Bus routes, city charter, downtown development, Miss Florida and more: Check some of the action from today’s City Commission meeting as recorded on social media:

City Commission meeting is getting under way. First up: Tom Phillips is giving an update on the Citrus Connection, focusing on new routes with earlier and later service. Watch live: https://t.co/k7wkg9NZT5 #lkld pic.twitter.com/E3vP9E9YFi

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Starting Oct. 1, most of Citrus Connection’s #lkld routes will start at 5:45 a.m. and run until 7:30 or 8:30 p.m. Service on some routes will be somewhat sparser at mid-day, Tom Phillips tells city commissioners. He also updates plans for Florida Avenue during the road diet test. pic.twitter.com/2sBSzpnChl

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Florida Avenue and medical corridor bus routes are the only ones that are routinely standing-room only, Phillips says. Other routes meet standard of at least 10 passengers per hour. #lkld pic.twitter.com/Q91PgBW6zZ

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Asked whether he foresees a connection between public transit and ride-sharing (Uber, Lyft), Phillips says, “Integration with ride-share apps is the wave of the future.” Denver-area Uber apps already include public transit options. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Alyssia Totten, who has raised many thousands of dollars for public playgrounds, was named June CityMaker by the #LoveLakeland organization. Family and reps of organizations she works with surrounded her as the award was presented.https://t.co/cRCnKOoM9s #lkld pic.twitter.com/W0asVGXV1v

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Proclamations: #MissFloridaWeek 6/24-29, 2019 | Here to receive the proclamation is Taylor Tyson, Current Miss Florida. The Miss Florida competition will celebrate its 84th installment at the @RPFundingCenter 6/24-29, 2019, bringing a $2M economic impact to Lakeland/Polk. #LKLD pic.twitter.com/Qx2YadSgot

— City of Lakeland (@lakelandgov) June 17, 2019

#NormalizeBreastfeedingDay–6/27/19 | Here to receive the proclamation is Lauren Johnson on behalf of Vanessa Simmons.. Int’l Normalize Breastfeeding Day was initiated by Vanessa to help normalize breastfeeding & remove the taboo of public breastfeeding from modern society. #LKLD pic.twitter.com/aD1PKiUMOH

— City of Lakeland (@lakelandgov) June 17, 2019

Magnolia Montessori’s request to expand its New Jersey Road campus was unanimously approved by the City Commission today without comment from commissioners or residents. Background: https://t.co/49HJux2bRs #lkld pic.twitter.com/BI037Bcnsf

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Commissioner @JustinTroller gives an emotional defense of city action that he says would protect Lakeland Electric by making it impossible to be sold. #lkld https://t.co/DyZB4rxIx7

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Commissioner Sara Roberts McCarley makes a motion asking the city attorney to prepare a document to put all city charter amendments on the November ballot. It passes 5-1, with @JustinTroller voting no. Commissioner Phillip Walker is absent today. Next vote is a month away. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

READ our article about the charter amendment discussion and decision.

DOWNTOWN: City Commission votes unanimously to have its staff negotiate with Catalyst Asset Management of Tampa, which wants to buy the Oak Street parking lot and develop multi-family residential, retail and a parking garage. https://t.co/yC2v67sSqO #lkld pic.twitter.com/bpoSEBAyge

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

Commissioner Scott Franklin said he was surprised it’s five years until state DOT has budgeted funds to improve the Drane Field / Waring Road intersection. Transportation planner responds that the city can ask to shift funds from nearby projects.

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) June 17, 2019

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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