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Lakeland Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet


LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 15, 2012 – In recognition of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), your local Lakeland Branch NAACP will celebrate its 103rd Anniversary Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, February 11, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the Apostle Henry Ross Sr. Family Center,1302 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805.

The mission of the Lakeland Branch NAACP is to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This year’s speaker will be Lisa Womack, Chief of Police for the City of Lakeland.

Tickets are $75 per person, which will include a one-year individual membership in the Lakeland Branch of the NAACP for those who wish to be members.

You may reserve your tickets) by contacting 863-682-8879 or


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs


The City of Lakeland will hold a public meeting to seek input from residents regarding housing and community development needs and priorities for the program year June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013.


When:        Monday, January 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm


Where:       Coleman Bush Community Building

                   1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

For more information please contact Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Coordinator, at the Neighborhood Services, Housing Section office (863) 834-3360.


Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, those who require special accommodations to attend this meeting are asked to contact Annie Gibson at (863) 834-3360 at least one week prior to the meeting.  The City’s TDD phone number is (863) 834-8333.


Steve Jones
Knights of Columbus

Artists and Sponsors Needed

LAKELAND, FL (January 9, 2012) – On Saturday, February 4th Lemon Street in Downtown Lakeland will be the target of chalk artists young and old during the 1st Annual Chalk for Charity Festival. Using chalk and liquid tempera as their medium and pavement as their canvas, professionals and novices will turn the streets of asphalt into an outdoor art display. The exhibitions will be located on Lemon Street between South Florida Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Sponsors are being sought for the available street spaces. There are three canvas size options (4ft x 4ft, 7ft x 7ft and 10ft x 10ft.  This is a great opportunity to have your company represented in a creative artistic way while supporting a great cause. The public will be able to purchase tokens to vote for their favorite art.  Additionally, there will be a Professional Award presented.  There will be a Children’s area where Parents and Grandparents can purchase small squares for them to display their budding talent.

Sponsor Request Letter

Sponsor Registration Form

The monies raised from this year’s event will go to fund Lakeland Knights of Columbus Global Wheelchair Mission and The Lakeland Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association which supports police academy scholarships and projects of the Lakeland Police Department. The global Wheelchair Mission provides wheelchairs to those in need around the world and since 2003 over 20,000 wheelchairs have been donated.

If you are an artist interested in participating by being paired with a sponsor, please call (863) 688-8787. All painting materials will be supplied. All you need is your creativity and time!
Artist Participation Form

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to participate as an artist at the event, please contact Steve Jones at (863) 688-8787.


The Dry Season is Upon Us

Central Florida including the City of Lakeland is officially in the annual dry season.  So this is a good time to remind residents of the mandatory year round water conservation measures.  If everyone does their part there will be an adequate supply of potable water for many years to come.  The topics covered below address the most common questions received by Water Utilities it is not an all inclusive list.

Current Water Restrictions

This document was prepared to address the most commonly asked questions concerning the current Year Round Water Conservation Measures issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). For a complete copy of Rule 40D-22 covering other items not presented by this document please go to

These restrictions apply to the use of water from public and private water utilities as well as the use of all wells and surface water sources (lakes, ponds, rivers, etc).

Lawn (Turf, Sod or Grass) & Landscape (Garden Plants) Watering

  • The two day a week schedule below must be followed.
  • Watering is allowed before 10 am or after 4 pm (But not both).
  • Variances are available, through the Southwest Florida Water
  • Management District, if a property proposes an alternate irrigation plan (such as splitting a large property into two pieces and assigning a different day to each piece).
  • Hand watering (with automatic shut-off device) or micro-irrigation of non-lawn landscaping is not currently restricted by day or times.
  • Spot treatment by hand watering of affected sod is allowed any day.
  • These restrictions apply to private residences and to commercial landscape.

    Addresses Ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 may only irrigate on Thursday and/or Sunday

    Addresses Ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 may only irrigate on Wednesday and/or Saturday

    All locations without a discernible address (such as common areas and subdivision entry ways) may only irrigate on Tuesday and/or Friday
The two day a week schedule below must be followed.
New Plant Material

Watering out of cycle is allowed for new plant material.

  • New material may be watered out of cycle for up to 60 days for establishment (Keep a receipt for proof of new material, before and after pictures are also helpful).  Here are the guidelines:
    Days 1 through 30 Watering is allowed on Any Day

    Days 31 through 60 Watering is only allowed on the following days:

    Addresses Ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 are allowed to water Tuesday, Thursday and/or Sunday

    Addresses Ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 are allowed to water Monday, Wednesday and/or Saturday
  • A minimum of 50% the area being water must contain new plants or sod
  • New plant material may be watered in any time on the day of planting
  • Restricted times outlined above must be followed
Fertilizer & Pesticide Applications:

Watering in of pesticides and fertilizers as required by the manufacturer of the product is allowed on any day.  Signs must be posted on the lawn and the date of the application must be written clearly on the back of the sign.  These applications are not restricted to the appointed irrigation day.

Sprinkler System Maintenance:

Sprinkler systems may be run a maximum of ten minutes per zone to perform maintenance on the system.  Each zone must be attended through the entire run time.  Sprinkler maintenance is not restricted to the appointed irrigation day.

Car Washing:

Automobile washing is not currently restricted.  However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible, so water isn’t wasted.  Using an automatic shut-off nozzle on a hose is required.

Fountains & Falls

Runtime of fountains and falls is currently not restricted. 

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is not currently restricted.  However, the District asks that residents be as efficient as possible.

More detailed water restriction information is available at