What you need to know about attending a Lakeland City Commission meeting

From where to park to finding the agenda online

Interior of Lakeland City Hall Commission Chamber

Watch Lakeland’s city commissioners discuss local issues in-person or online.

Photo by the City of Lakeland

Did you know that the Lakeland City Commission’s bi-monthly meetings are open to the public? Attending these meetings is a great way to become more involved with local government, learn about the initiatives and issues of our city, and even make an impact.

If you’re looking to become a more informed + involved Lakelander, here’s what you need to know about attending city commission meetings:

When are they held?
Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month at 9 a.m. — unless the day falls on a holiday — at City Hall (228 S. Massachusetts Ave.). You can find the schedule for future meetings here. Pro tip: Arrive a few minutes early so you can find your seat before the meeting begins.

A screenshot of the City of Lakeland's online parking map shows the Iowa Street Garage, adjacent to City Hall, available to employees and visitors.

Use the city’s online map to find parking options throughout downtown Lakeland.

Screenshot via ArcGIS online map

Where do I park?
Use the city’s interactive online map to view different parking options. On this map, the Iowa Street garage (orange square) has access for city employees, visitors, and customers. Visitor parking (yellow square) is also labeled outside of City Hall’s entrance off South Iowa Avenue.

Where’s the agenda?
You can preview topics of upcoming meetings (and find previous minutes) online. Agendas are published the Wednesday prior to each meeting.

How can I make a comment?
At the end of each meeting, audience members are given the opportunity to make comments. Pro tip: City commission meetings vary in length based on what’s on the agenda, so the time of audience comments and meeting dismissal varies.

In addition to attending in person, city commission meetings are streamed live on LakelandGov TV. Additionally, catch up with what you missed from former meetings with the city’s Meeting Minutes videos.

Do you have lingering questions about attending a Lakeland city commission meeting? Send them our way and we’ll do our best to answer them for you.