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Okeechobee news
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Friday, July 13, 2018 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 109 No. 83 14.48 feetLast Year: 12.46 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Help sought in identifying body ... Page 8 City starts work on budget ... Page 2 Bass Pro still in ‘due diligence’ mode ... Page 5 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Roland & Mary Ann Martins MarinaFishing has been great this summer on Lake Okeechobee. While the NOAA imagery shows there is blue-green algae in the water column, “shermen are not seeing it on the lakes surface. What they are seeing are plenty of big bass, such as this 8.5-lb. “sh caught by Jack, a teenager visiting from New York, on Juiy 6. Send your Big O photos to okeenews@newszap.com. Commissioner Owens earns ... Page 8 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level IRSC hosts Mars viewing event ... Page 8When it comes to major accidents in Okeechobee, this is NOT MY FIRST RODEO.Board Certi“ed € Over 36 Years ExperienceHoskLaw.comLocated on 3rd Street across from the courthouse Civil Trial357-5800 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News In a move designed to make the Okeechobee public schools more inclusive, the Okeechobee County School Board voted to expand its non-discrimination policy to include gender identity at its regular meeting July 10. Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy says that the “rst step in making sure everyone, regardless of orientation or identity, has a safe environment for learning inside Okeechobee schools is to memorialize in of“cial policy that the school district will not discriminate against anyone. Its the right thing to do,Ž said Superintendent Kenworthy. Everyone is welcome here; were not going to discriminate against anybody. We dont care what Non-discrimination policy now includes gender identitySee SCHOOLS „ Page 13 Special to the Okeechobee NewsAll-Stars head to state tournamentThe Okeechobee All-Star AAA team won their district championship and are now heading to the state tournament starting on July 13. Back row, left to right: coach Johnny Tijerian, coach Malcolm Eden“eld and coach Bobby Williams. Middle row, left to right: Nathan Pfennig, Bradyn Lineberry, Evan Tijerian, Matthew May, Lathan Stokes and Ignacio Gomez. Front row, left to right: Brandon Gabbard, Ian Liscomb, Josh Larson, Titus Phillips, Bradly Phillips and Carsen Williams. 85 percent of ”ow to St. Lucie since May was local basin runoffBy Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News With Lake Okeechobee approaching 14.5 feet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District will resume water releases this weekend as part of its continued efforts to manage ”ood risk throughout South Florida. The discharges are necessary to protect the 36,000 people who live south of the Herbert Hoover Dike, said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. He said the dike is a defensive work to protect those people. Corps to resume lake releasesSee LAKE „ Page 7

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By Matteo TullioOkeechobee NewsAt their July 10 meeting, the Okeechobee City Council approved a maximum millage rate for advertisement for 2018 tax notices of 8.9932 mills for budget year 2018-19. One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Tied in with that, the council planned budget workshops for Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., and Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. (if needed). The “rst public hearing will be Sept. 4, at 6 p.m., and the “nal public hearing will be Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. All hearings will take place in the council chambers in City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. The proposed rate of 8.9932 mills is the current rate plus 1 mill. After the tentative millage is advertised, the council can reduce the millage rate but cannot increase it for the coming “scal year. In other business at the Tuesday meeting: € Okeechobee Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. called the 2018 City General Election by proclamation, formally announcing the beginning of the city election process. € The council adopted Resolution No. 2018-03, which provides for commercial solid waste collection and disposal services and rates for “scal year 2019. In regard to the cost for services provided by Waste Management for rubbish removal, City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca commented: Waste Management has continued to provide a high level of service for our citizens while keeping their rates competitive. Operationally to see this minor increase over two years shows how they continue to be ef“cient, (even) with labor and fuel costs increasing.Ž Waste Management Government Affairs Director Jeff Sabin addressed the council sincerely and humorously, We are proud to be serving the City of Okeechobee, and we are willing to come back and talk trash anytime!Ž which was followed by an echo of laughter from those in attendance at the council chambers. Garbage collection and disposal for the year is at $414,750.24, and this cost will be apportioned among customers at an estimated assessment rate of $234.72 for the year. € Council members adopted Resolution No. 2018-04, which provides for the renewal of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Maintenance Agreement No. 1. The FDOT has agreed to provide annual funds to the city in the amount of $9,625.45 for an initial service term of three years, which may be renewed for an additional three years thereafter by mutual agreement. The money pays for city landscape maintenance and beauti“cation including roadside mowing and edging, litter removal, and road and bridge sweeping, within median islands, interchange areas and rights-of-way of State Roads 70 and 15 within the corporate limits of the city. € The council adopted Resolution No. 2018-05, which honors 50 years of municipal home rule. According to the resolution, Floridas voters placed municipal home rule powers into the Florida Constitution on Nov. 5, 1968, during the regular elections as an amendment to Article VIII. This power has enabled each city, town and village across the Sunshine State to consider, adopt, revise or remove its own laws without the need to seek legislative permission from the state and has further served as the foundation upon which every municipality builds it governmental structure. The political climate within the Florida Legislature has recently included many attacks on these powers and grass-roots measures, calling such actions wrong, and the resolution declares that local decisions should be made at the local level by local of“cials, which must continue so that all legislators clearly understand Floridas home rule as a constitutional power and one upheld in state statutes. A 50th anniversary is a “tting time for all municipalities to engage their respective citizens to educate them about the Florida Constitution and local laws, so that all Floridians may continue to receive the many bene“ts of home rule. The resolution also states that the City of Okeechobee will actively challenge all efforts to reduce or erode this cherished right and further employ all efforts to ensure that state and federal government partners understand that a one-size-“ts-all approach to governance is not in the interests of Florida citizens. The tradition of local decision-making in Florida is essential to protect, as it provides each municipality the ability to preserve and enhance the myriad characteristics that make each one uniquely special and that maintains its quality of life, the resolution says. € The council appointed Mayor Watford as the voting delegate for the 2018 annual Florida League of Cities conference and Councilman Gary Ritter as an alternate for the position. € The council awarded a bid in the amount of $19,580 for a project entailing pressure washing and painting of the city hall, “re department and records retention buildings. A memorandum from the public works director to Administrator Montes De Oca stated, The Public Works Department recommends awarding the contract for city hall, “re department and records room pressure washing and painting services to Big Lake LLC in the amount of $19,580. The bid amount for the project is less than the amount budgeted for the project. There was no mandatory pre-bid meeting for the project. Several local painters/contractors were informed of the project and inquiries were received from several “rms, but Big Lake LLC was the only contractor to bid on the project.Ž € The councils “nal action was the review and approval of health insurance plans offered through Public Risk Management (PRM). A memorandum from Administrator Montes De Oca and Finance Director India Riedel to Mayor Watford and the City Council states: The city had another year of large payout bene“ts for our employees and dependents. As per the group bylaws of the PRM group, the maximum premiums will increase is 6 percent over the group (PRM members). Group experience base rating is at an 8 percent increase effective Oct. 1. Based on our higher experience rating than the group, our premiums are 2 percent higher, therefore the current PPO 0727 plan premium increase for this “scal year is at 10 percent, or a $50,196 increase. The city is continuing to take a long-term approach regarding the health of its employees by continuing the current bene“ts including the clinic.Ž2 Okeechobee News July 13, 2018 Recognized as one of Americas top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive • Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) www.sainnovalsurgical.com Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 € Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy € Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 € Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing € Delicious Meals € Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 208 NORTHEAST THIRD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972863.763.3909TenniswoodDental.comThe doctors at Tenniswood Dental Associates have been creating beautiful smiles for over 55 years. Mark J. Tenniswood, D.M.D. Jenna Tenniswood Bryan, D.M.D. Clifford E. Bryan IV, D.M.D.NOW OPEN Wednesdays and every 1st & 3rd Saturdays along with our normal hoursAccepting New Patients Today: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 92F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 71F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Variable clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Saturday Night: Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Partly cloudy skies overnight. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High near 90F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 73F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast St. Lucie Lock to close for repairsNotice is given that St. Lucie Lock & Dam in Stuart will be closing for emergency repair work from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, and the following week, Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with one scheduled lockage in each direction at 7 a.m. and again at noon. The lock will extend its hours during the closure times to accommodate vessels that are at the assigned arrival point at 5 p.m. The lock will be open for normal operations Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. For questions regarding the repair work, contact St. Lucie Lock at 772-287-2665. City considers property tax increase

