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Corridor Study & Master Plan for South Florida Avenue (State Road 37):
Presentation Scheduled

Bartow, FL (February 21, 2017) - At the request of the City of Lakeland, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One, in partnership with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC) and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC), have studied ways to improve mobility, safety, quality of life, and economic vitality along the South Florida Avenue (SR 37) corridor between Ariana Street and Pine Street in Lakeland.  

A Corridor Study and Master Plan has been developed through community engagement, with coordination from the City of Lakeland, Polk County Transportation Planning Organization, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Lake Morton and Dixieland Neighborhood Associations as well as other community and business partners.

Open House

The public is invited to the open house and presentation of the Corridor Study and Master Plan on Thursday, February 23, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Polk Museum of Art, Kent Harrison Auditorium, 800 E. Palmetto Street, Lakeland, FL 33801. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Study, please visit   

For More Information

For further information about this effort, please contact Laura Herrscher, Intermodal Systems Development Administrator, FDOT by email at or by calling (863) 519-2379.


FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley at (863) 519-2573 or by email to at least three (3) days prior to the meeting.

LAKELAND, FL (February 20, 2017) — Due to newly instated Major League Baseball security measures, no baseball complex can have any parking within 100 feet of the entire stadium. Unfortunately, this includes handicap parking as well. There is also player and player family designated parking that has been mandated by Major League Baseball. These new standards include Spring Training facilities and Major League ball parks.

In order to comply with the new MLP security regulations and meet the growing demands by Spring Training fans, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium has established 72 new handicap designated spaces with access to the First Base Gate. These spaces are wider than traditional handicap spaces to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility vehicles.

Major League Baseball security protocols now mandate that all fans must have bags checked and they must walk through metal detectors before entering the stadium. This new security process and new parking regulations may cause some delays that fans have not experienced in the past. In order to get fans to their seats so they won’t miss any action, the City of Lakeland is suggesting that fans come to the stadium at least 15 minutes earlier than they have in the past. Also, because of the fanfare associated with opening day on February 24th when the Detroit Tigers play the Baltimore Orioles, fans are suggested to plan on coming to the stadium at least 30 minutes earlier than they have in the past.



The Lakeland Police Department will host the annual Media Relations Day on (POSTPONED, TBD). Several benefits can arise from holding and establishing a Media Relations Day to include, but not limited to; allowing LPD to build upon and enhance the media relations partnership with local media outlets through strengthened communications.

During this time, we will have a roundtable discussion followed by a survey which will give us feedback from you, for future training and roundtable discussions. This is a time for the media to share how we can effectively work together and understand the demanding needs placed on both law enforcement and the media in today’s environment.


We will also be giving a 45-minute presentation on how the 3D Laser Scanner is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of crime scene investigation and crash reconstruction. You will step inside a crime scene in our community room and then see how it is rendered into a 3D image. You’ll learn how it’s used to take measurements, inspect evidence, and analyze blood splatter or bullet trajectory.Media representatives will be given a copy of the video and additional material if needed for a news story.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Lakeland Police Department, 3rd Floor, 3A conference room.

The ePlan electronic plans review system will be the exclusive method for plans submission, review, and approval for Contractors, Architects, and Engineers beginning March 15th, 2017.  Only digital format plans submitted through the ePlan solution are accepted. Paper plans for site plans and permits requiring signed and sealed drawings, as well as contractor-submitted plans for fences and signs, will no longer be accepted.

For homeowners applying as owner-builders (no contractor), the City of Lakeland recommends that you contact the Building Inspection office to get the information needed to apply for a permit. Building Inspection can be reached at (863) 834-6012.

Contractors, along with design professionals, please know that our staff is dedicated to helping you make a smooth transition to electronic plan submission. Group and one-on-one training is available free of charge. 

Please contact to schedule training or visit ePlan help for assistance and for more information.

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