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CATAPULT: Structural damage to the Lakeland Cash Feed Building from Hurricane Irma is forcing the Lakeland Economic Development Council to abandon its plans to transform the 1924 structure into the Catapult 2.0 entrepreneurial center.
ALSO: Director’s blog post | Engineer’s letter, photos | Building inspector’s letter

LOVERS’ OAK: The director of Bok Tower Gardens, a career horitculturist, argues passionately that the city of Lakeland should preserve the conjoined live oaks at Success and Lake Morton. Instead, he said, the city should focus resources on “sound arboricultural evaluation and work” on the tree and replacement of the more precarious laurel oaks around town with live oaks. See past coverage.

NEW RESTAURANT: The upscale demographics of zip code 33813 drew the owners of Duke’s Brewhouse (web) to Lake Miriam Square, but the restaurant is positioning itself as “classy, blue collar.”