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The Lakeland Police Department and other local agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration by holding a Drug Take Back Day for citizens that would like to discard unwanted human or pet medication they may have accumulated in the back of their medicine cabinet or cupboards.  It does not matter how many, what size, or what kind they are.  Pills need to be placed in a clear, air-tight sealed plastic bag, and may be dropped off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., where law enforcement personnel will be present to accept the pills.

Additional Locations for Safe Disposal:

Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL

City of Zolfo Springs Sheriff Substation – US 17 (Town Hall Building), Zolfo Springs, FL

Florida Dept. of Transportation – 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL – Hosted by Bartow Police Dept.

Davenport Police Department – 17 Market Street, Davenport, FL

Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office – 900 East Summit Street, Wauchula, FL

Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL

Lake Wales Police Department – 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL

Lakeland Police Department– 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL


Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL

Wauchula Police Department - 128 South 7th Street, Wauchula, FL

This event has been designed to bring about awareness.  Accidental prescription drug overdose is reportedly on the rise.  Storing excess pills you do not intend to use or storing outdated medication in your home can pose a risk for accidental ingestion or abuse.  Disposing of pills by flushing them down the toilet or sink can cause contamination to lakes and ground water.

For additional information, contact Sergeant Terri Smith,  PIO at 863.834.6917.   There is also information available at or contact StandUp Polk Coalition/InnerAct Alliance at 863.802.0777.

The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association National Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011 as part of Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. First Friday celebrates downtown each month with music and entertainment along the streets.  A classic car show will highlight the May 6th event.

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each division from the City of Lakeland Public Works Department.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, solid waste collection, recycling materials and much more! Along with these events there will be children’s activities, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family!

Everyone is invited to the May 6th First Friday event and the celebration of NPWW.  On May 6th parking is free beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Street Parking Garage.  Additional free parking is available in the Bay Street Lot, the Oak Street Park & Ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.

2011 Public Works Week Poster.pdf

LAKELAND, FL (April 22, 2011) - Much of the downtown area paving project will be completed before close of business day.  Crews will be working on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. with the focus on milling the curb edges along Main Street between Tennessee and Kentucky Avenue.  There will be additional milling during the same time period along the curb lines of Lemon and Orange Streets.


Paving will resume on Monday, April 25th at approximately 6:30 a.m.  Paving will start on Main Street at Florida Avenue working east block by block.  As paving on Main Street is completed, the crews will move to Lemon Street and resume paving on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. to finish Orange Street. 


At the Planning and Zoning Board meeting held April 19, 2011 The Board took the following action:

A conditional use to allow, Peace River Center for Personal Development, to use a portion of an existing building located at 715 North Lake Avenue to be used as a 20-bed residential behavioral healthcare treatment and Baker Act evaluation facility, was approved for submission to the City Commission.

A Conditional use to allow, Florida Presbyterian Homes, to have temporary employee parking for approximately 40 vehicles on vacant property located at 320 Cannon Street was approved for submission to the City Commission, conditional to the erection of a privacy fence and the eventual return to open space.

I-3 (Heavy Industrial) zoning and a conditional use to allow, Mid Florida Environmental LLC, to build an air separation facility, used to make liquid Nitrogen, Oxygen and Argon on property located west of North Combee Road approximately 1,800 feet north of Saddle Creek Road was referred to staff for final recommendation. An additional public hearing is required at the next meeting due to a change to the site location, caused by the discovery of a Bald Eagle’s nest.

A Change in zoning from PUD (Planned Unit Development) to O-1 (Small Lot Office) on property located at 3704 Kathleen Road was approved for submission to the City Commission.

City I (Industrial) future land use and PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning on two parcels of property located south of Drane Field Road and east of Hamilton Road to allow, Lakeland Electric, to construct a solar power generation facility were referred to staff for final recommendation.

PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning to allow, North Lakeland Properties Inc., RG Lakeland Properties LLC, and RG Lakeland Tiki LLC. to build a mixed use regional shopping center (Gateway Commons) on approximately 50.7 acres located northwest of Interstate-4, east of US Highway 98 North and north of Crevasse Street was approved for submission to the City Commission.

A major modification of PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning to reallocate industrial, office and commercial uses and allow, Doherty Holdings Second, LLC. two automobile dealerships on property located northwest of Interstate 4, east of Kathleen Road, and south of Griffin Road was approved for submission to the City Commission.

Change in future land use from Conservation (C) to Public and Institutional (PI) to allow, Lakeland Electric, to build an electric substation on 9 acres located at the northwest corner of North Road 33 and Huron Way was approved for submission to the City Commission.

Proposed changes to Article 36 of the Land Development Regulations (Sign Regulation) to allow projecting signs within the Downtown Commercial (C-6) and Munn Park Historic (C-7) zoning districts and to establish standards for such signs were approved for submission to the City Commission.

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