Sheriff: Budget cuts will only help the criminals
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Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May
the cost per person in Okeechobee County
is $2,231.68. For the sheriff, using the sarne
population number and his requested $16.6
million, the per-person cost is $412.96. With
the $15,190,281 amount, the per-person cost
Based on their proposed 2010/1 1 budgets
and 11.S. Census estimates, the per-person
cost for surrounding counties is less than
tn :iantly. Tphisashob
offices in those counties.
See COUNTY Pagfe 10
By Eric Kopp and Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May
readily admits his department's budget
seems high for a rural county but, he says,
there is good reason--an abundance of
Okeechobee County is "a North Florida
county with South Florida crime," he said.
In 2008 Okeechobee County experi-
enced a 35 percent increase in crime. But,
said Sheriff May, the crirne rate has begun to
drop. Still, there is more than enough work
for deputies with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
Sheriff May went on to point out that
there are former local law enforcement offi-
cers who have gone to work for other agen-
cies because of the increase in pay--they
couldn't afford to work here.
"We have 22 former officers from the
Okeechobee City Police Department and the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office who still
live in Okeechobee County but cornrute to
work for departments in surrounding coun-
ties," he said.
Several of those who left went to work
for the Seminole Police Department (SPD)
where an officer starts at $45,711 per year.
An OCSO deputy starts at $34,000. To further
illustrate the sheriff's point, a detective who
has worked for the OCSO for 19 years has a
current salary of $41,715.
"We've becorne a training ground," said
Sheriff May. (See chart page 10.)
But, there is no lack of work for Sheriff
May's deputies and their workload has in-
creased because of the influx of bad guys
from neighboring counties. And while
Okeechobee County remains a small rural
county with an agricultural tax base, the
crirne problem is more like that of coastal
cornrunities. Criminals from areas like Belle
Glade and Pahokee corne to Okeechobee to
cornrit crimes and then leave--which then
leaves local agencies spending countless
man hours to try and solve a crirne cornrit-
ted by a suspect living in another county.
"We have incurred sorne violent crimes,
including homicides, that have been corn-
Initted by suspects from Palm Beach and St.
Lucie counties," said OCSO Detective M.D.
Faulkner. "We have at least four homicides
that were cornritted by out-of-county sus-
Another OCSO investigator, Detective Ted
Van Dernan, said he's worked a horne inva-
sion robbery as well as two shootings that
were done by suspects who do not live here.
See CRIME Pagfe 5
By Eric Kopp and Katrina Elsken
At a recent budget hearing County Con-
mission Chairman Clif Betts looked squarely
at Sheriff Paul May and asked: "Why are you
The sheriff's answer was simple: "We're
all high." The "we're all high" he was refer-
ring to was Okeechobee County, as a whole
and the other constitutional officers. '
"It's not just the sheriff's office budget.
When you compare the total county budget
to the budgets of other counties, it's expen-
sive here," said Sheriff May.
But, is the Okeechobee County budget
high? Is the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) budget high? Compared with
the budgets of other rural counties of the
same population size, the answer is yes.
Because the sheriff's office has the larg-
est budget among Okeechobee County de-
partrnents, this article will only deal with the
OCSO and county budgets.
Sheriff May and the county corniission-
ers are embroiled in a budget battle that is
likely to end up in Tallahassee. The sher-
iff has submitted at least three proposed
spending plans and cornrissioners have,
each time, told hirn to cut more.
His latest proposed budget, which he de-
scrib es as bare b ones, is $ 16.6 million. Coun-
ty leaders said he needs to be at $15.1 Inil-
lion. The proposed budget for Okeechobee
County is $89,744,824, which is $2,023,615
less than their 2009/10 budget. For the sher-
iff, the $15,190,281 budget demanded by the
county is $2,255,200 less than the sheriff's
So what does this mean to the taxpayer?
When using a population figure of
40,214, the current 11.S. Census estimate,
the county's proposed budget means that
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alligator poaching. When deputies stopped
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Reflections from the pulpit
reward to be granted in heaven for having
reached this goal on earth. So therefore, we
are to press on to the high calling in Christ
Jesus, which was extended to the believer
Let us pray: Dear Jesus, I want to know
you and the power of your resurrection, to
share even in your sufferings and become
like you in your death-if it means fellow-
ship with you.
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*For the past several months, we have
all been treated to the rhetoric from both
parties. While this all goes along with the
election season, I am more than dismayed in
the current turn that Republican candidates
seem to have taken. What really burns me
up is the current phrase being used all over
the place by Republican candidates very ear-
nestly saying "it's time to take back our gov-
ernment." Whose government has it been
for the past couple of years? For many years
a p n I 1av bee c uaet ela t out
agree wholeheartedly with the Republican
party line. I deeply resent being made to feel
that I am not worthy of having an opinion
of my own. I am a fourth-generation Flonida
Cracker, registered as a Democrat mainly
because the current Republican party line
does 't seen to p~romt "th lespublacsat
is disenfranchising a huge segment of the
public. While I don't agree with all that the
Democrats are doing, at least they're trying
to do something rather than simply heaping
bla nar inch a need for a level think-
ing third party. I am pro-gun, pro-choice, pro
private sector (our salvation). Is Castro for-
ward thinking in eliminating 500,000 jobs off
of the government payroll and move some
of them to the private sector, in Cuba? I read
where 85 percent of Cuba's work force is
employed by the government. Makes me
wonder how big the shoulders are on the
15 percent that are in private (sort of) work-
force. This babble leads me to this. Time for
us to put perspective back into our govern-
ment. Those that are anti-gun, pro-life, pro
government (bad choice of words), please
come forward. I believe it's time to bring our
country closer and it's not that hard, just try
dialog and tolerance, and honestly talk, as
*One thing I find very interesting about
the county budget is that the ad valorem
taxes-as in property taxes-only bring in
about 14.2 percent of the total county bud-
get. Most of the county's money comes in
from other sources than property taxes. I
think most people don't realize that. The
county administrator makes a big deal about
how all of the ad valorem money goes to the
sheriff's department. He makes it sound like
the sheriff is getting the lion's share of the
budget, but in fact, even if the sheriff got
what he asked for it would be less about 18
percent of the total budget. So I think we
should be asking why the county budget is
so high, and how the salaries paid to admin-
istration officials here compare to salaries
paid to administration officials in counties
with the same population size.
*I have lived in this county for nearly 30
years and I think the root of the problem with
the county finances goes back to the debt of
the Agri-Civic Center, which many people
now refer to as the "Aggravation Center."
And I have to ask why it was built this way.
Why did the county officials build this white
elephant? It is so hot people can't stand to be
inside it during the summer and in the winter
it is too cold. If they just wanted something
for the livestock show and horse shows, an
open arena would have been much bet-
ter and would have been used more often.
Someone said they hoped to bring concerts
here. No concert vendor wants a place that
is not air conditioned or heated.
*I think our local high school football
team deserves the support of this communi-
ty. Win or lose, they are out there trying and
we should be out there cheering for them.
New health center
*The new health care center is a great
addition to this community and much need-
ed. And it is wonderful they named it for Dr.
Brown, who has given so many years of his
life to taking care of the children of this com-
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By Rev. P. G. Livatt
Senior Pastor, St. Stephens A.M.E. Church
Prayer as in all the life of the Spirit has a
beginning, a road and a goal. It begins with
a vision of something or better, of Some-
one of inestimable worth. Jesus said the
Kingdom of God is like a man who found a
treasure buried in a field. He hid it and joy-
fully went off and sold all he owned to buy
the field and get the treasure. Some might
watch the man liquidate his assets and won-
der about his sanity in betting everything he
owned on a field. But the man knows better.
Paul was like that man. When he saw Christ,
he looked at everything he had ever gained
and saw it as loss compared to knowing
Him. It was worse than loss; it was rubbish,
actually. The desire to pray is directly pro-
portional to our sense of the preciousness
The road of the spiritual life is strenuous
a h rf. rPau 1idC "I pres untto take hdol~d
me." (verse 12) The sense of the Greek for
"press on" is of a hunter pursuing a quar-
ry or a runner running for the gold medal.
"Take hold," a wrestling term, is even more
The Greek is literally, "I Grasp, inasmuch
as I was grasped by Christ." Picture Paul's
conversation on the road to Damascus this
way: He was on a mission to persecute
disciples of Jesus, "breathing out murder-
ous threats" against them. (Acts 9:1) Jesus
met him on the way and "grasped him," he
wrestled him to the ground and pinned him.
Everything changed for Paul that day and
from then on Paul will wrestle to ground
and pin any and every obstacle to knowing
Christ. The same qualities that make for a
great athlete make for a great pray-er: a vi-
sion of glory and a sober estimate of what it
will take to get there.
The goal of prayer is the same as the be-
ginning. What makes us want to pray in the
first place is a vision of the inestimable worth
of Christ. The goal then is to know Him and
the power of His resurrection to share even
in his sufferings if iterneans fellowship with
What a prize! What a prize! What a prize '
to have a fellowship with Jesus Christ. It's a
joyful personal satisfaction of having attained
it, as well as the divine commendation and
COUNTY Population Land area Persons Sheriff's Deputy SO & jail Incarcer- Crime Officers
(estimate) (sq. miles) per sq. 2010-11 starting % of total ation rate index per per 1,000
mile proposed salary county per 1,000 100,000 population
budget budget population population
OKEECHOBEE 40,214 773.94 46.4 $16,606,802 $34,000 18.5% 6.3 4080.3 1.4
HENDRY 39,594 1152.53 31.0 $10,555,926 $36,000 15.5% 4.8 3877.1 1.1
HARDEE 29,415 637.30 42.3 $8,1 59,019 $34,660 14.7% 2.9 3130.6 1.2
DESOTO 35,297 637.27 50.6 $8,371,035 $32 ,494 15.8% 5.1 4184.9 1.2
WALTON 55,1 05 1057.56 38.4 $1 6,700,000 $36,500 22.3% 4.0 2688.3 2.7
GLADES 10,950 773.64 13.7 $4,548,022 $36,757 18.6% 4.2 221 0.2 1.8
MARTIN 139,794 555.62 227.9 $57,942 ,922 $40,500 17.2% 4.3 2912.6 0.1
ST LUCIE 266,502 572.45 336.9 $63,479,301 $36,500 11.4% 4.9 3324.0 1.9
H IGH LAN DS 98,704 1 028.27 85.0 $24,368,678 $31 ,796 19.9% 3.9 31 81 .1 1 .2
OSCEOLA 270,618 1321.90 130.5 $56,298,461 $37,745 12.0% 3.9 4286.8 1.9
INDIAN RIVER 135,167 503.23 224.5 $42,385,156 $38,950 16.3% 3.4 3165.9 1.5
PALM BEACH 1,279,950 1974.11 573.0 $292,000,000 $47,220 10.4% 4.85 4661.6 1.7
FLORIDA 18,536,969 53,926.82 296.4 3.1 4397.5 1.7
U.S. 307,006,550 3,537,438.44 79.6 7.54 2.2
NOTES: Counties were chosen for comparison based on population size, along with the counties neighboring Okeechobee
County. Population estimates are based on the US Census latest estimate on the Census web site. The actual 2010 Census
has not been released. Sheriffs' budgets are proposed for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, and may be subject to change before they
are finalized and approved. The budget figure given for Okeechobee County is Sheriff Paul May's proposed budget. Incar-
ceration rates are from the Florida Department of Corrections report on County Detention Facilities Average Daily Populations
per 1,000 County Population, December 2009. In Palm Beach, Walton and Osceola counties, the jail is budgeted separately.
