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Sunday, July 15, 2018 V ol. 109 No. 84 75¢ plus tax By Richard MarionOkeechobee News In response to backlash on social media to the Okeechobee County School Board adding gender identity to their non-discrimination and prohibition of harassment policies, Okeechobee Superintendent of Schools Ken Kenworthy says concerns on how the new policies will affect the school districts bathroom rules are misplaced. Our bathroom policy is not changing,Ž explained Mr. Kenworthy. Thats not our intent. It seems like kind of a leap to come to that conclusion with what was passed. The only intent was to not discriminate.Ž It wasnt long after the article about the updated harassment policy was posted on the Okeechobee News website that commenters started voicing their concerns that a transgender student would attempt to use the same restroom as their children. So basically what you are saying is that any guy in school now can say he identi“es as a girl and he can now use the same bathroom or locker room as my daughter,Ž one commenter expressed. Unbelievable! What a disgrace! We need to start a protest,Ž read another. Others worried this would lead to increased sexual harassment in school bathrooms. But according to Mr. Kenworthy, theyve had to deal with the issue of gender identity and bathrooms long before the new discrimination polices were passed on July 10. School bathroom policy not changing Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionLake Okeechobee: It looks greatMaria Milone of Vero Beach made the trip to come “sh on Lake Okeechobee on July 13. Both she and her husband, Ralph Milone, were surprised at how great the lake looked in contrast to the reports they see while living on the Treasure Coast. We were thinking of going to “sh somewhere else based on all the reports we were reading about algae,Ž said Mrs. Milone. But we decided to at least check for ourselves “rst, and Im glad we did, it looks great. Weve seen a lot of people out here “shing, and it looks beautiful.Ž By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County Commission began work on the 2018-19 county budget at its July 12 meeting. The tentative millage rate will be set at the next meeting. Your budget right now is $111,252,790,Ž said County Administrator Robbie Chartier. She said this would require the county to levy 9 mills in ad valorem taxes. One mill equals $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of property value. If the commissioners want to levy less than 9 mills, they will have to make cuts in the proposed budget. The proposed budget includes $41,890,681 in the general fund; $13,967,255 in the Transportation Trust Fund; $36,724,277 in special revenue; $18,315,097 in capital projects; $264,560 in the enterprise fund; and $90,919 in trust and agency funding. In order to balance the budget, I had to use 9 mills,Ž she said. The 2017 county millage rate was 7.8684. The rollback rate is 7.4079 mills. The rollback rate is the tax millage it would take to fund the 2019 “scal year budget, using the 2018 “scal year property values. Property values for the 2018 tax year increased 11.70 percent above the 2017 tax year. She said they considered using a special ad valorem tax Proposed county budget is over $111 million 14.49 feetLast Year: 12.46 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper.County staffers honored for years of service ... Page 2 SFWMD to use rollback rate for taxes ... Page 5 Meet OPD’s Jeremy Larue ... Page 9 Algae FAQ ... Page 11 Skywarn training not for everyone ... Page 3 See BUDGET „ Page 8 See SCHOOL „ Page 8


Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USA CE) Jacksonville District announces the 14day pulse release schedule for water releases from Lake Okeechobee, which resumed J uly 13. No water from the lake was released east or west in May. Releases started June 1 to both the Caloosahatchee River at Moore Haven and the St. Lucie Canal at Port Mayaca. Releases to the St. Lucie Canal had been halted July 1-12. According to Col. Jason Kirk of the U.S. A rmy Corps of Engineers, from May through J uly 12, 85 percent of the freshwater that entered the St. Lucie Estuary came from local basin runoff, with only 15 percent of the freshwater ”owing through the St. Lucie Lock coming from Lake Okeechobee releases. The pulses will achieve a 14-day average of 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Moore Haven Lock & Dam (S-77) and 1,800 cfs from St. Lucie Lock &Dam (S-80). The pulse patterns include four days of no releases to the Caloosahatchee and three days of no releases to the St Lucie. Additional runoff from rain in the St. Lucie basin could occasionally result in ”ows that exceed the target. The St. Lucie Lock is 23.7 miles from the Port Mayaca Lock on Lake Okeechobee, so water ”owing through the St. Lucie Lock w ill include a mixture of lake releases and local basin runoff. Due to frequent rains, it is possible on the St. Lucie side that ”ows may exceed targets due to runoff that collects in the St. Lucie Canal. When this occurs, we close off the gates at Port Mayaca until the runoff subsides below the target so we can supplement with lake water,Ž explained John Campbell, corps spokesperson. From July 13-22, the corps will release 3,300 cfs to 4,300 cfs from the lake at Moore Haven, followed by four days of no ”ow. The releases are necessary to attempt to slow the rise of Lake Okeechobee, which was at 14.49 ft. on Friday. Water ”owing into the lake was averaging 3,905 cfs on Friday. Flow from the lake to the stormwater treatment areas south of Lake Okeechobee, was 1,294 cfs. The higher the lake level rises, the greater the risk to Herbert Hoover Dike, an earthen berm that encircles the lake. The STAs ”ow into the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiami Trail. Flow under the Tamiami Trail through the S-12 water control structures was 1,260 cfs on Thursday. Flow through the S-12s is expected to increase due to the end of the nesting season of the Cape Sable sea sparrow. Flow through the S-12s is traditionally limited from Jan. 15 through July 15 to protect the nesting grounds of the endangered birds. With all of the S-12 structures open, ”ow under the Tamiami Trail could nearl y double, which would help lower the levels in the in the WCAs, which could then accept more water from the STAs, allowing more lake water to be sent south to the STAs, where it must be cleaned before moving south to Everglades National Park. On Friday, the water levels in the WCAs were all more than a foot over their schedule. The phosphorus level in water ”owing into the lake from the north averages 140 parts per billion (pbb). Water entering Everglades National Park must be no more than 10 ppb phosphorus.2 Okeechobee News July 15, 2018 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Today: Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 90F. Winds light and variable. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low 73F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastMonday: Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the morning. High 89F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday Night: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 73F. Winds light and variable. Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tuesday Night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then mainly cloudy overnight. Low 73F. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee NewsAt their July 12 meeting, the Okeechobee County commissioners honored employees for their milestones of service to the county. County Administrator Robbie Chartier w as honored for 20 years of service to the county. Mrs. Chartier was born in Seattle. She moved to Florida in 1990 and began her public service career at Charlotte County in the Public Works Department and county budget of“ce. Mrs. Chartier came to Okeechobee County on June 22, 1998 as assistant county administrator. This job title was later reclassi“ed to deputy county administrator. During her tenure with the county, she has obtained her masters degree in public administration; been the interim county administrator twice, and formally took the position of county administrator on Nov. 10, 2011. I love working here. I love doing my job,Ž said Mrs. Chartier. Keith Bourgault, driver/engineer for Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, was honored for 15 years service. Mr. Bourgault is an Okeechobee native. A fter graduation from high school, he began working as a client supervisor for the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility. He worked for Okeechobee County in August 1996 as an assistant cemetery supervisor. He assumed the position of cemetery supervisor with the retirement of the previous supervisor. He left the county in 1999 to work for the City of Okeechobee as a “re“ghter/EMT. Mr. Bourgault came back to Okeechobee County on June 20, 2003, as a “re“ghter/EMT. During his tenure with the county, he has obtained his paramedic certi“cation, diver certi“cation and associate of science degree in “re science. In September 2017, Mr. Bourgault was promoted to driver/engineer. Tom Leach, program manager for the Senior Services Department, was honored for “ve years service. Mr. Leach was born and raised in Flint, Mich. After moving to Florida, he earned his bachelors degree in pastoral studies from Spurgeon Baptist Bible College. Before coming to work for Okeechobee County Senior Services in May 2014, Mr. Leach worked for the Okeechobee Supervisor of Elections Of“ce as an election services coordinator. In September 2015, Mr. Leach was promoted from of“ce coordinator/case manager to program manager. County employees honored for years of service Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenOkeechobee County commissioners honored employees for milestones of employment at the July 12 meeting. Left to right are County Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs, Administrator Robbie Chartier, Tom Leach and Keith Bourgault. A rmy Corps of Engineers to release lake water in pulses


