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Friday, September 7, 2018 50¢ plus tax Vol. 109 No. 107 Okeechobee News/ Matt TullioThe Okeechobee 8-and-under All-Star Teams efforts were recognized for being district champs, state champs and ranking 11th out of 5,500 participating teams of the 2018 Dixie Youth World Series tournament. The teams accomplishments included them being the 2018 Florida Dixie Youth Machine Pitch District 8 Champions, 2018 Florida Dixie Youth Machine Pitch State Champions and 2018 Dixie Youth World Series Participants. 14.66 feetLast Year: 13.68 feet Lake Levels See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Elks offer scholarships ... Page 12 Hunger Action Month ... Page 2 Heavier than normall rainfall predicted ... Page 3 Burglar caught wearing stolen sandals ... Page 5 Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Football around the lake ... Page 12 CERTIFIED EXPERTISE IN OKEECHOBEE AUTO ACCIDENTS BOARD CERTIFIED FREE APPOINTMENTSAcross From the Courthouse on 3rd € 357-5800 € Hosklaw.com By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News The Okeechobee City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, saw the Okeechobee 8-years and under All-Star Teams efforts recognized for being district champs, state champs and ranking 11th out of 5,500 participating teams of the 2018 Dixie Youth World Series tournament. When I used to coach, back in the really dark ages, I would tell people its not the winning or losing that counts. Its that you give your best in every single game, that you do the best you can do,Ž Mayor Watford said to the young ballers. One of the best games I ever coached in was a t-ball game, that was my level and about all I could coach,Ž he jokingly stated before continuing, and we played a team that beat us, but it was absolutely the best game that I have ever been involved in. We didnt have that good of a team but we played a very competitive game against them and thought we might beat them. They were really worried and that was a good sign.Ž Mayor Watford then stated, Even the coaches came up afterwards and said that was quite an improvement in the team, so playing and doing your very best you can every game is what counts.Ž Mayor Watford concluded his congratulatory speech to the team saying, We are really, really proud of you for representing your community, Okeechobee, in North Carolina.Ž Councilman Gary Ritter, spoke to those in attendance and the team stating, I had the City honors All-Star teamSee CITY„ Page 8 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will reduce ”ows to the coastal estuaries today according to a report given by Lt. Col Jennifer Reynolds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Sept. 6 meeting of the Water Resources Analysis Committee at the South Florida Water Management District headquarters in West Palm Beach. We are looking at how do we manage water with the lake over the long term. We are at the height of hurricane season which is troubling,Ž she said. The corps will manage the lake ”ows, not just for this week but for the season, she said. The ”ow to the Caloosahatchee River will be 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) measured at the Franklin Lock. That ”ow includes water from the lake which enters the river at Moore Haven, as well as local basin drainage into the river between Moore Haven and the Franklin Lock. The distance from Moore Haven to the Franklin Lock is about 42 miles. On the east coast, the ”ow to the St. Lucie estuary will be 1,170 cfs. measured at the St. Lucie Lock. Water ”owing through the loc k includes ”ow from the lake, which enters the St. Lucie Canal at Port Mayaca, as well as local basin runoff which ”ows into the St. Lucie Canal along the 23.7 miles from Port Mayac a to the St. Lucie Lock. On Sept. 5, the ”ow from the lake into the Caloosahatchee River at Moore Haven was 2,304 cfs. The ”ow through the Franklin Lock, combining lake ”ow and basin runoff was averaged 4,072 cfs. Also on Sept. 5, the ”ow from the lake to the St. Lucie canal at Port Mayaca was 1,580 cfs. The ”ow through the St. Lucie Loc k combing lake releases and local basin runof f was 2,642 cfs. Lake ”ows to estuaries adjustedSee LAKE „ Page 8

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2 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 Special to the Okeechobee NewsFORT PIERCE „ This September, Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Feeding A merica network of food banks are joining forces in a nationwide effort to bring an end to hunger and asking the community to join in during Hunger Action Month. The annual month-long campaign brings attention to the reality that 41 million Americans, including nearly 13 million children, dont alw ays know where their next meal w ill come from. It inspires people to get involved in solving the problem that affects the health and success of everyone it touches. On the Treasure Coast, more than one in seven people struggle with hunger. That includes more than 26,000 children who may not have enough to eat. For each of them, theres a greater likelihood of health problems and a risky future. We all know what it feels like to be hungry „ even if for just a few hours or minutes. Can you imagine feeling that painful hollow sensation all the time?Ž said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank president and CEO. We work every day to make sure people, especially children, have enough nutritious food to learn, stay healthy and succeed.Ž September will be “lled with events and activities focused on raising awareness and getting the Treasure Coast to take action. Local governments are proclaiming September as Hunger Action Month; restaurants are donating through an Eat, Drink & Give program; neighbors are collecting food and donations; and the whole community is turning orange „ the symbolic color of hunger. Look for orange buildings, orange lighting, orange-tinted fountains and orange clothing. Treasure Coast Food Bank offers a month full of ideas for people to get involved through its Hunger Action Month calendar. Download one at stophunger.org/ham. On Thursday, Sept. 13, everyone is asked to go orange for hunger in person and on social media and take part in a special Hunger Action Day activity: Share what you couldnt do without adequate nutrition by writing on a paper plate: On an empty stomach, I cant _______,Ž and “ll in the blank with something you couldnt achieve without enough nutrition to thrive. Post your photo to social media using #HungerActionMonth, #FeedTC, and @FeedingAmerica to join the conversation. Other events bene“ting the local food bank this month include: € Hops Against Hunger, a friendly food drive competition among Vero Beach gathering spots „ Sept. 13-15; € Eat, Drink & Give „ various Treasure Coast restaurants donate the price of an item for the entire month of September; € Cans for a Cause „ Downtown Fort Pierce businesses creating structures from canned food items, Sept. 8-30. To learn more about Treasure Coast Food Banks events and ways to get involved in Hunger Action Month, visit www.stophunger.org. Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Floridas Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes and self-suf“ciency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the “ght against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772-489-3034, go to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank. 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 Recognized as one of Americas top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive • Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) www.sainnovalsurgical.com Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 € Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy € Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 € Secure Dementia and Alzheimers Memory-Care Wing € Delicious Meals € Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 Today: Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 87F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms in the evening. Partly cloudy skies overnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.Extended ForecastSaturday: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 89F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. Saturday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday: Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 88F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Sunday Night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast Food bank asks for participation in Hunger Action Month Special to the Okeechobee News/ Courtesy of TCFBJen Feuerstein and Darrell Winfree show their On an empty stomachŽ plates.

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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Above average rainfall is expected through February, according to a report given at Water Resources Analysis Coalition (WRAC) meeting on Sept. 6 at the South Florida Water Management District headquarters in West Palm Beach. For the wet season so far, SFWMD has received 31.10 inches, 121 percent of average rainfall. Overall for the month of August, rainfall was below average with 1.71 inches said John Mitnik, SFWMD Chief Engineer. However, Tropical Storm Gordon came right through the southern portion of the district, right over the Florida Keys, dropping heavy rainfall on the southern portion of the district. The heaviest rainfall fell just offshore in the gulf, he said. In the district, Southern Miami Dade received the heaviest rainfall from Gordon, he said. This summer, the district has been using Lake Kissimmee to try to buffer some of the ”ows from the upper basin to reduce the ”ow to Lake Okeechobee, he explained. In anticipation of Tropical Storm Gordon, water was released from Lake Kissimmee. He said Gordon did not drop signi“cant rainfall in the upper basin, so they will adjust the ”ows to hold more water north again. Lake Okeechobee was at 14.66 on Sept. 6. The lake received some direct rainfall from Tropical Storm Gordon, he said. The water conservation areas (WCA) south of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) received some rain from the tropical storm, he said. South Dade is still recovering from the heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Gordon, he said, so priority is given to that area. He said water managers are watching tropical waves coming off the coast of Africa. The weather forecast indicates this years dry seasonŽ will continue to receive above average rainfall, he said. WRAC member Mike Elfenbein noted the S-12s (water control structures) are currently moving about 2,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water under the Tamiami Trail to Everglades National Park. Is there any way we can get ahead of the expected January closure and start requesting we keep the S-12s open later?Ž he asked. Lt. Col Jennifer Reynolds of the U.S. Arm y Corps of Engineers said the scheduled closures actually start in October. She said the y are already in conversation to keep those water structures open longer. The annual closures are to protect the nesting grounds of the Cape Sable Sea Sparrow. Local district braces for wet dry season 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 www.thegatheringchurch.us 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 Church Directory Special to the Okeechobee NewsCattlewomens dance a hitFritz Brewer (Cattlemens president) and Billy Lewis enjoyed the Okeechobee Cattlewomens dance on Saturday after the rodeo. These two have been friends since at least the early 50s or longer. Special to the Okeechobee NewsTropical Storm Gordon brought rainfall to much of the South Florida Water Management District, with the heaviest rainfall in the Miami area.

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By AMAC Certi“ed Social Security A dvisor Russell Gloor A ssociation of Mature American Citizens Dear Rusty: Im retired for almost 17 y ears, and want to know why Massachusetts is one of only six states in the U.S. that went along with President Reagans doubledipping proclamation regarding Social Security? I worked for 15 years whereby I contributed to Social Security and accumulated my 40 quarters. I then left my job to take care of my family and went back to work for the county under our states retirement plan. When I “nally retired at the age of 65, I learned that I couldnt receive the full amount of monies earned under Social Security. I am now receiving my pension from the county, and Ive written to our Federal representatives asking them to vote to revise President Reagans policy of not double dipping. I have received replies saying that they would investigate this subject, but nothing has changed. This policy not only affects me but many other people who are being short changed for working both under Social Security and working for the state and contributing towards their retirement. Why are there only six states in the United States participating in this double-dipping policy? Signed: Disappointed Dear Disappointed: Without getting into too much history, what youre referring to is The Social Security Amendments of 1983, a bill passed by the 98th Congress and signed by President Reagan in April 1983. This was a large bipartisan effort to avert a serious issue with Social Security being unable to meet its short and long-term bene“t obligations beginning later that year. Both political parties joined together to enact numerous changes to the program, including the one youre referring to known as the Windfall Elimination Provision, or WEP.Ž WEP essentially says that employees who receive a pension from an employer (such as the federal, state, or local government), which did not contribute to the Social Security program cannot double-dipŽ and collect both their non-covered pension as well as full Social Security bene“ts. The rule applies not to just six states but to all employers and their employees who do not participate in Social Security and, in fact, has caused some employers (such as the federal government) to change their retirement plan to contribute to Social Security. While that is helpful for recent employees, past employees who already receive a pension under the old systems, which did not contribute, are nevertheless still impacted by the law enacted in 1983. And, as you note, many public service employees are still affected by this law, including those in Massachusetts (as well as some other states). Its worthy of note that the change wasnt targeted to any speci“c state or employer; rather it applies generally to any employer who doesnt contribute to the Social Security program but instead funds their own retirement plan. That an y state chooses to continue funding its own retirement system in lieu of contributing to Social Security is that states choice. And while we cannot know the thoughts of those 1983 legislators about WEP, its a safe bet that their main motivation was rescuing Social Security from defaulting on its obligations. Those amendments have obviously sustained the program at least until now, some 35 years later. Youll be happy to know that there is a bill before Congress now which addresses this issue and proposes to eliminate the impact that WEP. Social Security Matters Code enforcement€ Anything the county can do to get people to clean up their property is a step forward. If offering a chance to reduce the big code enforcement liens if they clean up their messes by a certain date will get them to clean it up, its worth a try. These properties sitting vacant are just bringing down the property values for the neighbors.Ž … S. JonesParade€ Does anyone else remember when the Labor Day parade was an hour long with all kinds of ”oats and marching units, as well as the Shrine clowns and little cars? It seems like the parade gets smaller every year. What a shame to lose our traditions.Ž -AnonymousSR 710 extension€ Not a good plan. It will shut off the ”ow of traveling cash into Okeechobee economic development. So you will see it.Ž … Jo Jo KirklandRed tide/green algae€ Lots of people are claiming Lake O is the reason for red tide. People with no facts.Ž Robert Lynn € Every year the release happens and every year people complain. Once it stops every one goes back to their happy life. What difference are you making complaining about it each year? Look more into a solution. I have yet to see a crowd of protesters step up and join forces and take it to Tallahassee to the governor.Ž … Ryan A. Egan September 7, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspapers website at okeechobeenews.net, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News of“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! Guest CommentaryBy Gary Barg When the phone rang in her home one summer afternoon, Monica knew all too well about the life changes that some phone calls can bring. A few years earlier, shortly after her husband Bobs retirement, they received a call from the family doctor, advising Bob to report immediately to the local hospital, only days after a routine physical examination. Bob had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and passed away within a year. This time the call came from Monicas fathers doctor. The diagnosis was in and Joe, her dad, had Alzheimers. The long road of family caregiving began anew. Within the next “ve years, all of Joes savings, accumulated over sixty years were depleted and the “nancial burden on Monica and her family had become staggering, as they not only cared for Joe but also his wife, Helen, who was living with mini-strokes. How do I know so much about this family? Because Monica is my mother. Before you think that my familys situation is unique, consider the fact that, at present, there are over 2 million family caregivers in Florida alone. These caregivers are responsible for the wellbeing of their loved ones who need care. They are also commonly referred to as the Sandwich GenerationŽ due to the fact that they “nd themselves sandwiched between responsibilities to parents, children, grandchildren and spouses. Recently the recognition of multi-generational caregiving has been extended to include the phrase Club Sandwich GenerationŽ referring to the fact that caregiving can include members o f more than three generations. But no matter what disease or illness their loved ones face, the most important thing for a caregiver to remember is to not isolate themselves from their fellow caregivers. Every conversation family caregivers have with one another is an opportunity to possibly pick up an important piece of the caregiving puzzle. The caregivers they meet in a pharmacy waiting line, an emergency waiting room or at a caregiving conference have learned at least one important lesson about successfull y caring for their own loved ones that could be of great value to them, as well. How did they get dad to agree to stop driving? Ho w do they “nd respite in their hectic day? Want answers? Ask the experts your fello w caregivers. Gary Barg is founder and editor-inchief of Todays Caregiver magazine an d caregiver.com as well as the author o f the books The Fearless CaregiverŽ an d Caregiving Ties that Bind.Ž He will be hosting the “fth annua l Okeechobee Fearless Caregiver conference in partnership with Okeechobee Senior Services and the Palm Beach Treasure Coast Area Agency on Aging on Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Indian River State College, Williamson Conference Center, 2229 NW Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee. Complimentary tickets will be provide d to family caregivers for the event. To register, call 877-829-2734 or online at caregiver.com. Caregivers change the world

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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 By Matteo TullioOkeechobee News A 31-year-old Okeechobee man was arrested Sunday after being suspected of burglary. Quinton Thomas Hamner, Southeast 30th Street, was arrested Sept. 2 by Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ce (OCSO) Deputy Tyler Ott on felony charges of unarmed burglary of occupied dwelling, unarmed burglary of unoccupied conveyance and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief with property damage (more than $200 but less than $1,000) and two counts of petit theft (more than $100 but less than $300). His bond was set at $78,000. According to an arrest report by Deputy Ott, at 11:47 a.m. on Sunday, he responded to Southeast 33rd Terrace, in regards to a burglary complaint. The complainant reportedly informed him that he went to the ”ea market that morning to look for a bird for his mother. The man returned from the ”ea market around 9 a.m. and went into his bedroom to take a nap. It was during the nap that his step-daughter saw someone later identi“ed as Hamner open the front door of the house and go into the bathroom, directly across from the front door, noted the report. Hamner reportedly asked the mans step-daughter the location of her father and stated that he would be back in 10-20 minutes. As Hamner left, the mans step-daughter woke him up and told him that he had a v isitor. The man was unaware of Hamners alleged presence in the house. He then went outside and saw the exterior door to the porch of the house had been forced open. The complainant then went to check on his green 1998 Ford F-150 truck and noticed someone had rummaged through it. The man said he remembered locking the drivers side door but could not recall about the passenger side. The complainant reported that his black blue-tooth headset and several articles of clothing, to include a re”ective safety vest, were missing from the truck. A partially smoked cigarette was collected and photographs were taken of the damaged door. While Deputy Ott spoke with the complainant, several other OCSO deputies had been noti“ed by the owner of Lakeview Inn & Suites, located in the 3200 block of U.S. 441 Southeast directly east across the street from the complainants residence that Hamner was in a tenants room. The owner of the lodging establishment lead OCSO personnel to the room. The report stated that Hamner wore a green hat, sunglasses, white t-shirt, blue jeans that appeared to be too long for him and socks with gray sandals. Hamner also was found to be in possession of a beige colored laundry bag along with a banana and cigarette in hand. Hamner reportedly dropped the bag to the ground; it landed slightly open and Deputy Ott saw a re”ective safety vest and black blue-tooth headset inside. Hamner was detained at this time due to the items. The complainant reportedly identi“ed the stolen items. Hamner was placed into Deputy Otts patrol vehicle. Deputy Ott searched the laundry bag and found a prescription pill bottle belonging to the complainants girlfriend. Some of the complainants articles of clothing were also located in the bag. The couple said they wished to pursue criminal charges against Hamner. While the search of the bag ensued, the owner of Lakeview Inn & Suites told deputies the laundry bag was for the use of guests for the laundry machine on the premises. The woman also saw several clothing items that belonged to her such as a pair of blue jeans, gray shirt and shorts and a white t-shirt. The owner reported that the clothes had been left in the washer and dryer at the hotel. She also wished to pursue criminal charges against Hamner. The tenant of the room told Deputy Ott that Hamner knocked on her door and requested permission to change clothes inside of her room. The tenant also identi“ed items in the laundry bag. During his time in the room, Hamner allegedly had taken a green towel, black backpack, deodorant, essential oils, and a brush. The woman also reportedly found feathers in her rooms trash receptacle. The feathers had reportedly been on her gray sandals. At the time of his detainment, Hamner was wearing the womens sandals, now sans feathers. The woman also wished to pursue criminal charges against Hamner for the items taken out of her room. Photographs were taken of the items from inside of the laundry bag and returned to their owners. Photographs were also taken of the gray sandals on Hamners feet and the clothes he wore. Deputy Ott reportedly also spoke with another person staying at the inn who sa w someone around the original complainants residence earlier that day. The owner of the inn reported that they have security surveillance equipment and that footage would be provided to OCSO and submitted as evidence. The report noted that two additional complainants identi“ed Hamner. The “rst drove by the scene and recognized Hamner as the male who had been seen on his front porch. The second said she found Hamner naked in her residence and that she gave him a gray Pittsburgh Steelers shirt to wear before he left. A shirt matching that description was also found in the laundry bag and collected to be submitted as evidence. The report concluded that Hamner was arrested, transported and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on the aforementioned charges. A pack of Silver Cloud Red 100s cigarettes were located in the pockets of clothes worn by Hamner and submitted as evidence. The cigarettes in the pack were compared to the one partially smoked cigarette found in the complainants bathroom and both cigarettes had two gold bands on the cigarette butt. A lleged burglar found with feather-less sandals 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). € Dylan Colby Garcia, 26, Northwest 64th Avenue, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Robert Gonzalez on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him w ith violation of probation driving under the in”uence. He is being held without bond. € Brian James Dansa, 33, State Road 70 West, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Robert Gonzalez on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with failure to appear possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) without a valid prescription. He is being held without bond. € Santiago Louis Tinajero, 17, Northwest 46th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis resin) without a valid prescription and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance (cannabis) without a valid prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail and transported to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce. € Charles Wilson Ross, 35, Northeast 207th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 by Deputy Joseph Hall on a DOC felony warrant charging him with violation of probation felony battery and violation of probation tampering with or harassing a witness, victim or informant. He is being held without bond. € Victor M. Dasilva, 48, Southeast Euclid Lane, Port Saint Lucie, was arrested Sept. 4 by Detective DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with sexual battery familial or custodial authority on person 12 years of age or older but less than 18 years of age and unlawful sexual activity by person 24 years of age or older with person 16 or 17 years o f age. His bond was set at $150,000. € Jose Angel Delacruz, 30, Southwest 17th Street, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 4 b y Deputy Shane Bogner on an Okeechobee County felony warrant charging him with two counts of failure to redeliver hired or leased personal property ($300 or more). His bond was set at $10,000. 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 ORLANDO „ In the days after Hurricane Irmas landfall, multiple federal agencies came to Florida to assist residents, assess damage and help rebuild a stronger, more resilient Sunshine State. Working under the National Disaster Recovery Framework, teams of experts from FEMA and other federal agencies formed the Interagency Recovery Coordination (IRC) group. Recovering from a disaster requires communities to organize, plan a path forward, and gather the resources to execute the plan. But, at times of stress, with cleanup operations underway, urgent needs to address and people living in makeshift housing, some communities and local governments struggle to draw a blueprint. The IRC pulled in staff from a variety of disciplines and assigned them to work with communities as they resolved hurricane-related issues. Coordinated Place Based Recovery Support The IRC, together with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Department of Economic Opportunity, reviewed all Florida counties to determine the severity of impact from Hurricane Irma. Based on the survey, teams of disaster recovery professionals were assembled and dispatched to Collier, Hendry, Lee, and Monroe counties. The Coordinated Place Based Recovery Support teams worked with local leaders to prioritize issues and develop cost-effective strategies. The teams offered technical assistance on a wide range of issues including: € Hardening critical facilities; € Electrical grid improvement; € Business continuity planning; € Water and sewer upgrades; € Restoration of historic structures; € Affordable housing; € Resources and training for workforce development; € Grants management guidance; € Improvements to emergency evacuation routes; € Sheltering medically-fragile populations. In all, more than 60 recovery issues and strategies were identi“ed to help the counties rebuild in ways that increase resiliency. The teams used MAX-TRAX, a web-based software program, to record, update in real time, and share community and county issues, strategies and actions with federal, state and local partners. Federal funds help Floridas recovery from Hurricane Irma

