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HAINES CITY — Plans for transforming a former industrial fertilizer plant into a new public park in Haines City were potentially set back following a Florida Department of Environmental Protection study, the findings of which were recently released.

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Residents living in some areas southwest of Winter Haven argued to the Polk Board of County Commissioners last week against the development of Spirit Landings, a planned development of about 65 homes on a triangular parcel of land bounded by Spirit Lake Road, Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road and L…

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After being open for two weeks, Polk County officials reclosed K-Ville Avenue (County Road 542) in southwest Winter Haven for 45 days, beginning March 1, to complete the second phase of work to build an eastbound right-turn lane onto southbound Recker Highway (State Road 655).

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Fort Meade City Manager Danielle J. Judd submitted a letter of resignation Jan. 21 stating, in part, that “An opportunity has presented itself; one that allows me to pursue another career path.”

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On Jan. 22, Lake Wales Mayor Eugene Fultz notified city staff that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19. Because four of the five city commissioners, as well as at least two city staff members, were in close proximity to the mayor last week, they agreed to quarantine themselves a…

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