Repairs of the splash pad, which was closed for more than a year, cost about $70,000; future repairs won’t take as long because electronics have been moved above ground, The Ledger reported.
- A report from the city’s preservation expert recommending they approve the request to move the 108-year-old monument to Veterans Park.
- A larger audience than they’ve probably ever encountered.
City Commissioner Michael Dunn is pushing an idea he heard on the campaign trail last year: that people be allowed to carry alcoholic drinks from bar to bar downtown. Bay News 9 talked to a bar owner who was excited by the idea, but the director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority questions the idea because of unintended consequences it would bring. Before Dunn was elected, his wife sparked the move that led to Sunday morning alcohol sales in Lakeland when she told the City Commission that people should be able to order mimosas at brunch before noon.
Justin Grant, a correspondent with The Times’ entertainment-oriented tbt.com, visited Swan Brewing on a Friday night, was impressed by the size of the crowd, and concluded, “What Lakeland lacks in number of breweries, it makes up for in character and scope. Swan Brewing has a large audience to look forward to, and based on early impressions, it appears up to the task. I look forward to seeing the direction it takes as time goes on.”
Works by Florida sculptors took the top two spots as Lakeland residents voted for their favorites among the 10 sculptures along the Lemon Street Promenade downtown, the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department announced. People’s Choice winners in the 2018 Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition were:
- Gaia, by Donald Gialanella, 508 votes.
- The Seahorse Serefina, by Lee Bell, 455 votes.
- Mare and Filly, by Jonathan Bowling, 232 votes.
Explorations V was named the anchor institution at the private Bonnet Springs Park planned for 160 vacant acres west of downtown, LakelandMom reports. The children’s museum expects to move in two to three years to its new space from its current location in the Kress Building on Kentucky Avenue across from Munn Park.
Nearly 108 years after a Confederate monument was placed in the center of Munn Park, Lakeland city commissioners voted unanimously today to move it to Veterans Park, where it will stand alongside other memorials to war veterans.
With the Lakeland City Commission scheduled to vote Monday on a new location for the Confederate monument that’s currently in Munn Park, The Ledger devoted its entire front page and two more full pages to an exploration of Lakeland’s past. Reporter Kimberly C. Moore’s package includes a video previewing Monday’s choices, historic photos of the monument, and :
- A look at some of the early residents of Lakeland, who included both Confederate veterans who became prominent citizens and former slaves. The article ends quoting a woman whose family had to move from the African-American community of Moorehead when it was leveled to build what is now the RP Funding Center. She opposes moving the monument to Veterans Park, which was one part of Moorehead. “We didn’t give our land up for that,” she said.
- A review of 21 lynchings in Polk County in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Five of them took place during 1906 to 1909, years when plans were being made to build the rebel monument in Munn Park, and one occurred soon after the memorial was dedicated in 1910.
- An interview about Lakeland’s past with Ernest Combee, an 86-year-old great-grandson of a Confederate soldier who settled on the shore of Lake Parker and whose family has remained here for generations | Video of the interview