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Okeechobee news

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Okeechobee news
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Okeechobee news (Okeechobee, Fla. 2000)
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Okeechobee, FL
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Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).

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Friday, June 1, 2018 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 109 No. 65 14.08 feetLast Year: 10.99 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Pedestrian in wheelchair dies in SR 70 crash ... Page 18 Are you ready for hurricane season? ... INSIDE Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe burnt shell of the Lindley home after a late-night “re on May 26 destroyed the trailer and everything inside. Speak Out .. Page 4 Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will start releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this weekend as part of its effort to manage rising water levels. The discharges are scheduled to begin Friday, June 1. The target ”ow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at Moore Haven Lock (S-77), located in the southwest part of the lake. The target ”ow for the St. Lucie Estuary is 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock (S-80) near Stuart. Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basins could occasionally result in ”ows tha t exceed the target. Historic rain across the region since the middle of May has caused the lake to rise mor e than a foot,Ž said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonvill e Corps to begin releases from lake S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level Man accused of ZombiCon shooting found competent to stand trial ... Page 18See LAKE „ Page 2 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News On Saturday, May 26 at 2:44 a.m., Okeechobee resident Jessica Brumley heard a loud explosion in her neighborhood. When she looked outside, she saw her neighbors trailer engulfed in ”ames. Ms. Brumley immediately called emergency services in hopes of saving the three people who lived in the trailer located at 6047 S.E. 95th Trail, Rachel Lindley, her baby Raylin Lindley, and her mother Regina Lindley. Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) Deputy Kenneth Hernandez was “rst to arrive on the scene and made contact with Ms. Brumley, who informed him of the three people who live in the trailer. According to Deputy Hernandezs incident report, as he arrived he observed the trailer fully engulfed in ”ames. He checked to make sure no power lines were down and that there were no propane tanks around the trailer. With the “re still growing rapidly, he proceeded to evacuate the surrounding residents to safety. Okeechobee County Fire Rescue (OCFR) arrived on scene around 3 a.m., and “re“ghters had been made aware en route of two women and a small child who might still have been in the home. According to the “re report prepared by OCFR Lt. Robert Ban“eld, once OCFR made a stop on the “re they were then able to gain entry to the back bedroom of the trailer and search for anyone caught inside during the “re. But “re“ghters were unable to locate anyone. While evacuating nearby residents, Deputy Hernandez made contact with Carol Hagler, who informed the of“cer that she had dropped Rachel and her baby off at a friends house around 4 p.m. and that Rachel had mentioned possibly staying the night there. Carol also reported that Regina was not in the trailer that night as she had been staying at her sisters house. Deputy Hernandez was able to contact Regina over the phone. Regina was distraught at the news of what happened but con“rmed that Rachel and her baby had spent the Woman loses home and her two dogs in late-night “reSee FIRE „ Page 2

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night at a friends house that night. She did inform the deputy that there were two dogs inside the trailer and asked if they were able to be saved. Deputy Hernandez stated that the trailer was fully engulfed upon his arrival and it was impossible to make entry. Rachel Lindley was still asleep at her friends house when she began to receive calls from neighbors and family about what w as happening at her house. I thought it was a joke at “rst,Ž said Rachel. But people dont usually joke about serious things like that, and the calls kept coming. So I dropped off my daughter with her grandmother and went back home. I didnt want my daughter to see it. Everything was just gone. Theres nothing left. If we had been inside, wed be gone; there wouldve been no chance. The only thing left in my house was my Bible. The outside of it was burned, but none of the pages were damaged.Ž Rachel reports that the only clothes she has now are the ones she wore that night and that the bodies of the two family dogs, a 15-year-old named Precious and a 6-monthold named Spike, have not been discovered. Spike was just a baby,Ž explained Rachel. He would follow me everywhere. I know theyre just animals, but I was close to both of them.Ž Now, Rachel is attempting to pick up the pieces and recover from the shock of losing her house, belongings and animals. I feel lost,Ž Rachel said. Im just taking one day at a time. I need to keep a smile on my face for my four-year-old daughter.Ž A state “re marshal is currently investigating the cause of the “re. FIREContinued From Page 1 2 Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 € Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy € Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 € Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing € Delicious Meals € Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 THE GATHERING A Church of Restoration Come As You Are Sunday 10:30 AMChildrens Church & Nursery Provided Growth Groups Meet Throughout the Week1735 SW 24th Ave € 357-4418 www.thegatheringchurch.us You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music Come and share in the word of God Trinity Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pmPastor: Thomas Dees1840 NE 39th Blvd. (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 Church Directory Another Way We Make You Feel Better.GET UP TO$1,700 IN REBATES*UP TO 72 MONTHS INTEREST-FREE FINANCING** ORwith purchase of a Lennox home comfort system.CAC057219 Offer expires 6/15/2018. *On a qualifying system purchase. Lennox system rebate offers range from $150 to $1,700. Some restrictions apply. One offer ava ilable per qualifying purchase. See your local Lennox dealer or www.lennox.com for details. **Financing available to well quali“ed buyers on approved credit at a 0% APR for 72 months, with equal monthly payments. No down payment required. You may prepay your account at any time without penalty. Financing is subject to credit req uirements and satisfactory completion of “nance documents. Any “nance terms advertised are estimates only. Normal late charges apply. See your Truth in Lending Disclosu res for more information. 2018 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox Dealers are independently owned and operated businesses. (863) 763-6742www.emorywalker.com 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobees Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 Today: Showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm.Extended ForecastSaturday : A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Okeechobee Forecast By Matteo TullioOkeechobee NewsA store surveillance system served as physical evidence to attest to a victims claim against an Okeechobee city councilman. Okeechobee City Councilman Michael Gerald OConnor, 77, was arrested at his home at 8:17 a.m. on May 24 by Okeechobee Police Department Detective James Pickering, on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with tampering with or harassing a victim and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was set at $5,500. He has since been released on bond. According to an arrest af“davit, on May 21, the victim informed the Okeechobee Police Department that on May 19, she had been pushed and grabbed by Mr. OConnor during a dispute at Mikes Okeechobee Guns, located in the 100 block of Southwest Park Street. The v ictim further claimed that shed attempted to call 911 but that Mr. OConnor took her cellphone away from her. She reportedly stated that she then went behind the counter of the store „ where she is an employee and Mr. OConnor is the owner „ and attempted to use the land-line phone to call 911 when Mr. OConnor supposedly rushed and pushed her into a cabinet, followed by his ripping the phone from her hand. The report continued that the phone call went through and the 911 dispatch operator was able to hear the victim and Mr. OConnor screaming at one another. The woman further informed law enforcement that she was injured during the altercation that ensued, with her exposing a large abrasion on the right lower back and upper buttock area. The injured area was reportedly photographed and submitted into evidence along with the audio/video recording from the stores security surveillance system. On May 22, law enforcement secured the video. They reportedly were able to see the altercation, hear the victim call for help multiple times along with Mr. OConnor taking the phone and pushing her away. According to the report, the audio/video surveillance corroborated the victims story as to how her injury occurred as well as Mr. OConnor denying the use of the land line and her cellphone to contact 911 services. Okeechobee City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca stated: This is an unfortunate incident and casts a shadow on our city. I want to express appreciation to our police department for doing their jobs and completing a thorough investigation in a very professional manner. It is my understanding Councilman OConnor continues to be cooperative and courteous to law enforcement. The City of Okeechobee will await any word from the state attorneys of“ce as to what charges will be “led and the governors of“ce as to any potential suspension of his seat. As the charges are not related to his seat, we do not advocate any position on a potential suspension. Our prayers go out to the family involved in this tragic occurrence.Ž A /V footage used as probable cause in OConnor arrest District commander. We have to be prepared for additional water that could result from a tropical system. The lake today is above the stage when Irma struck in September, which eventually caused the water level to exceed 17 feet. A similar storm could take the lake to higher levels.Ž Thursday, the lake stage was 14.08 feet, up 1.25 feet from its 2018 low, which occurred May 13. The lake is currently in the Operational Low Sub-Band as de“ned by the 2008 Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), but within 1 foot of the Intermediate Sub-Band. Under current conditions, LORS authorizes USACE to discharge up to 4,000 cfs to the Caloosahatchee (measured at S-77) and up to 1,800 cfs to the St. Lucie (measured at S-80). Forecasts indicate more rain is on the way in the coming week,Ž said Col. Kirk. LAKEContinued From Page 1

