Why "For The Ridge"?

Why “For the Ridge”?

The Ridge is my home. If you’re not sure what I mean by The Ridge, you can check out a post from earlier in this week.

Anyway, as I said, The Ridge is my home, and I love it here. Sometimes it seems that all we ever hear about this area is bad stuff. Yet all the time I see good people doing good for their fellow man. I’m convinced that there are many great things happening in Eastern Polk County, on The Ridge. That’s why I’m writing this. My goal is to highlight some of the good things happening up and down The Ridge, and the good people that are making these things happen.

From great small businesses offering great products and services, to non-profit organizations doing good work in our communities, I want to talk about what is GOOD about living and working on The Ridge. There are plenty of outlets reporting all the bad stuff going on around us. If you want or need to know about some of that stuff, I’d encourage you to check out those other sources. “For The Ridge” is not the place for that stuff.

My hope is that, through highlighting the good stuff going on around us, we could begin to show people that The Ridge is actually a pretty awesome place to be. I hope that by highlighting the small businesses all around us that we can help these small businesses flourish. I also hope that bringing attention to some of the non-profits and charities throughout The Ridge can help them to continue to do the amazing work they do and to do it even better.

What’s your story?

Do you run, or are part of a non-profit serving the people of The Ridge? Do you own a small business on The Ridge? Do you know of a great non-profit, charity, or other organization that is doing good work for the people of The Ridge? Do you know of a small business on The Ridge that is serving the people of The Ridge well?

If so, let me know. I’d love to meet them, and feature them on our website and social media outlets.


To previous post, “What is the Ridge"

What is "For The Ridge"?

I’m hoping in the months to come that For the Ridge will become a statement that many people throughout eastern Polk County will hear. I’m hoping that this will cause curiosity in many people and have them asking, “What is For the Ridge?”

My Home

I’m from here. I was born in Bartow and grew up in Winter Haven and Haines City. I’ve lived in Haines City since I was 12 years old. I graduated from Haines City High School. Some of my fondest memories are from being in the marching band at Haines City High School. I met my wife at band camp, at Haines City High School. Our son now marches in the very same marching band that my wife and I met in.

I had my first car in Haines City. I also had my first car accident in Haines City. I also had a number of speeding tickets while living in Haines City. My first job was at Kash-n-Karry in Haines City, a grocery store that is no longer there.

The Ridge is my home. I have lived in other places, but I choose to be here.

What is The Ridge

You may not know this, but Florida is pretty flat. The only exception is a slight rise through the middle of the state. The peak of this rise happens in Lake Wales, where Bok Tower stands. Bok Tower marks the highest spot in the peninsula of Florida.

This rise runs through eastern Polk County and into parts the counties to our north and south. “The Ridge” refers primarily to the areas that are located on that small rise in elevation in Eastern Polk County. This includes many communities from Lake Wales to Davenport and everything in between.

THAT is The Ridge

Check back later this week as I share why I’m starting this blog and why it matters to me, and to you.

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