WINTER HAVEN – During the general election on Nov. 8, 2016, Florida and Polk County voters overwhelmingly approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2. The passing of that legislation now allows state residents who are suffering from qualifying co…

WINTER HAVEN – In order to have enough money to fund the $25 million Chain of Lakes Fieldhouse renovations without having to reduce funding for other city projects, last year Winter Haven City Manager Mike Herr recommended that the city commission raise taxes for the first time in many years.

LAKE WALES — Over the past year or so, staff with the city planning firm of Dover, Kohl & Partners, out of Coral Gables, have been hosting public meetings in Lake Wales to discuss ways of revitalizing the city.

BARTOW — The former Union Academy High School — currently Union Academy Magnet Middle School — received a historic marker Saturday, July 26, recognizing the school that started in 1897.

The Florida Department of Education released grades for individual schools and school districts last week and officials for Polk County Public Schools were pleased to see the district maintain its “B” grade for the 2018-19 school year.

WINTER HAVEN — When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida in 2017 and took the steeple of First Baptist Church of Winter Haven with it, it was an unfortunate development for the church’s congregation — especially given the age of the steeple.

The much-anticipated brewery slated to open in downtown Bartow now has a name and a logo — and the moniker and art are a direct callback to the history of the building the brewery will occupy.

WINTER HAVEN – On July 8, the Winter Haven City Commission voted down an ordinance that would have allowed a developer to tear down a house near Winter Haven High School and build a medical office parking lot in its place.

With an uncharacteristic fist-pump, Polk County Attorney Michael Craig last month informed the Polk County Commission it had won it's eight-year battle with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice regarding a $4.8 million overpayment.

LAKE WALES – During a recent Lake Wales City Commission meeting, Lake Wales City Manager Ken Fields said that the Polk County Health Department clinic in Lake Wales near the Save-A-Lot grocery store on State Road 60 would be reducing services soon. Fields said that when Central Florida Healt…

A recent article in Business Facilities called Florida an “economic super-state,” praising the way our state “excels at getting people, products and services anywhere.”

POLK COUNTY – Virgin Train USA Vice President of Government Affairs Bob O’Malley spoke during the SVN Sanders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate I4 Commercial Corridor Conference June 28 at Florida Polytechnic University.

WINTER HAVEN – On June 28, the Florida Attorney General’s Office filed a motion that nearly marks the end of court involvement with the Ritz Theatre in downtown Winter Haven.

WINTER HAVEN – On May 17, 2018, City of Winter Haven staff hosted a public hearing to discuss building a new skate park to replace the little-used skate park in Rotary Park. At the time, city staff were considering spending $330,000 in Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency funding on such …

POLK COUNTY – On Feb. 6, Davenport resident Charles Aguon II, the headmaster of a private school called Kingdom Prep in Auburndale and a man known to his students as “Pastor Tiger,” was arrested on multiple charges related to child molestation.

Jason and Brittany Smith of Winter Haven recently won a free family portrait after they were randomly selected in a national sweepstakes coordinated by Pure Leaf staff, a tea made by the PepsiCo corporation.

WINTER HAVEN – Nicolas J. Barrios, a financial services investor in the Winter Haven area since 2000, was permanently barred from the industry June 11 for allegedly stealing business from his employer, according to recently published Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) documents.

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