News Update for 11/13/18

Reportedly, the first part of a statewide voter recount went smoothly yesterday here in Highlands County. Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg said only a handful of residents showed up to watch the canvassing board go back over some 40,000 cast ballots in the race for Senate, Governor and Secretary of Agriculture.
Saying it was all about accuracy and not about speed, Ogg estimated that the machine recount could be completed as early as this evening.

Avon Park city council members will get together tonight for an organizational session and special meeting. The session was pushed back a day, due to yesterday’s observance of Veterans Day.
In addition to the oaths of office for newly-elected council members and committee assignments, the board will discuss the city manager’s contract as well a the pros and cons of an in-house counsel versus a contract attorney for the city.

Lake Placid town council members will be meeting tonight with a lot on their agenda. They will be looking to fill the spot vacated by Arlene Tuck. She will become Highlands County’s newest commissioner at their meeting November 20th.
Three candidates are in line for the position including Matt Elliott, Greg Sapp and Dustin Woods.
In other action, the council will look at deeding over property to the county for construction of a fire station and will see 20-year law enforcement veteran Mark Schneider promoted to police captain.

This past weekend’s IMSA Encore race is getting high marks from it’s sponsor – Michelin. Director of Motorsport for Michelin North America Chris Baker said they could not be more pleased with how the Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring played out.
Michelin has been the official tire at Sebring for years but next year will become the official tire of the International Motorsports Association.
Last weekend was the first time many of the teams had run the tires on their cars.
It was a good time for the local MX-5 Team, John Dean’s team Sick sideways captured five of six podium positions over the weekend.