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6 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 6 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018Robin Lynn Aunspaugh, 63OKEECHOBEE „ Robin Lynn Aunspaugh died Aug. 29, 2018. She w as born Aug. 30, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Shirlee Ruth Pur din and George Lester Paul. Robin was a res ident of Okeechobee. Robin met the love of her life, Harold, when she was 15 years old. She enjoyed mud bog ging, working on trucks, “shing, crocheting, and sewing. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Harold Gene Aunspaugh, Sr.; daughter, Genie Lynn; son, Harold Gene Aunspaugh, Jr., all o f Okeechobee; sisters, Roxanne Paul Beatty, o f Princetown, Ohio, and Christine Moore Johnson, of Melbourne; brother, Mike Moore, o f Georgetown, Ohio; granddaughters, Heather Marie Jackson (Michael), Makala Lynn Goodale (Chris), and Felicity Ann Foret; and great granddaughter, Peyton Riley Jackson. The family will have a service at Earlytown Church of Christ Cemetery in Samson, Alabama where she will be interred with her mother-in-law, Louise Aunspaugh Whigham. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with the “nal expenses. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Franklin D. Marsh, 81SPARTA, Tenn. „ Mr. Franklin D. Marsh, age 81 of Sparta, Tenn., formerly of Okeechobee, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Born W ednesday, Oct. 21, 1936 in Cordova, Ala., he was the son of the late Earnest Marsh and the late Lucile Dover Marsh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Mrs Cora Sue Marsh; and two sisters, Helen Kitchens and Johnnie Faye Sanders. Mr. Marsh was a kind and sweet man. He loved his family and family gatherings ver y much and always had a smile on his face. Surviving family members include the following: daughter, Rebecca Marsh (Ernie Tomlinson) of Sparta; daughter, Donna W alpole of Okeechobee; son, John Marsh (Mary) of Stuart; sister, Suzan Cawley (David) of Albertville, Ala. Seven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild also survives. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Okeechobee. Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.comIlona Ann Evancheck, 74OKEECHOBEE „ Ilona Ann Evanchec k died Sept. 1, 2018. She was born April 20, 1944 in Pennsylvania to Joseph and Ann a (Gerch) Bartish. A resident of Okeechobee for 29 years, she was of the Catholic faith and member of the Eagles North Club. She enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, and spending time with her friends. Ms. Evancheck is survived by her partner o f 27 years, Bill Froggatt, of Okeechobee; daughters, Deborah Feddock (Gary), of Pennsylvania, and Anne Biggs (Michael), of Georgia; brothers, Joseph Bartish (Christine), of Nev ada; and grandchildren, Amanda, Nicholas, Eric, Stephen, and Kyle. No services will be held at this time. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue Okeechobee Florida 34972.Thomas Allen Markham, Sr., 83OKEECHOBEE „ Thomas Allen Markham, Sr. died Sept. 5, 2018. He was born Jan. 28, 1935 in Princeton, Fla. to Walter Allen Markham, Jr. and Mary Tom Ashley Markham. A resident of Okeechobee for 81 y ears, he was a mem ber of the Church of Our Saviour. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Former Past Master of the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge. He managed Markham Brothers, Inc., the canner y in Okeechobee, and he was the owner o f Markham Pipeline. He sang in the Community Choir, was a Boy Scout Leader, and was President of the Florida Vegetables Canners A ssociation. Mr. Markham was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Dolly; and sister, Tina. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lind a Markham; sons, Thomas Allen Markham, Jr., of Jupiter, and Richard Boyer Markham (Janis), of Okeechobee; daughters, Mary Lucille J ones (Eddie), of Madisonville, Ky., and Margaret Ellen Vest (Jeff), of Okeechobee; brother, Charles Raymond Markham (Betty Ray), of Ft. Myers; stepbrother, Eddie Bounds (Connie), of South Carolina; sisters, Martha Ann Pitts (Marshal), of Okeechobee, and Mar y J ane Rucks (Jon), of Bedford, Va.; grandchildren, Heather Dombas, Amanda Markham, J effrey Vest, Gregory Vest, Jennifer Tronzo, J ill Dennard, Robert Markham, and Benjamin Markham; and great-grandchildren, Hailey, Kennedy, Luke, Jacob, Savannah, Preslley, Sage, Hailey, Dillon, Noah, and Nate. Masonic services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Church of Our Saviour. Memorial Mass will follow at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Church of Our Saviour, w ith Father Jim Shevlin of“ciating. Memorials may be made to the Historical Society of Okeechobee. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Daniel Calvin Markel, Jr., 72OKEECHOBEE „ Daniel Calvin Markel, Jr. died Aug. 31, 2018. He w as born July 27, 1946 in Hollywood, Fla. to Daniel Calvin Markel, Sr. and Gloria Adele (Sanders) Markel. He proudly served our country in the United States Army. For most of his life he worked as a cowboy. A resident of Okeechobee for 30 years, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. He enjoyed “shing, hunting, and reading his Bible. Mr. Markel was preceded in death by his son, Dale Markel. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Markel; son, Glenn Markel (Cyndi), all o f Okeechobee; daughter, Loretta Lynn Mitten (Jeff), of Avon Park; sisters, Midge Price, Peggy Sapp (Roy), all of Sebring, and Pam Chancey, of Fort Lauderdale; grandchildren, Amber, Danielle, Mitchell, Jena, Audra, and Breana; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Krysta, Jocelyn, Kimberly, Khloe, Kennedy, and Lily; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home with Pastor Mark McCarter of“ciating. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Phillip Lee Noel, 81OKEECHOBEE „ Phillip Lee Noel died Sept. 3, 2018. He was born Sept. 20, 1936 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Withrow and Ethel (Botkin) Noel. A res ident of Okeechobee for 39 years, he was a member of the King dom Hall. He was also a member of Plumb ers & Pipe“tters Local #189 and enjoyed caring for his horses. Mr. Noel was preceded in death by his daughter, Marsha Hair. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jud y Noel; sons, Phillip Lee Noel, Jr., both o f Okeechobee, Mark Noel (Adriana), of Orlando, and Brett Noel (Lori), of Okeechobee; daughters, Deborah Cushman (Mitch), of North Carolina, Terri White (Larry), o f W est Palm Beach, and Jodie Cornell (Al), of Okeechobee; stepson, Scott Schumann, of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Helen Kingrea, o f Ohio; eighteen grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Kingdom Hall, 8250 Highw ay 70 West, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. Those wishing to leave a message o f condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. Post your condolence, memories and photos of your loved ones on our obituary page at okeechobeenews.net Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com

