you are looking for a rural but progressive community within
a small town atmosphere, then you'll feel right at home here
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
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
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
Our location makes Okeechobee the Gateway to South Florida
with convenient access to both coasts and all of Central Florida.
and industrial concerns have found that
Okeechobee is the place you want to be and along with the
Chamber of 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 residents.
James E. Kirk, Mayor
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Phone: 863-763-3372 Fax: 863-763-1686