FitLife Foods (website), a Tampa company that prepares healthy heat-and-eat meals at a facility on County Line Road (map), now offers delivery to Lakeland residences. The packaged meals are also available at 15 retail outlets in the Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Orlando and Palm Beach areas, but none in Polk.
The resolution keeps the current Confederate monument in place but asks city staff to draft a plan to allow other monuments celebrating ethnic groups that settled here.
Commissioners are expecting a large turnout Dec. 4 from citizens who want to comment about the future of the Confederate monument in the center of the park.
As a result of today’s discussion, the city attorney will revise the proposed resolution above to say that a master plan could include additional monuments in parts of downtown outside of Munn Park.
Read Ledger coverage. Check tweets from today’s meeting after the jump.
A customs/border control office that opened Thursday will let Lakeland Linder Airport receive overseas flights with up to 20 passengers. Officials hope to begin accepting international freight next.
As consultants, the couple uses design theory to help organizations grow. They met 14 years ago as students at Southeastern University.
SCHOOL BOARD: Tim Harris says he won’t seek re-election to the Polk School Board, prompting a second candidate to announce for the seat Harris has held for three terms. David Byrd, a 64-year-old retiree who worked in the school system as a high school teacher and teacher resource specialist for more than 35 years, joins Lisa Miller, also a former teacher, in the race.
TEACHERS: Most teachers can expect raises between 2 and 3.5 percent, under a complicated formula hammered out by the Polk school district and the teachers’ union, officials said. Part of the $10 million needed for the raises will come by returning to a practice of paying maintenance workers out of the capital fund instead of the general fund.
COLLEGIATE GAMING: Competitive intercollegiate computer gaming, complete with tryouts, uniforms and spectators, is coming to Florida Southern College, a move that perplexes The Ledger’s editorial writer.
LPD EXONERATION: A complaint about three Lakeland Police employees involving an intimate relationship between two of them and possible drug use found that no policies were violated.
City Manager Tony Delgado gave an update on city activities and took citizen questions in the post-Irma, post-election edition of his quarterly Tony Talks.
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POWER PLANT: Lakeland Electric is negotiating to buy a used generator in Auburndale that would be moved to its McIntosh site and eventually replace the Unit 2 generator, currently off-line for repair.
TEACHERS CONTRACT: The Polk school district and the union representing teachers reached an agreement on raises. If teachers ratify the contract, they’ll see bigger paychecks in February.
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.
Senior lineman from Lakeland Electric working to help restore Puerto Rico’s power grid are paid $63 an hour, but the contractor who hired the Lakeland workers is billing the Puerto Rican public power company $319 an hour. Puerto Rico’s deal with contractor Whitefish Energy Holdings of Montana “has served as a cautionary note about the potential for soaring costs that are common after disasters,” The New York Times reports.
The second issue of Lakeland Haven magazine suggests some local merchants and craftspeople offering gift items with a local twist.
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