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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 


WHO:  Lakeland Electric, in partnership with SunEdison

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony of Lakeland’s new 40 Acre Solar Farm, expected to generate more than 217 Million kWh of energy over the next 25 years.  Help us celebrate as we flip the switch and have the system go live.

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, 4250 Hamilton Road

Lakeland Electric recently completed the first phase of a 5.5 megawatt (MW) solar farm located on the northwest corner of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport property.  The second phase of the project is slated to begin spring 2012 and once the dual-phased solar farm is completed, it is expected to generate more than 216 million kilowatt hours of clean solar energy over 25 years.  

The first phase of the project is built on 40 acres and it includes 9,504 solar panels that will produce more than 9 million kWh of solar electricity per year. The solar farm project generated over 40 local construction jobs that contributed to the vitality of the community during a time of economic downturn. A number of the temporary construction employees hired have been retained as full-time.

"Lakeland Electric is very excited about this project because environmental stewardship and renewable energy options are keys to our success as a utility. It is vital that every utility consider carefully how to meet customers' increasing needs for electricity and do it in a way that is fiscally and environmentally prudent. Deploying utility-scale solar with no upfront costs is a win-win for Lakeland.” noted Jim Stanfield, General Manager for Lakeland Electric.

The 5.5 MW solar farm was made possible through a strategic solar power service agreement between SunEdison and Lakeland Electric. In the agreement SunEdison will finance and deploy the solar farm with no upfront costs from Lakeland Electric. In return, Lakeland Electric will purchase the power produced at long-term predictable rates for 25 years—adding to Lakeland’s energy mix while helping to improve the environment.

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