News Update for 6/11/21

Motorists and others are reminded that it may be a challenge getting around the Sebring area this weekend. A lot of the streets in the City on the Circle will be closed down for the annual Triathlon which involves running and bicycling events in addition to the swimming portion.
Although the roadways won’t be shut down in some of the greater Sebring area, motorists are advised to watch out for cyclists who are in competition there – especially on the Parkway and Memorial Drive.
The event runs tomorrow and Sunday.

Officials at the Sebring International Raceway have confirmed that SRO America will be returning in October for the first time since 2009. It’s part of a three year agreement between the series and the track. The competitions will include a “Fanatec GT World Challenge,” a “GT America” race plus Pirelli “GT and TC America races.”
The event is slated to run October 1-3.

The Florida Department of Health in Hardee County has issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful Blue-Green Algae in the Peace River. They are cautioning residents – especially in Zolfo Springs – to exercise caution.
That means no swimming or even wading in the waters. In fact, they are advising against the use of watercraft where there’s a visible bloom. Authorities also caution people to keep their pets away and advise against eating shellfish from those waters.
People coming in contact with the water should wash thoroughly with soap & water.

Agriculture officials have announced a slight increase in Florida citrus projections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated projections Thursday for citrus production in the 2020-2021 season.
The June forecast projects 52.7 million boxes of Florida oranges, up 2% from the previous month’s projection. That includes 30 million boxes of Valencia oranges, a 3% increase. Grapefruit and specialty citrus projections saw a small drop, with grapefruit falling 100,000 boxes to 4.1 million boxes and tangerines and tangelos falling 10,000 boxes to 890,000 boxes.
The citrus season runs from October through June. The USDA’s final report for this season is set to be released July 12.