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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. 



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 www.le-ad.org 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 www.le-ad.org.

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!


Public Meeting Notice for Proposed Seawall at Lake Hollingsworth

The City of Lakeland will conduct a Public Meeting to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed seawall installation at Lake Hollingsworth. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Room A, located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland 33801.

The proposed location of the seawall is immediately adjacent to the public boat ramp on Lake Hollingsworth and will extend westward to the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club and eastward to the public concrete dock. The intent of the project is to stabilize the shoreline area adjacent to the boat ramp and prevent further erosion of the lake’s banks.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in an open-house format, where City staff and representatives from the project team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting. The public meeting is being conducted to present the enhancement alternatives and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Curtis Porterfield at curtis.porterfield@lakelandgov.net at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

Project-related information may also be obtained by calling (863) 834-8439, or by following the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .

 


LAKELAND’S FIRST ROUNDABOUT LOCATED AT LAKE HOLLINGSWORTH DRIVE & HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD WILL OPEN JULY 28TH WITH WATER BALLOON CHRISTENING

LAKELAND, FL (July 15, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will open the newly constructed roundabout located at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road on Tuesday, July 28th.  The roadway has been closed for construction and there will be a celebration starting at 9 a.m. to christen the project as completed. The roadway will open to the public immediately after the celebration at approximately 9:30 a.m.  The Lakeland City Commission, administration and project stakeholders will christen the new roadway with water balloons as part of the roundabout opening ceremony. 

The roundabout was constructed as part of a Lake Hollingsworth bicycle and pedestrian safety plan that began in 2012.  Compared to other types of intersections, roundabouts are designed to improve safety, reduce congestion and reduce fuel usage.

Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, said, “We are very pleased to open the roundabout a few weeks ahead of schedule.”  He added, “The roundabout is just one element of a master plan to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety for an area that sees a great deal of recreational and automobile activity.”

A number of multi-modal enhancements have been included in the roundabout design such as raised brick crosswalks, a landscaped center island and improved street lighting.  The roundabout construction started in early May and the project took about 80 days to complete. The roundabout project required utility and sidewalk relocations and the Lake Hollingsworth Multi-Use Trail was re-routed to accommodate the new roundabout. 

Those attending the roundabout opening ceremony are asked to turn onto Callahan Court from Hollingsworth Drive and then take the second driveway on the right for parking.  The ceremony will take place at the roundabout location where Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road intersect.

 Guidelines for driving through the new single-lane roundabout:

As you approach the roundabout in any of the three directions, you will see a yellow "Roundabout (Symbol) Ahead" sign and a “Raised Crosswalk Ahead” sign – Slow Down.

Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. If there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, you should continue over the raised crosswalk at the advisory speed of 10 mph.

Continue toward the roundabout and look to your left as you near the yield sign and dashed yield line at the entrance to the roundabout. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.

Once you see a gap in traffic, enter the roundabout and proceed to your exit. 

Use your right turn signal to indicate your intention to exit the roundabout.

As you exit the roundabout, look and stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

 

To learn more about roundabouts, visit http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/roundabouts/