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Friday Weekly Roundup

September 29 - October 5, 2018

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

2018 cardboard boat challenge and lakes festival lakeland

Don't Miss the Cardboard Boat Challenge & Lakes Festival!

Lakeland’s Annual Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lakeshore Festival is a collaborative event with Lakes Education/Action Drive, the City of LakelandLakeland Vision, Inc., and Lakeland Clean & Beautiful.

This unique event takes place on Saturday, October 6th at 8:30 AM at the Lake Hollingsworth boat ramp.

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Citizen Perspectives Survey: Weigh In By 5 PM on October 7th

Our very first Citizen Perspectives survey is coming to an end. A number of incidents have happened on Lake Morton Drive over the past several weeks involving distracted drivers.  The City of Lakeland is seeking opinions on Lake Morton Drive safety enhancements.

Take the Lake Morton Traffic/Safety Survey

Lakeland City Commission

City Commission Meeting

The City Commission met on Monday, October 1st

Here's how they voted.

City Commission Proclamations

Each month, Mayor Bill Mutz and the Lakeland City Commission present a variety of proclamations. These proclamations are a great way to help spread awareness for specific local, state and and national causes. Here are this month's!

Guardianship Awareness Month

Guardianship Awareness Month

Here to receive the proclamation is Bob Baumgarner, member of the Florida State Guardianship Association.

Long Term Care Residents Rights Month 2018

Long Term Care Residents Rights Month

Here to receive the proclamation is Terre Anne Lindstamer, South Central District Ombudsman Manager for the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Red Ribbon Month

Red Ribbon Month

Here to receive the proclamation is Angie Ellison, Executive Director of InnerAct Alliance.

Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids' Run: Learn More

Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Here to receive the proclamation is David Acevedo, Program Director for the Children’s Advocacy Center, and his team.

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Here to receive the proclamation is Karli Hughes and members of her family.

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Community Planning Month 2018

Community Planning Month

Here to receive the proclamation is Chuck Barmby, Tom Wodrich, Matt Lyons, Lynne Simpkins, Todd Vargo, Joshua Cheney, Phillip Scearce, Damaris Stull, Brandy Gillenwater and Anita Silwal all with the Community & Economic Development department for the City of Lakeland. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Here to receive the proclamation is Chief Larry Giddens, Chief Vic White and Sergeant Shawn Collins with the Lakeland Police Department

Fire Prevention Week 2018

Fire Prevention Week: October 7-13, 2018

Here to receive the proclamation is Chief Doug Riley, Fire Marshal Cheryl Edwards and other representatives from the Lakeland Fire Department

residential beautification - october 2018

Beautification Awards

Residential Beautification Award: Congrats to October's Residential Beautification Award winner, James Behm of N Socrum Loop Road!

Commercial Beautification Award - October 2018 - Dietrich & Hilliard Orthodontics Commercial Beautification Award - October 2018 - Dietrich & Hilliard Orthodontics (2)

Commercial Beautification Award: Congrats to October's Commercial Beautification Award winner, Dietrich and Hilliard Orthodontics, located at 330 E Highland Drive!

Access Lakeland Employee Spotlight: Jim Dehne

This month's Employee Spotlight features Jim Dehne, Code Enforcement Supervisor. After almost 18 years of employment with the City, Dehne says he still loves everything about his job. That is saying a lot, since his line of work is not always easy.

Read the Full Article (Access Lakeland Newsletter)

N Lake Wire Cleanup & Outreach

Another neighborhood outreach and clean up is in the books with LPD and partners Dream Center of LakelandAll Saints' Episcopal Church, Parks & Recreation, New Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, and the City of Lakeland. On Saturday, September 29th, teams of volunteers hit the streets early with mowers, trimmers and trash bags in hand. Thanks to ALL THE VOLUNTEERS who came out and gave of their time!

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$100 Toilet Rebates!

We STILL have $100 rebates available for City of Lakeland Water Utility customers who have purchased water-saving toilets! Toilets installed on or after October 2017 qualify for this great offer. 

Learn More

Latest Videos


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LakelandGov Podcast

LakelandGov Podcast

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 October 5, 2018

  • Accreditation Manager - LPD
  • Airport Operations Specialist
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development
  • Box Office Supervisor - RP Funding Center
  • Building Maintenance Worker I - Library
  • Computer Applications Specialist
  • Construction Trades Worker I
  • Deputy Building Official
  • Electric Utility Analyst
  • Guest Services/Security Supervisor
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Lifeguard - Seasonal
  • Multicraft Operator
  • Solid Waste Collection Driver II
  • Tree Trimmer
  • Turf and Ornamental Spray Technician
  • Water Utilities Mechanic I
  • Water Utilities Mechanic II

Apply Now

road construction

Public Works Projects

  • 1111 E Highland Drive
  • Kettles Avenue Sidewalk
  • Lake Mirror Center
  • Lake Wire Hydrilla Harvesting
  • Lotus Avenue & Forrest Park Street

View All Current & Upcoming Public Works Projects

Even More!

And a few more things that happened this week...

  • A Public Hearing with City of Lakeland Water Utilities took place on October 4th. An outline of chlorine chamber replacement at T.B. Williams Water Treatment Plant was discussed.
  • A Public Meeting was held to discuss the Lake Crago Park Project Update on Tuesday, October 2nd. News of that coming very soon!
  • Plantae Orchideum sold OUT by 2 PM on Saturday, September 29th of the legendary RF Orchids and will be back next year!
  • The 38th Annual Lake Morton Swan Roundup was announced. Come out and watch the excitement on October 23rd and 24th!


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