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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Special to the Okeechobee News Kaylyn Stough has been selected to represent Okeechobee at the Miss Florida USA/ Miss Florida Teen USA Competition as Miss Okeechobee USA. Her selection was based on her academic standing, involvement in her community, her passion for the pursuit of excellence and her interest in empowering other young women to follow in her footsteps. The executive state directors, the Chrisley family, will conduct the Sunshine States oldest and most celebrated competition this November to qualify two young ladies to adv ance to either Miss Teen USA or Miss USA and ultimately Miss Universe. All competition details are available at www.miss”oridausa.com or Facebook/MissFloridaUSA The dates of the state competition will be Nov. 8-11. The location of the Miss Florida USA/ Teen USA will be the City of Coral Springs, at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The prize package includes a new car for Miss Florida USA, and for both winners the Of“cial Crown & Sash Round Trip Air Fare to Miss USA/Miss Teen USA, Miss USA/Miss Teen USA Competition Evening Gown, LEAP Conference Scholarship, Editorial Modeling Portfolio, 3-Piece Travel Luggage Set, Personal Appearance Contract, HYFYVE 75-piece Wardrobe, Of“cial Crown Portrait, Cosmetic Dentistry Package, Fitness Package, Cosmetics and Hair Care, Spray Tanning Package, Exclusive Titleholder Management, SPEC Professional Scholarships. We look forward to encouraging young women in the state of Florida to actively give back in their communities and advocate for issues they are passionate about. As directors, we will provide new opportunities for women in media, entertainment, fashion, beauty and more, through our state competitions,Ž said Todd Chrisley. To book Kaylyn on any appearances for your organization, please contact her at 573821-7297. About the Miss Universe Organization The Miss Universe Organization uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-con“dent and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be Con“dently Beautiful.Ž The MISS UNIVERSE, MISS USA, and MISS TEEN USA events provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. For more information, please visit: www.missuniverse.com. Okeechobee girl to compete for Miss Florida USA Special to the Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE „ The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recovered nearly $187,000 for Florida consumers during the month of August. Last y ear, the department recovered more than $2.6 million of consumers money from moving companies, vehicle repair shops, pawn shops, health studios, telemarketers, sellers of travel and more. During August, the department: € Recovered $186,687 on behalf of Florida consumers; € Received 3,805 complaints; € Initiated 355 investigations; € Arrested 10 individuals; € Provided assistance to 21,739 consumers through the 1-800-HELP-FLA hotline, online chats and emails; and € Added 10,911 telephone numbers to Floridas Do Not Call List. As the states clearinghouse for consumer complaints, the department educates the public, investigates complaints and provides mediation on behalf of consumers. The departments call center is staffed with trained analysts who can respond to questions about programs and regulations under the departments purview, provide information on a wide variety of topics or direct callers to the appropriate government agency. Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the departments consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832). For consumer protection information and resources, visit FloridaConsumerHelp.com.September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Y o u r L a r g e s t F e n c e P o s t S u p p l i e r i n S o u t h F l o r i d a T h e W o r k s A l l S i z e s P o s t s S t a p l e s G a u c h o A l l i g a t o r F e n c e W a l p o l e F e e d & S u p p l y C o 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 N. Okeechobee HOURSMonday-Saturday 11AM 9PM REOPENING MONDAYS!an ou for our atronage!pe eere ee teir ser! Special to the Okeechobee News Okeechobee Senior Services and Caregiver.com will honor Okeechobees leading caregiver advocates, Okeechobee Mayor Dowling Watford and Hospice of Okeechobee CEO Gail Gerntrup with Todays Caregiver magazines national award on Sept. 20 at the Fearless Caregiver Conference. The event will be held at IRSC-Williamson Center in Okeechobee. Complimentary tickets are sponsored by Okeechobee Senior Services for family caregivers and are available by calling 877-829-2734 or online at caregiver.com. We are honored to return to Okeechobee w ith such great partners as Okeechobee Senior Services and the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Area Agency on Aging. Im looking forward to a terri“c day of education, support and sharing with area caregivers,Ž said Gary Edward Barg, founder and editor-in-chief of Todays Caregiver magazine and FearlessCaregiver.com, author of the books The Fearless Caregiver and the Caregiving Ties That Bind and host of the Fearless Caregiver Conferences. It is also a great pleasure to present the Community Fearless Caregiver award to two true caregiver advocates, Okeechobee Mayor Dowling Watford and Gail Gerntrup, CEO of Hospice of Okeechobee.Ž This will be the third time the national one-day caregiver educational training has made a stop in Okeechobee. After working with senior services organizations for nearly 10 years now, I am convinced that caregiving is perhaps the most dif“cult role an individual will ever take on in their lifetime,Ž said Tom Leach, Okeechobee Senior Services Program manager. Fearless Caregiver conferences have been developed by Todays Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com in support of family caregivers; answering their questions and teaching them, among other things, to become equal members of their loved ones care team, develop techniques to create much needed respite, build an effective support network of family and friends, and learn the importance of caring for themselves as they care for their loved ones. Nearly 100,000 family and professional caregivers in 26 states have learned how to be a Fearless Caregiver advocate for their loved ones, clients and themselves. The “nancial decisions made at the state level have enormous consequences to every family caregiver. Join caregiving experts for the day to learn how these decisions will affect you and what support will be available as you care for your loved ones. The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge at Caregiver.com. Local caregiver advocates to be honored State recovers nearly $187,000 for consumers Suicide awareness group has regular meetingsA support group for parents whose children have attempted suicide and for parents whose children have taken their own lives meets on the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 912 N.W. Park St. Everyone is welcome.

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8 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 VFW serves Friday dinnerThe Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W., in Buckhead 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.Legion will host dinnerOn Friday, Sept. 7 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.Oasis Lounge opensThe Okeechobee Shrine Club Oasis Lounge, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., will be open this Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. For the “rst hour all drinks are $1 off. There will be chicken wings and hot dogs for sale. Popcorn is free! For information, call Keith at 863-643-2682.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.Legion will host triviaAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Trivia on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. For information, call 863763-5309.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E. Suite 6, on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. for “ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.BHR VFW serves breakfastThe VFW Auxiliary will serve breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 9 at VFW Post 9528, 29012 S.R. 78 W., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All bene“ts go for veterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.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.Retired Educators to meetThe Okeechobee Retired Educators will meet on Monday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef OBradys. Anyone who has retired from working in any school system, in any capacity, is eligible to join us!Legion host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host “ve-card bingo on Monday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-7635309.Big Lake honors respondersBig Lake Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a “rst responders luncheon and awards on Tuesday, Sept. 11 the luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Awards start at noon. The public is welcome. Five-card bingo will be held at noon on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a pot luck dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of U.S. 78 W., next to Fast Break will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 4 until 7 p.m. for your $8 donation. The dinner is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. Entertainment will be provided by Jay and Patty. For information on the activities o f the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-7633378 or Keith at 863-634-2682. Community Events Brought to you by:Lic#CAC053793 • Lic#CFC022585 863.763.6461 Plumbing • AC Septic pleasure of watching you guys play in Avon Park and I was extremely impressed by you and the coaches as well. Its so important to have people in the community who want to get together with our youth. I was just astounded at the “elding and hitting these guys did. I was just blown away by the ability of everyone on the team. You all represented Okeechobee well and Im proud of all of you.Ž Each person on the team received a certi“cate from the Of“ce of the Mayor for outstanding achievement for their dedication, sportsmanship and team spirit as members of the Okeechobee, 8-years and under, AllStar Team. The teams accomplishments included them being the 2018 Florida Dixie Y outh Machine Pitch District 8 Champions, 2018 Florida Dixie Youth Machine Pitch State Champions and 2018 Dixie Youth World Series Participants. Head Coach Ruben Guerrero addressed the crowd of attendees, Id like to thank everybody for having us here. We started this in Avon Park and we “nished and went to Bristol, Fla. and got the opportunity to take these kids up to North Carolina. At the beginning 5,500 teams started, we “nished 11th. These kids really worked hard and they are becoming local celebrities. People are starting to notice who they are, these kids are enjoying every moment of it, they work hard and they deserve it. We want to thank the community of Okeechobee, you really helped us out with donations and getting us to these competitions.Ž According to the teams coach, We w anted to wear purple and gold to represent Okeechobee, but we had to wear the colors that were representative of the State of Florida. We were the only team that put the name of our town on our shirts.Ž The coach left off saying, The team that won the World Series, we were the only team to beat them in the whole tournament. Once again thank you and we appreciate everything youve done for these kids.Ž Mayor Watfords “nal words to the team after they received their certi“cates were nothing shy of future goal setting: Thank y ou very much and congratulations. Next y ear we will see you here at 9-years and under.Ž In addition to Head Coach Guerrero the roster included: Assistant Coaches James Belville, Cody Clanton and Bobby Koedam; and players Izaak Alaniz, Matthew Belville, David Busbin, Cody Clanton, Walt Fortner, Ruben Guerrero, Kylar Koedam, E.J. McQueen, Levi Larson, John Richards, Jakoah Spencer and Carder Stokes. Mayor Dowling R. Watford Jr. also proclaimed the month of September 2018 as Hunger Action MonthŽ and presented the certi“cate to the Treasure Coast Food Bank representative, Chief Strategy and Advocacy Of“cer, Krista Garofalo. The council was presented with a Merit A ward from Okeechobee Main Street. The award was delivered from Okeechobee Main Street President Angie Grif“n and w as awarded for the median beauti“cation project that took place on Park Street in the Downtown Business District of the city. In business actions at the Tuesday meeting: € The council approved a payment in the amount of $10,000 deductible in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Florida Petroleum Liability and Restoration Insurance Program (FPLRIP) for the purpose of assessment and remediation of an aged petroleum spill at the Public Works Facility. In a memorandum sent from Public Works Director David Allen to City Administrator Marcos Montes De Oca, it read: The City of Okeechobee Public Works Facility has become eligible for DEP Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP) funding for further assessment and remediation of a petroleum spill that occurred many years ago. The discharge occurred when the old underground fuel tank in the yard was removed and replaced with the above-ground tank that is currently in use. DEP recently lowered the priority score to fund discharges with scores 20 or above, the score for our site is 25. The lower threshold provides state funding for remediation of our discharge site.Ž The memo also stated: The PLRIP deductible is $10,000 which is a signi“cant amount. However, when compared with the potential liability to the city of the contamination, the expenditure is well warranted. Having the discharge and accompanied contamination remediated will bene“t the city as: 1) Future liability to the city will be greatly limited as the city will have met the requirements of FDEP for remediation. 2) Due to the potential need for future action, the area of the old underground tank in the Public Works Yard has been left unpaved. The location is central in the Public Works Yard and regularly has standing water after rain storms. After remediation is complete, the area can be paved and better utilized.Ž € Council approved a recommendation by the Code Enforcement Board to consider foreclosure proceedings on property located at 1006 Southwest Fifth Avenue. According to Code Enforcement Of“cer Fred Sterling the property owner is deceased, has a house with no electricity/water and the grass is very overgrown. As of Aug. 31, the “ne had accrued to $3,375 and continues to accrue at a rate of $15 per day. In an open and public hearing for “rst reading of budget ordinances: € Mayor Watford announced that the purpose of the public hearing was to consider the “rst reading of ordinances for the proposed millage rate levy and proposed budget for “scal year 2018-2019. € Mayor Watford also announced that the proposed millage rate levy represents “ve percent more than the roll back rate computed pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 200.065(1). € Motion to read proposed Ordinance No. 1171 by title only and set Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. as a “nal public hearing date, levying a millage rate of 7.9932 for “scal year Oct. 1, 2018 Sept. 30, 2019 was approved by the council. € The councils “nal action was the approved motion to read proposed Ordinance No. 1172 by title only and set Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. as a “nal public hearing date, adopting an annual budget for “scal year of Oct. 1, 2018 Sept. 30, 2019. CITYContinued From Page 1 The decision to reduce ”ows follows Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS) guidance,Ž said Luis Alejandro, chief of the Jacksonville Districts Water Management Section. We continue to coordinate closely with our partners at the South Florida Water Management District as we enter the peak of hurricane season, when the situation could change rapidly. We are currently monitoring two disturbances off the coast of Africa, where meteorologists advise it is possible to see new waves develop every 3-4 days.Ž Local basin runoff contributes a significant amount of the ”ow to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries. Between May 13 and September 3, Lake Okeechobee contributed 30 percent of the 1.2 million acre-feet of ”ow to the Caloosahatchee, with 50 percent coming from the local C-43 basin, and 20 percent from tidal in”ow. During the same period, Lake Okeechobee contributed 26 percent of the 732 thousand acre-feet of ”ow to the St. Lucie estuary, with the remaining 17 percent from the C-44 basin, 12 percent from the C-23 basin, 10 percent from the C-24 basin, 15 percent from Ten Mile Creek and 20 percent from tidal in”ow. LAKEContinued From Page 1

