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 By Brian Ackley    News

Plans for City's Largest Development Moving Forward

The largest proposed development in Lake Wales history has taken another step forward. City Commissioners have approved a new zoning designation for over 1,800 acres of vacant land... — Updated 9/3/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Mixed Use Plaza Planned for Lincoln Avenue

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has agreed to sell a parcel of land at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and B Street on which developers have proposed a mixed-use... — Updated 9/3/2021 Full story

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Police Body Camera Training Paves Way for Full Rollout in Fall

Members of the Lake Wales Police Department have been pleased with the roll out of eight body-worn cameras already in use, with an additional 24 cameras to come on line later this... — Updated 8/29/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Explores Options to Ensure Future Water Supply

Lake Wales will need to have an alternative water source in place sooner than experts had anticipated, according to a consultant hired by the city to explore its future utility... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Pledges $1 Million Toward Grove Manor Redevelopment

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has given its tentative approval to contribute $1 million towards the proposed redevelopment of the Grove Manor housing complex. Offici... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Plans Bigger Fireworks Show, Other Activities July 4

Fireworks will be back as the feature attraction for the city's Fourth of July celebration, and in a big way. The city is set to contract with a new vendor – Exposhows Inc.. ... — Updated 6/16/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commissioners Set to Officially Repeal Mask Mandate

City officials are letting its ongoing "state of emergency" declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic expire. In addition, Lake Wales commissioners are expected Tuesday to finish... — Updated 6/14/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Northwest Residents Express Hope for Neighborhood's Future

A recent statistically valid survey of residents in the northwest section neighborhood of Lake Wales revealed 60 percent of respondents say they "feel hopeful about the future of th... — Updated 6/9/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Considering Options to Ensure Future Water Supply

Lake Wales commissioners will be tackling a big issue in the coming months, looking to ensure the city has an adequate supply of water for decades to come. City leaders recently... — Updated 5/6/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

New City Horticulturist Starts Planting Project by Mural

Lake Wales Main Street's most recent mural project at Scenic Highway and Stuart Avenue called "Slice of Happiness" is about to get a whole lot happier. With a new full-time... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Drone Helping with Local Crime Fighting

Collaboration between different city departments is a daily occurrence at Lake Wales City Hall. But one of the more unique partnerships help show the good side of Lake Wales and is... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    People

City's New CRA Coordinator Already Has Full Agenda

Darrell Starling already has an ambitious agenda in place following his recent hiring as the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Coordinator. In particular, Starling... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    Business

Shovels to be in the Ground by Summer for Lake Wales Connected Revitalization Plan

City leaders are anticipating shovels in the ground this summer in what will be the first project in its award-winning "Lake Wales Connected" revitalization plan for the historic... — Updated 2/11/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City's CRA to Purchase Vacant Lots to Jumpstart Affordable Housing Initiative

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency has approved spending $10,000 to purchase two vacant lots on B Street to help jump start a new affordable housing initiative in that... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    People

Profile: Fire Chief Joe Jenkins, 2020 Chamber Public Servant of the Year

City residents can thank a local restaurant for helping the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce find its 2020 Public Servant of the Year. Lake Wales Fire Chief Joe Jenkins – born and... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

AdventHealth Lake Wales Official Gives COVID Vaccine Update

AdventHealth Lake Wales is having no major issues in handling Covid-19 patients, according the Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Brewer, and expects to have vaccinations available to... — Updated 1/10/2021

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

LWPD Provides Gifts, Meal for 70 Local Children in "Shop with a Cop" Program

A lot was different about this year's "Shop With A Cop" event, except for one very important thing – dozens of local families will have a much merrier Christmas because of the... — Updated 12/25/2020

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

City Commission Adopting Rules to Eliminate Panhandling

Responding to complaints from downtown visitors, Lake Wales commissioners have unanimously approved the first reading of a new panhandling ordinance for the city. The new law is pat... — Updated 12/25/2020

 

Farmers Market Offers Fruit, Veggies, Gifts

Holiday shoppers looking for a locally grown or handmade gift will revel in the news that the Lake Wales Farmer's Market is once again re-open in the city's historic downtown... — Updated 12/4/2020

 
 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 12/2/2020

 
 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

 

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