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€ Come support our “rst responders! J oin the chamber, county and city for the Summer Business Exchange Luncheon on Wednesday, July 18, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Indian River State College Dix on-Hendry Campus (Williamson Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. Okeechobee). In a crisis you pick up the phone and dial the familiar numbers you learned as early as kindergarten and help is on the way. In the next “ve minutes, you answer questions being asked of you ƒ and relay information. All the while ƒ a team of highly trained profes sionals are working together to get to you and be prepared to help you overcome your new-found obstacle. So, the men, women and fur friends who are Okeechobees First Responders will speak from a variety of de partments on the processes they use in their line of work and how you as a citizen can protect yourself! The world we live in today can be really scary ƒ if were not prepared! Register today and lets all get prepared. The cost of lunch is just $15 and can be paid by credit card when you pre-register online or stop by the chamber and pay by cash or check, 55 S. Parrott Ave., 863-4676246. This event is brought to you courtesy of Green Design Construction & Development, one of the chambers newest corporate sponsors. Thank YOU, Green Design Construction & Development! € Julys Chamber After hours will be on Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Florida Community Health Center, located at 2015 U.S. 441 North (Fred Brown Childrens Center) Mr. Jones and his staff are anxious to have you visit and see their facility and be present as they introduce their two new doctors. How exciting! Be sure to stop in, take time to network with friends and new acquaintances as you snack on refreshments. Hope to see you there. As always, all chamber events are open to the public. € Weve already started on next years, 2019 Business After-hours schedule, and ƒ January and February are already booked! If youre interested in having your business host one of our after-hours for next year, please call the chamber. Well get you on the schedule! We want to showcase as many of our chamber businesses as possible, whether its a ribbon cutting for a new business, an anniversary, renovation, or a move to a new location, let us help you! € The next Rise Up With the Chamber will be Tuesday, July 24, and will be held in the chamber conference room, 55 S. Parrott Ave., from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Our host for the morning will be the Okeechobee Police Department with Major Donald Hagan. We will again have three scheduled speakers talking about their organizations. Mariah will post each on a live feed and then post their presentations on Facebook later. You can “nd them at #ChamberCandidCamera. Donald has promised that good, lite morning refreshments will be served. I dont think hes cooking, though. Come and learn more about our local businesses and organizations. And Im sure youll learn, as I always do, something new about each of the presenters. Its important for us to understand the work these organizations do. If your business would like to host an early morning Rise Up with the Chamber breakfast, please give the chamber a call at 863-467-6246. You can host it at the chamber or your place of business and well arrange for the three guest speakers. We currently have September and October available.2 Okeechobee News July 11, 2018 SoUtHeRn GrOwNSuPpOrTiNg OuR RoOtS Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Today: Mostly sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: A few clouds. Low 72F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastThursday: Partly cloudy skies. High around 90F. Winds light and variable. Thursday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Friday: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 91F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Friday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Saturday: Mostly sunny in the morning then increasing clouds with some scattered thunderstorms later in the day. Okeechobee Forecast Chamber of Commerce News By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News On Sunday, July 8, at approximately 2:26 a.m., motorcyclist Cody Nicholas Gorham, 28, was killed in a vehicular accident in the 4200 block of State Road 70 East. The fatality is currently an active investigation with the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce. Motorcyclist killed in accident on Sunday Special to the Okeechobee NewsBoys and their toysThis is Leif Ledferd on the cannon in the Battle of Okeechobee booth at the FOP Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, July 4. Boys always like guns, especially big ones! Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.Ž People in the community who are looking for proper ”ag disposal can bring their ”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digni“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an of“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283.

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By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A structure “re was reported Friday afternoon. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue (OCFR) report, at 5:58 p.m. on July 6, a structure “re was reported in the 17600 block of Northwest 38th Avenue. A total estimated property and contents “nancial loss of $40,000 was assessed. Three engines, three tankers and three rescues of OCFR responded to the incident scene. Approximately 3,500 gallons of water was used in the “res extinguishment. Units responded to the above location to “nd a double-wide mobile home with “re seen coming from one of the corners of the residence. Crews made entry through the front door and made their way to the northwest corner of the mobile home and found the “re in the bedroom that had vented through the roof, stated the report. The report noted that crews saw a total loss of the bedroom after the “re was extinguished and before proceeding toward the kitchen and laundry areas. Fire“ghters then exited the interior of the building and entered through the rear door of the mobile home, where they then extinguished a “re in the middle of the kitchen and laundry are a near the bedroom. The report stated that the “re was controlled by 7 p.m. and the scene was turned over to the state “re marshal. The cause o f the “re is under investigation. Requirement applies to landowners as well as contracted harvestersBy Chris FelkerOkeechobee News As of next Tuesday, July 17, anyone harv esting saw palmetto berries in Florida will be required to have a Native Plant Harvesting PermitŽ issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Serv ices (DACS), its Division of Plant Industry has announced. Extract derived from the saw palmetto plants berries has been the subject of research as a possible treatment for men with prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society says, however, that available scienti“c studies do not support claims that saw palmetto can prevent or treat prostate cancer in humans.Ž But that has not stopped makers of nutritional supplements from producing one that they claim may help prevent prostate cancer.Ž As long as the manufacturers dont say the saw palmetto supplement doesŽ prevent cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cannot regulate its production and distribution. Thus, saw palmetto has become a popular supplement in recent years, raising global public demand for the product. As a result „ and after receiving comments from private and public landowners, conservation groups and other interested parties „ the Florida Endangered Plant Advisory Council recently unanimously recommended that the state DACS put the saw palmetto on the departments list of commercially exploited plants and to require the permit for harvest. Any person wishing to take and sell the berries must submit an application for a Native Plant Harvesting Permit a full two weeks, or 14 days, before they intend to conduct the harvest. Violators may be prosecuted on a misdemeanor charge if caught transporting saw palmetto berries for sale without the permit. In addition, any illegally harvested berries will be con“scated and returned to the owner. If the owner cannot be identi“ed or located, the berries will be destroyed, according to the DACS news release. Gene McAvoy, Hendry County director of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Service, says this prohibition of harvesting without a permit means that it is unlawful for any person to willfully destroy or harvest such plant without “rst obtaining written permission from the landowner and a permit from the state.Ž Furthermore, he said, anyone transporting saw palmetto berries for the purpose of sale, selling or offering for sale such plant must have a permit in his/her immediate possession.Ž And, according to an email from him, It is unlawful for any person to falsify any paperwork/document that permits another person to destroy or harvest such plant.Ž The native plant harvesting permit requirement also will apply to anyone transporting the berries via any public road or highway, who will be subject to a “rst-degree misdemeanor charge and may be arrested. UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida DACS are advising that any landowners who are having problems with trespassers harvesting the berries should contact their local sheriffs of“ce or call the Florida DACS at 800342-5869. Information on how to obtain a permit is available at www.freshfrom”orida.com/Divisions-Of“ces/Plant-Industry/Business-Services/Plant-Pest-Permits/Native-Plant-Harvesting-Permit. For any other questions, contact Tyson Emory at 352-395-4709 or email Tyson.Emery@FreshFromFlorida.com.July 11, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News On Saturday afternoon, a 17-year-old male, who was helping his parents install new appliances, was injured by a serious electric shock, according to an Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce report. According to an incident report by Deputy Joel Lacerte of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), at 2:11 p.m. on July 7, he responded to a Northwest Fourth Street home in regard to a person being electrocut ed. (Electrocution refers to death or serious injury caused by electric shock, electric current passing through the body.) Upon his arrival, Deputy Lacerte found a 17-year-old white male on his back on the ground, with his eyes closed and taking short breaths but otherwise unresponsive. The teen appeared to have vomit in his mouth and near his head on the ground and fresh blisters on the center of his chest, stated the report. The report continued that according to the 17-year-olds parents, a new washer and dryer had been delivered earlier in the day. The father went outside to turn on the electricity for the dryer and approximately 10 minutes later, the stepmother found their son lying on the ground and called 911. Deputy Lacertes report also stated that he went to the store and spoke with the sales manager, who said he and another employee delivered the new washer and dryer to the incident address. The manager said they put the appliances in the living room and removed the old washer and dryer from the same location. The manager af“rmed that he provided the resident with a socket for the dryer, per the residents request, but stated that he did not do any type of electrical work while at the residence. The other employee from the store gave a similar account of the events that transpired in his presence, and the store documented the delivery with a time of 1:24 p.m., less than one hour before Deputy Lacertes dispatch for the incident. According to an Okeechobee County Fire Rescue report, they responded to the home for an electrocution medical call. Emergency Medical Services stabilized the 17-yearold and transported him to the landing zone site at the Okeechobee County Emergenc y Operation Center. He was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. 17-year-old hospitalized after electric shock Saw palmetto berry harvesting now requires state permit Mobile home catches “re Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) program recently announced a new program. The 2018-19 Lion“sh Educational Exhibit Program offers public facilities the opportunity to apply for “nancial assistance in creating educational exhibit displays about the lion“sh invasion. The goal of the program is to increase awareness and ensure consistent, accurate messaging. Facilities with existing lion“sh educational exhibits or an interest in creating one are encouraged to apply. Approved applicants may be eligible for up to $2,499 in assistance for the creation of educational displays about lion“sh. To learn more and apply for the program, visit MyFWC.com/Lion“sh. Applications will be accepted from now until March 29, 2019. FWC hopecommunity organizations will participate in this exciting program and help increase public awareness of the lion“sh invasion. The FWC Lion“sh Challenge rewards lion“sh harvesters with prizes for their lion“sh removals, tagged or not. The tagged lion“sh component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. Lion“sh were tagged at 50 public arti“cial reefs across the state between the depths of 80 and 120 feet. Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lion“sh. All quali“ed participants (submission of 25 lion“sh or 25 pounds for commercial) will be entered into drawing. Prizes include a 4-foot JBL pole spear, Dive Rite surface marker tube, Lionator pole spear prize pack, Enriched Air Diver Class from Narked Scuba, and Color-Dive Lenses from Customatic Optics. Theres still time to submit your qualifying 25 lion“sh and receive a commemorative coin that allows you to take one extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day mini-season July 25-26. FWC offers educational lion“sh program

