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Sunday, July 27, 2014 V ol. 105 No. 90 13.64 feetLast Year: 15.62 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ plus tax By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News What does the future hold for the OkeeTantie Campground and Marina? Suggestions discussed at the Thursday meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission ranged from a simple plan to reopen some areas of the campground to a high-end RV destination complete with a swimming pool, hot tub and other amenities. Donnie Oden, director of Okeechobee County Facilities Maintenance and Developmental Services, said the most economicallyfeasible improvements would be to reopen the portion of the campground nearest the river that has electricity and water lines. He explained that area A,Ž the section closest to the river has some RV spaces in wagon wheelŽ formations which are not big enough for modern RVs. He said while those scenic spots are prime sites, that area would have to be recon“ gured before it could be used. The wagon wheelŽ site plan doesnt really work for the newer RVs, he explained. About 50 sites in area AŽ that are not in the wagon wheelsŽ have electricity, water and sewer, he said. The county could reopen that section. In the area BŽ of the park, the utility lines will have to be “ xed. The clay sewer pipe has some breaks, Mr. Oden explained. He said they could reline the main sewer trunk line, repave the entire area, provide concrete slabs for each of the parking spots and then phase in sections of camping. He estimated the electrical work would cost about $300,000; the sanitary sewer lines about $65,000 and the water distribution system work about $60,000. Okee-Tantie improvements consideredMom accused of threatening to kill toddler ...Page 12 Understanding appendicitis ... Page 10 Centennial logo ideas sought ... Page 15 Battle eld Park will open to the public ... Page 10 See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Clrng Or Cti! By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Two Okeechobee men were injured during a shooting incident in the Deans Court area late Thursday night. Detective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), said the incident occurred around 11:17 p.m. as the two victims were standing next to a car parked in front of a home at 804 N.W. 11th St. The detective said he can document that at least “ ve rounds were “ red at Anthony Brown, 50, and Jerome Johnson as they stood next to the white Hyundai Elantra. Johnson, said Detective Saum, was shot in the “ nger and Brown suffered an injury to his chest from shrapnel. Johnson, 19, was taken to Raulerson Hospital then transferred to another hospital, said the detective. None of the injuries are life threatening. When asked Friday morning about the motive for the July 24 shooting, the detective said it was still early in his investigation and he didnt know yet. I dont know where this is going. At this point, Ive got more questions than answers,Ž he said. According to the veteran investigator there were a number of witnesses who said two men, dressed in black, walked up to the scene Clues sought in late-night shooting Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppDetective Bill Saum, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), used wooden rods to determine the trajectory of rounds “ red at two men as they stood next to this white Hyundai Elantra parked in front of a home at 804 N.W. 11th St. One round apparently broke out the rear windows of the car, while other rounds were “ red into the doors. The two men were only slightly injured in the Thursday, July 24, incident. See SHOOTING „ Page 5 See PARK „ Page 5


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Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday Night: Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm after midnight. Low 74F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News New of“ cers and eleven new board members were elected at the recent United W ay of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Annual Meeting. Of“ cers and Executive Committee Members for 2014-2015 are the following: € Board chair: Robert Wilson of Enterprise Holdings; € Vice chair: John Clinger of Clinger, Sizemore & Associates/Bank of America; € Treasurer: Patricia Heath of Interop Technologies; € Assistant Treasurer: Craig Folk of Miller, Helms & Folk Pa.; € Secretary: Mary Vlasak Snell of Pavese Law Firm; and, € Immediate past chair: Tom Uhler of Uhler & Vertich Financial Planners; Joining the United Way Board of Directors are the following: € Orestes Baez of The News-Press Media Group; € Lee Bellamy of Homewood Suites, Bell Tower Shops; € Charles Chapman of Hendry County Government; € Michael Clark of United Mechanical, Inc.; € Roger Desjarlais of Lee County; € Douglas Forster of Chicos FAS; € Chauncey Goss of Goss Practical Solutions; € Derek Jones of Wells Fargo Bank; € Buddy Kubesh of Publix Super Markets; € Jennifer Lafferty … CenterState Bank, and, € Brett Tessier of Publix Super Markets. Since the inception of United Way in 1957, over 128 million dollars have been raised and distributed in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives such as the, Alvin A Dubin Alzheimers Resource Center, LARC, Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community including nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. For more information, please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at 239-433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org. United Way elects new of“ cers and board members Special to the Okeechobee News Electrical strikes and surges from lightning can destroy your home, cause severe injury and even death. With the recent lightning strikes affecting residents and their homes across the nation, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following tips to help families reduce their risk of lightning injuries and protect their home.Protect Your Family€ Stay alert and listen carefully for the “ rst signs of lightning or thunder. Remember, If Thunder Roars, Go Indoors’.Ž € Seek shelter. Lightning often hits before the rain begins, so dont wait for the rain to start before leaving.If outdoors€ Avoid water, high ground and open spaces. € Stay away from metal objects including wires, fences and motors. € Find shelter in a sizable building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle. € Dont get under a small canopy, small picnic shelter or near trees. € If you cannot take shelter indoors, crouch down with your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from the thunder. € Stay at least 15 feet away from other people.If indoors€ Completely close the windows and dont lean on the doors. € Avoid water and stay away from doors and windows. € Do not use landline telephone or headsets. Cell phones are safe. € Turn off, unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools and televisions sets as lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines inducing shocks to equipment inside.After the Storm€ Dont resume activities until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunderclap. € Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured and use “ rst aid procedures. Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, so it is safe to administer medical treatment.Protect Your HomeSurge Protective Devices protect electronic and electrical appliances from all but the most severe electrical surges or direct strikes. They should be installed at all items to be protected. A good electrical grounding system is essential. Whole House Surge Protection systems can be installed on the electric meter or the electrical panel to help protect the appliances and electronic equipment in your house such as computers, TVs and DVD players. Contact your local electric company for installation information. If your utility company doesnt offer the service, a quali“ ed electrician can install this device at your electrical panel. Lightning protection systems: These systems provide a direct path for lightning to follow to the ground rather than through the house structure and its wiring. Consult a quali“ ed contractor (UL-listed/LPI-certi“ ed or quali“ ed electrician) for installation. Stay safe when summer lightning strikes Caregiver Conference plannedOverwhelmed by caregiving challenges? IRSC will host a Fearless Caregiver Conference presented by the Area Agency on Aging at the Williamson Conference Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., Monday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Bring your questions to the experts. Lunch will be included. For information, call 954-362-8126.


