personnel expenses.
Operating expenses including profes-
sional services, communication, contract
services, office supplies, and equipment
total $188,455, a decrease of $93,558. Total
cost to operate this department comes to
$1,541,203, a decrease of $25,437 from last
year.
Funding for this department comes from
grants, the fifty cents per telephone line and
fifty cents per wireless customer per month
the county gets for maintaining the 911 sys-
tem.


Capital improvements
projects
The Capital Improvements Projects De-
partment plans and coordinates capital
improvement projects for the county. The
director makes $77,769.95 The projects
coordinator makes $34,028,80 and the ad-
ministrative secretary makes $30,929.60.
Total personnel services for this department
including salaries, FICA, retirement, insur-
ance and workers' compensation comes
to $192,717. That is a decrease of $1,769
from last year. Operating expenses including
professional services, computer expenses,
custodial, utilities, vehicle repairs, advertis-
ing, office supplies and equipment total
$58,202, a decrease of $13,831 from last
year. Total cost for operating this department
is $250,919, a decrease of $13,831 from last
year. For the current budget year this depart-
ment is funded from projected cash bal-
ance brought forward in the capital projects
fund. For the previous 13 years it had been
funded from small counties surtax. About 76
percent of the funds allocated for capital im-
provements go for personnel benefits.
SHIP coordinator
The position of State Housing Initiative
Program (SHIP) housing coordinator will be
eliminated as of September 30. That person
earns $26,624. Total personnel expenses
including salary, FICA, retirements, insur-
ance and workers' compensation comes
to $39,045, an increase of $11,260 over last
year.
Total operating expenses including such
things as custodial services, travel, post-
age, utilities and contract services comes to
$332,714, a decrease of $774,088 from last
year. With cash carried forward the total
amount budgeted SHIP is $684,368, a de-
crease of $440,218 from last year. Funding
for this program comes from grants which
will be terminated.
Less than one percent of the money al-
located for the SHIP went to personnel ex-
penses.
Solid waste disposal
department
The solid waste disposal department
monitors the agreement between the county
and Waste Management to provide fair and
cost effective handling of waste programs
and recycling. The one employee makes
$42,577.60. Total personnel services includ-
ing salary, FICA, retirement, insurance and
workers' compensation comes to $60,320.
That is an increase of $461 from last year.
Operating expenses including profes-
sional services, computer expenses, custo-
dial services, travel, utilities, vehicle repairs,
contacted services, and office supplies, total
$384,384. That figure is $225,849 less than
last year. This department is funded primarily
from grant funds, hazardous materials fees
and monitoring fees. Approximately 15.6
percent of the total budget for sold waste
management goes to personnel services.
Editor's note: The Fire/Rescue budget
was the subject of an earlier story in this
newspaper. Upcoming stories in future edi
tions of the newspaper will also look at the
budgets of the Constitutional Officers.


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for supervising the harvesting of citrus groves locat-
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vesting contractors and ensuring compliance with
applicable regulations. Qualified applicants must
possess at least five years prior citrus harvesting ex-
perience and a current, valid driver's license.
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salary plus bonus plan) and a benefit package in-
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Okeechobee Waterways $56,815,
with Excellent Benefits,
is needed to plan, organize,
supervise, and review the
maintenance and care of levee,
riverbanks, campgrounds and
other landscaped areas on
public properties. Requires 5
years of increasingly responsible
experience in the assigned area,
including supervisory capacity,
and specialized training in
landscape maintenance-
experience with modern
methods, practices, materials,
equipment, and tools used in
ground maintenance. Preference
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2Bd 1 1/2 Ba Town
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clean W/D $650 mo,
1st, last & sec.
863-697-1129
For Rent 1 bd/1 ba
Large Apt. in town $550
monthly, 1st, Last and
$400 Security call
863-467-8705
For Rent 4BR / 2BA
3500 Sq. ft., no yard to
maintain. First, Last and
Sec. $1000/ mo. Contact
Lisa (863)634-7994.
In Town Apt 2/1 very
clean, OUA included in
rent $750 plus security
deposit call Vikki @
(561)255-4377

NW OKEE: TWO 2 Bed-
room Apartments avail.
on quiet street. Pets wel-
come. One is $700mo.
one is $750mo. 1st, last
& $500 sec.
561-346-1642
RIVER ACRES, 1/1 Cot-
tage, fully furnished,
very clean. Includes Pri-
vate Dock, utilities &
Dish TV. $600 mo.
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2BA, Large screened,
fenced patio. Very
clean! No pets. $850
mo., 1st, last & $600
sec. (863) 634-3312 or
(863)634-3313
OAK TREE PLACE
2 Bedroom/1 Bath
Clean & Well Maintained
Two Story Condo
$600 a month
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Taylor Creek Condo
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mo. & up. 1st & sec.
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4BD/3BA CBS Home w/
swimming pool. One acre
of property fenced.
$1400/ mo. or will con-
sider lease option. First
and Sec. required.
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OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICY
In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida
Statutes, nobce is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board
Nill consider amendment of the School Board policy listed below at their
meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the
School Board Administrative Office at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeecho-
)ee. A copy of the proposed policy amendment is available in the Supern-
:endent's office, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 4.20 Student Proaression Plan
1. This policy Includes the Student Progression Plan.
2. Proposed revisions to the Student Progression Plan are those required
by statute as well as updates from the Florida Department of Educabon.
3. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41; 1001.45. Laws imple-
mented are F.S. 1001.43; 1003.43; 1003.437; 1003.49; 1008.25.
4. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic
standpoint.
361939 ON 8/11/10

