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Compassionate care, Inspired medicine FAMILY MEDICINE Ronald A. Ford,M.D. Richard K. LaCalamito, D.O. David Lipschitz, D.O. Sarah J. Oven, M.D. Mary R. De Sena, M.D. Garrison F. Christian, M.D. Tristan M. Harrison, M.D. Willie K. Jones, M.D. INTERNAL MEDICINE Alan G. Gasner, M.D. Elizabeth H. Griffin, M.D. Kyle M. Pochcial, M.D. Michael L. Keown, M.D. ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY ADULT & PEDIATRIC Maria J. Pochcial, M.D. CARDIOLOGY Randall B. Kramer, M.D. CARDIOLOGY INTERVENTIONAL Rakesh Choubey, M.D.
COLON & RECTAL SURGERY Richard J. Honer, M.D. DERMATOLOGY Roya Ghorsriz, D.O. GASTROENTEROLOGY Mark W. Shabla, M.D. GENERAL & BILIARY SURGERY Vriti Advani, M.D. GENERAL, BREAST & VASCULAR SURGERY W. P. Aronski, M.D. GENERAL & VASCULAR SURGERY David K. Speyerer, M.D. GYNECOLOGY Jean-Paul Muller, M.D. J. Anthony Mancini, M.D. ENDOCRINOLOGY Zahily Fals, M.D.
HOSPITALIST Aleixo M. Viegas, M.D.
PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Richard F. Radocha, M.D.
NEPHROLOGY Haldane W. Porteous, M.D. OBSTETRICS GYNECOLOGY Lisa M. Jardine, M.D. Edna Pierre-Louis, M.D. Zaira J. Moreno, M.D. Maria Martino, M.D. OPHTHALMOLOGY OPHTHALMIC PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY John J. McGetrick, M.D. ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY Patrick D. Sullivan, M.D. William A. Cooper, D.O. PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION & INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT Robert Kent, D.O.
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ABOUT WINTER HAVEN Winter Haven is no longer known as “retirement community,” but a renaissance city. With an affordable lakeside lifestyle, authentic Florida roots and a beautifully unique natural environment, Winter Haven is the destination to live, work, eat, stay and play. There are four pillars that help define the foundation and future of the Winter Haven community – our identity as a premier family friendly destination, our revitalized historic downtown business core, the lakeside lifestyle, and our collaborative business community. While many Florida cities have obscured their identity with artifice, only Winter Haven is thoughtfully, enthusiastically and proudly leveraging its authentic roots to build a compellingly unique destination for visitors and residents. And we are doing this in a creative, enthusiastic and future-focused way.
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With a population within the City limits of just over 41,000 and approximately 80,000 in the “greater” Winter Haven area, Winter Haven is one of the fastest growing communities in the country. We are located at the center of Florida’s super region, an area that spans from Tampa to Daytona that generates $300 billion per year in economic activity, making the super region the 9th largest economy in the United States. Winter Haven is directly between two major metropolitan areas – Tampa and Orlando – and therefore offers a short drive to either city’s amenities, but at home in Winter Haven you can enjoy lower cost of living, less traffic and a more cohesive community. While it is just a 45-minute drive to either metro, we are certainly not
TER HAVEN a bedroom community, as we have an economy built both on small business and entrepreneurs as well as large industry. Florida is known as the Sunshine State and Winter Haven is no exception. For the vast majority of the year we experience mild climate, blue skies, sunshine and light breezes. We are in Florida though, so the occasional shower can occur, especially in the hotter summer afternoons. A little shower provides the perfect time to experience our indoor attractions and cultural venues.
The first settlers arrived in Winter Haven in the 1860’s. By 1885, the village was named by P.D. Eycleshimer. While many lived in the vicinity, such as the Eycleshimers, Sykes, Jacksons and Inmans, the first official residents of the village after it was platted were F.A.K. Harris and his wife Adele, who built the first commercial and residential structure downtown in 1885.
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Our famous chain of canal-connected lakes was started in 1915 and completed in the early 1920’s. Along with the Chain of Lakes, the 1920’s boom brought rapid growth throughout Florida, and eventually, serious economic turmoil. Winter Haven was not exempt. Citrus and other agricultural crops were the early economic mainstays. In 1930, a 22-year-old George Jenkins would start the First Publix Super Market chain here on Fourth Street NW. In 1936, a gregarious promoter named Dick Pope opened Cypress Gardens on Lake Eloise. Pope brought intense publicity to Florida, Winter Haven and his beloved park. The Pope family sold Cypress Gardens in 1985. For 73 years it entertained more than 50 million people. In October 2011, Merlin Entertainments Group opened LEGOLAND® Florida on the historic site, and the Cypress Gardens botanical gardens are leased to, and beautifully maintained by them. Winter Haven’s history is being preserved at the Museum of Winter Haven history located on Lake Howard and Pope Avenue in the historic Woman’s Club.
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PREMIER FAM HOME OF LEGOLAND® FLORIDA RESORT One of Winter Haven’s unique and exciting features is that it is the home of the theme park built-for-kids, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.
LEGOLAND® When families arrive in the park, they are in for a unique and interactive themed experience like nowhere else! With over 50 rides, interactive attractions, restaurants, shops and places to play, LEGOLAND® is tailor-made for families with children age 2-12. Explore LEGO® replicas of famous skylines and historical landmarks in Miniland USA, watch LEGO® figures ski on Lake Eloise, dive into the full-feature LEGOLAND® Water Park open from the spring through early fall or take a wild ride on one of the many “pink-knuckle” rides in the park. Become a ninja in LEGO® NINJAGO® World as you battle against the enemy and sharpen your ninja skills on the virtual ride NINJAGO®. For those female LEGO® fans, the park features Heartlake City, a “land’ focused on the LEGO® Friends brand. And to cool off, take a journey into the LEGO® World of ChimaTM where guests unleash the power of CHI and battle with water cannons in this interactive boat ride. For a more relaxing pace, LEGOLAND® also offers a beautiful glance into the park’s history as Florida’s first theme park by meandering through the Cypress Gardens’ Botanical Gardens. With two accommodations, families can choose whether they want to stay in a 152-room hotel on the shores of Lake Eloise directly adjacent to the park or in a bungalow-style villa on the shores of Lake Dexter, directly across the street from the resort entrance. The LEGOLAND® hotel sits next to the park gates and
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MILY DESTINATION NINJAGO ® HOTEL
ATTRACTIONS Bok Tower Gardens 863-676-1408 boktowergardens.org Circle B Bar Reserve/ Polk Nature Discovery Center 863-668-4673 polknature.com/ discovery LEGOLAND® Florida Resort 877-350-LEGO legoland.com
FAMILY FUN BEACH RETREAT
gives its guests convenient access to the park while also providing the amenities of a “built-for-kids” hotel. LEGOLAND® Florida Beach Retreat, located across the street from the entrance of the park, is a beach inspired getaway that offers guests a new way to do a family vacation. On the property, guests will find their bungalow with its own cove and playground. Parents can relax on the patio of their bungalow while they watch their children play. The Beach Retreat also offers poolside service, cafeteria and beautiful lakeside views. Whether it be the hotel or the Beach Retreat, LEGOLAND® gives guests the opportunity to enjoy the fun and energy of LEGOLAND® even when they aren’t in the park. Winter Haven’s LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is the largest in the LEGOLAND® brand and the second such park in the United States. The park has not only brought more tourism to Winter Haven, but has made it a premier destination for families to laugh, play, stay and enjoy the authenticity of Winter Haven. No matter the age or size, Winter Haven is a premier family destination that everyone can enjoy.
