News Update for 9/14/23

Avon Park city council members have turned back a request for a raise from Florida Airport Management. The group, which has taken over the operation of the Avon Park airfield, had asked for an increase in their monthly allocation from $10,000 to $25,000 a month – while they run the facility and pursue a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Mayor Garrett Anderson told the group, he wanted to be clearer on airport operation and other costs before taking any actions. FAM representatives told council they hoped to have the grant closed by the first of next year.

Sebring city council members will hold a workshop this evening on the use of Lake Jackson. The big lake is home to a variety of watercraft – from kayaks to seaplanes. At issue this evening will be a rental service, which currently is renting watercraft out of a private home – which violates zoning laws.
Council members will discuss whether or not they want to regulate such businesses out of public parks. Tonight’s session will commence at 5:30 at Sebring city hall.

Competitors who like to run the Sebring International Raceway soon may have some new lodging facilities. Apex Motor Garages has broken ground for a development less than a mile from the historic track.
Designed for racers, options will range from man-caves to three bedroom/three bath townhomes, with garages located beneath the living space.

It’s back! The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County has issued a health alert of harmful blue-green algal toxins at the Lake Glenada Boat Ramp, south of Avon Park.
The warning comes in response to a water sample taken earlier this month. Authorities say residents should exercise caution in the area.
They say people should not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
Wash both skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water. And keep pets away from the area.