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Spring Lake home to new Sebring International Golf Resort

SEBRING – Just weeks after announcing the purchase of the Spring Lake Golf Resort, Signature H Property Group has announced the additional development plans in Spring Lake Special District. The plans were announced at a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Spring Lake Resort restaurant.

The rebranding of the resort comes with a new name and logo: “Sebring International Golf Resort.” The logo is a silhouette of a palm tree at the end of a path within a circle.

“We believe this new brand will attain prominence in both the Sebring and international markets, while more closely aligning us with our neighboring airport and raceway,” said Helmut Wyzisk III, president of Signature H.

Not only will Sebring International Golf Resort get a new look and menu, a new look is also coming to the banquet area and pro shop. Wyzisk said some renovations will begin immediately with more significant renovations continuing through the summer and beyond.

There are plans to redesign a 27-hole golf course and a new short 12-hole course near the resort. Plans for the courses have already begun but anything major will be done after the northern residents return, according to Wyzisk.

A new pool is on the agenda as well as a “grand entrance into the neighborhood.” New single and multi family homes and villas will be built and a senior living facility will be built. A town center will pull it all together and new outdoor amenities will be added.

Wyzisk said the town center is planned as a new central gathering place in the community anchored by a few boutique commercial spaces that will cater to the residents and guests of Spring Lake. Possible tenants could include a barber/salon, deli or ice cream shop, dry cleaner, etc. The town center will include greenspace. The plan calls for the project to be built in phases, “based on demand and absorption.” He said the master plan includes new, separate villages throughout the resort and each village will have its own character and purpose.

Wyzisk, or H3 for short, wrote a short letter of introduction that will go out in the subdivision’s newsletter as well. In the letter he wrote that he and representatives from his company visited Spring Lake a year ago and fell in love with the old Florida feel and decided to purchase the resort and surrounding properties to develop. They closed on the property Nov. 8 but had already made arrangements prior to the closing with the previous owners to be on the property and created plans for the major renovations.

The company plans to break ground on the project this spring.

Signature H plans to bring commercial to the area. With the new wastewater plant now in operation, Spring Lake will be able to provide services from those businesses along U.S. 98. According to District Manager Joe DeCerbo, the wastewater treatment plant has been years in the making and has cost $3.345 million. A zero-interest loan over a 30-year term made the project possible. The old stormwater treatment center is being dismantled from its place on the golf course.


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Deputy involved in morning crash

AVON PARK — A Highlands County sheriff’s deputy apparently ran into a car Tuesday morning in Avon Park.

The crash took place at 8:17 a.m. at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Lakeview Drive. The Sheriff’s Office reported that the deputy was unhurt and the two people in the other car had only minor injuries.

Sebring Police Department investigated the crash, according to Sheriff’s Office officials, since it involved a sheriff’s deputy within the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.

Sebring Police Cmdr. Curtis Hart said officers found the other driver at fault: an as-yet unnamed 17-year-old girl. She was cited for failing to stop for a stop sign, Hart said, and for driving without a license. According to Hart, the driver had no driver license nor learning permit.

Hart said the girl’s passenger, also 17, was the owner of the car and did have a driver’s license.

The crash closed Memorial Drive at that spot, approximately 1,000 feet south of the junction with State Road 17. Traffic was diverted onto Castle Street and Fred Conner Street for approximately 45 minutes, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.

Deputy Alex Brock was driving south on Memorial when a dark blue Chevrolet sedan pulled out in front of her. The patrol car hit the driver’s side and the two cars came to rest beside each other, facing south on the east shoulder of the road.

The driver complained of minor injuries and was transported from the scene. Her passenger complained of minor injuries but declined transport, Hart said. The deputy did not seek treatment at the time, but later did seek treatment for minor injuries in the crash.

Both vehicles were totaled and had to be towed from the scene, Hart said.


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John Nelson of The Highlands Tea Party speaks to the Highlands County Board of County Commission about a resolution penned by Commissioner Don Elwell and endorsed by Nelson and other residents which would declare that the board would agree to ‘support, defend and protect the entirety’ of the U.S. Constitution and Florida State Constitution. The board agreed to hold a hearing at the Feb, 4 meeting.