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Edgewood Drive Extension Improvements


The City of Lakeland will conduct a Pre-Construction Public Meeting for the upcoming Edgewood Drive Extension project.  The meeting will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Legacy Christian Church located at 901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, FL 33803.  The meeting will be conducted as an open house workshop with display boards and project plans available for review.

The project consists of extending Edgewood Drive from Harden Boulevard (SR 563) to South Florida Avenue (SR 37).  The project design will be split into three sections: 1.) Harden Boulevard to South Lincoln Avenue will include paved shoulders and drainage swales, one 11-foot wide lane in each direction with a raised grass median, and a 10-foot wide pedestrian path on the south side.  2.) Lincoln Avenue to Eden Parkway will include curb and gutter stormwater conveyance, one 12-foot wide lane in each direction with a center-turn lane, 4-foot wide bicycle lanes, 6-foot wide sidewalk on the north side and a signalized intersection with pedestrian crossings at South Lincoln Avenue.  3.) Eden Parkway to South Florida Avenue will include curb and gutter stormwater conveyance, a separate one-way eastbound alley with connection to Prado Place, landscaped median separating roadway and alley, one 12-foot wide lane in each direction, 4-foot wide bicycle lanes and an 8-foot wide sidewalk on north side. 

The meeting is being held to provide interested stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions and review project plans prior to construction activities, which are anticipated to begin in January 2012.

Preconstruction Public Meeting – Edgewood Drive Extension Improvements
Monday, December 12, 2011
Legacy Christian Church, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, FL  33809

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status.  Anyone requiring additional project-related information or special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mr. Greg James, Project Manager at (863) 834-6040, or by e-mail to at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact Greg James using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-8770.


City crews are replacing a storm pipe on the west side of san gully road from beacon to Windsor. Temporary delays can be expected.

Contractors working for the city will be resurfacing the following roads beginning Monday, December 12th:

  • Palmetto St from New York Ave. West to end of Pinewood Ave.
  • Josephine St to Oak Hill St.

Work is expected to take one week to complete.

Contractors will be performing brick repairs on Lake Beulah Drive from Main Street to Hartsell Ave.

City crews are upgrading the sidewalks along both sides of Main Street from Bartow hwy to fern road. Lane closures can be expected.

City crews are installing new sidewalk on the north side of Antilla Street. Minor delays may be encountered.

Contact Michael Whigham at 834-3300 with questions and continue to check this number (8 3 4 r o a d) for updated information.

At the Tuesday, December  5th Lakeland City Commission meeting  Beautification Awards were presented to : Wells Fargo Bank, 2150 Edgewood Drive and Timothy Roundtree, 614 Brunnell Parkway.

Employee service awards were presented for 10 years, to Cory Bowling, Douglas Brown Jr. Jeremiah Chaparro, Palmer Davis, Joshua Goddard, Tiffany Stilwell, Gina  Wallace, Monica Yzaguirre, Christina Camp,  Michael Collins, Kathy Davis, Lawrence Griffin, Adria Holmes, Mary Jane Spetman, Sandra Winek.

John Zuercher was recognized for 20 years of service .  Jacqueline Hayes and Denise Steele were recognized for 25 years and Jerry Knowles for 30 years.

A modification to lease agreement with Blue Marlin Solutions LLC at the airport to allow for Earhart’s restaurant to service customers in the departure area was approved.

The amendment to the lease and transfer agreement with Lakeland Regional Medical Center was approved.

John Leenhouts, Rick Garcia and Regino Medina were appointed to the Airport Advisory Board.

Tom Waller and Kristin LaMonte were appointed to the Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area Board.

Jeffrey Stearns was appointed to the Employees’ Pension Board.

Naomi Tillett was appointed to the Nuisance Abatement Board.

Lynn Schindler was appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals.

Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts was appointed to the Civil Service Board.

An ordinance Authorizing the Issuance of the City’s Water and Wastewater Revenue Refunding and Improvement Bonds, in an amounts Not Exceeding $54,000,000 and $12,000,000 was approved.

$22,551.19 in lot clearing liens were approved .

An agreement between the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency and the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority for Fiscal Year 2012 Services was approved.

