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TABLE OF CONTENTS
UPFRONT
Who We Are 4
ENTERTAINMENT
Attractions 6
The Arts 7
Music 8
Theater 10-11
Museums 12-15
Festivals 15-16
EDUCATION
Polk County School District 18
School District Overview 20
Private Schools 20
Colleges and Universities 22-24

RECREATION AND YOUTH SPORTS
Polk’s Parks 29-34
Gymnastics 35
Basketball 36
Soccer 37
Football, Tennis 38
GOVERNMENT
Polk County Budget 40
Municipalities 41-49
Polk’s Elected Of cials 46-47
BACK OF THE BOOK
Polk’s Hospitals 49
Veterans Services 49
Business 50
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copies, contact The Ledger’s Circulation Department at 863-802-7227.
2010 POPULATION FIGURES
While the county has lost population in the past
two years because of the economy, the number of
county residents has still increased by almost 21
percent since the 2000 census. Actual decennial
population figures will not be released by the U.S.
Census Bureau until later in the year.
The cities of Davenport and Haines City have
increased population in the last 10 years by more than
40 percent.
PERCENT
CITY 2010 2000 EST. CHANGE CHANGE
Auburndale 13,894 11,032 2,862 25.9%
Bartow 17,397 15,340 2,057 13.4
Davenport 2,768 1,924 844 43.9
Dundee 3,284 2,912 372 12.8
Eagle Lake 2,825 2,496 329 13.2
Fort Meade 5,744 5,691 53 0.1
Frostproof 2,764 2,975 —211 —7.0
Haines City 18,762 13,174 5,588 42.4
Highland Park 248 244 4 1.6
Hillcrest Heights 252 266 —14 —5.2
Lake Alfred 4,632 3,890 742 19.0
Lake Hamilton 1,395 1,304 91 7.0
Lake Wales 13,076 10,194 2,882 28.3
Lakeland 93,967 78,452 15,515 19.8
Mulberry 3,368 3,230 138 4.3
Polk City 1,692 1,516 176 11.6
Winter Haven 34,691 26,487 8,204 30.9
Unincorporated 363,570 302,797 60,773 20.1
Florida 18,771,768 15,982,824 2,788,944 17.5%
Polk 584,329 483,924 100,405 20.7%
SOURCES: 2010 Population estimates fromthe University of Florida's Bureau
of Economic andBusiness Research. 2000 decennial census fromthe U.S.
Census Bureau.
WHO OWNS,
AND WHO RENTS
THEIR HOME
In 2008, Polk home ownership
decreased by 0.9 percentage
point from 2006, while
ownership state-wide
decreased 2.6 percentage
points during the same period.
POLK CO. FLORIDA
Units 222,239 6,987,647
Own 158,662 4,785,064
Percent 71.4% 68.5%
Rent 63,577 2,202,583
Percent 28.6% 31.5%
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau;
2009 American Community Survey
SOURCE:
Polk County Supervisor of Elections, January 2011
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau;
2009 American Community Survey
VOTER
REGISTRATION
Once a bastion of Democratic Party power, Polk County
still has more registered Democrats than Republicans,
but there are no Democrats in the County in partisan
elective ofce here.
All are Republican.
WHO WE ARE
POVERTY STATUS OF
FAMILIES
In 2009, the poverty level in
Polk increased for the fourth
year in a row.
Above poverty:
132,607
(86.2%)
Above poverty:
4,054,209
(89.3%)
Above poverty:
67,574,922
(89.5%)
SOURCE:
Republican
37.8%
Democrat
41.2%
Independent/
other: 21.0%
Families: 153,607
POLK COUNTY
In poverty:
21,000 (13.8%)
Families: 4,542,466
FLORIDA
In poverty:
488,257 (10.7%)
Families: 75,530,746
UNITED STATES
In poverty:
7,955,824 (10.5%)
TO OUR READERS
Welcome to the 2011 edition of the Guide to
Polk, The Ledger’s annual publication about
all things Polk County.
In this magazine you will find valuable
information on Polk County’s parks, the
School District, art galleries, museums,
youth sports, area golf courses and ten-
nis courts, hospitals, mini-profiles of the
county’s 17 municipalities, and charts de-
tailing our county, state and federal elected
officials.
Each year’s Guide is the result of a tremen-
dous amount of work by Ledger reporters
who diligently double-check facts, telephone
numbers and websites. You’ll find the result of much of
that work within these pages.
We value your opinion. If you have
thoughts on this section, please feel
free to email Assistant Metro Editor
Jeff Kline at jeffrey.kline@theledger.
com or call him at 863-802-7524.
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EDITOR: Jef Kline PAGE DESIGNER: Betty Williams
COVER DESIGN: John Pitts GRAPHIC ARTISTS: Julia Estrada, John Pitts
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LENORE DEVORE
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Polk County’s Waste Resource Management Division contracts to collect residential
waste for residents living in unincorporated Polk County (outside of city limits).
Garbage will not be collected
on the following holidays:
New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If your collection
day falls on a Holiday, your pick up will be delayed by one
day. For example, if the holiday falls on Thursday, then
Thursday collection service will be provided on Friday.
PLASTICS
Empty and Rinse
Plastic containers marked 1-6, such as:
º Food containers: cooking oil, condiments,
peanut butter
º Beverage bottles and jugs: soda, water, juice, milk
º Detergent bottles
º Personal care bottles: shampoo, soap, conditioner
PAPER MATERIALS
º Newspapers and inserts
º Mixed paper
º Paper grocery bags
º Junk mail, magazines and phone books
º Cereal boxes (remove liner)
º Corrugated cardboard boxes
(folded and broken down to 3’ by 3’)
GLASS (all colors)
ALUMINUM CANS
STEEL CANS
Materials accepted curbside include:
may be brought to
the Hazardous Waste
Collection Facility
FREE of Charge. The facility is located at the North
Central Landfll Monday - Friday, 7:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
and Saturday, 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. No commercial
hazardous waste accepted. The North Central Landfll is
located at 10 Environmental Loop in Winter Haven. It is
unlawful to deposit these items at any recycling drop-
off location or other unauthorized disposal site.
º Herbicides
º Paints and thinners
º Motor oil
º Household chemicals
º Pesticides
º Fluorescent light
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º Batteries
º Propane tanks
º Computers &
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[ guide to polk | attractions ]
Legoland Newest Addition to Polk’s Attractions
LEGOLAND FLORIDA
Legoland Florida, the much-welcomed and much-an-
ticipated addition to Polk County’s attractions is due to
open this fall at the site of the former Cypress Gardens
in Winter Haven.
Last year, when Merlin Entertainments Group CEO
Nick Varney announced his plans to bring Legoland to
Winter Haven, he said he planned to keep the essence
of Cypress Gardens alive by keeping the decades-old
botanical gardens, and likely continuing the water-ski
shows on Lake Eloise.
Children between the ages of 2 and 12 will feel most at
home at Legoland, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun
for the whole family.
General admission tickets remain available at $65 for
adults and $55 for children and seniors, $10 less than
the planned regular prices. Standard annual passes are
being sold at the reduced price of $99.
For more information, call 877-350-5346. The website
is http://florida.legoland.com/
BOK TOWER GARDENS
If you’re in need of an escape to a quiet place where
you can bond with nature and get away from the hustle
and bustle of the city, look no further than the Bok Tower
Gardens in Lake Wales.
The National Historic Landmark offers quiet gardens,
deep grounds and lush woods perfect for enjoyment and
exploration.
At 1 and 3 p.m. daily, a carillon concert is offered. After
the live concert, guests can meet the carillonneur.
Visitors can also take a tour of Pinewood Estate, a 20-
room Mediterranean-style mansion built in 1929.
The mansion is decorated for Christmas each season.
Bok Tower Gardens is at 1151 Tower Blvd., three miles
north of Lake Wales on County Road 17A.
It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the year with
last admission at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center is open from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General admission tickets are good for one day only
and do not include special ticketed events.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 through
12. Children younger than 5 are free. Group rates are
available.
Admission is half off before 9 a.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 863-676-1408 or log onto
the website at boktowergardens.org.
FANTASY OF FLIGHT
When it comes to experiencing the thrill of flying, it’s
hard to beat the real thing. Fantasy of Flight, the aviation-
themed attraction, has more than 40 rare and vintage
aircraft on display. These airplanes have been restored
to flyable condition, including a World War II B-26 Ma-
rauder, the B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress bomb-
ers, and the P-51 Mustang fighter.
A variety of planes used in movies are on display, in-
cluding the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane used
in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and the
Nieuport 17 World War I fighter featured in 2006 film,
“Flyboys.”
Daily aerial demonstrations, weather permitting, are
performed giving visitors a chance to see the aircraft
in flight.
Fantasy of Flight was founded in 1995 by Kermit Weeks,
an aerobatics competitor and aircraft designer, as a way of
showcasing the aircraft he had acquired over the years.
Fantasy of Flight is at 1400 Broadway Blvd. S.E., Polk
City, just north of Interstate 4 at exit 44.
The attraction is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily,
excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. And hours may
vary occasionally for special events.
Admission is $28.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors ages
55 and older, and $14.95 for children ages 6 to 15. Children
younger than 6 are admitted free.
Hot-air balloon rides start at $175 per person, with a
minimum of two passengers per ride.
Biplane rides are $69.95 per person in the 1929 New
Standard or $229 in the 1942 Boeing Stearman PT-17.
For more information, call 863-984-3500 or visit the
website at www.fantasyofflight.com.
HOMELAND HERITAGE PARK
Homeland Heritage Park may be the closest you can
come to time travel in Polk County.
The park, an open expanse housing several buildings
dating to the late 19th century, offers a sense of what life
was like here before modernity arrived.
The former one-room Homeland School, the oldest pub-
lic school building in Polk County, is one of the main
attractions. The wood-frame structure, built in 1878,
hosts students for demonstrations of a school lesson
circa 1880s.
The five-acre park also contains the Old Homeland
Methodist Church, which was built in 1887, the former
Methodist parsonage and church annex, the Raulerson
House, built in 1880, and the English family’s log cabin
and barn, built in 1888.
The park is located at 249 Church Ave. in Homeland.
It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and by
appointment Saturday.
Admission is free.
Educational tours are offered on weekdays. Tours for
senior citizens and school children are offered by ap-
pointment. Schools can arrange field trips by calling in
advance.
For more information regarding fees and available
dates, call 863-534-3766 or log onto www.polk-county.
net/ and click on parks and recreation.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT COLLECTION
Frank Lloyd Wright, recognized as one of the premier
American architects, visited Lakeland in 1938 at the in-
vitation of Ludd Spivey, who was president of Florida
Southern College at the time.
Amid the orange groves that were then near Lake
Hollingsworth, Wright envisioned buildings rising
“out of the ground, into the light and into the
sun.”
The collection of buildings, which Wright named
Child of the Sun, and the 1½ miles of esplanades con-
necting them, bear Wright’s distinctive use of geometric
shapes.
The entire project took 20 years to complete, with
Wright visiting occasionally to review the work. They are
the largest collection of Wright’s work in one location.
The Wright campus was recently placed on the World
Monuments Fund’s Watch List of 100 Most Endangered
Sites in the world along with other threatened architec-
tural wonders such as The Great Wall of China, Machu
Picchu and The Taj Mahal.
The Florida Southern College campus borders the north
side of Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, between Lake
Hollingsworth Drive and McDonald Street.
The Visitor Center has a permanent display of photo-
graphs and furniture designed by Wright and drawings
depicting Wright’s relationship with the college.
Guided tours are available. Call for times and prices.
Self-guided walking tours are available daily.
For more information, or to schedule tours, call 863-
680-4444.
The college’s website, www.flsouthern.edu, has a sec-
tion devoted to the Wright collection, including an interac-
tive virtual tour of the buildings. Click on “About FSC”
and then on “Child of the Sun Visitor Center.”
LEDGER FILE PHOTO
BOK TOWER in Lake Wales has long been a place visitors can
go to relax and enjoy nature. The attraction features carillon
concerts daily and orchestral concerts twice a year.
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Galleries Ofer Art Exhibits
POLK MUSEUM OF ART
The Polk Museum of Art sponsors an
average of six to eight major exhibitions,
12 smaller-sized shows and eight student
exhibitions every year. Beginning in April,
the museum is bringing in a special pho-
tography exhibition, “Annie Leibovitz:
Women.”
In addition, the museum hosts live per-
formances, lectures, discussions, classes
and workshops, as well as other special
events held throughout the year.
The art museum has 12,000 square feet
of exhibit space in nine galleries and a
permanent collection that includes works
by Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Robert
Mapplethorpe, Miriam Schapiro and Ansel
Adams.
The Polk Museum of Art is at 800 E.
Palmetto St., Lakeland, where it shares
a parking lot with the Lakeland Public
Library.
The museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun-
day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. It is closed Monday. There are
reduced hours during the summer.
General admission is $5. Seniors pay $4.
Members, students and children age 5 and
younger are admitted for free. Everyone
is admitted free from 10 a.m. to noon on
Saturdays.
For more information, call 863-
688-7743 or log on to its website at
www.polkmuseumofart.org. The Educa-
tion Department can be reached at 863-
688-5423 or 863-688-7743, ext. 230.

LAKE WALES ARTS CENTER
The Lake Wales Arts Center is a cultural
center that offers everything from live mu-
sical performances and art exhibits to a
summer program for the children.
Based in one of Polk County’s most dis-
tinctive buildings, a renovated, Spanish
Mission-style former Catholic church, the
center is operated by the nonprofit Lake
Wales Arts Council.
From the center, the council offers a va-
riety of art, music and dance classes and
instruction for both adults and children
during the fall and spring.
The Arts Center is also home for the
Lake Wales Chorale. Under the direction
of Robert Wilson, the chorale blends more
than 70 voices of people who enjoy choral
music and sharing their talents with the
community.
The Lake Wales Arts Center is at 1099
State Road 60 E. It is open from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission
to the gallery is free.
Special events and live performances
have admission charges, which will be
announced along with the event.
For more information, including how to
volunteer, call 863-676-8426 or log onto
www.lakewalesartscouncil.org.
RIDGE ART ASSOCIATION
The Ridge Art Association, one of Polk
County’s oldest art organizations, is known
also as one of the area’s most cutting-edge
art galleries.
The organization showcases local talent,
helping artists break into the art scene and
giving the public a chance to choose their
favorites. The center also offers classes.
The association sponsors the annual
Central Park Art Festival, held the third
weekend in March.
The Ridge Art Gallery is at 210 Cypress
Gardens Blvd. S.W. in Winter Haven’s
Chain of Lakes Complex.
The gallery is open from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Monday to Friday, and one hour before
Theatre Winter Haven productions.
Admission is free.
For more information about the gal-
lery or information about volunteering,
call 863-291-5661 or visit its website
www.ridgeart.org.
ARTS ON THE PARK
Arts on the Park was established in 1979
in an effort to bring creativity to Lakeland
through competitions, shows and special
events. The organization showcases local
talent, helping artists break into the art
scene and giving the public a chance to
choose their favorites.
The gallery puts on 10 to 12 shows a year.
The upper floor of the gallery has been
renovated and is rented by members to
display their work. The artwork changes
frequently.
Arts on the Park is at 115 N. Kentucky
Ave., Lakeland. It is open from noon to 4
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 863-680-2787
or log onto www.artsonthepark.org.
THE ART COTTAGE
The Art Cottage is located in a yellow
house surrounded by a picket fence.
Opened 23 years ago by Velma and
Dexter Daniels, the gallery has a collec-
tion of about 40 artists who specialize in
everything from paintings, stained glass
sculptures, jewelry, porcelain crafts, and
original note pads and papers.
Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. and by appointment. All of the pieces
are for sale.
The Art Cottage is at 185 Ave. D N.W.,
Winter Haven. For information on exhibits,
call 863-294-2350.
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Take Your Pick: Classical, Popular, Show Tunes
IMPERIAL SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA
Now in its 45th season, The Imperial
Symphony Orchestra is a volunteer or-
ganization composed of 90 local mu-
sicians, both amateurs and teaching
professionals.
It began in 1965 with a group of musi-
cians led by Florida Southern College
Professor Ken Anderson and Lakeland
businessman and educator Jay Erwin. Er-
win conducted, calling it Lakeland Civic
Symphony.
The orchestra’s season includes a sched-
ule of 12 serious, light classical and pops
concerts performed around the county
under the baton of music director and
conductor Mark Thielen.
The symphony’s Masterworks Series
forms the heart of its schedule in the
Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center,
701 W. Lime St. Concerts begin at 7:30
p.m.
The next concert in the series is April 12
with “An Evening of Broadway.” Members
of Lakeland Community Theatre will be
performing with the symphony.
All children and full-time students are
admitted free to the Masterworks Series.
An educational program, Tea and Sym-
phony, is presented a week before each of
the Masterworks Series concerts. The next
program is April 5.
The early evening sessions include
comments by Thielen, excerpts from the
works to be performed, and tea and hors
d’oeuvres.
For the 10th year, the orchestra presented
“A Night at the Opera,” a fully staged opera
with professional singers as a fundraising
event in January.
The orchestra has an Outdoor Pops Se-
ries, with fall concerts in Lakeland and
Winter Haven.
Other events include the popular “Mu-
sic & Martinis,” and a Sunday afternoon
“Cookie” concert for families.
The cookie concerts and pop concerts
are free.
The Imperial Symphony Orchestra con-
cludes its season April 30 with the Concert
Under the Stars at Bok Tower Gardens.
The theme is “Tribute to Our Troops.”
Season ticket packages range from $48
to $180 for adults. Children and full-time
students are free.
Maestro’s Circle package for $1,000 in-
cludes two gold seats, reserved parking,
Tea and Symphony programs and after-
concert receptions. Price includes a $500
donation to the symphony.
Single tickets for the concert series range
from $20 to $40 for adults.
Admission is included in Maestro’s Circle
and Grand Series packages. Single tickets
are $15.
A Night at the Opera tickets are sold
separately. Ticket prices range from $20 to
$150 for adults and $10 to $50 for full-time
students and children 12 and younger.
Advance tickets for Concert Under the
Stars at Bok Tower Gardens are priced
separately.
For i nformation, cal l the Impe-
rial Symphony Orchestra office at
863-688-3743 or visit the website at
www.imperialsymphony.org.
LAKELAND CONCERT BAND
The 80 musicians in the Lakeland Con-
cert Band range in age from teenagers to
performers in their 90s.
Local members come not only from
Lakeland, but from other Central Florida
communities such as Bartow, Dade City,
Plant City, Valrico, Winter Haven and
Zephyrhills.
Other members are seasonal visitors from
several northern states and Canada.
The band is in its 32nd season of per-
forming a repertoire that ranges from
big band classics and pop standards to
Sousa marches, classical scores and show
tunes.
The season general ly begi ns i n
November.
The final performances are today at the
Branscomb Auditorium at Florida South-
ern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive,
Lakeland, and April 10 at the Youkey The-
atre at The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime
St., Lakeland.
Concerts are at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, with
a 1:45 p.m. preshow.
The shows are free, except for a parking
charge at The Lakeland Center. Parking is
free at Florida Southern College.
Musicians are invited to join the band.
Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mondays at The Lake Mirror Center, 121
S. Lake St. in Lakeland.
To help raise money for the all-volunteer,
nonprofit band, an offshoot group called
The Ambassadors Dance Band performs
three fundraising dances each year.
For more information, call 863-
660-8428 or see the band’s website at
www.lakelandconcertband.com.
For information on The Ambassadors
Dance Band, call Hugh Patterson at 863-
686-1312.
OVER 55 SHOW BAND
In 1988, a music professor at Polk Com-
munity College, now Polk State College,
in Winter Haven wondered whether there
were enough senior citizen musicians to
start a volunteer band.
The answer, Roger Hewitt found, was a
resounding yes.
Now more than 20 years later, the Over
55 Show Band, which he still directs, re-
mains popular.
The group of 23 musicians performs big
band standards, modern arrangements
and show tunes, all in the big band style, by
composers such as Glenn Miller and Tom-
my Dorsey, along with newer material.
The Show Band performs 12 shows a
year.
All regular-season performances are at
2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the Fine
Arts Theatre at Polk State College, 999
Ave. H N.E., Winter Haven.
The remaining concerts are April 9 and
10 and May 22.
Tickets are $8 each for donations to the
PSC Foundation and are available only in
advance from the foundation.
Tickets can be mail ordered by sending a
check to: Cultural Events, Polk State Col-
lege, Station 22, 999 Ave. H N.E., Winter
Haven, FL 33881.
For a ticket request form or for more in-
formation on the Over 55 Show Band, call
863-297-1050.
Credit card orders are available by
phone.
BARTOW ADULT CONCERT BAND
The Bartow Adult Concert Band pro-
vides a venue for experienced, volunteer
musicians to perform in a series of popu-
lar community concerts throughout the
year.
Many of the band’s 70 musicians
have been playing all their lives, and
most of them are full-time Polk County
residents.
Although the band is made up of adults
of all ages, their target audience is the re-
tired population around the county, and
band members come from all parts of the
county.
Now in its 20th season, the band per-
forms one free concert a month in the Bar-
tow Civic Center between November and
April. The civic center is located at 2250
S. Floral Ave.,
Upcoming concert sates are March 20,
April 17, Nov. 6, Dec. 4., Jan. 15, 2012, Feb.
19, 2012 and March 18, 2012 and April 15,
2012.
All concerts are performed on Sunday
beginning at 2:30 p.m. Concerts are free.
An exception is the special concert ev-
ery July 4 that typically fills the 1,000-seat
civic center.
The band performs a wide variety of
music, including marches, classics, Lat-
in-influenced pieces, jazz and Broadway
show tunes.
Director John DeYoung, a retired Polk
County high school band director, orga-
nized the band in 1990, patterning it after
similar concerts in northern states.
For more information, call 863-534-
0120.
LEDGER FILE PHOTO (2001)
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throughout Polk County.
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THEATRE WINTER HAVEN
Since 1970, Theatre Winter Haven’s mis-
sion has been to “nurture cultural growth
by providing live theater through presen-
tation, participation and training to the
community.”
Today, TWH has about eight full-scale
productions each year.
The upcoming Main Stage production is
“Dearly Departed,” which will be April 14
through May 1.
The theatre’s Summer Mummers Mu-
sical, “Evita,” will be performed July 22
through Aug. 7.
TWH’s Theatre Academy productions
are “The Sword in the Stone,” which will
be presented April 25 through April 27 and
“The Secret Garden,” which will be May
18 through May 22.
The academy program includes two
main stage plays, two touring shows,
a summer musical for youngsters,
StageRead plays,and theater classes and
workshops.
StageRead plays, where actors use only a
few props while reading from scripts, are
also presented. These plays are usually of
a serious nature.
StageRead productions this season will
be “The Who’s Tommy,” which will be pre-
sented March 15 and 16, and “Who’s Afraid
of Virginia Woolf,” which will be presented
April 5 and 6.
Besides offering many high-caliber
performances a year, the theater has put
together a senior citizens’ acting troupe
called Act IV Players. The elder thespians
bring the delights of live theater to other
senior citizen in the community for free.
Theatre Winter Haven presents its plays
at the Chain of Lakes Complex, 210 Cy-
press Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven.
Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Single tickets for musicals or nonmusi-
cal productions are $20 for adults and $17
for students. Theatre Academy tickets are
$7 for adults and $5 for students 17 and
younger.
StageRead plays are $10 each or $24 for
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For more information about shows or to
reach the box office, call 863-294-7469 or
call the theater office at 863-299-2672.
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LAKELAND COMMUNITY THEATRE
Lakeland Community Theatre, formerly
the Pied Piper Players, has been delighting
audiences with productions since 1985.
More than 800 volunteers a year donate
their time to keeping the theater strong.
The theater also offers children’s
classes.
The 2010-11 season began in September
with five main stage shows, two youth
shows and a few special productions.
Performances are held at the Lake Mirror
Center, 121 S. Lake Ave., but renovations
has forced some temporary relocation.
Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays
to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Select
shows are also held at 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Single tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for
students 18 and younger, and $15 for col-
lege students. A college ID is required.
Children’s Theatre tickets are $9 for adults
and $7 for students 18 and younger.
For box office information and informa-
tion about volunteering or trying out for a
part, call 863-603-7529.
T h e L a k e l a n d C o m mu -
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www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com.
LAKE WALES LITTLE THEATRE
The Lake Wales Little Theatre offers
three adult productions each season that
run for three weekends.
The season also includes one children’s
production and one teen production. They
each run for two weekends.
The Little Theatre gives all its perfor-
mances in the former Lake Wales High
School band building at 411 N. Third St.
in Lake Wales.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Single tickets for adult shows are $14 for
adults and $10 for students and children 18
and younger. Ticket prices for next season
are subject to change.
Children and teen production tickets
are $10 for adults and $7 for students and
children 18 and younger.
For ticket information, call the box office
at 863-679-8587.
For other inquiries, call 863-676-1266 or
go to www.lwlt.org.

