News Update for 9/13/21

It’s that time of year again. Reports are coming in that Love Bugs have been spotted in Highlands County. The insects don’t bite and generally are harmless – except being splattered all over cars and trucks.
They come twice a year – once in the fall and once in the spring. It remains to be seen how bad this year’s infestation will be. The bugs reportedly migrated up from Central America in the 1940’s.
Apparently, they have no natural predators here.

It will be budget, budget and more budget when the Avon Park city council gets together tonight. The biggest item on the agenda will be an interlocal agreement with Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman for law enforcement services for the City of Charm. That’s one of a number of major increases in spending planned for the upcoming fiscal year.
Council members first will discuss their spending plan, then set the millage rate – which could jump to 3-mills, or three dollars for each $1,000 of taxable property valuation.
In other action, the council will look at a couple of vendor agreements. One for kayaks on Lake Verona the other for electric scooter rentals.

Highlands County Commissioners and other officials will get together tonight at Sun’ N Lakes South for a town hall meeting. Commissioners and county staff will hear the opinions of residents about the funding and management of the Sun N Lakes South special benefit district.
The meeting will be held in the Sun N Lakes South clubhouse – beginning at 6.

South Florida State College has received a shot in the arm for their Electric Lineworker program. The $30,000 is a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The lineworker technician program trains students in the construction, maintenance and repair of electric utility systems.
Reportedly, the money will be used to get enhanced and updated equipment as well as to increase training capabilities.