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10 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSOMS Students of the WeekThese are the Osceola Middle School Students of the Week for the week of Aug. 31. They were a great group! Congratulations to the following students (in no particular order): Yanely Garduno, Alyssa Ramos, Ilenia Dehart, Cinthia Perez, Allicia Eden“eld, Lillie Homan, Luis Martinez, Channing Delegall, Aiden Davis, Cody James and Conner Mehrer. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSES Students of the WeekSouth elementary School would like to congratulate the students of the week for the week of Aug. 31. They are: Giannisse Espinosa-Lovers, Sierra Kars, Trevor Schwier, Emma Lynn Deschamps, Elijah Farrell, Emma Spangler, Easton Harmon, AnNajah Bryant, Angelina Sanchez, Brylan Dukes, Abagail Rivera, Abigail Kars, Callie Love, Cassandra Castillo, Hunter Clauson, Lane Morse, Giselle Arichega, Alissa Betts, Alexis Crowell, Esteban Escobedo Flores, Cole McGee, Abby Fraser, JoDalys Mendoza Lafuente, Larence Morin, Isabella Marin, Deaashaann White, Gracey Broadrick, Elijah Good, Khavon Taylor, Dylan Gomez and Nikolai Gomez. Family fun nights setThe Okeechobee Childrens Mental Health System of Care presents family nights at Indian River State College. Bring the kids and join them at the Williamson Center for fun, education, dinner and more. The events will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dates are as follows: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27; and Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 23 in 2019. For information call 863-462-5152, extension 135.Flags to be retired in ceremonySeawinds Funeral Home has launched its Stars & Stripes Flag Retirement Program.Ž People in the community who are looking for proper ”ag disposal can bring their ”ags to Seawinds Funeral Home, located at 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, during normal business hours. Flags will be stored safely and disposed of in the proper, digni“ed manner as outlined by the United States Flag Code. Flag donors will have the opportunity to attend an of“cial Flag Retirement Ceremony to be conducted at a future date. The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a special, unique presentation conducted by the Boy Scouts of America. For information, call 863-357-7283.

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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 *Prices and payments exclude tax, tag, title and $699 dealer fee. $229, $239, and $279 payments at 4.79% APR for 77 months, $32 4, $328, $459 payments at.4.79 APR for 84 months, all with approved credit. All factory rebates and incentives assigned to deal er. See dealer for full details. 10 year/100,000 mile warranty is a limited powertrain warranty. For details, see retailer or visit Kia.com. In stock units only. Offers cannot be combined with special offers (ex. Employee Pricing, Price Match Guarantee etc.) All photos are for illustration purposes only. Vehicles are subject to prior sale. Dealer not responsible for typographical errors, All offers expire 9/30/18.

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12 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 By Richard MarionOkeechobee NewsThe Elks National Foundation is now offering scholarships to local high school seniors based on community service performed and “nancial need of the student. Nationally, the Elks plan to give out 500 scholarships in 2019. There will be one male and one female chosen for the $50,000 scholarship, one male and one female chosen for $40,000, one male and one female chosen for $30,000, while 14 runners-up will receive $20,000 and 480 semi“nalists will receive $4,000 each. The contest is called the Most Valuable Student scholarship, and students are not required to be a member or related to a member of the Elks to apply. Michelle Harper, Exalted Ruler at Lake Okeechobee Elks 2871, is working to get the word out of this opportunity to seniors at Okeechobee High School. We hope that one day the students that we can help will return to their communities to become local leaders and remember that the Elks were part of their success and become Elks in the future to keep the tradition going,Ž said Ms. Harper. It is sad that there were so many quali“ed students who were not aware of these scholarships, but we are working hard to get the word out to the students by working with the staff and faculty involved with the seniors at Okeechobee High School.Ž The scholarships are applied for online at enf.elks.org/mvs. Once the national team receives the application, it is then sent to the local lodge in tje area where the student lives. For Okeechobee, that would be the Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge 2871. The local lodge selects the best candidates and then forwards their choices up to the district level. For the students chosen, the process continues on to the state level, and then eventually theyre judged at the national level. The top 20 “nalists are then invited to attend a leadership weekend held in Chicago on April 11-14. The Elks check the community service hours performed by students with forms that are submitted to the guidance of“ce at the high school and by contacting the organizations they worked with. Financial need is based on the parents income that can be veri“ed through tax records. A students GPA would most likel y come into play if there was a tie situation between two applicants. Hopefully, with this being reported on, we can reach out to the quali“ed homeschooled seniors as well,Ž explained Ms. Harper. We have had so many students walk across the stage that would have quali“ed and deserved these opportunities in the past, but we will work hard to change this today and in the future.Ž Lake Okeechobee Elks offer scholarships Special to the Okeechobee News Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundations Trees for A merica program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which bene“t the environment and improve the quality of life. W ith nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nations largest nonpro“t organization dedicated to planting trees. Everyone who joins this month will receive one of the following tree packages based on their location: 10 Arizona Cypress, 10 Live Oak or 10 mix trees including eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white ”owering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, river birch, silver maple, northern red oak and Colorado blue spruce. These trees are carefully selected to yield year-round bene“ts, including beautiful spring ”owers, cool summer shade, spectacular autumn colors, winter berries, and nesting sites for songbirds,Ž said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. These trees will also add to the proud heritage of your states Tree City USA communities.Ž Harris continued. For the past 40 years, Tree City USA has supported effective urban forestry management across the country, and planting these trees will enhance this tree-planting tradition.Ž The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The 6to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free o f charge. Easy-to-follow planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees. New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To receive the 10 free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Sept. 30, or join online at arborday.org/september. Join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive free trees Special to the Okeechobee NewsFFA Leadership plans meeting(Left to right) Jillian Johnston (senior vice president), Kaitlyn Williams (senior reporter), Dayton Buxton (senior secretary, Subdistrict 2 co-chair) and Aubrey Pearce (senior president, District XI secretary, Subdistrict 2 chair) recently attended the Future Farmers of America leadership conference to ensure the future of agriculture. They learned many new skills to increase the chapters membership. Okeechobee Brahman FFA Chapter will host a meeting on Sept. 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for all high school students. By Richard MarionOkeechobee News € The Okeechobee Brahmans have a bye week to recover from back-to-back blowout losses after falling to Lake Wales 46-6. Okeechobee has shown ”ashes on offense, but the Brahmans defense has been torn apart in both games theyve played in 2018. This could be just bad timing in having to face two high-powered offenses back to back, but it could also be the fact that the team has struggled to get on the “eld to practice due to inclement weather. € The bad news: Clewiston has dropped its “rst two games of the year after losing 30-10 to Monsignor Pace. The good news: Neither loss was to a district rival. The young Tigers team has the chance to gain some more experience before facing the majority of their district foes later in the season. Next theyll face the Labelle Cowboys at home on Sept. 7. LaBelle comes into the game 2-0. € Glades Central pulled off a comeback against Oakleaf, winning 32-25, bringing the Raiders to a 1-1 record for the year. Next theyll face the tough Dwyer Panthers in a home game on Sept. 7. The Panthers are coming off a 30-13 loss to Atlantic. € The Moore Haven Terriers got their season started with a win against Lake Placid last week. The Terriers held off a late rally by Lake Placid to win 14-6. Now theyll enjoy a bye week while keeping an eye on what their next opponent, the Neumann Celtics, do in their game against Gateway Charter this week. € The Glades Day Gators bounced back from their loss against Benjamin in the season opener with a dominating 41-10 win against district foe Community School of Naples. Now the Gators are preparing to host their “rst home game of the season on Sept. 7 against the Kings Academy Lions. The Lions are coming off two impressive victories over St. John Paul II Academy and John Carroll Catholic and should be a tough test for the Gators. € Coming off their bye week, the Pahokee Blue Devils will face the Atlantic Eagles in Pahokee on Sept. 7. Atlantic is coming off a win against the Dwyer Panthers in which their defense dominated the Panthers offense for the entire game. The stout Atlantic defensive line vs. the potent Blue Devil running game should make for one heck of a ballgame in the muck. Football around the lake this weekend