The total on this chart for Osceola County jail also includes court security. The county sheriff's department officers per 1,000
population data came from Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The officers per 1,000 population average in the United
States is the estimate for communities 25,000 to 49,000 average from the FBI.
September 19, 2010
it only adds to the stress of a sheriff's office
that is already financially strapped and over-
wo'T y have more people on their special
units than we have on a shift in Okeechobee
County," said Detective Van Deman of the
sheriff's offices in Palm Beach and St. Lucie
When comparisons are made between
Okeechobee and its neighboring counties it
can't be an "apples to apples" comparison
due to many different factors.
For example, both Martin and St. Lu-
cie counties include cities with large po-
lice departments and the majority of their
populations live in those cities. The City of
Okeechobee, however, covers a relative
small area and, according to the U.S. Cen-
sus, has an estimated population of 5,500.
This means the majority of the population of
Okeechobee County does not live in the city
limits, so it must biecdealt with and protected
Because of the added crimes coupled
with budget cuts, OCSO Major Noel Stephen
said personnel have been taken from spe-
cial units and put back on shifts just to help
cover the volume of calls received.
And amid his battle against crime, Sheriff
May has to try and find some way to come
up with a budget that will not only be ac-
cepted by the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners but will help him
protect the citizens of Okeechobee County.
He has submitted a proposed spending
plan of $16.6 million, but the commissioners
have said he's got to cut that to $15.1 million.
Sheriff May should be getting used to cutting
his budget since he's had to reduce his bud-
get the last three years by 7.3 percent.
To make the cuts necessary to get to a
budget of $15.1 million, the sheriff said he
will have to lay off up to 26 employees,
which would be in addition to the nine posi-
tions he has already eliminated in his pro-
posed 2010-2011 budget.
Sheriff May has told the commission-
ers that if they do not accept his proposed
spending plan, he will file an appeal with the
"As long as the crime rate is coming
down, I'm satisfied with the people I've got,"
the sheriff said. "But, if I have to lay off 26
people, they (criminals) are going to win."
Continued From Pagfe 1
He also pointed to the arrests of three Pa-
hokee men who were caught searching for
a woman to rape in the King's Bay subdivi-
sion on U.S. 441 S.E. Members of the OCSO
Street Crimes Unit, who made the arrests,
said the men were prepared to break into a
home and commit the rape if they could not
find a woman on the street.
"And burglaries and car thefts," continued
Detective Van Deman, "people frequently
come here from other counties and commit
When these crimes are added to those
being committed by Okeechobee residents,
6 Okeechobee News September 19, 2010
1Michael Grant Tekonchuk, 64
OKEECHOBEE -Michael Grant Tekonchuk,
age 64, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday,
Sept. 14, 2010, at his home.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfa-
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Rosann
Tekonchuk; a son, John Tekonchuk and his
wife BeckyJ; a daughter, Miki Cain and her hus-
band Dean; a sister, Paula Frye and her husband
Danny; and 13 grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 20 at
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville,
where he will be laid to rest. There will be a me-
morial service for him in (il., . 1..l. d -~~ at a later
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Church holds "War cry
to the saintS
The Big Lake Church of God by Faith
would like to invite you to their Spiritual War-
fare Conference, on Sept. 24-26. Located at
1002 N.W 9th Avenue, the conference will
start Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday
at 8:30 a.m. If you can attend, please con-
tact Mattie Ervin at 863-447-6339 or Eyvonne
Booker at 954-658-0030.
FY8840m Outreach Fishing
The Freedom Outreach Fishing Tourna-
ments have been held monthly since spring.
The final event, the Classic, will be held Sun-
day, Sept. 26. To qualify for the classic, you
must have fished at least four events since
spring. The classic will be a one-day event
with a $120 cash entry fee. All tournaments
are held at Scott Driver park from safe light
until 2 p.m. with Taylor Creek as the alternate
in case of low water. Please register early. To
get an entry application or for questions, call
863-634-3790 or 863-634-9889.
September blood drives
Donate this month on the Big Red Bus.
Tuesday, Sept. 21 -Okee High School
7:15 a.m.- 2:30 p.m
Wednesday, Sept. 22 -Beef O'Brady's 4
p~Saturday, Sept. 25 Wal-mart 11 a.m. -4
Church to host meet and
greet with guest
Meet and greet photographer G;inger Lar-
son of Postcard Prayers: Journeys with God
around the Globe at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., Sunday Se t. 19. Dro
in between 3 30-5:30npdms in te Fe lw h
for purchase with proceeds going toward
The World Race, a mission trip to serve and
love in the name of Christ.
Sunday Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion Post
64 will host a steak dinner on Sunday, Sept.
19, from 3-6 p.m. Steak on the grill, baked
potato, salad, roll and dessert for $12. There
will also be open mic karaoke hosted by Mi-
chael and Naomi.
Church to host
The community is invited to a Celebra-
tion of Children's Sabbath at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., Sun-
day, Sept. 19, beginning with worship at 10
a.m. followed by lunch and a "Family Fun
Day." Activities include a water slide, bounce
house, treasure hunt and old fashioned fun
with horse shoes and hopscotch. RSVP to
Nancy Vaughan 863-763-4021. Y'all come!"
Regional tourism summit
There will be a regional tourism sum-
mit with the theme" Advancing tourism in
South Central Florida" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at C. Scott Driver
Park, 10100 U.S. 78 W It will be presented
by Florida Freshwater Frontier and co-host-
ed by the Okeechobee Tourist Development
Council. It is for all attractions, events, travel
and tourism related business owners, opera-
tors and managers in South Central Florida.
