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Lake Okeechobee Day 2.A fisherman waits for the big one to hit as winds blow and dark clouds.over Lake Okeechobee near Moore Haven recently. The lake, the liquid.heart of Florida, gives life to the Everglades and the communities that.surround its shores. Lake Okeechobee once covered 1,000 square miles and.was periodically flushed by hurricanes. Now dammed and drained, the lake.serves as a 730-square-mile reservoir with no way to purge itself.naturally. .Erik Kellar/Staff