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
[n accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida
statutes, nobce is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board
Nill consider amendment of the School Board Policy 8.21 at their meeting
)n Thursday, September 9, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School
board Administrabve Office at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. A
:opy of the proposed amendment is available in the Superintendent's office,
Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue.
AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 8.21
Student Transportation and School Bus Use
1. This policy provides general guidelines for district-provided transporta-
tion of students.
2. The proposed amendment adds language to allow high school princi-
pals to approve transportation requests for students in grades 9-12 who
reside, by court order, in dual residences.
3. The legal authority for this policy is FS. 1001.42. Laws implemented
are FS. 1001.21, 1001.43, 1006.21, 1006.21(3), 1011.68.
4. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic stand-
point.
atricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
superintendent of Schools
361267 ON 8/11/10

NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY VS. AERONAUTICAL ASSOCIATES, LLC, et al.
LITIGATION
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County shall hold an
Executive Session between the Board and its Attorney, which will discuss
:he litigation between Okeechobee County and Aeronautical Associates,
-LC, bearing case number 2009-CA-654.
The proposed Executive Session shall be held on Thursday, August 26,
2010 at 11:30 o'clock A.M., or as soon thereafter, in the Board of
countyy Commissioners Meebng Room, (the Judge William L. Hendry Court-
'oom) Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 Northwest 2nd Street, Okee-
:hobee, Florida 34972.
The proposed discussion shall be confined to settlement negotiations or
strategy sessions relating to litigation expenditures.
Notice is hereby given that the following individuals will be in attendance at
:he Executive Session: County Commissioner Ray R. Domer; County Com-
nissioner Clif Betts, Jr County Commissioner Noel Chandler; County Com-
nissioner Margaret Garrard Helton; County Commissioner Joey Hoover;
countyy Administrator Lyndon Bonner; and County Attorneys John D. Cas-
;els, Jr. and Laura Ann McCall.
4 Court Reporter will be present to record the session and the transcript
;hall be made partofthe public record upon conclusion of the litigation.
Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
3haron Robertson, Clerk
3OARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
3KEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
362602 ON 8/11/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-223
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
VS.
MICHELLE CONNELLY; THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF MICHELLE CON-
NELLY; JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN
TENANT; AND JANE DOE, UNKNOWN
TENANT, the names being fictitious
to account for parties in possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated July 14, 2010, entered in
Case No. 2010-CA-223 in the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida
wherein Seacoast National Bank is
Plaintiff and Michelle Connelly, The
Unknown Spouse of Michelle Connel-
ly, are the Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash
at the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 at 11:00 am on the
25th day of August, 2010, the follow-
ing described property Okeechobee
County, Florida:
LOT 14. BLOCK 3, DIXIE RANCH
ACRES, according to the Plat
thereof-recorded in Plat Book 3,


Page 35, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee 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 is pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 15th day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
360669 ON 8/4,11/10


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-00296
J.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
Plaintiff,
iS.
3RIAN J. HOFFMAN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BRIAN J. HOFFMAN; MICHELE
-. HOFFMAN; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF MICHELE L. HOFFMAN; IF LIVING,
INCLUDINGG ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMAR-
rIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
3RANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
DTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
MAMED DEFENDANTSS; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN TENANT #2;
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MICHELE L. HOFFMAN; IF LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
:REDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIM-
ING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANTSS;
Whose residence are/is unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to file your answer or written defenses, if any,
n the above proceeding with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy
hjereof upon the plaintiff's attorney, Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra,
9204 King Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619-1328, telephone (813) 915-8660,
facsimile (813) 915-0559, within thirty days of the first publication of this
notice, the nature of this proceeding being a suit for foreclosure of mort-
jage against the following described property, to wit:
LOT 11, BLOCK 6, LAKE MONTAZA ESTATES SECTION 4-A, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
5, PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
To include a:
2004 NOBI, VIN N19295A and 0089967194
2004 NOBI, VIN N19295B and 0089967378
If you fall to file your answer or written defenses in the above proceed-
ng, on plaintiff's attorney, a default will be entered against you for the re-
ief demanded in the Complaint or Petition.
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 30th day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF
1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, per-
;ons needing a special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact Court Administration no later than seven
days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port
St. Lucie, Florida 34986, (772) 807-4370 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.
361948 ON 8/11,18/10
I.
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT INTENT TO DESIGNATE AN EXEMPTED AQUIFER
The Department of Environmental Protecbon gives notice that a Draft Intent
D Designate an Exempted Aquifer (OGC File No. 09-2863) has been devel-
)ped for the reasons stated below.
The applicant, the South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club
Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, applied on May 28, 2009, to the De-
partment for an exempted aquifer for the Class V aquifer storage and recov-
ory (ASR) system located at the L-63 Canal (Taylor Creek), approximately
wo miles southeast of the town of Okeechobee and at the intersecon of
3tate Road 710 and the L-63 Canal, Okeechobee County, Florida. The sys-
em is designed and constructed to capture water from Taylor Creek and in-
ect it into the receiving zone of the upper Floridan aquifer. Upon recovery
from the aquifer, the withdrawn water will be aerated and returned to Tay-
or Creek to supplement the seasonal water demand in Lake Okeechobee
and coastal estuaries.
The proposal would designate as a limited aquifer exemption a portion of
:he upper Floridan aquifer. This is in conjunction with the South Florida
Nater Management District ASR facility construcbon and testing permit ap-
lication no. 0198641-007-UC received on February 23, 2007. If the pro-
)osed aquifer exemption is granted, the ASR project will be allowed to store
Nater from the L-63 Canal in the subsurface that exceeds the primary drink-
ng water standard for total coliform bacteria for a period of ive years. All
otherr primary drinking water standards will be required to be met prior to
injection into the ASR well. The part of the Flordan aquifer proposed for
exemption is located from 1260 feet below land surface (s) to the base of
:he underground source of drinking water (USDW) which is located at a
Jepth of approximately 1700 feet bls. The proposed exemption extends
from the ASR well for a radial distance of one-half mile (2640 feet). One
n-site monitor well shall monitor ground water quality in the storage aqui
fer, and two on-site wells shall monitor overlying aquifers. An additional
ff-site storage zone monitor well shall be constructed to monitor ground
after quality near the edge of the exempted aquifer Water quality of in-
ected and recovered water shall also be monitored.
The Department will accept public comment for a minimum of 30 days fol-
owing publicabon of the Nobce of Draft Intent to Designate an Exempted
4qufer. Public comment shall be received up to the close of the public
meeting as provided below. Public notice is pursuant to Section 403.815,
:londa Statutes, and Rules 62-110.106(8), 62-528.300(3)(a), and
52-528.315, Florida Administrative Code. A public meebng will be held on
September 30, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at the South Florida Water Management
district Okeechobee Service Center office, located at 205 North Parrott Ave-
lue, Suite 201, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving oral and
Nritten comments concerning this proposed aquifer exemption. Please con-
act Joseph Haberfeld at 850-245-8655, for additional information concern-
ng this project. Comments can be mailed to Joseph Haberfeld, P.G.,
Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3530,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. After the conclusion of the public com-
"nent penod, the Department may revise the conditions of the exemption
askedd upon such public comment.
The pebtion and draft intent are available for public inspection during nor-
"nal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fnday (except
egal holidays), at the Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair
tone Road, MS 3530, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400 (contact Joseph Ha-
)erfeld, PG., at 850-245-8655), as well as at the Department of Environ-
nental Protection, Southeast District office, 400 North Congress Avenue,
Nest Palm Beach, Florida 33401 (contact Mark Silverman, PG., at
561-681-6778).
362712 ON 8/11/10


