News Update4 for 1/3/19

It appears that if his job as Highlands County’s Public Safety Director does not work out, Marc Bashoor may have a modeling career as a fallback, Over the past couple years he has done modeling for an international fashion magazine and was cast in a movie role shot in Orlando.

After nearly two decades and hundreds of thousands of dollars in tourist tax revenue, it appears the Highlands County Tourist Development Council may be promoting their own event. They reportedly will coordinate a “Festival of the Arts’ in October.
TDC officials say the plan is to make a multi-week festival comprised of individual art and culture events. The events would take place at various locations throughout the county.
They say the plan currently is for it to be coordinated on an annual basis. It appears to be based on Boca Raton’s “Festival of the Arts BOCA.” held each Spring. On social media, TDC officials have solicited other events to join in and be part.

Officials at Park Elementary school say they are in line for an extra $2500. A November ride and drive event at a local car dealdership netted the Avon Park school some $2,560 in conations from Chrysler as local residents took test drives in some of their automobiles.

A Polk County man has been sentenced to prison for trying to steal a new home by snatching and filing a signed deed without signing loan documents. 45-year-old Stanley Livingston has been given a three-and-a-half-year sentence in connection with the incident.
Witnesses testified that Livingston had contracted to buy a new house in a Haines City subdivision. During a May 2018 meeting, he had asked to delay signing the mortgage documents. Livingston reportedly grabbed the signed deed and fled. The deed was filed and recorded two days later.
A jury convicted him in September of grand theft and filing a false document against real property.