News Update for 11/9/23

Highlands County could be home to a new water repository. Officials from the South Florida Water Management District reportedly are planning a 12,000 acre above-ground reservoir. The facility, that would hold up to 200,000 acre-feet of water would be located just southeast of Lake Istokpoga.
The man-made lake would be surrounded by a retaining wall better than 30-feet high, with a 60-foot cutoff wall to prevent seepage.
The project, to be done by SFWMD and the Army Corps of Engineers is part of the Lake Okechobee Component Reservoir program. Preliminary work on that program could start next year.

If you have any governmental business to accomplish, you might want to get it done today. Many state, federal, municpal and all Highlands County administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, in observance of Veterans Day.
They will resume business as usual on Monday.

The question of whether to allow more mobile home parks or fewer such developments in Highlands County, has been pushed back a bit. Due to the length of Tuesday’s meeting, county commissioners’ scheduled workshop on the subject now will be held on December 5th.
Commissioners sawed through a better than six hour session Tuesday, including a contentious zoning hearing.

Cars and drivers from the World Racing League are back in Sebring for their “Eastern Championship Finale.” That event will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a pair of eight hour endurance races scheduled for the GT style cars on the world famous 3.74 mile circuit Saturday and Sunday.
Series officials say there are some teams in some of the classes currently tied for the points lead.
Some of the cars and drivers will be on track today, for a private test and tune session. This is one of 15 ticketed events this year at the Sebring International Raceway. They’ll cap off 2023 next month with the Alan Jay Pistons & Props events for historic aircraft and race cars.

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