From Highlands Today: "By 2010, if Seth Ellis gets his way, Venus will become known as a live-fire training center for the military, homeland security, local police, even foreign governments. Ellis appeared Tuesday at the Highlands County Commission meeting, requesting expedited permitting for Eagle National Security Training Center, a 7,700-acre expanse near the Glades County border."
Mark your calendars:
The Highland County PLANNING AND ZONING Board voted August 11, 2009 to suggest approval of the Eagle Training Center (ETC).. Their suggestion will be voted on by the County Commission at a public meeting, October 6, at 9am. [Sept 15 meeting ETC agenda item was switched to the Oct 6 meeting]
There is also a Highlands County Board of County Commissioners' (HCBCC) Land Use Change hearing August 18, which people are encouraged to attend. This Eagle Land Use agenda item may be moved to the October 6 meeting, but we feel it is important to attend both and show the HCBCC that there is growing opposition.
So mark your calenders and plan a visit to one of the most beautiful rural areas left in South Florida's greater Everglades watershed, habitat for the last Florida Panther and Black Bear.
The upcoming meetings are to create a new zoning category and land use changes to allow the building of the Eagle National Security Training Center in southwest Highlands County. Specifically, a 6,000 foot airstrip, helipad, 2,000 acre free fire zone, 5 story building, 25 single family homes, a dormitory for 1,000 trainees, 100 multi family residences, 2 - 250 foot training towers and 950,000 square feet of buildings for lodging, recreation, welcome center, operational and administrative buildings up to three stories.
Highlands County Government Center
501 South Commerce,
Sebring, FL (in Downtown Sebring)
HCBCC Meetings start at 9:00 AM
Public Comment will be allowed following discussion on the project..
FOR MORE INFO:
Online articles at
For details call Planning & Zoning Dept., ask to speak with County Planner Don Hanna: (863) 402-6650
You can also have your comment included on public record by sending an email to Jodie Thayer: Jthayer@hcbcc.org and Mark J. Hill: MHILL@hcbcc.org
If you cannot attend meetings, please send emails and phone calls to Commissioners:
Barbara Stewart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Bates: email@example.com
Jeff Carlson : firstname.lastname@example.org 863-382-4141
Guy Maxcy: email@example.com 863-385-7755W 863-385-1484H
Ed Stokes 863-655-0079, 863-402-6515