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The Lakeland Center Implements 
Changes to Event Parking Policy

 

Lakeland, FL –By order of the Lakeland City Commission The Lakeland Center is restructuring their event parking fees and guidelines. Event parking for regular-sized vehicles will increase by one dollar to $8 per vehicle, per entry. Parking for oversized vehicles and overnight parking will increase by five dollars to $15 and $35 respectively per vehicle, per entry. The new rates take effect November 10, 2013 and fees  may vary for select event. A full day/multiple entry parking pass may be purchased for $10 regular vehicles and $19 oversized vehicles.

 

The rate changes reflect several improvements made by The Lakeland Center to better serve patrons and guests. A new point of sale system has been installed at the parking kiosks accepting credit and debit purchases for the first time allowing for greater customer convenience and speedier transactions. The Lakeland Center also provides parking patrols and is continuously maintaining the lots for the comfort of all guests. The new rates are reflective of those charged at similar Central Florida facilities.  

            
            “Making changes to the rates was challenging and this decision was not taken lightly by our staff or the City of Lakeland Commissioners. However, this allows The Lakeland Center to offer improved customer service and an overall better experience for our guests. We strive to provide proper staff supervision and maintenance in our lots providing guests a pleasurable experience,” said Executive Director Michael LaPan when asked about the rate restructuring decision. 

 

            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 throughwww.thelakelandcenter.com or by calling 888-397-0100.  

 


ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS NEEDED FOR LAKELAND SNOWFEST

 

LAKELAND, FL (November 4, 2013) -  The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is proud to host the 33rd Annual Snowfest at Lake Mirror on Saturday December 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This year's event will feature the traditional Snow Mountain and a Snow Slide!  A visit from Santa Claus, children's entertainment, inflatables, arts & crafts vendors and food vendors will complete the day.


Price for admission to the Snow Mountain and Snow Slide will be a donated canned food item or a $1.00 donation. All canned food items will be donated to Polk County Senior Orphans charity. Admission to the inflatables will be $1.00.

 

Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in the event.  For more information, please call Julie Adams at (863) 834-8228, or emailjulie.adams@lakelandgov.net

 

 

 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact:

Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections

534-5888

Track City Election Results Online

POLK COUNTY, FL (November 1, 2013) – Voters in Auburndale*, Lakeland, and Winter Haven who would like to follow election night results for the November 5th Municipal Elections can do so on the elections office website, polkelections.com.

 

Citizens that would like up-to-the-minute election results will find our website converted to an election night scoreboard,” said Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections in Polk County.  “We believe this is one more way that we can enhance the voting experience.”

 

Results can be found at polkelections.com after the polls have closed and will remain on the elections office home page for several days following the election.

 

*Note: Auburndale’s Absentee results will be provided by the City Clerk and posted on the Elections Office website as available.

 

 

For more information visit polkelections.com or call the elections office at 534-5888.

 


CITY OF LAKELAND TO HOST COMMUNITY MEETING ON GANG ISSUES

 

LAKELAND, FL (October 31, 2013) - On Monday, November 18th the City of Lakeland will host a Community Meeting addressing gang related issues. The meeting will take place at the Coleman Busch Building from 6 - 8:30 p.m.  There have been a number of gang related shootings in the last few months and the purpose of the meeting is to identify the steps needed to curb gang membership within the community.

 

Mayor Gow Fields said, “We need to have an approach to identify and reduce the number of individuals who look at gangs as the answer to their problems.  Many of the youth today are migrating to this kind of activity and sadly they recognize gangs as a type of family.” 

 

The Community Meeting will include the following:

·         An overview of gangs by the Lakeland Police Department.  This overview will include the changing gang demographics and membership activity. 

·         Community understanding of what to look for to identify gang behavior.

·         Identifying community resources and understanding positive community based programs.

·         Identify the gaps of what is missing in community programs as well as listing alternatives.

·         Start a plan and dialogue needed to move forward.

Assistant Chief of Police Mike Link said, “In Lakeland we have 260 documented gang members and associates. Right now we have 46 listed gangs.  Nine of those are considered more active and pop-up on our radar much more frequently that the others.”

 

Fields said, “This is a war and we don’t have enough soldiers of good influence on the street.  Hopefully, this meeting will be a start so the community can see the seriousness of the issue.” He added, “We need to work together in solving this problem.”

 

The City of Lakeland asks the community to attend this important meeting as we work toward solutions to curb gang membership and identify resources needed to help reduce gang violence.  For more information on gang activity in Florida, please visit www.floridagangreduction.com