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Friday, August 31, 2012 V ol. 103 No. 105 13.64 feetLast Year: 10.64 feet L ake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. County budget cuts may mean layoffs ... Page 3 Courtesy photo/ Waddy ThompsonLook up in the sky for a rare sight tonight. Tonight’s blue moon will be the last one until July 2015. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Once again county leaders and Sheriff Paul May are at odds over the sheriff’s budget. The difference this year is that the sheriff is willing to relinquish the jail to the Board of County Commissioners. In a budget workshop Tuesday, Aug. 28, Sheriff May went over his proposed budget for the upcoming scal year and as he ended that presentation he reminded the ve-member board that he would be within his rights to give them the jail. “I’m very happy to do that,” he told the commissioners. To ease his budget constraints even more, the sheriff would also turn security at the Okeechobee Judicial Complex over to the county. At Tuesday’s workshop Sheriff May offered County considers taking over jail Special to the Okeechobee News/ Angie PollackDixie Ranch Acres was among the areas of Okeechobee County ooded by the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Isaac. This photo was taken on Monday. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Tropical Storm Isaac caused more ooding than was originally expected. As of Thursday noon, Mitch Smeykal, the county’s emergency management director said that a total of 117 homes have received some level of water damage with 87 of those homes being in the city. The level of damage is determined by the length of time the structure was under water, the longer the exposure, the greater the level of damage. Some homes sustained water depths up to 6 inches. So far, there has been only one County’s storm damages estimate continues to grow 24 area teams to compete in 3-day ranch rodeo at Agri-Civic CenterBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association Labor Da y Rodeo will be a “ranch rodeo” this year, with events based on skills used by working cowboys. The decision to switch the annual Labor Day rodeo from a traditional Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo to a ranch rodeo was due to several factors, according the Cattlemen’s Association Secretar y Heather Rucks. With the downturns in the economy and the high price of fuel, it became dif cult to attract PRCA cowboys from across the country to the Okeechobee rodeos, she explained. “It was hard to get them to come this far south,” she said. In addition, the expenses related to hosting a PRC A rodeos meant the tickets for the rodeo were pricing some Okeechobee families out of the event. This year’s Labor Day rodeo will be Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. All seats general admission are $5. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted free. With tickets just $5, free admission for children under the age of 6, and free parking, it makes it more affordable for local families to enjoy the rodeo, said Ms. Rucks. Cattlemen to host rodeoSee RODEO — Page 10 See STORM — Page 10 See JAIL — Page 5 50¢ Plus tax

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AAA and Bud Light will help protect motorists during the Labor Day weekend with the Tow to Go program. The Auto Club Group has provided the Tow to Go service for more than 14 years because it allows A AA to protect the freedom and mobility of everyone on our roadways. The program’s mission is to discourage an intoxicated driver from getting behind the wheel and risking the lives and safety of other motorists. “This program is invaluable because it brings attention to the dangers of drinking and driving beyond just giving an intoxicated driver a safe ride home,” said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. Tow to Go Services:  Con dential local ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe location;  Service is provided in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee;  Free and available to both AAA members and non-members;  The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home Tow to Go Service Area Phone Number Florida is 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-286-9246. Bud Light has been a cosponsor of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants throughout Florida, Georgia and Tennessee to help educate servers on the importance of not over serving their customers. “The Tow to Go program is a simple and effective way to help prevent drunk driving,” said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to join forces with AAA and their team of roadside assistance service vehicle drivers on this great program that helps to keep our roads safe.” Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 20,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads. The service is designed to be used as a last resort. It is offered based on availability of AAA Service Technicians and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. 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 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS 2 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 Tow to Go available through Sept. 3 Weather forecast from the National Weather Service for Okeechobee and surrounding area Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 91. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. East northeast wind around 5 mph. Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. East northeast wind around 5 mph. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. East northeast wind around 5 mph. Okeechobee Forecast The Okeechobee Historical Society recently received a most generous gift from Okeechobee City Policeman Larry Parzygnat, who completed a personal project of researching all of the past Police Chiefs of the City of Okeechobee. Of cer Parzygnat spent a lot of his time and money doing this labor of love, cumulating in a wonderful poster print. The Okeechobee Historical Society will display this print prominently in the museum which is open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except on holidays. Of cer Parzygnat also presented a second print to the Okeechobee City Police Department which is on display in their station along with displays of historic patches. The Historical Society will be resuming their meetings on Sept. 17, (the third Monday of the month) with a covered dish luncheon beginning at noon in the museum building. Anyone with an interest in joining the organization is invited to attend-just bring a dish to share. If you wish to join, dues are $10 per person for the year. Posters of Okeechobee police chiefs donated to historical society, city Special to the Okeechobee News/ Okeechobee Historical SocietyThe Okeechobee Historical Society recently received a gift from Okeechobee City Policeman Larry Parzygnat, who completed a personal project of researching all of the past police chiefs of the City of Okeechobee. A copy of the poster was also donated to the Okeechobee City Police Department. Prayer Walk planned In conjunction with the beginning of school, the annual September Prayer Walk, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association, will begin Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Osceola Middle School, followed by South Elementary, the Sheriff’s Of ce, the Courthouse, the Police Station and City Hall. Community members meet to pray for the administration, the teachers, the support staff, the students and their parents that they all might have a positive, successful school year. Everyone is invited to attend and participants walk as much as they are able to. Come join fellow Christians in this unique community event as they pray for the success of our children, teachers, parents and the staff members and administrations of area schools.Euchre Club meetsThe Euchre Club meeting at the VFW on 441 South is now meeting on Monday and Wednesday evenings. They start playing at 5:30 p.m. Any Euchre players are welcome.

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The Labor Day weekend brings Okeechobee’s annual Labor Day Festival in downtown Okeechobee and rodeo action at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center with the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Labor Day Rodeo. The festival opens on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. and continues through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, ending at 3 p.m. Okeechobee Main Street invites everyone bring your family and friends to enjoy over 80 vendors and non-pro t organizations w ho will be on hand with amazing festival food items, specialty wares and important information about our town. Come hungry to enjoy BBQ pork, chicken or beef, turkey legs, roasted corn on the cob, gyros, shrimp, corn dogs, and much more. J oin us for dessert of funnel cakes, donuts, ice cream, baklava, cotton candy and other treats. OKMS is proud to announce that Okeechobee’s own Chobee Steelers will be rocking the stage on Saturday at 1 p.m. On Sunday at 11:30, come to the park to see Native Voices, a very special choral group from the Seminole Reservation. On Monday at 9:45 a.m., come see the Boy Scouts of America open the parade by leading the Pledge of Allegiance and then enjoy the annual Labor Day Parade, sponsored by the B.R.A.T. Club at 10 a.m. Following the parade, come back to the parks to meet the festival royalty and see the outstanding performance of award-winning cheer and dance group, Xplosion. Labor Day festival and parade this weekend By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News It’s budget preparation season once again. That means it’s “apportionment” time as well. That word has come into play as county of cials try to balance the budget. According to gures released at the Tuesday, Aug. 28, budget workshop, the proposed county budget has a shortfall of $1.17 million. Okeechobee County Commissioners have found no way to increase revenues. They have declined to raise the tax rate or use capital funds or reserves to balance the budget. The only other alternative is to cut spending. Therefore county administrator Robbie Chartier apportioned the shortfall between the board and the constitutional of cers. The board and the constitutional of cers have all made signi cant already cuts to their budgets. The amount of shortfall and the apportionment gures will probably change by the next budget workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The sheriff has said that there is no way he could make the required cuts to his budget with endangering public safety. There are three components to the sheriff’s budget: law enforcement, operation of the jail and courthouse security. The latter two components are not required to be provided by the sheriff. Therefore, the sheriff said one option would give those components back to the board of county commissioners. His staff is currently recalculating a new proposed budget based solely on law enforcement. Those revised gures will probably necessitate new apportionment and de cit gures. Based on the apportionment gures released Tuesday clerk of the court Sharon Robertson would have to cut an additional $50,614. Mrs. Robertson said that in order to cut that amount of money she would have to lay off one person. She said that then she would do the best she could with her remaining personnel. However, she said waiting times might be longer. That same apportionment shows that Tax Collector Celeste Watford will not have to make any additional cuts. Mrs. Watford said that was because the board had not funded her at the full amount she requested and that some of her operating funds come from fees generated by her of ce. However, she expected those the apportionment gures to change. If she were forced to make any more cuts she, too, said she would have to lay off employees. The property appraiser’s and the tax collector’s budgets must be approved by the Florida Department of Revenue. The tax collector’s budget has not yet been approved by the Florida Department of Revenue. Property Appraiser Bill Sherman’s $1,275.724 budget has already been approved by the Florida Department of Revenue. He has been asked to cut an additional $57,677. He said he has cut his budget as much as he could. Any further cuts would result in layoffs. His budget contains legal fees for lawsuits against big corporations. Mr. Sherman said he was willing to give the legal fees back to the county, but the county would have to give them back to him if there are lawsuits. In the apportionment gures that were released Tuesday afternoon the supervisor of elections was asked to cut an additional $19,422 from her budget. That could prove to be a problem in a very big presidential election year. However it appears that there may have been an error in this calculation. The supervisor of elections was waiting to see if there was an adjustment in those gures as she felt they were out of proportion. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com County budget cuts could force layoffs 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 W. Cole MoormanCerti ed Public Accountant Has relocated his of ce to 803 SW Park St Okeechobee Phone: 863-763-7677 The Okeechobee News will be closed Monday, September 3 for LABOR DAY WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 DEADLINE Display Advertising.......3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 Have a Safe Holiday! Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Aug. 31ST Thurs., Sep. 6THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “THE CAMPAIGN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “AMBRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R PG 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012 On Sept. 4, the September Chamber luncheon will be held at the IRSC Williamson Center at 11:30 a.m. This event will be sponsored entirely by the Atlantic Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services Inc., which is made up of Greg Thogersen, J.D. Mixon, Steve Karr, and Sean Daley. Since the luncheon is being sponsored entirely by the Atlantic Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services Inc. the luncheon is free to our members. However, a RSVP will be necessary by Friday Aug. 31. The speaker will be Mr. Kevin P. Molesky. Mr. Molesky is a Senior Regional Marketing Director at Putnam Retail Management in the broker/Dealer Division. He has been working in the investment industry since 1995 and will be discussing the economic/ tax climate as it relates to the upcoming elections. Please RSVP via the Chamber website by selecting the date of the event (Sept. 4, 2012) on the Chamber event calendar. Then click on the register on-line tab to register for the luncheon. Chamber plans Investor Luncheon

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 Flooding If you happen to be in the market for a house or land, now is the time to check out the various areas and see which ones are in ood zones.  Tropical Storm Isaac dropped about 10 inches of water on Okeechobee County. It could have been worse. Had the storm track shifted a little, we could have gotten 24 inches of rain in that same time period. So if the water from the storm we just had came up to a point less than 14 inches from your door, then you might want to invest in ood insurance before the next big storm hits.Republican convention Watching the Republican Convention Tuesday night, I was very impressed by Ann Romney. I want to believe her promise that “this man will not fail you.” I was also very impressed by Republican Governor Chris Christie who said some things we need to hear. It is not going to be easy to turn this country around, but we need to hear the truth and deal with the problems now, not leave a huge debt on the backs of our grandchildren.  I think Gov. Chris Christie hit the nail on the head in his speech at the Republican convention, when he said, “The problems are too big to let the American people lose. the slowest economic recovery in decades, a spiraling out of control de cit, and an education system that is failing to compete in the world. It doesn’t matter how we got here. There’s enough blame to go around. W hat matters is what we do now.” I think the American people are tired of hearing the Democrats and Republicans blame each other and want to hear some real plans for xing the problems.  I hear that Obama wants to rename the Saint Andreas Fault ... Bush’s Fault.Privatize the jail? At the budget hearing on Tuesday, the sheriff said he could not cut his budget to the extent the county commission was asking. The option seems to be to give the county back the responsibility of the jail and court security. The sheriff’s of ce has handled those responsibilities but by law, the sheriff does not have to. If the sheriff opts out, the county has to handle it. I am a little concerned that a private company will cut corners with the jail and that could leave the county residents at risk. I hope they can work out these budget issues without privatizing the jail. Also, what will this mean for those who are currently working at the jail and as security in the courthouse? Will they lose their jobs? Have to take a cut in pay? Lose their retirement bene ts?  In 1990, the Monroe County Jail was privatized, and turned over to Wackenhut Corrections Corporation. In 1991 the jail was taken back over by the Sheriff’s Of ce from Wackenhut because they found they couldn’t make a pro t.  No this would be a poor choice. The system is not broken.  