If you are looking for a rural but
progressive community within a small town atmosphere, then
you'll feel right at home here in Okeechobee.
While we have a number of exciting
business and industrial success stories, I still think it's hard
to beat early morning fishing on
Lake Okeechobee. Whether it's landing a trophy fish or just the
relaxing view of a variety of Florida's wildlife in their
natural habitat waking up to a cool sunrise breeze, you'll fall
in love with Okeechobee. In contrast, there's the excitement of
a number of nationally sanctioned professional bass fishing
Okeechobee is known as the "Speckled Perch Capital of the World"
so it is only fitting that we hold an annual event in honor of
this title. The Speckled Perch Festival sponsored by the
Okeechobee Main Street is our largest festival of the year and is held in
March. Each year this downtown event attracts thousands of
out of town visitors and locals alike. It's kicked off by a
parade that wraps around Flagler Park where hundreds of crafts
and food vendors are scattered about, the most popular being the
Seminole booths with their colorful jackets and crafts for sale
as well as their delicious pumpkin bread. There's also the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Rodeo and the Okeechobee County Fair
going on at the Agri-Center.
We have a vibrant business district, but as our
Okeechobee Main Street
logo states we have 'old values and new visions'. On the 4th
Saturday in July we have the Day of the Cowboy event, which
includes a cattle drive through our town. Yes, we do things
like that in Okeechobee!
Our location makes Okeechobee the Gateway
South Florida with convenient access to both coasts and all of
and industrial concerns have found that
Okeechobee is the place you want to be and along with the
Commerce of Okeechobee County we've taken an
aggressive attitude toward seeking new businesses in our two
local Industrial Parks.
I could go on about all the amenities we
have to offer, but I want to invite you to visit our town and
discover it for yourself. I think you'll find that our
community prides itself most on the hospitality of its
James E. Kirk, Mayor
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Phone: 863-763-3372 Fax: 863-763-1686
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