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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!




Lakeland doesn't have Golden Gates or Amusement Parks. It's not marked by its Walk of Fame or defined by any one specific thing.

Lakeland is wonderfully eclectic, diverse, and filled with history (...and swans). So often when we ask people what they love about Lakeland, it's the intangibles that they say they love--the feeling of the City, the atmosphere....

So much of Lakeland's identity comes from its....VIBE.

The City of Lakeland will be producing a new video series, “VIBE”, that will showcase what is great about Lakeland and attempt to capture what Lakeland truly is and why we really LOVE Lakeland. Each video will feature a different theme and will showcase elements of Lakeland that add to our City’s vibe. We would like to feature original local music as the soundtrack for the VIBE videos. 

Entry Details

Musicians must play and submit original music. Musicians must live in the Lakeland area. Musicians or bands that are interested in submitting songs for consideration, please send music files/links by email to communications@lakelandgov.net.

Please Include:

• Musician/Band Name
• Song Title(s)
• Contact Email
• Contact Phone Number
• Permission for us to use your or your band's song(s)




Lakeland, FL (November 9, 2016) – On October 29, 2016, at 7:11 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Subway store, located at 5395 Socrum Loop Road. The cashier stated that the suspect approached the front register and lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun. The suspect demanded money and the cashier complied. The suspect fled on foot to the rear of the business.

On November 1, 2016, at 9:57 p.m.
, the Lakeland Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the Exxon Station, located at 4655 Socrum Loop Road. The suspect entered the business through the south side door, approached the counter and then produced a handgun. The suspect demanded the clerk to give him all the money in the register and then fled out the south side door.

On November 6, 2016 at approximately 1:56 p.m., the Lakeland Police Department responded to XYZ Liquor, 2190 Hwy 92 East, in reference to an armed robbery. The suspect approached the clerk at the registered, lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun and demanded the cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

A fourth robbery occurred in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction at the Marathon Gas Station, 111 Marcum Road, on November 3rd and it is believed to be the same suspect. The clerks were not injured in the robberies

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 6’0 tall, 150 pounds, clean shaven, possibly 25 to 35 years of age. He was wearing a Tampa Bay Rays hat, dark shorts and a gray sweatshirt during several of the robberies. The suspect should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

If you can identify this suspect, please contact Detective Edward Sealey at 863.834.5991 or by email at edward.sealey@lakelandgov.net. Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. To be eligible for a cash reward from Crime Stoppers you must contact crime stoppers before contacting police.

*Additional pictures and videos are in our Drop Box here.  


Lakeland, FL (November 9, 2016) | Buckingham Avenue will be closed to through traffic at Easton Drive on Wednesday November 9th and Thursday November 10th. Residents will need to use Edgewood Drive to enter and exit.

Buckingham Avenue will be closed north bound at Edgewood Drive Monday November 14th and Tuesday November 15th. On these dates, residents will need to enter and exit towards Easton Drive.

Workers and equipment will be present and minor delays should be expected through November 18, 2016.

Contact: 

Please contact Michael Whigham, Manager of Construction & Maintenance, at (863) 834-3300 with questions and continue to check (863) 834-ROAD for updated information.



LAKELAND, FL (November 4, 2016) - A Parking for Heroes initiative will bring a dedicated combat wounded parking space to downtown Lakeland. The idea was borne by Downtown Lakeland Partnership Director Ellen Simms and has received the support from the Polk County Veterans Council. After the initial discussion, a number of veteran advocates started working closely with City of Lakeland staff to make the idea become a reality.

The combat wounded reserved parking space will be adjacent to Munn Park on the corner of Main Street and Kentucky Avenue (Diagram attached). The City of Lakeland Traffic Division approved of the concept and then set the plan in motion.

Gary Clark, Retired US Air Force Colonel and Chairman of the Polk Veterans Council said, “Less than 1% of the US population serve in military uniform. The sacrifices these service members make deserve to be recognized. A dedicated parking space for those who have suffered life long combat injuries is just one way the community can show that they appreciate the service for those that were wounded defending our freedoms.”

The dedicated combat wounded parking space will be clearly marked with a reserved combat wounded sign and unlike many of the spaces downtown, it will not have a two hour time limit. The sign will be installed on Thursday, November 10th and then covered. The sign will be unveiled as part of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 12th at approximately 12:30 p.m.


 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264