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By AMAC Certi“ed Social Security A dvisor Russell Gloor A ssociation of Mature American Citizens Ask Rusty: Does turning 65 change my Social Security bene“t? Dear Rusty: I started drawing Social Security at age 62. At that time I checked w hat half of my ex-husbands Social Security amount is and it was not much different than what I am getting so I decided to just draw off of mine. We were married 15 years. Since then my cousin mentioned I might be eligible for more money from my Social Security at age 65; is there any truth to that? Signed: Turning 65 soon. Dear Turning: Well, since youre already collecting your Social Security retirement bene“t, theres nothing especially signi“cant about age 65 that will change your retirement bene“t amount; but there will be a reduction in the net amount you receive because your Medicare premium will be deducted from your Social Security payment (unless you make other arrangements, in which case youll need to pay the Medicare premium separately). Age 65 was once the Social Security full retirement age but today it is between 66 and 67 depending upon the year you were born. In any case, since youre already collecting Social Security, there will be no change to your bene“t just because you turn 65. Generally, once you claim your Social Security retirement bene“t, it doesnt change except for cost of living adjustments or an increase due to current high earnings replacing any past years earnings used to compute your original bene“t amount. There is, however, another way your bene“t could change … you might become entitled to a higher spousal bene“t or a survivors bene“t. Since you say that you are drawing only your own retirement bene“t and not a spousal bene“t from your ex-husband, you should know that if you havent remarried, you may still be entitled to a larger bene“t as an ex-spouse. Spousal bene“ts are based upon full retirement age amounts, so even if years ago you compared half of your ex-husbands early retirement bene“t to yours and found it wasnt much different,Ž you may want to verify now that your bene“t as an ex-spouse isnt more than you are currently receiving. And just to be clear, you can apply for your spousal bene“t at any time before you reach your full retirement age, but it will be reduced for claiming it early. Finally, please be aware that if your exhusband predeceases you and you didnt remarry before you were 60, you would be entitled to 100% of the bene“t he was receiving at his death (instead of what youre no w receiving) if you have reached your full retirement age. None of this is related to you turning 65 but might nevertheless result in an immediate or future increase of your Social Security bene“t. The information presented in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The opinions and interpretations expressed are the viewpoints of the AMAC Foundations Social Security Advisory staff, trained and accredited under the National Social Security Advisors program of the National Social Security Association, LLC (NSSA). NSSA, the AMAC Foundation, and the Foundations Social Security Advisors are not af“liated with or endorsed by the United States Government, the Social Security Administration, or any other state government. Furthermore, the AMAC Foundation and its staff do not provide legal or accounting services. The Foundation welcomes questions from readers regarding Social Security issues. To submit a request, contact the Foundation at ssadvisor@amacfoundation.org, or visit the Foundations website at www. amacfoundation.org. Social Security Matters Coquina€ Coquina Water Control District has not been granted powers to tax landowners to maintain roads within the district in addition to those speci“ed in Chapter 298, Stat.; s. 298.22., the activities delineated therein relate to the drainage, protection and reclamation of land in the district.Ž … AnonymousWater ”ow€ Now how do we restore it back with the least amount of impact to humans and wildlife? Desalination plants for large coastal cities. Open all locks all year long. Build up, not out. Stop the polluted runoff. Invest in sewage systems. Government allowed this to happen to our beautiful state, now they will need to get off their wallet and pay for the environmental damage they allowed to happen.Ž … Ruby Bishop Budovsky € The water is ”owing into the lake at a rapid pace from the north, preventing any chance of ”ooding in Orlando/Kissimmee. But very little water is ”owing out, so the lake is rising. No water is going east or west and just a trickle south. Water should be ”owing out to the south nearly as fast as its coming in from the north, but the path is blocked by the Tamiami Trail and by the preservation of habitat for the Cape Sable seaside sparrow. We need to restore the ”ow south. That doesnt mean buying farmland. We need to raise the road and let the natural ”ow resume. The bird should move back to Cape Sable.Ž … K. Booker € Why not restore the marsh that used to connect Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River? Let the marsh clean the water before it goes into the river. Why not restore the marshes in the whole Kissimmee River ”oodplain and let the vegetation clean the water before it goes into the lake? We need to restore wetlands more than we need to build big reservoirs.Ž … J. ZimpleCyanobacteria€ 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 to 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 Dannhower € Magnesium can control this problem, but it seems that no one wants to believe that it is that easy to treat.Ž … Peyton Pond Sr. € Whats the big fuss about cyanobacteria? Its been around since before dinosaurs. The toxins on the Treasure Coast are because of their own pollution into their own waterways. They all want to blame the lake as if it is the only place cyanobacteria lives. News ”ash: It is everywhere, in all water, all over the planet.Ž … Anonymous July 13, 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 3 4974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Help soughtI am seeking some community support for a friend of mine who is in need of physical labor to repair her trailer, damaged last September by Hurricane Irma. Ms. Carol is a positive and outgoing elderly woman who cannot do the repairs of rotting ”oorboards and hanging ceiling tiles. A local church was helpful in October to secure her roof, and she is thankful that it is not leaking, but they have not returned to complete the work she needs. As we are approaching another season of storm activity, she is fearful of her home not being safe. In fact, she has fallen through the ”ooring several times already. We have called all local agencies to no avail. Perhaps someone out there can donate their time and energy to help this most deserving woman. She can pay for materials as needed. Please contact Juli Wright at 863447-9636, and please leave a message or email julirite@onearrow.net. Thank you! Juli WrightExecutive orderYou cant make this stuff up! The president has a team of advisors, but still he says that only Congress can “x it. Then he “xes it with an executive order. So my question is did he lie or did he not know what he could or could not do? Just another checkmark under inept.Ž J.T. Martin Letters to the Editor

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By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News An algal bloom at the St. Lucie Lock on July 5 had high levels of the toxin microcystin, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The test indicated microcystin levels of 154.38 micrograms per liter. The World Health Organization considers levels above 10 micrograms per liter as potentially unsafe for recreational contact. Microcystis aeruginosa, a cyanobacterium, was the dominant species in the bloom. The bloom was described as bright green and cover(ing) the entire visible surface of the canal. The bloom does not appear to extend down into the water column.Ž On July 9, Stuart Mayor Kelli Glass Leighton declared a local emergency due to the increased algal blooms occurring within the waters of the City of Stuart, including the St. Lucie River, its tributaries and connected canals. Coastal residents fear a repeat of the 2016 Treasure Coast algal blooms, which resulted in beach closures. Contrary to the widespread misconception that periodic discharges from Lake Okeechobee alone produced the 2016 harmful algal blooms, a study by Florida Atlantic Universitys Harbor Branch provided multiple lines of evidence that nutrient sources in the local basins, including on-site sewage and septic systems, contaminated the St. Lucie Estuary, in particular its urbanized sections as well as its watershed. Results of the study were published in the journal Harmful Algae.Ž The study found that local basin runoff was signi“cantly higher in nitrogen than the freshwater from the lake.Lake releases in 2018In 2018, no water from Lake Okeechobee was released to the St. Lucie from the lake prior to or during the month of May. All of the water entering the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries in May was from local basin runoff. In some areas rainfall was four times the average for that month. On June 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee to the C-44 Canal (aka the St. Lucie Canal). From June 1 to June 21, the target ”ow, measured at the St. Lucie Lock, was 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs). This ”ow was a mixture of lake releases and direct local watershed runoff, which ”ows into the C-44 Canal. The C-44 has a local drainage basin of 185 square miles. From the Port Mayaca lock on Lake Okeechobee, the C-44 Canal runs 23.7 miles to the St. Lucie Lock. The distance from the St. Lucie lock to the ocean is another 15.1 miles, for a total of 38.8 miles of waterwa y that carries a ”ow of local basin runoff and direct rainfall as well as any water released from Lake Okeechobee. On June 22, the ”ow for the St. Lucie Estuary was reduced to a seven-day average o f 1,170 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. On June 29, the ”ow from the lake to the St. Lucie was reduced to an average ”ow o f just 585 cfs, measured at the St. Lucie Lock. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted releases from the lake to the St. Lucie Canal on June 30. No water from the lake has been released to the St. Lucie Canal in July. Tests in samples from the lake itself have shown no toxins or very low levels of toxins. A sample taken from the lake water near Port Mayaca on July 5 had levels of 4 micrograms per liter of microcystin. A sample taken on the lake side of the Port Mayaca Loc k had barely detectable levels of 0.31 micrograms per liter microcystin. A sample taken lakeside at the Port Mayaca Lock on July 2 showed low levels of toxin, with 1.9 micrograms per liter of microcystin. Tests on lake samples taken July 9 are not yet available. Toxic algal bloom found near the St. Lucie LockJuly 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee County commissioners agreed to accept the bid of $76,000 from Timesaver Food Stores for a piece of surplus county property at their July 12 meeting. The property, a strip that runs from U.S. 441 North and Northeast 39th Boulevard, is 1.15 acres. It was once the entrance way to the old Cemetery Road. When road work w as done in the area, the intersection of U.S. 441 and Northeast 39th Boulevard was moved to the south. Timesaver Food Stores already owned the land on both sides of the county-owned strip, and was the only bidder. County staff estimated the property value as between $62,116 and $80,651, based on the values assigned to the surrounding properties. In other business, Scott Durland was named to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Advisory Committee. Mr. Durland is a member of the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show Committee and is active with the Okeechobee County 4-H program. He is currently the leader of the 4-H Bacon Bunch club. He is the owner of SSD Landscaping LLC. I take a lot of pride in this county,Ž he said. I give as much as I can.