FLORIDA AVENUE: Several city commissioners expressed skepticism about a report suggesting Florida Avenue get reduced to two travel lanes and one turn lane between Dixieland and downtown. Members of the public will get a chance to check out the plan at a presentation at the Polk Museum of Art Thursday at 6 p.m. | Learn more

CELL TOWER: After hearing from supporters and opponents, city commissioners voted 4-3 to approve a 110-foot Verizon cell tower on the Juice Bowl site on U.S. 98 at South Crystal Lake Drive. Voting for: Commissioners Malless, Selvage, Walker and Yates. Voting against: Commissioners Read, Troller, Wiggs | Background info

HISTORIC PRESERVATION: As city commissioners reduced a layer of regulation needed to develop in the Garden District east of downtown, they also took an unexpected step aimed at reducing the authority of the Historic Preservation Board to approve new construction in the district | Garden District ordinance

BARNETT: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy named Carol Jenkins Barnett its “Champion for Literacy.”

BASKETBALL: The state high school girls basketball finals start today at The Lakeland Center and run through Saturday. The Morning Paper previews the tourney in a six-page section in print, but you won’t find Bill Kemp’s overview story online yet | FHSAA info

Source: The Ledger

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