City Manager's Report 17-085 | October 6, 2017
City Administration
City Manager Deric C. Feacher
The Future Is Bright for Haines City!
Thursday, October 5, 2017, the City Commission of Haines City selected Deric C. Feacher (pictured to the right) to serve as the City Manager. City Manager Feacher served as the Deputy City Manager since February and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job. City Manager Feacher already coined a new tagline, “HCForward: One City One Vision”, and we are excited about the great opportunities ahead. Please continue to watch this section for announcements of upcoming community forums and visioning sessions in an effort to gain insight from the residents on how we can truly make Haines City the desired destination to live, work, play and raise family. 
Special Events
Interim Parks & Recreation Director Jeffery Jones 
Food Truck Friday!
Our next Food Truck Friday is Friday, October 20th, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. We bring some of Central Florida’s best food trucks to Haines City on the 3rd Friday of every month! October will be a LatinoFest inspired lineup and December will be part of our Season’s Screenings – Dinner and a Movie!
Haines City Eclipse Fun!
Pictured below is Development Services Director Richard Greenwood using a non-eclipse glasses method of observing the eclipse Monday, August 21, 2017. Check out that picture and more below of our City staff experiencing the "total eclipse at the parks"!
Interim Parks & Recreation Director Jeffery Jones
2017 Youth Basketball
It’s that time of year again! Time to start preparing for the 2017 Youth Basketball League!! This year, the City of Haines City is partnering with the Orlando Magic to host our annual youth basketball league. Make sure to mark your calendars because registration is open and spots are continuing to fill up! Check out the flyer to the right and in the downloads section below! 
Volleyball Sport Clinic
Before the start of the 2017 Volleyball Season, 34 out of the 40+ athletes who signed up for this year's league participated in a sports clinics instructed by Ridge Community High School. The athletes got a jumpstart by learning the fundamentals of volleyball to prepare them for the upcoming season! Thank you to the Ridge Community High School coaching staff and players who came out to help with the clinic! Check out a few pictures from the clinic below!
Youth Indoor Futsal
The inaugural season has concluded and a champion has been crowned. Congratulations to the Coyotes, who were crowned the 2017 Futsal Champions by defeating the Falcons in a hard-fought game ending 10-7. The Hornets took home the 3rd place trophy. Great job to all the athletes this season! Check out a cool picture of our champions below!
Youth Indoor Soccer
The Youth Indoor Soccer League finished the 2017 season a couple of weeks ago by crowning the Jaguars champions of the 7-8 age bracket and the Bears champions of the 9-10 age bracket. Check out pictures of our season winners below! It was such a fun and competitive season! These young athletes worked hard during practices and games! Congrats to all the athletes on a great season. See you next year!
City Clerk's Office 
City Clerk Linda Bourgeois
Florida City Government Week Essay Contest
Please see the flyer below for exciting information for Haines City students or residents ages 13-17!
Commissioner Huffman's IEMO Completion
The City Clerk’s Office is proud and honored to recognize Commissioner Anne Huffman for her completion of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials.

In June of 2017, Honorable City Commissioner Anne Huffman attended and completed the first session in a series of the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials program.
Presented by the Florida League of Cities, this educational program is specially designed for newly elected officials and those with less than one term in office. The primary objective of the IEMO is to provide elected municipal officials with an intensive academic program which will assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their elected role. The program offers a comprehensive overview of Florida municipal government and is presented by a faculty of top professionals in the field.
Thank you Commissioner Anne Huffman for your service to our community!
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) toured all of the municipal departments. In July, the EYAC were delighted to experience a “behind the scenes” tour of the Utilities Department (Water and Wastewater) and the Public Works Department. The group, along with adult volunteers, had unique and memorable experiences with both departments! Check out a few pictures from the visits below! 
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
Culver’s Arrives in Haines City!
The Development Services Department recently received an application for a site plan approval for Culver’s Restaurant. The proposed 4,506 square foot restaurant will be located near the US 27 and Bates Road intersection in front of Lowes. There will be 102 inside seats, 24 outside seats, 60 parking spaces, and a drive-thru window. Construction is expected to occur soon after City approvals are obtained. Listed below are proposed building elevations (click here to open the image in a separate window). Welcome to Haines City Culver’s!
New Employee Re-joins the Development Services Department
The Development Services Department Staff is pleased to welcome back Mark Bennett (pictured to the left)! Mark will serve as the Deputy Director of Development Services and the CRA Manager for the City. This will be Mark’s third time with the City, having previously served as the City Planner in 1997 to 1998, and the Planning Manager from 2007 to 2015. Prior to his return to the City, Mark was the Director of Planning for the Ridge Professional Group, a Land Development consulting firm in Lakeland. Mark has 29 years of urban planning experience in both the public and private sector. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of South Florida (USF), a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida, a master’s degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a graduate certificate from the US Naval Postgraduate School. Mark is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the credentialing agency for the urban planning profession.

