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  • Lighted Stops for School Buses Provided Through City Effort

    Eric Marshall|Updated Sep 14, 2023

    All 130 school bus stops throughout Lake Wales are well-lit following the efforts of city staff. The improvements came after a thorough assessment was completed by City of Lake Wales staff who identified bus stop locations from reports provided by the Polk County School District and the Lake Wales Charter Schools system. "Staff in the streets department and police department evaluated school bus stops within the city limits and pinpointed locations that accommodated both...

  • City Expands Utility System to Address Growth, Improve Service

    Eric Marshall|Updated Jul 30, 2023

    City staff in the Lake Wales Public Works department are working on three projects that include replacing antiquated water lines, increasing water flow, and adding select neighborhoods to the city’s central sewer system, eliminating septic systems in those areas. The enhancements are part of the Public Works Department’s master plans for water, stormwater and wastewater. The multi-year plans are designed to target expansion, stormwater quality and increase water reusability. ...

  • CRA Housing Rehab Program Offers Help to Northwest Neighborhood

    Eric Marshall, Special to the News|Updated Apr 6, 2022

    The City of Lake Wales and area partners are lending a helping hand to seniors, providing home improvements and repairs The city's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Legacy Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to help homeowners 65 and older in the Northwest Neighborhood with a variety of services, such as roof repairs, exterior painting, light construction, and lawn cleanup. The program is supported by area partners including Keystone Challenge Fund, the Lake Wales...

  • City's Horticulture Department Kicks up the Charm for Lake Wales

    Eric Marshall, Special to the News|Updated Mar 18, 2022

    Some 300 Florida native plants and 1,052 Florida friendly plants have been planted in select areas by the City of Lake Wales Horticulture Department, and more are on the way, part of the city's new emphasis on reclaiming its original status as "a City in a Garden." New plants are now gracing various parts of the city including the Stuart Avenue and Scenic Highway parking lot, downtown Linear Park and the Lake Wales Family YMCA. "We're kicking up the charm in the city," Lake...

  • City Initiates Land Use Study to Guide Future Development in Lake Wales

    Eric Marshall|Updated Mar 3, 2022

    Keeping ahead of the numerous development proposals is a concern for city leaders and residents alike as some ten thousand new dwelling are at various stages of the lengthy approval process. City planning staff has been increased, but creating an overview is the goal of a new land use study The approved by the City Commission this week The action authorized funding for S&ME, an engineering firm, to evaluate land in the city's designated utility service area surrounding Lake...

  • Affordable Housing Public-Private Partnership Paying Off in Lake Wales

    Eric Marshall, City of Lake Wales|Updated Feb 10, 2022

    An effort by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to increase the availability of affordable housing through public/private partnerships is producing significant results. The recently-completed Phase Two of the program's participation with the Keystone Challenge Fund added more housing to the historic Northwest Neighborhood. The City partnered with Keystone to build two additional houses on B Street, complementing the adjacent homes that were developed in the...

  • Mobility is a Gift for Jordan Colon

    Eric Marshall, City of Lake Wales Communications|Updated Jan 31, 2022

    Jordan Colon, a student at Victory Ridge Academy in Lake Wales got a big surprise when City of Lake Wales police officers presented him with a Kaye Dynamic Stander, a multi-positional standing aid with 360 degrees of movement. Colon has a developmental disability that affects his balance and postural control, making it difficult to walk unaided. "This is something special the Police Officers Association wanted to do for Jordan," said David Black, Deputy Police Chief. "It's...