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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!


Lakeland, FL (November 9, 2016) | Buckingham Avenue will be closed to through traffic at Easton Drive on Wednesday November 9th and Thursday November 10th. Residents will need to use Edgewood Drive to enter and exit.

Buckingham Avenue will be closed north bound at Edgewood Drive Monday November 14th and Tuesday November 15th. On these dates, residents will need to enter and exit towards Easton Drive.

Workers and equipment will be present and minor delays should be expected through November 18, 2016.

Contact: 

Please contact Michael Whigham, Manager of Construction & Maintenance, at (863) 834-3300 with questions and continue to check (863) 834-ROAD for updated information.



LAKELAND, FL (November 4, 2016) - A Parking for Heroes initiative will bring a dedicated combat wounded parking space to downtown Lakeland. The idea was borne by Downtown Lakeland Partnership Director Ellen Simms and has received the support from the Polk County Veterans Council. After the initial discussion, a number of veteran advocates started working closely with City of Lakeland staff to make the idea become a reality.

The combat wounded reserved parking space will be adjacent to Munn Park on the corner of Main Street and Kentucky Avenue (Diagram attached). The City of Lakeland Traffic Division approved of the concept and then set the plan in motion.

Gary Clark, Retired US Air Force Colonel and Chairman of the Polk Veterans Council said, “Less than 1% of the US population serve in military uniform. The sacrifices these service members make deserve to be recognized. A dedicated parking space for those who have suffered life long combat injuries is just one way the community can show that they appreciate the service for those that were wounded defending our freedoms.”

The dedicated combat wounded parking space will be clearly marked with a reserved combat wounded sign and unlike many of the spaces downtown, it will not have a two hour time limit. The sign will be installed on Thursday, November 10th and then covered. The sign will be unveiled as part of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 12th at approximately 12:30 p.m.


 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264




LAKELAND, FL (October 28, 2016) | The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it has successfully obtained reaccreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). Chief Giddens and members of the department attended the quarterly CFA meeting in Weston on Wednesday, October 25, where they were presented with the official accreditation status. The designation will remain in effect for a period of three years.


In order to obtain the accreditation status, the Lakeland Police Department was required to demonstrate compliance with 54 mandatory standards. In addition to the mandatory standards, the Department also achieved compliance with 20 non-mandatory standards. Proof of compliance was determined by an assessment team, sent by the Commission, during an on-site review on July 13, 2016. During the visit, the team reviewed the department’s policies, procedures and practices.

“The Lakeland Police Department is an impressive agency that holds its members to the highest standards. It was apparent during the assessment that every member of the agency is proud of the work they do for the City,” wrote Sergeant Nicole Minick, Team Leader with CFA.

“As with our national CALEA® reaccreditation earlier this year, this designation from the CFA reaffirms the dedication and professionalism shown everyday by men and women who work to protect and serve the citizens of Lakeland,” said Chief Larry Giddens.

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


Lakeland, FL (October 28, 2016) | The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) responded to a structure fire overnight at 1510 Ariana Street in the Woodbrook Mobile Home Park at approximately 4:15 AM. Neighbors called reporting a fire at the home as well as screams coming from inside the home from a possible victim.

Upon arrival LFD firefighters encountered the homeowner in the front yard of the home with injuries sustained from the event. Firefighters were able to control the fire quickly and provided protection to surrounding structures.

The homeowner sustained injuries due to the event that caused the fire and was the only person in the home at the time of the fire. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was caused due to smoking in bed. The homeowner fell asleep while smoking and using medical oxygen.

The homeowner’s injuries were determined to be serious enough to require helicopter transport to Tampa General Hospital for injuries to the airway. Lakeland Fire Department provided both the landing zone as well as medical care, along with Polk County Fire Rescue EMS.

This unfortunate event is a sobering reminder of the dangers of smoking while using medical oxygen. The Lakeland Fire Department recommends that individuals using medical oxygen never smoke. Additionally, for anyone that does smoke, they should never do so when groggy, tired, or sleepy as it can lead to a fire upon falling asleep; even if only for a moment. More information about Medical Oxygen and Smoking Safety can be found at the LFD website at www.lakelandgov.net/LFD.

Apparatus that responded included: Engine 21, Engine 71, Engine 41, Truck 73, Rescue 22, Battalion Chief 1; landing zone established Battalion Chief 2 and Engine 12.

 

Contact:

Janel Vasallo, Public Relations & Information Manager
Office: 863/834-8219 | Cell: (863) 860-9011 | janel.vasallo@lakelandgov.net