Celebrating our birthday at LALtoday

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This week marks four years since LALtoday first sent out a newsletter at 6 a.m. Since then, we’ve been sharing Lakeland’s local news updates, city history, food + drink recommendations, and more with you every morning. Stroll with us down memory lane to look back at a few of ourfirsts.”


The very first time we appeared in your inbox, it was to welcome our earliest subscribers. In this newsletter, we promised to share need-to-know Lakeland information, from development updates to restaurant recommendations. Some things never change. 

Here are five of our top stories since 2018:

What’s behind the metal gate at Lake Mirror, Florida?
The history of the now-extinct Chalet Suzanne
A first-hand look at The Joinery
6 crazy Florida alligator sightings
A timeline of 130+ historical events that happened in Lakeland, Florida

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After hitting “send” on our morning newsletter, we took to Instagram to share our very first post. Since then, we’ve shared 3,200+ posts and grown to nearly 21,000 followers. Push us towards that goal by following us to get even more local news every day.

Remember our launch party here at Cob & Pen? | Photo by @thelaltoday


We’ve been helping you plan your week since the very beginning of LALtoday. Looking back at our first list of August events, you can see some that are still going strong, like Food Truck Thursdays or singer-songwriter nights at Hillcrest Coffee. Also on the list? Our launch party that we held at Cob & Pen that week.

You’re not supposed to share birthday wishes, but ours is to continue sharing more Swan City content with our readers for many more years. What do you wish for? Tell us what you’d like to see in the next year of LALtoday — stories you’d like to see us cover, events we need to visit, and the history you’d like us to discover. Here’s to many more years, Lakeland.

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