Starting with a long-range vision, Poinciana gears up to sell Polk County on the need for more transit.

Could this track off Poinciana Boulevard eventually become the starting point for an expansion of commuter rail into Polk County? (Photo by Michael Freeman).

POINCIANA – It can be very frustrating, Annette Brown-Best said, to live in a community like Poinciana that was built for homes, and then businesses, but not for a huge number of commuters – or for people who don’t have a car at all.
It’s not cheap, the Poinciana resident admits, to bring more transportation options to an area not particularly close to major cities and the bus service available there. The solution, she added, is to make that first step and acknowledge there’s a need – and then work together on a solution.
“Things take time,” Brown-Best said. “You take baby steps. But I’m so happy that we were on the radar, and someone is listening to us.”
Brown-Best was one of several Poinciana residents who went to the Polk State University campus on Wednesday, to hear Polk Transit — a county agency working to develop improved transportation options — unveil its long term transit proposal for the entire county, including Poinciana. Continue reading

Meeting in Lakeland on Wednesday will focus on Polk County’s transportation future.

Keith Laytham, the president of the civic group Poinciana Residents for Smart Change, is encouraging residents to attend a meeting by Polk Transit in Lakeland on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

LAKELAND – Keith Laytham is hoping that he can convince a lot of Poinciana residents to take a trip to Lakeland on Wednesday, around mid-afternoon.
Considering how geographically large Polk County is, that probably sounds like a long drive to some.
But even if that’s the case, Laytham is still hoping as many of his neighbors as possible can take the time out of their schedule to visit the Lakeland Campus of Polk State University at 3 p.m. on Wednesday for an important reason: to let their voices be heard about the possible future of transportation in Poinciana.
“This is important for Poinciana,” he said.
Laytham is the president of Poinciana Resident for Smart Change, a civic group working to improve the community of 84,000 residents that cuts across both Polk and Osceola counties. Laytham lives on the Polk side of Poinciana, at the Solivita development, and there are 31,000 people living on the Polk side of the community – but the public transportation options there are very limited. Continue reading

Survey says …. Poinciana residents want a Salvation Army office in their community.

Nestor R. Nuesch and Nick Murdock, members of the Poinciana Economic Development Alliance, discuss plans to bring a Salvation Army office to Poinciana. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

POINCIANA – By the end of June, Nestor R. Nuesch said, he’s going to be ready, armed with a survey that he spend months working on, and that turned out better than he had expected.
“It’s a tremendous response we got from the people of Poinciana,” he said.
What he has, Nuesch said, is the results of a survey on the need for more social service agencies and providers in Poinciana, a community of 84,000 that has a lot of homes, three high schools, some new restaurants – but not much when it comes to social agencies.
“In Kissimmee, you have 17 to 20 social service agencies, and here we don’t have any,” he said.
But what he does have now is several hundred Poinciana residents who responded to his ongoing survey, which set out to gauge the community’s needs and desire for more social service providers. Continue reading

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