Labor Day Holiday Garbage, Bulk, Recycle, and Yard Waste Collection Changes

Labor Day Holiday Garbage, Bulk, Recycle, and Yard Waste Collection Changes

The Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 1, 2014 will delay garbage, bulk, and recycle collection by one day for the City municipal waste customers outlined below:

  • Regular Monday garbage, bulk and recycle routes will be collected on Tuesday.
  • Regular Tuesday garbage, bulk and recycle routes will be collected on Wednesday.
  • Regular Wednesday garbage, bulk, recycle and yard waste routes will be collected on Thursday.
  • Regular Thursday garbage, bulk and recycle routes will be collected on Friday.
  • Regular Friday garbage, bulk and recycle routes will be collected on Saturday.

All collection schedules will return to normal the following week.

Boil Water Rescission Notification for 3117 – 3137 E. Hinson Avenue

The intent of this message is to notify all City Residents that as of Thursday, July 24, 2014, the precautionary Boil Water Notice that was sent out on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is hereby rescinded following the repair to the water main break.

 Water Main Break Location:

3117 to 3137 E. Hinson Avenue

 Satisfactory completion of the Bacteriological Surveys show the water is safe to drink. We sincerely thank you for your patience as our team of professionals resolved this matter.

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our Water Distribution Office at (863) 421-3695.

Boil Water Notification for 3117 to 3137 E. Hinson Ave

The purpose of this notification is to inform you that due to a Water Main break, a loss of water pressure has been experienced, therefore as a precaution, the City of Haines City is issuing a boil water notice for 3117 – 3137 East Hinson Avenue.


This precautionary measure is designed to protect the safety and public health of our community. Please note, that in the event you are ever in the impacted area our Staff goes door-to-door, as well as issues door hangers in order to inform those in the affected area of the precautionary measures that should be taken.


Our goal is to restore services as quickly and safely as possible in the impacted area. The precautionary measures that should be adhered to are as follows: all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes need to be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.


Water Main Break

Location: 3117 – 3137 E. Hinson Avenue

 Boil Water Notification for 3117 to 3137 E Hinson


This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the situation is corrected. At the completion of the bacteriological survey, and the water is again safe to consume without a rolling boil, our Staff will go door-to-door to inform the public. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we are working tirelessly to resolve this issue quickly and safely. Should you have any further questions, please contact our Water Distribution Office at (863) 660-2275.


Haines City Breaks GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® For The Most Sparklers Simultaneously Lit

Valued City Residents, Merchants, Business Owners, Neighbor and Visitors:

Haines City, we did it! As our nation celebrated its 238th birthday on the Fourth of July, the City of Haines City also celebrated its centennial birthday. The celebration was by far one of the most memorable for us all, but one thing we must never take for granted or forget is the men and women that have sacrificed so much for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. For that sacrifice and commitment to duty, honor, and country, Haines City and this nation salutes you.

As part of the festivities that occurred on July 4th, the City of Haines City attempted to enter the world record books. The Leisure Services Department, in collaboration with all other City Departments, spearheaded an initiative that would certainly be a memorable moment for all involved. With the support of the City Commission and the execution by the Leisure Services Department, the residents, visitors, and guests to the Fourth of July celebration referred to as “Thunder on the Ridge,” we set our sights on breaking a Guinness World Record. This monumental feat would allow for Haines City to enter the record books.

This challenge did not come without its obstacles and issues along the way, nevertheless, as expected, our community and our exceptional staff did what they’ve always done; make the impossible possible. I gladly report to you that the City of Haines City and all the participants that partook in the record-breaking attempt, now have their names etched in history as being part of accomplishing a world record! The previous record, as validated and confirmed by Guinness World Records, was held by Kyoto Tsubasukai, Japan (with a projected population of almost 200,000) in Ukyo, Kyoto on May 12, 2013. Haines City shattered this record on our nation’s 238th birthday with a final number of 938 sparklers lit simultaneously as participants stood at attention as Ms. Bonnie Salary sung our national anthem. Towards the end of Ms. Salary’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, the crowd started chanting “USA” loudly and repeatedly. I believe this to be one of the most touching experiences that we could have ever imagined. The chanting of “USA” in the moment itself was certainly surreal for all those who participated and watched as Haines City etched its name into the world record books.

This event was full of celebrity participation, Haines City’s own Jah Reid, #76 for the Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl Champion (XLVII) and country music star, Michael Ray. These gentlemen, who are both natives of Polk County, assisted in breaking a world record. Lastly, many thanks to the men and women from the various departments throughout the City that worked exceptionally hard to make this a memorable moment for us all. I would specifically like to thank our Leisure Services Department, under the guidance and direction of Leisure Services Director Auburn Taylor, who was instrumental in ensuring that this event was memorable and impactful, and it certainly was. Haines City, as we celebrate and commemorate 100 years of service to our community, let us rejoice and be proud that we have officially shown the world who we are. We have demonstrated that when we bond together to accomplish the goal there is nothing that can get in our way, because we are Haines City.

In closing, if you were a participant in the record-breaking attempt and would like to commemorate this moment please follow the instructions provided below by Guinness World Records. Guinness World Records will provide you a certificate of participation so that this moment can continue on in perpetuity. Thank you for this esteemed honor to be part of such an amazing community, and an amazing organization. Rest assured that staff is already planning on what we can do next year so stay tuned…but for now, enjoy Haines City, WE SET A WORLD RECORD!!!