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Water farming€ We should be doing more projects like this in strategic locations south of Orlando with willing landowners.Ž … Katie Edwards-WalpoleCyanobacteria bloom€ The whole of South Florida was a big old swamp, until that railroad dude wanted to turn it all into farmland. We created the water mess. Were an industrious lot. Alls well, though. Most of the state will be underwater in about a century.Ž … Adam SteidlAlgaeThe article about the cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee brought these comments from readers. € You might try water hyacinths to control the algae. I put them in my pond, and just one clears my water in one day. Maybe a lot of them would do it. They multiply fast. What do you have to lose?Ž … Alexis Lee € So this isnt necessarily bad? It just looks bad?Ž … Rick Battle € Algae is the oldest life form on Earth, and its always present in water bodies. When it grows out of control, which happens when too many nutrients (food) are present, it becomes a nuisance for sure. It ISNT always toxic and as this article explains; keeping an eye on the toxicity is challenging at best. My rule of thumb is to stay away from it when its visible.Ž … Nyla Pipes € Cyanobacteria usually grows on the bottom ”oor of the “sh tank, all over everything. Fish tanks are “ltered usually by some form of carbon substance. I wonder if they could do the same thing here, slowly over time.Ž … Heath Brewster € Where is the collective outrage over our water issues, which will ultimately destroy more lives, property values, businesses and our way of life in paradise. If Florida politicians were the answer, this cycle would have been getting the attention thats necessary 20 years ago.Ž … E. J. Bach € Cyanobacteria can create microcystins, which are hepatotoxins (liver toxins). The Treasure Coast has one of the highest levels of liver cancer in the country. The water in our canals is used by water crops. Cyanobacteria can be absorbed by plants „ so we eat it and breathe it in the air. It is hard to kill; even boiling water does not kill the toxin. This stuff can be deadly.Ž … Robin DannahowerDike repairs€ What does this mean? Will SFWMD keep the lake levels higher with a stronger dike? … Louis BrouillardEstuary protection wells€ The coasts are crying about the lake releases. There is a temporary “x that could mean no releases east and west until the ”ow south is restored. Deep Well Injection, or estuary protection wells, could be built to send that water through the earth to the boulder zone instead of bombing the estuaries. We hate to waste water, but were wasting it now. It will be at least eight years for the EAA reservoir to be built. Estuary Protection Wells could get rid of that excess water until the reservoir is “nished. Why make the coasts wait eight years for relief when there is a proven technology that could be done now? Fund the wells. Put them in ASAP. Stop the harmful releases.Ž … K. BookerProtests€ I was shocked and saddened at what occurred last February in Parkland. Does it get worse than an attack on our children? Whats bothersome is the obvious attempt at political gain from such tragic events. Imagine a parent who parades their 9-yearold down the sidewalk holding a sign that reads I dont want to be next. Do you honestly believe that, in most cases, it was the childs decision to be a part of the protest? What psychological effect does that have? Adults in our society certainly have freedom of expression. But cmon, using our youth for political purposes is so wrong! Let those kids stay at home and “nish playing their Mortal Kombat video games.Ž … Anonymous July 11, 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! Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Frequent-flier no., e.g. 5 Rental agreement 10 Many GRE takers 13 Big, fancy dinner 14 Finalize, as a comic strip 15 Tiny pest 16 Mideast protest movement that began in 2010 18 Mount St. Helens outflow 19 Cloud computing giant 20 Crotchety oldster 21 Postpone 22 Little Broken HeartsŽ singer Jones 24 Cash cache 27 Win-win 29 Tall tale 30 Run fast 31 Bond or Bourne 32 [Oh, well] 36 E-tailers address 37 February 29th ... and, based on the ends of 16-, 24-, 49and 60Across, this puzzles title 40 Cow sound 41 Sailboat staff 43 Will Ferrell holiday movie 44 Really into 46 Makeover 48 14-legged crustacean 49 Morally obliged 53 Dull finish 55 Lauras classic Dick Van Dyke ShowŽ wail 56 Dubliners land 58 Golfers double bogey, usually 59 Put on weight 60 TV actor who played the Maytag repairman 63 Sound-off button 64 Headache relief brand 65 Part of town 66 Ginger __ 67 Take care of 68 Second to none DOWN 1 Encore!Ž 2 Rich pasta dish 3 New England shellfish sandwiches 4 Its picked up in bars 5 Cosmetic surg. option 6 Dress like Judge Judy 7 Curly-tailed guard dog 8 Envy or lust 9 An official lang. of Hong Kong 10 Big mess 11 BoleroŽ composer 12 Set in motion 15 Collects bit by bit 17 Where subjects are taught 21 TiVo, for one 23 Every bit 25 Cagney & LaceyŽ lawenforcing gp. 26 Paddled boats 28 Swim team swimsuit 30 Orbit, e.g. 31 Sunscreen letters 33 Uncertain words 34 Happy days 35 Sweetie 38 Baseballs Felipe or Moises 39 Naval petty officers 42 Have a sampleŽ 45 Org. concerned with pesticides 47 Tidal retreat 48 Ta-da!Ž 49 Religious doctrine 50 Ryder rival 51 All too familiar 52 Timid persons lack 54 Yank in China, maybe 57 Chewy caramel candy 60 __ station61 Flowery poem 62 Quick punch By C.C. Burnikel 2016 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 02/29/16 02/29/16 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com

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July 11, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Special to the Okeechobee News The heavy rainfall that came with Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and the above-average rainfall in spring 2018 set the stage for another large-scale summer algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie (SLE) and Caloosahatchee (CE) Rivers and Estuaries. Residents and visitors are concerned, upset and confused, and these emotions are nowhere more present than on social media. Over the last couple of weeks, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services scoured social media for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that were seen on the comment feed of numerous posts and pages. FAQ answers were provided by Karl Havens, director of Florida Sea Grant College Program, University of Florida; Edw ard Phlips, professor of algal physiology and ecology, University of Florida; and Lisa Krimsky, water resources regional special ized agent, University of Florida IFAS.Why is there a massive algal bloom this year in Lake Okeechobee?In order to answer this question, we “rst have to provide some background about algal blooms and Lake Okeechobee. For algal blooms to occur, two things must be present: high concentrations of nutrients (most importantly nitrogen and phospho rus) and adequate sunlight. Warm water temperatures also accelerate the formation of blooms. Lake Okeechobee is a large, shallow, nutrient-enriched lake. The shallow depths, particularly around the edges of the lake, provide the light needed to support high algae growth rates. The location of the lake in the subtropical environment of South Florida provides a long season of high water temperatures. This year, South Florida received record rainfall in May which delivered extra nutrients from the local watershed into the lake, adding to the ingredients that already had been built up from the rainfall and runoff during Hurricane Irma. It created perfect conditions for an intense algal bloom. As w ith many lakes and reservoirs around the world, blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, are common in Lake Okeechobee. These algae have special ad aptations that help them dominate blooms, such as the ability to adjust their position v ertically in the water column through buoy ancy regulation, thereby allowing them to “nd the depth of optimal light or nutrient availability.Why are there blooms in the estuaries?Algal blooms in estuaries are dependent on the same basic ingredients as blooms in lakes, including high nutrient levels and suf“cient light availability. However, estuaries can be subject to high rates of tidal ”ushing w ith the ocean, which limits the time need ed to allow large accumulations of algal biomass. The latter factor helps to explain the intense blooms that have been observed in the northern Indian River Lagoon, which has very low rates of ”ushing. Two major estuaries in South Florida are directly connected to Lake Okeechobee via canal systems; the St. Lucie Estuary (SLE) on the east coast of Florida and the Caloosahatchee Estuary (CE) on the west coast. As with Lake Okeechobee, record rainfall in May washed nutrient-laden stormwater runoff from the surrounding land into the estuaries. Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discharged large volumes of lake water to the east and west as per the requirements of the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule to prevent the Herbert Hoover Dike from being compromised. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated large-scale discharges out of the S-77 Canal (west coast) and S-380 Canal (east coast) on June 2. This discharged water is rich in nutrients and algae, as indicated by NOAA imagery. The amount of freshwater that was released turned the normally saline estuary primarily fresh, providing conditions favorable for the growth and survival of freshwater cyanobacterial blooms that otherwise would not occurred in saline water. Intense blooms of freshwater cyanobacteria in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, possibly related to discharges from Lake Okeechobee, are a recurring phenomenon, most recently in 2005 and 2016, both periods of exceptionally high rainfall. On average, over 60 percent of the water and nutrients that go into the estuaries come from their own watersheds, not from the lake. During the month of May, only 11 percent and 10 percent of the water that was ”owing into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, respectively, was from the lake.Is the algae in the estuaries from the lake?When water is discharged from lakes, rivers and canals into estuaries, it can introduce bloom concentrations of algae to the receiving estuary. Anecdotal and pictorial evidence of algae-bloom water ”owing through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee canal systems suggest that Lake Okeechobee was a contributor to at least some of the algae blooms that have sprung up in the SLE and CE. Research is needed to de“nitively con“rm or deny this link.What kind of algae make up the blooms?The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has been collecting water samples at sites with visual indication of a surface water algal bloom throughout the SLE and CE. Data from Lake Okeechobee water samples is limited to a few sites along the shoreline. The cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa was identi“ed as the dominant taxon in six of eight samples collected along the shore of Lake Okeechobee and 38 percent of the 66 total samples collected throughout the entire region in the last 30 days (as of July 2). The scope and results of the research associated with the 2018 blooms in Lake Okeechobee have not yet been fully reported by the groups involved, so further details will likely be forthcoming.Are they toxic? Are they harmful to people?Blue-green algae (aka, cyanobacteria) are some of the most common kinds of bloom-forming algae in Floridas aquatic ecosystems. Some, though not all blue-green algae can produce toxins. Microcystis aeruginosa, one of the dominant bloom-forming species in Lake Okeechobee, has been shown to produce the hepatotoxin (liver toxin) microcystin, which can result in gastrointestinal problems associated with oral intake of untreated contaminated water and, in extreme cases, result in liver damage. Impacted water resources used for human consumption are typically treated with chlorine or ozone to destroy the toxin. In addition to hepatotoxins, some blue-green algae can produce other types of toxins, including neurotoxins (nervous system toxins) that also can cause respiratory distress and eye irritation, and dermatoxins associated with skin irritation, although they appear to be less prominent and less commonly occurring than hepatotoxins in Florida. In Florida, FDEP coordinates water sampling and tests for algal species and toxicity in both freshwater and marine environments, and the Florida Department of Health takes the lead in determining if an algal bloom presents a human health risk. For whatever the reason might be, many of us who have conducted research on Florida lakes with cyanobacteria blooms have found that some people develop a rash when their skin contacts the bloom. To avoid possible adverse symptoms and effects of exposure to toxins, avoidance by humans and pets is the best practice when water is contaminated with blue-green algal blooms. Why do toxin levels vary in time and space?Concentrations of algal toxins in ecosystems are often roughly proportional to the amount of toxin-producing algae present. However, environmental conditions and the condition of algal cells (such as age and health) can affect toxin levels. For example, blooms of Microcystis aeruginosa frequentl y form surface scums, which can be driven b y wind onto shorelines, resulting in massive accumulations of biomass and very high, but spatially restricted, toxin levels. Methods used to collect samples for analysis can also affect the level of toxins detected. For example, monitoring efforts focusing on the collection of samples from hot spots in algal biomass accumulation can overestimate the average and total toxin levels in an ecosystem.Is this a wider-spread issue right now in the USA?Algal blooms, including cyanobacteri a blooms, are a problem not only in Florid a but throughout the United States and the world. Although algal blooms are naturally occurring, human activities and inputs (stormwater, agriculture, urban landscapes, sewer and septic) have signi“cantly increased the amount of nutrients available for bloom formation in many environments around the world. In addition to Florida, algal blooms have been reported this year in Utah, Lake Erie, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and as far away as New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and the Middle-eastern country of Oman. The problem of harmful algal blooms is expected to grow with continuing increases in nutrient loads and warming climate, particularly those involving cyanobacteria, which are known to favor high temperature conditions. A lgae experts respond to frequently asked questions 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. Students must be in “nancial need and a senior at Okeechobee High School. Further criteria for this scholarship can obtained from the OHS guidance of“ce.ŽFire/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.Suicide awareness group has regular meetingsA support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide and for parents whose children have taken their own lives meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park St.