In addition to his civilian experience and education, Mark serves in the US Army Reserve. He was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel and has 28 years of service to the United States. His military career includes a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, two tours as a Battalion Commander, and service at the US Special Operations Command. He is currently assigned to a Civil Affairs unit in Pensacola with duty at US Southern Command in Miami. When not engaged in his military obligations, Mark enjoys reading, attending USF football and basketball games, and spending time with his wife Melissa and their two children. 
Duke Energy Site Readiness Meeting
Friday, July 14th, Development Services staff, along with personnel from the City Manager’s Office, Utilities Department, and Fire Department, participated in a Site Readiness Meeting with Duke Energy. Sponsored by the Haines City Economic Development Council, including representatives from the Central Florida Development Council, Saunders Real Estate, and Florida Public Utilities, the purpose of the meeting was to meet with site selection consultants retained by Duke Energy to discuss the Lorenz property. Recently annexed by the City, the Lorenz property comprises 110 acres, is located south of the Aldi warehouse facility, east of Detour Road, and is zoned as Industrial Park. After discussing the various infrastructure, environmental, and other site-related concerns related to possible industrial development of the property, the meeting concluded with a visit to the site.

Upon final completion of the site evaluation report by the site selection consultants (expected to occur later this year), Duke Energy will begin marketing the Lorenz Property to potential users. By this occurring, the City of Haines City will benefit by having a Fortune 500 company promoting property within the City Limits.
Pictured above is the 110 acres Lorenz Property.
Fire Department
Interim Fire Chief Tim Mossgrove
Generator Safety!
Click here to check out important tips for generator safety!
Fire Department Receives SAFER Grant to Support Hiring Firefighters 
The Haines City Fire Department was notified it will receive a grant to assist in funding the hiring of additional firefighters. Rep. Darren Soto was an instrumental part for the department to secure this grant and the Haines City Fire Department is extremely grateful for his support! The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program establishes the support for hiring additional firefighters. The award of this grant will allow for great progress to strengthen the Haines City Fire Department’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the overall level of service to the community.
Off-Duty Haines City Firefighter Saves Child at Beach
Firefighters proudly come to work ready to assist those in their community regardless of the challenge. What some people do not know is their passion to help others does not end when they leave their job at the end of a work shift. Firefighter Brenn Hines was spending one of his days off at Ana Maria Island Beach when he observed a lady in distress off the shore. After carefully analyzing the situation, it was understood that the lady’s young son was being overcome by the strong currents and progressively drowning. Brenn entered the water and rescued the young boy from a certain, developing tragedy. When Brenn swam out, he was able to instruct the child to climb on his back, then swam to safety while assisting the mother whom was also in distress. Firefighter Hines was in the right place at the right time to help someone in need. The Haines City Fire Department is grateful for his selfless, lifesaving decision and act of bravery that made the difference in what would have been a tragic ending.
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 
Interim Human Resources Director Auburn Taylor 
Would you like to be part of the City of Haines City Team? Apply today! 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 can be accessed on the City of Haines City's website at .
The list provided 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.

Click here to view the open job listings and find out how you can be part of the City of Haines City Team!
Interim Parks & Recreation Director Jeffery Jones
In the past several weeks, the Parks Department staff initialized several new projects along with continuing with on-going projects. The following is an update and current status of these projects:

Landscaping removal, renovations, and improvements on U.S. Highway 27 began May 1, 2017. Removal of landscaping, prep work, and irrigation repairs have been completed and new sod is scheduled to be installed the week of August 14, 2017.

New trash receptacles and fencing are installed at Oakland Cemetery South. New trash receptacles, sitting benches, granite block markers, and shade structures are installed for Oakland Cemetery North.

8 Acre Park will receive new benches, tables, water fountains, additional playground structures, walking path fitness/activity stations, a new playground sunshade, grass and landscape upgrades.

A total of 13 new benches are installed to date, along with nine new trash receptacles, and three adult fitness stations which will be ready for use August 18, 2017. Two new water fountains are ordered, new playground shades will be installed this week, and approximately 7,000 square feet of landscaping area has been renovated to date.

