Pepperidge Farm in Lakeland didn’t produce the promised jobs, so it lost its Polk County tax incentives, and delays at Brew Hub and Steripack led to changes in their agreements with the county.
- Two young entrepreneurs want to help redevelop a distressed neighborhood, but a commissioner questions their low rent.
- First came a suggestion that Lakeland might attract more businesses if it sets up a charter school system. Then a School Board member said: Let’s talk. Now the city says: Yes, let’s.
CLUBHOUSE ROAD: As the county starts a traffic study, neighbors say they want a lot more than the single light that’s been promised.
MULBERRY: New business on a former golf course along SR 37 just south of Lakeland is unlikely soon. T.H., Miller, whose $275 million bid won the 155 acres, says he plans to sit on the land.
HOMELESS: Local agencies that serve homeless people face fund cuts because Polk has been slower than Uncle Sam would like in adopting Housing First policies.
MULBERRY: Expect new development in the city to the south as Tom Mims prepares to build a subdivision and a former golf course along SR 37 is auctioned off.
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS: Is the golf course, with its annual subsidy reaching $1M, a business or a park? City commissioners go for park.
PUBLIC RECORDS: Activist Joel Chandler seeks info on law enforcement officers to compile a statewide database of internal investigations.
CITY: Setting budget priorities, city commissioners committed to downtown issues: parking, infrastructure, developing the vacant North Lake Mirror | Five of the seven also said they would consider a publicly owned high-speed Internet utility