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

Looking to work in the medical field? Polish your resume now for the opening of the Poinciana Medical Center.

The construction work hasn't been completed yet on the Poinciana Medical Center, but the hospital is now hiring construction workers and will be hiring medical and administrative personnel this fall. (Photo by Dave Raith).

POINCIANA – The new Poinciana Medical Center campus won’t open until sometime next summer, but the hospital being built in Poinciana already has a Web site that just went live, said Joanna Conley, the chief operating officer of the health care facility.
And the reason why the site went up in the past few days, Conley said, is twofold: first, to let area residents log on and learn more about the 100,000 square foot hospital being built off Cypress Parkway, across the street from the Solivita development, with information that will include the services being provided there, the construction timeline, and illustrations of what the building will look like when it’s completed and ready to accept patients.
But more importantly, she said, it will allow residents to submit an application to the hospital, which is getting ready to start accepting them later this year.
”On this Web site, you’ll find information on employment, once we are at the point of accepting applications,’’ Conley said. ”I know there is a lot of interest in employment at Poinciana Medical Center.’’ Continue reading

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