• Michael Maguire

These things take time

Something like six years in this case, the case of the New York Avenue Cycle Track. If nothing else gets your attention here, please let it be this clip from the City Commission’s discussion on Monday ( August 20 ).

Kudos to Scott Franklin for clarity and kudos to Phillip Walker for advocacy and passion. Both are at work to represent the community.

It should be noted that the lion’s share of the cost for this project comes from state grants and transportation taxes, not property taxes, so it feels a little like a freebie. But it’s not. It could be argued that the same funding could be put to better use for sidewalks, bike lanes, and other traffic safety features that would benefit a much wider array of citizens and stakeholders.

But it’s too late. Better luck next time.

It is fair to ask, how could we have known and what could we have done, and the answer is simply to engage the city. Care. Speak. Ask. Learn. Download there Commission Agendas and read them. Look for something that connects with you, because something usually does, and when nothing really does, rest assured you have done your part just by paying attention. Maybe the next item will prod you into action.

Watch the highlights below or watch the discussion in its entirety here.

By the way, the public budget hearings are on the docket for September, and that would be a great opportunity to hone your interests and engage your citizenship.


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