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The City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department will be celebrating the American Public Works Association National Public Works Week (NPWW) from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011 as part of Downtown Lakeland’s First Friday event. First Friday celebrates downtown each month with music and entertainment along the streets.  A classic car show will highlight the May 6th event.

The NPWW celebration will be In Munn Park featuring displays from each division from the City of Lakeland Public Works Department.  Some of the feature displays include: heavy duty equipment, Lakes & Stormwater awareness campaigns, pedestrian & bicycle safety, solid waste collection, 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 May 6th First Friday event and the celebration of NPWW.  On May 6th parking is free beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Street Parking Garage.  Additional free parking is available in the Bay Street Lot, the Oak Street Park & Ride and old fire station lot located at 400 E. Main St.

2011 Public Works Week Poster.pdf

LAKELAND, FL (April 22, 2011) - Much of the downtown area paving project will be completed before close of business day.  Crews will be working on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. with the focus on milling the curb edges along Main Street between Tennessee and Kentucky Avenue.  There will be additional milling during the same time period along the curb lines of Lemon and Orange Streets.


Paving will resume on Monday, April 25th at approximately 6:30 a.m.  Paving will start on Main Street at Florida Avenue working east block by block.  As paving on Main Street is completed, the crews will move to Lemon Street and resume paving on Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. to finish Orange Street. 


At the Planning and Zoning Board meeting held April 19, 2011 The Board took the following action:

A conditional use to allow, Peace River Center for Personal Development, to use a portion of an existing building located at 715 North Lake Avenue to be used as a 20-bed residential behavioral healthcare treatment and Baker Act evaluation facility, was approved for submission to the City Commission.

A Conditional use to allow, Florida Presbyterian Homes, to have temporary employee parking for approximately 40 vehicles on vacant property located at 320 Cannon Street was approved for submission to the City Commission, conditional to the erection of a privacy fence and the eventual return to open space.

I-3 (Heavy Industrial) zoning and a conditional use to allow, Mid Florida Environmental LLC, to build an air separation facility, used to make liquid Nitrogen, Oxygen and Argon on property located west of North Combee Road approximately 1,800 feet north of Saddle Creek Road was referred to staff for final recommendation. An additional public hearing is required at the next meeting due to a change to the site location, caused by the discovery of a Bald Eagle’s nest.

A Change in zoning from PUD (Planned Unit Development) to O-1 (Small Lot Office) on property located at 3704 Kathleen Road was approved for submission to the City Commission.

City I (Industrial) future land use and PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning on two parcels of property located south of Drane Field Road and east of Hamilton Road to allow, Lakeland Electric, to construct a solar power generation facility were referred to staff for final recommendation.

PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning to allow, North Lakeland Properties Inc., RG Lakeland Properties LLC, and RG Lakeland Tiki LLC. to build a mixed use regional shopping center (Gateway Commons) on approximately 50.7 acres located northwest of Interstate-4, east of US Highway 98 North and north of Crevasse Street was approved for submission to the City Commission.

A major modification of PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning to reallocate industrial, office and commercial uses and allow, Doherty Holdings Second, LLC. two automobile dealerships on property located northwest of Interstate 4, east of Kathleen Road, and south of Griffin Road was approved for submission to the City Commission.

Change in future land use from Conservation (C) to Public and Institutional (PI) to allow, Lakeland Electric, to build an electric substation on 9 acres located at the northwest corner of North Road 33 and Huron Way was approved for submission to the City Commission.

Proposed changes to Article 36 of the Land Development Regulations (Sign Regulation) to allow projecting signs within the Downtown Commercial (C-6) and Munn Park Historic (C-7) zoning districts and to establish standards for such signs were approved for submission to the City Commission.

To view videos-on-demand of any of these agenda items please visit

At the City Commission meeting held on Tuesday April 18th :

The Police Department made a presentation on hiring, recruitment and training of police officers.

The Hollis family made a contribution of $10,000 to be used towards Lake Mirror Theater renovations.

Proclamations were presented for : Administrative Professionals Week, Arbor Day and Occupational Nursing Week.

Randy Mathews and Cory Petcoff were appointed to the Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area Board.

As part of the Consent Agenda the Commission approved a change order to task authorization with CivilSurv Design for preliminary design - Crevasse - Lakeland Park Connection Project  funded by transportation impact fees in the Transportation Fund. The initial fee approved for this task authorization was $245,408.00. This change order will add an additional $35,015.00.

Joe Mawhinney, LDDA Chairman made a presentation concerning the establishment of the Munn Park Perpetual Care Fund.

The Commission approved a conditional use to allow a private school in an existing building located at 1129 N. Missouri Avenue - Head of the Class Learning Center. A conditional use was also granted for a concrete aggregate, yard waste and construction debris recycling facility on 19 acres located South of the Intersection of Fairbanks Street and Bella Vista Street and West of the CSX Railroad.

The Commission approved a conditional use to allow an internally illuminated ground sign on the  property located at 4450 Harden Boulevard, but retained the prohibition of the electronic messaging sign requested by St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Text and Large Scale amendments to the Comprehensive Plan along with Institutional Land use and a planned unit development (PUD) zoning to allow for Salvation Army ancillary facilities on 49.21 acres located west of Kathleen Road, South of Sleepy Hill Road were discussed and scheduled for public hearings at the next City Commission meeting.

A voluntary annexation of 113.8 acres located North of Medulla Road, South of Drane Field Road, East of Hamilton Road and West of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport had First Reading.

In final action, Lake Crago Drive was approved as the name of a road intersecting Lakeland Hills Blvd. between Lake Parker and Lake Crago.

To view the full discussion of any of these agenda items please visit the videos on demand section of the LGN page.