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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!

Who:   City of Lakeland leaders will be joining citizens, local church leaders and youth organizations in a display of solidarity during the Refuse to Lose - Summer of Safety Awareness March.


WHAT:  A project of the City of Lakeland, FL - Government and Mayor Howard Wiggs Refuse to Lose-Gang Task Force initiative, the awareness march is being held to show unity and support for our youth this summer.  The goal is for every parent to be aware that there are a number of programs and activities that will help keep children busy this summer.


WHERE: Participants will meet at the City of Refuge Church of God in Christ, located at 1105 North Ruth Avenue.


WHY:  Research indicates that parents play a pivotal role in keeping young people out of gangs and children that are subjected to negative influences have a higher risk of joining a gang. Members of the Gang Task Force want all children to have the opportunity to be involved in positive summer activities and programs.  Information on the variety of Summer of Safety programs will be made available during the Refuse to Lose march.  Mayor Howard Wiggs said, “We are very excited to walk in unison to show our young people that we care about them and for the parents, it will be a great time to learn about the many resources that are available to help keep our youth busy during the summer months.”

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WHEN: Thursday, May 18, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Groups will be meeting in the parking area of the City of Refuge Church of God in Christ at 1105 North Ruth Ave. The march will kick-off at 6:00 p.m.


For additional information about the event, contact Lynne Simpkins at 863.834.6027 or by email at

NOAA Hurricane Hunter Hangar Will Be Filled With Foam as Part of Fire Suppression Testing

Who: Lakeland Linder Airport Director, Gene Conrad.

What: High expansion foam generator test at NOAA Hangar. The hangar will fill up with foam to approximately 12 feet in height. The test only lasts about three minutes but because of the hangar size (58,000 SF), there will be a great deal of foam.

Why: High expansion foam is a fire suppressant system that totally floods a space to help secure three-dimensional fires that could occur from such sources as flammable liquids storage. The test is required by code prior to occupancy of the tenant.

When: Tuesday, May 9th at 9 a.m.

Where: NOAA Hangar at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport located at 3450 Flightline Drive, Lakeland Florida 33811. Parking will be available along Flightline Drive.

On Tuesday, May 9th at 9 a.m. there will be a great opportunity for the media to see something that doesn’t happen very often. A fire suppression system that disperses high-expansion foam will be tested at the NOAA Hangar at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport located at Flightline Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811. Event is open to the media only.

The 58,000 square foot facility will be filled with foam. The test will last approximately three minutes. Gene Conrad, Director of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and Carl E. Newman, Executive Officer, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center will be on hand to answer questions about the test and they will be glad to answer questions about the new home of NOAA’s hurricane hunter operations. Tours of the entire facility will not be available at this time due to the final completion schedule.

Applications suited for high-expansion foam include aircraft hangars, hazardous waste storage, paper product warehouse, tire warehouse, flammable liquid storage, mining, ship holds and engine rooms, power stations, gas turbine generators, cable tunnels, engine test cells, transformer rooms, basements, cellars and enclosed spaces, and communications switching stations.

City Closing Intersections at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue for Painting

Lakeland, FL (May 1, 2017) – The City of Lakeland Community Redevelopment Association (CRA) will partner with Harrison School for the Arts, Rochelle School of the Arts, and Boring Business Solutions to give the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue a makeover on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The CRA is diligently working to transform and support the identity of the East Main District. Last year, a design competition was held to inspire interest in this important connection to Lakeland’s downtown. The influx of artistic interest helped define the task at hand – to create more art in public spaces.

These street murals are a way to help neighborhoods create a sense of identity and community pride. The colorized intersection project is an opportunity to reimagine and recreate the environment and work together on unique projects that benefit the City and the surrounding community. The project brings together local business and property owners, artists, city officials and staff in a unique and fun way. The centerpiece that is created becomes a sense of community pride that cannot be bought, and builds relationships that otherwise may not exist.

Partnership with Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts

Inspired by the East Main Design District project, Art/iFact’s Elizabeth Hults was enlisted to create the masterpiece that will be the center of E. Main Street and Ingraham Ave. With Hults’ design, visual arts students from the Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts will add their artistic flare to the intersection.

Road Closure and Detour Information

The City will temporarily close the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, May 21st, and will reopen the intersection at approximately 6 p.m. the same day.


For more information about the road closure, please contact Angelo Rao, Traffic Operations and Parking Services Manager at or (863) 834-3492.

Media Contact:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264 |

LAKELAND, FL (April 27, 2017) - On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Lakeland Police Department will hold the 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony. The event will be held at the Lakeland Police Department at 3:30 p.m. This ceremony recognizes employees for exemplary service to the organization and community.

The Keynote speaker this year will be Judge Bob Grode. 

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Meritorious Service
  • Life Saving
  • Medal of Valor

Other recognitions will be presented to:

  • Civilian of the Year
  • Detective of the Year
  • Officer of the Year

In addition, there will be a Citizen Appreciation Award.

Light refreshments will be served.

The media is invited to attend for a photo opportunity during the awards ceremony.

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357.


Gary Gross

Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6949 (PH) 

Twitter @lakelandpd