Lakeland Assistant City Manager Shawn Sherrouse, considered one of the top candidates to become city manager in Plant City, interviewed with city commissioners there Friday. He impressed some with his first-year fiscal plan but left one commissioner questioning his tactics.
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JENKINS: Harrison Arts students debut a 30-minute musical about Publix founder George Jenkins at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on Thursday.
MEMORIES: Family members fondly recall the full-speed-ahead life of David N. Bryan, who recently died two years after being hit by an impaired driver.
INCENTIVES: The Morning Paper’s editorial writer decries the practice of local governments offering ever larger incentives to lure companies, but concludes Lakeland needs to use them “to put skin in the game.”
The netting, expected to protect 95 percent of the seats at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, is among the thinnest and strongest available, the team says. It measures 1.2 millimeters, compared with the 2.16-millimeter netting previously used between the dugouts.
Lakeland’s Blue Steel Development, headed by Marcobay Construction President Howard Bayless, is about to start construction of a 520,000-square-foot speculative industrial building at 5300 Allen Breed Highway (map) next to Key Safety Systems. When completed, it will be the largest warehouse space available along the I-4 corridor since Pepsico leased a 605,000-square-foot spec building at Centerstate Logistics Park across I-4 from Florida Poly in October.
SCHOOL BOARD: This morning brings news that Hazel Sellers has decided against running for a fifth term on the Polk County School Board and has endorsed Scott Jones, 35, a Publix Super Markets store manager who lives in Mulberry. Other candidates for the seat Sellers is vacating include Kala Ivy Tedder, 18, a senior at George Jenkins High School’s academy of legal studies; and Sarah Fortney, a science teacher at Stambaugh Middle School.
POWER: Thursday’s low of 25 set a temperature record for the day and a near record on electricity consumption, with Lakeland Electric reporting its highest demand since a freeze in 2010.
It’s a weekend of musical celebration, starting with Friday night’s “Songbird” tribute to Fleetwood Mac at LkldLive. Local musicians will revive the Brit-American collaborative’s songs (mostly from the Buckingham-Nicks years, I’m told.) On Saturday, you can go for high culture at the ISO’s annual Night at the Opera (Gianni Schicchi) at Branscomb Auditorium (Ledger article) or you can help public school musicians who need instruments by attending Play It Forward 2018 at the Polk Theatre (Ledger article). Check more listings after the jump.
HEALTH: Polk lags the state and nation in residents’ access to health care in general and mental health care in particular, according to a recent assessment by Lakeland Regional Health.
TEACHERS: An impasse over teacher salaries appears to be ending as union members ratified a contract that includes raises of 2 to 3.5 percent.
LAKE: Plans to develop a massive private park west of downtown have prompted city officials to step up efforts to clean Lake Bonnet. Commissioners have authorized a $198k study needed to apply for grants to remove algae-fostering nutrients.