Tomorrow (Sunday, September 16th) we reopen. We spent all day Friday putting things back together, rehanging the art and doing the finishing touches to get the Museum ready for the public. Some staff will come in today to catch up on projects they were working on before the storm hit.
Lakeland was hit very hard by this Hurricane Irma. When you drive down my street, there is nothing but a wall of brush pile lining it for a mile. Lakeland Electric Crews, The City of Lakeland crews, lineman from out of state, Police, Fire/Rescue, National Guard, volunteers, churches, etc. all came together and are still coming together to rebuild Lakeland (and Florida). Right after the power came back on the City Manager, Tony Delgado personally came to the Museum to check that the power came back on. My new next door neighbor and her daughter knew I was having to live in the Museum to guard it so they cleared my yard for me between our houses. I have heard of many stories of neighbors helping neighbors in the aftermath of Irma. To everyone rebuilding Lakeland, I say thank you.
-Gregory Mills (DIrector of Security, Operations & Security)