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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Enviromental Specialist I Performs inspections for septic construction & soil analysis & issues permits. Responsible Submit application to: https://jobs. Employment Part Time Employment Part Time Prenatal/Infant health coalition seeks a parttime, bi-lingual Maternity Care Advisor with professional writing, and great organizational Employment Full Time Class B CDL Tankwagon Driver w/”X” Endorsement – Okeechobee Region Palmdale Oil Company is one of the largest family owned petroleum wholesale company in the State of Florida. We sell diesel, gasoline, marine fuels and oils/lubricant. We are currently recruiting for a Driver in the Okeechobee Region. The position consists of making deliveries of fuel, diesel & lubricants. Must have knowledge of 4,000 gal tankwagon and box truck deliveries along with all current DOT Requirements to include, “X” Endorsement, medical card and clean MRV. We offer our employees training, competitive pay, comprehensive healthcare package, holiday/ vacation pay and good home time. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career, call Jim 863.763.3617. CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 Employment Full Time Heavy Highway Equipment Co. is looking for equipment operators. The area of employment will be in Port St. Lucie. *Loader *Dozer *Grader *Excavator *Laborers Please call 561-471-4100 ext 224 for an application. Fax application to 561-253-0085 DFWP/EEO/E-Verify Employment Full Time NOW HIRING MANAGER’S BURGER KING 604 N.E. Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Full-Time position w/ benefits Must be able to: Work any day/time Pass Background Check Work in a fastpace environment Have great people skills Send resume to: M. McGartland@ bkmark@royalsinc.com 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@ fchcinc.org XRay Tech & Medical Assistant/ CNA Please fax resume to 863-467-6833 or complete application at 111 NE 19th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Employment Part Time Help Wanted: PT Weekend Stable position. Must have previous experience, and pass background check. Please call 863-763-9401 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. TIRED OF STAYING IN A MOTEL, WORKING IN OUR AREAFULLY FIRNISHED 1 and 2 BEDROOM PROPERTIES. WEEKLY OR MONTHLY RATES AVAILABLE (863) 467-4371 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 N.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $725 mo. $2175 to move in. 561-346-1642 TAYLOR CREEK CONDO: 1BR, 1BA fully furn. $875/mo. water/ power incl. Sec. dep. req. & background ck. 863-634-0024. TAYLOR CREEK CONDO 2/2, fully furn. with utilities. $1100/mo. + sec. Bckgrd & cred. ck req. Call 863-634-0024. Houses Rent 3/2, f ully f urnished, $500/wk or $1400/mo. Utilities & lawn service included. Great location. Call 863-634-0024. 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 Mobile Homes Rent 3/2 MOBILE HOME IN T.I., NICE NEIGHBORHOOD. $850.00/ MO. 1ST, LAST AND SECURITY TO MOVE IN CALL 863-484-2361 Mobile Homes Sale RV FOR SALE, GOOD CONDITION $4,500.00 CALL 863-763-7164 RV FOR RENT55 OR OLDER PARK, $360.00/ MO. PLUS ELECTRIC. CALL 863-763-7164 Campers / RVs1994 SIERRA 5th Wheel, 30’, 1 big slide out, new hot water heater, ice box & toilet stool. $2,000. 217-622-4264. Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-595-0093 Automobiles2003 KIA SOMONA Like new inside & out, 1 owner, a/c, auto, needs head gasket, $700 firm. Call 954-260-1933. Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice 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. 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14 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD819NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 824 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT N OF TRACT 30 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 30 22 34S 33E 1-22-34-33-0A00-00030-N000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: HARRY KEEHN HARRY O KEEHN HEIRS OF HARRY OLIVER KEEHN HEIRS OF MABEL IRENE KEEHN JOSEPH RICHMOND KEN RICHMOND LARRY RICHMOND MABEL I KEEHN TIM KEEHN WILLIAM REIS DIAS Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283712 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD817NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 800 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT O OF TRACT 19 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 19 SECTION 22 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-22-34-33-0A00-00019-O000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CLAUDE SENAT YVES ROSE SENAT Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283706 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD ITS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018, AT 9:00 A.M. AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 17429 NW 242 STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL LANDOWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICTÂ’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. DAVID LAW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242 STREET ND OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863) 763-4601 285719 ON 09/07/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD812NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1137 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT N OF TRACT 18 EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 18, SECTION 26 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 1-26-34-33-0A00-00018-N000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ELLA III LLC Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283740 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD811NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1125 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 15 WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 15, SECTION 26 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 1-26-34-33-0A00-00015-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOHN G KNAPIK Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283739 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD815NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1079 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT A OF TRACT 32 EAST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 32, SECTION 25 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA 1-25-34-33-0A00-00032-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANDREE RAJOO Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283722 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD816NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 806 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT D OF TRACT 22 WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF TRACT 22 SECTION 22 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-22-34-33-0A00-00022-D000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JOHN D HUTCHINSON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283709 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD818NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 770 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT N OF TRACT 8 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 08 22 34S 33E 1-22-34-33-0A00-00008-N000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: EVELYN B MCNEIL JOE K T BATSON MARJORIE SMITH Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283700 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will conduct a Public Hearing on Tues, Sep 18, 2018, at 6:00 PM or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, to consider final reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1171: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING A MILLAGE RATE TO BE LEVIED ON ALL REAL AND TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2018 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019; PROVIDING THAT 7.9932 PER THOUSAND DOLLAR VALUATION SHALL NOT BE LEVIED ON HOMESTEAD PROPERTY; THAT 7.9932 VALUATION SHALL BE USED FOR GENERAL CITY PURPOSES; THAT SAID MILLAGE RATE IS 5.00 PERCENT (5.00%) MORE THAN THE ROLL-BACK RATE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTE 200.065(1); PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Office of the City Clerk during normal business hours, MonFri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City ClerkÂ’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the CityÂ’s records. 286022 ON 9/7/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD822NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2048 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT 16 BLOCK 6 BASSWOOD INCORPORATED PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 22 1-05-37-35-0010-00060-0160 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: BETTY WALTON Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283756 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD814NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1141 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT P OF TRACT 19 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 19 26 34S 33E 1-26-34-33-0A00-00019-P000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: DAVID GUELTS Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283746 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD810NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1117 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT C OF TRACT 12 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 12 26 34S 33E 1-26-34-33-0A00-00012-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: ANDRE BUTLER Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283725 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 Contact a Sales Representative today: 863.763.3134 | okeeadsales@newszap.comPublishes Sunday and Wednesday

