Thursday deadline to register for lottery

Sara-Megan Walsh
| The Ledger

LAKELAND — Those interested in buying one of Lakeland’s beloved feathered icons have until Thursday evening to register for the city’s swan sale. 

City officials set a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday for interested purchasers to register online at Lakeland will put 36 young mute swans up for sale to reduce the overpopulation on Lake Morton. 

Kevin Cook, the city’s spokesman, previously told The Ledger the city has received widespread interest from potential buyers from the City of New Port Richie to as far away as Canada. There will be a limit of two swans per purchase starting in male-female pairs, though mates are not guaranteed. 

An electronic lottery will be held Friday, after which Lakeland employees will reach out to those selected to confirm they are still interested in purchasing a swan. The city must receive full payment of $400 per bird by

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