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Friday, July 13, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 84 11.98 feetLast Year: 9.96 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. I n f o r m a t i o n Information s o u g h t sought a b o u t about m i s s i n g missing g i r l girl Page 8 Okeechobee school grades released ... Page 3 Visitors chased by alligator at STA ... Page 4 Okeechobee NewsStaying coolAs temperatures rise, Okeechobee County residents have been taking advantage of the chance to cool off in the public pool at the Okeechobee Sports Complex. For more on area pools and water attractions see “Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions,” in this edition. Students may ‘opt out’By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News A new program at the Okeechobee Ninth Grade Center will include information on sexuality, contraception and teenage pregnancy. At their Tuesday meeting, the Okeechobee County School Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Okeechobee County Health Department to provide the Teen Outreach Program for ninth grade students. Twenty- ve subjects will be discussed with the most controversial being sexuality, contraception, and teenage pregnancy. Students can opt out of the program. The curriculum is expected to lower the number of school suspensions, and lower dropouts and teenage pregnanc y rates. In the past abstinence only was taught in school. Abstinence will still be a major portion of the curriculum. Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said the "abstinence only" policy hasn't been as effective as the schools had hoped in addressing these social issues. Board approves new sex ed programSee SCHOOL — Page 2 Deputies also nd guns and police gearBy Eric KoppOkeechobee News Guns, ammunition, pot and police equipment were allegedly seized by local law enforcement when a search warrant was served on a S.E. 94th Trail home. Members of the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on Wednesday, July 11, arrested Michael Corsetti Jr. and Richard Marvin Chapman on felony drug and weapons charges. Corsetti, 54, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a rearm Search turns up 83 suspected pot plantsSee MARIJUANA — Page 2 Richard Chapman Michael Corsetti

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 863-763-6905 Hwy 98 N • Okeechobee• Fly Control Mineral • Fly Blocks • Fly Spray • Fly Bait • Pour-ons • Fly Bags Your Fly Control Center 2 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 School board member Joe Arnold said school boards have to take on more and more responsibility. He said it was a sad state of affair that the board had to take this step. Board chairperson Kelly Owens said the social contract between the schools and community has changed. She said the school should provide the best program it can to give the community what is necessary to help students. “I like the fact that there is the opt-out. W ith my own children, these were conversations I wanted to have with them, and not somebody else,” she added. School board member India Riedel said this is part of the board’s responsibility and she supported the program. “I hope this does reduce our teen pregnancy rate.” In other business at the Tuesday meeting, Waste Management was honored with the Commissioner of Education Recognition Award for outstanding support to the Okeechobee School System. Waste Management helps the school system through their support of education, school recycling programs, and other programs. Jeff Sabin of Waste Management received the honor from Commissioner Gerard Robinson in June at the Commissioner’s Awards ceremony in Tampa. The board received the distinction of Master Board awarded by the Florida School Boards Association. Okeechobee is one of 32 school districts in Florida to receive this honor. Each board member went through 22 hours of training and was honored in June. The training is designed to enhance the board’s ability to provide visionary leadership, enhance student achievement, foster connections and empower collaboration between schools and the community. In other actions the board expelled one seventh grade student from Okeechobee Achievement Academy for the rst semester of the 2012-13 school year for possession of counterfeit drugs and drug paraphernalia at school. The board amended their student control policy to add new synthetic drugs, like spice, to the list of drugs prohibited at schools. In other business, the board approved the same start and dismissal times for students for the 2012-2013 school year. Indian River State College Provost Russ Brown reported that over 400 OHS students have enrolled for dual enrollment classes. He said summer class size also increased to 40 students per class. There were 18 graduates of IRSC from Okeechobee who were part of the President’s Take Stock in Children program this year. Twenty-seven positions with the salaries of over $850,000 were eliminated from the school system. There were no layoffs as the positions were left voluntarily through resignation and retirement. The cuts included 10 teaching positions. About 30 new teachers will join the system in August. The district will save over $1 million when bene ts are added to the total cost. Any parent who wishes to look at their child’s school improvement plan is invited to visit this website, http://www. bsi.org/1011_ SIP/login.aspx. School grades are expected to be released in the next few days. The school board will discuss the proposed 2012-2013 budget on July 24 at 6 p.m. SCHOOLContinued from Page 1 The forecast for Okeechobee County from the National Weather Service calls for: Friday: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Saturday: Partly sunny. Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent. Sunday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent. Okeechobee Forecast by a convicted felon, grand theft of law enforcement equipment from an emergency v ehicle, cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Records indicate he is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $46,000 bond. Chapman, 56, was arrested on felony charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He w as also charged with the misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. Chapman’s bond has been set at $18,500. An arrest report stated that the home is owned by Corsetti. Task force detectives, along with deputies from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Street Crimes Unit and OCSO Special Response Team, served the warrant on Corsetti’s around 7:15 a.m. When SRT members rst entered the home they found Corsetti in a bed in the living room and Chapman on a couch in the same room, stated the report. During a search of the home detectives reportedly found 83 suspected marijuana plants with active root systems being grown in a bathroom. Also found was a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a back bedroom and a box of .25 caliber ammunition in the kitchen. Of particular interest were two bullet proof vests, a SWAT-style ballistic helmet and a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Of ce (PBSO) deputy’s badge reportedly found in the back bedroom. According to the arrest report those items were stolen from a PBSO vehicle last year. One of the vests, continued the report, clearly had the word POLICE stenciled on it. More information on exactly when and how those items were taken was not readily available. Of the suspected pot, a task force detective said the plants were only about a month old. “It wasn’t good stuff. It was only average,” said the detective of the alleged pot’s quality. Because of that, the investigator estimated the street value of the suspected pot to be around $500 a pound. A background check revealed that Corsetti was released from the Hardee Correctional Institute March 24, 2010, after serving about 11 months. He was convicted in 2009 of the felony willful eeing to elude a law enforcement of cer. Department of Corrections (DOC) records show that Corsetti has three times served stints in prison for burglary. He has also served time on convictions of robbery, grand theft, escape and battery on a law enforcement of cer. Corsetti was rst sent to prison in 1980 after being convicted of burglary in Broward County. While not as extensive Chapman has also spent time in prison, with his rst stint coming in 1977 when he was convicted o f burglary in Broward County. DOC records show that in 2004 Chapman was found guilty of highspeed eeing from a law enforcement of cer, driving while license suspended habitual offender and willful eeing to elude a law enforcement of cer in Okeechobee County. He served a little over a year on those charges. MARIJUANAContinued from Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFour members of the Okeechobee School Board received Master Board Training this year. Left to right are Okeechobee School Superintendent Ken Kenworthy, Chairperson Kelly Owens, David Williams, India Riedel and Joe Arnold.

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News People from the coastal cities recently learned about one of the things that makes small town Okeechobee unique. Todd Clemmons, whose family owns the Okeechobee Livestock Market, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, July 11, meeting of the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments held at Okeechobee’s First United Methodist Church. The council is made up of representatives from Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties, the cities of Fellsmere, Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Stuart, Vero Beach, the towns of Jupiter Island, Indian River Shores, Sewall’s Point, St. Lucie Village and the school boards of Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties. “I was born on a horse,” Mr. Clemmons said. While he admitted that was an exaggeration he said that his rst memories were of working cows on horseback with his father, Pete, and his grandfather, Oscar. As a child Mr. Clemmons travelled to rodeos all over the country where his father competed. “It’s a landmark,” he said of the Okeechobee Livestock Market. “I don’t know how it is to live in a town without a market.” He said the market was built in the 1930s w hen U.S. 98 was a dirt road. He said that originally ranching families gathered their cattle in the area of what is now Dixie Ranch before driving them to market. Mr. Clemmons said the original part of the building is still standing. He said his father and grandfather along with Quillie Hazellief bought the market in 1961. His dad knew everyone from competing in rodeos and was instrumental in getting them to sell their livestock at his market. At that time the largest livestock market in the area was at Belle Glade. For a time his family leased the Belle Glade market, During that time Mr. Clemmons said he had to go to Belle Glade every Monday for sales. Sales at the Okeechobee market were held on Tuesdays. With the decline of cattle raising and the increase in raising of sugar cane in the Belle Glade area, that market dwindled while the Okeechobee market got larger. Some time in the late 1960s or early 1970s, the Belle Glade market closed and the Okeechobee market had sales every Monday and Tuesday. “Back in those days, there were cattle everywhere,” said Mr. Clemmons. The year 1988 was a record year for the market. They sold 157,000 cows and grossed $52 million. Most of those cattle came from around the lake. In the year 2000, the market sold 153,000 cows and grossed $56 million. By 2011 sales had dropped to 106,000. However the market’s gross had increased to $60 million. We’re doing a better job of raising cattle,” Mr. Clemmons said. He said the demand is up and the supply is down. There are now new markets in Asian countries. Mr. Clemmons said that most of the sales money stays in Okeechobee, which is home to some of the largest ranches, such as the Adams, Deseret and Rollins ranches. “The cattle industry is vital to our economy,” Mr. Clemmons said. “There aren’t many places where you can grow grass year round like here.” It takes 3 or 4 acres to carry a cow for a year. This cow will produce one calf that sells for $600 to $700. He said ranching families love their cows, and love their land and are good stewards of it. He said conservation easements are a way to keep the land in the family as well as preserve it. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management’s Okeechobee Service Center, said the type of ranching the Clemmons do has the least impact on the watershed other than native pastures. Mr. Ritter said that housing units have a much higher impact on the watershed. “We need you and you need us,” Mr. Clemmons told the local legislators. “Remember us here in Okeechobee,” he said. “We are growing food. We feed America.” He reminded the group that most ranchers also grow citrus trees. He asked the local legislators to support laws that would allow ranchers to work their lands without putting restrictions on them. Turning to other matters, Martin County Commissioner Edward Ciampi said he thought the Medicaid issue was one of the worst things to come out of Tallahassee. He said that 57 counties have now joined the lawsuit against the law. The worst part, he thinks, is that the state deducts the money they say you owe from the money they owe you. “Once they have the money, good luck getting it back.” Representatives of state and local elected of cials who were present were recognized. “Congressman (Tom) Rooney has a vested interest in veterans’ issues,” stated Sherry McCorkle, who is the congressman’s eld representative. Michelle McGovern of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s of ce said the senator has been instrumental in getting federal funds for Everglades restoration north of the lake. Greg Langowski, representing U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, said the senator’s of ce is active helping people who are the victims o f identify theft. Carrie Lira, from State Senator Joe Negron’s of ce, said he is concerned with medical insurance issues. Council leaders learn about Okeechobee Livestock Market 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., July 13TH Thurs., July 19THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “MAGIC MIKE”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 II: “THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN”Fri. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT”Fri. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 PG NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for and approved by Okeechobee Republican Executive Committee.Republican party of Okeechobee invites you to participate in the upcoming 2012 election events: July 16 – Political Forum at OMS 6pm. July 16 is the last day to register to vote or switch parties for the primary election. With 14 local Republicans as well as State and Federal Candidates in primary races, you can’t afford to not vote for your favorite candidate. To vote for your candidates of choice, you must be registered in the correct party. Register with the Republican Party today. July 20 – 6pm Lincoln Day Dinner at IRSC Williamson Center. Your local Candidates as well as State and Federal Candidates will be in attendance, and our Candidates will be speaking. Tickets are limited and available by calling 863-532-9623. Okeechobee County Republican Party 3 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Local schools make Bs and CsBy Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee schools went along with a state wide trend of lower school grades this y ear as the district saw all but one school drop one letter grade. The Florida Department of Education reported 89 percent of schools had passing grades this year. Okeechobee had no failing schools. The Freshman Campus, Osceola Middle, Everglades Elementary and North Elementary earned C grades and Central Elementary, South Elementary, Yearling Middle School and Seminole Elementary were B schools. Osceola was the only school that did not drop a letter grade this year. “Given the fact we had new cut scores and new tests, and more students took the test on computer, we are happy with these grades,” said Assistant Superintendent Mary Hurley. Ms. Hurley said there is room for improvement and they will alter instructional practices where needed to make learning gains. “We are not completely satis ed. Our teachers can do better and allow the students to do better,” she added. The Brighton Charter School Pemayetv Emahakv earned a C grade, identical to 2011. Florida Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson said the 2011-12 school year was a time of tremendous changes for students, teachers and schools, “Florida’s economic future depends on preparing our students for success. The high standards we have in place today will help our students prepare for college, the workforce and life. I am con dent that we are on the right path to prepare our students to compete with the best in the nation and around the world.” The FCAT tests this year were de nitely tougher and were criticized by educators, parents, and politicians. The FLDOE did raised expectations ve times in the past ten years. The results show that after an initial drop, school grades have improved consistently in the years that followed. The state moves to common core state standards in 2014-2015 and the tougher standards should smooth the transition for students. The state said 43 percent of schools earned an A, 26 percent earned a B, and 20-percent earned a C. Eleven percent of schools had failing grades. Hurley said Okeechobee schools fared well when compared with schools in small, rural districts. While fewer students were deemed procient in reading, math and science, some schools fared well in writing, reading, and math, just not all three. Ms. Hurley said a positive trend is an improvement among the lower performing students. “We are doing well in that area and I feel we are doing a good job with remediation. Now we have to challenge these students and get them pro cient,” she added. She said principals know they have wor k to do and they will work in every area o f the curriculum to improve student performance. Okeechobee school district grades released

