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USPS NO 437-320


CRA executive director keeps his job


Brett retains position after CRA board votes 3-3 to fire him


ByJEFF ROSLOW
JROSLOW@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM


The tie went to the executive director.
Community Redevelopment Agency
Executive Director Patrick Brett sat si-
lently through a nearly hour-long discussion
Wednesday as commissioners discussed a
motion to fire him. However, he retained his
job after a 3-3 vote.
Patrick Brett CRA Member Joanne Stidham was not


present and did not vote.
Chairman Alan Rayl and Members Timothy
Brooks and Tina Spath voted in favor of
Brett's termination and Members John Bohde,
Rod Hudnell and Gloria McCoy voted against
the firing.
On Monday, however, the CRA board will
meet in an special meeting to "continue
discussions regarding the executive director,"
though members said at Wednesday's meeting
there would not be a vote on his termination.


The purpose of Monday's meeting is to
come up with an regular evaluation of the
executive director, share what board members
have heard about dissatisfaction with Brett,
and see if it would be useful for him to at-
tend improvement sessions. That meeting is
scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. at the Florida
Department of Citrus, 605 E. Main Street.
At Monday's meeting the board may want
to hear from Brett, something none seemed to
BRETT16


Drugs, guns, cash seized


By STEVE STEINER
SSTElNER ('TFLKCOUNTYDJTEMOCRAT.fCOM
A joint investigation between
Bartow Police Department and
the Polk County Sheriffs Office
resulted in the arrest of 30 people
on drug charges early Thursday
morning, June 28. According to
Sheriff Grady ludd, testimony from
those arrested in "Operation City
Sweep" added an additional nine
people who are still being sought.
Neighborhoods in Bartow that
were identified as High Intensity
Drug Trafficking Areas ( HI DTA)
had been under surveillance since
August 2011. The investigation
need not only drugs, but stolen
weapons, including a shotgun.
and thousands of dollars in cash.
Those arrested all had extensive
records, said Judd.
"Among them there have been
487 arrests," said ludd. Those
arrests have led to a total of 824
charges in the past. "One of
them, Kevin Dupree, 51, has been
arrested 40 times, has 24 felonies
and has been in prison eight
times."
While ludd was glad the two law
enforcement agencies had gotten
30 people off the streets, albeit
temporarily, he found certain as-
pects left him "really frustrated
on many fronts." He decried a
nationwide effort to treat these
suspects as having comhlitted
minor crimes. But what he found
really galling, he said, was that of
the 30 arrested, 28 of them receive
federal assistance.
"The taxpayer is paying them to
stay at home and sell drugs," said


TODAY'S
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Bartow, Florida


PHOTOS BY STEVE STEINER
Above: Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall
takes questions from the media at a
news conference Friday morning.
ludd. "It makes me crazy out of my
mind."
Also upsetting is that in at least
one instance, one of those arrested
made bond and was spotted that
evening shopping in Walmart by a
Barrow police officer.
"Probably with an EBT card,"
said ludd. (According to Wikipedia,
an EBT (Electronic Benefit
Transfer) is an electronic system
that allows the government to is-
sue money, accessible via a plastic
debit card. Common benefits are
typically food and cash. Food ben-
efits are federally authorized and


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Several weapons were seized, along with
drugs and money, in a joint Bartow Police
Department-Polk County Sheriff's Office
investigation.
can be used only to purchase food
and non-'alcoholic beverages.)
In several instances when raids
were made, money, drugs and
weapons were in open view. One
of those arrested, identified as


PHOTO BY LARRY JEWETT
Members of the Bartow High School softball team head to
the stage to receive the award for Female Team of the Year.


Female team

of the year

BHS softball team honored
at Hall of Fame ceremony
By LARRY JEWETT
CORRESPONDENT .
The Polk County All Sports Awards and Hall of
Fame induction ceremony took place June 26 at
Sikes Hall in The Lakeland Center, putting the
Bartow High School softball team in the spotlight.
More than 400 were in attendance to honor the
top athletes.
The Bartow girls were selected as the Female
Team of the Year. Host Drew Fellios cited the
team's return to the state finals in 2012 and
pointed out the team's dominance of the sport for
the past two decades. At the point of the presen-
tation, members and coaching staff came forward
to receive their award.
The. evening included the opportunity for those
in attendance to "tweet" messages through a
BHS16

A BIT OF BOOM

Bartow prepared
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Fourth booms coming to Bartow


Next week it will be time to be united
in the spirit of freedom.
That is the theme of this year's
Fourth of July celebration in Mosaic
Park "America: United in the Spirit of
Freedom" and this year's event has
no shortage of games, entertainment
and fireworks in store.
With the celebration happening in
the middle of the week it could be as
large as celebrations in the past that
drew up to 20,000 people. In recent
years the number coming to Bartow's
celebration has been about half of that
but it started large because Bartow had
what could be the first Fourth of July
celebration in Polk County. Attendance
has waned in recent years as other
towns now have celebrations. But this
year, with Independence Day on a
Wednesday, many families may not be

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
2:30 p.m.: Bartow Adult Band Patriotic Concert at
Bartow Civic Center
4 p.m. Opening Ceremonies:"To The Colors:'American
Legion Post 3; Pledge Tina Spath; Invocation Rev.
Herman Music; "National Anthem"- Kaitlyn Croom;
Official Welcome Mayor Leo Longworth
4-9:30 p.m.: Fourth of July Extravaganza featuring
entertainment, food and fun
4:30 p.m.: Amanda Massey, country gospel music
4:45 p.m.: Tom Mizell, harmonica
5 p.m.: The Ramblin'Rose Bandfamily bluegrass
5:30 p.m.: Vintage Hearts, country, gospel, pop
6 p.m. :Tom Mizell, harmonica
6:15 p.m.: Christy Merrick, country and pop vocals
6:45 p.m.: Break
7 p.m.: The Reflectsons, gospel music


able to leave town for long weekends,
Frank Rouse, Bartow's Fourth of July
ambassador, said.
Rouse, who has been organizing this
event for 32 years, implores people to
either get there early or plan to walk to
Mosaic Park because the crowds often
mean there can be trouble driving and
parking. By the afternoon it's bumper
to bumper traffic on South Floral
Avenue approaching the park, he said.
Three events are part of the celebra-
tion: a concert, carnival, and a special
presentation of fireworks. But this
year's event will also have a laying of
the wreath ceremony with retired Rear
Adm. Adrian Jackson and SFC Lloyd
Harris, Ret. This year marks the 50th
anniversary of America starting war
operations in Vietnam.
Events start at 2:30 p.m. and the
7:45 p.m.: Tomorrow's News, gospel, bluegrass,
country
8:15 p.m.: Moment of Reflection for the Fallen
Prayer: Rev. Herman Music
Laying of the Wreath Rear Admiral Adrian Jackson,
USN (Ret.) and SFC (Ret.) Lloyd Harris
"Taps"- Dr. Richard Lake
National Anthem Kaitlyn Croom
8:45 p.m.: Tomorrow's News, continue until fireworks
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza
National Anthem Pam Renew
Wayne Lewis and Friends to conclusion.
On the grounds there will be food, drinks, bingo
and military displays by Battery A, 2nd Battalion,
116th Field Artillery, Florida National Guard. After the
fireworks a 50-round howitzer salute to honor each
state in the country will be performed by Battery A.





Bartow's
Tom Mizell
h( will be on
Sthe stage at
Mosaic Park
at 4:45 p.m.
playing
harmonica.


fireworks are planned at 9:30 p.m.
The 2:30 event is the Bartow Adult
Concert Band's Patriotic Concert at
Bartow Civic Center Admission is free,
but get there early if you want a seat.
There have been occasions when there
are no seats left.
Following the concert, the cel-
ebration in Mosaic Park runs from
4-9:30 p.m. People can bring lawn


chairs and blankets to listen to the
music and the carnival has children's
activities and lots of food.
Following the fireworks ceremony,
a 50-howitzer salute honoring all
the states will be presented by the
Florida National Guard, Battery A,
2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery to
conclude the night.
Jeff Roslow


The Reflectsons will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Pam Renew who is in the band will also sing the
National Anthem.
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VIEWPOINT


Mack's reinforces image of lack substance


* Republican Senate hopefuls have been left hold-
ing an empty sack of air thanks to a tried and true
campaign tactic employed this season by Rep. Connie
Mack IV: If you're far enough ahead in the polls, just
ignore your opponents.
Thanks to golden family name, Rep. Mack -
formally Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV- has
avoided all interaction with his primary opponents.
For the mostpart, he's ducked contact with the gen-
eral public in anything less than controlled circum-
stances. It's a "rose garden" strategy in extremis. And,
boy, is it working. Now.
Mack recently wiped out the man who had the
clearest chance of overtaking him in the August
Republican primary. He did this by doing exactly
nothing. The do-nothing strategy proved so effective
that former Sen. George LeMieux took a look at the
latest polls numbers (30 points down) and decided to
drop out of the race. You can't fight nothing.
So Mack will march forward as the GOP candidate.
He will have skipped all televised debates with
members of his own party. He will appear alongside
presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt


Our Viewpoint
Romney wherever and whenever he can. He will ben-
efit from the $1 million donation made to the Mack
super-PAC by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. And
maybe he will eventually step up to the microphone,
relatively unscripted, to debate Democratic Sen. Bill
Nelson.
Too bad. The primary strategy only reinforces
the impression that Mack is an empty suit who has
gotten where he is through name recognition. The
man with the golden name had the opportunity to
participate in a few debates with other Republicans
and give the public a chance to get to know him a
little better. We have to believe a politician who has so
far enjoyed his level of success would have impressed
some voters.
And, yes, open debates would have allowed the
other Republican candidates to air differing opinions.
And, yes, most likely they would have attacked the
front-runner. But does the Mack campaign think the
candidate isn't up to vigorous self defense?


