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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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PORTION OF NORTH GARY ROAD TO HAVE LANE CLOSURE

DUE TO WASTEWATER MAIN REPAIR

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 11, 2014) - North Gary Road between East Rose Street and East Magnolia Street will be closed to northbound traffic starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014.  It is anticipated that the road will re-open by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014.  This will be a continuous 24-hour a day lane closure.  Traffic will be detoured along East Rose Street to North Lake Parker Avenue to East Magnolia Street.  

 

The City of Lakeland Wastewater Department has discovered a break in a 10” gravity sanitary sewer main along the western side of North Gary Road, approximately 150 ft. north of East Rose Street.  

 

Although the main is 12 ft. off the edge of pavement in the right of way, City Wastewater crews will have a large excavation area due to the depth of the main (14’ deep).  For any questions or concerns, please contact Drew Adcock at 863-834-8277.

 

 


LONGABERGER GRIEVANCE DENIED

 

LAKELAND, FL (August 29, 2014) - The City of Lakeland just received the Arbitration Award from Barry J. Baroni regarding the termination of former Lakeland Police Department Sergeant Russell (Rusty) Longaberger.  The hearing was conducted on April 16, 2014 under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.  The arbitrator denied the grievance outlined by Longaberger.  The report concluded that “It is the Arbitrator’s considered opinion that termination was the appropriate form of discipline and that there was just cause for the termination of Longaberger.”

 

Lakeland Interim Police Chief Larry Giddens said, “We support the decision made by the arbitrator in this case. The arbitration process was fair and objective and we support the conclusion drawn by the arbitrator.” Arbitrator Baroni concluded that in addition to the loss of community trust that there was consideration regarding the State Attorney’s “Death Letter” which removes a considerable amount of the grievant to continue functioning as a Police Officer within the Department.

 

City Manager Doug Thomas said, “The arbitration was a very involved process that started in April.  We are pleased that the arbitrator upheld the City’s disciplinary action and denied the grievance.  We are glad to close the disciplinary chapter in this matter and the City of Lakeland can continue to concentrate on moving forward.”

View Arbitration Award From Barry J. Baroni