Business Planning Retreat

Quality of life issues led the way on Tuesday as Commissioners and staff reviewed actionable items arising from their Strategic Planning sessions on April 3rd and 4th. Bringing the city's fiber-optic infrastructure to businesses highlighted the discussions on Wednesday. The public is invited and encouraged to review the video and the presentations. This is how government gets done.


Watch the whole show online.

Video highlights are posted here. 



Select from among the slide presentations below for more information.

Opening Remarks

Watch the complete video of Day One here

Review the entire Finance presentation here

Dog Leg Woods Park - Commissioner Dunn questions Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Pam Page .Review the entire Parks and Rec discussion and presentation here

Solid Waste and Recycling - Commissioner Walker asks about the probability of a rate increase. Review the entire discussion and presentation here

Delta, jetBlue, American - Airport Director Gene Conrad paints a rosy picture of the future of air service for Lakeland. Review the entire discussion and presentation here

South Florida Avenue Diet - Commissioner Read expresses skepticism . Review the entire discussion and presentation here

Downtown Master Planning - CRA Director Nicole Travis walks the commissioners through downtown with eyes on the future. Review the entire discussion here

Downtown Parking - Commissioners Madden and Franklin weigh in on Angelo Rao's presentation. Review the complete discussion here.

Fire inspection fees - Commissioner Franklin asks about notifying affected businesses before implementation in July. Review the entire discussion and presentation here

Water, water, everywhere? - Commissioner Troller seeks clarity regarding the city's rate payers investing in future development projects . Review the entire discussion and presentation here

People who need people - Mark Farrington outlines the community mentorship project spearheaded by Mayor Mutz. Review the entire discussion and presentation here

Gigabit Lakeland - All seven commissioners weighed in, expressing optimism along with a healthy dose of caution. IT Director Terry Brigman's presentation to them is featured here unedited, and is followed by highlights of the commissioners' reactions and concerns. Review the entire discussion here

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