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EDGEWOOD EXTENSION OPENS SEPTEMBER 21ST - EAST/WEST CONNECTOR

EDGEWOOD EXTENSION OPENS SEPTEMBER 21ST

EAST/WEST CONNECTOR

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2012) – The much anticipated Edgewood Extension that connects South Florida Avenue to Harden Boulevard will officially open on Friday, September 21, 2012 during a 9 a.m. ceremony that will take place at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and the Edgewood Extension.

The public is invited to help celebrate the new roadway with a motorcade ribbon cutting after the official removal of the barricades.  Those wishing to participate are invited to enter the Edgewood Extension roadway at Harden Boulevard and travel east toward Lincoln Avenue.  There will be traffic attendants to guide participants to the right place.  The ribbon breaking motorcade will include vehicles from the Lakeland Police Department, Lakeland Fire Department, Lakeland Electric, Lakeland Water/Waste Water, Solid Waste, the Citrus Connection and those who would like to be part of the festivities.

Mayor Gow Fields said, “We have been exploring options for an east/west connector for a long time and we are very glad to have this important transportation project completed.” He added, “The new road will relieve congestion, ultimately improving transportation service including quicker police/fire/EMS response times.”

The Southwest Middle School Jazz Band will play as the motorcade heads toward South Florida Avenue and students from Southwest Middle School will cheer, officially opening the road for vehicle traffic.  The eastbound lane will open first with road workers removing all barricades in that direction followed by removal of the barricades in the west bound lanes.

The Edgewood Extension roadway project started January 1, 2012 and it will open ahead of schedule.  An east/west connector has been in the works since 2001 when the City of Lakeland had its first initial workshop on possible routes.  The total cost for the project was $19.2 million with funding coming from Polk County, the Federal Highway Administration, City of Lakeland impact fees and City of Lakeland bond revenues. The Edgewood Extension is expected to experience over 16,000 cars per day. 

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WIGGS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CITY OF LAKELAND MAYOR

WIGGS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CITY OF LAKELAND MAYOR

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 12, 2012) – Current Lakeland City Commissioner Howard Wiggs recently announced that he will be running for Mayor of Lakeland in 2013.  Wiggs commented, “I thought seriously about retiring from the Commission.  However, I realized that I’m still very enthusiastic about helping solve the problems of our citizens and I want to continue to serve this community.”  He added, “In addition, we need to support a business environment that fosters the creation of quality jobs and we need to continue strengthening Lakeland Electric, one of our best community assets.  Under my leadership, I promise to focus on both of those vital business areas.”

 Wiggs was first elected in 1992.  He serves on the Board of the Florida League of Cities, has chaired both the state Advocacy Committee and the Florida Action Strike Team which travel to Washington DC to support Florida cities.  He is also on the Board of the Ridge League of Cities and is past president.

Wiggs received the Leadership Lakeland Jere Annis Award that recognizes leaders that are consistent in creating community understanding and enhancing the quality of life in the Lakeland area.  He is also a distinguished alumnus of Polk State College and he currently serves on the Florida Southern College Board of Trustees.  Wiggs is past chair of Lakeland Vision and serves on their board.  He is past president of Leadership Lakeland, the Florida Southern College Alumni Association and past chair of Polk Senior Games. 

He is a member of the Mulberry High School Hall of Fame, a proud Rotarian, a lifetime member of the NAACP, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland.  Wiggs is president of Bagley Idea Pros and manages family real estate properties.  He is married to Linda Bagley Wiggs and has four children: Johnny, Chris, Braxton and Kimber.



Florida Energy Survey

The Florida Regional Planning Councils in association with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Florida Office of Energy are identifying potential strategies to diversify Florida's energy future and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources. As part of this effort, Florida’s Regional Planning Councils have developed a survey regarding electricity, gasoline usage, and renewable energy resources. Please complete the survey by visiting the Florida-Energy website (http://florida-energy.org/) to help decision-makers create options for Floridians with respect to state energy planning and energy security issues. Please complete the survey by September 30, 2012.

MORNINGS WITH THE MAYOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

MORNINGS WITH THE MAYOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH

Break Bread with the Mayor while getting updates on City projects.

Ask questions, stay informed and get engaged.

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 6, 2012) -- Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event at 7 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Fred’s Southern Kitchen (2120 Harden Boulevard Lakeland, FL).  Mayor Fields will make his remarks and take questions from the audience around 7:30 a.m. after they have had a chance to go through the breakfast buffet.  Polk County Property Appraiser, Marsha Faux will also be in attendance to address the audience regarding property values and the assessment process.

 

Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “These events have been very successful and they allow me to spend valuable face to face time with our residents.” These events allow residents to meet with the Mayor in an informal setting to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather valuable information from Lakeland residents on timely issues,” said Fields. “Right now we are in the process of considering a property tax increase to build a fire station in southwest Lakeland and this will be a very good chance for the community to come out and share their thoughts on that subject. 

Fred’s Southern Kitchen has reserved a private dining area for the event. The restaurant features a breakfast buffet as well as menu items.  Those wishing to partake in breakfast are responsible for the cost of their own meal.  For more information regarding the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.

 

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