SUN ’n FUN Fly-In 863-644-2431 sun-n-fun.org Water Ski Hall of Fame 863-324-2472 waterskihalloffame.com Walt Disney World Resort 407-939-2273 disneyworld.com Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo 863-692-1321 wgriverranch.com Universal Orlando Resort™ 407-363-8000 universalorlando.com
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PREMIER FAMILY DESTINATI BOK TOWER GARDENS
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Soaring 205 feet above the hillside, Bok Tower is the exquisite centerpiece that makes Bok Tower Gardens a majestic and soul-nourishing paradise. The marble and coquina rock tower is home to a 60bell carillon and surrounded by more than 700 acres of groves, flowers, meadows, endangered plants and protected lands. Opening in 1929 as a gift to the American people from the Dutch immigrant Edward Bok, the tower still rings out every half hour and at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., a carillonneur plays a concert with various musical selections. Bok Tower Gardens also includes a childrenâ€™s garden and play area, an outdoor kitchen and edible garden and paved paths for easier access to all visitors. They host hundreds of special events throughout the year including their most popular, Sunset and Symphony, Boktoberfest and Christmas at Pinewood.
PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR SPORTS
Professional basketball is officially here in Polk County. In December 2016, the Orlando Magic and the NBA G League announced that the Magic had purchased the Erie BayHawks with plans to relocate the team to Florida. Having the team so close to its parent club helps the Magic develop players and evaluate talent. The Lakeland Magic play at the RP Funding Center in nearby Lakeland and will soon call Winter Haven home as well. The Magic have plans to practice in the brand new state-of-the-art field house slated to open in 2019. Their season consists of a 50-game regular season: 24 home, 24 away, and 2 neutral site games at the annual G League Showcase, and runs from November through March. With the same level of professionalism and entertainment as a traditional NBA game, the Lakeland Magic provide guests with a unique family-friendly experience. For ticket information, visit lakelandmagic.com. Polk County is also home to a professional soccer team, indoor football team and an abundance of youth sports. Winter Haven has a very strong youth soccer association, baseball league, football league and swimming league, as well as many other sports that your family may enjoy.
TION CONTINUED AVIATION
Here in Winter Haven, we have plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors alike to see our beautiful home from the sky and learn more about aviation. SUN ’n FUN is an aviation experience like no other! SUN ’n FUN started as an annual event for aviation exhibits, air shows, aircraft displays, and opportunities to further aviation education. SUN ’n FUN still holds their annual 6-day Sun ‘n Fun FlyIn event in April, the second largest airshow in the country, but now they also offer so much more. The rest of the year is full of private and public events ranging from educating students with “fly ’n learn” curriculum, to giving museum tours at their
BIPLANE RIDES Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum. SUN ’n FUN gives guests a chance to experience aviation from the ground up, exposing them to the rich history and future of aviation in Florida and the world. Preston Aviation gives you the chance to jump in a biplane and fly! Tim Preston, owner of Preston Aviation, takes you on a journey through Winter Haven with 30 years of experience under his belt. Hover over Florida orange groves, our beautiful lakes and see the sunset in a new way. After liftoff, your pilot will even let you take over and fly the plane yourself! You can go high, low, fast or slow. Either way, Preston Aviation is a great way to experience aviation! Winter Haven is also the future home of the Seaplane Pilots Association. Because of our access to over 55 lakes in Winter Haven, we have become
the training ground for seaplane pilots, driven primarily through Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base at the Winter Haven Regional Airport (KGIF).
BACK TO NATURE
Beyond the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, Winter Haven’s natural beauty and appeal can’t be understated. Protected trails and parks are located in every direction, allowing for opportunities to learn, explore, have a picnic or even camp! Visit Circle B Bar Reserve for the chance to see bald eagles, hundreds of gators, turtles, birds, rabbits and much more! Circle B is also home to the Nature Discovery Center where families can learn about the animal and plant species that are indigenous to our part of Florida. Westgate River Ranch and Rodeo offers camping sites, tee-pee camping, glamping in airconditioned tents and regular hotel rooms. There are numerous hiking trails, horseback riding trails, airboat rides and a Saturday night rodeo for families to enjoy!
SPORTS & WATER SKI
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame keeps much of its memorabilia on display at the Central Florida Visitors Information Center, located just a short drive from Winter Haven. There you can also buy Florida themed gifts and discounted attraction tickets to most Central Florida attractions. At Lake Myrtle Sports Complex there is also the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame which showcases our own community’s sports stars. You may not get your own feet wet in Winter Haven, but you can learn the history of those who have by waterskiing their way into the Water Ski Hall of Fame! This museum experience offers a look at the legacy left by those champions who dared to don skis and those who skied on their bare feet! The relatively young sport dates from 1922. Champions and their waterskiing records, many of which were set right here in Winter Haven, are on display. The Water Ski Hall of Fame is relocating to the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in 2018.
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THINGS TO DO
ADVENTURE Action Paintball 863-299-4042 action-paintball.us
Leadfeather Guns and Archery 863-875-8989 leadfeathergunsandarchery.com
Downtown Murals & Sculptures winterhavenchamber.com/arts-culture Museum of Winter Haven History 863-206-6855 facebook.com/ winterhavenhistory Painting with a Twist-Winter Haven 863-875-5190 paintingwithatwist.com/winterhaven Polk History Museum 863-534-4386 polkhistorycenter.org Polk Museum of Art 863-688-7743 polkmuseumofart.org Ridge Art Association, Inc. 863-291-5661 ridgeart.org
ATTRACTIONS Bok Tower Gardens 863-676-1408 boktowergardens.org
Central Florida Visitors Center 800-828-7655 visitcentralflorida.org
Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team cypressgardenswaterskiteam. com LEGOLAND® Florida Resort 877-350-5346 legoland.com/florida/
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Walt Disney World Resort 407-939-2273 disneyworld.disney.go.com Water Ski Hall of Fame 863-324-2472 waterskihalloffame.com Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo 863-692-1321 wgriverranch.com
Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base 863-956-2243 brownsseaplane.com Preston Aviation - Biplane Flights and Tailwheel Flight School 863-956-2526 flytailwheel.com
BOAT RENTALS/ TOURS
Marine Supply of Winter Haven 863-293-1156 marinesupplyboats.com The Living Water Cruises 877-257-1529 TheLivingWaterCruises.com
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Country Club of Winter Haven 863-324-6666 ccofwinterhaven.com
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Cypresswood Golf & Country Club 863-324-6174 cypresswoodcc.com Willowbrook Golf Course 863-291-5899 golfwillowbrooknow.com
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS Florida Tropics 863-240-0101 fltropics.com
Lakeland Magic 863-825-3258 lakelandmagic.com
The Ritz Theatre 863-295-9900 ritzoncentral.com Theatre Winter Haven 863-299-2672 theatrewinterhaven.com
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Chain Life Winter Haven, LLC Rodeo 863-662-9872 863-692-1321 chainlifewinterhaven.com wgriverranch.com
Cypress Lanes 863-294-3295 cypresslanes.com
Paddleboard Winter HavenLet’s Paddle Out 863-845-5307 paddleboardwinterhaven.com
Circle B Bar Reserve/Polk Nature Discovery Center 863-668-4673 polknature.com/discovery
SUN’n FUN Fly-In 863-644-2431 www.flysnf.org
Carlton Arms of Winter Haven 863-875-1700 carltonarmsofwinterhaven.com
Fairbridge Inn Express 863-438-2782 fairbridgeinns.com
Lakeshore Club 863-299-2158
Hampton Inn 863-299-9251 hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/ hotels/florida/hampton-innwinter-haven-WHVFLHX
Briarcrest at Winter Haven 863-293-3350 robbinspropertyllc.com
Madison Lake Ned 863-318-9670 madisonlakened.com
CAMPGROUND/ RV PARK
Cypress Campground & RV Park 863-324-7400 cypresscampground.com
Best Western Plus Auburndale Inn & Suites 863-551-3400 bestwestern.com
LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat 877-350-5346 legoland.com/florida/ LEGOLAND® Florida Resort 877-350-5346 legoland.com/florida/ Shergill Grand Hotel Conference Resort 863-324-5950 shergillhotel.com Streamsong Resort 863-428-1000 streamsongresort.com
Holiday Inn of Winter Haven 863-292-2100 holidayinn.com/winterhavenfl
Westgate River Ranch Resort 863-692-1321 wgriverranch.com
Lake Roy Beach Inn & Suites 863-324-6320 lakeroybeachinn.com
Winter Haven Gardens and Banquet Facilities 863-294-4451 winterhavensuites.com
Westgate River Ranch Resort 863-692-1321 wgriverranch.com
Winter Haven and the surrounding area offer a variety of accommodations, from traditional hotels to vacation homes to luxury resorts to fish camps and RV parks. There is pretty much an accommodation close by to fit any family or budget. Polk County’s luxury accommodation, Streamsong Resort, located in Ft. Meade, opened in 2013 and has expanded in the following years. With 3 championship golf courses designed by Gil Hanse, Bill Core, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Doak, a golf lodge with 12 rooms and a luxury hotel with 216 rooms, fine dining and a spa, Streamsong Resort is a place to truly unwind.
