There’s a misconception about downtown parking that city officials want to clear up, and they’re creating new signs with that in mind. The two hours of free parking allowed on downtown streets isn’t supposed to be banked for use throughout the day, the city’s traffic/parking chief says: “It’s up to two hours for the first visit — unused time doesn’t flow over to a second visit.”
SURVEY: Give your feedback on the latest proposed sign wording.
Michelle Johnson and Delta Ryan quit their jobs as an assistant principal and emergency room nurse respectively to start “Take Heart,” a shop at 248 N. Kentucky Ave. that sells fair-trade, hand-made goods from Africa. The shop is part of a non-profit organization that assists women and orphans in rural Kenya.
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The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority is asking for public input as it works with the city traffic department to refine parking rules and signage. They’re asking residents to take a survey; they want to know what the wording on the sign at the left means to you and how it can be improved (and they’d prefer you take the survey before immersing yourself in the extensive Facebook debate about it.) | Take the survey
Black and silver tarps are being draped over the Polk Theatre today as the 90-year-old structure is being readied for fumigation. The panels will stay up through Monday, according to a Polk Theatre Facebook post, and programming resumes next Friday, when “Love, Gilda,” a documentary about Gilda Radner opens | View a larger version of the photo
Ron Cunningham, who once covered local issues as the Tallahassee reporter for The Ledger and its sister papers, ponders the recent swan deaths on Lake Morton and cites statistics showing a heavy toll in local pedestrian-vehicle collisions. Now retired, he’s a bicycling activist based in Gainesville. In a guest column, he calls on city leaders to prioritize traffic-calming measures that make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.