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Friday, June 8, 2018 50¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 68 14.22 feetLast Year: 11.20 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionThe Okeechobee Shockwaves swim team begins practice daily, Monday through Friday, at 6 a.m. in the pool at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex. Pictured is Gracie Gamiotea. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Plans for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee could face funding delays. While Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Civil Works) R.D. James found the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir plan feasible, the review assessment submitted to the Of“ce of Management and Budget also placed some conditions for implementation. I have determined that the project identi“ed in the Integrated Feasibility Study and DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement is feasible and fully recognize the importance of this project to the restoration of the Everglades system,Ž Federal funding for EAA reservoir could be delayedMan awakens ... Page 2 child’s obesity? ... Page 5 ... Page 7 CERTIFIED EXPERTISE IN OKEECHOBEE AUTO ACCIDENTS BOARD CERTIFIED FREE APPOINTMENTSAcross From the Courthouse on 3rd € 357-5800 € Hosklaw.com By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Okeechobee Shockwaves summer swim team has its “rst meet of the season scheduled for June 9 at Riviera Beach. Shockwaves coach Jack Boon has high hopes for the team this year. Im very proud of the work these young athletes have put forth,Ž said Boon. The hours of practice have really made a difference and it shows in every stroke. I know they will perform well and show the coastal community what we can do.Ž Boon shares coaching duties with his two assistant coaches, Aubrie Reister and Micheal Muros. Coach Aubrie and coach Micheal have been indispensable to the process of preparing the swimmers for the meet on Saturday,Ž Boon continued. I cannot express my gratitude enough for their assistance.Ž Both Reister and Muros are former members of the Shockwaves, and former members of the Okeechobee High School swim team where their swimming skills set school records. Both are OHS Class of 2016 graduates who are home from college for the summer. I feel like this year were showing a lot of progress,Ž Muros explained. Weve had a great Shockwaves team starts new seasonSee EAA „ Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee NewsMarilyn Howards hand and arm both show the bite marks from the spider monkey that attacked her while she was on her break at Home Depot on June 4. By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Marilyn Howard was on her break outside of Home Depot when she saw what looked like a monkey approaching her from the parking lot. A short while later she would have multiple bites and scratches on her body and be headed for Raulerson Hospital. Ms. Howard, a cashier at Home Depot, had overheard coworkers talking about a monkey on the way to her break and assumed it was all a joke. As she stepped outside, she saw a monkey approaching her from the parking lot and Woman bitten by monkey doesnt blame the animalSee MONKEY „ Page 5 See SWIM „ Page 5 Day of Giving ... Page 3

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2 Okeechobee News June 8, 2018 Today: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 86F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy skies. Scattered thunderstorms during the evening. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday: Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 86F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Okeechobee Forecast By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A structure “re was reported Friday night. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue report, at 9:01 p.m. on June 1, a structure “re was reported in the 5000 block of Southwest 16th Avenue. Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce deputies were reportedly already on scene and informed the “re“ghters that there were visible ”ames from the front of the house. A total estimated property and contents “nancial loss of $25,000 was assessed. Captain Ryan Hathaw ay, 10 “re“ghters, two volunteer “re“ghters, two engines, one tanker and one rescue vehicle of OCFR responded to the incident scene. Some 1,000 gallons of water, a pike pole and a thermal imaging camera were used during the “res extinguishment. Units responded to the above location to “nd a white 2006 Newmar Cypress “fth wheel travel trailer with ”ames coming from the front door and roof on the front half of the trailer, the report stated. Florida Power & Light (FPL) was also contacted to shut off the power. The report continued that crews utilized a 1 3/4 cross lay and made entry into the front door toward the front bedroom where “re“ghters were able to contain the blaze quickly. Fire“ghters did have to pull back from the “re some due to an air conditioner mounted on the roof that was about to fall in over the bedroom. Units reportedly were able to extinguish the remaining hot spots in the trailer, ventilate the trailer and remove the remaining smoke. The report then states that the State Fire Marshal was called to the scene to conduct an investigation for the cause of the “re. FPL arrived on scene and disconnected the power to the trailer. The sole occupant of the trailer was present. He told deputies that hed been asleep in the front bedroom and he had a small box fan blowing air on him when he awoke and noticed the fan was blowing smoke on him and the doorway was on “re. He was able to get out of the trailer without getting burned or breathing in excessive amounts of smoke. He called 911 from a neighbors residence. American Red Cross was contact to assist the occupant of the travel trailer, who lost all his belongings. The travel trailer sustained signi“cant “re and smoke damage throughout. Units cleared the scene with two personnel remaining on scene who awaited the arrival of the State Fire Marshal. The cause o f the “re is under investigation. Man wakes up to “re, escapes without injury Special to the Okeechobee NewsKiwanis gives to Marthas HouseThe Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee held their annual Spring Cleaning to bene“t Marthas House. Club members donated money, food, bedsheets and other items that the Marthas House shelter uses on a daily basis. In all, the club raised $175 and donated around $100 more worth of supplies in their one-day event. Marthas House is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week full-service domestic violence shelter for women and children. Marthas House is passionate about helping families in need by assisting them every step of the way. Pictured from left to right: (back row) Ken Keller, Jonathan Bean, Caitlin Rosenlieb (front left to right) Dayeneira Castillo and Salina Walker. Special to the Okeechobee NewsStudents win scholarshipsTwo Okeechobee High School students won IRSC scholarships at the Grad Night Party on Saturday, May 26. Haley Randazzo and Noel Aguirre are pictured with Cheryl Worlow, IRSC advisor and Our Village board member. Okeechobee News/ Matteo TullioCake presented in appreciationThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) presented this cake in recognition and appreciation for the people who serve as dispatchers for the agency during the National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, which was observed from April 8 to April 14. c o k 2 0 1 8 0 6 0 8 0 2 c r o p p d f 1 0 8 J u n 1 8 0 4 : 1 3 : 5 5

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June 8, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Call or visit your local By Richard MarionOkeechobee News On March 28, Jersey Mikes of Okeechobee participated in the companys National Day of Giving. For one day, the store donates 100 percent of its sales to a local charity. Thanks to the support of Jersey Mikes customers during that day, on June 5 co-owner Krissy Culbreth was able to present a check for $12,209 to Ride for the Fight, a charity formed to help the residents of Okeechobee with their “ght against cancer or other medical conditions. Okeechobee was able to raise the most money out of all the stores participating in the event in South Florida. I really like that Ride for the Fight is dedicated to helping people in Okeechobee; all the money they receive stays local,Ž said Mrs. Culbreth. This is our second year working w ith them. Last year we helped raised money for a little boy battling leukemia named Carson. I have a daughter around his age, so I felt very compelled to help him.Ž During the 2017 Day of Giving, Krissy w orked with Ride for the Fight board member Rebekah Prescott, who came and donated her time to the event, as well as Heroes 4 Hope founder Thomas Barber, who made a large donation to the cause. Later in 2017, both Rebekah and Thomas passed away after their own long battles w ith cancer. Before they passed, I asked both of them if I could do the event this year in their name, and they said yes,Ž Mrs. Culbreth explained. Thomas was a big supporter, and I got to know Rebekah last year during our fundraiser; it was just devastating when they passed on. They did a lot for people here in Okeechobee.Ž Jared Prescott, Rebekahs surviving husband and Ride for the Fight board member, was on hand to receive the check for the charity. This money is going to go a long ways to help a lot of people,Ž Mr. Prescott said. Krissy and her crew have been awesome. Theyre here all day working their butts off, sometimes months beforehand, just to get things prepared. I think they had a double crew here hustling for the entire day. Theyre amazing.Ž Ride for the Fights mission is to help patients experiencing medical hardships, as well as their caregivers. Theyve helped patients buy groceries or pay electric bills, and helped get them fuel to make trips to doctor appointments less expensive. Theres so many other things for a patient and a caregiver to worry about,Ž said Mr. Prescott. The “nancial burden of these other things needs to be at the back of their mind. And thats where Ride for the Fight can help.Ž The Day of Giving is the culmination of Jersey Mikes Month of Giving fundraising campaign in March, supporting more than 170 local charities across the nation. Last years Month of Giving initiative raised more than $5.5 million for local charities nationwide; this year, that amount climbed to $6 million. Without the support from the community, this wouldnt have been possible,Ž Mrs. Culbreth said. Our customers make everything possible. Theyre the reason Im able to come to work every day, theyre the reason I have a business. And for them to be able to show up on our Day of Giving and take money out of their own pocket and give, not only by buying sandwiches but also by donating as well, is awesome. We raised over $800 in just donations alone. People here in Okeechobee have been so generous, and its been amazing.Ž Jersey Mikes Day of Giving results in big donation to charity Special to the Okeechobee NewsApplebees presents $500 to Above and BEEŽyond TeacherBrandy Galloway, general manager of the Okeechobee Applebees (left), presented a check for $500 to Okeechobee High School teacher Andy Brewer (center), who was announced as a winner of Applebees Above and BEEŽyond Teacher Contest. The contest awarded 10 deserving teachers from school districts throughout Florida and Georgia with a sponsorship check to use toward classroom supplies for the upcoming 2018-19 school year and an end-of-year class party for the teachers current class, courtesy of Applebees. Teachers were nominated by their students, who submitted essays to their local Applebees explaining how their teachers go above and BEEŽyond for their students. Brewer was nominated by student Kyleigh Pinon (right). Okeechobee News/ Courtesy of Gilbert ExperienceFrom left to right: Ride for the Fight board member Jared Prescott, Heroes 4 Hope member Donna Walpole, Ride for the Fight member Shandi Croncich, Jersey Mikes of Okeechobee co-owner Krissy Culbreth, Lauren Blevens and Alicia Boland. The 2018 Day of Giving was dedicated to Jareds wife, Rebekah Prescott, and Donnas husband, Thomas Barber, who both passed away in 2017 during their battle with cancer.