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DOWNTOWN I Downtown is the heart of the Winter Haven community. It is our stage for delicious food, amazing music, innovative businesses, shopping, local favorites and cultural arts. Some residents joke that it is our very own Epcot World Showcase in terms of dining options which include Italian cuisine, Louisiana inspired menus, southern BBQ, locally owned coffee shop,Thai food, Sushi and Japanese inspired menus, American favorites, Mexican, bakeries, healthy smoothies and much more. Downtown Winter Haven is also full of opportunities to be exposed to rich art and cultural experiences. From the various murals peeking through the alleyways and sides of buildings, to the music filling the streets from Gram Parson’s Derry Down and other local venues, Winter Haven is a platform to showcase local artists. Each year our downtown is home to up to ten sculptures, part of the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Invitational. We also have a cultural arts advisory committee through the City of Winter Haven that recently commissioned local artists to paint all the electrical boxes in downtown Winter Haven.
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Our local theatre, Theatre Winter Haven, is an awardwinning theatre that continues to enrich the lives of residents and visitors with its talented actors, experienced staff and exceptional productions. In 2017, Theatre Winter Haven won eight awards through BroadwayWorld Orlando as well as took the top honor at the Southeast Theatre Conference. They are Florida’s most awarded community theatre and a local favorite that transports you to the streets of Broadway with musicals, plays and special performances. Downtown’s historic Ritz Theatre also offers a variety of shows and musical performances. Polk State College is involved in theatrical performances and musical productions, along with student– created visual arts that are showcased throughout the year.
IS OUR STAGE Winter Haven’s musical history boasts hometown artists like Jim Stafford and Gram Parsons, and its present day also includes young artists making their mark. From open mic nights to concerts, Gram Parson’s Derry Down gives everyone a chance to be a part of Winter Haven’s musical soul. Many of our downtown restaurants and bars also host live music Thursday through Sunday or special musical concerts and festivals. Ridge Art Association and Outer Space Art Gallery and Studio are both great galleries for those who prefer more visually artistic experiences. No matter where you choose to be exposed to music, arts and culture, Winter Haven has a multitude of venues to choose from. Downtown is also our literal stage for events, festivals, art shows, car shows, farmer’s markets and family events. Main Street Winter Haven presents many of these such as Oktoberfest, Art Walk, Craft Beer Crawl and Carols in the Park in December. Annually, the Chamber of Commerce presents CommunityFest and Taste of Winter Haven. CommunityFest gives families a chance to attend a FREE festival with games, food and entertainment. Taste of Winter Haven is an evening event that gives guests an opportunity to taste local fare, craft beer and wine. Winter Haven is truly a center for community events, thriving fine art and diverse culture.
ART & CULTURE VENUES
Arts Ensemble 863-293-2700
Polk State College 863-297-1000 polk.edu
Ballet Conservatory 863-299-1055 theballetconservatory.com
Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center 863-298-6883 polk.edu/lake-wales
Florida Dance Theatre 863-802-0399 floridadancetheatre.org Haines City Community Theatre 863-421-1893 hainescitytheater.com Imperial Symphony Orchestra 863-688-3743 imperialsymphony.org Lake Wales Little Theatre 863-676-1266 Outer Space Gallery 863-293-2700 Find us on Facebook Platform Art 863-838-2262 platformart.org
Polk Museum of Art 863-688-7743 polkmuseumofart.org Polk Theatre 863-682-7553 polktheatre.org Ridge Art Association 863-291-5661, ridgeart.org Theatre Winter Haven 863-294-7469 theatrewinterhaven.com The Ritz Theatre 863-295-9900 ritzoncentral.com The Symphony Guild of Winter Haven 863-294-7213 More info on all arts: Polk Arts Alliance 863-804-0494 polkartsalliance.org
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EVENTS & VENUES
Village Sampler 863-875-5150
Chain Life Winter Haven 863-677-5881 chainlifewinterhaven.com
Ageless Allure Medispa 863-292-2317 agelessalluremedispa.com Brow and Beauty Bar by Carolyn 863-651-3492 Find us on Facebook Cutting Edge Hair Salon 863-299-6537 Find us on Facebook Lucy Essentials 863-875-5930 lucyminerals.com Megan Gillis Esthetician & Nail Technician 863-514-0667 megangillisskinandnails.com Posh Salon Suites Inc. 863-528-2988 myposhsuites.com Salt Room 863-289-9476 saltroomwinterhaven.com Skinfinity Tattoo Company, Inc 863-401-8288 skinfinitytattoocompany.com Spa G & Boutique 863-514-3070 Find us on Facebook Supercuts 863-268-2053 supercuts.com The Room Hair Salon 863-268-4360 Wild Wave Studio 863-514-6015 wildwavestudio.com
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Outback Oasis 863-508-5482 outbackoasis.com Party Rentals Unlimited 863-294-2802 partyrentals1.com Trophy Shop 863-299-6566 trophyshoponline.com Venue 650 863-287-3814 venue650.com
HEALTH & SPORT Art’s Golf Cars 863-439-5431 artsgolfcars.com Bike Shop of Winter Haven 863-299-9907 bikeshopofwinterhaven.com Excel Athletics 863-845-2933 excelathleticsinc.com
Paul Bowman Personal Training & Boot Camp Instructor 863-978-8941 bootcampwinterhaven.com Play It Again Sports Winter Haven 863-294-9696
A Ward Design 863-325-9070 awarddesign.net Badcock Home Furniture & More of Winter Haven 863-294-7749 badcock.com Bed & Furniture Haven 863-845-2025 Blackburn’s Interiors 863-294-7355 blackburnsinteriors.com Central Door Co. 863-324-3719 centraldoorfl.com Central Window Sales, Inc. 863-293-2977 centralwindowsales.com
Claussen’s Furniture Healthy Habits of Winter Haven, 863-293-1875 LLC claussensfurniture.com 863-875-4826 Doty Farm & Garden Supply healthyhabitswinterhaven.com 863-293-9730 Honor Gym Find us on Facebook 863-875-3394 George L. Tyler Office Supply honorgym.com 863-686-1799 Inside/Out Yoga gltoffice.com 863-224-2311 Nettle Creek Interior Design/T. ioyogastudio.com Candace Holladay, A.S.I.D. Just Move Fitness (2 Locations) 863-326-1756 863-291-4653 thenettlecreek.com justmovewinterhaven.com Office Furniture Depot Marine Supply of Winter Haven 863-682-3450 863-293-1156 officefurnituredepot.com marinesupplyboats.com Precision Safe & Lock, LLC My Natures Delight Natural 863-293-4098 Foods precisionsafeandlock.com 863-324-1778 Staples, Inc. Find us on Facebook 863-401-9661 staples.com
Cruise Planners / All Points Beyond Travel 863-326-1000 allpointsbeyondtravel.com
Andy Thornal Co 863-299-9999 andythornal.com
Expedia Cruise Ship Center, Cruise Link Travel Inc 863-318-8340 cruiseshipcenters.com/en-us/ cruiselinktravel/home
Art of Framing 863-875-6914
Art & Framing On the Park 863-299-7586 Find us on Facebook Belk 863-401-9031 belk.com
Travel and Cruise World 863-295-9017 travelandcruiseworld.com
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Tucker Carpets 863-293-6641 tuckercarpets.com
Carlton Music Center 863-294-4216 carltonmusic.com DHS Design Guild, Inc. 863-293-1900 Griner’s Jewelers, Inc 863-293-0151 grinersjewelers.com Lasater Flowers 863-294-3213 lasaterflowers.net M.Marie Boutique 863-318-9600 mmarieboutique.com Meg’s Medical Scrubs & Boutique 863-291-8400 Find us on Facebook Publix Super Markets (3 Locations) 863-291-0312 publix.com Sprint by Maycom Communications 863-297-5900 maycomwireless.com Trophy Shop 863-299-6566 trophyshoponline.com Wal-Mart Stores 863-299-5527 wal-mart.com WAWA Store #5126 863-294-7134 wawa.com
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RESTAURANTS & CATERERS
Arabellas Ristorante 863-293-1797 arabellas.us
Harborside 863-293-7070 harborsidefl.com
Schack’s Bar-B-Q 863-324-1537 Find us on Facebook
