As 2013 comes to a close, Okeechobee The Magazine concludes its seventh year of publication. We truly appreciate the support of the businesses that have made the magazine possible and enabled us to grow and serve this wonderful community of ours. It’s also the time of the year to recognize the people and organizations that work hard every day to better our community, and this issue’s cover story introduces you to the executive directors of three such organizations: Okeechobee Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County and the Economic Council of Okeechobee.
You will also learn about Sharon Vinson and the many ways she helps the community through the Shared Services Network as well as another great organization, Martha’s House, which is dedicated to the protection of victims of domestic and sexual violence. And in our Looking Back feature, Judge William Hendry tells us about the history of commercial fishing on Lake Okeechobee.
Our Behind the Business feature invites you to meet Megan Mattson, the creative mind behind the unique menu at nutmeg’s café, and brothers Keith and Scott Duffy, owners of Okeechobee Texaco.
And there is no shortage of community events to show off to you in this issue, including the Labor Day parade, festival and rodeo, the Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta, homecoming at Okeechobee High School, Boots and Pearls, and so much more.
I introduced Associate Publisher Susan Giddings in the last issue. Thank you for giving her such a warm welcome. Much like I did eight years ago, Susan has quickly fallen in love with Okeechobee.
As you can see, this is our biggest issue ever. I get so much enjoyment showing off our community through the pages of Okeechobee The Magazine, your magazine.
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER’S NOTE:
Six months ago I moved to Okeechobee to step in for my very dear friend Maureen so that she could devote her time and energy to caring for her son Jason, who is very ill. Those are some pretty big shoes to try to fill, and I knew no one here and practically nothing about Okeechobee when I arrived. Yet this remarkable and giving community welcomed me with open arms and helped me every step of the way, providing background, contacts and introductions, but most important of all: friendship. So to everyone in my adopted hometown, thank you so very much. May you all have a very Happy Holidays and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.