Category Archives: Announcements


30th Annual Swan Round-Up Scheduled for September 23-24

The City of Lakeland Parks Division and Dr. Geoffrey R. Gardner will be at Lake Morton Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 7:00 a.m. catching and herding City swans as the initial part of the 30th Annual Swan Round-Up.

The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for inoculations and wellness examinations that will start Friday morning, September 24th at 8:15 a.m. at Lake Morton.

The Annual Swan Round-Up allows Lakeland’s Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population. On Friday morning, each swan is given a wellness examination by veterinarian Geoffrey R. Gardner. They will also be weighed, vaccinated, and given a microchip if necessary. Helping with the health checks and management of the flock is the Regal Swan Foundation, Inc. This is a 5013c charitable group committed to the humane care of swans worldwide.

The original swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in 1957. The swans have been cared for by veterinarian (emeritus) and original “Swanvet” W.G. Gardner since 1958.

Original roundups formally began in 1980 but care has been provided free of charge to the City and Community of Lakeland since 1962. In 2007, Dr. Geoffrey R. Gardner and members of the Regal Swan research team traveled to the UK as a partnership with Her Majesty’s Swan Marker, Mr. David Barber and Her Majesty’s Swan Warden, Dr. Christopher Perrins.

Photo and video package opportunities are available starting at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, for the Round-Up and 8:15 a.m. on Friday, September 24 for the veterinary exams.


Lakeland Fire Department Open House: October 9

On Saturday, October 9, 2010, the Lakeland Fire Department is hosting its 5th Annual Open House at Station 1, located at 701 E. Main Street in downtown Lakeland. The event begins at 10:00 A.M. and runs until 2:00 P.M. The community is invited to this free event. The department will hold live demonstrations to include a vehicle extrication, rappelling, search and rescue using a canine and a simulated medical response. Apparatus and equipment will be on display. Firefighters will provide tours of the station, conduct blood pressure checks and have fire safety information available. Refreshments will be served. The Open House is Lakeland Fire Department’s way of commemorating Fire Prevention Week which is October 3-9, 2010.

The Open House is a wonderful opportunity for the residents of Lakeland, young and old, to interact with the firefighters and to learn about the Lakeland Fire Department and the services it provides to the community.


Live WebCast on 9/25: Super Healthy Saturday

Healthcare options are available in Polk County, but knowing what resources to turn to can be confusing. If you are looking for answers to questions about medicare/medicaid, elderly services, low-income insurance or healthcare, mental illness support, caregiver support, and more, join us for this interactive webcast. On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., healthcare experts from the Polk County Health Department, Polk Healthcare Plan, West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, NAMI, and other organizations will provide information about available services and educational programs. Watch them live online and submit your questions via instant message to be answered. Resources abound, once you know how to find them!


Live WebCast on 9/23: Polk County Trash Pickup Q&A

Polk County’s new trash pickup service is getting underway, and Waste Resource Management wants to answer questions and address concerns of residents in the unincorporated areas of Polk. Representatives from WRM and Republic Services will provide details about the new pickup schedules, carts, recycling, automated collection, allowable pickup items, holiday pickup schedules, and other relevant topics. The discussion takes place on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:00 p.m. live on PGTV and on the internet. Interested residents can watch the program on television through Bright House 622, Comcast 5 or Verizon 20, and/or participate in an interactive webcast by viewing the live video online and submitting questions via instant message to be answered during the discussion.


Show the NYT What Makes Lakeland Great!

The New York Times is searching for some creative & passionate folks to share the good news about their cities. Read about the contest here.

The key is to be a tour guide for Lakeland – show off your favorite places or the interesting things you’d do on a day-trip. What could you tell the world about Lakeland in three minutes?

There are some rules & some guidelines – you can read them on the NYT site.

We’d love for you to let us know what videos you’ve submitted so that we can share them with visitors, travel writers and everyone else who loves being in Lakeland! Comment here or send a Tweet to @LakelandChamber. We’ll cross-post on our YouTube page!