This agreement provides for management and maintenance of the Downtown container gardens program, and downtown way finding signage.

CRA Medical District Conceptual Planning by AECom  priced at $49,500.00 and estimated to take three (3) months to complete was approved.

An agreement with West Lake Management, LLC for management of Lincoln Square Apartments was approved.

A task authorization with the project engineer, Amherst Consulting, under the current City of Lakeland Continuing Contract for Airport Engineering to complete the Environmental Assessment for the not-to-exceed fee of $82,500 in reference to the Instrument Landing System was approved.

A task authorization in the amount of $62,350 related to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport taxiway, apron, and pond project was approved.

Public hearings were announced for the December 19th City Commission meeting reference the Capital Improvements Element of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan, Conditional Use for a low turnover restaurant on property located at 1037 Dixieland Mall Lane, The City of Lakeland Employees Pension Plan and inclusion of certain lands located within the City of Lakeland within the boundaries of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District.

The award of a bid to QGS Development, Inc. for the Edgewood Drive extension project construction services was approved.

Task Authorization with Cardno TBE for construction engineering inspection services Edgewood Drive extension project was approved.

A one and one-half percent (1.5%) across the board raise for all regular non-union employees was approved.

In final action an agreement with Centurion, Inc. for a call center integrated voice response system purchase and extended maintenance agreement was approved. This will allow Lakeland Electric Customers to have a more integrated customer service phone experience that will include additional payment and service options through the phone.



Santa's Calling

Tuesday, December 6th - Deadline for forms is Monday, December 5th
Special arrangements have been made this year for Santa to phone local children from his workshop. Santa and his long distance operators will be calling elementary school children on Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. To ensure your child doesn’t miss out on this exciting opportunity you must complete a Santa’s Calling form. Forms can be obtained online or picked up at any of the following facilities:

  • Kelly Recreation Complex - 404 Imperial Blvd
  • Simpson Park - 1725 MLK Jr. Ave
  • City Hall located - 228 S Massachusetts ave

All forms must be submitted by Monday, December 5th.

As you see, the City of Lakeland has plenty of fun holiday events for you season. And, from all of us at the City of Lakeland we want to wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

The holidays are here and the City of Lakeland proud to sponsor many fun activities for you and your family throughout the month of December.

Annual Holiday Walkabout

Tuesday, November 29th - Downtown Lakeland
This annual event in Downtown Lakeland celebrates the holidays with shopping, dining, music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more! Holiday music from many area schools and churches create a festive atmosphere. And don’t forget shopping!  If you want a gift that doesn’t say I was mass produced in a department store, then shopping in Downtown Lakeland is for you.  Stores and restaurants will be open from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Free parking will be available at the main street garage. The public parking entrance is located on Cedar St. The Bay Street entrance is also open and can be accessed from Tennessee Ave.

31st Annual Christmas Parade

If you missed the parade or want to watch it again we will be replaying the full event at the following times:  

Saturday, December 3rd at 11:00am

Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm

Tuesday, December 6th at 11:00am

Friday, December 9th at 7:00pm

Sunday, December 11th at  9:00am

On Thursday, December 1st the 31st Annual Christmas Parade will kick off at 7:00 pm with a fantastic fireworks display over Lake Mirror. The theme of this year’s parade - All I want for Christmas Is...  Over 100 organizations will be participating in this year’s event. The parade will leave the Lakeland center and make its way down Lemon Street twisting and turning through Downtown Lakeland. Streets along the parade route will begin closing at 5:30 pm. Additional parking will be available after 5:00 pm in the Downtown parking garages and parking lots. So get your seat early and keep and keep an eye out for the Big guy at the end.  View Parade Map 



Saturday December 3rd - Lake Mirror Promenade
Snow will fall in Lakeland as the 31st Annual Snowfest kicks off at Lake Mirror from 10am – 2 pm. This year’s event will feature the traditional snow mountain along with an exciting snow slide, a visit from Santa Claus, children’s entertainment, inflatables and food vendors will complete the day. Price for admission to snow mountain or the snow slide will be a canned food item or a $1.00 donation. Admission to the inflatables will be $1.00 All canned food items will be donated to the Polk county Senior Orphans Charity.