MLGW President Joseph Lee III has notified the City of Lakeland that "Lakeland" will be used in Lakeland addresses in the future. “Lakeland” instead of “Arlington” will be on Lakeland addresses when they release addresses to the U.S. Postal Service or private mailers instead of automatically using “Arlington” on all 38002 ZIP Codes. (MLGW supplies the addresses to the U.S. Postal Service for ZIP Code 38002.)
Until about two years ago, "Arlington" was the "default" city for ZIP Code 38002. The City requested that the both “Arlington” and “Lakeland” be appropriate cities for ZIP Code 38002 and the U.S. Postal Service granted the request. (If you put in 38002, you will occasionally have Lakeland come up instead of Arlington!)
MLGW has now changed their computer system to recognize Lakeland addresses as “Lakeland” rather than “Arlington”. Now your junk mail and bills will be addressed to “Lakeland” instead of Arlington!
This will also eliminate some of the problems created by the mis-identification of Lakeland residents and businesses as “Arlington”. I feel this is a major effort in our efforts to eventually gain our own identity with the U.S. Postal Service.
Now, if we can just get BellSouth to recognize that Lakeland exists….
We appreciate the efforts of Mr. Lee and the MLGW staff in accomplishing this change in their computer system. I encourage Lakeland residents to thank MLGW for their efforts to recognize the needs of Lakeland residents.