Farewell Tour! GET YOUR TICKETS!

Farewell Tour!  GET YOUR TICKETS!

Historic Home Tour set for Saturday, March 3, 2018. This will be the “Farewell Tour”. The volunteer committee is tired, and we do not have others willing to take up the responsibility.  Perhaps one day there will be a “Revival Tour”. But for now, this is it! Tickets will go on sale in mid February. We will announce the number of houses we have at that time, as well as the other details. When you see these signs in yards, please note that these ARE NOT the houses on the tour.  We asked residents to help us advertise the HOME TOUR, so they allowed us to put up the signs.   Homes on the tour are never revealed until the day of the tour. 2018 15th Annual Historic Home & Garden Tour Saturday, March 3, 2018 11am-4pm Tour start location is 750 Frank Lloyd Wright Way At Florida Southern College’s Frank Lloyd Wright Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center The Lake Morton Neighborhood Association is excited to announce that the 15th Annual Historic Home & Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. TICKETS ARE $17 per person of all ages. Read FAQs  about the tour. Just like last year, we’ve teamed up with the Garden Club of Lakeland who has their annual Flower Show.  The show is free and will be one of the stops along the tour. All guests must sign a liability waiver. View/download  here. Forms will be available the day of the tour, but you may want to download and have filled out prior to check-in. This self-guided walking or Courtesy Florida Southern College shuttle bus tour is open to the public and will feature about 9 homes and gardens in the South and East Lake Morton historic district. Because several homes have porches with stairs, not all tour locations are handicap-accessible. The tour will begin at 11 am and is accessible by foot or shuttle bus and this year BIKES! It will showcase examples of several different architectural styles such as the Federal Colonial Revival style, the English Arts and Crafts Tudor style, the Mediterranean Revival Style, and several Craftsman bungalows. Homeowners and greeters will be on hand at the homes to welcome participants and answer questions. Buses will shuttle tour guests to predetermined stops along the tour of the homes and gardens. The buses do not stop at each house, but rather near a cluster....

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Meetings, Socials & Volunteering

Meetings, Socials & Volunteering

LMNA is not a stuffy HOA. We don’t regulate your grass or paint colors. We are an organization whose purpose is to build fellowship within the neighborhood. If you live here, you are a member. If you’d like to help us with the costs of things and/or serve on the board, you can be a paid member here. We have monthly meetings as needed to discuss issues and inform. Learn more here. We have parties! All kinds – for all family sizes and interests. We sometimes organize a group to participate in an activity or show at Florida Southern College or Polk Museum of Art or Downtown Lakeland. We have porch parties which are just an evening hanging out with your neighbors with food, drink and fellowship. We try to give back to our neighborhood with lake clean ups and other activities. You can keep up with us is a variety of ways here. We hope to see you at a meeting or gathering soon!...

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Door to Door Sales Must Be Licensed

Door to Door Sales Must Be Licensed

It happens to all of us.  We are on the couch with our favorite book, eating dinner, or engrossed in a show when DING DONG! An uninvited person shows up on our door to sell us something we don’t want or need.  The last person I know of in the neighborhood selling door to door recently was VIVINT. You’ve seen the signs in neighbors’ yards or perhaps your own – orange home security system signs. The young gal at the door was pleasant, used my name and immediately told me she wasn’t selling anything, which is sure sign that she is. I cut her off saying I was not in the market for a security system.  She assured me again this was not a sales call. She went on to use the owner’s first name of the house next door as if she just spoke to her. She went on to say “Amanda” (not her real name) sent her over to me because “Amanda” thought I would be interested.  Then, as if to really seal the deal, she asked if I was aware of the dangers in my neighborhood. Hmmm. Interesting techniques. Use my name, use my neighbor by name and say the neighbor referred me, and then the real kicker – TRY TO SCARE ME. But here’s the catch.  She used the owner’s first name alright, but the owner does not live there. It’s a rental. Also, our names are easily found on the property appraisers web site. So I know my “neighbor” did not refer me. And last, I don’t scare easily.  I do, however, have my limits on how much B.S. I will take. I continued to be firm in my no, cutting her off in mid sentence. I stopped short of slamming the door in her face. I can be tough, but I don’t enjoying being mean. She’s got a job to do, I get it. She was in her twenties, well spoken – but clearly selling. And she was not giving up.  When she resigned herself to the fact that she was getting no where with me it happened – her fatal and final move. She asked if perhaps I wasn’t the decision maker in the home and if she should be speaking to my husband.  (Insert boiling blood here.)  Let’s just say I did not kill her, but she also did not get the pleasure of...