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Lake releasesIn the coming days you will hear much hysteria about water discharges, Lake Okeechobee and Big Sugar.Ž Much of what you hear will be hyperbole and agenda-driven politics. Yes, the discharges to the estuaries are bad and cause great harm to our natural resources. I want nothing more than to make them stop. In fact, I am engaged in the process to do so. Many organizations regurgitate the same message, Send the water south,Ž while attacking Big Sugar,Ž claiming that Big SugarŽ obstructs water ”ow. Or that Big SugarŽ is responsible for polluting Lake Okeechobee. That is just not true. Water ”owing south between Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay is stopped at the Tamiami Trail in western Dade County, between Krome Avenue and 40-mile bend. There are six structures along the trail that allow water to travel south, as nature intended. Half of those structures remain closed until July 15, due to restrictions imposed by the Endangered Species Act to protect the Cape Sable seaside sparrow. I have been advised that opening them will result in arrest. The Everglades system works as a whole or it doesnt work at all. Keeping these structures closed at the Tamiami Trail causes water to back up in the Water Conservation Areas and Stormwater Treatment Areas. As a result, it eliminates the option of sending Lake Okeechobee water south, as nature intended. So, as designed to control ”oodwaters, the water in Lake Okeechobee is discharged to the coastal estuaries by way of man-made canals, the C-43 and C-44. When this system was designed, it didnt account for the needs of 8 million people. All of those people receive the same ”ood protection bene“ts as the Everglades Agricultural Area (aka Big SugarŽ). As rainy season begins and you become inundated with the barrage of news stories and articles about Big Sugar,Ž please stop and consider this information. Much of the damage caused by these discharges could have been avoided. But for the sake of a single species, which has wings and can ”y, the federal agencies from the Department of Interior are sacri“cing two coastal estuaries, the Everglades and all of the socioeconomic consequences associated with that. Mike ElfenbeinIn honor of ErikTo the community of Okeechobee, Erik Clay was a lifetime resident o f Okeechobee. Mr. Clay always donated to the local arts programs here at the Okeechobee High School. He managed to touch a lot o f people of this community in many different ways through art. The Clay family invites you to join the celebration of Erik Clays life, on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Park, behind the “re station. There will be live entertainment, a BBQ lunch and a silent auction, all to help the Clay family with funeral costs. Please come help celebrate one of the brightest lights that has gone out among us. Thank you for all of your support, The Clay familyStill supporting Trump?Our world according to Trump has me searching for truth, verifying everything I used to take on faith. Its frustrating that he still has supporters. Maybe they dont realize what hes doing. I read a lot. I subscribe to business magazines. I watch various news channels, but I dont have cable. Did you know about his strongarm tactics to push out a tenant covered under rent control? He has been married three times. He said he would donate pro“ts from for eign governments. He has not. He has undermined the rights and protections of women and minorities with every stroke of his pen. My advice to you is read. You will learn a lot, and maybe youll be scared to death. J.T. Martin Thefts€ What good is it if they do catch them, only to get a slap on the hand?Ž … Arcaeli RebollarK-9 catches suspect€ Magnum knows whats up! Good boy!Ž … Lisa Smith € Good dog and good deputies!Ž … James TerryEAA reservoir€ Dont start celebrating the EAA reservoir yet. Its approved, not funded. And when it is approved, it will take at least eight years to build it.Ž … J. ZimpelMonkey bitesThe article about a Home Depot employee who was bitten by a monkey attracted these comments. € Gotta love Okeechobee. We all thought it was the alligators we had to watch for.Ž … William Groh € The animal should have been left at home. I am surprised the person didnt take the monkey into the store like everyone else takes their pets. Pets need to stay at home if you are going to be going into places.Ž … Yvonne Wilbur € If that was someones dog, it would have been con“scated.Ž … Lin Riordan Brooks € If you want to own a wild animal, keep it at home! Period! Same with dogs that arent legitimate service animals. Its getting crazy!Ž … Judy Crouse Adler € Shes not monkeying around anymore.Ž … Carl Murphy € Dont mess with a monkey on a mission to “nd its owner.Ž … Cathy Green € Would you walk up to an animal who wandered into public? No. You call somebody and let them deal with it.Ž … Melissa Dawn € No one would walk up to a pit bull and take its leash and walk it inside to “nd the owner.Ž … Tara Long € Why would you leave an animal, any animal, in a hot car while you shop?Ž … Marty A. Thomas € Its a tough call when you see an animal that is loose in a parking lot. If you are an animal lover, you want to make sure it is safe. Obviously, it was a mistake for the employee to grab the leash even though it was well-intentioned. Monkeys are quite dangerous. There have been several stories over the years of people being seriously injured by bites from pet monkeys.Ž J. Zimpel € Is it legal to own a spider monkey?Ž … Rose Lang (Editors note: According to the Florida Wildlife Commission website, the owner must have a Class III wildlife license and provide the monkey with an appropriate size cage to allow it ample room for movement. The World Animal Foundation discourages keeping spider monkeys as pets, noting: Spider monkeys are dif“cult to handle as adults, require constant attention and stimulation, are extremely costly to keep and are more comfortable when living in the wild or in a natural setting with other spider monkeys. Most wildlife and animal welfare organizations, therefore, discourage keeping spider monkeys and other primates as pets.Ž June 8, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: 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! Letters to the Editor Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: € Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, € Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, € Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.