The problem? It’s the Board of County Commissioners vs. the sheriff who had had enough of being bullied by these individuals at the expense of the safety of the citizens of Okeechobee and his employees. Go get ‘em Sheriff. Maybe the BOCC would like to stand guard in the jail, get spit on, and try to stay one step ahead of the inmates. There are many of us behind you (82 percent if memory serves me).Drug rehab I agree that this was a bad idea to mix drug rehab or detox with assisted living for older people. But responding to a previous comment, there are many people in this county who have successfully overcome addiction by going through drug rehab. True, there are many who aren’t successful or who relapse after a time, but the programs are largely successful. It is unfair to make such a broad statement based upon the few you know who failed.High water Why do some people just feel compelled to drive into a ooded parking lot to see how high the water is? Public Forum/Speak OutSpeak 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! Rumors hurt taxi service This is an open letter to the people of Okeechobee. It has come to the attention of the owners of Runyon Taxi Service that there are some rumors circulating around that we would like to clear up. First off, the owners, Billy and Brian Runyon would like to the go on record to say that they are NOT convicted sex offenders, rapists, or child molesters, nor do they try to force their female employees to have sex with them or sexually harass them in any way, shape or form. Secondly, the company is licensed and insured with prompt, courteous service the company prides itself on offering a clean, honest, dependable, reliable service to the people of Okeechobee. In the past, the company has some employees who have committed some illegal acts using the taxis and when it was brought to the attention of the owners, those employees were immediately terminated. It is these past employees who are helping to spread the rumors to discredit the company. Another thing, all of our vans are equipped with video camera for our driver’s and customers’ safety. The rumor that we are using those cameras to take pictures of the intoxicated patrons leaving the bars and saying that if the patron does not ride with us we will turn the video over to law enforcement is also false information. We, the owners hope that this clears up any rumors that the good people of Okeechobee have heard. Thank you Brian Runyon Billy Runyon Okeechobee Editor’s note: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement web site at offender.fdle. state. .us allows anyone to search the data base for information on sex offenders and predators. This site veri es that the rumors about these business owners are false.Making the case for tobacco-free schools A lmost 90 percent of all smokers begin before 18 years old.  Florida spends over $11 billion on lost productivity and health care due to tobacco use.  Over 50 percent of a students day is spent at school. Their attitudes towards tobacco use are in uenced by their peers and educators at school.  The CDC recommends tobacco free school policies to prevent tobacco use and addiction.  Policies that prohibit tobacco use at schools provide economic and social bene ts as well as health bene ts.  These policies de-normalize behavior and changes student expectations for other venues. When students see coaches, bus drivers, sports players, resource of cers and other adults smoking, chewing or dipping, it sends the message that it’s okay. We know that even minimal use of an y kind of tobacco product can result in addiction, and leads to gum disease, mouth and throat cancer, and other serious health problems. As the research shows, observing others using tobacco has a signi cant in uence on children. The importance of denormalizing tobacco use through positive role modeling cannot be overlooked. It is as necessary as the classroom education. A no-tolerance policy enables administrators to take a stronger stand; allows staff, volunteers, parents and students to participate in enforcement; and sends a stronger prevention message to young people. Okeechobee County Schools are among the last counties in the state to implement a tobacco free policy, see attachment for more information. The Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee promotes tobacco-free campuses in all our Okeechobee County Schools and we are working with community partners toward this goal. To join, please call 863-447-9140. Candace Pope Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee Letters to the Editor

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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 EPISCOPAL BAPTIST PENTECOSTAL Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service 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 Services8:30 & 10:45 Do you have some news to share?Publish it yourself! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012 up an initial budget of $15,784,869. When that was met with some disapproval from the board, he came back with an amended spending plan for scal year 2012-13 of $15,204,473. Of that amended proffer, $5,724,762 was the proposed budget for the Okeechobee County Jail and $905,965 was budgeted for courthouse security. To get to that amended amount the sheriff took out a proposed 3 percent pay raise for Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) employees. He also initially budgeted 8 percent for insurance but, instead, he was able to negotiate a at rate which is the same amount he's now paying for employees. A three-year audited actual expense total was then used to get an average for expense. Still, he was told to cut even more from his proffer. In all, the county wants him to lop off an additional $1,803,480 for a total operating budget of $13,400,993 and still run the jail and courthouse. "I told them what I need to safely run the jail and courthouse security. If they think they can run it better, then that decision is entirely theirs," said Sheriff May. "I can't use the words cheaply and safely in the same sentence." Besides cutting his spending plan over $3.1 million in the last ve years, the sheriff said he's cut positions at the courthouse as w ell as in the sheriff's of ce. In 2007-08 the sheriff's of ce had 225 employees. Today, he has 210 on staff. Since 2004-05 he's cut four positions at the courthouse. However, he pointed out, when it comes to courthouse security, District 19 Chief J udge Steve Levins decides how many people are needed and the sheriff must see to it those positions are lled. Sheriff May said he fears he will have to lay off employees to lower his budget to w here it would be accepted by commissioners. "We have nine road deputies per shift. But with days off, sickness and vacations w e strive to have six on the road. There are times when six is enough. But, there have been many times lately when we could have used 16," he said. The sheriff was also quick to point out that on three occasions so far this year his deputies have saved the lives of choking children. "What if they hadn't been there? They w ere there before EMS," he added. "We've been very frugal the last four to ve years," pointed out OCSO Major Noel Stephen. "If we don't need it, we don't buy it. It's like he (Sheriff May) gets no consideration or appreciation from them (commissioners) for saving the taxpayers' money." While this subject has been touched on in the past, the board will likely take a longer and harder look at taking over the jail, said one commissioner. "I'm kind of hoping we don't have to do the jail. I never wanted to do the jail," said commission vice-chairman Ray Domer. "Paul said he would run it until Jan. 1 to give him time if we didn't approve the budget he proposed to us. What stimulated it was the commissioner's unwillingness to approve the budget in that amount." He said the board is now talking to other sheriffs and counties to garner information and to "kind of compare costs." If the county elects to take over the jail, they would then have to decide the best way to run it. The county could hire an administrator and the employees would then be county employees. Or, the county could enter into an agreement with a private contractor and that company would then hire their own employees. Okeechobee County would not be the rst county to take over operation of the county jail. To date, there are seven counties -Gulf, Jackson, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Walton -that run their jails. The Citrus County Jail has been privatized and is run by Corrections Corp. of America. The Miami-Dade County Jail is operated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Another option is for Sheriff May to lower his budget to where the county asks him and to continue to operate the jail. Then, if he falls short of money, he could go before the board and ask for more money. Juanita White, executive assistant to Sheriff May, estimated the sheriff's budget would drop to $8,573,746 if the jail and courthouse costs are taken out of the amended proposal. "That's as it stands now without changes. But, we're going to have to make some changes," she said. Commissioner Domer said the board will hold another budget workshop Tuesday, Sept. 4, but he didn't know if they would discuss the sheriff's budget at that time or deal with other budget items. "In the county jail and in courthouse security there are many loyal employees. Some who have served the count loyally for 20 years," said Sheriff May. "If it (giving the jail to the county) save money, I guess that's good. But, if it doesn't, what have we done to those employees and their families?" Mrs. White said state statute requires the county to have a balanced budget by Sept. 13, and that spending plan must be adopted by Sept. 28. The new scal year begins Oct. 1. JAILContinued From Page 1 Coffee with the Commissioner planned for Sept. 11Coffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. noon, and will be held in Commissioner Helton's of ce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 261, Okeechobee. Citizens are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 for an appointment. Children Services Council Public Budget meeting plannedThe Children's Services Council of Okeechobee will have their First Public Budget Hearing for the year 2012-2013 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board of ce, Room 303 at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.

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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.Billy Joe Foley, 62 OKEECOBEE — Billy Joe Foley died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident. Billy was born in Jay, Fla., and relocated to Okeechobee in 1966. He enjoyed listening to Elvis music, classic country and hanging out at ‘the lake’ watching people dance. Billy was preceded in death by his birth parents, William and Pearlie Foley; his life parents, Albert and Maudie Hall; brothers, Arthur, Leroy, and Alford W. Foley and E.J. Hall. He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Lynn Foley-Boswell of Okeechobee; son, Robert William Foley-Smith of Miami; grandchildren, BJ Foley, Destiny, Justice, and Anthony, all of Okeechobee; brother, Richard Foley of Monticello, Ga.; sisters, Retha Mae and Jessie Mae Scott, both of Jay, Fla., Dorothy Ard of Cantonment, Fla., Ruth Cook of Monticello, Ga.; a host of nieces and nephews; friends, Sandra Foley Morgan, Joseph Foley, Linda Foley; and longtime friend, Allen Hayes. Visitation will be held today, Friday, August 31, 2012, at Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until service time of 6 p.m. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Glenda S. Allen, 72OKEECHOBEE — Glenda S. Allen passed away Aug. 29, 2012, in Fort Pierce. She was born June 9, 1940, to Carl and Mae Peters. She came to Okeechobee from Vero Beach 20 years ago. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Allen w as a beloved mother, friend and Nana to many children of Okeechobee. Mrs. Allen is surv ived by her husband of 20 years, Don Allen of Okeechobee; son, Tony Smith of Vero Beach; three daughters, Karen Woods (Keith) of Okeechobee, Julie Wetherington (Kent) of Adamsv ille, Tenn. and Cortney Crews (Shawn) of Okeechobee; ve grandchildren, Tiffany, Preston, Ashley, Christian and Braison; ve greatgrandchildren, Ciara, Brianna, Taylor, Kaylee and Addison; three brothers, Don Peters (Gwen), Jim Peters (Betty) all of Vero Beach and Mike Peters (Judy Ann) of Georgia; sister, Debbie Peters of Vero Beach. Celebration of Life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Buxton Funeral Home, 110 NE 5th ST, Okeechobee FL 34972. 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. Linda Faye Brown, 72OKEECHOBEE — Linda Faye Brown, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Raulerson Hospital. Linda was born in Arcadia, Fla., moving to Okeechobee 40 years ago. She was a member of the North Okeechobee Church of God. Linda enjoyed gardening, growing owers and watching soap operas and old Western movies. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Donald W. Brown of Okeechobee; sons, Timothy (Beth) King of Nashville, Ga., Jerry Brown and Curtis King, both of Okeechobee; daughter, Brenda Sullivan of Lake Placid, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, from from 9 a.m. until service time of 10 a.m. at the North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Burial will be at Basinger Cemetery. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care and direction of Matthew and Paul Buxton of BuxtonSeawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com Healthy Start to hold annual meeting on Aug. 31The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will have their Annual Meeting on Friday, Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services to pregnant women and children under 3 years of age. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Kay Begin, Executive Director, at 863-462-5877.Cypress Hut Eagles plan dinner nightCypress Hut Eagles will host a steak dinner on Friday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m. 16 oz ribeye steak, or sh, or shrimp with side dishes. Music will be by Cracker Boys. For more information please call 863-467-1154. On Sept. 1, the Cypress Hut Birthday Bash will start at 5 p.m. with gator or shrimp baskets and music by Jimmy and Debra Harper. Blue Grass Gospel concert is plannedThe Potter Road Blue Grass Gospel Singers will be at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 912 N.W. Park St., S.R. 70 W., across from Eli’s Western Wear on Friday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.Y.E.A. Foundation seeking membersYEA (Youth development, Extreme sports, Art talen) is a non pro t organization that recently came to Okeechobee. They will have a booth set up in the park during the Labor Day celebration. For more information, stop by and nd out more about this organization or see their page on facebook at https:// www.facebook.com/YeaFoundationInc; or call Sheryl Tanner at 863-634-9514.Eagles North announces upcoming special eventsFriday, Aug. 31, steak night begins at 5:30 p.m. Music will be by Lisa Come sing and dance. Other events: Saturday, Sept 1, card bingo at 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept 4, bingo at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept 5, bingo starts at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. Eagles North is located at 9985 U.S. 441 N. OKMS has vendor apps for Labor Day celebrationOkeechobee Main Street is proud to announce the 2012 All-American Labor Day Celebration scheduled for Sept. 1, 2 and 3 in the Flagler Parks! Come spend some time with friends, enjoy the “tastes” of the festival and various specialty items for sale. While in town, visit our local shops and see what they now have to offer! OKMS is now taking applications for vendors and non-pro ts interested in setting up a booth. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or visit our website at: www. okeechobeemainstreet.com. Eagles plan birthday bashCypress Hut Eagles will host their September Birthday Bash starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. Any member born in September can have a free drink. Serving gator tail, fries, and shrimp basket for a donation of $7. Music by Jimmy and Debbie Harper. For more info please call 863-467-1154.McTeacher Night plannedSeminole Elementary will have their monthly McTeacher Night on Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. at the McDonald’s on S.R. 70 E. to help raise funds for the school. Please stop by and support our school. Eagles plan meat loaf dinnerCypress Hut Eagles will serve meat loa f dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. for a $6 donation. For more information please cal 863-467-1154.September OMS Mixer will be held at Chamber buildingOkeechobee Main Street welcomes the public to the September Mixer, sponsored by UBS Financial Services. This mixer will be held at the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 South Parrott Avenue on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. This is a wonderful networking opportunity and a chance to meet local businessmen and women as well as community leaders. Join us for light appetizers and drinks, take a chance on the Main Street Mega 50/50 and, perhaps, leave with an exciting door prize. Feel free to bring a friend or coworker. 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 N.E. Second St., directly north of CVS.Tobacco Free Partnership to hold September meetingThe Tobacco-Free Partnership o f Okeechobee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 5 at noon. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP by calling 863-447-9140. The meeting will be held in the Thompson Hall, next to the Pentecostals of Okeechobee Church, 405 S.W. 10th Ave. The mission of the TobaccoFree Partnership Okeechobee is to mobilize community partners to establish long-lasting system and policy changes that promote tobacco-free social norms in order to prevent usage of tobacco products by youth/young adults, encourage and support tobacco cessation, eliminate health hazards of secondhand smoke and decrease the number o f deaths due to tobacco products.Open games chess social to be heldAll area chess players are invited to participate in an open games social on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Luck y Lanes on U.S. 441 S.E. For details, call Jim at 561-577-1964. Community Events

