- City leaders agreed to join a countywide water cooperative under terms that give Lakeland a larger say than other cities — but only on the biggest projects.
- A track planned by road officials to test turnpike toll technology could also benefit Florida Poly student experiments.
- A-C-T Technology, Highland Homes and InTouch GPS made a list of 100 fastest-growing companies led by UF grads.
- A DIY, bring-your-own-stuff performance movement called noise is quietly — or maybe not — crashing into Polk | Watch video (if you dare).
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.