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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Five to
Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission

 

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Donald H. Wilson and the appointments of Kenneth B. Evers, Timothy J. McCausland, John H. Shannon and Robert S. Swaine to the Tenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Wilson, 60, of Homeland, has practiced at Boswell and Dunlap L.L.P. for 30 years, where he serves as general counsel for Polk State College and handles various cases and transactions for the Polk County School Board.  He received a bachelor's degree from Stetson University and a law degree from the University of Florida. Wilson is reappointed for a term beginning September 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2014.  He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Evers, 43, of Wauchula, has been a sole practitioner since 2000. He is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of Wauchula and served as president in 2000. Evers is also a member of Hardee County Bar Association and served in the United States Army from 1986 to 1989.  He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Florida and law degree from Stetson University College of Law.  Evers succeeds Richard Straughn and is appointed for a term beginning September 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015. 

McCausland, 60, of Bartow, has been the attorney for the City of Lakeland since 1992.  A member of the Florida Municipal Attorney’s Association since 1987, he served as president from 2010 to 2011. He is also the president of Palm Island Spice Company. McCausland served in the United States Army Reserve from 1971 to 1977 and received an associate degree from Polk Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Florida State University College of Law. He succeeds Deborah Oates and is appointed for a term beginning September 22, and ending July 1, 2014.  He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Shannon, 64, of Lakeland, has been a sole practitioner since 1975, excluding his service as the attorney for the City of Fort Meade during the 1990s.  He is a member of the Lakeland Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association and the American Association of Justice. A military veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972, he received an associate degree from Edison Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a law degree from Cumberland School of Law.  Shannon succeeds Alejandro Pujol and is appointed for a term beginning September 22, and ending July 1, 2015.  He is appointed from the list of nominees submitted by the Florida Bar.

Swaine, 37, of Sebring, has been a partner at Swaine and Harris P.A. since 2003.  Previously, he was an associate at Frost, Van Den, Boom and Smith P.A. from 2001 to 2003.  He is currently on the executive council of the real property, probate and trust law section of the Florida Bar and has been a member since 2003.  Swaine has been a member of the Highlands County Bar Association since 2003 and served as President from 2007 to 2008. He has also served as attorney advisor for the Highlands County Teen Court since 2004.  Swaine received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University.  He succeeds Mitchell Franks and is appointed for a term beginning September 22, 2011, and ending July 1, 2015.

 

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Flamenco guitarist Nathan Herrera will perform at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) in the library’s main seating area on Wednesday, September 28th at 7pm.  The hour-long program features music by Herrera accompanied by flamenco dancers.

Herrera has also studied locally with guitarist Jose Maria Moreno, in Miami with Paco Fonta, and with maestro Juan Diego.  He studied flamenco guitar and percussion in Seville, Spain with Juan Nunez.  He has participated in master classes with Pepe Romero, LA Guitar Quartet, Adam Del Monte, and Oscar Guzman. 

Nathan Herrera performs throughout the Southeast and in New York as well as internationally.  Mr. Herrera created the show American Gypsies with dancer Sandra Serrano which toured central Florida in 2006.  He has worked with various dance companies such as Oasis Flamenco, Flamencos Unidos, and the Florida Dance Theatre.  Alegria (2005), Herrera’s debut CD, is available at http://www.nathanherrera.com, http://www.cduniverse.com, http://www.cdbaby.com and http://itunes.apple.com

To find out more about Nathan Herrera, visit http://www.nathanherrera.com and http://www.myspace.com/nathanherrera.

The programs at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) are free and open to the public. For more information, call Brenda J. Patterson at (863) 834-4276 or send e-mail to Brenda.Patterson@lakelandgov.net

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook
Director of Communications | City of Lakeland
228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801


LAKELAND ELECTRIC DECREASES FUEL CHARGE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE CHARGE ALSO DECREASED

LAKELAND, FL (September 19, 2011) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers 75 cents per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after October 3rd.  The new fuel charge will be $49.90 per 1,000 kWh.  As of October 3rd, Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $109.42 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh

Past                 New Rates – Effective October 1, 2011

Base Rate        $59.52                                     $59.52

Fuel Charge    $50.65                                     $49.90

TOTAL:            $110.17                                  $109.42

 

With the decrease in the fuel charge, Lakeland Electric rates remain the 5th lowest out of the 37 utilities serving Florida residential customers and the 4th lowest in Florida for large commercial customers.  After listening to a staff presentation at the September 19, 2011 Utility Committee Meeting, the Lakeland Electric Utility Committee recommended to decrease the current fuel charge based on favorable natural gas prices.

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. 

The Utility Committee also voted unanimously to reduce the environmental compliance charge by 4% from $2.559 to $2.456 per 1,000 kWh. This vote was also passed by the City Commission during the September 19, 2011 meeting. Environmental Compliance Charges are directly related to federal and state initiatives regarding clean air and water mandates. Most of the expenses are related to energy production and include air emission controls, water quality monitoring and capital spending for equipment necessary to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act. 

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

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Thom Grenkowski
Food and Beverage Manager
Cleveland Heights Golf Course
863/834-2326

Cleveland Heights Presents Music at the Heights

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 19, 2011) – Cleveland Heights Golf Course will play host to guitarist Michael Bell and his band for Music at the Heights on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bell and friends bring a fusion of rock and roll, blues, and country music and are sure to be a crowd pleaser. There will be no cover charge for the event.

The Music at the Heights series features local artists on the last Thursday of each month in Rueben’s Lounge at the golf course, located at 2900 Buckingham Ave. For more information about this event or future Music at the Heights events, contact Thom Grenkowski at (863) 834-2326.

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