A Lakeland couple, both long-time Publix employees, have bought a building on South Kentucky Avenue and will place a Pita Pit quick-service restaurant in half of it as soon as November, the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority reported today. More
The effort to move a 108-year-old Confederate monument from the center of Munn Park passed another benchmark today. Lakeland’s Historic Preservation Board Design Review Committee voted unanimously to approve the city’s request to move the monument. More
Mayor Bill Mutz is getting proactive in the effort to raise private funds to move the Confederate statue from Munn Park to Veterans Park. Declaring “most people are waiting for an initiative,” he sent letters to 350 potential donors last week to get that initiative going. More
- A report from the city’s preservation expert recommending they approve the request to move the 108-year-old monument to Veterans Park.
- A larger audience than they’ve probably ever encountered.
City Commissioner Michael Dunn is pushing an idea he heard on the campaign trail last year: that people be allowed to carry alcoholic drinks from bar to bar downtown. Bay News 9 talked to a bar owner who was excited by the idea, but the director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority questions the idea because of unintended consequences it would bring. Before Dunn was elected, his wife sparked the move that led to Sunday morning alcohol sales in Lakeland when she told the City Commission that people should be able to order mimosas at brunch before noon.
Justin Grant, a correspondent with The Times’ entertainment-oriented tbt.com, visited Swan Brewing on a Friday night, was impressed by the size of the crowd, and concluded, “What Lakeland lacks in number of breweries, it makes up for in character and scope. Swan Brewing has a large audience to look forward to, and based on early impressions, it appears up to the task. I look forward to seeing the direction it takes as time goes on.”
Works by Florida sculptors took the top two spots as Lakeland residents voted for their favorites among the 10 sculptures along the Lemon Street Promenade downtown, the Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department announced. People’s Choice winners in the 2018 Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition were:
- Gaia, by Donald Gialanella, 508 votes.
- The Seahorse Serefina, by Lee Bell, 455 votes.
- Mare and Filly, by Jonathan Bowling, 232 votes.
Explorations V was named the anchor institution at the private Bonnet Springs Park planned for 160 vacant acres west of downtown, LakelandMom reports. The children’s museum expects to move in two to three years to its new space from its current location in the Kress Building on Kentucky Avenue across from Munn Park.