And what does it tell the rank and file?
"It's an incredibly bad message to send to the
voters in the primary," Nancy McGowan, head of the
Conservative Republican Forum of Jacksonville, told
Politico recently. "It just says, 'What you think doesn't
matter.'"
The biggest problem with the strategy is that Mack
will not be able to avoid confrontation with Nelson.
Primaries typically give the nominee the opportunity
to practice block-and-parry politics on relatively
friendly turf. Romney himself endured numerous pri-
mary assaults, but he appears to have come through
the process stronger.
Without the preliminaries, Mack will just have a
tougher time facing the Nelson before theNovember
General Election. This is the time to sharpen those
skills, not in October.
Mack should cruise to the nomination now. The
do-nothing strategy will have served his immediate
interests, but it also may brand him as an empty suit
without much courage. When you're starting out
as the guy with the golden family name, that just
reinforces impressions that you have a substance gap.


Calendar of a


part-time" legislator


While most folks who know me know
that I am term-limited and therefore
leaving the Florida Legislature, they
seem unsure of when, many believing
that since session has ended my work
is done. The truth is thatlegislators
serve until general election day, when
their replacement is officially elected.
So my 16 years officially ends Tuesday,
No%. 6 132 days from now. But who's
counting? Legislators generally spend
time in Tallahassee during November,
December, January and February for
weeks of committee hearings, and
again from March to May for the 60-day
legislative session. So what do the "part
time" legislators do when they're out of
Tallahassee? While it varies among the
120 House members and 40 senators,
we all keep district offices with staff to
help us serve constituents. We attend
events, give speeches, hold town hall
meetings, make site visits, meet with
people in our districts, research issues,
draft legislation and try to solve prob-
lems dealing with state agencies.
Since this year's session ended and
the special session on the redistricting
do-over ended, I've participated in a
variety of activities. My calendar likely
looks different from many of my col-
leagues due to my love of environmen-
tal issues, my upcoming retirement and
the differences in our districts.
Soon after returning to Polk County, I
was invited to participate in the FWCC
Youth fishing tournament at Tenoroc,
a state-owned property with excellent
recreational opportunities for residents
and visitors. Hundreds of young fishing
enthusiasts turned out to compete,


Paula Dockery
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many of whom were just being intro-
duced to casting a rod and enjoying
the great outdoors. During this and any
other public event, I am asked to look
into a variety of issues. On this occasion
it was the need to pump additional
water, to supplement the lake levels to
support recreational fishing.
The next event was a hike in the Lake
Wales Forest. I was honored to have
a trail named after me a decade ago
by then-Agriculture Commissioner
Bob Crawford for my work to expand
conservation and recreation areas. On
a beautiful Saturday morning, a few
dozen enthusiastic trekkers hiked eight
miles of the Paula Dockery Trail. On
this day, I was asked to look at changing
policy to allow hammocking in state
parks.
My recent speaking engagements
included giving the commencement
speech at the last graduation ceremony
for the Lakeland campus of USF, which
was bittersweet after 25 years of USF's
presence in Polk County. That the stu-
dents and faculty requested me as their
speaker was incredibly touching.
DOCKERYI5


'IF iT'S ANY CONSOLATION we PROViDe eXCeLLeNT CoVeRAGe
FOR BLOWN GASKeTS IN THe AFFORDABLe CARe ACT!"



Dying to go there?


Would this offer tempt you?
"Real estate for sale.
"Five-plus acres in quiet, historic,
rural neighborhood.
"Land is high and dry, surrounded by
groves on all four sides.
"People have been dying to come
here for decades.
"Priced to sell at 99 cents OBO."

Sounds pretty good, huh?
Maybe there's a catch; after all it's
been a few years since Florida real
estate was going for 20 cents an acre.
How about that catchy phrase about
people dying to come here for decades?
OK, you got-me. It's the old Gandy
Cemetery in the Greater Connersville
Metropolitan Area.
And it's not exactly clear title, though
that could transpire some day.


S.L. Frisbie




S.L. Frisbie can be contacted at
slfrisbie@polkcountydemocrat.com


An offer on eBay, forwarded to me by
a lawyer friend, offers a tax certificate
on the 5.02-acre Gandy Cemetery for a
minimum bid of 99 cents.
Potato chips in the shape of Jay
Leno's chin have sold on eBay for more,
though that may not be a valid compar-
ison. After all, every third potato chip in
the bag is shaped like Leno's chin.

FRISBIE 5


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In other actions, the BOCC


Recognized Fire Rescue Explorer
Post 522 members Anthony Pirillo and
Jacob Lewis for attaining the rank of
Eagle Scout.
Presented certificates to individuals
who graduated the 2012 Polk County
Water School Course.
Recognized and presented certifi-
cates of service to six county employ-
ees: Priscilla A. Grant, Gwendolyn K.
Johnson, Timothy P. Adams, Michael W.
Linkins, MaryW. Combee and Jo Ann
Lewis.
Proclaimed July 2012 as Parks and
Recreation Month
Approved a memorandum of
understanding between the BOCC
and the Polk County Workforce


DOCKERY
FROM PAGE 4
Legislators can't possibly fulfill all
the speaking requests we receive, but
I try to honor many of them. They are
as varied as they are interesting, with
everyone from the senior citizens at
the Florida Presbyterian Home, to
the wonderful ladies at the Lakeland
Republican Club, to the men and
women who meet at the crack of dawn
at the Citrus Center Kiwanis Club,
to the diverse evening crowd at the
Dixieland Homeowners Association,
to the intimate roundtable discussion
among politically active men and
women ofABW, a professional business
group.
To keep up with developments in the
district and constituents doing great
things to improve the quality of life and
provide needed services, it's important
to be out in the district listening and
learning. Recently, I attended the
Flag Day celebration at AMI Kids and
discovered they had 30 days to close
shop because their funding was being
cut. This is a highly successful day
program for troubled youth in danger
of entering the juvenile justice system.
The Polk legislative delegation will be
working to try to keep the program
going, as are Pasco legislators for their
local program.
Another recent event was a ground-
breaking for a park-and-ride bus lot for
Citrus Connection, Polk's mass transit
system. Thanks to a grant, this transit
hub with restroom facilities will be built
near the entrance to I-4 and will lead
to express bus service to Tampa and
Orlando.
During the summer, many groups
and associations present awards to
legislators who were instrumental on
issues of importance to their members.
I was fortunate to be lauded by several
wonderful groups. Student government
at USF Tampa recognized Sen. Mike
Fasano and me for listening to the
students and working in their best in-
terests when they felt powerless in the
USF Polytech independence issue. This
heartfelt thank you was very special

FRISBIE
FROM PAGE 4
Somebody purchased a tax certificate
for the property in 2009. I am no expert
on these things, but when taxes go
unpaid for long enough, the county
sells tax certificates, and eventually,
if the owner does not redeem those
certificates, the holder thereof can get
title to the property.
It's a little like collecting and redeem-
ing S&H Green Stamps, except that tax
certificates are still around.
So why would somebody quit paying
taxes on a perfectly good cemetery?
Well, the problem lies in the word
"somebody."


Development Board, as well as ap-
proved an interlocal agreement,
approved the 2012-2013 Polk County
Workforce Development Board's
preliminary budget (all have no fiscal
impact on the county's budget).
Adopted a resolution approving
the Fire Chief's declaration repealing
Fire Department Burn Ban 12-001;
'the unofficial lifting of the ban was
declared June 13.
Approved an agreement with
the University of South Florida for
the operation of the Small Business
Development Center. Cost is $125,000
one-time grant revenue; $209,575 cash
match, and $27,210 for in-kind services
required for a total of $361,785.


to me. The Florida Justice Association,
representing lawyers with a focus on
access to the courts, presented me
with the President's Award. The Florida
Wildlife Federation gave its Legislator
of the Year awards to Sen. Dennis Jones
and me. And the Florida Association
of Counties honored me with the Doc
Myers Lifetime County Advocate Award
for my efforts to defend the concept of
Home Rule. I'm also looking forward
to receiving the legislative award from
the PTA in a few weeks for my work .
on behalf of parents and teachers in
defeating destructive legislation on the
last few days of session. It seemed fit-
ting to invite my parents, who live near
the location of the ceremony in Pinellas
County.
To spend time with constituents
who request a meeting, we schedule
office days. In a typical office day, we
might meet with individuals or groups
on topics that range from education
to waste management, from water to
child protection services, from roads
to prisons and every conceivable topic
you can imagine. This is really the crux
of being a representative, meeting with
and listening to those you represent.
Legislators have different relation-
ships with the media. Some enjoy
talking to the press and return phone
calls, and some either don't get the
calls or choose not to take them. I try to
return all media inquiries. Some days
I receive a dozen and other days none,
depending on the issues of the day.
Often times TV crews will show up with
little notice wanting a quick soundbite.
Radio shows and TV panels are usually
arranged in advance and I'm a frequent
guest on each.
Each legislator has his/her own style
and schedule, but we all try to maxi-
mize our time in the district to meet
with constituents and be responsive to
requests to share our views and listen
to others. Some of us even use social
media and have our own columns to
communicate and educate. At least for
the next 132 days.
Paula Dockery is a term-limited
Republican senator from Lakeland
who is chronicling her final year in the
Florida Senate. She can be reached at
pdockery@floridavoices.com.
My lawyer friend did a little research
and discovered that the owner of
Gandy Cemetery is listed on county
tax records as "Gandy Cemetery." The
address of Mr. or Ms. G. Cemetery is
unknown.
The holder of the tax certificate, in
the eBay posting, asks, "Ever dreamed
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Anyone who wanted to contemplate the beautiful I ,T. .
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wade or paddle to the bench Wednesday. Tropical
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Flooded pastures became a playground for water birds following Tropical Storm Debby's visit to Polk County. Seen Wednesday along
State Road 60 east of Alturas were a roseate spoonbill and what appear to be wood storks.


Canoers probably didn't need to worry about the
orange sign's warning about low water levels in the
Peace River after Tropical Storm Debby came through
Polk County. The dock at the Bartow launch site on
State Road 60 was under water Wednesday.