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OUA Talk about ‘fat cats.’ The citizens of Okeechobee are being bullied by the iron hand ruling of the OUA that they must raise rates in order to continue operations and I w onder why? All the OUA does is deliver inferior quality water to its customers for every other week we are informed after the fact t hat there is a problem and you are advised t o boil water before it is used. What in the w orld are we paying for, inferior quality wat er to help shorten our life span? All I know is t hat OUA takes pleasure in raising rates and if you are short 20 cents one month, you are t old you are in arrears and threatened with disconnection. OUA, what you need is quality competition.  All of the nancial woes of the OUA go b ack to the days when the City of Okeechob ee ran the water system and made such a mess of it, sinking it deeply in debt when t hey lost a lawsuit over a sewer line work. W hen the city dumped the old water system on the new utility authority, the city got rid of all the debt and headaches and the customers got left dealing with the problems. The people who are on wells do not want the c ity water system to expand to their areas. Gator attack In regard to the boy who was attacked b y an alligator in the Caloosahatchee River near Moore Haven, it might seem crazy for anyone to swim in that river, but what else do the kids in Moore Haven have? They don’t have a public swimming pool anywhere in Glades County. It is a shame that he lost his arm, but he has a good attitude and is happy t o still be alive. So God bless him and I wish him the best.  I know it is hot out, but locals should know better. At least he is alive, but this is j ust so sad and terrible.  Don’t swim with alligators and for sure don’t try feeding them.  These are very good boys. What else is there to do but go swimming? All of us raised in the Okeechobee area swam in ponds and rivers. These boys have been raised around gators and know what to expect out of them. That’s probably what saved Kaleb’s life. Gators are all over Florida in every body of water. You can’t be worried every time you want to jump into a river or a pond that you’re going to be attacked. This gator was a major exception, very aggressive, according to the people that live on the river. There had been calls made to the game commission about that gator in the past. That morning at 8 there was a call made about the gator being aggressive. But nobody was sent soon enough. By the time the calls got through, the report came in about the accident. If the county and game commission knew about this, especially that morning being reported, why were they not observing the situation and making sure that nobody went into the river until the gator was gone? Moore Haven has this location set up to use for fun. They have picnic tables, barbecue grills and actual docks that the boys jump off of. That gator complaint should have been taken more serious. Unless you were raised in the city, you can’t say that you have never swam in Florida waters.  If you are born and raised here, you know if you take the chance of swimming in ANY body of water this is a possibility, just saying... I’m glad he is alive to tell his story and hopefully it will make other people think twice. Prayers for a quick recovery!  He’s doing great. Great attitude. The reporter asked him how he felt and he told the reporter that he felt like his arm has been bitten off...lol. He’s a great kid.  I can’t imagine anyone wanting to swim in that river. Less than a month ago there were all kinds of health warnings telling people to stay out of the water and keep their animals out of the Caloosahatchee River due to concerns about toxic algae. It is not clean water and certainly no place to swim. Bad enough if you are in a boat and fall into the water, but to jump in and swim in it on purpose is a little crazy, even if there are no alligators around. Watch out for alligators at the STAThe reserve across from the Boys School on 441 North is a nice place to walk and see wild life. It’s a nice place to walk and be chased by wild life as well. Last Saturday afternoon, about 4 p.m., my friend Jeana and I were walking and talking as we always do. When all of a sudden, we looked up and saw two alligators about 6 to 8 feet long lying on the side of the path. One appeared to be sleeping and the other one was lying with his mouth open. And out there is no place to run to. It is three miles around the ponds. Sure there are 3 or 4 Chickee Huts and small picnic tables along the route but they are about a mile apart from each other and the one closer to us was about half mile away from us. On the other side of the alligators. At rst, we thought maybe they wouldn’t notice us. If we walked quietly to the far side of the road away from them. I’ve lived in Florida all my life, but my friend hasn’t and even though I was scared, she was petri ed. Just as we got past them, the one with his mouth open, raised up on his legs and started chasing us. I had just had knee replacement surgery not long ago and didn’t know if I could even run anymore. But, I sure found out. I can run and we might have run a half mile before we looked back and he had stopped chasing us and was just lying in the middle of the road. He must have thought we were streaks of lightening and decided to leave us alone. At that moment all I could think of was, being chased by dinosaurs in that movie. Needless to say, we haven’t been back to the reserve since that happened. When we got up to the gate, there were some people with their dogs on leashes. I tried to tell them please don’t bring your dogs on your walk. Gators love dogs and can smell them up to a mile away. Please, there are signs up. Their dogs are prohibited. What is it going to take to make a believer out of them—for an alligator to chase them down and eat their dog? Then, eat them too? One lady, picked up her little dog and pu t him back in the car and left. But the man and two other girls took their bulldog on their walk. We saw some teenagers throwing rocks at gators that same day. All I can say is the y are asking for trouble. There are some big gators out there! All I can say is please be careful and keep you r eyes open and if you see a gator, I hope you know how to run away. One man told us to stand still and the y won’t bother us. Yeah, right. I’m not standing still and giving him an easy meal. If he’s hungry, I’m not going to be his food if I can help it!! Take care and walk safe. Nancy Sullivan and Jeana BryantAirboaters and Okee-Tantie use“Those that were addressed, were all in favor of the project. No one who spok e was against the development of the park.” Because we didn’t speak against the projec t did not mean that all “local airboaters” wer e all for the development of the park. We went in to voice our concerns fo r airboating accessibility once the park is developed. We were there neither to speak fo r nor against the project but primarily to voic e the importance of maintaining an egress and ingress for dry-launch and load airboa t parking. “It is important that we keep the languag e in the details.” Okee-Tantie is the only dry-launch area in Okeechobee that is accessible 24/7. Though we never spoke against the project, it doesn’ t mean the other 300 local airboaters that had to work that day are all in favor of the project. We never said we’re all in favor or agains t it, but we’re de nitely concerned. Jeff Brockway President, Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association July 13, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor To Reach UsAddress: 107 S.W. 17th Street, Suite D Okeechobee, FL34974 Website: www.newszap.comTo Submit NewsThe Okeechobee News welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed. E-Mail: okeenews@newszap.comTo Place A Display AdPhone: 863-763-3134 E-Mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comTo Place A Classified AdCall 877-353-2424 to place a classified advertisement from home. Fax: 877-354-2424 E-Mail: classads@newszap.comBilling Department E-Mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com The Okeechobee News is available three times a week via home delivery and is on sale at rack and store locations throughout Okeechobee County. 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MEMBER OF: Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Local Blood Drives plannedCome and give the gift of life to someone in your own hometown. The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations during the month of July. Friday, July 13 – Walgreen’s, 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 15 – Golden Corral, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, July 19 – SFWMD, Hwy 70 Sta., Noon–5 p.m.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 2012 OHS Scholarship Night awards Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSVFW Mens/Ladies Auxiliaries ScholarshipVFW Mens/Ladies Auxiliaries Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are Celina Norman, Encarnacion Vega and Michelle Dorta. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSBobbi Poole Photography ScholarshipBobbi Poole Photography Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Makenzie Tomlinson and Bobbi Poole. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSEl Centro Santa Fe ScholarshipEl Centro Santa Fe Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Front row (left to right) Cecilia Scott, Anais Ponce, Brenda Aguirre, Wendoly Castaneda, Sister Elinor Sevigny and Hector Torres; back row (left to right) Hernan Santibanez, Encarnacion Vega and Oscar Ruiz. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSSeminole Tribe of Florida ScholarshipSeminole Tribe of Florida Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are Encarnacion Vega, Jerice McDonald and Andrew Bowers. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSBuckhead Ridge ScholarshipBuckhead Ridge Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Katherine Peterman and Rogel Brown Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSLuviano Construction Company ScholarshipLuviano Construction Company Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Front row: (left to right) Flerida Algarin, Yoyi Ponce De Leon, Oscar Ruiz and Oisel Luviano; back (left to right) Timothy Farrell and Keller Orender.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Catherine Opal Baggett, 86OKEECHOBEE — Catherine Opal Baggett passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, in Hospice by the Sea. She was born July 29, 1925, in Okeechobee, Florida to John and Nettie (Levens) Woodham. She was a housewife and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carey Baggett. Mrs. Baggett is survived by her son, Jerry (Cathy) Baggett of Boca Raton; grandchildren, Christy, Lindsey and David Baggett. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at 10 a.m. until service time of 11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee. Pastor Frank Wodham will be of ciating and interment will follo w in Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Donald ‘Bruce’ Davenport, 51OKEECHOBEE — Donald ‘Bruce’ Davenportdied peacefully at home on Thursday, July 12, 2012, ending a courageous battle with cancer. Bruce was born in Hollywood, Fla., but lived his entire life in Okeechobee. He was the owner and operator of Professional Car Care. He is survived by his wife, Georganna Kirk Davenport; sons, Bradly Kirk of Okeechobee, Seth A. Davenport of Louisville, Ky.; daughter, Danielle R. Davenport of Sebring, Fla.; stepdaughters, Robyn (David) Grif th of Raleigh, N.C., Sara Hedges of Okeechobee; brother, Gar y (Vicki) Davenport of Okeechobee; sisters, Chris (Blake) Lawrence of Okeechobee and Karen Hazelief of Ocala, Fla. Visitation will be held Monday, July 16, 2012, from 9 a.m. until service time of 10 a.m. at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home. Burial will follo w at Basinger Cemetery. In lieu, of owers, the family suggests donations be made in Bruce’s memory to Hospice o f Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Velma O’leava Ingham, 63OKEECHOBEE — Velma O’leava Ingham died Friday, July 6, 2012, at her residence. She was born September 1, 1948, to Thomas J. Abney and Lavena (Jones) Abney in Garden Grove, Calif. She had been a resident of Okeechobee since 2009 coming from Las Vegas, Nev. She is preceded in death by her parents. Ms. Ingham is survived by her daughters, Christine Shumate (Orlando) of Okeechobee, Dortha Hise (Jason) of California; son, Larry Buxton (Kade) of Oklahoma; Brother Thomas Abney of Texas and nine grandchildren. There will be no public services. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Fl. Online condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.Violet ‘Bea’ Briney, 81OKEECHOBEE — Violet “Bea” Briney, of Okeechobee passed away July 11, 2012 in Okeechobee. She was born May 19, 1931 in Huntsville, Alabama, to Edward and Emma Mae Elders. She came to Okeechobee from Akron, Ohio in 1958. She helped her husband, Leroy Briney, with his position as the Veteran’s Services Of cer and in later years she was a Postal worker. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. Mrs. Briney was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Walker; and her sister, Faye Mackin. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Leroy Briney; son, Steve Briney (Kathy); son-inlaw, Fred Walker all of Okeechobee; three brothers, Charles Elders (Bernice) of Tennessee, Jeffery Elders (Denise) of Okeechobee and Phillip Elders (Pam) of Sebring; brother-in-law, Walter Mackin of Okeechobee; four grandchildren, Todd Briney of Okeechobee, Nikki Cleary of Okeechobee, Ben Walker (Shannon) of Gainesville and Eric Walker of Newberry; great granddaughter, Kyle Walker of Gainesville; many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. A gathering will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th ST, Okeechobee, FL until service at 3 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Deadline for summer games is extendedOkeechobee County Parks & Recreation is seeking teams for the Okeechobee Summer Games. Teams compete in Olympicstyle events with a fun twist. Tentative events include: relay swim, inner tube sprint, basketball shoot-out, ping pong, hubcap hurling, tug-a-war, etc. It is a two-day competition held Saturday, Aug 4, at the Sports Complex and Saturday, Aug. 11, at the AgriCivic Center. The fee is $100 per team. The deadline has been extended to Friday, July 20. There are two divisions: Junior (ages 1417) and Adult (18 & up). We need a minimum of 16 combined teams. Call the Parks & Recreation Dept. at 863-763-6950 for more details.Eagles North to host steak nightSteak Night starts at 5:30 p.m. this Friday, J uly 13 at Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N. Proceeds will support the FOE 4137 Community Bene t Fund.Cypress Hut Eagles to have steak dinnerFriday, July 13 Cypress Hut Eagles will host steak dinner night for just $12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Charity Fund. Public welcome. Music by Phil.Golf Tournament to bene t Louise DavisA bene t golf tournament will be held at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club, on J uly 14 for Louise Davis. Sign up a team for $240. With a 7 a.m. registration and 8 a.m. shotgun start, the bene t will also feature contests for closest to the pin, longest drive, Mulligans, 50/50 raf e, door prizes and lunch w ill be provided. Sponsors for the holes are being sought. After the golf, music will be provided by Jake Hair, with BBQ plates for lunch ready at 2 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and family and enjoy a fun day out. Contact Karen Albert at 863-634-2120. For golf, call Moe at 863-634-0577.SKYWARN training class is being offeredThe National Weather Service and Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center w ith support from the Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will conduct a Weather Watching/SKYWARN Basic Training, on Saturday, J uly 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the EOC, 707 N.W. 6th Street. This is a free class and is open to the public. The idea of Skywarn is to train citizens to observe and report sev ere weather to help the National Weather Service predict the weather and to help keep others safe. The SKYWARN Spotter Training class will provide you with all the information needed to become a registered spotter for the National Weather Service. For more information, see http://SKYWARN.mcaraw eb.com.To register for the class, please contact Ron Tagg at kd4pqq@arrl.net or 772-631-5846.Eagles to host ‘hen shoot’Eagles Aerie North, 9984 U.S. 441 N., will host a ‘hen shoot’ on July 14, starting at 10 a.m The event is open to the public. Ladies are invited to grab their shot guns and compete for prizes. The rst 15 rounds are $2 per round donation. Men are also welcome. The event will include a bake sale. The proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 ladies auxiliary bene t fund. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Samaritan Outreach plans yard sale for July 14Samaritan Outreach will hold a yard sale on July 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hope Ministry Center, one-fourth mile behind the Post Of ce. The sale will include clothing, shoes, furniture and more. For more information contact Sister Sinda Shanks at 863-484-3015 or the Samaritan Center at 863-467-1500.Freedom Outreach shing tournaments slatedThe Freedom Outreach shing tournaments will be held on Sunday, July 15 Aug. 12 and the championship on Sept. 9 ($120). The $80 (cash only) entry fee includes the big sh pot and championship fund. You must sh at least four tournaments to be in the championship event! All tournaments will be held at Okee-Tantie Marina Boat Ramp from safe light until 2 p.m. Food and drinks free at weigh in. Pease call 561-719-5989 or 863-634-8127 to register or with questions.Cypress Hut Eagles to host card bingoSunday, July 15. will be having card bingo starting at 3 p.m. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome.Political forum set for July 16A political forum will be held on July 16 in the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th Street, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The forum will include candidtes from the following races: U.S. Senator; U.S. Representative District 17; State Representative District 55; Sheriff; Property Appraiser; School Board District 2; and, County Commission Districts 1, 3 and 5. The forum will also be broadcast live on WOKC 100.9 FM and 1570 AM.Garden and Orchid Clubs to meet July 16On Monday, July 16 the Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. followed by the Orchid Club meeting at 7 p.m. Every one is invited. Bring your favorite orchid or a problem orchid to discuss. There will be an assortment of clay pots and hangers to give away.The meetings are at the Extension Center, 451 Highway 98 N. For more information call 863-763-6469. Community Events