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A ssistant Secretary James wrote to South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Ernie Marks on May 30. I have simultaneously submitted my Review Assessment to the Of“ce of Management and Budget for clearance to submit to Congress. My staff will keep you regularly informed of our progress to complete the clearance process and submit your study to Congress,Ž he stated. The 86-page Review Assessment of the SFWMD Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Post Authorization Change Report, Integrated Feasibility Study and Draft Env ironmental Impact Statement,Ž identi“ed several technical, policy and legal concerns.Ž From the geotechnical engineering perspective, a more robust design may be required to address all potential failure modes. The timing and ultimate delivery of project bene“ts will be dependent on the State of Florida demonstrating compliance with water quality standards set forth in court rulings and agreed to by project stakeholders. The Jacksonville District is currently undertaking the federal responsibilities associated with preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the SFWMDs tentatively recommended plan. Until these issues are addressed, project bene“ts might not be achieved as described in the 203 study,Ž the executive summary states. The report questions whether the additional ”ows of water diverted from the Northern Estuaries are essential to the restoration of the Central Everglades.Ž In a June 1 letter to Assistant Secretary James, SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico E. Fernandez and Mr. Marks expressed concerns that USACE Headquarters staff have laid the foundation for delay and avoidance of federal cost share. Despite congressional willingness to cost share with the State of Florida, the review assessment reveals evidence that USACE staff seek opportunities to walk away from 18 years of congressional commitment to restore Americas Everglades.Ž In response to the question of whether or not diverting lake ”ow now going to the coastal areas south, the water managers wrote, Water wasted to tide in the Northern Estuaries is THE water needed to restore the Quantity, Quality, Timing and Distribution of water within the Everglades system. We remain concerned the process will take too long to provide relief, especially considering the requirement to complete further validation reports. If not guided carefully by leaders such as yourself, the additional third step of a validation report could paralyze progress. Floridas economy depends on vibrant and healthy Northern Estuaries, restoration of Americas Everglades and a federal commitment to the same. To that end, the State of Florida will continue to seek that Congress direct the federal government to cost share this important restoration project,Ž they wrote. The proposed EAA reservoir will hold 240,000 acre-feet of water. An acre-foot is the amount of water it takes to cover 1 acre of land 1 foot deep. On the same day SFWMD of“cials sent the response letter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releases to the C-44 Canal at Port Mayaca and the Franklin Lock at Moore Haven to attempt to offset some of the heavy ”ow entering Lake Okeechobee from northern runoff. Over the past seven days, ”ow into the lake has ranged from 4,976 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 7.293 cfs. Flow from the lake into the C-44 Canal at Port Mayaca has ranged from 794 cfs to 1,309 cfs. Flow into the Caloosahatchee River at Moore Haven has ranged from 1,526 cfs to 3,996 cfs. In the past week, the lake level has risen from 14.14 feet to 14.22 ft. No water from the lake has been released south. South of the lake, all of the water conservation areas (WCAs) are a foot above regulation schedule or higher. Flow south under the Tamiami Trail has averaged around 1,000 cfs. Two of the S-12 water control structures, which could send more water south, are closed in order to protect the nesting ground of the endangered Cape Sable sea sparrow. Some algae blooms have been reported on the lake. Algae blooms are common on the lake during the summer and are part o f the natural ecosystem. Under certain conditions, algae blooms can release toxins. € On May 9, an algae bloom was reported near the Pahokee marina. Florida Department of Environmental Protection sampled the bloom. No toxins were detected. € On June 4, a small algae bloom was reported near Port Mayaca. FDEP took samples. No toxins were detected. € On June 6, algae was reported at Oceanfront Park Beach in Palm Beach. € On June 6, algae was also reported in the St. Lucie Canal. € On June 6, algae was reported in the C-24 Canal in St. Lucie County. EAAContinued From Page 1 June 8, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 noticed it was wearing what appeared to be a leash. Assuming the owner of the monkey was in the store, she attempted to grab the leash and guide the animal inside. Thats when the monkey, who is named Spanky, jumped on her back and bit her twice. Still, Ms. Howard was able to get a hold of the leash once again and wait near the entrance of Home Depot for the monkeys owner. But the automatic doors spooked Spanky once again, and Ms. Howard was bitten on the arm and scratched on her face. I dont blame the monkey for any of this,Ž said Ms. Howard. Ive seen videos o f it before online and it looks very sweet. It was just scared. Im just wondering why it was left inside a truck while the owner was in the store?Ž According to the police report prepared by Okeechobee County Sheriffs Deput y Devon Satallante, the owner of Spanky, Tin a Ballard, told the deputy she had left her pet in her truck while she went into the store. I dont want anything to happen to the monkey at all,Ž continued Ms. Howard. I hate that its somewhere locked up in a small box because of this.Ž It is unknown at this time how the Florid a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will proceed in this case. MONKEYContinued From Page 1 turnout for practice every single morning. W e start at 6 a.m., and I know that getting up that early to swim is hard, but a lot of kids are sticking with it. The kids are loving it. The entire team is excited for this meet on Saturday, and I think were going to do really well.Ž This will be the second year Boon and his assistant coaches have handled coaching duties for the team, and Muros thinks things w ill run even smoother now that they have some experience under their belt. Last year was de“nitely a learning experience for all of us,Ž Muros said. We were all new at it, but we got a lot of progress made last year. We had a lot of new members as well, and they are back again this year. Our coaching staff is really catching our pace this year in terms of getting things done.Ž Muros gave credit to Reister for her work on helping plan things for the team while head coach Boon is away getting training to become a new school resource of“cer in the Okeechobee County School District. Boon was a detective with the Okeechobee city police before making the move to resource of“cer in order to help ensure every school has at least one of“cer on site following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. Im proud of each and every member of the Okeechobee Shockwaves swim team,Ž Boon concluded. SWIMContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News Most parents dont let their children blame others if the child is doing something that is the childs fault. They tell their children to own up to their mistakes and “nd a w ay to “x them. When it comes to the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, parents should take some of their own advice and realize they need to “x the mistakes they are making in guiding their childrens nutrition, said Dr. Joseph Galati, author of Eating Y ourself Sick: How to Stop Obesity, Fatty Liver, and Diabetes from Killing You and Your Family.Ž He understands that parents want the best for their children in all aspects of their lives but he said too many parents do not take nutrition seriously when they allow their children to make poor food choices. Obesity „ with all its tremendous complications „ will directly decrease the very opportunities they are working so hard to provide for their children, he said. The root causes of obesity are poor food choices, excessive snacking and large food portions. Parents who serve their children fast food and dont prepare home-cooked meals are fostering bad health that can last a lifetime.Ž Through a combination of poor eating habits and little exercise, Dr. Galati said todays parents are setting up their children to live their lives as un“t, obese and unhealthy. As a result, todays generation will probably have a shorter lifespan than their parents. The problems start early, he said. A child who is obese at age 2 has a 50 percent chance of being obese as an adult. But Dr. Galati said all is not lost. He offers several tips for parents who want to stop the trend of both adult and childhood obesity. € Reinstitute the family dinner. Several studies have shown that regular family dinners at least a few times a week have many bene“ts for children, including improving their eating habits, grades, family relationships and overall health, Dr. Galati said. Children who eat with their families also display fewer risky behaviors and have a lower risk of obesity. € Fight for home economics classes in high school. The high school home economics class taught the basics of food nutrition and cooking. Dr. Galati said the elimination of these classes across the country is likely one of the reasons many children dont know where their food comes from. We have raised an entire generation that is disconnected from the kitchen,Ž he said. € Dont underrate obesitys impact on health. Obesity is the root cause for 13 different cancers, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver and cirrhosis, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, erectile dysfunction and many more. Obesity has more than doubled worldwide since 1980. It should be taken more seriously,Ž Dr. Galati said. € Improve your health IQ. Dr. Galati said too many Americans simply dont understand how their bodies work and dont know they are making poor food and lifestyle choices. He said if people knew a fe w basic facts about their bodies it would help them make better food and lifestyle choices, and enable them to communicate better with their physicians. Its time parents start educating themselves and their children about food and start making better choices,Ž Dr. Galati said. Otherwise the consequences will be a lot more dire than what most parents probabl y realize.Ž A re parents to blame for their childs obesity?

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6 Okeechobee News June 8, 2018Samuel David Everett, Jr., 81 OKEECHOBEE „ Samuel David Everett, J r. died June 7, 2018. He was born Oct. 9, 1936 in Greenville, N.C. to the late Sam uel David Everett, Sr. and Lillie Mae Coward Everett. A resident of Okeechobee for 52 y ears, he was a mem ber of the Okeechobee Church of God. He enjoyed attending church, serving his Lord, spending time with his grandchildren, and eating. Mr. Everett was preceded in death by his sons, Ricky Everett and Tracy Everett; and the mother of his children, Betty Everett. He is survived by his daughters, Joy Slater (Herby), Kathy Everett, and Holly Garrett (Tom), all of Okeechobee; sisters, Faye Everett and Hilda Everett, both of Texas; grandchildren, Samantha, Savannah, Traci, Patty, Betty, Ashley, and Jacob; and thirteen great grandchildren. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. 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. 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, sal ad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-4672882.Healthy Start to meetOkeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition Board of Directors will meet Friday, J une 8 at 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 401 S.W. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The co alition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy pregnancies and healthy birth outcomes for Okeechobee County res idents. For information, contact Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, June 8, come and enjoy dinner at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be a spaghetti dinner and will be served from 5 until 8 p.m., with music from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.Oasis Lounge opens June 8The Okeechobee Shrine Club Oasis Lounge, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will be open Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, from 5 to 10 p.m.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.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will bene“t the A merican Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Legion host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, J une 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.Roundup volunteers neededLooking for a place to volunteer? Come check out the Okeechobee Blood Roundup as volunteers meet Monday, June 11 to begin planning for the 13th annual Roundup to be held Nov. 17 and 18. Find out how you can help save lives while having a lot of fun and satisfaction. Come at 9 a.m. to Room 21 at First United Methodist Church, 202 N.W. Second Ave., behind Walgreens. For more information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.CSC meeting canceledThe Childrens Services Council meeting for June 14, has been canceled. There will be a special meeting held on Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m.DOH will hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold CPR/AED and basic “rst aid certi“cation class on Tuesday, June 12 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436.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, with an $8 donation, Tuesday, June 12 from 4 until 7 p.m. This dinner is 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 863-763-3378.Enjoy dinner with AuxiliaryThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a manicotti dinner on Wednesday, June 13 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., at 5 p.m. All proceeds will bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.Network meeting setBuild your business while learning more about your community by attending the Okeechobee Businesswomens Referral Network meeting, 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 15 at Cowboys Restaurant, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Always interesting and informative, the fun is always present as we each bring a small exchange gift as a way to get to know each other. For further information, call Raye at 863-467-2557.VFW will serve breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, June 17 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All proceeds will go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR VFW will serve dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., will serve dinner on Friday, June 15 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.Historical Society to meetThe Okeechobee Historical Society, 1850 U.S. 98 N., will hold the last meeting before summer break on Monday, June 18 with a covered dish lunch at noon in the museum. The Historical Society does not meet during the months of July and August, resuming our monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month in September.Library hosts Reading CampMs. Kim at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is excited to announce that the Summer Reading CampŽ will be every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from Wednesday, June 20 through July 25. Camp is for ages 8 years old and under. If they have a sibling that is older, they may attend as well. Parents must attend! For information, call 863-763-3536.Democrats to meet June 20The Okeechobee Chapter of the Democratic Party of Florida welcomes you to attend the monthly meeting held Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Beef OBradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing a food order.DOH will hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold a CPR/AED and basic “rst aid certi“cation class on Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436.Mural presentation setOkeechobee Main Street invites you to the presentation of Main Streets sixth mural project, dedicating two murals honoring Chief Osceola and the Battle of Okeechobee located at 114 S.W. Fifth Ave. Meet the artist Tracie Sparks and the mural sponsor Sonny Elliott on Monday, June 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The artists reception will follow on location in the Osceola Building.Sculpture to be presentedOkeechobee Main Street invites you to the Butter”y Sculpture Project presentation on Saturday, June 30 at 4 p.m. at the Hamrick Butter”y Garden, in downtown Flagler Park number six. An artists reception will follow at Nutmegs, 515 S.W. Park St. More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Community section. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Take the reading challengeThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from no w through Sept. 7, as students take the pledge to read as many minutes as they can this summer! To join, simply call the library at 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up with a librarian. Students will receive a pledge certificate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unlock digital rewards and complete weekly reading challenges online. Reading minutes will also count towards special summer prizes and events at the library. Join the fun and sign up today!Class of 1999 raising money for scholarshipsA Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on GoFundMe.com/. Its time for us to give back „ to than k our community for taking care of us. Your donation will go toward scholarships that will be given to OHS seniors for both a remembrance of classmates weve lost and a celebration of furthering education from the Class of 1999 at the 2019 OHS Scholarship Night.

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Sweepstakes, lottery, prize schemes devastate older victims with evolving tacticsCLEARWATER „ A new report by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are devastating victims “nancially and emotionally w ith ever-evolving methods. These frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, even text messages and smartphone popups. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators. The report Sweepstakes, Lottery and Prize Scams: A Better Business Bureau Study of How Winners Lose Millions Through an Evolving FraudŽ notes these scams bilked $117 million out of half a million Americans and Canadians in 2017 alone, with actual v ictims and losses likely numbering much higher. BBB received 2,820 sweepstakes and lottery scam reports in Scam Tracker in 2017, with a median loss of $500. Seniors are the most frequent target and suffer the largest losses by far in these scams, which the report found commonly originate in Ja maica, Costa Rica and Nigeria. The report recommends stronger law enforcement efforts on three fronts „ in J amaica, which has seen an upswing in v iolence related to lottery fraud pro“ts; in the United States, where law enforcement is urged to step up extraditions and prose cutions of overseas fraudsters operating in the U.S.; and globally, as law enforcement agencies worldwide are encouraged to take steps toward holding deceptive mailing or ganizations accountable and stopping fraudulent mail. It also urges Facebook and other social media platforms to take steps to weed out fake, fraudulent pro“les and make fraud reporting easier. Scam artists believe seniors are an easy target; however, informed educated seniors can protect themselves, said Karen Nalven, BBB president and CEO. A legitimate lottery or sweepstakes will never ask its winners to w ire money to claim the prize.Ž Among the Tampa Bay area victims is a w oman in her 70s who was told in a 2018 phone call that she had won $1.5 million and a new Mercedes. She began sending money ($300 at “rst) to get her winnings,Ž as callers insisted that she needed to pay a commission fee of $935. In multiple instanc es, she was informed that Prize Control was in the area and would be arriving shortly to award her the money if she would “rst pay more for taxes on the funds. Among the reports key “ndings: € The majority of lottery or sweepstakes scam victims are between 65 and 74 years old. Among that age group, people who recently experienced a serious negative life event, and who expect their income in the near future to remain steady or decline, are even more likely to be victimized. € Sweepstakes/lottery fraud can strike through many channels „ phone calls, text messages, pop-ups on a smartphones internet browser, social media and mailings. € In 2017, 2,820 individuals reported sweepstakes and lottery scams to BBB Scam Tracker. These reports show a median loss of $500, with wire transfer as the most frequent method of payment. € Jamaica is a major source of cold callsŽ to victims who are told they have won money. Although similar calls come from Costa Rica, the scam has had a major impact in Jamaica, where the amount of money generated by lottery fraud has resulted in gang wars between rival fraud groups, leading to a dramatic spike in violence. More than 95 percent of reported fraud in Jamaica involves lottery or sweepstakes scams. The report was written by C. Steven Baker, BBB International Investigations Specialist. Baker is the retired director of the Federal Trade Commissions Midwest Region. In his role with BBB, Baker is analyzing and reporting on some of the most pervasive fraud issues that impact American consumers. Studies on puppy scams, tech support scams, and romance scams he authored were met with worldwide media coverage. BBB offers the following tips for consumers to avoid being caught in lottery or sweepstakes fraud: € True lotteries or sweepstakes dont ask for money. If they want money for taxes, themselves, or a third party, they are most likely crooks. € Call the lottery or sweepstakes company directly to see if you won. Publishers Clearing House (PCH) does have a sweepstakes but does not call people in advance to tell them theyve won. Report PCH imposters to their hotline at 800-392-4190. € Check to see if you won a lottery. Call the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries at 440-361-7962 or your local state lottery agency. € Do an internet search on the company, name, or phone number of the person who contacted you. € Law enforcement does not call and award prizes. € Talk to a trusted family member or your bank. They may be able to help you stay in control of your money in the face of fraudster pressure. About BBB BBB is an unbiased non-pro“t organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organizations high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Pro“les and BBB Wise Giving Reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is a difference in viewpoints. For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers “nd businesses, brands and charities they can trust. Better Business Bureau Serving West Florida is one of many local, independent BBBs across North America that provide business pro“les on companies within its 11-county service area. These counties include: Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee & Collier. To contact BBB Serving West Florida about this release please call Bryan Oglesby 727-530-4651 or boglesby@bbbwest”orida. org.June 8, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 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. 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8 Okeechobee News June 8, 2018 By Tony YoungFWC Hunting teaches patience while fostering one of the closest relationships we can have with the natural world around us,Ž said University of Florida rising sophomore Hanna Hodges. Hunting also contributes to conservation.Ž Miss Hodges loves hunting for deer and turkeys with her family and boyfriend, and enjoys introducing new people to hunting and taking youth on their “rst hunting trips. However, that hasnt always been the case for her. As a young girl growing up in a family that enjoys the outdoors, Miss Hodges spent many weekends “shing, boating, kayaking and hiking. But, she admits she was intim idated by some of the elements of hunting, and credits her father and the hunter safety class she took at age 10 for giving her knowl edge and con“dence to safely develop what became her greatest passion. My dad “rst introduced me to target shooting and hunting „ he was a great coach,Ž she said. He actually introduced my mom and brothers, too „ and now hunting is a family affair.Ž Miss Hodges father signed her up for a w eeklong Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) hunter safety camp at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center during the summer before her sixth-grade year. It was a great experience attending the hunter safety summer camp at Beau Turner,Ž she said. I made numerous friends there and loved it so much that I volunteered there for several years.Ž Growing up in a hunting family and attending hunter safety camp had such an effect on Miss Hodges that she is now majoring in wildlife ecology and conservation and hopes one day to work in a “eld that blends hunting and conservation. And for this summer, she is proud to announce she will be a hunt camp counselor at the place where it all got started for her „ the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center. For more information on the center, which is east of Tallahassee, or to register your child for summer camp, go to BTYCC.org. If you havent completed the states hunter safety course requirement, nows a good time to sign up. Many of these classes, offered statewide, “ll up fast. People born after May 31, 1975, must complete the FWCs hunter safety class before they can buy the type of hunting license that allows them to legally hunt alone. If youre a youngster and already into hunting, I suggest you go ahead and take a hunter safety class before you turn 16. And you can purchase your very “rst hunting license thats good until your 17th birthday. Even if you were born before June 1, 1975, and are exempt from having to take the class, its still a good idea because youll learn so much. The FWC encourages beginning hunters to do so. Even the most experienced hunters will learn something new, which will help them become even better hunters or mentors. If youre new to our state, these classes will make you aware of Floridas hunting laws. Or if you just relocated from another town, the classes are a great way to meet other hunters. You can make some new hunting buddies or maybe even get a line on a great hunt club thats looking for new members. You can register for a hunter safety class by going to MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by contacting your nearest FWC regional of“ce. Florida Virtual School is an optionFlorida also offers a virtual school outdoor education course. This course, which combines hunting and boating safety, is free and open to Florida residents ages 12 to 18. Participants will develop outdoor skills and learn about the bene“ts of physical activity while using proper safety procedures to experience a range of outdoor activities. By meeting all the requirements of the Outdoor Education course, students will receive their Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card and be eligible to obtain a Florida Hunter Safety Certi“cate. Theyll also earn half a credit for high school, and meet public school requirements for taking an online course and a physical education course. Registrations for these instructor-led courses are limited. Those who are interested can “nd out more at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. Online training and skills dayA popular option for completing the hunter safety training is to take online train ing and a skills day. The online course is designed to help new hunters of all ages learn how to be safe and responsible hunters. Before you begin the online training, youll need to register to attend a skills day. Skills days are led by a corps of volunteer hunter safety instructors who give you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you learned in the online course. Skills day takes about “ve hours to complete and includes time on the shooting range. During skills days, you get hands-on training and must demonstrate proper “rearm and tree-stand safety. In the last hour of the skills day, youll be given a standardized test of multiple-choice questions. You need to score 80 percent or higher to successfully complete the course. The last stepsAfter you pass the test for either course, youll be given a temporary hunter safet y card. Youll receive a permanent card in the mail about four to six weeks after the class. Once the hunter safety requirement is met, you can purchase your “rst Florida hunting license and be ready for opening day. Just a couple of things for parents to remember: The course is designed for youth ages 12 to 16. If your child is younger than 18 years old, you must “ll out our parental release form and present it to the instructor at all courses. Also, if your child is younger than 16, you are required to accompany him or her to all classes. Register to take a hunter safety class today, cause the 2018-19 hunting season will be here before we know it. Remember, safe hunting is no accident. Take a hunter safety class this summer and enjoy the outdoors Special to the Okeechobee NewsChristian Academy students get to meet Smokey BearA “eld trip to the Florida Forest Service turned out to be an educational yet exciting day for 20 kids from the Okeechobee Chri stian Academy. A guest appearance by Smokey Bear and a water hose relay made this an adventure to remember.