Learn, share, network and rejuvenate for the
upcoming visitor season. The $30 registra-
tion fee includes a full day of training, morn-
ing refreshments, a lunch buffet, Flora &
Ella's homemade pies, and door prizes. Reg-
ister by calling Florida's Freshwater Frontier,
863-385-7828 or 800-467-4540 or register on-
line at: h'Ill '' ... I . /FFFSummit.
Battlefield and Historic Park
Two public meetings are planned to dis-
cuss the future of the Okeechobee Battlefield
Historic State Park. The first meeting will be
held on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S.
Highway 98 N. The meeting will include a
presentation of the proposed management
plan for the Okeechobee Battlefield Historic
State Park. A second public meeting about
the park will be held on Wednesday, Sept.
22, at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee County Civ-
ic Center. To view a copy of the plan, contact
Mark Nelson, Park Manager, at 561-774-9814
or email Mark.Nelsone dep.state.fl.us.
to host informational meeting
Okeechobee is looking to start a Toast-
masters Chapter. An informational meeting
ast s et ho esedy Sneptu2bl,c at ib5 p m
S.W 16th Street. Toastmasters is a learn by
doing workshop to assist with public speak-
ing, leadership, running effective meetings,
goal setting and many others. This meeting
is open to everyone. There is not cost for this
event. It is an informational meeting about
the organization to show what Toastmasters
is all about. To learn more about Toastmas-
ters, please visit: toastmasters.org or contact
Meet the Candidate
open to questions
Candidate Terry Burroughs running for
the District 4 seat of Okeechobee County
Commissioner will host a "Meet the Candi-
date" session on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at
the Holiday Inn Express, 3101 U.S. Hwy. 441
S. from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Mr. Burroughs
111s tak wuetol sn thr .ebudgetotaxes,
Masons to host Sunday breakfast
Masonic Lodge of Okeechobee will
host Sunday breakfast on Sunday, Sept.
26, from 8-11 a.m. The public is welcome
to enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, pan-
cakes, biscuits, and gravy, juice and coffee.
The Masonic Lodge is located at 107 N.W
Fifth, Okeechobee. Breakfast is held every
second and fourth Sunday and carry out is
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By Jane Bicks, DVM
Okeechobee Humane Society
As a veterinarian I have heard these words
ptp ows sod't trn fr v trin rhel of i
their pet is very ill because they didn't think the
animal was that sick. Pet owners need to get
veterinarian care before the illness gets worse.
< g, ca r he es iitk o ti kh d> h t ala
in the family veterinarian. I have some simple
suggestions for pet owners to evaluate their
pet's need for medical help. Some times all
they need is a light meal, love and a treat.
Is he eating? Measure the amount of food
canned or dry. If you leave food out all day it
still has to be measured. Measure the amount
of food left in the dish and you will know how
your pet's appetite is. Most animals will eat
less when they don't feel well.
Is he drinking too much or too little wa-
ter? Measure the amount of water you give. If
your pet seems to be drinking too much call
your veterinarian and ask what an appropriate
amount is. Excess water drinking or too little
water intake can be a sign of illness.
Is he defecating normally? Horses can get
diarrhea just like dogs and cats. If diarrhea
continues more than one day in adult animals
then they can get dehydrated and loose im-
portant minerals which will make them even
sicker. Young animals should be taken to the
veterinarian the same day. If your pet has diar-
rhea but is acting fine with a good appetite call
your veterinarian. Chances are that you will be
given advice and told to wait a day to see what
happens. If your pet has diarrhea and is not
acting well, bring him to the veterinarian that
same day. If your pet has not defecated it can
be simple constipation or an intestinal block-
age. Do the same as above.
Is he acting normal? Sonietinles it is hard
to access. How do you know that a 15 year
old cat that sleeps 23 hours a day, gets up to
use the litter box and eats is acting abnormal?
It should not be difficult to notice if your dog
or cat is not playing, not meeting you at the
door or doing the things they always do. Hid-
ing, pacing, howling or increased purring is
not normal. Horses should not be standing
with their heads against the stall, laying down
or biting at their sides.
Does he look healthy when you look
If there is yellow or green discharge from
his eyes or nose, it is time for the veterinar-
ian. Dogs and cats have a third eyelid which
you will see if they don't feel well. Examine
your pet from head to tail looking at the ears,
looking for sores, feeling bunips, and anything
which is not normal. Push gently on your dog
or cat's stomach to see if it causes discomfort.
Once you know there is an abnormality in
health you have the chance to decide on the
appropriate action. You will have an idea of
when the illness started and how it is progress-
ing. You won't be saying "but I didn't know
he was ill.
Sept. 13 and 14
bit weaker no more than
$1-$2. Maybe we can get
through the fall runs without
much of a downward slide.
Gary Dyrniek of Kissirnree
topped the calf Inarketwith a
high of $1.75 bought by D &
S. Ray Luke of Yeehaw June-
tion topped the cow market
with a high of $58 bought by
Oct. 8-Bred Heifer sale
Oct. 15 Graham Angus
Oct. 22 Lernron Angus
Oct. 29 Little Creek
See ya next week, Pete
Calves 800 1694
Cows 74 266
Str 35 37
Hfrs 6 241
Bulls 14 43
Yrlngs 22 13
Mix 36 59
Total 987 2353
Slaughter cows and bulls
pretty steady calves were a
'But I didn't know my pet was sick'
September 19, 2010
current license and registration or be stored
inside a completely enclosed structure.
*Darrell and Elizabeth Brown -- The
Southwest 1 7th Street property was cited for
a condemned single wide mobile home. To
correct the violation the condemned struc-
*Maidelys and Neyda Irena Moya --The
Northwest 120th Street property was cited
for a recreational vehicle being used as a
dwelling. According to county ordinance, no
recreational vehicle may be used as a dwell-
ing unless located within a licensed RV park,
RV subdivision or campground. To correct
the violation, the use of a recreational vehicle
as a dwelling on this property must cease.