BHS
FROM PAGE 1

Twitter feed that-was shown on a big screen
inside the hall. A predominant number of
messages came from and about the Bartow
softball squad.
Coach Glenn Rutenbar returned to the
stage as a member of the Polk County
Sports Hall of Fame for the induction of
five new members. Rutenbar, a member
of the Class of 2007, was joined by fellow
Bartow coach JJ Corbett, who was inducted
last year. The men took their place on stage
with other Hall of Famers in attendance


BRETT
FROM PAGE 1

want to do Wednesday, and he sat silently
in his chair during the discussion.
The item was added to the CRA agenda
on Monday by Rayl who said that is what
he Was advised to do. Rayl said he brought
it up because he said the agreement when
Brett was hired last June was to improve
the agency. Rayl asserts that has not been
achieved and it has been related to him by
others who have contacted him.
"I have received a number of comments
from members of the community, the busi-
ness community and the city staff that the
primary object was to improve the CRA and
that effort has not been achieved," he said.
He said this is based on comments he's
been presented with over the last number
of months and he has "an obligation to the
city and to this board."
Rayl then made a motion to terminate
Brett that was met with about 30 seconds


to welcome newcomers Joe Arnold, Hoyt
Barnett, Frostproof's Faris Brannen, John
Ebeling and Doug Gordin.
The Polk CountyAll Sports Awards
Selection Committee, made up of local
business leaders and sports figures, meets
each year to identify nominees based on
established criteria for awards. Once the
nominees have been identified, the com-
mittee votes on the final award. The 2012
Polk County All Sports Awards was the 11th
gathering..
"There is never a shortage of talent
to recognize in Polk County," said Mark
Jackson, director of tourism and sports
marketing for Polk County The events were
taped for later broadcast on Bright House

of silence before it was seconded.
Then, when it went to a discussion
before the board, McCoy said while she has
not received any complaints, she wanted
to know why this hasn't come up before
this week.
"This hasn't been brought up and I never
have heard anything," she said.
Rayl said that while this subject has not
been brought up in a public meeting, he
personally met with Brett some months
ago to tell him the disappointment that
has been shared with him from commu-
nity partners.
"I continue to receive them and I assume
it's because I'm the chairman," he said.
'And, I haven't seen that anything has
improved. In fact, they're getting more
negative."
Bohde said bringing this up now is
not the preferable way to handle this but
expressed some confusion. He said he's
known about this for about a week.
"This may not be a subject any of us
want to broach, but Patrick knows way
too much with CRAs and he is second to


Sports Network.
Fort Meade's Andrew McCutchen, a
member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was
selected as Professional Athlete of the
Year.
"He's working," said his mother as
she accepted the award and thanked
everyone for their support. She said
Andrew wants to return to the All-Star
game and encouraged everyone to vote
for him (voting ended that night). While
his mother was accepting the award,
McCutchen was playing in Philadelphia,
getting two doubles in the Pirates' losing
effort. On Friday, his batting average this
year is .336 and he has 14 home runs.
The Lake Wales High School boys

none," Bohde said. "Call it a personal clash
or whatever it is but I want to hear what
others have to say."
Before being hired Brett served as the
urban analyst for North Miami Beach,
was the assistant director of the North
Miami CRA and held a fellowship with the
Hallandale Beach CRA. He also served as
senior planner and technology manager
with the Central Florida Regional Planning
Council.
Hudnell said he was uncomfortable vot-
ing to fire him because the subject was too
new to him. He suggested another meeting
to further discuss the complaints may be
appropriate.
"I'd like to have more discussion. I
only found out about this Monday when
the agenda came out," he said. "I need
references as examples. I know you have
examples and feel that they're pressing but
I feel like I need to be more informed."
Brett also had some other backing at the
meeting, one from a member who voted
to fire him Tina Spath and another
from City Commissioner James Clements


basketball team was honored as Male
Team of the Year. Coach Billy Dee
Washington accepted on behalf of the
squad since members are attending
a summer camp. Frostproof girls golf
coach Joanne Merkle and Fort Meade
boys soccer coach Lynn Haase were
named as Coach of theYear in their
respective sports. Athlete of the Year hon-
ors went to RusselWilson (Lake Wales,
boys basketball), Maurice Russell (Fort
Meade, football defensive player, small
school), Shelby Duncan (Bartow, softball,
top hitter), LaurenWest (Bartow, softball,
top pitcher), Sabria Hadley (Lake Wales,
girls' track) and Leo Henderson (Bartow,
weightlifting).

who was at the meeting because it was
joint budget meeting with the commission.
Clements also represents the commission
on the CRA.
"I think Patrick is doing a excellent job,"
Spath said. "This must stop."
Clements said he has heard the com-
plaints against Brett for a few months
though he doesn't know the specifics of
them. Although he would not be in favor of
firing him, he suggested some consultation
could be helpful. He also said that firing
him now without cause would cost the
CRA $18,000 in severance pay and that
is something that the board should be
hesitant about.
"Continue to work with the executive
director and do whatever needs to be
done," Clements said after the vote and a
discussion about the budget.
"He has too much knowledge on how
CRAs should be run. This could be a
personality thing and I think maybe you
should get with the city staff on the evalu-
ation we use and make a form. Try to work
with Patrick. I feel strongly about this."


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RAID
FROM PAGE 1

Alexander Gil Rios, 29, of 1785 Hamilton St., had $16,000
in cash in the house, police reported. Another, Ruby
Ellen Cunningham, of 2210 E. Gibbons St., a grand-
mother, had $5,000 out in the open. Worse, said Judd,
her grandson was in her home at the time, watching
cartoons on TV In order to see the screen, he had to
look over the money and bags of cocaine, Judd added.
One of those arrested, Michael Anthony Lewis, 29,
is a suspect in the October 2002 disappearance of
his then 11-month-old daughter, Ta'niyah Leonard.
At the time of her disappearance, he was reportedly
the last person who was with Ta'niyah. The day of her
disappearance had been preceded by an argument
between Lewis and the girl's mother. In the 10 years
since, Lewis and Ta'niyah's mother have had two
more children.
This has been the second joint operation with


PCSO, said Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall, who became
chief three years ago.
"It's been the best program to date," said Hall. In
addition to the homes on Hamilton and Gibbons
streets, another area where undercover officers
made drug purchases was "on Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard, across the street from a day care tenter."
Hall stated those arrested had been seen and ar-
rested time and again. They had taken over a residen-
tial neighborhood filled with mostly retirees, many
of them from the education system. They expressed
their gratitude following the raid.
"I was confronted by many, many folks in Bartow
who were very appreciative," said Hall,"some of them
in wheelchairs and walkers."
Both Judd and Hall had a warning for those in-
volved in dealing drugs. The joint investigation is
far from over and will continue. Judd warned those
involved to always keep looking over their shoulders.
As an added "bonus," Judd said those arrested
who had thousands of dollars in their homes will be
"reported to the IRS and taxed on the money in the
house." He then bade them to "Have a good day."


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Photos of two of the Bartow neighborhoods in which drug
trafficking has taken place were displayed at a press conference
Friday morning. One was near a playground, the other across
the street from a day care center.


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COUNTY REPORT


Pioneers of Polk County feted at 38th annual luncheon


By STEVE STEINER
SSTEINER@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM

Polk County Historical Association
held its 38th annual Pioneer Luncheon
on June 21 at the Bartow Civic Center.
In addition to a presentation by guest
speaker Polk Property Appraiser
Marsha Faux, another highlight of
the luncheon was the recognition of
16 Pioneers Polk County residents
who are 79 or older and have lived in
the county a minimum of 50 years or
were born here. The majority of those
attending hailed from either Bartow or
Fort Meade. Not all honored were able
to attend.
2012 Polk Pioneers
Hobson Strain Lakeland
Rebecca Herrman Winter Haven
Teressa Olsen Winter Haven
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Francis Hunt


Herschel Mitchell


* Herbert Dixon Battow
*William "Bill" Moore Bartow
* Lois Lott Losh Bartow
*Violet Bass Bartow
* Pansy Shepard Bartow
* Frances O. Hunt Bartow
* Hershall Mitchell Fort Meade
* Lucille Mitchell Fort Meade
* Peggy Langston Fort Meade
* Wilma Hendrick Fort Meade
* living W. Wheeler Winter Haven
* Ivanhoe Craney Bartow
* Dub Palmore Lakeland


Lucille Mitchell


Among those recognized as Pioneers at the
Polk County Historical Association's June 21
luncheon was 92-year-old Herbert Dixon.


Ivanhoe Craney


David Brewer, president of the Polk County
Historical Association, reads from a plaque he
presented at the PCHA Pioneer Luncheon.


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Richard Fifer (left) and Mel Sellers man the literature table at the Polk County Historical Associa-
tion's 38th annual Pioneer Luncheon held June 21 at the Bartow Civic Center.


Sisters Pansy Shepard and Violet Bass were among the 16 people recognized as Pioneers at the
Polk County Historical Association luncheon held June 21 at the Bartow Civic Center.


Consequences of failing schools worry board


By PEGGY KEHOE
PKEHOE@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM

While hoping it doesn't happen, Polk
County School Superintendent Sherrie
Nickell and district staff are preparing
for the consequences of having a failing
school when the grades come out,
probably in mid-July.
This year only, the state has said no
school's grade can fall lower than one
level, Nickell explained at the School
Board work session Tuesday morning,
so only nine schools in Polk could pos-
sibly go to an F grade, and staff thinks
there is the potential for a few to get the
failing mark.
Elementary and middle school grades
should be available in July, while high
school grades won't be announced until
fall.
With school starting Aug. 20, there
won't be much time to implement im-
provement plans mandated by the state.
The Florida Department of
Education's intervention program
offers the district options for school
turnaround:
Reopen as a district-managed
school, replacing teachers and
administrators
Close the school, with students reas-
signed to higher-performing schools
Reopen as a charter school.
Contract with a private entity to run
the school
Hybrid model, district partners with


private entity
"What they're doing to our schools
is unconscionable," School Board
Member Frank O'Reilly said about the
state plans. "We'd only have a couple of
weeks to replace the whole staff ... this
method has torn every district apart."
Nickell agreed that "it is quite a
heavy-handed approach."
A district-managed turnaround
school would not only required replac-
ing the entire staff, but adding a new
curriculum focus, and coaches for
reading, match and science. -
Board Member Dick Mullenax said
the "entire state is talking about" the
state's plans for failing schools. "It's
going to tear up systems."
"Students will be heavily impacted,"
Nickell said. "We may find students
being harmed."
District staff "has spent hours and
hours working on this ... we're trying
to take a measured approach so that
the least amount of harm is done to
students," she added.
"It's upsetting on an emotional level,"
she said, and will impact on a financial
level, as well.
Teachers would receive performance
pay based on improving student
performance, and for an extension of
the school day by one hour. Teachers
would receive $500 for 65 percent of the
students making learning gains, $750
for 75 percent, and $1,000 for
85 percent.


