News Cast 8/3

News Cast for August 3rd;

Quite the investment 

Improving Flagler Park might be more expensive than first thought. 

The estimates of doing one park with the cattlemen’s sculpture included, known as Cattlemen’s Square, is estimated to cost $1.17 million.  

Plans could be scaled back as the city council tackles their budget at a workshop next week. 

The community has donated over $300,000 dollars for the cattle drive sculpture. 

A presentation on the project will be made tonight before Okeechobee City Council. 

Agriculture commissioner wants tougher regulations 

Tougher restrictions and more reporting face Florida farmers and ranchers. 

Agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried said there will be more reports, tighter pollution standards, and more field inspections. 

Best Management Practices have not been updated since 2008 and need improvement, Fried said. 

She said farmers must comply or face fines and penalties. 

Fried adds they will use every technology available in an effort to clean water. 

Good performance for fishing team 

Okeechobee High School’s two teams in the national high school bass fishing championships held their own this past weekend. 

The team of Trent Nelson and Latt Durrance finished in 50th place with 16 pounds 10 ounces of fish. 

The team of Hunter Daniels and Joshua King finished in 62nd place with 15 pounds 12 ounces. 

288 high school teams competed at the three day event on Lake Chickamauga. 

The National champion was the host school, Sale Creek High School of Dayton, Tennessee. 

Medical Waste may come to Moore Haven 

Glades County welcoming a new industry that could create four new jobs. 

Advance Medical Sanitation would pay $50,000 to purchase one acre of county land behind Moore Haven Correctional. 

The county will administratively rezone the 8.7 acres of property from agriculture residential to industrial and light industrial. 

Planning Director Susan Buchans took the concept before the county planning board at a July meeting and got their endorsement on the zoning change. 

The medical waste would be treated indoors and then disposed of at the Okeechobee landfill. 

Commissioners the rest of the property might attract other industries to Moore Haven.