DOWNTOWN RAIL: City commissioners got their first glimpse at options for putting pedestrian crossings over railroad tracks at Kentucky Avenue and New York Avenue. The consensus seemed to be: It’s expensive and not too pretty, but let’s keep pursuing it | View the report

BROADBAND: Frontier Communications isn’t yet seeing demand to support widespread gigabit speeds in Lakeland, but it’s inevitable, a marketing rep tells city commissioners.

HIGHLAND PARK: Highland Park Church may be buying vacant land south of the church from Polk County for $685k. The county originally bought the property along Lakeland Highlands Road for $3 million before the economic downturn to assist with the project to widen Lakeland Highlands.

SCHOOLS: Students at five elementary schools feeding Lake Gibson Middle School will learn typing and computer skills in a program aimed at easing the digital divide.

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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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