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At The City Commission meeting held March 5th Casey and Carly Reeves, of Girl Scout Troop 90 began the meeting by leading the audience in the pledge of allegiance.

Communications director Kevin Cook presented an update of the cities communications activities highlighting the city’s newsletter “Access Lakeland” now distributed with the city utility bills.  There was also a presentation made honoring Helen Chappell the city’s main lobby receptionist for the last 17 years on her impending retirement later in March. March 9th 2012 was also declared as Helen Chappell day.

Beautification Awards were presented to: 1601 Josephine St. , Hickory Hills Manor  for commercial landscaping and 409 Tucker St. ,Donald Williams for residential.

Employee service awards for 10 years of service were presented to: Eddie Benitez, Jannie Cuttrell, Chawn C Hall, Jeffrey Michel, Kathy Mott, Julie Pride, and Staci Scott.

20 years: Terry Crosby, Kenny Jordan and Donzetta Lloyd.

25 years: Frank Bass, Jack Daugherty Jr., Linda Fairbanks and James Niblack.

35 years: Jeffrey Wiiliams

Proclamations were presented in honor of the Women’s Club 100th Anniversary, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Girl Scout Week, Lakeland Fire Fighters Association Local 4173, Appreciation Month, and Purchasing Month.

The Real Estate & Transportation Committee meeting recommendation of the first amendment to the lease agreement with At Your Door Moving & Storage, LLC at Lakeland Linder Airport, was approved.

The Municipal Boards Committee recommendations to appoint: George Figgs to the Beautification Board, Jason Troller to the Citizen Advisory Committee, Jim Studiale to the Harden/Parkway CRA Board, Rosalyn Kennedy to the Planning & Zoning Board and Steven Wade to the Utility Committee were all approved.

Tom Deardorff, Polk County Planning Manager, presented the Draft Community Planning Strategy Report.

 Pamela Damewood, President of Carillon Lakes Homeowners Association and others addressed the commission about fire protection in their area of the city.

The Neighborhood Services division presented the One Year Action Plan and Projected Use of Funds, 38th Year CDBG and 18th HOME . The recommendations continue to emphasize benefits to low and moderate income residents of the City, with funding directed to housing rehabilitation, home purchase assistance, code enforcement, and public services ranging from summer recreation to services for the elderly.

A Public Hearing was held for Comprehensive Plan Certification

Program Monitoring Report and the recommendations were approved.

The city commission approved $22,490.16 in assessments for lot clearing at 76 properties throughout the city.

Public hearings were scheduled for the next commission meeting concerning ordinances to allow for the expansion of an existing solar energy farm on property located at 4070 Hamilton Road, allow a six bed group home on property located at the northwest corner of East Lime Street and South Indiana Avenue, a third incentive category to qualify for economic development impact fee mitigation for Transportation, Law Enforcement and Fire fees.

The position of Deputy Parks and Recreation Director was approved as a position not covered by civil service.

An agreement between the City and Keystone Challenge Fund, Inc. governing the terms/conditions of eligible Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) projects related to the development of affordable housing in the City of Lakeland was approved.

An acquisition and redevelopment agreement with White Challis Redevelopment Co., LLC for the New Southern Square – Bay Street Parking Lot Redevelopment Project was approved.

In final action a Task Authorization with TJR Technical Services, Inc. for technical assistance for McIntosh Power Plant’s Unit #3 during the March-April 2012 scheduled outage was approved.








Come to Munn Park on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for the 10th Annual Spring Obsession, Garden and Art Festival.  Enjoy a Free family day of activities while exploring the many flowers and plants for sale, attend garden presentations, purchase art for the patio and listen to live music from the jazz band Free Time. 

After the unusually cold winter we have experienced, it is time to stock up on all your spring plant needs including: flowering plants for house and garden, outdoor plants for your landscaping, and garden art and accessories to spice up your lawn or patio. 

Learn about jazzing up your yard from landscaping professionals as part of the garden presentations.  There will also be a presentation on rain barrels and water conservation with rain barrels available for purchase.

Delight in hard to find exotics, orchids, Florida native plants, roses, herbs, gingers, and more as you stroll through Munn Park to the sounds of Free Time.  Free Time will play an eclectic and entertaining blend of musical styles ranging from Al Jarreau and Stevie Wonder to Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Grover Washington, Duke Ellington and BB King. 

Spring Obsession is a non-profit event with proceeds going toward community projects such as functional and aesthetic bike racks for downtown.


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!