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 GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. 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 MyFWC.com/Alligator.
City Administrator Montes De Oca Updates Kiwanis Club On State of The City (AUDIO INCUDED)
Okeechobee’s new City Administrator, Marcos Montes De Oca spoke at a recent Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meeting on the inside workings of the city. Montes De Oca has been on the job for six months and is pleased with the progress of Okeechobee. He sites a 75-80% re-gaining of Building Department expenditures and his work on the Grants For Transportation Initiative. Montes De Oca wants to bring someone in to work on the infrastructure.
The City Administrator is responsible for managing several departments within the city such as General Services, City Clerk, City Fire and Police and Public Works. Montes De Oca worked in Glades County prior to accepting his current position and says that being close to his family is the best part of working in Okeechobee.
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee is a service organization that works to better the lives of the youth in Okeechobee. The club meets every Thursday at noon at Cowboy’s Restaurant. If you would like to learn more about the club, contact any Kiwanis club member or contact the club on Facebook.
Arnold’s Wildlife Rehab Center Promotes Fundraiser To Kiwanis Club (Audio Included)
Pat Shepherd spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee representing Arnold’s Wildlife Rehab Center in order to promote a fundraising event.
Shepherd spent most of the time educating the club on what the Center does. Arnold’s is the largest wildlife rehabilitation center in South Florida. The closest facility to them is in Naples and they only rehab birds. Arnold’s rehabilitates many species of animals.
Arnold’s takes in on average one thousand animals a year, rehabilitates them and returns them to their natural habitat.
Arnold’s is a non-profit 501(c) organization that must raise funds to operate. They are hosting an Elvis themed dinner at the KOA this Saturday. You can see more details while also learn more about Arnold’s at arnoldswildlife.org
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 4-26-16
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Sat., May 7 — Publix, 1:30 to 3:30
Sat., May 7 — MRC Appreciation Day, Scott Driver Park, 12 to 1
Sun., May 8 — Publix, 12 to 5
Mon., May 9 — Publix, 1:30 to 6:30
Thurs., May 12 — Walgreen’s, 1:30 to 6:30
Sun., May 15 — Golden Corral, 11 to 4
Thurs., May 19 — S.F. Water Management, Hwy 70E, 1 to 5
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 www.okeechobeemainstreet.org
- The National Day of Prayer observance, sponsored by the Okeechobee Ministerial Association (OMA), will be Thursday, May 5th at noon on the lawn between the historic courthouse and the judicial building. The observance was initially begun in 1952 by President Eisenhower. All aspects of life are prayed for by the OMA members and various community leaders. The faith-based kindergarten students will sing God Bless America and other music will be provided. Pizza will be provided by the Kiwanis. Come, pray for Okeechobee and bring a folding chair!
- The Migrant and Hispanic graduating seniors at Okeechobee High School will be receiving recognition May 16, 2016. This celebration is Okeechobee High School “Harvest of Hope Celebration.” Your generous contribution will help make our efforts a meaningful experience for these youngsters. This year we have a total of 31 migrant students graduating this year. You can drop off donations to Antoinette Rodriguez at Abney, Building & Consulting located at 210 NE 3rd Avenue or contact her by phone at 561-718-0536, she will be glad to pick up your donations.
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