The topic was whether possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized. In the end, commissioners asked to hold a public forum to hear from experts. Here’s the discussion as it unfolded on social media.More
Owners of commercial property should be able to have murals painted on their buildings without having to go through a lot of red tape. That was the consensus this morning of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority board.More
Just as art is in the eye of the beholder, so is a city of Lakeland proposal to appoint a panel that would consider applications to install murals and other public art.
Supporters see the proposal as a way to encourage more murals on Lakeland buildings and ensure they won’t fade or chip away. But detractors see regulations as a possible intrusion on artists’ freedom of expression.More
In an 11-3 vote, they agreed not to pursue a strong mayor format.
The company, which customizes corporate aircraft, owes the city of Lakeland a little more than $200,000.
The development replaces a Salvation Army complex and is viewed as a key component in revitalizing Massachusetts Avenue north of Parker Street.
City Manager Tony Delgado and staff poke fun at themselves in a video shown this week in “values celebration” meetings with city employees.