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Friday, June 15, 2018 50¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 71 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Will the federal government fund 50 percent of the cost of the planned Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir? At their June 14 meeting, members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board expressed concern that the federal government might not provide the expected 5050 match to build the EAA reservoir. The reserWill feds pay their share for reservoir? Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenOkeechobee honors Flag DayRebecca and Jacob Williams were among the Okeechobee community members who turned out to celebrate Flag Day during the Thursday morning ceremony at the Memorial Park in downtown Okeechobee, sponsored by the Elks Lodge. For more, see Page 8. 14.11 feetLast Year: 11.80 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Drug court gives offenders a second chance ... Page 2 County to spray for mosquito control ... Page 12 Report algal blooms to FDEP ... Page 11 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Monkey’s owner faces charges ... Page 14When it comes to major accidents in Okeechobee, this is NOT MY FIRST RODEO.Board Certi“ed € Over 36 Years ExperienceHoskLaw.comLocated on 3rd Street across from the courthouse Civil Trial357-5800 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County School Board recognized employees who retired after the 2017-18 school year at their monthly meeting on June 12. One of the employees retiring this year was director of student services Toni Wiersma, who spent 37 years working for the Okeechobee County School District. Ms. Wiersma began as a seventhand eighth-grade math teacher at Okeechobee Junior High and spent time as a guidance counselor as well as principal at both the Okeechobee Freshman Campus and Okeechobee High School. Ms. Wiersma was also crucial in securing district accreditation for all Okeechobee schools. I graduated from Okeechobee High School Wiersma, Pritchard retire from school district Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionOkeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy (left) recognizes retiring social studies teacher Brendan Pritchard. Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionRetired Director of Student Services Toni Wiersma (left) is congratulated by Okeechobee Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy. See SCHOOL „ Page 12 See EAA „ Page 1 2

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By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Nine people graduated from Okeechobee Countys Drug Court program on Wednesday, June 6, at 3 p.m. in Courtroom D of the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, with 19th Judicial Circuit County Court Judge J erald D. Bryant presiding over the convocation. The graduation is for the celebration of the successful completion of a felony, misdemeanor and juvenile Drug Court program. The mission of the 19th Judicial Circuit Drug Court is to provide a cooperative team of diverse professionals and community leaders who work to coordinate service to support individuals in becoming drugfree and productive citizens. Drug Court is a structured court process designed to increase public safety and reduce crime in a cost-ef“cient manner. Drug Court is a program for “rst-time offenders who have been arrested for a qualifying drug offense. Drug Court provides the opportunity for substance abuse treatment. A fter successfully completing the program, the participants have developed skills to manage their substance abuse issues. The charges are dismissed. Drug Court also has participants who are involved as a special condition of probation/ community control. The participants learn skills to manage their substance abuse. The charges are not dismissed at the successful completion of the drug court program. There are currently 16 specialty court programs in the 19th Judicial Circuit, with three offered here in Okeechobee County: felony drug court, misdemeanor drug court and juvenile drug court. Drug court providers in the 19th circuit are members of a drug court team comprised of a judge and representatives from court administration, the Public Defenders Of“ce, the State Attorneys Of“ce, Probation Department, Department of Children and Families for family drug courts and social service providers in the community. These entities meet weekly to discuss client progress prior to court and then attend or participate in court hearings. In attendance for the event were Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Terry W. Burroughs, Okeechobee Police Department Major Donald Hagan, Father Jim Shevlin of Church of Our Saviour and Daniel Rickards of Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. Commissioner Burroughs spoke “rst to the graduates. First of all, congratulations to the nine of you who are graduating today. Right now you have an opportunity to change your life. The message we want to express here today is that you have an opportunity to be a better person today than you were before and to erase this off your record.Ž Daniel Rickards addressed the graduates and those in attendance. Were proud of these nine graduates for completing this dif“cult program. What you have learned in the program is a new lifestyle. It take a support system of shared values to accomplish a lifestyle change. As a community, we are here to support one another. For those of you still going through the program, it takes determination to continue on the path of program completion.Ž Major Hagan also stated: Youve got an opportunity here to make a lifestyle change, but you have to want the change for it to take effect. Its up to you to stop and say no when approached about reentering that lifestyle that got you here in the “rst place.Ž The Church of Our Saviours Father Jim had a similar message to those graduating the Drug Court program. Congratulations to all of the graduates, and to reiterate, its important to change the social groups that might have played a role in you being here today,Ž he said, speaking of an aspect of the lifestyle change. Judge Bryant gave his sentiments when the guest speakers had “nished. I appreciate you being here, representing the police department and showing support,Ž the judge said to Maj. Hagan. He then stated to the graduates, Dont hesitate to call on any of the folks that spoke here today; we are all here to help you.Ž Judge Bryant continued: The message that seems to resonate here is that, its hard to get away from people. Youre going to see the people that youve seen all your life; the key, however, is to not interact with and distance yourselves from those individuals. I know it may be hard to do, but I hope you do whatever it takes to continue on a path of success.Ž The judge “nished by saying, It gets much more dif“cult from here, and I wish all of you the very best.Ž The Drug Court program is one of societys attempts to resolve an overcrowded incarceration system and not add to it. Recidivism is the tendency to lapse into a previous pattern of behavior, especially a pattern of criminal habits, and it is no secret in the criminal justice system. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, one in 100 U.S. citizens are now con“ned in jail or prison. Most inmates in prison, at least largely in part, are there because of substance abuse charges, with 80 percent of offenders abusing drugs or alcohol. Imprisonment has little effect on drug abuse, as anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of drug abusers commit a new crime (typically a drug-driven crime) after release from prison, and approximately 95 percent return to drug abuse after release from prison. In a nationally representative study o f more than 2,000 graduates from over 90 drug courts, the average recidivism rate was only 16 percent in the “rst year after leaving the program, and 27 percent after the second year. This compares very favorably to recidivism rates on conventional probation, in which 46 percent commit a new offense and over 60 percent commit a probation violation. Nine graduate from Drug Court program2 Okeechobee News June 15, 2018 Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 € Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy € Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 € Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing € Delicious Meals € Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 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 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 Today: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 89F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: A few clouds from time to time. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Sunday: Thunderstorms likely. High 88F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%. Sunday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Monday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionJudge Jerald Bryant speaks at the drug court graduation on June 6.

