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29th ANNUAL MUNN PARK EXTRAVAGANZA GARDEN SHOW

LAKELAND, FL (September 20, 2013) -- Come to Munn Park on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for the 29th Annual Munn Park Extravaganza gardening show presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc.  A Small Standard Flower Show will be put on by the Garden Club members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

 

Enjoy a Free family day of activities while exploring the many flowers and plants for sale, attend garden presentations and browse garden related crafts.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and there is soil testing for those wanting the perfect garden soil.  City of Lakeland Horticulturist, Bill Koen will present on new plant introduction.

 

There will be over 50 vendors selling a variety of patio and garden items for all your fall plant needs including: flowering plants for house and garden, outdoor plants for your landscaping, and garden art and accessories to spice up your lawn or patio.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information call the Garden Club of Lakeland at 863-370-4065.

 


SCAM ALERT for Lakeland Electric Customers

PUBLIC NOTICE:   SCAM ALERT      

 

Lakeland Electric is notifying customers to be aware of a current scam attempt that is taking place where a caller falsely claims to be from Lakeland Electric and is asking customers for banking and/or credit card information.  The caller claims that the customer's electricity is about to be cut off if an outstanding bill is not paid. The caller then asks for banking or credit card information to pay the outstanding bill. Many of the calls are coming from the phone number 502-963-1979 (where the scammer is calling from).  This number is affiliated to a Louisville Kentucky landline through YMAX Communications (Magic Jack). 

 

Lakeland Electric does not make calls of this nature and customer service representative will never ask for a customer’s bank account number or credit card number.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lakeland Electric’s Customer Service Department at 863-834-9535. 

 


The Imperial Symphony Chamber Orchestra Presents Strings in the City

LAKELAND, FL (September 17, 2013) – On Friday, September 20th the Imperial Symphony Chamber Orchestra will present Strings in the City that will feature a special 16 piece string ensemble during a performance at the Lake Mirror Amphitheater from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  This FREE event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.

This magical night will be lead by Conductor Mark Thielen who has prepared a catalogue of arrangements.  The evening’s music will highlight a variety of music styles ranging from classical to rock. Thielen said, “It is going to be a wonderful night of music. String instruments are so versatile in the way that they are able to speak to the listener. A Serenade by Mozart, a popular Broadway medley, a bit of heavy metal, as well as many other wonderful pieces of music will showcase both the beauty and power of the string section. It is a concert that can be enjoyed by the entire family.” 

Musical pieces that will be played include:

Classical

·         Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart

·         Brandenburg Concerto, Bach

·         Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Handel

 

Rock/Pop

·         Lady Gaga Fugue

·         Highway Star, Deep Purple

·         Purple Haze, Hendrix

·         Free Bird, Lynyrd Skynyrd

·         Pretty Woman, Orbison

·         Sound of Music Medley

·         Fiddler on the Roof Medley

·         Beatles Medley

·         Joplin Rags

The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater located at the Frances Langford Promenade on Lake Mirror which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. There will be food and drink vendors on site 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 and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.  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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LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL CHARGE DECREASE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2013

 
 
LAKELAND, FL (September 16, 2013) - The Lakeland City Commission unanimously voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 50 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after October 1, 2013.  The new fuel charge will be $40.85 per 1,000 kWh.  However, the environmental charge will increase slightly due to standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Lakeland Electric has environmental/emission projects slated to maintain compliance with ongoing governmental regulations.
 
After listening to a presentation at the Monday, September 16, 2013 Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts for the upcoming year.
 
 
RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

 
Current                                                        New Rates – Effective October 1, 2013
Base Charge   $  59.31                                   $  59.64 (includes environmental charges)
Fuel Charge    $  41.35                                   $  40.85 (includes fuel increase)
TOTAL:            $100.66                                  $100.49
 
The base rate includes environmental compliance charges that are directly related to federal and state initiatives regarding clean air and water mandates. Most of the expenses are related to energy production and include air emission controls, water quality monitoring and capital spending for equipment necessary to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act.
 
Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience in detail to show the base charge, fuel charge and appropriate taxes and service charges.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within your residence.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through charge to customers.
 
Based on Florida Municipal Electric Association data, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates after the October 1, 2013 fuel charge decrease will be the lowest in the state. Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.
 
Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida.  The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.  Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 176-megawatt Larsen Power Plant.