Haines City “Florida Government Week” Writing Contest

The City of Haines City would like to take the opportunity to extend an invitation of participation for students in “Florida City Government Week” from October 23rd – 29th, 2017.  

We are encouraging young men and women, ages 13-17, from Haines City Schools or residents to express “What I Love About My City” through a writing contest of poetry, short story, or personal essay, etc… You may enter only one manuscript not less than 150 words or more than 300 words.

All entries are due by Monday, October 16, 2017 in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address on your submission for contact information. Best of luck!

First Place Winner – $100.00, City Commission Recognition, and Name on Website

Second Place Winner – $50.00, City Commission Recognition, and Name on Website

Third Place Winner – $25.00, City Commission Recognition, and Name on Website


Hurricane IRMA Debris Removal

Debris Removal will begin Tuesday September 19th

Preparing Storm Debris for Removal

Vegetative storm debris such as tree limbs and trunks may be placed in the right of way for collection by debris crews.

Avoid stacking debris by utility poles, under power lines and tree canopies, on top of water meters, by fire hydrants, by vehicles, next to mailboxes or fences or on storm drains. Place vegetative storm debris away from other household waste or recycling items. Please do not place storm debris in the street.

Debris Separation Information

Should you have any questions about Debris Removal or Garbage Collection

Please Contact Public Works at 863-421-3777


Polk Included in Major Disaster Declaration

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Residents may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.

Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

Applicants will need the following to apply:

-Social Security Number;
-Daytime telephone number;
-Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
-Private insurance information, if available.

By registering for federal assistance on www.DisasterAssistance.gov

You can look up your address to find out if it is in a disaster area declared for Individual Assistance.

Check the status of your application and get updates by SMS or email.

Upload documents to support your application.

Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585.