Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 1 Gerald LefebvreLaw Ofces of Lefebvre763.3333Okeechobee Florida 14.69 feetLast Year: 16.15 feet Lake Levels See Page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Source: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Vol. 109 No. 115 Wednesday, September 26, 2018 50Â¢ plus tax 15Football this week around the lake 10Cane burning rules explained ÂAround the LakeÂŽ Edition Formerly Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, & The Sun ÂAr oun dt he Lak eÂŽ Edi tio n Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Michael JohnsonThis photo of Lake Okeechobee was taken on Sept. 21 just west of the Clewiston boat ramps on the south side of the lake. On the south end of the Big O, the Rim Canal is inside the Herbert Hoover Dike. Repairs on the dike should be completed in 2022. While repairs are underway, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be re-evaluating the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, the template the corps uses for releases from the lake. Public hearings about the lake schedule are expected to start in early 2019. For more photos of ÂLife Around the Lake,ÂŽ see Page 3. By Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News Will completion of the dike repairs mean higher lake levels? Repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike will be complete by 2022, according to the report given by Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Sept. 21 meeting of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and the Lake Worth Lagoon. ÂBasically weÂre going to have everything we need in terms of funding to get this done,ÂŽ said Col. Kelly. Thanks to the additional money, the dike repairs will be completed by 2022, he said. ÂThe bottom line is we are on track. We are full steam ahead. ÂI am trying to hire as many people as I can to get this done, which is an interesting challenge in itself,ÂŽ Col. Kelly said. W ill dike repairs mean higher lake levels?See LAKE Â„ Page 7
2 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 All about shopping with a plan? Then you'll love our weekly ad. Get the rundown on our latest deals and BOGOs before you shop! Available in stores and online at publix.com/savingstyle. Check our weekly ad for current deals Today: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High near 90F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tonight: A few clouds from time to time. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 72F. Winds light and variable.Extended ForecastThursday: Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 91F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Friday: Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night: Clear. Low 72F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Okeechobee Forecast Okeechobee County Hospice hosts yard salesOKEECHOBEE Â„ Hospice of Okeechobee, 317 S.E. Third Ave., will host a y ard sale on Wednesday, Sept. 26 The sale is from 8 a.m. to noon.See you at the pole prayerOKEECHOBEE Â„ A see-you-at-the-pole ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their Â”agpoles praying for their school, friends, families, churches and communities. See y ou at the pole is a day committed to global unity and prayer for your generation.BHR Moose serve pork dinnerOKEECHOBEE Â„ Buckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will have a pork chops dinner, fried or grilled, with all the Â“xings for a $7.50 donation. Dinner is served on Wednesday. Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome.Ladies conference setOKEECHOBEE Â„ Open Hands Health Center is pleased to offer a free livestream of True Woman 2018. This ladies conference is led by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and will be held at The Big Lake Baptist Association, 210 N.E. Seventh St. This conference livestream starts Sept. 27 with Session 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sept. 28 Session 2 from 9 a.m. to noon, Session 3 from 2 to 5 p.m., Session 4 from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sept. 29 Session 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics include: The truth about sin, sexuality, gender identity, priorities, marriage, children, circumstances, the truth about consequences, emotions, God and His word. The conference concludes discussing the True Woman movement: Where do we go from here. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. Pre-registration is encouraged for each session, as seats are limited and registrants will have preference. Call 863-8017737 to register or sign up on Facebook at Open Hands Health Centers Event Page.ELC meeting setOKEECHOBEE Â„ Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties Inc. will have its regular annual board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the CareerSource Research Coast, 584 N.W. University Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Assistance for handicapped persons may be arranged by contacting 772223-3832. For information, call 772-223-3832 or visit www.elcirmo.org.BHR Moose serves catÂ“shOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, 1016 Linda Road, offers allyou-can-eat catÂ“sh on Friday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation of $10. The public is welcomed.Gospel concert scheduledOKEECHOBEE Â„ The southern gospel trio Midnight Cry will be in concert on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Church of The Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. in Okeechobee. For information, call 863-7633519 or 863-763-7113.Moose serves pizzaOKEECHOBEE Â„ Buckhead Ridge Moose, 1016 Linda Road, will serve pizza and subs for dine in or take out on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information call 863-763-2250.Glades County GCWC sponsors WalkathonMOORE HAVEN Â„ The Glades County Womans Club (GCWC) will hold their sixth annual Walkathon for Breast Cancer on Saturday, Oct. 6 Registration will be held at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Glades County Library, 201 Riverside Drive in Moore Haven, and the walk begins at 11 a.m. Proceeds provides mammograms for the uninsured in Glades County. For information, call 863227-2452.GCWC sponsors Rib Cook-OffMOORE HAVEN Â„ The Glades County Womans Club (GCWC) will hold their sixth annual rib cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. at the Moore Haven City Park, 201 Riverside Drive in Moore Haven. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds beneÂ“t college scholarships to Moore Haven High school graduates and other community service projects of the WomanÂs Club. Contact Marina Langdale at 863-22 PEP event set Sept. 28 A Providers Encouraging Prevention (PEP) event will be hosted by HomeSafe/ Healthy Beginnings at the Belle Glade Library Civic Center, 725 N.W. Fourth St., on Friday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be provided and participants can RSVP to be entered in a rafÂ”e. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org 7-2452, Jenny Allen at 863-227-6354 or Tina HeÂ”in at 863-633-8179 for entry forms or information.
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 3 Silence those cellphones!OKEECHOBEE Â„ Everyone at meetings of the Okeechobee County Commission is reminded to silence their cellphones by the Âcellphone duck.ÂŽ Okeechobee County Commissioner Kelly Owens said governance classes often use some kind of toy or statue to remind everyone to keep phones turned off. When she was elected to the county commission, she was puzzled to hear something quacking during a meeting. She discovered that Commission Chairman Terry BurroughsÂ phone ÂquackedÂŽ when it had a text message. This inspired the use of the toy duck. If your phone goes off during a meeting, you are assigned the Âduck of shameÂŽ for the remainder of the meeting ... or until someone elseÂs phone goes off. Chairman Burroughs has even threatened to make those in the audience hold the duck if they forget to turn off their phones. Those who live around Lake Okeechobee know this is a very special place. We invite readers to share photos from the lake area for a monthly photo contest. Each week, the newspaper will include some of the submitted photos. Once a month, a winner will be chosen for a prize. Prizes will vary from month to month. The prize for the best Life Around the Lake photo submitted in September will be a one-year subscription to the electronic edition of the Lake Okeechobee News Submit your photos along with an explanation or short story to go with the photo to email@example.com. Photo contest celebrates the region Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsGhostrider in the skyOKEECHOBEE Â„ Pete Clemons, who was named to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame for his fame as a rodeo cowboy, passed away early in the morning on Sept. 16. That evening, several Okeechobee-area residents noted a cloud formation that re minded them of a cowboy hat. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Taylor HuckeryGolden deer sighted in state parkTaylor Huckery entered this photo, taken in Kissimmee Prairie State Park, in the Florida State Parks Photo Contest. She wrote: ÂI just Â“nished grilling a couple of hot dogs while sitting on my truck bed watching the sun sink below the prairieÂs never-ending landscape when I noticed a herd of deer approaching through what looked like a golden sea of grass. It was very dreamlike. I grabbed my camera and took this shot. In that moment, I struck gold and captured one of the many euphoric sights that nature has to offer. It is most deÂ“nitely one that I will look at again and again forever.ÂŽ Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsBaby, babyOKEECHOBEE Â„ Keli Trimnal in Okeechobee shared this photo of a little one who could not resist drinking from Â„ and playing with Â„ a water hose. ThatÂs one way to keep cool on a hot day!Special to the Lake Okeechobee News
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Â€ To treat people with courtesy, respect, and compassion MEMBER OF: G uest Commentary Letters to the Editor Fraud alert helps protect your investmentSign up for this free service to monitor property records. Do you own real estate in Palm Beach County? Securing your home or setting an alarm may protect you from physical intruders, but what about the intruders who may never set foot in your home? According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing w hite-collar crimes in the United States. Property fraud is the illegal use of someone elseÂs real estate for Â“nancial gain and without their knowledge. This type of fraud is a serious issue and Â“nding ways to protect our customers is v ital. Throughout South Florida, we have heard about fake deeds being Â“led. A fake or fraudulent deed makes it appear, in the clerkÂs ofÂ“cial records, as if someone owns real estate that is not legally theirs. Scammers then rent or sell these properties to unsuspecting individuals. As your elected clerk and comptroller, I urge you to register for our free property fraud alert notiÂ“cations to help combat this type of crime. Property fraud alert notiÂ“es you, by email or phone, any time there is activity in the clerkÂs ofÂ“cial records pertaining to your real estate. This early notiÂ“cation gives property owners valuable time to stop scammers before further action can be taken. Signing up is quick and easy. I encourage everyone who owns real estate in Palm Beach County to take advantage of this free service and register today at mypalmbeachclerk.com/ property-fraud-alert or by phone at 800-7283858. Best regards, Sharon R. Bock Clerk and comptroller, Palm Beach CountyDear Okeechobee residents and visitors ...We wish to thank everyone who could attend OkeechobeeÂs annual Labor Day Festival. It is back to its original three days, with a few new activities for everyone to enjoy. Expanding back to three days was not without a few glitches and missteps, which will be addressed for next yearÂs event. Our intention is to bring new and different activities to all of our events. Here is a recap of the weekend activities: Saturday morning the B.R.A.T. Club parade kicked things off. Then, free activities for our little ones included a hula hoop contest and stick horse races sponsored by Rabon Country Feed along with lots of food, and arts & crafts vendors or that Âgotta haveÂ moment. The evening brought the new Battle of the Bands, with the winner getting a chance to compete for the Okeechobee Music Festival. Sunday started out calmer with gospel music returning to the gazebo at 1 p.m. in Park 4 and at 2 p.m. we witnessed Matt BuxtonÂs new ÂPink BeardÂŽ and Marcos Montes De Oca being tased, a fundraiser for the beneÂ“t of Hospice and MarthaÂs House. Monday morningÂs skies did not bode well for the dayÂs activities. A lot of vendors left because of the ominous weather forecast, but a few brave souls stayed on as the citizens of Okeechobee started to come out. Lawn mower races sponsored by our Sears Hometown Store started as scheduled at 11 a.m. We had a total of seven fun-loving participants willing to match their skills against each other and the brand new mowers. We were able to run three races to determine a winner. I think those watching had as much fun as the participants. We also opened the Car Bash provided by Total Roadside, where anyone could whack away their frustrations/aggressions. We were on track for our various eating contests when the skies opened up and ended the day. A lot of hard work goes into the planning and execution of an event such as this, and we would like to thank those who made it possible: The festival committee, all of our volunteers, the City of Okeechobee Public Works Department, vendors and wonderful sponsors Sears Hometown Store, Okeechobee Dodge, Rabon Country Feed, Northlake Veterinary, Everglades Farm Equipment, Total Roadside Services, Brown Cow Sweetery and FerrellÂs Market. Okeechobee Main Street Marion Heddesheimes By Sherry YoungHealth & Wellness/Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator A rea Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida WeÂve all heard the stories: Your parent, former coworker or elderly neighbor has a nasty fall at home. They spend some time in the hospital and, hopefully, make a full recovery. But even after they return home, things just arenÂt the same. They may stay at home and limit their activities because of a fear of falling again. Each year, one in every three older adults experiences a fall. Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury among adults age 65 and over. More tragically, falls are also the leading cause of accidental death among seniors. September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month, a time for caregivers, educators, health professionals and older adults to spread the word about the danger of falls and how to prevent them. Falls donÂt need to be an inevitable part of aging. With education and intervention, we can reduce the number of seniors injured through these accidents. How can we help older adults? There are several easy ways to prevent falls. First, regular exercise is vital for fall prevention. By strengthening leg muscles and improving balance, seniors can decrease their likelihood of a fall. Older adults should also review their medications with their doctor or pharmacist. Many medicines can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Knowing the potential side effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications can help us all exercise caution. Speaking of doctors, the eye doctor can be helpful in preventing falls. Having their vision checked annually can help our elders stay safer. Finally, itÂs always good to check our homes and workplaces for potential tripping hazards. Loose rugs and slippery surfaces may be the obvious culprits, but stairs without railings and poor lighting can also cause accidents. Installing grab bars in the bathroom can also prevent potential calamities. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is one of our areaÂs fall prevention leaders. Our agency offers workshops in seven counties to help older adults to reduce their chances of falling and remain independent. These workshops, funded through the federal Older Americans Act, focus on increasing strength and improving balance. In 2017, AAASWFL assisted nearly more than 450 seniors with fall prevention programming and other workshops to keep our older adults healthy and safe. To Â“nd out about future workshops, call the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 or visit www. aaaswÂ”.org. Every 20 minutes in our country, an older adult dies from a fall-related injury. Fortunately, there are proven ways to prevent falls and the potential ramiÂ“cations. We can all make a difference during Falls Prevention Awareness Month Â„ and the rest of the year. September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 5 By Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News MOORE HAVEN Â„ The First United Methodist Church of Moore Haven will partner with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to continue bringing the free food distributions to local senior citizens that had been coming through a Hope Connections program. A group of junior and senior Moore Haven Middle High School students, who recently helped earn the Glades County School District a statewide award from the Florida Council on Aging for their aid in making that program possible, now will work alongside church and food bank volunteers to make sure the foodstuffs get to those who need them. Glades won the councilÂs ÂService to Seniors by an Organization AwardÂŽ because of their efforts, said Superintendent Scott Bass. ÂI want to expose our students to as many opportunities as possible that will help them develop socially and emotionally,ÂŽ he said, Âand volunteering to help senior citizens in our community was an excellent opportunity provided by Hope Connections. I think it is a great program ... particularly since there is not a grocery store in Glades County. With our students assisting, it gives an opportunity of interaction with the senior citizens and teenage students.ÂŽ Around 20 students, who participate in Florida Gulf Coast UniversityÂs CROP (College Reach-Out Program) and Scholars program at the high school, went to Fort Myers monthly to help Hope Connections with the food distribution program and will continue to be able to earn community service hours under the new arrangement, Mr. Bass said. ÂThe program unfortunately is not going to be operated by Hope Connections anymore. Hope ConnectionsÂ corporate ofÂ“ce made that decision, but the First United Methodist Church will be taking over.ÂŽ MHMHS school counselor Shannon Bass leads the FGCU dual-enrolled students and oversees their participation. They were nominated for the Council on Aging recognition by Matt Hudson of Hope Healthcare in Fort Myers, of which Hope Connections is a division. He noted that the program, which provides 35 pounds of nonperishable food per month to low-income seniors that comes from the USDAÂs Commodity Supplemental Food Program, had to rely on volunteers because Hope did not receive any funding for distributing it. In nominating the high school group, Mr. Hudson said that Glades County seniors were at risk because of the lack of grocery stores, and Âgiven that the population is spread out over a large land mass, Â“nding a concentration of volunteers to assist with a manual labor distribution was challenging.ÂŽ So he reached out to Mr. Bass, and the partnership was forged. ÂThis has yielded a great relationship that has beneÂ“ted all parties but especially the seniors who get nutritious food and a wonderful social interaction in their community. Were it not for Glades County schools and speciÂ“cally Scott Bass and Moore Haven High School, we would not have been able to run this program,ÂŽ Mr. Hudson wrote. Said Mr. Bass: ÂI wanted to make sure that our students got a sense of what it was like to give back to the community. WeÂre the Â“rst school district to ever win the award.ÂŽ The Rev. Charley Watts, pastor of First United Methodist in Moore Haven, said the new duties of handling the food bank will Â“t right in with his congregationÂs New Directions ministry, which they started up in 2016 when they discontinued the churchÂs own food pantry. New Directions provides modern-day necessities to low-income members of the community, not including food. That happens on the Â“rst Saturday morning of every month. ÂI think itÂs just a great way for our church to reach out to our community and to let them know that we care and that weÂre here to help any way that we can to supply their needs,ÂŽ said Pastor Watts, adding that the food giveaways to seniors will be on the same schedule they were before. MHMHS kids aid seniors through food bankSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee NewsSuperintendent Scott Bass (left) attended the Quality Senior Living Awards luncheon in Tampa with some of the students involved in the program Â„ from left, Jacey Ridgdill, Javier Cardona, Austin Lee and Stephanie Aranda Â„ and program coordinator Shannon Bass. (Some were misidentiÂ“ed when a similar photo ran in the Lake Okeechobee News on Sept. 12.) Special to the Lake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE Â„ A Belle Glade man succumbed to injuries he received in a Sept. 22 trafÂ“c crash. A Palm Beach County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce press release stated that at 6:42 a.m. Saturday, a 2004 Nissan Titan operated by Delga Yoelvy, 44, of Belle Glade was traveling northbound in the 1800 block of Main Street in Belle Glade. For undetermined reason, Mr. Yoelvy lost control of his truck. The truck entered the inside travel lane, continuing eastbound and onto the median. The truck began sliding sideways in a northeast direction. The truck traveled approximately 75 feet before colliding into a palm tree in the median. The driverÂs door struck the tree. It was reported that Mr. Yoelvy was not wearing a seat belt. Palm Beach Fire Rescue pronounced Mr. Yoelvy deceased on the scene, according to the report. The accident was investigated by FHP Investigator A. Loudermilk. Man dies in single-vehicle crash Murphy takes helm in Glades County By Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News MOORE HAVEN Â„ ThereÂs a new county manager on the job in Glades County as of Monday, Sept. 17. Martin Murphy of New York state was hired with a one-year employment agreement executed that day after it had been approved previously by a 3-1 vote of the county board. Commissioners welcomed him to his chair behind the managerÂs table during his Â“rst meeting with the full board on Monday night, Sept. 24, when Commission Chairman J ohn Ahern introduced him. They had left one section of the contract, regarding Mr. MurphyÂs use of a county v ehicle, as a Â“ll-in-the-blank clause that would depend on where he ended up living. After he w as unable to locate housing he found suitable inside Glades County, Chairman Ahern explained, Mr. Murphy signed a yearÂs lease for a residential property in Clewiston. He was requesting approval to use the county vehicle that heÂs been assigned for work purposes, to travel between his home and the Glades County Courthouse in Moore Haven. The additional fuel cost to the county was expected to be minimal, according to the staff report. Commissioner Donna Storter Long, w hoÂd voted against the Aug. 30 motion to proceed with hiring Mr. Murphy, made a motion to allow him to use the county manager v ehicle for travel to and from home for as long as he lives in Clewiston, and board Vice Chairman Tim Stanley seconded. The motion passed 5-0. Later in the meeting, Commissioners Donald Strenth and Weston Pryor both welcomed the new manager in their remarks. ÂWe are glad to have you, and we all are available to help you in any way we can,ÂŽ Mr. Ahern added. On other business matters, commissioners: Â€ Heard a report from Laura Perry, director of the Glades Education Foundation, who called the inaugural summer camp Â“nanced by the GEF and its community partners Âvery successful.ÂŽ She said the fund-raising that she spearheaded did very well also, raising about $8,500. Only $6,200 was spent this summer, she said, noting that the balance would be carried over for 2019, when the hope is that the camp can be expanded to three weeks and accommodate a larger number of children. Twenty-six took part during this summerÂs camp, which ran for two weeks after the Fourth of July and was based at Moore Haven Elementary School. Â€ Approved a contract with Clyde Johnson Contracting & RooÂ“ng Inc. in the amount of $75,000 for roof repairs to the Glades County Road Department building on State Road 78 East. Commissioners did so by a 4-0 vote, with Chairman Ahern abstaining because a contributor to his campaign was involved, after waiving a bond requirement that might have been added mistakenly to the countyÂs request for proposals. The RFP never was advertised due to an email problem at the Hendry Glades Sunday News, and Commissioner Strenth said he thought the county should Âgo back and do it the right wayÂŽ by readvertising. County Attorney Richard Pringle said, however, that the board could waive the competitive bidding procedure in its purchasing policy because the contract amount did not exceed the threshold where that would be required under state law. Public Safety Director Bob Jones (who temporarily had been acting as county manager) said heÂd checked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make sure Glades still could be reimbursed for part of the cost, since the roof was badly damaged during Hurricane Irma last year. He said he explained that county ofÂ“cials tried in good faith to follow FEMA policies and that agency representatives Âdid not feel it would be an issue.ÂŽ Â€ Learned from Yvette Wingate, vice chairwoman of the Hendry Glades Unmet Needs Coalition, that due to a reorganization it is now acting as an advisory committee under the United Way. She said that agency has been Âgracious in its outreachÂŽ and is extending several services to help assist residents of the two counties who still are trying to recover from Hurricane Irma damages. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News Free tax preparation will be available for families making $66,000 or less. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will offer free tax help in Okeechobee this year as well as expanding services in Hendry County and hoping to get into Glades as well. If you would like to volunteer as a tax preparer, greeter or interpreter, VITA would love to have you join them. No experience is needed, and training is provided. Training will be offered in LaBelle for the Â“rst time for new volunteers. For more information, call 239-433-7206 or email MaryM@unitedwaylee.org or visit UnitedWayLee.org/Become-VITA-Volunteer. VITA seeking volunteers
