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Monday, June 6, 2016

Lakeland resident wants to rename Lake Horney, for some reason

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 2:34 PM

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It's quite possible that a lake in Lakeland, Florida, will soon cease to be Horney. 

Lakefront resident Barry Zimmerman has petitioned the U.S. Board of Geographic Names to rename Lake Horney, reportedly due to being frustrated of the jokes concerning the lake's sexy name, according to the Lakeland Ledger.

Zimmerman has suggested renaming the lake after Alfred Lodwick, an aviation pioneer who built a military pilot training program in Lakeland during World War 2. 

According to The Ledger, the lake was named after Julius Teague Horney, who was credited with promoting much of Lakeland's early growth in the boom period of 1921 to 1929.

Most city commissioners haven't wanted to touch the issue, as changing the name of the lake may open the door for other civic landmarks and roads to be renamed, like Lake Horney Park, Lake Horney Shoreline, and Lake Horney Drive, to name a few. 

The final authority to change the name lies in the hands of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.

Residents near Lake Horney will soon be polled to see if the name should be kept or changed. 

The name Prude Lake is already taken

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