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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.



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.


LAKELAND, FL (February 5, 2015) -  The City of Lakeland will conduct a Public Meeting for the proposed improvements to widen Main Street form Lake Bonny Drive to Longfellow and add bike lanes.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February, 10, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the City of Lakeland Construction & Maintenance Office located at 407 Fairway Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801.  

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. as an open-house with
a presentation at 6:10 p.m.  City staff will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting. The public meeting is being conducted to present preliminary plans for the Main Street Widening/Bike Lanes project and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mrs. Lana Braddy at at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Project-related information may also be obtained by contacting Joseph R. Baan, P.E., City of Lakeland Project Manager, at (863) 834-6041, or by email to or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at .





LAKELAND, FL (February 5, 2015) -- Lakeland Electric is offering its Customer Academy to area residents starting February 10, 2015.  The Customer Academy is a free, interactive informational program that allows customers the opportunity to gain insight into their community-owned electric utility and discuss energy industry "hot topics" with subject matter experts. 


Academy Topics Include:

  • Explanation of Electricity – from generation to billing
  • Power Plant and Substation Tours
  • Accessing you "Smart Meter" Information on the web
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Utility Financials and Rate Structures    


The academy will consist of six (6) two-hour evening sessions, with sessions held on every other Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


The program is limited to 30 Lakeland Electric customers aged 16 or older.  Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis.  All participants interested in the Customer Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.


Those interested in participating should sign up online at or contact Betsy Levingston at 863/834-6439 and by email at to secure a spot on the roster.