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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).  Tyler Randall Watford, 21, Rose Ave., Sebring, was arrested Aug. 25 by DOC’s Alfreda Hall on felony charges of violation of probation burglary of an unoccupied structure, violation of probation grand theft (two counts) and violation of probation burglary of an occupied dwelling/conveyance. He is being held without bond.  Walberto A. Ramirez, 23, Tramells Trail, Kissimmee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy Ronald A. Brown on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of resisting a law enforcement of cer with violence. His bond was set at $2,500.  Crystal Ann Price, 52, S. 10th St., Fort Pierce, was arrested Aug. 29 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on third amended DOC warrants charging her with the felonies of worthless checks over $150 (two counts). She was also arrested on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the misdemeanor of violation of probation worthless check (three counts). 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 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Many newspaper aggressively push the opinions of their publishers or corporate owners. But we dont think its our place to tell people what to think, or to try to control public opinion. Our editors insist on purposeful neutrality. We try to report the news fairly and facilitate a fair but vigorous discussion of public issues. We are proud to be journalists, not power brokers. And were proud to understand the difference. Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism W W e r e p o r t W e r e p o r t b u t Y O U b u t Y O U d e c i d e d e c i d e 8 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two area women have been trespassed from a local department store following their arrests for allegedly trying to steal over $300 in merchandise. Arrested Wednesday, A ug. 29, were Leanna J ean Kirkey, 27, and Amber Lynn Koebernik, 20. Kirkey, N.W. 36th Ave., was charged with the felonies of grand theft and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. Koebernik, S.W. 19th St., was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft. She is being held on $2,500 bond. Arrest reports by Of cer Kelley Margerum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), stated that Walmart loss prevention personnel watched the women hide the items on their persons then walk past the cash registers without paying for anything. The report went on to state that Kirkey and Koebernik were stopped by loss prevention personnel before they left the store, and were made to empty their pockets. Among the items allegedly taken by the women was: a phone charger, an Otterbox, rechargeable batteries, a Toshiba hard drive, an Iphone 4-dock, a VooMote Zapper and condoms. The stolen items had a total retail value of $308.79, stated the report. Kirkey was also found to be in possession of 13 pills, stated Of cer Margerum. The ofcer said 10 of those pills were identi ed as oxycodone, and the other three were identied a morphine sulfate. All of the pills, added Of cer Margerum, are schedule II narcotics. “I was unable to locate a prescription or prescription bottle on her person, or in her purse,” stated the of cer. Both women were also trespassed from the store and told they could not return to Walmart. Of cer Margerum went on to state that both women are currently on felony probation, and that their probation of cers were noti ed of their arrests Wednesday. W omen charged in theft from store Leanna Jean Kirkey Amber Lynn Koebernik High water levels have prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to issue an emergency order closing an approximately 8-mile section of ooded road within the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Palm Beach County. Vehicles are prohibited on Stumper’s Grade and the South Grade from L Camp to Stumper’s Grade. This action is necessary because of hazardous conditions and road damage caused by widespread ooding from Tropical Storm Isaac. The closure will remain in effect until conditions warrant reopening. The FWC w ill monitor road conditions daily and will reopen sections of road as ood waters recede and hazards subside. For updated closure and reopening information visit MyFWC.com/DisasterPlan and click on “Open/Closed Status of FWC Ofces and FWC-managed Areas.” To report a violation of this order, or any sh and wildlife law violation, call the FWC’s W ildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922. Flood prompts restrictions on Corbett WMA Due to dangerous high-water conditions and strong current from Tropical Storm Isaac, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has closed the Kissimmee River and all boat ramps leading to it from the S-65 to S-64E water-control structures. The affected portion of the river runs south from State Road 60, to about seven miles north of Lake Okeechobee. Alligator hunters will have to postpone their hunting until the river reopens to navigation. KICCO Wildlife Management Area and the Kissimmee Public Use Area remain open for all permitted recreational activities, except that boat access is temporarily prohibited from the river while it remains closed. For more information about closings and reopenings affecting FWC-managed areas and FWC of ces, go to MyFWC. com/DisasterPlan and select “Open/ Closed Status.” You can also check SFWMD.gov for additional information and updates regarding the Kissimmee River closing. High water closes some boat ramps

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 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! 9 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sean DowningRotary Club membersThe Rotary Meeting proceeded on August 28, at the Golden Corral with an opportunity for those in attendance to get to know one another better. Pictured are Dr. Trini Garcia, who celebrates a birthday this Saturday, Sept. 1, along with Jim Benton, Rotary Club of Okeechobee President. While Isaac slowly dissipates over the Gulf States, the caring staff at 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast continues to eld calls from individuals and families who are stranded by ooding, who have wind, water or ood damage, or those who are in need of emergency food, shelter, and other assistance. Stories include and elder woman with only bread to eat surrounded by ood waters; a family forced onto the streets homeless, weathering the storm in their family car; individuals who ventured out in the evening, not knowing the extent of ooding, hitting huge lakes of water in their neighborhood and others. From Aug, 23-29, staff at 211 answered 3,375 calls with an average of 482 calls per day. 211 Helpline works closely with the Emergency Operations Centers for Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Counties to insure safe and accurate information for callers. Before, during, and after a hurricane or other emergency event, the caring staff at 211 is available to connect individuals of all ages, including many needy families as w ell as frail seniors to essential community resources. One call to 211 can eliminate confusion and connect individuals to important health, community, governmental and human service information in Palm Beach County and throughout the Treasure Coast. Calls are free, con dential and available 24/7. 211 Helpline is available for everyday needs and in times of crisis! Before a storm, 211: Provides information on emergency shelters; Answers questions about hurricane preparedness. During a storm, 211: Offers reassurance for individuals who are isolated and alone; Provides crisis telephone counseling for people experiencing emotional distress. After a storm, 211: Helps direct quali ed individuals to resources that are most appropriate to meet their unique needs; Provides referrals to emergency assistance programs, including local distribution centers and meal site locations; Gathers and disseminates other relevant human service information both over the telephone and via the internet. Visit www.hurricane211pbtc.org as severe weather becomes imminent. Year round, with access to more than 3,200 local programs, 211 provides crisis intervention, information, assessment and referrals to community services for residents in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. For more information, dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211palmbeach. org or www.211treasurecoast.org 211 helps callers hardest hit by severe weather

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO AND ALSO RECEIVE OFFERS**CATCH A FREE RIDE!THE BUS PICKS UP AT:Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation**Offers cannot be combined with new member offers. Must be 18 years old to play Bingo. See Bingo Hall for complete details Limited Space Available. We reserve the right to cancel at any time. See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate. Management reserves all rights. Person who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the selfexclusion program are not eligible. 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.comNO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. ADDITIONAL STOPS AVAILABLE IN OTHER AREAS, CALL 1.800.360.9875 EXT 5655 FOR MORE INFO. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES ARE ESTIMATED AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON TRAVEL CONDITIONS.TUESDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 5:30pmWEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS HAMPTON INN 1200 STATE RD. 70Casino Departure 7:30pmNEW NON-SMOKING SLOT AREA! *Must be 55+ and a Players Club member. Items subject to change, available while supplies last. Like us on Facebook Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care 10 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 report of damage to a business. Mr. Smeykal said the jail sustained some roof damage and there was some damage at Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. County of cials are currently assessing damage to county buildings. "I'm sure these numbers will go up as time goes on," Mr. Semykal said. He expects the estimated number to increase as damage surveys continue and later damage reports are received from seasonal residents. Currently Red Cross teams are assessing human needs while Mr. Smeykal has survey teams assessing structural damage. Some of the hardest hit areas include Dix ie Ranch Acres, Playland Park, Basswood, DeBerry Gardens and Four Seasons, Even though The Taylor Creek locks are closed for repair and Taylor Creek was at a higher level than many residents had ever seen, there was very little ooding in Treasure Island and Taylor Creek Isles. Bridge inspections started Thursday and the road department is compiling a running list of road and drainage problems. Mr. Smeykal said that this time, damage assessment is being done differently. In the past, local of cials waited for state of cials to arrive to conduct a joint assessment. This time, local teams are going out rst, then when state teams get here they will go out with local of cials and investigate the addresses provided by the local teams. Mr. Smeykal said he was expecting a joint state and FEMA team to arrive some time next week after damage assessment is completed in Palm Beach County. In the future, Mr. Smeykal said damage assessment will be aided by the fact that emergency response personnel will be trained to assess damage as they respond to calls.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com STORMContinued From Page 1 Those who attend the rodeo will have plenty of local cowboys to root for. A total of 24 teams have signed up to compete, including representatives from ranches in Okeechobee, Hardee and St. Lucie Counties. Twelve teams will compete on Saturday and the other 12 teams on Sunday. On Monday, the top ve teams from each of the rst two days of the rodeo will move on to compete in the nals. Ranch rodeo is a team competition with points assigned for each event. Events will include team branding, team tying, cow decorating/doctoring, team sorting, ranch bronc riding. For "branding" the cold branding iron is dipping chalk or paint. Cow "doctoring" also uses paint to simulate putting medicine on a wild cow. For "ranch bronc riding" the cowboy uses a regular saddle such as he would use in ranch work. Children can compete in mutton bustin' and the calf scramble. In mutton bustin' children ages 4 to 6 can try to ride a sheep. The child who stays on the longest is the winner. In the calf scramble, children from the audience under the age of 12 are invited into the arena and several calves are released into the arena. The rst children to pull the ribbons off the calves' tails win prizes. Those who wish to compete in mutton bustin' should come about 30 minutes before the rodeo to sign up, advised Ms. Rucks. Mutton bustin' is open to children ages 4 to 6. Spectator admission to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center is off State Road 710. All seats are general admission. RODEOContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppAs were many of the streets around Okeechobee Monday morning, Aug. 27, S.W. 25th St. and the lawns along side it were ooded due to the inundating rains of Tropical Storm Isaac.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 September 1, 2 and 3 Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday & Monday at 2 pm Tickets at Gate $5.00 Contestants from all over the State of Florida will be competing for prize monies in five events including Bronc Riding, Team Doctoring and Team Sorting Muttin Bustin and a calf scramble will be the Kids Event Tourist Development Council Ranch Rodeo Each day at the Agri Civic Center 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OSSMeals on Wheels driversOkeechobee Senior Services would like to recognize three drivers who do an excellent job getting meals to our seniors who ar shut ins. These drivers deliver hot meals Monday through Friday. Sometimes these daily visits ar the only contact seniors have. From left to right are: Emma Cinelli, Kathy Schwier, And Carol Spaw. Thank you for all your hard work! WASHINGTON – Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Serv ices Kevin Concannon announced Aug. 29 that America’s students will see healthier and more nutritious foods in the cafeteria as they return to school this year. The new nutrition standards for school meals, implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will help to combat child hunger and obesity and improve the health and nutrition of the nation’s children. “Improving the nutrition of school meals is an important investment in the future of A merica’s children,” said Concannon. “We know that healthy food plays a vital role in strengthening a child’s body and mind and the healthier school meals will help to ensure our children can learn, grow, and reach their full potential.” Starting this school year, schools will phase in the nutrition standards over a threey ear period. Schools will focus on changes in the lunches in the rst year, with most changes in breakfast to take place in future years. The new meal standards:  Ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;  Substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods and low-fat milk or fat-free milk varieties;  Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and  Focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium. The new meal requirements are raising standards for the rst time in more than fteen years and improving the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day. The healthier school meals are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. USDA celebrates the start of a healthier school year Annual Boots and Pearls Gala planned to bene t HospiceThe Seventh Annual Boots and Pearls Gala will be held on Oct. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA. Everyone is invited to join the party for fun, fellowship, good food and dancing to the music of “Chris Macarthur and the Florida Cracker Boys.” This is the main fundraising event of the year for Hospice of Okeechobee. Supporters may purchase single tickets or sponsor a table. Tickets are available at Eli’s Western Wear. For more information, call the Hospice Ofce at 863-467-2321. There will be a live auction for pieces of art work by a local artist. A silent auction will feature an array of items donated by local businesses and individuals.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 HEALTH WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS •MEDICAL IMMEDIATE WEIGHT LOSSWEIGHT LOSS • MEDICAL ALL NEW THERAMOGENIC FAT BURNINGWEIGHT LOSS PLAN FAST! EASY!AMAZING RESULTSIN JUST 30 DAYS CALL NOW! 863-357-9967414 S. Parrott Ave., B Okeechobee, FL Locations Nationwide to Serve You RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE Cancer Scare? From Diagnosis to Treatmen t, We are Here for You Okeechobee Cancer Center301 NE 19th Avenue • Okeechobee 863.357.1395 • 772.202.0151Free Second Opinions • Courtesy Transportation • Free ConsultationThe only ones on the Treasure Coast with a Pet/CT simulator All insurance accepted including MedicaidCourtesy Raulerson Primary CareJose Villarreal, D.O., member of the Raulerson Primary Care team and graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, is certi“ed in Family Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He treats all ages from newborn to the eldery. Dr. Villarreal tries to give the best care possible to his patients and can refer them to a specialist if necessary. He does sport physicals and preventive care. Dr. Villarreal treats such medical conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. About one in every four Americans suffers from high blood pressure, according to WebMD. High blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and contribute to heart disease and stroke. One thing that makes high blood pressure so dangerous is that you may not know you have it because there are generally no symptoms. Therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. Diabetes can be prevented through a Jose Villarreal, D.O., board certi ed in Family Medicine healthy lifestyle of exercise and eating well balanced meals in the prope r amounts. A variety o f factors including diet, exercise, age and herdity can affect cholesterol levels. Dr. Villarreals of“ce is located at 202 N.E. Second Ave, and the hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm and on Frida y from 8am to 4pm. The of“ce is closed fo r lunch every day from noon to 1pm. For an appointment, please call 863.467.2159. florida.newszap.com Come see for yourself!Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more! 12 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012

