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LAKELAND, FL – March 29, 2011 (Lakeland, FL) – The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department will begin in-city registration for Camp BLAST at Kelly Recreation Complex, April 9, 2011 at 8:00am. Those living outside the city limits will be able to register beginning Saturday, April 16, 2011 starting at 8:00am. Camp dates are Monday June 20th – Friday August 12th, 2011.

Camp Blast provides daily enrichment and activities bundled with endless opportunities for fun! This summer we will be offering two program options: Camp ADVENTURE and Camp EXPLORE.

Camp EXPLORE will include Weekly Arts & Crafts, Exercise Challenges, Weekly trips to Bowling, Swimming, and Movies, Roller Skating, Lakeland Community Theatre Production, City Tours, Scavenger Hunt, Wacky Olympics, and Talent Show.

Camp ADVENTURE is the traditional program including all trips listed above. In addition to these trips, Camp Adventure will also include trips to the following destinations:  Theme Park, Lowry Park Zoo, Lakeland Tigers Baseball Game, Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Game.

Camp Simpson Park (NW Quadrant ONLY)
Registration begins April 9, 2011 at 8:00am.

*For more information, please call Simpson Park at (863) 834-2577.

Complete Registration and Fee Schedule:

CAMP EXPLORE                                         $350

Registration Fee $200.00 per child and then 3-payments of $50.00

CAMP ADVENTURE                                  $500

Registration Fee $200.00 per child and then 3-payments of $100.00

*PAYMENT DATES: April 30, May 14 & May 28

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:

  • Participants must have successfully completed Kindergarten and not yet entered 6th grade.
  • City Residents must provide proof of residency.
  • Must bring a copy of most recent report card, electric bill, and driver’s license in order to register.
  • Fees payable by cash or check only.
  • Enrollment is limited and camp participants will be taken on a first-come, first served basis by date listed above.

For more information, please call the Kelly Recreation Complex at (863) 834-3284 or visit www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec.


3:45 UPDATE - LAKELAND, FL (March 31, 2011)According to the National Weather Service, severe weather blew through Lakeland with heavy rains and high winds.  There is at least two tornadoes that touched down in Polk County. The severe weather caused damage to trees, power loss and damage to aircraft at the Sun n Fun Fly-In.

 

·         Power restoration efforts are a priority and Lakeland Electric has restored all closed circuits and all transmission lines are back up.

·         At one point there were 11 closed circuits within the Lakeland Electric service territory.

·         Lakeland Electric restoration efforts are now concentrating on approximately 3,000-5,000 scattered outages throughout the system.

·         A hangar that houses some Lakeland Police operations sustained damage to a hangar door that some supporting structure that supports the door was damaged due to the storm.  No one was injured at the hangar and Lakeland Police operations resume within the facility.

·         Sun n Fun has reported damage to at least 40 aircraft at the Fly-In but note they are still assessing damage on the grounds.  Numerous tents on the grounds were damaged but only minor injuries have been reported at this time.

 


According to the National Weather Service, severe weather blew through Lakeland with heavy rain and high winds.  The severe weather caused damage to trees, power loss and damage to aircraft at the Sun n Fun Fly-In.

Restoration efforts are a priority and Lakeland Electric is now completing work on numerous scattered outages with approximately 3,000-5,000 homes without power. Restoration will take place through the night. At one point there were 11 closed circuits causing numerous areas in the Lakeland Electric service territory to be without power.

A hangar that houses some Lakeland Police operations sustained damage to a hangar door and supporting door structure due to the storm.  No one was injured because of the damaged door and Lakeland Police operations resume within the facility.

Sun n Fun has reported damage to at least 40 aircraft at the Fly-In but note they are still assessing damage on the grounds.  Numerous tents on the grounds were damaged but no serious injuries have been reported at this time.


Lakeland, Florida  – March 30th, 2011 – Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina announced today it will begin providing non-stop jet service between four cities to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and the following markets beginning June 23rd, 2011: Niagara Falls-Buffalo, New York (serving greater Toronto, Canada); Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Hagerstown, Maryland; and Springfield, Illinois. 

