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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!

Twelfth Biennial Historic Home Workshop

LAKELAND, FL (September 29, 2015) – The Twelfth Biennial Historic Home Workshop will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ordway Building at Florida Southern College.  Registration and refreshments begin at 8:00 a.m.  The one-hour workshops will start at 8:30 a.m., and will be conducted by both local and statewide experts.  

Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics, including:

  • Creating a Maintenance Plan for Your Old House – Jodi Rubin, CCS Restoration
  • Historic Masonry Repair – Angel Corrales, American Window Preservation LLC
  • Insulating Your Historic Home the Right Way – Angel Corrales, MOHR Historic Restoration Co.  
  • Rehabbing Your Wood Windows – Steve Quillian, Wood Window Makeover
  • Rescuing Old Plaster – Scott Sidler, Austin Home Restorations
  • Designing Accessory Buildings: Outbuildings that Complement Your Historic Home – JoAnne Peck, Preservation Resource, Inc./
  • Landscaping on a Small Lot – John King, King Landscaping
  • Fireplace Care and Safety – Chimney Sweep of Florida
  • The Energy Efficient Smart Home – Kevin Jones and Rico Dunsmore, Energy Analysts, Lakeland Electric
  • Let’s Building Something! Building Permitting – Dan Gargas; Building Official, City of Lakeland
  • Don’t Be a Slum Lord: Landlord Management within the Historic Districts – Gene Lord; DART Coordinator, Lakeland Police Department
  • Navigating the Historic District Design Review Process – Emily Foster; Senior Planner, Historic Preservation, City of Lakeland
  • Code Enforcement and Property Maintenance – Brian Rewis, Community Improvement Manager, City of Lakeland
  • Florida Native Landscaping: Plant Selection and Care – Bill Keon, Parks and Recreation

A free tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian House will be offered at the conclusion of the Workshop.

Trade groups and companies that provide services and supplies for the maintenance and renovation of older homes may be represented in the Exhibit Area.  Other exhibitors will include City agencies and various organizations devoted to historic preservation.

This Workshop is free and open to all interested residents.  This is a great opportunity to learn about home renovations and to meet other people involved in preserving the architectural heritage of Lakeland.  This event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board, Historic Lakeland, Inc., Florida Southern College, CenterState Bank, Wood Window Makeover LLC and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

For more information, call Emily Foster in the Community Development Department (863) 834-6011 or visit our website at


Have You Registered to Vote in the November Elections?
Deadline to do so is October 5th!

Residents in the municipalities of Lakeland and Winter Haven who wish to register to vote in the November 3rd Municipal Election must do so on or before Monday, October 5th.

Voter registration forms may be completed online at, or paper copies are available for pickup at many convenient locations throughout the county including city halls, banks, libraries, and chambers of commerce. Those who are already registered are reminded to notify the Elections Office of any name, address, or signature changes before Election Day.

For more information visit, or call the Elections Office at 863-534-5888.



LAKELAND, FL (September 28, 2015) - An agreement has been entered into between the City of Lakeland, David Woolverton and the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA). 

Interim City Manager Tony Delgado said, “There were two main issues considered in the unique situation involving Officer Woolverton and his right to work as a sworn member of the Lakeland Police Department. One was the standing position of the State Attorney’s Office with regard to the “death letter” that outlines that the State Attorney’s office will not take testimony from Woolverton.  This is a very important consideration that has to be factored into any decision.” He added,  “The other was the direction given by the arbitrator to return Officer Woolverton to full capacity as a police officer. These two directives were in conflict with one another, so a settlement was negotiated that was a result of compromises on both sides of the table.”  The City of Lakeland and the PBA both made concessions to their original positions that allowed for an agreement to be reached. 

To avoid continuing litigation between the parties, the City of Lakeland will continue to employ Woolverton as a sworn Police Officer with the Lakeland Police Department.  The City will pay Woolverton back pay with interest for lost opportunities to work extra duty details in the amount of $9,688.76.  As a result of a 2013 decision by the State Attorney to not use Woolverton as a witness, Woolverton will remain in the position of Special Operations-Equipment Operator and will not seek transfer from this position for the remainder of his employment with the City of Lakeland.  

As long as the July 2013 letter from the State Attorney remains in effect, Woolverton will not apply for or participate in any overtime detail that would require him to use his official police authority. He will not participate in routine traffic enforcement activities that may require official police documents and Woolverton will not participate in any special assignments including but not limited to the SWAT team that may require him to use his official police authority. The agreement also provides Woolverton with a police uniform and outlines that that he will receive the same treatment as any other member of the Lakeland Police Department and afforded the same rights of a police officer. The signed agreement is attached.

Police Chief Larry Giddens said, “I have heard it said that a when a good compromise is reached both parties walk away from the table a little disappointed.  I believe that is the case here and we have reached a good compromise.  We will now be able to put this situation behind us and move forward.  Thank you to all for the hard work and dedication to this case on both sides of the table.”