- City commissioners will decide this morning whether to spend $2.6 million to rehab former Salvation Army buildings and lease them to entrepreneurs planning an events space, artists colony and shared commercial kitchen.
- Florida Poly expects $5 million for a research center as the state revises bond funding for education construction.
- Also: Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in, which starts tomorrow, honors veterans | Union pushes to represent Southern Wine & Spirits workers | Letter writer thanks city for cleaning Carpenters Way historic marker.
- The city of Lakeland and Polk County have been asked to kick in $75k each as part of $750k in incentives Enterprise Florida is offering to an aircraft maintenance company that would bring 250 jobs to Lakeland.
- The alimony bill sponsored by Lakeland legislators Kelli Stargel and Colleen Burton is the only one left on the desk of Gov. Scott, who is being lobbied by lawyers to veto it.
- Also: A new memorial honors women who served in WWII (Facebook photo album) | Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in starts Tuesday (daily schedule)
The Polk Museum‘s dramatic new entry sculpture was donated by two Clearwater art collectors.
- The son of School Board Member Dick Mullenax has retained varied jobs in the school system despite “a history of violent episodes, poor work attendance and frequent tardiness.”
- Also: The switch from Verizon to Frontier was rocky for some local broadband customers | Four local charities benefited from a Publix anti-hunger drive
- A group called Bicycles in Lakeland pushes for driver education and further changes to the Hollingsworth bike path near the Yacht Club.
- The Lakeland Center is one of four venues contending to host the Orlando Magic‘s minor league team.
- Also: Construction starting on Peace River Center‘s 20-bed crisis stabilization unit | Dining critic Eric Pera gives Texas Roadhouse four stars | Stephen Senn is one of six finalists for 2nd DCA judge.
LAKE MIRROR: The clusters of classic columns on the promenade need repairs, but it’s not clear who will pay. The colorful Paley sculpture could use some help, too.
LPD: A federal lawsuit leads to a $275k settlement for a man who was beaten by police after a trespassing call escalated to a full-out fight.
- Nine financial institutions are joining with the LEDC to offer $70K in grants for startups, looking particularly for concepts “new to Lakeland.”
- Polk Vision is looking for a new executive director after Sara Roberts resigned to focus on her impending marriage and her children. (Here’s the job description.)
- Two dozen Polk students are participating in the state science fair, which runs today through Thursday at the Lakeland Center.
- Celebrating its first Easter, fast-growing Grace City Church brings youthful fervor to a staid, old structure in Dixieland.
- Salvation Army‘s planned Kathleen Road warehouse will help with disaster relief.
- Also: SEU Latin America expert publishes Cuba book | Provoked security guard, 19, shoots and kills 15-year-old
- Sinkholes are putting Lakeland Electric’s coal ash storage pile under scrutiny for safety and water impacts.
- Former Mayor Gow Fields pays tribute to the late Neriah E. Roberts (including a dubious incident of punishing students at school for church infractions.)
- An April 3 concert at Linksters Tap Room on 98 North will raise money to renovate the Music Ranch. Music starting at 1 p.m. includes Pat Travers, Damon Fowler, Sean Chambers, Les Dudek and others.