News Update for 5/15/19

Avon Park city council members were to have considered an agreement with a local entity called “Four Winds,” to manage the Avon Park Executive Airport. However, the item was pulled from the agenda Monday night by Avon Park City Manager David Flowers.
During the meeting, Flowers was approached by a second suitor who reportedly is interested in running the facility in The City of Charm. Not much is known except that they are aviation enthusiasts from Sebring.
Flowers said the pending agreement was set for 90 days to begin with to see how things went.

Local officials are sweetening the pot in hopes of getting leads in last month’s shooting death of Calvin Brown. The father of the 29-year-old Arcadia man has increased the reward to $6,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot his son.
Brown’s body was found on Martin Luther King Blvd in Sebring during the late evening hours on April 24. Officials say all CrimeStoppers tips are kept confidential.

It appears local hoteliers may be making it more difficult to track who comes here for special events. The problem surfaced in a Highlands County commission discussion for the approval of $5,000 to help promote the Heartland Triathalon, which is run through the streets of Sebring each year.
Highlands County Development Director Ben Dunn said it was hard to track some of the attendees – who may book their rooms through third party vendors such as Orbitz or Expedia. Commissioners agreed, saying that in other communities, hotliers were more forthcoming about their bookings in an effort to aid such events.
Commissioners did approve the $5,000 TDC grant.