The Downtown/Railroad Park corridor will receive landscaping upgrades, a bench, and trash receptacle replacements where needed - with the addition of three new bench locations. Benches and trash receptacles are ordered and landscaping renovation will begin the week of August 28, 2017.

Lake Eva Park will receive new playground flooring, walking path fitness/activity stations, bench and trash receptacle replacements where needed, water fountains and landscaping upgrades. The playground flooring project is in the contract phase and work should commence in September. Three adult fitness stations are installed and will be ready for use the week of August 16, 2017. Benches, trash receptacles, and water fountains are ordered. Landscape upgrades will begin the week of August 28, 2017.

Two benches and two trash receptacles are installed on the Haines City Trail corridor from Grace Avenue to Lilly Avenue.

The Haines City Trail and Lake Elsie Park will receive Pet Waste Stations later this summer.

The Cook Field baseball diamond has been converted from a football practice field back into a usable baseball/softball diamond.

The Forest Hill Cemetery Ordinance enforcement project has accounted for 310 bags of items and 123 large miscellaneous items in violation of the ordinance. These items are tagged and will be stored for 90 days. A security fence is installed along the south boundary of Forest Hill Cemetery. The dirt berm and trees are removed as well as the dumpster and large sand pile. The cost estimating phase of irrigating Forest Hill Cemetery has begun, with project planning to follow.
 Police Department
Interim Police Chief James Elensky
HCPD's CALEA Accreditation
Congratulate our Haines City Police Department for receiving an active CALEA Accreditation award! Click here to read more about the award.
Pictured above from left to right: Captain Keva Harris, Sergeant Gabe Garcia, Accreditation Manager Tyrone Wilson, Interim Chief James Elensky, and Lieutenant Jay Hopwood.
Safety Tips From HCPD!
During the first six months of 2017, the Haines City Police Department has seen an uptick in burglaries and thefts. Many of the thefts occurred from unlocked or unsecured vehicles with valuables in plain view. The HCPD is here to serve and keep Haines City safe but they need your help to protect the community too. Here are a few tips to help the HCPD protect you and your property:

  • Be proactive about being aware of your surroundings
  • Report suspicious/abnormal activity
  • Lock your doors – double check they are locked just to be sure!

Together we will continue to ensure that Haines City is a safe place to live, work and play! 
Back 2 School Bash Fun! 
Saturday, July 22nd, several members of the Haines City Police Department participated in the Back 2 School Bash held at the Oakland Gymnasium! This event was sponsored by Haines City’s Unity in the Community and was a huge success! Special thanks to the generosity of area businesses and individuals who supported the event! They helped provide more than 500 book bags with school supplies which were distributed to local students! Check out a few pictures from the event below!
Haines City Public Library
Interim Parks & Recreation Director Jeffery Jones 
In addition to the multitude of books the Haines City Public Library provides, it also offers age-specific opportunities of discovery and fun 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
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
Plastic Bag Collection for the Homeless
The Haines City Public Library is collecting plastic bags for Volunteer Polk. Volunteer Polk crochets plastic bags together to make a heavy, water-proof mat in their initiative to comfort those who may be homeless in Polk County.

To donate bags or to volunteer, call (863) 534-5580 or email

See an example of a mat made out of donated plastic bags (pictured to the right).

Click here to see more, valuable information on homelessness in Florida.
Around the Shelves in 80 Days
The Haines City Public Library celebrated the end of its Adult Reading program, Around the Shelves in 80 Days, the first week of September. Participants had a wonderful time reading books about travels in different continents, outer space countries, languages, and foreign authors. Our grand prize winners won:

  • (2) All access tickets to Bok Towers- Courtesy of Bok Towers
  • $50 gift card to Books a Million –Courtesy of Books a Million
  • $50 gift card to Goblin Market- Courtesy of Friends of the Library

Click here to see our fabulous, grand prize winners!
Women's Self Defense Class
September 18th, Haines City Public Library partnered with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department to host a Women’s Self Defense Class! Basic and necessary techniques were shown to the class. Attendees had the opportunity to do hands-on demonstration. Check out pictures from the class below!
Special Events
Star Wars Reads Day!
Star Wars Reads Day will be this Saturday, October 7th, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.!

