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LAKELAND, FL - (June 16, 2015) - The City of Lakeland is in the final construction phase of installing the roundabout at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road.  During this phase of construction, the entire intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road will remain closed through early August when the roundabout will be opened for traffic. The road improvement is part of the original 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, “The City’s contractor is slightly ahead of schedule as we start the final stages of the roundabout construction.”  He added, “The roundabout is a critical component to the overall plan to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety for this area of Lakeland which attracts a significant number of users.” The Roundabout will also feature multi-modal enhancements such as raised brick crosswalks leading into a landscaped center island and improved street lighting.


There are many elements of the project that have already been completed including utility and sidewalk relocation. The Lake Hollingsworth Multi-Use Trail was also re-routed during phase one of the project to accommodate the new roundabout. 


“The construction contract requires the roundabout be open to traffic by mid-August in time for the beginning of the new school year,” Lilyquist said. “The entire intersection will be closed for approximately 30 days in order to complete construction of the Roundabout and this is timed to coincide with our lowest seasonal traffic volumes because area schools are on summer break.”


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 


For additional information on the Lake Hollingsworth Roundabout, please visit


National Night Out is a celebration of the partnership between the community and police departments around the nation. Here in Lakeland, it is a fun day/night centered around giving neighborhood crime a going away party, getting to know your neighbors and community, and this year promoting “See Something, Say Something!”

The 32nd Annual National Night Out celebration will take place on August 4, 2015. The Lakeland Police Department’s Community Services Unit (CSU) has taken the initiative to support this event with some new ideas in bringing communities together and placing more awareness on crime prevention.


We would like to invite you and your neighborhood or business to participate in the National Night Out celebration.   Download a Registration Kit



LAKELAND, FL (June 3, 2015) - The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce that the T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place with live music at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Friday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.

A live concert featuring the energetic Clemons Road blending Country music with an island feel or vice versa, the band always starts a party as soon as the first note rings! Pulling their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to Zac Brown Band, Clemons Road will keep heads bobbing and feet moving.  Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar.  He is backed by a formidable group of highly talented and seasoned professional band members that are ready to light up the stage!  Their sound includes fiddle, banjo, piano, guitar, bass and drums that will keep the audience dancing and having a great time.   Brown said, “We want to be a band that crosses cultures and breaks age barriers. We want to make people feel good and give them songs to use for the soundtrack of their lives. We can’t wait to play before the Lakeland crowd at Red, White & Kaboom.”
Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public." Mims added, "We will be continuing our Chow for Now canned food drive to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly so we want each spectator to bring at least one can of food for VISTE." There will be Chow for Now volunteers with grocery carts circulating through the park collecting canned goods.

Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is a community-based, non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Ft. Meade. Established in 1983, the primary goal of VISTE is to enable frail elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own home.

During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation.  The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake.  The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom.




LAKELAND, FL (JUNE 1, 2015) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $1.00 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after July 1, 2015.  The new fuel charge will be $44.85 per 1,000 kWh. 


After listening to a presentation at the Monday, June 1st Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts. 





Current                        New Rates – Effective July 1, 2015

Base Charge    $  59.64                       $  59.64 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge     $  45.85                       $  44.85 (includes fuel decrease)

TOTAL:             $105.49                       $104.49


The base rate includes environmental compliance charges that are directly related to federal and state initiatives regarding clean air and water mandates. Most of the expenses are related to energy production and include air emission controls, water quality monitoring and capital spending for equipment necessary to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act. 


Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience in detail to show the base charge, fuel charge and appropriate taxes and service charges.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within your residence.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through charge to customers. 


Based on Florida Municipal Electric Association data, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates after the July 1, 2015 fuel charge decrease will be the continue to be one of the lowest in the state. Visit for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.