Want to experience the film’s magic for yourself? We collaborated with local artistJosh “Bump” Galletta to create a map, featuring these film locations for you to drive by for a visit. (Fun fact: Bump created the map with the help of his kids.)
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○ According to a recent report, fatalities and hospitalizations in Polk County due to COVID-19 are increasing as new daily infection numbers are decreasing. This growth coincides with a greater number of tests being processed, with an average of 78,800 tests processed per day. As of Wednesday, the county had 212 patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 with FL’s overall positivity rate for individuals tested at 16.5%. (The Ledger)
○ The Wet-Bulb Global Thermometer (WBGT), a device that measures the risk of heat stress or heat illness, is being placed in Polk County athletic fields to help with monitoring school workouts. Costing $100, the WBGT factors in humidity, wind, + heat from ambient light from the sun, and coaches can get an hour-by-hour projection via an app. A mandate from the Zachary Martin Act requires all schools competing in the FHSAA to have the WBGT. (The Ledger)
○ Two Polk County residents share their experience with unemployment due to COVID-19 in an article by The Guardian. Crystal Tucker, a former hospitality industry employee, talks about her experience with homelessness and the Florida unemployment system + Lakeland resident Lauren Baker shares her story of being furloughed. (The Guardian)
○ The status hearing for the Florida School Reopening Lawsuit occurred at 8:45 a.m. yesterday morning in Tallahassee. The lawsuit, filed against Gov. DeSantis and the state of FL, calls for a judge to return control to each local school district on whether they should or should not open in-person classes for this fall. Gov. DeSantis is pushing to have the state decide if schools should open up for in-person schooling. (Bay News 9)
○ Gov. DeSantisissued a warning on Wednesday to policymakers about possible “stale” COVID-19 test results. According to Gov. DeSantis, part of the sudden surge of positive tests resulted from a private lab that included results from June, which shouldn’t be included in recent data. The Department of Health Secretary, Scott Rivkees, reminded hospitals and other providers to report both positive and negative test results to the state daily. (Orlando Weekly)
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Weather ○ 93º | Partly Cloudy | 20% chance of rain ○Yesterday morning, a 2020 hurricane season storm record was broken, as Tropical Storm Josephine became the earliest “J”-named storm on record. On Thursday, the storm was heading west-northwest at 15 mph with 45 mph winds, and no land interaction is forecast. Stay up-to-date with your local weather channel for the latest. #ProTip: Check out our guide on how to best prepare for hurricane seasonhere. (The Ledger)
Outdoors ○We’re in 7th Heaven.Se7en Wetlands (500 W Carter Rd., Mulberry), an old phosphate mine-turned wetland system in Mulberry, has released a new interactive map that shows water flow, control structures, distribution ditches, water outfall + more. Open daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., the park is open to the public, and has hiking trails + thousands of acres of green space +a boardwalk. 🍃
TryThis ○Lakeland’s Toy Story. A collector toy show is coming to Lakeland this Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lakeland North Quality Inn (3260 US Hwy 98 N.). Tickets cost $10 for people who come between 9 a.m.-11 a.m. + $5 for those who come after 11 a.m. The first 200 people will get a free Florida Toy ShowsToy Bag. Items on display include vintage and modern toys and retro video games + comics. COVID-19 precautions are in place such as wearing masks + limited entry. 🕹️
Active ○Yogata #TryThis. Goat Yoga is baaaaa-ck + taking place this Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9-10 a.m. at Monarchs & Miracles Farm,1385 Ewell Rd. The farm is taking extra safety precautions + sanitizing mats, but recommends you bring a towel to lay on the mat + wear a closed-back shirt, in case a goat jumps on you. Tickets are $20, each. 🐐
Dish ○ At this point in quarantine, we’re getting a little bored with our menu lineup. If you want to take a night off from cooking + try something new, Publix has 5 easy frozen meals that go from freezer to table in just 10 minutes. 🧊 Ⓟ
TheWord ○ Co-buying: When a couple of friends combine their incomes to qualify for a mortgage. This unique alternative to traditional home buying allows younger buyers (a.k.a. millennials burdened by student debt and a volatile job market) the opportunity to break the rent cycle and purchase their dream home. The local experts at S&D Real Estate break down how to navigate this new trend. Ⓟ
TodayIs ○ Leaping lizards.It’s World Lizard Day, and after doing some research, we found out that there are nine types of lizards found in Central Florida –and get this…some are legless. Types like the Six-lined Racerunner, Eastern Glass Lizard + the Florida Scrub lizard are just a few creepy crawlies that you can expect to share the FL sunshine with you. 🦎
PlanAhead ○ Celebrate 50 years of America’s original country comedy and enjoy a night of great music and good ole country laughter. Hee Haw, the iconic music variety show famous for its comedic skits, bedtime stories, All-Jug band music and hosting a variety of popular musicians is coming to the RP Funding Center on Sun., Jan. 17th, 2021. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here. Ⓟ
✂️ Answered: Edward Scissorhands.Remember the beauty salon scene? The shopping center – considered to be Lakeland’s landmark – was opened in 1957 with its first anchor tenant, Publix + is known for its iconic 70-foot-tall steel archway.
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