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City of Lakeland Recognized Among Healthy Weight Community Champions

Polk County Communities Recognized as Healthy Weight Community Champions

BARTOW- The Florida Department of Health has recognized the City of Lakeland, the City of Winter Haven, and Polk County as Healthy Weight Community Champions. Between November 2013 and February 2014, local governments were invited to submit best practice policies they have implemented to promote physical activity and improve nutrition in their jurisdictions. These “best practices” are exemplified by the Healthy Weight Community Champions.

 

“Efforts to improve health are often most effective at the local level and the Department wants to recognize the outstanding progress made by these communities to promote healthy weight,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

“We are very proud of the work our local community leaders have accomplished to make Polk County a healthier place to live, work, and play,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, FDOH- Polk Director.

Some of the best practices enacted locally include:

  • Sponsorship of low or no cost fitness related events
  • Pursuing healthy community design and complete streets policies
  • Supporting the development of community gardens
  • Including healthier alternatives in vending machines at parks and recreation facilities

    A full list of policy changes for each community is available in the attached document or online at www.mypolkhealth.net/announcments/healthyweight.

    Each municipality will receive their award at an upcoming public meeting. Communities will also receive personalized Healthy Weight graphics and promotional material.

    The Community Champions program is part of the Department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

    To learn more about Healthiest Weight Florida, please visit www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.

    For more information about the Florida Department of Health in Polk County please visit www.mypolkhealth.org.

 


World’s Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Heads to Lakeland Tuesday

World’s Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Heads to Lakeland Tuesday

LAKELAND, FL (March 10, 2014) — CAF AirPower History Tour will bring FIFI and other rare World War II aircraft.

When: Tuesday, March 11 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport,Main Terminal

What: EXCLUSIVE MEDIA ACCESS TO AIRCRAFT AND CREW for the arrival of FIFI, the only flying B29 Superfortress in the world, the only flying SB2C Helldiver in the world, a C-45 Expeditor, aDouglas Skyraider, a PT-17 Stearman and pilot Sarah Wilson with her newly restored Stearman Junior Speedmail.

About the event: The aircraft, all part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, will be on display and offering rides throughout the stop. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the B-29 and purchase rides on all of the visiting aircraft. The airplanes will be on the ramp Tuesday March 11 through Sunday, March 16. The aircraft, all part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, will be on display and offering rides throughout the stop. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the B-29 and purchase rides on all of the visiting aircraft.

Hours: Tuesday -- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday -- 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children age 11 through 17. Children 10 and under free. Admission price includes free B-29 cockpit tour.

Rides: Rides range from $75 to $1595 depending on aircraft and seat selection. Rides can be booked online or purchased at the event.

For More Information: Information about the event can be found at www.AirPowerTour.org.

About the B-29: The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is perhaps best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.

FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California where she was being used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coastattracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.


PUBLIC MEETING: North Wabash Avenue Extension Alignment Study

PUBLIC MEETING:  North Wabash Avenue Extension Alignment Study
From 10th Street to Fairbanks Street

The City of Lakeland is holding a Public Hearing regarding the North Wabash Avenue Extension Alignment Study in Lakeland, Florida. The study is evaluating an extension of North Wabash Avenue from 10th Street to Fairbanks Street, a distance of approximately 0.75 miles. This project is shown in the Polk Transportation Planning Organization’s Cost Feasible Plan through construction.     

The Public Hearing will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at Lakeland City Hall in the City Commission Chambers located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801. City staff and representatives from the study team will be available to present the findings and recommendations of the study. The Hearing is part of the scheduled City Commission meeting which begins at 9:00 a.m.

Oral comments will be received at the Public Hearing and all comments will become part of the project’s public record.   

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services, free of charge, should contact: Study Team Project Manager Mr. Marty Peate, at 813-636-2477 or by e-mail to martin.peate@urs.com, at least seven (7) days prior to the workshop.

For more information concerning the project, please contact City of Lakeland Manager Mr. Greg James, at 863-834-6040, by e-mail to greg.james@lakelandgov.net or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw.

 


PUBLIC MEETING: Beacon Road Multi-Use Corridor Study

PUBLIC MEETING:  Beacon Road Multi-Use Corridor Study

The City of Lakeland has scheduled a third Public Meeting regarding the Beacon Road Multi-use Corridor Study.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Legacy Christian Church Fellowship Hall located at 901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format beginning at 6:00 p.m.  An audio/visual presentation will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. Following 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 study is being conducted to evaluate potential options that include an extension of Beacon Road, a multi-use trail / greenway, a utility corridor, or a combination of these options. The limits of the study are from the proposed Wabash Avenue Extension to Harden Boulevard, a distance of approximately one (1) mile. The public meeting is being conducted to present the results of the corridor feasibility study and to 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 Mr. Greg Moore, Study Team Project Manager, by telephone at (407) 896-0594, or by e-mail to gmoore@drmp.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Project-related information may also be obtained by contacting Mr. Moore or Mr. Greg James, City of Lakeland Project Manager at (863) 834-6040 or by email to greg.james@lakelandgov.net or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .