News Update for 6/5/19

It appears a plan to have the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce take over some of the executive functions of the city’s community redevelopment agency will not come to pass. After hearing the proposal, board members in the City of Charm decided that the numbers and duties did not mesh well with the mission of the Chamber.
Although the city has been looking to turn the CRA duties over to an autonomous board, city attorney Gerald Buhr still is waiting for an opinion as to whether or not they will be allowed to do that.
Under was was termed “a slavish adherence to state statute,” the council reappointed Mayor Garrett Anderson to serve as chair of the city’s CRA board.

Officials of Duke Energy may soon have a summit with local contractors to discuss issues that builders are having in obtaining electrical service at their building sites. Duke spokesman Gerry Miller made the suggestion, while discussing the issue with Highlands County Commissioner Ron Handley – who also is a contractor.
Miller said similar sessions have been held in the past. No specific date or time was set for such a meeting.

Smoke from a controlled burn near Sebring yesterday caused problems for residents downtown and as far away as Sun ‘N Lake. It came from a 100-acre burn at the Rafter-T Ranch off Arbuckle Creek Road. Heavy drift smoke was moved around by winds in a local weather system, causing some vision and respitory problems.

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for David Carson Crosby. The 41-year-old Crosby has been reported as missing. Reportedly, he last was seen swimming across Lake Verona in Avon Park the night of May 30.
Earlier, he apparently had been visiting friends at a home A. Miracle Avenue. The lake has been checked multiple times and he has not been located.
Crosby is homeless and is usually on foot around The City of Charm. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.