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,FLORIDA
CASE NO. 47-2010-CA-000282
BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC, A
DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY
COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JOANNA NICHOLS MCEWEN;
GUENTER GOERTZ, ET AL.
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
To the following Defendant(s):
JOANNA NICHOLS MCEWEN (CUR-
RENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN) Last
known address: 3128 HIGHWAY 98
N, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Addition-
al address: 731 SOUTH JENKINS
ROAD FT PIERCE, FL 34947 Addi-
tional address: 202 NE 2ND STREET
SUITE 6 OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
BASSWOOD HOMEOWNERS' ASSO-
CIATION INC (CURRENT RESIDENCE
UNKNOWN) Last known address:
3101 N.W. 37TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE,
FL 34972
Additional address: C/O THOMAS L.
TAYLOR R.A. 3101 NW 37TH AVE-
NUE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Addi-
tional address: C/O ANY
AUTHORIZED AGENT 3443 N.W.
36TH AVE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34973
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action for Foreclosure of Mort-
gage on the following described
property:
LOT 87, BLOCK 59, BASSWOOD,
INC., UNIT NO. 5, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 51, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A
3128 HWY 98 N, OKEECHOBEE
FL 34972
has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to J. Antho-
ny Van Ness, Esq. at VAN NESS LAW
FIRM, PA., Attorney for the Plainbff,
whose address is 1239 E. NEWPORT
CENTER DRIVE, SUITE #110, DEER-
FIELD BEACH, FL 33442 on or before
thirty (30) days after the first publi-
cabon of this Notice in the OKEE-


CHOBEE TIMES and file the original
with the Clerk of this Court ether be-
fore service on Plainbffs attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the com-
plaint. This notice is provided to Ad-
ministrabve Order No. 2065
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
Dnve, Port St. Lucie, Florida
34986, 1.772.807.4370 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
1.800955.8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court this 30 day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF COURT
BY Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
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REVISED PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED
ZONING RECLASSIFICATION
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee-
chobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the C ity webse www.cityofo-
keechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
bclement@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Rezoning Petition No. 10-003-R, submitted by Jen-
nifer Williamson, on behalf of property owners, Lifestyles and Healthcare
LTD, for the purpose of changing the Zoning District, on approximately
4.319 acres, from Commercial Professional Office (CPO) to Heavy Commer-
cial (CHV for property located at 1646 N US Highway 441.
Lega: Beginning at the Southeast corner of Section 9, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and bear North along the East line of said Secbon 9
a distance of 325.12 feet to the South boundary of that property described
in O.R. Book 207, Page 177, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida;
thence bear South 89 degrees 59 feet 53 inches West along the South
boundary of said property described in O.R. Book 207, Page 177, a distance
of 351.67 feet to a point on the East right-of-way line of State Road 15
(Parrott Avenue), thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East
along so right-of-way line a distance of 236.12 feet; thence bear North 90
degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 1.00 foot, thence bear South
00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 65.00 feet; thence bear
North 09 degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 20.00 feet; thence
bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 24.69 feet to a
point on the South line of said Section 9; thence bear North 09 degrees 52
feet 43 inches East along the South line of said Section 9 a distance of
331.66 feet, more or less, to the Point of Beginning.
Also, Beginning at the Southwest corner of Secbon 10, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and bear North along the West line of said Section
10, a distance of 325.12 feet to a point on the South boundary of that prop-
erty described in O.R. Book 207, Page 178, thence bear North 89 degrees
59 feet 53 inches East along the South boundary of said property described
in O.R. Book 207, Page 178, a distance of 448.33 feet to a point, thence
bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East along the extension of the
East boundary of said property described in O.R. Book 207, Page 170, a dis-
tance of 321.60 feet to a point on the South line of Section 10, thence bear
South 09 degrees 32 feet 54 inches West a distance of 440.36 feet to the
Point of Beginning. All lying and being in Secbons 9 and 10; Township 37
South, Range 35 East.
Including, a parcel of land lying in Secons 9 and 10, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly de-
scribed as follows: begin at the Southeast corner of said Section 9, bear
South 89 degrees 52 feet 43 inches West along the South line of said Sec-
tion 9, a distance of 132.00 feet; thence bear North 00 degrees 00 feet 07
inches West a distance of 325.39 feet; thence bear North 89 degrees 59
feet 53 inches East to the intersecton with aforesaid East line of Section 9,
a distance of 132.01 feet; thence conbnue North 89 degrees 59 feet 53
inches East a distance of 448.33 feet; thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet
07 inches East to the intersection with the South line of said section 10 a
distance of 321.60 feet; thence bear South 89 degrees 32 feet 54 inches
West along said South line of Section 10 a distance of 448.36 feet to the
Southwest corner of said Section 10, also being the Southeast corner of said
Section 9 and the Point of Beginning.
Together with all rights arising out of the Reciprocal Easement Agreement
recorded in O.R. Book 258, Page 756, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire petition may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fn, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's role will be to make a recommendation for approval
or denial to the City Council. Final adoption is tentatively scheduled for
Tuesday, September 28, 2010.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are
used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe-
cial accommodation to participate n this proceeding should contact the
General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petibon No. 10-003-R
362125 ON 8/4,11/10