When Oscar Pope Elementary re-
ceived an F grade, half to three-quarters
of a million dollars were spent each
year for three years to turn the school
around. The difference is that was paid
through a grant, which is not available
any longer, Nickell said. Polk County
would have to find the extra money in
its budget.
Board Member Tim Harris noted Polk
County has a number of small elemen-
tary schools, and pointed out that
closing a small failing school would cost
less than the turnaround process.
O'Reilly agreed that they should look
at that possibility.
"I think we will kill ourselves doing
this" he said about the turnaround
process outlined by the state. He added
that they should consider closing a
failing school, putting the money in the
budget, "and continue with a school
year that is productive."
Board Chairman Hazel Sellers asked
if it were possible to close a school that
quickly. Nickell said there were all kinds
of variables involved, including teachers
and transportation for students.
"We're a team," O'Reilly said, adding
that closing might actually "minimize
heartaches."'
"We need to tread lightly," Board
Member Kay Fields said. "We're talking
about lives ... keeping our community
whole," and urged following the Golden
Rule.
"We need to do what's best for the


children," Board Member Debra Wright
said. "It seems like a lot, but some of it
supports good schools. We need to be
cautious in how we proceed. We don't
want to upset the community."


HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
The following locations are closed on
Wednesday, July 4:
* Polk County Courthouse
*Polk County Public Schools
* Neil Combee Administration Center
* The Lake Wales Charter School District
The City of Lake Wales
*The Lake Wales Library
The City of Bartow, Library and Parks and Recre-
ation are both closed July 4. The Sam Griner Pool
is open.
The City of Fort Meade and library
Frostproof City Hall and library
Haines City Hall
Bartow garbage collection will run as usual and
will be collected on Wednesday, July 4.
For garbage collection: Florida Refuse in Lake
Wales, Fort Meade and Frostproof will run as usual.
*The North Central Landfill will be closed and there
will be no residential collection service. Wednesday
through Friday collections will be picked up
Thursday through Saturday. The Waste Management
Division will be closed on July 4.
Business offices for The Polk County Democrat, The
Lake Wales News, The Frostproof News, The Fort Meade
Leader and Your Haines City Herald are closed July 4.
Banks are closed July 4.
The U.S. Post Office is closed July 4.


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June 30, 2012


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Split vote advances stormwater assessment resolution


By STEVE STEINER
SSTEINER@POLKCOUNTYDEMOCRAT.COM
.It what proved to be a rarity with the
current board of county commissioners,
for once the BOCC was not unanimous
or near-unanimous on an issue before
it, and barely passed, on a 3-2 vote, with
Commissioners EdwinV Smith and chair-
man Sam Johnson in opposition a measure
approving the possible eventual creation of
a stormwater assessment resolution.
That divisive issue at the June 26 public
hearing was in three parts (as stated in the
agenda and iterated by Linda McKinley
with the county attorney office):
Consideration of an ordinance creating
a county stormwater utility.
Adoption of an Initial Stormwater
Assessment Resolution for the purpose of
imposing special storrnwater assessments
on benfitted properties within the unincor-
porated areas of Polk County.
Setting a public hearing on at 6 p.m.
Sept. 13, forthe purpose of adopting a
Final Stormwater Assessment Resolution.
According to Polk County Parks and
Natural Resources Director Jeff Spence,
when the CleanWater Act was enacted in
1972, cleanup was done according to stan-
dards then in place. Over the years it was
learned that the quality of the water was
not improving and research determined
stormwater drainage was the root cause.
It led to a federally mandated program
knomn as NPDES (National Pollution ,
Discharge Elimination System), which
has turned over permitting to the Florida


Department of Environmental Protection.
:Polk County currently spends
$4.3 million on its stormwater drainage
efforts, said Spence.In order for the county
to get its permit renewed, will require
additional monitoring of drainage systems,
adoption of a fertilizer ordinance, pet waste
management program, street sweeping
and development of a plan to address
discharges to impaired waters. While not
everything listed above needs immediate
attention, said Spence, it is estimated
the cost per year to meet stormwater
retrofitting requirements would come in
at $4,750,000 per year over a 20-year time
frame. However, that figure could jump to
as much as $16.6 million per year should
an EPA nutrient rule be imposed.
'Are any of the water districts kicking in
any money?" asked Commissioner Todd
Dantzler. Spence's said water districts
such as Swifmud had been helpful in the
past in the past. However, in the past the
county had been getting grants, but it was
doubtful any would be forthcoming from
the EPA because the county "doesn't have a
dedicated source of funding."
What is being proposed will be a fee of
$54.30 per year (or $4.53 per month) for the
average homeowner whose home (known
as an ERU, or Equivalent Residential Unit)
and impermeable surfaces is estimated at
4,030 feet; impermeable being the roofs,
driveways, etc. Most homes are ap-
proximately 2,144 square feet. Larger and
smaller homes will be charged according
to size.
Homes (which includes condominiums)


Share not the only structures that will be
assessed. So too will commercial and
industrial buildings. However, it was
proposed that institutional structures, as
well as buildings and properties owned
or leased by state and federal goverm-
ments, be exempted to an estimated
$449,000 that proved contentious with
Commissioner Melony Bell.
"I am not in favor of exempting fed-
eral and state, because they are the ones
mandating this on us and it's an unfunded
mandate, and I want to drive this home,"
she said. "If they're going to mandate this
upon us without giving us funds, they
should have to pay. Bottom line."
Commissioner-Bob English voiced a
similar sentiment where it involved institu-
tions. Many, he said, are financially sound,
and it would not be right asking taxpayers
to subsidize said institutions.
Prior to discussion over exemptions, a
similar topic was raised, that of mitigation.
Bell wanted to know if mitigation existed
only for businesses, or would individual
property owners be included. The answer
was anyone was eligible to file, according
to Camille Tharpe, with the Government
Services Group, that formulated the pre-
sentation before the BOCC. However, the
onus of proving mitigation was warranted
would be up to the-business or individual.
"Can you mitigate away the whole
thing?" asked Dantzler, to be told, no.
However, mitigation credits would range
between 30 to 60 percent.
Johnson was first to express disapproval,
but only after he got clarification on the


numbers presented. Was an additional $4.3
million needed? No, what was needed was
an additional $5.3 million. Johnson was
told the $4.3 million is what the county
currently pays, and it comes from the
general fund and a transportation (gas) fee.
(It was later explained following adjourn-
ment that Polk County actually spends
$5.7 million. If the $54.30 rate is approved
in September, it will generate, on average
approximately $9.6 million over the next
five years; in turn, that will free up the
current $5.7 million, which can then be put
toward other projects.
Chairman objects
"When I think back over the last couple
of years, we've instituted fire fees. We in-
creased the EMS fee. We recently increased
the transfer fee because we wanted to be
the same across the board. We introduced
progressive water rates on our customers,
so they're getting charged more if they use
the same amount of water," he said. He
added he found it troublesome the BOCC
was coming back and asking residents -
especially those in poor financial shape
- to contribute even more.
"We're coming back today to propose
another fee on top of these folks. Many of
the people I represent can't afford another
hit."
While his point found sympathy among
other commissioners, with the exception of
Commissioner EdwinV Smith, who never
commented throughout the proceed-
ings, Bell, English and Dantzler were not
swayed.


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*EVENTS
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Today
Movie, "Mirror Mirror" (PG, 106 min-
utes), 2:30 p.m. Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway, 863-534-0131.

"The Wizard of Oz" and "Pom Pom
SZombies." Winter Haven's Camp Theatre
two plays, "Wizard" by students 7-10,
"Pom Pom Zombies" by students 11-16.
$5 for each show: "Wizard of Oz" is at
5:30 p.m. "The Pom Pom Zombies" is
at 7:30 p.m. Chain of Lakes Complex
Theatre, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.W,
Winter Haven. Call 863-294-7469 for
tickets.

Bartow Unlimited Football and
Cheerleading Program annual camp for
youths aged 4-14, offers flag and tackle
football with cheerleading at all levels.
Registration 8 a.m., camp 9 a.m.-noon.
Bartow High School stadium, 1270 S.
Broadway. www.bartowunlimited.com.

Flicks in the Gardens Series at Bok
Tower Gardens. "Hugo" kicks off new
series, 8:30 p.m. Included with $5
admission to the Gardens beginning at
5 p.m. Children under 5 are free. The
- film series continues July 21 and Aug.
11.863-676-1408.

Cato's offers kids' activities, give-
aways, raffles, makeup tips, food from
Perkins and Fred's restaurants, begin-
ning at 10 a.m., 1040 N. Wilson Ave.,
Bartow.

Monday, July 2
CRA special meeting, 8 a.m. Florida
Department of Citrus, 605 E. Main St.,
Bartow. 863-537-6305.

Bartow City Commission, work ses-
sion 5:30 p.m., regular meeting
6:30 p.m., 450 N. Wilson Ave. 863-534-
0100. www.cityofbartow.net.


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Prevent Blindness Florida, 9 a.m.-
12:30 p.m. No appointment is neces-
sary. To those who qualify, assistance
will be provided for glasses and exams.
Polk County Health Department office
in Lakeland. 3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
800-817-3595 or www.preventblind
nessflorida.org.

* Wednesday, July 4
Adult Concert Band, 2:30 p.m., free.
Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave.

