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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 50¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 97 Special to the Okeechobee NewsOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue recently conducted training in freeing those trapped in crashed vehicles. 14.54 feetLast Year: 13.27 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Palmetto berry rules explained ... Page 7 Gator hatching festival ... Page 2 Eighth-graders can win trip ... Page 3 Early voting ... Page 9 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Tykes and Teens program targets mental health ... Page 16 Gerald Lefebvre Injured?FREEConsultationLaw Ofces of Lefebvre763.3333Okeechobee, Florida Special to the Okeechobee NewsKickboxers competeLogan Ray, Lacey Campbell, Karana Bernard and Matt Tullio of Rays Combat Kickboxing in Okeechobee competed in the 2018 International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Classic held in Orlando. Although none came home with a title belt, Rays Combat owner Coleman Ray is proud of his “ghters and says they are already looking forward to the 2019 World Classic. Back row from left to right are: Susan Ray, Coleman Ray and Gerald Shockley. Front row from left to right are: Logan Ray, Lacey Campbell and Kariana Bernard. For the story, see Page 8. By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News Okeechobee County Fire Rescue conducted advanced extrication training over the past several weeks after receiving a donation of 12 vehicles from Total Roadside Services Towing and Recovery, greatly reducing the overall cost of the training block. According to OCFR Captain Justin Hazellief, the course was taught over a two-week block with the “rst iteration having taken place July 9-12. The second half of the training occurred during July 23-26, and provided a more in-depth look at the advanced extrication techniques for those victims heavily entrapped. The course was a total of 40 hours of class time. OCFR had 26 personnel become state-certi“ed in vehicle and machinery rescue (VMR), as well as eight others who utilized the course as a continuDonation of vehicles helps OCFR trainingSee OCFR „ Page 8 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Tests by the University of Florida show the cyanobacteria bloom in the lake has changed. At the start of the summer, the dominant type was a species of Microcystis, according to Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDEP) tests. In late July, the Microcystis bloom appeared to die off. A new bloom that has grown in size in August is a different type of cyanobacteria. Changes in the cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee have been tracked this summer by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration using satellite imagery to detect cyanobacteria in the water column. The NOAA imagery cannot determine what kind of cyanobacteria is present. Nitrogen from the air fuels blue-green algaeSee ALGAE „ Page 8


€ Okeechobee Tourist Development Council (TDC), Okeechobee County Airport & the Landing Strip Caf present the August Chamber Rise-Up Breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. This event consists of lite breakfast and three to four speakers on various topics and organizations affecting our community! The chamber loves to bring different networking events each month to accommodate all schedules! Want to attend both, please do! Want to but cant, just login into Facebook and search #ChamberCandidCamera to catch up on what you missed! Hope to see you in person, but if not give us a w ave on our LIVE video feed! € Come join us on Aug. 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 1409 S. Parrott Ave. Interested in learning more about your banking options, looking for new contacts for your business? Looking to share your budding new company? The chamber has the event for you! At the Chamber Business After Hours this month hosted by Seacoast National Bank, you can “nd all this and more! The Business After Hours begins with networking time to meet others in the community as well as in the business world! Chamber staff and ambassadors are there to make introductions and help answer any questions you may have. Around 5:45 p.m. the games begin! We often “nd that icebreaker games are a good way to get to know others at the event that you may not have made it to yet and allows us to start getting to know the evenings host in a fun an inactive way whether it is a tour, games, contest, etc. When the fun is done, its time for the business to show us what they are all about, plus give out some prizes! Before ending, we will open the ”oor to community announcements and then everyone is dismissed to continue making the rounds or travel on! We look forward to seeing you at this event on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 1409 S. Parrott Ave. € GRAND Reopening and Ribbon-cutting of Tin Fish Restaurant on Monday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. Dakota Marchiano and her staff are looking forward in showing us all their new improvements and new menu items as well. Since becoming sole owner, Dakota has used her culinary creativity to enhance the menu using traditional recipes and making them her own. € Ribbon-cutting … Aug. 29 at noon, for Communities Connected for Kids, which was previously Devereux Community Based Care. Its a re-branding initiative they called New Name, Same Passion.Ž The point of our re-branding is to be fully integrated into the communities we serve, so we thought it was important to include those communities in the process,Ž said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for Devereux Community Based Care. We think this is the name that best captures who we are,Ž Ms. Kaiser said. We are four counties, four communities working together to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of abused, abandoned and neglected children.Ž The ribbon-cutting will take place in their of“ce located at 208 N.E. Seventh Street, in the Cowboys Plaza. € Sept. 13, Rise Up With the Chamber at Brown Cow Sweetery, located at 103 S.W. Park St., from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Mark and Paulette Bragel have invited us back to their amazing chocolate factory. € OK Corral Gun Club. Youve heard of it, you know its there, but you just havent ventured out. Now is your chance to come and “nd out what youve been missing. Join us at The OK Corral Gun Club, located at 9449 N.E. 48th St., on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for our Chamber After Hours. Come early because there is a lot to see. Located on 380 acres, its Floridas premier shooting club and western town hosting 10 outdoor shooting venues, 24 rustic chic cabins, two banquet venues, a restaurant, a full y stocked pro shop and a staff that never stops smiling. You will leave wanting to book your next event there. A strong recommendation is to RSVP, particularly for the tour as space is limited. Beverages and snacks will be served and all attendees will receive a free gift. Tours of the facility will be offered at 5 p.m. with an education icebreaker at 5:45 p.m. and a presentation by the general manager and events director at 6 p.m.2 Okeechobee News August 15, 2018 image courtesy of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute WilDAlaskan Salmon WilDAlaskan Salmon^ in season now! Today: Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High near 90F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear skies. Low 72F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastThursday: Mostly sunny in the morning with isolated thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 91F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Thursday Night: Clear skies. Low 72F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Friday: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 91F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night: Clear. Low 72F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News PALMDALE „ Gatorama will host its 15th annual Alligator Hatching Festival daily from A ug. 18 through Sept. 3 at the animal park at 10665 U.S. 27, Palmdale. It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world! This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children about one of natures fascinating life cycles,Ž said Gatorama owner Allen Register. For the next couple of w eeks we will welcome over “ve thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests w ill be able to see and feel these little baby alligators wiggle out of the eggs.Ž Visitors to Gatorama will also be able to learn about the history of the American alligator and how the populations have been protected through one of the most truly successful, sustainable-use management programs ever implemented. American alligators have been off the endangered species list since 1987 and populations are still growing. Alligator farming is an important part of the program. New exhibits and activities for everyone have been added since rebuilding the park due to Hurricane Irma damage last September. With our website, guests may book reservations online and bypass the line at the front desk and go to a special queue to have their e-tickets scanned! This improvement should allow us to provide a smoother experience for our guests,Ž Mr. Register said. Hatching times are listed on Gatoramas website. The Hatching Festival runs every day through Sept 3. After-school hatching times are available at 5 p.m. each weekday. Regular admission includes the educational hatching programs. For guests who want a hands-on experience, a Hatch and HoldŽ package is available. Gatorama opened in 1957 as one of Floridas “rst alligator attractions. It is still a popular tourist attraction as well as an operating alligator farm. For more information, prices and directions as well as to book your Hatch and Hold package, visit or www. Gatorama hosts annual Alligator Hatching Festival Chamber of Commerce News Special to the Okeechobee NewsGatorama will welcome over 5,000 alligators in the next few weeks.


