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  • CITY: In his annual presentation to the City Commission, the head of the non-profit Lakeland Economic Development Council presented an ambitious list of goals for the city and an audacious series of suggestions for replacing city revenue without raising property taxes or utility fees. Potential revenue sources include a hospitality tax on food and beverages, conversion of Cleveland Heights Golf Course and development of city-owned property around Lake Mirror | View the presentation slides
  • ABORTION: The bill by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, to require parental consent for teens wanting an abortion is heading to the Senate floor and likely passage by the full Legislature.
  • DINING: In a five-star review, restaurant critic Eric Pera declares that downtown’s Nineteen61 “is without a doubt the most interesting, eclectic, vibrant, handsome restaurant Polk County has to offer.”