Fourth of July celebration. 4:30-
10 p.m. Features seven bands, National
Guard commemoration, veteran's
wreath ceremony, kids games and fire-
works. Mosaic Park, Broadway, Bartow

Independence Day at Bok Tower
Gardens, "Let Freedom Ring 2012."
Guest carillonneur Lee Cobb performs
carillon concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. and
the Singing Tower will ring 13 times at
2 p.m., simultaneously joining other
carillons, courthouses, city halls and
church bells across America, includ-
ing the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia,
to commemorate the signing of the
Declaration of Independence. Free to all
branches of the military, active, retired
and disabled veterans. 863-676-1408.

Lake Wales Decorated Bike Parade.
First July 4th Bike Parade on the shores
of Lake Wailes. Check in at 9 a.m. near
the basketball court. Cost is $1 per
entry. 863-676-8426.

Independence Day Celebration,
noon-9:30 p.m., Eagle Ridge Mall
near the Food Court entrance. Free.
Live music at 6p.m. with Michael
Ray and Aaron Tippin, 7:45 p.m.
Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
863-678-4182, ext. 270.


Masons support Women's


Care Center


PHOTO BY PEGGY KEHOE.
It was smiles all around when Bartow's Women's Care Center received a $500 donation from
Tuscan Lodge No. 6 F.&A.M. Taking part in the presentation Wednesday were (from left)
Worshipful Master Ted Grubbs; Mary Smith, WCC executive director; Lisa Olinger, WCC board
president; and Junior Warden Tim Williams..


* Saturday, July 7
Paint Party, 7-10 p.m. Strokes in
Time is a new way to paint you don't
have to know how learn about art
and have fun at the same time, gallery
owner Glenda Losh explained. Losh
plans to offer the event every Saturday
night. Canvas, paints, brushes and
easels provided; painters may bring
their own wine, or other beverages if
they like. {tay'-cho}/Carolyn's Gallery
and Frame Shop at 395 E. Summerlin
St., Bartow. 863-533-2365.

* Monday, July 9
Mommy, Daddy and Me: Instructional
interactive class designed to show
parents how to teach their children to
swim. Free. Noon-1 p.m., 6-7 p.m. Sam
Griner at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250
S. Floral Ave. 863-534-0120, ext. 3 to
register.

Prepare for breastfeeding class,
7-9 p.m. To help expectant parents
learn ways to get the breastfeeding


experience off to the best start. Pre-


registration is required. Regency Center
for Women & Infants, 101 Ave. 0 S.E.,
Winter Haven. 863-294-7020.

* Tuesday, July 10
"Grand is grand," 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Grandparents' class for new and expect-
ant grandparents. Regency Center
for Women & Infants, 101 Ave. O S.E.,
Winter Haven. 863-294-7020.

* Tuesday, July 12
Polk County Commission, 9 a.m.
Combee Administration, 330.W. Church,
St., Bartow, 863- 534-6000. www.
polk-county.net.

* Friday, July 13
View and Review, critique on artwork
performed by area artists byVilas
Tonape, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is $15
per artwork with maximum of two
pieces for artists and $5 for audience
members. Cash bar. Polk Museum of
Art, 800 East Palmetto St., Lakeland.
863-688-5423.


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Lane on Van Fleet to



close this weekend


One lane of westbound Van Fleet
Drive between Walmart Drive and
U.S. Highway 98 is scheduled to be
closed from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday,
July 1, for a traffic shift, the Florida
Department of Transportation reports.
When that traffic shift is complete,
a new right turn lane from westbound
Van Fleet to northbound Wilson Avenue
and northbound U.S. 98 will be open.
There will be no work on the project
on Wednesday, July 4. During the
remainder of the week and through
Saturday, July 7, work on new travel
lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks and drain-
age will continue behind barrier
walls along northbound U.S. 98 from
Van Fleet to south of Manor Drive,
and along westbound Van Fleet from
Walmart Drive to U.S. 98.
With the Fort Fraser Trail entrance
off westbound Van Fleet closed, the
trail may be accessed from the Wilson
Avenue entrance. Access to businesses
is being maintained, DOT reports.
For information, visit www.
IdriveUS98.com.
On State Road 60 at the Pollard Road
Extension east of Bartow the contractor

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will be adding left and right turn lanes
into a new access road.
Intermittent lane closures are
expected between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as
crews work on the roadway this week.
The project is expected to be complete
by the end of July.
On the Northern Connector project
on U.S. Highway 17 between Crossover
Road and State Road 60 improvements
on U.S. 17 will continue this week to
include right and left turn lane con-
struction and installation of a signal.
Daily lane closures of the inside
northbound lane and alternating
between the inside and outside south-
bound lanes on U.S. 17 are expected
from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
In Mulberry, Avenue M N.W. in
Inwood will be closed from 37th
Street Northwest, which is a quarter-
mile west of 42nd Street; 36th Street
Northwest will be closed until Friday,
July 6, to replace two existing storm
pipes.
For information, contact David
Deranzio in the Polk County
Transportation Division at
863-535-2284.


PHOTO BY AL PALMER
Drainage structures are being installed as the new Smith Boulevard is being built. Smith Boule-
vard, also currently known as the Northern Bartow Connector, will connect U.S. 17 and 98 and
bypass Van Fleet.



BOCC to declare Polk


a Purple Heart County


In an effort to show support for
countywide Purple Heart recipients
and to acknowledge them for their
courage, the Polk County Board of
County Commissioners has taken
steps to proclaim Polk County one
of the nation's first Purple Heart
counties.
"Polk County has one of the largest
veteran populations in Florida,
being home to over 51,000 veterans,
with many of these soldiers having
been awarded the Purple Heart for
wounds suffered in combat," said
.Mike Mason, Polk County supervi-
sor of veterans services. "Being
the county located in the heart of
Florida and having the utmost re-
spect for our veterans, I am proud of
our board of county commissioners


for choosing to make Polk County
one of only four Purple Heart coun-
ties in the United States."
The Polk County BOCC will read
its proclamation making the county
an official Purple Heart County at
their meeting in the Neil Combee
Administration Building at 330 West
Church St., Bartow, on Aug. 7 at
9 a.m., which is also Florida's Purple
Heart Day. To celebrate the occa-
sion, several of the county's cities,
townships and veterans' organiza-
tions will hold special appreciation
events on Saturday, Aug. 11. Special
Purple Heart County flags supplied
by the Military Order of Purple Heart
will also be flown throughout the
county as a show of support for the
occasion.


