News Cast 4/15

News Cast for April 15th:

Cutting costs for agriculture 

Resumption of the land application of sludge, septage and residuals are a possible solution to the rising costs of fertilizer. 

That is the suggestion from Osceola County Commissioner Ricky Booth, a rancher himself. 

He made the proposal before the 16 County Lake Okeechobee Coalition. 

“Fertilizer costs have quadrupled.  Maybe more before this is all said and done.  We have food shortages.  It is time to take another look at bio-solids application from agriculture in the Kissimmee River basin, on a limited basis.” 

Chairman Carson Turner supported the idea. 

“It is all fun and games until you can’t feed somebody.  Its amazing how much we squeeze agriculture in this state and how quickly we forget how much of a bread basket we are to the state and to ourselves.” 

Opponents of using septic tank and sewer plant waste said it greatly increases nutrients in our waterways. 

Okeechobee County Commissioners approved rezonings to allow farm worker housing on just over one acre at 1438 North West 36th Street. 

They also rezone to commercial a half acre in front of Kings Trailer Park on 70 west. 

Also approved was a 60 acre multi use development with commercial uses at 4647 highway 441 north and a warehouse light industrial project at 345 North East 1 hundred and 10th Street. 

RinseWorks, LLC plans to employ 10 people and produce plumbing parts in the warehouse. 

They plan to lease out two of the bays for other business. 

The county commission also honored Evan Neal as he gets ready to start an NFL career. 

He thanked his parents most of all…and thanked the community for all their support. 

“I’d like to thank you for the support.   The community has put together a draft day watch party and that is really special for me.  I want to continue to do my best to make you guys proud.” 

Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs read part of the proclamation and noted Neal has been able to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make the SEC honor roll at Alabama. 

He needs five classes to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications. 

He noted it is not very often that an Okeechobee resident excell to this level.  

He also mentioned Kutter Crawford for making the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox. 

The draft party for the community is planned for April 28 at the Agri-Civic Center. 

Two trucks collided in central Hendry County killing a 54 year old Port St. Lucie man. 

The Florida highway patrol says the box truck was west bound on route 80 and struck the back of a disabled flatbed truck just west of county road 833 Thursday morning.