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THE COUNTY HAS PROVIDED LARVICIDE TABLETS, WHICH PREVENT MOSQUITO EGGS FROM DEVELOPING; EACH TABLET SHOULD LAST FOR 60 DAYS IN STANDING WATER. THE TABLETS ARE AVAILABLE IN A 12 PACK AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, FREE OF CHARGE, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. STOP BY THE OFFICE FOR YOUR KIT.

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UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS:

The Board of Supervisors meetings take place the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the District Office. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Minutes of all meetings are available in the documents section of this site. The Florida Code of Ethics as outlined in the Florida Statutes, Chapter 112, Part Article II, Section 8, are generally applicable for all public officials. The Statute can be reviewed at www.myflorida.com The District Office also has a Public Records Room available to anyone who seeks further information.

THE ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING AND ELECTION TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 10:00 A.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE. THERE WAS ONE THREE YEAR LANDOWNER SUPERVISOR POSITION AVAILABLE, AND BILL LAWENS WON THE SEAT. DURING THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING BILL WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, GARY BEHRENDT THE VICE-CHAIR, AND TIM MCKENNA THE SECRETARY. THE OTHER TWO SUPERVISORS ARE LEON VAN AND BRIAN ACKER.

AT THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING SUPERVISORS DISCUSSED AN INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT WITH HIGHLANDS COUNTY TO FUND THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AN ECO PARK AT THE SITE OF THE STORM WATER TREATMENT AREA. THE GRANT IS JUST UNDER $76,000 AND DISTRICT STAFF WILL PROVIDE IN-KIND LABOR SERVICES TOTALING $3,200. A VOTE ON ACCEPTING THE FUNDS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BOARDS REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 10:00 A.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE.


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Highlands County Board of County Commissioners to Distribute Larvicide to control Mosquito Population with an Eye on Zika

 

Sebring, FL, The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners along with the Highlands County Health Department and with the assistance of the City of Avon Park, City of Sebring, Town of Lake Placid, Sun N Lake Improvement District and Spring Lake Improvement District is preparing to mitigate the mosquito population, and staff is keeping a watchful eye on the emerging Zika virus. 

 

While the virus is currently not in the area, Highlands County is conducting surveillance, mapping and training, and working with state and national officials to monitor mosquito populations that are able to transmit Zika.

 

“We are being vigilant for any sign of a locally transmitted Zika case,” said June Fisher, County Administrator.  “Our control approach is to apply suppression measures now since the Aedes mosquito is common in our area and we want to minimize the potential for any local outbreaks.”

 

Zika virus, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, experienced a surge in Central and South American countries beginning in 2015, causing fever, rash, joint pain and pinkeye (conjunctivitis).  Health officials also suspect that the virus may cause microencephaly in babies whose mothers contract the virus while pregnant.   

 

Unlike West Nile mosquitoes, the Zika mosquito is a day-biting mosquito that doesn’t travel far from its breeding site.

 

“The Aedes aegypti mosquito is known as a ‘backyard breeder’ and ‘container’ breeder,” said James Brooks, Chair.  “They can breed in water as small as a tablespoon, and their preferred host is humans.  It’s absolutely essential that homeowners eliminate all standing water in their yards.”

 

New protocols are also needed to combat Aedes aegypti.  “Because they are day biters, the normal protocols to fight West Nile don’t always apply,” said Brooks. 

 

Larvicides are needed to prevent mosquito eggs from developing and for this reason we are providing Natular® DT starting on September 12, 2016 and while supplies last at the following locations:

 

Avon Park:                   Avon Park City Hall

                                    110 E. Main Street

                                    Avon Park, FL 33825

                                    Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

 

Lake Placid:                 Town Lake Placid

                                    311 West Interlake Blvd.

                                   Lake Placid, FL 33

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Sebring:                       Sebring City Hall

                                    368 S. Commerce Ave.

                                    Sebring, FL 33870

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

                                   

Other locations:            Sun N Lake Improvement District

                                    5306 Sun N Lake Blvd.

                                    Sebring, FL 33872

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

 

                                    Highlands County Extension Office                                                (Master Gardeners Program)

                                    4509 George Blvd.

                                    Sebring, FL 33875

                                    Monday thru Friday 9:30 to 3:30 pm

                                   

                                    Spring Lake Improvement District

                                    115 Spring Lake Blvd.

                                    Sebring FL 33876

                                    Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

                                   

                                    County Health Department Offices (at                                             regular posted hours)

                                    7205 S. George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875

                                   106 N. Main Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852

                                   400 S. Lake Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825

 

We’re reviewing best practices from areas that are used to combatting diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya – both spread by the Aedes mosquito.”

 

For more information about the distribution of this tablets please visit www.hcbcc.net

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History

The U.S. Congress established the NFIP on August 1, 1968, with the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act (NFIA) of 1968. The NFIP was broadened and modified with the passage of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 and other legislative measures. It was further modified by the National Flood Insurance Reform Act (NFIRA) of 1994 and the Flood Insurance Reform Act (FIRA) of 2004. The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Highlands County has participated in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) since 1983, which allows eligibility for flood insurance (new insurance policies and renewal of existing policies). Additional information about the NFIP can be found at www.fema.gov  and at  www.Floodsmart.gov


Questions and Answers

Below are answers to general questions that will provide citizens with the most accurate information pertaining to the Highlands County Floodplain Management Ordinance and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Q: What does approving this Ordinance accomplish for a citizen?

A: By approving this Ordinance, Highlands County will be allowed to participate in the NFIP. Through the NFIP, property owners in participating communities are able to insure against flood losses. By employing wise floodplain management, a participating community can reduce risk and protect its citizens and the community against much of the devastating financial losses resulting from flood disasters. Careful local management of development in the floodplains results in construction practices that can reduce flood losses and the high costs associated with flood disasters to all levels of government.

Q: If this Ordinance is not adopted, will I be able to purchase or renew Flood Insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)?

A:  No. Flood insurance through NFIP can only be purchased in communities that participate in NFIP. If Highlands County does not adopt a Floodplain Management Ordinance that meets or exceeds the minimum NFIP requirements by November 18, 2015, Highlands County will be suspended from the program until it comes into compliance. Federally backed loans cannot be made for acquisition or construction of improved real estate located in the Special Flood Hazard Area in non-participating communities.

Q: What is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)?

A:  The NFIP is a Federal program created by Congress to mitigate future flood losses nationwide through sound, community-enforced building and zoning ordinances and to provide access to affordable, federally backed flood insurance protection for property owners. The NFIP is designed to provide an insurance alternative to disaster assistance to meet the escalating costs of repairing damage to buildings and their contents caused by floods.

Participation in the NFIP is based on an agreement between local communities and the Federal Government that states that if a community will adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance to reduce future flood risks to new construction in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), the Federal Government will make flood insurance available within the community as a financial protection against flood losses.

Q: What is a Flood Insurance Rate Map?

A:  A Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) is an official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community.

Contact Information

Highlands County

Development Services Department

501 S. Commerce Ave. Annex

Sebring, FL 33870

863-402-6650

www.hcbcc.net

 

1-800-427-4661

http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip

http://www.floodsmart.gov

 



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