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Friday Weekly Roundup

October 13-19, 2018

In case you missed it, here's what happened over the last week in Lakeland!

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It's Halloween in the City! 

Don't miss these great City of Lakeland Halloween events:

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City Commission Meeting

The City Commission met on Monday, October 15th. City Commission meetings take place at 3 PM on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall (3rd Floor). Join us in person or watch live online or on Spectrum channel 643 / FiOS channel 43.

Here's how they voted.

Love Lakeland CityMaker Dr. Nerestant

Love Lakeland CityMaker

Meet October's Love Lakeland CityMaker, October CityMaker, Dr. William Nerestant. "He isn’t just in the business of fixing smiles – he’s giving members of our community a chance to live life again, on their terms." 

Learn more about Dr. Nerestant and the work he's doing with his team at Midtown Dental here.

Thanks for that you do for our community, William!

City Commission Proclamations

Each month, Mayor Bill Mutz and the Lakeland City Commission present a variety of proclamations. These proclamations are a great way to help spread awareness for specific local, state and and national causes. Here are this month's!

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Commissioner Phillip Walker & Mayor Bill Mutz

Florida City Government Week: October 22-28, 2018.

The Florida League of Cities and its member cities have joined together to teach students and other citizens about municipal government through a variety of different projects and information. Florida City Government Week offers an important opportunity to convey to all the citizens of Florida that they can shape and influence government through their civic involvement and positively impact lives by volunteering.

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Megan Hawkes, Chloe Allen & Mayor Bill Mutz

Talbot House Ministries Day: October 25, 2018

Talbot House Ministries was founded in 1979, and is now celebrating nearly 40 years as an Inter-denominational Christian Ministry. Talbot House Ministries has grown over the years from a simple soup kitchen to become the largest and most comprehensive care center for the poor and homeless. Talbot House has partnered with the City of Lakeland and other community organizations to serve the needs of our citizens and facilitate the renaissance of the commercial centers of our city.

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Greg James, Jenny Sykes & Members of the Lakeland Alliance for Accessibility with Mayor Bill Mutz

White Cane Safety Day: October 15, 2018

On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution of Congress was signed into law authorizing the President of the United States to proclaim October 15th of each year as "White Cane Safety Day”. The White Cane Law was created to ensure the right to travel independently using a white cane or guide dog wherever a person who is Blind or has visual impairments chooses to go. The City of Lakeland has made a commitment to greater accessibility for all citizens and visitors, and will continue to strive to provide accessible programs and services to the community. 

2019 Lakeland Firefighter Calendar

For the fourth year in a row, the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) and SPCA Florida proudly present its Rescued Pets Calendar! The calendar features beautifully photographed SPCA Florida rescued pets and buff Lakeland firefighters. Each month of the year also features helpful safety tips and information from both organizations.

The high-quality calendars can be purchased for a $10.00 donation and make the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays. Orders are being accepted online now! The calendars will be available in brick and mortar locations by Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

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2018 Swan Roundup Next Week

Join us next week for the 38th Annual Swan Roundup on Lake Morton with the City of Lakeland Parks Division at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, October 23rd. Parks & Recreation employees will be carefully gathering the swans to get them ready for their annual veterinary check-up. The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for their annual wellness examinations with Dr. Patricia Mattson that will start the morning of October 24th at 8:00 AM. The Annual Swan Round-Up allows the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population.

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Neighborhood Leadership Bootcamp

The City of Lakeland’s Neighborhood Outreach Division hosted a Neighborhood Leadership Bootcamp on Saturday, October 13th at City Hall.  This free event was designed to help inform citizens about the programs and services offered by the City of Lakeland.

Want to get more involved with your neighborhood? We'll help connect you with your community!

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ICYMI: Parks & Recreation Wins Municipality Award

The Grounds Crew at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium is the winner of the Florida State League's Municipality Award, which is given to the Best City or County-Operated Sports Turf Crew in the League. This is the third time City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation has won this Award.

Congratulations, Parks & Recreation crew!

Se7en Wetlands Wins Environmental Excellence Award

Congratulations to City of Lakeland Water Utilities and the Se7en Wetlands team who received the Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Project of the Year from the Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals at USF this week!

Photo by TBAEP

Latest Videos

Couldn't make it to our Neighborhood Leadership Bootcamp? We've got you covered:


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LakelandGov Podcast

LakelandGov Podcast

Listen and subscribe on the LakelandGov Podcast Podbean channel or wherever you catch your podcasts by searching for the LakelandGov Podcast.


Lakeland Jobs

Current Job Openings

As of October 5, 2018

  • Accreditation Manager - LPD
  • Airport Operations Specialist
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development
  • Box Office Supervisor - RP Funding Center
  • Building Maintenance Worker I - Library
  • Computer Applications Specialist
  • Construction Trades Worker I
  • Deputy Building Official
  • Electric Utility Analyst
  • Guest Services/Security Supervisor
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Lifeguard - Seasonal
  • Multicraft Operator
  • Solid Waste Collection Driver II
  • Tree Trimmer
  • Turf and Ornamental Spray Technician
  • Water Utilities Mechanic I
  • Water Utilities Mechanic II

Apply Now

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Public Works Projects

  • 1111 E Highland Drive
  • Kettles Avenue Sidewalk
  • Lake Mirror Center
  • Lake Wire Hydrilla Harvesting
  • Lotus Avenue & Forrest Park Street

View All Current & Upcoming Public Works Projects

Even More!

And a few more things that happened this week...

  • A Public Hearing with City of Lakeland Water Utilities took place on October 4th. An outline of chlorine chamber replacement at T.B. Williams Water Treatment Plant was discussed.
  • A Public Meeting was held to discuss the Lake Crago Park Project Update on Tuesday, October 2nd. News of that coming very soon!
  • Plantae Orchideum sold OUT by 2 PM on Saturday, September 29th of the legendary RF Orchids and will be back next year!
  • The 38th Annual Lake Morton Swan Roundup was announced. Come out and watch the excitement on October 23rd and 24th!


For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please explore lakelandgov.net.
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