Ž On another matter, Commissioner Brad Goodbread asked whether the county could have an artists rendering for the Bass Pro plan. He said he has heard rumors about a lodge and a golf course. County Admnistrator Robbie Chartier said that when Bass Pro had a meeting with all of the permitting agencies in May, the companys representatives asked questions about what they could build. Bass Pro is still doing their due diligence on the property and has not released any plans. She said a golf course was not mentioned at that meeting. Bass Pro and the county signed a contract in February, which gave Bass Pro nine months to investigate the site and decide if they want to close on the property. If, at that time, Bass Pro decides not to pursue the project, the county keeps the $300,000 down payment. Everything they have right now is a concept,Ž she said. When it gets to permitting, you never know how things will change.Ž She said preliminary plans that have been discussed mentioned a lodge, a marina, camping and RV spaces. That nine-month time frame is to close on the property,Ž said Commissioner Kell y Owens. They are still gathering their information and trying to decide whether or not to exercise their option.Ž Mrs. Chartier said Bass Pro has nine months for due diligence, at which point the company will make a decision about whether to purchase the county property. They are doing their due diligence to see whether or not they can make their plan work,Ž she said. Okeechobee County sells a surplus property The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Bradley James Chism, 25, Northwest 33rd Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested J uly 11 by Of“cer Michael Jordan on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) with intent to sell and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $5,500. € Terrion, DeAndre Watson, 16, 58th Street North, Clearwater, was arrested July 10 by Deputy Kenneth Hernandez on a felony charge of battery on detention or commitment facility staff. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then transported to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. € Sabrina Angela Davis, 32, Southwest Connors Highway, Okeechobee, was arrested July 10 by Deputy Jose Garcia on a DOC felony warrant charging her with two counts of violation of probation grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). She is being held without bond. € Jordan Lee Cutler, 19, Northwest 36th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested July 10 by Deputy Jose Garcia on two DOC felony w arrants charging him with two counts of v iolation of probation interference with custody and one count of violation of probation lewd or lascivious battery. He is being held without bond. € Brittany Leighann Alfonso, 30, South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested J uly 10 by Deputy Shane Bogner on a DOC felony warrant charging her with grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). She is being held without bond. € Brian Lakevin McDonald, 30, Southeast 44th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested July 10 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis resin) without a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $6,000. € Zachary Taylor Dewitte, 18, Southeast 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested July 10 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription. His bond was set at $5,500. € Robert Moore Gabbard Jr., 36, Northeast 131st Lane, Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Donnie Holmes on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of occupied dwelling or conveyance and violation of probation grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000). He is being held without bond. € Calvin Wayne Pelham, 45, U.S. 441 Southeast, Okeechobee, was arrested July 11 by Deputy Daniel Eng on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with domestic battery by strangulation. His bond was set at $5,000. 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 con“rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report 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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6 Okeechobee News July 13, 2018Margaret Hawk FoyOKEECHOBEE „ On July 10, 2018, Margaret Hawk Foy went to be with her Lord and Savior. She was the daughter of the late Henry J Hawk and Agnes Hawk Snyder; she w as also preceded in death by her brothers, Richard J. Hawk, Wal lace E. Hawk, Albert A. Hawk; and sister, Mary C. Hawk. She leaves behind her only child, Lisa Espada (Lucas); and three wonderful grandchildren, Jed Allen Rivero, Amy Elizabeth Rivero (Mason) and Paige Elena Rivero. In lieu of ”owers the family is requesting donations to Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Betty C. BurtonBetty C. Burton was born January 28, 1932 in Wood River, Illinois. She died on June 5, 2018 in Avon, Indiana. There will be a Memorial Service in her honor in Okeechobee, Florida. The service will be at Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St.; on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. Betty earned a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. She also earned a Masters of Religious Education degree at Southern Baptist Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. She worked most of her adult life in the YMCA system in Chicago, Illinois. She retired from the YMCA and moved to Okeechobee, Florida where she v olunteered, serving underprivileged children in the Guardian Ad Litem program. She was active in Oakview Baptist Church, heading up many different Ministries. She married Hollis Burton on November 26, 1966 in Chicago; he preceded her in death along with her parents, Cullen and Mildred Mitchell and a brother, J erry Mitchell. She is survived by one sister, Rebecca (Dale) Knuteson of Martinsville, Indiana and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of ”owers, donations may be made to Real Life Childrens Ranch in Okeechobee. Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. BHR VFW serves dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 E. in Buckhead Ridge, w ill 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 informa tion, 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 wel come.Eagles serve dinner July 13At Cypress Hut Eagles, 4701 S.E. U.S. 441, on Friday, July 13 the Aerie will serve a surf and turf dinner at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by The Harpers at 7 p.m. Join them Saturday, July 14, for a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Music will be performed by Patty and J ay at 6 p.m. A song and dance along will be held on Sunday, July 15, with music by Phil and Cheryl at 6 p.m. For information, call 863-467-1154.Shrines Oasis Lounge opensThe Okeechobee Shrine Club Oasis Lounge, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will be open this Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. For the “rst hour all drinks are $1 off. There will be chicken wings and hot dogs for sale. Popcorn is free! For informa tion, call Keith at 863-643-2682. V FW 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, J uly 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 w ings from 2 to 5 p.m. And, enjoy music by Lisa Riley from 2 to 6 p.m. For information, call 863-763-2308.FAA to host poker runThe Florida Airboat Association will host its 10th annual poker run on Saturday, July 14 at the Okee-Tantie boat ramp, 10430 SR 78 W., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.BBQ to bene“t two charitiesNorth Okeechobee Eagles and Marthas House will host a BBQ bene“t dinner at the post, 9985 U.S. 441 N., from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 There will be pulled pork, sides and all the “xings for a $10 donation. They are also holding a 50/50 drawing. For information, call Leann at 954-254-5475 or Kym at 863-484-3229.Breakfast at the BHR 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.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., Suite 6, on Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.VFW will serve breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, July 15 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts go to veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.VFW will serve tacosBig Lake VFW Post 10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will serve tacos on Monday, July 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. and host “ve-card bingo at 6 p.m. Join them Friday, July 17, for pizza night from 5 to 7 p.m., with Karaoke with Jay and Patty from 6 to 9 p.m. Then on Wednesday, July 18, there will have “ve-card bingo at noon. A Philly cheese steak sinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call 863-763-2308.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 W. next to Fast Break, will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, July 17 from 4 until 7 p.m., for your $8 donation. Open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. Entertainment will be provided by Southern Daughter. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.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 healthy birth outcomes for Okeechobee County residents. For information, contact Kay Begin at 863-462-5877. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic 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.BHR VFW Auxiliary hosts dinnerThe BHR VFW Auxiliary will serve a beef tips and noodle dinner on Wednesday, July 18 at Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W. All proceeds to bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.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 863-4026540.Day of the Cowboy rodeo setThe Okeechobee Cattlemens Association will host a Day of the Cowboy Ranch Rodeo on July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Cattlemens Arena, 1885 U.S. 441 (across from the hospital). This is a community appreciation event, and admission is free for the public. Contestants will be competing for a spot at the Florida State Finals Ranch Rodeo in October.Labor Day parade is Sept. 1The 2018 Labor Day parade will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 A poll was conducted through Facebook, and the communit y voted to change the event from the traditional Monday to Saturday to help kick of f 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 certi“cate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unloc k 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!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. If you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergenc y call. Please stop back later.