En Español: Star Wars Reads Day estara aqui este Sabado 7 de octubre!
Acompañenos de 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Check out the flyer below!
Blood Drive at the Haines City Public Library!
We will have a Blood Drive Saturday, October 7th, from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.! We invite you to join us for this important, life-saving event!

En Español: Tendremos una donación de sangre el Sabado 7 de octubre de 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Adult Activities: Updates
Check out the Adult Library Calendar to see more of our regular Adult Activities to be part of!

Adult Movie
The Haines City Public Library will show Queen of the Desert ( 2017) Tuesday, October 17th, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Adults Activities for September!

Family Movie Saturday
The Haines City Public Library will show Disney's The Descendants 2 , Saturday, October 21st, 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 | Kitchen Houses by Kathleen Grissom
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, October 19th, at 2:00 p.m. Stop by the library for more information!

Sewing lessons are being offered at the Haines City Public Library Mondays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ! Additionally, you can bring your current project, have fun with friends, and explore new ideas Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m .! Meet in the Community Room for the Needlework Group!

PELICULA EN ESPAÑOL: Disney's The Descendants 2
El 28 de octubre a las 11:30 a.m. Todos están invitados a las películas. Las películas se muestran en la habitación de la Comunidad. Comida y bebidas están permitidos, pero no disponible.

Pigments of Your Imagination (Adult C o l o r i n g )
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 Scrabble! The library provides the supplies (regular Scrabble and Upwords are available), you provide the fun! This event is held every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and is located in the Young Adult Room.
Summer Reading Program
Our Polk County Schools are back in session, which ended the Summer Reading Program. Local student readers stayed busy throughout the summer participating in the program. Our three teen readers won a Kindle Fire! The top teen reader had a total of 20,474 pages! Forty-seven students reached the goal of 600 minutes of reading! Check out a picture of one of our stellar program participants to the right!

Stop Motion Class!
Thursday, October 12th, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., children in 3rd - 6th grade can come to the library and learn how to create stop motion animation videos!

Family Halloween Party
Thursday, October 26th, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., families with kids 12 and under are invited to our friendly monster party. Costumes are welcome (nothing scary). The party will consist of games, crafts, and snacks!

Bilingual Storytime
Bilingual Storytime will be held both Saturday, October 14th and October 28th, at 10:30 a.m., for a time of educational and fun! Bilingual Storytime is a time full of 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 zero - two 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 Disney's The Descendants 2 , Saturday, October 21st, 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!

Homeschool Club
The Homeschool Club meets every Monday at 1:30 p.m. 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.

LEGO® Bricks Club 
Thursday, October 19th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to come and let their imaginations soar with LEGO® building bricks! The LEGO® Bricks Club meets 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 Tuesday, October 17th and October 31st, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. If you have your own laptop and Minecraft account, bring it and play with us in the Community Room. If you don't have one, you can use one of our computers to play!

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

Sensational Sensory Hour
Tuesday, October 10th and October 24th, at 10:30 a.m., children ages five and under, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy the interactive program! It is an opportunity for children to develop and learn through the use of their senses. Drop by and explore a variety of sensory activities which will stimulate your child's mind. Dress for a mess!

Teens and Tweens
Pinterest and Game Night!
Calling all middle school and high school students!! Tuesday, October 10th, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., come hang out at the library to create the Pinterest Craft of the Month and play XBOX, Wii, and board games in the Young Adult Room!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Join the Haines City Public Library's TAB group Tuesday, October 24th, at 5:00 p.m. 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.
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
US 17/92 Hinson Avenue Project
The US 17/92 Hinson Avenue from SR 17 (10th Street) to 17th Street (US 17/92) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study will evaluate potential alternatives to provide for projected traffic volumes, enhance safety, emergency evacuation plans, and bicycle/pedestrian opportunities in Haines City, Florida. This evaluation will include investigations along other parallel corridors such as Main Street and Oak Street, as well as the divergence to truck/freight traffic to US 27 away from the downtown Haines City area. This PD&E Study will be completed in two (2) phases: Phase I – Feasibility Study and Phase II – PD&E Study.
Lake Eva and Lake Henry Feasibility Study Open Forum
The Public Works Department and the Southwest Florida Water Management District is hosting an Open Forum Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Lake Eva Event Center to discuss the Lake Eva and Lake Henry Feasibility Study. During the forum, we will be discuss the following:
1) Project Goals and Objectives
2) Project Data needs from the Community
3) Alternative Analysis Evaluation Criteria
We ask all Citizens of Haines City to please join us for this forum. The event's information is listed below:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lake Eva Event Center
799 Johns Avenue
Haines City, FL 33844
Click to download the flyer in English or Spanish .
Peninsular Drive Citizens Forum
The Public Works Department is hosting a Peninsular Drive Citizens Forum Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Lake Eva Event Center. During the forum, the residents of Haines City will have an opportunity to vote on multiple choices regarding the improvement of Peninsular Drive. We ask all Citizens of Haines City to please join us for this forum. The event's information is listed below:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Lake Eva Event Center
799 Johns Avenue
Haines City, FL 33844
Interim Parks & Recreation Director Jeffery Jones
Social Media
Haines City Parks and Recreation has their own Facebook page! To keep up with everything Parks and Rec, “LIKE” us at @HainesCityParksRec .

