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The City of Lakeland has scheduled a public meeting regarding the proposed South Wabash Avenue Extension Project. The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Legacy Christian Church located at 901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, FL 33803.

This project includes a new two-lane divided roadway with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. It begins at the intersection of Beaker Boulevard and Harden Boulevard, extends north along the Beaker Boulevard alignment under the Polk Parkway, along the west side of the Lakeside Village Shopping Center and Grasslands Subdivision, and ends at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Ariana Street.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the 90% design plans and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. City staff and representatives from the design team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting the project will be available throughout the meeting. The latest schedule includes construction starting in Fiscal Year 2020.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Coordinator, no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the proceeding, at (863) 834-8447, or If hearing impaired, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or 1-800-955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service Number (800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.

Design-related information may be obtained by contacting the City of Lakeland Project Manager, Joseph Baan, P.E., at the contact information above or by contacting the City’s consultant, James Hunt, P.E. with Cardno, at (727) 431-1593 or

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Joseph R. Baan, P.E. | Manager of Engineering | 863/834-6041 |

Lakeland, FL - The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is excited to announce that it will be accepting applications to fill vacant firefighter positions starting September 30, 2016 through October 15, 2016. The firefighters to be hired will fill positions created by recent promotions and retirements. At minimum, ten firefighters will be hired.

The Lakeland Fire Department offers competitive pay and benefits, extensive professional development, and is an established public safety leader in the region. As a result, it is a highly desirable fire department to work for, often receiving hundreds of applications in a short window of time when vacancies are opened.

More information about necessary qualifications, how to apply, and pay and benefits is available at An employment brochure and a 25-minute video production “Fully Involved: What it means to be a Lakeland Firefighter” is also available at the Lakeland Fire Department website to provide prospective applicants more information about why they should apply.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at

Applications are only accepted online.  Diverse applicants representative of Lakeland’s community, that meet the firefighter employment requirements, are strongly encouraged to apply.

LFD utilizes the National Testing Network (NTN) and requires a Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) of all applicants. The City of Lakeland is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer.

More about the Lakeland Fire Department:

Established in 1916, the Lakeland Fire Department has a rich history and celebrated its centennial as a career fire department in August 2016. The department has seven stations serving approximately 100,000 people in the City of Lakeland. The department has 170 employees, of which 150 are emergency response personnel. In 2015, the department responded to over 22,000 service calls in its 84 square-mile response area, which includes the city limits as well as portions of unincorporated Lakeland.

The department offers a wide range of services which includes heavy rescue, technical rescue, fire prevention, fire code enforcement, fire investigation, aircraft rescue and firefighting, and in-house fleet maintenance; all in addition to fire suppression and emergency medical response. The Lakeland Fire Department is also passionate about being an active participant in its community and consistently giving back through philanthropic efforts and through non-emergency services such as community outreach and preventative public education.


Janel Vasallo, MPH | Public Relations / Information Manager | Lakeland Fire Department | 863/834-8219

LAKELAND, FL (September 15, 2016) | The Lakeland Police Department’s next Chief’s Chat will be held on Monday, September 19th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Lakeland Police Department, in the Don Jones Community Room, located at 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue. The topic will be Internal Affairs & Citizens Awards.

We will be handing out citizen awards and then Sgt. Strong will be giving an overview on Internal Affairs.

Date: September 19th, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lakeland Police Department, 2nd Floor Community Room



Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357

LAKELAND, FL (September 14, 2016) - The Simpson Park Community Center (1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue) will host a FREE Lakeland Health and Wellness Fair on September 24th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All ages are invited. There will be health information for men and women including FREE health screenings and FREE food.

Health professionals from Lakeland Regional Health and Keiser University on hand who will lead workshops on healthy living topics that include:

  • Prostate Cancer and knowing your numbers
  • BMI and blood pressure              
  • Zumba
  • CuRobics    

The Lakeland Health and Wellness Fair is sponsored by Lakeland Regional Health, Coca-Cola, Keiser University and the City of Lakeland.  Participants at the health fair can learn more about how to live a healthy lifestyle that includes regular check-ups, health screenings and regular exercise.