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I Public Notice I


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDAGENERAL
JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 2009-CA-000502
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
GREG M. YEFFETH; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF GREG M. YEFFETH; 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 UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
NATIONAL CITY BANK SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL
SAVINGS BANK; JOHN DOE #1,
JANE DOE #1, JOHN DOE #2, JANE
DOE #2, JOHN DOE #3 AND JANE
DOE #3 AS UNKNOWN TENANTS IN
POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated 7/22/2010 entered
in Civil Case No. 2009-CA-000502 of
the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial
Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE
County, Okeechobee, Florida, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash on the Jury Assembly Room,
2nd Floor, Okeechobee County Judi-
cial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 22nd day of Sept. 2010 the
following described property as set
forth in said Summary Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:
WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF
THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 2
AND THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 AND THE WEST 1/2
OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2
AND THE EAST 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2
OF TRACT 3 AND THE EAST 1/2
OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH
1/2 OF TRACT 4, ALL IN SEC-
TION 22, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH,
RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E,
INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS
OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA TOGETHER WITH MO-
BILE HOME: 2003 GENA VIN#
GMHGA4310229479A AND
GMHGA4310229479B.
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 lis pendens, must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 22nd day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, A.,
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 South Pine Island Road
Suite 400, Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954)233-8000
09-66465 (NCM)
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation to partici-
pate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior 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 Notice. If
you are hearing impaired call 711. If
you are voice impaired call 711.
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2009-CA-000146
COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SER-
VICING, L.P
PLAINTIFF
VS.
MICHAEL T MILLER A/K/A MICHAEL
MILLER; THERESA M. MILLER; 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 UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
PRIME ACCEPTANCE CORP; JOHN
DOE AND JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)
RE- NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order Granting the Motion to
Reschedule Foreclosure Sale dated
7/22/2010, entered in Civil Case No.
47-2009-CA-000146 of the Circuit
Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in
and for OKEECHOBEE County, OKEE-
CHOBEE, Florida, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR
of the OKEECHOBEE Judicial Center,
312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 25th
day of Aug., 2010, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 5, BLOCK 14, OF BASS-
WOOD, UNIT 2, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 28, OF
THE 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 is pendens, must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 22nd day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the 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 partici-
pate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 or call
1-772-8074370 within two working
days of your receipt of this Notice. If
you are hearing impaired call 711. If
you are voice impaired call 711.
LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, RA.
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400,
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000 Fax (954) 233-8705
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LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on AUGUST
27, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1999 Toyota 4 Runner
VIN#JT3GM84R1X0039544
1997 Ford Explorer
VIN#1FMCU22X9VUB97852
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADEI Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
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REVISED PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Council Chambers, Rm 200, Okee
chobee, Florida. The agenda is available on the City websit www.cityofo
keechobee.com, or contact the General Services Department,
bclement@cityofokeechobee.com, 863-763-3372 x 218.
Under consideration is Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future Land Use
Map Amendment Application No. 10-003-SSA, submitted by lennifer Wil
liamson, on behalf of the property owner, Lifestyles and Healthcare LTD.
For the purpose of changing the Future Land Use designation from Single
Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property located at 1646 US N US High
way 441.
Legal: Beginning at the Southeast corner of Section 9, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and bear North along the East line of said Section 9
a distance of 325.12 feet to the South boundary of that property described
in O.R. Book 207, Page 177, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida;
thence bear South 89 degrees 59 feet 53 inches West along the South
boundary of said property described in O.R. Book 207, Page 177, a distance
of 351.67 feet to a point on the East right-of-way line of State Road 15
(Parrott Avenue), thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East
along so right-of-way line a distance of 236.12 feet; thence bear North 90
degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 1.00 foot, thence bear South
00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 65.00 feet; thence bear
North 09 degrees 59 feet 53 inches East a distance of 20.00 feet, thence
bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East a distance of 24.69 feet to a
point on the South line of said Section 9; thence bear North 09 degrees 52
feet 43 inches East along the South line of said Section 9 a distance ol
331.66 feet, more or less, to the Point of Beginning.
Also, Beginning at the Southwest corner of Section 10, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and bear North along the West line of said Secbon
10, a distance of 325.12 feet to a point on the South boundary of that prop-
erty described in O.R. Book 207, Page 178, thence bear North 89 degrees
59 feet 53 inches East along the South boundary of said property described
in O.R. Book 207, Page 178, a distance of 448.33 feet to a point, thence
bear South 00 degrees 00 feet 07 inches East along the extension of the
East boundary of said property described in O.R. Boo 207, Page 170, a dis
tance of 321.60 feet to a point on the South line of Section 10, thence bear
South 09 degrees 32 feet 54 inches West a distance of 440.36 feet to the
Point of Beginning. All lying and being in Sections 9 and 10; Township 37
South, Range 35 East.
Including, a parcel of land lying in Sections 9 and 10, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East, Okeechobee County, Florida. Being more particularly de
scribed as follows: begin at the Southeast corner of said Section 9, bear
South 89 degrees 52 feet 43 inches West along the South line of said Sec
tion 9, a distance of 132.00 feet; thence bear North 00 degrees 00 feet 07
inches West a distance of 325.39 feet; thence bear North 89 degrees 59
feet 53 inches East to the intersection with aforesaid East line of Section 9,
a distance of 132.01 feet; thence continue North 89 degrees 59 feet 53
inches East a distance of 448.33 feet; thence bear South 00 degrees 00 feet
07 inches East to the intersection with the South line of said Section 10 a
distance of 321.60 feet; thence bear South 89 degrees 32 feet 54 inches
West along said South line of Section 10 a distance of 448.36 feet to the
Southwest corner of said Section 10, also being the Southeast corner of said
Section 9 and the Point of Beginning.
Together with all rights arising out of the Reciprocal Easement Agreement
recorded in O.R. Book 258, Page 756, Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said
Hearing. The entire application may be inspected during regular business
hours, Mon-Fn, 8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
The Planning Board's rolewbe ill o make a recommendation for approval
or denial, to the City Council, final adoption is tentatively scheduled for
Tuesday, September 14, 2010.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, or hearing wil need to ensure a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which record includes the tesbmony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based. General Services media are
used for the sole purpose of back-up for the department. In accordance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing spe
cial accommodation to parbcipate in this proceeding should contact the
General Services Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 10-003-SSA
362124 ON 8/4,11/10


