News Update for 6/8/22

You might not know it, but when it comes to the foreign-born population, Highlands County ranks below the national average. A new report from Background Check dot com – in the Sebring – Avon Park metro area, immigrants account for 11.3-percent of the population. That’s below the natonal average of 13.5-percent.
Nationally, the United States has the largest number of immigrants in the world. In fact, America accounts for one-fifth of the world’s immigrants.
Locally, there are more than 11,000 immigrants in the Sebring-Avon Park metro area. Reportedy, most are from Mexico.

Highlands County commissioners yesterday took the first steps in replacing outgoing county administrator Randy Vossburg. Vossburg tendered his resignation earlier this month – his last day will be July first.
The process was slowed, as Commissioner Kevin Roberts was not in attendance at yesterday’s session.
Commissioners did decide to go ahead and start advertising that Highlands is looking for a new county administrator – calling for resumes from hopefuls.

It looks like Highlands County will be trying to tap arts and culture enthusiasts in an effort to lure tourists here.
Officials from the Tourist Development Council gathered this morning at the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce with arts and culture organizations to talk about what they termed "pending opportunities."

Many people have heard about the film "2000 Mules," which outlines allegations of improprieties during the balloting of the 2020 Presidential Election. The Highlands Tea Party has obtained a copy of the documentary and will be showing it tomorrow evening.
The group has rented the Circle Theater in downtown Sebring to present the film – saying the historic facility provides the ultimate theater-going experience.
Shows will be at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm and will be presented at no charge.