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Cody Nicholas Gorham, 28 OKEECHOBEE „ Cody Nicholas Gorham died July 8, 2018. He w as born April 17, 1990 in Waukesha, W is. to Roger B. Gorham and Christi Gorham. A resident of Okeechobee for 12 y ears, he was an iron w orker and heavy equipment operator for 16 years. He enjoyed spending time with his children, spending time with his family, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Cody Gorham is survived by his father, Roger Gorham, of Hobe Sound; mother, Christi Gorham, of Okeechobee; sons, Ryder Nicholas Gorham and Hunter Cole Gorham; daughter, Khloe Lynn Gorham; “ ance, April Vinson, of Okeechobee; brother, Adam Dalton Gorham, of Jupiter; sister, Jennifer Meilicke (Aaron), of Fredericksburg, Va. A celebration of life will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 7814 NW 93rd Court, Okeechobee FL 34972. In lieu of ” owers, memorials may be made to a trust fund for Codys children that will be set up at MidFlorida Credit Union. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www.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.Irene McGuire, 87OKEECHOBEE „ Irene McGuire, age 87 of Hamilton, Ohio went home to be with the Lord and passed away at her home on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Irene was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 31, 1931 to John Croucher and Ella Saylor Croucher. Irene married Marion in Newport, Ky. on Aug. 4, 1948. She was an active member of the Civitan Club of Fair“ eld. Sis. Irene attended the Pentecostal Highway of Holiness Church and Victory Pentecostal Tabernacle for many years. Irene is survived by her daughter, Ella Mae MaisieŽ (Richard) Lawson; brother, Jack Croucher; granddaughter, Lisa (Darrell) House; great niece, Sidney SquidŽ (Skylar) Drew; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; Rev. Donald and Jennifer Pierce, Andrea (Corey) Canton, Jackson Canton, Jessica, Jaydon and Madison Pierce, and two special girls, Katie and Hannah o f Okeechobee, Fla. A special thank you to Judy Ferguson, Mary Day, Diane DeLorenzo, Deborah Meyer, Sheila and Cotton Reynolds. A special thank you to our extended famil y in Okeechobee, Fla. Schoonmaker family. Irene was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ella Croucher; husband, Marion McGuire; brothers, Harry OkieŽ Croucher, Raymond RedŽ Croucher and Paul BeaverŽ Croucher; sister, Opal Trammell. Visitation and celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 330 Pershing Ave., Hamilton, Ohio and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday before the funeral. Funeral service on July 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Donald Pierce and Rev. Don Leon pastor of the North Okeechobee, Fla. Church of God of“ ciating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to your favorite charity. www.browndawson” ick.com6 Okeechobee News July 11, 2018 Margaret C hristina Swabe y Smith 93 OKEECHOBEE „ Mar g aret Christin a S wabey S m i th was b orn in C olumbus O hio on Jan. 24 1925. She t raveled w ith her mother A d a E. Swabe y father, Wil l iam A. Swabe y and si ster, Mar y E S wabe y ( all p receded in death) to Holl y wood, Fla. In 1942 she marr i ed Wal ter Lee Smith Jr. ( preceded in death, married 62 y rs.) and the y had three children, Pegg y Ann Smith Fulp Martinez ( Ft. Myers ) William Lee Smith ( p receded in death) and Marci Christ i n a Smith Downin g Boswell (Okeechobee). She was a homemaker and seams t ress be f ore retirin g to live in Okeechobee in 1988 ( resided in Okeechobee for 30 y rs. ) M argaret passed away on S unday, July 8, 2018 at the age of 93, she had an indo m itable spirit to live and f ought a brave battle w ith congestive heart failure. Her work here is now done and she has been called to q uilt, s ew, garden, and be reunited with f amil y and f riends that she has not seen in a while. She was a member o f the Okeechobee First United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star #128 (Past Matron Okeechobee Cha p ter #128 and Holl y wood Chapter #150 along w ith Past Grand Re p resentative to Maine), O rder of Amaranth Okeechobee Historical Societ y Tantie Quilters and Daughters o f the A merican Revolution. Mar g aret was a tireless and sel ” ess volunteer f or man y organizations that she held close to her heart, including the O keechobee Shrine C lub. M argaret will be lovingly remembered by m any f amily members and f riends, including David Boswell (Okeechobee), Mar g uerite C Smith ( St Pete ) Betty Jo Weidner ( Cor a l Springs), Paul L. Smith (L y nhaven), Sall y Taylor ( Ft. Lauderdale ) Patsy Black, Bettyjo C audill, Moll y Johnson and Terr y Hoehne (Okeechobee); her grandchildren, Kimberl y A Nodzak, Robert G. Ful p (Ft. Lauderdale), R ebecca M. Fulp ( Las Ve g as, Nev. ) Wil liam L. Smith Jr. Micheala Cof“n (St Pete) A manda L. Downing C ooper, Shawn C oo per (Orlando); seven g reatg randchildren; and many n i eces, nephews, great-n i eces and g reat-nephews. Mom used to say that the one with the most fabric at the end wins. Along with her man y ribbons f or quilts at the Okeechobee Count y Fair, we believe she ma y have won for the most f abric as well. Blessed are the f amily and friends of the piece makers for the y will inherit the q uilts In memory o f our Mom, make time to tre a sure y our mom as the end does not wa i t unt i l y ou have time. Also, in lieu o f ” owers, don a tions can be made to the Order o f the East ern Star #128 or an y of the organizations that mom h e ld c l ose to h er h eart. Margarets life will be celebrated at Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home 400 N. Parrott A venue, Okeechobee, FL 34972 on Fr i da y Jul y 13, 2018 with visitation from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p .m., Order of the Eastern Star services at 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and religious services on Saturda y Jul y 14, 2018 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Don Hanna of“ciating. Interment will follo w at Evergreen C emetery. Those wishing to leave a message o f c ondolence ma y sign the register book at, www .O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a lH o me .com A ll arrangements are entrusted to the direc t ion and care o f t he Bux t on & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home, 400 North Par rott Avenue Okeechobee Florida 34972. Ha y nes E. Williams, 9 0 Ha y nes E. Williams, 90, died Jul y 6, 2018 at his home surrounded b y his loving famil y He w as born February 2 5 1928 in Crewsville Fla. t o Zi be K i ng W i ll i ams a n d E v a M a e W h idd en Wi ll i ams Ha y nes attended s chools in Frost p roo f S ebr i ng, Br i ghton and O keechobee. He w as on the f ootball t eam and pla y ed in Okeechobee High Schools “ rst band. He graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1946 as C lass President. He then attended t he Universit y of Florida where he graduated in 19 5 0 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricu l t ure. Following graduation, he was the f ourth person hired b y the Florida Flood Control D i s t r i c t now known as S ou t h F lor i da Wa t er Management District. In 1954, Ha y nes was appointed b y the governor as the Clerk o f Court o f Okeechobee Count y He served that position for 18 y ears. In 1965, Ha y nes began his highl y success f ul career as a real estate broker, and maintained an of“ce for 53 y ears. In the earl y 19 7 0 s, Ha y nes and other local business leaders formed C ommercial Bank o f Okeechobee where he served as Chairman o f t he Board un t il t he bank was sold t o SunTrus t B an k He was a “f th-generation cattle rancher. As a y oung bo y when there were no f ences, he helped drive cattle f or his g rand f ather, Fitz W illiams and f ather, Zibe as depicted b y the mural on Ha y ness of“ce building. For man y y ears he owned and operated 101 Ranch lo c ated out on the p ra i r i e, where at one t i me his grandfather Williams once owned 10,000 ac r es Haynes lived a very f ull li f e. He loved hunt i ng and “shing, was an avid Florida Gator fan, e n j o y ed work i ng cows and negot i at i ng real e state deals. He will be greatly missed by his w i f e and f amily and will be f ondly remem bered b y those who knew him, especiall y his l on g time f riend, Mike OConnor Haynes was preceded i n death by h i s pa r ents ; brothers Paul Revere W i ll i ams and William BillŽ Williams; and his g randson, C arson Williams. He is survived by his wife of 2 5 years, S u san W i ll i ams; daughters, Debb i e Rogers of Tam p a, Connie (Marcus) Lowe, Celeste (Ron) Ri pp le all of Okeechobee; son, David ( Pam ) Williams of Okeechobee; grandchi l dren, Travis, Traci, Trent, Pam, Miss y Rachel, Raymond, Nikki, Dane, C ody and C hanning; step-daughter, C heri Stevens; step-grandsons, Justin and Shane; twenty great-grandchildren; sisters, Grace (Joel) Ta y lor of Bogue, NC, Wanda Sue ( Larry ) Wolford of Jacksonville, Mary Helen Ful f ord o f Lake Wales and Bett y Lou ( David ) Hazellief of Okeechobee ; “rst wife, Hazel Williams of Lake Placid; mother of his children and second wife Marcie Fewell Williams of Cod y WY; and man y nieces and n ep h ews A visitation will be held f rom 10:00 AM until Masonic services begin at 12:00 PM on T uesday, July 10, 2018 at Buxton and Bass O keechobee F uneral Home, 400 N. Parrott A venue. A graveside service and burial will f ol l ow at Evergreen C emetery in Okeechobee I n lieu o f ” owers, memorial donations ma y be made in Ha y ness name to Hospice o f Okeechobee, PO BOX 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. A rrangements are under the direction and c are o f Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funer al Home. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence ma y sign the register book at, w ww. O keechobee F uneralHome.co m Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online g uestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at okeechobeenews.net. g View obituaries from the past month at

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Special to the Okeechobee NewsIf you have been banished to the guest room because when you snore your neighbors think there is a 747 landing in the cul-de-sac, y ou might want to see the dentist. The sleep disorder most associated with loud snoring is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Studies have found that it is associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death. But why go to the dentist? Because dental care affects the entire body, says dentist Dr. Steven Freeman, author of the book Why Y our Teeth Might Be Killing YouŽ People have a tendency to think that the dentist is only about “lling cavities and creating a beautiful smile,Ž Dr. Freeman says. But your oral health can impact your physical well-being of your entire body. Sleeping disorders are frequently diagnosed and treated by dentists.Ž OSA wasnt diagnosed as a condition until the 1960s. Every year the number of sleep apnea cases increases due to increased awareness and the conditions connection to obesity. For years, people who had sleep apnea had only one choice „ the CPAP,Ž which stands for continuous positive airway pressure.Ž It looks like something a jet pilot would use at high altitude, and only 20 percent of people who are prescribed for it actually use it because it is so uncomfortable. However, there are other devices that are now available, including something called an oral appliance therapyŽ that is more like a mouthpiece than a gas mask. It is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, an organization that includes dentists. Dr. Stevens says causes of sleep apnea include: € Excess weight/diabetes. The cheapest way for some people to cure sleep apnea is to lose weight. € Smoking. Smokers are three times more likely to develop sleep apnea than non-smokers. € Hypertension. OSA episodes produce surges in systolic and diastolic pressure that keep mean blood pressure levels elevated at night. In many patients, blood pressure remains elevated during the daytime, when breathing is normal. € Asthma. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway closes during sleep, which causes the reduction of air”ow and oxygen to the lungs. This may lead to increased in”ammation in the body, including the lungs. Snoring may be killing your love life Special to the Okeechobee NewsTALLAHASSEE „ The Florida Department of Health reminds residents and visitors that it is important to Drain and CoverŽ this National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The department encourages everyone to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their neighbors from mosquito-borne illnesses, which have received increased attention recently in Florida. While there is currently no active, ongoing transmission of Zika in Florida, residents and travelers should always take precautions to protect against mosquito bites,Ž said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. Zika is one of several mosquito-borne illnesses that occur in Florida, so be sure to drain w ater from any containers around your home, cover your skin with clothing and mosquito repellent and cover doors and windows with screen to keep mosquitoes out of your home or business.Ž T. Wayne Gale, president of the Florida Mosquito Control Association said: Summer is a crucial time to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquitoes. Mosquito surveillance and control happens year-round in Florida, but the hotter, wetter months produce ideal conditions for disease-spreading mosquitoes, so be sure to lessen your risk of being bitten and eliminate potential breeding sites.Ž In addition to Zika, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, West Nile virus (WNV) and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus are also present in mosquitoes in Florida. The risk of disease transmission through bites of infected mosquitoes to humans has increased. To protect against mosquitoes, the department urges the public to Drain and Cover:Ž DRAIN standing water: € Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, ”owerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected. € Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that arent being used. € Empty and clean birdbaths and pets water bowls at least once or twice a week. € Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that dont accumulate water. € Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. COVER your skin with: € Clothing „ If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. € Repellent „ Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective. € Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old. COVER doors and windows with screens: € Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios. Tips on eliminating mosquito breeding sites: € Clean out troughs and gutters; € Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds to drain; € Turn over or remove empty plastic pots; € Pick up all beverage containers and cups; € Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water; € Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes at least once a week; € Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week; and € Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the ”ow of water. For more information on mosquito-borne illness prevention, visit our website at www. floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions / mosquito-borne-diseases/prevention.html Protect your family from mosquito-borne illnessJuly 11, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 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 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 For the health of it! Now featured in the Wednesday edition of the Okeechobee News: articles pretaining to health-related topics To run your medical eld-related ad on this weekly, informative page, please call our sales staff at 863.763.3134 For the health of it!