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Flow southThe Department of the Interior will not allow the S-12A and S-12B gates to be opened to allow more ”ow from the Water Conservation Areas south of the lake under the Tamiami Trail to Everglades National Park until July 15, in order to protect the nesting grounds of the endangered Cape Sable sea sparrow. Readers commented. € A bird can ”y and nest somewhere else!Ž … Shelley Wooten € Mind-boggling. But I guess if youre familiar with the Endangered Species Act and the federal agencies, this is what you have come to expect.Ž … Mike Elf € Even with all the S-12 water control structures open, the capacity there can only move about 2,000 cubic feet per second south under the Tamiami Trail. Water is coming into the lake more than three times that fast, so even with the S-12s all open, and lake water ”owing into the Stormwater Treatment Areas, water will still have to be going east and west to stop the lakes rise. We need more of the Tamiami raised to restore the sheet”ow into Everglades National Park. That is where they should focus more funding.Ž … K. Booker € If people would just take the time to actually contact our congressmen, especially those in Miami-Dade/Broward counties, it would help not only the Everglades but also the estuaries. Write your congressmen; ask them to send the water south like the systems have been designed to do. They MUST open the S-12 structures in order for that to happen. Right now they are closed for the nesting Cape Sable seaside sparrow.Ž … Ashley Sexton € How about restoring Cape Sable and letting the sea sparrows go home?Ž … Anonymous € The TV station reporters on the coast do not seem to know that the ”ow south is primarily blocked by the Tamiami Trail. Could someone send them a map of Florida ... and a subscription to the Okeechobee News?Ž … J. ZimpelDogs shot€ When are public of“cials going to acknowledge that animals have a voice? How is the public not outraged that a sadistic killer has taken to shooting animals in their yards?Ž … Paige Cloud June 15, 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! Letter to the EditorLighthouse Refuge Fundraiser The Lighthouse Refuge is to be a rehabilitation home for homeless and abused w omen. The home is not meant for an emergency situation, but a long-term rehabilitative home where you would stay three months to a year. Recently, Okeechobee County had blessed us with a home to use for our rehabilitation programs. As we work to get this house open, we wanted to invite the community to be a part of supporting this unique home. The past 18 years, our founder, Donna Dean, has been tirelessly helping w omen without a home in several different ways. Please join us in our special mission to glorify God, and help women who need their lives rebuilt and strongholds broken, by our programs that are driven by women who love the Lord. The fundraiser is a brick fundraiser where you can order your choice of a 4x8 or 8x8 brick, and have your name engraved on it. Eventually, when we have enough bricks we will incorporate them as a walkway around ”ower gardens at the house. You can either contact Donna direct at 863-8019201 for an order form or go directly to the donor website at www.bricksrus.com/ donorsite/lighthouserefuge. Lets get this home open! Laura Lee Jay Board member Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Pay attention!Ž (Ford) 6 Time for new growth: Abbr. 9 Minute Maid Park player (Chevy) 14 Select group 15 Eastern ideal 16 Absolute 17 Summer Olympics competitor 18 Symmetrically placed Monopoly sqs. 19 Bambinos parent 20 Musical narrated by Che 21 Squeeze (out) 22 Cosmetician Adrien 23 Info-gathering mission 24 Entanglement 25 Guffaw evokers 26 Way up the mountain 29 Slowpokes 33 1945 battle setting, familiarly 34 MacbethŽ witches, e.g. 38 Car mishaps that occur at this puzzles four circles 41 Jabbers 42 Lip-reading alternative: Abbr. 43 Subtlety 44 Writer who used his actual middle name as a pen name 46 Venomous snake (Dodge) 50 Place for a key: Abbr. 51 Atlas, for one (Nissan) 56 Pianist known for his Beethoven interpretations 57 Most preferred, in texts 58 RollerCoaster Tycoon World publisher 59 Pope after John X 60 Seine sight 61 Cant be beaten 62 Not yet up 63 Yalie 64 Calf-roping loop 65 Monopoly stack 66 67-Acr. has one 67 Show contempt DOWN 1 Sound mixing control 2 Bar staple 3 Type of pride (Honda) 4 Be of __: help 5 Suppress 6 Scattered 7 Subject to ticketing 8 NCAAs Granddaddy of them allŽ 9 Capital of Eritrea 10 Lewis with Lamb Chop 11 Beat (Ford) 12 Convened again 13 Educational hurdles 27 Prize for a picture 28 Beef cuts 29 Rooting place 30 Larry OBrien Trophy org. 31 Fine with me!Ž 32 Connections 34 Familia member 35 Harrys Hogwarts cohort 36 Firm ending? 37 Verb ending 39 Hardens into bone 40 Keeps up 44 Ancient Celtic priests 45 Present to the public 46 Well-founded 47 Adler of Sherlock Holmes lore 48 Space explorer (Ford) 49 Like many roofs 52 Challenge accepted!Ž53 Western skiing mecca (Chevy) 54 Got up 55 Gunpowder ingredient By Bruce Haight 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 02/18/16 02/18/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: gy Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com

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By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A 22-year-old Okeechobee woman was arrested Monday morning after she allegedly deposited money into a Boynton Beach mans account with an intent to defraud. Veronica Nicole Garcia, Northwest 19th Avenue, w as arrested June 11 by Deputy Corporal Bryan Lowe on two Okeechobee County felony warrants charging her with 12 counts of cashing or depositing item with intent to defraud, one count of uttering forged instruments and grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). Her bond was set at $70,000. According to an arrest report, on Wednesday, April 11, Detective Dale LaFlam met with Seminole Tribe of Florida Police Department Detective Susie Boldin, who reported that she had begun a criminal investigation on Nov. 4, 2017, in regard to counterfeit checks being deposited into various accounts at various banks on an account belonging to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. One counterfeit check was reportedly issued and deposited in the amount of $300 into a Boynton Beach mans bank account. Detective Boldin reportedly interviewed the man, who reportedly had not given anyone permission to deposit checks into his account and wished to pursue charges. Seminole Credit & Finance Director Robert Maza reportedly identi“ed the check as counterfeit and added that, after examining the signature, it appeared to be a forgery. Detective Boldins follow-up investigation led to the discovery of the checks deposit location being at the automated teller machine (ATM) of SunTrust Bank, located in the 800 block of South Parrott Avenue, in Okeechobee on Nov. 16, 2017. The ATM captured a video of the depositor, who appeared to be a lone white female, similar in appearance to Garcia. The report stated that Detective Boldin believed the woman from the ATM photo was the same that was put on the OCSO Facebook page. The Boynton Beach man was unable to identify the woman in a photo from the ATM video and, due to the incident occurring outside Detective Boldins jurisdiction, she requested OCSO follow up on the case. The report concluded that Detective Boldin provided OCSO with a copy of the initial report completed by Of“cer Ryan Carr; the forgery af“davit stating the check was counterfeit signed by an authorized signer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Peter Hahn; the handwritten sworn statement from the Boynton Beach man; Seminole Police Department supplemental reports; a copy o f the check dated Nov. 2, 2017; and a copy o f the image from the ATM at SunTrust Ban k in Okeechobee. On Monday, April 16, OCSO was able to make contact with someone who was able to identify the image as that o f Garcia. Garcia was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Vladimil Cruz Colon, 36, Northwest First Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 12 by DOC Of“cer Melissa Spencer on a felony charge of violation of probation. He w as also arrested by Deputy Corporal Bryan Lowe on an Okeechobee County warrant on a misdemeanor charge of resisting of“cer w ithout violence. He is being held without bond. € Juan Martinez, 41, Northwest Fourth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 12 by Deputy Quinton Speed on two DOC felony warrants charging him with sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and sale of a controlled substance (heroin). He is being held without bond. € Kimberly Ann Johnson, 46, Southeast 38th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 12 by Deputy Jonathon Gove on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with grand theft of motor vehicle. Her bond was set at $5,000. € Holmes Eugene Boyd, 24, Country Road, Lorida, was arrested June 12 by Deputy Sergeant Aric Majere on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with giving false information to a pawnbroker (less than $300). His bond was set at $5,000. € Mary Helen Zaleta, 45, Northeast 48th A venue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 12 by Deputy Ryane Ammons on a felony charge of driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled or disquali“ed (habitual offender). Her bond was set at $5,000. € Aaron Orlando Rodriguez III, 21, Northw est Fifth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested June 12 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of grand theft of motor vehicle, ”eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement of“cer and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. He w as also arrested June 13 by Deputy Sgt. A ric Majere on a St. Lucie County warrant on the basis of a Widman Act violation for v iolation of probation grand theft of motor v ehicle, violation of probation possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation loitering or prowling, violation of probation burglary of unoccupied conveyance, violation of probation attempted burglary of a dwelling and violation of probation theft. He is being held without bond. € Noe Oliverio Ramirez, 34, Southeast 10th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested June 13 by Deputy Joel Lacerte on an Martin County warrant charging him with driving under the in”uence. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“rmed and printed.June 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Okeechobee News/ DeMarcus DixonGator removedOn Sunday, June 10, Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) deputies responded to a call for service because of an alligator. Upon their arrival, they found this guy in the parking lot of the Treasure Island Motel. OCSO Auxiliary Volunteer Maggie Williams wasted no time and had him picked up in just minutes. Maggie, along with OCSO Deputies Devon Satallante and DeMarcus Dixon, then facilitated the gators relocation to Lake Okeechobee. A gency cohesion facilitates felony arrest Veronica Garcia Okeechobee Arrest Report