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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTIONNOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to allow for a service station, repair and service garage, boat sales lot, and indoor and outdoor boat storage in a Neighborhood Commercial-2 (NC-2) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is Bassin Bobby Enterprises, Inc. The property is on the north side of State Road 78 West, about 200 feet east of SW 16th Avenue, and is more particularly described as follows: PARCEL “A” LEGAL DESCRIPTION A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 4, BEING A POINT ON THE WESTERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST 16TH AVENUE, THENCE SOUTH 0007’55” EAST ALONG SAID WESTERLY RIGHTOFWAY LINE AND THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 927.27 FEET; THENCE NORTH 8923’20” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID SOUTHWEST 16TH AVENUE; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 8923’20” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 1214.08 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 301 AT PAGE 489 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 0007’55” EAST ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 614.40 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 757 AT PAGE 1378 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0007’55” EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS AND BEING A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 256.75 FEET TO A POINT ON A NONTANGENT CURVE, SAID CURVE IS CONCAVE TO THE NORTH AND HAS A RADIUS OF 3004.74 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1554’14”, AND A CHORD BEARING OF SOUTH 8534’44” WEST AND A CHORD DISTANCE OF 831.36 FEET; THENCE WESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, A DISTANCE OF 834.04 FEET; THENCE NORTH 8620’36” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 14.67 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0331’01” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 318.60 FEET; THENCE NORTH 8952’05” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 823.40 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. PARCEL “B” LEGAL DESCRIPTION: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: THENCE S 0007’22” E, ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 927.64 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE WESTERLY EXTENSION OF THE NORTH LINE OF A PARCEL OF LAND DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK (O.R.B.) 355, PAGE (PG.) 464; THENCE N 8923’55” E, ALONG THE WESTERLY EXTENSION OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG. 464, A DISTANCE OF 70.01 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SW 16TH AVENUE (FORMERLY FERRELL ROAD), AND THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG. 464; THENCE CONTINUE N 8923’55” E, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN THE O.R.B. 355, PG. 464, A DISTANCE OF 1214.72 FEET TO THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG 464, AND THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 301, PG. 489; THENCE CONTINUE S 0007’22” E. ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG. 464, A DISTANCE OF 870.69 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG. 464, AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 0007’22” E, ALONG THE SOUTHERLY EXTENSION OF THE EAST LINE OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG. 464, A DISTANCE OF 306.36 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION WITH A CURVE IN THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 78, SAID CURVE CONCAVING TO THE NORTHWEST, AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 3304.74 FEET, AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1501’50”, AND A LONG CHORD BEARING OF S 8615’04” W, A DISTANCE OF 864.45 FEET; THENCE WESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, AND SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF STATE ROAD NO. 78 TO THE INTERSECTION WITH A BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN THE O.R.B 355, PG. 464, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 866.94 FEET; THENCE N 0330’43” E, ALONG SAID BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG. 464, A DISTANCE OF 300.00 FEET TO THE BOUNDARY LINE OF LANDS DESCRIBED IN O.R.B. 355, PG. 464; THENCE BEAR S 8629’17” E, ALONG SAID BOUNDARY LINE A DISTANCE OF 14.67 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY OF A CURVE CONCAVING TO THE NORTHWEST, AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 3004.74 FEET, AND A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1554’18”, AND A LONG CHORD BEARING OF N 8533’34” E, A DISTANCE OF 831.43 FEET;THENCE EASTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 834.10 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Community Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the department. Okeechobee County Community Development Department 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A; Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Petition S-2018-0765 286015 ON 9/7/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF A SPECIAL EXCEPTIONNOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to allow the sales, service, and storage of new and used recreational vehicles, travel trailers, motor homes or park trailers including parts in a Commercial (C) zoning district. The property owner is Janet Joles. The applicant is Sun Camp Liquidators, LLC. The property address is 235 Highway 441 SE and is more particularly described as follows: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST AND IN SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 34; THENCE N 89 DEGREE 48’48” E ALONG THE SOUTHERLY SECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 34 A DISTANCE OF 676.20 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 00 DEGREE 03’46” E A DISTANCE OF 599.93 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 89 DEGREE 48’14” E A DISTANCE OF 108.39 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 64 DEGREE 46’21” E A DISTANCE OF 301.45 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S 25 DEGREE 13’39” E A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 64 DEGREE 46’21” E A DISTANCE OF 84.49 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S 00 DEGREE 4724” W A DISTANCE OF 145.12 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S 59 DEGREE 59’31” W A DISTANCE OF 390.72 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE S 29 DEGREE 38’37” E A DISTANCE OF 352.97 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. HIGHWAY 441); THENCE S 60 DEGREE 17’20” W ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 54.99 FEET TO A POINT, SAID POINT BEING THE POINT OF CURVATURE, SAID CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST HAVING A RADIUS OF 5696.58 FEET & A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 3 DEGREE 16’37”; THENCE ALONG SAID CURVE AN ARC DISTANCE OF 325.81 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 00 DEGREE 03’46” E A DISTANCE OF 153.51 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS & EXCEPT A PARCEL OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEING A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN A PORTION OF SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST AND A PORTION OF SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA & BEING MORE PARTICULARLY BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 34; THENCE N 89 48’48” E ALONG THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 34 A DISTANCE OF 965.49 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY OF U.S. HIGHWAY 441 SAID POINT ALSO BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE ALONG THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF U.S. HIGHWAY 441 TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE IN SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY S 60 17’20” W A DISTANCE OF 2.33 FEET; THENCE A DISTANCE OF 65.01 FEET ALONG THE ARC OF A CURVE BEING CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST, HAVING A RADIUS OF 5696.58 FEET & A CHORD BEARING OF S 60 36’57” W AND A CHORD DISTANCE OF 65.01 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 29 38’37” W A DISTANCE OF 165.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 60o 27’57” E A DISTANCE OF 120.00 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY OF THOSE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 190, PAGE 77, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE S 29 38’ 37” E ALONG SAID EASTERLY BOUNDARY A DISTANCE OF 165.00 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY OF U.S. HIGHWAY 441; THENCE S 60 17’20” W ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY A DISTANCE OF 52.66 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. BEING SUBJECT TO ANY AND ALL EASEMENTS AND RIGHT-OF-WAYS OF RECORD. BEARINGS ARE BASED ON N 89 48’48” E FOR THE SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 34. ALSO LESS AND EXCEPT A PARCEL OF LAND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN & COMPRISING A PORTION OF SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 37S. RANGE 35E. OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 34, THENCE N89o 48’46” E A DISTANCE OF 965.44 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE NORTHERLY RIGHTOF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15 (U.S. HWY 441); THENCE N60o 17’53”E ALONG SAID NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 32.52 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE N 29 37’35” W A DISTANCE OF 352.86 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N59 58’59” E A DISTANCE OF 20.00 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE S29 37’35” E A DISTANCE OF 352.97 FEET TO AN EXISTING IRON PIN MARKING THE NORTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15; THENCE S6017’53”W A DISTANCE OF 20.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Community Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the department. Okeechobee County Community Development Department 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A; Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Petition S-2018-0766 286010 ON 9/7/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF PROPOSED ZONING RECLASSIFICATIONNOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Planning Board on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a request for a change in zoning from the existing classification of Residential Mobile Home (RMH) to the proposed classification of Neighborhood Commercial-2 (NC-2). The property owner and applicant is Bassin Bobby Enterprises, Inc. The property is about 300 feet north of State Road 78 West, and about 250 feet east of SW 16th Avenue, and is further described as follows: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH, RANGE 35 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 4, BEING A POINT ON THE WESTERLY RIGHT-OFWAY LINE OF SOUTHWEST 16TH AVENUE, THENCE SOUTH 0007’55” EAST ALONG SAID WESTERLY RIGHTOFWAY LINE AND THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 927.27 FEET; THENCE NORTH 8923’20” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EASTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF SAID SOUTHWEST 16TH AVENUE; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 8923’20” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 1214.08 FEET TO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 301 AT PAGE 489 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 0007’55” EAST ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 614.40 FEET TO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE LANDS DESCRIBED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 757 AT PAGE 1378 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH 0007’55” EAST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LANDS AND BEING A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 256.75 FEET TO A POINT ON A NONTANGENT CURVE, SAID CURVE IS CONCAVE TO THE NORTH AND HAS A RADIUS OF 3004.74 FEET, A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 1554’14”, AND A CHORD BEARING OF SOUTH 8534’44” WEST AND A CHORD DISTANCE OF 831.36 FEET; THENCE WESTERLY ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE, A DISTANCE OF 834.04 FEET; THENCE NORTH 8620’36” WEST, A DISTANCE OF 14.67 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0331’01” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 318.60 FEET; THENCE NORTH 8952’05” EAST, A DISTANCE OF 823.40 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING t o consider the request for a change in zoning will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom, Room 270, Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Planning Board or Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at these meetings or hearings will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. County Clerk and Community Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the County Clerk and of the Community Development Department. Okeechobee County Community Development Department 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite A; Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Petition R-2018-0713 286017 ON 9/7,16/2018 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SEALED PROPOSALS will be accepted by the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 123, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 until 3:00 p.m., local time, October 26, 2018. Proposals will be publicly opened by the County Clerk or designee and read aloud at the County Commissionsubmitting sealed proposals shall be solely responsible for the timely submission of their proposals and any proposals cepted. All bid proposals must be sealed and clearly marked RFP 2018-28 HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION & DISPOSAL SERVICES. The bid proposal shall be based on providing Okeechobee County with a contractor that is licensed, insured and permitted to collect, identify, treat, store, transport and properly dispose of hazardous waste materials in a legal manner which meets all State of Florida and Federal guidelines. Bid documents may be obtained from the County’s website at: in the Bid and Proposal Section. For bid documents, additional information or questions regarding scope of work proposed, please contact Russell Rowland, Assistant to County Administrator, Okeechobee County, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite D, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. (863) 763-1811 or by email at rrowland@co.okeechobee. Only Bid Forms obtained from Okeechobee County are acceptable for submitting a bid and shall include all related pricing of materials and services to complete required services. The County makes no commitment either written or implied as to the quantity of work, which may be authorized, if any, during the period the bid is in effect. The contract will be for a three (3) year period and may be extended for up to two additional one-year periods upon mutual written consent of the Contractor and the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any bid for any reason whatsoever and to waive any irregularities and to accept the bid, which in its judgment is in the best interests of Okeechobee County. Sharon Robertson, Clerk Terry Burroughs, ChairmanBoard of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee, Florida Okeechobee, Florida 285881 ON 09/07/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD809NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that BE A MAN BUY LAND LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 2910 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: COMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 15 TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 15 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 429 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN EAST PARALLEL TO THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION, 66 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE EAST 380.775 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 15 SECONDS EAST 297 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN WEST 380.775 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 15 SECONDS WEST TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. AND COMMENCING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 15, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, RUN SOUTH 0 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 15 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY OF SAID SECTION 429 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN EAST PARALLEL TO THE NORTH BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION, 446.775 FEET FOR POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE EAST 366.675 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 15 SECONDS EAST 297 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN WEST 366.675 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 15 SECONDS WEST TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING 1-15-37-36-0A00-00020-0000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: HAROLD KEITH DOUGLAS KATHY B DOUGLAS Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283761 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING A CITY ORDINANCENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will conduct a Public Hearing on Tues, Sep 18, 2018, at 6:00 PM, or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL, to consider final reading for adoption of the following Ordinance into law: No. 1172: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2018, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019; WHICH BUDGET SETS FORTH GENERAL FUND REVENUES OF $9,941,199.00, TRANSFERS-IN OF $1,195,215.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $6,959,394.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $4,177,020.00; PUBLIC FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT FUND REVENUES OF $1,907,529.00, EXPENDITURES OF $681,337.00, AND TRANSFERS-OUT OF $350,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $876,192.00; CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FUND REVENUES OF $4,571,144.00, TRANSFERS-IN OF $171,120.00, EXPENDITURES OF $660,346.00, AND TRANSFERS-OUT OF $845,215.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $3,236,703.00; OTHER GRANTS FUND REVENUES OF $221,120.00, EXPENDITURES OF $50,000.00, AND TRANSFERS-OUT OF $171,120.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; APPROPRIATIONS GRANT FUND REVENUES OF $210,000.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $210,000.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $0.00; LAW ENFORCEMENT SPECIAL FUND REVENUES OF $3,720.00, AND EXPENDITURES OF $3,500.00, LEAVING A FUND BALANCE OF $220.00; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said Hearing. The proposed ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the public at the Office of the City Clerk during normal business hours, MonFri, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, except for holidays. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the City Clerk’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-3372. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the agenda; a copy of the document, picture, video, or item MUST be provided to the City Clerk for the City’s records. 286023 ON 9/7/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD821NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1153 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT O OF TRACT 22 WEST 1/2 OF THE EAST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 22 SECTION 26 AS TO THE SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH RANGE 33 EAST ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4 PAGES 3-3E INCLUSIVE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1-26-34-33-0A00-00022-O000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LAWRENCE J WALSH ZELMA J WALSH Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283752 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 PUBLIC NOTICEThe Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Regular Session at 9:00 am, on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Office not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-2223448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Terry W. Burroughs, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 285647 ON 9/7/2018 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POLICIESIn accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Okeechobee County School Board will consider adoption of the School Board policy listed below at their meeting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., in Room 303 of the School Board Administrative Office at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Copies of the proposed amendments are available in the Superintendent’s Office, Room 307, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. Adoption of Board Policy 5.622 Medical Marijuana I. This policy implements procedures for medical marijuana for students. II. The proposed adoption requirement is based on Florida Statute 1006.062. III. Legal authority for this policy is F.S. 1001.41, 1001.42. Laws implemented are F.S. 381.88, 381.885, 768.13, 1000.21, 1001.43, 1002.20, 1002.22, 1006.062. IV. This policy amendment will not affect individuals from an economic standpoint. 284472 ON 9/7/2018

