News Cast for June 3rd:
Okeechobee will feel impacts
The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning and flood watch for Okeechobee, Martin, Osceola and St. Lucie County from Noon today through Sunday night.
Forecasters say 4 to 8 inches or rain are possible with up to a foot in some areas.
Okeechobee County wants residents to secure garbage and recycling containers, tie down loose tree limbs, don’t place bulk items on the curb, and secure outdoor lawn furniture.
Ag Center won’t make the cut
$2 million for a livestock and expo building at the Ag Center was vetoed by the Governor.
Ron DeSantis signed the record setting $109.9 billion dollar plan.
It includes a 15 percent pay hike for law enforcement.
He said the state has a record surplus and the budget includes a record $3.1 billion in tax breaks.
He said that doesn’t mean the economy won’t be hurting in the state thanks to President Joe Biden.
“We would be better off if he had gone into office and done nothing rather than what he has done thus far.”
He predicts gas prices to average $5.00 per gallon through the summer.
A 79 mile transmission line to improve Florida Power and Light service was approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.
21 of the miles of line will be in Okeechobee County.
FPL Attorney William Cox said the line met all the state’s requirements.
“The Sweat Whidden project represents the fastest and most cost effective alternative taking into account demand for electricity, enhancing reliability, addressing the need to provide low cost energy, and the starting and beginning locations of the line.”
It runs from Okeechobee to DeSoto County.
Glades County commissioner Jerry Sapp wants to see the Palmdale community center remodeled and renovated in this year’s budget.
He said Palmdale remains a great place to live and to represent and they deserve services from the county just like other communities.
“I’m a little overwhelmed at the issues residents come up with. We try to work with them but sometimes they want something done that is a little out of our ability. I’m really 100 percent for Glades County and I love Palmdale.”
Among arrests Bobby Joe Fulford, 66 was charged with sale and possession with the intent to sell methamphetamine near Kissimmee Prairie State Park.
He was arrested this week on a warrant for an alleged drug sale on January 18th.
Tanya Huggins, 51 was arrested for three separate drug cases.
A traffic stop this week resulted in a K-9 unit finding methamphetamine.
She was also arrested on two prior warrants, one for allegations she trafficked 28 grams of methamphetamines.