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This is the official blog of the City of Lakeland, Florida. Check back frequently to stay up to date with all that going on in our beautiful city!


Lieutenant Hans Lehman
 Lakeland Police Department

Arnulfo Crispin BBQ and Live Auction - March 24, 2012 

 Proceeds to benefit travel of Officer Crispin’s family and supporting officers to DC National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial when his name is added to the wall of fallen heroes.

LAKELAND, FL (February 20, 2012) – Professional barbeque teams from across Polk County will come together on Saturday, March 24, 2012 to host the Arnulfo Crispin BBQ & Live Auction Benefit. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the American Legion (Post 72) located at 1500 State Road 37 North in Mulberry. A live auction will be held at 2:00 p.m. where guests can bid on current sports memorabilia, outdoor activities and much more.

Ribs will be sold for $20.00 per slab and should be pre-ordered by calling 863-529-3131(recorded line) or by visiting the Lakeland Police Department reception desk anytime Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ribs will also be sold during the event while supplies last.

The BBQ and Live Auction is being held in honor of fallen Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo (Arnie) Crispin who was killed in the line of duty on December 21, 2011. Proceeds from the benefit will allow family members of Officer Crispin and supporting officers to travel to Washington D.C. in May when Crispin’s name will be added alongside other fallen heroes to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. The remaining proceeds will be given to the Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund.

Auction Donations Needed

Donation items are being sought for the live auction. Those who would like to make a donation, please call 863-529-3131 or send an email to  






Julie Adams
Parks & Recreation
City of Lakeland


City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Spring Break Camps Offered

LAKELAND, FLFebruary 27, 2012 – Are you looking for a fun, activity-filled alternative for your children for Spring Break?  The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is offering Spring Break Camps at both the Kelly Recreation Complex ($50 for the week) or the Coleman-Bush Building ($10 per day OR $45 for the week).  Camp is offered March 12th – 16th from 7:30am – 5:30pm at both locations.  Children must be currently enrolled in Kindergarten – 5th Grade and must pack a lunch each day. 

Activities will vary for each location, so call for more details!  (Kelly Recreation Complex: 863.834.3284 or Coleman-Bush Building: 863.834.3350)  Check out  for more information.  Pre-registration is highly recommended and spots are limited – so register today!

Face to Face Communications Program

“Accessibility is key to local government and the Mornings with the Mayor program allows residents to express their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues of concern.”


LAKELAND, FL (February 21, 2012) - Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event that will take place at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 15th at the Apostle Henry Ross Family Life Center located at 1302 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.  Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. and the Mayor will begin speaking at 7:30 a.m.

Citizens that attend these informal breakfast sessions get to hear from the Mayor about key issues and initiatives taking place within the City before he invites questions from the audience.  This is a chance for residents to address their individual concerns to Mayor Fields on topics that that directly affect them.

Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “I look forward to interacting with our residents on a personal level during these events.”

Those attending will have to pay for their own breakfast but the Apostle Henry Ross Family Life Center will feature a full breakfast that includes orange juice and coffee for $8.50. The premise behind the Mornings with the Mayor program is to make elected officials more accessible to residents in the community and to promote one-on-one communications.

This program allows residents an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.”




Greg Robinson
 Lakeland Police Department


Lakeland Police Department’s Annual Open House Scheduled for March 10th

LAKELAND, FL (February 17, 2012) -- The Lakeland Police Department is pleased to invite the public to their 8th Annual Open House on Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the downtown police station located at 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. This year’s event, will focus on Hurricane Preparedness and the department’s Lock It or Lose It campaign, and provide many activities for children. 

This free event gives citizens the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Lakeland’s finest. During this fun-filled family day you can meet members of the SWAT team, take a peek inside the City’s mobile command center, see the armored rescue vehicle up close and check out the K-9 team in action! Also, back by popular demand, the helicopter will be onsite for guests to look inside. Tours of the police station will be given throughout the day and there will be plenty of children’s activities on hand.  In conjunction with this year’s Hurricane Safety theme, there will be organizations on-site to provide tips on how you can prepare your family for this year’s storm season.

Come out and support one of Lakeland’s greatest assets and meet the officers that take pride in protecting our community every day.