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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!

LAKELAND, FL (July 25, 2011) --  Beginning August 1, 2011 and lasting for approximately one week, the City of Lakeland will be paving Wedgewood Estates Boulevard from North Road 98 to Carpenter’s Way and Griffin Road from North Road 98 to Lakeland Highlands Boulevard.  Roadways will remain open to traffic during the work, but delays are expected.  Please drive carefully and be aware of on-site City personnel.

If you have any questions please call Troy McCain, Pavement Coordinator at 863-834-3300.


LAKELAND, FL (July 23, 2010) – The Lakeland Police department would like to invite you to participate in the 28th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. National Night Out is an annual event where neighborhoods, businesses, churches and law enforcement come together to show solidarity in the ongoing fight against crime and drugs. This event is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. This is a great opportunity to send a message to criminals letting them know that local neighborhoods are organized and fighting back!

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, your  neighborhood can celebrate National Night Out with a variety of activities such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals and visits from local officials and police officers. It's free to participate in National Night Out so register your neighborhood today. The benefits your community will derive from participating in this event could extend well beyond this one night.

For full details, contact Dr. Greg Robinson at (863) 834-6912 or at



Mayor Gow Fields and International Sister City Ambassador to Bestow Royal Status to Lakeland’s Wee-“Subjects” at Lakeland Center Event


LAKELAND, FL- (July 17, 2011) – Tickets for the premiere performance of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream (which skates into The Lakeland Center September 2 & 3), go on sale Friday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m..  In celebration, Feld Entertainment, The Lakeland Center and 97 Country, will host the first-ever Princess Academy at The Lakeland Center Box Office (located at 701 West Lime Street), in Lakeland, Fla., on July 22, 2011 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Families are invited to dress in their best royal attire, purchase their tickets to the show and enjoy a full afternoon of great activities, games and refreshments. 

This magical event will kick off with a grand opening ceremony and royal proclamation by Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields and Lakeland International Sister City Ambassador, Tom Shaw, who will grant full princess and prince status to all “wee-subjects” in attendance. Families will also be invited inside to visit seven themed activity stations where they may enjoy tiara making, ballroom dancing lessons, carriage rides, magical manners and etiquette instruction, sword and shield decorating and even take part in their very own “Princess Academy Graduation Ceremony”, complete with photo opportunities for/with the whole family!

"We work hard to bring joy to children and family each and every day and this event will be no exception!” says Heidi Wilson, regional manager event marketing and sales at Feld Entertainment.  "With an increased interest in all things “royal” this year, what better way to give the  “royal treatment” to children and parents alike.”



                Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream, is filled with thrilling escapades and timeless love stories that culminate with the Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths!  Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss.  Fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime!  Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to Lakeland. 


At the City Commission meeting held Tuesday, July 18, 2011 the following items were addressed.

The members of the City’s Fleet Management Division were honored for their recent recognition by Government Fleet Magazine as one of the top 100 Best Fleets in the country. The Lakeland crew ranked at number 25!

A proclamation was presented recognizing National Parents’ Day

A Lease Amendment with Gulf Coast Avionics was approved.

Requests to vacate portions of Right-of-Ways located at Sharon Drive, Breezewood Drive, Woodland Drive and Hopewell Avenue were approved.

Comprehensive Plan Amendments concerning the Certification Area Illustration and the Local Mobility Plan were approved.

City residential land use on 18 Acres Located on South Ariana Street, West of Westgate Road was approved.


Land use and zoning for a church and school at 4210 Lakeland Highland Rd. were approved.


Over $20,000 in liens for demolition of unsafe properties were approved.


An ordinance urging retailers to refrain from marketing flavored tobacco products to under aged youth was approved.


Task Authorization with CH2M Hill, Inc. for Water Quality Sampling - Larsen Power Plant was approved.


A fire protection mutual aid agreement between Lakeland and Polk County’s Fire Departments was approved.


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