FLORIDA DANCE THEATRE
Florida Dance Theatre is a contemporary
ballet and modern dance company and
training academy that performs around
the county and the entire state.
Its outreach programs include a Summer
Intensive, scholarship programs, and on-
and-off-site training programming includ-
ing Family Fundamentals.
Florida Dance Theatre’s home is a
4,000-square-foot facility at 305 W. Main
St. in downtown Lakeland.
For more information about the com-
pany and its performances, call Ar-
tistic and Founding Director Carol
Erkes at 863-802-0399 or e-mail her at
floridadancetheatre@gmail.com.
The t heat er ’s websi t e i s at
www.floridadancetheatre.org.
COMEDY BUFFET
Comedy Buffet, a Polk comedy improvi-
sational troupe, dishes out laughter every
Friday in at various locations.
The material is appropriate for the whole
family.
In addition to regular performances,
there are competition shows between
performers.
For those who want to sharpen their
funny bones, Comedy Buffet also offers
Improv Comedy Classes for teens and will
likely have classes for adults again.
Ticket prices vary. Call 863-299-5698
for information. The troupe’s website is
www.comedy-buffet.com.
FSC VAGABONDS
Florida Southern College’s student the-
ater company, the Vagabonds, stages four
productions during the academic year in
Buckner Theatre on the college campus.
Florida Southern College is at 111 Lake
Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland.
Reserved tickets for individual perfor-
mances are $15 for general admission, free
for FSC students and $7.50 for non-FSC
students. Group rates are also available.
For more information, call 863-680-
4226. To reach the box office, call 863-
680-3089.
The troupe’s website is www.flsouthern.
edu/academics/theatre/vagabonds.htm.
HAINES CITY COMMUNITY
THEATRE
The Haines City Community Theatre,
which began as a way to raise money for
Haines City High School in 1980, now puts
on about three productions a year.
The theater’s offerings include dramas,
mysteries and comedies.
The Haines City Community Theatre
stages its performances at the Clay Cut
Center, 801 Ledwith Ave.
Show times vary.
A season subscription costs $25. Single
tickets are $10. Tickets for groups of 20 or
more are $8 each.
For more information about performanc-
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Museums Ofer More Than a History Lesson
EXPLORATIONS V CHILDREN’S
MUSEUM
The focus is on young people at Explora-
tions V Children’s Museum in Lakeland.
Here, children can visit an orange grove,
plunge into a wet wildlife habitat, shop in
a supermarket just for kids, broadcast the
news, perform on stage and explore the
mysteries of the human body, all in one
place.
Children and their families can explore
three floors of kid-powered exhibits de-
signed to provide a hands-on, fun-filled
adventure in learning using all five
senses.
The museum features interactive ex-
hibits and engaging arts and science
programs of feri ng a journey of
discovery.
Explorations V Children’s Museum is
located at 109 N. Kentucky Ave. in down-
town Lakeland.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed
Sundays and major holidays.
Currently admission is $5 per person.
Seniors 65 and older pay $2.50. A price
change is scheduled for June 1 to $7 a
person.
Children younger than 2 and museum
members are admitted free.
Annual family memberships, field trips,
birthday parties and private rentals are
available.
For additional information, call 863-687-
3869 or email info@explorationsv.com.
The museum’s website is www.-
explorationsv.com.
FROSTPROOF HISTORICAL
MUSEUM
The building that is home to the Frost-
proof Historical Museum was built in 1922.
It was the site of the first public library in
town.
After the Latt Maxcy Memorial Library
was established in 1978, the Frostproof
Historical Society began to use the build-
ing for the museum.
Inside the museum, visitors can find his-
torical artifacts that are important to the
city’s history. There are also photographs,
maps, newspapers, books and other re-
cords in the genealogical section.
The Frostproof Historical Museum is at
210 S. Scenic Highway.
The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturdays from June through September
and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
from October through May.

FORT MEADE HISTORICAL
MUSEUM
The Fort Meade Historical Museum is a
picture into the city’s past.
Restored since the hurricanes in 2004,
the museum welcomes visitors to experi-
ence and view a part of the city’s history.
Among the artifacts, the museum dis-
plays pictures, clothing and items from
pioneer families, teaching utensils, farm
tools and early newspaper clippings.
Uniforms of past Fort Meade military
men are also on display.
Guests can also see a phosphate display
with fossils and shark teeth.
The museum occupies a 19th-century,
two-story wood structure thought to be
the home of the first indoor school in the
city.
The Fort Meade Historical Museum is at
Broadway and Tecumseh Avenue.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to
noon Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and
Saturday. Admission is free.
The Fort Meade Historical Society ac-
cepts donations for the museum.
Checks may be sent to: The Fort Meade
Historical Society, P.O. Box 1021, Fort
Meade, FL 33841.
For more information or to volunteer,
contact Don Marchman, the president of
the Historical Society by writing the his-
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Explorations V Children’s Museum in Lakeland. The museum has three floors of activities and
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torical society. The museum’s number is
863-285-7474.
LAKE WALES DEPOT MUSEUM
The Lake Wales Depot Museum displays
trains big and small, including a 1944 die-
sel locomotive on the outside and a scale-
model railroad on the inside.
Officially named The Lake Wales De-
pot Museum and Cultural Center, but most
popularly referred to as The Depot, the
museum is housed in a 1928 former rail-
road depot.
The museum consists of four buildings
at 325 S. Scenic Highway, along with a
red caboose from 1926 and a 1916 Pull-
man car.
In addition to railroad-themed history,
the museum has several permanent exhib-
its about local industries and the history
of Lake Wales.
The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday and
national holidays.
Admission is $2 adults with children
younger 12 free. Donations are accepted.
For more information, call 863-678-
4209 or visit the museum’s website at
www.cityoflakewales.com/depot. E-mail
is lakewalesdepot@gmail.com.
THE MARGARET KAMPSEN
HISTORIC DUNDEE DEPOT
MUSEUM
The Margaret Kampsen Historic Dundee
Depot Museum focuses on the town’s
history, the citrus industry, which was a
source of town pride for decades, and the
railroads that produced its setting.
The museum, which opened in 1998,
showcases early photographs and news-
paper articles, as well as memorabilia
from citrus packing houses, and the At-
lantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line
railroads.
The Margaret Kampsen Historic Dundee
Depot Museum is at 102 Main St. in
downtown.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.
Admission is free.
Donations are accepted, and can be sent
to: P.O. Box 1254, Dundee, FL 33838.
For more information, call the museum
at 863-439-1312 or 863-419-3145 or visit
the website at townofdundee.com.
MULBERRY PHOSPHATE MUSEUM
The Phosphate Museum covers the dis-
covery of phosphate in the 1880s and the
development of the mining industry that
once made Mulberry the phosphate capital
of the world. The museum reflects the in-
dustry’s long history in Polk and it also dis-
plays many of the fossils that were turned
up during phosphate mining through the
years.
The museum is in the city’s historic 1899
railroad depot, supplemented by four rail-
road boxcars, a caboose and an engine.
The gallery contains artifacts from the
community’s history, including remnants
of the tree from which the town takes its
name.
The Mulberry Phosphate Museum is 101
S.E. First St., at State Road 37, one block
south of State Road 60 in downtown Mul-
berry, behind City Hall.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Admission is free, but donations are
accepted.
For more information, call 863-425-
2823.
Information is also available on the
Greater Mulberry Chamber of Commerce
website at www.mulberrychamber.org/
attractions.htm.
BAYNARD HOUSE MUSEUM
One of the oldest remaining houses in
Auburndale is a repository for reminders
of the city’s history.
The Baynard House Museum occupies
the former home of Ephriam Mikell Bay-
nard, one of the city’s founders. Baynard
is known for rebuilding the city with his
own money after devastating fires in the
early 1900s.
The two-story, wood-frame house, built
in 1894, is on the National Register of His-
toric Places.
After the city acquired it in 1992, the
building was restored through the com-
bined efforts of the city and students from
Auburndale High School.
In May 1997, the Baynard House opened
as a museum and special events venue.
This year, the house will be the site of
various events as Auburndale celebrates
its centennial the week of May 25-28.
The Baynard House Museum is open for
tours upon request. The house is at 208
W. Lake Ave., just off Lake Stella near
downtown.
For more information, call the city’s
Parks and Recreation Department at 863-
965-5545.
POLK COUNTY HISTORICAL
MUSEUM
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of the most striking sights in the county.
The inside is just as compelling for those
with an interest in the county’s past.
One exhibit highlights the Native Ameri-
cans who originally inhabited the territory
that would become Polk County. The dis-
play includes a dugout canoe found in the
bed of a local lake.
Florida’s Natural World, a room covered
in murals, displays the state’s varied habi-
tats, ranging from wetlands to the sandy
Lake Wales Ridge.
The museum occupies parts of the first
and second floors of the Old County Court-
house in downtown Bartow. Two court-
rooms from the 1908 building have been
preserved for the benefit of visitors.
The Polk County Historical Museum, 100
E. Main St. in Bartow, is open from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 863-534-4386
or visit the museum’s website at www.
polkcountymuseum.org.
POLK COUNTY HISTORICAL AND
GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY
Have you ever wanted to track your fam-
ily ancestry? If so, look no further than the
Polk County Historical and Genealogical
Library, locally one of the best resources
for genealogists.
The Ancestry database is a much sought-
after one that contains family history data
for the entire world.
It is expensive for individuals to buy, but
the library has made it available to users
for free through the Polk County Library
Cooperative.
The only condition is that users must
come to the Historical and Genealogical
Library or one of the other public libraries
in the county.
In addition to genealogical records, the
library has holdings of historical docu-
ments and photos about Polk County,
including a microfilmed set of Ledger
archives.
The library’s catalog can be seen on the
website of the Polk County Library Coop-
erative, www.pclc.lib.fl.us.
A website, http://library.mypclc.org/
historical, is equipped with many online
resources which can be accessed from any
computer.
The Polk County Historical and Genea-
logical Library is in the east wing of the
Old Polk County Courthouse, 100 E. Main
St. in downtown Bartow.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday, except national holi-
days. It is closed Sunday and Monday.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 863-534-
4380 or visit the museum website at
http://library.mypclc.org/historical.
FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM
The Florida Air Museum at Sun ’n Fun
displays a variety of aircraft and artifacts
covering the history of the first 100 years
of flight.
The 20,000-square-foot museum houses
a collection of approximately 45 experi-
mental and home-built aircraft along
with several assorted outdoor displays.
Overall, the museum exhibits more than
80 aircraft.
The museum is operated by the Sun ’n
Fun Aviation Foundation, a nonprofit or-
ganization that was founded in 1987.
The Florida Air Museum is at 4175 Me-
dulla Road in Lakeland.
The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for se-
niors and $6 for students. Children young-
er than 5 are admitted free.
For more information, call 863-644-0741
or log onto the website www.floridaairmu-
seum.org or www.sun-n-fun.org/content
and click on the museum link at the top of
the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in page.
AMERICAN WATER SKI
EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
The American Water Ski Educational
Foundation is home to the Water Ski Ex-
perience Hall of Fame and Museum.
When guests enter the big blue build-
ing off Interstate 4, they sign into an in-
teractive guest book under a giant ski
handle.
From there, they are introduced to a
timeline starting with the creation of wa-
ter skiing in 1922 and continuing through
to the modern era with the latest in ski
technology.
For kicks, guests can buckle into a vir-
tual water ski machine to get a hint of
the exhilaration felt speeding across a
lake.
The American Water Ski Educational
Foundation and Hall of Fame is at 1251
Holy Cow Road in Polk City.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Weekend tours are avail-
able by appointment. Group tours are also
by appointment all week.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for se-
niors and $3 for children younger than
12. Children age 5 and younger are ad-
mitted free.
For more information, cal l 863-
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MIDFLORIDA MAYFAIRE-BY-THE-
LAKE
MidFlorida Mayfaire-By-The-Lake will be
held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 and 8 on
the shores of Lake Morton near downtown
Lakeland.
Art work ranges from jewelry to photo-
graphs with all art work for sale.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 863-
688-7743, ext. 237, e-mail mayfaire@
polkmuseumofart.org or log onto
www.polkmuseumofart.org.
CRACKER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
The spoken narrative with a Florida
flavor comes to life each year with the
Cracker Storytelling Festival. This year’s
festival will take place from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 9
at Homeland Heritage Park, off Second
Avenue, one block south of County Road
640 in Homeland. The Whip Cracking
Contest will be at noon Oct. 9.
Admission is $6 for adults and
$4 for students.
For more information, call 863-534-
3766.
SUN ‘N FUN FLY-IN
The Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In is one of the
largest aviation events in the country.
The 2011 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In is scheduled
for March 29 to April 3 at Lakeland
Linder Regional Airport on Drane Field
Road south of Lakeland.
Daily admission varies and packages are
available.
For more information, contact the Sun
‘n Fun Fly-In at 863-644-2431 or visit its
website at www.sun-n-fun.org.

ALAFIA RIVER RENDEZVOUS
The Alafia River Rendezvous will be held
in January 2012 at the end of Azalea Street
in Homeland, south of State Road 640, just
west of U.S. 17-98.
Dates will be set later.
For more information, log onto the web-
site www.floridafrontiersmen.org.
CENTRAL PARK ART FESTIVAL
More than 90 artists compete annually
for prizes and purchase awards at the
Central Park Art Festival.
The 2011 Central Park Art Festival will
be held March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
March 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call the Ridge
Art Association at 863-291-5661 or visit
www.ridgeart.org.
LAKE WALES MARDI GRAS
This pre-Lent event may not be as big
as celebrations in New Orleans and other
cities, but it’s still fun.
The 27th Lake Wales Mardi Gras was
held March 5.
Admission is free.
For more i nformation, log onto
www.lwmardigras.com.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
This year’s Strawberry Festival, which
annually celebrates one of Central Flori-
da’s favorite locally grown fruit, ends to-
day. The festival is held at the Plant City
Fairgrounds, 303 N. Lemon St., just south
of U.S. 92.
Admission and ticket prices vary.
For more information, call 813-752-
9194 or visit the festival’s website at
www.flstrawberryfestival.com.
BLOOMIN’ ARTS FESTIVAL
Art isn’t the only draw to this yearly fes-
tival. There is a car show, flower show and
kid-friendly activities.
The 40th Bloomin’ Arts Festival was held
March 5 and 6.
Admission is free.
For more information, contact the
Greater Bartow Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-533-7125 or online at
www.bartowchamber.com.
Festivals Celebrate Aviation, Arts and Autos
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BLUEGRASS, CLOGGING AND BBQ
FESTIVAL
The Bluegrass, Clogging and BBQ Cook-
off Festival runs March 17 through March
20 at International Market World, 1052
U.S. 92 W., Auburndale.
Tickets are $20 for Thursday’s dinner
shows, and $20 on Friday and Saturday.
Donations are accepted Sunday. A four-day
pass is $50 in advance or $60 at the gate.
The flea market area is free.
For more information, call International
Market World at 863-665-0062 or visit the
website at www.intlmarketworld.com.
LAKE WALES PIONEER DAYS
Pioneer Days not only pays tribute to
long-deceased city founders, it also honors
a living contributor to the city’s heritage
with the presentation of the Pioneer of the
Year award.
Lake Wales Pioneer Days will be held
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. Oct. 30. There is also a quilt recep-
tion the evening of Oct. 29.
Admission and parking is free.
For more information, call the Depot
Museum at 863-678-4209 or visit www.
cityoflakewales.com/depot/pioneer_day.
shtml
LAKE MIRROR CLASSIC AUTO
FESTIVAL
The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival
attracts hundreds of classic vehicles each
year and thousands of people who like to
look at them.
This year’s festival will be held
Oct. 14 to Oct. 16 at the Lake Mirror Prom-
enade and on Tennessee, Kentucky and
Massachusetts avenues in downtown
Lakeland.
For more information, call 863-
683-2228 or log onto the website
www.lakemirrorclassic.com.
HAINES CITY FALL FESTIVAL
The Haines City Fall Festival has grown
from a sidewalk sale to a full-blown event
with entertainment, food and arts and
crafts.
The 2011 Haines City Fall Festival will
be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at
Railroad Park in downtown Haines City.
Admission and parking are free.
For more information, call Haines
City Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment at 863-421-3700. The website is
www. ci.haines-city.fl.us.
BLOODHOUND BASH
The Bloodhound Bash is held at the
Auburndale City Park in downtown, on
the evening before the Auburndale High
School football homecoming game. The
date will be announced later this year.
Admission is free.
For more information, call Auburn-
dale’s Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment at 863-965-5545 or log onto
myauburndalechamber.com.
LAKE WALES ART SHOW
The 40th Lake Wales Art Show will be
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 and 27 on
the shores of Lake Wailes.
The two-day event draws about 130 art-
ists and 30,000 people each year.
Admission is free.
For more information or to volunteer,
call 863-676-8426 or log on to the website
www.lakewalesartscouncil.org.
FLORIDA FLYWHEELERS ANTIQUE
ENGINE CLUB
Admission for November, January, and
February shows is $7 per person or a
four-day pass for $21. Children younger
than 12 are admitted for free. Visits by
school groups may be arranged during
the shows.
For information on the Florida Fly-
wheelers Antique Engine Club’s 2011-
12 schedule, or for more information
about the club or the park, call 863-285-
9121 or log onto the club’s website at
www.floridaflywheelers.org.
It’s located at 7000 Avon Park Cutoff
Road, three miles south of U.S. 98 or eight
miles west of U.S. 27.
KATHLEEN HERITAGE DAY
FESTIVAL
The Kathleen Area Historical Society
Heritage Day Festival will be held on Sat-
urday, March 19 at Heritage Park, a 9-acre
site at 8950 N. Campbell Road, off West
Socrum Loop Road, across from Bethel
Baptist Church in Lakeland.
Admission is free.
For more information call Bootsie
Smith 863-686-9036 or Bonnie May-
hew 863-859-6853. The website is
www.kathleenahs.org.

KATHLEEN FALL FESTIVAL
The Kathleen Area Historical Society
Fall Festival will be Oct. 15.
The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and run
until late afternoon at Heritage Park, a
9-acre site at 8950 N. Campbell Road, off
West Socrum Loop Road.
Admission is free.
Information call 686-9036 or 859-6853.
For vendor information, call 859-3280 or
email gtaugh@tampabay.rr.com. The so-
ciety’s website is www.Kathleenahs.org.

