Imagine Lake Okeechobee as a National Monument

Imagine Lake Okeechobee as a National Monument

Imagine Lake Okeechobee as a national monument. It’s a new solution presented by one woman running for Congress in Florida…

Could designating Lake O a national monument solve water releases?

Posted: Apr 06, 2016 12:14 AM EDT

By Andrea Hubbell, ReporterCONNECT  NBC-2

Imagine Lake Okeechobee as a national monument. It’s a new solution presented by one woman running for Congress in Florida.

A strategy April Freeman says aims to go over the heads of Florida politicians or people who may have their hand in sugar land.

When she announced, advocates cheered.

“Buy the land, send it south,” advocates chanted at Freeman.

“This problem is not science-based, the problem is political,” said John Scott, a water-quality advocate.

Congressional candidate Freeman says she has been following the Okeechobee concerns for year.

“The poisonous water being released from the lake goes through the Caloosahatchee River back here is killing the protected wetlands,” said Freeman.

Freeman told us she found out California was granted three new national monuments last year and thought Lake O could be a good option for the same ruling.

“I have come to the conclusion that makes perfect sense to designate Lake Okeechobee as a national monument through presidential executive order,” Freeman said.

Agricultural engineer John Capece said it could work, but there would be other concerns which wouldn’t be addressed.

“I don’t expect things to change overnight,” Capece said.

April Freeman says she’s already started an online petition to make Lake Okeechobee a national monument.

In the next 60 days, she must get at least 100,000 signatures to ensure the president will hear her request.

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The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving an increased number of frauds and scams. Learn how to protect yourself from scams and frauds.

It’s not always easy to spot con artists. They are smart, extremely persuasive and aggressive. They invade your home through the telephone, the internet and the mail; advertise in well-known newspapers and magazines; and knock on your door. Most people think they’re too smart to fall for a scam. But con artists rob all kinds of people. Cons, scams and frauds disproportionately victimize seniors with false promises of miracle cures, financial security and luxury prizes. One easy rule to remember:  IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS! (National Crime Prevention Council)

If you receive a call, DO NOT SEND MONEY, until you have determined the call is legitimate.

Please share this with family and friends.

Michele Bell, PIO

Okeechobee Summer Activity Guide

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2016 Summer Activity Guide

Summer already?  It will be soon enough.  What activities have you planned for your children this summer? How about your teens?  The Shared Services Network (SSN) released the 2016 Summer Activity Guide on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

A copy of the guide has been sent home with every student in the Okeechobee County School System.  Our hope is that this guide will assist you in finding activities to keep your children safe, supervised and active this summer.

If you would like a copy or more information about this guide, please call Erin Moore (863) 462-5000 ext. 257, Shared Services Network of Okeechobee

Changes to alligator hunt application process

Changes to alligator hunt application process

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will soon be accepting applications for a chance to participate in its annual recreational alligator hunting season, which always runs Aug. 15 – Nov. 1. But there are some changes to the application process that hunters need to know.

The application period for the Phase I random drawing begins May 6 at 10 a.m. and runs through May 16. More than 5,000 alligator harvest permits will be available.

Hunters can submit their application with choices of up to 20 hunt areas and periods. A permit allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated harvest unit or in a county. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15 and have a valid credit or debit card.

Applications may be submitted at any county tax collector’s office, license agent (most retail outlets that sell hunting and fishing supplies) and at Applicants must provide their credit card information when they apply. This is a change to the process from previous years. There is also a cancellation feature, which allows applicants to update their hunt choices or credit card information.

Within three days of an application period closing, applicants should see an authorization on their credit card verifying there is a sufficient balance to cover the cost of the permit, however, this does not mean they were awarded a permit. Once the credit card authorization process is complete, the lottery drawing will be held. All successful applicants will be charged, while those who were unsuccessful will have the authorizations lifted from their credit cards.

Cost for the alligator trapping license/harvest permit and two hide validation CITES tags is $271.50 for Florida residents, $21.50 for those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License, and $1,021.50 for nonresidents. The cost for applicants who already have an alligator trapping license is $61.50.

Any permits remaining after the first phase will be offered during the Phase II random drawing. Applications for Phase II can be submitted May 20-30. Those who were awarded a permit in Phase I may not apply during Phase II.

Remaining permits will be available in Phase III to anyone who did not draw a permit in either of the first two phases, and they may be applied for June 3-13.

If any permits remain after Phase III, there will be a fourth-phase issuance period beginning 10 a.m. on June 17 until all permits are sold. Anyone may apply during Phase IV, even if they were awarded a permit in one of the earlier phases, but there is a maximum of 10 permits allowed per person. Customers who are able to purchase additional permits will only be charged $61.50, regardless of residency or disability.

Successful applicants can expect to receive their alligator trapping license/harvest permit and two CITES alligator tags in the mail within six weeks of payment.

To educate participants on the how-to’s and rules and regulations of the hunt, the FWC offers free training and orientation sessions, which will be held at various locations throughout the state in mid-July and early August. Participants are not required to attend, but first-time alligator hunters are strongly encouraged to go.

Alligator trapping “agent” licenses can also be purchased for $51.50, regardless of residency. This license allows one to participate in a hunt, while assisting and being in the presence of someone who has an alligator trapping license/harvest permit. Youth (ages 15 and younger) are exempt from having to have an alligator trapping agent license. And those possessing a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License are exempt from the cost of an agent license, but must still have it to assist in hunting alligators.

Alligator trapping licenses are nontransferable. All sales are final, and no refunds will be given. No other license is required to hunt alligators.

For more information on alligator hunting, go to

WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 5-13-16

The need for blood does not take a summer vacation.  In fact, it is doubly necessary, as when people travel there aren’t as many donors to maintain an adequate supply.  Please choose a location and give to save lives.

Sat., May 28 — Wal Mart, 11:30 to 5:30

Sun., May 29 — Wal Mart, 11:30 -to 5:30

Mon., May 30  — Memorial Day Gathering, Historic Courthouse, 9 to 1

Mon., May 30 — Wal Mart, 11  to 5

Tues., May 31 — Wal Mart, 11 to 5

  • K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
  • The Oasis Lounge at the Okeechobee Shrine Club has again opened their doors and we look forward to serving your favorite beverages while you spend a little time winding down the week. Invite your friends and neighbors to meet you for a quick get together or spend some time and enjoy catching up from a busy week. The Oasis Lounge offers an intimate and friendly setting to relax and unwind every Friday and Saturday evening from 5pm to 10pm. The Lounge is always open to the public except during times of private leases of the Club. For information contact Kip Gardner at (863)357-0427 or the Okeechobee Shrine Club at (863)763-3378
  • Membership! Are you a Main Street member whom has not paid their dues for the 2015-2016 year? Are you not yet a Main Street member? It is easy to become a part of an organization that is dedicated to the Okeechobee community! Visit Main Street at 55 S Parrott Ave or at
  • Okeechobee Main Street Presents the Art & Wine Walk of 2016. This casual summer experience will take guests through various participating businesses located in the Okeechobee downtown area. Each business will have a featured artist showcasing their art work or music. Businesses will offer guests wine tasting, appetizers and promotional offers. Save the date for Saturday June 18, 2016 from 4-7pm. Tickets are now available online at and at the Chamber of Commerce/Main Street office located at 55 S Parrott Ave. Main Street looks forward to seeing everyone on Park Street!

Sport Related Events


Agri-Civic Center Events


may age center

  • If you’re a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event please send all of your information to 210 WN Park St. Suite 102, email it in at or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!

Fasfa Workshops



6-8 Event


7-30 Event

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