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Friday, August 31, 2018 50¢ plus ta x Vol. 109 No. 104 14.60 feetLast Year: 13.52 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Labor Day parade set for Saturday ... Page 8 Barrel racing, rodeo events at Agri-Civic Center... Page 3 Boaters: Watch for manatees ... Page 13 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Football around the lake ... Page 13 CERTIFIED EXPERTISE IN OKEECHOBEE AUTO ACCIDENTS BOARD CERTIFIED FREE APPOINTMENTSAcross From the Courthouse on 3rd € 357-5800 € Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionEverglades kindergartner Emily Garza (left) receives a toothbrush kit donated by Everglades Pediatric Dentistry from Kidz First Inc. volunteer Colleen Thomas (right). By Richard MarionOkeechobee News Eleven years ago, Candi Nelson “rst noticed there were many students in Okeechobee who, through no fault of their own, didnt have access to the school supplies they needed to start the new school year. In July 2007, Mrs. Nelson gathered a few volunteers and started collecting school supplies and backpacks. She partnered with her local place of worship, The Church of God of Prophecy, and gave out 165 backpacks “lled with school supplies to students in Okeechobee. Nonpro“t provides school supplies for Everglades studentsSee SUPPLIES „ Page 2 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The cyanobacterial blooms that have plagued South Florida this summer have led to protests from the public, promises from politicians and blame (mostly targeted at farmers and Lake Okeechobee) from the coastal media. But amid all of the slogans, sound bites and allegations, maybe were asking the wrong question. Instead of asking where the algae or cyanobacteria (which is not technically algae but is commonly called blue-green algae) is coming from, maybe we should be asking what „ or who „ is feeding it. Algae is found naturally in lakes and streams, not just in Florida but all over the world. When freshwater algae has a plentiful source of food (as in nitrogen and phosphorus) combined with hot weather, low salinity and little water movement, it can reproduce rapidly into a bloom. Humans cant control the weather and have limited control over water movement. What we could control „ although it wont be easy and it wont be cheap „ is the food supply. If alligators or birds or other potential nuisance animals are hanging around a boat dock, and are making Want to stop algal blooms? Stop feeding the algaeSee ALGAE „ Page 13 A continuing series About Lake Okeechobee About Lake Okeechobee TRUTH Search for the Search for the


Each year the program grew, giving away school supplies to more and more students. By the fourth year, Mrs. Nelson had to rent the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center in order to have enough space to give out 3,000 backpacks full of school supplies. For the “rst few years, we held it as a kind of community event,Ž Mrs. Nelson explained. My goal was to get the supplies into the hands of the students who need it. W e started partnering with Seminole Elementary a few years ago. We would go in at open house and would have our own room. The students would go meet their teachers, and then they would come by our room and pick up their backpack, already “lled with supplies.Ž That partnership with Seminole Elementary carried on for eight years, with every student in the school receiving a backpack of school supplies. Eventually, as the program grew, Mrs. Nelson recognized it was time for the program to become a full-”edged nonpro“t organization, which would allow her to apply for grants to bring in additional revenue to fund the program. The nonpro“t was given the name Kidz First Inc.Ž and, in 2018, it partnered with Everglades Elementary for the “rst time. Each student at Everglades was given a new backpack, school supplies, new socks and a toothbrush kit. Its been an amazing experience,Ž said Mrs. Nelson. We have a couple of private donors that help us each year and we do fundraising to help pay for things. Just to do Everglades Elementary was about a $10,000 to $12,000 event. Dr. Melissa Kindell at Everglades Pediatric Dentistry has been a huge partner as well. I have to give her a big thank-you.Ž Kidz First Inc. is expanding to other cities in South Florida as well. In 2018, Kidz First gave away 500 backpacks in Moore Haven as well as 500 in Lake Placid. The money we raise in Lake Placid stays in Lake Placid, and the money we raise in Okeechobee stays in Okeechobee,Ž Mrs. Nelson said. My record-keeping is separate in every city, so I assure the donors when I talk to them that their money will stay local in their town.Ž If youd like to reach out to Kidz First Inc. to offer support for the next school year, you can visit their website at www.kidz“rstinc. com or email Candi Nelson at candi@kidz“ SuppliesContinued From Page 1 2 Okeechobee News August 31, 2018 The Okeechobee News will be closed Monday, September 3 for LABOR DAY WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 DEADLINE Display Advertising..3 p.m. Friday, August 31. Have a Safe Holiday! Recognized as one of Americas top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive € Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) Today: Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High near 90F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Saturday Night: Partly to mostly cloud y skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Sunday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 71F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee News/ OCSOComfort bearsMargaret Stein donated numerous brand new, beautiful bears for the children with whom Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce deputies come in contact. These bears are sure to bring a smile to a childs face. Left to right are Lieutenant Chris Hans, Margaret Stein and A/P Clerk Joe Carter. Fire/Rescue offers blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: € Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, € Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, € Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later. Special to the Okeechobee NewsEverglades kindergartner Jael Williams (left) and her brothers, “rst-graders Jeremiah (center) and Josiah (right), were excited about their new backpacks, socks and toothbrush kits.


