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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 (January 26, 2015) - The Phase I Construction of the Lake Hollingsworth Roundabout is beginning with utility relocations starting January 26, 2015.   The construction work will require lane closures and routing of pedestrian and bicycle traffic through the construction area. 

Phase I work includes the utility relocations, construction of a new sidewalk around the north west corner of the intersection and relocation of the walk path on the lakeside. If possible, avoid the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road until Phase I Construction is completed.  Please follow all detours and be patient when waiting for the lanes to  re-open.  Watch for construction equipment and Phase I construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.


The City of Lakeland is seeking input from Citizens on the values and priorities of the community with an online survey at
Visit and spend 5-10 minutes of your time in taking the survey.  Citizen opinion is very important and the City is going to use the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online now through Feb 24th.
Please take the time to participate in the online survey.  Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey are eligible to win one of many prizes, including a golf package at Cleveland Heights, tickets to a Lakeland Center event, or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes. Visit or call 834-SWAN for more information.  



 (January 14, 2015) – Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, is pleased to announce thatEugene “Gene” Ginn will serve as the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Solid Waste.  Ginn’s official first day with the City of Lakeland will be January 26, 2015.


Lilyquist said, “After a thorough search and recruitment effort to find someone to oversee our solid waste and recycling collection operations, we are very pleased to have Gene joining our team.  He has extensive knowledge of the solid waste industry having worked his way up through the system in a neighboring municipality.”


Ginn has been employed with the City of Largo since 1996, initially serving as a heavy equipment mechanic through 2001.  He then was promoted to a Solid Waste Foreman where he served from 2001 to 2008.  Ginn was promoted to Largo’s Assistant Solid Waste Manager in 2008 where he manages 53 employees responsible for the collection of solid waste and recyclables.  


Ginn said, “I’m very excited to be the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Solid Waste.  I’ve been a public servant who is constantly mindful of being a good steward of the taxpayers money and customer service is a top priority.” He added, “I look forward to bringing my experience and skills to Lakeland.”


He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Eckerd College and he recently acquired his Master of Public Administration from Barry University.  His annual salary will be $85,716.



LAKELAND, FL (January 8, 2015) — The City of Lakeland is offering its 14th Annual Citizens Academy to area residents starting February 26, 2015.  The Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that familiarizes citizens with City services and the functions of City Departments.
The Lakeland Citizens Academy allows residents to get a behind the scenes look of how City government operates and it provides an outlet for citizen input. The program consists of six (6), two (2) hour evening sessions. 

2015 Session Dates

February 26 History & Finance

March 5          Police Department

March 12        Fire Department

March 19        Public Works & Planning

March 26            Utility Services

April 9          Parks & Recreation           

The program is limited to 30 citizens aged 16 or older.  Enrollment in the class is based on a first-come-first-served basis.  All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.
All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 6-8 p.m. The first session will take place in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue (a light dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. during all sessions).  At least half of the sessions will meet away from City Hall and directions will be given for each City building or facility that hosts a Citizen Academy session.
The class will graduate with a certificate in “Governmentology”  at the end of the last session and a catered meal will be served.  Those interested in participating should contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264 or to secure a spot on the roster.