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LAKELAND, FL (November 5, 2014) — On Friday, November 21st there will be a Free concert at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. featuring live music from the energetic Jill’s Cashbox and local country artist John Rhey.
 
Jill’s Cashbox emerged on the scene in 2011 when three musicians/friends (Hunter Smith, Shannon Fetherman and Jeff Sweat) came together and started writing original music telling the story of their lives and of those around them. The band was later finalized with the addition of Rob Gundling, Joey Antrim and Greg Martin completing the band known today as Jills Cashbox.
 
The band has shared the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sarah Evans, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Big and Rich, Colt Ford, Sheryl Crow and dozen of other national performers. Their music ranges from whiskey sipping honkey-tonk to hard driving county rock and roll. With something for just about every country music fan out there, their show is guaranteed to be a high-energy good time for all who attend.   
 
The John Rhey Band is starting to make waves among the local country music scene. This modern country five-piece band is made up of Florida Southern students.  They have played throughout Central Florida and the band recently finished their album. The band consists of John Rhey (vocals, guitar), John Raghu (bass), Jordan Burks (piano), Brady Springer (drums) and Matt Geiger (lead guitar).
 
The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend 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.  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.


NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH – WESTSIDE PARK
REFUSE TO LOSE – ANTI GANG INITIATIVE


LAKELAND, FL (October 29, 2014) - On Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the City of Lakeland will join volunteers from a variety of organizations and churches to hold a community outreach event at Westside Park (1800 Oakhill Street, Lakeland FL 33801).

Commissioner Phillip Walker, “This is an area that recently experienced violent activity associated with gangs and unsupervised youth. This event is part of our Refuse to Lose anti-gang initiative as we work together to address this problem.  We are working with our faith based partners, the Polk County School Board, area law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens as we continue to move forward.”  He added, “We must all work together to solve the growing gang issue that has plagued our larger Cities but is now making its way into our neighborhoods. As a community, we will not tolerate this behavior and we will use our resources to seek the maximum penalty allowed for those involved in gang activity.”

The neighborhood outreach event will include neighborhood cleanup with volunteers stopping by every residence in the area with gift bags of food inviting them to the focal event at Westside Park.  Activities in the park will include:
·      Kids Activities
·      Sports Camp
·      Grilled Hotdogs and refreshments
 
Pastor Mike Cooper from the Dream Center said, “We spend a great deal of time in these neighborhoods and this outreach event is just one way that we as a community can show support for residents and let them know that we care.  We will be assisting those in the neighborhood by cutting their grass, doing clean-up activities and we have a fun day planned at the park."

Parking is available at Westside Park. For additional information or to volunteer for the event, please contact the Dream Center at 863-413-0088 or email shill@dreamcenterlakeland.org.
 
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CITY OF LAKELAND REQUESTING QUALIFICATIONS

FOR LAKELAND CENTER HEADQUARTER HOTEL

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 16, 2014) - The City of Lakeland is seeking a request for qualifications from interested parties to develop a headquarter hotel at The Lakeland Center.  The City of Lakeland is looking for an anchor hotel to be built on available property at The Lakeland Center that features at least 125 rooms, 5,000 sq. ft. of internal meeting space, a dine-in restaurant and suite level amenities.

 

Mike LaPan, Director of The Lakeland Center said, “ An additional hotel on property will enhance our ability to attract regional conferences and tradeshows that in the past have overlooked Lakeland because of limited hotel availability.”  He added, “Meeting space at the hotel will complement the space available at The Lakeland Center and it will allow us to target a larger segment of the corporate meeting business.”

 

Qualification documents are available by visiting www.lakelandgov.net and either searching for or clicking on the Purchasing Division. Interested parties can also request qualification documents by contacting the City of Lakeland’s Purchasing Division by phone at 863/834-6780.  Qualification documents are required for submittal and respondents must have a City of Lakeland bidder number, available by completing the online bidder application.

 

Danny Rodriguez, City of Lakeland Purchasing Agent said, “Qualification packages will be received until 2 p.m. Friday, December 19th at the Purchasing Division’s office located at 1140 East Parker Street, Lakeland, FL 33801.” Qualifications received after this specified time and date will not be considered.  Rodriguez said, “The City’s Purchasing Manager will publicly open the request for qualifications at our offices on December 19th at 2 p.m.”

 

Requirement Overview

The City of Lakeland is requesting qualifications from a qualified and financially sound development partner capable in the selection and negotiation in the design, financing, construction and operation of a hotel adjacent to The Lakeland Center facilities.  The development partner should include an architect, general contractor, equity owner, lender/underwriter for the construction and operation of a “flag” hotel that meets City of Lakeland specifications and all code requirements.  The submittals must include a proposed room block agreement to ensure the hotel functions as an integral and coordinated component of The Lakeland Center. 

 

Questions regarding request of qualification should be in writing and should reference RFQ # 4353.  Please submit all questions to Danny Rodriguez at purch@lakelandgov.net or via fax at 863/834-6777.

 

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Eight Year Old Child Hit by Car

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 2, 2014)

 

On October 2, 7:25 a.m., The Lakeland Police Department responded to a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at 3537 Cleveland Heights Blvd. Brianna Rivera, 8 years old, was crossing the roadway walking west and stepped in front of the vehicle at which time she was hit. The vehicle, 2012 Honda Accord, 4dr, driven by Iam Peter Bhisitkul, 85 years old, was southbound  in the inside lane. Bhisitkul stated he never saw Rivera and only heard something strike his vehicle. He then came to a control stop in the median area and got out and observed that Rivera had been hit.

 

Rivera was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital as a trauma alert due to a head injury. The last report on Riveras condition is that she is doing well and may be released from hospital care this evening. Bhisitkul was not issued a citation.