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9 Welcome 10 Board of Directors 12 Chamber Benefits 14 Chamber Leads the Way

n Community Guide


16 Welcome to Okeechobee 18 Map 20 Okeechobee County 21 City of Okeechobee 22 Important Phone Numbers

n History

25 The History of Okeechobee 29 A Look Back at Our 100-Year Celebration

n Lifestyles

31 Okeechobee Real Estate

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49 Raulerson Hospital

n 59 Places of Worship n

Economic Development

60 TDC, Economic Council, Chamber and Main Street

n Education

63 Indian River State College

n Dining Guide

66 Chamber Restaurant Members

n Community Events

72 Events and Festivals

n Recreation

77 Lake Okeechobee Area

n Business Directory

91 Chamber Members

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elcome to the 2016 Community Guide and Business Directory. The board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County is proud to provide community members and visitors with a premier business reference and relocation tool. This is just one small example of us upholding our mission statement — to engage business and community leaders to improve the business climate, economy and quality of life in Okeechobee. We welcome everyone to look inside the community guide and see what all Okeechobee has to offer. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information if you live in the area or are considering on visiting or even moving to Okeechobee. We at the Chamber take a proactive role in the community by providing several programs and events that are geared to help local businesses and owners network and prosper. Creating and supporting a business-friendly environment is an important part of our mission, alongside advocating issues and concerns important to our businesses and community members. We encourage both members and non-members to take part in Chamber events, so they can see firsthand what we have to offer. We encourage you to become a Chamber member. Because as a member of the Chamber, you gain a network of business partners who work together to help promote Okeechobee’s growing economy and you are able to utilize all of the Chamber’s resources and tools to help you accomplish your business goals. The Chamber continues to be the premier organization where you can network and develop professional business relationships within our community. As the board of directors looks forward to continuing to grow our membership in the coming year, as well as serving this community, we invite you to join us in making Okeechobee a better place to live, work and play. Thank you and God bless you!

2016 Board from left: Russ Brown, Niki Salmon, Bobby Keefe, Bill Dover, Executive Director Erin Moore, Terry Burroughs, Tabitha Trent, Robert Lee, Economic Development Director John Gurney, Susan Giddings, Jeff Jones and Wayne Cunningham.

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BOARD Terry W. Burroughs

is a retired telecommunications executive with over 32 years in the industry. Upon retiring, he moved back to Okeechobee to manage the family business. Since his return he has been involved with different organizations in the community. He currently is the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County, as well as District 4 County Commissioner. He is the past president of the Okeechobee Rotary Club and serves on various boards in the community, i.e., City Planning Board, Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, Raulerson Hospital Board of Trustees and the Agri-Civic Center Advisory Group. He is currently the Chairman of Florida’s Research Coast Economic Development Coalition. He is married to his wife, Maureen of 24 years and has three children and six grandchildren.

Russ Brown

proudly serves as Indian River State College’s Provost for the Dixon-Hendry campus in Okeechobee. He has spent 20 years in the education arena, holding various positions for the Okeechobee County School Board grades K-12 and as Chief Executive Officer and Principal for Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. Russ is very involved within the community participating in many organizations, such as board member of the Okeechobee Education Foundation, United Way of Okeechobee, Advisory Board for the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars, Okeechobee County Community Health Advisory Team, spokesperson for the Okeechobee March of Dimes, Executive Roundtable for the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, IRSC’s School of Education Collaboration Team and takes part in the Economic Development Council of Okeechobee. He was born in Miami and is a graduate of Okeechobee High School. He is the proud father of Alexis, Ashtyn and Boyd.

Wayne Cunningham

is the general manager of Glades Media Radio stations WOKC 1570AM and 100.9FM along with WAFC 106.1FM Radio Fiesta, both located in Okeechobee. His broadcast career has covered more than four decades in radio and television. Before returning home to Okeechobee in 2003, Wayne was group marketing manager for the Meredith Television Group in Des Moines, IA and television research group manager for Sinclair Broadcasting. Wayne was the long-time promotions manager and research director at WPTV Channel 5, West Palm Beach. Locally, Wayne has served on the board of directors for the United Way, Ag-Venture and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Okeechobee. He has also served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Okeechobee Advisory Committee and the 2-1-1 Advisory Board. Wayne’s daughters and son have blessed him with seven grandchildren so far.

Willard (Bill) Dover

is a retired lawyer with decades of practice in Fort Lauderdale after graduating from the University of Minnesota law school. He and his wife, Diane, live in Indian Hammock. Bill was a founding member of the South Florida Manufacturers Association, and a former chairman of the Broward Workshop, Florida Council on Economic Education and Florida Council of 100. His primary interest in Okeechobee is economic development to promote capital investment and employment for our county.

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Susan Giddings

is the publisher and owner of Okeechobee The Magazine. She holds degrees in business administration and accounting. She is very community minded and extremely involved locally in volunteering for various local, civic and charity organizations and currently sits on the board of Martha’s House as the treasurer. Susan is married to husband, Ray, and has two adult daughters.

Jeff Jones

is the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Jones Supply A. I. Sales & Service, Inc. the number one dealer in the South East U.S. for ADM Alliance Nutrition. Prior to moving to Okeechobee in 2006, he was serving in the U.S. Army. He retired after 23 years of service with tours in the U. S., Europe and Southwest Asia. He has served on the House Committee VFW Post 10935, Board of Directors Okeechobee County Fair Association, and now on Board of Directors Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. Jeff earned his degree in business administration and marketing from Columbia Southern University. He has been married to his wife, Alicia, for 28 years, they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Robert (Bobby) Keefe,

a native of Okeechobee, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001 to 2012. He held many leadership positions during his tenure as a logistics officer, including commanding troops in combat. After returning to his hometown he and wife, Bianca, founded The Lounge at Sacred Sanctuary, LLC — a wellness center in downtown Okeechobee. Bobby is involved with various local charities and enjoys public speaking. As a Wounded Warrior himself, he is an advocate for Wounded Warriors of South Florida and is the founder of The Warrior Center of Okeechobee. He is also a Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer at Hospice of Okeechobee. Coming back to his hometown after a decade of military service, Bobby is dedicated to giving back to the community and getting involved with its growth and prosperity as a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County Board of Directors. He earned his degree in psychology from the University of Maryland University College and his life coaching certification from Orange County Life Coaching Institute. Bobby is married to the former Bianca Padgett of Managua, Nicaragua. They have three children, Zane, Leah and Ricky.

Robert Lee

is the Chief Executive Officer of Raulerson Hospital. He began his career with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in 1992 working in different roles at various hospitals in the HCA East Florida Division. Robert’s dedication to the community of Okeechobee is not just in healthcare. He currently serves on the boards of the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, Seacoast National Bank, the Okeechobee Economic Council and the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network. Robert attended college in New York City and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration. Robert is married to Robbin and has one son, Tyler, who attends the University of Central Florida.

Niki Salmon

is the owner of Complete Services, a janitorial cleaning and lawn maintenance company that is the primary contractor for South Florida Water Management, operating the Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee River Navigational Boat Locks. Niki graduated from John I Leonard, in West Palm Beach, FL. After graduation Niki went on to Palm Beach Junior College, where she studied business management, advanced accounting and computer training. Niki worked for Palmdale Oil Company for 24 years, where she served as CEO for eight of her employed years. Niki is a state certified CBC contractor specializing in log homes. She is also a state certified real estate agent and is currently pursuing the journey to open her new real estate brokerage firm in Okeechobee.

Tabitha Trent,

a native of Okeechobee, attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her bachelor of science in business management. She also attended University of Florida’s Florida School of Banking, and graduated with honors. She has been in banking for 29 years and is currently a retail bank manager and vice president for Centerstate Bank. Tabitha is very community minded and believes in giving back and paying it forward. She proudly supports several civic organizations, including the Okeechobee Educational Foundation, Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, Rotary Club of Okeechobee, YOUNIFIED and the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. Tabitha is also a children’s church teacher for More 2 Life Ministries. She is married to her husband, Jay, and they have a son, Chase.

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Our Values

Promoting economic growth, one local business at a time. The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County serves the community and helps strengthen and build that rich history, while also helping to create business and career opportunities. Please read through this community guide and business directory to see what Okeechobee has to offer. Whether you are a resident, a business owner, thinking about relocating here or a visitor to Okeechobee, we are certain that Okeechobee has what you are looking for.

Benefits for Chamber Members Include:


Value of Information

he Chamber brings you unique resources including immediate IRS Small Business Information and access to SCORE for free business counseling — all information that is timely and relevant to the success of your business operation. The Chamber also provides you with information through access to money-saving member-to-member discounts, informational seminars throughout the year, ribbon-cutting events and personal development programs such as Leadership Okeechobee.

Value of Influence

By advancing innovative solutions that create jobs, increase local investment and enhance our region, the Chamber is a catalyst for business prosperity. It fosters a vibrant and interconnected business community where collaboration increases capacity, education enhances ability and advocacy influences authority.

Value of Interaction

The Chamber provides opportunity. People want to do business with people they know, like and trust. Networking, member-to-member programs and part-

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nerships foster relationships that encourage leads, referrals and more business for our members.

Value of Impact

The Chamber represents hundreds of employees — the strength of our membership and the direct results of our initiatives affect outcomes that benefit our members.

Value of Innovation

We value both innovation and tradition. As a proactive and forward-thinking organization, we create meaningful programs that add value to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. We embrace the possibilities of the future while preserving our community’s rich history.

Interested in becoming a member? Call us at 863-467-6246 or email


Chamber Leads the Way to Economic Development


he Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County had yet another successful year helping local businesses prosper and promoting economic growth within Okeechobee.

In the weeks leading up to Small Business Saturday, we worked with our local businesses and helped promote the importance of shopping local.

There are a lot of exciting things happening within the Chamber, including the hire of new Executive Director Erin Moore.

The 2nd annual Business of the Year Awards was held this year, where five highly acclaimed businesses were awarded the now coveted honor of being named one of Okeechobee’s businesses of the year. A new category was added this year to recognize Okeechobee’s non-profit businesses.

We welcomed 62 members in the past year, increasing overall membership to just under 300. Along with our business networking efforts, we continue to work tirelessly to help boost our local economy. As a unified voice for our businesses, we represent our businesses’ interests at all levels of government. Promoting Okeechobee is vital to our local economy and the Chamber prepares marketing materials to give to site selectors throughout the country to help get Okeechobee noticed. We also worked with the County to help them develop their strategic plan and played a supporting role in the redevelopment of Okee-Tantie. The Chamber is dedicated to helping both new and existing businesses. This year alone, we assisted 47 different businesses that were either just starting out or expanding. Through our Business Assistance Program, these new or growing businesses were given guidance in areas including business plans, budgeting and taxes.

The categories consisted of Gross Income of 1 Million or Less, Gross Income 1 Million or More, National Corporate Business and the newest, Non-Profit Business. The winners were WOKC/Glades Media Group, Gilbert Family of Companies and Golden Corral, all within their respective categories, and Martha’s House and Okeechobee Main Street tying for the honors of Non-Profit Business. 2016 looks to be the start of some great economic times and you can be sure the Chamber is going to be there to help in anyway possible. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 55 S. Parrott Ave. in downtown Okeechobee, FL. For more information on how to become a member or for member offerings, please visit the website, or call 863-467-6246. n

And for several existing local businesses we were able to work with them to obtain $1.1 million in sales tax relief. The Chamber also works with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council to help get financial appropriations from the legislature. This year the Chamber implemented a five-week promotional marketing plan for Small Business Saturday that was available to all businesses.

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Business of the Year Winners 2015-2016.