Recreational RidingTuesday, Sept. 4, the Agri-Civic Center w ill be open for recreational riding from 6 to 9 p.m. Recreational riding nights are an opportunity for local residents to ride their horse in the covered arena. Cost is $10 per rider, and you MUST have a current Coggins certi“cate.Ranch Sorting spectacularFriday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, the Okeechobee Agri-Civic center will host a Ranch Sorting National Championship sanctioned Ranch Sorting event, produced by Horse Events. Friday night will be a practice night for beginners and anyone who has arrived early. Sorting competition starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. All competitors must be RSNC members. There is no charge for the public to attend, and a concession stand will be open.Chow Down Food TrucksTuesday, Sept. 11, the food trucks are returning, and bringing entertainment with them from 4:30 to 9 p.m. There will be a variety of food to choose from, and things to keep the kids occupied, too.Fast & Furious Barrel Racing Buckle SeriesThursday, Sept. 13, the Fast & Furious Barrel Racing Buckle Series returns to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Exhibition runs start at 5 p.m. Open runs start at 7 p.m. Y outh competition follows the open. There is no charge for the public to attend, and a concession stand will be open.Mexican RodeoOn Thursday, Sept. 11, the Agri-Civic Center will host Mexican music and food.Timed Event Challenge #4Saturday, Sept. 29, Timed Event Challenge #4 will present steer wrestling, team roping, tie down and breakaway roping, and barrel racing. The competition is the fourth in a series, and this will be the third time at the Agri-Civic Center. Rodeo attire is required of all contestants. The event is produced by Bell”ower Cattle Co. & PL Cattle Co. Spectator admission is free and a concession stand will be open. A gri-Civic Center September scheduleAugust 31, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 THE GATHERING A Church of Restoration Come As You Are Sunday 10:30 AMChildren’s Church & Nursery Provided Growth Groups Meet Throughout the Week1735 SW 24th Ave • 357-4418 You are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music Come and share in the word of God Trinity Free Will Baptist ChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pmPastor: Thomas Dees1840 NE 39th Blvd. (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 208 NORTHEAST THIRD STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972863.763.3909TenniswoodDental.comThe doctors at Tenniswood Dental Associates have been creating beautiful smiles for over 55 years. Mark J. Tenniswood, D.M.D. Jenna Tenniswood Bryan, D.M.D. Clifford E. Bryan IV, D.M.D.NOW OPEN Wednesdays and every 1st & 3rd Saturdays along with our normal hoursAccepting New Patients Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 € Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy € Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 € Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing € Delicious Meals € Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 Church Directory Special to the Okeechobee NewsChamber after hours at SeacoastSeacoast Banks friendly open space was full to over”owing with members of the community as well as those from area businesses at the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce monthly After Hours event Friday, Aug. 24. Seacoast representatives from the main of“ce were there to hear Manager Jon Geitner report that the Okeechobee Seacoast is the busiest and largest branch in the Seacoast Network. Mr. Geitner further said that Okeechobee is the friendliest community he has ever worked in throughout his career. These chamber events highlight a different business every month to which the public is always invited. Special to the Okeechobee NewsCES Students of the WeekStudents of the Week for Central Elementary School are Esmeralda Contreras, Giovanni Garcia, Nathalie Villegas, Ariana Saucedo-Marquez, Robby Davis, Yaslin Pineda, Tanner Hickman, Arianna Larson, Galia Berumen, Christopher Sneed, Jordan Tinajero, Mia Dhaiti, Jayda Smith, Darli Reyes Bucio, Luis Arvizu, Daniel Rojas, Francisco David Olvera-Sanchez, Hannah Kate Johns, Rudy Rojas, Cadence LaFlam, Aslin Velasquez-Aguilar, Keaton Hickman, Lana Wood, Lyric Bishop, Dulce Leal and Rozin Brown Fish. Congratulations! Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.Ž People in the community who are looking for proper ”ag disposal can bring their ”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digni“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an of“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283.


Algae€ Stopped by the locks at Moore Haven this morning to see the algae bloom, but someone must have stolen it! Water looks good, and there were some folks there “shing. Yes, we need to “x some environmental issues, but Okeechobee water looks good.Ž … Mark King € The ones saying its nasty out there are the ones not on the lake.Ž … Justin Whidden € The real problem: Florida population! 1960: 4,951,560 ... 2017: 20,984,400. The whole Florida landscape has been altered by development, which has robbed Central and South Florida of billions of acres of natural wetlands that once held the rains during the summer months. Development has pushed the water to Lake Okeechobee, and it ”oods the lake during the rainy season. All of you people that moved to Florida helped cause this disaster. Stop blaming Lake Okeechobee. It was you and your new homes and condos that changed the old Florida to what we have today!Ž … Charles HoodElection€ 29 percent voter turnout? Thats all?Ž … Cheryl Pugsley € It is a shame so many people voluntarily give up their freedoms by failing to vote. Those who do not vote are letting a minority „ in this case, 29 percent of the voters „ make decisions for everyone. The elections of“ce makes it easy for everyone to vote. You can vote by mail or vote early. They even had voting on the weekends during the early voting period. Election Day, polls were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you did not bother to vote, you have no right to complain about the decisions made by the of“cials elected by others. You had a chance to participate and you chose not to bother.Ž … K. Booker August 31, 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 iss ues 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 3 4974; or, email anonymous or signed S peak Out comments to Okeenews@ n Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Guest CommentaryBy Dr. Karl HavensSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsThis year is a triple play for algae in Florida „ in a really bad way. We now have blue-green algae blooms; we have a red tide; and, we have seaweed washing up on the east coast. Seaweed is macroalgae. So what is going on? The blue-green algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie River and estuary and the Caloosahatchee estuary are a result of nutrients and a hot summer. Algae need nutrients and light to grow, and blue-green algae like it hot. The nutrients come from agricultural and other runoff from the land around all three of those ecosystems. Agricultural fertilizer, human waste spread on lands, septic tanks leaking, lawn fertilizer, other urban runoff ... we have so heavily polluted the land that now a heavy spring rain like the one that happened this year sets the stage for blue-green algae blooms by ”ushing those nutrients into the water. The red tide in the Gulf of Mexico probably started naturally and far offshore. Currents this year carried it close to the west coast of Florida, where it encountered nutrient-rich runoff water ”owing out of the Caloosahatchee River. These blooms usually end after several months, but this one keeps going strong. Why? In a typical year with a red tide, the algae would run out of nitrogen, one of their essential nutrients. But this year is one with heavy dust coming across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert. That dust contains iron. Iron stimulates another algae that can get nitrogen from the atmosphere and keep fueling the red tide. Now, the third bad player „ large amounts of seaweed (Sargassum) washing up on the east coast beaches „ and on beaches of the small Caribbean islands and the coast of Mexico near Cancun. Where is it coming from? Sargassum is a natural, free-”oating seaweed in the ocean and it provides critical habitat for “sh and turtles. But off the coast of Brazil it seems to be growing at a rapid pace „ since at least 2010 „ and the thought is that it is fueled by both a warmer ocean and by nutrient pollution from the Amazon River. It is fed by more nutrient pollution, in this case because of deforestation, conversion of land to farms, and use of fertilizer that gets into the river. Ocean currents then carry the seaweed up into the Caribbean and onto the beaches of Florida. The root cause of this all is nutrient pollution by mans activities. The proximal cause is weather and currents, things we cannot control. Will it happen again next