News Update for 9/23/22

Authorities are keeping a weather eye on a system currently known as "Tropical Depresion Number Nine." The storm still is in the southern Caribbean, but some storm tracks are showing it moving over the Florida peninsula sometime next week.
It’s still too early to make any firm predictions, but officials are asking Florida residents to check their hurricane supplies and plans in the event inclement weather should visit.
It’s been five years since Hurricane Irma slammed through central Florida.

Highlands County Sheriff’s deputies made a big haul as part of a Lake Placid drug bust. Lawmen seized five ounces of cocaine, two ounces of fentanyl, an ounce of methamphetamine, oxycodone pills and five pounds of marijuana.
The fentanyl reportedly is enough to kill as many as 25,000 people. Arrested and charged was 47-year-old Ezzard Charles Dixon, described by sheriff’s officials as a "prolific drug dealer."
Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted deputies in the effort – which also yielded cash and firearms. Dixon was booked into the Highlands County jail.

A new Luxury Resort has been announced in Polk County – this one will be for drivers. Developers say they are planning to build "Circuit Florida" near Auburndale. The facility will feature a 1.7-mile road racing track with conference and training facilities.
There also will be 75 townhomes on the property, which has been zoned for overnight stays. The course will feature 14-turns, natural elevation changes and an 1800-foot straightaway.
Construction on "Circuit Florida" already is underway with completion projected for June of next year.

A Polk County woman is trying to stop what she calls an uncontrollable monopoly. Carly Cashman-Crespo started a petition last month to protest Lakeland Electric Company’s rate hikes.
Over 55-hundred people have signed on, but change appears unlikely. A company official says while gas prices are dropping for drivers, the natural gas that utility companies use has completely separate pricing because it comes from a different source.
Apparently, Lakeland Electric prices are lower than most in the Sunshine State, including Tampa and Bartow.