City commissioners handled a wide range of issues today in a series of meetings that began at 7:40 a.m. and ended after 2 p.m. They agreed to incentives to bring an unnamed employer promising 500 new high-skill jobs to Lakeland, and they considered a request to change downtown noise regulations. Here’s a roundup of the meetings as reported on Twitter.
In an editorial-page column in The Ledger, Mayor Howard Wiggs calls for “collectively crafted solutions” to divisive issues such as the Confederate memorial in Munn Park. While not explicitly taking sides in his column (he’s defended the monument when it’s been criticized by members of the public at City Commission meetings), he singles out anger seen in “shameful name-calling and attacks on those who view the statue as their history and heritage.”
Lakeland campaign contribution reports for July aren’t a whole lot different than June’s tally. While reports from the two groups on either side of the strong-mayor debate haven’t been posted online yet, it’s probably safe to say that the Strong Lakeland group still has the largest pot. City Commission candidate Larry Durrence has collected the largest number of contributions, while Scott Franklin has the largest dollar total among commission candidates. Many thanks to Michael Maguire, for keeping campaign reports accessible and searchable on The City Zen Ship and for providing the chart below of contributions to date: