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A group of well-trained individuals dressed in yellow shirts and driving specialized vehicles have been spotted recently throughout Lakeland. There’s no cause for concern because they are removing and replacing existing electric meters with Lakeland Electric’s new “Smart Meters”.  Smart Meters are electric meters that can transmit data directly to and from the utility.

Technicians from Scope Services, the Lakeland Electric contractor assigned to this project, will be driving well-identified pickup trucks marked with “Plug into Smart” decals and the Lakeland Electric logo.  They will all carry a photo I.D. badge for identification.

The Plug Into Smart Meter project is expected to be complete in the winter of 2012.

Customers may experience a brief interruption of their electric service when the Smart Meter is installed.  The Smart Meter and Smart Grid System will provide Lakeland Electric customers with more detailed information about their energy use and allow them, for the first time ever, to be active participants in their household energy management.   

Smart Meters will automatically notify Lakeland Electric in the event of a power outage, and let the utility know when power has been restored.  

For more information on how and when you can Plug Into Smart Power, visit




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.