News Update for 4/24/23

It appears a long and tedious chapter of Avon Park may be over tonight, as city council members look at approving the sale of the Brickell Building. Sauls Real Estate made the original proposal on the structure back in February of last year, with a three-year build out agreement.
The Brickell now is slated to have a gym, a coffee shop and the Sauls Real Estate headquarters.
In other action this evening, the council will look at insurance requirements for the Historical Society of Avon Park for the use of the Depot museum and will make plans for Independence Day.

Desoto City firefighters got called out over the weekend to extinguish a brush fire off State Road 66. Apparently, the blaze in a wooded area was sparked by a car fire.
So far, there’s no details on what may have caused the vehicle’s fuel cell to rupture. No injuries were reported and no structures apparently were threatened.

A Wauchula man was killed Saturday in a Hardee County traffic accident. Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate a sport utility vehicle driven by a Bowling Green woman hit a man that had gotten out of his disabled vehicle.
The car apparently had stopped in the road on Highway 17 near the intersection with Earnest Road.
The 28-year-old victim was dead at the scene. No charges have been filed. The incident remains under investigation.

Frostproof town council members will gather this evening for a workshop to discuss the possible implementation of a permit process for parking at Lake Clinch. The beachfront is a popular place – especially during the summer months. Council members say such a process could relieve parking problems there.

Highlands Beekeepers gathered over the weekend to assess their experiment to see how beer might be used to lure small hive beetles to their doom.
Apparently, things didn’t go well. All the traps were fully evaporated and half had not attracted a single beetle. Beekeepers say they will re-think their approach and try a different variety of attractants.

A search is underway to find the driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run in Polk County. Polk County sheriff’s officials announced yesterday a male bicyclist was killed Saturday after getting hit by a car near Winter Haven at SR 540 and Thornhill Road.
Deputies say a witness told them the car was a gray or dark-colored sedan. It may have damage on its front-end and a side window. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida.

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