News Update for 9/14/22

There were reports this morning about a large bear walking around at Sun ‘N Lake. The bruin was spotted near Mendoza and Cortez Avenue in the Special improvement district. Florida Fish & Wildlife conservation Commission officials remind residents that bears become more active in the fall, as they go out in search of food before their hibernation period.

They caution residents to keep their garbage stored until day of pick-up, bring in bird feeders, and make sure your barbecue grills have been cleaned.
And remember, it is illegal to feed bears in Florida.

Avon Park city council members continue to work on the make-up of their advisory boards as Mayor Garrett Anderson oversees a shift toward a business-friendly City of Charm. At their Monday meeting, council approved the re-appointment of members of the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory board, noting both time constraints and the fact they’d had no other applicants.
Saying the CRA board was the third most important in the city, Anderson again re-iterated his call for business-friendly citizens to apply for municipal boards and committees.

Highlands County Sheriff’s detectives continue to work on a death investigation. That case opened after the body of a 77-year-old white male was discovered next to Beall’s Outlet in Avon Park.
They say the deceased man apparently was homeless. There are no signs of foul play. Authorities now are still working to locate next-of-kin. Anyone with information is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff’s office

There’s a new way to find a pet in Polk County. The county’s first cat café opened yesterday in Lakeland.
At the Purrology Café, customers can get food and drinks, play with cats and maybe be adopted by one. Owner Kristina Schuster says all the cats are fixed, microchipped and have their shots.
Four of the felines already have found new homes.

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