SPIRIT OF THE BUFFALO
POW WOW
The Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow is
held every January at International Mar-
ket World, 1052 U.S. 92 in Auburndale.
Dates will be announced for next year’s
event.
For more information call International
Market World at 863-665-0062 or on the
Web at www.intlmarketworld.com.
GREEK FESTIVAL
The St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Festival typically takes place over a
three-day weekend in February.
The church is at 1030 Bradbury Road off
of State Road 540, or Winter Lake Road,
west of Winter Haven.
Times, dates and admission cost will be
announced later. For more information,
call 863-299-4532.
LEDGER FILE PHOTO (2003)
AERIAL DEMONSTRATION TEAMS are a popular feature of the annual Sun ‘n Fun fly-In held in Lakeland. This photo shows the Aeroshell
Team flying their T-6 planes performing an airshow.
Festivals
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A Special Thank You to the Medical Community
Serving Central Florida Since 1991
As we mark our 20th anniversary, The Center for Retina and Macular Disease would like to thank our patients and the medical
community for placing your trust in us to provide comprehensive retina care.
In 1991, Dr. David Misch founded this practice from a small office in Winter Haven. Today, The Center for Retina and Macular
Disease has grown to eight locations and a team of highly trained physicians dedicated to providing exceptional retina care and
innovative treatments. We are also proud to offer an extensive clinical research department and a complete low vision rehabili-
tation program.
Our deepest respect and appreciation,
Adam Berger, MD Benjamin Kim, MD
Sonya Braudway, OD David Misch, MD
Karen Gehrs, MD Jin Moon, MD
Richard Hamilton, MD Michael Tolentino, MD
Our continued success has been made possible through the trust that the medical community has placed in us for the care and treatment of
their patients. You, the CRMD staff, have played an integral role in achieving this success. You are exceptional by all measures and we
appreciate your continued hard work and commitment to this practice.
Thank you for being part of the CRMD team!
Dedicated to providing the most modern and complete retina care available.
Thank You, Polk County
It has been a great honor to serve this community for the past 20 years. We look forward to a future of continuing to offer quality retina care to
the individuals of Central Florida.
A Special Thank You to Our Patients
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Davenport
Haines
City
Polk
City
Frostproof
Mulberry
Bartow
District 7
District 1
District 5
District 3
Dist. 6
District 4
District 2
POLK COUNTY SCHOOLS IN A NUTSHELL
SOURCE:
School
District
Web site:
www.polk-f.net
EXPENDITURES: $744.3 million
REVENUES: $744.3 million
2009-10 BUDGET
The general fund budget of $744.3 million is the
operating portion of the budget.
DICK MULLENAX
District 4
■ Term expires: Nov. 2012
■ Phone: 324-6470
■ E-mail:
dick.mullenax@polk-fl.net
KAY FIELDS
District 5
■ Term expires: Nov. 2014
■ Phone: 802-5483
■ E-mail:
kay.fields@polk-fl.net
GRAD RATES
Graduation rates
for 2009-10. A comparison of
students entering ninth grade
with the number of students
graduating four years later.
State ofcials are excluding GED
recipients.
SCHOOL 2010 2009
Polk County 73.2% 71.6%
Florida 79.0% 76.3%
STUDENT ENROLLMENT
Pre-K students are not included.
YEAR STUDENTS
2010-11 92,000
2009-10 92,520
2008-09 92,493
2000-01 78,003
FCAT SCORES COMPARED
These are average scores on the 2009 Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test. The FCAT is
required in Florida. The scale for reading and
math is 100 to 500. The scale for writing is 0 to 6.
Students in grades 3 to 10 take the FCAT. Only students
in grades 4, 8 and 10 take the FCAT writing test.
SOURCE: Florida Department of Education
State
sources
$445,827,805
Local revenue
$181,293,795
Beginning fund balance
$68,818,030
Transfers
$46,469,075
Federal sources
$1,985,000
SCHOOL GRADES
These are the school
grades for Polk’s 114
schools. School grades
are based primarily on
students’ 2009 FCAT
scores
LORI CUNNINGHAM
District 2
■ Term expires: Nov. 2012
■ Phone: 224-3334
■ E-mail:
lori.cunningham@polk-fl.net
FRANK O’REILLY
District 1
■ Term expires: Nov. 2012
■ Phone: 647-1390
■ E-mail:
frank.oreilly@polk-fl.net
HAZEL SELLERS
District 3
■ Term expires: Nov. 2014
■ Phone: 533-4392
■ E-mail:
hazel.sellers@polk-fl.net
White: 49.2%
Other: 3.4%
STUDENT BREAKDOWN
Black
23.6%
Hispanic
23.8%
D: 6 F: 0
B: 22
C: 47
A: 36
READING MATH WRITING
Grade Polk Fla. Polk Fla. Polk Fla.
3rd 303 314 332 337 –– ––
4th 312 323 322 330 3.7 3.8
5th 300 310 330 336 –– ––
6th 304 315 305 319 –– ––
7th 313 322 302 314 –– ––
8th 302 312 314 324 4 4.1
9th 307 317 299 311 –– ––
10th 295 310 321 331 3.7 3.9
SAT SCORES 2009-10
SCHOOL READING MATH WRITING
Auburndale 471 489 457
Bartow
1
487 476 464
Chain of Lakes 520 504 498
Fort Meade 491 460 479
Frostproof 503 502 489
George Jenkins 505 506 487
Haines City
2
479 466 459
Harrison (Arts) 556 513 524
Int’l Baccalaureate 636 636 618
Kathleen 437 435 422
Lake Gibson 481 479 456
Lake Region 483 493 479
Lake Wales 453 481 438
Lakeland
3
497 486 470
McKeel Academy 473 491 450
Mulberry 466 479 442
PS Collegiate 526 502 508
Ridge Community 448 442 422
Tenoroc 453 455 440
Winter Haven 478 478 456
Polk 491 487 471
Florida 496 498 479
U.S. 501 516 492
Instructional $481,151,250
Pupil personnel 12,490,220
Instructional media 2,836,733
Curriculum development 3,323,582
Instructional staf training 773,634
Instructional technology 6,010,588
School Board 2,977,227
General administration 2,611,745
School administration 40,277,395
Facilities acquisition const. 9,991,575
Fiscal services 3,275,200
Food services 45,108,200
Central services 15,420,637
Pupil transportation serv. 34,029,209
Operation of plant 49,844,518
Maintenance of plant 27,783,016
Administrative technology 5,038,495
Community services 323,374
Debt service 1,379,857
Ending fund balance 44,855,450
DEBRA WRIGHT
District 6
■ Term expires: Nov. 2014
■ Phone: 292-9922
debra.wright@polk-fl.net
TIM HARRIS
District 7
■ Term expires: Nov. 2014
■ Phone: 808-0005
■ E-mail:
tim.harris@polk-fl.net
SOURCE:
Polk County
School District
37
Write to members
at P.O. Box 391,
Bartow, FL 33831.
The main number
is 534-0500.
■ Enrollment: 92,000 students in kindergarten through 12th
grades as of November 2010.
■ Schools: Polk has 160 school sites and centers including 66
elementary schools, 19 middle schools and 17 high schools.
Also included are charter schools, career centers, adult
schools and alternative schools.
■ Personnel: The district is the largest employer in Polk
County with nearly 12,000 employees. About half of those
are employed as teachers.
■ Personnel: Seven School Board members are elected to
four-year terms. The chairwoman is Kay Fields. Board
members must live in the geographic district in which they
run for ofce, but are elected by a countywide vote. Sherrie
Nickell, who was hired in 2010, is the second appointed and
second female superintendent in Polk County.
1
Includes Summerlin Academy students.
2
Includes Haines City Int’l Bacc. students.
3
Includes Harrison Center students.
SOURCE: Polk County School District,
Florida Department of Education
SHERRIE NICKELL
Superintendent
■ Phone: 534-0521
■ E-mail:
sherrie.nickell@polkf-fl.net
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Polk Has a Variety
Of School Types
Polk County has the eighth-
largest school district in Flor-
ida. Within the district are a
plethora of school types.
In Polk County, most ele-
mentary schools serve kinder-
garten through fifth grades;
middle schools serve grades
six through eight; and high
schools, grades nine through
12.
Polk has 161 schools, includ-
ing 66 elementary, 19 middle
and 17 high schools.
Included in the number
of schools are eight mag-
net schools and 11 choice
schools.
Other programs available
include career schools, adult
schools, alternative education
centers, conversion charter
schools and start-up charter
schools.
Polk County is home to Mc-
Keel Academy in Lakeland,
the first conversion charter
school in the state, as well as
the first charter school district
in the state at Lake Wales.