Old business on the agenda includes:
*Minnie Lee Henderson -- The Northeast
15th Avenue property was cited for an un-
safe structure which must be demolished.
*Roy and Gail Bohannan -- The Northeast
22nd Avenue property was cited for storage
of nuisance objects and unsafe porches and
stairs. To bring the property into compliance,
accumulations of mechanical parts, tires
and household goods must be removed;
properly secure porches and stairs.
*Angela L. Kovalsky, aka Angela Lynn
Varson -- The property was cited due to a
shed that is not in compliance with county
ordinance. Ms. Varson petitioned for an ex-
tension for a permit for a replacement shed.
*Earl G. and Cristal Hoover -- To come
into compliance for the Northwest 304th
Street property, property owners must re-
move all outdoor storage items and unli-
*John Keith Cook -- To bring the South-
east 60th Drive property into compliance, the
property owner must remove unlicensed/
inoperable vehicles from the property. The
property owner may not operate an auto-
motive repair business in this residential
neighborhood. The mobile home must have
siding and skirting.
*Howard and Gail Richards -- To bring
the Southeast 61st Drive property into com-
pliance a permit is required for a shed type
structure on the property.
By Katrina Elsken
An Okeechobee County Code Enforce-
ment Special Magistrate hearing will be held
Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at the
07k~eecoe iont hou-ealth Department,
New cases on the agenda include:
*N&A Real Estate VIII, LLC -- The South-
west 19th Avenue property was cited for im-
proper outdoor storage of items such as a
commercial cooler and vehicles that do not
have current tags. To correct the violation,
the owner was instructed to remove the
commercial cooler, refrigerator systems, etc.
from the property. All vehicles must have
Are you tired of losing our
youth to drugs and alcohol
The 12-step club has moved to a new
location. We are now located in Sun Plaza
at 909 S. Parrot Ave. Suite C.
The club provides a safe and fun envi-
ronment with 12-step meetings, 5 nights
a week. Saturday is often game night or a
night for a great barbecue.
In a town with 39 drinking establish-
ments and drugs in the news every day, we
need this safe haven
The club is in need of financial support
and help with filing for Not-for-profit sta-
tus. We really need your help to keep re-
We will be holding a fundraiser on Oct.
2, at 4 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers with
all the fixings for a $5 donation. Come by
and check out the new place. All are wel-
Please step up and help the Recovery
Community to make our community a bet-
ter and safer place to live.
For more information including times
and days for meetings, please contact
Monika at 863-801-3244 or Steve at 863-
Magistrate to hear code enforcement cases
DE VELOP MENT
RE GU LAT ION
CH AN GE
The City of Okeechobee proposes to
adopt the following ordinance: ORDI-
NANCE NO. 1067: AN ORDINANCE
OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA AMENDING ORDINANCE
716, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULA-
TIONS, AS AMENDED, AMENDING
DIVISIONS 7, 8 AND 10; SECTIONS
90-253, 90-283, AND 90-343; PROVID-
ING FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES
OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL
ZONED LANDS FOR PURPOSES OF
NURSING HOMES; PROVIDING FOR
CONFLICTS AND SEVERABILITY;
PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
The Final Public Hearing on the pro-
posed ordinance will be held on
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee,
A copy of the agenda may be obtained
from the City website www.cityofokee-
chobee.com, or contact Administration,
(863) 763-3372 x 212. A copy of the
entire applications) is available at the
City Clerk's Office during regular busi-
ness hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE
ADVISED that if any person desires to
appeal any decision made by the City
Council with respect to any matter con-
sidered at this meeting, or hearing will
need to ensure a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk 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 special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should contact
the Administration Office at 863-763-
3372 for assistance.
Lane Gamiotea, CMC,
PU BLISH: 9/1 9/2010O
12-step addiction club opens to new members
Special to the Okeechobee News/SES
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Ahe bride and groom are graduates of
OHS, Class of 2007. The bride is employed with
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Curtis. Brides Grandparents: Phil Eddings, Cathy/
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COUNTY Median Per capital Per capital
household cost of cost of total
income SO & jail county budget
OKEECHOBEE $35,724 $41 2.96 $2,231.68
HENDRY $38,771 $266.60 $1,718.62
HARDEE $34,385 $277.37 $1,884.25
DESOTO $37,478 $237.16 $1,485.26
WALTON $43,779 $396.76 $1,778.42
G LADES $39,251 $41 5.30 $2,228.60
MARTIN $52,743 $41 4.48 $2,401.27
ST LUCIE $44,788 $238.19 $2,083.06
H IGH LAN DS $33,703 $246.80 $1 ,249.24
OSCEOLA $45,766 $328.12 $2 ,733 .95
INDIAN RIVER $48,267 $313.57 $1,916.15
PALM BEACH $52,807 $334.39 $3,186.26
NOTES: Counties were chosen for comparison based on population size, along with the counties neighboring Okeecho-
bee County. For population numbers, see chart page 5. Income estimates are based on the US Census latest estimate on
the Census web site. Budgets are proposed for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, and may be subject to change before they are
finalized. Per person cost of SO and jail is the sheriff's proposed budget divided by the census population. Per person
cost for the county budget is the proposed county budget divided by the census population.
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and health insurance, while some counties
do that instead of their sheriff; and, he has
to purchase his department's vehicles while,
in some counties, the county pays for the
vehicles. Sheriff May's department is also re-
sponsible for paying ambulance costs and
medical costs for inmates at the county fail.
If the inmate is hospitalized, the county picks
up that tab.
The sheriff said jail expenses are high when
compared to counties that are similar in size.
b~eo hafo tr equ r ers ful th Oke obe
county faclt 2@util teul w tehdwee oveS thte
15, the local jail's population was 237.
diAlso, health 'se t Thh j s rIadopMo A
budget for 2010/11 is $6,430,976.