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Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USA CE) Jacksonville District is accepting comments on the draft integrated Project Implementation Report (PIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP). USACE proposes an above-ground wetland attenuation feature (WAF) and several aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) wells in an area north of the lake. The proposed plan also calls for restoration of 5,300 acres of wetlands in the area. The draft document was released for review July 6. USACE will accept comments through Aug. 20. This plan provides additional ”exibility for managing water north of the lake in a manner consistent with Everglades restoration goals,Ž said Lisa Aley, planning technical lead for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project. We look forward to hearing from people living and working in the area on this proposed plan.Ž The draft report is available at http:// www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental/Ecosystem-Restoration/LakeOkeechobee-Watershed-Project/. Those interested in submitting comments may do so electronically at OkeechobeeWatershedRestoration@usace.army.mil. Written comments can be mailed to: Dr. Gretchen Ehlinger U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District P.O. Box 4970 Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019 Jacksonville District staff are scheduling a series of public meetings to provide those interested with another forum to submit their comments on the study. It is anticipated that the meetings will take place during the week of July 30. Additional information will be available once venues are con“rmed. The LOWRP study began during the summer of 2016 with a goal to identify opportunities to improve the water storage capacity in the Lake Okeechobee watershed in a manner that would improve lake stage levels for environmental and water suppl y purposes while reducing undesirable discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries, and restoring wetlands along Kissimmee River. More information on Jacksonville Districts ecosystem restoration efforts is available at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil / Missions/Environmental/Ecosystem-Restoration/. W etlands restoration planned north of lake8 Okeechobee News July 11, 2018 GAS SAFETY INFO Did you know gas pipelines may be located in your area? Heres how to recognize a leak.Natural gas and propane are naturally odorless. A rotten eggŽ odor is added for easy detection. Blowing dirt or bubbling creeks or ponds. Natural gas is lighter than air and rises whereas propane gas is heavier and settles. Listen for hissing sounds near a gas appliance or line. Pipeline markers along mains and transmission lines have phone numbers in case of emergency. They dont show exact locations/depths, so please call 811 to locate and mark utility lines. Some segments along transmission pipelines may be designated as High Consequence Areas (HCAs). Call 800.427.7712 for FPUs Integrity Management Program. FPU Emergency Response is available 24/7. If you suspect a gas leak or related emergency, LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY and call FPU at 800.427.7712. (Or dial 911 if needed.) SMELL! SEE! HEAR! Do not smoke, light a match or do anything that may result in an explosion or “re. NA18-010 042518Visit FPUC.com or call 800.427.7712 for more. Special to the Okeechobee NewsBass “shing on Lake OBass caught on Lake Okeechobee by Alex Vandegrift and Kendall Higgs. Blood drives planned in JulyThe need for blood donations doesnt take a vacation. Blood donations are needed year round in order for area hospitals to maintain a safe blood supply, tested, processed and ready to use when the need arises. Because blood is processed into blood components, such as plasma and red cells, and each patient only receives the blood components he or she needs, one donation may help to save three lives, The bloodmobiles will be in Okeechobee in July at the following locations. € Thursday, July 12, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m. € Saturday, July 14, at the Trading Post Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. € Sunday, July 15, at Golden Corral from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. € Saturday, July 21, at Walmart from noon to 5:30 p.m. € Sunday, July 22, at Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. € Thursday, July 26, at Dr. Browns Clinic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. € Friday, July 27, at Walmart from 2 to 7 p.m. € Saturday, July 28, at the Back to School Bash at OHS from 8 to 11 a.m. € Saturday, July 28, at Walmart from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. € Sunday, July 29, at Publix from noon to 5:30 p.m.

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July 11, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 Believers Fellowship Church 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host a Vacation Bible School on July 9 through the 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night. All children from grades fourth through ninth are welcome to at tend. For information, call 863-634-4327. Seventh Day Adventist Church 412 N.W. Sixth St., will host a Vacation Bible School on July 8 through 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free for all chil dren ages three to 12. For information call, 863-8014651. Peace Lutheran Church will host a VBS program for children age 3-10 and their parents. Please join us July 16 20, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Regis tration is available online at peacelutheranschool-Okeechobee, or contact the church of“ce at 863-763-5042. The Okeechobee Ministerial Association will sponsor the next 5th-Sunday Community Service on Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. at the Pentecostals of Okeechobee, 405 S.W. 10th Ave. Pastor Ray Warren will be preaching, the Pentecostal praise team w ill be singing in addition to members of the OMA and other special music. A love offering will be taken for a local ministry. Come and enjoy this unique community Christian experience! Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal Church 200 N.W. Third St., would like to extend an invitation for you to come and w orship with us. All are welcome. Come as you are. Church services are Sunday 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, 6 p.m. A nursery and a comfort room are available for your use. We offer an Adult Forum and Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Childrens Church (ages pre-k through high school) Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Visit our w ebsite for more information, churchofour saviourokeechobee.org, or call the church of“ce Tuesday through Friday 863-763-4843. Christ Fellowship Church 701 S. Parrott Ave., invites all to worship with us. Serv ice times are Sundays, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Childcare and childrens programming, nursery through “fth grade, is provided. We have services for students, grades 6-12, on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Services are exciting, casual, and relaxed. Come as you are and expect to feel w elcomed as our guest. Visit our website, gochristfellowship.com, or call 561-7997600 for more information. Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church at 4212 U.S. 441 N., would like to invite all to worship in church services. Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m., with Sunday morning worship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday night Baptist Training Course (BTC) is at 5:30 p.m., followed by Sunday evening w orship at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening Bible Study is at 7 p.m., with Wednesday evening Youth Discovery Bible clubs at 7 p.m. For more information call Pastor Donny Raney at 863-763-3681. Faith Alive Family Church at 3075 S.W. Third Terrace, is non-denominational and Pastors Paul and Jen Smith would like to invite all to worship. Sunday service and kids church is at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, adult and youth (6th-12th grade) service is at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook at Faith Alive Family Church. On Facebook, they are live on Sunday mornings. For information, call 863-6234233. Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., comes with an exciting message of hope, and a vision to reach out to all people in Okeechobee and the surrounding area. Pastor Douglas T. Ryan graduated from Hobe Sound Bible College. Be looking out for him in your community as he boldly encourages people everywhere to start a new exciting life with Jesus Christ as their guide. We welcome all to our family of friendly people who just seek to show you an outpouring of Gods love. Our service on Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. We also invite all to our Wednesday or Sunday evening gathering at 6:30 p.m. The Pentecostals of Okeechobee 405 S.W. 10th Ave., have services on the followings days and times: Sunday school, all ages is at 10 a.m.; Sunday word and worship is at 11 a.m.; Tuesday prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday worship, Bible study and kids church is at 7 p.m. Pastor Raymond Warren can be reached at 863-634-4567, email: penteofokee@yahoo.com, www. okeepentecostals.com. Spanish services are also available; call for times of services. Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. Ninth St., would like to invite the public to attend any or all of their services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashioned preaching and singing. The youth band consists of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as various singing groups. Sunday evening service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study and kids bible club is at 7 p.m. The King James Bible is used. For information, please call 863-763-0669. Check out the Facebook page at www.facebook. com/victorybaptistokee.Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church 1057 S.E. 14th Ct., offers Sunday service at 11 a.m., Sunday school at 10 a.m., and Bible study on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pastor is Bishop Maurice Alexander. Church phone is 863-467-9355, church email is truthwisdomlove@gmail.com. A rea churches host special events and VBS BHR VFW Aux serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary, 29012 State Road 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will host a dinner comprised of Sallys Big Balls and other items on Wednesday, July 11 at 5 p.m. to bene“t veteran services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Dining-to-donate day is setApplebees, 1210 SR 70 E., will host a dining-to-donate day, where 10 percent of your bill will be donated to Hospice of Okeechobee Inc., on Thursday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You must present a ”yer to your server. You can pick up ”yers at the Okeechobee Chamber, 55 S. Parrott Ave., or Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St.BHR VFW will serve dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, July 13 from 5:30 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, onion rings, salad and desert. Live music by Travis. Proceeds to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR Moose serves AYCE “shThe Buckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, offers an all-you-can-eat cat“sh “llets or sharpies dinner on Friday, July 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation of $10. Steak and shrimp dinners are also available. There will be live entertainment and the public is welcome.VFW hosts weekend eventsBig Lake VFW Post 10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a steak dinner with baked potato, garlic bread and a salad, on Friday, July 13 from 5 to 7 p.m., with entertainment provided by Karaoke Kop from 7 to 11 p.m. Also join them on Saturday, July 14 for burgers, hotdogs and Italian sausage on the grill from noon to 5 p.m., with music preformed by Ray Johnson from 2 to 6 p.m. Then on Sunday, July 15 they will serve wings from 2 to 5 p.m. And, enjoy music by Lisa Riley from 2 to 6 p.m. For information, call 863-763-2308.Enjoy breakfast at the MooseThe Buckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday July 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. The public is welcome.Healthy Start to meetThe Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, July 18 at 12:30 p.m. at The White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrot Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The coalition is part of a statewide network responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy pregnancies and health y birth outcomes for Okeechobee County residents. For information, contact Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Democrats will meet July 18The Okeechobee Democratic Executive committee invites the public to attend the monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. held at Beef O Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave.Backyard chickens workshop setSEBRING … Come learn about the basics of backyard chickens on Thursday, July 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UF/IFA Extension Of“ce, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring. There is a $10 registration fee. You can register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/backyard-chickens-tickets-4582633371 or call 863-402-6540.Labor Day parade is Sept. 1The 2018 Labor Day parade will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 A poll was conducted through Facebook and the community voted to change the event from traditional Monday to Saturday to help kick-off Okeechobee Main Streets festival in the park and Cattlemen Associations weekend rodeo events.Take the reading challengeThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from no w through Sept. 7 as students take the pledge to read as many minutes as they can this summer! To join, simply call the library at 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up with a librarian. Students will receive a pledge certificate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unlock digital rewards and complete weekly reading challenges online. Reading minutes will also count towards special summer prizes and events at the library. Join the fun and sign up today! More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Communit y section. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic

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10 Okeechobee News July 11, 2018 Tree Trimming & Removal Debris Removal & Hauling • Bobcat Services Mike Owner/Operator Email: Mike@xpsinc.com PROPERTY SERVICES, INC. 863.634.7512 Hoss Hoss CARPORTS, SCREEN ROOMS & MORE! ALUMINUM LLC (863) 634-7442 (863) 634-7442 Lic# OCSL 1583-01INSURED An affordable solution to advertising your business. 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 Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Devin Allen Rexroad, 25, Northeast 60th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested J uly 6 by Deputy Corporal Kristin Gray on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. His bond was set at $500. € Rodolfo Jesus Uncein, 48, Northw est 12th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 7 by Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. His bond was set at $500. € Serrina Arlene Snyder, 26, Northeast 11th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested J uly 6 by Deputy Ashley Waskiewicz on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) w ithout a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $6,000. € Erica Nicole Fredrick, 24, Northwest 98th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone) w ithout a valid prescription, tampering with physical evidence and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription. Her bond was set at $10,500. € Chris Mujica, 18, Center Road, Traverse City, Mich, was arrested July 9 by Deputy Quinton Speed on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance (cannabis resin) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $2,500. € Jennifer Stacy Garcia, 37, Southeast 22nd Court, Okeechobee, was arrested July 9 by Deputy Quinton Speed on a DOC felony warrant charging her with violation of probation. She is being held without bond. € Henry Lewis Norman, 62, Northwest 102nd Street, Okeechobee, was arrested July 9 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $6,000. 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 confirmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Special to the Okeechobee NewsShockwaves compete in swim meetJoshua Boon was among the Okeechobee Shockwaves swim team members competing in a recreational league swim meet on July 7 at the Darrell En“nger Sports Complex.

