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EDGEWOOD EXTENSION OPENS SEPTEMBER 21ST

EAST/WEST CONNECTOR

LAKELAND, FL (September 13, 2012) – The much anticipated Edgewood Extension that connects South Florida Avenue to Harden Boulevard will officially open on Friday, September 21, 2012 during a 9 a.m. ceremony that will take place at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and the Edgewood Extension.

The public is invited to help celebrate the new roadway with a motorcade ribbon cutting after the official removal of the barricades.  Those wishing to participate are invited to enter the Edgewood Extension roadway at Harden Boulevard and travel east toward Lincoln Avenue.  There will be traffic attendants to guide participants to the right place.  The ribbon breaking motorcade will include vehicles from the Lakeland Police Department, Lakeland Fire Department, Lakeland Electric, Lakeland Water/Waste Water, Solid Waste, the Citrus Connection and those who would like to be part of the festivities.

Mayor Gow Fields said, “We have been exploring options for an east/west connector for a long time and we are very glad to have this important transportation project completed.” He added, “The new road will relieve congestion, ultimately improving transportation service including quicker police/fire/EMS response times.”

The Southwest Middle School Jazz Band will play as the motorcade heads toward South Florida Avenue and students from Southwest Middle School will cheer, officially opening the road for vehicle traffic.  The eastbound lane will open first with road workers removing all barricades in that direction followed by removal of the barricades in the west bound lanes.

The Edgewood Extension roadway project started January 1, 2012 and it will open ahead of schedule.  An east/west connector has been in the works since 2001 when the City of Lakeland had its first initial workshop on possible routes.  The total cost for the project was $19.2 million with funding coming from Polk County, the Federal Highway Administration, City of Lakeland impact fees and City of Lakeland bond revenues. The Edgewood Extension is expected to experience over 16,000 cars per day. 

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WIGGS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CITY OF LAKELAND MAYOR

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 12, 2012) – Current Lakeland City Commissioner Howard Wiggs recently announced that he will be running for Mayor of Lakeland in 2013.  Wiggs commented, “I thought seriously about retiring from the Commission.  However, I realized that I’m still very enthusiastic about helping solve the problems of our citizens and I want to continue to serve this community.”  He added, “In addition, we need to support a business environment that fosters the creation of quality jobs and we need to continue strengthening Lakeland Electric, one of our best community assets.  Under my leadership, I promise to focus on both of those vital business areas.”

 Wiggs was first elected in 1992.  He serves on the Board of the Florida League of Cities, has chaired both the state Advocacy Committee and the Florida Action Strike Team which travel to Washington DC to support Florida cities.  He is also on the Board of the Ridge League of Cities and is past president.

Wiggs received the Leadership Lakeland Jere Annis Award that recognizes leaders that are consistent in creating community understanding and enhancing the quality of life in the Lakeland area.  He is also a distinguished alumnus of Polk State College and he currently serves on the Florida Southern College Board of Trustees.  Wiggs is past chair of Lakeland Vision and serves on their board.  He is past president of Leadership Lakeland, the Florida Southern College Alumni Association and past chair of Polk Senior Games. 

He is a member of the Mulberry High School Hall of Fame, a proud Rotarian, a lifetime member of the NAACP, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland.  Wiggs is president of Bagley Idea Pros and manages family real estate properties.  He is married to Linda Bagley Wiggs and has four children: Johnny, Chris, Braxton and Kimber.



REGGAE BAND AZWON TAKES THE STAGE FOR MUSIC ON THE PROMENADE IN SEPTEMBER
Multi-Cultural Festival Event

 

LAKELAND, FL (September 7, 2012) -- The City of Lakeland will play host to Music on the Promenade on Friday, September 21, 2012 when the reggae band Azwon takes the stage from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. during the FREE music series. The event is part of the Greater Lakeland Multi-Cultural Festival celebrating diversity, cultural differences and harmony.

Azwon is a very roots oriented reggae band.  Roots reggae is a sub-genre of reggae music which evolved in Jamaica and was made famous outside the Caribbean by the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Marley.  Azwon performs many popular songs from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaac and other major reggae artists past and present.  Although Azwon is reggae oriented, the band is equal to task when playing R&B or other Caribbean rhythms such as Soca and Calypso music.  The band is sure to entertain with a crowd pleasing mix of island styles from several Caribbean cultures.

 The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. There will be food and drink vendors on site so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars.

Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.


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