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6 Okeechobee News June 15, 2018 Cristina Cris Dempsey, 77 BUCKHEAD RIDGE „ Christina CrisŽ Dempsey passed away June 10, 2018. Born A pril 27, 1941 in Point Pleasant, W.Va. has been a resident of Buckhead Ridge since 1987. Survived by spouse of 60 years, Clyde; and daughters, Tamara Brown (Charley) of Richlands, N.C. and Debra Travostino (Dave) of Nazareth, Pa.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She loved her family, gardening, and Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church. In lieu of ”owers donations may be made in her behalf to Hospice of Okeechobee or Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church. John Andrew Sellers, 80 Okeechobee „ John Andrew Sellers died J une 13, 2018. He was born Jan. 2, 1938 in Sand Cut, Fla. to the late Homer Roy and Chris tine (Bell) Sellers. A resident of Okeechobee since 1982, he enjoyed “shing. Mr. Sellers was pre ceded in death by his parents and his broth er, Clinton Sellers. He is survived by his w ife of 43 years, Robin Sellers; sons, John Sellers, Jr., of Georgia and Clinton Sellers (Nikki), of Okeechobee; daughters, Tammy Phillips, of Ft. Myers, Terri Oetinger, of Alabama, Tin a Herring (Dan), of Belle Glade, Tanya Hammil (Jim), of Clewiston, and Shannon Scire (Rich), of Georgia; brother, Don Sellers (Irmhild), o f Chipley; aunt, Barbara Tomlinson (Melvin), of Valrico; twelve grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; his Chihuahua, Jennie Belle; and many other family and friends. Gathering will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, J une 16, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. 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 Business network meet 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 Cowboys 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.BHR VFW will serve dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 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. V FW hosts yard saleVFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host a yard sale on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, at 8 a.m. each day. There will be all kinds of items and drawings. Rent a table for only $5. For information, call 863763-0818. V FW has bingo June 15 and 16VFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., host bingo Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, at 1 p.m. each day. For information, call 863-763-0818.Shrine opens Oasis LoungeThe Okeechobee Shrine Club Oasis Lounge, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will be open Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 10 p.m. For the “ rst hour and a half, all drinks are $1 off. There will be hot dogs for sale and popcorn is free! For information, call Keith at 863-643-2682. V FW 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 bene“ ts will go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Father/daughter dance setThe Okeechobee Building Relationships A mong Teens (BRAT) Club will host a Ties & Tiaras Dance on Saturday, June 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. for fathers (or father “ gures) and daughters at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. Daughters are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess. Celebrate Fathers Day with music, games, kids buffet dinner, and fun. Cost is $20 per couple, plus $5 per additional child. For information, contact Teresa Bishop at 863-801-4996 or Matt Buxton at 863-634-3706.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite 6, on Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19, at 2 p.m. for “ ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on June 17 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will bene“ t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Historical Society will 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.Legion hosts 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ ve-card bingo on Monday, June 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.Republican Party to meetThe Okeechobee Chapter of the Republican Party of Florida welcomes you to attend its monthly meeting for the great opportunity to hear the Republican Candidates for U.S. Representative, House District 17 (Bill Akins, Dr. Julio Gonzales and Greg Steube) on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowboys BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing food order.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 W., next to Fast Break, will host a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, June 19 from 4 until 7 p.m., for an $8 donation. This dinner is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. Music will be provided by Jay and Patty. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.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.Town Hall meeting by the GOPThe Okeechobee Republican Party invites you to attend a festive event with an Old-Fashioned Town Hall meeting where you can meet and hear candidates in city, county and some state races express their views on current Issues. Come and bring your family for free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, music and balloons for the kids … at Veterans Memorial Park on West Park Street, downtown Okeechobee on Friday, June 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.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.VFW will serve breakfastThe VFW Riders are serving breakfast at Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., on Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to veteran services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Mural presentation to be heldOkeechobee 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.Camp puts on a productionThe sixth annual migrant theater camp presents Junie B. Jones Jr. The Musical,Ž for one night only Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in the OHS lecture hall. The show is free and open to the public.Butter” y project update setOkeechobee 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, downtown Flagler Park number six. An artists reception will follow at Nutmegs, 515 S.W. Park St.Summer reading camp setA summer reading camp is being sponsored by Okeechobee Childrens Services Council which is open to all students of Okeechobee Public Schools. There are certi“ ed teachers and free snacks. The camp will be held at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1258 N.E. 13th St., now through July 1 The camp is Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information, call Mrs. Baker at 321-749-7924. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 € Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing € AC Septic Backyard Chickens workshopCome learn about the basics of backyard chickens on Thursday, July 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UF/IFA Extention Of“ ce, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, 33875. There is a $10 registration fee, you can register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/backyard-chickens-tickets-4582633371 or call 863-402-6540. More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Community section.

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By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News On the morning of Friday, June 8, the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) received complaints of fraud being committed on members of the community. According to an incident report by OCSO Deputy DeMarcus Dixon, at 8:27 a.m. on Friday, June 8, he responded to a Northwest Eighth Avenue residence in regard to a fraud complaint. Deputy Dixon met with a 38-year-old female complainant who reportedly informed him that she completed an online job application for an unknown party who posed as a Dr. Pepper, which she believed to be fraudulent. The complainant made correspondence with the entity through email and text messages and, earlier this year on A pril 2, sent the woman a check in the mail for $2,390, stated the report. The complainant was apparently hired to post an advertisement on her personal vehicle and expected to earn up to $500 per w eek. The check that was sent was reported to be for a supposed advance along with funds to purchase supplies, noted the report. The report continued that the company supposedly requested the woman deposit the check into her personal bank account and, in return, wire $1,814 of those funds v ia Walmart money transfer service. The w oman did not know the check was “ctitious until after she was noti“ed „ by mail from CenterState Bank „ that the check she deposited was not valid, and she was then charged $213. The name on the check was reported to be Cheyenne-Laramie County Employees Federal Credit Union with check number 104801. Deputy Dixon reported that all the information he obtained through an internet search attested to the name on the check being connected with fraudulent activity. The complainant never was able to obtain a positive identity for the person she was corresponding with concerning the matter. Deputy Dixon explained to the complainant that a legitimate employer would not pay wages, then delegate the employee to pay for materials via Walmart wire transfer with those earned wages. The complainant noti“ed the check-issuing company that she would contact law enforcement regarding the matter and said she had not received any correspondence in return since that message was transmitted. In another case, according to an incident report by OCSO Deputy Joel Lacerte, on Friday, June 8, he responded to a Northwest 36th Avenue residence in regard to a fraud complaint. The 65-year-old female complainant told the deputy that shed received a call from an individual who offered to “x her computers slow speed for a fee of $299.99. The woman provided access to the computer, by installing unknown programs which allowed the individual to gain access through the internet, and paid the $299.99 fee. The report continued that this year, on June 7, the complainant attempted to cancel the service due to a voicemail she had received that informed her of a $1,500 renewal charge that would be applied unless canceled. The woman then apparently contacted the individual, who informed her they would again need access to the computer via the internet. She then provided access to the computer along with information to her bank account, in an effort to obtain a refund in the amount of $299.99. The complainant noticed a refund transaction in the amount of $3,000, and the individual informed the woman that hed made a mistake and requested she send him $2,500 in return in the form of “ve Walmart gift cards in the amount of $500 each. The woman complied and provided the individual with the card numbers after she purchased them. After she “nished the transaction, the complainant realized the $3,000 was not deposited into her account and that she had sent $2,500 of her own money to the individual. She then contacted law enforcement, noted the report. The report concluded that the individual the woman spoke with identi“ed himself by the name of Ryan Wilson with Global PC Support. She was provided multiple numbers and veri“cation numbers, which were submitted into evidence along with copies of the gift cards, receipts and voicemail transcription. Deputy Lacerte reportedly explained the type of scam used by the individual to the complainant and informed her of precautions that may assist in her future protection. Deputy Lacerte also informed the woman that there is a possibility the individual obtained personal information by accessing her computer and that she should actively monitor her bank and credit card activity along with going to the bank to take steps to protect her accounts.June 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e s G a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c e W a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee NOTICE OF IAFF LOCAL 2918 NEGOTIATIONSIAFF Union Negotiations are being held on Wednesday, June 25, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. between the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners and the International Association of Negotiations will be held at the Okeechobee Historic Courthouse, located at 304 NW 2nd Street, 2nd Floor, Room 201, Okeechobee, Florida Community members warned of scams Special to the Okeechobee News More and more families are spending summer holidays on the road with their recreational vehicles (RVs) including campers, travel trailers and motorhomes. In an RV, propane is commonly used for furnaces, fridges, water heaters, barbecues and ranges. Blossman Gas is reminding RV users to get their propane systems checked by certi“ed technicians before heading out on the road, and to review these important checklist items.Top tips for RV and propane safety before you hit the road€ Inspect propane cylinders and holddown brackets for signs of rust, corrosion, fatigue, or wear. For permanently installed tanks, check the brackets and mounting hardware as well. € Clear debris from exterior vents: sticks, dust, twigs, insects or other items that may restrict venting. € Store any additional propane cylinders securely in an upright and ventilated area. NEVER store a propane cylinder inside your RV. € Make sure any connections to the propane tank are not frayed or damaged. € Check for functioning propane, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors, and make sure a “re extinguisher is readily available. € Have a trained service technician inspect the propane system at least once a year in order to detect potential dangers. Use propane with care in RVs 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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8 Okeechobee News June 15, 2018 Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenKelsey Rimes, 2018 Miss Speckled Perch, was among the approximately 50 community members who gathered in the Memorial Park in downtown Okeechobee on Thursday morning in honor of Flag Day. PLEASE JOIN US! William “Bill” Wallace for COUNTY COURT JUDGE American Legion Post 64 501 S.E. 2nd Street, Okeechobee Serving BBQ, Desserts and Cold Beverages Music by Saturday, June 23 rd 4-8pm POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR AND APPROVED BY WILLIAM “BILL” WALLACE FOR COUNTY COURT JUDGE EXPERIENCE• HONOR• INTEGRITY Complimentary BBQ By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A vehicle “re was reported on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 12. