CHARTER: Lakeland voters will be asked to decide on several proposed changes to the city charter in November, but the ballot will not include the two most controversial measures suggested by a charter committee a couple of years ago: making it easier to sell Lakeland Electric and tightening term limits for commissioners and the mayor.

MANNYS: Employees and customers were surprised Tuesday by an unexpected Facebook announcement (here) that Manny’s Chophouse in South Lakeland has closed.

CITY RETIREES: Lakeland commissioners on Monday upheld a pension board recommendation against granting an ad hoc  raise to retired city workers.


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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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