A Kathleen Road mom who’s worried about kids has launched a campaign to remind drivers to halt when school buses display their stop signs. She’s captured video that shows that many drivers keep going.
David Collins, who organized the drive to place 65 tapestries on buildings throughout Central Lakeland, sees the project as a transition toward eventually having more murals, as other cities do.
Sixty tapestries created by local artists to be placed on buildings in downtown, Dixieland and midtown will be on view for the first time tonight at a “VIP opening” at Haus 820. The photos below by David Dickey show organizer David Collins and artist James Hicks preparing for the event. Collins is working to overcome delays in getting some of the tapestries hung on buildings caused by the diversion of workers to Hurricane Michael recovery in North Florida.
The Blue Star Highway marker at Sertoma Park overlooking Lake Parker on Memorial Highway was restored Tuesday by Tom Stelling of Daytona Beach, owner of Historical Markers Renovations. The work was sponsored by the the Garden Club of Lakeland, Stelling said on Facebook.
Beatty Raymond, right, and Nancy Noonan were among about 20 Lake Morton-area residents calling attention to safe driving practices around the lake this afternoon. Their goal is to increase awareness of the distracted driving that has led to the death of five swans and injury of a jogger in recent weeks. About one-fifth of the drivers who passed were holding cellphones, one participant estimated. The city reduced the speed limit on Lake Morton Drive from 25 to 20 mph recently and is planning to unveil other safety improvements in coming weeks.
An audience of Morgan Creek Preserve homeowners cheered Monday afternoon when the Lakeland city attorney explained the significance of city commissioners’ tie vote: The developer may not proceed with a plan to move a scenic retention pond so eight more houses could be built.
A clash between the developer and residents of a gated community near Lakeland Linder Airport appears to be a straightforward case but it’s not: Morgan Creek Preserve homeowners want to stop Landstar Lakeland from moving a portion of a visually appealing stormwater retention pond to make room for eight houses.
Florida Southern College plans to buy the 2.1-acre grassy lot at the southwest corner of Ingraham and Palmetto from Grace Lutheran Church for an undisclosed amount. FSC did not comment on the pending sale, but the church’s interim pastor said college officials told her they plan to build apartments, which are allowed under current zoning.