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LAKELAND, FL (August 25, 2016) - The City of Lakeland is very pleased to announce that Lakeland Senior Living, LLC d/b/a Lake Gibson Village has donated an 18-acre parcel of land south of Carpenter’s Way to the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department. The 18-acre parcel, valued at $2.25 million will be developed into a neighborhood park.  Evangel Christian School used a portion of the complex and the sports fields until it closed in 2006. The existing fields have been vacant and in dire need of maintenance ever since. 

Lake Gibson Village purchased the vacant Without Walls Church property and surrounding 66 acres to develop Lake Gibson Village Senior Living Community. Phase one of the development includes the restoration of the former historic Carpenters Home, which has been transformed into 142 independent senior living apartments with many of the original architectural details preserved.  Residents will begin moving in this month.  Phase two, which is currently in the early stages of development, will include new construction of separate assisted living and memory care buildings as well as additional independent living residences. 

“We are excited about the City’s plans for the property and happy that the planned amenities will be enjoyed by the entire community,” said Renee Tucker, CEO of Lake Gibson Village and spokesperson for the owners.

City Manager Tony Delgado said, “Earlier in the year, Lake Gibson Village agreed to lease the sports fields to the City of Lakeland for $1 per year.  This local agreement started dialogue for something much bigger and now we are excited to share, not only a generous gift but our vision of a neighborhood park.”

Bob Donahay, City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Director said, “This site is a prime piece of real estate and we have big plans for the property. The City of Lakeland really does appreciate the generous donation that will allow us to add to our park inventory without the costly expense of purchasing land.” He added, “Once we build it out, the 18-acre parcel will be a great amenity for the neighborhood that will house two multi-purpose fields with permanent lighting, a walking path, a modular playground and a dog park.  We also have plans for concessions and restrooms so one day we can host youth sports leagues at the facility.”

“This is a win-win and the City of Lakeland is extremely grateful that we have partners like Lake Gibson Village that care about the well-being of the community, enough to donate park land valued at $2.25 million,” said Delgado. “We plan on building a much needed park facility that the surrounding neighborhood will enjoy and the sports fields will allow us to address the immediate needs of youth sports programs.”

The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become on of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.  To learn more about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.

CONTACT:

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

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Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin Milling Central Avenue from Olive Street south to W Highland Street on August 29th, 2016.  Following milling contractors will be adding new asphalt to roadway. 

Also, the section of W Highland Street from Pinewood Avenue to Central Avenue will also be milled and resurfaced.  Delays are expected; however, roadways will remain open to residents. 

Work is expected to take one week to complete weather permitting.

For questions, please contact Troy McCain at (863) 860-5846.


LAKELAND, FL (August 17, 2016) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce Michael “Shawn” Sherrouse as the newly appointed Assistant City Manager.  Sherrouse has been serving as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Auburndale. He has been with the City of Auburndale since 2006 serving as the Community Development Director for six years and the Assistant to the City Manager for almost four years before taking the position of Assistant City Manager.

Sherrouse has over 20 years of local government experience and he served with the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1997.  He is a Gulf War Veteran having served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait as a Sergeant.  He also managed battalion training exercises for 800 marines and oversaw battalion helicopter support operations. 

After his military career, Sherrouse became a Branch Manager and Residential Appraisal Supervisor for the Polk County Property Appraisers Office.  He worked in that capacity for 11 years from 1995 to 2006 before joining the City of Auburndale.

“I am a native of Lakeland and other than my experience with the Marine Corps, I have lived my entire life in Polk County.  I have a deep sense of pride for Lakeland that has fueled my passion to serve the community,” said Sherrouse. “I am very excited about this opportunity and I look forward to joining the City of Lakeland team.”

City Manager, Tony Delgado said, “We conducted a national search and we were very pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants.  The selection committee narrowed it down to three highly capable candidates and we all came to the conclusion that Shawn is the right person for the job. We were all impressed with his track record and believe his focus on customer service as well as his experience overseeing Human Resources, Project Management and Budget Performance will contribute to the success of the City of Lakeland going forward.”

