Ferns growing inside a building that’s being renovated inspired a colorful new mural that was finished this week. Artist Kimberly Campbell returned briefly from her new home in the Pacific Northwest to create the mural at 314 N. Iowa Ave., just north of the Lakeland Police Department headquarters. More
Davi, the canine columnist for Jacksonville’s Folio Magazine, took a dachshund’s-eye-view tour of Lakeland’s pooch-welcoming environments and found that National Geographic’s designation of our town as Best Dog-Friendly Small City “is a doggone good one.”
With membership declining, the 65-year-old congregation is having difficulty maintaining its 1.5 acres and 23,000 square feet of buildings on Edgewood Drive a block from Florida Avenue. The Rev. Robert Moses said a task force is exploring options, including:
- Moving to a smaller location
- Selling and renting from the buyer
- Sharing the space with another church.
“Tapestries – Lakeland, an Un-Mural Art Exhibition” will spread around 60 large artworks on buildings in downtown, Dixieland and Midtown for a year starting in November. More
To test the effects of downsizing Florida Avenue in Dixieland, planners anticipate separating cars from pedestrians with a low, four-foot-wide concrete barrier and decorative planters.
After seeing artists’ concepts for the planned “road diet” today, Lakeland Downtown Development Authority board member Eric “Bro” Belvin said he views the test as a needed boost for Dixieland businesses, their customers and nearby residents. More