News Cast 10/28

News Cast for October 28th:

Division remains on LOSOM 

The US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District expects to complete the new lake regulation schedule next Tuesday. 

Some recent changes would send more water to the east coast and interests there are upset about it. 

The west coast wanted less water and are happier than they were. 

Lake supporters aren’t happy because it means higher lake levels than environmentalists want. 

District Commander Colonel Jamie Booth said there is no way to please everyone. 

Staff member for Congressman Brian Mast, Brad Stewart said they were hoping to reduce discharges through the Port Mayaca locks. 

Nila Pipes with One Florida Foundation said they aren’t giving the public enough time to comment on these changes. 

Okeechobee Mayor Dowling Watford said some improvement was made in water supply. 

Two toddlers, ages 2 and 3, drowned in a backyard pool in Belle Glade on Wednesday. 

Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies said the children wandered away from their grand mother who was cleaning a home, got into a neighbors backyard pool and drowned. 

They were rushed to Lakeside Medical Center but efforts to revive them were unsuccessful. 

A 17 year old Indiantown teen died from injuries he sustained at the Okeechobee Mud Fest held at Plant Bamboo Friday. 

Plant Bamboo is an off road park and agriculture complex and is located at 27695 SW Martin Highway.  

Martin County Sheriff Deputies said the boy died on Tuesday from his injuries. 

An ATV collided with a truck during the event.  There were two other occupants injured, an 18 year old girl from Jupiter and a 17 year old Hobe Sound boy. 

Deputies are conducting a traffic homicide investigation. 

The City of Okeechobee considering some charter changes.  All would have to be approved by voters. 

They meet with the charter review committee next Thursday, November 4 at 6 pm. 

One item is changing the city clerk from an elected to appointed position. 

The council will also take up proposals to appoint a Vice Mayor. 

Council also wants to maintain control over the hiring and firing of the police chief. 

Currently the administrator has no supervisory role over the police chief or his staff. 

In other actions… 

City Council presented a certificate of appreciation to the chairman of the Flagler Park Design Review Committee Robbie Chartier. 

They presented 10 year longevity service awards to Jeffrey Treece of the Public Works Department and Palm Wilkerson of the City Police Department. 

The council approved a street closure Saturday afternoon to allow the First Baptist Church Fall Festival.  They will close a section of SW 4th Street between 1 pm and 8 pm. 

Glades County turned 1 hundred years old this year. 

They will celebrate next year. 

Tourist Development Coordinator Susan Whidden is in charge of planning the event. 

One project is getting with the oldest residents of the county to record their memories. 

They will interview the elders, produce a video of those interviews, and play them at the Doyle Conner building in Moore Haven. 

Each community is likely to be represented in the video. 

Other plans could include concerts, farm tours, and free trips aboard the US Sugar…Sugar train.