August 7, 2015
In This Issue
City Manager Jonathan E. Evans

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

City Manager Jonathan Evans reports that the first reading to set the tentative Millage Rate and the tentative Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget will occur on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 7 PM, in the City Hall Commission Chambers located at 620 E. Main Street, Haines City. The second and final reading will occur on Thursday, September 17, 2015.


Have a Great School Year

On behalf of the City of Haines City, we want to wish all the educators and students a happy, safe, and prosperous school year (Monday, August 24th is the first day of school for Polk County Public Schools). Best wishes to everyone, we look forward to hearing about the wonderful things that you all are doing to make Haines City a great place to live, work and play, but more importantly, a great community to receive a high quality education.



2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday



Director Auburn Taylor 


Youth Volleyball registration runs July 6th - August 21st, 2015 or until full.


(Girls in Grades 5th - 8th)

Participants will learn individual and team skills while practicing character development and values. Good sportsmanship is the key. This is a great stepping stone leading to high school volleyball. Registration fee is $30.00 (plus the annual Parks and Recreation fee of $10.00 if your child has not paid it yet for Fiscal Year 2015.) 


Requirements for registration:

  • Completed registration form.
  • Parent/Guardian ID.
  • Proof of player's medical insurance.
  • Proof of current grade in school. ( Either a report card from last school year or a class schedule or proof of enrollment showing the upcoming school year 2015-2016 which will have the child's name and grade level.

For more information, you may call the Leisure Services Department (863) 421-3700.


Children dance classes start in September and end with a recital in May.


Here at Amanda's Academy of Dance, we are all about the community. It is not just about teaching children how to dance, but how to enjoy it.  We choose to work with students in the community and bring them the joy and love for the art of dance. Because we are not a standard dance studio, we can focus on what matters most: your child and your family. As professionals, we seek to provide quality service for our students and their families. 


Classes include creative movement, ballet, tap and jazz.


Days and Times


Lake Eva 
Community Center
Bethune Auditorium 
Lake Eva
Community Center
4 PM - 4:50 PM
Level 1A
4 PM - 4:50 PM
Tiny Tots A
4 PM - 4:50 PM
Tiny Tots B
5 PM - 5:50 PM 
Level 2
5 PM - 5:50 PM 
Boys Hip Hop
5 PM - 5:50 PM 
Level 1B
6 PM - 6:50 PM
Hip Hop
6 PM - 7:50 PM
6 PM - 6:50 PM
Baby Hip Hop
7 PM - 7:50 PM
7 PM - 7:50 PM
Musical Theatre/Lyrical


Fee: $35.00 per month, per session. There is a $5.00 discount for additional classes per week. In addition to the monthly fee, there is a one-time registration fee of $10.00 per child.


For more information, please contact Amanda Ferreira at (407) 460-5012 or visit 



Ceramics- A self-guided ongoing class for ages 18 and older.

Location: Haines City Community Center

Days: Tuesdays & Fridays 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Fee: $2.00 per class


Oil Painting- Learn techniques in traditional oils. Explore the world of realistic still life, floral and landscape paintings. 

Location: Haines City Community Center

Days: Mondays 12 PM - 2 PM; Tuesdays 1 PM - 3 PM; Wednesday 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Fee: $20.00 per class


Additional Information:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can set your station up.
  • Each painting can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to complete, depending on how detailed the painting.
  • Supplies: Please bring a canvas and a roll of Viva paper towels. The instructor will supply paints and brushes.


The Haines City Public Library is excited to report that it has met yet another milestone. The month of July resulted in all-time high circulation numbers, beating June's record breaking numbers. Volunteers have been a tremendous help this summer and the success could not have been achieved without a team effort.


Summer programs are coming to an end in the next few weeks. There has been a great turnout this summer for all age groups. It has been a superhero blast sharing with all of our little heroes this summer.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015, in the Community Room there will be a Teddy Bear Picnic open to kids and their families. Kids are encouraged to bring a blanket, lunch and a teddy bear for a special story time. Juice pouches and snacks will be provided. Please mark your calendars that regular story time will resume on August 18th.  Story time on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 AM, Bubbles and Bounces on Thursdays at 10:30 AM, Terrific 2's & 3's on Thursday at 11:30 AM (August 2015 Children's Calendar available for download below).


Family movie this month is DreamWorks HOME shown in English on August 8th at 11:00 AM, and in Spanish on August 15th at 11:30 AM. Our last two kids superhero movies are EPIC, shown on August 7th, and Big Hero 6 shown on August 14th at 3 PM. Our last two movies of the Teen Avengers Movie Marathon will be Captain America: Winter Soldier on August 10th and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 17th at 3 PM. All movies will take place in the Library Community Room. from the lobby.


For more information you can also find us on Facebook or


We would like to wish all of the students, teachers and school staff a great start to the 2015-2016 school year.



We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's 100 years of Water Safety Campaign. Our goal in the next 3 to 5 years, is to reduce the number of drownings by 50%. We were tasked with teaching people of all ages to be competent in the water and to know how to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. 


This year, over ninety (90) parents had the opportunity to take part in a water safety course which was integrated into each of our swim sessions. Each parent had the opportunity to practice and demonstrate their proficiency in First Aid CPR/AED while their children took swim lessons. They were also given water safety instructions that increased their overall awareness of the need to swim and understand water safety.  It is our goal to teach and motivate families to become comfortable, confident and competent in and around the water.


August 21st will be the last day of the Monday through Friday weekday admission. Beginning Saturday, August 22nd, the Aquatic Center will only be open on Saturday's and Sunday's from 12 PM - 6 PM through the month of November, it will then be closed for the season until April of 2016.



August 2015 Adult's Library Calendar

August 2015 Children's Library Calendar

Girls Youth Volleyball Flyer

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. Have you "Watched Outstanding Work" within the City lately? Let us know at


Public Safety Director Rick Sloan

Public Safety Director Richard H. Sloan reports that on Monday June 30, 2015, Firefighter Jason Bergeron was promoted to Engineer/Driver, and Christian Santiago was sworn in as a new Firefighter/EMT. The ceremony took place in the new Fire Station No. 1 with family, friends, co-workers and City of Haines City dignitaries attending. 


Left to Right: Assistant Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon, Public Safety Director Richard H. Sloan, Firefighter Jason Bergeron

Left to Right: Assistant Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon, Public Safety Director Richard H. Sloan, Firefighter Christian Santiago
Assistant Fire Chief Stuart McCutcheon

Fire Safety 

Fire deaths can be reduced by teaching people the basic facts about fire. Below are some simple ways to help you explain to community members the characteristics of fire.


Fire is FAST!

There is little time!

In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.


Fire is HOT!

Heat is more threatening than flames.

A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes, a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.


Fire is DARK!

Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black.

Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire, you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.


Fire is DEADLY!

Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.

Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.


Development Services Director Richard Greenwood

Haines City Continues to Pump Out Medical Offices in the Heart of Florida

Residents of Haines City may have noticed recently all of the development going up around the Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center.  In recent years, this area along U.S. Hwy 27 (a.k.a. the North Ridge area of Haines City) has seen a steady increase in medical office buildings and services. These new developments are continuing this trend. 

North of the hospital, the Dr. Kahlon Medical Office Park is in construction Phases I and II, with Phase III slated to get underway in the near future.  Once this Medical Office Park is complete, there will be 11 total buildings, with over 53,000 square feet of tenant space available. Three of the eleven buildings have already been completed and house numerous types of medical offices.  South of the hospital and CVS, the Dr. Siddiqui Medical Village is under construction and when complete, will be one building comprised of 8,700 square feet of tenant space.  All of these medical offices should spark more development in the North Ridge area in the future and continue Haines City on the path to becoming an important medical hub throughout the Heart of Florida.


Public Works Director Addie Javed

6th Street Project

Public Works Director Addie Javed reports that from August 12th through August 26th, 6th Street will be closed from Hinson Avenue to just south of the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot entrance for two weeks in order to install all the pipe, structures, brick pavers and curb work in this area. In addition, weather permitting, on Wednesday, August 12th, installation of structures adjacent to the roadway will require closing down a lane on Hinson during the day. Should you have any questions with regards to the current construction on 6th Street, please call the Public Works Department at (863) 421-3777.


Lake Eva Clean-up
On July 25th Public Works, in collaboration with Anglers with Attitude and Haines City's Lakes Advisory Board, hosted the second Annual Lake Eva clean-up from 8 AM to 12 PM. 

Even with the rain, about 18 volunteers came out to help, and approximately 60 lbs of trash was collected. 

Big thanks goes out to Janis Jones of Anglers with Attitude and Ed Trail, Sign Shop Technician of Public Works for their help in organizing this event.
Ed Trail, Sign Shop Technician


The Anglers with Attitude Team


For just $35, you can purchase a custom-inscribed 4 X 8 inch paver for Haines City's Military Court of Honor. Newly purchased pavers are installed twice a year. Purchases made between now and October 23, 2015 will be installed by Veterans Day. Purchases made after October 24, 2015 will be installed by Memorial Day 2016.



City of Haines City 
Court of Honor Paver 
620 E. Main Street
Haines City, FL 3384