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Benefit Basketball Game with LakelandPD Officers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alumni

Save the date! On Saturday, August 22 at 7 PM officers with the Lakeland Police Department will take on alumni Tampa Bay Buccaneers players in a game of basketball. The game will take place in the Lakeland Senior High School gymnasium. 

Admission: $10 - Adults, $5 - Students and Children under 12 are free.

All proceeds will benefit our Lakeland PAL Youth League.

 


TOWN HALL MEETING ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT MODELS

STRONG MAYOR, CITY MANAGER FORMS OF GOVERNMENT & CHARTER CHANGES

LAKELAND, FL (July 20, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 6 p.m. so citizens can learn more about municipal governance models including strong mayor and city manager forms of government. Mike McGrath, Chief Information Officer with the National Civic League will give a nonpartisan overview of the various local government models. The meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers located on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue. 

Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Brandeis and other leading municipal reformers founded the National Civic League in the late nineteenth century; the league has been instrumental in efforts to make local governments more open, accountable and effective.  Mayor Howard Wiggs said, “We have a great deal of discussion taking place in our community about various governance models and this is an excellent opportunity for our citizens to hear about the issue so they can be informed and engaged in the process.”

The National Civic League is a 120-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado.  The League focuses on public participation and civic action. It depends on groups and individuals across the country that promote community engagement and problem solving approaches to build better governments.

As chief communications officer at the National Civic League, Mike McGrath heads the organization’s publication program, edits the 102-year-old National Civic Review and other NCL publications. He recently served as research and writer for the Fiscal Sustainability Case Investigations Project, a joint effort of NCL and the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy.  He has a master’s degree in journalism is from the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

 


 

Congratulations to the Lakeland Police Department - 3rd Place Honors in Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program 2015 Click or Ticket Challenge.

The annual awards, supported by the Florida Department of Transportation, recognize those agencies who participate in the annual Click or Ticket Challenge with traffic enforcement and education initiatives geared toward saving lives by enforcing Florida's safety belt laws.

 





Cleveland Heights Golf Course Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

TALLAHASSEE– Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Cleveland Heights Golf Course has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of July. The Cleveland Heights Golf Course is located in the city of Lakeland in Polk County.

“We are pleased to feature the historic Cleveland HeightsGolf Courseas a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “The City of Lakeland recognizes the value of this golf course to the community and the state, and has done a wonderful job renovating this historic resource.”

Cleveland Heights was the focal point of an exclusive golf course community built by developer H.A. Stahl, who named the project after his hometown. The golf course was designed by the golf course architectural firm of Howard Toomey & William Flynn. Under the personal supervision of William Flynn, the course was described to be as long and difficult as most of the northern links and opened in 1925. The City of Lakeland took over the golf course by the end of the 1930s and maintains the course today. In the early 1980s, general manager, Reuben Gibson supervised the addition of the third nine holes, which expanded the course to the 27 holes in play today.

The Cleveland Heights Golf Course is a 27-hole golf complex consisting of three 9-hole courses that are played in 18-hole combinations (A/B, A/C, or B/C). Each 9-hole course features three sets of tees playing from 2,600 to 3,200 yards and the 18-hole combinations play from 5,300 to 6,400 yards. The “A” Course has the most open fairways, the ”B” Course is more challenging than the other two, and the “C” Course has the most length. Known locally as the “Heights,” the facility is run by the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Lakeland, and offers golfers of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the sport.

“Cleveland Heights and the City of Lakeland are very appreciative for being the featured golf course for the month of July,” said Golf Course Manager Brock Witmyer. “Upon finishing the C Course this summer, we will have renovated the tees and greens on all three of our 9 hole courses over the past three years. Come out and visit our friendly staff - we are a public facility with a country club feel.”