(But during a storm, they help everybody)By Chris FelkerOkeechobee NewsFrom a young age, humans become fascinated by the sky with its big bright y ellow blob and endless clouds in which y ou can see everything your imagination tells you is there. Then, usually soon after our “rst storm scares us inside, most of us “nd more important things to focus on, and weather becomes something to plan around, endure, complain about and use to start awkward small talk. Some people, however, never outgrow their fascination with the sky and simply must study it „ they grow up to be meteorologists „ and then there are others who fall somewhere in between and who, when the opportunity arises, want to learn more about it. Being one of the latter type, I couldnt resist when the chance came up to be trained as a SkywarnŽ weather spotter by the National Weather Service (NWS). The two-hour course was offered to anyone interested by the Glades County Department of Public Safety/Emergency Management last month, something the county must do to keep its certi“cation as a Storm ReadyŽ local government. Just a handful of other folks were in the room on Flag Day, June 14, when I was the last to arrive at the Glades County Emergency Operations Center for the session. It soon became obvious that a few were there just for a refresher and already were certi“ed w eather spotters; at least two were also amateur radio operators licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, a distinction that can make them even more valuable to authorities during a weather emergency than regular old weather spotters. (Maybe Ill take that up when/if I retire.) Our instructor was Robert Garcia, a senior meteorologist at the South Florida of“ce of the NWS, which is in Miami. After telling students a little about his own background (bachelors degree in meteorology from Florida State University, 2010; formerly worked at the Tampa Bay area NWS of“ce in Ruskin and at the Atlanta of“ce; now studying for a masters in public administration), Mr. Garcia went into a spiel about the history of the NWS nationally (it used to be known as the U.S. Army Signal Corps!) and in Florida, where it has had an outpost for over a century. The “rst Signal Corps lookout point was the historic Jupiter Lighthouse; now, the NWS is housed in the same building as the National Hurricane Center, on the campus of Florida International University. Early on, Mr. Garcia signaled that this would be a laid-back class where listeners could interject with personal anecdotes, observations and humor mixed in with their serious questions by explaining, The NWS is part of the Commerce Department and a division of the NOAA, which we like to call the National Organization for the Advancement of Acronyms.Ž That lightheartedness worked, setting us all at ease, and resulted in the two-hour class stretching to over three hours because it was so interesting and enjoyable, we lost track of time. The Skywarn network, Mr. Garcia explained, started in the 1970s as a loose collection of spotter groups when NWS powers that be decided forecasters needed troops on the ground to provide ground truth reports.Ž Turns out a big part of weather forecasting is looking out the window „ or, better yet, a whole lot of windows scattered over a wide area. The NWS Miami of“ce serves a lot of territory and people: seven counties including the Florida Keys part of Monroe County, and in excess of 6 million people plus visitors. Accordingly, it has a fairly large contingent of workers „ 18 meteorologists „ and is staffed 24/7/365. Mr. Garcia explained that the main reason for having a network of amateur weather watchers is that, even as advanced as its become, radar still has limitations. The big one is that it cant and doesnt see tornadoes, which are the most deadly form of weather in the United States. Doppler radar, the newest kind, can see atmospheric rotation but cant substitute for human observers. Weather warnings, he stated, are not automated as many seem to think; they are based on multiple pieces of information, and one is spotters eyes. He went into a discussion of the types of storm clouds, concentrating on the weather phenomena most common in Florida. Most folks probably think tropical cyclones are the No. 1 threat. Theyd be wrong. In order, the most severe threats to Floridians lives are lightning, rip currents, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, ”oods and THEN tropical cyclones! This state, he said, experiences 80 to more than 100 days per year when there is thunderstorm danger. The big take-away from this class was that those warnings of When thunder roars, go indoorsŽ are not to be taken lightly. Florida, Mr. Garcia stressed, is the No. 1 most dangerous place in the country for that No. 1 threat: lightning. Indeed, already this year, the state has far exceeded the average number of deaths caused by lightning strikes. In 2018 so far, six people have been killed by lightning in Florida, and two in just the past month with the deaths of a person on Siesta Key (Sarasota area) and that of a 39-year-old employee of a pest control company just two weekends ago in Lake Worth. The sheer number of scienti“c terms thrown out during the class were an invitation to read up more about weather phenomena „ which certainly is too wide a topic for a two-hour session. So theres still a lot to learn, but the subject matter is fascinating. Participants learned about how to do their job of informing the NWS Miami of“ce whenever severe weather is observed, how to network with and learn from other weather watchers and how to be aware when their services are particularly needed. In each weather statement issued b y the NWS, theres a little box at the bottom that informs whether the Skywarn weather spotter network has been activated. Thats when Skywarn becomes a crucial arm y reinforcing the front-line defenders of the public safety from bad weather, the National Weather Services meteorologists.July 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! 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Lake releases€ Apparently the coastal media didnt hear the part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers press brie“ng when Col. Jason Kirk explained that most of the water entering the estuaries is local basin runoff, with just a small percentage coming from lake releases. The ”ow to the Caloosahatchee is 73 percent local basin runoff. The ”ow to the St. Lucie Estuary is 85 percent local basin runoff. The video of that brie“ng is on the Corps of Engineers Facebook page.Ž … K. Booker € Only 15 percent (of the water going into the St. Lucie Estuary came from the lake). The rest was rain runoff.Ž … Frank Ay € Its not all Lake Okeechobee.Ž … Mike Krause € I notice the TV people always “lm at the St. Lucie Lock, which is about 24 miles from the lake. If they are talking about lake releases, they should “lm at Port Mayaca, which is actually lake water. But the canal water looks, and is, worse than the lake water, so they “lm at the St. Lucie Lock. Fake news.Ž … J. ZimpelNon-discrimination€ Protecting everyone from bullying, despite their gender identity, is important. It is the right thing to do. Too bad it took the school system so long to realize that. We needed this policy change more than 20 years ago.Ž … K. Booker € There are only two genders. Address students by name.Ž … Phil Baxter € All theyre saying is that they wont punish the kids or let the other kids or staff harass them because of it. You dont have to worry about transgenders roving the halls attempting to molest your kid while the school board cheers.