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LAURIE SMITH NAMED MANAGER OF LAKES & STORMWATER

LAURIE SMITH NAMED MANAGER OF LAKES & STORMWATER

LAKELAND, FL (June 29, 2016) - The Public Works Department is pleased to announce that Laurie Smith has been named Manager of Lakes & Stormwater.  Smith has more than 20 years of experience in overseeing environmental compliance, construction management, and natural resource management programs.  Prior to joining the City of Lakeland, Smith began her career in 1995 as an environmental consultant for Marin Environmental, overseeing contaminated property assessment and redevelopment projects.

Smith worked for Kleinfelder from 2002 through 2012 as a Senior Project Manager overseeing environmental compliance and remediation programs.  She was the Florida Regional Manager for PM Environmental until 2013, when she joined the City of Lakeland as the Senior Environmental Specialist with the Lakes & Stormwater Division, where she oversaw programs necessary for compliance with the City’s stormwater discharge permit and coordinated stormwater capital improvement projects. 

Director of Public Works, Heath Frederick said, “Laurie has been serving as our Senior Environmental Specialist with the Lakes & Stormwater Division for the past three years.  She has done a great job leading projects and focusing on educational programs.”  He added, “With her education, background and institutional knowledge, we know that Laurie will continue to carry the Lakes & Stormwater division into the future.”

Smith said, “I am very excited to continue my career with the City of Lakeland as the next Lakes & Stormwater Division Manager and I look forward to carrying on the Divisions mission to maintain, protect, and enhance our lakes and stormwater systems.”  Smith has a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University. Smith’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, hiking, fishing, and golfing.  Her start date was June 27th and her annual salary is $77,037.42.

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LAKE MORTON SHORELINE STABILIZATION PROJECT 

INCLUDES AQUATIC PLANTS AND UPLAND PLANT SPECIES

 

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 16, 2016) - The City of Lakeland will be planting aquatic plants and grasses along an area of shoreline on Lake Morton as part of an ongoing shoreline stabilization plan.  Approximately 160 feet of shoreline on the southwest side of Lake Morton (across from E. Palmetto Street) is in need of immediate repair.

 

A low-profile fence that currently encloses a planting zone on the north shore of the lake is being dismantled and erected at the new planting area.  Due to an abundance of waterfowl on Lake Morton and the extremely high pressure on new plants, a green vinyl chain link perimeter fence will be installed for approximately one year. This perimeter fence is needed to ensure successful plant growth. 

 

Native aquatic and upland species of plants will be used as a natural shoreline stabilizer very similar to other areas around Lake Morton that have already been established.   A portion of the geofabric that is in place now will be removed so visitors around Lake Morton may see a piece of heavy equipment in the area for a few hours before the fence is installed.  The project will start in July and be completed by August 2016.  The approximate cost of the project is $3,000 and is being funded out of the City of Lakeland Stormwater Utility Fund. 

 

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RED WHITE & KABOOM
BIG FIREWORKS AND AWESOME MUSIC


LAKELAND, FL - (June 14, 2016) - T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Sunday, July 3rd from 5:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.  after Clemons Road and opening act FOUNT entertain the crowd. 

This is a FREE event but we are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Chow for Now will be collecting canned food items that will be donated to VISTE.

 

Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring opening act FOUNT who will get the crowd started with their own brand of Americana.  FOUNT will take the stage at 5 p.m. The eight-piece band will set the mood for the start of a great Independence Day Celebration.  Fount is a folk/americana band hailing from Lakeland and they started as an outlet for songwriters Tosh Sergeant and Jeremy Hearn. It soon blossomed to a band of eight dedicated musicians who weave carefully orchestrated songs about love, faith and hope. Fount gives the folk tradition a modern reboot. 


At 6 p.m. the energetic Clemons Road Band will command the crowd blending country music with an island feel.  The band pulls their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Zac Brown Band. They keep heads bobbing and toes tapping with their own blend of beach country. Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, Grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar.  Keeping up with Red, White & Kaboom tradition, there will also be a watermelon eating contest that takes place around 7 p.m.  The contest is limited to school aged children and there will be members from the Parks & Recreation Department to assist with sign-ups.

 

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public.”  

 

This year there will be an exceptional fireworks show.  Because of the construction at Joker Marchant Stadium there will be no July 4th celebration at Tigertown.  The fireworks that were pre-purchased for that show will now be included in the Red, White & Kaboom celebration so it really will be Red, White & KABOOM!

 

During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation.  The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake.  The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now/VISTE. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom. For more information go to www.lakelandgov.net


Missing/Endangered Person Larry Langford

Lakeland Police are searching for missing/endangered person Larry Langford, W/M, age 53, 5’10” tall and weighing 200 pounds.  Langford went missing at 0830 hours on 6/4/16 from the Lake Wire Retirement Center, 315 West Peachtree Street, Lakeland, Florida.  

Langford has a medical condition and is on medication.   Langford is on foot and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants. Langford is bald with gray hair, beard, and mustache.  If you come into contact with Langford, or have information of his whereabouts, please contact police immediately. 

Police have attempted to track with K-9 and saturated the area in an attempt to locate Langford. 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.860-4178.