The six candidates for Lakeland City Commission in the Nov. 5 election answered questions during a forum at today's meeting of The Lakeland Rotary Club. The forum was moderated by Jack Lowman of Avon Leasing, a former president of the club. Topics included, in order:

  • Whether the city should launch a broadband utility.
  • Summit Consulting's proposed eight-story office building and garage on the western shore of Lake Mirror.
  • A planned “road diet” to reduce Florida Avenue from five lanes to three in Dixieland.
  • Funding for homelessness programs.
  • The city's role in solving employment barriers: transportation, child care, affordable housing.
  • Forgiving increases in Lakeland Regional Health's lease payments to the city.
  • Methods to make Lakeland more attractive to young professionals.

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