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Lakeland Police are announcing funeral arrangements for Officer Arnulfo Crispin on behalf of the Crispin family.

The following funeral arrangements have been planned:

Public Viewing/Visitation

Monday, December 26th, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Resurrection Church

3720 Old Rd. 37

Lakeland, Fl 33813

Media is directed to park in the Medulla Baptist Church parking lot located at 3930 Old Road 37, Lakeland, FL 33813. The parking lot will open to media at 5:00 PM.

Funeral/Graveside Services

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Victory Church

1401 Griffin Rd.

Lakeland, Fl 33801

Procession following the funeral service to Oakhill Cemetery, 4620 US Highway 98 S, Lakeland, FL (VIEW MAP)

Additional instructions to media for parking at Victory Church and Oakhill Cemetery will be forthcoming. PGTV will be handling the pool camera for the funeral and Calvin Knight of The Ledger will be handling still photos. Matt Costine of PCSO will be coordinating the pool camera arrangements for the funeral.

This information is also available on

The Lakeland Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Corps, Inc. has established the Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund for donations in relation to the shooting of Officer Crispin. Donations can be mailed directly to the Lakeland Police Department at the following address:

Lakeland Police Department
C/O Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Or, can be made directly to any Wells Fargo bank location and indicate they are for the Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund.

Information will follow later today in reference to the services for Officer Crispin.

Florida Southern College purchased Callahan Court.  As a result, the road will be closed beginning the morning of Wed., Dec. 21st

This will be the future location of the Florida Southern College tennis court facility and intramural athletic field as was approved by the City of Lakeland City Commission on Monday, December 19th

As part of the College’s master plan, a turn-around will be installed at the road entering from the south side off of Lake Hollingsworth Drive for public service vehicle access.


At the City Commission meeting held December 19th the Commission took the following action:

The updated adopted Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Master Plan was approved.

Land use was assigned for land located at the end of the City’s Airport Runway 9-27.

The Five Year Schedule of Capital Improvements of the Lakeland Comprehensive Plan was approved.

A Low Turnover Restaurant on Property Located at 1037 Dixieland Mall Lane was approved.

Revisions and Requirements for elective plan options for the Employees Pension Plan was approved.

Changes to the boundaries of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District were approved.

The uniform method of collection to collect all unpaid Non-Ad Valorem assessments imposed in calendar year 2011 and prior years was approved.

Assessments in the amount of $13,899.00 for demolitions at 1106 N. & Vermont Av. 1117 Anderson Av. were approved.

An agreement with West Lake Management, LLC for tenant relocation services for Lincoln Square Apartments was approved.

Renewal of City Health Plan Reinsurance policy was approved.

Award of Bid #1319 to Rodda Construction Inc. in the amount of $879,540.00 for the Solid Waste building renovation and addition was approved.

The City Manager and City Attorney and their assistants compensation increase of 1.5% was approved.

An ordinance creating the City of Lakeland firefighters’ retirement system was scheduled for a public hearing at the January 3rd Commission meeting.

A maintenance agreement with FDOT for upkeep of roadside areas and median strips at various locations was approved.

Naming unnamed private streets within Beacon Hill Colony Mobile Home Park were approved.

Resolution 4192, excepting certain positions from Civil Service was approved.

The employer contribution of 15.39% of compensation on behalf of each member of the City of Lakeland defined contribution plan was approved.

Extension of equipment lease purchase agreement for Elgin Street Sweepers with 1st Source Bank was approved.

The Mid-Florida Credit Union development and disposition agreement for the renovation of the Federal Building located at the corner of Lemon and Tennessee Avenues was approved.

The discussion of an employment agreement with City Attorney was postponed.

An equipment lease purchase agreement with Leasing 2, Inc. for Elgin street sweepers.

The authorization to implement 2.5% increase for eligible regular full-time non-union employees in conjunction with pension plan reform initiatives was approved.

A decrease in the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers of $5.70 per 1,000 kWh effective for residential customers’ meters read on or after January 3, 2012 was approved.

In final action, an agreement for consulting services for support of electric system North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Florida Reliability Coordination Council (FRCC) compliance was approved.