Read It in the Morning Paper

  • Plans to renovate Joker Marchant Stadium will have to be redrawn since soil near the clubhouse won’t bear the weight of construction, Christopher Guinn reports. No word yet on how much will be added to the $2.4 million the city of Lakeland has pledged (out of a total cost of $37 million.)
  • Free rent was part of the deal to lure the Miss Florida Pageant to The Lakeland Center for five years. The city is also offering free rent at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for three years to host the Polk State College aerospace program.
  • A new lawsuit against  lawyer John Vreeland is being withdrawn because he agreed to resign from overseeing a trust. He denies the allegations in the suit and says it was filed “for purposes of public consumption and in a further attempt to damage my reputation.”