Construction of Central Bark, a $350,000 dog park near the north shore of Lake Mirror, is scheduled to start in September. Private fund-raising for the city’s fourth dog park (see the others here) stalled, but “thanks to our city manager and city commission, we were able to move some money around and make this happen,” Parks and Red Director Bob Donahay tells Bay News 9’s Stephanie Claytor.
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Two bicycling events this week focus on safe driving/biking and two-wheel commuting:
- The annual Ride of Silence, held to remember cyclists hurt or killed on public roadways, starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church and includes two slow laps around Lake Hollingsworth.
- Friday is National Bike to Work Day. At a recent meeting, City Commissioner Scott Franklin challenged his colleagues to cycle to the city’s agenda study session Friday morning. (We hope they don’t all try to use the tiny bike rack by the main entrance to City Hall.)
Here’s our video from last year’s Ride of Silence. One big change since then: The bicycle stop sign at Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Ingraham Avenue has been replaced by a concrete-separated bike lane where cyclists need stop only when pedestrians are crossing.
Just days after he broke his arm in a game, 26-year-old Salt Lake Stallions linebacker Gionni Paul — a Kathleen High graduate — found himself jobless and on his own for medical bills when the eight-team Alliance of American Football abruptly folded.
At least one of the 40-foot mounds at Bonnet Springs Park will be made with soil from the former CSX railyard that has gone through a cleaning process. The hills will create a dramatic view of downtown to the east and accentuate the slope down to Lake Bonnet to the west.
Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium beat out Clearwater’s Spectrum Field as best spring training stadium in Florida in bracketed voting conducted by BallparkDigest.com.
FSC are double basketball champs. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won Sunshine State Conference championships.
The men’s team had just advanced past Saint Leo after a buzzer-beater layup, and they then went on to get the semi-final win over Lynn University and finally defeated Nova Southeastern for the title. The women’s team likewise advanced past both Barry and Nova Southeastern before defeating Eckerd 61-60 for the title. More
Fans on Facebook aren’t exactly swimming over news that @LakelandMagic will become Lakeland Swans. Until we’re told otherwise, we’re assuming it’s a one-night change to boost a March 22 promotion with @mylkldelectric and LVIM’s Swan Derby. https://t.co/ksc6kllaSm #lkld pic.twitter.com/xagUVLmRPB
— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) March 6, 2019
A Magic/Swans spokesperson confirms that the team name will magically revert back after the March 22 game. She added that it’s exciting to see Magic fans’ passion for the team name in the Facebook comments.
The Florida Tropics seem to be on the comeback. After an enthralling away game in St. Louis that ended in defeat after overtime despite a Andre Braithwaite hat trick, the Tropics triumphed over Orlando in the fourth edition of the “Indoor War on I-4.”
The Tropics began the game Saturday night with a dismal 0-8 record on the road. After a quick goal from Ricardo Diegues in the first few minutes, the Tropics took control and never let up. The series between the Tropics and the Orlando Seawolves now stands tied at 2-2. More