Welcome to Okeechobee

An ever-growing community with small-town values. What Okeechobee lacks in size, it makes up for with its rich history and tight-knit community. Okeechobee is a place that people are proud to call home and a place that welcomes all.


elcome to Okeechobee, a growing community that prides itself on its rich past and history. This is a county that welcomes diversity but retains its small-town family atmosphere. Okeechobee offers year-round activities, quality education, cutting-edge medicine and open space for relaxation, all without the pressures of intense urban living. Located conveniently right in the middle of the state, Okeechobee has a moderate climate with summer temperatures averaging from 72 to 93 and mild winters from 49 to 73, making for comfortable days and cool evenings. With comfortable year-round temperatures and an average rainfall of only 53

inches, outdoor activities continue throughout the entire year. Okeechobee has the second largest freshwater lake in the United States. The lake itself is a nationally known tourist attraction that draws people from all over the country. The lake combines outdoor living with sports, culture and community activities. It covers approximately 730 square miles, with an average diameter of 45 miles and an average depth of 14 feet, with the deepest point being 22 feet. With an excellent road system encircling the lake, travelers have several scenic viewpoints to visit, including several camp-

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grounds, RV parks, restaurants and recreational facilities located along the lake’s perimeter. C. Scott Driver Park, located on Hwy 78 W at the Kissimmee River, provides facilities for hikers, boaters and fishermen. With Okeechobee only 70 miles from West Palm Beach, 115 from Tampa, 105 from Orlando and 135 from Miami, the crossroads in the center of town offer a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of urban settings but also provides convenience to Florida attractions, beaches and amenities of larger cities within a short drive. The major interstates, railway, waterways, ports and airport provide unlimited access. Okeechobee life extends past county limits. On Hwy 78, immediately across the Kissimmee River, is Glades County that houses the community of Buckhead Ridge. Residents of Buckhead Ridge work, attend school and otherwise participate in the life of Okeechobee. If you continue south on Hwy 78 W you will arrive on the outskirts of the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. It encompasses 35,000 acres of rich land that is farmed, fished and hunted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The reservation is a small community all in itself, boasting a state-of-the-art rodeo arena, a casino and modern centers for education and sports. The Brighton reservation even has their very own charter school, Pemayetv Emahakv, that was founded in 2007 and that expands the normal classroom curriculum with the teaching of the history and language of the Seminole Tribe. The reservation is open to the public with the Brighton community encouraging tourists to come learn about their culture and history. The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Okeechobee residents have a longstanding relationship. Brighton residents continue to play a very active role in Okeechobee’s community. Okeechobee is always looking for new ways to expand upon their culture and activities. A mural program depicting local historical times and events can be found on the side of what is now referred to as the Freshman Campus. The city’s active

cultural environment includes an annual arts festival held in the center of town, a community theater program that has entertained residents for over 35 years, as well as drama and art activities for the youth. Okeechobee’s history is on display at the museum and library, with downloadable material, Internet access and various cultural programs. Throughout the year there is never a lack of activities and events for residents to partake in. Many civic associations and service clubs help sponsor and put on events, such as the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta, a community blood drive, a Labor Day parade, festivals in the park, year-round rodeos and an annual re-enactment of the battle of the second Seminole War called the Battle of Okeechobee. There are also monthly mixers that bring businesses and the community together. Okeechobee continues to grow and build on its rich history. With so much to offer in history and present day activities, Okeechobee is a perfect place to call home for many and a wonderful attraction for all. As you read through the Community Guide you will soon discover the many diverse offerings our community has to offer. n

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Gateway To South Florida

Okeechobee County

Driving Distances to Major Cities from Okeechobee, Florida

Okeechobee Demographics The year-round population of Okeechobee County is 39,996 according to the 2010 census. From November to May, there are an estimated 30,000 additional seasonal residents. The population of the market area (30 mile radius of downtown Okeechobee) is 174, 528. Approximately 6 million visitors per year come to enjoy activities around Lake Okeechobee, and about 75% of the state’s population lives within 2 hours of Okeechobee.

Orlando 110 Miles

Tampa 130 Miles

Cape Canaveral 119 Miles

Port St. Lucie

Ft. Myers 95 Miles

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Naples 130 Miles

• 33 Miles Palm • WestBeach 63 Miles

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Fort Lauderdale 105 Miles

Miami 125 Miles

Lake Okeechobee

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Welcome from the


Okeechobee County Commissioners

f you want to experience the natural beauty of Florida as described in A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith you have come to the right place. Visually beautiful prairies and expanses of grazing land for cattle ranches and dairies; rivers, lakes and forests for hunting and fishing; trails for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing; a lifestyle based on a pioneer spirt with an appreciation for the land. Okeechobee County, located at the north end of Lake Okeechobee, is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Lake Okeechobee is known by bass fishermen throughout the United States and was ranked as one of the top ten bass fishing lakes by Bassmaster magazine.

100+ miles around the lake. If golf is where you find your solitude, you can enjoy a round on one of several courses in Okeechobee. Take the train, fly your plane or bring your camper, come any way you can to Okeechobee County, a desirable place to live, to work and to enjoy the natural beauty of “the other Florida.”

For those who enjoy shooting sports, our county has two highly acclaimed venues which offer sporting clay, trap and skeet courses and “Single Action Shooting Society” or “Cowboy Action” shooting events. If quiet activities are more your preference, then the Kissimmee River State Park is the place for you, offering hiking, wildlife viewing, camping and the darkest night skies, which makes it one of the only places in Florida where you can enjoy the stars and planets without the intrusion of artificial light. The park has applied for recognition as an international Dark Sky Park which would make it one of only 20 in the world.

Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners (L-R): Bryant H. Culpepper, Chairman Frank Irby, Margaret Garrard Helton and Terry Burroughs.

Or find the solitude and beauty of Lake Okeechobee by hiking or biking the scenic trail atop the dike that surrounds the lake. This trail is celebrated each year by groups of intrepid hikers who spend eight to nine days hiking the

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Welcome from the

Okeechobee City Council

Welcome to Okeechobee! We invite you to share

in all that our friendly community has to offer. The City of Okeechobee, just completing our Centennial Celebration, is excited to embrace its future. Our community is known for its fishing, sunshine, hospitality and heritage. We invite you and your family to join ours. We look forward to you becoming part of our history and family. Okeechobee’s past has created a friendly atmosphere that is unique and diverse. We celebrate with numerous events and festivities, such as Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos and the Speckled Perch Festival and many other family events throughout the year. We are a seasonal community with our out-of-state family

growing within the county during winter months. Our area is proud of the downtown corridor, which combines parks, green space and local retail businesses and restaurants that only further promote our family atmosphere. Okeechobee is also poised to be at the front of the sporting community with national largemouth bass tournaments and upcoming projects, including the Guy Harvey Outpost. Okeechobee also has two industrial parks that serve as a source of employment and potential growth opportunities. Thank you for your interest into our fair city. We look forward to your visit, be it for recreation, shopping or sampling our many eateries. Our residents also welcome you to our area. We would be happy to join you on your next travel experience. Follow the City’s festivities at:

City Council Members (L-R): Noel Chandler, Dowling Watford, Mayor James E. Kirk, Mike O’Connor and Gary Ritter.

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS Aid and Emergency Phone Numbers Okeechobee County Area Code, 863 All Emergencies 911 Police, Fire and Rescue 911 Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222 FIRE Fire Emergency 911 City Fire – Business 467-1586 County Fire – Business 763-5544 Forest Fire Reporting 462-5160 POLICE Police Emergency 911 City Police – Business 763-5521 County Sheriff – Business 763-3117 TDD 763-0077 Project 1511 763-1511 Coast Guard Marine & Air Emergency Fort Pierce (772) 464-6100 FBI (772) 461-6142 FL Marine Patrol (561) 624-6935 HOSPITAL Raulerson Hospital 763-2151 CITIZEN SERVICES Abuse, Elder & Child Hotline (800) 962-2873 Al-Anon, Alateen, N.A., Adult Children of Alcoholics & AA 763-1006 Children’s Services Council 462-5000 ext. 255 Consumer Affairs Complaints (800) 435-7352 Florida Abuse Hotline (800) 962-2873 Hospice of Okeechobee 467-2321 Hope Hospice (BHR) 763-2404 Hope Hospice (Glades Co.) 467-3604 Martha’s House Domestic Violence Shelter 763-0202 Mental Health Services New Horizons 462-0040 After hours (888) 468-5600 Missing Children Information FL 1-888-FL-MISSING (1-888-356-4774) Okeechobee Senior Services 462-5180 Physician’s Referral Service (24 hour) 763-9228

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Pregnancy Center 467-8748 Public Safety 763-3212 Senior Services 462-5180 Shared Services Network 462-5000 ext. 257 Veterans Service Office 763-8124 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Animal Control 357-3225 Driver’s Licenses 462-5225 Emergency Management 763-3212 Tax Collector 763-3084 CITY, COUNTY AND STATE OFFICES Okeechobee County Area Code 863 Attorney General (FL) Office 866-966-7226 City Planning & Zoning 763-3372 ext. 218 City Hall 763-3372 City Street Dept. 763-3926 County Clerk, Courthouse 763-2131 County Commission Office 763-6441 County Finance Office 763-6553 County Judge’s Office 763-3193 County Planning and Development 763-5548 Dept. of Children & Families 462-5700 Division of Forestry 462-5160 Environmental Protection 462-5888 FL Fish & Wildlife Commission 462-5190 Health Department 462-5819 Insurance (Fla. Dept. of Financial Services) (800) 693-5236 | Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (800) 829-1040 Okeechobee Landfill 357-0824 Okeechobee Sports Complex-Pool 467-7667 Okeechobee Utility Authority 763-9460 or 763-3793 After-hours emergency 357-0490 Parks & Recreation Dept. 763-6950 Post Office 763-3616 Property Appraiser 763-4422 Public Defender 763-7977 Public Library 763-3536 Rehabilitation Facility 763-6226 School Superintendent 462-5000 Social Security (800) 772-1213 TDD (800) 325-0778 Tourist Development Council 763-3959 State’s Attorney 763-5557 Supervisor of Elections 763-4014 Tax Collector 763-3084

UTILITIES Florida Power & Light (800) 226-3545 CenturyLink (800) 201-4099 Comcast (800) 934-6489 Florida Public Utilities 763-2115 Okeechobee Utility Auth. (water) 763-9460 CIVIC CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS There are numerous clubs and organizations in Okeechobee that offer opportunities for locals and guests to receive help or become involved in community activities. All phone numbers are area code 863 unless otherwise noted.

American Business Women’s Association 763-3131 American Legion #64 763-2950 American Legion Auxiliary 763-4953 American Red Cross 763-2488 Business Women’s Referral Network 610-2176 Chamber of Commerce (Okeechobee) 467-6246 East Coast Migrant Head Start 467-0702 Economic Council Okeechobee County 467-0200 Elks Lodge 467-0550 or 634-1605 Fraternal Order of Eagles #4137 763-2552 Fraternal Order of Eagles #4509 467-1154 Friends of the Okeechobee Library 763-3536 Girl Scouts 763-4631 or 763-5102 Guardian ad Litem 697-1717 Habitat for Humanity 763-13714 Kiwanis Club 634-1778 Loyal Order of the Moose #2417 763-2250 Masonic Lodge #237 357-0427 and 763-1610 Ministerial Association 697-1308 Moose Lodge 763-4954 Okeechobee Battlefield Friend 763-6246 Okeechobee County Board of Realtors 467-0004 Okeechobee Co. Education Association 467-1564 Okeechobee Historical Society & Museum 763-4344 Okeechobee Golf Association (Mens & Ladies) 763-6228 Okeechobee Main Street 357-MAIN (6246) Okeechobee Co. Recreational Association 763-6950 Overeaters Anonymous 763-7165 or 763-5324 Quilters Tantie 357-0868 Retired Senior Volunteer Program 450-9402 Retired Teachers Association 763-5755 Rotary Club 763-4224 Shrine Club 763-3378 VFW Post #4423 763-0818 VFW Post #10539 763-2308 VFW Post #9528 467-2882

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Central Elementary 610 SW 5th Ave. K-4 462-5077 Everglades Elementary 725 SE 8th St. K-5 462-5108 North Elementary 3000 NW 10th Terr. K-5 462-5100 Seminole Elementary 2690 NW 42nd Ave. K-5 462-5119 South Elementary 2468 SW 7th Ave. K-4 462-5087 Osceola Middle 825 SW 28th St. 5-8 462-5070 Yearling Middle 925 NW 23rd Ln. 6-8 462-5056 Okeechobee Freshman Campus 610 SW 2nd Ave. grade 9 462-5288 Okeechobee High School 2800 Hwy. 441 N. 10-12 462-5025 Okeechobee Achievement Academy 1000 NW 34th St. 462-5125 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Okeechobee Adventist Christian School 412 NW 6th St. 763-0763 Okeechobee Christian Academy 701 S Parrott Ave. 763-3072 Grades K4 – 8 Peace Lutheran School 750 NW 23rd Lane 763-7566 Lutheran VPK Program, 2 year to 5K Rock Solid Christian Academy 401 SW 4th St. 763-1847, Baptist COLLEGES Indian River State College (Okeechobee campus) 824-6000 Indian River State College (Main Campus-Ft. Pierce) (866) 792-4772

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The History of Okeechobee

A timeline filled with dates and milestones that helped plant Okeechobee’s deep roots. With a humble beginning, this small town has suffered both devastation and prosperity over the past centuries, but no matter what, Okeechobee has stood strong and persevered.


keechobee means “big water” in the Seminole Indian language, an appropriate name being that Lake Okeechobee is the second largest fresh water lake in the United States, second in size only to Lake Michigan. Over the years, Lake Okeechobee has had many names, the earliest of which being Mayaimi (an early Indian Tribe.) It has also gone by the names Laguna del Esperitu Santo, meaning Lake of the Holy Spirit, Lake Mayacco and Lake Mayoco before finally being named Lake Okeechobee. Until the late 1830s, the dense untamed landscape of Central Florida deterred exploration. Following efforts to relocate native tribes to the west, the Seminole Indians had only one avenue of escape, south. The U.S. Army pursued a band of Seminoles to the shoreline of Lake Okeechobee in an event that would later be referred to as “Col. Zachary Taylor’s Christmas Party.” On Dec. 25, 1837 the Battle of Okeechobee was fought between the Seminole Indians and Col. Zachary Taylor’s U.S. Army unit. What became the bloodiest battle of the Second Seminole War ended with many U.S. casualties and the Seminole Indians retreating deep into the swamp. Today the 145-acre Okeechobee Battlefield State Park, commemorating the event, is located on U.S. Hwy 441 SE, just a few miles southeast of the city. Following the Seminole’s escape, the marshy region on the lake’s northern coast remained unexplored until the 1880s when Hamilton Driston brought dredges. Driston began work

on the Kissimmee River in an attempt to open the land for development. At that time only wild game, birds and Native Americans occupied the region. Driston began work on a route through land covered with water oak, cypress, rubber and palmetto trees, beginning in the City of Kissimmee and heading south to Lake Okeechobee. Soon after the excavation began people started to take notice of the beautiful land and lake. In October 1896 Peter and Louisiana (Chandler) Raulerson arrived at Taylor Creek, a few miles north of the lake. The Raulersons stretched 30 miles of fence from Taylor Creek to the Kissimmee River, enclosing the river’s bend. Shortly thereafter, other settlers began to arrive. W.A. “Buster” Ferrell built a home just west of Taylor Creek and Samuel L. Gray paddled his way down the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee in 1899. A year earlier, the Raulerson family built the first schoolhouse at the river’s bend to provide an education for their children. At the time six children were required to start a school. To have enough children the Yates children were “borrowed” from Fort Drum, just to the north. Dr. George M. Hubbard, a Connecticut Yankee the children nicknamed, “Mother Hubbard” served as the first teacher. The U.S. government sent Henry Hudson Hancock and his brother James to survey an area of the lake. Henry decided to ➢

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move his family to Taylor Creek and took over as the schoolteacher. Later, he became instrumental in establishing the area’s first voting precinct in 1903 with seven voters. As the population increased, Tantie Huckabee, a well-educated lady from South Carolina was brought down to teach. The community honored her energy and enthusiasm by naming the school after her. Her name was also given to the first post office, and the town began to be known as Tantie. nt.

