A dozen area residents questioned the $17-a year tax to pay for street lighting along the dangerous road.
Since plans for a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks near Munn Park got little support when unveiled earlier this year, a new idea has emerged for the $7 million that had been budgeted for it:
Build a walkway from the side of the tracks where the Amtrak station overlooks Lake Mirror and the Catapult 2.0 business incubator is being built to the side of the tracks where a lot of new growth is expected. More
Lakeland remains a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community but can reach silver level if it builds more bike lanes and paths and reduces the level of crashes, which are above the national average. More
Reporter Chris Guinn talked with several people who attended a workshop on two railroad overpasses proposed for downtown Lakeland and found little support. Among other concerns, critics wondered whether the number of walkers and bicyclists using the structures to bypass long trains would justify the roughly $7 million construction costs that would be paid by the state plus maintenance paid by the city.
City commissioners are taking up the future of Florida Avenue in Dixieland and downtown on Friday. They will be discussing whether to take the contentious issue to the next step by asking the state to conduct a required project study. More