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Open house intended to help people navigate government agencies

SEBRING-An open house will be held Thursday for residents and the business community to interact with various government agencies in one place and learn how to get their projects more quickly and efficiently through the system.

Representatives from Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Forestry Service, the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners, Avon Park and Sebring and Lake Placid will answer questions and will have booths at the open house, "Navigating the Streamlined Government," to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring.

There will also be classes offered on various topics, from single-family docking structures to how to live with Florida black bears.

Here is the schedule of classes:

3-4 p.m.: Single-Family Docking Structures and Self-Certification for Docking Structures; Asbestos Materials and the Management of Demolition Waste

4-5 p.m: Manufactured Home - Renovation, Demolition and Asbestos Precautions

4-4:30 p.m.: Doing Business with the State - How to Become a Certified State Vendor

4:30-5 p.m.: Florida Black Bear - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

To guarantee a spot in any training session, contact Julie Furlong at (239) 344-5652 or julie.furlong@dep.state.fl.us.

To schedule appointments with agency representatives to discuss specific projects, RSVP Julie Furlong at (239) 344.5652 or write her at julie.furlong@dep.state.fl.us.

Visitors are welcome at the open house and in the various classes.

The Department of Environmental protection is also hosting an Auto Repair Shop Compliance Assurance workshop to assist auto repair shops comply with DEP regulations, as well as "help the facility improve its overall operations while protecting the environment."

The free class is from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Bert J. Harris Jr., Ag Center, 4509 George


Contact Narrisa Pannell at 239-344-5680 or Narrisa.Pannell@dep.state.fl.us to RSVP or for more information.