NOTICE OF INTENT TO AMEND ZONING MAP

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE FORT MEADE
CITY COMMISSION TO CONSIDER
AMENDING CITY OF FORT MEADE ZONING MAP
Notice IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Fort Meade, Florida will hold a public
hearing on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 8 West Broadway, Fort
Meade, Florida, in said City, to consider amending Ordinance No. 97-2, the Land Development Regulations, by
amending the Zoning Map of the City of Haines City, Florida, as provided for in Article 7 of the Land Develop-
ment Regulations. The proposed Zoning Map Amendment is to re-zone from Polk County Agriculture/Rural
Residential to'City of Fort Meade M-, Industrial Park District. Said property is legally described as follows:
Tax IDNo.: 253108-000000-021010
S 100 FT OF N1/2 OF SE1/4 LESS W 200 FT INCLUDING THAT PART THEREOF LYING WITHIN VA-
CATED RD R/WS AS PER OR 2339-1577 & OR 1970-1436 LESS MINERAL RIGHTS ONLY FOR OIL &
GAS
Tax ID No.: 253108-000000-022010
S1/2 OF SE1/4 LESS W 200 FT INCLUDING THAT PT THEREOF LYING WITHIN VACATED RD R/WS
AS PER OR 2339-1577 & OR 1970-1436
Tax ID No.: 253109-000000-024010
ALL LYING W OF CSX RR R/W & S OF C/L OF VACATED TIGER BAY RD AS DESC IN OR 1324-231
Tax ID No.: 253116-000000-012040
ALL LESS THAT PORTION LYING N & E OF HWY & LESS THAT PORTION LYING N & E OF ABAN-
DONED TRACK & S OF HWY & LESS THAT PT LYING E OF RR R/W & S OF ABANDONED RR TRACK
& LESS RD R/W & LESS RR R/W & LESS THAT PART OF SEC LYING S OF THE FOLLOWING DESC
LINE:COMM NE COR OF SEC 21-31-25 S 1260.82 FTTO POB OF DESC LINE; N 15 DEG 37 MIN 06 SEC
W 1141.12 FT N 51 DEG 45 MIN.51 SEC W 129.44 FT N 86 DEG 42 MIN 06 SEC W 106.99 FT S 65 DEG
21 MIN 13 SEC W 204.61 FT S 54 DEG 29 MIN 51 SEC W 67.85 FT S.81 DEG 16 MIN 47 SEC W 155.27 FT
N 71 DEG 42 MIN 54 SEC W 59.79 FT N.31 DEG 20 MIN 11 SEC W 93.72 FT N 26 DEG 12 MIN 39 SEC
W 153.47 FT N 52 DEG 24 MIN 43 SEC W 52.73 FT N 84 DEG 34 MIN 05 SEC W 43.61 FT S 82 DEG 52
MIN 54 SEC W 1570.99 FT S 86 DEG 03 MIN 54 SEC W 44.62 FT N 87 DEG 31 MIN 53 SEC W 192.25 FT
N 79 DEG 25 MIN 18 SEC W 115.54 FT N 72 DEG 22 MIN 11 SEC W 181.77 FT N 69 DEG 58 MIN 35 SEC
W 509.67 FT N 56 DEG 54 MIN 09 SEC W 226.09 FT N 78 DEG 43 MIN 27 SEC W 31.97 FT S 85 DEG 33
MIN 51 SEC W 217.83 FT S 76 DEG 41 MIN 12 SEC W 151.84 FTW 362.12 FT N 88 DEG 24 MIN 56 SEC
W 379.44 FT S 88 DEG 57 MIN 16 SEC W 662.42 FT N 86 DEG 47 MIN 29 SEC W 223.37 FT W 817.68 FT
W 1929.99 FT S 63 DEG 14 MIN 25 SEC W 20.94 FT S 33 DEG 52 MIN 59 SEC W 25.54 FT S 23 DEG 49
MIN 43 SEC W 63.59 FT S 31 DEG 09 MIN 37 SEC W 120.53 FT TOA PT ON S LINE OF SW1/4 OF SEC
17-31-25-SD PT LYING 1748.08 FT FROM SW COR OF SEC 17 SD PT BEING POINT OF TERMINATION
OF DESC LINE
Tax ID No.: 253117-000000-011020
ALL LESS NW1/4 & LESS BEG AT NW COR OF NW1/4 OF NEl/4 E 200 FT SWLY TO PT 200 FT S OF
POB N TO POB & LESS THAT PART OF SEC LYING S OF THE FOLLOWING DESC LINE:COMM NE
COR OF SEC 21-31-25 S 1260.82 FT TO POB OF DESC LINE;N 15 DEG 37 MIN 06 SEC W 114.12 FT N
51 DEG 45 MIN 51 SEC W 129.44FT N 86 DEG 42 MIN 06 SEC W 106.99 FT S 65 DEG 21 MIN 13 SEC
W 204.61 FT S 54 DEG 29 MIN 51 SEC W 67.85 FT S 81 DEG 16 MIN 47 SEC W 155.27 FT N 71 DEG 42
MIN 54 SEC W 59.79 FT N 31 DEG 20 MIN 11 SEC W 93.72 FTN 26 DEG 12 MIN 39 SEC W 153.47 FT N
52 DEG 24 MIN 43 SEC W 52.73 FT N 84 DEG 34 MIN 05 SEC W 43.61 FT S 82 DEG 52 MIN 54 SEC W
1570.99 FT S 86 DEG 03 MIN 54 SEC W 44.62 FT N 87 DEG 31 MIN 53 SEC W 192.25 FT N 79 DEG 25
MIN 18 SEC W 115.54 FT N 72 DEG 22 MIN 11 SEC W 181.77 FT N 69 DEG 58 MIN 35 SEC W 509.67 FT
N 56 DEG 54 MIN 09 SEC W 226.09 FT N 78 DEG 43 MIN 27 SEC W 31.97 FT S 85 DEG 33 MIN 51 SEC
W 217.83 FT S 76 DEG 41 MIN 12 SECW 151.84 FTW 362.12 FT N 88 DEG 24 MIN 56 SEC W 379.44 FT
S 88 DEG 57 MIN 16 SEC W 662.42 FT N 86 DEG 47 MIN 29 SEC W 223.37 FT W 817.68 FTW 1929.99 FT
S 63 DEG 14 MIN 25 SEC W 20.94 FT S 33 DEG 52 MIN 59 SEC W 25.54 FT S 23 DEG 49 MIN 43 SEC W
63.59 FT S 31 DEG 09 MIN 37 SEC W 120.53 FTTO A PT ON S LINE OF SW1/4 OF SEC 17-31-25 SD PT
LYING 1748.08 FT FROM SW COR OF SEC 17 SD PT BEING POINT OF TERMINATION OF DESC LINE
The proposed Ordinance is entitled:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FORT MEADE, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 97-2. BY.
AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY BY RE-ZONING PROPERTY FROM POLK COUNTY
AGRICULTURE/RURAL RESIDENTIAL (A/RR) TO CITY OF FORT MEADE M-2, INDUSTRIAL PARK
DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR A COPY TO BE KEPT ON FILE; RE-
PEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Any interested parties may inspect the above proposed Ordinance at the Office of the Deputy City Clerk in City
Hall of the City of Fort Meade, Florida, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.
At said hearings any person, his/her agent or attorney, may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Planning and Zoning Board or the City Commission with respect to any matter considered
at such hearing, he/she will need a report of the proceedings; that, for such purposes, he/she may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based. (ES. 286.105)
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and F.S. 286.26, persons with disabilities needing spe-
cial accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the Deputy City Clerk prior to the proceed-
ings at (863) 285-1100 for assistance; if hearing impaired, telephone the Florida Relay Service numbers (800)
955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice) for assistance.
Dated in Fort Meade, Polk County, Florida, this 22nd day of June, 2012.
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tropical storm couldn't keep devoted
Patrons from coming to the library
is week. The Wondermakers
were here to tell stories of dreamers from
around the world. Children became part of
the cast complete with lines and costumes.
It was a wonderful blending of laughter
and lessons.
Congratulations are in order for one of
our GED students. Wednesday evening
the library hosted a small graduation
party for Cynthia Hatfield. She success-
fully passed her GED exam and was
awarded a certificate of achievement
from Roxann Tovrea, our interim library
director. We hope that the celebration
serves as encouragement for those cur-
rently enrolled in our GED Class and any
potential students who just haven't taken
the steps to get started.
Today the library will be showing
"Mirror Mirror." The movie starts at 2:30
p.m. and runs for 106 minutes. The movie
is appropriate for all ages.
After consideration, a change has been
made to our Summer Reading Program for
kids. Children now have a chance to enter
our grand prize drawing for every 10 hours
they read this summer. The program-runs
through Saturday, July 28. The grand prize
drawing will be held Monday, July 30.
In conjunction with the Dream Big!
Read! theme for our summer reading
program, all the story times will be about
dreams. Lots of fairy tales and bedtime
stories are sure to be on display The-
3-5-year-olds will meet Tuesdays, June
26-July 24, at 10 a.m., and 6-8-year-olds
at 2 p.m. Birth to 2 years old will meet
Thursday at 10 a.m., June 28-July 26.
There will be no Super Summer Show


, Dale Terrell spoke to a group of 17 at-risk
students Thursday atWinter Haven's
Florence Villa Community Development
Corporation on achieving success with
high-quality discipline and an academic
focus, leadership skills and setting expecta-
tions at the highest level to achieve educa-
tional objectives and excellence.
The students, between 12 and 17, heard
that if they perform at a high level on
the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test 2.0, their probability of passing
the Standardized Assessment Test and
American College Test will be greater.
Terrell, the dean at Crystal Lake Middle
School, said the United States Labor Force
reported median wages increased for all
educational levels each year. In addition,
median wages ascend more over the period
as the level of education increased, Wages
for individuals with high school diplomas
increased nearly $8,000. Wages for those
with associate and bachelor's degrees
increased by $21,000; for individuals with


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this Wednesday as the library will be
closed in observance of Independence
Day If you just-can't bear to be away from
the library for that long, feel free to watch
the city's fireworks from our parking lot.
It's National Ice Cream Month and
we are hosting an Ice Cream Social for
children ages 9 to 12. We do ask.that you-
pre-register so we can know how many to
"expect. We can't run out of ice cream -
that would just be tragic.
As always, call the library at 863-534-
0131 with any questions or to pre-register
for our activities. It's all free at your library.


The stories of dreamers from around the world
were told at the library this week and plenty
came out despite the rains brought in by
Tropical Storm Debby.


master's degrees
or higher, wages
increase between
$27,000 and
$30,000.
Not only doe s
someone with an
advanced degree
make more money
at the beginning
of their career,
but the degree to Shandale Terrell
which their wages
increase is greater, he said.
Terrell said the United States Labor Force
reported the job market has become more
competitive each passing day. The number
of citizens with bachelor's degrees or higher
has increased.
It is vital for students to enhance their
educational skill level each day, he said, be-
cause employers are looking for educated
employees to fill increasingly scientific and
technological positions.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE CITY OF FORT MEADE
CITY COMMISSION TO ADOPT THE AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF
FORT MEADE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, BY A LARGE SCALE
AMENDMENT TO THE LAND USE MAP BY RECLASSIFYING LAND
FROM POLK COUNTY AGRICULTURE/RURAL RESIDENTIAL (A/RR) TO
FORT MEADE INDUSTRIAL (IND) FUTURE LAND USE CLASSIFICATION.