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High water levels threaten the integrity of the earthen berm that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. On the offensive side,Ž he continued, the corps is continuing construction of the projects included in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. The lake discharges are scheduled to resume Friday, July 13. The target ”ow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary is a 14-day average of 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) as measured at Moore Haven Lock (S-77) located in the southwest part of the lake. The target ”ow for the St. Lucie Estuary is a 14-day average of 1,800 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock (S-80) near Stuart. Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basin could occasionally result in ”ows that exceed the target. Over the upcoming 14-day period, we w ill operate with discharges slightly lower than the limits in LORS (Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule),Ž said Col. Kirk. We w ill implement pulse releases with variable ”ows that simulate rainfall events in an effort to reduce some of the environmental impacts.Ž Col. Kirk said most of the freshwater that has entered the coastal estuaries this year has actually been from local basin runoff. For the Caloosahatchee, he said, since the rains started May 13, 73 percent of the freshwater ”ow has been local runoff, with only 27 percent was from the lake releases. Lake releases started June 1, he added. For the St. Lucie Estuary, he said, 85 percent of the freshwater ”ow since May 13 has been from local runoff, with only 15 percent of the water coming from the lake releases. It is important to identify the problems. The Lake Okeechobee dynamic is a part of the problem, but lets be clear. Its actually a smaller part of the overall problem when we talk about estuarian health,Ž said Col. Kirk. Algal blooms are a problem nationwide, he said. Overall, the Everglades restoration initiatives create bene“ts to water quality, but those take time.Ž Algal blooms are a present-day reality, he said. It doesnt have a quick “x.Ž On Thursday, the lake stage was 14.48 feet, up 1.65 feet from its 2018 low, which occurred May 13. The lake stage today is the third-highest for this date in the 11 years since the 2008 LORS was adopted. Under current conditions, LORS authorizes USACE to discharge up to 4,000 cfs to the Caloosahatchee (measured at S-77) and up to 1,800 cfs to the St. Lucie (measured at S-80). Our ”ood-risk-management decision is informed by the fact that a major breach of the Herbert Hoover Dike threatening 37,000 people around the lake could cause consequences that include damage to homes and businesses, direct damage to structures and roads, and costs to remove water from ”ooded areas over many months,Ž said Col. Kirk.We acknowledge the multiple challenges in this system, including this summers extensive algal blooms. Through our federal-state dike rehabilitation and Everglades restoration efforts, along with the state and local community investments to control nutrients from the lake and adjacent waterways, we are collectively on the path to remedying these multiple challenges.Ž Jacksonville District and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) continue to take additional steps at the southern end of the system to set conditions to ”ow as much water south as can be done safely. Flow south through the S-12 structures under the Tamiami Trail was restricted since January by the Department of the Interior, to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable sea sparrow. The restriction is usually Jan. 15 through July 15. This year, ”ow will be allowed two days early. We have received permission to open the S-12 structures on July 13, which will help increase ”ows from the overfull Water Conservation Area 3A into Everglades National Park,Ž said Col. Kirk. The water management district is slowing ”ows into the lake from the Kissimmee River and other points north, and moving as much water as they can to tide and to other storage areas at points south.Ž Recent developments in Washington, D.C., have also led to progress on multiple long-term projects that will give water managers more ”exibility when making decisions in the future. Within the past 24 hours, the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works has transmitted the states proposed Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir project to Congress,Ž said Col. Kirk. In the past week, the corps has allocated an additional $514 million in funding to accelerate completion of dike rehabilitation to 2022. We continue to turn dirt on Kissimmee River projects and the C-44 Reservoir. The State of Florida is progressing on the C-43 Reservoir among its many projects. All of these efforts represent critical measures to improve the current water management system and the environment in South Florida.Ž Additionally, USACE leaders at headquarters, South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, and Jacksonville District conferred this week on operations, hurricane season conditions and measures to safely manage water in Lake Okeechobee and the remainder of the Central and Southern Florida Project. We reviewed the district-level water-management operations,Ž said Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, USACE deputy commanding general for civil and emergency operations. We are convinced that Colonel Kirk and his team, working closely with the states water management districts, are appropriately assessing and accounting for all risks in this complex water management system.Ž The SFWMD is also taking additional actions to lower water levels in the conservation areas to create capacity for sending more Lake Okeechobee water south by utilizing Gov. Rick Scotts state of emergency declaration. The declaration of a state of emergency, which follows an emergency order that Gov. Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue on June 20, will allow SFWMD to expedite the installation of additional temporary pumps. These pumps will increase the capacity of water that can be moved out of Water Conservation Area 3B into Shark River Slough and into Everglades National Park by up to 200 cubic feet per second (cfs). Additionally, numerous other permanent and temporar y pumps are currently being operated by the district 24 hours a day to move more water out of the conservation areas. The record rainfall in May caused Lake Okeechobee to rise more than a foot, which led the USACE to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise above their regulation schedules. Releases to the St. Lucie Canal have been stopped since July 1. LAKEContinued From Page 1 July 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Its important to identify the problems. The Lake Okeechobee dynamic is part of the problem, but lets be clear. Its actually a smaller part of the overall problem when we talk about estuarian health.Ž„ Col Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Blood drives plannedThe 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. € 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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Special to the Okeechobee News FORT PIERCE „ The Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College will host guided telescopic views of Mars from J uly 23 through July 31, during the red planets perihelic opposition „ the point in its orbit when it happens to be closest to the sun (perihelion) and occurring when Earth is passing it (opposition). The Earth is now millions of miles closer to Mars than usual, w hich results in great viewing opportunities. The Mars WatchŽ at IRSC is presented in conjunction with the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, whose members, along with Hallstrom Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell, will be setting up their telescopes nightly next to the planetarium on the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce, one block south of the intersection of Virginia Avenue and 30th Street. A celestial object that is at opposition rises out of the east at sunset, is highest in the sky at midnight, and sets at sunrise,Ž explained Mr. Bell. In other words, were as close to it as we can get, and were able to observe it all night long!