The selection committee included:

  • Mike Brossart, Finance Director for the City of Lakeland
  • Cory Skeates, President, Greater Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Farrington, HR Director for the City of Lakeland
  • Brad Johnson, Deputy City Manager for the City of Lakeland
  • Tim McCausland, City Attorney for the City of Lakeland
  • Sara Roberts, Former Executive Director Polk Vision
  • Julie Townsend, Director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority
  • Jarvis Kendrick, SVP / West Regional Manager, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Sherrouse who is 44 years old, graduated from Warner College with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and he is scheduled to receive a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida this fall. He will start as the Assistant City Manager on September 12th and will be paid a yearly salary of $115,000.  

Sherrouse has two teenage sons and he is an avid sports fan following the Detroit Tigers, Florida Gators and all of the Tampa Bay professional teams.  He has been a Tampa Bay Buccaneer season ticket holder for over 20 years.

The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.  To learn more about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.  

 

CONTACT:

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


LAKELAND, FL (August 3, 2016) — Publix Super Markets is pleased to announce support of the City of Lakeland, the Detroit Tigers and the Lakeland Flying Tigers by sponsoring the field naming rights of Tigertown. On February 9, 2017 —  the first day of the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training season — the stadium will be renamed Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The naming rights will continue through 2036. 

“Lakeland is where our roots are, and we are proud of our long-standing relationship with the City of Lakeland and Tigertown,” said Brian West Publix Lakeland media and community relations manager.  “We are honored to have an opportunity to help keep America’s pastime alive and well in this great city.”

The Publix sponsorship will assist with the redesign and updates to the complex, which include:  

  • A 72,000-square foot player development facility to house Major and Minor League clubhouses (largest in the Grapefruit League)
  • A new state-of-the-art High Definition video scoreboard will sit atop the enhanced Berm in left field
  • The “new Berm” will feature a unique food and beverage destination
  • Improved and realigned seating areas, including additional shading
  • A 360-degree walk around design offering fans great sightlines and a constant view of the game
  • Upgraded concessions and new vending areas offering a variety of menu items
  • New artificial field surface in the Minor League complex
  • Improvements throughout the complex to assist in player development and rehabilitation

“This is a great day and we are very excited to have Publix Super Markets as the naming sponsor for what will now be Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Publix Super Markets is synonymous with Lakeland and we can’t wait to see their name in the outfield,” said Mayor Howard Wiggs. “We have a dedicated team overseeing construction of the stadium and once the project is complete, we will have one of the finest Spring Training facilities in all of Major League Baseball.”

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “The construction and design team has been working day and night on the Tigertown complex so it will be ready for the opening day of Spring Training. The partnership with Publix Super Markets will allow us to complete the vision and we look forward to showcasing Lakeland’s very own field of dreams.”

"The Detroit Tigers thank Publix, the City of Lakeland, Polk County and the State of Florida for sharing our vision and commitment to provide a first-class entertainment experience and a point of destination for Tigers and all baseball fans to enjoy," said Duane McLean, Tigers' Executive Vice President of Business Operations.  "The history both the Tigers and Publix have in Lakeland is historic and unique. Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium will symbolize how deeply rooted and invested both the Tigers and Publix are within the Lakeland community for many years to come.” 

Named in honor of the late Joker Marchant, a former Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director, Joker Marchant Stadium was used by the Detroit Tigers for Spring Training for the first time in 1966.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 184,000 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,122 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become on of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.  To learn more about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.

The Detroit Tigers, Inc., a charter member of the American League in 1901, have won four World Series and 11 American League pennants. The team is owned by Michael Ilitch who purchased the ballclub in 1992. Michael and his wife, Marian, jointly own other companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods, Uptown Entertainment and Ilitch Holdings, Inc.  Marian Ilitch is the sole owner of MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit www.tigers.com.

CONTACT:

Brian West | Publix Super Markets | (863) 688-7407 ext. 63486