Author Archives: Katie Worthington

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Arts Incubator to Open in Downtown on July 30

Community Invited to Arts Ensemble’s Outer Space Gallery Opening Winter Haven, Fla. — The Outer Space Gallery, an arts incubator project led by the Arts Ensemble Education Foundation, will officially open its doors on Thursday, July 30th, at 5:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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John Corbett named President/CEO of CenterState Banks, Inc.

On July 17, long-time President and CEO of CenterState Bank, Ernie Pinner, passed the baton to a very familiar face to us in Winter Haven, Mr. John Corbett. Mr. Pinner sent the following note to the CenterState Bank team: It … Continue reading

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Merlin Entertainments Expands Operations in Winter Haven & Lake Wales

Additions to Include Global Support and North American Operations It’s another month and another announcement about Merlin Entertainments expanding their Central Florida presence (and we are all thankful for so much good news)! But this is HUGE news. Merlin Entertainments, the … Continue reading

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Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP joins BDO USA, LLP

The team from Cross, Fenandez and Riley, LLP (C/F/R) just got a lot bigger. National firm, BDO USA, LLP, announced today that they will merge with C/F/R to expand into Central Florida. BDO USA, LLP, (or just BDO as they are … Continue reading

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Winter Haven Vet up for America’s Favorite Veterinarian

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has selected Dr. Mitsie Vargas as a top 20 finalist to receive the honor of becoming the AVMF’s 2015 America’s Favorite Veterinarian. Dr. Vargas was nominated by multiple clients and staff members for her compassion … Continue reading

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Chastain-Skillman Celebrates 65 Years in Business and Names New President

Chamber Member Chastain-Skillman has a lot to celebrate this year. Celebrating 65 years in business is an incredible feat. Though the firm was small in the beginning, Roy Chastain and Joe Skillman nevertheless worked to provide a reliable local engineer resource … Continue reading

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Polk County Residential Market Trend

This post is by guest blogger and chamber member Kyle Winningham of Winningham Appraisals. Here Kyle gives us some great insights into the most frequently asked question, “how’s the real estate market doing?”  Polk County Residential Market Trend  by Kyle … Continue reading

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort Expands – Again!

This Friday, June 26, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will unveil their newest expansion, Heartlake City. The attraction is based on the popular LEGO Friends product line and is closely modeled after the five LEGO Friends personalities: Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, … Continue reading

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Take me out to the ball game!

  City of Winter Haven Night 2015 The Lakeland Flying Tigers are excited to announce that they will once again be hosting the “City of Winter Haven Night” in conjunction with the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce on Monday, … Continue reading

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