LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - After a delay due to rain, a more than 100-year-old Confederate soldier statue has officially been removed from Munn Park in Lakeland.
The statue will be moved to Veteran’s Memorial Park. Persistent, light rain on Tuesday, when it was initially scheduled to be moved, forced the city to reschedule.
“You can’t mess with Mother Nature,” said Lakeland City spokesman, Kevin Cook.
A scaffolding was put up at Munn Park. The concrete for the statue had been poured at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which will serve as its new base. And with some applause from onlookers, the statue was hoisted from its base in Munn Park Friday morning.
The decision to move the Confederate soldier statue was not without controversy. Lakeland residents were divided on the issue, and a federal lawsuit attempted to keep it where it is. The lawsuit was later dismissed.
The total cost for the move is about $225,000. City commissioners initially wanted to use donations, but not nearly enough was raised. They decided to spend money from red light camera citations.