Information provided by: Growth Management Department Director, Merle Bishop
For the 2017 calendar year, the City issued a total of 704 single family permits which represents a 62.6% increase from the 2016 total of 433. The 704 permits appears to be the second highest yearly total single family permits in the history of the City. The City issued 906 single family permits in 2005. Based on permit activity, recovery from the recession started in 2013, which saw an increase in single family permits of 143.9% from the previous year.
At Polk State College, students and first responders receive lifelike trauma care training, which is being enhanced thanks to a recent grant from CSX. CSX awarded the Polk State College Foundation with $4,485 to purchase Terry Trauma manikins for the Emergency Medical Services Program’s First Responder Field-Based Training Project. The program will train 1,300 current and future paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and emergency medical responders as part of the project. The Adult Trauma and CPR manikins will provide training scenarios designed to give students simulated real-life trauma care experiences.
Knights of Columbus Council 7091 of Cypress Gardens invites boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 to participate in a basketball clinic and the 2018 K of C Free Throw Championship on Sunday, January 28 in the basketball arena on the Winter Haven campus at Polk State College (PSC). Both events are free.
Registration for the K of C contest will be from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm, followed by the basketball clinic orchestrated by PSC head basketball coach Brandon Giles and varsity players from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. The Free Throw Championship begins after the clinic.
Annual Study Announces Top 50 K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation, Polk Education Foundation Ranked #21
The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations was released today, showing the large impact that local communities led by business leaders make on public education. The study — in its fourth year — is conducted by the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank The Caruthers Institute (formerly dewey & associates). To view the 2017 study, visit www.caruthers.insitute
“The industry continues to grow, with the study’s more than 200 foundations holding more than one-half billion in assets and raising almost $400 million,” said Dewey Caruthers, study author and president of The Caruthers Institute that conducts the study, noting “top-performing K-12 education foundations are most often led by the top local business, community and education leaders. View the Nation's Top 25 below.
Gov. Rick Scott recently announced Cindy Hartley Ross’s reappointment to the Polk State College District Board of Trustees. Ross has served on the District Board of Trustees for 14 years -- from 1999 to 2011 and since her reappointment in 2015. She has served as both Chair and Vice Chair. Her latest term started Dec. 21, 2017, and will end May 31, 2021.
“Trustee Ross’s reappointment is a testament to her hard work and commitment to the College,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “I am honored to serve under the District Board of Trustees and look forward to continuing to work closely with Trustee Ross and the fellow Board members to exceed the goals for our institution.”