With the Detroit Tigers setting up their 85th Spring Training in Lakeland, the focus this year will be on trying out new players as the team rebuilds.
An affordable housing program passed its first hurdle last week. On Feb. 17, the Lakeland City Commission will be asked to proceed with a project to offer roughly 80 city-owned lots for sale at 120% of assessed value to developers to build houses or apartments aimed at buyers and tenants whose family income is up to 120% of the city’s median. Non-utility impact fees would be waived once houses are sold to qualifying families.
A south Lakeland teen is being treated for possible rabies after an otter fought her family’s French bulldog, chased it into the house and bit the girl before her mother tackled it and threw it out the back door. Casina and Gwyn Ewert re-enact the scene for News Channel 8.
Latest campaign finance reports show that two Democratic candidates have more cash available than first-term Republican incumbent Ross Spano in the 2020 race for the U.S. House District 15 seat, which represents most of Lakeland: Adam Hattersley, D: $171,314; Alan Cohn, D: $85,313; Spano, R: $41,986.
An exhibition that the Polk Museum of Art’s director calls his institution’s biggest and most expensive will combine:
- Old (rarely seen 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings) with new (a Spotify playlist)
- Visual art with the performing arts of music and dance.
Florida Sen. Kelli Stargel’s bill requiring parents to consent to a minor’s abortion passed the Senate Thursday on a party-line vote and is headed to passage by the House and signature by the governor. The Lakeland Republican said she opted to have a baby as a teen when she found she was pregnant even though her mother suggested an abortion.
Lkld Live needs to be less a music venue than a home for creativity as it moves into maturity and its next act, said Nate Fleming, the nonprofit arts venue’s new executive director. More
Workers this morning put final touches on the Heritage Plaza Parking Garage as it opened to the public for the first time. The streets surrounding the garage — Kentucky Avenue, Orange Street and Tennessee Avenue — have been resurfaced and are again open to traffic. More
A City Commission review of plans for a downtown dog park turned into a discussion about parking in the fast-developing area north of Lake Mirror and what walkability means in an increasingly urbanized city core. More
Absent a clear vision for their broadband ambitions and eager to capitalize on recent prodding for information by communications technology companies, commissioners agreed Friday to issue an open-ended request for proposals to firms willing to create a partnership with the city. More
With its parent company declaring bankruptcy, Village Inn has closed about a quarter of its under-performing restaurants, including its location on Harden Road near the Polk Parkway. Most Village Inns in the Tampa Bay area remain open.
Lakeland is being visited by more touring musicians than usual this week. Here’s a roundup, followed by a couple of special events: More
More than 350 people came to tonight’s Polk County School Board meeting at the Bartow High School auditorium, and many voiced support for higher teacher pay.More
Winners tonight at Catapult’s 2nd Annual Lakeland Entrepreneur Awards were: More