City parks personnel joined artist Mike Hansel (shown in a white T-shirt) this morning in installing a large sculpture at the corner of Lemon Street and Massachusetts Avenue. This is the first of several outdoor sculptures that will be installed along Lemon Street for the city’s 2017 outdoor sculpture competition. The Parks and Recreation Department has assumed responsibility for the competition, which was co-sp0nsored last year by the Polk Museum of Art.
STRONG MAYOR: City commissioners were divided Friday on how quickly to make decisions proceeding toward a public referendum on the strong mayor issue. (A companion story comparing the current system and the proposed one appeared in the print version of the morning paper but has not been posted online yet.)
GARDEN DISTRICT: City officials are moving to reverse development restrictions placed on neighborhoods east of downtown and north of the Lake Morton district.
COUNTY LINE ROAD: Road changes planned for County Line Road around U.S. 92 and Old Tampa Highway aim to improve safety as continuing warehouse development brings increasing truck traffic.
“There’s something particularly charming about spring training facilities and this is a great example of this charm. It’s great for baseball. It’s great for the local economy,” Rob Manfred said today during a visit to Lakeland for the annual Governor’s Baseball Dinner. He also spoke of a “fantastic job” renovating Joker Marchant Stadium and said, “The ballpark looks great.”
Fortress Investment Group, which owns The Ledger’s parent company, GateHouse Media, has been sold to SoftBank Group Corp., which the Associated Press describes as a “Japanese telecommunications, internet and solar energy giant.”
After opening their new downtown venue with classical and swing music, LkldLive gets a little loud this weekend with a show featuring Central Florida indie acts that record on New Granada Records: MrENC, DieAlps! and Fistful. Thoth opens. Also interesting: Fiddler Kelly Halloran joins Dan Signor at 10 tonight at Pink Piano. More listings after the jump.
Robert Fleitz, a New York-based graduate of The Julliard School in New York and Harrison Arts Center in Lakeland, received a standing ovation Tuesday night after performing a rousing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.
Crain’s Detroit Business breaks down the financials on the expansion of Joker Marchant Stadium, including a 17.6 percent increase over initial projections.
Bill Mutz, former owner of Lakeland Automall, is running for may0r. C. Scott Franklin, president and CEO of Lanier Upshaw insurance is running for the City Commission southeast district. And Michael Dunn, owner of Vet’s Surplus, is running for City Commission southwest district.
Detroit News sports columnist Lynn Henning waxes poetic about our fair city and its 83-year bromance with the Tigers, concluding, “There is no time, no place, no feeling, to match this spring splendor. There simply is nothing like Lakeland.”
ATTACK: “I really thought those dogs were going to kill me” Lakeland Electric worker Linda Dionne said about being attacked while approaching a house east of Lakeland while on the job. A sheriff’s deputy responding to her distress signal killed one attacking dog and scared away the other one | News Channel 8 coverage
FILM: Movie sets are popping up around town as shooting begins for director Kevin O’Brien‘s feature film “At the End of the Day,” (site) a comedy-drama that explores attitudes of conservative churches toward LGBT individuals.