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ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE
Portion of New Jersey Road to Close March 24th - April 11th



New Jersey Road (from Edgewood to Crystal Lake Dr) will be closed to traffic beginning March 24, 2014 through April 11, 2014 while utilities in the 
right of way are relocated and drainage work begins. The Signal at New Jersey Road and Sylvester will also be changing to an All-Red Flash mode in addition to stop signs being installed. This All-Red flash mode will stay in effect for a minimum of 90 days. 

This work is in preparation for the construction of New Jersey Trail project being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Updates and maps will be posted on our website http://www.lakelandgov.net/publicworks/PublicWorks/Projects/NewJerseyTrail.aspx


Public Meeting Notice
Lake Hollingsworth Drive Roundabout

The City of Lakeland has scheduled a Public Meeting regarding a proposed traffic roundabout and associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements at the Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road intersection.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Florida Southern College Thrift Building, located on Columbia Way (off of Lake Hollingsworth Drive), Lakeland, Florida 33801, adjacent to the Florida Southern College swimming pool area.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format beginning at 6:00 p.m.  A visual presentation will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. and continuously loop throughout the meeting.  During the presentation, City staff and representatives from the study team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the results of the Alternatives Analysis study conducted by the City’s consultant of the traffic operations at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road; identify possible modifications to improve the operation of the intersection and associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and 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. Study-related information may also be obtained by contacting Mr. Mark E. Wilson, P.E., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. at (863) 701-8702, or by email to marke.wilson@kimley-horn.com or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .


Polk County Communities Recognized as Healthy Weight Community Champions

BARTOW- The Florida Department of Health has recognized the City of Lakeland, the City of Winter Haven, and Polk County as Healthy Weight Community Champions. Between November 2013 and February 2014, local governments were invited to submit best practice policies they have implemented to promote physical activity and improve nutrition in their jurisdictions. These “best practices” are exemplified by the Healthy Weight Community Champions.

 

“Efforts to improve health are often most effective at the local level and the Department wants to recognize the outstanding progress made by these communities to promote healthy weight,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

“We are very proud of the work our local community leaders have accomplished to make Polk County a healthier place to live, work, and play,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, FDOH- Polk Director.

Some of the best practices enacted locally include:

  • Sponsorship of low or no cost fitness related events
  • Pursuing healthy community design and complete streets policies
  • Supporting the development of community gardens
  • Including healthier alternatives in vending machines at parks and recreation facilities

    A full list of policy changes for each community is available in the attached document or online at www.mypolkhealth.net/announcments/healthyweight.

    Each municipality will receive their award at an upcoming public meeting. Communities will also receive personalized Healthy Weight graphics and promotional material.

    The Community Champions program is part of the Department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

    To learn more about Healthiest Weight Florida, please visit www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.

    For more information about the Florida Department of Health in Polk County please visit www.mypolkhealth.org.

 


 

Arrest in Homicide Investigation of Gregory Allen Ross Jr.

 

Suspect Information:
Jimmy Jermaine Brown, B/M,
DOB 11/16/84
814 Quincy Street, Lakeland, Fla

 

LAKELAND, FL (March 11, 2014) On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at approximately 8:23 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to 833 N. Florence Avenue in reference to a homicide. Inside the dwelling officers discovered Gregory Allen Ross Jr. (B/M 06/17/94) deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. At the time of the homicide, the dwelling was being utilized as an illegal drug distribution point commonly known as a drug trap house. Evidence found inside the dwelling included firearms and illegal drugs. Crime scene personnel recovered spent bullet casings and projectiles inside the dwelling.

On Monday, March 10, 2014, an autopsy was conducted at the Medical Examiner’s Office by Dr. Nelson. The results of the procedure identified five gunshot wounds to the decedent, to include shots to the head and upper torso area.

According to two witnesses that were in the dwelling prior to the homicide, only four people were inside which consisted of: Jimmy Brown, the decedent and two witnesses. Both witnesses had left the dwelling when they heard five separate gunshots. One of the witnesses returned to the dwelling and observed Jimmy Brown running out the front door. The witness followed Jimmy Brown for several blocks before catching up with him. The witness stated that Jimmy Brown told him he had robbed the decedent of an amount of drugs, to include powder cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, which he showed the witness. Jimmy Brown told the witness he accidentally shot the decedent during a struggle.

Detectives obtained the arrest warrant on March 11th and attempted to locate Brown at various locations throughout the evening. Jimmy Brown later turned himself in at the Lakeland Police Department yesterday evening without incident and was later transported to the Polk County Jail.