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A thriving economy drew even more settlers to Tantie. Numerous industries such as hunting, citrus and farming were already growing, but none as much as the catfish industry. In 1906 the steamer, Success, carried 6,000 pounds of fish from the lake on its first haul. In 1912 Robert Upthegrove established Upthegrove Beach, a tiny town on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee. In time, it became a large fishing site on what is now Hwy 441 SE. In 1911 the St. Lucie County Tribune announced that work would soon start on a branch line of the Florida East Coast Railway that would run from Maytown, north of Titusville on the east coast, to Tantie. Because of the new developments in and around the town, on Oct. 4, 1911 the name Tantie was deemed inappropriate and was changed to Okeechobee. Later that year, P.L. Jenkins enlisted a civil engineer to lay out and survey the new city.

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Many of the street names originated from the area’s Indian heritage: Okeechobee, Seminole, Osceola, Hicpochee, Miami, Kissimmee, Parrott, Tallahassee, Cherokee, Hiwasee, Micanopee, Meridith and Oklosnokee. Those names remained until the 1970s when streets and avenues were given new names and numbers. After a visit to the region, South Florida Railroad Company owner Henry Morrison Flagler initiated a re-design of the city to include wide streets, a central park and many wooden buildings, some of which still exist today. He envisioned it becoming the “Chicago of the South.” Created from portions of Osceola, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties, the boundaries of Okeechobee County and the incorporation of the city were formalized on June 4, 1915. Florida Gov. Park Trammell (1913 to 1917) appointed municipal officers that included Mayor Peter Raulerson, Clerk of Accessory Henry Chandler, and councilmen L.M. Raulerson, W.L. Coats, Dr. C.R. Darrow, S.J. Drawdy and C.L. Hatch. The first city council meeting was held on July 13, 1915. Okeechobee’s first Chief of Police or City Marshal was Benjamin F. Hall, who was appointed July 14, 1915 and served until September 1915. He was succeeded by J.W. Raulerson and William E. “Pogey Bill” Collins. Okeechobee was finally recognized as a county on May 8, 1917. In 1919 the name of the city was changed from Okeechobee City to the City of Okeechobee.


Two of the most deadly occurred within two years of each other. In 1926 a storm came rolling through with 125 mph winds. Lake Okeechobee flooded killing hundreds and injuring thousands. But the real blow came in 1928 when a second and even worse storm struck. As it moved throughout South Florida the floodwaters of Lake Okeechobee rose as high as 12 feet. The death toll went into the thousands. To prevent such devastation in the future, the Hoover Dike was created in 1929. The dike protects areas around the lake from flood damage during hurricane season. Lake Okeechobee is the water lifeline for South Florida. It stores and supplies water to many cities and agricultural communities to its south. Locks located approximately every seven miles around the lake provide fishing and boating access. Today, Okeechobee is truly a crossroads linking the east and west coasts of Florida. The county comprises 771 square miles with a population of approximately 40,000, 5,500 of whom reside in the City of Okeechobee. It is known for dairy and beef cattle, fishing and tourism industries. The industrial park located next to the county airport is a growing area that provides several advantages to manufacturers. Okeechobee may be considered small in size but its history is long and rich. The small-town community is largely cultured and diverse having gone through many changes over the past several centuries. Different names, different people, different buildings. But all the changes, big and small, have made Okeechobee what it is today, a place many are proud to call home. n

Over the years Okeechobee has endured many devastating storms and hurricanes.

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A Look Back at Our 100-Year Celebration 2015 marked a monumental year for the City of Okeechobee — 100 years. And what a birthday the City had! The community of Okeechobee partook in a yearlong birthday celebration filled with events and contests. The celebration began January 9, 2015 at the Centennial Kickoff where the official logo for the Centennial was revealed after an open submission contest was held. From there, the City held numerous events including a 100-day scavenger hunt, historic bus tours and a heritage festival. Community members also partied away at the formal Mayor’s Gala and of course, the City’s birthday party. The birthday festivities came to a jovial end at the Centennial Frolic where community members danced away to music from the past 100 years. It was definitely a year the City of Okeechobee will never forget. And now, the countdown is on until we celebrate the County’s centennial in 2017. n

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Real Estate | Lifestyles

A house and community for every want and need. With such a diverse demographic, Okeechobee has a little bit to offer anyone looking for real estate. No matter if it is land you’re wanting, or a small cottage on the lake, Okeechobee has it and more.


fter eight years of a real estate market downturn and then a steady plateau, Okeechobee’s housing market is starting to gain momentum. And both sellers and buyers are benefiting. More sales are being made, with happy buyers on the receiving end. No matter what your price range or lifestyle is, Okeechobee can accommodate. If you’re looking to plant roots in Okeechobee you won’t be disappointed. Okeechobee may appear to be small in size but there is nothing small about it when it comes to real estate and

the options Okeechobee has to offer. With a variety of interests, lifestyles and opportunities, this community-based town will allow you to live life just as you desire. If you want quaint but yet still welcome growth and development, Okeechobee is the place for you. A place where there is an endless variety of home styles to suit everyone and anyone’s needs. If you find peace and tranquility on the water then why not ➢

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Lifestyles consider living on the water? There is no better way to watch the sunrise then on the water enjoying a hot cup of coffee. In River Oak Acres you can do just that. A homes-only community, River Oak Acres lets you enjoy fishing and water sports right off your private dock in your backyard. The community also has its own airstrip for aviation enthusiasts. ➢

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Lifestyles Along with River Oak Acres, River Acres and Sunset Strip Airpark also offer private airstrips. Home parcels average one to five acres and are just a quick 15 minutes from the center of town. ➢

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If waterfront and conveniently located close to town are what you are looking for, Palm Creek Estates might just be the place. Palm Creek Estates is a gated community with lake access from Taylor Creek. There is much vacant land available right on the water waiting for you to build your dream home. Flying G Estates and Lorodo Shores offer one-half to one-acre of land parcels for sale. For the golfing enthusiasts or those who just prefer the ambiance of being on a golf course, there are three communities built around courses in Okeechobee. There’s Blue Heron near the center of the city which also offers lots located on Taylor Creek, Oak Leaf Golf Course north of the city and Blue Cypress southeast of the city near the lake.

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Lifestyles land, and lots of it. With plenty of land on the outskirts of town, equestrian lovers will find a variety of areas that will allow them to raise their horses. There is R Bar Estates, a community very close to town or if you prefer rural-acreage developments you should check out Lazy 7 Ranches or Country Hills. If acreage is essential, you’re in luck, as you will find land to choose from conveniently located on all sides of Okeechobee. Crooked Creek on the east side, Quail Acres on the north and Quail Woods on the southeast side of the city, all offer plenty of land and room to enjoy the outdoors. And if the outdoors is what appeals to you, then you might also like the rural areas of Fort Drum and the Viking Properties, just north on 441 that encompasses 25 square miles of oneand-a-quarter acres or more home sites. If hunting and fishing are more your


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Lifestyles style, the upscale private community Pine Creek Sporting Club is definitely worth taking a look at. North of town, with multi-acre lots, Pine Creek has much to offer, including skeet shooting, hunting and even a helicopter pad. Also north of town is Indian Hammock, which is a gated community of 3,600 acres and only 299 home sites. Indian Hammock offers private skeet and trap ranges, a private airport, rife and pistol range, a lodge with a restaurant, heated pool, fitness center, horse boarding facility, guest cabins and miles of trails. All amenities are available ➢ to residents.

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Lifestyles With families continuing to grow, Okeechobee continues to grow. And there is no better place to raise a family then in Okeechobee. This city has many family-friendly neighborhoods in and around its nine school zones. These areas include Conner’s Gables, Basswood, Okeechobee Estates and Buckhead Ridge just across the Kissimmee River on Hwy 78, an area with direct “lock” access to Lake Okeechobee. North Lake Estates and Lazy 7 Estates also offer family-friendly communities with homes on half-acre properties and located within seven minutes of the center of town. Several of Okeechobee’s communities are known for their beautiful landscaping and oak hammocks. If that’s what you’re ➢

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Lifestyles looking for you’ll enjoy the beauty of The Oaks of Blue Heron, Airi Acres, Edgewater Acres, Brentwood Estates, Eagle Point and the popular and beloved community of Oak Lake Estates. For those who want a lot of space — 10plus acres — they should consider Shermanwood Ranches, Bridlewood Ranches and Suncreek Ranches. All are newer, gated communities waiting for someone to build their ranchette dream home.

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If you need a smaller lot, 2+/- acres, to build your ranchette house, Ridgway Acres, located west on Hwy 70 is your place to call home. Ridgway Acres has a country setting that includes two lakes, and is spacious enough for horses, pets and most outdoor hobbies. Many people come to Okeechobee looking to retire. Okeechobee can accommodate someone looking to downsize

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or just prefer condo living. Okeechobee has several condominium communities to choose from, including The Cottages at the Lake and Taylor Creek Condos, both of which sit right on the rim canal. A little closer to town sits Oak Lake Villas, offering easy access to everything Okeechobee has to offer. Looking for a part-time or seasonal home? Okeechobee’s year-round “summer” weather tends to draw many looking to enjoy a pleasant and mild winter. Being centrally located, Okeechobee is the perfect choice. Okeechobee has several RV/MH/Park Model communities for seasonal or year-round residents. Among those are the Big O RV Park, Blue Cypress Golf and RV Resort, Silver Palms RV Village and Ancient Oaks RV Resort. If this is the type of community you’re looking for then you’ll also want to take a look at Seminole Cove and Palm Village Ranch. All of these communities offer heated pools, clubhouses and planned ➢ activities.

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Lifestyles With so many real estate options, Okeechobee can please any house or land hunter. We welcome you to visit our quaint community and to view what Okeechobee has to offer. We can assure you that Okeechobee will be able to meet your every real estate need. n

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At Okeechobee Health Care Facility

We LOVE to CARE... Family owned and operated, Okeechobee Health Care Facility began providing Long-term and Rehab care to the citizens of Okeechobee and the surrounding communities in December of 1984. Rehab Therapy, consisting of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Out-Patient Therapy, is available six days a week in a kind, caring environment. Long-term care is available for loved ones who can no longer be cared for safely at home, in addition to a secured Dementia/Alzheimer Memory-Care Unit.