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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 GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net MRI 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 The 2011 – 2012 Medical Information Guide is available online Use this interactive site to browse through articles and advertisements on our updated Newszap website 13 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012

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By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School opens the 2012 season at home Friday when they host Port St. Lucie, a team that appears to be on the rise. The Jaguars enjoyed their rst winning season in 18 years last season when they nished (6-3). Okeechobee struggled as they nished (2-8). The Jaguars also boast the Treasure Coast region player of the year in 2011 in QB D.J Juste. While Port St. Lucie fell to Palm Beach Gardens 28-7, Okeechobee won two half game scrimmages with John Carroll and Moore Haven last week. Port St. Lucie appears to have a strong defensive secondary and some very solid players in linebacker Cleveland Williams, and defensive backs Josh Morozan, Lyle Messam and Maleek Cline. They feature an option style offense. Brahman Coach Chris Branham called J uste a special player that the Brahmans must stop to defeat Port St. Lucie. He called him the best player in the area this year. "He is a special talent and if we don't stop him and stop the option, it will be a long night for us," Branham added. Okeechobee counters with an athletic, fast, and deep defensive unit this year. The Brahmans appear to relish the opportunity to take on a breakaway threat like Juste. He rushed for 139 yards on 12 carries last week against Palm Beach Gardens. "Right now we want to raise expectations. This week our practice tempo has picked up. We are building a belief that we can win," Branham said. Last week the Brahmans ran the football well as their offensive line dominated. Fabian Howard and D.J Washington had solid games and fullback Elijowan Williams provides a solid change of pace. Branham said he'd like to see more passes completed in this game. Jack Radebaugh threw for 100 yards but mis red on 23 of 31 pass attempts. Part of the problem was incorrect routes run by receivers. The Brahmans want to reduce those mistakes this week. Branham expects a large crowd for the home opener and knows his team wants to impress the local fans. On the injury list only Corey Vickers, (ankle sprain) could miss time. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Brahman Stadium. Parking will be limited at the OkeechobeeHigh School football tomorrow night versus Port St. Lucie due to the rainfall from Isaac. Many unpaved and grassy areas used for parking can not be used for the game. School of cials urge fans to car pool together if possible as parking spaces will be greatly reduced. OHS Brahmans face Port St. Lucie Jaguars 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 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 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on an acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features, too many to list here! Plant shelves with Whirlpool appliances. Two wells, irrig system and much more. $159,900 MLS #206138 5014-H: Basswood 3 bedroom, 2 bath Concrete block with garage, on corner lot, built in 2004, 1164 total sq ft/1566 under air. Needs some TLC. Easy to see. $55,995 MLS #206126 3000-M: Treasure Island Lot is just off Taylor Creek. Carport, paved drive, addition, porch, shed, seawall. Short Sale. Easy to show! $48,000 MLS #206027 3004-H: King’s Bay 2bd/2ba, enclosed back porch and screened front porch, garage, appliances stay. HOA Amenities inground pool, clubhouse, Tennis Court, and lawn maintenance. $54,000 NOW $47,900 1003-M: Seminole Cove 55+ community with Club House amenities. Great view of the lake, 2/2 DWMH w/addition, 2 Car carport, large driveway, Single/Metal roof, 1957 Total Sq Ft./ 1023 under air. $69,900 MLS #206023 5034-H: Lakeport Looking for a getaway cozy place to go and relax from the everyday routine. Lots of trees and privacy on a large lot. 2448 total sq ft/1448 under air, workshop. Needs some TLC. $45,000 MLS #206145 NEW LISTING FORECLOSURE LAKE ACCESS 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 Over 100 Listings RIVER OAK ACRES~ River home. Polished 2 Bd/ 2 Ba/ of ce (3rd Bdrm), 2+ Garage. 1943 SF under air 2779 TLA. Sitting room, split plan, spacious kitchen, oak cabinets, bkfast nook w/water view. Luscious master suite. Lots of storage. Screen enclosed, solar heated pool. Double pane 120 mph wind load windows. Energy ef cient. Irrigation system, Roof 2009. Seawall, double dock, covered w/hoist. Truly a GEM! $246,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 RIVERFRONT POOL HOMEPRICE REDUCED 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 14 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend? Why not get out on the water and experience some of Florida's nest shing? Saltwater recreational anglers can sh without a recreational shing license on Sept. 1 as part of the state's license-free shing days. "Florida's license-free shing days are an excellent opportunity to share the fun, excitement and togetherness of a shing trip w ith the entire family. This also is a great time for experienced anglers to introduce friends to the sport, even if they don't have a shing license," said Nick Wiley, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). "We hope Florida residents and visitors w ill experience the joy of saltwater shing. W e expect many will discover a healthy sport they can enjoy for a lifetime." Gag grouper is open for harvest in most state and all federal waters in the Gulf and Atlantic. For those looking to get in the water, bay scallop and spiny lobster seasons are in full swing. Want to stick a little closer to shore? Try your hand at near-shore species such as spotted seatrout or red drum. Fishing is a family-fun and wholesome form of entertainment, which is why the FWC offers four license-free shing days each year. This year's freshwater license-free shing days were April 7 and June 9, and the rst saltwater day was June 2. Come out and learn how the state's abundant resources, coupled with responsible saltwater and freshwater sh management, make Florida the "Fishing Capital of the World." All other bag limit, season and size restrictions apply on these dates. To make your shing day successful, check out MyFWC.com/Fishing for shing tips, locations and rules. Florida to host license-free saltwater shing day Sept. 1

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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 *. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 ServicesGolf 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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze!PT DRIVER 3 Days a week. Clean driving record. Twin Oaks Pet Cemetery. Call 863-467-6377 or 772-285-2901. Monday Friday, between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ONLY. Employment Full Time 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc. OkeechobeePart Time Member Service RepresentativeGlades Electric Cooperative is seeking a quali ed individual to take charge of the front counter at its Okeechobee of ce. The position reports to the District Of ce Supervisor. We seek an individual with strong oral and written communication skills, a professional demeanor, Bi-lingual a plus and must be comfortable with change in the work environment. The successful candidate should have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in Customer Service. Employee Applications may be obtained at any GEC Of ce. Resumes may be e-mailed to: ybradley@gladesec.com or faxed to (863)946-6266. GEC is an Equal Opportunity Af rmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Employment Part TimeLight Labor Outdoors 2 days a week 12-15 hours per week Good working environment Please call 467-9800 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. 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 Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop System w/Flat Screen etc. Reprogrammed like new! Guaranteed. $75 Call Tony 863 517-2782. Pets/SuppliesShih-tzu Puppies 3 males 2 females brown black and tri-colored 1st shots and worming 8 weeks old $350.00. (863)634-2110 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell itintheclassifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 Cash for Cars & Trucks! I will buy your car or truck, 2005 to 2010 models. If it looks good, runs good, has good air-conditioning and a clean CARFAX, I will pay top dollar. Call Gary at (863)763-3154 ext. 238 DEALER For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, & 2bdrm/1bath Duplex in Kings Bay, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 Apartment for Rent 2BR 1 1/2 BA Large Town House In Town, Very clean, W/D $650 mo, 1st, last & sec. Yearly Lease 863-697-1129 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)634-5780 or (863)467-9250 IN TOWN1BR Partially furnished APT., nice area. Utilities & lawn included. $700/mo., 1st & $300 sec. Non smoking environment. No pets. 863-610-0861. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-697-6428 or 561-358-8128 ApartmentsOKEE Huge, Clean, 2/2, Inside laundry. $650 month. First & Sec. or 2/1, $575/mo Call 772-215-0098 OKEECHOBEE: 1 BR, 1 BA, All utilities paid. $350 Monthly Call 812-989-3022 Business PlacesRESTAURANT & BAR 6,000 sq. ft. Located SE 441 & 15B. 200+ seating turn key operation. Plus 3bd/1ba House. Call for more information. $379,000 (561)662-2202 or (561)-662-3169 Condos/Townhouses RentFOR RENT: FURNISHED 1 & 2 BEDROOM DUPLEX OR CONDO IN KINGS BAY OR TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS. STARTING AT $700.00 A MONTH LONG OR SHORT TERM LEASE-1ST & SECURITY-MOST MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. 863-447-0742 TAYLOR CREEK 1/1 Condo on ground oor. Unfurnished. Pool access. Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher. Includes water. $700/mo. 1st month free. (863) 634-0663. Houses Rent2/1 1/2 Furnished Home w/garage near hospital and schools. $750/mo. & $500 sec.No children or smoking in home. Small pet negotiable. Lawn service included. Call (863)447-2715 2/1 HOUSE w/central AC and appliances. 310 NE 4th Ave. $700/mo. 1st, last & $500 sec req. (863)467-5965 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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Public Notice Houses RentBASSWOOD 4br/2ba, 1 car garage, split plan, dishwasher, W & D Hookup. $1200 month. (561) 307-2502. FOR RENT 2BR, 1BA duplex, great location in Okeechobee Estates, A/C, laundry room. $550/month. Call 863-835-2391 FOR RENT 3 bedroom/ 2 bath/ 2 car garage in Southwest section, Oak tress, city water & sewer. Call 863-634-9330 or 863-467-2541 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses Sale$47,900 STEAL 3br./2 ba. Built in 2004, needs nothing. Fenced yard, City water. Call 863-801-1739. Owner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Land SaleNW 72nd Ave. Okeechobee 40 Acres vacant land. $88,000 Call Jenny Ashburn, Coldwell Banker 772-528-8127 Lots SaleVACANT LOT, JUST UNDER 1/2 ACRE, SW 5TH AVE/SW 7TH, NO CITY TAXES. CALL 863-801-9163 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2BD/1BA Nice Park, nice unit, $400 monthly, part of utilities paid Call 812-989-3022 2Bedroom/ 1Bath Clean, includes lawn care & sewer. 3731 SE 25th St. in T.I. $550 monthly, $500 Dep. Call 863-467-1308 TREASURE ISLAND 2/2, with detached 1/1 suite, large yard. $700/mo. + sec. dep. 2 Weeks free! No pets. 863-634-0663. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice FIRST BUDGET HEARING AND REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council will conduct the First Budget Public Hearing and Regular Session on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, 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 425368 ON 8/31/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a “ Budget Workshop” on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 at 9:00 am in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 425364 ON 8/31/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD153 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that FOUR K RANCH INC 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: 1802 Year of Issuance: June-01-2010 Description of Property: BASSENGER PARK LOTS 25 & 26 BLOCK 4 1-17-35-33-0010-00040-0250 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ARLETHA SIMS ERNEST E SIMS 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 20th day of September, 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. 423269 ON 8/10,17,24,31/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF SALE To Satisfy Owners Lien 70 West Self Storage 2190 SR 70 West Okeechobee, FL 34972 9-15-12 @ 10:00 AM Unit #118 Suuwonner S. Johnson Unit #120 Denise N. Jackson Unit #246 Jessika C. Pantojas Unit #259 Ladonna Brown Unit #407 Eddy L. Lundy Unit #425 Tina M. Elder Unit 429 Danielle C. Arnold Unit #435 Stephen H. Kemp Unit #466 Antonio R. Bonilla 424264 ON 8/31;9/7/2012 School Board Meeting September 6, 2012 The School Board of Okeechobee County will conduct its regular monthly meeting as well as a nal public hearing for adoption of the 2012-13 millage rates and district budget on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The meeting will be at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303, School Board Administrative Of ce, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, and is open to the public. There will be no School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, as previously scheduled. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent of Schools 424303 ON 8/26,31/2012 16 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 ACROSS 1 Its first mascot was a toquewearer named Speedee 10 Father in the comic strip Bringing Up FatherŽ 15 2010 health statute, informally 16 Deify 17 Beastly place? 18 Protest tactic 19 Galway Bays __ Islands 20 Groupings affected by natural selection 22 Asked for a ticket? 24 Pluck 25 Leisure wear 29 Werewolves do it 30 Among other things, in Latin 33 Iranian-born TV director Badiyi 36 Roll with the punches 39 Shrub yielding an indigo dye 40 Dollars for quarters? 41 2008 runner 44 Still running 45 Beer named for a river 47 Ham relative 49 Ruined the family photo, maybe 51 Cooling treats 55 Like a baseball bats symmetry 56 Potters concern 59 Piece maker? 60 Bizets Habanera,Ž for one 61 Ethyl butyrate, e.g. 62 Folded DOWN 1 Home of V. Van Goghs Starry NightŽ 2 Handle user 3 SNLŽ cast member with Phil and Kevin 4 Majlis al Jinn cave site 5 Shrew 6 Valuable diamond 7 Coffeehouse option 8 Like some flowers 9 Detected 10 The Eyre AffairŽ author Fforde 11 Not at all like rocket science 12 Fight fiercely 13 Cook, in a way 14 Meaning 21 Dashboard Confessional music genre 22 Bruneis capital Bandar __ Begawan 23 Fall lead-in? 25 Kiss Me DeadlyŽ singer Ford 26 ... __ open fireŽ 27 It was blamed for reduced pasta sales in 2003 28 Relax 29 Seriously injure 31 Memorable movie lion 32 Prefix with 29Across 34 Greek known for paradoxes 35 The AŽ in many org. names 37 Beginning to cast? 38 Skeltons Kadiddlehopper 42 One in a pit 43 Wrap artist? 45 Six-time NBA AllStar Stoudemire 46 Plateaus, withoutŽ 47 Snipers aid 48 Annies student 50 Make no bones about 51 Supermodel with a Global Chic collection 52 Line with juice? 53 Ohio tribe 54 Rock or tin follower 57 The 5000 Fingers of __Ž: Seuss film 58 Feu extinguisher By Julian Lim (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 03/26/11 03/26/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: Johnny L. Braswell Last known address: 2242 NW 4th St Okeechobee, FL Jimmie L. Howling Last known address: 6200 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL William D. Woodhouse Last known address: 1525 NE 71st Ave Okeechobee, FL You are hereby noti ed that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Okeechobee, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections. 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NO. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 28 (Legislative) Ballot Title: HEALTH CARE SERVICES.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permit a person or an employer to purchase lawful health care services directly from a health care provider; permit a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; exempt persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; and prohibit laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service. Speci“es that the amendment does not affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide; affect which health care services are permitted by law; prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers compensation; affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010; affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; or affect any general law passed by two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature, passed after the effective date of the amendment, provided such law states with speci“city the public necessity justifying the exceptions from the provisions of the amendment. The amendment expressly provides that it may not be construed to prohibit negotiated provisions in insurance contracts, network agreements, or other provider agreements contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 28. Health care services.