Plans already in motion

Indian River State College is ready to start studies on the facilities at the former Okeechobee School for Boys campus and already have architectural plans for the data center.

The governor signed the bill conveying the property to IRSC.  That could happen within 60 days.

Dixon Hendry Provost Russ Brown said the college is excited about the challenge of this project.

“The governors signature kicks off a lot of excitement for me because of the opportunities it creates for our community.  That is the main reason I wanted this job was to enhance and create opportunities for the people and business of our community.”

Brown predicts this project to move quickly with the data center operational within two years.

The South Florida Water Management District will also have some acreage for water storage and treatment.

Moore Haven city officials said progress has been made in trying to remove a burned up boat from the Caloosahatchee River at the city docks.

The March fire also damaged the city docks.

They’ve been talking with attorneys, insurance companies, the boat owner, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife to get something done.

Councilmember Jan Gunn found out something fishy is going on.

“The person that wrote the insurance policy for that boat found out that is the third boat that those people have burned down.  There is an investigation of those people and that is why the insurance company is not talking to us right now.”

The council also heard concerns about trash, noise and criminal mischief problems going on at night in downtown Moore Haven.

A recommendation to lock the dumpster at the Agape store in downtown Moore Haven was considered but not implemented.

Farmers and ranchers from Florida and other states have attended numerous listening sessions from house and senate committees on the 2024 farm bill.

Issues include cutting through red tape to get help for farmers.

Citrus growers in Florida are still waiting for help from damage done by Hurricane Ian.

There is a push to have more federal funding to conserve farm land in the nation.

Good news comes in the form of agriculture exports are up 14 percent this year.

Indiantown high school’s will open its new 60,000 square foot facility on August 9th.

They will adding the 11th grade class this year.

The campus is located on Citrus Boulevard.

It is a charter school with the Martin County School Board working with Indian River State College.

Academies and programs available include medical technology, building trades technology, welding and automotive/marine, agriculture sciences, and media computers and marketing.

By Ken