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Raulerson Hospital, the top rated healthcare facility providing Okeechobee residents with the latest technology and quality care.

ust driving by, it is not so obvious that Raulerson Hospital has the latest medical technology and equipment. The exterior of the facility has not changed too much over the last 37 years, but just inside those walls exists a modern healthcare facility equipped for emergencies, surgeries and everything in between. The red illuminated sign indicating ‘EMERGENCY’ is the destination the community relies on 365 days — and nights — a year when they are feeling their worst. The ER physicians and clinical staff stand prepared to provide emergency care for any type of emergency, from a sore throat or headache to life threatening emergencies, like a stroke or heart attack. It is Okeechobee’s only 24/7 ER and there’s always an ER physician on site. The expert ER physicians and clinicians offer fast, friendly ER care to stabilize and treat patients so they can get back to their lives as quickly as possible. Even the smallest patients are cared for by the ER staff at Raulerson Hospital. The staff is trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and uses pediatric specialty equipment, not the least of which are smiles and hugs. Raulerson Hospital now has a telemedicine portal. It is used to perform prompt evaluations and consultations with specialty physicians, like neurologists, when they are not physically on site. Trained and qualified clinicians on Raulerson Hospital’s

staff guide patients through the modern experience of a medical consultation using telemedicine, so that a neurologist can see, hear and speak to patients in real time. This is an efficient way for patients to be evaluated by physician specialists who may not be physically located in the facility. Telemedicine allows hospitals, even in remote locations, to offer 24/7 coverage for time-sensitive services, such as neurology. Prior to Raulerson Hospital providing telemedicine for neurology, many patients requiring a neurologist’s consultation had to be transferred to a facility out of town. Telemedicine for neurology is quickly becoming a standard in healthcare and Raulerson Hospital is excited to offer this new technology to its patients. Just another example of Raulerson Hospital staying up-to-date with medical technology. While walking through Raulerson Hospital several things become apparent. For starters, you immediately notice you are in a Top Performing hospital. Signage throughout the facility proudly displays the message that The Joint Commission has recognized Raulerson Hospital as a Top Performing hospital on Key Quality Measures as part of the organization’s annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.” This recognition is for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and immunization. Raulerson Hospital is one of only ➢

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Healthcare 1,043 hospitals, out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States, to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction. What is even more impressive is that Raulerson Hospital is one of only 117 hospitals nationwide to be recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission for five years in a row (2010-2014)! Another thing one would notice from within Raulerson Hospital is that the clinical staff has extensive experience. Many of Raulerson Hospital’s nurses have obtained board certifications in their areas of specialty. Photos of these nurses and their credentials are visible on the Walls of Excellence throughout the facility, in their respective departments. Raulerson Hospital has board-certified nurses in Emergency Care, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Critical Care, Operating Room, Wound Care and Orthopedic Nursing.

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Something that’s not as obvious when walking the halls of Raulerson Hospital are the advanced surgical procedures,

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Healthcare which are performed in the Surgical Services Department. Within the highly equipped OR suites, board-certified surgeons utilize state-of-the-art surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic procedures, to provide patients with smaller incisions and a faster recovery. These minimally invasive techniques are available in many service lines, including general surgeries, gynecological procedures, like hysterectomies and more. Many patients choose to have their surgical procedure performed at Raulerson Hospital so they can take advantage of these minimally invasive techniques, as well as the convenience of remaining in their own community and not having to drive out of town.

The new Telemedicine Portal for Inpatients and ER patients requiring neurology services.

While many of these services and features may not be obvious to someone just driving by Raulerson Hospital, sometimes the hospital’s greatest assets are visible from outside of the building. They are standing next to you in the grocery store, sitting next to you at restaurants and cheering with you at your children’s sporting games. To Raulerson Hospital’s staff, patients are not a diagnosis or a room number; they are friends and neighbors. The care and compassion patients receive at Raulerson Hospital demonstrates a true connection between ➢

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Healthcare the staff and their patients. Patients come first at Raulerson Hospital. The entire staff shares a commitment to providing the best possible patient experience. Experienced medical professionals and the latest equipment are only part of what makes Raulerson Hospital stand out as exceptional. Concern for the people of Okeechobee County, involvement in the community and dedication to service and education complete the picture. This hospital takes pride not only in its accomplishments, but also in its relationship with Okeechobee city and county. Even with the hospital operating and caring for patients 24/7, 365 days a year, the staff makes time to connect with and support the community and provide health education through many events and opportunities throughout the year. Each January, Raulerson Hospital is not only a platinum sponsor of the annual Family Health & Safety Expo, it also has one of the most popular booths at the event where Raulerson nurses offer complimentary blood pressure screenings to attendees. This is an opportunity for the community to interact with staff, participate in free screenings and ask questions. This same healthcare opportunity and interaction is provided at the Speckled Perch Festival each March. The Dine with the Doctor series is a seasonal program for attendees to enjoy a $5 dinner while hearing from a member of the Raulerson medical staff about various health topics. These events are a favorite of many and provide an excellent source for the public to meet the physicians in our community. Other health events take place throughout the year for the community to come together and learn. Some of these include the Heart Health Lecture each February and the Women’s Health Luncheon in

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Women’s Health Luncheon.

October. This April Raulerson Hospital presented a Senior Health Day focusing on issues facing seniors, including fall prevention. They also hosted a Welcome Back Breakfast for Okeechobee’s seasonal residents. Okeechobee’s northern friends enjoyed hearing updates about the facility and learning how to connect with physicians and services. In August a lunch and learn seminar for veterans was held to help communicate some of the new information regarding the Veteran’s Choice Program. Raulerson holds these various events across the community in efforts to help reach more people. Further helping the community, Raulerson Hospital is a sponsor of the Legislative Delegation luncheon, which helps communicate the needs and goals of Okeechobee to our state leadership. Raulerson Hospital supports other community partners in healthcare. During National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in May, the hard working staff at all four of Okeechobee’s Fire Rescue Stations is recognized by the hospital. Hospital staff delivers lunches and treats to the men and women at the stations throughout the week to celebrate and show appreciation for the critical role EMS plays in patient care. Raulerson Hospital also supports the Fire Safety Education program for elementary school children each year. Raulerson Hospital supports the annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup, a commu- ➢

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Healthcare nity blood drive, by providing food for the hundreds of blood donors. Along with helping the community as a whole, Raulerson Hospital also trains tomorrow’s health professionals. Specific groups of students use the facility for clinical education for healthcare careers, such as nursing, radiology, pharmacy, physical therapy and respiratory care. Indian River State College and Raulerson Hospital have partnered, allowing college students in specific healthcare fields to complete clinical rotations at Raulerson and its sister Treasure Coast Healthcare facilities, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and St. Lucie Medical Center. Similarly, Okeechobee High School’s Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) also complete a clinical assignment at Raulerson Hospital each spring. Students shadow employees and have the opportunity to perform some of the skills learned in their courses. The students

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Raulerson Hospital nurses performing blood pressure screenings at the Speckled Perch Festival in 2015.

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Healthcare not only value this first-hand experience of working in a hospital setting but gather confidence in working directly with patients. The hospital’s support for students does not end there. In 2015, the hospital awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing careers in the healthcare field. The holidays are another opportunity for Raulerson Hospital to be involved in community activities. At the beginning of the holiday season Raulerson uses its facilities to store and distribute food collected during the annual Okeechobee Food for Families drive. This year Raulerson Hospital donated turkeys to Big Lake Missions Outreach and the Real Life Children’s Ranch for Thanksgiving. Later in the season, young artists from Yearling Middle School come and paint holiday window art in the facility adding a bit of warmth and enjoyment to be had by all. The students have fun expressing themselves artistically and socially as they offer holiday wishes to staff and patients who enjoy passing by as the students complete their creations.

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Even little ones help the hospital celebrate the holidays. Each December, four-year-old preschoolers come and sing carols to the staff and enjoy cookies and milk in the cafeteria. The staff and their children also participate in the annual lighted Christmas Parade. A more recent tradition is the Pumpkin Patch event where the hospital cafeteria is transformed into a pumpkin patch party with more than 100 children in costumes, enjoying music while decorating their very own pumpkin, which they get to take home. Community news, health updates and hospital events are also shared with Okeechobee through Raulerson’s social media. Through Facebook, Twitter, the hospital website and blog page (Raulerson, the public can stay up-to-date with Raulerson’s happenings, as well as with healthcare, in general. There is a connection available for the community through the free patient portal service where patients can access their ➢

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Healthcare hospital medical records electronically, placing it at their fingertips anywhere, anytime. They can access their medication list, print and share information with their primary care provider or reference a lab or radiology report. Another service available to the community is Consult-a-Nurse. The core service of Raulerson Hospital will always be healthcare and to maintain that priority the facility hosts a free 24/7 service for members of the community to call and speak to a registered nurse about healthcare questions, finding a physician in their area or registering for a hospital-sponsored class or event. The Consult-a-Nurse phone number is 863763-9228. As it relates to health, the community, service and participation, Raulerson Hospital will always maintain its place as a vital, caring part of a growing city and county. So the next time you drive past Raulerson Hospital, you can think of all of the new technology, evidence-based care and clinical experience in practice within your very own award-winning community hospital. Rest assured that if you ever find yourself in Raulerson Hospital, you will receive quality healthcare with a personal touch. n

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Places of Worship in Okeechobee All area codes are 863 unless otherwise noted.

African Methodist Episcopal New St. Stephens AME 1050 NE 16th Ave. 763-5018

Assembly of God

Abiding Help Worship Center Assembly of God 4550 Hwy 441N 763-3736 Bethel Assembly of God 1109 SE 7th St. 467-0060


Bethel Baptist Church 1258 NE 13th Ave. 763-6512 Brighton First Baptist Church Brighton Reservation 763-6626 Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church 1043 Cypress St. 763-7532 Cornerstone Baptist Church 18387 Hwy 441N 763-3338 Everglades Baptist Church at Everglades Elementary 261-2499 Faith Alive Fellowship 3075 SW 3 Terr. 623-4233 First Baptist Church of Okeechobee 401 SW 4th St. 763-2171 First Baptist Church of Basinger 19836 Hwy 98N 763-0437 First Missionary Baptist Church 906 NW 9th Ave. 763-0716 Mission Okeechobee 309 SW 14th St. 763-6573 New Testament Baptist Church 535 NE 28th Ave. 763-6682 Northside Baptist Church 51 NW 98th St 763-3584 Oakview Baptist Church 677 SW 32nd St. 763-1699 Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church 4212 Hwy 441N 763-7743 Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana 5051 NW 30th St. 357-1300 Seminole Bible Baptist Church 200 SW CR721 824-6785 Treasure Island Baptist Church 4209 Hwy 441SE 763-0550 Trinity Freewill Baptist Church 1840 NE 39th Blvd. 763-4962 Victory Baptist Church 500 SW 9th St. 763-0669


Sacred Heart Catholic Church 701 SW 6th St. 763-3727 St. Teresa of the Child Jesus 1027 Chobee Loop, BHR 824-8701


Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 SE 18th Terr. 467-7858 Westside Christian 8082 Hwy 70W 467-2278

Church of Christ

Big Lake Church of Christ 1115 SW 3rd Ave. 467-6758 Okeechobee Church of Christ 1401 S Parrott Ave. 763-4477

Church of God

Basinger Church of God 16050 Hwy 98N 467-5789 Church of God 301 NE 4 th Ave. 763-4127 Church of God of Prophecy 102 NW 10th St. 763-4059 North Okeechobee Church of God 15949 NW 30th Ter. 467-6066

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 310 SW 6th St. 467-2425

Church of the Nazarene Church of the Nazarene 425 SW 28th St. 763-3519


Church of Our Saviour 200 NW 3rd St. 763-4843

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 8250 Hwy 70W 763-9229


Peace Lutheran Church 750 NW 23rd Ln. 763-5042


First United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd St. 763-4021

Nondenominational Back Porch Church 3121 SE 32 Ct. 763-4843

Believers Fellowship 300 SW 6th Ave. 763-6848 Calvary Chapel 1963 NW 38th Ave. 467-0863 Christ Fellowship 701 S Parrott Ave. 623-4784 Dunklin Memorial Church 3342 SW Hosanah Ln. 772-597-5060 Faith Alive Fellowship 3075 SW 3rd Terr. 623-4233 Faith Farm Ministries 7595 NE 128th Ave. 763-4224 Ft. Drum Community Church 32415 Hwy 441N 467-1733 Fountain of Life 1302 SW 32nd St. 763-8945 Freedom Ranch 11655 Hwy 441SE 763-9800 The Gathering 1735 SW 24th Ave. 357-4418 Gideon’s – Okeechobee PO Box 2205 610-6863 Haven of Rest 912 NW 2nd St. 357-3053 His Church 1167 Linda Rd., BHR 357-6500 Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade 1401 NE Park St. 357-3053 Life Community Church 701 S Parrott Ave. 763-3218 Living Word of Faith 697-8517 More 2 Life Ministries 605 SW Park St., Suite 214 467-0796 Resurrection Life Church 1803 SW 3rd Ave. 763-7770


Bible Church of God 3666 Hwy 70E 357-2264 United Pentecostal Church 405 SW 10th Ave. 763-5300


Okeechobee Presbyterian Church (USA) 312 N. Parrott Ave. 824-0013 Seventh Day Adventist Seventh Day Adventist Church 412 NW 6th St. 763-0655

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DEVELOPMENT Bringing the Okeechobee community together through job development and opportunity.

Tourist Development Council

Economic Council

Chamber of Commerce

Okeechobee’s Tourist Development Council stays on top of what all Okeechobee has to offer, from events to recreational activities to new and exciting businesses. The Council is always working hard and finding new ways to help promote Okeechobee as a desirable destination for tourists. To do this, the Council funds marketing campaigns and local events that enhance Okeechobee’s economy, while preserving natural resources and the quality of life.