year? It depends on the weather and currents. There is a critical need for control of nutrient pollution from all the sources identi“ed above or these events likely will become worse when they occur. Nutrient overload causes algae triple play Changing the way we treat crime victimsLast year, Okeechobee County experienced 136 instances of violent crime. As the county sheriff, I am proud that number decreased from the previous year, but we cannot ignore the fact that the unthinkable happened to 136 of our residents. You never think it will happen to your family, or your friends, or even yourself, but sadly, we are all at risk. Thats why Amendment 6, also known as Marsys Law, is so important. A person accused of a crime has many constitutional protections, including the right to counsel, the right to information, the right to a speedy trial, the right to confront the witnesses against him and the right to obtain witnesses in his favor. Crime victims, on the other hand, do not have any clear, enforceable constitutional protections. Frankly, that is just not fair. Guaranteeing rights for all criminal defendants is a critical part of our society and should certainly not change „ but we can change the way we treat crime victims. Crime victims deserve the right to information. They deserve the right to be heard. They deserve the right to privacy, to restitution, and to be treated with dignity and respect. The criminal justice system is scary and intimidating to those not familiar with the courts. Whether a victim of rape, assault or murder, victims and their families deserve basic assistance in navigating such a confusing process. I encourage all Floridians to learn more about Marsys Law and vote yes on Amendment 6 this November. Sheriff Noel E. StephenStuttering FoundationIts back-to-school time „ new clothes, new backpacks, new schools and new friends. But for some children, old fears arise. For the student who stutters, the beginning of the school year is a time fraught with anxiety and doubt. Will my classmates like me? Will the teacher understand I may need a few extra seconds to get my words out? Will I be bullied? One in “ve children may experience issues with ”uency during early development. The Stuttering Foundation has help for students, parents and teachers. For practical help and up-to-date information, visit us at Fraser President, Stuttering Foundation Letters to the Editor c o k 2 0 1 8 0 8 3 1 0 4 c r o p p d f 1 3 1 A u g 1 8 0 6 : 1 1 : 3 3


August 31, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 Special to the Okeechobee News TAMPA „ From the unof“cial end of summer to one of the “rst weekends of college football, Labor Day brings plenty of reasons to celebrate. Unfortunately, the holiday w eekends festivities can also create more danger on the roadways. Considered one of the deadliest times on the roads, Labor Day weekend saw 433 roadw ay fatalities due to alcohol-related crashes in 2016, according to the National Highway Traf“c Safety Administration (NHTSA). To reduce these fatalities and help keep motorists safe, AAA, its Auto Club Group Traf“c Safety Foundation and Budweiser are offering their free Tow to Go program while encouraging those who are celebrating to make safe, responsible transportation arrangements. We want Labor Day to be an enjoyable weekend for everyone,Ž said Amy Stracke, managing director of traf“c safety advocacy for AAA … The Auto Club Group and executive director of the ACG Traf“c Safety Foundation. With greater numbers of drivers expected on the roadways, its crucial for motorists to make safe and responsible decisions when getting behind the wheel.Ž Now in its 20th year, Tow to Go encourages ride-share services or designated drivers to prevent impaired drivers from needlessly risking the lives of others. Tow to Go has safely removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and the Midwest since 1998. We strongly encourage people to plan ahead for the weekend, especially when it comes to transportation,Ž said Matt Nasworthy, Florida public affairs director, AAA … The Auto Club Group. However, using Tow to Go is a great option for people who “nd themselves „ or their friends „ in need of a safe way home.Ž Tow to Go will run from Friday, Aug. 31, through Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 a.m. and is available by calling (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. The following guidelines apply: Tow To Go service areas phone number for Florida is 855-2-TOW-2-GO or 855-2869246. Tow to Go offers a con“dential local ride to a safe location within 10 miles. The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home. The service is free and available to AAA members and non-members. Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions. Visit for dates and availability throughout 2018. If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traf“c Safety Foundation to learn more. The Tow to Go program is a smart option to promote the use of designated drivers and help reduce impaired driving,Ž said Adam Warrington, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Anheuser-Busch. We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to make our roads safer during the holidays.Ž Tow to Go program encourages responsible driving The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in”uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Balinda Theresa Wilson, 52, East Church Street, Bartow, was arrested Aug. 26 by Deputy Ryane Ammons on seven counts of introduction of portable communication device into or upon the grounds of state correctional institution. Her bond was set at $35,000. € Dennis Javier Patino, 39, Benjamin Avenue, Delray Beach, was arrested Aug. 26 by Deputy Ryane Ammons on felony charges of introduction of a controlled substance (cannabis) having a hypnotic, stimulating, or depressing effect into or upon the grounds of a state correctional institution and introduction of a controlled substance (methylenedioxymethamphetamine -MDMA) having a hypnotic, stimulating, or depressing effect into or upon the grounds of a state correctional institution. His bond was set at $40,000. € Ashley Michelle Christian, 28, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 26 by Deputy Jonathon Gove on felony charge of battery by person being detained in a county jail upon other detainee. Her bond was set at $14,000. € Robert Edward Thompson Jr., 22, U.S. 441 South, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 27 by Deputy Matthew Huffman on felony charges of ”eeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement of“cer at high speed or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property, excess of 50 miles per hour more than posted speed limit (third violation) and misdemeanor charges of knowingly driving while license suspended, resisting of“cer without violence and failure to have endorsement on driver license. His bond was set at $25,500. € Thomas Daniel Guadalajara, 27, West Ridge, Peoria, Ill., was arrested on a State of Illinois DOC warrant. He is being held without bond. € Melissa Ann Carter, 28, Southeast 57th Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 27 by Deputy Daniel Eng on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging her with aggravated battery. Her bond was set at $15,000. € Eugene Carlos Vega, 17, Northeast 304th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 27 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on an Okeechobee County felony warrant and charged with grand theft (motor vehicle). His bond was set at $5,000. € Tyler Devon Lytle, 18, Boston Street, Sebring, was arrested Aug. 27 by Deputy Robbie Lamb on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation burglary of dwelling. His bond was set at $5,000. € Eugenio G. Guzman, 49, Northwest 42nd Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Of“cer John Zeigler on a felony charge of grand theft (motor vehicle). His bond was set at $25,000. € Javier Perez Careaga, 38, Southeast 26th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy Timothy Miller on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with aggravated battery. His bond was set at $7,500. € Emily Elizabeth Delcampo, 36, North Kenansville Road, Kenansville, was arrested Aug. 28 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (diazepam) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) without a valid prescription, possession of a controlled substance (buprenorphine) without a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges o f possession of drug paraphernalia and harvesting endangered plant without a permit. Her bond was set at $52,000. € Brent James Havens, 35, Northwest Eighth Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 28 by Deputy Francisco Hernandez on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation knowingly driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled or disquali“ed. He is being held without bond. 