News Cast for October 12th:

Giving more time

What is another six months when you have waited over five  years already.

Okeechobee County Commissioners gave Bass Pro another two to six months to exercise the option to purchase the Okee-Tantie Recreation Area and develop the Big Cedar project.

County attorney Wade Vose said he thinks this will be the last extension.

He said he thinks they are closer to an agreement and headed in the right direction.

Some underground tanks and dumping of garbage were brought up in a recent environmental report.

In the courts, 33-year-old Dadrika Riles pled no contest to drug possession and received one year in jail and $685 in court costs.

Three people were charged with drug trafficking in an undercover drug deal for molly with the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on October 21, 2022.

Two other suspects, Terry McQueen Junior, 38,  and Tavares Whitehead, 26, are awaiting their day in court.

Officers said they seized $3,000 in suspected drug cash, some crack cocaine, over 52 grams of molly and 36 grams of Xanax in the operation.

Martin County Fire rescue honored a crew at the Indiantown station for delivering a baby in an ambulance on September 14th.

They were called at 2:30 in the morning to help the pregnant woman and take her to Martin Memorial North.

Honored were Dylan Caulfield, Jeremy Browning, William McCreary and Daniel McCarthy.

The Glades County School Board and the Economic Council are having a disagreement over 50 feet of property needed for the new Moore Haven elementary school.

The land was originally leased for 99 years to the chamber of commerce.  They are now defunct.

Board member Jean Prowant said she won’t sign a legal agreement recognizing the EDC unless they agreed to give the land for the school.

“I may be willing to state they are the successor to the Chamber of Commerce but I’m not going to say that hoping that they agree to what we are asking.  I think that is ridiculous.”

The district wants to get the new school completed and open in 2025.  They plan to renovate two buildings at the old school for district offices and are also building a new transportation department.

Superintendent Dr. Beth Barfield said the issue is not holding up plans to design the new school.

“At no time did the school board ever say that we wanted to take the Chalo Nitka grounds, that was a fictitious rumor.  No matter what happens with the 50 feet that is the location where the elementary building will be built.”

A convicted felon made the mistake of video taping firing a weapon at the Allapattah Flats Wildlife area on Martin Grade.

Dominic Elver, 26, then posted the video on social media.

He appeared to be seen firing a Glock 9 millimeter handgun into the air at the facility.  He faces 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on December 21st.