The Cost of Crime Rises

Starting tomorrow, the cost of crime will rise for Polk County Jail inmates. To offset the cost of inmate housing, the Polk County Sheriff’s office will charge a $2 fee per day to each inmate. “In honor of the hard working men and women who pay taxes to house criminals, we are now going to charge those criminals two dollars a day—to start—so they can help offset the cost to Polk County’s taxpayers,” wrote Sherriff Grady Judd in a press release this morning. Get the details inside…

Positive Signs in the Lakeland Housing Market?

Are there some positive signs in the Lakeland Florida housing market? Find our interactive map of all homes sold and Petra’s report in the full article.

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 03/29 to 04/04

Another 66 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 03/22 to 03/28

Another 55 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 03/15 to 03/21

Another 69 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 03/08 to 03/14

Another 73 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…

Wilkinson to Speak on Ethics Tonight

County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson has proposed the commissioners adopt an ethics policy. As you could imagine, the idea has caused much consternation and discussion. The Florida Bipartisan Civic Affairs Group has invited Wilkinson to speak to the group about the policy.

Tonight’s meeting is open to the public. After his presentation, Wilkinson will give the public the opportunity to ask questions. The meeting is 6:30 PM in the Community Room of the Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Drive.

Lakeland Local Makes a Video Report

You’ve noticed that many newspapers have added video to their sites. While many decry that newspapers and TV news are simply merging, we applaud their efforts. Of course, they can afford the cameras and video editing software. On the hyperlocal, all-volunteer, community news level we have to make do with far less…

Has the Lakeland Housing Market Bottomed Out?

The average price of homes sold February 2009 dropped 22% from February 2008, but showed a 1% increase over January 2009. There was also a slight increase in homes sold over January 2009. Find our interactive map of all homes sold and Petra’s report in the full article.

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 03/01 to 03/07

Another 84 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…

Video Surveillance of the Lakeland Bombing/Commercial Shoot

If you haven’t read the story by now, the three youths who placed the explosive devices on the downtown parking garage turned themselves in Monday night. They claimed they were merely making a commercial for a Mountain Dew contest.

The Lakeland Police Department released surveillance video from Sunday morning. It shows the men placing and exploding one device. I’ve made a few annotations to the Lakeland Florida Explosive Device Surveillance Video.

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 02/22 to 02/28

Another 71 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…

Red Light Camera Update

The city announced the first five intersections to get red light cameras installed. As predicted, they’re not the intersections with the greatest problems. Due to state laws, the city can install only where there is no state right-of-way. When the cameras were approved by commissioners in early November, the RLC vendor, American Traffic Solutions, was ready to start installations after Christmas. Though ATS will start installing the first cameras next week, a city official said the decision was made to hold enabling the cameras until June 1st. They hope that will the legislature time to pass a law to allow cameras on state right-of-ways. Look for our updated map inside…

Central Florida Invitational

Can’t make Spring Training? Then check out some well-played Division I Division I, Division II, NAIA and Junior Colleges baseball at the Central Florida Invitational. It’s 215 teams playing over 600 games in a little more than a month. Here’s the schedule (pdf) The file includes directions to all 14 stadiums in the Lakeland, Winter […]

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 02/15 to 02/21

There were 94 homes newly listed in Lakeland with an average sales price of $157,516 or $92.30 per square foot. And inside we have the interactive map listing each home with size, bedrooms, baths, and additional information. Update: Correct report now inside…

Polk Schools to Lay Off 1,700 Teachers in 2009-10?

No, probably not. But that’s how many the school district would need to lay off to account for the 15 percent budget cut state officials have told Florida schools to expect next year. It comes to $95 million. The Polk district would need to cut 1,700 of its 7,000 teachers to come up with $95 million. It’s more likely that every employee will receive a significant pay cut.

BioFuel Conference at USFP

It’s Sunday and you’re wondering…”This Friday, how can I work a half-day and take the rest of the day off?” The answer? Attend a half-day conference on BioFuel. It’s at the University of South Florida Polytechnic (USFP) so there’s little travel time and you’ll be on the back nine by two.

Baseball is Back

It’s baseball season and coverage is about to start. This year we plan to do a lot more than our Spring Training report. What to we mean by more? Read on…

Mayor Fletcher’s Announcement That He’ll Not Seek Another Term

Here’s Mayor Buddy Fletcher’s announcement that he will not seek another term.

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 02/08 to 02/14

There were 94 homes newly listed in Lakeland with an average sales price of $157,516 or $92.30 per square foot. Of course, we have them mapped for your home buying convenience.