„ (a) To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care: (1) A law or rule may not compel, directly or indirectly, any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage. (2) A person or an employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties or taxes for paying directly for lawful health care services. A health care provider may accept direct payment for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties or taxes for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services. (b) The private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service may not be abolished by law or rule. (c) This section does not: (1) Affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide. (2) Affect which health care services are permitted by law. (3) Prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers compensation. (4) Affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010. (5) Affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services, except that this section may not be construed to prohibit any negotiated provision in any insurance contract, network agreement, or other provider agreement contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. (6) Affect any general law passed by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature after the effective date of this section, if the law states with speci“city the public necessity that justi“es an exception from this section. (d) As used in this section, the term: (1) CompelŽ includes the imposition of penalties or taxes. (2) Direct paymentŽ or pay directlyŽ means payment for lawful health care services without a public or private third party, not including an employer, paying for any portion of the service. (3) Health care systemŽ means any public or private entity whose function or purpose is the management of, processing of, enrollment of individuals for, or payment, in full or in part, for health care services, health care data, or health care information for its participants. (4) Lawful health care servicesŽ means any health-related service or treatment, to the extent that the service or treatment is permitted or not prohibited by law or regulation at the time the service or treatment is rendered, which may be provided by persons or businesses otherwise permitted to offer such services. (5) Penalties or taxesŽ means any civil or criminal penalty or “ne, tax, salary or wage withholding or surcharge, or named fee with a similar effect established by law or rule by an agency established, created, or controlled by the government which is used to punish or discourage the exercise of rights protected under this section. For purposes of this section only, the term rule by an agencyŽ may not be construed to mean any negotiated provision in any insurance contract, network agreement, or other p rovider a g reement contractuall y limitin g copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. NO. 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: VETERANS DISABLED DUE TO COMBAT INJURY; HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the State Constitution to expand the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2013. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars. The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006 is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Veterans disabled due to combat injury; homestead property tax discount.„The amendment to subsection (e) of Section 6 of Article VII relating to the homestead property tax discount for veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury shall take effect January 1, 2013. NO. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 1 and 19 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: STATE GOVERNMENT REVENUE LIMITATION.„ Ballot Summary: This proposed amendment to the State Constitution replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on Florida personal income growth with a new state revenue limitation based on in”ation and population changes. Under the amendment, state revenues, as de“ned in the amendment, collected in excess of the revenue limitation must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum “nancial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education “nance program, or, if the minimum “nancial effort is no longer required, returned to the taxpayers. The Legislature may increase the state revenue limitation through a bill approved by a super majority vote of each house of the Legislature. The Legislature may also submit a proposed increase in the state revenue limitation to the voters. The Legislature must implement this proposed amendment by general law. The amendment will take effect upon approval by the electors and will “rst apply to the 20142015 state “scal year. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 1. Taxation; appropriations; state expenses; state revenue limitation.„ (a) No tax shall be levied except in pursuance of law. No state ad valorem taxes shall be levied upon real estate or tangible personal property. All other forms of taxation shall be preempted to the state except as provided by general law. (b) Motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, trailers, trailer coaches and mobile homes, as de“ned by law, shall be subject to a license tax for their operation in the amounts and for the purposes prescribed by law, but shall not be subject to ad valorem taxes. (c) No money shall be drawn from the treasury except in pursuance of appropriation made by law. (d) Provision shall be made by law for raising suf“cient revenue to defray the expenses of the state for each “scal period. (e) Except as provided herein, state revenues collected for any “scal year shall be limited to state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year plus an adjustment for growth. As used in this subsection, growthŽ means an amount equal to the average annual rate of growth in Florida personal income over the most recent twenty quarters times the state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year. For the 1995-1996 “scal year, the state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year shall equal the state revenues collected for the 1994-1995 “scal year. Florida personal income shall be determined by the legislature, from information available from the United States Department of Commerce or its successor on the “rst day of February prior to the beginning of the “scal year. State revenues collected for any “scal year in excess of this limitation shall be transferred to the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches the maximum balance speci“ed in Section 19(g) of Article III, and thereafter shall be refunded to taxpayers as provided by general law. State revenues allowed under this subsection for any “scal year may be increased by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature in a separate bill that contains no other subject and that sets forth the dollar amount by which the state revenues allowed will be increased. The vote may not be taken less than seventytwo hours after the third reading of the bill. For purposes of this subsection, state revenuesŽ means taxes, fees, licenses, and charges for services imposed by the legislature on individuals, businesses, or agencies outside state government. However, state revenuesŽ does not include: revenues that are necessary to meet the requirements set forth in documents authorizing the issuance of bonds by the state; revenues that are used to provide matching funds for the federal Medicaid program with the exception of the revenues used to support the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund or its successor program and with the exception of state matching funds used to fund elective expansions made after July 1, 1994; proceeds from the state lottery returned as prizes; receipts of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund; balances carried forward from prior “scal years; taxes, licenses, fees, and charges for services imposed by local, regional, or school district governing bodies; or revenue from taxes, licenses, fees, and charges for services required to be imposed by any amendment or revision to this constitution after July 1, 1994. An adjustment to the revenue limitation shall be made by general law to re”ect the “scal impact of transfers of responsibility for the funding of governmental functions between the state and other levels of government. The legislature shall, by general law, prescribe procedures necessary to administer this subsection. SECTION 19. State revenue limitation.„ (a) STATE REVENUE LIMITATION.„Except as provided in this section, state revenues collected in any “scal year are limited as follows: (1) For the 2014-2015 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenues collected during the 2013-2014 “scal year multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus four one-hundredths. (2) For the 2015-2016 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2014-2015 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus three one-hundredths. (3) For the 2016-2017 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2015-2016 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus two one-hundredths. (4) For the 2017-2018 “scal y ear state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2016-2017 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus one one-hundredth. (5) For the 2018-2019 “scal year and thereafter, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for the previous “scal year multiplied by the adjustment for growth. (6) The adjustment for growth for a “scal year shall be determined by March 1 preceding the “scal year using the latest information available. Once the adjustment for growth is determined for a “scal year, it may not be changed based on revisions to the information used to make the determination. (b) REVENUES IN EXCESS OF THE LIMITATION.„State revenues collected in any “scal year in excess of the revenue limitation shall be transferred to the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches the maximum balance speci“ed in Section 19(g) of Article III, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum “nancial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education “nance program, or, if the minimum “nancial effort is no longer required, returned to taxpayers as provided by general law. (c) AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE REVENUE LIMITATION.„ (1) The state revenue limitation for any “scal year may be increased by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature. Unless otherwise provided by the bill increasing the revenue limitation, the increased revenue limitation enacted under this paragraph shall be used to determine the revenue limitation for future “scal years. (2) The state revenue limitation for any one “scal year may be increased by a three-“fths vote of the membership of each house of the legislature. Increases to the revenue limitation enacted under this paragraph must be disregarded when determining the revenue limitation in subsequent “scal years. (3) A bill increasing the revenue limitation may not contain any other subject and must set forth the dollar amount by which the state revenue limitation will be increased. The vote may not be taken less than seventy-two hours after the third reading in either house of the legislature of the bill in the form that will be presented to the governor. (d) AUTHORITY OF THE ELECTORS TO INCREASE THE REVENUE LIMITATION.„The legislature may propose an increase in the state revenue limitation pursuant to a concurrent resolution enacted by a three-“fths vote of the membership of each house. The proposed increase shall be submitted to the electors at the next general election held more than ninety days after the resolution is “led with the custodian of state records. However, the legislature may submit the proposed increase at an earlier special election held more than ninety days after it is “led with the custodian of state records pursuant to a law enacted by the af“rmative vote of three-fourths of the membership of each house of the legislature. The resolution must set forth the dollar amount by which the state revenue limitation will be increased. Unless otherwise provided in the resolution, the increased revenue limitation shall be used to determine the revenue limitation for future “scal years. The proposed increase shall take effect if it is approved by a vote of at least 60 percent of the electors voting on the matter. (e) REVENUE LIMIT ADJUSTMENT BY THE LEGISLATURE.„The legislature shall provide by general law for adjustments to the state revenue limitation to re”ect: (1) The “scal impact of transfers of responsibility for the funding of governmental functions between the state and other levels of government occurring after May 6, 2011; or (2) The “scal impact of a new federal mandate. (f) GENERAL LAW IMPLEMENTATION.„The legislature shall, by general law, prescribe procedures necessary to administer this section. (g) DEFINITIONS.„As used in this section, the term: (1) Adjustment for growthŽ means an amount equal to the average for the previous “ve years of the product of the in”ation factor and the population factor. (2) In”ation factorŽ means an amount equal to one plus the percent change in the calendar year annual average of the Consumer Price Index. The term Consumer Price IndexŽ means the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, U.S. city average (not seasonally adjusted, current base for all items), as published by the United States Department of Labor. In the event the index ceases to exist, the legislature shall determine the successor index by general law. (3) Population factorŽ means an amount equal to one plus the percent change in population of the state as of April 1 compared to April 1 of the prior year. For purposes of calculating the annual rate of change in population, the states of“cial population estimates shall be used. (4) State revenuesŽ means taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services imposed by the legislature on individuals, businesses, or agencies outside state government. However, the term state revenuesŽ does not include: revenues that are necessary to meet the requirements set forth in documents authorizing the issuance of bonds by the state for bonds issued before July 1, 2012; revenues that are used to provide matching funds for the federal Medicaid program with the exception of the revenues used to support the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund or its successor program and with the exception of state matching funds used to fund optional expansions made after July 1, 1994; proceeds from the state lotter y returned as p rizes ; recei p ts of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Property Insurance Corporation; receipts of public universities and colleges; balances carried forward from prior “scal years; taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services imposed by local, regional, or school district governing bodies; or revenue from taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services authorized by any amendment or revision to this constitution after May 6, 2011. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. State revenue limitation.„The amendment to Section 1 and the creation of Section 19 of Article VII, revising the state revenue limitation, and this section take effect upon approval by the electors and apply beginning in the 2014-2015 state “scal year. NO. 4 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 4, 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTIONS 27, 32, 33 (Legislative) Ballot Title: PROPERTY TAX LIMITATIONS; PROPERTY VALUE DECLINE; REDUCTION FOR NONHOMESTEAD ASSESSMENT INCREASES; DELAY OF SCHEDULED REPEAL.„ Ballot Summary: (1) This would amend Florida Constitution Article VII, Section 4 (Taxation; assessments) and Section 6 (Homestead exemptions). It also would amend Article XII, Section 27, and add Sections 32 and 33, relating to the Schedule for the amendments. (2) In certain circumstances, the law requires the assessed value of homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property to increase when the just value of the property decreases. Therefore, this amendment provides that the Legislature may, by general law, provide that the assessment of homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property may not increase if the just value of that property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1, subject to any adjustment in the assessed value due to changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property which are assessed as provided for by general law. This amendment takes effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013. (3) This amendment reduces from 10 percent to 5 percent the limitation on annual changes in assessments of nonhomestead real property. This amendment takes effect upon approval of the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (4) This amendment also authorizes general law to provide, subject to conditions speci“ed in such law, an additional homestead exemption to every person who establishes the right to receive the homestead exemption provided in the Florida Constitution within 1 year after purchasing the homestead property and who has not owned property in the previous 3 calendar years to which the Florida homestead exemption applied. The additional homestead exemption shall apply to all levies except school district levies. The additional exemption is an amount equal to 50 percent of the homestead propertys just value on January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional homestead exemption may not exceed an amount equal to the median just value of all homestead property within the county where the property at issue is located for the calendar year immediately preceding January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption shall apply for the shorter of 5 years or the year of sale of the property. The amount of the additional exemption shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount of the additional exemption received in the year the homestead was established or by an amount equal to the difference between the just value of the property and the assessed value of the property determined under Article VII, Section 4(d), whichever is greater. Not more than one such exemption shall be allowed per homestead property at one time. The additional exemption applies to property purchased on or after January 1, 2011, if approved by the voters at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, or to property purchased on or after January 1, 2012, if approved by the voters at the 2012 general elec-tion. The additional exemption is not available in the sixth and subsequent years after it is “rst received. The amendment shall take effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (5) This amendment also delays until 2023, the repeal, currently scheduled to take effect in 2019, of constitutional amendments adopted in 2008 which limit annual assessment increases for speci“ed nonhomestead real property. This amendment delays until 2022 the submission of an amendment proposing the abrogation of such repeal to the voters. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.„By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation, provided: (a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Floridas aquifers, or land used exclusively for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classi“ed b y g eneral law and assessed solel y on the basis of character or use. (b) As provided by general law and subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable de“nitions speci“ed therein, land used for conservation purposes shall be classi“ed by general law and assessed solely on the basis of character or use. (c) Pursuant to general law tangible personal property held for sale as stock in trade and livestock may be valued for taxation at a speci“ed percentage of its value, may be classi“ed for tax purposes, or may be exempted from taxation. (d) All persons entitled to a homestead exemption under Section 6 of this Article shall have their homestead assessed at just value as of January 1 of the year following the effective date of this amendment. This assessment shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall change be changed annually on January 1 1st of each year.; but those changes in assessments a. A change in an assessment may shall not exceed the lower of the following: 1.a. Three percent (3%) of the assessment for the prior year. 2.b. The percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S. City Average, all items 1967=100, or a successor index reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. b. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property assessed as provided in paragraph (5), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) After a any change of ownership, as provided by general law, homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1 of the following year, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) New homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1 1st of the year following the establishment of the homestead, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. That assessment shall only change only as provided in this subsection. (5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; provided, However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (6) In the event of a termination of homestead status, the property shall be assessed as provided by general law. (7) The provisions of this subsection amendment are severable. If a provision any of the provisions of this subsection is amendment shall be held unconstitutional by a any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of the such court does shall not affect or impair any remaining provisions of this subsection amendment (8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2009, or January 1 of any subsequent year and who has received a homestead exemption pursuant to Section 6 of this Article as of January 1 of either of the 2 two years immediately preceding the establishment of a the new homestead is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just value. If this revision is approved in January of 2008, a person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2008, is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just value only if that person received a homestead exemption on January 1, 2007. The assessed value of the newly established homestead shall be determined as follows: 1. If the just value of the new homestead is greater than or equal to the just value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be the just value of the new homestead minus an amount equal to the lesser of $500,000 or the difference between the just value and the assessed value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. 2. If the just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be equal to the just value of the new homestead divided by the just value of the prior homestead and multiplied by the assessed value of the prior homestead. However, if the difference between the just value of the new homestead and the assessed value of the new homestead calculated pursuant to this sub-subparagraph is greater than $500,000, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be increased so that the difference between the just value and the assessed value equals $500,000. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. b. By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the legislature shall provide for application of this paragraph to property owned by more than one person. (e) The legislature may, by general law, for assessment purposes and subject to the provisions of this subsection, allow counties and municipalities to authorize by ordinance that historic property may be assessed solely on the basis of character or use. Such character or use assessment shall apply only to the jurisdiction adopting the ordinance. The requirements for eligible properties must be speci“ed by general law. (f) A county may, in the manner prescribed by general law, provide for a reduction in the assessed value of homestead p ro p ert y to the extent of an y increase in the assessed value of that property which results from the construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for one or more natural or adoptive grandparents or parents of the owner of the property or of the owners spouse if at least one of the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older. Such a reduction may not exceed the lesser of the following: (1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property. (2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved. (g) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of residential real property, as de“ned by general law, which contains nine units or fewer and which is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (d) shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provided by law. However,; but those changes in assessments may shall not exceed 5 ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior year. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to property assessed as provided in paragraph (4), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding date of assessment provided by law. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) After a change of ownership or control, as de“ned by general law, including any change of ownership of a legal entity that owns the property, such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (h) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of real property that is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (d) and (g) shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provided by law. However,; but those changes in assessments may shall not exceed 5 ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior year. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to property assessed as provided in paragraph (5), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding date of assessment provided by law. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) The legislature must provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after a qualifying improvement, as de“ned by general law, is made to such property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) The legislature may provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after a change of ownership or control, as de“ned by general law, including any change of ownership of the legal entity that owns the property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (i) The legislature, by general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, may prohibit the consideration of the following in the determination of the assessed value of real property used for residential purposes: (1) Any change or improvement made for the purpose of improving the propertys resistance to wind damage. (2) The installation of a renewable energy source device. (j)(1) The assessment of the following working waterfront properties shall be based upon the current use of the property: a. Land used predominantly for commercial “shing purposes. b. Land that is accessible to the public and used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable. c. Marinas and drystacks that are open to the public. d. Water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial “shing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities. (2) The assessment bene“t provided by this subsection is subject to conditions and limitations and reasonable de“nitions as speci“ed by the legislature by general law. SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of $25,000 twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than $50,000 “fty thousand dollars and up to $75,000 seventy-“ve thousand dollars upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of 98 ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of Section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding $50,000 “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age 65 sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed $20,000 twenty thousand dollars The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. (f) As provided by general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, every person who establishes the right to receive the homestead exemption provided in subsection (a) within 1 year after purchasing the homestead property and who has not owned property in the previous 3 calendar years to which the homestead exemption provided in subsection (a) applied is entitled to an additional homestead exemption for all levies except school district levies. The additional exemption is an amount equal to 50 percent of the homestead propertys just value on January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption may not exceed the median just value of all homestead property within the county where the property at issue is located for the calendar year immediately preceding January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption shall apply for a period of 5 years or until the year the property is sold, whichever occurs “rst. The amount of the additional exemption shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount of the additional exemption received in the year the homestead was established or by an amount equal to the difference between the just value of the property and the assessed value of the property determined under Section 4(d), whichever is greater. Not more than one exemption provided under this subsection shall be allowed per homestead property at one time. The additional exemption applies to property purchased on or after January 1, 2011, if this amendment is approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, or to property purchased on or after January 1, 2012, if this amendment is approved at the 2012 general election, but the additional exemption is not available in the sixth and subsequent years after it is “rst received. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 27. Property tax exemptions and limitations on property tax assessments.„The amendments to Sections 3, 4, and 6 of Article VII, providing a $25,000 exemption for tangible personal property, providing an additional $25,000 homestead exemption, authorizing transfer of the accrued bene“t from the limitations on the assessment of homestead property, and PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued on the next page 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice

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this section, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on January 29, 2008, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2008, or, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next general election, shall take effect January 1 of the year following such general election. The amendments to Section 4 of Article VII creating subsections (f) and (g) of that section, creating a limitation on annual assessment increases for speci“ed real property, shall take effect upon approval of the electors and shall “rst limit assessments beginning January 1, 2009, if approved at a special election held on January 29, 2008, or shall “rst limit assessments beginning January 1, 2010, if approved at the general election held in November of 2008. Subsections (g) (f) and (h) (g) of Section 4 of Article VII, initially adopted as subsections (f) and (g), are repealed effective January 1, 2023 2019 ; however, the legislature shall by joint resolution propose an amendment abrogating the repeal of subsections (g) (f) and (h) (g) which shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the general election of 2022 2018 and, if approved, shall take effect January 1, 2023 2019 SECTION 32. Property assessments.„This section and the amendment of Section 4 of Article VII addressing homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property having a declining just value and reducing the limit on the maximum annual increase in the assessed value of nonhomestead property, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013. SECTION 33. Additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who recently have not owned homestead property.„This section and the amendment to Section 6 of Article VII providing for an additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who have not owned homestead property during the 3 calendar years immediately preceding purchase of the current homestead property, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, and the additional homestead exemption shall be available for properties purchased on or after January 1, 2011, or if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013, and the additional homestead exemption shall be available for properties purchased on or after January 1, 2012. NO. 5 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE V, SECTIONS 2, 11, AND 12 (Legislative) Ballot Title: STATE COURTS.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing a revision of Article V of the State Constitution relating to the judiciary. The State Constitution authorizes the Supreme Court to adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts. The constitution further provides that a rule of court may be repealed by a general law enacted by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. This proposed constitutional revision eliminates the requirement that a general law repealing a court rule pass by a two-thirds vote of each house, thereby providing that the Legislature may repeal a rule of court by a general law approved by a majority vote of each house of the Legislature that expresses the policy behind the repeal. The court could readopt the rule in conformity with the public policy expressed by the Legislature, but if the Legislature determines that a rule has been readopted and repeals the readopted rule, this proposed revision prohibits the court from further readopting the repealed rule without the Legislatures prior approval. Under current law, rules of the judicial nominating commissions and the Judicial Quali“cations Commission may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. Under this proposed revision, a vote to repeal those rules is changed to repeal by general law enacted by a majority vote of the legislators present. Under current law, the Governor appoints a justice of the Supreme Court from a list of nominees provided by a judicial nominating commission, and appointments by the Governor are not subject to con“rmation. This revision requires Senate con“rmation of a justice of the Supreme Court before the appointee can take of“ce. If the Senate votes not to con“rm the appointment, the judicial nominating commission must reconvene and may not renominate any person whose prior appointment to “ll the same vacancy was not con“rmed by the Senate. For the purpose of con“rmation, the Senate may meet at any time. If the Senate fails to vote on the appointment of a justice within 90 days, the justice will be deemed con“rmed and will take of“ce. The Judicial Quali“cations Commission is an independent commission created by the State Constitution to investigate and prosecute before the Florida Supreme Court alleged misconduct by a justice or judge. Currently under the constitution, commission proceedings are con“dential until formal charges are “led by the investigative panel of the commission. Once formal char g es are “led, the formal char g es and all further proceedings of the commission are public. Currently, the constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to impeach a justice or judge. Further, the Speaker of the House of Representatives may request, and the Judicial Quali“cations Commission must make available, all information in the commissions possession for use in deciding whether to impeach a justice or judge. This proposed revision requires the commission to make all of its “les available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives but provides that such “les would remain con“dential during any investigation by the House of Representatives and until such information is used in the pursuit of an impeachment of a justice or judge. This revision also removes the power of the Governor to request “les of the Judicial Quali“cations Commission to conform to a prior constitutional change. This revision also makes technical and clarifying additions and deletions relating to the selection of chief judges of a circuit and relating to the Judicial Quali“cations Commission, and makes other nonsubstantive conforming and technical changes in the judicial article of the constitution. Full Text: ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 2. Administration; practice and procedure.