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 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee NewsA 31-year-old Jupiter man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly threatened his pregnant girlfriend and her mother w ith a knife. Adam Souza, Jupiter Landings Drive, was arrested Aug. 27 by Deputy Jose Garcia on felony charges of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor charge of battery. His bond was set at $26,000. According to an arrest report by Deputy Garcia, of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce, at 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 27, he responded to a residence on State Road 70 East in regard to a domestic related incident. Deputy Garcia met with the complainant, w ho said she was asleep in her room when her boyfriend, Souza, came in around 5 a.m. and began to shake her aggressively in the bed. The woman reportedly asked Souza what he wanted. He supposedly wanted her to take him to work and to get beer. The woman then said she got up from her bed and told Souza to get ready when he supposedly cursed at her and said, I dont want to go to work.Ž The complainant said that a couple of hours later, Souza and her mother began to argue. According to Souzas girlfriend, her mother and Souza were in the kitchen at the time of the argument. Souzas girlfriend reported that she told Souza to stop using profanity and to not threaten them. It was then that Souza reportedly walked around the kitchen counter and grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and pulled her hair while stating he was going to kill her. The womans mother then ran from behind the kitchen counter and pushed Souza off her daughter. Souza got up, aggressively grabbed the arm of his girlfriends mother and then walked over to a kitchen drawer where he looked at the woman and reportedly said he was going to kill her. Souza then chased the woman outside with the knife in hand, holding it up high, noted the report. Souzas girlfriend then went outside and informed him that she called for law enforcement. Souza returned into the house, retrieved a black bag with clothes in it and reportedly left running. Souzas girlfriend said in the report that she was scared when he grabbed the knife and that she is 14 weeks pregnant. The report continued that Deputy Garcia spoke with the womans mother. According to her, Souza walked into her daughters room and told her to get up and take him to get beer. Souzas girlfriend apparently requested a little bit of time and Souza supposedly became frustrated and yelled at the womans daughter. The woman then said that her daughter got up from the bed, went into the living room, sat down on the couch and Souza began to yell and insult his girlfriend. The mother then said that Souza stated he was going to kill both of them. At this time, Souzas girlfriend said to stop the yelling and profanity, which resulted in the alleged aforementioned incident. Both Souzas girlfriend and her mother said he wielded a short knife with an orange handle. The report concluded that Souza was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. Both women were provided victims rights packets and a case number should any questions arise. The two women provided statements and were photographed for documentation. The statements, pictures and the knife were collected and submitted as evidence. Jupiter man chases pregnant girlfriends mother with knife


Singles hold potluckThe Christian Singles potluck dinner will be held at the Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. For information, call Mollie at 863-763-7195.Eagles host weekend dinnersCypress Hut Eagles Aerie, 4701 S.E. U.S. 441, will serve a surf and turf dinner on Friday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by The Twitty Road Band at 7 p.m. J oin them Saturday, Sept. 1, when they will serve lemon chicken for a birthday bash at 5 p.m. Music will be performed by Jay at 6 p.m. Sing along and dance on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. Enjoy music by Phil and Cheryl. For information, call 863-467-1154. V FW host Labor Day BBQBig Lake VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will serve a steak dinner on Friday, A ug. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 1, join them for hot dogs and hamburgers from noon to 5 p.m., with music on the pav ilion from 2 to 6 p.m. Wings are available along with menu food from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2. Labor day, Monday, Sept. 3, there will be a pavilion BBQ from noon to 4 p.m., with music by the Logan Brothers from 2 to 6 p.m. V FW hosts weekend bingoOkeechobee North VFW #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host bingo on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m.BHR Moose serves cat“shThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, will offer all-you-can-eat cat“sh on Friday, Aug. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation of $10. The public is welcomed.Labor Day parade is Sept. 1The 2018 Labor Day parade will be Saturday, Sept. 1 A poll was conducted through Facebook, and the community voted to change the event from the traditional Monday to Saturday to help kick off Okeechobee Main Streets festival in the park and Cattlemens Association weekend rodeo events.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, Sept. 1 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.Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., w ill host Sunday night bingo on Sept. 2 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.BHR Moose serves breakfastThe Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, will offer a full breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 8 to 11 a.m. The public is welcomed.Legion will host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, Sept. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.VFW plays pool this Labor DayVFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host a pool tournament starting at noon on Monday, Sept. 3 There will be a BBQ dinner served for a $10 donation. Open to the public. For information, call 863-763-0818.Widows groups to meetThe Okeechobee Widows and Widowers Group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 4 8 a.m. at Lakeside Grill, 1111 S. Parrot Ave. New members are welcome. For information, call Jane at 863-824-8700 or Connie at 863801-0482.VFW Auxiliary serves dinnerThe VFW Auxiliary will serve steak sandwiches on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 W. All proceeds to bene“t Florida military veterans in distress. For information, call 863-467-2882.BHR Moose to serve pork dinnerBuckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will have a pork chop dinner, fried or grilled, with all the “xings for a $7.50 donation. Dinner is served on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome.Veterans to meetU.S. military veterans of all branches are invited to join us for the monthly meeting of the Okeechobee Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Thursday, Sept. 6 at Cowboys BBQ, 202 N.E. Seventh Ave., at 7 p.m. Please arrive by 6 p.m., if placing a food order.VFW serves up dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, Sept. 7 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.Free mens chorale concert setBig Lake mens chorale will host a concert on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Admission is free. For information, call 863-763-4600.Church will host bingoSacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host bingo on Monday, Sept. 10 Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the fun will begin at 7 p.m.Childrens Council to meetThe Childrens Services Council of Okeechobee will have its “rst public budget hearing for the year 2018-19 on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:01 p.m., in the Okeechobee County School Board of“ce, Room 303, at 700 S.W. Second Ave.Democrats chapter to meetThe Okeechobee Chapter of the Democratic Party of Florida welcomes you to attend their monthly meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave.Luncheon honors donorsOkeechobee Educational Foundation invites you to a luncheon honoring donors on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at noon at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, 200 N.W. Second St. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 19 to 863-462-5000 EXT 257 or email erin.moore@okee.k12.”.us.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 Community section. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic6 Okeechobee News August 31, 2018 Public Lands Day setEnjoy the beautiful fall weather and have fun helping us protect your Historic Okeechobee Battle“eld! We will be handpulling or clipping invasive exotic weeds and picking up trash on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. All volunteers will receive a free Florida state park day pass! For information, call park of“ce at 863-462-5360 or email Ashley.haymond@” group meetsA support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide and for parents whose children have taken their own lives meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park St. Everyone is welcome.


