Lakeland city commissioners today agreed to sell 2.3 acres to the developers of Bonnet Springs Park and hire a consultant to help land a major airline at Lakeland Linder Airport. View a summary of today’s action through social media posts:

City Real Estate Committee is meeting. Main item: proposed sale of property just north of Florida Tile site to Bonnet Springs Park developers. Commissioner Bill Read says he’s opposed. He feels the price is low and the city should preserve its options. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

The City Commission’s real estate committee has three members. Chair Bill Read opposes the sale of 2.3 acres to Bonnet Springs developers. Commissioners Philip Walker and Justin Troller favor it. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

@JustinTroller: Unlike some other high-profile sales of city land, this one will result in benefits to taxpayers through development of a massive urban park. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

Property sale to Bonnet Springs developers:
1. Mayor @DozenDad Bill Mutz says “There’s little risk and every opportunity to gain.”
2. Philip Walker moves approval.
3. @JustinTroller seconds.
4. Vote is 2-1, with Bill Read dissenting.
The agreement: https://t.co/oIakS4wqNQ #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

The sale of 2.3 acres north of Florida Tile along with nearby right of way to Bonnet Springs Park developers now goes to the full City Commission. They convene at 9 this morning for the ceremonial part of their meeting. Business portion starts at 10. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

The Real Estate & Transportation Committee approved the 1st modification of the lease with Draken Intl – Think Top Gun. Draken operates the largest tactical aircraft fleet outside of the military. They help train tactical pilots. #lkld

— City of Lakeland (@lakelandgov) July 16, 2018

Old @LakelandVIM property at 1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd proposed to get conditional use to all 145 student private school with athletic field, gym and dorm units. #lkld

— City of Lakeland (@lakelandgov) July 16, 2018

Commission, in agenda study, is discussing building heights for multi-family zones. Commissioners Madden and Franklin both favor increasing heights, but keeping historic districts at the current 40-foot limit. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

In order to increase density, Commissioner Madden & Franklin would like the commercial and multi-family 70′ building height in place in all areas except for the Historic Districts. #lkld

— City of Lakeland (@lakelandgov) July 16, 2018

Commission agenda has two building-height ordinances today:
1. An area of Dixieland has been carved out, with staff recommending 70-foot apartments allowed north of Palmetto. That’s on first reading and won’t get a vote today.
The proposal: https://t.co/Z8p3YQqNNd
(1 of 2)#lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

(2 of 2)
2. Commission today will consider a much-debated proposal to increase multi-family heights to 55. There seems to be a move to carve out the historic districts, keeping them at 40-foot max. Look for an amendment later today.
The proposal: https://t.co/TpovuNXvma#lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

Property appraiser estimates Lakeland’s tax roll will grow 8.19% to $6.4 billion in 2019, city finance director says. That is estimated bring in $719k in new construction and $1.99 million in increased taxable values. Based on that, he recommends keeping millage at 5.7265. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

@LakelandFD says it’s trying to recruit more women. Their employment is 4.7% women, just above the national average of 4%, but they say it’s not good enough. A new video is being rolled out to help recruitment. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

@LakelandFD has eight women firefighters, the assistant chief says. #lkld pic.twitter.com/SNVWf2BLN1

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

@LakelandFD presenting on diversity and hiring programs that target women. Igniting the Change Video promoting fire fighting as a career for women. #lkld

— City of Lakeland (@lakelandgov) July 16, 2018

Check it out first! See #IgnitingChange: Women in the #FireService online at https://t.co/TjuuufU6Ll . #women #firefighter #careers #lakeland #publicsafety #lkld #lovelkld https://t.co/8sSklRRZCF

— Lakeland Fire (@LakelandFD) July 16, 2018

Chris Asbill, chairman of the board for Volunteers in Service to the Elderly, is named CityMaker for July by the #LoveLakeland org founded by @HowardWiggs and @chrissannelong. https://t.co/FbltQM6EAf #lkld pic.twitter.com/R5pG2eKrTP

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

Mayor @DozenDad Bill Mutz praises Community First Village in Austin TX, which he visited last week, as a model for helping homeless people. It’s community first, not housing first, he says. Locally, activist Brian Seeley is pushing a similar project. https://t.co/73eOEdaKoV #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

City Commission votes unanimously to sell 2.3 acres north of the Florida Tile site to the developers of Bonnet Springs Park. Closing depends on commission approving 50% of development plans for commercial/residential/office development envisioned for 24-acre Fla. Tile site. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

City expands the commercial retail uses allowed on three properties at S. Florida Avenue and Eastway Drive. Focus is on neighborhood services. https://t.co/rEDdOITqqq #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

RIGHT NOW: City Commission is listening to both sides in a land-use change that would allow former Polk County Commissioner Bob English to expand his Valiant Products business north of Memorial Blvd. near Kathleen Road. Neighbors object. https://t.co/LPQa0zNjvM #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

City Commission votes 6-1 (Troller dissenting) on 2 ordinances allowing Valiant Products to expand its manufacturing operations in a neighborhood north of Memorial Boulevard and east of Kathleen Road. Residents of Webster Avenue and Omohundro Ave. petitioned against. #lkld pic.twitter.com/6ezF60RsAd

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

The land-use ordinances allowing Valiant Products to expand:
https://t.co/LPQa0zNjvM
https://t.co/AIZNW03YQj

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

City commissioners vote unanimously to allow 55-foot buildings in certain multi-family zoning districts BUT NOT in historic districts. Commissioners say they intend to allow 55-foot buildings in the Garden District, but that will come later. https://t.co/TpovuNXvma #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

City Commission agrees to work with Volaire Aviation to attract a major passenger airline to Lakeland Linder Airport.
✓ Summary: https://t.co/XNxjvy2Mnh
✓ Background: https://t.co/fVRpah7J3o #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

@JustinTroller thanks city staff for posting a Request for Proposal for vendors interested in working with the city on a business plan determining the feasibility of a broadband Internet utility. #lkld

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

Lake Morton Neighborhood Dodges Higher Buildings https://t.co/LWMwMpcoE3 pic.twitter.com/XI0t19r5ur

— Lkld Now (@LkldNow) July 16, 2018

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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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