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Teen suicideThe articles about the teen suicide pact brought these comments. € Dont miss a beat! Contact New Horizons or a local licensed mental health professional and get some help! It works!Ž … Guy Van Arman € Its heartbreaking. You just never know.Ž … Joanna Kite € I was not surprised by the study that cellphone addiction is linked to depression and the increase in teen suicides. Put the phones down and talk to someone face-to-face. Go outside and see the beauty all around you. Experience the moment. Turn off the phone and live your life.Ž … J. ZimpelAccidentOkeechobee News website coverage of the fatal accident involving a man in a wheelchair on State Road 70 brought these comments. € Thats so sad. Sometimes when I saw him by the road I would look around and say You better go home. Its going to rain or The rain is coming. Dont go too far.Ž … Arica Osceola € That is so sad. I would see this man every day coming home from work. He was always minding his business. Not once did I ever see him in the middle of the road or in traf“c. He was always in his wheelchair on the sidewalk. People need to be more cautious on the road.Ž … Norma Jean Castilleja € Hopefully they will put more lights out there. Its way too dark.Ž … Savannah Palmerin € I would always blow the horn for him when I passed him in a semi. He loved that.Ž … Kevin Kev € Why would someone be in the center of a busy highway in a wheelchair at 9:40 p.m.?Ž … Jason Kite € Its sad, but maybe no one would help him get around so he had to do it himself. That was his only transportation, sad to say.Ž … Sarah Mcfarland € Prayers for all involved. To the family of Mr. Gonzalez, I saw him on his way into town. He was doing the horn pull, for trucks to honk. The trucker did not honk. We honked, and he was so happy and smiling. Thought I should share this happy memory for the family.Ž … Ruby Bishop Budovsky By AMAC Certi“ed Social Security Advisor Russell GloorAssociation of Mature American CitizensAsk Rusty … Legal non-citizen resident gets spousal bene“tsDear Rusty: We have gone to the Social Security of“ce because we were told that my husband might be eligible to receive Social Security bene“ts, but they told him he had not worked enough quarters and that he could not collect bene“ts. My husband is from England and holds a green card, and we have been married for eight years living in the United States. I am 71 and started receiving my Social Security a few months after I retired at age 69. My husband is also 71 but, according to Social Security, he cant get bene“ts. Is it because he is not a citizen? I read in one of your articles that a wife who had not worked outside the home was entitled to half of her husbands bene“t at age 69. So why cant my husband get bene“ts from my record? Signed: Feeling Cheated Dear Feeling Cheated: Social Security bene“ts may be paid to non-citizens whose permanent residency is lawfully established as one of the following: € Noncitizens lawfully admitted for permanent residence under the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA); € Certain noncitizens admitted under other INA classi“cations that allow them to live and work in the United States; € Noncitizens admitted under Family Unity or Immediate Relative provisions; and € Other noncitizens who are fully insured for retirement, survivors or disability bene“ts, and who continue to meet U.S. lawful presence requirements. Non-citizens in the above categories are eligible to receive Social Security bene“ts provided they are otherwise eligible and have resided in the U.S. for at least “ve years. Although your husband may not qualify to receive Social Security retirement bene“ts from his own U.S. work record, with legal permanent resident status he should b e entitled to receive Social Security spousal bene“ts on your record. I assume that you r husband has a U.S. Social Security number, because you said they told him he had no t worked a suf“cient number of quarters,Ž which would mean they thought he was applying for his own retirement bene“ts. Tha t being the case, your husband should no w apply for spousal bene“ts based upon you r work record and be prepared to show them the necessary documentation to prove his legal non-citizen status as well as your marital status. His spousal bene“ts should equal of the bene“t amount you were entitled to at your full retirement age of 66. You ma y want to try to make a case that Social Security made a mistake when they originall y denied his request, because he was eligibl e for spousal bene“ts and they did not accep t his application. In that case, if you can prove it was their mistake, they should pay you r husband spousal bene“ts back to the day o f your original meeting with them. June 1, 2018 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Social Security Matters Publisher/Editor: Katrina ElskenCirculation Manager: Cindy Eckert The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues. Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspapers website at okeechobeenews.net, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News of“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCES Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School would like to congratulate the Students of the Week for the week of May 21. They are: Cesar Alonso, Sebastian Carillo, Josias Ortiz, Yulissa Yanez, David Trejo, Jose Aranda, Osieel Campos, Ben Kay, Andreas Wright, Shyder Gutierrez, Jacon Ayala, Cody Clanton, Gabriel Negron, Jasmyne Saucedo, Arturo Ramos, Yazmin Antonio, Alejandro Garcia, Melanie Rivera-Calvillo, Ty Nachreiner and Christian Pineda. Okeechobee News/ OPDFarrenkopf buried with military honorsOn the afternoon of Friday, May 25, retired Okeechobee Police Department (OPD) Chief Rehmud BuckŽ Farrenkopf, 75, was laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Chief Farrenkopf passed away Monday, May 21. A graveside service with military honors was conducted at 1 p.m. Honor guard personnel from the Okeechobee Police Department, Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce and the United States Navy were in attendance. Chief Farrenkopf was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1963. He retired as chief of OPD and was a resident of Okeechobee for 34 years. Here, members of the OCSO and OPD honor guard share a moment with the late chiefs wife, Gail Farrenkopf. Current Okeechobee Police Chief Bob Peterson gave thanks to OCSO for their assistance at the funeral.

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Library will host programsEach week, beginning June 1 the Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host a free program. From cooking to crafts to giant games, every week will be a different and fun experience. Be sure to check the summer calendar to see what programs youd like to attend. All events are free and open to all ages. You must be registered to attend. For details and to register, call 863763-3536 or come in to sign up.REVIVE mission outreach setREVIVE is putting on its “rst youth Revive NightŽ on Friday, June 1 at Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. Six churches have partnered to bring this event to Okeechobee, with the hope of reaching people for Jesus and praying for God to send revival again.VFW serves up dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W., will serve dinner on Friday, June 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless ribeye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Oasis Lounge opensThe Okeechobee Shrine Club Oasis Lounge, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will be open this Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, from 5 to 10 p.m. For the “rst hour and a half, all drinks are $1 off. There will be popcorn and hot dogs for sale.Join the wild orchid walkThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will be on the annual wild orchid walk on June 2 Anyone interested in joining, contact Sue at 561-762-2788.Trash Fish tournament setThe 10th annual Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association Trash Fish tournament will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Okee-Tantie Airboat Landing, 1043 SR 78. For information, call Jamie Mellette at 561-718-3077 or Rob Jones at 561-722-6572.Teen author book signing setOkeechobee Library presents local author Vincenzo Pasquarella, discussing his debut novel, Phantom Janitor,Ž on Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. Learn how this young author at age 17 wrote and published his “rst novel. Book signing to follow. Books can be purchased on site for $12.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite 6, on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, June 5, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.VFW will serve breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, June 3 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 W. next to Fast Break, will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, June 5 from 4 until 7 p.m., $8, open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-7633378.Auxiliary will serve tacosThe VFW Auxiliary will serve tacos on Wednesday, June 6 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. All proceeds will bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.6 Okeechobee News June 1, 2018Jean B. Lewis, 92 OKEECHOBEE „ Jean B. Lewis died Ma y 28, 2018. She was born Feb. 17, 1926 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. to the late Roland E. and J anie (Harris) Barter. A part time resident of Okeechobee for 15 y ears, she was a home maker. Mrs. Lewis was pre ceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, Sheldon Lewis; and sisters, Evelyn DeGrasse and Ruth Williams. She is survived by her son, Robert Lewis (Donna), of Sebring; daughter, Ellen Winkler (Tom), of Okeechobee; grandchildren, Tom W inkler (Eva), Sandy Bryner (Rob), Emil y Milligan (Jeff), and Pamela Tippin; and “fteen great grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. y Recognized as one of Americas top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive € Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) www.sainnovalsurgical.com Charlotte Arlene Franklin, 84 OKEECHOBEE „ Charlotte Arlene Franklin died May 30, 2018. She was born June 4, 1933 in Ashland, Ky. A res ident of Okeechobee over 35 years, she was a member of Oakview Baptist. She enjoyed craftwork, crochet ing, sewing, cooking, baking, and “shing. She was a member of Club 33, Internation al Club of Women born in 1933, and Oakview Baptist Churchs Hugs Program. She loved ”owers, but especially roses, carnations, and daisies. She also enjoyed caring for her cat, Callie, attending church fellowship and Sunday School, and large family gatherings. Mrs. Franklin was preceded in death by her parents, Nell and Clarence Ison; husband, Sherrill Franklin; daughter, Kathy Franklin; son, Gary Franklin; and brother, Ray Hunter. She is survived by her daughter, Marsh a Kruger (Terry); son, Bruce Franklin (Leda); brothers, George Ison, Charles Ison, Ken Ison (Debra), and Bob Ison (Sandy); grandchildren, Kyle Johnson (Sarah), Eric Johnson (Chantelle), Stephanie Johnson (Zak), Janie Tausch (Shawn), Kathy Baratela (John), Angie Johnson (Kelvin), Lori Franklin (Logan), Gary Franklin, Jr. (Ashley), Sondora (Sean), and Rob (Haley); 18 great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Vicky Franklin. Services will be planned for a later date. In lieu of ”owers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. A ngelo Mario Masi, 97 OKEECHOBEE „ Angelo Mario Masi died May 28, 2018. He was born April 11, 1921 in New York City to the late Angelo and Jemma Masi. Angelo changed the hearts and souls of countless people over the years. His ministries included: Boys School for 33 years, Jail Min istry for 34 years, and teaching students to become missionaries for 19 years. As Angelo has gone Home to be w ith the Lord, he leaves us to remember that he walked from ministry to ministry saving souls and giving God the glory. Memorial services will be 6 p.m., Monday, J une 4, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice o f Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973 or the ministry of your choice. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Obituaries 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. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 € Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing € AC Septic Main Street Mixer plannedThe Market Restaurant inside the Okeechobee Livestock Market, 1055 U.S. 98 North, will host an Okeechobee Main Street mixer on Thursday, June 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. OKMS mixers, which are open to the public, provide opportunities for community members to network with business owners, community leaders and other residents of Okeechobee. Door prizes will be given away.

