Newscast for Wednesday, September 7th 2022

Residents don’t want the noise, county wants the cash 

Okeechobee County continues to want to keep gun ranges away from residences. 

They have considered a one mile restriction. 

They would allow existing gun ranges to expand and would not limit the existing facilities in any manner. 

Commissioner Brad Goodbread was against a ban on new gun ranges in the county. 

“I don’t think it is governments to say when we have enough McDonalds, enough dollar stores or enough gun ranges.  That is for the free market to decide.  I think that is going too far.” 

Supporters claim the gun ranges bring people and money to town. 

Opponents said the noise bothers nearby residents. 

Glades County will again push the state to pave all of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. 

After 25 years of work there still are segments in Glades County that aren’t paved. 

The Florida Department of Transportation was contacted for an update but did not respond. 

Commission Chairman Tim Stanley said he has to scratch his head when it comes to this project. 

“It is crazy that they build a trail around the lake and when they get to Glades County they stop and don’t finish it.” 

Stanley adds FDOT employees don’t enough know about the project and work being done in Lakeport. 

The Harney Pond pedestrian bridge on the Lake trail is expected to be completed soon. 

Buckhead Ridge is also working on a nostalgia project to return their outdoor display with deer antlers on route 78.  It is meant to greet motorists as they arrive in the community. 

The state continues to invest in saving the manatee. 

Thomas Eason told the Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission that the state budget funds more boat patrols and safety. 

“We have $2.6 million for law enforcement patrols and more officers on the ground.  There is $9 million for boating access projects and $20 million to remove derelict vessels.” 

Eason said they are celebrating the trophy bass catch and release program.  There were 10 bass and so far two have been caught. 

The closest bass is in Lake Istokpoga. 

There are cash prizes for the angler that catches these bass. 

The Indiantown Village Council reorganizes tonight as two new members are sworn in, Carmine Dipaolo and Angelina Perez. 

Resident Linda Ivory reminded the new members to not forget minority neighborhoods like Booker Park. 

“Look out for all, not just up town or on the outstretches of Indiantown, but Booker Park also, because we matter.” 

Among arrests… 

Brittany Daughterty, 33 was charged with defrauding a senior citizen out of over 9 thousand dollars. 

She reported misused the victim’s credit cards over a four week period in July and August. 

Khamari Jones, 18 was charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a 15 year old girl he met on social media.   

The arrest report stated the victim’s father caught them together in the family home. 

Bond was set at $75,000.  

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