Environmentalists Have Long-Range Hopes for Preserving Fragile Land
Polk County voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to extend the ad valorem tax that has allowed the county to buy environmentally sensitive lands, such as Circle B Bar Reserve.
Head of Special-Needs Daycare Centers Charged With $400K Medicaid Fraud
Lakeland parents scramble to find care after abrupt closure of four facilities for medically fragile children.
City Makes it Easier to Build Affordable Housing in Commercial Zones
Lakeland city commissioners voted unanimously Monday to make it easier for developers to put affordable, multifamily projects alongside warehouses and factories in commercial or light industrial areas of Lakeland.
Polk Plans to Boost Special Ed Funding by $3.1 Million
Massive infusion of resources comes after years of complaints that students were not receiving help.
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Local Demand for Vasectomies Is Up, But So Are Wait Times
Lakeland has a limited number of urologists who offer the procedure, which has increased in popularity since the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Cleveland Heights YMCA Seeks Zoning Approval for $21 Million Expansion
The project would dramatically expand the almost 60-year-old facility and nearly double the number of children it can serve.
Consultant Faces 7 Misdemeanor Charges for ‘Ugly’ School Board Campaign Texts
James Dunn is charged with violating Florida election laws regarding disclosing the funding of campaign messages.
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Voting: When, Where, How
Sample ballot, early voting, find your polling place
Polk County Commission
Martha Santiago vs. Markeishia L. Smith
Polk School Board
Runoff: Lisa Miller vs. Jill Sessions
Polk County Judge
Runoff: John Flynn vs. Ruth Moracen Knight
Colleen Burton vs. Deysel Dokur and Ben Albritton vs. Christopher Proia
Governor, U.S. Senate, and Florida Cabinet races
Laurel Lee vs. Alan Cohn and Scott Franklin vs. Keith R. Hayden Jr.
City Approves 2 Apartment Complexes; Lakeland Electric General Manager Named
The Lakeland City Commission approved two new apartment complexes, and the city manager announced that Mike Beckham is the new general manager of Lakeland Electric.
Lakeland Electric Updates City Commission on Storm Outages
Lakeland Electric Assistant General Manager Joey Curry gave city commissioners an update on the city-owned utility’s performance during and after Hurricane Ian.
Lakeland Smart Growth Forum Addresses Housing Needs, Infrastructure
About 100 people attended a Smart Growth Summit to discuss Lakeland’s increasing population and ways to handle it in the future.
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