The 120 WestLake public housing apartments southwest of the RP Funding Center will be demolished to make way for the 320-unit Twin Lakes Estates. But first housing needs to be found for the remaining residents of the existing units.
“The title timesup is really aprospos,” said Foley-Rothrock, whose organization’s annual fund-raiser is scheduled for March 31. “The time has come. Society is ready. It’s time for change. It’s long past due. The social pressure is building. It can’t be just about wearing black dresses and pins. How do we harness the energy? Now, what are we really going to do about it?”
Susan Pourciau of the Tallahassee-based Florida Housing Coalition gave an update last week on the six months she’s spent in Lakeland and said the steering committee already includes Police Chief Larry Giddens and representatives from health care and philanthropic organizations.
Clearwater-based Gulf Coast Jewish Family And Community Services (website) plans to close its Lakeland office on U.S. 98 South by the end of March and discontinue services involving more than 500 foster children, WFLA reports. The move pressures the other three case-management agencies in Polk to absorb the large caseload.
Feeding Tampa Bay will discuss the transition at a town hall meeting next Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Church at the Mall in Lakeland. Catholic Charities, which operated Agape Food Bank, said it is shifting its feed-the-poor focus to mission markets providing fresh produce.
Workers from Florida municipal utilities are coming home as the Montana company coordinating power restoration efforts halted work, saying it needs assurance it will be paid by Puerto Rico’s power company.
Local experts discussed jobs, education, health care. language and transportation needs for residents of Puerto Rico who are moving to Central Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The panel on Monday at Southeastern University was moderated by Ana Rivera, president and CEO of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Polk County. (Ledger coverage)
Apologies for some camera problems around the 42-minute and 58-minute marks. I was dealing with battery issues.