August 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Lake Okeechobee Real Estate Magazine In Print & Online your best resource for finding your dream home Realtors, to place your advertisement in our magazine, contact one of our dedicated sales representatives 863.763.3134 Find Your Way By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Two businesses at the City of Okeechobees main intersection of U.S. 441 and State Road 70 face “nes for failure to maintain their properties. The Okeechobee CVS and Walgreens properties have both been found in violation of the citys codes. The city code de“nes public nuisance as the existence of excessive accumulation of litter or untended vegetation, garbage, w eeds, or other dead or living plant life; or places holding stagnant water, and all other objectionable, unsightly or unsanitary matter upon any lot, track of land within the city, w hether uncovered or under shelter.Ž City code also requires: All owners of improved property shall cut and keep cut all weeds, grasses or undergrowth on the entire property, to a height not to exceed eight inches. Also, all landscaping shall be trimmed and kept in a neat appearance so as not to adversely affect the aesthetic appearance of the property and adjacent properties.Ž On Jan. 9, the city code board found Okeechobee Park Street LLUC (Walgreens) in violation of city codes related to landscaping and public nuisance, and imposed a “ne of $50 per day until the violations come into compliance. As of Aug. 2, the accrued “ne was $8,250. The city has made personal contact with the store and/or district management on numerous occasions regarding this lien, but it appears no one at the district or corporate of“ce is willing to make an effort to resolve the compliance issue,Ž wrote City Attorney John Cook in an Aug. 2 letter to the company. Under Florida Statute, if a lien remains unresolved in excess of 90 days, the city council may recommend that a lien foreclosure be “led in circuit court against the offending party. This time period has now elapsed, but further action has not to date been presented to the city council for consideration,Ž Mr. Cook wrote. At this time the city will postpone further action for a period of 30 days to await a response. You are advised that even if the violations are resolved, the accrued monetary lien will remain in effect until paid, or a corporate representative appears at a code board meeting to request a “ne reduction,Ž Mr. Cook wrote. In similar action, in a Feb. 13 hearing, the city code board found Spirit CV Okeechobee FL LLC (the CVS property) in violation o f city codes related to landscaping/public nuisance. The accrued “ne as of Aug. 2 was $6,850. This business was also given 30 days to respond to an Aug. 2 letter from the city attorney. It may or may not be feasible for the cit y to “le a foreclosure action, but it certainl y would be embarrassing to the company i f this action were to occur,Ž wrote Mr. Cook. This city would much rather have the store come into compliance with codes, as it would resolve the enforcement issue, and result in an aesthetic improvement to the location.Ž Local businesses cited for code violations Special to the Okeechobee News TAMPA „ AAA will give Florida eighth-graders the chance to go on the trip of a lifetime. The Auto Club Group will hold a contest where the winners receive free round-trip airfare to Amsterdam, travel insurance, money for passports and a river cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium. The Auto Club Group is partnering with A MA Waterways and Allianz Global Assistance to provide the trip. A total of 60 students in select states will be chosen to go on w hat AAA calls the Discovery CrewŽ cruise. The contest runs from Aug. 21 through Sept. 21. Students can enter at DiscoveryCrew. To be eligible, students must be: € Entering the eighth grade in good standing; € At least 13 years old; € Reside in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, W isconsin or select areas of Illinois, Indiana or Minnesota; € Visit to con“rm eligibility. Winners will be selected based on: € A creative sel“e, showcasing their love for travel; and, € Their answers to three essay questions: 1. Why do you want to go on this trip? 2. How do rivers affect the communities through which they run? 3. During the trip, youll meet many people. In what ways do you expect the people you meet to be similar to and different from yourself and your friends and family? Winners will be noti“ed beginning in October. Those students get to bring one parent or legal guardian to serve as a chaperone. Each pair will share a cabin while sailing on the AMA Waterways AmaDanteŽ ship, from March 28 to April 4, 2019. This is the “rst time AAA has held a contest like this,Ž said Deborah Haas, AAA-The Auto Club Group vice president for travel products and services. We truly want to inspire young travelers and make the world their classroom. The winners will explore beautiful destinations in the Netherlands and Belgium, learn about the people and their culture and create memories that will last a lifetime. AAA is extremely excited to co-sponsor the contest and trip,Ž Ms. Haas continued. This would not be possible without our travel partners AMA Waterways „ who donated the cruise „ and Allianz Global Assistance.Ž Contest rules No purchase necessary. Legal residents of speci“c zip codes served by The Auto Club Group within the United States who are at least 13 years old and who are eighth-grade students in good standing at their school at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 9/21/18. For of“cial rules, prize descriptions, and eligible zip codes, visit Sponsors: The Auto Club Group, 1 Auto Club Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126; AmaWaterways, 26010 Mureau Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; Allianz Global Assistance (a brand of AGA Service Co.), 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, V A 23233. A AA announces contest for Florida eighth-graders Okeechobee High senior photo sessions scheduledMembers of the Okeechobee High School Class of 2019 should sign up online at” for appointments for senior pictures. You can view this site to see your session options and answers to frequently asked questions. Seniors must have these pictures taken if they want to be in the OHS yearbook. Prestige Portraits will be on OHS campus on the following days: € Aug. 15, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; € Aug. 16, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; € Aug. 20, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; € Aug. 21, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; € Aug. 22, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and, € Aug. 23, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is the responsibility of the student to set up an appointment. They can only photography 35 students each session. Students are encouraged to sign up early. Any questions, please contact Mr. Pung for further information at pungc@okee. k12.”.us. Prestige Portrait Studio, 7707 S.W. Elipse Way, Stuart, can also be contacted at 800-749-2796 or 772-463-0457.


Algae€ My swimming pool gets algae. Maybe we need to treat the water in the lake like a pool. Just add muratic acid and chlorine.Ž … Richard Webb € I was on the lake this morning and I didnt see any blue-green algae.Ž … Brock Hancock € I was all over the north end and heading into the red spot on the map. I didnt see absolutely anything.Ž … Jim Christensen € My pond in Southern Illinois has algae right now. Did it come from Lake Okeechobee, too? LOL! Heat and water, gonna get algae.Ž … Joan Edwards Tolbert € The Corps of Engineers loves to spend money. You know where that comes from?Ž … Jerry Glisson € Im not sure what NOAA sees, but if they will come get on my boat, Ill show them true facts!Ž -Mike Krause € Its hot. Its summer. Theres algae in the lake. None of this is a surprise. The problem is the nutrient load coming in from north of the lake. We all know that. When are they going to require developments to control and clean their own runoff? When will the state provide some money to get all areas along waterways on sewer instead of septic? When will they ban landspreading of all treated sewage statewide?Ž … K. BookerEngagementThe story about City Administrator Marcos Montes de Oca proposing to his girlfriend during a city council meeting brought these responses.€ Congratulations to you both! Now this is what we should see more of in Okeechobee. Happy news! Smiles, laughter, love! Not all these drugs, violence, shootings, car wrecks, sadness!Ž … Elizabeth Santos€ I like great news like this! Congratulations to the happy couple!Ž … Judy Harris White August 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! Faith Alive Family Church at 3075 S.W. Third Terrace, is non-denominational and Pastors Paul and Jen Smith would like to invite all to worship. Sunday service and kids church is at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, adult and youth (6th-12th grade) service is at 6:30 p.m. Find them on Facebook at Faith A live Family Church. On Facebook, they are live on Sunday mornings. For information, call 863-6234233. Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 Hwy. 441 S.E., comes with an exciting message of hope, and a vision to reach out to all people in Okeechobee and the surrounding area. Pastor Douglas T. Ryan graduated from Hobe Sound Bible College. Be looking out for him in your community as he boldly encourages people everywhere to start a new exciting life with Jesus Christ as their guide. We welcome all to our family of friendly people who just seek to show you an outpouring of Gods love. Our service on Sunday starts at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. We also invite all to our Wednesday or Sunday evening gathering at 6:30 p.m. The Pentecostals of Okeechobee 405 S.W. 10th Ave., have services on the followings days and times: Sunday school, all ages is at 10 a.m.; Sunday word and worship is at 11 a.m.; Tuesday prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; and Wednesday worship, Bible study and kids church is at 7 p.m. Pastor Raymond Warren can be reached at 863-634-4567, email: penteofokee@, Spanish services are also available; call for times of services. Victory Baptist Church 500 S.W. 9th St., would like to invite the public to attend any or all of their services each Sunday. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. for all ages. Morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. and includes old fashioned preaching and singing. The youth band consists of the piano, violin, mandolin and guitar, as well as various singing groups. Sunday evening service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening prayer and Bible study and kids bible club is at 7 p.m. The King James Bible is used. For information, please call 863-763-0669. A rea churches host special events and times Dear Community,Our Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 will host a Halloween Event on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. We would like to invite you to join us with a commitment of a booth. There is no booth rental required; the booths will be 10 feet wide and 15 feet deep. The booths will line the walls inside the arena ”oor. We ask that you donate a minimum of 10 large bags of candy for the event. Your booth needs to have a Halloween theme, and please have a simple quick game for the children to play, such as a bean bag toss, or Nerf objects to try to hit the bulls eye. These are just suggestions! Be creative! Make it fast and fun! Decorate the area in spooky fashion! Dress yourself and your volunteers for the part! This event is an attempt to keep our children off the streets, out of traf“c and safe! The candy must be sealed in the bag it was purchased in until it arrives and is opened for distribution, therefore offering some control against tampering. Please ensure that the individual pieces of candy are separately wrapped and in sealed bags. There will be some concessions onsite, that evening and prior to the start. Setup can be done during the afternoon starting at 3 p.m. If you need to set up earlier than that, please let us know! We wish this event to be a fun, family event! There will be presence of sheriffs of“ce personnel and Okeechobee County Fire Department EMT staff. If you cannot provide a booth, please consider making a donation of candy or monies to use to purchase additional treats for the attendants! Perhaps consider being a collection site also! We will be advertising this event on WOKC Radio, the Okeechobee News, sending mass emails through groups and on Facebook! Please contact us ASAP to ensure your spot at the event and to have your treats picked up! If you wish to be a collection site, also let us know, we will provide a decorated box and announce your location! Thank you for being a part of our wonderful community! Together, we can make a difference! Lake Okeechobee Elks #2871Million-dollar educationAs one of 10 children, there was no such thing as your own room. One night we were awakened to urgent orders to go in the other bedroom. We didnt know why, but we obeyed. The Hungarian Revolution was in full swing. Refugees were coming into our country. Churches were forming coalitions to “nd homes for these people. The Polish Catholic church in our town had arranged for host families for a trainload of refugees. The wrong train arrived. There were no host families for this group. But then there were. Every one of those travelers had a family willing to help them. These men were scared, couldnt speak English, had no one and only the clothes on their back. And, as the months wore on, they learned English with our help, got jobs and were assimilated into America. It was a milliondollar education for me, and Ill treasure it forever. J.T. Martin Letters to the Editor


August 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee NewsA 31-year-old Okeechobee woman was the victim of a theft involving a lottery-style scam. On Aug. 9, Deputy Jose Garcia of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) responded to Publix Super Market in regard to a theft complaint. Deputy Garcia spoke with the complainant, who reportedly informed him that she was approached by a male wearing a white T-shirt with red stripes and a black hat, who apparently shook her hand, gave her a hug and said that he had won $400,000 but needed $4,000 as a down payment so he could retrieve the funds. The man supposedly agreed to give the w oman $10,000 if she was able to provide him the $4,000. The woman reportedly got into a vehicle with the man, where she then met a w oman seated in the passenger seat on their way to Aldi Super Market. The wom an in the passenger seat apparently said she needed to go to her house brie”y to grab the money she supposedly left on the kitchen table. The complainant then reported that both she and the man exited the vehicle and waited in the parking lot for the womans return. The report then stated that once the female returned to the parking lot, the trio went to Bank of America, where they dropped off the complainant, who then went into the bank and withdrew $4,000 from her account. As she left the bank, the complainant noticed the car had parked around the corner of the bank. She then proceeded to the vehicle, and they all went to a parking lot outside of Publix Super Market. The complainant then asked the couple for their names, to which the male replied Juan Carlos Cruz and the female gave the one-word answer of Esmeralda, per the report. Esmeralda then went into grocery store to supposedly purchase stamps and paper to send the $4,000 and Tylenol for Juan because his leg was in some kind of supposed pain. The complainant said Esmeralda came out of the store with a grocery bag that appeared to be wrapped around some kind of object before entering the vehicle and asking the complainant to go into the store and purchase the Tylenol. Esmeralda stated to the complainant that the store supposedly refused to sell her the over-the-counter medication due to her alleged pregnancy, noted the report. The report then stated the woman gave the $4,000 to Juan while in the vehicle and Esmeralda gave the woman the grocery bag she had earlier and claimed that it contained the $10,000. Esmeralda then apparently asked the woman again to go into the store and retrieve the medicine, that she now stated was paid for but needed to be picked up and then gave her a receipt. The woman reportedly went into the store and asked for the medicine from the pharmacy. The pharmacy apparently told the woman that no one had paid for any medication and when she went outside to look for the car and couple they were gone. She then opened the grocery bag, found an empty balled-up envelope and then decided to call law enforcement. The report concluded that the victim gave a written statement as to the incident along with a brief description of the vehicle and suspects to law enforcement. Deputy Garcia reportedly went to Bank of America and discussed the matter with the bank manager. The manager provided the bank statement of the $4,000 withdrawn and informed him that he would have to contact the banks fraud investigation department to obtain the outside and inside video recordings of the bank. OCSO Deputy Tyler Ott reportedly went into Publix Super Market to obtain the video footage in an attempt to identify the possible suspects. The video and bank statements were submitted into evidence. Deputy Garcias report stated that he will attempt to locate Juan and Esmeralda on his next shift and the investigation is still pending. OCSO has put out examples of different types of scams, warning the community to not fall victim to them: € The Internal Revenue Service will never call you on the phone and state you must pay or be arrested. € A law enforcement agency will never call and say there is a warrant for your arrest but if you pay they will dismiss it. € If someone says they need your help to cash a check because they have no identi“cation, say noŽ and walk away or hang up the phone. € If someone contacts you stating that your loved one is in dire straights (jail, traf“c crash, hospital, etc.) and needs money: Take the time necessary to try to contact the individual or someone who would kno w that persons whereabouts and would able to verify the condition of the loved one in question. Do not just send money out o f immediate fear. € The Social Security Administration will not contact you and ask for money. € If someone claims they or you, have won the lottery and need your help to collect the money (via prepaid credit cards, iTunes gift cards, etc.) walk away, end the phone call or do not respond to the email / text message. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Okeechobee woman loses thousands in lottery scam 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 High w ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Correc tions (DOC). € Shana Lynn Dana, 40, was arrested A ug. 10 by Of“cer Ryan Holroyd on a Hendry County felony warrant charging her with unlawful sale, manufacture, alteration, delivery, uttering or possession of counterfeit-resistant prescription blanks for controlled substances. Her bond was set at $25,000. € Lisa Aguilar Garcia-Cardena, 45, Northeast 55th Trail, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 10 by Deputy Shane Bogner on a DOC felony warrant charging her with violation of probation possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of violation of probation use or possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held without bond. € Thomas David Arnold, 33, Southeast 50th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by DOC Of“cer Sherry Anderson on a felony charge of violation of probation possession of “rearm by convicted felon. He was arrested Aug. 13 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of traf“cking a controlled substance (heroin), traf“cking a controlled substance (hydromorphone), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. € Demetris Dennis Campbell, 19, Caliente Drive, Jacksonville, was arrested Aug. 12 by Deputy Jonathon Gove on a Jacksonville County felony warrant charging him with violation of probation. He is being held without bond. € James Emory Choquette, 44, Northwest 35th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Of“cer Michael Jordan on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription and a misdemeanor charge of retail theft. His bond was set at $3,000. € Ranasia McCray, 15, Northeast 39th Boulevard, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Tyler Ott on a felony charge of battery by a person being detained in a detention facility upon other detainee. She was booked into the Okeechobee Count y Jail and then transported to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. € Bufford Tyson Wilson, 30, Northeast Fourth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 13 by Deputy Stephen Paladino on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $15,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“rmed and printed. A rrest Report Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE „ In recognition of Purple Heart recipients and their families on National Purple Heart Day, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam sponsored a proclamation that dedicates 4,500 acres of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest as a Purple Heart Tract. The Military Order of the Purple Hearts Purple Heart Trail Program began in 1992 to create a symbolic and honorary system of transportation routes and monuments that honor the nations Purple Heart recipients. As Americans, the brave men and women in the U.S. armed forces have secured our freedom and liberty,Ž said Commissioner Putnam. More than 1.9 million service members have been wounded or died defending our country, and this Purple Heart Tract is one way we can appreciate our nations heroes and honor them in perpetuity.Ž Mr. Putnam hosted the second annual Operation Outdoor Freedom Purple Heart Day event at Camp Prairie, a facility dedicated to hosting wounded veterans and Operation Outdoor Freedom events. The fully-equipped camp consists of bunk houses, an outdoor kitchen, dining area and restroom facilities, and is out“tted to accommodate the needs of every veteran. Participants enjoyed airboat tours, swamp buggy rides and a prepared lunch. Spearheaded by Commissioner Putnam, Operation Outdoor Freedom provides wounded veterans with guided hunts, “shing trips, canoe tours and other outdoor recreational activities free of charge. Since the program was launched in 2011, Operation Outdoor Freedom has hosted more than 3,600 wounded veterans on more than 480 outdoor events. Wounded veterans participate in these events on state forests, private lands and along the states coast, and the excursions are funded through private donations. For more information, visit Commissioner Putnam designates Purple Heart tract in Lake Wales


6 Okeechobee News August 15, 2018 D orot hy Hope Hiscoc k 8 8 OKEE C HOBEE „ Doroth y Hope Hiscoc k d ied A ug. 13, 2018. She was born Jan. 19, 1930 i n Ph i ll ip ston, Mass. to the late F re d rick and Lena ( Duni c an ) Smith. A resident o f O kee c h ob ee sin c e 1990, she attended N ew T estament Ba p t ist and the A merican L egion A uxiliary Unit 64 S he en j oyed crotc h et i ng, sew i ng, read i ng, a nd square danc i ng. S he was a publ i shed au t hor and member of the Jum p Town Twirlers. M s. H i scock was preceded i n death by her husband, Alson E. Hiscock; son, Gary D. His c ock; daughter, Penny C haisson; grandson, D ale J. Rose; and s i sters, E vel y n T revors, Jo A n Jones, Priscilla Kletter, and Madel y n Cote. S he i s surv i ved b y her daughteri n-law, Lu A nn Hiscock, o f Massachusetts; grandchi l d ren Allison Tindall (Shane) of Okeechobee M elanie Justus (Steve) of Indiana and Jos h ua Hiscock ( Jennifer ) of Virginia; great grand c hildren, Ste p hen Chaisson, of Boca Raton, A lson Chaisson, o f Okeechobee, and Jonathin Troendle of Indiana ; sister June Abraira o f S anford; and man y nieces and nephews V i s i tat i on w i ll be 10 a.m. unt i l serv i ces at 11 a .m. on Thursday, A ug. 16, 2018 at Buxton & B a ss O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a l H o me Those wishing to leave a message o f c ondolence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a lH o me .com All arran g ements are entrusted to the d irection and care of the Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home 400 North Pa r rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing Customers may also request photos and links to online guestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at Obituaries Democrats will meet Aug. 15Democrats will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at their monthly meeting at Beef O Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave., at 6:30 p.m.BHR VFW will serve chickenBHR VFW Auxiliary, Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 East, is serving fried chicken and mashed potatoes on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. to bene“t veteran services. For more information, phone 863-467-2882.Big Lake hosts karaokeBig Lake Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will serve Philly cheese steak and Ruben sandwiches from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 On Thursday, Aug. 16, the auxiliary will hold a pot luck dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. and karaoke with Ray from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a steak dinner on Friday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. and karaoke with Phil and Cheryl from 6 to 10 p.m.Legion serves tacosAmerican Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will serve margaritas and tacos from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. The grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment by Jay runs from 3 until 6 p.m.Artist reception set for Aug. 16Okeechobees Main Streets Arts and Cultural Alliance of Okeechobee County invites you to the artist series reception of Dana Vines on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Historical County Courthouse.Referral network to meetThe Okeechobee Business womens referral network will meet Friday, Aug. 17 11:30 a.m. at Cowboys Restaurant, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave. Bring your ideas, energy and originality and share ideas with like-minded businesswomen. Please bring a small exchange gift. For information, contact Raye at 863-467-2557.VFW serves up dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W., in Buckhead will serve dinner on Friday, Aug. 17 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.