News Update for 6/1/21

After overseeing the consolidation of volunteer fire departments into a county unit, and the institute of a fire assessment for taxpayers, Highlands County Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor has announced he’s leaving.
Bashoor said he has had his home on the market for several months and has no immediate new job opportunity on the horizon – other than acting and modeling work.His last day will be September 30th.

Highlands County commissioners were to have heard from representatives of Waste Connections at their meeting this morning. The company is burning after being found in a condition of “irredeemable default” buy Highlands County Administrator Randy Vossburg.
That item reportedly has been put off until their July 20th meeting.
Company officials say they never have been served with any notices of default and have no paper trail of violations. They say they want to know specific reverences of the county on the issue.

Today is June first – the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Forecasters already are predicting a more active year for the big storms. Local officials are urging people to begin to get ready – checking their stocks, testing generators and the like.
County officials have prepared some YouTube videos to help out, and the state has suspended their sales tax on such things as battery operated radios, batteries, tarps and other supplies.

At least one person was injured in an accident south of Lake Placid last night. The incident occurred about 10:30 on Highway 27 near the Highway Park community.
Early reports indicate the mishap may have involved a motorcycle and a pedestrian.

A 20-year-old Winter Haven woman reportedly has been killed in a Polk County traffic crash.
Florida Highway Patrol accounts say a car was traveling eastbound on Cypress Gardens Boulevard near 10th Street Southeast when the driver lost control of the vehicle. It ran off the roadway and slammed into a utility pole, killing the woman. Her name was not released.