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LAKELAND, FL (April 16, 2015) - Lakeland Linder Regional Airport will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Air Traffic Control Tower on Tuesday, April 21st starting at 10 a.m. The public is asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m. and park in the Lakeland Linder terminal parking lot located at 3900 Don Emerson Drive. The new 141 foot tower will be nearly three times the size of the current 50-foot tower.  The majority of the funding for the tower is coming through grants from the Federal Department of Transportation.


Airport Director Gene Conrad said, “The existing control tower was constructed in the late 1970’s and it doesn’t have adequate height nor location to comply with current FAA standards.” He added, “The new tower will be located in a more central location on the Airport at a height of 141 feet which will permit controllers to provide the highest level of safety.”


Construction of the new control tower will assist with the long-term financial sustainability of the Airport. The new tower will be located outside of the Aerobatic Box used annually during the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in and Expo, enhancing safety for controllers. The tower will feature an octagonal shaped glass cab that measures 35 feet wide with five controller stations and one supervisor station.


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WHO: Lakeland Fire Department

WHAT: Groundbreaking for Lakeland Fire Station 7 located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

WHY: To provide fire and rescue service to Southwest Lakeland residents and businesses

WHEN: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Lakeland Linder Regional Airport at Airfield Court off Drane Field Road


LAKELAND, FL (November 14, 2013) – The Lakeland Fire Department will conduct the official groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station 7 on Monday, November 18th at 1:30 p.m.  The physical location of Station 7 is 3150 Drane Field Road.


Fire Station 7 is estimated to be completed November 2014.  Once the facility is built it will house the recently purchased Fire Engine 71, the two ARFF units, a heavy rescue vehicle and nine personnel on a 24-hour rotation. 


Lakeland Fire Chief Gary Ballard said, “Our design team has developed a station that will meet the safety needs of the airport, the needs of our residents and the commercial development around the airport.” He added, “We are very eager to start providing much needed service to the citizens in Southwest Lakeland with the new permanent facility.”


The construction costs for Station 7 are $3.5 million.  The station once built will be 15,900 sq.ft. and it will house five bays and four fire fighting vehicles.  The station is estimated to be completed November 2014 and it is being funded through City of Lakeland Public Improvement Funds and FDOT Grant funds.