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LAKELAND, FL (February 20, 2017) — Due to newly instated Major League Baseball security measures, no baseball complex can have any parking within 100 feet of the entire stadium. Unfortunately, this includes handicap parking as well. There is also player and player family designated parking that has been mandated by Major League Baseball. These new standards include Spring Training facilities and Major League ball parks.

In order to comply with the new MLP security regulations and meet the growing demands by Spring Training fans, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium has established 72 new handicap designated spaces with access to the First Base Gate. These spaces are wider than traditional handicap spaces to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility vehicles.

Major League Baseball security protocols now mandate that all fans must have bags checked and they must walk through metal detectors before entering the stadium. This new security process and new parking regulations may cause some delays that fans have not experienced in the past. In order to get fans to their seats so they won’t miss any action, the City of Lakeland is suggesting that fans come to the stadium at least 15 minutes earlier than they have in the past. Also, because of the fanfare associated with opening day on February 24th when the Detroit Tigers play the Baltimore Orioles, fans are suggested to plan on coming to the stadium at least 30 minutes earlier than they have in the past.



The Lakeland Police Department will host the annual Media Relations Day on (POSTPONED, TBD). Several benefits can arise from holding and establishing a Media Relations Day to include, but not limited to; allowing LPD to build upon and enhance the media relations partnership with local media outlets through strengthened communications.

During this time, we will have a roundtable discussion followed by a survey which will give us feedback from you, for future training and roundtable discussions. This is a time for the media to share how we can effectively work together and understand the demanding needs placed on both law enforcement and the media in today’s environment.


We will also be giving a 45-minute presentation on how the 3D Laser Scanner is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of crime scene investigation and crash reconstruction. You will step inside a crime scene in our community room and then see how it is rendered into a 3D image. You’ll learn how it’s used to take measurements, inspect evidence, and analyze blood splatter or bullet trajectory.Media representatives will be given a copy of the video and additional material if needed for a news story.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Lakeland Police Department, 3rd Floor, 3A conference room.

The ePlan electronic plans review system will be the exclusive method for plans submission, review, and approval for Contractors, Architects, and Engineers beginning March 15th, 2017.  Only digital format plans submitted through the ePlan solution are accepted. Paper plans for site plans and permits requiring signed and sealed drawings, as well as contractor-submitted plans for fences and signs, will no longer be accepted.

For homeowners applying as owner-builders (no contractor), the City of Lakeland recommends that you contact the Building Inspection office to get the information needed to apply for a permit. Building Inspection can be reached at (863) 834-6012.

Contractors, along with design professionals, please know that our staff is dedicated to helping you make a smooth transition to electronic plan submission. Group and one-on-one training is available free of charge. 

Please contact to schedule training or visit ePlan help for assistance and for more information.

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Green Celebration 1 from City of Lakeland on Vimeo.

LAKELAND, FL (February 10, 2017) — This year's Green Celebration will take place on Friday, April 21st in honor of Earth Day with a concert & showcase at the Lake Mirror Promenade from 6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. There will be live music from reggae band Jah Movement along with a variety of exhibits promoting green living initiatives during this FREE event. Participating Polk County Schools will showcase their green initiatives with student displays during the event and participants are encouraged to vote on their favorite.

Jah Movement have the distinction of winning Creative Loafing’s 2016 ‘Best Local Reggae Band’ in the Tampa Bay Area and the band was recognized by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for Best Local Entertainment for 2016. Jah Movement is made up of some of the best musicians in South West Florida. Damie Caines, former lead vocalist of popular band ‘Democracy’, provides his unique sounds that many local reggae artists can’t touch. Shantel Norman, who is one of the most popular female vocalist in the Tampa Bay area, can sing any genre of music and leave people with their mouths wide open. She has won many awards because of her talents. Maurice Brown (Drummy) is one drummer that can sing and play drums at the same time. His smooth voice adds to the harmony and always keeps the crowd smiling. Lead keyboardist and vocalist, Dougie Gresham is the music director of the famous Ky-Mani Marley and he brings his many talents to the band. Founded in May 2015, Jah Movement has established a well-known name and reputation throughout Florida with a passion for live performances. They bring their own sound that includes reggae with a touch of R&B, Soul and Funk. You never know what popular songs they will play during their live shows!

The Green Celebration honors Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and it is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day.

There will be a number of exhibits and vendors that will have displays at the event. The Polk County School Board will also participate showcasing various school programs and earth friendly initiatives designed to promote a greener more sustainable future. A panel of judges will pick the school that exemplifies the most earth friendly project based on recycle and reuse initiatives. Participants can also get involved by visiting each display and casting a vote for the People’s Choice award.

The Green Celebration invites the Lakeland community to attend the FREE event. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy the festivities as we celebrate Earth Day. Participants are encouraged to recycle, reclaim, reuse and ride a bike. The event is sponsored in part by the City of Lakeland, Magnify Credit Union, and Furr & Wegman Architects.