ONLY IN SWAN CITY: In the last week, we’ve posted photos of “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here” signs and written about distracted driving killing swans on Lake Morton. But we didn’t think the two would come together so soon in one sign. “Drive Like Your Swans Live Here” signs were created and posted by First United Methodist Church, including this one on church property at Lake Morton Drive and Vistabula Street.
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.
Geneva Classical Academy, a Christian school that focuses on classical education for fourth through 12th graders, is renovating the 75,000-square-foot campus on 12 acres at 1736 New Jersey Road and plans to move in next fall. The auditorium is being leased to Grace City Church, which will use it as a second site for services | The Lakelander | Purchase price: $1.9 million
Raised crosswalks across Lake Morton Drive might help alleviate the distracted driving thought to be a culprit in a spate of recent accidents around the lake that have killed five swans and injured a pedestrian, a city official said today. More
City crews plan to paint a diagonal crosswalk at Cleveland Heights Boulevard/Scott Lake Road and Lake Miriam Drive on Tuesday as part of a series of changes aimed at improving safety for students walking to Lakeland Highlands Middle School, city officials announced this morning. More
Members of Redemption Church, which has held services at RP Funding Center since the church was founded in 2016, have voted to purchase the 1.5-acre property at 145 E. Edgewood Drive that has been home to St. David’s Episcopal Church for 65 years. More
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.”