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With a surface area of 730 square miles, Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake in the southeastern United States and the liquid heart of Florida. The big lake lends its name to the South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee region, which covers Glades County and portions of Okeechobee and Highlands counties. The area also features sections of the Kissimmee River and its floodplain that have been restored by the District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Okeechobee Service Center offers local assistance with Environmental Resource and Consumptive Water Use permitting while providing regulatory oversight for Glades and St. Lucie counties and large portions of Okeechobee and Highlands counties. Outreach and Intergovernmental Representatives develop partnerships with local governments and drainage districts, utilities, community groups and other stakeholders in these counties and create a better understanding of local water resource issues through outreach and education activities.

ADDRESSES
  • Okeechobee Service Center
    3800 NW 16th Boulevard, Suite A
    Okeechobee, FL 34972
    (863) 462-5260
    (800) 250-4200
    Fax: (863) 462-5385
    Regulatory Fax: (863) 462-5269
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  • Okeechobee Field Station
    1000 NE 40th Avenue
    Okeechobee, FL 34972
    (863) 462-5280
    (800) 250-4200
    Fax: (863) 462-5328
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GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS
  • Daniel O'Keefe, Chair and an appointee representing areas including Glades, Okeechobee and Highlands counties
  • Mitch Hutchcraft, an at-large appointee representing areas including Glades, Okeechobee and Highlands counties
 
 
 
Agricultural Water Programs

The Okeechobee Service Center is home to SFWMD's Agricultural Water Programs, which consist of the AgTeam and the Dispersed Water Management Unit:

  • The AgTeam offers streamlined environmental resource and consumptive water use permitting and compliance assistance to the agricultural community along with non-agricultural regulatory services for Okeechobee, Glades, Polk, Highlands, western Martin, western St. Lucie, western Palm Beach, Hendry, eastern Collier and northeastern Lee counties.
     
  • The Dispersed Water Management Unit works with other agencies, organizations, landowners and researchers to enhance opportunities for storing excess surface water on private, public and tribal lands. The program encourages property owners to retain water on their land rather than drain it and/or accept and store regional runoff.
     
 
 
Task Force and Coordination Teams
  • Central Florida Regional Planning Council: A planning and public policy agency working with public and private leadership in the Central Florida Region to achieve a healthy and sustainable future.
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  • Florida's Heartland Rural Economic Development Initiative: Provides regional economic development coordination to counties designated as rural areas of economic concern. Promotes businesses interested in expanding or relocating to these areas.
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  • Glades County Chamber of Commerce: Facilitates the improvement of all segments of the area's economy and is dedicated to representing the best interests of the business community.
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  • Glades County Economic Council: A not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan organization promoting the sound and judicious economic growth of Glades County.
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  • Highlands County Local Mitigation Strategic Group: Provides broad-based, pre-disaster mitigation planning and an effective analytical method of integrating hazard mitigation concepts into policy and routine decision-making.
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  • Lake Istokpoga Management Committee: Addresses lake management issues and provides public comment to the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, the Lake Istokpoga Team Effort Accomplishing Management (TEAM) and others regarding exotic plant management, aquatic habitat enhancement, water level regulation, lake restoration and other topics.
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  • Okeechobee Battlefield Friends, Inc.: A citizens' support organization for the Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park that coordinates the Annual Battlefield Re-enactment on a foot print of the original battlefield site. It is also assists in land management planning and restoration of park grounds.
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  • Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce: Facilitates the improvement of all segments of the area's economy and represents the best interests of the business community.
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  • Okeechobee Economic Council: A not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan organization promoting the sound and judicious economic growth of Okeechobee County.
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  • Okeechobee Emergency Management & Response Policy and Guidance Group: Makes management and policy decisions before, during and after an emergency.
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  • Okeechobee Main Street: Improves aspects of the Okeechobee downtown district, and assists in economic development.
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  • Okeechobee Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee: Promotes and coordinates recreation throughout the county and determines future recreational needs.
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  • Okeechobee Red Cross: Provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, teaches lifesaving skills and supports military members and families. Supports local emergency management operations in Okeechobee County and portions of Glades County.

 

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Related Contacts
  • Gary Ritter - Intergovernmental & Outreach Representative
    gritter@sfwmd.gov
    (863) 462-5260, ext. 3017
    (800) 250-4200
  • Jeff Sumner - Director Agricultural Programs
    jesumner@sfwmd.gov
    (863) 462-5260, ext. 3023
    (800) 250-4200

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