Declare Your Independence from Lake Trash

Declare Your Independence from Lake Trash

On Saturday, July 11, Defenders of Crooked Lake is sponsoring their 6th annual Crooked Lake clean-up. Lakes Appreciation Month is celebrated every July nationwide to draw attention to the value and importance of protecting our lakes and waterways from pollution. This is a good chance to help keep Crooked Lake as Polk County’s Outstanding Florida Water.

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Frostproof Re-zones 8 Acres of Agricultural Land to Allow Single-Family Residential Development

Frostproof Re-zones 8 Acres of Agricultural Land to Allow Single-Family Residential Development

At the March 16th City Council meeting in Frostproof, the City Council approved a Planned Unit Development to re-zone approximately 8 acres of former citrus grove to allow the development of 8 single-family homes, each on 1 acre. The land is on Cody Villa Road at the south end of Cody Cove.

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Defenders Match Challenge for Windy Hill Initiative Reaches Its Goal!

Defenders Match Challenge for Windy Hill Initiative Reaches Its Goal!

The Windy Hill Initiative is a project of the Green Horizon Land Trust to protect the incredible view from Windy Hill over Crooked Lake and and also to protect the underground water retention that specific area provides Crooked Lake.

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50th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting

50th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting

The Defenders of Crooked Lake was founded in the spring of 1970. We celebrated the 50th Anniversary with a wonderful event at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.

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2019 Crooked Lake Boat Parade

2019 Crooked Lake Boat Parade

The Annual Crooked Lake Boat Parade will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019 starting at 6pm. Any boat owner is welcome to be a part of the parade. A cash prize will be awarded to the boat with the best decorations

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Defenders of Crooked Lake Support the Windy Hill Initiative

Defenders of Crooked Lake Support the Windy Hill Initiative

The Windy Hill Initiative is the vision of local people to protect one of the highest points in peninsular Florida. This unique geological feature embraces the eastern shore of Crooked Lake. The 300 foot summit is 1.5 miles south of Babson Park and is traversed by Scenic Highway.

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A History of High Water Levels on Crooked Lake

A History of High Water Levels on Crooked Lake

The history of the canal and the weir is not well understood, which has led many in our community to make assumptions about its origin and original intention. For example, many assume that it was constructed by a government agency or formal drainage district. Further, many assume that in the years shortly after the canal and weir were constructed Crooked Lake was maintained at or below the lowest elevation of the weir. Based on my review of historical newspapers, court records, and technical publications from various state agencies, it appears that both of those assumptions are incorrect.

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Update on High Water Levels and Sewer Overflows

Update on High Water Levels and Sewer Overflows

The rain gauge at Warner University has only recorded 1.3 inches of rain since our last email. Crooked Lake continues to rise, albeit more slowly. As of August 24th, the Gauge at Bob's Landing reads 120.85 feet NAVD88.

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Crooked Lake Park Sewer Overflow

Crooked Lake Park Sewer Overflow

Following heavy rainfall on August 2nd, sewer manholes on Canal Drive in Crooked Lake Park began to overflow. Untreated wastewater began to flow along the side of the road and into a stormwater drain that discharges to a canal on Crooked Lake.

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High Lake Levels

High Lake Levels

Our area typically receives 8 inches of rain per month during July and August. The rain gauge at Warner University has recorded 26 inches over the last 30 days. This has led to a dramatic increase in the water level of Crooked Lake.

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Proposed Crooked Lake Dock Ordinance

Proposed Crooked Lake Dock Ordinance

The Defenders of Crooked Lake has approached the Town Commission of Hillcrest Heights and proposed that the Town adopt an ordinance to prevent the spread of mega docks on Crooked Lake.

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Arbor Day Planting

Arbor Day Planting

Longleaf pines were the landmark tree growing in the Babson Park area, but were long ago timbered out and only a few of the stately pines remain around the Crooked Lake area. The Defenders have partnered with Ryan to restore them to the landscape, celebrating Arbor Day.

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2019 Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting

The Defenders of Crooked Lake 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at 6pm at the Babson Park Woman's Club.

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Polk Girls in STEM

Polk Girls in STEM

Earlier this year, Bok Academy, Janie Howard Wilson Elementary, and Polk State College teamed up to enable young ladies opportunities to participate in a series of Saturday workshops aimed at nurturing interest in STEM.

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Defenders Celebrate Earth Day

Defenders Celebrate Earth Day

On April 21st, Defenders of Crooked Lake members and Babson Park residents took part in a “Pillar to Pillar” clean up and beautification effort to honor Earth Day.

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In Memoriam: Helen Morrison

In Memoriam: Helen Morrison

Helen Morrison helped found the Defenders of Crooked Lake and lived on Crooked Lake home for than 50 years. Helen always encouraged stewardship of the earth, and respect for all creatures great and small

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In Memoriam: Clark Webb

In Memoriam: Clark Webb

John Clark Webb, 66, passed away on August 3, 2018. Clark shared his love for the game of golf and Crooked Lake with his family. He was a dedicated board member of the Defenders of Crooked Lake for many years and is missed dearly.

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