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11th Annual Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge
and Lakes Festival on Lake Hollingsworth



Lakes Education/Action Drive (LE/AD), in partnership with Lakeland Clean & Beautiful, the City of Lakeland and Lakeland Vision present Lakeland’s 11th Annual Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lakes Festival on Saturday, September 13, from 8:00 a.m. – noon at the Lake Hollingsworth boat ramp (race starts at 10 a.m.). This event is designed to help raise public awareness about our lakes and the precious resources we have in our area.  Environmental exhibitors will provide fun activities for children and supply information on area lakes and water resources. Entertainment will be the Cardboard Boat Challenge!

The challenge will be to design, construct and race a boat made of cardboard around a marked course in Lake Hollingsworth. We know what you’re thinking, but a cardboard boat really can float if you construct it wisely! Teams must have a minimum of four and maximum of 10 people, but only two will set sail in the boat. Race teams will be in four divisions: community/corporate, elementary/middle school-age youth, high school-age youth and family. First, second and third-place awards will be given in each race division. The Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lake Festival is a great opportunity for youth groups, scouts, civic clubs, families and businesses to have fun together while enjoying our beautiful lake. For the fourth year now we will have the “Pre-Built” category. Teams construct their boats out of corrugated cardboard in advance and race around the designated course. Judging will be for “People’s Choice” and speed. Pre-Built will be limited to 8 teams. 

Registration is $35 per team if received by August 31, 2014. After August 31, registration is $40 per team. Registration fee includes all tools and materials needed to construct boats (in on-site building only) and two commemorative t-shirts. Additional shirts will be available to purchase on the day of the event. To register or for more information, contact the City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater Division at (863) 834-8429 or LE/AD at (863) 221-5323. Register now because the race is limited to 35 teams! If space is available, registration will be available on race day on a first come/first served basis.  Registration forms are available at www.le-ad.org.

Event supporters include the Lakes Education/Action Drive, Lakeland Clean & Beautiful, the City of Lakeland, Lakeland Vision, AMEC, MaxPak, Lakeland Family YMCA, Crowder Brothers – Ace Hardware, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Rita’s Italian Ice, Ledger Media Group, and Southwest Florida Water Management District.  Even if you don’t participate in the boat challenge, come watch the boat race and cheer on your favorite team!

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Public Meeting Notice
Lake Hollingsworth Drive Roundabout

The City of Lakeland has scheduled a Public Meeting regarding a proposed traffic roundabout and associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements at the Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road intersection.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Florida Southern College Thrift Building, located on Columbia Way (off of Lake Hollingsworth Drive), Lakeland, Florida 33801, adjacent to the Florida Southern College swimming pool area.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format beginning at 6:00 p.m.  A visual presentation will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. and continuously loop throughout the meeting.  During the presentation, City staff and representatives from the study team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the results of the Alternatives Analysis study conducted by the City’s consultant of the traffic operations at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road; identify possible modifications to improve the operation of the intersection and associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mrs. Lana Braddy at lana.braddy@lakelandgov.net at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Study-related information may also be obtained by contacting Mr. Mark E. Wilson, P.E., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. at (863) 701-8702, or by email to marke.wilson@kimley-horn.com or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .


Beginning July 8th, City of Lakeland construction crews will remove and replace the West most driveway at the Lake Hollingsworth Yacht Club.  Along with the driveway apron, a portion of the recreational path will be replaced.  For approximately 3 days pedestrians will be detoured into the bike lane for a short distance. Every effort will be made to minimize inconveniences.  Construction is scheduled for one week weather permitting.


On Monday June 24th City of Lakeland crews will be begin intersection improvements at Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Belmar Street. The concrete island will be removed, new curb alignment and pedestrian crossing improvements will be constructed. 

Belmar Street will be closed East bound to thru traffic for approximately two days. Motorist are encouraged to use alternate routes. Construction will continue beyond the two days, however no closures and only minor delays will be encountered for the remainder of the project. The project should be complete within two weeks, weather permitting.