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, Aug. 17 come and enjoy dinner at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Everyone is welcome. Dinner will be “sh, shrimps or chicken and french fry baskets, for a $6 donation and is served from 5 until 8 p.m. with music from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts will go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E. Suite 6, on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic Legion hosts Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will bene“t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public.Legion will host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.Healthy Start BOD to meetOkeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Aug. 22 at noon at The White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrot Ave. The meeting is open to the public. 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.VFW serves Wednesday dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary will serve a beef brisket dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W. All proceeds will bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.Fall prevention lecture is setA fall prevention lecture is set for Thursday, Aug 23 at 10 a.m. at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441. Join four-year FSU Medical Students in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria as they provide an educational community lecture about falls prevention. Refreshments will be provided.Annual banquet setOkeechobee Friends of NRA will host its annual banquet on Friday, Aug. 24 The doors will open at 6 p.m. at the KOA, 4276 U.S. 441. For information or tickets, call Jeff at 863-634-9474, Carrie at 863-634-8678, Katie at 863-801-7789 or Julie at 954-482-2935. 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.Caregiver Conference setAn Okeechobee Fearless Family Caregiver Conference will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at the IRSC Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. Learn to balance family, work and caregiving, plus much more. There are limited free tickets for caregivers. For information or to register, call 877-829-2734 or visit More Community Events can be found at in the Communit y section. Special to the Okeechobee News The 2018 National Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverŽ is an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. The campaign will be from Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Monday, Sept. 3. The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce will conduct concentrated patrols looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. One of the deadliest and most often committed yet preventable of crimes (drunk driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country. Safe party tips Social responsibility ƒ this phrase encompasses everything from planning the party menu to assessing how guests will get home safely once the part is over. Your role as a responsible party host can keep your friends and loved ones safe. What every host needs to know € Dont rely on coffee to sober up your guests. Only time can make someone sober. € Beer and wine are just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler and an ounce and a half of liquor contact the same amount of alcohol. € Dont rely on someones physical appearance to determine if he or she has had too much to drink. € Mixers wont help dilute alcohol. Carbonated mixers like club soda or tonic water cause alcohol to be absorbed into a persons system more quickly. Fruit juice and other sweet mixers mask the taste of alcohol and may cause people to drink more. Drive sober or get pulled over


August 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 VOTE AUGUST 28www.ChinquinaforCountyJudge.comPolitical advertisement paid for and approved by Donald Chinquina for County Judge Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released answers to a few questions the public has been raising about the recent change in regulations that now requires harvesters of saw palmetto berries to get permits before offering Florida-grown berries for sale. The new regulations took effect July 17. They require, for a landowner harvesting palmetto berries for sale from his own property, that a Native Plant Harvesting Permit (no fee required) be obtained from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Serv ices, Division of Plant Industry. The permit application must be submitted 14 days prior to the intended date of harvest. A contract harvester of palmetto berries on public or private land must possess written permission from the landowner or his legal representative prior to harvest, as well as a Native Plant Harvesting Permit from the department prior to harvest. Any person transporting for sale, selling or offering for sale saw palmetto berries, w hich were harvested from the persons own property, must possess a Native Plant Harvesting Permit from the department. If found by law enforcement of“cials to not meet these requirements, the harvester or person transporting for sale, selling or offering for sale saw palmetto berries may be charged with a misdemeanor. The illegally harvested berries will be con“scated and returned to the owner. If the owner cannot be located, the berries will be destroyed. € Question: Do you need multiple permits for each property youll be harvesting on? Answer: No, you can just list the multiple properties on one permit, attaching a separate sheet and listing the properties there, if necessary. € Q: Do you need multiple harvesting permits for each person harvesting berries? A: No, you can simply list the people on one permit in the space provided and make a copy for each person listed. € Q: What if there are too many people to list in the space provided that will be harvesting? A: Simply list whoever will be in charge, for instance, the supervisors/crew leaders, so that they may vouch for those picking under them. € Q: Do you need a permit if you are harvesting on your own land? A: Yes, if you plan to transport and sell the berries. € Q: Do you need letters of permission for each property? A: Yes; however, if one person owns multiple properties, then they can just list those multiple properties on their one letter of permission for that individual. € Q: Does a buyer, transporter or processor need a harvesting permit? A: No. The only exception is if they are also the property owner of land where the berries are being harvested. € Q: Are buyers, transporters or processors required to carry copies of the permits and permission letters from the people they purchase berries from? A: The buyers, transporters and processors must have the written permission letters in their immediate possession at all times; however, the buyers, transporters and processors are not required to have a permit. € Q: What if you get permission to harvest on another property after you have already sent in your permit? A: Make a copy of your current permit and send it in along with the permission letter for the new property. € Q: What is the cost of the permit? A: There is no cost for this permit. € Q: Can you harvest on state or public land? A: You should contact the state, county or city authorities for permission to harvest from public lands. Currently, the Florida Forest Service is not giving permission to harvest from Florida Forest Service properties. However, if access is received, you must have written permission from the agency. € Q: How do you identify the property that you will be harvesting from on the application? A: You can either provide the Section, Township, Range (STR), Latitude /Longitude (Lat/Long) coordinates, parcel numbers, address for the property, or print out a map showing the outline of the propert y obtained from the property appraisers website. If using STR or Lat/Long coordinates, a description of the location for those coordinates should be included. € Q: How long does it take to process the permit application? A: Review of the application may take up to 14 days depending upon the information provided. € Q: Can you start harvesting prio r to obtaining a permit? A: No, you must have the permit and written permissions on your person while harvesting. € Q: Is there any documentation needed for berries entering/exiting Florida? A: Shipments should be accompanied by a bill of lading or similar document. This would include name and address of the shipper or consignor, name and physical address of the receiver or consignee, a description o f the plants or products in the shipment, the place and state of origin, and “nally the ultimate destination if different from receiver or consignee. New palmetto berry rules draw many questions By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News On Wednesday morning, three individuals were each given a criminal notice to appear for their alleged harvesting of saw palmetto berries without a permit. According to an incident report by Deputy Bryan Holden of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce, at 8:59 a.m. on Aug. 8, was on patrol in the 25000 block of Northwest 192nd Avenue and saw a white van parked on the shoulder of the road. As this is the time of the year when saw palmetto berries are harvested and sold, Deputy Holden searched the area for the suspected pickers. Deputy Holden located three individuals at the corner of Northwest 192nd Avenue and Northwest 252nd Street picking the berries. The three were asked if they were in possession of a permit from the Department of Agriculture, to which they all responded no.Ž The three berry pickers were issued criminal notice to appear citations for harvesting palmetto berries without a permit. Photographs of the pickers and their berries were taken and placed into evidence. The berries, estimated at 5 pounds, were con“scated and scattered back onto the property from which they came. According to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 3.125, a notice to appear is a written order issued by a law enforcement of“cer in lieu of physical arrest, requiring a person accused of violating the law to appear in a designated court or governmental of“ce at a speci“ed date and time. Criminal notice to appear for saw palmetto berry pickers Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has scheduled a water management brie“ng with U.S. Rep. Brian Mast on Friday, Aug. 17. The brie“ng will take place in the city commission chambers at Stuart City Hall, located at 121 S.W. Flagler Ave. in Stuart. At the brie“ng, representatives from the corps and the South Florida Water Management District will discuss the management of water in South Florida with the congressman. After our Army Corps team conducted several public meetings regarding speci“c ecosystem restoration projects over the past few weeks, I look forward to this weeks visits with agency leaders and elected of“cials on both the east and west coasts,Ž said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. I also look forward to this opportunity to provide an overall system update to the community near the St. Lucie Estuary.Ž The public is welcome to observe the brie“ng and listen to federal and state of“cials have a dialogue with Congressman Mast. The session is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information on the USACE Jacksonville District, please visit our website at Corps to host brie“ng in Stuart Bloodmobile to visit OkeechobeeWhen tragedy strikes, a safe and secure blood supply can make the difference between life and death. When there is an accident or natural disaster, there isnt time to collect, test and process blood. Blood testing and processing takes about 24 hours. Thats why its so important for those who are able to donate to give blood regularly so it can be at the hospitals and ready to use when needed. The One Blood bloodmobile will visit Okeechobee this month as follows: € Friday, Aug. 17, at Publix, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. € Saturday, Aug. 18, at Walmart, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. € Sunday, Aug. 19, at Golden Corral, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. € Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Walmart, from 1:30 to 7 p.m.


