TORNADO: The damage done by the tornado that gouged west Lakeland Oct. 18 did not hit the target for FEMA assistance, but local businesses and residents may be eligible for SBA loans, the county’s emergency services director says. The next step is a request from Florida’s governor to the feds.
CITY ATTORNEY: Lakeland’s interim city attorney has a new contract. It’s based on one written for the city manager by former City Attorney Tim McCausland, though McCausland never operated under a contract himself.
WOMEN FIREFIGHTERS: When 19 high school students from PACE Center for Girls toured Lakeland Fire Department’s headquarters Tuesday, the main message was that firefighting is a career worth exploring.