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Last Call for LEGOLAND Florida 15-month Passes

Central Florida’s newest attraction, LEGOLAND Florida, opens in October 2011. With education as it’s central focus, the park is a perfect destination for children of all ages!

From now through April 30, purchased 2012 annual passes will also be honored for the remaining three months of 2011. Be the first to experience more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, and thencome back for 15 months!

Visit the LEOGLAND Pass website for additional details.


Chamber Names Holmes Public Affairs VP

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Yadira Holmes has been named Vice President of Public Affairs. Advocating for business is a crucial role for the Chamber, and Holmes brings extensive experience and vast political knowledge to her new position.

Yadira most recently served as Legislative Assistant to State Senator Paula Dockery, whom she credits with providing a substantial background in community and public relations, legislative advocacy, and communications. In addition to this work, Yadira has held positions in the federal and non-profit sectors.

Yadira is a graduate of Florida State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History. In 2011, she will complete a Master’s Degree in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Yadira is married to Chad Holmes, a teacher at Kathleen High School, and has three children: Jacoby, Ava and Stryker. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church and the Lakeland Downtown Kiwanis Club.


March Small Business Award Winner

Giovanni Schiano

Palace Pizza Restaurant, Inc.

114 South Kentucky Avenue

Lakeland, FL  33801

(863) 688-0045 Phone

(863) 688-8040 Fax

By: Shari Provan, Douglass Screen Printers Inc.

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… that’s amore!  And for the folks in Lakeland – it is love – love of Palace Pizza.  To Giovanni and Salvatore Shiano and family, the secret is simple: fresh food at a fair price served in a friendly and bright family atmosphere.

Since 1998, the people of Lakeland have shown that this is a recipe for success.  Palace Pizza makes their dough, sauce and entrees fresh daily and only buy the best of pastas and Italian deserts.  This is a family owned and operated business in the truest sense. Mom and Dad do all of the training of the cooking staff and teach them the family recipes that have been used for generations so that the food remains deliciously consistent.  The counter and wait staff go through two to four weeks of training to perfect the customer service that Giovanni, Sal and their loyal customer base expect.  While there are several Palace Pizzas throughout Lakeland, the family soon discovered that if they were all involved with all the restaurants, then family get togethers were really just business meetings with great food!  They decided to divide the locations so that Giovanni, Sal and their parents own and operate the downtown and Shepherd Road locations.  The other locations are operated by family members – aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Palace Pizza partners with our community through donations of funds, raffle items and food to such worthy organizations as the Foundation for the Homeless, Breast Cancer Awareness, Lakeland Christian School, Kathleen High School, and Southeastern College to name but a few.  They try to help out any worthy cause or organization when asked.  If you haven’t experienced Palace Pizza’s fabulous food, then make plans to treat yourself soon… it will be “amore” at first bite!

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Palace Pizza Restaurant, Inc. as the March Small Business of the Month.


City of Lakeland Power Restoration Update – 4 p.m. on 4/1

According to the National Weather Service, severe weather blew through Lakeland yesterday with heavy rains and high winds.  Updated reports now indicate as many as four tornadoes touched down in Polk County and there were reports of hail in many parts of Lakeland including downtown. The severe weather caused damage to trees, power loss and damage to aircraft at the Sun n Fun Fly-In.

  • Lakeland Electric has restored all circuits and all transmission lines are back up.
  • At one point there were 11 circuits out within the Lakeland Electric service territory causing approximately 20,000 customers to be without power.
  • As of 4 p.m., Lakeland Electric restoration efforts are now concentrating on approximately 3,000 – 4,000 scattered outages throughout the system with the largest concentration of outages in the Southwest quadrant of the Lakeland Electric service territory.
  • Mutual aid crews have been dispatched from Jacksonville, New Smyrna, Leesburg and Tallahassee to assist power restoration efforts.
  • It is estimated that all power will be restored by late Saturday.
  • Crews are working until 10 p.m. tonight and will start again early Saturday morning.
  • Sun n Fun has reported damage to at least 69 aircraft at the Fly-In with 24-28 planes considered totaled.

CE Design Co announces Ugly Duckling Business Card Contest

Is your business card in need of a facelift? Do you need a fresh or updated look? Now’s your chance to make your first impression a lasting one! Enter our Ugly Duckling Business Card contest and CE Design Co. could transform your card into a beautiful swan! If your card is voted the ugliest, you’ll get a pretty, shiny little card absolutely free.


1. Send a copy or scan of your business card to You can also mail your entry to our office at 123 S. Tennessee Ave. Suite Two, Lakeland, Florida 33801. Entries must be received no later than 8:00 am (EST) on April 4, 2011.

2. CE will post the entries on their blog April 4, 2011 for voting. Voting will be open from April 4th, 2011 ending April 11, 2011 at 8:00 am.

3. Votes will be tallied up and the ugliest business card will receive a free redesign for the submitted business card. The winner will be announced on April 11, 2011.

The new design includes three options with two rounds of revisions on the chosen design, information implementation for five cards and the printing of 100 cards.

Don’t delay! Send your card now!

CE Design Co. | Design . Marketing . Web . Photography
123 S. Tennessee Ave. Suite Two
Lakeland, Florida 33801

CE Design Co. is a contemporary design studio able to handle all of your creative marketing needs. We get out of bed daily in hopes of making the world a prettier place through unique logo design, fresh print design and customized web design. We don’t just dress your brand, we accessorize it until it shines.