TO REGISTER
The following are required
to enroll a student in a Polk
County public school:
P r o o f o f l e g a l ■
guardianship.
Transfer papers from pre- ■
vious school with address and
phone number if that school
was not a Polk public school.
Birth certificate and proof ■
of age.
A medical shot record ■
(HRS form 680) and list of
current immunizations.
A physical from the past ■
12 months if the student has
never been enrolled in a Flor-
ida school.
Two proofs of residency ■
that show guardian’s name
and street address. Proofs
of residence include a utility
bill, voter registration card,
property tax bill, mortgage,
deed, rental lease documents
or government benefits docu-
ments. Driver license and ve-
hicle registration papers are
not acceptable.
For more information, call
the Polk County School Dis-
trict Office of Pupil Account-
ing at 863-534-0716.
To register at a charter
school, contact the school
directly.
More information, includ-
ing contact information for
district and charter schools
can be found on the district’s
website at www.polk-fl.net.
— Merissa Green
A Sampling of Polk’s Private Schools
THE LEDGER
Polk County has a number of private high schools
for general education.
These are the major ones:
ALL SAINTS’ ACADEMY
All Saints’ Academy is an independent, college-
preparatory school with classes from pre-school to
12th grade.
The school, with an enrollment of about 600, is
affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
It is accredited by the Florida Council of Inde-
pendent Schools and the Florida Kindergarten
Council.
Annual tuition for 2011-12 is $7,199 per year
for prekindergarten and kindergarten; $9,013 for
grades 1 to 5; $11,065 for grades 6 to 8; and $11,408
for grades 9 to 12. A sibling discount of 5 percent
is available.
The school is located at 5001 State Road 540 W.,
between Winter Haven and Lakeland. The phone is
863-293-5980.
Its website is www.allsaintsacademy.com.
HAVEN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Beginning in June, Haven Christian Academy be-
comes Oasis Christian Academy. It is affiliated with
Oasis Church with pre-school through 12th grade.
The school is accredited by the Florida Association
of Christian Colleges and Schools and the Associa-
tion of Christian Schools International.
Annual tuition for 2011-12 is $4,995 for kindergar-
ten through 12th grade. Preschool is $4,800 for full
day and $3,600 for half day. The school has upgraded
its sports programs and joined FHSAA.
The school is at 2105 King Road, Winter Ha-
ven. The phone is 863-293-0930. The website is
www.myacademyoasis.org.
LAKELAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Lakeland Christian School is a nondenominational
Christian school with more than 1,000 students in
K-4 through 12th grade.
The school is accredited by the Association of
Christian Schools International, the Southern As-
sociation of Colleges and Schools, the Council on
Accreditation and School Improvement, the Florida
Council of Independent Schools and the Florida Kin-
dergarten Council.
Tuition for 2011-12 school year for K-4 and K-5 is
$7,365; grades 1-5 is $8,035; grades 6-12 is $8,395.
A second and third child each receive a 20 percent
discount, while each additional child costs $2,500.
The school is located at 1111 Forest Park St., Lake-
land. The phone is 863-688-2771. The website is
www.lcsonline.org.
LANDMARK CHRISTIAN
Landmark Christian School includes grades preK
through 12. The school also has a college.
The school, operated by Landmark Baptist Church,
is accredited by the Florida Association of Christian
Colleges and Schools and the Sunshine State As-
sociation of Christian Schools.
Annual tuition for the 2011-12 school year is pre-
school $3,070; kindergarten through sixth grade
$3,200; seventh through 12th, $3,470. Discounts for
additional children are available. A Step Up program
that pays up to 100 percent of tuition is available.
The school is at 2020 E. Hinson Ave., Haines
City. The phone is 863-422-2037. The website is
www.lcspatriots.com.
SANTA FE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Santa Fe Catholic High School is a coeducational
institution of the Diocese of Orlando with grades 9
to 12.
The school is accredited by the Southern Associa-
tion of Colleges and Schools.
Annual tuition for 2011-12 is $8,900 for one child,
$16,465 for two children and $23,140.
The school is at 3110 U.S. 92 E., Lakeland.
The phone is 863-665-4188. The website is
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By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
The University of South Florida Poly-
technic is one of four campuses in the
University of South Florida system and
the state’s only polytechnic college.
That means USF Poly focuses its efforts
on business, education, engineering, in-
formation technology and allied health
disciplines.
Degrees are fully accredited Univer-
sity of South Florida degrees.
The school has applied for sepa-
rate accreditation, which would
allow it to expand its degree
offerings.
The school currently shares a
campus with Polk State College
in Lakeland but is in the process
of building a new campus at the
intersection of Interstate 4 and the Polk
Parkway, between Lakeland and Auburn-
dale. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, one
of the world’s leading architects, the new
campus is tentatively scheduled to open
in 2013, pending funding for construction
from the Florida Legislature.
Af liation: A campus of the University of
South Florida, accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
Vice President and Campus Executive
Of cer: Marshall Goodman
Phone: 863-667-7000
Website: www.poly.usf.edu
Degrees ofered: Information
technology, industrial engineering,
interdisciplinary social sciences,
general business administration,
management, marketing,
elementary education, criminology,
psychology, applied sciences, and
general studies. USF Poly also ofers
master’s programs in business
administration (MBA), educational leadership
(M.Ed.) and reading education and counselor
education degrees (MA) with school counseling
and mental health tracks.
By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Polk State College is in the second year
of an expansion from community col-
lege to offering both two- and four-year
degrees.
The college changed its
name in July 2009 from Polk
Community College to Polk
State College. It is the largest school in the
county, with more than 10,000 students.
The college has an “open door” admis-
sions policy, admitting any applicant with
a high school degree or GED certificate.
It offers classes in traditional classroom
settings and via the Internet.
Af liation: Public college ofering two- and
four-year degree programs. Accredited by the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
President: Eileen Holden
Phone: 863-297-1000
Website: www.polk.edu
Degrees ofered: Associate
of arts degree with 77 advising tracks, 30
associate of science degrees, 27 associate
of applied science degree majors, two
applied technical diplomas and 22 certificate
programs, in addition to the newly started
bachelor’s degree program.
By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Southeastern University is a
private, liberal arts institution in
Lakeland. It is the largest college
affiliated with the Assemblies of
God.
Located on the shore of Little
Lake Bonny, the school has seen
rapid growth over the past 12
years, roughly tripling its enrollment and
raising its visibility in the community as
the host of a National Leadership Forum.
Af liation: Private Christian liberal
arts university af liated with
Assemblies of God. Accredited by
the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools and the Council for Christian
Colleges and Universities.
Phone: 863-667-5000
Website: www.seu.edu
Degrees ofered: 42 bachelor’s degrees; eight
programs leading to master’s degrees.
USF Polytechnic
Polk State College
Southeastern University
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By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Florida Southern College
has been on the shores of
Lake Hollingsworth in
Lakeland since 1922.
Founded in 1885, Flor-
ida Southern is a private
college with programs in
business, science, liberal arts, nursing,
education, communication and music. It
has received high rankings among simi-
lar four-year colleges by several college
guidebooks.
The school has 50 programs of study
and emphasizes small class sizes, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
One survey ranked it among the most
beautiful campuses in the nation.
Af liation: Private institution af liated with
the United Methodist Church and accredited
by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools.
President: Anne B. Kerr
Phone: 863-680-4131
or 800-274-4131 for
admissions, 863-680-4444
for the Frank Lloyd Wright
Visitors Center.
Website: www.flsouthern.edu
Degrees ofered: Fifty undergraduate
degree programs; eight pre-professional
programs in medical, dental, pharmacy,
veterinary, physical therapy, law,
engineering, and theology; and master’s
degree programs in business, nursing and
education.
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By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Warner University in Lake Wales was
founded as Warner Southern
College in 1968 by the South-
eastern Association of the
Church of God of Anderson,
Ind. The first freshman class
of 27 students entered in the
fall of 1968 when all the facili-
ties were on the East campus.
In fall 2010, enrollment was
about 1,000 students.
Af liation: Church of God, Anderson, Ind. Ac-
credited by the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
to award associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s
degrees.
President: Gregory V. Hall
Phone: 863-638-1426
Website: www.warner.edu
Degrees ofered: Bachelor
of arts and professional
degree programs are ofered
in more than 25 majors,
including biblical studies,
pre-law, biology, business
administration, elementary
education, political science, and
sports and leisure management.
The college also ofers a pre-medical
program and a master’s program in business
administration, education, and management.
Warner University
By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Webster University is a private, not-
for-profit college based in St. Louis, Mo.,
with campuses in 10 Florida cities, more
than 100 U.S. locations and in eight for-
eign countries.
The Lakeland campus is at 1479 Town
Center Drive, Suite 202, in the Lakeside
Village mall
on Harden
Boulevard.
Af liation:
Private,
nonprofit.
Accredited
by the Higher Learning Commission, North
Central Association.
President: Beth Stroble
Lakeland director: Angie Birdwell
Phone: 863-687-9309
Website: www.webster.edu/lakeland
Degrees ofered: Master of business
administration, master of arts in human
resources management, master of arts in
management and leadership and master of
arts in counseling.
Webster
University
By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Webber International University in
Babson Park is a private nonprofit col-
lege specializing in business programs.
The school of-
fers associate’s
and bachelor’s
degr ees i n
subjects that
i ncl ude ac-
counting and
hospitality. An
MBA is also of-
fered. Online
courses are
available.
Af liation: Private nonprofit business
school. Accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools.
President: H. Keith Wade.
Phone: 863-638-1431
Website: www.webber.edu
Degrees ofered: Associate’s, bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in business administration
with majors in accounting, computer
information systems management, corporate
communications, general business studies,
hospitality and tourism management,
management, marketing, security
management, sports management and
finance. The school also ofers pre-law.
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By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Keiser University in Lakeland is a net-
work of for-profit schools, based in Fort
Lauderdale, with 14 campuses in Florida
that offers associate’s, bach-
elor’s and graduate degrees
in business, criminal justice,
health care, technology, hos-
pitality and education.
The school is geared toward
adult students, who take one
four-week class at a time, ei-
ther daytime, evening or on-
line. The student-to-faculty
ratio is about 11 to 1.
Af liation: Accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools to award
doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate
degrees.
Chancellor: Arthur Keiser.
Campus president: Rebecca McDonnell
Phone: 863-682-6020
Website: www.keiseruniversity.
edu/lakeland.php
Degrees: Degree programs include
health services administration,
nursing, health sciences, medical
assisting, nuclear medicine
technology, radiologic technology,
business administration, criminal
justice, paralegal studies, sports
medicine and fitness technology,
accounting, information technology
management, management information
systems, and computer graphics and design.
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For those with a high
school diploma, the Flor-
ida Technical College in
Lakeland offers several
programs in the areas of
medical assistant, medical
administrative assistant,
medical billing and cod-
ing, patient care technician,
business and management,
and criminal justice.
Af liation: Private junior
college. Accredited by
the Accrediting Council of
Independent Colleges and
Schools.
President: Lisa Velarde
Phone: 863-619-6200
Website: www.ftccollege.edu
Degrees ofered: Associate
degrees and certificates.
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Located on Shepherd Road in Mulberry,
Fortis Institute changed its name from
Florida Career Institute in April 2010. It
offers an eight-month diplo-
ma program in medical fields
including medical assisting.
A new pharmacy technician
program has been started.
It also offers an 18-month
Emergency Medical Services
program to prepare students
to sit for national and state
exams.
Af liation: Education Af liates. Accredited
by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Edu-
cation and the Commission on Accreditation for
Allied Health Education Programs
(CAAHEP.)
Executive Director: Diana
Simmons.
Phone: 863-646-1400
Website: www.fortis.edu
Ofered: Diplomas and
preparation for certification.
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By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Ridge Career Center in Winter Haven is
administered by the Polk County School
District and provides career education pro-
grams for high school and
adult students, serving pri-
marily East Polk County.
High school students
must be at least 16 years
old, and the 18- or 24-credit
high school diploma options allow them to
complete their junior and/or senior years
at Ridge as a dual-enrolled student.
There are 39 career education programs
for adult students and 22 for high school
students.
Af liated: Accredited by the Commission of
the Council on Occupational Education, the Com-
mission on International and Trans-Regional Ac-
creditation, and the Southern As-
sociation of Colleges and Schools
Council on Accreditation and
School Improvement.
Director: Lisa Harden
Location: 7700 State Road 544,
Winter Haven.
Phone: 863-419-3060
Website: polk-fl.net/ridge
Ridge Career Center
By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
Traviss Career Center in Lakeland is
administered by the Polk County School
District and provides
training in technical and
occupational skills for
high school students and
adults. The center offers
more than 35 programs
with both traditional and
alternative options for
obtaining a high school
diploma.
Traviss accepts students who are at
least 16 years old and have taken the Test
of Adult Basic Education.
Af liation: Accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Council
on Accreditation and School Improvement,
the Commission on
International and Trans-
Regional Accreditation,
and the Commission of the
Council on Occupational
Education.
Director: Wayne Dickens
Location: 3225 Winter
Lake Road just east of U.S. 98 South in
Lakeland.
Phone: 863-499-2700
Website: www.traviss.edu
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By CARY McMULLEN
THE LEDGER
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and offers diplomas, asso-
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ter’s degrees. It is owned by
the corporation Corinthian
Colleges, Inc., based in
Santa Ana, Calif. Its Polk
campus is in Lakeland.
Af liation: Private institution.
Accredited as a senior college
of business by the Accrediting
Council for Independent
Colleges and Schools.
President: Silvina Lamoureux
Phone: 863-686-1444
Website: www.everest.edu
Degrees ofered: Bachelor’s
degree in accounting,
business and criminal justice.
Associate’s degree in applied
management, medical
assisting and medical billing
and coding. Certificates
in accounting, business,
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pharmacy technician.
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Parks Ofer Variety of Recreation Opportunities
By TOM PALMER
THE LEDGER
Polk County has parks for almost every
taste, from neighborhood playgrounds to
hiking and canoeing in wilder, less-trav-
eled areas.
There are state, county and city parks as
well as some privately owned preserves,
and more are on the way.
For a complete list, go online to
www.guidetopolk.com.
STATE PARKS, FORESTS
Parks owned by state agencies comprise most of the
park acreage in Polk County:
Allan Broussard Catfish Creek Memorial
Preserve: This 6,422-acre area is on Firetower
Road of Hatchineha Road east of Lake Hamilton.
Access is on foot only and no facilities are available.
Admission is free. For information, call 863-696-
1112. Note: This park may be closed this year
because of state budget cuts.
Colt Creek State Park: This 5,067-acre park on
County Road 471 is in the Green Swamp north of
Lakeland. Admission is $3 per vehicle. The park’s
facilities are limited to hiking, picnicking, horseback
riding and bank fishing. For information, call 863-
815-6758.
Lake Kissimmee State Park: This 5,857-acre park is
on Camp Mack Road east of Lake Wales. Admission
is $3.25 per vehicle. The park is open from 7 a.m. to
sunset. This park has camping — both primitive and
hook-ups — hiking trails, a boat ramp and marina,
picnic areas, an observation tower and a re-creation
of a 19th century cow camp. For information, call
863-696-1112.
Lake Wales Ridge State Forest: This 26,563-acre
natural area consists of a group of separate parcels
east of Frostproof. The Arbuckle tract is on Lake
Arbuckle Road, which is of Lake Reedy Boulevard.
The Walk-in-the-Water unit is of Lake Walk-in-the-
Water Road. Entry fee is $1. The Florida Division of
Forestry also ofers $30 annual passes that allow
the pass holder and up to seven other people free
entry to any state forest in Florida. The forest is
open during daylight hours only. For information,
call 863-635-7801.
Tenoroc Fish Management Area: A 7,332-acre
former phosphate mine is in the Lakeland area. The
main access is Tenoroc Mine Road of Combee Road.
Tenoroc recently opened a new hiking trail that can
be reached by way of Polk County’s Saddle Creek
Park. Admission is $3. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. Friday to Monday. Fishing is the main activity
at the park. There are also hiking and horseback
trails, a picnic area and a shooting range. For fishing
reservations, call 863-499-2422. For general
information, call 863-499-2421.
WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
SITES
The Southwest Florida Water Management District
and the South Florida Water Management District
ofer a number of recreation sites.
Swiftmud’s sites in Polk County are primarily in
the Green Swamp. SFWMD’s sites are along the
Kissimmee River. For information on Swiftmud’s
recreation sites, go to www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/
recreation/ to download a recreation guide. For
information on SFWMD’s recreation guide, go to
tinyurl.com/ykg6z9v.
POLK COUNTY PRESERVES
Polk County’s Environmental Lands Program
operates a network of preserves that are open year-
round for daytime use.
For information, call 863-534-7377 or go to www.
polk-county.net and follow the links to the Natural
Resources Division.
Sumica: A 4,031-acre mixture of pinelands, oak
hammocks and lakefront on State Road 60 east
of Lake Wales with frontage on Lake Walk-in-the-
Water, Polk’s largest lake. It is open to hiking and
nature study. Facilities include a boardwalk and
observation area.
Circle B Bar Reserve: This 1,275-acre nature
park provides a series of nature trails and a new
environmental education center. It includes frontage
on Lake Hancock, Polk’s fourth-largest lake. Circle
B is on Winter Lake Road east of U.S. 98 and is open
daily.
Alafia Reserve: Indian Oak Drive, of Turner Road
south of State Road 60 west of Mulberry, has a
picnic area, trails and a fishing pier on this 334-acre
tract on the North Prong of the Alafia River.
Crooked Lake Prairie: A 455-acre site on Crooked
Lake of State Road 17 in Babson Park. This preserve
is open for hiking, nature study and bank fishing.
Gator Creek Reserve: A 2,706-acre woodland area
in the Green Swamp on U.S. 98 north of Lakeland. It
has walking paths for hiking and nature study.
Hickory Lake: A 57-acre example of some of the
remaining scrub communities on the Lake Wales
Ridge. It is on State Road 17 south of Frostproof.
Lakeland Highlands Scrub: A 551-acre expanse of
woodlands at the south end of Lakeland Highlands
Road of of County Road 540A in the Lakeland
Highlands. It has hiking trails and ofers a chance to
see Florida scrub jays and other wildlife.
Marion Creek: Contains more than 2,000 acres
purchased by the county and additional lands
purchased by the South Florida Water Management
District. Two entrances for hiking and nature study
are open on Cypress Parkway northeast of Haines
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Road, which ofers access to Marion Creek.
Peace River Hammock: This 43-acre preserve
south of Fort Meade on Mount Pisgah Road contains
a hiking trail that winds through forests and
eventually reaches the Peace River. It is open from
sunrise to sunset.
COUNTY PARKS
Polk County maintains a system of 67 parks and boat
ramps, ranging in size from less than an acre to four
regional parks, each covering hundreds of acres.
There are no admission fees to county parks, which
are open year-round from sunrise to sunset unless
otherwise posted or scheduled for exclusive use. For
information about county parks, contact the Polk
County Leisure Services Division at 863-534-4340.
The website is at www.polk-county.net. Click on
the Leisure Services link under the County Of ces
page.
Aldine Combee Park, 1140 Fish Hatchery Road,
Lakeland. Five baseball fields, restrooms and
concessions, rodeo arena, lodge, picnic table, and
open play area.
Babson Mini Park, Fifth Avenue South, Babson
Park. Basketball court and playground.
Banana Lake Park, 5002 Tillery Road of Clubhouse
Road, Lakeland. Picnic shelters and tables, paved
walking trail, restrooms, playground, boat ramp and
fishing pier.
Bradley Junction Mini Park, Pine and Whidden,
Bradley Junction. Picnic tables, one basketball
court and one baseball field, playground and open
play area.
Christina Park, 625 W. County Road 540A,
Lakeland. Picnic shelters and tables, pavilion, four
softball fields, one tee ball field, restrooms and
concessions, playground, and open play area.
Crystal Lake Park, 2500 N. Crystal Lake Drive,
Lakeland. Fishing pier and boardwalk, canoe
access, open play area and picnic tables.
East Central Park, 11 Lake Mabel Loop Road,
Dundee. Four baseball fields, three multi-purpose
fields, restrooms and concessions, and playground.
Fort Meade, 1205 N.E. Ninth St., Fort Meade. Four
baseball fields, one tee-ball field, one softball field,
restrooms and concessions, and playground.
Fuller Heights, Fourth Street and Avenue C,
Mulberry. Two basketball courts, picnic shelters and
tables, and playground.
Gordon Heights Mini Park, Dudley Drive West,
Gordon Heights. Picnic shelters and tables, one
softball field, and playground.
Gordonville Park, South Street, Gordonville.
Playground.
Gordonville Mini Park, Richardson Street,
Gordonville. One softball field, a basketball court
and playground.
Highland City Park, 3930 Ball Park Road, Highland
City. Three baseball fields, one softball field, one
tee-ball field, restrooms and concessions, picnic
tables, and playground.
Highland City Senior Field, 5901 Strickland Ave.,
Highland City. One baseball field and open play area.
Homeland Heritage Park, 249 Church St.,
Homeland. Picnic pavilion and tables, restrooms,
one softball field, one basketball court, open play
area, and numerous historic buildings — church,
schoolhouse, farmhouse and farming tools.
Hunt Fountain Park, Duf and Green Road,
Lakeland. Four soccer fields, eight baseball fields,
THE LEDGER
Avon Park
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State
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Arbuckle
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Lake
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State Park
Lake Wales Ridge
State Forest-
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Sumica
Loyce
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Colt
Creek
State
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Fort Meade
Recreation
Area
Circle B Bar
Reserve
Lake Parker
Recreation
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Simmers-
Young
Park
Saddle Creek Park Lake Shipp Park
A SAMPLING
OF POLK’S PARKS
Mulberry Bartow
Mosaic
Peace River
Park
Parks
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two football fields, restrooms and concessions,
four-wall racquetball courts, basketball and tennis
courts, two playgrounds, picnic pavilions and tables
and horse arena.
IMC Agrico Peace River Park, 2200 County Road
640, Homeland. Boardwalk, picnic facilities,
horseback and hiking trails. Posted hours: 7 a.m. to
dusk.
Jan Phyl Village Park, 50 Coleman Road, Winter
Haven. Five softball fields, two racquetball
courts, picnic shelters and tables, restrooms and
concessions, playground and open play area.
Lake Annie Boat Ramp, of U.S. 27, Dundee.
Unimproved ramp to accommodate small Jon-boat
type launching only.
Lake Arbuckle Park and Campground, 2600
Lake Arbuckle Road, Frostproof. Amenities include
overnight camping, picnic shelters and tables,
restrooms and bathhouse and boat ramp.
Lake Cannon Park, Lake Cannon Drive, Winter
Haven. Picnic shelters and tables, two playgrounds,
restrooms and two boat ramps.
Lake Gibson Park, 4901 Lake Gibson Park Road,
Lakeland. Picnic shelters and tables and a boat
launching ramp.
Lake Hatchineha Park, Lake Hatchineha Road,
Haines City. Boat ramp, campground and rental
apartments.
Lake Mariana Stormwater Treatment Area, Lake
Mariana Drive West. Picnic area, bank fishing, nature
trail.
Lake Parker Eastside Park, Lake Parker Drive,
Lakeland. Picnic shelter and tables and boat
launching ramp.
Lake Pierce Ranchettes Mini Park, Fast Trot Drive,
Lake Wales. Picnic tables, one softball field and
playground.
Lake Reedy Park, Lake Reedy Drive, Frostproof.
Restroom, picnic shelters and tables and a boat
launching ramp.
Lake Rosalie Park and Campground, Tiger Road
of State Road 60, Lake Wales. Overnight camping,
picnic shelters and tables, restrooms and bathhouse
and boat ramp.
Lake Roy Park, South Lake Roy Drive, Winter Haven.
Picnic tables, open play area and a boat launching
ramp.
Loughman Park, 6302 Old Kissimmee Road,
Loughman. Four soccer fields, a basketball court,
picnic pavilion, restrooms and playground.
Loyce E. Harpe Park, 500 W. Carter Road, Mulberry.
Eight baseball fields, four softball fields, one senior
field, restrooms and concessions, mountain bike
trail and four boat launching ramps. Posted hours: 7
a.m. to 10 p.m.
Midway Gardens Mini Park, 2487 Smoke Road,
Auburndale. One basketball court, one softball field,
picnic shelters and tables and playground.
Mulberry Park, 1520 N.E. Second St., Mulberry. One
basketball court, four baseball fields, three softball
fields, one football and practice field, restrooms
and concessions, picnic shelters and tables and
playground. Posted hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Peace River Canoe Launch, State Road 60, Bartow.
Unimproved ramp to accommodate canoes, kayaks
and small jon boat-type craft only.
Polk City Park, 5130 Duey Road, Polk City. Four
baseball fields, one softball field, one multi-purpose
field, restrooms, picnic pavilion and tables and
playground.
Rolling Hills Park, Dubose and Thomas Avenue,
Mulberry. One basketball court, one baseball field,
restroom, picnic tables and playground.
Saddle Creek Park and Campground, 3716 Morgan
Combee Road, Lakeland. Overnight camping, picnic
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BIRDERS’ GUIDE
1 Circle B Bar Reserve on
State Road 540 near Lakeland
ofers opportunities to see birds of
woodlands, grasslands and marshes
as well as a portion of Lake Hancock’s
shoreline. Bird life ranges from ducks
and eagles to woodpeckers and
warblers. There is no admission fee.
2 Mosaic Peace River Park is a county
park on the Peace River at Homeland
between Bartow and Fort Meade.
The entrance is on County Road 640
east of U.S. 17-98. There is a
boardwalk through the river
floodplain and a trail system through
woods and around a phosphate dike.
There is no admission fee.
3 Lake Kissimmee State Park is on
Camp Mack Road, about 15 miles
east of Lake Wales. There are
directional signs on major roads
directing visitors to the park.
There is a $5 admission fee per vehicle.
Phone: 863-696-1112.
4 Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
is on Lake Arbuckle Road, about
2 miles east of Lake Reedy Boulevard
near Frostproof. There is a $2
admission fee per person.
5 Saddle Creek Park is on U.S. 92, about
2 miles east of Lakeland. The nature
trail entrance is at the back of the park,
near the maintenance area and firing
range. There is no admission fee.
6 Colt Creek State Park is a state park at
the edge of the Green Swamp
on County Road 471.
There is a $3 admission
fee per vehicle.
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shelters and tables, restrooms and bathhouse,
five boat launching ramps, nature trail,
gun range, one baseball field and two
playgrounds.
Simmers-Young Park, 5630 W. County Road
542, Winter Haven. Five multi-purpose and
soccer fields, restroom and concessions,
picnic shelters and tables, fishing pond and
playground. Posted hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Snively-Brooks Mini Park, 1004 Snively-
Brooks Ave., Eloise. One softball field, one
soccer field, picnic shelters and tables,
restrooms and playground. Posted hours: 3
p.m. to dark school days and 7 a.m. to dark
weekends.
Wahneta Park, 118½ Rifle Range Road,
Wahneta. Three baseball fields, restrooms and
concessions, picnic shelters and tables and
playground.
Washington Park, 1420 Washington Ave.,
Lake Wales. One baseball field, restroom,
pavilion, picnic shelters and tables and
playground. Posted hours: 7 a.m. to dusk.
Waverly Park, Hodge Street of County Road
540, Waverly. One baseball field, one softball
field, restroom, picnic shelters and tables and
playground.
West Lake Wales Mini Park, of State Road
60 at West Lake Wales Road South and Holden
Street, Lake Wales. Playground and open play
area.
Westwood Park, 1145 36th Ave. N.W., Winter
Haven. Two soccer fields, restroom, picnic
shelters and tables, grills, game table and
playground. Posted hours: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
winter and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. summer.
Winston Park, 1060 Sutton Road, Lakeland.
Four softball fields, restrooms and
concessions.
MUNICIPALITIES
Many cities in Polk County have a number of
popular parks and other recreational facilities.
AUBURNDALE
Municipal Beach, one of the few swimming
beaches in Polk County. The 2-acre park also
has a playground, volleyball area, boat ramp
and fishing pier. Admission to the swimming
area between April or May, depending on
weather, and October is $1 for residents and
$2 for nonresidents.
Downtown City Park, a 2.5-acre tract in
downtown Auburndale, has tennis and
basketball courts, playground equipment, a
community center and shuf eboard courts.
Lake Myrtle Park, a 150-acre park of Berkley
Road includes soccer field, baseball fields
and playgrounds and a connection to the
Auburndale-TECO Trail.
Rev. Earl Wright Park, Bridgers Avenue and
Adams Street, playground equipment, picnic
facilities and a path for bicycling and skating.
Miss Auburndale Softball Complex, on
Stadium Road northeast of downtown,
baseball and softball fields for diferent local
leagues.
Lake Stella Park, a walking trail and benches
around this small lake just north of downtown
on County Road 559. For information, call
863-965-5545.
BARTOW
Bartow Park, Agricola Road, a 90-acre park,
baseball, softball, soccer and football fields,
picnic facilities and a track for remote-control
cars.
Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave.,
swimming pool, tennis courts, racquetball
courts, meeting rooms and an auditorium.
Adjacent to the Civic Center is a youth baseball
field, IMC Park and Mobil Park, which are
open areas used for special celebrations such
as the Fourth of July.
Carver Recreation Center, 520 S. Idlewood
Ave., heated pool, softball fields, meeting
rooms, a playground and picnic area.
Mary Holland Park, the city’s largest park,
covers 95 acres at the end of Shumate Drive.
Picnic areas and a fishing pier.
Nye Jordan Park, Orange Avenue and Stuart
Street, tennis courts, playground equipment
and picnic tables.
Polk Street Community Center, 1255 W.
Polk St., a gym, craft rooms, a weightlifting
room, racquetball courts, a softball field and
a playground.
Richland Manor Park, on Bear Creek, tennis
courts and playground equipment. For
information, call 863-534-0100.
DAVENPORT
Adair Field, baseball complex on North
Boulevard West.
Wilson Park, on State Street, playground
equipment and benches.
Jamestown Park, of U.S. 17-92, playground
equipment and a basketball court.
Lake Play Park, behind City Hall, picnic
shelters and a fitness trail.
DUNDEE
Fourth Street Park, baseball fields.
Nancy Street Park, baseball fields.
Lake Marie Park, picnic facilities and
playground equipment.
Lake Menzie Park, picnic shelters and a
walking trail.
Merrill Avenue Park, a playground and
handball courts.
Myrtle Street Park, a playground and
basketball courts. For more information, call
863-439-1086.
EAGLE LAKE
Eagle Lake Beach, at the end of Eagle
Avenue, a swimming beach, picnic area,
playground and boat ramp.
City Hall Recreation Complex, on Seventh
Street, basketball, racquetball and tennis
courts.
Baseball fields on Cooley Road. For more
information, call 863-293-4141.
FORT MEADE
Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area, a
125-acre park on the east side of town on U.S.
98 on the Peace River, picnicking, fishing and
a boat ramp for canoeing. The park is also
the site of the Fort Meade Jamboree at the
park pavilion, featuring gospel, bluegrass and
country music the second Saturday of each
month. Admission to the park is free. It is open
during daylight hours only.
Fort Meade Community Center, 10 S.W. Third
St., a recreation center that schedules regular
events. Outside are racquetball courts,
shuf eboard courts and a playground.
Fort Meade Sports Complex, Edgewood
Drive just north of Fort Meade High School,
baseball and softball fields, tennis courts,
racquetball courts and a playground.
Heritage Park, 409 N.E. Third St., a
neighborhood park near the location of a 19th
century Army fort from which the city got its
name. It has playground equipment and picnic
facilities.
Lanier Park, 591 S. Lanier Ave., a tot lot and
picnic facilities.
Monument Park, 801 S.E. Second St., a
memorial to soldiers killed there during the
Seminole Wars. The park includes a nature
walk.
Morrison Park, 130 S.W. Seventh St.,
basketball court, tot lot and sports fields.
Patterson Park, a 16.5-acre park on U.S. 17-
98, fishing, volleyball and a walking trail. For
more information, call 863-285-8191.
FROSTPROOF
Lake Clinch Park, a swimming beach. The 25-
acre park also has two Little League fields, on
North Reedy Boulevard. Handball courts are
between the baseball fields.
Playground and a park area, around the old
rail depot on East Wall Street.
Gym, east of City Hall on Oak Avenue. For
more information, call 863-635-7855.
HAINES CITY
East Park, East Johnson Avenue, baseball and
softball fields.
Haines City Community Center, 219 S. Fifth
St., fitness room, gym and ping-pong tables.
Lake Eva Park, on Lake Eva at the end of Fifth
Street, playground, picnic facilities, a boat
ramp and a swimming pool.
Lion’s Park, Johnson Avenue, has baseball
fields.
Oakland Civic Center, 708 Ave. C, swimming
pool, a playground and basketball courts.
Cook Field, across from the Oakland Civic
Center, baseball and football fields.
Yale Field, next to Lake Eva Park, football,
baseball and softball fields.
Downtown tennis courts, Ledwith Avenue
and Eighth Street, tennis, racquetball and
basketball courts. For information, call 863-
422-1910.
LAKE ALFRED
Lions Park, at end of Nekoma Avenue on
Lake Alfred, is 3 acres with a boat ramp,
playground, picnic shelters and restrooms.
Lake Rochelle Park, primarily a boat ramp on
U.S. 17-92 on the south end of the city.
Lake Swoope Park, boat ramp and picnic
tables.
Gardner Park, U.S. 17-92 and Main Street,
shuf eboard courts.
Career Development Center, Cummings and
Glencruiten Street, senior league ballfields.
THE LEDGER
FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission ofers a
service to buy hunting or fishing
licenses with a credit card to a toll-free
number. Call either 888-HUNT-FLOrida (486-8356) or
888-FISH-FLOrida (347-4356).
A temporary license number will be provided until a
permanent license arrives by mail, usually within
48 hours. There is a $3.25 service charge in addition to
the cost of the license, plus a 2.5 percent surcharge of the
total sale.
For more information, call the commission’s Lakeland
office at 863-648-3206 or check MyFWC.com.
These are some of the licenses available:
LICENSE FOR RESIDENTS FEE
Gold Sportsman’s license
1
$100
Military Gold Sportsman’s
2
20
Sportsman’s license
3
80.50
Five-year hunting
4
79
Annual hunting 17
Annual hunting/freshwater fishing 32.50
Annual hunting/saltwater
and freshwater fishing 48
Annual freshwater license
or saltwater license 17
Saltwater shoreline license Free
Sportsman’s license
5
(seniors 64+) 13.50
Resident senior citizen (65+)
hunting/fishing certificate Free
LICENSE FOR NON-RESIDENTS
Annual hunting $151.50
10-day hunting 46.50
Annual freshwater license
or saltwater license 47
7-day freshwater license
or saltwater license 30
3-day freshwater license
or saltwater license 17
PERMITS (Residents & non-residents)
ONE YEAR FIVE YEAR
Wildlife
Management Area $26.50 $126.50
Archery 5 25
Crossbow 5 25
Muzzleloading gun 5 25
Turkey 10 25
Deer 5 25
Non-resident Turkey 125 —
Florida Waterfowl 5 25
Migratory Bird — Free
1
Gold Sportsman’s license, includes Hunting, Saltwater and Freshwater
Fishing licenses; and Type 1 Wildlife Management Area, Archery,
Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Waterfowl, Snook
and Lobster permits.
2
Military Gold Sportsman’s license, includes Hunting, Saltwater and
Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Type 1 Wildlife Management Area, Archery,
Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster
permits. Available only at tax collector’s ofce.
3
Sportsman’s License includes Hunting and Freshwater Fishing licenses;
and Type 1 Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun,
Crossbow, Deer, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl permits.
4
Permits not included
5
Sportsman’s 64+ License, includes all licenses and permits included in the
Sportsman’s License.
SOURCE: Florida Fish andWildlife Conservation Commission
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Echo Terrace, Terrace Avenue, playground and
basketball courts.
Highlands Community Center, Third Street and
Midway Avenue, basketball court and community
center. For information, 863-956-3434.
LAKE HAMILTON
Two baseball fields, across the street from Town
Hall of State Road 17 and another on Detour Road.
Gunter Street Park, playground facilities, a
basketball court and picnic facilities.
Sample Park, of U.S. 27 on Lake Hamilton, picnic
area and boat ramp. For information, call 863-439-
1910.
LAKE WALES
Lincoln Park, Lincoln Avenue, picnic shelters and a
playground.
Crystal Lake Park, playground equipment.
Lake Wailes Park, walking path, boat ramp and
fishing pier.
Kiwanis Park, picnic and barbecue facilities, and
baseball and softball fields.
Ninth Street Park, playground equipment and a
basketball court.
North Field Park, baseball facilities. For
information, call 863-678-4003.
LAKELAND
Most of Lakeland’s parks are open from dawn to
10 p.m. The exceptions are Lake Parker Recreation
Area and Peterson Park, which are open from
sunrise to sunset. For information, call 863-499-
6090.
Adair Park, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd., skate park,
baseball, soccer field, picnic area.
Bicentennial Park, 12 Lake Beulah Drive, rose
garden.
Bryant Stadium, 1125 N. Florida Ave., football and
soccer stadium.
Common Ground, 1000 E. Edgewood Drive, ofers
playground equipment for children of all levels of
ability and ages.
Crystal Grove, 1661 Crystal Grove Drive,
playground area.
Curtis Peterson Park, 3700 Cleveland Heights
Blvd., picnic area, boardwalk, boat and canoe
ramps, and a youth baseball and soccer complex.
Dobbins Park, 514 W. Ariana St., playground,
picnic area, sand volleyball court and an athletic
field.
Edgewood Park, 1000 E. Edgewood Drive,
playground and facilities for tennis, racquetball,
softball, football and soccer.
Glendale Park, East Glendale Street and Lakeland
Highlands Road, playground and an all-purpose
court.
Handley Park, 1419 Phyllis St., playground and an
all-purpose court.
Henley Field, 1125 N. Florida Ave., baseball field.
Hibiscus Building, 716 E. Orange St., meeting
rooms.
Hollis Garden, 702 E. Orange St., patterned flower
beds, public art, ornamental fountains.
Horney Park, 205 E. Poinsettia St., playground,
picnic facilities, multipurpose field.
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Haines
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Wales
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Range
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Preserve
Colt Creek
State Park
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Fraser
Trail
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Reserve
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Management
Area
POLK COUNTY
HIKING TRAILS
Allan
Broussard
Catfish
Creek
Preserve
Lake
Kissimmee
State Park
Avon Park
Air Force
Range
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Interlachen Park, 200-500 Interlachen Parkway
across from Lake Parker, playground and open
areas.
John Jackson Park, 1130 Martin Luther King Jr.
Ave., playground, park and an all-purpose court.
Lake Bonny Shore, 1600 E. Main St., boat ramp and
fishing.
Lake Bonny Park, 800 U.S. 98 S., baseball and
softball fields, soccer field, nature trail and jogging
path, playground, and picnic pavilions.
Lake Hunter, 75 Lake Hunter Drive, scenic walk,
fishing pier, boat ramp and picnic tables.
Lake Morton, 20 Lake Morton Drive, waterfowl
sanctuary and scenic walk.
Lake Parker Recreation Area, 910 E. Granada St.
at West Lake Parker Drive, picnic area, pavilions for
group gatherings, nature trail, playground, soccer
fields and a boat ramp.
Lake Parker Shore, West Lake Parker Drive, jogging
path and open area.
Lake Somerset, New Jersey Avenue and Glendale
Street, boat ramp and open area.
Lake Ridge Recreation Center, 325 W. Second St.
at North Virginia Avenue, supervised recreation
programs.
Northwest Park, 108 W. Third St., an all-purpose
court.
Scott Kelly Recreation Complex, 404 Imperial
Blvd., multipurpose recreational building with two
pools and eight tennis courts.
Sertoma Park, 1800 E. Memorial Blvd., boat ramp,
picnic shelters and fishing.
Seventh Street Park, 1500 W. Seventh St.,
playground and an all-purpose court.
Simpson Park, 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.,
playground, baseball, recreation center, tennis
court, picnic shelter and swimming pool.
Southwest Softball Complex, 1444 W. Highland St.,
softball.
Tigertown Complex, 2210 N. Lake Ave. at Lakeland
Hills Boulevard, baseball, football, soccer and multi-
purpose buildings.
Washington Park, 301 W. Seventh St., playground
and an all-purpose court.
Westside Park, 1800 W. Oakhill St., softball
complex, picnic shelter, playground and an all-
purpose court.

