Two dueling rallies with political overtones took place in Lakeland Friday, both of them featuring out-of-town advocates. Here’s a look at them, as reported in The Morning Paper: More
Alex Gomez has collected donations, including $580 in gift cards, for residents of Lake Morton Plaza whose food spoiled when they evacuated the building after a fire. The recently retired officer’s patrol beat included the downtown senior tower. Donations and grocery gift cards can be dropped off at the LPD headquarters.
The first installment in a new series of short films about “changemakers” focuses on Gospel Inc’s Brian Seeley and his vision for a village of affordable micro-houses and employment for the chronically homeless.
Matt Nipper, who works at First Baptist Church of the Mall, asked some homeless men at Lighthouse Ministries to go for a run with him. They did, and it led to a runners club that that’s helping them regain health and family connections. Major League pitcher Steve Pearce boosted the effort by making Nike shoes available to the runners.
City commissioners did not respond today when Lakeland resident Jo Ann Holmes asked them to move the Confederate monument someplace other than Veterans Park and that they spend city funds on the move rather than rely on donations.
It’s not the first time she has asked to speak about the monument. A previous group of commissioners took no action in September 2015 when she was most likely the first person to publicly ask them to move the 1910-vintage memorial out of Munn Park.
Three Lakeland High School students traveled to Lancaster, Pa., and watched as the sculpture model they created from old window blinds and other discarded items was forged into a stainless steel tribute to lineman that will be placed at the Lakeland Electric building overlooking Lake Mirror.
William Dread will be accompanied by a 17-year-old student who befriended him (and found an apartment for him) on the honor flight leaving Lakeland Linder Airport Wednesday morning for a visit to Washington, D.C., with other veterans.
The Rotary Club of Lakeland marked its 100th birthday today with the dedication of a decorative, 17-foot clock near Lake Mirror that the club has donated to the city of Lakeland. More