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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, FL (April 25, 2017) – The City of Lakeland and Polk County are hosting the Florida Sunshine Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) during the annual garbage truck driver, landfill equipment operator and mechanic competition that is taking place April 28 -29. The competition helps identify the best solid waste equipment operators that will go on to represent Florida at the national SWANA event that will take place in October. 
 
This event is a gathering of the best drivers, operators, and mechanics in the solid waste industry representing city, county and private waste haulers from around the state. There are eight different categories of competition between the truck, equipment and mechanic events to find the best-of-the-best in the solid waste industry. 

Date:

The competition on Friday, April 28th is devoted to industry employee safety and equipment inspection, while Saturday, April 29th is the live action of the driving, operating and hands on repair of solid waste equipment competition.

The truck and mechanics competition site is open to spectators on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event website:
swanafl.org/event-2402059

Competition Site Information


Truck and Mechanic Competitions: 
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport 
Air Side Center Parking (South Parking Lot) 
3131 Flightline Drive 
Lakeland, FL 33811

Heavy Equipment Competition
Polk County Landfill
10 Environmental Loop S
Winter Haven, FL 33880

 

CONTACT

Gene Ginn, 2017 Road-E-O Chairman | gene.ginn@lakelandgov.net | Ph: 863.834.8777



For further information, please call (863) 834-SWAN (7926)!

LAKELAND, FL (January 31, 2015) - The City of Lakeland is seeking input from Citizens on the values and priorities of the community with an online survey at www.lakelandvalues.com.
 
Survey

Visit www.lakelandvalues.com and spend a few moments taking the survey. Citizen opinion is very important and the City uses the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online now through Feb 28th and is available in both English and Spanish. 

Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  

Please take the time to participate in the online survey.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey or Workshops are eligible to win one of many prizes, including a golf package at Cleveland Heights, tickets to a Lakeland Center event, or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes! 

Visit www.lakelandvalues.com or call 834-SWAN for more information. 

Do you follow us on Facebook or Twitter?  We'd love it if you'd share and retweet our posts about the Community Values Survey to help us get the word out in 2017!



There are six holidays that potentially impact collection schedules:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  See below for the upcoming holidays and how the holiday will affect your service.  You can always find the full, up-to-date Holiday collection schedule here.  

Christmas

Saturday, December 24th & Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Offices will be closed Friday, December 23rd & Monday, December 26th.

No changes to normally scheduled collection days.

New Year's Day

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Offices will be closed Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

No changes to normally scheduled collection days.


LAKELAND, FL (August 26, 2016) - The City of Lakeland will be starting a shoreline stabilization and restoration project with construction beginning September 12th on the south side of Lake Hollingsworth in the vicinity of the public access boat ramp.  The project is expected to be completed by January 31, 2017.  The public access boat ramp and parking lot will remain open during the project. 

The shoreline in this location has experienced significant erosion and destabilization over recent years contributing to the measurable loss of shoreline area, exposure of tree root systems and subsequent loss of several trees.   

Laurie Smith, Manager of Lakes & Stormwater said, “If left unabated, additional erosion and loss of shoreline would continue.  We will be installing a low profile sea wall constructed of Truline brand hybrid recycled materials specially designed to stabilize the shoreline and prevent additional erosion.” 

Three sets of concrete steps will be set into the seawall for access to the lake.  The City of Lakeland Lakes & Stormwater Division met with several user groups in researching shoreline stabilization solutions.  Custom Built Marine of Port St. Lucie, FL was awarded the contract for the seawall installation project at a cost of $192,000.