Local News Headlines 6-4-21

Sebring’s Community Redevelopment Agency is getting some heat from an out of town developer after the agency chose a local candidate’s proposal for a building on the Downtown Circle owned by the CRA. Chicago based Yan and Arp, LLC filed the appeal on the CRA’s decision to take a proposal from the owners of Faded Bistro to develop the building at 209 Circle Park Drive, alleging irregularities In the decision making process including possible Sunshine Law questions. First step in the appeal process is the Sebring City Council, which oversees the CRA’s operations.

Yes, we’ve gotten a little rain, and yes, it’ll probably rain today sometime, but it’s still abnormally dry around here – we’re over two inches behind our usual rainfall to date. The month of May saw 46 wildfires in our area, charring 1,632 acres of land. Please be careful. Clear the loose flammable items from near your home while you’re thinking about it.

Your commute out of downtown Sebring may need a detour for a few days – beginning yesterday, southbound lanes of the Sebring Parkway on the south side of town have been closed to allow work on the Phase IIA improvements of the Parkway. Detours are posted, but leaving town via Kenilworth or the Lakeview Drive triangle may be less aggravating plan. Northbound lanes aren’t affected, by the way.

The Max Long ballfield was commandeered yesterday morning for a flight for life copter to transport the victim of a car-motorcycle wreck off the intersection of South Egret and Loon Avenue. One victim was transported to a trauma center by air after the wreck.

On the subject of road safety, local law enforcement agencies want to remind you that the hundred days between Memorial and Labor Days each year are the hundred deadliest days of the year for teenage drivers. Around 16% more crashes and fatalities happen this time of year involving young drivers each day nationwide. A good time to have a chat with the kids, and keep a watchful eye out on the road yourself.

Up in Polk County, detectives have charged an inmate at the Polk County Jail for the murder of another inmate. 36-year-old John Smith was charged last Tuesday with 1st Degree Murder after detectives say Smith killed his cellmate, Shaun Seaman in the South County Jail in Frostproof a week earlier.