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Special to the Okeechobee News CAPE CORAL „ Gov. Rick Scott on July 9 issued an emergency order in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties to help combat algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This emergency declaration allows the Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District to waive various restrictions and regulations to store water in additional areas south of the lake. Gov. Scott said, As governor, it is my duty to protect Floridians, no matter what it takes. Today, our state is once again facing a crisis from water releases controlled by the U.S. A rmy Corps of Engineers. This has prompted me to issue an emergency declaration, so our state agencies can do everything in their power to minimize the harmful impacts these releases are having on our communities. Last week, we learned that Florida will be receiving its fair share of federal funding following a devastating hurricane season in 2017. At our urging, part of this money will be used to speed the critical repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike, a long overdue federal project, to help Lake Okeechobee store more water to protect our communities. But let me be clear „ simply providing money for a project that should have been completed decades ago is not enough. Congress and the federal government need to do more to help families who are facing harmful algal blooms because of the water they are releasing into our communities from Lake Okeechobee. This includes approving the acceleration of the EAA Reservoir that I signed into law last year. The fact that Congress has failed to act to solve this problem is frustrating, but not surprising. Now, since we are facing more harmful algal blooms from federal water releases, the state is taking a multifaceted approach to protect families. We will stop at nothing to solve this problem „ our families deserve nothing less.Ž The governor announced this action following a tour of the Caloosahatchee River, where he received a brie“ng on the additional water monitors he directed DEP to deploy to the river last month. The emergency order includes the following:The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)The governor has directed DEP to dedicate more staf“ng to water testing and sampling. Other actions include a statewide hotline (855-305-3903) for the public to report issues with algae, and a website so Floridians can be fully informed on the location of algal blooms and results of water testing. The governor has directed DEP to establish a grant program to provide local governments with funding to contract cleanup services.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) FWCs Research Institute will dedicate more staff to support DEPs water testing and sampling.The Florida Department of Health (DOH)The governor has directed DOH to enhance community outreach efforts. Also, DOH is prepared to enhance the use of signage to keep Floridians and the states visitors informed on the dangers of algal blooms.VISIT FLORIDAVISIT FLORIDA will do outreach to tourism partners in the affected areas to identify ways to minimize the impact to the states tourism industry.Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)The governor has directed DEO to identify businesses that could be affected by the harmful algal blooms. DEO will work handin-hand with local businesses and business support organizations to provide resources and assistance to any Florida business impacted by algal blooms.The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)The governor has directed FDOT to identify any road work projects that can be initiated or accelerated to assist with ”ood control and water direction in communities surrounding the lake and its water sources.South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)Using this emergency declaration, DEP will work with the SFWMD to identify additional storage north and south of Lake Okeechobee, including the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, to decrease water in”ows and help to reduce water levels in the lake. These actions include: € Using the S-5A Pump Station in Palm Beach County to move 400 cubic feet per second (cfs) out of the L-8 Canal to prevent water from ”owing back into Lake Okeechobee; € Moving water to tide through ever y available structure, including the Hillsboro, North New River and Miami canals; € Using the S-34 structure to move 200 cfs out of Water Conservation Area 2A into the North New River in Broward County; € Fully utilizing the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin and L-8 Flow Equalization Basin; € Storing water on public lands through the Dispersed Water Management program; € Working with private landowners to store water on their properties.Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)The governor has directed FDEM to host regular calls with county emergency management of“cials to ensure that all needs are met. FDEM will stand ready to support an y local emergency operations.July 11, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Governor issues emergency order for algae issues by AMAC Certi“ed Social Security A dvisor Russell Gloor A ssociation of Mature American Citizens Dear Rusty: My husband got an overpayment notice from Social Security telling us that his former wife had collected $32,640.34 in bene“ts she wasnt entitled to and they want us to repay the overpayment. W e knew that his ex-wife had been married another three times, but she was single at 62 w hen she “led for ex-spouse bene“ts from my husband. When her current husband w ent to retire, he asked if he could collect bene“ts from his wife who had just died; Social Security told him noŽ as she was collecting bene“ts from an ex-husband. He asked, which husband?Ž which triggered the overpayment letter to us. If Social Security had an adverse letterŽ system like they do for children, we could have answered the letter by stating that she had been married three times. Social Security should have run her SS number and seen how many times she changed her name on the card. End of story. $32,640.34 is hard to swallow when y ou are 80 and 85 and we now must repay this amount. Signed: Upset and Angry Dear Upset: Social Securitys rules say that you must be unmarried when you apply for ex-spouse bene“ts, not that you cannot have remarried and subsequently again div orced, been widowed or had the later marriage annulled. If an ex-spouse collecting bene“ts from a former husband remarries, they are obligated to inform Social Security they are no longer eligible to collect exspouse bene“ts because they have remarried. It sounds as if your husbands ex-wife neglected to inform Social Security of her several remarriages, each of which made her ineligible to collect from your husband w hile she was married to another. I suggest that you appeal this Social Security ruling on the basis that the former wife negligently continued to collect ex-spouse bene“ts from y our husband after she had remarried. This was clearly something that your husband had no control over since his Social Security bene“t wasnt affected in any way by his ex-wife collecting bene“ts on his record. Although there are time limits speci“ed to contest an adverse ruling, you are hopefully within the 3 years, 3 months and 15 days after the year the adjustment relates.Ž Your right to re-appeal continues even if you have been initially and subsequently denied, even taking your appeal to an Administrative Law Judge if need be. Considering the amount of money involved here, and the clarity of the ex-wifes neglecting to inform Social Security of her remarriage(s), I encourage you to immediately appeal Social Securitys ruling. So that you know, there is precedent within Social Security for situations where bene“ts were overpaid to one person without the knowledge of or bene“t to another … for example, your husbands ex-wife collecting bene“ts she wasnt entitled to because she was remarried. This precedent information can be found at the following Social Security link, which deals with a ruling that is against equity and good conscienceŽ: https://www. ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-0509.htm. For your convenience, here is what the Federal Code says about this (please print this and take it with you when you meet with Social Security): Recovery of an overpayment is against equity and good conscience ƒ if an individual ƒ was living in a separate household from the overpaid person at the time of the overpayment and did not receive the overpayment.Ž I believe your husbands situation regarding his ex-wife getting bene“ts she wasnt entitled to, and that he had no knowledge of, clearly quali“es as against equity and good conscience.Ž Please make an appointment at your local Social Security of“ce as soon as possible and “le an appeal on this ruling, and dont simply accept it if they initially reject your appeal. Your right to appeal continues up to and including consideration by an independent Administrative Law Judge. Social Security Matters

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12 Okeechobee News July 11, 2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSService Technicians, Installers & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required Apply within 312 SW 2nd St. Okeechobee EOE/DFWP Auctions A U CTI O N E ver y Frida y & S aturday ni g hts at 5:30 9 17 SW P a rk St. ( Behind Eli’s Western Wear ) Quality Consi g nments Acce p ted. Wa tf o r d A u cti o n 1 0 % B P 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 W e B u y E st a te s Anti q ues, Collectibles, H ousehold, Tools, Jewelr y and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time F u ll time m a teri a l s ales p erson / rece p tionist needed for bus y fence construction com p an y Mu st b e ab le t o lift 4 0lbs., dru g -free work p lace, p artial benefits, w ork hrs 8am-3 p m. A pp l y at Adron Fence Com p an y 11 3 2 NE 12th ST. M onda y Frida y 83 Radical Cosmetics is looking for personnel to work on our production lines. This position includes but is not limited to: applying labels, capping, and packaging cosmetic products. Please call 772-882-4511 for more details. Employment Medical Me d ical A ss i s tant Fu ll Time – M u st have 1 year exp i n th e me di c al yp yp field OB / GYN experience helpful, ,/ ,/ a bility t o ma i n t a i n pp, pp confidential info & y y Strong Customer re latio ns s kill s. g g B ilin g ual S p anish / English prefd. Fax gp/ gp resume t o (561) gp 472-9692 or apply () () at Florida Commu ppy nity Health Center, 1100 N Pa rr ott y y Ave, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. , e-mail jobs@ / / f c h c i nc.or g j READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. XRay TechARRT Registry Required. Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or complete application at 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 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. Pets/Supplies FOR SALEWHITE GERMAN SHEPARD PUPPIES, AKC REG., VET CERT. $950.00 LOCATED IN SEBRING CALL 305-527-9762 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Apartments N.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $725 mo. $2175 to move in. 2 BR, 2 BA, $775 mo. $2325 to move in. 561-346-1642 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds OKEECHOBEE Updated 2BD/1BA $775.00/MO. 1ST Month, Last Month & Security Deposit. Very Clean and well maintained. 12 min. outside of town off Hwy 70 East. Great setting, lawn service, on-site 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. $800.00/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Houses Rent 3BD/2BA HOME WITH 2 CAR GARAGE ON 1/2 ACRE LOT IN OAK PARK $1,200 MONTHLY AVAILABLE AUGUST 1ST CALL 863-467-8559 OR 226-339-6303 PRIME O FFICE S PA C E! 800 s q ft. G re a t In-T o wn L o c a ti o n! 4 14 S P a rr o tt Ave. S uite B. $ 650.00 p/m. Call BMJ Towin g ( 863 ) 763-2845. Campers / RVs W ante d al l T r a vel T railers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. An y Condition, Cash p aid o n the s p ot C a ll 9 5 45 9 5 00 9 3 Autos Wanted AAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION Case N0.: 47-2018-CP-089IN RE: THE ESTATE OF: DOROTHY J. VAUSE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f DOROTHY J. VAUSE, deceased, whose date of death was January 23, 2017, and the last four digits o f whose Social Security Number is XXXXX-7529, is in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, File No.: 2018-CP-089; the address of is Probate Division, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses o f the personal representatives and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmaturcd, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOT ICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOT ICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons who have claims or demands against the decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingen t or unliquidatcd claims, must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF T HE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. All CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE Public Notice FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOT\VITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH A BOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) Y EARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is April 11, 2018. STEPHANIE QUESINBERR Y Personal Representative 594 S.W. 86th Terrace Okeechobee, Florida 34974 WILLIAM J. WALLACE, P.A. Public Notice Attorney for Petitioner 414 N.W. 2”nd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 467-4671 (863) 763-5360 (Fax) E-Mail: willjwallace@hotmail.com or attybillwallace@aol.com 273457 ON 7/11,18/2018 IN THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL CIRC U IT C OU RT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE N O 2 0 1 5 CA 2 34 C HL HOLDINGS, INC., a Florida Cor p oration Plaintiff, v s C ECILY G. CHIN, an individual, and an y unknown heirs, devisees, creditors, grantees, and other unknown persons or unknown spous s s es claimin g by, throu g h and under CECILY G. CHIN, an individual, Defen d ant s N O TICE O F F O RECL O S U RE SAL E NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to a Summary Final Jud g ment o f F oreclosure dated June 20, 2018, entered i n Civil Case No. 2015 CA 234 of 4 the Circuit Court of OKEECHOBEE Count y Okeechobee, Florida, wherein CHL H OLDINGS, INC., is the Plaintiff and CECILY G. CHIN, et al. are defendants, I w ill sell the property described below to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash, i n the Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Jur y Assembl y R oom, Second Floor, Jur y Assembl y Room, Okeechobee, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 8th day of Au g ust, 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in s aid Final Jud g ment, to wit: THE EAST 1 / 2 OF THE WEST 1 / 2 OF THE SOUTH 1 / 2 OF THE S OUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 7, SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 4, PAGES 3 AD, INCLUSIVE O F THE O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY PUBLIC REC O RDS. ( 1-34-34-33-0A00-00007-N ) Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the p ro p ert y owner as of the date of the lis p endens must file a claim within 6 0 da y s after the sale. D ated this 20th da y of June, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou rt B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk R Charles Ervin, Es q ., Attorne y for Plaintiff, CHL HOLDINGS, INC. 4 67 U.S. Hw y 27 North, Lake Placid, FL 3385 2 T el: 863-465-7715, Fax: 863-465-7791 F loridaBarNo.: 0180300 In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons needin g a re a s onable accommodation to participate in this proceedin g should contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, no later than seven days prior to the proceedin g at 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 w ithin two workin g days of your receipt of this NOTICE:. If hearin g impaired, contact ( TDD ) 1-800-955-8771, voice im p aired, 1-800-955-8770. 271531 ON 7/11,18/2018 P U BLIC N O TICE TECHNICAL REVIEW C O MMITTEE MEETIN G N O TICE N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the Cit y of Okeechobee Technical Review Committee (TRC) will conduct a re g ular meetin g o n Thur., Jul. 19, 2018, at 1 0 AM, o r as soon thereafter as p ossible, at Cit y Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The public is invited and encoura g ed to attend. The a g enda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by callin g the General Services Office, 863-763-3372 ext. 9820. A NY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the TRC L w ith respect to any matter considered at this meetin g will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimo o o n y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceedin g contact the General Services De p artment no later than two business da y s p rior to proceedin g 863-763-3372 ext. 9820. BE ADVI S E D that should you intend to show any document, picture, video D or items to the TRC in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda, a copy of the document, p icture, video, or item M UST be provided to the Committee T S ecretar y for the Cit y ’s records. By : Cit y Administrator Marcos Montes De Oc a 273662 ON 7 / 11 / 2018

