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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, is holding a public hearing for SR 37 (South Florida Avenue) design project from Polk Parkway to Belmar Street in Polk County. The hearing is Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites, 4141 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. We've included project and meeting location maps below for your reference.

 

The hearing starts with an open house at 6 p.m. and follows with a formal presentation and public comment period at 7 p.m. People attending the hearing can review project displays and aerial photographs and speak one-on-one with project team members. Written statements or exhibits submitted at the hearing, emailed, or mailed and postmarked by July 5, 2013 will become a part of the official hearing transcript.

 

FDOT will add pedestrian refuge islands, or short raised areas, to the bi-directional left turn lane of SR 37 within the project limits. Pedestrians can use this area to wait while crossing SR 37 in areas other than intersections with signals. The improvements will not require the acquisition of additional right-of-way and or significantly change existing access to properties.

 

FDOT is sending notices to all property owners and interested people located at least 300 feet on either side of SR 37 within the project limits.  FDOT welcomes and appreciates the community’s participation in the project. The hearing gives everyone an opportunity to express his or her views regarding the project plans. For more information about the project, please contact Amy Blair, P.E. by phone at (863) 519-2272 or by email at Amy.Blair@dot.state.fl.us. Ms. Blair also can assist with arrangements for translation services or special accommodations. We need about one week’s advance notice to make these arrangements.

 

The meeting is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.

 


The Florida Department of Transportation and Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) are funding improvements around Lake Beulah in order to beautify this gateway into Lakeland and the surrounding neighborhoods and to improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit patrons. Through this project, the existing five-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be replaced with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt multi use trail. This project also includes the installation of decorative lighting along the trail, landscaping and transit stop improvements including the construction of a new transit shelter at the Hartsell Avenue intersection. 

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT view meeting notice

The City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency will conduct a public information meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) Offices located at 1212 George Jenkins Boulevard, Lakeland. The City of Lakeland is hosting this meeting to inform the public about the project scope and schedule, and provide the public and adjacent property owners with an opportunity to ask questions concerning the upcoming improvements. The meeting is an open-house format with no formal presentation, allowing you to view the displays at your convenience. Materials on display will include illustrations of the proposed improvements and project schedule. City staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns. 

Display boards of this project will also be made available beginning June 17th in the lobby of Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue. 

We invite and encourage you to attend this meeting. If you have any questions about this meeting or the project or may require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act contact Chuck Barmby at 863-834-6011, at least seven days before the meeting. 

PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS 

Lake Beulah is an important public space for the surrounding neighborhood, serves as a gateway to the Downtown Lakeland area and is a component of the Lake-to-Lake Bikeway Network. The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to implement the following project that is intended to beautify and improve transportation facilities around Lake Beulah:

  • Replacement of existing five-foot wide sidewalk with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt bicycle and pedestrian trail. 
  • Installation of decorative lighting along the new trail, around the entire lake. 
  • Construction of new transit stops, including the installation of a new transit shelter on the south side of Lake Beulah Drive just west of the Hartsell Avenue intersection. Each stop will include decorative benches and trash receptacles. Bicycle racks will also be installed as part of this project. 
  • Traffic signal and pedestrian crossing improvements at the “Five Points” intersection and a new crosswalk at Veterans Park. 
  • Planting of “Trees of Military Significance”, descendants of trees from important battlefields in American history. 

Summer Public Ice Skating Is Back For July!
Tickets On Sale Monday, June 10th

 

Lakeland, FL – Beat the summer heat with ice cold family fun as Public Ice Skating returns to The Lakeland Center with multiple sessions July 2ndthrough July 13th. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 10th at 9:30am and can be purchased for $7 adult, $6 children ages 2-12 and $5 for skaters with their own skates. Tickets are available at The Lakeland Center Box Office, by calling 863-834-8111, online at thelakelandcenter.com or by calling the 24-hour ticketing line 888-397-0100. Group discounts and birthday party packages are available and can be purchased by calling 863-834-8137.

 

 2013 Summer Public Ice Skating Schedule

July 2nd -3rd 
10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm, 9pm-11pm

 

July 4th

10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm

 

July 5th – 6th 
10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm, 9pm-11pm

July 7th
2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm, 9pm-11pm

 

July 8th -12th
10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm, 9pm-11pm


July 13th 
10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-8pm

 

 

             The Lakeland Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at www.thelakelandcenter.com. Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week through www.thelakelandcenter.com or by calling 888-397-0100.  

 

 


PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

TEMPORARY SOUTHWEST LAKELAND FIRE STATION OFFICIALLY OPENS

 

WHO: Lakeland Fire Department

WHAT: Unveiling of new Fire Engine 71 at the Temporary Southwest Lakeland Fire Station located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

WHY: To provide fire and rescue service to Southwest Lakeland residents and businesses

WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 9 a.m.

WHERE:  In front of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Terminal at 3900 Don Emerson Drive

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 7, 2013) – The Lakeland Fire Department will officially open the temporary fire facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Monday, June 10th at 9 a.m. with an unveiling of the new Fire Engine 71.  The temporary station will house Engine 71 and the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) unit that is dedicated to public safety inside airport property.    The temporary station will house six personnel on a 24-hour rotation with four dedicated to Engine 71 and two dedicated to the ARFF unit.

 

Engine 71 will be dedicated to serving residents and business in the Southwest Lakeland area.  The unit was delivered to the Lakeland Fire Department in early May and then it was outfitted with equipment to get ready for service.  Engine 71 was built in Appleton, Wisconsin by Pierce Manufacturing, a global leader in custom fire trucks and fire apparatus.  The unit is equipped with a 55’ sky boom to assist in elevated aerial firefighting and it will be staffed with at least one paramedic for rescue response.

 

The permanent Fire Station 7 is estimated to be completed summer 2014.  Once the facility is built it will house an additional fire fighting apparatus and 10 personnel on a 24-hour rotation.  Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Our design team is preparing the bid documents for Station 7 and we expect those packets to be ready later this summer.  We hope to break ground for the new facility by early fall of this year.”  He added, “We are very eager to start providing much needed service to the citizens in Southwest Lakeland and our temporary station will do that until we get our permanent facility built.”

 

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