Watermelon Festival – Sat July 22, 11am to 7:30pm

Saturday, July 22nd from 11:00 am-7:30 pm

Join us for a family friendly event featuring live music, food, fun and games, watermelon eating & seed spitting contests, cake walk, arts & craft vendors and more!

Portion of Proceeds Benefiting Polk City Elementary

Sponsorship Opportunities Available


Special Appearance by the 2017 Florida Watermelon Queen Miss Savannah Christensen

Presented by: Polk City BBQ Company

Burn Ban in Polk County To Be Repealed Friday

Bartow, Fla. (June 7, 2017) — Thanks to recent rains, the Polk County burn ban will be repealed Friday. The Polk County fire chief declared a burn ban March 31 due to dangerous fire conditions throughout the county.

Less than 50 percent of Polk County is averaging over 500 on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI). The KBDI index is used as an indicator to determine the likelihood and severity of brush fires. The scale begins at zero, which is no danger and rises to 800, which is extreme danger. As a rule of thumb, fire officials become concerned any time the scale goes above 500 for 50 percent of the county.

The burn ban can be reinstated if conditions get dry once again.

The repeal means residents in all unincorporated Polk and municipalities who chose to participate in the burn ban are allowed to burn yard debris, campfires, bonfires and construction debris.


About Polk County Fire Rescue

Polk County Fire Rescue provides Advanced Life Support transport to all residents and visitors of Polk County. It also provides fire suppression, rescue services and fire prevention services to all of unincorporated Polk County and several municipalities of Eagle Lake, Polk City, Mulberry, Lake Hamilton and Hillcrest Heights. Polk County Fire Rescue has nearly 600 full-time employees, responds to approximately 90,000 calls for service each year and covers more than 2,000 square miles. Fire rescue operations have oversight of the department’s uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters. Polk County Fire Rescue operates 51 fire and rescue stations that are equipped with various apparatus.

Kevin Watler
Communications Specialist, PCFR PIO
Polk County Board of County Commissioners
Cell: (863)232-7357
Office: (863) 534-6787
kevinwatler@polk-county.net   www.polk-county.net

WaterWise Expo – June 10, 10am to 1pm

Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00am to 1:00pm

Join Polk City for a FREE event featuring exhibits, giveaways, and informational presentations on all things water! Let’s learn how to conserve our natural resources while saving money.

Donald Bronson Community Center – 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City, FL 33868


10:15am Conserving Water, One Drop at a Time
presented by: Southwest Florida Water Management District

10:45am It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season
presented by: Polk County

11:15am Why Use Florida Friendly Landscaping?
presented by: UF Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)

11:45am Mosquito Control and Zika Virus Prevention
presented by: Polk County Mosquito Control

12:15pm The Green Swamp
presented by: Central Florida Regional Planning Council

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the proceedings should contact Polk City, 123 Broadway Blvd SE in Polk City, Florida, (863) 984-1375 extension 238, no later than 48 hours prior to the proceedings.

Download/View a printable event flyer

Polk City Commission Workshop – Apr 17

Polk City will consider the Reclaimed Water Reuse Planning Document on April 17, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Polk City Government Center, 123 Broadway Blvd., SE, Polk City FL  33868.  The public may attend and comment at the end of the informational meeting.  A copy of the FDEP request for inclusion is on file in the City Manager’s Office and can be reviewed Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision made at these meetings/hearings, they will need a record of these proceedings and for such purpose, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made at their own expense and effort, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based per Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the City Clerk 48 hours in advance of the meeting at (863) 984-1375.