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Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is just around the corner and the boys are back in town!  Your 2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers are ready for spring and ready to tee it up with you!

Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing has once again teamed up with the Detroit Tigers and the City of Lakeland to present the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, February 21st, at Cleveland Heights Golf Course in Lakeland, Florida.

This unique event offers you a rare opportunity to spend a day on the course with the Tiger legends of yesterday and 2012 ALCS Championship team.  The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit local youth organizations and the Common Ground Park Endowment Fund on behalf of The Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida and the City of Lakeland respectively.     

Join us and your favorite Tigers in celebrating 77 years of Detroit Tiger Spring Training in Lakeland!

Please complete the ENTRY FORM and mail along with payment to the address provided.  You may fax your entry form, but please follow with prompt payment by mail.  Entry fees includes lunch, a goodie bag, awards reception following the tournament, and a tremendous selection of raffle prizes!

If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact our Tournament Director, Brock Witmyer at (863) 834-2379 or Bill Tinsley at (863) 860-2176.   We look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Okay, let’s make sure we have the date and location down.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at Cleveland Heights Golf Course, 2900 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.  Please find additional facility information by calling (863) 834-2377.

My significant other is not a golfer, but is it okay to bring him/her along?

We will be more than happy to assist you with finding wonderful activities for your spouse/significant other. They are certainly invited to attend the events special activities including the luncheon, and dinner reception following the golf scramble. 

Please call with request of additional guests.

Which celebrity will join my group?

While we cannot guarantee a particular celebrity for your group, you may place a request.  If at all possible we will honor that request provided the celebrity is in attendance and an earlier reservation did not request the same celebrity.

Are there contests on the course?

You bet!  We will have a number of contests out on the course this year, including the traditional putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin.

How about raffle prizes?

We will have plenty of varied raffle prizes. You won’t be disappointed by the large assortment of prizes available to win.

What is the schedule for the day?

10:30 a.m.      Registration Opens

11:30 a.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.         Shotgun start

6:00 p.m.         Reception, awards presentation and raffle ticket drawings


Curtis Porterfield has been named the City of Lakeland’s Manager of Lakes and Stormwater and he will officially start Monday, February 4th.   Porterfield has been serving as a Lakes Biologist for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners since 2007.  Prior to his tenure with Polk County, he worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist for three years.

Porterfield said, “I am eager to apply my years of experience and environmental science education to the Manager of Lakes and Stormwater position.  I am very familiar with the program, overseeing similar duties for Polk County and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Director of Public Works, Rick Lilyquist said, “We had some very talented candidates that applied for this position and we feel that Curtis is the right choice because of his years of experience and associated knowledge of lakes restoration programs, his passion for the environment, and desire to enhance the quality of Lakeland’s surface water resources."

Porterfield graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy.  His annual salary as Manager of Lakes and Stormwater will be $71,905.60 and he is 34 years old.

The Lakes and Stormwater Division is staffed by five environmental scientists and it is housed within the Public Works Department. The division is located at 407 Fairway Avenue. Funding for Lakes and Stormwater related projects comes from the City's Stormwater Utility. The establishment of the Lakes and Stormwater Division has contributed considerably to improving the health and beauty of Lakeland’s water bodies.  For more information regarding the City of Lakeland and its services, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.

 


At the City Commission Meeting held Tuesday January 22nd the following decisions were made.

The appointments of Cora Rankins to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Jack Strollo, to the Code Enforcement Board, Brian Waller to the Historic Preservation Board and Deborah Boynton to the Midtown Community Redevelopment Area Board were approved.

A recommendation that Penny McAuley  be eligible for reappointment to a second full term at the end of her current term on The Planning & Zoning Board was approved.

A Lease Agreement with RDI, LLC for hangar space located in the Airside Center was approved.

An appeal of Denial of Conditional Use at 215 East Main St. was denied.

Large scale future land use map amendment from county residential low and linear commercial corridor to city residential medium, mixed commercial corridor, and conservation on 56.77 acres located north of  U.S. Highway 92, West of Fairway Avenue and East of Lake Parker was approved

A text amendment to the Future Land Use Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan to provide consistency with 2012 state legislation related to Green Swamp Policies was approved

A proposed large scale future land use map amendment on 26.8 acres, from regional activity center (rac) to residential medium (rm) on property located at 1020 South Parkway Frontage Road east of Harden Boulevard, south of the South Frontage Road to the Polk Parkway Was approved.

Text Amendment #T-12-013 to the Future Land Use Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan Amending the Office Center Land Use Designation was approved.

Authorization to enter into two engineering Task Authorizations in the amounts not to exceed $289,468 and $248,023 respectively, to provide for engineering services, for the airport, related to the Runway 9/27 rehabilitation and the South Ramp, with Amherst Consulting for the design through bidding phase was approved.

A Task Authorization for a not to exceed amount of $34,980 for an engineering contract with Atkins and execution of a construction contract with Ox Construction and Company for $127,000 for capital improvements at the Airside Center for construction of a shipping and receiving area and office area in northern Bays 2 and 3 was approved

Authorization for City officials to commence negotiations with the top ranked firm of, Lunz Prebor Fowler, Architects for Fire Station #7 project  architectural and engineering services was approved .

Proposed resolution no. 13-003 A resolution relating to Lakeland Electric; repealing resolution 4855; designating certain individuals and corporations as authorized representatives of the City of Lakeland, Florida, for the purpose of executing one or more fuel contracts was approved.

Award of Bid No. 2318 to Econolite Control Products, Inc. for advanced  traffic Management system center upgrades was approved in the amount of $297,560.00.

Amendment One to The Fire Protection Agreement with Polk County adding additional territory and increasing the dollar Amount by $5,650 was approved.

An agreement with Florida Department of Economic Opportunity extending the deadline for filing annual certification for the current calendar year to   May 31, 2013 was approved.

Task Authorization with CH2M Hill, Inc. for Water Quality Sampling on Lake Parker Copper Translator-McIntosh Power Plant Unit 1 Not-To-Exceed: $49,619 was approved.

A Task Authorization with Chastain Skillman for HVAC design for McIntosh Unit 5 control room building not-to-exceed: $26,400.00 was approved.

To find out more in depth information you can view the City Commission agendas online at: www.lakelandgov.net/cityclerk/Agendas.aspx click on the item numbers highlighted in blue for all background materials.



Have you ever seen a camellia bloom?  If you have, then you know its beauty is the best kept secret in the flower world.  If you have not seen this spectacular porcelain-like flower, you have an opportunity to see for yourself literally hundreds of camellia blooms in an amazing array of different colors, sizes, and varieties at the Lakeland Camellia Society’s 31th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale.

The Lakeland Camellia Society will hold their annual one-day Camellia Show at North Lakeland Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall, 6725 N. Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, January 26, 2013.  It is open to the public for leisurely viewing from 1 to 5 pm. Mark your calendar now to come see the world’s best-kept flower secret.

The Fellowship Hall has ample free parking. Admission is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. 

Those wishing to enter blooms need not be members of any club or society.  Just bring your blooms to North Lakeland Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall between 7 and 9:30 am. The show is held under the rules of The American Camellia Society, which certifies the judges and establishes the categories so amateur and professional growers compete equally. Members of the Lakeland Camellia Society will be on hand to assist in placing blooms for judging, identifying blooms and answering any questions about Camellias, Lakeland Camellia Society, and The American Camellia Society.

The plant sale is scheduled from 12 pm to 5 pm unless sold out. There will be many different varieties of camellia plants on sale to help people get started or just add to their collections of camellias. 

LCS meets at 7:00 pm the second Tuesday of each month October through April in the City of Lakeland Tigertown Complex at Parks Field offices 2220 North Lake Avenue, Lakeland FL. 33805.

For more information, call John Shirah (863) 858-3789.

Mail inquiries should be sent to:

Lakeland Camellia Society
8220 Walt Williams Rd.
Lakeland, Florida 33809-0822.

Brian S. Dick
Show Chairman                              
863-834-2237
Email – brian.dick@lakelandgov.net