RESTAURANTS: A comment from an unnamed city officials in  a Ledger story (here) brought expectations that a Pollo Tropical restaurant would come to Lakeland. It turns out that won’t be happening, but three other chain restaurants are planned for a strip along South Florida Avenue at Poppell Drive (map): Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (web), Jason’s Deli (web) and Mission BBQ (web).

TEACHERS: A year-old impasse over teacher raises faces another delay. School Board members decided Monday to wait until Nov. 14 to settle the issue so that their staff can assess the financial impact of making the proposed 2 percent raises retroactive to the 2016-17 school year.

PARK: The city park that houses Common Ground playground and the Beerman Family Tennis Center has been renamed from Edgewood Park to Publix Charities Park to recognize a $1 million donation from the charity.

Source: The Ledger

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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