Tom Palmer, 64.is a reporter, columnist and blogger for The Ledger. He is a veteran, award-winning writer who has been honored by various journalistic organizations as well as by groups ranging from 1000 Friends of Florida to the Florida Lakes Management Society. He has worked at the Ledger since 1980.
He was born and raised in Sanford, Fla., He has been working and writing in Polk County since 1974. In his spare time, he enjoys birdwatching, butterfly surveys, kayaking, volunteering through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Ridge Rangers program with litter cleanup and land management. He also volunteers at Haines City Community Theater
He is a charter member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Ornithological Society and North American Butterfly Association.
Palmer is a 1973 graduate of the University of South Florida and a U.S. Army veteran.
Published July 19, 2014
The results from this year's butterfly surveys in Central Florida have been mixed. This year I participated in five counts in locations stretching from the Wekiva River to the Kissimmee River.
Published July 17, 2014
Ten Polk County neighborhoods have been chosen for neighborhood audits that will look at residents' access to transit, sidewalks and other means to get to work, school and other daily destinations.
Published July 17, 2014
The next state nursing home for veterans won't be in Polk County. Sites in Lake Alfred and in Connersville trailed in the rankings among the eight counties that submitted proposals and made presentations during a recent evaluation meeting in Largo.
Published July 15, 2014
Polk County's proposed 2015 budget is $4.25 million more than this year's $1.26 billion budget. County Manager Jim Freeman presented the budget, which is .34 of a percent increase, at the commissioners' work session Tuesday.
Published July 13, 2014
On July 5, Ledger reporter Tom Palmer told us that the board's chairman – one of only two people on the five-seat board – said the commission hasn't met since 2011 because it has no business before it.
Published July 12, 2014
With all the news about wars and terrorism all over the world, poverty and crimes in our own communities and our country, it is wonderful to read some good news in The Ledger occasionally.