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T axes€ The issue of fairness is a tough one. T he well-intentioned Homestead Exemption has made it very dif“ cult for small counties w ith a large percentage of homes valued less than $50,000 to raise enough money t o pay the bills. Yet the people who live in homes on which no tax is paid still expect c ounty services. If there is no way to raise t he money, we are all going to have to live w ith a lower level of service. And that will affect law enforcement since law enforcement is funded by ad valorem taxes. Does t hat mean we all better be ready to protect our own homes? € More than once when I hear someone s ay Im a taxpayer!Ž I have asked, what taxes do you pay? How much? And it turns out t he only taxes they pay are sales tax and gas t ax. That means they pay only one cent of c ounty taxes on the dollar on taxable items. A nd most of what they buy is not taxable. T he gas tax goes to pay for the roads they drive on. So before you rant about wanting t he services paid for by your taxes, make s ure you are actually paying taxes.Junkyard€ It has been some time since anyone has w ritten about the place on S. Parrott Street. It is time for code enforcement to get tough. T he place is an eyesore. The covering for the fence is torn in places and you can see all t he junk behind the fence. There is all kinds of junk out front which is supposed to be b ehind the fence. There is so much undergrowth that it has covered a lot of the junk. It is hard to tell what lurks in there. Probably s nakes, rats and who can tell what else. The c ity goes to all the trouble to make the cent er of the street attractive and then you have t o look at this eyesore. T ips€ Here we go again with a restaurant s erver complaining about tips and saying people should not go out to eat if they cant afford a big tip. First, I doubt the restaurant owner feels that way. If fewer people go out to eat, the owner will “ re some of the servers and then you might not have a job. Second, you have to give excellent service to get a big tip. I have yet to receive excellent service in a restaurant in Okeechobee. I tip 15 percent for good service, 10 percent for OK service, and not at all for poor service. If I get excellent service, I will leave a bigger tip. € In response to the waiter or waitress who complained about not being tipped, when my family goes out to eat, we eat at buffets. We go through a line, pay at a cash register, get our own food and carry it to the table. So, if it is a place where someone else cleans the table, we leave only a minimal tip for the person who cleans up. Extended school day€ I saw on the news that 27 schools in Palm Beach County will have the extended school day for the extra hour of reading. So just one school in Okeechobee County in that position is not so bad. Palm Beach County has a lot more money than we do. € This issue also has a lot to do with the PARENTS. There are parents who help their kids, encourage reading, and do activities with them to expand their minds. Then there are parents who refuse to make sacri“ ces for the betterment of their children and park the kids in front of the TV or video games, and dont give a care until they see that their kid is failing and/or struggling. I made a decision years ago to simplify our lives, simplify our bills, live smarter, and help my children to succeed no matter what, instead of working late every night and then insisting on me timeŽ in the evenings. But I dont, because I want my kids to succeed, no matter what school, what county, what district, what planet, what teacher. Every parent is responsible for the school failing or succeeding. So if you have a problem with the schools failing grade, “ nd all the deadbeat parents and blame them. € The longer school day is unfair to the kids whose parents are already reading with them every night at home. They should have tutoring programs for the kids who are not on grade level and need the help, not keep all of the children an extra hour a day. Kids who are not reading on grade level should also be held back a year. Sending them on to the next grade is just going to make them more frustrated because they wont be able to keep up with the work. Obedience and repentance are keyBy Pastor Rick GilesNorthside Baptist ChurchI grew up in a home with three brothers. Needless to say, those were great times and we never lacked for something to do. Many times we were into things that were certainly outside the rules of our home. That being said, my mother was a wonderful mother and a true disciplinarian. When we had been disobedient, there were true consequences. In that day, there was no fear in using the belt or a fresh switch. My mother was consistent in our correction and always disciplined with love. As a matter of fact, as she would begin to dole out the punishment, she would say, This is going to hurt me more than it will hurt you!Ž I could never “ gure that out, being on the business end of the belt! Even though we were receiving the discipline, there was no doubt that we were loved. There was another form of discipline my mother used, and that was restriction or grounding. Many times there was no time limit to the punishment. The most important issue was real repentance. We needed a change in our behavior and that was how my parents would accomplish it. There was sustenance, but no blessing. While we were grounded, we were unable to have any rewards or blessings of any kind until our parents were sure we had learned our lesson. What a tough way to learn a lesson! One thing could be said for sure; it was an effective way to teach us to stay on their good side. When you think about it, one could say that God has a good side,Ž and when we are not obedient to His will, there will be no blessing. Sometimes as Christians, we “ nd ourselves outside of Gods blessings because we are outside of His will. In other words, when it seems as though nothing is working right in our lives and weve prayed and prayed, but there are no answers to our prayers, it is time to evaluate our life condition, or our relationship with God. We need to appeal to the righteousness of God. Have you ever felt like God did not hear your prayers? If there is unconfessed sin in our lives, it is impossible for Him to issue blessings. At the end of the dedication of Solomons Temple (2 Chronicles 7), God appeared to Solomon that night, and issued this promise to him and to all who belong to Him. He said: I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacri“ ce. If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hea r from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.Ž What a promise from God! This is, however, a promise with a condition attached. Th e King James Version begins verse 14 with th e word IfŽ as do most other translations. Thos e Bible translations that do not begin with th e word, If, use the word And.Ž Whicheve r translation you choose and however you read the verse, there is a condition to the promise. We “ rst must humbleŽ ourselves. This means that we have come to understand tha t we are unable to “ x our own lives. God is absolutely necessary and we are dependan t upon His grace and mercy. It also carries th e idea that without God, we are inadequate. Second, we are to pray! One might sa y that I have prayed and Im not getting an y answersŽ or I dont think God hears m e when I pray.Ž Nothing could be further from the truth! We must remember that God is Omniscient, or all knowing. Therefore, ther e is nothing that escapes His knowledge, including our prayers! The problem is NOT tha t He cant hear us, but that He cannot bless sin in our lives, so it seems as if He doesnt hea r us when we pray. We still must keep praying. That is part of the healing process. Our third responsibility is to seek His (Gods) face. This means that we are to loo k for His instruction and will for our lives wherever it may be found. It is as if you were trying to understand what someone is saying to you when there is no sound coming from his/he r mouth and the lips are unable to move. You have to learn to look for other signs for th e instruction to be received. It is all about pursuing God with all of your heart. Number four, and probably the toughes t one to overcome; we must turn from ou r wicked ways. One might say, I am not a wicked person!Ž Whenever we are disobedient to Gods will for our lives and we do no t give heed to His instructions, we are in con” ict with His righteousness, and thus we ar e sinful or wicked.Ž Repentance, or turning to God, is necessary. God is saying to the Christian if we will honor Him with our entire being, He will respond to our prayers, forgive us of our sins and repair our lives! It really is that simple. God goes on to say in the next verse: M y eyes will now be open and My ears attentiv e to prayer from this place.Ž This means that H e is looking and listening to see what you ar e going to do about it; if you will do this, I will do that. Now, its your turn! Pray this prayer, Lord God, help me to seek to live my life in honor of and in obedience to You. Amen!Ž July 27, 2014 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re” ections from the pulpit Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in Independent’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the community’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. 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He estimated the total cost of the project at $1.2 million, including a contingency fund for the improvements needed to reopen the bait and tackle shop and get the fuel station back in operation. This would make 50 RV spaces available in area B, he said. Additional sections of area B could be phased in. Those would be less expensive because the main utility line work and paving would already be done. County Commissioner Joey Hoover said he is in favor of making improvements at Okee-Tantie but wanted to make sure they could recoup their investment by renting out the RV spaces. He said “ guring a 20-year lifespan, each space would have to bring in $1,200 a year just to cover the cost of the improvements. Jim Threewits, Okeechobee County Deputy Administrator for Operations, said when the camp was last open, the rate was $40 a night or $720 a month. Mr. Oden said they had limits on how long an RV could stay on a site, and ensured that all of the RVs stayed mobile and could be quickly evacuated in case of an emergency. Since the park is inside the Herbert Hoover Dike, in case of a hurricane, all of the RVs would have to be removed from the park. Mr. Threewits said the initial work would improve the overall look of area B since all of the paving would be done. He said additional spaces would cost less per space. Park models would not be allowed, Mr. Threewits said. County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper said reopening the county park should not have a negative effect on other area parks because the trend in the other parks is toward park models and Okee-Tantie cannot allow park models. He said if they reopen the park, they will probably get lots of business from the tournament “ sherman who have RVs. Commissioner Ray Domer questioned the logic of “ xing area B “ rst. What would be the attraction down there?