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2018 Visitors and Relocation Guide

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demand for housing outpaced the ability of developers’ ability to construct. That didn’t stop Biltmore investors from financing the $30 million development of Harder Hall as a major resort complex complete with its own golf course and home sites. By the late 1920s, an end to the boom brought fraudulent land sales, railroad embargoes and clogged shipyards. The City of Sebring suffered along with the rest of the nation following the stock market’s “Crash of ‘29.” But the area got a tremendous boost from the establishment of Highlands Hammock State Park — Florida’s very first state park — and the construction of Hendrick’s Field by the U.S. Army Air Force. Today, the airfield is home to Sebring Regional Airport. Downtown Sebring has since been designated a 1920s Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Area pride and excitement was revived in the 1950s when annual international sports car racing began at the airport, utilizing many of the concrete runways built during the facility’s years as a military flight training base. The world renowned Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring continues today as the oldest sports car race of its kind in North America. Like many central business districts in America, downtown Sebring suffered a slump in the 1970s that began to correct itself a decade later. With an eye on the future, the Sebring City Council — through special legislation — created the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to spearhead development and improvements in the downtown area. As a result, Sebring was named a Florida Main Street Community in 1966 and subsequently invested more than $20 million in renovations and upgrades. Today, downtown Sebring offers a unique blend of shops, restaurants and professional businesses. All are within walking distance of Sebring’s Cultural Center, which includes the public library, Sebring Historical 18 Welcome to Sebring

Society, Highlands Art League, Highlands Museum of the Arts, Sebring Fire Station No. 14 Kile Brewer the Yellow House Gallery, and Highlands Little Theatre. Retail businesses continue to grow, both downtown and along U.S. 27. An enclosed shopping mall with four major anchor stores and dozens of smaller businesses make indoor shopping a great experience. On U.S. 27 you will find the hometown newspaper, Highlands News-Sun, which has documented Sebring’s history for 98 years. In addition to the mall, every need from automobiles, insurance and home furnishings to hardware, building supplies, groceries and antiques can be found right here at home, where the economy is growing and locals and visitors alike are welcomed by our merchants and professionals. t Sevigny & Associates Eye Care our primary goal is to provide you with the best possible vision and excellent customer service. We have some of the most advanced technology for diagnosing and treating eye disease. Our doctors specialize in Diabetic Eye Care, Glaucoma Management, Macular Degeneration Management, Hard to fit Contact Lenses, Dry Eye Syndrome, and Routine Eye Care. Call today to schedule your appointment! Most Medical Insurance Accepted. evigny & Associates Eye Care is the only Children’s Eye Center in Highlands County. Pediatric Specialist Dr. Robyn Russell, OD has extensive training in pediatric care as well as vision therapy. Dr. Dan Black Optometrist Dr. Robyn Russell Pediatric Optometrist Dr. Angela Anderson Optometrist Dr. Brad Peltzer Optometrist Dr. Mark Sevigny Optometrist Dr. Glenn Thayer Optometrist 363 US 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 (next to Kia Dealership) 863-385-7070 27 US Hwy 27 Lake Placid, FL 33852 (Next to NAPA Auto) 863-465-4904 735 N. 6th Ave. Wauchula, FL (next to Auto Zone) 863-773-3322 2442 N.E. Hwy 70 Arcadia, FL (across from Publix) 863-491-7777 www.7eeye.com facebook.com/sevignyeyecare Welcome to Sebring 19

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