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Water samples collected from monitoring wells near Lakeland Electric’s coal ash storage area showed levels of arsenic above federal drinking water levels and lithium above groundwater protection levels, The Ledger reports. The utility said it’s taking corrective action and there’s “little to no risk to the public.”
The GreenWise Market opening on South Florida Avenue in mid-December will showcase its Lakeland locale through a handful of home-grown vendors and a mural depicting local landmarks. More
Lakeland-Winter Haven led the nation’s metro areas in the number of bank branch closures, with a 20.6 percent decline between 2008 and 2018, DepositAccounts.com reports. Because of population growth, our per capita loss was also the highest, at 40.2 percent. The article talks about overall reasons that branches are declining (mergers, technology, etc.), but doesn’t dive into specific reasons for Polk closures.
It’s a fine time in Lakeland for diverse musical experiences. Coming up: intricate acoustic guitar interplay, Sunday afternoon punk rock, a four-handed approach to piano classics, and a new jazz series. Keep scrolling for more info and these and our updated live music calendar: More
Does your driver license or other Florida-issued ID have a gold star in the upper right hand corner? If not, you have one year to update your ID to comply with federal air safety regulations, according to the office of Polk Tax Collector Joe Tedder. More
In a “What’s Right With Tampa Bay” segment, Kelly Ring looks at tattoo artist Izic Woodall’s project to paint uplifting murals at Medulla Elementary School. We’ve been fans of Kelly since her early reporting days in Tampa, but it seems nobody coached her on how the locals pronounce Medulla.
Three pay-to-park machines in downtown Lakeland that many drivers found confusing have been replaced by new machines that take credit cards, bills, coins or payment via the ParkMobile app. Drivers no longer have to remember a number for the space they parked in, but will need to enter their license plate number. More
The battle over bad smells around BS Ranch in east Lakeland continues. Polk County code enforcers filed five new notices of odor violations against the compost/soil manufacturing company this month. BS Ranch’s lawyer responds that complaints come from a small number of opponents and that other nearby operations are causing odors.