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Users can track building permits, inspections, site plans, land use/zoning applications


LAKELAND, FL (October 29, 2013) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce the launch of TRAKiT, a comprehensive and centralized software solution that allows unparalleled flexibility in automating and coordinating the construction permitting process.  TRAKiT will go live Thursday, November 14, 2013 after more than a year of planning and implementation.


The Building Inspection, Business Tax and Code Enforcement offices will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 13th to ensure a seamless transition for customers.  All offices will reopen to the public at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday the 14th.


The customer friendly web based system tracks all building permits, inspections, business tax receipts, site plan reviews as well as annexation/land use/zoning applications allowing users to manage projects more efficiently. TRAKiT also allows users to track and review code enforcement violations. 


Once live, TRAKiT’s web-based eTRAKiT module will allow citizens, business owners, contractors, architects, and engineers to apply for select permits, view the status of projects, permits, and code cases, and request permit inspections.  Customers will also have the ability to pay permit, planning through eTRAKiT, and in-person via credit card, a payment method which was previously unavailable.


 As with any project of this magnitude, there could be unanticipated challenges during the transition to the new software and while staff will be working diligently to minimize impacts, customer patience and indulgence are appreciated as the City moves to this enhanced customer service solution.


OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For More Information Contact:

Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections



Election Day Tips for Hassle-Free Voting



POLK COUNTY, FL (October 30, 2013) – Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections, has some helpful Election Day tips for Polk County voters.


Our goal is to make the process of voting smooth and these tips can help to accomplish that,” said Ms. Edwards.


·         Bring photo and signature ID to the polls when you vote.

·         Remember that the polls are open from 7:00am until 7:00pm on Election Day.

·         You may take a sample ballot into the polling room on Election Day.

·         If you have moved please notify the Elections Office before Election Day.

·         Double check your polling location, some may have changed for this election.


For more information visit or call the elections office at 534-5888. 


On November 1, 2013 the Lakeland Police Department will take part in the 2nd Global Police Tweet-a-thon. Last March the department participated in the first ever Global Tweet-a-thon with over 200 law enforcement agencies in 10 countries, speaking 23 languages! During the 24 hour period the participants in the tweet-a-thon sent and shared 48,482 tweets. This time we are hoping to increase the number of participating agencies and tweets. 

Why participate? The Lakeland Police Department wants to help promote the use of social media in policing and get the message out to our community, and beyond, about police work and the issues officers face in the performance of their job. We want to connect with our community and give you information in the most effective, efficient manner. We currently use our Twitter, Facebook, Nixle and website to provide information directly to our community. During the Tweet-a-thon, agencies will use the hashtag #poltwt. 

So, on November 1st, follow @LakelandPD as we embark on this 2nd Global Police Tweet-a-thon. This time we will also have Sergeant Gary Gross and Captain Rick Taylor tweeting, so you can follow them as well, use @GaryBGross and @CaptRTaylor.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For More Information Contact:

Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections



Wednesday is the Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot To Be Mailed



POLK COUNTY, FL (October 25, 2013) –  Polk County voters who plan to vote by mail in the November 5th Municipal Election have through Wednesday, October 30th to submit a request for a ballot to be mailed. Requests for absentee ballots can be made by contacting the elections office at 534-5888 or online at Absentee ballots may be returned by mail or dropped off at Elections Headquarters until 7:00pm on Election Day.


For further information visit or call the elections office at 534-5888.