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LAKELAND, FL (December 20, 2011) – Chabad Jewish Center invites members of the Polk County community at large to participate in the second annual public Menorah lighting in downtown Lakeland. The fun starts Tuesday at 5:00pm at Kryger Overlook Park, which is located at 108 S Massachusetts Ave, corner Main St in Lakeland.

Attendees will enjoy lively Chanukah music, chocolate Chanukah Gelt (coins), a Menorah kit and Dreidel to take home, and activities such as face painting, balloons, guess the Dreidels game, arts & crafts and a raffle. Hot, delicious homemade Latkes (potato pancakes) with applesauce and warm beverages will be served, compliments of Chabad. Hot dogs, Sufganiyot (Israeli-style jelly donuts), cotton candy and beverages will be available for sale.

At 6:00 p.m. the giant 9-foot Menorah will be kindled, overlooking beautiful Lake Mirror, followed by a few words from our honored guests, Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

This is a community-wide public event and admission is free.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to volunteer to help at the event, please contact Chabad Jewish Center at (863) 510-5968.

LAKELAND, FL (December 19, 2011) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $5.70 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after January 3, 2012.  The new fuel charge will be $44.20 per 1,000 kWh.  Starting January 3, 2012 Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $103.72 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

After listening to a staff presentation at the December 19, 2011 Utility Committee Meeting, the Lakeland Electric Utility Committee recommended to decrease the current fuel charge based on favorable fuel prices.  The City Commission reconvened and unanimously approved the recommendation. 



Current               New Rates – Effective January 3, 2012

Base Rate        $ 59.52                                   $ 59.52

Fuel Charge    $ 49.90                                   $ 44.20

TOTAL:            $109.42                                  $103.72


As of January 3, 2012, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates will be the second lowest in the state and the utility’s larger commercial customers will experience the lowest rates in Florida.

Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience in detail to show the base charge, fuel charge and appropriate taxes and service charges.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within your residence.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through to customers. 

Visit for more information on the utility including programs such as eBill paperless billing, Re-Energize Lakeland appliance rebates and Project Care.





Monday, December 12th, 6:30 – 8:00pm


The City of Lakeland’s Coleman-Bush Building will be celebrating their 36th year serving the community on Monday, December 12th. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for the Holiday Extravaganza, showcasing the various programming and activities available at the facility. The public is invited to stop by and celebrate the holiday season through performances, raffles and various class demonstrations. Enjoy refreshments and a fun evening recognizing the Coleman-Bush Building’s rich history and all of the many services it provides to the Lakeland community. 

Members from the Parks & Recreation Department will be there to answer any questions you might have.  Call the Coleman-Bush office for more information at (863) 834-3350.

Edgewood Drive Extension Improvements


The City of Lakeland will conduct a Pre-Construction Public Meeting for the upcoming Edgewood Drive Extension project.  The meeting will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Legacy Christian Church located at 901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, FL 33803.  The meeting will be conducted as an open house workshop with display boards and project plans available for review.

The project consists of extending Edgewood Drive from Harden Boulevard (SR 563) to South Florida Avenue (SR 37).  The project design will be split into three sections: 1.) Harden Boulevard to South Lincoln Avenue will include paved shoulders and drainage swales, one 11-foot wide lane in each direction with a raised grass median, and a 10-foot wide pedestrian path on the south side.  2.) Lincoln Avenue to Eden Parkway will include curb and gutter stormwater conveyance, one 12-foot wide lane in each direction with a center-turn lane, 4-foot wide bicycle lanes, 6-foot wide sidewalk on the north side and a signalized intersection with pedestrian crossings at South Lincoln Avenue.  3.) Eden Parkway to South Florida Avenue will include curb and gutter stormwater conveyance, a separate one-way eastbound alley with connection to Prado Place, landscaped median separating roadway and alley, one 12-foot wide lane in each direction, 4-foot wide bicycle lanes and an 8-foot wide sidewalk on north side. 

The meeting is being held to provide interested stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions and review project plans prior to construction activities, which are anticipated to begin in January 2012.

Preconstruction Public Meeting – Edgewood Drive Extension Improvements
Monday, December 12, 2011
Legacy Christian Church, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, FL  33809

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status.  Anyone requiring additional project-related information or 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 James, Project Manager at (863) 834-6040, or by e-mail to at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact Greg James using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-8770.