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Lakeland Police Participate in Click it or Ticket Safety Belt Enforcement Wave


LAKELAND, FL (March 1, 2016) - The Lakeland Police Department will join with departments across the state in the Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign. The enforcement runs from March 1, 2016 thru March 14, 2016 at midnight.

Officers from the Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring our roadways for safety belt usage and issuing citations during this campaign and citations for failure to wear your seat belt. The fine is $114 .00. It only takes two (2) seconds to “click” your seat/safety.

Florida State Statute 316.614 specifically addresses seat belt usage and the following information is being provided /disseminated in advance of the event to educate the public on seat/safety belt usage. It is unlawful for any person:  To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless each passenger and the Operator of the vehicle under the age of eighteen (18) years are restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device pursuant to Florida State Statute 316.613 , if applicable; or To operate a motor vehicle in this State unless the person is restrained by a safety belt. It is unlawful for any person eighteen (18) years of age or older to be a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle unless such person is restrained by a safety belt when the vehicle is in motion.

The ”Click it or Ticket” initiative is designed to increase public safety awareness about the us age of seat/safety belt usage and our goal with participating in this campaign is two (2) fold; to gain compliance with State law, and to save lives.


LAKELAND SKATEPARK WILL CLOSE AT 8 PM STARTING FEBRUARY 29TH

LAKELAND, FL (February 23, 2016) - Starting Monday, February 29th, the Lakeland Skatepark at Fletcher Park on Lake Bonny will close at 8 p.m.  The park’s new hours will be 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

City of Lakeland staff met with members from the Lakeland Skate Alliance on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 to discuss issues that are taking place at the park.  Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “We have fielded a number of complaints from parents regarding illicit behavior taking place after sundown.  We’ve had staff members that have been threatened when trying to enforce the rules.”  He added, “We met with representatives from the Lakeland Skate Alliance and the group is in concurrence that closing the park at dark is the first step in curbing the behavior.”

The Lakeland Skatepark is owned and operated by the City of Lakeland. It opened on May 18, 2013 at a cost of $1.3 million.  The 22,500-square-foot facility has quickly gained notoriety as being one of the best skateparks in Florida. Donahay said, “We designed the park to be free and user friendly with the idea that it would not have a full-time attendant.  Unfortunately, because of the bad behavior from a few, we are having to modify the hours of operation as a last resort before looking at the possibility of having a full-time attendant at the park.” Donahay elaborated, “With today’s budgeting process, we would have to charge users in order to pay the attendant.  We don’t want to do that and we are hoping the behavior will stop.”

This skate park is unsupervised and all users assume full risk in entering the facility. Helmets are required for all skaters under the age of 18 and on-site adult supervision is required for all skaters under the age of 12. Skaters are asked to adhere to the following rules and guidelines when using the Lakeland Skatepark:

  • Helmets and pads are required for anyone under the age of 18.
  • Be patient and wait for your turn in the park.
  • Be courteous to others.
  • Exercise caution in wet areas they are slippery.
  • Food or drink is not allowed in the skate able areas.
  • Illegal drugs, tobacco or alcohol are NOT allowed in the park.
  • Keep the park free of litter and graffiti.
  • Those using profanity, abusive language, or fighting will be asked to leave.
  • Skating is only allowed during the posted hours of operation. 

 

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Emergency Training Exercise Happening At Lakeland Air Port


A full-scale emergency exercise, designed to test the capabilities of airport and community emergency response staff in the event of an aviation incident, is being held here on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

More than 150 individuals from 15 agencies will gather to participate in the exercise. The scenario involves a commercial aircraft unable to make an emergency landing on runway 9 but instead lands in the Airport’s solar farm, a mile west of the approach end of runway 9. Emergency agencies in and around Polk County will respond to the simulated scenario. There will be signage along Drane Field Rd. indicating that a training exercise is in progress. There will be numerous vehicles and large apparatus entering and exiting Drane Field Rd. and Hamilton Rd. along the airport’s property, where the exercise will be taking place.

The community should be advised there is no need for concern.

Public Meeting Notice: Robson Street Sidewalk,
Drainage and Roadway Resurfacing Project

The City of Lakeland will conduct a Public Meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the Robson Street Sidewalk Project. This project includes the construction of a 6 foot sidewalk along the north side of Robson Street between Pyramid Parkway and N Florida Avenue. The improvements also include adding pipes and drainage structures. The meeting will be held at the North Lakeland Elementary School of Choice cafeteria located at 410 Robson Street, Lakeland, Florida 33805.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. as an open-house. City staff and representatives from the project team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the 60% design plans for the Robson Street Sidewalk 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 Mrs. Frances Halbert at frances.halbert@lakelandgov.net at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. 

Project related information may also be obtained by contacting Mr. Josue Diaz, P.E., City of Lakeland Project Manager at (863) 834-6031, or by email to josue.diaz@lakelandgov.net, or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .