News Cast 2/10

News Cast for February 10th:

County, Walmart, to add to vaccine supply

Okeechobee County announced 450 doses of Moderna vaccine will be available Friday at the Okeechobee Agri Civic Center.

Appointments are required.  The vaccine shots are for first dose only.

Seniors are asked to show up 30 minutes before their appointment.

You can make an appointment online at my vaccine.fl.us

Walmart Stores in Okeechobee, Clewiston, LaBelle, Fort Pierce and Sebring will soon be offering vaccine shots.

The state expected 330,000 shots of vaccine this week.  Walmart will have stores in 34 counties providing vaccine soon.

Senate President wants to refocus water projects

Senate President Wilton Simpson is asking the legislature to focus more on water projects north of Lake Okeechobee.

He said building a reservoir south of the Lake last year was a mistake.

Simpson also wants an aggressive septic to sewer program.

Simpson said water issues have to take into account tourism, our growing population and agriculture.

Simpson also said he understands how important agriculture is to the state, “Agriculture in the last eight months has been the leading driver of the economy in Florida.  In good times, tourism is the number one driver.  When recession comes, then agriculture becomes the number one driver of the economy.”

Simpson spoke at a recent virtual conference hosted by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Fire causes heavy damage to trailer home

An Okeechobee homeowner suffered smoke inhalation and was treated and released at Raulerson Hospital after a mobile home fire.

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue were called to the report of a mobile home fully involved in flames on February 5 at 2712 South East 47th Terrace.

The fire report said smoke was showing out the back of the double wide as crews arrived.

The homeowner was found on the ground being helped by a deputy.

The state fire marshal suggested a lamp might have started the blaze.

The estimate of damage was placed at $35,000.