Category Archives: Announcements

13Sep/10

COL Public Notification: Carpenters Way Closures

The City of Lakeland’s 2010-11 Capital Improvement Program includes roadway improvements along Carpenters Way between Corporate Avenue and Wedgewood Estates Blvd.  The project scope includes pavement widening to provide two (2) twelve foot travel lanes, improved drainage features with stabilized shoulders, landscaping and a new asphalt roadway surface.  A new concrete span bridge will be installed at the western end of the project replacing the existing narrow culvert bridge and a continuous sidewalk will be constructed along the north side of Carpenters Way linking the US 98 retail/transit corridor with the Carpenters Home Estates and Without Walls Church.

Temporary road closures and traffic detours will be implemented during construction starting September 20th.  Carpenters Way traffic will be detoured via Wedgewood Estates Blvd and Corporate Avenue and this route will be appropriately signed (including portable message boards) to minimize delays and inconvenience to motorists.  Local access will be maintained at all times to Carpenters Home Estates, Estates at Carpenters and Without Walls Church.  Construction is expected to be completed within six (6) months.  Please contact the Public Works Department at 834-6001 if there are any concerns during construction.

13Sep/10

COL Public Notice: Robson Street Bridge Closure

The City of Lakeland’s 2010-11 Capital Improvement Program includes replacement of the Robson Street bridge located just west of Lynn Drive.  Severe erosion is occurring under the bridge resulting in scouring and degradation of the abutments.   The project scope includes bridge replacement with a concrete box culvert over the existing canal.  The new bridge will provide two (2) twelve foot travel lanes with six foot wide sidewalks along both sides.

Temporary road closures and traffic detours will be implemented during construction starting September 20th.  Robson Street traffic that must travel between Pyramid Parkway and Lynn Drive will be detoured via Griffin Road and this route will be appropriately signed (including portable message boards) to minimize delays and inconvenience to motorists.  Construction is expected to be completed within six (6) months.  Please contact Terry Ritter, P.E. of the Public Works Department at 834-6032 if there are any concerns during construction.

02Sep/10

Florida League of Mayors appoints Gow Fields to its Board of Directors

City of Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields (& Chamber Board Member) was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Mayors for a two year term.

Established in 2005, the Florida League of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of mayors in Florida. A comprehensive association for all mayors, the primary goal of the organization is to provide a platform and outreach for this powerful and influential tier of municipal leaders to speak out on issues of urgent interest to the citizens of their cities.

The Florida League of Mayors is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors—10 serve one-year terms and 11 serve two-year terms. The organization is staffed by the Florida League of Cities.

“I am honored to have been selected for this position,” says Mayor Fields “I am excited about this leadership opportunity and having another way to serve the citizens of this community and Florida.”

The organization provides the mayors of Florida with the ability to explore and advocate for areas of mutual concern and opportunity. Collectively, the Florida League of Mayors forms an effective network of strong, resourceful and prominent leaders working together to champion issues on behalf of cities, towns and villages in the state.

Mayor Fields was elected to the Lakeland City Commission in 1992 and became Mayor in January 2010. He is Chairman of the Utility and Airport Advisory Committees. He is a member of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District Board, the Transportation Planning Organization and the Polk Transit Authority Board. He is on the Board of Directors of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Partnership, Florida League of Mayors, and a member of the MyRegion.org Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Downtown Lakeland Kiwanis, plus several other organizations. He has been inducted into the Kathleen Sr. High School Hall of Fame and received their Distinguished Alumnus Service Award. He has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Polk Community College.

Mayor Fields was born in Lakeland, Florida. He is married to Kay and they have three children; Dorian, Leslie, & Jasmine. He graduated from the Kathleen Sr. High School, Polk State College (formerly Polk Community College), the University of South Florida and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is the President & CEO of Fields & Company, Inc., doing business as Fields Insurance & Financial Group.