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Cleveland Heights Golf Course Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

TALLAHASSEE– Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Cleveland Heights Golf Course has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of July. The Cleveland Heights Golf Course is located in the city of Lakeland in Polk County.

“We are pleased to feature the historic Cleveland HeightsGolf Courseas a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “The City of Lakeland recognizes the value of this golf course to the community and the state, and has done a wonderful job renovating this historic resource.”

Cleveland Heights was the focal point of an exclusive golf course community built by developer H.A. Stahl, who named the project after his hometown. The golf course was designed by the golf course architectural firm of Howard Toomey & William Flynn. Under the personal supervision of William Flynn, the course was described to be as long and difficult as most of the northern links and opened in 1925. The City of Lakeland took over the golf course by the end of the 1930s and maintains the course today. In the early 1980s, general manager, Reuben Gibson supervised the addition of the third nine holes, which expanded the course to the 27 holes in play today.

The Cleveland Heights Golf Course is a 27-hole golf complex consisting of three 9-hole courses that are played in 18-hole combinations (A/B, A/C, or B/C). Each 9-hole course features three sets of tees playing from 2,600 to 3,200 yards and the 18-hole combinations play from 5,300 to 6,400 yards. The “A” Course has the most open fairways, the ”B” Course is more challenging than the other two, and the “C” Course has the most length. Known locally as the “Heights,” the facility is run by the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Lakeland, and offers golfers of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the sport.

“Cleveland Heights and the City of Lakeland are very appreciative for being the featured golf course for the month of July,” said Golf Course Manager Brock Witmyer. “Upon finishing the C Course this summer, we will have renovated the tees and greens on all three of our 9 hole courses over the past three years. Come out and visit our friendly staff - we are a public facility with a country club feel.”



LAKELAND, FL (July 15, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will open the newly constructed roundabout located at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road on Tuesday, July 28th.  The roadway has been closed for construction and there will be a celebration starting at 9 a.m. to christen the project as completed. The roadway will open to the public immediately after the celebration at approximately 9:30 a.m.  The Lakeland City Commission, administration and project stakeholders will christen the new roadway with water balloons as part of the roundabout opening ceremony. 

The roundabout was constructed as part of a Lake Hollingsworth bicycle and pedestrian safety plan that began in 2012.  Compared to other types of intersections, roundabouts are designed to improve safety, reduce congestion and reduce fuel usage.

Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, said, “We are very pleased to open the roundabout a few weeks ahead of schedule.”  He added, “The roundabout is just one element of a master plan to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety for an area that sees a great deal of recreational and automobile activity.”

A number of multi-modal enhancements have been included in the roundabout design such as raised brick crosswalks, a landscaped center island and improved street lighting.  The roundabout construction started in early May and the project took about 80 days to complete. The roundabout project required utility and sidewalk relocations and the Lake Hollingsworth Multi-Use Trail was re-routed to accommodate the new roundabout. 

Those attending the roundabout opening ceremony are asked to turn onto Callahan Court from Hollingsworth Drive and then take the second driveway on the right for parking.  The ceremony will take place at the roundabout location where Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road intersect.

 Guidelines for driving through the new single-lane roundabout:

As you approach the roundabout in any of the three directions, you will see a yellow "Roundabout (Symbol) Ahead" sign and a “Raised Crosswalk Ahead” sign – Slow Down.

Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. If there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you should continue over the raised crosswalk at the advisory speed of 10 mph.

Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.

Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the roundabout and proceed to your exit. 

Use your right turn signal to indicate your intention to exit the roundabout.

As you exit the roundabout, look and stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.


To learn more about roundabouts, visit 


Thanks to Bent's Cycling and Fitness for fixing the Dobbins Park Fixit Station bike pump!

After the pump failed to work a few months ago, Bent's came forward to offer their services free of charge to fix the bike pump for the neighborhood. The Fixit station was a project that Dixieland Neighborhood Association initiated with grant funding from the City’s Neighborhood Outreach Program.




Congrats to Victor White and Ruben Garcia!

Today both will be formally promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief for LakelandPD. With a combined 60 YEARS of service to the Lakeland Community we say THANK YOU and Congratulations to these two gentlemen.

Victor White
began his service with the Lakeland Police Department in 1983 after serving as a Military Policeman in the United States Army. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Critical Incident Management from Saint Leo University. Victor is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University, a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Unit Commander Academy (DUCA), the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy 239th session (FBINA), the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Florida Executive Development Seminar (FEDS). He is also a Certified Labor Relations Professional through the Florida Public Employees Labor Relations Association (FPELRA).

Ruben Garcia
began his career at the Lakeland Police Department in 1987 after returning home from four years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps. He will hold the distinction of being the first Hispanic officer to be appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief. He is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Uniformed Patrol Division and will assume the duties of the Commanding Officer of the Neighborhood Services Bureau. Ruben has been assigned to the Special Investigations Section, the Criminal Investigations Section, Neighborhood Liaison Section and the SWAT team during his service with the department. Ruben has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from St. Leo University and has completed the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program through Florida State University, the State of Florida Certified Public Manager Program and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a certified criminal justice high liability instructor in both firearms and defensive tactics.


A promotion ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015, at 3:00 pm, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center (new building), located at 72 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, Florida 33801.