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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!


FDOT has advised us that they will be closing access to South Florida Avenue and Riggins Street on Monday, October 31, 2016. This closure is needed to repair an inlet that was damaged by a vehicle. Barricades are currently in place to warn drivers in the area. Residents will have access to Riggins Street from South Tennessee Avenue during the closure.

South Pipkin Road will be closed between Drane Field Road and Currymoore Road beginning Tuesday November 1, 2016 for two weeks. This closure is required to repair a failing storm sewer pipe. Detours will be clearly marked. 

Contact:

Michael Whigham, Manager of Construction & Maintenance | 863/834-3300

Up-to-Date Road Info: 863/834-ROAD


Lakeland, FL (October 17, 2016) | Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will be performing maintenance work on an underground storm pipe. A lane shift will be in place at the intersection of Cedar Street and North Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesday evening, October 18, 2016 from 9:00 p.m. to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.

Roads will remain open during this work, however, the main entrance into the Police Station will be closed for the duration of the work.

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


LAKELAND, FL (October 13, 2016) | BULLETIN: P16– 051 | The Lakeland Police Department will host their 12th Annual Open House on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This year’s event, focused on “See Something. Say Something”, will feature a scavenger hunt and the first public unveiling of the department’s new MRAP Rescue Vehicle. 

This FREE event gives citizens the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Lakeland’s finest. During this fun-filled family day, you can meet members of the SWAT team, take a peek inside LPD’s mobile command center, see the armored rescue vehicle up close and check out the K-9 team in action! There will be tours of the police station beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running until 1:30 p.m. These tours include the Crime Lab, Communications Center and the Emergency Operations Center.

The Community Services Unit will be doing bicycle helmet fittings and giving away free helmets to children. Plenty of children’s activities, live entertainment and free hot dogs and popcorn make for a guaranteed good time! So gather your family, friends and neighbors and come out and enjoy a day with the Lakeland Police Department.

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.

CONTACT:

Robin Tillett, Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department | 863/834-2963


Lakeland, FL (October 11, 2016) | Donald Trump is set to appear at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport’s Sheltair Hangar, 3440 Airfield Drive West, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 12. The doors are scheduled to open at noon. 


The Lakeland Police Department will be assisting the U.S. Secret Service with security, assisting with the traffic flow and crowd control. There will be numerous Magnetometer checkpoints and the U.S. Secret Service advised the below listed items will not be allowed:

  • Firearm of any type
  • Weapon of any type
  • Hazardous materials
  • Chemical materials
  • Radiological materials
  • Biological materials
  • Knives (of any kind)
  • Toy guns / toy weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Pepper spray / mace
  • Scissors
  • Razor blades
  • Needles
  • Leatherman brand tools (or similar)
  • Screwdrivers (or similar)
  • Glass bottles
  • Tripods
  • Coolers
  • Air-horns
  • Laser pointers
  • Aerosol containers
  • Soda cans
  • Sticks / poles
  • Baseballs, softballs, etc
  • Produce (depends on event)
  • Umbrellas (depends on event)

The Lakeland Police Department recognizes and respects everyone's right to express their First Amendment, and we will do everything possible to ensure the event is safe for all attendees and surrounding neighborhoods. Expect security to be heavy and visible as the Lakeland Police Department will have a large presence at the rally. People coming to the event, living or working near the airport should expect delays and plan alternate modes of transportation.

The temperature is expected to be 85 degrees tomorrow so please take precautionary measures to avoid the harmful effects of dehydration, including the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids beforehand
  • Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing.
  • Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance.
  • Dress appropriately for the elements.

Parking Information

The Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will be closing Don Emerson Drive to all thru traffic for pedestrian safety at 10:00am. Those attending the event will enter the parking lots via Airfield Ct. E. at the intersection of Drane Field Road. There will be two trams looping through the parking lot. There is limited handicap parking. Based on the number of expected attendees the lots should fill quickly. Once they reach capacity the lots will be closed and all additional traffic will be turned away.

Protestors

Protestors will be directed to a designated area off of Don Emerson Drive across from the Hilton Garden Inn.

Additional Info

These plans are fluid and subject to change depending on conditions and as we learn more. We will be doing our best to communicate this event to surrounding businesses and the public so please follow our social media sites for updates throughout the day tomorrow


Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357.