JUVENILE CRIME DOWN IN POLK COUNTY: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice crime data indicates that youth offenses seem to be trending downward. For fiscal year 2018, Polk County saw 22 percent less juvenile crime than in 2017. Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens noted that an “alternatives to arrest” program for youth who commit first-time misdemeanors (excluding sex offenses and those involving firearms) appears to be working.
IN THE GARDEN DISTRICT: Lakeland City Commissioners will consider an ordinance to bump the maximum height for buildings in the Garden District from 40′ to 60′. The ordinance would have to pass to allow a proposed four-story apartment building near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Lime Street.
LKLDNOW NOTE: As ordinance 18-064 currently reads, the the maximum height change would go into effect only for a sub-section of the Garden District in the areas shaded below: