ICYMI, Florida suspended the drinking of alcohol at bars. 🍺 This order was issued by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation after the state reported 8,900+ new cases of coronavirus on Friday.
While drinking alcohol at bars may currently be prohibited, we rounded up a few ways you can support our budding brew scene (and the owners + workers who bring us these cool hangs + refreshing mugs), that’ll have you saying “sip, sip, hooray.”
📲 Remote tipping: While some bars may choose to close during this time, DYK you can help support out-of-work bartenders + service industry members in Lakeland by tipping virtually? Virtual tip jars randomly generate local individuals’ so diners can submit funds. Click here or here to get started.
🍲 Buy food:A pretty delicious suggestion, amirite?Not sure if a bar sells food? Give them a call + ask or check out their social media pages. Kaylee here + I’m a total sucker for the buffalo cauliflower bites at The Federal Bar.
✉️ Give someone a gift card: Instead of getting carded, how about giving one? Buy a gift card in advance from your favorite local brewer or bar + share it with a friend. That’s what we call a win-win.
🍹 Try out a mocktail: No doubt, more restaurants, bars + breweries are getting hip to mocktails. So, whether you don’t drink at all or you just want to space out your cocktail consumption, try out some non-alcoholic options that go big. #ProTip: The Lakeland Loft will continue selling frozen drinks + cigars.
👋 Check-in: Times are undeniably tough for many. In a safe way, check-in on the owners, bartenders + workers at the local bars, breweries + taprooms that make up our beautiful community + ask what you can do to support them during the bar suspension.
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○ The Polk County School Board’s in-person meeting – originally scheduled on June 30 – has been postponed due to the rise in coronavirus cases. The purpose of the meeting was to allow for public input on the retirement of Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd + a search for her replacement. (The Ledger)
○ When will FL move to Phase Three of reopening? Gov. DeSantis said that FL is not yet ready for the next phase. According to the governor, “I’m confident that people, if you follow guidelines, if you follow the instructions from the local and the state and the federal officials, you know, you can do things in a low-risk way.” (Orlando Weekly)
○ Looking to get tested? Check out this round up from Lkld Now. The Polk County Health Department is also using part of the $10M CARES Act fund to expand testing – specifically in areas where less than 2% of the population has been tested. Officials are hopeful these new test sites (in Lakeland, Fort Meade, Haines City, Davenport, Poinciana, Frostproof + Dundee) will open mid-July. The Florida Department of Health has a goal of testing 2% of the population each month – which breaks down to 14,000 tests a month in Polk County. (Lkld Now)
○ The CDC has added three new coronavirus symptoms to its list. New symptoms include congestion or runny nose, nausea + diarrhea. Other previously listed symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, and sore throat. The CDC may update the list as more information becomes available. (Fox 35 Orlando)
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
A community forum on race relations will take place tonight at 6 p.m. in the RP Funding Center’s Youkey Theater. A few community leaders have been asked to speak, but the rest of the time will be opened up to individuals who want to comment.
Due to COVID-19, capacity will be at 50%, which will still seat 1,100 people. The forum is also expected to be broadcast live. Read more here. (Lkld Now)
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Announced ○ The U.S. House unanimously passed a resolution establishing Pulse Nightclub in Orlando as a national memorial site to honor the 49 lives taken, those injured, and the first responders. The onePULSE foundationis building the National Pulse Memorial and Museum, which is slated to open in 2022. (Orlando Sentinel) 🏳️🌈 ○ SpaceXcalled off a launch attempt of a batch of Starlink satellites on Friday. The launch, originally scheduled for 4:18 p.m. liftoff on Friday from the Kennedy Space Center, needed additional time to complete pre-launch checks. The rocket is set to deliver an additional 57 Starlink satellites + two satellites from BlackSky. There are currently over 500 Starlink mini-satellites in orbit, with a goal of launching thousands more. The Starlink project will provide internet at low costs to those in underserved areas globally. (My News 13) 🚀
Civic ○ Lakeland city commissioners have chosen GovHR USA to conduct the searchfor a new city manager to succeed Tony Delgado. GovHR USA has conducted 700+ recruitments across 38 states and is woman-owned, with a strong commitment to diversity + inclusion across local governments. Co-owner Heidi Voorhees told commissioners she would be personally overseeing the search for Lakeland City Manager. Watch the full meeting here. (Lkld Now)
Stat ○ In Friday’s newsletter, we brought up a pretty heated question: “What’s your preferred plural for ‘you?’” Out of 180+ responses we received, 66% of you said you use“y’all,” 17% use “you all,” 11% use “you,” and roughly 9% use either “youse” or “you’uns.” Additionally, many of you reached out to let us know we missed an important term: “All y’all.”
WaterCooler ○ On Friday, The NBA G League announced that Orlando Magic Two-Way player BJ Johnson + Lakeland Magic player Josh Magette were named to the All-NBA G League Second Team and Orlando Magic Two-Way player Vic Law was named to the All-NBA G League Third Team. 🏀
Finance ○ DYK? Fraud is on the rise due to the ongoing pandemic. The best way to arm yourself against a scammer is knowledge. MIDFLORIDA Credit Unionexplains how to spot a scammer so you don’t become a victim. Ⓟ
Want to help out the Goat? Here are 4 easy swaps that Lakelanders can make to help bring single-use plastic pollution numbers down in our waterways + lakes:
💧 Plastic water bottles The swap: Reusable, refillable water bottles On average, each American uses ~13 bottles/month. Investing in a sustainable water bottle means you’ll save156 plastic bottles from going into waterways each year. Reusable water bottles come in a variety of styles, sizes and sustainable materials like stainless steel, glass, silicone + plastic. Plus, you can cover yours with LALtoday stickers.
Click below for 3 more convenient, reusable products you can incorporate into your daily life. Ⓟ