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Sniffen & Spellman, PA Final Report Released

Sniffen & Spellman, PA Final Report Released

The Lakeland City Commission concluded the investigative actions conducted by Sniffen & Spellman, the Tallahasse law firm hired to conduct the review of allegations made by the former HR Director, Tommy Hamrick.  During testimony with the Polk County State Attorney’s Office, Hamrick alleged that City Manager Doug Thomas was aware of improper hiring practices made by former Lakeland Police Chief, Lisa Womack.  The Lakeland City Commission requested an investigation based on the 
allegations. 

 

The report has been concluded and the findings/ recommendations will be discussed by the City Commission at the Monday, May 5th City Commission meeting.


Please find the report submitted to the City Commission by Sniffen & Spellman linked below.

 

Full Report from Sniffen & Spellman, P.A      I      Exhibits 1 - 12


PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD SIDEWALK

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD SIDEWALK 

 
LAKELAND, FL (April 28, 2014) - The City of Lakeland has scheduled a Public Information Workshop regarding a proposed sidewalk along the east side of Hollingsworth Road from Bartow Road (US 98) to Lake Hollingsworth Drive.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801.  Please enter through the glass doors from the south parking lot, east of the sanctuary.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  During the workshop, City staff and representatives from the study team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards depicting the project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.

The public information workshop is being conducted to present the project concepts; obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mrs. Lana Braddy at lana.braddy@lakelandgov.net at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Project-related information may also be obtained by contacting the City project manager, Mr. Greg James at (863) 834-6040, or by email to greg.james@lakelandgov.net or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .

 
 
 
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Governor Rick Scott Recognizes The Lakeland Center’s Perfect Safety & Sanitation Score for Third Consecutive Year

Governor Rick Scott Recognizes The Lakeland Center’s Perfect Safety & Sanitation Score for Third Consecutive Year

April 24, 2014 (Lakeland, FL) – The Lakeland Center is one of only 51 food service establishments in the Sunshine State that did not receive any violations by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation within the past year. This is the third consecutive year Ovations Food Services at The Lakeland Center received a perfect score, taking over the facility’s food and beverage operations in late 2009. Ovations Food Services is a nationally recognized food and beverage service provider to over 140 public assembly facilities across North America and a subsidiary of the sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor.

“I applaud you and your employees for demonstrating such a high level of attention to detail and commitment to excellence,” Rick Scott, Florida’s Governor stated in his letter to The Lakeland Center. “Thanks to you, Florida’s opportunity economy is growing.”

“Ovations did it again,” explained Mike LaPan, Executive Director at The Lakeland Center. “Their team does excellent work, bringing top-notch service and experiences to our guests.”

About Ovations Food Services, LP:  
A nationally ranked food service company, Ovations Food Services (www.ovationsfoodservices.com) delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada.  Ovations specializes in food, beverage, merchandise and hospitality services for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, fairgrounds, expo-centers, racetracks, zoos, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, casinos and hotels. Considered by many as the best managed and most innovative company in the industry, Ovations’ results oriented senior management team has been involved in managing almost every major public assembly facility throughout the United States and Canada.  

About Comcast Spectacor: Ovations’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor® (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 115 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.


Contact: Kristen Thompson, Ovations’ Director of Marketing pr@ovationsfs.com or (813)909-2178 x 123


Lakeland Awarded Bronze-Level Walk Friendly Communities Designation

Lakeland Awarded Bronze-Level Walk Friendly Communities Designation

Lakeland, FL – The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated the City of Lakeland a Bronze-Level Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.

For a medium sized city in central Florida, Lakeland offers many opportunities for people to walk safely and conveniently with more than 260 miles of sidewalks and 26 miles of off-road trails, within the metro area.  These sidewalks and trails connect downtown Lakeland with the surrounding neighborhoods, parks and scenic lakes making walking a pleasant experience.  

Among the top reasons cited by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center for the designation are:

·       A well-connected network of parks and trails, with future trails planned.

·       Good planning policies to promote infill development and Complete Streets.

·       Collaboration among city departments and with other agencies, such as Polk County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of Transportation, to improve pedestrian safety.

This designation acknowledges the sustained efforts that the city is engaged in to build a healthy and active community for all Lakelanders to enjoy” comments the City of Lakeland Community Development Director, Jim Studiale. 

Lakeland is among four communities recognized in the latest round of Walk Friendly Communities announced. The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. To date, 47 communities in the U.S. have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities.

For more information on Walk Friendly Communities, please visit http://www.walkfriendly.org.

Additional Resources:

Walk Friendly Communities Website

http://www.walkfriendly.org

 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Website

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org

 

Federal Highway Administration Website

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/