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For Immediate Release                                                                          March 16, 2016

 

In remembrance of the 32 Polk County law enforcement and corrections officers who were killed or died in the line of duty dating back to 1886, the 29th Annual Polk County Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016, beginning at 10:00 AM.

The Memorial Service is presented by the Polk County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #46 and the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Inc.

The annual memorial service will be at the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial located at Veterans Memorial Park along Lake Beulah Drive on the west side of The Lakeland Center.

Family members of fallen officers, representatives from various municipal, county and state law enforcement and corrections agencies in Polk County, as well as local government agencies will be attending. The public is cordially invited to attend the memorial service.

All Polk County law enforcement and corrections officers who made the “supreme sacrifice while serving their community” will be honored during the Roll Call of Heroes. Fortunately, no new names will be added to the Memorial this year.

Immediately following the service, the 29th Annual Memorial Luncheon will take place at the Polk County FOP Lodge #46 building located at 125 West Brannen Road in Lakeland. The public is also invited to attend the luncheon.

For more information, please contact Bill LePere, Chair of the Polk County Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Inc., at 863-834-8911.

 

 


City of Lakeland and Polk County impact fees set to change  January 1, 2016.

Polk County’s impact fees have been reinstated following a moratorium, and the City of Lakeland’s have been adjusted as the result of an updated fee study.  While some individual fees will increase, others will actually be reduced, so you should take steps to evaluate the effect of the fee change on any projects you anticipate permitting before or after the New Year.Please note that the cumulative effect of the changes is not an across the board increase.  We have prepared a series of example fee calculations for single-family, multi-family, 8,000 square foot restaurant, and 150,000 square foot warehouse projects so you can compare the current cumulative impact fees with those that will become effective January 1stClick here to review the examples.

In order for current (pre-2016) fees to apply to a particular project, applications and complete approvable plans (Site and Construction) must be submitted on or before December 31, 2015, and the permit(s) for which the applications and plans are submitted must be issued within 180 days.

For more information you may wish to explore our full web page on impact fees (click here), or, to discuss your specific project(s), please contact the Community Development Department at (863) 834-6011.

 


Have You Registered to Vote in the November Elections?
Deadline to do so is October 5th!

Residents in the municipalities of Lakeland and Winter Haven who wish to register to vote in the November 3rd Municipal Election must do so on or before Monday, October 5th.

Voter registration forms may be completed online at PolkElections.com, or paper copies are available for pickup at many convenient locations throughout the county including city halls, banks, libraries, and chambers of commerce. Those who are already registered are reminded to notify the Elections Office of any name, address, or signature changes before Election Day.

For more information visit PolkElections.com, or call the Elections Office at 863-534-5888.


Picture Polk History - A Photography Contest

Sponsored by the Polk County History Center

‘Picture Polk History’ features the History and Heritage sites on the Polk County Heritage Trail.  Explore Polk County’s ‘sense of place’ by capturing distinctive images of our unique, historic buildings, places and events.* Open to amateur photographers only.

 

Share a picture that tells the story of your town! Photography entries will be on display at the Polk County History Center May 22th. Images of excellent artistic and historic quality will remain on display from May 22nd through November 29th, 2014 at the Polk County History Center. Cash prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced at the opening reception May 22nd.

All entries must be submitted in person at the Polk County History Center located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Bartow by MAY 3rd. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm. For more information call 863-534-4386.

*Photographs must feature a museum, a monument, a historic building, a cemetery, or a local festival that is listed on the Polk County Heritage Trail. You can consult the History & Heritage Guide to Polk County brochure online at www.polkhistorycenter.org or you may contact the Polk County History Center to check the master list of historical sites.  

All entries must be submitted by MAY 3rd to the Polk County History Center located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Bartow. We are open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm.

For more information call 863-534-4386.

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RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Photographs must be the original work of an amateur photographer.

2. Photos must feature a museum, a monument, a historic building, a cemetery or a local festival. For additional ideas, you can consult the History & Heritage Guide to Polk County brochure or you may call the Polk County History Center at 863-534-4386 to check the master list of historical sites.

3. Only 2 image entries per contestant will be allowed.

4. PHOTOGRAPH MUST BE 8” X 10” AND MUST BE MOUNTED ON STANDARD 11” X 14” BLACK MOUNTING BOARD. MOUNTING BOARD MUST BE NO LESS THAN 3/16 INCH THICK.

 

5. Photo manipulation is acceptable but it should enhance, not distract, from the heritage theme.

6. The Polk County History Center reserves the right to disqualify photographs for inappropriate or offensive imagery.