PUBLIC RECORDS: Reporter Gary White delves into a Florida phenomenon – local governments, including the city of Lakeland, have pulled hundreds of thousands of documents from their websites in response to letters from two litigious men who want to ensure the records are accessible to the visually impaired.

DOWNTOWN: As the city of Lakeland plans for next year, the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority presses three initiatives:

  • Hang overhead string lights above some key shopping/entertainment blocks.
  • Reduce the number of street signs while making them more informative and attractive.
  • Create parklets, removable platforms that could be place over on-street parking to create outdoor seating for restaurants during certain parts of the day. (Here’s a more complete definition.)

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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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