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June 8, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 SUMMER SAVINGS BLOWOUT SALES PRICES! LIMITED & EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE ON MOST TRUCKS!WELL BUY YOUR TRUCK EVEN IF YOU DONT BUY OURS! 2016 Ford F-350 SRW6.7L V8, CREW CAB, 39K MILES, #P6269$53,8462014 Ford F-150 Lariat5.0L V8, CREW CAB, 47K MILES, #171360A$34,9812015 Ford F-1502.7L V6, CREW CAB, 55K MILES, #18441A$27,6372017 Chevy Silverado 15005.3L V8, CREW CAB, 15K MILES, #18835A$31,8862014 GMC Sierra 15005.3L V8, CREW CAB, 69K MILES, #18697B$29,8932013 Ford F-150 XL3.5L V6, CREW CAB, 50K MILES, #18022A$26,9832015 Dodge Ram 35006.4L V8, CREW CAB, 43K MILES, #18366A$28,9512013 Ford F-150 XLT5.0L V8, CREW CAB, 78K MILES, #18116A$22,8212015 Ford F-150 XL5.0L V8, CREW CAB, 37K MILES, #18812A$33,9832016 Dodge Ram 25006.4L V8, CREW CAB, 45K MILES, #P6263$33,9662015 Ford F-150 XL5.0L V8, CREW CAB, 31K MILES, #18462A1$42,9832016 Ford F-150 XL3.5L V6, CREW CAB, 12K MILES, #P6295$35,845772.461.60005435 U.S. 1 SOUTH, NORTH PORT ST. LUCIE (JUST NORTH OF PRIMA VISTA BLVD. ON U.S. 1)MONDAY…FRIDAY 8AM…8PM | SATURDAY 9AM…6PM | OPEN THE LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FLORIDA TURNPIKE PRIMA VISTA IF IT HAS A BED ON THE BACK„ WEVE GOT IT!2018 Ford F-150 XL3.3L V6 #18028MSRP $35,174 MSRP $72,485SALE PRICE$27,972SALE PRICE$63,8982017 Ford F-250SD Lariat6.7L V8 #171360 YOUR ONE-STOP TRUCK SHOPALL MAKES, MODELS & ACCESSORIESFEATURING TRUCK ACCESSORY HEADQUARTERSSTEP BARS € ROOF RACKS € TONNEAU COVERS € BED LINERS AUTHORIZED DEALER

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By AMAC Certi“ed Social Security A dvisor Russell Gloor A ssociation of Mature American Citizens Ask Rusty … SSA Misinformation leads to Lost bene“ts Dear Rusty: I am 64, a widow and Im hopping mad! I lost my husband a while ago and went to Social Security to apply for widows bene“ts. That all went okay and Im getting my bene“t, but I just found out that I could have avoided a cut to my widows bene“t and maybe applied only for my own retirement bene“t and let the widows bene“t grow until I reached 66 when it wouldnt be cut. To make matters worse, they never explained that Id be applying for both my own Social Security and my widows bene“t, so my Social Security payment now is made up of both and theyre both reduced because I took them early. If I had waited until I was 70 to take my own bene“t, it would have been more than my widows bene“t. I feel that because they never told me my options, especially when I was grieving the loss of my husband, that its their fault that Im losing money. What can I do? Signed: Hopping Mad Dear Hopping Mad: It looks as though y ou were caught in the same miscommunication web that Social Securitys Of“ce of the Inspector General (OIG) recently inv estigated and found that Social Security A dministration (SSA) staff had often misinformed or failed to explain all available options to those applying for survivors bene“ts. That, in turn, has been responsible for a lot of dually-entitledŽ people getting less than theyre truly entitled to. Thanks to a savvy SSA whistleblower, the OIG investigated the allegations and found that those who were entitled to both Social Security retirement bene“ts and survivors bene“ts were often not told that they could apply for either bene“t and allow the other to grow to its maximum amount. In your case, you could have simply waited to apply for your widows bene“t until it reached maximum at your full retirement age (FRA); or, if you needed the money, applied for your own reduced retirement bene“t “rst and allowed your survivors bene“t to grow to its maximum at your FRA and get that for the rest of your life; or you could have taken the reduced survivors bene“t only and allowed your own retirement bene“t to grow until it reached its maximum at age 70. In other words, you could have restricted your application to either one of those bene“ts and allowed the other to grow to its maximum amount (Social Securitys deemed “lingŽ rule doesnt apply to survivors). That you are now receiving reduced bene“ts with no option to delay either one is, it would seem, a result of a failure by the SSA to inform you of your options, exactly as the OIG found in its investigation. I believe you have a strong case to challenge the SSA on your application choice due to them not informing you of the alternatives available to you. You can initiate this challenge by writing them a letter explaining that you would have made a different choice had you been told the alternatives available to you and request a hearing to resolve this issue. You will need to be speci“c about the who/when/where aspects of your original application, and you should be very clear about which other option you would have selected had you known … to either defer your widows bene“t until it grew to maximum at your FRA, or to take your widows bene“t and defer your Social Security retirement bene“t until you are 70. In any case, you should not have to suffer the “nancial consequences of the SSAs failure to let you know that you had alternatives as a survivor. For more on how to “le a claim in writing due to the SSAs failure to advise you o f your options, go to: https://www.ssa.gov / OP_Home/cfr20/416/416-0351.htm and review Section (f) Claim for bene“ts based on misinformation. Social Security Matters10 Okeechobee News June 8, 2018 208 NORTHEAST THIRD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972863.763.3909TenniswoodDental.comThe doctors at Tenniswood Dental Associates have been creating beautiful smiles for over 55 years. Mark J. Tenniswood, D.M.D. Jenna Tenniswood Bryan, D.M.D. Clifford E. Bryan IV, D.M.D.NOW OPEN Wednesdays and every 1st & 3rd Saturdays along with our normal hoursAccepting New Patients 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 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 Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) began aquatic habitat restoration efforts on Lake Istokpoga on J une 4. Thousands of aquatic plants will be transplanted into Lake Istokpoga to help restore this popular shallow-water bass “shing lake in Highlands County. About 30,000 jointed spikerush plants w ill be planted along the lakes western and northern shorelines. These native aquatic plants will serve as a valuable food source and habitat for many “sh and wildlife species, including the Everglades snail kite, an endangered species. The plants also will enhance the chances that anglers will be able to catch largemouth bass, crappie and pan“sh on Lake Istokpoga. Later this month, the FWC will initiate another effort to help restore the lakes habitat, involving re-vegetation of eel grass, a native submerged plant. The eel grass will be protected by well-marked metal cages that prevent it from being eaten during its “rst year of growth. Later, once it is established, the eel grass will provide a food source for a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, wading birds, turtles, larger species of “sh and apple snails. It has the additional bene“ts of providing structure for wildlife, including small “sh. The FWCs aquatic habitat restoration project on Lake Istokpoga is designed to enhance the biodiversity of the native plant community in the lakes shallow-water marshes as part of ongoing restoration and habitat enhancement activities aimed at restoring the lake. FWC restores aquatic habitat on Lake Istokpoga Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) began aquatic habitat restoration efforts on Lake Istokpoga on June 4. Help save lives by donating bloodThe need for blood donations doesnt stop for summer vacations. If you are in good health and over the age of 17, you can help One Blood ensure area hospitals have a safe blood supply ready to handle emergencies. June blood drives in Okeechobee include: € Tuesday, June 12, at Walmart from noon to 12:30 p.m. € Saturday, June 16, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. € Sunday, June 17, at Golden Corral from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. € Sunday, June 17, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. € Tuesday, June 19, at Raulerson Hospital from 2 to 5 p.m. € Tuesday, June 19, at Walmart from 6 to 7:30 p.m. € Tuesday, June 26, at Okeechobee Sheriffs Of“ce from noon to 5:30 p.m. € Tuesday, June 26, at Walmart from 1:30 to 7 p.m. € Friday, June 29, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m.