Ž he asked. I think its the river. I wonder if we shouldnt make area A pretty. The river is something no one else has,Ž he said. He said he likes the idea of providing large concrete pads where campers can park their RVs and have enough room for a porch. But he didnt think that alone would be enough to attract suf“ cient business to the park. We need something there, even if its just a pool, for people to play in when it is hot,Ž he said. I think the value in that facility once it is done would far exceed what you would put in it.Ž County administrator Robbie Chartier said KOA charges campers $52.25 a night, and they have two swimming pools, a golf course and a tiki hut. County attorney John Cassels suggested the commissioners consider the plans from a marketing prospective. You dont normally build a shopping center and then look around and see if there is a market for it,Ž he said. You start with the marketing part. Look at the resources,Ž he continued. ŽYou have a marina. Youve got the beginnings of a bait and tackle area. Youve got the view of the river. Who are you marketing it to?Ž he asked, adding that they are probably not trying to attract campers who just want to “ ll up a cooler with “ sh and leave. You are probably marketing it to the higher-end campers who want to do something more than “ sh. You need some place to get out of the sun. You need some place to relax when you have been “ shing,Ž he continued. Mr. Cassels advised the commissioners to start smallŽ making improvements to the park. Commission Chair Frank Irby, said while area A has the view of the river, he thinks area B is nicer because it has trees and its not desolate like area A. If you want to make area A marketable, it will take considerable investment,Ž he said. The wagon wheel spaces will have to be torn out and that area completely redone and landscaped. Many years before I moved to Okeechobee, I went to KOA because they had the pool and the hot tub,Ž said Commissioner Culpepper. He said most people with a 40-foot motorhome dont want to cook. Those are the people who are going to go into town and go to restaurants,Ž he said. The board needs to look at what they will put there,Ž he said. Will it be a “ rst class RV resort of just a campground?Ž We have to make the dollars work,Ž said Commissioner Hoover. Commissioner Culpepper suggested putting a bond referendum on the ballot to get the campground “ xed once and for all. The voters should have the right to decide whether or not they want to do this project,Ž he said. I believe a “ rst class park with a pool and hot tub would do well.Ž He pointed out that Lake Okeechobee is a top bass lake and Okee-Tantie is unique because it is inside the dike. Chairman Irby pointed out that the commission closed the campground three years ago because with only 50 spaces in area A open, the park was not covering the expense of staff salaries and maintenance. He said they were losing about $100,000 a year. If we cant run it different than we used to run it, it wont pay for itself,Ž said Chairman Irby. If we build something that is attractive and is managed well then people will return,Ž said Commissioner Domer.What has Okeechobee got? Lake Okeechobee. Right now you drive over to Lock 7 and what do you see? A pier with a lot of birds,Ž he said. If were going to change that and start selling Okeechobee on our assets, weve got to develop something that does that. Theres a signi“ cant value to bringing people here and the type of hospitality that can be here to make people want to return,Ž he said. Years ago, when there was a crowd there that came there, it was paying its way,Ž Commissioner Domer said. Things got more rundown and the desire to maintain it wasnt there, and it got obsolete.Ž He said the county didnt pay attention to things like landscaping and did not pay attention to the things customers wanted. We de“ nitely left out the people who wanted to go swimming in a pool,Ž he said. We do pretty well with our marina,Ž he said. I said before why not go out and put some sheet piling in the river and youve got a whole lot more marina right along the bank.Ž He said part of that catwalk could also be used for “ shing. Commissioner Margaret Helton said when tourists come to Okeechobee County they help many of the businesses here. She said she would also like the local residents to be able to enjoy Okee-Tantie. She said local residents would probably enjoy “ shing from a dock. The question is whether you want to take a small step into it or a giant leap,Ž said Mr. Oden. It comes back to what can you burden the taxpayers of Okeechobee with,Ž said Commissioner Hoover. If we all agree the basics are there for a marketable campground, then look at what can we afford to do there?Ž Commissioner Hoover suggested staff proceed with a “ nancial feasibility analysis on the phasing in of section B and reopening the existing lots in section A. It must pay for itself on an annual basis,Ž he said, so it does not become a further “ nancial burden on the citizens of Okeechobee.Ž PARKContinued From Page 1 Yes, this newspaper is part of a chain.Ž But this chainŽ is unlike any other. We are owned by a journalistic trust. All after-tax profits are invested in our mission of community service through good local journalism. Staffing is local, and we seek out people who care about the community and want to stay here. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or call your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014 and one of them began to shoot at Johnson and Brown from a distance of about 10 feet. The shooter just appeared out of the darkness,Ž added Detective Saum. The detective said he found four spent high caliber rounds at the scene. Detective Saum said the situation could have been much worse than it was because there were two 3-year-old children standing at the front of the car. A woman grabbed up the children and got them out of harms way. One child was hers and she was apparently babysitting the other little boy, offered the detective. Witnesses reportedly heard everywhere from one to nine shots “ red but only one gun was seen, Detective Saum added. And, thanks to those witnesses, investigators now have multiple people we need to talk to.Ž If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact Detective Saum at 863-763-5521. SHOOTINGContinued From Page 1 If we cant run it different than we used to run it, it wont pay for itself.Ž„ Okeechobee County Commission Chairman Frank Irby


Esperansa Grace MartinezWEST PALM BEACH „ Esperansa Grace Martinez died July 22, 2014 at St. Marys Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She was born July 9, 2014 to Lucio Martinez and Ashley Marie Cyr. Esperansa is survived by her father, Lucio Martinez; mother, Ashley Cyr; sister, Isabella Godinez; brother, Ethan Martinez; grandparents, Richard and Debra Cyr and Aniceto and Esther Martinez; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Okeechobee’s Only Family Owned & Operated Full Service Funeral Home Over 30 Years of Personal Service to the Lake Area BurialOnsiteCremationMonumentsFuneralPrePlanning Burial Onsite Cremation Monuments Funeral Pre-Planning 400 North Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 863-763-1994 “Time and Tem p erature” Phone number 863-763-0123 James W. Young, Founder Seawinds Funeral Group3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee 863-357-7283okeechobeeseawinds.com Cremation ..............................$495 Cremation & Chapel Service ..$870 Traditional Cremation (includes rental casket) ..........$2,495 Traditional Funeral & Burial $1,995 Graveside Service ................$1,495 PRE-ARRANGEMENT (Financing Available) Cremation $95 down $10 a month for 45 months Creamation with Chapel Service .. $195 down $17 a month for 45 months Traditional Funeral & Burial ....... $500 down, $100 month for 45 months This includes minimum Casket, Vault and Open/Closing of Grave Site These prices do not include cash advance items. Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing obits@ n ewszap.com. Customers may also req uest photos and links to online guestb ooks. A link to the obituaries is availa ble at ” orida.newszap.com The Florida Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution when driving in areas where road work is under way. Work planned this week includes the following.Okeechobee CountyU.S. 441 (North Parrot Avenue) from 290th Trail to N.W. 344th Street: Maintenance project: Crews will repair concrete mitered end sections. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. U.S. 98 from S.R. 70 to CR 68 (N.W. 160th Street): Maintenance project: Crews will be repairing roadway shoulders. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. U.S. 98 from S.R. 70 to N.W. 9th Street: Maintenance permit project: Crews will install gas mains along the roadway. There are no planned lane closures, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road. S.R. 70 east of Okeechobee/N.E. 34th Avenue to Williams Road/N.E. 48th Avenue: Maintenance permit project: Crews are relocating utilities along the south side of the road. No lane closures are scheduled, but use caution and watch for workers close to the road.Glades CountyU.S. 27 from S.R. 78 west to Moore Haven: Maintenance contract project: Crews will be sodding along the west side of the road. Lane closures not expected. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. S.R. 78 from U.S. 27 to Lakeport: Maintenance project: Maintenance project: Crews will work on weed cutting along the roadway during the day. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the travel lanes. Road Watch Bene“ t for the Pilgrims setOkeechobee Quarters for a Cause will host their monthly auction Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the American Legion with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. They will be supporting Lee and Larry Pilgrim who have both been through a lot of health issues in the past year and need help with their medical bills. Wear boots and pearls to be entered in a special prize giveaway. For information, call Christy at 863-697-1247.