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June 1, 2018 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News 7 0% DOWN 0% INTEREST18 Months Same-As-Cash~OR~ $ 79PAYMENTS AS LOW AS PER MONTH+/Call for detailsWAC Special to the Okeechobee News The National Oceanic and Atomospheric A dministratin (NOAA) is forecasting a a 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be nearor above-normal. With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last y ear, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may “nd themselves in harms w ay is unprecedented,Ž said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.Ž NOAAs forecasters predict a 70-percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which “ve to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including one to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. The possibility of a weak El Nio developing, along with near-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, are two of the factors driving this outlook. These factors are set upon a backdrop of atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are conducive to hurricane development and have been producing stronger Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995. NOAAs observational and modeling enhancements for the 2018 season put us on the path to deliver the worlds best regional and global weather models,Ž said Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction. These upgrades are key to improving hurricane track and intensity forecasts, allowing NOAA to deliver the best science and service to the nation.Ž NOAAs suite of sophisticated technologies „ from next-generation models and satellite data to new and improved forecast and graphical products „ enable decision-makers and the general public to take action before, during and after hurricanes, helping to build a more weather-ready nation.Ž New tools available this year to assist in hurricane forecasts and communications include: NOAAs ”eet of Earth-observing satellites is more robust than ever with the successful launch of the GOES-17 satellite in March. This satellite, along with the GOES-16 satellite „ now GOES-East „ contribute to a comprehensive picture of weather throughout the Western Hemisphere, allowing forecasters to observe storms as they develop. The new polar-orbiting satellite, NOAA20, will join the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite and use a suite of sophisticated instruments to gather high-resolution data from around the globe to feed NOAAs weather models, driving the threeto seven-da y weather forecast that is critical to preparedness and effective evacuations. The National Weather Service will run a version of the Global Forecast System (called FV3 GFS) with a new dynamic core alongside the current GFS model „ often referred to as the American model „ during the 2018 season. NOAA forecasters predict 10 to 16 named storms HURRICANE GUIDE 2018

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Much like electricity for your home or gasoline for your vehicle, garbage or recycling collection are taken for granted by most Florida residents under ordinary daily circumstances. Following a powerful hurricane, one of the most essential needs for a community to begin recovery is the reliable return of its most vital services,Ž said Dawn McCormick, community affairs director for Waste Management Inc. of Florida. Thats why we spend a lot of time in the weeks and months prior to the start of hurricane season focusing within our company on annual hurricane preparation and recovery planning.Ž The company also issues public advisories to residents and businesses about storm preparation. This information includes:Now:€ Trim your trees, hedges and other landscaping now. Do not wait for the approach of a major storm. € Clean out your garage and storage areas at home now and donate your unneeded items or discard them. Do not wait for the approach of a major storm.At least three days before the approach of a major storm:€ Secure garbage and recycling containers. Place empty containers in a secure location away from open spaces. € Stop all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities when there is a named storm with a predicted Florida landfall. € Bundle and tie down all loose trash such as tree limbs, wood planks or building and roof tiles. Place these materials in a location where debris cannot become hazardous to homes and automobiles in high winds. Waste Management will continue to collect household garbage and recycling materials in the neighborhoods it serves according to designated schedules until a hurricane warning is issued.After the storm:€ After the storm passes, separate normal household garbage such as food refuse, diapers and regular household waste from storm debris caused by high winds, hail and rain. Storm debris including tree limbs, carpet and padding, aluminum and wood fencing, and household appliances should be placed curbside in a separate pile or piles. € Separating normal household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely, and help prevent odors and safety hazards that would be created by mixing your household garbage with storm debris. The separation is also necessary to allow Waste Management to collect normal household waste and to permit other “rms to collect storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by local municipalities and/or the county with contractors independent from Waste Management. € Waste Management will restart curbside garbage and recycling collection of normal household waste on the streets that are passable upon approval from law enforcement and municipal of“cials. The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets are cleared of debris and other impediments. After a hurricane or signi“cant storm blows through a community, there are few more welcome signs of things getting back to normal than seeing our people doing their jobs,Ž Ms. McCormick said. Once public safety is restored, the rapid recovery of a town or city begins with the startup of routine services. While contractors from other companies are contracted to pick up storm debris, Waste Management focuses on restoring regular household collection from the curbside.Ž Also available in Waste Managements mix of hurricane preparedness and recovery services is the Bagster bag. An innovation in waste removal, Bagster is ideal in situations where there is a need to discard more debris than can “t in a typical bin or garbage receptacle, but not enough to require a dumpster. Available at local home improvement stores, Bagster bags are strong enough to hold 3,300 pounds of severe storm and hurricane debris items, such as tree stumps, large tree limbs, roo“ng shingles, full sheets of plywood and sheetrock. Our value to a community is not always apparent unless collection stops,Ž added Ms. McCormick. Doing everything we can to prepare before, and return to service after a crisis, is what being a good communit y partner is all about.Ž W aste Management ready for hurricane season Special to the Okeechobee News/ NOAAForecasters predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season for the upcoming hurricane season, which extends from June 1 through Nov. 30.

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June 1, 2018 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News 9 Hoss HossALUMINUM LLC (863) 634-7442 (863) 634-7442 Lic# OCSL 1583-01INSURED WELL HELP YOU PREPARE!Hurricane Panels Storm Shutters Awnings SEASON IS NEAR Special to INI Florida The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, begins Friday, June 1, and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport. Governor Scott said, Hurricane season begins June 1 and Florida families need to get a plan. While we always hope for the best, Florida families need to be prepared for anything. Everyone should have a family disaster kit with supplies and medications, be prepared to evacuate if advised to do so by emergency management of“cials, know your evacuation route and where you can take your pets if you have to shelter, and have all of your important documents and cash together to take with you.Ž The hurricane tax supply holiday will serve as an annual reminder for all Floridians to get a plan and be prepared for the hurricane season,Ž said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. Qualifying items selling for $10 or less include: € Reusable ice packs. Qualifying items selling for $20 or less include: € Flashlights; € Candles; € Lanterns. Qualifying items selling for $25 or less include: € Gas or diesel fuel containers; € LP gas containers; € Kerosene containers. Qualifying items selling for $30 or less include: € Batteries (excluding automobile and boat batteries); € Coolers and ice chests). Qualifying items selling for $50 or less include: € Bungee cords; € Ground anchor systems; € Radios (powered by battery, solar or hand-crank) including two-way and weather band; € Ratchet straps; € Tarpaulins; € Visqueen, plastic sheeting, drop cloths and other ”exible waterproof sheeting. Qualifying items selling for $750 or less include: € Portable generators. Items always exempt from sales tax include bottled water, canned food, “rst aid kits, prescription medication, baby food and formula. Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is June 1-7 Special to the Okeechobee News ORLANDO „ There is much that a business leader can do to prepare his or her organization for likely hazards. Many parts of the United States, including Florida, may be directly affected by tropical storms and hurricanes. The Ready Business program helps business managers make a disaster plan before the June 1 start of the hurricane season. Learn more online at go.usa.gov/xQbam. A business must be able to respond promptly, accurately and con“dently in the hours and days after a disaster. Many different audiences „ employees and their families, customers, news media, neighbors, business management directors and investors, suppliers and government of“cials „ must be reached with information speci“c to their interests and needs. A business handling of a disaster can positively or negatively affect public perception. Learn about developing a crisis communication plan online at go.usa.gov/xQb4e. It is important everyone associated with the business knows what to do when there is an emergency or disruption of business. Employees and others need training to become familiar with what is necessary in case of an order to evacuate, lockdown or shelter in place. Learn about training online at go.usa.gov/xQb2c. The Ready Business Hurricane Toolkit provides information on protecting employees and customers. Learn more online at go.usa.gov/xQbay. When business is disrupted, it can cost money. It is important to have a business continuity plan in place. Lost revenues plus extra expenses mean reduced pro“ts. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. Learn about continuity plans online at go.usa.gov/xQbad. Hurricanes can be forecast well before they arrive, providing valuable time to implement a plan to protect a facility. Other severe weather events such as tornadoes provide far less time to put the plan into effect. Establish a plan so resources are on hand or quickly available to prepare for the storm. Every Florida business should have a disaster preparedness plan