Respectfully Submitted,

Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM

City Manager


Approximately 30,000 people attended Thunder on the Ridge
National Recording Artist Michael Ray
Participants Break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® for The Most Sparklers Simultaneously Lit. Thanks to all those who volunteered to participate in setting the new world record of 938
Participants Break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® for The Most Sparklers Simultaneously Lit. Thanks to all those who volunteered to participate in setting the new world record of 938
Official Certificate from GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® for The Most Sparklers Simultaneously Lit
The Night Ends with Fireworks
The Night Ends with Fireworks

Independence Day & Centennial Celebration in Haines City

Valued City Residents, Merchants, Business Owners, Neighbors and Visitors:

As we celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday let us never forget the sacrifices that have been made along the journey. Our country is certainly great because of the men and women that have sacrificed their all for the freedoms that we all enjoy.

The Fourth of July is certainly about spending quality time with our loved ones and enjoying the quintessential family gatherings of the good old-fashioned hamburger and hot dog; but as you do so,  remember that we have men and women that are currently serving our country overseas, and it is because of their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of their predecessors that allow for all of us to enjoy our independence.

When our forefathers gathered to draft the Declaration of Independence and Constitution they did so on the premise that We the People would be able to accomplish any and all of our earthly desires, as long as we worked hard and give it our all. In this nation’s history, we have had obstacles and challenges, but we have persevered. However, so much progress is still left to be made. Collectively as a nation, a community, a neighborhood and as individuals, We the People control our own destiny and our fate. May we never allow circumstances or situations to define us, but may we work together for the betterment of our community and certainly our nation.

As Haines City celebrates its 100th birthday, let us take this time to celebrate the accomplishments that we’ve made thus far and realize how much more potential is still out there for us to achieve. Haines City is a great community and is poised for so much success it is almost unfathomable, but through teamwork and an unwavering commitment to one another we can accomplish it all. Let us lift up and celebrate our diversity and heritage and no longer let our differences divide us, but allow for our similarities to combine as one community and as one nation. Please take this weekend to thank the men and women that have served this great nation and have continued to serve our nation; both foreign and domestic.  It is because of them that the United States of America is the greatest nation in the world.

To our employees, thank you so much for your dedication, your hard work, and your commitment to this organization. Your servant’s heart shall never go unrecognized or under-appreciated. It is because of you and your predecessors that have allowed for this community to grow and prosper for the last 100 years. I thank you, and it is truly an honor to work alongside such an exceptional group of professionals. Time and time again, and every opportunity I have, I share how exceptional the workforce in this organization is, and rest assured that we certainly appreciate everything you do day-in and day-out. Thank you from the bottom of our heart, certainly a future City Manager can have the same privilege I have had to recognize Haines City as that shining City on a hill 100 years from now.

Come join us this July 4th in celebration of our independence and Haines City’s 100th birthday at Lake Eva Park. The celebration begins at 3 PM with nationally known recording artist Michael Ray taking the stage at 7:30 PM, and wrapping up with the largest fireworks display in Polk County. For more information, please visit

Respectfully Submitted,




Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM

City Manager



Thunder on the Ridge Flyer

Sequence of Events

Wells Fargo Attempted Bank Robbery Suspect

The Haines City Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying an attempted bank robbery suspect. On today’s date at approximately 1430 hours, the Wells Fargo Bank located at 615 East Hinson Avenue, Haines City Fl. 33844, was entered by the below imaged suspect. The suspect made contact with a bank teller who was placed in fear. There were no injuries reported and no weapons observed.

As seen in the photo images below, the suspect is a white male with a medium build.



Anyone with information as to the identity of this person is encouraged to contact the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636 ext. 235.

2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Preparedness

Valued Merchants, Business Owners, City Residents, Visitors & Neighbors:

As a nation, we prepare for what is anticipated to be another active hurricane season; as a state and as a community, we all must be prepared. Hurricane preparedness is an essential function for both municipal and county government. It is incumbent upon you, the residents and business owners to also be prepared should a storm impact our region.

June 1st – November 30th marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the start of the rainy season for us here in the State of Florida. I strongly encourage you and your family to begin taking the necessary safety precautions to prepare sooner rather than later. On a micro scale, Haines City is prepared and ready to assist at a moment’s notice, so much so, that on May 15, 2014, the City Commission officially adopted the 2014 Emergency/Disaster Operations Plan. This plan sets forth the framework with regards to the City’s response in the event of an emergency situation. This plan describes every small nuance and intricacy of the City’s internal framework in response to the needs of our community.

For more information on disaster preparedness and tips to prepare your family for a storm event, please visit our website at or Haines City Disaster Preparedness. The link provided has all relevant information concerning preparedness and storm mitigation. Should you have any additional questions or comments please do not hesitate to call us at (863) 421-3600. As we enjoy the summer with our friends and family let us not take for granted the importance of being prepared. The more prepared you are, the safer your family will be.


Humbly Submitted,

Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM
City Manager

 Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Calendar

Valued Merchants, Business Owners and City Residents:

As the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Season approaches us, I would like to cordially extend an invitation to all our valued merchants, business owners and City residents to attend the City of Haines City’s Budget Workshop and Meeting sessions.

Although these meetings are not open for public comment, I strongly encourage you to attend these sessions, as they are paramount to the future of Haines City. They will give you the opportunity to become thoroughly informed about our budget and current financial state of your City.

Furthermore, you will be present as the City Commission and Staff discuss departmental budgets and explore operational efficiencies.  Based on the organizational priorities set by the City Commission, the Community, and City Staff, important budget decisions will be made.  The budget’s final adoption will occur in mid-September.

I sincerely look forward to your participation as we move forward to make Haines City a great place to live, work and play.

Budget Calendar (subject to change):

Respectfully Submitted,
Jonathan E. Evans, MPA, ICMA-CM
City Manager