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Florida’s winter is long gone and many homeowners are anxious to replace frost-damaged plants and take on other outdoor digging projects – a perfect time for the reminder, “always call 811 before digging.”

Throughout April, Sunshine State One Call and your neighborhood utilities will promote National Safe Digging Month through statewide outreach and local events. The campaign is designed to remind Florida’s residents of the complex network of wires, cables and pipelines located underground. Striking one of these underground utility lines while digging could injure you or others, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

A call must be placed to 811 before every digging project, from simple landscaping like planting trees or shrubs, to placing a fence or installing a mailbox. There are 170,000 underground utilities damaged annually across the nation, and one out of every three incidents is the result of not calling 811. Don’t become part of the statistic – make sure to call 811!

Here’s how it works:

  • One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for Sunshine State One Call to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig.
  • Call at least two full business days before digging to give utility companies enough time to properly mark their lines.
  • When you call 811, you will be asked for the location and description of your digging project.
  • Sunshine State One Call notifies affected utility companies who then send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utilities.
  • Once lines have been properly marked, roll up those sleeves and dig carefully within 24 inches of any marks in your project area.

Visit www.callsunshine.com for more information about 811 and the call-before-you-dig process.

Sunshine State One Call of Florida is a private, not-for-profit, corporation created by Florida Legislature in 1993 with the Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act, Chapter 556, Florida Statutes. It educates excavators and homeowners on the “call 811 before digging” process and provides the free system excavators use to notify utility owners of intended digging.

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Hop on down and help celebrate Max & Ruby coming LIVE to Lakeland in May with a pre-event box office party on April 15th  from 5pm – 7pm at The Lakeland Center. Kids can learn about the importance of party manners with The Central Florida Etiquette Academy and enjoy crafts, games and refreshments. Admission and parking for the pre-event celebration is free and the Box Office will be open for discounted ticket sales for Max & Ruby LIVE on May 26th with performances at 4pm and 7pm. Max 98.3 will also be on hand with a live remote broadcast.

The Central Florida Etiquette Academy features unique training from certified etiquette instructor Lynda Taylor. A graduate of The Academy of Etiquette and Protocol in Orlando, Lynda has been teaching the time honored art of proper manners for nearly 35 years and is the founder of her own successful academy.  She will provide a “kid friendly” presentation on the importance of party manners and all attendees will receive a special certificate of achievement.

Tickets for Max & Ruby Bunny Party LIVE are on sale for $21.50 and $35 at The Lakeland Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.

ABOUT MAX & RUBY LIVE 

Max and Ruby are brother and sister; Max is the bunny that is always finding ways of getting around his chores and other duties. He is very mischievous and needs to be taught his manners in order to stay out of trouble. Meanwhile his sister, Ruby is suppose to be looking out for Max and keep him out of trouble and she tries to teach him some valuable lessons regarding manners and how to treat his friends. So, hop along on the bunny trail with Max & Ruby to discover how a bunny is suppose to use everyday manners whether it’s playing with friends, at a party or having dinner with your family

The Lakeland Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863)834-8111 or visit our website at www.thelakelandcenter.com.Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.


Free event with live music and green living exhibits

 

LAKELAND, FL (March 25, 2011) -- On April 22nd there will be a Free Green Celebration in honor of Earth Day with a concert and showcase at the Lake Mirror Promenade from 6 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. There will be live music from the band Cheatwood along with a variety of exhibits promoting green living initiatives.

Cheatwood was raised on Hendrix, Page, Clapton and Winter.  The band is comprised of seasoned professionals including Greg Cheatwood, Vincenzo Salvaggio, Dean Amaicone and Eric Nutting.  Cheatwood’s performance includes iconic songs of the 60’s and early 70’s while mixing in an equal number of original tunes based on music from the same era.  It is the band’s hope that the generation who lived through the music will remember their youth and the best of times while introducing the best of those times to a new generation.

The Green Celebration honors Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.  Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and it is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.  In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day.

The Green Celebration invites the Lakeland community to attend the free event.  Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy the festivities as we celebrate Earth Day.  Participants are encouraged to recycle, reclaim, reuse and ride a bike. 

The Lakeland Green Celebration is sponsored in part by Magnify Credit Union.  Magnify Credit Union recently received the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council’s Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards for their South Lakeland Branch. The facility was designed as the first “Net Zero” energy commercial building in the state, which means that the on-site renewable energy systems will produce more electricity than the building will use annually.

 


At the City Commission meeting held on Tuesday April 4th Tamara Sakagawa CRA Manager presented the CRA annual report. Beautification Awards were presented to Lesley and Brian Chambers owner of 751 Edgewood Dr. and Citizens Bank & Trust at 1985 E. Edgewood Dr.

Proclamations were presented for: Community Development Week, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Donate Life Month, Estates at Carpenters Day, Fair Housing Month, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, National Volunteer Week, Relay for Life Day, and Toastmasters Awareness Month.

The Finance Committee minutes were presented including a report that overall; it was a good year for the City. Lakeland Electric (LE) had a good year. The sales exceeded the budget targets. The City received a bond rating upgrade and closed the year with a surplus balance in the General Fund of $2 million more than forecast. The City will use the additional $2 million of reserves to meet the budget challenge over the next few years.

A final hearing was held on the one year action plan and projected use of funds for the 37th year CDBG and 17th Year HOME funds. Also presented was the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) three-year-plan for 2011-2014.

The commission also approved a change order for the East-West Connector design build contract and the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport taxiway apron drainage project change order.

Public hearings were scheduled for the next City Commission Meeting for a school at 1129 N. Missouri Ave., a concrete aggregate, yard waste and construction debris recycling facility at the intersection of Fairbanks Street and Bella Vista Street., an Internally Illuminated Ground Sign on Property Located at 4450 Harden Boulevard, and Creation of the Interruptible / Time of Use Rate Class for Lakeland Electric.

Resolutions were approved for: the execution of FDOT’s Corporate Resolution, Delegation, and Special Power of Attorney, FDOT Necessary Agreements and Documents to Permit the City to Participate in Connection with the US 98 S Project - Wastewater & Water Utilities. A resolution was also approved that provides authority to invest the retiree health premiums fund.

In final action the commission awarded the annual debris management services contract to D&J Enterprises, Inc. of Alabama and approved the community housing development organization agreements with Keystone Challenge Fund, Inc.