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The Okeechobee County Emergency Management Departments mission statement is: Helping citizens, visitors and businesses prepare for and respond to all hazards threats within Okeechobee County. We do this by partnering with non-government organizations, local, state and federal government partners to ensure a coordinated disaster response at all levels of the government and the community.Ž After the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the Florida Legislature created Florida Statute 252.38, which requires political subdivisions (counties) to establish and maintain a robust emergency management program and comprehensive emergency management plan. Last year, we saw Hurricane Irma cause a great deal of damage in Okeechobee County. Regardless of the annual hurricane season predictions, it only takes one! Since 1993, the hazards we face (“re, ”oods, tornadoes, pandemic disease, sev ere weather, terrorism etc. ... ) have not changed and can be just as devastating to a community as a major hurricane.Have these items on handAll residents and visitors should make a plan, stay informed and have on hand at all times the following items: € Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation, € Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person and for your pets, € Battery-powered radio and a NOAA W eather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both, € Flashlight and extra batteries, € First aid kit, € Whistle to signal tor help, € Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant, € Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation, € Dust mask or cotton T-shirt, to help “lter the air, € Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place, € Medications for yourself and pets, and, € Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food). Make sure you also have copies of important papers like insurance policies, titles, deeds and birth certi“cates. Board games and playing cards can also relieve some of the boredom of the power being out for several days. And dont forget the car charger for your cellphones and tablets.Evacuation sheltersLets talk about evacuation shelters. There are two different types of evacuation shelters. The “rst is a general population shelter. These shelters are for people whose home may not structurally be sound enough to withstand the hurricane-force winds or those homes located in a ”ood zone. The other is a Special Medical Needs Shelter. This shelter is for individuals who require electricity or oxygen to live. This shelter also requires pre-hurricane registration for entry. A shelter should not be your “rst choice or a substitute for a disaster plan. A shelter should be your last resort to safely ride out the storm. In short, it is a lifeboat, NOT a plan. For more information, download the mobile application Okeechobee County FL Emergency Management from iTunes or the Google Play Store. You can also follo w the county EMD on Facebook and Twitter. I f your group would like a disaster preparedness preparation plan, contact emergency management at 863-763-3212, Monda y through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also several websites you can visit for more information and assistance in making your plan: www.”oridadisaster.org, www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org.10 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 www.HookerForJudge.com S hes one of us Qualilty ~ Commitment ~ Design221 NE Park Street 863-467-1933 Custom Home & RemodelsState Licensed & Insured Lic#CRC058109 Okeechobee Emergency Management is ready to help

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Special to the Okeechobee NewsORLANDO „ Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening disaster effects. This includes investing in building strategies that enhance hurricane resiliency. According to the National Institute of Building Sciences, mitigation strategies can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs for every $1 spent. These practices are especially helpful in a hurricane-prone state like Florida. Below are a couple of examples of projects in Florida that prove the value of inv esting in mitigation:Bradenton, Manatee CountyHomeowner Debbie Korell took action to protect her 60-year-old home near Sarasota Bay from hurricanes after learning her annual insurance premium would be $3,000.She invested about $9,700 to install hurricane shutters, a hurricane-proof door and impact-resistant skylights. Also, the home had previously received a new, stronger roof following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Ms. Korell now pays less for a stronger home after making these investments. Her insurance company lowered her premium because of the homes wind-resistant mitigation. Her investments not only saved money on premiums but also in potentially expensive repairs. Hurricane Irma struck the area in 2017, but Ms. Korell said the enhancements helped her home withstand the storm.Daytona Beach, Volusia CountyFloodwaters from a 2009 storm saturated the entire west wing at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences. The event destroyed items at the ground-level facility and threatened several others. The museum decided to demolish and rebuild the west wing on elevated concrete slabs. The facility now sits 6 inches above the water elevation mark of the 2009 ”ood. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided a $4.4 million grant for the project. Local sources provided another $2 million. Hurricanes Matthew and Irma proved the success of the elevation. The rebuilt west wing stayed dry during the 2016 and 2017 events. For more information on mitigation, visit archive.”oridadisaster.org/mitigation / Hazard/, www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance and www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/30627. For more Hurricane Irma recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL. Follow FEMA and the Florida Division o f Emergency Management on Twitter at @ FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMAs and the divisions Facebook pages at Facebook.com / FEMA and Facebook.com/FloridaSERT. Mitigation strategies help reduce storm loss Special to the Okeechobee News ORLANDO „ Florida has had about twice as many hurricane landfalls in recorded history as any state, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are several easy steps homeowners can take to reduce the chances their property becomes a statistic. Hurricane season begins today, June 1, so Florida homeowners should consider the following do-it-yourself tips to protect their property: € Install storm shutters to protect windows from strong winds. € Identify somewhere to secure outdoor items like furniture, garden tools, toys and garbage cans. Strong winds can turn these items into projectiles that may damage homes and cause injuries. € Clean gutters and downspouts. Leaves, twigs and debris can clog them and prevent rainwater from ef“ciently draining away from homes. € Buy ”ood insurance. Most home insurance policies do not cover the expensive damage of hurricane-related ”ooding. National Flood Insurance Program policies become effective 30 days after the date of purchase, so homeowners should purchase one before its too late. Learn more at www. ”oodsmart.gov. For Hurricane Irma recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL. Follow FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Twitter at @ FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMAs and the divisions Facebook pages at Facebook.com/FEMA and Facebook. com/FloridaSERT. DIY tips help prepare for stormsJune 1, 2018 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News 11