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Special to the Okeechobee News If youre looking for a unique, low-cost pet that enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, a pet turtle or tortoise may be for you. What is the difference between turtles and tortoises? Most turtles have webbed feet or ”ippers and primarily live in water, while tortoises primarily live on land and do not have webbed feet. In fact, if you took a tortoise to a body of water, it probably would not know how to swim. Whether you are interested in a turtle or a tortoise, Alice Blue-McLendon, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says that doing your research before getting one as a pet is extremely important. Different breeds of turtles and tortoises require a speci“c diet and habitat. Additionally, the adult size of turtles and tortoises vary by breed. For instance, the sulcata tortoise can easily weigh up to 200 pounds, which may not make it a suitable family pet. Other breeds are much smaller and can be easily held by supervised children. The sulcata tortoise may not be the best option for a pet (especially since they are capable of outliving humans), but other tortoises, such as the Hermanns tortoise and red-footed tortoise, can make great pets. For turtles, Dr. Blue-McLendon recommends the red-eared slider. Be sure to get your pet turtle or tortoise from a reputable breeder. In almost all circumstances you should not take an animal from the wild and turn them into a pet,Ž Dr. Blue-McLendon said. You change their life forever and potentially decrease their life expectancy.Ž No matter the breed you choose, you should consider their adult maximum size before purchasing a tank and setting up their habitat. Additionally, doing your research will help you determine the appropriate temperature, bedding (for tortoises), and amount of lighting for your turtle or tortoise. You should also determine through research an appropriate diet for your breed and the life stage of the turtle or tortoise. Although some commercial food is conveniently sold at pet stores, this food may not be nutritionally balanced. Dr. Blue-McLendon recommends primarily feeding your pet turtle or tortoise leafy greens, since they are herbivores. Some species may enjoy fruit as a special treat. Additionally, drinking water for tortoises should be available at all times. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly all reptiles carry salmonella, including turtles and tortoises. Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause temporary infection in humans, especially in children under 5 years old, elderly adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system. Therefore, these individuals should avoid handling turtles and tortoises. If you are set on getting a turtle or tortoise, the CDC recommends washing your hands thoroughly after handling your pet. Additionally, you should disinfect surfaces that your pet touches and not let your pet come into contact with the kitchen sink or other areas that might contaminate human food and drinks. If you want a unique pet, a pet turtle or tortoise may convince you to come out of your shell. However, be sure you are ready for the commitment. Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the web at vetmed.tamu. edu/pet-talk. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to editor@cvm.tamu. edu.12 Okeechobee News June 8, 2018 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 By Beverly JamesUF/IFAS GAINESVILLE „ Subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage worldw ide. In fact, researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict two of the most invasive subterranean termite species will expand their destructive range; meaning half the structures in South Florida will be at risk of infestation by the insects by 2040. Researchers urge residents to have their homes inspected for termites and seek appropriate treatment. Formosan subterranean termites are already problematic in many urban areas of the Southeastern United States. However, with the more recent spread of the Asian subterranean termite, it portends even more trouble for Florida,Ž said Thomas Chouvenc, assistant professor of urban entomology at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. Six invasive termite species are now established in Florida, and among these, the Formosan subterranean termite, the Asian subterranean termite and the West Indian drywood termite pose particular concern for residents and the pest-control industry because they cause most of the structural damage, Mr. Chouvenc said. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites contribute in large part to the cost associated with termite damage and control globally, he said. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, with about 6 million residents, represents the only location in the continental U.S. where the distribution of Asian and Formosan termites overlaps. Asian subterranean termites stick to South Florida, venturing north only as far as Palm Beach County. But the Formosan termites are found from Miami to Charleston, S.C., Mr. Chouvenc said. The damage to south Florida is already concerning; but the termite presence, which results in property damage, is still increasing,Ž Mr. Chouvenc said. We need to provide area-wide termite management programs that could provide a long-term, sustainable solution for communities.Ž Mr. Chouvenc also observed that both Asian and Formosan termites have the ability to mate and potentially create a new, hybrid species. In a study by distinguished Professor Nan Yao-Su and Mr. Chouvenc in 2015, researchers found that hybrid colonies could be even more problematic than their parental species. Currently, our team is investigating the biological attributes of such hybrids to determine their potential threat to structures, their potential spread, and also trying to determine long-term consequences if gene ”ow occurs in the “eld between the two species,Ž Mr. Chouvenc said. Invasive termites threaten Florida homes Turtles and tortoises can make great pets for anyone Special to the Okeechobee NewsIf youre looking for a unique, low-cost pet that enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, a pet turtle or tortoise may be for you. Teddy bears donatedThe Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce sends a big thank-you to Lisa Newman, owner of Flower Petals, for the beautiful teddy bears she donated to the agency. OCSO deputies and detectives will provide the teddy bears to children during traumatic experiences such as a car crash or involvement in any kind of crisis. OCSO victims advocate Joan Johnson (left) and Ms. Newman (right) pose with the bin of stuffed bears. Okeechobee News/ OCSO

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14 Okeechobee News June 8, 2018 Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Now Hiring www.cityofokeechobee.com TEMPORARY PART-TIME MAINTENANCE OPERATOR(S) Deadline has been extended to Fri., June 15, 2018, 4:30 PM. See website for Job Description and Application packet, or in person at Okeechobee, FL 34974, 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. Successful candidates are required to pass a background screening and a physical. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Maintenance/Janitorial position available. Looking for a reliable worker to perform a variety of duties including repairs/cleaning. Must have the ability to work independently; Full time position, 5 days per week, vacation, health insurance. Fax resume to 763-7874 or apply in person at 269 NW 9th St. Now Hiring part time sales person. Customer friendly person a must. We will train for this position. Position is for the Okeechobee Home Depot Store. Please call 863-385-2665 or email resume to margie@advancedairsebring.com Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’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 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 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. 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 ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE Available June Unique updated Loft Style 2BD/1BA $795.00/MO. Very Clean and well maintained. Situated 12 min. outside of town off Hwy 70 East. Great setting, lawn service, onsite management, pest control included, w/d hook-up. Sorry, NO PETS. Call M-S 9am-6pm 813-956-5150 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 HOUSE IN TOWN, CARPORT, CENTRAL A/C. FIRST, LAST AND SECURITY $850.00/MO NO PETS/NON-SMOKING 3/1 FRAME HOUSE NO CARPORT, WINDOW A/C $750.00/MO. CAL L 863-634-8942 LAKEPORT 2BD/1BA CENTRAL AIR & HEAT, COMPLETELY FURNISHED, WASHER & DRYER $800.00/MO PLUS ELECTRIC. ALSO AVAILABLE 1BDRM HOUSE CALL 618-3091938 Mobile Homes Rent 2BD/1BA MOBILE HOME LAKE FRONT, PARTIALY FURNISHED $700.00/MO. PLUS UTILITIES AND $700.00 SECURITY DEPOSIT, 1YR LEASE, NO PETS, NON-SMOKING INCLUDES LAWM MAINTENANCE AND PEST CONTROL 317258-6956 BEAUTIFUL, NEWLY REMODELED, 2BDRM ON LARGE LOT, SCREEN ROOM, COVERED CONCRETE PATIO, SHED & CARPORT OVERLOOKING PRIVATE LAKE $875.00/ MO. PLUS SEC. 863467-2784 BHR-MOBILE HOME 2BD/2BA $625.00.MO. PLUS SECURITY, 1YR LEASE, NO PETS CALL 863-763-4031 FORT DRUMRANCHETTES 5 ACRES W/ CREEK AND POND 3BR/2BA MH 1ST & $300.00 SECURITY. $900.00/MO. NEED REFERENCES FROM LAST LANDLORD. CONTACT (772)370-9605 OR (772)971-6683 FOR RENT MOBILE HOME COMPLETELY FURNISHED $600.00 MONTHLY, NO PETS. 1ST, LAST & $500.00 DEPOSIT CALL 916504-1186 Mobile Homes Sale 3/2 MANUFACTURED MOBILE HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER, YEAR 2005. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MOVING OFF PROPERTY. CALL 863-441-0135 $37,000/O.B.O. Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 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 Administration of Estates 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 Fictitious Name NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAWNotice is hereby given that the undersigned pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statue” will register with Florida Department of State, Division name, to wit; G G & E Properties 401K Trust Under which we expect to engage in business at: 275 SW 25th Street Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/ County Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said business enterprise are: G G & E Properties Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 5th day of June 2018 By: George L Roberson 267333 ON 6/08/2018 Fictitious Name NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAWNotice is hereby given that the undersigned pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statue” will register with Florida Department of State, Division name, to wit; INKWELL Under which we expect to engage in business at: 909 S Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 In the City of Okeechobee/ County Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said business enterprise are: Kendall Pyper Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this 5th day of June 2018 By: Kendall Pyper 267327 ON 6/08/2018 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds