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue report, at 12:40 p.m. on June 12, a vehicle “re was reported and crews were dispatched to 75 Northwest 208th Street. Upon arrival, “re“ghters found a fully involved dump truck with smoke and ”ames coming from the cab and engine areas. The “re was extinguished with the response of one tanker and one rescue utilizing approximately 1,000 gallons of water and foam via 1 3/4 front jump line. A total estimated property and contents “nancial loss of $30,000 was assessed. The cause of the “re was reported to be due to failure of operating equipment or electrical failure. Information gathered from the operator of the truck at the scene indicated that, while it was parked, an unusual sound was heard from beneath the vehicle and upon inspection, ”ames were discovered below the drivers side where the cab and dump bed meet. The driver along with personnel on site attempted to put out the ”ames with approximately four “re extinguishers, but all were unsuccessful. The Florida State Fire Marshals Of“ce was contacted and informed of the incident before units cleared the scene. Dump truck “re blamed on equipment failure Okeechobee Elks Lodge hosts Flag Day ceremony Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenThe Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge 2871 hosted Flag Day ceremonies in Memorial Park in downtown Okeechobee on Thursday, June 14. The program included information about the ”ags history and the evolution of the ”ag from the “rst pine treeŽ ”ag to the modern Stars and Stripes. Members of the Okeechobee High School Junior ROTC acted as color guard for the program. Elks Lodge Exaulted Ruler Michelle Harper was the mistress of ceremonies. She said the Elks are an all-American organization and the only group to host annual Flag Day observances. For more photos, go online to okeechobeenews.net.

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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Algae is part of the natural ecosystem in lakes, rivers and streams worldwide. Algae is ever-present in Lake Okeechobee, even w hen it is not visible in a bloom; boaters and “shermen are used to seeing algae in the w ater column or blown about by the winds. Since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water to the east through Port Mayaca lock and to the west through the Moore Haven lock, coastal of“cials have v oiced concerns about the algae that may be in the lake water. In 2016, algae from the lake was blamed for seeding the massive harmful algal blooms that plagued the Treasure Coast. So far this year, a small patch of windblown algae was been found near the Port Mayaca Lock on Lake Okeechobee, on June 5. Toxin levels were very low at 0.6 parts per billion. The World Health Organization considers levels below 10 ppb to be safe. At the June 7 Water Resources Analysis Coalition meeting, Chad Kennedy of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation explained that FDEP takes samples w henever algal blooms are reported, but it takes four days for the FDEP staff to analyze algae samples. This isnt something that you can do, run through a machine and get an instant number,Ž he said. This is something folks have to do analysis on and quality assurance and quality control to make sure the information is accurate,Ž he explained. If algae is present, it is not necessarily synonymous with toxins present,Ž he said. Mr. Kennedy said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has personnel monitoring the locks and levee every day. In addition, water management personnel are out on the lake collecting samples. Its a big lake, he said. FDEP also seeks the publics help to monitor algal blooms. If you see an algae bloom, please call 855-305-3903. Please leave a message and we will call you back and get details about the bloom,Ž he said. He added that algal blooms can also be reported on the FDEP website. Mr. Kennedy said FDEP is looking for ways not only to monitor algal blooms but to treat harmful algal blooms when they occur. He said FDEP put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) in March. FDEP has about 60 people „ scientists and individuals „ who said they had a solution to this problem,Ž he said. Unfortunately, we only had four responses to that RFP when it really came right down to brass tacks,Ž he continued. We have to protect the water. We are not going to let people disperse chemicals or anything like that which is going to have an adverse effect on the whole resource just to get rid of the algae. We had two responses that were deemed complete,Ž he said. Unfortunately, they did not respond to all the aspects of the RFP in a manner that the department felt comfortable moving forward with.Ž Mr. Kennedy said FDEP is working on a new RFP. We are actively seeking people who can clean up and actively respond to these blooms if we do have a toxic bloom,Ž he said. If you know someone that has a technology that is scalable and can be deployed on an ad-hoc, as needed, response, we are looking for that. We are looking for ways to respond and clean up, not just monitor, algal blooms,Ž he said.June 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 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 Fountain of Life Church OkeechobeeFree Vacation Bible School Program! June 25-29 6:00 to 8:30 pmBible stories snacks music games crafts and more!To register call (863) 763-8945Grades 1-5 Church Directory A lgae testing takes time, says Department of Environmental Regulation Report algal blooms by calling 855-305-3903By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee NewsImages on the news of green water and coastlines choked with a thick green sludge are misleading, according to a South Florida W ater Management District brie“ng on June 8. The images are from 2016 when a massive harmful algae bloom plagued the Treasure Coast. Scientists theorize the 2016 bloom was seeded by releases of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee and fed by high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in the coastal basins. That is not the situation today, said Terrie Bates, South Florida Water Management District Water Resources Division director. SFWMD and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) regularly monitor area waterways for signs of algal blooms. NASA monitors conditions via satellite. In addition to the regular sampling and monitoring conducted by government agencies, members of the public are encouraged to report algal blooms when they see them. Its not unusual, however, for a bloom to be reported and then disappear before it can be sampled. Algae ”oats and is pushed around by the wind and by moving water. In the past two months, there have been three reports of algae sighted on or near Lake Okeechobee. € On May 9, algae was reported at the Pahokee marina. FDEP took samples. No dominant species was detected. No toxins were detected. € On June 4, a fragmented surface algal bloom was reported on Lake Okeechobee blown against the S-352 structure in Palm Beach County. A dominant strain was not detected. The toxin level was so low as to be barely detectable at 0.37 parts per billion. The World Health Association considers levels of less than 10 ppb to be safe for recreational uses. € On June 4, a small surface bloom was reported near Port Mayaca. FDEP took samples. Microcystis aeruginosa was the dominant strain. Toxin levels were 0.63 ppb. € On June 6, algae was reported at the Riverland Marina in Martin County. FDEP found streaks of algae visible in the marina basin. Microcystis aeruginosa was the dominant strain. Toxin level was low at 0.35 ppb. € On June 6, algae was reported at the C-24 Canal Park in St. Lucie County. FDEP visited but found no algae. € On June 6, algae was reported near the Roosevelt Bridge in Martin County. FDEP visited but found no algae. € On June 7, algae was reported at the C-24 Canal Park in St. Lucie County. FDEP visited but found no algae. € On June 7, algae was reported at Speedy Point in Martin County. FDEP took samples. This was a mixture of strains of algae with no dominant strain. No toxins were found € On June 7, algae was reported near the mouth of Frazier Creek in Martin County, FDEP observed no algae. € On June 7, algae was reported at the mouth of Poppolton Creek in Martin County. FDEP observed no algae. € On June 11, alage was reported in the Ten Cent waterway in Martin County. Algae was observed in the water column with streaks on the surface. FDEP took samples. € On June 11, algae was reported near Palm City in Martin County. Algae was observed throughout the water column with streaks of algae on the surface. FDEP took samples. € On June 11, algae was reported near the Roosevelt Bridge in Martin County. Algae was observed in the water column with streaks on the water surface. FDEP took samples. According to the FDEP, cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are a group of organisms that can live in freshwater, saltwater or mixed (brackish) water. These kinds of organisms are naturally occurring in Floridas environment and are also found all over the world. They are part of a healthy ecosystem and help support a wide variety of aquatic life. When conditions are right, such as warm water and increased nutrients, these organisms can increase in numbers and accumulate in some areas of a water body. These blooms can sometimes be pushed near the shore by winds, waves, tides and currents. When this happens, people have a greater chance of contacting the blooms. Not all algae produce toxins, and even if a species of algae is capable of producing toxins, it does not always do so. Many factors are involved in the creation of a harmful algal bloom, or HAB. However, since you cant tell whether toxins are present by looking at the algae, FDEP advises residents and visitors to take some common-sense precautions around algal blooms: € Do not swim in areas where an algal bloom is visible. € If you come into contact with an algal bloom, wash with soap and water. € Do not eat “sh harvested from areas in an algal bloom. € Untreated water from the bloom area should not be used for irrigation where people will come in contact with it. € Report all algal blooms. Call 855-3053903 or go online to ”oridadep.gov and use the online form. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection investigates reports of algal blooms, and takes samples of algae found. Scientists need this data to determine the type of algal blooms and toxicity levels (if any). FDEP SFWMD, NASA watch for algae blooms to check for toxin levels Okeechobee News/ TheHullTruth.comThis May 25 photo from The Hull Truth boating website shows algae near Bessy Creek in Palm Bay.

