News Update for 7/1/22

Today is July 1st and this year it begins the Independence Day holiday weekend. Fireworks start this evening at the Sun ‘N Lake Improvement District. Food trucks will open the site starting at 7pm, with the pyrotechnicks to begin at 9pm.
This afternoon at 1:00, The Lake Placid Jaycees will hold a fund-raising barbecue at Hartzel’s Market on Interlake Boulevard. Proceeds from that go to fund the fireworks in the Caladium Capital.
Avon Park will hold their fireworks show Sunday evening over Lake Verona – that also will begin at 9pm.
The city of Frostproof hosts their Independence Day Celebration Sunday as well. That will be at Lake Clinch Beach. It starts at 4pm with food trucks and music, Fireworks start over Lake Clinch at 9pm.

Officials from the Florida Wildlife Commission say this might be a good time for locals in Highlands County to go fishing. A prize bass tagged in Lake Istokpoga still is swimming around.
To celebrate Season 10 of the TrophyCatch program, biologists with FWC tagged and released one tagged, largemouth bass in each of ten different locations across the state. If caught, one tag could be worth thousands of dollars in prizes from Bass Pro Shop.
FWC officials say only two of the 10 bass released in lakes across Florida have been caught.

Motorists thought the day would never come, but apparently, it’s here. Highlands County officials say they finally have opened the lanes of the Southbound Sebring Parkway.
While The Phase II section of the road is passable, they say work is still being done and the entire area is still an active road construction zone.
Motorists must use caution when driving in the project area from Youth Care Lane to U.S. 27. The project has been two years in the making.

Congressman Greg Steube, whose district used to include Highlands County, has introduced the “Copyright Restoration Clause Act” which would “strip Disney of its special copyright protections.”
Missouri’s Josh Hawley is championing the proposal in the U.S. Senate.
The bill would limit new copyright protections to 56 years and make the change retroactive for massive corporations like Disney that have been granted long copyright monopolies.
Steube went on the attack against Disney on a host of fronts saying the Disney corporation should no longer benefit from special favors created by what he termed “establishment politicians” in Washington and Tallahassee.

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