News Cast 6/8

News Cast for June 8th:

County and Corps come to terms 

The US Army Corps of Engineers was given a hero’s welcome as they agreed to vacate three easements on the Okee-Tantie property. 

It allows the county to move forward with Bass Pro to get the Big Cedar Lodge project developed. 

Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs said this will really help our tax base. 

“The first phase was between $20 and $25 million.  I would venture to say the investment will be double that amount by the time Johnny Morris gets done with what he’s going to do here.” 

Commander of the Corps Southeast District Gen. Jason Kelly took a tour on Lake Okeechobee and discussed our water issues with community leaders. 

He said releasing the easements could be a long signature moment for the lake. 

“I think everything that is going on here is adding to the health of the lake, adding to the Everglades and helping fish and wildlife.  A lot of good is happening here and I have a desire to do my part.” 

A virtual fair was held for jobs with the Okeechobee county school board today. 

They are looking for administrators, teachers, clerical staff and other support positions. 

They will also be hiring custodians and substitute teachers. 

The event at until 5 pm today. 

Glades County has created a broadband advisory team with members of the county, city of Moore Haven, Glades Electric, the school board and I-tech Glades. 

They also looked at a list of additional revenue and taxes including fuel tax hikes. 

The tax base has grown by seven percent this year. 

Chairman Tim Stanley said revenue from that should be enough this year to cover the county budget and pay raises. 

The governor is also supporting a $7 million dollar deal between the Florida Department of Corrections and the Glades Detention Center to bring state inmates to the county jail facility. 

Okeechobee county crews have been working to build up the shoulders of Berman Road to make it safer. 

County Commissioner Brad Goodbread said two of his company trucks have flipped over on the road in recent months. 

The state provides funding for rural roads but that process can be lengthy. 

Goodbread said the road is not designed to be a truck route and the trucks headed to the landfill constantly beat down the road. 

The Martin County Metropolitan Planning organization wants to get the dangerous curve on Martin Grade finally resolved. 

Stuart Commissioner Troy McDonald says the 710 and 714 intersection has been pending for around a decade. 

Both Okeechobee and Martin County support the realignment.   

Martin County would provide maintenance costs for the segment of the road inside Okeechobee County. 

The DOT is expected to provide an update this month when the MPO meets on June 20.