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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!

LAKELAND, FL (September 26, 2013) -- Starting in October downtown Lakeland will soon see a new type of metering system in the parking lot at Munn Park and Lot D located at 200 N. Kentucky Avenue.  The pay by space meters are solar powered and they make paying for parking more convenient than ever. The new pay by space meters accept nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills but they also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit and debit cards.  

The pay by space meters are now installed.  However, they won’t go live until the morning of October 7th and during the first week of operation, warning citations will be issued to those that receive violations in the two pay by space lots.  Enforcement will begin October 14th.  It must be noted that traditional coin operated meters located in other parking lots will continue to be enforced during the one week grace period.  The grace period only pertains to the pay by space systems located at Munn Park lot and Lot D.

At each pay by space meter location there are "Pay Here" signs that direct patrons where to pay for their parking.  When using the pay by space meter, a visitor needs to enter the assigned parking space number into the meter along with the method of payment.

Pay Here Meter Directions
1.      Park your vehicle and note the number located at the rear of each parking space
2.      Proceed to Pay by Space meter
3.      Pay for desired time (coin, cash, credit/debit) 
4.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid 
5.      To extend your parking time, go to the pay by space machine
6.      Enter your parking space number and choose the “Add Time” option
7.      Select the additional amount of time needed and pay
8.      Note expiration time limit, once total desired time is paid 

LAKELAND, FL (September 20, 2013) -- Come to Munn Park on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for the 29th Annual Munn Park Extravaganza gardening show presented by the Garden Club of Lakeland, Inc.  A Small Standard Flower Show will be put on by the Garden Club members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


Enjoy a Free family day of activities while exploring the many flowers and plants for sale, attend garden presentations and browse garden related crafts.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and there is soil testing for those wanting the perfect garden soil.  City of Lakeland Horticulturist, Bill Koen will present on new plant introduction.


There will be over 50 vendors selling a variety of patio and garden items for all your fall plant needs including: flowering plants for house and garden, outdoor plants for your landscaping, and garden art and accessories to spice up your lawn or patio.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information call the Garden Club of Lakeland at 863-370-4065.




One of Lakeland’s finest, Firefighter Taylor Riley of Station 1 was recognized by Firehouse Magazine, by being selected as an awardee of their annual Heroism and Community Service Award. Taylor was selected as one of fifty firefighters in the nation, and the only winner from Florida, for his incredible act of bravery when he entered a burning building last December to rescue a young boy. The building was 95% engulfed in flames when he entered. 

Taylor was recommended by his Battalion Chief Michael Williams for the award and was selected by a panel of fire service professionals from across the country.

Congratulations to Taylor Riley and thank you for serving the people of Lakeland so well.

This is a picture of the building when he went in. Not before or after, but during. AMAZING!




LAKELAND, FL (July 19, 2013) -- Commissioner Phillip Walker has reached out to the faith community and has put together a prayer vigil with area pastors called A Time to Pray that will take place in Munn Park on Thursday, July 25th at 7:30 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Walker said, “I am asking that we come together as a community as we seek guidance through these critical situations that have been brought to the surface. We need to pray for our City and for our citizens as we work together to heal our community.”

A Time to Pray will be lead by Commissioner Walker and will feature area places of worship who have been contacted to appear at the event.  Several places of worship were contacted and at this time three have confirmed their participation with more expected.  Those that have confirmed include:

  • Pastor David McEntire from First United Church of Lakeland
  • Pastor E.T. PickettIII of Word Alive Ministries inLakeland
  • Richard Richardson of New Bethel A.M.E.
  • Steve Davis, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church at the Mall
  • Mike Cooper, Executive Director The Dream Center
  • Father Caulfield, Retired Parish Leader for St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • Representative from both Temple Emmanuel 

Walker said, “We are all questioning the issues facing the Lakeland Police Department and I can tell you that we have some great people working for us who put their life on the line every day for our safety.  We are working through the issues and we are determined to let those go who have disgraced our City.  He added, “I invite the community to meet us in Munn Park even if you don’t believe in the power of prayer as we embrace unity and guidance for our City.” 


For more information, please contact Commissioner Phillip Walker at 863/698-8094.