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District to hold workshop on North Winter Haven chain of lakes operational guidelines

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will host a public workshop Wednesday, Feb. 27, to share information about changes to the current structure operational guidelines for the North Winter Haven Chain of Lakes in Polk County. The meeting will take place at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center’s Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Citrus Hall, located at 700 Experiment Station Road in Lake Alfred.

Lakefront residents of Lakes Conine, Fannie, Haines, Hamilton, Henry, Lowery, Rochelle, Smart and the Peace Creek Canal are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be an open house the first hour of the workshop, followed by a presentation and open discussion.

The public workshop is a continuation of the collaboration between residents who live along the North Winter Haven Chain of Lakes and the District. In February 2018, the District also held public workshops as part of the process of reviewing the operational guidelines. Lakes Conine, Haines and Rochelle are included in the system, but do not have structures.

Members of the public interested in viewing the draft guidelines online or receiving future lake management communications can visit our website at WaterMatters.org/Structures to sign up for information and to submit comments online.