News Cast 3/17

News Cast for March 17th:

Improve a dangerous intersection

A Treasure Island home was heavily damaged when a pickup truck ran a stop sign on SE 34th at SE 28th Street and drove directly into the home.

Remarkably no one was injured inside the home during the February 12th incident.

Patrick Boles asked the County commission to improve the intersection and add rumble strips, speed bumps, guardrail and additional lighting.

“It’s a 30 mile per hour road and nobody does 30 miles per hour.  Its 25 miles per hour on 28th Street and nobody does that.”

He added that drivers run the stop sign all the time.

The driver allegedly involved in this crash, Kristina Sargent, was seriously injured and taken to Lawnwood Regional medical center.

Okeechobee County Sheriff Deputies said she is facing charges of grand theft motor vehicle, driving on a suspended license, and aggravated battery for an earlier domestic incident.

The governor and cabinet approved $46 million in conservation easements on five ranches this week.

Some of the purchases will benefit the Florida wildlife corridor.

The list includes the Big Bend Swamp in Holopaw, some 4,200 acres, and the Blue Head Ranch Florida forever project in Highlands County, some 1,300 acres.

The corridor now has preserved over 9 million acres in Florida.

The Grind Hard Ammunition factory was approved in Indiantown.

19 acres will be used for the manufacturing facility on Southwest Farm Road.  It will measure just over 26,000 square feet.

The operation could also lead to 100 new jobs in the community.

The owner Austin Weiss said it was a wonderful location that makes it easier to ship out their product to South Florida.

Village councilmember Carmine DiPaolo called it a great addition to the village.

“I’m not easily impressed and I was impressed with your facility.  If the Indiantown facility is like that one in Stuart, it will be a win-win for everyone.”

Officials were assured of the safety of the facility when they visited a sister facility in Stuart.

Neighbors had concerns about noise and the ammunition causing safety concerns.