NEW DEVELOPMENT PLANNED: Former state senator J.D. Alexander heads a group proposing to build between 895 and 1,299 new homes in the South Lakeland area bounded by north of Ewell Road, south of West Pipkin Road and west of Yates Road. The company hopes to start construction in the spring and is looking for the city to help improve roads into the area.
AGAPE FOOD BANK CLOSES: After 30 years serving as Polk County’s largest nonprofit food pantry, Catholic Charities of Central Florida will cease operating the Agape Food Bank on December 31st. By summer 2018, the Catholic Diocese of Orlando plans to open two smaller farmers-market type centers in Lakeland and Lake Wales. Feeding Tampa Bay will take over supplying the approximately 140 community food pantries in Polk and Hardee counties.