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LAKELAND ELECTRIC RECEIVED APPA HIGHEST DESIGNATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

City of Lakeland

863/834-6264

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LAKELAND ELECTRIC RECEIVED APPA HIGHEST DESIGNATION

Reliability, Safety, Training and System Improvement




LAKELAND, FL (April 5, 2013) - Lakeland Electric recently received the highest designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) as part of the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) platinum award program. Lakeland Electric was one of six utilities nationwide that received the highest APPA designation at Diamond Level for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  Lakeland Electric had a perfect 100% score.

“Lakeland Electric is proud to be recognized as having one of the best operating records in the public power industry,” said Joel Ivy, General Manager at Lakeland Electric. “This recognition is a reflection of our continued commitment to deliver safe, reliable power to our customers as efficiently as possible.”

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, training and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices, and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

“We have one of the best reliability ratings in the industry and at this time we have one of the lowest rates in Florida,” said Ivy. “Receiving the RP3 designation is a reflection of our commitment to our customers and it’s an honor to be recognized on a national level for the work we are doing in Lakeland.”

In order to attain Gold designation, a utility must earn at least 80% of the possible points. Utilities that meet 90-97% of the program criteria receive Platinum designation. Diamond designation is awarded to utilities that meet 98-100% of the program criteria.

Brent McKinney, Manager, Electric Transmission & Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on March 25th during the Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Kissimmee, Florida.

More information and a full list of the 90 designee – recognized in three categories – are available at www.publicpower.org.

 

 


HOLLIS GARDENS TO HOST ORCHID REPOTTING AND CONTAINER GARDEN CLASSES ON APRIL 6TH

HOLLIS GARDENS TO HOST ORCHID REPOTTING AND CONTAINER GARDEN CLASSES ON APRIL 6TH

In conjunction with the Children of the Sun Jazz Festival

 

LAKELAND, FL (April 4, 2013) -- On Saturday, April 6, 2013 The Ridge Orchid Society will be conducting tutorials on the proper care for orchids including orchid repotting demonstrations at Hollis Gardens located at 702 Eat Orange Street,  Lakeland, FL 33801.  Demonstrations will be done on the top of the each hour from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you are  an orchid lover, but intimidated by repotting your plants as they grow, you need to attend this event! The care and feeding of orchids isn't as complicated as you might think, but does need to be done properly to ensure your plants look great and flower often. Bring your orchid questions and be ready to learn!   

 

The Lakeland Garden Club Inc. will also be onsite creating four container gardens throughout the day. The gardens will be constructed at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. (between the orchid repotting demonstrations). There will be a drawing once the container gardens have been planted and four randomly selected winners will each take home one of the newly created container gardens. This day of demonstrations is free and open to the public! No reservations are required.

Hollis Garden is a formal 1.2 acre botanical garden donated to the City of Lakeland by the Hollis Family. The garden is located on historic Lake Mirror accessible from the Lake Mirror Promenade and Orange Street. The garden contains several water features and displays thousands of flowering plants, ornamental shrubs, historic trees, herbs and vegetables. The beautiful layout of Hollis Gardens is set in a neo-classical architectural environment complete with patterned flower beds, public art and ornamental fountains.  For more information on Hollis Gardens, please visitwww.lakelandgov.net and click on the Parks and Recreation navigation.

 

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Sen. Bill Nelson to Hold Press Conference at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Officials want to find ways to avert local airport tower closings

 

Eds., reporters note:  Sen. Nelson will meet with Lakeland Linder Regional Airport’s director and air-traffic controllers tomorrow at 2 p.m. to discuss possibilities for offsetting the FAA’s closing the tower there and those in other Florida cities.  The meeting is open to media.  The airport tower is located at 3900 Don Emerson Dr.  

A local contact for Nelson is Celeste Brown 407-506-6057.


LAKELAND  (March 27, 2013) - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Thursday Congress could avoid the Federal Aviation Administration shuttering of 149 airport towers in Florida and other states by targeting a few projects spread throughout the federal government and deemed by some to be unnecessary, duplicative or wasteful.

