MARIJUANA: Following the lead of Tampa, Lakeland should discuss decriminalizing small amounts of pot, says City Commissioner Justin Troller; as a high school coach, he says, he’s seen too many college and career dreams dashed by convictions.

HOTEL: The planned opening of a Marriott TownePlace Suites at I-4 and U.S. 98 in December will mark the first new hotel in Polk in seven years and will help ease a local lodging shortage, officials say.

CITY HALL: In midyear performance reviews, City Manager Tony Delgado is praised for open communications and City Attorney Tim McCausland for conservative stewardship.

ALIMONY: Lakeland legislators Kelli Stargel and Colleen Burton say they don’t know if they’ll try again after Gov. Scott vetoes their alimony bill under heavy pressure from family law attorneys.

Source: The Ledger

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