As Lakeland city managers begin preparing a budget for 2022, their bosses — the City Commission — have weighed in with a list of their priorities for next year. Top of their list were increasing affordable housing, redeveloping downtown, and reducing the city’s subsidy to the RP Funding Center. More
As Tuesday’s runoff for a Lakeland City Commission seat nears, the two candidates who were eliminated earlier this month — Steve Frankenberger and Ken Post — have both endorsed Shandale Terrell. His opponent, Mike Musick, reports new endorsements from former Mayor Howard Wiggs and current Polk County Commissioner Neil Combee. More
The city of Lakeland has formally recognized Juneteenth — June 19 — as an annual day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. City commissioners unanimously approved a Juneteenth resolution last week after earlier marking May 20 as Florida Emancipation Day. More
Off-duty police officers and supporters rallied at City Hall and packed the City Commission meeting on Monday to push for better wages and benefits, News Channel 8 reports. Police, who have not received a raise since October 2019, have switched to a new union that is currently negotiating with city administrators. | ALSO: Ledger coverage (subscribers only)
Safety versus unexpected expenses for businesses was at the heart of a controversy for city commissioners today when they adopted changes to Lakeland’s fire code. More
More than two years ago, city commissioners changed their twice-a-month meetings from 9 a.m. on Mondays to 3 p.m. Mondays in an effort to get more people to attend. Today, commissioners decided to switch back to 9 a.m., saying they’ve seen no noticeable change in attendance. More
The four candidates in the April 6 election for Lakeland City Commission answered questions in a forum tonight hosted by the Libertarian Party of Polk County and live-streamed on LkldNow.com. Learn more about the candidates in our Voters Guide to the Spring 2021 election.