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 By Brian Ackley    News

City Approves Two Positions to Focus on Northwest Community

Lake Wales City Commissioners have given the green light to fund two positions largely concentrated on improving the quality of life in the city's northwest community. Acting as... — Updated 7/30/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Commissioners to Discuss Encouraging, Not Mandating Mask Wearing

Lake Wales city commissioners will consider a resolution July 7 that would strongly encourage, but not mandate, residents to wear face masks while out in the public. During an... — Updated 7/3/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Tracking 8 Local COVID-19 Cases

Although Lake Wales leaders don't know the specifics about local COVID-19 cases, those confirmed to have been sickened by the virus are still being closely monitored. Emergency... — Updated 4/19/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News 

City Creating Master Plan for Parks, Trails, Open Spaces

City leaders are continuing to cast an eye towards improving the quality of life by approving the creation of a master plan for parks, trails and open spaces in Lake Wales.... — Updated 11/18/2020

 By Brian Ackley    People

New Liaison Officer is Driven by Heart, Commitment to Community

Ed Palmer officially became the Lake Wales Police Department's community liaison officer on Sept. 14. But if you ask James "Perly" Sermons, it's been Palmer's calling for a... — Updated 10/29/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Commissioners in 3-2 Vote Approve Salary Raises for Themselves

City commissioners will be getting a bump in pay next year after a salary increase was approved at the group's meeting Sept. 22. It is the first raise in commission salaries since... — Updated 9/30/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Agrees to Invest in Public Housing

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated by Executive Editor Chevon Baccus after the Sept. 16 CRA meeting. City commissioners agreed to invest $460,000 to help finance a proposed... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Explores Small Increase in Development Impact Fees, First in 10 Years

For the first time in almost a decade, Lake Wales is proposing a small increase in its development impact fees. City commissioners have approved a first reading of a new fee... — Updated 9/16/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Considers Budget with Small Tax Cut, Increase to Fire Fee

Lake Wales City commissioners are looking to reduce or eliminate a small increase in the city’s fire fee when the first reading and public hearing on a proposed 2020-21 budget is... — Updated 9/8/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Lake Wales High School Sports On Hold for Now to Avoid COVID-19 Spread

Sports at Lake Wales High School are on the shelf for the time being as the result of a vote Tuesday, Aug. 4 by the charter system's Board of Trustees. The group unanimously voted... — Updated 8/6/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Charter Schools Announce Meal Guidelines

Lake Wales Charter Schools has announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2020-2021... — Updated 7/22/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Commissioners Delay City Manager Search While Giving Slaton "Test Drive"

Lake Wales commissioners are hitting the pause button on their search for a new city manager. Interim City Manager James Slaton will stay in that position while a new 2020-21... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commissioner to Discuss City Manager Search Option at July 1 Workshop

Lake Wales City Commissioners want to talk with representatives of the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) on July 1 before making a final decision on how to... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Commissioners May Revitalize Citizen Police Advisory Board

Lake Wales city commissioners are expected to discuss reviving the long-dormant Citizens and Police Community Relations Advisory Committee during its agenda workshop session at 3... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Schools

Contractor Selected for Work on New Bok North Campus

Lake Wales Charter Schools officials have selected a contractor to do phase one and phase two work this summer in getting the new Bok North Academy campus ready for opening this... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Committee Appointed to Review Lake Wales City Charter

A blue-ribbon committee of residents will spend the next few months reviewing the Lake Wales charter – the document that details how the city is governed – with an eye towards... — Updated 6/24/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Seeks State Grant to Restore Historic Stuart House

Lake Wales city officials are hoping the state will help provide funding for needed repairs at one of the city's most historic structures. The Historic Stuart House on Central... — Updated 6/20/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commissioners Aim for In-Person Meetings Starting June 2

Lake Wales city commissioners are aiming for June 2 to resume having their meetings return to city hall. But that doesn't necessarily mean that every commissioner and city official... — Updated 5/20/2020

 By Brian Ackley    Business

City Grant Helps Melanie's Seafood Open for Take-Out Amid State Restrictions

March 20 will be a day not soon forgotten by Steve Manwell. It was the first day he and his wife opened Melanie's Seafood Company at 120 Park Avenue, becoming the inaugural local... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Discussing Plans for Reopening Recreation, Other Facilities

City leaders are starting to take at look at plans to reopen Lake Wales facilities including city hall, recreation areas, parks and the library. But before anything is opened, they... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Website to Offer Chat Function to Discuss Utility Issues

Lake Wales utility customers now have a new on-line way to communicate with the city. Starting Monday, a new "chat" function is live on the Lake Wales website (,... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Police Chief: Use Common Sense to Stay Safer at Home

Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velasquez is urging residents to use "common sense" when it comes to adhering to the state's recently imposed "safer at home" mandates. But, city... — Updated 4/8/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commission Tests Online Setup with Virtual Meeting April 2

Lake Wales commissioners will be holding a special "virtual" meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday April 2, in advance of its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 8.... — Updated 4/2/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

City Updates Operational Plans During COVID-19 Concerns

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Lake Wales continues to function as close to normal as possible, Emergency Operations Director Joe Jenkins said Tuesday night. Jenkins, also the... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Brian Ackley    News

Largest Development Project in Lake Wales History Starts Approval Process

The largest single development project in Lake Wales history has taken the first small step to becoming a reality. Winter Haven Corporation has revealed plans to develop 1,800 acres... — Updated 3/11/2020


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