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Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge - Effective July 2nd

The Lakeland City Commission in a specially called Commission Meeting voted to increase the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $3.70 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after July 2, 2012.  The new fuel charge will be $42.30 per 1,000 kWh.  Starting July 2nd Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $101.72 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

After listening to a staff presentation at the specially called City Commission meeting, staff recommended an increase to the current fuel charge based on an upcoming project that will hinder Lakeland Electric from purchasing power from the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP).  The 30 year old main feed that connects Lakeland Electric with Orlando Utilities will be replaced causing Lakeland Electric to generate the base load from natural gas and coal.  Current natural gas prices are very favorable but coal costs and the inability to participate in the FMPP are the cause for the fuel rate increase.

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

Current               New Rates – Effective July 2, 2012

Base Rate        $59.42                                     $ 59.42

Fuel Charge    $38.60                                     $ 42.30

TOTAL:            $98.02                                     $101.72

Based on Florida Municipal Electric Association data, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates after the July 2nd fuel increase will be the second lowest in the state for residential customers as well as the second lowest in Florida for all of the commercial rate classes.

Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience in detail to show the base charge, fuel charge and appropriate taxes and service charges.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within your residence.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through to customers. 

Visit www.lakelandelectric.com for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.


Sandbags Available for Polk County Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mianne Nelson, Communications Director

                (863) 232-6653 cell

Sandbags available for County Residents

Winter Haven, Fla. (June 25, 2012) – Beginning at noon today, Polk County Fire Rescue will provide sandbags for residents who may need them. Sites will be open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. until the storm water subsides. Residents are limited to 25 bags and will need to bring shovels to fill their sandbags. Fire Rescue staff will assist in loading sandbags if they are available.

Sandbag sites are:

  • Providence Fire Station – North Lakeland - 8936 N. US98
  • Former Crystal Lake Fire Station – East Lakeland – 2450 E. Main Street
  • Mulberry Area One Maintenance Unit – 900 5th St. NE

At this time there are no known roads closed due to flooding, however county officials continue to monitor areas known to flood.


Annual Big Buck Expo is Back At The Lakeland Center July 13-15 with Special Guests R.J. and Jay Paul from History Channel’s Swamp People

MUZZY OUTDOOR PRODUCTS PRESENTS

THE SOUTHERN TROPHY HUNTERS

9TH Annual Big Buck Expo is Back

At The Lakeland Center July 13-15

with Special Guests R.J. and Jay Paul from History Channel’s Swamp People

 Lakeland, FL – The Southeast’s largest hunting and fishing expo is back at The Lakeland Center for a huge weekend of family fun Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 13-15, 2012. This show features many great outdoor activities, hunting and fishing seminars and more than 200 vendors with amazing equipment, information and special deals. New for 2012, R.J. & Jay Paul Molinere from History Channel’s hit show Swamp People will be meeting fans on Friday and Saturday. Advance Tickets for the event include admission all three days and are $12 (adult), $5 (Youth 17 & Under) and kids under 6 are free! All military personnel (Active & Retired) and First Responders receive free admission compliments of Regal Motors of Lakeland. Tickets are available day of show at The Lakeland Center or advance tickets may be purchased online at www.southerntrophyhunters.com. The Big Buck Expo is open Friday, 3pm-8:30pm, Saturday,9am-6pm and Sunday,10am-5pm.
 
Hunting and fishing enthusiasts will enjoy several exciting expo changes including an unbelievably large fishing tackle liquidations area offering deals on name brand items up to 70% off! The Big Buck Expo will also host the National Wild Turkey Federation State Calling Championship inviting the state’s best callers to compete for huge cash and hunting gear prizes! Fun for the whole family, kids will enjoy the National Wild Turkey Federation Daisy Jakes trailer where they will be able test air rifles with a special shooting range. The Muzzy 200 Club will be on display showcasing more than a dozen bucks who scored over 200”. 
 
World renowned hunting expert Hank Parker will also be making appearances on Saturday and Savage Outdoor Television’s Mike Stroff and Spook Spann will be providing seminars all weekend. For a full listing of expo features and events visit www.southerntrophyhunters.com or call 334-699-3976.

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 or purchase, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at www.thelakelandcenter.com. Tickets may also be purchased through the 24-hour toll free phone line at 888-397-0100. Performers, prices, date and times are subject to change without notice. Service charges apply to all transactions.


The Price is Right Live Is Coming to The Lakeland Center - Thursday, September 27th

Come On Down…Win over $25,000 in cash and prizes!

The Price is Right Live Comes to The Lakeland Center
Thursday, September 27th 7:30pm
Tickets On Sale Friday, June 29th 9:30am

Lakeland, FL – Hey Lakeland, you could be the next contestant to Come On Down with a chance to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes as the hit television game show The Price is Right comes to The Lakeland Center on Thursday, September 27th at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, June 29th at 9:30am for  $30.50 and $57 (service charges will apply) and 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.

The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "come on down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show.  From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show. Even if your name is not called to play you still have a chance to win. Audience member’s names are called out throughout the show to win prizes just for being there.

Playing to near sold out audiences for 6 years, the Price Is Right Live has given away or 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold over 1.2 million tickets.

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 or purchase, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit our website at www.thelakelandcenter.com. Tickets may also be purchased through the 24-hour toll free phone line at 888-397-0100. Performers, prices, date and times are subject to change without notice. Service charges apply to all transactions.