By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Logan Ray, Lacey Campbell, Karana Bernard and Matt Tullio of Rays Combat Kickboxing in Okeechobee are back from the 2018 International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) World Classic held in Orlando, and although none came home with a title belt, Rays Combat owner Coleman Ray is proud of his “ghters and says they are already looking forward to the 2019 World Classic. We want them to do well; even though sometimes they may not get the win, we w ant them to do the best they can do,Ž said Ray. Its tough when its a tournament. Theres lots of times when youre competing w here you win one “ght and youre good. In this one, though, you can win one “ght but youre not done yet.Ž This is the second tournament that Logan Ray has competed in, and he was able to “nish in third place in the advanced division this year. You mostly feel nervous before a match starts,Ž said Logan, but once the bell rings everything goes away.Ž It was also the second tournament for Lacey Campbell, who also made the move to the advanced division. Its really exciting when youre competing in the tournament,Ž explained Lacey. It fun, and I really enjoying doing it. It just feels like something Im supposed to be doing.Ž Coleman says that the trip to Orlando to compete in the 2018 IKF wouldnt have been possible without support from local businesses in Okeechobee. He thanked St. Lucie Battery & Tire, 4J Storage, Summer Breeze RV Park, Pizza Heaven, Powered by Chris, Gateway Medical Group, Florida Trophy Gators, Garrard Tackle and Barbie Campbell for supporting the team. Rays Combat had the most sponsors for their 2018 competition than any of their previous years. Matt Tullio recommends training at Rays Combat to anyone who may be interested competing in a kickboxing competition. If youre looking to challenge yourself physically, mentally and “nd out what youre made out of, training every day like we do here will do that for you,Ž said Tullio. To be conscientious that there is another person, who signed up and took on the inherent risks associated with the sport just like you did, in the same roped con“nes as you with the only objective being to hit your opponent, is an experience that is almost impossible to replicate. At some point during the bout, your mettle will inevitably be tested, but its your response to that point that reall y helps you “gure out what youre capable o f achieving and who you are as a person.Ž Rays Combat Kickboxing returns from IKF World Classic8 Okeechobee News August 15, 2018 The Aug. 10 image showed cyanobacteria in about 38 percent of Lake Okeechobee, according to satellite oceanographer Dr. Sachi Mishra of NOAA. Most of the cyanobacteria was in the northeast quadrant of the lake according to the Aug. 10 image. Cyanobacteria, commonly called bluegreen algaeŽ although it is not technically algae, was detected in 90 percent of the lake in July, then dissipated to about 10 percent of the big lake, according to the NOAA imagery. The most recent imagery shows the cyanobacteria concentrations in about 38 percent of the lake. The cyanobacteria in the NOAA imagery may not be visible on the water surface, according to Dr. Mishra. It could be in the water column. The satellite can detect cyanobacteria that may not be visible to the human eye. On Aug. 7, Dr. Dail Laughinghouse, an assistant professor of applied phycology at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, collected water samples from Lake Okeechobee. He found the samples of blue-green algae included three species of Microcystis, which dominated the bloom that started in June, and six species of Anabaena. Dr. Karl Havens, director of Florida Sea Grant, said the original bloom that started in June appeared to dissipate before another bloom resurged on Lake Okeechobee. We use the word resurging because two weeks ago the bloom appeared to be dissipating „ perhaps due to weather conditions or because the algae ran out of dissolved nitrogen in the lake water. We speculated that the bloom might reemerge and be dominated by a species, like Anabaena, that could obtain the nitrogen it needs to grow from the atmosphere. The last update con“rmed that this predicted change in the kind of algae did happen, and this latest image indicates that the bloom is steadily growing in size,Ž Dr. Havens wrote on the Florida Sea Grant website on Aug. 11. According to Dr. Havens, it is impossible to say how long the bloom will persist, because it is controlled in part by wind, rain and cloud cover, which are unpredictable. However, the bloom now includes Anabaena, a species that can obtain, or “x, the nitrogen it needs from the atmosphere. With continued sunny days, warm water, abundant phosphorus from the lake sediments and an unlimited source of nitrogen from the atmosphere, this bloom has the ingredients it needs to grow. This is different from the original bloom of Microcystis, which needed nitrogen from the lake water.Ž Dr. Havens noted that the releases from the lake to the coastal estuaries may or ma y not have seeded blue-green algae blooms in those waterways. Finding the same kind of blue-green algae dominating the blooms in the lake and in one of the estuaries neither con“rms nor negates a physical connection,Ž he wrote. Microcystis is a common bloom-former in lakes across the United States, Europe and Asia.Ž Most of the water „ and the nutrient load „ that goes in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries comes from the local watersheds, not from Lake Okeechobee, he noted. On average, 60 percent of the total fresh water going into both the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries originates from the local watersheds, and 40 percent originates from Lake Okeechobee,Ž Dr. Havens stated. ALGAEContinued From Page 1 ing education unit since they were already certi“ed. VMR is one of “ve disciplines that are required to maintain the OCFR Technical Rescue Team. The other disciplines are rope rescue, con“ned space, buildin g collapse and trench rescue. OCFR was able to provide instructors for the course from within its department in an effort to save costs aside from the vehicle donation. The instructors for the course were Capt. Hazellief and Brain Anderson. Mr. Anderson was a volunteer and is considered a subject matter expert, having retired from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. OCFRContinued From Page 1 Special to the Okeechobee News/ NOAAThe satellite imagery from Aug. 10 shows cyanobacteria concentrations in the lake. The area in red is the highest concentration, and most likely to have visible blue-green algae on the surface. However, it may be in the water column and not visible to the human eye. Special to the Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH „ The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week awarded a contract to build the “nal piece of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project, the S-191A Pump Station. In cooperation with the other coordinating agencies, the Florida Department of Env ironmental Protection and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, SFWMDs project will improve the hydrology and water quality of Lake Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee is the heart of the Everglades,Ž said SFWMD Governing Board member Brandon Tucker. The Lakeside Ranch STA will reduce the amount of phosphorus in water that ”ows into the lake to bene“t the entire region.Ž The Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment A rea in western Martin County is a key component of the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program. It is one of the restoration projects included in the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan that will improve the quality of water ”owing into the lake. SFWMD previously constructed 2,700 acres of wetlands in two phases, capable of treating stormwater runoff from the Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins ”owing into Lake Okeechobee. The 1,200-acre “rst phase was completed in 2012 and the 1,500-acre second phase will be completed this year. The treatment area uses wetland plants to remove phosphorus from stormwater runoff naturally. The S-191A Pump Station is the last component of the Lakeside Ranch project. Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins have the highest phosphorus levels of any incoming watershed into the lake, with average total levels of more than 400 parts per billion (ppb). Phosphorus levels leaving Lakeside Ranch after treatment have been measured as low as 20 ppb. The STA can remove nearly 21 tons of phosphorus each year from the waters feeding the lake. 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August 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 Special to the Okeechobee News The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Sunday, Aug. 19, in West Palm Beach. People may surrender their exotic pets at the event, whether they are being kept legally or illegally, without penalty or cost. The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program helps to reduce the number of nonnative species being introduced into the wild by offering exotic pet owners who can no longer keep their pets a legal and responsible alternative to releasing their animals. This event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Live animals will be on display and experts from the FWC will be on-site with information about caring for exotic pets, responsible pet ownership and potential ecological impacts of invasive species in Florida. The event is free. Entry to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is not included. Surrendered exotic pets will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and given a health exam by a veterinarian before being made available for adoption that same day to pre-registered, experienced individuals who can care for them. Animals that will be accepted for surrender include nonnative species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, “sh and invertebrates. Domestic animals, such as cats, dogs, pigs and chickens, will not be accepted. Animals will be made available for adoption after 2 p.m. Exotic pet adopters need to be experienced and must have already applied and been approved by the FWC. Potential adopters should bring their acceptance letters and any necessary permits with them. Becoming an adopter is free, but you are required to register a minimum of four days prior to the event to adopt an animal. Adopter applications may be found at by clicking on How to become an FWC exotic pet adopter.Ž Exotic Pet Amnesty events are held around the state throughout the year. For additional information about Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, visit or call the FWCs Exotic Species Hotline at 888-Ive-Got1 (888-483-4681). Exotic pet owners who cannot attend this event may call this number year-round for assistance in “nding a new home for their animal. For more information about adopting exotic pets, visit and click on Exotic Pet Amnesty Program.Ž Exotic pet amnesty day set for A ug. 19 in West Palm Beach Special to the Okeechobee NewsGrand Oaks votesSeniors who exercised their right to vote last week are Nina Bach (not pictured), Gretchen Deaton (102 years old), Doris Minton, Sam Smith and Helen Wilson. Christine and Connie from the election supervisors of“ce came to our facility, Grand Oaks, to assist them in casting a ballot! Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 25 at the Supervisor of Elections Of“ce in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. The primary election is Aug. 28. Special to the Okeechobee NewsExotic pets of all types are welcome at amnesty day.


