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Face to Face Communications Program

“Accessibility is key to local government and the Mornings with the Mayor program allows residents to express their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues of concern.”


LAKELAND, FL (February 21, 2012) - Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event that will take place at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 15th at the Apostle Henry Ross Family Life Center located at 1302 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.  Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. and the Mayor will begin speaking at 7:30 a.m.

Citizens that attend these informal breakfast sessions get to hear from the Mayor about key issues and initiatives taking place within the City before he invites questions from the audience.  This is a chance for residents to address their individual concerns to Mayor Fields on topics that that directly affect them.

Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “I look forward to interacting with our residents on a personal level during these events.”

Those attending will have to pay for their own breakfast but the Apostle Henry Ross Family Life Center will feature a full breakfast that includes orange juice and coffee for $8.50. The premise behind the Mornings with the Mayor program is to make elected officials more accessible to residents in the community and to promote one-on-one communications.

This program allows residents an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.”




Greg Robinson
 Lakeland Police Department


Lakeland Police Department’s Annual Open House Scheduled for March 10th

LAKELAND, FL (February 17, 2012) -- The Lakeland Police Department is pleased to invite the public to their 8th Annual Open House on Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the downtown police station located at 219 N. Massachusetts Ave. This year’s event, will focus on Hurricane Preparedness and the department’s Lock It or Lose It campaign, and provide many activities for children. 

This free event gives citizens the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Lakeland’s finest. During this fun-filled family day you can meet members of the SWAT team, take a peek inside the City’s mobile command center, see the armored rescue vehicle up close and check out the K-9 team in action! Also, back by popular demand, the helicopter will be onsite for guests to look inside. Tours of the police station will be given throughout the day and there will be plenty of children’s activities on hand.  In conjunction with this year’s Hurricane Safety theme, there will be organizations on-site to provide tips on how you can prepare your family for this year’s storm season.

Come out and support one of Lakeland’s greatest assets and meet the officers that take pride in protecting our community every day.



 Local Kids Invited to Join In Free Event

LAKELAND, FL- On March 10th, 2012, Lakeland area young people ages 8-17 will have the opportunity to take to the skies as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. 

The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation.  Since the program was launched in1992, Volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.6 million young people who reside in more than 90 countries.

“Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Sal Capra, spokesman for the event. “We hope to build one-on-one relationship between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

Pilots at the event will also explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the prime concern before every flight.

Following the flight, each child will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook,” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, WI.

Those attending the flight rally on March 10th are asked to come to the hangar west of the blue roofed airport terminal, 3480 Airfield Dr West, Lakeland, FL. 33811 and look for event signage. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude by early afternoon  (2pm). For more information, please call Sal Capra: 863.206.3991.

Special thanks go to the local pilots, the staff of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and to Columbia Air Services for their help and sponsorship.




Polk County Parks and Natural Resources Invasive Plant division in cooperation with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat Lake Hollingsworth for hydrilla beginning on Feb. 27th, weather permitting. The entire lake will be treated by air boat, using the aquatic herbicide SONAR.

Once the herbicide treatment has been applied to Lake Hollingsworth, using water from the lake to irrigate could result in injury to irrigated vegetation.  An irrigation precaution is recommended for at least 90 days during the SONAR treatment process. The City of Lakeland Division of Lakes and Stormwater will be monitoring the herbicide concentrations in the lake throughout the hydrilla treatment period with water sampling and lab tests.  Area residents will be notified when the herbicide concentrations have dissipated and it is safe to resume irrigation with lake water.

There are no restrictions for fishing or swimming associated with this treatment. SONAR is approved for use in lakes by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Hydrilla is an exotic aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout the state's lakes and rivers. It clogs waterways, making recreational activities difficult or impossible and it chokes out beneficial native plants. Managing and treating it is necessary for the health of Florida's waters and to enable continued recreational boating and other aquatic activities.