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 […]
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Malless: Move the Munn Park Monument
Jim Malless today became the first Lakeland city commissioner to publicly support moving a 117-year-old Confederate monument out of Munn Park. Malless said at this morning’s commission meeting that he made the decision after researching the history of monuments erected throughout the South.
Selvage: After Charlottesville, Commission Can’t Ignore Munn Park Monument
Declaring that City Hall can no longer wish away the divisive issue of the Confederate monument in Munn Park, Don Selvage said today he will open a discussion with his fellow city commissioners at their meeting on Monday.
Campaign Contributions: Not Much Has Changed
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 […]
Chamber Arm Endorses Mutz, Madden, Dunn, Franklin
BusinessVoice, the political arm of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, announced today it has endorsed Bill Mutz for mayor and three candidates for City Commission: Stephanie Madden, Michael Dunn and Scott Franklin.
Former Mayor Carl Dicks Dies at 90
Former Lakeland Mayor and longtime City Commissioner Carl Dicks died Wednesday at his home. He was 90 years old. He is believed to have been among the longest serving city commissioners, serving 24 years from 1972 to 1996.
Early Strong-Mayor Backer Pulls His Support
Pablo Sologaistoa, one of the eight people who initiated the petition that got the strong mayor issue on the Lakeland election ballot, says he no longer supports the initiative and will vote against it.
Flags Flying Half Staff in Memory of Buddy Fletcher
Is it just me, or does it look like anchor Jen Leigh, a Lakeland native, chokes up a bit at the end of Merissa Merino’s report? Source: News Channel 8