- First up: A mandolin takes on the violin solos in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” at the ISO‘s 5:30 Classical Cocktail Hour at Lake Gibson Village.
- Brian Sutherland kicks off a national tour and debuts a new CD at LkldLive at 7 p.m. Gypsy-jazz storyteller Dean Johanesen opens.
- Elsewhere downtown, David Brimer picks jazz guitar at Lakeland Loft and singer-songwriter Bryan Rivers plays Fresco’s, both at 8 p.m.
- Dan Signor‘s keyboards pair with Kelly Halloran‘s fiddle at The Pink Piano at 9 — and rumor has it some musicians may wander over from LkldLive to jam.
BRYANT STADIUM: City officials confirm they are in talks with the Polk County School Board to sell the 1941 football stadium that’s home to LHS Dreadnaught games and youth leagues. If terms aren’t reached, there’s interest from Florida Southern College, which bought neighboring Henley Field from the city two years ago.
Special education teacher Stacie Long, 41, was charged with cocaine possession, lying to deputies, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a motor vehicle for drug use, The Ledger reported.
After sewage backed up in a shed-turned-dwelling at 535 W. Belmar St., the 74-year-old tenant was forced to sleep outside and says the owners still wanted rent. The city has ordered the building vacated, saying it never should have been a residence; owners Belmar Properties LLC (link) did not respond to WFLA’s calls for comment.
DIGITAL DIVIDE: Panelists at a public meeting at City Hall at 5:45 Thursday will discuss ways to provide fast Internet access to poorer homes, including a possible expansion of the SurfLakeland public wifi network and Spectrum’s new low-cost Internet Assist program (info).
FINAL ADVENTURE: When 70-year-old Lakeland electrician Richard Douglas hiked the top of Mount Vesuvius last month, the steep grade was his last conquest. He collapsed afterward and died of heart failure June 9.
MEDICAL POT: The city of Lakeland is redrafting its marijuana dispensaries regulations now that the state Legislature has said land-use rules can’t be stricter than those applied to pharmacies. The new rules could come up for a vote July 17.
TRANSIT HUB: A center for city buses, carpooling and soon-to-start Megabus service has opened on U.S. 98 near I-4 and named for former Mayor Gow Fields.
BUSINESS HUB: The Lakeland Chamber discusses its plans for a center housing multiple organizations that serve entrepreneurs, modeled on the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando.
CALL HUB: Sykes Enterprises Inc. has moved 100 employees from Lake Parker Avenue into a new call center at 2525 Drane Field Road.
City commissioners on Tuesday raised stormwater fees and parking ticket fines. They got updates on medical marijuana dispensaries, Chamber of Commerce plans, the Lakeland Magic and a Simpson Park teaching garden. They also chose a firm to coordinate a homeless strategy and delayed hearing a land-use dispute between a boat storage facility and homeowners. Check meeting highlights below as shared on Twitter.
Jim Hendrick, an entertainer and WONN morning host, has died.
GOING UP: City commissioners are set to vote Monday on a proposal to increase the stormwater fee on utility bills by one-third. For private residences, it means a monthly boost from $6 to $8. The extra revenue will allow the city to make infrastructure improvements.
AND UP: Commissioners will also consider a proposal to increase penalties for downtown parking violations, a move aimed at changing the behavior of habitual offenders. (An infographic by reporter Christopher Guinn illustrates the problem.)
Initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges came six months faster than other universities, Florida Poly President Randy Avent said. (Early this morning, the online version of this article was far shorter than the one in print.)