News Cast 4/9

News Cast for April 9th:

Crowd shows at Chamber to support new kiosk

The Florida Trail Association and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce partnered up to unveil a kiosk that explains what is going on in Okeechobee.

Jenna Taylor with the Trail Association said many hikers visit Okeechobee and Florida each year. 

She noted they are surprised at what they find in Florida

“We have hikers that aren’t from Florida who are shocked to see the diversity and the elevation.  The trail has land that people just wouldn’t see.”

She said the dark sky at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is a unique experience that hikers should take advantage of.

She noted that hikers helped the Florida economy during the pandemic because it was an activity that can occur safely and outdoors.

Chamber President Tabitha Trent said they’d like more small businesses to work with the trail to provide goods and services to hikers in Okeechobee, “I absolutely love this.  It will be a nice economic boost and it will also give us some positive coverage.”

Deaths and positive tests increase in Okeechobee

86 people have died from COVID 19 in Okeechobee since the pandemic began.

The positive test rate exceeded 10% for a time after spring break.

The total of cases rose to 3,809 Thursday.

10 different clinics are scheduled for vaccine in Okeechobee over the next two weeks.

The county and the health department host pods on Tuesday for first dose and Thursday for second dose at the Ag Center.

Interim Health Department Director Brett Smith said six cases of COVID variants have also shown up here.

They are also planning another vaccine event on April 24 but details have yet to be released.

Okeechobee man hospitalized after crash

A 33 year old Okeechobee man was seriously injured in a crash in Indian River County early Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The wreck happened on State Route 60 about halfway between Vero Beach and Yeehaw Junction at the intersection of 154th Avenue, Troopers said.

A 30 year old Grant, Florida man was killed when he pulled into the path of the Okeechobee man  who was headed east bound in his pickup.