Beef O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub 863-293-9464 beefobradys.com
Idle Zone Bar and Grill 863-875-7949 Find us on Facebook
Schreck’s Que & Catering 863-712-4610 schrecksque.com
Cam’s Catering Company, Inc. 863-298-8062 camscatering.com
International House of Pancakes 863-326-1772 ihop.com
Slyce Pizza Kitchen 863-875-8000 slycepizzakitchen.com
Carrabba’s Italian Grill 863-293-6635 carrabbas.com
KFC Auburndale 863-967-9830 kfc.com
The Catering Company 863-207-7057 Find us on Facebook
Kick Yo Butt BBQ 863-595-6633 djbracken.com
Catering Oasis 863-326-3994 cateringoasis.com
Krazy Greek 863-875-2753
Chick-fil-A 863-299-2697 chick-fil-a.com/winterhaven Crispers 863-401-8899 crispers.com Dairy Queen 863-299-5165 dairyqueen.com Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins of Winter Haven 863-297-9100 Find us on Facebook Fire Restaurant 863-875-5544 thefirerestaurant.com Flightline Cafe & Catering 863-875-5869 Games On Tap 863-662-3853 Find us on Facebook
Little Caesars 863-229-7227 littlecaesars.com Longhorn Steakhouse 863-295-7740 longhornsteakhouse.com McDonald’s 863-293-1445 mcdonalds.com Moe’s Southwest Grill 863-229-5576 moes.com Nutwood 863-229-7770 nutwoodwh.com Old Man Frank’s 863-294-9179 oldmanfranks.com Ovation Bistro & Bar 863-656-1972 ovationbistro.com
Giovanni’s NY Pizza 863-324-9100 giovannisnewyorkpizza.com
Publix Super Markets (3 stores) 863-291-0312 publix.com
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill 863-324-5600 goldencorral.com
Richard’s Fine Coffees 863-291-3082 richardsfinecoffees.com
Gourmet Goodies Bake Shop 863-318-1400 ggcupcake.com
Rick’s Bar-B-Q 863-299-0354 ricksbarbq.com
Grove Roots Brewing Co 863-291-0700 groveroots.com
Sal’s Island Grill and Bar 863-268-2086
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San Diego’s Mexican Grill 863-268-6515
Smokin Jim’s Barbeque 863-965-0230 smokinjimsbarbecue.ws Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q 863-293-4744 sonnysbbq.com Southside Package & Lounge, Inc. 863-683-4703 Find us on Facebook Subway Spirit Lake Crossing Shopping Center 863-295-5531 Takeout Hero 813-505-2602 takeouthero.com Tallulahs Table by the Sea 863-324-0301 harrysoldplace.com/Tallulahs. html Tam’s Classic Catering 863-398-6822 tamscatering.com Tanners Lakeside Restaurant & Bar 863-662-5948 tannerslakeside.com Tempo 1930 863-875-5323 Find us on Facebook Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. 863-533-6483 terrielobbcatering.com Texas Cattle Company Catering 863-686-1434 texascattlecompany.net WAWA Store #5126 863-294-7134 wawa.com Zaxbys (2 locations) 863-299-7200 zaxbys.com
ANNUAL EVENTS JANUARY
Alafia River Rendezvous Homeland floridafrontiersmen.org Special Performance Series Polk State College Winter Haven - polk.edu
Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City flstrawberryfestival.com Taste of Winter Haven winterhavenchamber.com
Spirit of the Buffalo PowWow Auburndale - intlmarketworld.com
CityWorks (x)po Winter Haven - mainstreetwh.com
Concert Under the Stars Lake Wales boktowergardens.org
Mardi Gras Festival Lake Wales - lwmardigras.com Polk Senior Games polkseniorgames.org Smoke on the Water Winter Haven boysandgirlsbbq.com Lake Wales Art Show Lake Wales lakewalesartscenter.org
Bach Festival Lakeland bachfestivalofcentralflorida.org Bloominâ€™ Arts Festival Bartow - bartowartguild.com Bluegrass, Clogging Festival Auburndale intlmarketworld.com Central Park Arts Festival Winter Haven - ridgeart.org Champagne & Shamrocks Symphony Guild of Winter Haven Communityfest Winter Haven winterhavenchamber.com
SUN â€˜n FUN Fly-IN Lakeland - sun-n-fun.org
Bark in the Park Winter Haven - mainstreetwh.com Mayfaire by the Lake Lakeland - polkmuseumofart.org
City of Winter Haven Fireworks Winter Haven - mywinterhaven.com Red, Brick and Boom Winter Haven - legoland.com
Boktoberfest Lake Wales - boktowergardens.org Brick or Treat Winter Haven - legoland.com
Pioneer Days Festival Lake Wales - cityoflakewales.com Polk State FallFest Winter Haven - polk.edu Oktoberfest Winter Haven mainstreetwh.com
Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown Winter Haven Haven Holiday Market Winter Haven centralfloridaeventvendors.com When Pigs Fly South Lakeland - sun-n-fun.org
DECEMBER Carols in the Park Winter Haven - mainstreetwh.com Christmas Boat Parade Chain of Lakes - Winter Haven chainlifewinterhaven.com Christmas at Pinewood Lake Wales boktowergardens.org Snow Central Winter Haven mywinterhaven.com Sunset & Symphony Lake Wales - boktowergardens.org
Ghouls Day Out Winter Haven mywinterhaven.com Lake Mirrior Classic Auto Festival Lakeland - lakemirrorclassic.com
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LAKESIDE LIFE BEAUTIFUL SKIES
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We in Winter Haven get to experience lakeside lifestyle like no other location. With 24 canal-connected lakes, 55 lakes that touch the City of Winter Haven and 554 lakes in Polk County, there is pretty much a lake where ever you look. You can literally travel from one side of Winter Haven to the other and never leave your boat. Canal connectivity means countless hours of water skiing, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, tubing, flyboarding and wakeboarding. Since 1922, water-skiers have been leaving their mark on Winter Haven history for all to see. In 1936 when Dick Pope opened Cypress Gardens theme park one of the main attractions was the show skiers. Today, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort carries on that tradition with several LEGO® themed shows per day on Lake Eloise. In 2012, a former show skier for Cypress Gardens, Mark Voisard, started the Cypress Gardens Water Ski team to help carry on Winter Haven’s legacy for training show skiers. Today this troupe of athletes travels the state performing and competing and does a free performance the third Saturday of every month on Lake Silver in downtown Winter Haven. Winter Haven is also home to several ski schools and wakeboarding schools. In 2018, Lake Myrtle Sports Park in neighboring Auburndale will be home to a cable ski park as a part of the relocation of the Water Ski Hall of Fame. But the Lakeside Lifestyle doesn’t stop at water recreation. Winter Haven offers many waterfront restaurants that give you seamless views of our beautiful orange, purple and red sunset skies. We have 91 miles of shoreline in Winter Haven, mostly developed as residential living, but we do have some commercial properties and pubic spaces on the lakes. The most notable recent addition is that of the Lake Howard Walking Trail which starts on W Central Avenue and Lake
ESTYLE Howard Drive and goes to Ave G NW and Lake Howard Drive. This 1.5 mile path is perfect for the leisurely stroller, the 5K trainee or the cyclist adding it to their trail route. Lake Cannon, Shipp, Hartridge and Maude all also have parks on them, some with playgrounds For the ultimate lakeside lifestyle at home, check with our local realtors for the lastest listings. Lakeside homes can range from the mid-100’s to over $1 million depending on location and size. Many neighborhoods also have private or public boat ramps for the residents who don’t live directly on the lakes to enjoy. There are over 1,400 lakefront options to choose from in our community! It truly is an inland coastal playground. Whether you choose to dive right into the water or relax on the shores, it’s not difficult to experience the lakeside lifestyle in Winter Haven. Tax Edge 2.375x4.875.qxp_Layout 1 6/20/16 1:42 PM Page 1
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BECOMING A RESIDENT Post Offices 111 W. Central Ave – 863-299-7824 1401 1st St N – 863-293-5370 Electric Tampa Electric Company (TECO) 863-299-0800 – tampaelectric.com
Winter Haven is a great place to call home for many reasons. The cost of living here is typically lower than the national average making Winter Haven a practical place to settle. Residences range from apartments, to downtown condos to single-family homes to waterfront estates.
Gas Florida Public Utilities 800-427-7712 – fpuc.com Telephone & Cable Spectrum 863-965-7766 – spectrum.com Frontier Business Edge 813-202-7766 business.frontier.com Water City of Winter Haven 863-291-5678 – mywinterhaven. com Refuse Collection City of Winter Haven 863-291-5756 mywinterhaven.com Polk County 863-284-4319 – polk-county.net Public Transit Winter Haven Area Transit (WHAT) 863-534-5500 – polktransit.org Social Security Office 1395 Havendale Blvd NW 800-772-1213 Tag Agency – 863-293-5551 Driver’s License – 863-421-3202
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City parks, trails and other recreational amenities have grown significantly throughout the past decade. There is ample access to our lakes for boaters and our parks offer a variety of recreational and exercise options. There is a downtown jogging club called the Society of the Turtle that runs the first and third Wednesdays of the month October – May. We also have a robust cycling community and the Winter Haven Cycle Club which has standard rides out of the Bike Shop of Winter Haven each Saturday and Sunday. If your children are into sports, no worries there, you can be at a different sport every night from swimming, football and soccer, to name a few. Over the next several pages you will learn more about settling into Winter Haven. We certainly hope you decide to call us home!
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church 863-294-2829, abidingsaviorlutheran.net CenterPoint Community Church 863-324-7915, CenterPointChurch.org Church of the Redeemer 863-298-9849, redeemerwinterhaven.org First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven 863-294-3121, FirstPresWH.org Garden Grove Church 863-324-7880, gardengrovechurch.com Grace Lutheran Church 863-293-8447, glwh.org Heartland Church 863-299-7797, heartchurch.org Hope Presbyterian Church 863-324-6382, hopepreswh.org Jewish Learning Center 863-937-5565, jewishwinterhaven.org Kairos Church 863-206-8710, kairos.church St Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church 863-294-8888, saintpaulswinterhaven.com
All About Aging LLC 863-557-7604, allaboutagingLLC.com Brandywyne Healthcare Center 863-293-1989, Find us on Facebook Brookdale Winter Haven 863-216-8788, brookdale.com Comfort Keepers 863-293-4055, comfortkeepers.com Goldcare Assisted Living, Inc. 863-299-2461, goldcare.us Granny Nannies 863-299-1100, grannynannies.com Home Instead Senior Care 863-294-9141, homeinstead.com/333 Kindred At Home 863-401-8592
Lake Gibson Village Senior Living Community 863-815-6105, lakegibsonvillage.com Lake Howard Heights 863-293-3171, seniorlifestyle.com Lakeview Towers 863-293-5888, lakeviewtowerapts.com
There are numerous places of worship in Winter Haven. The organizations listed below are members of the Chamber of Commerce.
Life Care Center of Winter Haven 863-969-5610 lifecarecenterofwinterhaven.com
St. Matthew Catholic Church 863-324-3040, stmatthewwh.com
New Horizon Assisted Living Residence 863-299-3651 newhorizonretirementcommunity.com
Winter Haven Worship Center 863-318-0701, whwc.org
Orchard Park Health & Rehab 863-967-4125, orchardparkhealth.com Palm Garden of Winter Haven 863-293-3100 palmgardenofwinterhaven.com Savannah Court 863-679-8246 savannahcourtlakewales.com Spring Haven Retirement 863-877-4357, springhaven.net Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center 863-294-3055, springlakerehab.com Village at Vienna Square 877-791-9907, viennasquare.com Winter Haven Health & Rehabilitation Center 863-293-3103 winterhavenhealthandrehab.com
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Adams Homes 863-619-8120 adamshomes.com Associate Realty & Investments, Inc. 863-618-4000 chrissijasso.com Briarcrest at Winter Haven 863-293-3350 robbinspropertyllc.com Brokers Realty of Central FL 863-294-6773 reneebutler.com By Design Real Estate Services 863-294-7000 bydesignre.com Carla J. Meeks, Realtor, Web Pro Realty, LLC 863-604-9287 homesbycarla.net Carlton Arms of Winter Haven 863-875-1700
Central Florida Income Fund 863-397-8663 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 863-294-7541 coldwellbanker.com/offices/ 290-se-cypress-gardensblvd-winter-haven-fl-33880
Crosby & Associates, Inc. 863-293-5600 crosbydirt.com Daphne Manning & Cheryl Hall, Keller Williams Realty 863-640-5693 daphnemanning.kw.com
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David Ross Shippey PA, ABR, By Design Real Estate Services 863-521-4517 davidshippey.com Dawn Van Meter, Keller Williams Realty of Winter Haven 863-287-7013
Development Group of Central Florida 863-291-0731 dgcf.net
Harmony of Lake Eloise Coming in 2018 - 2019 H & I Real Estate, LLC 863-604-6256 www.handiFL.com Janice Summers Realty, Inc. 863-318-9500 Judy B. Cleaves Properties, Inc. 863-299-5878 jbcleaves.com K Team, LLC 863-604-6220 yourkteam.com
4200 Dundee Road Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-4428
Residential & Commercial KW Commercial Lakeland 863-224-6915 kwcommercialcentralflorida.com Lockhart & Associates, Inc., Realtors 863-293-1234 lockhartonline.com Loren Smith Realtor 407-744-2839 lorensmithrealtor.com Madison Lake Ned 863-318-9670 madisonlakened.com
Star Realty of Winter Haven, Inc 863-581-1338 starrealty.homesandland.com Tom Wolf Co, LLC 863-287-6873 Turner Properties of CFI 863-291-1895 turnerpropertiescfi.com Wood, John Realty, Inc 863-324-9663 johnwoodrealty.com
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Mahoney Group, Inc 863-619-6740 mahoneygroupinc.com Nicole Nikdel - Keller Williams Realty 407-687-0115 nicolenikdel.com Norris & Company Realty, LLC 863-875-5583 michaelanddeenorris.com Oakley Rhinehart Cassidy, LLC 863-324-3698 rentalsbyORC.com Real Estate Central Group, LLC 863-324-1000 recentralgroup.com Robin Moore, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 863-528-3729 robinsellsflproperties.com Selling Polk with Keller Williams Realty 863-528-9610 sellingpolk.com Six/Ten LLC 863-299-1195 sixtenllc.com
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COLLABORATIVE Winter Haven’s approach to business is an unusually collaborative one, incorporating pro-growth government policies, strategic partnerships, high capacity IT infrastructure and flexible workforce development opportunities throughout the greater Winter Haven area. Cultivating a thriving local business community through collaboration is at the heart of what we do in Winter Haven. Many businesses that come into the area say it’s what sets us apart.
