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CITY OF LAKELAND REQUESTING QUALIFICATIONS

FOR LAKELAND CENTER HEADQUARTER HOTEL

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 16, 2014) - The City of Lakeland is seeking a request for qualifications from interested parties to develop a headquarter hotel at The Lakeland Center.  The City of Lakeland is looking for an anchor hotel to be built on available property at The Lakeland Center that features at least 125 rooms, 5,000 sq. ft. of internal meeting space, a dine-in restaurant and suite level amenities.

 

Mike LaPan, Director of The Lakeland Center said, “ An additional hotel on property will enhance our ability to attract regional conferences and tradeshows that in the past have overlooked Lakeland because of limited hotel availability.”  He added, “Meeting space at the hotel will complement the space available at The Lakeland Center and it will allow us to target a larger segment of the corporate meeting business.”

 

Qualification documents are available by visiting www.lakelandgov.net and either searching for or clicking on the Purchasing Division. Interested parties can also request qualification documents by contacting the City of Lakeland’s Purchasing Division by phone at 863/834-6780.  Qualification documents are required for submittal and respondents must have a City of Lakeland bidder number, available by completing the online bidder application.

 

Danny Rodriguez, City of Lakeland Purchasing Agent said, “Qualification packages will be received until 2 p.m. Friday, December 19th at the Purchasing Division’s office located at 1140 East Parker Street, Lakeland, FL 33801.” Qualifications received after this specified time and date will not be considered.  Rodriguez said, “The City’s Purchasing Manager will publicly open the request for qualifications at our offices on December 19th at 2 p.m.”

 

Requirement Overview

The City of Lakeland is requesting qualifications from a qualified and financially sound development partner capable in the selection and negotiation in the design, financing, construction and operation of a hotel adjacent to The Lakeland Center facilities.  The development partner should include an architect, general contractor, equity owner, lender/underwriter for the construction and operation of a “flag” hotel that meets City of Lakeland specifications and all code requirements.  The submittals must include a proposed room block agreement to ensure the hotel functions as an integral and coordinated component of The Lakeland Center. 

 

Questions regarding request of qualification should be in writing and should reference RFQ # 4353.  Please submit all questions to Danny Rodriguez at purch@lakelandgov.net or via fax at 863/834-6777.

 

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Eight Year Old Child Hit by Car

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 2, 2014)

 

On October 2, 7:25 a.m., The Lakeland Police Department responded to a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at 3537 Cleveland Heights Blvd. Brianna Rivera, 8 years old, was crossing the roadway walking west and stepped in front of the vehicle at which time she was hit. The vehicle, 2012 Honda Accord, 4dr, driven by Iam Peter Bhisitkul, 85 years old, was southbound  in the inside lane. Bhisitkul stated he never saw Rivera and only heard something strike his vehicle. He then came to a control stop in the median area and got out and observed that Rivera had been hit.

 

Rivera was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital as a trauma alert due to a head injury. The last report on Riveras condition is that she is doing well and may be released from hospital care this evening. Bhisitkul was not issued a citation.

 


ANNUAL SWAN ROUNDUP OCTOBER 1ST
 
LAKELAND, FL (September 23, 2014) -- The City of Lakeland Parks Division will be on Lake Morton at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 1st for the 34th Annual Swan Roundup.  Crews will be catching and herding the swans as the initial part of their annual veterinary check-up. The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for their annual wellness examinations that will start Thursday morning, October 2nd at 7:30 a.m. with Patricia Mattson, DVM. The Annual Swan Round-Up allows Lakeland's Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population. 
 
The original swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in 1957.  As Lakeland’s swan flock grew, it became paramount to give the regal birds an annual health check so the Swan Roundup began.  This practice started in 1980 and has continued every year since then. The swans were first cared for by veterinarian (emeritus) and original "Swanvet" W.G. Gardner who recently passed but his dedication to the flock carries on with Dr. Mattson. 
 
Dr. Mattson has almost 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine.  She the owner of Companion Animal Hospital a full service facility that provides general medical care, preventive medical care, vaccinations, health certificates, caesarean section, diagnostic services, on-site kennel, on-site laboratory testing, flea control, dietary counseling, spay/neuter, declawing, radiology, general surgery, dentistry, emergency services, microchipping, pharmacy services and boarding.


MUSIC ON THE PROMENADE FREE CONCERT FEATURING

JILL’S CASHBOX

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 5, 2014) -- On Friday, September 19th there will be a Free concert at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 6 p.m.-9:00 p.m. featuring live music from the energetic Jill’s Cashbox.

 

Jill’s Cashbox emerged on the scene in 2011 when three musicians/friends (Hunter Smith, Shannon Fetherman and Jeff Sweat) came together and started writing original music telling the story of their lives and of those around them. The band was later finalized with the addition of Rob Gundling, Joey Antrim and Greg Martin completing the band known today as Jills Cashbox.

 

The band has shared the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sarah Evans, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Big and Rich, Colt Ford, Sheryl Crow and dozen of other national performers. Their music ranges from whiskey sipping honkey-tonk to hard driving county rock and roll. With something for just about every country music fan out there, their show is guaranteed to be a high-energy good time for all who attend.   

 

The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars. Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.

 

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