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8 Okeechobee News August 31, 2018 No great achievement is possible without persistent workBertrand Russell fromPolitical Advertisement paid for and approved by William BillŽ Wallace for County Court Judgefor County Court JudgeWilliam BillŽ Wallace August 31, 2018 Okeechobee News 9 A Tribute to a Great American Hero John McCain1936-2018Compliments of VOTEDEBORAHCOUNTY JUDGEHOOKER She’s one of us. HookerForJudge.comHappy Labor Day!Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Deborah M. Hooker for County Court Judge Past President, Okeechobee Board of Realtors Lic. Real Estate Broker Fax: 863.467.7822 30034 E. SR 78 | Okeechobee, FL 34974Vic_Anderson@earthlink.netVicki S. Anderson 863.634.4106 Rodeo, battle of the bands, lawnmower racing plannedSpecial to the Okeechobee News Labor Day weekend brings plenty of fun and excitement to Okeechobee County. Okeechobee Main Street will host Labor Day in the Park Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The park will feature local entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of food. On Saturday, Sept. 1, the Labor Day parade will be held in downtown Okeechobee, starting at 10 a.m. The parade will follow the regular parade route, from Aldi on Parrott Avenue, north to the intersection of Parrott Avenue and State Road 70, then west on State Road 70 to the end of Flagler Park. Saturdays park events will include a stick horse race and a hula hoop contest. The “rst day of Okeechobee Cattlemens Labor Day Bull Bash will be at the historic Okeechobee Cattlemens Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 on Saturday. Gates open at 1 p.m. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. The Labor Day Bull Bash will be fun for the whole family. The performances will consist of the top two crowd favorites „ mutton bustin and bullriding „ plus fans can expect to see professional bull “ghters and a specialty act. Gates open at 1 p.m., and the event begins with mutton bustin at 2 p.m. The Okeechobee Labor Day Bull Bash will have onsite vendors, souvenir T-shirts, shaved ice, concessions and beer. Tickets for admission are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in person by cash or check at Elis Western Wear or with a credit card online at This year, tickets can also be bought with a special Groupon promotion. The historic Okeechobee Cattlemens grandstand rodeo arena is located in the heart of Okeechobee County, at 1885 U.S. 441 North. At 6 p.m. Saturday, head back to Flagler Park for the Battle of the Bands. Entry fee for bands is $25. Top prize is a chance to audition at Destination OkeechobeeŽ in Orlando to win a spot to play at the Okeechobee Music Festival. For more information, contact Angie Grif“n at 863697-1105. On Sunday, the festival in the park will continue with a special feature of church music at the gazebo. On Monday, festival events will include a lawn mower race at 11 a.m. The lawn mowers will be provided by Sears Hometown Store in Okeechobee. Sign-ups for the race begin at 10 a.m. Participants must be age 18 or older. A hot dog eating contest is planned at 1 p.m.; an ice cream eating contest at 1:30 p.m.; and, a watermelon eating contest at 2 p.m. Monday will also bring the second day of the Cattlemens Bull Bash, at 2 p.m. at the Cattlemens Rodeo Arena.Labor Day parade set for Saturday


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August 31, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Enviromental Specialist I Performs inspections for septic construction & soil analysis & issues permits. Responsible Submit application to: https://jobs. ACCEPTING APPLICATIONSHVAC Service Techs, Installers, & HelpersFull Time, Experience Required, Apply withinOkee A/C 312 SW 2nd St., Okeechobee, FL 863-763-8391EOE/DFWP Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Prenatal/Infant health coalition seeks a parttime, bi-lingual Maternity Care Advisor with professional writing, and great organizational Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind Eli’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Garage/ Yard Sales BUCKHEAD RIDGE 1033 4TH ST 8/31, 9/1,9/2, JUST MOVED IN TOO MUCH STUFF, POWER TOOLS, BAN SAW, ROTOR & TABLE. NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED. YARD SALE 2741 NE 54TH TRAIL, 8/31,9/1,9/2, 8AM12PM 5TH WHEEL CAMPER HITCH, CLOTHES, SHOES, PURSES, YARD TOOLS, NICE TABLE W/4 MATCHING BAR STOOLS, HOME DECOR, WI GAME STATION W/GAMES, 2 FORMAL DRESSES, NEW VERA BRADLEY BACK PACK AND CAMPING ITEMS Employment Full Time CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 General Laborers (FT) W.R. Smith Land Clearing. We are looking for a crew of efficient, hard-working laborers for a land prepping job. We are offering a consistent work schedule of 40+ hours a week. The ideal candidates will be capable of working with minimal oversight, but willing to follow directions closely. No prior experience is required. Please contact Will Smith, (863) 4450026, if interested. MACHANIC WANTED CALL 863-623-6564 SE HABLA ESPANOL Tractor Operator (FT) W.R. Smith Land Clearing. We are seeking a tractor operator for a land prepping job. We are offering a consistent work schedule of 40+ hours a week. Ideal candidates have prior tractor operating experience, as well as some heavy equipment knowledge. Candidates will need to ability to operator the equipment for long periods of time, in a safe manner. If interested, please contact Will Smith at (863) 445-0026. Employment Medical Medical Assistant Full Time – Must have 1 year exp in the medical field and proof of satisfactory completion of an approved Medical Assistant or CN A Program. Must be able to maintain confidential information, Strong Customer relations skills & Cultural Sensitivity. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1100 N. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee, FL. EOE/ DFWP. e-mail jobs@ READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader o f these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Help Wanted: REPORTERe Okeechobee News seeks a full or part-time reporter to cover crime, courts, and government, as well as some investigative reporting in Okeechobee County and surrounding areas. Please email resum and writing samples to Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Contact a Sales Representative today:863.763.3134 okeeadsales@newszap.comThese business card sized ads are an affordable way to advertise! Publishes Sunday and Wednesday Great Branding & Image Building Opportunity


