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Business After Hours Celebrates Beef’s 20th Anniversary on August 18

Celebrate with us on August 18!

Sponsored by…


It’s a 20th Anniversary party and you’re invited!

  • Share business cards!
  • Meet new contacts!
  • Reconnect with fellow members!

Harbsmeier DeZayas, LLP has teamed up with Beef O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub to celebrate Beef’s 20th Anniversary with live music and awesome food & drinks.

And, who could forget about door prizes – we even hear there will be “Chicken Wings for Life” for one lucky attendee!

We’ll see you there!

Beefo O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub | 4810 S Florida Ave | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Register Today!


Flying Tigers Return Home Wednesday for All-You-Can-Eat Night

The Lakeland Flying Tigers return home for a five-game homestand beginning Wednesday, August 17 at Joker Marchant Stadium.  Lakeland will host the Tampa Yankees August 17-18 and the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) August 19-21.  Tickets for all home games are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075.  Box seats are $6 and reserved seats are $5 and seniors 55 and over and children 14 and under receive a $1.00 discount.  Saturday tickets are an additional $1.  Wednesday All-You-Can-Eat tickets are $10.  Parking is FREE.

Wednesday, August 17 vs. Tampa Yankees @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
All-You-Can-Eat Night
Wednesday is All-You-Can-Eat Night sponsored by Red Lobster.  Tickets are just $10 and includes admission to the game and all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, cracker jacks, popcorn, pretzels and chips as well as food from Red Lobster from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or while supplies last.

Thursday, August 18 vs. Tampa Yankees @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
Backyard BBQ Presented by MAX 98.3
Area Polk County restaurants will serve up delicious BBQ food samples from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. or while supplies last.  There will be live music from Billy Floyd and free samples of Budweiser products.  $1 beer and soda will be available beginning at 5:30 pm until the end of the 7th inning.
Advance tickets to the Backyard BBQ are only $10 and include free bbq samples, beer samples, live music and a ticket to the Flying Tigers game. Parking is free.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Achievement Academy.  To purchase advance tickets, please call the Achievement Academy at (863) 683-6504.
Entrance to the Backyard BBQ is available the day of the game for $5 (ticket to the game required).

MAX 98.3 Live Remote
Eric Michaels and Mike Lee from the MAX Morning Show will be broadcasting live at Joker Marchant Stadium from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  Each will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Thirsty Thursday
Fans can enjoy $1 beer and soda every Thursday home game.  Beer sales begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at the conclusion of the 7th inning.

Friday, August 19 vs. Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) @ 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00 p.m.)
Back to School Night – Detroit Tigers Lunch Bag Giveaway
The Flying Tigers will be giving away Detroit Tigers lunch bags to the first 750 paid kids ages 14 and under.

Literacy at the Park
The Flying Tigers are teaming up with READ Polk, Polk County School Board, Polk Education Foundation and the United Way to help raise awareness for literacy in Polk County.  Fans are encouraged to donate new and gently used books with an emphasis on children’s books.

Saturday, August 20 vs. Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) @ 6:00 p.m. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.)
Fan Appreciation Night
Fans will have a chance to register to win gift certificates, gift cards and other giveaways from local businesses throughout the game.  There will also be a special 30% off sale at the Flying Tigers merchandise store.

Subway Kids Club Autograph Session
Special pre-game team autograph session for Subway Kids Club members.

Sunday, August 21 vs. Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) @ 1:00 p.m. (Gates open at Noon)
Sunday is Kids Day.  All kids 14 and under will receive free admission to the game.  Kids can play catch on the field beginning at noon (weather permitting).  Kids can also run the bases just
like the Flying Tigers following the game (weather permitting).  All fans will receive a voucher for a free sundae, compliments of Dairy Queen – North Lakeland.

The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.  For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online at or call (863) 686-8075.


Interactive Educational Webinar for Absentee Homeowners August 24

Vacation home rental property owners, prospective homeowners and property managers are invited to login to the latest Tourist Development Tax Academy Webinar, to be held online Wednesday, August 24, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT (which is also 8:00-9:30 p.m. British Summer Time [BST]). Local leaders in Polk County government, along with industry representatives, will interact with webinar participants and share important current information for absentee vacation homeowners and anyone considering buying a vacation home in Polk County.

Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder hosts the interactive webcast, which transmits live from a vacation community home in Davenport and includes the following topics and experts on-site:

  • Marsha Faux, Polk County Property Appraiser – Impacts of Vacation Home Ownership
  • Alan J. Harding, Harding & Associates – How to Set Up a Rental Home
  • Colin Young, CFVRMA – Functions of a Property Management Company
  • Jim DeGennaro, Central Florida Development Council – Polk County’s Business Climate

Participate by viewing a live video stream of the presentations and discussions, and submitting your questions and comments via IM (instant message), which will be answered by the panelists via video. It’s convenient, easy – and completely free! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get the facts necessary to ensure compliance with regulations, directly from Polk County government sources!

The webinar is sponsored by the Polk County Tax Collector, Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association (CFVRMA), Harding & Associates, and For more information, visit


Mobile Office for Staff of Senator Marco Rubio Comes to Polk August 18

Senator Rubio’s staff will be holding “office hours” in six of the Gulf Coast region’s nine counties this week. It is an opportunity for citizens of Florida to interact firsthand with Congressional staff on issues (immigration, IRS, Medicare, Social Security, veterans, etc.) related to the federal government.

Thursday, August 18 – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Polk State College

LTB 1295

3425 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland FL

For additional information, please contact the Gulf Coast Regional Office at (813) 977-6450.


1970’s Chamber Executive Armstrong Dies

The man who led the Chamber through the 1970’s has passed away. Dick Armstrong was instrumental in leading City and Business leaders to build The Lakeland Center and the Downtown Parking Garage.

The Chamber and the Lakeland community continue to benefit from two critical programs brought about under Armstrong’s leadership: Leadership Lakeland and the Lakeland Chamber Foundation. Now in it’s 29th year, Leadership Lakeland welcomed it’s new class of 30 community and business leaders on Thursday night. In 2011, the Lakeland Chamber Foundation awarded  $34,500 in grants to local non-profit organizations dedicated to education and community betterment.

Read The Ledger article here.