Latest Okeechobee County, Florida Stories

2010-12-03 10:24:00

CLEWISTON, Fla., Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Key business leaders, elected officials and community members came together recently to witness the unveiling of a new tourism brand for the Okeechobee region. "Southern Shores of Lake Okeechobee: Gateway to the Everglades" is a united marketing and branding effort established to attract tourists to the southern shores of Lake Okeechobee to help revive its communities. Approximately 100 participants attended the branding event at...

2008-08-25 12:01:19

President Bush declared four Florida counties a disaster area Monday allowing them to receive federal help in recovering from Tropical Storm Fay. The White House says the four counties named are Brevard, Monroe, Okeechobee and St. Lucie. The designation means state and eligible local governments in the four counties, along with certain non-profit organizations, will receive federal funding for emergency and repair work. The government has not decided whether to extend disaster aid to...

2008-08-02 21:00:11

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ New islands, rising from Lake Okeechobee like a bass fisherman's version of Atlantis, could become a tourist-attracting, economic alternative for the Florida city of Pahokee's life after U.S. Sugar. The state's proposed $1.75 billion buyout of U.S. Sugar to further Everglades restoration threatens to leave Pahokee and other Glades cities without a major employer. This comes at a time when lingering low lake levels have hurt marinas and other water-dependent...

2008-07-10 18:00:23

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 10--More than doubling the budget for South Florida water managers and shelving some Everglades restoration projects are among the ways that were proposed today to pay for the state's bid to buy out U.S. Sugar. The South Florida Water Management District revealed a plan for a $2.9 billion agency budget next year -- up from the $1.3 billion expected -- to pay for buying U.S. Sugar's 187,000 acres. The boost comes from adding in costs for...

2008-07-03 12:00:31

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 3--A FOOT OF WATER -- that's the difference one wetter year makes in Lake Okeechobee. The big lake, which serves as the region's rain barrel, fell to its all-time low on this date last year, bottoming out at 8.82 feet above sea level. On Thursday, it sat at 9.85 feet, climbing by nearly a half-foot over the last week alone, thanks to steady rains over and north of the lake. While the lake is in better shape than last year, water managers...

2007-06-05 18:00:21

The drought in southern Florida has led to a major archaeological find on the bottom of Lake Okeechobee -- pieces of pottery, conch jewelry and human bone. Researchers say the number of known-but-unexplored settlement sites on the lake bottom has increased from three to more than 20 during the drought. But there also are signs looters have been at work, leaving deep holes in the mud. I literally stay up at night wondering whether people are out on the lake looting it, Chris Davenport, the...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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