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WEST PALM BEACH „ With the rainy season in full effect and hurricane season beginning today, June 1, the South Florida W ater Management District (SFWMD) is hard at work inspecting and maintaining 2,000 miles of levees to protect the regions 8.1 million residents from ”ooding. Our levees are an integral part of our ”ood protection system,Ž said SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik. I am proud to assure residents as we head into the hurricane season that our levees, after having undergone rigorous inspections, are prepared to ensure the safety of all South Floridians.Ž SFWMD operates and maintains the regional water management system known as the Central and Southern Florida Project, which was authorized by Congress more than 60 years ago to protect residents and businesses from ”oods and droughts. This primary system encompasses more than 2,100 miles of canals, 2,000 miles of levees and berms and more than 600 water control structures and 70 pump stations. Community drainage districts and hundreds of smaller neighborhood systems connect to SFWMDs regional system to effectively manage ”oodwaters during heavy rain events. These crucial levees include those built by SFWMD as well as those built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and later transferred to SFWMD to operate and maintain. SFWMD routinely inspects its levees to ensure their structural integrity and ability to provide ”ood protection. Many of the highest-priority levees in the system have had refurbishment work performed to keep them in optimum condition. SFWD maintains levees to keep them storm ready12 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 Fencing You In Since 1962! 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MARTIN MEXICOCANADAGUATEMALA BELIZE HONDURAS EL SALVADOR NICARAGUA COSTA RICA PANAMA COLOMBIA VENEZUELA GUYANA CUBA HAITI DOMINICAN REPUBLIC JAMAICAUNITED STATESBAHAMASU.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS PUERTO RICO (U.S.) MAINE N.H. VT. MASS. CONN. R.I. NEW YORK PA. N.J. DEL. MD. VIRGINIA W. VA. OHIO KY. N.C. S.C. GEORGIA FLA. ALA. MISS. LA. TEXAS NOVA SCOTIA NEW BRUNSWICK NEWFOUNDLAND Portland Boston New York Atlantic City Washington, D.C. Wilmington Norfolk Ocean City Charleston Savannah Jacksonville Ft. Lauderdale Palm Beach Daytona Beach Miami Nassau Key West Fort Myers Tampa Apalachicola Pensacola Tallahassee Mobile Gulf Port New Orleans Baton Rouge Lake Charles Galveston Corpus Christi Brownsville Tampico Veracruz Campeche Mrida Havana Belize City Puerto Corts Camagey Guantanamo Kingston San Juan Santo Domingo Port-au-Prince Balboa100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 ATLANTIC HURRICANE TRACKING CHARTAlways remember If you live along the coast or in a low-lying area, if you live in a mobile home in an area subject to hurricane water or wind, or if authorities tell you to... Go! Storm Surge A storm surge is a dome of water often 50 miles wide that comes sweeping across the coastline near the area where the eye of the hurricane makes landfall. The surge, aided by the hammering effect of breaking waves, acts like a giant bulldozer sweeping away everything in its path. Nine out of ten hurricane deaths are caused by storm surge. That's why it's important to leave well before a hurricane may come your way. Wind Damage Hurricane winds can cause significant damage to homes and businesses far from the shore. If you live in an area anywhere near the path of a hurricane, you should take steps to protect property from high winds. Bring in anything from outside that may become airborne in high winds, including toys, lawn chairs, trash cans, coconuts, etc. Cover all windows of your home. If shutters are not installed, use 3/4" marine plywood panels. Tape does not work, so it is not recommended. Remain inside until authorities tell you the danger has passed. Other Hurricane Effects Hurricanes can produce flooding far inland, especially if the storm “stalls” or produces a lot of rain. Also, tornadoes can form when hurricanes come on shore. Ask your American Red Cross, National Weather Service, or emergency management office what to do in case of a flood or tornado. More Information More information about hurricanes, protection from wind damage, floods, and tornadoes is available from your local American Red Cross chapter, National Weather Service Office, or emergency management agency. 0 0 500 mi 500 km MERCATOR PROJECTION The scale is accurate along the equator. Elsewhere on the map, scale increases toward poles. NATIONAL Special to the Okeechobee NewsAs hurricane season approaches (June 1-Nov. 30), all residents and visitors of Okeechobee County are encouraged to get prepared by creating a family hurricane plan and assembling a hurricane supply kit. These preparedness steps are the keys to safely weathering a storm, or any other disaster. This eight-week shopping guide identi“es the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for three to “ve days following a storm that may leave you without power and potable water. Adding a few items to your regular shopping list each week is the easiest way to complete your hurricane kit with minimal impact to your budget. Remember that these items listed are just examples; you need to use your own judgment as to what items you and your families may need during a disaster. This hurricane season, lets all be Ready „ Set „ Safe!Ž If you have any questions or would like to receive more information, please contact Okeechobee County Emergency Management at 863-763-3212. Plan ahead for storms with guide

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Special to the Okeechobee News Severe weather can happen anytime and anywhere, especially in Florida. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 40 percent of hurricane landfalls in the United States happen here. Hurricane season begins today, June 1, so Floridians should learn now how theyre going to remain alert over the six-month period. There are many easy ways Floridians can connect with local of“cials to receive up-to-date information about severe weather such as hurricanes. Go online to the Florida Division of Emergency Management at FloridaDisaster.org/ AlertFlorida. From there, Floridians can sign up for electronic severe weather alerts speci“c to their community. Buy a weather radio, preferably one that uses batteries and has crank-power capabilities. Radios provide continuous updates and weather-related safety information from a Floridians closest National Weather Service of“ce. Call the FDEM State Assistance and Information Line, or SAIL, at 800-342-3557. FDEM activates the toll-free hotline during emergencies. Connect with local emergency managers on social media. Every Florida county has an emergency management of“ce, and many are active on social media. Floridians may search for and follow their communitys of“ce on Twitter or Facebook to interact with them and get severe weather updates. Connect with FDEM on social media. Follow FDEM on Twitter @FLSERT and “nd them on Facebook at facebook.com/FloridaSERT. Enable wireless emergency alerts on mobile devices. Many cellphones are capable o f receiving automatic updates that provide local emergency alerts. Floridians can receive these alerts at all times since cell networ k congestion does not affect messages and providers offer the service for free. Pay attention to local media. Local radio and television are great sources for continuous weather updates and advisories. Connect with local of“cials now; hurricane season begins toda y 14 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 Past President, Okeechobee Board of RealtorsLic. Real Estate Broker Fax: 863.467.7822 21442 E. SR 78, Buckhead Ridge Okeechobee, FL 34974Vic_Anderson@earthlink.netVicki S. Anderson863.634.4106 www.AndersonRealtyCo.com Metal Buildings€ Commercial € Residential € Agricultural € Industrial863.467.0831 Special to the Okeechobee News ORLANDO „ Hurricane season begins today, so Florida home and business owners and renters should consider buying a National Flood Insurance policy (NFIP) before its too late. It takes 30 days from the date of purchase for an NFIP policy to become effective. Florida is prone to hurricane-related ”ooding, w ith nearly 120 landfalls in recorded history, but most home, business and rental insurance policies do not cover ”ood damage. FEMA disaster assistance limits home repair grants to only make a primary residence safe, sanitary and functional, but NFIP policies are much more expansive. For instance, policyholders in Florida have received average payments of about $49,000 after Hurricane Irma for a much wider range of covered losses. Flooding can occur anywhere, is the most common natural disaster in the United States and often does not result in a federal disaster declaration where FEMA offers help. A lmost 25 percent of ”ood insurance claims come from areas not considered at high risk for ”ooding. Policyholders can get “nancial help to repair or replace property even if there is no federal disaster declaration. The average annual cost of an NFIP policy for homeowners is about $700. Policyholders can have peace of mind that covered property is protected because NFIP never cancels policies due to repeat losses. Also, there is no payback requirement unlike low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. A single-family residential building can be insured up to a maximum of $250,000 and its contents up to $100,000. Renters can cover contents up to $100,000. Non-residential property owners can insure their building up to $500,000 and contents up to $500,000. To “nd an insurance agent who sells ”ood insurance or to learn more about NFIP, call 800-427-4661. Information also is available at www.FloodSmart.gov. TTY users may call NFIP at 800-427-5593. Email FloodSmart@dhs.gov to request information in a language other than English. For more Hurricane Irma recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL. Follow FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Twitter at @ FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMA and the divisions Facebook pages at Facebook.com/FEMA and Facebook. com/FloridaSERT. Buy ”ood insurance now, because when storm advisories are issued, its too late

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June 1, 2018 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News 15 (863) 467-0600 OVER 46 YEARS EXPERIENCE Lawrence Insurance Agency www.lawrenceinsuranceagency.com PRICES YOU CAN AFFORD... SERVICES YOU CAN TRUSTŽ We Specialize In:€ Auto Home Mobile Home € Boats Health Life Insurance € Farm & Ranch € Workers Comp € Commercial Liability & Property 2020 S. Parrott Avenue € Across from Walmart Special to the Okeechobee News The 2018 hurricane season begins today, J une 1, and the American Red Cross lists a number of steps people should take now to get ready. Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30. Hurricanes cause problems for people in coastal areas and can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. These are dangerous storms that can affect people living here in South Florida,Ž said Joanne Nowlin, chief executive of“cer for the American Red Cross South Florida Region. Its time to get ready now, before a storm threatens.ŽBefore the storm ...€ Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a ”ashlight, battery-powered radio, “rst aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cellphone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Some of these items are available through the Red Cross Store at redcrossstore.org. € Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Practicing the plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event. € Be informed. Learn about the communitys hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for pets. Take a “rst aid and CPR/AED course (redcross.org/takeaclass) so you know what to do in case emergency help is delayed. € Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to select up to 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts on their mobile device. The content includes expert guidance on what to do before, during and after different emergencies or disasters ranging from home “res to hurricanes. The app can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross, texting EMERGENCYŽ to 90999, or by going to redcross.org/apps. If someone already has a disaster kit, now is the time make sure the food and water is still OK to consume and that copies of important documents are up to date. If they already have an emergency plan for their household, they should talk about it again with family members, so everyone knows what to do if an emergency occurs.Help for businessesThe Red Cross Ready Rating program helps businesses, schools and other organizations prepare for emergencies that can disrupt daily operations. Ready Rating’ offers speci“c steps that organizations can take to be better prepared. It includes a planning tool to help their employees or members know what their roles are in the early hours of an emergency, what their next steps are, and a resource center with tools that help businesses, employees and students develop and practice preparedness plans. More information about this valuable program can be found at readyrating.org. Red Cross shares hurricane safety tips Special to the Okeechobee News Hurricane season is here (June 1 through Nov. 30.) All residents and visitors of Okeechobee County are encouraged to get prepared by creating a family hurricane plan and assembling a hurricane supply kit. These preparedness steps are the keys to safely weathering a storm, or any other disaster. This eight-week shopping guide identi“es the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for 3 to 5 days following a storm that may leave you without power and potable water. Adding a few items to your regular shopping list each w eek is the easiest way to complete your hurricane kit with minimal impact to your budget. Remember that these items listed are just examples. You need to use your own judgment as to what items you and y our families may need during a disaster. This hurricane season, lets all be Ready „ Set „ Safe!Ž If you have any questions or would like to receive more information, please contact Okeechobee County Emergency Management at 863-763-3212. Food groups for shopping guide: € Bread group items „ crackers, dry bread sticks, pretzels, Melba toast, rice cakes, breakfast cereal, dry pasta, nutritional bars, bread (keep frozen until needed). € Meat group items „ canned tuna, chicken/turkey, or meat, soup with beans, sardines, chili with meat or beans, ravioli/spaghetti, ham/pork, stew, Vienna sausage, peanut butter, commercially prepared beef or turkey jerky. € Milk group items „ shelf-stable milk (keep chilled after opening) powdered milk (will need extra water), canned and boxed pudding (from the store shelves not the refrigerator section, nutritional drinks (e.g. Ensure or Pediasure ). € Vegetable group items „ canned vegetables, soups of all types, canned three-bean vegetable salads. € Fruit group items „ canned fruit of all types, dried fruits (raisins, dates, apricots, etc.), and 100 percent fruit juice. € Comfort food items „ quick energy snacks such as trail mix, granola and fruit bars, cookies, hard candy, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags. Emergency Management offers tips for hurricane supply kit Dale RoopProject Manager Estimator863.287.4285 State Certi“ed CBC 1256085 COMPLETE SERVICESof South Florida, IncNita Salmon-President 505 NE Park Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972863.532.9096Aluminum Builders € Customer Additions Screen Rooms € Car & Motor Ports