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting Tuesday, July 10, the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board imposed a ne in one case and referred another case to the city council for further action. According to testimony and photographs presented by code enforcement of cer Fred Sterling, the property in the 1000 block of N.W. Fifth Avenue belonging to Fosler, LLC is overgrown. He said the owner had been cited several times in the past for the same offense. However, the owner had always cleaned up the property before a ne was imposed. Mr. Sterling said the owner had recently been in contact with a lawn service. Fosler was ned $25 a day for every day of noncompliance beginning seven days after noti cation. The code enforcement of cer informed the board that the ne on the property of N & A Construction at 405 N.E. Fourth St. has been accruing for over 90 days. "We're not getting anywhere," Mr. Sterling said, noting that the property owner is a repeat offender. He said the owner was hand delivered a letter stating that the ne has accrued for over 90 days. The board voted to refer the case to the city council recommending foreclosure. Mr. Sterling said that the properties o f Vicki Staton at 1003 N.W. Seventh St. and Freddie and Lisa Phipps at 814 S.E. Eighth St. had come into compliance. Therefore, those cases were not heard. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City code enforcement recommends foreclosure 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us” Summer Sunday Schedule 9 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm Prayer Service ( you are invited) Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to pastor@okeechobeecog.com 301 NE 4th Ave. • 863-763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:45 VBS Adventure on Promise Island Come join us for Adventures on Promise Island where kids discover God’s lifesaving love! July 16th 20th DINNER served 5:15 5:50pm. Classes begin at 6pm and end at 8:30pmEPISCOPAL BAPTIST 8 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) will set up a DUI/driver's license checkpoint Saturday, July 21, on S.R. 70. These check points are a proven tool and are effective in reducing the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-involved crashes, said Sheriff Paul May. He went on to say research shows that such crashes are reduced by an average of 20 percent when w ell-publicized checkpoints are conducted enough. Law enforcement of cers will be checking drivers for signs of possible impairment. Drivers will also be checked to make sure they have the proper licensing. Impaired drivers can expect to be arrested and jailed. Besides nes and other fees, impaired drivers can also expect to have their license suspended and the cost of their insurance increased. DUI classes and other expenses can exceed $10,000, pointed out Sheriff Paul May. Motorists are reminded that if they are going to drink they should designate a driver; call a cab; call a family member; or, stay home. Florida law considers a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher to be impaired. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are also in violation of state law. Assisting the sheriff's of ce will be of cers from the Okeechobee City Police Department and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol. OCSO plans another DUI checkpoint By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Local law enforcement is asking for the public's help in nding a runaway teen who was last seen J uly 9. Stevie Adelle Valentine Miller, 16, was last seen Monday night at her home on S.R. 78 W. Her direction and mode of travel unknown. Authorities also don't know if she was traveling on foot or otherwise. Miss Miller is 5-foot-5-inches tall, weighs 120 to 125 pounds and has a slender build. She has green eyes and brownish/auburn colored hair. She also has a large knot behind her right ear due to infection from an ear piercing. Although it's not known how she is dressed, it's possible she will be wearing black Nike sneakers with a hot pink Nike emblem, or swoosh, on the side. The teen can also be recognized by a homemade tattoo on her lower back of blue and purple stars and squiggly lines. If anyone has information on Miss Miller's whereabouts they are asked to contact Detective Rosemary Farless at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, 863-763-3117. Information sought on runaway teen Stevie Miller The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). Brock Lloyd Therio, 20, Grand View Blvd., Cocoa, was arrested July 10 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation grand theft auto. He is being held without bond. Alisha N. Bullington, 29, N.W. 141st St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by DOC's Michael W. White on felony charges of violation of probation obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud (three counts). She is being held without bond. Cheri Renee Granger, 39, Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Fred Bradley on a felony charge of battery on a law enforcement of cer/ re ghter/intake of cer. Her bond was set at $7,500. Shawn Ashley Van Epps, 30, Mera Drive, Fort Pierce, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Marcus Collier on misdemeanor charges of driving under the in uence and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,000. Brittany Marie Daugherty, 23, S.W. Eighth St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 by Deputy Marcus Collier on a felony charge of battery on a detainee by a detainee. She is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report

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By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News At their meeting on Thursday, July 11, Okeechobee County Commissioners considered honoring a former commissioner, adopted a new bidding policy and approved a ve-year road paving plan. "This is something I have been thinking about for a long time," said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper as he expressed his desire to name the section of S.R. 78 between the intersection with U.S. 441 and the Kissimmee River "The Clif Betts, Jr. Memorial Highway." He said he chose that particular section of road because of the late commissioner's enthusiasm for revitalizing OkeeTantee Campground and Marina, which is located on that section of highway. Commissioner Ray Domer suggested renaming Dark Hammock Road where Commissioner Betts lived. He noted that the late commissioner was friends with George Goodbread and the road intersecting with Dark Hammock had been named the George Goodbread Memorial Highway. Commissioner Joey Hoover noted that there are Department of Transportation quali cations for naming a section of road for an individual. He thought that renaming a county road would be more appropriate since the county could control development along the road. He also mentioned Commissioner Bett's connections with the re department and suggested naming a re station in honor of Commissioner Betts. At county attorney John Cassels' suggestion, the matter was tabled to allow Mr. Cassels to research the county's policy on naming county roads in honor of individuals. In other business, thanks to action taken by the commissioners, it is now easier for a local contractor to be awarded the bid on a county contract. Commissioners adopted a new policy on awarding contracts. The county's previous bidding policy stated that if a local bidder is within 5 percent of the lowest bid, that local bidder may be awarded the contract up to 5 per cent of the lowest bidder. Commissioners revised that policy to allow a local bidder who is within 5 percent of the lowest bid to receive that contract at the lowest bidder's price. If the lowest quali ed local bidder cannot match the lowest bid, the next quali ed lowest bidder who is within 5 per cent of the lowest bid will be given the opportunity to match the lowest bid. The new policy contains the word "may" rather "shall" in reference to awarding the contract. It was explained that this word gives the board some exibility if, for instance, the county has had problems previously with a local bidder. Commissioner Bryant Culpepper stated that, while the word "may" gives the board exibility, there is the danger that a local bidder could be excluded because of personality con icts. The new policy also de nes local vendors and allows for exceptions in accordance with local, state and federal laws. The new policy starts at bids of $10,000. The county administrator has the authority to spend funds up to $10,000 without board approval. County administrator Robbie Chartier said that in 2011, 40 percent of the operating budget was spent locally. Commissioners also approved a 5-year paving plan. The road department has evaluated and prioritized the county's road paving needs. Each year speci c sections of road are scheduled to be paved. The total mileage for each year varies from 4.75 to 6.7. Each year in the future the fth year will be added to the plan, so they are always planning ve years out. Commissioners were informed that they would have the option of changing the roads being paved each year as the paving contract is awarded. Deputy county administrator Jim Threewitts stated that each year's projects were scheduled to be fundable. However, the exact cost would not be known until the annual contract is awarded. The proposed budget for the coming year contains $750,000 for paving. Mrs. Chartier presented the proposed budget for scal year 2012/13 which totals $82.4 million. That is a $7 million or 7.23 percent decrease from the current year's amended budget. At the next meeting commissioners will set a proposed millage rate for ad valorem taxes. Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Center, informed commissioners that the lake has dropped below 12 feet. Therefore, barring any signi cant rainfall over the weekend, he said the north shore locks will be closed on Monday. Turning to other action, the board: tabled until next month, consideration of a settlement in the lawsuit involving Wooley Shed property in the county industrial park; approved health insurance coverage for county employees with Public Risk Management at a cost of $8,532.84; and, approved optional dental coverage with Public Risk Management for county employees at the current rate of $30.74 per month for single coverage and $80.23 per month for family coverage.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Memorial highway options proposed to honor Clif Betts By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News As often happens, it is the items not on the agenda or added to the agenda at the last minute that make the Okeechobee County Commission meetings interesting. That was certainly the case at the Thursday, July 11, meeting when County Administrator Robbie Chartier added a discussion of the Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina proposal. At the last commission meeting, developer Randal Henderson presented his plan for leasing Okee-Tantie for 99 years. He would add amenities and build RV lots. The lots w ould be sold. The owners could only use their lots for six months at a time. The rest of the time the developer reserved the right to rent the lots. The county would receive ad v alorem taxes from the lots and a commission from their sales and rent. Since the last commission meeting, Mrs. Chartier and County Attorney John Cassels met with Mr. Henderson. They both said Mr. Henderson was very candid and open with changes in his proposal. Mrs. Chartier said the lender is a partner in the project and will expect a share of pro ts. She said that Mr. Henderson might need more time for phase 1 and that the county's rental commission was increased from 2 to 3 percent. Mr. Cassels was impressed with Mr. Henderson's optimism. "If anybody can pull it off, Mr. Henderson probably can. He's done what he says he will do in other places." When pressed by commissioners at the last meeting Mr. Henderson said that if his project defaulted, the improvements he had made would revert back to the county. Now it appears that that is not the case. Mr. Cassels said that the lender would use the improvements as collateral. If the developer defaulted, the improvements would revert to the lender for the duration of the lease. Mr. Cassels said he had been drafting documentation for the county to gain control in the event of default. He said that has now changed. "My goal is to make this privatization work unless the board decides otherwise," the attorney said. "If you are comfortable with losing control of one or more phases for basically a century, I am going to try to make this work. Don't base your decision on an Olympic swimming pool or club house in phase 4 for there is no guarantee of that." The county attorney said there are restrictions on what you can do with property. He told the commissioners they could not sell or lease it without state approval. "This might be all for naught if the governor and the cabinet does not give us release," he warned. "His background is impeccable," Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said of Mr. Henderson. "You can shoot any proposal full of holes. What do we have if this doesn't work?" he asked. Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton said that if the developer defaults, the lender gets prime property and the county is stuc k with the property in the back of the park. Commissioner Frank Irby suggested that the developer pay a reasonable lease for the property. Then the county would not be dependant on sales and rental income. "It seems to me it would be more appropriate for us to do some improvements we could afford to do," said Commissioner Ra y Domer. "We have done nothing to make that thing successful." After about one and a half hour of discussion, the board voted to check to see whether or not the state would allow them to lease the property before continuing with negotiations.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. County commissioners revisit Okee-Tantie lease Eagles North to host BINGOEagles North wil host Bingo on Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Come on out! Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. 9985 hwy 441 north, Okeechobee.Cypress Hut Eagles to host Chicken DinnerOn Tuesday, July 17. at 5 p.m. Cypress Hut Eagles will host a Fried Chicken Dinner with all the xins. Music with Carla and Bobby. All proceeds go to Community Charity Fund. Public is welcome. Football camp plannedMOORE HAVENMuck Area' Christian Football Camp will be held July 28 at Moore Haven Jr-Sr High School Field for Grades 7-12. Cost is $10. The camp will feature former and current pro and college players, along with high school coaches. Recruiters from various colleges are also expected to attend. To reserve a spot or for more information call Rod @561.809.8300 or email rfelt10@aol.com.Main Street plans mixerThe July Main Street Mixer will be sponsored by the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S W Park Street, on Thursday, July 19, from 5-7 p.m. Okeechobee Main Street mixers are free to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. This is an opportunity to meet fellow citizens and local business owners while you relax and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The theme for this event is a "Tack y Tourist" so bring your camera, hat, and shades to t right in! For more information contact the Okeechobee Main Street Executive Director Cindy Birdashaw at 863-3576246 or stop in the Main Street of ce at 111 Northeast 2nd Street (directly north of CVS).DAR plans summer brunchOkeechobee DAR will have a Summer Brunch on Friday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the the home of Su George, 1709 SW 28th Avenue, Okeechobee 863-763-0266. All members and those interested in DAR are invited. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 Emory Walker Co. Inc.(863) 763-6742 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. GENUINE COMFORT. CAC014022 Offers expire 8/24/2012. *See dealer for details. Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. RECEIVE UP TO $3,300 between Lennox Rebates, F P & L Rebates and EWC Discount!*on qualifying Lennox Home Comfort System LENNOX KNOWS YOU DONT COMPROMISE. AND NEITHER DO WE. Thats why we dedicate ourselves to product innovation and customer service. So go ahead, get comfortable. BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO JOSIAHS ITALIANO WEEKENDFRIDAY, JULY 13 SUNDAY, JULY 15ENJOY OUR FINEST ITALIAN DELICACIESHighway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian ReservationDine in only. No plate sharing. Alcohol, tax & gratuity not included. Management reserves the right to change or cancel promotion at any time. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT.17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! Like us on Facebook 10 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Miss Shelby Kirton, 12, daughter of Dudley Kirton and Cheryl Kirton of Okeechobee, has been selected to represent Florida at the 2012 Miss American Preteen Pageant. As the Florida Preteen, Shelby will be attending the National Pageant for her age group in Florida and Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving 2012. She will compete for the National Pageant title of Miss American Preteen and thousands of dollars in cash awards, prizes and scholarships. Nationwide, state winners and state pageant nalists will compete in the twentyninth annual national scholarship competition organized by American Coed Pageants, Inc. National Talent, Speech, Academic A chievement, Community Service, Photogenic, Personality, Most Promising Model, Best Actress and National Cover Girl and Hostess contests will be held in addition to the National Pageant Winner's contest. Since 1983, millions of dollars in cash awards and prizes have been presented to outstanding girls at state and national competitions. American Coed Pageants, Inc. annually holds state pageants for the purpose of recognizing and rewarding outstanding young women between the ages of three and twenty-two for their past and present accomplishments and to encourage them to set and achieve high goals for the future. In states where pageants are not held, selection of state representatives is made through written applications and photos. Kirton in Miss American Preteen Pageant Special to the Okeechobee NewsShelby Kirton Summertime is here! As you prepare for summertime fun, whether traveling or just enjoying the weather outdoors, the Florida/ USVI Poison Information Center Jacksonv ille urges you to remain aware that summer poisoning hazards can threaten your family's health. "As children are out of school for the summer, they may be spending more time unsupervised in or out of doors with ready access to potentially dangerous plants and home products," cautions Dr. Jay Schauben, director of the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center-Jacksonville. "Poison proof your home and outdoor areas by following a few simple tips to reduce the chance of accidental poisoning emergencies. However, if a poisoning emergency does occur, call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222." Barbecues are a summertime staple. Every summer the Poison Center has to deal w ith accidents involving charcoal lighter uid. When the lighter uid is accidentally swallowed, it is often aspirated in to the lungs. This can lead to dif culty in breathing and lung damage. Keep these products in their original containers and prevent access to them by children. If ingested, call the Poison Help line immediately at 1-800-2221222. DO NOT induce vomiting as this can make it worse. Food poisoning, a common occurrence during this typically warm weather, is caused by bacterial growth in certain foods, such as mayonnaise-containing products or uncooked foods, when they are not handled, cooked or stored properly. Symptoms of the most common types of food poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea and fever. To stay safe, the Florida/ USVI Poison Information Center Jacksonville recommends washing all counter tops, utensils and hands with warm, soapy water prior to and after food preparation; thawing meat and poultry in the refrigerator; and, avoiding leaving perishable food out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. When traveling, store medications, personal products, insect repellent or sunscreen, in locked suitcases away from children. Avoid bringing along "a few pills" in unmarked containers as these may not be child-resistant and they are unlabeled as to content or quantity. For visitors who are not used to the activity of children, remind them to properly store all personal products, especially prescription items, out of the reach and sight of children. Always follow directions carefully when using insect repellents as some products are not meant to be applied to the skin. If camping, be careful of the underbrush, as it could contain poison ivy or stinging/biting animals. Remember, "Leaves of three, let it be." If someone touches poison ivy, immediately rinse with plenty of running water for at least 15 minutes. For poisonous plant and animal contact, call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 for treatment information. Celebrate summer safely

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 VARICOSE VEIN REMOVAL S. Scott Tapper, M.D., F.A.C.S.Board Certi ed General Vascular SurgeonSpecializing in the Removal of Varicose Veins Minimally Invasive In Of ce Procedure Performed more than 1500 Endo Venous Laser Ablation procedures Insurance Accepted beforeafter2169 S.E. Ocean Blvd. Stuart772-286-5501symmetrylaservein.com GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net MRI ADVERTISE HERE TODAY! CALL 863-763-3134 FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted Specialty Trained/Board Certi ed Radiologists The Best is Right Here! Okeechobee’s FINEST Open MRI OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVS Drugstore115 NE 3rd St. Suite A 863-824-6736 12 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012

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By Tabitha TrentSpecial to the Okeechobee News Every year the Rotary Club of Okeechobee recognizes a “new” family member for his/her sel ess acts, enthusiasm, volunteerism in community projects and a heart for serving others. This year’s recipient Denise W hitehead certainly displayed every character trait that epitomizes Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Denise’s sincere desire to serve others was very apparent in her participation in all of Rotary’s local events, as w ell as other Rotary districts. She takes serving others to heart and is instilling this very quality in her daughter Makaya who too has participated in many events and fundraisers to experience the meaning of “paying it forw ard while serving others.” After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point with a degree in Interpersonal Communications, Denise worked for a private juvenile justice program called Vision Quest which provided alternative therapeutic programs to at-risk youth. She spent two years traveling with their wagon trains and two years working their inner city programs in Philadelphia before relocating to one of their residential programs in Okeechobee. Denise and her daughter have been residents of Okeechobee for ten years. In 2008, she transitioned from the social services eld and accepted a position with Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. as their Okeechobee District Of ce Supervisor. Denise loves working for a nonpro t company like Glades Electric as they are community minded and uphold a strong sense of business ethics. Rotary honors Rookie of the Year Denise Whitehead 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGTO CONTINUE IMPOSITION AND PROVIDE FOR SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SPECIAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, will conduct a public hearing to consider continuing the imposition of annual solid waste collection special assessments for the provision of residential solid waste collection and disposal services within the incorporated area of the City of Okeechobee, Florida. The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed assessments. All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the City Council. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance. Copies of the Solid Waste Collection, Disposal and Assessment Ordinance No. 784 and all subsequent Assessment Resolutions are available for inspection at the Office of the City Clerk located at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Room 100, Okeechobee, Florida, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. The assessments are a non-ad valorem assessment and will be collected by the Tax Collector in the same manner as your ad valorem tax bill, to be mailed in November 2012, as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the property, which may result in a loss of title. By: James E. Kirk, Mayor Attest: Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City ClerkPUBLISHED: 7/13/2012, Okeechobee News 13 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops, or in how the body works. There are thousands of different birth defects. About 120,000 babies in the United States are born each year with a birth defect. The most common birth defects are heart defects, cleft lip and cleft palate, Down syndrome, and spina bi da. While there’s been lots of research, we still don’t know the causes of some birth defects. If a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, her baby may have a birth defect. Some street drugs and some prescription drugs can cause birth defects, too. Also, if a w oman gets certain infections during pregnancy, such as cytomegalovirus or a sexually transmitted infection, her baby may develop a birth defect. Some birth defects are caused by genetic conditions. Genetic conditions are passed from parents to children through genes. The baby could get something from his mother, his father, or both parents that can cause a birth defect. Birth defects can cause disabilities and even death. If you are pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant, ask your health care provider what you can do to prevent birth defects. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. The March of Dimes’ recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine. Anyone needing more information about pregnancy issues should visit www.marchofdimes.com. Anyone interested in being a part of the March of Dimes’ major fundraiser, March for Babies, should call Laura McCall at 863-763-3131 or Cindy at 772-562-0115. March of Dimes offers helpful information about birth defects Students are job ready in seven weeksIndian River State College (IRSC) is now accepting applications for its Nursing Assistant program, which offers preparation for a job as a nursing assistant in only seven w eeks. Students attend 20 hours per week w ith convenient day or night classes. The program will begin Aug. 23 and is offered at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach, Chastain Campus in Stuart, Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee and Blackburn Educational Building on Avenue D in Fort Pierce. Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of medical staff and provide basic patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ of ces, clinics and homes. Most Nursing Assistants help with activities such as bathing and feeding. Apply now to become a member of the health care team. The Nursing Assistant program is the rst step in the nursing career ladder which includes Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse. For more information, contact the IRSC Nursing Department at (772) 4627570 or the IRSC Call Center at 1-866-7924772. IRSC taking applications for nursing asst. program Special to the Okeechobee News/ Tabitha TrentOkeechobee Rotary Club recently named their newest member for her acts of sel essness, enthusiasm, volunteerism in serving others. Denise Whitehead (center) along with her daughter Makaya at her side received the award for their efforts in "Paying it forward." VPK roundup will be at Stepping Stones Academy on Tuesday, July 17, 4 to 6 p.m. Parents will have the opportunity to see the school and what it offers. It is open to the public and Pat Hickman will be onsite to sign their children up for VPK. They must be 4 yrs. old on or before Sept. 1, 2012 to receive three hours of free VPK and to get your certi cate that night. Parents need the following documents:  Photo ID;  Proof of residence (the address on the document cannot be a Post Of ce box) Driver’s license, utility bill, rental/lease agreement, Government-issued document with current address such as photo ID card, voter’s registration card or property tax showing homestead exemption, or ELC residency form – plus landlord’s current utility bill;  Proof of birth (original birth certi cate or passport or immunization record);  Social Security number. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. FoundFound small dog in north end of Okeechobee County. No collar or chip. Call to identify. 863-532-0039 or 863-763-6742 Garage/ Yard SalesOKEECHOBEE 312 SW 2nd Street, 7/14/12, 8 to ?. Lots of items, furniture, computers, sewing machine, household goods. We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 or 772-519-2463 PersonalsLot For Sale: Basswood Estates, .46 acres, NW 26th Ave, corner lot at the end of the road, owner has culvert in place and survey documents. Asking $6,000.00 rm. (863)697-0325 or (561)261-9481 ServicesAnn’s Affordable Cleaning Service and Pressure Washing. Inside and outside cleaning. Great References. 15 yrs. exp. Call@863-801-3296 License#10812 CAREGIVERCOMPANION RETIRED PROFESSIONAL MAN SEEKS TO PROVIDE QUALITY CARE AND ASSISTANCE INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION, HOME/YARD DUTIES AND SHARE ACTIVITIES. REASONABLE/FLEXIBLE 1-561-577-1964 Golf Cart Batteries, Repairs,Parts,Service and charger repairs. Will buy unwanted carts & chargers pick up and delivery. Call Dan’s Golf Cart Repairs 863-610-0479 or 863-763-8318 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Sales Assistant and Coordinator needed. Immediate opening working in a busy of ce with account managers to help maintain high levels of customer service. Duties to include processing sales and purchase order entry, answer phones, manage inventory, maintain les and a wide range of customer service and other tasks. Prior experience in sales environment preferred. Pro ciency in Excel, Word, Power Point and other common computer programs required. Fax resumes to: 863-692-0100 or email to: positions@mackfarms.com Substance Abuse Counselor Needed Full or Part time Minimum Bachelor Degree required. CAP or LCSW/LMHC preferred. Previous substance abuse counseling or mental health counseling experience Required. Please fax resume to: 863-467-2477. WANTED Lic. Beautician needed for new upscale salon and boutique. Best pay scale in Town. Great location across street from theater. Call Jim 1-305-923-9270 or 763-6140 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Employment Full TimeApplicator Needed Control oating, terrestrial and/or submerged vegetation. Techniques consist of mixing and calculating a variety of authorized herbicides and their application via airboat, atv, chemical spray truck, outboard motor boats and backpack sprayers. Operates and performs repairs on spray and safety equipment as required. Prepares and maintains reports.This job normally requires daily travel from the employee’s assigned station to work sites located within the station’s jurisdiction. Education/Experience Guide: High School Diploma or GED, 1 2 years experience in mixing and the application of herbicides and pesticides a plus. Licenses: Valid Drivers License. Must be able to get and maintain a valid restricted pesticide license, with aquatic and natural areas categories. Ability to obtain certi cation in CPR and First Aid Work Activities typically involve the following: AgilityBasic Water Skills, Exposure to various water pollution contaminants, debris, Exposure to stinging/ biting insects, snakes, alligators, Exposure to gasses and/or fumes, Eye-hand-foot coordination, Full body and segmental vibration Hearing, Kneeling, Noise exposure, Prolonged standing, Public interaction, Pulling, Pushing, Recognize color differences, Specialized protective clothing, Vision, Working in on and around water. Applications being taken Tuesday July 17 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at 3080 Cty Rd 721 Lakeport, Fl (863)533-8882 Employment Part TimeWANTED Part-time Maintenance Person for Okeechobee Commons Apartments. Seeking an experienced maintenance person with plumbing, electrical, appliance repair and painting background. Parttime 20 hours per week. Fax resume or letter of interest to 407-347-1036. EOE. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Lawn Service*** DON’S LAWNS *** COMPLETE YEAR ROUND SERVICE. 20+ YEARS EXPERIENCE. FREE ESTIMATES. CALL DON (561)723-6633 Business Opportunities Storage 70 West Storage 2190 SR 70 West 20X30 storage unit $250 per month. Climate and non climate units available. Summer specials. Huge outside storage. Boats/RV’s/trucks/e quipment. Secure automatic gates. (863)467-7550 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com CollectiblesWANTED Highwaymen Oil Paintings. H. Newton, A. Hair, R.A. McClendon, G. Buckner, 1715 Fleet Treasure Coins. Big $$ Call 772-562-5567 Pets/Supplies10 WEEK OLD BLUE TICK HOUND PUPPIES, M/F, $250 TO $300 863-634-1131 Australian Shepard AKC with papers, 10 weeks old, female, color primarily black, white strip on face and white feet $600.00 (Local) Call 772-634-0396 Rottweiler Puppies 10 weeks old $400 Call 863-634-1023 Yorkipoo Pups Tiny Toys, males $400. Female $500. Cash Only. Shots/health cert. 863-610-2725. Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads 14 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD128 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2230 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 21 BLOCK 7 1-15-36-35-0040-00070-0210 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RHAFICK WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418133 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD127 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2216 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 23 BLOCK 3 1-15-36-35-0040-00030-0230 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DOLORES H HERBACH Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418132 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 11000439CA REGIONS BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH UNION PLANTERS BANK, N.A., D/B/A REGIONS MORTGAGE, Plaintiff, -vsPAUL J. ARNOLD and THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PAUL J. ARNOLD; JOSE E. SANTIAGO, if living, and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendants who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties may claim an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees or other claimants, claiming by, through, under or against the said PAUL J. ARNOLD, THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PAUL J. ARNOLD or JOSE E. SANTIAGO; TAYLOR CREEK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., A FLORIDA NONPROFIT CORPORATION; UNKNOWN TENANT #1; and UNKNOWN TENANT #2; Defendants NOTICE OF ACTION MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE TO: JOSE E. SANTIAGO, if living, and all unknown parties claiming by, through, under or against the above named Defendant who is not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties may claim an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees or other claimants, claiming by, through, under or against the said JOSE E. SANTIAGO, if he is deceased. Whose Residence is Unknown Whose last Known Mailing Address is: 92 Colonel Bell Drive, Apt. 8, Brockton, MA 02301-1979 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to reform and foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: UNIT NO. 3, BUILDING 3, TAYLO R CREEK CONDOMINIUM, A CONDOMINIUM ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM THEREOF RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 221, PAGE 379, AND RE-RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 225, PAGE 1640, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on ROD B. NEUMAN, Esquire, of Gibbons, Neuman, Bello, Segall, Allen & Halloran, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 3321 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33609, within 30 days from the date of the rst publication of this notice and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of June, 2012. Sharon Robertson CLERK CIRCUIT COURT By: Arlene Nealis Deputy Cler k If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. NOTE: THIS COMMUNICATION, FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR, IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 420443 ON 6/22,29;7/6,13/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD124 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1976 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: COM AT SE COR OF NW1/4 SEC 17 RUN S 89 DEG 30 MIN W ALONG THE S BDRY LINE OF NW1/4 OF SEC 17 DIST OF 976.19 FT TO A PT ON ESTRLY R/W LINE OF STATE RD 15 THENCE RUN N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W ON SAID R/W LINE FOR A DIST OF 1128.43 FT FOR POB THENCE RUN N 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC E DIST OF 300 FT TO A PT THENCE RUN S 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC E 50 FT TO A PT THENCE S 61 DEG 05 MIN 30 SEC W DIST OF 300 FT TO A PT ON ESRLY R/W LINE OF RD 15 THENCE RUN N 28 DEG 54 MIN 30 SEC W ON SAID R/W LINE DIST OF 50 FT TO POB 17 33S 35E .34 ACRE 1-17-33-35-0010-00030-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: A ODELL THURMAN VALERIE G THURMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418127 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $16.00 a piece. Coastal and Oat Hay Mix $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsIN TOWN Ef ciency Apt. Nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $625/mo. 1st & $350 sec. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD142 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2308 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CAREY SUBDIVISION LOTS 18 19 22 BLOCK 3 1-15-37-35-0100-00030-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GERALDINE BERTRAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418146 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD129 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2232 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 23 BLOCK 7 1-15-36-35-0040-00070-0230 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES HERBACH Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418134 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD147 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2992 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: ROSE ACRES LOT 17 1-20-37-36-0010-00000-0170 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALINE NORMAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418152 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Public Notice Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 15 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself!

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD125 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2210 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 14 BLOCK 2 1-15-36-35-0040-00020-0140 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RUTH COUGEVEN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418130 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD143 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2309 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: CAREY SUBDIVISION LOTS 16 17 20 BLOCK 4 1-15-37-35-0100-00040-0160 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GERALDINE BERTRAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418147 ON 6/29/7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD136 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2257 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 17 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0170 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418143 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD135 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2256 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 10 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0100 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHRISSY L SHUCK Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418142 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD137 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2258 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 18 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418144 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD144 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2537 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: TREASURE ISLAND UNIT 2 LOT 39 1-25-37-35-0030-00020-0390 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BOBBI ANN JORDAN JOSEPH B JORDAN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418148 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD138 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2259 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 19 BLOCK 12 1-15-36-35-0040-00120-0190 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418145 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD141 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2195 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: GRANADA TERRACE LOTS 1 2 3 14 15 16 BLOCK 9 1-14-37-35-0010-00090-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GERALDINE BERTRAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418129 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD126 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2213 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 8 & 21 BLOCK 3 1-15-36-35-0040-00030-0080 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAUREEN M WEBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418131 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD140 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2189 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: GRANADA TERRACE LOT 3 & S1/2 OF LOT 2 BLOCK 5 1-14-37-35-0010-00050-0030 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GERALDINE A BERTRAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418128 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD123 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1855 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: NEW OKEECHOBEE HEIGHTS SECTION A LOTS 1 & 2 BLOCK 27 1-06-36-34-0010-00270-0010 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MAVRETA MANETA Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418126 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD130 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2250 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 29 BLOCK 10 1-15-36-35-0040-00100-0290 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RHAFICK WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418135 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice 16 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 BUSINESS&SERVICEDIRECTORY Contact a member of our Sales Team, for an opportunity to place your ad in the best business directory in town email:okeeadsales@newszap.com or call 863-763-3134

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD148 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3134 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK SEC ONE LOT 9 BLOCK 7 1-09-38-36-0010-00070-0090 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ABDUL M CUMBER YASMIN A CUMBER Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418153 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD146 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2864 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOT 93 A SPOT IN THE SUN UNIT II AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION LYING IN SECTION 15 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 15 BEAR EAST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 15 A DISTANCE OF 2205.02 FEET TO THE WEST LINE OF SAID A SPOT IN THE SUN UNIT II SUBDIVISION THENCE BEAR SOUTH 00 DEG 32 MIN 15 SEC EAST ALONG THE SAID WEST LINE OF SAID A SPOT IN THE SUN UNIT II SUBDIVISION A DISTANCE OF 2436.35 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LOT 93 AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 00 DEG 32 MIN 15 SEC EAST ALONG SAID WEST LINE OF SAID A SPOT IN THE SUN UNIT II SUBDIVISION A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LOT 93 THENCE BEAR NORTH 89 DEG 27 MIN 45 SEC EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID LOT 93 A DISTANCE OF 218.00 FEET TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF A COUNTY ROAD THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEG 32 MIN 15 SEC WEST ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF A COUNTY ROAD A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET THENCE BEAR SOUTH 89 DEG 27 MIN 45 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LOT 93 A DISTANCE OF 218.00 FEET TO THE SAID WEST LINE OF SAID A SPOT IN THE SUN UNIT II SUBDIVISION AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-15-37-36-0A00-00002-0930 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: FLORENCE F BELL GUARDIAN FOR DONALD LEE BELL Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418151 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF CITY PLANNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m or as soon thereafter as possible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may include amendments to the adopted Land Development Regulations (LDR’s). All amendments are forwarded, with a recommendation, to the City Council for nal consideration. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 421925 ON 7/13/2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website www.cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk’s Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. by: James E. Kirk, Mayor Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 421926 ON 7/13/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD134 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2255 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LAKE IN SAID BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0270 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALBERT JULES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418141 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD133 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2254 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 18 BLOCK 11 1-15-36-35-0040-00110-0180 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALBERT JULES Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418138 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD131 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2251 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 30 BLOCK 10 1-15-36-35-0040-00100-0300 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RHAFICK WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418136 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD132 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2252 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ORANGE BLOSSOM RANCHES LOT 31 BLOCK 10 1-15-36-35-0040-00100-0310 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: RHAFICK WILLIAMS Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 9th day of August, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418137 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD149 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 3425 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: WRIGHTS 1ST ADDITION LOTS 8 & 9 BLOCK 6 3-22-37-35-0230-00060-0080 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GERALDINE A BERTRAM Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418154 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD139 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JG JFG LLC the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2572 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: ALL THAT PART OF CONNERS HIGHLANDS SUBDIVISION PLAT IN SECTION 9 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 21 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA LYING SOUTH & WEST OF WHAT IS COMMONLY KNOWN AS CITY LIMIT CANAL & EAST OF CHOKALOSKEE STREET AS SHOWN ON SAID PLAT .63 ACRES 09 37S 35E 1-09-37-35-0A00-00004-F000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: I E BYRD Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418149 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider adoption/amendment of the School Board policies listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Of ce at 700 S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee. A copy of the proposed amendments/policies are available in the Superintendent’s of ce, Room 307, located at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue. ADOPTION OF BOARD POLICY 5.28 Children of Military Families I. This policy includes general guidelines for assisting children of military families in transitioning between schools. II. The proposed policy is recommended to meet current requirements of Florida Statutes. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41 and 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1000.36, 1001.43, 1003.05. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 7.10 School Budget System I. This policy states the Board’s intent regarding scal budget policy. II. The proposed revision of the policy more clearly de nes current practice and requirements of Florida Statute. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are 1001.43, 1008.385, 1010.01, 1010.04, 1011.01-1011.18. IV. This policy adoption will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. AMENDMENT OF BOARD POLICY 7.101 Accounting and Control Procedures I. This policy provides general direction and responsibility for nancial records and accounts of the School Board. II. The proposed amendment adds language to assure compliance with GASB Statement #54, Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type De nitions. III. The legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 215.85, Ch.668, 1001.43, 1001.51, 1010.11, 1011.60, 1011.62. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 421274 ON 7/13/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD145 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 2678 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: TRACT 9 COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 34 RUN EAST A DISTANCE OF 125.05 FEET THEN RUN SOUTH 00 DEG 00 MIN 54 SEC EAST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY OF A DEDICATED ROAD DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 130 PAGE 871 A DISTANCE OF 400 FEET FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING CONTINUE SOUTH ALONG THE DEDICATED ROAD A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET THEN RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 52 MIN 29 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 124.97 FEET TO A POINT THEN RUN NORTH 0 DEG 02 MIN WEST A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET THEN RUN NORTH 89 DEG 52 MIN 29 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 124.97 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING SAID LAND LYING IN & COMPRISING A PART OF GOVERNMENT LOT 1 SECTION 34 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-34-37-35-0A00-00026-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: OVITA FRANCES HAMBLEN Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 9th day of August, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, 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 1.800.955.8770. 418150 ON 6/29;7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice 17 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Need to Find a Doctor?Check out our Medical Directory in Wednesday and Fridays Okeechobee News Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19 JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 47-2012-CA-000063 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK Plaintiff, VS.ROBERT NICHLAS, DECEASED HIS/ HER RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT; AND THE AFOREMENTIONED NAMED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE AFOREMENTIONED UNKNOWN DEfENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN NAMED DEFENDANT AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS; et al. Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTIONFORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS TO: ROBERT NICHLAS, DECEASED HIS/HER RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED DEFENDANT; AND THE AFOREMENTIONED NAMED DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE AFOREMENTIONED UNKNOWN DEFENDANT AND SUCH OF THE UNKNOWN NAMED DEFENDANT AS MAY BE INFANTS, INCOMPETENTS OR OTHERWISE NOT SUI JURIS including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lien holders, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown named Defendant as may be infants, incompetents, or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property, towit: Lot 23, Southern Homesteads, Unit 2, according to the Plat thereof on le in the Of ce of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for Okeechobee County, Florida, recorded in Plat Book 6, Pages 88 abd 89. More commonly known as 27870 NE 48th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on Plaintiffs attorney, Wellman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A., whose address is 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Witness my hand and seal of this Court on the 2nd day of July, 2012. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Okeechobee County, Florida By: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk Wellman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., L.P.A.Attorney for Plaintiff 550 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 550 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Telephone No.: 954-740-5200 Facsimile: 954-740-5290 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. WWR File #10086504 421427 ON 7/6,13/2012 CITATION G.L.c. 210, §6 Docket No. HD12A0049AD Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trail Court Probate and Family Court In the matter of: Savannah Marie Vasquez T O: Maria Carmen Vasquez otherwise Carmen Vasquez any unnamed or unknown parent and persons interested in a petition for the adoption of said child and to the Department of Children and Families of said Commonwealth. A petition has been presented to said court by: Jessica McDaniel of Indian Orchard, MA requesting to leave to adopt said child and that the name of the child be changed to Savannah Ann JeffersonHampden Probate and Family Court 50 State Street Spring eld, MA 01103 (413) 748-7758 IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERET O, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Spring eld on or before ten o’clock in the morning (10:00 AM) on 07/27/2012. WITNESS, Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion, First Justice of this Court. DATE: June 25, 2012 Florence P. Morintig Jr. Register of Probate 421289 ON 7/6,13,20/2012 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012-CP-22 IN RE: ESTATE OF: JERRY G. SHERER, Deceased NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JERRY G. SHERER, deceased, whose date of death was November 28, 2011, and whose Social Security number is 287-38-3613, is the Circuit Court for Okeechobee, Florida, Probate Division, File No.: 2012-CP-022; the address of is Probate Division, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER T HE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must le their claims with this Court WITHIN T HREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF T HE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED T WO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER T HE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this Notice is July 13, 2012. HEIDI J. SHERER Personal Representative 1232 N.W. 50th Drive Okeechobee, Florida 34972 WILLIAM J. WALLACE, P.A. A ttorney for Personal Representative 115 NW 11th Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34972 T elephone: 863-467-4671 Fax: 863-763-5360 421875 ON 7/13,20/2012 18 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Community Events ACROSS 1 Pert 6 Top grade, in slang 9 Trees along tropical beaches 14 Aptly named cooler brand 15 Small island 16 Perpendicular to the keel 17 Not-so-humorous humerus spot 19 Triplus bi20 Drink from leaves 21 Hockey legend Bobby et al. 22 Sea north of Poland 23 Exam takers dread 25 Grubs and maggots 29 Manhattan sch. 30 GarfieldŽ pooch 31 Fan mag 34 Annual parade celeb 39 Daydreams 42 Joe Cockers You __ BeautifulŽ 43 Formal coiffure 44 Alan of The AviatorŽ 45 Slangy No reasonŽ 47 Amen to that!Ž 49 Devoid of niceties, as some politics 55 Disinclined 56 Works a tough row? 57 The Amazing RaceŽ airer 60 Prove apt for 61 Racers edge, or the ends of 17-, 23-, 39and 49Across, unflatteringly 63 Mountain ridge 64 www address 65 Otherworldly 66 IHOP condiment 67 1/30 of abril 68 Seed anew DOWN 1 Sort through, as for clues 2 Fit of fever 3 Its near the 17Across 4 Put one over on 5 Cellist with 16 Grammys 6Item in a fall stash 7 Art able to 8 Tropical cyclone center 9 41st president, affectionately 10 Clear as __ 11 Slowly, in music 12 It slices! It dices!Ž gadget Veg-O-__ 13 Wallop 18 Zephyr 22 Journalist Nellie 24 What all good things come to 25 Crazy, in a Ricky Martin song 26 Month after Shevat 27 Increase 28 November honorees 32 Liar Joe in old TV car ads 33 Hip flask quickie 35 Greenish blue 36 Sidekicks 37 Verdi opera 38 Projectors slide holder 40 Rigidly inflexible process 41 Worked arduously 46 Arles article 48 Like the preferable evil 49 Rum-soaked cakes 50 Lincoln Centers __ Fisher Hall 51 Allude (to) 52 Verdi aria that means It was youŽ 53 Strasbourg sweetheart 54 Eucalyptus muncher 57 Jaguar and Impala 58 Verve 59 Hearty entre 61 1963 Paul Newman film 62 Casual top By Robert Fisher (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 03/08/11 03/08/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSBridgette Waldau Graphic Design ScholarshipBridgette Waldau Graphic Design Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are Savanna Whitlock and Bridgette Waldau. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSOkeechobee Main Street ScholarshipOkeechobee Main Street Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Tiffany Murray and Bridgette Waldau.

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News SEBRING—One bad inning cost the Okeechobee All-Stars at the Florida Dixie Y outh Ozone Division State Tournament Tuesday as the boys were eliminated by Marianna 3-2 in a game dominated by strikeouts. Marianna starter Cameron Gray struck out 11 batters and Okeechobee’s Gabe Greseth struck out 16 in a battle of hard throwing pitchers. Marianna put together four singles and two hits batsmen to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the rst against Greseth and those runs proved to be enough. Pender Johnson led off the game with a single, Dalton Smith w as hit by a pitch, and Gray followed with a two-run single. A third run scored on an RBI single by Riley Torbett. Greseth celebrated his 13th birthday with a home run in the bottom of the rst to help Okeechobee pull to within 3-1. He was dominant after the rst and struck out four straight batters in the rst and second innings. He also struck out the side in the third inning, the fth and the sixth inning. Gray allowed a two-out single to Robert Jones in the second but also struck out the side in that inning. Robert Jones made a nice running catch to cost Gray an extra base hit in the fourth. Greseth struck out eight consecutive batters at one point in the game. There was a 45-minute lightning delay in the fourth inning. Strong rain storms affected play in the late innings. Despite the loss, Okeechobee still had a strong tournament as they nish in the top six in the State. Cody Louthan scored Okeechobee’s second run as he reached base on a bunt single in the fourth, tagged up on a y ball, and scored on a pair of wild pitches. Pender Johnson made a diving catch in left eld to rob Tristan Root of a base hit in the fth. Okeechobee again tried to rally in the sixth as Jarrett Mills reached on an in eld single. Gray battled back to strike out Cody Louthan and Stuart and then retired Greseth on a ground out to second to end the game. OCRA Ozone All-Stars eliminated 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. Park St. € Okeechobee(863) 801-9497CELLA A L W A Y S S A V I N G P R O P E R T Y B U Y E R S $ M O N E Y V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com Over 100 ListingsCOUNTRY HILLS ~ 5 Acres. 3 Bd/ 2 Ba DWMH, 16x28 detached garage. Neat as a pin! Beautiful engineered hardwood floors, split plan, new front and back wood decks. Newer SS appliances. 12x24 and 14x24 Wooley Sheds. Good fenced pasture for horses, tack shed. High efficiency A/C. Canopy oaks in back yard. $99,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 5 ACRES 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 2739 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$7,250,000 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • Foreclosure Viking 2.50 acres $4,500 • Dixie Ranch 4+/-acres $30,000 • Basswood Lot 124x125 $6,000 Make Offer! • 319+/-acres on HWY 441 North $4,000,000 • Viking 6.25+/-acres, pole barn, 2 ponds, electricity close to property $23,000 • SOLD Foreclosure 5+/-acres in Viking $11,900 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 5015-H: Beautiful Country home on 10+/-acres zoned Ag. Concrete & brick construction. 2122 SF under air/3196 TSF. Island kitchen, lg 30x60 barn w/3 stalls and workshop, fenced, pond, in-wall pest control. 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Nice location for east coast commuters. $29,000 MLS #20600 NEW LISTING FORECLOSURE REDUCED NEW LISTING 19 Okeechobee News July 13, 2012 Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division, is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. The grant will provide individualized educational opportunities to cover tuition and costs for a broad range of certi ed programs and driving school for disadvantaged youth who have aged out of the foster care system. The youth take part in the Transitional Living Program which provides residential and outreach services, case management, life skills training and temporary, safe housing in order to promote independence and prevent homelessness. The primary goal of the program is to prevent homelessness and break the cycle of abuse and neglect that have been part of these youth’s lives. The Youth Transition Center (YTC), a key residential component of the program, is the only facility of its kind in the Treasure Coast region. Y TC staff is on-site 24/7 and on-call 24 hours a day. Since October, Children’s Home Society (CHS) has extended the Transitional Living Program beyond serving former foster youth to include a general population of homeless, disadvantaged youth through the Street Outreach Program. “We are truly thrilled Scripps is investing in the success of our youth and committing to make a difference in their lives,” says Jan Swink, Executive Director of Children’s Home Society, Treasure Coast Division. “Providing these services is a critical milestone in each youth becoming independent.” The Children’s Home Society of Florida is the sixth largest of more than 1,200 private organizations currently accredited and/or in process of accreditation in North America (US and Canada). The Treasure Coast Division, which is one of 15 divisions in Florida, served 11,607 children and their families in scal year 2011-2012 in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. CHS programs are developed to break the cycle of child abuse and provide children and young adults with the opportunity to be safe, healthy and prepared for life. For more information or to learn how you can help support the Transitional Living Program, contact Michelle King, Director of Development, at 772-344-4020 ext. 231 or visit chs .org. CHS gets grant to help ‘aged out’ foster youth

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions July 2012 PERFORMING ARTS Day of the Cowboy celebrationOKEECHOBEE—The celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy will be on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, in Okeechobee. At the center of the activities will be the Cattlemen’s Ranch Rodeo and the Cattle Drive through the streets of Okeechobee. In addition to these events, a local Barbecue Competition will be hosted by the Okeechobee County Sheri ’s O ce, with a “People’s Choice” award and Barbecue Rib Dinner available for purchase. Local talent will demonstrate various cowboy trades and western goods including hats, jewelry and clothing, which will be sold by the many vendors. Local cowboy artists and authors will be on exhibit and, with several children’s activities, will round out the event. On Friday, July 27, this event will open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 28, the gates will open to the public at 3 p.m., the cattle drive will le ave at 4 p .m., the rodeo will take place at 6 p.m. and the event will close following a performance by the local band, “Burnt Biscuit.” Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 are free. The Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is located at 4601 State Road 710, Okeechobee. Okeechobee Main Street and the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association are co-sponsors of this unique event. If you h ave any questions, please contact the Okeechobee Main Street o ce at 863-3576246. Clewiston Museum has Historical Eco ToursCLEWISTON—The Clewiston Museum o ers a Historical Eco-Tour. The trip starts with a morning at South Florida Water Management District’s fabulous “Stormwater Treatment Area 5,” a popular birding destination in Florida. The wonderful morning of birding is followed by a relaxing lunch at the scenic, Roland Martin Marina in Clewiston. After lunch, the tour will travel on top of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s “Herbert Hoover Dike” for eight miles. Along the way, the tour guide will give an historical interpretation of Lake Okeechobee. The trip ends with a visit to the Clewiston Museum, which provides great exhibits on the area’s history. For information, call 863-983-2870 or clewistonmuseum@embarqmail.comIRSC Art Gallery openFORT PIERCE—Indian River State College’s Art Gallery, L Building, Room 117, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery promotes understanding the Visual Arts through a diverse schedule and workshops by professional artists. This allows students to gain practical experience from those contemporary artists who are successful in their profession. The Gallery seeks to showcase a breadth of artworks from student work to the most innovative artists working in today’s environment. Currently each year IRSC’s gallery has four professional shows, one national level competitive show, two student shows and a very popular all IRSC faculty show. For more information, call the gallery manager at 772-462-7824.Party like a RockstarSTUART—Terry Barber, executive director of Artists for a Cause (A4AC), has announced a four-part fundraising series called “Party Like A Rockstar” which will be held at the StarStruck Performing Arts Center, 2101 S. Kanner Highway, in Stuart. This series is the rst-ever fundraiser bene ting the non-pro t organization. The premiere event of the series, on Saturday, July 14, is Beatles night featuring McCartney Mania, a Beatles cover band, plus as many as ten of A4AC’s best registered artists singing their favorite Beatles number. The theatre at StarStruck will be transformed into a concert venue with room to mingle and dance, stadium seating, and multiple bar stations—Rockstar style! Additional shows scheduled in the series are Around the World on a Beer and a Song in October 2012, Folk Rock and Acoustic Soul and Teen Rock!, dates to be advised. Another feature of the July 14 event is a Chinese and Silent auction coordinated by A4AC volunteer, Sandy Rucks. Items from A4AC registered artists and local merchants will be the auction items. Chinese auction tickets will be available in advance at the A4AC o ce, 2688 SE Willoughby Blvd, Suite B in Stuart or at the event. For additional information call 772-4198778 or email bonnie@a4ac.org. Funds raised at this series will support A4AC and its programs—Dance for Food, Therapeutic Music Day, A4AC Scholarships and Bene t Concerts—all of which improve communities through artistic endeavors.Immokalee casino hosts concert and festivalIMMOKALEE—Put on your favorite bell bottoms and platforms and head on over to Seminole Casino Immokalee’s “Fantasy of Funk” festival on Saturday, July 21. The outdoor event features performances by George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Nouveaux Honkies, Bonerama and Glen David Andrews Band. Gourmet food trucks will also serve delectable treats throughout the festival. To kick o the day of funk, Seminole Casino Immokalee will host a free party at its Zig Zag Lounge on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Party-goers with the funkiest out ts will be rewarded with great prizes. They’ll also groove to live tunes from blues and R&B group Nouveaux Honkies. The band’s sounds h ave been compared to that of the Rolling Stones, with hints of Dire Straits, Curtis May eld, Jimmy Hendrix and Howlin’ Wolf. The group’s second album, “Where Do I Go,” reached number 3 on the roots country chart. The “Fantasy of Funk” festival begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, just outside of the casino. More than 10 food trucks from across the state will be on hand. At sundown, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic will top o the music festival with an electrifying performance of generation-spanning jams. For festival tickets call 1-800-218-0007. No coolers and no pets. Bring your own chairs. Rain or shine.Okeechobee summer gamesOKEECHOBEE—Feel the excitement of the 2012 Summer Olympics by participating in Okeechobee’s ‘Olympic-style’ Summer Games. Register teams of 4-15 people to compete in Olympic-style events: Day 1 – Aug. 4; and Day 2 – Aug. 11. Tentative list of events include: free-style relay swim, inner tube sprint, basketball shoot-out, synchronized swimming, table tennis, and eld events. Junior Division 14-17; Adult Division 18 & up. Call the Parks & Recreation Department for more details at 863-7636950. Area special events and celebrations planned ... J a z z J a m s Jazz JamsFORT PIERCE—The beautifully restored, 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre, located in historic downtown Fort Pierce at 117 South Second Street, presents national touring musical and comedy acts, Broadway shows, ballet and opera companies with full orchestras. Also located within the theatre complex is the 220-seat Black Box Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue o ering a variety of national, regional and local programming. The Black Box is home to the Ft. Pierce Jazz and Blues Society’s Jazz Jams every Tuesday night. For more information, call the box o ce at 772-461-4775.Divorce Party, the MusicalWEST PALM BEACh—The Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach will present “Divorce Party, the Musical” July 10-Aug. 19. Still reeling from her divorce, Linda is rescued by her three friends who h ave come to turn her despair into a weekend of hilarity. Using popular songs with clever new lyrics, the ladies sing and dance their way through the wildest divorce party ever. From the producer who brought you the o -Broadway hit Menopause the Musical, it’s the ultimate Girls’ Night Out, coupled with a healthy dose of comic mayhem and a touch of “naughty.” For more information, call the box of ce at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471.ShowtuneBOCA RATON—Florida Atlantic University’s University Theatre will present “Showtune,” June 22-July 21. Showtune is a popular O Broadway musical revue celebrating the words and music of Broadway composer Jerry Herman. Songs featured in Showtune come from the Herman Broadway musicals: Milk and Hone y (1961), Hello, Dolly! (1964), Mame (1966), Dea r World (1969), Mack & Mabel (1974), The Grand Tour (1979), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (1980) and La Cage Aux Folles (1983). For more information, call 1-800-564-9539. Plays, concerts and dancing ...

