October 2020
Photo of Shawn Sherrouse

LAKELAND, FL (October 20, 2020) | The Lakeland City Commission deliberated for approximately 53 minutes that ended with a 6-1 vote naming Shawn Sherrouse as City Manager. The dissenting vote was made by Commissioner Sara McCarley who shared interest in possibly extending the search process. The City of Lakeland started the search for a new City Manager after Tony Delgado retired with 23 years of service.  
Halloween Tips
Halloween may be a lot different this year, due to COVID-19. If you choose to celebrate by attending parties, trick-or-treating, etc., the Centers for Disease Control has guidelines that you may find helpful, along with the safety tips above.
Have you experienced housing discrimination? Do you want housing equality for all? Your input is needed! The City of Lakeland is conducting a survey to assess compliance with the Fair Housing Act in the City. Please take the time to complete the survey at www.cfrpc.org/LakelandHome.
Tómese el tiempo para completar la encuesta en www.cfrpc.org/LakelandCasa.

In early October, all 84 swans that live on Lake Morton were rounded up and given their annual veterinarian checkup. This annual event happens over two days and is necessary for the health and well-being of these iconic birds. The team at My Pets Animal Hospital proclaimed all members of the flock in good health!
Downtown Parking Changes around Lake Mirror, South Massachusetts and South Missouri Avenue

There are new modifications to the City’s downtown parking that began Monday, October 19th with the most notable changes taking place around Lake Mirror. The City’s parking team recently met with downtown stakeholders and that meeting sparked a planning session with the goal to generate additional parking uses in front of the Joinery, the new Catapult facility and the Lake Mirror Complex.
One week left to participate in the 2020 Red Ribbon Virtual Challenge: September 28 - October 31

InnerAct Alliance and Title Sponsor, Publix Super Markets, in Lakeland, Florida, are proud to continue our community’s Red Ribbon tradition by presenting the 2020 Red Ribbon Challenge in support of substance abuse and bullying prevention. The event, which will be held virtually this year due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, kicks off on September 28th with Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children and ends on October 31st. 

Children in grades K-8 can register for free on the event website RedRibbonRun.com and complete a series of fun weekly challenge activities at home with family and friends over the 5-week period. Challenges are based on elements of healthy living and a different activity will be featured each week during October with themes of Nutrition, Healthy Mind/Healthy Body, Kindness & Tolerance, Help Save The Planet, and Healthy Lifestyle

Registered Red Ribbon Challenge participants will earn special prizes by completing at least 15 challenges and posting activities on the Red Ribbon Run Facebook page to earn extra points. For registration and information, please visit RedRibbonRun.com or call InnerAct Alliance at
(863) 802-0777. 

For more information, visit PolkElections.com or call 863.534.5888.

  • Vote by Mail: To request a mail-in ballot, (click here) - DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, OCT 24
  • Vote at Your Precinct: (click here to check your polling location) Polls are open 7am to 7pm on Election Day.
  • Vote Early In-Person: Vote at one of the nine convenient locations October 19th - November 1st — Early Voting hours: 7am - 7pm