6 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 D anie l Are ll ano 19 OKEE C HOBEE Â„ Daniel A rellano died S ept. 21, 2018. He was born A u g 27, 1999 in Por t S t Lucie. A li f e t ime residen t o f O keechobee he was a member o f the Sacred Heart C atholic C hurch. He en j oyed danc i ng, s i ng i ng, and rapp i ng. Da n i el i s s u rv i ve d by h i s mother, Be r n abe Mar i a G arc i a; grandparents, Rogel i o Garcia and Esi q uia Valdez; brothers, Fran cisco Arellano, Matthew Arellano, Henedino A rellano Omar Soto and Martin Soto all o f Okeechobee; and many aunts, uncles, and cou s i ns Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Frida y S e p t. 28 2018 at Buxton & Bass O keechobee Fu ner a l H o me Fu ner a l M a ss w i ll b e 10 a. m S aturda y Sept. 29, 2018 at Sacred Heart Cath olic Church. Interment will follow at Eve r green C emetery T hose wishing to leave a message o f c ondolence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a lH o me .com All arrangements are entrusted to the d irec t ion and care of t he Bux t on & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home, 400 North Par rott Avenue Okeechobee Florida 34972 R aymon d Marce l Reyer, Jr., 81 OKEE C HOBEE Â„ Raymond Marcel Rey y y er, Jr. died Sept. 21, 2018. He was born Aug. 1 5 1937 in Natron a H e i ghts, Pa. He prou d l y serve d our countr y in t he Uni t ed S t a t es A ir F o r c e He w o rke d wit h t he Ft Lauder d ale Police for 21 y ears a n d w a s a mem b er of the Fraternal Order o f Police. A residen t o f O kee c h ob ee f o r 21 y ears, he was a member o f The Gathering. He loved to Â“x things and enjoyed carpentry and ai r p lanes. H e was preceded i n death b y h i s son, Kev i n R eyer H e is survived by his wife of 5 7 years, Jud y R e y er, of Okeechobee; son, Timoth y Re y er (Kristina), of Plantation; brothers, Ronald Re y er (Lannie), of Meadville, Pa., and Allan Reyer (Karen), of Apollo, Pa.; and g randchildren, M atthew Reyer and T heodore Reyer. M emor i al serv i ces w i ll be 11 a.m. S aturday, S ept. 29 2018 at T he G ather i ng. T hose wishin g to leave a messa g e o f c ondolence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a lH o me .com All arran g ements are entrusted to the d irection and care of the Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home 400 North Par rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 C hester ÂLee Â Woodman 8 2 OKEE C HOBE E Â„ C hester Lee Woodman di ed on S e p t. 21 2018 Mr. Woodman was born Dec. 13 193 5 in S an Pedro Cali f Lee l ed a full life wi t h his w i f e, living in Hawaii, California Colorado a nd after many years travel i ng the countr y i n an RV, he called O kee c h ob ee h o me f or the Â“nal cha p ter. H e was self-employed m ost of his career. He enjo y ed sailing, moto r cy cling with friends, power boating FloridaÂs w aterways and lakes, do-it-yourself projects a round h i s home, and h i s beloved p ets. H e is survived by his wife, Wendy Woo d m an, of Okeechobee; dau g hter, Michelle V e l ardo ( John ) ; grandchildren, Adam and Sar a V elardo, of Orange Count y Calif.; and other f amily members, all residing in Cali f ornia The family would like to extend their than k y ou to the caring staff and volunteers at Hos p ice of Okeechobee and s p ecial friends and n eighbors, the Cook family, who were always th ere w h en nee d e d. A t LeeÂs re q uests, no services are p lanned. T hose wishin g to leave a messa g e o f c ondolence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a lH o me .com All arran g ements are entrusted to the d irection and care of the Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home 400 North Par rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Marcos Antonio Minon d o Jr. OKEE C HOBEE Â„ Marcos A ntonio Mino n d o, Jr. peacefully and quietly entered into eter n al rest on T uesday, S e p t. 18 2018 Marcos wa s bo rn a n d r ai se d i n G uayama, Puerto R i co t o t he la t e Javier An to ni o M i nondo, S r. and E duv i g i s Barbosa. I n 19 5 7 Marcos tra v eled to O keechobee a n d b e ca me a se a s o n a l worker for years, traveling from Florida to Pennsylvania to earn a l i v i n g i n pack i n g houses, the cann i n g i ndu s try and c i trus i ndustry. In 19 7 0 he returned to O keechobee to l i ve permanentl y and ret i red a s a crew leader w i th the R i ver G old F ru i t Company in 1989. Marcos was well known in the communit y and from miles around as a passionate Â“sherman. He was a genuinel y ki nd man who l i ved b y the motto Â Love T h y N eighborÂŽ. He also had a great sense o f h u m or and en j oyed v i s i t i ng, enterta i n i ng w i th f amil y and friends; and watching baseball H e was preceded i n death by h i s beloved wife, Christine P. (Ervin) Minondo; and six siblin g s, Luis Minondo, Ana Minondo, Fan n ie Minondo, Idelsonso A naya, Sylvia A nay a a nd Isabelino Ana y a. He leaves to cherish his p rec i ous memor i es seven ch i ldren, Jac q u e l ine C oleman, Marian ÂNeice y ÂŽ Robinson, K aren Ervin-Futch Patricia A. Ervin-Kenne d y, Michael A Minondo, A drian L. Minondo and Marcos A. Minondo, III; and three sisters, A na A naya, Gloria A naya and Irma A naya; 21 grandch i ldren, 14 great-grandch i ldren; a nd one s p ec i al brotheri n-law, Levern E rv i n (Juanita); and a host of cousins, nieces, ne ph ews, and sorrowin g friends. M emor i al S erv i ce w i ll be held a t t he Bux t on / Bass F uneral Home i n O keechobee, on S a t urda y Sept. 29, 2018 at 3 p.m. with famil y re c eiving friends following for a repass in Deans C ourt on N.W. 10th Street. We the f amil y o f Marcos Antonio Minondo, J r. would l i ke to express our deepest grat i tude to our family and friends for the many acts of kindness shown durin g this time of b e reavement. A special thank you to the staff at Glades Healthcare Center in Pahokee as well a s Trust Bridge Hospice of West Palm Beach. C harles Talma g e Collins, 6 3 OKEE C HOBE E Â„ Charles Talmage Collins di ed S ept. 22 2018 H e was born A ug. 2, 1 955 in O kee c h ob ee to E arl and Beatr i ce ( Roberson ) Collins. A lifetime resident of Okeechobee h e worked f or t he Okeechobee C ount y F ire Res cu e f o r o ver 2 5 y ears before he retired in 2003. He loved Â“ shing, building go karts, a nd l i sten i n g to E lv i s. M r. C ollins was preceded in death by his par ents ; and his sisters Earline and Carol Collins. H e i s surv i ved b y h i s compan i on, Debr a Go f orth; daughters, Ti ff any Collins, Tony a Collins Tamara Collins all of Okeechobee A manda Collins, o f Cali f ornia, Yanni Collins, of Arkansas, and Litzy Collins, of California; brothers David Collins (Elizabeth Ann) of Lake City, Ervin Collins, of LaBelle, and W a y ne Collins (Hilda), of Lake Cit y ; and nine grandch i ldren. V i s i tat i on w i ll be 10 a.m. unt i l serv i ces at 11 a .m. F r i da y S ept. 28 2018 at Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home. Interment w i ll f ollow at Evergreen Cemetery with Pastor N ick Hopkins o fÂ“ ciatin g Those wishin g to leave a messa g e o f c ondolence may s i gn the reg i ster book at, w ww .O kee c h ob ee Fu ner a lH o me .com All arran g ements are entrusted to the d irection and care of the Buxton & Bass O keechobee F uneral Home 400 North Par rott A venue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Obituaries should be submitted to the Lake Okeechobee News by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also request photos and links to online guestbooks. A link to the obituaries is available at lakeokeechobeenews.com. Obituaries Sign guestbooks at http://www.legacy.com Search obituaries nationally at http://www.legacy.com Y our Community NewsHendry County Chamber hosts Training 101CLEWISTON Â„ The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Ave. in Clewiston, will host a social media training on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Join them and chamber member, Everglades Marketing for ÂSocial Media Training 101ÂŽ! For information, call 863-983-7979.FTA meeting set Sept. 27LABELLE Â„ Families, youth and adults are invited to the Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Association Sub-Chapter monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Carlson Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 310 Campbell St. in LaBelle. For information, call Deanna Filkins at 863-234-8181 or email dkÂ“email@example.com.Car seat inspectionsCLEWISTON Â„ Safe Kids will host a car seat inspection on Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Florida Community Health Center, 315 South W.C. Owen St. For information call, Jashiramor Harper at 863983-7813 ext. 1423. Inspections are open to w alk-ins or by appointment.Dueling Pianos set Sept 29LABELLE Â„ Hendry Regional Medical Center will launch a new event on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Grove RV Resort, 500 S. Main St. in LaBelle. For information, call 863-983-2735.Fall Bash set Sept. 30CLEWISTON Â„ The Sweet Southern Tyme Boutique invites the public to a Fall Bash to be held on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. at 108 Bond Street in Clewiston.Palm Beach County English Exchange offeredPAHOKEE & BELLE GLADE Â„ Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. The English Exchange program the on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Loula V. York Branch, 525 Bacom Point Road in Pahokee. It will also be offered at the Belle Glade Branch, 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade. every Thursday at 3 p.m.GTAC meeting scheduledBELLE GLADE Â„ The Glades Technical A dvisory Committee (GTAC) invites the community to hear guest speaker Jonathan B. Brown, director of Palm Beach CountyÂs Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability, on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade. For information, contact Houston L. Tate at 561-233-5303 or firstname.lastname@example.org or A udley G. Reid at 561-233-5567 or areid@ p bc g ov.or g
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 7 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on October 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will consider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at a public hearing held on October 23, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. Petition Number: CPA18-0007 Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company, represented by Rock Aboujaoude, PE. Rock Enterprises, Inc. Project size: +/623 acres Location: CR 833; see attached locator map Request: The applicant is requesting a Text Amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Element to amend the Electrical Generating Facility access location standard found in Policy 1.1.14 and adding a speciÂ“c subarea policy in accordance with same (proposed Policy 18.104.22.168) to allow a solar powered electrical generating facility. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, SPECIFICALLY BY AMENDING THE FUTURE LAND USE ELEMENT ELECTRICAL GENERATING FACILITY ACCESS LOCATION STANDARD FOUND IN POLICY 1.1.14 AND ADDING A NEW SUBAREA POLICY TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC DETAILS APPLICABLE TO THE FPL BLUE HERON SOLAR ENERGY CENTER ON +/623 ACRES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERÂS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County CommissionersÂ ofÂ“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department, by phone (863-6755240), email (mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net), U. S. mail (P .O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. ÂWe have about a month to get all of the schedule on paper and blocked in,ÂŽ he said. ÂItÂs a rare position for the corps to be in to get in front of the money. ÂOur challenge is to get all of the stakeholders on board to move at a pace that we normally donÂt,ÂŽ said Col. Kelly. ÂWe have enlisted our sister districts from around the country,ÂŽ he explained. ÂWe are bringing in the corps teams. ÂThe message is loud and clear: Get it done,ÂŽ he said. Frank Mann, who represents Lee County on the coalition, asked whether the repairs w ill mean changes to the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule, which sets the target lake level from a low of 12.5 feet to a high of 15.5 feet. ÂI have seen local stories in Fort Myers media Â„ sometimes they donÂt get it all right,ÂŽ said Mr. Mann. He explained that the news stories on the coast have stated that when the dike is repaired, the lake elevation will be higher. ÂThe very simple answer is this system and all of this effort reduces the risk, but it absolutely does not raise the elevation,ÂŽ said Col. Kelly. ÂIt does afford us the opportunity to redo the operating schedule.ÂŽ Col. Kelly said that once the work on the dike is complete, the dike will be given a new dam safety rating. ÂWe will have a completed risk analysis that will allow us to change how we regulate the lake,ÂŽ he said. ÂThis by no means was intended to raise the level of the lake. It was all done to reduce risk because of the vulnerability of the dike,ÂŽ he said. At the same time the dike repairs are underway, the corps will re-evaluate the lake regulation schedule, he said. Public scoping will start in January. Col. Kelly said it is very unusual for the corps to have a new schedule ready at the same time a project is completed. ÂThere are fairly well-informed interest groups that see the restoring of the Herbert Hoover Dike as a means of storing more water,ÂŽ said Mr. Mann. ÂI hear you saying that was not the purpose ever.ÂŽ ÂIt is hard to see all of this construction being done and coming out at the other end and being told ÂWhat do you mean I am not getting more?Â ... We are putting all of this money into it to reduce the level of risk,ÂŽ said Col. Kirk. During the public comment period, Ed Fielding said he was a member of the original Lake Okeechobee Watershed Study. He said his concern is that the models used to determine the lake schedule are Âtied to the past.ÂŽ The weather patterns have changed, he said. ÂWe are totally inadequately prepared for the new storm levels,ÂŽ he said. ÂHad we been hit by Harvey, the dike would have broken.ÂŽ A warmer Earth makes nastier storms, he said. ÂClimate change has already made the sea level rise,ÂŽ he continued. Hurricane Florence is an immediate example of what these supercharged storms are going to become, Mr. Fielding said. Every degree the air warms, it holds 4 percent more water, he said. Warmer air and water also make storms more intense. ÂSome place in the U.S. has been drenched by a hurricane four years in a row,ÂŽ he said. Storms are happening more frequently and more intensely. ÂWe need to look at models that more nearly reÂ”ect the current intensity of storms,ÂŽ Mr. Fielding said. ÂWe have been tied to the past. It is not going to work.ÂŽ LAKEContinued From Page 1 Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsMOORE HAVEN Â„ A Clewiston man sustained serious injuries from a single-vehicle crash on Sunday, Sept. 23. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, at 11 p.m. on Sept. 23, Patrick M. Johnson, 25, of Clewiston w as operating a 2015 Misubishi Outlander. The SUV was traveling eastbound on County Road 720 (Tobias Avenue Northw est) in Glades County. Mr. Johnson came to the secured entranceway, swing access gates of 204 Locks Road. He attempted to bring the SUV to an abrupt stop. As a result, the SUVÂs windshield made contact with the gate access. The windshield was shattered upon impact with the gate. Mr. Johnson then placed the SUV in reverse gear as it began traveling in a westerly direction in the eastbound lane of County Road 720. While westbound, the SUV struck the north guardrail. The SUV then descended down the elevated north shoulder of the roadway. The SUV overturned, coming to an upright Â“nal rest partially submerged in a canal. According to the FHP report, Mr. Johnson was charged with careless driving. The accident was investigated by Trooper T. Parks. Man injured in Glades County accident Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsOKEECHOBEE Â… Okeechobee County Commissioner Terry Burroughs has been selected to be a member of the National Association of Counties Agriculture and Rural A ffairs Policy Steering Committee. Greg Cox, president of the National Association of Counties, explained: ÂCommittee membership at the national level is a serious commitment and responsibility. As a member of this committee, it is important to stay informed of legislative and regulatory actions w hich are relevant to your committee and community. Commissioner Burroughs was just re-elected to the County Commission. This is a great honor to be selected to represent our county and state at the national level,ÂŽ he said. ÂThis nomination presents a great opportunity to share with and learn from my respective county colleagues.ÂŽ Commissioner Burroughs was recently elected to the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Board of Directors, Foundation Board and the Â“nance, tax and audit committees. He currently serves as chairman of the county commission and the FAC Finance and Tax Policy Committee. Burroughs on national committee
8 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939DonÂt make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING ÂAlways on Top of the JobÂŽRe-Roofing SpecialistsÂ€ Metal & Shingle Roofs Â€ Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 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 By Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News A running gag in the Disney move ÂFinding NemoÂŽ was that ÂAll drains l ead to the ocean.ÂŽ The reality isnÂt so a ppealing as the story of little clown Â“ sh trying to escape from an aquarium. They call it Âoutfall,ÂŽ a polite term for pumping treated wastewater into rivers or the ocean. In 1986, there were 46 sewer plants along the 156 miles of the Indian River lagoon, discharging wastewater into the estuary. The Indian River Lagoon Act, passed by the Florida Legislature in 1990, banned the outfall of wastewater into the lagoon by 1996, according to March 2018 Marine Pollution Bulletin article ÂWidespread sewage pollution of the Indian River Lagoon system, Florida (USA) resolved by spatial analyses of macroalgal biogeochemistry,ÂŽ by Peter J. Barile. But ... thereÂs a loophole. ÂAlthough routine surface water discharge is no longer permitted for most W WTPs (wastewater treatment plants) adjacent to the Lagoon, wet weather emergency discharge is permitted for 90 days per y ear. Consequently, signiÂ“cant wet weather discharges of nearly 15 million liters (3.96 million gallons) were reported for the Palm Bay-Turkey Creek WWTP during the 2014 sample period. These permitted emergency discharges are not always reported in ofÂ“cial State of Florida spill reports, and reporting is not required by the federal EPA,ÂŽ Mr. Barile wrote. ÂAcross the U.S., over 3,200 billion liters of efÂ”uent are discharged annually into adjacent surface waters in emergency conditions.ÂŽ The 1990 Indian River Lagoon Act only addressed the outfall into that waterway. In 2008, Florida Legislature passed a law prohibiting construction or expansion of all ocean outfalls and requiring all wastewater utilities using ocean outfalls for disposal of treated wastewater to recycle 60 percent of those discharges by 2018, and cease using the outfalls by 2025. According to Florida Department of Environmental Protection, at the time of the 2008 legislation, six ocean outfall pipes in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties were discharging more than 300 million gallons of treated sewage a year. That Â”ow is supposed to be signiÂ“cantly decreased by the end of this year and eliminated completely by 2025. With the exception of Miami-Dade, the utilities are on track to meet those deadlines. But once again ... thereÂs a loophole in the Florida law. The statute was amended in 2013 to allow continued use of the outfalls for Âmanaging peak sewage Â”ows not to exceed 5 percent of the annual baseline Â”ows.ÂŽ The 2018 version of the Florida Statutes states: ÂThe construction of new ocean outfalls for domestic wastewater discharge and the expansion of existing ocean outfalls for this purpose, along with associated pumping and piping systems, are prohibited. Each domestic wastewater ocean outfall shall be limited to the discharge capacity speciÂ“ed in the department permit authorizing the outfall in effect on July 1, 2008, which discharge capacity shall not be increased. Maintenance of existing, department-authorized domestic wastewater ocean outfalls and associated pumping and piping systems is allowed.ÂŽ Those content to allow some outfall discharge into the ocean claim the lines go far enough out into the ocean that the partially treated wastewater will not be enough volume to cause any environmental damage. But there is research to show outfall does damage coral reefs. In a 2011 study, researchers from Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia identiÂ“ed human sewage as the source of the coral-killing pathogen that causes white pox disease of Caribbean elkhorn coral. Once the most common coral in the Caribbean, elkhorn coral was listed for protection under the United States Endangered Species Act in 2006, largely due to white pox disease. Their Â“ndings were published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE. In order to determine a source for the pathogen, researchers collected and analyzed human samples from the wastewater treatment facility in Key West and samples from animals such as Key deer and seagulls. While Serratia marcescens was found in these other animals, genetic analyses showed that only the strain from human sewage matched the strain found in white pox diseased corals on the reef. Another problem with outfall pipes: Sometimes they leak and wastewater leaves the pipe close to the shoreline. Even worse, leaks can be undetected for months. In July 2017, the environmental group Miami Waterkeepers made a discovery that an outfall pipe which was supposed to convey the wastewater 3.6 miles out into the ocean, instead was leaking in shallow water about three-quarters of a mile from Tony Fisher Island. The pipe had apparently been leaking, undetected, for at least a year. According to the Miami Waterkeepers report, the utility company had not inspected the outfall pipe in a decade. On the Gulf Coast, the City of Fort Myers dumps treated wastewater into the Caloosahatchee River. According to the City of Fort MyersÂ own website: ÂThe City of Fort Myers Wastewater Treatment Division consists of 2 regional Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facilities. The Central AWWT Facility is located at 1501 Raleigh St. and is designed to treat 11 million gallons of wastewater per day. The South AWWT Facility, located at 1618 Matthew Drive, is designed to treat 12 million gallons per day. The existing Bardenpho treatment systems were put on line in 1985, replacing the old sewer plants at both facilities. These wastewater treatment plants treat wastewater from all of the City of Fort Myers and much of Lee County. ÂThe majority of the treated efÂ”uent from the two plants is discharged to the Caloosahatchee River. A portion of the Central Plant efÂ”uent is diverted and treated to reclaimed water standards for reuse in the community,ÂŽ the website states. On Aug. 31, 2018, Fort Myers and Cape Coral reached a tentative agreement to construct a pipeline beneath the Caloosahatchee River to transport reclaimed water from Fort Myers to Cape Coral for use in irrigation. Projected completion of the project is 2023. The project will require a $24 million upgrade to Fort Myers water treatment plant as well as a $13 million pipeline. Apparently, the treated wastewater now being dumped in the river has not been treated sufÂ“ciently for it to meet the standards for watering lawns in Cape Coral. That city recycles all of its own wastewater and still, periodically, faces water shortages. Coastal cities pump wastewater into the ocean A continuing series About Lake Okeechobee About Lake Okeechobee TRUTH Search for the Search for the Special to the Lake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE Â„ Support PBC United W ay at a Trivia Challenge to be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade. Form your ultimate team of up to six (with supervisor approval) to claim the coveted Champion trophy and bragging rights for the year. All the questions will be local, county, state and U.S. history! Choose a team captain to register your team and to collect the registration fee. Continue the fun at the countywide event at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Additional cash-only purchases available: refreshments ($1 and up) and buy a song ($2 each). To enter, register online at http://bit. ly/2vkV7XQ with your team name, a designated team captain, and the number of people on your team (maximum of 6). The suggested entry fee is $10 per person. Please bring cash or checks made payable to ÂPBC United WayÂŽ and your thinking caps on the date of the event. For information, email wellmana@ pbclibrary.org. Support United Way at a Trivia Challenge
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 9 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News TALLAHASSEE Â„ The Division of Elections announces the following vote-by-mail ballot deadlines for FloridaÂs upcoming general election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6: Â€ A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to any voter must be received by the county supervisor of elections before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Â€ The last day for supervisors of elections to mail vote-by-mail ballots requested after the initial deadlines listed above is Friday, Nov. 2. ÂFlorida voters who want to take advantage of the convenience of voting by mail should submit their request for a vote-bymail ballot to their local county supervisor of elections,ÂŽ said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. ÂVoters also have the option of early voting and voting on Election Day at the polls. I encourage Florida voters to select the method of voting in the general election that works best for them.ÂŽ Voters who would like to request a voteby-mail ballot should contact their county supervisor of elections ofÂ“ce. The United States Postal Service encourages voters to mail back their voted ballots early to ensure timely receipt by Election Day. A voter may pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the ofÂ“ce of their supervisor of elections up to the day before the election or, if an emergency exists, on the day of the election. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the local county supervisor of elections ofÂ“ce by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order for the ballot to count. A 10-day extension exists for overseas voters. The overseas voterÂs vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked or dated by Election Day and received within 10 days of the election in order to be counted. The Division of Elections is providing daily vote-by-mail ballot statistics based on county reports Â“led by supervisors of elections. To access these statistics, click here. For additional information on 2018 election dates, vote-by-mail ballots, or how to contact supervisors of elections, please visit dos.myÂ”orida.com/elections/. Vote-by-mail ballot deadlines set for general electionBy Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News Three Clewiston High School students kicked off the Tigers football team for appearing in a music video posted to Youtube has raised the issue of schools needing to deÂ“ne their social media policies for students. The video, which showed (fake) guns and gang signs, featured a disclaimer in the beginning stating that all guns were props and were for motion picture use only. Still, the video drew the ire of Hendry County school administrators who didnÂt think the Âguns and gangsÂŽ imagery reÂ”ected well on the Tigers. ÂWe preach, warn and talk to these kids and tell them not to do this or not to do that,ÂŽ said Dr. Robert Egley, Hendry County deputy superintendent for teaching and learning. ÂBut the bottom line is kids get to choose their behavior. And when they make bad choices, thereÂs consequences for those bad choices. They can choose the behavior, but they donÂt get to choose the consequences. We donÂt want our kids doing anything that is going to embarrass them, their family, the school or the good citizens of Hendry County.ÂŽ One of the students, starting running back Trayquan Williams, was allowed back on to the team after writing apology letters and making his case before the school board. Still, Dr. Egley said Hendry County has no ofÂ“cial social media policy for students or student athletes. He describes it as more of an informal talk that teachers, coaches and administrators have with students about the dangers of social media and how the things you post can affect you in the future. Schools around Lake Okeechobee seem to be in the same boat as Hendry County. Okeechobee High School Athletics Director Kenny Buckner also said that the high school has no ofÂ“cial social media policy at this time. Moore Haven High Athletics Director and head football coach Max Manin echoes the same sentiments. ÂThereÂs nothing ofÂ“cial written down,ÂŽ said Mr. Manin, Âbut we monitor our kidÂs Instagram very closely. If we see drugs on there or anything felonious, we take care of it for sure.ÂŽ Mr. Manin also said that if the situation that happened in Clewiston had happened in Moore Haven, the Terriers may not have come to the exact same solution the Hendry County administrators came to, but they still would deal with the issue. Most college athletic programs have policies in place for when it comes to their athletesÂ social media presence. The Florida State University policy for its athletes states that it Âprohibits malicious and reckless behavior when utilizing public media outletsÂŽ and that not following those guidelines can result in suspension or dismissal from the team. ÂI used to coach at the college level, and many institutions will look at your social media posts when they are considering signing you,ÂŽ said Dr. Egley. ÂThey want people who can help them win games, but they also want student-athletes that are of good character, people that are not going to embarrass their institution.ÂŽ Dr. Egley said that developing a social media policy is something the Hendry County School District may have to consider when it reevaluates its policies and handbook for the next school year. PUBLIC NOTICEOkeechobee Utility Authority will temporarily change its method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of our drinking water. The water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water after October 1st, 2018. These conditions will last through October 15th, 2018. These temporary conditions will not be harmful to your health; however, if you are on kidney dialysis, you should consult your physician for special instructions concerning this matter. If you have tropical Â“sh or aquatic animals, you should contact your local tropical Â“sh store for advice and take appropriate action to insure that you have properly treated the water before adding it to your aquarium. The hydrant Â”ushing during this period may cause the water to become cloudy and discolored. This is a temporary condition and should not last more than a few hours. We sincerely regret any inconvenience you may experience during this time. Please keep in mind that this is necessary to provide safe water for the customers of Okeechobee Utility Authority. If additional information is needed, contact Kevin Rogers at 763-3239. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause you. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION. Glades CountyMoore Haven City Council Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.City Hall, 299 Riverside Drive, Moore Haven Printed copies of the agenda will be available in the council chamber and online at moorehaven.org. WEEK OF SEPT. 30 YOUR Government WATCHHendry CountyClewiston City Commission 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m. (only one meeting in October)City Hall, 115 W. Ventura Ave. Online at clewiston-Â”.gov.Palm Beach CountySouth Bay City Commission Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.City Hall, 335 S.W. Second Ave. South Bay Printed copies of the agenda will be available on a table by the door in the commission chamber and posted at southbaycity.com. These upcoming meetings of local elected ofÂ“cials, scheduled over the next seven days, are open to the public.Should high schools have a social media policy? c o k 2 0 1 8 0 9 2 6 0 9 c r o p p d f 1 2 6 S e p 1 8 0 4 : 1 0 : 4 2
10 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 PINK WARRIORS WALK 2018 5K WALK TO RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL WOMEN'S BREAST HEALTH SATURDAY 20 OCT 2018 TO REGISTER CALL: 863-983-2735SUGAR FESTIVAL FIELD 7:00AM REGISTRATION 9:00AM WALK By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News South Florida sugarcane growers had an industry-wide meeting to discuss the pre-harvest burning of sugarcane on Sept. 20 in the conference room of the University of Florida Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. The meeting featured speakers from the Florida Forest Service and the Palm Beach County Heath Department, as well as comments from the former director of Hendry/ Glades Department of Health. Les Baucum, Regional Sugarcane Extension Agent II for the University of FloridaÂs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), spoke brieÂ”y to begin the meeting. ÂObviously, you can tell by the large crowd here that this is a program that is important to our industry,ÂŽ said Mr. Baucum. ÂAnd itÂs something we need to make sure w eÂre doing this correctly. This is a good opportunity for you to meet some of the people involved in this very important program.ÂŽ Starting in late October and lasting usually until about April, the sugar industry conducts pre-harvest burns to burn off dry leaf matter from the sugarcane plants prior to the harvest. Each pre-harvest burn requires an individual permit, which is issued through the Florida Forest Service. Bill Berry, duty ofÂ“cer supervisor for the Florida Forest Service, spoke about the process of issuing the permits. ÂThese are basically what we call prescribed burns,ÂŽ Mr. Berry explained. ÂWe can only approve burns that will not affect smoke-sensitive areas such as highways, hospitals, schools Â„ things like that. Anything that may affect one of those areas has to be approved by one of our Â“reÂ“ghters in Loxahatchee.ÂŽ Jamie Morales, environmental manager of compliance and enforcement for the DOH in Palm Beach County, said the county received only seven smoke nuisance complaints last year. Of those seven, only one was ground-level nuisance smoke and it was determined to be from a local, unapproved residential backyard Â“re. In the past 10 years, Mr. Morales stated that his ofÂ“ce has received only 38 complaints. Pat Dobbins, former director of the Hendry/Glades Department of Health, says there was also one complaint last year in the Glades area. ÂIt wasnÂt validated,ÂŽ she said. ÂIt was really more of a nuisance of some ash that fell on a number of cars. But in terms of a health risk, there wasnÂt any.ÂŽ Ms. Dobbins also highlighted statistics from a report titled the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings, which showed that Palm Beach, Glades, Hendry and Okeechobee counties have some of the lowest air pollution levels in the state of Florida. The sugarcane industry has been criticized by environmental groups such as the Sierra Club in recent years who claim that sugarcane burning is harmful and damaging to the air quality in South Florida. The Rev. Gary McNealy of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, located in Clewiston, said the attacks on the burn program are an attempt to divide the people who live around Lake Okeechobee. ÂThe people of the Glades need to kno w these attacks on the regulated, safe and necessary pre-harvest burn program conducted by our farmers are meant to divide our communities and are Â“lled with deliberate misinformation,ÂŽ said Rev. McNealy. Sugarcane growers host burn safety meeting Lake Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionSugarcane growers begin conducting their pre-harvest burns in late October and usually end in April. By Bobbi BrownSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News MOORE HAVEN Â„ Not every person w ho is at least 50 years of age gets to return to preschool. Following a covered dish luncheon, Keenagers enjoyed a competition featuring nursery rhymes. It was soon evident that Laura Daniels was going to win, as she even knew what TuesdayÂs Child is Full of. Sabrina and Brenda King were v isiting their uncle, Kirby Sullivan, to escape Florence as it blew through North Carolina, and joined the fun of the Back to School Party, winning second and third place. Evidently, Elmore Sullivan and Margaret Brown still remembered what Peter Piper Picked and Jack Spratt couldnÂt eat, as they were runners-up. All prizes were school oriented, and Elmore assured everyone heÂd be passing out autographs when the Lake Okeechobee News published his photo. The ÂBack to SchoolÂŽ party, following a summer break, was held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church. The church sponsors Keenagers Â„ for anyone 50 years old or older to enjoy a monthly get-together. However, membership in the church Â„ or any church Â„ is not a requirement. Meetings are at noon on third Thursdays, and usually at the church, from September through May. Next month, weather permitting, a Â“sh fry is planned, and will be held at Bobbi BrownÂs house on Riverside Drive. Keenagers enjoy nursery rhyme competition Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsKeenagers display prizes for the nursery rhyme competition. Left to right are Margaret Brown, Laura Daniels, Sabrina King, Brenda King and Elmore Sullivan.
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 11 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News STUART Â„ Southeast Florida Honor FlightÂs fourth and Â“nal Â”ight of the 2018 season will be a historic one, honoring veterans from three different wars, with the long-awaited addition of Vietnam War veterans. As numbers of WWII and Korean War veterans wane and are being located, the next veterans in line, the Vietnam War veterans, will also be honored for the Â“rst time on the one-day trip to Washington, D.C., with the Stuart-based organization. As of todayÂs writing, there are 82 total veterans scheduled to be honored on the Oct. 13 Honor Flight Â„ 14 from WWII, 41 from the Korean War and 27 from the Vietnam War. ÂThe mission of our many volunteers is to honor our war veterans with a trip of celebration and reÂ”ection to visit their memorials at no cost to them,ÂŽ said Todd Tucker, Southeast Florida Honor Flight chairman. ÂSince 2008, we have taken just over 2,650 WWII and Korean War veterans and feel proud and privileged that we can now also honor our Vietnam War veterans, who we all know never received a welcome or gratitude; in fact, much more of the opposite.ÂŽ The day that many veterans say is one of the best days of their lives begins early with a 4:30 a.m. check-in of veterans, their guardians and Honor Flight staff at Palm Beach International Airport. The chartered American Airlines Airbus 321 Â”ies into DCA where the group will board four police-escorted motor coaches. The dayÂs agenda includes visits to the Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. Every Honor Flight is designed to Â”y local veterans to Washington to visit and reÂ”ect at the memorials built to honor their service and sacriÂ“ces. The Oct. 13 trip is made up of veterans who served in these military branches: Army (40), Navy (19), Air Force (19) and Marine Corps (4). Southeast Florida Honor Flight needs the publicÂs help to Â“nd local WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who have not yet taken an Honor Flight. Without a federal veteran database, the organization relies on word of mouth, public education via presentations and civic and veteran groups to Â“nd these veterans to sign up for their Honor Flight. If you are, or if you know of a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran who would like to take their Honor Flight (and has not already done so), please either call 1-855-FLYAVET (855-359-2838) or Â“ll out the veteran application online at www.honorÂ”ightseÂ”.org. The next scheduled Honor Flights for Southeast Florida Honor Flight are April 13 and May 11, 2019. Golf Tournament to Support The ...RoundupOkeechobee BloodPRIZES FOOD DRINK FUN WHEN: Saturday, October 13th, 2018 WHERE: Indianwood Golf & Country Club TIME: Shotgun Start at 8:30 a.m. 4person teams Â• Lunch provided Call Joan at 763-2971 Honor Â”ight pays tribute to local veterans Veterans NewsAround the LakeLegion Post #64 plans eventsOKEECHOBEE Â„ American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., has a week of fun planned. On Wednesday, the grill will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jay and Patty w ill provide music from 3 to 6 p.m. On ÂThursty Thursday,ÂŽ Sept. 27 lunch and dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 28 the Legion Auxiliary w ill host a Â“sh fry from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu will include a choice of Â“sh, shrimp or chicken in a basket or on salad. Music w ill be provided from 6 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 30 the post will open the doors at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 6 p.m. The kitchen will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 1 The American Legion will host 5-card bingo from 1 to 3 p.m. w ith lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 893-763-5309.BHR VFW to host mealsBUCKHEAD RIDGE Â„ The VFW Post 9528 will serve a crab cake dinner on W ednesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. The VFW Post 9528 will serve dinner on Friday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Menu includes grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried Â“sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, onion rings, salad and desert. Live music by Travis. The VFW Riders will serve a full breakfast at 8:30 until 11 a.m. and chicken w ings at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 The Ladies AMVETS will serve a full breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Proceeds will go to homeless veterans and v eterans services. For information, call 863-467-2882.VFW hosts bingoOKEECHOBEE Â„ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will host bingo Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 Lunch will be served.VFW holds karaokeOKEECHOBEE Â„ Big Lake VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. will serve a Philly steak and cheese on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Join them Thursday, Sept. 27 for Â“ve-card bingo at noon. Then dinner by the Auxiliary from 5 to 7 p.m., and karaoke with Ray from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a steak dinner served from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 They are now taking reservations for their Christmas Bazaar; call Peggy at 863-532-2144 for information.Halloween in IndiantownINDIANTOWN Â„ A Halloween Party will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Veterans Memorial, 16701 S.W. Morgan St., Indiantown. The event is open to the public for anyone over 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be beer, liquor, food, entertainment, prizes and a costume contest. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds beneÂ“t the Indiantown Veterans Association.We want your newsNews from veterans organizations in the Big Lake area is welcome in this column. Send your news to okeenews@ newszap.com. For more information, call 863-763-3134. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsHonor Flight veterans visit the Air Force Memorial Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C.
12 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR Week of September 26 October 2, 2018 Midnight Cry ConcertWhen: Saturday Sept. 29, 6 p.m. Where: Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene 425 S.W. 28th St., OkeechobeeFor information, call 863-763-3519 or 863-763-7113.28th29th Trapper Nelson Interpretive TourWhen: Friday Sept. 28 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Johnathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound Web: https://www.jdstatepark. com/trapper-nelsons The 60-passenger Loxahatchee Queen III takes visitors on a oneand-a-half-hour tour of the river, with a stop at the restored 1930s camp of Trapper Nelson, the ÂWildman of the Loxahatchee.ÂŽ Contact the Ranger Station 772-546-2771 or the Kimbell Center, 561-745-5551 Alice In WonderlandWhen: Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Where: 1977 S.W. College Drive, Belle Glade Web: https://events. palmbeachculture.com/ organization/203675/dolly-handcultural-arts-center The Missoula ChildrenÂs Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, an original adaptation based on Lewis CarrollÂs AliceÂs Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.For ticket information, call 561-993-1160 Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsMens chorale to perform at Fifth Sunday serviceOKEECHOBEE Â„ The Okeechobee Ministerial Association will host a Fifth Sunday Ecumenical Service on Sept. 30 at Church of Our Saviour Episcopal, 200 N.W. Third St. in Okeeechobee, at 6 p.m. The Big Lake-Highlands Mens Chorale will perform during the service. ÂOklahoma!Â cast reunion to kick off theatre seasonSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE Â„ This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Broadway premier of the classic musical ÂOklahoma!ÂŽ and also the 40th anniversary of Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT). The local theatre company is observing both of these special occasions with a reunion of the major cast members from its 1991 production of the show, as the Â“rst of its three offerings in the 2018-19 season. Performances of ÂOklahoma!ÂŽ are scheduled for Nov. 2, 3 and 9 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 3 and 10, at the theatre at 610 S.W. Second Ave., one block west of Golden Corral restaurant. The reunion performance will again star J im Clark as Curly, Pat (Raulerson) McCoy as Aunt Eller, Mike Zierden as Jud Fry, Rick Decker as Will Parker, Marcia (Hunt) Wagner as Ado Annie and Harry Moldenhauer as A ndrew Carnes. The Okeechobee News review of the OCTÂs 1991 performance called the show Âpolished, professional and just plain fun. The casting is wonderful,ÂŽ it said, Âwith theatre veterans and newcomers matched with roles that really seem to suit them.ÂŽ Of Jim Clark, the review noted Âhis singing is impressive, as is his acting.ÂŽ It described Mike Zierden in the role of the villain by saying Âhis intensity on stage is almost frightening.ÂŽ Other cast members in this seasonÂs production include Nathanael Bean, Al Cole, Christian Garner, Jane Kaufman, Billy McCullers, Shawna McCullers, Genial Morgan, Jackie Morgan, Chloe McCullers, Tom Murray, Michelle Sanders and Cade Waldron. Following ÂOklahoma!ÂŽ the OCTÂs December production will be a new play entitled ÂMail Call,ÂŽ which is based upon actual letters to and from soldiers on the battle Â“eld in wartime. This patriotic show is billed as Âoften funny, sometimes touching, but always entertaining.ÂŽ ÂMail CallÂŽ will be performed on Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 8. The Â“nal production of the OCT season is ÂThe Tin Woman,ÂŽ a highly unique dark comedy based upon a true story of a young woman who receives a heart transplant and then reaches out to the family of the donor with unexpected results. The show will be performed on March 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2019. Season tickets to all three shows for $28 are still available through Oct. 5. This is a signiÂ“cant savings off of the regular $12 single show ticket price. Season subscriptions can be purchased using the order form available on the website okeechobeecommunitytheatre.com, or by calling Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863-763-1307. Single show tickets for ÂOklahoma!ÂŽ will go on sale after the season ticket campaign ends in October. Okeechobee Community Theatre is FloridaÂs most reasonably priced live stage theatre.26th Dads Take Your Child to School DayWhen: Wednesday, Sept. 26 Where: Schools throughout the Palm Beach County District. Schools throughout the district encourage fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other male role mdels to be active in the lives of children. You donÂt have to be a dad to be a positive inÂ”uence in a childÂs life. Research shows that having a father or active male role model increases a childÂs self-esteem.