Ž … Marc Svatora € This is great, the school board updating their policy means they have aligned themselves with all major organizations that work with children that recognize the importance of protecting children. You dont have to agree with someone to respect their right as a human being to feel safe. This makes me very happy and will bene“t all children in the district.Ž … Heather Wibbels € I was under the assumption that it was against school policy to harass anyone. Am I wrong?Ž … Harry OHagan € It (gender identity) is being added to the list of many categories in which the school district prohibits any discrimination, such as race, religion, age, political beliefs, national or ethnic origins and others. The policy states that no person shall be excluded from participation or denied the bene“ts of any education program, activity or employment on the basis of these categories.Ž … Sara Stip € Glad my nine kids are out of school. We didnt have this mess back in our days. Im blessed I was a 60s child. I feel bad for my grandkids coming up this generation.Ž -Linda Evans € So basically what you are saying is that any guy in school now can say he identi“es as a girl and he can now use the same bathroom or locker room as my daughter. Am I reading this right? Please tell me I am misinterpreting this the wrong way.Ž … Kenny Jones € ŽThis is saying that if a child who does identify as another gender is getting bullied and harassed, there will be larger consequences. This is also saying that teachers and students alike cannot harass them because of who they are. A boy cannot just state he is a girl for a day to see your daughter in the locker room; thats not how these policies work.Ž … Jackie Guerin € How about focusing on the bullying regardless of what their gender is or what they identify as. And not just the bullying from students, the staff are the worst of them all.Ž … Tiffany Noel € Wonder about visitors. Will they be able to use whatever restroom they want?Ž … Patrick Bernard July 15, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspapers website at, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News of“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Future ISIS followersWell Mr. All That and No Horse has managed, with enhanced zero tolerance policy, to produce a whole generation of future ISIS followers. Every child traumatized by this situation is a potential terrorist, “lled with a real reason to hate America. Way to go, fool! J.T. Martin Letter to the Editor Guest CommentaryBy Kenneth E. ThorpeSpecial to the Okeechobee News Imagine waking up one morning and not knowing whether youre in your own home, let alone your hometown. The faces around you are unfamiliar, and you dont know who to ask for help „ or what to say. This is a daily reality for more than 5.7 million Americans. These people suffer from Alzheimers disease, a debilitating, ultimately fatal chronic condition that destroys nerve cells in the brain. Currently, there is no cure. Alzheimers disease takes a huge toll on patients and our health system. It also signi“cantly impacts caregivers, who are often unpaid family members who sacri“ce their own wellbeing to tend to their loved ones. This “nancial and human toll can no longer be dismissed. Its time to intensify our efforts to develop new treatments and cures. Every 65 seconds, someone in America develops the disease. Their prognosis isnt good. The disease kills one in three patients. Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from Alzheimers skyrocketed more than 120 percent. Its currently the sixth leading cause of death in the country. Alzheimers disease is costly. In 2018, medical care alone will cost $277 billion. Between 2017 and 2030, Americans will cumulatively spend $7.7 trillion on the disease, accounting for both medical and unpaid caregiving costs according to a study from my organization, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Family members and friends provide staggering amounts of uncompensated care to Alzheimers patients. More than 16 million Americans act as unpaid caregivers. Among caregivers with full or part-time jobs, nearly three in “ve have missed work to care for their loved one. More than one in six had to stop working entirely. Americas Alzheimers caregivers dedicated more than 18 billion hours to helping their loved ones in 2015. The value of this care exceeded $232 billion. These costs are rising. Nationwide, the value of unpaid care will reach $4.5 trillion by 2030 „ that is 60 percent of the total projected cumulative cost of Alzheimers disease. To reduce this toll, we must invest more in the research and development of new Alzheimers cures and treatments. Fortunately, the public sector is doubling down on its efforts. Congress increased Alzheimers research funding at the National Institutes of Health by $400 million from 2016 to 2017. Private companies also are forging ahead to “nd a cure. There are nearly 100 potential new treatments in clinical trials today. Universities and civic organization are doing their part to fund research and development, too. Across the United States, more than 630 cities will host a Walk to End Alzheimers this year. These walks will raise funds to support the Alzheimers Association care and research efforts. Any research breakthroughs could be momentous. Diagnosing patients earlier and more accurately could save almost $8 trillion in medical and care costs over the coming decades. And should a breakthrough treatment be found, then within just “ve years, 2.6 million Americans could avoid an Alzheimers diagnosis. The nation also would save $650 billion on healthcare costs and unpaid caregiving. We must prioritize Alzheimers research. Doing so will save lives, reduce healthcare costs, and give time back with our loved ones while lessening the load on caregivers. Kenneth E. Thorpe is a professor of health policy at Emory University and chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Can Alzheimers be cured?


July 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Special to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH „ For the eighth consecutive year, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board has acted to protect taxpayers from increased taxes. The Governing Board reviewed a tentative budget for the next “scal year and approved locking in a property tax rate where residents will pay the same amount of property taxes as last year or, in some cases, slightly less than last year. Taxpayer dollars and water are both precious resources, and this Governing Board is committed to managing both,Ž said SFW MD Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez. By eliminating nonessential costs and limiting administrative overhead, this Governing Board proudly continues its tradition of not raising taxes while achieving ”ood protection, water supply and environmental restoration.Ž The Governing Board locked in a rolledbackŽ rate reduction that compensates for the increases in property values measured by property appraisers in the districts 16 counties. This keeps the actual amount of taxes paid by existing property owners the same as last year. For property owners in the Okeechobee Basin, which includes most of the districts 16 counties, the Governing Board rolled back the tax rate from $31 per $100,000 of taxable value this year to $29.36 per $100,000 of taxable value next year, a reduction of $1.64, or about 5.3 percent. For property owners in the Big Cypress Basin, which includes Collier and parts of mainland Monroe counties, the Governing Board rolled back the property tax rate from $25.45 per $100,000 of taxable value to $24.40 per $100,000 of taxable value, a reduction of $1.05, or about 4.1 percent. The property tax revenue collected, along with state and federal funding, will “nance an estimated $809 million budget that will pay for programs in the 2018-19 “scal year, including: € Providing ”ood control and hurricane/ storm response; € Improving water quality and imple menting projects to restore the Everglades; € Meeting ongoing water supply and water resource development needs; € Administering streamlined regulator y programs; € Meeting ongoing debt service payments, with no new additional debt proposed; € Managing more than 600,000 acres o f SFWMD-owned land to ensure public access and combat the spread of exotic and invasive species. The Governing Board will “nalize its tax assessments and budget during two public hearings in September. SFWMD reduces property tax millage The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € David Glenn Jennings, 31, King Drive, Sebring, was arrested July 12 by Deputy Francisco Hernandez on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with failure to appear driving while license suspended (habitual offender). He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and then transported to the Department of Corrections. € Julianna