News Update for 4/25/19

Sebring police are looking for witnesses or those with information on a Tuesday night shooting that claimed the life of an Arcadia man. The body of 29-year-old Calvin Lamont Brown was found on the sidewalk along Martin Luther King jr Blvd around 11PM Tuesday.
Brown had been shot multiple times. It remains unclear as to who shot Brown and why. Anybody with information is asked to call the Sebring Police Department.

A small group of hoteliers, community leaders and tourism proponents gathered yesterday for a strategic planning session. Brian London from the Department of Tourism & Sports Management at the University of Florida was there to facilitate the discussion and take notes on such things as under-utilized resources in the county and barriers to tourism development.
His findings will be summarized and presented at a May 1st Tourism Insights luncheon to be held at Seven – the Sebring Raceway Hotel.

By a 4-1 vote, the Avon Park Community Redevelopment Agency agreed to hire the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce to prepare a marketing plan for them. The seven-page proposal ranges from activities desiged to increase foot traffic in the City of Charm to marketing some of the abandoned buildings there.
Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director George Karos indicated he would like to see increased events in the downtown area and have the Chamber serve as a liason between businesses and the city.
The lone no vote on the program came from city councilwoman Brenda Gray.

The Highlands County Economic Development office is extending the deadline for a survey they have developed in an effort to improve the business environment here.
There are separate surveys for residents and employers in what has been described as a skills/gap analysis. ED officials say all the information gathered will be kept confidential. A link can be found through the Highlands County Economic Development website.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has announced that “Operation Meth Death Peddlers” has netted 44 arrests, three warrants and 50 pounds of methamphetamine. Of a total of 47 picked up in the sting, nine are said to be in the country illegally.
The operation was done by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the US Border Patrol. Judd said some of those who were arrested have been arrested previously.