Lakeland: 5 Latest Homes To Hit The Market


LAKELAND, FL — When you’re in the market for a new place, keeping tabs on all the latest listings can take hours of tedious investigating online. That’s why we here at Patch have stepped in and done the prepwork for you.

Below, you’ll find the five newest homes to go up for sale in the Lakeland area — including one with 1 bed and 1 bath for $55,000, and another with 3 beds and 2 baths for $210,900.

Like what you see? Simply click on any address in the list to get additional pics and details. Happy house hunting!


Price: $55,000
Size: 752 sq. ft., 1 bed, and 1 bath

Price: $183,000
Size: 1,680 sq. ft, 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $129,900
Size: 1,410 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 1 bath

Price: $210,900
Size: 1,669 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $139,000
Size: 1,326 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths

Want more options? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or you can always find a full list of local homes in Patch’s real-estate section for the Lakeland area.

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Carlisle Events’ 2019 Lakeland Winter AutoFest for Corvettes

Here is some good news for Corvette fans. If you live in the South or travel there to avoid harsh winters, Carlisle Events added the Winter AutoFest to their schedule. Many Corvette activities are embedded into this show’s schedule. It takes place at the Sun ’n Fun Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida. It is a perfect place to park your Corvette and enjoy the many activities the show has to offer. This is the same company that presents the highly successful Corvettes at Carlisle show in Pennsylvania. The friendly and well-trained staff works hard to make your visit pleasant and enjoyable. Here is a little background about this unique company and how they expanded to Florida.

It began when Chip Miller and Bill Miller became friends in the early ’70s. The thing about their friendship is they shared the same last name, but were not related. Their business relationship grew over the years because they shared a passion for classic cars. They held their first automotive event at the Carlisle Fairgrounds (Pennsylvania) in 1974, and it was a rousing success. They began adding shows to their schedule and experienced rapid growth.

Chip and Bill created Carlisle Events in order to effectively manage this growth. Their next major decision was to create a permanent home for the company. In 1981, they purchased the 82-acre Carlisle Fairground site and made it the company’s headquarters. This purchase allowed them to make the Fairgrounds a more compatible location for their automotive events. During the ’80s and ’90s, the company continued to expand their schedule.

In 2013, Carlisle Events introduced itself to the Florida market by hosting events in Zephyrhills. Now, with Florida’s rapid growth, the company moved to the larger Sun ’n Fun complex in Lakeland, Florida. This year’s Lakeland Winter AutoFest was held on February 22-24, 2019, and was packed with Corvettes and visitors.

The 41st NCRS Winter Regional Meet was part of the Winter AutoFest activities and certified NCRS judges judged 42 Corvettes. A large hanger was used by the experts the judging. A total of 4,500 points are available for judges to award a Corvette. Ninety-four percent (4,230) of those points are the minimum required to qualify for a Top Flight certificate. Of the 42 Corvettes judged, 17 received Top Flight certificates. For owners who didn’t reach their goal they now have a good guideline on what needs correcting. People attending the show were welcome to visit the NCRS building, and many did. It was a great opportunity to closely inspect these factory-correct, historic Corvettes. In addition to the NCRS event, the show featured a Corvette Fun Field, Corvette Celebrity Judging, vendor displays and seven Corvette related seminars. There was a food midway, automotive flea market and a for sale car corral where buyers could purchase their perfect Corvette. The National Corvette Museum sold $10 raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a 2019 Corvette. The Winter AutoFest will return to Lakeland February 21-23, 2020. To get the latest show information visit

Co-founder Chip Miller passed away in 2004. His son Lance Miller became co-owner and works with co-founder/co-owner Bill Miller Jr. to manage the company. Lance wants to continue his dad’s “Life is Good” mentality and legacy as the 21st century rolls forward. What started as a pair of automotive flea markets in the mid to late ’70s has spawned specialty show after specialty show. Their 2019 schedule includes 10 automotive events (including one in Lakeland) and four Carlisle Auctions (including one in Lakeland). The company has evolved from “cars in a field” to destination activities for individuals and families from around the world. Annually, more than half a million guests visit shows promoted by Carlisle Events. We encourage you to visit one of their Corvette shows in Pennsylvania or Florida … you will not be disappointed. Vette

This 1976 Corvette is shown entering the Lakeland Winter AutoFest entrance as it passes by a vintage World War II C-47 cargo plane. The plane serves as a gate guardian for the Sun ’n Fun Expo Campus at the Lakeland airport.

GM stylist and NCM Hall of Fame inductee Randy Wittine designed the paint scheme on this 1998 Indianapolis Pace Car. Fred Richards was awarded an NCRS Performance Verification award for his pace car.

Only 199 Corvettes were ordered in 1963 with the Z06 performance option. This Sebring Silver example owned by Ted Freund is one of them and was awarded Top Flight certification.

Jose Jorge Valencia received a Top Flight award for his Silver Pearl with red stinger 1967 427 coupe.

The Lakeland Sun ’n Fun airport provides ample parking for the many Corvettes that visited the event this year.

Roger and Connie Lester have traveled the around the U.S. in their 1962 Corvette. The custom trailer provides plenty of extra room for their luggage.

The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction was a popular stop for buyers and spectators. Lots of interesting cars and trucks crossed the block throughout the weekend, and many found new homes.

James Davis brought his Harvest Gold V-8–powered 1955 Corvette to the 41st NCRS Winter Regional Meet. James received a Sportsman award for displaying his classic.

Tom DeBold’s fuel-injected 1960 roadster received a Stock Blue Ribbon after it was entered in the Concours Stock category.

The Corvette vs. Cobra War seminar discussed how each brand battled each other. Two cars were available for inspection. They were the Fabulous Restorations Owens/Corning L88 Corvette replica and Dr. Gingold’s 1965 427-cid Cobra.

Forty-two Corvettes were brought to the 41st NCRS Winter Regional Meet to get judged for coveted awards. John Secchiano’s 1967 427 coupe was awarded Top Flight.

NCRS judges inspect John Landis’ 1965 L78 396/425hp Corvette. John’s Corvette earned Top Flight.

The L78 396/425hp big-block in John Landis’ Corvette has been restored to look like it did when it left the St. Louis assembly plant in 1965.

James Henry purchased this one-owner 1967 coupe in 2010. It was damaged in a flood and did not run. James repaired it and has driven it around the country. He was presented with a Sportsman award.

The ’67 Corvette has amassed 245,000 miles since it was built. The unrestored original interior has held up surprisingly well.

The L75 327/300hp engine is backed with a two-speed Powerglide transmission and factory air conditioning. This car is a true survivor.

Bill Miller Jr. (co-founder/co-owner of Carlisle Events) spent much of his time watching over the collector car auction. Bill did an excellent job directing sellers and buyers to the right auction spots.

Mark Wiley drove 450 miles to bring his rare (1 of 4 produced) 1954 to the NCRS Winter Regional Meet for judging. Mark’s beautiful Corvette was awarded Top Flight with “longest driven” noted on his certificate.

This I-6/150hp six-cylinder engine in Mark Wiley’s 1954 Corvette had no oil stains even after being driven 450 miles to the NCRS Winter Regional Meet.

The large food court was a popular place to visit so attendees could buy a cold drink, snack or lunch.

Lance Miller (co-owner Carlisle Events) spent the weekend hosting social media events about the Winter AutoFest. Lance is shown conducting a live podcast to provide up to the minute information for those attending the show.

The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction was a popular stop for buyers and spectators. Lots of interesting cars and trucks crossed the block throughout the weekend and many found new homes.

This large automotive flea market provided attendees plenty of shopping space to locate hard-to-find parts.

Carl Everett put his big-block 1969 Corvette convertible through the “as manufactured” Performance Verification testing process. His car passed after it did not have a single failure.

Larry Sturm’s Bowling Green-assembled two-tone 1981 Corvette was presented in like-new condition. It was awarded a Top Flight at the NCRS Winter Regional Meet.

This bright-red 1989 convertible owned by Fred Jenkins received a Performance Verification Award.

Paul Schwack’s 1996 Commemorative Edition Corvette received the Hill Mark of Excellence Award. This award recognizes owners for the preservation of 1993-’02 Corvettes.

Carlisle Events provides very clear signage that easily directs incoming guests to their correct entrance.

Coffman Corvette received a Modified 427 award for this restomod 1965 Corvette convertible. It features many newer parts while retaining the look of a classic 1965 convertible.

The engine in the Coffman Corvette has a vintage-appearing fuel-injection unit that hides a newer technology LS Classics fuel-injection system. It is a very impressive presentation.