Ž Being this close,Ž Mr. Bell said, allows us to get good, detailed views of the Martian features when we observe it with a telescope. During a perihelic opposition, its possible to see some of its mountains and valleys, admittedly looking quite blurry, but enough to suggest the crisscrossing lines that were noted during another such event back in the late 19th century.Ž (The last great views of Mars were in 2003, when the Earth passed it at a distance of less than 35 million miles.) The viewing will take place from 8 until 10 p.m., weather permitting, from July 23 to 31. Setup begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and bring along their own telescopes, which club members and Mr. Bell will help them use to locate Mars. Additionally, telescopes will be aimed at the planets Jupiter and Saturn, plus the moon, which will be full on July 27. The full moon and Mars will be in conjunction „ close together in the constellation Capricornus „ and at opposition that night. To learn more about the perihelic opposition or to get more information about the Mars viewing events, contact Jon Bell, IRSC Planetarium Director at jbell@irsc.edu. Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium hosts Mars watch8 Okeechobee News July 13, 2018 Special to the Okeechobee News ORANGE COUNTY „ The Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) presented 39 county commissioners with the Certi“ed County Commissioner (CCC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the foundation. Commissioner Owens received the designation w ith 38 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County. Participating in the FAC classes provided me a number of assets to bring back to the local community,Ž said Commissioner Owens. My ability to serve the public has been greatly enhanced, and the network Ive been able to establish, particularly building relationships with other commissioners here in our heartland area of Florida, is one of the most valuable resources I gained throughout this process. I am delighted to have earned this CCC distinction.Ž The CCC program coursework covers a variety of topics, such as ethics and Sunshine Law, county government roles and responsibilities, county government structure and authority, “nancial management, growth management, negotiation skills, economic development and effective communication. By participating in this program, commissioners gain valuable tools to assist them in their public service every day,Ž said Florida Counties Foundation Director Eric Poole. The graduates today have shown an exceptional commitment to serving Floridas counties.Ž The Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Floridas counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule, the concept that government closest to the people governs best. Commissioner Owens was also recognized during the conference as a 2018 Presidential Advocate. This special recognition is bestowed upon county commissioners who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC during the 2018 session to advance the counties legislative agenda. Advocating for the needs of our community is a responsibility I take very seriously,Žsaid Commissioner Owens. I plan to continue to build the necessary networks to be sure the voices of our small, rural counties are heard loud and clear.Ž Commissioner Kelly Owens earns FCF Certi“ed County Commissioner designation Special to the Okeechobee NewsFlorida Counties Foundation Director Eric Poole congratulates Okeechobee County Commissioner Kelly Owens. Special to the Okeechobee News NEW YORK „ In response to the July 11 passing of Nathaniel Pryor Reed, dedicated conservationist and public servant, the National Audubon Society issued the following statement. Nat was a giant in conservation „ that phrase is used a lot, but in Nats case its true. His scienti“c knowledge and his passion for birds and wild places made him a hero for decades, and Audubon will miss him dearly,Ž said David Yarnold (@david_yarnold), president and CEO of the National Audubon Society. Mr. Reeds impact and in”uence in the conservation community was particularly felt in the Sunshine State. Nats “ngerprints are on many of the most signi“cant national conservation accomplishments of the last 60 years. Florida and our Everglades were fortunate to have his heart and his talents, both of which he committed fully to making our state better,Ž said Julie Wraithmell, executive director of Audubon Florida. In addition to a clear-eyed focus on solutions, Nat was also a patient teacher. He mentored several generations of conservationists in their formative years. Through them, as well as the Everglade snail kites, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, and Florida grasshopper sparrows of the Greater Everglades, Nats legacy will live on. The entire Audubon family extends our deepest condolences to the Reed family. His work and memory will live on in the countless Floridians and organizations he inspired in his journey as an environmentalist.Ž In 2017, Mr. Reed was awarded the Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership by the National Audubon Society for his lifelong commitment to conservation and his instrumental role in protecting Americas Everglades. Mr. Reed is considered one of the founding leaders of the modern environmental movement. Working for both Florida Gov. Claude Kirk and Presidents Nixon and Ford, he helped usher in a wave of federal and state environmental policies that have created an enduring conservation legacy. He was an avid “sherman and golfer with an unparalleled passion for restoring the Everglades,Ž said Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg. He was a master o f words, bastion of principle and a constant provider of sound counsel. He had irreverent wit that was matched equally by kindness,Ž Mr. Eikenberg went on. His encouragement to do what is right and never give up has inspired generations of conservationists, including myself. What he gave to Americas Everglades is beyond measure. I am a better person for knowing Nathaniel Reed. On behalf of the entire staff and board of directors of The Everglades Foundation, I extend our deepest condolence and fondest affection to the entire Reed family and salute our beloved Nathaniel Pryor Reed and his travels on the green highway,Ž he concluded. Nathaniel P Reed was dedicated conservationist Nathaniel Reed Special to the Okeechobee NewsThe Palm Beach County Sheriffs Of“ce (PBSO) is asking for the publics help to identify a male whose remains were found in August 2015 at the edge of a sugarcane “eld approximately 2 miles northeast of Hooker Highway and State Road 715. PBSO forensic imaging investigators have released a photo based on a reconstruction of the skull remains. The male is white, possibly Hispanic, approximately 40 to 70 years of age and approximately 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-9. The body was found on Aug. 11 on the edge of a sugarcane “eld approximately 2 miles northeast of Hooker Highway and SR 715 in Palm Beach County. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800458-TIPS, or remain anonymous by downloading the new app PBSOŽ for any Apple or Android smartphone and using the See SomethingŽ feature. The app can also be downloaded from www.pbsoapp.com. PBSO seeks help to identify remains Special to the Okeechobee NewsLast year, around 3,000 people came out to the partial solar eclipse viewing at the IRSC Hallstrom Planetarium. This July, the planetarium is hosting guided telescopic views of Mars from July 23 through July 31, during the red planets perihelic opposition, a time when the Earth is millions of miles closer to Mars than usual, offering great viewing opportunities. The viewing will be from 8 until 10 p.m., weather permitting, from July 23 to 31, and setup begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Can you identify him?