In a move one lawmaker likened to “removing stop lights and stop signs from our roads," the FAA has announced it’s closing the towers - 14 of them in Florida – to comply with a mandated across-the-board budget cut at all federal agencies.  The tower closings will take place over four weeks starting April 7. “Congress can’t find the estimated $10 million it would take to keep the towers open in Florida, yet the government’s still able to pay for a lot of questionable stuff,” said Nelson, citing Sen. Tom Coburn's annual slam-book on the government wasting taxpayers’ money. 

A list compiled for 2011 by the Oklahoma Republican included projects, like, some $10 million for a remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan; or, on Coburn’s 2012 list, $24 million in administrative costs the government incurs to manage contracts for items no one buys anymore, like, typewriters. “Right now, I’d rather have the money to spend to on keeping our airport towers open,” Nelson said.  “Look, these regional airports serve not only business and commerce, but also law enforcement, air ambulances, and search and rescue operations.

“These aren’t low-priority operations,” the Florida Democrat said.

Nelson will discuss possible ways of keeping the towers open during a visit Thursday with area officials, including Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Director Gene Conrad.  Linder Airport’s tower is among those slated to be closed unless officials can find some $700,000, which is what the airport estimates the FAA pays a private company to staff it with seven workers each year.

Coincidentally, Coburn’s 2012 list identifies one project that cost taxpayers that amount: the Pentagon is paying $700,000 to several companies to find a new way to make beef jerky.

When the airport cuts were announced earlier this month, the FAA at first proposed closing 189 air-traffic-control towers as part of its plan to cut $637 million under sequestration.  The agency said it would keep open any towers if doing so would be in the country’s interest.  It then said it would close 149 towers.

Besides Lakeland, towers are being shut at Naples Municipal, Boca Raton, New Smyrna Beach Municipal, Page Field in Fort Myers, North Perry in Hollywood, Leesburg International, Ocala International-Jim Taylor Field, Ormond Beach Municipal, Punta Gorda, Northeast Florida Regional in St. Augustine, Albert Whitted in St. Petersburg, Witham Field in Stuart and Space Coast Regional in Titusville.

Airport leaders in Punta Gorda, Naples and some of those other cities are threatening to sue to block the FAA’s action.  Some of the cities also are considering trying to make up the costs themselves, no small task given their own strained budgets.  Lakeland reportedly has received bids ranging from $365,000 to $376,000 a year.

 

 

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LAKELAND MUSIC SERIES FEATURES TWO LOCAL TRIOS THE BRIAN SUTHERLAND TRIO AND THE MATTHEW WENGERD TRIO WILL PLAY IN MUNN PARK

LAKELAND, FL (March 12, 2013) – The March 22, 2013 Music Series will feature two local music trios as part of a music showcase that will take place in downtown Lakeland’s historic Munn Park.  This FREE event is from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  The Brian Sutherland Trio and the Mathew Wengerd Trio will fill the park with their own brand of musical magic. 
 
The Brian Sutherland Trio will open the show with their eclectic blend of musical styling.  Sutherland is a singer, songwriter who will easily switch from cello to guitar as he plays his own version of folk, pop, acoustic rock.  He is joined by band mates Zach Rogers and singer Adrienne Kneebone.  This group of Florida Southern graduates makes up a sound that audiences have struggled to categorize.  Their blend of styles and freedom to improvise places them in more than one genre.  Covering the great artists like Nat King Cole and George Gershwin, all the way to modern day crooners Jason Mraz and Michael Buble.
 
Mathew Wengerd completed his graduate studies in Jazz Performance at the University of South Florida. As a performer and composer, Wengerd has worked with various groups throughout Central Florida, including the Mars’ Trio, Free Time Jazz, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and with Tampa-based pianist Daniel Joiner. His current trio of jazz performers has a new catalogue of easily recognizable pop music arranged with reharmonization, paraphrasing, and composition, so that it fully represents the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structure of jazz. As grounds for sonic experimentation, the trio is glued together through Wengerd’s double bass to suit the requirements of the music. Think of iconic music and radio hits completely redone by a jazz trio.

The music series will take place in downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park located at 201 E Main St.  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 beautiful setting of historic Munn Park with the smooth sounds of the Brian Sutherland Trio and the Matthew Wengerd Trio.
Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Main Street 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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