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August 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Comm Through Journa Comm Comm 8 63.763.3134 or o k eea d sa l m Su b scri b e: rea d o k eec h obee n e w s .n e t / okeechobeenew s Print.Web.Social Keeping you informed on all local news on all multimedia platforms Special to the Okeechobee News SEATTLE „ The EPA must ban a widely used organophosphate pesticide linked to brain damage in children, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday, Aug. 13. The appellate court ordered EPA to “nalize its proposed ban on chlorpyrifos based on undisputed “ndings that the pesticide is unsafe for public health, and particularly harmful to children and farmworkers. The court ended EPAs shameful actions that have exposed children and farmworkers to this poison for decades,Ž said Earthjustice attorney Marisa Ordonia. Finally, our “elds, fruits and vegetables will be chlorpyrifos free.Ž Chlorpyrifos is a dangerous nerve agent pesticide that can damage the developing brains of children. Prenatal and early life exposure to chlorpyrifos is linked to lower birth w eight and neurodevelopmental harms, including reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorders and delayed motor development. It is also acutely toxic to farmw orkers „ routinely sickening workers and sending them to the hospital. Chlorpyirifos (pronounced: klawr-piruh-fos), was “rst developed by the Nazis for chemical warfare but later repurposed for agriculture. It is widely used on apples, or anges, broccoli and dozens of other crops. Its been banned from home use for about two decades, as it is too toxic to children. The court ruling details EPAs long, illegal delay in acting to ban chlorpyrifos, even after the science clearly showed the harm and risks to childrens health. The court ex plained that enough was enough: If Congresss statutory mandates are to mean anything, the time has come to put a stop to this patent evasion.Ž The court ruling comes more than a year after former EPA boss Scott Pruitt reversed EPAs own proposal to ban this pesticide. That decision came weeks after Mr. Pruitt met with the head of Dow Chemical, which is the largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, selling it under the name of Lorsban. Mr. Pruitt then falsely claimed the science is un resolvedŽ and decided EPA would study the issue until 2022. We are elated with the courts decision as it ends EPAs irresponsible actions,Ž said Sindy Benavides, chief executive of“cer at the League of United Latin American Citi zens. For years corporations like Dow were able to hijack our government to put profit before people. But today the court sided w ith reason. Children and farmworkers have the right to live and work without risk of poisonings. We applaud the court ruling. Chlorpyrifos affects everyone who comes in contact w ith this toxic chemical; allowing the use of this toxic chemical is not only irresponsible, it is a crime,Ž said Hector Sanchez Barba, Labor Council for Latin American Advance ment executive director. Our agricultural “elds should be a source of life, not sickness and we will continue pushing for a safe en v ironment for our farm workers all over the nation.Ž This court ruling is an enormous step in the right direction. The scienti“c evidence is clear. Chlorpyrifos is toxic to farmworkers and is linked to neurodevelopmental problems in children,Ž said Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association. We must have a chlorpyrifos ban.Ž This decision con“rms what EPA and scientists have said for years. Chlorpyrifos must be off our fruits and vegetables for the sake of our children and farmworkers,Ž said Ramon Ramirez, president of PCUN. We look forward to see a ban in place soon.Ž We applaud this decision by the 9th Circuit Court that validates the 2016 rule by EPA to ban all food uses of this neurotoxic pesticide,Ž said Jeannie Economos from the Farmworker Association of Florida. Chlorpyrifos is a major threat to the health of farmworker children. Families living in rural communities can breathe easier, knowing that they will soon no longer have to be exposed to this harmful agricultural chemical, which should have been banned more than a decade ago.Ž The EPA has put the women and men who harvest the food we eat every day in harms way too long by allowing the continued use of this dangerous neurotoxin,Ž said Erik Nicholson, United Farm Workers of America national vice-president. We commend the court for doing what EPA should have done years ago. The people who feed us deserve a safe and healthy workplace.Ž We are pleased with the courts decision to move forward on this case,Ž said Virginia Ruiz, director of occupational and environmental health at Farmworker Justice. Farmworkers and their families have needlessly suffered from exposure to chlorpyrifos for far too long.Ž We are grati“ed that the court recognized the urgency of protecting children from a pesticide that we know is linked to neurodevelopmental harms,Ž said Anne Katten, Pesticide and Work Safety Project director at the CRLA Foundation. Chlorpyrifos has no place in our fruits and vegetables, let alone our agricultural “elds. This court decision not only protects the health of children and farmworkers, it also af“rms EPAs duty to actually protect public health,Ž said Kristin Schafer, executive director at PAN. Under this administration, apparently it takes judges to force our public agencies to stand up to corporate interests and do their jobs.Ž This court decision is a great victory for the health of our farmworkers and our families,Ž said Mark Magaa, president & CEO of GreenLatinos. Production of food for our tables should not put at risk the neurodevelopment of children nor poison farmworkers. EPA must now side with public health, not corporate pro“t, and ban chlorpyrifos for all uses.Ž Some things are too sacred to play politics with „ and our kids top the list,Ž said Erik Olson, senior director of health and food at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The court has made it clear that childrens health must come before powerful polluters. This is a victory for parents everywhere who want to feed their kids fruits and veggies without fear its harming their brains or poisoning communities.Ž EPA ordered to ban toxic pesticide


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August 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C a s e#: 2 0 17-CA000 292 W ells Far g o Bank, N.A. S/B/M to Wachovia Bank, N.A. Plaintiff v s R afael Cosme; Unknown Spouse of Rafael Cosme; Wells Far g o Bank, Natio n al Association, Successor by Mer g er to Wachovia Bank, National Association; U nknown Parties in Possession #1, if livin g and all Unknown Parties claimin g by, throu g h, under and a g ainst the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties ma y claim an interest as S p ouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in P ossession #2, if livin g and all Unknown Parties claimin g by, throu g h, under and a g ainst the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead o r alive, whether said Unknown Parties ma y claim an interest as S p ouse, Heirs, D evisees, Grantees, or Other Claimant s Defen da nt N O TICE O F SALE N OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order reschedulin g foreclosure sale or F inal Jud g ment, entered in Civil Case No. 2017-CA-000292 of the Circuit Court o f the 19th Judicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y Florida, wherein Wells F ar g o Bank, N.A. S/B/M to Wachovia Bank, N.A., Plaintiff and Rafael Cosme are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Sharon Robertson, will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash in the Jur y Assembl y Room, on the Second Floor, of the Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972 be g innin g at 11:00 A.M. on September 12, 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment, to-wit: LOT 6, OF BLOCK 8, OAK PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THERE O F, REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 3 PAGE 3 PUBLIC RE CO RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FR O M THE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THAN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS P ENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Dated this 31st da y of Jul y 2018 S h a r o n R ob erts on CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D EP U TY CLERK O F C OU RT Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Per r r so ns With Disabilities If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our s cheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this no t ification if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 days; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711 S PANI SH : Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita al g u na ada p tacion p ara p oder p artici p ar de este p rocedimiento o eve n t o; usted tiene derecho, sin costo al g uno a que se le provea cierta ay uda. 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Tanpri kontakte Corrie Johnson, Co-ordinator ADA, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 O’mwen 7 j ou avan ke ou g en pou-ou paret nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis s a-a ou si le ke ou g en pou-ou ale nan tribunal-la mwens ke 7 j ou; Si ou p a ka tande ou p ale b y en, rele 711. 278789 ON 8/15,22/2018 O KEECH O BEE C OU NTY SCH OO L B O ARD P O LICIE S In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Cha p ter 120, Florida S tatutes, notice is hereby g iven that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider amendment of the School Board policies listed below at their meetin g o n Tuesda y October 9, 2018, at 6:00 p .m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. A copy of the pro o o p osed revision is available in the Su p erintendent’s Office, Room 307, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, ( 863 ) 462-5000, Ext. 226. Amendment of Board Policy 4.48 y Virtual Instructi on I. This p olic y p rovides information on certifications and assessments for the v irtual instruction g raduation requirement. II. Pro p osed revisions include the addition of certifications and assessments that meet eli g ibility requirements. III. Legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implement t t ed are 1000.04, 1001.20, 1001.42, 1002.20, 1002.321, 1002.37, 1002.45, 1002.455, 1003.02, 1003.4282, 1003.498, 1006.29, 1007.27, 1011.62. IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oint. Amendment of Board Policy 5.21 y Requirements for Original Entry qgy I. This p olic y outlines re q uirements for initial entr y of students. II. Pro p osed revisions to p olic y add mental health services; adds 1006.07 F.S III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are 1001.43, 1003.01, 1003.21, 1006.07, 1003.22 F.S.; State Board of Educ a ti o n R u les: 6 A6 0 24 IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oint. Amendment of Board Policy 5.32* y Zer o T o lerance f o r Sch oo l Related Crimes I. This p olic y is re q uired b y Florida Statute. II. Pro p osed revisions to p olic y add consultation with law enforcement III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Law s i m p lemented are 120.57 ( 1 ) 775.08, 784.081, 790.162, 790.163, 985.04, 1001.42, 1001.43, 1001.54, 1003.31, 1006.07, 1006.08, 1006.09, 1006.13, 1006.135, 1006.14, 1012.28 F.S.; State Board of Education Rules: 6A-6.0331 1 IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oint. Amendment of Board Policy 6.58* y Report of Misconduct p I. This policy provides g uidelines for reportin g alle g ed employee misconduct that affects the health, safet y or welfare of a student. II. Proposed revisions reflect chan g es in law re g ardin g sexual misconduct. III. Le g al authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are 39.203, 112.313, 119.071, 768.095, 1001.42, 1006.061, 1012.01, 1012.22 1012.27, 1012.795, 1012.796 F.S.; State Board of Education Rules: 6A-10.081 IV. This p olic y amendment will not affect individuals from an economic stand p oint. 280024 ON 8 / 15 / 2018 Public Notice Public Notice Notice of Public Hearin g a nd Re g ular Board Meetin g of the G rove Commun i t y D i str i ct T he Board of Su p ervisors of the Grove Communit y District will hold a Public H earin g and Re g ular Board Meetin g on September 4, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard, in a Conference Room of the South Florida W ater Mana g ement District – Okeechobee Service Center located at 3800 NW 16th Boulevard, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. T he purpose of the Public Hearin g is to receive public comment on the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Proposed Final Bud g et of the Grove Community District. The purpose of the Re g ular Board Meetin g is for the Board to consider any other business which may properly come before it. A copy of the Bud g et and/or the A g enda may be obtained from the District’s website or at the offices of the D istrict Mana g er, Special District Services, Inc., 2501A Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, durin g normal business hours. The meetin g s are open to the p ublic and will be conducted in accordance with the p rovisions of Florida law. M eetin g s may be continued as found necessary to a time and place specified o n the rec o r d T here ma y be occasions when one or more Su p ervisors will p artici p ate b y telephone; therefore, a speaker telephone will be present at the meetin g loc a tion so that Supervisors may be fully informed of the discussions takin g place In accordance with the p rovisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an y person requirin g special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at these meetin g s should contact the District Mana g er at (561) 630-4922 and / or toll free at 1-877-737-4922, at least seven ( 7 ) da y s p rior to the date of the meetin g s. If an