Lakelanders are invited to share their views on quality of life issues + services in an online survey conducted by the City of Lakeland. Building upon the previous Community Values Survey, this new 30-question survey asks respondents to share valuable feedback and rate Lakeland as a place to live, work, and play.
We’re not saying the City should add free pizza to the mix somehow, but…maybe we are. | GIF by Giphy
The feedback will be used in the City’s strategic planning sessions, as they prepare for next year’s budget and outline their role in helping shape Lakeland’s future.
If you’ve already taken the survey, we’re very proud of you. As for everyone else, let your voice be heard. The survey is open until Feb. 28.
TryThis ○ Karaoke Night | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Union Hall, 1023 S. Florida Ave. | Free
Cause ○ Yoga on the Yard | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Yard on Mass, 802 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $5 | All proceeds will go to PACE Center for Girls. 🧘
PlanAhead ○ Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day| Sat., Feb. 1 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | City of Lakeland Solid Waste Management Offices | Free | Dispose of your hazardous waste and old electronics. Find a full list of accepted items here.Ⓟ
Civic ○ The Florida Department of Transportation has installed temporary traffic counters – large metal boxes with black strips across the road – on intersections and side streets in preparation for the South Florida Avenue road diet. The counters are measuring the volume of traffic, the types of vehicles traveling, and their classification + speed. Each unit records data at a select spot from 8 to 72 hours, before being moved to another one of the 90 points being studied. Wondering what the deal is with this project? Read the scoop in two minutes here. 🚘 (The Ledger)
Edu ○ A Polk County Board Meeting was held Tuesday evening at Bartow High School auditorium, where Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd directly heard from 350+ teachers. More than a dozen people made remarks. Teacher pay, classroom size, and lack of prep time were a few of the issues that educators brought up. (Lkld Now)
Lakelander ○Catapult’s 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Awards were held Tuesday, announcingChris McArthur of Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro, Patriot Coffee Roasters + A Cow Named Moo as Entrepreneur of the Year, artist Josh “Bump” Galletta with the People’s Choice Award, and Jeff Chamberlain, retired senior vice president of real estate at Publix, as Community Pillar. Music entrepreneur + tech investor Troy Carter was the keynote speaker. 🥇 (Lkld Now)
Opening ○Winter Haven Farmers Market(adjacent to Grove Roots Brewing Company on the northeast corner of 3rd St. + Ave. C SW) is having a grand opening this Saturdayat 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music + giveaways. The market will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through May 16, offering produce, baked goodsfrom local producers like Honeycomb Bread Bakers, specialty jams, olive oils, kombucha tea + more. 🥖 (The Ledger)
State ○ The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee supported proposal SB 1450, which would change the amounts and duration of penalties for violating Florida environmental laws. Most changes would increase penalties by 50 percent. For example, the civil penalty for dumping non-commercial litter would go from $100 to $150. The length of time certain penalties can be imposed would run until the violations are resolved by order or judgment. (Florida Today)
DYK ○ United Way of Central Florida can help you with your tax refund? Families with an income under $66,000 are eligible to have their taxes prepared for free. You can do them online, or have them prepared by one of United Way’s certified tax professionals. (United Way of Central Florida)
Dish ○ Waffle House will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner at 15 Florida locations, including the three in Lakeland. Guests can enjoy a romantic atmosphere, along with the restaurant’s classic eats. Reservations are required for dining between 5-9 p.m. 🧇 (Bay News 9)
Giveaway ○ To celebrate International Lego Day,Legoland Florida is holding a Legoland Pirate Island Hotel Giveaway. Enter by posting a photo of your dream pirate vacation built out of Lego bricks to their Facebook page. The winner will receive four theme park tickets and a one-night stay at the new hotel. The contest ends Feb. 2. Find the rules here.(Bay News 9)
Number ○ 1. The number of rabies cases confirmed so far in 2020. Polk County Animal Control went to N. Galloway Rd. on Sun., Jan. 26 after a dog got in a fight with a raccoon. The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccine and is under a 45-day quarantine at home. 🦝 (ABC Action News)
Biz ○ Help(her) connects businesses with female freelancers, stay-at-home mothers + women who just want to pick up a side hustle to complete short-term projects. Learn more.Ⓟ
FeaturedDig ○ We tell you about businesses closing, new apartments developing + ask what you’d like to see go into the open lot on the corner. Now it’s your turn to tell us and our readers about your available real estate. Take $50 off of all listings in January. Use promo code 20in2020. Expires 1/31. Ⓟ
🌵 Asked: “I would be interested to know if there is a hands-on class or presentation on growing succulents somewhere in Lakeland, especially something that I could take my 8-year-old granddaughter to.” – Reader Sharon. Say aloe and send us an email with your su-cute-lent suggestions.
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