Rose Herrera, 23, Ridgdill Road, Clewiston, was arrested July 12 by Deputy Greg Mullen on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (synthetic cannabinoid) without a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $7,000. € Angela Marie Waldron, 41, Northwest 144th Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 by Deputy Ashley Waskiewicz on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $6,000. € Bryce Elaine Merchant, 21, Northeast 26th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested July 12 by Of“cer Michael Jordan on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $5,500. € Lanaisha Tanijha Slater, 19, Northwest 10th Avenue, Miami, was arrested July 12 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of attempting to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance (promethazine with codeine), fraudulent use of personal identi“cation information and possession of prescription form not completed or signed by practitioner. Her bond was set at $30,000. € Ahmaad Jamaal Hodges, 24, Northwest 187th Terrace, Miami Gardens, was arrested July 12 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of attempting to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance (promethazine with codeine), fraudulent use of personal identi“cation information and possession of prescription form not completed or signed by practitioner. He is being held without bond. € Ana-Nicole Mercado, 20, Northwest 201st Street, Hialeah, was arrested July 12 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of attempting to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance (promethazine with codeine), fraudulent use of personal identi“cation information, possession of prescription form not completed or signed by practitioner and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription. Her bond was set at $31,000. € Damian Rivera-Oyola, 28, Northwest Second Street, Okeechobee, was arrested July 13 by Deputy Robert Feldman on a felony charge of battery by person being detained in a jail upon other detainee. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not con victions, 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“rme d and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 2700 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street BURGLARY € 2900 block of Southeast 35th Avenue € 11500 block of Northeast 101st Street € 3600 block of Southwest 21st Street € 2800 block of Southeast 37th Avenue € 2800 block of Northwest 46th Avenue € 4200 block of Southeast 29th Court € 1500 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 2100 block of Northwest Third Street € 3400 block of Northwest 40th Drive € 8000 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 2800 block of Southeast 35th Avenue CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 2300 block of Southwest 28th Street € 3400 block of Southeast 34th Avenue € 3000 block of Northwest 34th Avenue € 1400 block of Northwest 47th Terrace € 1400 block of Northwest 45th Terrace FRAUD € 8400 block of U.S. 441 Southeast € 100 block of Northeast 64th Avenue IDENTITY THEFT € 3100 block of State Road 710 THEFT € 17900 block U.S. 441 North € 1500 block of State Road 70 East € 800 block of Southeast 36th Terrace € 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street € 1700 block of Northeast Second Street € 5200 block of Southeast 43rd Street OCSO Investigations Special to the Okeechobee News WASHINGTON, D.C. „ U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) requested that the Small Business Administration (SBA) quickly open a Business Recovery Center and make agency resources available to small businesses that are adversely affected by harmful algal blooms. According to Sen. Rubios letter, several Florida communities are once again confronted with harmful algal blooms that could have damaging and long-term impacts on small businesses located near Lake Okeechobee. Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Okeechobee counties rely heavily on clean waters and their environmental resources, drawing millions of visitors a year. Unfortunately, businesses in these counties potentially face signi“cant economic consequences from the negative impacts of harmful algal blooms on incomes drawn from “shing, real estate and tourism,Ž he wrote. Residents are already bracing for a repeat of 2016, when many of these same communities were victims of a debilitating summer of foul water conditions, he wrote. Rubio requests assistance for Florida business owners Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: € Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, € Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, € Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.


6 Okeechobee News July 15, 2018 Breakfast at the BHR MooseThe Buckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will serve a full breakfast on Sunday J uly 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. The public is welcome. A mvets 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. V FW will serve breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, July 15 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts go to veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882. V FW 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 “ve-card bingo at 6 p.m. Join them Friday, July 17, for pizza night from 5 to 7 p.m., with Karaoke with J ay and Patty from 6 to 9 p.m. Then on W ednesday, July 18, there will have “ve-card bingo at noon. A Philly cheese steak sinner w ill be served from 5 to 7 p.m. For informa tion, call 863-763-2308.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of SR 78 West next to Fast Break, w ill 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 infor mation 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 W ednesday, July 18 at 12:30 p.m. at The W hite 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 promot ing healthy pregnancies and healthy birth outcomes for Okeechobee County Residents. For information, contact Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Democrats will meet July 18The Okeechobee Democratic Executive committee invites the public to attend the monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. held at Beef O Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave.BHR VFW Auxiliary hosts dinnerThe BHR VFW Auxiliary will serve a beef tips and noodle dinner on Wednesday, July 18 at Post 9528, 29012 SR 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 or call 863-402-6540.BHR VFW serves up dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, July 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu will include grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried “sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fried onion rings, salad and desert. All proceeds will go to homeless veterans. For information, call 863-467-2882.Day of the Cowboy rodeo setThe Okeechobee Cattlemens Association will host a Day of the Cowboy Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, 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 is FREE ADMISSION for the public. Contestants will be competing for a spot at the Florida State Finals Ranch Rodeo in October.Fancy ME group to meetFancy ME (Machine Embroidery) will meet on Saturday, July 21 at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. This month we will be doing machine appliqu; bring your machine and sewing supplies, cotton dish towel and fabric. The doors open at 10 a.m. and the meeting goes to 4 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy the day with other machine embroidery enthusiasts. For information, call Linda at 863-697-2450 or Joan at 561-385-8216.Labor Day parade is Sept. 1The 2018 Labor Day parade will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 A poll was conducted through Facebook and the community voted to change the event from traditional Monday to Saturday to help kick off Okeechobee Main Streets festival in the park and Cattlemen Associations weekend rodeo events. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News The City of Okeechobee is now accepting applications from city residents who wish to be considered for appointment to serve on the Okeechobee City Council, to “ll the term left by the resignation of Michael OConnor. Individuals interested can access the application packet by visiting the website and by clicking on the EmploymentŽ tab on the left-hand side of the webpage. Applicants cannot pre“le to run for city council and apply for the open seat. The appointment to the council can be substituted in lieu of the election because of home rule powers, which authorize municipalities to either adopt the process provided in the Florida State Statutes or another method. The Okeechobee Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2 Administration, Article II-City Council, Section 2-39-Filling of vacancies in elective of“ces; procedures, states, Should any vacancy occur at any time in any elective of“ce of the City of Okeechobee, whether by death, resignation, forfeiture, removal or otherwise, said elective of“ce shall be promptly “lled by the appointment of a person who quali“es for a city of“ce, by a majority vote of the city council. Said appointee shall hold the of“ce for that period of time remaining in the of“ce to which he or she is appointed, and until he or she is then elected in a general election, or their successor in of“ce is duly elected and quali“ed.