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 By Jeff Foley    News

County to Ban Smoking, Vaping in Most Public Parks

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners has adopted an ordinance authorizing the County Manager to prohibit smoking and vaping in public parks in unincorporated Polk County.... — Updated 11/7/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Medically Vulnerable Residents to Gain Easier Access to Healthcare

Polk County's medically vulnerable residents will find healthcare more accessible beginning October 1 after the Citizens Healthcare Oversight Committee approved relaxing income... — Updated 9/30/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk County Seeks Stakeholders for Opioid Abatement Effort

Polk County's Health and Human Services Division is hosting "Shaping the Future of Opioid Abatement in Polk County" in collaboration with Polk Vision and the Crescendo Consulting... — Updated 8/18/2023


Polk is Subject to Tornadoes Both Winter and Summer - Here Are Some Safety Tips

Did you know that, according to Florida State University's Climate Center, Florida is the state with the most tornadoes per 10,000 square miles? This means that, while other states... — Updated 5/2/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk HealthCare Plan May Be an Option if Medicaid Coverage Ends

Some low-income Polk County residents may soon find themselves at a healthcare coverage crossroad due to Medicaid changes, and the Polk HealthCare Plan may be able to help those... — Updated 4/21/2023


Summer Lightning Season is Approaching - Know How to Stay Safe

Florida has long been known as the lightning capital of the United States. In 2022, Polk County led the way in central Florida with 285 lightning strikes per square mile. Lightning... — Updated 4/19/2023

 By Jeff Foley    Ridge Life

Polk County Trails Network Continues to Expand

Cyclists and pedestrians are one step closer to being able to travel safely from downtown Lakeland to downtown Bartow. The Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) today acc... — Updated 2/21/2023


Volunteers Needed to Watchdog County Environmental Lands Program

Following voter approval of Polk Foever, a new 20-year environmental land tax passed last November, Polk County is reactivating its long-standing citizen's committee that... — Updated 2/7/2023


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