Fort Meade is much more than a bedroom community. Nestled along Peace River and at the cross-hairs of U.S. Hwy. 98 and U.S. Hwy. 17, Fort Meade is a Polk County Gateway Community considered primed for the future while honoring the past. Industry and ventures are seeing Fort Meade as the economic opportunity, while yet nurturing that hometown feel with small schools, community activities, parks, and downtown business area.
This charming community lies midway between Tampa and Orlando, and is only about a 45-minute drive to many area attractions that appeal to everyone, such as Walt Disney World, Adventure Island Water Park, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Legoland, just to name a few. Streamsong Resort, a renowned10,000 acre golf and spa resort, is only a few miles from Fort Meade and home to one of the most premier golf courses in the area.
The city maintains several parks, the largest of which is the Fort Meade Recreational Area located along the banks of Peace River, a 57-mile waterway that flows through Central Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. This park is a popular launching and pick-up site for canoe and kayak enthusiasts, and is ideal for fishing, fossil hunting, or just enjoying a quiet walk in the 120 acre wooded area. Picnic tables, pavilions, and barbeque grills are available for family gatherings. Fort Meade is an official Blueway Community.
Fort Meade’s downtown district offers visitors a variety of goods and services from food to antiques. Several individually-owned businesses provide customers unique gifts, and the latest trends in clothing and apparel. While Fort Meade continues its century-long standing as a leader in the citrus industry, the community has recently been chosen by U.S. EcoGen as a site for its innovative bio-mass energy plant.
Drop by the Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce for a personal welcome and more information about Fort Meade.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce's mission is to work with the community, businesses, and government in a voluntary partnership to enhance economic vitality and quality of life through guided quality growth, innovation, and the efficient use of resources.
OUR VISION STATEMENT
We will remember the past while embracing the future. We will be visionary and future-oriented, while respectful of our history and past commitments, in our thinking, decision-making, and programming. We will build a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership.
As one of the longest running businesses in Fort Meade, Polk Auto Parts has been serving the community’s automotive parts needs for the past 57 years. Monroe Polk and his wife, Mary, opened the NAPA store in 1958 and it continues to be a commercial icon in the area.
With more than 400,000 items available, the store carries a wide selection of auto maintenance and repair items, including batteries, brakes, oil and filters, and tools and equipment, as well as hard parts for almost every vehicle on and off the road today, including ATVs, heavy duty trucks, marine engines, trailers, and lawn and garden tools.
Stop by and visit Polk Auto Parts at 202 S. Charleston Avenue.