News Cast 11/21

News Cast for November 21st:

710 shut down twice

A fatal crash Friday morning at the intersection of route 710 and Martin Grade.

A sedan driven by an 80 year old Moore Haven man attempted to make a left turn onto the grade and drove into the path of a tractor trailer.

The Florida highway patrol said a female in the sedan died at the scene.  The driver was seriously injured.

The truck driver, a 43 year old man from Mapleton Georgia was not hurt.

Troopers said neither occupant of the sedan wore seat belts.

Another accident north of Indiantown Sunday night also closed the road.  Martin County Sheriff Deputies investigated the crash.

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue on scene controlling a silo grain fire on NW 9th Street this morning.

There were no injuries reported.  They expected to be on the property for much of the day.

Crews also put out a fire in the storage room at Walmart this weekend.  It did disrupt shopping for a time, but the fire was located and extinguished quickly.

Career Source Heartland may be broken up.

Proposals include adding it to Lakeland or Orlando.

Okeechobee County Commissioners want to stay with counties with similar sizes and demographics.

Chairman Terry Burroughs said the small county could lose state money in this reorganization.

“There is a lot of conversation among rural counties that they are concerned about being pushed into organizations in which they will get lost in.  Many of our rural counties have extremely good relationships with Career Source and are afraid of losing that.”

They worry that will mean less resources for our job seekers and employers.

The proposals also include breaking up the Treasure Coast with Martin and St. Lucie joining with Palm Beach County.

The South Florida Water Management District is making progress on the BOMA property in Glades County.

The 1766 acre project is north of the Caloosahatchee River near Ortona.

The plan includes 80 acres for water quality testing.

Other facilities include parking, restrooms, a board walk and kiosk.

It would be available for mostly non-motorized vehicles for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing.

Dan Cotter with Water Management said the water testing facility could be done in 2024.

He said it will look at ways to clean water in wetlands.

“It will demonstrate and implement cost effective strategies to reduce nutrient loading.”

The water testing component will use about 80 acres.

Lazy 7 resident can add another way to celebrate Christmas this year.

Okeechobee County Commissioners approved a permit to use county roads for a golf cart parade on December 17th at 8 pm.

Resident Harry Marks called it a way to unite the community.  He urged commissioners to support it

“I propose the parade to allow the use of golf carts with a starting place, a map where everyone is to go.  Note we are staying away from state road 70 so we have no issues with high speed vehicles in the area.”

They will use SW 21st Parkway to SW 85th Avenue. 

The event begins on December 17th at 8 pm.