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When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 7 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014 VFW riders breakfast slatedBuckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 activities are open to the public this week. Sunday, July 27 is the riders breakfast from 8:30 until 11 a.m. plus $1 bloody marys, screwdrivers and drafts. Five-card bingo starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, the Ladies Auxiliary is serving a chicken and dumplings dinner from 5 utnil 7 p.m. for a $6 donation. Thursday, July 31, has bingo and food at 1 p.m. The Friday night, Aug. 1, dinner will feature pork loin, “ sh and shrimp for $7-$8 donation with music provided by CC Live from 6 until 11 p.m. All proceeds bene“ t veterans programs and their families. For information, call 843-467-2882.Legion offering Sunday bingoAmerican Legion Post 64 will host Sunday night bingo on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds will bene“ t the American Legion veterans programs. The event is open to the public. The American Legion now has free WIFI for its lounge and dining room patrons.Masons host Rusty Nail DegreeMasonic Lodge 237, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., would like to invite all Master Masons to join them Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon for the “ rst Rusty Nail Degree. It is intended to help refresh the memories of all three Degrees of Masonry, lodge customs and reviews the mysteries and legends of Freemasonry. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by July 28 to Bro. George Williams at 863467-0038; or, e-mail gwilliams@masonlodge237.com.Dreamers workshop plannedThe Dreamers Journal Workshop will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., from noon until 4 p.m. Registration will be held Thursday, July 31 from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Library. For information, call 954-534-0073.Photo workshop plannedA free photo editing workshop will be held at the Okeechobee Count Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Thursday, July 31 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Learn to crop, brighten, or color correct the photos you take with your digital camera or phone using free software. For information, call 772-708-6764.School supply drive startsThe Childrens Home Society of Florida is accepting new backpacks and school supplies or cash donations through Aug. 1 for its Back-to-School Drive to help children and teens go back to school feeling prepared and con“ dent. Check out details at www. chs” .org/bts. For information, call Ashleigh Gaultney at 405-250-4762.Coalition to meet Aug. 6The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at their of“ ce located in the White House Plaza, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For information, contact Executive Director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877.Diabetic menu ideas offeredJoin us at Raulerson Hospital cafeteria, 1796 U.S. 441 N., to learn about diabetic cooking ideas with Executive Chef Ron Corrado on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Youll earn new recipes and sample some of the creations. There is no fee to participate, but space is limited. RSVP at 863-763-9228.Political forum is Aug. 13The Okeechobee Political Forum will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Osceola Middle School Gymnasium, 825 S.W. 28th St., from 5:45 until 9 p.m. Invited candidates include: U.S. Representative … District 17, Commissioner of Agriculture, Circuit Judge … Circuit 19, City Council, School Board … District 1, County Commission … Districts 2 & 4. Concessions, bene“ tting local students, will be available. Community Events Brought to you by:Plumbing & Air ConditioningSince 1975 Lic#CAC1817236 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Prices fairly steady this week. Feeder calves were about steady but some classes were $1 lower. Slaughter cows & bulls off a little due to poor demand. Things are still high even with big numbers. It wouldnt hurt to level off a bit. Spencer Kirton, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $4.40 bought by Terry Bomhak. Ronald Mace, Jr., Vero Beach, topped the cow market with a high of $1.19 bought by Central Beef. October special sales: Oct 3: Bred Heifer & Cow Sale Oct 10: 44 FarmsŽ Angus Bull Sale Oct 17: Little Creek FarmsŽ Brangus Bull Sale plus 50 head (registered & commercial) Brangus Heifers Jeff In less than a week, more than 1,100 Florida parents of students with signi“ cant special needs including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy have begun applications for a new type of K-12 scholarship that allows them to individualize their childs education. The Personal Learning Scholarship Account (PLSA) program, the second of its kind in the nation, was passed by the Florida Legislature last spring and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. The application process opened last Friday at Step Up For Students, a nonpro“ t scholarship organization that is authorized to administer the program. The state set aside $18.4 million for the “ rst year of the program … enough for an estimated 1,800 students. The scholarships are available to students in kindergarten through 12th grade with one of eight speci“ c learning disabilities. Parents can use the funds for a wide array of educational options, including private school, therapists, specialists, curricula and materials, even contributions to a prepaid college fund. The application process opened two days after the Florida teachers union “ led suit against SB 850, the bill that created the PLSA program. Litigation could continue for several months. For information, visit www.stepupforstudents.org. 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To update your signature or make a name change, please complete a voter registration application and mail or bring the completed application to the oce. Thank you, Diane Hagan, Supervisor of Elections THREE CHOICES FOR VOTING VOTE BY MAIL (Absentee) EARLY VOTINGPRECINCT VOTING Absentee Voting WOULD YOU LIKE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT? A request for an absentee ballot can be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or through our website. Absentee ballots must be returned by mail or hand delivered to the Elections Oce by 7:00pm on Election Day. Early Voting Dates BEGINS: Saturday, A ugust 16thINCLUDES SUNDAY ENDS: Saturday, August 23rd8:30am to 4:30pm Located at Historic Courthouse Elections Oce 304 NW 2nd Street Election Day AUGUST 26, 2014 ONLY 7:00am to 7:00pm To verify your polling place, you may call the Elections Oce, email the oce or use the oce website Raulerson Hospital can get you back to life „ faster. 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Locally, Raulerson Hospitals Surgical Services Department excels in the care and recovery of patients suffering with appendicitis. To learn more about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit RaulersonHospital.com. For a free physician referral or to speak to a Registered Nurse 24/7, call Consulta-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Understanding appendicitis Special to the Okeechobee News Funding has been allocated for a starter kitŽ to open Okeechobee Battle“ eld Historic State Park to the public. In addition, The Okeechobee Battle“ eld Friends recently met at the Okeechobee Battle“ eld Historic State Park with Florida Park Service District Bureau Chief Larry Fooks, Assistant Bureau Chief Robert Yero, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park Manager Evan Hall, Jonathan Dickinson State Park Manager Mark Nelson along with Building Construction Specialist A rvind Chandrasain. Okeechobee Battle“ eld Park management has been transferred to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in District 3. Friends of the Battle“ eld w elcome park manager Evan Hall and staff, and give thanks to Mark Nelson and staff of Jonathon Dickinson State Park for their years of support. The Okeechobee Battle“ eld Friends are gearing up and planning to have their kick off meeting on Aug. 20, as they begin to coordinate the upcoming 8th Annual Battle of Okeechobee Reenactment which is scheduled for Feb. 28, March 1 and school day scheduled for March 2, 2015! The Friends look forward to ongoing partnerships, to goals and visions being realized and to the future opening of The Okeechobee Battle“ eld Historic State Park! Battle“ eld park to open Special to the Okeechobee NewsLeft to right: district bureau chief Larry Fooks, assistant bureau chief Robert Yero, building construction specialist Arvind Chandrasain, Jonathan Dickinson park manager, Mark Nelson and DAR regent Su Geroge dscuss the Battle“ eld Park plans.


