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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!

WANNA PLAY with Commissioner Justin Troller in the 18TH Annual Mayor's Invitational Golf Tournament?

Just email with WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT LAKELAND! We are going to randomly select two lucky Lakeland residents and two City of Lakeland employees to assist Commissioner Troller in the Mayor’s Sister Cities Golf Tournament…and he needs the help! If selected you will be part of his 5-member team for a FREE round of golf on Friday, February 12th at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. The tournament starts with registration, practice and lunch at 10:45AM and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. 

The two residents and employees selected will be notified on Monday, February 1st. All those who email by Midnight Sunday, January 31st will be placed into a random selection. 


The City of Lakeland is seeking input from Citizens on the values and priorities of the community with an online survey at
Visit and spend 5-10 minutes of your time in taking the survey.  Citizen opinion is very important and the City is going to use the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online now through Feb 28th. 

Please take the time to participate in the online survey.  Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey are eligible to win one of many prizes, including a golf package at Cleveland Heights, tickets to a Lakeland Center event, or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes. Visit or call 834-SWAN for more information.  


LAKELAND, FL (January 19, 2016) - The City of Lakeland will be adding approximately 49 new on-street parking spots as part of a road diet project on Massachusetts Avenue.  Massachusetts Avenue will be resurfaced between Lake Morton Drive and Cedar Street.  The roadway will then be striped for single northbound and southbound travel lanes with left-turn lanes at each intersection.  This will include marking for the new on-street parking spaces.


The six-month project will include curb work, new sidewalk, street scape, resurfacing and the addition on street parking and it will be done in phases. Phase One includes area on Massachusetts Avenue between Lake Morton Drive and Cedar Street.  Phase Two will begin north of the CSX railroad tracks and run north to the Intown Bypass.  Phase One will create 49 additional on street parking spaces.  Thirty-nine spaces will be located on the East side of Massachusetts Avenue between Lake Morton Drive and Lemon Street.  There will be an additional 10 parking spaces on the West side of Massachusetts Avenue between Lemon Street and Main Street. 


January – March

Construction & Maintenance crews are underway with reconstructing curb ramps through the project corridor and the reconstruction of the sidewalk on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue between Orange Street and Lime Street for ADA compliance.  Traffic Operations is analyzing traffic movements at the Massachusetts Avenue/Cedar Street intersection and will consider adjusting the timing to allow for a protected southbound left-turn phase to reduce the potential for backups at this intersection as a result of the southbound left-turning movement.


March - May

Crews will construct streetscape on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue between Main Street and Cedar Street and along the south side of Cedar Street between Massachusetts Avenue and the alley to the west.  All of the trees in the sidewalk will be replaced with elms.  Also, three oak trees will be removed from the area sidewalk in front of City Hall and replaced with a single magnolia tree on the north side of the sidewalk leading to the entrance to City Hall.  The streetscape will be reconstructed where the trees are removed.  This is to address the problem with tree roots heaving the streetscape in this area.


May - July

The road diet project will begin with resurfacing Massachusetts Avenue.  The road will then be striped for single northbound and southbound travel lanes with left-turn lanes at each intersection.  Markings will be applied to include the new on-street parking spaces.


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Lakeland, Florida, January 15, 2016 — Fitch Ratings, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services have assigned long-term ratings of AA-, Aa3, and AA, respectively, to Lakeland Electric’s 2016 energy system bonds. At the same time, all three rating services also affirmed the same ratings on the utility's existing debt. The outlook for Lakeland Electric is stable.

Lakeland Electric fared well due to many factors, including its competitive rates - which are among the lowest in Florida - and a dependable low-cost power supply provided by the utility’s own gas- and coal-fired power plants.

“We consistently have some of the most competitive electric rates in the state,” said    Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric. “Thanks to our strong energy production fleet, like McIntosh 5 and 3, and our ability to diversify how we produce or procure power, we are positioned well for the future and for our customers.”

For more information on the individual rating services reports, please click here or visit our website at and click on the Ratings Banner at the top of the home page.


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Cindy Clemmons

Lakeland Electric