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LAKELAND LINDER REGIONAL AIRPORT’S TOWER ON LIST TO BE PHASED OUT

LAKELAND, FL (March 22, 2013) -- Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is on the list of 149 federal contract air traffic control towers that are scheduled to have federal funding phased out starting April 7, 2013 as part of the federal budget sequestration. Gene Conrad, Director of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport said, “We are very disappointed in the FAA’s decision to discontinue funding for the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport federal contract tower.  Safety is paramount and our operations continue to increase.  We are exploring options to maintain air traffic control services at Lakeland Airport.” 

 

“We did receive confirmation today that the FAA will be sending a full contingent of air traffic controllers to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport to operate the air traffic control tower during the annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 9 – 14th,” said Conrad.   “This is a reimbursable agreement with the FAA and the Sun ‘n Fun Board unanimously agreed to stand behind the financial commitment.  We are currently working with our state and local stakeholders to help cover those costs.”

 

In March, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed to close 189 contract air traffic control towers as part of its plan to meet the $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration and announced that it would consider keeping open any of these towers if doing so would be in the national interest.  

The national interest considerations included:

·         Significant threats to national security as determined by the FAA in consultation with the Department of Defense or the Department of Homeland Security;

·         Significant, adverse economic impact that is beyond the impact on a local community;

·         Significant impact on multi-state transportation, communication or banking/financial networks;

·         The extent to which an airport currently served by a contract tower is a critical diversionary airport to a large hub.  

The Federal Department of Transportation consulted with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and conducted operational assessments of each potential tower closure on the national air transportation system. As a result, 24 federal contract towers will remain open because closing them would have a negative impact on the national interest.  The FAA will begin a four-week phased out budget process that will affect 149 federal contract towers beginning on April 7th and Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is on that list. 

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FAA Contract Tower Closure List

FAA Contract Towers Remaining Open

FAA Contract Tower Cost Share Sites Remaining Open



CITY OF LAKELAND TO HOST INDOOR TRIATHLON

Make the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Indoor Triathlon your first indoor triathlon. This fun challenge is perfect for everyone – from seasoned triathletes to first-timers. Race a 20-minute swim, 20-minute bike and a 20-minute run in the controlled environment of the Kelly Recreation and Gandy Pool Complexes.  The Indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday, April 13th, with check-in at 8:00 am at the Kelly Recreation Complex. 

You set your own pace. Performance is measured by distance covered in each of the three legs. The more distance you cover, the higher your score.

All participants will receive a City of Lakeland Indoor Triathlon T-shirt and a medal. All ages are welcome, but minors must have parental consent at time of registration. Deadline for registration is April 6, 2013. Entry fee is only $20.00 Full details and registration forms can be found at  www.lakelandgov.net. For more information contact the Kelly Recreation Complex at 863-834-3283.

CITY OF LAKELAND HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD

HISTORIC HOME WORKSHOP

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2013) –  The Eleventh Biennial Historic Home Workshop will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ordway Building at Florida Southern College.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m.  The one-hour workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be conducted by local experts. 

 

Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics, including:

  • The Challenge Obtaining A Green Thumb: Landscaping Battles – John King, King Landscaping
  • Wood Window Woes: Wood Window Rehabilitation – Steven Quillian, Wood Window Makeovers
  • Code Enforcement: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (But Mainly The Good) – Brian Rewis, Lakeland Code Enforcement
  • Inviting Entrances: HLI’s Front Porch Grant – Jean Bunch, Historic Lakeland, Inc.
  • Plugged In: Home Energy Efficiency – Kevin Jones and Rico Dunsmore, Energy Analysts, Lakeland Electric
  • Paint It Right: Exterior Preparation & Painting – Gary Witte; Walt Witte & Sons, Inc.
  • Don’t Be A Slum Lord: Landlord Management, Applicant Screening & Evictions – Gene Lord; DART Coordinator, Lakeland Police Department
  • Walls Not Needed: Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Learn To Love ‘Em: The Historic Preservation Design Guidelines – Troy Salisbury; Historic Preservation Planner, City of Lakeland
  • Engaged Neighborhood Associations: How To Keep Your Group From Turning Historic – Mary Smith; President, Dixieland Neighborhood Association
  • Landlord Management – Crime Prevention & Illegal Activity – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Got Money? Redesigning A Commercial Corridor – Tamara Sakagawa, CRA Director
  • Let’s Build Something! The Building Permitting Process & Why To Love It! – Dan Gargas, Chief Building Official
  • Sheds Can Have Design Elements Too – Jo-Anne Peck & Craig Derrin, Preservation Resource, Inc./ Historic Shed

A tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on the Florida Southern College campus will be offered at the conclusion of the Workshop.

Trade groups and companies that provide services and supplies for the maintenance and renovation of older homes may be represented in the Exhibit Area.  Other exhibitors will include City agencies, neighborhood associations, and various organizations devoted to historic preservation.

No pre-registration is required.  The workshop is free, and open to all interested residents.  This is a great opportunity to learn about home renovations and to meet other people involved in preserving the architectural heritage of Lakeland.  This event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board; Historic Lakeland, Inc.; Florida Southern College; and BB&T Bank.

 

For more information call Troy Salisbury in the Community Development Department (863) 834-6011 or visit our website athttp://www.lakelandgov.net.


DON SELVAGE ANNOUNCES HIS DECISION TO RUN

FOR RE-ELECTION TO LAKELAND CITY COMMISSION SEAT

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 25, 2013) – Don Selvage has filed paperwork with the City of Lakeland’s Clerk, officially announcing his decision to run for a second term on the Lakeland City Commission representing the Southwest District.

 

Selvage is President of SHR Human Resources, LLC, offering consulting and professional recruiting services in the Central Florida area.  Selvage stated: “It has been a profound honor and privilege to serve the residents of Lakeland and I am excited about the future of this great city.  I am asking our citizens to return me to office so that I can continue my focus on: 1) Sustaining open communications and dialogue among citizens, the city commission, and city management; 2) Facilitating job growth by supporting business development; 3) Building safe, livable, and engaged neighborhoods; 4) Advocating for our seniors’ quality of life to support independent living and aging in place; and 5) Building awareness of veterans issues.”

 

Selvage holds a BA Degree in Political Science from Ohio State University as well as Masters’ Degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and in National Security Affairs from Salve Regina College.  Following graduation from Ohio State University, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years as an infantry officer and he is a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars.  Before retiring as a Colonel, he held several command and staff positions overseas and in the continental United States.

 

Actively involved in several civic and professional organizations, he currently serves as Vice Chairman, Polk County Veterans Council and is Past President of the Polk County Military Officers Association, Mid-Florida Society of Human Resource Managers, and the Lakeland Rotary Club.  He is a board member of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. As a city commissioner, he serves on the boards of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Lakeland Mass Transit District, Polk Transit Authority, Transportation Planning Organization, the Central Florida Development Council’s Arts and Culture Committee, and  the Sun n’ Fun Fly-In.  

 

Selvage is married to his wife Rita, a teacher at Dixieland Elementary.  They have been married for 43 years.