Lakeland city commissioners got updates this morning on a range of subjects, from a march planned for next weekend to protest police activities to the latest on the searches for a new police chief and new assistant city manager. More
A lawsuit is slowing, but not halting, preparations to move Lakeland’s Confederate monument from Munn Park to Veterans Park, City Attorney Tim McCausland told city commissioners this morning. More
Sara Roberts McCarley was elected to a nearly-three-year-term on the Lakeland City Commission, capturing 74.2 percent of the vote in today’s three-candidate special election.
She will represent southwest Lakeland on the seven-member board, serving out the term that was vacated when former Commissioner Michael Dunn resigned in October. More
While the Hospital Corporation of America sees an opportunity to hop into the local health-care market by building Polk County’s first free-standing emergency room, some residents say the planned site on South Florida Avenue signals danger for their quiet neighborhood. More
Candidates are Patrick Shawn Jones, Sara Roberts McCarley and Bill Watts. Review election coverage here.
Some polling locations have been moved for this election as the City Commission decided to consolidate 25 precincts into 12 locations.
Before you vote on Tuesday, make sure you check the location of your polling place. Voting locations have changed for many who will be voting in Tuesday’s special election for Lakeland city commissioner. And for quite a few voters, postcards that arrived in the mail last week contained incorrect locations.
Two of the three candidates for Lakeland City Commission — Patrick Shawn Jones and Bill Watts — participated in a moderated debate tonight at LkldLive. Check the video below. The first few minutes are missing because of technical issues, but we’ll be adding a separate video of that potion soon. Tuesday is Election Day in the special election to fill the three years left in the Southwest District seat on the commission vacated by Michael Dunn.
All three candidates in next Tuesday’s special election for Lakeland City Commission — Patrick Shawn Jones, Sara Roberts McCarley and Bill Watts — spoke and answered questions tonight at a meeting of the Dixieland Historic Neighborhood Association at Hillcrest Coffee. To our knowledge, it is the one open-to-the-public event during the shortened campaign season where all three candidates appeared. (Read Ledger coverage of the forum.) Here is video captured for LkldNow by David Dickey:
Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens, 55, announced today he is leaving the police department on Feb. 1 after 34 years and is accepting an undisclosed employment opportunity. Here is a news release from the city of Lakeland followed by Giddens’ resignation letter to City Manager Tony Delgado: More
Two forums scheduled for Tuesday evening will let Lakeland voters meet and hear from candidates running in the Jan. 15 special election to fill the Southwest District seat on the Lakeland City Commission.
All three candidates have agreed to speak at the Dixieland Historic Neighborhood Association’s 6:30 meeting at Hillcrest Coffee, 119 Hillcrest St., organizers say. Two of the candidates say they will speak at a forum at LkldLive, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. Doors for that event open at 7 p.m., and the forum is expected to start at 7:30. More