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IH Stage & Concerts

We had a very good BOC meeting last week that will affect the future of Lakeland for years to come. If you haven’t seen the new entertainment stage located near the IH lake you owe it to yourself to check it out, you will certainly be impressed. The stage was built to allow concert series […]

Lakeland Ranked Number One

Our great city was recently ranked the number one city in the Memphis metro area to raise a family by From the article, here’s the criteria used to make the decision: If you love the music and food in Memphis, but aren’t so sure big city life is right for your family, the suburbs […]

Lakeland Updates

There’s a lot going around Lakeland.  One of the things many people are happy to see is the updated Landscaping of the medians on Canada Rd. and next to Sprouts.  Much sod and new trees have been planted.  There’s also new “gateway” signs that we will be putting up soon on Canada and next to […]


I’m often asked what we have done to move Lakeland forward over the last two years compared to previous boards. I will be glad to compare what the present BOC has versus any two year period from previous boards. For starters, we have wiped out all the red tape that prevented retail business from coming […]

Lakeland Commons

If you are interested in the proposed new development at Seed Tick Rd and Memphis Arlington called Lakeland Commons, I wanted to provide more information.  To see a very similar development, you can visit Ivy Walk’s website at  Ivy Walk is in Smyrna, Georgia.   Members of the Lakeland Commons development team were directly involved in […]

BOC Update

Here is a great update from the recent work session as reported by Lakeland Currnets. – Clark BOC work session – Dec. 4, 2014 The Lakeland Prep Project took front and center Dec. 4 at the Lakeland Board of Commissioners work session at City Hall. The first resolution was to authorize an engagement letter for […]

City Manager Changes

I wanted the opportunity to put to rest the removal of Chris Thomas as Lakeland City Manager. When I agreed to go along with the hiring of Chris in 2013, I felt that uneasy feeling you get when you know you are making a mistake. Mayor Bunker made a tremendous sales pitch in the favor […]

Lakeland Prep Is Moving Forward

Property taxes are slated to increase in Lakeland after the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Oct. 14 to raise the current 85 cents to $1.40 effective in 2015. According to the amended ordinance, the special property tax will assist in funding the construction of additional school buildings and is solely for the retirement of the […]

City Hall At Work

The Mayor, Commissioners, and City staff worked hard on a recent Summer Saturday morning preparing the medians for future site work on Lakeland’s “GATEWAY”. With all the changes that will take place over the next couple of years, Lakeland needs to showcase our beautiful city. The mall, the school, the interchange, and the extensive commercial […]