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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. In November 2019, […]

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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. The land trust is raising money to purchase properties as they come up for sale or […]

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50th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting

The Defenders of Crooked Lake celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a beautiful celebration at Bok Tower Gardens on March 12, 2020. President Jim Tully kicked off the event with a presentation on the history of the Defenders. Robin Gibson spoke about his efforts to keep Crooked Lake Outstanding. During the meeting, officers were elected for […]

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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

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. The local Green Horizon Land Trust is […]

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A History of High Water Levels on Crooked Lake

During this period of heavy rains and high water on Crooked Lake, there is much discussion in our community about how Crooked Lake ought to drain. There exists today a canal between Crooked Lake and Lake Clinch. Across the canal exists a concrete weir. During periods of high lake levels, water can flow through the […]

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Update on High Water Levels and Sewer Overflows

The following is an update to the posts from August 15th. High Lake Levels 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. Polk County has […]

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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. High water levels at the wastewater treatment facility have also resulted in direct […]

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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. As of August 14, the gauge at Bob’s Landing reads 120.5 feet […]

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Proposed Crooked Lake Dock Ordinance

In 2017, the board of the Defenders of Crooked Lake received concerns from members that Crooked Lake residents had applied to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to construct a dock. They were concerned over the size and the configuration of the proposed dock. As we investigated the proposed dock, we came to find […]