THE PLACE TO BE
Winter Haven has experienced a high rate of growth over the last 7 years. Our location is probably the primary driver of that growth, which includes easy access to routes of trade, a history as a logistics and distribution hub, the availability of land, our position between two major metro markets, a workforce of 9 million people within 100 miles, lower cost of living compared to close metro markets and of course the warmth and sunshine.
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
Winter Haven’s location in the center of the state makes it a perfect location for the transfer of goods and services. Polk County has a long history as a warehousing and logistics hub as it has access to Interstate 4, Highway 27 and Highway 60, all of which traverse the state in various directions. This makes it easy for truck traffic to make it’s way to sea ports on both the east and west coast as well as to two major international airports in Tampa and Orlando. In 2017, our neighboring airport in Lakeland opened a customs center and is able to accept international shipments. Perhaps the addition that cemented Winter Haven as a logistics hub was the opening of the CSX’s Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center. The technologically advanced intermodal center opened in spring of 2014 and makes Winter Haven one of the main hubs of product distribution by rail. This addition opens up numerous opportunities for businesses looking to expand their markets to the 18 million residents and visitors within 4-hours of Winter Haven, as well as the global economy through access to the Florida ports. Winter Haven is also home to its own regional general aviation airport. Several businesses are located on the grounds of the airport for aircraft maintenance and training with more plans for build out on the site for additional aviation related businesses.
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The economy of Winter Haven has greatly diversified over the past several decades. Agribusiness, and in particular the citrus industry, was the main economic driver for most of the 20th century. However, economic development efforts directed at diversifying the
E BUSINESS COMMUNITY economy began in earnest during the 1980s. Today’s economy has dominant sectors including healthcare, technology, tourism, professional and financial services, education, agribusiness and, as mentioned above, distributions and logistics. Technology: The presence of considerable fiber optic infrastructure in downtown Winter Haven has led to the growth of a technology sector that employs more than 500 people. From software and blogging platform development to Internet security and secure inland data storage, downtown Winter Haven hosts this rapidly developing segment. Agribusiness remains a big part of the area’s economy as Polk County consistently ranks among the top citrus production counties. Currently the industry is reeling from the effects of citrus greening that causes the fruit to not develop fully and drop from the tree prematurely. Some growers are diversifying to other crops such as peaches and blueberries.
THE SECRET SAUCE
Probably the most important factor in Winter Haven’s growth is the business friendly climate, both from a state perspective as well as a county and municipal level, combined with cooperation and synergy of our organizations working to support business sustainability and growth.
BUSINESS RESOURCES Central Florida Development Council Sean Malott, President/ CEO 863-551-4760 cfdc.org
Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Katie Worthington, President/CEO 863-293-2138 winterhavenchamber.com
Central Florida Score 863-284-5607 centralflorida.score.org
Main Street Winter Haven Anita Strang, Executive Director 863-295-9422 mainstreetwh.com
City of Winter Haven Merle Bishop, Dir. of Growth Management 863-291-5600 mywinterhaven.com
Community and Small Business Assistance 863-534-5915 polk-county.net
The Winter Haven Economic Development Council and the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce are two cornerstones working to champion efforts to expand local business and recruit new opportunities to Winter Haven. Our economic development pace is strong. With projects of all sizes and scales planned for Winter Haven, we are working closely with the city, county and state to bring these to fruition. Many believe private investment follows public investment and we are blessed to have a City with the foresight to understand that. Projects such as the Chain of Lakes Field House, Winter Haven Tennis Complex, South Central Park Improvement, Lake Maude Recreation Park and the Winter Haven Skate Park Project are all examples of the City’s public investment into the quality of life and health of the area that will be completed or under construction in 2018. The Chamber of Commerce also works closely with Main Street Winter Haven to support their mission to develop and preserve the economic, cultural and historic qualities that make downtown the heart of our community. Small business is our community’s foundation and we are extremely proud of that. At the Chamber, we work closely with the city to advocate for our small businesses and ensure that our business-friendly climate remains. If you are thinking of opening or relocating your business to Winter Haven, give us a call and we will connect you to the pathway to success. We also partner with the Community and Small Business Assistance center, Central Florida Small Business Development Center SCORE and the Small 863-678-4182 x227 Business Development sbdctampabay.org Center to ensure you have Winter Haven Economic the resources you need. Development Council Together, Winter Bruce Lyon, President Haven stands ready to 863-837-5280, whedc.com empower local business and to remove any barriers to success.
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ED PRE K-12 EDUCATION Winter Haven has a variety of educational options for your family no matter what stage of life or educational development. We are a part of the Polk County Public Schools. The school district is the eighth largest in Florida and thirtieth largest in the United States. Polk County Public Schools has more than 170 schools. The student enrollment exceeds 100,000 with a diverse student body. The Winter Haven area has numerous public elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools and several magnet, choice and charter public schools. Polk County Public Schools boasts over 100 career academics which focus on careers from veterinary medicine to marketing to robotics and more. These academics offer students the opportunity to learn about specific fields while in middle and high school and offer small learning communities supported by local subject matter experts on an advisory committee.
We are also privileged to have premier private schools that meet the needs of many of our families as well as a strong home schooling network and a Montessori pre-school and Pre K- 8th grade school. The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce launched an Educational Outcomes initiatives to determine ways the community may become involved in the public-school system and help to improve the educational outcomes of our students. As a direct result, the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership (PEP) was formed comprising of educators, teachers, business leaders, elected officials and citizens. This groundbreaking community action resulted in a call-toaction for citizens passionate about improving educational outcomes for our children. Since then they have opened an after school tutoring center in Northeast Winter Haven, a Career Connection mentoring program and launched the Cambridge Academy at Winter Haven High School (an accelerated method of academic study). They continue to work on the greatest challenges affecting Winter Haven public schools.
FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
Florida Polytechnic University was established to advance the stateâ€™s economy by training a highly skilled technical workforce. It is the stateâ€™s only university completely focused on science, technology, engineering and math. They have established themselves as a university with a rigorous curriculum, advanced research equipment and a focus on solving industry problems with creative solutions. Their curriculum is based on the principle that innovation occurs when research and creativity are applied to real-world challenges. Florida Poly is located just ten minutes from Winter Haven.
Southeastern University, located just 25 minutes from Winter Haven, is a Christian institution that provides college students with a chance to find their divine design through educational courses, sports and on-campus opportunities. This university is one of the fastest growing liberal arts universities offering over 70 degree options to choose from ranging from business, arts, healthcare, ministry and much more.
Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university in Lakeland offering career-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus and online.
