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NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH – WESTSIDE PARK
REFUSE TO LOSE – ANTI GANG INITIATIVE


LAKELAND, FL (October 29, 2014) - On Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the City of Lakeland will join volunteers from a variety of organizations and churches to hold a community outreach event at Westside Park (1800 Oakhill Street, Lakeland FL 33801).

Commissioner Phillip Walker, “This is an area that recently experienced violent activity associated with gangs and unsupervised youth. This event is part of our Refuse to Lose anti-gang initiative as we work together to address this problem.  We are working with our faith based partners, the Polk County School Board, area law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens as we continue to move forward.”  He added, “We must all work together to solve the growing gang issue that has plagued our larger Cities but is now making its way into our neighborhoods. As a community, we will not tolerate this behavior and we will use our resources to seek the maximum penalty allowed for those involved in gang activity.”

The neighborhood outreach event will include neighborhood cleanup with volunteers stopping by every residence in the area with gift bags of food inviting them to the focal event at Westside Park.  Activities in the park will include:
·      Kids Activities
·      Sports Camp
·      Grilled Hotdogs and refreshments
 
Pastor Mike Cooper from the Dream Center said, “We spend a great deal of time in these neighborhoods and this outreach event is just one way that we as a community can show support for residents and let them know that we care.  We will be assisting those in the neighborhood by cutting their grass, doing clean-up activities and we have a fun day planned at the park."

Parking is available at Westside Park. For additional information or to volunteer for the event, please contact the Dream Center at 863-413-0088 or email shill@dreamcenterlakeland.org.
 
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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.