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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!

Lakeland Police are attempting to identify the person responsible for an Aggravated Battery with a Firearm that occurred on October 21, 2011 at approximately 5:15 pm at the Chicken Shack, 813 W Memorial Blvd. Suspect entered the store and shot the store clerk in the head before fleeing from the scene. Suspect is described as a black male, 5’09” to 5’11” tall, thin build with short natural hair. Suspect has some gold teeth and a medium to dark complexion. Also attached is a composite sketch of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, 1.800.226.8477. This information is also available at





David Hall
City of Lakeland
Parks & Recreation


(October 27, 2011) – The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is proud to host the 31st Annual Snowfest at Lake Mirror on Saturday December 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

This year's event will feature the traditional Snow Mountain and also a Snow Slide!  A visit from Santa Claus, children's entertainment, inflatables and food vendors will complete the day. 

Price for admission to the Snow Mountain and Snow Slide will be a donated canned food item or a $1.00 donation. All canned food items will be donated to Polk County Senior Orphans charity. Admission to the inflatables will be $1.00.

Arts & Crafts Vendors are being sought to participate in the event.  For more information, please call David Hall at (863) 834-3284.



Beginning Monday, October 31, contractors working for the city of Lakeland will be resurfacing roads in the following areas:  Hawthorne, Woodbine, Hibiscus, S Palm Dr, Brandon Rd, Woodward St, Troy Ave, skipper place and young place.

There will be no road closures, but delays can be expected.  City personnel will be on site to assist with any concerns.

For the next several weeks motorist can expect temporary lane closures and delays while city crews are restoring Lake Beulah drive to a brick street. Areas impacted will be from Lemon Street around the north side of the lake to 5 points.

City crews will be upgrading the sidewalks along both sides of Main street from Bartow hwy to fern road. Lane closures can be expected.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (8 3 4 r o a d) for updated information.

The Lakeland Police Department has continued to collect old relics and equipment used in the early days of policing and has added many new items to the museum.  This historic display is located on the second floor in the community room of the police station located at 219 North Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL.  Identification cards of retired officers along with a few new vintage pictures have been added to the museum including an article featuring the Lakeland Police Department as the best dressed department in the nation in 1981.   

There is also a framed presentation on the “Drunk-O-Meter” machine that was the first of its kind requiring suspected drunk drivers to blow into a balloon that was then placed onto a tube on the machine where alcohol content could be determined scientifically.   Prior to the use of this device, police officers would take the suspected drunk driver to a nearby doctor who would determine the suspect’s level of intoxication by a variety of observations.  The Drunk-O-Meter was replaced by the “Breathalyzer” in the late 1960’s.

The historic display items will be updated and rotated every few months to keep the museum fresh.  The Lakeland Police Museum would also like to request donations from the public of any old items they may wish to donate.  Old photographs, police equipment, newspaper articles, and other items would be appreciated and will help to preserve history.  Please contact Sergeant Gary Gross, Lakeland Museum Curator, at 863.834.6900 if you would like to donate items.