12 Okeechobee News August 31, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Purchase of Audio Visual System Equipment for the BOCC Chambers County Project No. 2018-26 INVITATION TO BIDSealed BIDS will be received by Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2ND Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, FL 34972 until 3:00 p.m. on September 21, 2018. Bids will be opened by the Clerk in Room 222 and will be publicly opened and read aloud. Any BIDS received after the time specified will not be accepted. The BIDS shall be based on the following: Provide equipment as specified in “Attachment A”. All materials provided shall be in accordance with the Specifications pertaining thereto, which may be examined at or obtained from, Okeechobee County Capital Projects, Sheri Selvey, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972, (863) 763-0805, or via Email: Any questions pertaining to the materials specified will be addressed to the Okeechobee County Capital Projects, Sheri Selvey, in writing via email at: no later than September 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Each Bidder who has made a written request will be furnished with an electronic version of the Bid Form by sending a request via email to: sselvey@ or fax to 863-763-5529. Only Bid Forms obtained from Okeechobee County are acceptable for bidding. All quotes received are to include the pricing of the material and freight within Okeechobee County and products may be dropped shipped or delivered to the desired location. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modifications to the work after bidding, and waive any informality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. Unless specifically prohibited by law or regulation, said bid includes an assignability clause that allows for the assignment of all or part of the specified deliverable items. Okeechobee County has a local vendor preference, which is contained within the County’s current procurement policy. Definitions, allowances and exemptions can be found in this policy. You are encouraged to review the latest version to ensure compliance with and exceptions to the local vendor preference policy. The County’s vendor preference policy can be found on the County’s web site at under the heading “REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS & BIDS.” Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clarification from Okeechobee County. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. The Board of County Commissioners has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: “BID – OKEECHOBEE COUNTY PURCHASE OF AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEM EQUIPMENT FOR THE BOCC CHAMBERS COUNTY PROJECT NO. 2018-26”. Each bidder will submit (1) one original and (2) copies of their bid. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Terry W. Burroughs, Chairman Okeechobee County, FL Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL 284607 ON 8/31/2018 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 472018CP000132IN RE: THE ESTATE OF DONALD R. GOLDI, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate DONALD R. GOLDI, deceased, whose date of death is June 14, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Clerk of Court, Probate Division, 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is August 24th, 2018. Personal Representative: Susan Howard 7421 Nabors Lane McKinney, TX 75071 Attorney for personal representative: ROONEY & ROONEY, P.A. 1517 20th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960 (772) 778-5400 (772) 778-5290 (fax) Attorney for Petitioner By: Eizabeth McHugh FBN: 638196 282396 ON 8/24,31/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF ABANDONMENT OF A PORTION OF NW 4TH STREET NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 23rd day of August, 2018, a Resolution was adopted pursuant to Sections 336.09 and 336.10, Florida Statutes, whereby the County of Okeechobee vacated, closed, abandoned, renounced and disclaimed all rights of the county and the public in a portion of NW 4th Street between US Highway 98 and NW 22nd Avenue, and which is further described as follows: THE NORTH 15.00 FEET OF THE SOUTH 50.00 FEET OF THE EAST ONEHALF (E 1/2) OF THE NORTHWEST ONE-QUARTER (NW 1/4) OF THE SOUTHEAST ONE-QUARTER (SE 1/4) LYING WEST OF THE RIGHT OF WAY OF STATE ROAD NO. 700 (U.S. HIGHWAY 98), SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. LESS & EXCEPT THE WEST 35.00 FEET THEREOF. Terry W. Burroughs, Chairman Sharon Robertson, Clerk and Comptroller Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Petition B-2018-0071 284065 ON 8/31/2018 ApartmentsBeauti f ul Samantha’s Garden 2bed/2bath, $900/month. $600 sec. 1 year lease. 2 person occupancy. 863-634-5780. Credit and background chec k FOR SINGLE PERSON OR COUPLE. 2BD/1BA APARTMENT IN TOWN, NEW PAINT & CARPET. NO PETS, $700.00/MO. F/L/S REFERENCES REQUIRED 863-6342820 FOR RENT2BD/1BA APARTMENT VERY CLEAN, LOCATED IN GOOD AREA. $650.00/ MO. PLUS SECURITY CALL NICK 561-3965357 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $800.00/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Houses Rent 3/1-CBS HOME WITH CARPORT, CENTRAL AIR & HEAT, MATURE OAK TREES. $750.00/ MO. 1ST, LAST & SECURITY. CALL 561506-9638 Rental Needed RENTAL NEEDEDOLDER COUPLE LOOKING FOR 3BR/2B A RENTAL, WITH A LONG TERM LEASE OR OPTION TO BUY. PLEASE CALL 304-248-8509 Boats2016 PONTOON, Sun Tracker Bass Buggy, 18 Ft. DLX, Upgraded with 75 hp. Mercury. Like new condition. Very little use. Must see! Asking $17,500. Firm. Call Larry 954-257-5741 Treasure Island. Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICEA public auction will be held at TOTAL ROADSIDE SERVICES, located at 3176 Hwy 710 E, Okeechobee 34974 at 9:00 a.m. On the date listed below Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, make and model as follows: AUCTION 09/17/18 1997 FORD VIN:1FTDX1761VNB82735 AUCTION 09/15/18 2008 NISSAN VIN: 1N4AL21E08N525596 Terms of sale are CASH ONLY, no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right No refunds will be made. Said automobile will be sold “as is” with no guarantees. Location:3176 Hwy 710 E 863-357-8772 284363 ON 08/31/2018 NOTICE OF SALETo satisfy owner’s lien Date of Sale: 9-15--2018 @ 10:00AM @70 West Self Storage 219 SR 70 W Okeechobee, FL 34972 Unit #118 Hayden D. Roberts Unit #203 Christie J. Shockley Unit #207 Payton M. Bristow UNit #209 Melissa M. Garza Unit #220 Melissa M. GarzaUnit #221 Donald M. Sheldon IIUnit #468 Sandra L. Allen Unit #610 Jose S. Cardenas Jr. 284892 ON 8/31;9/7/2018 Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICEA public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 14th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 2003 SAAB 9-3 YS3FB45S531003005 1990 HONDA ACCORD 1HGCB7657LA091724 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right No refunds will be made. 