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Start A Neighborhood Watch Program

For more information on forming a Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch program in your area, please contact:

Dr. Greg Robinson, Supervisor
Community Services Unit
Ph:  863-834-6912
greg.robinson@lakelandgov.net

Become A Registered Neighborhood Association

The City of Lakeland’s Neighborhoods Outreach Office maintains a Neighborhood Association Registry as a tool to facilitate information exchange among neighborhood groups and to encourage civic involvement. The registry includes neighborhood associations that have voluntarily registered, current officers, contact information, neighborhood boundaries, meeting dates, times, and locations.

How to Register:

To register your neighborhood association, please fill out the neighborhood registration form and fax it or mail it to:

City of Lakeland
Attn: Lynne Simpkins
228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801.
Fx:  (863) 834-8432.

Once you have registered your neighborhood association, you will receive additional information from your neighborhood liaison. If you are not certain of your neighborhood boundaries, please contact Lynne Simpkins at (863) 834-6011 or email at lynne.simpkins@lakelandgov.net.

Benefits of Registering Your Neighborhood Association:

Staff Support: Registered neighborhood associations will have a city neighborhood liaison assigned to assist in the initial stages of neighborhood organization. Liaisons can help with planning effective meetings, organizing projects, preparing and mailing newsletters, writing and implementing grants, and providing direction for working through the channels of city government.

Centralized Filing: Filing space is available for important neighborhood association documents such as by-laws, minutes, Employee Identification Number (EIN), etc. Filing space is limited.

Neighborhood Boundaries Map: A master neighborhood map has been created identifying the neighborhood boundaries for approximately 100 neighborhoods. As a registered association you will have the opportunity to determine the boundaries of your own neighborhood, as long as they don’t conflict with those of another existing neighborhood association. Typical boundaries include roads, railroads and natural features such as lakes.

Once the boundaries have been confirmed and mapped, you will receive a map of the neighborhood for your use. Additional copies of the map may be purchased.

City Website: The city will post general information about registered neighborhoods on the city’s web site including contact information and meeting times and locations. Personal information will not be posted.

Neighborhood Association Directory: The Neighborhood Outreach Office publishes a Neighborhood Association Directory that provides general information on all registered neighborhoods, social service agencies, and city departments working in your neighborhood.

Use of City Facilities: As a registered association, you can request the use of certain city buildings for meetings, based upon availability. Please contact the Neighborhood Outreach Office. Depending on the facility, a rental fee might be charged. In some cases the fee might be waived for registered neighborhood associations. Association meetings at city facilities should be limited to 1 ½ hours.