Two swans were hit and killed by vehicles recently, including one crossing between Lake Mirror and the Joinery. “We haven’t had any issues with the swans on Lake Mirror for more than 20 years,” said Steve Platt, who monitors the city’s swans. He speculated swans are crossing the road, which they rarely do, because people are feeding them. The other swan was hit near Lake Mirror, renewing calls for additional safety measures.
Lakeland is losing more than a clothing store — it is also losing a landmark downtown institution. Nathan’s Men’s Store will soon close, but not before finishing what 77-year-old owner Harris Estroff calls a “retirement sale.” Estroff was talking about his own retirement. More
After 78 years in business, Nathan’s Men’s Store in downtown Lakeland has announced it is closing. The store at the corner of Main Street and Kentucky Avenue has been owned for decades by Harris Estroff, 77; it was founded in 1942 by his parents, Nathan and Mildred Estroff. More
The 305-unit Mirrorton rental community being built north of Lake Mirror will lack fences and gates, making it feel more like a neighborhood than an apartment community, a representative of Flournoy Construction Group said today at a “groundbreaking” ceremony. Representatives of the city of Lakeland and developer The Framework Group of Tampa participated. In the following video, the ceremony starts at about 1:40. More
The proposed design for Summit Consulting’s upcoming nine-story headquarters downtown drew positive comments from city commissioners Friday before the conversation diverted to a discussion about a future “highline” pedestrian walkway. More
Workers this morning put final touches on the Heritage Plaza Parking Garage as it opened to the public for the first time. The streets surrounding the garage — Kentucky Avenue, Orange Street and Tennessee Avenue — have been resurfaced and are again open to traffic. More
After 19 years of wear and tear, a historical marker commemorating the Buffalo Soldiers’ 1898 encampment on Lake Wire has been replaced with a replica. More
Lighting that would allow after-dusk use of a city dog park planned near Lake Mirror was jeopardized when bids came in higher than the city had budgeted.
But the lighting and a few other amenities may be on the way after the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board voted today to add $100,000 to the $50,000 it had already committed to the project. More
A bomb threat during a 200-person rally supporting impeachment of President Trump closed several downtown streets Tuesday night. No bomb was found, but closure of a parking lot where a suspicious vehicle was spotted forced dozens of people to seek alternative transportation home.