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Lakeland’s historic downtown has seen a surge of new restaurants, with six opening in the last year alone.

There’s now dining or bar seating for an additional 1,500 customers in the area bordering Munn Park. That density of restaurants, with a variety of options, is good for business, said Julie Townsend, executive director of Lakeland Downtown Development Authority.

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The Lakeland City Commission has been planning to move a century-old Confederate memorial since last December, but they’ve only just figured out how to pay for it: traffic tickets.

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With new bars and restaraunts going up in Downtown Lakeland, one city commissioner thinks allowing people to walk the downtown streets with alcoholic beverages could be a boon for businesses.

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More than a month after the Lakeland City Commission voted to move the Confederate memorial from the center of downtown, fundraising has slowed and tensions continue.