News Update for 2/28/22

It was another foggy morning in the area today, with dense fog and limited visibility in some places. Highlands County sheriff’s officials say so far there were no traffic incidents related to the weather. Highlands was part of a five county area that again had foggy conditions during the early morning hours.

Tomorrow is the first day of March and, naturally, fans already are lined up along Carol Shelby Boulevard outside the Sebring International Raceway waiting to get into the camping area in preparation for this year’s Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring.
Reportedly, there area already more than 70 vehicles and trailers waiting for word they can move on in.
First in line this year? Greg Gish of Jupiter, Florida – a proud representative of the famous Turn 10 group. Friends say he’s been trying for the number one spot for better than a decade. This year he made it.

The sale of the much-troubled Brickell Building will be up again before Avon Park city council members when they meet tonight. They again will put the Main Structure out for Requests for Proposals. Officials are hoping that a private developer will buy and renovate it.
In other action, the council will look at reducing water & sewer hook-up fees for commercial entities and will decide on whether or not to reduce a pending code enforcement fee.

A Winter Haven man suspected in a series of burglaries broke a beer bottle over his head and was shot and wounded by a sheriff’s deputy who thought the sound was a gunshot.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says deputies were trying to arrest the 27-year-old suspect when he stood up through the sunroof of a pickup truck holding a rifle in one hand and the beer bottle in the other.
A sergeant heard the popping noise and thought he had fired the gun. He then shot him in the neck. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.