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We celebrate some notable 2018 memories by highlighting the people, places, and developments that made up our best year yet..../ ➝

December 17, 2018

New Leadership, Renewed Vision In Issue 41, we interviewed newly elected Mayor Mutz as he stepped into the role eager to lead the city to a brighter future but prepared to pause at the beginning of his term, ready to listen and to see the real needs of the city.  Like everything in Bill Mutz’s […].../ ➝

December 17, 2018

New Leadership, Renewed Vision The CRA’s efforts to increase the quality of life in the blighted areas of the community. After buying the property in 2011 and demolishing blighted apartments in an effort to increase the quality of life in the area, the Lakeland Redevelopment Agency (CRA) began a four-phase project that would rebuild the […].../ ➝

December 17, 2018

Launching Businesses Continuing to equip entrepreneurs in our community in new and innovative ways.   Catapult announced a partnership with TheShop.build to build and operate the future Maker Space within Catapult’s new facility. TheShop.build is based out of San Francisco and is a hybrid of a maker space, startup incubator, innovation hub, and membership-based workshop […].../ ➝

December 17, 2018

Politics Last December, the city commissioners voted in favor of the relocation of the Confederate statue that currently stands in Munn Park. After an earlier decision this year limited the funding of the relocation to private funds, the commission then made the decision on November 19 to use red-light camera citation revenues to move the […].../ ➝

December 17, 2018

Public Service Civics, civility, process, leadership — all will coalesce as Dennis Ross assumes his role as a teacher at Southeastern University, which is creating a center for civic engagement. The university offers a bachelor’s degree in political science and is considering offering a master’s degree. “They want to start a conservative think-tank and leadership […].../ ➝

December 17, 2018

Development A true dog leg now exists on Cleveland Heights Golf Course as a beautifully shaded area on the corner of the course is now home to a three-acre dog park. Dog Leg Woods, the city’s second dog park, officially opened on Saturday, March 10, and furry four-legged friends across Lakeland have since been able […].../ ➝

December 17, 2018

Healthcare Lakeland Regional Health welcomed the addition of a new building for women and children, focused on providing a family-friendly atmosphere and specialized pediatric care. On June 2, 2018, Lakeland Regional Health held a grand opening for the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. A partnership with Nemours Children’s Hospital of Orlando, the […].../ ➝

December 19, 2018

Local Favorites Collaborate With the nearing release of their sixth album, Copeland collaborated with the Imperial Symhony Orchestra to lead a memorable symphony orchestra in the Youkey Theatre at the RP Funding Center. The Lakelander: Between all of this, you’re running and producing at your studio when in Lakeland. How has producing others’ music helped […].../ ➝

December 19, 2018

Lakeland on the Silver Screen Southgate Shopping Center got, yet again, another movie close up as Disney filmed The One and Only Ivan in Lakeland this past summer. In 1990, the Southgate arch was featured in Tim Burton’s film, Edward Scissorhands.  This year, another movie production took advantage of the unique architecture of the Southgate […].../ ➝