y p erson decides to a pp eal an y decision made with res p ect to an y matter considered at this Public Hearin g and Re g ular Board Meetin g such person will need a record of the proceedin g s and such person may need to ensure that a v erbatim record of the proceedin g s is made at their own expense and which record includes the testimon y and evidence on which the a pp eal is based. M eetin g s may be cancelled from time to time without advertised notice. G rove C ommunit y District w ww. g rovecd.or g 280980 ON 8/15,22/2018 S TATE O F TENNESSEE CHANCERY C OU RT O F P U TNAM CO UNTY AT C OO KEVILLE, TENNESSEE N o 2018-19-A IN RE: THE ADOPTION OF CHILDREN N T RENT DOUGLAS REED, MACKENZIE RAYANNE REED and AMBER MARIE REED D GE O RGE N O LAN STRIKER a n d wife JOAN ELIZABETH STRIKER, PETITI O NER S V S AMBER RAY STRIKER and GARY DOUGLAS REED, III DEFENDANT S In this cause, it appearing from the Affidavit of Publication and Order of Pub b b l ication, which is sworn to, that the Res p ondent AMBER RAY S TRIKER, wh o se last kn o wn address is unkn o wn and cann o t be ascertained and is a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, that the residence of the Re e e s pondent is unknown and cannot be ascertained upon dili g ent inquiry, (T.C.A. 21-1-203), it is ordered by this Court that publication be made for four (4) suc c c cessive weeks, as required by law, in the Okeechobee News, a newspaper pub b b l ished in Okeechobee County, Florida, notifyin g said non-resident Respondent to file a nswers wit h Petitioner’s attorne y Gar y Dodson, Attorne y at Law, whose address is P.O. Box 117, Sparta, Tennessee 38583, within thirty ( 30 ) da y s from the last date of p ublication, exclusive of said last date of p ublic a tion, or a j ud g ment by default may be entered as to him. This 18th da y of Jul y 2018. T his matter will be heard on the 21st da y of Se p tember, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chancer y Court for Putnam Count y at the Putnam Count y Justice Center. Linda F. Reeder, Clerk & Maste r Brandi Ashburn, De p ut y Clerk & Maste r 271818 ON 7/25;8/1,8,15/2018 N O TICE O F P U BLIC SALE BY O KEECH O BEE C OU NTY Notice is hereby given that OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Okeechobee, Flor r r i da, will on the 31st day of Au g ust, 2018, at 11:00 A.M at the Okee-Tantie Marina located at 10430 Hi g hway 78 West Okeechobee, F lorida, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash, the followin g described property, to-wit: 197 5 HAT B oa t FL ID# FL 5 2 6 4JD Title# 194 55 7 7 D ocked at Boat Sli p #25 Okee-Tantie Marina, 10430 Hi g hway 78 West Okeechobee, Florid a o wned b y Charles Wesle y Worle y p ursuant to p ossessor y lien u p on the above-described vessel for docka g e fees and expenses necessary for p reservation of the vessel and for ex p enses reasonabl y incurred or to be incurred in the sale of the vessel. The vessel ma y be examined at the Okee-Tantie Boat Sli p #25. W ITNESS m y hand and the official seal of said Court, this 10th da y o f Au g ust, 2018. O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA B Y: LA U RA ANN M CC ALL Okeeehobee Count y Attorne y F lorida Bar No.: 389749 P ost Office Box 968 Okeechobee, Florida 34973-096 8 863-763-3131 p hone 863-763-1031 fa x 280879 ON 8 /15,22/2018 C ITY C OU NCIL MEETIN G TIME CHAN G E AND B U D G ET W O RKSH O P N O TICE N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the Cit y Council of the Cit y of Okeechobee w ill c o n du ct a Regular Meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m. on g Tue, Au g 21, 2 018, or as soon thereafter as p ossible, at Cit y Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. At the end of this session, a BUDGET WORKSHOP will P be held for the purpose of discussin g and reviewin g the proposed 2018-2019 F iscal Year Annual Bud g et. The public is invited and encoura g ed to attend. Co n tact Cit y Administration at 863-763-3372, or website, cit y, to obtain a copy of the a g enda ANY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the City L Council with respect to any matter considered at this meetin g will need to e n s ure a verbatim record of the proceedin g is made and the record includes the testimon y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance w ith the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs s p ecial accommodation to p artici p ate in this proceedin g contact the City Clerk’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceedin g 863-763-3372. BE ADVI S E D that should you intend to show any document, picture, video D or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda, a co py of the document, p icture, video, or item M UST be provided to the City T Clerk for the Cit y ’s records. B y: Mayor Dowlin g R. Watford, Jr 281202 ON 8 / 15 / 2018 Public Notice P U BLIC N O TICE T he Okeechobee Count y Tourist Develo p ment Council ( TDC ) Advisor y Board w ill hold its Re g ular Session on Tuesday Au g ust 21, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse in the “Judge William L. Hendry Court t t room” located at 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida Any person decidin g to appeal any decision made by the TDC with respect to any matter considered at such meetin g will need a record of the proceedin g s, and that, for such p ur p ose, he or she ma y need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedin g s is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence u p on which the a pp eal is based. In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, p ersons with disabilities needin g special accommodations to participate in this proceedin g should co n tact the Count y Administrator’s Office not later than four ( 4 ) da y s p rior to the proceedin g at 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearin g or voice impaired, call TDD 800.222.3448 ( voice ) or 888.447.5620 ( TTY ) S harie Tur g eon, Tourism Coordinato r T ourist Develo p ment Council Okeechobee Count y Florida 281208 ON 8 / 15 / 2018 P U BLIC N O TICE NO TICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT B O ARD O F TR U STEES O F INDIAN RIVER STATE C O LLEGE WILL H O LD A REG U LAR B O ARD MEETING T UESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM, A301 OF T HE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATI O N B U ILDING O N THE MAIN CAMP U S O F INDIAN RIVER STATE C O LLEGE AT 32 09 VIRGINIA AVENUE, F O RT PIERCE, F LORIDA 34981. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 102 O F THE BR O WN CENTER F O R INN O VATI O N AND ENTREPRENE U RSHIP O N THE MAIN CAMPUS, 32 09 VIRGINIA AVENUE, F O RT PIERCE, FL O RIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR C O NSIDERATI O N ARG U MENTS C O NCERNING ISS U ES O F LAW O R P O LICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DIS S PU TE M U ST N O TIFY THE PRESIDENT O F THE C O LLEGE AT LEAST FIVE DAYS B EF O RE THE SCHED U LED MEETING O F THE B O ARD O F TR U STEES. ANY P ERS O NS WISHING T O APPEAL THE DECISI O NS O F THIS B O ARD WITH R ESPECT T O ANY MATTER C O NSIDERED AT S U CH MEETING WILL NEED A REC O RD O F THE PR O CEEDINGS, AND F O R SUCH PURP O SE MAY NEED TO ENS U RE THAT A VERBATIM REC O RD O F THE PR O CEEDINGS IS MADE. 274848 ON 8 / 15 / 2018 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $800.00/MO. 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Open Monday Saturday, 8am5:30pm. 863-763-7195 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO. 2018-CP-123 In re: Estate of GERALD DEAN BISHOP, a/k/a GERALD D. BISHOP, a/k/a GERALD BISHOP, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Ancillary administration) The ancillary administration of the estate of GERALD DEAN BISHOP, a/k/a GERALD D, BISHOP, a/k/a GERALD BISHOP, deceased, date of death May 7, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, The names and addresses of the ancillary personal representative and the ancillary personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS A FTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS A FTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES WILL BE FOREVE R BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH A BOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE A FTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The first publication date of this notice is: August 8, 2018. Ancillary Personal Representative: Kenneth Creed 2241 Montague Bay Circle Anchorage, Alaska 99515 Attorney for Ancillary Personal Representative CONELY & CONELY, P.A. Post Office Box 1367 Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367 (863)763-3825 Primary E-Mail Address: Secondary I E-Mail Address: Secondary 2 E-Mail Address: By Torn W. Conely, III Florida Bar #096482 278334 ON 8/8,15/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO.: 472017DP000065 IN THE INTEREST OF: L.G. DOB: 3/28/2017 Minor Children TO: Joshua Gallagher Father, address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT A PETITION UNDER OATH HAS BEEN FILED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE A BOVE STYLED COURT FOR THE T ERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATIVE TO THE ABOVE NAMED CHILDREN, L.G. WHO WAS BORN IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 28th DAY OF MARCH, 2012 AND H.D. WHO WAS BORN IN SAINT LUCIE COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA, ON THE 30rd DAY OF DECEMBER, 2017. YOU ARE COMMANDED TO BE AND APPEAR BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT IN THE ABOVESTYLED COURT LOCATED AT 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 ON AUGUST 27, 2018 AT 9:30 A .M. FOR TERMINATION OF PARENT AL RIGHTS ADVISORY HEARING. Y OU MUST APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND AT THE TIME SPECIFIED. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE A DVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF Y OU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE A ND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE A LL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO T HE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION A TTACHED TO THIS NOTICE. BE ADVISED THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATIER. IFYOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY, ONE MAY BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. WITNESS MY HAND AS THE CLER K OF SAID COURT AND THE SEAL T HEREOF THIS 26TH DAY OF JULY, 2018. 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By Chris FelkerOkeechobee NewsThe two challengers for Okeechobee County Commission, running against District 4s Terry Burroughs (board chairman) and District 2 incumbent Bryant Culpepper, faced off with the incumbents Aug. 6 at the Okeechobee Political Forum. The opposing candidates, Noel Chandler in District 2, whos a sitting Okeechobee City Council member, and Fred Darrell Brown along with the two commissioners gave opening statements in the event at Osceola Middle School, then addressed questions submitted by county residents. Several dozen interested citizens sat in the stands, observing quietly. The District 4 candidates went “rst during the forum (story appeared in Wednesdays Okeechobee News and is on the website, Incumbent Culpepper was invited to go “rst with his opening statement. Two minutes?Ž he inquired as he started. The moderator replied, For you, I know that will be dif“cult, but ƒ Yes, two.Ž The icebreaker cracked up the audience. Mr. Culpepper said he had to walk down memory lane for a bit. I moved here in 2003 and was here seven years when I decided on this crazy idea of running for county commission. And people laughed because it was like an unsaid rule that you had to be here 20, 25 y ears to consider that. Thats my goal that Ive tried to achieve since 1986,Ž he said, going on to describe his service on many other boards, w hich enabled him to be able to build the con“dence I need so when I got to this point, I could make decisions that would affect our families in a positive way.Ž The beauty of this election is that Noel Chandler and myself are good friends,Ž he declared, relating how, after hed “led to run, they met by coincidence in Publixs parking lot one day and discussed how people hate bad politics, backbiting that turns people off. Every time you turn somebody off in politics, thats less people making decisions for more of us,Ž Mr. Culpepper pointed out, saying the two agreed to a theme of civility in their campaigns. He went on for a few minutes and “nished with this: I will tell you right now that the board that I sit on with the members, the ones that were elected in the last two-year term, is the best board Ive ever seen since I have been here. We all work together, were a well-oiled machine, we all have the same things in mind.Ž The audience began chuckling but not because of what he said; rather, hed exceeded his time. Mr. Culpepper exclaimed, Close!