The Lakeland City Commission will be asked Monday to amend the city’s impact fee structure to allow 100% discounts for high-wage “target” businesses that move into a proposed 4,484-acre “innovation district” in the northeast reaches of the city near Florida Polytechnic University. FOLLOWUP: The proposal was approved 6-0. Commissioner Sara Roberts McCarley was absent from […]
Lakeland businesses are worried about the financial impact of a stunted 2022 Detroit Tigers Spring Training season, News Channel 8 reports. The Tigers are scheduled to play their first game in Lakeland eight days from now, but the team’s 40 roster players are still locked out by MLB owners over collective bargaining differences. Nevertheless, minicamp […]
Peleton Interactive, a manufacturer of high-end stationary exercise bicycles, is closing its facility at 5725 New Tampa Highway, resulting in the layoffs of 58 warehouse associates, technicians and field specialists. The closing, which takes effect immediately, is part of a company restructuring that includes 2,800 job cuts worldwide, the Business Observer reports. Source: Business Observer
The city of Lakeland paid $363,000 in legal fees and expenses to 13 outside law firms and individual attorneys during the last three months of 2021, according to the city attorney’s office.
Space is getting increasingly rare – and, therefore, increasingly valuable – at Lakeland Linder International Airport with all 100-plus warehouse/office sites rented to private businesses and government agencies at the city-owned airport.
The 43,000-square-foot building on U.S. 98 that has housed Ignited Church for 17 years is under contract for sale, according to Steven Strader, the church’s pastor. The prospective buyer is a national home builder that wants to convert it to a trade school and office, he told The Ledger without naming the buyer. The church […]
Joe P. Ruthven came to Lakeland from South Carolina in 1957 with his bride, the daughter of a prominent local family whose brother would someday be governor of Florida, and opened an OK Tires store on Memorial Boulevard with a partner.
Amy Wiggins, a communications professional whose career has focused on Lakeland non-profit organizations, has been named president and CEO of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. It’s a homecoming for her because she had been an executive there from 2005 to 2015.
The city of Lakeland’s pooled investment fund earned $18.8 million in 2021, a 3.26% return that fell $2.2 million below the previous year but was still “well above the average earning index” for municipal governments, city Treasurer Jeff Stearns told commissioners today during an update on the city investment performance and policies.
The general manager of downtown Lakeland’s Dissent Brewing got a $1,000 “welcome-to-the neighborhood” tip courtesy of the local Big Fat Tip non-profit. So the brewery’s owner decided to pay it forward; he donated $1,000 to the organization, which surprised a Mister Fish employee with a one-grand gratuity, News Channel 8 reports. | Big Fat Tip […]