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WHO:  City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio & City of Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields

WHAT:  Announcement regarding Florida High Speed Rail                               

WHERE:  City of Lakeland - Outside City Hall (228 S. Massachusetts Avenue)

WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 12 p.m.


LAKELAND, FL (March 2, 2011) – The Mayors along the I-4 Super Region, as representatives of the proposed Florida Regional High Speed Rail Commission, will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 3rd at 12 p.m. in Lakeland, FL to talk about the Florida High Speed Rail Project.  The press conference will take place at Lakeland’s City Hall in the City Commission Chambers located at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801. 


The Florida High Speed Rail Commission, as proposed includes the Cities of Lakeland, Miami, Orlando and Tampa.  The group has offered a plan to save Florida High Speed Rail as an answer to the recent announcement by Governor Rick Scott rejecting the $2.4 Billion federal grant.

Jr. Lifeguard Program Offered During Spring Break

LAKELAND, FL (March 2, 2011) – The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department’s Jr. Lifeguard program will be available during the upcoming Spring Break,  providing an opportunity for teens to experience fun in the sun while learning important skills for their future. The training program will be offered March 14 – 18th at the Gandy Pool Complex from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.

All strong swimmers ages 10-15 are encouraged to challenge themselves in a fun atmosphere while learning life saving skills. This is skill building program emphasizes healthy exercise, teamwork and most of all FUN! Participants will be required to pass a skill test to participate. The fee for the program is $75.00.

For further information, call the Gandy Pool at 834-3157 or e-mail


LAKELAND, FL (March 2, 2011) – The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department is offering an exciting way for teens, ages 10-15, to fill their spring break with a week full of water adventures.

Club Splash Aquatics Camp includes fun packed days full of splishing and splashing as teens spend days on the beach, visit water parks and enjoy tubing in the springs.  The camp will run from March 14 – March 18th . Each day will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Club Splash Spring break is based out of Gandy Pool.

Reserve a spot early to count on having a splash this spring break. The one week camp costs $90.00 per person.

For further information call the Gandy Pool at 863-834-3157.

“Accessibility is key to local government and the Mornings with the Mayor program allows residents to express their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues of concern.”

Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event. These informal sessions take place over breakfast with the next event taking place Friday, March 25, 2011 at Fred’s Southern Kitchen (2120 Harden Boulevard Lakeland, FL).  The event will start at 7:30 a.m.  Mayor Fields will make his remarks and take questions from the audience during breakfast. 


Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “Our first four events were very successful with about 40 residents attending each event.  I look forward to spending valuable face to face time with our residents listening to the concerns that they feel are facing our community.”


This program allows residents an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.”


Fred’s Southern Kitchen has reserved a private dining area for the event.  The restaurant features a breakfast buffet as well as menu items.