According to Sheriff May, former county
administrator George Long was very good
at making sure the actual costs of the depart-
ment were in the sheriff's budget. The OCSO
budget includes every expense that is involved
with the department or its personnel. "George
Long made sure every penny of expense was
budgeted to the sheriff's office," said Sheriff
"Our budget is unique in that our budget
is about 100 percent cost," said OSCO Major
Another reason for Sheriff May's budget
being on the high side is brought to light by
state and U.S. statistics. The crime index,
per 1,000 people, in Okeechobee County
is 4,080.3. Of the neighboring counties only
DeSoto (4,184.9), Osceola (4,286.8) and Palm
Beach (4,661.6) counties are higher. (See
chart page 5.)
Also, the incarceration rate in Okeechobee
County is among the highest in the state at 6.3
per 1,000 population. For the state, that aver-
age is 3.1. Only one county in the area--DeS-
oto County- is even close to the Okeecho-
bee rate at 5.1.
However, statistics also indicate that the
OCSO is understaffed when it comes to depu-
ties. According to Federal Bureau of Investi-
gation (FBI) data, for areas in the U.S. with
a population of 25,000 to 49,000 the national
average is 2.2 officers per 1,000 people. The
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) data shows a state average 1.7 officers
per 1,000 people. In Okeechobee County,
there are 1.4 deputies per 1,000 people.
As to why his department's budget is on
the high side, as well as that of the county,
Sheriff May feels that it's because of where
Okeechobee County is located.
"I just think it's where we're situated," he
said. "I'm just a product of the government
here. It's a small county sitting right in the
middle of the big ones. It all boils down to:
Are the people satisfied with what they are
paying and what they are getting?"
Continued From Page 1
The per-person cost for Glades County is
$2,228; for Hendry County, $1,718.62; for DeS-
oto County, $1,485.26; for Highlands County,
$1,249.24; and, for Hardee County, $1,884.25.
For those sheriff's offices, and their jalls, the
pH nd s Co ,is $2 660 CDeooe 0 u
$H237.1e6; Highlard sC nty, $246.80; and, for
agr enaas db abu hisacosts, herif fgM
around for a rural county. However, he also
aske y u'roe oing et c pre re toa 1er
counties, then compare our salaries," he
asked. The starting salary for an Okeechobee
County deputy is $34,000. In Glades County,
a deputy starts at a salary of $36,757; Hendry
County, $36,000. (See chart below.) Sheriff
May also stated that he's lost deputies to sur-
rounding counties, as well as Brighton Reser-
vatin beas of higher saaI s
vie shehaf also dis ute dth population
figures in the Census.
"Between Nov. I and the end of March
there is in the area of 60,000 people in this
county that we're responsible for," he said.
At the height of the season, there are from
5,000 to 8,000 migrant workers living in the
county, he said. In addition, around 10,000
winter visitors live here part of the year. More
tourists are in the area for weekends, especia-
ly when there are fishing tournaments.
Sheriff May also pointed out that compar-
ing his department to other sheriff's offices
is not always comparing "apples to apples."
He has to pay for the cost of court security,
while some other departments don't; he has
to pay workman's compensation insurance
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The Okeechobee High School Lady Brah-
man cross country tearn has a lot more run-
ners this year and that fact alone should help
the tearn compete against the areas best.
Last year the tearn dwindled down to
four runners who made the district meet.
This year as many as 20 girls have corne out
for practice and that has put a smile on the
face of Coach Julie Bohannon.
NOTICE OF BUDG ET HEARING
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners
has tentatively adopted a budget for fiscal year 2010-2011. A
public hearing to make a FINAL DECISION on the budget
AND TAXES will be held on:
Thursday, September 23, 2010
304 N.W. 2nd Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
PUBLISH: 9/19/10, Okeechobee News, Okeechobee FL
County of Okeechobee Florida Fiscal Year 2010-2011
Public Safety Fund 8.0000
Voted Debt Service 0.3052
ESTIMATED REVENUES GENERAL PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIAL DEBT CAPITAL ENTERPRISE TRUST & TOTAL
FUND FUND REVENUE SERVICE PROJECTS FUND AGENCY BUDGET
Taxes Millage per $1000
Ad Valorem Taxes 8.0000 0 12,636,180 12,636,180
Ad Valorem Taxes 0.3052(voted debt) 480,556 480,556
Sales & Use Taxes 3,080,570 0 7,258,403 0 0 450 0 10,339,423
Charges for Services 301,220 249,443 1,438,406 0 0 638,975 0 2,628,044
Intergovernmental Revenue 3,203,164 1,417,470 7,172,589 0 8,689,543 66,000 0 20,548,766
Licenses & Permits 98,368 0 468,000 0 0 0 0 566,368
Fines & Forfeitures 23,000 98,700 43,800 0 0 0 0 165,500
Franchise Fees 365,000 0 0 0 0 0 0 365,000
Miscellaneous Revenue 1,922,957 761,000 2,152,941 1,525 18,500 104,650 317 4,961,890
TOTAL SOURCES $ 8,994,280 $ 15,162,793 $ 18,534,138 $ 482,081 $ 8,708,043 $ 810,075 $ 317 $ 52,691,727
Transfers In 1,004,995 -325,115 889,128 186,741 2,405,979
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 1,415,361 2,561,591 19,984,847 184,311 9,957,594 326,210 217,203 34,647,117
TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS &
RAI ANCFS $11.414.636 $17.724.384 $38.844.100 $1.555.520 $18.852.378 $1.136.285 $217.520 $89.744.824
General Government 6,102,486 184,175 824,533 0 3,515,142 75,645 0 10,701,981
Public Safety 257,794 14,921,263 5,432,897 0 4,437,752 0 0 25,052,706
Physical Environment 277,921 0 2,754,832 0 320,000 0 0 3,352,752
Transportation 0 0 6,883,612 0 2,285,679 0 0 9,169,291
Economic Environment 79,791 0 1,131,593 0 0 0 0 1,211,384
Human Services 1,850,741 0 305,892 0 0 0 0 2,156,632
Culture & Recreation 1,161,245 0 24,700 0 0 831,736 0 2,017,681
Debt Service 0 0 221,546 1,383,428 0 0 0 1,604,974
Court Related 0 299,930 49,239 0 0 0 0 349,169
TOTAI FXPFNDITIJRFS $9.729.978 $15.405.368 $17.631.844 $1.383.428 $10.558.573 $907.381 50 $55.616.571
Transfers Out 1,371,341 1,371,341
Fund Balances/Reserves/Net Assets 1,684,658 2,319,016 19,840,916 172,092 8,293,805 228,904 217,520 32,756,911
TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES
TRANSFERS. RESERVES & BALANCES $11.414.636 $17.724.384 $38.844.100 $1.555.520 $18.852.378 $1.136.285 $217.520 $89.744.824
The tentative, adopted, andlor final budgets are on file inthe of ice of the avove referenced taxing authority as public record. PUBLISH: 09119120100keechobee News, Okeechobee FL
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September 19, 2010
"It's exciting. In the past there was not a
strong sense of running in the girl's program.