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florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 12 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A mother accused of hitting and threatening to kill her baby has been arrested and is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail. Amanda Renee Casey, 22, South 10th St., Fort Pierce, is charged with one felony count of aggravated child abuse. She is being held on $50,000 bond, according to county jail records. Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) Detective Bill Saum said the alleged incident occurred at an Okeechobee home on June 19 and that OCPD Of“ cer Jack Boon handled the initial complaint. The investigation was then turned over to Detective Saum who later applied for an arrest warrant. Casey was arrested on that warrant Thursday, July 24, by Deputy Cari Arnold of the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce. Detective Saum said Casey became angry at her 20-month-old baby because he would not listen to her.Ž He went on to say she then hit her son in the head with her “ sts and threatened to kill her baby. The baby was taken to Raulerson Hospital for evaluation by emergency medical personnel from Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue. According to the detective, the baby has been turned over to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The arrest warrant states that Casey can have no contact with the child without the courts permission, and she can have no contact with any child under the age of 14 without another adult being present. Caseys arraignment has been set for Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. in front of Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer. Mom reportedly threatened to kill her own baby Amanda Casey The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT € 1600 block of N.W. 46th Terrace € 2200 block of N.W. 32nd Drive € 8100 block of U.S. 441 S.E. € 32800 block of U.S. 441 N. € 8000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. BURGLARY € 22100 block of N.W. 262nd St. € 4300 block of S.W. 15th Way € 1400 block of N.W. 39th Circle € 2200 block of N.W. Sixth St. € 700 block of S.E. 14th Ave. € 7800 block of N.W. 93rd Court € 3100 block of U.S. 441 S. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF € 3400 block of S.E. 34th Ave. € 3500 block of S.E. 26th St. € 4200 block of U.S. 441 S. € 3900 block of S.E. 25th St. FRAUD € 7800 block of N.W. 84th Court € 200 block of N.E. Seventh Ave. € 3400 block of N.W. First St. € 2500 block of U.S. 441 S. IDENTITY THEFT € 3600 block of N.W. 15th Ave. € 700 block of S.W. 85th Ave. THEFT € 1600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. € 3700 block of S.W. 13th Terrace € 600 block of N.E. 128th Ave. € 14000 block of U.S. 441 N. € 3300 block of S.E. 28th St. € 6500 block of S.E. 86th Blvd. € 4100 block of S.E. 25th Court € 1900 block of S.E. 30th St. € 8000 block of U.S. 441 S.E. € 900 block of N.E. 96th Ave. € 1600 block of N.E. 13th St. € 1700 block of S.W. Second Way € 1100 block of S. Parrott Ave. OCSO Investigations The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in” uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Of“ ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). € Lori Weil Thompson, 52, S.W. 13th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy Yero Todman on a DOC warrant charging her with violation of probation dealing in stolen property. She was released on her own recognizance. € Richard Marvin Chapman III, 29, S.E. 26th St., Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy Timothy Porter on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and the misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bond. € Roxanne Marie Rodriguez, 23, N.W. 12th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 by Deputy Corporal Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging her with violation o f probation fraud. She is being held without bond. € Carla Michelle Shrout, 35, N.E. Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested July 23 b y Deputy Yero Todman on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felon y of grand theft. Her bond was set at $2,500. € Jermarcus Demetre Bradley, 21, N.E. 15th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested July 24 by Deputy Cpl. Aric Majere on a DOC warrant charging him with violation of probation grand theft. He is being held without bond. € David Ray Chadwick, 42, S.E. 19th Court, Okeechobee, was arrested July 25 b y Deputy Steven Pollock on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the in” uence. His bond was set at $1,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent o r has had the charges against them droppe d is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con“ rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report Photo sessions for Class of 15 scheduledAttention OHS Class of 2015: Senior pictures are coming. Please visit prestigeportraits.com/” to view your session options and FAQs. You can book your appointment online or call 800.749.2796, ext. 1. Photo sessions will be held: Aug. 26 (1 until 9 p.m.) Aug. 27 (1 until 9 p.m.) It is your responsibility to set up your appointment. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Pung at pungc@okee.k12.” .us for information.


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Angela Marsaglia of Fort Myers was the w inner as she performed the Sugarland hit, Stay,Ž and her original, Minute Man,Ž which w as a crowd favorite. I write a lot of slow songs and I love song w riting. People told me I need to write some more upbeat songs and the song came to me as kind of a joke and I played it and people loved it,Ž she offered. Its kind of fun now and you get that shock factor as fans say what did she just sing, its fun and I enjoyed it.Ž The winner of the Okeechobee contest has gone on to win the state contest in the past three years. She is a teacher for Florida Virtual School, an online course offering to students. She teaches English I and English 4. She taught in a traditional brick and mortar setting before but has really enjoyed this new opportunity. I like the new-generation stuff and Im very technology oriented. It is really a great opportunity. People think you dont get to know your kids very well but its just the opposite. Ive connect with my students very well,Ž she said. Matthew Green, a berry farmer in Okeechobee, was the “ rst runner up in the contest. He performed some original songs which included a song about his horse Buck, The Gate is Open,Ž and another original, Rebel Heart,Ž that talks about the open range here in Florida. The showdown is Americas largest Country Music talent show. It is designed to “ nd the most promising country music talent in the nation and give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers. There are over 450 local contests nationwide. The state title offers a $1,000 cash reward and an appearance in one of “ ve regional “ nals. Eventually, the artist can win the national title and a grand prize of $100,000. The performers are judged on their marketability in country music, their vocal and instrument ability, originality, stage presence and charisma, and talent. They earn bonus points for performing their own music and songs. Alton Padgett of Okeechobee performed some Marty Robbins hits during his performance. Marsaglia said she hopes this is the next step in her becoming a country music star. I grew up in a little town New Holland, Ill., and music is something I enjoy doing. It was just a past time and I played piano, guitar and wrote songs,Ž she said. Once it is in your blood you cant get rid of it.Ž Marsaglia said she would recommend the contest to other aspiring acts in country music in this area. The crowd was great, the people here were very friendly and welcoming and it was just a great experience,Ž she added. Six compete in Colgate Country showdown Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyAngela Marsaglia was this years winner and she moves on to compete at the Florida State Finals. Special to the Okeechobee News Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this y ear, as all of the schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.com, the National School Supply Lists Directory. With just one or two clicks, parents can “ nd all of their 2014 lists and get a head start on this annual back-to-school chore. Parents can print their lists or „ for the “ rst time „ look up their lists right on their smart phones in store aisles. TeacherLists site is completely optimized for mobile use. Participating schools include: Central Elementary School, Everglades Elementary, Osceola Middle School, South Elementary, Okeechobee Freshman Campus and Okeechobee Christian Academy. For decades, the supply list process has been a frustration for parents,Ž points out TeacherLists.com founder Tim Sullivan. Where to “ nd the lists? When are they available? Forgetting the list on the counter at home? All of those issues are solved with TeacherLists.com.Ž More than 25,000 schools now have their lists posted on the “ rst national directory of its kind. Lists for more than 450,000 classrooms are live on the site and include required and requested items as well as speci“ c notes and clari“ cations from teachers and school staff. Parents can even choose to followŽ a particular teacher in case lists are updated during the school year and print coupons for back-to-school savings from popular back-to-school brands. Local school supply lists available online


NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAYThe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a measure to impose a 1.500 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed herein. This tax is in addition to the school board’s proposed tax of 5.891 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $2,296,873. to be used for the following projects: MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) compliance Demolition of Educational Resource Center (Old New Endeavor) GPS for District Owned Vehicles District-Wide HVAC Projects Bleacher Repair and Motorization Lighting Replacements and Upgrades District-Wide Roof Repair District-Wide maintenance, renovation, and repair of existing facilities Power System Engineering Study District-Wide Flooring District-Wide Tree Trimming District-Wide Painting Projects Reimbursement (as permitted by Florida Statutes) of maintenance, renovation and repair expenses incurred by the General Fund Data Wiring Projects District-Wide Electrical Projects District-Wide ITV MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES Purchase of (4) school buses NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT, COMPUTERS, ENTERPRISE RESOURCE SOFTWARE, AND S.1011.72(2), F.S., ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES IN SUPPORT OF DIGITAL CLASSROOM PLANS PURSUANT TO S. 1011.62(12), F.S. District-Wide computer hardware and software District-Wide furniture and equipment PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL AND ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 29, 2014 at SW Second Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at this hearing.PUBLISH: 7/27/2014 Okeechobe News NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARINGe Okeechobee County School Board will soon consider a budget for scal year 2014-2015. A public hearing to make a DECISION on the budget AND TAXES will be held on: July 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. At Okeechobee County School Board oce building Room 303, 700 SW Second Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 14 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News In the end experience won out in the inaugural Battle on the Lake, a summertime tournament to promote Okeechobee basketball. The team called the Legends, with several former Brahman stars, went unbeaten in the three-team tournament at Okeechobee High School on Saturday, July 19. The team included Camille Leach, a former college player, Devon Faison, who played junior college basketball in north Florida, and former Kentucky Wildcat football player Cedric Koger. The other teams in the tournament included the Shooters that included former University of Kansas football player Troy Harper, Tommy Jackson, former Kentucky W esleyan football player Aukeemian Mills and current Brahman Antawyn Fludd. The third team in the tournament was the current high school roster that featured Roshell Thomas, Christian Smith, George Tillman, Andravious Stallworth, Kysell Richardson, Demetrius Snell, Juan Yae Ford, and Fred Bradley. Coach Demitre Riles said although the high school kids didnt win a game, they still played hard and were competitive against much older players. He said it shows them how much effort they must put in to be a successful team. It was good. I loved the community support and I feel we can build on this,Ž Riles said. All of the games were competitive and although they didnt win, they competed.Ž Riles said he was very hopeful to generate support from the community for basketball. He knows a thing or two about large crowds and Okeechobees fever for basketball being a part of the most successful team in school history. He said the fans in attendance also enjoyed the tournament. Riles hopes to make this an annual event, and although he invited other towns, like Clewiston, Fort Pierce and Pahokee to bring teams, none were able to attend this year. He hopes to grow the tournament next summer. Riles also suggested similar events throughout the year to get crowds back into the high school gymnasium. We hope to have more teams next year and we want to get fans back enthused about basketball. The kids are going to be active in the community and we will continue to fundraise for our team,Ž he added. Riles said he also thinks the high school squad showed they have improved and werent intimidated up against the older, talented players. He noted the other squads played hard and really gave 110 percent. I dont think our squad was overwhelmed at all. If we have our total team here we have a different outcome. I like what they did because they played hard. They have to understand the level the team needs to play to win games,Ž he added. Lakeside basketball hosts summer hoop tournament Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyThe Legends led by (second from left Cedric Koger) (third from left Devon Faison) and (fourth from left Camille Leach) won the inaugural Battle on the Lake basketball tournament. By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee NewsThe State Dixie Youth Tournament got off to a good start for Okeechobees 14y ear-old All-Star team last weekend, but things went south after that as they lost two out of three games against the states elite in Sebring. Okeechobee came out “ ring in the opener July 19 against East Lakeland as they hit three triples, “ ve doubles, and 23 base hits in only two innings and pounded the Polk County squad 16-1. Coach Rick Durfee was very impressed w ith how his team played in the opener. The game lasted just six outs for us and they called it on the 15-run mercy rule.Ž On July 20, the Okeechobee boys battled West Volusia and held their opponents scoreless over the “ rst few innings before West Volusia began to hit the ball and Okeechobee made a few “ elding errors. West Volusia went on to win the contest, 10-0. In the “ nale Okeechobee held a lead until the late innings as they lost to West Seminole 7-4. Durfee said the team led the entire game but ran out of pitching. We started out aggressive and grabbed the lead. We had a few errors and they were big plays in the game which helped West Seminole come back,Ž he added. Spring Hill was the eventual champion and they will represent Florida in the Dixie Youth World Series in Louisiana next month. Local all-stars come up short in youth baseball tournament


BUDGET SUMMARY OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVY: OPERATING FUND: REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT 5.143 DISCRETIONARY OPERATING 0.748 DISCRETIONARY CRITICAL NEEDS 0.000 DEBT SERVICE FUND: 0.000 LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT 1.500 TOTAL 7.391 GENERAL DEBT CAPITAL SPECIAL TOTAL FUND SERVICE IMPROVEMENT REVENUE AL FUNDS FUND FUND FUNDS ESTIMATED REVENUES: FEDERAL SOURCES 58,500.00 14,587.70 73,087.70 FEDERAL THROUGH STATE 334,595.40 8,704,186.34 9,038,781.74 STATE SOURCES 34,991,055.05 209,000.00 185,617.75 59,000.00 35,444,672.80 LOCAL SOURCES 10,232,777.17 2,298,873.00 598,150.00 13,129,800.17 OTHER FINANCING SOURCES 16,000.00 16,000.00 TOTAL SOURCES 45,632,927.62 209,000.00 2,484,490.75 9,375,924.04 57,702,342.41 TRANSFERS IN 670,000.00 670,000.00 FUND BALANCE JULY 1, 2014 6,189,458.49 28,792.16 943,179.02 318,074.32 7,479,503.99 TOTAL REVENUES, TRANSFERS & BALANCES 52,492,386.11 237,792.16 3,427,669.77 9,693,998.36 65,851,846.40 EXPENDITURES: INSTRUCTION 31,001,234.15 2,413,056.18 33,414,290.33 PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 2,009,249.10 822,928.74 2,832,177.84 INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA SERVICES 446,113.99 446,113.99 INSTRUCTIONAL/CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SERV 331,025.00 941,705.27 1,272,730.27 INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TRAINING SERVICES 289,860.23 753,227.78 1,043,088.01 INSTRUCTION RELATED TECHNOLOGY 721,054.63 144,767.52 865,822.15 SCHOOL BOARD 454,019.00 454,019.00 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION 1,484,920.77 275,558.42 1,760,479.19 SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION 3,065,873.00 8,646.50 3,074,519.50 FACILITIES ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION 2,480,367.61 2,480,367.61 FISCAL SERVICES 406,510.00 406,510.00 FOOD SERVICES 3,922,851.90 3,922,851.90 CENTRAL SERVICES 632,571.00 632,571.00 PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 2,940,760.60 171,556.63 3,112,317.23 OPERATION OF PLANT 3,593,899.32 300.00 3,594,199.32 MAINTENANCE OF PLANT 1,273,168.07 1,273,168.07 ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICESW 204,261.36 204,261.36 COMMUNITY SERVICES 367,959.45 367,959.45 MISCELLANEOUS 0.00 DEBT SERVICE 208,375.00 208,375.00 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 49,222,479.67 208,375.00 2,480,367.61 9,454,598.94 61,365,821.22 T RANSFERS OUT 670,000.00 670,000.00 FUND BALANCE JUNE 30, 2015 3,269,906.44 29,417.16 277,302.16 239,399.42 3,816,025.18 TOTAL APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES, TRANSFERS AND BALANCES 52,492,386.11 237,792.16 3,427,669.77 9,693,998.36 65,851,846.40 THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC REC ORD THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA ARE .4% LESS THAN LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015 GENERAL FUND DEBT SERVICE FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL ALL FUNDS 15 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014 The City of Okeechobee will mark its 100th year since incorporation in 2015 and is looking for a dynamic logo to be the icon of the celebration. The Centennial Committee and City Council invites emerging and established artists of all ages to create a two-dimensional work of art, or present ideas, to serve as the Centennial Logo. The submission should depict the commemoration of the citys past, present, and its aspirations for the future. A successful project will re” ect the unique physical, cultures and historical elements that de“ ne the city. All entries are due by 4:30 p.m., Aug. 19, to the Of“ ce of the City Clerk, at City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974. To be considered for this project entrant must prepare and submit the following: € Entry Form and Artist Statement: Each entry must be submitted with a complete form that includes a brief statement explaining your entry and/or what inspired you to use the elements chosen to create your rendering. € Final illustration must be made on an 8.5Žx11Ž poster board, in color, and must not include the name, initials or any information which would identify the artist(s). € Each entry must be in a sealed envelope with the outside clearly marked, Centennial Logo ProjectŽ to the address above by the due date. No late entries, facsimile, or emailed entries will be accepted. The city reserves the right to reject any or all submittals. Entries and associated materials will not be returned, whether accepted or rejected. Following staff review of each entry, all those who meet the requirements will be reviewed by the Centennial Celebration Ad Hoc Committee at their Aug. 25, meeting, with a “ nal recommendation for approval to the City Council. The entry form with rules for submission may be printed from the cit y web site cityofokeechobee.com, facebook. com/OkeechobeeCentennial, or for more information, contact the of“ ce of the Cit y Clerk, 863-763-3372, x215. City seeks centennial celebration logo ideas Cute Apron Bake Sale slatedWomen of The Moose Chapter 2036, 1016 Linda Rd., Buckhead Ridge will host a Cute Apron Bake Sale Sunday, July 27 from 8 a.m. until noon. Proceeds bene“ t Mooseheart and Moosehaven. For information, call 863-763-2250.