Lake Eva Event Center has a Facebook page now! “LIKE” us at @LakeEvaEventCenter!

Lake Eva Aquatic Center Operating Hours
The Lake Eva Aquatics Center is open weekends only for open swim:
  • Open Swim: Weekends ONLY | August 12th – October 15th (Saturdays & Sundays ONLY) | 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Lap Swim: Monday – Thursday* | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
  • Aqua Zumba: Monday & Wednesday | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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
Cuisine Kids!
Since the first Cuisine Kids Cooking Class was such a hit, another class will take place Friday, October 13th, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Lake Eva Community Center! In Cuisine Kids, your child will have the privilege to learn from Junior Chef Sade, who was previously on Food Network’s Chopped Junior - Season 2, and her sister Tatiana! Registration has already started and there are still spots available! Make sure to save your child's spot by stopping by the Haines City Community Center today!
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.
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!  
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!


Interim Utilities Director Linda Fisher
"So Long, Elevated Tower!"
The 250,000 gallon elevated water tower, located at Water Plant #2 off Angle Avenue, served the City of Haines City well. Built in 1976, the water tower helped maintain pressure throughout the City’s water system. With current upgrades to Water Plant #2, the elevated tower will no longer be needed. The water tower was removed September 22nd. An increasing amount of water systems are discontinuing the use of elevated towers. A leading reason behind the decision is the towers are a known source for contributing to disinfection byproduct in water systems. Check out the pictures below of the water tower demolition!
Lawn Watering Days and Times
The District's year-round water conservation measures went into effect August 2, 2017. Lawn watering is limited to no more than twice per week.

Lawn watering days and times are as follows:

  • Even addresses may water Thursdays and/or Sundays before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • Odd addresses may water Wednesdays and/or Saturdays before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • Locations without a discernible address, such as right-of-ways and common areas inside a subdivision, may water Tuesdays and/or Fridays before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and any time

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Utilities Pump Maintenance
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Utilities Pump and Motor Techs, John Vice, Ray Leonard, and Lee Strickland, replaced the seals and bearings in Process Pump #1 at the BCR building located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Oil Samples were pulled and showed the evidence of oil beginning to mix with water. This was a notification to the Utilities crew that the seals of the pump were bad. The pump was serviced and all the oil was drained and then replaced with new oil, seals, and bearings. By periodically changing the oil and providing proper maintenance to our equipment, we are prolonging the lifespan of our equipment. This in turn helps steward the resources of Haines City well!  Check out a few pictures of the process below!
Water Plant Updates Coming to a Completion
August 12, 2015, bids were posted to upgrade both Water Plant #1 and Water Plant #2 with new SCADA and to install the Ion-Exchange Treatment System to treat the organics in the wells at Water Plant #1. The organics in the wells, along with the chlorine disinfectant, can cause levels of TTHM and HAA5 in the City’s distribution system and can exceed the state limit. For a temporary solution and to produce good quality water for Haines City Customers, the City’s Utilities Department added flushing boxes throughout the City’s distribution system. This kept the amount of time the water stayed in the line at a minimum so TTHM’s and HAA5’s would not form and would, in turn, stay below state and federal limits. Most of the flushing boxes will be removed as the new treatment system is tested and stabilized. The Ion-Exchange has been online for testing purposes for a few months and the City is already seeing the benefits from the treatment system. 

The water plant has been under construction for almost two years. The City expects the construction to be completed within the next 45 days or so. Water Plant Staff look forward to operating the new system and providing the best quality of water to Haines City Customers! 
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 check in the next City Manager's Report to welcome our new City Employees!
City Commission
Mayor Roy Tyler
City Commission meetings are regularly scheduled every first and third Thursday of the month at 7:00 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: Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.