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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 (May 24, 2011) -- The Lakeland Fire Dept. will perform high-rise training at the Lakeland Electric Administration Building (501 East Lemon Street) for six nights over the next two weeks.  The specific dates are:


·         Tuesday, May 24th

·         Wednesday, May 25th

·         Thursday, May 26th

·         Tuesday, May 31st

·         Wednesday, June 1st

·         Thursday, June 2nd


The time of the training is 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. each night.  Equipment will be set up on Level 5A of the Iowa Avenue Parking Garage at 4:30 p.m. on each of the practice days.  Fire trucks, police cars and ambulances will be on scene.  As part of the practice, there will be smoke (from a smoke machine) and a mannequin that will be dangling from the building. 

The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department is continuing registration for Camp BLAST's Philip O’Brien Elementary site.  Camp dates are Monday June 20th – Friday August 12th, 2011.  The program, designed for children who have completed Kindergarten – 5th grades, includes trips, games, crafts, activities, sports and lots of fun!! For more information, please call the Kelly Recreation Complex at (863) 834-3284, ext. 2.   Register now for an unforgettable summer experience! 

Camp Activities: Weekly Arts & Crafts, Exercise Challenge featuring weekly game sessions, Scavenger Hunt, Wacky Olympics, Talent Show

Weekly Arts & Crafts, Exercise Challenge featuring weekly game sessions, Scavenger Hunt, Wacky Olympics, Talent Show

Weekly Trips: Bowling, Swimming, Movies

Other Trips:  Lakeland Community Theater, Roller Skating, Waste Management Tour, Fire Station Tour, Circle B Bar Reserve


Camp Explore   -           $350
This will include all of the trips and events listed above, along with all of the daily enrichment and activities traditionally planned throughout the Camp experience.

Camp Adventure -      $500
Camp Adventure is the traditional program including all trips listed above.  In addition to these trips, Camp Adventure will also include trips to the following destinations:

·        Busch Gardens

·        Lowry Park Zoo

·        Lakeland Tigers Baseball Game

·        Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Game


At the Planning and Zoning Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 17th the board voted to approve: Minor modification of an existing PUD (Planning Unit Development) zoning for the Oakbridge DRI to allow a maximum height of 13 feet for accessory buildings (Cabanas) within The Sanctuary, located on Sanctuary Circle. The Sanctuary is a self-contained subdivision buffered by water bodies and golf courses , not adjacent to any other residential subdivision, located within the confines of the Oakbridge development.

The board approved a request by Rooms To Go, to construct an eight foot tall, sound barrier wall, along the West, South and North sides of their warehouse project, located on the East side of Airport Rd. at Gay Rd.

The Board also approved a minor modification of an existing PUD to include a 24 unit one-story building and a 14 unit two-story building in expansion plans for an assisted living facility on property located at 4250 Lakeland Highlands Road.

A request for a conditional use to allow a church in a residential structure on property located at 240 Fernery Road was Denied.

The board approved zoning and a conditional use to allow Chemical and Allied Products Manufacturing (air separation facility) on property located west of North Combee Road approximately 1,800 feet north of Saddle Creek Road.

Also Approved was zoning with a conditional use to allow a church and school grades Prekindergarten through Twelve on property located at 4210 Lakeland Highlands Road.

Proposed changes were approved, to the Land Development Regulations including: permitted uses in various zoning districts, clarification of accessory dwelling unit regulations, update of illustration pertaining to residential fences and walls, update of sidewalk regulations and reduction in parking requirement for banks and credit unions in the C-6 district.

In final action the board approved future land use and PUD zoning on property located south of Drane Field Road and east of Hamilton Road to construct a solar power generation facility, for Lakeland Electric, on two parcels of land owned by The City of Lakeland.


The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) Tuesday, June 14, 2011 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 14th water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11 a.m. in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. City of Lakeland’s Aquatics staff will assist in the world record attempt during a swim lesson at Simpson Pool located at 1725 Martin Luther King Ave.

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

Individuals interested in participating in the lesson have until June 13th to register by contacting Aquatics at 863-834-3157. For more information on The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson or to find out how to get involved, please contact David Woodard at 863-834-3157.