„ (a) The supreme court shall adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts including the time for seeking appellate review, the administrative supervision of all courts, the transfer to the court having jurisdiction of any proceeding when the jurisdiction of another court has been improvidently invoked, and a requirement that no cause shall be dismissed because an improper remedy has been sought. The supreme court shall adopt rules to allow it the court and the district courts of appeal to submit questions relating to military law to the federal Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for an advisory opinion. Rules of court may be repealed by general law that expresses the policy behind the repeal enacted by twothirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature The court may readopt the repealed rule only in conformity with the public policy expressed by the legislature. If the legislature determines that a rule has been readopted and repeals the readopted rule, the rule may not be readopted thereafter without prior approval of the legislature. (b) The chief justice of the supreme court shall be chosen by a majority of the members of the court; shall be the chief administrative of“cer of the judicial system; and shall have the power to assign justices or judges, including consenting retired justices or judges, to temporary duty in any court for which the judge is quali“ed and to delegate to a chief judge of a judicial circuit the power to assign judges for duty in that circuit. (c) A chief judge for each district court of appeal shall be chosen by a majority of the judges thereof or, if there is no majority, by the chief justice. The chief judge shall be responsible for the administrative supervision of the court. (d) A chief judge in each circuit shall be chosen from among the circuit judges as provided by supreme court rule. The chief judge of a circuit shall be responsible for the administrative supervision of the circuit courts and county courts in the his circuit. SECTION 11. Vacancies.„ (a) Whenever a vacancy occurs in a judicial of“ce to which election for retention applies, the governor shall “ll the vacancy by appointing for a term ending on the “rst Tuesday after the “rst Monday in January of the year following the next general election occurring at least one year after the date of appointment, one of not fewer than three persons nor more than six persons nominated by the appropriate judicial nominating commission. (b) The governor shall “ll each vacancy on a circuit court or on a county court, wherein the judges are elected by a majority vote of the electors, by appointing for a term ending on the “rst Tuesday after the “rst Monday in January of the year following the next primary and general election occurring at least one year after the date of appointment, one of not fewer than three persons nor more than six persons nominated by the appropriate judicial nominating commission. An election shall be held to “ll that judicial of“ce for the term of the of“ce beginning at the end of the appointed term. (c) The nominations shall be made within thirty days from the occurrence of a vacancy unless the period is extended by the governor for a time not to exceed thirty days. The governor shall make the appointment within sixty days after the nominations have been certi“ed to the governor. (d) Each appointment of a justice of the supreme court is subject to con“rmation by the senate. The senate may sit for the purpose of con“rmation regardless of whether the house of representatives is in session or not. If the senate fails to vote on the appointment of a justice within 90 days, the justice shall be deemed con“rmed. If the senate votes to not con“rm the appointment, the supreme court judicial nominating commission shall reconvene as though a new vacancy had occurred but may not renominate any person whose prior appointment to “ll the same vacancy was not con“rmed by the senate. The appointment of a justice is effective upon con“rmation by the senate. (e)(d) There shall be a separate judicial nominating commission as provided by general law for the supreme court, one for each district court of appeal, and one for each judicial circuit for all trial courts within the circuit. Uniform rules of procedure shall be established by the judicial nominating commissions at each level of the court system. Such rules, or any part thereof, may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the legislature or by the supreme court, “ve justices concurring. Except for deliberations of the judicial nominating commissions, the proceedings of the commissions and their records shall be open to the public. SECTION 12. Discipline; removal and retirement.„ (a) JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION.„A judicial quali“cations commission is created. (1) There shall be a judicial quali“cations commission vested with jurisdiction to investigate and recommend to the Supreme Court of Florida the removal from of“ce of any justice or judge whose conduct, during term of of“ce or otherwise, occurring on or after November 1, 1966, (without regard to the effective date of this section) demonstrates a present un“tness to hold of“ce, and to investigate and recommend the discipline of a justice or judge whose conduct, during term of of“ce or otherwise occurring on or after November 1, 1966 (without regard to the effective date of this section) warrants such discipline. For purposes of this section, discipline is de“ned as any or all of the following: reprimand, “ne, suspension with or without pay, or lawyer discipline. The commission shall have jurisdiction over justices and judges regarding allegations that misconduct occurred before or during service as a justice or judge if a complaint is made no later than one year following service as a justice or judge. The commission shall have jurisdiction regarding allegations of incapacity during service as a justice or judge. The commission shall be composed of: a. Two judges of district courts of appeal selected by the judges of those courts, two circuit judges selected by the judges of the circuit courts and two judges of county courts selected by the judges of those courts; b. Four electors who reside in the state, who are members of the bar of Florida, and who shall be chosen by the governing body of the bar of Florida; and c. Five electors who reside in the state, who have never held judicial of“ce or been members of the bar of Florida, and who shall be appointed by the governor. (2) The members of the judicial quali“cations commission shall serve staggered terms, not to exceed six years, as prescribed by general law. No member of the commission except a judge shall be eligible for state judicial of“ce while acting as a member of the commission and for a period of two years thereafter. No member of the commission shall hold of“ce in a political party or participate in any campaign for judicial of“ce or hold public of“ce; provided that a judge may campaign for judicial of“ce and hold that of“ce. The commission shall elect one of its members as its chairperson. (3) Members of the judicial quali“cations commission not subject to impeachment shall be subject to removal from the commission pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 7, Florida Constitution. (4) The commission shall adopt rules regulating its proceedings, the “lling of vacancies by the appointing authorities, the disquali“cation of members, the rotation of members between the panels, and the temporary replacement of disquali“ed or incapacitated members. The commissions rules, or any part thereof, may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the legislature, or by the supreme court, “ve justices concurring. The commission shall have power to issue subpoenas. Until formal charges against a justice or judge are “led by the investigative panel with the clerk of the supreme court of Florida all proceedings by or before the commission shall be con“dential; provided, however, upon a “nding of probable cause and the “ling by the investigative panel with said clerk of such formal charges against a justice or judge such charges and all further proceedings before the commission shall be public. (5) The commission shall have access to all information from all executive, legislative and judicial agencies, including grand juries, subject to the rules of the commission. At any time, on request of the speaker of the house of representatives or the governor the commission shall make available to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the commission, which information shall remain con“dential during any investigation and until such information is used in the pursuit for use in consideration of impeachment or suspension, respectively (b) PANELS.„The commission shall be divided into an investigative panel and a hearing panel as established by rule of the commission. The investigative panel is vested with the jurisdiction to receive or initiate complaints, conduct investigations, dismiss complaints, and upon a vote of a simple majority of the panel submit formal charges to the hearing panel. The hearing panel is vested with the authority to receive and hear formal charges from the investigative panel and upon a two-thirds vote of the panel recommend to the supreme court the removal of a justice or judge or the involuntary retirement of a justice or judge for any permanent disability that seriously interferes with the performance of judicial duties. Upon a simple majority vote of the membership of the hearing panel, the panel may recommend to the supreme court that the justice or judge be subject to appropriate discipline. (c) SUPREME COURT.„ The supreme court shall receive recommendations from the judicial quali“cations commissions hearing panel. (1) The supreme court may accept, reject, or modify in whole or in part the “ndings, conclusions, and recommendations of the commission and it may order that the justice or judge be subjected to appropriate discipline, or be removed from of“ce with termination of compensation for willful or persistent failure to perform judicial duties or for other conduct unbecoming a member of the judiciary demonstrating a present un“tness to hold of“ce, or be involuntarily retired for any permanent disability that seriously interferes with the performance of j udicial duties. Mala“des scienter or moral turpitude on the part of a justice or judge shall not be required for removal from of“ce of a justice or judge whose conduct demonstrates a present un“tness to hold of“ce. After the “ling of a formal proceeding and upon request of the investigative panel, the supreme court may suspend the justice or judge from of“ce, with or without compensation, pending “nal determination of the inquiry. (2) The supreme court may award costs to the prevailing party. (d) REMOVAL POWER.„ The power of removal conferred by this section shall be both alternative and cumulative to the power of impeachment. (e) PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.„ Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions of this section, if the person who is the subject of proceedings by the judicial quali“cations commission is a justice of the supreme court of Florida all justices of such court automatically shall be disquali“ed to sit as justices of such court with respect to all proceedings therein concerning such person and the supreme court for such purposes shall be composed of a panel consisting of the seven chief judges of the judicial circuits of the state of Florida most senior in tenure of judicial of“ce as circuit judge. For purposes of determining seniority of such circuit judges in the event there be judges of equal tenure in judicial of“ce as circuit judge the judge or judges from the lower numbered circuit or circuits shall be deemed senior. In the event any such chief circuit judge is under investigation by the judicial quali“cations commission or is otherwise disquali“ed or unable to serve on the panel, the next most senior chief circuit judge or judges shall serve in place of such disquali“ed or disabled chief circuit judge. (f) SCHEDULE TO SECTION 12.„ (1) Except to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of this section, all provisions of law and rules of court in force on the effective date of this article shall continue in effect until superseded in the manner authorized by the constitution. (2) After this section becomes effective and until adopted by rule of the commission consistent with it: a. The commission shall be divided, as determined by the chairperson, into one investigative panel and one hearing panel to meet the responsibilities set forth in this section. b. The investigative panel shall be composed of: 1. Four judges, 2. Two members of the bar of Florida, and 3. Three non-lawyers. c. The hearing panel shall be composed of: 1. Two judges, 2. Two members of the bar of Florida, and 3. Two non-lawyers. d. Membership on the panels may rotate in a manner determined by the rules of the commission provided that no member shall vote as a member of the investigative and hearing panel on the same proceeding. e. The commission shall hire separate staff for each panel. f. The members of the commission shall serve for staggered terms of six years. g. The terms of of“ce of the present members of the judicial quali“cations commission shall expire upon the effective date of the amendments to this section approved by the legislature during the regular session of the legislature in 1996 and new members shall be appointed to serve the following staggered terms: 1. Group I.„The terms of “ve members, composed of two electors as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, one member of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b. of Article V, one judge from the district courts of appeal and one circuit judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)a. of Article V, shall expire on December 31, 1998. 2. Group II.„The terms of “ve members, composed of one elector as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, two members of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b. of Article V, one circuit judge and one county judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1) a. of Article V shall expire on December 31, 2000. 3. Group III.„The terms of “ve members, composed of two electors as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, one member of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b., one judge from the district courts of appeal and one county judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)a. of Article V, shall expire on December 31, 2002. g.h. An appointment to “ll a vacancy of the commission shall be for the remainder of the term. h.i. Selection of members by district courts of appeal judges, circuit judges, and county court judges, shall be by no less than a majority of the members voting at the respective courts conferences. Selection of members by the board of governors of the bar of Florida shall be by no less than a majority of the board. i.j. The commission shall be entitled to recover the costs of investigation and prosecution, in addition to any penalty levied by the supreme court. j.k. The compensation of members and referees shall be the travel expenses or transportation and per diem allowance as provided by general law. NO. 6 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 28 (Legislative) Ballot Title: PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDING OF ABORTIONS; CONSTRUCTION OF ABORTION RIGHTS.„ Ballot Summary: This proposed amendment provides that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-bene“ts coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This prohibition does not apply to an expenditure required by federal law, a case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, p h y sical in j ur y, or p h y sical illness that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, or a case of rape or incest. This proposed amendment provides that the State Constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. With respect to abortion, this proposed amendment overrules court decisions which conclude that the right of privacy under Article I, Section 23 of the State Constitution is broader in scope than that of the United States Constitution. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 28. Prohibition on public funding of abortions; construction of abortion rights.