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

Online Payment System Down until Aug 16

The City of Polk City is in the process of switching to a new online payment system. Online payments will not be available during this time. We anticipate the new system to come online on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your patience while we work to improve your online payment experience.

Outdoor Watering Returns to Twice-A-Week


 Outdoor watering returns to twice-a-week

 Bartow, Fla. (August 1, 2017) — Beginning Wednesday, August 2, Polk County property owners may return to irrigating their lawns and landscapes twice a week. During the extreme drought this spring, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) issued more extreme restrictions on outdoor water usage. Those restrictions have now been lifted.

Watering hours for potable (drinking) and reclaimed water are from midnight to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to midnight. Addresses that end in even numbers water on Thursdays and/or Sundays. Odd number addresses may water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. Common areas or areas where no address can be determined, may water on Tuesdays and/or Fridays.

For more complete information on watering schedules and restrictions, go to polk-county.net/utilities.


Save the Date: Central Florida Agritourism Conference – Sept 26-27

When: Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday September 27, 2017
Where: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, 1702 Hwy 17 S., Bartow, FL 33830 and tours launching from True Blue Winery, Davenport
See details as they develop: On the calendar page of http://polksmallfarms.com
Contact: Mary Beth Henry at 863-519-1049 or mbhenry@ufl.edu.

Developing Potential Polk Small Farms

Did you know the number of Florida agritourism farms has more than doubled in the last few years? Join us to learn more about offering recreational activities on your farm to expand your revenue while increasing public awareness about agriculture.

The UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Small Farms program, in partnership with the UF/IFAS Agricultural Awareness Initiative Team, will offer a two day conference for agritourism operators and those considering opening their farms to the public for recreational activities. The program will be held Tuesday, September 26 at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County office in Bartow and will feature farm tours launching from True Blue Winery in Davenport on Wednesday, September 27.

Recent changes in law affecting agritourism and new research on consumer preferences for agritourism in Florida will be presented. Panel discussions will address audience questions on services available to support incorporating agritourism into farm operations and current agritourism operators will discuss the joys and struggles of their experiences. Breakout sessions discussing cooperative strategies to support industry development will also be featured.

Final details of the program, including an out of state speaker, are still developing. Registration will be available through the calendar page of the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Small Farms Program at http://polksmallfarms.com. This program is offered by University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County, an equal opportunity institution, and is supported by

City Commission Workshop – Low Impact Design & Development – June 26

View the Agenda Package

Subject:  As part of the mini-grant awarded to the City by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity – Competitive Florida program, the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Central Florida Regional Planning Council will provide an overview of Low Impact Design and Development and the benefits to development sites and water quality.

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to discuss residential and non-residential property aspects for low impact development (LID) and water conservation practices critical to existing and all types of future development in the Polk City Exemption Area and the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern.  Water Conservation and LID are imperative to the future of Polk City’s viability.  In order to optimize development on limited non-residential properties, LID techniques offer space-saving yet innovative and effective stormwater treatment prior to discharge into the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern.

Low Impact Development (LID) is defined as:  Design techniques used to maintain or replicate pre-development hydrologic regimes by creating a functionally equivalent hydrologic landscape. LID encompasses a variety of stormwater management techniques, including bio-swales, rain gardens, and pervious pavements. These techniques reduce the amount of effective impervious area in a watershed, lessening the watershed volumes and runoff rates.