For over 25 years the Economic Council of Okeechobee has served as a vital link between the business community and the area’s governments. Formed in 1990 by a group of concerned business leaders, the original organization began with roughly just 20 members. The Economic Council operates under the leadership of a 12-member volunteer board and an executive director.

The Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County strives to make businesses stronger, as well as to make a stronger economic climate for those businesses to thrive.

The Council consists of nine members that serve staggered four-year terms; this includes one elected County Commissioner, along with two Okeechobee City Councilmen. The remaining six members must be individuals that are involved in the tourist industry. All members must be electors of the County. The Council serves as an advisory board to the Okeechobee County Tourist Development Coordinator. Together, Council members work together to invite tourists to escape the hustle and bustle and to enjoy the natural experiences found in the wonderful rural environment of Okeechobee County.

The executive director attends several governmental meetings each month, such as the Board of County Commissioners, City Commission, Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement, Utilities and School Board. At the meetings the executive director gathers information to relay back to the members for discussion. From the information passed on, the Economic Council creates a voice for the residents of Okeechobee that is heard by all levels of government: local, county and state. And a voice that strives to make Okeechobee a better place to live, work and play.

Classes, business networking programs and a website that allows each member to have its own marketing space, are all part of that focus. Classes cover a variety of topics — everything from business finances to concealed carry laws to the Affordable Care Act. The Chamber’s main focus is to create growth for the entire business community. Chamber members and staff work diligently alongside business owners to help make that happen. One way the Chamber is helping create strong business leaders within the community is through its Leadership Okeechobee program. Leadership Okeechobee is comprised of seven monthly daylong sessions that expose participants to critical issues facing the Okeechobee area. The Chamber works passionately to help diversify the base of businesses in the community, while encouraging the creation of additional high-wage job opportunities.

Main Street Known for its annual festivals, Okeechobee Main Street has also become known as the backbone of Okeechobee’s historical preservation, working to promote culture through more long-lasting accomplishments. Main Street works to revitalize Okeechobee by preserving its history and unique heritage and by enhancing its overall physical appearance. The organization was set up under guidelines of the state Division of Historical Resources and accredited by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is self-supporting. Main Street utilizes any and all resources to help preserve Okeechobee’s unique heritage. One way it accomplishes this is by preserving Okeechobee’s traditional area downtown and what few historic buildings remain. You don’t have to live in downtown Okeechobee to be a member. If you share in Main Street’s goal to improve all aspects of Okeechobee in order to make it more appealing to residents, visitors and guests, you are encouraged to apply for membership.

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The Surgery Center of Okeechobee 1655 U.S. 441 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972

Office: (863) 357-6220 Fax: (863) 357-6230

AAAHC Accredited Member of ASCA and FSASC Operated by United Surgical Partners, a division of Tenet Healthcare

Why is the Surgery Center of Okeechobee the right choice for me? The Surgery Center of Okeechobee combines the resources and benefits of being part of the nation’s leading surgical healthcare provider with local physician ownership to deliver care specifically designed to meet the needs of our patients and their families. Our owners, physicians and staff have made a commitment to a simple but profound mission – we must treat each and every one of our patients, and their families, as if they were our own family member. We focus on caring for you and your family before, during and after your visit. The Surgery Center of Okeechobee has been serving Lake Okeechobee and the surrounding communities since 1998 and will continue to meet your outpatient surgical needs well into the future. With today’s technology and advances in healthcare, our patients are provided a great experience while care is being delivered in a more cost effective manner leading to significantly lower patient co-pays. We work with all major insurance plans and are available to help with questions, high deductible plans, and uninsured patients. Request the Surgery Center of Okeechobee for your next procedure – our experienced and friendly staff is waiting to care for you!

Minimally invasive procedures with less stress, less pain and less time Arthroscopic surgery for relief of shoulder and knee pain and disease. Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) for a safe, effective, less painful procedure for relief of chronic sinus pain. Cataract surgery with new technology lens implants and many other vision improving procedures. High Definition Endoscopic exams to detect, treat and prevent problems and cancer in the stomach and colon.

Laparoscopic surgery (smaller incisions) for hernia repair, removal of gallbladder, as well as other procedures. Pain management procedures to diagnosis and treat chronic pain. Ultrasonic procedures for relief of kidney stones Procedures to treat urinary incontinence.

Meet our Physicians SOUTH COAST ENT (863) 357-7791 Dr. J. Lanza, MD * Dr. L. Berghash, MD * Dr. J. Phillips, MD

GASTROENTEROLOGY Dr. V. Tarugu, MD (863) 824-3447 Dr. A. Bravo, MD (863) 357-8223 Dr. K. Haas, MD (863)357-7747

OPHTHALMOLOGY Dr. M. Espiritu, MD * (863) 467-0533

ORTHOPEDICS Dr. B. Slutsky, MD * (863) 763 -8100

GENERAL SURGERY Dr. G. Sainnoval, MD (863)623-4486 Dr. M. Garcia, MD * (863) 763-6427

UROLOGY Dr. D. Sigalow, MD * (863) 763-0217 Dr.T. Pangilinan, MD (863) 467-7666

PAIN MANAGEMENT Dr. J. Kuchera, MD (863) 357-7246 Dr. D. Battaglia, DO (863) 357-7246

GYNECOLOGY Dr. T. Garcia, MD *

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* Indicates physician is a partner. The Surgery Center of Okeechobee, LLC is a surgery center in which physicians have an ownership or investment interest. We are an affiliate of United Surgical Partners International and partnered with local physicians. We are Medicare certified and accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. Physicians are members of the medical staff and are neither employees nor agents of Surgery Center of Okeechobee, United Surgical Partners International or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.


Indian River State College A State college with a personal touch. Indian River State College continues to make higher education a possibility for hundreds of Okeechobee students by offering an affordable, quality education right in our backyard.


enefiting hundreds of Okeechobee residents each year, Indian River State College (IRSC) has earned a national reputation for quality and affordability at the same time. IRSC was named as a Top Ten Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Excellence, selected out of more than 1,000 colleges around the country. IRSC was commended for achievement in student learning, graduation rates, high rates of employment for graduates and access and success for minority and low-income students.

degrees. Those seeking job skills quickly can focus on training programs in the in-demand industrial certification fields. Hundreds of online courses are offered each semester through the virtual campus, offering flexibility in several online-degree programs.

The Education Affordability and Transparency Report from the U.S. Department of Education has ranked IRSC as the third most affordable college in the country. IRSC tuition is 40 percent less than tuition at state universities and about 90 percent less than private universities. Most IRSC students are able to take advantage of grants, scholarships and financial aid, with over 85 percent of IRSC students obtaining a great education without student loans. In addition, IRSC has maintained its tuition rate for four years.

IRSC’s Dual Enrollment (DE) allows students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously at no cost to the parents for books or tuition.

Though the college is in its 55th year, IRSC didn’t establish an Okeechobee presence until 1975 in a downtown storefront. Later it opened its Dixon-Hendry Campus in 1986. From there, the campus has only continued to grow with 22 bachelor’s degrees and 107 associate degrees awarded to Okeechobee students in the 2014-2015 school year. Since IRSC changed from a community college to a state college in 2008, enrollment has grown to approximately 900 students per semester in Okeechobee. IRSC offers a range of programs that meet students’ needs, from quick job training to two-year associate degrees to bachelor’s

IRSC is the first choice for college bound graduating seniors from Okeechobee High School. About 75 percent of the seniors with college plans attend IRSC in the fall.

“The courses are taught by college certified teachers, who must have a minimum of a master’s degree,” said IRSC Provost Russ Brown. “Some DE classes are held at the college where students get the opportunity to learn in a college atmosphere.” DE has grown so much from its beginning with just 40 Okeechobee students enrolled, opposed to the 160 local students who completed DE in the fall of 2015. New DE courses are made available each year which can be taken through regular, online or nighttime enrollment. “The beautiful Dixon-Hendry Campus is currently on ten acres and as the needs of the community grow, so will the campus,” said Brown. “All of this campus’s buildings were built with local community monies met with matching dollars from the state. The goal for the Williamson Center was reached in just six weeks, which shows the tremendous support our community ➢ provides.”

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Education The Williamson Center seats 175 in the conference room and another 50 or more in a verandah that expands. The center can accommodate even more while still allowing others to participate through visual and audio contact via intra-building communication technology. Year-round many local businesses and organizations use the Williamson Center for training and informational events. From July 2014 through June 2015, there were 164 events held, serving more than 6,855 people. Such events help sustain the partnership between the college and the community.

IRSC has maintained its commitment to workforce training. With a focus on job training in the trades, the Dixon-Hendry Campus offers programs in air conditioning/refrigeration, automotive technology, diesel/heavy equipment mechanics, office administration and construction and building trades. IRSC ranked third in Florida colleges for trade certifications. Keeping up with the demand for trade certifications, IRSC opened a modern Multi-Functional Industrial Laboratory at the Dixon-Hendry Campus in the fall of 2014. There is now a 2,700 square-foot lab for training programs in the in-de-

The Registered Nursing program continues to be popular amongst students, with the second group of graduating students finishing up in April and the next group beginning in August. IRSC’s Registered Nursing (RN) program stands out from other schools. One way is by the up-to-date virtual hospital room in the Williamson Center. Within the virtual hospital there is a human patient simulator that replicates different diseases and traumas. “He can go from healthy to heart attack in an instant,” said Brown. The RN program offers students real-world experience through clinical internships at Raulerson Hospital. In addition to training and certifying Fire/EMT students, IRSC works closely with many local agencies and businesses for job placement. “Our goal is to have job placement events here once a month,” Brown said. “A local career fair is held annually and calls from the community come in regularly to fill local openings.” Through all the changes over the years

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mand industrial certification fields. The new lab features flexible space that can be easily adapted for customized manufacturing training for new industries and other options to support workforce development in Okeechobee County. IRSC has maintained an average of 15 participants in each trade course offered. And because of the popularity of the

Education courses, they have expanded the program from two nights per week of classes to four nights per week, thus allowing more students to participate and providing them the opportunity to move through the program faster. Vocational training also helps locals re-enter the work force through refresher courses and quick-job training. “It is flexible and adaptable and can start

any time of the year,” Brown said. “For example, we offer open-entry administrative and computer skills training for office jobs, with students job-ready in as little as six to 12 weeks. “We want to make sure there are no local needs unmet. The mission statement here at the Dixon-Hendry Campus emphasizes the personal touch. We know our students goals and make their success our top priority.” n

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DI N I NG I N O KEECHO BEE With a wide variety of restaurants and cuisines Okeechobee is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Whether you want a fast, on-the-go meal or a sit-down, night out dinner, Okeechobee can provide.


2nd Street Pizza

202 NE 2nd St. Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5000

Cowboys Bar-B-Que & Steak Co.

202 NE 7th Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 www.cowboysbarbque (863) 467-1104

1210 Highway 70 E Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-0141

Crossroads Restaurant 5050 NE 128th Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8333

Beef O’ Brady’s

608 S Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-7300

Dairy Queen

1212 S. Parrott Ave Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-6675

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Brown Cow Sweetery 103 SW Park St. Okeechobee, FL 34974 www.browncow (863) 357-3357

Golden Corral 700 S Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-0444

Lakeside Grill

1111 S Parrott Ave Okeechobee, Fl 34974 863 357-4745

Little Caesars Pizza

2105 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-0800

Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant 107 NW 5th Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-0922

OK Corral Gun Club

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Dining Papa John’s

414 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-7272

Parrott Island Grill

1001 S Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-8710

Pueblo Viejo VI

3415 Hwy 441 S Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-9641

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Dining Tin Fish Restaurant

301 N Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-0447

Uncle Larry’s of Okeechobee

2117 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5794


502 NE Park St Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8181

Yokee Frozen Yogurt

202 N.E. 2nd St. Suite 1 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-0502

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Year-round fun to be had by all.

Annual events that are for sure to keep residents and visitors entertained all yearlong. Okeechobee is definitely one big family. And as one big family, the community loves to play and have fun together. Throughout the year, community members anxiously await the several annual events that bring people from near and far to join in the fun. Though there are only 5,000 people in the city and 48,000 in the county, Okeechobee plays on a grand scale. There is an event to please everyone, no matter what your pleasure may be. To list all the events would take pages, but as we give you a sampling of what makes Okeechobee unique, you’ll see why Okeechobee is a true melting pot and why it is the place to visit if you’re looking to partake in a little fun.

