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Winter Haven is Celebrating Florida City Government Week Oct. 22 – 28

Posted October 17th, 2018

Cities all over the state will be celebrating Florida City Government Week October 22 – 28. City government is the government closest to most citizens, and the one with the most direct daily impact upon its residents. The City of Winter Haven will be part of the celebration by offering a number of engaging events to identify what we do best – Enriching the Winter Haven Lifestyle through exceptional service.

The Winter Haven Public Library will host week-long displays highlighting a number of City departments including Human Resources, Public Safety and the Parks, Recreation and Culture Departments.  Periodically, these information-displays will be staffed and offer games and activities.

Don’t miss the Utility Services Department two-hour workshop called “Water in Winter Haven: Today and Tomorrow” planned for October 25, from 1-3 p.m. at the Winter Haven Library.  Learn how water is managed in Winter Haven, and how things will change as water becomes more limited.  Equipment demonstrations will be part of the program. Registration is requested for this free program at

Mayor Brad Dantzler is hosting Meet the Mayor at the Winter Haven Library Friday, October 26 from 9 – 10 a.m. This is your opportunity to meet Winter Haven Mayor Brad Dantzler, pose for a picture with him, and grab a cup of coffee.

The City’s Technology Services Department will host a free Technology Petting Zoo at the Winter Haven Public Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 26.  The petting zoo will include virtual reality demonstrations, a GIS map exhibit, a drone display, kid’s robotics, fiber optic display, and more.

The Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is holding a Coloring Contest for all Ages throughout the week at the Library, the Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center, and the Senior Center. Those interested can download a coloring sheet and event rules at or receive one from one of the participating facilities.  All entries must be submitted at one of the facilities by October 26, 2018 for judging. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each age group.  Call 291-5656 with questions.

If you are a City of Winter Haven solid waste customer, you may receive a knock on the door from your garbage collector and Public Works staff.  The Public Works Solid Waste Unit will conduct Customer Visits, stopping at various homes on the collection route to introduce themselves.

Those enrolled at the Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center After School Program will get time with Mayor Pro Tem Birdsong Wednesday October 24 at 4 p.m. to talk about his involvement with making this community the best it can be.  These same students will participate in an Essay Contest titled: “What would I do if I were Mayor!”  All entries will be read and judged for prizes.

The Mayor will meet with students in 4th through 8th grade from Cypress Junction Montessori School, where he will be asked about City government and his role in making an impact in the City.  This meeting will take place at the Winter Haven Public Library October 24 at 11:40 a.m.

Commissioner J.P. Powell will visit the Senior Center at 250 Lake Silver Drive at various times during the week to enjoy activities with the participants and discuss various services provided by the City.  Call the Senior Center at 291-5870 for more information.

The Public Safety Department plans include:

  • Breakfast with Your Public Safety Division at Chick-Fil-A October 23 from 7:30 – 9 a.m.
  • Supper With Your Public Safety Division at McDonald’s (245 6th St NW) Thursday, October 25
  • Public Safety members will serve the needy at The Mission October 25
  • Tweet The Public Safety Beat is back Friday, October 26 – featuring Code, Fire and Police
  • On Saturday, there is a Prescription Pill Drop-Off is October 27, with Police Department tours.

To finish the week, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department will host “Ghouls’ Day Out” Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in MLK Park. This free family Halloween fun is open to all ghouls and goblins!  Call 291-5656 for information on this event.

This full week of engaging opportunities will enhance the tremendous sense of Winter Haven pride by offering Information, Engagement, Education and Just Plain FUN!  Winter Haven is a great City.  We are all part of it, and we are all proud of it!

 Florida City Government Week, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, is a week-long celebration that raises awareness about the importance of municipal government and its daily impact on residents.

Are you looking to learn more about the listed events, or more about Winter Haven City Government? Go to the City website at; “Like” us on Facebook at and “follow us on Twitter at  Please call Assistant to the City Manager Donna Sheehan at 291-5600 or email for more information.