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DUCATION POLK STATE COLLEGE
Polk State College was founded in 1964 to serve higher education needs of Polk County Over the years, the College has undergone tremendous growth and change. Today, the College annually serves more than 24,000 credit and non-credit students in locations through Polk County and offers both associates degrees as well as fully accredited bachelor’s degrees including Nursing, Criminal Justice, Education, Aerospace Sciences and a Bachelors of Applied Science. Winter Haven is the home of Polk State College’s first permanent campus with 20 buildings on a 99 acre site overlooking beautiful Lake Elbert and includes the College’s district offices. Other locations include Lakeland, Lake Wales and Bartow. Polk State outranks all other Florida State College System institutions in jobplacement, well exceeding the statewide job placement average of 74%. In fact 95.5% of Polk State students graduate with a job or with plans for advanced education. The Polk State Corporate College and Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center continue to specialize in the creation and delivery of customized education and training programs. In 2016, Polk State opened their technologically immersive Center for Public Safety in Winter Haven. This 101,450 squarefoot center allows for all of the first responder training to be done under one roof including police and fire, EMT and paramedics, criminal science and more.
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WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Webber International University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and preprofessional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. They attract students from all over the world to their campus just 14 miles from Winter Haven. They also offer an MBA program.
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MESSAGE FROM CITY HALL Welcome to Winter Haven, Florida! More than 70,000 people call this community home, 41,000 of which live inside the City limits, taking advantage of its year-round recreational climate and central location. With a history in citrus, lakes, and Americana rock & roll, the Winter Haven experience is a chorus of modern lifestyle possibilities in harmony with our roots. Winter Haven is where affordable lake living is a reality, and water play is a requirement. It’s a place where there’s a concert on every corner and family excitement in every park. And let’s not forget about Winter Haven’s hometown connection to familyfriendly LEGOLAND® Florida Resort just around the corner from the City core. The City stretches over 40 square miles, eight of which take the form of sparkling, fun-filled lakes. Winter Haven is known as the Chain of Lakes City with two chains connected by a renovated canal. With 50 lakes inside the City limits, 22 boat ramps, 14 public docks and 30 waterfront parks, there is a multitude of fresh-water opportunities for both residents and visitors. The City functions under a commission-manager form of local government. The City Commission consists of five members, elected at-large, who hold office for four years. Commissioners in office for more than nine months are eligible to serve as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem, and are elected by the City Commission. While the City Commission acts as the legislative body of the City, the day-to-day operations of the City are directed by the City Manager. We invite you to attend our commission meetings held on the second and fourth Monday of each month in City Hall, as well as become involved in one of the many City committees (see right column). Our goal is to listen, learn and improve through citizen engagement. Winter Haven continues to experience steady, quality growth as it transforms into a vibrant and extraordinary community, embracing the values and needs of its residents. Partnerships and a cooperative spirit makes Winter Haven an exceptional destination for new businesses and entrepreneurs looking to relocate. Our dedicated staff looks forward to serving its residents, businesses and visitors as we all enjoy Winter Haven’s special lifestyle. We encourage you make yourself at home. Sincerely, Your City Government
INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED IN CITY GOVERNMENT? There are several citizen committees:
- Airport Advisory Committee - Community Redevelopmet Agency Board (CRA) Downtown CRA Advisory Committee Florence Villa CRA Advisory Committee - Cultural Arts Advisory Committee - Fire Pension Board - General Pension Board - Lakes Advisory Committee - Library Board - Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee - Planning Commission - Police Pension Board
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HEALTHCARE MEDICAL PARTNERS CLINIC/URGENT CARE Bond Clinic, P.A. 863-293-1191 bondclinic.com
Central Florida Health Care, Inc. 863-292-4280 cfhconline.org Davita Medical Group 407-697-7576 davitamedicalgroup.com/fl First Care Winter Haven 863-299-2420 firstcarewinterhaven.com Gessler Clinic 863-294-0670 gesslerclinic.com Romero Medical Plaza 863-619-5999 romeromedicalplaza.com Urgent Care Cypress LLC 863-325-8185 cypresswalkin.com
DENTISTRY & ORAL SURGERY Bright Smiles of Winter Haven 863-293-0636 brightsmilesofwinterhaven.com Butz, George W. III, DDS 863-299-7974 drbutz.com Everything About Smiles Orthodontics 863-533-3302 easmiles.com Eycleshimer, John R., DDS 863-293-3223 ohneycleshimerdentist.com Implant & Comprehensive Dentistry 863-293-1807 hewettdds.com Continued on page 36
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WINTER HAVEN HOSPITAL
Winter Haven Hospital joined the BayCare network of hospitals in 2013 to better address changes in healthcare delivery. Over the last 4 years Baycare has invested almost $150 million in facilities to upgrade the Winter Haven Women’s Hospital, Cassidy Cancer Center, imaging equipment and a new $51 million emergency department. They have also announced putting together a medical residency program in family medicine that will begin in 2019. Located in the heart of downtown an the centerpiece of a strong medical sector, Winter Haven Hospital currently has over 500 beds and 300+ board certified physicians who work in every speciality including centers of excellence such as the Bostick Heart Center, Breast Imaging Center, Cassidy Cancer Center, Winter Haven Women’s Hospital, six Family Health Centers and a nationally recognized stroke center – to name a few. The hospital is Polk County’s first to achieve Magnet status making Winter Haven Hospital part of about 5% of the nation’s hospitals to be recognized for excellence in patient care. Winter Haven Hospital is the largest private employer in east Polk County with more than 2,300 employees
HEART OF FLORIDA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, a 200bed acute care facility, offers a full spectrum of services supported by over 200 physicians representing various medical specialities. Fully accredited by the Join Commission, the Heart of Florida RMC is located north of Winter Haven on Highway 27 in Haines City. They offer state-of-the-art bariatric surgery center, robotic surgery, comprehensive treatment of heart disease, emergency services and much more. In 2018 they plan to open a freestanding emergency department in the four-corners area of Polk County. Heart of Florida RMC also operates Urgent Care Cypress in Winter Haven, a facility that offers timely care for many illnesses and injuries, including x-rays and lab work. The hospital along with two large multi-specialty clinics, Bond Clinic and Gessler Clinic, and many smaller group practices represents a dominant segment of our economy.
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Family Medicine, Internal Medicine & Womenâ€™s Health (OB/GYN) 863-419-2420 Interventional Spine & Pain 863-547-8900 Cardiac Electrophysiology 863-419-4885 MedEPlex Building 410 Lionel Way Davenport, FL 33837
Breast Care 863-421-7276 171 Webb Dr., Suite 1 Davenport, FL 33837 Foot & Ankle Care 863-422-2356 280 Patterson Rd., Suite 3 Haines City, FL 33844
Walk-in care is available at our two Urgent Care locations.
Orthopaedics 863-877-2880 Orthopaedics & Joint Reconstruction 863-419-8922 Gastroenterology & Liver 863-419-2156 Surgical Specialist 863-421-7626 Cypress Physician Building 40124 U.S. Hwy. 27 Davenport, FL 33837
Open 7 days a week, including evenings. For more information, visit CypressWalkin.com.
Urgent Care Poinciana 3759 Pleasant Hill Rd. Kissimmee
Urgent Care Cypress
7375 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Winter Haven
HeartOfFloridaPhysicianGroup.com Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.
