What’s up Lakeland, are you ready to par-tree? 😉 The City of Lakeland was awarded Level 1 Accreditation by ArbNet Accreditation Program + you can now track your favorite trees on a new GPS enabled map of Lake Morton.
Quoteworthy: “The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. The City of Lakeland Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.” – City of Lakeland
Photo via City of Lakeland
With all of the beautiful trees in the area and the recent accolades, it’s no surprise that Lakelanders now have the opportunity to track and learn about your favorite trees peppered up + down Lake Morton with this new GPS enabled map. 🗺️
This feature was created with a little help from the City GIS team and LAL’s arborist aficionados. Every single tree around the lake has been tagged with descriptions and photographs and is available for the public to view as the “Lake Morton Flowering Tree Collection.” 🌳
It’s no surprise that Lakeland’s tree population (56,000 trees and counting) gets a special shout out + a new mapping system. Who doesn’t love a good tree, right?
A noteworthy tree to keep an eye out for while strolling Lake Morton is the Mucronatum or Montezuma Cypress, which is number 16 on the list of trees and is located between E. Palmetto Street and Mississippi Avenue on Lake Morton Drive.
To access the technology, walkers at Lake Morton can simply whip out their mobile phone, find a tree of their liking, access the site here + learn. If walking isn’t your thing, you can view all of the trees with a birdseye view from your desktop and click to learn. 🤓
You can find the answer to today’s quiz in the wrap, at the bottom of this newsletter.
○ McDonald’s + Chipotle are among the national chains requiring customers to wear face coverings. Chipotle’s requirement went into effect on Friday, while McDonalds’ will start Aug. 1. There are two Chipotle’s + over a dozen McDonald’s locations here in Lakeland. (Wesh 2 News)
○ FHSAA has decided to pause the start of fall sports practices for the entire state until August 24. The decision was approved Thursday night in an 11-4 vote with the goal being to have more information on COVID by that point in time. (The Ledger)
○ This month, Polk County ranked fourthfor the number of unemployed residents. Other counties on the list include Osceola ranking at number 1, Orange, + Lake counties. While Polk’s numbers have improved since June, uncertainty about the future of the job market remains. (The Ledger)
○ Late last week, President Trump announced the cancellation of the four-night Republican National Convention in Jacksonville. The event was said to draw in more than 10,000 guests sparking concern related to the spike in COVID cases in Florida. (The Ledger)
○ Florida reached arecord-high number of COVID-19 cases in the state surpassing 400,000 confirmed residents since March including 5,763 deaths. (Tampa Bay Times)
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
Have you seen the Comet NEOWISE? This bright beauty is 3 miles in diameter + moves fast at 40 miles per second, to be exact. 🌠
The comet has the potential to be viewed in the Northern Hemisphere into August + you can find NEOWISE near the Big Dipper asterism.
Some observers have even said that once you spot it with binoculars, you can glimpse it as a fuzzy far away object with just the naked eye.
Pro Tip:don’t have binoculars? Many cell phones can pick up the comet using zoom settings.
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Weather ○ 88º | PM T-Storms | 50% chance of rain
ForParents ○ Today is the last day to fill out + submit aSchool Intent Registration Formfor Polk County Public Schools. The form offers 3 learning formats: campus learning, campus Eschool, and Polk virtual. Learn more here.
Civic ○ The Lakeland Chamber Political HobNob will be held virtually on Tues. Aug. 4 from 6-8 p.m. The Zoom meeting will discuss this year’s local, state, and federal candidates + their views on the most important topics. Tickets are available here.
Biz ○ Tampa General Hospital + the University of South Floridahave announced the creation of a new clinical affiliation. This new affiliation will allow both organizations to align their clinical + administrative practice areas into a separate organization. The new organization will be jointly governed. Next, they will implement a clinical integration + launch a national search for an executive to lead this joint venture. (Tampa General Hospital)
Apply ○ The Lakeland Planning & Zoning Board has a new opening. The board oversees land development regulations, the City’s comprehensive plan, and even makes recommendations on zoning/rezoning requests. Apply.
Canceled ○ Universal Orlando announced on Friday that Halloween Horror Nights would not be taking place this year. This also holds true for Universal Hollywood. (Wesh 2 News)
PlanAhead ○ Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will be hosting a Wild and Swingin’ holiday party on Dec. 12 at the RP Funding Center. The part will put a unique twist on American swing + jazz. Tickets go on sale next Friday at 9:30 a.m. Tickets start at $33 and are available online.
Cause ○ Have you heard of #MaskUpLKLD? This new initiative makes face coverings available to businesses at low or no cost. Check out their website for more.
Health ○ Dealing with bladder issues + pain doesn’t need to be awkward, LAL. MeetDr. Lindsey Hahn of Lakeland Regional Health– the only Fellowship-trained Urogynecologist in the region – who is here to help solve even the most uncomfortable female pelvic health issues. Ⓟ
FeaturedDeal ○ Select 3 or more shows from RP Funding’s Broadway series and enjoy discounted ticket prices and more. Shows include Charlie & The Chocolate Factory on Sat., Jan. 16, 2021; Buddy Holly on Thurs., Feb. 4, 2021; Hairspray on Mon., Mar. 1, 2021; and South Pacific on Wed., Mar. 31, 2021. Ⓟ
Answered: If you guessed “Sabal Palm” for Florida’s state tree then you are correct.
Fun Fact: The Sabal Palm didn’t become the state tree until 1970. Although it was “designated” in 1953, the mandate didn’t pass until 1970 when the Sabal Palm officially replaced the Cocoa Palm on the State Seal. 🌴
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