Top of the Lake Art Fest and Chalk Walk

Held in January, this festival highlights both local and area-wide artists. Youth and amateur artists are showcased, giving the community a chance to see all degrees and types of artwork. Held at Flagler Park in the center of downtown Okeechobee, the Art Fest has grown to represent art in all forms — chalk artwork done as you watch, paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, woodcarvings and more. A new addition to the Art Fest that was added last year is “The Taste of Okeechobee.” It takes place the first night of the Art Fest and features a variety of local shops and restaurants participating. For only $25.00 you are able to enjoy an evening of shopping, strolling, music and enough tasty samplers from our local restaurants, all lined up along our historical Main Street in downtown Okeechobee. The Taste of Okeechobee Passport includes a map, tickets to any of our food vendors, an entry form for prizes and a ballot to vote for your favorite “taste.” The Taste of Okeechobee Passports will be available for purchase at the Okeechobee Main Street office, 55 S. Parrott Ave. and other announced locations. For further information contact Okeechobee Main Street at 863-357-6246 or

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Rodeo Celebrations

Rodeos have been a part of Okeechobee’s history for years and only continue to be a source of entertainment for the crowds. Various rodeos, including ranch and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeos, draw competitors from all around the country, and are held either at the Cattlemen’s Rodeo Arena on 441 N or the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy 70 E. Events include bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, roping, bulldogging and team roping. A highlight of each rodeo is the “mutton bustin” event where very young future cowboys ride sheep, holding onto the wool as reins. Many of the rodeo participants began their future careers this way. For further information contact Okeechobee Main Street at 863-357-6246 or www.okeechobee or the Chamber of Commerce at 863-467-6246 or

Battle of Okeechobee

Every February history comes alive when the final battle of the Second Seminole War is re-enacted on Hwy 441 SE. What is known as the largest and fiercest battle during the Seminole Wars pitted the Seminole Indians, who fought to escape relocation to western reservations, against U.S. troops led by Col. Zachary Taylor, on December 25, 1837. Participants wear authentic costumes of the era and re-enact the bloodiest battle, giving viewers an inside look into history. The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the site on the list of “America’s Most Endangered Historic Places” in 2000. The state of Florida spent $3.2 million for a 145-acre park. The annual battle reenactment helps raise money for further work on this State Park. For further information contact 863-610-2333 or

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Okeechobee County Fair

March welcomes the fair, held at the Agri-Civic Center on Hwy 70 E. This year the Okeechobee County Fair is celebrating its 10th anniversary, featuring rides for young and old, as well as local vendors displaying their unique products. During the weeklong festival, several competitions are held including beauty pageants, barbecue contests, craft competitions and 4-H’s annual livestock show and sale. The fair offers a little something for everyone ranging from food to entertainment. For further information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 863-467-6246 or

Okeechobee County Outdoor Sports Expo

Held in November, this expo is for the outdoor enthusiast, offering all things outdoors in one location. The two-day event is staged at the Agric-Civic Center on Hwy 70 E. During the exhibition an array of recreational and all-terrain vehicles, boats and trucks are on display. Several vendors are also on hand selling outdoor equipment, including fishing tackle, hunting and boating equipment and clothing. Spectators can enjoy demonstrations on topics, such as fly fishing and casting, archery and air rifle shooting and outdoor safety. The Outdoor Sports Expo is a family-friendly event with a kids’ zone on hand where children can have a little fun as well. For more information contact the Okeechobee Tourist Development Council at 863-763-3959 or visit

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Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta

What was started as a way to support a firefighter scholarship in 2011, this regatta has become one of the most popular and entertaining events of the year. Entrants are given minimal supplies, including one sheet of lauan plywood, two pieces of lumber, a box of screws and duct tape, and must build a boat of any shape or size to race in the waters of Lake Okeechobee. Teams fight to keep their boats afloat, all vying for the much-desired bragging rights. Proceeds from the event, in addition to the scholarship, are being used to build a special-needs park in the community. In tribute to the cohesiveness of Okeechobee, the Regatta is named for Adam Bryant, an Okeechobee native who was a volunteer firefighter when he was injured in a camping accident in 2002 that left him paralyzed, before passing away a few years later. The event is held in October at the C. Scott Driver Park on Hwy 78 W. For further information contact J.D. Mixon at 863-634-1778 or


his gives you a little insight into Okeechobee’s fun-filled year. If you would like a detailed calendar of events that includes the Fourth of July fireworks, the Health and Safety Expo, the Easter sunrise service, the Speckled Perch Festival, patriotic services in Flagler Park and Okeechobee’s special Christmas festivities, visit the Chamber’s website at Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County Guide | 2016 75


Lake Okeechobee | Recreation

A closer look at the endless activities on and around the lake. No matter what your hobby may be, you will be sure to enjoy yourself while in Okeechobee. From fishing, to hunting, to biking and to golfing, Okeechobee will keep you and your family busy with all of its endless activities.


“Old Florida” Recreation

ith Okeechobee’s rich history and heritage, you definitely get that “old Florida” feeling when you visit the quaint town. However, feeling it is one thing, experiencing it is another and to do that you don’t have to go far. Two miles east of the city is a horse farm situated on 7.5 acres and nestled between oak and cabbage hammocks. The farm is open to the public and offers scenic trail rides, pony rides and riding lessons. Also on the farm, you will find a variety of animals to interact with, including rabbits, chickens, turkeys, goats, calves and horses. Okeechobee and cattle go hand-in-hand. In Okeechobee you’ll find Florida’s largest livestock market for both beef and dairy cattle. The Okeechobee Livestock Market is definitely a place worth checking out. The largest of the market’s sales begin in July and last through February. Sale days are Monday ➢

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Recreation and Tuesday at noon. The Okeechobee Livestock Market also has a restaurant where you can get a good country meal. If you have cattle you have to have rodeos. And Okeechobee does. Okeechobee hosts many rodeos during the year, including rodeos put on by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association. Rodeos feature cowboys and cowgirls competing in events, such as bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

Lake Okeechobee

If you’re looking at a map of Florida you can’t miss Lake Okeechobee. Spanning 730 square miles and bordering five counties, Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. It is known as the Bass Fishing Capital

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Recreation of the World because of its quantity and quality of bass. The lake has three main water flows: Fisheating Creek on the west, the Kissimmee River on the north and the St. Lucie Canal on the east. When the lake is at full capacity it can hold five trillion gallons of water. The Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District work together to maintain the water level. Lake Okeechobee is surrounded by the Herbert Hoover dike that stands 30 feet high and stretches 143 miles. The dike was built after the deadly 1928 hurricane. Today the lake includes several channels, locks and levees known as the Okeechobee Waterway. This man-made passageway stretches from the west coast

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Recreation of Florida at Ft. Myers, up the Caloosahatchee River and across the lake through the St. Lucie Waterway into Stuart.

Recreation on the Lake

When looking at Florida on a map, you can’t miss Lake Okeechobee. People come from far and wide to experience what the massive body of fresh water has to offer in form of recreation and entertainment. The main attraction is definitely bass fishing. Lake Okeechobee is infamous for their abundant fishing tournaments. Year round boats populate the Big O competing in one of the several bass tournaments held. Not everyone who partakes in recreational fishing is a competitive fisher-



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Recreation man. Many seasonal visitors come to Okeechobee to enjoy a day out on the lake just for some casting fun. With bait and tackle stores located all along the lake’s perimeter, you will never be left without your fishing necessities. If you’re new to fishing and want to try it out, Okeechobee has many experienced captains who can take you out on the lake and to the hot fishing spots where you are for certain to reel in a great catch. If you are an experienced boater and prefer to go out on your own, you can find plenty of places to rent a boat for the day as well. Although fishing was and still is today, the core of Lake Okeechobee, there is much more to enjoy on the lake other than just a day on the water fishing. For wildlife enthusiasts, you will get your

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fill of wildlife out on the lake. You can find largemouth bass, crappie, bluegills and some pickerel deep in the waters. And more often than not, you will catch a glimpse of a manitee swimming by. Pelicans, as well as migrating and nesting waterfowl abound in and around the lake too. They are currently in abundance thanks to the revived ecological condition of the lake. If you drive to the end of Hwy 441 S you will reach the fishing pier at Lock 7. There you can get an overview of the lake and enjoy several different wildlife sightings. Many walk along the pier feeding the seagulls and turtles. Alligators, blue herons and white herons can be seen among the lily pads in the water. And if alligators really pique your interest, down at Nubbin Slough on Hwy 441 SE you can watch them congregate. One of Lake Okeechobee’s true recreational activities is taking either a thrill-

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ride or a leisurely ride out on an airboat. Airboats are perfect for taking deep out in the marsh and shallow places to enjoy some of the lake’s more hidden beauties. Some airboat operators specialize in sightseeing and will guide you on a wildlife tour while explaining the history of the lake en route. If you’re the type that likes to keep your feet on dry land, you might enjoy one of the many scenic trails along the lake. At the top of the Herbert Hoover dike you can go hiking, cycling and sightseeing. In 1993 it became part of the 1,400-mile Florida Scenic Trail, which is a part of the National Scenic Trail. On the trail you can see wildlife of all kinds line the rim. There is no charge to use the trail and there are access points approximately every seven miles around the lake.

Enjoy Nature Off the Lake

If you don’t have the water transportation to enjoy wildlife on the lake, no worries, there is much to be seen in and around the outskirts of town. If you head just north on Hwy 441 you can take a walk, run or a bike ride along a winding path through 170 acres of trees and wetlands where Taylor Creek once flowed. If you are a new mother looking for a little fresh air there is a compacted shell-rock trail that is accessible to both baby strollers and wheelchairs. On the trail you can see the remnants of cypress trees and other wetland tree species. You can expect to ➢

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see a variety of migratory and resident birds, including sandhill cranes, crested caracara, wood storks, great blue and tricolored herons, roseate spoonbills, blacknecked stilts and white and glossy ibises. Wild turkeys, deer and alligators are also occasionally seen on the trail. If you continue heading north on Hwy 441, just outside of town you have the opportunity to see some real exotic animals in their natural habitat. At Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (AWRC) wildlife is rescued, rehabilitated and released back into its habitat. AWRC is home to many animals native to Florida, including panthers, bobcats, eagles and hawks. There you can also find many non-Florida native animals, such as South American porcupines, lemurs and even Australian-native wallaroos. AWRC has several nature trails that you can enjoy, along with a butterfly garden. Along with AWRC, twenty-five miles north of downtown Okeechobee you’ll find a 54,000-acre preserve that protects

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one of the largest remaining stretches of Florida dry prairie. It is home to an array of endangered plants and animals. Many endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, as well as crested caracaras and burrowing owls can be spotted. More than 100 miles of dirt roads give visitors a chance to observe wildlife, hike, horseback ride and bird watch. During November through March you can take a buggy tour to see remote areas of the preserve. The preserve is a great place for the entire family, including pets. If you enjoy camping then you can take advantage of an overnight stay at one of the two full-facility campgrounds.

Sporting Activities and Facilities

Okeechobee is home to three public golf courses. North of town and just southeast of the center of town, golfers can enjoy two recently renovated 18-hole courses. And if you’re looking for a quick ninehole round or to hit the driving range there’s a course just south on Hwy 441. ➢

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If you’re looking for a little activity or family fun, Okeechobee has a large sports complex in the northeast section of town that has a little something for everyone. With an Olympic-size pool, four youth baseball fields, a football and soccer field, six shuffleboard courts, two basketball courts, eight tennis courts, four racquetball courts, a picnic pavilion and a remodeled ‘wooden jungle’ playground for children, you are bound to find something to keep everyone busy. The complex is free and open to the public. If you’re looking to burn energy or enjoy working up a sweat, Okeechobee can help with that. There are several fully-equipped gyms spread out across town making them convenient for all to visit. The gyms are equipped with machines, treadmills and free weights. Many offer classes, such as CrossFit that you can also join. Or if you prefer one-on-one training, you can receive the assistance from a personal trainer.

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Camping, Hunting and Weaponry

With the several woodlands that surround Okeechobee, hunting and shooting are a great way to pass the time. Tucked away in the northeast section of town is a state-of-the-art hunting and shooting lodge where Florida land still exists. It has two 14-station sporting clay courses, wobble traps and a comfortable, covered 5-stand. Hog, quail, turkey and pheasant hunting, as well as fishing are offered during their respective seasons. Hunting packages can be purchased, along with year-round overnight accommodations. The lodge includes 10 cozy, fully equipped one-bedroom cottages and eight private suites. Cottages are dog friendly and equipped with wireless Internet, flat-screened televisions, full bathrooms and kitchens with full-sized refrigerators and microwave ovens.

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Ten miles north of downtown Okeechobee you’ll find another premier, outdoor shooting and recreational facility situated on 280 acres. There you can enjoy a day of pistol and rifle shooting. The facility has 29 complete shooting stations, including two sporting clay courses, a covered 5-stand, a wobble deck, covered pistol and rifle ranges and a competition shooting park. On the grounds you’ll also find a ranch house, a livery stable perfect for outdoor semi-covered parties and gatherings, a full pro-shop, an RV park, fishing ponds and picnic areas. If you’re just looking to work on your ➢

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marksmanship, then Okeechobee’s 100acre outdoor facility, rated five stars by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is the perfect place for you. It has standard rifle and pistol ranges, 5-stand, trap, skeet and shooting galleries. In addition, they have a full retail pro-shop with firearms, apparel and accessories, along with a full-service gunsmith who has over 50 years experience in the industry. Competitions are held each month for advanced shooters. For starters or people looking to brush up on their skills, the facility offers several training courses.