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Public Notic


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOROKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2009-CA-584
TD BANK, N.A., a national banking
association, successor to PALM
BEACH COUNTY BANK,
Plainbff,
vs.
JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA M. CAS-
TRO; OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AU-
THORITY; TENANT #1 and
TENANT #2, unknown parties in
possession; and JOHN DOE and
JANE DOE, unknown parties in
possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
(Lot 62, Unit #7)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
pursuant to the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure on Count II (Unit 7
Property) of Plainbffs Amended
Complaint dated July 16, 2010
(the "Judgment"), entered in Civil
Case No. 2009-CA-584 of the Cir-
cuit Court of the Nineteenth Judi-
cial Circuit in and for Okeechobee
County, Florida in which TD BANK,
N.A., a national banking associa-
tion, successor to PALM BEACH
COUNTY BANK, is Plaintiff, and
JUAN A. CASTRO; ANA M. CAS
TRO; and OKEECHOBEE UTILITY
AUTHORITY, are Defendants.
I will sell he Property as de-
fined in the Judgment and as set
forth below at a public sale on
September 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
to the "highest bidder," for cash at
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, Okeechobee County Judicial
Center, 312 NW Third Street,
Okeechobee Florida 34972, in
accordance with Section 45.031,
Florida Statutes. The "highest bid-
der" for purposes of this Nobce of
Sale, is defined as the party who
bids the largest amount of money
to purchase the Property and who
completes the sale in a timely
fashion, as hereinafter set out.
The one who bids the largest
amount of money 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 deposit, 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 there-
of, recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 60, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida
a/k/a 3243 SE 25th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
together with all existing or subse-
quently erected or affixed build
ings, improvements, and fixtures
(the "Unit 7 Property').
Any person claiming an interest
in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property own-
er as of the date of the Amended
Lis Pendens must file a claim with-
in 60 days after the sale.
Witness my hand and seal of
this Court on July 19, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Linda F Youn
Deputy Clerk
362176 ON 8/11,18/10
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000451
NEWEST BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR
IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC FEDERAL
BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN INTER-
EST TO INDYMAC BANK FS.B.
Plaintiff,
VS.
IDELSYS BLANCO; CARLOS F BLAN-
CO; UNKNOWN PERSONS) IN POS-
SESSION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY;
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure
dated Aug. 5, 2010, and entered in
Case No. 47-2009-CA-000451, of the
Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Cir-
cuit In and for OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida. NEWEST BANK, FSB, SUC-
CESSOR IN INTEREST TO INDYMAC
FEDERAL BANK, FSB, SUCCESSOR IN
INTEREST TO INDYMAC BANK FS.B.
is Plaintiff and IDELSYS BLANCO;
CARLOS F. BLANCO; UNKNOWN
PERSONS) IN POSSESSION OF THE
SUBJECT PROPERTY; are defen-
dants. I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at THE JURY AS-
SEMBLY ROOM, 2ND FLOOR, OF THE
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY JUDICIAL
CENTER, 312, N.W. 3RD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, AT
312 NORTHWEST THIRD STREET,
OKEECHOBEE IN OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, at 11:00 a.m.,
on the 15 day of Sept., 2010, the fol-
lowing described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment, to wit:


