March 2015


Residents of the City of Lakeland have been divided on the question of building a joint middle and high school–and its financing through a $0.55 property tax increase and bond issue–for the past eight months.  Sometimes civil, and occasionally heated, discussions have raged on social media and in public meetings on the topics, pitting neighbor against neighbor and leading to a crop of  yard signs encouraging residents to “Vote Yes for Lakeland” and “Vote No Bond.”

So now, it is up to the voters of Lakeland to decide. With 13 days of early voting (March 27-April 11) before election day on April 16, voter turnout could see a record high. As part of our mission to inform, educate, and connect our community, we contacted the Lakeland School Board and the Concerned Citizens of Lakeland.  We invited each group to submit a 500 word editorial to explain to our readers why they should–or shouldn’t–vote in favor of the bond issue. Each essay is presented below in its entirety. The content was not edited and reflects the opinion of the author, not The View 38002.


Early Voting and Polling Information, Including Location Changes for Election Day


At a special called meeting on  February 19, and after a call in to the election commission to clarify some of the requirements surrounding early voting, the Lakeland Board approved a resolution requesting that the date for the election be set for April 16.

Lakeland voters will be asked to “Vote Yes” or “Vote No” to allow the City of Lakeland to issue up to $50,000,000 in general obligation school bonds to finance the construction of the proposed Lakeland Prep 6-12 Middle/High School.


Lucky StiffUPDATED: Due to snow days last week, the Lucky Stiff will run through Wednesday, March 11.

The Bolton StageLight Theatre is proud to present Ahrens and Flaherty’s Lucky Stiff. Harry Witherspoon, a mild-mannered shoe salesman, inherits six million dollars from his recently deceased Uncle Tony. Harry may obtain the money under one condition: he must escort his dead uncle to Monte Carlo for a week-long vacation. Otherwise, according to the will, the six million dollars will be donated to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Throughout the course of the trip, Harry finds himself constantly trying to protect his potential inheritance from other characters who are after the money as well.