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A ugust 31, 2018 Ok eec h o b ee N ews 13 By Richard MarionOkeechobee News € The Okeechobee Brahmans will make the long trip to Lake Wales to face the Highlanders on Aug. 31. Okeechobee is coming off a 42-17 loss to an offensive powerhouse, J ohn Carroll Catholic High School Golden Rams. Theyll be facing another strong and fast offensive team in the Highlanders. The Brahman defense will need to shut down the Highlanders run game to give the Okeechobee offense a chance to get rolling. € The Moore Haven Terriers are traveling to Lake Placid to battle the Dragons on Aug. 31. Itll be the “rst regular-season action the Terriers have seen this year since their original opponent, Jupiter Christian, forfeited last weeks game. Moore Haven won last years match against Lake Placid 20-6, but theyll be taking the “eld without one of the key players during their undefeated 2017 season, quarterback John Cox, who graduated in 2018. € The Pahokee Blue Devils are playing their “rst home game of the regular season on Aug. 31 against Atlantic Community High School. Both teams are coming off victories in the “rst week of the regular season. It promises to be a competitive game between the two schools. Last years contest saw the two battle each other to a 0-0 stalemate that went down as the only tie either team had in 2017. € The Clewiston Tigers hit the road to face the Monsignor Pace Spartans on Aug. 31. The Tigers lost key members of their offense and defense in 2018 and “nd themselves in something of a rebuilding phase as young players attempt to gain more experience. To make matters worse, Clewiston lost quarterback Chasman Ware a week before the regular season began to a shoulder injury. The Tigers lost their home opener to Fort Myers 42-0. € The Glades Day Gators will also be traveling this week to Naples to face the Community School of Naples on Aug. 31. The Gators fell to Benjamin, 30-8, in the season opener on Aug. 23. Last years match against Benjamin was a high-scoring affair that sa w the Gators ultimately lose 47-34 despite a late rally by Glades Day. € The Glades Central Raiders will have their “rst home game of the season on Aug. 31 against Oakleaf. The Raiders fell short in the season opener against University 356. University was up 28-0 before halftime, which forced Glades Central out of its game plan and had the Raiders playing catch-up the rest of the game. Football around the lake this week a mess and/or creating a health hazard, the “rst step is to make sure no one is feeding them. The same goes for algae. In South Florida this summer, algae has been feasting in waterways throughout the state, not just in Lake Okeechobee. But to focus on the big lake, the summer began w ith a massive body of water (1 inch on the lake is a staggering 12 billion gallons of water) that was high in phosphorus and nitrogen. According to presentations at U.S. A rmy Corps of Engineers and South Florida W ater Management District meetings, the high levels of dissolved nutrients in the lake in the early summer were thanks to the aftereffects of Hurricane Irma. The hurricane, w hich hit a year ago next month, churned the lake, stirring up the build-up of muck that had accumulated in the bowlŽ of the lake bottom. At one point, the hurricane w inds were so strong that water was pushed up 10 feet higher on one end of the lake than the other. When the winds let up, the water sloshed back down. The storm also tore up the lakes natural vegetation, which is the lakes “lter system. High lake levels, also courtesy of Hurricane Irma, gave the lake little time to recover, as it dipped below 13 feet for only a short time before record rainfall hit in May. When the algae bloom started on Lake Okeechobee, most of the tests indicated the dominant species was Microcystis aeruginosa. In July, the bloom grew to include 90 percent of the lake, according to National Oceangraphic and Atmospheric Administration satellite imagery. Then something happened; the bloom started to dissipate. It shrank down to about 10 percent of the lake. At the time, Dr. Karl Havens, director of Florida Sea Grant, theorized that the Microcystis may have consumed all of the available nitrogen and was starving. Some algae can “xŽ nitrogen from the air. Microcystis cannot. When the NOAA imagery indicated the algae concentration was increasing again, Dr. Havens theorized that another species of algae „ one that could “x nitrogen from the air „ was present. In his blog on ”, Dr. Havens wrote Appearance of Anabaena is consistent with the hypothesis that the bloom is going through a replacement cycle, where Microcystis has used up the nitrogen in the lake water and is being replaced by a different kind of algae that can get its nitrogen from the atmosphere, like Anabaena.Ž Dr. Havens theory was later proved by testing water samples from the lake. On Aug. 7, 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 and six species of Anabaena. Meanwhile, the Microcystis aeruginosa growing in the coastal waterways showed no signs of running out of nitrogen. In July, when lake releases to the St. Lucie Canal were suspended for nine days, the algae bloom at the St. Lucie Lock continued to grow in intensity, nearly 24 miles from Port Mayaca where the lake water enters that waterway. Even if the Microsystis bloom there was seeded by the lake releases „ which is possible but has not been proven, according to Dr. Havens „ the algae must have found a local source of food in the St. Lucie Canal. South Florida Water Management District research has found the phosphorus levels in the St. Lucie Canal to be higher than the phosphorus levels in the lake water. According to studies by Florida Atlantic University, the nitrogen levels in the St. Lucie Canal are higher than the nitrogen levels in Lake Okeechobee. The study also found the nitrogen levels grow highest closer to the populated coastal area. The solution to the algal bloom problem is to clean up the nutrient sources north of Lake Okeechobee and in the land around the two estuaries,Ž stated Dr. Karl Havens. Control of dispersed sources of nutrients in those watersheds will be a huge challenge, and while projects are underway by the state to accomplish them, it could take decades before substantive results are seen.Ž The Florida Sea Grant publication Harmful Algae Blooms Affecting Florida Coast,Ž says the most direct solution is to reduce nutrient inputs to estuaries, the coastal ocean, lakes and rivers before that happens. Remediation measures include: € Switching old neighborhoods from septic to central sewage; € Reducing the use of fertilizer to recommended levels on crops or capturing and cleaning the runoff water from those lands; € Controlling the export of nutrients in manure from animal agriculture; € Smart development solutions that integrate better stormwater management options; and, € Changes in land use, including in residential neighborhoods, to species of plants that do not require addition of nutrients because they are adapted to grow in our native soil. The overall costs are great, because there are places in Florida where past nutrient pollution has left a legacy of nutrients in wetlands, soils and on the bottom of rivers and canals „ that all drain into lakes, estuaries and the ocean after heavy rainfall. Controlling that legacy pollution may take massive public works projects to capture water and treat it. Yet, inaction has the potential to allow massive, highly toxic blooms to impair the use of our inland and coastal waters in the future and increase the risks to human health. It is certain that if we wait until the waters are warmer, the costs will be much higher and the outcomes less certain to be successful,Ž the Florida Sea Grant publication states. A LGAEContinued From Page A1 Special to the Okeechobee News Heavy boat traf“c is expected on one of the busiest weekends of