Notice IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Fort Meade, Florida will hold
a public hearing on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, in said City, to
consider:
1. Adopting the amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Fort Meade, for a large scale amendment to the
land use map by reclassifying land from Polk County Agriculture/Rural Residential (A/RR) to Fort Meade Industrial
(IND), future land use classification for the following subject parcels:
Tax ID No.: 253108-000000-021010
S 100 FT OF N1/2 OF SE1/4 LESS W 200 FT INCLUDING THAT PART THEREOF LYING WITHIN VACATED
RD R/WS AS PER OR 2339-1577 & OR 1970-1436 LESS MINERAL RIGHTS ONLY FOR OIL & GAS
Tax ID No.: 253108-000000-022010
S 1/2 OF SE1/4 LESS W 200 FT INCLUDING THAT PT THEREOF LYING WITHIN VACATED RD R/WS AS PER
OR 2339-1577 & OR 1970-1436
Tax ID No.: 253109-000000-024010
ALL LYING W OF CSX RR R/W & S OF C/L OF VACATED TIGER BAY RD AS DESC IN OR 1324-231
Tax ID No.: 253116-000000-012040
ALL LESS THAT PORTION LYING N & E OF HWY & LESS THAT PORTION LYING N &E OF ABANDONED
TRACK & S OF HWY & LESS THAT PT LYING E OF RR R/W & S OF ABANDONED RR TRACK & LESS RD
R/W & LESS RR R/W & LESS THAT PART OF SEC LYING S OF THE FOLLOWING DESC LINE:COMM NE
COR OF SEC 21-31-25 S 1260.82FT TO POB OF DESC LINE; N 15 DEG 37 MIN 06 SECW 1141.12 FT N51 DEG
45 MIN 51 SEC W 129.44 FT N 86 DEG 42 MIN 06 SEC W 106.99 FT S 65 DEG 21 MIN 13 SEC W 204.61 FT S
54 DEG 29 MIN 51 SEC W 67.85 FT S 81 DEG 16 MIN 47 SEC W 155.27 FT N 71 DEG 42 MIN 54 SEC W 59.79
FT N 31 DEG 20 MIN 11 SEC W 93.72 FT N 26 DEG 12 MIN 39 SEC W 153.47 FT N 52 DEG 24 MIN 43 SEC W
52.73 FT N 84 DEG 34 MIN 05 SEC W 43.61 FT S 82 DEG 52 MIN 54 SEC W 1570.99 FT S 86 DEG 03 MIN 54
SEC W 44.62 FT N 87 DEG 31 MIN 53 SEC W 192.25 FT N 79 DEG 25-MIN 18 SEC W 115.54 FT N 72 DEG 22
MIN 11 SEC W 181.77 FT N 69 DEG 58 MIN 35 SEC W 509.67 FT N 56 DEG 54 MIN 09 SEC W 226.09 FT N 78
DEG 43 MIN 27 SEC W 31.97 FT S 85 DEG 33 MIN 51 SEC W 217.83 FT S 76 DEG 41 MIN 12 SEC W 151.84
FT W 362.12 FT N 88 DEG 24 MIN 56 SEC W 379.44 FT S 88 DEG 57 MIN 16 SEC W 662.42 FT N 86 DEG 47
MIN 29 SEC W 223.37 FT W 817.68 FT W 1929.99 FT S 63 DEG 14 MIN 25 SEC W 20.94 FT S 33 DEG 52 MIN
59 SEC W 25.54 FT S 23 DEG 49 MIN 43 SEC W 63.59 FT S 31 DEG 09 MIN 37 SEC W 120.53 FT TO A PT ON S
LINE OF SW1/4 OF SEC 17-31-25 SD PT LYING 1748.08 FT FROM SW COR OF SEC 17 SD PT BEING POINT
OF TERMINATION OF DESC LINE
Tax IDNo.: 253117-000000-011020
ALL LESS NW1/4 & LESS BEG AT NW COR OF NW1/4 OF NE1/4 E 200 FT SWLY TO PT.200 FT S OF POB N
TO POB & LESS THAT PART OF SEC LYING S OF THE FOLLOWING DESC LINE:COMM NE COR OF SEC
21-31-25 S 1260.82 FT TO POB OF DESC LINE;N 15 DEG 37 MIN 06 SEC W 114.12 FT N 51 DEG 45 MIN 51
SEC W 129.44 FT N 86 DEG 42 MIN 06 SEC W 106.99 FT S 65 DEG 21 MIN 13 SEC W 204.61 FT S 54 DEG 29
MIN 51 SEC W 67.85 FT S 81 DEG 16 MIN 47 SEC W 155.27 FT N 71 DEG 42 MIN 54 SEC W 59.79 FT N 31 DEG
20 MIN 11 SEC W 93.72 FT N 26 DEG 12 MIN 39 SEC W 153.47 FT N 52 DEG 24 MIN 43 SEC W 52.73 FT N 84
DEG 34 MIN 05 SEC W 43.61 FT S 82 DEG 52 MIN 54 SEC W 1570.99 FT S 86 DEG 03 MIN 54 SEC W44.62 FT N
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FT N 69 DEG 58 MIN 35 SEC W 509.67 FT N 56 DEG 54 MIN 09 SEC W 226.09FT N 78 DEG 43 MIN 27 SEC W
31.97 FT S 85 DEG 33 MIN 51 SEC W 217.83 FT S 76 DEG 41 MIN 12 SEC W 151.84 FTW 362.12 FTN 88 DEG
24 MIN 56 SEC W 379.44 FT S 88 DEG 57 MIN 16 SEC W 662.42 FT N 86 DEG 47 MIN 29 SEC W 223.37 FT W
817.68 FT W 1929.99 FT S 63 DEG 14 MIN 25 SEC W 20.94 FT-S33 DEG 52 MIN 59 SEC W 25.54 FT S 23 DEG 49
MIN 43 SECW 63.59 FTS 31 DEG 09 MIN 37 SECW 120.53 FTTOA PTON S LINE OF SW1/4 OF SEC 17-31-25
SD PT LYING 1748.08 FT FROM SW COR OF SEC 17 SD PT BEING POINT OF TERMINATION OF DESC LINE

The proposed Ordinance is entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FORT MEADE, FLORIDA, AMENDING
THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE CITY OF FORT MEADE, FLORIDA, BY A LARGE SCALE AMEND-
MENT TO THE LAND USE MAP BY RECLASSIFYING LAND FROM POLK COUNTY AGRICULTURE/RU-
RAL RESIDENTIAL (A/RR) TO FORT MEADE INDUSTRIAL (IND) FUTURE LAND USE CLASSIFICATION.
THE PROPOSED LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT IS TO RE-DEFINE THE LAND USE OF THE PROPER-
TIES DESCRIBED THEREIN; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR A COPY TO BE KEPT
ON FILE, REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Any interested parties may inspect the proposed Ordinance at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall of the City of
Fort Meade, Florida, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.
At said hearings any person, his/her agent or attorney, may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Planning and Zoning Board or the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at
such hearing, he/she will need a report of the proceedings; that, for such purposes, he/she may need to ensure.that a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made,.which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
is based (ES. 286.105).
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and ES. 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special ac-
commodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the Deputy City Clerk prior to the proceedings at (863)
285-1100 for assistance; if hearingimpaired, telephone the Florida Relay Service numbers (800) 955-8771 (TDD) OR
(800) 955-8770 (voice) for assistance.
Deputy City Clerk's Office
Dated in Fort Meade, Polk County, Florida, this 22nd day of June, 2012 '
LOCATION MAP


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COMMUNITY


Christi Adams engaged

to Jeffrey Lawson


Christi Renee Adams
and Jeffrey Lawson, both of
Orlando, have announced
their engagement.
She is the daughter of
, Alan and GailAdams of
Bartow. He is the son of
the late Arthur and Lila
Lawson.
The prospective bride
graduated from Bartow
High School in 1993,
received her BA. in inter-
national relations from
Florida State University,
and her juris doctor from
FSU School of Law.
She is a partner of Foley
& Lardner, LLP in Orlando,
a member of Consumer
Financial Services
Litigation Practice Group
and of Non-Compete and
Trade Secrets Enforcement
Group.
Her fiance is a gradu-
ate of Montgomery High
School in Santa Rosa,
Calif. He earned his B.S.
in computer science
from the.University of
West Florida and his juris
doctor from Florida A&M
University College of Law.


He trained to be a pilot at
Flight Safety International,
Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University.
He is a software
engineer for Darden


Restaurants and is
president and owner of
LawsonlInformation and
Technologies, LLC.
A Dec. 15 wedding is
planned in Orlando.


Free vision


screening July


Prevent Blindness Florida will pro-
vide free vision screening for adults
and children on Monday, July 2,
from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Polk
County Health Department office in
Lakeland.
No appointment is necessary. To
those who qualify, assistance will be
provided for glasses and exams.


Unity ii

coming t

Turning Point Worship Center in
Bartow will be the site for the 2012
Unity in Christ Conference July 11-13.
Services begin at 7 p.m. nightly, with a
midday worship service also scheduled
Sfor Friday, July 13, at 12:30 p.m. Each
evening service will have an inspira-
tional and a keynote speaker.
Unity In Christ Conference is a gather-
ing of believers whose "vision is to de-
velop and maintain.a oneness in the body
of Christ and to empower the Church."
Inspirational speakers are Apostle David
Williams of Freeport, Bahamas; Pastor
Wesley Ferguson of Nassau, Bahamas; and
Pastor Teresa Norris of Seffner. Keynote
speakers are Apostle Frank Eluett of
Margate, Pastor Tom Presley of Bartow,
and Apostle Kelson Miller of Nassau, who
is also the conference host. Dr. Philbert
Bailey will speak at the midday service.
Minister of music for the conference is
Apostle Leroy Ladson.
Begun in 1998 the conference
has been held in the Bahamas,
,Washington, Jacksonville and Margate,


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Prevent Blindness Florida, a United
Way partner, is a non-profit agency
dedicated to preventing.blindness
and preserving sight.
The Health Department is at 3241
Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland.
For more information, con-
tact 800-817-3595 or visit www.
preventblindnessflorida.org.


n Christ

o Bartow

among other places.
Turning Point Worship Center is at
1400 East Georgia Ave., Bartow. For
more information call 757-630-1556 or
send email to unityinchrist98@yahoo.
com or bornagainministry@yahoo.com.

Wildwood plans
Vacation Bible School
The Wildwood Baptist Church plans
a vacation Bible school for Sunday,
July 8-Friday, July 13.
The classes are scheduled from
6:30-9:05 p.m. at the church at 1120 S.
Woodlawn. The theme is the Amazing
Wonders God Created where rooms
in the church will be set up to display
items people know of such as the
Northern Star and the Grand Canyon.
The school is open to children from
kindergarten through 12th grade. It is
free. Registration is open every evening
at 6 p.m. There will be snacks, recre-
ation and crafts as well. Call 863-533-
6944 for information.


Only 8400 For 1 Gallon Trees

Variety of Colors!
All proceeds from the sale will go to the
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* No rain checks
- Cash, local check (w/picture I.D. or MC or Visa)
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o Churches or non-profit organizations welcome
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beginning Friday, July 13th


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OBITUARIES
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Curtis William

Garrett

Curtis William Garrett, 81, of
Crestwood Manor, Whiting, N.J.,
formerly of Bartow, passed away
June 26, 2012.
Bartow survivors include his sister
and brother, Laurie Benton and Lloyd
Garrett. A memorial service will be
held at a later date.


James A.

Harrison, Sr.

James A. Harrison, Sr., 86, a longtime
Bartow and Lake Buffum resident, died
Friday, June 29, 2012, at Winter Haven
Hospital. He was born Nov. 3, 1925.
Visitation is Monday, July 2, from 10-
11 a.m., followed by the funeral service
at 11 a.m., at Whidden-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.


NOTICE OF PROPOSED ANNEXATIONS
CITY OF FORT MEADE
Notice is hereby given that at the City Commission meeting of the City of Fort Meade, Florida, on
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter, in the Commission Chambers, City Hall,
8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida, the City Commission will hold a Public Hearing concerning
annexation requests as detailed in the proposed Ordinance.
ORDINANCE NOS. 12-06 AND 12-07

Being Ordinances of the City of Fort Meade, Florida; annexing properties into the corporate limits of
Fort Meade, Florida, and redefining the boundary lines of the municipality to include said properties;
providing for publication of notice of the proposed annexations and filing of a certified copy of this
Ordinance with the Clerk of Circuit Court in and for Polk County and with the Department of State;
and providing for an effective date.