To have 15 to 20 girls on the tearn is arnaz-
ing. The upper classinen are working hard
and they are recruiting sorne new girls," she
Top runners on the squad will include
Maria Baltazar, Marilu Rodriguez, Monica
Hernandez and Tabitha Henry.
Coach Bohannon said she was really
impressed with how well the younger girls
have worked and competed with the older
girls. Rodriguez, a sophomore, said her goal
is to get faster and that she can't wait for the
races to begin, "Were going to do well. Ev-
eryone on the tearn is a good runner. We put
a lot of effort in and cheer each other on."
Rodriguez said the sport takes a lot of
strength and endurance, both physically and
mentally. She said the sport keeps her active
and physically fit. Sophomore Monica Her-
nandez said she feels the tearn will be much
better this year because there are more girls.
She said most of the girls know what to ex-
pect when they run in the five mile races.
"Running makes me feel like I can do
anything. If you do cross country you feel
tahdadtedu can do just about anything," she
Hernandez also admits the practice con-
ditions are grueling and miserable. Temper-
atures exceed 100 degrees as the tearn runs
on U.S. 441 or on off road paths. She said
runners have to be mentally tough.
"You have to keep your mind off being
tired. I just think about pushing myself and
getting better," she added.
Freshman Tabitha Henry has been a
pleasant surprise. She has run for close to
six years and expects to be a top contender
in races in the next few years. She said her
first race at Lake Mary was a bit of an eye
opener, "It was actually harder than I thought
it would be. I liked it a lot. There was a lot of
competition and that pushed me. I had my
best time ever."
Her goal is to reach 20 minutes and that
means she'll have to cut nearly 4 minutes off
her time. She said she feels she can accorn-
plish this goal, "You need a lot of confidence
in yourself to run. You also need endurance
and must push yourself. The good thing is
you get a kick out of it when you have beat
your old tunes."
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Coach Julie Bohannon and her squad
of cross country runners face grueling
conditions at every practice with tem-
peratures near 95 degrees.
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By Charles M. Murphy
The Okeechobee swirn tearn secured
a rare sweep in boys and girls swirnring
when they competed with John Carroll on
The boy's tearn defeated the Rarns 88-
69 for their first win in recent nernory.
Tirniy Farrell won two races including the
100 free and the 50 free.
The tearn also won the 200 medley re-
lay and finished first and second in the 200
On the girls side Jessica Wackler had a
quick time in the 200 free at 2:33.43. Savan-
nah Whitlock swarn a personal best in the
Coach Brian Turner was obviously
pleased to see the boys win their first match
under his guidance, "This is the first win for
the boys in 20 years of swirniing. Hope-
fully we can continue to improve. The boys
and girls have been working very hard and
their hard work is paying off with wins."
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee High School's Volleyball
tearn lost in three competitive garnes to their
arch-rival Jensen Beach when the two vol-
leyball tearns squared off Tuesday night in
Okeechobee lost 23-25, 23-25, and 22-25
as they lost their first match of the year.
Coach Todd Jones said it was Okeecho-
bee mistakes that cost then the match and
not great play by the Lady Falcons. "We
trailed the first garne 8-2 but we rallied and
led by as many as four points, 20-16 in that
game. At that point we gave up points rather
than Jensen earning thenn"
Two passing errors cost the Brahrnans
the final two points in the first garne.
The second garne was back and forth
with Okeechobee holding their final lead at
21-20. The Falcons garne point came on a
kill at the net.
In garne three Okeechobee fell behind
15-8 before LeAnna Cotton earned a point
with a kill at the net. Okeechobee respond-
ed and took back the lead 18-17. Jensen re-
sponded with an ace and a block at the net
to win eight of the final 13 points.
LeAnna Cotton led the way with 10 kills,
15 assists, 10 blocks and nine digs. Darby
Jones had five kills and 15 digs. Paige Mc-
Crary had three kills and nine blocks. Re-
bekah Bryan had four kills and 12 digs.
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"Citizens of Okeechobee,
please lock your cars."
Sheriff Paul May
one of them. The computer was
taken on Sept. 12 and was valued at
$600, stated the detective.
The detective's report goes on to
State that King reportedly tried to sell
the computer to a woman for $150.
Although she didn't have the money
to pay for the lap top, King report-
edly left it with her anyway.
The computer has been recov-
ered, said Detective Saucedo, and
returned to its owner.
Justin, Austin and Wilson were
proche rfan Oak rk oeo tndtahke
ing soft drinks from a refrigerator.
Detective Saucedo stated that var-
ious items were taken from vehicles
that included money, purses, GPS
units and other digital items.
"Citizens of Okeechobee, please
lock your cars," urged Sheriff May.