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It is being added to the list of many categ ories in which the school district prohibits a ny discrimination, such as race, religion, a ge, political beliefs, national or ethnic ori gins and others. The policy states that no p erson shall be excluded from participation o r denied the bene“ts of any education prog ram, activity or employment on the basis of t hese categories. The school board also voted to include g ender identity in the districts prohibition o f harassment policy as well. Harassment i ncludes any slurs, innuendos or any other v erbal or physical conduct which has the p urpose of creating an intimidating, hostile o r offensive environment. Similar proposals to include gender ident ity in school districts non-discrimination a nd harassment policies have passed in s chool boards around the country in recent y ears. In January 2018, a school district in L ansing, Mich., had a federal lawsuit “led against it after passing a similar policy in November 2017. The plaintiffs in the Michigan case are parents of students in the Williamston Community Schools who claim that the new policies promote alternative sexual lifestylesŽ and seek to punish both their and their childrens Christian beliefs. According to the complaint, the new policy requires the school district to punish students for alleged harassment or bullying of other students for merely expressing opposition to the school district approved alternative lifestyles, or for acting with purportedly aggressive behavior against other students with whom they simply disagree, thereby violating, and substantially interfering with, the parents and students constitutional right to freely exercise their religion.Ž The Williamston Community Schools District is seeking dismissal of the lawsuit. Mr. Kenworthy isnt worried about that kind of negative reaction in Okeechobee. Weve had policies in place before that people may have not agreed with and we have worked through it,Ž Mr. Kenworthy said. I think everyone recognizes that this segment of the population is growing. Students are beginning to come out more and are not afraid to share their identity. And you see those students everywhere, not just in our schools, but you see them in our churches or in our stores. So we just felt that it was the right thing to do.Ž SCHOOLSContinued From Page 1 Seawinds 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. Flags to be retired in ceremony

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14 Okeechobee News July 13, 2018 Registered Nurse The position serves as a member of the School Health Team with the DOHOkeechobee. RN will perform duties in assigned Okeechobee public schools. and FRS retirement. Submit application to: https://jobs. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time IMMEDIATE OPENING e OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY has an immediate opening for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. A minimum Class CŽ certi cation is required. Work schedule may require shi work, weekends, and holidays. Applicant must possess a valid FL Operators Drivers License (requires a clean driving record for the past three years) and a high school diploma or equivalent. Please visit our o ce at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 or www.oua .com to complete an application. Applications will be accepted until 6 p.m. July 30, 2018. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) OPS This is a part time position that provides specialized public health nursing care with the primary focus on preventative care, family planning and communicable diseases for the DOH-Okeechobee. Responsible for health promotion and disease prevention as well as management of clients with acute and chronic health conditions. Submit application to: OKEECHOBEE-OPS-ADVANCEDRN-PRACTITIONER-64947069FL-34972/490051600/ EEO/AA/VP Employer ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSService Technicians, Installers & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required Apply within 312 SW 2nd St. Okeechobee EOE/DFWP Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Registered Nurse The position serves as a member of the School Health Team with the DOHOkeechobee. RN will perform duties in assigned Okeechobee public schools. and FRS retirement. Submit application to: https://jobs. Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Garage/ Yard Sales 3-FAMILY YARD SALE -3744 SW 16TH AVE OUSLEY ESTATES, 7/14/18, 8-3:30 HOUSEHOLD, BABY ITEM’S, CLOTHES, DINING RM. TABLE W/ CHAIRS, TOY’S, PARROTT CAGE & MUCH MORE. Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Employment Full Time Full time material sales person/ receptionist needed for busy fence construction company. Must be able to lift 40lbs., drug-free work place, partial benefits, work hrs 8am-3pm. Apply at Adron Fence Company 1132 NE 12th ST. Monday Friday 8-3 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 Medical Assistant Full Time – Must have 1 year exp in the medical field, OB/GYN experience helpful, ability to maintain confidential info & Strong Customer relations skills. Bilingual Spanish/ English prefd. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/DFWP. e-mail jobs@ fchcinc.org XRay TechARRT Registry Required. Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or complete application at 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! Search millions of obituaries from more than 650 newspapers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

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July 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD793NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that LAURA J MAHLMEISTER the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1359 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT P OF TRACT 7 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 07 29 34S 33E 1-29-34-33-0A00-00007-P000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: KEVIN V JOHNSTON THEODORE T JOHNSTON THOMAS EDWARD JOHNSTON II Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270722 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD796NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2004 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: R BAR ESTATES UNIT 5 PLAT BOOK 7 PAGES 4 AND 5 LOT 148 1-35-36-35-0050-00000-1480 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JENNIFER J LAFFERTY STEVEN C LAFFERTY Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270726 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD804NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1841 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: INDIAN HAMMOCK HUNT AND RIDING CLUB PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 25 THROUGH 69 LOTS 64 AND 65 1-04-34-35-0010-00000-0640 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: TAYLOR BOYD COLLINS VERNECE T PARKER Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270725 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD794NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that WINTER INVESTORS LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 3190 Year of Issuance: June-01-2011 Description of Property: TAYLOR CREEK ISLES SEC 3 LOT 314 PLAT BOOK 4 PAGE 2 1-35-37-35-0040-00000-3140 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: MICHELLE S BRADFORD Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270747 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD798NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 3103 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LAKESIDE COUNTRY ESTATES LOT 2 1-13-38-36-0010-00000-0020 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ROBERT J HOWARD SHARYN L HOWARD Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270744 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD800NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2852 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: SOUTHERN HOMESTEADS UNIT 2 LOT 20 1-19-34-36-0010-00020-0020 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ASHLEY RUCKS EDWIN RUCKS JR Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270737 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD795NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2851 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: SOUTHERN HOMESTEADS UNIT 2 LOT 19 1-19-34-36-0010-00020-0019 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ASHLEY RUCKS EDWIN RUCKS JR Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270734 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD797NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2450 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: : DE BERRY GARDENS PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 20 LOTS 6 7 8 AND WEST 1/2 OF LOT 9 BLOCK 4 1-17-37-35-0030-00040-0060 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: SHDRY FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270727 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD801NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2996 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: BRIDLEWOOD RANCHES LOT 11 1-25-37-36-0010-00000-0110 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELLA III LLC Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270742 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Pets/SuppliesFOR SALEWHITE GERMAN SHEPARD PUPPIES, AKC REG., VET CERT. $950.00 LOCATED IN SEBRING CALL 305-527-9762 Apartments1/1 APTS, Furnished & Unfurnished for rent includes water & power, prices from $750 $900/ mo. No pets. Background check & dep. req. Call 863-634-0024. 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 ApartmentsOKEECHOBEE 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 OFFICE SPACE! 800 sq. ft. Great In-Town Location! 414 S. Parrott Ave. Suite B. $650.00 p/m. Call BMJ Towing (863) 763-2845. Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-595-0093 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds.

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16 Okeechobee News July 13, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice SECTION 0001 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS OFFICE BUILDING PROJECT NO. 2018-20 INVITATION TO BIDSealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123. Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m. on August 22, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened in room 222 and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on the following: Scope of work includes, but is not limited to, furnishing all materials, equipment, and labor for a new Public Works Office Building as shown in the Drawings and described in the Specifications and Bid Documents. For complete requirements, please see Bid Documents and Drawings. Bid Documents may be downloaded from the Okeechobee County website at: http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals tab. All materials furnished and all work performed shall be in accordance with the Drawings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertaining thereto. If it becomes necessary to revise or amend any part of this bid, an addendum will be issued and will be posted on the Okeechobee County website at: http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/ under Bids and Proposals tab. It is the sole responsibility of the bidders to check the website to ensure that all available information has been received prior to submitting a bid. A MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING shall be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 27, 2018 at the Okeechobee County Hist oric Courthouse, 2nd Floor Conference Room located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Bidder’s attendance is mandatory. BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID MEETING WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The purpose of the mandatory pre-bid meeting is to provide site conditions and to receive questions from respondents on any issues considered relevant to the requirements of the project. Any questions pertaining to the project specifications or scope of work will be addressed to the Okeechobee County, Facilities Maintenance & Development Services, Capital Projects, Donnie Oden, Director, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Ste C, Okeechobee, FL 34972; email: sselvey@co.okeechobee.fl.us, no later than August 8, 2018, 5:00 pm. Each Contractor who has made a written request will be furnished with one (1) electronic version of the Bid Documents via email at no cost by sending a request via email to: Email: sselvey@co.okeechobee.fl.us Only Bid documents obtained from Okeechobee County are acceptable for bidding. Each bid must be accompanied by an acceptable Bid Security in the form of a Bid Bond, or Certified Check, made payable to “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners”, in the amount of not less than five percent (5%) of the total Bid Amount. The Bidder, if awarded the Contract and the bid amount is $100,000 or more, will execute and file acceptable performance and payment bonds equal to 100% of the contract price within ten (10) calendar days after written notice of the award of contract. No bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of ninety (90) calendar days after the date set for opening of bids. The Payment and Performance Bonds must show the Owner’s name, Project Name and Project Number. