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RED WHITE & KABOOM
BIG FIREWORKS AND AWESOME MUSIC


LAKELAND, FL - (June 14, 2016) - T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Sunday, July 3rd from 5:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.  after Clemons Road and opening act FOUNT entertain the crowd. 

This is a FREE event but we are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Chow for Now will be collecting canned food items that will be donated to VISTE.

 

Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring opening act FOUNT who will get the crowd started with their own brand of Americana.  FOUNT will take the stage at 5 p.m. The eight-piece band will set the mood for the start of a great Independence Day Celebration.  Fount is a folk/americana band hailing from Lakeland and they started as an outlet for songwriters Tosh Sergeant and Jeremy Hearn. It soon blossomed to a band of eight dedicated musicians who weave carefully orchestrated songs about love, faith and hope. Fount gives the folk tradition a modern reboot. 


At 6 p.m. the energetic Clemons Road Band will command the crowd blending country music with an island feel.  The band pulls their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Zac Brown Band. They keep heads bobbing and toes tapping with their own blend of beach country. Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, Grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar.  Keeping up with Red, White & Kaboom tradition, there will also be a watermelon eating contest that takes place around 7 p.m.  The contest is limited to school aged children and there will be members from the Parks & Recreation Department to assist with sign-ups.

 

Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public.”  

 

This year there will be an exceptional fireworks show.  Because of the construction at Joker Marchant Stadium there will be no July 4th celebration at Tigertown.  The fireworks that were pre-purchased for that show will now be included in the Red, White & Kaboom celebration so it really will be Red, White & KABOOM!

 

During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation.  The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake.  The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now/VISTE. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom. For more information go to www.lakelandgov.net


LAKELAND ELECTRIC FUEL DECREASE EFFECTIVE JULY 2016

LAKELAND, FL (June 6, 2016) - The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $2.75 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after July 1, 2016.  The new fuel charge will be $34.25 per 1,000 kWh. After listening to a presentation at the Monday, June 6th Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended a decrease to the current fuel charge based on fuel forecasts in both the natural gas and coal markets.  With the fuel decrease, Lakeland Electric will have the lowest residential utility rates in the state based on the average use per household calculated at 1,200 kWh per month.

RESIDENTIAL RATES BASED ON 1,000 kWh 

Current                    New Rates – Effective April  1, 2016

Base Charge            $  63.02                     $  63.02 (includes environmental charges)

Fuel Charge             $  37.00                     $  34.25 (includes fuel decrease)

TOTAL:                      $100.02                     $ 97.27

 

Base Rate

Customer Charge    $  9.50/month

Energy & Smart charges   $50.99/1000 kWh

Environmental Charge      $  2.53/1000 kWh           

Total Base Charge         $63.02/ 1000 kWh


Missing/Endangered Person Larry Langford

Lakeland Police are searching for missing/endangered person Larry Langford, W/M, age 53, 5’10” tall and weighing 200 pounds.  Langford went missing at 0830 hours on 6/4/16 from the Lake Wire Retirement Center, 315 West Peachtree Street, Lakeland, Florida.  

Langford has a medical condition and is on medication.   Langford is on foot and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants. Langford is bald with gray hair, beard, and mustache.  If you come into contact with Langford, or have information of his whereabouts, please contact police immediately. 

Police have attempted to track with K-9 and saturated the area in an attempt to locate Langford. 

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.860-4178.


Message updated Thursday June 2nd, 2016

Main Street
City crews will be re-constructing drive way aprons due to the resurfaceing on Main Street between Interlachen and Lake Bonny Drive. No delays are inticipated however motorist are ask to use caution.

Lakeside Village Estates
City crews will be installing a new storm pipe on Linc Lane between Cassandra Lane and Elizabeth Lane in Lakeside Hills Estates. Linc Lane will be closed during construction. Motorist are advised to avoid this area if possible.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (834-ROAD) for updated information.

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The City of Lakeland Public Works Construction and Maintenance Division wants you to be safe. Speeding through the work zones puts our workers and you at risk.  The workers may be your family, friends, or neighbors, so please slow down.