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Come Have Coffee With The Chief - July 14th at 8AM

Chief Larry Giddens and team members from the LakelandPD invite you to join them for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, July 14th at 9AM at the Coleman Bush Building (1104 Martin Luther King Jr Ave)

Learn about special projects, neighborhood activities and ask any questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!


Ron Cox is AWESOME #iamlakeland

Resident Kathryn Gernot wrote: I had my purse stolen from Wal-Mart three weeks ago and the young boys must have thrown my wallet near a waste receptacle. Ron Cox, your solid waste driver, found my wallet and turned it in to your office at Evelyn Avenue. My drivers license, Social Security card, insurance cards etc were all returned to me. The cost to replace all of them would have been a burden for me. This has been a godsend and such a blessing!!!! Thank you and your employees for being so kind while going above and beyond their duty to help citizens in need.

Ron thank you for showing us all what integrity is! We are proud to have you on our team. #intergity

The Lakeland Public Library System offers two monthly book discussion groups, Books Sandwiched In and Discussions at the e.  Books Sandwiched In (BSI) is a monthly book discussion group, which meets every first Tuesday in the Main Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) meeting room at 12:15 p.m. Discussions at the E (DATE) is a monthly book discussion group, which meets at the elibrary South Lakeland on the first Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m.


Each month’s selected book can be purchased for $2.00 at the respective libraries during the preceding month while supplies last. Coffee/tea and books are underwritten by the Friends of the Library. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.


Books Sandwiched In


July 7

Bee Season 

Myla Goldberg


August 4

Birds of Paradise

Diana Abu-Jaber


September 1

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens


October 6


Kathryn Harrison



Discussions at the e


July 9

The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides


August 6

Compulsory Happiness

Norman Manea


September 3

Girl Reading

Katie Ward


October 1




The programs at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brenda Patterson at (863) 834-4276 and or and


To request a sign language interpreter at any library event or program, please contact Brenda J. Patterson at (863) 834-4276 or at least 7 business days prior to the event.






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