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July 11, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice N O TICE O F DEFA U LT AND F O RECL O S U RE SALE W HEREA S o n, December 14, 2005, a certain Mortgage was executed by S S idna G. Bishop j oined by his wife Patricia Bishop as Mort g a g or in favor of Fina n cial Freedom Senior Fundin g Corp. which Mort g a g e was recorded December 30, 2005, in Official Records Book 586, Pa g e 1405 in the Office of the Clerk o f the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, (the “Mort g a g e”;) and W HEREA S, the Mortgage was assigned to MERS as nominee for Financial F reedom Acquisition LLC by Assi g nment recorded October 2, 2009 in Official R eco rds Book 676, Pa g e 1301, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Okeechobee Count y Flo rida; and W HEREA S the Mortgage was assigned to the United States Secretary of S H ousin g and Urban Development (the “Secretary”), by Assi g nment recorded N ovember 22, 2012 in Official Records Book 722, Pa g e 1033, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Co urt for Okeechobee Count y Florida; and W HEREA S the Mortgage is now owned by th e Secretary; and S W HEREA S a default has been made in the covenants and conditions of S S ection 9 of th e Mort g a g e in that one Mort g a g or has died and the other has abandoned the Property hereinafter defined and the Mort g a g e remains wholly u n p aid as of the date of this Notice and no p a y ment has been made to resto re the loa n to current stat us; and W HEREA S the entire amount delinquent as of June 14, 2018 is $203,337.65 S plus accrued unpaid interest, if any late char g es, if a ny, fees and costs; and W HEREA S by virtue of this default, t he Secretary has declared the enti re S amount of the ind ebted ness secured by the Mort g a g e to be imm ediate ly due and p a y able; and W HEREA S Unknown Tenant ( s ) ma y claim some int erest in the p ro p ert y hereinafter described, as a/the tenant ( s ) in p ossessio n of the p ro p ert y but s uch interest is subordinate to the lien of the Mort g a g e of the Secretary; and N O W, THEREF O R E pursuant to powers vested in me by the Sin g le Family M ort g a g e Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR part 27, subpart B, and by the Secretary’s designation of the undersigned as Foreclo o o s ure Commissioner, recorded on in Official Records Book Pa g e of the Public R ecords of Okeechobee County, Florida, notice is hereby g iven that on Au g ust 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. local time, all real and p ersonal p ro p ert y at or used in connection with the followin g described premises (the “Property”) will be sold at public auction to the hi g hest bidder: T he West 160 feet of Lot 19, Block 8 of A REVISED PLAT OF FIRST ADDITION T O PINE RIDGE Park, recorded in plat book 3, Pa g e 90 of the Public Records o f Okeechobee Count y Florid a Commonl y known as: 676 NE 28 th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. T he sale will be held at 676 NE 28th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. T he Secretary of Housin g and Urban Development will bid $203,337.65 plus i nterest from June 14, 2018 at a rate of $23.68 per diem (sub j ect to increases a pp licable under the Note ) p lus all costs of this foreclosure and costs of an o wner’s p olic y of title insurance. T here will be no p roration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, exce p t that the purchaser will pay, at or before closin g his/her/its pro-rata share o f an y real estate taxes that have been p aid b y the Secretar y to the date of the f o recl o s u re s a le. When making their bids, all bidders except the Secretary must submit a depos s s i t totalin g ten (10%) percent of the bid amount in the form of a certified check o r cashier’s check made out to the Secretar y of HUD. Each oral bid need not be accom p anied b y a de p osit. If the successful bid is oral, a de p osit of ten ( 10% ) percent of the bid amount must be presented before the biddin g is closed. The deposit is non-refundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be deliv v v ered within thirt y ( 30 ) da y s of the sale or at such other time as the Secretar y may determine for g ood cause shown, time bein g of the essence. This amount, l ike the bid de p osits, must be delivered in the form of a certified or cashier’s check. If the Secretary is the hi g h bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyancin g fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the pay y y ment a n d a ll o ther c o sts a ss o ci a te d with the t r a nsfer o f title. At the c o ncl u si o n o f the sale, the de p osits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. T he Secretary may g rant an extension of time within which to deliver the remainder of the p a y ment. All extensions will be for fifteen ( 15 ) da y increments for a fee e q ual to ten ( 10% ) p ercent of the amount then due, p aid in advance. T he extensi o n fee sh a ll b e in the f o rm o f a certifie d o r c a shier’s check m ad e payable to the Secretary of HUD. If the hi g h bidder closes the sale prior to the ex p iration of an y extension p eriod, the unused p ortion of the extension fee s hall be a pp lied toward the amount due If the hi g h bidder is unable to close the sale within, the required period, or w ithin any extensions of time g ranted by the Secretary, the hi g h bidder may be required to forfeit the cash deposit or, at the election of the foreclosure commis s s s ioner after consultation with the HUD Field Office re p resentative, will be liable to HUD for an y costs incurred as a result of such failure. The Commissioner ma y at the direction of the HUD Field Office Re p resentative, offer the Pro p ert y to the second hi g hest bidder for an amount equal to the hi g hest price offered b y that bidder. T here is no ri g ht of redemption, or ri g ht of possession based upon a ri g ht o f redemption, in the mort g a g or or others subsequent to a foreclosure com p leted p ursuant to the Act. Therefore, the Foreclosure Commissioner will issue a Deed to the purchaser(s) upon receipt of the entire purchase price in accor r r dance with the terms of the sale as provided herein. HUD does not g uarantee that the p ro p ert y will be vacant. T he amount that must be paid if the Mort g a g e is to be reinstated prior to the s cheduled sale is the principal balance set forth above, to g ether with accrued, u npaid interest, plus all other amounts that would be due under the mort g a g e a g reement if payments under the mort g a g e had not been accelerated, ad v ertis in g costs and posta g e expenses incurred in g ivin g notice, milea g e by the most reasonable road distance for postin g notices and for the Foreclosure Com missioner ‘s attendance at the sale, reasonable and customar y costs incurred for title and lien record searches, the necessar y out-ofp ocket costs incurred by the Foreclosure Commissioner for recordin g documents, a commission for the Foreclosure Commissioner, and all other costs incurred in connection with the foreclosure p rior to reinstatement. D ate: Ju1 y 3rd, 2018. HU D F o recl o s u re C o mmissi o ne r B Y: Michael J. Posner, Es q uire W ard, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau 4 42 0 Be a c o n Circle W est Palm Beach, Florida 3340 7 T el: 561 / 8 42-3000 / Fax: 561 / 842-3626 D irect Dial: 561 / 594-145 2 S TATE O F FL O RIDA; C O UNTY O F PALM BEACH ) ss : S worn to, subscribed and acknowled g ed before me this 3rd day of July, 2018, b y Michael J Posner, Es q uire, of Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Ble au who is p ersonall y known to me Christina Zin g man Notar y Public, State of Florida 273508 ON 7/11,18,25/2018 Public Notice Public Notice P U BLIC N O TIC E LAND DEVEL O PMENT RE GU LATI O N TEXT AMENDMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held before G the City of Okeechobee Plannin g Board, meetin g as the Local Plannin g A g ency on Thurs, Jul y 19, 2018, 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter as p ossible, at Cit y H all, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL, to consider and receive in p ut on amendin g Subpart B Land Development Re g ulations. Petition No. 18-001-TA proposes to amend the followin g areas in the Code of Ordinances: CHAPTER 78 DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS: Article III Utilities, by addin g a new Section 78-73, entitled Mandator y Water and Wastewater Connections. CHAPTER 86 SUBDIVISIONS: Article I In General, addin g definitions for Lot Split/De Minimis Subdivision and Joinder of a Lot to Section 86-4 Definitions. Ar r r ticle II Plans and Data, add a new Division 3 entitled Sim p le Lot S p lit/De Minimis Subdivisions; add a new Section 86-90 entitled Procedure for Application Sub b mission and A pp roval of a Sim p le Lot S p lit/De Minimis Subdivision. Add a new D ivision 4 entitled Joinder of Lots; add a new Section 86-91 entitled Procedure for A pp lication Submission and A pp roval of a Joinder of Lots. CHAPTER 90 ZONING: Article III District and District Re g ulations, Division 6 Commercial Professional and Office District, amendin g Section 90-223 by add i n g item (12) One Dwellin g Unit per commercial buildin g with conditions, to the list of Special Exception Uses. Division 7 Li g ht Commercial District, Section 9 0-253, amendin g the Special Exception Uses, item (3) Private club, ni g htclub to i nclude bar; and amendin g item (15) One dwellin g unit per commercial buildin g to include, provided that the dwellin g unit is located either above or behind the g round floor commercial use. Division 8 Heavy Commercial District, Section 90 282 amendin g the Permitted Uses, item (8) Private club, ni g ht club to include bar; and Section 90-283, amendin g the Special Exception Uses, item (17) One dwellin g unit per commercial buildin g to include, provided that the dwellin g unit i s located either above or behind the g round floor commercial use. Division 9 Central Business District, Section 90-313 amendin g the Special Exception Uses, i tem (10) One dwellin g unit per commercial buildin g to include, provided that the dwellin g unit is located either above or behind the g round floor commercial u se. Article IV Supplementary District Re g ulation, Division 1 Generally, amend S ection 90-447 Yards on Corner Lots, by identifyin g that the yard the property i s address is the primary front yard. Division 3 Off-Street Parkin g and Loadin g amendin g Section 90-512 Space Re g ulations by addin g bar to the list of uses requiring one parking space per 75-square feet of floor area. Division 7 Accesso o o ry Uses and Structures, Section 90-632, addin g a new subsection “(e)” requirin g that structures or containers used for storage be treated as an accessory struc c c ture. Division 9 Special Exception and Supplemental Use Re g ulations, addin g a new Section 90-705, entitled Temporary Portable Stora g e Containers, and s ettin g forth the restrictions and limitations of their placement in Sin g le-Family R esidential Zonin g Districts. T he proposed amendment may be reviewed at the address above durin g re g ular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. The public i s encoura g ed to attend. T he Plannin g Board will issue a recommendation on Petition No. 18-001-TA that will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration at Public Hearin g s tentatively scheduled for 6:00 PM on Au g ust 21, 2018 and September 4, 2018. A NY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the Planning L B oard with respect to any matter considered at this meetin g will need to e n s ure a verbatim record of the proceedin g is made and the record includes the testimon y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance w ith the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs s p ecial accommodation to p artici p ate in this proceedin g contact the General Services Office no later than two business days prior to proceedin g 863-763-3372. BE ADVI S E D that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or D i tems to the Plannin g Board in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda; a co py of the document, p icture, video, or item must be p rovided to the Board S ecretar y for the Cit y ’s records. B y: Zonin g Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, Petition No. 18-001-TA 272232 ON 7/1,11/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE NO.: 18-CA-000037 TD BANK N A, Plaintiff v s L ARRY E. MANKE, et al. Defen da nts. N O TICE O F SAL E N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN pursuant to the Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 18-CA-000037 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida w herein TD Bank, N.A., is Plaintiff, and Larr y E. Manke, et al., are Defendants. T he Clerk of this Court shall sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jur y Assembl y Room, 312 North W est 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 be g innin g at 11:00 a.m. on Au g ust 1, 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment o f F oreclosure, to wit: LOT 8R OF FOUR SEASONS, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION, B E IN G M O RE PARTIC U LARLY DESCRIBED AS F O LL O WS : C OMMENCING AT THE 1 / 4 SECTION CORNER ON THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE SOUTH 00 05’ 07’’ WEST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 18, FO R A DISTANCE O F 1472. 00 FEET T O A P O INT O N THE CIRC U LA R ARC O F A SH O RT RADI U S C U RVE F O R P O INT O F BE G INNIN G S AID C U RVE HAVIN G F O R ITS ELEMENTS A CENTRAL AN G LE O F 1 35 34’ 30” AND A RADIUS AT 50.00 FEET, THENCE RUN ALONG THE CIRCULAR ARC OF SAID CURVE FOR A DISTANCE OF 118.31 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY, THENCE RUN NORTH 89 54’ 53” W EST FOR A DISTANCE OF 112.03 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 00 04’ 22” WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 220.00 FEET; THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 54’ 53” EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 197.70 FEET; THENCE R U N N O RTH 00 05 ’ 0 7’’ EAST F O R A DISTANCE O F 2 55 00 FEET T O P O INT O F BE G INNIN G LYIN G IN AND C O MPRISIN G A PART OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 3 6 EAST, O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. T OG ETHER WITH 1994 MERI D OU BLEWIDE M O BILE H O ME ID # FLHMBC48135664A & FLHMBC48135664B Pro p ert y address: 6378 NE 4th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972-8428 ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE S U RPL U S PR O CEEDS FR O M T HE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THEN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS PENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE S ALE. Re q uests for Accommodations b y Persons with Disabilities. If y ou a re a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986, 772-807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our s cheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this no t ification if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 days if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. D ATED this 20th da y of June, 2018. SHAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f Circ u it C ou r t B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk 271611 ON 7/4,11/2018 Public Notice Public Notice O KEECH O BEE C OU NTY SCH OO L B O ARD P O LICIE S In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Cha p ter 120, Florida S tatutes, notice is hereby g iven that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment or ado p tion of the School Board p olic y listed below at their meetin g on Tuesday, Au g ust 14, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School B oard Administrative Office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Co p ies o f the p ro p osed amendments are available in the Su p erintendent’s Office, Room 307, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Amendment of Board Policy 5.27 Homeless Students y I. This p olic y p rovides re q uirements for the education of homeless students II. The proposed amendment is required based on chan g es in statutes. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42, 1003.21. Laws im p lemented are F.S. 382.002, 743.067, 1000.21, 1001.43, 1003.01, 1003.21, 1003.22, F.S. McKinne y -Vento Homeless Assistance Act, P.L. 100-77, Ever y S tudent Succeeds Act 2015, P.L. 114-95. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oint. Amendment of Attendance Procedures and Programs Manual g As provided in Board Policy 5.30 – Student Attendance py I. The Attendance Procedures and Pro g rams Manual provides g uidance for s taff, students, and parents concernin g school attendance requirements. II. The proposed amendment includes updates as well as g rammatical and cl a rific a ti o n c o rrecti o ns. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1003.21, 1003.23, 1003.24, 1003.26; State Board of Educ a tion Rules 6A-1.044, 6A-1.09514. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oint. Amendment of Student Progression Plan As g provided in Board Policy 4.20 py I. The Student Pro g ression Plan is included in School Board Policy 4.20 Student P ro g ression Plan. II. The proposed amendment includes updates as well as g rammatical and cl a rific a ti o n c o rrecti o ns. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 1001.43, 1002.3105, 1002.321, 1003.4156, 1003.4281, 1003.4295, 1003.437, 1003.49, 1008.25. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oint. Textbook Adoption p T he School Board of Okeechobee Count y will consider ado p tion of textbooks for Elementary Science, Middle Science, Biolo g y, Chemistry, Environmental Sci ence, Physical Science, Marine Science, Physics, Anatomy & Physiolo g y, AP En v ironmental Science, AP Chemistr y and Chemistr y II Honors. This will take p lace at the re g ular School Board meetin g on Tuesday, Au g ust 14, 2018, at 6:00 pm i n Room 303 of the School Board Administration Buildin g 700 SW 2nd Avenue. Co p ies of the textbooks and materials p ro p osed for ado p tion ma y be viewed in the office of the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services or by g oin g to okee.k12.fl.us and clickin g on the appropriate link. Public input is invited 272957 ON 7 / 11 / 2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL CIRC U IT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C ASE N O .: 2 0 1 0 -CA000 1 6 2 D EUTSCHE BANK TRUST C O MPANY AMERICAS, AS TRUSTEE F O R D O VER MO RTGAGE CAPITAL C O RP O RATI O N GRANT O R TR U ST CERTIFICATE SE R IES 2 004-A Plaintiff v s L UIS MARTINEZ, et al Defendant ( s ) N O TICE O F SALE P U RS U ANT T O CHAPTER 4 S N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure e e dated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2010-CA-000162 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida in w hich Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, As Trustee For Dover Mort g a g e Ca p ital Cor p oration Grantor Trust Certificate Series 2004-a, is the Plaintiff and R -Bar Estates Homeowners Association, Inc., Guadalu p e Martinez A/K/A M a ria Guadalu p e Martinez, Unknown Tenant ( s ) nka Guadalu p e Martinez, Bank o f America, N.A., Luis G. Martinez A/K/A Luis Martinez, are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash in the Jur y Assembl y Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00 AM on the 1st day of August, 2018, the following de e e s cribed property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure: LOT 38 OF R BAR ESTATES UNIT NUMBER 1 ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 5 PA G ES 3 1 AND 3 2 P U BLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C OU NTY FL O RIDA A /K/A 2267 NE 54TH TRAIL, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the p ro p ert y owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 6 0 da y s after the sale D ated in Okeechobee Count y Florida this 20th da y of June, 2018. Sh a r o n R ob erts o n Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou rt Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk Albertelli Law Attorne y for Plaintif f P .O. Box 23028 Tam p a, FL 33623 ( 813 ) 221-4743 16-01402 3 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order t o participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost to you, t o the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, A DA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our sched u led court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this notifica t ion if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 da y s; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 271537 ON 7/4,11/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT O F THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL DIVISI O N : C ASE NO.: 13000458CAAX F REED O M M O RTGAGE C O RP O RATI O N, vs U NKN O WN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, AND ALL O THER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST, BY, THR O UGH, UNDER, O R AGAINST THE ESTATE O F JAMES J P O LICASTR O DECEASED; FRED P O LICASTR O ; DEB O RAH CE CERE; BRAND O N P O LICASTR O ; AMY JUNK; ERIC P O LICASTR O ; D efen da nts. N O TICE O F F O RECL O S U RE SALE N OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure dated the 19th da y of June, 2018, and entered in Case No. 13000458CAAX, of the Circuit Court of the 19TH Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida, w herein FREED O M M O RTGAGE C O RP O RATI O N is the Pl a intiff a n d DEB O RAH CECERE; FRED P O LICASTR O ; AMY JUNK; ERIC P O LICASTR O ; BRAND O N PO LICASTR O ; UNKN O WN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, AND ALL O T H E R PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE ESTATE OF JAMES J. POLICASTRO; and UNKNOWN TENANT (S) IN POS S S S ESSI O N O F THE S U BJECT PR O PERTY a re d efen da nts. SHAR O N R O BERTS O N as the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for c a sh a t the O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY JUDICIAL CENTER, 3 12 NW 3 RD S TREET, JURY ASSEMBLY R OO M, SEC O ND FL OO R, O KEECH O BEE, FLORIDA 34972, 11:00 AM on the 22nd day of August, 2018 the 8 followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment, to wit: L O T 90, TREASURE ISLAND UNIT N O 11 ADDITI O N, ACC O R D ING T O THE PLAT THERE O F AS REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 5, PAGE 5 3 PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FR O M THE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THAN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS P ENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our s cheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this no t ification if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 days; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. D ated this 20th da y of June, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou rt B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk 271527 ON 7/4,11/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL CIRC U IT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C ASE N O .: 47-2 0 17-CA000 24 0 T HE BANK O F NEW Y O RK MELL O N TRUST C O MPANY, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FO R FEDERAL DEP O SIT INSURANCE C O RP O RATI O N 2 011-R1 TRUST Pl a intif f vs D OUGLAS L. CUREY AKA DOUGLAS CUREY, et al Defendant ( s ) N O TICE O F SALE P U RS U ANT T O CHAPTER 4 5 N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN Pursuant to a Final Jud g ement of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 47-2017-CA-000240 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y F lorida in which The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Com p an y N.A., as Trustee for Federal De p osit Insurance Cor p oration 2011-R1 Trust, is the Plaintiff and D ou g las L. Curey aka Dou g las Curey, Bank of America, N.A., are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the hi g hest and best b i dd er f o r c a sh i n the Jur y Assembl y Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee County, Florida at 11:00AM on the 1st day of August, 2018, the following de e e s cribed property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure: L O T 19, BL O CK 5, BASSW OO D INC O RP O RATED, ACC O RDING TO THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 3 PAGE 22, O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. A/K/A 3934 NW 18TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the p ro p ert y owner as of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 da y s after the s a le. Dated in Okeechobee Count y Florida this 20th da y of June, 2018. S h a r o n R ob erts on Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou r t Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk Albertelli Law Attorne y for Plaintif f P .O. Box 23028 Tam p a, FL 33623 ( 813 ) 221-4743 16-01402 3 In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order t o participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost to you, t o the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our sched uled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this notifica t ion if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 da y s; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 271562 ON 7/4,11/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT O F THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE NO. 472018DR000161 IN RE THE MATTER O F: DUSTIN M OO DYFAULKNER, Petitioner/Father, and C ASEY R. FELDPUSCH, Res p ondent/Mothe r N O TICE O F ACTI O N F O R P U BLICATI O N TO : C ase y R. Feld p usc h L ast Known Address: 321 Jordan Terr, Okeechobee FL 3479 4 YOU ARE N O TIFIE D that an action for Paternity, including claims for pater D r r nit y p a y ment of debts, division of real and p ersonal p ro p ert y and for p a y ments o f suppo11, has been filed a g ainst you. You are required to serve a copy of your w ritten defenses, if an y to this action on Rebecca H. Boldt, Petitioner’s attorne y w hose address is 180 NW 3rd Ave., Suite C, Okeechobee, Fl 34972, within 30days of first publication, and file the ori g inal with the clerk of this court at Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3111 Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, either before service on Petitioner’s attome y or immediatel y thereafter; o therwise a default will be entered a g ainst you for the relief demanded in the p etition. W ARNIN G: Rule 12.285, Florida Famil y Law Rules of Procedure, re q uires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to com p l y can result in sanctions, includin g dismissal or strikin g of pleadin g s. D ATED this 20th da y of June, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT By : Arlene Neali s D e p ut y Clerk 271080 ON 7/4,11,18,25/2018 P U BLIC N O TIC E T he Okeechobee Count y Tourist Develo p ment Council ( TDC ) Advisor y B oard will hold its Re g ular Session on Tuesday July 17, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse in the “Judge William L. Hendry Court t t room” located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person decidin g to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meetin g will need a record of the proceedin g s, and that, for such p ur p ose, he or she ma y need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedin g s is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence u p on which the a pp eal is based. In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, p ersons with disabilities needin g special accommodations to participate in this proceedin g should co n tact the Count y Administrator’s Office not later than four ( 4 ) da y s p rior to the proceedin g at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearin g or voice impaired, call TDD 800.222.3448 ( voice ) or 888.447.5620 ( TTY ) S harie Tur g eon, Tourism Coordinato r T ourist Develo p ment Council Okeechobee Count y Florida 273829 ON 7 / 11 / 2018 View obituaries from the past month at http://www.legacy.com

