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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!

Starting Monday August 13, 2012, Lakeland Electric will be closing portions of Lake Miriam Drive from South Florida Avenue to Cleveland Heights Boulevard from August 13 through August 17, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in order to install new steel power poles. The closure is necessary to allow Lakeland Electric enough room to relocate electric power poles and overhead electric power lines along Lake Miriam Drive.  This road closure may be followed by lane closures as the project proceeds.

This work is necessary to continue to provide electricity safely and reliably to Lakeland Electric customers.  A message board is installed on Lake Miriam Drive to advise those already using this route of the pending closure.  Traffic will be clearly routed by the appropriate signs and barricades to assist with an orderly flow of traffic.  Questions should be directed to Lakeland Electric’s Project Manager, Mark Musser at (863) 834-6496.

Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin the resurfacing project of Lake Hollingsworth Dr. on July 30th 2012. Milling of the road will be the first phase of planned work. The milling work is expected to take one week to complete weather permitting. Following the milling, contractors will begin the paving of roadway. This work is also expected to take an additional week to complete weather permitting.

While work is being performed loose rock and gravel will be present as well as uneven lanes. During construction new traffic patterns and detours will be posted, signs will be clearly displayed. Delays are expected and motorist and pedestrians are advised to use caution as they navigate along roadway.

If you have any question you may call Troy McCain, Pavement Coordinator at (863) 834-3300


National Night Out is an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program that promotes neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our efforts in maintaining a safe community.

Previous National Night Out events have involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, neighborhood organizations, neighborhood crime watch groups, and local officials from all over the City of Lakeland. The events are designed to:

  1. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  2. Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit
  4. Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Along with traditional displays of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, City of Lakeland neighborhoods have participated in a variety of events over the years that have included block parties, cook outs, visits from local police, fire department and City officials, flashlight walks, contests, and youth programs. 

If your neighborhood organization or neighborhood watch group would like assistance in planning your National Night Out event,  contact the Community Services Unit at (863) 834-6912, or by email.


On Friday, August 17th there will be a Free concert at theLake Mirror Promenade from 6 p.m.-9:00 p.m. featuring live music from twobands, the eclectic Brian Sutherland Trio and the folksy Americana act BillyNeeds a Beard.

Brian Sutherland is a local favorite and his trio consists of three individuals whobecame friends while attending Florida Southern College where Sutherland graduated with a degree in Cello Performance.  The band has a uniqueability to craft great pop/folk/rock songs and the band uses cello, doublebass, ukulele, and even the odd kazoo.  They play melodic and interesting originals influenced by artists like Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice and Jason Mraz. The trio is rounded out with vocalist Adrienne Kneebone and bassist Zachary Rogers.  Kneebone possesses a distinctive quality in her voicethat is reminiscent of 60’s and early 70’s Rhythm & Blues singers. Roger’s solid tempo anchors the Brian Sutherland Trio but don’t be surprised to hear him take a distinctive solo every now and again. 

Billy Needs a Beard is a band celebrating their 10th year of making music together.  The band hasfound a niche in harmonizing around folk, country, blues, Americana and rockand roll music.  Their influences range from Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, the Eagles, Hank Williams and the Band. Billy Needs a Beard is comprised of four band members. Billy Lippy playsguitar, mandolin and sings. Jimmy Bassham plays bass, vocals and cowbell. BenGraffam plays guitar and sings. Steven Glick plays guitar, banjo,mandolin, and harmonica. They are currently working on their third CD.

The music series takes placeat the Lake Mirror amphitheater which is between Hollis Garden and the LakeMirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged toattend so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under thestars. Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City ofLakeland.  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 at863/834-6264.