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Historic Home Workshop-Oct 14

Historic Home Workshop-Oct 14

Don’t miss this great event! Click here to see the workshop details. WORKSHOPS &...

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Lover’s Oak Farewell Gathering

Lover’s Oak Farewell Gathering

By Julie Townsend, LMNA President UPDATE: The city has no plans to remove the tree at this time. We will update the community of things change. We are sad to see that the city must remove this amazing 300+ year old oak tree at the corner of Success Ave and Lake Morton Drive. But, it is clear from the very detailed report that the tree won’t last.  As much as we love the tree, it is not worth a human life. The Lake Morton Neighborhood Association (LMNA)  is sponsoring a farewell gathering on Saturday, September 9th from 3pm to 6pm on the shore of Lake Morton across from the tree.  Stop by and tell us your stories or just to mingle with your neighbors. We’ll provide waters, shade and a few chairs. It is a come and go event. An opportunity to purchase a piece of this history  LMNA is organizing a fundraiser for Historic Lakeland, Inc. We thought a really cool way to provide a keepsake of the Lover’s Oak for those who’d like one would be to provide an opportunity for you to have a professional photo under the tree along with a slice of one of the limbs. Grab your significant other or your whole family for a portrait under the tree. Sign up via the link below to purchase a slice of one of the tree limbs and/or a professional photo from photographer David Dickey, Jr. Your photo will be emailed to you as a high resolution jpeg file so you can crop and/or resize it and use it in as many ways as you desire. The slices, of course, will not be available on Saturday. But by registering below with your contact information, we will be able to communicate the time and place to pick up your slice. Ordering your items is a 2 step process. STEP 1: Please fill out this form first. Loading… STEP 2: Then visit the link to our online store below to pay. LMNA’s SQUARE STORE If you have questions or issues, please email us at HistoricLMNA@Gmail.com or text to 863.608.8750. The city of Lakeland’s Tribute video below. Click the photo to view the...

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Tree at Success & Lake Morton to be Removed

Tree at Success & Lake Morton to be Removed

The city of Lakeland asked the Lake Morton Neighborhood Association to inform the residents of Lake Morton that the tree at the corner of Lake Morton Drive and Success Ave will be removed.  Below are a two key passages of the very long assessment from E Sciences, Inc. hired by the city to assess the tree. During our assessment, it appeared that the tree was heathy with some areas of dieback and low crown density, however, the tree has structural defects which cannot be corrected. The trunk forms a basal codominant with included bark. This condition occurs when one or more trunks emanate from grade and contact one another. This union was inspected with the use of a probe and it was determined that there is no connective tissue between the two trunks. The original connective tissue has decayed due to the contact pressure from annual secondary growth in the trunks. The tree has average-good health but should not be preserved because of the structural defect of the included, basal codominant. The decay in the south trunk will exacerbate the decay associated with the inclusion. There is no viable options to mitigate the included, basal codominant. Bracing with rods would not likely be successful over time due to the additional decay in the more external areas of the south trunk. There is likely not enough sound wood to hold the nuts and washers in the location where the rods would need to be installed. As there are targets of people and/or property in this area, and we have identified no viable mitigation options to correct the structural defect, the tree is recommended for removal. See the Arborist’s Report...

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