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Special to the Okeechobee News WASHINGTON „ The U.S. Department of Agricultures (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) offers food safety tips for those impacted by storms.Steps to follow before you lose power€ Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40F or lower in the refrigerator, 0F or lower in the freezer. € Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to “t around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, w ater expands when it freezes, so dont over“ll the containers. € Freeze refrigerated items, such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately „ this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer. € Know where you can get dry ice or block ice. € Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours. € Group foods together in the freezer „ this iglooŽ effect helps the food stay cold longer. € Keep a few days worth of ready-toeat foods that do not require cooking or cooling. Steps to follow if the power goes out: € Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full). € Place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross contamination of thawing juices. € Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during an extended power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully stocked 18-cubic-foot freezer cold for two days. Steps to follow after a weather emergency€ Check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40F for two hours or more. € Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch. € Check frozen food for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40F or below. € Never taste a food to decide if its safe. € When in doubt, throw it out.Food safety after a ”ood€ Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with ”ood water „ this would include raw fruits and vegetables, cartons of milk or eggs. € Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with ”oodwater. Food containers that are not waterproof include those packaged in plastic wrap or cardboard, or those with screw caps, snap lids, pull tops and crimped caps. Floodwaters can enter into any of these containers and contaminate the food inside. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home-canned foods if they have come in contact with ”oodwater, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized. € Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener. FSIS will provide relevant food safety information as the storm progresses on Twitter @USDAFoodSafety and Facebook. If you have questions about food safet y during severe weather, or any other food safety topics, call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren. gov. These services are available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Answers to frequently asked question can also be found 24/7 at AskKaren.gov. USDA offers food safety tips for a hurricane16 Hurricane Section Supplement to the Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 BOLDT for COUNTY JUDGEPREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS REBECCA HAMILTON LISTENS, RESPECTS, AND FAIR TO ALL 1988 Moved to Okeechobee, Florida 1988-1992 Public Defenders Of“ce St. Lucie County 1992-1994 Private Practice, Criminal Law Ft Pierce, Florida 1994-present Private Practice Okeechobee, Florida Criminal and Family Law ELECTREBECCAPaid by Rebecca Boldt for County Judge “Always on Top of the Job” FREE ESTIMATES

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By Matt TullioOkeechobee News A 47-year-old Okeechobee man has died as an apparent result from injuries sustained after being hit by an SUV on State Road 70, just west of Northwest 26th Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, Bernabe Hernandez-Gonzalez was fatally injured on May 29. At 9:44 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Hernandez-Gonzalez was in a wheelchair in the center of the road on State Road 70 when he was reportedly struck by a 2011 Jeep Cherokee Laredo, driven by Sonja Lynn Kelly, 50, of Okeechobee. According to the FHP report, the driver was unable to see Mr. Hernandez-Gonzalez. The Jeep struck Mr. Hernandez-Gonzalez, which caused him to fall from the wheelchair and be projected onto the south side of State Road 70. The Jeep came to “nal rest on the north shoulder of State Road 70. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Crash investigators are Trooper Iglesias, FHP crash investigator, and Trooper Corporal Gitto, FHP homicide investigator. Pedestrian in wheelchair dies in crash18 Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 NOTICE OF IAFF LOCAL 2918 NEGOTIATIONSIAFF Union Negotiations are being held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. between the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners and the International Association of Negotiations will be held at the Okeechobee Historic Courthouse, located at 304 NW 2nd Street, 2nd Floor, Room 201, Okeechobee, Florida Walpole Feed & Supply Co. Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee 763-6905 Round Horse Hay Bales $ 63 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon will meet Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second Street. The coalition includes representatives from Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present an update on the progress of the Herbert Hoover Dike rehabilitation project. The coalition will also discuss the organizations legislative priorities. Lake coalition to meet Friday By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News FORT MYERS „ The man accused of killing a former Okeechobee resident at the 2015 ZombiCon festival in Fort Myers will go to trial, following Tuesdays ruling by a 20th Judicial Circuit judge. On May 29, accused shooter Jose Raul Bonilla, 23, of Immokalee w as found competent to stand trial. His next court date is July 25. Judge J. Frank Porter said his ruling was based on the reports of three doctors who evaluated Bonilla. Bonilla is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Expavious TyrellŽ Taylor, 20. He is also charged with “ve counts of aggravated battery with a “rearm and one count of tam pering with evidence. The Feb. 26, 2018, arrest came more than two years after the shooting. According to statements given at a Feb. 26 press conference, Fort Myers Police Department investigators identi“ed Bonilla and spent hundreds of hours reviewing video and still images from the festival and interviewing witnesses to build the case. The Fort Myers Police Department was assisted in the lengthy investigation by the FBI, the Collier County Sheriffs Of“ce, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Lee County Sheriffs Of“ce. At the time of his arrest, Bonilla was in jail in Collier County, awaiting trial on charges of child abuse in a 2017 case. Bonillas attorney has questioned whether his client was mentally competent to stand trial, which resulted in his evaluation by doctors. About 20,000 people, many of them in zombie costume and makeup, were in attendance at the ninth annual ZombiCon in downtown Fort Myers on Oct. 17, 2015, when shots were “red. Mr. Taylor died at the scene. Six others were injured, according to the Fort Myers Police Department report. Five were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital; one refused transport. Mr. Taylor was a former resident of Okeechobee, with ties to Clewiston. He started high school in Okeechobee, where he was a member of the band and played on the football and basketball teams. He was also one of the original members of the Chobee Steelers steel drum band. In his senior year of high school, he moved to Clewiston, where he continued his high school football career. He realized his dream of playing football in college, and his trip to ZombieCon in Fort Myers was made possible only due to a bye week from the football “eld and a much-desired visit home to see family. Following the 2015 shooting, Fort Myers canceled future ZombiCon events. Pushing DaiZies, the organizers of ZombiCon, made the following statement on Feb. 27: With the announcement yesterda y of the arrest of the suspected shooter, the organizers behind ZombiCon express a sense of relief that an arrest has been made for the shooting that occurred at the ninth annual ZombiCon event on October 17, 2015.Ž We thank the Fort Myers Police Department and all law enforcement for not giving up and tenaciously going after the culprit,Ž stated Janet DeMarco. The organizers o f the much-beloved community event, as the rest of the area, will be watching closely as the case unfolds.Ž Man accused of ZombiCon shooting to stand trial Jose Bonilla Veterans to meet June 7U.S. military veterans of all branches are invited to join for the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Thursday, June 7 at Cowboys BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., at 7 p.m. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing a food order.BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W., will serve dinner on Friday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Memorial Bene“t BBQ setThere will be a Memorial Bene“t BBQ for Erik Clay and family on Saturday, June 9 at the Buckhead Ridge Park, behind the “re department, 30076 SR 78. The BBQ lunch is a $10 donation. There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment. All funds will go to the Clay family. For information or to drop off a donation, call 863-357-4465. Desktop Support Technician Description: The Okeechobee County Clerk’s