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June 8, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Public Notice Public Notice 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 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 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 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 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 Public Notice Public Notice STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENTThe Department of Environmental Protection hereby provides Notice of Intent to Issue a permit for the proposed project, subject to the conditions specified in the draft permit and summarized below. The applicant, Okeechobee Utility Authority, John Hayford, P.E., Executive Director, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 applied on October 31, 2017, for a permit to operate a Class I injection well. The project is located at the Cemetery Road Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), 1339 N.E. 39th Boulevard, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 in Okeechobee County (File No. 358539-001-UO/1M, WACS ID No. 98447). The facility will operate: A non-hazardous Injection Well System, consisting of one Class I injection well (IW-1), with cemented 24-inch diameter steel casing to 2,765 feet below land surface (bls), and a total depth of 3,205 feet bls. Injection is into the Oldsmar Formation for the disposal of secondary treated municipal effluent with high level disinfection from the Cemetery Road WWTP for a maximum disposal rate of 3,055 gallons per minute (GPM) and a maximum disposal volume of 4.4 million gallons per day (MGD). The existing dual zone monitor well (MW-1) is completed from 1,820 to 1,847 feet bls and from 1,970 to 2,005 feet bls. The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes (F.S.) and the rules adopted thereunder. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures. The Department has determined that an operation permit is required for the proposed work. The Department will issue the permit unless a petition for an administrative hearing is timely filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., before the deadline for filing a petition. On the filing of a timely and sufficient petition, this action will not be final and effective until further order of the Department. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency action, the hearing process may result in a modification of the agency action or even denial of the application. A person whose substantial interests are affected by the DepartmentÂ’s action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., Pursuant to Rules 28-106.201 and 28-106.301, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), a petition for an administrative hearing must contain the following information: a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agencyÂ’s file or identification number, if known; b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner; the name, address, and telephone number of the petitionerÂ’s representative, if any, which shall be the address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitionerÂ’s substantial interests are or will be affected by the agency determination; c) A statement of when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency decision; d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the petition must so indicate; e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agencyÂ’s proposed action; f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require reversal or modification of the agencyÂ’s proposed action, including an explanation of how the alleged facts relate to the specific rules or statutes; and g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agencyÂ’s proposed action. The petition must be filed (received by the Clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, or via electronic correspondence at Agency_Clerk@dep.state.fl.us. Also, a copy of the petition shall be mailed to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of filing. In accordance with Rule 62-110.106(3), F.A.C., petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant and persons entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be filed within 14 days of receipt of this written notice. Petitions filed by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S., must be filed within 14 days of publication of the notice or within 14 days of receipt of the written notice, whichever occurs first. The failure to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that personÂ’s right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with Rule 28-106.205, F.A.C. Under Rule 62-110.106(4), F.A.C., a person whose substantial interests are affected by the DepartmentÂ’s action may also request an extension of time to file a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000, or via electronic correspondence at Agency_Clerk@dep.state.fl.us, before the deadline for filing a petition for an administrative hearing. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon. Mediation is not available in this proceeding. Once this decision becomes final, any party to this action has the right to seek judicial review pursuant to Section 120.68, F.S., by filing a Notice of Appeal pursuant to Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.110 and 9.190 with the Clerk of the Department in the Office of General Counsel (Station #35, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000) and by filing a copy of the Notice of Appeal accompanied by the applicable filing fees with the appropriate district court of appeal. The notice must be filed within 30 days from the date this action is filed with the Clerk of the Department. The files associated with this order are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except state holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District Office, 3301 Gun Club Road, MSC 7210-1, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, and at the Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. Any additional information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting Douglas Thornton, Engineering Specialist, at 850-245-8666. 267396 ON 6/8/2018 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 CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board (CEB) will conduct a regular meeting on Tues., June 12, 2018, 6:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by calling the Code Enforcement Office, 863-763-9795. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the CEB with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the Fire Department no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-9795. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the CEB in support or opposition to any item on the agenda, a copy of the document, picture, video, or item must be provided to the Board Secretary for the CityÂ’s records. By: Chairperson Jamie Gamiotea 267387 ON 6/8/2018

