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LAKELAND LINDER REGIONAL AIRPORT’S TOWER ON LIST TO BE PHASED OUT

LAKELAND, FL (March 22, 2013) -- Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is on the list of 149 federal contract air traffic control towers that are scheduled to have federal funding phased out starting April 7, 2013 as part of the federal budget sequestration. Gene Conrad, Director of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport said, “We are very disappointed in the FAA’s decision to discontinue funding for the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport federal contract tower.  Safety is paramount and our operations continue to increase.  We are exploring options to maintain air traffic control services at Lakeland Airport.” 

 

“We did receive confirmation today that the FAA will be sending a full contingent of air traffic controllers to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport to operate the air traffic control tower during the annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 9 – 14th,” said Conrad.   “This is a reimbursable agreement with the FAA and the Sun ‘n Fun Board unanimously agreed to stand behind the financial commitment.  We are currently working with our state and local stakeholders to help cover those costs.”

 

In March, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed to close 189 contract air traffic control towers as part of its plan to meet the $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration and announced that it would consider keeping open any of these towers if doing so would be in the national interest.  

The national interest considerations included:

·         Significant threats to national security as determined by the FAA in consultation with the Department of Defense or the Department of Homeland Security;

·         Significant, adverse economic impact that is beyond the impact on a local community;

·         Significant impact on multi-state transportation, communication or banking/financial networks;

·         The extent to which an airport currently served by a contract tower is a critical diversionary airport to a large hub.  

The Federal Department of Transportation consulted with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and conducted operational assessments of each potential tower closure on the national air transportation system. As a result, 24 federal contract towers will remain open because closing them would have a negative impact on the national interest.  The FAA will begin a four-week phased out budget process that will affect 149 federal contract towers beginning on April 7th and Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is on that list. 

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FAA Contract Tower Closure List

FAA Contract Towers Remaining Open

FAA Contract Tower Cost Share Sites Remaining Open



CITY OF LAKELAND TO HOST INDOOR TRIATHLON

Make the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Indoor Triathlon your first indoor triathlon. This fun challenge is perfect for everyone – from seasoned triathletes to first-timers. Race a 20-minute swim, 20-minute bike and a 20-minute run in the controlled environment of the Kelly Recreation and Gandy Pool Complexes.  The Indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday, April 13th, with check-in at 8:00 am at the Kelly Recreation Complex. 

You set your own pace. Performance is measured by distance covered in each of the three legs. The more distance you cover, the higher your score.

All participants will receive a City of Lakeland Indoor Triathlon T-shirt and a medal. All ages are welcome, but minors must have parental consent at time of registration. Deadline for registration is April 6, 2013. Entry fee is only $20.00 Full details and registration forms can be found at  www.lakelandgov.net. For more information contact the Kelly Recreation Complex at 863-834-3283.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

kevincook

Director of Communications | City of Lakeland

228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6264 (PH) | www.lakelandgov.net

Twitter @lakelandgov       

 

CITY OF LAKELAND PURCHASING DIVISION WILL HOLD VENDOR FORUMS

Outlining how to conduct business for new and existing vendors

 

LAKELAND, FL (March 8, 2013) – The City of Lakeland Purchasing & Stores Division invites those wishing to do business with the City to attend one of the four (4) Vendor Forum sessions being held over the next several weeks.

 

Who: Vendors, suppliers and contractors who are registered with the City of Lakeland

What:  Vendor Forums

Where: City of Lakeland Purchasing & Stores Division, 1140 E. Parker St., Purchasing Bid Room – 2nd Floor, Lakeland, FL 33801

When: March 13th, 21st, 27th or April 3rd.  Each forum will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

The forums will help potential vendors know how to conduct business with the City of Lakeland and the sessions will allow valuable feedback on ways to improve the procurement process. Topics include: vendor/bidder registration, request for quotes process, soliciting sealed bids and request for proposals (RFP) or qualifications (RFQ), communication, and any other helpful information.

 

The Purchasing & Stores Division is conducting a morning session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on March 13th, March 21st, March 27th and one on April 3rd. Those wishing to attend will need to RSVP either by phone (863/834-67800) or email (purch@lakelandgov.net).  Vendors only need to attend one of the four sessions being offered.  Seating is limited to 35 for each session on a first come, first served basis.

 

To RSVP for a Vendor Forum, please call the Purchasing Division at 863/834-6780 or e-mail purch@lakelandgov.net with your preferred date that you would like to attend. 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CONTACT:
Julie Adams
Parks and Recreation
City of Lakeland
863/834-8228
 
 
 
CAMPER SCAMPER 5K & KIDS FUN RUN
 
 
LAKELAND, FL ( FEBRUARY 25, 2013) -- Come join the Parks & Recreation Department as they host the 1st Annual Camper Scamper 5K and Kids Fun Run on Friday, March 15th around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth. Check-In and on-site registration will be from 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. near the Lakeland Yacht Club parking lot followed by the kid's fun run at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K race starting at 6:45 p.m.  Entry fee for kids ages 5 -11 is only $10.00 and ages 12 and up can participate for only $20.00. A $5.00 fee will be added for event day registration, so get your name on the list today!
 
Another activity featured before the race is a Mascot Race Challenge! Mascots from around the area will be available for photo opportunities and will enter into head-to-head competition in a friendly mascot race at 6:00 p.m. 
 
You can register online at www.active.com or pick up an application at any of the following locations:  
 
·              Kelly Recreation Complex, 404 Imperial Blvd
·              Simpson Park Community Center, 1725 MLK Jr. Ave
·              Lake Mirror Complex, 121 S. Lake Ave
 
Proceeds from the event will go to support the Summer Camp Program of the City of Lakeland. Bring your family and your friends for what is sure to be a fun night for a great cause!  For full details call 863-834-8228.