LOT 7, BLOCK 5, A PLAT OF BASS-
WOOD INCORPORATED, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 22, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A 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 with 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 5 day of Aug., 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
As Clerk of said Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
This notice is provided pursuant to
Adminisbative Order No.2.065.
In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities Act If you are a
person with a disability who needs
any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are
entitled, at no cost to you, to provi
sions of certain assistance. Please
contact the Court Administrator at
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St.
Lucie, Florida 34986, Phone No.
(772)8074370 within 2 working days
of your receipt of this notice or
pleading; if you are hearing im-
paired, call 1-800 958774 (TDB); if
you are voice impaired, call 1-
00 955 85-713-M (Via Florida Relay
Services).
362843 ON 8/11,18/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION
CASE NO: 47-2010-CA-000150
GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC,
PLAINTIFF,
VS.
AMBER L. GRIESEMER, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTSS.
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
TO: AMBER L. GRIESEMER AND
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF AMBER
L. GRIESEMER
whose residence is unknown if
he/she/they be living; and if
he/she/they be dead, te unknown
defendants who May be spouses,
heirs, devsees, grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees, and all
parties claiming an interest by,
through, under or against the Defen-
dants, who are not known to be
dead or alive, and all parbes having
or claiming to have any right, tile or
interest in the property described in
the mortgage being foreclosed here-
in.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a mortgage on
the following property:
UNIT E OF DWELLING STRUC-
TURE 30, OAK TREE PLACE,
TOGETHER WITH LAND IMME-
DIATELY UNDERLYING SAID
UNIT AS DESCRIBED AND DE-
PICTED IN DECLARATION OF
PARTY FACILITIES AND PRO-
TECTIVE COVENANTS FOR
OAK TREE PLACE, AS RECORD-
ED IN O.R. BOOK 260, PAGE
999, AND AMENDMENT
THERETO RECORDED IN O.R.
BOOK 261, PAGE 1405, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
has ben filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on DA-
VID J. STERN, ESQ. Plaintiffs attor-
ney, whose address is 900 South
Pine Island Road #400, Plantation,
FL 33324-3920 no later than 30 days
from the date of the first publication
of this notice of action and file the
original with the clerk of this court ei-
ther before service on Plaintffs attor-
ney or immediately thereafter'
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded
in the complaint or petition filed
herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of
this Court at OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, this 5 day of August, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: Arlene Nealis
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OP DAVID J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
900 SOUTH PINE ISLAND ROAD
SUITE 400
PLANTATION, FL 33324-3920
10-07582 (GTS)
NOTICE REGARDING THE
AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990
In accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act, persons needing
a special accommodation to partici-
pate in this proceeding should con-
tact Court Administration no later
than seven days prior to the pro-
ceeding at 250 NW Country Club
Drive, Port St. Lucle, FL 34986 or call
1-772-8074370 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 Flori-
da Relay Service.
362846 ON 8/11,18/10


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 2009CA582
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
acting through Rural Develop-
ment, formerly Farmers Home Ad-
ministration FmHA), United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA),
Plaintiff,
vs.
DAVID W. LINDLEY; REGINA E.
LINDLEY; COMMERCIAL CREDIT
CONSUMER SERVICES, INC.;
JOHN DOE, representing the un-
known spouse, if any, of REGINA E.
LINDLEY
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that pursu-
ant to a Summary Final Judgment
entered in the above entitled cause
in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee
County, Florida, I will sell the proper
ty located in Okeechobee County,
Florida, being specifically described
as follows:
East half of Lot 41, PIONEER ES-
TATES, UNIT 2, according to the
plat thereof recorded in lat Book
6, Page 16, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida
at public sale to the highest and best
bidder, for cash in the Jury Assembly
Room, 2nd Floor of the Okeechobee
Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m.
on the 25th day of August, 2010.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST 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.
If you are a person with a disability
who needs any accommodabon 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 (772)8074370,
1-800-955-8771 (hearing impaired),
or 1800-955-8770 (voice impaired),
within 2 working days of your receipt
of this document; i you are hearing
or voice impaired, cal
1-800-955-8771.
Dated July 15, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
As Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
360668 ON 8/4,11/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2010-CA-224
SEACOAST NATIONAL BANK, SUC-
CESSOR BY MERGER TO BIG LAKE
NATIONAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
KAREN E. STEDMAN; THE UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF KAREN E. STED-
MAN; FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSION
COMPANY, LLC; FLORIDA GAS
TRANSMISSION COMPANY, LLC, a
Delaware limited liability company;
JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT AND
JANE DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT, the
names being fictitious to account for
parties in possession,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pur-
suant to a Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated July 14, 2010, entered in
Case No. 2010-CA-224 in the Circuit
Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida
wherein Seacoast National Bank is
Plaintiff and Karen E. Stedman, Flori-
da Gas Transmission Company, LLC,
a Delaware limited liability company,
are the Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
the Jury Assembly Room, 2nd Floor,
Okeechobee County Judicial Center,
312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972 at 11:00 am on the 15th day
of September, 2010, the following
described property Okeechobee
County, Florida:
Lot 47 in SHERMAN WOOD RANCH-
ES, according to the Plat thereof,
as recorded in Plat Book 00007, at
Page 0061, of the Public Records
of Okeechobee 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 lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated this 15th day of July, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda F Young
DEPUTY CLERK
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 47-2009-CA-000672
US BANK, N.A.
Plaintiff,
v.
MARSHALL J. HUNTER; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF MARSHALL J. HUNTER;
UNKNOWN TENANT 1; UNKNOWN
TENANT 2; and all unknown parties
claiming by, through, under or
against the above named Defen-
dant(s), who (is/are) not known to
be dead or alive, whether said un-
known parties claim as heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, assignees, Ilenors,
creditors, trustees, spouses, or other
claimants; FLORIDA HOUSING FI-
NANCE CORPORATION
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Nobce is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to the Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated August 3, 2010, in this
cause, I will sell the property situated
in OKEECHOBEE County, Florida,
described as:
LOT 10, NORTH LAKE COUNTRY
ESTATES UNIT III, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOI(
6, PAGE 42, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
a/k/a 794 SW 85TH AVE,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-1588
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, Okee-
chobee, Florida, at 11 o'clock a.m.,
on Sept. 22, 2010.
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 lis pendens must file a
claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated at Okeechobee, Florida, this
4th day of August, 2010.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk ofthe Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk


Douglas C. Zahm, PA.
12425 28th Street N., Suite 200
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
(727) 536-4911 phone
(727) 539-1094 fax
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER-
SONS WITH DISABILITIES NEEDING
A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO
PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING
SHOULD CONTACT COURT ADMIN-
ISTRATION NOT LATER THAN SEV-
EN DAYS PRIOR TO THE
PROCEEDINGS AT 250 NW COUN-
TRY CLUB DRIVE PORT ST LUCIE,
FL 34972 OR CALL 1-772-807-4370
WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS OF
YOUR RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE. IF
YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL
711; IF YOU VOICE IMPAIRED 711;
VIA RELAY SERVICE.
362290 ON 8/11,18/10