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Special to the Okeechobee News Local authorities in Okeechobee County have announced that adult mosquito control applications will take place this summer between dusk and dawn, as conditions warrant. We began mosquito surveillance efforts (trapping) at 10 different locations around Okeechobee County this week with our contract partner Clarke Environmental. The state of Florida has speci“c statutory requirements when mosquito spraying will be performed by a local authority, so these trap counts are required prior to mosquito control treatment,Ž said Mitch Smeykal, county emergency management director/ Adulticiding treatments are needed w hen mosquito populations are at bothersome levels or indicate the presence of mosquito-borne illness, such as West Nile v irus and the Zika virus,Ž said Mr. Smeykal. A ll insecticides used have been approved speci“cally for this purpose and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. However, if people wish to avoid potential exposure to insecticide, they should stay indoors and close the windows during spraying hours. Residents can report excessive mosquitoes to 800-203-6485. Residents can take several steps to reduce mosquito populations around their homes this summer, including: € Remove or empty water in old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or other places where mosquitoes might breed. € Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use. If unused, drain swimming pools and keep dry. € Change water weekly in bird baths, plant saucers and trays. € Store boats covered or upside down. € Water bowls used by pets should be emptied and re“lled daily. € Fill holes around home that may retain water. € Keep gutters around home in good repair to avoid water build-up. € Keep weeds and grass cut short, as adult mosquitoes look for shady places to rest during hot daylight hours. € Be sure screens in homes are intact and tight-“tting to prevent entry of insects. € Apply commercially available larvicides to wet areas around in your property. These products are available at local home improvement stores and Amazon.com. These products treat your yard for 30-60 days by inhibiting the mosquito larva to complete the mosquito life cycle. Contact the Okeechobee County Division of Emergency Management 863-763-3212 for more information. County begins spraying for mosquito control12 Okeechobee News June 15, 2018 voir is part of the approved Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Florida Senate Bill 10, passed in 2017, moved up construction of the reservoir, which is intended to provide more water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. They did the study on the SB 10 reservoir, and to my surprise, to everybodys surprise, we discovered in the “ne print of their attached discussion they think they are prohibited from participating in the 50-50 cost share because of water quality and other issues with the water coming from Lake Okeechobee into the reservoir,Ž said SFWMD board member James Moran. Weve got all of this time and energy we have spent over the last year putting a lot of other projects aside while our staff worked around the clock for the best part of the year to come up with the plan for the EAA reservoir, and now we “nd out that our federal partners question whether they can participate in the funding of it. I wish they had let us know a year ago. Maybe we could have done stuff differently. We have all these issues with our federal partners. Their failure to live up to the terms of the agreements with them punishes us. If the consent degree is violated, its no skin off their nose. Were the ones under the federal order to get that done.Ž Mr. Moran said he has great respect for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and especially for Col. Jason Kirk and Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, but that he is frustrated with the federal bureaucracy. Perhaps its time we look again at our local sponsorship of CERP and see if it is still in our best interest,Ž he said. If our federal partners are not going to step up to the plate with the SB 10 and the EAA reservoir, I think we really need to start thinking about how do we look at this thing,Ž agreed board member Brandon Tucker. It is increasingly frustrating,Ž said board member Melanie Peterson. Were being put into a box where this is how it is supposed to be. We are doing our end of the bargain. They are not doing theirs,Ž she said. We need to think about how we “x this. How do we think outside the box and make this happen, with them or without them? Going along to get along isnt working. Its not acceptable.Ž Were all trying to get across the “nish line with a project that everyone agrees would be very bene“cial,Ž said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez. I am a major proponent for holding all parties involved to task,Ž he said but added that he encouraged the board members to be patient. SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks said the Corps of Engineers just received their work plan funding, so they dont yet know how much money could be available for the EAA reservoir project. He said funding the reservoir is getting a lot of support from Floridas elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and from Tallahassee. The federal funding process is reall y confusing,Ž said Lt. Col. Reynolds. There are two different sets of appropriations that we receive.Ž She said the letter SFWMD received in May that stated the funding was not in the presidents budget was because at that time we did not have the money.Ž The work plan, she continued, is additional money that can be appropriated however Congress chooses to give that money. Between the time that we receive the presidents budget and the time the work plan comes out, the corps submits work packages that identify additional funding that we could use this “scal year,Ž she explained. She said there is consistently a problem with misunderstandings in Washington, D.C., in regard to CERP projects. There is a federal requirement that the CERP project receive federal matching funds, she said. When the project is funded, it is estimated it will take about eight years to complete, with three years for engineering and “ve years for construction. EAAContinued From Page 1 back in 1972,Ž said Ms. Wiersma. And just like most of our seniors, I planned on moving away, starting a life somewhere else and never coming back. But I met someone who convinced me to move back to Okeechobee, so I came back and interviewed for my job. The principal told the department head at the time that they had to hire me because I was a school board members daughter. The principal thought I wouldnt work out and Id be gone in six months. That was in 1976, so I guess I worked out because Im still here. Lots of great memories. Ive worked for and with so many wonderful people over the years. Its bittersweet. Im excited to have more family time and to be able to travel. What I would always tell the teachers at the high school is to teach your standards, but most importantly, love your kids. And thats the relationship Ive tried to have with the kids,Ž she said. Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy praised Ms. Wiersmas dedication to students in Okeechobee County. Toni, we cant thank you enough,Ž said Mr. Kenworthy. We appreciate everything y ouve done for us. Congratulations on your retirement.Ž Longtime Brahman football coach Chris Branham, who is also leaving Okeechobee High School this year to coach in Georgia, credited Ms. Wiersma for her support over the years. Toni was as strong and as loyal of an administrator that I could ever ask for,Ž said Mr. Branham. Her bringing me back in 2012 and allowing me to coach was a tremendous blessing. At the time I had no desire to coach again, but Im back to a point now where I know Im going to do it for the rest of my life. Ill never be able to repay her guidance and trust in me.Ž Another longtime employee retiring after the 2017-18 school year was OHS social studies teacher Brendan Pritchard, who has 30 years of service to the Okeechobee County School District. Mr. Pritchard began his career as an ESE (Exceptional Student Education) teacher at Yearling Middle School in 1988, before making the move to social studies in 1989, the subject he continued teaching ever since. Close to 2,000 former students took to social media to post their memories of the outgoing and eccentric history teacher in a Facebook group started by his own daughter, Taylor Padrick. I couldnt go anywhere as a kid or an adult without hearing Youre Pritchards kid?! He was my favorite teacher!,Ž said Ms. Padrick in a post to the groups page. This group is currently a secret being kept from my dad to collect stories, memories, pictures and videos from his 30 years of teaching at OHS. We were blessed with him as a father and just want him to see how much bigger his impact was than just on his own two kids.Ž Former students posted pictures and shared their memories of his passion for history, as well as his sense of humor, which was evident in his infamous “rst day icebreaker talk involving bowel movements and his extra credit Spam challenge.Ž I just want to say thank you to everyone,Ž said Mr. Pritchard at the school board meeting. Toni was a fantastic principal, Dylan has been fantastic as well. This is where I was supposed to be, and this is what I was supposed to do. Working here has been incredible. I could never say a bad word about Okeechobee County. Someone once said to leave when the party is at its best, and, for me, thats right now.Ž A total of 14 employees retired from the school district this year, including Rodney Field, Ann Hackett, Terry Ingram, Richard Kielbasa, Buddy Mills, Jean Zorich, Jesse Mae Clyburn, John Godwin, Kimberly Gosa, Valire Neely, Michael Wolski and Susan Wolski. The 2017-18 group of retirees has a combined total of 322 years experience as teachers, bus drivers, food service workers and administrators. SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Class of 1999 raising money for scholarshipsA Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on GoFundMe.com/. The page states: Here we are ... 20 years after walking across the stage in the OHS gym to receive our high school diploma. Its time for us to give back „ to thank our community for taking care of us, remember the friends we walked alongside of but lost along the way, and give our support to a brighter future for the students graduating OHS in 2019. 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.Ž

