News Cast for July 8th:
Possible end in sight for murder five years ago
A possible change of plea Friday in the Christopher Shows murder case.
The case scheduled to be called by Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Mirman on Friday at 2 pm.
Shows was charged with first degree murder, burglary and other charges in the shooting death of Amanda Suarez, 25 in December, 2016.
The state had been seeking the death penalty in this case.
County tax base increases
Okeechobee County sets a record for taxable values at $2.76 billion.
That is an 8% hike over last year.
The county commission begins budget workshops on Monday.
So far the budget proposes a $244 garbage assessment, a $127 dollar fire assessment, and a $116 dollar EMS assessment.
The sheriff asked for just over $20 million, which represents a 3.6 percent increase.
South Florida Water Management works to improve Pahokee Marina
The South Florida Water Management District planned to install new technology to help improve water circulation in the Pahokee marina and cut down on algae blooms.
Libby Pigman told the city this will be a long term benefit.
The district would remove some sheet piling that was installed to protect boats in the marina from winds and waves.
Water management will also install new electrical circulators that are designed to improve the water flow around the marina.
Airport improvements planned
The state Department of Transportation provided $3.1 million in funding over three years so Okeechobee County can repair and improve taxiway B at the county airport.
Airport Manager Andrew McBean said it is good budget news for the county.
The annual fiscal impact on the county was reduced.