Overall crime in Polk County dropped 12% last year, from 13,787 incidents in 2019 to 12,117 in 2020, but violent crime increased more than 6% from 1,990 to 2,115, according to recent data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Similarly in Lakeland, property crimes were down but violent crimes were up, Chief Ruben Garcia […]
Summit Expects to Serve First Broadband Customers Within 4 Months
Minutes after city commissioners approved a 20-year partnership today with Summit Broadband of Orlando to provide high-speed Internet service to Lakeland residents and businesses, the CEO of the company told reporters the company should be ready to serve its first local customers within four months.
Parents, Director, Roommate Respond on Teen’s Death
News Channel 8 and Fox 13 News report three new developments in the case of Naomi Wood, the 17-year-old from Vermont whose death at Lakeland Girls Academy is under investigation: Her parents said though an attorney that they were never given details of her May 2020 death and are “actively pursuing this matter.” The academy’s […]
Read It in the Morning Paper: Politics, Pageant
POLITICS: Lakeland Christian School teacher Jennifer Canady has a significant fund-raising lead in the fall 2022 race for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, collecting $115,508, compared with the $36,960 raised by Lakeland City Commissioner Phillip Walker. PAGEANT: The Miss Florida Scholarship Competition returns to Lakeland this week. It will be held June […]
Man Threatened With Eviction After Flying Pride Flag
A resident of the Sunshine Village mobile home park on Reynolds Road has been threatened with eviction if he doesn’t remove his pride flag, Fox 13 News reports. Park management says that only the American flag can be flown, but Jimmy Anderson notes that a neighbor’s “Don’t Tread on Me” still flies. Sunshine Village has […]
Mutz Says He’s Optimistic Air Traffic Noise Plan Will Be Approved
Mayor Bill Mutz said today he is optimistic that federal officials will approve the first phase of Lakeland’s air traffic noise mitigation plan this fall and implementation can begin by December.
Amazon Plans Massive Expansion of Lakeland Air Center
Amazon is planning a nine-figure expansion of its air cargo facility at Lakeland Linder Airport that is expected to increase daily flights to 36 in 2022 and 44 by 2027, Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. The e-commerce giant plans to lease an additional 63 acres west of its current 47 acres and add 464,000 square […]
Guinness Record Holder to Open CYCLEdelic Spin Center
Maybe you’ve noticed the huge, colorful logo in front of the building at 3505 Cleveland Heights Blvd. It’s hard to miss. It’s CYCLEdelic, slated in June to become Lakeland’s first indoor cycling-centered facility.
Platform Art Working With Builders to Add Public Art
A sculpture perched outside a new midtown apartment building is the first fruit of an effort by Platform Art to work with developers to increase public art in Lakeland.
System Failed His 2-Year-Old Son, Father Says
A grieving father tells News Channel 8 his 2-year-old son’s death could have been prevented if the courts and the Florida Department of Child and Family Services had taken his warnings seriously. Jayden Hines was beaten unconscious by a man dating his mother, Lakeland police said when arresting the man. Source: News Channel 8