News Update for 5/5/21

Highlands County commissioners yesterday took the first steps to raise the fire assessment here. Following a lengthy report, commissioners discussed whether or not to extend a cap on the percentage of increase that could be charged to some residences.
Highlands Safety Services Chief Marc Bashoor indicated increasing such caps and ranges would bring in nearly a half million dollars from taxpayers the first year alone.
Commissioners told staff they would like additional information for a future presentation and a vote.

Highlands County may be loosing a golf course and gaining another housing community. The Harder Hall golf course has been sold to a developer, no price has been disclosed.
Reportedly, the course was not able to recover from financial losses incurred during last year’s coronavirus shut down. Attempts to sell it to another golfing concern reportedly were unsuccessful.
The last rounds will be played May 30th with the course to close the first of June.

An elderly woman reportedly was run over by h+er own vehicle yesterday in an incident at the Murphy Oil gas station in Sebring.
While jockeying her car around at the pump, the woman reportedly got out of her SUV but apparently had left it in gear. Reportedly, she slipped as she tried to get back in and the auto ran over her leg.
She was taken to the hospital, then airlifted out for treatment. The victim’s name and other details have not been released. Her injuries apparently were not life-threatening.