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Lakeland Electric Receives Florida Municipal Electric Association Restoring Communities Award

Lakeland, Florida, March 25, 2020 – Lakeland Electric was recently recognized by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) with a Restoring Communities Award. The award, sponsored by Burns and McDonnell, recognizes public power utilities that have either provided or received mutual aid following significant weather events in the state, as well as utilities that have provided mutual aid assistance for day-to-day operations to fellow FMEA members in need.

“Lakeland Electric is proud to receive this award,” said Joel Ivy, Lakeland Electric General Manager. “We take the responsibility of providing affordable, dependable, and sustainable electric service very seriously. We work hard year-round to always be ready to meet the needs of our community in times of crisis. When called upon, we are honored to help other communities in need.”

“From weather events to hurricane threats to assistance with major utility projects, our members are there for one another in times of need,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “This network of communities supporting other communities is one of the strengths of public power and, we’re so proud of all they have done for one another this past year.”

Utilities were awarded based on restoration times, customer communications efforts and the levels of mutual aid provided. Lakeland Electric was among 14 Florida public power utilities honored.

“As an employee-owned company, we understand what it is like to be deeply invested in the places we work and live. Public power shares this level of commitment not only to their hometowns but also to their fellow public power communities. We are proud to sponsor the FMEA Restoring Communities Award and recognize the work public power communities do to provide assistance in times of need,” said Rich Mahaley, Burns & McDonnell Vice President of Florida Operations.

Mutual aid agreements enable municipal utilities to call on each other for emergency workers and supplies. Florida’s public power utilities benefit from this strong network of partners within Florida and across the country through the American Public Power Association. Florida’s public power communities also have forged mutual aid arrangements with Florida’s investor-owned utilities. These dependable connections create a reliable system where member utilities both request and offer assistance.

About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 33 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.


SPCA Florida Need Emergency Foster Families Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Lakeland, FL— SPCA Florida is one of the many animal shelters working to continue to care for dogs and cats as more and more people are staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 could mean shelters, like SPCA Florida, might close to the public and operate with reduced staff. If so, here’s how you can help a shelter cat or dog in need.

SPCA Florida plans to move as many animals as possible off premises and into foster homes. This will help while we have staffing shortages as employees and volunteers are requesting to self-quarantine. The virus is unpredictable and could change at any given time, therefore, we are not sure how long these animals will need to be in foster homes.

We are asking potential fosters to go online today and apply to take a dog, cat, kittens or mom and kittens. Who better to ride out the coronavirus crisis with, but a shelter animal!  Fostering is a great opportunity for those practicing social distancing or being told to work from home.

Our cats will start leaving this Saturday, March 28. A drive-up system is being implemented so you will not need to get out of your car or go into the building. We will have your cat or kittens ready, along with supplies. This arrangement will be discussed with you prior to Saturday. The same process will take place Sunday, March 29 for the pickup of dogs.

If you are interested and able to foster an animal from the shelter, please fill out the application at the link below.

An SPCA Florida representative will reach out to you with information about how you can help. Thank you for supporting our local homeless dogs and cats and helping them safely live through this pandemic.

SPCA Florida is asking for financial, foster, and adoption support. To help, go online at and donate, foster or check out our adoptable dogs and cats.


About SPCA Florida

Founded in 1979, SPCA Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Lakeland, serving all of Polk County and the surrounding communities. Dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people, SPCA Florida provides caring, compassion and hope to more than 4,300 homeless animals entering our doors each year.

 Open to the public, our Reva McClurg Animal Medical Center is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that heals and helps 50,000 patients annually. Thousands more pets and people are served through our community outreach and education programs.

 Simplistically, every $100 donated to SPCA Florida, or essentially the cost of an average adoption, equates to $3,000 worth of positive economic impact throughout Polk County, Central Florida, and the state.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that 92% of every dollar goes to program resources and helping homeless animals.


Central Florida Health Care COVID-19 Response & Testing

Central Florida Health Care is a Federal Qualified Health Center, patient centered medical home serving patients in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties.

CFHC has 12 clinics in Polk County and we are open with normal business hours providing urgent healthcare needs at this time. We see all patients – uninsured, underinsured, insured, Medicaid and Medicare patients.

?We are providing COVID – 19 testing to anyone that meets the criteria for testing. Our call center is open and taking all calls to help anyone that has questions or needs to be seen by one of our providers. If you are worried that you have COVID-19, we recommend you seek care first by calling us. We can evaluate you and determine if you meet the CDC guidelines for testing based on symptoms, travel and exposures.  If you do meet the criteria, you will be advised as to how to proceed with testing. Our call center number is 866-234-8534.