IRMA: The Morning Paper leads off with a pair of articles recalling the chaos created when Hurricane Irma tore through Lakeland two years ago this week. One is about a 70-year-old woman who is frustrated by a lack of assistance from FEMA and her insurance company in fixing her faulty wiring and leaky roof that date to Irma. The other one is about Irma, the mascot cat that has roamed Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware since the time of the hurricane.
SCHOOL FOOD WASTE: Prompted by a First United Methodist Church associate pastor and the founder of the Combee Connection Ministry, Polk public schools officials are pondering whether and how to set up food-sharing tables in school lunchrooms to divert fruit and packaged food that would otherwise be discarded to students in need.
BONNET SPRINGS SCULPTURE: On Sunday, Platform Art will unveil the design for a sculpture to be installed at the massive park scheduled to open in early 2021. “Sound Wall” was designed by All Saints Academy students Laura Prazdnicane and Lucy Zhang | Event info
FLORIDA POLY: The Lakeland-based state university has hired a new fundraiser: VP of Advancement Kathleen “Kathy” Bowman has been at Purdue University since 2011.