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.
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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.
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The speed limit on Lake Morton Drive will be reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph next week, the first change implemented to combat the distracted driving that has injured a runner and killed five swans in recent weeks.
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Coliseum of Comics is moving from downtown (Kentucky Avenue) to Dixieland. Starting next Wedesday, they’ll be at 1119 S. Florida Ave., formerly home to Kanga Marketing. Bonus: There’s a moving sale at the current location through Saturday, their last day there. #lkld
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Nearby residents have a message for people driving around Lake Morton: Put down your phone and watch out for the lake’s many human and winged pedestrians. The neighborhood association meets with city officials tonight at 7 at 1001 Success Ave. to discuss solutions to the distracted driving that has injured a runner and killed five swans in recent weeks. Among the possible solutions are five proposed by the city that are the subject of an online survey.