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 13 By Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News PAHOKEE Â„ W hen Robert Boudreau arranged with the encouragement of local ofÂ“cials and investors to bring his historic ÂÂ”oating arts centerÂŽ to the marina here this summer, the intent of everyone involved was to give the old vessel a new life as a centerpiece of Glades culture. The Point Counterpoint II, which is the shipÂs formal name, has been a w aterborne concert hall, theater and art museum for over four decades, bringing live instrumentalists to perform for audiences throughout the United States and the Carib bean, across the Atlantic to the River Thames in Great Britain, the Seine in France and the Rhine in Germany. ItÂs also visited North Sea and Baltic Sea ports in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic nations, the Gulf of Finland, as well as St. Petersburg, Russia. But its main legacy, aside from American pride (it was constructed for the United States of AmericaÂs Bicentennial in 1976), is an educational one. For much of its existence, it has been a Â”oating conservatory also, which goes to the point of why Mr. Boudreau Â„ Robert, as he insists on being called Â„ brought the ship to the Glades. His idea for a Winds Over the Glades Scholars Program, an educational consortium of sorts, will be based on the format he used Â„ actually, invented Â„ for the Winds on the Mon Scholars Program in Pennsylvania, w here he lives. Robert and his wife, Kathleen, are back in Florida this week, working on advancing his dream. The American Wind Symphony Orchestra, w hich Robert founded in 1957, established W inds on the Mon (ÂMonÂŽ is short for Monongahela, the name of the river where the PCII was based) in 1994 as a Â“ve-year pilot project. It met with great success, involv ing hundreds of students across eight school districts, about 35 percent of whom eventually were offered either full or partial college music scholarships, packages often worth tens of thousands of dollars. Winds Over the Glades, he says, will seek to replicate the Pennsylvania programÂs successes in a Â“ve-year program beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. A local committee now being formed under the leadership of Pahokee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Regina Bohlen and Mr. Boudreau w ill, if it follows his blueprint: Â€ Focus on instruction for instruments most sought after by college scholarship programs, which are bassoon, French horn, harp and trombone. Other instruments to be included are clarinet, Â”ute, piano, timpani, trombone, trumpet, tuba and all percussion instruments. Â€ Seek to hire a dozen young professional musicians to visit schools and provide private, small-group instruction to participants, inspiring them to practice diligently, learn at an accelerated rate and achieve unusual proÂ“ciency on their instrument, thus making them prime candidates for scholarships to universities that are starved for musicians to Â“ll their bands and orchestras. Â€ Partner with up to six school districts in the region, envisioned to take in all the counties around Lake Okeechobee: Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin, for starters, and seek Â“nancing from them to cover beginning costs. The biggest will be new instruments, estimated to run around $400,000. The other major expense will be salaries and living expenses for the teachers, estimated at $180,000. Â€ Promote its musiciansÂ involvement in chamber music groups, exhibitions with their fellow instrumentalists from other school districts and, eventually, public performances from the stage of the Point Counterpoint II. Concerts all around the lake are envisioned. Robert envisions getting various regional stakeholders to coalesce around his idea and make this program possible. His breakdown of the potential funding scheme shows it will depend on a very widespread ÂvillageÂŽ of band and orchestral music supporters to make Winds Over the Glades a reality, needing six school districts, six foundations, six corporations and six municipalities to step up and contribute $25,000 each per semester, or $50,000 per year. But already, the Pahokee group has several enthusiastic backers, of whom the most key person may turn out to be the Palm Beach County School Board member representing District 6, which covers the western end of the county including the Glades Â„ Marcia Andrews. She listened intently as Robert and Kathleen Boudreau gave a brief presentation, showed a historic video about the PCII and talked about the scholarship program idea in an informal roundtable discussion at the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 21. Ms. Andrews soon got on the phone with Assistant Schools Superintendent Keith Oswald, describing what they were envisioning and asking to set up some meetings for the BoudreausÂ next visit, happening this week, with Superintendent Donald Fennoy and some of the districtÂs arts program leaders. The hope is that they can get the word out, do some intensive fundraising and plan to have the Â“rst music teachers and students recruited and ready to build on the Winds Over the Glades blueprints by the dawn of 2019. Open to the Public Â€ Basket of Cheer RafÂ” e Drink Specials Â€ Cake Walk/Bake Auction 50/50 RafÂ” e Â€ Silent Auction Come join usSATURDAY, OCTOBER 13THA Fundraising Event hosted by the VFW Auxiliary of Post #4423The VFW Auxiliary will be donating all proceeds from this event to: Pool Tournament Noon Start Live from 2 Â‘til 6VFW Post #4423 ÂThe North PostÂŽ 300 NW 34th St. Okeechobee For more information, call: 863.763.0818 LISA RILEYServing BBQ Rib or Chicken Platterfrom 1 Âtil 3pmIncludes Sides & Roll Â€ $10 Donation Central FloridaÂs largest authentic old time Â” ea marketOver 150 year round vendors on 22 acres3600 Hwy 441 S across from Publix between Gilbert Chevrolet & KOA Look for The Big ÂOÂŽ signFor more info, call (863) 467-6639 or email bigoÂ” email@example.comFamily fun shopping 4 restaurants Â€ 3 concession stands Covered table rentals available Car Show Sunday, Oct. 28thHoliday Craft Show Dec. 1st & 2ndCraft vendors, reserve your tables early! The score for ÂWinds Over the GladesÂ will go like this Lake Okeechobee News/ Chris FelkerRobert Boudreau, maestro of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and captain of the Point Counterpoint II concert vessel, listens as school board member Marcia Andrews speaks with district ofÂ“cials during the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce meeting Aug. 21.
14 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE Â„ The Okeechobee Brahmans fell to the Port St. Lucie Jaguars 42-14 in their game on Sept. 21 at Okeechobee High School. The loss puts Okeechobee at 0-4 for the season, and it seems as though the young team is still searching for its identity as members rebuild after losing many of its key players last year. It certainly didnÂt help that the Brahmans faced a murderersÂ row of opponents to open the season this year. Okeechobee faced two high-powered offenses back-to-back in John Carroll Catholic and Lake Wales high schools, and Port St. Lucie senior running back Montavious Y earby has been running past, and over, op posing defenses all year. Yearby rushed for w ell over 200 yards and four touchdowns against Okeechobee. Okeechobee head coach Ty Smith was w ell aware that Yearby would be the main w eapon the Jaguars would be relying on. ÂWe knew that they were wanting to hand the ball to their running back,ÂŽ said Smith. ÂThere were speciÂ“c situations w here we had a plan for what we were going to do. So we had players around the ball, but there was a lot of reaching by us defensively. Then suddenly he breaks out of w hat shouldÂve been a 5-yard loss and turns that into a 10-yard gain. The youthfulness of our team plays into that.ÂŽ Despite the lopsided Â“nal score, the game actually couldnÂt have started off any better for the Brahmans. Okeechobee senior Jalen Pryor tipped a Jaguar pass into the air on Port St. LucieÂs second offensive play, intercepted the ball and returned it for a touchdown. A Gage Ingram extra point later, the Brahmans were up 7-0 on the Jaguars. The Brahmans were reminded how lucky they were to have a kicker such as Ingram during this game, when Port St. Lucie missed every single extra point attempt. Eventually the Jaguars just gave up on extra points and started going for 2-point conversions after every touchdown. After the Pryor pick-six, the Jaguars responded with two touchdowns of their own on offense, and following the two Port St. Lucie missed extra points, the score sat at 12-7. Thus far in the game, the Okeechobee offense had struggled to get Â“rst downs, let alone get into scoring range, so it looked like the Brahmans might not reach the end zone again and the Jaguars were about to roll. But right on cue, Pryor gave Okeechobee some more points when he returned a 98-yard kickoff for a touchdown. Pryor has been a bright spot on a team thatÂs still searching for answers on both sides of the ball. After that great special teams play, though, Yearby and the Jaguars took over the game and cruised to victory. ÂWeÂre not going to take anything away from the offenses weÂre playing,ÂŽ Smith said after the game. ÂWeÂve faced some offenses that have been putting up some big numbers this year. Defensively, weÂve been in the right spots; itÂs just us needing to be able to Â“nish plays, and right now weÂre not doing that. We started off well with the pick-six, so we need to build off of that and Â“x the mistakes that weÂre making.ÂŽ It doesnÂt get any easier for the Brahmans, as they face a Heritage team that is coming off a three-win streak with big victories over Eau Gallie and Palm Bay. Okeechobee will take on the Heritage Panthers on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Okeechobee High School. Brahmans putting together the pieces after four losses Lake Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionThe Okeechobee defense had its hands full containing the Port St. Lucie offense in their game on Sept. 21. By Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News Okeechobee High School senior Jalen Pryor is this weekÂs Big Lake Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Brahmans game against the Port St. Lucie Jaguars on Sept. 21. Pryor was responsible for all of OkeechobeeÂs 14 points in that game with two clutch plays in the Â“rst half. On the second play of the Â“rst quarter Pryor tipped a Port St. Lucie pass up in the air, caught the ball as it fell and returned the interception for a touchdown. He showed great instinct on the play and read the Jaguars quarterback perfectly. Okeechobee coach Ty Smith had nothing but praise for the senior wide receiver and cornerback after the Jaguars game. ÂHeÂs one of our returning varsity players,ÂŽ said Smith,ÂŽ so heÂs played at this pace and at this speed. ItÂs our job as coaches to get a majority of the other players up to that pace of the game. Pryor is one of our leaders on the team. He recognizes defenses and offenses and the things that theyÂre doing, so sometimes he guesses and he guesses right. ThatÂs what happened on that interception and he was able to take that in for a touchdown and get us going in the right direction.ÂŽ Pryor was able to make his presence felt not only on defense and offense, but on special teams as well. The Jaguars were able to take the lead on two Montavious Yearby touchdown runs that put them up 12-7, but one play is all Pryor would need to put Okeechobee back on top. On the ensuing kickoff following a Port St. Lucie touchdown, Pryor caught the ball and returned it 98 yards for another Okeechobee touchdown. Pryor circled around after catching the kickoff, then split the JaguarÂs kickoff cover age and used his speed to out run defenders along the home sideline at Okeechobee High School. The kickoff return brought the big home crowd that came out to support the Brahmans to their feet and brought some life to the Okeechobee sideline that was needed a spark after giving up two touchdowns to Port St. Lucie. Although Okeechobee would ultimatel y fall to the Jaguars, Pryor has been one of the bright spots on a team still searching for itÂs identity. If coach Smith can bring the rest o f his young team up to PryorÂs level of varsit y play, then Okeechobee should be able stand toe-to-toe to teams that make the trip into Brahman Country. If you have someone youÂd like to nominate for Big Lake Athlete of the Week, email Lake Okeechobee News sports reporter Richard Marion at firstname.lastname@example.org. Big Lake Athlete of the Week Jalen Pryor Lake Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionOkeechobee High School senior Jalen Pryor has been a leader for the Brahmans this season.
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 15 VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Dr. John Hankins Independent-Fundamental King James Bible ~ Old fashioned Preaching Traditional Hymns Service Times Sunday School 10am Sunday Worship 11am Sunday Night 6pm Thursday Night Prayer & Bible Study 7pm For more information, please call 863-214-6121 www.victorybaptistclewiston.com 705 S. Olympia Street Clewiston, FL 33440Located in the center of ClewistonBy Richard MarionLake Okeechobee News Â€ The Moore Haven Terriers came out with a win against Community School of Naples on Sept. 21, bringing them to 2-1 on the season. Although the Terriers won 2814, head coach Max Manin wasnÂt happy with his teamÂs effort and said there is a lot of work ahead if Moore Haven wants to stay competitive. The Terriers will travel to Belle Glade to face their rival, the Glades Day Ga tors, on Sept. 28. Â€ Speaking of Glades Day, the Gators shut out Berean Christian 49-0 in their game at Glades Day High School on Sept. 21, bringing them to 3-2 for the season. The Gator defense created multiple turnovers in that game and turned one turnover into points after a scoop-and-score on a fumble recovery by senior safety Rett Lohmann. The Gators appear to be getting hot at the right time as Moore Haven comes to town on Sept. 28. The Terriers beat the Gators twice last season, once in the regular sea son and again in a thriller in the playoffs. Â€ The Glades Central Raiders were able to come out on top against the Clewiston Tigers 35-21 on Sept. 21, bringing them to 2-2 on the season. The Raiders have been up and down all season, alternating winning and losing for every game this year. TheyÂll attempt to start stacking wins when they face the Cocoa Tigers, who are coming into town on Sept. 28 to face the Raiders at Glades Central High School. Â€ Although Clewiston lost to Glades Cen tral, the Raiders were always going to be a tough out for the young Tigers team. No w sitting at 1-4 on the season, the Tigers mov e on to their second district game of the yea r when they travel to face Mariner on Sept. 28. Clewiston is 1-0 in district games afte r their victory over Lely on Sept. 14. Â€ The Pahokee Blue Devils came clos e but couldnÂt pull off the upset against th e undefeated Vero Beach Indians on Sept. 21, losing 27-20. Although their record now sit s at 2-2, the Blue Devils have stood toe-to-to e with some of the best teams in the state i n their Â“rst four games this year and are un doubtedly the most talented team aroun d the lake. Next they travel to Boynton Beac h on Sept. 27 to face a team that hasnÂt won a game all season in the Boynton Beach Hig h School Tigers. Â€ The Okeechobee High School Brah mans couldnÂt build on their great star t against the Port St. Lucie Jaguars and fell 42 14, dropping the team to 0-4 on the season. Okeechobee will have to limit the mistake s on offense and defense if they want to ge t their Â“rst win of the regular season whe n the Heritage Panthers come to Okeechobe e on Sept. 28. Lake Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionOkeechobee is still looking for its Â“rst win of the regular season after losing to Port St. Lucie on Sept. 21. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ MHMHSCheerleaders cheer for their winning teamThe 2018 Moore Haven Middle High School varsity cheerleading squad members line up for a portrait at their Â“rst home game of th e season, where the Terriers defeated Community School of Naples 28-14.
16 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 By Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News Graduation rates at the high schools around Lake Okeechobee have mostly been on the rise in recent years, and their principals and school district ofÂ“cials in Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Glades and Hendry counties are concentrating on how to keep up the momentum. At Okeechobee High School, the rate rose by 1.2 percentage points from 70.5 percent in 2015-16 to 71.7 percent in 201617. The district wonÂt Â“nd out how OHS did last school year until later this semester. ÂWe usually receive the previous yearÂs grad rate in December,ÂŽ said Renee Geet ing, assistant superintendent for administrative services. Asked what gets the credit for that increase, OHS Principal Dylan Tedders said: ÂDuring those years, the daily message academic shifted toward an SAT mind-set. Students were focusing on improvements on a national exam, and that lessened the pressure on the FSA ELA (Florida Standards A ssessment English Language Arts exam), w hich was holding some students back from graduating with a standard diploma. More students were signing up for Satur day SAT exams and passing them with a college-ready score on the exams used for college entrance.ÂŽ That worked, Mr. Tedders said, because, ÂFrom 15-16 to 16-17, the number of students receiving a concordant score doubled v ia the SAT. By focusing on an exam more rigorous than the Florida exam, we were shifting the mind-set, which increased academics schoolwide.ÂŽ But that wasnÂt the sole factor, he added. ÂA focus was put on building the culture on campus. ÂTogether we are BrahmansÂ was beginning to take hold, and a sense of pride came with that.ÂŽ Mr. Tedders said that message had the effect of Âempowering students who struggled to believe that they would graduate if they remained focused.ÂŽ One hurdle for Okeechobee students, he said, is that Âwe are still challenged with breaking the dropout cycle. If parents didnÂt graduate, students felt they would be Â“ne with getting a job Âjust like mom and/or dad didÂ.ÂŽPalm Beach CountyIn Palm Beach County Â„ where the overall rate was the highest in county history in 2016-17 at 85 percent, ranking Â“rst among FloridaÂs largest urban school districts and a couple of points higher than the state average Â„ the jumps in graduation rates at Pahokee High and Glades Central High schools were substantial, at 9.8 and 9.1 percentage points, respectively. PHSÂs overall rate was 92.2 percent, and GCHSÂs was 84 percent. Then-Superintendent Robert Avossa said in January that a focus on bridging the achievement gaps between the rates for white students and those for black and Hispanic students had paid off by raising those two groupsÂ graduation rates by 10 and 6.6 percentage points, respectively, over the previous two school years. ÂThese historically high graduation rates conÂ“rm that the work of the districtÂs strategic plan is paying off,ÂŽ he said. The GladesÂ representative on the PBC School Board, Marcia Andrews, appeared at the Pahokee City CommissionÂs Sept. 11 meeting to introduce the new regional superintendent for the western county schools, Angela Moore. She started her 25year career in the Glades schools. ÂOur vision is to make sure that students who enter our school system as kindergartners Âƒ graduate with a high school standard diploma. WeÂve been doing a lot of work to make sure that our students were able to graduate on time,ÂŽ she said. ÂAlso, our mission is to make sure that our students understand that we have high expectations as a part of our culture, and we want to make sure that our students are challenged and that they rise to the challenge.ÂŽGlades CountyMoore Haven Middle High School saw a slight dip in its graduation rate in 2016-17 from the previous year, but it should be erased by this yearÂs numbers, said Glades Superintendent Scott Bass. In 2015-16, 80.5 percent of the ninth-graders whoÂd enrolled four years previously graduated, compared with 78.4 percent in 2016-17. ÂYes, it went down a little bit,ÂŽ he said. ÂWhen you are factoring in that we may have only 50 graduates, when you get some that enter that ninth-grade cohort that drop out or whatever, you may only be talking about a few kids that bring it down. Now, the preliminary number that I saw for this coming-up year is around 85 percent.ÂŽ HeÂs referring to the 2017-18 Â“gure, which the state will release at the end of this year. MHMHS has few actual dropouts, Mr. Bass said. ÂItÂs more likely students who did not keep up with their cohorts. Most will do a virtual or home-school, in lieu of dropping out, and thatÂs what we encourage them to do. ÂOne thing that we have started doing thatÂs started really to give us some real great success is using a program called Khan Academy, which is free and itÂs online, and itÂs something that we do with all of our students who have not passed the FSA and are getting the concordant score,ÂŽ he explained. Another enhancement in the Glades County schools is the Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, Program, which the Glades Education Foundation helped introduce here two years ago. ÂI do think the AVID Program has helped a lot, too,ÂŽ Mr. Bass said. ÂIt incorporates different strategies for teachers to use, that are going to promote higher-level thinking which is going to help students master the standards because right now they are so focused on the depth of knowledge and the rigor.ÂŽHendry CountyClewiston High School was recognized with the top high school grade in the Heartland region and the Lake O area for the 2017-18 year, after its graduation rate hit an all-time high for the school at 87.7 percent in 2016-17. Though its overall state school grade was just shy (less than 2 points) from a B grade, Principal Roberto Sanchez said CHS staff strives to build on their solid progress in core academic subjects. The schoolÂs students enjoy access to a Collegiate Academy and a brand-new construction trades program, which have contributed to CHSÂs advancement in recent years. At LaBelle High School, 84 percent of those enrolled in ninth grade four years earlier graduated in 2015-16, which was more than 6 percentage points higher than FloridaÂs overall high school graduation rate that school year. The Â“gure for 2016-17 was 86 percent. Lake Okeechobee News staff writer Richard Marion contributed to this report. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE The Glades County Board of County Commisioners has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last yearÂ’s property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy .......................................$7,111,510 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes...................$ 1,870 C. Actual property tax levy...........................................$7,109,640 This yearÂ’s proposed tax levy. .....................................$7,532,794 All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on Friday, September 28, 2018 5:05 P.M. at 1030 Industrial Way Glades County Regional Training Center Moore Haven, FL 33471 A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing RegionÂs high school graduation rates improving Special to the Okeechobee News GAINESVILLE Â„ Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow the budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture. Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering multiple $250 mini-grants to certiÂ“ed Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-K to 12th grade levels for the 2018-19 school year. Grants of up to $250 each will be awarded for original and creative activities or programs that increase the understanding of agriculture among students. ÂAgriculture impacts every person daily, from the food they eat to the clothes they w ear,ÂŽ said Michele Curts, Florida Farm Bureau leadership programs coordinator. ÂItÂs vital that students understand the importance of agriculture and teachers see how easy it is to integrate agriculture into all subjects like math, science, language arts and social studies.ÂŽ Grant applications are due Oct. 1. Recipients of the grant will be notiÂ“ed no later than Nov. 16 via email. Educators can apply for the grant by visiting https://Â”oridafarmbureau.formstack.com/forms/grant. Farm bureau offers grants to teachers AFFORDABLEKITCHEN REFINISHING and CABINET REFACING with Laminates and Veneers Including Counter Tops For Detailed Information Call Jim Morrison 561.577.1964
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 17BUDGET SUMMARY GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSFISCAL YEAR 2018-1 9 THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE 6.4% MORE THAN LAST YEARS OPERATING EXPENDITURE S General Fund9.0367 mills MSTU Law Endorcement 2.90 mills Trans ortation Trust .10 mills GeneralSpecialDebtCapitalPermanentEnterpriseInternal ESTIMATED REVENUES Fund Revenue Service Projects Fund Fund Service Totals TAXES: ;Millage Per $1,000. Ad Valorem Tax 9.03675,372,570 $ $$$$$ $ 5,372,570 $ Ad Valorem Tax 2.901,724,131-1,724,131 Ad Valorem Tax .10 mills59,453 59,453 Sales and Use Taxes80,964 2,513,714615,565 3,210,243 Charges for Services668,944 3,120 503,565-1,175,629 Intergovernmental3,318,424 182,177 1,726,91190,909 5,318,421 Fines and Forfeitures158,234 104,633 262,867 Miscellaneous80,197 4,163 1,769 86,129 Licenses and Permits 6,950 135,245 142,195 Total Sources 9,686,283 4,726,636 2,342,476 596,243 17,351,638 Transfers In98,998 98,998 Fund Balance/Reserves/Net Assets7,209,407 3,153,885 1,014,272 548,442 11,926,006 Total Reserves, Transfers & Balances16,895,690 $ 7,979,519 $ $ 3,356,748 $ $ 1,144,685 $ $ 29,376,642 $ EXPENDITURES General Government5,248,421 $ 193,315 $ 3,045,499 $8,487,235 $ Public Safety5,994,973 2,051,069-8,046,042 $ Physical Environment41,469 404,662 536,614982,745 $ Transportation3,734,205135,063 3,869,268 $ Human Services569,981 569,981 $ Internal Services$ Culture/Recreation 224,026 227,386 176,186 627,598 $ Total Expenditures 12,078,870 6,610,637 3,356,748 536,614 22,582,869 Transfers Out98,998 98,998 Fund Balance/Reserves/Net Assets4,717,822 1,368,882 608,071 6,694,775 Total Appropriated Expenditures, Transfers, Reserves, & Balances16,895,690 $ 7,979,519 $ $ 3,356,748 $ $ 1,144,685 $ $ 29,376,642 $ THE TENTATIVE ADOPTED, AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH Â„ On Sept. 19, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) issued an environmental resource permit (ERP) to Alico Inc., allowing the private landowner to provide a dispersed water management project in Hendry County that will store approximately 92,000 acre-feet of water on an annual average basis on its property, including approximately 56,000 acre-feet of water from the Caloosahatchee River. ÂBy approving their permit application for this critical project, the west coast communities will receive additional relief from local basin runoff and regulatory releases from Lake Okeechobee,ÂŽ said SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks. ÂWe look forward to our partners expediting construction so that we can realize this much-needed relief as soon as possible.ÂŽ Alico submitted an application for a project that would turn 35,186 acres of agricultural land within the East Caloosahatchee, Okaloacoochee Slough and C-139 East Ranch drainage basins into a water storage project. The primary objective of the project is to pump excess water from the Caloosahatchee River during wet periods when that water is not needed by the river and estuary and store it on AlicoÂs property. The project is intended to reduce excess water deliveries to the estuary and help improve water quality to assist in meeting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limits for nutrients in the Caloosahatchee River. Now that SFWMD has issued the ERP, Alico has received all of the state authorizations required. Project operation is estimated to begin one year from start of construction. Water storage project in Hendry moves forward WCSC host Legal Aid ClinicBELLE GLADE Â„ Visit Legal Aid at the West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15 in Belle Glade, for a Bankruptcy and Debt Relief Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Attorneys and paralegals will be available for one-on-one consultations. RSVP by calling Tequisha Myles, Esq. at 561-655-8944 ext 296 or by email, email@example.com.
