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Lakeland, Florida

Located midway between Tampa and Orlando, the city of Lakeland was founded in 1882 by Abraham Munn.  Munn purchased 80 acres of land in what is now downtown Lakeland, Florida.  On January 1, 1885, Lakeland became an incorporated city.  As suggested by its name, the city has numerous lakes within its borders.  A number of lakes are natural but most are former phosphate mine pits that eventually filled with water.  The more prominent lakes are Lake Parker, Lake Hollingsworth, Lake Morton, Lake Mirror, and Lake Gibson.

The Florida land boom of the early 20th century brought considerable expansion to Lakeland as established rail lines ran through the city and major structures were built.  Lakeland’s first public utility, Lakeland Electric & Water, expanded and built the Lake Mirror Power Plant in 1916.  The demand for electric power continued to increase and in 1949, construction started on the Lake Parker Plant.  The World War II era saw the opening of the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, owned by aviation pioneer Al Lodwick, who trained several thousand men to fly for the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Lakeland’s Drane Field, located in the southwest side of Lakeland, became the site where B-24 bomber crews trained. The city of Lakeland continues to grow today, with a population of over 90,000.  Current industry varies from citrus, cattle, and phosphate mining to tourism, medicine, transportation, and music.  The largest employers in Lakeland are FedEx, Saddle Creek Corporation, GEICO, and Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Use of asbestos containing products in Lakeland’s manufacturing, construction, and industrial settings has been an issue for many years.  If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in Lakeland, you may benefit from contacting Dr. Lary Robinson.  Additionally, mesothelioma lawyers may be able to offer guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Lakeland and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.           

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Lakeland

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Lakeland where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Acid Inc
  • Atlantic Coast Line Rr Company
  • Becker Industries
  • City of Lakeland Department of Electric and Water Utilities
  • Consumers Cooperative
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Lake Parker Plant
  • Lakeland Electric & Water
  • Lakeland Light and Water Department
  • Lakeland Memorial Hospital
  • Makintosh Power Plant
  • Occidental Petro & Resrch Company
  • Phosphate Mining Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Lakeland, Florida

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Lakeland, Florida. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

The Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center
1400 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806

Distance: 48.6 miles

12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Distance: 30.3 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Lakeland, Florida

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Lakeland, Florida. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Lary Robinson
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Distance: 30.3 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Lakeland, Florida

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Florida

Florida DEP Cites Maverick Company For Possible Asbestos Violations

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has cited Maverick Demolition Company for asbestos violations related to the John Sunday House.

10,000 Feet Of Collier Water Utility Asbestos Piping To Be Replaced

10,000 feet of piping containing asbestos will be replaced by 2017 as part of a $1.4 million Collier County Water project.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog


January 20, 2017
Emily Walsh

The Importance of Grief Counseling for Mesothelioma Patients and Families

“Mesothelioma is a disease that comes with a grim outlook with only an average of 8% of patients who survive five years after their diagnosis. Because it has such a poor prognosis, a big part of treating mesothelioma – or any form of cancer, really – includes addressing mental impact it has on patients and their family members.”