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CITY OF LAKELAND TO HOST INDOOR TRIATHLON

Make the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Indoor Triathlon your first indoor triathlon. This fun challenge is perfect for everyone – from seasoned triathletes to first-timers. Race a 20-minute swim, 20-minute bike and a 20-minute run in the controlled environment of the Kelly Recreation and Gandy Pool Complexes.  The Indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday, April 13th, with check-in at 8:00 am at the Kelly Recreation Complex. 

You set your own pace. Performance is measured by distance covered in each of the three legs. The more distance you cover, the higher your score.

All participants will receive a City of Lakeland Indoor Triathlon T-shirt and a medal. All ages are welcome, but minors must have parental consent at time of registration. Deadline for registration is April 6, 2013. Entry fee is only $20.00 Full details and registration forms can be found at  www.lakelandgov.net. For more information contact the Kelly Recreation Complex at 863-834-3283.

CITY OF LAKELAND HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD

HISTORIC HOME WORKSHOP

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 26, 2013) –  The Eleventh Biennial Historic Home Workshop will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ordway Building at Florida Southern College.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m.  The one-hour workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be conducted by local experts. 

 

Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics, including:

  • The Challenge Obtaining A Green Thumb: Landscaping Battles – John King, King Landscaping
  • Wood Window Woes: Wood Window Rehabilitation – Steven Quillian, Wood Window Makeovers
  • Code Enforcement: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (But Mainly The Good) – Brian Rewis, Lakeland Code Enforcement
  • Inviting Entrances: HLI’s Front Porch Grant – Jean Bunch, Historic Lakeland, Inc.
  • Plugged In: Home Energy Efficiency – Kevin Jones and Rico Dunsmore, Energy Analysts, Lakeland Electric
  • Paint It Right: Exterior Preparation & Painting – Gary Witte; Walt Witte & Sons, Inc.
  • Don’t Be A Slum Lord: Landlord Management, Applicant Screening & Evictions – Gene Lord; DART Coordinator, Lakeland Police Department
  • Walls Not Needed: Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Learn To Love ‘Em: The Historic Preservation Design Guidelines – Troy Salisbury; Historic Preservation Planner, City of Lakeland
  • Engaged Neighborhood Associations: How To Keep Your Group From Turning Historic – Mary Smith; President, Dixieland Neighborhood Association
  • Landlord Management – Crime Prevention & Illegal Activity – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Got Money? Redesigning A Commercial Corridor – Tamara Sakagawa, CRA Director
  • Let’s Build Something! The Building Permitting Process & Why To Love It! – Dan Gargas, Chief Building Official
  • Sheds Can Have Design Elements Too – Jo-Anne Peck & Craig Derrin, Preservation Resource, Inc./ Historic Shed

A tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on the Florida Southern College campus will be offered at the conclusion of the Workshop.

Trade groups and companies that provide services and supplies for the maintenance and renovation of older homes may be represented in the Exhibit Area.  Other exhibitors will include City agencies, neighborhood associations, and various organizations devoted to historic preservation.

No pre-registration is required.  The workshop is free, and open to all interested residents.  This is a great opportunity to learn about home renovations and to meet other people involved in preserving the architectural heritage of Lakeland.  This event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board; Historic Lakeland, Inc.; Florida Southern College; and BB&T Bank.

 

For more information call Troy Salisbury in the Community Development Department (863) 834-6011 or visit our website athttp://www.lakelandgov.net.


DON SELVAGE ANNOUNCES HIS DECISION TO RUN

FOR RE-ELECTION TO LAKELAND CITY COMMISSION SEAT

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 25, 2013) – Don Selvage has filed paperwork with the City of Lakeland’s Clerk, officially announcing his decision to run for a second term on the Lakeland City Commission representing the Southwest District.

 

Selvage is President of SHR Human Resources, LLC, offering consulting and professional recruiting services in the Central Florida area.  Selvage stated: “It has been a profound honor and privilege to serve the residents of Lakeland and I am excited about the future of this great city.  I am asking our citizens to return me to office so that I can continue my focus on: 1) Sustaining open communications and dialogue among citizens, the city commission, and city management; 2) Facilitating job growth by supporting business development; 3) Building safe, livable, and engaged neighborhoods; 4) Advocating for our seniors’ quality of life to support independent living and aging in place; and 5) Building awareness of veterans issues.”

 

Selvage holds a BA Degree in Political Science from Ohio State University as well as Masters’ Degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and in National Security Affairs from Salve Regina College.  Following graduation from Ohio State University, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years as an infantry officer and he is a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars.  Before retiring as a Colonel, he held several command and staff positions overseas and in the continental United States.

 

Actively involved in several civic and professional organizations, he currently serves as Vice Chairman, Polk County Veterans Council and is Past President of the Polk County Military Officers Association, Mid-Florida Society of Human Resource Managers, and the Lakeland Rotary Club.  He is a board member of the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. As a city commissioner, he serves on the boards of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, Lakeland Mass Transit District, Polk Transit Authority, Transportation Planning Organization, the Central Florida Development Council’s Arts and Culture Committee, and  the Sun n’ Fun Fly-In.  

 

Selvage is married to his wife Rita, a teacher at Dixieland Elementary.  They have been married for 43 years.

 



LAKELAND, FL (February 8, 2013) – Michael S. Folsom filed papers today to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large #1. Michael is the first to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor. Michael states, “I was born and raised in Lakeland, it is the place I call home, and I feel a strong urge to serve the citizens of this dynamic city as a City Commissioner. I will bring hard work and integrity to the city commission.”

 

Michael Folsom is a 4th generation Lakeland resident and is the proud father of a four year old daughter, Lyla. He has strong business and community ties. Michael is an honors graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Building Construction Management and is the President of Folsom Construction Management, LLC. He has been actively involved in the Lakeland community through his service on various boards and committees, including:

·         City of Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board

·         Leadership Lakeland Class 27

·         The Lakeland Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow and Former Board Member

·         Learning Resource Center of Polk County Inc., Immediate Past President Board of Directors

·         Platform Art, President Board of Directors

·         Sheriffs Commendation Award

·         Leadership Polk Class 5

·         Ducks Unlimited Lakeland Chapter, Past Chairman

·         Ducks Unlimited State Chairman Elect

 

“As a small business owner, it is extremely important to me that we are able to attract new businesses to Lakeland that will provide jobs to our citizens and create a more diverse economic base. As an entrepreneur and a young professional, it is a goal of mine to foster and support programs designed to compel our graduates to continue to call Lakeland home and immerse themselves in our community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve in a leadership position within our City and to provide continued support for the growth of existing businesses, attracting new businesses and enhancing the quality of life we all enjoy as ‘Lakelanders’.”

 

Michael Folsom is honored that Mr. Michael Carter of Lakeland has agreed to serve as his Campaign Treasurer.