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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FIREWORKS SCHEDULED

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FIREWORKS SCHEDULED

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (November 25, 2013) – The annual Lakeland Christmas Parade is scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2013. The parade begins at The Lakeland Center at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. at The Lakeland Center. The downtown area streets along the parade route will close at 5:00 p.m. Lime Street between Sykes Boulevard and Lake Beulah will close at noon.

 

For all parade events citizens are encouraged to use the Orange Street parking garage. The Orange Street garage is not on the parade route and visitors can enter or leave during the parade. All other parking garages are on the parade route, and vehicles will not be permitted to leave the garage until the conclusion of the parade.

 

The theme for the 2013 Christmas parade is “I’m Dreaming of…” and there are over 120 participants in this year’s parade including floats, marching bands and a jolly fellow in a sleigh.

 

A fireworks display that officially starts the parade will take place on Lake Mirror at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks will last approximately 15 minutes. The parade route begins at The Lakeland Center, travels along Lemon Street, turns left on Tennessee, proceeds right onto Main Street, goes around Lake Mirror and then heads back to The Lakeland Center via Orange Street (View Parade Map ).

 

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DOWNTOWN LAKELAND INSTALLS PAY BY SPACE METERS THAT ACCEPT CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS

LAKELAND, FL (September 26, 2013) -- Starting in October downtown Lakeland will soon see a new type of metering system in the parking lot at Munn Park and Lot D located at 200 N. Kentucky Avenue.  The pay by space meters are solar powered and they make paying for parking more convenient than ever. The new pay by space meters accept nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills but they also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards.  

The pay by space meters are now installed.  However, they won’t go live until the morning of October 7th and during the first week of operation, warning citations will be issued to those that receive violations in the two pay by space lots.  Enforcement will begin October 14th.  It must be noted that traditional coin operated meters located in other parking lots will continue to be enforced during the one week grace period.  The grace period only pertains to the pay by space systems located at Munn Park lot and Lot D.

At each pay by space meter location there are "Pay Here" signs that direct patrons where to pay for their parking.  When using the pay by space meter, a visitor needs to enter the assigned parking space number into the meter along with the method of payment.

Pay Here Meter Directions
1.      Park your vehicle and note the number located at the rear of each parking space
2.      Proceed to Pay by Space meter
3.      Pay for desired time (coin, cash, credit/debit) 
4.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid 
5.      To extend your parking time, go to the pay by space machine
6.      Enter your parking space number and choose the “Add Time” option
7.      Select the additional amount of time needed and pay
8.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid 


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.

 


FIREFIGHTER TAYLOR RILEY RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FROM FIREHOUSE MAGAZINE FOR HEROISM & COMMUNITY SERVICE!

FIREFIGHTER TAYLOR RILEY RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FROM FIREHOUSE MAGAZINE FOR HEROISM & COMMUNITY SERVICE! 


 

One of Lakeland’s finest, Firefighter Taylor Riley of Station 1 was recognized by Firehouse Magazine, by being selected as an awardee of their annual Heroism and Community Service Award. Taylor was selected as one of fifty firefighters in the nation, and the only winner from Florida, for his incredible act of bravery when he entered a burning building last December to rescue a young boy. The building was 95% engulfed in flames when he entered. 


Taylor was recommended by his Battalion Chief Michael Williams for the award and was selected by a panel of fire service professionals from across the country.

Congratulations to Taylor Riley and thank you for serving the people of Lakeland so well.

This is a picture of the building when he went in. Not before or after, but during. AMAZING!