New Jersey Rd / Sylvester Rd Signal and Road Construction

The New Jersey Road and Sylvester Road area will be undergoing some improvements. Here are the highlights so far:

  • The intersection of New Jersey Road and Sylvester Road will become an “ALL-WAY” Stop.
  • For the next three weeks, improvements will be made for drainage along New Jersey Road in preparation for the next phase of the New Jersey Trail project.
  • Later this summer, the New Jersey Trail will help complete the park trail system that joins Three Park Trail, Lake Hollingsworth and Crystal Lake Trail.

See details and maps on the links below:

New Jersey Trail

Three Parks Trail Map

New Jersey Road Construction

Annual Meeting 2014 with Neighborhood Meet and Greet!

The annual meeting will be March 19, 2014 7:00 PM at the Women’s Club. There will be 15 minutes at the beginning devoted to a “meet and greet” period with the meeting to be called to order about 7:15. Light refreshments will be available.

Meeting Minutes – February 2014

Woodlake Garden Patio Homes Board of Director’s Meeting.

February 17, 2014 held at the William’s home on Whitman Dr. Meeting was called to order 6:33 PM.

Directors present; Nancy Ross, Allen Wright, Lin Williams, Brenda Hosegood, Pat Wagner.

David Henry was also present as an owner.

Lin Williams read the Treasurer’s Report which included totals in both saving and checking accounts. There was a motion to accept by Allen which was seconded by Brenda and carried.

Allen read the Secretary’s Minutes and a motion was made to accept as read by Brenda and seconded to accept by Lin and carried.

Old Business:

1) The acknowledgement of the Neighborhood Newsletter having been designed, printed and delivered throughout the neighborhood was noted.

New Business:

1) It was noted that someone has dumped their tree trimmings in the center of the Circle at the end of Mariner Rd. The circles are not dumping grounds for anyone and all trimmings should be kept at the front of the owner’s yard for the city to pick up.

2) There was an open discussion regarding the circles and the observations that they are deteriorating in appearance, trees have died, ground looks unkempt and the posts around the circles are rotting and in need of replacement.

3) The upcoming budget was discussed as to any deviation from the proposed budget expenditures. It was reviewed that the sign replacements and additional meeting announcement signs were the major exceptions and were a one-time cost. Additionally –

4) Several costs have increased this year, especially the insurances. It was discussed that we are now at or beginning to exceed the income vs. the yearly expenses. It was debated as to the probable increase to the annual assessment that is emanate. The raise the current $70 charge, which has remained the same for many years, by $10 to 20.00 seemed reasonable. It was agreed that it would be a subject of discussion at the annual meeting, but in the end, the increase would no doubt be passed.

5) The annual meeting will be March 19, 2014 7:00 PM at the Women’s Club. There will be 15 minutes at the beginning devoted to a “meet and greet” period with the meeting to be called to order about 7:15. Light refreshments will be available and everyone present agreed to contribute toward that end.

6) Going around the table, those who are willing to serve another year of their 3 year term was counted. The suggestion of additional owners who may be willing to serve was offered. Several present were willing to invite such owners to volunteer to serve.

7) Pat brought up that we should sponsor a “Beautification Award” for our neighborhood. It was warmly accepted by the directors and a promise to follow up soon after the next administration takes seat.

End of New Business

The election of new officers will be held the first meeting after the Annual Meeting in March. That Board of Director meeting will be held on March 24, 2014 at Brenda Hosegood’s home.

Adjournment of the meeting was called at 7:33 after so moved by Brenda and seconded by Pat. Following the adjournment, the directors remained to stuff envelopes and prepare the mailout to all the owners regarding the upcoming Annual Meeting.

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday!

Daylight Savings 2013 Lakeland, Fl usa EST fall back

Don’t forget: Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3

Rule: Daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November, with all time changes officially taking place at 2:00 A.M. local time.


  • For convenience, turn all your clocks back one hour before going to bed for the night
  • Don’t forget the clocks in your car, stove, and microwave
  • For “smart” clocks check for software updates or troubleshooting issues with your devices’ manufacturers ahead of time change (smartphones, tablets, computers). If you usually rely on smart devices to wake you up, you may want to set a standard alarm Saturday night just in case there is a software bug.
  • Don’t miss clocks on your personal items, such as: watches, medical devices, exercise equipment, etc.

Woodlake Pond Landscaping

Woodlake Pond is in Woodlake Park at the intersection of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive. It is a stormwater pond managed by the Lakes and Stormwater Department of the City of Lakeland.

How was it landscaped?

It was landscaped with a variety of native plants that will help absorb excess nutrients from the water, keeping it a healthy and more natural environment. The plants will need about a year to become fully established. Some plants will be in bloom at different parts of the year. Certain native plants were selected to make the landscaping more beautiful.

What kinds of plants were selected?

What happened?

You may have noticed that the City of Lakeland cleaned out the pond on the corner of New Jersey Road and Waterford Drive a few months ago. Then, grass was allowed to re-establish on the embankment. Finally, it was landscaped with a variety of native plants.

Why did the pond need work?

The environment in the pond had become a mono-culture: only one type of plant had taken over, preventing other plants from becoming established. The pond needed intervention to return to a diversified environment. The offending plant, Spatterdock (cow lily), was removed mechanically.

How can I help keep my neighborhood lakes and ponds landscaped and clean?

For more information, see brochure “Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood: Maintaining, Landscaping, and Improving Stormwater Ponds” and the Lakeland water flow map.

Download Brochure or Download Map
Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood


This brochure will tell you more about how to  landscape around ponds and lakes in your neighborhood. It suggests water plants that are easier to maintain and native. It also gives tips on preventing water pollution that can affect your neighborhood.

Amazon Fulfillment Center in Lakeland

Lakeland has been selected for the Amazon Fulfillment Center. There will be a sister facility in Ruskin. Here are the details:

  • 500 jobs and 900 seasonal jobs (source:
  • 100 of the jobs will be high-paying
  • 1 million square foot facility
  • Location: 1760 County Line Road
  • Warehouse used for packing large items, a sister warehouse in Ruskin will pack smaller items