Recreational Racing

If racing is your hobby, whether it be via radio control or dirt bikes, Okeechobee won’t leave you empty-handed. For radio control racing enthusiasts, Okeechobee has clubs that meet up weekly to race R/C cars, trucks and boats. For aviation lovers, Okeechobee has a model airplane club located east of the city off Hwy 70. You can visit the flying field and watch members fly radio control aircraft of all types. If you’re into real speed and thrill, on Hwy 70 E you’ll find a dirt bike track where you can turn up the speed. The track is available for motocross practice,

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along with wooded trail practice. Memberships are available along with private training lessons. The track is 1.9 miles long with lap times over two minutes. For most classes the four-lap races are over 10 minutes long. The track also has a peewee track for beginners or youngsters. On SR 78 in Glades County a few miles past the Kissimmee River sits another dirt bike and ATV track, complete with a one-mile plus extreme, rider-friendly motocross track, 10 miles of ATV and dirt bike trails, a peewee motocross track, a figure eight track and a one-mile flat track without jumps for training. This course sits on 1,200 acres of open wilderness that is available for camping, complete with showers and clean port-a-lets. For more information on recreational sites and activities please contact the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County at (863) 467-6246. n

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Directory A/C & Heating Contractor Air & Heat Systems 4851 SE 128th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 824-8753 | Matt Mazzilli Echols Plumbing & Air Conditioning, LLC 2233 Hwy 98 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-6461 | Kyrstin Hargraves Glades Air Conditioning 804 N. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2114 | Monica Clark Quality A/C & Heating of Okeechobee 5351 SW 16th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-1545 | Bud Neese

Accountants CPA Tax Solutions, PLLC 500 NW 6th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-1099 | Paula Younger Sims & Munson CPAs 203 SE 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-3000 | Laura Sims Toro Tax Services 116 SE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 943-1177 | Steve Eguino

Advertising | Publications Television | Radio The Breeze 93.7 525 NW Lake Whitney Place Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 249-­4413 | Matt Monks

Heartland LIVING Magazine 412 Rest Haven Road Zolfo Springs, FL 33890 (863) 781-0344 | Cindy Sebring Adams MDP Worldwide 301 Yamato Road, #1240 Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 629-6212 | Jeff Gibson Ocean Media 3727 SE Ocean Boulevard, Suite 200 Stuart, FL 34996 (863) 824-7307 | Anna Vasquez Okeechobee News 107 SW 17th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3134 | Diana Whitehall Okeechobee The Magazine 316 NW 5th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-0054 | Susan Giddings WOKC Radio & Radio Fiesta 210 West N Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-1570 | Wayne Cunningham

Aquaculture Dark Hammock Turtles LLC 12615 NE 124 Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-5242 | Shawn & Natasha Heater

Artists | Graphic Art Art Galleries Bridgette Waldau Studio of Art LLC 111 NE 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-7300 | Bridgette Waldau Create & Decorate 609 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 634-8660 | Beth White

Attorneys Glenn J. Sneider, LC 200 SW 9th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-6570 | Glenn Sneider Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd 212 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-5800 James P. Covey, P.A. 1575 Indian River Boulevard, Suite C120 Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 770-6160 | James Covey Law Office of Gerald Lefebvre 1910 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3333 | Gerald Lefebvre Romano Law Group 425 SW Park Street, Suite 106 Okeechobee, FL 34972 (561) 533-6700 | Hali Marsocci

Auto Service | Accessories E & E Automotive Clinic, Inc. 3431 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2666 | Steve Detweiler Lehman Auto Body Shop 265 Hwy 98 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-1691 | Beth Lehman O’Reilly Auto Parts 203 South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 824-7691 | Frank Avalos Total Roadside Services, LLC 3176 Hwy 710 Okeechobee, Fl 34974 (863) 357-8772 | Jeremy Larue

Valvoline Instant Oil Change 2210 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (508) 485-3030 x10 | Michele Caissie

Automobile Dealerships Gilbert Family of Companies 315 S Parrot Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-­2121 | J.D. Mixon M & M Auto Brokers, Inc. 3565 US Hwy 441 N. Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-0330 | Mitchell Vitella Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram 4224 US Hwy 441 S Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-0500 | Jeff Stewart

Banks | Credit Unions CenterState Bank 1611 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5573 | Tabitha Trent Harbor Community Bank 2550 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-6880 | Sharon Johnson MIDFLORIDA Credit Union 3261 U.S. Highway 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-0188 | Amy Daniel Seacoast National Bank 1409 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-4663 | Jon Geitner

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Directory Beauty Salons | Spas Cosmetics Bella Rose Day Spa & Salon 311 NE 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-3333 | Amanda Markham Mary Kay Cosmetics 1630 SW 28th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (561) 801-1336 | Gayle Molyneaux Mary Kay Cosmetics 1418 SE 9th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 (561) 310-3285 | Janice Pietro Porcelain Esthetics 221 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 634-3615 | Cheryl Daniels Staffords 313 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 763-3933 | Angie Griffin The Lounge at Sacred Sanctuary, LLC 207 SW 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 447-0380 | Bianca Keefe

Boat | Outboard Motor Sales & Service Lakeshore Marine 1365 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-4080 | Steve Brantley

Childcare | Preschool A Child’s World Childcare and Preschool, Inc. 703 SW 6th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5453 | Malissa Morgan

Competitive Cheerleading CSC All Stars 810 N Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 697-­2085 | Jennifer Busbin

Computer Service | Sales ICS Computers 403 South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-9090 | Rick Chartier

Construction | Engineering Abney Building & Consulting, Inc. 210 NE 3rd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 532-9074 | Wes Abney Mohawk Construction Inc. 1307 SW 18th Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-5274 | Sue Williams Native American Construction, LLC. 2971 SW 3rd Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 824-­6727 | Lynne Rosa Penrod Construction Company 210 NE 3rd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 634-­0546 | Corey Penrod

Consultants CareerSource Research Coast 584 NW University Boulevard, Suite 100 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 (866) 482-­4473, x-­605 | Brian Dulemba Mote, Inc. 119 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5055 | Terry Burroughs

Contractors B&B Site Development, Inc. 1505 C South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 (863) 763-6053 | Philip Baughman Enviro-Tech Systems, Inc. 2308 South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, Florida 34974 (863) 763-3143 | Courtney Kuhn Luviano Roofing 11055 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-3838 | Osiel Luviano Mark W. Brandel Inc. 2525 NE 131 Lane Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 634-7021 | Mark Brandel

Counseling Breakthrough Recovery Services, Inc. 202 NW 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-2300 | Viki Lamberti Detox of South Florida, Inc. 608 NE 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-623-4923 | Rita Black Martha’s House Inc. 4134 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2893 | Jonathan Bean Tobacco Free Partnership of Okeechobee P O Box 1595 Okeechobee, FL 34973 (863) 801-8277 | Courtney Moyett

Dance Alexis Studio 13 Dance Academy 2827 SW 3rd Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 (904) 386-9828 | Alexis Ariail

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Dental | Orthodontics Everglades Pediatric Dentistry 2029 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-7338 | Melissa Kindell Tenniswood Dental 208 NE 3rd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 tenniswooddental@embarqmailcom (863) 763-3909 | Donna Tenniswood Wemmer Family Orthodontics 2025 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-2332 | David Wemmer

Education Early Learning Coalition 308 NW 5th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-1133 | Loretta Toth Indian River State College 2229 NW 9th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 824-6000 | Russ Brown Okeechobee Christian Academy 701 South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3072 | Nick Reynolds Okeechobee High School 2800 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 462-­5025 | Toni Wiersma Peace Lutheran School 750 NW 23rd Lane Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-7566 | Karen Smith Seminole Elementary 2690 NW 42nd Avenue Okeechobee FL 34974 (863) 462-­5116 | Matt Koff

Directory Yearling Middle School 925 NW 23rd Lane Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 801-6444 | Andy Brewer

Elected Officials Congressman Thomas J. Rooney 4507 George Boulevard Sebring, FL 33875 (863) 402-9082 | Sherry McCorkle Senator Denise Grimsley 150 N Commerce Avenue, Suite 2 Sebring, FL 33870 (863) 835-0232 | Andrea Jahna State Representative Cary Pigman 205 S Commerce Avenue, Suite B Sebring, FL 33870 Representatives (863) 386-6000 | Bryan Mielke

Engineering Culpepper & Terpening, Inc. 2980 South 25th Street Fort Pierce, FL 34981 (772) 464-3537 | Butch Terpening Marcos Montes De Oca 2001 SW 8th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 634-2131 | Marcos Montes De Oca Steven L. Dobbs Engineering LLC. 1062 Jakes Way Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 824-7644 | Steven Dobbs

Entertainment Chobee Play Inc. 1465 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-1800 | Tom Levins

Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center Palm Beach State College 1977 College Drive Belle Glade, FL 33430 (561) 993-1160 | Leigh Woodham Feedback Sounds Services Okeechobee, FL 34974 (731) 692-2401 | Chris Cottrell Okeechobee Community Theatre 1414 S Parrott Avenue, Box 177 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-1307 | Ron Hayes Okeechobee County Fair Association, Inc. PO Box 1306 Okeechobee, FL 34973 (863) 467-1690 | Terry Burroughs Seminole Brighton Casino 17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-9998 | Shelly Hughes

Farm Equipment Everglades Farm Equipment Company, Inc. 820 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-1921 | Brad Lundy Okeechobee Materials 1676 NE 54th Trail Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 634-7023 | Bob Riedel

Feed Supply Jones Supply, A.I. Sales & Service 801 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-0351 | Jeff Jones Okeechobee Feed Inc. 1579 Hwy 70 E Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2123 | James Hawk

Rabon’s Country Feed 1852 NW 9th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-3447 | Karen Rabon Syfrett Feed Co. 3079 NW 8th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-5586 | Chuck Syfrett Tractor Supply Co. 3371 Highway 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 Kayla Raulerson

Financial & Investment Services Ameriprise Financial 8300 Dunwoody Place, Suite 140 Atlanta, GA 30350 (770) 609-6322 | David Fritts Atlantic Wealth Management Group at UBS 712 SE Ocean Boulevard Stuart, FL 34994 (772) 223-6618 | Greg Thogersen BNY Mellon Wealth Management 3300 PGA Boulevard, Suite 200 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 (561) 868-7412 | Patricia Travis Edward Jones Investments 107 SW 17th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-4724 | Ana Jones Primerica 1627 S Hwy 1, Suite 215 Sebastian, FL 32958 (772) 713-1837 | Patrick Shepherd Wells Fargo Advisors Peggy.Thorlton (863) 402-­5020 or (866) 261-­0294 Peggy Thorlton

Fishing & Fishing Guide Service Garrard’s Tackle Shop 4259 S. Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3416 | Margaret Helton

Florist Countryside Florist 201 SW 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3833 | Aaron Parriott

Funeral & Cremation Services Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home 400 N Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-1994 | Matthew Buxton

Furniture Sales | Home Décor Badcock Home Furniture & More 512 W North Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3823 | Linda Ballinger Morgan’s Furniture 707 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 Royal’s Furniture, Appliances & Bedding 804 E North Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-6293 | Bryan Royal Rustic Style & Cabins 505 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 532-9096 | Nita Salmon

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Directory Government City of Okeechobee 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Room 100 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3372 | Brian Whitehall Okeechobee Correctional Institution 3420 NE 168th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 462-5432 | Powell Skipper Okeechobee County Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-­6441 | Robbie Chartier Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office 504 NW 4th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-3117 | Paul May

Guns | Ammo Archery & Bow Mike’s Okeechobee Guns 105 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-0122 | Mike O’Connor Skull Hill Steel, Inc. 1505 C South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 634-2855 | Brandon Baughman

Health Care Allure Institute for Plastic Surgery 851 W. Indiantown Road Jupiter, FL 33458 (561) 747-­1232 | Aldo Lombardo Audibel Hearing Care Centers 3545 Hwy 441 S. Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-5333 | Pamela Highlands Doctor’s Clinic Family Health Center, LLC 204 Southeast Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-1107 | Rennee Sweda

Family Health & Wellness 1008 N Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 623-5086 | Amanda Williams Florida Community Health Center 2015 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-1951 | Tom Jones Grand Oaks 203 SE 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 824-6770 | Ronda Ayers Hospice of Okeechobee 411 SE 4th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-2321 | Frank Irby Lakeshore Medical Center 1100 N. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-7481 | Tim Fulford Nurse On Call 413 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-0024 | Delores Mullis Okeechobee Discount Drugs 203 S.W. Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-5100 | Steven Nelson Okeechobee Health Care Facility 1646 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-7555 | Sandy Perry Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee 808 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-8748 | Lisa Lumpkin Raulerson Hospital 1796 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2151 | Robert Lee

Sanders Dermatology 1713 US HIghway 441 N, Suite G Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-9555 | Barbara Bowman Surgery Center of Okeechobee Okeechobee, FL 34974 Felechia Bradley TCMA Urgent Care Okeechobee 305 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (772) 692-8082 | Colleen Parkhurst The Offices of Stuart Shipe, DOM, PA 204 SE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 623-5607 | Amanda Gales Trindad E. Garcia, MD 306 NE 19th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-6427 | Trinidad Garcia

