Hey Lakeland, Kaylee here. Aug. 18 is the Primary Election, but early in-person voting has already started. I’ll spare you the, “It’s-your-civic-duty-to-vote” lecture (but, seriously, it is) and get right to the info you need to ensure a smooth experience.
FYI: You’ve missed the deadline for the primary if you aren’t currently registered to vote,butthere are other ways to participate. You can also still register (by Oct. 5) for the Nov. 3 general election. Register online here.
🗳️ When is early voting, again? Mon., Aug. 3-Sat., Aug.15
🗳️ Can I still request a mail-in ballot? While it’s too late to request a mail-in ballot for the Primary Election, if you have already requested + received one, you are still able to send it in.No stamp is necessary to return the ballot,as the return postage is prepaid.
So who will you see on your primary ballot? Click the button below for a rundown of the state + local candidates, plus, what you need to bring with you(if you’re planning to vote in-person), COVID-19 safety precautions being taken at the polls + more.
○ Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive orderrescinding quarantine travel rules for travelers entering Florida from New York, New Jersey + Connecticut. These travel restrictions had previously been in place since March. (Tampa Bay 10 News)
○ A new executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantisrescinded certain restaurant employee requirementsduring the pandemic. Now, employees who have previously tested positive, will not need to receive two negative tests before they can come back to work. Employers are required to implement screening protocols as directed by CDC guidance.
○ ICYMI, a video about what schools could look like in Florida, once reopened, recently went viral for its “dystopian” look. The School District of Manatee County posted the video, showing clips of teachers wearing lab coats, masks + other protective equipment, along with lunchtime sessions for children, who are seated at spaced-out tables.
○ 100+ hand sanitizers have been recalled by the FDA, with many containing methanol or with ingredients not corresponding with the label. Check out the list on the FDA website here. (Fox 13 News)
○A study from Frontiers in Psychologyfinds that healthcare workers in the US are struggling with mental health issues due to the coronavirus pandemic. The research outlines that average healthcare professionals are at a greater risk of experiencing depression than the general public and report enough symptoms to be diagnosed with clinical depression. View our list of local mental health resourceshere. (TechWire)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Lakeland’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
The stainless steel sculpture mimics the shape of a treble clef symbol + has interactive elements that replicate the sound of rain. The design was created by All Saints Academy NuVu Innovation Studio students, Laura Prazdnicane + Jiayun “Lucy” Zhnag + the sound sculpture will be housed in the Harrell Family Sensory Garden
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Dish ○ Contemporary Jamaican + southern restaurant Taste Of Home Grillis celebrating its grand opening on Aug. 15, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at 502 E. Main St. Dishes include braised oxtails, with sweet + savory peppers, brown stew chicken, callaloo + more.
ComingSoon ○Something wicked this way comes. Spirit Halloween – the world’s largest Halloween decor + costume store – is planning to open a seasonal location in Lakeland at 4241 S. Florida Ave.(near Big Lots). In anticipation of the holiday, the retailer plans to open 1,400 US locations + is looking to hire seasonal workers. 🎃
Stat ○ 8.4%. The decline citrus consultant Elizabeth Steger anticipates for Florida’s 2020-21 orange crop. If predicted correctly, this would mean there would be an orange crop of 62 million boxes, versus last year’s 67.65 million boxes. The US Department of Agriculture will release its forecast in October.Elizabeth Steger has produced her estimates since the 90s, usually coming close to what the US Dept. of Agriculture predicts. The report allows growers to prepare for the season. (The Ledger)
Development ○Construction has started on a 3000,000 sq. ft. industrial development, off of I-4, in Lakeland. The two speculative warehouse buildings are anticipated to be finished by the middle of 2021 + will offer a rear loading dock + clear ceiling height.(Business Observer Florida)