News Update for 6/20/18

More than 200 people packed the Highlands County commission chambers last night for a 5-hour public hearing on a proposed fire assessment on residences, businesses, industry, churches and other institutions.
There were dozens of speakers, who noted their payments could go up as much as 600 percent under the new policy. Public safety officials warned that fire stations could close without the additional cash.
Commissioners ordered staff to come back next month with proposals on what the numbers might look like if commissioners instituted the program at 60, 70 or 80 percent strength.
Another night meeting has been planned for Tuesday, July 10th to come to a final decision.

Representatives of the Military Sea Services Museum re-presented the city council with an acrylic painting of their facility last night. The original presentation of the artwork was made on Memorial Day during their 20th anniversary celebration.

A Sebring-based racing team has taken off in their latest competition. Joanne Alcorn & Kathy Howitt, also known as “The Flamingo Flyers” have taken off in their Cessna Skyhawk from Sweetwater, Texas as part of this year’s “Air Race Classic.” There are ten stops on the 42nd annual classic which ends up at Fryeburg, Maine.
The ladies are representing the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo – which is held each January at the Sebring Regional Airport, and will be promoting the event as part of the competition.