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.

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BoCC seeking residents to serve on Contractor Licensing Board

Bartow, Fla. (March 16, 2018) — Polk County is seeking interested residents to fill vacancies for consumer representative seats on the Contractor Licensing Board.

The Contractor Licensing Board hears complaints against licensed contractors and is authorized to take disciplinary action. This includes license suspension or revocation for locally licensed contractors, but is limited to suspension of permitting privileges in Polk County for state-certified contractors. This eleven-member board consists of eight construction-industry professionals and three consumer representatives. Contractor Licensing Board members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve three year terms with no term limits.

To be considered, you must be a resident of Polk County for at least one year.  Consumer Representatives cannot be or ever have been a member or practitioner of a profession regulated by the Contractor Licensing Board or a member of any closely related profession.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Contractor Licensing Board, please email a letter of interest and a resume of qualifications to miannenelson@polk-county.net by close of business on Friday, March 30, 2018.


Open burning discouraged during dry and windy weather

 Bartow, Fla. (March 17, 2018) —  Polk County Fire Rescue has seen an increase in fire calls this week, with several outdoor fires. Dry weather conditions and high winds have contributed to more brush fires.

On Thursday, the Division of Forestry released an announcement encouraging no open burning. While Polk County has not issued a burn ban, the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) indicates that Polk remains in the 400-499 range countywide; the average is 431.

Large burn piles, greater than eight feet in diameter, require authorization from the Florida Forest Service. Yard waste, such as grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs and palm fronds, may be burned if you meet required setbacks in your community. Yard waste fires must fit in an eight-foot diameter pile or be burned in a non-combustible container.

PCFR urges you to use caution while burning and to keep fire suppression equipment on hand as you observe your burn pile.