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14 Okeechobee News June 15, 2018 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has reportedly “led charges for a number of violations of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) and Florida State Statutes against the owner of a spider monkey named Spanky. According to FWC captive wildlife reports by FWC Of“cers Jesse Alford and Stephen Krasco, Tina Darlene Ballard, 56, of Northw est 154th Avenue in Okeechobee will face charges for violations of the administrative code and Florida State Statutes. FWC stated that Ms. Ballard is currently in possession of the spider monkey. FWC reports state that the incident on J une 4 was not Spankys “rst confrontation w ith an employee of Home Depot, with a prior incident having occurred on May 27. The owner of Spanky and his antics have been the most recent cause for concern in Okeechobee with regard to wildlife that FWC deems require a permit to possess. Spanky reportedly attacked a Home Depot employee at approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, and another employee at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, June 4. After the incident on June 4, an inspection of the wildlife facility that housed Spanky occurred. Ms. Ballard reportedly stated she did not have an enclosure the monkey regularly stayed in but presented FWC a large enclosure on the side of her home that measured 24.5 feet long by 40 feet wide and totaled 980 square feet. FWC of“cers found that Spankys enclosure was built with a variety of materials „ 13 gauge fencing, 17 gauge hardware cloth and chicken wire „ but none were found to meet the 11.5 gauge requirement or the strength equivalent, and there was no safety entrance. Ms. Ballard, according to FWC, had a Class III Wildlife License for Exhibition and Public Sale, but the license is due to expire A ug. 19, 2018. Ms. Ballard stated that she purchased Spanky in Texas but apparently was unable to produce an importation permit for the monkey, noted the FWC reports. According to the owners website exhibiting Spanky: She (Spanky) was a gift to my only daughter who is a heart transplant waiting list recipient. Spanky has brought much love and companionship to my daughter who has undergone three open-heart surgeries in her short life.Ž According to FWC reports, Spankys rabies vaccination had expired, per documentation produced by Ms. Ballard to FWC. Ms. Ballard faces charges of violating F.A.C. Rules 68A-6.0023: two counts of wildlife escaping from enclosure, cage, leash, or other constraint, or which results in injury to any person; one count of wildlife shall be tethered or controlled in such a manner as to prevent physical contact with the public and a structural safety barrier; and 68A-6.003: all cages or enclosures of Class I, II, III, capuchin, spider and woolly monkeys shall be equipped with a safety entrance; construction material shall consist of not less than 11.5 gauge chain link or equivalent. She also w as warned that she had violated Florida State Statutes by unlawfully importing or releasing into the state any species not native to Florida without a permit and by failing to immunize any animal on exhibit capable of contracting or transmitting rabies. Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) Rule 68A-6.0022 lists the requirements for possession of Class I, II, or III wildlife in captivity. Captive wildlife maintained under permit shall, unless otherwise authorized, be maintained only at the facility speci“ed in the permit application and approved by FWC. Applicants for permits to possess wildlife in captivity shall specify the location of the facility at which the wildlife shall be kept or possessed. For Class I, II, III, capuchin, spider or woolly monkeys, such facility shall be inspected and approved by FWC personnel prior to the issuance of the permit. No permit shall be issued to any person to possess Class III wildlife for exhibition, sale or personal use unless such person can meet the following requirements: (1) 16 years of age or older; (2) Satisfactory completion of a questionnaire developed by FWC that assesses the applicants knowledge of general husbandry, nutritional, and behavioral characteristics; (3) For permits to possess capuchin, spider or woolly monkeys, applicants shall meet the age, experience and examination requirements for authorization to possess Class II wildlife; (4) Be able to provide satisfactory caging facilities as required in the standard caging requirements, set forth in F.A.C. Rule 68A-6.004, within 30 days of noti“cation of tentative approval for a permit; and (5) Ensure that the conditions under which the wildlife will be held shall not constitute a threat to the public or to the animal. According to F.A.C. Rule 68A-6.0023 General Regulations Governing Possession of Captive Wildlife; Public Contact; Transfer of Wildlife and Record Keeping Requirements, no person shall maintain captive wildlife in any unsafe or unsanitary condition, or in a manner which results in threats to the public safety, or the maltreatment or neglect of such wildlife. All wildlife possessed in captivity shall, except when supervised and controlled in accordance, be maintained in cages or enclosures constructed and maintained in compliance with the F.A.C. Cages or enclosures housing captive wildlife shall be suf“ciently strong to prevent escape and to protect the caged animal from injury, and shall be equipped with structural safety barriers to prevent any physical contact with the caged animal by the public. Structural barriers may be constructed from materials such as fencing, moats, landscaping, or closemesh wire, provided that materials used are safe and effective in preventing public contact. Caging considered unsafe or otherwise not in compliance shall be reconstructed or repaired within 30 days after noti“cation of such condition. In the event such condition results in a threat to human safety or the safety of the wildlife maintained, the wildlife maintained, at the direction of FWC, shall be immediately placed in an approved facility, at the expense of the permittee, owner or possessor, until such time as the unsafe condition is remedied. In instances where wildlife is seized or taken into custody by FWC, said permittee, owner or possessor of such wildlife shall be responsible for payment of all expenses relative to the animals capture, transport, boarding, veterinary care or other costs associated with or incurred due to such seizures or custody. Such expenses shall be paid by said permittee, owner or possessor upon any conviction or “nding of guilt of a criminal or noncriminal violation, regardless of adjudication or plea entered, of any provision of Florida State Statute Chapters 379 or 828, rules of the FWC, or if such violation is disposed of under Florida State Statute Section 921.187. Failure to pay such expenses shall be grounds for revocation or denial of permits to such individuals to possess wildlife. Uncon“ned captive wildlife shall be maintained under rigid supervision and control, so as to prevent injuries to members of the public. No captive wildlife shall be tethered outdoors unsupervised. To provide for public safety, all wildlife shall be tethered or controlled in such a manner as to prevent physical contact with the public and a structural safety barrier. All Class I, II or III wildlife that will be used for contact with the public shall have been evaluated by the exhibitor to insure compatibility with the uses intended. All wildlife shall be exhibited in a manner that prevents injuries to the public and the wildlife. The exhibitor shall take reasonable sanitary precautions to minimize the possibility of disease or parasite transmission which could adversely affect the health or welfare of citizens or wildlife. When any conditions exists that results in a threat to human safety, or the welfare of the wildlife, the animal(s) shall, at the direction of a FWC of“cer, be immediately removed from public contact for a time necessary to correct the unsafe or de“cient condition. Any condition which results in wildlife escaping from its enclosure, cage, leash or other constraint, or which results in injury to any person, shall be considered a violation of F.A.C. Rule 68A-6.0023, which again states that no person shall maintain captive wildlife in any unsafe or unsanitary condition, or in a manner which results in threats to the public safety, or the maltreatment or neglect of such wildlife. According to F.A.C. Rule 68A-6.004, Standard Caging Requirements for Captive Wildlife, the caging requirement for one or two animals is a cage 6 feet wide by 6 feet long and 8 feet high. For each additional animal, the cage size must be increased b y 25 percent of the original ”oor area. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and shelter(s) that will accommodate all animal(s) in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall also have a horizontal climbing apparatus. No captive wildlife shall be con“ned in any cage or other enclosure which contains more individual animals, or is smaller in dimension than as speci“ed, or is not equipped as speci“ed according to F.A.C. According to F.A.C., wildlife cages and enclosures shall be equipped to provide for the protection and welfare of the animals. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to: a shelter, nest box or den; elevated platform or perching area; original ”oor area; gnawing and chewing items; and in addition to the above requirements, each additional cage or enclosure for primates shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be non-injurious, and may include, but is not limited to, boxes, balls, mirrors or foraging items. Spider monkey owner faces charges for attacks Special to the Okeechobee NewsCharges have been “led against the owner of the spider monkey named Spanky. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are regularly scheduled in the Okeechobee: € Monday through Friday: noon open meetings at First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St.; € Monday, 6:30 a.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace (Wolff Road); € Monday at 6:30 p.m. open meeting at, Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Tuesday at 8 p.m. closed discussion meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Wednesday at 8 p.m. closed mens meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; and, € Wednesday, at 7 p.m., a speakers meeting at Detox of South Florida, 608 N.E. Second Ave.; € Thursday, noon, closed Step Study, at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. € Thursday at 8 p.m., Big Book meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.; € Thursday at 6 p.m., open womens meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. € Friday at 8 p.m., speaker meeting at Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St.; € Saturday at 7:30 p.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; € Sunday at 7:30 p.m., open meeting, Step Study, at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. AA meetings scheduled in Okeechobee County