The entire Criminal Investigations
Division was involved in the investi-
gation and developed leads that led
to these arrests.
Detective Saucedo said the teens
considered it a game to 'pop' un-
locked vehicles and steal valuable
items from them. He went on to
state that several items believed to
have been stolen from vehicles have
been recovered and if anyone has
suffered a burglary they need to file
a report on the incident as soon as
The detective said his investiga-
tion is continuing.
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Also arrested were: Justin Shatzer,
14, S.W 21st St.; Austin Shatzer, 16,
SW 2 st St.; and Benjamin Wilson'
Justin and Austin were each
charged Friday, Sept. 17, with the
felonies of burglary (three counts
each) and one count each of grand
theft. Each teen was also charged
with one count of misdemeanor pe-
Wilson was charged with two
felony counts of burglary and two
misdemeanor counts of petit theft.
Justin, Austin and Wilson were
all booked into the county jail and
then released into the custody of
"These arrests are a result of two
things-one is citizen cooperation
wor, sidoSohder f Pau My.d oie
"I understand that Mr. King has
previously been arrested for this
same thing and failed to learn. I
hope the Office of the State Attorney
looks very hard at this and gets these
According to an arrest report by
Detective Saucedo, after Austin's
birthday party he and the other
three boys allegedly decided to walk
through the neighborhood and 'pop'
some cars. Pop, is street slang for
checking the doors on vehicles to
see if they are unlocked and then
All of thee 17 burglarized vehicles
were unlocked. The detective's re-
port stated that 12 of the break-ins
were done between Sept. 3 and 4
while another five were committed
Detective Saucedo went on to in-
dicate in his report that King broke
into at least five vehicles and report-
edly took a lap top computer from
By Eric Kopp
FOUT area juveniles have been ar-
Tested for their alleged connection
in the burglaries of unlocked cars in
the Oak Park subdivision.
The Okeechobee teens have
been arrested by Detective Augustin
Saucedo of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) on felony
LenOrth King, 16, S.W. 23rd St.
Was arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, and
charged with five counts of burglary
Of a COHVeyance and one count of
grand theft. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail then taken
to the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile De-
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Deforest Shanks was held to 31 yards
on the ground by a tenacious Bulldog
lack set up the touchdown. Pollack ran for 74
yards and had 97 yards in total offense. The
final Bulldog touchdown came with just over
two minutes left. Lorenz Velasco took a han-
doff on a draw play 24 yards for the score.
Bulldog Coach Dennis Lavelle said he was
thrilled to see his team respond well to adver-
sity, "That's a tribute to them. That has kind
of been a problem for us. When something
doesn't go our way we kind of let down. That
didn't happen tonight.
Brahman QB Jack Radebaugh threw the
ball 33 times, and completed 15 passes for
1 16 yards. He threw two interceptions. Auke-
emian Mills had eight receptions for 77 yards.
Thomas had three catches for 32 yards. The
top rusher was Deforest Shanks who gained
31 yards on nine carries.
Okeechobee had 157 yards in offense
while South Fork had 280 yards. Aukeemian
Mills and Lavante Spivey had interceptions
for Okeechobee. Philemon Permis and Mi-
chael McClain had interceptions for South
September 19, 2010
By Charles M. Murphy
Michael Messier led second-half resur-
gence with a rushing touchdown and the
Bulldog defense pitched a shutout as South
Fork defeated Okeechobee 16-0 Thursday
night in Tropical Farms.
Messier, who played with bruised ribs, sat
out the first half but came off the bench to
lead the Bulldogs to two touchdowns in the
second half to defeat a stubborn and stingy
Messier said he was disappointed with
how the team played while he was on the
sideline, "We played a horrible first half. We
got our heads together at half time and got
our heads turned around. This game wasn't
as good as it should have been."
Messier said Okeechobee played like
South Fork usually does, with a lot of heart
in the first half.
Okeechobee's defense was able to recov-
er three fumbles in the first half. They also
picked off two passes. That effort kept the
game close until the final minutes.
Brahman Coach Myron Jackson said his
team should have taken advantage of the
Bulldogs' miscues, "When you are given
opportunities you have to take advantage
of them. We didn't execute on offense," he
said. "We had dropped passes and missed
some blocks. Those mistakes showed we
weren't focused and ready to go."
Jackson said while the defense had their
moments, they couldn't stop the Bulldogs
from reaching the end zone when the game
was still competitive.
"When we needed a play and somebody
to stand up and build a wall we didn't have
it," he added.
Okeechobee did have some scoring op-
portunities. They drove inside the South Fork
five yard line in the second quarter thanks
to a 30 yard catch by Aukeemian Mills. Jes-
se Thomas caught an 11 yard pass to give
Okeechobee a first and goal at the two yard
line. A blown assignment killed the drive as
Radebaugh was sacked by Zach Hinds on
first down, threw incomplete to Mills on sec-
ond down, hit Mills short of the goal line on
third down, and then had a pass knocked
away by Devin Lucky on fourth down.
Coach Jackson said the team looked dead
in the second quarter as they couldn't get any
momentum or energy going. He said they
went for the touchdown on fourth down
because they needed to get points. "Were
not mad, were frustrated. I'm not taking any-
thing away from South Fork. They kept the
ball away from us in the second half and we
didn't do our jobs."
Okeechobee also missed a 38 yard hield
goal try. Catches by Alonzo Coleman and
Mills set up the hield goal try in the second
South Fork opened the scoring with a 30
yard hield goal by Rob Roupp in the first quar-
ter. A personal foul penalty by Okeechobee
gave South Fork key yardage on that scoring
drive. Messier capped a five play 53 yard drive
with a one yard plunge for a touchdown in
the third quarter. A 36 yard run by Dalton Pol-
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Kolby Frank had a nice night punting
the football with some 180 yards in
Brahman football team
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