City Manager's Report 17-084 | August 4, 2017
City Administration
City Manager Richard H. Sloan
2017 Hurricane Season Notice
June 1, 2017 kicked off the 2017 Hurricane Season. Please see the "2017 Hurricane Season Notes" document below for vital information regarding tropical systems and the approaching hurricane season. Remember: "Safety first!"

"If you fail to plan, you're planning to fail." - Attributed to Benjamin Franklin
Special Events
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor    
Back To School Bash!
The Parks and Recreation Department had the honor of hosting Unity in the Community’s 2017 Back to School Bash at the Oakland Gymnasium Saturday, July 22nd. It was a fun-filled event free to the community. Free haircuts, free food, face painting, guest speakers, goodies handed out by local businesses, and hundreds of back packs filled with school supplies were provided for students headed into the school year! Check out a few pictures from the event above and below!

Food Truck Friday!
Food Truck Friday is here to stay! Our partner organization, Orlando Food Trucks will be bringing more of Central Florida’s best food trucks to Haines City the 3rd Friday of every month! Stay tuned for a list of participating trucks each month. The next Food Truck Friday is Friday, August 18th, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Check out the event flyer below!
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor 
Youth Summer Basketball Camp!
The 2017 Summer Basketball Camp was a success! A special thanks to Haines City High School’s Head Basketball Coach Gregory Pritchett for instructing our week long camp and we hope to continue working together in the future! We would also like to thank the parents who registered children for the camp! It was a fun time of learning and developing skills! Thank you to all of the young athletes who participated in the camp and we hope you continue to work on your skills and get better every day! Join us next summer for the 2018 Summer Basketball Camp!

Youth Indoor Soccer
The youth indoor soccer athletes have finished their regular season and are in their playoffs! What a fun and competitive season this has been! You can tell these young athletes have been working hard this season! Their playoffs started July 24th and will continue through August 2nd. We hope to see you at both the Oakland and Lake Eva Gym Locations! Check out a few photos below of the youth in action!
Haines City Recreation Youth Athletes Visit the Lakeland Tropics!
A huge thanks to the Lakeland Tropics for hosting some of our youth athletes at their last game of the season! The youth had the opportunity to walk out on the field with the players and stand with them before the game started! They were kind enough to hand out shirts and the players even signed autographs. Surely the experience will last a lifetime and hopefully inspire the youth to dream BIG! Check out a few pictures from the time with the Lakeland Tropics below!
City Clerk's Office 
City Clerk Linda Bourgeois
Cemetery Clean-Up Notice
Please review the Public Notice about Haines City Cemeteries provided in English and in Español in the attached documents below. 
Emerging Youth Advisory Council Highlight

The Emerging Youth Advisory Council exists to provide opportunities for youth to increase their knowledge of civic education through practical, hands-on experience. The group plays an active role in the community through engaging with City departments, community organizations, and local events. These experiences shed light on procedures, issues, and community relations for the youth to gain insights from and give constructive feedback to positively invest into their community.

During the summer months, the Emerging Youth Advisory Council (EYAC) is touring all of the municipal departments. June 23, 2017, the EYAC were delighted to experience a “behind the scenes” tour of the Haines City Police Department and Haines City Fire Department. The group, along with adult volunteers, had unique and memorable experiences with both departments!

If you are a student or know a student in the 8th grade or above and are interested in joining the Emerging Youth Advisory Council, simply complete an Advisory Board Application and send it to the City Clerk’s Office located at The City Hall, at 620 East Main Street, Haines City, FL 33844. The City of Haines City values the voices of the next generation and wants you to invest in the present and future of your community! We look forward to speaking with you about the possible opportunity for you to gain exponential experience and knowledge by being part of the EYAC. Please call City Clerk Linda Bourgeois at (863) 421-9921 for additional information.