„ (a) Public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for healthbene“ts coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This subsection does not apply to: (1) An expenditure required by federal law; (2) A case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering, physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, which would, as certi“ed by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed; or (3) A pregnancy that results from rape or incest. (b) This constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. NO. 8 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 3 (Legislative) Ballot Title: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental bene“ts, funding or other support, except as required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 3. Religious freedom.„There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace, or safety. Except to the extent required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, neither the government nor any agent of the government may deny to any individual or entity the bene“ts of any program, funding, or other support on the basis of religious identity or belief. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. NO. 9 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE OF MILITARY VETERAN OR FIRST RESPONDER.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to provide by general law ad valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran who died from service-connected causes while on active duty or to the surviving spouse of a “rst responder who died in the line of duty. The amendment authorizes the Legislature to totally exempt or partially exempt such surviving spouses homestead property from ad valorem taxation. The amendment de“nes a “rst responder as a law enforcement of“cer, a correctional of“cer, a “re“ghter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2013. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exem p tion shall be allowed an y individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars. The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. (f) By general law and subject to conditions and limitations speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide ad valorem tax relief equal to the total amount or a portion of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property to the: (1) Surviving spouse of a veteran who died from serviceconnected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces. (2) Surviving spouse of a “rst responder who died in the line of duty. (3) As used in this subsection and as further de“ned by general law, the term: a. First responderŽ means a law enforcement of“cer, a correctional of“cer, a “re“ghter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. b. In the line of dutyŽ means arising out of and in the actual performance of duty required by employment as a “rst responder. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Ad valorem tax relief for surviving spouses of veterans who died from service-connected causes and “rst responders who died in the line of duty.„This section and the amendment to Section 6 of Article VII permitting the legislature to provide ad valorem tax relief to surviving spouses of veterans who died from service-connected causes and “rst responders who died in the line of duty shall take effect January 1, 2013. NO. 10 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 3 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to: (1)Provide an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by counties, municipalities, school districts, and other local governments on tangible personal property if the assessed value of an owners tangible personal property is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. This new exemption, if approved by the voters, will take effect on January 1, 2013, and apply to the 2013 tax roll and subsequent tax rolls. (2) Authorize a county or municipality for the purpose of its respective levy, and as provided by general law, to provide tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance. This is in addition to other statewide tangible personal property tax exemptions provided by the Constitution and this amendment. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 3. Taxes; exemptions.„ (a) All property owned by a municipality and used exclusively by it for municipal or public purposes shall be exempt from taxation. A municipality, owning property outside the municipality, may be req uired b y g eneral law to make p a y ment to the taxing unit in which the property is located. Such portions of property as are used predominantly for educational, literary, scienti“c, religious or charitable purposes may be exempted by general law from taxation. (b) There shall be exempt from taxation, cumulatively, to every head of a family residing in this state, household goods and personal effects to the value “xed by general law, not less than one thousand dollars, and to every widow or widower or person who is blind or totally and permanently disabled, property to the value “xed by general law not less than “ve hundred dollars. (c) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions of this subsection and general law, grant community and economic development ad valorem tax exemptions to new businesses and expansions of existing businesses, as de“ned by general law. Such an exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality, and only after the electors of the county or municipality voting on such question in a referendum authorize the county or municipality to adopt such ordinances. An exemption so granted shall apply to improvements to real property made by or for the use of a new business and improvements to real property related to the expansion of an existing business and shall also apply to tangible personal property of such new business and tangible personal property related to the expansion of an existing business. The amount or limits of the amount of such exemption shall be speci“ed by general law. The period of time for which such exemption may be granted to a new business or expansion of an existing business shall be determined by general law. The authority to grant such exemption shall expire ten years from the date of approval by the electors of the county or municipality, and may be renewable by referendum as provided by general law. (d) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions of this subsection and general law, grant historic preservation ad valorem tax exemptions to owners of historic properties. This exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality. The amount or limits of the amount of this exemption and the requirements for eligible properties must be speci“ed by general law. The period of time for which this exemption may be granted to a property owner shall be determined by general law. (e)(1) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, twenty-“ve thousand dollars of the assessed value of tangible personal property is subject to tangible personal property tax shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation. Tangible personal property is also exempt from ad valorem taxation if the assessed value of such property is greater than twenty-“ve thousand dollars but less than “fty thousand dollars. (2) A county or municipality may, for the purposes of its respective tax levy, provide additional tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance, subject to this subsection and as provided in general law. (f) There shall be granted an ad valorem tax exemption for real property dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes, including real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or by other perpetual conservation protections, as de“ned by general law. (g) By general law and subject to the conditions speci“ed therein, each person who receives a homestead exemption as provided in section 6 of this article; who was a member of the United States military or military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves, or the Florida National Guard; and who was deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature shall receive an additional exemption equal to a percentage of the taxable value of his or her homestead property. The applicable percentage shall be calculated as the number of days during the preceding calendar year the person was deployed on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature divided by the number of days in that year. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Tangible personal property; ad valorem tax exemption.„ The amendment to Section 3 of Article VII providing that property is exempt from tangible personal property tax if the assessed value of such property is greater than twenty-“ve thousand dollars but less than “fty thousand dollars shall take effect January 1, 2013, and applies to assessments for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. NO. 11 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 (Legislative) Ballot Title: ADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; LOW-INCOME SENIORS WHO MAINTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENCY ON PROPERTY; EQUAL TO ASSESSED VALUE.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law and subject to conditions set forth in the general law, to allow counties and municipalities to grant an additional homestead tax exemption equal to the assessed value of homestead property if the property has a just value less than $250,000 to an owner who has maintained permanent residency on the property for not less than 25 years, who has attained age 65, and who has a low household income as de“ned by general law. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant either or both of the following an additional homestead tax exemptions: (1) An exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars; or. (2) An exemption equal to the assessed value of the property to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate with a just value less than two hundred and “fty thousand dollars and who has maintained thereon the permanent residence of the owner for not less than twenty-“ve years and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income does not exceed the income limitation prescribed in paragraph (1). The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant these this additional exemptions exemption within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. NO. 12 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE IX, SECTION 7 (Legislative) Ballot Title: APPOINTMENT OF STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents. Full Text: ARTICLE IX EDUCATION SECTION 7. State University System.„ (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence through teaching students, advancing research and providing pubContinued from the previous page PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued on the next page 18 Okeechobee News August 31, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice

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lic service for the bene“t of Floridas citizens, their communities and economies, the people hereby establish a system of governance for the state university system of Florida. (b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. There shall be a single state university system comprised of all public universities. A board of trustees shall administer each public university and a board of governors shall govern the state university system. (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each local constituent university shall be administered by a board of trustees consisting of thirteen members dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The board of governors shall establish the powers and duties of the boards of trustees. Each board of trustees shall consist of six citizen members appointed by the governor and “ve citizen members appointed by the board of governors. The appointed members shall be con“rmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of “ve years as provided by law. The chair of the faculty senate, or the equivalent, and the president of the student body of the university shall also be members. (d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. The board of governors shall be a body corporate consisting of seventeen members. The board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the whole university system. These responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, de“ning the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its articulation with free public schools and community colleges, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs. The boards management shall be subject to the powers of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds, and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by law. The governor shall appoint to the board fourteen citizens dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The appointed members shall be con“rmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of seven years as provided by law. The commissioner of education, the chair of the advisory council of faculty senates, or the equivalent, and the chair of the council of student body presidents, which council shall be organized by the board of governors and consist of all the student body presidents of the state university system president of the Florida student association, or the equivalent shall also be members of the board. PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued from the previous page Public Notice Public Notice 19 Okeechobee News A ugust 31, 2012 Come out and see the wildest boat race you will ever lay eyes on in Okeechobee’s Second Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta Homemade Boat Race. This year’s regatta will be held at C. Scott Driver Park, 10100 West Hwy 78, Okeechobee on Saturday, Oct. 6, w ith races set to start at 9 a.m. Sponsors/racers dinner and mandatory check-in will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, beginning at 4 p.m. with dinner to start at 5 p.m. Additional dinner tickets will be available for purchase for only $5 and the public is encouraged to come and enjoy the fun. Sponsorships are available at several levels including Bronze $150 with boat supplies, one dinner ticket and one event shirt; Silver $250 boat supplies, yard sign, two dinner tickets and one event shirt; Gold boat supplies, banner, four dinner tickets, four VIP seats and one event shirt; Platinum boat supplies, Premium banner placement, 10 dinner tickets, two event shirts and four VIP seats. Age divisions include several groups including: “Skippers” 15 years and under; “First Mates” 16-49 years, “Old Salts” 50 years and older; “Kayak” all ages. If your boat is 10 feet long or greater, and has the general appearance and/or shape of a kayak, you will be placed in this class. Boats may be used in an additional class for only $25. All funds raised will bene t children’s causes charities. Show off your boat building skills by building your vessel from just one 4’ x 8’sheet of 1/4” luan plywood, 24’ of 2’ x 4’s, one 60-yard roll of duct tape, one pound of screws and No Glue or adhesives at all. For more information, contact J.D. Mixon at 863-6341778. Visit www.Minimal Regatta.com for more details. Second ‘Minimal Regatta’ gets ready to set sail Okeechobee News/ File photoBoats for the "minimal regatta" must be built from one sheet of plywood, one roll of duct tape and one pound of screws. No adhesives or glue is allowed, but paint may be used as a decoration. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Al Morris and Joey Santibanez have a lot in common as they return for their senior y ear to play football for Okeechobee High School. Both lost most of last year due to devastating leg injuries and spent most of the off season in rehabilitation as they tried to return to the gridiron. Santibanez was injured in the rst game of the year at John Carroll and Morris was injured in week four when he went down against St. Lucie West Centennial. Both players admit that the adversity they shared, has motivated them to excel. “I’m glad to be back with my teammates,” Santibanez said this week, “I felt really bad that I couldn’t be out there with them last year.” Santibanez went through recovery, doctor’s visits, and conditioning through the summer. This year he came back to nd a talented, and deep roster, which meant he’s had to learn a new position. “I look at my coach and whatever he wants me to do to contribute I’m ne with. The position doesn’t matter because I want to be the best t for the team,” he added. Santibanez tested his ankle with summer long workouts and feels it’s 100 percent healed. He has moved around the eld but can provide depth at numerous positions including the defensive back eld, linebacker, and now wide receiver. “I think it’s a plus to have so many players with ability. I feel great effort will bring great results,” he said, He said the key to the team success this year will be focus in lm sessions, good practice habits, and effort and intensity in games. Morris said his leg is 100-percent. He underwent surgery and was laid up in bed for several weeks last year. He had to listen to the football games on the radio and really missed the game. “I put 100 percent into my rehabilitation because I wanted to do my best during my senior year. I’m glad to be back with the team.” Morris said he believes the injury has made him even stronger because he has never worked this hard in his life. He was motivated as he sat in his bed listening to football games. “I wanted to be out there so bad but I couldn’t. It drove me to work harder,” he said. Morris gures to have a big year as one o f the Brahmans main options at wide receiver. He also feels the defense will be strong because they have plenty of talent. “We have fast guys in the secondary and all of the guys can switch positions. I feel our linebackers can also come out and perform. It is a nice situation,” he added. Two OHS Brahmans don’t let adversity stop them Okeechobee News/ File photosBoats that are 10 feet long or longer will be considered the "kayak" class and will race against others of similar size and shape.

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