Special Edition
March 2022
Have you cast your vote?
The 22nd Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition is on display along the Lemon Street Promenade and Lakeland Public Library. The sculptures have all been installed and will be on display now through the end of 2022. The community is encouraged to vote for their favorite sculpture by visiting the People’s Choice web page.
Welcome back, Tigers!
The Detroit Tigers have returned to Lakeland for their 86thseason of Spring Training at Tiger Town, extending the longest-standing relationship between a Major League team and a current Spring Training host community. The 2022 Spring Training season will be the club’s 57th consecutive season of playing at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.  

Event Rescheduled
A celebration of Garden, Art, and Music for the whole family: Spring Obsession 2022 has been rescheduled to April 9 from 8 am to 3 pm. Look forward to a great SUNNY event!

Sun 'N Run 5k
Road race at Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) during the 48th annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo on Saturday, April 9 at 7am. During the run you will be able to witness the launching of over 20 hot air balloons.

Battle of the Badges
Bring a chair to Cook Field on April 2 and enjoy a day of flag football as LakelandPD, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Winter Haven PD, and Lakeland Fire Department battle it out, all for a great cause! Now in its second year, the flag football event is a fundraiser for Lakeland Police Athletic League.
There will be food concessions, law enforcement equipment, displays, and activities for the kids. All proceeds will go to the Lakeland Police Athletic League.

First Light Yoga
at Hollis Garden
Join us for an opportunity to truly connect with yourself and nature in a class led by a local yoga instructor. FREE to the community and all skill levels are welcome. You can register 30 minutes prior to each session.

Jellybean Jubilee
Join the City of Lakeland for the 2022 Jellybean Jubilee at Simpson Park Community Center on April 14 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Kids 12 and under are invited to participate in games, arts and crafts, bounce houses, and storytime with an egg hunt at 6:30 pm.

Customer Academy
Lakeland Electric is excited to offer our customers an up-close and personal look into how we operate and serve our community. Tour our facilities and learn directly from staff about how we make and deliver power to your homes and businesses. 

South Pipkin Road
Closing for Four Weeks

South Pipkin Road is scheduled to close to traffic from Maple Hill Drive to West Pipkin Road for four weeks starting Monday, March 21 crews will install a 48" stormwater drainage pipe adjacent to the northbound travel lane as part of the ongoing West Pipkin Road widening project.

ASCE Project
of the year

The Lakeland Park Drive Connector roadway project was recently awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ridge Branch Project of the Year. The project was recognized by the ASCE because of the challenges associated with building the road through a wetland and the elevation solutions needed to connect to Carpenters Way.

Traffic Lights

As of March 17, 2022, new traffic lights have replaced the stop signs at the exit 38 off-ramps from I-4 onto State Road 33. These traffic signals were installed by the Lakeland Traffic Operations Division based on a design developed and approved by the Florida Department of Transportation. The interchange is slated for a total makeover, but that is several years away. In the meantime, the new lights should ease the backups that have frustrated drivers in this rapidly growing area of Lakeland.
Operation Green Light
For one day only, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield is putting the brakes on collection fees and getting drivers back on the road.

Operation Green Light takes place from 9 am to 1 pm,
Saturday, April 2.

City Jobs
Our Solid Waste division is currently seeking qualified applicants for a variety of roles. Start your career with the City of Lakeland today!

College Internship Opportunities Are Now Available For Summer 2022! You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to get
hands on experience working alongside professionals. The deadline to apply is March 31.

We are currently seeking applications for the following Boards & Committees:

Community Redevelopment
Area (CRA) Advisory Board

Utility Committee

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (1 Seat)

Beautification Board (2 Seats)

Looking for a little culture?
See what Lakeland's visual and performing arts have to offer.
Festival of Fine Arts: Florida Southern College
Lakeland Community Theatre
The Polk Museum of Art
Polk State College
Musical • April 7–17 • 7:30 pm
The RP Funding Center