City News Blog


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!

We need your valuable input to help the City of Lakeland move forward in the development of a Strategic Broadband Plan

Recently the City has partnered with Magellan Advisors, an international broadband and telecommunications planning firm to create a resourceful high-speed internet plan specific to Lakeland. As an initial step in the planning process we are asking for your participation in completing a survey that is intended to help us measure the “State of Broadband” in Lakeland. Documenting challenges and needs, the survey will provide the valuable input necessary to craft a plan that will examine the types of broadband services our community will desire and require in the future. Please take the time to complete the survey for both residential and business needs.


Come Have Coffee With The Chief - July 14th at 8AM

Chief Larry Giddens and team members from the LakelandPD invite you to join them for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, July 14th at 9AM at the Coleman Bush Building (1104 Martin Luther King Jr Ave)

Learn about special projects, neighborhood activities and ask any questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!


Ron Cox is AWESOME #iamlakeland

Resident Kathryn Gernot wrote: I had my purse stolen from Wal-Mart three weeks ago and the young boys must have thrown my wallet near a waste receptacle. Ron Cox, your solid waste driver, found my wallet and turned it in to your office at Evelyn Avenue. My drivers license, Social Security card, insurance cards etc were all returned to me. The cost to replace all of them would have been a burden for me. This has been a godsend and such a blessing!!!! Thank you and your employees for being so kind while going above and beyond their duty to help citizens in need.

Ron thank you for showing us all what integrity is! We are proud to have you on our team. #intergity

The Lakeland Public Library System offers two monthly book discussion groups, Books Sandwiched In and Discussions at the e.  Books Sandwiched In (BSI) is a monthly book discussion group, which meets every first Tuesday in the Main Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) meeting room at 12:15 p.m. Discussions at the E (DATE) is a monthly book discussion group, which meets at the elibrary South Lakeland on the first Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m.


Each month’s selected book can be purchased for $2.00 at the respective libraries during the preceding month while supplies last. Coffee/tea and books are underwritten by the Friends of the Library. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.


Books Sandwiched In


July 7

Bee Season 

Myla Goldberg


August 4

Birds of Paradise

Diana Abu-Jaber


September 1

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens


October 6


Kathryn Harrison



Discussions at the e


July 9

The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides


August 6

Compulsory Happiness

Norman Manea


September 3

Girl Reading

Katie Ward


October 1




The programs at the Lakeland Public Library (100 Lake Morton Drive) are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brenda Patterson at (863) 834-4276 and or and


To request a sign language interpreter at any library event or program, please contact Brenda J. Patterson at (863) 834-4276 or at least 7 business days prior to the event.