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any informality/ inconsistency in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. Unless specifically prohibited by law or regulation, said bid includes an assignability clause that allows for the assignment of all or part of the specified deliverable items. Okeechobee County has a local vendor preference which is contained within the County’s current procurement policy. Definitions, allowances and exemptions can be found in this policy. You are encouraged to review the latest version to ensure compliance with and exceptions to the local vendor preference policy. The County’s vendor preference policy can be found on the County’s website at http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/government/county-procurement-policy. Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid, evidence that the bidder complies with all state and local requirements, to perform the work described in said Bid. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clarification from the Okeechobee County Facilities Maintenance. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BIDOkeechobee County Public Works Office Building, Project No. 2018-20”. BIDDER MUST SUBMIT (1) ORIGINAL AND (2) COPIES OF THE BID. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Terry W. Burroughs, Chairman Okeechobee County, FL Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL 274222 ON 7/13/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD802NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2905 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 13 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE WEST ONE QUARTER (W 1/4) CORNER OF SAID SECTION 13 THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 55 MIN 53 SEC WEST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 13 ALSO BEING THE CENTERLINE OF THE N.E. 128TH AVENUE RIGHT OF WAY (100 FEET WIDE) A DISTANCE OF 521.78 FEET THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 04 MIN 07 SEC EAST PERPENDICULAR TO THE PRECEDING COURSE A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SAID N.E. 128TH AVENUE AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 89 DEG 04 MIN 07 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 884.84 FEET THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 55 MIN 53 SEC WEST PERPENDICULAR TO THE PRECEDING COURSE A DISTANCE OF 1354.45 FEET THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 04 MIN 07 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 884.84 FEET TO THE AFORESAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF N.E. 128TH AVENUE THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 55 MIN 53 SEC EAST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 1354.45 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. AND A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE SOUTH ONE HALF OF SECTION 13 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 13 THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 01 MIN 00 SEC WEST ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 13 BEING ALSO THE NORTH LINE OF THE N.E. 1ST STREET RIGHT OF WAY (80 FEET WIDE) A DISTANCE OF 1532.56 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 89 DEG 01 MIN 00 SEC WEST ALONG SAID SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SECTION 13 A DISTANCE OF 3700.66 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST LINE OF THE N.E. 128TH AVENUE RIGHT OF WAY (100 FEET WIDE) THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 55 MIN 53 SEC EAST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 760.58 FEET THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 04 MIN 07 SEC EAST PERPENDICULAR TO THE PRECEDING COURSE A DISTANCE OF 884.84 FEET THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 55 MIN 53 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH AFORESAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF N.E. 128TH AVENUE A DISTANCE OF 1354.45 FEET THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 04 MIN 07 SEC WEST PERPENDICULAR TO THE PRECEDING COURSE A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 55 MIN 53 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE AFORESAID EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF N.E. 128TH AVENUE A DISTANCE OF 525.09 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE AFORESAID SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 13 THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 16 MIN 59 SEC EAST ALONG SAID NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE AFORESAID SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 13 A DISTANCE OF 2871.44 FEET THENCE SOUTH 01 DEG 03 MIN 08 SEC WEST A DISTANCE OF 2654.21 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-13-37-36-0A00-00002-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ARMANDO FERNANDEZ LA CASITA INVESTMENTS INC MARIA CASTELLANOS Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270740 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD803NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2561 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: MAC GLASHANS ADDITION THE EAST 50 FEET OF LOT 2 BLOCK B MAC GLASHANS ADDITION TO EAST OKEECHOBEE ACCORDING TO PLAT OF SAID ADDITION OF FILE IN OFFICE OF CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 16 ALSO BEGINNING AT THE SE CORNER OF LOT 2 BLOCK B MAC GLASHANS ADDITION AFORESAID WHICH CORNER IS 100 FEET WEST FROM FLORIDA AVENUE MEASURED AT RIGHT ANGLES THERETO FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE RUN SOUTH ACROSS THE FORMER BUT NOW ABANDONED FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY PARALLEL TO AND 100 FEET FROM SAID FLORIDA AVENUE TO THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID ABANDONED RIGHT OF WAY THENCE WESTERLY ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY TO A POINT 150 FEET WEST FROM SAID FLORIDA AVENUE MEASURED AT RIGHT ANGLES THERETO THENCE NORTH ACROSS SAID ABANDONED RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY TO THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID RIGHT OF WAY THENCE EASTERLY ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. ALL OF SAID LANDS LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE NW1/4 OF NE1/4 OF NE1/4 (THE SAME BEING A PART OF GOVERNMENT LOT 1) IN SECTION 22 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST LESS AND EXCEPTING THE SOUTH 7 FEET OF THE EAST 50 FEET OF LOT 2 LYING ADJACENT TO STATE ROAD NO. 70. LESS AND EXCEPTING THE FOLLOWING PARCEL AS DESCRIBED IN ORDER OF TAKING RECORDED IN O.R. BOOK 228 PAGE 479 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA THAT PART OF THE EAST 50 FEET OF LOT 2 BLOCK B OF MAC GLASHANS ADDITION ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 16 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA IN SECTION 22 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST SAID PART BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS COMMENCE AT THE NORTH 1/4 CORNER OF SAID SECTION 22 THENCE RUN NORTHERLY ALONG THE NORTH-SOUTH 1/4 SECTION LINE A DISTANCE OF 36.95 FEET TO A POINT ON THE BASELINE OF SURVEY OF STATE ROAD 70 THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 54 MIN 49 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 1549.42 FEET ALONG SAID BASELINE THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 11 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 40.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EXISTING RIGHT OF WAY LINE AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG 54 MIN 49 SEC WEST FOR 50.00 FEET THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 26 MIN 18 SEC EAST FOR 4.5 FEET THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 54 MIN 49 SEC EAST FOR 50.00 FEET THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 27 MIN 57 SEC WEST FOR 4.5 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. 1-22-37-35-0020-0000B-0020 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELIZABETH E WOLF PAUL JACO Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270728 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD805NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2836 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF LOT 21 IN SECTION 8 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST ALSO KNOWN AS EAGLE BAY SURVEY AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 31 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT A POINT WHERE THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF LOT 21 INTERSECTS THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF EAGLE BAY DRAINAGE CANAL AN UNRECORDED SURVEY THENCE NORTH 23 DEG 10 MIN 53 SEC EAST ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 359.07 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE DUE WEST ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID LOT 21 A DISTANCE OF 1319.82 FEET TO A POINT THENCE NORTH 23 DEG 10 MIN 53 SEC EAST ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF THE EAGLE BAY DRAINAGE CANAL A DISTANCE OF 359.07 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE NORTH BOUNDARY OF LOT 21 THENCE DUE EAST ALONG A LINE PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF LOT 21 A DISTANCE OF 1319.82 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY OF SAID CANAL THENCE SOUTH 23 DEG 10 MIN 53 SEC WEST ALONG SAID CANAL A DISTANCE OF 359.07 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-08-38-35-0A00-00008-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JAMES SCOTT LANDRIS T FOLKES SANDRA A SCOTT Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270729 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD792NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that MARY SHOCKLEY the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2846 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: THE RECLAIMED LAKE BOTTOM OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE LYING IN SECTION 18 TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH RANGE 35 EAST OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS A STRIP OF LAND LYING ALONG THE NORTHWEST SHORE OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE AND BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 746 PAGE 211 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BOUND ON THE WEST BY THE STATE 17 FOOT CONTOUR LINE AS DESCRIBED IN THE EAGLE BAY SURVEY AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 31 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND ALSO BOUNDED ON THE WEST BY OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 655 PAGE 1423 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA AND ALSO BOUNDED ON THE WEST BY OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 264 PAGE 540 PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA BOUNDED ON THE SOUTH BY THE EASTERLY PROJECTION OF THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THAT PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 264 PAGE 540 TO THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF THE L D4 CONVEYANCE CANAL 1-18-38-35-0A00-00009-B000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 267893 ON 6/22,29;7/6,13/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD799NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BEOR FUND 1 LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2909 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 15 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST RUN THENCE EAST ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 15 FOR A DISTANCE OF 1539.45 FEET FOR POB THENCE CONTINUE EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 660 FEET THENCE RUN SOUTH 0 DEG 32 MIN 15 SEC EAST PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF THE AFORESAID SECTION 15 FOR A DISTANCE OF 726.00 FEET THENCE RUN WEST PARALLEL WITH THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 15 FOR A DISTANCE OF 660.00 FEET THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEG 32 MIN 15 SEC WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF 726.00 FEET TO POB LYING IN AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE W 1/2 OF SECTION 15 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH RANGE 36 EAST ALSO DESCRIBED AS TRACTS 1 AND 2 OF STARNES SUBDIVISION AN UNRECORDED PLAT 1-15-37-36-0A00-00005-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LARRY D ROCK MANUEL VILARINO Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 16th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 270741 ON 7/13,20,27;8/3/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD790NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BAKERSTREET INVESTMENTS INC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 3309 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: NORTHWEST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 25 LOTS 15 & 16 BLOCK 24 3-16-37-35-0160-00240-0150 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ALLEN ALDRIDGE ALLEN HOWARD ALDRIDGE ANN ALDRIDGE HEATHER ALDRIDGE MARY BULLINGTON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 9th day of August, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 267895 ON 6/22,29;7/6,13/2018 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds.

