July 2021
Gibson family chosen as first Recycling Superstars!

Mr. Gibson and his wife (not pictured) were selected by our recycling truck drivers specifically because they are customers that do EVERYTHING right with their recycling! They flatten their cardboard boxes, remove all plastic bags from their recyclables, space their carts at least three feet apart, and only load their cart with acceptable materials.

As a small thank you from the Solid Waste Department, the Gibsons were awarded a recycling bag of goodies, including a $25 gift card and a special "Recycling Superstar" sticker for their blue cart.
We ALL win when we use our recycling carts properly. In fact, the City of Lakeland collected approximately 7,000 tons of recyclable materials in 2020. This material is NOT going to the landfill, which saves in fees and is better for our environment.

Keep on recycling the right way and YOU may be our next winner!

To learn more about recycling in the City of Lakeland, learn about acceptable/unacceptable materials and more, visit LakelandRecycles.com.

ReEnergize Downtown: It’s On!
Introducing the City of Lakeland’s new LED lightscaping district:
We invite you to come to Downtown Lakeland and take a stroll beneath the crisscrossing string lights on your way to our newest cascading drip light feature hanging in Munn Park (near Main Street).
The new lightscaping district provides an aesthetic vibe over Kentucky & Tennessee Avenues, creating an inviting downtown space using energy-efficient lighting and innovation.
City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation designed this exciting space with the support of your public power utility, My Lakeland Electric.
Share your lightscape pics with us, on facebook, in a private message, and we'll add them to our #IAMLAKELAND album!

LPD To Host Teen Summit

The Lakeland Police Department, in partnership with local community and government partners, is hosting the first PEACE TEEN SUMMIT on Friday, July 30, 2021. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until noon, with registration opening at 8:00 a.m. at the Lake Mirror Auditorium, located at 121 South Lake Avenue in Lakeland. Topics discussed at the summit are targeted toward youth, ages 13 to 18, with the goal of improving communications with law enforcement. Presentations will also provide an understanding of key federal, state, and local laws. Participants will also be able to meet local officers and ask any questions they may have. 

At the end of the event, participants will be provided a light lunch. Parents, educators and those who work with youth are also invited to attend. For additional information on the PEACE TEEN SUMMIT, visit www.lakelandpd.com.
City Hall Butterfly Garden

With pollinators in a serious decline, it is more important than ever for people to take part in their conservation. One of the most rewarding ways to do this is by creating a butterfly habitat, and the City of Lakeland has created a butterfly garden in front of City Hall. Bill Koen, Horticultural Specialist for the City of Lakeland said, “The new butterfly garden at City Hall was designed to attract many types of butterflies. In addition to this garden, we have butterfly gardens at Common Ground Park, Hollis Garden, and the Main Library on Lake Morton.” He added, “Although these are designated butterfly gardens, we make a point to include butterfly-attracting plants in many of our City landscaping projects.” You can plant a garden anywhere (backyard, front steps, raised deck) and a pollinator will benefit from it. But if your intent is to create a butterfly sanctuary that attracts many species and allows them to grow and multiply, you'll want to choose a location that has sun and shelter.
Florida Friendly Landscaping

What you do in your landscape matters. From the fertilizers you apply to the water you use, your gardening choices can have an impact on land, water, wildlife, and the overall well-being of everyone. The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program can help you learn how to have healthy and beautiful landscapes that protect Florida’s natural resources by following nine science-based principles. 

You can design a Florida-friendly landscape to look the way you want, fit the aesthetics of your community, and suit your lifestyle all while being environmentally sustainable. In doing so, you can reduce your use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides; all of which save you money! This also helps keep nutrient pollution out of our water system and can be designed to be low maintenance. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

For more information, attend one of our monthly Lunch and Learns hosted by City of Lakeland Water Utilities and UF IFAS Extension Polk County, or check out the following informational link:
Lakeland Police Department Promotes Six Team Members Including New Assistant Chief
The Lakeland Police Department (LPD) is proud to announce a series of promotions, from Assistant Chief to Sergeant. Captain Steven Pacheco was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police commanding the Neighborhood Services Bureau; Lieutenant Tye Thompson was promoted to Captain and assigned the Special Operations Division Command. Sergeant LeRon Strong was promoted to Lieutenant and elevated to the Officer in Charge position in the Office of Professional Standards. Detectives Laura Dunn and Matt Linton were promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assume supervisory duties in the Uniformed Patrol Division. From the 911 Emergency Communications Center, Communications Supervisor Shanna Lucas was promoted to Assistant Manager of the Emergency Communications Center.
Regarding the promotion announcements, Chief Garcia noted, "Each of the members has established themselves well in their past roles within the agency where they have displayed leadership and commitment to the City of Lakeland and the citizens we serve." 
Combined, this group of law enforcement professionals has over 160 years of experience.
Musick Joins Commission

The City of Lakeland welcomed a new commissioner to the dais on May 17. Elected to fill the Southeast district seat, vacated by now-Congressman Scott Franklin, Mike Musick will fill the post until the seat is up for election in November of this year.

Mike Musick is the owner of Musick Construction & Roofing and has lived in Lakeland for more than 40 years. He is a 1991 graduate of Lakeland Christian School (LCS), where he won multiple state championships as a member of the track team. For the past 12 years, Mike has coached cross country and track at LCS.

Mike is married to Niki Edel Musick, a 1992 graduate of Lakeland High School. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Southeastern University. The couple has three college-aged children — Parker, Remington, and Britain.

Mike currently serves as a deacon and a member of the missions committee at Heritage Baptist Church. He serves on the board of directors at Camp Gilead in Polk City, as a Group Leader for Christians for Worldwide Evangelism (CWE Missions) and founded Leverage Ministries, a Lakeland-based nonprofit serving underprivileged youth. Mike and his family have been on dozens of mission trips to more than 20 countries around the world.

In the past, Mike has served on the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals as well as the Lakeland Historic Board. Welcome, Commissioner Musick!