MULBERRY
Spence Field, Northeast 10th Avenue, swimming
pool, tennis courts, skateboarding and ball fields.
Mulberry Civic Center, Northeast Fifth Street,
playground and an open play area.
Playgrounds, Southeast Fourth Street, Northeast
Fourth Avenue, Northwest Fourth Street, Southwest
First Street and Northwest Ninth Street and Second
Avenue. For information, call 863-425-1125.
POLK CITY
Freedom Park, near County Road 655 and State
Road 33, playground equipment and picnic facilities.
Community Center, 220 S. Bougainvillea Ave.,
basketball, tennis and racquetball courts. For
information, call 863-984-1375.
WINTER HAVEN,
Winter Haven has 22 parks of various sizes, from
boat ramps and neighborhood parks to recreation
centers. City parks are open during daylight hours
only unless posted signs allow longer operation. For
information, call 863-291-5656.
Aldora Park, 12th Street Northwest on Lake
Hartridge, playground equipment and park benches.
Central Park, Central Avenue between Fourth
and Fifth Street Northwest downtown, benches, a
fountain and is the site of regular special events.
Chain of Lakes Baseball Park, Cypress Gardens
Boulevard, baseball stadium and clubhouse and five
baseball practice fields.
Chain of Lakes Recreation Complex, 210 Cypress
Garden Blvd., community center, theater and art
center, and swimming pool.
Fairfax Athletic Complex, Fairfax Street and
Avenue O Northeast, four softball fields and a
concession stand.
Inman Park, U.S. 17 and Avenue T Northwest, seven
picnic tables.
Lake Hartridge Park, Beach Parkway at 20th Street
Northwest, boat ramp, fishing pier, walking trail,
playground, picnic facilities.
Lake Martha Park, Third Street and Avenue C
Northeast, beach, playground equipment, picnic
shelter, tables and a restroom.
Lake Shipp Park, Avenue X Southwest, Winter
Haven, open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eight restrooms, four
shelters, 13 tables, five Little League fields, two
soccer fields, an open play area, fishing, one boat
ramp and canoe access.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, South Lake Silver
Drive at Third Street Northwest, beach, picnic tables,
playground equipment, restrooms, recreation
center and outdoor theater.
R.H. Malcolm Park, Avenue N Southwest,
playground equipment.
Municipal Tennis Center, Third Street and Avenue F
Northwest, 11 lighted tennis courts.
Rotary Park, Sixth Street and Avenue C Northeast,
neighborhood center, baseball field, handball and
racquetball courts, basketball goals.
Senior Adult Center and Shuf eboard Club, Third
Street Northwest and South Lake Silver Drive, 24
shuf eboard courts and a community center.
Sertoma Little League Park, Recker Highway at
County Road 540A, four baseball fields, two football
fields and a concession stand.
South Lake Howard Park, Lake Howard Drive,
walking and bicycling trail, pier and an open area.
Sportsman’s Park, Avenue U and Second Street
Northwest, baseball field, playground equipment
and two basketball courts.
24th Street Playground, Avenue B Northwest,
playground equipment, park benches and a
basketball goal.
William G. Roe Park, Seventh Street Southwest,
Winter Haven, open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Boat
ramps onto Lake Shipp to provide improved access
to the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes.
Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center,
Avenue T Northeast, baseball field, softball field and
a playground.
Parks
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Youth Can Learn Gymnastics, Tumbling, Cheerleading
By LISA COFFEY
THE LEDGER
Polk County has a range of gymnas-
tics clubs offering a variety of activi-
ties including trampoline, tumbling and
cheerleading.
Here are some of them:
AUBURNDALE
POLK COUNTY ACES are at 202 Park
St. N. In its 12,000-square-foot facility, the
club offers gymnastics, competitive cheer-
leading and recreational cheerleading for
boys and girls ages 3 to 19. All instructors
are certified.
The club offers a tumbling course Tues-
day from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30
p.m. and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The fee is $10 an hour.
Fees vary depending on the program.
Membership is $20 per year.
For more information, call 863-808-2200
or visit www.polkaces.com.
LAKELAND
GYMNASTICS ETC. offers recre-
ational and competitive gymnastics and
cheerleading, summer camp, after-school
camps, holiday camps, birthday parties, tot
classes for 3- to 5-year-olds, and big and
little gym for 2- to 3-year-olds.
The school offers competitive programs
for gymnastics and cheerleading.
Big and little open gym for ages 5 and
younger is offered from 11 a.m. to noon
Thursdays with regular open gym from
10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Fees vary depending on size of family
and the ability level of the student and
class attendance.
The school is in an 18,750-square-foot
facility at 3222 Winter Lake Road in the
Ruthven Industrial Center, across from
Traviss Career Center.
The gym also offers wrestling. Check
for dates and times.
For more information, call 863-667-1281
or visit www.gymetc.org.
GYMTEK GYMNASTICS offers pro-
grams for children of all abilities between
the ages of 18 months and 18 years old.
Programs include beginner through ad-
vanced boys’ and girls’ gymnastics classes,
Funtastiks program for children ages 3 to
5, Mommy & Me for ages 18 months to 2
years, beginning through advanced tum-
bling, and cheer and stunting classes.
Gymtek also has competitive girls’ gym-
nastics teams and all-star cheer squads.
Free trial classes are available.
Gymtek is at 2045 E. Edgewood Drive.
For more information, call 863-667-0904
or visit www.gymtek.com.
MOORE’S GYMNASTICS ACADEMY
offers competitive gymnastics, competitive
cheerleading, tumbling, recreational gym-
nastics, kindergym and summer camps.
Moore’s is located at 4767 Drane Field
Road, Lakeland. For more information,
call 863-688-7909.
NORTH LAKELAND YMCA offers a
gymnastics program for children ages 3
to 12 on Thursday evenings. Sessions are
monthly. The Y is at 2125 Sleepy Hill Road.
For more information, call 863-859-7769
or visit www.ymcawcf.org.
SOUTH LAKELAND YMCA offers
gymnastics programs for children ages 12
months to 14 years old. Classes also are of-
fered for cheerleading, ballet and gymnas-
tics. Tumbling and new pre-team classes is
offered for children ages 7 to 14.
Fees vary depending on age and ability
level.
Classes available for children with spe-
cial needs.
The Y is at 3620 Cleveland Heights
Blvd. For more information, call 863-
644-3528, ext. 225 or visit the website at
www.ymcawcf.org.
WINTER HAVEN
FLORIDA FLIPS is at 501 Burns Lane
off Dundee Road. The club offers begin-
ning through elite gymnastics classes for
boys and girls ages 2 and older as well as
competitive gymnastics, trampoline and
tumbling teams for boys and girls.
The club also offers tumbling classes for
cheerleaders.
Fees are $35 a month for pre-schoolers
and $50 a month for beginners who come
once a week. Fees increase depending on
the level of gymnast and the use of the
facility.
For more information, call 863-
325- 8494 or vi sit the website at
www.floridaflips.net.
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COURSES CITY PROFESSIONAL PHONE
PUBLIC
Bartow Bartow Chris Banks 863-533-9183
Big Cypress North Lakeland Dave Bishop 863-859-6871
Big Cypress South Lakeland Dave Bishop 863-859-6871
Bramble Ridge Lakeland Terry Parker (Mgr.) 863-667-1988
Golf Club at BridgeWater Lakeland Dana Saad (Dir.) 863-682-3000
Celebration Celebration Kenny Nairn 407-566-4653
Cleveland Heights Lakeland Randy Sansing 863-834–2377
Cypress Greens Auburndale Carol Ladd (Mgr.) 863-956-4179
Deer Creek Davenport John Stephens (Dir.) 863-424-3153
Diamondback Haines City Lynn Zemba 863-421-0437
The Club at Eaglebrooke Lakeland John Greiner 863-701-0101
Grenelefe Resor Haines City Billy Dickinson (Dir.) 863-422-7511 (ext. 5122)
The Hamptons Auburndale Fred Brochu 863-666-8442
Highlands Reserve Davenport Greg Tebbutt 863-420-1724 (ext. 3)
Huntington Hills Lakeland Margie Serralles (Mgr.) 863-859-3689
Indian Lakes Estates Indian Lakes Sandy Knightly (Mgr.) 863-692-1514
Lake Bess Golf Club Winter Haven Richard Mansfield (Mgr.) 863-326-9171
Lekarica Lake Wales Ralph Riedel 863-679-9478
Lily Lake Frostproof Dave Hill (Mgr.) 863-635-1344
Oakwood Golf Club Lake Wales Dan O’Neal 863-676-8558
Providence Golf Club Davenport Jerry Callaway 863-420-2652
Ridgewood Lakes Davenport Chuck McLoone 863-424-8688
Sandpiper Lakeland Dennis Grasso 863-859-5461
Schalamar Creek Lakeland Zoran Ilic 863-666-1623, (ext. 1)
Skyview Lakeland —None— 863-665-4008
Southern Dunes Haines City Kevin Woodard 863-421-4653, (ext. 1)
Sun Air Haines City Julie Willis (Mgr.) 863-439-4958
Stonegate (Solivita) Poinciana Aaron Merritt 863-427-7150
Wedgewood Lakeland Brian Randolph (Mgr.) 863-858-4451
Willowbrook Winter Haven David Hicks 863-291-5899
YMCA Par 3 Lakeland Gerald Richardson (Dir.) 863-577-0236
PRIVATE
Country Meadows Plant City Stacie Jackson (Mgr.) 813-752-4636
Cypresswood Winter Haven Bob Schade 863-324-6174
Four Lakes Golf Club Winter Haven Bob Grifth (Mgr.) 863-291-0930
Grasslands Lakeland Steve Knott (Dir.) 863-680-1616
Highland Fairways Lakeland —None— 863-858-0947
ImperiaLakes Mulberry Clif Wilson (Mgr.) 863-425-1154
Lake Ashton Winter Haven Matt Pittsley 863-326-1032
Lake Henry Winter Haven Bob Grifth (Mgr.) 863-299-2683
Lake Region Winter Haven Tony Brabiner (Dir.) 863-324-4579
Lake Wales Lake Wales Bob Forward 863-676-6519
Lone Palm Lakeland Bryan Moran 863-499-5481
Sweetwater Haines City Lester Ball (Mgr.) 863-956-5530
Mountain Lake Lake Wales Jonathan Powell 863-679-2420
Walden Lake Plant City Greg Gamester 813-754-8575 (ext. 225)
Lake Region Winter Haven Tony Brabiner (Dir.) 863-324-4579
Lake Wales Lake Wales Bob Forward 863-676-6519
Lone Palm Lakeland Bryan Moran 863-499-5481
Sweetwater Haines City Lester Ball (Mgr.) 863-956-5530
Mountain Lake Lake Wales Jonathan Powell 863-679-2420
Walden Lake Plant City Steve Mercer (Mgr.) 813-754-8575 (ex. 225)
POLK COUNTY AREA
GOLF COURSE DIRECTORY
Here is a quick look at area golf courses.
Private courses are played by invitation of
members only. Some courses have general
managers (Mgr.) or directors of golf (Dir.)
and may not have club professionals.
SOURCE: Ledger research
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By LISA COFFEY
THE LEDGER
AUBURNDALE YOUTH BASKETBALL: This
league is for boys and girls ages 5 to 15.
Registration is in September and October.
Drafts are held the first and second week of
November. Games are played in December
through February on Saturdays and Mondays
at the Tracy McGrady Gymnasium in
Auburndale. The fee is $60. Players are asked
to register with a copy of their birth certificate.
The program is part of the Junior Magic league.
For information, call 863-967-0017 or visit
www.auburndaleyouthbasketball.com.
CARVER RECREATION CENTER IN BARTOW:
The center ofers opportunities for developing
younger players with a middle school league
with games beginning in March. Registration is
held in January. Games are played on Tuesdays
beginning at 4 p.m. The fee is $15 for residents
and $25 for nonresidents. The center also
ofers a league for players in kindergarten
through fifth grade. Registration is in late
November. The fee is $45. Games are played
every Saturday through mid-February. For
information, call the Carver Recreation Center
at 863-534-0161.
CITRUS CENTER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB: The
club ofers free basketball programs at all
three units in Winter Haven, Haines City and
Lake Wales. Registration is held in December
for children ages 13-and-under. Play runs
through March. For information on the Winter
Haven unit, call 863-967-1532. For the North
Ridge unit in Haines City, call 863-422-7014.
For the Lake Wales unit, call 863-679-8582.
HAINES CITY PARKS AND RECREATION
DEPARTMENT: The department sponsors the
Haines City Youth Basketball League for boys
and girls ages 5 to 15. Play begins in December
and runs through February. Registration is held
in October and November. Games are played
beginning in mid-November at the Community
Center and the Oakland Gym on week nights.
The fee is $40 per child. For information, call
863-421-3700.
D. JONES YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE:
This league, for boys and girls 5 through 15,
is run in conjunction with the city of Lake
Wales. Registration is held in November. The
fee is $40 per player. Games are played at
the Kirkland Gymnasium and Lake Wales High
School. For information, call Burney Hayes
at 863-557-2047 or the YMCA at 863-676-
9441.
LAKE WALES YMCA: The agency ofers a
youth basketball program in the winter as
well as youth sports clinics for players ages 5
and younger (Youth Super Sports) in April and
September on Mondays. For information, call
863-676-9441.
LAKELAND FAMILY YMCA: The South Y, at
3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd., ofers youth
basketball for boys and girls ages 6 to 14 in
summer and winter/spring programs. The fee
is $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers
for players ages 6 to 14. Summer registration is
held in May. Games are held Friday nights (age
12-14 boys) and Saturdays (ages 6 to 11 boys/12
to 14 girls). Winter registration is October
through mid-December. Games are held
January through February on Friday nights
and Saturdays. Summer basketball clinics are
ofered in July and August with registration in
May and June for ages 3 to 5. The fee is $40
for members and $65 for nonmembers. For
information, call 863-644-3528.
THE NORTH LAKELAND FAMILY YMCA ofers
a summer basketball league for players ages
3 to 14 with a second winter season beginning
in January. The Y is located at 2125 Sleepy Hill
Road. For information, call 863-859-7769.
LAKELAND PAL: Ofers basketball for players
ages 12-and-under. Games and practices are
held weekdays and weekends from December
through March. The fee is $45. For information,
call Of cer Greg Hardee or Linda Cohen at 863-
834-2557.
LAKELAND/SIMPSON PARK: The center ofers
a youth basketball program for boys and girls
ages 4 to 16 in Lakeland. Registration begins in
August with games December through March.
Games are played on Saturdays at the Simpson
Park Recreation Center. The fee is $45. For
information, call 863-834-2577.
KELLY RECREATION CENTER IN LAKELAND:
The center ofers youth basketball for boys
and girls ages 4 to 18. Registration begins in
September with games November through
February. Games are on Saturdays. The fee is
$35 for training league ages 4 to 7 and $55 for
players ages 8 to 15. For information, call 863-
834-3284.
POINCIANA YMCA: The Y ofers basketball
for players ages 3 to 13 for members and
nonmembers. The Y is located at 397 Marigold
Ave. For information, call 863-496-1814.
WINTER HAVEN YMCA: The Y, at 6955 Cypress
Gardens Blvd., ofers youth basketball for boys
and girls ages 3 to 17. The program is a league
with game practices. Registration begins Feb.
1. Play begins March 14. The fee is $50 for
players ages 3 to 5, $63 for players ages 6 to 8
and $67 for players ages 9 to 17. The fall league
begins with registration in October and games
in November. The fees are the same as above.
For information, call 863-292-0922.
Many Polk County churches ofer youth
basketball through www.upward.org.
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Soccer Programs Abound
By LISA COFFEY
THE LEDGER
Polk County offers a variety of soccer
programs for boys and girls. All fees listed
are subject to change without notice. Here
are some of them.
AUBURNDALE
AUBURNDALE YOUTH SOCCER: This league is
for girls and boys ages 4 to 18. Registration is
at the end of July. The fall season runs August
through December.
For more information, call 863-602-2649 or
visit www.auburndaleyouthsoccer.com.
BARTOW
BARTOW SOCCER CLUB: This league is for
children ages 4 to 17. Registration is in August.
The season runs August through December.
The league is sanctioned with Florida Youth
Soccer.
For more information, call 863-248-8366 or
e-mail bartowsoccerclub@gmail.com or visit
www.bartowsoccer1.com.
DAVENPORT
NORTHEAST POLK SOCCER LEAGUE: This
recreational league is for boys and girls in the
Northeast Polk area.
For more information, call 863-420-3344 or
visit www.nepsl.org.
HAINES CITY
HAINES CITY RECREATION DEPARTMENT:
The department ofers indoor soccer
for children ages 4 to 12 beginning with
registration in April. League play begins the
first week of June and runs for eight weeks at
the community center. For more information,
call 863-421-3700.
LAKELAND
LAKELAND F.C. The league ofers play in
the North and South Lakeland divisions with
recreation and competitive programs for girls
and boys ages 4 to 19.
For more information, visit www.lakelandfc.
com or e-mail info@lakelandfc.org.
FONTAINE GILLS FAMILY YMCA: The Y is on
2125 Sleepy Hill Road in North Lakeland.
Indoor soccer begins for ages 3 to 12. The
season is Feb. 28 through April 30th. A second
season begins in the fall.
For more information, call 863-859-7769 or
visit the website at www.ymcawcf.org.
NORTH LAKELAND YOUTH SOCCER: The
league is for boys and girls ages 6 to 18.
Registration begins in July. Games run from
late August through December.
Online registration is available at NLYS.ORG
For more information, e-mail Mike Futrell at
northlakelandyouthsoccer@hotmail.com.

LAKELAND FAMILY YMCA: The Y ofers a
coed indoor spring league in March and April
for players ages 6 to 11. Games are played
Saturdays.
For more information, call 863-644-3528 ext.
225 or visit the website at www.ymcawcf.org.
RIDGE
POINCIANA FAMILY YMCA: Located at 397
Marigold Avenue. Registration begins in April
for youth players. For more information, call
863-496-1814.
LAKE WALES SOCCER CLUB: The league is for
girls and boys ages 4 to 18. The league has two
seasons with one in the spring and one in the
fall.
For more information, call Robbie Shields at
863-676-3304 or Tony Mathewson at 863-678-
3513 or visit www.lakewalessoccer.com.
LAKE WALES FAMILY YMCA: The Y ofers a
youth super sports program/clinics for ages
5 and under on Monday evenings in June. For
more information, call 863-676-9441.
RIDGE YOUTH SOCCER CLUB: This league
is for girls and boys ages 4 to 17 in the Four
Corners area covering Polk, Osceola, Lake and
Orange counties.
For more information, call 863-424-9600 or
visit www.ridgeyouthsoccer.org. or e-mail
league president Brian Farrelly at bfarrelly@
hotmail.com
WINTER HAVEN
WINTER HAVEN YOUTH SOCCER: The league
is for players ages 4 to 17 with recreation and
competitive teams. It is part of Florida Youth
Soccer.
For more information, call 863-965-0809 or
visit www.whysa.com.
WINTER HAVEN FAMILY YMCA: The agency
ofers youth soccer for boys and girls ages 3
to 5. The indoor program is ofered August
through October. A second outdoor league
runs January through March at St. Paul
Episcopal Church. The fee is $28 for members
and $38 for nonmembers.
For more information, call 863-292-0922.
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A variety of youth football programs are
ofered around the county. Here are some
of them:
MID FLORIDA FOOTBALL
CONFERENCE:
This league for boys and girls ages 4 to 15
has teams from Frostproof, Haines City, Lake
Wales, Lakeland, Poinciana, Winter Haven,
Bartow, Mulberry, Lake Alfred, Davenport and
Garden Grove areas.
The teams are:
Lake Wales Steelers, Richard Deloach, 863-
605-0265.
Frostproof Dawgs, Roman Mancillas, 863-287-
5763.
Lakeland Saints, Tracy Faison, 863-670-7840.
Poinciana Predators, Al Bates, 407-467-6331.
Winter Haven Wolverines, Bernita Riley, 863-
287-3122.
Mulberry Panthers, Mario Williams 863-608-
1817.
Bartow Yellow Jackets, Gareth Washington
863-440-1638.
Lakeland Lumberjacks, Dreyfus Jones, 863-
398-2653.
Lake Alfred Raiders, Joey Wellman, 863-557-
9618 or Cheryl Pierce at 863-585-7165.
Haines City Wildcats, Morris West, 863-514-
9561.
Garden Grove Bulldogs, Dick Seibert, 863-
899-6935.
Northeast Rattlers, Joseph Hamilton, 863-
206-8445.
Players can also visit www.
midfloridafootball.org.
SUNSHINE/PAL: This league is af liated with
the Florida PAL and ofers flag football for
children ages 4 to 6 and tackle football and
cheerleading for ages 7 to 14.
Auburndale Bulls, Ruth Hernandez, 863-514-
9309.
Lakeland Destroyers, Ivan Brooks, 863-583-
0604 or visit www.lakelanddestroyers.com.
Dundee Hornets, Brandi Clements, 863-287-
7086.
Lakeland Hurricanes, Greg Hardee, 863-834-
2556.
Lakeland Patriots, Steve Bryant, 863-934-
5156.
Polk County Titans, Eric Moody, 863-877-7477.
Lake Wales Gators, Debra Rheiner, 863-676-
6260.
Haines City Rattlers, Buster Raggs, 863-236-
0408.
Auburndale Hounds, Tara Banks, 863-618-
7044, or 863-677-6174.
Sebring Eagles, Clif Howell, 863-253-7070 or
Tim Hooks, 863-559-9599.
POLK COUNTY YOUTH FOOTBALL: This
league is for players ages 4 to 15.
Polk City Jaguars, Bob Howe, 863-984-2576.
The Lakeland Titans, Robert Kendrick, 863-
644-4481.
Bartow Unlimited Athletics, Jose Bristol, 863-
440-1347.
The Lake Gibson Braves, Corey Sparks, 863-
669-6991.
Fort Meade Miners, David Music, 863-512-
6001.
For more, call league President Neva Green,
863-581-9894.
BARTOW
BARTOW MIGHTY MITES: This intracity league
is for boys ages 8 to 11 years old. For more
information, call 863-534-0120.
LAKELAND
LAKELAND EAGLES: This youth football and
cheerleading program is for boys and girls
ages 5 to 15. For more information, visit www.
lakelandeagles.com.
LAKELAND GATORS: This youth football
and cheer program is for boys and girls ages
4 to 16. The league ofers tackle football,
flag football for players ages 4 to 6, and
cheerleading for girls ages 4 to 16. More
information: 863-688-4720 or www.
lakelandgators.com

LAKELAND FAMILY YMCA: LAKELAND
FAMILY YMCA: The Y ofers a coed indoor
spring league in March and April for players
ages 6 to 11. Games are played Saturdays.
More information: 863-644-3528 or www.
ymcawcf.org.

