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LAKE MORTON SHORELINE IMPROVEMENTS

STABILIZATION PROJECT WILL INCLUDE AQUATIC PLANTS AND UPLAND PLANT SPECIES


LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will soon be planting aquatic plants as well as grasses and shrubs along an area of shoreline on Lake Morton as part of A long-term shoreline stabilization plan.  Curtis Porterfield, Manager of the Lakes & Stormwater Division said, “There is a 150 ft. section of shoreline on the north end of the lake, across from the Chamber of Commerce, in need of immediate repair and this is the area where visitors will see us working.” 

 

Similar to prior aquatic planting efforts of the City, a low-profile fence will be erected on Monday, March 9th so newly planted aquatic vegetation can get established.  The green vinyl chain-link fence will be up for approximately one year.  Porterfield said, “Because of the abundance of waterfowl on Lake Morton, the pressure on new plants is extremely high.  For this reason, a perimeter fence is needed to ensure successful plant growth.”

 

Native aquatic and upland species of plants will be used as a natural shoreline stabilizer very similar to other areas around Lake Morton that have already been established.   A portion of the geofabric that is in place now will be removed so visitors around Lake Morton may see a piece of heavy equipment in the area for a few hours before the fence is installed.

 

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SLIDE THE CITY EVENT POSTPONED
April 18th event to be rescheduled

Unfortunately the Slide the City event coordinator has notified City staff that the planned April 18th event in Lakeland will need to be rescheduled. City Staff is currently working with the promoter to secure a new date in May. As soon as we have the details we will post the information. If you have already purchased tickets you will be receiving and email from Slide the City with instructions on how to use your existing tickets for the new date or receive a refund.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will post the new date as soon as possible.

 



Congratulations to City of Lakeland Public Works Engineer Robert Chen on being named 2014 Engineer of the Year by ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers).

Rick Lilyquist, Greg James and additional members of our Public Works team were on hand to show support of this great honor.

WAY TO GO ROBERT!




SWAN FEED DISPENSERS BEING INSTALLED AT TWO LAKE MORTON LOCATIONS


LAKELAND, FL (February 23, 2015) — On Thursday, February 26th those walking around Lake Morton will see a few new additions to the landscape because the City of Lakeland is installing swan feed dispensers to help promote a healthier diet for Lakeland’s swan population.  The swan feed dispensers will be coin operated and the bubblegum type machines will vend veterinarian approved swan feed. One will be installed on the north side of the lake in front of the Chamber of Commerce and the other will be installed on the south side of the lake near Success Avenue.

 

Dr. Patricia Mattson who donates her time as Lakeland’s official swan veterinarian recently shared her report on Lake Morton’s swans after their last annual physical.  Mattson said, “The swans are consuming too much white bread and the heavy gluten diet with very little nutritional value is taking a toll on Lakeland’s swan population.”  She added, “Many of the swans have a calcium deficiency because they feast on bleached white bread.” 

 

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “The Lake Morton swans are a community icon and families have been feeding them left-over bread for decades.”  He added, “With the swan feeders, we want to educate visitors so they will know there is a better alternative than white bread.  We hope families will use the swan feed because it is specially formulated to include much needed nutrients that will help the swans stay healthy.”

 

Members from the Parks & Recreation Department who take care of the swans recently visited Lowry Park Zoo to see what type of dispensers they use to distribute animal food and similar types of vending machines were purchased for Lake Morton. The newly installed swan feeders are coin operated and the proceeds from the feeders will be used to offset the annual cost for swan food, healthcare and upkeep.  

 

It costs about $10,000 a year to feed Lakeland’s domestic swans.  Lakeland’s flock was started when Queen Elizabeth of England donated a pair swans and on February 9, 1957 the two white mutes were released on Lake Morton.