AJ Rodriguez offers a fresh outlook and familiarity with Millennials and minorities, Ricky Shirah is angry that the city sold Henley Field, and incumbent Philip Walker stands on the city’s success with taming gangs and fostering business. Those are highlights of brief videos of the candidates running for the only contested seat on the Lakeland City Commission this year. View the videos, first made available today on the city’s Facebook page, after the jump. More
In the next 90 days, Interim City Manager Tony Delgado should focus on communicating the awesomeness of Lakeland to residents, the importance of customer service to city employees and one-on-one with his bosses. He should also focus on increasing productivity and efficiency.
That was the consensus of city commissioners who filled out anonymous surveys in preparation for a priority-setting exercise led by Florida Southern College business professor Larry Ross on Monday. More
A resident’s request to move a 1910 monument to Confederate soldiers from the center of Munn Park to a historic museum received no support from the City Commission. Here is a recording of today’s 17-minute discussion, some key quotes and social media commentary: More
Challenged to find a way to balance the city budget without a .9 mill increase in property taxes, Mayor Howard Wiggs tonight proposed a plan that would combine a .5 mill hike with a partial fire fee. It didn’t pass muster. More