Scaffolding will go up around the Confederate Monument in Munn Park the middle of next week as city workers continue preparations to move it to Veterans Park, City Manager Tony Delgado told commissioners Friday.

The roses and other landscaping surrounding the monument have already been removed in preparation for the move, scheduled to start on March 27.

Site preparation is also proceeding at Veterans Park, where workers recently dug the hole where the monument’s foundation will be placed. A security camera has been installed and activated, and a temporary fence surrounds the installation site, Delgado said.

At Friday’s study session, City Attorney Tim McCausland also gave commissioners an update on legal action filed against the city by Southern heritage groups that want to halt the monument’s move.

After a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in January, the plaintiffs filed an appeal but it was dismissed when they failed to respond to a court request for additional information, McCausland said.

“Where we stand now is everything has been dismissed, but it’s without prejudice, so it could be refiled,” he told commissioners.

The City Commission voted in December 2017 to move the monument, and last May selected Veterans Park as the appropriate place for it to stand.

View previous LkldNow coverage of the monument issue.


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  1. Stop this atrocity!!! Hopefully, our appeal will stop the insanity imposed on the city by the Lakeland politicians….soon to be EX politicians.

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