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July 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 17 Public Notice Public Notice Request for ProposalsThe Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive proposals for the purpose of securing Contracting Services for the following: Cemetery Road Wastewater Treatment Facility Mechanical Integrity Testing Proposal Injection Well IW-1 Detailed RFP documents are available upon request from the office of the Executive Director, located at 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, (Tel.) 863-763-9460, (Fax) 863-763-3746. The OUA intends to review the submitted RFP’s and reserves the right to reject any or all RFP’s. The RFP’s must be delivered to the Executive Director’s office, located at Okeechobee Utility Authority Administrative Office, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or before 4:00 PM on August 6, 2018. A sealed submittal for the project is required. John F. Hayford Executive Director 274142 ON 7/13, 15, 18/2018 NOTICE OF REMOVAL OF NAMES OF POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE VOTERSPursuant to Section 98.075(7) of the Florida Statutes, the following persons are hereby notified that they are potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice may result in determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor of Elections and removal of the registered voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system. Roman C. Bennett Benjamin R. Wilson Jr. Last known address: Last known address: 3124 SE Hwy 441 #D-5 3524 SW 22nd St Okeechobee, FL 34974 Okeechobee, FL 34974 Latavia M. Grace Last known address: 600 NW 17th St Okeechobee, FL 34972 If further assistance is needed, please contact the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections, Diane Hagan Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 144 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-4014 274229 ON 7/13/2018 REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000910 STA 5 Hauling, Hendry County, Florida The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to the 2:30 p.m. opening time on August 14, 2018, for removal and hauling from STA 5, located in Hendry County, Florida. This project involves hauling of approximately 2 million yards of material from STA 5 which includes Section 2-A approximately 342 acres and Section 3-A approximately 383 acres. All excess material will be transported to existing C-139 basin. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/ procurement; (3) by calling 561-682-2510 or 561-682-2680, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our website www.sfwmd.gov.274172 ON 7/13/2018 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 47-2018-CA-000067 WILLIAM T. SANTIAGO and MIRNA E. SANTIAGO, husband and wife, Plaintiffs, vs. ESTATE OF GEORGE GONZALEZ, deceased and all other heirs, persons or parties claiming by, through, underor against George Gonzalez of the Estate of George Gonzalez deceased, ALICI A L. GONZALEZ, CECILIA GONZALEZ and GEORGE GONZALEZ, Defendants. AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ESTATE OF GEORGE GONZALEZ, deceased, whose last known address was 1808 Barnstable Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33414; and all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against Estate of George Gonzalez, deceased and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or inAdministration of Estates terest in the property herein described. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Complaint to Foreclose on the following described real property, to-wit: LOT 83, TREASURE ISLAND, UNIT NO. 6, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 57, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA TOGETHER WITH A 1963 WOLVE MOBILE HOME WITH ID # GAW1506 AND TITLE # 9804205 WHICH IS FIRMLY AFFIXED AND LOCATED THEREON. has been filed against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to JOHN D. CASSELS, JR., Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is Post Office Box 968, 400 Northwest 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34973, within thirty (30) days from 1st publication, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs A ttorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a Default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. This Notice shall be published once each week for four (4) Administration of Estates consecutive weeks in the “Okeechobee News”. DATED this 2nd day of July, 2018. 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18 Okeechobee News July 13, 2018 Julia Parker863.801.3489 | Of“ce: 863.763.6000NE SECTION~ 4bd/2ba 1973 manufactured home on 1 acre, fully fenced. 2,830 sq feet under roof, Wood burning “replace. Spacious laundry/utility w/new dryer in 2018. Encl Fl room runs length of home, screened patio, attached 2 car carport, above ground pool installed 2016, new pump in 2017. Septic pumped in 2018, New well pump in 2015, metal roof in 2008. Detached 512 sq ft work shop w/ carport overhang. Offered at $85,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Newly REDUCED Price! Home on 1 Acre Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | admin@c21okee.com 4001-M: Blue Cypress 1BD/1BA, 1,112 Total Sq Ft, Merit Park Model. Neat, clean and cute! Screened porch, shed, paved driveway. HOA, Active comm w/ amenities including golf course, pool, clubhouse, $69,000 MLS # 212782 2002-H: Taylor Creek 5BD/3BA on a beautiful lake access lot, balcony overlooks the water. 3,226 Total Sq Ft/2,358 Screened back porch with fenced back yard, seawall and boat dock. $265,000 MLS # 212118 NEW LISTINGPALM VILLAGE 55+ COMMUNITY. Waterfront 3B/2Ba with a view thats breathtaking! Enclosed FL room with glass sliders. Large screened porch w/utility room and huge shed. Plenty of parking (pavers) for trucks and boats or cars. MLS #212620 $158,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 HALF ACRE WITH DWMH ON THE RIM CANAL. 3 Bed 2 bath, Fenced with a gate. Additional half acre lots are available3 total. Bring the family for some shing and rim canal living! is is a cutie! Home comes completely furnished and is Beautiful! Call Jody Carter 863-634-1285 Of“ ce (863) 763-5253 € LakeORE.com Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863)634-1457LMixon@MixonGroup.com ~Our Priorities are simple..They’re Yours! R-BAR ESTATES POOL HOME ~ 3 Bd/ 3 Ba/ 2 CG, carport and 14x25 Woodworkers Dream Workshop. New 2016 custom island kitchen. Solid wood w/granite. Spacious living, 14x38 family room, split plan. 2268 Sf under air-4529 TLA. HardyPlank siding. 15x38 screened lovely curb appeal. Almost 3 Acres! THIS ONE HAS IT ALL! MLS# 212822 $399,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 NEW METAL ROOF ON TOP WATERFRONT 3BR/2BA CBS and new paint throughout, enclosed Florida room overlooking the lake access canal, and a 2 car carport. Home is move in ready. MLS 212178 Asking $143,000 Call Jason 863-634-7907 Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! R E D

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July 13, 2018 Okeechobee News 19 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT — $850 per month — 840 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY 7 $299,000 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker MAGNIFICENT 3BD/2BA 1 CAR GARAGE CBS HOME located in Lazy 7 Estates. Nice 14x14 shed. Split ” oor plan. Open concept. Screened back porch, paver courtyard, “ re pit and more. MLS 212732 $188,900 Call Cristie Schmidt 863-634-3604 Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.com

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