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June 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 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 Okeechobee Christian Academy is seekteachers who promote rigor, excellence, and Christian values in the area of Elementary Education for the 2018-2019 school year. A willingness to enhance the existing team atmosphere while maintaining an attitude of ambition is a must. Applications may be acquired in the Okeechobee Christian AcadNOTICE 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 Public Notice Public Notice Accountant I AR/ Billing for FDOH-Okeechobee County. A minimum of two years of recent professional accounting experience required. Submit application to: https://jobs. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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 Employment Part Time Employment Part Time 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 Accountant II FDOH-Okeechobee County. M-F, 8-5. Accounts Payable professional level accountState health insurance and FRS retirement. Submit application to: OKEECHOBEE-ACCOUNTANTII-64001764 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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 Garage/ Yard Sales Y ARD SALE -2105 SE 31ST STREET, SAT. JUNE 16TH, 8AM TO 2PM WOMENS & MENS CLOTHES, SHOES, PURSES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, ONKYO SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM. Employment Full Time Class B CDL Tankwagon Driver w/”X” Endorsement Okeechobee Region Palmdale Oil Company is one of the largest family owned petroleum wholesale company in the State of Florida. We sell diesel, gasoline, marine fuels and oils/ lubricant. We are currently recruiting for a Driver in the Okeechobee Region. The position consists of making deliveries of fuel, diesel & lubricants. Must have knowledge of 4,000 gal tankwagon and box truck deliveries along with all current DOT Requirements to include, “X” Endorsement, medical card and clean MRV. We offer our employees training, competitive pay, comprehensive healthcare package, holiday/vacation pay and good home time. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career, call Jim at 863.763.3617. CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Employment Full Time The Seminole Police Department is now hiring Certified Police Officers. You must be a U.S. Citizen, 19 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalency. Benefits: Starting salary of $69,171.21 (with an annual 5% step for the first eight years). All uniform equipment provided. Take home car program. PPO Health Insurance 401K Clothing Allowance If you are interested in applying, please visit seminolepd.com and click under employment to download the application. No wonder news p a p er READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134 € go@newszap.com

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16 Okeechobee News June 15, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2018-15 Turn-Key Visitors Guide for Okeechobee County REQUEST FOR PROPOSALSealed Proposals will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, County Administrator ‘s Office, Room 123, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m. on Friday August 10, 2018. Proposals will be publicly opened in room 201, same address and read aloud. Any Proposals received after the time specified will not be accepted. The Proposals shall be based on Proposal Documents, Design, Plans, and Specifications for the Okeechobee County Turn-Key Visitors Guide Publication Project, County Project No. 2018-15. Proposals must be submitted in bound format and with proposal Forms provided in the “Request for Proposal” (RFP). Proposal documents may be downloaded from the Okeechobee County website at: http://www.co.okeechobee. fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals tab. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance conditions outlined in this Request For Proposal. Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be addressed to Sharie Turgeon, in writing to the physical or e-mail address noted below, no later than July 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m. Okeechobee County Sharie Turgeon, Tourism Coordinator 2800 NW 20th Trail Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-3959 (phone) sturgeon@co.okeechobee.fl.us If it becomes necessary to revise or amend any part of this RFP, an addendum will be issued and will be posted on the Okeechobee County website at: http:// www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals. It is the sole responsibility of the responders to check the website to ensure that all available information has been received prior to submitting a proposal. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, accept proposals in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of proposals, make modifications to the work after receiving proposals, and waive any formality in the proposals if they deem it in their best interest to do so. Respondents will confine their proposals to the project in its entirety. Partial proposals will not be accepted. Each respondent will submit with this proposal, evidence that the respondent complies with all state and local requirements, to perform the work described in said RFP. If in the opinion of the respondent, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it is the respondents responsibility to seek clarification from the Owner, Sharie Turgeon, Tourism Coordinator, as shown above. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all respondents to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all proposals. Proposals must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “RFP –Okeechobee County Turn-Key Visitors Guide PROJECT NO. 2018-15“. RESPONDENT MUST SUBMIT (1) ORIGINAL AND (7) COPIES OF THE PROPOSAL. Terry W. Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL 269170 ON 6/15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD769NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2221 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: ROAD IN TRIANGLE PARK COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 63 OF WHISPERING PINES SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF SAID SUBDIVISION AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 25 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE RUN SOUTH FOR A DISTANCE OF 60.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 00 SEC WEST ALONG AN EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF PINE STREET FOR A DISTANCE OF 215.00 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 00 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 15.00 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH A DISTANCE OF 250.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEG 59 MIN 00 SEC EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 15.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH FOR A DISTANCE OF 250.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-04-37-35-0010-00000-0620 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DONALD D PEMBERTON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 261874 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD789NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZENOVIA CREEK FUNDING I 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: 1770 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: SUNSET STRIP AIRPARK LOT 22 1-23-37-34-0020-00022-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANDY GODWIN ANGEL GODWIN BRIAN GODWIN CHARLES D GODWIN ESTATE OF CHARLES D GODWIN KIPPY GODWIN RYAN GODWIN 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 2nd day of August, 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. 266933 ON 6/15,22,29;7/6/2018 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 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 Public Notice Public Notice 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 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 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD786NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NEBRASKA ALLIANCE REALTY CO 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: 1876 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: A CONDOMINIUM PLAT OF THE HAMMOCK CABINS AT PINE CREEK AS RECORDED IN CONDOMINIUM BOOK 1 PAGES 72-77 PHASE 1 UNIT 19 1-01-35-35-0020-00000-0190 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MILLER PC LLC 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 2nd day of August, 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. 266934 ON 6/15,22,29;7/6/2018 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

