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

Meet the Tweeple

Polk Co Bloggers Meetup Right editWednesday night local social media experts, fans, and novices get together to celebrate open communication and the holidays.

This time the Polk Netizens are hosted by Vintner’s Cellar in Merchants Walk, 3615 South Florida Avenue.

According to meeting organizer Bev Hendricks, “Meet fellow tweeps and social medialytes. Enjoy 2-for-1 wine or non-alcoholic beverages at Vintner’s Cellar, Dec 16, 5:30-7:30pm.”

To RSVP leave a comment here, on the Facebook event page, or send a tweet to @polknetizens on Twitter.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Chuck Welch for Lakeland Local

3038 Cleveland Heights Blvd

The news ran through Twitter this afternoon. A candidate for the Lakeland City Commission was served a search warrant at his home. Readers of Lakeland Local can figure out whose home was searched.

Inside we have a play-by-play of the 3038 Cleveland Heights Blvd property deeds registered in Polk County since January 2004.

Also, some pertinent information about D. Scott Heineman and Kurt F. Johnson, two men once listed as trustees for the Goetz Family Trust.

Southgate Publix All-in-One

Over at another site, there was a discussion about the reopening of the Southgate Publix. One person questioned the coverage: “It’s a grocery store. A. GROCERY. STORE. A place to buy groceries.”

I’ve only been here a few years, but it researching the articles about Southgate I found that it has survived and prospered when many contemporary and later shopping districts failed. In the Dixieland community the Southgate Publix isn’t just a grocery store. It’s a meeting place. We find our neighbors there every time we shop. It’s a touchstone of history. 52 years in the same location doesn’t happen by accident. We can walk and bike to this store. Generations have done so, though it was built for cars during the time the city wasn’t quite up to its edge.