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.comNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA!*Cash, Free Play and Prizes.Like us on Facebook WIN A 2012 NITRO Z-6 BASS BOAT!EARN ENTRIES DAILY DRAWING ON SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012 AT 10PM See Players Club for complete details. Membership is free to all 21 or over. Approved ID will be required for redemption. Al l offers are subject to availabliity. Non-negotiable, non-transferrable, cannot be combined with any other offer and must be redeemed in person at Semionle Casino Brighton. No cash value. Alteration or unauthorized use voids this offer. No reproductions are allowed. Management reserves the right to change or cancel this offer without notice based on operational and/or business concern. Seminole Casino Brighton employees are not eligible. 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Sign up for a New Players Club Wild Card and we will give you this win-win choice.Over $100,000* up for grabs in July!*Model may not accurately represent model won. $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions July 2012 July 28 giveaway of a 2012 Nitro Bass BoatBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERV ATION–Seminole Casino Brighton is splashing into summer fun by giving away more than $100,000 in cash and prizes! One lucky player will take bass shing to a whole new level with a 2012 Nitro Bass Boat. More casino play during July means more chances to win the sleek and sporty beauty. The casino will award the boat on Saturday, July 28. Every Thursday, you can win your share of $20,000 free play during the Lucky Puck Hot Seats. Just play your fav orite slots with your Player’s Club card inserted and you could be a Lucky Puck Hot Seat winner! On Friday, July 13 through Sunday, J uly 15, guests will also enjoy a special Italian menu at Josiah. The Italiano w eekend features the nest delicacies, freshly made to order. Choose from Italian Chicken Parmesan, Lobster Penne A lfredo, Zuppa Toscani, Quattro Baked Ziti, Seafood Fra Diablo, Chicken Piccata and more. Josiah’s Seminole Pasta Shoppe menu features a build your own combination meal. Pick your pasta, grav y and meat or seafood. Tuesdays, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, v isitors 55 and older will get a free bag lunch, while supplies last. On Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., visitors 55 and older will get a free breakfast, while supplies last. The free bag lunch and breakfast o ers are open to new or returning Player’s Club members. Not a member? It’s free to join, so sign up today. As always, there is free bus transportation from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee at 1200 State Road 70. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the bus picks up at 10:30 a.m. It departs the casino at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the bus picks up at 2:15 p.m. and departs at 7:30 p.m. See the Player’s Club for promotion details.About Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000square-foot casino with 405-slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a fullservice restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern airconditioning system, clean atmosphere and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The casino also recently opened a new area with 30 slots for those who prefer to play slot machines in a smoke-free environment. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, in Glades County. From State Road 78, take SR 721 north, or from State Road 70, take SR 721 south. For more information, call tollfree 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com. Splash into summer fun at Seminole Casino Brighton Fishing from the LaBelle WharfSummertime is a great time to catch up on your shing and the Caloosahatchee River is a great place to wet your line. The City of LaBelle’s new wharf is the perfect spot for shermen. It’s cool and it’s close. Even if the sh aren’t biting you can still have a great time from dawn till dusk. The wharf is located on the river at Barron Park, at the foot of the LaBelle Bridge.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions July 2012 For those who enjoy swimming in the ocean, south Florida’s coastline o ers plenty of choices in public beaches.Swimming at state parks• Avalon State Park, State Road A1A North, Fort Pierce, has more than a mile of increasingly rare undeveloped beachfront. The park provides habitat for many species of wildlife. Threatened and endangered sea turtles such as the loggerhead, Atlantic green and leatherback nest on the beach during the spring and summer. Dune crossovers protect the fragile dune ecosystem. The park is ideal for swimmers, snorkelers, shermen and sunbathers for beach recreation. Swimmers and snorkelers are advised to be cautious of underwater obstacles left behind by amphibious warfare exercises during World War II. Visitors can enjoy a meal at sheltered picnic tables overlooking the beach. Admission fee is $2 per v ehicle (for up to 8 people). For information, call 772-468-3985. • Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, 905 Shorewinds Drive in Fort Pierce, features a breathtakingly beautiful half-mile beach perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sur ng, and scuba diving. Beachcombing, picnicking, or just relaxing on the sand are also popular activities. Dynamite Point was once the training site for WWII Navy Frogmen, but is now a haven for birdwatchers. Along the south end of the park, Fort Pierce Inlet is a popular place for anglers to catch their dinners. Jack Island Preserve, located one mile north of the park, has trails for hiking, bicycling, and nature study. At the west end of the Marsh Rabbit Run Trail, visitors can climb an observation tower to get a bird’s-eye view of Indian River and the island. A primitive youth/group campground is available on a reservation basis; please call the park. Admission fee is $6 per vehicle (for up to 8 people). For more information, call 772-468-3985. • John D. MacArthur State Beach Park 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive in North Palm Beach, o ers a unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest. This barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species. The park’s Nature Center shows visitors why the park is a biological treasure. Visitors can swim, picnic, and surf at the beach; scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities. Birdwatchers can see herons, brown pelicans, terns, sandpipers, and gulls. Anglers can sh in the lagoon by wading, kayaking, or canoeing. They can also sh from non-swimming areas of the beach. Admission is $5 per vehicle (for up to 8 people). For more information, call 561-624-6950. • St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park 4810 S.E. Cove Road in Stuart, is accessible only by boat, but it is worth the ride. A boardwalk takes visitors across mangrove forests and hammocks of live oaks, cabbage palms, paradise trees, and wild limes to a neatly preserved Atlantic beach. During the summer months, the island is an important nesting are a for loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles. They come ashore at night to dig holes in the beach sand where the y lay their eggs. The preserve is a favorite for nature students interested in learning about the native ora and fauna o f Florida barrier islands. Visitors come to swim, sunbathe, or picnic at the pavilion on the quiet beach. Others make the trip for the great surf shing. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular activities. Admission is $3 per boat. For more information, call 772-219-1880. South Florida area offers variety of public beaches Courtesy photoAvalon State Park is off State Road A1A North in Fort Pierce. Courtesy photoFort Pierce Inlet State Park is off Shorewinds Drive in Fort Pierce. Courtesy photoJohn D. MacArthur State Beach Park is off Jack Nicklaus Drive in North Palm Beach. See BEACHES— Page 7 Courtesy photoSome visitors to John D. MacArthur State Beach Park enjoy kayaking in the Lake Worth Inlet.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions July 2012 • Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach, is one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two-mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking, and sunbathing. Black Island has over ve miles of multiuse trails for hiking and bicycling. Anglers and boaters can launch their vessels from the park’s boat ramp. The park’s concession o ers kayak tours, as well as bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals. For tour reservations and rentals of bicycles, canoes and kayaks, call 239-765-7788. Admission is $8 per vehicle (for up to 8 persons). For more information, call 239-463-4588. • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park 11135 Gulfshore Dr. in Naples, features a milelong stretch of white sugar sand. The 166acre park is a tropical paradise for beach lovers, boaters and divers. The beach is a popular spot to sunbathe, swim, beachcomb, snorkel and picnic. At the beach along Wiggins Pass, where swimming is not allowed, shing is a popular activity. Boaters can launch their vessels into Water Turkey Bay and travel to the Gulf or up the Cocohatchee River for both saltwater and freshwater shing. Kayakers can enjoy paddling through estuaries and scuba divers can explore the hard bottom reef in the Gulf. At the north end of the island, a tower gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of Wiggins Pass and the surrounding coastal habitat. Admission fee is $6 per vehicle (for up to 8 people). For information, call 239-597-6196.Other public beaches, Atlantic Coast• Alex’s Beach, one mile south of Jensen Beach on Highway A1A, in Jensen Beach is open for swimming, shelling, and dune walkovers. The beach is pet friendly and ample parking make this beach a favorite. • Bathtub Reef Beach 1585 SE MacArthur Blvd, Stuart, on the south end of Hutchisen Island, is one of the most popular sunning and swimming beaches. Scuba diving is also available o shore in the shallow waters around the reef. • Chastain Beach, 1213 SE McArthur Blvd, Stuart, is between House of Refuge and Bathtub Reef along Highway A1A. The beach is not guarded year round, so check to make sure a lifeguard is on duty. (The historic House of Refuge was originally built and manned to help shipwreck survivors.) • Frederick Douglass Park 3500 S A1A, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, is on South Hutchinson Island. The beach covers 13.7 acres. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months only. • Glasscock Beach 4775 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Martin County, is o Highway A1A north of Jensen Beach Causeway. This beach is perfect for sur ng and shelling. • House of Refuge Beach, one mile south of Stuart Beach on Highway A1A in Hobe Sound is a good spot for snorkeling. • Jensen Beach 4191 NE Ocean Blvd, Jensen Beach, at intersection of Highway A1A and State Route 732, is a popular spot for visitors. The park area has volleyball courts as well as bathrooms and showers. • Kimberly Bergalis Beach o South A1A on South Hutchinson Island, has lifeguards on duty during summe r months only. There are covered picnic areas, restrooms and showers. • Pepper Park Beach Park 3375 N A1A, Fort Pierce, on North Hutchinson Island includes 52.4 acres and is guarded year round. The beach has a large pavilion, picnic tables with grills, restrooms, showers, playground, volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, ample parking. This beach is next to the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. • Stokes Beach o Highway A1A in Jensen Beach o ers opportunities fo r swimming, sur ng and snorkeling. • Waveland Beach 10350 S A1A, on South Hutchinson Island, includes 3.6 acres The beach is guarded year round and has bathrooms & showers. Gulf Coast beaches• Fort Myers Beach, o Estero Boulevard in the City of Fort Myers Beach, is on San Carlos Bay, which is wide open to the Gulf of Mexico, although not actuall y on the gulf. It is billed as the safest beach on the Gulf Coast because of its calm and shallow waters. There are more than 30 beach access points. The beaches are open from sunrise to half an hour pas t sunset. • Sanibel Island is a barrier island jus t o shore from Fort Myers, accessible b y the Sanibel Causeway. The island has sandy beaches that are well known fo r shelling. The beaches h ave public restrooms. Beach parking is $2 per hour. Captiva Island, also know for its beaches, is accessible over a bridge which crosses at Turner Beach. BEACHESContinued From Page 6 Courtesy photoDelinor-Wiggins Pass State Park is near Naples. Courtesy photoSunrise at John D. MacArthur State Beach Park. Courtesy photoThe boardwalk over the Lake Worth Lagoon offers a scenic view.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 8 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions July 2012 Swimming, one of the most popular activities in the country, is a fun, active, and healthy way to spend leisure time. Every year, millions of people visit recreational water sites, such as swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, lakes, rivers, or the ocean. