City News Blog


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!

The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association national Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on Friday, May 4, 2012, along with Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. During this event shops and restaurants will stay open with music and entertainment along the streets including a classic car show.

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each of our Public Works divisions.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, recycling materials and much more! Along with these events, there will be children’s activities, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family!

Everyone is invited to the Downtown Lakeland First Friday and the celebration of National Public Works Week. Parking is free beginning at 5:00pm the evening of the event in the Main Street parking garage. Additional free parking is also available in the Bay Street Lot, the Oak Street Park & ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.

The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency and Platform Art will unveil a ceramic art tile installation on the Orange Street Bridge and a new community garden at 7 p.m. as part of the April 28th Platform Art Party 19 event. 

Platform Art Party 19 will celebrate these public improvements and feature live music, dance, fashion, film, and visual arts all of which will be at St. Joseph’s Church from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. An admission fee of $15 in advance or $20 at the door will allow entry into the galleries and performance venues. 

The Orange Street Bridge project originated with a desire on the part of the Lakeland CRA to partner with the arts community to connect Downtown’s many art and entertainment venues and also to enhance the connection between The Lakeland Center and the Downtown core area.   There is now a pedestrian walkway from the Lakeland Center to downtown enhanced by new shade trees, an installation of original ceramic tiles by St. Petersburg artist Beate Marston and a peaceful urban pocket park in what was once a fenced vacant lot.

The artistic tiles along the Orange Street Bridge reflect an urban agriculture theme and feature downtown skylines and flora.  At the foot of the bridge at New York Avenue and Orange Street, is a new community garden that will be maintained by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Polk County Master Gardeners.

The bridge and the garden will be open to the public and the live music, food trucks, Equine Rescue and other urban agriculturally themed booths will be open to the public throughout the evening. 

Platform Art performances are unique and unexpected with art, film, dance, fashion and live music.

Artists, musicians, and performers entertain through out the evening.   Beverages are available, and complimentary hors d oeuvres provided by Texas Cattle Company.  The event kicks-off at the Orange Street Bridge with a dedication from Mayor Fields at 7pm.

The Lakeland Police Department gave a presentation that included updates on current crime statistics, crime prevention programs and the Chief's Challenge initiative of establishing a goal of reducing crime by 30% over the next two years.

At the City Commission meeting held April 16th Proclamations were presented commemorating:

  • Boys & Girls Club Week
  • Lakeland Derby Day
  • Law Day
  • National crime Victim’s Rights Week
  • National Landscape Architecture Month
  • National Music Week
  • Occupational health Nurses Week
  • Parental Alienation Awareness Day.

A lease agreement with Legal Airways for hanger expansion at the airport was approved.

A request dock located at 1250 West Lake Parker Drive.

A discussion of the Firefighter’s Retirement System was postponed to the April 21st meeting and The item on the Police Retirement System was postponed to the meeting on the 7th.

A daycare center at 1030 Olive St. was approved.

A request for conditional use for a banquet hall at 215 E. Main St. was withdrawn.

Conditional use for the Boys & Girls Club at 950 Pinewood Ave. and Girls Inc. 1220 W. Highland St was approved.

Amendments to the Land Development Regulations to allow staff approval of minor deviations from development standards for building bulk, fences and walls, landscaping and through lots was approved.

Public hearings were scheduled for the next Commission meeting for a Bio-solid processing facility at 923 Wilkinson Rd. several amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. and the repeal of firearm and ammunitions related regulations .

Donation of easements to FDOT, in relation to the construction of the Fort Fraser Trail Bus Transit Bay, was approved.

An as yet unidentified company scheduled to bring an initial at 127 new jobs in Lakeland’s Enterprise Zone which is a state target area for new job creation, but expect to hire a total of 763 new jobs was approved as a qualified applicant in the target industry tax refund program .

Creation of a Mayor’s Business Round Table and Mayor’s Council on the Arts was approved.

The Department of Justice recently posted  2012 local allocations for the Edward

Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). Attachment 1 reflects Lakeland’s

$33,238 direct award for 2011, this was disclosed today to pave the way for public participation in determining how the funds will be dispersed.

In final action a task authorization with OHC Environmental Engineering, Inc. for air monitoring and oversight services during asbestos abatement of Lincoln Square Apartments was approved.

LAKELAND, FL (April 16, 2012) – Once again, the City of Lakeland is proud to provide the highly successful summer recreation and enrichment program, Camp BLAST.  Located at City recreation facilities and various schools throughout Lakeland, Camp Blast offers elementary students, who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade, endless opportunities for enrichment including weekly trips, on-site games and activities, service opportunities and several special events. 

Don’t miss out on registration!  City residents may register now at the Kelly Recreation Complex, located at 404 Imperial Boulevard.  When registering, residents must provide two matching proofs of City residence, and a copy of their child’s report card.  Out-of-City residents may register beginning this Saturday, April 21st at 8:00am at the Kelly Recreation Complex.  A copy of the child’s report card is needed.  Registration fees are $200 per child and must be paid by cash or check.  

For full details on camp dates, camp locations and pricing options check out, or call Julie Adams, Camp Coordinator, with any questions; 863/834-3351.