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16 Okeechobee News June 8, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTIONNOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to allow the sales, service, and storage of new and used recreational vehicles, travel trailers, motor homes or park trailers including parts in a Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owner is Paul A. Jones. The applicant is Cody Danks. The property address is 4558 Highway 441 SE and is more particularly described as follows: FROM A POINT WHERE THE RANGE LINE BETWEEN RANGES 35 AND 36 INTERSECTS THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF THE NORTH SHORE LEVEE RUN NORTH 54 56’09” WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF THE NORTH SHORE LEVEE 1550 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, RUN THENCE NORTH 2933’51” EAST 528.9 FEET TO THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY OF STATE ROAD 15 (U.S. 441), THENCE RUN SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY OF STATE ROAD 15 A DISTANCE OF 405.6 FEET TO A FENCE, SAID FENCE BEING THE COMMON BOUNDARY BETWEEN LANDS FORMERLY OWNED BY RAY ROWLAND AND TOME JONES, THENCE RUN SOUTH ALONG SAID COMMON BOUNDARY TO THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE NORTH SHORE LEVEE, THENCE RUN NORTH 5456’09” WEST ALONG SAID NORTH BOUNDARY TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, SAID LANDS LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST. LESS AND EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED OF SAID PROPERTY: ALL THAT PART OF CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND IN THE UNSURVEYED PORTION OF SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA, LYING WITHIN 200 FEET NORTHEASTERLY OF, AND AS MEASURED AT RIGHT ANGLES TO THE PRESENT NORTH RIGHT-A-WAY LINE OF THE NORTH SHORE LEVEE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2 PAGE 83, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; SAID CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND IS BEING MORE SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM A POINT WHERE THE RANGE LINE BETWEEN RANGES 35 AND 36 INTERSECTS WITH THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF THE NORTH SHORE LEVEE RUN NORTH 5456’09” WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF THE NORTH SHORE LEVEE 1550 FEET FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING; FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING, RUN NORTH 2933’51” EAST, 528.9 FEET TO THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY OF STATE ROAD 15 (U.S. HIGHWAY 441); THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY OF STATE ROAD 15; 405.6 FEET TO A FENCE, SAID FENCE BEING A COMMON BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE LAND OF RAY ROWLAND AND THE LAND OF TOM JONES; THENCE, SOUTH ALONG SAID COMMON BOUNDARY TO THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY OF THE NORTH SHORE LEVEE; THENCE NORTH 5456’09” WEST ALONG SAID NORTH SHORE LEVEE TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. AND BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 36, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE WHERE THE RANGE LINE BETWEEN RANGES 35 AND 36 EAST INTERSECTS THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15(U.S. HIGHWAY 441); THENCE NORTH 5129’40” WEST ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 344.68 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHWEST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 5696.58 FEET; A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 902’03” AND AN ARC LENGTH OF 898.23 FEET; THENCE ALONG SAID CURVE CONTINUING ALONG THE SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY, BEING REFERENCED BY A LONG CHORD BEARING NORTH 5601’39” WEST, A LONG CHORD DISTANCE OF 897.30 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE SOUTH 2934’58; WEST A DISTANCE OF 324.41 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF LEVEE L-D4; THENCE SOUTH 5455’02” EAST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 5.93 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE NORTH 2934’58” EAST A DISTANCE OF 324.98 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON AFORESAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. HIGHWAY 441), SAID POINT LYING ON A CURVE, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHWEST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 569.58 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE F 003’34” AND AN ARC LENGTH OF 5.91 FEET; THENCE ALONG SAID CURVE, ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE, BEING REFERENCED BY A LONG CHORD BEARING OF NORTH 6025’24” WEST, A LONG CHORD DISTANCE OF 5.91 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Community Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the department. Okeechobee County Community Development Department 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A; Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Petition S-2018-0760 267658 ON 6/8/2018 Public Notice Public Notice INVITATION TO BID NO. PW 03-00-06-18 OKEECHOBEE CITY HALL, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RECORDS RETENTION BUILDING PAINT PROJECT Opening Date and Time: June 20, 2018, 3:00 PM The City of Okeechobee, Florida is currently soliciting bids to provide construction services needed to pressure wash and paint the Okeechobee City Hall, Fire Department, and Records Retention Building located at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Sealed bids must be received within the General Services Department at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Rm 101, Okeechobee, FL 34974, no later than 3:00 PM EST on or before Wednesday, June 20, 2018. All responses received by the deadline will be opened and recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses within the Council Chambers, Rm 200, at the address listed above. Any bids received after the above noted date and time will not be opened or considered. Facsimile or emailed bids will not be accepted. Bid Packets may be obtained from the General Services Department at City Hall during normal office hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except holidays, or by contacting Patty Burnette, 863-763-3372 ext. 9820, or pburnette@cityofokeechobee.com. A $25.00 non-refundable deposit per set of documents is required, made payable to the City of Okeechobee (checks & cash only accepted). Questions concerning the scope of work are to be directed to Public Works Director David Allen, 863-763-9790, or dallen@cityofokeechobee.com. NOTE: Bonding Requirements Apply to this Bid Opportunity. Submittals must be within a sealed envelope and contain two (2) clearly identified originals and one (1) copy of the bid, with the outside of the envelope clearly labeled “BID NO. PW 03-00-06-18 OKEECHOBEE CITY HALL, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RECORDS RETENTION BUILDING PAINT PROJECT, 6-20-18, 3:00 PM” with the submitting Company Name and Return Address Bids may be mailed, hand delivered and/or express mailed to the address listed above. Firms properly registered in the State of Florida are encouraged to submit their bid for consideration. It is the sole responsibility of the Bidder to deliver personally or by mail, their bid to the General Services Department on or before the closing hour and date for the receipt of bids as noted above. This solicitation does not commit the City of Okeechobee to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this bid, or to contract for any services. The City Council reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities and to accept or reject all or part of any bid, as they may deem to be in the best interests of the City of Okeechobee. Responses to this bid, upon receipt by the General Services Department, will become public records subject to provisions of Florida Statute Chapter 119 Florida Public Records Law. EEO/ADA/GINA/VP/DFWP By: Mayor Dowling R. Watford, Jr. on June 8, 2018 267388 ON 6/8,10/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, will conduct a Public Hearing on Tues, Jun. 19, 2018 at 6 PM, or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Okeechobee, FL, to consider final reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1169: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA; RESCINDING CODE OF ORDINANCES CHAPTER 50, SECTION 50-48 RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS ALLOWED DISABLED VETERANS OF ANY WAR OR THEIR UNREMARRIED SPOUSES; CREATING A NEW SECTION 50-48 TO BE ENTITLED “BUSINESS TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR CERTAIN VETERANS, THEIR UNREMARRIED SPOUSES, OR LOW-INCOME PERSONS” AS MANDATED BY RECENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION WHICH AMENDED OR CREATED FLORIDA STATUTE 205.055; WHICH ACTION RELATES TO TAXES AND FEES FOR VETERANS AND LOW-INCOME PERSONS; WHICH ACTION CREATED SECTION 205.055, FLORIDA STATUTE; EXEMPTING CERTAIN PERSONS AND BUSINESSES FROM BUSINESS TAXES AND FEES; PROVIDING REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING FOR SUCH EXEMPTION; WHICH ACTION REPEALED SECTION 205.171, FLORIDA STATUTE, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS ALLOWED FOR DISABLED VETERANS OF ANY WAR OR THEIR UNREMARRIED SPOUSES; WHICH ACTION AUTHORIZES MUNICIPALITIES THAT IMPOSE CERTAIN BUSINESS TAXES ON MERCHANTS TO CONTINUE TO IMPOSE SUCH TAXES; WHICH ACTION AUTHORIZES MUNICIPALITIES TO REVISE THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM “MERCHANT;” REVISING ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR SUCH APPLICATION FOR VETERANS EXEMPTION; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Office of the City Clerk during normal business hours, MonFri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda, a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. By: City Clerk Lane Gamiotea, CMC 267668 ON 6/8/2018 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 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 Public Notice Public Notice 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 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 Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134 € go@newszap.com

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June 8, 2018 Okeechobee News 17 ACROSS 1 Diplomat Henry __ Lodge 6 Former Ford division, briefly 10 Kindly let us know,Ž on invites 14 Like a noisy stadium 15 Length times width 16 Israeli airline 17 *The presidents annual salary, e.g. 19 Lily thats Utahs state flower 20 Mary __ cosmetics 21 Agree silently 22 Avoid shipping out? 24 Electrically connected 26 Weds in secret 27 Kind of football kick 30 Prairie dog or squirrel 32 Brown photo tone 33 Long skirt 34 Carpe __: seize the day 37 Hawaiis Mauna __ 38 Pool diving area ... and, literally, what the start of each answer to a starred clue can be 41 Deans list fig. 42 How some audiobooks are recorded 44 Prayer ending 45 Autumn shade 47 Pencil mark remover 49 PC memos 50 Say yes (to) 52 Arabian Peninsula country 54 Thick fog metaphor 56 Prefix with east or west 57 Comedian Margaret 60 X-ray units 61 *Prince film featuring When Doves CryŽ 64 UnderstoodŽ 65 Flanged fastener 66 Its measured in degrees 67 Why dont we?Ž 68 __-dokey!Ž 69 1971 Eric Clapton hit DOWN 1 Wine barrel 2 Operatic solo 3 Squarish, as some cars 4 Lummox 5 __ and Tobago: West Indies nation 6 All in the FamilyŽ spin-off 7 Make a typo, say 8 CheersŽ actor Roger 9 Redeemed, as casino chips 10 English translation of the start of 10Across 11 *Sweet dreamsŽ 12 Unclear 13 Lands heavily 18 2000 Bush opponent 23 Pub potable 24 Nintendo game system 25 Window treatment 27 Capital of Norway 28 Gas used in signs 29 *Scatterbrain 31 Team on the farm 33 Viral video, e.g. 35 Fencing sword36 Fourth planet 39 Approach cautiously 40 Fait accompli 43 Puts on clothes 46 Vaya __ DiosŽ 48 Commotion 49 Actor Jannings 50 Tax deadline month 51 Put an end to 53 EŽ on a gas gauge 55 Rock genre 57 Clever 58 Sledding slope 59 Most fit for military duty 62 Regret 63 Genetic stuff By Robert E. Lee Morris 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 02/15/16 02/15/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134 € go@newszap.com By Matteo TullioOkeechobee NewsA 25-year-old Fort Pierce woman was arrested Sunday afternoon on disorderly intoxication charges after law enforcement received calls of a suspicious person. According to an incident report by Deputy Corporal Max Waldron of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce, at 2:26 p.m. on June 3, he responded to the 1700 block of Northwest Fourth Street in regard to a suspicious person complaint. The caller to 911 had informed law enforcement dispatchers that there was a female who reportedly appeared under the in”uence of narcotics, as the woman was supposedly seen attempting to bite a plastic water bottle in half. Upon his arrival, Cpl. Waldron located the woman, who then identi“ed herself by name. The report stated that at the time Cpl. Waldron made contact with the woman, she had ripped off her shirt and was walking east on Northwest Fourth Street, topless. Cpl. Waldron reportedly tried to speak with the woman, but she appeared to be incoherent and restless. The report concluded that due to the womans condition, she was deemed a danger to herself and the public. She was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charge. Topless woman charged w ith disorderly intoxication

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18 Okeechobee News June 8, 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 5002-H: SUN & COUNTRY RANCHES : FT. DRUM AREA CUSTOM BUILT ON 4.73 ACRES. Spacious throughout with 3,474 Total Sq ft/2,321 under air. Open concept, high ceilings. Too many extras to list. MUST SEE MLS # 212031 $375,000 5064-H: R BAR ESTATES 3BD/2BA on 2.56 +/acres, 2,473 Total sq. ft./1,775 under air. Vaulted ceilings and much more. Mature oak trees. Overlooks large pasture w/abundant wildlife! Large pets welcome. Call for more info. MLS # 212328 $270,000 MOTIVATED SELLER 2.56 ACRES 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! LUXURY in LAZY 7 MAN CAVE/WORKSHOP ~ 2004 CBS 4 Bd/ 2.5 Ba/ 2 Car Garage, Custom home. Paradise living RIGHT AT HOME! 26 X 26 Man Cave workshop with 10Ft sides, 16 Ft peak and Rollup door. Salt water-heated Pool with child safely fence, half bath off pool and outdoor shower. Plus SS appliances. Spacious master, Jack and Jill bedrooms with shared bath. 300 Sf screened Lanai party paradise.. *Move in perfection! Designed for family entertaining. MLS# 212728 $295,000 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 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! Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com

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June 8, 2018 Okeechobee News 19 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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