18 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time P ritchards & Associates Insurance A g ency i s seekin g a bilin g ual Customer Service R epresentative. We are lookin g for sales people who are fast-paced, ener g etic, w ell-or g anized, and computer literate. T o a pp l y p lease send a resume via email to Letty Madri g al at: firstname.lastname@example.org g@p N O W HIRIN G C LASS A an d CLASS B DRIVER S for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean drivin g record and pass a dru g W al p ole Feed & Su pp l y Co. 2 595 NW 8th St. Auctions A U CTI O N E ver y Frida y & S aturday ni g hts at 5:30 9 17 SW P a rk St. ( Behind EliÂ’s Western Wear ) Quality Consi g nments Acce p ted. 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Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 19 Business Opportunities Business Opportunities Need EXTRA MONEY?MOTOR ROUTE AVAILABLE107 SW 17th St Â• Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Public Notice Public Notice IN THE FAMILY C OU RT S EC O ND J U DICIAL CIRC U IT C ase N o 18-DR-06-168 S UMM O NS, N O TICE O F HEARING N O N EMER G ENCY REM O VAL HEARIN G S TATE O F S OU TH CAR O LINA COU NTY O F BARNWEL L S outh Carolina De p artment of Social Services, Plaintif f v s S hirle y Bel l Vivian Thurmon d John Doe Defen d ant s IN THE INTERESTS O F: Male child born in 200 4 Female child b o rn is 2006 TO: Shirle y Bel l YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Summons, No o o tice of Hearin g Complaint in and to the minor child in this action, the ori g inal o f which has been filed in the Barnwell Count y Office of the Clerk of Court at 141 Main St., Barnwell, SC 29812, o n August 22, 2018 a copy of which will 8 be delivered to y ou u p on re q uest; and to serve a co py of y our answer to the com p laint u p on the attorne y Patrick McWilliams, for the Plaintiff at Post Office D rawer 1306, Barnwell, SC 29812, within thirty (30) days followin g the date o f s ervice u p on y ou, exclusive of the da y of such service; and if y ou fail to answer the complaint within the time stated, the Plaintiff will apply for j ud g ment by default a g ainst the Defendant for the relief demanded in the complaint. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you have the right to be present and represent t t ed b y an attorne y If y ou cannot afford an attorne y the court will a pp oint an attorne y to re p resent y ou. It is y our res p onsibilit y to contact the Barnwell Count y Clerk of CourtÂ’s Office, 141 Main St., Barnwell, SC 29812, to a pp l y for a pp ointment of an attorne y to re p resent y ou if y ou cannot afford an attorne y ( take all of these p a p ers with y ou if y ou a pp l y) YOU MUST APPLY FOR THE APP O INTMENT O F AN ATT O RNEY IMMEDIATELY. IF Y OU D O N O T APPLY F O R AN ATT O RNEY WITHIN THIRTY DAYS O F RECEIPT O F THE C O MPLAINT, AN ATT O RNEY WILL NOT BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. T YOU ARE F U RTHER N O TIFIED that a NON-EMERGENCY REMOV V V AL MERITS HEARING will be held in this matter on G DECEMBER 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. p at the Barnwell County Courthouse located at 141 Main St., Barn w ell, SC 29812. You should attend this hearin g If you do not attend, the relie f s ou g ht may be g ranted in your absence. 287153 SUN 9/19,26;10/3/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL ACTI O N C ASE N O .: 1700 24 0 T HE BANK O F NEW Y O RK MELL O N TRUST C O MPANY, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FO R FEDERAL DEP O SIT INSURANCE C O RP O RATI O N 2 011-R1 TRUST, Pl a intif f v s D OUGLAS L. CUREY AKA DOUGLAS CUREY, et al Defendant ( s ) N O TICE O F RESCHED U LED SALE N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclo o o s ure Sale dated Au g ust 30th, 2018, and entered in Case No. 17-00240 of the Circuit Court of the NineteenthJudicial Circuit in and for Okeechobee Count y F lorida in which The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Com p an y N.A., as Trustee for Federal De p osit Insurance Cor p oration 2011-R1 Trust, is the Plaintiff and D ou g las L. Curey aka Dou g las Curey, Bank of America, N.A., are defendants, the Okeechobee County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash in the Jur y Assembl y Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, Okeechobee Count y Florida at 11:00AM on the 17th day of October, 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure: L O T 19, BL O CK 5, BASSW OO D INC O RP O RATED, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 3 PAGE 22, O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA A /K/A 3934 NW 18TH AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the p ro p ert y owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 6 0 da y s after the sale. Dated in Okeechobee Count y Florida this 11th da y of Se p tember, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON Clerk o f the Circ u it C ou rt Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk Albertelli Law Attorne y for Plaintif f P .O. Box23028 Tam p a, FL 33623 ( 813 ) 221-474 3 ( 813 ) 221-9171 facsimil e e S ervice: s ervealaw @ albertellilaw.com @ In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order t o participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost to you, t o the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our sched uled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this notifica t ion if the time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 da y s; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 2807618 ON 09/19,26/2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE TWENTIETH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT O F THE STATE O F FL O RIDA, IN AND F OR HENDRY C O UNTY, CIVIL DIVISI O N C ASE NO.: 2018-CA-00034 4 5 T WEALTH PARTNER S LP Plaintiff v s K ENNETH L. ATKINS and FIRST TENNESSEE BANK, N ATI O NAL ASS O CIATI O N Defen da nts. NOTICE OF ACTION; CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE -PROPERTY ; TO : Kenneth L. Atkin s 8440 Iron Mountain Trail, Windermere, FL 34786 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title to the followin g property in H endr y Count y : Parcel 1: The East 1 / 2 of the Northwest 1 / 4 of the Southwest 1 / 4 of the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 30, Townshi p 44 S outh, Ran g e 28 East, in Hendry County, Florida. Parcel 2: The West 1 / 2 of the Northwest 1 / 4 of the Northwest 1 / 4 of the S outheast 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 18, Townshi p 44 S outh, Ran g e 28 East, in Hendry County, Florida. H as been filed a g ainst you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Owen Sokolof, Esq., Sokolof Remtulla Sten g el, LLC, P laintiffÂ’s Attorne y whose address is 224 Datura Street, Suite 515, West Palm B each, FL 33401, on or before Thirt y ( 30 ) da y s from Date of First Publication o f this Notice and file the ori g inal with the clerk of this court either before service o n the p laintiffÂ’s attorne y or immediatel y thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered a g ainst you and the relief demanded in the complaint or petition DATED on 9 / 4 / 2018 CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT By : J. Bevi s DEP U TY C LERK S okolof Remtulla Sten g el LL C 22 4 Datura Street, Suite 515 W est Palm Beach, FL 33401 OSokolof @ floridalitlaw.com S Remtulla @ floridalitlaw.com S Sten g firstname.lastname@example.org Attorne y s for Plaintif f T ele p hone: 561-507-525 2 285937 CN 9/12,19,26;10/3/2018 RE Q UEST F O R Q UALIFICATI O NS FOR MISCELLANEOUS UTILITY ENGINEERING AND / O R INSPECTI O N SERVICES IN HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA RF Q No. 2018-20 O penin g Date and Time: October 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Hendry County is seeking engineering firms interested in providing profes s s s ional services in miscellaneous utility en g ineerin g and/or inspection services i n Hendr y Count y Pro p osers shall have all services available in-house or ma y propose multiple firms, which have joined together to provide the various re e e q uired disci p linar y services in order to offer a com p lete submission. Individuals and firms properly re g istered in the State of Florida are encoura g ed to submit their q ualifications for consideration. All submittals ( see Section III, Submission R e q uirements ) received in res p onse to this RFQ will be reviewed b y a Count y E valuation Committee. In order to be considered, submittals must be received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C. E. Hall Buildin g (ClerkÂ’s Office) i n the Hendr y Count y Courthouse Com p lex, 25 E. Hick p ochee Avenue, LaBelle, F lorida b y 2:00 p .m., October 11, 2018, at which time all res p onses to this re q uest will be recorded in the p resence of one ( 1 ) or more witnesses. A co py of the Instructions and RFQ Documents can be obtained from the Hend ry County En g ineerin g Office, by email at email@example.com, @y, o nline a t www. hendryfla.net, or by callin g (863) 675-5222. Instructions and RFQ documents w ill be emailed u p on re q uest. T he solicitation does not commit Hendr y Count y to award an y contracts, to p a y an y costs incurred in the p re p aration of a res p onse to this RFQ, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals re e e ceived as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in p art or in its entiret y this RFQ, i f it is in the best interest of the Count y to do so. The Count y ma y rep rocure at the d iscreti o n o f the B oa r d H endr y Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Provider and Em p lo y er. S i necesita la assistencia de un inter p rete q ue hable es p anol p ara p artici p ar un esta reunion, por favor pon g ase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 6 7 5 532 4. CN 9/12,19,26;10/3 CB 9/13,20,27/10/4/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE TWENTIETH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT, IN AND F O R HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE NO. 2018 CA 000272 E VERGLADES FEDERAL CREDIT UNI O N Plaintiff v s E DGAR DE LA CRUZ A / KlA EDGAR DELACRUZ AND ALEJANDRA DE LA CRUZ A/K/A ALEJANDRA DELACRUZ Defen da nts. N O TICE O F ACTI O N TO : Ed g ar De La Cruz a/k/a Ed g ar Delacruz 90 3 Saw g rass Street Clewiston, FL 33440 Ale j andra De La Cruz a/k/a Ale j andra Delacruz 90 3 Saw g rass Street Clewiston, FL 33440 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mort g a g e on the followin g real p ro p ert y in Hendr y Count y Florida: L O T 9, BL O CK D, RIDGEVIEW ESTATES SUBDIVISI O N, ADDI TI O N N O 2, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F, REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 6, PAGES 122 AND 12 3 O F THE PUBLIC RE CO RDS O F HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. has been filed a g ainst you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if an y to it on Ste p hen Orsillo, the Plaintiffs attorne y whose address i s Post Office Box 3637, Tallahassee, Florida 32315, within thirt y ( 30 ) da y s after the first date of publication and file the ori g inal with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorne y or immediatel y thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered a g ainst you for the relief demanded in the Complaint o r Petiti o n. D ated this 5th da y of Se p t., 2018 Ba r ba r a S. B u tle r As Clerk o f the C ou r t By : J. Bevi s As De p ut y Clerk 286135 CN 9/19,26/2018 N O TICE T h e Value Adjustment Board of Okeechobee County will convene its d A n nual Or g anizational Meetin g o n Tuesda y October 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Â“Jud g e William L. Hendry Courtroom Â” at the Historic Courthouse, 30 4 N .W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person decidin g to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at such meetin g will need a record of the proceedin g s, and that, for such p ur p ose, he or she ma y need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedin g s is made, which record must include the testimony and evidence u p on which the a pp eal is based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, p ersons with disabilities needin g special accommodation to participate in this proceedin g should contact the County AdministratorÂ’s Office not later than four (4) workin g days prior to the proceedin g at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, o r call 863.763.6441. If you are hearin g or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-2223448 ( voice ) or 1-888-447-5620 ( TTY ) Commissioner Kell y Owen s V alue Ad j ustment Board S haron Robertson, Clerk V alue Ad j ustment Board 290052 ON 9 / 26 / 2018 Miscellaneous GO T R O ACHES? GO T BEDB UG S ? GO T FLEAS & T ICKS? GO T MICE & RATS? GO T ANTS? NEED F OO D G RADE DIAT O MACE OU S EARTH ? K ill them a ll with Ha rris f a m ou s R oach, Bedbu g F lea & Tick, Rat & Mouse, and Ant p roducts. Also Food Gr ad e DE t o add t o y our animals feed. Av a il ab le a t: O KEECH O BEE FEE D 1579 Hw y 70 E. O keech ob ee FL 3 497 2 ( 863 ) 763-212 3 An d C OU NTRY FEE D 1852 NW 9th St O keech ob ee FL 3 497 2 ( 863 ) 763-344 7 Farm Services Offered Palmetto Berries Cash for berries at the plant. We can help gather up the berries. Call Palmetto Joe at 239-867-8156 TIRED O F STAYIN G IN A M O TEL, WO RKIN G IN OU R AREAF U LLY FIRNI S HED 1 a n d 2 BEDR OO M PR O PERTIES. W EEKLY OR M O NTHLY RATES AVAILABLE ( 863 ) 467-4371 Your new car could be in todayÂs paper. Have you looked for it? Apartments N.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $725 mo. $2175 to move in. 561-346-1642 Apartments TAYLOR CREEK CONDO: 1BR, 1BA fully furn. $875/mo. utilities incl. Sec. dep. req. & background ck. AVAILABLE NOW! 863-634-0663. Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $800.00/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Houses Rent 3BR, 1BA, In town. NON SMOKING RESIDENCE. Lawn service included. Small pet okay. $850 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. 941-504-3954 RIVER HOME 2BR, 3BA, 2 Car Garage, Florida Room, corner lot on canal & river, Eas t of LaBelle, $1100/mo. Credit check req. 970708-9993. Land Sale MOO RE HAVEN F ronta g e on Rt. US # 2 7, DEVEL O PMENT S ITE 2 A C RE S ENTIRE CITY BL O CK Z o ne d c o mmerci a l. Ad j acent to court house, hi g h s chool, etc. A PARTMENT S ITE ( 8 units ) Near river. Wa lk t o sch oo l. To wnh ou ses o r R ental A p artments. C a ll o wne r f o r d et a il s 863-673-5071 Campers / RVs W ante d al l T r a vel T railers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. An y Condition, Cash p aid o n the s p ot C a ll 9 5 45 9 5 00 9 3 Automobiles 2007-LINCOLN MKX ONE OWNER, 74,000 MILES, NEW TIRES, A/C IN SEATS, EXCELLENT CONDITION PLEASE CALL 863-467-0740 Automobiles 2010 GMC Acadia, 38,000miles, $9500.00 772-597-2881 FOR SALE74 CORVETTE STINGRAY CONVT., 91 TRANS AM CONVT., 78 MUSTANG KING COBRA, 87 S-10 CUSTOM CAB FLARE SIDE TRUCK CALL FOR PRICES 863-991-2744 Autos Wanted AAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on on 10/08/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 2001 FORD 1FMRU15W21LA77561 2000 CHEV 1GNCS13W5Y2204748 289529 CN 9/26/2018 P U BLIC N O TICE A p ublic auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Loc at 414 South Par r r rott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 3 4974 o n FRIDAY THE1 2 TH DAY OF OCTOBER 2018 from 10:00 11: 00 A.M. P u rs ua nt t o Fl o ri da s tatute 713.78 for unpaid towin g and stora g e. Year, Make, Model & VinÂ’s a s f o ll o w s 20 12 CHRYSLER 300 2 C 3 CCAC G 7CH24 5 742 1 983 DODGE RAM 150 1 B7FD14 U 4DS41214 3 T erms of sale are cash, and no checks will be acce p ted. The seller reserves the ri g ht of final bid. All sa les a re fin a l. N o ref u n d s will b e m ad e. S a i d au t o m ob iles will b e s old in Â“AS ISÂ” with no g uarantees. 289834 ON 9 / 26 / 2018 No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY.
20 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT C O URT O F THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA G ENERAL JURISDICTI O N DIVISI O N C ASE N O 17 000 21 3 CAAXMX H SBC BANK USA, N.A., AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE F O R THE REGISTERED N O TEH O LDERS O F RENAISSANCE H O ME EQ UITY L O AN TRUST 2 0062 Plaintiff vs T HE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL O THERS WH O MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE O F STANLEY LE O CANTRELL, SR.; STANLEY CANTRELL, JR.; DIANA BOWER, et al. D efendant ( s ) N O TICE O F F O RECL O S U RE SALE N OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure dated Au g ust 30, 2018, and entered in 17000213CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for OKEECHOBEE Count y Florida, w herein HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE FOR THE REGISTERED NOTEHOLDERS OF RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2006-2 is the Plaintiff and THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANT T T E ES, ASSIGNEES, LIEN O RS, CREDIT O RS, TRUSTEES AND ALL O THERS WH O MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF STANLEY LEO CANTRELL, SR.; STANLEY CANTRELL, JR.; DIANA BOWER are the Defendant ( s ) Sharon Robertson as the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembl y Room, 2nd Floor; 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL, 34972, at 11:00 AM, on October 17, 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in said Final Jud g ment, to wit: 1 CO MMENCE AT THE N.W. C O RNER O F SECTI O N 7, T O WNSHIP 3 7 S O UTH, RANGE 3 5 EAST, THENCE BEAR EAST AL O N G THE SECTI O N LINE A DISTANCE O F 3 27 0 0 FEET T O A P O INT O N THE WEST B OU N D A RY O F A C O UNTY R O AD; THENCE BEAR S O UTH AL O NG THE WEST B O UNDARY O F SAID C O UNTY R O AD, A DISTANCE O F 951.9 FEET; THENCE BEA R N 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS W A DISTANCE OF 527. 8 FEET TO THE N. E. CORNER OF LAND C O NVEYED T O F O STER C O LLIER AND ALA C O LLIER, HIS WIFE, REC O RDED IN 0. R. B OO K 109, PAGE 3 15, THENCE BEA R S 0 2 DE G REES 36 MIN U TES 33 SEC O NDS W AL O N G THE SAID EAST B OU NDARY O F THE C O LLIER PR O P ERTY, A DISTANCE OF 204.0 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING ( P.O.B. ) THENCE CONTINUE S 0 2 DE G REES 36 MIN U TES 33 SEC O NDS W AL O N G THE AF O REDESCRIBED LINE A DISTANCE O F 1 06 0 FEET T O THE N O RTH B O UNDARY LINE O F A R O ADWAY; THENCE BEA R S 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS E ALONG THE NORTH BOUNDARY OF SAID ROADWAY A DISTANCE OF 527.8 FEET TO THE WEST BOUNDARY OF A COUNTY ROAD; THENCE BEAR NORTHER R R LY AL O NG THE WEST B O UNDARY O F SAID C O UNTY R O AD, A DISTANCE O F 106.0 FEET; THENCE BEA R N 85 DEGREES 41 MINUTES 35 SECONDS W A DISTANCE OF 527.8 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING Pro p ert y Address: 2031 NW 38TH AVE OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 Any person claimin g an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis p endens must file a claim within 60 da y s after the sale. Dated this 11th da y of Se p tember, 2018. S h a r o n R ob erts on As Clerk o f the C ou r t B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h As De p ut y Clerk IMP O RTANT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommoda t ion in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain a ssistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Countr y Club Drive, Suite 217, Port S t. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our scheduled court a pp earance, or immed i a tely upon receivin g this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you a re hearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 287608 ON 9/19,26/2018 Public Notice Public Notice FL O RIDA PACE F U NDIN G A G ENCY N O TICE O F INTENT T O U SE U NIF O RM METH O D O F CO LLECTIN G N O N-AD VAL O REM ASSESSMENT S T he Board of Directors (the Â“BoardÂ”) of the Florida PACE Fundin g A g ency, a public body corporate and politic (the Â“AgencyÂ”), hereby provides notice, pur r r s uant to Sections 163.08 ( 2 ) ( 3 ) and ( 4 ) and 197.3632 ( 3 )( a ) Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assess s s ments for more than one y ear to be levied within the area encom p assed b y the boundaries of ever y count y in Florida, or an y of the munici p alities therein, s ubscribin g to or served by the A g encyÂ’s statewide provision of fundin g and financing to construct or pay for energy conservation and efficiency improve e e ments, renewable ener g y improvements and wind resistance improvements i n accordance with Section 163.08, Florida Statutes (collectively, the Â“Qualifyin g ImprovementsÂ”). By law and resolution of the A g ency, a property owner may apply to the A g ency for fundin g and financin g of a Qualifyin g Improvement. The non-ad valorem assessments contem p lated b y this notice are voluntar y and are o nly imposed by the A g ency with the prior written consent authorized by or on behalf of affected property owners who determine to obtain financin g for Qual i fyin g Improvements from the A g ency. The A g ency is authorized by law to fund and finance Qualifying Improvements and is required to annually collect repay y y ment b y non-ad valorem assessments. The Board will consider the ado p tion o f a resolution electin g to use the uniform method of collectin g such assessments as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearin g to be held at 1:00 p .m. on October 30, 2018, at the River to Sea Trans p ortation Plan nin g Or g anization Executive Conference Room, 2570 W International Speed w a y Boulevard, Suite 100, Da y tona Beach, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a le g al description of the boundaries of the real property that may be sub j ect to the levy Â– which is the entirety of the State o f Florida. Co p ies of the p ro p osed form of resolution are on file at the office o f Counterpointe Energy Solutions (FL) LLC, Third Party Administrator for the Flor r r i da PACE Fundin g A g ency, 2600 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 163, Maitland, F lorida 32751, email: firstname.lastname@example.org g@p All interested p ersons are i nvited to present oral comments at the public hearin g and/or submit written c o mments t o the B oa r d a t the abo ve add ress. Written c o mments sh ou l d b e received by the A g ency on or before October 29, 2018. Any persons desirin g to present oral comments should appear at the public hearin g In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with re e e spect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the refer r r enced public hearin g a record of the proceedin g may be needed and in such an event, such p erson ma y need to ensure that a verbatim record of the p ublic hearin g is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the a pp eal is to be based In a cc o r da nce with the Americ a ns with Dis ab ilities Act o f 199 0 a n d Secti o n 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommo o dation to participate in such public hearin g should contact the River to Sea T ransportation Plannin g Or g anization at (386) 226-0422 at least forty-ei g ht (48) hours prior to the date of the public hearin g B y Order of the Board of Directors of Florida PACE Fundin g A g ency on Au g ust 14, 2018 287425 ON/GCD/CN 9/19,26;10/3,10/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL C IRCUIT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C IVIL DIVISI O N C ASE N O 2 0 1 6 -CA000 2 56 W ILMINGT O N SAVINGS FUND S O CIETY FSB, DBA C HRI S TIANA TRU S T, NO T INDIVID U ALLY B U T AS TR U STEE F O R HILLDALE TR U ST Pl a intif f v s JOHN SHULLE&MAN, et al Defen da nt N O TICE O F SALE P U RS U ANT T O CHAPTER 4 5 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Final Judgment of Fore e closure dated Se p tember 6, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2016-CA-000256 o f the Circ u it C ou rt o f NINETEENTH J ud ici a l Circ u it in a n d f o r O keech ob ee Count y Florida, wherein WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY FSB, OBA CHRISTIANA TRUST, N O T INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE F O R HILLDALE T RUST is the Plaintiff and THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVlSEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGN O RS, CREDIT O RS AND TRUSTEES O F THE ESTATE O F M ICHAEL J. SCHULLERMAN, DECEASED, JOHN SHULLERMAN, and BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. the Defendants. Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for Okeechobee County, Florida will sell to the hi g hest and best bidder for cash in the Jur y Assembl y Room on the 2nd floor, of the Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 at 11:00 AM on the 17th day of October, 2018, the followin g described property as set forth in s aid Order or Final Jud g ment, to wit : L O T 64, O F TREASURE ISLAND UNIT 2, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F AS REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 3 PAGE 3 9, O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA IF Y OU ARE A PERS O N CLAIMING A RIGHT T O F U NDS REMAINING AFTE R T HE SALE, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH THE CLERK OF COURT NO LATER T HAN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF Y O U FAIL T O FILE A CLAIM, Y O U WILL NO T BE ENTITLED T O ANY REMAINING FUNDS. AFTER 60 DAYS, O NLY THE O WNER O F REC O RD AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS PENDENS MAY CLAIM T HE SU RPL US IF THE SALE IS SET ASIDE, THE PURCHASER MAY BE ENTITLED T O O NLY A RET U RN O F THE SALE DEP O SIT LESS ANY APPLICABLE FEES AND C O STS AND SHALL HAVE N O FURTHER REC O URSE AGAINST THE M O RTGAG O R, MO RTGAGEE O R THE M O RTGAGEEÂ’ ATT O RNEY. WITNESS m y hand and seal of this Court on the 11th da y of Se p tember, 2018. S h a r o n R ob erts on Okeechobee Count y Florid a B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk It is the intent of the 19th Judicial Circuit to p rovide reasonable accommodations when requested by qualified persons with dis s s a bilities. If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an acco m modation to participate in a court proceedin g or access to a court f acilit y y ou are entitled, at no cost to y ou, to the p rovision of certain a ssistance. Please contact: Court Administration, 250 NW Countr y C lub Drive, Suite 217, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986; ( 772 ) 807-4370; 1 -800-955-8771, if you are hearin g or voice impaired. 287711 ON 9/19,26/2018 RE Q UEST F O R Q UALIFICATI O NS F O R PR O FESSI O NAL EN G INEERIN G SERVICES AND INSPECTI O N SERVICES F O R DRAINA G E EN G INEERIN G DESIGN, WATERWAY CLEANING, CLEARING, AND REC O NSTR U CTI O N O F DRAINA G E C O NVEYANCE SYSTEM IN HENDRY C O UNTY, FL O RIDA RF Q No. 2018-21 O penin g Date and Time: October 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Hendry County is seeking engineering firms interested in providing profes s s s ional en g ineerin g services and inspection services for draina g e en g ineerin g desi g n, waterway cleanin g clearin g and reconstruction work of a draina g e conve y ance s y stem in Hendr y Count y Pro p osers shall have all services avail able in-house or may propose multiple firms, which have j oined to g ether to p rovide the various re q uired disci p linar y services in order to offer a com p lete s ubmission. Individuals and firms properly re g istered in the State of Florida are encoura g ed to submit their qualifications for consideration. All submittals ( see Section III, Submission Re q uirements ) received in res p onse to this RFQ w ill be reviewed b y a Count y Evaluation Committee. In order to be considered, s ubmittals must be received b y the Board of Count y Commissioners at the C. E. H all Buildin g (ClerkÂ’s Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. H ick p ochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida b y 2:00 p .m., October 11, 2018, at which time all res p onses to this re q uest will be recorded in the p resence of one ( 1 ) o r m o re witnesses. A co py of the Instructions and RFQ Documents can be obtained from the H endry County En g ineerin g Office, by email at email@example.com, @y, o nline a t w ww.hendryfla.net, or by callin g (863) 675-5222. Instructions and RFQ docu ments will be emailed u p on re q uest. T he solicitation does not commit Hendr y Count y to award an y contracts, to p a y an y costs incurred in the p re p aration of a res p onse to this RFQ, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals re e e ceived as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in p art or in its entiret y this RFQ, i f it is in the best interest of the Count y to do so. The Count y ma y rep rocure at the d iscreti o n o f the B oa r d H endr y Count y is an E q ual O pp ortunit y Provider and Em p lo y er. S i necesita la assistencia de un inter p rete q ue hable es p anol p ara p artici p ar un esta reunion, por favor pon g ase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 6 7 5 532 4. 288879 CN 9 / 26 CB 9 / 27 / 2018 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA G ENERAL J U RISDICTI O N DIVISI O N C ASE N O .: 1 6 -CA000 44 5 B ANK O F AMERICA, N.A.; Plaintiff v s DO NALD M. SHELD O N AKA D O NALD M. SHELD O N II, IV O NNE M. SHELD O N, ET. AL; Defendants N O TICE O F SAL E N O TICE IS G IVE N that, in accordance with the Final Judgment ofForeclo N o s ure dated Au g ust 1, 2018, in the above-styled cause, I will sell to the hi gh est and best bidder for cash on October 3, 2018 be g innin g at 11:00A.M at Okeechobee Count y Judicial Center, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida ( second floor Jur y Assembl y Room ) in accordance with Cha p ter 45 Florida S tatutes, the followin g described property: NORTH 1/2 OF LOT 1, BLOCK 3, NORTH LAKE COUNTRY ESTATES, ACC O RDING T O THE PLAT THERE O F REC O RDED IN PLAT B OO K 5, PAGE 71, O F THE PUBLIC REC O RDS O F O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA. Pro p ert y Address: 560 SW 87TH TERRACE, O KEECH O BEE, FL 3 497 4 ANY PERS O N CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FR O M THE SALE, IF ANY, O THER THAN THE PR O PERTY O WNER AS O F THE DATE O F THE LIS P ENDENS M U ST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on Au g ust 2 2018 S HAR O N R O BERTS O N CLERK O F C OU RT B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D e p ut y Clerk of Court If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommodation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, at no cost t o y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Luc c c ie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 8074383 at least 7 da y s before y our scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receivin g this notification i f t he time before the scheduled a pp earance is less than 7 da y s; if y ou a re bearin g or voice impaired, call 711. 281041 ON 9/19,26/2018 IN THE CIRC U IT C OU RT O F THE NINETEENTH J U DICIAL CIRC U IT IN AND F O R O KEECH O BEE C O UNTY, FL O RIDA C ASE NO. 47-2018-CA-000006 W ELLS FARG O BANK, N.A. Plaintiff V. JAMES A. TEELE; UNKN O WN SP O USE O F JAMES A. TEELE; UNKN O WN T ENANT 1; UNKN O WN TENANT 2 ; Defen da nts. N O TICE O F SALE N otice is hereby g iven that, pursuant to the Final Jud g ment of Foreclosure entered on Ma y 17, 2018, in this cause, in the Circuit Court of Okeechobee Count y Florida, the clerk shall sell the p ro p ert y situated in Okeechobee Count y F lorida, described as: LOT 6 AND 7, BLOCK 8, OKEECHOBEE HAMMOCK, SECTION 2, A C CO RDIN G T O THE MAP O R PLAT THERE O F AS REC O RDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE ( S ) 43, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL O RIDA. a /k/a 6385 SE 65TH WAY, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-1413 at public sale, to the hi g hest and best bidder, for cash, i n the Jur y Assembl y Room on the Second Floor of the Okeechobee Count y Judicial Ce n t er, located at 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, on O ctober 17, 2018 be g innin g at 11:00 AM. If you are a person claimin g a ri g ht to funds remainin g after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 da y s after the sale. If y ou fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remainin g funds. D ated at Okeechobee, Florida this 17TH da y of MAY, 2018. S HAR O N R O BERTS ON CLERK O F THE CIRC U IT C OU RT B Y: S a n d r a L. Creec h D EP U TY C LERK If y ou are a p erson with a disabilit y who needs an y accommo dation in order to participate in this proceedin g you are entitled, a t no cost to y ou, to the p rovision of certain assistance. Please con t act Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, -250 NW Countr y Club Drive, S uite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, ( 772 ) 807-4370 at least 7 da y s before y our scheduled court a pp earance, or immediatel y u p on re ceiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appear r r a nce is less than 7 days; if you are hearin g or voice impaired, call 711 265316 ON 9/19,26/2018 G lades Count y Re q uest for Bids To Rebuild the Muse Fire De p t. All bids must be received no later than 4:00 p m Oct. 3, 2018 in the Glades County Man g ers Office At 500 Ave J M oore Haven, FL. 33 471 O r m a ile d t o Glades County Man g e r P O B o x 1 52 7 M oore Haven, Fl. 33471 ALL BIDS ARE T O BE MARKED O N THE OU TSIDE O F THE ENVEL O PE MUS E FIRE DEPT. Fo r f u rther inf o rm a ti o n a n d d et a ils Contact Bob Jones Glades Count y Public safet y 8 63 946 0566 Glades Count y Board of Count y Commissioner s R eserve the ri g ht to re j ect any or part of all bids Glades Board of County Commissioners reserves the ri g ht to choose onl y Po rti o ns o f the Bi d 284701 GCD 9/6,12,19,26/2018 P U BLIC N O TIC E C ITY C OU NCIL MEETIN G N O TICE IS HEREBY G IVEN that the City Council for the City of Okeechobee w ill conduct a re g ular meetin g o n Tues, Oct. 2, 2018, 6 PM o r as s oon thereafter as p ossible, at Cit y Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL. T he public is invited and encoura g ed to attend. The a g enda may be obtained from cityofokeechobee.com or by callin g the Office of the City Administrator, 863-763-3372 ext. 9812. A NY PERS O N DECIDIN G T O APPEA L any decision made by the City L Council with respect to any matter considered at this meetin g will need to e n s ure a verbatim record of the proceedin g is made and the record includes the testimon y and evidence u p on which the a pp eal will be based. In accordance w ith the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ) an y p erson with a disabilit y as defined b y the ADA, that needs s p ecial accommodation to p artici p ate in this proceedin g contact the City ClerkÂ’s Office no later than two business days prior to proceedin g 863-763-3372 ext. 9814. BE ADVI S E D that should you intend to show any document, picture, video D or items to the Council in support or opposition to any item on the a g enda, a co py of the document, p icture, video, or item M UST be provided to the City T Clerk for the Cit y Â’s records. B y: Mayor Dowlin g R. Watford, Jr. 290075 ON 9 / 26 / 2018 *N O TICE T O C O NTRACT O R S Florida Department of Transportation Pro j ect B ids will be received b y the District One Office until 11:00 A.M. on Thursda y October 18, 2018 for the followin g Proposals: E1R9 6 -R 0 Â– Power Shearing in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, and High 0 la n d s C ou nties. Bud g et Amount : $125,000.00 Complete lettin g advertisement information for this pro j ect is available on our w e b site at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/contractsadministrationdistrict1/ p//// : or b y callin g (863) 519-2559. 288913 CN 9/26;10/3/2018 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Email classads@ newszap.com Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 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Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 21 Administration of Estates Administration of Estates NO TI C E T O C REDIT O RS IN THE C IR C UIT CO URT F O R G LADES CO UNTY, FL O RIDA PR O BATE DIVISI O N FILE NO. 222018CP000043CPAXMX IN RE: ESTATE OF EDWARD DEMI CCO Dece a se d T he administration o f the estate o f EDWARD DEMICCO, deceased, File N umber 22018CP000043CPAXMX, is pendin g in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Glades County Court t t h ouse P.O. Box 579 Moore Haven FL 33471 The name and addresses of the personal representative and the personal rep p p r esentativeÂs attorne y are set forth below All creditors of the decedent and other persons havin g claims or demands ag ainst d ece d ent Â s estate, inc l u d in g unmature d contin g ent or un l iqui d ate d c laims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this cou rt WITHIN THE LATER O F 3 M O NTHS AFTER THE DATE O F THE FIRST PU BLICATI O N O F THIS N O TICE O R 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE O F SERVICE O F A C O PY O F THIS N O TICE O N THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or de e e m ands a g ainst the decedentÂs estate, includin g unmatured, contin g ent or unliq uidated claims must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTE R T HE DATE O F THE FIRST P U BLICATI O N O F THIS N O TICE ALL CLAIMS N O T S O FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERI O DS SET F O RTH IN S ECTI O N 7 33 .7 02 O F THE FL O RIDA PR O BATE C O DE WILL BE F O REVER B ARRED. NO TWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI O DS SET F O RTH AB O VE, ANY CLAIM F ILED TWO ( 2 ) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENrs DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. T he date of first p ublication of this Notice is Se p tember 19th, 2018 Personal Re p resentative: S u s a n Demicc o c/o Sanford M. Reinstei n 2 8 90 Marina Mile Blvd. #11 8 F ort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Attorne y for Personal Re p resentative : San f ord M. Reinstein F l ori d a Bar No. 305952 2890 Marina Mile Blvd. Suite 118 Fort Lauderdale FL 3331 2 Te l ep h one: 954 792-192 5 2 87321 GCD 9/19 26/2018 Administration of Estates Administration of Estates IN THE C IR C UIT CO URT F O R G LADES CO UNTY, FL O RID A PR O BATE DIVISI ON Fi l e No.: CP18-42 CHARLES C. GILLETT JR. A/K/A CHARLES CLIFFORD GILLETT Decease d NO TI C E T O C REDIT O RS The administration of the estate of CHARLES C. GILLETT, JR. a/k/a CHARLES CLIFFORD GILLETT, deceased, whose date o f death was August 5, 2018, is pendin g in the Circuit Court for GLADES County, Florida, Probate Division, the address o f which is PO Box 10, Moore Haven, FL 33471. The names and a d dresses of the personal representative and the personal representativeÂs attor r r ne y are set forth below All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂs estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served m u st file their cl a ims with this c ou rt O N O R BEF O RE THE LATER O F 3 M O NTHS A FTER THE TIME O F THE FIRST P U BLICATI O N O F THIS N O TICE O R 30 DAYS A FTER THE DATE O F SERVICE O F A C O PY O F THIS N O TICE O N THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or de e mands against decedentÂs estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 M O NTHS AFTER THE DATE O F THE FIRST PUBLICATI O N O F THIS N O TICE. ALL CLAIMS N O T FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERI O DS SET F O RTH IN FL O RI DA STATUTES SECTI O N 7 33 .7 02 WILL BE F O REVER BARRED N OTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE ANY CLAIM FILED TWO ( 2 ) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT Â S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date o f f irst publication o f this notice is September 19th, 2018 Personal Re p resentative: MI C HAEL A. RIDE R 1 3 N. Oa k Avenue La k e P l aci d, F l ori d a 3385 2 Attorney for Personal Representative : M ICHAEL A. RIDER A ttorne y Flo ri da B a r N u m b er: 0 17 5661 R ider & Thom p son, P.A. 1 3 NOa k Ave L ake Placid, FL 33852 Tele p hone: ( 863 ) 465-111 1 F ax: ( 863 ) 465-810 0 E -Mai l : ri d ert h om p son@ri d ert h om p son l aw.co m 2 87298 GCD 9 / 19 26 / 2018 I N THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HENDRY COUNTY FLORID A P R O BATE DIVISI O N F i l e N o 1 8 -CP-00007 8 I N RE: ESTATE OF WINNIEFRED E. C AS E Dece a se d. NO TI C E T O C REDIT O RS The administration of the estate of WINNIEFRED E. CASE deceased whose date of death was December 23, 2017, is pendin g in the Circuit Court for HEN D RY County, Florida, Probate Division, the address o f which is 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida 33935. The names and addresses o f the personal representative and the personal r epresentativeÂs attorney are set f orth below. A ll creditors of the decedent and other persons havin g claims or demands a g ainst decedentÂs estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must f ile their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 M O NTHS AFTER THE TIME O F THE FIRST PUBLICATI O N O F THIS N O TICE O R 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE O F SERVICE O F A C O PY O F THIS N O TICE O N THEM All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or de e mands a g ainst decedentÂs estate must f ile their claims with this court WITHIN 3 M O NTHS AFTER THE DATE O F THE FIRST P U BLICATI O N O F THIS N O TICE A LL CLAIMS N O T FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERI O DS SET F O RTH IN FL O RI DA STATUTES SECTI O N 7 33 .7 02 WILL BE F O REVER BARRED N O TWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERJ O DS SET F O RTH AB O VE ANY CLAIM FILED TWO ( 2 ) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTÂS DATE Of DEATH 1 S BARRED The date of first publication of this notice is September 19th, 2018 Personal Representative: YV O NNE G WILS ON 6 4 Winterberr y Lane W illin g boro, New Jersey 08046 Attorne y for Personal Re p resentative : DARRELL R HILL A ttorne y Florida Bar Number: 090 8 7 8 9 1154 Lee Blvd Unit#6, Lehi g h Acres, FL 33936 Te l ep h one: ( 239 ) 369-6106 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 2 87894 CN 9/19,26/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NO TI C E O F ABAND O NMENT O F C ERTAIN DRAINA G E AND UTILITY EASEMENTS IN O KEE C H O BEE HAMM OC K SE C TI O N 4 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at a re g ular meetin g of the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida, on the 13th day of September, 2018, a Resolution was adopted pursuant to Sections 336.09 and 336.10, Flor r r ida Statutes, whereby the County of Okeechobee vacated, closed, abandoned, renounced and disclaimed all rights o f the county and the public in certain platted draina g e and utility easements in Okeechobee Hammock, Section 4 s ubdivision, and which are f urther described as f ollows: The ten-foot utility and draina g e easements alon g the common boundary of Lots 7 and 8, Block 4, less the northeasterl y ten feet and less the sout h w esterly ten feet thereof, all in Okeechobee Hammock, Section 4 as shown on the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Pa g es 95-96, Public Records o f O k eec h o b ee County, F l ori d a. Terry W. Burroughs, Chairma n S haron Robertson, Clerk and Com p troller Board of Count y Commissioners O keechobee Count y Florida Petition B-2018-0073 289005 ON 9 / 26 / 2018 Request for Proposals qp The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive proposals for the purpose of securing Engineering Services for the following: SE 8th Avenue Water Main Re p lacement Detailed RFP documents are available upon request from the office of the Ex x x ecutive Director, located at 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, ( Tel. ) 863-763-9460, ( Fax ) 8 63-763-3746. T h e OUA inten d s to review t h e su b mitte d RFP Â s an d reserves th e rig h t to reject any or a ll su b mitta l s. T h e OUA se l ection committee may e l ect f or presentations or select a qualified firm from the submittals received. The RFPÂs must be delivered to the Executive DirectorÂs office, located at O keechobee Utilit y Authorit y Administrative Office, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, on or before 3:00 PM on October 29, 2018. The sub b b m ittal must be contained in a sealed package clearly marked on the outside with t he submitterÂs name and the project for which the submittal is made. John F. Ha y ford Executive Director 289007 ON 9 / 21 23 26 / 201 8 AIR CONDITIONING EMORY WALKER CO. INC. Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 24/7 SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS 208 SW 5TH Ave. OkeechobeeServing the Lake Area for 50 Years! CAC042747 CAC057219863-763-6742 ADVERTISE HERE WANTED TO BUY ElliottÂs Pawn Shop419 W.S. Park St. Â€ 863.763-5553W e B u y S c r a p G o l d S i l v e r a n d C o i n s ATTORNEYS Rebecca Boldt Hamilton, P.A. REBECCA H. BOLDT, Esq. RICHARD W. 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22 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 Family-Owned & Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Â€ Rehab, Physical, Occupational, Speech & Out-Patient erapy Â€ Long-Term Nursing Care Available 24/7 Â€ Secure Dementia and AlzheimerÂs Memory-Care Wing Â€ Delicious Meals Â€ Fun & Stimulating Activities Five-Star Rated We Love to Care! Okeechobee Health Care Facility1646 U.S. Highway 441 North 863-763-2226 Recognized as one of AmericaÂs top surgeons105 NE 19th Drive Â• Okeechobee, FL 34972 863.623.4486 (voice) 863.623.4487 (fax) www.sainnovalsurgical.com Raising awareness for suicide prevention and celebrating mental healthSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News ST. LUCIE WEST Â„ New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee will host the Eighth Annual Race for Recovery 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 29, from 6:30 to 10 a.m., at Mets Stadium/First Data Field in St. Lucie West. Money raised at the race help the mental health and substance abuse agency provide services and educational programs to prevent the second-leading cause of death among 10to 34-year-olds: suicide. ÂNew Horizons assists more than 14,000 children and adults annually with myriad behavioral health issues,ÂŽ said J ohn Romano, CEO. ÂMore than half the clients we serve cannot afford care, yet New Horizons does not turn people away due to lack of Â“nancial resources.ÂŽ Established in 1958, New Horizons is celebrating 60 years of serving residents in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Among this yearÂs sponsors: Comcast, Kmetz Nuttall Elwell Graham, Locum Tenens, Dynix Diagnostix, Florida Insurance Trust, First Florida Insurance Brokers, St. Lucie County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce, Insight Telepsychiatry, Midway Dental, Hoskins Turco Lloyd & Lloyd, Martin Health System, and Coral Shores. Sponsorships are still available! Race registration is just $25 and includes a T-shirt, medals, continental breakfast, stretch zone post-race, music, live entertainment and more! Prizes will be awarded to the top Â“nishers in each age group. Registration information is available on Facebook (8th Annual Race for Recovery) and at www.nhtcinc.org/events. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the race directly support client services at New Horizons, helping to cover the cost of recovery from mental illness and addiction, regardless of an individualÂs ability to pay. Suicide is 100 percent preventable. Stigma is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of people getting the help they need. Help is available. New Horizons is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse agency in the region, with nine ofÂ“ces providing inpatient and outpatient services. To learn more, please visit www.nhtcinc.org or call 772-696-2729. New Horizons Race for Recovery is Sept. 29 Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsWith just over one week to go, word is getting out about New HorizonsÂ 5K Race for Recovery. Mental health and well-being are critical to our communities and aid in the recovery from addiction and substances. The agency is using 100 percent of these proceeds to assist its patients and clients who canÂt afford services. The race is a key to its continued success. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE Â„ Residents living in and around the Okeechobee can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Okeechobee Christian Church will host this community event on Monday, Oct. 22. The site is located at 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Screenings can check for: Â€ The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health. Â€ HDL and LDL cholesterol levels Â€ Diabetes risk Â€ Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis Â€ Kidney and thyroid function, and more Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchair users and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available. Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Also ask about the Wellness Gold Membership Program, which allows customers to get all the screenings they need now, but pay $19.95 a month. Call 877-2371287 or visit the website at lifelinescreening. com. Pre-registration is required. Affordable health screenings coming to Okeechobee c o k 2 0 1 8 0 9 2 6 2 2 c r o p p d f 1 2 6 S e p 1 8 0 4 : 1 1 : 1 1
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News Â… merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat, and The Sun 23 Health symposium setOKEECHOBEE Â„ LORHNÂs 2018 Rural Health Symposium will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indian River State College Hendry-Dixon Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee. This full-day, catered event with speakers and breakout sessions will include health care topics relevant to the rural communities around Lake Okeechobee. For information, call 561-844-4220 ext. 1600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Literacy Summit plannedBELLE GLADE Â„ Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive in Belle Glade, will hold a Health Literacy Summit on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Health Literacy Summit is for health and human services professionals, paraprofessionals and students committed to serving the unique needs of patients. For information or to register, call 561844-4220, ext 1600, or email info@lorhn. org.Falls Prevention Lecture setOKEECHOBEE Â„ Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. in Okeechobee, invites the community to a Falls Prevention Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria. A continental breakfast will be served. No RSVP is necessary.Mammograms offered Oct 27BELLE GLADE Â„ The New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church, 1650 S. Main St. in Belle Glade, invites the public to a MASS (Mammograms After Sunday Service) presentation on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Beautiful Gate Cancer Support and Resource Center. 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 BACK PAIN ? NECK PAIN ? HEADACHES ?The Cohen Chiropractic Group, PA241 S.E. 1st. St. Belle Glade, FL (Behind CVS) 561-996-9936 To run your medical eld-related ad on this weekly, informative page, please call our sales sta at 863.763.3134 By Michele BellSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News OKEECHOBEE Â„ Last week, the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce had a special visit from John Immerfall and his mom, Steffanie. John wanted to meet Sheriff Noel Stephen and staff and bring to their attention that September is Alopecia Areata A wareness Month. September is a one-month celebration to increase public awareness of alopecia areata in local communities across the nation. John, age 10, is a fourth-grader at South Elementary School. He and his mom host fundraisers to raise awareness. The proceeds are used to purchase books about alopecia, which are then donated to local schools. John began experiencing the effects of alopecia at the age of 2 and lost all of his hair, and technically was diagnosed with alopecia totalis, a skin condition that causes total hair loss. As he got older, he noticed that children would often stare at him and sometimes make hurtful comments because of his hair loss. He and his mom decided they wanted to educate not only children but adults as well. John has spoken several times to groups of students and tells his story. John will have a fundraising lemonade stand on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at StaffordÂs Hair Salon, 313 S.W. Park Street. Come out and help John raise money to educate everyone about this condition. He will have another fundraiser on Nov. 10 at the ÂTouch a TruckÂŽ event. Check out his Facebook page, NO HAIR DONÂT CARE, for more information. September is Alopecia Areata Awareness Month Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsJohn Immerfall (center) and his mom, Steffanie (right), visited the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce last week to promote Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. At left is Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen. Health News ÂLetÂs TalkÂ set Oct. 8BELLE GLADE Â„ Glades residents are invited to LetÂs Talk hosted by the Healthier Glades, a Palm Health Foundation partnership, on Monday, Oct. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Leon Camel Resource Center, 266 First St. in Belle Glade. A light dinner will be served.Blood pressure check offeredOKEECHOBEE Â„ Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monda y through Friday at: Â€ Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth St., Â€ Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, Â€ Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call.Bereavement Group meetsOKEECHOBEE Â„ Hospice of Okeechobee offers weekly Bereavement Support Group meetings each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the Volunteer Building, 317 S.E. Third Ave., Door #1. For information, call 863-467-2321.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Students celebrate FSA scores with limo ride and lunch Special to the Lake Okeechobee News CLEWISTON Â„ Students from Central Elementary School in Clewiston Â“nally got a chance to celebrate their hard work! On Friday, Sept. 14, the third-, fourthand Â“fth-graders who received a Â“ve on their FSA reading, math and/or science during the 2017-18 school year, received their promised ÂLimo Ride to Lunch.ÂŽ Like celebrities, they were cheered on by their teacher and classmates as they loaded up on the luxury limo/party bus and headed to the middle school to pick up their graduated Â“fth-graders, who also scored 5s. From there, they headed to the Clewiston Country Club for a catered lunch, which was a new experience for most students who had never visited or eaten there before. The faculty of Central Elementary School are hoping these students continue to strive to always do their best, and hope they enjoyed the Âfruits of their labor!ÂŽ Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoPictured are the 2017-18 thirdand fourth-grade students who scored a Â“ve on their FSA reading and/or math assessments last year. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoThe 2017-18 third-, fourthand Â“fth-grade students who scored a Â“ve on their FSA were chauffeured to the Clewiston Country Club for a luncheon in a luxurious limo/party bus.
2 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on October 10, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will consider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at a public hearing held on October 23, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. Petition Number: CPA18-0008 Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company, represented by Rock Aboujaoude, PE. Rock Enterprises, Inc. Project size: +/623 acres Location: CR 833; see attached locator map Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map by changing the future land use designation from Agriculture (AG) to Electrical Generating Facility (EGF) on the subject property. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/623 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO ELECTRICAL GENERATING FACILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERÂS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County CommissionersÂ ofÂ“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department, by phone (863-6755240), email (mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net), U. S. mail (P .O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Caught not listening or paying attention!By The Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint MartinÂs Church, Clewiston When telling me about her daughter, one mother complained to me ÂShe never listens!ÂŽ I made a suggestion: ÂAsk her to tell you what you just said to her.ÂŽ She did, and it caused the daughter to have to pay attention. It also cost me a small friend, judging by the look I got from the daughter when I made the suggestion. Some of the linguists tell us that much of our v erbal communication is redundant. We have only to catch key words in a phrase and get the meaning of it while many parts are mentally Â“ lled in by the listener. There is also the possibility of missing something but we are able to get the gist of what is sent to us. Many years ago I had a teacher that calmed his unruly class by speaking softly w hen the noise level got to an unacceptable level. HeÂd start speaking softly about ÂfreeÂŽ and ÂgiftsÂŽ and Âno cost to youÂŽ and pretty soon everyone was paying attention. In an almost-whispered tone, heÂd tell people about something that caused them to perk up and Âlisten with both ears.ÂŽ Usually the Âfree giftÂŽ was something like enjoying a sunset or taking a drink from the drinking fountain; but those words were a little softer. Today there seems to be an Âinformation overloadÂŽ and I hear salespersons who must go home with hoarse voices at night shouting about their products and great deals. It makes me tune out. I am ÂblessedÂŽ w ith a mute button on my TV remote and use it when I want to watch something to relax instead of becoming hyper. My moments of reassurance come when I Â“ nd todayÂs problems taking place centuries ago. The Bible tells us ÂThere is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)ÂŽ and I Â“ nd many variations on a theme but nothing new time and again. We have many w onderful innovations that let us communicate, but we still donÂt always hear. Jesus had the same problem! He had just healed a boy thought to be dead (Mark 9:27) and passed through Galilee to teach His disciples (Mark 9:30). His sharing brought disappointing news to those who w ere following. ÂThe Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands and they will kill Him, and three days after being killed, He will rise again (Mark 9:31).ÂŽ There are two kinds of human tragedies; those that are a part of the natural order and those that are man-made. People suffer from hurricanes, accidents, fatal diseases, losses due to forces well beyond their control; natural events that are nobodyÂs fault, nor do they come from anything caused by others. Other tragedies are what people do to each other; killing and betrayal, robbing and violence, withholding things that give life and denying the humanity of others. These are more painful; they may be preventable but people choose to do otherwise. Jesus tells His disciples that he will be betrayed and be killed (v. 31), but in spite of it all, He will rise again. Mark reports that ÂThey did not understand what He was saying and they were afraid to ask Him (v.32). His words, though, were rather straightforward and direct; Âbetrayed into human handsÂŽ...ÂŽkilledÂŽ but also Ârise again.ÂŽ WerenÂt the disciples paying attention? Apparently not. Jesus would ask them ÂWhat were you arguing about on the way? (v.33).ÂŽ No, they were not paying attention, they were arguing among themselves about something else. Mark tells us ÂThey were silent, for they discussed with one another who was the greatest (v.34).ÂŽ Jesus was sharing something intimate, personal, tragic but was not heard. Instead, preoccupation with a worldly care (ÂwhoÂs going to be the greatest?ÂŽ) was foremost in their minds. Jesus did not rebuke them or correct them; instead He told them about innocence and purity, about simplicity and hope. He took a living example of what it takes, a child. He tells them ÂWhoever wants to be Â“ rst must be last of all and servant of all (v.35)ÂŽ and then Âwhoever receives one such child in my name, receives me, receives not me but Him who sent me (v. 37).ÂŽ All of the struggling to be Â“ rst or the most important will be of no account. One of my youth groups had a poster in the room where we met. It was a picture of rats scurrying around in all sorts of different directions. Underneath was a caption; ÂEven if you win the rat race, youÂre still only a rat!ÂŽ The message: Think about where you run, seek real values, listen to what is being said among all of the noises and distractions, have God-given values and life will fall into place. Win where it matters to win.
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 3 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will hold a public hearing on the following ordina nce to rezone property on October 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the p etition is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan and will review the petition for consistency with the Hendry County Lan d Development Code. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard at the public hearing with respect to the proposed ordinance. Oral a nd written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and the ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County CommissionersÂ ofÂ“ce, 25 E Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at su ch meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the p roceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department, by phone (863-675-5240), emai l (mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net), U. S. mail (P O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please conta ct Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Petition Number: RZ18-0006 Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company, represented by Rock Aboujaoude, PE, Rock Enterprises, Inc. Ordinance Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A ZONING DISTRICT BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM GENERAL AGRICULTURE (A-2) TO THE PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (PUD) ZONING DISTRICT TO ALLOW A SOLAR POWERED ELECTRICAL GENERATING FACILITY ON +/-623 ACRES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR SCRIVENERÂS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Project size: +/623 acres Location: CR 833; see attached locator map Request: The applicant is requesting a rezone on the subject property from General Agriculture (A-2) to the Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district to allow a solar powered electrical generating facility. Legal description of subject property: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 28 AND 33, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT A FOUND LIGHTERWOOD POST MARKING THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 33; THENCE RUN N8857Â50ÂŽE, ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 33, A DISTANCE OF 30.01 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE RUN NORTH 0025Â47ÂŽ EAST A DISTANCE OF 2,682.52 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 33; THENCE RUN N0026Â01ÂŽE A DISTANCE OF 1294.28 FEET; THENCE RUN N9000Â00ÂŽE A DISTANCE OF 42.22 FEET; THENCE RUN N0055Â34ÂŽW A DISTANCE OF 421.36 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATURE; THENCE RUN 79.72 FEET ALONG THE ARC OF SA ID CURVE TO THE RIGHT OF RADIUS 100.00 FEET, CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST, HAVING A DELTA ANGLE OF 4540Â37ÂŽ, A CHORD BEARING OF N215 4Â44ÂŽE AND A CHORD LENGTH OF 77.63 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE RUN N4445Â02ÂŽE A DISTANCE OF 138.79 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATU RE; THENCE RUN 199.13 FEET ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE TO THE LEFT OF RADIUS 112.00 FEET, CONCAVE TO THE NORTHWEST, HAVING A DELTA ANGLE OF 10152Â12ÂŽ, A CHORD BEARING OF N0611Â04ÂŽW AND A CHORD LENGTH OF 173.92 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE RUN N5707Â10ÂŽW A DISTANCE OF 85.91 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATURE; THENCE RUN 99.97 FEET ALONG THE ARC OF SAID CURVE TO THE RIGHT OF RADIUS 100.00 FEET, CONCAVE TO THE NORTHEAST, HAVING A DELTA ANGLE OF 5716Â40ÂŽ, A CHORD BEARING OF N2828Â50ÂŽW AND A CHORD LENGTH OF 95.86 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE RUN N0009Â30ÂŽE A DISTANCE OF 493.66 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE NORTH LINE OF THE NORTHWEST QUA RTER OF SAID SECTION 33; THENCE RUN NORTH 8909Â36ÂŽ EAST, ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 33, A DISTAN CE OF 2,603.96 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 28; THENCE RUN NORTH 0114Â01ÂŽ WEST, ALONG THE W EST LINE OF SAID SOUTHEAST QUARTER A DISTANCE OF 330.01 FEET TO A FOUND 4ÂŽ X 4ÂŽ CONCRETE MONUMENT (J+P); THENCE RUN NORTH 8909Â36ÂŽ EAST, PARALLEL TO AND 330.00 FEET NORTHERLY OF, AS MEASURED ON A PERPENDICULAR, THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SOUTHEAST QUARTER, A DIS TANCE OF 2,622.86 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE WESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF COUNTY ROAD 833 (SECTION 07080-2503)(JOB#: 0708-(102 )201); THENCE RUN THE FOLLOWING SIX (6) COURSES AND DISTANCES ALONG SAID WESTERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE; (1) SOUTH 0005Â29ÂŽ WEST FOR 330. 43 FEET; (2) SOUTH 0005Â29ÂŽ WEST FOR 2,688.39 FEET; (3) NORTH 8954Â31ÂŽ WEST FOR 35.00 FEET; (4) SOUTH 0005Â29ÂŽ WEST FOR 900.00 FEET; (5) SOUTH 8954Â31ÂŽ EAST FOR 35.00 FEET; (6) SOUTH 0005Â29ÂŽ WEST FOR 435.24 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE, RUN SOUTH 8852Â04ÂŽ WEST, A DISTANCE OF 1,320.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 0005Â29ÂŽ WEST, PARALLEL WITH SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1 ,320.00 FEET TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTH LINE OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER (SE 1/4) OF SAID SECTION 33; THENCE SOUTH 8854Â59ÂŽ WEST, ALONG SAID SOUTH LINE, A DISTANCE OF 1310.57 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT (BROKEN) MARKING THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER (SW 1/4) OF SAID SECTION 33, THENCE SOUTH 8857Â50ÂŽ WEST, ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SOUTHWEST QUARTER, A DISTANCE OF 2,6 37.22 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. BEARINGS ARE BASED ON THE FLORIDA EAST STATE PLANE COORDINATE SYSTEM (ZONE 0901) (NAD 83/2011). SAID PARCEL CONTAINS 622.96 ACRES (MORE OR LESS). Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064 (863) 983-8559 528 E. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL See our other listings at www.rawlsrealestate.comCLEWISTON HOMES / MOBILE HOMES Â• 4/3.5 Large lot w/pool 1205 Pinewood $439,9K Â• 2/2 MH 551 Fleetwood St. $55K Reduced 53,9K Â• 2/2 Condo Bass Capitol #704 Reduced $102.9K Â• 3/2 800 W. Alverdez Ave $170K PENDING Â• 3/1 Cottage Style, updated 420 W. Circle $139K $119,9K Â• 825 S.Quebrada 3/2, upgrades $195K PENDING RENTALS RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL Â• 2BR/1BA, (1) Unit, 550 S. Lopez., $650 mo Â• 2 BR/1BA 527 W. Haiti Ave. $1050. mo ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS MOORE HAVEN / LAKEPORT/LAKE PLACID Â• 2/2 Lake Access 1075 Lowry Ln CBS $174,9K Â• 4/2.5 1519 Daniels Rd. 5 acres with pond $349,9K Â• 2/2 121 Parkview Dr. Lake Placid $120K Â• 4/2 w/lrg. fam. room, 457 Ave. N $164,9K PENDING Â• Res. Lot 402 Pinecrest, Moore Haven $7K Â• 6 Buildable lots available in Sky Valley, Clewiston Starting at $19K Â• 2755 Milum Dr. Lakeport, 3.18 ac. Lake Access, waterfront, MAKE OFFER! $175K Â• 28 ac. Hwy 27 Frontage $16K per acre, Venus, FL Â• 77 ac. $11,5K per acre, Venus, FL (great hunting) Â• 10 ac. $12.5K per acre, Venus, FL(Wknd retreat) Â• 901 Yacht Club Way $8,9K Â• Moore Haven Lots Starting at $10K Â• 20 Acres Hwy 80 Frontage $18.5K per acre COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT PROPERTY Â• lndustrial Park 3013 C.R. 835 (Open storage and Warehouse) Call for details Â• 516 E Sugarland Hwy $59,9K Â• $139,9K Â• 55ac. W. Sagamore $179,9K 51 Ave. J, Moore Haven FL $139,9K Special to the Lake Okeechobee News The Hendry County Holiday Waste Collection Schedule make allowances for some holidays. There will be NO collection services of any kind trash, recycling, bulky items or y ard waste on the following holidays: Â€ New YearÂs Day; Â€ Memorial Day; Â€ Independence Day; Â€ Labor Day; Â€ Thanksgiving Day; Â€ Christmas Day. If your regular collection day falls on any of these holidays, collection will be made on the following day. This will cause the following pickup days to also be off by one day. For example, for Thanksgiving week: Â€ Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 (regular serv ice); Â€ Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 (regular service); Â€ Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 (regular service); Â€ Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 (off); Â€ Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 (Thursday service); Â€ Saturday Nov. 24, 2018 (Friday service). Residents with questions can contact Hendry County Special Districts at 863-675-5252 or Waste Connections at: 863-675-2481. Customer Service phone lines are closed on the above holidays. Hendry waste collection holiday schedule set Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewLABELLE Â„ The Firehouse Community Theatre, located at 241 N. Bridge St. in LaBelle, will host the following performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. When Mackenzie and her friends learn a group of students are heading to the spooky abandoned Bascomb House, they follow the students and sneak in.... Come to the Firehouse Community Theatre to see what happens next in the production of Night of the Teenage Zombies on Oct. 5 and 6. Boeing Boeing will be performed Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4. Set in 1960, bachelor Bernard couldnÂt be happier, a Â”at in Paris and three attractive stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing each other. Assisted Living: The Musical will be on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9. Everyone knows an eccentric or two, in maturity, these eccentrics often bloom into fullÂ”edged wackos. Welcome to Pelican Roost w here buffoonery lives next door to screwball, just across the way from cockamamie. Love, Lies, and the Doctors Dilemma will be performed Jan. 18-20 and Jan. 25-27. Take ordinary circumstances, add some lies, create a dilemma and add love. Vinny the mob enforcer, a dress wearing son and a walking catastrophe neighbor add to the chaos and confusion. Tickets are available by calling 863-6753066 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or visiting Â“rehousecommunitytheatre.com. Are you interested in helping behind the scenes at the Firehouse Community Theatre? The following positions are needed: Stage managers, back stage assistants, set designers, directors, lighting and sound technicians, props, costume design, concessions, ushers. Any volunteer time is greatly appreciated. There are talented people in the community that can help, so please call the theatre and leave a message with your contact information. Call 863-675-3066 or write to the theatre at: P.O. Box 958, LaBelle, FL 33975, or stop by the theatre to check it out. Firehouse Community Theatre productions planned
