City News Blog


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!

Polk TPO to Host Complete Streets Stakeholder Meeting
The Polk TPO has prioritized funding to improve mobility on eight corridors. These corridors will be enhanced using a “complete streets” approach to increase safety and encourage increased multi-modal activity and vitality.

Complete streets enhancements will benefit the entire community by making the area more attractive for businesses and improving the quality of life. Corridors being targeted for complete streets improvements include:
• Massachusetts Avenue/Lakeland Hills Boulevard,
• Wabash Avenue,
• Highland Street/Greenwood Street,
• Combee Road/SR 659

Improvements you might see on a complete streets corridor include:
• Enhanced Sidewalks and Sidewalk Connectivity
• Bicycle Lanes
• Safety Improvements at Intersections
• Safety Improvements Along the Roadway
• Landscaping
• Aesthetic Street Lighting

Please plan to attend the stakeholder outreach meeting to guide the selection of corridor enhancements.

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Lakeland PD Community Room
219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland

For additional information contact:
Xiomara Meeks 863.534.6486

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff In Honor of Oregon Shooting Victims

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff In Honor of Oregon Shooting Victims

A memo from Governor Scott was issued today that states:
In honor and remembrance of the victims of the Oregon shooting and pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local, state and federal buildings, installations and grounds throughout the State of Florida. The flags shall be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset, Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Please note that this lowering of the flags will coincide with the lowering of the flags today in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

On Monday, October 5th, Lakeland Electric will commence Phase II of its Oak Street Utility Undergrounding project by opening the Oak Street/Tennessee Avenue intersection to through-traffic and closing the Oak Street/Kentucky Avenue intersection for a period of 30 days. During this phase of construction, McKeel Academy parents will be asked to enter the drop-off/pick-up car line on Peachtree Street from North Florida and Massachusetts Avenue. Periodic lane closures can still be expected at the Oak/Tennessee intersection outside of McKeel Academy's drop-off/pick-up times.

The construction project is scheduled for completion this fall. During and following construction, Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring traffic conditions and motorist blocking intersections and driveways will be subject to citation.

For information on this project, please contact Michael Vann at 834-6311 or

12th Annual Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lakes Festival on Lake Hollingsworth

Lakes Education/Action Drive (LE/AD), in partnership with Lakeland Clean & Beautiful, the City of Lakeland and Lakeland Vision present Lakeland’s 12th Annual Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lakes Festival on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. – noon at the Lake Hollingsworth boat ramp (race starts at 10 a.m.). This event is designed to help raise public awareness about our lakes and the precious resources we have in our area.  Environmental exhibitors will provide fun activities for children and supply information on area lakes and water resources. Entertainment will be the Cardboard Boat Challenge!

The challenge will be to design, construct and race a boat made of cardboard around a marked course in Lake Hollingsworth. We know what you’re thinking, but a cardboard boat really can float if you construct it wisely! Teams must have a minimum of four and maximum of 10 people, but only two will set sail in the boat. Race teams will be in four divisions: community/corporate, elementary/middle school-age youth, high school-age youth and family. First, second and third-place awards will be given in each race division. The Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lake Festival is a great opportunity for youth groups, scouts, civic clubs, families and businesses to have fun together while enjoying our beautiful lake. For the fourth year now we will have the “Pre-Built” category. Teams construct their boats out of corrugated cardboard in advance and race around the designated course. Judging will be for “People’s Choice” and speed. Pre-Built will be limited to 8 teams.

Registration is $35 per team if received by September 30, 2015. After September 30th, registration is $40 per team. Registration fee includes all tools and materials needed to construct boats (in on-site building only) and two commemorative t-shirts. Additional shirts will be available to purchase on the day of the event. To register or for more information, visit or contact the City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater Division at (863) 834-8429 or LE/AD at (863) 221-5323. Register now because the race is limited to 35 teams! If space is available, registration will be available on race day on a first come/first served basis.  Registration forms are available at

Event supporters include the Lakes Education/Action Drive, Lakeland Clean & Beautiful, the City of Lakeland, Lakeland Vision, AMEC, MaxPak, Lakeland Family YMCA, Crowder Brothers – Ace Hardware, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Ledger Media Group, and Southwest Florida Water Management District.  Even if you don’t participate in the boat challenge, come learn more about how you can protect your local lakes. Then stay to watch the boat race and cheer on your favorite team!