Month: November 2015

Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Small Business Saturday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing Saturday, November 28, as Small Business Saturday to recognize the significant impact of Florida’s small businesses on our economy.This week, Governor Scott unveiled his 2016-2017 Florida First budget that cuts taxes by $1 billion to grow Florida’s manufacturing industry and help small businesses while further diversifying the economy.


WHEREAS, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and create valuable jobs in our community; and

WHEREAS, in March 2015, there were almost 500,000 businesses in Florida that employed fewer than 20 employees, representing 92.2 percent of all businesses in the state; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 23 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales; and

WHEREAS, these 23 million small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s; and

WHEREAS, the State of Florida is focused on making it easier for businesses to grow and create jobs, and Florida’s pro-business strategies have resulted in Florida’s private-sector creating almost a million jobs in less than five years; and

WHEREAS, the State of Florida has cut taxes 50 times since 2011, and currently more than 80 percent of businesses no longer pay the business tax; and

WHEREAS, more than 3,200 burdensome regulations on families and job creators have been eliminated; and

WHEREAS, Florida supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local and state economies, and preserve our neighborhoods;

WHEREAS, Florida is on a mission to diversify our economy by supporting small businesses; and

WHEREAS, advocacy groups and public and private organizations across the country have endorsed the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday; and

WHEREAS, Floridians are asked to support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes for all observing November 28, 2015, as Small Business Saturday.


Polk County Fire Rescue Shares Tips for Safe Holidays

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2015)– Festive lighting, windowsill candles and ornamented Christmas trees are staples of the holidays, but these decorative items also pose a fire risk if handled improperly.

Here are Polk County Fire Rescue’s tips for safe holiday decorating:

·         Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

·         Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.

·         Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Check the packaging; some lights are only for indoor use.

·         Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.

·         Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords are not damaged.

·         Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

For proper Christmas tree safety

·         Keep your tree well watered.  A dry tree can be extremely dangerous. See how flammable a dry Christmas tree can be in comparison to a well-watered tree in this demonstration by the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

·         Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when connecting multiple mini light sets or screw-in bulb sets. Connecting too many lights can cause electrocution or fire.

·         Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

·         Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

·         Get rid of the tree when it is dry.

·         Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

For more holiday safety tips or cooking safety tips, including turkey fryer safety, visit For more information on Polk County Fire Rescue visit

R&S Pawn Now Offering 10% Off


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WHEREAS, terrorist attacks in and around Paris, France on November 13, 2015 took the lives of more than 120 people and wounded over 350; and

WHEREAS, my wife, Ann, and I are deeply saddened by these cowardly attacks on innocent people and we offer our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the victims and all those affected by this massacre; and

WHEREAS, we join all Americans to mourn with our French allies and stand in unity to condemn these acts of terror.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby direct the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and State buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida beginning immediately until sunset on Sunday, November 22, 2015.


WE3 Expo

Just a reminder that the eighth annual WE3 Expo is scheduled for this Saturday, November 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Lakeland Center. This free event is open to the public and displays the wide range of educational opportunities available within Polk County Public Schools.

This year’s event is expected to be the largest yet with more than 350 booths showcasing schools, programs and careers available throughout the county.  Over 100 schools will attend, representing educational levels from pre-kindergarten to adult education throughout the county. All elementary, middle and high schools from Polk County Public Schools will be present.

The following programs will also be included: Adult Education, Advanced Placement, Career Centers, Career & Technical Education, Choice, Charter, Dual Enrollment, Fine Arts, International Baccalaureate, JROTC, Magnet, Polk Academies, and Preschool Programs.

This event is a convenient way for parents and students to explore Polk’s Educational Options available for next school year. The application period for all of Polk’s Educational Options for the 2016-2017 School Year begins November 10, 2015 and remains open until January 9, 2016. For more information,

For more information about the WE3 Expo, visit

We hope to see you there!

2 Car Crash 27 & 98 In Frostproof UPDADTED


UPDATE to traffic crash in Frostproof – only one southbound lane of US 27 near the intersection of US 98 is open. The northbound lanes are open. All lanes of US 98 are open.

There is no personal  information on the occupants – deputies are at the hospitals to get that information now. The adult male driver of the RV was taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital; the adult female passenger was airlifted to TGH; both are in critical condition; the pickup truck driver was taken by ambulance to LRHMC, and he has serious injuries.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The PCSO traffic unit is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Frostproof this afternoon at the intersection of US 27 and US 98.

Preliminary information indicates a pickup truck heading northbound on US 27 crossed the center and entered into the path of a southbound RV motor home that was pulling a Fiat. The collision caused the RV to catch fire. The adult male and female occupants of the RV have been transported to the hospital. The pickup truck driver has also been transported. There are no updates on their injuries at this time.

US 27 southbound is shut down in that area. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route. When crews are able to clear some of the debris, traffic will be able to move in one lane in each direction.