LAKE WALES FAMILY YMCA: The Y ofers
a flag football league April 2 to April 30 for
children in second through eighth grade. The
fee is $20 a person. For more information, call
863-676-9441.
WINTER HAVEN
WINTER HAVEN YOUTH FOOTBALL: This
league based at Sertoma Park is for boys
and girls ages 5 to 15. The league ofers flag
football for players ages 5 to 7.
WINTER HAVEN YMCA: The Y ofers rookie
flag football in the fall for players ages 3 to 5.
The season runs Sept. 19 through Nov. 12. It’s
$32 for members and $42 for non members.
Clinics are ofered once a week for an hour.
More information: 863-292-0922.
DAVENPORT: Ridge Lightning. The league
is part of Mid Florida Pop Warner with
cheerleading and football for participants
ages 5 to 15. More information: www.
ridgeyouthfoot ball.com or www.
midfloridapopwarner.com.
POINCIANA
POINCIANA YMCA: The Y ofers flag football.
For more information, call 863-496-1814.
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TENNIS ANYONE?
Here is a list of the public and private courts available
in Polk County. Many locations ofer lessons,
tournaments and leagues.
LOCATION CONTACT PHONE
PUBLIC CITY COURTS
Auburndale Municipal Courts Andy Durham 965-5544
Bartow Civic Center Larry Tucker 534-0120
Beerman Family Tennis Center (Lakeland) Dave Beerman 834-2374
Carver Recreation Center (Bartow) 534-0161
Dundee Ridge Middle School 419-3088
Frostproof Sports Complex 635-7866
Fort Meade 285-1110
Kelly Recreation Center (Lakeland) 834-3284
Lake Eva Park (Haines City) Jef McCardle 419-3447
Lake Parker (Lakeland) 834-2233
Lake Alfred 291-5270
Lake Wales 678-4182 ext. 225
Nye Jordan Park (Bartow) 534-0120
Richland Manor (Bartow) 534-0120
Simpson Park (Lakeland) 834-2577
Winter Haven City Courts Bobby Woodard 291-5690
Woodlake Park (Lakeland) Dave Beerman 834-2374
PUBLIC COUNTY COURTS
Wahneta, Rifle Range Road 499-2613 or 534-4340
Hunt Fountain Complex (Lakeland) 499-2613 or 534-4340
East Central Park (Dundee) to be opened 2011 534-4340
PRIVATE COURTS
Cypresswood (Winter Haven) Eymard Capinpin 969-9005
Lake Region Yacht and Country Club Alex Bose 324-7019
Grasslands (Lakeland) Tomm Warneke 680-1133
Lake Wales Country Club Joe Hignight 676-2887
Lakeland Yacht Club Robert Hollis 688-7019 ext. 24
Oakview Swim and Tennis Club (Lakeland) Dr. Buck Bustard 646-8967
The Club at Eaglebrooke Larry Santos 670-8734
SOURCE: Ledger research
Youth Football Programs
Ofered Throughout Polk
EXTRA COVERAGE AT
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More Sports
Winter Haven Horseshoe Club:
863-324-5499
The Lakeland Lawn Bowling Club:
863-603-6302 or 863-834-2233 or
www.lakelandlawnbowlingclub.com.
Lakeland Shuffleboard Club: 863-603-
6284 or lakelandsbc@aol.com.
Winter Haven Shuffleboard Club:
863-291-5870.
For information on sports
not listed here go to
www.guidetopolk.com
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Polk County Celebrating 150 Years in Existence
By TOM PALMER
THE LEDGER
The Polk County Commission oversees
one of the largest counties in Florida.
Over the past year one of the milestones
was former County Manager Mike Herr’s
decision to lay off county employees in
an attempt to balance the budget in the
face of declining property tax and sales
tax revenue.
The challenges county officials face in
2011 will mainly involve raising enough
revenue to maintain county services with-
out further layoffs and other cuts.
One bright spot this year is the celebra-
tion of the county’s sesquicentennial, a
year long celebration that was kicked off
in February.
Following is a list of county offices and
constitutional offices such as tax collector
and property appraiser.
Established: Feb. 8, 1861
Size: 2,010.2 square miles
Population: 584,329
Government: Charter, with five county
commissioners and an appointed county
manager and county attorney. Commissioners
are elected to four-year terms in a countywide
election, but commissioners must live in the
districts they represent. They are elected on
a rotating basis and are limited to serving two
consecutive terms. The commission chairman
is elected annually by the commissioners. The
commission meets at 9 a.m. two Tuesdays a
month.
County Commission: Bob English, 863-534-
6450, District 1, Southwest Lakeland; Melony
Bell, 863-534-6434, District 2, South Polk;
Ed Smith, 863-534-6050, District 3, Winter
Haven and Central Polk; Todd Dantzler, 863-
534-6422, District 4, Northeast Polk; and Sam
Johnson, 863-534-6049, District 5, Northwest
Lakeland.
Budget: $1.3 billion
Property tax rate: $6.87 for every $1,000
of taxable value inside cities; $7.50 cents per
$1,000 taxable value in unincorporated areas.
County Administration Building: 330 W.
Church St., Bartow, 863-534-6000.
Web site: www.polk-county.net
County manager: Jim Freeman, 863-534-
6018
County attorney: Michael Craig 863-534-
6482
Auditor: Clerk of Circuit Court Richard Weiss,
863-534-4540
Animal complaints: Polk County Sherif’s
Of ce Animal Control, 863-499-2600 or 800-
275-8941, for cases involving cats and dogs.
For nuisance alligator complaints, contact
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission toll-free at 866-392-4286.
Boat registration: Polk County Tax Collector’s
Of ce, 863-534-4700 or go to
www.polktaxes.com.
Building permits: 863-534-6080. Forms
and information on many aspects of building
permits and inspection are available by going
to www.polk-county.net and following the
links to Building Inspection.
Burning permits: Burning permits are issued
by the Florida Division of Forestry. 863-648-
3163.
Code enforcement: Enforces land
development codes and other ordinances
regarding issues ranging from junk cars to
overgrown lots in unincorporated Polk County.
863-534-6054.
Cooperative extension services: Provides
research-based education in agriculture,
natural resources, human nutrition and the
national youth development program 4-H.
863-519-8677 ext. 103.
Deeds: Indexing and records, 863-534-4524,
863-534-4516 and 863-534-4528.
Driver licenses: Three locations: Lakeland,
863-499-2320, 863-499-2323; Haines City,
863-421-3201; and Lake Wales, 863-678-
4160.
Elderly services: Provides a variety of
services including case management, adult day
care and nutrition. 863-534-5320.
Environmental lands: Manages more than
12,000 acres of environmental preserves, 863-
534-7377.
Fishing and hunting licenses: Polk County
Tax Collector’s Of ce, 863-534-4700 or go to
www.polktaxes.com.
Flooding and flood maps: To get a copy of the
latest flood maps, contact Federal Emergency
Management Agency at 800-358-9616. For
drainage issues, call Polk County Roadway
Maintenance at 863-534-7361 or Polk County
Natural Resources at 863-534-7377. For pre-
development flood determinations call Land
Development Division, Floodplain Management
Section at 863-534-6449. Have your 18-digit
property identification number available.
Growth management: Processes
development applications and long-term
planning projects, 863-534-6467. Planner on
call 863-534-6084 or planneroncall@polk-
county.net for land-use and zoning questions.
Hazardous waste: Polk County Solid Waste.
863-284-4319 or go to www.polk-county.net
and follow the links.
Lakes: Polk County Natural Resources. 863-
534-7377 or go to www.polk-county.net and
follow the links to Natural Resources, where
you can find the Polk County Lake Atlas.
Marriage licenses: Clerk of the Court, 863-
534-4547.
Maps: Depending on the type of map you
need, contact Polk County GIS, 863-534-7500;
Polk County Land Development, 863-534-
6467; or Polk County Property Appraiser, 863-
534-4777 or go to www.polk-county.net and
follow the links to the Polk County Map Viewer.
Minority business procurement: Of ce of
Supplier Diversity, 863-534-5979.
Mosquito control: Polk County Natural
Resources, 863-534-7377.
Local business tax receipts (formerly called
occupational licenses): Polk County Tax
Collector’s Of ce, 863-534-4700 or go to
www.polktaxes.com.
PGTV: Broadcasts government access
television, 863-534-5997.
Parks and recreation: Polk County Parks &
Natural Resources, 863-534-4341.
Property appraiser: Polk County Property
Appraiser’s Of ce. Call 863-534-4777 or go to
www.polkpa.org, which provides information
on appraised values, ownership and most
recent sales.
Recycling: Polk County Waste Resources
Management. 863-284-4319 or go to www.
polk-county.net and follow the links.
Soil maps: Maps are available from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture Natural Resource
Conservation Service in Bartow, 863-533-7121.
Tax collector: Polk County Tax Collector’s
Of ce, 863-534-4700 or go to www.
polktaxes.com.
Transit services: Schedules door-to-door
transportation for qualified riders and
coordinates countywide bus system. 863-534-
5500.
Utilities: Polk County Utilities, 863-298-4100
or 800-301-6039 or go to www.polk-county.
net and follow the links.
Vehicle registration: Polk County Tax
Collector’s Of ce, 863-534-4700 or go to
www.polktaxes.com.
Volunteer services: Coordinates volunteer
efort for events and emergency responses,
863-534-6089.
Voter registration: Polk County Supervisor of
Elections Of ce, 863-534-5888 or go to www.
polkelections.com.
SOURCES: $1,335,672,994
EXPENDITURES BY DEPARTMENT: $1,335,672,994
SOURCE: Polk County Offce
of Management and Budget
POLK COUNTY BUDGET
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010-11
Licenses & permits 0.26%
Interest 0.64%
Miscellaneous 1.05%
Charges for services 2.05%
Interfund transfer 2.77%
Special assessments 3.09%
All other 3.81%
Debt proceeds 0.00%
Internal service funds 4.51%
Reserves/
Transfers 29.33%
Infrast-
ructure Mgt.
30.14%
CDFC of Polk Co. 0.75%
Growth Mgt. 0.86%
Debt Services 1.95%
Board of County Com. 4.05%
Human Services 4.63%
Public Safety 5.19%
THE LEDGER
Taxes 20.74%
Intergovernmental
8.18%
Cash/fund
balance forward
47.2%
Enterprise funds 5.53%
Fines and forefeitures 0.17%
Constitutional Ofcers
13.75%
Support Services
9.14%
Neighborhood
Services
0.00%
County Manager 0.10%
County Attorney 0.09%
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years
From all of us at Polk State College –
we are indeed proud to salute Polk County on its 150th anniversary.
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Polk State College is committed to and encourages equal opportunity/equity/access
for its programs, services, and activities.
Let the celebration commence!
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By SUZIE SCHOTTELKOTTE
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: April 22, 1925
Size: 5 square miles
Population: 5,800
Government: City Commission has
five members. The city manager is
appointed. Commissioners choose
a mayor from among themselves
who serves a one-year term.
Commissioners serve four-year
terms on a rotating basis beginning
this fall. Those in of ce now serve
three-year terms. The commission
meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday
of the month. Commissioners are
paid $100 a month.
City Commission: Mayor Jim Watts,
863-519-2300; Commissioners
Bob Elliott, 863-533-4926; Rick Cochrane, 863-
285-8222; Maurice Nelson, 863-712-2774; and
Barbara Manley, 863-285-8551.
Budget: $13.9 million
Property tax rate: $3.35 per $1,000 in taxable
valuation.
City Manager: Fred Hilliard, 863-285-1100
City Hall: 8 W. Broadway, www.
cityofortmeade.com
Law enforcement: Polk County Sherif’s Of ce;
Fort Meade substation, 863-285-1100; www.
polksherif.org
Fire Department: 863-285-1100
Electricity, water and sewer: City
Hall, 863-285-1100
Garbage service: Advanced Disposal,
863-967-5801
Municipal mobile home park: 863-
285-9742
Public Library: 75 E. Broadway,
863-285-8287, www.pclc.lib.fl.us/
location/fort_meade/info
Recreation: Patterson Park, Fort
Meade Community Center, Heritage
Park, Monument Park, Fort Meade
Outdoor Recreation Area, Morrison Park, Fort
Meade Sports Complex and Lanier Park.
Public schools: Fort Meade Middle and Senior
High School, and Anna Woodbury Elementary,
Lewis Elementary and Riverside Elementary
schools.
Chamber of Commerce: 214 W. Broadway St.,
863-285-8253, www.fortmeadechamber.com
Fort Meade
By KEVIN BOUFFARD
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1925
Size: Four square miles
Population: 1,389
Government: A mayor, who manages the
town, and a five-member Town Council. All
serve three-year terms on a
rotating basis. The mayor
is paid $600 annually and
council members, $420.
The council meets at 7
p.m. the first Tuesday of
the month and has a work
session at 7 p.m. on the
fourth Tuesday.
Town Council: Mayor
Marlene Wagner, 863-
438-0023; and council members:
Chairman Kathi Latimer, 863-439-2182;
Micheal Bowen, 863-439-1332; Cora
Roberson, 863-439-6385; Richard
Swanson, 863-439-1332; and Gary White,
863-439-1910.
Budget: $4.8 million
Property tax rate: $7 per $1,000 of
taxable value.
Town Clerk: Kimberly Gay, 863-439-1910
Town Hall: 100 Smith Ave., 863-439-1910
Police Department: Chief Edward
Freeman, 863-439-1561
Fire Department: Polk County Fire
Department, 863-439-
9362, polkfire.polkfl.com
Electricity: Progress
Energy. 800-700-8744
Water Department: 863-
439-4800. No municipal
sewer service.
Garbage: Florida Refuse
Service Inc., 863-421-9854
Recreation: Two Little
League fields, two playgrounds, picnic
areas and a boat ramp.
Schools: None inside the town limits.
Students attend Haines City High School,
Boone Middle School, Jenkins Middle
School, Alta Vista Elementary School and
Dundee Elementary School.
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By SUZIE SCHOTTELKOTTE
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: July 1, 1882
Size: 52 square miles
Population: 17,000
Government: City
Commission with
appointed city manager.
The commission has five
members. Commissioners
choose a mayor from among
themselves to serve a one-
year term. Commissioners
are elected to three-year
terms on a rotating basis.
The commission meets at
6:30 p.m. on the first and
third Mondays of the month.
Commissioners are paid
$515 a month for service
on the City Commission and $250 a month for
serving as the Bartow Airport Authority.
City Commission: Mayor Wayne Lewis, 863-
533-9430; Commissioners Adrian Jackson,
863-533-1707; James Clements: 863-583-
1100; Leo Longworth; 863-533-3136; and Pat
Huf, 863-533-9430.
Budget: $63.2 million
Property tax rate: $3.99 per $1,000 in
taxable value.
City Manager: George Long, 863-534-0100
City Hall: 450 N. Wilson Ave., 863-534-0100
Website: www.cityofbartow.net
Police Department: 863-534-5034
Fire Department: 863-534-5044
Customer Service: 863-534-0188
Public Works: 863-534-0100. After-hours
emergencies, 863-534-0134
Electric Department:
863-534-0100. After-hours
emergencies, 863-534-0134
Water Plant: 863-534-0159
Sewer Plant: 863-534-0146
Solid Waste Department:
863-534-0181
Golf Course: 863-534-0155
Bartow Municipal Airport:
863-533-1195, www.bartow-
airport.com
Parks and Recreation: 863-
534-0120
Bartow Public Library: 2150 S.
Broadway Ave., 863-534-0131, www.pclc.lib.
fl.us/bartow
Public Schools: Bartow High School,
International Baccalaureate, Summerlin
Academy, Bartow Middle School, Union
Academy Magnet Middle, Bartow Elementary
Academy, Floral Avenue Elementary, Gibbons
Street Elementary, James E. Stephens
Elementary, Spessard L. Holland Elementary,
Gause Career Development Center and Polk
Life and Learning Center.
Chamber of Commerce: 863-533-7125,
www.bartowchamber.com
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By KEVIN BOUFFARD
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1914
Size: 20 square miles
Population: 18,762
Government: City Commission has five
members. The city manager
is appointed. The commission
is elected to four-year terms
on a rotating basis. It picks a
mayor and vice mayor from
among members in May after
the April municipal election.
Commissioners are paid
$6,000 a year and the mayor
$7,200. The commission meets
at 7 p.m. the first and third
Thursdays of the month.
City Commission: Mayor
Mayor Horace West, 863-419-
1836; Vice Mayor Philip Hinkle,
863-422-2437; and commissioners Adam
Burgess, 863-521-2291; Roy Tyler, 863-422-
4407; and Joanna Wilkinson, 863-422-5635.
Budget: $41.1 million
Property tax rate: $6.99 per $1,000 of
taxable value.
City Manager: Ann Toney-Deal, 863-421-
3650
City Hall: 502 E. Hinson Ave., 863-421-3600,
ci.haines-city.fl.us
Police Department: Chief Rick Sloan, 863-
421-3636, ext. 224, www.hainescitypd.com
Fire Department: Chief Lon Cheney, 863-421-
3612
Public Works: Director Mike Stripling, 863-
421-3777
Water and sewer: 863-421-3600
Electricity: Florida Power, 800-700-8744
Parks Department: Director
Kelly Callihan, 863-421-3700
Haines City Public Library: 303
Ledwith Ave., 863-421-3633
Recreation Department: 863-
421-3700
Dolphus Howard Complex: 863-
421-3720
Recreation: Haines City
Community Center, the Dolphus
Howard Complex, Lake Eva Park,
Clay Cut Centre, the Bethune
Neighborhood Center, Cook Field,
Larry Parrish Complex and East
Park. The city has two swimming pools.
Public schools: Alta Vista, Eastside and
Sandhill elementary schools and Bethune
Academy; Boone Middle School and Daniel
Jenkins Academy; and Haines City and Ridge
Community high schools.
Chamber of Commerce: 863-422-3751 or
www.hainescity.com
Economic Development Council: Executive
Director Paul Senft, 608 Ingraham Ave., 863-
422-2525
Haines City Main Street: Executive Director
Ronni Wood, 235 N. Ninth St., 863-421-4100
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CITY
BY RICK ROUSOS
The Ledger
Incorporated: 1911
Size: 25.3 square miles
Population: 14,033
Government: The City Commission has five members. The
city manager is appointed. The mayor is elected by voters
from among the commissioners who are not up for re-election
and serves a one-year term. Commissioners serve four-year
terms on a rotating basis. The mayor is paid $6,164 a year.
Commissioners are paid $5,281 per year. The commission
meets 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month.
City Commission: Mayor Mayor Keith Cowie, 863-965-7339;
Commissioners Marvin Wiley, 863-967-2930; Jack Myers, 863-
967-8617; and Allen Johnson 863-967-5386.
Budget: $28.8 million
Property tax rate: $3.84 per $1,000 of taxable value.
City Manager: Robert R. Green,
bgreen@auburndalefl.com, 863-
965-5506.
City Hall: 1 Bobby Green Plaza, 863-
965-5500, www.auburndalefl.com
Police Department: 863-965-5555
Fire Department: 863-965-5522
Building and Zoning Department:
863-965-5530
Public Utilities: 863-965-5500;
Nights/weekends: 863-965-5555;
Arrange for water and sewer in the
Public Utilities Department at City Hall.
Garbage pickup is handled by the city.
Electricity: Tampa Electric Co., Main
Street. 888-223-0800, www.tampaelectric.com
Water/Sewer Maintenance: 863-965-5549
Yard Waste and Large Items Pickup: Public Works
Department, 863-965-5511
Public Library: 100 W. Bridgers Ave., 863-965-5548, www.
auburndalefl.com/citylibrary.asp
Parks and Recreation: 863-965-5545
Recreation: Baseball, softball, soccer and football fields,
municipal basketball courts, racquetball courts and tennis
courts with Pro Shop (city tennis pro), Senior Center, Club
House, Tourist Club, swimming, boating, fishing, and a city
beach with picnic area and boat landing on Lake Ariana.
Public Schools: Auburndale High School, Tenoroc High School,
Stambaugh Middle, Berkley Elementary, Auburndale Central
Elementary, Lena Vista Elementary, Boswell Elementary and
Caldwell Elementary.
Chamber of Commerce: 111 E. Park Ave. 863-967-3400,
www.auburndalefl.com/why_auburndale.asp
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By SUZIE SCHOTTELKOTTE
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1917
Size: 19 square miles
Population: 13,100
Government: The City
Commission has five
members. The city manager
is appointed by the
commission. The mayor
is elected annually from
members of the commission
not up for re-election.
Commissioners are elected to
four-year terms on a rotating
basis. They are paid $378.23
a month. The commission
meets at 6 p.m. on the first
and third Tuesday of each
month.
City Commission: Mayor Jack Van Sickle,
863-324-6191; and Commissioners Jonathan
Thornhill, 863-604-8556; John Paul Rogers,
863-676-6764; Michael Carter, 863-679-
9725; and Terrye Howell, 863-676-6284.
Budget: $28.3 million
Property tax rate: $7.3277 for each $1,000 of
taxable value.
City Manager: Judy Delmar 863-678-4182,
ext. 225
City Hall: 201 W. Central Ave. 863-678-4182,
www.cityoflakewales.com
Police Department: 863-678-4223, lwpd.
cityoflakewales.com
Fire Department: 863-678-4203, www.
cityoflakewales.com/lwfd
Electric: Florida Power Corp., 800-700-8744
Street Department: 863-678-4182, ext. 270
Garbage, trash pickup: 863-678-4182, ext.
276
Water and sewer: After-hours
Emergency: 863-632-2349;
customer service, 863-678-
4196; billing, 863-678-4197
Utilities administration:
863-678-4182, ext. 294
Public library: 290
Cypress Gardens Lane,
863-678-4004, www.
cityoflakewales.com/library
Depot Museum: 325 S. Scenic
Highway, 863-678-4209,
www.cityoflakewales.com/
depot
Airport: 450 S. Airport Road, 863-678-0080,
www.cityoflakewales.com/airport or www.
lakewalesairport.net
Recreation: Lake Wales YMCA, James P.
Austin Community Center, Albert Kirkland
Gymnasium and 150 acres of municipal parks.
Public schools: Lake Wales High School,
Bok Middle Academy and Babson Park, Polk
Avenue, Janie Howard Wilson and Hillcrest
elementary schools operated by the Lake
Wales Charter School System. McLaughlin
Middle School, Roosevelt Academy and Spook
Hill Elementary operated by the Polk County
School District.
Chamber of Commerce: 863-676-3445,
www.lakewaleschamber.com
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By SUZIE SCHOTTELKOTTE
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1927
Size: 500 acres
Population: 273
Government: Three
commissioners manage the
government. The mayor is
selected by the commission.
Commissioners serve three-
year terms, with one member
elected annually. Elections
are held in April. None is
paid. They meet at 7 p.m.
the second Tuesday of every
other month, beginning with January.
Commission: Mayor Mark Smith, 863-676-
2695; Commissioners Brian Updike, 863-676-
8068 and Brian MacCurrach, 863-676-8321.
Budget: $242,476
Property tax rate: $9.97 for each $1,000 of
taxable value.
Village Manager: Brian Updike, 863-676-
8068 and 863-455-6518
Village Clerk: Maggie Taylor and Assistant
Village Clerk Blair Updike, 863-
455-6518
Law enforcement: Polk
County Sherif’s Of ce, 863-
298-6200
Fire: Lake Wales Fire
Department, 863-678-4203
Electricity: Progress Energy,
800-700-8744
Water: Village of Highland
Park. Contact the town clerk
for information.
Recreation: 18-hole golf course
Public schools: Lake Wales High School,
Edward W. Bok Middle School, Polk Avenue
and Hillcrest Elementary schools, operated by
Lake Wales Charter Schools, and McLaughlin
Middle School, operated by the Polk County
School District.
Highland Park
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Lake Easy
HIGHLAND
PARK
By KEVIN BOUFFARD
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1925
Size: 3.5 square miles
Population: 1,685
Government: The City Council
has five members serving four-
year terms on a rotating basis.
The city manager is appointed.
Council members select the
mayor and vice mayor for
one-year terms from among
themselves. The mayor is paid
$123.64 per month and council
members $61.82. The council
meets at 7 p.m. on the second
Monday of every month.
City Council: Mayor Joseph LaCascia, 863-
984-7393; Vice Mayor Trudy Block, 863-984-
5691; and Council members Nancy Adorno,
863-984-1375; Mike Blethen, 863-984-2690;
and Don Kimsey, 863-984-2180.
Budget: $3.8 million
Property tax rate: $8.65 per $1,000 of
taxable property value.
Acting City Manager: Trudy Block, 863-984-
1375, ext. 237
City Hall: 123 Broadway Blvd. S.E., www.
mypolkcity.org
Law enforcement: Polk County Sherif’s
Of ce, Polk City substation, 863-984-8767,
www.polksherif.org
Fire: Polk County Fire Department, 863-965-
6379, polkfire.polkfl.com
Electricity: Lakeland Electric, 863-834-6300,
and Tampa Electric, 298-6019
Water and Sewer
departments: Frank
Sanderson, manager, 863-
984-1375, ext. 247
Garbage: Florida Refuse, 863-
665-1489
Library: Polk City Community
Library, 215 S. Bougainvillea,
863-984-4340, www.
polkcitylibrary.org
Recreation: Lake Agnes has
a boat ramp. Freedom Park at State Road 33
and Berkley Road has multipurpose courts for
basketball, tennis and racquetball. McManigle
Park at 505 Second St. has a playground and
picnic area. The city runs a summer recreation
program for children between the ages of 5
and 14 from May through July. The 29-mile
Gen. James Van Fleet State Trail can be used
for walking and riding bicycles or horses. Polk
City Skate Park is near the trail and Freedom
Park.
Public schools: Auburndale and Tenoroc high
schools; Stambaugh and Lake Alfred middle
schools; and Polk City and Berkley elementary
schools.
Polk City
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POLK
CITY
By JOHN CHAMBLISS
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1901
Size: 6.3 square miles
Population: 3,368
Government: The City
Commission has an
elected mayor and five city
commissioners. The city
manager is appointed. All
elected of cials serve two-
year terms on a rotating
basis. The mayor is paid $5,018 a year and
commissioners receive $3,345. Regular
meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of
the month at City Hall.
City Commission: Interim Mayor Collins
Smith, 863-425-3489; and Commissioners
Andy Scrocca 863-425-5148; Jim Splaine,
863-425-4412, Jerry Woods, 863-698-8779;
and Terry Evers, 863-640-5576.
Budget: $6.4 million
Property tax rate: $8.9 per $1,000 of taxable
value.
City Manager: Frank Satchel, 863-425-1125
City Hall: 104 S. Church Ave. 863-425-1125,
www.cityofmulberryfl.com
Law enforcement: Polk County Sherif’s
Of ce, Mulberry substation, 104
Church Ave. S., 863-425-1119,
www.polksherif.org
Fire Department: 863-425-
9747. Polk County Fire Station,
109 N.W. Ninth Ave., polkfire.
polkfl.com
Water, sewer: 863-425-1125
Public Works: 425-3146
Garbage: 863-665-1489
Electricity: Tampa Electric Co. 888-223-
0800, www.tampaelectric.com
Library: Dr. C.C. Pearce Library, 103 E. Canal
St., 863-425-3246, www.pclc.lib.fl.us/
libraries/mulberry
Recreation: Bicentennial Park, Mulberry Civic
Center, Spence Field, W.S. Badcock Dixie Youth
Field and five playgrounds.
Public Schools: Mulberry High School,
Mulberry Middle School, and Kingsford,
Purcell and Sikes elementary schools.
Mulberry
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By SUZIE SCHOTTELKOTTE
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1923
Size: 100 acres
Population: 252
Government: Town Commission with five
commissioners who serve two-year terms,
with all five up for election at the same
time in odd years. The next election will
be in April . The mayor and vice mayor are
picked by the commission. The mayor and
vice mayor are paid $50 a month, and other
commissioners are paid $40. The commission
meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of
each month.
Town Commission: Mayor Sam Knight,
863-638-1231; and Commissioners Ray
French, 863-638-2684; Trudy Marvel, 863-
638-1305; Albert Welch, 863-638-0022;
and Mike
Bishop,
863-638-
1577.
Budget:
$105,422
Property
Tax Rate:
31.25 cents
for each $1,000 of taxable property.
Town Clerk: Larry Blackwelder, 863-638-
2732
Town Hall: 151 N. Scenic Highway. 863-639-
2732, www.townofhillcrestheights.com
Law Enforcement: Polk County Sherif’s
Of ce, 863-298-6200
Fire Department: Caloosa Lake Fire
Department, 863-679-4200
Electricity: Progress Energy, 800-700-8744
Water service: Polk County Utilities. 863-
298-4100. After-hours emergencies, 863-
534-7351.
Garbage service: Advanced Disposal, 863-
967-5801
Public schools: Lake Wales High School,
Frostproof Middle/Senior High School,
McLaughlin Middle School, Edward W. Bok
Middle School in Lake Wales, and Dale Fair
Babson Park Elementary School.
Hillcrest
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By MIKE GROGAN
SPECIAL TO THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1915
Size: 4 square miles
Population: 2,758
Government: City Commission with mayor
and four commission members. The city
manager is appointed. Commission members
are elected to four-year terms on a rotating
basis. The mayor is paid $1,200 a year,
and commissioners are paid $600. The
commission meets at 7 p.m. the second
and fourth Mondays of every month. The
first monthly meeting is a workshop for the
discussion of issues to be voted on during the
second monthly meeting.
City Commission: Mayor Peter Rust; Vice
Mayor H.B. Robinson III; and Commission
members
Bob Lynch,
Tom Fellows
and Crystal
Williams. All
can be reached
through City
Hall, 863-419-
3300.
Budget: $3.1 million
Property tax rate: $6 per $1,000 of taxable
value
City Manager: Amy Arrington, 863-419-3300
City Hall: 1 S. Allapaha Ave., 863-419-3300,
www.davenportfl.org
Police Department: Chief Charles Clements,
863-419-3306
Fire Department: Fire Administrator Stuart
McCutcheon, 863-419-3305
Water: 863-419-3300. Sewer service is
provided to a small number of residents,
mostly in newer homes, from a temporary
sewer plant. City Commission has approved
building a new sewer plant for the rest of the
city, but no construction date has been set.
Electricity: Florida Power Corp. 800-700-
8744
Garbage: Florida Refuse. 863-638-2144
Recreation: The city two ball fields, two
tennis courts, basketball complexes and two
parks with playground equipment.
Public Schools: Ridge Community High
School, Haines City High School, Boone
Middle School and Jenkins Academy,
Ridgeview Global Studies Academy, Horizons
Elementary School, Loughman Oaks
Elementary and Davenport School of the
Arts.
Chamber of Commerce: 5 S. Allapaha Ave.,
863-422-3975, www.davenportfl.org
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DAVENPORT
By KEVIN BOUFFARD
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1915
Size: 10 square miles
Population: 4,627
Government: The City Commission has five
members serving
four-year terms on
a rotating basis.
Commissioners elect
the mayor and vice
mayor to one-year
terms from among
themselves. The
mayor earns an
annual salary of
$3,600, while other
commissioners
get $2,400 a year.
The city manager
is appointed. The
commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first
and third Mondays of the month.
City Commission: Mayor Jack Dearmin, 863-
604-0876; Vice Mayor Albertus Maultsby,
863-956-1856; and Commissioners Nancy
Daley, 863-956-4622; Tracy Garcia, 863-
651-2011; and Lowell Schmidt, 863-956-
2160.
Budget: $6.3 million
Property tax rate: $6.58 per $1,000 of
taxable property value.
City Manager: Larry Harbuck, 863-291-5270
City Hall: 120 E. Pomelo St., 863-291-5270
Website: www.mylakealfred.com
Police Department: Chief Art Bodenheimer,
863-291-5200
Fire Department: Chief Chris Costine, 863-
291-5202
Electricity: Tampa Electric Co., 888-223-
0800
Website: www.tampaelectric.com
Building Department: Donnie True, 863-
291-5748
Public Works: Director John Deaton, 863-
291-5275. After hours, 863-291-5200.
Water and Sewer: 863-5274
Public Library: 195 E. Pomelo St., 863-291-
5378
Website: www.pclc.lib.fl.us/location/
lake_alfred/info
Recreation: Superintendent Jef Tillman,
291-5270. Recreational opportunities include
fishing, golf, basketball and tennis.
Public schools: Auburndale High School,
Discovery Academy, Lake Alfred Elementary,
Lake Alfred-Addair Middle, Best Program,
and Karen M. Siegel Academy.
Chamber of Commerce: Executive Director
Fran Beach, 210 S. Seminole Ave., 863-291-
5380. Website: www.lake-alfred.com
Lake Alfred
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LAKE
ALFRED
BY RICK ROUSOS
The Ledger
Incorporated: 1921
Size: 4.5 square miles, including 1.8 square
miles of water surface
Population: 2,921
Government: The
City Commission
has five members.
The city manager
is appointed.
Commissioners are
elected to two-
year terms on a
rotating basis. The mayor is selected by the
commission. They are paid $100 a month.
The commission meets at 7 p.m. the first and
third Mondays of the month. The Community
Redevelopment Agency meets at 6 p.m. on
the first Monday of the month.
City Commission: Mayor Angela Volz,
863-370-8846; Vice Mayor J.R. Sullivan,
863-293-4141; commissioners Suzy Wilson,
863-293-4141; Sherry Henry, 863-294-1162;
and Wanda Petranick, 863-293-4141.
Budget: $2.9 million
Property tax rate: $7.65 per $1,000 of
taxable property value.
City Manager: Peter Gardner, 863-293-4141
City Hall: 75 Seventh St. N. 863-293-4141,
www.eaglelake-fla.com
Law enforcement: Polk County Sherif’s
Of ce, Eagle Lake substation, 863-293-5677,
www.polksherif.org
Fire Department: 863-295-5173, Polk
County Station No. 32, polkfire.polkfl.com
Building and Street Departments: 863-
293-4141
Electricity: Tampa Electric Co., 888-223-
0800, www.tampaelectric.com
Water and Sewer: 863-293-4141.
Emergencies, 863-293-5677.
Garbage: Florida Refuse, 863-294-8778
Public Library: 75 N. Seventh St. 863-
293-2914, www.pclc.lib.fl.us/location/
eagle_lake/info
Recreation: A variety of sports leagues,
three city parks, two lakes with piers and
boat access, and a city beach.
Public Schools: Lake Region High School,
Westwood Middle, and Eagle Lake and
Pinewood elementary schools.
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THE CABINET
AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ADAM H. PUTNAM
(Republican)
PL-10 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0810
Phone: 850-488-3022 E-mail: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/
Press Secretary: Sterling Ivey
ATTORNEY GENERAL PAM BONDI (Republican)
PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Phone: 850-245-0150 E-mail: http://www.myfloridalegal.com
Press Secretary: Jennifer Krell Davis
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER JEFF ATWATER (Republican)
PL-11 The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0300
Phone: 850-413-2842 Website: http://www.myfloridacfo.com/
Press Secretary: Alexis Lambert
GOV. RICK SCOTT (Republican)
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Phone: 850-488-4802
E-mail: www.myflorida.com/eog
Governor’s Communications
Director: Brian Burgess
U.S. REP. DENNIS ROSS
12th Congressional District
Republican, Lakeland
404 Cannon House Ofce Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515-0912
Phone: 202-225-1252 Fax: 202-226-0585
Website: www.dennisross.house.gov/
e-mail: Go to website to access
Chief of Staf: Frederick Piccolo Jr.
Lakeland Field Ofce: 170 Fitzgerald Road, Lakeland, FL, 33813
District Director: Blaine Gravitt District Phone: 863-644-8215
Boundaries: Polk County comprises 65 percent of the district. The
district also includes parts of Hillsborough and Osceola counties.

