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Lakeland Police Department Promotion Ceremony


LAKELAND, FL (July 8th, 2015)


A promotion ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015, at 3:00 pm, in the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center (new building), located at 72 Lake Morton Dr. Lakeland, Florida 33801. 


Captains Ruben Garcia and Victor White will be promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenants Hans Lehman and Sammy Taylor will be promoted to Captain, Sergeants Brent Addison and Mark Melius will be promoted to Lieutenant, and Officers Joseph Parker, Richard “Brian” Wallace, and Jasper Yzaguirre will be promoted to Sergeant at this time.




Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583-2357.


The City of Lakeland has received funding to provide no-cost landscape and irrigation audits toLakeland Water customers who are using at least 20,000 gal/month of metered drinking water and who have an operable in-ground sprinkler system on a timer. 


The no-cost audit includes:

·An sprinkler system evaluation with site-specific recommendations

·Landscaping evaluation with planting recommendations

·Help with your irrigation timer

·A water conservation kit

·A free rain sensor if needed

To participate contact Daphne McCann at (863) 834-6193;




LAKELAND, FL (JULY 3, 2015) - The  T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration has been postponed due to weather.  The event will take place with live music at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Friday, July 10th from 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.  Clemons Road will be back to entertain the crowd.

A live concert featuring the energetic Clemons Road blending Country music with an island feel will continue where they left off due to torrential rain.  The band will be back to start the show at 7 p.m.  The band pulls their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to Zac Brown Band and they keep heads bobbing. Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar.   Brown said, “Rain may have postponed the show but it won’t stop us. We can’t wait to finish where we left off at Red, White & Kaboom.  We promise to be even more energetic next Friday.” 

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.”  He added, “We apologize for the rain delay and having to postpone the event but the good news is we will have the same band and the same awesome fireworks on Friday, July 10th.”

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. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom.



Public Meeting Notice

W. Lake Parker Dr. / Lakeshore Dr. Bicycle Facility and Lakefront Enhancement Alternatives Analysis Report


LAKELAND, FL - (June 29, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will conduct a Public Meeting for the proposed improvement alternative analysis to install bicycle lanes or construct a 10 to 12 foot bicycle track on W. Lake Parker Dr./Lakeshore Dr. between E 1st Street and E Bella Vista Street.  The bicycle facility improvements are proposed as part of an overall lakefront enhancement plan that includes an evaluation of street lighting, stormwater/litter control and beautification improvement options within the study area.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine 2nd Floor located at 1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33805.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in an open-house format, where City staff and representatives from the project team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the enhancement alternatives and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mrs. Naomi Tillett at .

Project-related information may also be obtained by contacting Mrs. Naomi Tillett, P.E., City of Lakeland at (863) 834-6032, or by email to , or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at .