Lakeland, Florida’s ‘iconic’ swans for sale for safety reasons, reducing costs

Later this month, around 30 of the beloved swans at Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida, will be for sale to the public.

“The magic number that we try to keep our swans around is about 65, and we’re suspecting that we have got well over 80 right now,” said Kevin Cook, director of communications for the city of Lakeland.

Cook said swans have inhabited the lake since about 1923. However, after the last remaining swan had a run-in with an alligator in 1954, the lake was left swanless — until a concerned resident wrote to Queen Elizabeth II of Britain asking for a donation of two of her swans.

The queen agreed to donate a pair of her mute swans, which arrived at Lake Morton in 1957.

Today, at least 80 mute swans reside on the densely populated lake, raising concerns about safety. In the last two years, Cook

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Lakeland’s ‘iconic’ swans for sale due to safety, reducing costs

Later this month, around 30 of the beloved swans at Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida will be for sale to the general public.



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“The magic number that we try to keep our swans around is about 65, and we’re suspecting that we have got well over 80 right now,” Kevin Cook, director of communications for the city of Lakeland, told NBC News.

Cook said that swans have inhabited the lake since about 1923. However, after the last remaining swan had a run-in with an alligator in 1954, the lake was left swanless — until a concerned resident wrote to Queen Elizabeth of England asking for a donation of two of her swans.

The Queen agreed to donate a pair of her mute swans, and they arrived at Lake Morton in 1957.

Today, at least 80 mute swans reside in the densely-populated lake, raising

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Lakeland, Florida is selling some of its ‘iconic’ swans amid rising costs and safety concerns

Later this month, around 30 of the beloved swans at Lake Morton in downtown Lakeland, Florida will be for sale to the general public.

“The magic number that we try to keep our swans around is about 65, and we’re suspecting that we have got well over 80 right now,” Kevin Cook, director of communications for the city of Lakeland, told NBC News.

Cook said that swans have inhabited the lake since about 1923. However, after the last remaining swan had a run-in with an alligator in 1954, the lake was left swanless — until a concerned resident wrote to Queen Elizabeth of England asking for a donation of two of her swans.

The Queen agreed to donate a pair of her mute swans, and they arrived at Lake Morton in 1957.

Today, at least 80 mute swans reside in the densely-populated lake, raising concerns about safety. In the last

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Building costs of gypsy and traveller site increase because of pandemic

Powys County Council also needs to protect itself in case it needs to cover a possible shortfall of £750,000, in the project funding.

This is in case a grant funding bid to the Welsh Government fails, or the council receives less money than expected.

Work on the project to turn the unofficial camp site on the outskirts of Machynlleth into a permanent one, has started.

But, a shortfall of £41,000 in funding was been found in the tendering process, due to safety measures that are now needed on building sites due to coronavirus.

The project will now cost £1.326 million rather than the £1.285 million that had been budgeted for, when the go-ahead for the scheme was given earlier this year.

Portfolio holder for housing, Councillor James Evans said: “This is an ongoing project that’s been discussed for a number of years.

“The tender was £41,000 over what we budgeted

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