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Weekly Roundup | August 18-24, 2018

In case you missed it, here's what happened last week in Lakeland!

Note: Our Weekly Roundups now have a new date format. We will be publishing new Weekly Roundups on Fridays and our weeks will run from Saturday - Friday.

City Commission Meetings 3 PM Lakeland

Happy Labor Day!

City Offices, libraries, recreation centers, Hollis Garden (closed all Mondays), and Lakeland Electric will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. There will be no trash/recycling pickup, either. View next week's Solid Waste collection schedule here

The following facilities will be OPEN on Labor Day:

  • All Parks
  • Gandy Pool: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Simpson Pool: 12 PM - 5 PM
  • Cleveland Heights Golf Course: View Tee Times 

City Commissioners - City of Lakeland (2018)

Agenda Study

The City Commission met on Friday, August 31st to review and discuss agenda items for the upcoming City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, September 4th at the new meeting time, 3 PM.

We invite you to join us at City Hall in the City Commission Chambers (3rd Floor) or watch live online, on Spectrum channel 643 or FiOS channel 43. 

View/Download the Agenda

Grand Opening of Douglas M. Cook Park

The City of Lakeland held a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting for Douglas M. Cook Park on Saturday, August 25th.  The celebration opened with a dedication ceremony that featured Class of 2018 Pro Football Hall of Famer and Lakeland native, Ray Lewis. Lewis, alongside City Officials, Lakeland PAL officers and Renee Tucker (sister of the late Douglas M. Cook) cut the ribbon, officially opening the park. Cook Park is located at 955 Wedgewood Estates Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33809.

Learn More | Watch the Ceremony

Pedestrian Safety Enhancements at Cleveland Heights/Lake Miriam Drive/Scott Lake Road Intersection (sign)

Pedestrian Safety Enhancements at Cleveland Heights/Lake Miriam Drive/Scott Lake Road Intersection

Traffic Operations and Parking Services (TOPS) is introducing plan to help enhance the operational safety of the Cleveland Heights Boulevard/Lake Miriam Drive/Scott Lake Road intersection. A number of stakeholders and citizen advocates assisted in the development of the safety enhancements. Input was received from Lakeland Highlands Middle School, Polk County Traffic Operations, Lakeland Police Department and members from the City of Lakeland’s Public Works Department.

Learn More

100 block of S Kentucky Avenue (Google Map)

Portion of S Kentucky Avenue Will Close for Wastewater Visual Inspection

he 100 Block of South Kentucky Avenue will close on Tuesday, September 4th starting at 5:00 AM for wastewater repairs.  The southbound lane of Kentucky Avenue will be closed to traffic between Main Street and Lemon Street. A section of the sidewalk on the westside of the street will also be impacted while Wastewater crews open the street to examine utility lines along the 100 block.  This action is needed so crews can visually see what is there before a much more intensive project is planned. 

Learn More

Economic Inclusion Summit September 2018 Flyer

Mayor Mutz's Economic Inclusion Summit 

September 22 @ 9 AM or September 25 @ 6 PM
Lakeland Electric Conference Rooms 1A/1B

Do you have dreams, but feel at a disadvantage? Are you thinking of opening a small business but don’t know where to start? Join us for the second round of Mayor Bill Mutz’s Economic Inclusion Summit series.

The Economic Inclusion Summit is a public listening session designed to address the hard work that is necessary to level the economic playing field in Lakeland. Lakeland is a city that has the potential to become a beacon and national example of what it looks like when we master the art of caring for ALL citizens.

Learn More

Back to School Blues? Cheer up with a Holly Jolly Discount! 

It's that time of year again...time to start thinking about your 2018 Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog costumes and to REGISTER EARLY for the jolliest 5K and kids' Reindeer Dash (fun run) of the year!

Use promo code "BACKTOSCHOOL" when you check out at jbjog.com through September 4th to receive $5 off your race registration.

We will see YOU on December 15th at Cleveland Heights Golf Course!


New Videos

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road construction

Public Works Projects

  • Kettles Avenue Sidewalk
  • Lime Street Sidewalk
  • Mall Hill Drive Widening

View All Current & Upcoming Public Works Projects

LakelandGov Podcast

Recent Episodes:

Listen and subscribe on the LakelandGov Podcast Podbean channel or wherever you catch your podcasts by searching for the LakelandGov Podcast.


Lakeland Jobs

Current Job Openings

As of 8/31/2018

  • Assistant City Manager
  • Building Maintenance Worker I
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Equipment Operator I
  • Grounds Maintenance Worker III - Wastewater
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Irrigation System Technician - Cleveland Heights
  • Lead Lifeguard
  • Police Officer
  • RP Funding Center Support Staff
  • Show Technician/Stage Hand
  • Solid Waste Collection Driver II
  • Water Utilities Mechanic I

Apply Now


For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please explore lakelandgov.net.
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