Photography by Walt Thurn

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Lakeland Artist Takes Painting Down Following Complaints

LAKELAND, Fla. — A Lakeland artist decided to take one of his life-sized artworks hanging on the side of a private building down this week after people on social media decried it as satanic and threatened to vandalize it.

Artist Aaron Corbitt’s work one of 65 tapestries hanging around city Corbitt said his work inspired by Greek mythology People threatened on social media to damage tapestry with paintball guns

Aaron Corbitt’s controversial painting was one of 65 tapestries hanging on private buildings around downtown Lakeland and nearby Dixieland neighborhood since November. The tapestries are part of a project by artist David Collins to promote quality street art in Lakeland and to enhance urban areas.

On March 18, Lakeland Barbeque Company owner Joel Vann posted on Facebook about Corbitt’s artwork.

“They’re taking down Lakelands monument and replacing downtown with art like this. Satan laughing at the spilling of Christ’s blood,” Vann’s post reads.

The post received more than 80 comments, many agreeing with him. (Vann declined to do an interview.)

“It’s kind of distasteful for being outside for family," said Lucas Barley, who was among those who commented on the post. "I think it’s more of a … to go inside of an art museum.”

There were also threats in the comments to use paintball guns and a ski mask to destroy it, and others hoped it would “get graffiti all over it.”

"Nothing to do with Christianity or Satanism"

Corbitt said he was alerted about the threats soon after the post appeared on Facebook and decided to take it down.

“There were threats to vandalize the mural and that scared me," Corbitt told us. "So, I didn’t want to see my work destroyed."

Corbitt said his painting represented the fall of Dionysus, the God of Wine, and the madness that can come from over-indulgence.

”It has nothing to do with Christianity or Satanism,” Corbitt said.

He said he chose to paint it to represent his personal battle with alcoholism.

“I went through hell self-medicating with alcohol and other drugs," he explained. "I felt the only way I could share my experience was through painting."

After hearing about the complaints, Corbitt said he chose the high road and took it down.

“I’m a full-time artist. I got to choose my battles," he said. "I got to choose my battles according to my business."

When Corbitt posted on Facebook that he was taking down the tapestry, his post received more than 400 comments, most of them supportive of his artwork.

“Because it was taken down, it actually brought to light the painting’s purpose and intent more than ever, so I really have to thank all those who brought it down, and that’s just great,” Corbitt said.

Now he plans to make prints of it and sell them. He said he’s also received quite a few offers from people who want to buy it.

For now, the painting will remain in his studio.

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Tigers’ Joker Marchant Stadium named best spring training ballpark in Florida

The Tigers play their spring games at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.

When it comes to spring training stadiums in Florida, it doesn’t get better than Joker Marchant.

That’s the word from, which named the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers the best Grapefruit League ballpark of 2019 on Monday.

Officially Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, the longtime home of the Tigers in Lakeland won over Clearwater’s Spectrum Field, spring home of the Philadelphia Phillies, in the finals of a bracketed online competition.

“We know Tigers fans love Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, and so do so many fans of spring training,” said Ballpark Digest/Spring Training Online publisher Kevin Reichard in a statement.

“This ballpark represents all the great traditions and history of spring training, and with recent upgrades fans can also enjoy a modern experience. It’s really the best of both worlds.”

Joker Marchant Stadium opened in 1966, but has undergone multiple renovations since then, most recently in 2017.

Part of the historic TigerTown training complex, the stadium now has outfield seating areas, premium group spaces and new administrative and training buildings.

The Tigers and Lakeland have the longest active relationship between a club and spring training host city.

In 2017 the ballpark, which is also home to the Florida State League’s Lakeland Flying Tigers, was selected as the fans’ choice for best High-A MiLB ballpark.

“This award means a great deal to all of us with the Detroit Tigers, and we’re honored to be recognized considering the high standard of ballparks throughout the Grapefruit League,” said the Detroit Tigers Director of Florida Operations, Ron Myers.

Myers also noted the partnership between the Tigers, city of Lakeland, Polk County, the state of Florida and Publix Corporation, among others.

LECOM Park in Bradenton, the spring home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, won the honor in 2018.

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Lakeland Drama Teacher Accused Of Leaving Scene Of Crash

Christina Dobbs Lee has been accused of running a red light, striking another car and then leaving the scene of a crash. (Via Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

LAKELAND, FL — A drama teacher at Kathleen Senior High School in Polk County has been accused of running a red light, striking another car and then leaving the scene of a crash in which a woman reported being injured.

