The Real Kickoff to the Holiday Season – SantaCon

Editor’s Note: Being a consummate professional Tom Hagerty braved the snow* and cold yesterday to photograph the kick-off to the holiday season — SantaCon 2011. If you’re not familiar with SantaCon, just imagine a sleigh-full of department store Santas and their elves having a few beers after work and playing beer pong. * – OK, there wasn’t any snow, but there was a lot of beer pong. Tom choose to take photographs rather than join in. That’s professionalism.

Dr. Scissorhands Cuts Up for Charity

Saturday local physicians and area celebrities took knife to pumpkin at the Dr. Scissorhands Pumpkin Carving Exhibition. Sponsored by the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, the carved pumpkins were auctioned to benefit the Alliance for Independence. Lakeland Local photographer Tom Hagerty captured the fun at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market…    photo credit: Tom Hagerty for […]

Less a “pot-pocalypse” and More a Pot Pause

Downtown was abuzz yesterday morning as city trucks began hauling off 271 streetscape container gardens. On social media and on the streets Lakelanders lamented the removal of the gardens. Many were confused who maintained the gardens, their cost, and how many would be removed. Anne Furr, Executive Director for the Lakeland Downtown Development Association, commiserates […]

“Catalytic Project” Considered for Downtown

Vibrant on First Friday evenings, serene on slow Sunday mornings, full of music Friday nights and close to the many festivals that call Lake Mirror home, Downtown Lakeland lacks a little something – residents. Today, the City’s Community Redevelopment Association staff presented the City Commissioners with “a catalyst for future residential living downtown.“ The CRA […]

Motorcycle Mania at First Friday

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Performing at First Friday

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At the Holiday Walkabout

Each year the Holiday Walkabout kicks off the Christmas season in downtown Lakeland. Held last night, the Walkabout featured horse-drawn wagon rides, a kiddie train ride, pony rides, music, dining, shopping and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. • Below is an auto slideshow of images from the Walkabout [slickr-flickr tag=”20101201a” type=”galleria” ] photo credit: […]

Lake Mirror Christmas Eve

One of Lakeland’s best features is the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror. Photographer Tom Hagerty was there on Christmas Eve.

(Do we need to mention that warm running weather on Christmas Eve is also one of Lakeland’s best features?)

2009 Dec 24 #13 editCreative Commons License photo credit: Tom Hagerty for Lakeland Local
See the full set of Lake Mirror photos at Lakeland Local

State of Downtown

Last week the Downtown Lakeland Partnership held their annual “State of Downtown” luncheon. The Ledger’s Rachel Pleasant filed the story. I was there, but didn’t cover the meeting. I was doing a little work for DLP.

For those who may have missed the luncheon, inside I have a few snapshots, the video part of the presentation by Tamara Sakagawa (community redevelopment agency manager for the City of Lakeland), and a link to PDF of the brochure that formed the hub of her presentation.

Mayoral Forum – Live Tweets Redux

During the Downtown Lakeland partnership sponsored Mayoral Forum, I “live tweeted” the questions and answers to and from the candidates. I sent about 56 tweets in about 60 minutes.

The nature of Twitter is 140 characters, with the AP Stylebook thrown out the window. So, as Rod Stewart once sang, “please pardon my grammar.” Read the tweets inside…

Lakeland Police Change Beats

The Lakeland Police Department is changing their beats to improve officer assignment and response flexibility. In the past, LPD utilized smaller single officer assigned beats. Two or three officers will be assigned to each of the new zones. LPD Lieutenant Jody Sisson, who participated in the remapping project, says the new beats allow officers to work together in between calls to target problem areas.

Tea Party Coming to Lakeland: Time to Break Out Schoolhouse Rock

You all know that I aggressively pursue evenhandedness in the promotion of social and political happenings.

Thus, I’m thrilled to note that the national “Tea Party” movement, spawned by the noted populist derivatives trader-turned-CNBC heartthrob Rick Santelli, is coming to Lakeland on April 15, as part of a national day of tea parties scheduled to coincide with tax day. The Lakeland event is set for noon to 2 p.m. at Kryger Overlook Park on Massachusetts (nice historical synergy there). As the name suggests, the park overlooks Lake Mirror. The Lakeland event even has a Facebook page. At least 21 people have confirmed that they will attend. Eleven maybes.

George Harris Memorial Arch Dedication Set for Thursday

Local first reported the news of the George Harris Memorial Arch on February 6th. At that time, Anne Furr, the director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Association, hoped the arch would be finished for a dedication in late April or early May.

The arch was completed ahead of time. The public is invited to the dedication this Thursday, April 2nd, at 5pm at the SW corner of Munn Park. (Before view of the corner.)