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June 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 19 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD780NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2129 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST N1/2 24 34S 35E 275.13 ACRES 1-24-34-35-0A00-00002-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PAUL MCBRIDE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261864 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD779NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2128 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST N1/2 OF NE 1/4 SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 NW 1/4 23 34S 35E 280 ACRES 1-23-34-35-0A00-00002-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PAUL MCBRIDE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261862 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Air Boat Drivers Wanted Tour Driver needed to work with guests at Billie Swamp Safari, located on the Seminole Tribe of FloridaÂ’s Big Cypress Reservation. Full and Part Time positons available. Flexible Schedule, pay is based on experience. Must be able to pass background check. Please apply online at www.semtribe.com or email your resume to joshualohn@semtribe.com. Shirleys Personal Care Service PT FT CNA/HAA & Companionship. Various Shifts per week & weekend. Must have reliable transportation Background Check Required Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind EliÂ’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 PersonalsW/F 65 LOOKING FOR COMPANION TO GO PLACES AND DO THINGS WITH. GIVE ME A CALL 863-6971345 Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Medical Assistant / LPN Should be willing to work in all areas of the office Competitive Salary. Fax Resume (863)467-1156 Mail: PO Box 1268 Okeechobee, FL 34973 Employment Medical Medical AssistantAt least 1 year experience in a medical office. Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or completed application to 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL34972 Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent 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 chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 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 o f 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. Farm Feed/ Products HERMATHIA HAY FOR SALE, STORED UNDER BARN, ROUND BALES $40.00 CALL 863-6346386 BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 5TH WHEEL TRAILER WITH OVERSIZED ENCLOSED FL. ROOM, FURNISHED, FULL SIZE BATH, IN A SAFE/ CLEAN, MANAGED FULL SERVICE WATERFRONT PARK ON 441 NEAR 15A. $600.00/MO. OTHER RENTALS AVAILABLE CALL ALAN 561-2469864 TO SEE BEAUTIFUL, NEWLY REMODELED, 2BDRM ON LARGE LOT, SCREEN ROOM, COVERED CONCRETE PATIO, SHED & CARPORT OVERLOOKING PRIVATE LAKE $875.00/ MO. PLUS SEC. 863467-2784 TIRED OF STAYING IN A MOTEL, WORKING IN OUR AREAFULLY FIRNISHED 1 and 2 BEDROOM PROPERTIES. WEEKLY OR MONTHLY RATES AVAILABLE (863) 467-4371 ApartmentsN.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $675 + $50 rent per month. $2025 to move in. 561-346-1642 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $1,000/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Condos/Townhouses Rent TAYOLR CREEK CONDOS 1BD/1BA, PARTIALLY FURNISHED $700.00/MO. MUST PASS BACKGROUND CHECK AND BE APPROVED BY THE CONDO BOARD 1ST, LAST & SECURITY REQUIRED CALL 561-352-4243 Houses Rent 3/1 HOME FOR RENT LAMINATE WOOD FLOORING, UPDATED, CENTRAL A/C, W/D ON WELL WATER WITH SOFTENER. LAKESIDE, BY 15B & 441 SE $950.00/MO. 786-2010306 FOR RENT 3/2 HOME 3921 SE 28TH ST., NO PETS, $800.00/MO., 1ST, LAST & $400.00 SECURITY TO MOVE IN. RENT W/OPTION TO BUY 305-494-3738 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor The registered nurse 12-month position supervises school health and school based dental sealant program for the FDOH Submit application to: https://jobs.myEEO/AA/VP Employer

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20 Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD782NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that IDE TECHNOLOGIES INC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1861 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SE1/4 OF SW1/4 OF SECTION 12 TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST RUN THENCE SOUTH 01 DEG 32 MIN 38 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SE1/4 OF SW1/4 FOR A DISTANCE OF 644.64 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 01 DEG 32 MIN 38 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 517.58 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF THE NE 301 BLVD (QUAY ROAD) THENCE RUN NORTH 70 DEG 01 MIN 30 SEC EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF 194.70 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 01 DEG 32 MIN 38 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 451.18 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 51 MIN 22 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 181.00 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING. LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE SE1/4 OF SW1/4 OF SECTION 12 TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-12-34-35-0A00-00003-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LEVI L WEAVER JR MARK S WEAVER Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261644 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD769NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2221 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: ROAD IN TRIANGLE PARK COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 63 OF WHISPERING PINES SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF SAID SUBDIVISION AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE RUN SOUTH FOR A DISTANCE OF 60.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 00 SEC WEST ALONG AN EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF PINE STREET FOR A DISTANCE OF 215.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 00 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 15.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH A DISTANCE OF 250.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 00 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 15.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH FOR A DISTANCE OF 250.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-04-37-35-0010-00000-0620 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DONALD D PEMBERTON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261874 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD783NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BLACK CUB SB MUNI CUST the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1779 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: S 1/2 OF SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 S 1/2 OF SW 1/4 OF NE 1/4 ALL THAT PART OF S 1/4 OF NW 1/4 LYING N & E OF RD 15 66.66 ACRES 06 33S 35E 1-06-33-35-0A00-00028-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHARLES C POWELL TRUSTEE CHARLES POWELL JOINT ASSET TRUST JEFFREY W BROWN TRUSTEE VALERIE POWELL BROWN TRUSTEE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261591 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD772NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WILLIAM B BREWER the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 336 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 21 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 21 SECTION 13 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-13-34-33-0A00-00021-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MISTY LYNN MCLENDON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261585 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD773NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WILLIAM B BREWER the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 335 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: LOT I OF TRACT 21 EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 21 SECTION 13 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-13-34-33-0A00-00021-I000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MISTY LYNN MCLENDON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261572 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD777NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2118 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST E 1/2 OF NE 1/4 SW 1/4 OF NE 1/4 E 1/2 OF SE 1/4 SW 1/4 OF SE 1/4 E 1/2 OF SW 1/4 NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 E 1/2 OF NW 1/4 SW 1/4 OF NW 1/4 14 34S 35E 480 ACRES 1-14-34-35-0A00-00002-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PAUL MCBRIDE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261850 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD776NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2117 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST E 1/2 OF NE 1/4 SW 1/4 OF NE 1/4 E 1/2 OF SE 1/4 SW 1/4 OF SE 1/4 E 1/2 OF SW 1/4 NW 1/4 OF SW 1/4 E 1/2 OF NW 1/4 SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 14 34S 35E 480 ACRES 1-14-34-35-0A00-00002-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MURPHY MINERALS CORPORATION Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261849 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD ITS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING ON FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2019, AT 9:00 A.M. AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 17429 NW 242 STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972. A COPY OF ND THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL LANDOWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. DAVID LAW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242 STREET ND OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 266278 ON 06/01/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF OUA MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARINGS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse (A.K.A. Board of County Commissioners Chambers), 304 NW 2nd St. Room 270, Okeechobee, Florida. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public Hearing as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider the adoption of the Preliminary FY19 Budget of the Okeechobee Utility Authority. A copy of the FY19 Budget is available for viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public Hearing as soon after 8:30 A.M. as possible to consider the adoption of the Amended FY18 Budget of the Okeechobee Utility Authority. A copy of the Amended FY18 Budget is available for viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Office at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 263096 ON 6/1/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD770NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SAMMY AND ANN HANCOCK the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2112 Year of Issuance: June-01-2013 Description of Property: WHISPERING PINES HEIGHTS E 1/2 OF LOT 34 1-04-37-35-0020-00000-034A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GEARY ADAMS SUSAN ADAMS Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261646 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD781NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2130 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/6 % MINERAL INTEREST N1/2 24 34S 35E 275.13 ACRES 1-24-34-35-0A00-00002-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MURPHY MINERALS CORPORATION Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261868 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS UNION NEGOTIATIONSThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners shall hold an Executive Session between the Board and its Attorney, which will discuss collective bargaining with “International Association of Fire Fighters” Union 2918 as to negotiations and strategy related thereto. The proposed Executive Session shall be held on Thursday, June 05, 2018 at 1:30 p.m., following the BOCC Meeting, at the Historic Courthouse in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 270, Okeechobee, Florida. The bargaining agent/ client session is closed to the public. Terry Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 266012 ON 6/1/2018