4 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Courtesy photoGovernor recognizes studentsÂ FSA scoresCentral Elementary School students from Clewiston are acknowledged and awarded for meeting proÂ“cient levels on their 2017-18 FS A math and reading assessments. They were recognized at CentralÂs kickoff rally, where they received a letter from Gov. Rick Scott, congratulating t hem on scoring a three or higher on their FSA. They also celebrated with a movie and pizza party. Hard work pays off! Special to the Lake Okeechobee News ATLANTA Â„ The U.S. Small Business A dministration (SBA) has added more counties to the disaster declaration in Flor ida for small businesses affected by the red tide algal bloom beginning Nov. 1. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon added more counties in response to a letter from Gov. Rick Scott on Sept. 18, request ing that Pinellas County be added to the disaster declaration by the SBA. The dec laration covers Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties and the adjacent counties of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hard ee, Hendry, Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco in Florida. Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the Small Business A dministration are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonproÂ“t organizations affected by the red tide algal bloom beginning Nov. 1. ÂThe SBA is strongly committed to prov iding the people of Florida with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist small businesses with federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans,ÂŽ said Ms. McMahon. ÂGetting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.ÂŽ SBAÂs customer service representatives w ill be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center located at the Lee County City/ County Annex Building, 1825 Hendry St. in Fort Myers, to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday nd Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ÂThe SBA can help affected small businesses and nonproÂ“t organizations overcome their economic losses by offering working capital loans, but the help cannot start until they submit an SBA disaster loan application to us,ÂŽ said SBAÂs South Florida interim District Director Lynn Douthett. Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The SBA offers economic injury loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The rates on these loans are 3.385 percent for small businesses and 2.5 percent for nonproÂ“t organizations with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size and type of business and its Â“nancial resources. These working capital loans may be used to pay Â“xed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or proÂ“ts. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBAÂs secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Applications and program information are available by calling the SBAÂs Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to a center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The Â“ling deadline to return applications for economic injury is June 4, 2019. SBA disaster assistance expands to additional counties Special to the Lake Okeechobee News LABELLE Â„ Born in Italy to a Jewish mother and a Roman Catholic father, Holocaust survivor Cesare Frustaci will share his story at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Hendry/Glades Curtis Center, Building A-114, 1092 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle. The event is free and open to the public. When he was just 2 years old, Mr. FrustaciÂs family was ordered to leave Italy. The family went to Hungary, where he and his mother were forced to live inside a Yellow Star house within a Jewish ghetto. Hoping to save him, his mother sent him out onto the streets with only a piece of bread and his baptismal certiÂ“cate. Mr. Frustaci will share his experiences during his time as a child in the Holocaust. Following Mr. FrustaciÂs presentation, Sam Parish, director of operations and educational specialist at The Holocaust Museum and Education Center, will discuss how persuasion affected the Holocaust. For more information, contact Pam Macander, senior staff assistant, at 863674-6000. Holocaust survivor to speak in LaBelle Special to the Lake Okeechobee News FORT MYERS Â„ Looking for a place to bring your kids for Halloween? Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) is hosting family-friendly Halloween events this October. Local families are invited to trick-ortreat and enjoy spooky activities for free at the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, Charlotte Campus, Collier Campus, or Hendry/ Glades Curtis Center. ÂThe Southwest Florida community looks forward to our Halloween nights every year, and weÂre excited to welcome them back to one of our three campuses or regional center,ÂŽ said Dr. Sholondo Campbell, director of the ofÂ“ce of student engagement. ÂOur students are responsible for coordinating much of what happens at these events, and they bring their friends and families to join in the fun.ÂŽ FSW student clubs and organizations decorate rooms, build haunted houses and even perform as ghosts or monsters. Guests of the collegeÂs Halloween events can also expect to enjoy costume contests, games, face painting, crafts, treats and more. The Hendry/Glades Curtis Center will host ÂHaunted HappeningsÂŽ on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Building B Community Room, 1092 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle. For information, call 863-6746001. Reach out to individual FSW locations for more details. Only children 12 and younger are permitted to wear masks and/ or carry fake weapons. Please refrain from wearing inappropriate costumes. FSW hosts family-friendly Halloween event in LaBelle
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 5 By Chris FelkerLake Okeechobee News CLEWISTON Â„ There exists a wild place near here where the residents, some of humansÂ closest relatives in the animal kingdom, are enjoying not merely a sweet life in Hendry County; these primate cousins of ours have found a refuge from hurt. ItÂs a place resembling their actual home in the world Â„ on another continent theyÂve never seen. And to hear their happy howls and cheerful chatter, life truly is sweet for them. The TalkinÂ Monkeys Project is where the captive-bred-and-raised apes live. ItÂs a 5-acre, federal-, stateand locally licensed haven in what feels like a jungle, nestled on a cool, quiet, shaded corner in Pioneer Plantation off one of the countyÂs lone windy rural roads, Hendry Isles Boulevard. To dispel a common but comical public misconception that arises from the name of the place: No, they havenÂt discovered monkeys who talk, or that monkeys can talk (although they deÂ“nitely talk to each other). Nor are they trying to teach monkeys to talk (in the way that humans communicate) here. As the researchers for whom the refuge has become like a second home will tell you, they just Âtalk monkeysÂŽ here, like some neighbor families might Âtalk Tigers football.ÂŽ Thus the name. Dr. Deborah D. Misotti and her husband, Tom, founded this not-for-proÂ“t educational conservation organization over 20 years ago and have operated the sanctuary here since buying the 5-acre property in 2002. Their main intent is to provide a lifelong home for primates that have been rescued from private homes where theyÂve suffered abuse, released from research laboratories or conÂ“scated from poachers who trafÂ“c in the endangered animals. Secondary purposes are to create worldwide awareness of the challenges to their survival that primates face in the wild and to assist in educating a new generation of scientists who will work to help ensure that the apesÂ numbers donÂt dwindle any more in their natural habitats in Africa, Asia and South and Central America, where they are increasingly being crowded out by growing human populationsÂ encroachment. The TMP sanctuary is home to 15 primates, some of them longtime residents but others recent rescues. Dr. Misotti pointed out two female gibbons who had been removed in an enforcement action from a South Florida facility by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ÂThey were both badly injured when they came. FWC had me come in and do an assessment on apes at a facility in south Miami,ÂŽ she explained. ÂWe ended up taking their orangutan away from them and sending it to the Center for Great Apes (in Hardee County), and ... I took the two that were the most badly injured so that I could work on rehab with them.ÂŽ Now that theyÂre doing much better, she said, their behaviors are being studied by students invited to observe their activities in the natural setting, where their large cages and towers are interspersed throughout a bamboo forest. They are not just conÂ“ned to their cages, though; many have added-on, enclosed passageways called travel chutes. And some have larger screened-in passages that are used to acclimate specimens of the two sexes for possible couplings, such as was in progress that morning last week. Ashley Peters, a college senior from Detroit majoring in biology at Florida Gulf Coast University, was present to observe and record pre-mating behaviors as one of the female gibbons, 8 years old, was being gradually brought closer to an energetic 14-yearold male named Merlin inside a chain-link passage connecting their two individual tower cages where only a few bamboo poles separated the two. ÂAshleyÂs project is that sheÂs observing the introduction of captive-bred gibbons,ÂŽ said Dr. Misotti, explaining that theyÂd tried to introduce her to a much older gibbon named Monkey Boy, to no avail. ÂThe older male had no interest in her whatsoever. SheÂs young; sheÂs interested in everything. I used to like to say: ÂWell, he wasnÂt into child porn. SheÂs 8, and heÂs 38.Â Several poles were removed that day so she could slip into what they call a buffer zone, separated from Merlin only by a set of poles, in case of unwanted aggressive behavior. ÂEach time weÂve moved them closer, weÂve seen what we call male display. He ... gets very excited and so he throws a few more twirls and whirls Â„ masculine display, itÂs called. HeÂs showing off.ÂŽ ThatÂs one example of the type of research conducted on the premises; Ms. Peters is one of hundreds of students whom the Misottis have hosted. Other programs, including internships, are ongoing or being established. ÂStudents come from all over the world to visit, volunteer and learn,ÂŽ Dr. Misotti said. The refuge is not open to the public; however, they have conducted public tours; another is planned sometime this fall. To learn more about the TalkinÂ Monkeys Project, visit their Facebook page or go to talkinmonkeysproject.org. Now Accepting New Patients Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MDCertiÂ“ed by the American Board of PediatricsMedicaid and Most Insurances Accepted. Discounted Fees Based on Income. You can make an appointment with Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MD by calling 1-844-FHCSWF or 1-844-342-7935. Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MD is accepting new patients at our First Choice Kidcare ofÂ“ce located at: 930 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL 33935Â National Quality LeaderÂŽ ÂPath Excellence in Patient Service Award WinnerÂŽ HELP THE CHAMBER CHOOSE A HASTAGHave your # Entry featured as our trademark Hastag as we host and attend events Winner will receive a Gift Card from one of our registered members eateries #whatisyourhashtagSend Submissions to Clewistonchamber@ embarqmail.com or call 863-983-7979 Apes Â“nd safe home at Hendry County facility Lake Okeechobee News/ Chris FelkerDr. Deborah Misotti (left) describes how theyÂre introducing a young female gibbon to the refugeÂs 14-year-old male, Merlin, in hopes of producing a viable breeding pair, as student Ashley Peters (right) observes their behavior. Lake Okeechobee News/ Chris FelkerDr. Deborah Misotti greets one of the rescued gibbons housed at the TalkinÂ Monkeys Project refuge.
6 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will hold a public hearing on the following petiti on on October 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the petition is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan and will review the petition for consist ency with the Hendry County Land Development Code. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) for Â“nal consideration at a public heari ng. This hearing will be held on October 23, 2018 at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard at the public hearings with respect to the petition. Oral and writte n comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition is available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County CommissionersÂ ofÂ“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at su ch meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a ve rbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department, by phone (863-675-5240), emai l (mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net), U. S. mail (P O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please co ntact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar en esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Petition Number: VA18-0004 Applicant: Mary D. Seibel Resolution Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A VARIANCE OF 21 FEET RESULTING IN A REAR YARD SETBACK OF 4 FEET TO ALLOW FOR A POOL IN THE MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (RG-2) ZONING DISTRICT. Project size: +/0.63 acres Location: 435 Live Oak Lane, LaBelle Florida 33935 Parcel ID: 1-29-43-06-040-0000-014.4 Request: The applicant is requesting a variance of 21 feet resulting in a rear yard setback of 4 feet to allow for a pool on the property. Legal description of subject property: A TRACT OF LAND, BEING A PORTION OF LOT 13, OF L.V. HULLÂS SUBDIVISION, SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 29 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 3, PAGE 12, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 3, PAGE 9, OF THE RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING EASTERLY OF THE EASTERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 2, PAGE 69, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. SAID TRACT BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 13; THENCE S 8918Â37ÂŽ W ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF LOT 13, A DISTANCE OF 530.35 FEET, TO SAID EASTERLY RIVER RIGHT OF WAY LINE; THENCE N 1854Â51ÂŽ E, ALONG SAID RIVER RIGHT OF WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 174.26 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE LAND HEREIN DESCRIBED: THENCE CONTINUE N 1854Â51ÂŽ E, ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 207.88 FEET; THENCE S 7724Â37ÂŽ E, A DISTANCE OF 225.65 FEET; THENCE N 8535Â39ÂŽ E, A DISTANCE OF 182.77 FEET, TO THE EAST LINE OF SAID LOT 13; THENCE S 0042Â46ÂŽ E, ALONG SAID EAST LINE A DISTANCE OF 30.00 FEET; THENCE S 8535Â39ÂŽ W, A DISTANCE OF 182.77 FEET; THENCE S 0010Â33ÂŽ E, A DISTANCE OF 114.00 FEET; THENCE S 8918Â37ÂŽ W, A DISTANCE OF 288.35 FEET, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SUBJECT TO A PERPETUAL EASEMENT RIGHT OF WAY, LYING WESTERLY OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED LINE: COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID LOT 13; THENCE S 8918Â37ÂŽ W ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF LOT 13, A DISTANCE OF 480.00 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY, ALONG A CURVE, CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAVING A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0341Â00ÂŽ A RADIUS OF 3000 FEET, A CHORD BEARING OF N 3057Â00ÂŽ E, A CHORD OF 192.82 FEET, AND AN ARC DISTANCE OF 192.85 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. THENCE CONTINUE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG A CURVE, CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAVING A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 0349Â11ÂŽ E A RADIUS OF 3000 FEET, A CHORD BEARING OF N 3441Â59ÂŽ E, A CHORD OF 199.96 FEET TO THE END OF SAID LINE. Special to the Lake Okeechobee News WEST PALM BEACH Â„ The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Sept. 13 approved a plan to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee down into the Boulder Zone instead of sending it to the coastal estuaries. The board voted to move forward with test wells and exploration of a strategy that could further reduce damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries while larger Everglades restoration projects are completed. Emergency Estuary Protection Wells w ould send excess water 3,000 feet straight down into the Boulder Zone, in effect sending it to tide without damaging the estuaries. ÂWith inconsistencies in federal funding causing delays to long-term restoration projects, Emergency Estuary Protection W ells serve as the most immediate and most beneÂ“cial option to provide relief to our northern estuaries during high-water emergencies,ÂŽ said SFWMD Governing Board member Brandon Tucker. ÂThis board supports this proven, cost-effective technology while working toward the ultimate goal of getting large-scale Everglades restoration projects online.ÂŽ SFWMD staff briefed Governing Board members during their regular monthly business meeting Sept. 14 on the plan to create test wells to gather more information on the possible use of Emergency Estuary Protection Wells. The wells would utilize deep injection technology to move water that would otherwise be released from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal estuaries 3,000 feet below ground into the Boulder Zone. The wells would be used only during high-water emergency situations such as the one currently caused by record May rainfall when the lake has risen so high that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has no other choice but to release water to the estuaries to protect residents from Â”ooding. The wells would provide another outlet for that water that would protect the estuaries from environmental harm. After the test wells gather more information that can be used to design a large-scale program to use the Emergency Estuary Protection Wells, the wells can be built and operational more quickly than large capital projects. Once completed, the wells would provide additional opportunities to protect against harmful discharges and can continue to work alongside restoration projects as they come on line. Several major restoration projects that are part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) are either under construction or in planning. These projects rely on federal funding, which has fallen behind state efforts. These projects, once fully funded and constructed, are expected to help reduce about 80 percent of unwanted estuary releases made for Â”ood control purposes. The Emergency Estuary Protection Wells will be used in the interim while these projects become operational and, furthermore, will be able to help reduce some of the remaining volume of estuary releases even after these restoration projects are complete. At the Sept. 6 meeting of the Water Resources Advisory Coalition, SFWMD lead hydrologist Bob Verrastro said the wells can be built on land SFWMD already owns. ÂEEWPs will only be used when needed. They wonÂt be used all the time,ÂŽ he said. ÂUnlike a reservoir, it wonÂt Â“ll with local rainfall.ÂŽ He said the Boulder Zone is a deep, sterile environment full of saltwater. ÂThe conditions are quite different than exist on the surface,ÂŽ he explained. He said the water will be Â“ltered before it is injected into the Boulder Zone. ÂWe donÂt want to plug up the well with any materials that would make the Boulder Zone less favorable,ÂŽ he said. ÂOnce you put it down 3,000 feet, itÂs hard to get it back up.ÂŽ Deep well injection is an old and proven technology, he said. It has been used to dispose of excess treated wastewater by utility companies in Florida for decades. ÂWest Palm Beach system wells have been pumping 24/7 for 20 years,ÂŽ he said. He said the void space within the aquifer itself makes for a very stable environment. A 24-inch diameter well can typically pump about 15 million gallons of water per day. EEPWs would work in conjunction with CERP, not instead of CERP, he said. These wells are an alternative tool to reduce damaging discharges to the estuaries, he explained. While the CERP projects will take decades to be completed, the EEPWs can provide relief to the coastal estuaries in Â“ve to 10 years, he explained. At the current state and federal funding levels, the integrated delivery schedule of the CERP projects wonÂt be Â“nished until around 2070. Even after CERP is completed, the EEPWs would provide emergency capacity for extreme high water events. SFWMD plans to send water to tide Â… down through the earth
Sept. 26, 2018 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun 7 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO ADOPT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT RELATING TO THE HENDRY COUNTY FUTURE LAND USE MAP Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners proposes to adopt the following Ordinance. A public hearing on the ordinance will be held by the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners on October 9, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 W. Ventura Ave., Clewiston, Florida. AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/111.4 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENERÂS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard at the public hearing with respect to the proposed ordinance. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County CommissionersÂ ofÂ“ce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department by phone (863-675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net), U.S. mail (P .O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendryÂ”a.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. By Karl HavensDirector, Florida Sea GrantNOAA satellite images from Sept. 9 indicate that blue-green algae continues to bloom in the water or on the surface of a large part of Lake Okeechobee. As more information has become available, we have a clearer picture of why 2018 has been such an extreme bloom y ear in FloridaÂs largest lake. In the past, the amount of algae-fueling phosphorus loaded into the lake hovered around 500 metric tons. This year, that number ex ceeds 1,040 metric tons, the second-highest phosphorus load into the lake in 45 y ears, according to data recently released by the South Florida Water Management District. A higher-than-average amount of nitrogen has also made its way into the lake. Most of the nutrient-laden water Â”owed into the lake during a sixto eight-week period after Hurricane Irma last fall, and after heavy rains early this spring. The w ater has brought with it nutrients left in the soils, wetlands and bottoms of creeks from past agricultural activities that predate contemporary best management practices. The heavy rain also has brought nutrients from contemporary sources, including agriculture, urban areas and perhaps leaking septic systems. The hurricane stirred up nutrient-rich bottom sediments in Lake Istokpoga, located northwest of Lake Okeechobee, raising the level of phosphorus in the w ater. Phosphorus loads from Lake Istok poga to Lake Okeechobee subsequently have risen to 118 metric tons, four times the long-term annual average. The Kissim mee Valley has also been heavily inundated, contributing another 305 metric tons of phosphorus to the lake Â„ also four times the long-term annual average. These nutrients have fueled a bloom in Lake Okeechobee that began with the hot, sunny weather in June. The bloom had been dominated by Microcystis, a kind of blue-green algae that requires dissolved nitrogen and phosphorus in the water to grow. The bloom appeared to be going away in July, but then reappeared. Why? If blooms decline in summer, itÂs often because they run out of nitrogen, unless theyÂre a species that can obtain nitrogen from the atmosphere. Samples obtained in early August (see Aug. 9 update) showed the resurgent bloom was dom inated by Anabaena, a species that can obtain nitrogen from the atmosphere. Phosphorus concentrations can remain high during a bloom by recycling in the w ater. It is unclear what the present composition of blue-green algae is in the lake, because water samples have not been taken recently. We will update if that information becomes available. Interestingly, the Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough, a subwatershed, had below-average nutrient loads into Lake Okeechobee. This subwatershed sits on the northeast edge of the lake. ItÂs important to note that this slough has experienced the most intensive agricultural nutrient control pro gram by the state and the industry. This yearÂs bloom illustrates the problems faced by the large lake ecosys tem Â„ the land that drains into it has a huge pent-up quantity of phosphorus and nitrogen. Flood control canals can rapidly carry those nutrients into the lake, causing blooms. A wet hurricane or just a very wet spring Â„ followed by a hot summer Â„ can determine whether there will be a massive bloom on the lake. Nutrient con trol is critical, because we cannot control the weather. Climate change only will make the situation worse. The positive results in the Taylor Creek/ Nubbin Slough subwatershed are encour aging. Stateand federally funded projects continue in the entire Lake Okeechobee watershed in an attempt to control nutri ent and water inputs into the lake from various source regions. Completion of projects in the Lake Okeechobee watershed and the decline in blue-green blooms in the lake is decades away. The mandated target load for phos phorus from the watershed to the lake is 105 metric tons. But the actual load of around 500 metric tons has not declined for decades. The target phosphorus concentration for the lake water is 40 parts per billion. This concentration has risen markedly since the 1980s and is routinely more than 100 parts per billion. Nitrogen inputs are also an important factor for blue-green algae blooms in this large lake; they are not as explicitly considered as phosphorus inputs at this time. EditorÂs note: Karl Havens has 35 yearsÂ experience in aquatic research, education and outreach, and has worked with Florida aquatic ecosystems and the use of objective science in their man agement for the past 23 years. His area of research specialty is the response of aquatic ecosystems to natural and human-caused stressors, including hurricanes, drought, climate change, eutrophication, invasive species and toxic materials. He is a recipient of the Edward Deevey Jr. Award from the Florida Lake Management Society for his research dealing with Florida lake ecosystems. Heavy nutrient load into lake fueled algae bloom
8 Lake Okeechobee News merger of Okeechobee News, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat and The Sun Sept. 26, 2018 Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/ Joshua BrackLife Around the Lake ...Colton Brack explores the edge of a Â“ eld of sugar cane in this photo submitted by Joshua Brack. Share your photos of ÂLife Around the LakeÂŽ by emailing them as jpg attachments to email@example.com. Special to the Lake Okeechobee NewsThe primary goal of the U.S. Department of TransportationÂs National Highway TrafÂ“ c Safety Administration (NHTSA) for child passenger safety is to make sure all parents and caregivers are correctly using the correct car seats (rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats) or seat belts for their childrenÂs ages and sizes. During Child Passenger Safety Week, which is being observed Sept. 2329, many communities will have certiÂ“ ed child passenger safety technicians on hand to provide free education on how to use car seats, booster seats and seat belts. Technicians will help educate consumers about choosing the right car seat for a child, installing that seat correctly in their vehicle, and using that seat correctly every time. They can also discuss the importance of registering that car seat with its manufacturer, and what to expect if the seat is subject to a safety recall. Safe Kids of Southwest Florida will host a car seat inspection event where nationally certiÂ“ ed technicians can help you properly install your car seat. The free event will be on Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at 315 South W.C. Owen St. in Clewiston. Those interested may call 863-983-7813, ext. 1423, and ask for Jashiramor Harper to schedule an appointment. Car seat safety check set for Sept. 28