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NO QUESTIONS ASKED CALL DAWN 863-697-6525 Employment Full TimeCLASS A -CDL DRIVER must have DOT medical, drug free & clean driving history. 2.5 yrs. tanker endorsement. Call 863.467-9800. M-F 9:00 to 4:00. Employment Full Time MAGNOLIA PACKING INC, a fresh vegetable packing house, is looking for a PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR with three (plus) years produce experience. Must be bi-lingual and be willing to work long hours during the season. Email your resume to royboy01@bellsouth.net Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Inspectors Of ceBuilding Inspector Responsible for performing a variety of professional, commercial, industrial and residential building structural safety inspections of new and existing STOF properties for compliance with electrical, plumbing, air-condition and mechanical codes and regulations. High School Diploma or equivalent GED is required. State of Florida certi ed or County Registered as General Contractor, Building Contractor and/or Residential Contractor is required. Apply online at: www.SeminoleTribe.com or email resumes to: michaeljean@semtribe.com DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time FEED MILLGeneral maintenance & repair person with valid D.L.. Forklift & computer skills required. Apply at 708 NW 2nd Ave How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeEstablished grower and shipper of fresh produce seeking an experienced individual with excellent maintenance skills and habits. This position involves a working knowledge of mechanical equipment, electrical motors/ drives and controls used with packaging machinery. The ability and to establish a PM program is required. Additional seasonal hourly demands are required during growing season. Please send resume to positions@mackfarms.com Employment Part TimeATTENDANT needed for carwash. Maintenance & light duty work. Must have mechanical background. 25-35 hrs per week. Call 863-610-1027. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Antiques*ANTIQUES* CO-OP ANTIQUES50% OFF THROUGH AUGUST 16TH 1214 SW 2ND AVE (BEHIND DAIRY QUEEN) TUES-SAT 10-4, 634-1552 OR 532-9138 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Computer/ SuppliesFast Dell Desktop w/ at screen $50 mini dual core $75 Dual core laptop $100 new programmed call affordable computer Tony 863-517-2782. FurnitureBUNK BEDS FULL BOTTOM/TWIN TOP, DRESSER BUILT IN W/STEPS $250.00 o.b.o,SMART DVD PLAYER $100.00, POOL TABLE 4 1/2X 7 1/2 $150.00,SEWING MACHINE (VIKKAR) W/ CABINET WITH OVE R 150 MISC ITEMS $200.00 o.b.o 863-801-0589 MiscellaneousCORRUGATED METAL HURRICANE PANELS 8 SECTIONS 80” 1 BY 14 1/4 W.,24 SECTIONS 68” 1 BY 14 1/4 W. $400.00/FIRM. CALL 863-763-6788 ASK FO R JOE Farm MiscellaneousNEW rolls of sheep/game fence. (38) Cheap. Call 863-634-7552. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 16 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014


Landscaping Supplies ApartmentsApartments For Rent 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Call 561-968-2083 or 561-386-5636 EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Includes Utilities & Direct TV w/all movie channels $500 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Available immediately Call 863-634-8885. FURNISHED, 2BR, 1BA, on 441 SE, close to 15A. Includes Washer and Dryer, Community Pool & Tennis Court, Lawn Service & Garbage. $725 mo. other utilities extra. No pets. For more information Call 863-634-8331 Large Newly Painted Clean APT in town. 2/2, w/d hook up, lawn maint included, $750 + $300 sec. (863) 634-3572. NW OKEE: 2 BR 1.5 BA, 2 BR, 1 BA. $650, $700. 1st, last & $500 security. Shown only 11am-6pm 561-346-1642. Houses Rent A DORABLE: In Town, Okeechobee, 2BR, 1BA, W/D Hook up, Lawn Service. Non Smoking. Sm pet okay. $800 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. References required. (941)504-3954 Duplex 2bd/1ba $600 monthly plus $600 sec. deposit. Lawn, pest and garbage included. No dogs. Call for more information 863-801-9119 HOUSE FOR RENT: 3/2 CBS, GARAGE, ON WATER. 863-634-6386 OR 863-634-7592 Landscaping Supplies Houses RentLarge, clean, 4bd, 2 story home, 2800sq.ft. under air (built in 2006) 2bath + on suite, double car garage, screened porch, large fenced yard, new appliances, large kitchen. $1250/mo + sec. dep Call: (863)447-9922 or (863)467-8559 OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 2BA, CBS house, all tile, fenced yard, 1 small pet ok (No Pit Bull’s) $800 mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. Refs. needed. Call 561-596-1344 Office Space RentCORNER OFFICE 2,500 SQ FT, WATER-SEWERDUMPSTER INCLUDED, 1 MONTH FREE RENT, CALL 634-7994 FOR DETAILS. SMALL OFFICE FRONT FOR RENT, WATERSEWER-ELECTRIC INCLUDED, 1 MONTH FREE RENT. CALL 634-7994 FOR DETAILS. Mobile Home Rent2BD/1.5BA, CENTRAL AIR, NICE PARK, ALL UTILITIES EXCEPT ELECTRIC $450.00/MO. CALL 812-989-3022 3-2 MOBILE HOME, EX. CONDITION, RIVER RUN ACROSS FROM COWBOY’S. NO PETS, 1ST LAST AND SEC. CALL STEVE 863-801-1739 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 3bd./2ba Dble Wide. $600 mo. plus sec. No pets. Call 863-763-4031 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Mobile Home RentFORT DRUM 5 acres, small pond creek, 2BR, 2BA Trailer, $1,500 down 1st, last + deposit. $650 monthly (772) 464-9226 TREASURE ISLAND : 2 BR, 2 BA, Non smoking env. $700 mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. dep. Call (863)634-6114 Mobile HomeSalePalm Harbor Homes Limited time offer!!! $5K towards any exterior package. We have 24 wide, 26, 28 & 30 wide homes. 3 stock units reduced 26K, Homes for the $60’s plantcity.palmharbor.com or 800-622-2832 *Se habla espanol Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Marine Accessories3 BOAT COVERS (1) 17 FT. AND (2) 15 FT. $30.00 EACH CALL 863-467-1014 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)268-5865 Public NoticeNotice of Meeting Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 3:30 P.M. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at the 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Department, 1700 N.W. 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863) 763-5548. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial record of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to Construction Industry Licensing Board Okeechobee County Independent Inspections, Ltd. 466496 ON 7/27/2014 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 14000165CAAXMX REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC., Plaintiff, VS. JOHN R. COOK, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF URSULA E. HOWES, DECEASED. et. al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: DEBBIE LYNN HOWES whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: THE WEST TWELVE (12) FEET OF LOT 5, AND ALL OF LOT 6, TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, SECTION ONE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 59A, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 1975 EATON DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME CONTAINING VIN #’S 13000898A AND 13000898B has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice and le the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition led herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at Okeechobee County, Florida, this 22nd day of July, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young DEPUTY CLERK 466486 ON 7/27;8/3/2014 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CASE NO. 2013 CA 000369 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, VS. BROOKS COVERT A/K/A COVERT BROOKS, DENISE COVERT AKA DENISE M. COVERT A/K/A DENISE V. COVERT A/K/A DENISE VALLEY COVERT, et al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION To the following Defendant(s): ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE ESTATE OF BROOKS COVERT, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS, 18931 NW 280TH STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: EAST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 10, SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ALSO KNOWN AS LOT N OF TRACT 10, VIKING has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of you written defenses, if any, to it, on McCalla Raymer. LLC, Nicholas J. Youtz, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 225 East Robinson Street, Suite 660, Orlando, FL 32801 within thirty (30) days after the rst publication of this Notice in the Okeechobee News and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demand in the complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court this 16th day of July, 2014. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK Clerk of the Court BY: Linda F. Young As Deputy Clerk 466357 ON 7/20,27/2014 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 14000 105CPAXMX In Re The Estate Of: MARCIA BASS McGOWAN a/k/a MARCIA B. McGOWAN Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MARCIA BASS McGOWAN a/k/a MARCIA B. McGOWAN, deceased, whose date of death was on or about November 15, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must le their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedent’s estate must le their claims with this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the rst publication of this Notice is July 27, 2014. Personal Representative: THOMAS F. McGOWAN, III 16205 Highway 98 North Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Attorney for Personal Representative: FRANK H. FEE, III Florida Bar No. 118380 FEE, DeROSS & FEE, P.L. 426 Avenue A Fort Pierce, Florida 34950 Telephone: (772) 461-5020 Florida Bar No. 118380 Primary Email: ffee@feederossfee.com Secondary E-mail: cmoore@feederossfee.com 466489 ON 7/27;8/3/2014 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at B M J Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on FRIDAY THE 8th day of AUGUST 2014 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 1991 HONDA CIVIC DX 2HGED6359MH522178 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 466497 ON 7/27/2014 Public NoticeNOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF PERSONAL ITEMS: Notice is hereby given that Awesome Self Storage, in accordance with Florida Statues Self Storage Facility Act, Sections 83-801 through 83-809, will dispose of the contents of the following storage unit D408 belonging to Martin French and unit E612 belonging to Mark and Lisa Betscher, on August 12, 2014. Contentshousehold goods. Disposal will take place on that date at the Okeechobee County Land ll. 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WAREHOUSE Friday and Saturday, August 1 st and 2 nd 9am to 6pm Many one of a kind items from 20% to 75% off! Many area rugs, accessories, appliances, furniture & bedding Sale 512 W. North Park St. Okeechobee • 863.763.3823MON-FRI 9AM-6PM • SAT 9AM-5PMLinda Ballinger, Owner 18 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014 The 2014 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 30 and 31, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31. Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Here is what you need to know before you go. No one wants a small lobster for dinner. Make sure you check the size. Measuring devices are required, and lobsters must be measured while they are in the water. If the carapace length is not larger than 3 inches, it must be left in the water (see image on how to measure spiny lobster). To protect the next generation and your future chances to have lobster for dinner, harvest of eggbearing females is prohibited. Lobsters have hundreds of thousands of eggs that are easily visible and attached under the tail. While most lobsters have completed reproduction by the start of the “ shing season, “ nding lobsters with eggs is common in July and August. Bring a cooler big enough to hold the entire lobster. Spiny lobsters must remain in whole condition until they are brought to shore. Also, do not take spiny lobster with any device that might puncture, penetrate or crush its shell. Stick to the bag and possession limits so there w ill be enough lobsters for all your friends and family. During the two-day spiny lobster sport season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take up to six lobsters per person daily in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park waters and 12 lobsters per person daily in other Florida w aters. You may possess no more than the daily bag limit of lobsters when you are on the water. W hen you are off the water, you may possess no more than the daily bag limit on the “ rst day of the sport season and no more than double the daily bag limit on the second day. See the chart for an easy-to-read guide on the two-day sport season bag limits. During the Aug. 6-to-March 31 regular season, the daily recreational bag and on-the-water possession limit is six spiny lobsters per person. While the waters may be less crowded at night, diving for spiny lobsters after the sun goes down is not allowed in Monroe County during the two-day sport season. Know where you can go. Lobster harvest is always prohibited in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Spiny Lobster Sanctuary, certain areas of John Pennekamp State Park, and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. During the two-day season, all harvest of lobster is prohibited throughout John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Have the proper paperwork. A recreational saltwater “ shing license and a spiny lobster permit are required to recreationally harvest spiny lobsters unless you are exempt from recreational license requirements. Information about these licenses and permits is available online at MyFWC. com/License. Do double-duty while you are in the water and remove invasive lion“ sh. These nonnative species are often found in the same areas as spiny lobster, and they negatively impact Floridas native wildlife and habitat. Help keep the lion“ sh population under control by removing them from Florida waters. If you plan to take lion“ sh with a spear, be aware of no-spearing zones and always check with your local law enforcement agency before planning your spear“ shing trips. Safety “ rst. Divers, even those who wade in, should stay within 300 feet of a properly displayed divers-down symbol (red with a white diagonal stripe) on a ” ag or buoy when in open water and within 100 feet of a properly displayed diversdown ” ag or buoy if on a river, inlet or navigation channel. Boat operators must slow to idle speed if they need to travel within 300 feet of a diversdown ” ag or buoy in open water or 100 feet of one on a river, inlet or navigational channel. Divers-down ” ags displayed on vessels must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches, and a stiffener is required to keep the ” ag unfurled. The ” ag must be displayed from the highest point of the vessel, must be visible from all directions and must be displayed only when divers are in the water. So when the divers are out of the water, dont forget to take it down. Divers-down symbols towed b y divers must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches. More information on divers-down ” ag requirements is available online at MyFWC.com/Boating by clicking on Boating Regulations.Ž Additional information on recreational spin y lobster “ shing, including how to measure spin y lobster, is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on Saltwater,Ž Recreational RegulationsŽ and Lobster.Ž Melt the butter; spiny lobster seasons start soon Special to the Okeechobee NewsMeasuring devices are required, and lobsters must be measured while they are in the water.


R E D century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.com David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 8006-A: 200+/-acres on Dark Hammock Rd Mostly improved pasture, large hammock. Fenced & crossed fenced, water supply for livestock. Call for more info. $740,000 MLS # 208257 8007-A: 55.40+/-acres improved pasture. Fronts SR 710 and SE 64th St. $260,000 MLS #205510 7008-C: Location, Location, Location! Large Commercial building located in the center of Okeechobee with 4,000 total sq ft. The building is currently operating at full rental capacity. $225,000 MLS # 208255 7009-C: Large Commercial Lot (.91 ac) on the Rim Canal with two mobile homes in good condition. Dock and great access to Lake Okeechobee! Call for further information. $175,000 MLS #207818 5058-H: Pioneer Estates 3BR/2BA on 1+/-acre with 2,481 total sq ft/1,564 under air. Split bedroom plan, dining room, laundry room, back screen porch. Siding is T-111. $77,000 MLS #208264 • 319+/-acres on Hwy 441 N $4,000,000 • Conners Gables buildable Lot (SE 39th Terr) $6,000 MLS #208198 • 14+/acres of commercial property on the Rim Canal with lake access. $1,500,000 MLS #207408 • Blue Heron Nice lot on the cul-de-sac. MLS # 207053 • 2 Basswood lots on NW 32nd Ave. Each NOW $3,400 Make Offer • Palm Village Ranch clean Lot-Close to the Clubhouse. 55+community. $15,000 MLS# 207998 • Ok Acres 10+/-acres Fenced, pond and house pad ready for a new home! $79,000 MLS # 207817 • Viking 2.5+/acres for $11,000 MLS # 207811 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 5079-H: West Sherman Great location for East Coast Commuters! Modular 3BR/2BA home with potentials. 1380 Total Sq Ft/1200 under air all on a large lot. Needs some TLC. Owner Financing Available. Make Offer! $55,000 LAKE ACCESS Find your dream home here! Location, Location, Location Advertise here! 863.763.3134 € okeeadsales@newszap.com RIVER OAK ACRES Beautiful home on 2.3 acres, 21’ high cathedral ceilings, fireplace, balcony off master bedroom, hurricane shutters, wired in for generator. 30x50 metal garage with two 14’ foot rolling doors. Has an extra room in the garage along with a workshop. New A/C in 2007 with twice a year maintenance contract. New roof in 2005 40 year warranty. MLS 207896, $279,000. Call 863.763.3134 to advertise! Someone reading this ad right now could be searching for a new home. Why not have them looking at yours? Over 100 Listings BUCKHEAD RIDGE~ Lake Okee-Close to locks! PRIME Location! 3 Bd/ 2 Ba/ Carport, detached Garage/wkshop. Florida Room. Open concept, solid wood cabinets, Silestone countertop. Built in Sewing/ craft/ desk area. Storm Shutters, Metal Roof, Seawall, dock, covered boat area-lift. Bright and Cheery! MLS 207852 $109,000 Call Holly (863) 532-1778 Is it time to sell your home? Let the community know! It might be the perfect location for one of our readers. 19 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014


20 Okeechobee News July 27, 2014