the year and those w ho are planning to spend the Labor Day w eekend with friends and family are encouraged to boat responsibly and to watch for manatees while out on the waterways. Save the Manatee Club reminds Florida residents and visitors to also immediately report sick, injured, or orphaned manatees, or a manatee that is being harassed. Also report dead manatees or a manatee wearing a tagŽ or tracking device. A red tide bloom in southwest Florida is currently affecting manatees and other wildlife. Red tide acts as a neurotoxin, giving them seizures that can result in drowning. However, manatees can often be saved if rescued in time. If manatees exposed to red tide can be moved out of the affected area by trained biologists and stabilized at a critical care facility, their prognosis is often very good. Call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at 1-888-404-FWCC (3992). You can also send a text message or email to Tip@, or use VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio. With record watercraft mortality this year along with more than 100 manatees already lost to red tide, we want to ensure that manatees are receiving the help they so desperately require,Ž said Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Clubs Executive Director and Aquatic Biologist. Clearly, as in past desperate situations, help is needed from the general public and boaters to assist in reporting sick and injured manatees.Ž As of Aug. 18, there have been 554 manatee mortalities in Florida, which exceeds the total for all of 2017, and 81 of those mortalities were from watercraft collisions. Many manatees in the wild bear scars from at least one watercraft collision, and some manatees bear multiple scars. In fact, manatee scars are so commonplace that researchers use them as a method of individual identi“cation. Slowing down in manatee habitat and obeying posted speed regulations is the best way to reduce the risk of manatee injury and death. Save the Manatee Club produces and distributes free yellow banners to Florida boaters with the message, Please Slow, Manatees Below.Ž Participating boaters hold the banners up high when they spot a manatee to warn other boaters that manatees are present. Weatherproof boat decals with the number for reporting injured manatees, and laminated waterway cards that feature manatee protection tips, are also available. In addition, the Club provides shoreline propert y owners with public awareness aluminum dock signs that let boaters know manatees have been sighted in the waterway, and urges them to slow down. Send requests for the clubs free public awareness materials via email to or call toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). Get more tips and resources at savethemanatee. org/boatertips. International Manatee Day is also celebrated on Sept. 7. In addition to Save the Manatee Clubs manatee conservation efforts in the U.S., we also assist scientists and educators in the Wider Caribbean, South America, and West Africa with their conservation efforts,Ž said Rose. Funds contributed to the Clubs International Rescue Fund assist our growing global partners.Ž W atch out for manatees when boating this weekend


14 Okeechobee News August 31, 2018 Julia Parker863.801.3489 | Of“ce: 863.763.6000WIDE OPEN SPACES! BEAUTIFUL RANCH STYLE 5BED/3BATH CBS HOME, 4,456 TLA, built in 1974, renovated in 2004. Formal dining, family rm, living rm, eat-in bar, of“ce, gym, outdoor kitchen/entertaining patio, 20KW Generac generator, A/C units & insta-hot water heater new in 2016, colonial windows new in 2005, above ground pool w/ sun deck, metal barn w/ loft, tack room, workshop, 2 stalls, cattle loading chute, fully fenced & cross fenced! Too many amenities to list, a MUST SEE home! $355,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Ranch Style home on 5.66 Acres DOWNTOWN GREAT LOCATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS! 3858 SQ FT of o ce front w/bathroom. Building also has 1 Bed 1 Bath attached upstairs apt with 1 car Garage. Plenty of storage! Owner will build to suit and/or ooring allowance. Owner also willing to lease store & Apt. Call for details. MLS #212828 $325,000 Call Jody 863-634-1285 BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION! 2018 Palm Village Ranch. 2 Bd 2 Ba, Carport. Master bdrm has walk in shower. Granite countertops in bathroom too! Hurricane rated double pane windows. Attic storage. Great 55+ community for 55+. Home Build by Penrod ConstructionTHE most recognized builder in Okeechobee County for quality work. MLS #212832 $215,000 Call Jody Carter 863-634-1285 Of“ ce (863) 763-5253 € Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | | 3001-H: TREASURE ISLAND LAKE ACCESS Split plan 4 bd, 2 ba. 2,840 Total SF/1,564 under air, living room and family room, screened porch, carport, concrete seawall, large driveway, 2 septic tanks and city water. $179,000 MLS # 212993 5048-H: BASSWOOD Split plan 3BD/2BA, 1,492 Total SF/1,392 under air, spacious kitchen with lots of with shower/tub, utility room, concrete driveway and more to offer. $139,000 MLS # 213001 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863) ~Our Priorities are simple.. ~ 3 Bd/ 2 Ba 2005 DWMH for eastside commuter. Quaint front porch, large living room, dining, breakfast nook, inside laundry and computer cubby. Split Floor plan. 1402 Sf under air. NEW Carpet and NEW bamboo laminate. Fresh paint and polish. Rebuilt water softener, fenced yard. Located on cul-de-sac, perfect for the young’uns. Vacant lot next door (NOT included). INVESTORS LOOK! Family friendly! MLS# 212997 $99,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Great business opportunity. CARWASH Built in 2005, 3 hand wash bays and one automatic wash. Six vacuum / shampooers. RV wash and outboard the 42 x 50 Warehouse Building, two rollup doors, exterior door, concrete parking.($1000/mo) Great condition and curb appeal. Only Auto Carwash within miles. MLS#212901 $339,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 INVESTORS LARKEE LAKES Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! R E D Find your dream home!In addition to this weekly real estate directory, you can search online for your new home in the Lake Okeechobee Real Estate


August 31, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker GREAT STARTER HOME Very clean well kept 2 bd, 1 ba CBS home with attached 1 car garage currently being utilized as family room/man cave. Garage area has been insulated and is easily cooled. Screened back porch leads to large fenced backyard. Great city location within walking distance of all amenities. Owner occupied so call for appointment today!!! MLS 212598 CALL CRISTIE 634-3604 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT — $850 per month — 840 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY 7 $299,000 Find your dream home!In addition to this weekly real estate directory, you can search online for your new home in the Lake Okeechobee Real Estate magazineLakeOkeechobee c o k 2 0 1 8 0 8 3 1 1 5 c r o p p d f 1 3 1 A u g 1 8 0 6 : 1 1 : 1 2


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