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Controlled Burn in S Lakeland Today

WHAT: Controlled Burn

WHERE: City of Lakeland Wetland Treatment Area

WHY: Remove dead plant material and to promote new growth

WHEN: Today (1/28/11) around 10:30 a.m.

The City of Lakeland is doing a controlled burn in the wetlands used that are used as a final stage in the water treatment process before it is released into the natural environment ultimately leading to the Alafia River.  The Division of Forestry will be assisting and overseeing the controlled burn that will start at approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning (1/28/11) and it is estimated that the burn will be complete around 2 p.m.  The burn will encompass 400 acres on the north end of the property to eliminate dead cat tails and to promote new growth.

The wetlands are approximately 1,600 acres located south of Eaglebrooke golf community and east of Carter Road.  The City of Lakeland’s controlled wetland area plays a vital role in the waste water treatment process by using flow beds or a series of ponds to support water-loving plants. The roots of these plants help provide an aerobic environment to aggressively break down contaminants. The wetlands allow a natural filtering system that allows the City of Lakeland to regulate and plan the discharge of affluent to meet quality water standards.


City of Lakeland 10th Annual Historic Home Workshop – 2/5

The 10th Annual Historic Home Workshop will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ordway Building at Florida Southern College.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m.  The one-hour workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. and will be conducted by local experts.

Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics, including:

  • Wood Window Rehab – Steve Quillian, Wood Window Makeover
  • Hands on Plaster Repairs – Charlie Swedberg, Contractor
  • Front Porch Renovations – Historic Lakeland, Inc.
  • Fireplace Care and Safety – Robert Westerfield, Chimney Sweep of Florida
  • Landscaping on a Small Lot – John King, King Landscaping
  • Care and Maintenance of Trees – Kimberly and Bruce Paulson, The Tree Lady Co.
  • Earth Boxes – Bob Whisenant, Earth Research Center
  • Home Energy Efficiency – Kevin Jones and Rico Dunsmore, Energy Analysts, Lakeland Electric
  • Interior Preparation & Painting – Gary Witte; Walt Witte & Sons, Inc.
  • Building Permitting Process – Herman Blom; Deputy Building Official, City of Lakeland
  • Tenant Screening & Evictions – Gene Lord; DART Coordinator, Lakeland Police Department
  • Crime Prevention & Neighborhood Watch – Dr. Gregory Robinson; Supervisor, Lakeland Police Department Community Services
  • Design Guidelines – Lynn Schindler; Senior Planner, City of Lakeland
  • Financing and Insuring Your Home – BB&T Bank
  • Mysteries of Electrical Wiring – Albert Williams, Lighthouse Electric

A tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on the Florida Southern College campus will be offered at the conclusion of the Workshop.

Trade groups and companies that provide services and supplies for the maintenance and renovation of older homes may be represented in the Exhibit Area.  Other exhibitors will include City agencies, and various organizations devoted to historic preservation.

No pre-registration is required.  The workshop is free, and open to all interested residents.  This is a great opportunity to learn about home renovations and to meet other people involved in preserving the architectural heritage of Lakeland.  This event is sponsored by the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation Board; Historic Lakeland, Inc.; Florida Southern College; and BB&T Bank.

For more information call Lynn Schindler in the Community Development Department (863) 834-6011 or visit our website at


GreenDrinks Lakeland – Sustainable Happy Hour!

I love it when I get a random email from a Chamber member! This afternoon, Jennifer Hicks of AGreenMaid sent me an invitation to Lakeland’s GreenDrinks event. Wikipedia describes GreenDrinks as:

An informal networking event where environmentally minded people meet over drinks. Started in London in 1989, by Edwin Datschefski, Paul Scott and friends, it has spread to 51 cities in the United Kingdom, 400 in the U.S. and many more in Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Puerto Rico and Lebanon. As of September 2010, there are over 737 Green Drink Chapters worldwide.

Lakeland’s meeting is Wednesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. Natalie’s Sports Bar & Grill, another fabulous Chamber member, will play host to this group & there is no cost to attend!

If you or someone you know has thoughts or ideas about “green” in Lakeland, please be sure to stop by! The event is informal & unstructured and is a great way to connect to folks who care about the health and beauty of our community!


Bring the World Home – Host an Up With People Cast Member

Families in Lakeland will have the unique opportunity to bring a bit of the world into their own homes between March 7-13 when an international cast of Up with People arrives in Lakeland, a stop on their 2011 world tour.

Host families are being sought to keep one or more students from Cast A 2011, the 100-member Up with People cast and staff that represents 21 countries.  “It is a great opportunity to experience other cultures while sharing your own,” explained Andrea Thomas.

The opportunity to stay with local families during their stay in each community is a centerpiece of Up with People’s 22-week program.  The giving goes both ways…while families share their traditions and local attractions; the cast members share their experiences and cultures.

Local host families are asked to provide a bed, local transportation at the beginning and end of each day, as well as breakfast and most dinners.  While gone during the day, participating in regional learning, community service and show preparation, most evenings cast members will be home with the family to participate in their activities and interests.

In addition to many wonderful experiences with their new “son” or “daughter,” each host family will receive two complimentary tickets to the Up with People Show that will be held at Branscomb Auditorium on Friday, March 11 at 7:00pm.

“I can honestly say that the dozens of families who have opened their homes to me during my time with Up with People is one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences I have had,” said Carlos Gutierrez. “I still stay in contact with many of them and I believe they will remain lifelong friends,” he added.

Those with smaller children or young teens in their home often find that the Up with People cast members are wonderful role models and provide a glimpse into other countries, cultures and traditions they might not often experience in Lakeland, Gutierrez added.

Local families in the Lakeland area are being sought to host the cast members from March 7-13, 2011. Those interested in hosting are encouraged to contact Andrea Thomas on the Lakeland Advance Team at or by calling 303-408-4143

Up with People is an independent nonprofit, [501(c)(3)] organization without any religious or political affiliations.  It provides young adults an international and intercultural experience that teaches service leadership and uses the performing arts to deliver messages of hope and goodwill throughout the world.  Up with People exists today to spark people to action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries