Commissioners voted 3-3, in favor of a fire fee.  It needed a majority to pass.

Lakeland Fire fee voted down after heated debate from citizens

After hearing hours of criticism from dozens of Lakeland citizens Monday, the city commission didn’t get the majority vote needed to pass a …

In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon. Image AP.

Tampa receives largest share of BP settlement

Most of the $18.7 billion dollarsfor BP goes to state governments, but it was up to local government to plead for its piece. Tampa’s $27 mil…