NORTH LAKE MIRROR: That’s the new name for the city-owned neighborhood of cleared lots between the lake and the Intown Bypass. A new plan calls for developers to turn it into a community of apartments and townhomes.
CITY CHARTER: Former City Attorney Joe Mawhinney will chair the committee tasked with reviewing Lakeland’s charter and recommending changes in time for voters to approve or reject in November 2017.
GATOR LADY: The editorial board took a look at the former pro wrestler who has brought national attention to Lakeland for first trying to sell her house-broken alligator on Facebook and now is trying to get state regulators to let her keep it. Their conclusion: Let her keep #Rambo unless he’s deemed a threat to neighbors.
BOOZE II: Polk commissioners begin to clarify their views on Sunday alcohol sales rules as they agree to consider changes for unincorporated areas.
HIRING: Lakeland has advertised for an assistant city manager and is down to three candidates for public works director — and no consultants were consulted.
FOLK ART: Frances Andrews used to give away her charcoal drawings. Now they’re hanging at Platform Art and several shops in Lakeland.
LAKELAND ELECTRIC: Your power bill’s fuel cost has been reduced to a historic low, but officials warn the new rate can’t last long | It may soon be possible to buy blocks of solar power from the city utility.
RECYCLING: Bins were placed at Joker Marchant soon after a newspaper letter writer recommended them.