If all goes according to plan, the City of Lakeland will be dedicating a short seawall near the Lake Hollingsworth parking lot a year from now. More
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- Harry’s Restaurant on Main Street — the breakfast-and-lunch spot at Ingraham, not the N’awlins place downtown — has closed again; the owner of the property said it’s a sign of the hard times facing businesses east of downtown.
- Jim Birkhold, the longtime clerk of the 2nd DCA who died in a car crash, is remembered as a compassionate advocate and good listener who liked helping others.
- In a hasty compromise, four Lakeland city commissioners directed their staff to prepare a budget based on a .9 mill increase in property taxes; the other three hope the final figure is lower.
When Tony Delgado was appointed interim city manager today, he made it clear he doesn’t intend to be a placeholder. While acknowledging he is indebted to departing City Manager Doug Thomas, whom he called his mentor, Delgado told city commissioners he intends to take an activist role and won’t merely “hold the rudder.” More
- In a surprise announcement, City Manager Doug Thomas says he’s leaving his job in one month to join a consulting firm.
- In education, Southeastern University is opening a $6 million building for natural and health sciences, while Florida Southern College announces a $1 million endowment to provide scholarships for business students in need.
- And in philanthropy, United Way of Central Florida kicks off its $9 million campaign with the hashtag #GameChangers.
Classic Albums Live is hoping for a whole lotta love Friday at 8 when it presents “Led Zeppelin 2” at The Lakeland Center. For those who haven’t been before, these concerts feature professional musicians playing favorite albums note-for-note. You can count on some other Led Zeppelin hits, too. Tickets are $27 and $36. Other live music in Lakeland this weekend is listed below: More