Development Services
Development Services Director Richard Greenwood
Check the next City Manager's Report for more updates on the Development Services Department! 
Fire Department
Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon
Plan Ahead!
See the insightful safety information below to help be prepared in case of a fire emergency! 
Alert Polk
“A category four hurricane is threatening the Florida peninsula.” “A tornado is headed for Mulberry.” “A lift station leak is spreading raw sewage onto South Florida Avenue.” “Armed criminals are loose in a Winter Haven neighborhood that includes an elementary school.”

Before, people were solely reliant on learning about emergencies like these through the media. Today, you can get immediate notifications on your smartphone, tablet, home phone, email, text message, and social media thanks to a new system that Polk County officials are now using: Alert Polk. Alert Polk will be part of Alert Florida, the State of Florida’s critical communications system shared with most public safety operations across the state. During situations that may affect the health, safety and welfare of Polk County residents, designated officials will send out messages to telephone numbers and email addresses within the affected geographic area.

Emergency, and/or public safety notifications include: 
  • Tornadoes/severe weather 
  • Mandatory evacuations 
  • Boil water orders 
  • Gas leaks 
  • Sexual predator relocation notices 
  • Critical law enforcement notices 
  • Hurricanes and hurricane recovery information 

Time-critical notifications will be sent directly to your home phone, cell phone, or email address. When you register to receive notifications, please be aware that phone carrier charges may apply for all alert messages and data. You will only receive alerts that affect the address(es) you register. You do not have to live in Polk County to register. You may register additional locations such as where you work, your child’s school, your vacation/winter home or any location in Polk County.

February 1, 2017, Polk County discontinued using Code Red as their notification vendor. If you are still registered with Code Red, you will need to re-register for Alert Polk at  or through the county’s website at . Click on the Alert Polk button in the top right corner of the county’s website’s home page to go to the Polk Alert registration page. 

Alert Polk is a free service. Polk County government will never sell or provide your information to a third party. Information collected will only be used for the Alert Polk system. For more information, go to or call the Emergency Management Division at (863) 298-7000.
Human Resources 
Director of Human Resources Donna Parker 
Below is a listing of positions open to receive applications. All interested applicants are required to submit an employment application, unless otherwise instructed on the City's website position announcement page.

Employment Applications and copies of complete position announcements are located on the City of Haines City's website at (When completing the on-line application please save it to your computer and attach it via an e-mail to
The list below does not contain complete position announcements, and may have one or more vacancies available. To see the entire position announcements, please visit employment opportunities and click on the position title. Positions are considered "Open Until Filled," unless otherwise denoted. Corresponding pay grade ranges are included to represent earning potential and shall not be an assumption of potential starting wage, which will most likely be at the minimum rate of pay. If a conditional offer of employment is made, please note everything included during the application process will be verified.


  1. Building Inspector I – $17.71 to $26.57 Hourly (DOQ)
  2. Building Inspector II – $19.48 to $29.23 Hourly (DOQ)
  3. Planner – $20.13 to $30.19 Hourly (DOQ)


  1. Human Resources Director - $75,900 to $106,895 Annually (DOQ)


  1. Facility Coordinator – $14.64 to $20.62 Hourly (DOQ)

POLICE – Apply-Now

  1. Part-Time Receptionist – $10.00 Hourly (DOQ) – Apply-Now
  2. Police Officer – Trainee $15.38 to $23.07 Hourly (DOQ) | Grade 3 $18.61 to 27.91 Hourly (DOQ)


  1. Deputy Utilities Director – $61,306 to $76,633 Annually (DOQ)
  2. Part-time Plant Maintenance Worker   – $10.00 Hourly (DOQ)
  3. Plant Maintenance Worker – $11.00 to $16.50 Hourly (DOQ)
  4. Pipeline Repair Technician  – $13.31 to $19.96 Hourly (DOQ)
  5. Wastewater Operator C – $14.64 to $21.96 Hourly (DOQ)
  6. Water Operator C Trainee – $11.00 to $16.50 Hourly (DOQ)
The HR Connection is an informative monthly newsletter designed to keep employees informed on hot HR topics, follow-up items, and welcoming new employees to the City of Haines City Team. Check out the  August 2017 Newsletter!

Information Technology
I.T. Director Brian Ross
Audio and Visual Improvements

The City of Haines City Information Technology (I.T.) staff is proud to announce improvements to the audio and video systems throughout the organization. These improvements provide quality of life enhancements to citizens and visitors.

I.T. staff worked with The Integration Factory who installed the original system to install a handheld wireless microphone in the Commission Chambers. This microphone is available for those citizens attending public meetings who do not have the ability to stand at the podium to address commission members or other presiding officials at the dais.

In addition to the wireless microphone, The Integration Factory, with the assistance of Haines City’s Facilities Maintenance Staff, installed a second projector and screen in the Commission Chambers for the audience. This provides the audience easier readability of information being presented during public meetings.

November 3rd, 2016, the City of Haines City opened RFP #161001 seeking services for improving the customer experience throughout the Lake Eva Park complex by upgrading and installing audio/video systems. The multi-year plan includes adding audio throughout the Lake Eva Park for the City’s outdoor events including synchronized control rooms in two locations along with eight outdoor speaker zones. Additionally, the plan calls for upgrading the Event Center Audio/Visual equipment to an easier to use and more reliable system and adding both teleconferencing capabilities and digital signage to the Lake Eva Event Center. The City awarded the bid to BCI Integrated Solutions.

BCI began upgrading the A/V system at the Lake Eva Event Center in May of 2017. The new A/V system includes touch panels in each of the three rooms. These touch panels control audio and video inputs as well as the lighting in each room. The Lake Eva Event Center staff is now able to use the A/V system more efficiently during scheduled events.

The Lake Eva Park Stage upgrade includes the installation of four speakers, a touch panel, XLR inputs, and an A/V rack to house the components of the stage. This stage upgrade provides a professional audio system for all stage events.  The new stage speakers ensure everyone on the Great Lawn clearly hears the stage performance.

Additionally, staff and BCI are working this summer to install speakers around Lake Eva Park.  These additional speakers provide audio coverage for stage events from the 3rd Street parking lot to both playgrounds and along the beachfront to the dock.  Future phases of this project will expand the speaker system from the parking lot on Ledwith Avenue all the way to the Event Center. In addition to broadcasting events from the stage, this system allows the City to play music in the park as background music or for other events such as Glitter, Glisten, and Snow.

To provide significant cost savings to this project, City departments are working together and completing aspects of the project instead of outsourcing the work. Parks and Facilities Staff are digging the trenches and laying the conduit. This results in an estimated cost savings for the City of $30,000. 

Check out a few pictures below of the new speaker installations at the Lake Eva Park stage!
A huge thanks to the Haines City I.T. Department for all of the behind the scenes work to help provide quality of life enhancements to citizens and visitors of Haines City!
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor 

In the coming months the Parks Department will continue several improvement projects around the city as well as begin several others. Check out some of the projects below:

  • Landscaping removal, renovations and improvements on U.S. Highway 27 began May 1, 2017.  
  • Oakland Cemetery South has new fencing and new trash receptacles installed. Oakland Cemetery North will also be receiving new trash receptacles as well as sitting benches, granite block markers and shade structures.
  • 8 Acre Park will be receiving new benches, tables, water fountains, additional playground structures, walking path fitness/activity stations, a new playground sunshade, grass and landscape upgrades.
  • The Downtown/Railroad Park corridor will be receiving landscaping upgrades, bench and trash receptacle replacements where needed, and the addition of 3 new bench locations.
  • Lake Eva Park will be receiving new playground flooring, walking path fitness/activity stations, bench and trash receptacle replacements where needed, water fountains and landscaping upgrades.
  • Benches and trash receptacles will also be added to the Haines City Trail corridor from Grace Avenue to Lilly Avenue.
  • The Cook Field baseball diamond has been converted from a football practice field back into a usable baseball/softball diamond.
  Police Department
Police Chief Gary Hester

HCPD - Keeping Up With Public Safety!

Deputy Chief Jim Elensky and Accreditation Manager Tyrone Wilson attended the final review for their re-certification regarding CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). CALEA is the gold standard in Public Safety. The Final Review is was in Providence, Rhode Island. Deputy Chief Elensky stood before the Board Saturday, July 29, 2017.


We are grateful the Haines City Police Department is taking steps to continue learning and growing in order to make the Haines City area as safe as possible!

Haines City Public Library

Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor 

In addition to the multitude of books the Haines City Public Library provides, it also offers age-specific opportunities of adventure with programs like the Needlework Group, Scrabble Club, Story Times, Teen Programs, and movies every month in English and Español. Come find your heartbeat at the Haines City Public Library!

Operating Hours
To serve our community better, the Haines City Public Library now has extended hours of operation! Check out the hours below!

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. |  Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. |  Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. |  Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. |  Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. |  Sunday: CLOSED

The library will be closed for maintenance August 25th - August 26th.  
Please check the flyer in the "Downloads" section below for more details. 

Adults Activities Update
Adult Activities for August 2017 include a special after-hours showing of The Wall Tuesday, August 15th, at 6:30 p.m. Check out the Library Calendar to see more of our regular Adult Activities to be part of!

Around the Shelves in 80 days
Join the Haines City Public Library as they travel around the globe! The program is open to all adults ages 18 and above with a valid Polk County Library Card. Read a book and receive a stamp. Each fully completed passport will be awarded a prize. For more information see the Haines City Public Library circulation desk and check out the Around the Shelves in 80 Days flyer and Passport

Family Movie Saturday
The  Haines City Public Library will show Smurfs (2017) Saturday, August 5th, at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room. All ages are welcome! Snacks and drinks are permitted but not provided. Make sure to check out the Library Calendar located below to keep up with the Haines City Public Library's events!

Literati Book Club | Annie Freeman's Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish
The Literati Book Club meets monthly in the Librarian’s office to discuss the selected book. Reserve your copy at the front desk today! The next meeting is Thursday, August 17th, at 2:00 p.m. Stop by the library for more information!

Join the Haines City Public Library every Monday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in the Community Room for the Needlework Group! Share ideas, laughs, and pointers with friends while you work on your projects.

La pelicula  se mostrará el 12 de agosto a las 11:30 a.m. Todos están invitados. Las películas se muestran en la habitación de la Comunidad. Comida y bebidas están permitidos, pero no disponible.

Pigments of Your Imagination (Adult Coloring)
Bring out your imagination and relieve some stress in the weekly adult coloring club! Supplies are provided. This is held every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Community Room.

Scrabble Club
Wake up your brain with a friendly game of Srabble! This event is held every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and is located in the Young Adult Room.

Special Events*
Friends of the Library: Book Sale
The event will be held Thursday, August 17th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Library Lobby. 

How to Use Computers Essentials: English 
The class will be held Tuesday, August 8th, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Como usar Computadoras Esentiales: Espa ñol
La clase será el martes, 22 de agosto, a partir de las 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Pictured above is a snapshot from the Giving Tree Music Event the Haines City Public Library hosted Tuesday, July 18th, at the Lake Eva Community Center. A special thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring the event! Throughout the year, the library hosts multiple public, family-friendly events to attend. Check with the Library Calendar to stay updated on all of the fun! 
Special Event Highlight: Build a Better World Event*
Haines City Public Library hosted a Build a Better World Event Tuesday, July 11th, with a special performance from Miz Daisy (featured in the picture to the right) at the Lake Eva Gymnasium, provided by the Friends of the Haines City Public Library. 

The entertaining presentation oriented and educated the young crowd on being more environmentally friendly through recycling, saving water and becoming more energy efficient. The event was not only informational, but it was also entertaining and interactive, with a total of 207 attendees!

Bilingual Storytime
Bilingual Storytime is Saturday, August 5th and 19th, at 10:30 a.m. This will be a time with stories, finger plays, singing, and puppets while introducing Spanish words followed by a craft in the Children’s Room.

Bubbles & Bounces Storytime
This fun event is held in the Children's Room every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for babies 0—2 years old. Themed books, finger plays, songs, puppet shows, toys for playtime, and bubbles are all part of Bubbles & Bounces Storytime.

Family Movie Saturday
The Haines City Public Library will show  Smurfs  (2017) Saturday, August 5th, at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room. All ages are welcome! Snacks and drinks are permitted but not provided. Make sure to check out the Library Calendar located below to keep up with the Haines City Public Library's events!

Harry Potter Birthday Party
The Haines City Public Library celebrated Harry Potter's Birthday Monday, July 31st! All ages were welcome to attend the festivities.

Homeschool Club
The Homeschool Club meets every Monday at 1:30 p.m. starting August 14th. The program features different activities weekly for homeschoolers grades K-5 in the Children’s Room. See our Facebook page (HCPL Homeschool Group) OR the bulletin board in the Children’s Room for more details.

Kids Game Night
The August Kids Game Night was Thursday, August 3rd, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.! Join the Haines City Public Library next time! Families with kids ages 12 and under can play the Wii, different board games, and much more in the Community Room!  Check out the library's calendar to know all of the fun programs to join! 

LEGO® Bricks Club 
Thursday, August 10th and 24th, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to come and let their imaginations soar with LEGO® Building Bricks! This program is located in the Community Room. Supplies are provided. Stay updated with the Library Calendars (attached below)!
Minecraft can be played in the Community Room at the library Saturday, August 5th, and Wednesday, August 23rd, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Bring your own laptop or use one of our computers to play!

Preschool Storytime
Preschool Storytime is held every Wednesday starting August 9th, at 10:30 a.m. Themed stories, singing, puppet shows, and crafts in the Community Room are part of the fun program!

Teens and Tweens
Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Join the Haines City Public Library's TAB group Tuesday, August 22nd, to help make programs for teens better and better. Your voice is important! This is for students in grades 6th – 12th and is located in the Young Adult Room.
Teen Movie
The library will show The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Tuesday, August 8th, at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Snacks and drinks are permitted but not provided. All are welcome so bring your friends and come enjoy some sweet films!
Tween Book Club
A cool book discussion is held in the Young Adult Room for ages 10 – 18. Please bring a book you read for the summer reading challenge to share with the group!
Stay Connected With All Our Upcoming Events!
Want to know what is going on at the Haines City Public Library? Check out our  Facebook page and get the scoop. You can also see what's going on at the Library by viewing our calendar for adults and children! 


Public Works
Public Works Director Addie Javed
Check back in the next City Manager's Report to see the latest updates in the Public Works Department!
Parks & Recreation Director Auburn Taylor
Social Media
Haines City Parks and Recreation has their own Facebook Page! To keep up with everything Parks and Rec, “LIKE” us at @HainesCityParksRec.

Operating Hours
Open Swim schedule will be changing soon! Wednesday, August 9th, is the last day for daily open swim. Once school starts, the Aquatics Center schedule reverts to weekends only.
  • Open Swim: August 12th & 13th – October 14th & 15th (Saturday & Sunday ONLY) | 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Lap Swim: Monday-Thursday* | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. *NO LAP SWIM: 8/31, 9/7, 10/5 
  • Aqua Zumba: Monday & Wednesday | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

American Red Cross Centennial Campaign
For the last three years, the Haines City Aquatics Center has been a proud member of the American Red Cross’ Centennial Campaign, which was created to celebrate 100 years of water safety. This year, the campaign reached a few major milestones. Over the last three years throughout the county, the Centennial Campaign produced over 52,105 sets of swimming lessons, totaling to 416,000 individual swimming lessons. Additionally, 891 junior lifeguards have gained the knowledge and skills to become future lifeguards, 567 lifeguards and 533 Water Safety and Basic Swim Instructors have been certified, and 3,600 parents and caregivers have been armed with life-saving water safety knowledge and skills. The Haines City Aquatics Center is proud to be part of 100 more years of safe swimming. Together with the Red Cross, we’re making being in the water more safe for everyone!