Forty-seven-year-old Christina Dobbs Lee of Lakeland was arrested Thursday night after a driver who witnessed the crash followed her home and got her tag number, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred around 5:53 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Knights Station Road and Galloway Road in Lakeland,

"This is yet another reminder that drivers have a moral and legal responsibility to stop if involved in a crash," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "If you are able, and it is safe to do so, render aid. Ms. Lee turned this crash from a traffic citation to a third-degree felony with one bad decision."

Kyle Kennedy of Polk County Public Schools told Patch that Lee has no disciplinary actions in her personnel file as a teacher at Kathleen Senior High School.

"Christina Lee has not been placed on any form of administrative leave at this time," Kennedy told Patch. "Our human resource services department will obtain a copy of the arrest affidavit and review whether any internal investigation should take place."

Lee was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries without rendering aid and booked into the Polk County jail. She was later released after posting a $1,000 bond

The other driver, a 30-year-old woman from Lakeland, told Polk County Fire Rescue personnel that her left leg was very sore and that she planned to go to the hospital after leaving the crash scene. She refused to be taken by ambulance.

Lee answered the door of her home in the 3900 block of Laurel Branch Drive when deputies arrived Thursday night.

"Ms. Lee answered the door and told the investigator that yes, she drove a red Mazda SUV, and that yes, she was involved in a crash and left the scene."

Deputies found the Mazda parked inside Lee’s garage with front-end damage to the front passenger side. The airbags had also been deployed.

"She told the deputy: ‘I was driving northbound on Galloway Road North; I ran the red light and crashed into the other vehicle,’"the sheriff’s office said. "She told deputies that the abrasions on her arm were from the airbag deployment."

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1 sent to hospital after critical-injury crash on I-4 in Lakeland

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a critical-injury crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon just before rush hour on I-4.

According to an FHP media release issued Thursday, a 2008 Toyota Corolla driven by Michelle M. Lavecchia, 30, of Largo was traveling eastbound on I-4 near milepost 33 in the center lane at 4:36 p.m.

A 2018 Toyota Prius driving by Carole Ann Harris, 76, of Lakeland was traveling eastbound in the outside lane, said the FHP.

While changing lanes, Lavecchia lost control of her vehicle, which rotated and collided with the Prius, according to reports.

Lavecchia’s vehicle then continued to the shoulder and hit a light pole, while Harris’ vehicle entered the center median and hit the guardrail.

Lavecchia suffered critical injuries and was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Harris had no injuries, according to reports, and neither did her passenger, 57-year-old Juliana Lupori of Akron, Ohio.

Everyone in both vehicles was wearing seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the FHP media release issued Thursday.

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Civil rights complaint being filed for Florida student who wouldn’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance

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By Kimberly C. Moore / The Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger

The 11-year-old at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy was suspended and arrested for disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence.

LAKELAND, Fla. — An attorney for an 11-year-old Polk County student who was arrested for disrupting a school function and resisting arrest without violence after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, said he is filing a civil rights complaint with the United States Department of Education.

Roderick Ford, an attorney with the Cochran Law Firm in Tampa, said he and the student’s family are also hoping the state attorney’s office will not move forward with formal charges against the student because he was exercising his constitutionally protected right of free speech.

“There is an improper constitutional deprivation of rights that goes to the heart of the founding of this country,” Ford said during an interview Monday evening. “He is very proud to be an American, and he was acting in the greatest tradition of being an American.”

Ford’s comments stem from the arrest and suspension of the sixth-grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy on Feb. 4 after the student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and was then asked to stand up by a substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez.

“I asked the student to stand up for the pledge and he answered that he won’t because the flag of this country was racist,” Alvarez wrote in a statement to police. “He then started to explain why the National Anthem was offensive to black people.”

Spokesmen for the Lakeland Police Department and Polk County Public Schools stressed that the student at the magnet school for gifted students was not arrested for refusing to participate in the pledge.

“Students are not required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance,” according to a statement from the district Monday morning.

The student’s mother, Dhakira Talbot, said there was at least one other student who was also not standing and she didn’t understand why her son was singled out.

“I just want people to know that my son is not a monster; he is not a disrespectful kid,” Talbot said, wiping away tears. She said her son was doing what she has taught him to do. “You standing up for yourself is not wrong.”