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16 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD813NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1073 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 28 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 28 25 34S 33E 1-25-34-33-0A00-00028-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: LILLITH ROSE DUCRAN Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283714 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2018TD820NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH EDWARD GAZZA the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 784 Year of Issuance: June-01-2016 Description of Property: LOT L OF TRACT 13 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 13 22 34S 33E 1-22-34-33-0A00-00013-L000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: JEAN DURANDISSE Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 11th day of October, 2018 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Frances Conner Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 283703 ON 9/7,14,21,28/2018 PUBLIC NOTICE CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board (CEB) will conduct a regular meeting on Tues., September 11, 2018, 6:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as possibl e, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by calling the Code Enforcement Office, 863-763-9795. ANY PERSON DECIDING TO APPEAL any decision made by the CEB with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person with a disability as defined by the ADA, that needs special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, contact the Fire Department no later than two business days prior to proceeding, 863-763-9795. BE ADVISED that should you intend to show any document, picture, video or items to the CEB in support or opposition to any item on the agenda, a copy of the document, picture, video, or item mu st be provided to the Board Secretary for the City’s records. 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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 17 By Tony YoungFWC The 2018-19 hunting season is already underway in south Floridas Zone A, and w ill soon be opening in the other three hunting zones. To make the most of your time a“eld, Becky Shuman, the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) assistant deer program coordinator and bi ologist, offers the following tips about deer and hunting on Floridas wildlife management areas. Before I ever set foot on a potential hunting area, I like to look at aerial imagery to “nd transitional zones between different habitat types,Ž Ms. Shuman said. Deer like to bed during the day in areas with dense v egetation and move out into more open areas at night to feed. The edge between these habitats is a good place to catch deer heading to and from feeding areas at dusk and dawn.Ž After Becky pinpoints a couple of spots she wants to scout, she checks it out on foot. I look for all types of deer sign … wellused game trails, tracks, scat, buck rubs and scrapes,Ž Ms. Shuman said. You can tell a lot about the deer in the area without even using a game camera. Rubs not only indicate that bucks are in the area, but a line of them all on one side of the tree show the direction the buck was walking. Scrape lines also can indicate direction of movement, and the size of the scrape often correlates with the num ber of bucks using the area.Ž Once she “nds a spot that has a lot of deer sign, she then looks for the right tree to hang her stand. I look for a straight mature tree with some vegetation in front and behind it to break up my silhouette,Ž Ms. Shuman said. I then can do a quick internet search to learn what the predominant wind direction is for that area in the fall and winter and po sition my stand so that it is downwind from w here I think the deer are coming from. I also make tree stand safety a priority and inspect my tree stand, all safety devices and my fall-arrest system/full-body harness before each use.Ž Florida has one of the largest WMA systems in the country at nearly 6 million acres. Theres a lot of opportunity and you can make hunting Floridas public land even more rewarding by following this advice. Take the time to scout an area before the season opens, and try getting off the beaten path,Ž Ms. Shuman said. With some of our W MAs, areas near roads and trails can get crowded, especially on weekends. Spending the extra time and effort to “nd the more re mote locations can really pay off and add to y our overall hunting experience.Ž WMAs that dont require a quota permit Floridas WMAs offer a wide range of hunting opportunities from quota/limited entry hunts, special-opportunity hunts, and public hunting areas where hunters can w alk on to hunt. There are 59 public hunting areas statewide where hunters dont need a quota permit to hunt some or all of the ar chery season. So, if you didnt apply or get drawn for an archery quota hunt, dont worry, cause theres still plenty of hunting opportunity spread throughout the state. You can “nd those WMAs not requiring a quota permit during archery season at the bottom of this webpage: MyFWC.com/WMAbrochures. To help you get ready, the FWC manages archery and shooting ranges across the state. Information on these public ranges is at MyFWC.com/Ranges. Also, the FWC offers a bowhunter education course and some classes are still available this fall. You can register and get more information about this course at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. For those new to hunting, you can get information about how to get started at MyFWC.com/NewHunter. Another great resource for teens and young adults is Bowhunting360.com. This website features articles and videos on stuff like how to shoot, hunting basics, scouting, shot placement and “eld dressing. It even has a bowhunting 101 checklist. Bow season and the rut … best times to hunt Besides hunting the rut, early bow seasons provide a great opportunity to take a mature whitetail and are among the best times to do so. In northwest Florida, bow seasons offer a different experience because bucks are still hangin out in their bachelor groups. Historically, during September the rut is in full swing southeast and west of Lake Okeechobee, and in the counties of Dixie, Levy, Nassau, Duval and St. Johns, so you really have an advantage when hunting there. Find out when the deer rut where you hunt by checking out the FWCs updated rut map at MyFWC.com/Deer. If youve followed some of Beckys advice by doing your preseason homework and hunt a favorable wind, you have a good chance of success. Early in the season, before deer are subjected to signi“cant hunting pressure, they are more active during daylight hours. Season dates by zone The boundary line between zones A and C begins at the Gulf of Mexico and runs northeast through Charlotte Harbor and up the Peace River until it intersects with State Road 70. The line then follows S.R. 70, running east until it meets U.S. 441 north of Lake Okeechobee. It then follows U.S. 441 south, where it proceeds around the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. The line then turns off U.S. 441 and onto S.R. 80 and runs just a few miles before turning east and following County Road 880, running just a few miles before joining back up with U.S. 98/441/S.R. 80/Southern Boulevard until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Archery and crossbow seasons south of that line started July 28 in Zone A. This year, archery and crossbow seasons in Zone B start Oct. 13. Zone Bs northern boundary line is S.R. 50, the eastern border is U.S. 441 and the Kissimmee Waterway, the southern boundary is S.R. 60 and the western boundary is Interstate 75. The line that divides zones C and D begins at U.S. 27 at the Florida-Georgia state line (in Gadsden County) and runs south on U.S. 27 until it meets S.R. 61 in Tallahassee. From there, it follows S.R. 61, running south until it hits U.S. 319. There, the line follows U.S. 319, continuing south to U.S. 98; it then runs east along U.S. 98 until it gets to the Wakulla River, where the river becomes the line, heading south until it meets the St. Marks River and continues going downriver until it meets the Gulf. If you hunt west of that line, youre in Zone D, where archery and crossbow seasons begin on Oct. 20 this year. In Zone C (east of that line), archery and crossbow seasons open Sept. 15. License and permit requirementsBefore you go, you need to make sure your license and required permits are up to date. To hunt during archery season, you may hunt only with a bow and you must have a Florida hunting license and an archery permit. During crossbow season, you may use either a crossbow or bow, but you must have a crossbow permit along with your hunting license. On WMAs, only hunters with a persons with disabilities crossbow permit are allowed to use crossbows during archery season. If youre a Florida resident, an annual hunting license costs $17. Nonresidents have the choice of paying $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. Archery and crossbow permits are $5 each, and all deer hunters must have the $5 deer permit. Anyone planning on hunting one of Floridas many WMAs must purchase a management area permit for $26.50. And dont forget to study up on the rules and regulations for the area you wish to hunt. You can download these brochures at MyFWC.com/ WMAbrochures. You can obtain all the licenses and permits youll need at a county tax collectors of“ce, any retail outlet that sells hunting and “shing supplies, by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. But if youre 15 years old or younger, 65 or older or have a resident persons with disabilities hunting and “shing certi“cate, youre exempt from needing any of these licenses and permits. Legal to take During archery season and that part o f crossbow season that runs concurrent with archery, you may take legal-to-take bucks (as de“ned by the regulations within the Deer Management Unit youre hunting in) and antlerless deer, which are does and bucks with less than 5-inch antlers. You may never take spotted fawns. After archer y ends, during the remaining portion of the crossbow season, you may only take legalto-take bucks according to the speci“c DMU antler rules. The daily bag limit on deer is two. Bag limits for deer on WMAs can differ, so check the speci“cs of the area before you hunt. You may hunt wild hogs on private lands year-round with no bag or size limits. On most WMAs, theres also no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during most hunting seasons except spring turkey. But on a few WMAs, bag and size limits do apply so, to be certain, check the brochure for the speci“c area. In addition to hunting big game, its also legal to shoot gobblers and bearded turkeys during archery and crossbow seasons, assuming you have a turkey permit ($10 for residents, $125 for nonresidents) or are exempt from the permit requirement. You ma y take two turkeys in a single day on private lands, but the two-bird combined fall-season limit still applies. The daily bag is one on WMAs, however, on many of them, you may take hen turkeys during the archer y season. Its against the law to hunt turkeys in Holmes County in the fall, and its illegal to shoot them while theyre on the roost, when youre within 100 yards of a game-feeding station when bait is present or with the aid of recorded turkey calls. Additional regulations you need to know All bows must have a minimum dra w weight of 35 pounds, and hand-held releases are permitted. For hunting deer, hogs and turkeys, broadheads must have at least two sharpened edges with a minimum width o f 7/8 inch. As far as legal shooting hours go, youre allowed to let your arrow ”y between a halfhour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset. Except for turkeys, youre permitted to take resident game over feeding stations on private property. Its against the law to use bait on WMAs. You may not use dogs to hunt deer or turkeys, but you may use bird dogs if youre quail hunting. To help you trail any wounded game, you may use a dog on a leash. Happy hunting! Heres hoping your preparation and per sistence pay off and wishing you a great hunting season. To keep informed of hunting opportunities and regulation changes, follow our HuntFloridaŽ social media pages at Facebook.com/HGM.FWC and YouTube. com/HuntFloridaTV, and sign up to receive the monthly Hunting Hot Sheet. As always, have fun, hunt safely and ethically, and well see you in the woods! Improve your bow season with these tips

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18 Okeechobee News September 7, 2018 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. € Of“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | admin@c21okee.com 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 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 € LakeORE.com Julia Parker863.801.3489 royaljewelrealestate@gmail.com210 SW 2nd Ave, Okeechobee FL 34974WIDE 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 Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863)634-1457LMixon@MixonGroup.com ~Our Priorities are simple..They’re Yours! Beauty. 4 Bd/ 2.5 Ba/ 2 Gar, CBS TWO Story overlooking Taylor Creek. Perfect home for entertaining. Living room, family room and MLS# 213009 $297,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 MLS#212798 $269,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 OAK LAKE ESTATES~ POOL HOME BLUE HERON~ WATERFRONT WORK, PLAY, LIVE & EARN, A FISHERMANS PARADISEOwn this MH/RV Park in the heart of Moore Haven, FL steps from the Intracoastal, Lake “O” and US Hwy 27. The Park has 25 MH/RV lots each with a concrete pad, 30-amp service, city water & 6 Mobile Homes, 5 ready and 1 handyman’s special. This opportunity can be yours for $250,000. 863-675-4500or visit our website at www.soland.com Se Habla Espaol180 N. Bridge St. € LaBelle, FL 33935Sherri Denning Licensed Real Estate Broker.Call: K.C. Stanley-Lynn 239-634-6525 3/2 Fully furnished with everything including dishes & linens. Large island kitchen with breakfast area. Home has carpet & tile. Split bedrooms and large master bath with walk-in closet. Inside laundry room. Screened porch. This one is a must see MLS# 212665$95,000 Call Melody 863-697-1975SEMINOLE COVE 2/2 Fully furnished on water with seawall. Two car carport with easy access to front door. Laminate and mornings from rear porch overlooking water. Inside laundry, split bedrooms and move in ready MLS #212861 $107,000. Call Melody 863-697-1975 Melody Hodges Realtor863-697-1975MHodges@MixonGroup.com Reduced! Reduced! 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 Location Matters!Let us help you showcase your best listings. Call or email a member of our dedicated sales staff today!863.763.3134okeeadsales@newszap.com

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September 7, 2018 Okeechobee News 19 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger € Lic. RE Broker 4 BD, 2 BA RUSTIC RANCH STYLE HOME situated on 5 acres. Partially remodeled work in progress. SS appliances, Wood burning “ replace. 10 stall horse barn; tack room has its own well and pump. 3 Paddocks. Custom touches galore!! Come take a look. MLS 212300 $341,500 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 RealEstateMagazine.com

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