Ž but the moderator clari“ed, No cigar!Ž Mr. Chandler then took his turn. Im a seventh-generation Okeechobeean. Ive seen many, many changes,Ž he began. We have a future coming up now that we need to be ready for. If youve got somebody coming to y our house, you want to spruce it up a little bit, kind of clean it up and sweep the ”oors. Thats what Okeechobee needs to do. This place needs to be in top shape if we w ant people to come in and build a business and buy homes. Then they can see this community is growing and its worth coming to. I just want to thank everyone who came out tonight. I appreciate everyone here. Youve all been friends of mine and helped me through a lot of problems. I just cant say enough about how Im dedicated to Okeechobee. Thank you,Ž he said. Citizens questions posed Three questions were asked of the candidates, contributed by citizens and audience members. In the upcoming general fund, how would you balance the budget without dipping into the reserves? Mr. Chandler: Its very dif“cult not to go into the reserves when we have such a vast amount of “re department, police department (costs). Now weve got so many mandates given us by the state, that its hard to “nd any monies left out there ... so weve got to come up with different ideas and new ideas. We might have to go back and look at the old books and “nd out new ways to come up with different ways to tax ƒ well, not tax, but anything you do is going to be a new tax. But weve got to come up with new ways. Maybe new people coming in to town, maybe tax them a little more than the people that are already here. Thats not going to happen, either, I mean, heck, you do that ƒ (and) its almost a Catch-22 situation. Its hard to have a budget without getting into the reserves, and a balanced budget, so youve just got to be hard-core and say, Look, we cant do that.Ž Mr. Culpepper: Actually, we have. We were looking to do what the sheriff wanted to do and would have loved to have done that. But it was looking to go to 9 mills. If we would have done that it wouldve put people out of their homes. So we were very careful of that ƒ and we beat up all the other departments trying to help out the situation. (Regarding salaries,) the last thing we wanted to do was see good people that we trained, leave. We spent hours and hours trimming every penny we could so that we could come to a compromise with the sheriff, hoping that when we get the new, $1.4 billion power plant on line, and Bass Pro on line, that we would have those additional revenues. ... When people come to look at a new area for a new business, they look at your “nancials. Are you good keepers of your “nancial budget, and thats what we wanted to show, because thats what brings people in. As a matter of fact, weve shown the ad valorem taxes ”at or reduced, seven years in a row. I am very proud of that ... and I want to continue to work with this board to do exactly that.Ž What is your vision for Okeechobee County and whats the “rst action that you will take to work toward that vision? Mr. Culpepper: We actually have been working toward that vision. I know theres realtors here ƒ one of the “rst questions theyre asked when a new family or a new business comes in, Do you have a safe community? Second questions probably going to be, How are your schools? So we work diligently to make sure that we secure, not only with the police department in the city, working more in conjunction with them „ because we mutual aid with those folks, too, as well as the “re department „ so its been my goal and the goal of this sitting board to make sure that the sheriff and all of our departments work to make sure we have a safe community. Because I think theres a lot of things you want, but theres things you have to have, and a safe community happens to be one. Everybody would like their taxes lowered, but you have to ask yourself, what level of service are you willing to accept? And we have worked hard to make sure that that stays where it is, and weve raised taxes only when absolutely necessary. And the MSTUs (Municipal Service Taxing Units) that we did for EMS and “re were to make sure that everybody in the county paid their fair share.Ž Mr. Chandler: The vision for this county should be where its taking in, like he said, that Florida Power & Lights coming in, Bass Pros coming in. My vision would be to get this county in shape where we could put in infrastructure from the light here (at Wolf Road and U.S. 441 South) all the way down to State Road 78 to the river, (and) put in sewer. If youre set up with sewer and roads and infrastructure, people will come here. So ... when they come in and see weve already set up for it, and they can see we do want them, and give them some incentive to get here. I mean, thats a hard thing to do, to give them an incentive and then take it back a couple of years later. My vision is get Okeechobee County growing, clean it up, better than what it is right now, and get the kinds of family businesses in here that people are going to want to stay. And just advertise, advertise, advertise. I was on the board at OUA, and we have a lot of good ideas, but we just cant get funded with projects we want to do. And I said ƒ what we do is get with Tallahassee and see if we cant get better funding to get better infrastructure. How would you describe the current state of our countys economy, and please give a speci“c example to support your opinion. Mr. Chandler: Its not great. We have to bring in many more ideas of what we want to do in the future, especially with our sheriffs department and the mandates we have from the governor. We have to work with our schools, we have to work with our community. The biggest problem, I guess, and Ive just got to get this out here, that were in dire need of more people coming into Okeechobee so we can get a better tax base. Thats my main thing, is raise our tax base. Getting people in here so we can raise our taxes, with more people, not raise our taxes but tax more people … and businesses, because the businesses pay all the taxes anyhow. I would just advocate that we just advertise, basically … what were going to do, where were going to do it, and how were going to get it done. But infrastructure is the main thing in getting people in Okeechobee.Ž Mr. Culpepper: One thing weve done is we hired an economic development team to come into Okeechobee, because what the y are good at doing is developing and “nding grants. When youre a county of critical “nancial concern, as we are, those grants are available. In recent past years, we didnt take advantage of the grants and now we are, and so were getting a lot of things done. One o f the things that the school board candidates mentioned was the issues that they face about housing. We are desperate for affordable housing. (People) dont want to live in a 45or 50-year-old single-wide mobile home. When they see that, its very hard to attract and keep good people. But we are ... moving forward. Weve got some exciting things coming in the next couple of years, hopefully Bass Pro will get started in November, and then the power plant comes online in June of next year. We will not get the revenues until the following full year, but ... what that will allow us to do is not only fund our departments but start to bring down the ad valorem taxes, and that is one of the best incentives for bringing in ne w people.Ž In their closing statements, Mr. Culpepper thanked Okeechobeeans for letting me realize the dream I wanted to do, to work for people.Ž Mr. Chandler said: I want to get some things accomplished. Okeechobee needs a lot of things. It needs people to come in Okeechobee. We need assets. We need infrastructure. We need new roads. We need all this stuff cleaned up coming into town. We need better code enforcement. But most o f all, this is my community. I want it to be looking nice so when somebody drives by, the y want to stop and say: Look! Id like to stop here and maybe live here.August 15, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Available 24/7sections.iniusa.orgView all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Were here when you need us. When facing an emergency, you want expert care that is fast „ and friendly.Expert „ Our sta is skilled in caring for emergencies: big or small. Fast „ Were here when you need us: 24/7/365. Friendly „ We understand how challenging it can be to deal with an emergency. We are Raulerson, your friends and neighbors, so take comfort knowing you are in the hands of people who care. 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Special to the Okeechobee News The childrens mental health agency Tykes & Teens wanted to ensure that children in Okeechobee still had access to programming that would promote positive mental health during the summer. Thanks to a grant from the Children Services Council of Okeechobee County and the hard work of a team of dedicated Tykes & Teens therapists, 24 youths participated in a creative arts program that focused on building coping skills for anger, sadness and anxiety, and improving self-esteem. Participants engaged in several art projects that contributed to skill development. The highlight of the group for both the therapists and students was demonstrating deep, slow breathing using paint bubbles to reduce anxiety. As the school year begins, Tykes & Teens also has increased on-site services within the school system, now offering mental health counseling on site at Okeechobee High School, Freshman Campus, Osceola Middle School, Yearling Middle School, Everglades Elementary, Seminole Elementary and Central Elementary. Parents can contact the Guidance Department at their childs school for more information and to access services. Tykes & Teens is a Medicaid provider, accepts most insurance and offers services on a sliding scale. There is no co-pay for these in school services thanks to funding from Southeast Florida Behavioral Network and the Childrens Services Council o f Okeechobee County. 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Red“eld, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warns that a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or ”ea have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick.Ž Tick attacks can be particularly nasty for seniors, sad Dan Weber, president of the A ssociation of Mature American Citizens. They can cause several different illnesses, most notably Lyme disease. All of these sicknesses can have harsh symptoms but they rarely result in death, although the elderly have weaker immune systems and are therefore more susceptible.Ž According to the CDC, the symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, rash, facial paralysis and arthritis and can last up to six months. The Interim Healthcare Web site notes that these Žsymptoms can be harsh but slow to set in „ a person could be infected with Lyme disease for a full month with nothing but a small rash at the bite location before more serious symptoms set in. Later stage Lyme can include increased rashes, partial facial paralysis, arthritis and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, brain and spinal cord swelling, nerve pain and short-term memory loss.Ž Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. Weber says, It is the blacklegged tick and the western blacklegged tick that are the culprits. They are not common in all 50 states. In fact, up until about 20 years ago, they were common only in the Northeastern United States. But two decades later they can be found in 1,531 counties spread across 43 states. Rebecca Eisen, a research biologist at the CDC, tells us that blacklegged ticks inhabit the northeastern, mid-Atlantic and north-central regions, and the western blacklegged tick are found along the Paci“c Coast.Ž Mr. Weber said you can tell the difference between the blacklegged and the common dog tick (which is not known to spread disease) by the physical differences between the two. The blacklegged tick is much smaller than the dog tick, and the dog tick has white markings on its back. The AMAC chief also suggests that you do not panic if you “nd a tick has attached itself to your body; youve got up to 24 hours before an infection can set in. So you have time to get help in removing it at an emergency room, for example. Whatever you do, dont try to squeeze it out or use a lit cigarette to coax it out. If you cant get medical help, use tweezers to grip it as close as possible to its mouth to remove.Ž To prevent tick bites, the CDC suggests that you: € Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. € Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. EPAs helpful search tool can help you “nd the product that best suits your needs. Always follow product instructions. Ticks can carry dangerous diseases Special to the Okeechobee NewsStudents used artwork to learn healthy ways to cope with emotions.