As part of the opening celebration, Direct Air is offering passengers flying between these new markets a special introductory fare of “$79 for 79 Hours”.  This promotion begins with the press conference on Wednesday, March 30th and will end Saturday, April 2nd at midnight. Reservations can be booked at www.visitdirectair.com or by calling Direct Air’s Reservations Department at 1-877-432-3473.

Lakeland Airport Director Gene Conrad reported Direct Air will begin providing service with 10 flights per week. The schedule will offer Thursday and Sunday flights between Hagerstown and Lakeland and also flights between Myrtle Beach and Lakeland.  On Friday, Saturday, and Monday, nonstop flights will be offered between Lakeland and Niagara Falls NY /Toronto  and also between Lakeland and Springfield, Ill .

Conrad continued by saying, “What a tremendous opportunity this new partnership between Direct Air and the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport presents for Polk County and the City of Lakeland.  We have made tremendous strides to prepare our airport facility for an opportunity like this and Direct Air recognizes the potential of this airport  because of its central location in the heart of Florida.  We look forward to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport serving as a gateway for visitors to our region and a convenient travel option for our local residents.”

Kay Ellison, Managing Partner of Direct Air said “We are incredibly excited to be basing an aircraft in Lakeland and expanding our presence in Central Florida.  We want to be known as the “go-to” air service for nonstop flights and low fares to Florida. We believe a long and very successful partnership with Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and the surrounding community will develop quickly as we work together to accomplish our common goals.”

Judy Tull, CEO of Direct Air said “Direct Air has built a strong niche service developing underserved markets offering convenient service via smaller, secondary airports as an alternative to high fares and lengthy travel times at big airports. The Lakeland Region is attractive to our business model and philosophy because of its strategic location situated between Orlando in Central Florida, and Tampa / St. Petersburg on Florida’s west coast. Our passengers will find it as an economical alternative to the busy and stressful larger airports in Orlando and Tampa."

Direct Air President Ed Warneck commented by saying, “The partners of Direct Air all agree that we will be a vital component in expanding and growing the Orlando West region of Central Florida.  Direct Air projects a $33,462,000.00 annual economic impact based on a conservative 75% per cent load factor will flow into the Central Florida / Lakeland region from the 1,200 inbound seats per week, totaling 62,400 inbound passenger seats per year. It is Direct Air’s goal to grow the market through increased frequency and adding new destinations as we have done in our other markets.”

Direct Air has been offering non-stop and direct jet flight service since 2007.   The company is pleased to add Lakeland, FL, and Hagerstown, MD to its current markets:  Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pittsburgh, Pa. ; Newark, N.J.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Columbus, Oh.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Toledo, Oh.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Allentown, Pa.; Rockford, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando-Sanford, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla.  All Direct Air flights are public charters operated on Boeing 737-400, 150 passenger jet aircraft by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class and 138 coach leather seating.  Direct Air is excited to be flying its one-millionth passenger in 2011.

Airfares are one way beginning at $99 each way and increase in increments based on availability. First Class seats are available for a $100 upgrade each way. Seat assignments in advance require a $10 purchase per person. There is an additional charge for baggage and surcharges may apply for excess/overweight checked baggage.  A convenience fee of $15 each way will be accessed. Air fares do not include Federal Segment Fee of $3.50 per segment (A segment is defined as one take off and one landing), Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) up to $4.50 and September 11th Security Fee of $3.70 per departure.

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Contact:
Direct Air Media Relations

Kelsey Dunn
kdunn@myrtlebeachdirectair.com
(843) 916-9700

 


A grand opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 for the new Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) facility located at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on the Sun ‘n Fun campus.

CFAA is Kathleen High School’s aviation-oriented career academy. In the academy, students are challenged to reach high levels of achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in preparation for high-tech careers in the fields of aviation and aerospace.

The new 58,000-suare-foot CFAA was funded by a $7.5 million grant from the Aviation Education Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by renowned pilot James Ray.

The grand opening coincided with the kick-off of Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In 2011 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Watch the Press Conference