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Winter Haven is Celebrating Florida City Government Week

Posted October 15th, 2019

Cities all over the state will be celebrating Florida City Government Week October 21 – 27. 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.

On Wednesday, October 23 at 5 p.m. prior to the City Commission Agenda Review, everyone is invited to Heritage Park on Lake Howard to cut the ribbons on the new and improved Lake Howard Dock and the 7th Street Project.

Don’t miss the tour of Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 3 offered by Utility Department and Natural Resources Division of Public Works, October 23 from 9 am – 11 am. In conjunction with the “Imagine a Day Without Water” program, this tour will feature information about what happens to your water when it leaves your home.  Register at or contact Keeli Carlton at or 863-298-5495.

Those enrolled at the Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center, After School Program will experience discussions about local government, a guest speaker from the Supervisor of Elections and a City Government Ice Cream Party!

The Public Safety Department plans include:

  • Monday, October 21 – Coffee With A Cop – Richard’s Fine Coffee 7:30 am – 9
  • Tuesday, October 22 – Pumpkin Painting With Your Public Safety Team at Chick-Fil-A from 5 – 7 pm
  • Wednesday, October 23 – Lunch With Your Public Safety Team at Olive Garden 11:30 am – 1 pm
  • Thursday, October 24 – Supper With Your Public Safety Team at McDonalds (6th St NW) 5:30 – 7 pm (
  • Friday, October 25 – Tweet The Public Safety Beat
  • Saturday, October 26 – Prescription Pill Take Back with Police Department mini-tours

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 weeklong 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.