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Downtown Winter Haven Wins Great Place Award!

Posted October 25th, 2019

Downtown Winter Haven has won the 2019 Great Places in Florida People’s Choice Award by the American Planning Association – Florida Chapter (APA). After a call for nominations earlier this fall, the APA selected six places in the state of Florida as finalists.  From there, the finalists were voted on by the public.

Some of the criteria to be considered as a Great Place by the APA includes areas that promote human contact and social activities; is safe, welcoming, and accommodating; has design and architectural features that are visually interesting; promote community involvement; reflect local culture or history; relates well to bordering uses; is well maintained; and has a unique or special character.

City of Winter Haven Mayor Brad Dantzler stated, “I think anyone who lives or visits Downtown Winter Haven recognizes what a great place it is, and it is exciting to see it receive this Great Place people’s choice award.  There is no other place like downtown Winter Haven because of an authentic blend of unique opportunities mixed with the friendliest people I know. Hospitality is everywhere in downtown Winter Haven enhancing the spectacular public spaces used by visitor’s every day.  There is a lot of pride for our downtown, and this award belongs to all of us.”

A celebration to receive the award from the APA will be held in Downtown Winter Haven at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12. The announcement and a description of Downtown Winter Haven is available on the APA site at: