News Update for 8/31/21

The 60 days to advertise the BrickelL Building in Avon Park has come and gone. Officials in the City of Charm say they had a few tire-kickers but received no firm offers on the place.
Council had re-zoned the two-story Main Street structure to allow for both residential and retail space. At one time, it was owned by the Avon Park Community Redevelopment Agency, with the idea of bringing low cost housing to the downtown area.
That idea was scrapped when they received pushback from the community.

It’s a new school year, and it’s not only students that are familiarizing themselves with the buildings. Highlands County School board officials say members of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, Sebring Police Department, Highlands County Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, and the Sebring Fire Department conducted First Responder Walkthroughs at all the school campuses throughout the county.
They say the walkthroughs are designed in case of an emergency, so that First Responders are familiar with the layout of the facilities.

A couple of Polk County residents have been injured in a Manatee County traffic crash. Florida Highway Patrol officials say a car driven by a Lake Wales man went left of center on State Road 62 just west of the Hardee County line, and sideswiped a parked auto owned by a Bartow woman.
The force of the impact caused the Bartow woman’s car to overturn. Both she and a passenger were seriously injured. The 28-year-old Lake Wales man was listed in “critical” condition.
The accident remains under investigation