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Road Construction Updates: May 23, 2013

1. City crews will be installing new sidewalk along North New York Ave between 5th Street and 10th Street. No major delays anticipated however, motorist should approach work zones with caution.

2. City of Lakeland Construction crews will be constructing new sidewalk along the South side of McDonald Street from Johnson Ave to Ingraham Ave. No major delays anticipated, however, temporary lane closures may be encountered; flagmen will be available to direct traffic if needed. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate route if possible. Construction is scheduled for approximately 4 weeks.

3. Public works construction crews are continuing to work on constructing a recreational path along the South side of Edgewood Drive between Buckingham Ave and Southington Ave. No major delays are anticipated however motorist should approach the work zone with caution.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (834-ROAD) for updated information.

Let them work – let them live. The City of Lakeland Public Works Construction and Maintenance Division wants you to be safe. Speeding through construction and work zones puts you and the workers at risk, so please slow down. The workers might be your family, friends, or neighbors

CITY OF LAKELAND PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

CAMP BLAST SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM REGISTRATION – SPOTS FILLING QUICKLY!

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 20, 2012) – Have you registered your child for summer camp, yet?  The City of Lakeland is offering Camp Blast, an eight-week summer recreation program located at City recreation facilities and various schools (Carlton Palmore and McKeel Elementary Academy– NEW SITES) throughout Lakeland. Camp Blast offers elementary students, who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade, endless opportunities for enrichment including weekly trips, on-site games and activities, service opportunities and several special events.  

 

Don’t miss out on Camp BLAST!  Registration is ongoing for this opportunity and spots are filling up quickly!  A copy of the child’s report card is needed and registration fees are $200 per child paid by cash or check.  Camp begins Monday, June 17th meeting Monday – Friday through August 9th.  Camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

 

For full details on camp dates, camp locations and pricing options check out www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec, or call the Kelly Recreation Complex, 863/834-3284 with any questions. 

 

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LAKELAND, FL (April 10, 2013) - The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department will begin registration for Camp BLAST, the summer recreation program for elementary students who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade, at Kelly Recreation Complex on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Parents must bring two matching proofs of City residence and a copy of each child's most recent report card.


Those living outside the city limits will be able to register beginning Saturday, April 20, 2013 starting at 8:00 a.m.  Camp dates are Monday, June 17th – Friday, August 9th, 2013.  Full Registration for the 8-week program is either $350 for Camp Explore Program (in town trips) or $500 for Camp Adventure (in and out-of-town trips). Due at the time of registration is $200 per child. Fees are payable by cash or check only. Enrollment is limited and camp participants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  


For more information, please call the Kelly Recreation Complex at (863) 834-3284.


Officials want to find ways to avert local airport tower closings

 

Eds., reporters note:  Sen. Nelson will meet with Lakeland Linder Regional Airport’s director and air-traffic controllers tomorrow at 2 p.m. to discuss possibilities for offsetting the FAA’s closing the tower there and those in other Florida cities.  The meeting is open to media.  The airport tower is located at 3900 Don Emerson Dr.  

A local contact for Nelson is Celeste Brown 407-506-6057.


LAKELAND  (March 27, 2013) - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Thursday Congress could avoid the Federal Aviation Administration shuttering of 149 airport towers in Florida and other states by targeting a few projects spread throughout the federal government and deemed by some to be unnecessary, duplicative or wasteful.

In a move one lawmaker likened to “removing stop lights and stop signs from our roads," the FAA has announced it’s closing the towers - 14 of them in Florida – to comply with a mandated across-the-board budget cut at all federal agencies.  The tower closings will take place over four weeks starting April 7. “Congress can’t find the estimated $10 million it would take to keep the towers open in Florida, yet the government’s still able to pay for a lot of questionable stuff,” said Nelson, citing Sen. Tom Coburn's annual slam-book on the government wasting taxpayers’ money. 

A list compiled for 2011 by the Oklahoma Republican included projects, like, some $10 million for a remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan; or, on Coburn’s 2012 list, $24 million in administrative costs the government incurs to manage contracts for items no one buys anymore, like, typewriters. “Right now, I’d rather have the money to spend to on keeping our airport towers open,” Nelson said.  “Look, these regional airports serve not only business and commerce, but also law enforcement, air ambulances, and search and rescue operations.

“These aren’t low-priority operations,” the Florida Democrat said.

Nelson will discuss possible ways of keeping the towers open during a visit Thursday with area officials, including Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Director Gene Conrad.  Linder Airport’s tower is among those slated to be closed unless officials can find some $700,000, which is what the airport estimates the FAA pays a private company to staff it with seven workers each year.

Coincidentally, Coburn’s 2012 list identifies one project that cost taxpayers that amount: the Pentagon is paying $700,000 to several companies to find a new way to make beef jerky.

When the airport cuts were announced earlier this month, the FAA at first proposed closing 189 air-traffic-control towers as part of its plan to cut $637 million under sequestration.  The agency said it would keep open any towers if doing so would be in the country’s interest.  It then said it would close 149 towers.

Besides Lakeland, towers are being shut at Naples Municipal, Boca Raton, New Smyrna Beach Municipal, Page Field in Fort Myers, North Perry in Hollywood, Leesburg International, Ocala International-Jim Taylor Field, Ormond Beach Municipal, Punta Gorda, Northeast Florida Regional in St. Augustine, Albert Whitted in St. Petersburg, Witham Field in Stuart and Space Coast Regional in Titusville.

Airport leaders in Punta Gorda, Naples and some of those other cities are threatening to sue to block the FAA’s action.  Some of the cities also are considering trying to make up the costs themselves, no small task given their own strained budgets.  Lakeland reportedly has received bids ranging from $365,000 to $376,000 a year.

 

 

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