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14 Okeechobee News July 11, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice P U BLIC N O TIC E C ITY PLANNIN G B O ARD MEETIN G N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the City of Okeechobee Plannin g Board w ill conduct a re g ular meetin g o n T hur, Jul. 19, 2018, 6 PM o r as s oon thereafter as p ossible, at Cit y Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. As the Local Plannin g A g ency, the Plannin g Board may consider offerin g a recom mendation on an y p ro p osed amendments to the current Land Develo p ment R e g ulations submitted by City Staff, Board Members, or citizens. T he public is invited and encoura g ed to attend. The a g enda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by callin g the General Services Office, 863-763 3372 x9820. A NY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the PB/BOA L with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a ver r r batim record of the proceedin g is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceedin g contact the General Services Office no later than two business da y s p rior to proceedin g 863-763-3372. BE ADVI S E D that should you intend to show any document, picture, video D o r items to the PB/BOA in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda, a co py of the document, p icture, video, or item must be p rovided to the Board S ecretar y for the Cit y ’s records. By : Chair p erson Dawn Hoove r 273661 ON 7 / 11 / 2018 LE G AL N O TICE A p ublic auction will be held at TOTAL ROADSIDE SER R R VICES, located at 3176 Hw y 710 E, Okeechobee 34974 a t 9: 00 a .m. O n the da te l iste d b el o w P u rs ua nt t o Fl or i da statute 713.78 for un p aid towin g and stora g e. Year, m a ke a n d m od el a s f o ll o ws: AUCTION 07/24/18 // 2002 JEE P VIN: 1J4GW48N02C20010 3 AUCTION 08/03/18 // 200 1 T O Y O TA VIN: 1NXBR1 2 E11Z 5606 1 4 AUCTION 08/03/2018 // 20 1 3 F O RD F O C US VIN: 1FADP 3 K 2 4DL117 6 AUCTION 8/4/18 // 2002 FORD Escape p VIN: 1FMYU01B62KC49378 AUCTION 8/8/18 // 2 0 1 3 F O RD F O C US VIN: 1FADP3K23DL180288 T erms o f s a le a re CASH ONLY, no checks will be acce p ted. The seller reserves b e m ad e. S a i d au t o m ob ile w ill b e s o l d “ a s is” with n o g uaran t ees. Locat i on:3176 Hw y 710 E 8 63-357-877 2 273657 ON 07 / 11 / 2018 N O TICE O F SALE R ainbow Title & Lien, Inc. will s ell a t P ub lic S a le a t A u cti o n the followin g vehicles to sa t i sf y lien p ursuant to Cha p ter 713.78 of the Florida Statues o n Jul y 19, 2018 at 10 A.M. *A U CTI O N WILL O CC UR W HERE EA C H VEHI C LE IS L O CATED* 2 005 F O RD, VIN#1FMDK0219GA7303 8 Lo c a te d a t: 3565 U S HWY 441 N O KEECH O BEE, FL 3 497 2 Any person(s) claimin g any i nterest ( s ) in the above vehi cles c o nt a ct: R a in bo w Title & L ien, Inc., ( 954 ) 920-6020 *ALL A U CTI O NS ARE HELD W ITH RESERVE* S o me of t he vehicles ma y have been released p rior to auction. LIC#AB000 12 56 272978 ON 07 / 11 / 2018 Public Notice P U BLIC N O TICE A p ublic auction will be held at BMJ Towin g Inc. at 4 14 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 o n FRIDAY THE 2 7TH DAY O F JULY, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. P u rs ua nt t o Fl o ri da st a t u te 713.78 for unpaid towin g and stora g e. Year, Make, Mod el & Vin’s a s f o ll o w s 1 997 MITS U BISHI ECLIPSE GS 4 A 3 AK44Y 3 VE1 53 971 200 1 CHRYSLE R CO NC O RDE LX 2 C 3 HD4 6 R 5 1H 5 7 5 9 30 200 2 JA GU AR X-TYP E S AJEA 5 1C 5 2WC 3 92 03 1 997 MERC U RY C OUG A R XR7 1 MELM62W7VH61048 8 T erms of sale are cash, and no checks will be acce p ted. T he seller reserves the ri g ht No ref u n d s will b e m ad e. S a i d au t o m ob iles will b e s o l d in “ AS IS” with no g uarantees. 273663 ON 7 / 11 / 2018 Administration of Estates IN THE 19th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA File No. 17-CP-00155 Division ProbateIN RE: ESTATE OF JEFFREY ROY BEDWELL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate o f Jeffrey Roy Bedwell, deceased, whose date of death was June 24, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses o f 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 on July 11th, 2018. Personal Representative: Kathy Sanford 3032 SE 28TH Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: BROCATO LEGAL GROUP, PLLC Chad E. Brocato, Sr. Esq. SE 28TH Street 110 S.E. 6th Street, Suite 1729, Fort Lauderdale, FL 3330 Phone: (954) 300-2521 Fax: (954) 827-2370 Primary Email Address: eservice@brocatolegalgroup.com 272436 ON 7/11,18/2018 Fictitious Name NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAWNotice is hereby given that the undersingned, pursuant to the “Fictitious Name Statute,” will register with Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations the fictitious name, to wit: Blue Eyed Salmon Under which we expect to engage in business at: 505 NE Park St. Okeechobee, FL 34972 In the City of Okeechobee/County o f Okeechobee, Florida. That the parties interested in said Business enterprise are: Rustic Style and Cabins, Inc. Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida this the 5th day of July, 2018. BY: Emma Petersen 273666 ON 7/11/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT, NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE N O .: 2 0 17CA 000 171 T D BANK, N.A Plaintiff v s M ADONNA L. ARNOLD, et al. Defen da nts. N O TICE O F SALE N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN pursuant to the Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure dated June 19, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2017-CA-000171 of the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida w herein TD Bank, N.A., is Plaintiff, and Madonna L. Arnold, et al., are Defe n dants. The Clerk of this Court shall sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash a t th e O keechobee Count y Judicial Center, 2nd Floor, Jur y Assembl y Room, 312 North West 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 be ginning at 11:00 a.m. on August 1, 2018 the following described proper 8 r r ty as set forth in said Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure, to wit: L O T 14, BL O CK 1, O AKPARK SUBDIVISI O N, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 3 PAGE 3 PUBLIC RE CO RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. Pro p ert y Address: 3549 SW 17th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34974-5407 ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE S U RPL U S PR O CEEDS FR O M T HE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THEN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS PENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE S ALE. Re q uests for Accommodations b y Persons with Disabilities. If y ou a re a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie J ohnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986, 772-807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our s cheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this no t ification if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 days if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. D ATED this 20th da y of June, 2018. SHAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f Circ u it C ou r t B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk 271615 ON 7/4,11/2018 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. AIR CONDITIONING ADVERTISE HERE EMORY WALKER CO. INC.Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 24/7 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS 208 SW 5TH Ave. OkeechobeeServing the Lake Area for 50 Years! CAC042747 CAC057219863-763-6742 WANTED TO BUY Elliotts Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. € 863.763-5553W e B u y S c r a p G o l d S i l v e r a n d C o i n s ATTORNEYS Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A. REBECCA H. BOLDT, Esq. RICHARD W. SEYMOUR, Esq. 863-467-1894 An Aordable Way to ADVERTISE!call: 863.763.3134 € email: okeeadsales@newszap.com ADVERTISEand Get Results Your new car could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Find it faster. 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in eutrophic (or nutrient-rich) lakes such as Lake Okeechobee. A lot of lakes in Florida tend to be fairly nutrient-rich anyway because of the soils,Ž Dr. Phlips said. Florida soil is rich in phosphorus, as evidenced by phosphate mines, he added. Dr. Phlips, who has done research in many of the ecosystems in Florida as well as overseas, worked on a seven-year study of Lake Okeechobee starting in 1988. He also studied the St. Lucie Estuary from 2005 to 2010 and was involved in a two-year study of the Caloosahatchee River. Cyanobacteria can be found in almost every freshwater ecosystem in Florida,Ž he said. The Herbert Hoover Dike, a 143mile earthen berm that encircles Lake Okeechobee, changed the nutrient loading into the lake and the way the water leaves the lake, Dr. Phlips continued. In the 1920s, a smaller dike was used for ”ood control on the south end of the lake, but in extremely w et years, the lake spread out over a much larger area. The lakes footprint was reduced by about one-third when the Herbert Hoover Dike was built. Before the lake was diked, high water events regularly ”ushed the lake out, sending excess nutrients and ”oating vegetation south, building up the muck that became the black goldŽ soil of the Everglades Agricultural Area. Dr. Phlips said during the seven-year study, researchers saw a number of algal blooms in the lake. We discovered the blooms dont start in the middle of the lake,Ž he said. Most of the time, blooms start on the western shore.Ž Massive algal blooms dont always start on the water surface, explained Dr. Phlips. Cyanobacteria is a part of the lakes natural ecosystem and can be in the water column. The casual observer may not even notice when the bloom is starting,Ž he said. As the bloom matures, it starts coming to the surface.Ž A lot of cyanobacteria can regulate their buoyancy, using vesticles which can be expanded with gas, causing the cyanobacteria to rise to the surface, or de”ated, causing the cyanobacteria to fall down into the water column. To really understand what is going on with cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee would take some fairly intensive monitoring, said Dr. Phlips. Theres not a lot of monitoring right now,Ž he added. He said the satellite monitoring is not suf“cient. You cant tell if its toxic from satellite imagery,Ž Dr. Phlips said. The problem with satellite data is you can tell if a bloom is happening, but you cant tell what is blooming,Ž he explained. There are thousands of types of cyanobacteria, he said. There are probably a dozen or soŽ different types that have been found in Lake Okeechobee. Of those known to live in Lake Okeechobee, a handful can produce toxins, he continued.External loadingReducing the nutrient load is key to controlling the blue-green algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee, Dr. Phlips said. We have to de“ne what portion of the external loads are controllable,Ž he added. There is still a lot of development going on north of the lake. Its a challenging issue for areas in Florida where development is expanding.Ž Development means increased runoff from paved areas and roofs, and less open land to absorb the rain and let it percolate into the aquifer. Flood control structures move the water swiftly to the lake instead of letting it slowly sheet”ow, which means more water from the north goes into the lake. Before the channel system was built to quickly drain the land, much of the water would evaporate or percolate through the earth to recharge the aquifer. The natural sheet”ow also meant that before ”ood control, the vegetation absorbed some of the nutrients before it reached the lake.Internal loadingIn addition to the phosphorus coming into the lake from the watershed between Orlando and the lake, the Big O has a buildup of muck that contributes to internal loading. The internal loading has been going on for decades, he said. Even if the external load was reduced to the annual limit of 140 metric tons of phosphorus, including 35 metric tons of atmospheric phosphorus, set by the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation in 2001, the lake would not respond immediately, he said. Atmospheric phosphorus comes from direct rainfall into the lake „ rainwater may contain up to 8 ppb „ and from dust. Although FDEP initially set 2015 at the goal for meeting the phosphorus loading target, external loading of phosphorus is many times higher. According the South Florida Water Management District data, in 2017, 484 metric tons of phosphorus entered the lake. While FDEPs phosphorus target for the lake is 40 parts per billion (ppb), water entering the lake from the north averages 140 ppb. Dr. Phlips said regulating the lake stages can also help with the algal bloom dynamics. Studies have shown that a deeper lake is a dirtier lake. The marshes around the lakes edges help clean the water. High lake levels kill off the natural vegetation in these critical wetlands. Nutrient levels in the water are higher when the lake is higher, according to UF studies. A cyanobacterial bloom needs warm weather, nutrients and time. Florida summers provide high temperatures. If nutrients are there, all you need is time,Ž said Dr. Phlips. There are always new technologies popping up,Ž he said. They work on the small scale but not on the scale of Lake Okeechobee, or they would be cost-prohibitive. Many of the projects currently underway, such as the Kissimmee River Restoration, will provide some bene“t to the lake, he said. It will take many different projects to make a difference in the nutrient loading into the lake. The Kissimmee River Restoration is not a bad idea, but its not going to solve the algae problem,Ž he said. No single thing is going to solve the algae problem. You have to do the best you can with controlling external loading. In terms of tax dollars, its a challenge.ŽJuly 11, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 ranchers and cow men. Every ounce of clean, fresh water is important, especially since the natural aquifers below our state have decreased in volume over the years.Ž The newly elected president is also asking for cattlemen to be more active in telling their stories on social media by posting pictures of themselves and their ranches with the hashtag show your passion.Ž He believes these posts will help emphasize the importance of the cattle industry and the farming industry as a whole. It is of utmost importance that we promote our industry and heritage as individuals and as a group,Ž Mr. Johns explained to FCA members. If we do not promote ourselves, no one else will. For too long we have kept our heads down and worked the land, never wanting to brag. I am not asking you to boast but to humbly promote our story, our heritage and our great industry.Ž Other measures Mr. Johns would like to pursue during his tenure as president include seeing the United States Department of Agriculture Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) fully funded and the adjusted gross income restrictions lifted completely. LIP provides bene“ts to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. Mr. Johns joins a distinguished list of past FCA presidents who were born in or hailed from Okeechobee such as Woody Larson, Jim Alderman, Wes Williamson, Mike Milicevic and Joe Pearce. JOHNSContinued From Page 1 the district championship and earned their ticket to the 2018 Dixie Youth State Tournament being held in Sebring from July 14 through July 19. Head coach Mundo Cruz is pleased with his teams results. I cant say I expected to be where we are now,Ž said Cruz. I know there is stiff competition in other counties and other districts, so I thought wed do OK. But they exceeded my expectations. This is the hardest-hitting team Ive ever seen, and Ive heard similar comments from the umpires in our games as well.Ž Although the offense has been a strength of the team, Cruz reports that the in“eld defense has been solid as well. Some 10 different districts will be competing in the state tournament in Sebring. Okeechobees “rst opponent will be West Volusia at 1 p.m. on July 14; if they can get past them, the All Stars will face either West Seminole or Avon Park at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Considering how good we played in our district tournament, I think we are gonna fare very well at the state tournament,Ž said Cruz. Many districts are a lot stronger than us because they play year-round baseball and we dont.Ž That playing time advantage that other teams have over Okeechobee is a common denominator among many sports. From swimming to golf, to soccer and even baseball, many young athletes on the Treasure Coast get signi“cantly more playing time due to year-round leagues that arent available in Okeechobee. Still, even with this disadvantage, Okeechobee athletes are able to go toe-to-toe with many of the Treasure Coast teams. The kids put in tremendous work,Ž explained Cruz. They practice for two hours every day and they give it all theyve got. You have to admire their competitive nature, because they all want to play and win.Ž T-BALLContinued From Page 1 A LGAEContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/ FDEPThe Florida Department of Environmental Protection sampled an algal bloom near the Moore Haven Lock on July 9. Test results are not yet available. So far this summer, tests on the lake water have shown no toxins or very low levels, well under the 10 micrograms per liter limit considered safe for recreational contact by the World Health Ortanization.

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