Stay informed and get active: Follow these resources in Lakeland

From media to government resources, check out this list of who you should be following if you live in Lakeland and want to keep up on the city’s goings on.

A crane flies over the shore of Lake Morton while several cranes stand under a palm tree.

Lake Morton wildlife at sunset

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Turns out, there’s more to being an engaged citizen than sitting in Munn Park enjoying an iced coffee from Black & Brew. We got curious about the various organizations and resources that make Swan City what it is, as well as how everyday citizens can do their part. Keep reading for the can’t-miss information.


Lakeland City Commission

Lakeland’s city commission is made up of seven members, elected by the people to represent a district or the city at-large. They hear from community members and vote on policy during bi-monthly meetings at City Hall, which you can watch in-person or online.

Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA)

The LCRA works with the city commission to reinvest tax dollars to improve the designated community areas of Dixieland, Midtown, and downtown Lakeland. Projects like The Joinery, The Yard on Mass, The Well, and many others have been made possible through partnerships with the LCRA.

The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA)

You can thank the LDDA for the revitalization of our historic downtown, events like First Fridays + the Farmers Curb Market, and for maintaining downtown’s aesthetic by setting specific guidelines.

Now that you’ve been briefed, we’re curious: What are you still wondering about when it comes to being an engaged resident of Swan City? Tell us what questions you have, and we’ll find the answers.

Maybe you don’t have a question, but you do have some useful information we could add to our Lakeland civics guide. Share your expertise and we may share your knowledge with your fellow readers.

Local media

We know how much our readers love LALtoday, and we also believe there’s enough love to go around. In case you didn’t know, there are many options for Swan City residents looking to be an expert on local news, events, and more.

LALtoday | News, lifestyle | Free

You probably already know this one. Here at LALtoday, our goal is to educate and activate our readers. We give you the need-to-know Lakeland information directly to your inbox at 6 a.m. for you to read in five minutes or less.

LkldNow | News | Free

Founded in 2015, LkldNow is a nonprofit local news provider that delivers community-driven stories to its online readers via its website, social media platforms, and weekly newsletter. According to founder Barry Friedman, LkldNow’s mission is to increase citizen engagement and help readers understand their communities.

The Lakelander | Culture, lifestyle | Free with subscription options

Dubbed “Lakeland’s City Magazine,” The Lakelander is known for its artistic format, impressive photoshoots, and free magazine stands scattered throughout Swan City. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been collecting their free magazines for years.

Lakeland Mom | Kids + family, lifestyle | Free

Polk County parents would be wise to make Lakeland Mom a regular part of their reading, in our opinion. Owner + editor April Mucci launched the website in 2015 and has been sharing family-oriented events, camps, seasonal activities, educational opportunities, and more ever since.

The Ledger | News | Free with subscription options

Did you know that The Ledger has been around for nearly 100 years? Founded in 1924 as the Lakeland Evening Ledger, the local paper has shared everything from breaking news stories to sports coverage throughout its many iterations.

LKLD Magazine | Lifestyle | Free

Lakeland and Winter Haven residents can find new favorite spots with the stories in LKLD Magazine + Haven Magazine. With 13,500 copies being distributed monthly, this local publication is doing significant work in highlighting local businesses and individuals that make Polk County a great place to live.

Access Lakeland | City of Lakeland initiatives + events | Free

Did you know the City of Lakeland also has a digital newsletter? Information used to go out via printed utility statements, but has since transitioned to the digital world. Now, residents can sign up for a monthly newsletter to stay informed on municipal news.

Did we miss your favorite local outlet? Tell us who you love to read.

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