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Friday Weekly Roundup

November 10-16, 2018

In case you missed it, here's what happened over the last week in Lakeland...and more!

***Don't forget to register for the Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 5k & Reindeer Dash on December 15th!***

Agenda Study & Update on the Go

The City Commission met on Friday morning to review the agenda for the upcoming City Commission Meeting on Monday, November 19th at 3 PM. Here a few Update on the Go! highlights of some of those agenda items.

View Agenda

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Free Valet Service Expanded for Downtown Lakeland

Downtown Lakeland will be expanding valet service to include daytime service beginning November 28, 2018.  Through a partnership between the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA), the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and City of Lakeland’s Traffic Operations and Parking Services (TOPS), valet service will be available to all downtown Lakeland patrons at no cost (tips will be accepted). 

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Welcome to the City of Lakeland

We welcomed even more great #iamlakeland staff to the City of Lakeland team this week! Welcome, everyone!

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30 Minutes (Or Less!) Express Permitting

The Community & Economic Development Department of the City of Lakeland is committed to providing residents with an exceptional quality of life and outstanding customer service. While the volume of permit applications has increased, we want to ensure our commitment to excellence by introducing Express Permitting, which aims to process specific permit applications in a 30-minute window during standard business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM. Call 863.834.6012 for more info on this new initiative.

Learn More About Permitting

Join a Board or Committee 

City of Lakeland Municipal Boards need YOU! We are currently seeking two members to join our Code Enforcement Board.

Additional Seats Available:

  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (2 seats)
  • Employee Pension Board of Trustees (1 Seat)
  • Planning & Zoning Board (1 Seat)
  • Public Employees Relation Commission (3 Seats)
  • Zoning Board of Adjustments & Appeals (1 Seat)

Learn more about City boards and Committees

National Geography Week & G.I.S. Rocks

We celebrated Geography Awareness Week (11/13-16), promoting Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geographic Literacy in schools and among the citizens of and visitors to Lakeland. Interactive GIS Maps/Technology and educational videos were also set up in the lobby and special "#GISrocks" were hidden around Lake Mirror throughout the week!

Veterans Day 2018

The Polk County Veterans Council conducted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Lakeland’s Veterans Memorial Park at 10 AM, Saturday, November 10th, 2018 with a parade following the ceremony.

The Veterans Council selected as this year’s theme a tribute to James Henry Mills, Fort Meade native and the only Polk County soldier to ever receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. His citation describes his conspicuous gallantry in the Italian campaign of WWII. A beautiful monument stands in the park honoring Mills. Dedicated in 1986, the monument was unveiled after getting a much-needed facelift! Additionally, an interpretive plaque was unveiled that tells the story of Mills’ life and his tragic murder on Veterans Day, November 11, 1973.

2019 Lakeland Firefighter Calendar

For the fourth year in a row, the Lakeland Fire Department and SPCA Florida proudly present their Rescued Pets Calendar! The calendar features beautifully photographed SPCA Florida rescued pets and buff Lakeland firefighters. Each month of the year also features helpful safety tips and information from both organizations.

The high-quality calendars can be purchased for a $10 donation and make the perfect gift for the upcoming holidays. 

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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 November 2, 2018

  • Box Office Ticket Seller
  • Emergency Communications Specialist I
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Grounds Maintenance Worker I 
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Lifeguard - Seasonal
  • Manager of Wastewater Treatment
  • RP Funding Center Support Staff
  • Show Technician/Stage Hand
  • Turf & Ornamental Spray Technician
  • Wastewater Plant Supervisor

Apply Now

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Public Works Projects

  • 1111 E Highland Drive
  • Commerce Point Drive Drainage Repair
  • CSX Crossing Repairs
  • Road Maintenance for FY 2019
  • Kettles Avenue Sidewalk
  • Maintenance Activities - City-Wide (Various)
  • New York Cycle Track

View All Current & Upcoming Public Works Projects

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Upcoming Events:

Visit the City & Community Calendar for full events listings! 

More Event Calendars:

RP Funding Center | Lakeland Public Library | lkldnow Music Calendar


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