U.S. REP. RICHARD NUGENT
5th Congressional District
Republican, Brooksville
1517 Longworth House Ofce Building
Telephone: 202-225-1002
Fax: 202-226-6559
Web site: http://www.house.gov/nugent/
E-mail: Accessible through the Web site.
Communications Director: Harrison Lewis
District Ofce: 16224 Spring Hill Dr., Brooksville, FL 34604
Telephone: 352-799-8345 Toll Free: 866-492-4835
Fax: 352-799-8776
Boundaries: In Polk, the district’s boundaries are State Road 33
on the east and the Hillsborough County line on the west and I-4
to the south. In addition the district includes all of Citrus,
Hernando and Sumter counties with parts of Lake, Levy, Marion
and Pasco counties.
U.S. REP.BILL POSEY
15th Congressional District
Republican, Rockledge
120 Cannon House Ofce Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3671 Fax: 202-225-3516
Press Secretary: George Cecala
District Ofce: 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C,
Melbourne, FL 32940
Phone: (321) 632-1776 Fax: (321) 639-8595
Website: www.posey.house.gov
Boundaries: Includes the northeast corner of Polk County, parts
of Brevard, and Osceola counties and all of Indian River County.
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POLK’S
SENATE
DISTRICTS
FLORIDA GOVERNOR U.S. SENATORS
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES
POLK’S FLORIDA SENATORS
SEN. J.D. ALEXANDER
Republican, Lake Wales
Capitol Ofce:
412 Senate Ofce Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5044
Legislative Assistants:
Caitlin Murray
District Ofces:
201 W. Central Ave.
City Hall Complex, Room 115
Lake Wales, FL 33853
Legislative Assistant: Patty Harrison
District Phone:
(863) 679-4847
Statewide Phone:
1-800-444-9747
Sebring Ofce:
Legislative Assistant: Larry Ford
Sebring Phone: 863-386-6016
E-mail: alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov
Committees:
Chairman of the Budget Committee; Vice
Chair, Rules; Agriculture; Banking and
Insurance; Budget Subcommittee on Finance
and Tax; Budget Subcommittee on
Transportation, tourism and Economic
Development Appropriations; Education
PreK-12; Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and
Elections and Chair of the Joint Legislative
Budget Commission.
DISTRICT 17
District boundaries: South and East Polk
County beginning south of Haines City from
Lake Hatchineha Road, South Lakeland
beginning just north of the Polk Parkway
and going south and east to the county line.
Also includes Hardee, Highlands and
Okeechobee counties and parts of DeSoto,
Glades and St. Lucie counties.
DISTRICT 15
District boundaries: The northern third of Polk, downtown Lakeland and
Mulberry along with parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola and Sumter counties.
SEN. PAULA DOCKERY
Republican, Lakeland
Capitol Ofce:
224 Senate Ofce Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Capitol Ofce Phone:
(850) 487-5040
Legislative Assistant:
Rachel “Perrin” Rogers
District Ofce:
Legislative Assistants:
Sarah Hardy, Laura Rodriguez,
Anne Kathryn Bell.
101 W. Main St., Suite 110
Lakeland, FL 33815
E-mail:
dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2395
Lakeland, FL
District Phone:
863-413-2900
Statewide Phone:
1-866-248-6487
Fax: 863-413-2902
Committees:
Vice Chair, Commerce and Tourism;
Budget Subcommittee on Education
Pre K-12 Appropriations, Community
Afairs, Criminal Justice and the Rules
Subcommittee on Ethics and
Elections.

DISTRICT 10
District boundaries: Northwest Lakeland and western Polk County
to State Road 60 and parts of Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
SEN. RONDA STORMS
Republican, Valrico
Capitol Ofce:
413 Senate Ofce Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Capitol Phone:
(850) 487-5072
E-mail:
storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov
District Ofce:
421 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Brandon, FL 33511
District Ofce Phone:
(813) 651-2189
Legislative
Assistants: Kristina
Austin, Audrey
Canney and Beth
Sutkowy.
Committees:
Chair, Children,
Families, and Elder
Afairs; Budget Subcommittee on
Criminal and Civil Justice
Appropriations, Community Afairs,
Military Afairs, Space and Domestic
Security, Reapportionment and
Transportation.
U.S. SEN. BILL NELSON (Democrat)
Chief of Staf: Pete Mitchell
716 Hart Senate Ofce Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Website: http://billnelson.senate.gov
e-mail: bill@billnelson.senate.gov
Fax: 202-228-2183
Regional Director for Polk: Celeste
Brown (Located in Orlando ofce)
Communications Director: Dan McLaughlin
Orlando Field Ofce: 225 E. Robinson St., Suite 410,
Orlando 32801 Orlando Region Phone: 407-872-7161