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OUTPATIENT SURGERY Day Surgery Center 863-293-8471 winterhavendaysurgerycenter.com Winter Haven Ambulatory Surgical Center 863-291-4000 winterhavenasc.com
PHYSICIAN/ SPECIALTIES A.T. Radiology, P.A. 863-419-8832 Barranco Clinic 863-299-1251 barrancoclinic.com Beltone Hearing Aid Center 863-294-8353 beltone.com Brandywyne Healthcare Center 863-293-1989 Find us on Facebook Central Florida Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, P.L. 863-666-3436 cfosa.com Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers 863-293-2147 fldscc.com Florida Joint & Spine Institute 863-385-2222 floridajointspine.com
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Cornerstone Hospice 863-291-5560 cshospice.org Good Shepherd Hospice, Inc. 863-682-0027 goodshepherdhospice.org Vitas Healthcare 863-583-7100 vitas.com
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Hearing Life 863-297-5700 hearinglife.com
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Heart and Vascular Institute of Florida 863-877-5109 myheartdoc.org
Orchard Park Health & Rehab 863-967-4125 orchardparkhealth.com
IMA Medical Center 863-299-6700 imamedicalcenter. com Integrative Physical Medicine of Winter Haven 863-271-4600 integrativephysicalmedicine.com Internal Medicine Group of Winter Haven, PA 863-294-4404
Lakeside Dermatology 863-293-7546 lakesidedermatology.com Lipson Pain Institute 863-293-4800 lipsonpain.com
Our Childrenâ€™s Rehab Center, Inc. 863-294-1429 ourchildrens.org Palm Garden of Winter Haven 863-293-3100 palmgardenofwinterhaven.com Pediatric Partners of Winter Haven 863-940-0918 pediatric-partners.com Physician Partners of America 813-957-6482 physicianpartnersofamerica.com Polk Therapy 863-291-8644 polktherapy.com Smith Chiropractic 863-293-8836 drricksmith.com
Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center 863-294-3055 springlakerehab.com Tri-County Human Services, Inc. 863-709-9392 tchsonline.com Trinity Medical Group 863-299-2636 trinitymedgroup.com Vascular Vein Centers 863-291-6313 bestveintreatment.com Vein Health Clinics 877-817-8346 veinhealthclinics.com Winter Haven Audiology 863-594-1978 winterhavenaudiology.com Winter Haven Family Practice PA 863-229-7486 winterhavenfamilypractice.com Winter Haven Medical Centers 863-821-0021 mbmedicalgroup.com
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Fire, Police & Ambulance Emergency- 911 Courthouse/County Clerk 863-534-4540 polkcountyclerk.net Property Appraisers 863-534-4777, polkpa.org Sheriffâ€™s Department 863-298-6200, polksheriff.org
The Ledger Media Group (newspaper) 863-802-7000 theledger.com Winter Haven Municipal Airport 863-298-4551 mywinterhaven.com
Winter Haven Area Transit (public transit) Voter Registration 863-688-7433 863-534-5888, polkelections.com ridecitrus.com City of Winter Haven, City Hall 863-291-5600 mywinterhaven.com
Better Business Bureau 407-621-3300 centralfloridabbb.org
Parks & Recreation 863-291-5656 mywinterhaven.com
CareerSource Polk 863-508-1600 careersourcepolk.com
Winter Haven Police Department Non-Emergency 863-291-5858 whpd.mywinterhaven.com
Social Security Office 800-772-1213, ssa.gov
Winter Haven Senior Center 863-291-5870
Winter Haven Sun (newspaper) 863-533-4183 winterhavensun.com
Public Library 863-291-5880 whpl.mywinterhaven.com
What if Winter Haven -
the heart of Floridaâ€™s Super Region
The Florida Super Region were its own country
It would have the 40th largest economy in the world. Graphic courtesy of:
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BY THE NUMBERS Regional Population Within 25 miles - 726,464 Within 50 miles - 3,637,945 Within 100 miles - 9,140,092 Winter Haven Population 2017 - 41,134 w/in city limits 75,000 in the Greater Winter Haven Population by Age (2016) Age 0-14 5,783 15-24 4,578 25-54 12,643 55-64 4,336 65+ 9,529 Top 5 Industries by Employment 1. Healthcare & Education 2. Arts & Entertainment 3. Retail Trade 4. Professional Services 5. Manufacturing
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Locations Main Campus 500 E. Central Ave. Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-293-1191 Downtown Campus 199 Ave B. N.W. Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-293-1191 East Campus (off of Cypress Gardens Blvd across from Legoland)
3000 Woodmont Ave. Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-293-1191
Ophthalmology (Adjacent to Main Campus) 506 Ave A S.E. Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-293-1191 ext. 3459 Pediatrics (Adjacent to Main Campus) 45 Lake Elbert Drive S.E. Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-293-1191 ext. 3633 Davenport Campus (In Cypress Physicians Bldg at Heart of Florida) 40124 US Hwy 27, Suite 102 Davenport, FL 33837 863-293-1191 ext. 4020 Marc Feldman, DPM / Podiatry & Foot Surgery 401 E. Central Ave. Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-299-9100 4900 Sun N Lake Blvd.#1 Sebring, FL 33872 863-385-5506 Lake Wales Office (Dr. Lerner) 1342 S.R. 60 East Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-679-1552 Appointment Only Lakeland Office (Dr. Gabriel) 4730 Exploration Ave. Lakeland, FL 33812 Appointment Only
Cardiology Bhatia, Karan K., MD Cosme, Octavio, MD Mustafa, Muhammad, MD
Physicians and Providers Vigoreaux, Jose R., MD Willard, E.H., MD
Endocrinology & Diabetes Miller, Christopher, MD Family Medicine Arana, Flavio R., MD Arango, Cecilia, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology Gabriel, Carlos L, MD Gatto, Vincent W., MD Kenaan, Jana, MD Salamon, Eva, MD Oncology & Hematology Hlalah, O. Abu, MD
Koilpillai, Robinson, MD Magno, Alexander S., MD
General Surgery & Surgical Oncology Gambaro, Esteban, MD Hospitalists Carlucci, Joseph A., MD Muniz, Elvin, MD Paul, Nisha, MD
Redlien, Parker, MD Shamim, Talha, MD Tan, Joseph, MD
Internal Medicine Farrell, Cathy, MD Lakhani, Sonali, MD Lopez, Christopher, MD Prieto, Jose, DO
Rentas, Evelyn, MD Reyes, Pamela, MD Rivera, Juan R. MD Torres, Jorge, MD
Ophthalmology Ort, Michael G., MD Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Lerner, Robert K., MD Morin, Paul M., MD Pain Medicine Interventional Eldeeb, Mohammad A., MD Pediatrics Nguyen, Kenny, MD Balogh, Jeremy S., DPT Physicians Assistant Rodriguez, Christopher, PA Podiatry & Foot Surgery Englert, Christopher, DPM Feldman, Marc, DPM
McClendon, Michele L., DO Neurology Rajguru, Shailesh, DO
Pulmonology Romeu-Velez, MD Romeu-Velez,Jesse, Jesse, MD
Nurse Practitioners Bailey, Charla, ARNP Bridges, Stephanie, ARNP Calderon, Amelia, ARNP Carbone, Carrie, ARNP Cassady, Stephanie, ARNP Cayson, Barry, ARNP Davidson, KC, ARNP Harte, Brian, ARNP Hughes, Jessica, ARNP Jones, Courtney, CPNP Jones,Miller, Lorrie, ARNP Emily, ARNP Krieger, Kelly, ARNP Moore, Vicki C., ARNP Lawrence, Laurel, ARNP Lewis, Jami, ARNP Linn-Gettel, Jean, ARNP
Rheumatology Pancorbo, Roberto E., MD Sleep Medicine Romeu-Velez, Jesse, MD
Miller, Emily, ARNP Moore, Vicki C., ARNP Pickard, Martha, ARNP Rampersad, Michelle, ARNP Ray, Brandi, ARNP Reed, Deloris, ARNP Ritter, Cynthia, ARNP Rivera, Ruby A., ARNP Skukowski, Bobbie, ARNP Torres, Heather, CPNP Valadez, Jenifer, NP-C White, Samantha, ARNP Widner, Linda G., ARNP
Iakovidis, Panagiotis, MD Lambert, Jr., C. Jake, MD Urology & Urologic Surgery Lee, Kevin, MD Romero, Claudio, MD Vascular Surgery Iakovidis, Panagiotis, MD Lambert, Jr., C. Jake, MD Wound Care Iakovidis, Panagiotis, MD Lambert, Jr., C. Jake, MC
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