News Update for 12/14/21

Following the loss of their special magistrate, the Avon Park city council now will hear code enforcement hearings. The magistrate resigned his post with the City of Charm to take a similar position in St. Pete Beach.
The council heard two cases last night, fining resident Herbert Kelley $3900 for an East Simms Street property and docking developer Roger Gurganis just over $2,000 on a Fairview Terrace home.
Council members also instructed staff to begin the process of finding another special magistrate for the city.

Once again that recycled Waterfront District program will be brought before citizens in Sebring tonight. Both proponents and opponents of the plan are expected to be in attendance. Some members of the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency are pushing to revamp the Alan Altvader Cultural Complex to put in a beachfront entertainment area.
Some iterations of the plan have several buildings knocked down to make way for the development. The session will commence at 5:30 this evening at Sebring’s Jack Stroup Civic Center.

A pair of Sebring residents have been arrested and booked following a weekend chase incident in the Sun ‘N Lake community. It began early Sunday morning when a Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Ryan Ercell Norman and Jamie Denise Crivello in a silver Lincoln.
Apparently, both had warrants. They spotted the lawman and drove off at a high rate of speed with two children in the vehicle. They then ditched the car and fled on foot.
It took tracking by K-9 Hooch to finally find them. Both were arrested and booked into the Highlands County jail on numerous counts.

Lake Placid’ 45-megawatt Solar Farm now has a bit of extra capacity. Officials at Duke Energy have announced a new 18-megawatt lithium battery has been installed at the location.
Reportedly, it’s the first of its kind for Duke Energy Florida. When the solar facility is operating at peak capacity, it generates enough energy to effectively power about 23,000 average-sized homes. When the sun goes down, excess energy is stored in the Battery Energy Storage System for nighttime usage.
The Lake Placid facility came online in 2019.