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June 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 17 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD787NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CAZENOVIA CREEK FUNDING I 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: 2803 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 35 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEING A PORTION OF PARCEL A TAYLOR CREEK ISLES SECTION FIVE ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 92 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PARCEL A TAYLOR CREEK ISLES SECTION FIVE SAID POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF US HIGHWAY 441 AKA STATE ROAD NO 15 THENCE BEAR SOUTH 67 DEG 36 MIN 04 SEC WEST ALONG THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF US HIGHWAY 441 FOR A DISTANCE OF 400.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 67 DEG 36 MIN 04 SEC WEST ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF US HIGHWAY 441 FOR A DISTANCE OF 213.45 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND AS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS OR BOOK 343 PAGE 1496 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THENCE BEAR NORTH 56 DEG 17 MIN 12 SEC WEST ALONG THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID OR BOOK 343 PAGE 1496 FOR A DISTANCE OF 58.13 FEET TO THE NORTH CORNER OF SAID OR BOOK 343 PAGE 1496 SAID POINT LYING ON THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A BEING ALSO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 18TH TERRACE THENCE BEAR NORTH 00 DEG 10 MIN 27 SEC WEST ALONG SAID WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 18TH TERRACE FOR A DISTANCE OF 385.59 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAVING FOR ITS ELEMENTS A RADIUS OF 35.00 FEET AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 67 DEG 46 MIN 31 SEC THENCE ALONG SAID CURVE FOR AN ARC LENGTH OF 41.40 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF SAID CURVE SAID POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A BEING ALSO THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 38TH TRAIL THENCE BEAR NORTH 67 DEG 36 MIN 04 SEC EAST ALONG SAID NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF PARCEL A AND ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SE 38TH TRAIL FOR A DISTANCE OF 67.61 FEET TO A POINT THENCE BEAR SOUTH 22 DEG 23 MIN 56 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID PARCEL A FOR A DISTANCE OF 426.97 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 1.717 ACRES 1-35-37-35-0100-00000-000A Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: GJC PROPERTIES INC 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 2nd day of August, 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. 266935 ON 6/15,22,29;7/6/2018 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 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD775NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2116 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST W1/2 OF SW1/4 N1/2 13 34S 35E 425.43 ACRES 1-13-34-35-0A00-00002-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MURPHY MINERALS CORPORATION Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 261648 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD774NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that EB 1EMIFL LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2115 Year of Issuance: June-01-2012 Description of Property: 1/4 OF 1/3 % MINERAL INTEREST W1/2 OF SW1/4 N1/2 13 34S 35E 425.43 ACRES 1-13-34-35-0A00-00002-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: PAUL MCBRIDE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 261647 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD771NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that SAMMY AND ANN HANCOCK the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1732 Year of Issuance: May-31-2014 Description of Property: DIXIE RANCH ESTATES LOTS 3 4 & 24 BLOCK 2 1-23-36-34-0010-00020-0030 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BRENDA OWENS AKA BRENDA A OWENS AKA BRENDA ANN OWENS AKA ANN OWENS AKA ANNE OWENS Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 26th day of July, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 261586 ON 5/25;6/1,8,15/2018 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. Miscellaneous FOR SALE HP WINDOWS 10 LAPTOP COMPUTER $175.00, 4FT LANDSCAPE RAKE $250.00, WOODEN KITCHEN TABLE $35.00 CALL 863-801-6919 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 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $1,000/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Houses Rent LAKEPORT 2BD/1BA CENTRAL AIR & HEAT, COMPLETELY FURNISHED, WASHER & DRYER $800.00/MO PLUS ELECTRIC. ALSO AVAILABLE 1BDRM HOUSE CALL 618-3091938 WATERFRONT BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2/2 NICE HOME COMPLETELY FURNISHED, 1 PERSON ONLY MUST HAVE REFERENCES, NO PETS. CALL 863-763-6086 LEAVE MESSAGE. Houses Sale BLUE HERON GOLF 3 BEDROOM/ 3 BATHROOM, GARAGE, POOL HOME, $279,000, POSSIBLY AVAILABLE FO R RENT CALL 863-8019163 Mobile Homes Rent 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 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICENotice is hereby given that JACK PET ERSON, owner, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name o f BIG WATER BAIT & TACKLE located at 14296 E STATE RD 78 OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 in GLADES County intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations, Florida Department o f State, pursuant to section 865.09 of the Florida Statutes. 269305 ON 6/15/2018 FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICENotice is hereby given that DANIEL FLORES, owner, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of DANIEL PRODUCE located at 3600 HWY SOUTH, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 in OKEECHOBEE County intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations, Florida Department of State, pursuant to section 865.09 of the Florida Statutes. 269331 ON 6/15/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472018CP000025 IN RE: ESTATE OF FRANCIS A. HANNAH A/K/A FRANCIS ALAN HANNAH Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Francis A.. Hannah a/k/a Francis Alan Hannah, deceased, whose date o f death was February 1, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for OKEECHOBEE County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. T he names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE 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 of the 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 THE T IME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER 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 date of first publication of this notice is April 4th, 2018. Personal Representative: Ernest Hannah 2693 Eider Way Wolverine Lake, Michigan 48390 Attorney for Personal Representative: Rene Marquis-Abrams Florida Bar Number: 0984220 Neill Griffin Marquis, Chartered P.O. Box 1270, Fort Pierce, Florida 34954 Telephone: (772) 464-8200; Fax: (772) 464-2566 E-Mail: rmarquis@neillgriffin.com Secondary E-Mail: sspee@neillgriffin.com 268956 ON 6/15,22/2018 Fictitious NameNOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name o f ADVANCED RV CENTERS located at 1552 Hwy 78 W in Okeechobee County, Florida 34972 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 10th day day of June 2018. AQUATIC INDUSTRY SOLUTIONS, INC. 267639 ON 6/10/2018 Contact a sales representative today:863.763.3134go@newszap.com Everyone looks forward to our monthly GO magazine, your guide to area dining, entertainment, shopping, salons, spas, lodging, and attractions, for its informative articles and special features, as well as the latest local advertising. 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18 Okeechobee News June 15, 2018 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! 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 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 C-1775: BUCKHEAD RIDGE Remodeled, 2BD/2BA frame house has 2 family rms spread over 1766 sq ft. Newly remodeled kitchen, solid oak cabinets, new counter tops, and new SS appliances. Too many remodeled items to list! Must see! Boat ramp and seawall w/newly built dock, 2 storage bldgs, carport, completely fenced $147,000. Call Dallon at 863-697-2139 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker TAYLOR CREEK ISLES 2BD/2BA DWMH. Large Florida room, lots of storage. Boat lift and patio. Must see! 10 minutes by water to lock. $174,900 Call Jeff Anderson 863-697-2424 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: 863.763.6000PRISTINE 2004 CBS~ 3 bed/2 bath/2 car garage, 2,733 TLA. Elegant entry foyer welcomes you! Formal dining room, sitting room, great room, eat in kitchen, solid wood raised panel cabinets, int. laundry, too many extras to list. NEW in 2018: A/C, Garbage Disposal, Exterior paint, Septic pumped, and Palms installed. Beautiful rear yard enclosed w/ decorative black vinyl chain link, lanai with fan and electricity, enjoy the pergola under the Oaks on a tile deck, “re pit & wood storage, garden trellis with stone pathway, private well installed for irrigation, lush tropical landscaping gives added privacy and relaxation! Offered exclusively at $249,000 The Oaks at Blue Heron Erica Harvey863.610.1490 | EHarvey@MixonGroup.comDIXIE RANCH ACRES 3/2 Home has been maintained immaculately! Workshop 24 X 36 with Power & Water and 16 X 24 Enclosed Work Area! Bring your RV and Hook Up to the 30 Amp Power located on the outside of the Workshop with an 18 X 20 Carport to store your boats or toys! You also can access property from 84th Ct and 83rd Ct. MLS 212696 $237,000 Call Erica 610-1490

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June 15, 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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