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City Closing Intersections at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue for Painting

Lakeland, FL (May 1, 2017) – The City of Lakeland Community Redevelopment Association (CRA) will partner with Harrison School for the Arts, Rochelle School of the Arts, and Boring Business Solutions to give the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue a makeover on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The CRA is diligently working to transform and support the identity of the East Main District. Last year, a design competition was held to inspire interest in this important connection to Lakeland’s downtown. The influx of artistic interest helped define the task at hand – to create more art in public spaces.

These street murals are a way to help neighborhoods create a sense of identity and community pride. The colorized intersection project is an opportunity to reimagine and recreate the environment and work together on unique projects that benefit the City and the surrounding community. The project brings together local business and property owners, artists, city officials and staff in a unique and fun way. The centerpiece that is created becomes a sense of community pride that cannot be bought, and builds relationships that otherwise may not exist.

Partnership with Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts

Inspired by the East Main Design District project, Art/iFact’s Elizabeth Hults was enlisted to create the masterpiece that will be the center of E. Main Street and Ingraham Ave. With Hults’ design, visual arts students from the Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts will add their artistic flare to the intersection.

Road Closure and Detour Information

The City will temporarily close the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, May 21st, and will reopen the intersection at approximately 6 p.m. the same day.

Contact

For more information about the road closure, please contact Angelo Rao, Traffic Operations and Parking Services Manager at Angelo.Rao@lakelandgov.net or (863) 834-3492.

Media Contact:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264 |Kevin.Cook@Lakelandgov.net


LAKELAND, FL (April 27, 2017) - On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Lakeland Police Department will hold the 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony. The event will be held at the Lakeland Police Department at 3:30 p.m. This ceremony recognizes employees for exemplary service to the organization and community.

The Keynote speaker this year will be Judge Bob Grode. 


Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Meritorious Service
  • Life Saving
  • Medal of Valor

Other recognitions will be presented to:

  • Civilian of the Year
  • Detective of the Year
  • Officer of the Year

In addition, there will be a Citizen Appreciation Award.

Light refreshments will be served.

The media is invited to attend for a photo opportunity during the awards ceremony.

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

CONTACT

Gary Gross

Media Relations | Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.  Lakeland, FL 33801

863/834-6949 (PH) 
| www.lakelandgov.net/lpd

Twitter @lakelandpd

 


LAKELAND, FL (April 25, 2017) – The City of Lakeland and Polk County are hosting the Florida Sunshine Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) during the annual garbage truck driver, landfill equipment operator and mechanic competition that is taking place April 28 -29. The competition helps identify the best solid waste equipment operators that will go on to represent Florida at the national SWANA event that will take place in October. 
 
This event is a gathering of the best drivers, operators, and mechanics in the solid waste industry representing city, county and private waste haulers from around the state. There are eight different categories of competition between the truck, equipment and mechanic events to find the best-of-the-best in the solid waste industry. 

Date:

The competition on Friday, April 28th is devoted to industry employee safety and equipment inspection, while Saturday, April 29th is the live action of the driving, operating and hands on repair of solid waste equipment competition.

The truck and mechanics competition site is open to spectators on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Event website:
swanafl.org/event-2402059

Competition Site Information


Truck and Mechanic Competitions: 
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport 
Air Side Center Parking (South Parking Lot) 
3131 Flightline Drive 
Lakeland, FL 33811

Heavy Equipment Competition
Polk County Landfill
10 Environmental Loop S
Winter Haven, FL 33880

 

CONTACT

Gene Ginn, 2017 Road-E-O Chairman | gene.ginn@lakelandgov.net | Ph: 863.834.8777


NOTICE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  WE WILL UPDATE THE NEW TIME/DATE AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

 

The Lakeland Police Department will host the annual Media Relations Day on (POSTPONED, TBD). Several benefits can arise from holding and establishing a Media Relations Day to include, but not limited to; allowing LPD to build upon and enhance the media relations partnership with local media outlets through strengthened communications.


During this time, we will have a roundtable discussion followed by a survey which will give us feedback from you, for future training and roundtable discussions. This is a time for the media to share how we can effectively work together and understand the demanding needs placed on both law enforcement and the media in today’s environment.

Presentation

We will also be giving a 45-minute presentation on how the 3D Laser Scanner is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of crime scene investigation and crash reconstruction. You will step inside a crime scene in our community room and then see how it is rendered into a 3D image. You’ll learn how it’s used to take measurements, inspect evidence, and analyze blood splatter or bullet trajectory.Media representatives will be given a copy of the video and additional material if needed for a news story.


Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Lakeland Police Department, 3rd Floor, 3A conference room.