The Ledger


A front-page above-the-fold article in today’s Ledger celebrates the spirit of cooperation that has supplanted the formerly bickering relationship between the organizations seeking to guide the direction of downtown Lakeland.

One of the adhesives holding things together seems to be Julie Townsend, who has headed the Downtown Development Authority for 10 months after earlier resigning in disgust from the Downtown Lakeland Partnership and decrying the infighting.

Ellen Simms, who took over some of Townsend’s duties at DLP,  says the various agencies are focusing on their strengths rather than struggling for dominance. As for Townsend, she says LDDA is “uniquely positioned to broker relationships.”

By the way, the LDDA is about to launch a new website developed by former Lakeland journalist Chuck Welch. It can be seen at

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Barry Friedman founded 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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