Pool Safety – Have a Blast & Play Safe
  • No denim shorts or pants and No shorts with buttons or zippers. Proper swim wear required.
  • No coolers or outside food or drink will be permitted. There is a concession stand on-site.
  • No diapers allowed in pools. Children that wear diapers must wear a swim diaper (i.e. Huggies Little Swimmers). Swim Diapers may be purchased for $3.00 each.
  • No flotation devices (i.e. water wings, inflatable floats and life vests, and life vests with clips or buckles). Only life vests with zippers are allowed.

Cultural Arts
We welcome you to join the self-guided, ongoing ceramics class. First, choose your piece to be poured into a mold and fired. Then, once it is finished you will get to paint it! This class is held Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and is $2.00 per class, in addition to the fee of your canvas and the one time yearly Parks & Recreation fee of $10.00. You must be 18 years or older to join. Check out the Ceramics flyer below!

Heidi's Academy of the Performing Arts
The Oakland Neighborhood Center is the new home for Heidi's Academy of the Performing Arts! Age eligibility is from three years (potty-trained) and older. There is still time to register your child for this new and exciting program! Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Oakland Auditorium! Check out the attached flyer and Instructor Heidi's  biography below!
Oil Painting
Have you ever had an inkling to put a brush with paint on it to create something wonderful? We want you to join us to learn techniques in fine art traditional oils and have fun with our instructors Peggy Curry and Nick Roberts. Classes are held Mondays from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. It is $20.00 per class, in addition to the one time, yearly Parks & Recreation fee of $10.00. Please call (863) 289-4057 for the next available class. Check to see the Oil Painting flyer below!  
Summer Camp

Haines City’s Summer Recreation Camp experienced awesome opportunities the past few weeks! We will surely miss the 2017 Summer Recreation campers as they head into the school year! We believe in you and hope to see you throughout the year! Summer 2018 will be here before we know it! Here are a few memorable experiences we shared together:

Library Program: The Haines City Public Library hosted the Giving Tree Drum Circle! The campers formed a Congo line and danced around the gym to awesome tunes! They also made their own music using drums and tambourines! Everyone really enjoyed the show! A special thanks to Friends of the Library for sponsoring the event and the Haines City Public Library for providing the fun opportunity! Check out a few pictures below!
2-Infinity: Summer campers had a blast at Lakeland’s 2Infinity Indoor Trampoline Facility! Campers jumped into foam pits, rock climbed, swung from aerial silks, and jumped on over 60 trampolines! Check out a few pictures of the bouncin' time below!
Medieval Times: Summer campers attended Medieval Times in Kissimmee! They watched the horses and knights show, ate lunch, and cheered their team on! They had a great time!
Lakeland Flying Tigers Baseball Game:  Summer campers had fun attending the Flying Tigers game! They were able to enjoy delicious stadium food and take part in activities out on the playing field. 
Join Sensi Harry Vidal for Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate! In this epic class, he teaches children positive attitudes, self-discipline, goals, and self-defense skills! The class is held at the Lake Eva Community Center Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for children ages 5-16. Check out the flyer below for more information!

The Lake Eva Community Center's Zumba® Fitness Instructor Janet Gomez recently celebrated her 9th year of instructing this fun and calorie-burning exercise class! Congrats Janet! Make sure to come out to this fun way to stay healthy! 
  • Zumba® Fitness - Zumba® Fitness is held Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Zumba® takes the "work" out of the workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Wear comfortable clothes and come ready to have fun! Check out the Zumba® Fitness flyer below!

  • Zumba® Toning - Zumba® toning is held weekly Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. If you love Zumba® and are ready to challenge yourself more, then this class is for you! This class takes the moves that you already learned from Zumba® Fitness and mixes in light, handheld weights to help you tone up those muscles!

  • Aqua Zumba® - Aqua Zumba®This class is held at the Haines City Aquatic Center, located at Lake Eva Park, Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This program is perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine! There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class, so you can let loose in a fun, joint-friendly way. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles! Check out the Aqua Zumba® flyer below!

Utilities Director Mike Stripling

Lift Station Business!
In the routine of the Utilities Department’s Pump and Motor crew, they check each of the lift stations throughout the City and make sure all the pumps work properly. The amps on the motors are inspected to assure functionality in order to avoid pumps becoming clogged.  

The crew had to pull two pumps. One pump was clogged and the other, at Lift Station No. 1, had a bad seal on the face of the pump (shown in pictures below). The lift station is off of Johnson Avenue and is one of the master stations which the City has. The lift station receives about 75% of the City’s sewer flow and pumps it to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A big thanks to David Hughes, John Vice, and Dalton Torres for a job well done!
A Haines City Employee to the Rescue!

A Haines City Utility Operator’s job can be very rewarding. Pablo Correa rescued a large osprey from the Reuse Outlet Structure Saturday, July 22nd. As Pablo was collecting samples from the reuse pond, he noticed the large bird in distress. He realized the bird was trapped and could not get out of the structure. Pablo began talking to the bird to let him know it was going to be okay. He then got a shovel and the bird climbed onto it and was lifted to safety. The bird quickly bonded with Pablo and followed him around, even allowing Pablo to pet him. After drying out and receiving much affection from the staff, the bird flew off to soar once again... Thank you Pablo!!! Check out pictures from the rescue below!

Water Restrictions Update!
Please review the attached document below to find out how the Haines City community can comply with Southwest Florida Water Management District in making the most out of the water usage in our area. These new restrictions were put into action Monday, June 5th. 

Also, click here for more information from the Southwest Florida Water Management District website!
WOW! (Watched Outstanding Work!)
The City of Haines City would like to thank all of our excellent, dedicated employees and volunteers who help make the City a great place to work, live and play. We would not be able to serve our community well without the dedicated, excellent employees and volunteers! Have you "Watched Outstanding Work" within the City lately? Let us know at
Welcome Aboard!
Haines City Family,

Please join us in welcoming our new City Employees:
Hannah Armbruster is a new Haines City Police Officer! She worked with the Polk County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Deputy for one year, in addition to working with Publix Supermarkets as a Claims Analyst for five years. Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and working on her car. We're thankful to have you serve on the Haines City Team, Hannah! 
Quentavius Francis joined our team as a Part-Time Library Assistant. He volunteered at the Haines City Public Library for five years and an additional two years at a library in Fort Myers. Welcome to the team, Quentavius!
Sayma Islam is one of two new Part-Time Library Assistants. She has volunteered at the Haines City Public Library for four years while completing her community service hours for Bright Futures. Welcome to the Haines City Family, Sayma!
Jose Ramirez is a new Haines City Police Officer! He has experience working at Championsgate Golf Course in Maintenance and at McDonalds as a cook. Jose enjoys going to the gym, soccer, and working on cars. We are grateful for your service to the Haines City Community, Jose!
With great gratitude, we welcome each of these new employees to the City of Haines City Team!
City Commission
Mayor Roy Tyler
City Commission meetings are regularly scheduled every first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., and are held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 620 E. Main Street. 

Please use this link to access City Commission Agendas and Meeting Minutes, or to listen LIVE during a City Commission Meeting:  
For questions or more information, please call the City Clerk at (863) 421-9921.
Next City Commission Meeting: Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 7 p.m.