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News Cast for January 14th:

1/12/21 – Important message from our Board Chairman, Terry Burroughs: “The County Commission continues to receive complaints from our residents regarding setting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine.  We understand your frustration, however, the State Department of Health is in control of this situation. If you are having difficulties in obtaining a reservation for vaccination at the Health Department, you need to reach out to your State Representative Kaylee Tuck at 863-462-5019 or your State Senator Ben Albritton at 863-534-0073. Please call and let them know what you are experiencing in our County. The Commission will continue to work on resolving these issues, but your help would be greatly appreciated.”

County Administrator praised for her contributions

Robbie Chartier

A 22 year career in local government was praised and admired as Okeechobee County Administrator Robbie Chartier said goodbye to the County Commission today.

Chartier’s last day is Tuesday, January 19.  She announced in October that she would resign to take a job as Executive Director at Public Risk Management of Florida.

Chartier said she wanted to thank all the county employees for showing dedication and service over the years.

She also said she the county should be proud of the strong financial position they hold.

“There are challenges ahead.  You have a jail to finance and you are going to have fiscal constraints due to COVID.  It has not been easy.  Please remember to be fiscally conservative.  Plan for the hard times so you have enough to get through them.”

City Mayor Dowling Watford and Administrator Maros Montes De Oca thanked Chartier for building a strong relationship between the city and county.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Clewiston

A 22 year old Clewiston man died in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday morning.

The Florida highway patrol said the man was operating a motorcycle on Pine Lane at Cabbage Way just before 9 a.m. when the accident occurred.

Troopers said the bike went off the road, struck a culvert, and overturned several times.

The man was flown to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in West Palm Beach and was pronounced deceased.

The investigation into the crash continues.