U.S. SEN. MARCO RUBIO (Republican)
SD-B40A Senate Dirksen Ofce Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3041
Director of Media Afairs:
Alex Burgos
Orlando District Ofce:
201 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 350,
Orlando, FL 32801 District Phone: 407-254-2573
Tampa District Ofce: 3802 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 106
Tampa, FL 33612 District Phone: 813-977-6450
Toll Free: 1-866-630-7106
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District 1
Bob English
R-Lakeland
District:
Southwest Polk
Phone: 534-6450
Executive Assistant:
Sharon Ahearn
Term ends: 2012
District 2
Melony Bell
R-Ft. Meade
District:
South Central Polk
Phone: 534-6434
Executive Assistant:
Leon Foster
Term ends: 2014
District 3
Ed Smith
R-Lake Alfred
District:
North Central Polk
Phone: 534-6050
Executive Assistant:
Kay Hodgkins
Term ends: 2012
District 4
Todd Dantzler
R-Winter Haven
District:
Northeast Polk
Phone: 534-6422
Executive Assistant:
Leon Foster
Term ends: 2014
District 5
Sam Johnson
R-Lakeland
District:
Northwest Polk
Phone: 534-6049
Executive Assistant:
Chris Chila
Term ends: 2012
Deputy
County Manager
Bill Beasley
Phone:
534-6429
POLK COUNTY COMMISSION
The five Polk County commissioners, four
Republicans and one Democrat, must reside in their
respective geographic districts when they run for
ofce, but they are elected by all Polk voters. The
districts ensure all parts of the county are equally
represented. The county manager is hired by the
commissioners.
■ Address: Neil Combee County Administration
Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow 33830
■ Phone: 863-534-6000
■ Web site: www.polk-county.net
■ E-mails: Scroll down on Web site and click on
“E-mail your commissioners” link.
County Manager
Jim Freeman
Phone:
534-6444
POLK’S FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
REP. SETH MCKEEL
Republican, Lakeland
Capitol Ofce:
422 The Capitol, 402 S.
Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Capitol Ofce Phone:
850-488-9890.
District Ofce:
4250 S. Florida Ave., Suite 4
Lakeland, FL 33813-1725
District Phone:
863-647-4896
Legislative
Assistant:
Callie Neslund.
District Secretary:
Catherine Fraser
e-mail:
Seth.McKeel @myfloridahouse.gov
Committees: Chairman, State
Afairs Committee; Appropriations
Committee.
REP. MIKE HORNER
Republican, Kissimmee
Capitol Ofce:
222 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Capitol Ofce Phone: (850)
488-8992
District Ofce:
323 Pleasant Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741-5763
Legislative Assistant:
Adam Lovejoy
District Secretary:
Rose Hernandez
District Phone:
(407) 943-3077
Committees:
Chairman,
Transportation
and Economic
Development
Appropriations
Subcommittee; Appropriations
Committee; Health and Human
Services Access subcommittee ;
Joint Legislative Budget
Commission; Transportation and
Highway Safety Subcommittee.
REP. JOHN WOOD
Republican, Winter Haven
Capitol Ofce:
214 House Ofce Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Capitol Ofce Phone:
(850) 488-2721
District Ofce:
702 Main Street
Haines City, FL 33844-4342
e-mail: john.wood
@myfloridahouse.gov
District Phone:
(863) 419-3470
Legislative
Assistant:
Hedy Weddington
District Secretary:
Katherine Bell
Committees: Chair,
Health and Human Services Quality
Subcommittee; Vice chair, Insurance
and Banking Subcommittee; Health
and Human Serv. Committee; Health
Care Appropriation Subcommittee.
REP. BEN ALBRITTON
Republican, Wauchula
Capitol Ofce:
1301 The Capitol
402 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Capitol Ofce Phone:
850-488-9465
District Ofce:
150 N. Central Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830-4742
District Phone:
863-534-0073
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1966
Bartow, FL 33831-1966
Legislative
Assistant:
Kevin Cleary
District
Secretary:
Karen Whaley
Committees:
Agriculture &
Natural Resources Appropriations;
Energy and Utilities
Subcommittee; Health and Human
Services Committee; Insurance and
Banking Subcommittee and the
Transportation and Highway Safety
Subcommittee.
DISTRICT 64
District boundaries: Lakeland north of Edgewood Drive
and Polk County north of Interstate 4.
DISTRICT 65
District boundaries: South of I-4, north of SR 60 east of the Polk Parkway.
It includes Auburndale, Haines City, parts of Winter Haven, Davenport, Dundee,
Loughman, Lake Hamilton, Eagle Lake, Lake Alfred and part of Lake Wales.
DISTRICT 79
District boundaries: Southeast corner of Polk County,
south and east of Frostproof and parts of Osceola County.
DISTRICT 66
District boundaries: Lake Wales, eastern part of Frostproof, parts
of Winter Haven, Hardee County and Highlands County west of U.S. 27.
DISTRICT 63
District boundaries: South of Edgewood Drive, South Lakeland
and Highland City, Mulberry, Bartow and into South Hillsborough
County to Sun City Center.
KELLI STARGEL
Republican, Lakeland
Capitol Ofce:
313 House Ofce Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Capitol Ofce Phone:
(850) 488-2270
District Ofce: 2000 E.
Edgewood Dr., Suite 109
Lakeland, FL 33803-3639
e-mail: kelli.stargel
@myfloridahouse.gov
Mailing Address: P.O. Box
2839, Lakeland, FL, 3806-2839
District Phone:
(863) 614-9156
Legislative
Assistant:
Rachel Barnes
District Aide:
Chris Dowdy
Committees:
Chair, K-20 Innovation
Subcommittee; Civil Justice
Subcommittee; Education
Committee; Higher Education
Appropriations Subcommittee; Pre
K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee;
Rules and Calendar Committee.
BREVARD
HILLSBOROUGH
INDIAN
RIVER
OKEE-
CHOBEE
ORANGE
PINELLAS
PASCO
POLK
OSCEOLA
DESOTO
HARDEE
HIGHLANDS
MARTIN
ST. LUCIE
SARASOTA
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Lakeland
By JOHN CHAMBLISS
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1885
Size: 74.7 square miles
Population: 93,967
Government: City Commission with an
elected mayor and six commissioners. The
city manager is appointed. The mayor and
commissioners serve four-year terms on a
rotating basis. The mayor is paid $26,495
per year, while commissioners are paid
$17,478 per year.
The commission
meets at 9 a.m. on
the first and third
Mondays of the
month.
City Commission:
863-834-6005.
Mayor Gow Fields,
863-683-2816;
Commissioners
Justin Troller,
863-665-4083;
Edie Yates 863-
688-8841, Glenn
Higgins 863-859-
1533; Don Selvage,
863-683-6783;
Phillip Walker, 863-
686-5507; and
Howard Wiggs, 863-644-4444.
Budget: $542 million, includes Lakeland
Electric.
Property tax rate: $4.16 per $1,000 of
taxable value.
City Manager: Doug Thomas, 863-834-6006
City Hall: 228 S. Massachusetts Ave. 863-834-
6000, www.lakelandgov.net
Public access: Bright House Network, Channel
615, Comcast, Channel 33 and Verizon Fios,
Ch 43. City meetings, services, projects and
programs.
Police Department: 863-834-6900, www.
lakelandgov.net/lpd/home.html
Fire Department: 863-834-8200, www.
lakelandgov.net/lfd/home.html
Lakeland Electric: 863-834-6300, www.
lakelandelectric.com; for outages and
interruptions, 863-834-4248.
Planning Department: 863-834-6011
Public Information: 863-834-6264
Wastewater Department: 863-834-8277
Garbage: 863-834-8773
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport: 3900
Don Emerson Drive. 863-648-3299, www.
lakelandairport.com
Recreation Department: 863-834-6035
Lakeland Public Library: Main Branch, 100
Lake Morton Drive, 863-834-4280. Larry R.
Jackson Branch, 1700 N. Florida Ave., 863-
834-4288, www.lakelandgov.net/library/
home.html
Public schools:
Collegiate High School,
Lakeland High School,
George Jenkins High
School, Harrison
Center for the Visual
and Performing
Arts, Kathleen High
School, Lake Gibson
High School, Tenoroc
High School, Crystal
Lake Middle, Kathleen
Middle, Lake Gibson
Middle, Lakeland
Highlands Middle,
Lawton Chiles Middle
Academy, McKeel
Academy, Sleepy
Hill Middle School,
Southwest Middle, Traviss Career Center,
Best Program, Blake Elementary, Carlton
Palmore Elementary, Cleveland Court
Elementary, Churchwell Elementary, Crystal
Lake Elementary, Dixieland Elementary, Grif n
Elementary, Highlands Grove Elementary,
Kathleen Elementary, Jesse Keen Elementary,
Lakeland Elementary, Lincoln Avenue
Acadmey, McKeel Elementary, Medulla
Elementary, North Lakeland Academy, Oscar
J. Pope Elementary, Padgett Elementary,
Philip O’Brien Elementary, R. Bruce Wagner
Elementary, Rochelle School of the Arts, Scott
Lake Elementary, Sikes Elementary, Sleepy
Hill Elementary, Socrum Elementary, South
McKeel Academy, Southwest Elementary,
Wendell Watson Elementary, Winston
Elementary and Valleyview Elementary.
Chamber of Commerce: 35 Lake
Morton Drive, 863-688-8551. www.
lakelandchamber.com
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Winter Haven
BY RICK ROUSOS
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: Nov. 27, 1923
Size: 39.7 square miles, of which 8.2 square
miles is water surface.
Population: 34,691
Government: The City Commission has five
members. The city manager is appointed. The
commissioners choose a mayor and mayor
pro-tem from among themselves to serve
one-year terms. Commissioners
are elected to four-year
terms on a rotating basis. The
mayor is paid $14,561 a year,
and commissioners are paid
$11,705 a year. Commission
meetings are at 7:30 p.m.
on the second and fourth
Mondays of each month.
City Commission: Mayor
Jef Potter, 863-294-
4700; Mayor Pro-Tem J.P.
Powell, 863-291-8504; and
Commissioners Nat Birdsong,
863-299-3263; Jamie
Beckett, 863-299-9012;
Steven Hunnicutt, 863-326-
9783.
Budget: $83.3 million
Property tax rate: $5.79 per
$1,000 of taxable value.
City Manager: Dale Smith, 863-291-5600;
e-mail: dsmith@mywinterhaven.com
City Hall: 451 Third St. N.W. 863-291-5600
Website: www.mywinterhaven.com
Police Department: 863-291-5858
Website: www.winterhavenpd.com
Fire Department: 863-291-5677
Website: whfd.mywinterhaven.com
Sewer and Water: 863-291-5678; after
hours, 863-291-5767
Electric Service: Tampa Electric Co., 863-
299-0800
Website: www.tampaelectric.com
Planning Department: 863-291-5600
Human Resources: 863-291-5650
Garbage Pickup: 863-291-5757
Street Cleanup Services: 863-291-5852
Code Enforcement and Occupational
Licenses: 863-291-5697
Building Permits and Business Tax
Receipts: 863-291-5695
Cemeteries: Lakeside, 863-291-5762; Rolling
Hills, 863-291-5761
Leisure Services: 863-291-5656
Airport: Winter Haven Municipal Airport, 2073
U.S. 92., 863-293-2501, 298-4551
Website: whma.mywinterhaven.com
Buses: Winter Haven Area Transit, 863-688-
7433; Greyhound Bus
Lines.
Winter Haven Public
Library: 325 Ave. A N.W.,
863-291-5880.
Website: www.
mywinterhaven.com/
cs/library.htm
Recreation: Chain of
Lakes Complex, 863-
291-5656; Winter Haven
Recreational and Cultural
Center, 863-291-5675;
Ridge Art, 863-291-5661;
Senior Adult Center, 863-
291-5870; Tennis Center,
863-291-5690; and
Willowbrook Golf Course,
863-291-5897, 5899. The
city has two swimming
pools at the Chain of Lakes Complex and the
Northeast Recreational and Cultural Center.
City parks include Martin Luther King Jr. Park,
Rotary Park, Sportsman Park, Lake Martha
Park and Inman Park. Nature parks: South
Lake Howard, Lake Hartridge and Lake Maude.
Boat ramps are ofered on many local lakes.
Public Schools: Winter Haven High, Lake
Region High, Chain of Lakes Collegiate High,
Ridge Career Center; Jewett Academy, Denison
Middle and Westwood Middle; Jewett School
of the Arts; and Brigham Academy, Chain of
Lakes Elementary, Elbert Elementary, Garden
Grove Elementary, Garner Elementary, Inwood
Elementary, Lake Shipp Elementary, Snively
Elementary and Wahneta Elementary schools.
Chamber of Commerce: 401 Ave. B N.W.
Phone, 863-293-2138. Fax, 863-297-5818.
e-mail, chamber1@winterhavenfl.com
Website: winterhavenfl.com
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BY RICK ROUSOS
The Ledger
Incorporated: 1924
Size: 10 square miles
Population: 3,299
Government: The Town Council has five
members. The town manager is appointed.
Council members serve two-year terms on
a rotating basis. The mayor and vice mayor
are elected by
the council. The
mayor is paid $375
a month. Council
members are paid
$275 a month.
The council meets
at 6:30 p.m. the
second Tuesday of the month. The council
holds a work session at 6:30 p.m. the fourth
Tuesday of every month.
Town Council: Mayor Linda Riner-Mizell, 863-
438-8341; Vice Mayor Randy Dowd, 863-
439-2801; and Council members Melinda
Carden, 863-439-9155; Samuel E. Pennant,
863-899-8243; Rick Johnson, 863-419-
3100, ext. 263.
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863-688-6844
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Bridal Registry
Shop Over 200 American Artists
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5 Hospitals Treat
Patients in Polk
By ROBIN WILLIAMS ADAMS
THE LEDGER
Electronic health records
are a major focus at hospitals
throughout Polk County.
Bartow Regional Medical
Center has scheduled an
April 28 “go live” date for
its hospitalwide system.
“I’m very excited about it,”
said Trudy Alward, Bartow
Regional’s health informa-
tion management director.
Lakeland Regional Medi-
cal Center implemented its
electronic health records
system in September 2010
for the emergency depart-
ment and for services be-
fore, during and after sur-
gery. It hopes to have the
whole hospital covered by
May 2012.
Other Polk hospitals al-
ready had electronic health
records, sometimes called
electronic medical records,
in their emergency depart-
ments and are at various
stages of going paperless.
Winter Haven is aiming
for late 2012 or early 2013
for full installation.
Heart of Florida Re-
gional Medical Center and
Lake Wales Medical Center
have electronic systems in
their emergency depart-
ments. Both are working
to implement the system
hospitalwide.
Heart of Florida’s goal is
to have its system in place
throughout the hospital in
two to three years. Lake
Wales Medical Center
hasn’t set a final date yet.
POLK HOSPITALS
Bartow Regional Medi-
cal Center, 72 beds, 2200
Osprey Blvd., Bartow, 863-
533-8111, www.bartowre-
gional.com.
Heart of Florida Regional
Medical Center, 200 beds,
40100 U.S. 27, Haines City,
863-422-4971, www.hear-
tofflorida.com.
Lake Wales Medical Cen-
ter, 160 beds, 410 S. 11th St.,
Lake Wales, 863-676-1433,
www.lakewalesmedical-
center.com.
Lakeland Regional Medi-
cal Center, 851 beds, 1324
Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lake-
land, 863-687-1100, www.
lrmc.com.
Winter Haven Hospital,
527 beds, 200 Ave. F N.E.,
Winter Haven, 863-293-
1121, www.winterhaven-
hospital.com. Regency
Center for Women and
Infants, 101 Ave. O S.E., is
part of WHH.
[ Robin Williams Adams can
be reached at robin.adams@
theledger.com or 863-802-
7558. Read her blog at robinsrx.
blogs.theledger.com. Follow on
Twitter at ledgerROBIN. ]
By BILL RUFTY
THE LEDGER
Polk County is veteran-
rich, both for its climate
and other amenities for the
retired veterans and for its
many reserve and national
guard units that have par-
ticipated in Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation
Enduring Freedom.
The Polk County Vet-
erans Service Office also
provides a number of ser-
vices from information
about medical and Veter-
ans Administration help to
aiding in benefits and job
searches.
The Polk County Veter-
ans Council’s site has in-
formation about veteran
services and issues, and
contact information for
veteran organizations such
as the American Legion,
Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Marine Corps League and
other groups.
To learn more about
specific veterans organiza-
tions in your area or to find
out about veterans ben-
efits, go to www.polkvet-
eranscouncil.org.
Or contact the Polk
County Veterans Service
Office at 863-534-5220. Its
site is www.polkcounty.
ne.gov/veterans.html.
A veterans’ clinic at 4237
S. Pipkin Road in Lakeland
is operated by the James A.
Haley Veterans Hospital in
Tampa.
The clinic is staffed by
six physicians, mental
health practitioners, a di-
etician, a podiatrist, psy-
chologists and audiologists
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon-
day to Friday, except for
holidays.
The phone number is
863-701-2470.
The website is www.
tampa.va.gov/visitors/
lakeland.asp.
Services for Veterans
By SUZIE SCHOTTELKOTTE
THE LEDGER
Incorporated: 1918
Size: 19.92 square miles
Population: 2,900
Government: City Council
has five members.
The city manager is
appointed. The mayor
is elected annually by
the council. Council
members serve
three-year terms. The
mayor is paid $125 a
month while council
members are paid
$100. The council
meets at 6 p.m. on the
first and third Mondays each
month.
City Council: Mayor: Kay
Hutzelman, 863-635-6849,
and Council members Anne
Dickinson, 863-635-4121;
Ralph Waters, 863-632-
5596; Diana Biehl, 863-
635-2002; and Wesley Wise,
863-635-4421.
Budget: $10.4 million
Property tax rate: $7.8209
per $1,000 of taxable
property
City Manager: Tenny Ruth
Croley, 863-635-7855
City Hall: 111 W. First St.;
www.cityofrostproof.com
City Clerk: Sarah Adelt, 863-
635-7854
Law enforcement: Polk
County Sherif’s substation,
863-635-7849; www.
polksherif.org
Fire Department: 863-635-
7863
Building Of cial: 863-635-
7851
Electric: Progress Energy,
800-700-8744
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Lake
Budget: $5.5 million.
Property tax rate: $7 per
$1,000 of taxable property
value
Town Manager: Andy
Stewart, 863-419-3100, ext.
222
Town Clerk: Joe Delegge,
863-419-3100, ext. 238
Town Hall: 141 W. Main
Street, 863-419-3100, www.
townofdundee.com
Law enforcement: Polk
County Sherif’s Of ce
Substation, 105 Center St.
863-439-7966, www.
polksherif.org
Fire Department: Fire Chief
Joe Carbone, 863-419-3104
Public Works: including
water, garbage and sewer,
Public Works Director C.J.
Johnson, 863-419-3100,
ext. 221
Electricity: Florida Power
Corp., 800-700-8744
Cable: Brighthouse
Networks, 863-965-7766
Finance Department:
Finance Director Martin
Munger, 863-419-3100, ext.
227
Code Enforcement: The
town operates under a code
enforcement magistrate
system, 863-419-3100, ext.
228
Public Library: 202 E. Main
St. 863-439-9424,
www.townofdundee.com/
library.htm
Recreation: The Dundee
Community Center, 603 Main
St., is available for rental for
any occasion. 863-419-3121
Schools: Haines City High
School, Dundee Ridge Middle
School, Dundee Elementary
School and Sand Hill
Elementary School.
Chamber of Commerce:
310 Main St. 863-439-3261,
www.dundeechamber.
com/index.asp
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By KEVIN BOUFFARD
THE LEDGER
The inevitable move of phosphate
mining south of Polk County has been
put on hold at least temporarily.
The Mosaic Co., the lone phosphate
company based in Polk, had planned
to extend its South Fort Meade mine
last summer. The mining plan ap-
proved by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers called for extending the
mine onto more than 10,000 acres in
northern Hardee County.
Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. of the
U.S. District Court in Jacksonville
halted the mine extension in June in
response to a lawsuit filed by the Si-
erra Club Inc.; People for Protecting
Peace River Inc. of Wauchula; and
ManaSota-88 in Nokomis.
The lawsuit claims the mine would
destroy wetlands and pollute the
Peace River watershed, including the
Charlotte Harbor estuary, and that
the Army Corps failed to conduct an
environmental impact study on the
mine extension as required under
federal law. Adams halted the exten-
sion and ordered the Army Corps to
study less environmentally damag-
ing mining alternatives.
The move was necessary because
phosphate reserves in the Polk sec-
tion of South Fort Meade are nearly
exhausted. Phosphate officials es-
timate all Polk reserves will be ex-
hausted by 2020.
Mosaic in August laid off 140 of
the 260 mine workers at South Fort
Meade. They were recalled in No-
vember, when Adams approved an
agreement between Mosaic and the
environmental groups that allowed
the company to extend the mine onto
some 200 acres of the Hardee tract,
enough to keep operating until about
March.
Mosaic has appealed Adams’ rul-
ing to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of
Appeals in Atlanta, which agreed to
expedite its deliberation.
Polk was once the home to dozens
of phosphate companies, making it
the center of U.S. phosphate fertilizer
production. The last two companies,
IMC Global Inc. and Cargill Crop
Nutrition, merged to form Mosaic
in October
2004.
Plym-
outh,
Minn.-
based Mo-
sai c em-
ploys more
than 2,100
workers at
its Polk facilities, making it one of the
county’s largest public employers. In
addition to South Fort Meade, it oper-
ates two other phosphate rock mines
in Southwest Polk, named Four Cor-
ners, and Hookers Prairie, and two
fertilizer plants in Bartow and New
Wales south of Mulberry.
The latter is the one of the world’s
largest fertilizer manufacturing
plants.
In January, Cargill Inc., an agri-
cultural conglomerate and one of
the world’s largest private compa-
nies, announced it would sell off its
64 percent share of stock in Mosaic,
a public company traded on the New
York Stock Exchange. The tax-free
transaction, worth more than $24
billion, is designed to keep Cargill a
private company.
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Cold Snap Brings
OJ Price Worries
By KEVIN BOUFFARD
THE LEDGER
Farm prices for Florida
citrus have been rising
since January 2010 follow-
ing a historically long cold
snap that struck much of
the state for two weeks that
month.
Al t hough f r eezi ng
weather appeared to have
little effect on the 2009-10
citrus crop, by the end of
the season in June buyers
had bid up farm prices in
anticipation of shortages.
That scenario repeated it-
self in December, when at
least three freezes struck
the state’s citrus-growing
region.
Now many citrus grow-
ers worry that too much of
a good thing, even higher
prices for their fruit, may
hurt them in the long run.
If the higher farm prices
lead juice processors — who
buy 95 percent of Florida or-
anges and about 60 percent
of its grapefruit each year —
to raise retail prices on juice
products, consumers could
react by buying less juice. If
orange juice demand falls
too far, America’s tradition-
al morning beverage may
find it has priced itself off
the breakfast table, leading
to a farm price collapse in
future years.
The Citrus Department
projected crop damage
from the December freezes
would reduce OJ invento-
ries in Florida, which sup-
plies the lion’s share of the
U.S. market, by 7 percent
at the end of the season in
June.
It had projected a mere 0.4
percent decline in OJ stocks
at the season’s beginning in
October, which was expect-
ed to lead to stable farm and
retail prices.
A smaller 2010-11 Brazil-
ian orange crop than origi-
nally projected also will add
upward momentum to U.S.
farm and retail prices, said
Bob Norberg, an economist
and deputy executive direc-
tor at the Citrus Depart-
ment. Brazilian OJ stocks
are projected to decline 16
percent this year.
In yet another sign of his-
tory repeating itself, the
Coca-Cola Co. announced
up to an 8 percent price in-
crease on Minute Maid juice
products this year. Norberg
said Tropicana and other
brands would follow.
The average increase in
the OJ retail price at U.S.
supermarkets should be
less than a double-digit
percentage, said Norberg,
who declined to be more
specific.
Florida growers also
continue to battle the un-
checked spread of citrus
greening, a bacterial dis-
ease that threatens the vi-
ability of the state’s largest
agricultural sector.
The deadly bacterial
disease first surfaced in
Florida in 2005, and it took
only about two years before
it was found in every citrus-
producing county in the
state. Scientists estimate
greening has infected 18
percent of the state’s citrus
groves, a figure that will
double every year.
Polk County leads the
state’s citrus-producing
counties with 83,471 acres
of commercial groves in
2010. Polk historically leads
the state in annual citrus
production, including the
2009-10 season, when lo-
cal commercial growers
produced nearly 27.9 mil-
lion boxes.
FORTUNE 500
PRESENCE
These are Fortune 500
companies with ties to
Polk County. Firms have
substantial local office, retail,
manufacturing, warehousing
operations or employ more
than 100 Polk residents.
They are ranked by 2009
revenue, in billions of dollars:
RANK/COMPANY 2009 REVENUE
1 Wal-Mart Stores $408.2
11 Berkshire Hathaway 112.4
13 Verizon Communications 107.8
14 McKesson 106.6
17 Cardinal Health 99.6
29 Home Depot 66.1
34 State Farm Insurance Cos. 61.4
42 Lowe’s 47.2
44 Lockheed Martin 45.1
57 Walt Disney 36.1
60 FedEx 35.5
66 Caterpillar 32.3
72 Coca-Cola 30.9
99 Publix Super Markets 24.5
104 International Paper 23.3
113 Coca-Cola Enterprises 21.6
131 Time Warner Cable 17.8
174 Pepsi Bottling 13.2
203 Jacobs Engineering 11.4
231 Mosaic 10.2
239 Progress Energy 9.8
259 CSX 9.0
299 Campbell Soup 7.6
319 Sherwin Williams 7.0
338 Calpine 6.5
SOURCE: Fortune magazine
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Lawsuit Halts Mosaic’s Move South
Te average increase
in the OJ retail price
at U.S. supermarkets
should be less than
a double-digit
percentage.
Te lawsuit claims the mine would destroy
wetlands and pollute the Peace River
watershed, including the Charlotte Harbor
estuary.
Water, garbage, sewer: 863-635-7850
Public Library: Latt Maxcy Memorial
Library: 15 N. Magnolia Ave., 863-635-
7857
Recreation Department: 863-635-
7860
Recreation: The Polk County School
Board has taken over maintenance
of the Frostproof Sports Complex,
which provides space for a variety of
community recreational programs. The
city has four parks. Friendship Park is
around the city-owned Depot on East
Wall Street and there is a play park on
West Wall Street. A large park area is on
the east side of Lake Clinch for public
swimming and Fewox Park, a 2.5-acre
facility on F Street, includes a track,
bathrooms, pavilion, exercise area and
playground. A new fishing pier is on Lake
Reedy near the east end of Wall Street.
Public schools: Frostproof Middle/
Senior High School, and Frostproof
Elementary and Ben Hill Grif n
Elementary schools.
Chamber of Commerce: 118 E. Wall St.,
863-635-9112;
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