Avon Park city council members are expected to take care of some old business from last month when they get together tonight in regular session.
They’ll start with action on a resolution to suspend a member of the Southside Community Redevelopment Agency. Cyrus Wyche reportedly has been charged with a number of criminal counts.
They also will look at a maintenance agreement for the War Dog Memorial – which has been proposed for the grounds of the Avon Park Community Center. In other action, they will look at upping the hours for the city attorney and will consider a lease extension for the Heartland Cultural Alliance.
The November General Elections are right around the corner. Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg reminds residents, if they are not currently registered to vote, they have until tomorrow to fill out their paperwork.
Ogg’s office will be open today and tomorrow until 5pm – and, she says – people also may register online. Just visit her web site at www.VoteHighlands.com.
The then-Florida sheriff’s deputy who didn’t rush into the building as a gunman killed 17 high school students and staff members is scheduled to testify this week before a commission.
Former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson is scheduled to testify Wednesday during the second day of this month’s three-day hearing of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.
But because a criminal investigation of the law enforcement response has been launched, he could cite his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify.
Peterson was the school’s resource officer. Video shows him hurrying to the three-story freshman building, drawing his handgun but then remaining outside.
Peterson’s attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo III, did not respond to requests for comment.
A tropical storm that rapidly formed southwest of Cuba could become a dangerous Category 2 hurricane by the time of an expected midweek landfall on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued an order for a state of emergency for 26 counties to rush preparations in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area, freeing up resources and activating 500 members of the Florida National Guard. Scott says: “This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous.”
Michael became a tropical storm on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 50 mph (85 kph). But it rapidly intensified, and its top winds clocked in at 60 mph (95 kph) by late Sunday evening. The storm is expected to gain hurricane status by Monday night or Tuesday as its core slowly crawls into the Gulf of Mexico, nearing the Florida Panhandle coast around midweek.