Okeechobee County

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Okeechobee County

Okeechobee County was created in 1917 from Osceola, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie

Counties. It is positioned in south central Florida, just west of the Fort Pierce region and

is named for the great lake that it surrounds. The chief industry is agriculture, and the

farms generate a huge amount of winter vegetables due to the natural soils of the county.

Beside agriculture and dairying, Okeechobee County has a very little industry of any

kind. The county is home to many local animals and plants sustained by the distinctive

environment surrounding Lake Okeechobee.

Lake Okeechobee is the second major freshwater lake within the United States. It is
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In modern years, farms

have been expanding. At this time, the county has 11,270 acres in citrus, with 1,261,000

citrus trees producing 3,201,000 boxes of citrus fruit each year. Most of Okeechobee

County's citrus trees are orange trees. The county has 1,039,600 orange trees and

169,800 grapefruit trees. The remaining are tangerines and other kinds of citrus. Tourism

is the second biggest industry in the county.

Every winter, thousands of people from the north head to Okeechobee County in search

of warmth from the snowy and damp weather to take pleasure in the exquisiteness of the

fish- filled waters of Lake Okeechobee.

The city of Okeechobee has a population of 5,071 citizens and roughly 1,935

families. The city an area of 5 square miles, and is more likely the main city in the

county. It is situated 27.4 degrees north of the equator and 80.82 degrees west of

the prime meridian. The city of Okeechobee functions under a city manager type of

government that is almost set up as a business corporation. The city's ruling

body is made up of 5 representatives who live inside the city limits. They are selected to

four-year terms. Five member of the city commission elect the mayor of the city.

At this time, James E. Kirk is the Mayor. Another significant city in Okeechobee County

is Taylor Creek. Its

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