Printing Press

Luxury Apartments Coming To Winter Haven

Six/Ten broke ground on a new complex called 20 on Second.  Available spring of 2019, they have started pre-leasing now.  The 2-bedroom units will be around 1300 sq. ft. with luxury kitchens, private patios, open floor-plans and modern design.  For more info contact staff at Silver Properties of Winter Haven at


7th Street Near Lake Howard To Be Redone

Renovations to Seventh St., running north/south in between Lake May near Tanner’s Lakeside and Lake Howard Dr. near McDonald’s began in July.  The neighborhood street will be resurfaced with improved shoulders and pedestrian features.  The project is funded by the city at a cost of $2.6M.


Record Growth In Polk County

According to the Polk County Property Appraiser, the property values have been on the rise since 2013.  Leading is Polk City at 29.06%, Davenport at 19.91%, Dundee at 19.80%. Auburndale at 15.18%, Haines City at 12.11%, Winter Haven at 11.87% and Lakeland at 8.01%.


Free Lunch For Students 

All students in every traditional Polk County public school will qualify for free breakfast and lunch for the 2018-19 school year.  Students who attend public charter schools may also qualify for the same funding.  If your child attends a charter school, ask school staff if your child will benefit.  Charter schools usually manage their own food service.  


South Central Park Update

When the renovations to South Central Park are completed in September, downtown Winter Haven will be more colorful than ever before.  Hundreds of customizable LED lights are part of the project.   With state-of-the-art Bluetooth and panel controls, the new lighting can be customized with colors, intensity, patterns and more.  The light poles will be slender with matching traffic bollards that have programmable and dimmable colored lighting to support pedestrian movement. 


Lake Wales Depot In Need Of Repairs

Lake Wales City Commissioners have authorized over $25,000 to repair damage at the Lake Wales Depot Museum.  According to the city’s public and support services director, the support system of the east wall of the building needs fixed.  Support studs have rotted out and has allowed water intrusion into the building.  SEMCO Construction will do the repair work. 


Pennoni Associates Moving Downtown

The Philadelphia based engineering firm, Pennoni Associates, Inc., is moving and expanding its Winter Haven office to downtown Winter Haven.  It will be in the old Red Lobster building at 401 Third St. SW.  Pennoni joins a growing list of businesses that are moving in to the downtown district. 


County Saves Money

Each year the sheriff must present a budget to the county commission and this year, much of his presentation was centered around efforts completed to save taxpayers some money.  More than 3,000 county residents volunteered more than 150k hours of time in various capacities saving $3.4M, according to Sheriff Judd.  It also helps that the crime rate in Polk County is at a 46-year low.  


Police Chief May Wear 2 Badges

Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird has apparently done such a stellar job as chief that the city is considering making him the first ever Winter Haven “Director of Public Safety.”  This would mean that he would lead both the Police and Fire Departments with each dept. having a “deputy chief” who would report to Bird.  


PCPS Earns Best Grade In 7 Years

For the first time since 2010, the Polk County Public Schools earned a “B” grade.  For the past seven years, the district earned a “C” rating.  Also for the first time in seven years, none of the school district’s schools earned a grade of “F.”  The District reduced its number of “D” schools to seven, down from 17 in the 2016-17 school year.  23 of the schools earned a grade of “A,” down from 25. 


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.