Health Care Supplies & Services Bailey’s Medical Equipment, Supplies & Scrubs 202 NE 2nd Street, Suite 5 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-4900 | Tiffany Williams Professional Respiratory 1020 N. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2688 | Sonny Browning

Home Interiors Flooring | Window | Paint Custom Window Treatments & Blinds 1409 Chobee Loop Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-6555 | Val Douglas Jeanettes Interiors 818 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-6554 | Jeanette

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Sherwin Williams 820 E North Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 824-6101 | Sam Moody

Hotels | Motels Best Western 3975 Hwy 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-7100 | Mary Hayes Hampton Inn 1200 State Road 70 East Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 824-0003 | Jenn Lineberry Holiday Inn Express & Suites 3101 US Hwy 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 okeechobee/okewr/hotel (863) 357-3529 | Jay Patel Pier II Resort & Lounge 2200 SE Hwy 441 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-4704 | Mike Roll

Human Resource Services Oasis Outsourcing 1001 Yamato Road, Suite 407 Boca Raton, FL 33431 (888) 328-2463 Paychex Inc 1450 Centrepark Boulevard, Suite 150 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 267-3103 | Mary Meloy

Hunting | Shooting Sports & Clubs OK Corral Gun Club 9449 NE 48th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2226 | Channing Boyd

Directory Okeechobee Outfitters 5260 Bluff Hammock Road Lorida, FL 33857 (863) 655-2454 | Danny Santangelo Okeechobee Shooting Sports 7055 NE 48th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-3006 | Jeffrey Wait Quail Creek Plantation 12399 Northeast 224th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-2529 | Fred Fanizzi

Insurance Berger Insurance Associates 800 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-6411 | Peggy Simmons Florida Blue 1675 St. Lucie W Boulevard Port St. Lucie, FL 34986­st-­lucie (772) 621-­8830 | Patricia Beck Gretchen Robertson Insurance Agency, Inc. 309 NE 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5561 | Maurisa Tremain Lake Okeechobee Title Insurance 608 NW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-3749 | John Burdeshaw Marcum & Associates 1120 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-0331 | Billy Marcum Metlife 250 Australian Avenue, #120C West Palm Beach, FL 33411 (561) 207-2312 | Charlie Parker

Milton Carpenter Insurance 3960 SE 18th Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 697-6209 | Peggy Carpenter-Brady Murray Insurance Services PNC. 210 NW Park Street, Suite 103 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5551 | Shannon Murray Pritchards & Associates 1802 South Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-7711 | Lowell Pritchard

Livestock Okeechobee Livestock Market PO Box 1288 Okeechobee, FL 34973 (863) 763-­3127 | Audra Clemons

Manufacturing & Productions Charles Composites 1252 NE 12th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2500 Entegra Roof Tile LLC 1289 NE 9th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 824-­1267 | Christy Westbrook Praxair Distribution SE 2534 NW 16th Boulevard Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-0007 | David Christensen

Motorsports Sales | Service ARS Power Sports 4422 Highway 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-0900 | Debbie Dunnahoe

Non- Profit American Cancer Society 865 SE Monterey Commons Stuart, FL 34996 (772) 287-7467 | Tracy Henkes | Okeechobee Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Inc. 14895 NW 30th Terrace Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-­4630 | Sue Arnold Castle 1835A Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-7771 | Rossana Gonzalez Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee 10570 South Federal Hwy, Suite 300 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 (772) 873-­7800 | Christina Kaiser Faith Farm Ministries 7595 NE 128th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-4224 | Jim Benton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69 4351 Hwy 441 North Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 634-5225 | Michael Hazellief Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve Incorporated 33104 NW 192nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972-4620 (863) 655-1831 | Paul Gray Gulfstream Goodwill Industries 1715 Tiffany Drive East West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (561) 848-7200 | Brian Edwards Haven Street, Inc. 814 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 532-5215 | Gary Schreck

Helping People Succeed 1100 SE Federal Hwy Stuart, Fl 34994 (772) 320-­0777 |Suzanne Hutcheson Honorable Enterprises 1738 NW 5th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 801-1699 | Elizabeth Olivieri Humane Society Pet Rescue FL Inc. 1203 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, FL 34973 (772) 285-3010 | Mary Skinner Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee (863) 634-1778 | Teresa Chandler Lighthouse Refuge PO Box 2573 Okeechobee, FL 34973 (863) 801-­9201 | Donna Dean Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. 55 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-6246 | Sharie Turgeon Real Life Children’s Ranch 7777 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-4242 | Darlene Mayers Republican Party of Okeechobee Executive Committee 1126 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 532-9623 | Debi Large Rev. Nancy Vaughan 1st United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-­4021 | Nancy Vaughan RSVP of Okeechobee 203 SE 2nd Street Okeechobee, fl 34974 863-484-2807 | Bonnie Roehm Treasure Coast Builders Association 6560 S. Federal Hwy Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 (863) 467-2007 | Maddie Williams Non Profit continued on page 96…

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Treasure Coast Food Bank 401 Angle Road Fort Pierce, FL 34947 (772) 489-3034 | Judith Cruz United Way of Okeechobee Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 484-­3887 | Allison Chandler

Printers and Office Machine Maintenance EGP Inc. ‘’ The Copier People ‘’ 4890 Okeechobee Road, Suite 101 Ft. Pierce, FL 34947 (877) 427-­7835 | Barry Rokaw

Real Estate Services Nursery | Garden Kimberly Bush 3057 NE 52nd Drive Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (863) 763-­7075 | Kimberly Bush Tree Locators 16162 Hwy 441 N Okeechobee, Fl 34972 (863) 763-7736 | Scott Durand

Optical Services Big Lake Eye Care 606 N. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863)763-3937 | Melissa Jansen Brennan Eyecare 710 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-0595 | Pat Brennan

Pest Control Highlands Pest Control 2771 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411 (561) 793-­1198 | Michelle

Pool Services Gator Pools 1400 SW 83rd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 634-7883 | Michael Barcia

Anderson Realty Co. 21442 E. SR 78, BHR Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 634-4106 | Vicki Anderson Berger Real Estate 425 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-5335 | Phil Berger B.H. Tucker Real Estate 104 NW 7th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-4010 | Bobby Tucker Century 21 Hazellief & Prevatt Realty, Inc. 1200 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-2104 | David Hazellief Clear Title & Legal Services Inc. 200 NW 5th Street Okeechobee FL 34972 (863) 824-­6776 | Erin Fralix D & A Properties, Inc. 701 NE 3rd Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 634-­1289 | Anita Nunez D R Willson Land Company 455 Highway 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-0999 D. Robert Willson, MAI, CCIM Fulford Plaza 101 NW 11th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-3516 | Gene Fulford

Joe Stas – Licensed Realtor 9044 SE 65th Way Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 261-4141 | Joe Stas

Crossroads Restaurant 5050 NE 128th Aveue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8333 | David Douglas

Lake O Real Estate 4251 Hwy 441 S Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5253 | Jim Jones Mixon Real Estate Group, LLC 1306 SW 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-6000 | Lori Mixon

D & G Catering 6451 NW 30th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-1164 | Gary Burkes

Okeechobee Waterfront Rentals Okeechobee, FL 34974 (772) 215-1680 | Debbie Davies Preferred Properties of Okeechobee 517 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-5096 | Becky Barber

Restaurants | Catering 2nd Street Pizza 202 NE 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5000 | Ralph Collins Applebee’s 1210 Hwy 70 E Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-0141 | Dave Sherill Beef O’ Brady’s 608 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-7300 | Nikki Brewster Brown Cow Sweetery 103 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-3357 | Paulette Bragel Cowboys BBQ & Steak Co. 420 SW 3rd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-­1104 | Jaimie McCoin

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Dairy Queen 1212 S. Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-6675 | Robert Wesch Dolce Rosita Bakery Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 634-2348 | Jeniffer Eastman Golden Corral 700 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-0444 | Charlie Hukriede Lakeside Grill 1111 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, Fl 34974 863 357-4745 | Elaine Menihtas Little Caesars Pizza 13612 Pinevilla Lane Fort Myers, FL 33912 (863) 467-­0800 | Jim Addis Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant 107 NW 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-0922 | Yolanda Soloranzo Papa John’s 414 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-7272 | Raul Villars Parrott Island Grill 1001 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-8710 | Adam White Pueblo Viejo VI 3415 Hwy 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-9641 | Pueblo Viejo VI

Directory Simply Saigon 3651 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-4183 | Kathy Le Tin Fish Restaurant 301 N Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-0447 | Joe Melluzo

Initially Yours 109 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 623-4708 | Lisa Whidden

Uncle Larry’s of Okeechobee 2117 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-5794 | Margaret McKane Wendy’s 502 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-8181 | David Chapman

Inkwell Tattoos & Piercings 909 S Parrott Ave., Suite 8F Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-4465 | Erik Clay Nature’s Pantry 417 West South Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 467-1243 | Becky Posey Rodeo and Juliet Boutique 19639 US Hwy 98 N Okeechobee, FL 34972 (239) 671-­8366 | Debra Caine

Yokee Frozen Yogurt 202 N.E. 2nd St., Suite 1 Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-0502 | Andy Farrow

Suzie’s Hallmark Shop 3541 Hwy 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-6557 | Susan Cantrell

Retail | Specialty Shops 1 Stop Party Shop 319 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-4900 | Kim Hargraves 3 Bee’s Layne 28101 SW Warfield Boulevard Okeechobee, FL 34974 (407) 572-­3669 | Whitney Christian Beautiful Mess Boutique 101 SW 3rd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-1118 | Katie Nelson Big Lake Hobbies, LLC 110 SW 14th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-3200 | Kathie Papasso Elliott’s Pawn Shop 419 W So Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-5553 | Lesley Watford

Taylor Rental 523 Hwy 98 North Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-2239 | Taylor Davis Teez2Pleez 620 S Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-0580 | Autumn DeCarlo The Hope Chest 217 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-3010 | Donna Walpole Thread Works Embroidery 202 N.E. 2nd Street, Suite 6 Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-532-2973 | Georgie Myers Tobacco Place 101 SW 2nd Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-6653 | Karen DeHays Toni’s Chic Boutique 123 S. Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-8664 | Toni Doyle

RV Parks | Resorts Aruba RV Park 1073 Old Lakeport Road Moore Haven, FL 33471 (863) 946-1324 | Denise Allen Barlow’s R V and Fish Camp 12626 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-8747 | Richard Harrison Big Lake Lodge 8680 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-4638 | Betty Arrington Okeechobee KOA 4276 US Hwy 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-0231 | Wendy Woodman River Bluff Fishing Resort 14725 NW 1st Parkway Okeechobee, Florida 34972 www.riverbluffrv& 863-467-4371 | Karen Millette Silver Palms 4143 Hwy 441 S Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-­5800 | Michelle Barron Water’s Edge Motorcoach & RV Resort 12766 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-5757 | Sue Baker

RV Sales | Service Florida Outdoors RV Country 4300 US Hwy 441 S Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 623-4689 | Marilyn Driscoll

Sanitation Services Henderson’s Sani Service Systems, Inc. 257 SE Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard Belle Glade, FL 33430 (561) 996-2298 | Kay Hickson Waste Management – Okeechobee Landfill, Inc. 10800 NE 128th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 824-­4013 | Teresa Chandler

Security Cameras Alarm Systems Alarm Company of Okeechobee, Inc. 919 N.W. Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2004 | Carl Shumate Home Front Electric, Security & Sound 15916 NW 203 Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 801-6617 | Johnnie Ray

Telecommunications CEECO 519 W. South Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-0798 | Penny McCreary CenturyLink 2820 Cargo Street Ft Myers, FL 33916 (239) 335-8330 | John McGowan Comcast 1850 Fountainview Boulevard Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 323-0412 | Mike Anthony

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Directory Transportation Trucking Walpole, Inc. 269 NW 9th Street Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 763-5593 | Keith Walpole

Utilities Florida Public Utilities 802 North Parrott Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 (866) 763-2115 | Crystal Campbell FPL 1401 SE Montery Road Stuart, FL 34994 (772) 781-3118 | Max Macon

Glades Electric Cooperative 1190 US Hwy 27 East P.O. Box 519 Moore Haven, FL 33471 (800) 226-4024 | Paul McGehee

Veterinary Pet Boarding Mims Veterinary Hospital 275 SW 32rd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-9200 | Randall Mims Northlake Veterinary Hospital 1107 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 467-­1007 | Jay Stinson

Water Treatment Advanced Water Technologies, Inc. 80 SE 31st Lane Okeechobee, FL 34974 863-357-1748 | Dorlynne Maynor

Well Drilling Services American Drilling Services 405 SW 2nd Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3221 | Frank DeCarlo Domer’s 204 Southeast 10th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 763-3417 | Justin Domer

Wholesale Warehouses Sam’s Club 1750 SW Gatlin Boulevard Port St Lucie, FL 34953 (772) 878-4931 | Karen L’Heureux Supplyline, LLC 1113 SW Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34974 (863) 357-1203 | Tiffany Douglwas

Friends of the Chamber Robert Bluestone Mary Beth Cooper Willard D. Dover Robert Goolsby Gary Kirsch Kelly Mammarelli Elvie Posey

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