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eLibrary Closed Because of Neighboring Gas Leak

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LAKELAND, FL (February 18, 2020) | Around 8 a.m. this morning  employees at the eLibrary located in the Lake Miriam Square Shopping Center (4740 Florida Avenue South) were notified that a neighboring business had experienced a gas leak.  Employees on hand in preparation for the opening of the eLibrary could detect a faint smell of gas in the eLibrary space.  It was decided to close the location for the day so the space could be properly ventilated.  A sign has been posted on the door of the eLibrary notifying patrons that the library will be closed to today and will reopen tomorrow, February 19th at 9 a.m.

The Lakeland Fire Department was called to the scene to review and monitor the situation.  City Administration made a decision to close the eLibrary for the day as a cautionary measure so staff can bring in the equipment and tools needed to properly ventilate the space.  Bob Donahay, Director of Parks and Recreation said, “We certainly don’t want any of our patrons to be put in harm’s way and the gas leak is definitely a health hazard.  We will work throughout the day to have the space ready for normal operation tomorrow.”

Patrons that require library services are invited to visit the Lakeland Main Library located at 100 Lake Morton Drive or the Larry Jackson Branch Library at 1700 N Florida Avenue today.


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.



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