Said Ordinance will be read on first reading at the City Commission meeting on July 10, 2012, and is
'to be considered for final adoption at the City Commission meeting on August 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m. or
as soon thereafter.


Said properties are approximately 804.96 acres and described as:


Rebecca Diane Vinson, 60, of Lakeland,
died Saturday, June 23, 2012, of natural
causes, at her home in Lakeland.
A Florida native, she was born April 25,
2012.
She was preceded in death by her
parents, Wallace and Georgine Reed.
Survivors include her son, Joshua
Vinson; a grandson, Reed Vinson; and
her many friends who loved her at the


Polk County Clerk's Office, where she
worked for 34 years in the Criminal'
Division, along with her other co-workers
in the judicial system.
A memorial service is planned for
Monday, July 2, at 6 p.m. at First Baptist
Church of Bartow, with Rev. Ronald Burks
presiding.
Arrangements: David Russell Funeral
Home, Lakeland.


ANNEXATION MAP #1:
Parcel ID #253116-000000-022010 8.00 Acres
Parcel ID #253117-000000-022010 15.68 Acres
Parcel ID #253122-000000-033010 0.25 Acres
Parcel ID #253121-000000-011010 6.74 Acres
Parcel ID #253121-000000-011040 629.32 Acres
Parcel ID #253122-000000-032020 118.08 Acres

ANNEXATION MAP #2:
Parcel ID #253123-434210-037030 0.85 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-037020 20.28 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-042030 0.82 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-039020 1.96 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-037013 2.67 Acres
Parcel ID #253123-434210-037012 0.31Acres


Orval Neal
Hammer, 94, of
Mellette, S.D., died
June 27, 2012,
atAvera Mother
Joseph Manor,
Aberdeen, S.D.
He was born'
Feb. 21, 1918, to
Harold Eugene
"Gene" and Lillian
Orvetta "Orva"
(Towne) Hammer. Orval Hammer
He grew up on a
farm near the James River, and at an early
age learned farming duties and how to.
garden. His folks ran a truck garden and
people came from miles around to buy
their vegetables and melons. He gradu-
ated from Brentford Consolidated School
in 1936.
On Sept. 28,1938, he married Alice
Marie Dobberpuhl of the Stratford/
Warner vicinity where they farmed and
lived for a year. Then they purchased a
farm, just one mile east of where he grew
up, where they raised their three sons. She
passed away in 1996.
They were members of St. John's
Lutheran Church and later became mem-
bers of Trinity Lutheran in rural Mansfield.
Orval was a member of the Brentford
school board for many years, served on .
the township board and was clerk for
many years. He had been a member of
the Farmer's Union, Plains Lions Club
and Belles & Beaux Square Dance Club


of Aberdeen. Orval enjoyedgardening
and planting trees, flying and building
ultralight aircraft, traveling and square
dancing. Above all, he loved his time spent
visiting with family and friends.
Grateful for having shared Orval's life
are his sons Marvin (Karel) Hammer of
Bartow, Fla., and Myron (Ethel) Hammer
of Mellette, S.D.; daughter-in-law, Carrie
Hammer of Mellette; grandchildren
Nicole Hammer, Jessica Hammer, Scott
Hammer, Andrea (Antonio) Fernandes,
Cody Hammer, Ryan Hammer, Lainie
(Kelly) Korinek; great-grandchildren,
Christopher, Kathleen, Justin, Joshua,
Grey, Harper; great-great grandchildren,
Aamia and Emalee; and many nieces and
nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife;
son, Maurice Hammer; his parents; an
infant brother; brothers, Iliff "Swede"
Hammer, Miles 'Andy" Hammer, Maurice
Hammer; and sister, Ollie Hammer.
Visitation: Friday, Jtine 29, from
1-7 p.m., with family present from 5 p.m.-
7 p.m., followed by a prayer service, at
Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home Fellowship
Hall, 1111 S. Main St., Aberdeen.
Memorial service! Saturday, June 30,
at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with
Vicar Bret Bierman officiating. Burial on
a later date at Sunset Memorial Gardens,
Aberdeen.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers
memorials. Condolences to the family
may be made at www.spitzerfuneralhome.
com.


as shown on the Location Maps attached hereto and made a part hereof. The complete legal descrip-
tions by metes and bounds and a copy of the proposed Ordinance may be inspected by the public during
normal business hours at the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 8 West Broadway, Fort Meade, Florida.
All interested parties may appear at the meetings of July 10, 2012 and August 14, 2012, and be heard
with respect to this proposed Ordinance.

Any person desiring to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter
considered at the above meeting or hearing will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for any
such purpose, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and FS. 286.26, persons with disabilities
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Clerk prior
to the proceeding at (863) 421-9921 for assistance; if hearing impaired, telephone the Florida Relay
Service Numbers, (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (VOICE) for assistance.
PHYLLIS KIRK
DEPUTY CITY CLERK
ANNEXATION MAP #1


Rebecca Diane Vinson


Orval Neal Hammer


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Men's golf champions crowned


A new sign will be going up in the
reserved parking section of the Bartow
Golf Course. The spot that is reserved
for the Men's champion will be the place
where JeffFleeman will be parking his ride.
Fleeman won the honor by topping the
membership of the Bartow's Men Golf
Association in the annual championship
tournament. The two-day event was held
over two weekends this year. The first
Sound was contested on Saturday, June 16,
but since the next day was Father's Day,
the second round was pushed back to
Saturday, June 23.
The membership, which plays regular
events on Saturday andWednesday morn-
ings, uses a plus-point format to determine
the winner. A par is worth two points, a
birdie will get three and the rare eagle
brings four points. Even a bogey has value,
as it will bring you one point. Higher scores
will not yield points.
In addition to seeking out points,
members were also vying for cash awards
for closest to the pin on the four par-three
holes. A blind draw and a trio of "skins"
also brought awards.
In the locker room area of the clubhouse,
Larry Thompson, Francis Bush and BMGA
president Tom Johnson tallied scorecards
and checked awards. Good-natured banter
was flowing freely as golfers exchanged
barbs about each others' abilities or lack
thereof. The Saturday scores were added
to the tallies from the week before. Players
who couldn't participate in both weeks
simply had to use what they could for the
one week of activity.
Fleeman won the club championship
in 2003 and 2006. The 2012 YouthVilla
champion LeeWhite won the club title in
2010 with Tiger Godwin winning in 2011.
Godwin has turned pro and was ineligible
to defend his title this year.
While Feeman picked up the overall
title, essentially winning by a shot over
Josh Anderson, there were two other


club champions named on this day. Gary
England repeated his 2011 Senior title for
golfers aged 50-65. Frank Rouse took the
honors for the Super Seniors aged 65 and
older.
England's win makes him a four-time
champion. In addition to his consecutive
seniors titles, Englandwon a pair of overall
championships in the 1990s. He has been
playing the game for about 40 years and is
a fixture in the tournaments at the Bartow
Golf Course. A former winner of the Youth
Villa Classic, England scored a top 10
this year and has finished second in that
tournament three times. He considers his
iron play to be the strength of his game
and plays whenever the work schedule will
allow him.
Rouse won his title by defeating a
field that included 2011 champion Jerry
Vamum.
The Bartow Men's GolfAssociation is
open to players for just a $20 membership
fee. Members then pay greens fee for the
tournaments to win a share of the prizes.
The organization has 108 members. The
BMGA will hold their annual Christmas
tournament on the third Saturday of
December. Information on membership
can be obtained at the Bartow Golf Course
Pro Shop.
Bill McCraney collected the prize for
closest to the pin on hole 3. The honor on
the seventh hole went to Vance Littrell.
Frank Monroe picked up the prize for his


tee shot on hole 13 while Bartow High's
girls softball coach Glen Rutenbar was the
top shooter at hole 15.
JoshAnderson (hole 12) and Mike
Nobles (hole 14) recorded eagles on the
respective par 5s to pick up skins. Charlie
.James Sr. picked up the other skin for the
day. A blind draw was held with an ad-
ditional cash prize going to Nobles.
While conditions at the Bartow Golf
Course were perfect in the hours before the
arrival of Topical Storm Debby, Sunday
turned out to be a day that wasn't favorable
for the game of golf. Unfortunately for
Bartow's White, he had an early tee time at
the 95th Florida Amateur Championship,
played at the Jack Nicklaus-designed The
Bear's Club and Loxahatchee Club. White
played his Thursday round at Loxahatchee
and finished the day tied for fifth. He held
his own in his first outing at The Bear,
but feel in the third round. With stormy
conditions on Sunday, scores were high


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PHOTO BY LARRY JEWETT
Anew sign greets golfers from the eighth tee
as Bartow Golf Course is open for public play
for the summer season.
and White finished tied for 39th in the field.
The group at the position also included
Plant City's Kyle Martin. Sam Horsfeld
of Davenport, a 15-year-dld high school
golfer, had four steady rounds to earn a
spot at T7. The event was won by Florida
State University golfer Chase Seiffert of
Panama City.


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Bartow Unlimited camp rescheduled for today


By LARRYJEWETT
CORRESPONDENT


Organizers of the Barrow Unlimited
football and cheerleading program
will hold their annual camp today,
at the Barrow High School stadium.
The event was postponed last week
because of threatening weather.
The program, designed for youths
aged 4-14, offers flag and tackle foot-
ball with cheerleading at all levels. All
games are played within Polk County
with practices held at the Bartow


High School complex throughout the
season.
Registration will start at 8 a.m. with
the camp running from 9 a.m.-noon.
In the past, some high school and col-
lege football players have dropped in
to help with the camp. Coaches and
league organizers will conduct drills
that will allow the players to sharpen
their skills for the upcoming season.
Details about Bartow Unlimited,
including registration times and
contact information, can be found at
www.bartowunlimited.com.


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