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 09-CA-448
BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST
COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
v.
THOMAS RONZETTI, 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 UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
TENANT #1; TENANT #2,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to
Final Judgment of Foreclosure for
Plaintiff entered in this cause, in the
Circuit Court of OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, I will sell the proper-
ty situated in OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida described as:
PARCEL 19, SUNCREEK RANCH,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7,
PAGE 15, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
and commonly known as: 14192 SE


56th Circle, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, in the Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeecho-
bee County Judicial Center, 312 NW
3rd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, on
Aug. 25th, 2010, at 11:00 A.M.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST 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.
If you are a person with a 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 Corrie Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St Lucie,
FL 34986, phone (772) 807-4370 at
least 7 days before your scheduled
court appearance, or immediately
upon receiving this notificaton if the
time before the scheduled appear-
ance is less than 7 days; if you are
hearing or voice impaired, call 711.
Dated this July 22, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F Young
Deputy Clerk
361497 ON 8/4,11/10

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 10-CA-000053
BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST
COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
v.
ALDETT MAHENIA FRANCIS a/k/a
ALDETT FRANCIS; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF ALDETT MAHENIA
FRANCIS a/k/a ALDETT FRANCIS,
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 UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS;
TENANT #1; TENANT #2,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice Is hereby given, pursuant to
Final Judgment of Foreclosure for
Plantiff entered in this cause, in the
Circuit Court of OKEECHOBEE
County, Florida, I will sell the proper-
ty situated in OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida described as:
THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2
OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 3, SECTION
25, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE
33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3A-D, IN-
CLUSIVE OF THE OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY PUBLIC RECORDS.
and commonly known as: 14996 NW
272nd St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, at
public sale, to the highest and best
idder, for cash, in the Jury Assem-
bly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd
St., Okeechobee, FL 34972, on Aug.
25th, 2010, at 11:00 A.M.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN IN-
TEREST 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.
If you are a person with a 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 Come Johnson,
ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country
Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie,
FL 34986, phone (772) 807-4370 at
least 7 days before your scheduled
court appearance, or immediately
upon receiving this notification if the
time before the scheduled appear-
ance is less than 7 days; if you are
hearing or voice impaired, call 711.
Dated this July 22, 2010.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
361496 ON 8/4,11/10

LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast Re
gion 20 and the The Treasure
Coast Workforce Consortium an-
nounces a public meeting to which
all persons are invited o partici-
pate:
Date & Time: Monday,
August 16, 2010 9:30 a.m.
Place:
St. Lucie County Annex Building
Administrator's Conference Room
2300 Virginia Avenue 3rd Floor
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
PURPOSE: To appoint persons to
serve on the Treasure Coast
Workforce Development Board.
To discuss matters concerning the
Workforce Investment Act, Ameri-
can Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 (ARRA, Federal Stimu-
lus Funding), Workforce Employ
ment Opportunities, the Welfare
Transition Program, One-Stop Ca
reer Centers, and the Workforce
Development Board DBA, Work-
force Solutions. A copy of the
agenda may be obtained by con-
tacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Phone: 772/335-3030
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Consor
tium with respect o any matter
considered at the above refer-
enced meebng, they will need to
ensure a verbatim recording of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes te tesbmony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based, in order to provide a
record for udicial review.
362805 ON 8/11/10


Commissioners may consider new sales tax


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their Thursday meeting Okeechobee
County Commissioners will be looking at
sources of revenue such as a sales tax and
increased emergency medical services
(EMS) assessment as well as taking part in
a budget discussion conducted by county
administrator Lyndon Bonner.


In an effort to find another source of reve-
nue, commissioners will discuss scheduling
a public hearing on an ordinance to estab-
lish a one cent sales tax to be applied to the
county's emergency rescue services. After
the ordinance is approved the item must be
paced on the ballot for the people to vote
on. If approved the tax would offset the
emergency medical services assessment.


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The board will be asked to
establish priorities for the Florida
Department of Transportation's
Five Year Work Program. A ma-
jor priority has been the four
laneing of S.R. 70 E. Another pri-
ority has been the improvement
of the intersection of S.R. 70 and
U.S. 441. The county would also
like to see an S.R. 710 extension
and four laneing.
In other matters, the board is
expected to:
hold an executive session
to discuss pending litigation with
Michael and Cynthia Ricker;
approve State Housing
Initiative Partnership Program
(SHIP) annual reports for fiscal
years 2007/2008,2008/2009 and
2009/2010;
award a contract in the
amount of $102,492 to Lynch
Paving & Construction of
Okeechobee for repair of N.W
20th Lane;
approve the annual main-
tenance invoice for $10,164 with
Advanced Communications So-
lutions for parts and labor on the
telephone system in the Judicial
Center;
approve a requisition
schedule submitted by Sheriff
Paul May that allows the sheriff
to receive one twelfth of his bud-
get each month;
amend the contract with


If you go...
What: Regular bimonthly
meeting of the Okeechobee
County Commission
When: 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug.
11
Where: Commission Cham-
bers, Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W Second
St.

Roumelis Planning and Devel-
opment Services providing a
$8,040 increase in fees to admin-
ister additional Hurricane Wilma
Community Development Block
Grant funds;
pass a resolution setting the
preliminary fire assessment rate
at $100 per residential dwelling
unit;
adopt a resolution setting
the preliminary solid waste ser-
vice assessment at $187.40 per
dwelling unit;
approve two change or-
ders to the Historic Courthouse
Construction Rehabilitation for
various additions amounting to
a total increase of $59,489.14 to
the contract price;
adopt a resolution setting a
preliminary emergency medical
service assessment at $74 per
residential unit; and
apply for a Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment grant.


Community Collaborative Council to meet
The next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, part
of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday,
Aug. 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the board room of the School Board Office.
Thank you for supporting our back-to-school supply drive!! We will
hold our first planning session for the 4th Annual Okeechobee Fam-
ily Health and Safety Expo at 9:00 a.m., right before the CCC meet
ing. I hope you can join us to begin planning for the special event.

Christian Business Breakfast meeting
Okeechobee Christian Business Breakfast will meet Monday,
Aug. 30 at the Hampton Inn, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Come enjoy fel
lowship, networking and breakfast and the best part is starting the
day off with Brandon Tucker from The Tucker Group as he shares
a devotional from the Word of God. Bring your business cards and
enter a chance to get your breakfast free the next month.


Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high
as 102. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 50%.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms
before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind
around 5 mph becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms
after noon. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index
values as high as 106. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5
mph.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thun-
derstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Calm
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Community Events


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.

Okeechobee Moose Lodge to
hold spaghetti dinner
Okeechobee Moose #1753 at 159 N.W
36th St. will serve a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m.
on Thursday, Aug. 12. Karaoke from 7-10
p.m. Sponsored and served by the Sports
Comm. Members and guests are welcome.

Hospice hosts yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 SE 4th
Street, will hold a Gigantic Yard Sale on
Thursday, Aug. 12 and Friday, Aug. 13, from
8 a.m. until noon. The Country Store is full of
many new items, with lots of school clothes
in the Blue Volunteer Building. Funds raised
will benefit patient care, including services
at The Hamrick Home. If you wish to do-
nate items to the Yard Sale, drop off times
are weekdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. For
information call 863-467-2321.

Garage sale benefits charities
American Legion Post 64 will host a
garage 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 accepted.

Memorial Poker Run planned
for victim's family on Aug. 14
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 also be draw
ings, a silent auction, music and more. All
proceeds will benefit the family. For more
information, please contact Teresa Chandler
at 863-801-4996.

Legion plans dinner
American Legion Post 64 has tacos/mar-
guerites every Wednesday 11 to 6 pm. Music
by Michael 3-7 pm.

Legion has karaoke
American Legion Post 64 will host open
mic karaoke every Sunday 3-6 p.m. Bring
your discs or choose from our selections.
Everyone welcome!


World Breastfeeding Week
event planned for Friday
The Okeechobee County WIC office and
Healthy Start Coalition will host an event
to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in
Okeechobee, on Aug. 13, at the Okeecho-
bee Civic Center on Highway 98 from 1 to 3
p.m. Pregnant women and nursing mothers
are invited to attend. For more information
please call 863-462-5814 or 863-462-5715.
There will be refreshments and door prizes!


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Main Street to hold mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's August Mixer
will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and hosted
by the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites.
Join us at 3101 Hwy. 441 S. from 5 7 p.m.
Our mixers are a great networking opportu-
nity for the businesses and residents of our
area. Join us for networking, refreshments,
door prizes and a chance at the Mega 50-
50. For more information call 863-357-MAIN
(6246). Legion plans dinner


Okeechobee Feed Inc
Your One Stop Feed Store
Bag, Bulk & Liquid
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1579 Hwy 70 E o Okeechobee
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105 SW 3rAve.


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Christian Books,
Bibles and Videos

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243


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Teen Dance Party planned
A teen dance party is planned on Saturday,
Aug. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Okeecho-
bee Freshman Campus auditorium (behind
Golden Corral Restaurant.) The event is open
to youth ages 12 to 15. Cost is $7 per person,
which includes pizza, soda and chips. Music
will be by DP Productions. All proceeds will
benefit the YMCA of Okeechobee.


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August 11,2010 Okeechobee News


Training burn guts historic home


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Dewey Daniel admitted he had mixed
feelings Tuesday as he watched his grand-
parents' ranch home go up in flames.
The 1965 structure on Hilliard Road
was well known in the community and
held a lot of memories for both Mr. Daniel
and firemen who participated in a training
burn with Indian River State College on
Tuesday.
The near 7,400 square foot structure
once housed a large Winchester gun col-
lection, and many trophies. It was an eye
opener for many and was once the main
ranch house for the R Bar Ranch.
"It's tough but the home has been va-
cant for a long time and we'll never use
it. We might build something new there
someday or let it be cattle pasture," Mr.
Daniel said.
Mr. Daniel said it would be very costly to
pay the electric bill for such a home these
days.
Several dozen fire fighters from the Fire
Academy at IRSC, recent hires at Okeecho-
bee County Fire Rescue, the American
Red Cross, and the Okeechobee City Fire
Department were all on hand to douse the
flames in the all-day exercise.
The firemen went from room to room


in the home setting small fires and then
watched the flames before they put them
out. Fire Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins said
this helps firemen understand what they
are getting into when they have to battle
a real blaze.
"It is very controlled. There are certified
instructors inside with them. They watch
the fire build and it helps them when the
real thing happens,' Chief Hopkins added.
Mr. Daniel also donated an old home on
State Road 78 west that firemen used for
a training exercise. He said he was happy
to help the firemen learn their trade. His
grandfather was a leading cattleman in the
area before his death in 1986. His grand-
mother Bonnie still lives next door to the
old home. His brother D.R. is a prominent
rancher and businessman and a former
world champion in rodeo.
The ranch home also included a six car
garage. Firemen did deal with some prob-
lems due to high wind gusts, and intermit-
tent rain showers in the area. They brought
along a tanker with nearly 9,500 gallons of
water just in case of problems.
The Red Cross helped keep the firemen
hydrated. There were well over 100 fire-
men and instructors on the scene through-
out the day. In the afternoon flames and
smoke could be seen for a long distance.


Fire instructors give tips to their students as flames shoot out of a window at
the old R Bar Ranch home.


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