City News Blog


This is the official blog of the City of Lakeland, Florida. Check back frequently to stay up to date with all that going on in our beautiful city!

The Lakeland City Commission met on Tuesday January 17th 2012 and took the following actions:

  • The Florida Federation of Garden Club Community service award & National Garden Club Award for Community Landscape Design were received by the City.
  • The Thomas Yatabe award from State Emergency Response Commission was received by the city.
  • Proclamations were presented honoring Arbor Day and Children’s Day.
  • A recommendation from the Real Estate& Transportation committee to vacate Right-of-Way within the Westlake Development located north of Ruby Street, south of Lake Beulah Drive, east of S. Webster Avenue and west of Hartsell Avenue, was approved.
  • An ordinance creating the City of Lakeland Firefighters’ Retirement System, was approved.
  • An assessment for $6,259.00 dollars for demolition of 710 N. Ohio Ave. was approved.
  • A service agreement with Kessler Consulting, Inc. for the not-to-exceed fee of $25,000 to administer the proposed Professional Services Agreement for procurement of Recyclables Materials Processing Services was approved.
  • A change order to the contract and agreement with Public Resource Management Group, Inc. for the not-to-exceed fee of $30,000 to review and update the Water and Wastewater Utilities revenue sufficiency analysis was approved.
  • Public hearings were scheduled for the next City Commission meeting as regards:
  • Conditional use to allow a community garden on property located at 1229 East Myrtle Street.
  • Conditional use to allow beer and wine sales as a complement to an existing retail business on property located at 229 North Kentucky Avenue
  • Zoning to allow residential units for the elderly with varying levels of care and support on property located at 5555 N. State Road 33.
  • Adopting the Florida Fire Prevention Code, 2010 Edition.
  • Amending the City of Lakeland Concurrency Management Ordinance.
  • Defined Contribution Plan (401a) and the Deferred Compensation plan (457)
  • The lease purchase of various equipment for the purpose of improving the energy efficiency of various facilities of the City in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $2,500,000,
  • Policies and procedures related to IRS Form 8038-G; Remediation of nonqualified bonds were approved.
  • A resolution indicating the commission’s intent with regard to future retiree benefit increases; to the extent there are cumulative actuarial gains experienced within the Plan, the Board of Trustees of the System may recommend a one-time additional benefit payment from the Plan’s assets in an aggregate amount between .01% and 50% of the cumulative actuarial gains, was approved.
  • A construction agreement with Wharton-Smith, Inc. for the City of Lakeland Water Utilities disinfection facilities upgrade was approved.
  • In final action agreements with Tampa Bay Trane for energy efficiency upgrades at various city parks and recreation facilities and The Lakeland Center were approved.






Lakeland Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet


LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 15, 2012 – In recognition of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), your local Lakeland Branch NAACP will celebrate its 103rd Anniversary Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, February 11, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the Apostle Henry Ross Sr. Family Center,1302 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805.

The mission of the Lakeland Branch NAACP is to ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This year’s speaker will be Lisa Womack, Chief of Police for the City of Lakeland.

Tickets are $75 per person, which will include a one-year individual membership in the Lakeland Branch of the NAACP for those who wish to be members.

You may reserve your tickets) by contacting 863-682-8879 or


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs


The City of Lakeland will hold a public meeting to seek input from residents regarding housing and community development needs and priorities for the program year June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013.


When:        Monday, January 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm


Where:       Coleman Bush Community Building

                   1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

For more information please contact Annie Gibson, Housing Programs Coordinator, at the Neighborhood Services, Housing Section office (863) 834-3360.


Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act provisions, those who require special accommodations to attend this meeting are asked to contact Annie Gibson at (863) 834-3360 at least one week prior to the meeting.  The City’s TDD phone number is (863) 834-8333.


Steve Jones
Knights of Columbus

Artists and Sponsors Needed

LAKELAND, FL (January 9, 2012) – On Saturday, February 4th Lemon Street in Downtown Lakeland will be the target of chalk artists young and old during the 1st Annual Chalk for Charity Festival. Using chalk and liquid tempera as their medium and pavement as their canvas, professionals and novices will turn the streets of asphalt into an outdoor art display. The exhibitions will be located on Lemon Street between South Florida Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Sponsors are being sought for the available street spaces. There are three canvas size options (4ft x 4ft, 7ft x 7ft and 10ft x 10ft.  This is a great opportunity to have your company represented in a creative artistic way while supporting a great cause. The public will be able to purchase tokens to vote for their favorite art.  Additionally, there will be a Professional Award presented.  There will be a Children’s area where Parents and Grandparents can purchase small squares for them to display their budding talent.

Sponsor Request Letter

Sponsor Registration Form

The monies raised from this year’s event will go to fund Lakeland Knights of Columbus Global Wheelchair Mission and The Lakeland Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association which supports police academy scholarships and projects of the Lakeland Police Department. The global Wheelchair Mission provides wheelchairs to those in need around the world and since 2003 over 20,000 wheelchairs have been donated.

If you are an artist interested in participating by being paired with a sponsor, please call (863) 688-8787. All painting materials will be supplied. All you need is your creativity and time!
Artist Participation Form

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to participate as an artist at the event, please contact Steve Jones at (863) 688-8787.