Ž The procedures to make the appointment are threefold: Upon being noti“ed of such vacancy, the mayor or his designee shall instruct the city clerk to publish a notice of vacancy in a newspaper of general circulation, with directions and date to apply for the position; the city clerk shall create an application packet, with a speci“ed deadline, for quali“ed electors of the City of Okeechobee, interested in being considered for appointment to the elected of“ce and to compile same for distribution to the cit y council; the city council shall “ll the vacancy, by majority vote, at a duly advertised cit y council meeting within 60 days of the notice being published. The individual who is appointed as a cit y council member will have the same authority, duties and responsibilities as if they were elected to the position. The appointee will be required to take an oath of of“ce to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Florida, as well as uphold all laws governing municipalities whether federal, state or local. The appointed citizen will serve on the council until Jan. 4, 2021. A copy of a voter registration card is required to be attached with the application form and the deadline for submission is at 4:30 p.m. on July 20. The tentative schedule will be to consider an appointment at the Aug. 7, regular city council meeting. Three city council members and the cit y clerk are up for election on Nov. 6 as well. The three city council member positions that are up for election are currently occupied by Councilman Noel Chandler, Councilman Gary Ritter and Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. The date to register to vote by is Oct. 9, with early voting beginning on Oct. 22, running through Nov. 3. The requirements to run for the positions are: be a city resident, be a registered voter, be at least 18 years old and “le all paperwork by deadline at 12 p.m. noon, Aug. 24. The location to “le for the position is at cit y hall, Okeechobee City Clerks Of“ce, 55 S.E. Third Ave., Room 100, and the qualifying fee is $159. For more information, contact Cit y Clerk Lane Gamiotea at 863-763-3372, extension 9814. City of Okeechobee to hold elections and appointment to “ll seats for 2018 terms Special to the Okeechobee News WASHINGTON „ The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that additional disaster assistance is available to the Seminole Tribe of Florida by authorizing increased federal funding for public assistance projects undertaken as a result of Hurricane Irma during the period of Sept. 4 through Oct. 4, 2017. Under the presidents major disaster declaration issued for the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Sept. 27, 2017, federal funding was made available for public assistance, hazard mitigation, and other needs assis tance under the Individuals and Households Program at 75 percent of the total eligible costs. For a period of 30 days from the start of the incident period, assistance for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, was authorized at 100 percent of the total eligible costs. Under the presidents order, the federal share for public assistance has been increased to 90 percent of the total eligible costs, except for those costs previously approved at 100 percent. Trump amends Seminole Tribe of Florida disaster declaration


July 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Okeechobee County School Board 2018 Annual Report Students Scoring as Level 1 and Level 2 on the English Language Arts Portion of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Grade Total Number Tested Number Scoring at Level 1 Percent Scoring at Level 1 Number Scoring at Level 2 Percent Scoring at Level 2 Numbers Scoring at Levels 1 and 2 Percent Scoring at Levels 1 and 2 35009419%14128%23547% 446114431%13028%27459% 550211222%16934%28156% 646214131%12928%27058% 750220741%13226%33968% 846014231%13429%27960% 939010527%8522%19049% 1041312129%11929%24058%Third Graders Promoted to Fourth Grade for Good Cause ELL/LEP students with less than 2 years in ESOL Students with disabilities (SWD) not tested on FSA per IEP Students passing an alternative assessment Students demonstrating pro“ciency through a portfolio SWD retained once with 2+ years of remediation Students retained twice with 2 or more years of remediation Students who were previously retained in 3rd grade Total promoted with Good Cause 64350280977Students Retained (not promoted) in Grades K through 10 Grade Number Retained End-Of-Year Membership Percent Retained K5248910.63% 1274905.51% 2154683.21% 3255554.50% 484831.66% 535260.57% 694901.84% 7285395.19% 8154833.11% 9414519.09% 10344687.26%The Student Progression Plan may be accessed at www.okee.k12.”.us/Policies-and-manuals Special to the Okeechobee News ATLANTA „ The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonpro“t organizations that Aug. 13 is the “ling deadline for federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans in Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 9-12, 2017. This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsbor ough, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Saint J ohns, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwan nee, Taylor, Union and Volusia in Florida. Under this declaration, the SBAs Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered “nancial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 3.305 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.5 percent for nonpro“t organizations, and terms up to 30 years. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBAs secure website at Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBAs Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339) for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than Aug. 13. Deadline approaching for SBA loans Special to the Okeechobee News MIAMI „ After urging by Audubon, the W hite House Of“ce of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report approving the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Res ervoir. This allows Congress to include this critical Everglades project in the 2018 Water Resources Development Act, currently un der consideration in the U.S. Senate. Audubon applauded the move and released the following statement: This is great news. With guacamole-thick algae plaguing waterways in Americas Everglades, Florida cannot afford any delays in advancing this critical Everglades restoration project,Ž said Celeste De Palma, A udubons director of Everglades policy. In less than 48 hours, more than a thousand A udubon advocates called on President Trump and Of“ce of Management and Bud get Director (Mick) Mulvaney to do the right thing and approve the critical Everglades A gricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir. We are excited the EAA Reservoir is one step closer to becoming a reality.Ž We would like to thank Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson; Gov. Rick Scott; and Congressmen Brian Mast, Ron DeSantis and Francis Rooney. They were instrumental in ensuring this project kept moving forward. With last nights Of“ce of Management and Budget approval, the project got to Congress in time to be added to the 2018 water bill. For the sake of Floridas waterways and the coastal communities that depend on them, Audubon will continue to work with Congress to ensure this project crosses the “nish line this year,Ž Ms. De Palma concluded. In combination with other restoration projects, the EAA Reservoir will help reduce harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries. The Central Everglades Planning Project will also deliver an annual average of 120 billion gallons of clean water to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay and signi“cantly increase much-needed freshwater ”ows to the south during the dry season. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Water Resources Development Act in June, in a 408-2 vote. The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a vote on its version of the bill sometime this month. Congressional authorization is required for the project to be eligible for federal funding. A udubon applauds Everglades reservoir project 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.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.


Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE „ The Division of Elections announces the following vote-by-mail ballot deadlines for Floridas upcoming primary election to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28: € For absent stateside and overseas uniformed service members and overseas civ ilians (also known as UOCAVA voters), the deadline for supervisors of elections to mail ballots for requests already made is Satur day, July 14. € For all non-UOCAVA voters, the initial w indow for supervisors of elections to mail ballots is from July 24 to July 31. € A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to any voter must be received by the supervisor of elections before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22. € The last day for supervisors of elections to mail vote-by-mail ballots requested for the primary election received after the initial deadlines listed above is Aug. 24. Vote-by-mail offers Florida voters the convenience of voting from the comfort of their home,Ž said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Voters also have the option of early voting and voting on election day at the polls. I encourage Florida voters to select the method of voting in the primary election that best works for them.Ž Voters who would like to request a voteby-mail ballot should contact their county supervisor of elections of“ce. The United States Postal Service encourages voters to mail back their voted ballots early to ensure timely receipt by Election Day. A voter may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the of“ce of their supervisor of elections up to the da y before the election or, if an emergency exists, on the day of the election. For additional information on 2018 elections dates, vote-by-mail ballots, go online to V ote-by-mail ballot deadlines announced for primary election „ a municipal services taxing unit (MSTU) „ to fund law enforcement, but found it would cost county taxpayers more. To fund the sheriffs department, it would require the MSTU would be 7.2135 mills. Funding the rest of the general fund would require another 2.8587 mills for a total of 10.0722 mills. The reason it would cost county taxpayers more to use a law enforcement MSTU is because the city property owners would be excluded from paying the law enforcement MSTU. City taxpayers fund their own police department. Mrs. Chartier said the homestead exemptions would apply to a law enforcement MSTU, so there is no bene“t to the county. We have the MSTU for EMS where we can do the assessment and we can apply that squarely based on the bene“t received,Ž said Commissioner Kelly Owens. She said they can work at the legislative level to “nd a way to fund part of the sheriffs of“ce with a special assessment that would be paid on all properties, regardless of homestead exemption. Due to the homestead exemptions, many county property owners pay little or no property taxes. The EMS assessment is not affected by homestead exemption. She suggested they might be able to “nd a way to pull the expense for the sheriffs department road patrol out of the county budget and fund it with a special assessment that could be charged to everyone (regardless of homestead exemption) since everybody bene“ts from road patrol. Just as EMS bene“ts everyone, road patrol also bene“ts everyone, she said. Everything the sheriffs of“ce does bene“ts the whole county,Ž said Commissioner David Hazellief. That argument wont hold water at the state level,Ž said Commissioner Owens. She said a special assessment is a longterm solution, but it is worth pursuing. I wish you luck, but when they (the legislature) voted in the extra homestead exemption, they pretty much told us what the y thought of us,Ž said Commissioner Hazellief. Budget presentations are planned for: € July 18, starting at 1 p.m.: supervisor o f elections, sheriff, county attorney, Agri-Civic Center, veteran services; € July 19, starting at 9 a.m.: propert y appraiser, senior services: parks and recreation, planning and zoning; building department; code enforcement; court administration; economic development; transportation disadvantaged; board of county commissioners; county administration; € July 20, beginning at 9 a.m.: cemeter y trust, solid waste, land“ll trust, residential solid waste; emergency management; mosquito control; soil and water conservation; capital improvements; library; € July 23, beginning at 9 a.m.: extension of“ce; facilities maintenance; airport; tourist development; tourism special revenue; health department; € July 24, beginning at 9 a.m.: “re rescue; CSX; public works, road improvement; € July 25, beginning at 9 a.m.: clerk of circuit court; tax collector. The county commission will set the tentative millage rate and special assessment rates at their July 26 meeting. BUDGETContinued From Page 1 8 Okeechobee News July 15, 2018 Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday “Best Burgers in South Florida!” 863.763.3127 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Dees Cattle, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.70 bought by Foy Reynolds. 711 Ranch, Kenansville, topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $.71 bought by Florida Beef. For sale: 74 pairs, crossbred, 6-10 year olds, Angus & Charolais sired $1150. 29 bred cows Calving Oct-Feb $900 Zipperer Beefmasters has 20 purebred and 20 commercial heifers for sale. Call 239-691-4803. Call Matt or Jeff I think people would be surprised to know that this has been going on a long time,Ž Mr. Kenworthy said. If someone comes to us with this issue, were able to sit down and “gure out a solution. Weve dealt with this situation before and we have single-stall and private bathrooms on our school grounds.Ž Again, our only intent with the policy was not to discriminate,Ž continued Mr. Kenworthy. The most recent statistics in the Florida youth risk behavior survey show that almost 16 percent of students in this state identify as LGBT. We need to do everything in our power to make sure those students are not discriminated against and feel welcome. Its not my place to get into the whole philosophical debate, whoever wants to decide to have that. Thats not my position, and I wont take a stand on that. My position is to make sure every kid who walks into our school is safe, and has the ability to learn. Thats my objective.Ž SCHOOLContinued From Page 1


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Once I moved to Okeechobee, at the age of 10, I w ould spend my summers jumping off bridges with my friend Nate, hydro-sliding and water skiing on Taylor Creek.Ž Of“cer Larue also enjoyed playing manhunt, also known as hide-and-seek, during night hours, and truth or dare with friends. Of“cer Larue graduated in 1995 from Okeechobee High School, with his favorite subject being classes on automotive work. My favorite course would have to be auto mechanics with Bobby Burk; he was a great in”uence in my love for mechanics. With the knowledge he bestowed upon me, I became a successful business owner here in Okeechobee in 2005 myself.Ž Aside from his love for mechanics, which also happened to be his favorite aspect of grade school, Of“cer Larue was on the high school wrestling team. When asked what he liked least about school, he answered, English ... (Im the) w orlds worst speller!Ž Of“cer Larue continued his automotive mechanics education after high school at what is now Indian River State College, where he earned an associates degree in automotive science. After he received his degree, Of“cer Larue chose to return to IRSC and pursue certi“cations in both law enforcement and “re rescue, where he was cross-trained as an emergency responder. Before his career began in law enforcement or anywhere else, Of“cer Larue entered the workforce through the retail grocery chain of Publix. He has been a law enforcement of“cer for over 10 years now and is currently certi“ed by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as an instructor for the OPD in the “elds of “rst aid, “rst responder and driving. He is also the “rst member of his family to work in the “eld. He began his career in law enforcement while working in an unrelated career “eld. I was working on a patrol car while employed with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. (Then) Deputy Brian Hagan and (then) Trooper Paul May would come in all the time, and Brian would sometimes let me use the radar gun to check the speeds of passing cars. Once, Sheriff Paul May and Undersheriff Noel Stephen sponsored my attendance through the academy. After a total of “ve and a half years with the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce and two years after becoming certi“ed, Noel recommended me to OPD Chief Denny Davis because they did not have a parttime position at the sheriffs of“ce. I am very thankful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me and to the individuals who have been there along the way.Ž When asked what made him choose his path of education and career, Of“cer Larue responded, My love for helping others.Ž Of“cer Larue then said that his career choices have strengthened his bond with the community, his morals and ethics, which he holds in high regard. My career has made me a part of the largest family in the world, brothers and sisters in blue. It has made me a sheepdog, not the sheep that is preyed on by the wolf.Ž He credits his wife, Tabitha Larue, as being the biggest in”uence in his career path, stating, She liked a man in uniform and thought it was very attractive!Ž Of“cer Larue also has one daughter, Deianira Larue, who recently completed the emergency medical (technician/technology) program at IRSC this year and will start at the “re academy in January 2019. In addition to his position with OPD, he is the owner of Total Roadside Service Center and Total Roadside Services Towing and Recovery. I was very fortunate when I started my business to have two great employees in Nate Baisley and Nick Valcaniant, who gave me the time necessary to “nish up my schooling to become an of“cer. Both positions allow me to be a positive in”uence in our community and allow me to help others in need. Since my business started back in 2005 with one truck, I can now say with a lot of hard work, dedication and the support o f the Okeechobee community, Total Roadside Services has expanded to nine trucks and currently employs 29 people,Ž Of“cer Larue expounded on his love for service to others. In his spare time from being a law enforcement of“cer and a business owner, Of“cer Larue likes to ”y airplanes, go “shing in the Keys and, of course, chasing my wife around the house!Ž Of“cer Larue is also a master mason and a proud member of the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237.Ž He said he would like to live in the year 3018 and that if he could meet anyone, it would be Jesus. I am currently a member at First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Through this time, I have been inspired and blessed by the affect Jesus has had on my life. Therefore, Jesus is who I would like to meet, and one question I have for him is, how and why did he come up with the blueprints on the way we live today?Ž When asked what superhuman power he would like to possess, Of“cer Larue answered, I want to use 100 percent of m y brain, affording me the opportunity to read peoples minds, because I would like to be able to determine whether they are trustworthy and loyal.Ž Meet the of“cer: OPDs Jeremy Larue Jeremy Larue


10 Okeechobee News July 15, 2018 Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding “nes are doubled in work zones. Travelers can visit or dial 511Ž from their phone to learn about traf“c conditions on major roadways across the state. Roadwork planned this week includes the following: € U.S. 441 at NE 312th Street: Crews w ill be performing overhead power line w ork removing old power lines and installing new ones. Nighttime lane closures from Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m. to Monday, J uly 16 at 6 a.m. Law Enforcement will be on site assisting with project when a temporary road shut down is necessary so that the crews can remove the power lines from the road. Please use caution in this area and watch for crews working in the roadway. € U.S. 441 from south of NE 131st Lane to south of NE 224th Street: Construction project: Crews are making improvements along 5.8 miles of U.S. 441 from south of NE 131st Lane to south of NE 224th Street. The project includes milling and resurfacing, adding a southbound left turn lane, drainage improvements, signing and pavement markers and signalization. Motorists should anticipate daytime and nighttime single-lane closures and follow ”agger direction. Expect delays and use caution… watch for workers in the construction zone. The contractor is Ranger Construction. Estimated completion date is fall of 2018. Motorists should expect single lane closures and be prepared to follow ”agger direction at the Intersection of Potter Road and U.S. 441 from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. € U.S. 98/U.S. 441, SR 78 and the access road to Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail: Construction project: Crews are making improvements at various locations along U.S. 98/U.S. 441, State Road 78 and the access road to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail in Okeechobee. Work includes sidewalk construction, shoulder widening, base work, drainage improvements, curb & gutter, guardrail removal, signing and pavement marking, signalization and lighting. Use caution and watch for workers close to the road. The contractor is American Lighting & Signalization. Estimated completion date is spring of 2018. € SR 70 from SW 78th Terrace to North Parrott Avenue/U.S. 441 from SR 70 to Osceola County: Maintenance permit project: Utility work will be close to the roadway in urban areas but further away in rural areas. Please use caution in these areas and watch for crews working close to the roadway. Road Watch


July 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Special to the Okeechobee News The heavy rainfall that came with Hurr icane Irma in September 2017 and the a bove-average rainfall in spring 2018 set t he stage for another large-scale summer a lgal bloom in Lake Okeechobee and the S t. Lucie (SLE) and Caloosahatchee (CE) R ivers and Estuaries. Residents and visitors a re concerned, upset and confused, and t hese emotions are nowhere more present t han on social media. Over the last couple of weeks, IFAS has scoured Facebook and will respond to this set of compiled Fre quently Asked Questions that were seen on t he comment feed of numerous posts and p ages. FAQ answers were provided by Karl H avens, director of Florida Sea Grant Coll ege Program, University of Florida; Edward Phlips, professor of algal physiology a nd ecology, University of Florida; and Lisa K rimsky, water resources regional special i zed agent, University of Florida IFAS.What if a pulse release is done to push the bloom out of the Caloosahatchee Estuary and it stimulates a near-shore red tide that is occurring right now?A long-standing process for dealing w ith cyanobacteria blooms in the Caloosahatchee River, which most often happen during droughts, is for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release a pulse of water from Lake Okeechobee of suf“cient volume to push the algae out to sea, where the cells burst and the bloom goes away. This year, there has been a concern about that ap proach because there has been a red tide (a marine harmful algal bloom) right offshore of the Caloosahatchee Estuary. The thought is that if the cyanobacteria bloom is pushed out to sea and the algal cells rupture and re lease all of their internally stored nutrients, it will make the red tide worse. It is unclear w hether this remains an issue, because as of last Friday (July 6) the red tide had migrated northward into the Sarasota area.What is being done to stop this from happening over and over?The existing 2018 bloom in Lake Okeechobee will likely continue throughout the summer until a large storm comes through the area or the water starts to cool. Freshwater releases were temporarily stopped for the St. Lucie and were dramati cally slowed for the Caloosahatchee on July 1. (On July 8, the corps stopped all releases east and west.) In a longer-term context, there are numerous efforts underway throughout the state of Florida that are addressing water quality, algae blooms and the discharge of w ater out to the coasts. An in-depth descrip tion of all these efforts is beyond the scope of this response, so here is a general overv iew of the issue and solutions. There are two main challenges that need to be addressed to prevent the occurrence year after year „ water quality and quantity. € First, reductions in nutrients (both nitrogen and phosphorus) need to occur in the greater Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades Basin. This includes direct inputs into Lake Okeechobee as well as in the eastern and western watersheds. Algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee in the 1980s were the impetus for the surface water improvement and management plan and certain sectors, such as agriculture, have made signi“cant reductions in nutrient inputs. Today, Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee Estuary Basin, and the St. Lucie River and Estuary are all under Basin Management Action Plans (BMAP) that provide a blueprint for reducing pollutant loadings. While signi“cant reductions in nutrients from sources have occurred, there are numerous challenges to reducing inputs to the lake. In fact, there has been no reduction in total nutrient loading to Lake Okeechobee since nutrient control programs began. Much of the watershed now is saturated with phosphorus, to the extent that even if all sources were stopped today, it is estimated that the current high loading rate to the lake would last more than 50 years. It is for this reason, that the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has been pursuing regional nutrient control programs along with controls at sources „ in order to stop the sources and also to capture the legacy nutrients from soils, wetlands and other places before they reach the lake. € The second challenge that needs to be addressed is that of water quantity. Lake Okeechobee now acts as a reservoir rather than a lake with ”uid boundaries. Water levels in the lake are managed for ”ood control and human safety. There are numerous existing constraints to moving the water south out of Lake Okeechobee. In order to reduce or eliminate discharges to the west and east coasts „ the only viable option right now „ alternative water storage and water ”ow projects need to occur.Will the EAA Reservoir help?The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir is one of a number of water storage tools that will help, though not solve, the problem. The 2017 water resources law directed the expedited design and construction of the EAA Reservoir. The current proposal will be designed to hold at least 240,000 acre-feet of water and include water quality features necessary to meet state and federal water quality standards. The SFWMD projects that the EAA project, when used in conjunction with authorized Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects, will reduce the overall number of discharge events from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries by 63 percent, and the volume of discharge by approximately 55 percent. The proposed plan would reduce the number of high-”ow freshwater discharges that are detrimental to oyster populations by 40 percent for the SLE and 55 percent for the CE. According to the project schedule, the report will be submitted for congressional authorization by December 2019. It is important to note that the projections provided by the SFWMD are contingent upon the completion of other CERP projects, which are estimated to take 35-plus years to achieve.Will CERP solve this problem?The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is a 35-plus-year plan to restore, preserve and protect the South Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region, including water supply and ”ood protection.Ž The 68 project components within the plan address the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of freshwater in the natural system. There are a number of projects within CERP that will have direct impacts on Lake Okeechobee and the coastal estuaries. To answer this question in short, we provide a list of projects (ongoing and proposed) that address water quantity since these are the most pertinent to the issue of freshwater discharges. Reservoirs „ In addition to the EAA Reservoir, CERP includes construction of the C-43 western basin reservoir, the Indian River Lagoon-South Project which includes the C-44 eastern basin reservoir, C-23, 24, and 25 reservoirs, and a northern Kissimmee River reservoir. Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) „ ASR technology provides the ability to store and recover large volumes of water over longer periods of time. ASR facilities inject treated and untreated groundwater, partially treated surface water and reclaimed wastewater into the Floridan Aquifer. The water is injected in areas where the aquifer is brackish. This creates a freshwater bubble that allows for water to be recovered and returned to the lake for use during drought years. CERP originally planned for 333 wells at 5 million gallons per day. A groundwater modeling study identi“ed numerous constraints to ASR and the number of possible ASR wells has been modi“ed to 130. Additional water storage opportunities outside of those in CERP are being implemented when available. For example, dispersed water management, or water farming, distributes shallow water across parcel landscapes such as fallow citrus land and is currently being used. Even with all of these water storage projects, the entirety of CERP will take decades to implement and is still more than 1 million acre-feet of water short of the water storage necessary to eliminate freshwater discharges out into the estuaries. In an independent report to the Legislature from UF in 2015, it was determined that the reduced number of ASR wells that will be built, the fact that a proposed set of reservoirs called the Lake Belt will not be built, and that the lake currently is holding about 500,000 acre-feet less water than under an earlier schedule, when CERP is complete, it will fall short by over 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 acre-feet of regional storage. A 2016 report by the National Academy of Science af“rmed that “nding and noted that unless more projects are added to CERP, it will not meet its intended objectives, including not reaching the expected goals for protecting the estuaries.Are deep injection wells a good short-term solution to stop releases of water?Deep well injection (DWI) is the permanent disposal of water deep below the earths surface. DWI is currently being considered as an option to use when discharges to the estuaries are necessary. Proposed use of wells would occur only when freshwater would otherwise be lost to the ocean, causing harm to the estuaries on the way. There is debate about the use of DWI since disposed water is not recoverable. Deep well injection is not a new technology, and there are currently 180 Class I wells in operation in Florida, most for wastewater disposal into the boulder zone. Deep injection wells alone will not entirely eliminate freshwater discharges to the estuaries. An internal South Florida Water Management District analysis of future conditions suggests that the use of 50 deep injection wells in combination with proposed restoration projects reduce the annual volume of lake discharge by 67 percent and 77 percent for the SLE and CE, respectively. A lgae experts respond to frequently asked questions Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.Ž People in the community who are looking for proper ”ag disposal can bring their ”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digni“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an of“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283.Blood drives planned in JulyThe need for blood donations doesnt take a vacation. Blood donations are needed year round in order for area hospitals to maintain a safe blood supply, tested, processed and ready to use when the need arises. Because blood is processed into blood components, such as plasma and red cells, and each patient only receives the blood components he or she needs, one donation may help to save three lives, The bloodmobiles will be in Okeechobee in July at the following locations. € 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.


12 Okeechobee News July 15, 2018 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 certication 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 oce at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 or 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 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. The South Florida Water Management District is searching for an Industrial Electrician – Medium Voltage. High School Diploma/ GED and 2+ years’ experience. Apply Job ID 2164BR The South Florida Water Management District is searching for a Heavy Equipment Operator. High School Diploma/ GED and 2+ years’ experience. Apply Job ID 2151BR The South Florida Water Management District is searching for a Fleet Technician. High School Diploma/ GED and 4+ years’ experience. Apply Job ID 2185BR Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 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 Employment Full Time NOW HIRING full time position for welding apprentice/ shop laborer. Great opportunity for advancement with growing company. Must have clean driving record. Drug Free Workplace. Starting wage $10 per hour. Some benefits offered. Apply in person at ADRON FENCE Co. 1132 NE 12th Street. 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 Administrative Assistant STRONG organizational skills; must be computer literate with 3 years exp in Windows Environment including Word & Excel. Will support Senior Level Leadership in various projects. Must be Culturally Sensitive. Apply at Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center, 2015 US Highway 441 North., Okeechobee, FL E-mail resume to or fax to (561) 472-9692 EOE/DFWP 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@ XRay TechARRT Registry Required. Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or complete application at 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 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. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids.


July 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATION AND CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTIONNOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a request for a change in zoning from the existing classification of Agriculture (A) to the proposed classification of Heavy Commercial (C-2) and to consider a Special Exception to allow package sales of wine in a Heavy Commercial (C-2) zoning district. The property owner is Hamrick & Sons, Inc. The applicant is Hanlex Development, LLC. The property address is 3040 US Highway 441 N and is more particularly described as follows: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE NORTHEAST ONE-QUARTER (NE 1/4) OF SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 9; THENCE SOUTH 0028’59” EAST ALONG THE EAST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 9, A DISTANCE OF 545.83 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0028’59” EAST ALONG SAID EAST LINE, A DISTANCE OF 253.74 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTHERLY LINE OF THAT CERTAIN PARCEL DESCRIBED AS PARCEL 127-C, RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK (ORB) 446, PAGE 1835, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 5421’28” WEST ALONG SAID PARCEL 127-C BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 268.65 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 1840’47” WEST ALONG SAID PARCEL 127-C BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 70.05’; THENCE SOUTH 8906’17” WEST ALONG SAID PARCEL 127-C BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 61.27 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0009’30” WEST ALONG SAID PARCEL 127-C BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 16.40 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 8906’06” WEST ALONG SAID PARCEL 127-C BOUNDARY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 38.87 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EAST RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 15 (U.S. HIGHWAY NO. 441); THENCE NORTH 0016’23” WEST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 186.59 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0002’37” WEST ALONG SAID EAST RIGHT-OFWAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 273.90 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE EASTERLY EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF NW 30TH LANE; THENCE NORTH 8946’38” EAST ALONG SAID EASTERLY EXTENSION OF THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NW 30TH LANE, A DISTANCE OF 339.90 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 2.97 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING to consider the request for a change in zoning will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom, Room 270, Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Planning Board or Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at these meetings or hearings will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk and Community Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the County Clerk and of the Community Development Department. Okeechobee County Community Development Department 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A; Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Petitions R-2018-0712 and S-2018-0761 273094 ON 7/8,15/2018 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 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. Beautiful Samantha’s Garden 2bed/2bath, $850/month. $600 sec. 1 year lease. 2 person occupancy. 863-634-5780. Credit and background chec k 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 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 FULLY FURNISHED 2/1 LOCATED IN KINGS BAY, COMMUNITY SWIMMING POOL & TENNIS COUR, TILE FLOORS THRU OUT, NICELY EQUIPPED KITCHENWASHER-DRYER, GARAGE -SCREEN ROOMS LONG OR SHORT TERMWITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES. (863) 447-0742. 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. BoatsBASS BOAT 1999 Stratus, 19 Ft. 6 In. w/a 2007 Suzukie, 4 Stroke, 175 hp. Looks and runs great! Very fuel efficient. Located in Buckhead Ridge. $9,500. 937-409-4562 lv. msg. 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. 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14 Okeechobee News July 15, 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 | | 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 € Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863) ~Our Priorities are simple..Theyre Yours! R-BAR ESTATES POOL HOME ~ 3 Bd/ 3 Ba/ 2 CG, carport and 24x35 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


July 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 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


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