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June 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 21 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD775NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2116 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST W1/2 OF SW1/4 N1/2 13 34S 35E 425.43 ACRES 1-13-34-35-0A00-00002-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MURPHY MINERALS CORPORATION Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261648 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD774NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2115 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST W1/2 OF SW1/4 N1/2 13 34S 35E 425.43 ACRES 1-13-34-35-0A00-00002-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PAUL MCBRIDE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261647 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD771NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SAMMY AND ANN HANCOCK the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1732 Year of Issuance: May-31-2014 Description of Property: DIXIE RANCH ESTATES LOTS 3 4 & 24 BLOCK 2 1-23-36-34-0010-00020-0030 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BRENDA OWENS AKA BRENDA A OWENS AKA BRENDA ANN OWENS AKA ANN OWENS AKA ANNE OWENS Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261586 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERSPursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby notified that they are potentially ineli gible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voters name from the statewide voter registration system. Teresa L. Green Last known address: 3358 NW 1st St Okeechobee, FL 34972 Andrew J. Holloway III Last known address: 1494 NW 47th Ter Okeechobee, FL 34972 If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections, Diane Hagan Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-4014 266411 ON 6/1/2018 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2016-CP-199 DIVISION: PROBATE IN RE: THE ESTATE OF: SAMUEL R. MOORE, Deceased NOTICE OF ACTION (Formal Notice By Publication) TO: All unknown heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, or all others who may have an interest in the above estate: YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Petition for Administration has been filed in this court. You are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, on petitioners attorney, whose name and address are: Jeffrey A. Fadley, P.A. 180 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite A Okeechobee, Florida 34972 on or before 2018, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service or immediately thereafter. Failure to serve and file written defenses as required may result in a judgment or order for the relief demanded, without further notice. Dated: Clerk of the Circuit Court Deputy Clerk 264196 ON 5/25;6/1/2018 LEGAL NOTICEPublic Auction will be held at Johns Towing Service storage lot located at 704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 349972 on JUNE 18, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage charges. Year, make, model and VIN are as follows. 2004 HONDA CIVIC VIN#2HGES26764H521047 2004 PONTIAC VIBE VIN#5Y2SL62874Z431104 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. Seller reserves the right of be sold in As IsŽ condition with no guarantees. 266301 ON 6/01/2018 NOTICE OF SALETo satisfy owners lien Date of Sale: 6-09-2018 @ 10:00AM @70 West Self Storage 219 SR 70 W Okeechobee, FL 34972 Unit #221 Donald M Sheldon II 263303 ON 5/25;6/1/2018 Public Notice NOTICE OF SALERainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will sell at Public Sale at Auction the following vehicles to satisfy lien pursuant to Chapter 713.78 of the Florida Statues on June 21, 2018 at 10 A.M.*AUCTION WILL OCCUR WHERE EACH VEHICLE IS LOCATED* 1996 FORD, VIN#1FALP42X3TF127987 Located at: 3565 US HWY 441 N, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972Any person(s) claiming any interest(s) in the above vehicles contact: Rainbow Title & Lien, Inc., (954)920-6020*ALL AUCTIONS ARE HELD WITH RESERVE* Some of the vehicles may have been released prior to auction. LIC#AB-0001256266360 ON 06/01/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 2017-CP-193 Uniform Case No. 472017CP000193CPAXMXIN RE: the Estate of NANCY HAMILTON, Deceased, NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f NANCY HAMILTON, deceased, whose date of death was September 16, 2016, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which i s 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972.. Th e n a m e s a n d addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims in duplicate with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors ofthe decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The first publication date of this notice is: June 1st, 2018. Personal Representative: STEVEN P. HAMILITON 11462 Fallingstar Court Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701-9251 Attorney for Personal Representative: COLIN M. CAMERON, ESQ. 2 0 0 N. E. 4 th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8600 Fla. Bar No. 270441 colin@ccameronlaw.com 266361 ON 6/1,8/2018 Crossword Puzzle Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD778NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2127 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/6 % MINERAL INTEREST N1/2 OF NE 1/4 SE 1/4 OF NE 1/4 NW 1/4 23 34S 35E 280 ACRES 1-23-34-35-0A00-00002-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MURPHY MINERALS CORPORATION Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate 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 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner 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. 261856 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!

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22 Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 22 Okeechobee News June 1, 2018 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | admin@c21okee.com 1016-H: IN THE CITY Freshly painted 2BD/1BA Frame Construction home. 1,148 Total Sq Ft/760 under air. Great location close to everything! MLS # 212339 $75,000 2002-H: Taylor Creek 5BD/3BA on a beautiful lake access lot, balcony overlooks the water. 3,226 Total Sq Ft/2,358 Screened back porch with fenced back yard, seawall and boat dock. $265,000 MLS # 212118 L-1790: Kissimmee River Estates Rental Income Property Two turn-key furnished homes plus 1000 sf work shop. The “ rst home, a CBS 3/1, has been remodeled. The second home, 3/2 MH, has two living areas, separate dining room and an en-suite master bath. Both have alarm systems. $160,000 Call Dallon 863-697-213 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker PRISTINE 3/2/2 CBS HOME Concrete walkway. French doors lead to a screened in patio porch w/access from master bdrm. Pass through window from inside home to patio. The kitchen is beautifully lit with recessed lighting. There is a large walk-in pantry, and laundry room. Master bath has 2 vanities, soaking tub, stand up shower, private toilet rm, and his and hers closets. MLS# 211932 $242,500 Call Kari Berger at 863-227-0339 Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863)634-1457LMixon@MixonGroup.com ~Our Priorities are simple..They’re Yours! SEMINOLE COVE RIGHT UP TOWN! ~ Delightfully charming and beautifully maintained DWMH. 2 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 41 ft long Carport.10x14 Florida Room. Country kitchen w/ sparkling white cabinets. Large foyer and wide hallway. Both spacious baths. Newer metal roof and 2013 A/C. Irrigation with well. Concrete slab under home. 11x13 workshop. 1258 Sf under air – 2255 TLA. Turnkey with furniture. PERFECT! MLS#212562 $110,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 ~Three blocks from launching your boat! Great Winter Home. Well maintained 2 bd/ 1 ba/ 14x40 carport. MH has 12x25 same level addition.1140 Sf under air 2148 TLA. Fully furnished. 14x20 workshop, storage shed. NEW 12x14 screened room. This property has plenty of concrete parking plus RV parking. THIS ONE’S A KEEPER! MLS#212372 $78,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 Waterfront Lots with Lake Okeechobee Access. $85,000 eachBLUE HERON COUNTRY CLUB MLS# 209428 MLS# 209429 Erica Harvey863.610.1490 | EHarvey@MixonGroup.comDIXIE RANCH ACRES 3/2 Home has been maintained immaculately! Workshop 24 X 36 with Power & Water and 16 X 24 Enclosed Work Area! Bring your RV and Hook Up to the 30 Amp Power located on the outside of the Workshop with an 18 X 20 Carport to store your boats or toys! You also can access property from 84th Ct and 83rd Ct. MLS 212696 $237,000 Call Erica 610-1490 Julia Parker863.801.3489 | Of“ce: 863.763.6000NE SECTION~ 4bed/2bath 1973 manufactured home on 1 acre, fully fenced. 2,830 sq feet under roof, Wood burning “re place. Spacious laundry/utility w/ new dryer in 2018. Encl Fl room runs length of home, screened patio, attached 2 car carport, above ground pool installed 2016, new pump in 2017. Septic pumped in 2018, New well pump in 2015, metal roof in 2008. Detached 512 sq ft work shop w/ carport overhang. Offered at $99,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Home on 1 Acre R E D Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today!

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June 1, 2018 Okeechobee News 23 Were with you...from your rst home to your dream home 4251 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee, FL 34974 O ce: (863) 763-5253 LakeOre.com ANCIENT OAKS 55+ COMMUNITY. Active Lifestyle. 2 B 1 B Park Model (2005) on the canal side. What a VIEW! Comes nicely furnished. Washer & Dryer and small freezer. Metal Hurricane shutters. Storage everywhere! Outside shed. Owner says sell! $79,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 SEMINOLE COVE55+ COMMUNITY. 3 BED 2 BathMaster bath is custom built! Tile oors/Laminate. Brand new roof and newer AC/Hot Water Heater. Screened Fl rm with glass sliding windows. Living Room& separate den. 3rd bedroom is a cra /media room but can be made back into bedroom. All this comes furnished! Quaint neighborhood. Enjoy the Good life! $132,500 Call Jody 863-634-1285 Location, Location, Location Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. Advertise your home here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com

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