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LUXURY APARTMENTS

A 105-unit luxury apartment complex has been approved by the Winter Haven City Commission.  Scheduled to be completed in 2022, the development will be located to the east of Grove Roots Brewery. It will offer 88 one-bedroom apartments with 10-foot ceilings and balcony and 17 two-bedroom apartments. The listed developer is DevMar, whose staff partnered with the Six/Ten Corporation.

 

METALLICA SCHOLARS

Seventeen Polk State Corporate College Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machining grads have achieved their education and training FOR FREE thanks to scholarships from All Within My Hands Foundation through the Metallica Scholars Initiative in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges. Interested? Visit www.polk.edu/metallica for more information.

 

DRIVE THRU GRADS

Polk State College celebrated its 2020 graduates with an event on Dec. 7th.  The grads could drive through and pick up their diplomas.  Nearly 300 students and their supporters came out to celebrate the  Class of 2020!  PSC set up photo opportunities for the grads, they can be seen at polk.edu. Congratulations to the class of 2020! 

 

ATHLETICS SUSPENDED

Polk County Public Schools had temporarily suspended all athletics programs in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Dec. 15th.  Even with precautions in place, PCPS has had student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year. More than 50 student-athletes participating in winter sports have tested positive.  Athletics will resume Jan. 4th, if the cases have gone down.

 

GOLDEN SPOON

Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Awards are the oldest and most coveted dining awards in the state. The award recognizes 100 outstanding fine dining restaurants in the state of FL. The chief criterion is the food, made from top ingredients sourced carefully and prepared with imagination and authenticity.  Congratulations to Nutwood in Winter Haven, for winning a Golden Spoon Award!   

 

RECORD TURNOUT

Polk County has 471,241 registered voters.  345,580 ballots were cast in the 2020 General Election.  This is a 73.33% voter turnout.  194,586 votes were cast for Donald J. Trump.  145,049 votes were cast for Joseph R. Biden.  The remaining votes went to five other candidates and the Write-In vote.  A total of 11,144,855 Floridians cast a ballot, that’s 1,564,366 more than the 2016 General Election. 

 

LEGOLAND EXPANDS

Plans recently filed reveal that Merlin Entertainments Group, is seeking to clear about 4.5 acres of its parking lot to build a new section for its 145-acre theme park. The application calls the project Legoland Venus. Conceptual plans show at least a half dozen new rides and attractions, as well as a new 11,850-square-foot building, play areas, and picnic tables. (Orlando Sentinel)

 

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR 

The U.S. Department of Education initiative recognizes high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education. Each year, up to 161 students are named Presidential Scholars at the national level. It is considered “one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.” Congratulations to Nicholas Lopez from Winter Haven High, a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar!

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