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) encourages all parents and child care givers to be more careful in their everyday responsibilities including swimming. DOH supports the work of Safe Kids Florida, a member of Safe Kids Worldwide and supports the following tips: • NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN ALONE NEAR WATER. • Tell children never to run, push, o r jump on others near water. • Learn infant and child CPR. • Children should always wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets. • In atable inner tubes and “wate r wings” are not safety devices. • Teach children to swim after age 4. • Make sure children swim within designated swimming areas of rivers, lakes and oceans. Stay safe when swimming Don’t worry about record-breaking gas prices – the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates prices to be $3.79 a gallon this summer, less than in 2008. That’s good news for families considering reviving the tradition of a road trip vacation, one of the best experiences parents and kids can share, says Michael DiLorenzo, author of “Adventures with J onny: Road Trip to the Parks!” “This is a shared experience, and one that will be talked about during family gatherings for years to come,” says DiLorenzo, a father of three. “For busy parents, this is a time to savor their children’s youth. As moms and dads eventually nd out, they grow up fast.” It’s also a chance to get children outside and away from their computers, he says. Children today already h ave a deeprooted interest in technology, which is why a road trip to a natural, outdoor destination is an opportunity to “give your child the gift of the outdoors, which is a gift for life,” says DiLorenzo. The journey to a national park in the United States or Canada – perhaps Yellowstone in Wyoming or Ban in Alberta – is as bonding an experience as whatever happens at the destination. “And there are parks in every state,” he notes. “If you don’t have the time or money to go cross country, pick a park closer to home.” DiLorenzo o ers these helpful tips for the road: • Games, games, games!: Yes, there is ample entertainment for both drivers and riders in cars these days. BUT, the goal is to bond with the family, so consider a fun, albeit o -color game like “Road Kill Round-Up.” A point system might break down like this: two points for the rst to spot a poor critter; three for whoever rst correctly identi es the species; two points subtracted for a false road-kill call; three points subtracted for misidentifying the kind. • Beware of dairy drinks (and other smelly snacks): A spill in the backseat can eventually create quite a stink during a summer road trip. But do pack plenty of healthy snacks to s ave on pricey pit stops and avoid all the sugar and salt in junk food. • Avoid big-city rush hours: When traveling through metropolitan areas, consider the busiest tra c periods. Whether you plan to stop and check out the city or simply zip through it, bumperto-bumper tra c is something to avoid. A bit of consideration can s ave your family hours of grid-locked misery. • Tech help: Various apps and websites can help drivers nd the cheapest gas prices, food options, hotel rates and travel routes. Also, don’t forget a music mix that appeals to the entire family on one of these devices. (Remember, le ave work at home – forget about work-related calls, texts and emails! Use a non-workrelated smartphone, if needed.) • Schedule pit stops: Being in a hurr y should be left for the morning commute; vacation should be di erent. When traveling across states and provinces, consider local culture. For example, barbecue in South Carolina is very di erent from Missouri’s version. Enjoy diners and unique attractions, and don’t be afraid to take notes. “The greatest family memories are created in shared adventure,” DiLorenzo says. “Outdoor recreation is lled with these memories just looking for a famil y to bring them home.” Memories are made on vacations: Tips for the road By Jessica Basham TherriaultFWC Not everyone has a green backyard with bushes and trees. Florida is a peninsula, w ith the longest coastline of all states in the continental United States. Most of Florida’s nearly 19 million residents live less than 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, making the beach, sand and salt w ater their “backyards.” So let’s go on a summer backyard beach safari! Begin your treasure hunt by shelling. Take a walk along the water’s edge, and y ou’ll discover hundreds of varieties of shells hurled onto the beach by waves that roll or crash onto the shore. Seashells were once living organisms. The shell is the hard, protective outer part of an animal, usually a mollusk. Mollusks are animals like scallops, snails, clams and oysters. These creatures make their own shell. W hen the animal dies or gets eaten by another creature, the empty shell stays empty or becomes a home to other sea critters like hermit crabs. Shelling provides hours of fun while looking for that one-of-a-kind, colorful treasure. Before you keep a shell, make sure there is nothing living in it. Otherwise you need a special license to keep it. Another activity is digging in the sand for coquinas (“Ko-KEE-nahs”) and mole crabs. It’s easy to spend hours getting lost in the color and movement of coquinas and the squirms of mole crabs. Coquinas are tiny clams that live just below the surface of the sand where the waves roll in. Tides carry and deposit them along the shoreline, where they feed on microscopic organisms in the sand. They are a dazzling sight with wonderful colors, like tiny jewels. Sometimes you don’t need to dig because incoming waves will unearth them. Watch as they furiously dig, seeking cover and food as each wave rolls back out to sea. Mole crabs are small and do not look like a typical crab, nor do they look like a mole. They are fast and will bury themselves quickly in an effort to hide. To nd one, dig gently in sand near the water, just as if you are looking for coquinas. As you dig, they may bury deeper into the sand but if you can get underneath one, then you can scoop it up. They may tickle you but don’t worry; they do not bite. Be gentle, because they are soft and fragile. When you are nished observing the crab gently place it back into the soft, wet sand. Bird-watching is another fun activity. Gulls live on the beach and are known to swoop in to steal your food! Pesky as they might be, they are still fun to watch. Other birds to watch at the beach are pelicans. Pelicans glide just above the water’s surface, and then SPLOOSH! They dive into the water headrst to grab a shy meal. It’s also fun to look for bird tracks in the wet sand. Can you identify the tracks you nd? Do not chase the birds to make them y. Simpl y watch and admire their behavior. While on your safari, be sure to wear sunscreen so you can avoid sunburn, and have fun this summer! Looking for a summer family activity? Go on a beach safari! Courtesy photo/ R.J. WileyA pelican guides in to land at Lovers Key State Park. Courtesy photo/ R.J. WileyParents and caregivers should always be alert when children are in or near water.

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T he best way to beat the heat under the Florida sun? Dive into one of the area’s many swimming pools and water attractions. South Florida o ers a wide variety of swimming choices, from county public swimming pools to the fast paced water slides featured in water parks. • The Okeechobee Sports Complex Pool, 640 Northwest 27th Lane in Okeechobee, (shown in the cover photo) is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. through Aug. 19. The L-shaped pool has a shallow area for the little ones as well as lanes for more serious swimmers. There are two waterslides which are supervised by lifeguards. On Thursday nights, the pool is open for Family Swim Night from 6 to 8 p.m. From Aug. 25-Sept. 2, the pool will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The pool o ers senior water exercise classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Regular admission is $3 per person. Discount rates are available for groups. Family swim night admission is $2. Senior water exercise fee is $2 per day. The pool is also available for rent for private parties. For more information, call 863-467-7667. • Clewiston’s public swimming pool at 113 W. Osceola Avenue in Clewiston, has both a water slide and a diving board. The pool is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. • Pioneer Park Aquatic Center, 866 State Road 715, in Belle Glade, is the perfect place to cool o on those scorching, hot days. The center features a public swimming pool with three waterslides and tipping buckets in the shallow end. The pool is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fee is $1. Swimming lessons are also available. Pioneer Park also has a Splash Park; this area has no admission fee and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The Immokalee Sports Complex is a large tness and activity center located at 505 Escambia St. in Immokalee. The Immokalee Sports Complex has many amenities including an aquatic facility with a 25-yard by 25-meter pool (heated), 1 one-meter springboard, slide and children’s activity pool (heated). Summer pool hours (through September) are Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Winter pool hours are Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. If the temperature is 59 degrees or below, the park may close water facilities. For more information, call 239-657-1951. • Lion Country Safari, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, a drivethrough safari and walk-through amusement park, has a 4,000 square-foot water Pools and water parks help area residents beat the heat 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions July 2012 Courtesy photoA young participant in a Clewiston summer camp program prepares to dive into the Clewiston City Swimming Pool. See WATER — Page 3 Courtesy photoPioneer Park Aquatic Center in Belle Glade features a public swimming pool with three waterslides.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3 Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions July 2012 spray ground with 23 interactive water features located in the walk-through, “Safari World.” Tickets are $27.50 for adults; $24.50 for seniors; $20.50 for children. Discounts are available if tickets are purchased online. • Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, 15000 Livingston Road in Naples, is Collier County’s only water park. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon includes four pools, a long lazy river, a lit splash playground or interactive water feature, ve exciting water slides, a concession stand other typical amenities such as restrooms and lockers. The park is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during the summer and weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year. Operating hours are subject to change during inclement weather. Children under age 3 are admitted free. Those less than 48 inches tall pay $5.50. Those 48 inches tall or taller pay $12. There is a $2 discount for Collier County residents (with driver’s license.) Those over the age of 60 qualify for a senior discount and pay $8 per person. Groups of 20 or more persons may qualify for a group rate. For more information call 239-252-4021. • Devils Garden Mud Club, 23525 County Road 835, just south of U.S. 27 near Clewiston, has swimming holes in addition to mud holes, airboat track, mud ats, circle track, mud sand track, truck pull and miles of trails. For more information online go to http://www. devilsgardenmudclub.com/. • Sunsplash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. in Cape Coral is a 12-acre waterpark with more than two dozen wet and dry attractions, including a tube ride, waterslides, and a tot spot. Cost is $15.95 for children and seniors; $17.95 for adults. Season passes are also available. Hours of operation through Aug. 7 are Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aqua Theater night is July 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. Family fun night is July 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8-Sept. 30 the park will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Labor Day, the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family Fun Nights are planned for Aug. 11 and Sept. 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information online, go to www. sunsplashwaterpark.com. • Rapids Water Park, 6566 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 30. Entry fee is $36.95 plus tax MondayFriday; $40.95 plus tax on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking is $10 per vehicle. For more information online, go to www.rapidswaterpark.com. Rapids Water Park offers 29 water slides. The park includes a 25,000 square-foot w ave pool, lazy river, body and tube slides, activity pools and a children’s water play area. The park also has some unique water rides. Big Thunder is a four-person Tornado tube ride. Black Thunder is another four-person Tornado tube ride in total darkness. In addition there are two raft rides. • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park features attractions for the whole family—from fast waterslides to a children’s area with pint-sized raft rides. Catch 6-foot waves in the Surf Pool and snorkel Shark Reef—with real sharks! In addition to great waterslides, visitors enjoy the lazy river, w ave pool and children’s play area. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon features attractions for the entire family—including thrill rides, chill rides, family-style raft rides, areas for little squirts and plenty of tropical lounging for grownups. For more information online go to http://disneyworld. disney.go.com/parks/typhoon-lagoon/. Single day water park tickets are $55.38 for adults, $46.68 for children. Some discounts are available online or when combined with other attractions. • Disney’s Blizzard Beach, 1534 West Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista, features one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling waterslides, as well as slides and rides for the whole family— like a kid-sized, snow-castle fountain play area with scaled-down versions of the more thrilling attractions. While the park looks like a frosty ski resort— complete with a functioning chair lift, it’s actually an action-packed water wonderland with exciting waterslides and attractions for the whole family. Race on Toboggan Racers, oat down Cross Country Creek, plunge down raft rides like Runo Rapids, discover the Tike’s Peak children’s play area, play in a oneacre wave pool and experience the thrill of one of the tallest and fastest waterslides in the country, Summit Plummet. Single day water park tickets are $55.38 for adults, $46.68 for children. Some discounts are available online or when combined with other attractions. Disney also o ers annual water park passes for Florida residents. • Wet ’N Wild, 6200 International Drive, in Orlando, includes a variety of multi-person tube and raft rides, singleperson tube rides, water ski rides, a lazy river tube attraction and the newest BlastAway Beach family play area with a sandcastle that towers 60-feet over 15 slides, two splash pools and more than a 160 soakers, water jets, cannons and waterfalls. For more information, call 407-351-1800. Tickets are $34 per day for Florida residents (a savings of $15.99 over regular admission price.) Annual passes and other special tickets are also available. • Aquatica, 5800 Water Play Way in Orlando, is just across the street from Sea World. The park includes side-byside w ave pools, tube rides, a children’s play area, a lazy river tube ride, highspeed mat rides and multi-person raf t rides. Aquatica visitors will see dolphins, exotic sh, tortoises, exotic birds and other exotic animals. Some of the rides take the visitors through the animal habitat. On the Dolphin Plunge Ride, two side-by-side enclosed tube slides send visitors racing through an underwate r world that is home to a playful pod o f beautiful black-and-white Commerson’s Dolphins. Daily admission is $49.99 fo r adults and $44.99 for children when purchased at the gate. Discounts for Florid a residents are available if you purchase tickets online in advance. Annual and weekday passes are also available. • Discovery Cove in Orlando, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is an allinclusive adventure in which guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, rays, and tropical sh and hand-feed exotic birds. At Discover y Cove, guests experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to o er in a 30-acre tropical oasis. Discovery Cove is a paradise of rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers, a resort-style pool complete with waterfalls, and pristine white-sand beaches. Seasonal rates start at $199 for adults, $129 for children. Reservations are required. For more information, call at 1-877-434-7268. W ATERContinued From Page 1 Courtesty photoSwimmers slide into the water at the Okeechobee Sports Complex., Courtesy photoChildren cool off under the ‘rainfall’ at Sunsplash Family Waterpark. Courtesy photoSunny’s River at Sun and Fun Lagoon in Naples is great on a hot, lazy day. Courtesy photoVisitors meet the dolphins at Discovery Cove in Orlando.