The City Zen Ship is yielding the right-of-way to LkldNow while the local news is vastly more important and needed than concern and conversation about the city's more routine, routine.

But still, sometimes "routine" can provide comfort and distraction from difficult realities. Explore the site, read the blog, engage your citizenship!

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City commissioners and their top staffers met via teleconference today. Citizens could view the meeting online or via cable and make comments via a phone line, although it seemed most had quit holding when it was time for citizen comments near the end of the two-hour, forty-two-minute meeting


E-mail the commissioners

But one at a time, please!


For the most part, when recipients open an email that includes others they are less inclined to take it personally. Make sure your message resonates by sending it to each commissioner separately.

Scott Franklin - Stephanie Madden -  Sara McCarley - Chad Mcleod

Bill Mutz - Bill Read - Phillip Walker

Each of these noble citizens represents all the rest of us. The four geographic designations - Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, etc. - apply only to the residency requirements for commissioners, not to their constituents. Bill Read, for instance, lives in the city's northeast quadrant and is likely to be more in tune with the businesses and neighborhoods in that area, but serves us all as our representative to the city management and staff.

It will always help to send your message to City Manager Tony Delgado  because it's his job to implement whatever projects, resolutions, and ordinances the Commission proposes in response to our communication.


State legislators representing Lakeland

Representative Colleen Burton

Senator Kelli Stargell