News Update for 3/28/24

Avon Park city council members have said “thanks but no thanks” to a Duke Energy proposal to install a couple of chargers for electric vehicles in The City of Charm. Both Avon Park City Manager Mark Schrader and city attorney Gerald Buhr referred to the offer as a “one-sided agreement,” noting it already had been turned down by South Florida State College and the Jacaranda Hotel.
Reportedly, there already are a couple of Avon Park businesses who plan to install charging stations at their locations.

Avon Park Community Redevelopment Director Shawn Holiday now has a place to call home. City council, sitting as the CRA Board, moved to allow Holiday to establish an office in the Avon Park Shuffleboard Club – across the street from city hall.
Several other locations had been suggested – but Holiday said the shuffleboard location would be the most convenient.
Avon Park City Manger Mark Schrader noted that staff quickly is outgrowing city hall, with every square foot of the building – other than the basement – already in use.

A Polk County man wanted for a deadly hit-and-run in Bartow, now is behind bars in Hillsborough County. Lakeland’s Edgardo Rosado was arrested yesterday in Brandon.
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say Rosado apparently was speeding away from a minor crash in Bartow yesterday morning when he hit and killed an 18-year-old walking to school.
Rosado allegedly fled the scene of that crash, left his car at his house, got into another car and drove to Brandon. Deputies say they found that car outside the Brandon Mall, and Rosado was found inside the mall and arrested.

Commercial passenger flights are coming back to Polk County. Avelo [[uh-VEL-oh]] Airlines announced yesterday it’ll start flying in and out of Lakeland Linder International Airport.
Flights to New Haven, Connecticut will commence in June.
The flights will run twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.
Avelo is the first airline to serve Lakeland in over a decade. Lakeland Mayor Bill Mutz says the city welcomes an exciting new era of travel, and this service opens up a world of increasing possibilities.

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