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Flood Insurance Rate Maps are changing and Southwest Florida Management District is coordinating these map changes for Polk County. A number of public meetings have been scheduled for information on these changes and the potential impacts to your insurance premiums in Polk County.

May 12, 2014 @ 4PM in Bartow at the Polk Street Community Center (1255 Polk St, Bartow, FL 33830)

May 13, 2014 @ 4PM in Lakeland at the Magnolia Building (698 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801)

May 14, 2014 @ 4PM in WInter Haven at the Chain O'Lakes Complex Pool Room South Entrance (210 Cypress Gardens Bl, Winter Haven, FL 33830)

If interested in inquiring about the map changes specific to your property, you may contact Mahen Pete, P.E., in Public Works at 863-834-8442 or via email mahen.pete@lakelandgov.net.

GANG TASK FORCE COMMUNITY FORUM
MONDAY, MAY 11TH COLEMAN BUSH BUILDING


LAKELAND, FL (May 4, 2015) - The Mayor’s Gang Task Force lead by Commissioner Philip Walker will provide a Community Forum on Monday, May 11th at the Coleman Busch Building starting at 6 p.m. The forum will include a presentation providing an update on the prevention, intervention and suppression tactics initiated by the Gang Task Force and partnering law enforcement agencies.

The community will hear an update on G.R.E.A.T. - the anti-gang program administered to Lakeland middle school students by School Resource Officers as well as effective neighborhood outreach events that targeted hot spot areas.  The Lakeland Police Department will share new statistics on their anti-gang suppression efforts.  The Community Forum will hear exciting news and plans for a stand-alone Police Athletic League facility that has been fast-tracked to open before the end of the school year.

Police Chief Larry Giddens, “Last year we had a noticeable uptick in gang related activity. I’m proud to say our multi-pronged approach that includes prevention, intervention and suppression elements have helped us reduce the number of gang related crimes over the past year.”  He added, “We are excited about the opportunities that our new partnership with the City’s Parks & Recreation Department is going to offer the community as we team together for a new Police Athletic League facility. We have big plans for the facility and it will help in the prevention and intervention of our young students.”

The highly successful Summer of Safety program developed between law enforcement agencies and the Citrus Connection will be extended for 2015.  This program will allow Lakeland middle school students to ride the bus for free during the summer.  The program is very similar to the COLTS program initiated by the Polk County School Board.  Tom Phillips, Executive Director for the Citrus Connection said, “Both programs will allow middle and high school students the opportunity to ride the Citrus Connection for free during the summer. Middle school students must sign up and this can be done at our activity centers around town and through the SRO’s at Lakeland middle schools.” He added, “We will also have sign-up opportunities available during the Community Forum.”

The Community Forum will take place on May 11th at 6 p.m. The Coleman Busch Building located at 1104 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805.  


LAKELAND LINDER REGIONAL AIRPORT NEW CONTROL TOWER GROUNDBREAKING

 

LAKELAND, FL (April 16, 2015) - Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Air Traffic Control Tower on Tuesday, April 21st starting at 10 a.m. The public is asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m. and park in the Lakeland Linder terminal parking lot located at 3900 Don Emerson Drive. The new 141 foot tower will be nearly three times the size of the current 50-foot tower.  The majority of the funding for the tower is coming through grants from the Federal Department of Transportation.

 

Airport Director Gene Conrad said, “The existing control tower was constructed in the late 1970’s and it doesn’t have adequate height nor location to comply with current FAA standards.” He added, “The new tower will be located in a more central location on the Airport at a height of 141 feet which will permit controllers to provide the highest level of safety.”

 

Construction of the new control tower will assist with the long-term financial sustainability of the Airport. The new tower will be located outside of the Aerobatic Box used annually during the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in and Expo, enhancing safety for controllers. The tower will feature an octagonal shaped glass cab that measures 35 feet wide with five controller stations and one supervisor station.

 

Media inquiries please call 863/834-3298.

 

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GREEN CELEBRATION HONORING EARTH DAY
LAKE MIRROR EVENT WILL FEATURE LIVE MUSIC & GREEN LIVING DISPLAYS

LAKELAND, FL (April 6, 2015) - On Friday, April 17th there will be a free Green Celebration in honor of Earth Day with a concert & showcase at the Lake Mirror Promenade from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. There will be live music from the Uncle John’s Band along with a variety of exhibits and displays promoting green living initiatives.

Uncle John’s Band is Florida’s premier Grateful Dead Experience.  In 1990, the band of talented musicians joined together to recreate the atmosphere and musical adventure of a live Dead show. Over the past 25 years, Uncle John’s Band has performed hundreds of shows full of musical energy. Since 1998 the band has performed every Thursday night at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa and is famous for playing concerts and festivals.

The Green Celebration honors Earth Day, a day 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 Green Celebration. The Polk County School Board will showcase programs and earth friendly initiatives designed to promote a greener more sustainable future. This year, Polk County Schools will exhibit a “green fair”. The audience along with a panel of judges will decide on the most innovative project that promotes a cleaner, greener environment.

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.  

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