LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - Rain delayed the relocation of the statue of a Confederate soldier in downtown Lakeland on Tuesday.
“You can’t mess with Mother Nature,” said Lakeland City spokesman, Kevin Cook.
The rain lightened as the day wore on, but it was too late to get the scheduled work done.
The plan was to pour a slab of concrete at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which will act as the base for the monument when it is moved from Munn Park.
The new plan is to try again on Wednesday.
“We have scaffolding scheduled to come in around 10:30 [a.m.] and, at that time, I suspect that you will see movement with the dismantling of the monument,” Cook said.
It’s unclear how long it will take to move the monument because it is more than 100 years old.
The statue has been the center of controversy for months. Citizens were divided over whether it should be moved or not. A federal lawsuit trying to keep it where it is was filed and dismissed.
Money was another hot issue. It is going to cost about $225,000 to move it.
At first, city commissioners wanted to pay for the move with donations. When not nearly enough was raised, they decided to spend money from red light camera citations.
If all goes well, Mother Nature will cooperate and there will not be any major problems due to the statue’s age.