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 LAKELAND, FL (February 13, 2013) – Eddie Hall filed papers on Monday, February 11th to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large # 1 position.   Hall is the second person to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs. Mr. Wiggs is not seeking re-election due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor.  Hall states, “I love Lakeland!   I have lived, worked and been involved with many activities in the Lakeland area for the past 41 years.   I have seen the City of Lakeland grow over this time period, having lived in the north Lakeland area for 27 years and in the south area for the past 14.” He added,  “Lakeland has a very diverse community and I want to serve as a representative for ALL the citizens of Lakeland.   I will bring the same drive and determination I have always had to the office of City Commissioner when representing the people of our community.”

 

Hall was born in Kalkaska, Michigan in 1964 and raised on his family’s farm until age 8 when they moved to north Lakeland.   Several weeks after moving to the Lake Gibson area, Hall was struck by a car traveling approximately 70 mph, leaving him a paraplegic for life.   Hall said, “The doctors were amazed that I survived the accident and declared it a miracle.”   Having multiple fractures and concussions, he went through several operations after the accident and was able to return home, even though the doctors felt there was no hope for a normal future.  

 

Hall returned to the Polk County School system at Padgett Elementary as the first wheelchair bound student and participated with all the other children.  Determined not to allow his disability to prevent him from leading a normal life, Hall learned to become quite proficient with his wheel chair.  His determination helped him to earn letters in three sports (football, basketball and track) at Lake Gibson Senior High (LGSH) while serving as team manager.  He became known as “Fast Eddie” for his ability to respond quickly to player requests.  After graduating from LGHS, he went on to Polk Community College where he obtained his Associates of Science degree in Computer Engineering and was an equipment manager with the basketball team.  

 

One of Hall’s goals was to work for Publix Supermarkets.  In 1984, his dream came true when he started a successful career with Publix in the Dispatch Department.  Upon completing 10 years of service working in Lakeland Dispatch, he was promoted to the Corporate Distribution and Warehousing Division working as a Systems Administrator for the Transportation Routing system.   In this capacity, he served all Publix distribution centers in the southeast United States and traveled to Miami, Atlanta, Tennessee and other locations. 

 

He participated in a number of committees for Publix during this time as well as representing Publix on the Orlando and Tampa Bay Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Polk County Transportation Planning Organization. In 2000, he was promoted to Inventory Control Manager for Publix Dairy processing where he was responsible for the purchasing of ALL products for the Plant.   Hall is the first wheelchair employee employed at Publix.  He has spent his entire adult life as an advocate for the disabled and mobility impaired.  Hall said, “It is an Honor and Privilege to be a part of the Publix Family.”  

 

He retired with distinction from Publix in 2010 after 26 years of service and is now employed part-time as a Lead Sales Generator with the South Lakeland Home Depot store.  After many years as a local pioneer and advocate, Hall wants to continue serving the local community.  He will use his many years of experience of working in the corporate world and on issues for persons with disabilities to serve ALL of the citizens of Lakeland.  Hall is married and has two children, Evert and Edilson.  His wife Katty is from Babahoyo, Ecuador.

 

Eddie Hall Volunteer activities in Lakeland and Polk County:

 

Lakeland Sister Cities International – Chairman, Babahoyo, Ecuador Committee
Polk County Transportation Planning Organization – Board Member, Disabled Representative

Polk County Transportation Planning Organization- Citizen Advisory Council, City of Lakeland Representative
Lakeland Housing Authority - Commissioner
Polk County Council Parent Teacher Association - Treasurer
Polk County Schools – Exceptional Student Education – Executive Board and Advisory Council
Polk County Schools - Jesse Keene Elementary School Student Advisory Council

Home Depot Diversity Committee

Lakeland Physically Handicap Club, former President

Lakeland Handicap Bowling Club, former President

Lakeland Jaycees, former Director

 

 

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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.