She said she and her son have been emotionally overwhelmed by the media attention surrounding the incident. Stories have appeared in The Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, USA Today and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others, regarding the incident.

“You don’t know that feeling of having to raise your kids on what to do if you’re stopped by police,” said Talbot, who noted she is two classes shy of a business degree from college.

Alvarez’s statement shows she told the student that “Why, if it was so bad here, he did not go to another place to (live).” She explained that she moved here from Cuba and that “the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore, I would find another place to (live).”

According to the arrest affidavit, the substitute teacher called the office to have the student removed. School Resource Officer Carlos Cortes and School Dean Michael Simpson responded and asked the student to leave the room with them.

The student “continued to yell that the teacher had told him to, ‘Go back to Africa’,” Cortes wrote in his report, adding that he asked the student “several times (over 20 times)” to leave. He said the student continued saying, ”’I’m not leaving. Do your job and take her, she’s the racist one who told me to go back to Africa.”

Cortes also wrote in the report that the student told the dean not to touch him and that he would call the police on him. After finally leaving the classroom, the student continued yelling in the hallway that “You’re all racist.” When he entered the office he began crying and screamed, “I’m going to beat that teacher.”

The student also asked to call his mother. When he wasn’t allowed, he went to the guidance office. School Principal Brian Andrews took the student by his arms, telling him to calm down, the student told him that “I’m going to get you fired. I’m going to get all of you fired.”

District officials said Alvarez will not be hired again as a substitute teacher in Polk County. They said they are reviewing their training process for substitutes.

The student was taken to a juvenile facility for evaluation but has since been released. Talbot said she has transferred her son to a different school.

Kay Fields, the only black member of the Polk County School Board, said she is awaiting the results of an investigation.

“I just think it’s unfortunate, especially over the pledge,” Fields said Monday afternoon at Girls Inc., a nonprofit that helps underprivileged girls with homework and social skills. Fields recites the Pledge of Allegiance before each school board meeting and said she also stands for the national anthem.

“Times are different today,” Fields said. “If I had a girl at Girls Inc. who didn’t want to stand for the pledge, I wouldn’t make a big deal of it. I might pull her aside and talk with her about it to find out why and talk with her parents about it.”

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ROH TV taping in Lakeland, Florida (reports needed): Ten matches advertised for tonight’s event

The following matches are advertised for the ROH television taping that will be held tonight in Lakeland, Florida at RP Funding Arena.

-Jeff Cobb vs. Silas Young for the ROH TV Title

-Kelly Klein vs. Stella Gray for the WOH Championship.

-The Kingdom vs. Marty Scurll, PCO, and Brody King for the ROH Six-Man Tag Titles

-Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Rocky Romero

-Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham vs. Coast 2 Coast

-Dalton Castle vs. Kenny King

-Rush vs. Tracy Williams

-The Briscoes and Shane Taylor vs. Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, and Ryan Nova

-Mayu Iwatanai vs. Holidead

-Willie Mack vs. Rhett Titus for the NWA National Title

Powell’s POV: ROH is also advertising Bandido and Mark Haskins for the taping. We are looking for reports or basic results. If you are going to tonight’s show or Sunday’s event in Miami, Florida and want to help, email me at

Check below for the new Pro Wrestling Boom with Jason Powell and Will Pruett discussing the All Elite Wrestling rally in Las Vegas, the potential fallout from the partnership with Mexico’s AAA promotion, Kenny Omega signing, and much more.

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Lakeland Weather: Thursday Mostly Cloudy And Windy

LAKELAND, FL — Thursday will be mostly cloudy. Forecasters are calling for a high near 60 and windy conditions at times.

Here is the detailed forecast from the National Weather Service:

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Wind chill values as low as 36 early. Northeast wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Northeast wind 8 to 11 mph.

A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. East northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.

Friday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

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Cuteness Alert: Lakeland Girl Walks Pet Chicken on Leash

LAKELAND, Fla. — Lakeland’s Ava Hutchings has a pet you don’t often see being walked on a leash — a chicken.

"Athena," as she’s named, actually enjoys taking the walks with Ava and her entire family. She’s not at all flustered when Ava fits her with a harness and leash.

When I met them both, I asked Ava if she thought Athena, who’s also known as "Tina," likes going for walks.

"I think she does," Ava said. "Because if she’s had a long day too, maybe she likes it, too."

Turned out she liked walking with me, too.

To learn more about Rick’s chicken-walking adventure, watch the video above.

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